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Retired MSUM professor Anoush Khoshkish passes away

Posted on June 08, 2017
Anoush Khoshkish, a retired MSUM professor, passed away on the morning of May 28, 2017, at home in New York City. He leaves behind his wife, constant companion and best friend of 36 years, Irene R. Miller. 

Anoush grew up in Paris, studied in Geneva, worked in Geneva and later Paris and settled in the United States in 1966.  Read the rest of this entry →

Gompf presents Continuing Legal Education Webinar to attorneys

Posted on May 30, 2017

Professor Tracy Gompf, Paralegal, Department of Economics, Law and Politics, presented a Continuing Legal Education Webinar “Increase Profitability and Efficiency of Your Firm Through Paralegal Utilization” to regional attorneys on May 24. This webinar was sponsored by the North Dakota State Bar Association.

Paralegal student selected for national essay scholarship

Posted on May 12, 2017

Candace Gould, Paralegal, submitted a winning essay for the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Scholarship. The LEX Scholarship is awarded by the American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE), the national organization for paralegal programs. Winners are awarded a $500 scholarship and are invited to speak at the national AAfPE convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October. Candace’s winning essay covered the topic of paralegal regulation.

Economics program hosts Twin Cities Alumni Reunion

Posted on May 08, 2017

Alumni, current students, faculty members, and guests of the MSUM Economics program were among the fifty people gathered in the Twin Cities on April 27, 2017. Economics alumnus David Slovick hosted current students and faculty members at Allina Health in Minneapolis, a not-for-profit health care organization that operates over 90 clinics and 12 hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Paul Kramer selected as 2017-2018 Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer

Posted on May 03, 2017

Provost Joseph Bessie has announced that Paul Kramer, Department of Economics, Law and Politics, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award.

Dr. Kramer will be honored at a campus award ceremony next fall, during which he will present a lecture of his choosing.

Please join Provost Bessie in extending congratulations to Paul Kramer for this achievement, as well as appreciation for his continued dedication to our students.  Read the rest of this entry →

Economic Society members, faculty advisors present workshop at 2017 Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Posted on April 11, 2017

MSUM Economic Society members (Moyinoluwa Abiola, Alexander Johnson, Aleena Kearns, Josh Noennig, Rahil Pereira, and McKenna Togstad) and co-advisors Drs. T. J. Hansen and Gregory Stutes presented the workshop, “Operation Economics,” as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on April 8. This conference invites young women in the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades in Minnesota and North Dakota to a day of career exploration workshops focused on the development of mathematical and critical thinking skills. In the “Operation Economics” workshop, young women learned about the impact of specialization on international trade by participating in a trading simulation with members of the Economic Society.

Flores presents paper at Eastern Economic Association meetings

Posted on March 16, 2017

Oscar Flores, Economics, presented the paper “The Impact of Participation in Learning Communities on Academic Performance an Retention” at the 43rd meetings of the Eastern Economic Association in New York City. Flores found preliminary evidence that participation in LCs at MSU Moorhead does increase the probability that students would return for the second year.

Economics students present at Eastern Economic Association meetings

Posted on March 14, 2017

Three Economics students presented at the undergraduate student sessions of the Eastern Economic Association meetings in New York City. Cody Rittenhouse studied the relationship between business climate across states and poverty rates; Cody found that states with better business climate as measured by Forbes magazine have lower poverty rates. Aaron Vanyo developed a Genuine Progress Indicator for Minnesota. Matthew Dakken studied the impact of Jim Cramer’s buy recommendations on the price of stocks; Matt found increases in the short-term prices of stocks recommended by Jim Cramer.

The Last Lecture by Dr. Andrew Conteh

Posted on November 30, 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | CMU Ballroom

Please join the Interdisciplinary Center for Diversity and Social Justice in recognizing Dr. Andrew Conteh, professor of Political Science, for his passion, strong voice and dedication to diversity and social justice in the world. Come honor, celebrate and learn from Dr. Conteh as he gives his last lecture at MSUM.  Read the rest of this entry →

Save the Date: GIS Day is Wednesday, Nov. 16

Posted on October 25, 2016

GIS Day is an international celebration showcasing real-world applications of geographic information systems (GIS), providing a forum to explore the benefits of GIS and build local GIS communities. Please consider attending MSUM’s GIS Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The celebration will include a variety of talks, displays and informational tables about how this cross-disciplinary technology is being used to visualize and analyze diverse types of spatial data. There will be something for everyone, whether you’re new to GIS of already using geospatial technology. More information will be provided in coming weeks.

All events will be held in the CMU Ballroom. Exhibits will be open from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and 15-minute Lightning Talks by GIS professionals will run from 1:30-3:15 p.m. Great speakers will be talking about everything from weather to crime and natural resource mapping. The keynote lecture, by Al Derosier (MSUM alumnus and deputy director of operations at Esri) will be at 3:30 p.m.

This is the third annual GIS Day Celebration at MSUM. It is hosted by the Center for Geospatial Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

Dragons in the News

Posted on October 10, 2016

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the last week.

MSUM campus hosts community block party to kick of their homecoming, WDAY: “Moorhead is bursting with Dragon pride this week. Monday night, students, faculty and families rallied at a community block party for MSUM’s Homecoming.”

Roers/Keller William put on annual Chili Feed to raise money for United Way, WDAY: “It was the perfect day for a bowl of steamin’ hot chili. More than 900 people bellied up for the annual Chili Feed for United Way put on by Roers/Keller Williams. Along with a free-will donation, people could try 50 different types of chili made by everyone from the Killbourne Group to MSUM President Blackhurst.”

