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Diane Wolter’s presentation placed second for “Best of Conference” at the Minnesota College Personnel Association annual meeting

Posted on November 21, 2014

Diane Wolter’s presentation “Emerging Adults in College” placed second in the voting for “Best of Conference” at the Minnesota College Personnel Association annual meeting in Brooklyn Center.

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 →

Steve Grineski publishes paper in “At the Crossroads of Policy and Poverty: A Critical Look at Homelessness, Youth, and Education”

Posted on November 18, 2014

Steve Grineski, STL, recently had a paper published in the Critical Questions in Education Special Issue, At the Crossroads of Policy and Poverty: A Critical Look at Homelessness, Youth, and Education. The paper is titled, “The multi-dimensional lives of children who are homeless”

Dragon Pride: Head athletic trainer Andy Scott receives national award

Posted on October 30, 2014

Long-time Minnesota State University Moorhead head athletic trainer Andrea “Andy” Scott was named the Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for Division II by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) at their annual meeting last summer. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM’s Sannes chairs Annual NACADA conference

Posted on October 28, 2014

Amy Sannes, director of MSUM’s Academic Support Center, recently chaired the annual conference for NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

This year’s annual event was held Oct. 8-11 in Minneapolis. In order to attract attendees from across the globe, Juan Reyes, the unit marketing coordinator for MSUM Dining Services, created a “Minnesota Style” video. Check it out here: Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Jeremy Carney presented on “Professional Ethics and Social Media” at MSSA conference

Posted on September 25, 2014

Dr. Jeremy Carney presented on “Professional Ethics and Social Media” at the Minnesota Social Services Association conference on September 24th. The presentation focused on the ethical challenges social media presents for human service professionals and possible best practice strategies in both professional and person use.

Reading and book signing at Zandbroz Variety tonight for Lin Enger’s second novel, “The High Divide”

Posted on September 23, 2014

Lin Enger, English, has published his second novel, “The High Divide, and will be having a reading and book signing at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo, tonight at 7 p.m. “The High Divide” follows the Pope family of Minnesota on their journey toward finding their father, Ulysses Pope, after he leaves to supposedly find work in St. Paul.

Enger also appeared on C-SPAN earlier this year in a panel discussion on creating books. Read the rest of this entry →

“Author, professor uses ‘draft horse’ mentality when writing books”

Posted on September 23, 2014

By Kris Kerzman on Sep 21, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.

MOORHEAD – Lin Enger had just gotten off the phone with a reviewer of his new book, “The High Divide.”

It wasn’t the kind of reviewer you might expect. Instead, it was an acquaintance who lent him some ladders and helped him with the daunting task of painting the exterior of his Moorhead home. While they were working, he noticed a box of advance-review copies of the book and got curious, so Enger gave him a copy.

As they arranged a time for the ladders to be picked up, Enger asked his opinion. The verdict? Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Allen Carter to write piece for upcoming International Trumpet Guild conference

Posted on September 08, 2014

Having just received the recording of his commissioned piece “Unbridled Joy” on the CD “Collaborations” by trombonist Nat Dickey, Associate Professor of Music Allen Carter has been contacted by Italian trumpet virtuoso Andrea Tofanelli to write a piece that will be premiered at the upcoming International Trumpet Guild conference in May of 2015. This will be the third composition/arrangement Dr. Carter has done for Mr. Tofanelli, the first two appearing on Andrea’s CD entitled “Flamingo”.

Pam McGee selected to attend Project Management Institute’s meeting in Paris

Posted on August 27, 2014

Pam McGee was one of 12 educator’s across the Globe selected to attend the PMI (Project Management Institute) Global Undergraduate Curriculum Development meeting in Paris on August 13, 2014. The group’s charter is to develop a universal, global road map for anyone teaching an introduction to project management course.

Dr. Paul Sando consulted and quoted in Future Rail Magazine article

Posted on August 25, 2014

Dr. Paul Sando was again consulted and quoted in an article on railroad safety and oil transportation, this time at the international level. The publication is Future Rail Magazine, the author is Fran Marcellin, a British journalist working in France. The article was distributed by an online news clearing house called Piece Boutique. Read it here.

Lisa Stewart, School Psychology, publishes chapter in Best Practices in School Psychology

Posted on August 19, 2014

Dr. Lisa Stewart published the chapter, “Best Practices in Developing Academic Local Norms” in the most recent edition of the National Association of School Psychology Best Practices in School Psychology. The Best Practices resource is a staple in graduate programs across the country and the new edition was released August 2014.

