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.

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:

Suicide Blog Picture

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