Monthly Archives: January 2017

World Leprosy Day 2017 is January 29th

For more than 50 years, on the last Sunday of January, thousands of people across the globe have stopped to remember those who suffer from leprosy. This year, World Leprosy Day falls on January 29th. The day’s goal is to raise awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct, when in fact around 210,00 new cases are diagnosed each year. Every day 52 girls and boys around the world are diagnosed with leprosy.

World Leprosy Day was the idea of the great French humanitarian, Raoul Follereau, who dedicated many years to fundraising and helping those affected by leprosy. Initially, this day of prayer was to achieve two things. First, Follereau believed that those affected by leprosy should receive the same respect, dignity and quality of care as any other patient. Second, he wanted greater awareness of the disease in order to change attitudes and to reduce stigma.

Leprosy is an infectious disease of the skin and nerves which, if not diagnosed and treated quickly, can result in debilitating disabilities. The effects of leprosy are exacerbated by the negative stigma surrounding the disease.

There are many different ways to get involved with World Leprosy Day. Below are some ways to do so:

  • Take the Pledge. Pledge your support to help beat leprosy.
  • Share it on social media by using either #WLD2017 or #WorldLeprosyDay
  • Inform a friend, by simply sharing your knowledge to someone is very beneficial and go a long way.
  • Donate money to charities that help leprosy such as the UK registered international charity called Lepra.

Today, leprosy is not just a disease that is forgotten, but the people as well. Help end leprosy by getting involved.



Frostival 2017

It’s almost that time of year again for the annual weekend of Frostival! Frostival 2017 will be taking place the weekend of January 27-28, 2017. Frostival is an event celebrating the cool of winter in one of the coolest places around. It takes place in many different locations in Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo.

Frostival has lots of events taking place this year, starting off with an opening kickoff on Friday, January 27th. The opening kickoff is an outdoor celebration from 6-9 P.M. with live music, food vendors, beer garden, fire pits, s’mores, carriage rides, cocoa and more.

Below is the complete schedule for festivities happening this  Frostival 2017.

Friday, January 27, 2017

6:00PM-9:00PM Opening Kickoff Downtown Fargo

Saturday, January 28, 2017


8:30AM-12:00PM Cardboard Sled Races Mickelson Sledding Hill
8:00AM -4:00PM “Ice Bowl” Disc Golf Tournament Woodlawn Park
8:00AM -5:00PM Kickball Tournament MB Johnson Park
9:00AM-finish Golf Tournament (shotgun start) Elmwood Park
9:00AM-finish Cross Country Ski Race Edgewood Golf Course
10:00AM-2:00PM Kids Winter Boot Camp Rustad Recreation Center
10:00AM-4:30PM Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe rentals Hjemkomst Center
10:00AM-4:30PM Snow Sculptures Hjemkomst Center
10:00AM-4:30PM Snow Fort Making Hjemkomst Center
10:00AM-4:30PM Geocache with River Keepers Hjemkomst Center
10:30AM-finish Sled Parade Hjemkomst Center
11:00AM-finish Snowga Island Park
11:00AM-finish Volleyball Tournament Fargo Billiards & Gastropub
11:00AM-10:00PM Base Camp Downtown Fargo
12:00PM Chili Feed Hjemkomst Center
12:00PM-2:00PM Winter Bird Festival Forest River
12:00PM-3:30PM Softball Tournament Mickelson Fields
 1:30PM-3:30PM  Fun Run  Riverwood Park
 2:00PM-4:00PM  Winter Rocks Skating Event  Downtown on Ice Rink
2:00PM-finish Snowshoe Races Hjemkomst Center
 6:30PM-9:00PM  Frozen Fantasy Family Dance  Avalon Event Center

2017 Event Map Coming Soon

So grab your friends and family and come out of your warm house to enjoy lots of winter fun! For more information go to the official website at







Meet the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership’s New Faculty

Healthy Weight Week 2017


How do you determine what is healthy? How do you determine who is healthy? Do you go by weight or what is eaten? How about the amount of exercise?

Did you know that Healthy Weight Week is January 20-26th? In fact, this week of health observance began 24 years ago! The goal of this week is to encourage everyone to understand that health is not about numbers.  Focusing on healthy weight does not include stepping on the scale or logging measurements. Healthy weight is mostly genetic based. Many individuals simply are not made to look like the models seen in magazines and TV. That is why nobody should stress about their weight! It is just a number and does not reflect healthful living in its entirety. We may all know someone who could eat anything and everything and not gain an ounce!

Every day during Healthy Weight Week there is a topic to think about and ways you can become more healthful.

