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Almost Free…Study Day is May 3rd 2017

never-study-hard-the-art-of-studying-smartToday is a day to both relax and panic. Today is MSUM’s study day. There are no classes held today and professors will be in their offices all day to offer help. The next 7 days are filled with finals that you may or may not be prepared for.

Every year the students can be sorted into two groups: Newbies and Old-timers. The newbies walk into their class at the normal time. They look around at all the empty seats. They have a nervous breakdown. They forgot that finals are not held at the same time as class normally is. Sometimes they get lucky and haven’t missed any finals, sometimes their luck stinks.

The Old-timers check when their finals are here. They get to their classrooms 10 to 15 minutes early. They still have a nervous breakdown, but at least they’re in the right place at the right time.

For example, someone may have General Chemistry II this semester every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am. For some reason, their final is being held on Tuesday at 9.

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership hopes you all study hard and long today so that you may pass your classes and finals with flying colors! Good luck to all!

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Student Academic Conference April 11th 2017

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Everyone out there must be confused. No class tomorrow? On a Tuesday? What gives? Well, there is the Student Academic Conference (SAC) on campus. Good news, if your a non-STEM student you can sleep the day away. Bad news, most STEM majors are required to go for their classes.

The SAC is a way for students to present their research instead of it just hiding on some professor’s shelf or on a wall. There will be 3 different oral presentation time slots. Each slot will last 100 minutes and have about 4-6 presenters. There will also be poster presentations rotating out through out the day. Students will be standing next to their work and will answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to engage, they want to show off what they’ve learned.

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is inviting you to the HSAD presentations tomorrow. We have more than 10 students who will present for the first time in SAC! We hope to see you there exploring and showing your support.

  • Structure-Process-Outcome – Applying Donabedian Quality Improvement Model to Improve Health Care by Daniel Danuser, Laura Kjolhaug, Serah Demmer *Time – 9:40 – 11:00
  • Six Sigma: A Strategy for Health Care Organizations by Jacqueline Volkert, Haley Cox, Ashlee Torgerson, Paris Williams, Molly Zachman *Time – 9:40 – 11:00
  • Plan-Do-Check- Act – An approach to improve Health Care Quality and Patient Safety by Tony Santos, Cecelia Winter *Time – 9:40 – 11:00
  • International internship experience (Patient Satisfaction Survey in Abu Dhabi -(Oral Presentation) by Marah Omar *Time – 12:40 – 1:00 pm

There are over 230 posters scheduled to be there from every major on campus in addition to the oral presentations. If you think there isn’t something for you, you’re wrong. Here are some examples of posters:

  • The Past, Brexit, the Future: Insights for firms and investors by Moyinoluwa Abiola
  • Response to the Cry of a Baby: Physiological responses and self-reported behavior by Molly Kraemer and Megan Weiler
  • An Investigation of the Bio-chemical Constituents and Potential Allelopathic and Insecticidal Efficacy of Wormwood in Aquaponics by Isaac Heiser
  • Whitewashing Screenplays by Regan Meyer and Nathan Arel and William Austin and Duncan Monroe
  • Geographical Location and the Development of LGBT Youth.
  • STEAM Ahead: Arts Integration for Tomorrow’s World Changers by Julianne Feir

The SAC will be held in the CMU starting at 9:40am today and goes until roughly 3.

Complete list of all the presenters along with times and places: Schedule

 

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.

 

 

Labor Day 9/5- No Classes!

Many people associate Labor Day with a day off, and that is exactly what this holiday is all about! It is a day for workers to sit back and be proud of the hard work they put into our country. It is also a time to think about those workers who do not get the day off for our protection and care, such as police officers and healthcare providers.

The very first Labor Day was celebrated back on September 5, 1882, but it was only celebrated in New York City. As the years went on, this idea spread throughout the country. During those years, Labor Day was assigned to the first Monday in September. Soon after, it became a legal holiday in the U.S. and District of Columbia on June 28, 1894.

Nobody really knows who the exact person that came up with this idea is, but is has narrowed down to two men, Peter McGuire and Mathew Maguire. Fortunately, we don’t need to know whose idea it was in order to celebrate this holiday. So remember, there are no classes on Monday, September 5th! Enjoy the day off and have a great 3-day weekend!

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Site sources:

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/blogs/fl/The-Purpose-and-History-of-Labor-Day.htm

http://elmcitymontessori.org/event/labor-day/