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Commencement Program Class of 2012

Thursday, December 20 Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse

Our Vision


Minnesota State University Moorhead will be a welcoming educational community that offers rigorous courses of study and places high expectations upon its students. Our strong commitment to faculty-mentored undergraduate research and intellectual growth will provide students with continual opportunities for personal and professional achievement. MSUM will continue to foster an environment that encourages students to become versatile, thoughtful, innovative, and engaged leaders who contribute to their professions and their communities.


MSUM values diversity and mutual respect and will strive to instill these ideals throughout the institution. MSUM honors its heritage as a respected, student-focused, public university and will continue to enhance our students’ lives at the same time that it contributes to the community and the region. MSUM will offer graduate and professional programs that contribute to the state and region through increased collaboration with local and state business, industry, and human services to assure optimal preparation of graduates.


Minnesota State University Moorhead will build upon a solid foundation of high quality teaching and learning as it commits to a future as the premiere liberal arts and sciences-based university in the region.

Minnesota State University Moorhead is one of seven comprehensive Minnesota state universities established to provide the citizens of Minnesota access to quality educational programs at moderate cost. Minnesota State University Moorhead’s primary responsibility is to provide baccalaureate programs to residents of northwest and west central Minnesota. Through tuition reciprocity agreements, the University also provides educational services to residents of several regional states and one Canadian province.


The Honorable Brett K. Anderson Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees & Office of the Chancellor

Brett K. Anderson, Rosemount, is a student at Metropolitan State University where he is working towards a master’s degree in nursing leadership and management. Anderson is President and Chief Nursing Officer of CareLogix Nursing Solutions, LLC which provides contracted nursing and care management solutions to metro area health and community organizations. Anderson is a member of the Board of Directors for Debate Minnesota, a non-profit, tax-exempt and nonpartisan 501 c(3). Also, Anderson serves as an adjunct nursing instructor with Saint Paul College for the 2012-2013 academic year and, previously, with Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 2011-2012 academic year. In 2011, Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from MSU, Mankato in nursing and was designated undergraduate student of the year by the Mu Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, in 2011. At MSU, Anderson held a number of student leadership roles including vice president of the Minnesota State Student Association. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Anderson to the Board of Trustees July 1, 2011, to a two-year term that expires June 30, 2013. Anderson represents state university students on the Board of Trustees.


Dr. Lynne A. Kovash Superintendent, Moorhead Area Public Schools, Independent School District 152

Dr. Lynne A. Kovash was named the tenth superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools on July 14, 2008. Her appointment was made by the Moorhead School Board after the completion of a national search. Her official duties began July 15, 2008. A Moorhead High School graduate, Kovash returned to the community in 1982. Kovash has a strong background in education, including experiences as a teacher, assistant principal, special education administrator and district administrator. Most recently Kovash served as assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for Moorhead Area Public Schools. From July 1, 1999 to July 2008, she provided the leadership and coordination for the district’s instructional program. Kovash received a bachelor’s degree in Language Arts and Secondary Education from Moorhead State University, now Minnesota State University Moorhead. She then completed her master’s degree in Special Education with a license in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavior Disorders. Kovash completed classes in Education Administration through Tri-College University to obtain licenses as a K-12 principal, special education director and superintendent. She completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership through the University of North Dakota in 2009. Kovash enjoys reading, knitting, golfing, attending her grandchildren’s activities and watching University of Minnesota football. Lynne and her husband, Dennis, reside in Moorhead and have three adult children and six grandchildren.


Fall 2012 Commencement Welcome........................................................................................................ Mr. Lawrence Schwartz

Master of Ceremonies

Processional....................... “Trumpet Tunes and Voluntaries” by Clark, Mouret and Stanley

“Pomp and Circumstance” by Elgar Dr. Thomas J. Strait, Professor of Music, Trumpet Mr. Michael Olson, Music Director, First Lutheran Church of Fargo, Organ

Staff Bearer.....................................................................................................Dr. Theodore Gracyk

Faculty Association President

Presentation of the Colors.................................................................. Tri-College Army ROTC

National Anthem.................................................................................... Led by Dr. Jenny Dufault

Associate Professor of Music

Introduction........................................................................................... Dr. Edna Mora Szymanski

President of Minnesota State University Moorhead

Greeting ................................................................................... The Honorable Brett K. Anderson

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees & Office of the Chancellor

Musical Selection.......................................“Laurie’s Song” (from the opera “The Tenderland”)

By Aaron Copland Ms. Carolyn Schmitz, Theatre Arts major Mr. Michael Olson, Accompanist, Piano

Commencement Address............................................................................... Dr. Lynne A. Kovash

Ed. D. Educational Leadership, (UND 2009) M.S. Special Education, Class of 1994 B.A. English, Class of 1977

Conferring of Degrees & Presentation of Diplomas.................................................................. Dr. Edna Mora Szymanski

President of Minnesota State University Moorhead

Dr. Anne E. Blackhurst Provost


College of Education and Human Services Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Bachelor of Social Work.................................................................................. Dr. Boyd L. Bradbury

Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services

College of Arts and Humanities Associate in Arts; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts; Bachelor of Music; Bachelor of Science................................................ Dr. Timothy A. Borchers

Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities

Student Speaker................................................................................................... Mr. Andrew Jason

B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Mass Communications, Fall 2012

College of Social and Natural Sciences Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science................................................ Dr. Michelle L. Malott

Dean of the College of Social and Natural Sciences

College of Business and Industry Bachelor of Science................................................................................. Dr. Marsha L. Weber

Dean of the College of Business and Industry

University College Bachelor of Science............................................................................. Ms. Denise M. Gorsline

Dean of the University College

Graduate Studies Master of Fine Arts; Master of Science........................................................ Dr. Boyd L. Bradbury

Interim Dean of Graduate Studies

The Alma Mater......................................................................................... Led by Carolyn Schmitz

Theatre Arts major

Recessional...........................................................................�Crown Imperial� by William Walton

Mr. Michael Olson, Organ

When taking pictures in the designated photo area, please be respectful of others wishing to see the program. The audience is asked to stand for the Processional. A reception will be held immediately following the Commencement exercises at Nemzek Hall.



