Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2017 is January 11th

As you go throughout your day, you interact with thousands of people. Each person’s story is different and unique. However, some of these stories are not what you would think. In cases, such as human trafficking victims, these stories could include abuse and unwanted attention. Recent statistics show that there are about 12.3 million human trafficking victims in the world. Of those 12.3 million, only about 0.4% are identified and helped. This process has increased in recent years due to the internet. Internet access makes it easier for offenders to buy modern slaves without much human interaction. Human trafficking affects all genders and ages, whether it be male or female, young or old. However, a majority of the victims happen to be female and often teens to young adults.

To start off, trafficking is not the same as smuggling. Trafficking is defined as, “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force …for the purpose of exploitation.” Basically it is the selling and buying of a person who is unwilling.


Victims most often exit this viscous cycle with health issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, physical/brain injuries, and STD’s. They are also likely, and most often, show signs of psychological problems like mind and body disassociation, suicidal thoughts and actions, PTSD, anxiety and depression, and most of all a hatred or fear of the opposite gender since most victims are held by the opposite sex.

It is times like this that require community action. One of the best ways to help prevent this phenomenon is by promoting healthy behaviors in relationships, and most of all, reducing the demand for commercial sex and profits from such transactions. The reason behind promoting healthy behaviors is because most people who are sold into trafficking are sold by loved ones such as parents, a significant other, or a spouse. Engaging these healthy behaviors allows possible victims to realize that something is not right and that they may need to escape. The other, to reduce demand for commercial sex is because most victims are sex slaves. If we reduce the demand, it will hopefully reduce the number of people involved in this area. Another way is to report suspicious behaviors or signs of abuse since most victims receive physical or sexual abuse as part of conditioning. The main key point, I guess would be to stay aware of what is going on around you. Trust your gut if something doesn’t feel right, and if it looks severe enough, report it. By staying aware and noticing the signs you could save someone’s life.


Welcome Back MSUM!


welcome-backHopefully you enjoyed your long, well-deserved winter break! It has now come to an end and it is time to start a new semester! Starting a new semester after a break can be exciting, but dreadful, too! It’s great to come back to see friends and continue the activities you missed over the break, but the thought of homework and no more sleeping in may make you cringe.  Although many students come into the semester with high motivation and plenty of goals, we can agree that sometimes that motivation tends to slip to almost nothing and goals become harder to accomplish.

Here are some tips to help get you back into the swing of things:

  1. Get organized. A great thing to do is to get a planner or something else that allows you to put your class schedule and other plans you have all in one place. It is also good to look at your class syllabuses to check out important dates for assignments and tests. It may take awhile to get into a routine, but being organized makes the adjustment so much easier!
  2. Set goals, big and small. Goals are great motivators and things to look forward to throughout the semester. Make some academic and personal goals. Maybe you want to try completing every assignment on time and avoid any late assignments, go to every class, eat healthier, or get 8 hours of sleep at night. Make some big goals, but also create little goals throughout the week to keep you motivated and feeling productive.
  3. Make time. If you don’t make time, you will not have time. We may all relate to this statement, especially when it comes to something that is not enjoyable. Use your planner or make a list of what needs to be done and when you are going to complete the task. Make it a goal to conquer the tasks at your planned times.

Here is a list of important dates throughout the semester:

January 5-6 Registration/Orientation
January 6 Move-In (noon)
January 9 All Classes Begin
January 13 Drop/Add Deadline (4 pm)
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (No classes)
January 23 Pass/No Credit Deadline
February 13 Tuition Due Date
February 20 Faculty Development (No day classes/Classes meeting 4:30 pm or later are held)
March 3 Mid-Term
March 6-10 Spring Break (No classes)
March 13 Fall/Summer Advising Begins
March 27 Fall/Summer Registration Begins
April 11 Student Academic Conference (No day classes/classes meeting at 4:30 or later are held)
April 14, 17 Non-Instructional/Non-Duty Days (No classes)
May 3 Study Day (No day classes/Classes meeting 4:30 pm or later are held)
May 4-10 Final Exams Schedule
May 11 Grading Day
May 12 Commencement
May 12 Faculty Grades Due (4:30 pm)


Again, welcome back and good luck! May Spring 2017 be your best semester yet!







National Blood Donor Month

NBDM-logocolor9This year, make a new years resolution that will help others. Giving blood is an easy way to help save a life. Every day hospitals need 44,000 donations for their cancer, burn and bone marrow transplant patients. Usually blood banks are able to have a moderate supply of blood on hand for nearby banks, but January is different. Most blood banks find that they are in short supply in the winter months with January being their low period. National Blood Donor Month was created to help bring their stores back up.

When you give blood, you are giving about 1 pint. Most adults have somewhere between 8 and 12 pints of blood in their system. There are 4 products that can be separated from your whole-blood donation; red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. With your 1 pint donation they are able to make 2 or 3 of these products to help individuals.

Of these 4 components, platelets expire the quickest. They have a life span of 5 days and are in need of constant supply. When donating you have the option to donate whole blood, or just platelets. When donating just the platelets it take longer, about 2 hours, but they return the other liquids and parts of your blood back into your body. By doing this, you give about 3 doses worth of platelets. If you give whole blood, they have to combine your platelets with those of 4 others in order to get a full dose.

The red cells from your donation can last about 42 days before they are too degraded and expire. On average 1.62 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. They are dependent on these blood stores, especially after a chemotherapy session in order to keep themselves healthy. It is difficult to find them these donations because only 38% of the population is healthy enough or meet the requirements to donate blood. Of that 38% less than 10% give blood every year. The 3.8% of the population that are helping are given a time restraint. It takes about 56 days before they are healthy enough to give again. National Blood Donor month was created in the hopes that more people would help over come this time restraint and give blood.

