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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.

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 →

MSUM percussionists perform with 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer, John Luther Adams

Posted on April 15, 2014

This past weekend, 11 percussionists from the MSUM Percussion Studio traveled with Dr. Kenyon Williams to Duluth, Minn., to perform “Inuksuit,” an epic outdoor work composed by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams. While in Duluth, they attended a concert featuring works by Adams as well as a world-premier composition written for the occasion. After the recital, the students received the opportunity to work closely with the composer as he coached the gathered performers on how to best perform “Inuksuit” the following morning. At the performance, Adams continued to work side-by-side with the students and the performers gathered, tailoring the piece to the environment it was performed in. After returning to MSUM, the ensemble learned that Adams had received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for 2014. Congratulations to Adams, and to the MSUM students who had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with a composer of his stature!

Math students present research at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s

Posted on April 15, 2014

Students Josiah Reiswig and Samuel Erickson presented their research on Aphid Sequences at the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society Conference at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s. Erickson’s and Reiswig’s research involves using the somewhat unusual reproduction behavior of aphids to determine Fibonacci like sequences and their growth rates.

The conference was also attended by students Katie Byer, Brittney Lind, and Holly Sullivan, and math faculty, Adam Goyt.

“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 →

Students present research at Red River Psychology Conference

Posted on April 14, 2014

Psychology students presented research at the 28th Annual Red River Psychology Conference, hosted by Concordia College.

The following presentations were made:

Madhuri Tiwari and Katie Johnson (with Dr. C. Malone) “Competing Sound and Spelling Information Produce Memory Blocks in Word Fragment Completion”

Samantha Kallberg (with Dr. R. Bergstrom)”Appearance-related Social Norms: How the Thin-Ideal Impacts Opposite Sex Perceptions of Attractiveness” Read the rest of this entry →

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