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Posted on October 06, 2015

When the streak began, Lyndon Johnson was president. Postage stamps cost $.05. The top grossing movie in the United States was The Graduate. And it was the year of the first Super Bowl.

Larry Scott worked his first Minnesota State University Moorhead football game in 1967. He hasn’t missed a game since. On Saturday at Northern State, his streak of working consecutive Dragon football games will hit a big milestone – 500.

“Larry Scott is an icon for the Dragons,” MSUM athletic director Doug Peters said. “When you think about 500 straight football games and begin to translate that to how many student-athletes he has impacted — it is mind-boggling.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSU Moorhead Announces 2015 Distinguished Alumni

Posted on October 02, 2015

You are invited. Show your Dragon Pride and register to attend the 45th annual Distinguished Alumni Celebration, Thursday, October 15th, 2015. Faculty and staff play important roles in the success of MSUM graduates. Please join us in celebrating and recognizing the talents and service of the following MSUM 2015 Distinguished Alumni:     Read the rest of this entry →

Mark A. Anderson to receive MSUM Hartz Award: Reception held today

Posted on September 29, 2015

Mark-Anderson-webMark A. Anderson, president & CEO of BlackRidge Financial, has been selected to receive the university’s 33rd annual L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award.

An awards reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom on 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 Read the rest of this entry →

Her Voice: Women let children dress them to raise money for advocacy organization

Posted on September 28, 2015

Making a Scene: Former Fargo artist making a splash in impoverished Asian communities

Posted on September 28, 2015

MSUM sculpture professor displays work at Rourke Art Museum

Posted on September 25, 2015

Associate Professor of Sculpture Chris Walla and MSUM alumna Naomi Schliesman are displaying a conjoined art show, entitled Together, at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead. The opening, which is free to the public, takes place tonight from 5 – 7 p.m. The show will be housed at the museum until November 1.

The art show exhibits the artistic dynamics between two sculptors that have known each other for 12 years. Walla is excited that he and Schliesman, a former student of his, had a chance to collaborate with one another.

MSUM Alumna Receives AACSB’s Inaugural Influential Leaders Award

Posted on September 22, 2015

Border States CEO & Board Chair Tammy Miller joins 100 notable alumni from AACSB-accredited schools who are making an impact in the world through their business acumen, leadership, or entrepreneurial success.

Today, AACSB International (AACSB), the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, revealed that Tammy Miller, a Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate, has been recognized as one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders. Miller’s work exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that MSUM graduates display around the world every day—whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector.

Miller graduated from MSUM’s Paseka School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration. She is the CEO and board chair of Border States Electric Supply, the nation’s 8th largest distributor of electrical products and services. She joined the company in 1991 as an accounting manager and worked her way through various management positions before being named CEO in 2006. Read the rest of this entry →

Illustrative career: Conference for children’s book illustrators, writers provides inspiration for local artists

Posted on September 15, 2015

Brandau film continues on festival circuit

Posted on September 14, 2015

School of Media Arts & Design professor Tom Brandau’s latest film, Home Delivery, continues its run on the festival circuit. Set in Baltimore (1974) the dramatic short tells the story of two newspaper delivery boys (one white, one African-American) struggling with the racial divide between their adjacent neighborhoods. The film recently screened at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (Seattle), the New York Children’s International Film Festival and the Peace On Earth Film Festival (Chicago). Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumnus brings back Surge

Posted on September 09, 2015

Remember ’90s soda Surge? Meet the Fargo man who helped bring it back

Alumna Elise Parsley’s children’s book listed on New York Times best sellers list

Posted on September 01, 2015

Elise Parsley (’11), a student from the School of Visual Arts, has published an illustrated book with the title, “If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!”  The book has just been listed on the New York Times best sellers list for the category of children’s pictures books. For more information, see:

Trisha Rutten, MSUM Political Science graduate, is the cover story on the current issue of Area Woman

Posted on August 06, 2015

Trisha Rutten (formerly Dewar), MSUM Political Science graduate, is the cover story on the current issue of Area Woman. The article details the amazing story of Trisha surviving a stroke as a 26-year-old mom and undergraduate. This challenge spurred Trisha to reach higher while knowing, “Moments really matter to me. Every moment matters with my kids, too. Everything changes so fast.”
Trisha graduated in 2008 with a 4.0 and was accepted to Harvard Law School. She graduated from Harvard with an international law degree and a Master in Public Administration in International Development. Read the rest of this entry →

Film Studies Alumnus Wins Two Emmy Awards

Posted on August 04, 2015

By Meghan Feir

MSUM film studies alumnus Ryan Sailer, ‘08, won two Emmy Awards for projects he edited while working for the Fargo-based production company Video Arts Studios.

