Monthly Archives: March 2017

Celebration of Nations and the Woodlands and High Plains Powwow Tomorrow, April 1st 2017

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“A traditional powwow is a time to celebrate and renew friendships. In addition, this powwow celebrates the educational experiences of American Indian higher education and the sharing of tribal cultures in the FM area.”

This year is the 28th annual Woodlands and High Plains Powwow. The Powwow is held at Nemzek from 1 to 9 tomorrow. The powwow will have a variety of dancing and drum songs from the area tribes. The community is encouraged to come and enjoy the cultural display and learn. In addition to the music and dancing there will be a hand games tournament and many vendors selling wares from their tribes.

The Celebration of Nations will also be held in the CMU tomorrow. Students and community members from cultures around the world will be here to get together. The celebration is kicked off with a parade of flags. Following that, students will have cooked some of their meals from home that are available to sample with dancing and music being played at this time. The celebration will end after a fashion show highlighting the dress and attire from around the world.

Celebration of Nations

Woodland and High Prairie Powwow

 

Dragon Athletics Spring 2017

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The MSUM wrestling team has excelled this year, but one teammate in particular stood out. Blake Bosch is a senior here at MSUM and he has been put on quite a few good matches this year at the NCAA Championships. He took 2nd place at the Championship this year and won  the All-American Honors for the third year in a row. He will be graduate this year, and he leaves a great legacy as a student athlete at MSUM. He is leaving with the second best record in MSUM history (115-35).

The men’s basketball team also has a good season. This was their 4th consecutive 20+ win season, with a record of 24-6. In addition to the that streak, they won their  fourth straight NSIC North Division Championship and a third straight NCAA Tournament!

The Women’s Basketball team had a great season this year finishing at 24-5. They won the NSIC Conference Tournament against Southwest State, but sadly lost the NCAA regionals to Central Missouri. This was the team’s first time making it to regionals since 2009. Dragon Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Carla Nelson, celebrated a feat this year. Coach Nelson achieved her 300th team win as a head college basketball coach.  Both Men’s and Women’s Basketball had great seasons and we look forward to next year!

The Women’s tennis team is off to a good start with a record of 9-5. Their next match will be at Bemidji State on April 1st. Be sure to show your support by cheering them on!

Dragon Softball season started Tuesday the 28th with the first conference game against Northern State. The team fell to its opponents, but takes on Bemidji State this Saturday in an away game.

For more information on Dragon Athletics, team schedules, and rosters visit http://msumdragons.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you need to graduate? DARs, LASC goals, and upper division credits

Now that you have started your journey along the college path it’s important to know what you need to get yourself to graduation. As a general guideline it is best to follow your DARs, or Degree Audit Report, which can be found on eServices. This degree audit report divides the requirements needed for your major of choice into easy to understand pieces. An example of this could be major requirements that are divided into the core requirements or classes you need to achieve your major, required electives, and your general courses.

If you go into your eServices page and click Grades and Transcripts, the following page will pop up. Click the tab that’s circled in blue to access your DARs.

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LASC stands for Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum. These are mandatory to make sure the university turns out well rounded students.  There will also be a degree audit report for all of your general courses, or LASC goals under the DARs tab. It’s called the  MINNESOTA TRANSFER CURRICULUM (MnTC). In this report you will find that there are different sections.  The eleven sections listed on this report are goal areas that needs to be fulfilled in order to obtain your degree. If it’s green, your good. If it’s red, contact your advisor to help you fill those credits.

Another thing to consider is your major’s requirement for upper division classes or classes that are 3oo level or above. Your 3oo+ classes can be started as early as your second semester of your freshman year. Upper division classes tend to be more intense and have a larger content base to them. A few can be used to satisfy your writing intensive LASC goal as well.

For the RN-to-BSN program you need a total of 40 credits that are in the 300+ range. 31 of these credits are fulfilled by mandatory program classes as well as the writing requirements. Some students already come into MSUM with the other 9 credits from a past institution while others need to find a few classes here.

The link below has a sample document of what the advisors will fill out with you to see how far into your degree you are. This sheet is specific for the RN-to-BSN program.

Advising Form SAMPLE

New Student Checklist Walk Through/Explanation

Congratulations on your admittance to MSUM! There is lots to do during and before your first day of class.  There is a well made web page here that has all of these steps nicely laid out in the order that you should do them. (I’ve embedded links to several websites and pages that are useful. Save this page so you can remember what to check and where.)

The first thing you need to do is get yourself a StarID. Make sure you remember what it and your password are. You will need this often on campus and on several websites. There are several ways to activate your ID, but the most common way is to enter your tech ID. When you were admitted to MSUM they gave you a 8 digit code, your tech ID. Look back through any paperwork or emails we have sent you to find this number.

The second thing you need to do is complete a FAFSA. You should have done this already if you wanted money in the forms of scholarships, grants or loans. Based on need and availability, the school will give you some help.

The third step can wait for a while. You just need to sign up for a new student orientation date. At the orientation they will talk about campus life and getting involved. They will also help you register for first semester classes. Before you come to orientation, go to eservices. Click on grades and then Interactive Degree Audit Report (DARs).  This shows you if you are on track to graduate or not. It breaks down your degree and shows you what classes you still need to take.  Look through the prerequisites for the classes in your major. They may require you to take all of them in a certain order or to take one or two before the rest open up.

You also need to make a financial commitment 15 days before the start of the semester. This is just to make sure that you are serious about coming. If you fail to set up a way of paying by that deadline, you will be dropped. No housing, no classes, nothing. Do it as soon as possible.

Something that you are likely to forget is PETSA training. This is a short course on sexual violence you have to take at the beginning of the year. You cannot take it before the start of the school year, so don’t forget before then.It can be found in D2L Brightspace under course (more on D2L later) .

