Monthly Archives: November 2016

RN to BSN Capstone Project Presentations Schedule WebEx


RN to BSN Students develop a practice improvement project as their Capstones. These short (20 minute) presentations will be available as shown in the following link. Please take a look at the broad range: ER to prenatal to hand hygiene to fall prevention in long term care, and beyond!


There are three different WebEx links (one each day) and no reservation or password is required. Please come, listen, and support these soon-to-be graduates!

For questions, please contact Barbara Matthees: 218-477-2695 or ‘’





Dragon Athletics


Most of the Dragons sports teams have had a good season so far. Our Men’s basketball team had a close game with a score of 93-92 against Northern State last Saturday. The Tuesday before that, they played the Concordia cobbers. That was another win for MSUM with a score of 107-74. So far our team is 5 for 6 having only lost to Southern Nazarene University. There are still 22 of opportunities to watch them play. Their next game will be this Friday at 8 pm in Nemzek Hall against University of Mary.

Our football team finished the season off with a win of 48-33 against Northern state. They had a good season with 7 wins out of 11 games. Their season is over now, but make sure to join them again next year to cheer them on.

The dragons wrestling team has started their season off on the right foot. They are 1 for 2, having lost against Concordia. Their next tournament will be this upcoming Sunday at Nemzek hall, starting at 9 am. There are still 10 tournaments to go to afterwards to cheer on before Regions.

Our Women’s basketball team has started their season off well. They won their last match against Northern State 51-44. They are currently 4 for 5 games. Their next game will be this Friday at 6 pm in Nemzek hall. If you cannot make it to that game, there are still 20 other matches to go to.

Our Women’s Volleyball team started the season off well, but started a losing streak soon after. They unfortunately lost their last 3 games, all with close scores. They managed to finish their season 10 wins out of 28 matches.

Be sure to continue supporting dragon athletics and go to the spring sports. Men’s and Women’s Track and Field will be starting up along with soccer and golf.


Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day


Black Friday is considered a starting point of holiday shopping. Through the chaos of crowded streets and stores, you may think it is the busiest shopping day of the year! Did you know that it really isn’t? The Saturday before Christmas Day, called Super Saturday, is actually the busiest day with those last minute shoppers! Many retailers also have their best deals in the days leading up to Christmas Day, although options may be limited due to retailers trying to clean out inventory. Another interesting thing about Black Friday is that the presence of in-store customers may start to decline thanks to on-line shopping, good deals that are on-going throughout the holiday season, and the unwillingness of customers engaging in the zoo-like atmosphere. Those who don’t participate in any Black Friday shopping may be doing themselves a favor! Many consumers who participate in Black Friday shopping spend over 50% of their initial budget!

Thankfully for those who do not wish to participate in Black Friday, there is something else to take part in: Buy Nothing Day! This special event is the same day as Black Friday, but instead of buying things, you simply buy nothing and save 100% of your money. It originally began as a protest against the problem of over-consumption.  It is also a day to promote shopping locally rather than putting money into the big box stores.

Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day each have their own pros and cons. Plus, everyone’s budget and shopping list is different, and some items really do have their best deals of the year on Black Friday. It is definitely a personal preference. What event will you be participating in this year?



Fall Break


Tomorrow you can sleep in and give yourself a while to rest before you go and see your family. MSUM will be closed November 23rd-25th for the Fall Break. Classes will resume after the long weekend on the 28th.

Here are some fun facts to read about while you go into a food coma:

  • Thanksgiving isn’t only celebrated in America, Canada also holds this holiday, they just have a different idea of when to hold it. They celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October while America has it set for the fourth Thursday of November, this year being the 24th.
  • White turkey meat has fewer calories than dark meat.
  • Sing “Mary had a little lamb” while you eat with everyone this year. Sarah Josepha Hale was the one who convinced Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a holiday. She is also known for having written that well-known nursery rhyme.
  • Almost every year since 1987,the current president has “pardoned” a turkey and it has been sent to a farm to die from old age, not consumption. But before it can have the good life, it has to be in the Thanksgiving parade either at Disneyland or Disney world.
  • The turkeys you eat on Thanksgiving are male turkeys, called Toms. Another fun fact is is that they have been bred to have such large breasts that it is almost impossible for them to reproduce without the help of artificial insemination.
  • Turduckens are new popular dish that is catching on from the smart people of Louisiana. A Turducken is a turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck stuffed with de-boned chicken. It usually is just breading from there, but sometimes other birds find their way into the mix also.



Walk a Mile in Her Shoes November 20th


Join the Dragon Entertainment Group this Sunday in the Comstock Memorial Union at 3 pm. They will be hosting the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. This is a world wide event and MSUM is hosting a walk here on campus.  Those that participate will be given a pair of high heels and will attempt to walk a mile. This symbolic event is held to help raise awareness for rape, sexual assault and gender discrimination.

