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Your guide to HOMECOMING, alumni benefits, events and more HOMECOMING | FALL 2013


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▸ Pep Rally, 8 p.m., Nemzek ▸ Casino Night, Following Pep Rally, Nemzek tuesday, september 2 4

▸ Hypnotist Frederick Winters, 7:30 p.m., Hansen Theatre ▸ Battleship & Pool Party, 8:30 p.m., Nemzek

wednesday, september 2 5

▸ Ice Cream Social, Noon to 3 p.m., Campus Mall ▸ Coach Herman Boone (Remember the Titans), 7:30 p.m., Hansen Theatre thursday, september 2 6

▸ Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Greg Smogard, Ph.D., ’72, 11 a.m., Center for the Arts ▸ Chili Feed Competition, Noon to 3 p.m., Campus Mall ▸ Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Bob Mikkelson ’72, 3 p.m., Center for the Arts ▸ Johnny Holm Band, 8-11 p.m., CMU Ballroom

Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon friday, september 2 7

▸ Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Emily Beck ’06, 10 a.m.

▸ Student Senate Reunion, 4 p.m., CMU 205

▸ Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Christina Broadwell, MD, ’00, Noon, Science Lab 104

▸ Athletics Hall of Fame, 5:30 p.m., CMU Ballroom

▸ Presidents’ Panel with John Neumaier, Roland Dille, Roland Barden and Edna Szymanski, 1 p.m., Hansen Theatre ▸ Campus Tours With Dragon Ambassadors, following panel ▸ Academic Showcase/Open House/Reunions, 2:30-4:30 p.m. ▸ Philosophy 50th Anniversary, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., MacLean 279

▸ Distinguished Alumni Celebration, 5:30 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead ▸ PowderPuff Football & PowderBuff Volleyball, 5 p.m. ▸ Delta Zeta Sorority 50th Anniversary Celebration, Runs Through Saturday ▸ Football Reunion, Runs Through Saturday ▸ Coronation, Burning of the M & Fireworks, 9 p.m., Nemzek ▸ S’mores, Following Fireworks, Holmquist Slab

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▸ 1960’s Reunion Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., CMU Ballroom ▸ Color Me Rad-5K Walk/Run, 9 a.m., Nemzek ▸ Parade, 11 a.m., Circles Campus ▸ Tailgating, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nemzek

▸ Dragon Soccer, Noon, Soccer Field ▸ Dragon Football, 2 p.m., Nemzek ▸ Dragon Football Reunion & Athletic Alumni Social, 6 p.m., JC Chumley’s ▸ Formal Dance, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., CMU Ballroom sunday, september 2 9

▸ Club Sports Extravaganza, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENTS Bob Bowlsby Bob Bowlsby ’75 (health and physical education) is the Commissioner of the Big 12. Prior to his role at the Big 12, he spent six years directing the Stanford University athletics department that sponsors 35 varsity sports and claimed an unprecedented 17 consecutive Learfield Sports Directors Cups, emblematic of the top overall athletics program in the country. Bowlsby arrived at Stanford after a 15-year stint as the chief administrator for the University of Iowa Department of Athletics, where he guided and supervised the merger of the Hawkeye men’s and women’s athletic departments. In 2002, President George W. Bush chose Bowlsby to be a member of the Commission on Opportunities in Athletics. He was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors in 2007 and will complete that term at the 2014 Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia. Bowlsby serves on the Alumni Foundation Board of Directors.

Christina Broadwell Christina Broadwell, MD, ’00 (biology) is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is board certified in obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Broadwell has received numerous awards and has been recognized for excellence in research and teaching at each of her training positions including, Medical School at the University of North Dakota, Residency at the University of Iowa, and her Fellowship at the University of Vermont.

