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Walla to be Honored with Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award

Posted on October 24, 2016

Thursday, Oct. 27 | 4 p.m. | Langseth 118

On Thursday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118, Chris Walla, School of Visual Arts Associate Professor, will be honored as the recipient of this year’s Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award.

An award presentation and reception will follow Walla’s lecture, “I Am Here to Make America Gay Again.”

Dragons in the News

Posted on October 17, 2016

Immigration is a wash on wages, but an overall boost for economy, MSUM professor says, InForum: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made immigration a hot topic for the Nov. 8 election with his claims that Mexican illegal immigrants were criminals and ‘rapists’ and that they are stealing Americans’ jobs. But those claims don’t hold up—for the most part—says Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Horace native all in for Norwegian reality show, InForum: “Jeff Johnson [’92 alumnus] doesn’t watch reality TV. He didn’t even own a television until this year. So his participation in this season of the Norwegian reality show ‘Alt for Norge’ is a bit of a head, err … beard-scratcher.”

Minnesota State University Moorhead Saves Energy and Labor, “Jeff Goebel, Physical Plant Manager at Minnesota State University at Moorhead (MSUM), knew there had to be a better way. He wanted an easier way for his employees to control HVAC equipment across campus. He heard about a software solution called Events2HVAC at a conference and looked it up online. In May 2010, MSUM became a beta test site for the software which works as a bridge between Dean Evans EMS® and various HVAC and building control systems to automatically control equipment based on scheduled events. The results have been impressive.”

Twins President Dave St. Peter Visits MSUM, KVRR: “See reaction on the Sports Communication Conference at MSUM, highlighted by Twins President Dave St. Peter serving as Keynote Speaker.”

Twins president Dave St. Peter speaks at Sports Communication Conference, WDAY: “Aspiring ssports media professionals attended the second annual Sports Communication Conference on the MSU Moorhead campus.”

Why aren’t voting laws consistent across states?, MPR News: “During the run-up to Election Day in November MPR News is finding the answers to your election questions. We turned to Barbara Headrick, a Professor of Political Science at Minnesota State University Moorhead for the answers.”

Paseka School of Business Faculty Participate in Midwest Academy of Management Conference

Posted on October 14, 2016

Paseka School of Business faculty were recently involved in organizing, presenting and participating in the recent Midwest Academy of Management (MAM) conference held in Fargo. The conference had just over 200 participants, a record attendance for a MAM conference and a huge shout out to our community for attracting them all here.  Read the rest of this entry →

Carlos Rene Pacheco’s Work Featured in Art of Planetary Science Exhibition

Posted on October 13, 2016

Professor of Photography Carlos Rene Pacheco will have work featured in the Art of Planetary Science exhibition in conjunction with the 2016 Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting in Pasadena, Calif. from Oct. 16-21. The event brings together scientific minds from the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Science (DPS) and the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC), and will be attended by hundreds of scientists and astronomers from all over the world.  Read the rest of this entry →

Brad Bachmeier’s Ceramic Work Featured in NDAGA Exhibits

Posted on October 12, 2016

The North Dakota Art Gallery Association (NDAGA) and the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), with support from Starion Bank, organized two exhibits to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. The exhibits display the artwork of 50 North Dakota artists, including MSUM professor Brad Bachmeier’s signature ceramic vessels, as well as the work of the exhibit curator. One of these exhibits is displayed in the Heritage Center, and the other is a touring exhibit that will travel the state during this anniversary year.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on October 10, 2016

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

MSUM campus hosts community block party to kick of their homecoming, WDAY: “Moorhead is bursting with Dragon pride this week. Monday night, students, faculty and families rallied at a community block party for MSUM’s Homecoming.”

Roers/Keller William put on annual Chili Feed to raise money for United Way, WDAY: “It was the perfect day for a bowl of steamin’ hot chili. More than 900 people bellied up for the annual Chili Feed for United Way put on by Roers/Keller Williams. Along with a free-will donation, people could try 50 different types of chili made by everyone from the Killbourne Group to MSUM President Blackhurst.”

MSUM celebrates Professor Conteh and his retirement, WDAY: “An MSUM icon is being honored tonight for his contributions to higher education. Andrew Conteh has been teaching international relations and law at the university for more than 30 years.”

‘Printober’ at Plains celebrates art of printmaking, InForum: “The Plains Art Museum has stamped this month as Printober, with events and workshops dedicated to the art and education of printmaking.”

