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Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson Named MN Professor of the Year

Posted on November 20, 2014

Film Professor, Filmmaker is MSUM’s 11th CASE Professor of the Year

View an interview with Kyja here.

The art of filmmaking balances the big picture against the small picture details, said Minnesota State University Moorhead film studies Professor Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson. That harmony is also central to the teaching and learning process, a balance Kristjansson-Nelson manages with sharp perspective and fluid athleticism, which is why she was named the 2014 Minnesota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching during a November 20 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Kristjansson-Nelson is the 11th professor at MSU Moorhead to be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation.

The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program celebrates outstanding instructors across the country. Sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education.

Kristjansson-Nelson joined MSUM’s emerging film studies department in 2006. However, the Fargo South graduate started as an undergraduate at MSUM (astronomy and physics major) before transferring to pursue a film production degree. At the time, MSUM’s program did not include film production, which was added to the curriculum in 2004.

“Film combined all of the things I love—sound, design, music, science, math, light and creative writing,” said Kristjansson-Nelson. “I’m so happy to be a part of MSUM’s film program because this is the exact program I wanted when I was a student.” Read the rest of this entry →

“MSUM’s Kristjansson-Nelson named Minnesota’s Professor of the Year” InForum article

Posted on November 20, 2014
By Grace Lyden on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – A film professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead became the school’s 11th Minnesota Professor of the Year on Thursday.

Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, 35, has been on MSUM’s faculty since 2006 and will receive the award today in Washington, D.C.

The Professors of the Year program recognizes excellence in undergraduate education, and MSUM has had more professors win the award than any other higher education institution in the state, according to a release from the university. Read the rest of this entry →

Journalism students win multiple awards in regional contests

Posted on April 08, 2014

Three Campus News Stories Move On to National SPJ Contest

Three stories from Campus News, MSUM’s student produced newscast, were named as winners in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards. Stien Michalsen, a photographer for Campus News last spring, won in both the television news photography and the television sports photography categories. Collin Boyles, a 2013 graduate, was the winner in the television sports reporting category. The stories won in SPJ Region 6, which includes the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. They now move on to compete in the national SPJ contest, which includes twelve regions across the United States. In all, Campus News took home 10 television awards, more than any other school in the contest. Campus News also took all the awards in the television photography categories. The winners were announced at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM theatre students receive multiple awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Posted on January 30, 2014

This past week 26 MSUM theatre arts students and faculty attended the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Lincoln, Neb. KCACTF offers a tremendous opportunity for theatre arts students to compete in the areas of acting, directing and theatrical design; to audition for professional theatres; and to partake in workshops with major theatre artists.

MSUM students received the following awards at this year’s festival: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM awarded silver status by STARS

Posted on January 21, 2014

Today (Tuesday, Jan. 21) from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Office of Sustainability, Hagen 111, will be an open house to celebrate the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) placing MSUM in the “Silver” category for sustainability. STARS looks at various areas of sustainability, such as carbon footprint, student engagement, recycling and much more.

In the past four years, MSUM has:

MSUM students prepare for music industry by producing records

Posted on January 07, 2014

This article is from Prairie Business Magazine.

By: Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio News
www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Eric Jensen spends countless hours in the recording studio trying to create new tunes, the kind of work that could help him make it in the music business.

Jensen is enrolled in a Minnesota State University-Moorhead program in which students earn a degree by booking concerts and producing records.

Although the university has offered the Music Industry and Entertainment Studies program for 30 years, a new generation of students is using it to gain real-world experience in a rapidly changing industry. Read the rest of this entry →

Doris Walker-Dalhouse receives Albert J. Mazurkiewicz Special Service Award

Posted on December 10, 2013

On Nov. 2, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) presented Doris Walker-Dalhouse, Professor Emerita, STL, with the Albert J. Mazurkiewicz Special Service Award. The award, recognizing her significant contribution to ALER, was presented during the organization’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas.

SLHS Department awarded grant for development of Sensory Integration Resource Center

Posted on December 05, 2013

Mari Beth Plankers, M.S., CCC-SLP and Rachel Stotts, M.S., CCC-SLP submitted a grant application to the “Dille Fund for Excellence” to develop a Sensory Integration (SI) Resource Center in the SLHS Clinic. Sensory integration (SI) and intervention has been used for the treatment of numerous individuals with a wide range of learning and developmental challenges. SI refers to the ability to organize, integrate, and use information from the body and the environment. Read the rest of this entry →

Physics and Astronomy works with Moorhead High School to obtain NASA grant for robotics team

Posted on December 04, 2013

Faculty from the Department of Physics and Astronomy assisted, as lead mentors for the MHS FIRST Robotics team, in applying for a sponsorship grant for the team from NASA. The team was notified yesterday that it was awarded a grant for this academic year. The grant, which is very competitive, provides sponsorship for one year of competition while the team works on securing a permanent sponsor.

More information about the team can be found at http://4360spudnik.blogspot.com.

physics.mnstate.edu

Society of Physics Students named “Distinguished SPS Chapter”

Posted on December 04, 2013

The MSUM Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) [known on campus as the "Physics Club"] has been named a “Distinguished SPS Chapter” by the SPS National Council. This award, “based on the depth and breadth of the SPS activities conducted by the chapter” in areas of of “physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring, hosting and representation at physics meetings.” The MSUM SPS chapter was particularly cited for hosting the 2013 SPS Zone 11 Meeting. This recognition is awarded to about 10% of SPS chapters nationwide.

