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Gregory Montreuil, “BBB” 2013, Oil on canvas, 10“ x 8”

Arts and Humanities News Dear Friends: The fall semester at Minnesota State University Moorhead is quickly coming to a close. So much has happened on campus; I’m writing to share with you some of our news. This year, we implemented a reorganized structure for our departments and colleges. Using occupational clusters as our framework, we designed new colleges that can be more responsive to the needs of our students and regional employers. The new structure will allow us to unite programs with similar curricula, equipment and staffing needs. I will continue as Dean of the College of Arts, Media and Communication and Dr. Randy Cagle, Professor of Philosophy, is serving as Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. We have also developed a strategic plan entitled “Fulfilling Our Promise.” At the center of this plan are transformative goals that will truly change how our students learn. Through cross-disciplinary teamwork, a greater focus on technology, and renewed efforts to connect with business and industry, our students will be better prepared for a changing world. The New Rivers Press and the Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship are excellent examples of how this approach works. I hope that you are able to connect with us in some way in the coming year. A list of upcoming events is included later in this newsletter. We also continue to hold alumni events around the country. I have enjoyed meeting so many of you at those events in recent years. You can also follow me on Twitter at @tborchers. I try to highlight some of the important work of our students and faculty with my tweets. In the pages to follow, I hope you enjoy reading about the accomplishments of the faculty, students and alumni in the College of Arts and Humanities from last year. I’m proud of them and I’m sure you’ll be impressed by the depth and breadth of their work and accomplishments. Sincerely,

Dr. Tim Borchers, Dean Email: borchers@mnstate.edu Twitter: @tborchers Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/timborchers


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New Rivers Press Celebrates Past While Moving into Future of Publishing Cover designs win

When C. W. Truesdale founded New Rivers Press in 1968 in a shed in Massachusetts, working on an old Chandler & Price letterpress, nobody could have foreseen the rise of e-publishing. More than 330 books later, New Rivers now publishes an Electronic Book Series. The new series will include popular fiction titles with literary value from new and emerging writers. The first in the series is Principles of Navigation by Peter W. Fong, a freelance editor and flyfishing guide. His stories have appeared in American Fiction, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The New York Times Sophisticated Traveler and many other publications.


ew Rivers Press celebrated 45 years in operation last fall. This year, it celebrates its 10th anniversary at MSUM.

The literary press was founded in New York City in 1967 by C.W. (Bill) Truesdale, who died in 2001. The press moved to St. Paul and later Minneapolis, where it stayed for decades until finding a new home at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Senior Editor Alan Davis and MSUM colleague Wayne Gudmundson were leaders in getting New Rivers moved to Moorhead.

Four cover designs for New Rivers Press were selected as winners in the 2012 American Inhouse Design Awards by Graphic Design USA. From more than 4,000 entries, just 15 percent were recognized with Award Certificates of Excellence. The American Inhouse Design Awards is the original and premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers. Three MSUM students and one faculty member were named winners. They are Emily Heath, who designed the cover for Haints; Kayla Reinholz, who designed It Takes You Over; Mychael Waldorf for Good Things; and Al Sheets for And Then. Sheets is a graphic design professor who also serves as art director for New Rivers Press. He worked with the students in designing and producing the books.

One of Truesdale’s innovations was the Minnesota Voices Project, open to Midwest writers who had never had a book published. When New Rivers moved to Moorhead, Minnesota Voices Project went national and was renamed the Many Voices Project. The competition annually draws several hundred manuscripts in poetry and prose from writers seeking the $1,000 prize in each category. The 2011 Many Voices winner, Nick Healy’s novel It Takes You Over, was also a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Book Awards in the Novel and Short Story category. New Rivers also publishes “American Fiction,” an anthology series devoted to unpublished stories by emerging writers. Managing Editor Suzzanne Kelley and Davis are the current co-directors. Davis is also managing editor of the press. “I think Truesdale would be proud,” said Davis. “We’re trying to continue his legacy while going in other directions.”

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Ethics Classes Lead to Certificate


ollowing two years of discussion, planning and paperwork, the Philosophy Department will offer a Certificate in Ethics. The 12-credit program will attract current students or professionals who want to study professional ethics, says Randy Cagle, last year’s chair of the department (Cagle is now Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences). Faculty members in the Philosophy Department developed the program in response to the business world’s desire for employees with ethics training and professional ethics backgrounds. Business majors in particular, Cagle notes, need this kind of coursework. Future medical professionals and educators, too, will find that ethics training gets them noticed by employers.

MSUM’s “Father” of Philosophy” honored during department’s 50th anniversary celebration Professor Emeritus Charlie Magel founded MSUM’s Philosophy Department in 1962, and wasted no time hiring faculty and recruiting students. Much has changed since then. More women study philosophy, and departments have “taken an ethical turn,” says philosophy professor Randy Cagle. Philosophy departments in general offer more applied ethics and fewer theoretical classes than in past decades.

Ethics programs are quite common in higher education institutions in the country, but MSUM is the only college or university in the region to offer one. The courses are Practical Reasoning, Contemporary Moral Issues, Morals and Medicine, Business Ethics, and Professional Ethics. Some business majors may wonder why they need a class like Morals in Medicine, says Cagle. To explain the inclusion of the course in the program, Cagle uses an example of a businessperson subscribing to Libertarian politics and views, including the desire for a free-market approach to commerce. “So take that approach, but then ask questions these students may never have considered. For example: what about the sale of body parts? Is that okay? Would a market for body parts require regulation? Is it ethical to deal in human body parts? This is the kind of complex question that these classes will tackle.” Cagle isn’t sure how many students to expect. “We’ll promote the certificate program to business majors and areas related to medicine, as well as to lower division students,” he says. “It is also a good supplement to a liberal arts degree.” Cagle also has a special message to students considering a philosophy major, but wondering about the practicality of it: “Data shows that philosophy majors in mid-career are making higher salaries than business majors. Philosophy does equip students with useful skills.”

Magel, however, was on the cutting edge decades ago. He studied applied ethics before it was trendy, says Cagle. “Charlie’s interest in applied ethics stems from his interest in animal rights.” Magel has also been a major benefactor of MSUM’s library. A video interview of Magel was shown during the department’s homecoming reunion on Sept. 27.


> Professor Marilea Bramer leads students in an ethics discussion.

