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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 →

College for Kids & Teens awarded Lake Region Arts Council grant

Posted on April 21, 2017

MSUM College for Kids & Teens has been awarded $9,550 in grant support from Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) for Summer 2017. This is the sixth year in a row that the program has applied for and been awarded money from LRAC to support their K-12 courses in the arts.

The $9,550 will be used to support need-based scholarships for K-12 students that want to attend MSUM College for Kids & Teens Arts courses. Examples of courses that students could take include: Science and Art of Making Soap, Clay and Toy Animation, Peculiar Painting, Water Wonder World, Dare to Design, Kids and Clay and many more.  Read the rest of this entry →

Greg Toutges receives 2017 Professional Excellence in Service Award

Posted on April 20, 2017

Greg Toutges, Disability Resource Center Director, received the 2017 Professional Excellence in Service Award presented by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees yesterday, April 19, 2017.

During the luncheon, seven award nominees from Minnesota State universities, along with 31 Outstanding Educators from colleges throughout the state, were recognized by the Board of Trustees.

The Professional Excellence in Service Award acknowledges outstanding service to our universities and to the Minnesota State system. It recognizes the key role service faculty fulfill at our system’s universities in advising and counseling students; in the recruitment, retention, and placement of students; in residential life programming; in facilitation of student groups and student leadership; and other involvement in university and community activities.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Kenyon Williams to Perform at SEAMUS

Posted on April 19, 2017

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music, will perform this Friday at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Dr. Williams will be performing a composition he commissioned in 2011 from New York composer Cort Lippe, “Duo for Tenor Steel Pan and Computer.” The work will be one of many recent and world premier compositions to be performed throughout the three day festival featuring performing artists and composers from around the world.

4 New Rivers Press books finalists for Midwest Independent Publishers Awards

Posted on April 18, 2017

Four 2015 New Rivers Press books have been selected as finalists for the Midwest Independent Publishers Awards.

In Contemporary Literature: “Horsefever” by Lee Hope and “We Got Him” by Elizabeth Searle. In Short Story Collection/Anthology: “It Turns Out Like This” by Stephen Coyne and “American Fiction Volume 15” edited by Bruce Pratt.

Winners will be announced May 12.

Grineski published in ‘Country School Journal’

Posted on April 17, 2017

Retired MSUM faculty member Steve Grineski recently had an article published about the MSTC and MSC Rural Teacher Education program in “Country School Journal.” The article featured a case study about Marion Gee, a woman who went through the program and then taught in the college’s affiliated rural school program. The article, titled, “Learning to Teach in the Countryside: Marion Gee (1928-2015)” can be found at



Dr. Yahya Frederickson publishes new book of poems

Posted on April 17, 2017

Dr. Yahya Frederickson (English) has a new book of poems. IN A HOMELAND NOT FAR: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS contains poems set in several countries of Africa and the Middle East as well as the U.S. The book is published by Press 53 of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Graphic Communications student work wins regional Addy Award

Posted on April 13, 2017

Recent GCOM graduate Jonathan Calix recently received a Silver American Advertising Award (ADDY) for Best Website for the District 8 region, which includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Back in February, Jonathan’s fictional brand received awards including Best Catalog, Best Website and Best In Show for student work at the local Addy awards. This month the website will be submitted for award consideration at the National level. He created the company website and branded materials for his GCOM Senior Final project in May 2016.  Read the rest of this entry →

SLHS department co-sponsors MSUM/UND Spring Symposium

Posted on April 13, 2017

The SLHS Department co-sponsored the MSUM/UND Spring Symposium, an annual continuing education event for speech-language pathologists, April 6-7 in Moorhead. The speaker was Jill Kuzma M.A./CCC-SLP who spoke on Executive Function and Literacy with the elementary school population. The event was attended by 258 speech-language pathologists and 34 graduate students from both UND and MSUM. The event is annual and alternates between Moorhead and Grand Forks.

MSUM Awards First Presidential Merit Scholarship

Posted on April 12, 2017

Minnesota State University Moorhead has awarded its first Presidential Merit Scholarship to Morgan Stoffel, a senior at Andover High School. The scholarship, valued at $40,000 over a four-year period, is the most prestigious scholarly award for new students at MSUM.

The competitive award requires admission to MSUM with a minimum ACT score of 30 and a minimum high school GPA of 3.8. As part of the scholarship, Stoffel will also have opportunities for leadership experiences, and interactions with a senior administrator mentor.

President Anne Blackhurst initiated the Presidential Merit Scholarship during her inauguration in September 2014. Laps for the Long Run, a unique and unprecedented fundraiser, jump started the challenge with Blackhurst personally pledging $1,000 per lap for a total of $50,000 toward the Presidential Merit Scholarship Endowment.  Read the rest of this entry →

Wagenman receives Live Your Dream award

Posted on April 12, 2017

Baileigh Wagenman of Moorhead was the third place winner of the Live Your Dream contest this year, hosted by Soroptimist International of Moorhead. Wagenman is a math education major at MSUM and has a 2-year-old daughter.

The Live Your Dream award provides cash awards and recognition to local women who are supporting family members while attending undergraduate higher education.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Master of Healthcare Administration Program Ranked No. 6 on National List

Posted on April 12, 2017 has identified Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) as having one of the best online master’s degrees in healthcare administration. MSUM ranked No. 6 on the nationwide list.

Programs were ranked based on accreditation, delivery methods, concentrations and popularity.

MSUM’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program is fully online and is pending candidacy application by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Wooyang Kim’s coauthored paper published in the Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science

Posted on April 12, 2017


Dr. Wooyang Kim, Assistant Professor in the Paseka School of Business, has been published the paper in the Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science, one of the elite marketing journals. The title of the paper is “Consumer Innovativeness and International Consumer Behavior: Comments and Extensions.” This study reviews current research topics and provides the direction for the future studies in the research field of consumer innovativeness.

Vinod Lall awarded best presentation at conference in Bangkok

Posted on April 11, 2017

Vinod Lall, Professor and Co-chair, Paseka School of Business presented a paper ‘Facilities, Inventory, Transportation and Information as Drivers of Humanitarian and Disaster Recovery Supply Chains’ at the 3rd International Conference on Multidisciplinary Innovation in Business, Engineering, Science and Technology held in Bangkok Thailand on April 5-6, 2017. His presentation was awarded a certificate for best presentation.

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 →

New Rivers Press receives grant to publish ‘The Way She Told Her Story’

Posted on April 06, 2017

New Rivers Press received a grant from the Lake Regions Art Council to publish “The Way She Told Her Story” by Minnesota author Diane Jarvenpa.  Read the rest of this entry →

Drama by N.D. playwright, MSUM professor opens in Australia

Posted on March 29, 2017

Heretics, a play by MSUM English Professor and Fargo, N.D., resident Richard Zinober, opened a two-week run at the Owl and Cat Theatre in Melbourne, Australia last week.

The cross-continent connection is the result of a call for scripts by Owl and Cat Theatre last fall. “I attached the script to an email query and was notified a month ago that Owl and Cat wanted to include the play in its 2017 season,” Zinober said. Read the rest of this entry →

3 MSUM alumnae named Fargo Public Schools District elementary school principals

Posted on March 28, 2017

Three MSUM alumnae were named elementary school principals in the Fargo Public Schools District for the upcoming school year. Congratulations to Cathy Selberg, Karrie Rage and Leandra Ostrom!  Read the rest of this entry →

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