This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President's Column
• Update on Higher Education Funding Bill
• Thru-hiker to speak of North Country Trail on Thursday
• Anderson to tell “Stories of the Barnes County G.A.R.” on Thursday
• ETF planning Earth Day activities next week
• Brister, Walsh attend transfer-framework workshop
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• April Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published on Mondays during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday before publication.

President’s Column

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

I love the month of April. For me it has always been a month of transition and renewal. The weather begins to show signs of spring, while the academic calendar fills with events such as senior recitals, student officer elections, and celebrations of annual accomplishments. But there is even a more important reason why I love April–it is National Volunteer Month, a time to stop and reflect on how much stronger our university and communities are thanks to those who make a difference by giving of their time, talent, and treasure.

VCSU is truly blessed with many difference makers–from a variety of university boards whose members serve VCSU with distinction, to alumni who honor their alma mater through their outstanding service to their professions and communities, and to local residents who support our students and faculty by attending events and in a myriad of other ways. This spirit of giving is even embraced by our students, who collectively contributed 800 community service hours in the Valley City/Barnes County area last year. The blessings are abundant.

As I reflect on the strength of our university through the efforts of our volunteers, many names immediately come to mind, such as the Distinguished Service Award recipients, whose portraits are proudly displayed in McFarland Hall: C. “Van” Vandestreek, Dales Olson, Donald Heimes, Ernest Miedema, Theron Strinden, Russell Hanson, Orville Barber, Herman Stern, Carol (Watson) Peterson, Roger Reierson, Jerry Topp, George Gaukler, Dick Gulmon, Jan Stowman, Mary Lee (Peterson) Nielson, Janet Schultz, Riley Rogers, Ray Braun, Mary Simonson, Jennifer Feist, Steven Welken, and Valley Development Group.

Or how about Dean Pederson, who has received the V-500 Volunteer of the Year Award for three consecutive years! Dean has served on the V-500 Board for 12 years, and in that time he has single-handedly acquired 176 memberships and raised over $215,000 for the V-500 Scholarship Program. There are so many people and companies to thank for making VCSU a strong university.

I am also reminded of the important public purpose that regional state universities fulfill. Known as the people’s university, state regional universities were founded to be stewards of place–investing in our communities and our people. VCSU fulfills that purpose extremely well and in so many ways. A few examples include the work of our Great Plains STEM Education Center, the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center, and the recently formalized Don Mugan Career and Technical Education Leadership Center.

Our faculty, staff, and students also serve as stewards of place through their personal service to many nonprofit and civic groups as well as through their professional leadership.

For instance, James Boe, Ph.D., VCSU director of graduate studies, recently completed a term as the president of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). In addition to leading the association, he was also responsible for hosting a professional development conference for its members—more than 33,000 teachers across the country. By all accounts it was probably the best conference the association hosted in more than a decade.

Jim will tell you that the past year was both rewarding and challenging. At times navigating both his VCSU position and his volunteer responsibilities was like having two full-time jobs. He will also tell you that success does not happen without a lot of people sharing a vision and the work.

As Margaret Mead said, “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

Thank you Valley City faculty, staff, students, alumni, residents, and friends, for being VCSU difference makers and leaving your mark on the university. We celebrate you during this month of appreciation and recognize that your impact is yet another reason it is a great day to be a Viking!

Update on Higher Education Funding Bill

Tisa A. Mason, Ed.D., President, Valley City State University

Much remains to happen in the North Dakota Legislature, but I want to share the following update on the status of House Bill 1003, the funding bill for the North Dakota University System.

The amended House Bill 1003 received a unanimous vote from the Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday, April 10.

The bill had undergone extensive review by a subcommittee, which included Senator Ray Holmberg, Grand Forks; Senator Karen Krebsbach, Minot; and Senator Larry Robinson, Valley City.

The subcommittee did considerable work on the funding formula and included an inflation factor and a number of capital improvement projects in the amendments that were approved by the full Appropriations Committee. Both of VCSU’s capital improvement projects–the new Heating Plant and the Communication and Fine Arts Building—are included in the bill for full funding.

House Bill 1003 will now go to the floor of the Senate for a vote. That will likely happen on Tuesday, April 14. Pending approval of the full Senate, the bill will be returned to the House of Representatives, where it will likely end up in a Conference Committee. The membership of the Conference Committee will include Holmberg, Krebsbach, Robinson, and three members of the House of Representatives yet to be named.

