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Dragons in the news

Posted on August 14, 2017

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

West Fargo’s Thorson plays in Brazil all-star game, West Fargo Pioneer: “Everything felt different for Cassidy Thorson playing international basketball. The 3-point lines were so far out she stepped out of bounds in the corner, the referees didn’t understand her, the shot clocks were faster, the style of play is rougher and she’s not even sure what the basketballs are made out of. She never thought she would’ve been playing basketball in Brazil, so she wanted to soak up every bit of it. Thorson, a West Fargo graduate and an upcoming Minnesota State Moorhead senior, was selected for and played on the USA NCAA Division DII Basketball Team Tour in Brazil from July 31 to Aug. 9.”

Dragons head coach Laqua: ‘Good isn’t good enough’ is the new team standard, InForum: ” Minnesota State Moorhead was good last fall, winning seven football games in a season for the first time since 1999. That record also gave the Dragons back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1995 and 1996. MSUM started fall practice Thursday morning at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium with the mindset to continue that ascension. ‘Now the standard has to be that good isn’t good enough. We have to push it to great,’ said Dragons head coach Steve Laqua, who is starting his seventh season as head coach.”

Dragons next step “from good to great”, WDAY: “The opening day of MSU Moorhead fall camp had a different feel than in recent years. It was one of confidence, knowing that expectations are growing. The Dragons are coming off a second straight winning season, something that hasn’t happened in 21 years. Now the next challenge is making the postseason.”

‘It teaches you gratitude’, Marshall Independent: “She went to India to teach others, but ended up learning more than she can say. ‘It was a really good experience,’ said Linnea Bader, who spent a month teaching underprivileged children in Delhi, India. ‘It’s easy to fall in love with India. I’m grateful for the opportunity.’ … Bader, a Marshall High School class of 2015 grad, attends Minnesota State University Moorhead and majors in teaching English as a second language and has a secondary major in communication arts and literature education.”

MSUM Football Opens up Practice, KVRR: “Coach Steve Laqua and the MSUM football team began their 2017 campaign Thursday morning with the season’s first practice.”

Bouncing and bonding: Sky Zone employee’s act of kindness attracts attention, Jamestown Sun: “When George MacConnell and his family drove from their home in Veblen, S.D., to Fargo’s Sky Zone Trampoline Park, he figured he’d have some fun hanging out during his nephew Wayde’s birthday. He didn’t figure on witnessing an act of kindness that would help another nephew break out of his shell long after the party was over. … He happened to mention to Sky Zone employee Nic Bordwell that Sage was playing the video games because he doesn’t like crowds. That’s when Bordwell offered to open up a closed off area of Sky Zone for Sage to jump alone. Sage agreed that he’d like to try it, with Bordwell paving the way.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on August 07, 2017

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

2nd Annual ‘Scrubs Camp’ hosted at MSUM, educates high schoolers on professional health occupations, WDAY: “Area teens are picking up the scalpels as they start the Scrubs Camp at MSUM this week. 65 high school students will spend the week talking to professionals in the field, getting an education in biology, psychology and surgical technology.”

Dragons picked to finish seventh in NSIC football, InForum: “The Minnesota State Moorhead football team has been picked to finish seventh in this year’s overall standings of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and third in the North Division, according to a preseason vote by the league’s coaches.”

Gibson named Co-Offensive Player of the year, Dragons picked to finish 7th, WDAY: “After a highlight filled 2016, MSUM wide receiver Damon Gibson has grabbed the attention of not just the midwest but the country. Gibson was selected as the co-offensive player of the year for the Northern Sun in 2017.”

FM softball hall of fame to induct four new members, InForum: “Four new members will be inducted into the Fargo-Moorhead Area Softball Hall of Fame during a 5 p.m. ceremony, Friday, Aug. 11, at Fargo’s Northside Softball Complex in conjunction with the NAFA National Fastpitch Tournament. … [Karin] Schumacher, who coached softball at Moorhead High School and played at Minnesota State-Moorhead, played on 10 state championship teams and in two national tournaments.”

Two-time Olympian joins Dragons track and field coaching staff, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead has added two-time Olympian Trevor Barry to its track and field coaching staff, head coach Ryan Milner has announced.”

