This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column
• Bass named NSAA faculty rep of year
• Ramos to exhibit at North Dakota Museum of Art
• Fifth graders tour planetarium and Medicine Wheel
• Faculty participate in 3rd annual Summer Teaching Academy
• VCSU contingent attends N.D. athletic training symposium
• Woehl attends gen ed summit
• Walsh presents research at Asian diaspora conference
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• May and June birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published on Mondays on alternate weeks during the summer. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4 p.m. the preceding Friday before publication.

VCSU President’s Column

VCSU President’s Column
by Tisa A. Mason, Ed.D.
Valley City State University President

How exciting it was to be part of one of the largest commencement exercises in the history of the university! These newly conferred academic degrees offer our most recent alumni opportunities for new beginnings. These new beginnings are so full of promise and hope. And it was with both pride and confidence that I conferred degrees.

The pride comes from valuing the hard work and the many accomplishments of our students. The confidence emanates from the knowledge that VCSU is truly a student-centered institution. As hard as our students work to earn their degrees, it is often the faculty and staff who care so deeply about our students that make their effort worthwhile. Our faculty and staff inspire the dreams of our students, help them discover their talents, and fuel their passion to complete this segment of their life’s journey.

According to research by Gallup Education, that deep ethic of care correlates with long-term career and life success. Gallup’s research indicates that graduates who strongly agree they had the following six experiences as students performed better on every measure of long-term success compared with graduates who did not share these experiences:

1. A professor who made them excited about learning
2. Professors who cared about them as a person
3. A mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams
4. Worked on a long-term project
5. Had a job or internship where they applied what they were learning
6. Were extremely involved in cocurricular activities

Bingo! These “Big Six” serve at the center of who we are as a community. Here are just a few stories students have shared with me:

A professor who made you truly excited about learning
“My favorite professor is very challenging because he is so unconventional and requires students to step out of their comfort zone. He covers new, interesting topics and never asks students to complete the same project twice. He does not rely on testing but requires you to thoroughly understand the topics taught through group discussion. He even encouraged me to attend graduate school—something I had never even considered. He always encourages my best work.”
—Ashley Limesand on Rob Walsh

A professor who cared about me as a person
“When I first stepped onto the VCSU campus…this professor provided me with the courage to improve my speaking, writing, and other academic skills. She always keeps in touch with me. Her strong sense of compassion made me feel at home as she helped me solve many of the problems I faced throughout college.”
—Yi Wang on Jodi Shorma

A mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams
“I received a job offer to teach in my hometown—where my fiancée and I have always wanted to live. However, I still had to finish my coursework and do my student teaching. I had no idea how I was going to be able to work through all of the elements of degree completion in a timely manner and in the correct order. With the help of my professors, all aspects of my program will be completed, and I will be able to transition into my new role as a teacher. I will student teach in the fall and begin as a full-time teacher in January. I knew I had made the right choice coming to VCSU because the professors truly care about each and every student and want all students to achieve their dreams.”
—Wendy Eszlinger on Kim Knodle, Lee Kruger, and Jodi Shorma

Worked on a long-term project
“My professor encouraged me to apply for a research grant through the VCSU Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program. When I received the grant, he took on the role of my faculty advisor. During the research process he took time to meet with me multiple times per week throughout the year. This summer he will help with an internship. Time and time again he has shown that he wants students to be the best and the brightest. I am so happy I had the opportunity to work with him.”
—Tarah Cleveland on Razib Iqbal

So as I looked out at the audience last Saturday, it was more than symbolic for me to see the faculty and staff seated front and center because it is through their direct efforts that our students experience the “Big Six.” And it is why VCSU delivers more than a degree—it provides a passport so that our students thrive, not only in college, but also in their overall careers and lives. Indeed, Commencement Saturday was another great day to be a Viking!

Bass named NSAA faculty rep of year

Bass named NSAA faculty rep of year
Dave Bass, assistant professor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies, was named the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year during the NSAA Summit meetings May 29 in Brookings, S.D. The award was voted on by all faculty athletic representatives (FAR) in the conference.

Bass serves as VCSU’s FAR, serving as a liaison between the athletic department and the institution, as well as handling any eligibility questions. He is also the NSAA eligibility chair.

Bass will now be nominated for the Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year award at the national level.

Ramos to exhibit at North Dakota Museum of Art

Ramos to exhibit at North Dakota Museum of Art
“Something Absurd,” an exhibition of the work of Armando Ramos, assistant professor and chair of the Art Department, will run June 16–Aug. 26 at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks.

Underwritten by William Wosick of West Fargo, N.D., the exhibition is part of The Art Makers series, which spotlights regional artists making new bodies of work.

A public reception will be held June 16 at 7 p.m.

