Category Archives: Events (Off-Campus)

Calling All Users of Science

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This Saturday there is going to be a series of marches and protests occurring in 358 cities in the United States and over 500 world wide. The March for Science is the first event of it’s kind. It is a call for support from all students, science-based careers and anyone who benefits from scientific advances (psst that’s everyone). It’s a nonpartisan even that is urging policy makers to look at evidence based practices and scientific data to influence their policies and ruling instead of money.

You can find a city near you here that is holding a march. The Fargo/Moorhead area is holding a large one that is expecting several thousand visitors. Here are some of the missions or goals that the March for Science hopes to achieve.

  • Evidence-based policy and regulations in the public interest. They wish for policy makers to make decisions not altered by other agendas.
  • Cutting-edge science education. They believe that a science background isn’t only for a select few, the entire  majority of the population should be able to interpret scientific literature.
  • Diversity and Inclusion in STEM. This comes into play with the previous mission, they wish to have an outreach in education.
  • Open, honest science and inclusive public outreach. Several policies that have been passed recently have banned or limited the exchange of scientific literature and dialogue. By restricting access to the newest information, the governmental body is harming it’s people.
  • Funding for scientific research and its applications. Under the proposed 2018 budget, all scientific bodies with federal funding will see a cut from 10% to 31%. They wish to change so that we are capable of producing more advancements.

In the few months that this has been planned, they have partnered with over 300 different scientific agencies and centers. Here is their page for the MN marches specifically.  They have several social media accounts; check them out on Facebook, Twitter,and Instagram.

 

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Care for the Earth, and it’ll care for you Earth Day 22nd 2017

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Take a deep breath, now let it out. The air you just breathed in was probably refreshing at best, tolerable at worst. You might have noticed the onion or tuna you ate, but that was the worst of it. The next time you drink water, look at it. Is it clear? Probably. Is it colorless? Again, most likely. Is there water in your cup? Well duh.

Never before have these two things been at risk before, drinking and breathing, in the human existence time frame. With the help of globalization and a population boom, humans are having a profound effect on the world. We haven’t had to come to terms that it won’t last forever, because we’ve never had to worry about that in the past.

For the first time in human existence, carbon levels have risen above a threshold it has never crossed before. It didn’t just stop there; the current levels of carbon are sitting at 133% of that threshold. This rise in carbon is having an increased effect, often called the Greenhouse Effect. Due to this warming, there are many changes that are taking place in the world.

Professor Wallace recently gave a seminar on climate change here on campus and the effects that it has on human health. In her presentation she introduced us to some interesting points. A warmer world, even by 2 or 3 degrees Celsius shifts the mosquito habitat. More people will be exposed to mosquito borne disease and for longer times; Zika, Yellow Fever, Dengue, West Nile and the list goes on. Currently 3.6 billion are at risk for these diseases. With a temperature increase that number could rise up to 5 billion. Allergies will worsen as their window widens also. Flooding will increase, as will hurricanes and tornadoes.

Some cities have to issue warnings over smog exposure. It is estimated that of the 10 million deaths every year in China, 1 million is caused by pollutants. Exposure to all these new chemicals is wreaking havoc on our bodies and the environment. In addition to this smog exposure, there is an increasing amount of people with other respiratory problems such as asthma. In 2001, 1 in 14 people had asthma. In 2009, 1 in 12 people. That is the most recent number, although the CDC projects that as many as 1 in 10 people have asthma today.

The goal of Earth Day is to bring awareness to all these issues. It is trying to create scientifically literate people who will in turn be scientifically literate voters on environmental policies. They aim to change the direction of the world towards more green energy, jobs and technology. They hope that by 2020 a majority of the population will be able to understand the scientific literature that affects their lives and environments.

The first Earth Day was held in 1970, and attendance was well above what anyone was expecting. 20 million people, roughly 10% of the population, joined the rallies and marches. It has been one of the most effective awareness days because it is bipartisan for the most part. After that first celebration, the government felt pressured into creating the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air, Clean Water and the Endangered Species Act were also created.

Here are some more facts about Earth Day and our environment.

  • There is roughly 155 billion pounds of plastic in the ocean and roughly 9 billion is added every year
  • We will only be able to fill 60% of the world’s water needs by 2030 without better management
  • The Montreal Protocol signed in 1987 banned many chemicals that were ripping a hole in the ozone. Thanks to that act, the ozone is now healing and the hole is closing.
  • A convention was held in 1997, the Convention on Biological Diversity. Here many countries around the world pledged that they would work to sustain a diverse biosphere starting in their own countries.
  • The Renewable Portfolio Standard is an aggressive self- proposed bill in California that says that the state has to get half their energy from renewable sources by 2030. Many states followed, but theirs is the most ambitious.
  • In 2012 the Earth Day Network planted 1 billion trees to try and bring back forested areas.

