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Student Conor Lee, jazz studies, receives Career Development Grant

Posted on August 25, 2014

Jazz Studies student Conor Lee received a Career Development Grant from the Lake Region Arts Council. Lee will use the grant to learn two music composition and editing software programs. Lee works with various styles of rock/pop, jazz, and folk music. He’s written arrangements for various ensembles and has also written and recorded original music for film and 3D animation projects. Read the rest of this entry →

Women’s and Gender Studies, Philosophy and Sustainability Students Contribute to the Success of FEMMSS5, an international conference

Posted on August 20, 2014

Women’s and Gender Studies, Philosophy and Sustainability students contribute to the success of the conference Science, Technology and Gender:  Challenges and Opportunities, held by the Association for FEMMSS (Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies) hosted at The University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario Canada, August 10-13, 2014. Kate Lucero and Whitney Oxendahl,  along with faculty members Claudia Murphy, Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy, Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, Alison Wallace, Biosciences and Sara Anderson, Biosciences, presented a workshop titled “Fracking the Reservation: Interdisciplinary Development of an Undergraduate Case Study.” Read the rest of this entry →

Another Bohl emerges as defensive leader for Dragons

Posted on August 18, 2014
By Eric Peterson on Aug 14, 2014 at 11:44 p.m.

MOORHEAD – When Aaron Bohl decided to play football at Minnesota State Moorhead a few years ago, he viewed having his dad nearby as a bonus.

That’s why Aaron took it in stride when his father, Craig Bohl, left North Dakota State after last season to take the head football job at the University of Wyoming.

“I always knew there would be an opportunity where he might leave,” Aaron Bohl said Thursday after MSUM had completed its first practice of fall camp. “I made sure that was more of a bonus than a requirement to come up here.”

In his third year in the Dragons’ program, Bohl has established himself as the starter at middle linebacker. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder started all 11 games last fall as a redshirt freshman, ranking fifth on the team with 66 tackles. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM student presented work at University of Kansas Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Posted on July 31, 2014

MSUM student Constance Anderson was one of the presenters who attended and  presented work as part of the University of Kansas Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session, which took place July 25.

One hundred students from 48 colleges and universities from 27 states and abroad participated in the event, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and the Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellowship.
Anderson’s presentation was titled “Thiourea Hydrogen-Bond Donors to Promote the Reductive Heck Reaction.”
To read more, click here.

Club Baseball Team Places Nationally

Posted on June 04, 2014

MSUM Dragon Baseball Club attends Division II World Series

By Danielle Rebel

It was a year of firsts for the MSUM Dragon Baseball Club.

The Dragons made it to the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Division II World Series after placing first in the District V Tournament. According to the Week 24 Division II National Poll, the Dragons were ranked No. 6, the highest in MSUM Dragon Baseball Club history.

MSUM made it to the third round in the World Series Tournament, which took place May 16-20 in Paducah, Ky.

Over the past few years, Dragon baseball has transformed into something much greater than originally anticipated. Read the rest of this entry →

Student journalists, broadcasters bring home honors

Posted on June 04, 2014

Fifteen students and two mass communications classes took home 25 awards at the 2014 North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC) College Communications Contest, held on May 9.

The NDPC contest is devoted to the advancement of student communicators by recognizing their work in communications throughout the year. A total of 85 awards were presented in 34 categories.

MSUM student winners: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM chemistry major Connie Anderson selected as a Chemistry Ambassador

Posted on May 27, 2014

MSUM Chemistry major Connie Anderson was selected as a Chemistry Ambassador for her work on active chemical demonstration display cases. The Chemistry Ambassadors program is sponsored by the American Chemical Society. Connie was selected and interviewed at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, and her work is highlighted in a short video produced by the ACS.


Connie’s display case experiments have been in the Langseth Hall Atrium outside of LH118. Displays are on hiatus for the summer but will return next fall.

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 →

Moorhead student graduating after doctors said she probably wouldn’t

Posted on May 13, 2014

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – When students at MSUM walk across the stage to receive their diplomas in a few days it will be a celebration for all and a special victory for one. View the video here.

We first met Kayla Dumas in 2007.

She had survived a terrible car accident and was hospitalized for months, most of that time in a coma.

She was traveling to visit family at Christmas and was hit broadside after another driver blew a stop sign.

Six years after doctors told her family a productive life was unlikely for Kayla Dumas, the 26-year-old is preparing to graduate from MSUM with an Advertising degree. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM student reflects on journey from refugee to college graduate

Posted on May 13, 2014

By: By Merrie Sue Holtan, Variety contributor, INFORUM

MOORHEAD – Dalila Nurkic has no idea what she looked like as a baby. The 22-year-old has no baby pictures or mementos from early childhood.

Dalila has no memory of enemy soldiers taking over their family home in Gracac, Bosnia, on Aug. 7, 1993. During that time, her father, Enver, a Bosnian soldier, spent six months in a concentration camp while her mother, Sefika, took 1-year-old Dalila, her 8-year-old brother, Jasmin, and 5-year-old sister, Ilda, to her uncle’s home in Jablanica, leaving all belongings.

The war had begun after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992, and by 1994, the Nurkic family, along with their father, who had been released, moved to a Danish-sponsored refugee camp in Jablanica for the next three years. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students win national recognition for book cover designs

Posted on May 13, 2014

Graphic designers garner awards year after year

MSUM graphic design students did it again. Three cover designs for books published by New Rivers Press were selected as winners in the 2014 American Inhouse Design Awards by Graphic Design USA. From more than 4,000 entries, just 15 percent were recognized with Award Certificates of Excellence.