It is expected that the Conference Committee will begin meeting this week. Under normal circumstances, the Conference Committee would meet several times in an effort to reach agreement on the various aspects of the bill. Once the Conference Committee completes its work, the bill will be subject to a final vote in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The legislature hopes to complete its work by Friday, April 24.

ETF planning Earth Day activities next week

ETF planning Earth Day activities next week
The VCSU Environmental Task Force has planned activities on campus for students, faculty and staff recognizing international Earth Day. Free activities are scheduled Monday through Thursday of next week in the Student Center as listed below.

The week of activities on campus lead to the fourth annual VCSU Earth Day Festival scheduled for May 6, 2015, in conjunction with a Spring Festival as part of the VCSU 125th anniversary celebration. Further information on this event will be coming soon.

Founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day in the U.S. was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Celebrations are now held in more than 192 countries around the world. Earth Day is meant to show support for protecting the environment.

Earth Week Schedule 2015 @ VCSU

Monday, April 20

BLUE Day – wear blue in support of clean, healthy water supplies.

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Information Tables and FREE activity in the Student Center.
Build your own “b green” pin to wear all week.

Ecological Footprint
Everyone on VCSU campus are encouraged to go to one of the following web sites to identify the ecological footprint you will leave on planet earth. Faculty are encouraged to remind students to check it out; have your class do it together and discuss results—it only takes 10 minutes. Run Your Ecological Footprint Ecological Footprint Fact

Tuesday, April 21

WHITE Day–wear white in support of a clean planet.

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Information Tables and FREE activity in the Student Center.
Guess the bottle caps for PRIZES.

Wednesday, April 22

GREEN Day–wear green in support of keeping our planet green.

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Information Tables and FREE activity in the Student Center.
Paint your own FREE Earth Day Tee.

Thursday–April 23

Yellow Day–wear yellow in support of a sun-shining, healthy atmosphere for our planet

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Information Tables and FREE activity in the Student Center.
Guess the aluminum cans in the bag for PRIZES.

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
VCSU athletic teams will work with Valley City to help with spring clean-up at one of the city’s beautiful parks.

4:00 p.m. Campus Clean Up sponsored by Fish and Wildlife Club
Meet at the south entrance of the Student Center and you will be sent to areas on campus ready for spring clean-up. Gloves and bags will be provided.


• GeoCaches for prizes (go to the web site for details)
• Tree planting on campus (date and time to be determined)

Thru-hiker to speak of North Country Trail on Thursday

Thru-hiker to speak of North Country Trail on Thursday
Luke “Strider” Jordan will present “A Thru-Hiker’s Journey” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in the Student Center Skoal Room as part of the Business Speaker Series of the Department of Business.

Jordan will recount his journey on the North Country Scenic Trail from the plains of North Dakota to the peaks of the Appalachians, overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.

Hosted by DECA, the presentation is sponsored by the Sheyenne River Valley Chapter of the North Country Trail Association. A number of valuable door prizes will be given away at the event, which is open to the public free of charge.

Anderson to tell “Stories of the Barnes County G.A.R.” on Thursday

Anderson to tell “Stories of the Barnes County G.A.R.” on Thursday
Wes Anderson ’97, Barnes County Museum director (and VCSU Planetarium director), will speak on “Stories of the Barnes County G.A.R.” at 7 pm., Thursday, April 16, at the museum as part of season 17 of the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series.

A fraternal organization of Civil War veterans who had fought on the Federal/Northern side of the conflict, the G.A.R. included the local Josiah Weiser Post 66 chapter, which was established in April 1885 and included nearly 100 members over time. Some of these veterans’ wartime experiences are preserved in the files of the Barnes County Historical Society.

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Brister, Walsh attend transfer-framework workshop

Assistant professors Greg Brister (Language and Literature) and Rob Walsh (Communication Arts) represented VCSU at an Interstate Passport Initiative workshop in Fargo on April 11.

The Interstate Passport Initiative of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is a learning-outcomes-based framework for transfer between member institutions. The initiative aims to accelerate and streamline transfer by eliminating unnecessary repetition of academic work after students transfer.

The Fargo workshop contributed to North Dakota’s “Creative Expressions” student-learning outcomes. Brister is traveling to Boulder, Colo., April 13–15 for a gathering of Passport member-state representatives to further develop proficiency learning outcomes. These outcomes are designed to answer the question “What should students know or be able to do?”

