This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Author Vinz to present reading today (Monday)
• Diversity forum to be held Thursday
• Beauchman honored as ‘Employee of Quarter’
• Hill presents paper at computing symposium
• Faculty and alumni attend ITEEA annual conference in Milwaukee
• VCSU Soap Box Derby cars need drivers
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• April/May birthdays

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

Author Vinz to present reading today (Monday)

Author Vinz to present reading today (Monday)
Nationally recognized writer Mark Vinz will present an afternoon poetry and prose reading Monday, April 20, in the Student Center Skoal Room. A reception with light refreshments from 3–4 p.m. will precede a 4–5 p.m. reading and book signing.

This event, open to the public free of charge, is hosted by the VCSU Lectures & Readers Committee and sponsored by the VCSU Communication Arts and Language and Literature departments.

Vinz is the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship, six Pen Syndicated Fiction Awards and three Minnesota Book Awards. He has served as coeditor of several anthologies, including “Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest” and “Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest,” with Thom Tammaro, University of Minnesota Press, and “The Party Train: A Collection of North American Prose Poetry,” with Robert Alexander and C.W. Truesdale, New Rivers Press.

From 1971–81, Vinz was the editor of the poetry journal “Dacotah Territory”; he served as editor of Dacotah Territory Press from 1973–2007. He has also done extensive work with K–12 students in both the North Dakota and Minnesota Writers in the Schools programs and has given several poetry and jazz performances throughout the region with pianist David Ferreira and bassist Bill Law. In March 2014, he received the Kay Sexton Award, presented annually at the Minnesota Book Awards gala in recognition of long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading and literary activity in Minnesota.

Diversity forum to be held Thursday

Diversity forum to be held Thursday
A community forum on the growing diversity and changing demographic in Valley City will be held at The Vault (223 Central Ave. NW) in downtown Valley City on Thursday, April 23, at 5 p.m.

A follow-up to a discussion held Jan. 27, the forum will highlight community needs and available resources, as well as new opportunities for collaboration and support as new residents are welcomed to Valley City.

Sponsored by the Valley City Young Professionals Network and “What in the World is Going On?,” the event is open to the public free of charge.

Beauchman honored as ‘Employee of Quarter’

Beauchman honored as ‘Employee of Quarter’
Alice Beauchman, administrative assistant for the Mathematics and Science departments, has received the “Employee of the Quarter” award.

According to her nomination for the award, “Alice is the heart and soul of the Science Department. I am not sure what the Science Department would do without her. She is the friendly face when you walk into the department. She is a listening ear when we need to blow off steam or when we have some exciting news to share; this not just true for faculty but also for the students. Most of the science faculty owe her several favors because she is never turning us down when we need help.…She keeps our finances straight and department organized.”

Congratulations, Alice!

Hill presents paper at computing symposium

Hill presents paper at computing symposium
Curt Hill, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Computer Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE), presented a paper, “Musings on LMS, HCI, Clients and Native Programs” at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS 2015), held in Grand Forks at the University of North Dakota from April 10–11.

The paper was co-authored by Razib Iqbal, Ph.D., assistant professor in the CSSE Department. The paper and presentation are posted on Hill’s website at

Faculty and alumni attend ITEEA annual conference in Milwaukee

Faculty and alumni attend ITEEA annual conference in Milwaukee
VCSU was well represented at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) annual conference March 26–28 in Milwaukee.

The 2015 conference saw another increase in attendance both domestically and internationally, with 10 countries represented. In addition to honoring a number of members with professional awards, the STEM partnership-focused conference included dozens of professional development sessions and workshops as well as a full array of vendor exhibits.

James Boe ’92, VCSU assistant professor and director of graduate studies and research, led the conference as ITEEA president. He hosted the general sessions, Spirit of Excellence and Program Excellence breakfasts and the Special Recognition and International luncheons. In addition to the recognition functions, Boe presided over the board of directors meetings and international partnership meetings. His term as past president began once the conference ended; he is now responsible for the development and implementation of the new ITEEA strategic plan and the work of the task force groups during 2015–16.

VCSU Department of Technology faculty members Lana Fornes, M.Ed. ’09, and Peder Gjovik co-chaired the ITEEA Teacher Excellence Awards, facilitating the presentation of the 2015 Teacher Excellence Awards to 33 elementary, middle school and high school technology and engineering educators selected within their state or province. VCSU alumnus Tom Weber ’87, who teaches in the Fargo public schools, was a recipient of this award.

In addition, 20 technology and engineering programs from across the nation received Program Excellence Awards recognizing outstanding programs in technology and engineering education. Daniel Hanson, who has a VCSU major in technology education, was recognized for his outstanding program at Edmore (N.D.) High School. Cory Booth M.Ed. ’10, VCSU alumnus and adjunct instructor, was also recognized for his program at Tucker (Ga.) High School.

Fornes, Gjovik and Hilde van Gijssel, professor in the Department of Science, participated in other activities at the conference including the general sessions, exhibit hall sessions and curriculum training. Fornes took part in “Scratch, Sensors, and Homemade Devices Working Together,” “EbD High School: Technological Design” and “EbD Middle School: Technological Systems.”

