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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Campus Master Planning
VCSU Theatre Presents New Script From Award-Winning Film
Final Call for Music Hall of Fame Nominees
Composers Competition and Concert on VCSU Campus
This Week at VCSU ...
February Birthdays

Campus Master Planning

Campus Master Planning
by Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record this week.

Valley City State University is in the midst of a campus master planning process to analyze our current physical campus situation and assess future needs. The planning process, being conducted at VCSU by JLG Architects, is mandated by the State Board of Higher Education, and serves to prepare campuses throughout the North Dakota University System for the 2011 Legislative Session. This is a comprehensive review to analyze all phases of the campus physical infrastructure. We are looking at academic buildings, athletic facilities, student residence halls, Vangstad Auditorium, landscaping, energy usage, etc. The plan will also provide an updated condition assessment evaluating the mechanical, structural, and environmental aspects of the buildings. It truly is a comprehensive review and will serve the campus well as we make decisions and prioritize our resources in the years ahead to best serve the students, faculty, and staff at VCSU.

The Master Plan process began last fall with architects visiting all the departments and programs throughout campus. This gave architects an opportunity to interview employees about the current space and structures within which they operate, and explore opportunities for how these areas might be maximized to best serve the needs of our current and future students. Just as we prepare a strategic plan for the university related to enrollment, academic, and mission-related goals, so too must we conduct similar planning for our physical infrastructure.

Anyone who has ever set foot on the VCSU campus knows we are fortunate to have an array of beautiful and historically significant buildings. Many of these buildings were built at the turn of the last century or at least during the first half of the 20th Century. They are buildings with beautiful architecture that were well-built, have been well-maintained, and have served this campus and thousands of students for many decades. However, with older buildings also come significant challenges with deferred maintenance, efficiency standards, accessibility, life safety, and the usual wear-and-tear that can accompany an older building. No doubt, we have wonderful buildings on this campus that we will continue to maintain and utilize for future generations.

As a University, we also understand today's reality. The newest building at VCSU is the Rhoades Science Center, and it is nearly 40 years old. Aside from a major interior renovation in Kolstoe Residence Hall a few years ago and smaller renovations in McFarland Hall and Graichen Gym, there have been no new building projects and no major renovations to campus buildings in nearly four decades. I believe we have the dubious distinction of having the "oldest, newest" building of all North Dakota college campuses. These facts eventually take their toll on our ability to attract and retain new students. For today's college student, amenities such as renovated classrooms, modern laboratories, and updated residence halls have a real impact on their decisions for where to seek post-secondary education. We simply need to push for the necessary upgrades on our campus to remain competitive with other colleges and universities in our region that have taken similar strides. This campus master planning process will help VCSU identify the priorities to successfully continue educating our students, and provide the tools necessary to plan for the future. We will share our findings later this spring with the State Board of Higher Education, and further convey our needs during the 2011 Legislative Session.

VCSU Theatre Presents New Script From Award-Winning Film

VCSU Theatre Presents New Script From Award-Winning Film
Searching for David's Heart, by Cherie Bennett, opens Thursday, February 11 in Theatre 320 on the campus of Valley City State University, and runs through February 13. All shows are at 8 pm. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

VCSU student actors performing in this production include Angela Morford, Kyle Vareberg, Zane A. Pachan, Zack Lee, Saralynn Davis, Dani Phares, Katie Hansen, Kayley Erlandson, Jason Hollett, Alfredo Carballo, Alicia Kelly, Garrett Anderson, and Courtney Henkel. Monika Brown is the student stage manager/assistant director, and Dalton Havron is the master carpenter for the production. Jenni Lou Russi is directing this show.

Students are working in-the-round, challenging student actors and technicians as they create believable settings and relationships for the audience. Performing in-the-round requires the student actors to move through the performance space, completely surrounded by the audience. The actors create realistic characters using contemporary acting techniques. Student technicians are focused on using the space to enhance the audience experience with set, light and sound designs that support the 360 degree setting.

Bennett wrote Searching for David's Heart as a young adult novel published by Scholastic, Inc. The story later became an award-winning film for ABC Family Television. In the story Darcy struggles with the usual adolescent challenges at home, but finds solace in her older brother, David. When David suddenly dies in an accident following a rare argument between the siblings, Darcy runs away from home in search of his transplanted heart. Accompanied by her best friend, Sam, she mourns the loss of her brother while she searches for forgiveness.

