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MSUM grad stars in new FX miniseries, “Fargo”

Posted on April 14, 2014

Musgrave to appear at Fargo Theatre’s premiere party Tuesday

By Meghan Feir

Whether you enjoyed the exaggerated accents in the Coen Brothers’ 1996 movie “Fargo” or not, you can’t deny that the iconic film introduced Fargo to people around the globe. This Tuesday, April 15, the new 10-episode, TV spin-off of the same name will premiere at 9 p.m. on FX.

Tom Musgrave, a Valley City, N.D., native and 1998 MSUM Theatre Arts alum will star as Bo Munk, owner of Bo Munk’s Insurance Shop. Besides adding to the rich potpourri of the cast, which includes actors Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Joey King, Musgrave has been a source of Midwestern knowledge for the cast and crew, adding words like “uffda” to the script. Read the rest of this entry →

New Essentia administrator, an MSUM graduate, arrives in middle of $60 million expansion project

Posted on March 21, 2014

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

FARGO – Timothy Sayler left Fargo-Moorhead more than 30 years ago after graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Now the Wishek, N.D., native has returned as the chief operating officer of Essentia Health’s West Region.

It’s a homecoming from another standpoint, inasmuch that Sayler started his career with Altru Health in Grand Forks, where he held a variety of positions over a span of 27 years, ending as chief operating officer. Read the rest of this entry →

Tin Roof Theatre Company presents “The twilight of the Golds”

Posted on March 05, 2014

If your parents knew everything about you before you born, would you still be here? This is the question posed in the play, “The twilight of the Golds” by Jonathan Tolins, the next production of the Tin Roof Theatre Company. The play is directed by Larry Schwartz, Library, and features the participation of three alumni of the MSUM Theatre Deptartment: Ryan Soukup, who plays the role of David Gold; Dani M. Collier, stage manager; and Karla Underdahl, assistant stage manager. Read the rest of this entry →

Graphic communications alum designs paint scheme for Daytona 500 racecar

Posted on February 20, 2014

Dan Nisbet, 2007 graphic communications alum, designed the paint scheme for a car that will be driven in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Nisbet designed the paint scheme and logo placement for Car #26, driven by Cole Whitt, pictured below. Since 2005, Nisbet has been working with CM2 Concepts, a firm that does design work for the NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA racing series. Working with another designer, he created the paint scheme for the car, which includes sponsor logo placement and the colors and graphics that go across the cars. Computer models show the teams and sponsors the final appearance of the car before a giant decal is printed that wraps around the car. Read the rest of this entry →

Beards back in Fargo-Moorhead

Posted on January 31, 2014

Theatre Arts alums Matthew Pitner, Joe Rapp, Tyler Michaels and Lucas Vonasek, four of the members of Bearded Men Improv, are coming home to MSUM as part of a national tour. The comedy troupe got its start in Fargo-Moorhead when the four were students, and has been a staple on Friday nights for almost three years at Minneapolis’ HUGE Theater. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM graduate Bob Bowlsby recognized at NCAA National Convention

Posted on January 21, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Former Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling standout Bob Bowlsby was honored at the NCAA National Convention as part of the NCAA’s Division II 40th Anniversary on Thursday night.

A total of 48 former student-athletes were honored by the NCAA throughout the 2013 season as part of the DII 40th Anniversary.


MSUM grad tapped to be chief operating officer at Essentia Health

Posted on January 17, 2014

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

FARGO – Timothy P. Sayler will be the new chief operating officer at Essentia Health’s West Region, overseeing operations in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Sayler, a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, will start here March 17. He replaces Kevin Pitzer, who left last year. Read the rest of this entry →

2011 illustration grad signs major book deal

Posted on December 19, 2013

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By Sally Lodge

It’s a true story that reads like fiction – and it’s one that should raise the spirits of any aspiring author. Elise Parsley, a 27-year-old piano teacher in Plymouth, Minn., leapt from being an unpublished, agentless author-illustrator to one with both an agent and a book contract in three days.

The quick-fire timeline went like this: Parsley sent Steven Malk at Writers House an e-mail query on Tuesday, November 19; he signed her on as a client on Wednesday, and on Thursday submitted her picture book, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!, to multiple publishers. Connie Hsu at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers made a pre-empt offer on Friday, which Malk and Parsley accepted that evening. The book is scheduled for fall 2015 publication.

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Physics and astronomy alum receives doctorate in astrophysics

Posted on December 02, 2013

Heather Cegla, MSUM 2010 graduate in physics with an astronomy emphasis, received her doctorate in astrophysics from Queen’s University Belfast where she was on a full scholarship. While at MSUM, Cegla was a Goldwater Scholar and completed three summer research experiences for undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation.

