MSUM Students Rock CPA Exam

Achieve higher pass rates than other Minnesota, North Dakota schools

MSU Moorhead students who took the 2015 CPA exam within one year of graduating achieved a pass rate of 73.5 percent, higher than all colleges and universities in both North Dakota and Minnesota.

The pass rate measure refers to “…sections taken within 1 year (365 days) of graduation from a given program. This tighter filter allows the (NASBA-National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) book to more closely associate a candidate’s performance with his/her most recent educational institution.”

The CPA Exam protects the public interest by helping to ensure that only qualified individuals become licensed as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

“Our students are challenged by faculty who are dedicated to providing a top notch learning experience for our students,” said Sheri Erickson, professor of accounting. “Our small class sizes likely contribute to student success and our unique master’s of science in Accounting and Finance program prepares our students not only for success on the CPA exam, but for challenging professional careers.”

Bradley Ostendorf, a 2012 accounting graduate, was one of 39 winners of the 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award given by the American Institute of CPAs. He credits MSUM’s professors and the rigorous accounting curriculum for preparing him so well for the CPA exam.

“It may sound cliché, but the fact that you are able to develop personal relationships with your professors makes a world of difference. Knowing, at a personal level, that the people who are meant to guide you through your formative collegiate years makes the transition from high school to college, and ultimately college to the professional world, much easier,” Ostendorf said.

“MSUM’s Accounting program, and the Paseka School of Business in general, provide an unbelievable value for what you pay,” he said. As all incoming freshman see and hear when they turn on the tv, listen to the radio, or talk to buddies, college is expensive. But being able to turn the tuition you pay for your education into an immediate career (and significant paycheck) in your field of study is worth its weight in gold (figuratively, and almost literally).”

Fifteen MSUM accounting majors took 34 sections of the 2015 exam.


MSUM’s Doing Business in China Program Receives Innovation in Global Education Award

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Doing Business in China Program has been named a winner of the 2015 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs Awards for Innovation in Global Education. The award recognizes the creative and high impact practices of faculty and staff that increase students’ understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and peoples through cross-cultural and international experiences.

The Doing Business in China Program includes exchange agreements with Chinese universities, visiting scholars, unique curricula, the use of technology to link students at MSUM with students around the world, community events, and faculty research.

“Understanding global issues is critical to any career in the business world,”
said Marsha Weber, dean of the College Business and Innovation. “Our Doing Business in China program helps students prepare for diverse business opportunities and helps them understand that culture, language, political systems, geography, and socio-economic factors all influence a company’s business practices.  These skills are vital for success in the global marketplace.”

Some of the unique offerings of the university’s Doing Business in China Program include:

•    A Doing Business in China certificate for students and community members that prepares students and business leaders for global business opportunities.
•    Virtual learning experiences connect students from MSUM, Shanghai Finance University and Xi’an University of Science and Technology, both in China. These cross-cultural interactions allow students to study, create, collaborate and converse together across time zones.
•    Chinese scholars visit MSUM to conduct research with MSUM faculty, teach and guest lecture, and speak at community events.
•    Annual Global Innovation Day features a variety of activities related to global business, including a strong emphasis on doing business in China.
•    Innovative faculty members Dr. Ruth Lumb and Dr. Peter Geib bring a wealth knowledge and experience to their students, having traveled and researched extensively in China for a combined total of more than 25 years. They have also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals resulting from their travels and research.
In order to increase the scope of global studies, MSUM plans to launch a Doing Business in Latin America certificate in the near future.

Learn more about Doing Business in China.

No classes Nov. 11 | MSUM Veterans Week Activities

In honor of Veterans Day, the campus will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. No classes will be held.

Participate in these events for Veterans Appreciation Day, Nov. 7, and Veterans Week, Nov. 9-13. Veterans, we thank you for your service!