How to stay safe during solar eclipse in Fargo-Moorhead, WDAY: “If you’re planning on watching the solar eclipse in two weeks, beware. You’ll need the right safety gear to watch this spectacle in the sky.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on July 31, 2017

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

Sweet staches becoming trademark for local UFC fighter Johnson, InForum: “Tim Johnson has gained some fame for his facial hair. Johnson grows his facial hair out during each training camp, and then fine tunes his look right before a mixed martial arts fight. ‘Every fight gets a new mustache or new facial hair,’ said Johnson, the former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler who trains out of Fargo. ‘I don’t keep the same one. … I keep it a secret until the week of the fight.'”

Former MSUM wrestler Johnson falls in UFC bout, InForum: “Former MSUM wrestler Tim Johnson has been competing in mixed martial arts for the last seven years. Saturday, the Minneapolis native was competing in the prelims for UFC on Fox as the number 12 ranked heavyweight in the UFC.”

MSUM extends TV deal with WDAY’Z XTRA, WDAY: “In athletics, TV is huge and MSUM and their Dragons plan on continuing a good deal with WDAY-Z and their broadcasts of home football and basketball games on the Xtra.”

Sports Sunday July 30th: Dragons head to Brazil with Team USA, InForum: “Summer is a time for college athletes to take a break from school and enjoy their vacation. For two Dragon student athletes, their vacation ins’t a road trip, or going camping.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on July 17, 2017

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

Sounds of Spirit Lake series opens with Park Rapids Community Band, Park Rapids Enterprise: “Menahga’s outdoor concert series, The Sounds of Spirit Lake, opens for its 2017 season on Friday, June 30 … Trumpet soloist Dr. Tom Strait will join the Park Rapids Area Community Band in two feature pieces. Strait is currently in his eighth year on the faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM).”

Kings head coach Dave Joerger swings by Minn. basketball team’s workout, USA Today High School Sports: “Besides sleepy eyes, you never know what you will see at an early-morning summer workout. Or who you will see. For one high school basketball team in Minnesota, it could be an NBA head coach who walks into the gym. Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger grew up in Staples, Minn., and stayed in-state to play basketball at Concordia College and then Minnesota State Moorhead. This week, he is visiting his father, who lives in Henning, Minn.”

NSIC set to adjust league scholarship limits to match Division II standards, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead recently reached the summit for Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football scholarships. Now, there will be a higher peak. The NSIC board of directors recently voted to adhere to NCAA Division II parameters for scholarships. That means the football maximum will be increased to 36 for the 2018-19 school year. The current league maximum is 28.”

Wieck elevated to associate head coach for Dragons men’s basketball, InForum: “Justin Wieck has been elevated to associate head coach for the Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team, athletic director Doug Peters announced Thursday, July 6.”

Former Dragons basketball scoring whiz Beeson joins NSIC Hall of Fame, InForum: “Former Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball standout Brett Beeson was inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 11.”

Former Bison women’s basketball coach Ruley hired as an athletic fundraiser for MSUM, InForum: “After nearly four decades at North Dakota State, former Bison head women’s basketball coach Amy Ruley is headed across the Red River. Ruley has been hired by the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation to be its new Senior Director of Development for Athletics.”

Chamber announces 2017-18 leadership class, InForum: “The local Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017-18 Leadership Fargo Moorhead class,” including Holly Hoeschen of MSUM. Congratulations!

Former wrestler turned UFC fighter gears up for biggest fight yet, WDAY: “Tim Johnson is a name familiar to many in the area. Johnson rose to prominence in the Red River Valley as a wrestler at MSUM. Now, he’s a UFC fighter getting ready for his biggest bout yet.”

Local Kurdish leader pens memoir: ‘My Journey to America’, WDAY: “When Newzad Brifki was 4 years old, he and his family were forced to flee Iraqi Kurdistan after it was attacked with chemical weapons while under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Brifki spent the next four years of his life in a refugee camp in Turkey, before coming to the U.S. in 1992 … Brifki graduated from Moorhead High School in 2003 and went on to earn a degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2008.”

Peace by piece: Public art at Fargo park brings cultures together, WDAY: “Brick sculptures and mosaics are two different types of art, but they have one major thing in common: they’re made up of pieces in all shapes and sizes that contribute to the whole … (MSUM professor Brad) Bachmeier, who is one of 19 brick sculptors in the United States, led the design of the lizard-shaped brick sculpture and archway — but not before doing his homework.”

