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Alumna Angela Harvala won the Milken Educator Award

Posted on March 25, 2015

Angela Harvala, an alumna of Minnesota State University Moorhead, won the Milken Educator Award and $25,000 to spend however she wishes. She received a B.S. in elementary education in 2006.

The Milken Educator Awards was conceived by the Milken Family Foundation to attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession. Read the rest of this entry →

Denise Gorsline and MSUM alumni named nominees for YWCA Women of the Year

Posted on March 11, 2015

Denise Gorsline, associate vice president for academic planning at MSUM and MSUM alumni have been named nominees for the YWCA Women of the Year awards.

By Forum staff

FARGO – The YWCA has nominated 34 women and businesses for their outstanding achievements in 2015.
The awards event will be held April 20 at the Holiday Inn here. The social hour, including a wine raffle and a variety of prizes, begins at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and program starting at 6:30. All nominees will be honored and the evening will culminate with the announcement of this year’s recipients in 12 award categories. This year’s nominees are: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumnus and Twin Cities’ rising theater star: Tyler Michaels

Posted on March 09, 2015

Sara Pelissero, KARE 6:34 p.m. EST March 6, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – If you don’t know his name by now, you will soon.

Tyler Michaels’ star is rising fast and it doesn’t take long to figure out why.

The 26-year-old Bloomington, Minn. native has the ability to captivate an audience from the moment he steps on stage – or more likely of late, propels onto it. Read the rest of this entry →

“What lies beneath: Painter portrays our hidden identities”

Posted on March 03, 2015

Art alumnus (’12) credits his approach to painting instructors at MSUM.

The people you see in Micah Koosmann’s paintings are not people as you see them in everyday life.

Instead, Koosmann’s dark, richly stylized paintings portray the personalities that lie under those everyday perceptions, laying bare their complex psychologies and sides of them that are rarely acknowledged.

Read the rest of this entry →

Forum editorial: Important donation for MSUM

Posted on March 03, 2015

February 25, 2015 | INFORUM

Brick by brick, the Hebron Brick Co. built itself up from humble beginnings in Hebron, N.D., to the Fargo-based multifaceted multistate company that it is today. The company, which is more than 100 years old, does a lot more than brick, but its signature products can be found in buildings large and small throughout North Dakota and the nation, including Fargo’s Fargodome. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumna and WDAY anchor Kerstin Kealy to interview President Obama in sit-down at White House

Posted on February 26, 2015

MSUM adjunct professor, alumna and WDAY news anchor, Kerstin Kealy, went live from the White House lawn this morning on First News. Click to hear about her historic meeting with President Obama later today http://ow.ly/JG1rn. Read the rest of this entry →

School Psychology Students Attend and Present at National Conference

Posted on February 25, 2015

Seven School Psychology graduate students and faculty member, Peg Potter, recently attended the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in Orlando, Florida. Read the rest of this entry →

Author, MSUM Alumnus & English Professor Lin Enger to Read Here Feb. 19

Posted on February 19, 2015

The High Divide published last September

Minnesota State University Moorhead English Professor and novelist Lin Enger will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in the university’s Livingston Library Porch. The free reading is part of the Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series. Read the rest of this entry →

Music alum’s life a mix of glamour and grit

Posted on January 29, 2015

Imagine an event where make-up artists wait in the restrooms to refresh your “look,” where champagne flows like water, where the entrances and exits of A-list celebrities are choreographed to the second by dead-serious backstage workers with “walkies,” and where Oprah Winfrey personally compliments you on your necklace.

Rachel Goers copyFor MSUM alum Rachael Goers, that was a night at work, albeit an extraordinary one. Goers, a 2013 graduate of the Music Industry program with an emphasis in business, works full-time for The Teahouse Company in Los Angeles. Teahouse represents and manages six different bands, hired out for special events. The event described above was the Golden Globes. The band hired to perform as guests arrived and entered the ballroom was one of Teahouse’s — the Black Canary String Band.

“It’s a surreal event,” says Goers of the Golden Globes. “Definitely glamorous.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Economics alumnus publishes biofuels research

Posted on January 23, 2015

MSUM Economics alumnus Tanner McCarty ’12 continues to excel as a graduate student in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Read the rest of this entry →

Econ grad developing mobile app for MSUM

Posted on January 14, 2015

Jeremy Johnson, MSUM graduate in economics and national sales director of Myriad Mobile, was featured in the Fargo Forum. Myriad Mobile is developing a cellphone app for MSUM to allow students to view an events calendar, campus directory, and individual information. Read the rest of this entry →

Ken Jaeger Transforms Communities in Need

Posted on January 12, 2015

By Danielle Rebel

Every child dreams of what they want to be when they grow up.

