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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Residence Hall Renovations
Congratulations to VCSU Women's Basketball Team
AVCA Recognizes VCSU Volleyball Team for Academic Excellence
Redhawks Game Night for VCSU Faculty and Staff
VCSU Joins in at "College Day" in Georgia
Rob Walsh Presents at AACE Conference
Free Planetarium Double Feature
Kelsey to Speak at Barnes County Historical Society
Congratulations To ...
This Month at VCSU and in Valley City ...
July and August Birthdays

This issue of the Hotline! is being published on Friday, July 23 instead of Monday , July 26, due to vacation schedules. The next issue of the Hotline! will be published Monday, August 2 with weekly issues beginning Monday, August 16.

Residence Hall Renovations

Residence Hall Renovations
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of July 26.

As we have worked to increase Valley City State's student enrollment during the past several years, a mindful balance has been focused on both on-campus, traditional undergraduate student growth as well as non-traditional populations including distance-delivery (via the Internet and hybrid-delivery modes) and graduate programs. All of these student population segments are an important part of the mix in VCSU's strategic and enrollment growth plans.

A number of recent campus initiatives have put particular focus toward on-campus growth as those students help establish a strong campus life component at VCSU. Simply put, more students on-campus means more students in the classroom; more students interacting with faculty and staff; more students participating in music and theatre events; more students attending athletic events; more students participating in extra-curricular activities; more students in the residence halls; more students using the dining services; and more students patronizing the bookstore. Of course, this also means more students in the Valley City community shopping in stores, eating in restaurants, buying gas and groceries, working and volunteering at various business and organizations.

As we think about recruiting and retaining the best and brightest students to VCSU, we cannot overlook the physical facilities on campus. The place where our students (especially underclassmen) spend the vast majority of their time is in the residence halls where they live, sleep, relax, study, eat, and socialize. Living in the residence halls is a fundamentally important part of any collegiate experience. In 2004, a major renovation was made to Kolstoe Hall resulting in a completely upgraded interior. All rooms in Kolstoe are now suite-style, and additional enhancements in the common areas were also made.

During the entire 2010-11 academic year, Snoeyenbos Hall will be completely closed to students and undergo major renovations similar to those made in Kolstoe. This $3.2 million renovation project will result in significant modernization to a building constructed in 1971. The cost of the project is being funded through student residence hall fees; no state-funded dollars are allocated for an auxiliary project such as this. Snoeyenbos has been maintained very well and is in excellent condition, but this will be the first major renovation during its 40-year history. The traditional residential rooms will be converted into suite-style rooms with refreshed common areas and private restroom facilities.

These upgrades will provide a much better experience for future VCSU students, and will more closely reflect the living accommodations expected by today's college student. Without question, the appearance, condition, and functionality of residence halls are important amenities and play a key role as students make decisions for pursuing their higher education. This multi-million dollar upgrade will have a long-term positive impact in VCSU's on-campus enrollment strategies.

To compensate for the closure of Snoeyenbos and our anticipated large incoming freshmen class this fall, renovations have been done this summer to prepare Robertson and Mythaler Halls. Those two residential facilities have not housed students in several years, so it will be exciting to once again have VCSU students living in those buildings. As we continue to build enrollment over the next few years, we look forward to re-opening an upgraded and improved Snoeyenbos Hall in fall 2011 to welcome the VCSU Class of 2015!

Congratulations to VCSU Women's Basketball Team

Congratulations to VCSU Women\'s Basketball Team
The Women's Basketball Collegiate Association has named the top Academic Teams by division. Valley City State University women's basketball team ranked #2 in NAIA division teams with a team GPA of 3.688. This GPA represents the third highest team GPA of all school listed. Coach Jill DeVries says "We are very proud of the tradition of academic success in the women's basketball program at VCSU. We recruit young people that epitomize the term "student athlete" and they take responsibility for their academic effort. Our philosophy is that we strive to achieve both on and off the court and our expectation is that we give our best effort in all that we do."

A complete article with a list of the Honor Roll can be found at the WBCA web site.

AVCA Recognizes VCSU Volleyball Team for Academic Excellence

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that the Viking Volleyball team was among 450 teams that earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2009-2010 season. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

'There is no better way to gauge the success of a sport than to track the accomplishments of the people who participate,' said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. 'Each of these 450 teams represents 12-15 really smart kids. What a great day for the sport of volleyball!'

Redhawks Game Night for VCSU Faculty and Staff

Join us for food and fun at an F-M Redhawks Game!

The VCSU Alumni Association invites you to join alumni and friends at Newman Outdoor Field for an F-M Redhawks game.

When: Tuesday, August 10, 2010*
Pre-game Picnic: 6 – 7 pm
Game time: 7:05 pm

*Cost is $12 per person (includes reserved ticket in Section L and pre-game picnic of 2 hotdogs, chips and soda)

Come out and join fellow VCSU supporters to cheer on the F-M Redhawks!

Please RSVP to Loree Morehouse at or 701-845-7203 to get your tickets by August 2, 2010.

Go Vikings!

VCSU Joins in at "College Day" in Georgia

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The following letter was sent to VPBA, Trudy Collins who forwarded two VCSU tees to Georgia.

Dear Business Officer:

In our higher education-focused world, the question of college isn't whether or not to attend but which one to choose. However, there are myriad children who can't imagine life outside their inner city surroundings. Higher education is not a remote dream; it's often not even on the radar.

In an effort to increase awareness of higher education as a whole, and specific, local colleges and universities in particular, Heery International and NACUBO are partnering with Hill-Hope Elementary School, located in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn District, to participate in their "College Day" activities.