Gibson ties school record, leads Dragons to homecoming victory, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson was the model of scoring efficiency Saturday night, Oct. 8, at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Gibson caught four passes and all went for touchdowns. His performance vaulted the Dragons to a 41-12 homecoming victory against Minnesota-Crookston in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football at Scheels Field.”

Dragons induct 11 individuals, one team into sports hall of fame, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead is inducting 11 individuals and one team into its sports hall of fame.”

Small in stature, Dragons receiver Ambrose makes big impact, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Jake Hodge was in the head coach’s office earlier this week when he tossed a playful verbal jab at wide receiver Cory Ambrose.”

Impact of immigration topic of MSUM lecture, InForum: :”Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will discuss the “Economic Impact of Immigration on the American Economy” during a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at King Hall, Room 110, on the MSUM campus.”

MSUM Wraps Up Homecoming Week With a Parade, KVRR: “MSUM is ending their eventful Homecoming Week with a parade. Students, faculty and staff came out to show their Dragon Pride as they joined the Homecoming Parade.”

Serving up Homecoming Spirit at MSUM’s “Ice Cream Palooza”, KVRR: “They served up free ice cream to students and a few professors got a pie in the face this afternoon at MSUM. The “Ice Cream Palooza” was all a part of homecoming week and put on by all the homecoming court nominees.”

How does Immigration Impact the U.S. Economy?, Valley News Live Point of View: “One of Donald Trump’s main platforms this election is that immigration has a negative impact on American native born jobs and wages. Is that true? Does research back up that claim?”

Dr. Cabanela Recognized by American Astronomical Society

Posted on October 10, 2016

Physics and Astronomy professor Dr. Juan Cabanela was recently recognized by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Dr. Cabanela received an award of thanks and recognition for the creation and sharing of the “Contacting the Congress” website for more than two decades.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Karch Spoke at BCOW Mental Health Fair

Posted on October 06, 2016

Dr. Lisa Karch, Director of Graduate Studies and Counseling & Student Affairs professor, presented at Becker, Clay, Ottertail, Wilkin (BCOW) Mental Health Fair on Oct. 5th.

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MSUM Collaborative Student Exhibition at Plains Art Museum Oct. 13

Posted on October 05, 2016

In tandem with a series of month long events called “Printober” focused on printmaking at the Plains Art Museum, Corinne Teed’s intermediate printmaking class created a collaborative screenprint installation titled “Fragile Preservation: A Tallgrass Community” that will be installed in the museum’s sky bridge. The students developed a collaborative public work focused on ecology and threatened species in the tallgrass prairie after a guided tour at the MSUM Science Center by Biology Professor Dr. Alison Wallace.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6–8 p.m. Also opening that night is a Tri-College print exchange titled “The Matrix” featuring prints of students, faculty and alumni of MSUM, NDSU and Concordia.

Pam McGee completes work for PMI

Posted on October 05, 2016

Pam McGee, Professional Management Department, was invited by the globally recognized Project Management Institute, along with 15 other faculty members across the globe, including Germany, England, Kuwait, Canada and the U.S., to help design global curriculum for project leadership classes that will be used worldwide as part of the PMI Teach initiative. The PMI Teach initiative is a way to help universities across the globe adopt project management classes, degrees and initiatives on their campuses.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on October 03, 2016

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

Innovative Program Provides Valuable Microsoft Dynamics CRM Experience, Making Students Competitive in the Job Market, Microsoft: “By connecting three pinnacles of success—industry, education, and application—the faculty and administration at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) are preparing their students by teaching them the essential skills and strategies of Customer Relationship Management (CRM).”

14th Annual Fargo Fantastic Film Festival Comes to a Close, KVRR: “‘Minnesota State University Moorhead is the only school in the region that has a four year film degree program. Actually Minneapolis doesn’t even have one. So between Chicago and Seattle MSUM is the place to go for film…’ says Chairman of the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival Tony Tilton.”

MSUM Making Effort to Clean Up Cigarette Butts, KVRR: “Students at MSUM are trying to get people to stop throwing their cigarette butts on the ground. The week-long campaign began on Monday.”

MSUM students Trash the Ash, Valley News Live: “A week long campaign to Trash the Ash began at MSUM on Monday. Students on campus who are Wellness Educators will devote the week to picking up cigarette butts around campus.”

