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  • Distinguished Alumni Awards

    The MSUM Alumni Foundation seeks to recognize and honor accomplished alumni. We are proud of your success, and in turn, proud of the role MSUM has played in your lives. While many are deserving of recognition, only a select few are chosen each year. Each recipient exemplifies the high standards we have come to expect from graduates of Minnesota State University Moorhead and each has made significant contributions to the communities where they reside and work.

    Nominations may be submitted throughout the year, with review and selection occurring in the spring. Recipients are honored at the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, an integral part of Homecoming festivities. The 2014 ceremony will be held Friday, September 26th, 2014.

    Nominations are accepted the following categories of recognition:

    Distinguished Alumni Award - are typically at the peak of their professional careers. More than one alumnus may be selected.

    Outstanding Young Alumni – one up and coming alumni graduate of the past decade is recognized as making notable career or community impact.

    Outstanding Service Award is given to one individual who has made a significant contribution of time and talent to MSUM.

    To nominate an MSUM alumnus for a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, please complete the online form here. For more information feel free to email or call 218.477.2143.

  • 2014 Alumni Awards

    Minnesota State University Moorhead recognizes outstanding alumni at the Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Service Celebration Friday, Sept. 26th 2014 at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom.

    David Daugherty

    David Daugherty ’73 (mass communications) is associate director and director of research at Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Arizona State University. Previously, Daugherty spent 10 years as vice president for research and seven years and director of research services at the Gannett Company, the nation’s largest news and information organization. He also spent seven years serving in a variety of positions at Frank N. Magid Associates, a media research and consultation company. Daugherty holds a masters and doctorate degree from North Dakota State University and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.


    Timothy Sayler ’79 (management) is the chief operating officer for Essentia Health’s West Region, overseeing facilities in North Dakota and western Minnesota. Sayler received a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Colorado, Denver after his time at MSUM. He served as chief executive officer and president of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho and as chief operating officer at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, N.D., prior to his current appointment.

    Scott Staska

    Scott Staska ’94 (educational administration) is superintendent of the ROCORI school district in Cold Springs, Minn. Staska has had an eventful tenure, leading the school through a shooting in 2003, dealing with the first case of H1N1 in 2009, and spearheading a $30 million construction project. For 2011, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators named Staska “Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.”

    Lisa Borgen

    Lisa Borgen ’93 (criminal justice) is Vice President at American Crystal Sugar Co. Borgen began her legal career in 1997 as a solo practitioner with Minnesota’s 7th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office. In 1999, she then became a Clay County attorney, where she worked until her judicial appointment in 2006. Prior to her most recent appointment, Lisa worked as a trial lawyer at Vogel Law Firm in Moorhead, Minn.

    Ken Jaeger

    Ken Jaeger ’83 (community health) is the founder and chief executive officer of Morning Star Senior Living in Denver, Colo. After graduating from MSUM, Jaeger settled in Denver and began a career in health and human services. While working in the senior living industry, Jaeger grew adept in mentoring teams to profitability while providing outstanding quality care. He is just as committed to serving poor around the world, with a special focus on building orphanages in Latin America.

    Outstanding Young Alum
    Kristin Jacobson Halvarson

    Kristin Jacobson Halvarson ’05 (biology, Spanish) is the executive director at Community Health Service, Inc., formerly Migrant Health Service, in Moorhead, Minn. Halvarson began her career at Community Health Service as a seasonal interpreter and has moved up the ladder to her current position.

    Service Award
    Larry and Marcella MacLeod

    Larry & Marcella MacLeod
    Larry is a retired health and physical education faculty member. During his tenure at MSUM, Larry coached basketball for 27 years, baseball, and later served as athletic director. Larry and Marcella continue to volunteer and provide excellent historical information and support to student scholarships through the MSUM Alumni Foundation.

    Eva Vraspir Excellence in Nursing Alumni Award
    Nancy Stock

    Nancy Stock ’86 (nursing) is a rural nurse practitioner for Sanford Health, working in the Mahnomen area. Stock is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in ’96 with a master’s degree. Nursing runs in the family, as Stock’s daughter also attended MSUM for the nursing program.


    Past Alumni Awards Programs