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.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on May 30, 2017

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

Increased athletic fundraising leads to more success for Dragons, InForum: “Early in his tenure as Minnesota State Moorhead athletic director, Doug Peters thought something as simple as a new coat of paint was significant. That was nearly decade ago, and was one of the first steps to freshen up Alex Nemzek Stadium after Peters took over the athletic department.”

Two local runners lead Dragons men into Division II national meet, InForum: “Brady Speicher and Josh Young almost always train together, so it’s fitting the Minnesota State Moorhead runners won’t be separated at the national meet either. The MSUM juniors both qualified for the Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the men’s 1,500 meters.”

Young earns All-American honors for Dragon track and field, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead junior Josh Young finished seventh in the 1,500 meters to earn All-American First Team honors on Saturday, May 27 at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at IMG Academy.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on May 24, 2017

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

Clothing boutique to take over Art Materials’ space in downtown Fargo, InForum: “A women’s clothing boutique will take over the downtown space where an art store has operated for nearly seven years … The women’s clothing, accessories, shoes and gifts boutique is owned and operated by Kelly Falk and her mother, Marceia Andreasen (both MSUM alumnae).”

St. Louis named next principal for Reinertsen Elementary, InForum: “Josh St. Louis has been named the next principal of S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School, the Moorhead School District announced … He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Minnesota. He obtained his principal licensure through Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

MSUM grad returns to Moorhead to sign copies of best-selling book, InForum: “Danielle Nadler, a MSUM graduate who released her first book in December 2016, is returning home for a book tour in May.”

MSUM grad juggled roles as mother, school principal and student, InForum: “Jennifer Sundby has a lot to juggle as a wife, mother of four—who is expecting her fifth child in August—and school principal in Maddock, N.D.”

Huber earns fourth career long jump title, InForum: “Junior Brian Huber earned his fourth long jump title for Minnesota State Moorhead track and field during the team’s first day of competing at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships in St. Paul on Friday, May 12.”

It’s a Great Day to be a Dragon: MSUM Celebrates Graduation, KVRR: “MSUM students had grins cheek to cheek as they got ready for the one of the biggest days of their college careers.”

875 students graduate at MSUM’s commencement, WDAY: “Hundreds of students turned their tassels today to become graduates in Moorhead. 875 students graduated from MSUM today in two different ceremonies.”

MSUM runners place first and second in NSIC 1,500, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead’s Josh Young and Brady Speicher finished first and second in the 1,500-meter run Saturday at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor track and field championships.”

MSUM’s Christ named NSIC track athlete of the year, InForum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead senior Cody Christ has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor track athlete of the year, the league announced on Wednesday.”

Gnome sweet home, InForum: “A Fargo artist wants to help you make the garden gnome that’s right for your home. Amber Parsons is hosting a three-class workshop on making the ceramic creatures … A graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s art program, Parsons started working in clay in 2005 and has taught a number of classes through the years.”

MSUM’s Speicher ready for another shot at nationals, WDAY: “It’s a big week for the MSU Moorhad track program, which will send four athletes to the D2 National Championships in Florida.”

MSUM student runs Fargo Marathon without training, records himself all 26.2 miles, WDAY: “A video on Facebook has gone viral after an MSUM student took up the challenge of running the Fargo Marathon without doing one training run.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on May 08, 2017

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

Fargo schools promote principals to new posts, InForum: “Vincent Williams, the current assistant principal at Woodrow Wilson and the district’s English Learners coordinator, will take over as principal at Discovery on July 1 … He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

MSUM, Forum Communications celebrate historic partnership, InForum: “The Minnesota State University Moorhead School of Communication and Journalism dedicated its Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism on Wednesday, May 3, with thank yous from administrators and students.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the news

Posted on May 01, 2017

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

Artist has created a series of mixed media sculptures for gallery, reception is May 2, Wahpeton Daily News: “The metal artistry of Karman Rheault is on exhibit now at the Red Door Art Gallery and Museum in Wahpeton, and an artist’s reception is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 … Rheault is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, and received her art education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and Southern Illinois University.”

Star Tribune writer shares tricks of the trade for locals interested in writing, WDAY: “Hopeful writers had a chance to learn tips and tricks from an inspirational writer. Laurie Hertzel from the Star Tribune shared her story as an author and editor to fuel the next generation of writers.”