  • Saturday, November 7
    • Veterans will get free admission with military ID to the Dragon football and volleyball games. Free T-shirts will also be given to veterans for Veterans Appreciation Day.
  • Monday, November 9
    • Kick off clothing and food drive. Items collected will be distributed to local Veterans homeless shelters. Donations can be dropped off at the Veterans
    • Resource Center through November 30 (open to all MSUM students, faculty, and staff)
    • Current and Former Military Students can stop by the Veterans Resource Center with their Dragon ID and proof of military service to receive a certificate good for 1 free meal at Kise Commons. The certificate is valid for use through November 30
    • Veterans Resource Center open house from 10-2 with light refreshments served (open to all MSUM students, faculty, and staff)

  • Tuesday, November 10
    • Veterans Day program at 1030 in CMU Ballroom (open to all MSUM students, faculty, staff, and the public)
      • Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 941 Color Guard
      • MSUM Brass Quintet
      • Keynote Speaker: Mark J. Lindquist
        • Topic: Service! My Way of Life
  • Wednesday, November 11
    • Veterans Day
      • Enjoy Veterans Day! You Deserve It! Thank You for Your Service!
  • Thursday, November 12
    • Veterans Chili Cook Off
      • Begins at 10 until gone at the Veterans Resource Center. Students, Faculty, and Staff can stop in and vote on which Chili is the best
    • Veterans Give Back Police Call
      • MSUM Veterans will perform a police call on the grounds surrounding the SW Corner of Campus. Those interested in assisting should be at the Veterans Resource Center NLT 1400

Events sponsored by the MSUM Yellow Ribbon Committee, Veterans Resource Center, and Veterans Club.

MSUM Alumna Receives AACSB’s Inaugural Influential Leaders Award

Border States CEO & Board Chair Tammy Miller joins 100 notable alumni from AACSB-accredited schools who are making an impact in the world through their business acumen, leadership, or entrepreneurial success.

Moorhead, Minn…(September 22, 2015)—Today, AACSB International (AACSB), the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, revealed that Tammy Miller, a Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate, has been recognized as one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders. Miller’s work exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that MSUM graduates display around the world every day—whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector.

Tammy Miller, MSU Moorhead alumna and CEO and board chair of Border States Electric Supply.

Tammy Miller, MSU Moorhead alumna and CEO and board chair of Border States Electric Supply.

Miller graduated from MSUM’s Paseka School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration. She is the CEO and board chair of Border States Electric Supply, the nation’s 8th largest distributor of electrical products and services. She joined the company in 1991 as an accounting manager and worked her way through various management positions before being named CEO in 2006.

She is an innovative leader who has inspired this employee-owned company to enjoy unprecedented and continued growth. Since Miller became CEO, revenue has grown from $485 million to over $1.7 billion and the stock value growth has dramatically outpaced the market benchmarks. The company has an aggressive growth plan and now operates 81 branch locations in 16 states. She is extremely well-regarded in the industry and was the first woman in the 100-year history of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) to serve as the board chair. She is also an active community volunteer.

Miller received the NAED’s Arthur W. Hooper Award and the Women in Industry Trailblazer Award.

Miller joins individuals such as the CEO of one of the world’s largest global relief services, a technology pioneer who is working to cure cancer, the founder of a global e-commerce powerhouse, and an enterprising president attributed with reviving an international toy industry favorite. More than 20 industry sectors, from consumer products to healthcare to nonprofits, across 21 countries, are present in this year’s group.

“I am honored by this award. My education at MSUM provided tremendous value, a solid foundation for my professional career and opened doors to unlimited opportunities,” Miller said. “Just as my experiences at MSUM influenced my success, I hope I have influenced people in a positive way, helping them grow, succeed and achieve more than they ever imagined.”

For the nomination process, AACSB developed a short list of open-ended questions that provided a framework for expectations for nominees. From April to June 2015, AACSB-accredited schools submitted notable alumni who have made (or are making) an impact in the world. From the nominations, a selection committee reviewed and chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

“It is my honor to recognize Tammy Miller for her contributions as an Influential Leader and to thank Minnesota State University Moorhead for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill immeasurable volumes. AACSB is honored to celebrate Tammy Miller—and the collective 100 Influential Leaders—as a representation of how business school alumni have positively influenced society, as well as the management education industry’s, past, present, and promising future.”

