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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• VCSU President’s Column
• More faculty and staff rise to challenge
• Da Vinha attends political research conference in Montreal
• Ramos, Dieken judge Jamestown art show
• Home movie presentation at museum Sept. 3
• Viking update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• September birthdays

VCSU President’s Column

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

In my previous column, I introduced our new faculty members at Valley City State University. This time around, I’d like to introduce our staff who are new to campus since the start of school last fall, but before I do that, let me introduce you to one more new member of our faculty who has just joined us at VCSU.

Megan Orcholski is an instructor in our communication arts department. She holds an M.A. degree in communication arts from Minnesota State University Mankato and a bachelor’s degree from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. Megan previously served as instructor and assistant director of forensics at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

Now for the staff additions.

John Andrick is the new director of student academic services and disability support services at VCSU. He holds an M.A. degree in organizational leadership from Lewis University (Ill.) and a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State. John has served in a variety of roles in his career in higher education, most recently as campus director at Globe University in Moorhead, Minn.

Al Bernardo, the new user services librarian at Allen Memorial Library, earned his master of library and information science degree from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. Al has provided customer service at several academic and public libraries, and he has teaching experience as a graduate assistant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Daniel Eppen recently transitioned from VCSU college graduate to a full-time employee in building services. While he was in college he worked for Facilities Services as a student worker in Snoeyenbos and McCarthy, as well as on night security. He was also an RA in Robertson and Mythaler for two years before moving off campus his senior year.

Chris Johnson, head cross country and track and field coach, joins VCSU after working as an assistant coach at Dickinson College (Pa.) and Buena Vista (Iowa) the past two years. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Mary in 2013 while working two years as a graduate assistant with the track program. A native of Yardley, Pa., Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in history from Dickinson College, where he was a varsity athlete in both baseball and track and field.

Sarah (Rhyan) Larsen joined the university as an admission counselor in September 2014. Sarah graduated from VCSU with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2013. She and her husband, Justin Larsen, live in Valley City.

Russell Marker joined VCSU last August as a heating plan operator last August. Previously he worked at the Open Door Center, assisting children with daily-living activities and medication administration.

Michael Mook, head softball coach, joins the Valley City State University staff after working six years as an assistant coach at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Augustana qualified for the national tournament in each of his six seasons as an assistant. A native of Boscobel, Wis., Michael graduated from Winona State (Minn.) in 2007 with a physics degree.

Amber Olson is currently serving as an administrative assistant in three departments: Academic Affairs, Health and Physical Education, and Art. A native of Park Rapids, Minn., she graduated from Bemidji State University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Amber taught physical education and health in Colorado before moving to North Dakota. Amber previously managed BeMobile Wireless in Valley City. She is married to Kirk Olson, and they have two daughters, Olivia and Karina.

Dallas Schmidt joined the VCSU team last May as a heating plant operator. Prior to joining VCSU, Dallas trained horses for 18 years and was a welder at John Deere Seeding Group.

Apryl (Schroeder) Schreiner, a Valley City native, joined VCSU on July 30 as assistant registrar. She earned a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and worked most recently as the admissions transfer specialist at Mayville State University. At VCSU, Apryl will manage the academic requirements report, transfer credit evaluation, and graduation applications for the Registrar’s Office.

Becky Sundstrom started in the Business Office this past December as accounts receivable specialist. Becky comes to VCSU from the Valley City First Community Credit Union, where she worked for three years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from VCSU.

Jennelle Trautmann was recently hired as assistant softball coach at VCSU. A native of Hastings, Minn., she is a 2015 graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she was a four-time All-American softball player.

Caroline Walters joined the VCSU building services team January 30. Previously she was employed as a medical support assistant (MSA) with the Department of Veteran in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Nick Wilson, assistant coach for cross country and track and field, joins the VCSU family after working two years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Rio Grande (Ohio). Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports from Rio Grande, where he spent four seasons as a distance runner. He was a four-time NAIA national qualifier in cross country and also qualified for the NAIA national track and field championships in the 5,000-meter run.

I hope you will join me in welcoming these new members of the VCSU family to the greater Valley City community. They bring a wealth of experience and energy to our campus, and they’re another reason that it’s a great day to be a Viking!

More faculty and staff rise to challenge

More faculty and staff rise to challenge
We’re over the halfway point in this year’s Faculty/Staff Campaign challenge—thank you to those already participating! The individuals listed with the chart are those who made a donation during the week of Aug. 24–28.

If you have any questions or concerns about supporting VCSU through this challenge, please contact the Foundation office.

Da Vinha attends political research conference in Montreal

Da Vinha attends political research conference in Montreal
Luis da Vinha, assistant professor of geography and political science, presented a paper and chaired a panel at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference 2015 held in Montreal, Canada, Aug. 26–29.

