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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 3)
Planetarium Show Scheduled May 21
Bush Partnership Launches TV Ad Campaign
Burr Attends Sports Medicine Symposium
CASS Faculty Present at National Conference
Walsh Invited to Participate in Symposium
Levee Removal Update
Health Insurance -- Special Open Enrollment
Info for 2011-2012 Planners Needed!
Hotline! Summer Schedule
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
May Birthdays

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 3)

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 3)
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

This article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of May 16, 2011.

As has become tradition, I am presenting a Top 10 List of accomplishments at Valley City State University during the past year. Thanks to the hard work of so many individuals across campus, there is much to be excited about as we conclude the 2010-11 academic year. Here is the third annual 'VCSU Top 10 List of Accomplishments' (in no particular order):

1) When the final gavel fell on the 62nd Session of the North Dakota Legislature, House Bill 1003 included $10.3 million in general fund appropriations for the renovation and expansion of Rhoades Science Center. This will be the first new major capital construction project at VCSU since 1973, and will provide a beautiful new learning space for students in such key disciplines as Health Sciences, Fisheries & Wildlife, STEM Education, Nursing, and other science-based areas. Governor Jack Dalrymple was at VCSU earlier this month to sign the bill. VCSU sincerely appreciates the support of the Governor, the Legislature, our District 24 delegation, the ND State Board of Higher Education, the Chancellor, and everyone who has supported and lobbied on behalf of this important investment.
2) Fall 2010 enrollment of 1285 VCSU students was the largest since 1970, and the third-largest in history. We welcomed the largest incoming freshmen class to campus since 1988. Within this enrollment, VCSU also enrolled 147 Master's students – a record number since the inception of the graduate program. As a result of these gains, five new full-time instructors are currently being hired and will be part of the VCSU faculty beginning in August 2011.
3) Last weekend, VCSU held its 119th Commencement Exercises with a graduating class of approximately 225 undergraduate and graduate students. During this year's Ceremony, we also recognized students earning their nursing credentials as part of VCSU's collaborative program with Dakota College at Bottineau through the Dakota Nursing Program. We wish the 2011 Graduating Class the very best in their next steps, and thank them for all the contributions they have made to Valley City State.

4) The VCSU Women's Basketball Team won the Dakota Athletic Conference post-season tournament and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament – both achievements are firsts in the program's history. The team won more games (23) than any previous VCSU Women's Team in a single season. Even more impressive, with the most recent data available – this special group of student-athletes finished second in the nation in the NAIA in overall team Grade Point Average. Truly a group of students who performed in the classroom and on the court!

5) In November, VCSU held a grand opening of the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center (PWERC) located in Kathryn, ND. Since its opening, the PWERC has already hosted hundreds of K-12 students from throughout the region for educational water-, science-, and environmental-based workshops and activities. The PWERC will be a wonderful resource for K-12 students, VCSU students, teachers, agency personnel, researchers, and others to learn, teach, and conduct research. It is exciting to partner with Kathryn and create a win-win opportunity for the entire Sheyenne River Valley region.

The list is only half-finished. Unfortunately, like the past two years, due to space constraints it will be a two-part series. Check the next column for five more entries in VCSU's 2010-11 Top Ten list.

Planetarium Show Scheduled May 21

A free public Planetarium show will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm in the VCSU Planetarium located in Room 310 Rhoades Science Center (elevator is available).

'The Solar System" is a fun way to learn about the 11 planets with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Cassini. These satellites guide the audience through the planets and tell interesting information about each one, including scientific facts, mythology and even jokes. This 30 minute entertaining show is suitable for all ages.

For More Information contact Wes Anderson 701-845-0966.

Bush Partnership Launches TV Ad Campaign

The Bush Foundation, along with VCSU and 13 other partner universities in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, together known as the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT), recently launched a new series of public service-style television spots designed to inspire people to consider teaching as a career option.

These spots offer poignant reminders of the profound and lifelong impact teachers have on the lives of the students they teach, and ask viewers if they're ready to become a teacher and "make their mark" on people's lives. The spots will appear throughout May on television and online in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

To view a special announcement about the campaign by Bush Foundation President Peter C. Hutchinson as well as the spots that comprise the campaign, CLICK HERE. You will reach a page hosted by NExT marketing partner Padilla Speer Beardsley. When prompted, please enter your first name, last name and the password "NExT" (case sensitive) to gain access to the video message.

To learn more about the NExT initiative, read THE PRESS RELEASE and visit

Burr Attends Sports Medicine Symposium

Burr Attends Sports Medicine Symposium
Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education Diane Burr attended the Sanford Sports Medicine Symposium May 6-7 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This symposium was attended by approximately 400 orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and athletic trainers from across the region.