Gjovik attended training in “EbD High School: Advanced Technological Applications and Foundations of Technology.” Van Gjissel attended training in “EbD High School: Technological Design, Advanced Technological Applications, and Advanced Design Applications.”

Misty (Ross) Lindgren ’91 attended as a representative of the VCSU Graduate Program. She met with prospective students and promoted the graduate concentrations during the exhibitor sessions.

The attendance and participation of alumni in the association’s conference, board of directors and committee leadership has significantly increased the national recognition of VCSU’s Technology Education program.

VCSU folks pictured in the photo taken in Milwaukee include (front, l to r) Cory Booth, Peder Gjovik, Blaire Booth M.Ed. ’10, Lana Fornes, James Boe; (back) Hilde van Gijssel, Justin Foss M.Ed. ’10, Daniel Hanson, Don Fischer ’79 and Tom Weber.

VCSU Soap Box Derby cars need drivers

VCSU Soap Box Derby cars need drivers
VCSU has two Soap Box Derby cars in need of drivers for the 20th annual Dakota Soap Box Derby to be held Saturday, June 6, in Valley City.

The stock entry needs a driver of at least age 7and less than 14; the super stock requires a driver of at least age 9 and less than 18.

If faculty or staff know of interested drivers, please email Greg Vanney ( with names, ages and contact information by Friday, April 24.

If there is more interest than openings, drivers will be chosen via a lottery system. Winners will be notified, and the names not selected will be shared with other vehicle sponsors for possible driving opportunities.

Vikings sports update

Vikings sports update
April 14: VCSU 7, Winnipeg 3; VCSU 10, Winnipeg 7
April 17: VCSU 5, Dickinson State 1; VCSU 12, Dickinson 5
April 18: VCSU 7, Dickinson 5; Dickinson 5, VCSU 4

Viking baseball posted a 5-1 record this week, including a 3-1 mark in conference play. Now 28-20 overall and 9-7 in conference play, VCSU is currently third in the conference standings with four games remaining. The 28 wins ties the single-season school record set by the 2003 team.

April 17: Dickinson State 10, VCSU 0; Dickinson 3, VCSU 1
April 18: Dickinson 9, VCSU 1; Dickinson 6, VCSU 0

Viking softball dropped four games this week to Dickinson State. Now 17-19 overall and 4-10 in the North Star Athletic Association, VCSU is currently fifth in the conference standings with six games remaining.

Track & Field
The Vikings competed this past weekend at the Blue Hawk Games, hosted by Dickinson State. Jenna Coghlan won an individual championship for VCSU in the women's javelin. Her winning throw was less than a meter away from qualifying for nationals. View complete results from the meet at

The Viking men’s golf team is competing Monday and Tuesday this week at their national qualifying tournament in Dakota Dunes, S.D. The Viking women will compete in their qualifying meet April 27–28 in Garden City, Kan.

Upcoming Events
April 20–21: Men’s golf at national qualifying meet (Dakota Dunes, S.D.)
April 21: Track & Field at Cobber Twilight Meet (Moorhead, Minn.)
April 22: Softball vs. Mayville State, 3/5 p.m. (final home games)
April 25: Track & Field at Al Cassell Relays (Jamestown, N.D.)
April 25: Baseball @ Mayville State University, 1/3 p.m.
April 25: Softball @ Dakota State, 1/3 p.m. (Madison, S.D.)
April 26: Baseball vs. Mayville State University, 1/3 p.m. (final home games)
April 26: Softball @ Dakota State, 1/3 p.m. (Madison, S.D.)

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

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
Monday, April 20

Earth Week activities begin; for a complete schedule, go to
7:30 p.m. Valley City and University of Jamestown Orchestra concert, 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, Graichen Gymnasium
3 p.m. Viking softball vs Mayville State University, VCSU Softball Complex (doubleheader)

Thursday, April 23

Friday, April 24

5 pm. VCSU Scholarship Auction, Eagles Club

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)

Sunday, April 26

1 p.m. 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

Monday, April 27

End of semester student art exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall (April 27–May 8)

Tuesday, April 28

5:30 p.m. Valley City Area Chamber and Valley City–Barnes County Development Corporation Annual Banquet, Woodland Steakhouse

Wednesday, April 29

3 p.m. Viking baseball @ University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thursday, April 30

Pay Day
Student directed one-act plays, Theatre 320 (continues through May 2)

Friday, May 1

7:30 p.m. Mozart Requiem, Epworth Methodist Church

Saturday, May 2

Viking track & field @ Ron Masanz Open, Moorhead, Minn.

Sunday, May 3

April/May birthdays

April/May birthdays
20 Linda Trzpuc
24 Rose Berger
29 Jon Rudolph
30 Al Olson

1 Lana Fornes
2 Tony Piccalo
6 Trisha McElroy
11 Curt Hill
15 Jessica O’Day
17 Cindy Zahn
19 Nicholaus Meyers
20 Amy Anderson
24 Amber Aberle
25 Michelle Hoyt
27 Teather Sundstrom