MSUM celebrates Professor Conteh and his retirement, WDAY: “An MSUM icon is being honored tonight for his contributions to higher education. Andrew Conteh has been teaching international relations and law at the university for more than 30 years.”

‘Printober’ at Plains celebrates art of printmaking, InForum: “The Plains Art Museum has stamped this month as Printober, with events and workshops dedicated to the art and education of printmaking.”

Gibson ties school record, leads Dragons to homecoming victory, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson was the model of scoring efficiency Saturday night, Oct. 8, at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Gibson caught four passes and all went for touchdowns. His performance vaulted the Dragons to a 41-12 homecoming victory against Minnesota-Crookston in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football at Scheels Field.”

Dragons induct 11 individuals, one team into sports hall of fame, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead is inducting 11 individuals and one team into its sports hall of fame.”

Small in stature, Dragons receiver Ambrose makes big impact, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Jake Hodge was in the head coach’s office earlier this week when he tossed a playful verbal jab at wide receiver Cory Ambrose.”

Impact of immigration topic of MSUM lecture, InForum: :”Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will discuss the “Economic Impact of Immigration on the American Economy” during a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at King Hall, Room 110, on the MSUM campus.”

MSUM Wraps Up Homecoming Week With a Parade, KVRR: “MSUM is ending their eventful Homecoming Week with a parade. Students, faculty and staff came out to show their Dragon Pride as they joined the Homecoming Parade.”

Serving up Homecoming Spirit at MSUM’s “Ice Cream Palooza”, KVRR: “They served up free ice cream to students and a few professors got a pie in the face this afternoon at MSUM. The “Ice Cream Palooza” was all a part of homecoming week and put on by all the homecoming court nominees.”

How does Immigration Impact the U.S. Economy?, Valley News Live Point of View: “One of Donald Trump’s main platforms this election is that immigration has a negative impact on American native born jobs and wages. Is that true? Does research back up that claim?”

Thank You, Dr. Andrew Conteh

Posted on October 05, 2016

Wednesday, Oct. 5 | 6-8:30 p.m. | CMU Ballroom

After more than 30 years, Dr. Andrew Conteh is retiring and moving to California. Before he leaves, we want as many people as possible who have been touched by this extraordinary man to say “thank you.”  Read the rest of this entry →

The Economic Impact of Immigration on the American Economy

Posted on October 03, 2016

Monday, Oct. 10 | 7 p.m. | King Hall 
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The Economic Impact of Immigration on the American Ecomony

Posted on September 28, 2016

Monday, Oct. 10 | 7 p.m. | King Hall  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Faculty Members, Alumni Attend Geospatial Analysis Conference

Posted on August 15, 2016

A Faculty Development Associates team comprised of Andrew Chen, Computer Science and Information Systems; Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Sciences; Alexandria Fogarty, School of Media Arts and Design; and T. J. Hansen, Economics, Law & Politics; attended the Esri Education and User Conferences in San Diego, California June 25-29, 2016. The MSUM team members joined over 15,000 participants from academia, industry and government that participated in technical workshops, moderated paper discussions, industry-specific sessions and forums related to geospatial analysis.  Read the rest of this entry →

‘Undergraduate Economic Review’ Selects Veillette’s Health Care Economics Research for Publication

Posted on May 10, 2016

Marie Veillette, December 2015 MSUM graduate, received notification that a paper she wrote as an undergraduate will be published in an upcoming issue of the “Undergraduate Economic Review.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Student Paper Accepted into Peer-Reviewed Economics Journal

Posted on May 03, 2016

Dirk Jasperse, a Economics and Political Science double major, had his paper “Evaluating the Impact of Library Children’s program Attendance on Circulation of Library Children’s Materials” accepted for publication in Issues in Political Economy, a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate research in Economics. Read the rest of this entry →

Hansen Speaks to First District Society of the ND Medical Association

Posted on April 21, 2016

Dr. T. J. Hansen, Department of Economics, Law & Politics, spoke to the First District Society of the North Dakota Medical Association on April 19, 2016 in Fargo. Her remarks, “Navigating the economic highway – GPS required,” focused on economic decision making in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The event concluded with a dialogue between members of the society and Hansen related to current economic conditions and changes occurring within the health care industry.

Economic Professors, Alumni’s Paper Accepted for Journal

Posted on April 20, 2016

Oscar Flores, Tonya Jo Hansen, and Economics alumni Rachel Hettich (’03) and Derek Hagen (’05) had the paper “Long-term Benefits of Undergraduate Research in Economics: A Dialogue” accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed journal Perspectives in Undergraduate Research and Mentoring. The paper describes the origin of undergraduate research in Economics at MSU Moorhead and the long-term benefits to the students who participate in it and to the Economics program.

Hettich is currently an Investigator at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Hagen is Vice President of Investments and Planning at Marquette Asset Management in Minneapolis.

Economic students presented at the 42nd Annual Eastern Economics Association meeting

Posted on March 22, 2016

Myinoluwa Abiola, Economics major, and Dirk Jasperse, a double major in Economics and Political Science, presented at the undergraduate student sessions (IPE sessions) of the 42nd Annual Eastern Economics Association meetings in Washington, DC. Abiola studied MBA school rankings in US News and World report affect the number of applications while Jasperse studied the impact that children’s program events have on circulation at public libraries.

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