This year's symposium featured presentations on clinical topics related to sports medicine and sports related conditions and injuries. Specifically, this symposium investigated topics related to upper and lower extremity conditions and current concepts in diagnosis and management of concussion.

Also at the symposium, Diane had the opportunity to hear Per Renstrom, MD, PhD, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden and Gary Hall, former Olympic medalist.

CASS Faculty Present at National Conference

VCSU Instructor Rob Walsh, Assistant Professor Shannon Van Horn and Instructor Jonna Ziniel co-presented at the Central States Communication Association Conference in Milwaukee April 6-9, 2011. The presentation was titled "Oh Give Me a Home: Establishing Community." All three are members of the Division of Communication Arts & Social Science at VCSU.

Walsh also presented on the evolution of Learning to Live (L2L), VCSU's freshmen orientation program in a panel segment titled "Campus Compass: Navigating the hometown experience."

The conference afforded the opportunity to attend a variety of presentations by professionals in the discipline of communication. Some topics included "Teaching the Introductory Course," "Advancing the Basic Course," "Teaching Communication Ethics," "Using Technology to Enhance Collaborative Learning," and "Teaching the Family Communication Course."

Walsh Invited to Participate in Symposium

VCSU Instructor Rob Walsh has been invited to participate (based on his doctoral research) in the Scaling Up Local Foods Research Symposium at NDSU on May 19, 2011. The symposium is intended to facilitate discussions and working groups.

Margaret Adamek, PhD, of Terra Soma Consulting Services, a strategic services firm that builds capacity for cross-sector food systems change, and Holly Rose Mawby, Director of the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticultural in Bottineau, will facilitate discussions. After a presentation on the current local foods situation in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, the participants will engage in roundtable networking and a Group Decision Center computer facilitated discussion.

Walsh began a needs assessment in 2009 with VCSU Assistant Professor Lynne Isaacson to answer a request for assistance by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. This was a statewide campaign to gather information about local foods initiatives by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Rural communities were invited to participate and were enticed by grants to local cooperatives. Walsh and Isaacson's efforts led to a NDDA grant in Valley City. Walsh has continued the study, subsequently, with the Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability (FARRMS), whose mission furthers the sustainability of thriving farms and rural communities.

Previous research studies show the general populace do not fully grasp the concept or urgency of local foods systems initiatives. While local foods are plentifully available, farmers and consumers tend to be unaware how to access viable outlets and sources, respectively. Walsh's needs assessment, now a collaborative effort with his doctoral committee, explores the communication gaps between producers and consumers in rural areas of North Dakota.

Levee Removal Update

Crews are still busy working to remove the levees from the parking lots on the north side of campus. To make their work easier, please DO NOT park in the north or middle parking spaces of the paved science center or music lots. You may park in the far south spaces.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation!

Health Insurance -- Special Open Enrollment

VCSU employees have a special open enrollment period for benefits in which dependents under the age of 26 may be added to the Health Insurance. You have until June 13, 2011 to enroll your dependents.

For additional information, please see the e-mail sent by Derek Hughes on May 12 or the letter that was sent to your home discussing the changes.

Info for 2011-2012 Planners Needed!

It is that time of year where we are starting to collect information/important dates/activities you would like to have included in the 2011-2012 planners. If you have dates you would like to see included, or if you advise a group or organization and they have information that should be included, please remind them that Kari Stricklin needs information for the planners no later than June 2 (however, the sooner you can get back to Kari, the better!).

Hotline! Summer Schedule

Beginning today and for the duration of the summer months, the Hotline! newsletter will adopt an abbreviated publication schedule as follows:

May 16
May 31
June 13
June 27
July 11
July 22
Weekly publication resumes August 8.

Please continue to submit items for publication to Rhonda Fairfield by 11:00 am on publication dates.

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, May 16

First Three Week Summer Session Begins
6:00 pm VC Chamber & Development Joint Banquet, VFW

Tuesday, May 17

10:00 am Spring Semester Grades Due
5:00 pm VCUS Tuesday @ CrossRoads Golf Course, Carrington, ND

Wednesday, May 18

Thursday, May 19

Friday, May 20

Saturday, May 21

Armed Forces Day
1:30 pm "The Solar System" Planetarium Show, VCSU Rhoades Science Center

Sunday, May 22

Monday, May 23

Victoria Day (Canada)
Graduate 8 Week Classes Begin
City Wide Clean Up Week (May 23-28)

Tuesday, May 24

Wednesday, May 25

Thursday, May 26

Friday, May 27

Saturday, May 28

Sunday, May 29

VCHS Graduation

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day