This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Milender Toppen to cover topic of coffee Thursday night at museum
• District 24 Legislative Forum to be held Saturday at high school cafeteria
• Sign up for MLK Day of Service, Jan. 21
• Jan. 25 reception to honor Egeberg
• Nominations for faculty excellence awards due Feb. 1
• Woehl attends psychology teaching conference
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

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Milender Toppen to cover topic of coffee Thursday night at museum

Susan Milender Toppen, family and community wellness agent for NDSU Extension Barnes County, will speak on “Uffda! Is Coffee Good for Me?” at the Barnes County Museum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Having a cup or two (or more) of coffee daily is common for many adults. Is coffee good for you or should you avoid it? This lesson explores the history of coffee, effects of caffeine, health aspects of coffee based on recent research, and preparation methods.

Milender Toppen holds a master of education degree from VCSU, along with two undergraduate degrees: one in food and nutrition, and another in corporate and community fitness, both from NDSU.

Part of season 20 of the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series, the event is open to the public free of charge.

District 24 Legislative Forum to be held Saturday at high school cafeteria

The first District 24 Legislative Forum of the 2019 Legislative Session will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9-11 a.m. in the Valley City High School cafeteria. Come and hear reports on activity in Bismarck from District 24 legislators as the legislature finishes its second full week of hearings. The event is supported by the Valley City Chamber of Commerce

Sign up for MLK Day of Service, Jan. 21

Sign up for MLK Day of Service, Jan. 21
Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in community service projects for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 21. Individuals may sign up for shifts from 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

In the past, volunteers have contributed in many ways, from Meals on Wheels to cleaning and painting around town.

This event is sponsored by the VCSU chapter for National Society of Leadership and Success.

Please contact Olivia Borchers at olivia.a.borchers@vcsu.edu to volunteer.

Jan. 25 reception to honor Egeberg

Jan. 25 reception to honor Egeberg
The VCSU Student Affairs Division will host a reception for Pat Egeberg, former Student Health Services director, on Friday, Jan. 25, from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Center upper lounge. Pat retired Dec. 31, 2018, after nearly 27 years of service to VCSU. A short program recognizing Pat’s contributions will be presented at 3 p.m.

Nominations for faculty excellence awards due Feb. 1

VCSU provides Faculty Excellence Awards to full time and adjunct faculty who show exceptional dedication and commitment to students and the university by outstanding teaching, scholarly activities, or university service. The institution will give a monetary award to three recipients: one senior faculty (associate or full professor), one junior faculty (instructor or assistant professor) and one adjunct or special appointment faculty. The president of VCSU will announce the recipients in early May of the academic year.

Faculty and/or supervisors should submit nomination forms to the chair of the Faculty Advocacy Committee, through the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, (academic.affairs@vcsu.edu) by Feb. 1 using form AA-19 - Faculty Award of Excellence Nomination. This form is located in Blackboard content at X:\institution\Offices\AcademicAffairs\Academic Forms.

Please visit https://bit.ly/2D9g1P6 for the full award procedures.

Woehl attends psychology teaching conference

Woehl attends psychology teaching conference
Katie Woehl, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, attended the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Pete Beach, Fla., January 3–6.

Woehl presented a course-sharing poster titled “Statistics and Research Methods: Co-Teaching the Research Process,” co-authored by Emily Fenster, Ph.D., assistant professor of human services.

Some of the other sessions Woehl took in included:
  • Teaching Traps, Transitions, and Connections: Providing Context to Make the Content Meaningful
  • iGen: Teaching the Smartphone Generation
  • Building Direction from Education: Strategies to Engage Student Interest and Inspire Application Beyond the Classroom
  • Controversial Conversations: Teaching in a Post-Truth World
  • Why Effective Techniques May not Help Students Achieve: Challenges for Implementing Cognitive Principles in College

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
Women’s Basketball
Friday: VCSU 88, Dakota State 73
Sunday: VCSU 67, Bellevue University 54
The VCSU women’s basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the North Star Athletic Association after winning both its games this weekend. The Vikings are now 7-9 overall and 4-1 in the NSAA.

Men’s Basketball
Friday: Dakota State 61, VCSU 59
Sunday: Bellevue University 67, VCSU 65
The Valley City State’s men’s basketball team suffered a pair of two-point losses in close games this weekend. VCSU is now 4-12 overall and 1-4 in the NSAA.

Track & Field
The Valley City State track & field team competed Saturday at the NDSU Thundering Herd Classic in Fargo. View complete results at www.vcsuvikings.com/stats/2018-19/Track_&_Field/NDSU%20Thundering%20Herd%20Classic%2001.12.19%20Results.pdf.

Upcoming Events
Jan. 18: Track & Field @ Brookings, S.D.
Jan. 18: WBB/MBB @ Dickinson State University, 6:30/8:30 p.m.
Jan. 19: Track & Field @ Concordia-Moorhead
Jan. 19: WBB/MBB @ Presentation College, 3/5 p.m.

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

Monday, January 14

Tuesday, January 15
Payday
12 noon Resume and cover letter workshop, Student Center Norway Room
12:05 p.m. Rotary, Student Center Student Senate Room

Wednesday, January 16
noon Kiwanis, Valley City Town & Country Club

Thursday, January 17
7 a.m. Optimists, Vicky’s Viking Room
noon Toastmasters, Student Center Norway Room
8:30–10:30 p.m. Vikings for Christ, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, January 18
Viking track and field @ SDSU DII Invitational, Brookings, S.D.
6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball @ Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.

Saturday, January 19
Viking track and field @ Concordia Cobber Invitational, Moorhead, Minn.
3 and 5 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball @ Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.

Sunday, January 20

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed
No VCSU classes; offices closed

Tuesday, January 22
12:05 p.m. Rotary, Student Center Student Senate Room

Wednesday, January 23
noon Kiwanis, Valley City Town & Country Club

Thursday, January 24
7 a.m. Optimists, Vicky’s Viking Room
noon Toastmasters, Student Center Norway Room
8:30–10:30 p.m. Vikings for Christ, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, January 25
5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs. Presentation College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 p.m. Opera Ensemble - “Amahl and the Night Visitors”

Saturday, January 26
Viking track & field @ UND Indoor Open, Grand Forks, N.D.
3 p.m. Opera Ensemble - “Amahl and the Night Visitors”
3 and 5 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs. Dickinson State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, January 27

Go to www.valleycitynd.org/calendar.php to see more events happening in and around Valley City.