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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Where’s the CAVE?
• Monroe Crossing to perform in Vangstad Sept. 9
• STEM Education Center hosts LEGO workshop
• McFarland great-granddaughter visits campus, Valley City
• Thompson, Olson attend CAEP training
• Smithhisler receives Chi Psi award
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4 p.m. the Friday before publication.

Where’s the CAVE?

Where’s the CAVE?
The CAVE—the Center for Academic Vision and Engagement—is located on the ground floor of Vangstad.

There you can find the Learning Center (Vangstad 005); John Andrick, director of academic services and disability services (Vangstad 018); Kari Bodine, career services coordinator (Vangstad 020); and Monica Moore, learning center and retention specialist (Vangstad 019).

Come on down and visit the CAVE dwellers!

Monroe Crossing to perform in Vangstad Sept. 9

Monroe Crossing to perform in Vangstad Sept. 9
The bluegrass band Monroe Crossing will perform the “Monroe Crossing Bluegrass & Gospel Show” in Vangstad Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the VCSU Department of Music and the Viking Campus Activities Board.

Admission is free for those with a VCSU ID card; for others, tickets are $10 at the door.

Founded in 2000 and based in the Twin Cities, Monroe Crossing plays about 150 shows each year. The group has played the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wis.; Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.; the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark.; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

They are the only bluegrass band inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and twice—in 2007 and 2014—they were invited to perform as Official Showcase Artists at World of Bluegrass conventions held by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

STEM Education Center hosts LEGO workshop

STEM Education Center hosts LEGO workshop
Nearly 60 North Dakota K–12 teachers participated in a daylong Creative Problem Solvers Symposium hosted by the Great Plains STEM Education Center on campus Saturday, Aug. 6.

Held in Rhoades Science Center, the symposium was presented by LEGO Education, with four LEGO instructors delivering sessions about fitting LEGO products into K–12 curricula. The featured products included WeDo 2.0, Mindstorms EV3, Story Starters, More to Math, Build to Express, and Machines & Mechanisms.

McFarland great-granddaughter visits campus, Valley City

McFarland great-granddaughter visits campus, Valley City
Jana Lenon of Lake Forest, Calif.—great-granddaughter of George McFarland, the second president of Valley City State Normal School—visited Valley City in early August to learn more about her family. She spent time at the Barnes County Historical Museum, toured the city and came up to campus to see McFarland Hall.

Thompson, Olson attend CAEP training

Thompson, Olson attend CAEP training
Gary Thompson, Ed.D., and Al Olson, Ph.D., of the School of Education and Graduate Studies were selected to attend a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) training session in Kansas City, Mo., July 17–19. Trainees were required to complete five webinars with accompanied assessments prior to joining approximately 200 CAEP trainees from across the country.

CAEP paid for Thompson and Olson to attend the sessions. In turn, CAEP expects its trainees to serve as Board of Examiner team members for other teacher education programs seeking CAEP accreditation. Olson and Thompson will be required to be a member of at least one CAEP visit per year starting in the fall semester of 2017.

The CAEP training and visits to other education preparation providers will ultimately benefit the School of Education and Graduate Studies and VCSU in its own CAEP accreditation efforts.

Smithhisler receives Chi Psi award

Smithhisler receives Chi Psi award
Pete Smithhisler, vice president for student affairs, received the F. Van S. Parr Award for Commitment to Chi Psi Values on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Lambda Chi Alpha convention in Miami.

The award was given to Smithhisler “for his selfless leadership of the fraternity community.” Prior to joining VCSU, Smithhisler served as president and CEO of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), as well as the executive vice president of the NIC Foundation. A leader in the national fraternity community, he is a frequent speaker at gatherings throughout the country.

Presenting the award on behalf of the Chi Psi Fraternity was M. Fletcher McElreath, member of the Lambda Chi Foundation Board of Directors and Grand High Alpha of Lambda Chi Alpha.

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

Monday, August 22
11 a.m. Faculty Association Meeting & Lunch
12:30–4:30 p.m. Defensive Driving, Rhoades 102
4 p.m. VCSU fall semester classes begin
5 p.m. Online classes available to students
4 p.m. Farmers Market, Rosebud Visitor Center parking lot

Tuesday, August 23
First full day of VCSU classes

Wednesday, August 24

Thursday, August 25
4 p.m. Farmers Market, ShopKo parking lot
7 p.m. Viking Football vs. University of Jamestown, Shelly Ellig Field
7 p.m. Valley City Mayoral Candidate Forum, Hi-Liner Activity Center, 180 4th St. NW

Friday, August 26

Saturday, August 27

Sunday, August 28

Monday, August 29
4 p.m. Farmers Market, Rosebud Visitor Center parking lot

Tuesday, August 30

Wednesday, August 31
Payday
4:30–7 p.m. Abused Persons Outreach Center Fundraiser Supper, VFW, 138 Main St. E

Thursday, September 1
4 p.m. Farmers Market, ShopKo parking lot

Friday, September 2

Saturday, September 3