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DEPARTMENT MERGER EARNS AWARD The Minnesota State University Moorhead Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Department was selected to receive a 2012-2013 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs award for Excellence in Curriculum Programming. Awards were selected by peer academic and student affairs campus administrators based on such criteria as effective use of technology and student achievement. “We are honored and humbled by the MnSCU award,” Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, chair of the CADT Department, said. “Our students and faculty work very hard, because we love what we do.” The CADT Department at MSU Moorhead was launched in the fall of 2012 after the merger of the Film Studies and Graphic Communications programs. The CADT Department has seven faculty and nearly 300 students majoring in film production, film studies, and graphic communication, with emphases in design and production, interactive multimedia, and 3d graphics. “The merger of the two programs has created a strong department that leverages synergy and efficiency to create a student-centered learning environment that results in successful graduates, collaborations, and community outreach,” Tim Borchers, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, said.

Jazz faculty includes newcomer Michael J. Krajewski

New Jazz Degree Beefs Up Department’s Jazz Program


hings are looking good for the Music Department’s new jazz major. “If my numbers are correct, we’ll start the fall with 20 jazz majors,” says Allen Carter, professor of music theory, drumset and jazz arranging.

industry program and music technology specialist), and Mike Krajewski (professor of guitar and improvisation). Required courses are many that already exist. Some will be integrated from the music industry program, and one is a new jazz studies course.

A few of those students were music majors going after performance or education degrees who plan to switch to jazz. Those students can now focus on playing and writing jazz while gaining some real-world knowledge of the music business. But several are freshman who were attracted to MSUM because of the jazz degree.

The new major was a goal of the department for many years, but work started in earnest on the major about two years ago, says Carter. He looked at 40 other jazz programs at other schools and considered what he wished he’d known when he was recording professionally and writing music.

It’s not that jazz studies are new to MSUM. In fact, the jazz area has been a real strength in the music department, according to the department’s chair, Tom Strait. “This degree makes the most of that. Other schools might have a few jazz classes and ensembles, but they don’t offer a degree in jazz. Our program is unique to the region.”

“I could have used an understanding of contracts, copyright law and sound engineering, so that I could communicate what I wanted in the studio,” he says. With that in mind, the Music Department made sure to incorporate music business, audio technology, arranging and writing into the program.

Carter concurs. “We wanted a stand-alone program. When we considered what we wanted to do with the curriculum, and when we looked at the National School of Music guidelines, the best route was to create a different degree program.” The new degree is a Bachelor of Arts in jazz studies. It’s closely aligned with another degree in the Music Department – a BA in music industry. That degree can also serve as a minor for the BA in jazz. Likewise, the BA in jazz can serve as a minor for the music industry degree. Faculty members for the courses related to the two new degrees are Carter, Strait (professor of trumpet and French horn), Ryan Jackson (coordinator of the music

“Our goal is to graduate students who can function in a more diverse way when they go out into the marketplace,” Carter says. Carter, Strait and Jackson say they’re forever grateful to the university and MSUM’s Student Activities Board for the support provided to the Music Department and the jazz program over the past few years. They also credit the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. “This came to fruition because of the unending support from Tim Borchers, who supported a stand-alone jazz degree from the beginning,” says Carter. “I’m willing to put my name on this program. It’s going to work!”

Michael J. Krajewski joined the MSUM Music Department a year ago, after teaching guitar and jazz history for five years at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. At MSUM, Krajewski teaches private guitar lessons, guitar class, jazz improvisation and theory, jazz history, jazz combo, and the guitar ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music from Georgia State University in Jazz Studies, and is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical guitar performance with a secondary area in music education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Krajewski’s research interests include curriculum development, music pedagogy, the integration of technology in the classroom and private studio, and assessment in music performance. This fall, Krajewski will present a lecture on developing interactive course materials at the annual College Music Society and Association of Technology in Music Instruction conference in Cambridge, Mass. He has been a guest clinician at West Fargo High School and taught a master class on jazz improvisation at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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THE ABSTRACTION rtist Gregory Montreuil isn’t sure what the problem is, but he’s certain there’s a solution. It’s an abstract concept from an artist “strongly committed to abstraction,” which he describes as a “dimension of the unseen.” Montreuil, a 1982 graduate of the Art & Design program, grew up in Crookston, Minn., a small town in the Red River Valley. The river twists and turns numerous times on its way through the community, so nearly all residents are within a few blocks of its waters. “I was always around a lot of nature, and I think that affected me deeply, the way that nature is interrelated, yet diverse, the way plants compete for sun and water but end up coexisting.” As a public school student, Montreuil admired the art he saw in art history books, but was also intrigued by the unusual sculptures adjacent to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, visited on a field trip. Following graduation from Crookston High School, he decided to study Art at MSUM. He loved the way he could make anything out of clay, but soon found painting more creative and expressive. He switched from ceramics to painting, studying with the late Timothy Ray. “Timothy Ray offered a multifaceted approach to many different ways to paint. He was an amazing professor, as he really allowed me to find my own way; he was very open.” Ray suggested that Montreuil visit New York during his junior year. “I came out to New York by Greyhound bus on Christmas break of 1979. I can now say that trip changed my life.” During his senior year, Montreuil, with MSUM’s help, created an internship with NYC performance artist Laurie Anderson, who was recording her first album (“Oh Superman” was a big hit on the UK singles charts). Montreuil worked for Anderson in New York, attending recording sessions at the Hit Factory and providing administrative help. That internship led to another, following graduation, at The Kitchen Center for Performance, Dance, Music and Video. “I saw a lot of art, and seeing so much probably confused me at first, as I wanted to try different things. Eventually, I found my way back to a thread I was following at MSUM,” he says. “But it was good to study in a more distanced place. Now, with perspective, I think my time at MSUM was where I learned most everything that is relevant to me today.” New York suited Montreuil, and he stayed. He gradually found his way in the art world, showing his work at small venues, visiting other artists’ studios and getting people to visit his. The years of study led to a prolific period in the 1980s, with solo and group exhibitions, including several in Europe. Many shows were hosted by renowned art dealer Julian Pretto.


