Monthly Archives: February 2016

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb 21st-Feb 27th


According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, and the National Institutes of Health estimate that 25% of all college students have an eating disorder. Societal pressures and genetics are the two main factors in the increasing number of people suffering from eating disorders.

NEDA points out that “eating disorders can damage almost every organ system or body part, including the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, GI tract, bones, teeth, skin and hair. If left untreated, eating disorders can result in osteoporosis, retarded growth, kidney problems, ulcers and heart failure. Eating disorders can also lead to death.” Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder.

That is why the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week was created, to help highlight this serious medical problem and help provide awareness around how to help combat it. This year’s focus is on early detection and awareness, with the theme “3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy“.

As a part of this year’s campaign, an anonymous, free online screening was created to help promote the early detection and awareness at the following link:

For more information about eating disorders and on the activities for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, visit

Minnesota State Universities Job and Internship Fair 2016


The Minnesota State Universities Job and Internship Fair is happening Friday, February 26th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. There will be approximately 1,000 students and alumni from the seven Minnesota State Universities and the seven invited schools from the bordering states and over 100 organizations in attendance at the Job Fair.

Registration is $30 at the door (the pre-registration period has ended).

For further questions, visit the Job Fair website at or contact MSUM’s Career Development Center at

RN-BSN Application Deadline Fast Approaching!


The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 admission to the RN-BSN Program is March 15th.

To apply to the RN-BSN program, students must first be admitted to Minnesota State University Moorhead, after which they will fill out a separate application to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership.

Applicants to the RN-BSN program must be licensed RNs or eligible for licensure by the RN-BSN program start. A minimum 2.75 cumulative (overall) GPA is required to be considered for admission to the program.

More information about RN-BSN admission can be found at the following webpage:

Additionally, you can find more information by watching this FAQ video narrated by our Department Chair, Dr. Barbara Matthees:

If you have any questions, you can call the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at (218)-477-2693, or email us at or

Summer and Fall Registration!



Although it feels like the spring semester has just started it’s time to look ahead to summer and fall! On Wednesday, March 2nd the course offerings for the Summer and Fall semesters of 2016 will become available to students. You can use this information to begin planning your schedule and to prepare for your advising session. Advising will begin on Monday, March 7th with the first registration windows opening on March 29th.

To view class offerings please visit the link below.

If you would like to view course offerings, add courses to your wishlist, or register for classes visit the link below. This link will bring you to the eServices homepage where you can login using your Star ID information.

RN-BSN program invites applicants now – deadline March 15, 2016


MSUM is accepting RN-BSN nursing applications from motivated RNs seeking to earn the baccalaureate degree. With the BSN, you can more greatly impact patient outcomes, advance your career, and consider graduate school one day.



Ø  Flexibility with total online delivery, semi-annual admission, and progression at your own pace (average part-time completion: 2 years)

Ø  National accreditation since 1981 through CCNE to ensure the highest academic rigor to advance your career – and/or be accepted into graduate schools one day

Ø  A smart investment by delivering a nationally recognized and highly reputable BSN more affordability than any in the area (e.g. compared to other public, for-profit, private institutions)

Ø  Meaningful connections and readily accessible faculty who are will equipped to manage an online learning environment with high quality faculty

Ø  Spring application deadline: March 15 (summer/fall start)

Ø  Fall application deadline: October 15 (spring start)


Learn more:

  1. Visit the RN-BSN program website |
  2. You will note a separate link for the RN-BSN Program Admission & Application information.
  3. Call or email to get your questions answered with ease. 218.477.2693 |



No Classes – Faculty Development Day February 15th


Monday, February 15th, is a Faculty Development Day; therefore, no classes that meet before 4:30pm will be held. This is also the tuition payment deadline. All university bills must be paid in full (some exceptions apply).

The goal of days like this is to increase individual faculty effectiveness, engagement, and professional well-being. This is not the only benefit, students will also have a long weekend to do some extra homework or just catch up on sleep. No matter how you spend your long weekend be safe and have fun doing it!

Giving Hearts Day!

Giving Hearts Day 2016

On February 11, make a donation of $10 or more to the MSUM Academic Scholarship Fund and the first $20,000 in gifts will be matched, increasing your impact on the lives of MSU Moorhead students.

With your help, students are able to afford to participate in research projects, to take on internships, and to focus more on their studies. Every gift helps transform the world by transforming the students at MSUM.

To make your gift on February 11, go to and select the MSUM Alumni Foundation.

Questions? Call MSUM Alumni at 218.477.2143 or email




February 9th is Stop Bullying Day


In today’s world, we all want to stop bullying day. We dedicate so much time and energy, but what is bullying? Seems like a simple enough question, but how many of us truly know the definition. According to, Bullying is the

“unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”

How do we stop it? By taking action. There are several different methods, but most of them involve speaking up and speaking out. February 9th is dedicated to this effort. Maybe we, in the community, try to come up with a strategy to further the effort. With so much going on in the world around us, we can spend this day helping others.

To learn about bullying and its prevention, you can visit the following link.

Congratulations Dr. Sillerud!


Dr. Brandi Sillerud, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, successfully passed her Board Certification as a Nurse Executive Advanced with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The mission of the ANCC is to promote excellence in nursing and healthcare globally through credentialing programs and recognizing individual nurses in specialty practice areas. Board certification as a Nurse Executive Advanced deems that Dr. Sillerud has achieved a high level of excellence in nursing leadership. Dr. Sillerud teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing and healthcare administration focusing on healthcare leadership, strategy/operations, healthcare policy and informatics.

MSUM Volunteer and Service Fair


Today, Thursday, February 4th Minnesota State University Moorhead is hosting the Volunteer and Service Fair. Today’s event is taking place in the CMU ballroom from 11:00-2:00. This excellent event is sponsored by the Comstock Memorial Union and Office of Student Activities.  A variety of companies and organizations from the Fargo/Moorhead area will be at the event and would love to meet you. Volunteer and service work is a great way to get to know the F/M community and all that it has to offer. It is also an excellent resume builder and can help you create valuable connections for future opportunities.