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Holtan wins two national writing awards

Posted on September 14, 2017

Merrie Sue Holtan, School of Communication and Journalism, won two national writing awards at the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) conference in Birmingham, Ala.

She won first place in Sports Writing and second in Home articles. NFPW also celebrated their 80 year anniversary.

Holtan wins awards at ND Professional Communicators state competition

Posted on April 24, 2017

Merrie Sue Holtan, Communication and Journalism, earned first place awards in sports writing and home writing in the North Dakota Professional Communicators’ state competition. She earned a second place in sports writing and an honorable mention in feature writing. The first place awards will move to the National Federation of Presswomen competition in Birmingham, Ala., this fall.

Holtan Wins National Awards from National Federation of Presswomen

Posted on September 20, 2016

Merrie Sue Holtan, communication and journalism, won two national writing awards from the National Federation of Presswomen. She placed first in sports writing and received honorable mention in home writing. The awards were presented at the national conference in Wichita, Kan.

Holtan Wins Writing Awards at ND Professional Communicators Convention

Posted on April 29, 2016

Merrie Sue Holtan, Communication and Journalism, won the following writing awards at the North Dakota Professional Communicators convention in Minot, N.D. The first place awards will go to national competition this fall in Wichita, Kan. Read the rest of this entry →

Holtan Presents at Ryumonji Zen Monastery

Posted on April 21, 2016

Merrie Sue Holtan, communication and journalism, presented five personal journey writing workshops at the Ryumonji Zen Monastery, rural Dorchester, IA. Other presenters included Luther College faculty, Decorah, IA, and Abbot Shoken Winecoff. Ryumonji means “Dragon Gate Temple” and exists to help people face the tribulations of everyday life.

Real Experience, Real Benefits

Posted on February 08, 2016

Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism

By Trent Zbichorski

Scholarships and internships are a great way to reduce college debt and gain real-world experience. The William C. Marcil, Sr. and Jane B. Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism (Marcil Center) offers both job opportunities and paid apprenticeships to prepare students for the ever-changing world of media. Read the rest of this entry →

Holtan Named Director of MSU Moorhead’s Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism

Posted on September 16, 2015

Merrie Sue Holtan, an assistant professor in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s School of Communication and Journalism, has been named director of the university’s Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism.

The position is part of a $1 million gift from Forum Communications to the MSUM Alumni Foundation announced in Fall 2013 to create the William C. Marcil, Sr. and Jane B. Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism. The Center enhances the university’s long-standing reputation for producing highly qualified reporters, photographers and other media professionals.

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Merrie Sue Holtan wins writing awards from North Dakota Professional Communicators

Posted on May 05, 2015

Merrie Sue Holtan, communication journalism, won awards at the NDPC spring conference in Grand Forks, ND. She placed first in sports writing, second in newspaper feature writing personality profile, home writing and magazine feature writing, and third in personality profile.

The first place award will be entered in national competition this September in Alaska.

Power of Prose

Posted on March 30, 2015

Professor’s passion documented in writing

BY DANIELLE REBEL

Merrie Sue Holtan is more than a professor in the School of Communication and Journalism. She’s a freelance writer, experienced baton-twirler and avid volunteer. Her vibrant personality is central in all she does, especially when it comes to the art of storytelling.

“I call myself a story catcher,” Holtan said. “It’s from a book I love about the ability of listening and finding people’s stories, then I get the privilege of telling those stories. As a result I have hundreds of stories wrapped up in who I am because of all these people.” Read the rest of this entry →

Merrie Sue Holtan won national second place award in home writing and honorable mention in sports writing

Posted on September 18, 2014

Merrie Sue Holtan, communication studies, won a national second place award in home writing and honorable mention in sports writing from the National Federation of Presswomen national conference held in Greenville, S. C. She also won a 25-year membership recognition award. Holtan is a past president of North Dakota Professional Communicators and a North Dakota Communicator of Achievement.

Merrie Sue Holtan wins writing awards in North Dakota Professional Communicators competition

Posted on May 01, 2014

Merrie Sue Holtan, Communications and Journalism, placed first in sports and home writing and third in feature and personality profile writing in the the North Dakota Professional Communicators state competition.

The first place awards will move to the National Federation of Presswomen competition in Greenville, S.C., this September.

Holtan is past president of NDPC.

Merrie Sue Holtan, CMST, wins writing awards from National Association of Presswomen

Posted on August 29, 2013

Merrie Sue Holtan, Communication Studies, recently won first place for travel writing, and honorable mention awards in sports and home writing from the National Federation of Presswomen. The awards were presented in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the national conference.

Holtan has served as president of North Dakota Professional Communicators for the past two years.

