Monthly Archives: February 2011

Suit Yourself! Program Helps Students Dress for Success

“A walk-in closet” is how student leader Andrea Bodin describes the Suit Yourself program at Bemidji State University. Filled with suits and shoes and ties, the room has everything as student needs to look his or her best for a job interview.

The program is run by the staff at the Hobson Memorial Union. The students who help run the program collect gently used business attire and make it available for free for students. Students can come in and take what they need.

Students take an active leadership role in the Suit Yourself Program. Ms. Bodin, the Hobson Memorial Union Marketing assistant, promotes the program at the university career fair. She also creates bookmarks and other materials about the program. These materials aren’t only to get students to use the program. Instead, the success of the program means that much of Ms. Bodin’s marketing work focuses on promoting donations and keeping the shelves stocked with dress clothes for all students who need it. Even through keeping the shelves stocked is not always an easy task, Ms. Bodin says she enjoys working for the program because “it encourages people to donate to a good cause, and benefits college students who may not be able to afford to go buy new business attire.”

For more information on the Suit Yourself program, please see If you are interested in donating to the program, you can call 218-755-3760.

We Call it Triage

By Andrew Rostenberg, Northwestern Health Sciences University chiropractic student

The Pillsbury House is a healthcare environment where many lives and many professions intersect.  Working a shift at the Pillsbury House is a multicultural and multidisciplinary experience for the students, the staff, and the patients alike.   And it is out of this collision of different worlds that an exciting concept of integrative care comes to light.

During the course of treatment, chiropractic interns may find themselves speaking English to a retired Vietnam Vet one minute, and then speaking Spanish to a young working family the next.  These same interns might be treating someone who has received chiropractic care hundreds of times, or they might be giving someone their very first adjustment.  Add to it that each patient presents their own unique problem like low back pain, or migraines, or frozen shoulders to name but a few.  Put the cap on it and shake that up and you get a dynamic experience – we call it triage!

This is what the Pillsbury House is all about – integrating all the layers together.  As chiropractic interns we are responsible for examining, diagnosing, treating, and managing our patients but our job doesn’t stop there.  Working with the medical, massage, and acupuncture students and professionals, we receive patients who have been recommended for chiropractic care.  They may have had a massage for 15 minutes before we treat them, and they may have acupuncture after we treat them, but while they are on our tables we are giving them 100% of our attention.

Barriers like language, economics, gender, and age are no match for the forces at work when a determined intern begins to apply the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic with little more than bare hands.  As stuck, misaligned bones are once again freed and put back into place by the skilled application of a controlled force, as tight and achy muscles are released by a rapid stretch, and as patients begin to relax and breath deeper they feel better – they start to heal.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, chiropractic interns can be found giving out dietary advice, demonstrating home stretching techniques, and answering questions about the patient’s health challenges.  For some that advice may be simple such as eating protein before bedtime to help with difficulty sleeping and exercising to loose weight.  For others, the interns may have an even larger impact on their health by educating them on current natural strategies for chronic diseases.  One popular topic is avoiding gluten grains with any autoimmune disease, an idea which may empower patients to better manage their chronic conditions naturally.

Bringing together all these different health perspectives provides quality health care to a needy population.  The bottom-line for the interns is gaining hands-on experience, for the patients its relief, and for the community its an example of the Pillsbury House making a difference – a difference they can feel.

Andrew Rostenberg is a student at Northwestern Health Sciences University who current serves as a chiropractic intern at the Pillsbury House. For more information about the partnership, please visit:

Green Commuting at Hibbing Community College

Last year, Hibbing Community College student group, Towards a Sustainable Campus (TASC) received a portion of a grant from Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon Program. The group chose to focus on commuting issues to and from campus.  Just one year later, the group has tackled four types of transportation. Tanya Moldenhauer, a highly involved student participant explained the group’s accomplishments:

Biking: The community has donated 35 bicycles for our Bike Loan Program. Any currently registered student can take a bike out on loan for the school year. Bikes will be repaired, adjusted, and maintained at no cost to the student, and students can volunteer to be a bike worker if they wish to.

Busing: In conjunction with Hibbing Transit Authority, we have placed a portion of our funds toward offering free bus rides to and from the campus to any of their regularly scheduled stops. Prior to this, HCC has never been part of their service route. Currently, the bus comes to campus 3 times daily.

Carpooling: Several parking spots in the North parking lot have now been designated for carpools, and have corresponding signage indicating them as such. In this instance, “carpooling” is defined as “two or more passengers”, and it is requested that on days the holders of these passes drive alone, they use the honor system and leave the spaces for others who have additional passengers. Parking tickets may be given by campus security if a pass is not displayed on your rear-view mirror. Since many of our students drive from outlying and rural areas, there is a lot of potential for this to be a very productive way for carbon emissions to be reduced. Beginning March 1st, there will be an online database where riders and drivers can enter their requirements and be matched with others to get or give rides to/from school.

Walking: TASC is still in brainstorming sessions about how to best implement this portion of our strategy to help reduce our carbon footprint. We have had several good suggestions, and are in the process of deciding how to best implement them.

Led the faculty advisor, Donald Graves, the group continues to work on issues of commuting at Hibbing Community College.  Current projects for the group include involving the Hibbing community in CERT’s Green Step Cities program and creating a “walking credit” to encourage students to walk to school.  Students continue to take leadership roles, including Ms. Moldenhauer who used her multimedia design skills to design logos for TASC’s various campaigns and work around campus (the three logos included here are examples of Ms. Moldenhauer’s work.)

When asked why she puts in the extra time and work to be a part of TASC, Ms. Moldenhauer responded, “I have grandchildren now, and I worry about what their future holds. [Through TASC] we’re laying the ground work for future generations to carry the torch forward to help make the planet better.”

Three CSB Graduates Lead the Way for New Service Corps

Three College of Saint Benedict graduates are completing 9 months of service as part of the Benedictine Women Service Corps (BWSC).  The BWSC is an outreach of Saint Benedict’s Monastery and is open to College of Saint Benedict graduates.   The three women currently serving are the first participants of the program.  Two of the women, Ashley Zartner and Daisy Nevarez, are serving at Monasterio Santa Escolastica in Puerto Rico. The third, Megan Sinner, is serving at St. Placid Priory in Lacey, Washington.
To learn more about the BWSC program and to read Ashley’s, Daisy’s and Megan’s blogs, visit the monastery’s website.  Also see the CSB/SJU website.

Webinar Follow-up: Building Cultural Capacity

We had 24 registrants for yesterday’s webinar, “Building Cultural Capacity,” presented by Dave Nakashima. Links to resources mentioned in the webinar can be found below.



Assorted Cultural Competency Training Resources