Fifth graders tour planetarium and Medicine Wheel

Fifth graders tour planetarium and Medicine Wheel
Joe Stickler, professor emeritus, and Wes Anderson, planetarium director, hosted about 100 fifth-grade students, parents and teachers from L.E. Berger Elementary in West Fargo on May 15 at the Rhoades Science Center planetarium and Medicine Wheel Park.

The photo shows some of the students posed at the newly installed Rings of Saturn in Medicine Wheel Park. Charles Bowen, former VCSU student and owner of Bowen Welding in Valley City, created Saturn’s rings, which were installed around the rock representing the planet in early May.

All are encouraged to check out this new addition to Medicine Wheel Park.

Faculty participate in 3rd annual Summer Teaching Academy

Faculty participate in 3rd annual Summer Teaching Academy
Select VCSU faculty members participated in the third annual Summer Teaching Academy on campus May 19–21, 2015. With the theme “Engaged!,” the academy brought faculty members together to focus on engaged learning. The group discussed pedagogy and learning theory, and shared strategies to improve teaching and learning at VCSU.

Teaching academy participants included VCSU faculty members Robin Allebach, Sharon Bratrud, Greg Brister, Karri Dieken, Patricia Gegelman, Donna James, Erin Klingenberg, Gilbert Kuipers, Jason Laczkoski, Steven Listopad, Jenni Lou Russi, Jodi Shorma, Laurel Westby, Angie Williams and Kathleen Bennett-Zaun.

The teaching academy was led by the VCSU Instructional Design Team, a group of teaching faculty and staff charged with supporting faculty members’ pedagogical strategies, especially in regard to efficiency, innovation and technology in teaching and learning. The design team includes Amber Aberle, Jim Boe, Diane Burr, Julee Russell, Sam Stover and Shannon VanHorn.

Keynote speaker at the academy was Dave Yearwood, professor and chair of the Technology Department at the University of North Dakota. Yearwood led a workshop on e-pedagogy, the use of tools and apps to engage students in a better understanding of course material and critical thinking.

VCSU contingent attends N.D. athletic training symposium

VCSU contingent attends N.D. athletic training symposium
Rachelle Hunt, M.Ed, ATC, LAT, and Sharon Bratrud, M.S., ATC, LAT, traveled to Grand Forks, N.D., on April 24–25 for the 2015 North Dakota Athletic Trainers Association Clinical Symposium and Business Meeting. Eight of their students in the VCSU athletic training program—Darrien Cantelo, Samuel Cooke, Kaitlyn Langdon, Kelsey Labodi, Clayton Malinich, Cody Motz, Shayna Ruzicka and Nathan Stahl—were also able to attend.

Topics presented ranged from Sports Nutrition and Vision Training for Concussions to Mental Health in the Athletic Training Room. The symposium also included a hands-on splinting lab; the Arthrex mobile surgery lab, which showed a shoulder arthroscopy; and a hands-on cadaver lab.

Students raised money for this conference by selling wristbands earlier in the semester. Thank you to all who bought a wristband to support these students.

Woehl attends gen ed summit

Woehl attends gen ed summit
Katie Woehl, assistant professor of psychology, attended the Spring 2015 North Dakota General Education Summit in Fargo on April 24. The focus of this summit was to learn about the involvement of several North Dakota institutions in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Interstate Passport Initiative and to talk about how we can take what we’ve learned from that initiative to further develop an outcome-based general education policy in North Dakota.

Woehl also attended the North Dakota General Education Council meeting following the summit. She was elected vice president for the 2015–16 academic year.

Walsh presents research at Asian diaspora conference

Walsh presents research at Asian diaspora conference
Rob Walsh, assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department, presented a paper, “Where Have You Been, Billy Boy? An Inquiry into Filipino Transgender Culture,” at the Eighth Asian Diaspora Adult Education Preconference, in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) held May 19–22 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.

Walsh presented the paper with his co-author, Claudette Peterson, Ed.D., assistant professor in the North Dakota State University School of Education. The paper reported on research conducted in the Philippines in 2013 investigating identity formation within the Filipino ladyboy culture. The research was sponsored, in part, by the VCSU Research Mini-Grant Program, which supported the transcription of interviews as well as the AERC registration.

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

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
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North Dakota Winter Show Mud Bog

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May and June birthdays

May and June birthdays
27 Teather Sundstrom

1 Amanda Fickes
2 Erik Kringlie
2 Anna Bratsch
3 Alyssa Sorenson
5 Jody Schnaidt
5 Joey Nix
6 Gary Ketterling
9 Bridget Blunck
14 Kim Hesch
15 Tilmer Gienger
16 Jack Denholm
17 John Boucha
19 Jeff Kaminsky
20 Katie Woehl
26 Tuya Dutton
28 Steve Rindfleisch
29 Kathleen Bennett-Zaun
30 Fred Charnetski
30 Gary Thompson