This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Welcome President Tisa Mason and Mr. Bill Mason to VCSU and Valley City!
• Wellness Center fundraiser to be held at Rec Center on Tuesday
• Thank you to Facilities staff
• Ziniel attends NCA convention
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• December 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.

Welcome President Tisa Mason and Mr. Bill Mason!

Welcome President Tisa Mason and Mr. Bill Mason!
Today, Monday, Dec. 15, marks new VCSU President Tisa Mason’s first official day on the job.

Please welcome President Mason and her husband, Bill Mason, to VCSU and Valley City when you have an opportunity.

The President’s Office is undergoing a physical renovation. President Mason’s temporary office location is McFarland 317; her executive assistant, Rhonda Fairfield, is temporarily housed in McFarland 211.

Visit www.vcsu.edu/president/vp.htm?p=3320 to view a holiday greeting from President Mason.

Wellness Center fundraiser to be held at Rec Center on Tuesday

Wellness Center fundraiser to be held at Rec Center on Tuesday
The Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation is hosting the Wellness Center Pledge-A-Thon fundraiser at the Valley City Rec Center (140 4th St. SW) on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 2–7 p.m.

Pledges can be made in person at the Rec Center or called in to 701-845-3294. Refreshments will be served, and kids can enjoy fun give-aways, a bouncy house and Santa from 4:30–6 p.m. Prize drawings will be held each hour for those who have pledged.

Please join in supporting the Valley City Health, Wellness and Physical Education Center! Call Andrea Nelson, Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation, at 701-490-1596 for more information.

Thank you to Facilities staff

The VCSU Foundation Office would like to thank the Facilities Services staff for all of their help this weekend. Both the V-500 Recognition Banquet and EBC Alumni Christmas Show were huge successes thanks to their efforts. 

Nominations sought for ‘Difference is Me’ award

People on our campus are doing great things every day! Please take a moment to recognize individuals by nominating them for the “Difference is Me” award sponsored by Staff Senate, the VCSU Bookstore and Sodexo.

Nominate a staff member easily by using the form at the following link: vcsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5gvJ6nLqntbsRXn.

Recipients of this award will be recognized at their place of work by Staff Senate members and will receive a small gift from the VCSU Bookstore and Sodexo.

Ziniel attends NCA convention

Jonna Ziniel, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Communication Arts, attended the National Communication Association’s annual convention in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 20–23.

Ziniel presented as part of the panel “Teaching, Technology, and Tools in the Classroom: Practical Ideas and Best Practices for Face-to-Face and Online Courses,” where she discussed the use of blogging tools to enhance classroom experience as well as how to integrate Google Analytics into the classroom environment.

She also attended sessions on teaching and learning and brought many useful ideas back to her own classroom. 

Viking sports update

Men’s Basketball
Monday: VCSU 92, Crown College 61
Saturday: University of Winnipeg 80, VCSU 70

The VCSU men's basketball went 1-1 last week, seeing its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday. The Vikings are now 6-7 overall and host Minnesota–Morris at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Women’s Basketball
Monday: VCSU 83, Crown College 30
Wednesday: VCSU 66, Concordia-Moorhead 59

The Viking women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four games with two wins last week. VCSU is now 7-4 overall. The Vikings host Minnesota–Morris at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
Monday, December 15

Payday
Finals Week

Tuesday, December 16

Hanukkah begins at sundown
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Holiday open house, Dacotah Bank
7:30 p.m. Courthouse Carol Sing, Valley Voices & Valley Children’s Choir

Wednesday, December 17

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Christmas open house, Wells Fargo Bank (December 17–19)
12:10–12:55 p.m. 8th annual “Sounds of the Season” brown bagger series, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church sanctuary

5–8 p.m. Job Search for Educators event, Student Center

Thursday, December 18

noon December senior luncheon, Student Center cafeteria
Shop local—Valley City stores open in the evening

Friday, December 19

5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs University of Minnesota–Morris, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, December 20

Sunday, December 21

First day of winter

Monday, December 22

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Bank Forward’s Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 23

Fall semester grades due

Wednesday, December 24

Christmas Eve, offices close at noon

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day, offices closed

Friday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins
Boxing Day in Canada

Saturday, December 27

Sunday, December 28

December birthdays

December birthdays
16 Alice Beauchman
16 Jill Devries
19 Kevin Tulp
19 Lacey Undem
21 Amber Olson
23 Diane Olson
25 Diane Burr
27 Phyllis McDonough
27 Aleisha Kiser
28 Shannon VanHorn