Da Vinha presented a paper, “The Carter Administration’s Emergent Policy in the Middle East: Assessing Foreign Policy Change through an Emergent Change Approach,” which questions traditional explanations regarding the development of the Carter Doctrine which are based on punctuated equilibrium theory. Alternatively, it argues in favor of interpreting the development of the doctrine through the use of emergent/continuous change theories.

He also chaired the panel on Interstate and Intrastate Conflicts; panel papers focused on issues ranging from constitutional frameworks for peace to international interventions in failed states.

The Montreal conference, ECPR’s first event held outside Europe, had over 60 sections, 400 panels, and 1,200 participants.

Ramos, Dieken judge Jamestown art show

Ramos, Dieken judge Jamestown art show
Art faculty Armando Ramos and Karri Dieken served as judges at the 51st annual Jamestown Fine Arts Association Art Show, which opened Saturday, Aug. 29, and runs through Oct. 2.

The juried show includes 77 pieces by 39 artists, including VCSU students Cassy Gilbertson, Hayden Swanson and Amy Tichy.

Home movie presentation at museum Sept. 3

“Exploring Home Movies: The Window into Personal Legacy and Cultural Heritage” will be presented Thursday, Sept. 3, from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum in Valley City.

The event will include a screening of select home movies, which were locally recorded, accompanied by discussion with a local historian and archivist, and a home-movie preservation expert. The screening and discussion will encourage audience participation. An “Exploring Your Home Movies” workshop will follow. The workshop offers instruction for home care and the professional transfer process from analog to contemporary mediums, as well as an exploration of how home movies bring valuable insights into one’s own heritage, their broader importance, and ways to share these materials with family and community.

The Valley City event, open to the public free of charge, is sponsored by the Al Larvick Audio Visual Conservation Fund, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Pro8mm, Home Movie Legacy, and the Barnes County Historical Society.
The event will also be presented Sept. 2 at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck and Sept. 4 at Bonanzaville in West Fargo.

Viking update

Viking update
Saturday: VCSU 41, University of Jamestown 31
Valley City State's football team opened the 2015 season Saturday with a 41-31 win at the University of Jamestown. Kurtis Walls set new school records for completions (30) and passing yards (512) in the victory. VCSU (1-0), ranked No. 17 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, will play at Mayville State University this Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Viking golf teams opened the season Wednesday with a one-day tournament at Jamestown. The Viking men finished in third place and the women took fourth. The golf teams are in action again today, wrapping up a two-day tournament hosted by Bismarck State. Complete results of the tournaments can be found online at

Wednesday: Bismarck State 3, VCSU 1 (exhibition match)
Viking volleyball (2-2) continues it season Tuesday, Sept. 1, with an exhibition match at Concordia College in Moorhead.

Upcoming Events
Sept. 1: Volleyball @ Concordia (Moorhead, Mn.), 7 p.m.
Sept. 4–5: Volleyball @ Corn Palace Classic (Mitchell, S.D.)
Sept. 5: Football @ Mayville State University, 1 p.m.

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

Monday, August 31

4–6 p.m. Farmers Market at Rosebud Visitor Center parking lot

Tuesday, September 1

7 p.m. Viking Volleyball @ Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.

Wednesday, September 2

Thursday, September 3

4–6 p.m. Farmers Market, Shopko parking lot

Friday, September 4

9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Corn Palace Classic Tournament, Mitchell, S.D.

Saturday, September 5

10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Corn Palace Classic Tournament, Mitchell, S.D.
1 p.m. Viking football @ Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D.

Sunday, September 6

Monday, September 7

Tuesday, September 8

Viking Volleyball @ University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D.

Wednesday, September 9

Thursday, September 10

NDQHA horse show, North Dakota Winter Show Event Center (Sept. 10-13)

Friday, September 11

Viking women and men’s cross country @ MSU Moorhead Twilight Meet, Moorhead, Minn.
1 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Bemidji State University, Graichen Gymnasium
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs University of Great Falls, Graichen Gymnasium
4:30–7:30 p.m. Abused Persons Outreach Center Fall Fundraiser supper and silent auction, VFW

Saturday, September 12

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Let’s Walk Valley City event,
9 a.m.–1 p.m. VCSU choir rummage sale, Foss Music Hall
1 p.m. Viking football vs. Robert Morris College, Shelley Ellig Field
1 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Montana State University–Northern, Graichen Gymnasium
5 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Waldorf College, Graichen Gymnasium

Sunday, September 13

September Birthdays

September Birthdays
2 Brad Mills
3 Adam Longmore
6 LaDonna Anderson
10 James Boe
12 Teresa Cole
12 Jamie Wirth
16 James Adams
18 Steven Listopad
19 Loree Morehouse
21 Donna James
24 Janet Gierke
24 Ram Lau
25 David DeMuth
27 Steven King
28 Greg Brister
28 Benjamin Ferguson
29 Pat Egeberg
29 Lee Kruger
30 Charlene Stenson
30 Tony Dutton