Category Archives: Events (Off-Campus)

Enjoy National Trails Day on June 2, 2018

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Saturday, June 2 is National Trails Day! There are multiple activities that many people enjoy while on the trails including hiking, biking, bird watching, geocaching, and horseback riding. Which activity will you choose to celebrate this day?

The Fargo-Moorhead area is a great place to explore. It is covered in trails! While many of these trails aren’t your traditional hiking trails, you can still enjoy them! Some places you may want to check out include Gooseberry Mound Park and M.B. Johnson Park. Check out the links below to find some trails and parks near you!

 

Before you head out on the trails, make sure you are prepared:

  • proper footwear: trail shoes or hiking boots
  • map: even though we have easy access to GPS on our phones, bring a map just in case!
  • food and water: granola bars and trail mix work great! Bring extra food and water just in case your outing is longer than expected
  • rain gear and extra clothing: be prepared for anything! We live in an area where the weather can be unpredictable
  • first aid kit
  • sunscreen, sunglasses, hat

The American Hiking Society has great resources including hiking etiquette and how to prepare for any length of an outing on the trail. Check out their website if you would like more information.

In the end, it does not matter which activity you choose to do while celebrating National Trails Day, just get out and enjoy nature!

 

Sources: https://americanhiking.org/hiking-resources/#hiking-101

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/June/national-trails-day.htm

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“Flat, Fast & Friendly” – Fargo Marathon 2018

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Yesterday marked the beginning of a week of fun and fitness. It’s marathon week here in Fargo-Moorhead! The Fargo Marathon is in its 14th year and has events for all! Registration is now closed but all are welcome to cheer the participants on! Here is a list of the events for the week:

Monday: Cylcothon

Tuesday: Furgo Dog Run

Thursday: Youth Run

Friday: 5K

Saturday: Relay, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K

For more details about the Fargo Marathon, visit their website at fargomarathon.com.

The first marathon was held in 1886. At this time, the distance was 24.8 miles. In 1921, the distance was changed to 26.2. There aren’t too many marathon runners out there. About 0.5% of the population in the U.S. has run and completed a marathon. As we all may know, running a marathon takes a lot of training and energy. The average completion time is 4-5 hours. That is a lot of running! A 150 pound person may burn around 2600 calories during their marathon run, so it is important for them to fuel up and hydrate accordingly. What you may not know is the process of “tapering.” This is when a runner gradually decreases the intensity of their workouts as their event gets near. Runners will also participate in carbohydrate loading, which is the process of increasing their carbohydrate intake in the few day prior to their event. As you can see, running a marathon takes great physical and mental strength as well as proper nutrition. Take some time out of your day to cheer on all of the runners participating this week! They have trained very hard to get to where they are!

 

Sources:

http://fargomarathon.com/

http://www.marathontrainingschedule.com/blog/marathon-facts/

Fargo-Moorhead Event on March 21! Keeping Tech/Social Media Positive & Healthy

Cyber Bulling statistics show that over half of teens have been bullied online and have engaged in cyber bulling. They also show that more than 1 in 3 teens have experienced cyber threats online. Come join Professor Dave Eisenmann on March 31st for a presentation for parents and students about keeping technology and social media positive and healthy for students of all ages.  This is a FREE event and is open to the community. Eisenmann will be giving the presentation from 7PM-8:30PM at the First Lutheran Church in Fargo. This presentation will cover topics about cyber bullying and harassment, sexting, and the dangers of pornography. Why students should be careful about information that they share online through Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter and how this a permanent digital record will also be covered in the presentation by Eisenmann. Attend this event to help students all ages understand how to keep their technology and social media positive and healthy.

For more information about this event click here:

http://y94.com/events/event/community/27230/keeping-techsocial-media-positive-healthy/

 

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html

https://makeawebsitehub.com/social-media-sites/

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.

 

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/