MSUM student travels the world as professional video gamer, InForum: “Brandon Qual is fighting a cold he picked up on a trip to Toronto where he played in a video game tournament. It’s an occupational hazard. Stress, fatigue and jet lag go along with his job. Qual is a professional gamer, one of the world’s top contestants in StarCraft. He commutes from here to compete in tournaments around the world.”

Social media to play a huge role in Presidential Debate Monday night, WDAY: “Some think it’ll simply just be for entertainment, rather than a way to sway a vote. ‘I do not see most people following seriously to make judgments. But they’ll pay attention. Like who gets the most re-tweets, or what phrase was retweeted the most, or what becomes the best ‘hashtag,’ said Denise Gorsline, MSUM Communications Professor.”

WDAY and WDAZ Nominated for 8 Emmy Awards, WDAY/WDAZ: “We here at WDAY and WDAZ are giving ourselves a pat on the back this morning. We are up for 8 Upper Midwest Regional Emmys. The nominees were announced Friday morning.” Congratulations to our alumni nominated for awards: Dana Mogck ’83 Kevin Wallevand ’84, Andrew Nelson ’12 and Jordan Schroeer ’15.

Carols Rene Pacheco’s Work Featured in 2016 SPE Midwest Regional Multi-Caucus Exhibition

Posted on October 03, 2016

Photography professor Carlos Rene Pacheco will have work featured in the 2016 SPE Midwest Regional Multi-Caucus Exhibition at the McNamee Gallery at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri from Oct. 1 – Nov. 31, 2016.  Read the rest of this entry →

South Dakota Film Festival Honors MSUM Film and Animation

Posted on September 30, 2016

The School of Media Arts & Design was well represented at the 10th annual South Dakota Film Festival. Dr. Tony Adah, Kyja K-Nelson and 18 film and animation students traveled to Aberdeen, S.D., Sept. 23-25 to exhibit their film, animation and video installation. Additionally, SoMAD was honored at the festival.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Professor Participating in Dish Market Oct. 1

Posted on September 29, 2016

Professor Kelli Sinner, founding member of area ceramic artist group Cone Pack, will be participating in Dish Market on Saturday, October 1. The Cone Pack artists have created handmade ceramic bagel plates and soup bowls that will be available for purchase at BernBaum’s Bagels in downtown Fargo. The event is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at BernBaums’s at 115 Roberts Street.

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Walla Honored as Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award Winner

Posted on September 22, 2016

Thursday, Oct. 27 | 4 p.m. | Langseth 118  Read the rest of this entry →

Holtan Wins National Awards from National Federation of Presswomen

Posted on September 20, 2016

Merrie Sue Holtan, communication and journalism, won two national writing awards from the National Federation of Presswomen. She placed first in sports writing and received honorable mention in home writing. The awards were presented at the national conference in Wichita, Kan.

Dr. Carney Presents on Social Work Practice Ethics at the Minnesota Social Service Association Fall Conference

Posted on September 19, 2016

Dr. Jeremy Carney, from the MSUM School of Social Work, presented an ethics training on September 15, 2016 for the Minnesota Social Service Association as part of their Northwest conference. The presentation focuses on ethical relationships for helping professionals with a special emphasis on the challenges of social media use.

Anthony Ocaña Publishes eBook

Posted on September 14, 2016

Dr. Anthony Ocaña, assistant professor of communication studies in the School of Communication and Journalism, has had his eBook “Clashing Wor(l)ds: From International to Intrapersonal Conflict” published by Inter-Disciplinary Press.

The edited book is a multidisciplinary collection of research presented in Lisbon, Portugal, at the 4th Global Conference on Communication and Conflict in 2015. Included in the book is a co-authored chapter by Dr. Ocaña and Dr. Aileen Buslig (Concordia College) presenting their research on student group conflict and reactions to group leader messages.

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Zhimin Guan’s Paintings Featured at Ecce Gallery

Posted on September 08, 2016

Zhimin Guan’s (School of Visual Arts) paintings and watercolors are currently being featured at Ecce Gallery in downtown Fargo.

The opening reception for the gallery is Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. The gallery runs through Oct. 4.

See Guan’s artist page on Ecce Gallery’s website. Read the rest of this entry →

Plankers Interviewed by Huffington Post

Posted on September 08, 2016

MariBeth Plankers, clinical supervisor in the Speech Language Hearing Sciences Department, was interviewed by the Huffington Post in regards to her use of the application “make-believe comix” in the on-campus Speech Language and Hearing Clinic.

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