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Dragons in the news

Posted on June 26, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in recent weeks. Stories are presented in chronological order.

Kloos named interim St. Cloud tech college president, SC Times: “The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that Lori Kloos will be interim president of St. Cloud Technical & Community College effective Aug. 1 … Kloos has a diploma from Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute — now Riverland Community College — and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Vaudrin competes in javelin, sprints for Dragons, Park Rapids Enterprise: “Park Rapids’ Mady Vaudrin competed in the javelin and sprints for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s track and field team this spring.”

Kurdish-American author to share memoir at library June 28, West Fargo Pioneer: “Local author Newzad Brifki will present his recently published memoir “My Journey to America: A Kurdish American Story” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N. … It is the story of his successful struggles, leading to a degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008 and a feeling of peace with his identity as a new American.”

Drs. Dosch, Paul lead study abroad course in Dominican Republic

Posted on June 22, 2017

Dr. Mary Dosch, Psychology, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs, recently returned from co-teaching a 12 day study abroad course to the Dominican Republic. This intercultural, interdisciplinary tour included graduate and undergraduate students from Counseling and Student Affairs, Anthropology, Social Work, Speech Language Hearing and Education.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the news

Posted on June 19, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in recent weeks. Stories are presented in chronological order.

Nellermoe named Park Christian School president, InForum: “Park Christian School announced Wednesday, May 31, that it’s hired Chris Nellermoe as its new president … Nellermoe received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership, and his K-12 principal and superintendent certifications through Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Former Dragon Beeson to be inducted into NSIC Hall of Fame, InForum: “Former Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball standout Brett Beeson will be inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 11, at the Best Western Premier in Burnsville.”

Area educators gather for learning celebration, Fergus Falls Daily Journal: “Northern Lights Library Network and Lakes Country Service Cooperative, along with Campbell-Tintah Public Schools, Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Ottertail County Historical Society, and Roseau Public Schools are sponsoring a workshop in Fergus Falls to celebrate learning altogether … Carol Sibley, professor emerita, Minnesota State University Moorhead is giving away over 282 books from her work with the International Books for Young People (IBBY) and the Ottertail County Historical Society is featuring local treasures they have to offer area students.”

Tennessee-Martin guard joining Dragon men’s basketball, InForum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball coach Chad Walthall has announced the addition of Travaun Coad of West Lawn, Pa., for the 2017-18 season.”

MSUM hosts college for kids, teens, WDAY: “The Minnesota State University Moorhead College for Kids and Teens is holding sessions June 19 through 22, July 10 through 13 and July 17 through 20.”

MSUM students work with local artist on space mural for planetarium, WDAY: “An intergalactic makeover is happening at the MSUM Planetarium. Thanks to a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council, local Mural Artist Karen Bakkee is working with five art and four physics students and Youth Educational Service Students for an out-of-this world collaboration.”

Milner named head track coach at MSUM, InForum: “Ryan Milner has been named the head track and field and cross country coach at Minnesota State Moorhead.”

MSUM to induct 11 individuals and two teams to Hall of Fame, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead is adding 11 individuals and two cross country teams to its Dragon Sports Hall of Fame class that will be honored at an Oct. 6 banquet.”

MSUM alumnus named news photographer, editor of the year

Posted on June 12, 2017

MSUM alumnus Chad Nelson ’07 (mass communications), a photojournalist with KARE 11 in the Twin Cities, won two top honors in the 2017 National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Video Best of Photojournalism awards, in what’s being called an “unprecedented sweep.”

Nelson was named both the Ernie Crisp News Photographer of the Year and Editor of the Year at a ceremony June 2.  Read the rest of this entry →

Campus News named national finalist in SPJ 2016 Mark of Excellence awards

Posted on June 12, 2017

Campus News was named a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2016 Mark of Excellence national finalist in the Best All-Around Television Newscast category.

Watch the winning newscast: Campus News 4-30-16.

Campus News is a collaborative learning project where faculty and industry professionals mentor students to produce a weekly television program that airs on Prairie Public Television. MSUM’s Campus News is broadcast into the homes of more than a million people via Prairie Public Television. The 30-minute newscast includes local, regional and national stories, and is written, reported, photographed, edited, anchored and produced by students.

MSUM Operations Management degree ranked No. 4 in nation

Posted on June 08, 2017

MSUM’s online Operations Management degree was ranked No. 4 nationwide in a ranking by Best Degree Programs. The organization reviewed 56 accredited colleges and universities listed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES College Navigator) that offered online bachelor’s in operations management, project management, or closely related degree programs. Also reviewed were rankings received from major publications like U.S. News and World Report and cost of attendance.

See the full “20 Best Online Bachelor’s in Operations or Project Management 2017” article.

Learn more about MSUM’s online Operations Management and Project Management degrees.

Leonard attends Drone Focus Conference

Posted on June 08, 2017

Karl Leonard, Associate Professor of Geosciences in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, attended the annual Drone Focus Conference May 31 and June 1 in Fargo. The conference featured many prominent speakers who discussed the emerging UAS industry, and Karl attended several workshops that focused on UAS applications in agriculture, construction, and energy. Karl also attended a ground training class to obtain the FAA Part 107 UAV operators license. The Department of Anthropology and Earth Sciences recently received funding to purchase several DJI UAVs and will be incorporating these systems into course work and research.