Did you know?

  • It took about 12 units of blood to help save Reagan. Over a dozen strangers gave the blood needed to keep him alive
  • The first successful blood transfusion was given during the civil war. They didn’t know about blood types, so it was more luck that it worked than skill.
  • If you live to be 72, there is a 90% chance you will have a blood transfusion.
  • George Washington was purposefully bled to death. Physicians at the time thought that bleeding the “bad blood” out would get ride of a cold. Washington bled through about half his blood supply before he died.
  • Elizabeth Bathory may be the root of vampire legends. This Hungarian Countess believed that if she bathed in young girls blood, it would restore her youth. She was finally charged with killing about 650 girls, but her family’s power prevented any retaliation against her.

RN/BSN Orientations


If you have been admitted into our RN to BSN program, you had to have RSVP ed for 1 of 2 orientation sessions. Our first orientation session is tomorrow January 3rd at 8:30am-3pm. It will be held at North Hennepin in the twin cities.

Our second and final orientation is January 9th from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. This welcome will be held on campus at MSUM. If you have not RSVP ed for one of these two times, please email with any questions,comments or concerns you may have.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


It may not just be the winter blues your feeling. Between 5 an 10% of the population experience something called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short. Sad is a seasonal form of depression, often linked to the decrease in sunlight. Most people begin to feel the effects of SAD in the fall and the effects can last until the spring or early summer. The farther north you go, the more likely you are to be affected by SAD.

SAD shares many symptoms with major and moderate depression, but the most common symptoms are fatigue, periods of lack of motivation, a sense of hopelessness and social withdrawal. Other common symptoms include weight gain or loss, craving carbohydrates, oversleeping, anxiety and difficulty concentrating.

There are several different methods of treatments available to ease or prevent these symptoms from interfering with your every day life. A common and easy treatment involves a light box. A light box is a bright lamp that produces energy similar to the sun. You expose your face to the lamp for about 20-30 minutes every day and it is supposed to change your brain chemistry. Not all lamps are produced the same, so it is important to speak to a doctor before you pick one out to see what your needs are.

Talk therapy is another way to help lessen the symptoms of SAD and major depression. By talking to a professional, you can identify stressors in your life that worsen or trigger the effects of SAD during the day. It can also teach you how to manage stress to keep anxiety levels down.

Some people find that medication can help prevent or lessen their symptoms when combined with another form of therapy, be it talk therapy or phototherapy. It is important to talk to your doctor before you decide medication is the best option as results can vary.


New Years Resolution 2017 – Continuing your education at MSUM


New Year’s is right around the corner! Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Is it eat healthier, exercise more, read more, or spend more time with family? These are very basic resolutions. Are you interested in picking up an extraordinary resolution? How about continuing your education at Minnesota State University Moorhead?!

If you are willing to commute to the MSUM campus, you have endless degrees to choose from! Prefer not to commute? Check out MSUM’s 4 Undergraduate programs and 13 Graduate programs! Don’t want to commit to a degree, unsure of what you want to get a degree in, or interested in learning a little more about a specific topic? Choose from over 100 online courses to take! Students who participate in on-line schooling have the same great experience as those who take classes on campus.

Go to the following link to take a look at all of the degrees offered at MSUM:

Go to this link and choose any semester to get a peek at some of the classes that are offered:

Make continuing your education a part of your 2017 resolution and apply to MSUM today!

Technology Applications to Physical Health

icon_medical_424x259Every innovation can be used for more than one purpose. With technology becoming cheaper, more user friendly and accessible, new applications are constantly being created.

Everyone’s knows of at least 1 interactive video game; whether it be Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Fit or Pokemon Go. Something that not everybody knows is that these can be alternatives to traditional exercise. Playing these games has been shown to increase the amount of energy  used in a day. They help a player elevate their heart rate for an extended period of time and can actually help them increase there cardio performance. Hospitals, senior homes, and fitness centers have seen the potential and are installing them as well as other devices that promote activity in centers all across the country.

You can’t go wrong with a pedometer. Most people have seen one of these little step-counters and know what they are used for. These little counters have received an upgrade in the newer models that make them more attractive to some people.  Instead of just counting steps, they can judge speed and how much time was spent in a moderate intensive workout. Although it cannot calculate an accurate number for how much energy was used, it does work as a good motivator to reach a daily activity goal. There has been a link made that connected the use of a pedometer and a decrease in one’s Body Mass Index and blood pressure. The quickest way to getting physically active is just 10,000 steps away.

The Fitbit is one of the newest health crazes.A Fitbit is a wearable pedometer that can sync up with your phone or computer. It works by monitoring your activity levels,sleep cycles and how much you eat to help encourage you to make healthy choices. It is similar to a pedometer in nature, except it has merged modern technology to create something new.  “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” This motto is said to be why it has spurred such a reaction and are becoming more popular. Fitbits give their users  physical evidence of their improvement that they would not otherwise see.

Technology is spreading and with it, information. With the amount of information available on the internet only growing and internet speeds increasing, people are able to learn more about fitness and health than ever before. They have access to the latest studies and testimonies about certain routines and diets , but not everything they see is true. Many people are unknowingly gathering wrong information and facts because they aren’t aware that not all information is valid. When googling something, look to see if the webpage is a for-profit or non-profit page. Did they get their information from a study within the last 5 years? Was the study and it’s results peer-reviewed?  Did they even get the information from a study? The internet may be a great tool, but only if it is used properly.