Merrie Sue Holtan won first place awards at the North Dakota Professional Communicators conference

Posted on May 06, 2013

Merrie Sue Holtan, Communication Studies instructor, won first place awards in Travel, Sports, Home and Personality Profile writing at the North Dakota Professional Communicators spring conference held in Minot, N.D. She also won third place and honorable mention in feature writing. Read the rest of this entry →

Merrie Sue Holtan presented workshop at the University of Edinburgh

Posted on October 16, 2012

Merrie Sue Holtan, Communication Studies, presented a workshop session on intercultural communication for the Internationalization Managers at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

MSUM grad helps other multicultural youth prepare for college experience

Posted on June 22, 2012

Nallely Urbano, 22, is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. (Dave Wallis / The Forum)

This article from The Forum was written by Merri Sue Holtan, an MSUM adjunct communications studies professor.

By: Merrie Sue Holtan, SheSays contributor, INFORUM

MOORHEAD – Nallely Urbano grew up in several worlds.

Her first name, Nallely, means “friend” in Hawaiian, and until she was 5, she lived in Guanajuato, Mexico, with a large extended family.

Her immediate family moved from Mexico to Pelican Rapids, Minn., where she graduated from high school. She continued her education at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she studied in Guam for one semester. Read the rest of this entry →

Moorhead woman embraces life of travel and learning

Posted on February 13, 2012

MOORHEAD – Play a game of connect the dots with the places Jane Gudmundson’s life has taken her, she will likely have you beat.

By: Merrie Sue Holtan, SheSays contributor, INFORUM

MOORHEAD – Play a game of connect the dots with the places Jane Gudmundson’s life has taken her, she will likely have you beat.

Photo taken by Carrie Snyder, The Forum

Looking back, the 65-year-old native of England sees a map that forms a pattern, strung together with experience, curiosity about the world, a love of culture, passion for the arts and an addiction to travel.

Gudmundson’s latest adventure began last spring, after she retired as the long-time manager of the art gallery at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Jane began her role as a “woofer” for two weeks in rural France. Read the rest of this entry →

Merrie Sue Holtan wins writing awards

Posted on April 13, 2011

Merrie Sue Holtan, Communication Studies, won three writing awards from North Dakota Professional Communicators. She earned first place for special features published in “Lake and Home” magazine, second for feature stories, published in the Forum, and second for speeches. The first place award will move on to the National Federation of Presswomen competition.

Holtan receives highest honor for book on Minnesota hockey icon

Posted on July 13, 2010

Power and Stride: The Nancy Burggraf Story by MSUM Communications Studies Instructor Merrie Sue Holtan, recently received first place in the National Federation of Presswomen Communications Contest in the Non-fiction, biography/autobiography category. She will be honored at the NFPW Annual Communications Contest Awards Banquet September of 2010.

Pogo Press, an imprint of Finney Company, released Power and Stride in 2009. This book tells the inspiring story of a woman from Roseau, Minnesota, who succeeded in a male-dominated world and changed the game of hockey forever.

When Nancy Burggraf whistled, players skated to attention. Big players. Players with face masks and hockey sticks. She has been called a hockey “guru” and “icon” by USA Today and was the first woman nominated to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. During five decades she touched the lives of more than 40,000 hockey players through her unique skating skills clinics.

She taught some of the best in the National Hockey League and was able to meet and connect with her players on a personal level. Those who knew Nancy treasure her for what she taught them and they continue to pass on her legacy. Read the rest of this entry →

‘Power and Stride’ nominated for award

Posted on December 18, 2009

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“Power and Stride: The Nancy Burggraf Story” has been nominated for the Minnesota Book Award.

The biography by Merrie Sue Holtan, communication studies teacher at Minnesota State University Moorhead, is the story of a woman from Roseau, Minn., who changed the game of hockey forever.

Burggraf has been called a hockey “guru” and “icon” by USA Today and was the first woman nominated to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

During five decades, she touched the lives of more than 40,000 hockey players through her camps and clinics. She taught some of the best in the National Hockey League and connected with her players on a personal level.

The winner of the award will be announced Feb. 1.

(from inforum.com)

“Talent is Overrated” topic of Dec. 2 Faculty Development Book Talk

Posted on November 23, 2009

One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called “What It Takes to Be Great.” Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field—from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch—are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn’t come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

And not just plain old hard work, like your grandmother might have advocated, but a very specific kind of work. The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes that enables you to achieve greatness.

Colvin has expanded his article with much more scientific background and real-world examples.

Daniel Pink, author of “A whole new mind,” wrote about Colvin’s book: “With clarity and precision, Geoff exposes one of the fundamental misconceptions of modern life—that our ability to excel depends on innate qualities.”

Join us for a discussion about this intriguing book Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in CMU 227. Presenters: Theresa Hest, Merrie Sue Holtan and Denise Gorsline, all from the department of Communication Studies.

The first seven faculty to contact Steve Grineski (grineski@mnstate.edu) and agree to attend this event will receive a free copy of this book. Please include your department name and campus mailing address.

Please invite your students!

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