This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column by Interim President Margaret Dahlberg
• Stavens receives ‘Difference is Me’ award
• VCSU jobs now on Facebook
• Iqbal named to committee
• Grothe Jenness attends library association conference
• Music faculty present Solo Song Symposium
• Viking Visit Day held Saturday
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• November & December Birthdays

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President’s Column by Interim President Margaret Dahlberg

President’s Column by Interim President Margaret Dahlberg
Sitting as we do on the banks of the Sheyenne River, and having been dramatically impacted by the 2009 flood when we were forced to close campus and finish the semester online, VCSU is very appreciative of the City’s efforts to develop permanent flood protection that will reduce the risk of such events in the future. So the fact that we are responsible for the only building on the wrong side of the planned floodwall along College Street is an issue we don’t take lightly. Foss Music Hall, built in 1963, was simply placed too close to the river, a mistake we need to rectify if possible.

This situation offers VCSU the opportunity to consider a building that gives our students modern classroom and performance facilities, and it behooves us to develop a plan that will benefit a number of programs and students, not just one or two departments.

Last fall the state Office of Management and Budget assisted VCSU with a planning grant, and we were able to work with an architect on this building concept. The proposed building would house Music, Art, Theatre, Communication, and Language and Literature programs, a total of nine majors and seven minors, currently a headcount of 138 students or about 10% of our student body. VCSU’s choir, band, jazz band, and theatre program also draw participation from a number of students who are not music majors or theatre minors, benefiting even more students every semester.

By housing Music, Art, and Theatre under one roof, we gain some administrative efficiencies, and we will be able to provide a state-of-the-art performance hall that will allow our students access to improved stage, light, and sound technologies. These students, many of whom will someday be teachers themselves, will learn how to use these updated tools effectively so they can in turn have a significant impact on the students they will teach. And, of course, all our students will have convenient access to the student art gallery, theatre, and recital hall.

Area public schools will also benefit from these new facilities, which they may use for music contests, one-act play contests, matinee performances, and gallery shows. Our own programs will be able to recruit more effectively with updated performance spaces and improved studios, helping us increase enrollment in programs that currently have capacity for growth.

Most importantly, this building will have a significant impact on our student body as a whole. The programs housed in this facility—Communication, Language and Literature, Art, Music, and Theatre—comprise the communication and humanities sections of the required general education program, and all students who graduate from VCSU must take 15 credits of coursework in these subject areas. This means that almost every student (except a few transfer students) will take five classes (in English, communication, and humanities) in this new building, which comes to about 500 students using the building each week (in addition to the 138 students for whom this building houses their major or minor coursework, and students in band, choir, or theatre productions).

Last June we presented this Communication and Fine Arts building concept to the State Board of Higher Education, and in September they voted to include this request in the capital projects list they forwarded to the Governor. We hope the Legislature this coming spring will agree with us that this is a worthwhile project, both to support flood protection efforts in Valley City and to improve the teaching and learning opportunities for our students at VCSU.

Stavens receives ‘Difference is Me’ award

Stavens receives ‘Difference is Me’ award
VCSU Staff Senate awarded Connie Stavens with "The Difference is Me" award on Monday, Nov. 17, for her work in Technology Services.

Her nomination read: “Connie has consistently gone above and beyond in her role to help students and employees. Once you walk through the door, she is always ready to help. She is very inviting and handles situations professionally. Her expertise and willingness to help go far when dealing with what could otherwise be extremely frustrating and complex technological issues.”

Congratulations, Connie!

If you would like to nominate a staff member for "The Difference is Me" award, the nomination forms can be found at the Staff Senate website at

VCSU jobs now on Facebook

Job opportunities at VCSU can now be found on Facebook at Like the page to receive notifications when new jobs are posted.

Position announcements also appear on the VCSU Employee Services website at

Iqbal named to committee

Iqbal named to committee
Razib Iqbal, Ph.D., assistant professor of software engineering, has been named to the technical program committee for the ACM Multimedia Systems Conference 2015 dataset track. ACM Multimedia Systems is one of the flagship conferences in the field of multimedia and provides a forum for researchers, engineers and scientists to present and share their latest research findings.

In addition, Iqbal also serves on the technical program committee for the IEEE ICME and SIGMAP conferences. He is also a reviewer for the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and Ontario Centres of Excellence in Canada.

Grothe Jenness attends library association conference

Grothe Jenness attends library association conference
Jennifer Grothe Jenness, associate professor of communication arts, attended the Arizona Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association joint annual conference. Titled “Libraries: The Best of the West,” the conference was held Nov. 12–14 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

She heard two keynote speakers: Lee Rainie, director of Internet, science, and technology research for the Pew Research Center, spoke on the future of libraries, and Connie Willis, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author, spoke on the enduring power of books.

Grothe Jenness also attended sessions on Bibframe, a new library cataloging initiative; plagiarism and cultural differences; academic leadership; and open educational resources.

Music faculty present Solo Song Symposium

Music faculty present Solo Song Symposium
VCSU music faculty members Robin Allebach, Christopher Redfearn and Geraldine Ong presented the third annual Solo Song Symposium for high school singers on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Vangstad Auditorium. The symposium featured 11 auditioned high school juniors and seniors from North Dakota and Minnesota.