Linda Houts-Smith invited to serve on MinneTESOL Journal Editorial Board

Posted on August 13, 2014

Linda Houts-Smith has been invited to serve on the MinneTESOL Journal Editorial Board and is beginning her second year of service. The spring edition is available online at and features a photo from the 2009 TEAMWork Symposium held at MSUM. The Spring 2014 invited journal contributor Kate Kinsella, author of Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text, was the featured speaker at the symposium and the photo shows Kinsella with teachers from the Moorhead Public Schools who attended the conference. Two of the teachers are MSUM TESL program graduates.

Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Sue Severson selected to present study at annual American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education meeting

Posted on August 08, 2014

Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Teacher Education Data Manager and Sue Severson, Teacher Education Accreditation/Self-Study Coordinator, were selected to present their study entitled “The Correlation of ACT Scores with Teacher Education Accreditation Key Assessments at a Midwestern Institution” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in Atlanta, 2015. Outcomes from this correlational study are part of a series of data analyses that Suarez-Sousa and Severson conduct periodically as requirements for national and state accreditation as well as self-study and program improvement purposes. The results of this study are important evidence that will be presented during the upcoming accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) and the Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT), which will take place in March, 2015.

T.J. Hansen selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program

Posted on August 07, 2014

Tonya Jo (T.J.) Hansen, an Economics faculty member, has been selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program sponsored by the Chamber. MSUM is sponsoring Hansen.

“The selection process for the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program is very competitive,” President Anne Blackhurst said. “We’re proud to have T.J. represent our university. Participation in community activities like this is an important means of increasing our university’s visibility.”

Each year, LFMWF selects 40 emerging and existing leaders from all sectors of the community to participate in the nine-month program. For more information on the LFMWF program, click here.

Dr. Julie Swaggert and Dr. Mike Coquyt (Educational Leadership) present at the Minnesota eLearning Summit

Posted on August 05, 2014

Dr. Swaggert and Dr. Coquyt presented at the University of Northwestern on July 30th. Their session was titled, “Building Community and Relationships in the Online Classroom.” Their session focused on teaching strategies and techniques online educators can use to enhance student engagement, collaboration and relationship building. Creating authentic learning experiences, personal and timely feedback, asynchronous and synchronous teaching strategies and exploration of a variety of free or inexpensive technology tools were topics included in the session. Research and student survey data was included as the basis for accepted best practice strategies

Physics and Astronomy faculty presented at American Association of Physics Teachers conference

Posted on August 04, 2014

John Buncher, Matt Craig, Steve Lindaas and Ananda Shastri, all of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, attended the American Association of Physics Teachers conference last week. Matt Craig presented a poster titled “Agile Development of a Python-based Image Analysis Tool” on his work developing a collaborative tool using iPython notebooks. Ananda Shastri presented his talk “Structured Progression in a Sophomore-level Experimental Physics Course “. Steve Lindaas presented the workshop “Demo Kit in a Box” which showed participants how to construct easy, inexpensive demos for just-in-time-teaching. Steve is also a committee member and past chair and attended meetings to plan next year’s conference.

Larry Scott publishes book on legendary MSUM football coach, Ross Fortier

Posted on June 13, 2014

Sports information director emeritus Larry Scott has published a book on the life and legacy of football coach Ross Fortier. Fortier, who signed on as head football coach at Moorhead State College in 1970, transformed the Dragons into a major player on the regional and national levels.

“As sports information director at Moorhead State, I had a front row seat to watch all 236 games of the Ross Fortier Era,” Scott said. “It was a privilege, indeed, and I felt a special calling to somehow preserve those wonderful days of yesteryear. I offer this small measure as a tribute to coach Fortier, not only for the program he built and the championships he produced, but more importantly for how he went about his business and the profound impact he had on hundreds of student-athletes.” Read the rest of this entry →

Biosciences faculty and undergraduates publish paper in international peer-reviewed journal Hydrobiologia

Posted on May 21, 2014

Brian Wisenden, Dan McEwen, Bee Wisenden and Ellen Brisch, Biosciences faculty, and Tony Stumbo, Pat Self, Biosciences Undergraduates, have published a paper in the international peer-reviewed journal Hydrobiologia, entitled “Co-evolution of offspring antipredator competence and parental brood defense in convict cichlids”. This paper is the culmination of 20 years of research from field sites in Costa Rica and lab experiments at the MSUM aquatic research facility in Langseth Hall. Read the rest of this entry →

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