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Dragons in the News

Posted on October 17, 2016

Immigration is a wash on wages, but an overall boost for economy, MSUM professor says, InForum: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made immigration a hot topic for the Nov. 8 election with his claims that Mexican illegal immigrants were criminals and ‘rapists’ and that they are stealing Americans’ jobs. But those claims don’t hold up—for the most part—says Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Horace native all in for Norwegian reality show, InForum: “Jeff Johnson [’92 alumnus] doesn’t watch reality TV. He didn’t even own a television until this year. So his participation in this season of the Norwegian reality show ‘Alt for Norge’ is a bit of a head, err … beard-scratcher.”

Minnesota State University Moorhead Saves Energy and Labor, “Jeff Goebel, Physical Plant Manager at Minnesota State University at Moorhead (MSUM), knew there had to be a better way. He wanted an easier way for his employees to control HVAC equipment across campus. He heard about a software solution called Events2HVAC at a conference and looked it up online. In May 2010, MSUM became a beta test site for the software which works as a bridge between Dean Evans EMS® and various HVAC and building control systems to automatically control equipment based on scheduled events. The results have been impressive.”

Twins President Dave St. Peter Visits MSUM, KVRR: “See reaction on the Sports Communication Conference at MSUM, highlighted by Twins President Dave St. Peter serving as Keynote Speaker.”

Twins president Dave St. Peter speaks at Sports Communication Conference, WDAY: “Aspiring ssports media professionals attended the second annual Sports Communication Conference on the MSU Moorhead campus.”

Why aren’t voting laws consistent across states?, MPR News: “During the run-up to Election Day in November MPR News is finding the answers to your election questions. We turned to Barbara Headrick, a Professor of Political Science at Minnesota State University Moorhead for the answers.”

Theatre Alumni Appear in Minnesota Fringe Festival

Posted on October 17, 2016

For several years, MSUM graduates have appeared in various capacities in The Minnesota Fringe Festival, the largest non-juried festival in the United States, and the third-largest in North America. The festival provides opportunities for aspiring actors, directors and producers to gain exposure and experience.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Collaborative Student Exhibition at Plains Art Museum Oct. 13

Posted on October 05, 2016

In tandem with a series of month long events called “Printober” focused on printmaking at the Plains Art Museum, Corinne Teed’s intermediate printmaking class created a collaborative screenprint installation titled “Fragile Preservation: A Tallgrass Community” that will be installed in the museum’s sky bridge. The students developed a collaborative public work focused on ecology and threatened species in the tallgrass prairie after a guided tour at the MSUM Science Center by Biology Professor Dr. Alison Wallace.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6–8 p.m. Also opening that night is a Tri-College print exchange titled “The Matrix” featuring prints of students, faculty and alumni of MSUM, NDSU and Concordia.

Dragons in the News

Posted on October 03, 2016

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

Innovative Program Provides Valuable Microsoft Dynamics CRM Experience, Making Students Competitive in the Job Market, Microsoft: “By connecting three pinnacles of success—industry, education, and application—the faculty and administration at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) are preparing their students by teaching them the essential skills and strategies of Customer Relationship Management (CRM).”

14th Annual Fargo Fantastic Film Festival Comes to a Close, KVRR: “‘Minnesota State University Moorhead is the only school in the region that has a four year film degree program. Actually Minneapolis doesn’t even have one. So between Chicago and Seattle MSUM is the place to go for film…’ says Chairman of the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival Tony Tilton.”

MSUM Making Effort to Clean Up Cigarette Butts, KVRR: “Students at MSUM are trying to get people to stop throwing their cigarette butts on the ground. The week-long campaign began on Monday.”

MSUM students Trash the Ash, Valley News Live: “A week long campaign to Trash the Ash began at MSUM on Monday. Students on campus who are Wellness Educators will devote the week to picking up cigarette butts around campus.”

MSUM student travels the world as professional video gamer, InForum: “Brandon Qual is fighting a cold he picked up on a trip to Toronto where he played in a video game tournament. It’s an occupational hazard. Stress, fatigue and jet lag go along with his job. Qual is a professional gamer, one of the world’s top contestants in StarCraft. He commutes from here to compete in tournaments around the world.”

Social media to play a huge role in Presidential Debate Monday night, WDAY: “Some think it’ll simply just be for entertainment, rather than a way to sway a vote. ‘I do not see most people following seriously to make judgments. But they’ll pay attention. Like who gets the most re-tweets, or what phrase was retweeted the most, or what becomes the best ‘hashtag,’ said Denise Gorsline, MSUM Communications Professor.”

WDAY and WDAZ Nominated for 8 Emmy Awards, WDAY/WDAZ: “We here at WDAY and WDAZ are giving ourselves a pat on the back this morning. We are up for 8 Upper Midwest Regional Emmys. The nominees were announced Friday morning.” Congratulations to our alumni nominated for awards: Dana Mogck ’83 Kevin Wallevand ’84, Andrew Nelson ’12 and Jordan Schroeer ’15.