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ONof Greg Montreuil tends, it’s surprising that his work contains no color. The artist disavowed color 10 years ago, along with all “other extraneous compositional elements,” in order to focus on structure when he paints. “Undertaking a practice without any visual reference in the outer world is risky, as you don’t know if anyone will get what you are trying to do.” Many people do get it, and they’re people who matter in the art world. Montreuil’s work is in several private and public collections, including the National Gallery in Washington, D. C., Yale University and the Wadsworth Athenium in Hartford, Conn. A two and a half month residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, N. Mex., led to many connections in that state. Montreuil’s work is in an upcoming show in New York that honors the legacy of Julian Pretto, the art dealer who was supportive of his work. Montreuil was also just accepted into the Artist Pension Trust, an international organization that fosters artists’ careers. He teaches, too, at the Goddard Riverside Community Center. And closer to home, the Rourke Gallery exhibited a solo show from April through August. While viewers of Montreuil’s art try to “get it,” the artist himself tries to understand other artists by writing about their work in art journals. “No one told me I could write art criticism. I just wanted to see what it was like. I wrote a review of a Japanese artist, Yutaka Sone, for the New Art Examiner. He thought I was the only one who understood the show, and he gave my name to Massimiliano Gioni, then editor of Flash Art.” Montreuil still writes for Flash Art, and has also written extensively for The New Art Examiner, Gay City News, Contemporary, Cover Magazine, and others.

Montreuil loved (and still loves) the rigorous demands of New York, but upon turning 40, decided he must live with a view of water. He divides his life between two continents, living in New York, the “pressure cooker,” and Marseilles, the “perspective-giver.” He thrives on the “movement and activity” of the American city, but craves the “calm and contemplation” of the Mediterranean one. “There is much more natural beauty and amazing light in Marseille; the light is penetrating and illuminating, literally and metaphorically.” Considering Gregory Montreuil’s love of nature and his regular contact with earthy and brilliant hues in the community garden he

It was risky, he said, to try writing art criticism. “But without risk and chance, there is very little movement.” Paradoxical, how the MSUM class that gave him the most trouble – English – made the writing possible. “I still apply the principles I learned there to my art writing today,” he says. From the Red River Valley to New York and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, Montreuil appears to have found a balance between change and continuity, challenge and satisfaction. “When you are in the trajectory of your career, it never seems enough,” he says. Countering that thought, he adds: “I think the most rewarding thing is seeing pieces I have made go out into the world. It is like an affirmation.”

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Alumni News Andrea Noonan, a 2004 graduate of MSUM’s English Department, was named North Dakota’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Noonan is an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Cheney Middle School in West Fargo. She was honored last September in a ceremony presided over by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. The 31-yearold Noonan has taught eight years, all of them in West Fargo schools, and was described by West Fargo Superintendent David Flowers as “a leader in and out of the classroom.” Noonan is a member of the National Council for Teachers of English and was chosen to present the West Fargo School District’s Common Core State Standards curriculum work at its national convention last November. History major Peter Gulsvig, 2008, landed a job a year ago as a key animator for Bento Box Atlanta, a cartoon production company. Gulsvig is working on “Out There,” a cartoon series that will premiere in January on the Independent Film Channel. The Forum featured Gulsvig in a September 2012 article.

> Andrea Noonan

> Peter Gulsvig (right)

Torey Garletz, 2013, Art & Design, received Second Award for his piece, “Package,” in the 54th Midwestern Invitational Exhibition: Signed, Sealed and Delivered at The Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead last summer. Playlist, a theatre arts clearing house and online magazine based in Minneapolis, wrote a rave review last September about the Bearded Men of Improv, a five-man troupe which includes three MSUM theatre grads. Bearded Men started at MSUM when Joe Rapp and Matthew Pitner, both 2008, and Tyler Michaels, 2011, were students. The troupe performs regularly in and beyond the Twin Cities.


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> The Fabulous Ice Age

The Fabulous Ice Age, a film about the history of figure skating by MSUM Art & Design alum Keri Pickett, 1982, premiered at the Minneapolis International Film Festival in April at the St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis. Pickett is the director, producer and director of photography of the film. She is an award-winning photographer based in Minneapolis whose work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Her photography has appeared in People, Time, Life, Geo, Parenting, Christianity Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Der Spiegel, and numerous others. She is the author of three books of photography, including Saving Body & Soul: The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland; FAERIE: Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses; and Love in the 90s: BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love: A Granddaughter’s Portrait. Two recent graduates of MSUM’s Art & Design Department are part of a six-member team that created The Abettor’s Letters, a computer game that teaches users how to speak French. Kyle Weik, 2012, is the UI (user interface) graphic designer, and McCal Joy Johnson, 2013, is the scene development artist. The Abettor’s Letters is a point-and-click adventure featuring a complete French curriculum. The educational game is currently being developed for iPad and PC. Music Industry graduate Troy McFarland, 2009, released twelve tracks mastered by his former instructor,

Ryan Jackson, Music Industry, in Jackson’s home recording studio. Limpwings, the latest film of MSUM Film Studies alumni Eric Carlson, Andrew Neill, both 2010, and Marcus Mann, 2011, was chosen as the closing night feature at this year’s Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival. The film, which had its world premiere in October 2012 at the Fargo Theatre, will screen Sept. 30. Lori Neprud-Ardovino, Music, 1984, was named the 2013 University of Montevallo University Scholar. Professor of clarinet and saxophone at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala., Lori is also clarinetist with the Lebaron Trio, Magnolia Trio and alto saxophonist with the Cahaba Saxophone Quartet. She is an active performer in the Birmingham area and is called upon to play clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, bass clarinet with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and tenor saxophone with the Joe Giatina Big Band. She is an active composer and has had her works performed across the United States, Japan and Canada. Her compositions of solo and chamber music were published seven times last year. She is also a 2012 winner of an ASCAP Award and recently finished a CD, “From a Crack in the Wall – music for clarinet by Alabama composers” which includes three of her own works.

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Beck and Smogard Named Outstanding Alumni Smogard named Outstanding Alumni History, 1972

Jill Peterson, Art & Design, 2010, was featured in a fall issue of FargoMoorhead publication Inspired Home Magazine. Peterson is in her third and final year at the University of Idaho Moscow pursuing an MFA in fine arts. She teaches undergraduate classes there and special needs students at an elementary school.

Greg Smogard is CEO of 4catalysts Consulting Limited Liability Company of Southlake, Texas. Smogard is an international business executive and entrepreneur with experience working with large, well-known, global brands such as General Motors, American Airlines, Microsoft, Nintendo and many others in more than 40 countries. During his career, he’s held various management positions with American Express and Blockbuster/Viacom. One of Smogard’s most notable business achievements was leading the design, launch and management of Blockbuster Rewards, at the time one of the nation’s largest, fee-based loyalty and customer frequency programs. He has lived and traveled extensively abroad and speaks Spanish fluently.

