Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sexual Violence on College Campuses

Tuesday, September 25th was RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) Day, a nationwide event designed to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses.

According to campus policies:

“Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and is prohibited at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). MSUM is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy.”

Here at MSUM we take sexual violence very seriously. If you, or someone you know, would like on-campus help please see more info at:

RAINN is more than just a National Awareness Day, it is also an organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and They work with more than 1,000 local rape crisis centers across the nation and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. The organization also participates in programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

According to Worth Magazine:

RAINN: The nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.
One of “America’s 100 Best Charities”

Find out more or help support at:


Aging Successfully – Insights from Victoria Teske

As you know, September is Healthy Aging Month. The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership asked Professor Victoria Teske, a member of our faculty who specializes in geriatric nursing, to contribute to our blog, and she happily agreed. Here is her posting, to help us end the month on the same note as we started.

On my 25th birthday, I went into panic mode. I was getting old! On my 30th birthday, I partied through the night. On my 40th birthday, I defied my age by doing an hour of high impact aerobics and another hour of weights. On my 50th birthday, I got a new puppy. On my 60th birthday, I decided to stop denying the numbers and embrace the moment! It’s somewhat fascinating to me as a gerontological nurse practitioner and an instructor of geriatric nursing, to consider my own aging process.

In the geriatric nursing course at Minnesota State University Moorhead “Gerontological Nursing to Promote Successful Aging” the first assignment is to write an essay where students explore different websites and research studies to develop their definition of successful aging. More often than not, they conclude that “Successful aging is in the eye of the beholder.”

This assignment is based upon Meredith Flood’s (2006) theory of successful aging. According to Flood, successful aging occurs when an individual is able to adapt to the changes of aging. Coping processes for the age related changes include functional performance mechanisms, the ability to actively respond to those changes. An example of this might be an individual who develops osteoarthritis and implements an exercise program to manage symptoms and maintain function. Intrapsychic coping factors are those character traits that we are born with that define how we respond to environmental stimuli. An individual described in the situation above who is optimistic about the prospect of exercise and sees it as an opportunity to improve overall general health has a sense of personal control. Spirituality is a relationship with a higher power as a source of support. Effective coping results in gerotranscendence. This is a coping mechanism where the person’s perspective on life changes from “materialistic and rational” to “mature and experiential”. Elders find self-acceptance and wisdom and are less likely to fear death (Flood).

Am I aging successfully? Finally, maybe so. In my 70th year I’m thinking that I will climb Mt. Rainer as high as I can and no matter how high that is, it will be good.


Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership
213 B Lommen Hall
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN  56563
Phone 218.477.4699
FAX 218.477.5990




Is a worldwide campaign whose mission is to improve the awareness of contraception and safe sex to enable young people to make informed decisions on their sexual and reproductive health. According to this year’s theme is ‘It’s your life; it’s your future; know your options’. The site provides information on contraceptive methods, your body, Q &A’s, and more!


World Contraception Day aims to inform people on their options, so here are some

Contraception methods:

Short Acting:

  • the pill
  • sponge
  • contraceptive patch
  • contraceptive ring
  • male condom
  • female condom
  • diaphragm
  • cervical cap
  • spermicide

Long Acting Reversible:

  • IUS- intrauterine system
  • contraceptive implant
  • IUD- intrauterine device
  • contraceptive injection

Other Methods:

  • withdrawal method
  • fertility awareness
  • sterilization
  • emergency contraceptives

Learn more at:


More Sources:

(the link above has a video from EngenderHealth on Contraceptive History!)


President Blackhurst Inauguration

President Blackhurst Inauguration


Dr. Anne Blackhurst became the 11th president of Minnesota State University Moorhead on July 1, 2014. The theme of President Anne Blackhurst’s inauguration — Leading for the Long Run — is inspired by Dr. Blackhurst’s passion for long-distance running. On September 24th, she ran 50 laps around the Nemzek Field in order to raise money for scholarships. She also personally pledged $1,000 per lap! The donation amount earned was above the goal of $1,200,000!

Her Installation Ceremony is Friday, September 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., Roland Dille Center for the Arts, Hansen Theatre at the Minnesota State University Moorhead. There will be a reception shortly after at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Gallery.

You can also get a chance to catch sight of President Blackhurst Saturday, September 27th at homecoming events. These include the Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m., The Dragon Zone Tailgate Party at 11:30-2 p.m., Dragon Soccer at noon, Dragon Football at 2 p.m., and Dragon Volleyball at 5 p.m.

We invite everyone out to support President Blackhurst and MSUM! #AnneFan #GoDragons

Homecoming 2014!!

Homecoming 2014!

Monday, September 22nd- Sunday, September 28th


It’s time to get your Dragon Pride on!

Homecoming is a tradition designed to bring current students, alumni, and the community together to celebrate MSUM through a series of educational, cultural, social, and recreational events that bring a sense of unity and Dragon Pride to the community.
This week is jammed packed with fun for everyone! The following is a complete list of events and activities for this year’s homecoming, so don’t miss out on all the fun!