  • Monday: What do we mean by healthy weight?
  • Tuesday: Mindful eating and how it supports your healthy weight
  • Wednesday: The transformative difference of enjoyable movement
  • Thursday: The power of effective stress management for emotional eating
  • Friday: Cultivating the practice of true self-care

Diets do not always work, especially crash diets. Did you know that starving your body may actually cause weight gain? Your body goes into survival mode and begins to store the foods you eat! Our bodies do amazing things! If you need to lose weight, do it slowly! Cutting a couple hundred calories from your diet may not seem like much, but it really adds up over time. It is recommended to not eat less that 1500 calories a day. Remember, food is how we get nutrients! It is also important to eat healthy foods like lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. Adding in some exercise does the trick, too! Be mindful of healthy habits and you will get to your body’s own, unique, healthy weight!



Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2017 is January 11th

As you go throughout your day, you interact with thousands of people. Each person’s story is different and unique. However, some of these stories are not what you would think. In cases, such as human trafficking victims, these stories could include abuse and unwanted attention. Recent statistics show that there are about 12.3 million human trafficking victims in the world. Of those 12.3 million, only about 0.4% are identified and helped. This process has increased in recent years due to the internet. Internet access makes it easier for offenders to buy modern slaves without much human interaction. Human trafficking affects all genders and ages, whether it be male or female, young or old. However, a majority of the victims happen to be female and often teens to young adults.

To start off, trafficking is not the same as smuggling. Trafficking is defined as, “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force …for the purpose of exploitation.” Basically it is the selling and buying of a person who is unwilling.


Victims most often exit this viscous cycle with health issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, physical/brain injuries, and STD’s. They are also likely, and most often, show signs of psychological problems like mind and body disassociation, suicidal thoughts and actions, PTSD, anxiety and depression, and most of all a hatred or fear of the opposite gender since most victims are held by the opposite sex.

It is times like this that require community action. One of the best ways to help prevent this phenomenon is by promoting healthy behaviors in relationships, and most of all, reducing the demand for commercial sex and profits from such transactions. The reason behind promoting healthy behaviors is because most people who are sold into trafficking are sold by loved ones such as parents, a significant other, or a spouse. Engaging these healthy behaviors allows possible victims to realize that something is not right and that they may need to escape. The other, to reduce demand for commercial sex is because most victims are sex slaves. If we reduce the demand, it will hopefully reduce the number of people involved in this area. Another way is to report suspicious behaviors or signs of abuse since most victims receive physical or sexual abuse as part of conditioning. The main key point, I guess would be to stay aware of what is going on around you. Trust your gut if something doesn’t feel right, and if it looks severe enough, report it. By staying aware and noticing the signs you could save someone’s life.


Welcome Back MSUM!


welcome-backHopefully you enjoyed your long, well-deserved winter break! It has now come to an end and it is time to start a new semester! Starting a new semester after a break can be exciting, but dreadful, too! It’s great to come back to see friends and continue the activities you missed over the break, but the thought of homework and no more sleeping in may make you cringe.  Although many students come into the semester with high motivation and plenty of goals, we can agree that sometimes that motivation tends to slip to almost nothing and goals become harder to accomplish.

Here are some tips to help get you back into the swing of things:

  1. Get organized. A great thing to do is to get a planner or something else that allows you to put your class schedule and other plans you have all in one place. It is also good to look at your class syllabuses to check out important dates for assignments and tests. It may take awhile to get into a routine, but being organized makes the adjustment so much easier!
  2. Set goals, big and small. Goals are great motivators and things to look forward to throughout the semester. Make some academic and personal goals. Maybe you want to try completing every assignment on time and avoid any late assignments, go to every class, eat healthier, or get 8 hours of sleep at night. Make some big goals, but also create little goals throughout the week to keep you motivated and feeling productive.
  3. Make time. If you don’t make time, you will not have time. We may all relate to this statement, especially when it comes to something that is not enjoyable. Use your planner or make a list of what needs to be done and when you are going to complete the task. Make it a goal to conquer the tasks at your planned times.