Emily Beck Named Outstanding Young Alumni Film Studies, 2006 Emily Beck is the executive director of the Fargo Theatre Management Corp. Beck has worked as the executive director for more than a year, but began working at the Fargo Theatre three years ago as a film programmer and festival coordinator. In 2011, she was chosen to participate in United Way’s “35 under 35” leadership program for young female professionals. As a young professional in the F-M area, she has become a visible leader of the iconic Fargo landmark.

> Minda Ringdahl (photo by

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Minda Ringdahl has earned the unofficial title of “Cake Boss” at Nichole’s Fine Pastry in Fargo. The 2006 graduate of the Art & Design Department is currently general manager and pastry chef at the popular shop, and was featured last year in Fargo-Moorhead’s daily newspaper The Forum. Jim Erickson, who attended MSUM in the ‘70s, won an Oscar this year for art direction for the film Lincoln. Erickson has worked on the set of many films, including Water for Elephants, Little Women and The Last of the Mohicans. Alum Bill Hultstrom received an Emmy this year for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction /Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series for CBS’s daytime drama The Young and the Restless. Hultstrom has worked on the set of The Young and the Restless for more than 30 years. Both were on campus in July for the 50th reunion celebration of The Straw Hat Players.

Alum’s Portrait of His Father Selected for National Portrait Gallery

> Erik Hougen

A watercolor painting by Erik Hougen, a 2006 graduate of the Art & Design Department, was accepted into a competition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Hougen’s submission was “John H.,” a watercolor of his father. Fortyeight finalists, including Hougen, were selected for the triennial exhibition from more than 1,000 entries. Since graduating from MSUM, Hougen’s work has been shown in several group and solo exhibitions in New York City, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The Bronx exhibit led to a story in The New York Times, which lauded his work for “a persuasive technical ambition.”

> “John H.”

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Student News > A still shot from Roleplay Rangers

A film by MSUM majors in the Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Department was one of 15 finalists for the 2012 National Film Challenge. The student group that made the film, Cinethusiasts, competed with 103 other filmmaking groups. The film is titled Roleplay Rangers and relates a story about a Junior Ranger’s wife who is forced to take up her husband’s duty to protect a local park. The National Film Challenge is a worldwide filmmaking competition from the creaators of the 48 Hour Film Project and KDHX Community Media. Participating teams have one weekend to write, shoot and edit a short film or video. Filmmakers receive a character, prop, line of dialogue, and a genre. This was the first time a team from MSUM made the finals. Graphic communications senior Juan Reyes received the Larry Gauper Advertising Creativity Scholarship in February. Reyes earned the $500 scholarship for demonstrating exceptional creative talent, passion for the advertising industry, and a commitment to a communications-based career. The competition was open to all undergraduate students in North Dakota and Moorhead. Art photography student Claire Fieldler showed two photographs in a juried exhibition, Double Exposure at the Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, N.Y. She was one of twenty participating in the exhibition.


Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies senior Conor Holt premiered his latest film, A Better Life, at the 2013 Fargo Film Festival. The film won Best in Show and Best Screenplay at the Spring 2013 Juried Film Exhibition at MSUM, and has now been submitted to numerous film festivals across the nation. The project, which was produced through a Filmmaker’s Grant from the Minnesota Film & Television Board, concerns a woman’s efforts to deal with her comatose husband by means of a new, radical treatment. A number of CADT students and alumni served as crew on the film. They were Conor Holt (writer/director), Ben Grell (writer), Shane Mackinnon (director of photography), Patrick McKeown (producer), Chance Cole (editor) and Mallery Mohn (production designer).

MSUM photography students Caitlin Abram, Ashley Wegh, Roni Delany, Haley Frost, Ashley Transgrud and Kristen Perala were chosen as finalists for the Photographer’s Forum Annual College Photo Competition. Their work was chosen from over 16,000 entries. Kirsten Perela’s work received an honorable mention, one of only 100 awarded. Their work will be featured in the Best of College & High School Photography annual publication.

> Perela’s “Pinhole Home”

> A still shot from A Better Life

MFA graduate students Whitney Walters, Jamee Larson, Allegra Barlow and undergraduates Katie Hansen and Maggie Olson attended the Sigma Tau Delta 2013 International Convention in March. For participating in the caucus, MSUM’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta was granted $200. The students read original essays and presented a roundtable. Seniors Simone Leclaire and Conor Holt, Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, presented research papers at the Midwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio, last fall. Leclaire’s paper also won the MPCA/ACA’s Undergraduate Paper Prize.

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Several MSUM students presented at the 5th Red River Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at NDSU last October. The students were Lance Pearson, Jacob Hedlund, John Goerke and Dylan O’Brien. Lance Pearson also presented “A Moral Accounting of Unrequited Love: Perspectives from both Hume and Kant” at the 2013 Minnesota Philosophical Society Undergraduate Conference last April at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.

> Photo by Ashley Strazzinski

She received a Special Recognition Artist Award. The exhibition was juried by John R. Math. Her work was chosen from 672 entries from 20 countries. Brittany Cossette, Art & Design, recently exhibited in the Light, Space and Time on-line gallery show, Abstract. The exhibition was juried by John R. Math. Her work was chosen from 970 entries from 26 countries.

> Caitlin Abrams

Art and Design students Caitlin Abrams and Angela Buchanan had work accepted into the Savage Arts Council’s Seventh Juried Art Competition and Show in Savage, Minn., last spring. The Savage Juried Art Competition & Show is unique in that it engages with area businesses to exhibit the award-winning artwork in public-facing venues throughout the Savage community.

Ashley Strazzinski, Art & Design, exhibited her photography last year at the 16th International Open, an exhibition juried by Kelli Connell at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Ill. Her work was selected, along with 36 others, from over 400 entries.

Katie Hansen, Abby Swegarden, and David Vinje, Communication Arts/Literature Teacher Education, presented at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference in Bloomington, Minn. Their panel presentation, “From Theory to Practice: Luring and Leading Reluctant Readers,” focused on pre-reading and duringreading lesson plans for junior high and high school students.

Courtney Johnson, Art & Design, recently exhibited in the Light, Space and Time on-line gallery show, Nature.