Sailer was awarded the first Emmy for editing the civil rights documentary “The Road to Little Rock,” which follows the inspirational story of Federal Judge Ronald Davies and nine teenagers who exemplified courage, honor, determination and responsibility. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Alumna’s article featured on Huffington Post

Posted on August 03, 2015

MSUM alumna Margaret Olatunbosun’s post was featured on the Huffington Post’s website.

7 Mistakes Most New Graduates Make

Once upon a time I wanted the whole world to be a fountain full of knowledge, a place where everyone can come have a drink whenever his or her well runs dry. Read the rest of this entry →

‘Scotty,’ longtime MSUM sports information director, earns NSC Hall of Fame induction

Posted on July 17, 2015

Watch the video here.

Riewer Signs With Oettinger Rockets of Gotha Germany Pro A Division

Posted on June 26, 2015

Former MSUM men’s basketball standout Jordan Riewer has signed a contract to play for the Oettinger Rockets in the Gotha Germany Pro A Division.

Riewer will leave for Germany on Aug. 8 and begin training camp on Aug. 10. The team will play several preseason games before beginning the regular season on Sept. 28. The season is slated to last around nine months, depending on how the team does in the playoffs. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumnus, Troy White, presenting at “How to Survive: A Conversation” this weekend

Posted on June 25, 2015

Troy White, an MSUM mass communications graduate of 1996, is a featured presenter for this weekend’s “How to Survive: A Conversation” event surrounding the release of the book “Authentic Voices: How We Survive” and 10-minute film screening by the same name.

White will be speaking Friday night. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Richard Barry Hall (811 2nd Ave. N. Fargo, ND) June 26, 2015. “Authentic Voices: How We Survive” features hope-filled messages from survivors of childhood abuse, and audience members will be encouraged to join the conversation about how we survive the challenges in our lives. Read the rest of this entry →

Minnesota State University Moorhead runs away with Fargo Marathon College Challenge

Posted on June 16, 2015

 The MSUM Dragons scorched the competition as they become the winner of the 2015 Fargo Marathon College Challenge. 

The challenge was part of this year’s tri-college theme where runners made their way through each campus in the F-M area.

MSUM had more students, staff and faculty running in the marathon than any other university.

Steve Fox/MSUM Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations, “Part of our university is about being involved in the community, and that we don’t, students don’t just come here and come to the MSUM bubble. It’s about getting active into the community.”

As the winner, the university will receive $5,000. The money will go toward student scholarships.

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New Nepali restaurant owned by MSUM alumni in Moorhead opens to rave reviews

Posted on June 11, 2015

MOORHEAD – Everest Tikka House has already garnered 49 reviews and an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on its Facebook page since opening less than a month ago. Comments about the restaurant serving Nepali and Indian cuisine include praise for both the food and service.

Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams is among the restaurant’s fans and admits she’s been there six times since it opened May 14. She said their food is comparable to, if not better than, a popular Nepali-Indian restaurant she regularly visits in the Twin Cities.

“We always get the momos there, but frankly, I like the momos here even better. … When described as a dumpling they sound so basic, but the spices and the meat inside, that’s what makes it,” Williams said.

The restaurant is owned by Saru Pokharel and managed by her former Minnesota State University Moorhead classmate Ben Dangi. Both are originally from Nepal and met at MSUM.

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Alumnus Goes on NASA Mission

Posted on June 10, 2015

Craig Kutz is enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the Medical University of South Carolina


Ever since he was a kid growing up in a farming family on the outskirts of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Craig Kutz dreamed of being an astronaut. “I’m kind of obsessed with NASA,” he said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s space agency. Read the rest of this entry →

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