The symposium included master classes for participants and performances by VCSU music majors Courtney Pederson, soprano; Annalicia Reinig, soprano; Bernae Hertz, mezzo soprano; Tyler Manske, baritone; and Brock Bortnem, bass. The day culminated in a recital featuring the master class participants.

Viking Visit Day held Saturday

Valley City State University hosted the second Viking Visit Day of the year this past Saturday, Nov. 22, and it was a success! Thirty prospective students attended. Thirteen faculty representing academic areas all over campus visited with prospective students and their families. A number of athletic recruits visited, and seven music auditions were held.

Speakers featuring different pieces of campus life during the Welcome Session is a well-received part of the program. Sam Stover talked about the exciting things going on at the library, and James Adams shared information about the Music Department, bands, and ensembles. This weekend, too, our Alumni Board was present to visit with families and introduce themselves and their areas, and Josh Argall, Alumni Board president, and Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU interim president, gave a welcome on behalf of the university.

Thank you to all who participated in Viking Visit Day! The time taken from your Saturday is much appreciated and well worth it to give our prospective students and their families a great experience at VCSU. And for everyone behind the scenes who help us promote and prepare for Viking Visit Day, please know we couldn’t do it without you. The next Viking Visit Day is on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
Saturday: No. 1 Carroll College 49, No. 14 VCSU 0
The Viking football team had a great season come to an end Saturday in the first round of the NAIA football playoffs. The Vikings lost to top-seed Carroll College in Helena, Mont. VCSU finishes the season with a 9-2 overall record. The Vikings made their 8th NAIA playoff appearance and won their 29th conference championship. Thirteen Vikings were named first or second team all-conference in the North Star Athletic Association.

Cross Country
Viking senior Richard Langdeaux placed 117th of 320 runners on Saturday during the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kan. Langdeaux finished with a season-best time of 26:38, just 11 seconds outside the Top 100.

Men’s Basketball
Tuesday: Dakota Wesleyan 96, VCSU 76
Friday: VCSU 84, Crossroads College 71
The Viking men went 1-1 last week and are now 3-4 on the season. VCSU continues the season with three games this week, starting Wednesday with an exhibition game at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. On Friday and Saturday, the Vikings will play Bellevue University and York College at the Bellevue University Classic in Bellevue, Neb.

Women’s Basketball
Wednesday: VCSU 54, University of Mary 52 (exhibition)
Saturday: Viterbo 61, VCSU 49
Sunday: VCSU 88, Waldorf College 49
The Viking women had a big win over the University of Mary on Wednesday before going 1-1 on a weekend road trip. The Vikings are now 3-2 on the season after their 88-49 win over Waldorf College on Sunday. VCSU makes a road trip to Montana this weekend for games Friday at Montana State University-Northern and Saturday at the University of Great Falls.

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

Monday, November 24

5:30 p.m. Barnes County Wildlife Federation “Big Buck Contest,” Valley City Eagles Club

Tuesday, November 25

Wednesday, November 26

7 p.m. Viking men’s basketball @ Augustana College-Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, S.D.
8:30 p.m. Fireman’s Dance, Valley City Eagles Club

Thursday, November 27

Thanksgiving Day—no VCSU classes; offices closed

Friday, November 28

No VCSU classes
7 p.m. Viking women’s basketball @ Montana State University-Northern, Havre, Mont.
7 p.m. Viking men’s basketball vs Bellevue University, Bellevue University Classic, Bellevue, Neb.

Saturday, November 29

National Small Business Saturday
3 p.m. Viking men’s basketball vs York College, Bellevue University Classic, Bellevue, Neb.
6:30 p.m. Viking women’s basketball @ University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Mont.
6:30 p.m. 18th Annual Festival of Trees benefit for Mercy Hospital Foundation, Valley City Eagles Club

Sunday, November 30

Monday, December 1

End of semester student exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor (December 1–12)

Tuesday, December 2

5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs Trinity Bible College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Wednesday, December 3

10–1 p.m. Ugly Christmas Sweater Dance, Valley City Eagles

Thursday, December 4

East Region Instrumental Contest on VCSU campus
7:30 p.m. Christmas at St. Catherine’s
9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, December 5

5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs Johnson & Wales University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, December 6

3 p.m. VCSU and University of Jamestown Orchestra, Valley Voices, and Valley Youth Choir performance, Nazarene Church
7:30 p.m. VCSU concert band, jazz and chamber ensembles performance, Graichen Gymnasium

Sunday, December 7

4 p.m. Valley Troubadours Concert, Epworth United Methodist Church

November & December Birthdays

November & December Birthdays

24 Scott Anderson
27 Heidi Larson
28 Rick Ross


6 Jennifer Jenness
6 Armando Ramos
6 Karri Dieken
16 Alice Beauchman
16 Jill Devries
19 Kevin Tulp
19 Lacey Undem
23 Diane Olson
25 Diane Burr
27 Phyllis McDonough
27 Aleisha Kiser
28 Shannon VanHorn