Here is a list of important dates throughout the semester:

January 5-6 Registration/Orientation
January 6 Move-In (noon)
January 9 All Classes Begin
January 13 Drop/Add Deadline (4 pm)
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (No classes)
January 23 Pass/No Credit Deadline
February 13 Tuition Due Date
February 20 Faculty Development (No day classes/Classes meeting 4:30 pm or later are held)
March 3 Mid-Term
March 6-10 Spring Break (No classes)
March 13 Fall/Summer Advising Begins
March 27 Fall/Summer Registration Begins
April 11 Student Academic Conference (No day classes/classes meeting at 4:30 or later are held)
April 14, 17 Non-Instructional/Non-Duty Days (No classes)
May 3 Study Day (No day classes/Classes meeting 4:30 pm or later are held)
May 4-10 Final Exams Schedule
May 11 Grading Day
May 12 Commencement
May 12 Faculty Grades Due (4:30 pm)


Again, welcome back and good luck! May Spring 2017 be your best semester yet!







National Blood Donor Month

NBDM-logocolor9This year, make a new years resolution that will help others. Giving blood is an easy way to help save a life. Every day hospitals need 44,000 donations for their cancer, burn and bone marrow transplant patients. Usually blood banks are able to have a moderate supply of blood on hand for nearby banks, but January is different. Most blood banks find that they are in short supply in the winter months with January being their low period. National Blood Donor Month was created to help bring their stores back up.

When you give blood, you are giving about 1 pint. Most adults have somewhere between 8 and 12 pints of blood in their system. There are 4 products that can be separated from your whole-blood donation; red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. With your 1 pint donation they are able to make 2 or 3 of these products to help individuals.

Of these 4 components, platelets expire the quickest. They have a life span of 5 days and are in need of constant supply. When donating you have the option to donate whole blood, or just platelets. When donating just the platelets it take longer, about 2 hours, but they return the other liquids and parts of your blood back into your body. By doing this, you give about 3 doses worth of platelets. If you give whole blood, they have to combine your platelets with those of 4 others in order to get a full dose.

The red cells from your donation can last about 42 days before they are too degraded and expire. On average 1.62 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. They are dependent on these blood stores, especially after a chemotherapy session in order to keep themselves healthy. It is difficult to find them these donations because only 38% of the population is healthy enough or meet the requirements to donate blood. Of that 38% less than 10% give blood every year. The 3.8% of the population that are helping are given a time restraint. It takes about 56 days before they are healthy enough to give again. National Blood Donor month was created in the hopes that more people would help over come this time restraint and give blood.

Did you know?

  • It took about 12 units of blood to help save Reagan. Over a dozen strangers gave the blood needed to keep him alive
  • The first successful blood transfusion was given during the civil war. They didn’t know about blood types, so it was more luck that it worked than skill.
  • If you live to be 72, there is a 90% chance you will have a blood transfusion.
  • George Washington was purposefully bled to death. Physicians at the time thought that bleeding the “bad blood” out would get ride of a cold. Washington bled through about half his blood supply before he died.
  • Elizabeth Bathory may be the root of vampire legends. This Hungarian Countess believed that if she bathed in young girls blood, it would restore her youth. She was finally charged with killing about 650 girls, but her family’s power prevented any retaliation against her.

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RN/BSN Orientations


If you have been admitted into our RN to BSN program, you had to have RSVP ed for 1 of 2 orientation sessions. Our first orientation session is tomorrow January 3rd at 8:30am-3pm. It will be held at North Hennepin in the twin cities.

Our second and final orientation is January 9th from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. This welcome will be held on campus at MSUM. If you have not RSVP ed for one of these two times, please email with any questions,comments or concerns you may have.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


It may not just be the winter blues your feeling. Between 5 an 10% of the population experience something called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short. Sad is a seasonal form of depression, often linked to the decrease in sunlight. Most people begin to feel the effects of SAD in the fall and the effects can last until the spring or early summer. The farther north you go, the more likely you are to be affected by SAD.

SAD shares many symptoms with major and moderate depression, but the most common symptoms are fatigue, periods of lack of motivation, a sense of hopelessness and social withdrawal. Other common symptoms include weight gain or loss, craving carbohydrates, oversleeping, anxiety and difficulty concentrating.

There are several different methods of treatments available to ease or prevent these symptoms from interfering with your every day life. A common and easy treatment involves a light box. A light box is a bright lamp that produces energy similar to the sun. You expose your face to the lamp for about 20-30 minutes every day and it is supposed to change your brain chemistry. Not all lamps are produced the same, so it is important to speak to a doctor before you pick one out to see what your needs are.

Talk therapy is another way to help lessen the symptoms of SAD and major depression. By talking to a professional, you can identify stressors in your life that worsen or trigger the effects of SAD during the day. It can also teach you how to manage stress to keep anxiety levels down.

Some people find that medication can help prevent or lessen their symptoms when combined with another form of therapy, be it talk therapy or phototherapy. It is important to talk to your doctor before you decide medication is the best option as results can vary.

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