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Dragons in the News

Posted on January 17, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the last two weeks.

Anne Blackhurst Coauthors Article Published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, KVRR: “An article coauthored by MSUM’s President Anne Blackhurst has been published in the prestigious Chronicle of Higher Education.”

‘Someone like me’: For young people of color, Obama had indelible impact, Inforum: “When Jered Pigeon took in President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 during a watch party with hundreds of other students at Minnesota State University Moorhead, he felt optimism in the air.”

Moorhead is largest city in Minnesota led mostly by women, WDAZ: “The presence and power of women in Moorhead city government is growing … Despite Hillary Clinton’s failed attempt to shatter what she referred to as the “highest and hardest glass ceiling,” losing her bid for the presidency, she was still the first woman nominated for president by a major party. Still, women remain underrepresented at all levels of government. “There was concern that her [Clinton’s] loss would discourage women. If anything it’s a wake up call,” said Deborah White, sociology and criminal justice professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead and coordinator of the annual Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute that provides leadership training and support to women.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Arnar’s article published in bilingual peer-reviewed journal

Posted on January 17, 2017

A recent article by Anna Sigrídur Arnar, School of Art, has been published in the bilingual peer-reviewed journal esse. arts+opinions. The Montréal based journal is devoted to contemporary art and theory and its most recent issue was devoted to the theme of the library.

Arnar’s article is titled “The Library as Social Space in the Work of Christine Hill and Shooshie Sulaiman” and is based on her sabbatical research project. For more information, see

Labrensz presents at Hawaii International Conference on Education

Posted on January 12, 2017

Marilyn Labrensz, School of Teaching and Learning, presented “Re-establishing a Collaborative Relationship” at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, held Jan. 3-6, 2017 in Honolulu, HI.

Grineski’s paper published in Country School Journal

Posted on January 11, 2017

Steve Grineski, Professor Emeritus STL, had a paper published in the Country School Journal, titled “Learning to teach in the countryside: Marion Gee (1928-2015).”

Dr. Chalikia presents at universities in India

Posted on January 10, 2017

Dr. Magdalene Chalikia, Psychology Department, gave an invited presentation on “Perception and Perceptual Illusions” on Monday, 19 December, 2016 at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. Dr. Chalikia was also invited to present a lecture on “Ethics in Research and Plagiarism.” This lecture was part of a Workshop on Research Methodology, held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the Lakshmibai National College of Pysical Education, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Harris presents paper at American Society of Church History winter meeting

Posted on January 10, 2017

Paul Harris, HLCRWS, presented a paper at the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History. His paper was entitled “Progressive Era Affirmative Action: The ‘Colored Bishop’ Campaign in the Methodist Episcopal Church.”

Early Education Center receives 4-star MN Parent Aware rating

Posted on January 09, 2017

The MSUM Early Education Center received their renewed MN Parent Aware rating last week. As part of a volunteer quality rating system (Parent Aware) they were rated a 4-Star (highest possible) Center in Minnesota. This rating system allows scholarships to be available to families who qualify and are enrolled at the Center. Congratulations to the teachers and staff at the Center for being a model of quality.

Dr. Krajewski’s presentation received with rave reviews

Posted on January 09, 2017

Dr. Michael J. Krajewski (Music Industry and Guitar) recently presented a music technology presentation at the Jazz Education Network conference in New Orleans, LA. His presentation “Moving on up: Upgrading from GarageBand to a professional Digital Audio Workstation” was received with rave reviews.

