This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column
• Ong performs and teaches in China and Malaysia
• Walsh, Hoskisson present at international conference
• Save the state money and earn an award
• 53 Vikings named NSAA Scholar-Athletes for spring 2015
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• June and July birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published on Mondays on alternate weeks during the summer. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4 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

As a state comprehensive university, VCSU has a responsibility to be a steward of place. The term “stewards of place” was coined by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in 2002 to describe the role of our public comprehensive colleges and universities. AASCU describes this role as follows:

“We are ‘stewards of place.’ We engage faculty, staff and students with the communities and regions we serve—helping to advance public education, economic development and the quality of life for all with whom we live and who support our work. We affirm that America’s promise extends not only to those who come to the campus but to all our neighbors.”

Although there are numerous ways in which Valley City State University effectively serves as a steward of place, one of the ways in which we accomplish this important aspect of our mission is to host three Academic Centers—all focusing on our passion for teacher education:
  • The Don Mugan Career and Technical Education Center supports career and technical education to meet North Dakota workforce needs.
  • The Great Plains STEM Education Center provides professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities for students.
  • The Prairie Waters Education and Research Center provides environmental learning opportunities focused on North Dakota waters for students, teachers, and professionals, and research on aquatic biological resources.
I recently had the pleasure of learning more about the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center and was truly impressed with its impact, especially since it has only been in existence for five years! Here are a just a few of the highlights:
  • This past year the center hosted 104 classes and more than 2,200 students.
  • The staff of Prairie Waters worked with eight high schools across the state on the River Watch program, in which students are trained to use our equipment to measure and report local water quality.
  • Several of our students partnered with the center for their undergraduate research. For instance, one student, Josue Hernandez, took part in a two-year survey of mussels found in the Sheyenne River in a project funded by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. He was an integral part of the sampling team and was in charge of a section of the project which marked a subset of several hundred mussels and tracked their changes in weight and size over several months. He presented his work by giving talks at the 2014 Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting and the 2014 North Dakota Academy of Science annual meeting. Josue is currently working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Valley City Fish Hatchery and is looking into going to graduate school for a master’s degree.
  • Part of the Macroinvertebrate Lab is dedicated to providing VCSU students with the opportunity to help with the water-quality measurements in Lake Ashtabula for the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • This spring the center partnered with the North Dakota Department of Health to offer a water-quality certification program. The Department of Health would like to be assured that the folks sending them water-quality reports have both consistent training and meet some minimum standards.
This is just a small sampling of the impact the work of the VCSU Prairie Waters Education and Research Center has had on our students, community, and state. It is also just one of a multitude of ways in which we focus our energies to “advance public education, economic development, and the quality of life” for our neighbors—and it is yet another reason why it is a great day to be a Viking!

Ong performs and teaches in China and Malaysia

Ong performs and teaches in China and Malaysia
This spring and summer, music faculty member Geraldine Ong traveled to China and Malaysia to perform recitals and teach master classes.

In May, she toured China with North Dakota State University clarinetist Cecilia Kang; the two performed and did teaching residencies at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Shenyang Conservatory of Music.

Ong also performed solo recitals and taught master classes at the University Putra Malaysia and Tenby International School–Setia Alam in Malaysia. In addition, she was invited to conduct a master class at the Music Stage, a local music school in her hometown of Seremban. Her performances and master classes were well received, and she’s been invited back to Tenby International School next summer.

Walsh, Hoskisson present at international conference

Rob Walsh, assistant professor of communication arts, and Dale Hoskisson, professor emeritus of education, presented a peer-reviewed paper, “Problematic Issues in Digital Storytelling,” at 2015 EdMedia, the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 22–24.

The paper postulates a subtle but significant gap as storytellers transition from the traditional story to the digital story. The authors promote the belief that every story must contain four basic elements. Whereas traditional storytelling tends to encompass these elements intuitively, the digital storyteller must deliberate consciously or unconsciously the impact of these elements on his/her audience. Walsh and Hoskisson are preparing a manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal based on the comments and questions raised by the audience at EdMedia.

Scholars from 58 countries attended the conference held near the campus of McGill University.

Save the state money and earn an award

VCSU employees (and other state employees) who make suggestions that cut costs of state government are eligible for awards through the state's Employee Suggestion Incentive Program.

If your idea is approved, you will receive 20 percent of the first year’s savings realized, up to a maximum of $4,000. The cash award will be distributed 12 months after your idea has been implemented.

More information, along with a link to the suggestion form, can be found online at

53 Vikings named NSAA Scholar-Athletes for spring 2015

Fifty-three VCSU student-athletes were named North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Academic Scholar-Athletes for the 2015 spring season.

To be eligible for the spring award, a student-athlete must have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and must have participated in a spring semester sport.

A complete listing of VCSU's NSAA Academic Scholar-Athletes for the spring season can be found at:

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

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, July 6

Tuesday, July 7

Wednesday, July 8

7:15pm Music at the Courthouse Lawn featuring Cheaper Than Therapy

Thursday, July 9

Friday, July 10

Barnes County 4-H Achievement Days, North Dakota Winter Show Event Center

Saturday, July 11

Sunday, July 12

Monday, July 13

Tuesday, July 14

Wednesday, July 15

7:15 p.m. Music at the Courthouse Lawn featuring Dakota Gospel

Thursday, July 16

Friday, July 17

Saturday, July 18

Sunday, July 19

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

10:00 a.m. Barnes County Extension presents “Nourishing your Digestion,” The Legacy Place

Wednesday, July 22

Crazy Days
7:15 p.m. Music at the Courthouse Lawn featuring Monroe Crossing

Thursday, July 23

Friday, July 24

Saturday, July 25

2nd Annual Del Tibke Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting the North American Game Warden Museum, VC Country Club (call 701-840-0238 for details)
8:30 a.m. North Country Trail Workday, meet at the Rosebud Visitor Center in Valley City

Sunday, July 26

July Birthdays

July Birthdays
8 Jody Henjum
8 Mark Potts
10 Jan Klein
16 Beth Maher
16 Kari Bodine
22 Dennis Triebold
23 Elizabeth Throop
24 Kelli Heath
25 Louis Wieland
31 Keith Biggers