For some, it’s a firefighter; for others, a ballerina. Still others dream of being doctors, lawyers, or basketball stars.

Ken Jaeger dreamed of helping the poor.

Jaeger, a ’83 community health graduate and 2014 distinguished alumnus, was inspired to help the poor at a young age. His mother, who grew up in El Paso, Texas, took Jaeger over the border to Juarez, Mexico, where poverty was rampant.

Read more on our online Moorhead Magazine.

GCOM grad Shannon Luney featured on cover of High Plains Reader

Posted on December 08, 2014

Shannon Luney, one of our GCOM grads was featured on the cover of the latest High Plains Reader. MSUM instructor Alex Fogarty taught the first class in Fall 014.

Girl Develop It provides women with the tools to develop software

by Amy Borgman December 3rd, 2014

Shannon Luney and Megan Beck are the co-leaders of the Fargo chapter of Girl Develop It, a national nonprofit that focuses on empowering women to learn how to code computers and develop software. Its launch party last October was the first event of its kind in the FM area. There are 45 chapters in cities throughout the U.S. and it continues to grow. Read the rest of this entry →

Film Alumnus Scores with First Feature

Posted on December 03, 2014

Film alumnus Kate Enge ’10 has made quite a splash on the festival circuit with her first feature, Efficiency. The film, which deals with a pair of irresponsible twin brothers struggling to keep their close bond intact while dealing with an unexpected family tragedy, was directed and co-produced by Enge. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumna Barbara La Valleur exhibiting five decades of photographs from photojournalism career

Posted on November 21, 2014
Barbara La Valleur, a 1972 Mass Communications graduate, will be exhibiting five decades of photographs from her photojournalism career. The exhibit runs from Dec. 5, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2015 at the Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN. The opening reception is Friday, Dec. 5 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
La Valleur won a 1937 Chevy as a 15-year-old high school freshman which she promptly sold to buy a typewriter and went on to become an international award winning photojournalist. She has worked in MN, ND, TN, the US Virgin Islands and Germany where she freelanced for seven German newspapers. Now retired and living with her husband, Arnie Bigbee, in Edina, she serves as Public Art Chair and is on the Edina Arts and Culture Commission. This exhibit covers five decades of her photojournalism career; includes black and white, color, digital, canvas and iPhone photos. Many of her photos are for sale.

Economics alumnus’ undergraduate research presented at Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop

Posted on November 11, 2014

Cody Brandt’s research, “Impact of the Bakken Oil Boom on Employment and Wages in North Dakota,” was a selected poster presentation at the Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on November 1-2, 2014. He completed this research at MSUM under the direction of Economics, Law & Politics faculty member T. J. Hansen in fall 2013. Brandt began graduate study in the Agricultural and Consumer Economics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2014.

Film Studies Alumni Win Twin Cities Competition

Posted on November 06, 2014

Circa Productions, a Twin Cities-based film production company consisting of several MSUM Film alumni recently took top honors in the Minneapolis 48 Hour Horror Film Project. The winning film, Slice and Dice with Ethan was created by Ben Efron ’09, Dustin Solmonson ’09 and Rebecca Efron ’09. Theatre alumnus, Matt Englund starred in the project. In addition to taking Best Film, the Circa team also won for Best Hero, Best Character, Best Line of Dialog and the Audience Favorite Award. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus and U of M senior associate athletics director Marc Ryan shares his story

Posted on November 06, 2014

“Every child has a long list of dream jobs. When Marc Ryan, an MSUM mass communications graduate of 1984 was a kid, he, like so many other children, dreamt of working for his favorite sports team, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.”

Read the rest of Ryan’s story here.

Former MSUM wrestler signs with UFC

Posted on November 06, 2014

“Ex-Dragon signs with UFC”

By Eric Peterson on Nov 4, 2014 at 8:31 p.m.

FARGO – Tim Johnson was at work Monday when asked if he would like to be in the UFC.
A day later, the former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler signed with the largest mixed martial arts promotion company.

“It hasn’t set in I guess,” Johnson said Tuesday after it became official. “Elated is the word.” Read the rest of this entry →

Alumna Michelle Sailer, art teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, named Minnesota’s 2014 Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Posted on November 04, 2014

Michelle Sailer, art teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, has been named Minnesota’s 2014 Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Art Educators of Minnesota. Sailer has been recognized by her professional association for her outstanding achievement and contributions to Reinertsen and Minnesota. She will be honored at an Art Educators of Minnesota awards luncheon on November 7. Sailer is a 1989 graduate of MSUM with degrees in Elementary Education and Art & Design.

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