Project management: A pathway to managing your future

Posted on December 03, 2013

MSUM is proud to announce a new degree being launched in Spring 2014: Bachelor of Science in Project Management. Through a collaborative effort between the Operation/Construction Management departments and College of Business and Innovation, the first B.S. program for Project Management in the tri-state area will be offered here at MSUM. By being designed around pairing with a minor or double major in an area of the student’s choosing, Project Management fits perfectly with programs such as Business Administration, Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Marketing, Management, Human Resources and more.

Designed for individuals seeking careers in a variety of areas, Project Management provides students the opportunity to learn and develop skills useful in fields such as health care, information technology, manufacturing, retail, government and non-profit. Read the rest of this entry →

TOCAR receives Arc of Justice award

Posted on November 12, 2013

Training our Campuses Against Racism (TOCAR) was a recipient of the Arc of Justice award at the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition Summit held Nov. 9. Dr. Phyllis May-Machunda and Anita Bender were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the multi-campus initiative. The Arc of Justice award is named for a quote made famous by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Mass Communications student receives third place in national Freedom of Speech contest

Posted on November 01, 2013

MSUM Mass Communications student Scott Eickschen won third place and a $1,000 scholarship in the Freedom of Speech PSA Contest, a national competition for college communications students. The win is the second by a student in Martin Grindeland’s desktop video class. Last year, Hailee Palony took third. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Choir and Percussion Ensemble Invited to Perform at prestigious music festival

Posted on October 07, 2013

The MSUM Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Dan Mahraun, and the MSUM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, have recently been invited to present a joint concert performance of works for choir and percussion at the North Dakota Music Educator’s Association (NDMEA) Winter Conference in Bismarck, N.D. in March as a featured evening performance concert event. Each year, a limited number of University ensembles are selected to perform at the conference, and MSUM is proud to present two of this year’s winning groups.

MSUM Announces 2013 Dragon Hall of Fame Class

Posted on August 23, 2013

The Minnesota State University Moorhead athletic department has announced the 2013 Dragon Hall of Fame class. Eight individuals and four teams have been selected for induction, with the ceremony set to be held on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom on the MSUM campus.

msumdragons.com/news/2013/7/24/DF_0724135324.aspx?path=football

School of Business-Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Named a Premier Chapter

Posted on August 15, 2013

The Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at MSUM was recently honored by Beta Gamma Sigma as one of their Premier Chapters for the 2012-2013 year. Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for universities that have achieved accreditation of their business programs by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is the most prestigious level of accreditation available to Business schools internationally. To qualify as a premier chapter, Beta Gamma Sigma requires an 85% acceptance rate following the invitation to join the honor society. The local chapter at MSUM achieved an acceptance rate of 89% for the academic year. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Department receives award from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Posted on May 30, 2013

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Department has been selected to receive a 2012-2013 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs award for Excellence in Curriculum Programming.

Awards were selected by peer academic and student affairs campus administrators based on such criteria as effective use of technology and student achievement.

“We are honored and humbled by the MnSCU award,” Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, chair of the CADT Department, said. “Our students and faculty work very hard, because we love what we do.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Community Outreach Center recognized as a “Partner We Can’t Live Without”

Posted on May 20, 2013

During an all staff meeting, May 16, the MSUM Community Outreach Center (within the Counseling & Student Affairs Graduate Program) was recognized by the Fargo Housing and Development Authority as a “Partner We Can’t Live Without.”

The clinic coordinator, Ben Erie was presented with a plaque stating the MSUM Community Outreach Center is “Making a Difference.” The Assistant Director of FHA also identified future collaborations with the MSUM Community Outreach Center including joint grant writing and sharing other resources.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Arts and Humanities newsletter wins silver Addy Award

Posted on February 27, 2013

The MSUM College of Arts and Humanities newsletter received a silver Addy Award in the category of advertising for the arts and sciences at the 2012 AAF-ND Addy Awards held Friday, Feb. 22 at the Holiday Inn.

Congratulations to:
Derek Lien, contributing graphic designer
Rebecca Sundet-Schoenwald, contributing writer/editor
Darel Paulson, contributing photographer

View the Arts & Humanities newsletter.

New Rivers Press starts celebration of 45 years

Posted on November 07, 2012

By Mary Ann Grossmann
mgrossmann@pioneerpress.com

New Rivers Press will be 45 years old in 2013, and the literary press founded by the late C.W. (Bill) Truesdale is starting the celebration this week with an evening of readings by Nick Healy, Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, Nick Knittel and Tim Nolan.

There will be music by Minnesota singer, songwriter andguitarist Diane Jarvi, who writes poetry as Diane Jarvenpa. Her third collection, “The Tender, Wild Things,” was published by New Rivers in 2007.

When Truesdale died in 2001, New Rivers was the oldest continuously publishing press in the country. After some tense months when it looked as though it would fold, New Rivers found a home at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Since the first New Rivers books published in Moorhead came out in 2003, next year will also be the press’s 10th anniversary at MSU. Read the rest of this entry →

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