October 27th, 2014
This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:
• President’s Column by Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, Interim President
• Young Professionals to host session on Measures 4 and 8
• CIS students compete in Tech Wars
• Ambassadors visit Community School of the Arts
• Figueroa attends state conference
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• October & November Birthdays
The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter will be published every Monday during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday before publication.
President’s Column by Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, Interim President
This week marks the conclusion of the VCSU presidential search. On Thursday, October 30, the State Board of Higher Education will meet on the VCSU campus to interview and select our 13th president. They will determine a start date for the new president, and we look forward to beginning a transition process to help our new leader get to know our campus and community.
In my last column, I reviewed the careers and impact of our first three presidents, whose work here spanned our first 40 years, during which time we grew from being a two-year Normal School to a four-year, baccalaureate-granting State Teachers College. This week I’ll provide an overview of the next 45 years, from 1936-1982, and the six presidents who led VCSU during this period.
After Allen retired in 1936, VCSTC experienced an unsettled decade, with three presidents moving through the office. J. Frederick Weltzin (1936-38) appears to have had political pressure from Governor Langer (who at one point vetoed the entire appropriation for the College, requiring a special session of the Legislature to re-pass the appropriation). He left in 1937 for a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University. He was replaced by James Cox (1938-42), a cautious, conservative administrator who eventually was terminated because, according to State Board documents, “the school was suffering from the lack of harmony attributed to Dr. Cox’s presidency.”
Eugene Kleinpell (1942-46) was president during the World War II years. The college geared up its curriculum to support a variety of war efforts, including the Navy’s V-12 program, which prepared young men for officer’s candidate schools, pre-professional training for women, and teacher preparation to support education for, according to the college catalog, “a new world of freedom.”
Seventh president Roscoe Lokken (1946-70) oversaw years of growth at VCSTC, both in numbers and facilities. Student enrollment grew from 362 in 1946 to over 1,300 by the end of his tenure; faculty grew from 46 in 1946 to 71 in 1970. Some of this growth came from returning veterans, from increased state academic requirements for teacher licensure (from the two-year standard to a four-year degree requirement), and from the impending closure of the Ellendale campus (1971).
An astounding number of new facilities—nine new buildings—were built during the Lokken years, including Allen Memorial Library, three dormitories, the student center, the fieldhouse (affectionately nicknamed “the Bubble”), Foss Music Hall, Viking Court, and Lokken Stadium. Cornerstones author Don Welsh remembers Dr. Lokken as “one of the ‘giants’ who played a major role in building the Valley City State University we know today.”
The surge of growth slowed during the Rose presidency (1970-74); both the Rhoades Science Center and Snoeyenbos hall were completed in the early 1970s, and VCSU would not see new construction again on campus for 40 years. Rose focused his attention on revitalizing the alumni program; the V-500 Foundation Scholarship program was established during his tenure. Ted DeVries (1974-82) oversaw administrative reorganization on campus and attempted to improve curricular options for non-traditional students. His presidency was marred, however, by campus unrest and student dissatisfaction with his deportment, which eventually resulted in State Board of Education review and his resignation in 1982.
The information for these columns has been drawn primarily from VCSU Cornerstones, the history of VCSU written in honor of the campus’s centennial celebration in 1990. My next column will look at our last three presidents—the past 40 years—and the inspired leadership that has brought VCSU its reputation for innovation and excellence.
Young Professionals to host session on Measures 4 and 8
The Valley City Young Professionals Network (YPN) will host a voter-education discussion on North Dakota Ballot Measures 4 and 8 on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Skoal Room.
State Senator Larry Robinson will address the implications of Measure 4, which relates to the fiscal impact of measures to initiate constitutional amendments and the placement of initiated measures on the ballot.
Dean Koppelman, Valley City Public Schools superintendent, will address Measure 8, which would set the start date of the public school calendar after Labor Day.
The discussion will include a question-and-answer session; Sam Stover, YPN vice president, will serve as moderator.
CIS students compete in Tech Wars
VCSU students competed in Tech Wars on campus Oct. 22.
Topics for Tech Wars, a competition among 40 general education students enrolled in Intro to Computer Information Systems, included Raspberry Pi, GPS Treasure Hunt and software programming with MIT’s Scratch environment.
Teams were awarded points based on software requirements, criteria and speed. Winners received tablet computers, Best Buy gift card, or an iPod Shuffles respectively for first, second and third place.
Winners in the competition were:
• first-place team: Joseph Benidt, Emmarie Komrosky, Lillian Smith, Stephanie McCann
• second-place team: Tucker Meidinger, Tara Van Hagen, Austin Rinas
• third-place team: Breion Barron, Mason Quick, Chandler Anderson, Nicole Duske
Industry sponsor DSIA Co. provided the prizes. Faculty and staff from the Department of Computer Systems and Software Engineering organized and sponsored the event in cooperation with the Great Plains STEM Education Center and the Minecraft Club.
Chamber ambassadors visit Community School of the Arts
The Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, a committee that welcomes new businesses and employees, visited the VCSU Community School of the Arts (CSA) on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The committee met new Community School director Connie Reiten, who replaced Beth Klingenstein last August.
The Ambassadors became preschool students for a day, tapping a musical pattern on rhythm sticks during Reiten’s presentation on the importance of music activities in early childhood curriculum. Reiten then discussed plans to expand the Community School’s offerings by adding an early childhood program and additional visual arts classes.
