Giving Hearts Day!

Giving Hearts Day 2016

On February 11, make a donation of $10 or more to the MSUM Academic Scholarship Fund and the first $20,000 in gifts will be matched, increasing your impact on the lives of MSU Moorhead students.

With your help, students are able to afford to participate in research projects, to take on internships, and to focus more on their studies. Every gift helps transform the world by transforming the students at MSUM.

To make your gift on February 11, go to and select the MSUM Alumni Foundation.

Questions? Call MSUM Alumni at 218.477.2143 or email




February 9th is Stop Bullying Day


In today’s world, we all want to stop bullying day. We dedicate so much time and energy, but what is bullying? Seems like a simple enough question, but how many of us truly know the definition. According to, Bullying is the

“unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”

How do we stop it? By taking action. There are several different methods, but most of them involve speaking up and speaking out. February 9th is dedicated to this effort. Maybe we, in the community, try to come up with a strategy to further the effort. With so much going on in the world around us, we can spend this day helping others.

To learn about bullying and its prevention, you can visit the following link.

Congratulations Dr. Sillerud!


Dr. Brandi Sillerud, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, successfully passed her Board Certification as a Nurse Executive Advanced with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The mission of the ANCC is to promote excellence in nursing and healthcare globally through credentialing programs and recognizing individual nurses in specialty practice areas. Board certification as a Nurse Executive Advanced deems that Dr. Sillerud has achieved a high level of excellence in nursing leadership. Dr. Sillerud teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing and healthcare administration focusing on healthcare leadership, strategy/operations, healthcare policy and informatics.

MSUM Volunteer and Service Fair


Today, Thursday, February 4th Minnesota State University Moorhead is hosting the Volunteer and Service Fair. Today’s event is taking place in the CMU ballroom from 11:00-2:00. This excellent event is sponsored by the Comstock Memorial Union and Office of Student Activities.  A variety of companies and organizations from the Fargo/Moorhead area will be at the event and would love to meet you. Volunteer and service work is a great way to get to know the F/M community and all that it has to offer. It is also an excellent resume builder and can help you create valuable connections for future opportunities.

Patient Recognition Week

thank youWelcome to the start of National Patient Recognition Week! Each year the first week of February is dedicated to patients in the health care field. In 1995 John O’Malley created this unique week long celebration. Most observances, within the health care field, focus on a certain illness or health care profession. Upon seeing this O’Malley decided it was important to dedicate some extra time each year to ensure that health care patients are getting the care they need. The week is designed to give professionals in the field a chance to reflect upon the ways in which they serve patients and how they could better care for these individuals. National Patient Recognition Week allows each patient to see how much value their nurses, doctors, lab technicians, and all other medical personnel place in the care of each individual patient. To learn more or see what you can do to participate in National Patient Recognition Week visit the links below.




Apply for Nursing Scholarships – Deadline February 15th, 2016


Every year the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SNHL) awards a number of scholarships for both RN-BSN and Graduate Nursing students.

Some of the available scholarships are based, to some extent, on financial need as established by your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as other criteria including academic standing and professional activity.

One single application is used for all awards offered by SNHL.

The deadline for applying for the scholarships is February 15th, 2016.

For more scholarship information, go to the SNHL scholarship link at

The application for the scholarships can be accessed at

To complete your FAFSA, go to

Questions? Contact:
Carol Roth (
Barbara Matthees (

Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement

Toad Hollow

Today, January 26th, is Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement – the perfect day to make a heartfelt connection with someone by sharing a word of encouragement or kindness.

Ralph C. Morrison started to use the words “Toad Hollow” in many of his short stories after hearing the name of an old school from one of his students who used to attend “Toad Hollow Country School.” Many people inquired Mr. Morrison about where Toad Hollow might be, and he always answered with “only in your heart.”

That was the very brief story of the start of Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement. Ralph Morrison and his fellow voluntoads wanted people to recognize this day to share what they know and help where they can. But, these people don’t think only January 26th is a good day to do so. Everyday is a good day to spread a kind word and do a good deed!

In order to read more of the adorable and inspiring story please visit:


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