National Health Information Technology Week


September 15th starts off the 9th annual observance of National Health Information Technology Week.

This week is intended to help raise awareness of the importance of technology in the health care field, and the ways in which it can improve patient care. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT:

National Health IT Week celebrates the efforts that have been made through the use of Health IT —and are being made—in the transformation of how care is delivered, health information shared, quality measured, reimbursements dispersed, and patients engaged in their own health and health care.

Each day this week has a specific focus or theme chosen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT:

You can learn more by going to the website of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT here:

You can also learn more about National Health IT Week by going to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society website here:


Here at Minnesota State University Moorhead, our Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center utilizes Health IT to help improve the student’s health care experience on campus. From electronic submission of immunization records to their Open Communicator (a secure online portal for students to access Medical Services), Hendrix and MSUM are committed to using IT to benefit the students. You can learn more here:

Eva Vraspir Excellence in Nursing Award


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.


Background on the Eva Vraspir Excellence in Nursing Alumni Award

The Eva Vraspir Excellence in Nursing Award has been granted since Professor Vraspir retired as Director of the Nursing program in 1989 in her honor.  The RN to BSN program at Moorhead State University was started at the request of nurses in the region who desired the BSN but were unable to travel for coursework.  Prof. Vraspir established the program and set the high expectations of faculty and students that are still maintained.  There are over 1200 graduates from the RN to BSN program, all of whom have benefitted from her vision and guidance. 


2014 Eva Vraspir Excellence in Nursing Award

Nancy Stock, BSN, FNP will receive this honor at the 2014 Alumni Awards Banquet on September 26, 2014. 
Nancy Stock ’86  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.  She is currently working on her DNP as well! Nursing runs in the family, as Stock’s daughter also attended MSUM for the nursing program.
We are delighted to celebrate Nancy’s leadership, and congratulate her on being chosen for this distinguished honor and recognition.

Suicide Prevention – September 10th, 2014


Wednesday, September 10th will mark this year’s observance of World Suicide Prevention Day – an annual observance designed to raise awareness and remove the stigma of, and plan strategies and responses to, suicide. This is the 11th year of this observance. World Suicide Prevention Day takes place during National Suicide Prevention Week, from September 8th to the 14th.

According to the World Health Organization, which released their first-ever World Suicide Report this year, more than 800,000 people a year commit suicide – or one person every 40 seconds. Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the “15 year old to 29 year old” age group. To view the report, and for more information, go to their webpage here:

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Here at Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center provides mental health care in addition to traditional physical health care. In addition, the Wellness Educators are urging everyone to wear yellow on September 10th in order to continue raising awareness.

For more information on what the Minnesota Department of Health is doing on suicide prevention, you can learn more at the following website:

The following numbers are available 24/7:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.

Crisis Text Messaging Service: Text LIFE to 61222, a program offered by the Carlton County Public Health and Human Services through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Clay County Emergency Mental Health Telephone Number: 1‐800‐223‐4512

Healthy Aging


September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual observance that is now over 20 years old and dedicated to showing the positive aspects of growing older.


According to Healthy Aging magazine, one important aspect of healthy aging is in part due to the fact that:

The numbers of people over 45 is growing every year. The attention used to be just on the baby boomers. The generation x-ers are elbowing their way in and have many of the same interests as the previous generation – stay active and vibrant as long as possible. There are over 76 million baby boomers today over 50 and the first of the 82.1 million generation x-ers are about to reach that milestone in 2015.

To “stay at your peak”, WebMD has these tips on how to go about aging healthily:

          1 . Get moving

Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body and brain.

2. Stay social

Take a class, volunteer, play games, see old friends, and make new ones.

3. Bulk up

Eat beans and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health.

4. Add some spice

Add herbs and spices to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.

5. Stay balanced  

Practice yoga or tai chi to improve agility and prevent falls.

6. Take a hike

Brisk daily walks this September can bolster both your heart and lungs.

7. Sleep well

Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night.

8. Beat the blues

If you’ve been down for a while, see a doctor. Depression can be treated.

9. Don’t forget

To aid your memory, make lists, follow routines, slow down, and organize.

You can find more tips on healthy aging from WebMD at this webpage:

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Healthy Aging magazine has these 10 tips on reinventing yourself and improving your physical, mental, social, and financial wellbeing at this webpage:


Finally, the US Department of Health and Human Services (through the Centers for Disease Control’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Division of Population Health)  recommends referring to their report The State of Aging & Health in America 2013, presenting the most current information and statistics on the health of older adults in America. This report is intended to show the health and aging landscape, and assist health programs with planning for and improving the way they deliver care to older adults. The report can be accessed here:

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month here at MSUM

Congress unanimously created National Campus Safety Awareness Month in 2005, and since then the month of September has been devoted to having a focused conversation about campus safety issues and the ways we can resolve them.


This year, the MSUM Public Safety Department is sponsoring the following activities and events to contribute to that conversation here on campus:


Blue Light Scavenger Hunt. In an effort to educate students about our Blue Light Phones on campus we will be sending clues (every Wednesday via Twitter and Student News/Dragon Digest) about specific ones and hiding a token on the Blue Light. If a student finds the token they can bring it into Public Safety and win a prize.

Dragon Safety Walk. (September 10, 2014 8-9pm) This activity is designed to give administrators, faculty, staff and students the opportunity to walk through campus at night and document safety and security concerns (blue light placement, lighting in parking lots, visual obstructions, etc.) for future resolution.

Pub Crawl: Public Safety Style. (September 12, 2014 8-11pm) This is an interactive alcohol awareness program designed to allow student to learn harm reduction techniques when drinking. It is sponsored by Public Safety, Moorhead Police Department, Hendrix Clinic, Office of Student Activities, Greek Life, Intramurals, and the Office of Student Conduct and Resolution.


For more information about National Campus Safety Awareness Month, you can visit this webpage for the Clery Center for Security on Campus

Why We Have Dragon Pride

Dragon Welcome Week

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Fall classes begin Monday, August 25th! Before hitting the books, have some fun at this weekend’s Dragon events:

August 22nd

  • Volleyball Tournament (10:00-1:00pm, Dahl Volleyball Courts)
  • Discover Downtown Fargo with MAT Bus (11:00-5:00pm, meet at the Welcome Tent)
  • Wellness Center Welcoming (1:00-3:00pm, Wellness Center)
  • Dragons After Dark (9:00-12:00am, Comstock Memorial Union)

August 23rd

  • Sidewalk Café (11:00-2:00pm, outside residence halls)
  • Island Park Art & Craft Show (10:00-5:00pm, Island Park – Downtown Fargo)
  • Campus Capers (7:00-9:00pm, Hansen Theatre)
  • Movie – TBD (9:00-12:00am, Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse)

August 24th

  • Fraternity Tailgate (12:00-3:00pm, Dahl Volleyball Courts)
  • Streets Alive (12:00-5:00pm, F/M Community)
  • FM RedHawks Game (12:00-6:00pm, meet at the Welcome Tent)
  • LGBTQIA Social (2:00-4:00pm, Comstock Memorial Union 227)
  • Sorority Tea (3:00-4:00pm, Comstock Memorial Union 101)
  • Residence Hall Floor Meeting (7:00-9:00pm, your residence hall)

All times, events, and locations are subject to change.


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