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 Distinguished Alumni 2021 is 1/31/2021. 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 contact us.

2020 Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award

Stacy Broman ‘85, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, is an attorney who specializes in defending insurers in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. She serves on the board of directors of The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.

Randall Flick ‘83, Rochester, Minnesota, serves as director of the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. An international expert in the field of pediatric anesthesia, Flick is a prolific presenter and publisher of research.

Elsie Listrom ‘73, St. Louis, Missouri, is senior vice president for fundraising services at Gabriel Group and has more than 20 years of direct fundraising experience at nonprofit organizations.

James Thares ‘83, Aberdeen, South Dakota, is founder and CEO of Primrose Retirement Communities, which has 36 locations across 18 states. The communities provide various living options for seniors.

Outstanding Service Award

Honored with the 2020 Outstanding Service Award is Dr. Konrad Czynski, who retired after serving as a professor at MSUM for 27 years. He taught in the humanities and philosophy departments and received the Excellence in Teaching award from MSUM in 2011.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

The 2020 Young Alumni Award was awarded to Dang Pham ‘14 of New York City. Pham is director of mergers and acquisitions at UBS Investment Bank on Wall Street where he spearheads new strategies and technologies for clients.