College of Education & Human Services Dr. Boyd L. Bradbury, Interim Dean

College Marshal: John Benson, Coordinator and Professor of Elementary Inclusive Education and Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science Altstadt, Bethany Kristen, Moorhead, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Summa Cum Laude Anderson, Megan Elise, Roseau, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning Aziz Al Obeidy, Luma Ali, Fargo, ND, Physical Education Baldwin, Tricia Renae, Hawley, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education, Cum Laude Barnes, Jannel Elizabeth, West Fargo, ND, Special Education, Cum Laude Berry, Kaitlyn Maureen, Walker, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education, Early Childhood Education, Cum Laude Bettin, Megan Christine, Thief River Falls, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education; Special Education, Summa Cum Laude Boll, Nicholas Ryan, Valley City, ND, Exercise Science Brelje, Larissa Christina, Fargo, ND, Early Childhood Education; Special Education Bridgland, Elizabeth Ann, DeGraff, MN, Special Education Buchholtz, Allison J., Carrington, ND, Speech/Language/Hearing Science Chuinard, Jordan Raymond, Andover, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning, Coaching Cihla, Andrew Joseph, Warsaw, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning, Coaching Coles, Kiley Ann, Albertville, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education, Cum Laude Davidson, Sarah Nicole, West Fargo, ND, Special Education Diwi, Kourtney Jean, Delano, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education Dorval, Maren June, Belfield, ND, Elementary Inclusive Education, Cum Laude Dybdal, Landon Mark, Alexandria, MN, Health Services Administration; Management, Cum Laude Fankhanel, Jonathan James, Pelican Rapids, MN, Physical Education; Coaching, Cum Laude Fellows, Christopher Mark, Ortonville, MN, Physical Education, Health Education Fladeboe, Catherine Ann, Lindstrom, MN, Special Education Galler, David Roger, Farmington, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning Gerber, Lydia Jean, Monticello, MN, Special Education Graten, Priyanka Singh, Kathmandu, Nepal, Speech/Language/Hearing Science Gullickson, Karisa Jade, Fertile, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning, Cum Laude Gust, Jessica Renee, Harwood, ND, Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Summa Cum Laude Handorff, Amy Jeanne, Andover, MN, Exercise Science Hassel, Kaia Lea, Boyd, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education, Summa Cum Laude Hight, Leah, Brainerd, MN, Special Education Hilscher, Jamie Lee, West Fargo, ND, Elementary Inclusive Education, Cum Laude Hintermeister, Hanna Jo, Garfield, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Magna Cum Laude Hoover, Kelly Jo, Fargo, ND, Speech/Language/Hearing Science 8

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Jipson, Andrew Ralph, Graceville, MN, Physical Education Johnson, Eric Tyler, Wheaton, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning, Coaching Johnson, Kara Beth, Mandan, ND, Exercise Science; Community Health, Health and Medical Sciences Juelke, Alyssa Kay, Sauk Centre, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science Juergens, Estee Ann, Elbow Lake, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning Kaiser, Katlyn Marie, Sauk Centre, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Summa Cum Laude Kanten, Sarah Anne, Crookston, MN, Early Childhood Education; Special Education, Cum Laude Kline, Jordan Michelle, Montevideo, MN, Early Childhood Education Kores, Michelle Terese, Minneapolis, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education; Teaching English as a Second Language, Summa Cum Laude LaPorte, Cassandra Lynn, Walhalla, ND, Early Childhood Education Levin, Shana Dawn, Fargo, ND, Health Education, Physical Education; Community Health Lohse, Katie Jo, Elbow Lake, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education, Magna Cum Laude Lucious-West, E’Boni Jerimiah, Country Club Hills, IL, Exercise Science Maharjan, Radha Devi, Kathmandu, Nepal, Community Health Markegard, Amy Lynn, Moorhead, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education Mayclin, Stephanie Rae, Bemidji, MN, Physical Education, Health Education, Cum Laude Mikkelson, Keri Rae, Benson, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science Miller, Lexie Ann, Baxter, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Cum Laude Myklebust, Travis John, Fargo, ND, Exercise Science; Business Administration, Strength and Conditioning Nelson, Chelsie Danielle, Becker, MN, Special Education, Magna Cum Laude Nelson, Kaia Gudrun, Twin Valley, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Cum Laude Noel, Nikia Lynn, Eden Prairie, MN, Physical Education, Cum Laude Omar, Badal Hassan, Nairobi, Kenya, Community Health Oslund, Lauryn Jean, Cambridge, MN, Early Childhood Education, Magna Cum Laude Parker, Rachel Tarlo, New Hope, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science Penner, Matthew Martin, Moorhead, MN, Physical Education, Health Education Redmond, Stephanie Kristine, Alexandria, MN, Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Summa Cum Laude Renner, Ivy Frances, Hawley, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education; Special Education, Summa Cum Laude Richgels, Rachel Marie, Onalaska, WI, Health Services Administration Satre, Lindsey Marie, Hoffman, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education; Special Education Schuette, Jeff Robert, Plymouth, MN, Exercise Science; Health and Medical Sciences, Summa Cum Laude Shannon, Elliot Abram, Lakeville, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning Snow, Jordan Cecilia, Jamestown, ND, Elementary Inclusive Education; Mathematics Stoa, Megan Eileen, Climax, MN, Early Childhood Education Stokka, Heidi Louise, Bismarck, ND, Exercise Science Swanson, Amanda Marie, Detroit Lakes, MN, Special Education Swenson, Michael Lee, Fergus Falls, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education, Cum Laude College of Education and Human Services


Thompson, Brooke Elizabeth, Page, ND, Special Education Towle, Kalynn Elise, Brookings, SD, Early Childhood Education, Summa Cum Laude Ulmer, Corey Allen, Ashley, ND, Exercise Science; Coaching, Strength and Conditioning Van Den Einde, Shallyn Anna, Gardner, ND, Elementary Inclusive Education, Summa Cum Laude Wagener, Joshua Michael, Plymouth, MN, Exercise Science White, Chelsea Marie, Aberdeen, SD, Speech/Language/Hearing Science Wieland, Cynthia Timm, Fargo, ND, Early Childhood Education, Summa Cum Laude Winter, Katherine Elizabeth, Montevideo, MN, Elementary Inclusive Education, Cum Laude Wulff, Amelia Rachelle, Roseau, MN, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning Zettler, Tara Ellyn, Devils Lake, ND, Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning, Health and Medical Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Aho, Donna M., Fargo, ND, Nursing Arneson, Brenda Kay, Moorhead, MN, Nursing Crandall, Kimberly Shawn, Wahpeton, ND, Nursing De Witt, Lila B., Luverne, MN, Nursing Dillon, Allison Lynn, Prior Lake, MN, Nursing Duncanson, Sarah Marie, Bloomington, MN, Nursing Hallstrom, Kellie Marie, Coon Rapids, MN, Nursing Harding, Judith Ann, Lake Benton, MN, Nursing Hillmer, Kate Alyse, Valley City, ND, Nursing Iverson, Joyce Marie, Parkers Prairie, MN, Nursing Lemonds, Lisa Marie, Thief River Falls, MN, Nursing Manske, Marissa Catherine, West Fargo, ND, Nursing Martin, Katherine Mae, Lake Park, MN, Nursing Nelson, Anne Marie, Moorhead, MN, Nursing Nelson, Cynthia Maria, Cambridge, MN, Nursing Perez, Heather Jo, West Fargo, ND, Nursing Puhl, Stephanie Michelle, Elk River, MN, Nursing Shequen, Katie Ann, Dilworth, MN, Nursing