Dragons earn split in softball at Bismarck-Mary, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead claimed a 7-3 win to earn a split in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball doubleheader Wednesday against the University of Mary-Bismarck.”

Conference in Moorhead emphasizes using social media in a professional environment, InForum: “More than 100 people from across the Red River Valley gathered at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Friday, April 28, to learn about harnessing the power of social media.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the news

Posted on April 24, 2017

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

MSUM holds final scrimmage before spring game, WDAY: “MSU Moorhead’s football team has been getting up way before the crack of dawn this past month for its spring practices.”

Students Still Feel Safe Amid Recent Crimes in the MSUM Neighborhood, KVRR: “In light of the multiple crimes south of Minnesota State University Moorhead, many of the students on and off campus still say they feel safe.”

St. Cloud State sweeps Dragons in softball, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead’s softball team dropped a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games on Wednesday, losing to St. Cloud State 1-0 and 4-0.”

MSUM students to embark on The Dragon Business Cruise, InForum: “Spring break may be over, but students of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Paseka School of Business will get the opportunity to embark on a cruise later this week.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the news

Posted on April 17, 2017

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

Families create art together, Argus Leader: “The Brandon Elementary School cafeteria was packed with students and families from Brandon Elementary School and Valley Springs Elementary School Thursday, March 23, for fine arts experiences as part of Fine Arts Night 2017 … Brandon Valley graduate Chuck Bennis drew caricatures at the event … He received a degree in art education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and completed student teaching at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland.”

Rapid innovation in China makes country ‘fascinating case study’ for college students, Bemidji Pioneer: “Fargo-Moorhead’s businesses and residents are no longer isolated from the events and conditions happening across the world, according to Anne Blackhurst.”

Dragons split softball doubleheader at Minot State, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead split a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball doubleheader with Minot State Wednesday.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the news

Posted on April 10, 2017

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

Otter Tail County couples honored at Red River Valley Development Association banquet, Fergus Falls Daily Journal: “Two Otter Tail County couples were honored at the annual Red River Valley Development Association banquet March 19 … Gary and Janel Haugrud of Pelican Rapids were selected as West Otter Tail County’s honor couple … The Haugruds graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

North Dakota Soybean Council Elects Executive Officers, American Ag Radio Network: “Executive board officers were elected during the North Dakota Soybean Council’s board meeting on March 29 … Matt Gast of Valley City, N.D. was elected secretary.  Along with his brother-in-law and father-in-law, Gast raises soybeans and corn on his family farm. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in construction management.”

Minnesota-Duluth sweeps Minnesota State Moorhead in softball, Inforum: “Minnesota-Duluth claimed 8-1 and 5-3 wins over Minnesota-Duluth in college softball on Tuesday, April 4.”

MSUM football enters spring with deep backfield, WDAY: “MSU Moorhead opened its third week of spring football this morning, as the Dragons have the postseason in their sights in 2017.”

MSUM hosts student academic conference April 11, Inforum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead’s 19th annual Andrew B. Conteh Student Academic Conference will be Tuesday, April 11, in Comstock Memorial Union.”

Pay equity topic of AAUW meeting April 10 in Fargo, Inforum: “Pay equity will be the topic of the Fargo-Moorhead American Association of University Women’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, at Biltmore Hotel, 3800 Main Ave. The speaker is Evelyn Quigley, who has spent 50 years as a full-time health care professional, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Washington, Seattle.”

Dragon softball swept by SMSU, Inforum: “The Minnesota State University Moorhead softball team was swept by Southwest Minnesota State 5-2 and 8-0 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 8.”

Dragon track and field captures four wins at Al Bortke Open, Inforum: “The Minnesota State University Moorhead track and field teams secured victories in four events at the Al Bortke Open on Saturday, April 8.”

Vaudrin competes in sprints for Dragons, Park Rapids Enterprise: “Park Rapids’ Mady Vaudrin completed her junior indoor season by competing in the sprints for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s track and field team.”

Dragons show off offensive weapons in spring scrimmage, WDAY: “After its most successful season under head coach Steve Laqua, the MSUM football team hit the practice field for a spring scrimmage on Saturday.”

