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Konrad Czynski’s 11th CD as narrator now available

Posted on February 11, 2016

Konrad Czynski’s 11th CD as narrator in the STORIES IN MUSIC series (Maestro Classics) was made available in November 2015 – “Merry Pranks of Master Till.” The German folktale was adapted for English narration by Czynski’s late friend, the composer and organist/pianist Stephen Simon, conductor of the series with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The original tone-poem, “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche,” was composed by Richard Strauss (d. 1949). The CD includes, as also the 10 previous CDs, an educational booklet; the CD itself includes, among other tracks, an “About the Composer” spoken presentation by Bonnie Simon. For information about the series created for young people, see

Governor Dayton appoints Dr. Joel Powell to Minnesota POST Board

Posted on February 10, 2016

Joel Powell, Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Program in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, was appointed by Governor Dayton to a 4-year term on the Minnesota POST Board. Established in 1967, the board licenses peace officers, establishes minimum qualifications and standards of conduct, and regulates professional peace officer education and continuing education for peace officers. As an occupational regulatory agency, POST is responsible for licensing over 10,500 active peace officers and over 250 active part-time peace officers. The board has the legislative authority to adopt administrative rules that have the force and effect of law, rules that enable the board to establish policies and standards to which all licensees must adhere. The Board’s 15 members are appointed by the governor.

History Day March 2nd 2016

Posted on February 04, 2016

The West Central Minnesota Regional History Day is coming up on Wednesday March 2nd 2016 at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom. We are in need of 35 judges this year for this event from 3 – 8pm. If you are interested in being a judge please click the following link to the Minnesota Historical Society History Day Judge signup form.

For the most part, the Minnesota Historical Society puts on the event, in collaboration with us here at MSUM. The History Program helps recruit Mentors and Judges for this regional event. Judges can be faculty, staff, students and community members. Mentors and judges do not need to be involved with the MSUM History Program, they just need to have an interest in history! We ask your help in promoting this event. Read the rest of this entry →

Paul Harris published in America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History

Posted on February 03, 2016

Paul Harris, Department of History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies, has two recent publications. An entry he wrote on the “American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions” was published in America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History, a reference work from Charles Scribner’s Sons. He also reviewed Island Queens and Mission Wives: How Gender and Empire Remade Hawaii’s Pacific World, by Jennifer Thigpen, for the Hawaiian Journal of History.

Kevin Zepper, English, featured on WDAY

Posted on February 03, 2016

Kevin Zepper, English, is featured in four live interviews during WDAY’s morning television show, First News. Zepper talks about musician Buddy Holly’s career and the day he was killed in a plane crash. Zepper’s father was a police officer who was working the dance that Holly and his band members were supposed to play at. The interviews are titled “The Day the Music Died” and they air February 3 between 5 and 7 a.m. on WDAY/WDAZ Channel six.

Spring 2016 Religious Studies Speaker Series Tonight

Posted on February 03, 2016

Dr. Michelle Sauer, University of North Dakota, English will be presenting “Active Enclosure: The Medieval Anchoritic Tradition”
on Wednesday, 3 February in Hagen Hall 113 at 7 pm.

Spring 2016 Religious Studies Speaker Series

Posted on February 02, 2016

Dr. Michelle Sauer, University of North Dakota, English
“Active Enclosure: The Medieval Anchoritic Tradition”
Wednesday, 3 February
Hagen Hall 113 at 7 pm

Undergraduate Economic Review recognizes research accomplishments of two more MSUM students

Posted on February 01, 2016

May 2015 MSUM graduates, Iwnetim Abate and Kofi Boadu, are the latest to publish their undergraduate research papers in Undergraduate Economic Review. These publications mark the sixth time since 2005 that MSUM students have published research in this journal. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Barbara Headrick featured on It Takes 2 With Jack & Amy radio show

Posted on January 28, 2016

Originally published on KFGO – Dr. Barbara Headrick, a popular professor of political science at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and frequently heard on KFGO, had an AWFUL Christmas Holiday.  It all began with a lick from her cat!

But, her kitty was still sitting with her when we spoke.

While at home in Missouri, she was stricken with a very rare strain of Bacterial Meningitis Pasteurella.  She was very very sick and could have died.  Thank goodness for a close family which included a registered nurse with ties to the U of Missouri Medical Center.

The professor is feeling well enough to talk about it and joined It Takes 2 With Jack & Amy this week.

Get well Doctor!

Professor Stephen Hamrick, English, appeared on Prairie Public’s Main Street radio show

Posted on January 28, 2016

On January 27, Professor Stephen Hamrick, English, discussed Shakespeare on Prairie Public’s Main Street radio show. The Shakespeare discussion has been excerpted from the show and can be found here.

Dr. Ted Gracyk to present colloquium on “Music and Imagination”

Posted on January 22, 2016

Dr. Ted Gracyk from the Philosophy Department will be presenting a colloquium on “Music and Imagination” on Wednesday, February 10, at 4:30 p.m. in MacLean Hall 167.

For centuries, people have claimed that art and music stir the imagination. But is this true? Given current understanding of the nature of imagination, it is difficult to establish the necessity of imaginative engagement when listening to music. All are welcome to attend.


Please join WGS in the first spring semester colloquium talk

Posted on January 19, 2016

Raymond Rea from the School of Media Arts and Design will present “LGBT Authorship in Film/Video” on Friday January 22, 2016 from 11:45am-1:00pm in the Women’s Center 154 Bridges.

