Category Archives: Fall 2016

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.


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.


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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!

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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!



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World Pneumonia Day 2016 is Nov. 12th


Pneumonia is a lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection that can affect one or both of your lungs. Some symptoms of pneumonia include: cough, fever, chills, and a hard time breathing. When a person has pneumonia, oxygen has a hard time reaching the blood, and when there is too little of oxygen in the blood it causes the cells in the body to not work properly. Because of this and the risk of infection spreading throughout the body, it can cause death. Pneumonia is the world’s leading infectious killer of children under the age of five.Nearly one in five global child deaths result from pneumonia every year.

World Pneumonia Day was established in 2009 when over 100 organizations joined to form the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia. World Pneumonia Day helps to highlight the severity of pneumonia and encourages more organizations to look at ways of combating the disease. This worldwide day helps:

  • Raise awareness about pneumonia
  • Promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia
  • Generate action to fight the illness

Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health and yet a child dies from the infection every twenty seconds!

Mark this day on your calendars and help spread awareness by using #StopPneumonia on social media.

Together as a world, we can stand together and help fight pneumonia and save a child!



Diabetes Awareness Month


Diabetes is a disease that occurs when one’s body has an impaired ability to produce insulin. Without the insulin to break down the glucose, it begins to build up in the blood stream. Untreated, this build up of glucose can cause heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and extremity amputation. These effects are what makes diabetes the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more per year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. 1 in 11 Americans lives with diabetes. 3 in 11 Americans are at risk of developing diabetes.

There are two different types of Diabetes, types 1 and 2. Type 1 Diabetes has been called juvenile diabetes before because it usually occurs early in one’s life. People with type 1 diabetes are usually dependent on insulin injection or other therapies in order to survive. Type 1 diabetes makes up 5-10% of the existing Diabetic community. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 can be prevented by your lifestyle choices. Type 2 is caused later in life from an inactive lifestyle.

The American Diabetes Association was founded in 1995 to help fund research for Diabetes and improve those that are affected by it’s life. They help the Diabetic community by:

  • Providing credible information
  • Giving voices to those discriminated against
  • Research new ways to prevent, manage and possibly cure Diabetes

Their theme this year is This is Diabetes. They are showcasing stories of people that challenge the limitations they have and overcome them. Help spread awareness by using #ThisIsDiabetes to share your story or the information on their webpage.


RN to BSN Applications due Today

MSUM_Signature_Horz_R&GApplications for the Spring 2017 RN to BSN Program are due on today, November 1st.

To begin, students need to apply to Minnesota State University Moorhead, and then apply to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership.

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:

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

Feel free to contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership for any additional questions by calling (218)-477-2693, or email or

Tips and Tricks for Halloween 2016!


Halloween is the time when we think about the things that go bump in the night. Don’t let that stop you though, Trick-or-Treating can be a fun time for everyone! There are certain things that you can do to help make sure you and your witches and ghosts stay safe.

Arts and Crafts

Bright is better. If possible try and work reflective tape, glow sticks or flashlights into your child’s costume. It will help you pick your child out of a crowd and visible in the dark.

Masks can be fun, but only if you can see. The eye holes on some masks can block your view and pose a safety risk. Test the mask to see if your peripheral vision is obstructed, you may need to cut the holes larger.

Carving pumpkins is fun, but the knifes and blades can be dangerous if not handled properly. Carving should be done by an adult to cut down the risks of an accident. Try something different by letting your kids color and put glitter on the pumpkins instead

Walking Safety

Kids should have an adult with them at all times. If your kid is under 12, they should have some kind of adult supervision for the night. Have your child carry a cellphone on them for the off-handed chance that you get separated.

Feed your family before you go out for the night. This will help for when you tell them to not eat any candy before you can inspect it. You don’t know what they might be getting. The treats might have expired or been opened to the elements and be unsafe to eat.

Street Smarts

Kids tend to walk on the curb and run across streets while they are out Trick-or-Treating. While you’re driving, drive slower than the posted speed limit. This gives you more time to stop if a kid runs across the road.

Avoid the tech. You shouldn’t be on your phone anyways, but it’s even more important that you are focusing on the road tonight of all nights.

The most popular times for Trick-or-Treating is from 5:30 to 9:30, so it’s important that you drive with your headlights on. Pay attention to any hazard lights you see, that car is most likely dropping some kids off.

Get Involved at MSUM and in the FM Area!!

The Fargo-Moorhead area and campus itself are full of events, opportunities, and cool activities to get involved in! MSUM_Signature_Horz_R&G

On campus you can:

  1. Join a student organization
  2. Attend a lecture series
  3. Start a student organization
  4. Join an intramural sport
  5. Attend the Fall Festival today in the Campus Mall
  6. Get a job on campus
  7. Attend a Dragon Athletics event

There are a ton of opportunities! To learn more about student organizations and events taking place visit Dragon Central. If you’re interested in working on or off campus visit Dragon Jobs. Log in at both sites using your StarID and get active on campus! Dragon Athletics schedules are up for view at


In the FM Area you can:

  1. Go to College Night at Sky Zone
  2. Get a job
  3. Volunteer at the humane society or food pantry
  4. Go to the Plains Art Museum (students get in free with ID)
  5. Take advantage of student discounts at area restaurants (Fargo Monthly: College Specials)
  6. Go to discount night at the movie theater! (Tuesdays all tickets $5 and Thursdays all students with ID get a free popcorn and $5 tickets.)
  7. Go to a Fargo Force Game- students with ID get discount tickets

Fargo and Moorhead are full of fun stuff to do as well as amazing cultural opportunities. Take advantage of the deals offered to students all while getting more familiar with the community! If transportation is an issue the MATBUS offers free rides to students and Doyle’s Cab offers a student discount.

With so much to do, why not get involved?

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Spring Registration Begins October 17th


Registration for Spring Semester classes began on October 17th. If you have met with your advisor and are ready to go for registering, great! If you have not met or contacted your advisor for advising, please do so!

It is so important to meet with your advisor as they will guide you through the right path! Together you may look at your DARs to check your progress and create your schedule for next semester. It is also important to meet with your advisor because they have your access code! Students cannot register for classes without their access code.

Also, don’t forget to check your registration window on eServices! It is ideal for all students to get registered for their classes as soon as they are able before the spots fill up. If you have any questions about the advising process, contact your advisor! They are here to help you.