New heights: Emerging metal artist aspires to create large, public sculptures, West Fargo Pioneer: “Metal sculptor Maranda Pedersen talks softly, but she carries a big torch. Clad in her navy overalls, gloves and safety goggles, the 23-year-old Fargo native uses an oxy-acetylene kit — what she describes as a “blow torch on steroids” — to heat metal to 3,000 degrees and bend it into intricate geometric sculptures.”

MSUM to host Social Media Day April 28, Inforum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead will host Social Media Day, ‘Using Social Media for Good,’ from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Paseka School of Business, MSUM, 1104 7th Ave. S. The event is free.”

Digest: MSUM to host global business event, Inforum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Paseka School of Business is hosting ‘Global Innovation: Business in China’ from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in MSUM’s Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom, 615 14th St. S.”

‘Mercury made me do it’: retrograde explained, Inforum: “‘Mercury is in retrograde.’ Try out this trendy phrase with your boss while stuck in traffic, prolonging your commute by five or 10 minutes. It might work.”

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Dragons in the news

Posted on April 03, 2017

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

Lawmakers working to prevent tuition rises in Minnesota colleges and universities, WDAY: “College students in Minnesota may be saving a few dollars over the next few years. A bill proposed by Minnesota lawmakers would prevent tuition cost from rising for two years at state colleges and universities.”

Plastic bag problems prompt creation, mission of new task force, WDAY: “Council member Sara Watson Curry spent her Saturday volunteering with Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Sustainability Club to pick up plastic bags and other debris surrounding the Clay County landfill.”

Minnesota State Moorhead drop doubleheader to Northern State, Inforum: “Kennady Thompson drove in two runs to lead Northern State to a 8-1 win in game one of a doubleheader against Minnesota State Moorhead on Tuesday, March 28.”

Anthropology talk April 3 at MSUM, Inforum: “Garry Running, a professor in the geography and anthropology department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will present a talk, ‘Prehistoric beachfront property: Locating prehistoric deposits and landforms,’ at 4 p.m. Monday, April 3, at Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Center for Business, room 111, 1104 7th Ave. S.”

MSUM creates ‘MSUM 4 All’ campaign to welcome more diversity to campus, WDAY: “A new campaign at Minnesota State University Moorhead is trying to make the campus more welcoming for students from diverse backgrounds.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the news

Posted on March 27, 2017

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

Dragons senior Lien set to play in Division II men’s all-star game, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead senior Aaron Lien has been named to the Reese’s Division II College All-Star game, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Monday, March 20.”

New editor selected to lead Agweek, WDAZ: “For Leah Larson, agriculture is a way of of life, both personally and professionally … Larson, a Finley, N.D. farm girl who has spent 19 years working for area agribusinesses, has been named Agweek editor … Larson earned a mass communications degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead.”

Women on a roll: Female directors dominate at Fargo Film Festival, Inforum: “The Fargo Film Festival doesn’t have themes, but if it did, 2017 might be ‘The Year of the Woman.’ Out of the eight category winners this year, six were from female directors. In comparison, only two categories were won by women directors in 2016, none in 2015 and three in 2014 … Emily Beck (MSUM alumna), executive director of the Fargo Theatre, which hosts the annual event, is encouraged by the strong showing of women artists.”

Sannes earns All-American honorable mention honors, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead junior Drew Sannes has been named Division II All-American honorable mention by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.”

Fargo’s Carlson receives film fest honors, Inforum: “As a member of the Fargo Film Festival’s executive committee and a longtime participant and organizer with the event, Greg Carlson is used to suggesting nominations for the Ted M. Larson Award … The honor is the festival’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement award for someone who has made an impact on filmmaking or film culture. Larson was a film teacher at MSUM for 32 years and film scholar whose work led to the Fargo Film Festival … Carlson is the third former MSUM student of Larson’s to win the award, following Rusty Casselton in ’08 and Dave Filipi in ’11.”

Dragons senior Lien caps career at Reese’s Division II All-Star game, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead senior Aaron Lien scored two points in 16 minutes Friday, March 24, in the Reese’s Division II men’s basketball all-star game at the Sanford Pentagon.”

INTERVIEW: Tyler Michaels on West Side Story and His New Theatre Company, Twin Cities Arts Reader: “The Jets and Sharks of West Side Story are set to occupy the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts from April 4-16 … In this production, Tyler Michaels plays Tony, a former Jets member who is swept back into the violence and falls tragically in love with Maria (Evy Ortiz).”