Distinguished Alumni Celebration is Friday, Sept. 27 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead. 6



Distinguished Bob Mikkelson

Robert Mikkelson ‘72 (mass communications) is the owner of Winged Vision, his Maryland based company, and the pioneering leader in aerial sports broadcasting since the early 1980’s. Mikkelson brought together military gyrostabilized camera mounts and large broadcast telephoto lenses, enabling aerial play action coverage of sports for the first time. The state of the art coverage is now common throughout the world. He has won two primetime and four sports Emmys and was featured in the 2008 CBS Sports special “The Best Shot in Golf,” the story of the MetLife Blimp’s coverage of the PGA golf tour. Mikkelson’s current credits include PGA golf, Sunday Night NFL Football, Olympics, and major college sports. Mikkelson finds time to mentor and share his experiences and connections with MSUM faculty and students and is working to create partnerships with MSUM and the sports broadcast industry. Winged Vision covers about 150 events a year with Mikkelson traveling close to 150 days a year. Yet he still finds time to spend summers with his family at their lake home near Walker, Minn.

Gregory Smogard Greg Smogard, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of 4catalysts consulting and author of the new book, A World of Opportunities for Aspiring Entrepreneurs – Creating Your Own Job in the “New Normal.” He specializes in helping companies and startups quickly and profitably improve their operations by enhancing customer relationships, improving processes, launching new businesses, and identifying new trends and opportunities. Smogard spent much of his career as an international business executive working with American Express, Blockbuster/Viacom and global brands in over 40 countries. Smogard is currently an advisor to a private equity firm, an investor, a speaker, mentor, trend watcher and entrepreneur. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society and various technology, business and entrepreneurial organizations. Smogard has lived and traveled extensively abroad and speaks Spanish. He and his family currently reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. ONCE A DRAGON, ALWAYS A DRAGON



Eva Vraspir Award for Nursing Excellence Evelyn Quigley Evelyn Quigley ’82 (nursing) was a senior executive with Sanford Health for 13 years and was named Chief Nursing Officer Emeritus. Quigley has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by MSUM for her leadership in establishing the Upper Division BSN Program and the Externals Degree Program. She served two terms on President Barden’s Advisory Board and two years on President Szymanski’s Visioning Task Force & Strategic Planning for MSUM. Quigley was a consultant to the Master’s Program in public, human services, and health administration. She most recently served on the MSUM Founder’s Scholarship Committee. Locally, Quigley serves on the United Way Board of Directors, Sanford Health Partners Organization, and is active with the YWCA, Heart Association, Diabetes Association, and numerous nursing organizations. Quigley has been inducted into the North Dakota Nurses Association Hall of Fame.

Outstanding Young Alumni Emily Beck Emily Beck ’06 (film studies) 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 young professional in the F-M area, she has become a visible leader of the iconic Fargo landmark and has run the film festival in years past. Beck will be working hard fundraising this year for the locally famous theatre.




Distinguished Outstanding Service to the University

George and Marlane Sanderson MSUM Retired Professors Marlane Sanderson ’77 & ’81 (accounting and master’s in business administration) worked in public accounting for Eide Helmeke and taught two years at the University of Nebraska Lincoln before teaching and advising MSUM students for 24 years. She was involved in the National Association of Accountants, the North Dakota CPA Society as well as other professional organizations. After a 26-year teaching career, she retired in 2007. George Sanderson earned a degree in math and a master’s in accounting, both from UND. He completed his Ph.D. in business at the University of Nebraska in 1985. George dedicated more than four years on active duty with the Air Force and worked as a staff auditor at an accounting firm in Minneapolis before joining MSUM in 1976 to teach accounting. He served as the Accounting Department Chair for nine years. George was active in the North Dakota CPA Society and served a term as Chair of the Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators. After a 31-year teaching career, he retired in 2009. Teachers and mentors, George and Marlane have been student supporters in numerous capacities: MSUM faculty athletic representative, Lutheran Campus Ministry Board, assisting in financial reviews, MBA program coordinator, New Rivers Press financial advisor, accounting internship coordinator and much more. “Giving is one of the most rewarding things we do,” they said. “We support students because college education opened up opportunities for us.”