Viking Sports Update

Viking Sports Update

Wednesday: VCSU 11, Mayville State 4; Mayville 12, VCSU 3
Thursday: VCSU 5, Concordia-Moorhead 3; VCSU 4, Concordia 2
Saturday: Presentation College 2, VCSU 0; VCSU 8, Presentation 7
Sunday: VCSU 5, Presentation 4 (8 innings); VCSU 15, Presentation 1

Viking softball posted a 6–2 record this week. The Vikings are now 17–15 overall and 4-6 in conference play. VCSU is currently fourth in the North Star Athletic Association standings.


Monday: VCSU 18, Mount Marty 11
Saturday: VCSU 12, Presentation College 7; VCSU 9, Presentation 5
Sunday: Presentation 11, VCSU 5; Presentation 9, VCSU 8

Viking baseball went 3–2 this week and is now 23-19 overall and 6-6 in conference play. The Vikings are third in the conference standings.


Viking golf opened the season this week with meets on Friday in Jamestown and Sunday in Dickinson. The men took third in Jamestown and second in Dickinson. Ben Sorenson shot a 78 to finished fifth overall at the Jamestown tournament. Kyle Wiebe shot a 79 in Dickinson to tied for fourth place. The Viking women placed fourth in Jamestown and fifth in Dickinson.

Track & Field

Viking track and field competed at the Northern State Open on Saturday in Aberdeen, S.D. Jessica Meland led the women with a second-place finish in the hammer throw. Richard Langdeaux placed second in the 1,500 meter run to lead the Viking men. View complete results from the meet at

Upcoming Events (Home events in bold)

April 14: Baseball vs. University of Winnipeg, 3/5 p.m.
April 16: Softball at Bemidji State University, 4/6 p.m. (Bemidji, Minn.)
April 17: Track & Field at Blue Hawk Open (Dickinson, N.D.)
April 18: Baseball vs. Dickinson State, 1/3 p.m.
April 18: Softball vs. Dickinson State, 1/3 p.m.
April 19: Baseball vs. Dickinson State, noon/2 p.m.
April 19: Softball vs. Dickinson State, 1/3 p.m.
April 20-21: Men's Golf @ NAIA Qualifying Tournament (Dakota Dunes, S.D.)

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

Monday, April 13

7:30 p.m. General student recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, April 14

3 p.m. Viking Baseball vs. University of Winnipeg, Charlie Brown Field (doubleheader)

Wednesday, April 15


Thursday, April 16

9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Skoal Room
4 p.m. Viking softball @ Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn. (doubleheader)
5 p.m. Valley City Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Woodland Steak House
6:30 p.m. Luke “Strider” Jordan, “A Thru-Hiker’s Journey” presentation, VCSU Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, April 17

Viking track and field @ Blue Hawks Open, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.

Saturday, April 18

1 p.m. Viking baseball vs Dickinson State University, Charlie Brown Field (doubleheader)
1 p.m. Viking softball vs. Dickinson State University, VCSU softball complex (doubleheader)
3 p.m. Valley City & University of Jamestown Orchestras, Valley Voices, Youth Choir performances, Nazarene Church

Sunday, April 19

noon Viking baseball vs Dickinson State University, Charlie Brown Field (doubleheader)
1 p.m. Viking softball vs. Dickinson State University, VCSU softball complex (doubleheader)

Monday, April 20

Earth Week activities begin
7:30 p.m. Valley City and University of Jamestown Orchestras performance, University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.

Tuesday, April 21

Viking track & field @ Cobber Twilight, Moorhead, Minn.

Wednesday, April 22

International Earth Day
11 a.m.–2 p.m. VCSU and University of Jamestown Career Fair, VCSU Graichen Gymnasium
3 p.m. Viking softball vs Mayville State University, VCSU Softball Complex (doubleheader)

Thursday, April 23

Friday, April 24

Saturday, April 25

1 p.m. Viking baseball @ Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D. (doubleheader)
1 p.m. Viking softball @ Dakota State University, Madison, S.D. (doubleheader)
3:00 p.m. Concert Band, Jazz, Chamber Orchestra performance, Graichen Gym

Sunday, April 26

Viking baseball vs Mayville State University, Charlie Brown Field (doubleheader)
1 p.m. Viking softball @ Dakota State University, Madison, S.D. (doubleheader)
1 p.m. Crop Walk for Hunger, begins at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Valley City
3:30 p.m. Tyson Eli recital, Froemke Auditorium

April Birthdays

April Birthdays
15 Andre DeLorme
16 Robert Rohla
16 Joe Tykwinski
16 Kayla Evenson
16 Derek Burchill
17 Sarah Milner
18 Heidi Lindemann
20 Linda Trzpuc
24 Rose Berger
29 Jon Rudolph
20 Al Olson