South Dakota Film Festival Honors MSUM Film and Animation

Posted on September 30, 2016

The School of Media Arts & Design was well represented at the 10th annual South Dakota Film Festival. Dr. Tony Adah, Kyja K-Nelson and 18 film and animation students traveled to Aberdeen, S.D., Sept. 23-25 to exhibit their film, animation and video installation. Additionally, SoMAD was honored at the festival.  Read the rest of this entry →

Strong MSUM Presence in Theatre B Production

Posted on September 28, 2016

Theatre B, Fargo-Moorhead’s only resident professional theatre company, is producing its current play with a good bit of help from MSUM students and alums. The play, How the World Began, has three characters who argue over science and religion in a tornado-ravaged Kansas town. Two of the three actors are affiliated with MSUM. Kate Aarness is a 2016 graduate from the MSUM theatre program, and Doug Hamilton has a long history with MSUM. He graduated in 1971, and worked over the years as a teacher, an assistant to the president for media and community relations, and executive director of the university’s alumni foundation.  Read the rest of this entry →

Alumni in Spotlight at The Ivey Awards

Posted on September 22, 2016

Several MSUM alumni recently caught the spotlight at The Ivey Awards, a celebration of the theatre community in the Twin Cities. The Ivey Awards Committee selects honorees that exemplify excellence within their craft over the last season. Each year’s ceremony features highlights from a few productions (chosen from hundreds staged over the past year) to perform a song or scene.  Read the rest of this entry →

Scott and Judy Green to receive L.B. Hartz Award

Posted on September 21, 2016

Scott and Judy Green, Fargo, N.D., have been selected to receive Minnesota State University Moorhead’s 34th annual L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award. An awards reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 on the MSUM campus.

The award is named in honor of the late L.B. Hartz, the founder of Hartz Wholesale Company headquartered in Thief River Falls. It’s presented annually by MSUM’s College of Business and Innovation to an individual who has created economic opportunities for others through innovation, entrepreneurship and community service.  Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus to be Inducted into Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Posted on September 13, 2016

Congratulations to Bob Mikkelson, ’72 mass communications alumnus, who will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in December.  Read the rest of this entry →

Moorhead Elementary School Named After Alumna

Posted on August 23, 2016

The Moorhead School District will honor a 1945 Moorhead State Teachers College alumna and educator by naming one of its newest schools after her.

The district’s newest kindergarten through fourth-grade school will be Dorothy Dodds Elementary.  Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus Wins Prestigious Poster Competition

Posted on August 17, 2016

Tim Abate ’15 (physics), who is will be starting his Ph.D. at Stanford University this fall, won a prestigious competition this summer. He was at Los Alamos National Labs doing a summer internship in materials science. Abate won their poster competition in the category of materials science. There were a total of 500 entries across all categories of the competition.  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 →

3 Alumni Sworn in as Moorhead Police Officers

Posted on August 02, 2016

MSUM alumni A.J. Schlee, Andy Werk and Taylor Huss were sworn in as the Moorhead Police Department’s newest officers on Friday. The trio graduated in 2015 with degrees in criminal justice.

Help us in thanking Schlee, Werk and Huss for their service to the community!

See coverage of the event from WDAY, Valley News Live and KVRR.

KUMD’s Lisa Johnson Receives Broadcaster of the Year Award from Ampers

Posted on July 08, 2016

Duluth, Minn. – KUMD 103.3 FM’s Lisa Johnson ’83 (broadcast journalism) has received the 2016 Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (Ampers). Johnson was honored for her accomplishments as KUMD’s Northland Morning host and producer, the job title she has held since 1991.  Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus Ken Jaeger named EY Entrepreneur of the Year

Posted on July 05, 2016

MorningStar Senior Living CEO Ken Jaeger
 named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award Winner in Mountain Desert Region, Healthcare and Life Sciences Category

Ken Jaeger, Founder/CEO, MorningStar Senior Living, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Healthcare and Life Sciences category in the Mountain Desert Region, Denver, Colo.  Read the rest of this entry →

GIVV Up, Help Others

Posted on July 01, 2016

Startup Weekend team develops tool for nonprofits

By Danielle Rebel

What would you be willing to give up in order to help others?

That’s the question the winning team at Fargo’s Startup Weekend asked and answered. In just a few short days, the team turned a question into a functioning, reliable nonprofit fundraising platform: GIVV App.  Read the rest of this entry →

Alumni Win National Edward R. Murrow Awards

Posted on June 22, 2016

MSUM alumni Shari Gross ’95 (English and mass communications) and Kevin Wallevand ’84 (mass communications) — current adjunct faculty member — were honored with national 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards for their work in electronic journalism. The awards are given by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).  Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnae Provide Answers

Posted on June 03, 2016

Women’s Startup Weekend winners answer life’s tough questions

By Danielle Rebel

We’ve all had those “oh, crap” moments, wondering how in the world we’re going to get something done.

Whether it’s a flat tire when you’re late for a meeting, or an unexpected visit from your mother-in-law, the winning team from Women’s Startup Weekend in Fargo has you covered.  Read the rest of this entry →

Interest in Child Development Led This Year’s Probstfield Teacher of the Year to Education

Posted on June 01, 2016

Liz Fritel’s experience growing up with younger twin siblings led to her interest in early childhood education.

“It was interesting how two children the same age from the same family were completely different. That is when I knew I wanted to learn more about how children grow and learn,” said Fritel, a kindergarten teacher at Probstfield Elementary and this year’s Probstfield Teacher of the Year.  Read the rest of this entry →

Robert Asp Teacher of the Year Builds Relationships with Students

Posted on May 31, 2016

Becoming a teacher seemed the natural path for (MSUM alumna) Becky Anderson, since she loved working with kids and loved English.

“Elementary education was the road I took, and I’ve had more joy, love, laughter, sadness, frustration and sleepless nights than I could have ever imagined,” said Anderson, a third-grade teacher at Robert Asp Elementary School and this year’s Robert Asp Teacher of the Year.  Read the rest of this entry →

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