SEEKING DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI This year’s awards have been presented, but we are now seeking award nominations for 2014. Do you know an extraordinary alumna or alumnus who should be considered for a Distinguished Alumni Award? For more information or to nominate, go to, email or call 218.477.2143. ONCE A DRAGON, ALWAYS A DRAGON




The Athletic Department announces the 2013

Dragon Hall of Fame class. Seven individuals and four teams have been selected for induction, which will be held Friday, Sept. 27 at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom. Randy Bjorklund (Football) Product of Battle Lake, Minn., four-year football letterman, fixture in the Dragon starting lineup at fullback for three years...Co-captain of the 1981 Dragons, largely regarded as MSUM’s greatest team...Helped Moorhead State finish 10-1-1 overall, captrure the NIC title, become the first Dragon football team to advance to post-season play and finish number one on the NAIA Division I regular season final poll...Teacher, coach and athletic administrator at South St. Paul public schools.

Rob Brakke (Football) Native of Los Alamitos, Calif.... Little big man in Dragon football lineup for four years, fixture at middle linebacker...Named second team FOOTBALL GAZETTE All-American, first team All-NIC and winner of the Vincent Yatchak Award as the club MVP in 1989...Elected co-captain in 1988.

Gail Grieme (Women’s Track/Cross-Country) Native of Slayton, Minn....Charted remarkable career in both track and cross-country, helped lift Dragon women to a regional and national power...Two-time All-American, helped Dragons claim two-mile relay championship at the 1982 AIAW Outdoor and second in the two-mile relay at the 1981 AIAW National Outdoor...Named to All-Northern Sun Conference team in 1982...Still owns best indoor mark of 2:545.9 in the 1000 meters set in 1982, and ranks fourth in 15000 meters indoors, 4:47.4, and fifth in the 800, 2:15.38. 10


all of Fame Joel Jorgenson

Randy Bjorklund

Rob Brakke

Gail Grieme

Tracy (Sibell) Nikolakakis

Kristie Stangl

Greg Zahalka

Joel Jorgenson (Men’s Track/Cross-Country) Redwood Falls, Minn., native...Major contributor to Dragon cross-country and track success story...Two-time NAIA All-American...Finished second in the mile at the 1980 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and sixth in the distance medley relay...Voted Dragons’ Most Valuable Trackman in 1980 as a senior...Ranked firsts in the MSU all-time honor roll in the 4 X 1600 meter relay and the mile and third in the outdoor 1500 meters.

Tracy (Sibell) Nikolakakis (Women’s Soccer) Native of Rapid City, S.D., largely regarded as the greatest player in the history of women’s soccer at MSU Moorhead...Named to the All-NSIC and All-NSCAA honor teams in 1996, helped Dragons finish 12-4-0 and capture first conference title with a 4-1-0 record...Second team CoSIDA AllAmerican, honorable mention NSCAA/UMBRO All-American pick...Owns MSUM game record with four goals scored, career records for goals (37) and shots (118), and single season marks for goals (25) and (79).





Kristie Stangl (Women’s Basketball) Four-year fixture in the Dragon starting lineup...Exited in style as a senior, named to SUCCESSFUL FARMING All-American team...Threetime All-NSIC selection, first team pick as a sophomore and junior... Voted Most Valuable Player as a senior ...Reached career high of 26 points with 11 rebounds against Minnesota-Duluth...Ranks seventh in career scoring, 1236...Native of Manning, Iowa...Pursued post-graduate career in Pharmacy.

Greg Zahalka (Men’s Track/Cross-Country) Aberdeen, S.D., native...Long distance legend, made significant contribution in both track and cross-country...Captured NSIC individual cross-country title in 1991, two-time All-NSIC selection...Earned AllAmerican honors as a senior in 1992... Co-winner of 1992 NSIC Outdoor Athlete of the Year...Set existing Ron Masanz Track record of 30:20.0... Still holds Dragons’ 5000 meter indoor record of 14:22.10, set in 1992, and outdoor standards of 14:21.17 in the 5000 and 30:20.0 in the 10,000, both set in 1992.

