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John Benson presents at Annual Association of American Geographers

Posted on April 16, 2014

John Benson, a geographer in the School of Teaching and Learning and the son of missionaries, presented a paper at the Annual Association of American Geographers conference in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, April 9. The paper was titled, “Faith of Our Fathers Living Still?: A Comparison of the Religious Development of Children of Missionaries to their Parents.” The paper was based on research he has done on the missionary community that he grew up within.

“Economics in Action” at the Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Posted on April 15, 2014

MSUM students, Fanuel Asrat, Aba Boadu, Kofi Boadu, Cody Brandt, Jasmin Lam, Julie Maahs, Melhik Negatu, and Mira Nkulukadiele, and Economics faculty members, T. J. Hansen and Gregory Stutes, offered a workshop in conjunction with the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on April 12. The local Expanding Your Horizons Conference invites young women from Minnesota and North Dakota who are in the seventh, eighth or ninth grades to experience careers, which use mathematics, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry. Read the rest of this entry →

Karen Mehnert-Meland recognized with ACUI Emeritus Award

Posted on April 14, 2014

During the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Awards Ceremony on April 9, Karen Mehnert-Meland received ACUI’s Emeritus Award, which recognizes professionals who are retiring. The Emeritus Award is conferred by the ACUI Board of Trustees. Mehnert-Meland was nominated by Interim Director of the Comstock Memorial Union, Layne Anderson, with support from other professionals in the student affairs field. She plans to retire June 30, 2014.

Mehnert-Meland has served MSUM for 35 years in various capacities. She has spent much of her career serving the Comstock Memorial Union, where she began working part-time as the Assistant Director in 1986. She was named the Director in 1991. She currently serves as the Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. Read the rest of this entry →

Essay by Rebecca Gardner recently published

Posted on April 11, 2014

An essay titled “Survivance as Resistance to Authoritative Discourse,” by Rebecca Gardner, Communication Studies, was included in the book “Feminist Challenges or Feminist Rhetorics? Locations, Scholarship, Discourse,” recently published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

MSUM Mass Communications Dept. honors longtime photography teacher

Posted on April 11, 2014

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY
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Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – A special honor for a talented news photographer and teacher.

Thursday, the Mass Communications Department honored longtime photography teacher Reggie Radniecki.

She is retiring from the department, for many years, Reggie was a stand-out news photographer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Read the rest of this entry →

‘Photos by Regene Radniecki’ exhibit opens today

Posted on April 10, 2014

The MSUM College of Communications and Journalism welcomes the community to help honor MSUM professor Regene “Reggie” Radniecki at the opening of her photographic exhibit, “Photos by Regene Radniecki.” A reception will be held today from 4-6:30 p.m., Flora Frick Hall, Room 254. The exhibit closes May 20.

Radniecki is retiring after a long and colorful career in photojournalism. Her work has been published in many renowned publications, including: The New York Times, National Geographic’s World Magazine, LIFE, Ebony, Business Week, Time Magazine, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, MPLS/St. Paul Magazine, Press Time and many others. Read the rest of this entry →

Raychl Smith gave invited lecture at the University of Iowa

Posted on April 10, 2014

Music department faculty member, Raychl Smith, gave an invited lecture on Creative Motion Pedagogy at the University of Iowa on April 4. The lecture was followed by a Creative Motion workshop with piano teachers from the Iowa Music Teacher’s Association, and a community workshop with local public school teachers and students. More information on Creative Motion Pedagogy may be found at

Tack publishes article for second time in “The Voice”

Posted on April 10, 2014

Dr. David Tack, School of Teaching & Learning, published an article in “The Voice,” a publication of The National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers. The April edition features his article “Two ‘Wrongs’ Are More Than Alright: Using and Stealing Cheat Sheets.” This is Tack’s second contribution in four months to this publication.

Brian Wisenden gave a seminar at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Posted on April 09, 2014

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, gave an invited departmental seminar at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire on April 3. The talk, based on research conducted by undergraduate biology majors at MSUM, was entitled “Scents of Danger: Chemically mediated predator-prey interactions in aquatic ecosystems.”

Suarez-Sousa and Bradbury presented at the American Educational Research Association

Posted on April 08, 2014

Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, and Boyd Bradbury, Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia last week. The presentation was entitled “The Impact of Testing Variables on Math Performance among Native American Students from the White Earth Indian Reservation.”

