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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 →

Sinner Selected to Participate in Objective Clay Holiday Exhibition

Posted on December 01, 2016

Professor Kelli Sinner was selected as 1 of 12 artists nationwide invited to participate in the Objective Clay Holiday Exhibition. The exhibition is available to view online at and runs until December 31, 2016.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Alumnae, Employee Named to United Way’s 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program

Posted on November 29, 2016

The United Way of Cass-Clay announced its 2017 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program participants, which includes seven MSUM alumnae and one employee.

MSUM alumnae include:

  • Beth Althoff, Doosan-Bobcat
  • Renee Charon, Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
  • Jesika Jorgenson, Discovery Benefits
  • Yulia Murzaeva, Widmer Roel
  • Danna Nelson, Fargo Park District
  • Leah Trontvet, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
  • Jamie Wepking, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Wepking also works at MSUM as the Assistant Director of Admissions Campus Preview Program and Call Center.

Congratulations to these outstanding women!  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Wooyang Kim Receives Award for High Citation-Impact of Article in Elite Marketing Journal

Posted on November 28, 2016


Dr. Wooyang Kim, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Paseka School of Business, received “Google i-10 High Citation-Impact Award” from the Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science (JGSMS), one of elite marketing journals (685 reads: Taylor & Francis, and 20 citations: Google). This achievement is honored in a contribution to extending and developing the discipline of consumer innovativeness. In addition, Dr. Kim with coauthors has invited to write a commentary essay to consumer innovativeness in JGSMS.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Coquyt, Dr. Swaggert, Dr. Bradbury and Dr. Karch Present at Minnesota Rural Education Association Conference

Posted on November 22, 2016

Dr. Mike Coquyt and Dr. Julie Swaggert presented on, “Teacher Leadership: Maximize Your Human Capital” (Different Complimentary Roles and Distributive Leadership). Dr. Boyd Bradbury and Dr. Lisa Karch presented with Jeremy Kovash, Executive Director at Lakes Country Cooperative and Bruce Jensen, Executive Director at Northwest Cooperative on “Online 18 – Preserving Concurrent Enrollment.”

Over 350 people from rural school districts across the state of Minnesota were in attendance at the 2016 Annual Conference, Making Teaching Matter.

Artac, Melander Present at Accessing Higher Ground Conference

Posted on November 22, 2016

Catherine Artac and Jane Melander from the Office of Online & Extended Learning (and members of the campus UDL/Digital Accessibility Committee) presented “DIY Captioning” at the Accessing Higher Ground Conference on Nov. 16, 2016, in Westminster, Colo.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on November 21, 2016

Veterans hold chili cook-off at MSUM to crown champion, WDAY: “The competition was heated as veterans at MSUM showcased their best chili recipes. Members of the Veteran’s Resource Center competed head to head for the title of chili champion.”

MSUM celebrates veterans with special performance, speakers, WDAY: “Veterans and their service were celebrated as part of MSUM’s Veteran’s Day Program.”

Dragons notch first seven-win season since 1999, Inforum: “After Minnesota State Moorhead closed its season with a 48-33 victory against Northern State on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Scheels Field at Nemzek Stadium, Dragons head coach Steve Laqua pumped his first, yelled and sprinted to the huddle of his players.”

Chinese master artist draws inspiration, leads co-op art class at MSUM, Inforum: “Artists Zhimin Guan and Hao Lin were practically destined to work together. Lin came across Guan’s artwork while searching for a location to use his visiting artist grant from Fujian Normal University in China. After viewing Guan’s dynamic metal paintings on Minnesota State University Moorhead’s website, he knew he wanted to work with him — enough to uproot his family and move to Moorhead to study with Guan for a year. Lin asked Guan via email to be his mentor, and that’s when their paths officially crossed.”

MSUM finishes season with best record since 1999, WDAY: “The MSUM Dragons beat Northern State 44-38 to finish the season 7-4, the program’s best record since 1999.”

MSUM’s Riewer to play in Czech Republic, reunite with ex-teammate Sevlie, WDAY: “In 2014, Jordan Riewer and Isaac Sevlie were starters and teammates on the Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball squad that qualified for the NCAA Division II Elite Eight and won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title. Two years later, the two will be re-united on the basketball court for the BK NH Ostrava professional team in the Czech Republic.”

Former Dragons wrestler and UFC heavyweight Johnson ready for ‘contract fight’, Inforum: “Tim Johnson has to go through a 6-foot-7, 240-pound Russian fighter to take the next step in his mixed martial arts career. Johnson, a former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler, could move closer to being a top-10 heavyweight with a win Saturday, Nov. 19, at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.”