Bachelor of Social Work Besette, Nicky Kay, Abercrombie, ND, Social Work Blakely, Lauretta Diane, Fargo, ND, Social Work Borsheim, Andria Ellen, Moorhead, MN, Social Work Carpenter, Mandy Jo, St. John, ND, Social Work Conner, Brianna Emily, Moorhead, MN, Social Work, Cum Laude Deal, Christine Marie, Campbell, MN, Social Work, Magna Cum Laude Edstadt, Caitlin Alaine, Ramsey, MN, Social Work Friez, Carmyn Lynn, East Grand Forks, MN, Social Work Holzbauer, Megan Teresa, Breckenridge, MN, Social Work Job, Lindsey Nicole, Jamestown, ND, Social Work Jones, Alexandra Jane, Fargo, ND, Social Work; Psychology


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Kent, Josie McAllister, Ashby, MN, Social Work; American Multicultural Studies, Magna Cum Laude Kubischta, Kayla Lynn, Fargo, ND, Social Work; Psychology Latt, Kelsey Jo, Litchville, ND, Social Work Meyer, Bryan Gregory, Rosholt, SD, Social Work Nudell, Haley C., West Fargo, ND, Social Work Opp, Rodney Allan, Fargo, ND, Social Work Pylka, Lisa Marie, Rogers, MN, Social Work, Magna Cum Laude Rivenes, Julie Rae, West Fargo, ND, Social Work Sandvik, Sarah Elizabeth, Coon Rapids, MN, Social Work Schlepp, Clyde Dale, Fergus Falls, MN, Social Work Siewert, Leah Anne, Fargo, ND, Social Work Stoe, Virginia Myra, Baxter, MN, Social Work VanDeVeire, Sara Elizabeth, Canby, MN, Social Work Wagner, Erica Jo, Moorhead, MN, Social Work, Magna Cum Laude

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College of Arts & Humanities Dr. Timothy A. Borchers, Dean

College Marshal: Carl Oltvedt, Professor of Art and Design

Associate in Arts Fuchs, Mason Charles, Mitchell, SD, Liberal Arts Holtman, Sarah Jane, East Grand Forks, MN, Liberal Arts Hoyer, Shelby Mae, Morris, MN, Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts Adducci, Samantha Marie, Watertown, SD, Art Adkins, Christopher Clifford, Detroit Lakes, MN, History Berdahl, John David, Moorhead, MN, Art Berger, Payton Wayne, Fargo, ND, English Bowden, Samantha Elizabeth, Detroit Lakes, MN, English; Mass Communications Buysse, Nicole Marie, Jasper, MN, Communication Studies; Leadership Studies Coleman, Zack G., St. Paul, MN, Art Dahring, Tyler James, Detroit Lakes, MN, History; Economics Flatt, Erik Weston, Valley City, ND, Communication Studies; Leadership Studies Goddeyne, Seth McLean, Pipestone, MN, History; Management Golberg, Tiffany A., Alexandria, MN, Art Haren, Sophie Breanna, Hastings, MN, Art Hensler, Callie Lynn, Blaine, MN, Music, Magna Cum Laude Herberholz, Heather Nicole, Fargo, ND, Art Heying, Melynda Jewel, Rockville, MN, English/Mass Communications Hineman, Joel Arthur, Bismarck, ND, Communication Studies; Leadership Studies Hysjulien, Sarah Nicole, Grand Forks, ND, Theatre Arts, Summa Cum Laude Jason, Andrew James, Puposky, MN, Spanish Johnson, MacArthur Lee, Grand Forks, ND, History Kraft, Maureen Audrey, Fargo, ND, English Kupcho, Noah Ray, Fargo, ND, Art Lubbesmeyer, Amy Sue, Detroit Lakes, MN, Communication Studies; Leadership Studies, Cum Laude Lundstrom, Erik Collins, Edina, MN, East Asian Studies; History Mackinnon, Shane Robert, Hutchinson, MN, Film Studies, Magna Cum Laude Maehling, Krista Lynn, Plymouth, MN, Spanish; Sociology Meints, Darwin Joe, Clara City, MN, History Montgomery, Justin James, Brooklyn Park, MN, English/Mass Communications, Magna Cum Laude Odegard, Ashley Marie, Fargo, ND, Film Studies, English, Cum Laude Perkins, Connor Charles, Fargo, ND, Communication Studies; Leadership Studies Potter, Kylie Sue, Lincoln, NE, Art; Leadership Studies Powell, James Phillip, Woodbury, MN, Spanish; Political Science, Sociology Sayler, Jennifer Lynn, Bismarck, ND, Art Schlenvogt, Bethany Ann, Fargo, ND, Art; Graphic Communications, Cum Laude


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Tauber, Paul William, Wheaton, MN, Art Templeton, Sean Thomas, Fargo, ND, English, Magna Cum Laude, Honors Program Thielges, Shane Steven, Moorhead, MN, English Thurow, Marli Ann, Fargo, ND, Spanish Uggerud, Jared Ross, Fargo, ND, Art Vachal, Brenna Elizabeth, St. Cloud, MN, Theatre Arts, Communication Studies, Cum Laude Vonasek, Lucas James, East Grand Forks, MN, English Wack, Catherine Alice Carey, Victoria, MN, Art; Art History, Magna Cum Laude, Honors Program Walsh, Lindsey Marie, Miltona, MN, Communication Studies; Leadership Studies, Magna Cum Laude Westberg, Kira Rudjen, Glenwood, MN, Art; Art History Woodard, Marcus Russell, Grand Forks, ND, Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts Deal, Caitlin Hempel, Edina, MN, Art Education; Art, Cum Laude Heath, Emily Anne, Winner, SD, Art Heidt, Amanda Eve, Bismarck, ND, Art Larson, Megan Nicole, Turtle Lake, ND, Art, Magna Cum Laude Lindholm, Shiree Ann, Bismarck, ND, Art, Summa Cum Laude Murphy, Bryan Adam, Seattle, WA, Art Robertson, Katherine Amanda, Minot, ND, Art; Art History, Summa Cum Laude

Bachelor of Music Schlosser, Adam James, Alexandria, MN, Music Industry Schmidt, Karl Jay, Freeman, SD, Music Industry Shaffer, Harry Lovell, Fargo, ND, Composition, Magna Cum Laude Stenerson, Jack Richard, Fargo, ND, Music Industry Struwve, Stephen Thomas, Andover, MN, Music Industry, Summa Cum Laude Tauber, Jessica Renee, Fargo, ND, Music Industry

Bachelor of Science Ballard, Anne Elizabeth, Detroit Lakes, MN, Music Education, Cum Laude Barnes, Jannel Elizabeth, West Fargo, ND, Music Teacher Education, Cum Laude Boerger, Jason D., Horace, ND, Social Studies Teacher Education Bussey, Mark Edward, Chanhassen, MN, Social Studies Teacher Education Camarata, Maxwell Martin, Champlin, MN, Graphic Communications Church, Jamie Leigh, Moorhead, MN, Social Studies Teacher Education Ellefson, Vanessa Lynn, Park River, ND, Graphic Communications; Mass Communications Fouberg, John Thomas, Mitchell, SD, Spanish Teacher Education; Teaching English as a Second Language, Summa Cum Laude Frederick, Andrew Peter, Cambridge, MN, Social Studies Teacher Education, Magna Cum Laude

