This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column
• Health Fair to be held in Student Center on Wednesday
• Dieken exhibits art in Michigan
• Design Team presents at national conference
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• February and March 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.

VCSU President’s Column

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

At Valley City State University, our students are surrounded by faculty and staff dedicated to serving their best interests. Those interests are constantly reinforced through high-impact educational practices, including service and community-based learning, internships, undergraduate research, and many other initiatives. These experiences result in our students gaining confidence in their abilities and thriving in so many different endeavors.

In this column, I’ll share a few examples of VCSU students participating in internships and service and community-based learning activities.

Service and Community-Based Learning
This past fall VCSU professors Katie Woehl and Sarah Milner teamed up to provide 27 Psychology and HPE (Health and Physical Education) students a unique and direct learning experience, blending issues they were studying in the curriculum with “real life.” This project was designed to help students better understand and appreciate the potential impact of homelessness and related issues on one’s health, wellness and development.

The students and their professors spent a day working at Churches United completing a variety of projects. Some students painted walls, bookshelves, tables, chairs, and a basement floor. Others spent time in the kitchen cleaning up after a fundraiser, helping to prepare that day’s lunch, and cleaning children’s toys, walls, and floors.

As a part of this experience, students completed reflection papers. One student wrote: “If I didn’t have the privilege to help with this project, I wouldn’t have understood how self-esteem, social and emotional development, and health factors are much different when you have less than enough to get by. From our hard work and sweat those children have a safer environment to play and have a fun time with others and their families.”

Internships serve as an excellent opportunity for students to gain direct experience working in the profession for which they are seeking a college education. It provides students with the added advantage of learning about company culture as well as being supervised and mentored by a professional in their field of interest—and often it may lead to a job offer once the college degree is earned. Internships also help students strengthen their commitment to a college education as they connect class work to that first professional experience.

Last summer, sophomore Tarah Cleveland, a software engineering major at VCSU, served as an intern at Microsoft in Fargo. She worked on the Dynamics User Experience Research Team researching the Microsoft personas. These personas are used internally by Microsoft to develop software that makes business processes easier for companies that purchase Microsoft software solutions. In addition to assisting with research, Tarah also got the opportunity to organize and conduct interviews with human resource generalists, human resource assistants and software systems implementers.

“This was a great opportunity to put all of my research as well as my communications skills to the test,” said Tarah. Another great opportunity for Tarah was attending the “Lunch and Learn” programs held every two weeks. At these programs, full-time employees talked about their paths to success at Microsoft. Tarah speaks enthusiastically about her experience as a Microsoft intern—“It was a great chance to spend a summer gaining real job experience at a highly successful company.”

These are just a couple of examples of our outstanding students and how VCSU remains committed to our mission—making education meaningful with positive relationships and effective practices. In my next column, I’ll share more of our students’ enriching experiences with you, but for now, remember that it’s a great day to be a Viking!

Health Fair to be held in Student Center on Wednesday

Where can you get a free massage, your blood pressure checked, have your fitness tested, receive great health information as well as find out what health and wellness services exist at VCSU and the community of Valley City?

VCSU Health Services is hosting the sixth annual Health Fair in the hallway, upper lounge and Skoal Room of the Student Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Be sure to pick up a prize card and have each vendor initial their business on the prize card. After you’ve obtained all of their initials, turn in your card for a chance to win great door prizes: an iPad mini, Fitbits, and gift cards from Scheels, Leevers, Marketplace and Subway.

Dieken exhibits art in Michigan

Dieken exhibits art in Michigan
“Nothings,” a solo exhibition by Karri Dieken, assistant professor of art, is on display through March 10 at the Fine Arts Gallery of Mott Community College in Flint, Mich.

Dieken spoke about her work in Mott’s Visual Arts and Design Center at the exhibit’s opening Feb. 23.

“Nothings” is a fibers-based project based on compilations of Dieken’s various print and installation projects. It includes some of her “Counting Sheep” wallpaper and quilts, quilts from her “Sentiments” series featuring contributions from the maternal side of her family, and fabric envelopes from her “Correspondence” series.

More of Dieken’s work can be found at

Design Team presents at national conference

Design Team presents at national conference
VCSU’s Instructional Design Team attended the Instructional Technology Council Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 18-21.

Team members Amber Aberle, Jim Boe, Diane Burr, Julee Russell and Shannon VanHorn presented “Instructional Design: A Team-Based Approach in Creating Mentors” in which they discussed the unique format of faculty as instructional support, as well as the various endeavors supported by the team.

The hot topics at this conference included OERs, Universal Access, competency-based learning, academic integrity, copyright, retention and online course design.

The Instructional Technology Council represents nearly 400 institutions that offer distance education courses to their students in the United States, Canada and around the world.

Viking Sports Update

Viking Sports Update
Women’s Basketball—NSAA Tournament

Quarterfinals: VCSU 68, Dakota State 62 (OT)
Semifinals: VCSU 80, Mayville State 62
Championship: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., VCSU at University of Jamestown (Jamestown Civic Center)

The Viking women’s basketball team went 2-0 last week as they defeated Dakota State and Mayville State in the conference tournament. The Vikings (22-8) will play the University of Jamestown in the NSAA Championship on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Civic Center. The winner advances to the NAIA National Tournament.

Men’s Basketball—NSAA Tournament

Quarterfinals: Jamestown 94, VCSU 65

The Viking men's basketball team had its season end Wednesday night with a tournament loss at top seed University of Jamestown. The Vikings end the year with a 12-18 record.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday: WBB @ University of Jamestown, 5:30 p.m. (NSAA Championship, Jamestown Civic Center)
Saturday: Baseball @ Midland University, Neb., 1 p.m. (tentative)
Sunday: Baseball@ Midland University, Neb., 12 p.m. (tentative)

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

Monday, March 2

“Alternative Paintings,” Molly Wicks, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall third floor (March 2–April 6)
5:30 p.m. Chili Cook-off and Community Olympics and Chili, North Dakota Winter Show Building
7:30 p.m. Garage Band performance, Froemke Auditorium Foss Hall

Tuesday, March 3

ND Winter Show opens (visit for details)
5:30 p.m. Viking women’s basketball vs. University of Jamestown, NSAAA Championship, Jamestown Civic Center, Jamestown, N.D.

Wednesday, March 4

Thursday, March 5

9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, March 6

12:15 p.m. Choir and singers performance, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, March 7

3 p.m. Lisa McCarroll guest pianist, Froemke Auditorium

Sunday, March 8

Monday, March 9

7:30 p.m. General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, March 10

Wednesday, March 11

Thursday, March 12

9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, March 13

Saturday, March 14

Sunday, March 15

March Birthdays

March Birthdays
2 Rhonda Fairfield
7 Everett Walker
8 Dennis McCulloch
13 Gilbert Kuipers
17 Bonita Roswick
18 Jerzy Bilski
18 Loren Lemer
18 Jody Klier
20 Joseph Munowenyu
25 Paula Larson
26 Leslie Kalmbach
27 Laurel Westby