Dragons in the news

Posted on March 20, 2017

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

All eyes: Basic eye protection all that’s needed to view eclipse, Republic Monitor: “Though a solar eclipse is sufficiently rare to be considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a total solar eclipse surely ranks among the most widely accessible of human experiences: neither age, education, ethnicity, gender, economic status nor any other distinguishing human characteristic prevents people from observing an eclipse, and no specialized scientific equipment is required … Minnesota State University Moorhead will be conducting some observations of light bending or deflection of light from the sun during the eclipse or as some may know it as Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.”

Biosecurity expert Michael Osterholm to speak at MSUM, Inforum: “Michael Osterholm, an expert in infectious disease epidemiology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, will present a free public talk on “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Langseth Hall, Room 104, 600 11th St. S.”

MSUM holds ‘Shirt for Shirt’ campaign to benefit YWCA, WDAY: “We all have too many T-shirts in our closets, but Minnesota State University Moorhead students have found a good use for them. Dragon Entertainment decided to conduct a ‘Shirt for Shirt’ campaign that benefits the YWCA shelter in Fargo.”

Fargo fighter on the rise, Minot Daily News: “St. Patrick’s Day weekend will feature mind-blowing knockouts as Mixed Martial Arts stars collide during Fight Night Saturday at 4 Bears Casino & Lodge. Mariah Prussia (MSUM alumna and employee), a Fargo native, will take on MMA contender Alexa Connors.”

Dragons senior Bosch named NSIC wrestler of the year, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead senior Blake Bosch has been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestler of the year, the league office announced Thursday, March 16.”

Kurdish American to read from memoir March 23 at Moorhead library, Inforum: “Newzad Brifki, founder and director of the Kurdish Community of America, will read from his newly published memoir, ‘My Journey to America: A Kurdish American Story,’ at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S. … 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.”

Laserfest Lights Up the MSUM Planetarium, KVRR: “The MSUM Planetarium is rocking out under the dome for an experience like no other. Laserfest is letting people treat their senses to dazzling light effects.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on March 13, 2017

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

Minnesota students stop in Jacksonville on multi-state service trip, Journal Courier: “Instead of lying on a beach in a more tropical climate or getting a home-cooked meal from their parents, about 30 students from a Minnesota university are spending their week-long spring break traveling and lending a hand in cities in several states, including Jacksonville (Illinois).”

MSUM students brewing interest in FM craft beer scene, Inforum: “College students here are brewing up buzz around F-M craft beer. Monday night, an MSUM documentary class screened ‘Crafted’ at Junkyard Brewing Company in Moorhead.”

MSUM Professor reacts to latest Presidential tweets, KFGO: “MSUM Political Science Professor and Dept. Chair, Barbara Headrick joined Bonnie and Doug on the morning show to talk about the latest Presidential tweets.”

Dragons women lose in first round of Central Region tournament, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead went ice cold in the middle of the game Friday, March 10, in the first round of the NCAA Division II Central Region women’s basketball tournament. The Dragons couldn’t recover.”

East Central knocks off Dragons men in overtime at Central Region, Inforum: “Too much Braxton Reeves proved too much for Minnesota State Moorhead to overcome Saturday, March 11. Reeves poured in 35 points, including eight in overtime, to lead East Central (Okla.) to a 115-106 victory against the Dragons in the first round of the NCAA Division II Central Region men’s basketball tournament at Bearcat Arena.”

Dragons senior Bosch finishes second at Division II wrestling tournament, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead senior Blake Bosch finished in second place at 133 pounds Saturday, March 11, at the NCAA Division II wrestling championships.”

Creating art from glass, Newark Advocate: “Aaron Buchholz was a small town boy who grew up to be a U.S. Marine, only to discover he had an extraordinary gift to create amazing glassworks. Today he owns St. Louisville Glass … He wound up in the art department at what is now Minnesota State University Moorhead. ‘It was where I got my first taste of glassblowing in 1995,’ he remembered. ‘My concentration was in photography, but I think I spent more time in the glass studio.'”