Behl recognized by Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance for curriculum

Posted on June 08, 2017

Joshua Behl, assistant professor in the Professional Management Department, has been recognized by the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance for his curriculum.

His work, “Microsoft Dynamics CRM Project Service Module Curriculum Package,” has been selected as this year’s honorable mention for the Curriculum award.

The Curriculum Award ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 19 at the Microsoft Redmond campus.

Brad Bachmeier gives presentation at World Heritage Site

Posted on May 31, 2017

As part of the Artist in Residence Series at Mesa Verde National Park, ceramic artist Brad Bachmeier gave two public presentations; at the Mancos, Colo., Public Library and at the Far View Lodge. Mr. Bachmeier, a national and international award winning ceramic artist from Fargo, N.D., spent two weeks in May exploring the park’s geology and archeology to further his study of mankind’s ancient and universal partnership with clay and further develop his “Primal Element” series of ceramic vessels placing the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings and ceramic use in a global context. See full press release at

Gompf presents Continuing Legal Education Webinar to attorneys

Posted on May 30, 2017

Professor Tracy Gompf, Paralegal, Department of Economics, Law and Politics, presented a Continuing Legal Education Webinar “Increase Profitability and Efficiency of Your Firm Through Paralegal Utilization” to regional attorneys on May 24. This webinar was sponsored by the North Dakota State Bar Association.

MSUM Finishes 6th in NSIC All-Sports Standings

Posted on May 19, 2017

Minnesota State University Moorhead finished sixth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Sports standings released on Thursday. The Dragons improved two spots from 2015-16.  Read the rest of this entry →

#MSUM2017 trends on Twitter

Posted on May 16, 2017

Leading up to and during Friday’s Commencement ceremonies, students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends were encouraged to share their Dragon pride, congratulations and excitement on Twitter by using #MSUM2017.

The hashtag was once again a success, trending on Twitter by mid-afternoon and throughout the evening.

#MSUM2017 was used in 1,055 tweets that garnered nearly 760,000 impressions.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

2017 Retiree Recognition and Employee Excellence Awards Luncheon

Posted on May 12, 2017

On Thursday, Minnesota State University Moorhead recognized retirees and employees during the annual Retiree Recognition and Employee Excellence Awards Luncheon.

2017 Employee Excellence Awards winners are:

  • Excellence in Service to Students: Karla Wenger
  • Culture Champion Award: Layne Anderson
  • Excellence in Service to the Community: The 18 Online Team, comprised of Catherine Artac, Dr. Boyd Bradbury, Dr. Ok-Hee Lee, Dr. Lisa Karch, Karla Wenger and Dr. Julie Zaloudek
  • Excellence in Service to the University, focus on Diversity: Dr. Justin James
  • Excellence in Creative Activity & Collaboration: Derek Lien
  • Excellence in Teaching & Research: Dr. Sheila Marquardt 

Read the rest of this entry →

Paralegal student selected for national essay scholarship

Posted on May 12, 2017

Candace Gould, Paralegal, submitted a winning essay for the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Scholarship. The LEX Scholarship is awarded by the American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE), the national organization for paralegal programs. Winners are awarded a $500 scholarship and are invited to speak at the national AAfPE convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October. Candace’s winning essay covered the topic of paralegal regulation.

Schumann presents at IACLEA Mid America Regional Conference

Posted on May 11, 2017

Jim Schumann, MSUM Director of Public Safety, presented two different sessions at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Mid America Regional Conference in Kansas City April 2-3.  Read the rest of this entry →

Aidan Shafer ranks in top third of Putnam Mathematical Competition

Posted on May 09, 2017

Congratulations to Aidan Shafer, double major in Mathematics and Physics, who ranked in the top third of the Putnam Mathematical Competition, held on December 3, 2016. The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in all the United States and Canada. On the last edition there were 4,164 contestants from 568 institutions.

Dr. Bradbury presents at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

Posted on May 09, 2017

Dr. Boyd Bradbury presented recently at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Dr. Bradbury’s presentation was entitled An Analysis of Pedagogical Dissonance and Resilience Experienced by Teacher Candidates on Foreign Soil.

Zehren honored at MAFAA Conference

Posted on May 09, 2017

The Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) honored Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Carolyn Zehren last week.

Zehren, who serves as MSUM’s Director of Scholarship and Financial Aid, was awarded the Special Achievement Award. Zehren’s recognition was for the significant contributions, enthusiasm, and service she has provide to the MAFAA membership and to the people of Minnesota.

MSUM’s Annual Math Team Contest Winners

Posted on May 09, 2017

Twenty MSUM students participated in the Mathematics Department’s 2nd Annual Math Team Contest on Saturday, April 22.

 team came in first place with Elias Eid, Sam Holen, and Jennifer Williams, each earning $100 in prize money. Two teams tied for second place: “The Winners” Kim An Truong, Yik Ping Khoo, and Myungjun Yeo and “Winners 17” Pratik Dahl, Rostand Fezeu, and Paige Meyer, each earning $50 in prize money.

Congratulations to all that participated in this year’s event.

Bradbury earns additional QM Certification for course design

Posted on May 08, 2017

Dr. Boyd Bradbury, School of Teaching & Learning, earned Quality Matters Certification for his online course: ED 701 Introduction to Advanced Scholarship and Leadership. This is Dr. Bradbury’s seventh course to earn QM Certification. QM reviews are a rigorous peer review process, recognized at both the state and national levels. Congratulations to Dr. Bradbury on his achievement!

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