College of Arts and Humanities


Hanson, Nicholas Michael, Moorhead, MN, Graphic Communications Hendrickx, Chelsey Marie, New York Mills, MN, Social Studies Teacher Education, Summa Cum Laude Johnson, Amy Lynn, Moorhead, MN, Social Studies Teacher Education Johnson, Brett Michael, Walker, MN, Art Teacher Education; Special Education, Art, Cum Laude Jones, Elijah Keith, Wahpeton, ND, Social Studies Teacher Education Kuehne, Benjamin Bernhard, Usingen, Germany, Graphic Communications, Cum Laude Krupich, Ashley Margaret, Fargo, ND, Art Education; Art Lazur, Brittany Rae, Grand Forks, ND, Communication Arts and Literature Teacher Education, Summa Cum Laude Lense, Rachel Elizabeth, Moorhead, MN, Graphic Communications; History, Magna Cum Laude Maahs, Jeremy Michael, Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, Graphic Communications Mackinnon, Shane Robert, Hutchinson, MN, Graphic Communications, Magna Cum Laude Moore, Ryan Carlton, Woodbury, MN, Graphic Communications, Cum Laude Pepple, Jason Jay, Fessenden, ND, Social Studies Teacher Education Schroeder, Adam Michael, Fargo, ND, Graphic Communications; Mass Communications, Magna Cum Laude Shufelt, Cory Russell, Hutchinson, MN, Graphic Communications, Cum Laude Woodard, Marcus Russell, Grand Forks, ND, Communication Arts and Literature Teacher Education


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College of Social & Natural Sciences Dr. Michelle L. Malott, Dean

College Marshal: Ariyaratna Wijetunga, Professor of Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts Adolph, Samantha Ann, St. Paul, MN, Criminal Justice Alstead, Ashley Laura, Evansville, MN, Psychology Arola, Alissa Hope, Osage, MN, Psychology, Criminal Justice Barth, Frankie Lee, Campbell, MN, Psychology Boe, Megan Leigh, Oakes, ND, Psychology, Cum Laude Boehler, Dara Rae, Golden Valley, ND, Psychology Bonney, Kwasi Amoah, Stockholm, Sweden, Chemistry; Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Biology Borchers, Amanda Marie, Maplewood, MN, Biology; Chemistry Brill, Kimberley Anne, Vergas, MN, Criminal Justice; Sociology Butler, Frank Choi, Plymouth, MN, Psychology Butze, Nicholas David, Detroit Lakes, MN, Legal Studies, Political Science Campbell, Courtney J., Bismarck, ND, Biology; Chemistry Carlson, Paul Robert, Midland, MI, Anthropology Carriveau, Jason Scott, West Fargo, ND, Criminal Justice Casey, Julianna Kristine, New Richmond, WI, Criminal Justice Croucher, Stacia Lee, Fargo, ND, Psychology Cummings, Chelsey Ann, Detroit Lakes, MN, Anthropology; Chemistry, Mathematics, Health and Medical Sciences Dahlen, Jared Christopher, Fargo, ND, Criminal Justice Donohoe, Erin Martha, Anoka, MN, Psychology Fetzer, Dustin David, Garrison, ND, Biology Flaig, Kristen Ann, West Fargo, ND, Criminal Justice; Sociology, Magna Cum Laude Flatley, Kelsey Anne, Shorewood, MN, Psychology; Art Friedt, Marie Eleanor, Elgin, ND, Criminal Justice; Political Science Grossman, Shannon Marie, Moorhead, MN, Criminal Justice, Sociology Hanson, Jonathan LeRoy, Sunburg, MN, Criminal Justice Hartigan, Kyle Roman, Sauk Centre, MN, Criminal Justice; Sociology Hauge, Eric Richard, Fargo, ND, Biology Hesse, Jon Patrick, Morris, MN, Anthropology Holding Eagle, Stephanie Rae, Breckenridge, MN, Criminal Justice; Sociology Hollis, Amanda Christian, Minot, ND, Psychology; Sociology Hubbard, Paul Anthony, Lake Park, MN, Criminal Justice Jordan, Christopher Richard, Crescent City, CA, Anthropology; International Business, Summa Cum Laude Khatiwada, Aastha, Kathmandu, Nepal, Economics, Magna Cum Laude King, Mandi Metia, Fergus Falls, MN, Psychology Kinter, Kevin Mark, Rochester, MN, Biology Kivel, Tyler Jerome, Prior Lake, MN, Criminal Justice, Cum Laude Kokesch, Courtney Elizabeth, New Ulm, MN, Biology Korf, Alane Ann, Detroit Lakes, MN, Biology; Vaccinology, Chemistry, Cum Laude Kubischta, Kayla Lynn, Fargo, ND, Criminal Justice; Psychology College of Social and Natural Sciences


Lausten, Chelsea Jo, New York Mills, MN, Biology Lister, Shane Michael, Fargo, ND, Psychology Majekodunmi, Kehinde Afolabi, Robbinsdale, MN, Chemistry; Business Administration Marlowe, Shawn Daniel, Oakdale, MN, Criminal Justice Matthews, Alexandra Nicole, Fargo, ND, Biology; Anthropology Meints, Darwin Joe, Clara City, MN, Political Science Nere, Megan Nicole, Danube, MN, Psychology; Sociology, Summa Cum Laude Neubauer, Kathryn Grace, Mandan, ND, Psychology Nowak, Nathan Donald, Casselton, ND, Psychology; Coaching Porath, Bryan Thomas, Fargo, ND, Criminal Justice, Sociology Ritter, Kelly Ann, Chokio, MN, Sociology; Communication Studies Ronningen, Jared Philip, Fargo, ND, Biology, Summa Cum Laude Rubner, Stuart Donald, Parkers Prairie, MN, Biology Savageau, Taylor James, Fargo, ND, Criminal Justice; Sociology Scott, Rebecca Lynn, New Hope, MN, Gerontology, Sociology; Women’s and Gender Studies, Cum Laude Seehafer, Hannah Lynn, Eagan, MN, Psychology; Communication Studies, Summa Cum Laude Shoemaker, Melissa Ann, Rush City, MN, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude Siewert, Alexandra Lee, Hastings, MN, Psychology; Women’s and Gender Studies Smith, Emily Ann, Fargo, ND, Psychology Smykowski, John Dylan, Wahpteton, ND, Criminal Justice Stepka, Christine Ann, Montgomery, MN, Criminal Justice; Sociology Storseth, Carissa Noell, Park Rapids, MN, Biology Sutrisno, Randy, Jakarta, Indonesia, Biology, Cum Laude Wallert, Laurel Nicole, Moorhead, MN, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Cum Laude Wedin, Tyler John, Grand Forks, ND, Criminal Justice Weiher, Hannah Marie, Menasha, WI, Biology, Summa Cum Laude White, Jamie Lee, Babbitt, MN, Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude Wilson, Benjamin Thomas, Crookston, MN, Legal Studies Wise, Amy Lynn, Arlington, VA, Criminal Justice Zach, Adam M., New Effington, SD, Legal Studies, Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science Abtin, Kayla Rae, Hawley, MN, International Studies Amundson, Allison Nichole, Fargo, ND, Mathematics Teacher Education Anderson, Peter Michael, Frazee, MN, Mathematics Teacher Education Bergeson, Alycia Jayne, Moorhead, MN, Physics; Astronomy Chand, Shirush, Kathmandu, Nepal, International Studies Flores, Scott James, Fargo, ND, Geosciences Franck, Brandi Jo, Fargo, ND, Mathematics Teacher Education; Coaching Hauge, Eric Richard, Fargo, ND, Life Science Teacher Education Hebert, Kelly Ann, Oakdale, MN, Geosciences; Biology Johnson, Heather Lynn, Alexandria, MN, Mathematics; Business Administration, Management, Magna Cum Laude Karki, Pragalv, Kathmandu, Nepal, Physics; Mathematics, Cum Laude