The Upsilon Sigma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society at MSUM,

inducted seven new members in January: Luke Worthington, Kaitlin McNary, Alexis Vollmer, Rebecca Spanier and Rigo Castillon. These students were recognized for their devotion and commitment to Spanish language learning and the culture of Spanish speaking cultures, but particularly for their academic success at MSUM. Students applying for membership in the honor society must maintain a 3.0 GPA, although the average among those inducted this year was 3.7. Members of the honor society are also members of the very active MSUM Spanish Club, performing service projects and promoting the best aspects of Hispanic culture in the Fargo-Moorhead community. The induction ceremony was conducted by MSUM Junior in Spanish Education, Meghan Dau.

> Shirlee Lindholm

Shirlee Lindholm, a senior Art & Design student, won a gold ADDY award in the student ADDY category of the 2012 American Advertising Federation of North Dakota. AAF-ND is one of 210 local affiliates of the American Advertising Federation. The annual ADDY awards program honors excellence in advertising. Music Industry senior Michael Opps was interviewed on Prairie Public Radio in January. Opps is a founding member of a band that draws from bluegrass, rock and Celtic music, and plays an unusual instrument called a hurdy gurdy. Opps has built a hurdy gurdy for himself, and will be a featured instructor at a hurdy gurdy workshop in Bloomington, Ind. this fall.

International Shorts Program A short film created by five students in MSUM’s Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies Department was accepted into and screened at the International Shorts Program of the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience in Albuquerque, N. Mex. Guests at the festival > Robert McDermott and included Robert Redford and Chris Johnson Giancarlo Esposito, and competing films featured actors Morgan Freeman and Armand Assante. The students’ film, titled Necropolis, was one of four American films in the shorts category; six others were international films. Necropolis was also an official selection in the 2013 Maryland International Film Festival. The acceptance of the film to both festivals is especially notable because it was entered in the narrative short category, rather than the student category. The film was completed for a final project in an intermediate filmmaking class taught by Tom Brandau. The students involved were Robert McDermott (writer/director), Chris Johnson (producer/sound), Christian Calabrese (cinematography), Adam Gawarecki (lighting/grip) and Nate Bakke (assistant camera/editor).

Red Star Studios Artist Residency Catie Miller, Art & Design, was accepted to the nationally and internationally known artist residency program at Red Star Studios. Red Star Studios, a partner with Belger Arts Center, hosts ceramic artists for yearlong residencies. They provide a tremendous opportunity for the artist to be supported, share ideas in a community of artists, and continue to develop their artwork. In exchange, residents assist with firing kilns and other technical upkeep. As a studio assistant to MSUM ceramics for several years, Miller acquired skills of glaze testing along with other various responsibilities and is now working to create a new glaze pallet for Red Star Studios. She is also actively involved with the planning of Red Star Studio’s Summer Art Camp.

EHRLICH AWARDED STUDENT FULBRIGHT TO TAIWAN Kim Ehrlich, a recent graduate with degrees in Communication Arts and Literature and English, was awarded a student Fulbright grant to Taiwan for 2013-14, where she will work as an English teaching assistant at the Institute of International Education. While at MSUM, Erhlich was a peer advisor and student support specialist, a campus youth organizer for the Minnesota DFL Party, a board member of the Minnesota State University Student Association, and student body president. She also worked as the opinion editor at MSUM’s student newspaper, The Advocate and as a night clerk at Forum Communications.

Film Studies major nabs top prize Simone Leclaire, an MSUM Film Studies major, was named the 2012 Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Undergraduate Paper Prize winner at last year’s annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. Leclaire’s paper was titled, “Eyes of the Lady: Perspectives and Cinematic Representations of Women in New Danish Cinema.”

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Faculty News An art exhibit titled “Breathe In, Breathe Out” by Andrew Stark, Art & Design, ran last February at Ecce Gallery in downtown Fargo.

issues, and timely reviews of books in aesthetics and the arts. Steve Hoffbeck, History, contributed a chapter to a new book on baseball history entitled The National Pastime, 2012: Short But Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State, a June publication of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Hoffbeck co-wrote a chapter, “On the Wrong Side of the Color Line in Minnesota: Pitcher John Donaldson,” with Peter Gorton, a baseball writer from Minneapolis.

> Wall sculpture by Brad Bachmeier

Brad Bachmeier, Art & Design, won an Employee Excellence Award in May. MSUM employees are nominated by their peers for recognition in five categories. Bachmeier won for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. He was also elected Chair of The Arts Partnership (TAP) last summer, and selected as Artist in Residence by the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

> Kenyon Williams

Tom Brandau, Cinema Arts and Digital Technology, received the Margie Bailly Volunteer Spirit Award at the 2013 Fargo Film Festival. The award is named for former Fargo Theatre Executive Director Margie Bailly. Brandau has been a member of the Fargo Film Festival committee since 2004 and a festival co-chair since 2011.

Kenyon Williams, Music, spent three weeks of his sabbatical in Ghana where he studied drumming and dance with Ewe people of the Volta region of Ghana. During this time, he lived in the small rural village of Kopeiya at the Dagbe Art and Culture Center which was created by a family of master drummers from the area.

A new novel by John Early, English, is available from Amazon for the Kindle reader. The Little Lame Balloon Men illustrates how sanity depends on speech, and without it chaos, violence and stupidity reign. The novel can be read on iPads by downloading the free Kindle app.

Williams also had an article published in Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society, and recently released his first solo album for percussion, entitled “Homage.” The CD features a composition and performance by fellow MSUM faculty member Henry Gwiazda.

Theodore Gracyk, Philosophy, has been appointed to a five-year term as co-editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Established in 1942 by the American Society for Aesthetics, the journal publishes current research articles, symposia, special

The Journal of American History recently published a review by Paul Harris, History. Harris covered “An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920” by Jay Riley Case. Harris also spoke on Martin Luther King Day at the Plains Art


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Museum’s celebration on King’s Life and Legacy and appeared as a guest on the KXJB show “Point of View.” Konrad Czynski, Philosophy, with conductor Stephen Simon and the London Philharmonic Orcherstra, published their 10th CD in the Maestro Classics “Stories in Music” series. Czynski narrates the poems as Yadu, his stage persona. Czynski/Yadu has worked with Simon, one of the most prominent symphony conductors in the United States, on numerous educational CDs over the years. He now has seven award-winning CDs to his credit. A number of MSUM Art & Design faculty participated in and received awards in the 54th Midwestern Invitational Exhibition: Signed, Sealed and Delivered. Sherry Lee Short received First Award for “Small Gifts.” Other MSUM Art & Design faculty in the exhibition are Kelli Sinner (“Tethered Clouds”), Zhimin Guan (“Alley to Home”), Trygve Olson (“The Midwestern: Homage”), and Carl Oltvedt (“Hues of Spring”). Their work was exhibited at the The Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead.

