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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 →

MSUM alumni promoted to Minnesota Department of Education Director of Personnel Licensing

Posted on February 18, 2016

MSUM alumni Nels Onstad (MS ’03 Educational Leadership and BS ’95 Mathematics Education) is currently the Minnesota Department of Education Director of Personnel Licensing. Nels moved to MDE after serving several years as the West Central Public School Secondary Principal.

Alumna to be recognized at Saturday’s basketball game

Posted on February 04, 2016

President Anne will honor alumna Tammy Miller at Saturday’s basketball game for being for being recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business as one of its first 100 Influential Leaders. The inaugural honor recognizes Tammy for making an impact in the world through her business insight, leadership ability and entrepreneurial success. Read the rest of this entry →

Jazz Performance Alumnus Andy Stermer to perform tonight

Posted on January 29, 2016

MSUM Jazz Performance Alumnus Andy Stermer (’14) will be given the unique honor of having a complete concert of his original music performed tonight by the University of Miami Jazz Concert Ensemble.  As a Jazz Arranging graduate student at the the U of M, Andy secured a $10,000 Presser Foundation grant to support the appearance of master Uruguayan drummers to perform his unique mixture of American jazz and traditional Uruguayan candombe drumming.  The concert will be streamed live this evening beginning at 7pm from Miami into the Center for the Arts room 145. For more information you can visit the Facebook event.



MSUM Alumni Wins Math and Science Principal of the Year

Posted on January 05, 2016

Mark Ziebarth has been named the Minnesota Elementary School Math and Science Principal of the Year. Mark is currently the principal of Isanti Intermediate School and School For All Seasons in Isanti, Minnesota, which was also named a Minnesota Celebration school this year. Mark graduated Moorhead State in 1986 along with his wife Cathy (Lund) and has worked hard to provide all students with quality education for the past 30 years. Mark will be honored for his achievements at a banquet in February.

MSUM receives donation from US Bank Foundation

Posted on December 21, 2015

US Bank Foundation has donated a $5,000 gift to support MSUM students. The gift will be used to support Presidential Merit Scholarships and the Dragon Investment Fund.

President Anne is pictured with US Bank employees Delton Steel and Katie Astrup, a MSUM alumna.


Moorhead High art teacher to have work displayed at new Vikings stadium

Posted on November 25, 2015

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 →

Plains Art Museum names new director

Posted on November 25, 2015
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.

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.

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Fargo pottery maker creates custom fixtures meant for daily use

Posted on October 26, 2015

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.”

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Jim Shaw: I’m honored to have known Marv Bossart

Posted on October 26, 2015

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.

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Disney and Dunnigan

Posted on October 19, 2015

How one MSUM grad’s dreams came true

By Meghan Feir

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 →

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Celebration is tonight

Posted on October 15, 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 →

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