Monthly Archives: October 2016

Tips and Tricks for Halloween 2016!


Halloween is the time when we think about the things that go bump in the night. Don’t let that stop you though, Trick-or-Treating can be a fun time for everyone! There are certain things that you can do to help make sure you and your witches and ghosts stay safe.

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Bright is better. If possible try and work reflective tape, glow sticks or flashlights into your child’s costume. It will help you pick your child out of a crowd and visible in the dark.

Masks can be fun, but only if you can see. The eye holes on some masks can block your view and pose a safety risk. Test the mask to see if your peripheral vision is obstructed, you may need to cut the holes larger.

Carving pumpkins is fun, but the knifes and blades can be dangerous if not handled properly. Carving should be done by an adult to cut down the risks of an accident. Try something different by letting your kids color and put glitter on the pumpkins instead

Walking Safety

Kids should have an adult with them at all times. If your kid is under 12, they should have some kind of adult supervision for the night. Have your child carry a cellphone on them for the off-handed chance that you get separated.

Feed your family before you go out for the night. This will help for when you tell them to not eat any candy before you can inspect it. You don’t know what they might be getting. The treats might have expired or been opened to the elements and be unsafe to eat.

Street Smarts

Kids tend to walk on the curb and run across streets while they are out Trick-or-Treating. While you’re driving, drive slower than the posted speed limit. This gives you more time to stop if a kid runs across the road.

Avoid the tech. You shouldn’t be on your phone anyways, but it’s even more important that you are focusing on the road tonight of all nights.

The most popular times for Trick-or-Treating is from 5:30 to 9:30, so it’s important that you drive with your headlights on. Pay attention to any hazard lights you see, that car is most likely dropping some kids off.

National Red Ribbon Week (23-31) 2016

The National Family Partnership is taking a stand against the violence and destruction that drugs are causing across the country. What has started as a small movement to pay respect to fallen DEA officer, Enrique Camarena, has now grown into a nation wide event to spread awareness and participation in drug prevention activities.  This week wear a red ribbon to show your support for the NFP’s goal of having every child grow up in a safe, healthy and drug-free environment.

One person can make a difference. For more information and to sign their pledge, click the link below.


Get Involved at MSUM and in the FM Area!!

The Fargo-Moorhead area and campus itself are full of events, opportunities, and cool activities to get involved in! MSUM_Signature_Horz_R&G

On campus you can:

  1. Join a student organization
  2. Attend a lecture series
  3. Start a student organization
  4. Join an intramural sport
  5. Attend the Fall Festival today in the Campus Mall
  6. Get a job on campus
  7. Attend a Dragon Athletics event

There are a ton of opportunities! To learn more about student organizations and events taking place visit Dragon Central. If you’re interested in working on or off campus visit Dragon Jobs. Log in at both sites using your StarID and get active on campus! Dragon Athletics schedules are up for view at


In the FM Area you can:

  1. Go to College Night at Sky Zone
  2. Get a job
  3. Volunteer at the humane society or food pantry
  4. Go to the Plains Art Museum (students get in free with ID)
  5. Take advantage of student discounts at area restaurants (Fargo Monthly: College Specials)
  6. Go to discount night at the movie theater! (Tuesdays all tickets $5 and Thursdays all students with ID get a free popcorn and $5 tickets.)
  7. Go to a Fargo Force Game- students with ID get discount tickets

Fargo and Moorhead are full of fun stuff to do as well as amazing cultural opportunities. Take advantage of the deals offered to students all while getting more familiar with the community! If transportation is an issue the MATBUS offers free rides to students and Doyle’s Cab offers a student discount.

With so much to do, why not get involved?

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Spring Registration Begins October 17th


Registration for Spring Semester classes began on October 17th. If you have met with your advisor and are ready to go for registering, great! If you have not met or contacted your advisor for advising, please do so!

It is so important to meet with your advisor as they will guide you through the right path! Together you may look at your DARs to check your progress and create your schedule for next semester. It is also important to meet with your advisor because they have your access code! Students cannot register for classes without their access code.

Also, don’t forget to check your registration window on eServices! It is ideal for all students to get registered for their classes as soon as they are able before the spots fill up. If you have any questions about the advising process, contact your advisor! They are here to help you.