> “Small Gifts” by Sherry Lee Short

writing at the North Dakota Professional Communicators spring conference held in Minot, N.Dak. She also won third place and honorable mention in feature writing. Holtan is president of North Dakota Professional Communicators. Michael McCord, English, was selected by the North Dakota Secretary of State to serve as Senior Editor for the 2013-2015 North Dakota Blue Book. A 650-pluspage compendium of historical and cultural information, the Blue Book also provides a wealth of information about the state’s social, economic, environmental and political environment. A short documentary by Raymond Rea, Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies, was accepted to screen at the British Film Institute’s London LGBT Film Festival. A Difference examines the intersection of racial difference and gender transition. The film also screened at the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival last November.

Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Languages and Cultures, published the following article: “Efraín Jara Idrovo.” Literatura de la República: 1960-2000 (segunda parte) Vol. 8. de Historia de las literaturas del Ecuador. She also published the following literary translation from Spanish into English: “It’s not Love that Dies” by Lucrecia Maldonado. K1N The Four Americas Rewritten. Issue 3. 2013.04. U of Ottawa. > Sculpture by Naomi Schliesman

Daniel Mahraun, Music, recorded the title track of a new CD by St. Paulbased early music group The Rose Ensemble. Mahraun sang “A Toast To Prohibition” by Irving Berlin. The CD will be released in January with a series of concerts at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Work by sculpture artist Naomi Schliesman, Art & Design, was featured in an exhibition at the Kaddatz Galleries in Fergus Falls last year. Schliesman’s exhibit caught the attention of Minnesota Public Radio’s “Art Hounds.”

Merrie Sue Holtan, Communication Studies, won first place awards in Travel, Sports, Home and Personality Profile

Sherry Lee Short, Art & Design, and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, had her essay, “Arriving,”

Professors pen poems

> Maestro Classics

> Michael Dean and Terrie Manno

published in the Age and Ageism issue of Rain and Thunder, an independent feminist journal that publishes works that synthesize theory and practice and build activism. Short also took First Honorable Mention in All Things Colorado, a national juried show, at Poudre Studio and Artists Galleries, Fort Collins, Colo., for a piece titled “Little Birds.”

several oil paintings and drawings, two of which were collected and displayed at the Dangtang Today’s Art Museum. Also last summer, Guan’s paintings and a story about him were featured on a theme titled “ Precious Life, Precious Men,” published in Reili Magazine, one of the most popular fashion magazines in Beijing.

Terrie Manno, Music, performed in Budapest, Hungary with piano partner Michael Dean (Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University). The duo performed for a sold-out audience on the stage of the world-renowned Franz Liszt Academy of Music. This was the second season of performances in Hungary for the Manno – Dean Piano Duo. Chang-Seong Hong, Philosophy, was appointed to the editorial board of BUL GYO HAK BO (Buddhist Studies). BUL GYO HAK BO is the top-ranked Korean- and English-language journal of Buddhist studies in South Korea. Leila Rastegar, Art & Design, had a solo exhibition titled “Traces. Places.” at Ecce gallery in Fargo last August. Henry Gwiazda, Music, was featured artist at the online gallery, Balaclava, last spring. Gwiazda’s work continues to be in demand all over the world, with showings in New York, Paris, Madrid, Cairo, Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Sao Paolo, Naples, Marseilles, Seoul, Damascus, Athens, Istanbul, and Moscow. His latest installment at the Balaclava Gallery reflects his new media focus and his commitment to innovative and integrative artistic outlets. Zhimin Guan, Art & Design, participated in “Spark-Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational 2012.” He also joined the International Artists Residency in conjunction with an exhibition held in Xichang and Chendu, both in Sichuan province, China, last summer. During the three-week residency, Guan created

Heretics, a play by Richard Zinober, English, won the 2013 Theatre du Mississippi playwriting competition, and was presented in staged readings at a theater in Winona last year. A drama about an abduction in a prairie town, Heretics was developed with the support of grants from Lake Region Arts Council and the MSUM Peer Review Committee. Craig Ellingson, Theatre, spent a year-long sabbatical in northern California, where he studied at the Dell-Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake. Patricia Kennedy Hansen, 81, of Fargo, ND, died peacefully on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo. She was a professor of English for 28 years at both NDSU and MSU. She taught Literature and Film Studies and served for three years as Chairman of the MSU English Department. She served as president of the Gamma Phi Beta Alumni Chapter from 1956-1957 and the American Association of University Women from 1966-1968. While on sabbatical, she attended the University of London, Oxford University, UCLA and the American Film Institute. Her love of travel took her to Europe, Mexico, the Mediterranean and throughout the US. She passed her enduring interest in art, music and literature on to her children, grandchildren and students. She deeply cherished her many friendships and the community of Fargo. Patricia was very active in the Fargo arts community. She was an affiliate of the Fine Arts Club holding membership in both Drama and History sections. She also supported the FM Opera Company, the FM Symphony, Plains and Rourke Art Galleries and The Straw Hat Players.

MSUM poets enjoyed success last year. Garrison Keillor read Thom Tammaro’s poem, “Closing the Cabin,” on Keillor’s popular radio program “The Writer’s Almanac” last September. A poem titled “Ghost Writing” by Kevin Zepper was named “editor’s choice” by the editor of Talking Stick, a publication out of Park Rapids. Zepper’s poem “Blind” was also included in the publication. And Yahya Frederickson received the LRAC/McKnight Fellowship Literary/Performance grant, which will allow him to complete four poetry manuscripts, a memoire and possibly coordinate another Arabic poetry translation project.

