From the Department Chair 
The start of the Fall Semester is always an exciting time. Faculty, staff, and students have returned to campus, and there's an air of excitement. We began with an excellent Academic Tech Institute and Faculty/Staff Institute to kick the year off. Another month, and we'll be gathering with students, alumni, and friends at the AHIMA National Convention in Los Angeles. I look forward to seeing many of you there! 

Remember to stay in touch. We love to hear about what everyone is up to, and to highlight those great stories via our blog and social media. 



HIIM Faculty/Staff

LaTour-Eichenwald Forum Scheduled 
The 2017 LaTour-Eichenwald Forum has been scheduled for Friday, October 20th! It will feature a panel discussion from alumni of our first M.S. HIM graduating class.  Sign up here  if you plan to attend. If you are unable to join us on-campus, you can still register to attend the event online through the ZOOM web conferencing platform. 

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the M.S. HIM Program 
On the same weekend as the LaTour-Eichenwald forum we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of our M.S. HIM Program. We've got a wonderful schedule of events for Saturday, October 21st. You can review here and RSVP to attend! 

CSS Alumni Reception at AHIMA 
On Monday, October 9th, the HIIM Department will host an alumni reception at the AHIMA National Convention in Los Angeles. This event is from 6-8 p.m. PACIFIC TIME at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live. Please register/RSVP in advance here

Zormeier Earns HIMSS Scholarship
Lynn Zormeier, an online undergrad HIM student, was awarded the HIMSS MN scholarship in Spring 2017. The goal of the scholarship is to reward future information technology or healthcare professionals investing in their careers in the development of innovative system design, evaluation or implementation to improve the healthcare delivery system. Congratulations, Lynn!

Hoeper, Vadnais earn MHIMA Scholarships 
At the 2017 MHIMA Conference, junior students Alison Hoeper and Mikaela Vanais each received scholarship awards based on the essays they submitted on how they will use the degree to advance the HIM profession. Well done! 
Alison Hoeper, Mikaela Vadnais
Alison Hoeper, Mikaela Vanais

Jansen receives MHIMA, CSS Awards 
Senior Emily Jansen was selected as female recipient of The College of St. Scholastica Scholar-Athlete award, and also as the MHIMA Outstanding Student, a new category this year. She received these two awards during the same week in April! Emily finished a great career at CSS that also included service to the Board of Trustees.  Congrats, Emi! 
Emily Jansen
Emily Jansen

Post-Bacc Certificate in HIM  
The revised certificate in HIM was featured on the CSS Sentinel Blog this summer. Find out the basics on this pathway, which allows students to sit for the RHIA, in the story here.  

Upcoming MOOC
CSS and the HIIIM Department are offering a new MOOC this fall, called "Transitioning to Value-Based Care".  Our good friend Margret Amatayakul has developed the content, and it should be a great opportunity to dive deep into the topic. Registration opened on September 11th and closes on October 30th. More information can be found here

St. Scholastica Monastery at 125 
An article in the Duluth News Tribune highlighted the monastery as the sisters marked 125 years in Duluth. We feel their presence throughout the school and our work, and appreciate their ongoing support. Read more here.  

SHIMA Election Results
We recently held an election for the 2017-2018  SHIMA board members. We would like to announce the following new  SHIMA board members for the upcoming academic year (2017-2018):
President:           Brittany Szybczynski
Vice President:   Emma Peters-Axtell
Treasurer:           Mara Uphus

Alumni Reminder
If you're a CSS alum, stop by the alumni page to update contact details if you move to a new address. There's also great information on reunions/events/goings-on with the Alumni Association! To update your details with the department, email our administrative assistant, Diana Wark. We'd love to hear what's new with you!
Upcoming Events
+AHIMA National Convention
  Los Angeles, CA 
  October 7-11, 2017

+CSS Alumni Reception at AHIMA Convention
  J.W. Mariott at LA Live  
  October 9, 2017 

+LaTour/Eichenwald Forum
  College of St. Scholastica
  October 20th, 2017

+20th Anniversary of M.S. HIM Celebration
  College of St. Scholastica
  October 21st, 2017

With the economic financial challenges today, students and families are stretched to afford a St. Scholastica education.  As one of our teasured alums, we are reaching out to you to support the College with a gift to the Sister Loretta Scholarship Fund and/or the LaTour Eichenwald Forum.  One way the HIIM Department is able to promote and encourage continuing student education is through the Sr. Loretta Scholarship.  The Sr. Loretta Scholarship is offered to undergraduate and graduate students to assist in the funding of their education.  

Thank you,

Anna Kelly, Chair of the Sr. Loretta Scholarship Committee 

Sister Loretta Sheehan Scholarship Fund
Includes the Patricia Pierce Memorial Graduate Scholarship and Sue Watkins Progression Scholarship 
*PLEASE NOTE:   When making a donation, please select "Other" in the Designation drop box and type in "Sister Loretta Scholarship."  Give Now

"Donating to the Sister Loretta Scholarship has become one of life's good habits!  The [Sr. Loretta] Committee knows how important even small contributions are to the scholarship and encourages wider giving so students continue to benefit in this outstanding educational program." 
CSS Alumni, Monica Pappas, RHIA

HIIM Department is Blogging!
We are regularly publishing to our blog, in an effort to engage alumni, current students, and friends regarding interesting and important activities and issues connected to our department and the profession. To register for our blog and read recent posts, click  here.