Dragons in the news

Posted on March 06, 2017

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

Local artists excited to see their artwork featured in Moorhead’s Rourke Gallery, WDAZ: “Humbled; that’s what two local artists say about their work being featured in Moorhead’s Rourke Gallery. MSUM graduate Brandon LaPlante and senior Cameron Seibold both will have featured work at the gallery for about a month.”

MSUM’s Huber wins NSIC indoor long jump title, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead junior Brian Huber picked up his third indoor title of his career in the long jump at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships.”

Men’s Track and Field: Huber wins third straight NSIC Indoor Title, Brainerd Dispatch: “Minnesota State University Moorhead Brian Huber picked up the third indoor title of his career in long jump at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships Friday.”

Dragons softball splits in West St. Paul, Inforum: “Freshman pitcher Tori White fired a complete game six-hitter and sophomore shortstop Taylor Roddie had four hits to help the Minnesota State University Moorhead softball team earn a 6-1 win over Minnesota Crookston in non-conference action Tuesday at West St. Paul, Minn.”

Dragons basketball teams both in position to make national tournament, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead head coach Chad Walthall has been in wait-and-see mode since his team was upset last week in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball tournament.”

Artful Acting: MSUM Straw Hat’s 54th Season, High Plains Reader: “The Straw Hat Players at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) are preparing for their 54th season of bringing summer theatre to our area. Craig Ellingson, Director of Theatre Arts and Dance at MSUM, gave some details about the upcoming season. Ellingson is in his 19th year at MSUM.”

Gillespie named semi-finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Morris Sun Tribune: “Morris Area High School Special Ed teacher Erin Gillespie is one of 37 educators named today as semifinalists for this years’ Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor.”

MSUM alum writes best-seller about mountain man, Inforum: “While some stories are inevitably crafted from vivid imagination, others are based on real experiences written through the eyes of those who lived them. Danielle Nadler, 34, a 2005 Minnesota State University Moorhead alum with a degree in mass communications and journalism, published one of those unbelievably true stories in December.”

MSUM sees record graduate enrollment this spring, Inforum: “Enrollment of new graduate students at Minnesota State University Moorhead continues to grow with a 25 percent increase over last spring and an increase among newly entering domestic undergraduate students of 10.3 percent.”

Painting over the stigma: ‘Canvas the Change’ event hosted in DL, Detroit Lakes Online: “Five Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) students are using a unique medium to fight the stigma of mental health: paint.”

Clark to continue as interim college president, Bemidji Pioneer: “The White Earth Tribal and Community College Council of Trustees has extended an agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead to extend the contract for Tracy Clark to continue as interim college president for one more year. Clark, associate professor of social work, has been employed with MSUM for 15 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from MSUM and a master’s degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She is a licensed social worker, born and raised on the White Earth Reservation and has served in a variety of community roles over the years as well as made various presentations throughout the White Earth, Detroit Lakes, Fargo and Grand Forks areas.”

Dragons double: Both men’s and women’s teams make national tournament, Inforum: “The lead-in to the NCAA Division II tournament didn’t go as hoped for the Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team, getting upset in the first round of the conference tournament.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on February 27, 2017

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

Anderson’s play in OT sparks Dragon men over St. Cloud State, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead turned to center Matt Anderson in overtime Friday night, Feb. 17, and he delivered in boosting the Dragons to a 104-97 victory over St. Cloud State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball.”

Area college hoops playoffs begin this week, SC Times: “Minnesota State-Moorhead coach Chad Walthall’s team may have won the NSIC regular-season title. And the Dragons may enter the postseason on a seven-game winning streak. But he doesn’t see any team, including his own, as the clear-cut favorite to claim the title in this week’s conference tournament.”

Dragons men’s basketball team finding multiple ways to win, WDAY: “It’s a huge week at MSU Moorhead as both basketball teams enter the Northern Sun conference tournament as the top overall seed.”

MSU Moorhead women’s basketball realized potential midway through season, WDAY: “The dream season for the MSU Moorhead women’s basketball team resumes Wednesday night when they host Southwest Minnesota State in the opening round of the Northern Sun tournament.”

MSUM students do well in CPA exam, Inforum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead students who took an exam to become certified public accountants achieved a pass rate of 79.6 percent, surpassed in the region only by students from the University of Minnesota, by 0.4 percent, according to MSUM.”

MSUM students use art to end mental illness stigma, Inforum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead students are covering canvas to uncover mental illness. Tuesday night, senior public relations students hosted ‘Canvas the Change.'”