POETRY LESSON by Yahya Frederickson

Homs, Syria What I learn about poetry in Syria, I learn in a mosque. As soon as the congregational prayer finishes, he’s at my elbow, a student of mine from the university. He wants to introduce me to the imam who just gave the sermon. I can’t say no. He leads me through the crowd of lingering men to the prayer niche up front. The imam is my friend,” he says, opening a secret door. And there, in a long room lined with chairs, sits the imam, surrounded by his retinue waiting for extra inspiration. I am seated on the highest couch next to the imam, while at my feet my student crouches, ready to translate in case my Arabic fails. I repeat my oft-repeated sentences of self-introduction: I am an American professor teaching English at the university, I am an exchange professor teaching here for only one semester, I embraced Islam 15 years ago in Yemen, I like Syria generally, though of course there are good people as well as bad people everywhere, and I write poetry. The imam’s eyes widen: “Ah, you are a poet!” His retinue sighs with delight. “That’s wonderful!” he smiles. “Let us hear one of your poems!” I feel my face getting warm. “I’m sorry,” I say, “but I haven’t memorized any of my poems, and I don’t have any of my poems written down with me.” Faces around the room squinch in puzzlement. I try to explain, “Poetry in America is different from poetry in the Middle East,” I begin. “In America, poets depend on written-down poems. The writing is important, the recitation, less so. American poets usually read their poems; they don’t usually memorize them and recite them as you do here.” Hmm. . .Aahhh. . . the crowd buzzes, still puzzled, but polite. The gracious imam intervenes, sparing me from the silence. “Well, if not one of your own poems, perhaps you can recite a poem by someone else, perhaps a famous English poet? Then your student can translate it for us.” I count the years that have passed since my last doctoral comprehensive exam. Six. At that time, I memorized a Shakespearean sonnet to illustrate the parts. Hard as I try, I can’t conjure it. It evaporated long ago. There is nothing, absolutely nothing I can provide to this hungry audience, not a single poem for the imam, my poor student, or even myself. The retinue must think I’m a charlatan. What kind of poet doesn’t remember even one poem of his own? This time, my student speaks, offering a poem by Donne that he has memorized in another professor’s class, followed by an impromptu translation. Hmmm. . . Ahhhh. . .the room coos. The imam turns again to me: “Anyway, we are most happy to meet you, our Muslim brother from America.” As he begins his lesson to his followers, I excuse myself to meet my wife and daughter outside. Everyone smiles.

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Timothy Allen Irma and L. Eugene Allen Gerald Anderson Anna S. Arnar and Saini-Eidukat Bernhardt Bradley J. and Susan Bachmeier Dale D. Beling Alan Bergman Annie and Bill Bergquist Anne Blackhurst Robyn and Bryce Blilie Meredith and Al Bloomquist Steven R. Bolduc Jerry and Darlene Bontrager Timothy A. Borchers and Susanne Williams Alan D. and Barbara Breuer Naomi Braaten Norris and Joyce Braaten Mark Bring Jacqueline and Robert Brodshaug Gary and Sharon Brown Ken R. and Lynn Brown Anthony and Elaine Bukoski Bob and Beth Burns Randy Cagle Peggy Cameron Carl and Liz Carlson Robert and Pamela Chabora Henry and Janet Chan Mark G. Chekola Jodi Christiansen Donald S. and Mary Clark Kyle Conant Yvonne Condell Ceata D. Cook Kenneth and Kimberly Corey-Edstrom Timothy Crawford Patricia Currans-Sheehan and Robert Sheehan Konrad Czynski Ruth N. Dahlke Alan G. and Catherine Davis Debra A. Dawson Dayna K. Del Val and Andrew Marry Ellen and Paul Diederich Roland and Beth Dille Stephen P. and Beth Dolan Rick D. Ehlers Craig A. Ellingson Audrey and Dennis Emmen Elizabeth Evert-Karnes and Darin Karnes John and Susan DiFiore Matthew and Jessica Feir Gerald Finken and Kathleen Enz Finken Nancy Froysland-Hoerl and Scott Hoerl Judith and Ren Fuglestad Margot Galt Rebecca L. Gardner Debra and James Garvin


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David R. and Shannon Gelbart Susanne K. Gens Robert Gerke Sandra and Greg Giefer Mary Gill Richard Gompf Helen Goodfellow Brittney G. Goodman Theodore and Athena Gracyk Ricky Greenwell and Jeremiah Gard Wayne and Jane Gudmundson Jeffrey and Rosemary Gustafson Janet Haak Gerhard K. and Doris Haukebo Douglas A. Hamilton and Sandy Buttweiler Linda K. Hammond DeeAnne and Ralph Hansen Bruce R. and Margaret J. Hanson Paul W. Harris and LuAnn Hagel James P. and Elaine Hatzenbuhler Darrell J. and Kari M. Haugen Lars Hegland Jack and Linda Hendrickson Ruth and Earl Herring Richard Hoffman Kathleen Holiday and William McKeown Shirlee A. Holland Jill Holsen William and Lennarta Hultstrom Samuel Hunter Ryan D. and Darcy Jackson Sally Jacobson Jenny and Rick Jensen Steven G. Johnk Doug Johnson Howard Johnson and Billee Kraut Michael Johnson Duane and Ann Jundt John Justad Suzzanne Kelley Erin* and Monte Koffler Gerald Koenig Michael J. and Atsumi Kolba Keith Kramer Kyja K. Kristjansson-Nelson and Christopher Nelson Donna J. Larson Gloria Larson Lyle and Francine Laske Kathy M. Lee Helen and Ralph Levitt Marlys Lofberg Karen Madsen Mandi Magnuson-Hung Michael Benton and Michelle L. Malott Karen and Ralph Mehnert-Meland Faith Meurrens Arloine Mithune Margaret A. Moore Sylvia A. Morgan Annette Morrow

Linda S. and Donald Motzko Katherine Murphy Lynn and Ben Nelson Steven and Clem Nemeth David B. and Jenell Nilles Mark and Susan Nordli Audrey Olson Prudence Olson Trygve K. Olson Carl T. Oltvedt Richard J. and Madelyn Ortner Robert and Alice Pattengale Sandra and Thomas Pearce Jane Pederson and Donald C. Aggerbeck Norma Peeders Joe and Norma Peltier Susan M. Peterson Gregory A. Peterson Cynthia A. Phillips Gregory and Jill Post Lloyd and Anne Prischmann Patricia Jo and Erling Rasmussen Karen and Rudy Rathert Janet Ray Timothy Ray* Dorothy A. Refling Steve and Susan E. Risher Dennis Rhoads Sherry and Tim Rhodes Norm Robinson Tom and Mary Rohleder Kathy Rolsten Rodney Rothlisberger William and Harriet Rothlisberger Marjorie Schlossman Barbara Schmidt Mark S. and Katy Schmitz Lawrence S. and Cynthia L. Schwartz Davis Anthony Scott Nancy and Ross Scott Deborah Seaburg Lois Selberg Juleen Murray Shaw and Mathew Shaw Allen F. and Paula Sheets Carol and Steve Sibley Sandra and John R. Silletto Kenneth R. Skjegstad Irwin and Nancy Smemo Vicki Smith-Williams and Dwight L. Williams Marilyn Stenger Virginia Stewart Thomas J. Strait Mary C. Struck Wade E. and Eileen Stubson Rebecca S. Sundet-Schoenwald and Bruce Schoenwald Dorothy and Paul Suomala Thomas L. and Bonnie J. Swanson Marie Swenson Thomas Swenson