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Khatiwada, Aastha, Kathmandu, Nepal, Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude Kliniske, Kent David, West Fargo, ND, Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude Kosak, Kaleb John, Fergus Falls, MN, Life Science Teacher Education Mollberg, Carly Joanne, Detroit Lakes, MN, Mathematics Teacher Education; Coaching Ronningen, Jared Philip, Fargo, ND, Life Science Teacher Education, Summa Cum Laude Snyder, Dustin Wayne, Hazen, ND, Geosciences, Summa Cum Laude Szarkowski, Christina Mae, Plymouth, MN, Mathematics; Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude Way, Alyssa Katherine, Kenyon, MN, Mathematics; Finance

College of Social and Natural Sciences



College of Business & Industry Dr. Marsha L. Weber, Dean

College Marshal: Cynthia Phillips, Professor of Accounting

Bachelor of Science Aakre, Taylor Thomas, Hawley, MN, Construction Management Adducci, Samantha Marie, Watertown, SD, Mass Communications Allen, Scott David, Moorhead, MN, Paralegal, Cum Laude Anderson, Myles Kevin, Dilworth, MN, Construction Management Anzalone, Alexander Cameron, Freehold, NJ, Business Administration Appiah-Serebour, Samuel Kwadwo, St. Paul, MN, Operations Management Aryal, Reshmi, Kathmandu, Nepal, Computer Information Technology Baldock, Ryan Evans, Mayville, ND, Operations Management Baldwin, Michael Joseph, Hawley, MN, Operations Management Barker, David Richard, Boynton Beach, FL, Mass Communications Bastin, Stephen John, St. Cloud, MN, Construction Management Baumgardner, Matthew Kyle, Fargo, ND, Construction Management Bladow, Zachary Carvel, Thief River Falls, MN, Computer Information Systems; Business Administration Bloom, Andrew Erick, Lino Lakes, MN, Construction Management Bosl, Rachel Ann, Sauk Centre, MN, Accounting; Finance, Cum Laude Brume-Obebeduo, Atuka, Fargo, ND, Mass Communications Buchholz, Luke Scott, Battle Lake, MN, Construction Management Buth, Teresa Ann, Fargo, ND, Business Administration Carpentier, Angela Nicole, Lino Lakes, MN, Mass Communications Christianson, Kody Allan, Langdon, ND, Construction Management Cleveland, Amber Renae, Dilworth, MN, Paralegal; Philosophy, Communication Studies Crane, Elizabeth Ann Marie, Park Rapids, MN, Accounting, Business Administration Dawson, Joseph Robert, Fargo, ND, Construction Management Demaray, Danielle Lee, Lincoln, ND, Accounting, Finance, Cum Laude Edgerly, Stuart Thomas, West Fargo, ND, Accounting Elghazaly, Ahmad Mayyas, Cairo, Egypt, Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude Erbstoesser, Nathan William, West Fargo, ND, Business Administration Ficek, Courtney April, Moorhead, MN, Mass Communications, Summa Cum Laude Ficken, Steven Douglas, Fargo, ND, Construction Management Fogel, James Steven, Moorhead, MN, Accounting Franzen, Alexander Selmer, Rogers, MN, Construction Management Friedt, Marie Eleanor, Elgin, ND, Paralegal; Political Science Funk, Nathan Aaron, West Fargo, ND, Accounting Gautam, Lochana, Charleston, IL, Accounting, Cum Laude Girdhar, Poonam, Eastleigh, United Kingdom, Mass Communications, Film Studies, Magna Cum Laude Grantham, Samuel Ernest, Moorhead, MN, Mass Communications Gurung, Shishir, Kaski, Nepal, Computer Science Gustafson, Cody Keith, Perham, MN, Computer Science Hanson, Colton James, Sacred Heart, MN, Computer Science


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Haren, Sophie Breanna, Hastings, MN, Mass Communications Hendrickson, Hali Diane, Albert Lea, MN, Business Administration; Spanish Hill, Tyler John, Moorhead, MN, Construction Management Hofacker, Kristin Leigh, Oakdale, MN, Mass Communications Ihry, Tyler Ross, Fargo, ND, Business Administration Ito, Yuta, Yamanashi, Japan, Mass Communications, Cum Laude Jacobson, Rebecca Marie Frances, Blomkest, MN, Business Administration Jason, Andrew James, Puposky, MN, Mass Communications Johnson, Emily Lauren, Eden Prairie, MN, Mass Communications; Economics Johnson, Margaret Ann, Berthold, ND, Paralegal Jones, Nicole Robyn, West Fargo, ND, Accounting Karsky, Christopher James, Bismarck, ND, Finance, Accounting, Magna Cum Laude Kartes, Ryan Patrick, Roseau, MN, Mass Communications Khanal, Sanjay Raj, Koshi, Nepal, Computer Information Technology Korneck, Kevin John, Avon, MN, Operations Management Krog, Peter Samuel, Underwood, MN, Construction Management Lage, Stephanie Dee, Fargo, ND, Business Administration Lama, Roshani, Kathmandu, Nepal, Accounting, Cum Laude Larson, Bryan Jon, Glyndon, MN, Business Administration Lehrke, Steven William, West Fargo, ND, Accounting Long, Zachary Paul, Perley, MN, Business Administration, Cum Laude Luzha, Festim Hismet, West Fargo, ND, Business Administration Manandhar, Sonnet, Kathmandu, Nepal, Business Administration Manandhar, Swaraj, Kathmandu, Nepal, Business Administration McLain, Joseph Walter, Fargo, ND, Construction Management Mehring, Alex Joseph, Fargo, ND, Accounting, Finance Muthukumarana, Ramesh Palawinnage Senanayaka, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Business Administration; Mass Communications Nelson, Monica Lynn, Hendricks, MN, Business Administration, Cum Laude Olson, Krista Avis Naomi, Pierre, SD, Business Administration Osland, Derek Mitchell, Dilworth, MN, Accounting, Accounting and Finance Patel, Rose Anne, Fargo, ND, Computer Information Systems, Business Administration Perera, Athukoralage Sajeewana Praharsha, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, Finance Perera, Buddhika, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude Plante, Nicholas Aaron, North Wales, PA, Operations Management Pokhrel, Enzil, Kathmandu, Nepal, Finance Polack, Eric Michael, Maple Grove, MN, Construction Management Rachuy, Samantha Leah, Fulda, MN, Mass Communications, Magna Cum Laude Radcliffe, Mark David, Moorhead, MN, Mass Communications; Leadership Studies Radniecki, Jennifer M., Ramsey, MN, Construction Management, Cum Laude Rothmeier, Karissa Kay, Redwood Falls, MN, Paralegal Saleh, Evonne Nichole, Fargo, ND, Mass Communications; Coaching, Cum Laude Schweitzer, Brade McKale, Moorhead, MN, Accounting, Magna Cum Laude Shook, Parker James, Fargo, ND, Business Administration Shrestha, Prasanna, Lalitpur, Nepal, Accounting, Magna Cum Laude Smith, Peregrine James, Moorhead, MN, Construction Management Smith, Terri Bourcy, Moorhead, MN, Business Administration, Cum Laude Spanier, Cory Joiner, Paynesville, MN, Construction Management Stark, Michael Donald, Moorhead, MN, Mass Communications, Summa Cum Laude College of Business and Industry