RN to BSN Application Deadline has been Extended!


MSUM’s School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership has extended it’s application deadline for Spring 2017 admission!! The new due date is November 1st. This means there is plenty of time to start the application or finish one up.

This program is completely online and most students finish in 2 years! If you already have or are currently working on getting your RN license you are eligible. For general program information click here or contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at 218-477-2693. If you are ready to get started the first step is to apply to Minnesota State University Moorhead. To do that click here and you will be taken to the MSUM Admissions Office page. Next, apply to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership RN to BSN Program. The application can be found here. General program information, a sample advising record, and links to information about financial aid and scholarships can be found by visiting  MSUM’s School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership website.

Apply today for a Spring 2017 start in MSUM’s School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership RN to BSN Program. The application deadline has been extended to November 1st!

RN to BSN Applications Due the 15th of October

Applications for the Spring 2017 RN to BSN Program are due on October 15th.

To begin, students need to apply to Minnesota State University Moorhead, and then apply to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership.

Applicants to this program must be a licensed RN or eligible for licensure by the time the program starts. In order to be considered for the RN to BSN program, a 2.75 or higher  overall GPA is required.

The following link gives more information about the RN to BSN application and admission process:

Another great resource for more information is provided by Dr. Barbara Mathees, Chair of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. In this video, she will provide answers to frequently asked questions.

Feel free to contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership for any additional questions by calling (218)-477-2693, or email or


Emergency Nurses Day is October 12th!

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Multitasking ability; ability to stay calm during chaos; ability to think fast and on your feet; good personal coping skills; and good observation, assessment, and prioritization skills are just some of the many characteristics that emergency nurses may have! Currently, there are about 180,00 emergency  nurses who are trained to solve problems on the spot in order to save lives. Areas that these nurses may practice include hospital emergency departments, emergent care centers, EMS, poison control centers, crisis intervention centers, and research institutions.

Being an emergency nurse is a big responsibility! That is why these nurses deserve a day to celebrate their profession. This year, Emergency Nurses Day is on Wednesday, October 12th. One way to celebrate this day is to thank an emergency nurse! You can also share stories about how an emergency nurse impacted your life. Wearing purple on this day is another way to celebrate! Whatever it is you do, always remember that these nurses are always there waiting for when we need them!

MSUM Homecoming 2016!


October 2nd through the 9th is MSUM Homecoming! The fun kicked off early in the week and does not stop!

Monday was the community block party, Homecoming Pep Rally, and the announcement of this year’s Homecoming Court!

Tuesday turned it up with Dancing Dragons and Battleship H2O in Nemzek!

Wednesday kept it cool with Torch’s Ice Cream Palooza, a thank you party for Dr. Andrew Conteh, and Heir Apparent in the Weld Auditorium in the evening.

Thursday was the Dean’s Chili Feed showdown and Distinguished Alumni Celebration. In the evening everyone was mesmerized by Hypnotist Frederick Winters.

Today kicked of early with the Fun Run and a French Toast Feed to follow. Dragon Athletics will host the Hall of Fame Dinner in the evening. Dragon Volleyball will host Bemidji State at 7:00pm. The theme of this game is Fitness and Sustainability Night with the help of campus Wellness Educators. Coronation of Homecoming King and Queen will happen after as will the Roller Rave in Nemzek!

Saturday is a big day for MSUM and Dragon Athletics! The Parade starts at 2:00 following a route around campus. The Dragon Zone Tailgate begins at 2:30 with inflatable games, food, a photo booth, and bag toss! Dragon Volleyball kicks off the first round of the #FiredUp Fan Zone App Residence Hall Battle at 3:00. The Dragon Swim Alumni Meet starts at 4:00 and kick-off for the Homecoming Dragons Football game will be at 6:00. The Res Hall Battle lasts through all three as does the Homecoming spirit and Dragon Pride! Fireworks follow the football game and a S’more roast is open to all post fireworks.

Soccer Sunday for Homecoming! Dragon Soccer takes on the Bemidji State Beavers at 1:00! A bean bag toss tourney will take place before hand, starting at 11:00.

Be sure to check out some of the awesome events and excitement going on for Homecoming 2016! Its time to #AwakeTheDragon!