Background: The neighborhood is the home of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King once delivered emotionally charged sermons and rallied his neighbors and the world for equality for all. 85% of Hill-Hope students qualify for free lunch. Some currently reside in area shelters. Visions of college educations do not dance in their heads.
To help them discover they can reach beyond their current financial limitations, the principal of Hill-Hope is planning 'College Day' in May to introduce these marvelous youngsters to the world of possibilities that exist. We are reaching out to ask for your help in bringing this amazing principal's vision to life.

How can you participate in this exciting project? It's easy! We are asking that you send two shirts with your institution's name – a child large and an adult medium – as well as a brief description of three attributes that make your institution special. These could be a powerful sports presence, nationally ranked academic program, a small student population aimed at providing more one-on-one service - however you would like to promote your institution!

We can only accept the first 450 institutions that commit to this project. We wish we could offer it to each and every NACUBO member, but this can only be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are able to participate, we've attached a checklist with easy instructions. We hope you will join us in encouraging these inner-city youth to dream of a future that includes higher education.

John Walda
President and CEO

After the event was held, Collins received this thank you:

Thank you so much for your t-shirt donation for the Hill-Hope Elementary School College & University T-Shirt Day. On behalf of NACUBO, Hill-Hope's principal Dr. Cassandra Ashley, and all of the children who benefitted from this wonderful event, I want to let you know how grateful we are that you chose to join us in our celebration. It was a wonderful day.

Martha Abbott Pacini
Vice President

Rob Walsh Presents at AACE Conference

Rob Walsh Presents at AACE Conference
VCSU instructor Rob Walsh presented at the AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education) – Ed Media World Conference that was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from June 29 to July 2, 2010. His presentation, which was delivered on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 10:00am, represented Dr. Curt Hill's paper titled "Keep Nose above Water" for which Walsh was a second author. Dr. Hill's work was accepted to the conference as a Full Paper and was afforded a 30-minute timeframe.

The presentation was well-received, and he conducted it in a workshop style in three distinct segments. First, he introduced Valley City State University and our experience with the 2009 flood. Next, he asked participants to consider how they or their institutions might have adjusted, where face-to-face instruction became online instruction. He then shared the VCSU response to this occurrence and asked the participants to share their ideas. Finally, he asked participants to brainstorm innovations that they thought might have come out of VCSU's response to the flood and innovations they could have added to the flood response. Providing examples of innovations from VCSU's response, he again opened the floor for participants to share. The flow of ideas in the presentation was useful, and several participants stopped afterwards to ask questions or make comments.

Walsh said he gained perspective and initiative from attending this conference. AACE is mindful of the needs of graduate students, and a series of presentations were interspersed in the schedule that he found to be particularly useful.

Free Planetarium Double Feature

On Saturday, July 24, at 2:00 pm there will be a double feature showing in the VCSU Planetarium. Both shows are designed for audiences of all ages.
Located in Room 310 of the Rhoades Science Center (Elevator Available), all are welcome to enjoy the stars in a air conditioned atmosphere. The two shows are offered free of charge with free will offerings accepted. The show descriptions are following.

The Zodiac

"The Zodiac" is a fun look at the stories surrounding the twelve zodiacal constellations that fall along the ecliptic plane over the course of the year. These ancient signs have been associated with astrology and are directly related to the early vestiges of astronomy. This 30 minute program examines these constellations and the stories of ancient gods and heroes associated with them.

All About Stars

"All About Stars" is a 30 minute program which serves an introduction to stars, constellations, and other objects in space.

Kelsey to Speak at Barnes County Historical Society

The Barnes County Historical Society presents Author Kerck Kelsey speaking on "Remarkable Americans: The Washburn Family." Mr. Kelsey will be at the Barnes County Museum 4:00 pm Wednesday July 28 telling the story of ten remarkable Washburn children who grew up on a simple farm in Livermore, Maine. Four were elected and reelected to the U.S. Congress from four different states, and two of these would be separately considered for the Republication nomination for president and vice president of the country. Two were ambassadors, two were state governors, and two others worked to establish the great mills that would become General Mills. They left a record of achievement that will probably never be equaled again by a single generation of any American family.

Kerck Kelsey received his Master's from Harvard just before his seventieth birthday. His thesis on the eldest Washburn brother was later published as Israel Washburn, Jr.: Maine's Little-Known Giant of the Civil War. He lives in Freeport, Maine.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to ...

Congratulations to Deb Feuerherm, Athletic Assistant, on her new granddaughter, Lucy Lynn Moore weighing in at 6 lb 12 oz. and 20 inches long. Lucy's parents are Tara & Jason Moore of Wasilla AK. Both are VCSU Alum.

This Week At VCSU and in Valley City ...

Friday, July 23

Saturday, July 24

Farmer's Market at Hinchberger Park every Saturday June 5-October 30
2:00 pm Planetarium Double Feature

VC Junior Open Tennis Tournament

Debbie Gabel Memorial Cancer Raffle: Motorcycle Run, Supper at 5:00 pm, Street dance at 9:00, Valley City VFW

Sunday, July 25

Monday, July 26

Tuesday, July 27

STEM Workshop: SolidWorks – 3D Modeling Begins (July 27-28)

7:15 pm Music in the Park, Barnes County Court House Lawn

Wednesday, July 28

Valley City Street Fair (Crazy Days)

Thursday, July 29

Friday, July 30


Saturday, July 31

Farmer's Market at Hinchberger Park every Saturday June 5-October 30

Sunday, August 1