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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 early spring. Nomination deadline for 2017 is Feb. 1. Recipients are honored at the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, an integral part of Homecoming festivities.

    Nominations are accepted for the following categories of recognition:

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

    Outstanding Young Alumni – recipients are graduates of the past decade with notable career or community impact.

    Outstanding Service Award - recipients have given a significant contribution of time and talent to MSUM.

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

  • 2017 Alumni Awards

    Minnesota State University Moorhead will recognize outstanding alumni at the Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Service Celebration Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom.

     

    David Berg ’78 (mass communications) 

     

    Paul Finstad ’78 (physical education) 

     

    Carol Howe-Veenstra '75 (physical education) 

      Debra Walker ’80 (chemistry)
    Distinguished Young Alumni
      

    Nickolas Gaines ’09 (American multicultural studies) 

     Oustanding Service Award
     

    Dr. Roland Barden



    Past Alumni Awards

  • 2017 Alumni Awards

    Minnesota State University Moorhead will recognize outstanding alumni at the Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Service Celebration Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017  at the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom.


    David Berg ’78 (mass communications) 


    Paul Finstad ’78 (physical education) 


    Carol Howe-Veenstra ’75 (physical education) 


    Debra Walker ’80 (chemistry) 

    Outstanding Young Alumni

    Nickolas Gaines ’09 (American multicultural studies)

    Service Award

    Roland Barden (MSUM president emeritus)



    Past Alumni Awards

    2016 Alumni Awards

    Minnesota State University Moorhead recognized outstanding alumni at the Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Service Celebration Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom.

     Ellen Diederich

    Ellen Diederich ’83 (fine art, art education) is a professional artist, author, publisher and entrepreneur. Diederich has been a professional painter since 1985. She specialized in watercolor and enjoys teaching watercolor workshops to clubs, teacher groups and at career fair seminars. Aside from painting, she's also an established author, having written and illustrated three books.

    David Joerger

    David Joerger '97 (mass communications) is a professional basketball coach for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. Prior to coaching on basketball's biggest stage, Joerger coached in the International Basketball Association, Continental Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. Throughout his time prior to joining the NBA, he led teams to five championships. In 2013, he was hired as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, coaching them for three years before moving to the Sacramento Kings.

    Joseph Porwoll

    Joseph Porwoll '76 (chemistry) was a chemist for the Sigma-Aldrich worldwide organization prior to his retirement in 2013. Porwoll's dedication and passion for chemistry contributed to the successful growth of the company, leading it to be the world's most important chemical producer supporting academics, biotechnology and pharmaceutical research.

    Outstanding Young Alum
    Amber Johnson

    Amber Johnson ’09 (film studies) is a media production specialist at Cargill and a video producer at Twin Cities Film Fest. She more broadly defines herself as a cinematographer and director. Johnson started her career as a freelance filmmaker where she gained experience working on commercials, films and television. Since leaving MSUM, she has found success in film working for the National Sports Center, and being executive director of the non-profit filmmaking collective, Persistence of Vision.

     Melanie Nordhougen

    Melanie Nordhougen ’06 (construction management) works for Mortenson as an assistant project manager on the Sanford Fargo Medical Center. She moved to California within a month after graduating to pursue her career in construction, prior to returning to Fargo. There, she worked for Performance Contracting Group, specializing in interior and exterior framing. She worked on a variety of projects where she gained construction experience in education, healthcare and correctional facilities.

    Service Award
    Marvel Froemming

    Marvel Froemming ’57 (mathematics, history) is a retired MSUM mathematics professor. As a student, she was involved with Gamma Nu Sorority. She was also a writer for the school's newspaper, formally known as The MiSTiC. Four short years after graduating from then-Moorhead State Teachers College in 1959, she returned to teach in the math department where she remained for 36 years, educating hundreds of students along the way.



    Past Alumni Awards