Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy A’phabet Day


Most people around the wor’d know December 25th as Christmas Day, but there is another obscure ho’iday that occurs that day, A’phabet Day. A’phabet Day, or “No L Day” came about as a p’ay on the word “Noel” which is another word for “Christmas” or “Yuletide.”

A perfect way to ce’ebrate this ho’iday is to ‘eave the ‘etter “L” out of everything you write or maybe even say. It is a fun cha’enge to try. Make it a fun-fi’ed Ho’iday competition with a sweet reward for whomever wins.

DID YOU KNOW: spe’ing doesn’t matter. Our brains are capab’e of fi’ing in the b’anks, regard’ess of whether the words are spe’ed correc’y or not, as ‘ong as the fisrt and ‘ast ‘etters are in the correct ‘ocation. Did you catch the mistake?

PS: The song “The First Noel” would be hi’arious if it fo’owed this ho’iday, food for thought ;).

Happy Ho’idays!



Happy Holidays from the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership!


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at Minnesota State University Moorhead wishes you all a very happy holiday season!

We will be closed from Tuesday, December 22nd 2015 until Monday, January 4th 2016. If you need to reach us, email or call the College of Science, Health, and the Environment at 218-477-5892.


Happy Humbug Day!!!

Bah Humbug

Christmas is just around the corner. ‘Tis the season for merriment, joy, magic… and stress. Let off a little steam on December 21st, because it is Humbug Day; a day to let the frustration of Christmas out, maybe by watching the movie that made the word “Humbug” famous.

DID YOU KNOW? The word Humbug has been around since 1750 and means: something designed to deceive and mislead; a willfully false, deceptive, or insincere person; an attitude or spirit of pretense and deceptionor, in Britain, a hard, usually mint-flavored, candy.

So when Ebeneezer Scrooge from “A Christmas Carol” says “Bah, Humbug!” to Christmas, he is saying that Christmas is a deception. We all know that that isn’t all true. Christmas brings people together to celebrate and find joy during some of the coldest times of the year, but when the season seems to last forever: “Bah, Humbug!”

So get out there and celebrate Humbug Day!

PS: You’ll have to find some humbug candy to put in the Christmas stockings for the kids 😉



International Migrant Day!

migrant day

On December 18th the United Nations invites all governments, organizations, and individuals to raise awareness of International Migration. These groups are encouraged to share information with all regarding the basic rights and freedoms of International Migrants. People are also welcome to share their experiences and contribute to the design of action plans to help migrants.

This day of observance was created by the UN, but a variety of organizations take part in events of the day. Groups that promote awareness on this day include Radio 1812, Amnesty International, The International Organization for Migration, and December 18. These groups and many others work to boost awareness of the plights of migrants. This day is also used by some to influence government into considering policies of legalization and migrant rights.

Recent research and data in a report from a Global Commission on International Migration has uncovered a variety of data and predictions. Each country in the world currently has a migrant population and international migration is expected to increase as a result of infrastructure and economic development. In the past 30 years the number of international migrants has jumped from 75 million to 200 million. This growth trend is expected to continue.

Origins of International Migrant day have been traced back to a variety of Asian cultures in the late 1990’s. On December 18th of 2000 the UN General Assembly declared the day International Migrant Day. To get involved or learn more about the cause visit the links below!

Fall 2015 Commencement and Open House – Congrats Grads!

congrats grad

Join us for the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Graduation Celebration Open House on Thursday, December 17th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in Lommen 104.
The open house is open for all graduating students from our programs and their guests, as well as current students. Light refreshments will be served.
Please e-mail to RSVP (by Dec. 9th please) or if you have any questions regarding the open house.
Fall 2015 Commencement is Thursday, December 17th at 1:00 P.M. in Nemzek Fieldhouse. Lineup and Announcements begin at noon.


Have you registered for classes for Spring 2016 yet?



Registration for the Spring 2016 semester began on October 19th, 2015. Registration proceeds according to the number of semester hours individual students have completed.

***You must meet with your advisor to plan your schedule and obtain your access code before you can register!

Graduate students and students with previously earned bachelor degrees were eligible to register on the web beginning at 8 am on October 19th. An access code is not needed to register.

Currently enrolled or readmitted undergraduate students register in windows based on the number of semester hours of credit earned prior to the fall 2015 semester. To find your registration window, login to eServices with your Star ID and password. From the left hand menu choose ‘registration window’. Make sure it is the window for spring 2016.

Meet with your advisor and get your schedules finalized if you haven’t done so! Classes fill up quickly!



United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, or UNICEF for short, was founded on this day -December 11th- in 1946. UNICEF is an international organization that raises funds to help save and protect the most vulnerable children in the world. They help children that are suffering through many different types of disasters, such as: earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, food crises, trafficking, violence, disease, water shortage, poor nutrition, and more.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF helps support UNICEF by advocating, fundraising, and raising awareness. There are many ways to help out these children on the other side of the world, and they don’t require you to leave your computer! You can donate monthly, trick-or-treat for UNICEF, attend an event, become a volunteer, and even go shopping! Yep, I said shopping! UNICEF sells products that brings the profits directly back to the children. You can buy beautiful jewelry, accessories, decor, cards, and more. You don’t need to worry about your money going to waste, because UNICEF was rated one of the best charities to donate to, with 90% of every dollar going straight to children in need.

So jump on board and help UNICEF save and protect vulnerable children today!

Human Rights Day – December 10th


Thursday, December 10th is World Human Rights Day.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

According to the United Nations, this year’s theme is “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” which is to help kick off a year-long campaign leading up to the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

According to the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights:

Fifty years on, many people are still unaware of the existence of the International Bill of Human Rights and many countries around the world still have much to do to build political institutions, judicial systems, and economies that allow ordinary people to live with dignity. The growth of hate speech against religious and racial minorities, the justification of rights violations in the name of combatting terrorism, the clawing back of economic and social rights in the name of economic crises or security, and the failure to respect the right to privacy in the digital age, show the relevance of the two Covenants and the need to respect them.

To promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary, the UN Human Rights Office is launching on Human Rights Day “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” a year-long campaign to shine a light on the inalienable and inherent rights of global citizens — now, and always.

“Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” revolves around the timeless themes of rights and freedom and the relevance of the work that continues in securing and ensuring them. At its core, FREEDOM, underpins the International Bill of Human Rights – freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want.

On Human Rights Day, we invite you to join in celebrating 50 years of freedom as embodied in the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). These four freedoms are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted.

For more information about Human Rights Day and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, you can visit this webpage


Study Day and Finals!


December 9th is study day. The semester is coming to a close and finals are the only thing left to make it through. On the night of the 9th a free meal will be provided for all MSUM students in Kise Commons. A late night breakfast will be served from 9:00-11:30pm.

Below you will find a copy of the finals schedule for all students.

Finals Schedule

Good luck to all from The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!

National Cookie Day!


December 4th is National Cookie Day!

Fun Fact: The Dutch originally “invented” cookies by placing small amounts of cake dough in the oven to ensure the temperature was correct, so they wouldn’t wast the entire cake. They called these “keokje” or “little cakes.”

It’s no surprise that cookies aren’t always the healthiest things in the world, but there are several recipes out there to help correct that problem. One of the easiest ways to make our cookies healthy, while still being tasty, is to simply substitute ingredients. Switch out butter for applesauce or yogurt. Instead of all-purpose flour, try whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour. Simple changes keep our cookies delicious, but healthy enough that we can go back for seconds.

Celebration of National Cookie Day is best observed by baking cookies and sharing them with friends and family! Try experimenting with some new healthy recipes.

Happy Baking!!!