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MSUM students help prepare income tax returns

Posted on April 21, 2017

MSUM students gave back to their communities in a big way this semester, by serving as volunteers in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Nineteen MSUM students volunteered a combined total of 415 hours during the tax filing season that ended April 18. They helped low-to-moderate income families who needed assistance preparing their 2016 tax returns by serving at local VITA sites (the Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in Moorhead, and the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency in Fargo). 

As committed VITA volunteers, our students first received training and passed certification tests, then began providing free tax help. What a great way to serve their communities, while at the same time getting relevant, real-world experience on their resumes.  Read the rest of this entry →

The Advocate, Doing It Downtown win numerous SPJ awards

Posted on April 21, 2017

The MSUM Advocate brought home more than a dozen Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ) awards recently. The student run newspaper was named a finalist for Best All Around Student Newspaper, while many individuals took home awards.

The awards were presented to Editor Kayleigh Omang at Region 6 SPJ conference in Bloomington, Minn.

The region includes colleges from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa.  Read the rest of this entry →

Economic Society members, faculty advisors present workshop at 2017 Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Posted on April 11, 2017

MSUM Economic Society members (Moyinoluwa Abiola, Alexander Johnson, Aleena Kearns, Josh Noennig, Rahil Pereira, and McKenna Togstad) and co-advisors Drs. T. J. Hansen and Gregory Stutes presented the workshop, “Operation Economics,” as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Conference on April 8. This conference invites young women in the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades in Minnesota and North Dakota to a day of career exploration workshops focused on the development of mathematical and critical thinking skills. In the “Operation Economics” workshop, young women learned about the impact of specialization on international trade by participating in a trading simulation with members of the Economic Society.

Campus News named best college newscast by Society of Professional Journalists for third straight year

Posted on April 07, 2017

For the third year in a row, the Society of Professional Journalists has named MSUM’s Campus News the winner in the student newscast category in its annual Mark of Excellence Region 6 Awards. In addition, Campus News students earned twelve individual awards in six different television categories, more than any other school in the region.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 6 includes colleges and universities in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. First place winners in each category advance to the national round of judging.

The Program Director for Campus News, Aaron Quanbeck, said that having SPJ name Campus News as the best college newscast for the third straight year says a lot about the dedication of the students. “This award is hard enough to win once, much less three times in a row,” said Quanbeck, “and it takes students who are willing to put in the hard work and long hours to make that possible.”  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Athletic Training students earn top honors in regional ‘Quiz Bowl’ competition

Posted on March 15, 2017

Representing the State of Minnesota at the District 4 Great Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association (GLATA) Annual Meeting & Symposium, 4th year MSUM Athletic Training (AT) students Jessie Differding, Shae Brown, and Shawn Sherman earned first place honors by defeating teams from Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio in the Annual GLATA Quiz Bowl competition held on Friday, March 9 in Wheeling, Ill.

By winning the GLATA Quiz Bowl competition, the MSUM AT students have earned the opportunity to represent MSUM, the Minnesota State Athletic Trainer’s Association (MATA), and the District 4 GLATA Region at the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Annual Meeting and Symposium Quiz Bowl event in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, June 28.

Economics students present at Eastern Economic Association meetings

Posted on March 14, 2017

Three Economics students presented at the undergraduate student sessions of the Eastern Economic Association meetings in New York City. Cody Rittenhouse studied the relationship between business climate across states and poverty rates; Cody found that states with better business climate as measured by Forbes magazine have lower poverty rates. Aaron Vanyo developed a Genuine Progress Indicator for Minnesota. Matthew Dakken studied the impact of Jim Cramer’s buy recommendations on the price of stocks; Matt found increases in the short-term prices of stocks recommended by Jim Cramer.

School Psychology faculty, graduate students attend and present at NASP conference

Posted on March 14, 2017

School Psychology faculty Olivia Melroe, Margaret Potter, and Lisa Stewart, along with 12 School Psychology graduate students, attended the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) conference February 20-24 in San Antonio, Texas. The faculty also attended the Trainers of School Psychology conference while in San Antonio. In addition to attending the conference, graduate student Tia Marthaler (advised by Dr. Potter and Dr. Stewart) presented a poster titled, “Pictures and Praise: Improving Behavior of a Kindergarten ELL Student” and Dr. Melroe was part of a symposium titled, “Future Directions of the the Indigenous Conceptual Framework.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Students present at Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event

Posted on March 03, 2017

Four undergraduate students from MSUM—Peter Olson, Jenna Kalthoff, Matt Dakken, and Ashley Doll—presented research posters at the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event at the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda on Thursday, March 1. The event showcased undergraduate researchers from across Minnesota State. The students also met with State Representatives Ben Lien (an MSUM alumnus) and Paul Marquart, who both represent Moorhead area districts.

Dr. Stewart, students present early math research at MnAEYC state conference

Posted on March 01, 2017

Dr. Lisa Stewart, Psychology/School Psychology and her early math research team—Ashley Doll, Kate LeBrasseur and Joshua Johnson—presented a session at the state Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) – Minnesota School Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) state conference on February 3, 2017 in St. Paul, Minn. Their session was titled “Making Early Math Activities and Math Vocabulary in your Preschool Classroom Fun” and included a summary of research on early math vocabulary conducted in a local preschool and hands on activities and practice using the study materials.

Film Studies professor, student present at SWPACA

Posted on February 27, 2017

Professor Anthony Adah and senior Derek Bauer presented at the recent Southwest/American Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM (Feb 15-18). Professor Adah gave a paper, “The Art Repatriation Film as an Indigenous Film Genre,” and Derek Bauer presented a practice-led project, “Scary as Hell.”

MSUM Marketing & Communications wins ADDY Awards

Posted on February 27, 2017

The MSUM Marketing Team earned several awards at Friday night’s American Advertising Federation’s (AAF-ND) ADDY Awards. The annual ADDY Awards program honors excellence in advertising and cultivates the highest creative standards. It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry. Each year, AdFed members from around the country enter more than 60,000 samples of their best work, making the ADDYs the world’s largest advertising competition.  Read the rest of this entry →

School Psychology faculty, graduate students attend, present at MN School Psychology conference

Posted on February 07, 2017

MSUM’s School Psychology graduate program had a strong contingent at the Jan. 26-27 Minnesota Association for School Psychology MidWinter Conference in Plymouth, Minn. School Psychology faculty and 25 graduate students attended the conference.  Read the rest of this entry →

‘Crafted: A Romance With Beer’ to air on Prairie Public Television

Posted on February 07, 2017

Tuesday, Feb. 7 | 7:30 p.m. CST | Prairie Public Television

The MSUM School of Communication and Journalism is proud to announce its Broadcast Documentary class will have “Crafted: A Romance With Beer,” airing on Prairie Public Television. The student produced show will be seen Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Central Time. The documentary will reach an audience across North Dakota and parts of Minnesota, South Dakota and Manitoba. “Crafted” follows the explosion of the craft beer phenomenon. The students shot stories covering all aspects of this experience. They talked to those who grow the hops, make the beer, recycle the byproduct and feed it to cows, and those who drink and celebrate the popularity of craft beer. (Even those who attend Sunday night church at a Moorhead brewery.)  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students shine at KCACTF

Posted on February 06, 2017

Fourteen MSUM University Theatre students recently attended the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa. Students participated in several days of workshops and lectures, attended various performances, and competed in the Irene Ryan acting competition.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Music Education student wins third place in international vocal competition

Posted on February 03, 2017

Senior Erik Hagfors took third place in the Great Composers Competition on Jan. 31, 2017. The award was for the Best Schubert Performance in honor of the 220th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert. Congratulations goes out to this talented senior.

He will be giving a recital April 29 at 7:30 in Fox Recital Hall if you wish to hear him in person.

MSUM student-produced holiday video receives recognition

Posted on December 20, 2016

Higher education website includes in top 2016 holiday cards list

A holiday video card sent by Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) and filmed and produced by MSUM students Sara Erickson, Derek Fletcher and Murtaza Azmi has been named one of the best higher education holiday cards of 2016 by collegewebeditor.com.  Read the rest of this entry →

97 Students Inducted into National Society of Leadership and Success

Posted on December 05, 2016

Ninety-seven MSUM students were a part of the first group to become fully inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.

To become fully inducted members, students needed to complete all steps of the induction process. First students attended the society orientation and leadership training day. Throughout the semester student’s attended three speaker broadcasts where we learned valuable advice from LeAnn Toughey, Andy Cohen, and Dolvett Quince. Students then participated in three success networking teams where they identified personal goals and motivated each other to reach these goals. Students then were required to submit online reflections about their goals.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on November 28, 2016

Michigan Tech men lose shootout to Minnesota State Moorhead, The Daily Mining Gazette: “The loss to the Dragons dropped the Huskies to 1-3 on the season. Moorhead, which blasted Northern Michigan University the night before, moved to 2-1.”