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/asthma/

http://www.earthday.org/wp-content/uploads/Earth-Day-Action-Toolkit-2017.pdf

http://mashable.com/2015/04/22/earth-day-facts/#ugyWvQqJIaqB

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160422-earth-day-46-facts-environment/

 

Update: Conference Review by Tracy Wright

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The Health Educator’s Conference was held in Minneapolis, MN on April 6, 2017.  This is an annual conference with health educators from throughout the state invited. MSUM had a vendor booth at the conference. I was fortunate to connect with many past and present MSUM students! We had many students that were interested in our program asking us questions that we were glad to answer.               

There were several attendees interested in pursuing MSUM Graduate Programs in Nursing and/or MHA.  Also present were faculty from community and technical colleges around the state. Information regarding MSUM’s RN-to-BSN program was provided to these faculty to disseminate on to their own Associate Degree Nursing graduates who may desire to continue their nursing education.

Below are a few of the great sessions at the conference:

  • -Deck, M. (2017.04.06). Creative ways to teach diverse learners: It’s all about engagement.  Health Educator                                 Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • -Beasley, L. (2017.04.06). Lateral violence, breaking the silence. Health Educator Conference.Minneapolis, MN.
  • -Elliot, A. (2017.04.06). Professional values competency evaluation. Health Educator Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • -Bristol, T. (2017.04.06). Item analysis made easy: Or at least tolerable. Health Educator Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • -Deck, M. (2017.04.06). Be wise to what’s up & coming. Health Educator Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

 

-Tracy Wright

 

 

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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications for RN-to-BSN Fall 2017 are due tomorrow (March 15th)

Applications for the Fall 2017 RN to BSN Program are due tomorrow, March 15th.

To begin, students need to apply to Minnesota State University Moorhead, and then apply to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. You can apply to the nursing program while your application to MSUM is being processed.

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: https://www.mnstate.edu/snhl/bsnadmission.aspx

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

http://coursecast.mnstate.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=008f09bc-62fb-4eea-bedf-f376efcd18f0&_ga=1.165124735.177862644.1355849320

Feel free to contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership for any additional questions by calling (218)-477-2693, or email nursing@mnstate.edu or snhlsa@mnstate.edu. Our office is located at Lommen 213 for those that wish to visit.

March is Women’s History Month- 2017!!

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The roots of Women’s History Month can be traced to the first known Women’s History Week that was celebrated in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. From then the movement slowly spread to other cities and gained support from President Carter declaring March 8th National Women’s History Week. March had been declared Women’s History Month in 14 states by 1986. The National Women’s History Project and other lobbying groups used this as evidence when discussing with Congress to declare March as Women’s History Month nationwide. Congress made the declaration in 1987. Since then the movement has grown each year.

There are events nationwide that last all month long to celebrate Women! Here are a few in the area.

In the Fargo/Moorhead community there are also many resources for women. Check out the list below to see if any of them interest you!

  • Junior League of Women – a nonprofit group of women dedicated to bettering the lives of women and children in the F/M area.
  • Dress for Success Red River Valley – a national nonprofit that helps women with employment interview attire, resume-writing, and a few other career services.
  • North Dakota Women’s Network – a coalition of ND women aimed at bettering “the lives of women through communication, legislation and increased public activism.
    • Join them this Friday at Gastropub at 5:30 for the March Feminist First Friday.
    • On March 9th from 9:00am – 5:00pm join the movement at the ND state capitol to lobby for policies that will better the lives of families and women.
  • Girl Develop if Fargo – A chance for female software developers to network and attend seminars relating to the field.
  • Fargo-Moorhead Women’s Business Exchange – A networking opportunity for female business leaders and owners.
  • Women’s Impact – a nonprofit group that provides a variety of resources to women to empower them or help them get involved in their community.
  • Women Connect – a monthly meetup organized by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce “aimed at connecting, inspiring and growing a community for women in business.”
    • Attend the monthly meeting on Thursday, March 26th from 3:30-5:00 at the Avalon Events Center West 2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo.
  • Women’s Business Center – a group that organizes leadership programs and seminars to help women advance in their careers and develop as leaders in business.
    • Attend the Fargo Leading Ladies Luncheon on March 22nd from 11:00-1:00 at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

Empowering women is a goal in the F/M area and these resources/events are a great way to do it! Get informed, get involved, and get EMPOWERED!!

 

Sources: http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/http://trainingnd.com/event/2017-leading-ladies-luncheon-fargo https://www.fargomonthly.com/community/local-resources-women/

Image Source: http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/

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


TIME EVENT LOCATION
6:00PM-9:00PM Opening Kickoff Downtown Fargo

Saturday, January 28, 2017


 

TIME EVENT LOCATION
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 frostival.com

 

Sources:

http://frostival.com/