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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Faculty/staff giving challenge off to strong start
• Ross selected as NDCTEA president-elect
• Whitney recognized at international mezzotint festival
• Coen to speak on WW II balloon bombs
• Home movie presentation to be held at museum Sept. 3
• Students accompany Tyre to farm business conference
• VCSU trio attends eLearning summit
• Vikings Update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• August & September birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published weekly on Mondays throughout the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4 p.m. the preceding Friday before publication.

Faculty/staff giving challenge off to strong start

Faculty/staff giving challenge off to strong start
As you can see by the graph and the list of participants (click for larger view), we are off to a great start on this year’s Faculty and Staff giving challenge—thank you for believing in VCSU!

If you have any questions, please stop by the Foundation Office.

A big thank you to those individuals who have already signed up to support VCSU!

Ross selected as NDCTEA president-elect

Ross selected as NDCTEA president-elect
Rick Ross, associate professor of career and technical education, has been selected as president-elect of the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Administration Association (NDCTEA).

Ross will serve a two-year term, the first year as president-elect overseeing the public relations program for the organization and the second year as president presiding over meetings and performing the duties authorized in the constitution.

The purpose of NDCTEA is to:
  • Promote and develop career and technical education in secondary and postsecondary schools in North Dakota
  • Assist members in matters of organization, administration, and supervision of programs at the local level
  • Promote career and technical education by keeping the people of the state informed through a public relations program
  • Foster close integration of career and technical education within the total education system
  • Promote and develop affirmative legislative action pertaining to career and technical education in North Dakota
Membership of NDCTEA is open to any administrator, secondary and postsecondary, whose responsibility is administration and supervision of career and technical education.

Whitney recognized at international mezzotint festival

Whitney recognized at international mezzotint festival
Linda Whitney, professor emeritus of art, was one of three artists recognized for “adhering to the traditions and skills of graphical work” at the third International Mezzotint Festival (IMF) in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

The festival, which features 620 mezzotints by 95 artists from 35 countries, runs Aug. 15–Sept. 30.

Coen to speak on WW II balloon bombs at museum Thursday

Ross Coen will present “Fu-Go: The Curious History of Japan’s Balloon Bomb Attack on America” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Barnes County Museum.

Coen, a Valley City native and a doctoral student in history at the University of Washington, will speak on the little-known Japanese attempt to bomb the United States with high-altitude balloons during World War II.

The event, part of season 18 of the Barnes County Historical Society lecture series, is open to the public free of charge.

Home movie presentation to be held at museum Sept. 3

“Exploring Home Movies: The Window into Personal Legacy and Cultural Heritage” will be presented Thursday, Sept. 3, from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum in Valley City.

The event will include a screening of select home movies, which were locally recorded, accompanied by discussion with a local historian and archivist, and a home-movie preservation expert. The screening and discussion will encourage audience participation. An “Exploring Your Home Movies” workshop will follow. The workshop offers instruction for home care and the professional transfer process from analog to contemporary mediums, as well as an exploration of how home movies bring valuable insights into one’s own heritage, their broader importance, and ways to share these materials with family and community.

The Valley City event, open to the public free of charge, is sponsored by the Al Larvick Audio Visual Conservation Fund, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Pro8mm, Home Movie Legacy, and the Barnes County Historical Society.

The event will also be presented Sept. 2 at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck and Sept. 4 at Bonanzaville in West Fargo.

Students accompany Tyre to farm business conference

Students accompany Tyre to farm business conference
VCSU students Heather Palmer and Leah Shepersky accompanied Brenda Tyre, assistant professor of business, to the National Farm Business Management Conference held June 15–18 in Rochester, N.Y. Palmer and Shepersky received Cenex Harvest States (CHS) scholarships that sponsored their travel expenses, and they were able to make connections with fellow agriculture students from a number of states.