MSUM picks up win over Michigan Tech in men’s basketball, Inforum: “Minnesota State-Moorhead men’s basketball won their second straight game defeating Michigan Tech 90-82 on Saturday, Nov. 19.”

MSUM tops Quincy in women’s basketball, Inforum: “Cassidy Thorson poured in 16 points as Minnesota State-Moorhead topped Quincy 73-44 in the opening round of the Quincy Tip-Off Classic on Friday, Nov. 18, at Pepsi Arena.”

MSUM men’s basketball wins at Northern Michigan, Inforum: “Ayob Ayob scored 24 points and added six rebounds as Minnesota State-Moorhead men’s basketball defeated Northern Michigan 104-68 on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Berry Events Center.”

Dragons receiver Gibson a nominee for Division II’s Harlon Hill Trophy, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the top player in NCAA Division II football.”

MSUM’s Gibson nominated for Harlon Hill award, WDAY: “Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which goes to the Division II College Football Player of the Year.”

MSUM’s Gibson Named Nominee for Harlon Hill Award, KVRR: “Damon Gibson is now done with a historic year for MSUM football. The wide receiver from Beardsley, Minn., led all of Division II in receiving yards and receiving yards per game.”

Dragons eclipse century mark to knock off rival Concordia, Inforum: “Minnesota State-Moorhead senior Aaron Lien needed only seven shots to net 19 points Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Memorial Auditorium. That offensive efficiency proved contagious for the Dragons against rival Concordia.”

Conversation with MSUM Dragons head basketball coach Chad Walthall, WDAY: “It’s a holiday tradition in Moorhead older than the Holiday Lights Parade, the Cobbers and Dragons meeting on the basketball court.”

MSUM wide receiver a Harlon Hill nominee, KFGO: “Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which goes to the Division II College Football Player of the Year.”

Dragons Beat Cobbers in Crosstown Showdown, KVRR: “Dragons run away with the win over Concordia, 107-74.”

MSUM shoots past Concordia, WDAY: “Five players scored in double figures for MSU Moorhead as the Dragons shot past Concordia 107-74. MSUM was 17 of 26 from the beyond the arc in the victory.”

Kretchman hits game-winner as Dragons edge Northern State, Inforum: “Tanner Kretchman drilled a game-winning three just inside the half-court line as Minnesota State-Moorhead edged Northern State 93-92 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball matchup on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Wachs Arena.”

MSUM MBB Wins on Half-Court Buzzer Beater, KVRR: “Coming out of the timeout all the Dragons can really do is throw up a prayer. Tanner Kretchman just past half court. You have got to be kidding me. What a shot! Dragons win on the buzzer beater, 93-92.”

WATCH: Wild last few seconds, long buzzer-beater decides crazy small college game, CBS Sports: “Some of you may have missed this finish from Division II on Saturday, but it’s one you will want to check out as Minnesota State University Moorhead topped Northern State 93-92 … A pretty incredible shot at the buzzer in one of the most unlikeliest and entertaining finishes you might see in any level of of college basketball this season.”

School of Social Work Honor Society Inducts 18

Posted on November 23, 2016

The School of Social Work Honor Society, the Chi Omega chapter of Phi Alpha inducted 18 students into the national honor society on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Phi Alpha seeks to provide closer bonds among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha also fosters high standards of education for social work students. Phi Alpha advisor, Professor Janelle Miedema and Dragon SOS Treasurer, Taylor Merrill presented the awards. Congratulations to: Krista Aasness, Alexandria Arcoria, Emily Benesh, Elexias Eubanks, Chirstopher W. Ferris, Jacob Iten, Nicole Mayers, Taylor Merrill, Lauryn McLaughlin, Emily Meester, Paige O’Hara, Leah Oien, Brenda Pepple, Kelly Rentfrow, Peggy Roemmich, Calvin Samek, Hillary Theurer, Kyliegh Van Den Eykel.

CNSA Inducts Sixteen Students into Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society

Posted on November 21, 2016

On Wednesday evening the Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society held their 7th Annual Initiation Ceremony. Sixteen students, Abby Veno, Tristen Bentz, Emily Gobernatz, Katie Suppa, Megan Pittelko, Sylvia Ziejewski, Telia Ratliff-Cross, Justine Jarmin, Laura Baier, Britney Strommen, James Weinzirl, Kathryn Wolf, Leah Trontvet, Brittnee Hersch, Courtney Roatch and Sarah Young were inducted into the Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society and they joined 72 current members. Taryn Akgul was the keynote speaker at the event.  Read the rest of this entry →

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