“The Paseka School of Business is honored to be accredited by AACSB, which affirms MSUM is teaching students what employers need—the latest ideas in business, theories, and practical skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively,” said Marsha Weber, dean of MSUM’s College of Business and Innovation. “Tammy Miller’s education provided her with the skills and knowledge to be successful. We are very proud of her accomplishments.”

For the full list of recipients, visit
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Dragons Past and Present Get First Taste of Scheels Field

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead junior linebacker Aaron Bohl couldn’t hide his anticipation.

“I’ve been waiting so long to get on this field,” Bohl said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bohl and several of his Dragon football teammates got their wish — stepping onto the new completed Scheels Field at Nemzek Stadium turf for the first time.  Former Dragon football players Tony Duerr and Brad Duerr — both employees of Scheels — and Matt Baasch (a current assistant coach for the Dragons) were on hand to throw the ceremonial “first pass” on the field to highlight the project’s completion. Each threw a pass to their child.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead runs away with Fargo Marathon College Challenge

The MSUM Dragons scorched the competition as they become the winner of the 2015 Fargo Marathon College Challenge. 

The challenge was part of this year’s tri-college theme where runners made their way through each campus in the F-M area.

MSUM had more students, staff and faculty running in the marathon than any other university.

Steve Fox/MSUM Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations, “Part of our university is about being involved in the community, and that we don’t, students don’t just come here and come to the MSUM bubble. It’s about getting active into the community.”

As the winner, the university will receive $5,000. The money will go toward student scholarships.

Article featured in The Forum.


MSUM’s DECA Team Returns from International Competition as Champions

MSUM’s DECA Team returned home from the International Career Development Conference in Orlando with immense success.

MSUM students, Tony Roetzel and Joshua Wehseler, were awarded first place for their presentation at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida. Roetzel and Wehseler are members of DECA, an organization sponsored by the Paseka School of Business at MSUM that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA students qualify for the international competition by placing at the state level. Twelve other qualifiers accompanied the champions to Orlando, several distinguishing themselves in the process. Brandon Stacken received second place honors in Accounting and Devon Liljenquist captured third in Banking Financial Services. The team of Gavin Doppler and Lingfeng Lu reached the finals of International Marketing capturing an honorable mention for their effort.

The ICDC is an annual gathering of state and regional qualifiers from DECA chapters located around the country, and in Canada, Puerto Rico, and China. Hundreds of schools and well over a thousand competitors vie for recognition at the international level. With six of the fourteen MSUM students decorated at this year’s event, the chapter eclipsed the most optimistic forecasts. This is only the second international show for the MSUM DECA chapter in just its third year of existence.

Doppler, who founded the chapter in his freshman year at MSUM, could not have been more pleased with the results. “We are leagues ahead of where we thought we’d be at this point,” Doppler stated. “We went into the competition with a lot of confidence, but not in our wildest imagination did we think we’d bring so much hardware back to Moorhead. This was a team effort going back to the start of the year and everyone has a sense of ownership and pride for what we’ve accomplished.“

MSUM’s DECA chapter is already focusing on next year’s State and the ICDC competition slated for Washington D.C. Doppler is looking forward to passing the gavel as chapter president and working in more of an advisory capacity in his senior year at the University. He states that his focus will be given to recruitment, a job made easier by the program’s latest success.

“Outside of competing at the conference, it was heartwarming to see the relationships that were built from this club. MSUM’s diverse students from all over the world, different departments on campus, with completely different personalities and friends groups, now chuckle about the great times we had together. More than starting a professional development organization that student’s can boost their resumes with, the most rewarding thing to see was the ecstatic cheers and group hugs that former strangers were giving each other out of genuine pride for a fellow Dragon, and friend.”

From L to R: Devon Liljenquist, Tony Roetzel, Joshua Wehseler, and Brandon Stacken.

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Straw Hat Players enters 52nd season with four shows

Gooseberry Park Players take place of 5th show
Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opens its 52ndseason with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical revue Some Enchanted Evening, a PG-rated show with hits like “Climb Every Mountain,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and many more. The show runs from June 2 to 5 in Hansen Theatre.

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