Day-one presentations included a University of Illinois economist discussing the financial future of agribusiness and planning in an era of lower commodity prices and thin profit margins, an address by the president of the New York Farm Bureau on meeting the legal requirements of farm labor, a panel on farm labor shortages and the paperwork required to bring in temporary foreign workers, and presentations on advocating for agriculture, running profitable viticulture operations, and plant breeding and genetics.

Day two included tours of an apple orchard and a 13,000 acre vegetable and onion farm in New York muck fields, along with dinner at the Eastman House in Rochester.

The highlight of day three was a presentation by Krysta Harden, USDA deputy secretary of agriculture, on policies and procedural changes at the USDA. A representative from Dow Agri Science led a discussion on the vast collection of data, how to use it and who owns it, and Nathan Rudgers, former commissioner of the New York Department of Agriculture, presented on the positioning of agriculture in a changing world.

The balance of the conference consisted of breakout sessions and roundtable discussions covering topics on time management, software and IRS audits.

VCSU trio attends eLearning summit

Shannon VanHorn, Ph.D. (director of distance learning and faculty development), Karri Dieken (assistant professor of art) and Dina Zavala-Petherbridge (former Spanish instructor) attended the 2015 Minnesota eLearning Summit at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College July 29–30.

Keynote speakers included Aaron Deering, professor and director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, and David Wiley from Lumen Learning. Sessions ran the gamut from the latest instructional technology and apps to universal design and accessibility to open educational resources to copyright and academic integrity. More than 500 people attended the summit.

Viking sports update

VCSU Volleyball

Friday: VCSU 3, Arizona Christian 1; Benedictine Mesa 3, VCSU 0
Saturday: VCSU 3, Embry-Riddle 2; Faulkner 3, VCSU 1

Viking volleyball opened the season 2-2 during a tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., this weekend. VCSU will play an exhibition match at Bismarck State College on Wednesday night.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 26: Golf @ Jamestown Open, 1 p.m.
Aug. 26: Volleyball @ Bismarck State, 7 p.m.
Aug. 29: Football @ University of Jamestown, 1 p.m.
Aug. 30–31: Golf @ Bismarck State Invite

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...

Monday, August 24

4–6 p.m. Farmers Market, Rosebud Visitor Center parking lot

Tuesday, August 25

7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night, The Vault

Wednesday, August 26

1 p.m. Viking golf @ Jamestown Open, Jamestown, N.D.
7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Bismarck State College, Bismarck, N.D.

Thursday, August 27

4–6 p.m. Farmers Market, Shopko parking lot
9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, August 28

Saturday, August 29

1 p.m. Viking Football @ University of Jamestown
8th Annual North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park
Youth Pheasant Hunt @ Jim Zerface farm

Sunday, August 30

Viking golf at Bismarck State Invitational, Bismarck, N.D. (August 30–31)
Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals Walk & Wag-a-thon (go to https://www.valleycitynd.org/calendar.php for details)

Monday, August 31

Payday
4–6 p.m. Farmers Market, Rosebud Visitor Center parking lot

Tuesday, September 1

7 p.m. Viking Volleyball @ Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.

Wednesday, September 2

Thursday, September 3

4–6 p.m. Farmers Market, Shopko parking lot
9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, September 4

9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Corn Palace Classic Tournament, Mitchell, S.D.

Saturday, September 5

10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Corn Palace Classic Tournament, Mitchell, S.D.
1 p.m. Viking football @ Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D.

Sunday, September 6

August and September birthdays

August and September birthdays
August

26 Jeremy Wiebe
27 Kristi Anderson
29 Jonna Ziniel

September

2 Brad Mills
3 Adam Longmore
6 LaDonna Anderson
10 James Boe
12 Teresa Cole
12 Jamie Wirth
16 James Adams
18 Steven Listopad
19 Loree Morehouse
21 Donna James
24 Janet Gierke
24 Ram Lau
25 David DeMuth
27 Steven King
28 Greg Brister
28 Benjamin Ferguson
29 Pat Egeberg
29 Lee Kruger
30 Charlene Stenson
30 Tony Dutton