MSUM alumnus selected to have work displayed at Vikings stadium
Grady Carlson, Moorhead High School art teacher, has been selected to have his artwork in the collection at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. Carlson is one of 34 artists commissioned for the project from nearly 1,100 submissions. Read the rest of this entry →
Andy Maus, a two-time MSUM degree recipient (BA, Studio Arts; MA, Public and Health Services Administration), named new director of the Plains Art Museum.
By John Lamb
FARGO – After the Plains Art Museum posted the opening for a new director and CEO earlier this year, applications came in from across the country and beyond. The museum decided to go with someone closer to home.
Andrew Maus, a former Plains’ employee, was named the new director and CEO, according to a news release Monday. He will start the position on Jan. 25.
MSUM alumnus makes a splash with his functional pottery
James Wolberg’s art takes a while to sink in.
Some of the 38-year-old Fargo resident’s “functional pottery” is designed to handle beard stubble, soap and toothpaste — that comes with the territory when making bathroom sinks that look good but still work like a normal fixture.
“I’ve spent plenty of time painting and making sculpture as well, and they become these precious objects that you can’t really touch,” he said. “As an artist, to have a viewer or your customer or user interact with your piece is just another level of communication between the maker and the person who owns it.”
It was a pleasure to attend the ceremony at Minnesota State University Moorhead honoring the late Marv Bossart. MSUM and the Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism named its television studio after the legendary WDAY-TV news anchor, who also taught for 40 years at the school.
Like so many of those in attendance, I have a personal connection to Marv that I will always cherish. Marv and WDAY-TV News Director Norm Schrader brought me to Fargo and WDAY-TV as a reporter. They saw something in me that I didn’t know I had.
When I came to Fargo, I was broke and didn’t know anybody here. Marv and his wonderful family were gracious enough to invite me over for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a delicious meal and a fun get-together. They made me feel special. Unfortunately, that free meal turned out to be very expensive for me. That’s because after the meal, his daughters and I played poker, and they took every dollar I had.
It’s not uncommon for people to have dream jobs. What is rare is to have the wishes your heart makes come to fruition. MSUM alumna Brittany Dunnigan (mass communications) ’15, realized it would take faith, trust and a whole lot of hard work to make her dreams come true.
Since childhood, Dunnigan wanted to be part of the world of The Walt Disney Company. Giving up is for rookies, and Dunnigan, having one Disney internship and the Disney College Program already under her belt, knew she wanted to continue working toward her dream internship with the Disney public relations team.
“I do not remember a time when I was not interested in working for Disney,” Dunnigan said. “When I was little, I wanted to be a Disney Princess. As my interests evolved, I started leaning toward working corporate for Disney, being behind the scenes of the magic.” Read the rest of this entry →
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 →
MOORHEAD — The legacy of longtime WDAY-TV news anchor Marv Bossart, who died in 2013, will live on at the campus he taught at for more than 40 years.
Minnesota State University Moorhead, where Bossart taught as a professor, is dedicating its completed television studio in Bossart’s name at 1:30 p.m. today
Bossart had an impact on many journalists working in the Fargo-Moorhead area and elsewhere, including current WDAY anchor Kerstin Kealy, who took two of Bossart’s classes when she attended MSUM from 1993-1997.
MOORHEAD—Larry Scott still remembers details from that fall day even though it was nearly 50 years ago. The Minnesota State Moorhead football team was playing at Bemidji State, the fourth game of the 1967 season.
“It ended in a tie, and the bus broke down on the way back,” the 70-year-old Scott said with a chuckle. “It was a strange day.”
Now it would be strange if the former longtime MSUM sports information director wasn’t part of Dragons game day. Affectionately known as “Scotty,” he hasn’t missed working a football game since.
“It’s mind-boggling when you really think about it,” Dragons athletic director Doug Peters said.
Community Health Awards honor Minnesota health professionals for leadership, impact, service
The Minnesota Department of Health today honored seven individuals and two groups for outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s public health system. The Community Health Awards were presented at the department’s annual Community Health Conference in Brainerd.
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 →
Mark 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 →
By Tracy FrankBISMARCK — All last week, Renee Stromme let her daughter dress her. No matter whether she had an important meeting or a media interview, she went to work in whatever attire the 5-year-old chose.
“Thankfully there were no cameras, but I had to show up and say, ‘Just so you know, this is why I have boots on with shorts,’ ” she said.
There were days she even let her daughter do her makeup and her 7-year-old son style her hair.
The 44-year-old Bismarck woman is executive director and founder of the North Dakota Women’s Network, a statewide organization that advocates for women’s equality.
FARGO – For the past two years, former Fargo artist Anna Beth Mladnick has been teaching English through art classes in Taiwan.
While there, she and her husband, Mathew St. Martin, have been turning concrete walls into climbing wall murals—works of art children can play on—in impoverished communities.
“During my time in Fargo, I was surrounded by people who were really passionate about empowering artists and community members,” she said. “I was just surrounded by phenomenal people doing amazing things.”
Spending time around such people, she said, helped create who she is today.
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.
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 →
By MeLissa Kossick / The Arts Partnership at 6:00 a.m.
FARGO – Authors only tell half of the story, says illustrator Elise Parsley.
“Children’s picture books are unique in that a reader wouldn’t understand the entire story by only reading the text; similarly, a reader wouldn’t understand the whole story through just the pictures,” says the Minnesota State University Moorhead alumna.
Her book, “If You Ever Want To Bring An Alligator To School, Don’t!” was perched at No. 9 on the New York Best Sellers list for Children’s Picture Books last week.
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 →
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: http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2015-09-06/picture-books/list.html
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 →