Steinwand, Jill Imhoff, Bismarck, ND, Accounting; Economics, Summa Cum Laude Tanner, Seth Jacob, Watertown, MN, Construction Management Templeton, Sean Thomas, Fargo, ND, Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, Honors Program Thurow, Marli Ann, Ramona, SD, Mass Communications Toedter, Zachary Emmanuel, Fargo, MN, Mass Communications Tollefson, Timothy Lance, Dilworth, MN, Business Administration; Anthropology Tretbar, Heather Jean, Osage, MN, Business Administration Ventzke, Jaimee Lyn, Moorhead, MN, Business Administration Vettleson, Nickolas Andreas, Fargo, ND, Business Administration Wassberg, Rachel Amanda, Fargo, ND, Mass Communications Willems, Jason Allen, Lester Prairie, MN, Operations Management Wimaladharma, Welivitigoda Rajitha, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Finance Zerface, Megan Jean, Valley City, ND, Paralegal


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Ms. Denise M. Gorsline, Dean College Marshal: Deborah Seaburg, Counselor and Associate Professor

Bachelor of Science Birkholz, Diana Marie, Menomonie, WI, University Studies Burdeski, Gerald Wayne, Moorhead, MN, University Studies Christensen, Elizabeth Vivian, Fargo, ND, University Studies Dallmann, Cayla Ann, Harwood, ND, University Studies Engel, Shane Allen, Detroit Lakes, MN, University Studies Hanson, Kaia Leigh, Fargo, ND, University Studies Jutting, Alyssa Kay, Watertown, SD, University Studies King, Cassidy Jo, Cavalier, ND, University Studies Moyano, Michelle LeeAnn, Moorhead, MN, University Studies Rodiger, Anna-Maria, Galesburg, ND, University Studies Vanderwerf, Laura Lee, Alexandria, MN, University Studies

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Graduate Studies

Dr. Boyd L. Bradbury, Interim Dean College Marshal: Thomas Tammaro, Professor of English

Master of Fine Arts Brady, Käri L., Paynesville, MN, Creative Writing “Different: A Personal Narrative” Dr. Alan Davis, Advisor Burdett, Hayley A., West Chester, PA, Creative Writing “Life Is a Buffet: Stories of Transition” Dr. Alan Davis, Advisor Fulsebakke, Nathan, Bottineau, ND, Creative Writing “Lawrence, Clifford and Norris: Screenplays” Richard Zinober, Advisor

Master of Science Bachmeier, Britney Jean, Harvey, ND, School Psychology “Improving Early Literacy Skills in an English Language Learner” Dr. Olivia Melroe, Advisor Bergenhagen, Melanie B., Moorhead, MN, Educational Leadership “Educational Leadership Portfolio” Dr. Julie Swaggert, Advisor Campbell-Beer, Heidi M., Princeton, MN, Special Education “Response to Intervention: Coordinators’ Perceptions for Effective Implementation” Dr. Camille Brandt, Advisor Courneya, Nick E., Frazee, MN, Educational Leadership “Educational Leadership Portfolio” Dr. Julie Swaggert, Advisor DeYoung, Jamie Kathleen, Redlands, CA, Educational Leadership “The Practical Implications of Urban School Reform Efforts in High-Poverty Rural Settings” Dr. Julie Swaggert, Advisor Fiedler, Michael, Detroit Lakes, MN, Educational Leadership “Educational Leadership Portfolio” Dr. Julie Swaggert, Advisor Hilton, Kristi M., Dilworth, MN, Educational Leadership “The Demand-Control Schema of Sign Language Interpreting and Its Applications in Interpreter Education” Dr. Julie Swaggert, Advisor


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Kmoch, Kathryn Elizabeth, Geneseo, IL, School Psychology “Repeated Reading as an Intervention to Increase Reading Fluency” Dr. Olivia Melroe, Advisor Knodel, Jacob, Beulah, ND, Curriculum and Instruction “The Influence of PBS Implementation on the Appearance of Problem Behaviors and Positive Behaviors and Student Appraisals of an ELL Classroom” Dr. David M. Tack, Advisor Krage, Valerie A., La Crescent, MN, Educational Leadership “Educational Leadership Portfolio” Dr. Julie Swaggert, Advisor Krogen, Paula, Moorhead, MN, Curriculum and Instruction “The Effects of Idiom Comprehension Instructions on Reading Comprehension for English Language Learners” Dr. Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Advisor Leadbetter, Jennifer Theresa, Park Rapids, MN, Speech-Language Pathology “Piloting a Swallowing Screening Decision Tree for University Clinics” Dr. Nancy Paul, Advisor Richman, Harmony A., Forest Lake, MN, Curriculum and Instruction “The Effect of Daily Mental Math Activities on Mental Math Skills for Foundational Math Students” Dr. Ok-Hee Lee, Advisor Riegert, JoAnne M., Waubun, MN, Counseling and Student Affairs “The Effectiveness of a Group Anger Management Curriculum, with Cultural Components, in Reducing State and Trait Anger Among Native American Adolescents” Dr. Lisa Karch, Advisor Salmon, Danielle Morein, Fargo, ND, School Psychology “A Reflection on the Use of Early Literacy Interventions With a Kindergartener” Dr. Lisa Stewart, Advisor Theede, Elizabeth, La Crescent, MN, Educational Leadership “Educational Leadership Portfolio” Dr. Boyd Bradbury, Advisor Vehrenkamp, Jill, Rochester, MN, Curriculum and Instruction “The Effects of Using an IPad on the Development of Reading Comprehension Skills for a Student with Severe to Profound Disabilities” Dr. Ok-Hee Lee, Advisor Warcken, Daniel, LaMoure, ND, Educational Leadership “Identifying Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journey’s Reading Series Efficacy as Pertaining to Student Reading, Writing and Grammar Scores in a First Year Introduction” Dr. David Tack, Advisor Graduate Studies


