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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published March 06 2011

Higher Education Notebook: MSUM film wins first place in nation

A 2010 television documentary produced by students at Minnesota State University Moorhead has won a national award.

“Inspired by Nature,” produced by MSUM’s broadcast documentary class, was selected as the best student television documentary by the Broadcast Education Association.

The documentary features photographer Jim Brandenburg, artist Charles Beck and North Dakota poet laureate Larry Woiwode. It can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzmmHRctxRM.

MSUM also placed third nationally in the student television newscast category for “Campus News” that airs on Prairie Public Television.

More than 140 colleges and universities competed in the contest.

Nathan Matson, the student producer for both programs, will accept the awards at a national convention in Las Vegas on April 11.

Cobbers go to Capitol

Students from Concordia College will join other Minnesota private college students at the state Capitol on Thursday to advocate for the State Grant program.

The financial aid program provides grants to more than 84,000 Minnesota college students, but has a projected deficit of

$42 million. Thousands of students are at risk of losing their grants or seeing the amount shrink.

ND system showcase

Representatives from North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities will present a public showcase titled “Meeting the Needs of Our State” at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

The event, in Memorial Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature displays that highlight some of the academic experiences and innovations taking place on the campuses.

Wadena staff honored

Three staff members at the Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College have been recognized for their work following the June tornado.

Patrick Nordick, Matthew Sheppard and Bruce Hurt received the Chancellor’s Award from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for their leadership following the tornado that devastated a portion of the campus.

Nordick is the college’s chief finance officer, Sheppard is director of college facilities, and Hurt is facilities services supervisor for the campuses in Wadena and Detroit Lakes.

NDSCS helps sandbag

Students from the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton aided Fargo’s flood fight last week.

Two busloads of students with more than 85 students volunteered at Sandbag Central last Tuesday and again on Thursday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590