Rea will examine the question, “how is film different when authorship is internal?” by screening several short films authored by and about various LGBT populations. Please join us for this engaging talk on Friday.

MSUM Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Prepare STEM Teachers

Posted on January 11, 2016

From National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program

MSU Moorhead has been awarded close to $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship program. The five-year grant, Preparing STEM Teachers to Successfully Navigate the Urban to Rural Gradient, will facilitate the licensure of approximately 35 new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers in outstate Minnesota.

The majority of the grant funds will be used to provide both scholarships and internships for talented science and math undergraduates and recent graduates in a STEM field. Interns will work with our partners, including Fargo and Moorhead Public School Districts and Lakes Country Service Cooperative, to assist in the delivery of summer opportunities for K-12 students, including English language learners, in the subjects of science and math. Read the rest of this entry →

Center for Geospatial Studies’ Campus Map Initiative introduced to Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group

Posted on January 08, 2016

MSUM faculty members Rinita Dalan (Anthropology and Earth Science) and T. J. Hansen (Economics, Law & Politics) joined Curtis Atkinson II, Lead System Engineer of HERE-Fargo, to address the Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group on December 9, 2015 in Fergus Falls. The presentation, “Partnering with the MSUM Center for Geospatial Studies: History, Campus Map Initiative, and You,” introduced regional GIS users to the center’s unique partnership with industry mapping leader, HERE. As part of the Campus Map Initiative, student interns from MSUM employed by HERE developed a 3-D map of the MSUM campus. HERE has also created interior maps of campus buildings as part of the initial phase of an ongoing partnership between these organizations. Representatives of MSUM and HERE answered questions about the Campus Map Initiative and invited those in the Pine to Prairie GIS Users Group to partner with the Center for Geospatial Studies in the future.

Dr. Chang-Seong Hong to contribute to Internet newspaper Media Buddha

Posted on January 04, 2016

Dr. Chang-Seong Hong, Philosophy, has been invited to become a regular contributor of his philosophical essays for a Korean-language Internet newspaper Media Buddha. Two of his essays have already appeared on this newspaper, and two or three essays are scheduled to be published every month. Dr. Hong is planning to contribute his essays to this newspaper at least for a year. His Korean-language essays can be accessed here.

Overcoming Obstacles

Posted on December 15, 2015

How one MSUM student defied all odds to graduate

By Nate Gilbraith, MSUM Marketing Intern

The alarmingly high dropout rate of American Indian students is not a new reality. According to the National Indian Education Association, the national dropout rate for American Indian students is 15 percent. However, Minnesota State University of Moorhead criminal justice major Cera Swiftwater refused to be a statistic.

Cera_5561 webcopySwiftwater grew up on the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation, where she was raised by her 17-year-old single mother. When Swiftwater was 15, she and her four brothers and sisters were placed in foster care. During her time in the foster care system, Swiftwater moved from school to school and even switched schools three different times over the course of four months.

Swiftwater stayed focused and remained on track to graduate high school. She says she was motivated by hoping to set an example for her younger family members. Read the rest of this entry →

Follow the MSUM delegation as they travel to South Korea, China

Posted on December 04, 2015

Denise Gorsline, interim dean of Arts, Media and Communication, has been blogging about her “Dragon Tales” and the MSUM delegation visit to South Korea and China that began Dec. 1.

In her Dec. 3 post she writes: “I have been enchanted by Seoul…from our visit with Seoul National University of Education (SNUE)  to our dinner with an MSUM graduate, an exchange student, and a potential exchange student, Seoul has been great.”

Read more and follow at Dragon Tales blog.

The seven-member team of faculty, administrators and staff will visit with with high schools and universities in South Korea and China for the purpose of partnership-building and bringing new students to MSUM. They will return to the U.S. Dec. 14.

Read more about the delegation visit.

International partnerships goal of South Korea, China delegation

Posted on November 19, 2015

A team of MSUM faculty, administrators and staff leave Dec. 1 for meetings with high schools and universities in South Korea and China for the purpose of partnership-building and bringing new students to MSUM.  The delegation includes Jack Healy, Randy Cagle, Denise Gorsline, Zhimin Guan, Peter Geib, Dan Brekke, and Janet Hohenstein. 

The trip will include visits to the Seoul National University of Education, a K-12 organization and universities in Bejing, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Guilin.  The delegation will return Dec. 14.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Author Featured in McGrath Visiting Writers Series

Posted on November 13, 2015

November 17, 2015 | 4:30 p.m. | MSUM Library Porch

Liz Kisacky Severn, an MSUM English professor and author, will do a reading as part of a book launch of her debut novel, Luce Women, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the MSUM Library Porch. The event is part of the McGrath Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

Severn has worked as a reporter, columnist, assistant editor, public relations writer, copywriter, and freelance writer/editor. Currently she teaches various writing and literature courses, among them the study of creative non-fiction exploring issues of death and grief. She earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

Ginther and Humphers-Ginther represent MSUM at Kids Plus Pathway to Careers Expo

Posted on November 04, 2015

With support from the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Office of Admissions, Shawn Ginther (Social Work) and Sue Humphers-Ginther (Sociology and Criminal Justice) represented MSUM at the 2nd Kids Plus Pathway to Careers Expo at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on October 27.

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