The CSA currently offers private music lessons and ensemble opportunities such as the Valley Voices Women’s Choir, Valley City Civic Orchestra and Valley Youth Choir. The school also features a popular seven-week ceramics course taught by VCSU art professor Armando Ramos each fall and spring semester.
The photos includes the Chamber Ambassadors in their red vests, Connie Reiten in the red sweater, and VCSU students Courtney Pederson in the pink sweater, Hayden Swanson in the grey sweatshirt, and Samantha Hintz in the purple top. Pederson, Swanson and Hintz teach classes for the Community School.
Figueroa attends state conference
Daisy Figueroa, instructor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies, attended the 2014 fall conference of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) titled “The Power of Education” in Bismarck from Oct. 8–10.
Hosted by DPI and sponsored by a number of organizations, including the Federal Title Programs office, the conference highlighted evidence-based instructional strategies, provided updates on federal and state issues, and featured nationally known speakers. A variety of breakout sessions offered topics including pedagogical principles, ELL education and student engagement.
Viking sports update
Tuesday: Mayville State 3, VCSU 1
The Vikings are now 13-15 overall and 3-4 in conference play. VCSU has three regular season matches remaining. The final home match is Wednesday, Oct. 29, versus Dickinson State.
Friday: Carroll College 63, VCSU 60
Saturday: VCSU 108, Oglala Lakota College 44
Sunday: VCSU 83, Oglala Lakota College 48
The VCSU men’s basketball team emerged from the season-opening weekend with a 2-1 record. The Vikings play an exhibition game at MSU–Moorhead on Thursday night.
Saturday: VCSU 58, Brandon University 44
The VCSU women’s basketball team won its season opener at home Saturday. The Vikings are now off until Nov. 7–8, when they travel to Concordia University (Neb.) for games against Doane College and Concordia University.
The Viking cross country teams competed Friday in Bismarck at the Mike Thorson Invite, which featured all NCAA Division II teams other than VCSU. Malik Jackson and Richard Langdeaux were the top Viking men, taking 12th and 13th places, respectively. On the women’s side, Monica Madavi took 19th and Alexandra Cardenas placed 28th to lead the Vikings. VCSU's men took fourth as a team and the women took sixth. VCSU is off this coming weekend.
The No. 19-ranked Vikings had a bye weekend. VCSU resumes its push for the playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 1, with a 1 p.m. game at Mayville State. The Vikings are 7-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play with just two games remaining.
Wednesday: Volleyball vs. Dickinson State, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Men's Basketball @ MSU–Moorhead, 7 p.m.
Friday: Volleyball @ Presentation College, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Football @ Mayville State, 1 p.m.
Saturday: Volleyball @ Dakota State, 3 p.m.
What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, October 27
7:30 p.m. General student recital, Froemke Auditorium
Drawing/painting art show opens, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor (Oct. 27–Nov. 7)
Tuesday, October 28
University of Jamestown/Valley City State University fall job and internship fair, Reiland Fine Arts Center in Jamestown
Wednesday, October 29
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. National “Mix it Up” day
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Dickinson State University, Graichen Gymnasium
10 p.m. Halloween dance and costume contest, Valley City Eagles Club
Thursday, October 30
SBHE meeting at VCSU, Student Center Skoal Room
7 p.m. Viking men’s basketball @ Minnesota State University–Moorhead, Moorhead, Minn.
9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Student Center Skoal Room
Friday, October 31
7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.
7–8:30 p.m. McCoy Hall Trick-or-Treating
Saturday, November 1
All Saints Day
Piano seminar, Froemke Auditorium
1 p.m. Viking football @ Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D.
3 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Dakota State University, Madison, S.D.
Sunday, November 2
Standard Time returns
Monday, November 3
Submissions for The Forge due by midnight
Tuesday, November 4
Wednesday, November 5
Thursday, November 6
Friday, November 7
1 p.m. Viking women’s basketball vs Doane College @ Concordia University Cattle Classes, Seward, Neb.
8 p.m. Viking men’s basketball @ Northwestern Classic, Orange City, Iowa
Saturday, November 8
Viking cross country NSAA postseason national qualifier, Billings, Mont.
2 p.m. Viking men’s basketball @ Northwestern Classic, Orange City, Iowa
5 p.m. Viking women’s basketball vs Concordia University @ Concordia University Cattle Classic, Seward, Neb.
6 p.m. Viking football @ Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.
Sunday, November 9
October and November birthdays
27 Deb Feuerherm
27 Brenda Tyre
27 Nathan Trader
27 Elle Fracker
1 Rick Clark
1 Marcia Pritchert
2 Dina Zavala-Petherbridge
2 Sam Stover
3 Mike Rasmussen
3 Sharon Bratrud
3 Jessice Frerich
4 Erin Klingenberg
4 Gregg Horner
8 Sam Keasler
8 John O’Day
9 Margaret Dahlberg
10 Bob Anderson
10 Razib Iqbal
11 Ralph Hooper
13 Morgan Keasler
17 Sheri Okland
18 C.J. Kotta
20 Kaleen Peterson
23 Chris Redfearn
24 Scott Anderson
27 Heidi Larson
28 Rick Ross