Anthropology and Earth Science research group visited Meskwaki Indian Settlement during spring break

Posted on April 08, 2014

During Spring Break, Dr. Erik Gooding, Anthropology and Earth Science, led his Meskwaki Ethnohistory Research Group to the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in East Central Iowa for four days of cultural and linguistic presentations. Students met with representatives from the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative, the Tribal Historic Preservation Director, the Tribal GIS Department, the Language Preservation Department, and the Tribal Museum. This experiential learning group undertakes archival and historic research under the guidance of Dr. Gooding during the school year and visits the Meskwaki community once a semester.

School of Business professors present at MBAA International Conference

Posted on April 07, 2014

Professors Sheri Erickson and Mary Stone, School of Business, presented the paper “An Examination of Pfizer’s Crisis Communication Strategies in the Celebrex Case” at the MBAA International Conference, North American Accounting Society sector, March 27, in Chicago. Business student Megan Thorwick was also a co-author on this paper, which examines stock price reaction to communication strategies Pfizer used when the safety of Celebrex was questioned.

Martin Grindeland receives NBNA’s highest honor

Posted on April 04, 2014

Martin Grindeland, a professor in MSUM’s School of Communication and Journalism, was named this year’s winner of the Mitchell V. Charnley Award by the Northwest Broadcast News Association at the organization’s annual convention in the Twin Cities last weekend.

The Charnley Award was established in 1968 and is given each year to an individual working, or with roots, in the six-state NBNA region who has made outstanding contributions to the field of broadcast journalism. Previous winners include nationally known broadcasters such as Eric Sevaried and Tom Brokaw, along with regional names such as Marv Bossart and Al Aamodt.

NBNA President Matt Cullen said it was Grindeland’s many years of service to broadcast journalism that earned him the honor. “For more than four decades, Martin Grindeland has instilled the foundations of journalism along with the art of storytelling into numerous students and young professionals,” said Cullen. “His passion and his dedication to his students and to the journalism profession makes him an ideal recipient of this year’s Mitchell V. Charnley Award.”

The Northwest Broadcast News Association includes the states of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa.

School of Teaching and Learning professor publishes research

Posted on April 04, 2014

Dr. Mary Dosch’s research entitled, “The Course Fit Us: Differentiated Instruction in the College Classroom” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the “International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.”

Poetry reading and book Launch of “The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali”

Posted on April 02, 2014

Please join Yahya Frederickson for a poetry reading and the book launch of his first full-length poetry collection, “The Gold Shop of Ba-’Ali,” on Thursday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m, in the CMU 101. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

Mike Miller, Mathematics, and students present at NDCTM conference

Posted on March 25, 2014

Mike Miller, Mathematics, and Elementary Education majors Anna Adrover and Trista Bentler presented at the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Fargo on Saturday, March 22.  They presented various alternative strategies to the standard subtraction algorithm to an audience of K-12 teachers.

“The Buddhist Review” publishes Dr. Chang-Seong Hong’s book review

Posted on March 24, 2014

Dr. Chang-Seong Hong, Philosophy, had his book review published in a Korean-language journal “The Buddhist Review” in March 2014. His article is on Owen Flanagan’s “The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized” (The MIT Press, 2011).

Zepper to read poetry today at Southwest Minnesota State University

Posted on March 24, 2014

Professor Kevin Zepper, English, will be at Southwest Minnesota State University Visiting Writers Series on Monday, March 24 for a poetry reading. Kevin Zepper, author of “Sugartown” and three other chapbooks, will read from Noon – 1 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library and from 7-8 p.m. at SMSU, Charter Hall 201.

Zepper teaches at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Read the rest of this entry →

Sando’s article accepted for publication

Posted on March 14, 2014

Dr. Paul Sando, Anthropology and Earth Science, has a news article covering backlog and late movement of last season’s harvest by the railroads accepted for publication in the May issue of “Trains Magazine” (due in April), his comments on railroad safety and oil transportation were featured in a report by Dan Gunderson on MPR’s Morning Edition on March 13, 2014, and he has been interviewed by Prairie Public Television for an upcoming historical documentary on James J. Hill, the railroads, and the Non Partisan League. It is quite possible that he has officially become a “talking head.”

Flores and Hansen presented at Eastern Economics Association in Boston

Posted on March 13, 2014

Oscar Flores and TJ Hansen, Economics, presented a paper at the Eastern Economics Association in Boston, Mass. Flores and Hansen attempt to explain differences in freshman retention rates across public, four-year institutions in the nation.

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