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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 →

Alumnae Talks How the F? at 1 Million Cups

Posted on May 17, 2016

Wednesday, May 18 | 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. | The Stage at Island Park

Alumna Hannah Savoy will take the stage at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday. How the F? is the first place winning team from North Dakota Women’s Startup Weekend, led by Savoy.

She will take the stage to talk about what How the F? is, and how the F the team plans to make money with their idea.

Read the article from Emerging Prairie for more information.

Sinner Founding Member of Cone Pack

Posted on May 12, 2016

Professor Kelli Sinner is a founding member of Cone Pack, a new FM area artist collective.

Cone Pack’s inaugural event, “Mug Market” will take place on Saturday, May 14 in partnership with 20 Below Coffee Co. in Fargo. Enjoy Saturday in downtown Fargo with the highest quality coffee and a handcrafted ceramic mug. Each purchase of a handmade mug created by one of Cone Pack’s artists will include a drink token for 20 Below Coffee Co.

Cone Pack is a group of seven artists who work primarily with clay. The founding members of Cone Pack are Guillermo Guardia, Helen Otterson, Kelli Sinner, and MSUM alumni Chris Boedigheimer, Catie Miller, Sam Norman, and Brooke Stewart.

‘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 →

Horizon Teacher of the Year Considers Herself a Facilitator of Education

Posted on May 10, 2016

Molly Engstrom believes education is a lifelong adventure.

“I believe everyone we encounter and all our experiences are a part of our education,” Engstrom said. “I believe everyone can learn.”

Engstrom, who has taught special education at Horizon Middle School for 13 years, has been named the 2016 Horizon Teacher of the Year.  Read the rest of this entry →

Lifelong Journey

Posted on May 03, 2016

MSUM Couple Continues Education at Stanford University

By Danielle Rebel

It took traveling nearly 7,700 miles from Ethiopia to Minnesota for Iwnetim (Tim) Abate, 2015 (Physics), and Loza Tadesse, 2016 (Chemistry), to meet. Read the rest of this entry →

Congratulations to YWCA Women of the Year Winners, Nominees

Posted on April 26, 2016

Congratulations to all of the MSUM alumnae, faculty and staff nominated as YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year!

Alumna Tonya Stende, Dale Carnegie North Dakota President, was named YWCA Woman of the Year for Community and Volunteer Service, and alumna Michelle Weber, Principal at Liberty Middle School, was named YWCA Woman of the Year for Science and Technology.

Other Dragon alumnae, faculty and staff nominees include: Shireen Alemadi, MSUM; Sandra Buchholz, Sagency Talent; Dr. Jennifer Fremstad, West Fargo High School; Carol Grimm, MSUM; Beth Olson, FM Dorothy Day House; and Dr. Deborah White, MSUM.

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.

MSUM professor and grad host community event for children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted on April 19, 2016

Dr. Camille Brandt, School of Teaching and Learning, along with MSUM recent graduate Michaela Kolness, Netha Cloeter, Director of Education and Social Engagement, and Catie Miller, Manager of Educational Programming, will be co-leading an inclusive community event at the Plains Art Museum for students with multiple impairments on Tuesday, April 19. This event is a continuation of the work between museum leaders, community volunteers, and Dr. Brandt to develop inclusive experiences for children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special education needs. Students from outside of the Fargo-Moorhead region will be attending the event with teachers and volunteers. Dr. Brandt will be speaking on this work at the 2016 International Inclusive Education Conference in Venice, Italy, in June of 2016.

MSUM Art Education Alumni Jescia Hopper wins prestigious national award

Posted on April 04, 2016

Jescia Hopper, a middle school art teacher at DGF schools recently finished her Master’s degree and Thesis from Maryland Institute College of Art. This year the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA) initiated a new national “Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award.” This award recognizes exceptional master’s work that promotes “pluralistic perspectives, deepens human and cultural understanding, and/or builds respect for diverse learners.” It is a very high honor to receive this award recognizing outstanding research and writing. Read the rest of this entry →

Kelli Sinner has artwork featured in exhibit at the Plains Art Museum

Posted on March 30, 2016

Professor Kelli Sinner has new artwork featured in the exhibition Yearning for the Thaw, at the Plains Art Museum, in the Creativity Gallery, March 29-May 28, 2016. The reception is Thursday, March 29, 5-7pm, and is open to the public.

Inspired by the longing for warmth and color that accompanies the extreme winter season of the upper midwest. Yearning for the Thaw celebrates the awakening both people and place experience as the ground thaws. The exhibition also includes artwork from MSUM School of Visual Arts alumni Catie Miller and Brooke Stewart.

#FMgram: Artist hits the road, camera and camper in tow

Posted on March 30, 2016

Originally published on InForum written by John Lamb. 

FARGO – Warm weather is calling people to hit the open road, and Grace Clark is answering that call.

The photographer and recent Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate leaves town this week to explore the country.

Unlike other road warriors, Clark won’t be living out of hotels, tents or even her car. For about 15 months, she’s been building her own teardrop camper. Read the rest of this entry →

Alumnus Ryan Christiansen will read from his book “Boy Wanted”

Posted on February 25, 2016

Minnesota State University Moorhead alumnus Ryan Christiansen (BA English 1993, MFA Creative Writing 2012) will read from his newly published novel, Boy Wanted, at the North Dakota State University Press Party, which will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center at North Dakota State University at 1241 University Dr N in Fargo, North Dakota. The event is free and open to the public and will include refreshments and a cash bar and music by Amanda Standalone.

MSUM School of Visual Arts Alumna Featured in Two Solo Art Exhibitions in the FM area

Posted on February 22, 2016

Artist and educator Laura Youngbird has recently been featured in two separate exhibitions in Fargo-Moorhead. The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County currently is displaying her exhibition titled “Manifestation” through April 3rd. In this exhibition, Youngbird addresses Native American dislocation and white migration westward while interrogating the concept of Manifest Destiny.

Youngbird also recently had a solo exhibition at the Plains Art Museum called “Common Thread” that presented two series of portraits featuring friends, family, and important Native artists and scholars such as George Morrison, Gwen Westerman, and Jason Kingbird. She premiered several new series of prints, featuring descriptive titles such as Loose Ends, Alterations, One Size, and Common Thread, which are united through narratives based on her life and experiences, and the motif of the dress. Read the rest of this entry →

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