Students whose designs won are Rachel Brixius for Star in the Sky, Renae Hansen for Borrowed Horses, and Haley Frost for Rare Earth.

The American Inhouse Design Awards is the original and premiere showcase for outstanding work by in-house designers for more than five decades. New Rivers Press is a publisher of literary work, with an emphasis on new and emerging writers. The press began in New York, moved to Minneapolis, and finally to its current home on the MSUM campus in 2001. The press provides learning opportunities to MSUM students and a Certificate in Publishing for students in partnership with MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

Biology student accepted into summer program at the Marine Resources Research Institute as a Fort Johnson Summer Research Fellow

Posted on May 12, 2014

Rachel Walsh, Biology major, has received a summer research internship. She was accepted into the program at the Marine Resources Research Institute as a Fort Johnson Summer Research Fellow.  She will be working with Dr. Tanya Darden, Dr. John Robinson and a team of population geneticists to address horseshoe crab populations on the South Carolina coast.

Biosciences undergraduates and faculty published paper in Journal of Fish Biology

Posted on May 09, 2014

Biosciences undergraduates Evangeline Holley and Kaitlyn Ludwig, along with Biosciences faculty Dan McEwen and Brian Wisenden, have published a paper in the international peer-reviewed Journal of Fish Biology, based on research conducted by Evangeline and Kaitlyn and mentored by Drs. McEwen and Wisenden. The research showed that fish personality is not strictly genetically determined but also malleable through environmental influences. This work has important implications for commercial and sports fisheries that augment stocks with hatchery-reared fish. The full citation of their paper is: Holley ED, Ludwig KJ, McEwen DC, Wisenden BD. In Press. Predictability of food supply, but not ration, increases exploratory behaviour. Journal of Fish Biology.

http://web.mnstate.edu/wisenden

MSUM Cancer Researchers Present at National ASBMB Meeting

Posted on May 08, 2014

Dr. Mark Wallert and eight members of his cancer research team presented their data at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meeting April 26 – April 30, 2014.  The student presenting and their project titles include:

  • Nick Berthelsen and Brittany Bisnett presented a poster entitled: “Mutational analysis of calcineurin B homologous protein isoform 2 (CHP2) binding to the   Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1): NHE1 mutations H523I and H523G
  • Molly Strong and Moriah Hovde presented work entitled: “A comparative survey of the impact of NHE1 phosphorylation on pHi and cell motility.”
  • Harrison Pantera and Alex Novak presented a poster entitled: “Mutational analysis of calcineurin B homologous protein isoform 2 (CHP2) binding to the   Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1): NHE1 mutations N519A and N519D.”
  • Clarice Wallert and Scott Buchholz presented work entitled: “In vivo and in vitro interaction of calcineurin B homologous protein isoforms 1 and 2 (CHP1 and CHP2) with the Na+-H+ exchanger isoform1 (NHE1).” Read the rest of this entry →

Music Student Wins Prestigious Presser Award

Posted on May 07, 2014

The MSUM Department of Music, in conjunction with the Theodore Presser Foundation, has named Music Industry major Alayna Holkesvig a Presser Scholar. The Presser award is given to a student who will be a senior next year and is based upon the “merit and achievement” of the student as determined by the faculty and staff of MSUM. After completing a rigorous application, interview and performance/presentation process, Alayna was named this year’s Presser Undergraduate Scholar. The award comes with a $4,400 cash prize which may be applied towards tuition or towards an extra-curricular project designed to help the student launch their future career upon graduation.

MSUM student public relations firm named “Firm of the Issue”

Posted on May 06, 2014

Positive Reactions, an MSUM student public relations firm, was named “Firm of the Issue” in the most recent issue of FORUM, a publication of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

“Positive Reactions is one of PRSSA’s finest examples of a student-run firm that is producing excellent, professional work,” wrote Helma Von Zadow, PRSSA vice president of professional development.

The mission of Positive Reactions is to provide MSUM student members with field experience and clients with quality services. Led by director Kelly Falk, the firm integrates students of various fields, including public relations, journalism, advertising, film and photography. The student firm offers services such as event planning, marketing research, social media execution, web creation, video services and fundraising strategies.  Read the rest of this entry →

Philosophy Major Presents at Annual Minnesota Philosophical Society (MPS) Undergraduate Conference

Posted on May 01, 2014

Jessica Hillesheim’s paper titled “Moral Obligation and Charity” was chosen for inclusion in the program for the MPS Undergraduate Conference and she presented it on Saturday, April 26 at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Bring your cans to campus this week

Posted on April 24, 2014

Celebrate Earth Week and help raise money for the Student Recycling Service by bringing in your aluminum cans from home. The Student Recycling Service will be collecting cans from April 22-25. Read the rest of this entry →

Math major scores in top 45 percent in Putnam Competition

Posted on April 18, 2014

Math major Josiah Reiswig scored in the top 45 percent of the students in the nation in the Putnam Competition. The Putnam Competition consists of two three-hour blocks. In each block, students are given six extremely difficult problems to solve. The competition is the largest, most competitive mathematics competition in North America and attracts participants from every major undergraduate mathematics program in the nation.

Congratulations to the Dragon Leadership Program Graduates

Posted on April 18, 2014

Minnesota State University Moorhead proudly graduated the second class of the Dragon Leadership Program on Wednesday, April 16. With over 75 participants, the program is designed to provide Dragon students the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Focused around deliberate and meaningful collaborations among campus departments, the DLP provides a formal structure for students to actively engage and develop as leaders. Read the rest of this entry →

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