Dragons race past NMU men, 104-68, The Mining Journal: “Northern Michigan University couldn’t slow the sharpshooters from Minnesota State-Moorhead and lost a 104-68 decision in a college men’s basketball game played at the Berry Events Center on Friday night.”

Age of Abstinence: Fewer Millennials having sex, WDAY: Karen Branden, Professor of Sociology, was interviewed by Jordan Schroeer (MSUM alum now with WDAY TV) on November 10, 2016 about the new ways millennials are dating and developing intimate relationships. Contrary to stereotypes about millennials and sex, millennials tend to have fewer sexual partners and tend to not use dating apps compared to their predecessors among baby boomers.

School of Teaching and Learning Faculty Present at Conference

Posted on November 16, 2016

Deanne Borgeson, Keri DeSutter, Marci Glessner, and Shirley Johnson, School of Teaching and Learning, recently attended and presented at the Teacher Education Division Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children held in Lexington, Ky. In total faculty presented four presentations:

  1. Improving Teacher Preparation for Inclusive Education: Standards Matter (Keri DeSutter)
  2. Putting the Teaching Back into Online Teaching (Keri DeSutter and Shirley Johnson)
  3. Active Integration of Standards and Professional Organizations into Coursework (Marci Glessner, Deanne Borgeson, and Keri DeSutter)
  4. Developing a One-Stop Advising Site with Your Online Learning Management System (Marci Glessner and Deanne Borgeson)

Dr. Bradbury’s Manuscript Accepted for Publication in International Journal

Posted on November 16, 2016

Dr. Boyd Bradbury’s manuscript, The Impact of Pedagogical Dissonance and Associated Resilience within a Foreign Sociocultural Context of Teaching Abroad, has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Information and Education Technology (IJIET, ISSN: 2010-3689, DOI: 10.18178/IJIET), which will be indexed by: EI (INSPEC, IET), Cabell’s Directories, DOAJ, Electronic Journals Library, Engineering & Technology Digital Library, Google Scholar, Crossref and ProQuest.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Sheila Marquardt Presents at National Association of Multicultural Education

Posted on November 15, 2016

Dr. Sheila Marquardt, School of Teaching and Learning, presented at the National Association of Multicultural Education held in Cleveland, Ohio. The presentation, “Shh! Just shut up and teach: Moving teacher voice from the margins to the educational center,” engaged the question: How do we help new teachers understand their work is not just in the classroom, but it is a commitment to advocate for the field as a whole? The presentation engaged under-graduate students, teacher educators and practicing teachers.

Dr. Kenyon Williams Elected to PAS Board of Advisors

Posted on November 15, 2016

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music in the School of Performing Arts, was elected to the Board of Advisors of the Percussive Arts Society this past weekend at the PAS International Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. As a member of the Board, Dr. Williams will serve with a variety of percussion educators, performers, and product specialists to help guide the direction of the 6,000 member organization that features 50 chapters in the U.S. and 28 chapters abroad.


MSUM’s 2016 Combined Charities Campaign Raises Over $17,000

Posted on November 14, 2016

This campaign’s success is due to MSUM employees who care and stand ready to help others in need. It would not have been possible without the dedication of our MSUM volunteers who cared and contributed not only money, but also their time, creativity and energy. Thank you to all who volunteered in assisting with this year’s campaign. Your contribution of time made it possible for state employees to reach the lives of thousands living in Minnesota and North Dakota, aiding the communities in which we live and work.

Final campaign totals from the State of Minnesota have not yet been determined.

Thank you, MSUM employees, for your generous contributions to this year’s Combine Charities Campaign.

CNSA Program Coordinator, Graduate Student Present at Conference

Posted on November 14, 2016

The Counseling and Student Affairs program’s Dr. David Paul, Program Coordinator, and Leah Trontvet, Graduate Student, presented “Studying Abroad: Graduate Counseling Student Perspectives” at the 2016 Minnesota College Professionals Association Fall Conference on Nov. 4, 2016, in Duluth, Minn.

Studying Abroad opportunities are life-changing experiences for college students. Research indicates that student participation positively correlates with higher GPAs and increased program completion rates. This presentation demonstrated how multi-cultural environments impacted graduate students’ experiences this past May 2016, while on a short-term study abroad trip to Peru in South America.

Finance Majors, Alumnus and Advisor Present at Academy of Business Research Conference

Posted on November 09, 2016

Finance majors Jenna Kalthoff and Peter Olson, along with alumnus Eric Krupke and advisor Dr. Thomas Hanson presented four research projects at the Academy of Business Research Conference in San Antonio last week. The papers by Kalthoff and Krupke were named best papers in their session.

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