Mary C. Tallman Thomas M. Tammaro and Sheila Coghill John V. and Jane Tandberg Linda and Terry Tegtmeier Bonnie G. Thompson Faythe and Gordon Thureen Matt and Jane Torgerson Cindy Urness and Mark Barnhouse Bernardine Ursin Jerry and Bethea verDorn Elizabeth and Mark Vinz Dan Vogel Mark and Donna Voxland Samuel S. and Coralie Wai Abe and Lanae Wallace Virgina Wallace Shelda A. Warren Beth Watkins and Jim Bulman Margaret Wheelden David M. and Martha Wheeler Laurie J. and Larry Wigtil Dwight Williams and Vicky Smith-Williams Kenyon C. and Ginger Williams Michael Winge Diane J. Wolter and Mark Gealy Fred and Beth Wosick Leon* and Peggy Zavadil Mary and Andrew Zurn Arts Midwest Design Guys Incorporated Drama Section of Fine Arts Eventide Fort Abercrombie Saloon GroundUp Ag Harmon Glass Doctor Hotel Donaldson Impact Foundation Janssen Machine Company Journey for Jen Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, LTD. Foundation Mary Pryor Estate Minnesota Film and TV Board Minnesota State Arts Board Mircosoft Matching Gifts Program MSUM Ceramic Guild National Endowment for the Arts North Central Safety Services North Dakota Council on the Arts Otter Tail Power Company Presser Foundation Spider and Company State Farm Companies Foundation State Trust & Bank TE Connectivity Matching Gifts Program The Arts Partnership Wells Fargo Foundation W.W. Wallwork, Inc. *Deceased

Events at MSUM GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT EVENTS: Many events are free, and most ticketed events provide discounts to MSUM alumni, faculty, staff and students. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is (218) 477-2271. Online tickets are available for most Theatre Department events and all Performing Arts Series events. Go to the website listed for these events. All art gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information about exhibits, contact Lauren Kinney at lauren.kinney@mnstate.edu or 218-477-2930. The Box Office, Hansen Theatre, Gaede Stage, Fox Recital Hall and the Art Gallery are all located in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Glasrud Auditorium is located in Weld Hall. JANUARY 13 – 30

FEBRUARY 19 – 22, 7:30 P.M.


FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 7:30 P.M.

Visiting Artist Exhibition: Jenni Brant & M.A. Papanek-Miller

Almost Maine

Student Juried Exhibition

All Choirs Concert

The University Theatre Series presents this touching play, set in the remote and mythical town of Almost, Maine, where all the residents are falling in love.

Opening Reception April 3, 4 to 6 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Moorhead

Opening Reception Jan. 23, 4 to 6 p.m.; artist talk in gallery at 5 p.m. MSUM Art Gallery

Gaede Stage

> ETHEL with

Robert Mirabal

SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 7:30 P.M.

ETHEL and Robert Mirabal – Music of the Sun MSUM’s Performing Arts Series presents ETHEL, the pioneering string quartet, and GRAMMY® winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal. These five artists present a stunningly beautiful program using the instruments of the string quartet, alongside Native American flutes and drums. Gaede Stage For tickets, visit the MSUM Box Office M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (218) 477-2271 or buy online at www.mnstate.edu/ perform. Tickets also available at the door!

MSUM Art Gallery For tickets, visit the MSUM Box Office M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (218) 4772271 or buy at the door.

APRIL 28 – MAY 16

BFA Certificate and Exhibitions Class Opening Reception May 1, 4 to 6 p.m.

For tickets, visit the MSUM Box Office M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (218) 477-2271 or buy online at www.mnstate.edu/ theatre. Tickets also available at the door!

Percussion Ensemble and Choir Concert

Tri-College Jazz Combos


Hansen Theatre

Fox Recital Hall

Reading and recital (with special exhibit in the White Hall of student art work depicting personal visions of hell)


APRIL 30 TO MAY 3, 7:30 P.M.

Guitar Ensemble


Gaede Stage

Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn't been seen since its 1988 Broadway production. Don’t miss this reworked and fully re-imagined vision of a gripping tale.


TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 7:30 P.M.

Guest poet Mary Jo Bang reads from her recently published translation of Dante’s The Inferno, followed by a reception and a recital of Danteinspired piano music performed by guest pianist Jihye Chang.

BFA Student Exhibition #2

Fox Recital Hall


Free and open to the public.

University Orchestra concert


Hansen Theatre

James Sewell Ballet – Inferno

For tickets, visit the MSUM Box Office M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (218) 4772271 or buy at the door.

MSUM’s Performing Arts Series presents choreographer James Sewell’s magnum opus, premiering at MSUM! This blow-your-mind, multimedia project features Sewell’s ballet company, a handful of MSUM’s own dance students, original electronic imagery, sound effects and a widely-divergent, rich soundtrack.

MSUM Art Gallery

APRIL 14 – 24 Opening Reception April 17, 4 to 6 p.m. MSUM Art Gallery

Gaede Stage For tickets, visit the MSUM Box Office in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts, call 218/477-2271 M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or buy online at www.mnstate.edu/ theatre. Tickets also available at the door. SUNDAY, MAY 4, 3 P.M.

MSUM Wind Ensemble Hansen Theatre FRIDAY, MAY 9, 7 P.M.

Graphic Communications Juried Exhibition Comstock Memorial Ballroom

Hansen Theatre


Juried Film Exhibition


For tickets, visit the MSUM Box Office M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call (218) 477-2271 or buy online at www.mnstate.edu/ perform. Tickets also available at the door!

MSUM Faculty Exhibition

MARCH 3 – 13

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 7:30 P.M.

Opening Reception Feb. 6, 4 to 6 p.m.

BFA Student Exhibition #1

An Evening of Dance

MSUM Art Gallery FEBRUARY 17 – 27

Glasrud Auditorium

Performance featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers, featuring ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap.

Opening Reception March 6, 4 to 6 p.m. MSUM Art Gallery

BA/BS Student Exhibition Opening Reception Feb. 20, 4 to 6 p.m. MSUM Art Gallery

Hansen Theatre > James Sewell Ballet

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