Jenni Lou Russi worked with Ms. Bennett last year on a staged reading of this new script for the stage. She's excited to bring this story to VCSU's intimate performance venue, Theatre 320 in McFarland Hall.

The VCSU Theatre Box Office has been busy with calls for tickets. People interested in attending should call the VCSU Theatre Box Office at 701-845-7320 as soon as possible to reserve tickets. Seating is limited. Single tickets are just $8 for adults, and $4 for senior citizens/ children 14 and under. For more information call the VCSU Theatre Box Office at 701-845-7320.

VCSU Faculty and Staff are invited to attend the final dress rehearsal without charge on Wednesday, February 10th at 8 PM. This complimentary opportunity allows the VCSU community to watch the production while it's being tweaked for public performance.

Pictures to the right are Angela Morford (Darcy) and Kyle Vareberg (Sam)

Final Call for Music Hall of Fame Nominees

Since 2006, the VCSU Department of Music has recognized noted music alumni and faculty through selection to the VCSU Music Hall of Fame. Criteria for this award include: (1) A distinguished career in professional music, music education, or music business, typically spanning a minimum of 20 years; (2) Significant professional contributions to the field of music (such as publications, published compositions, performances); (3) Recognition for excellence in music from one or more state, regional, or national organizations; (4) Evidence of voluntary service to advance music appreciation or skill beyond the profession; and (5) Recognition for voluntary service from one or more state, regional, or national organizations.

Faculty and alumni are encouraged to contact the Department of Music to nominate candidates who meet the criteria for the Hall of Fame awards. For nomination forms please contact Paula Larson in the Department of Music office:; (701) 845-7272. Those chosen for the award will be honored at a special banquet at the Valley City Town & Country Club on September 18, 2010.

The deadline for nominations for the Fall 2010 awards ceremony is April 1, 2010.

Composers Competition and Concert on VCSU Campus

VCSU Department of Music announces the Ninth Annual Composers Competition and Concert slated for Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Froemke Auditorium.

Dr. Sara Hagen serves as the host and event contact person. Hagen wrote and secured an ASCAP Foundation grant to hire professional composer, J. David Moore, to serve as a mentor for high school students in grades 9-12 and VCSU music students as they compose original works for the competition. Mr. Moore, best known for his work in choral jazz, is also an active educator and clinician, coaching vocal ensembles and serving as composer-in-residence at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Midwest.

Mr. Moore will hold three workshops for area teachers and students beginning on Friday, February 26, with a focus on beginning composition, and two in conjunction with the event on May 5-6. All music educators are encouraged to attend and may take the workshops, including a composition-based project, for one professional development graduate credit ($50). Three high school cash and matching Friends of Music scholarships and two collegiate cash prizes of $150 each in pop and classical categories will be awarded. All events are free of charge. For more information, contact Dr. Sara Hagen at or go to the website (click on Composers Concert).

This Week At VCSU ...

Monday, February 8

James Krotzer, Folk Artist Exhibit, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
5:15 pm Strong People Walk Away the Pounds 'On The Move' Event (Mondays and Thursday, February 4-25), St. Catherine Gym
7:00 pm Stability Ball 'On The Move' Event, City Auditorium

Tuesday, February 9

5:15 pm Walk Away the Pounds 'On The Move' Event (Tuesdays January 25-February 23), St. Catherine Gym

Wednesday, February 10

12:10 pm Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights 'On The Move' Event (Wednesdays and Fridays January 22- April 30), Hi-Liner Activity Center
5:30 pm Viking Women's Basketball @ Jamestown College
7:30 pm Viking Men's Basketball @ Jamestown College

Thursday, February 11

5:15 pm Strong People Walk Away the Pounds 'On The Move' Event (Mondays and Thursdays, February 4-25), St. Catherine Gym
8:00 pm VCSU Theatre Department presents 'Searching for David's Heart', Theatre 320

Friday, February 12

12:10 pm Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights 'On The Move' Event (Wednesdays and Fridays January 22- April 30), Hi-Liner Activity Center
8:00 pm VCSU Theatre Department presents 'Searching for David's Heart', Theatre 320

Saturday, February 13

8:00 pm VCSU Theatre Department presents 'Searching for David's Heart', Theatre 320

Sunday, February 14

Chinese New Year
Valentine's Day

Monday, February 15

President's Day Observed – No VCSU Classes, Offices Closed
5:15 pm Strong People Walk Away the Pounds 'On The Move' Event (Mondays and Thursday, February 4-25), St. Catherine Gym