Monday, Sept. 22:
Community Block Party, 5:30-8pm, Campus Mall (MSUM Bookstore will be open, 25% off coupons)
Dragon Pride Pep-rally, 8pm, Nemzek
Dragons Royale Casino Night, following Pep rally, Nemzek – Free Food
Tuesday, Sept. 23:
Academic Symposium, 9am-3pm, CMU
MSUM Bookstore – Touchdown Tuesday
Dragon Volleyball, 7pm, Nemzek
Frederick Winters, Hypnotist 7:30pm, Hansen Theatre
Battleship, 9:00pm, Nemzek
Wednesday, Sept. 24:
Torch’s Ice cream Palooza noon to 3pm, Campus Mall (free)
MSUM Bookstore – 20% off clearance
Laps for the Long Run, 5:30pm, Nemzek Stadium
Glow in the Dark Fun Run, 9pm, Nemzek
Thursday, Sept 25:
Dean’s Chili feed competition, 11am to 2pm, Campus Mall (free)
MSUM Bookstore – 30% off regular priced items for all alumni
Livingston LordLibrary Ribbon Cutting, 1pm, Library
Dragons of the Past: Lessons Learned, 5pm, Gaede Stage
Flag Football, 6:30pm, Nemzek
Johnny Holm Band, 8-11pm, CMU Ballroom – $5 General Admission
Friday, Sept. 26:
Inauguration Viewing Party, 1:30pm, Campus Mall
Presidential Inauguration, 2pm, Hansen Theatre, Roland Dille Center for Arts
Inauguration reception, 3:30pm, Gallery Atrium & Campus Mall
MSUM Bookstore – 20% off for anyone wearing Dragon gear
Athletic Parent & family social, 4 to 7pm, Courtyard by Marriott
Dragon Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner, 5:30pm, Courtyard by Marriott
Distinguished Alumni Celebration, 5:30pm, CMU Ballroom
Dragon Volleyball, 7pm, Nemzek
Dragon Wrestling Social, 8pm, Courtyard by Marriott
Coronation, Burning of the M & Fireworks, 9pm, Nemzek
S’mores, following fireworks, Holmquist Slab
Saturday, Sept. 27:
1960’s Reunion Breakfast, 8:30am, CMU Ballroom – call 218.477.2143 to register
Athletic Alumni welcome, 9:30am, Nemzek 113
Athletic Silent Auction, 9:30am to 4:00pm, Nemzek 113
All alumni campus tours, 10:00am, start in CMU Ballroom
MSUM Bookstore, 10am – 4pm, MacLean Hall – Buy one, get one half off
Alumni Open House, 10:30am, Alumni House
Parade, 11am, circles campus
Library Tours, 11:30am – 1pm, Library
Dragon Zone Tailgate, 11:30 to 2pm, Nemzek
Book Signing “The Fortier Years: A Coach’s Story”, noon-1:30pm, Nemzek 113
Dragon Soccer, noon, Soccer Field
Dragon Football, 2pm, Nemzek
Dragon Volleyball, 5pm, Nemzek
Dragon Wrestling Reunion & Athletic Alumni Social, 6pm, Mick’s Office
Dance featuring Scratch & Bang, 9pm – 1am, CMU Ballroom
Sunday, Sept. 28:
Dragon Soccer, 1pm Nemzek Soccer Field
Other Activities:
Student Senate, Friday at 4pm, CMU 205
Campus Activities Board/Dragon Entertainment Group – call 218.477.2505 for more information
Students Today, Leaders Forever – call 218.477.2505 for more information
Xi Omega/Phi Sigma Kappa – Courtyard by Marriott
Dragon Wrestling – Courtyard by Marriott
Clean Start project – Donate new toiletry items, used cellular phones and non-violent children’s toys at various locations around campus. All items are given to the Rape & Abuse Crisis Center for those who are escaping abusive situations.


#DragonPride #GoDragons

Be Part of the College of Science, Health, & the Environment Team – Laps for the Long Run

Be part of the Homecoming extravaganza along with the Inauguration Celebration for our 11th President, Dr. Anne Blackhurst, by becoming a team member. Click here to donate to scholarships for students; you can support our School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership students by indicating “SNHL – R178” in the drop down to designate a specific department and scholarship pool. The goal for the Laps for the Long Run is to have Dr. Blackhurst run 50 laps and raise over 1.2 million dollars for MSUM Scholarships! If you are a runner, you can sign up to run. If you are filled with #DragonPride , show up to cheer Anne along! There are so many ways to show your MSUM Spirit and Dragon Pride!

Join MSUM for a week long celebration of Homecoming and Inauguration! Schedule of all of the events can be found here.

Additional links and info:



Call for Posters!



The Xi Kappa Chapter-at-Large Honor Society of Nursing is celebrating their 20th Anniversary Celebration (1994-2014) on November 1, 2014 from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead, MN.

Everyone is invited to participate in the celebration by presenting a poster of your own contributions to the science of nursing. The chapter is composed of members from four schools of nursing: Concordia College, University of Jamestown, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State University. This poster challenge is not limited to members only!

Here is the Poster Presentation Criteria:

  • Research study, evidence-based project, or practice improvement project related to nursing practice
  • Required elements: title, author(s), purpose, background/significance, methods, results, implications for practice
  • Faculty and student posters heartily encouraged
  • Abstract no more than 500 words that includes brief descriptions of the required elements but avoid references to institution names, locations, or funding sources
  • Be present at your poster for questions/discussion at the following times: 10:30-11:00am, 12:30-1:00pm, and 2-2:30pm

Please submit your poster abstract to no later than September 15, 2014. You will be notified of approval and given further instructions by October 6.

If you would like some more information please contact,, or

The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International: To improve world health through knowledge.