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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

MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S NEWS CENTER | MAY 26, 2015

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 →

BostAnne: Leading for the Long Run

Posted on June 09, 2015

MSUM film production alumnus Caleb Stumpfl accompanied President Anne Blackhurst to document her journey to the Boston Marathon this past spring. Read the rest of this entry →

“The High Divide,” by Lin Enger, listed as summer reading pick in Entertainment Weekly

Posted on June 01, 2015

MSUM English professor Lin Enger’s book, “The High Divide,” came out in paperback this month and is listed as Entertainment Weekly’s (May 29/June 5, 2015), “Your Summer Must List” for “The Pick of the Paperbacks.”
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University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Names Two CLAS Faculty as Distinguished Professors

Posted on May 29, 2015

MSUM alumnus Blair T. Johnson named UConn distinguished professor

On March 25, the UConn Board of Trustees confirmed two faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as UConn distinguished professors: Professor of Philosophy Jc Beall and Professor of Psychology Blair T. Johnson.

The designation is the University’s highest academic honor, and is given in recognition of exceptional distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service at UConn. Read the rest of this entry →

Math titan earns accolades for teaching, caring at Tech

Posted on May 27, 2015

MSC alumnus, Robert Boatz, makes a difference in St. Cloud school district 

Glimpse at Robert Boatz during a Technical High School sports timeout, and you might see the math teacher reading a book in the stands.

It’s an example of “Mick,” as students and colleagues call him, sending a positive message to kids, according to a St. Cloud school board member.

“He’s really the consummate educator, in my book,” said Bruce Hentges, former Tech coach and instructor.

A prestigious university recently agreed.

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology honored Boatz with its outstanding teacher award earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff, English, and four MSUM alumni presented at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English annual conference

Posted on May 05, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff, English, and four MSUM alumni (now Language Arts teachers), Andrew Tichy, Moorhead High School; Abby Swegarden, Lake Park Audubon High School; Ashlee Bernhardt Cournia, Shanley High School; and Katie Hansen, Waubun High School, presented at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English annual conference, held April 30-May 1 in St. Cloud, MN. Read the rest of this entry →

Jazz Studies alumnus Andy Stermer awarded $10,000 graduate award

Posted on May 04, 2015

Andy Stermer, a graduate of MSUM in the Jazz Studies program, has been awarded a $10,000.00 Presser graduate award in the Master of Music in Jazz Writing program at the University of Miami. He plans to use the award to bring in guest artists he knows from Uruguay to perform music he’s writing that will comprise an entire concert by the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band; an opportunity not commonly given to students even at the graduate level.

Psychology Department hosted the annual Red River Undergraduate Psychology Conference; MSUM alumnus was keynote speaker

Posted on April 29, 2015

The Psychology Department hosted the annual Red River Undergraduate Psychology Conference last Friday. Twenty seven poster presentations, and four papers were presented by students from MSUM, NDSU, Concordia, UND, and the University of Jamestown. Ten of these presentations involved 14 students from our Department. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus Linnea Fitterer promoted to public art manager for Cincinnati-based organization, Artworks

Posted on April 27, 2015

Linnea Fitterer, who earned a BA from the School of Visual Arts with an emphasis in Art History in 2014, has just been promoted to the position of Public Art Manager for the Cincinnati based organization called ArtWorks. In this role, Fitterer will oversee a variety of new and existing public art projects from conception to completion. Read the rest of this entry →

West Fargo residents offer TV, film acting and production classes for kids

Posted on April 06, 2015

Fargo – Lynette Burgan and Jessica Wayne offer a little bit of the Hollywood experience in Fargo.

Burgan started offering film acting classes about two years ago and last year brought on Wayne, a Minnesota State University Moorhead film studies graduate, to bolster the film production classes she offers.

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Alumna Angela Harvala won the Milken Educator Award

Posted on March 25, 2015

Angela Harvala, an alumna of Minnesota State University Moorhead, won the Milken Educator Award and $25,000 to spend however she wishes. She received a B.S. in elementary education in 2006.

The Milken Educator Awards was conceived by the Milken Family Foundation to attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession. Read the rest of this entry →

Denise Gorsline and MSUM alumni named nominees for YWCA Women of the Year

Posted on March 11, 2015

Denise Gorsline, associate vice president for academic planning at MSUM and MSUM alumni have been named nominees for the YWCA Women of the Year awards.

By Forum staff

FARGO – The YWCA has nominated 34 women and businesses for their outstanding achievements in 2015.
The awards event will be held April 20 at the Holiday Inn here. The social hour, including a wine raffle and a variety of prizes, begins at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and program starting at 6:30. All nominees will be honored and the evening will culminate with the announcement of this year’s recipients in 12 award categories. This year’s nominees are: Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alumnus and Twin Cities’ rising theater star: Tyler Michaels

Posted on March 09, 2015

Sara Pelissero, KARE 6:34 p.m. EST March 6, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – If you don’t know his name by now, you will soon.

Tyler Michaels’ star is rising fast and it doesn’t take long to figure out why.

The 26-year-old Bloomington, Minn. native has the ability to captivate an audience from the moment he steps on stage – or more likely of late, propels onto it. Read the rest of this entry →

“What lies beneath: Painter portrays our hidden identities”

Posted on March 03, 2015

Art alumnus (’12) credits his approach to painting instructors at MSUM.

The people you see in Micah Koosmann’s paintings are not people as you see them in everyday life.

Instead, Koosmann’s dark, richly stylized paintings portray the personalities that lie under those everyday perceptions, laying bare their complex psychologies and sides of them that are rarely acknowledged.

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