The first walk was held in 2001 with a few men and has since grown to tens of thousands of men walking the walk and talking the talk to help end gendered violence around the world. Any donations that are received at one of the events will be given to local rape and violence shelters and centers. Every year this event raises millions of dollars around the world to give to these shelters.

Here is what they are trying to end: Every 2 minutes, someone in America is raped. Every 8 minutes, that person is a child. Of the perpetrators, only .6% will receive any amount of jail time for their crime. The creator of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Frank Baird, hopes that by hosting these walks attention will be drawn to the problem and things will change.


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes homepage


Xi Kappa Honor Society Induction


The Xi Kappa-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing held its annual induction ceremony on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Jamestown, ND. The induction recognizes nursing students and community nurse leaders who have demonstrated achievements in nursing, leadership qualities and high professional standards. Inductees consisted of students from the following colleges:

  • Concordia College: Leah Benthin, Brian Bickel, Elizabeth Dorf, Emily Honl, Lauren Lee, Megan Lindquist, Emily Luckhardt, Katharine Serbus, Kayla Stanelle, and Rachel Tolkinen
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead: Briana Powell and Melissa Mostad
  • North Dakota State University Fargo: Amy Andrushko, Anna Benke, Melinda Duenow, Monica Flackey, Brooke Feltman, Leah Hermanson, Hailey Kotts, Christian May, Katie McCorquodale, Nicole McDonald, Naomi Meier, Alexis Rankka, Jamie Tollefson, Vesela Ugrinova, and Kari Ust
  • North Dakota State University at Sanford Health Bismarck: Bryce Anderson, Hannah Bailey, Levi Barbao, Kendra Beedy, Rebecca Bruns, Kayla Casteel, Sohaila Dadelahi, Madison Deibert, Mary Dingman, Jordan Ebel, Oxana Flemmer, Lindsey Kirschenheiter, Kelley Lehrke, Lindsey Robinson, Ashlee Rudolf, amber Schmidt, Devyn Schmidt, Lauren Sneddon, Taylor Stute, Kelsey Weigel, and Elizabeth Wickenheiser
  • University of Jamestown: Christine Coughlin, Megan Cunningham, Brook Grooters, Ashley Jenniges, Danette Larson, Christa Lysne, Catherine Nienhaus, Kelsey Newton, alphonse Schoeneberger, Andrea Steinberger, Shanda Stromley, Lauren Tollefson, and Melissa Wilson

Community Nurse Leader inductees: Rhonda Entzie, Paula Fogarty, Lisa La Fontaine, and Patricia Wetzel

Scholarships were also awarded to the following recipients:

  • Xi Kappa Graduate Scholarship: Jaclyn Johnson
  • Xi Kappa Undergraduate Scholarships: Sohaila Dadelahi, Hailey Kotts, and Nicole McDonald
  • Martha Vorvick Berge Scholarship: Brooke Feltman

Congratulations to the new inductees and scholarship recipients!

Image Source:


America Recycles Day


Recycle Across America gives us these statistics:

  • Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year.
  • Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
  • Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12 foot high wall from Seattle to NY (a new wall every year).
  • More than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in landfills every year — that is the equivalent of filling up two Empire State Buildings every three weeks.
  • Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil.
  • Almost half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste – approximately 3,000 pounds per second.
  • In 2007, 82% equalling 1.8 million tons of ewaste (various electronics e.g. TVs, cell phones, computers etc) ended up in landfills.

We have all been encouraged to recycle and know how important and beneficial it is for our environment and health, but why doesn’t everybody participate. Sure, throwing everything into the trash can is easy, but recycling can become just as easy with practice!

Recycling is so important that it has a day dedicated just for it! November 15 is America Recycles Day. Although recycling is an everyday process, this day is great for putting motivation and inspiration into us. Recycling may require some research and practice, but it is so worth it. Find a recycling business near you that fits your needs. MinnKota Enviroservices, Inc. is a great one for the Fargo-Moorhead area! Their website has a fantastic list of acceptable and unacceptable items. MinnKota and the City of Fargo is coming together this year on November 15th to spread recycling awareness. They will be at Cashwise on 13th Ave. S in Fargo spreading awareness and giving away reusable bags.

For those on campus, take advantage of the recycling bins that are located all over campus! Take the extra minute to divide the waste from your meals into the designated bins. They are there for a reason.

MSUM Sustainability gives us some quick tips on how you can reduce waste:

The United States makes more waste than any other country. Let’s work together to change that!



10 Ideas to Start on America Recycles Day