Minnesota State female presidents’ commentary featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted on January 04, 2017

President Anne Blackhurst, along with Joyce Ester, president of Normandale Community College; Connie Gores, president of Southwest Minnesota State University; and Barbara McDonald, president of North Hennepin Community College, wrote a commentary featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The commentary is titled, “The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Atif Osmani’s article accepted for publication in Land Use Policy

Posted on January 04, 2017
Dr. Atif Osmani (faculty in the College of Business & Innovation) had an article (Title: Multi-period stochastic optimization of a sustainable multi-feedstock second generation bioethanol supply chain – A logistic case study in Midwestern United States) accepted for publication in the February 2017 issue of the journal Land Use Policy (LUP) by Elsevier Publications.  Read the rest of this entry →

‘Time On My Hands’ Receives 4.5 Star Review

Posted on December 14, 2016

Professor of Music Allen Carter’s new CD “Time On My Hands” has received a highly positive review in the publication All About Jazz garnering 4 1/2 out of a possible 5 star rating. The review states that, “Simply, it can’t be done any better.” Along with citing the quality of Carter’s work, the review also points to the audio engineering work of MSUM colleague Ryan Jackson. You can see the full review at

Professor of Percussion Featured on International Podcast

Posted on December 13, 2016

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Percussion, was recently featured in an interview on the “@Percussion” podcast, the most followed percussion podcast on the internet. Dr. Williams was interviewed by “@Percussion” podcast host Casey Cangelosi, who was in Moorhead in November as a featured guest artist at the MSUM Day of Percussion. Listen to the podcast on YouTube.

Colson Publishes ‘Learning to Read the Earth and Sky’

Posted on December 13, 2016

Russ Colson, Anthropology and Earth Sciences, has recently published a book on earth science for secondary science teachers and others interested in the nature of science and the nature of science teaching. The book, “Learning to Read the Earth and Sky,” tells stories from the classroom, stories from real research, and offers example classroom investigations. It examines how classroom science and real research can be alike, with reference to the practices of science recommended by the Next Generation Science Standards.

The book is available at the NSTA Press bookstore and on Amazon.

Dille Fund for Excellence Grants

Posted on December 09, 2016

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients:  Read the rest of this entry →

Pacheco’s Book to be Housed in Dealey Plaza Museum

Posted on December 08, 2016

Professor of Photography in the School of Visual Arts Carlos Rene Pacheco will have his book titled Collective: Dealey Plaza housed in the Reading Room research library at the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.  Read the rest of this entry →

Sue Severson Earns QM Certification for Second Course in 2016

Posted on December 07, 2016

Dr. Sue Severson, School of Teaching & Learning, recently earned Quality Matters Certification for her online course: SPED 471/571 Behavioral and Environmental Management.

QM Reviews are a rigorous peer review process. She will be recognized for this success at both the state and national level. Congratulations to Sue on this achievement!

Lall Assisting with Project Development for Collaborative MBA Program

Posted on December 05, 2016

The Center for Educational Measurement at Excelsior College and Cengage Learning, Inc. are collaborating to develop an exciting new product line in Business Administration at the MBA level. Vinod Lall, Co-chair and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Paseka School of Business, will help in the product development by serving as a Subject Matter Expert in Operations Management. The first meeting of the development committee will be held in Albany, NY from January 9-12, 2017.

Faculty in the School of Social Work Presented at International Council on Active Aging Conference

Posted on December 02, 2016

Nandita Bezabruah, School of Social Work, presented at the International Council on Active Aging Conference on 18 November at Orlando, Florida. The theme of this year’s conference was “Reimagine Aging.” The title of the presentation was “Improving Hand Comfort and Function As Well As Multiple Wellness Dimensions in Two Retirement Settings.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Swenson’s Paper Accepted for Publication in Business Education Innovation Journal

Posted on December 02, 2016

Dr. Jim Swenson, professor in the Paseka School of Business, had his paper, “Teaching by Design Using a Question Template to Transform Student Writing” accepted for publication in Business Education Innovation Journal; Vol. 8, No. 2, December 2016.

Sodexo Promotes New Catering Manager

Posted on December 01, 2016

Sodexo would like to congratulate Chris Carpenter on his recent promotion to catering manager. Chris was originally hired by Sodexo in 2007 as a catering manager and is excited to resume the role. Most recently Chris was retail supervisor in WOW Café.  Read the rest of this entry →

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