Concordia-St. Paul rallies to shock top-seeded Dragons, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead started the day thinking it was a virtual lock to make the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament. Now the Dragons have doubt.”

Cobbers, Dragons set to host regional wrestling tournaments, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson was scanning the rankings for the teams that are competing at the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 tournament this weekend.”

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Dragons in the news

Posted on February 20, 2017

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

The Vinyl Revival: Why Music Lovers Are Going Back, KVRR: “Vinyl: a comeback few people saw coming. Many music hobbyists here in the Valley are trading in their newer CDs for older records. It is nostalgia, or does it really sound better?” Hear from MSUM professor and music engineer Ryan Jackson about the vinyl revival.

Defending Yourself…On and Off the Internet, KVRR: “You can never be too prepared when it comes to protecting yourself on and off the internet. We talked with different professionals (including alumna, MMA fighter and MSUM’s Coordinator of Fitness and Specialty Programs Mariah Prussia) throughout the F-M area on how college students can better prepare themselves.”

Group plans to revitalize downtown Moorhead, considers online forum, WDAY: “Downtown Moorhead is going back to the past as it looks to the future. Moorhead community and education leaders announced an initiative to revitalize downtown.”

New effort launches to revitalize downtown Moorhead, Inforum: “A new effort to revitalize downtown Moorhead is just beginning, but there are high hopes already for what it could mean. Civic, business and higher education leaders gathered Thursday, Feb. 16, at The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum to announce a yet-unnamed project that has raised nearly $500,000 of pledges from 28 investors to fund the effort for the next three years.”

‘Miley’s Miracle’ benefit to help Moorhead girl’s RAD treatment, WDAY: “A chance this weekend to help a young Moorhead girl and learn more about a complicated disorder that at times ‘paralyzes’ her family … Miley’s mom knows all about it. Kim (Larson) lived in foster care. While Kim was a student at MSUM studying social work, she took in Miley as a foster child. Kim later adopted Miley, knowing about her reactive attachment disorder.”

Bare Necessities: MSUM’s ‘Full Monty’ Promises Raucous Fun, HPR: “The MSUM School of Performing Arts version of ‘The Full Monty’ is an Americanized pop-rock musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name. And they are bringing it to local audiences February 15 – 18 at the Hansen Theatre. All shows start at 7:30 p.m.”

MSUM Students Raising Awareness for Mental Health, Valley News Live: “A group of students are hoping to end the stigma of seeking help for the mentally ill. Seniors at MSUM, Katelyn Thompson and Sarah Deyonge, discussed their mental health awareness project.”

After 32 years, veteran teacher and coach still loves his job, Morrison County Record: “Randy Thielges can count on one hand the number of seasons he has not coached during his nearly 32 years at Royalton Middle School and High School. Life is indeed good … Thielges grew up in Walnut Grove and earned his bachelor’s degree in math education with a physics minor at Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

Dragon women defeat St. Cloud State in overtime, Inforum: “It took overtime but the Minnesota State Moorhead women’s basketball team held off upset-minded St. Cloud State 81-77 Saturday night, Feb. 17 at Halenback Hall.”

MSUM Men and Women end regular season with wins, WDAY: “No. 21-ranked Minnesota State Moorhead ended the regular season on a seven-game win streak with a 62-56 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball win over Minnesota Duluth Saturday.”

Dragon Men and Women each earn overtime wins over SCSU, WDAY: “The 21st ranked MSUM Dragon Men won their 23rd game of the season, beating SCSU 104-97 in overtime. The 12th ranked Dragon Women also needed overtime to beat the Huskies. Drew Sannes scored 22 points, adding 13 rebounds as MSUM won 81-77. Karla Nelson earned her 300th win in the process.”

Dragons in the news

Posted on February 14, 2017

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

How the Supreme Court Nominee Impacts a Generation, KVRR: “It’s a decision which affects all of us, and could affect us for a whole generation. MSUM political science professor Dr. Barbara Headrick said this is one of the most important positions in Washington D.C.”

Dragons target depth in trying to build championship-level program, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead head coach Steve Laqua wasn’t looking for many quick fixes this recruiting season, an indication of how the Dragons football program has matured since he took over.”  Read the rest of this entry →

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