Monthly Archives: September 2015

Graduate School Workshops

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Today, September 28th, there will be a “Choosing & Applying to Graduate Programs” workshop in the Comstock Memorial Union room 203 from 4-5pm. This workshop will be the kick off to the Graduate School Week. It will include speakers that will present on the best ways to choose and apply to graduate school, and which mistakes to avoid. Tomorrow, September 29th, will be a workshop on “Preparing for the GRE” in MacLean 167 from 4-5pm. September 30th will be the “Tri-College Graduate & Professional School Information Day” in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom from 12:30-3:30pm. Come to this event to meet with over 30 Graduate and Professional School representatives from some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities! The event will be free for all students! You can register at or contact the Career Development Center at or 218-477-2131. The final day will be October 1st with the workshop “Applying to Medical School” in Langseth 115 from 7-8pm. You can learn more about these and other graduate school readiness offerings at the Career Development Center, or stop in at the Career Development Center in Flora Frick 151.

Take Back the Night!

Take Back the Night is an international organization and event that takes a stand against all forms of sexual violence. Take Back the Night events are hosted in over 30 countries worldwide. The organization first came to be in the early 1970’s with a focus on sexual violence against women. Since then, the group has adapted to encompass and fight all forms of violence against all persons. While sexual violence against women remains one of the main focuses, Take Back the Night takes a stand against many types of social injustice.

Most Take Back the Night events consist of a rally, speaker/vigil, and march. These events take direct action against all forms of sexual or domestic assault. Speakers at these events are often victims of sexual assault or violence who have chosen to share their stories in an attempt to shine a light on the truth about sexual assault.

Each year Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College work together to host a Take Back the Night event. This year’s event will be held in the MSUM campus mall beginning at 5:00pm and last until 9:30. All are welcome to attend. For more information please visit the links below.

Take back the night

World Alzheimer’s Day 2015


World Alzheimer’s Day was launched September 21st, 1994.The theme this year is “Remember Me”. The day was created to spread awareness of the disease that attacks the central nervous system. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible degenerative disease that affects millions of victims every year in all parts of the world. Ten percent of adults above the age of 65 are affected by this disease, and these numbers increase with age. Although it is rare, some adults can even start showing symptoms by the age of 30.

Because the disease claims two new victims every three minutes, education about early symptoms is crucial to the fight. Early symptoms are often misconstrued as a sign of old age, and as a result it is not usually diagnosed until later stages. Later symptoms are more severe and usually include reverting back to their childhood, forgetting one’s identity, and often aggression. Caregivers and family should also be informed about this disease to give the best care possible to these patients who so desperately need their help. World Alzheimer’s Day is trying to help by spreading the crucial information needed to help every one understand the disease and how to care for someone with the disease. The day also promotes donation into the fund for research on the disease.

So, every year on September 21st remember to wear purple in support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and never forget those who have been lost due to the disease. For more information or to donate to the cause, please visit

MSUM SNHL Welcomes New Faculty

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at Minnesota State University Moorhead is proud to welcome a new member to it’s full time faculty. Alicia Swanson, has been teaching at MSUM part-time since the summer of 2007. Below is the message that she would like to share with all about her journey to MSUM. Alicia Swanson

Warmest greetings!!

Among other roles, I am a wife, mother of four (plus a fur baby-pug), nurse and nurse educator. I graduated from North Dakota State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing in May of 2002. Soon after, I began my journey as an inpatient nurse on the Children’s Hospital Float Team (NICU, PICU, PEDS) and also provided nursing care on the Adult Cardiac Step down unit for eleven years.

I have had the great opportunity to educate nursing students since 2003. After a few years of instructing, I completed my Masters of Science Nursing Education through Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, in 2007. My research and thesis was titled Nurses Knowledge, Beliefs and Practices Regarding Infant Positioning in the Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

I have taught a wide variety of courses in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), entry level Bachelors Registered Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Associated Degree Registered Nursing programs. In addition, I have the great opportunity to facilitate learning in the traditional face to face classroom, online, blended, simulation and clinical settings.

I have greater knowledge, experience and interest in the areas of Family Nursing, Pediatrics and Maternal/Child care. I have had the opportunity to supervise nursing students providing direct patient care in all these clinical areas. I also have experience and enjoy instructing Public Health Nursing, Nursing Leadership, Transcultural Nursing, Nursing Preceptorship, Capstone Courses, Concepts of Nursing Courses, Transition Courses and Nursing Research.

An area of great interest and passion for me is Integrative Health and Therapies and self-care practices. I have experienced and witnessed some amazing transformations and healing! Currently I am pursuing a Certificate in Integrative Health and Healing Practices at the University of Minnesota. I am a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association (which is a professional nursing organization that advocates for holistic nursing care). I would love to be involved in more education, research and practice related to integrative health modalities.

I have taught part-time at Minnesota State University Moorhead since the summer of 2007. And now the opportunity to join the stellar team as a full time faculty! I can honestly say I feel so very blessed and honored to collaborate with such wonderful faculty, staff and students!

Thank you for allowing me the chance to share my journey with you!

In Health and Happiness,


Please join the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership in welcoming Alicia to our programs!

Walk to Fight Suicide – Out of the Darkness Community Walks

Out of the Darkness Walks

Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. You’ll raise money for critical research and prevention programs, and show your community that you support a culture that’s smart about mental health.

From a student in our RN to BSN program:

Walk to Save Lives

Suicide claimed 41,149 lives in 2013 in the United States alone, with someone dying by suicide every 12.8 minutes. A suicide attempt is made every minute of every day, resulting in nearly one million attempts made annually. When you walk in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walks, you join efforts with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSP’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives. The walks raise awareness about depression and suicide, and provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide.

My team is called Team H.O.P.E.- Hold on, pain ends. It is a team that was created to bring support and awareness to suicide prevention for anyone that may be affected by mental health.

I will also attach the event flyer of the official walk information and a North Dakota AFSP fact sheet.

Thank you so much,

Sara Dukart

2015 Community Walk

North Dakota Fact Sheet NEW


Where: Lindenwood Park – Fargo, ND

When: Sunday, September 13, 2015 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 1:00 p.m.

Program begins at 2:00 p.m.

Walk begins at 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Sarah Dixon-Hackey, 2015 Walk Chair


The Out of the Darkness Walks join effort with thousands of people to raise awareness and funds about suicide and suicide loss. The funds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You can register online or donate now at: