Monthly Archives: December 2015

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!!!


December 1st is World AIDS Day


Tuesday, December 1st is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2015 is The Time to Act is Now

For more information, and to find out what the United States is doing to help end the threat of AIDS, visit

On World AIDS Day, you can show your support for this important cause and let those who are afflicted with it know they are not alone by wearing a red ribbon.