Majors and Minors The Commencement Program lists all majors and minors which have been completed. If a student has completed two majors, the majors are separated by a comma (English, History); if a student has completed a major and a minor, the major and minor are separated by a semi-colon (English; History). If a student has earned a minor via the TriCollege University, the home institution is listed after the minor and placed in parentheses, i.e. French (Concordia). Graduate Candidates Candidates receiving graduate degrees are listed in the program. The listing also contains the title of their thesis or project and their faculty advisor. Each candidate that participates in the ceremony is wearing the appropriate master’s or doctorate hood. The color of the velvet edging on the hood represents the academic discipline and the silk lining (red and white) represents Minnesota State University Moorhead. Academic Honors Students who complete at least 60 credits at MSU Moorhead as candidates for baccalaureate degrees may graduate with the following honors: CUM LAUDE........................................... representing a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher MAGNA CUM LAUDE........................... representing a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher SUMMA CUM LAUDE.......................... representing a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or higher Such honors are computed from the cumulative grade point average earned in all courses at MSU Moorhead. The graduates who have earned these honors will have the achievement listed on their academic transcripts. The CUM LAUDE graduates wear white honor cords. The MAGNA CUM LAUDE graduates wear red honor cords. The SUMMA CUM LAUDE graduates wear red and white honor cords. Honor Societies Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the International Reading Association, has as its purpose the recognition and encouragement of scholarship, the development of personal and professional leadership qualities, and service to the field of reading--with special emphasis at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Established in 1985, the honor society derives its name from the Greek words Anagnosis (reading), Upotrophia (scholarship), and Archon (leadership). The requirements for Alpha Tau chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha are (1) complete at least two semesters of undergraduate coursework, (2) overall GPA of 3.0, (3) complete at least one course in reading and or language arts and earn a 3.0 in that course, (4) recommended by a literacy faculty member at MSUM. All members must be members of the International Reading Association. The motto of the Honor Society is: Lege sapere aude-dare to be wise. The Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society honor cords are 2 woven cords (one maroon and one silver) woven together with a single knot. They are worn with the academic attire. Beta Beta Beta National Biology Society is an academic society for students who major in Biology. The requirements for membership in the Omega Mu chapter of Beta Beta Beta are (1) at least three biology courses in the biology major, and (2) a minimum GPA


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of 3.0 in those courses. The honor pin displays three Greek letters, Beta Beta Beta, and a coiled serpent. The first Beta stands for the Greek word BALANNOS, which means acorn; it represents life in and on the ground. The second Beta stands for the Greek word BOUDETASE, which means little bird; it represents life in the air. The third Beta stands for the Greek word BOAX, which means fish; it represents life in the water. All three words may be summed up in one word BIOS, meaning life. The coiled serpent in the center of the pin is an ancient symbol of wisdom. Graduating students who are members of Beta Beta Beta may wear the red and green cords symbolic of the Society. Beta Gamma Sigma honor society is an academic society for students who major in Business or Accounting. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate program at schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business are eligible for this invitation. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of accreditation that a business program can earn. Since its founding as an honor society in 1913, more than 625,000 outstanding business and accounting graduates at all academic levels have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. The blue and gold honor cord worn by Beta Gamma Sigma members feature a gold (metal) key charm attached to the knot above the tassel on one end of the blue cord signifying the wearer as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Lambda Epsilon Chi “LEX” is a national honor society recognizing academic excellence for Paralegal students. Invitations for membership are extended to those students who are declared majors in MSUM’s Paralegal Department and who have met the following criteria: (1) Completion of at least two-thirds of the course requirements for the major, and (2) Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.5 in Paralegal courses. Lambda Pi Eta is the official honor society for communication studies students. It is sponsored by the National Communication Association (NCA). Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA for communication studies courses. The pin features the Greek words lambda, pi, and eta which stand for Aristotle’s three forms of proof: logos, pathos, and ethos. Phi Alpha is a national social work honor society which was established in 1960. The purpose of Phi Alpha is to promote humanitarian goals and ideals and to provide a closer bond among students of social work. The membership requirements include excellence in scholarship, with a minimum GPA of 3.25 and achievement in social work. Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society in music, was established in 1918 at Northwestern University in Illinois to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning which offer music degree programs. Election to the Epsilon lota chapter (established at MSUM in 1982) requires that students be outstanding in scholarship and musicianship, and that candidates in their junior year be in the top 10% of their class, that seniors be in the top 20%, and that graduate students have satisfactorily completed the requirements of their degrees. The insignia pin of Pi Kappa Lambda is a gold Grecian lyre with symbols of music and drama (panpipes and mask with foils) on each side of the three strings of the lyre. Pi Sigma Alpha is a national honor society for political science majors. The requirements for membership in the Mu Xi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha are (1) completion of 10 semester credits in political science including one 300-level class, (2) 25

a minimum of 3.0 GPA in political science courses, and (3) a cumulative GPA of 3.0. The honor pin is a small gold pin with the honor society’s greek letters on the front and the member’s name, chapter, and date of induction on the back. Psi Chi is an honorary society founded in 1929 for psychology majors. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. The MSUM Chapter of Psi Chi was established in the Psychology Department in 1984.  In addition to the national membership requirements of a 3.0 GPA, class rank in the top 35%, completion of 3 semesters of college, and 9 semester hours of psychology courses, the MSUM chapter requires a minimum GPA of 3.25 in psychology courses.  Members of Psi Chi wear a gold stole that displays the Psi Chi emblem of the Greek letters Psi and Chi. Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (/ La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica/), is devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities. It was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California in Berkeley. Upsilon Sigma, the local chapter of SDP was organized at MSUM in the Fall of 2000. Requirements for membership are (1) completing at least 3 years or the equivalent, of college Spanish, including at least three semester hours of a third year course in Hispanic literature of Hispanic culture and civilization; (2) a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Spanish; (3) student rank in the upper 35% of their class. The Greek words, /Spanias Didagei Proagomen/ stand for the motto, “Let us follow after Spain’s inspiration.” The honor pin and cord hearken back to the colors on the Spanish national flag and the coat of arms of Castilla y León that depicts lions and castles in the checkered corners of the crest. Sigma Lambda Chi is an international and academic honor society for students majoring in construction management. It is known for being a society of leaders in construction. Chapters are located throughout the United States and Australia. It was founded as an honorary society on April 30, 1949 at Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan. In 1991, Sigma Lambda Chi became a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Inc. Requirements for membership are (1) complete two academic years of study toward a degree in Construction, (2) obtain an overall scholastic average in the upper twenty percent of his or her incoming class, (3) study at the present institution for the preceding six months, (4) demonstrate leadership, character, and personality traits which will give promise of reflecting credit upon Sigma Lambda Chi, (5) participate in one or more extracurricular activities, and (6) work in some phase of the construction industry. Sigma Pi Sigma is the physics honor society and was founded in 1921. Election to SPS is earned by a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated excellence in at least two of four categories; research work, outreach participation, Society of Physics Students involvement or outstanding academic achievement in physics. SPS exists to honor and encourage physics scholarship, to be of service to the various communities it may influence, and to be a fellowship of persons who have shared in the traditions and culture of physics. The name SPS comes from the first letters that compose the society motto Skeyiz Prostanth Sunesewz which translated from Greek is “investigation, the forerunner of knowledge.” The official insignia and key consists of a voltmeter, lamp and dynamo. The voltmeter symbolizes the high accuracy which is the hallmark of careful