Film Studies alum wins editing award for “Star Trek: Into Darkness”

Posted on November 11, 2013

Film Studies alum Brent Rockswald recently took home a Hollywood Reporter Key Art Award for editing the theatrical trailer for the film “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” The Key Arts, managed by the Clio Awards team, is the entertainment field’s most recognized competition for advertising and communications. Rockswald, who graduated in 2006, works as an editor for the AV Squad, an LA based company that specializes in creating theatrical and television trailers for major motion pictures.

MSUM Psychology Alumna invited speaker at the NDSU Psychology Department colloquium this week

Posted on November 07, 2013

Susan Everson-Rose graduated from the Psychology Department in 1985 and completed a Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. She was the first President of the Psi Chi Chapter on our campus. Her research has received recognition from the American Heart Association and she received an Alumni Award from MSUM some years ago. Her colloquium at NDSU is Friday, Nov. 8, at 3:30 p.m. Below is the announcement from NDSU. Read the rest of this entry →

Economics alum presents on campus

Posted on October 11, 2013

Amy (Kemp) Miller, class of 2009, visited the economics department and presented in Professor Oscar Flores’ econometrics class. Miller was invited back as a member of the department’s new Economics Alumni Board.

Miller is a marketing analytics consultant at Pinpoint Systems in Minneapolis and is currently consulting at Sears. Her company helps other businesses link marketing actions to financial results. She credited MSUM and her strong background in economics and mathematics as reasons for her success. Miller provided the students with these bits of advice: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alum premieres two short films in two Twin Cities film festivals

Posted on October 04, 2013

MSUM alum Conor Holt will screen two short films at Twin Cities-based film festivals this October: “Storytime” at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m., and “A Better Life” at the Twin Cities Film Fest on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. Both films are part of Minnesota-made shorts programs. Tickets range from $8 to $10, and can be purchased online at and Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM grad puts eyes in the sky

Posted on September 27, 2013

Article by The Forum about MSUM Distinguished alum, Bob Mikkelson.

By: Eric Peterson, INFORUM

Moorhead – Bob Mikkelson has floated in front of the Statue of Liberty at night, been in a helicopter over the Kremlin and flown over the Italian Alps.

That has become normal for the Minnesota State Moorhead graduate.

“What I do is not normal to other people,” said Mikkelson, who graduated from Moorhead State in 1972. “It’s my normal, but it’s not normal to others. I feel extremely fortunate.”

Mikkelson is back in Moorhead this week to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, giving a lecture on campus today as part of the homecoming activities at MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

Art student Catie Miller featured in national publication

Posted on September 25, 2013

Also chosen for prestigious art internship at Red Door

MSUM Art & Design graduate Catie Miller was one of five students chosen for an undergraduate showcase in Ceramic Monthly Magazine. The showcase is a yearly competition open to all ceramic undergraduate students in universities and colleges in the United States, and features photos of winning students’ work, along with a description of the art and the name of the school the student attends. Read the rest of this entry →

Celebrate MSUM’s distinguished alumni at the Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Service Celebration

Posted on September 25, 2013

Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s outstanding alumni and friends. At the Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Service Celebration we honor the professional and personal achievements of our outstanding alumni and recognize in appreciation MSUM alumni & friends who give their time and talent to further the mission of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

We hope you’ll be able to join us to share in this special evening. The evening begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30. Awards will be presented, with a brief acceptance speech given by each recipient. Read the rest of this entry →

Lisa Stewart works with Rothsay schools to meet student needs

Posted on September 13, 2013

Dr. Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, met with the principal and elementary staff on Sept. 9 to work on the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) and begin training on the FAST assessment measures and data management system. MSUM school psychology alum, Mark Everson, a local RTI coordinator for the Lake Agassiz Coop, also attended and contributed to the discussion.

Nationally recognized artist and MSUM alum to speak on campus

Posted on September 13, 2013

Nationally recognized artist T.L. Solien will present a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. in King Hall 110 as part of the Department of Art & Design Colloquium Series. A Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Solien will talk about his new body of work, “Toward the Setting Sun,” which opens at the Plains Art Museum on Sept. 21. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Biochemistry and Biotechnology grad enrolled in the MD program at St. George’s School of Medicine

Posted on September 09, 2013

Manasvi Kulshrestha, B.S. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology ’13, has entered the MD program at St. George’s School of Medicine in Grenada. Although the campus is situated in the Caribbean, she was selected to complete her first year at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England as a member of the University’s Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program. Kulshrestha did her senior research project with Drs. Andrew Marry and Chris Chastain, Biology.

Urban agriculture activist and organizer to speak at MSUM

Posted on September 06, 2013

Jamie Holding Eagle opens this year’s Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium Series with a presentation on Friday, Sept. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the Women’s Center in Bridges Room 154 on the MSUM campus. Holding Eagle will talk about food justice and seed sharing through urban agriculture. She will provide information on ways that communities can overcome seed loss, build food security, and improve the health of their land and people through gardening.  She will also provide information on local food justice and seed sharing programs. Read the rest of this entry →

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