This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Women's Basketball Supports the Fight Against Cancer
Area Concert Association Performance February 21
BIT to Host SAP Users Group Regional Meeting
Curt Hill to Serve as Session Chair, Publishes Papers
This Week at VCSU ...
February & March Birthdays

VCSU Women's Basketball Supports the Fight Against Cancer

The VCSU Women's basketball program will participate in the WBCA's 3rd Annual Pink Zone fundraising campaign to fight cancer Friday night during the game against Dakota State at 5:30 pm.

This year's challenge invites anyone to donate $3 for every 3-point basket that the Vikings score during the game. All monies raised will be donated to the VCSU Relay for Life team as we help in finding a cure for this disease that affects all of us one way or another during our lifetime.

Please consider donating $3 for 3's.

You can donate by email or phone to Kim Hesch (kim.hesch@vcsu.edu or 845-7403), Jill DeVries (jill.devries@vcsu.edu or 845-7164), or one the 12 VCSU women's basketball players. You can also sign up at the game on Friday night with Kim Hesch!

Thanks for your support of the women's basketball program, and the FIGHT AGAINST cancer!!!

Area Concert Association Performance February 21

The Valley City Area Concert Association will present pianist John McKay, winner of the Prix d'Europe, in a recital of "classical favorites," Sunday, February 21, at 3:00 pm, in Valley City State University's Vangstad Auditorium. Admission is by season membership, with memberships available at the door of every concert.

John McKay retired from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2004 after teaching piano and music history there for twenty-eight years. A native of Montreal, Canada, Dr. McKay earned his Bachelor's degree in Music from McGill University, and his graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music. From 1962 to 1969, McKay lived in Europe and gave recitals in Brussels, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Munich, Berlin and Cologne. During the 1971-72 concert season, while teaching at the University of Toronto, McKay presented the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms in a series of four recitals at Toronto's Town Hall. As a result of a sabbatical leave granted him in 1985-86, he performed Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas in a series of eight concerts.

Dr. McKay has appeared often as soloist with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, including a performance of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 during Diane Pope's final season as conductor. In March, 2009, he performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in C major, K. 467 under Ken Freed. With Al Behrends and Harry Dunscombe, Dr. McKay directed a chamber music series at Gustavus for seventeen summers, the Minnesota Valley Sommarfest. In July, 2000, he and his wife Sara were honored by the State Arts Board for their service to music in their community.

Dr. McKay is well-known to Valley City audiences, having performed in Froemke Auditorium in 2008. McKay's February 2010 recital program includes: Sonata In C Major, Hob. XVI/48 by Haydn; Sonata in E Flat Major Op. 31 No. 3 by Beethoven; Barcarolle in F# Major Op. 60 by Chopin; and Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel.

Memberships available at the door are: Family-$65.00; Single-Parent Family-$40.00; Adult-$30.00; and Student-$12.00. The final concerts of the VCACA season are: the Rastrelli Cello Quartet, Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 pm, in the Lisbon High School Commons; and Home Free, a male acapella group, Sunday, May 9, 7:30 pm in Vangstad Auditorium. For more information contact: Diana Skroch, 701-845-7273, diana.skroch@vcsu.edu


BIT to Host SAP Users Group Regional Meeting

VCSU will host a regional meeting of Americas SAP Users Group (ASUG) on campus February 18 from 12:30 to 4:30. Fourteen companies from 4 states will participate in the meeting.

This is the first ever ASUG North Central Regional Chapter meeting. VCSU Division of Business and Information Technology (BIT) is excited to host the event which will afford VCSU students first-hand experience with a meeting of this magnitude.

The Division of Business and Information Technology has been integrating SAP into several of its courses in the Computer Information Systems and Business Administration majors over the past 3 years. Faculty have had extensive training in several areas and have participated in multiple meetings of the SAP University Alliance and ASUG.

For more information, you may contact Susan Pfeifer in BIT.

Curt Hill to Serve as Session Chair, Publishes Papers

Associate Professor Curt Hill will serve as a session chair at the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). The conference is the premier national Computer Science Education conference and will be held March 10-13 in Milwaukee.

In addition, his paper, 'Keep Nose Above Water,' has been accepted for presentation and publication at the World Conference on Educational, Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (Ed-Media 2010) which will meet in Toronto from June 28 to July 2. This paper discusses one perspective of the VCSU response to last year's flood. His paper, 'Instructor Tools: Test Data Generation,' has been accepted for presentation and publication at the Midwest Instructional and Computing Symposium (MICS'10) which will be held at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire on April 16-17.

Curt has also been invited to teach programming languages at Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic in China for four weeks this summer from May 24 through June 18.

This Week At VCSU ...

Tuesday, February 16

5:15 pm Walk Away the Pounds "On The Move" Event (Tuesdays January 25-February 23), St. Catherine Gym
7:30 pm Yogo "On The Move" Event

Wednesday, February 17

Ash Wednesday
11:00-12:30 pm Career Cafe, Student Center Hallway
12:10 pm Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights "On The Move" Event (Wednesdays and Fridays January 22- April 30), Hi-Liner Activity Center
2:00 pm Senior Seminar for Education Majors

Thursday, February 18

10:00 am Senior Seminar for Non-Teaching Majors
5:15 pm Strong People Walk Away the Pounds "On The Move" Event (Mondays and Thursday, February 4-25), St. Catherine Gym

Friday, February 19

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 vs Dakota State University, VCSU Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs Dakota State University, VCSU Fieldhouse

Saturday, February 20

4:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Mayville State University, VCSU Fieldhouse
6:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs Mayville State University, VCSU Fieldhouse

Sunday, February 21

3:00 pm John McKay, Pianist, presented by VC Area Concert Association, Vangstad Auditorium


February & March Birthdays

February & March Birthdays
February

17 BJ Pumroy
19 Joe Stickler
19 Hilde van Gijssel

March

2 Rhonda Fairfield
7 Everett Walker
8 Dennis McCulloch
13 Gilbert Kuipers
15 Doug Hamilton
15 Ryan Bomstad
18 Jerzy Bilski
18 Loren Lemer
18 Jody Klier
20 Joseph Munowenyu
25 Paula Larson
26 Leslie Leels