This part is important. Some students don’t realize they got a new school email and miss homework assignments, labs or lectures. I didn’t know about it, so I didn’t know that my first two weeks of a class had been canceled, causing a lot of unnecessary stress. Check your Dragon Email often, about twice a day if your a good student. Teachers can keep you in the loop this way.

If you are a veteran or a family member is, you need to contact the Veteran’s resource center. There are several benefits that you may be eligible for.

This next step is optional and new. If you want to be called a different name, you can have your name changed in the school’s system and on your ID. This may be because a student has a nickname or alternate name they prefer. This helps the student get called that name consistently and to make the campus a more inclusive space.

This next part bites. You need to find and buy your textbooks. At this website click the buy that is highlighted in red. If you got there early enough, there is an option for pick-up ordering. Do that. It’s so much easier. If you didn’t make there in time, find the red link underneath the large red text that says you missed the pick-up option. Open up a second window at this point and go to eservices again. Click courses and registration and then the tab review my schedule.  Now in the bookstore tab you can look up the text books you need using the information from the eservices page (subject, #, and instructor). Write down all of the books you need. IF you didn’t select pick-up, you’ll need to do it yourself. The textbook store is located beneath the bookstore in MacLean Hall. If you’re lucky the prices will be low. If you’re not, you’ll get hit by two or three $300 textbooks for one semester.

One last thing the school is going to spring on you is that you need to submit your immunization records. It used to be on the checklist, but they removed it for now. Go here to fill it out. If that link doesn’t work, click here and then the link online immunization forms.

 

 

Advising has started!!! Registration Windows start opening on March 27th for Fall 2017!!!

Have you registered for Fall and Summer classes yet? The available seats will be filling up fast! Get registered early to avoid having to stay an extra semester just because you held off registering for a week. Go to the link here and get started!

When registering for classes your Degree Audit Report (DARS) will be very helpful. This is available through the eServices site by selecting “Grades and Transcripts” then the “Interactive Degree Audit Report” tab. This report is tailored to each student and provides a list of all necessary and completed coursework. Make sure you’re on track to have all your LASC (pronounced la-sk). Don’t push them all until the end, or you could be in trouble.

Once you are ready to begin the class search, click on “Courses and Registration,” then “Search for a Course.” Here you can search through various course offerings in a variety of subjects and pick the classes you want to sign up for. There is also the option to search for courses by tittle or specific class ID. This method is most helpful when you know which classes you are in need of to fulfill graduation requirements.  After you’ve found the class for you, click on the plus sign to the left of the class tittle. Completing this action will add the course to your wishlist for later registration . After clicking the add button, you can go to “Review My Plan” under “Courses and Registration” to see the items that have been added to your wishlist. From here, select the courses you want to take and click “Proceed to Register”.

When thinking about registering, do you want to take Summer courses? They are a great way to get ahead or catch up in a short amount of time, but register early. They are only offered based on interest. So just because you held off on signing up by a week or two, that class could be dropped and you’ll have to take it in the Fall or Spring.

After this step, you will need to input your access code. To get this code you must contact your advisor to discuss you options and graduation requirements. The last step is to put in your star ID password and click the button to complete registration. If any course conflicts exist you will be notified during this process. If you are unable to solve this problem or have any questions please contact your advisor directly or the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at nursing@mnstate.edu.

To begin searching for courses visit this link: https://webproc.mnscu.edu/registration/search/basic.html?campusid=072&_ga=1.105872963.177862644.1355849320

To review general program requirements visit this link: https://www.mnstate.edu/academics/collegesdepartments.aspx

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael Osterholm

Join us this Thursday night (23rd) for a presentation featuring the internationally recognized figure Michael Osterholm. Osterholm was a co-author for the book Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs. During the presentation he will be talking about several threats and topics concerning the public such as:

  • the reality and emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • bio terrorism as a certainty
  • the increasing risk of a devastating influenza pandemic

After the event he will be having a book signing event. The presentation will be in Langseth Hall 104 at 7 pm on campus.

 

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day March 21st 2017

Today was chosen as a symbolic day to represent the Down Syndrome. Taking place on the 21st day of the 3rd month, it represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome. Today was meant as a day for people all around the world to learn about this connecting disorder. Down syndrome has been present in all cultures and societies around the world for millennia.

The goal of having this awareness day every year is to bring about a change be fully and equally included in society for everyone that is affected by Down Syndrome. Not all governmental bodies recognize the needs or help that those affected may need. Several key areas that people around the world are trying to change through advocacy are “health, education, work and employment, standard and choice of living accommodation, participation in political, public and cultural life and access to justice and recognition before the law.”

It is estimation of incidence is about 1 in every 700 births world wide. Approximately 6,000 babies are born that are affected by this chromosome disorder in the United States. About a quarter of a million families in the US that are affected by Down Syndrome.

The CDC and WHO have recognized that are several illnesses or health problems that are more likely to occur in someone that has Down Syndrome.

  • Hearing loss (up to 75% of people with Down syndrome may be affected)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, which is a condition where the person’s breathing temporarily stops while asleep (between 50 -75%)
  • Ear infections (between 50 -70%)
  • Eye diseases (up to 60%), like cataracts and eye issues requiring glasses
  • Heart defects present at birth (50%)

There are several tests that are available to detect if a child has Down syndrome before birth and directly after birth. While there is no treatment available, there are certain therapies and groups that work towards helping affected people move to their full intellectual and physical capabilities.

https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/united-nations-resolution-world-down-syndrome-day

http://www.un.org/en/events/downsyndromeday/background.shtml

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/downsyndrome.html

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https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/sites/default/files/WDSD%202017%20Campaign%20Toolkit.pdf

https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/wdsd-2017

 

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