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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 →

MSUM to name TV studio after longtime professor, former WDAY anchor

Posted on October 15, 2015

By Josh Francis

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.

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‘Scotty’ set to reach milestone, not missing Dragons football game since 1967

Posted on October 09, 2015

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.

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Alumna Carol Meissner honored with Certificate of Recognition from MDH

Posted on October 09, 2015
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.

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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 →

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 →

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