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experiments, the lamp is the symbol of knowledge (Sophia in Greek) and the dynamo represents the creative energy that is so necessary to productive research. The MSUM Sigma Pi Sigma chapter was founded in 1974. Sigma Theta Tau International is an honorary society for nursing majors, and was founded in 1922. MSUM belongs to the Xi Kappa chapter. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storga, Tharos, and Tima meaning “love,” “courage” and “honor”. The founder’s vision for the society helped bring recognition to nursing as a science. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to community leaders who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing. The requirements for membership are (1) student rank in the top 35% of their class, and (2) a GPA of at least 3.0. Academic Attire The caps and gowns worn at formal academic events in American colleges are the direct descendants of the everyday costumes worn in the universities of Medieval England when each school had its peculiar dress so that an Oxford student could be distinguished from a Cambridge student. Because of the tremendous growth of American colleges, and the confusion that would result if each were to adopt a distinctive costume, the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume was organized. The Bureau has established a uniform code that over 700 institutions have adopted. There are three types of gowns and three types of hoods for bachelors, masters, and doctors. The bachelors gown has a long pointed sleeve, whereas the masters gown has a long closed sleeve, square at the end. The doctors gown is characterized by a voluminous bell-shaped sleeve with three velvet bars. The hoods for all degrees are lined with silk in the official academic color or colors of the institution conferring the degree and have an edging or trim of velvet, the color of which indicates the academic discipline or faculty to which the degree pertains. The bachelors hood is not worn by candidates for the baccalaureate degree but only by those upon whom this degree has been previously conferred. The masters hood is considerably longer, has a wider velvet edging, and exposes more of the lining. The doctors hood has wide panels at the side. It has the widest velvet edging, greatest length, and fullest exposure of the lining. The black mortarboard cap with tassel is worn with each type of gown. Those holding a doctor’s degree are privileged to wear a gold tassel. Masters and bachelors wear tassels that are either black or of the color appropriate to the academic discipline in which they are graduating. Some of the colors which may be observed at this commencement and which symbolize various faculties are as follows: Arts and Humanities........................White Business Administration....... Light Brown Education....................................Light Blue Fine Arts................................. Dark Brown Law....................................................Purple Music................................................... Pink

Nursing............................................Apricot Philosophy.................................. Dark Blue Public Administration..........Peacock Blue Science.................................Golden Yellow Social Work...................................... Citron


The University Mace As the official symbol of the university’s power and authority, this staff is carried in academic processions by the University President or her designee. Lyle Laske, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead, crafted the staff for the university in memory of his colleague and friend, Dr. Roy Boe, who served as an Associate Professor of Art from 1967 to his death in 1976. The staff is sculpted from Brazilian rosewood, rubbed and polished to a deep luster. Its tips are cast in bronze and gold plated. The top piece on the staff, also in rosewood, is shaped in a universal form which symbolizes the medieval northern world. The staff rests in a base that is a solid, circular piece of rosewood. The staff was presented to President Edna Mora Szymanski in 2008. This year, the staff bearer is Dr. Theodore Gracyk, Faculty Association President.

The Presidential Medallion The Presidential Medallion serves as a sign of the educational mission of Minnesota State University Moorhead. The President’s commitment to the university’s purposes is renewed in each solemn academic function, when it is appropriate to wear the medallion and be recharged by its symbols. The medallion presented to Edna Mora Szymanski upon her inauguration was designed and cast in bronze by P. Richard Szeitz, a faculty member in the MSUM art and design department from 1966 to 1994. The design incorporates images of the seven liberal arts, representing the disciplines of learning in the modern university. Originally, those disciplines were divided into the trivium (logic, grammar, rhetoric) and the quadrivium (astronomy, arithmetic, geometry and harmony).

College Marshals The College Marshals are senior faculty representing their colleges.


The Minnesota State University Moorhead banners feature the founder and the ten presidents of this institution from its founding as Moorhead Normal School to the present Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Solomon G. Comstock 1885 introduced legislation to begin Moorhead Normal School

President Livingston Lord 1888-1899

President Ray MacLean

President John Neumaier

President Edna M. Szymanski




President Oliver Dickerson

President O.W. Snarr

President Roland E. Barden




President Frank Weld

President A.L. Knoblauch

President Roland Dille





Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation Board Members Corey Elmer, President Edna Mora Szymanski (Ex-Officio) Bob Bowlsby Maureen Brownson David Daugherty Lisa Erickson Jim Fay Tod Ganje Joe Gehlen Sue Gens Lindsay Hample

Sandra Korbel Frank Leidenfrost Deb Magnuson Frank Mosier Scott Nelson Ev Quigley Mary Jo Richard Tomi Sawyer Jason Sjostrom Terry Soine Greg Staszko John Thorvilson

Minnesota State Colleges and University System Board of Trustees Clarence Hightower, Chair Ann Anaya Brett Anderson Margaret Anderson Kelliher Duane Benson Alexander Cirillo, Jr. Cheryl Dickson Dawn Erlandson Philip Krinkie


Alfredo Oliviera David Paskach Maria Peluso Thomas Renier, Vice Chair Louise Sundin Michael Vekich Dr. Steven J. Rosenstone, Chancellor

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Minnesota State University Moorhead Officers Edna Mora Szymanski, PhD.......... President Anne Blackhurst, PhD................... Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs Janet Mahoney, MS........................ Vice President for Finance & Administration Diane P. Solinger, MS.................... Vice President for Enrollment Management Laura Huth, BS.............................. Vice President of Alumni Foundation Mark Yuran, M Ed.......................... Chief Human Resources Officer David Wahlberg, PhD.................... Executive Director for Communications & Marketing Warren K. Wiese, MS..................... Associate Vice President Ginny Bair, MS............................... Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean R. Hollaar, MBA..................... Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration Karen Mehnert-Meland, MS.......... Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Donna L. Brown, EDD................... Associate Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Affirmative Action Daniel A. Heckaman, MBA........... Chief Information Officer Timothy A. Borchers, PhD............. Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Marsha L. Weber, PhD................... Dean of the College of Business and Industry Boyd L. Bradbury, PhD.................. Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies Michelle L. Malott, PhD................ Dean of the College of Social and Natural Sciences Denise M. Gorsline, MA................ Dean of the University College Brittney Goodman, MSLS............. Dean of Instructional Resources Douglas D. Peters, MS.................. Director of Athletics Mark P. Rice, BA............................ Comptroller Jeff Goebel, BA............................... Physical Plant Manager Greg Lemke, BS............................. Director of Public Safety


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MSUM Commencement Fall 2012  

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