1964-65 Men’s Basketball Team Co-champions of the NIC and the first Dragon basketball team to reach post-season play, Moorhead State capped a rewarding season with an appearance at the 1965NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships in Grand Forks, ND. MSC seized the moment with a 75-73 upset of Colorado State College in the opening round but fell to mighty UND 83-57, a victory that dispatched the Sioux to the national tournament and ended a remarkable 21-4 season for the Dragons. Pete Lysaker led the Dragons in scoring with 19.2 ppg and joined Wally Halbakken, Jim Jahr and Cactus Warner on the All-NIC squad while Larry MacLeod was named NIC Coach of the Year.



all of Fame 1970-71 Men’s Basketball Team Arguably the greatest men’s basketball team in Dragon history, Moorhead State opened with a 15-game winning streak, including impressive road victories over North Dakota and North Dakota State, and played to fully amped houses in Alex Nemzek Hall all winter. Winona State severed the streak with a 70-68 mid-season win at Winona, but MSC responded with another string of nine straight victories to close the regular season 24-1, including a 11-1 championship mark in the NIC, victories over six conference champions, and a fourth-place ranking on the final NAIA Division I national poll. The magical run ended with a 85-84 NAIA District 13 playoff loss to Augsburg College. Three Dragons---Jerry Barney, Mike Berg and Charlie Williams---were named to the All-NIC team while Berg was named the league’s MVP and an honorable mention All-American. Marv Skaar was saluted as NIC Coach of the Year.

1973 Men’s Track and Field Team

 Coached by Dragon and NSIC Hall of Famer Ron Masanz, the Dragons swept both NSIC Indoor and Outdoor Championships…won NSIC Indoor title, which was part of a streak of eight consecutive indoor titles for the Dragons…also won outdoor conference title, which was second in a string of seven straight for Moorhead State…Dale Robley earned NAIA All-American honors in shot put in both indoors and outdoors… Pete Lapka earned NAIA All-American honors indoors in 880 meters. The Dragons finished unbeaten during the indoor and outdoor seasons to cap off the amazing season. Nine individuals qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships while four individuals qualified for the NAIA Indoor Championships.

1973 Football Team Won second NSIC title in three years under MSUM and NSIC Hall of Fame Coach Ross Fortier…finished with 5-1 mark in NSIC and 7-3 mark overall… running back George Spanish earned NSIC Player of the Year honors and was also named NAIA All-American honorable mention…Spanish, wide receiver Rick Manke, offensive lineman Steve Johnson, defensive back Craig Haukedahl and linebacker Mike Reem all named to All-NSIC team. ONCE A DRAGON, ALWAYS A DRAGON


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EVENTS Don’t miss these upcoming events! There are many opportunities for alumni and friends to connect. Check the event calendar at often for more details and events. ▸ Sept. 23, 2013, Alumni, Faculty & Friends Gathering, Minneapolis

▸ Jan. 31, 2014, Alumni Night at the Dragon Basketball Games, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

▸ Sept. 23-29, 2013, “Dragon Week of ▸ Feb. TBD, 2014, Wild Alumni Night Giving” Benefits Dragon Athletics Hockey, Twin Cities ▸ Oct./Nov. TBD, 2013, Vikings Ticket Offer ▸ Oct, 2013, Scholarship Recognition Luncheon ▸ Oct. 16-17, 2013, Alumni, Faculty & Friends Gathering, NYC ▸ Oct. 18 & Nov. 15, 2013, Retiree Coffee Corner ▸ Dec. 7, 2013, Arts Performance, Minneapolis

▸ Feb. 7, 2014, Go Pink with the Dragons & Sanford Health Appreciation Night at the Dragon Basketball Games, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. ▸ Feb. 14, 2014, Founder’s Scholarship Gala ▸ Feb. 22, 2014, Fill the Fieldhouse at the Dragon Basketball Games, 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. ▸ March 3, 2014, Alumni, Faculty & Friends Gathering, Tuscon, Ariz.

▸ March 4, 2014, Alumni Faculty & Friends Gathering, Phoenix, Ariz. ▸ Jan. 2014, Candlelight Cross Country Ski, Regional Science Center

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