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VCSU Athletic Director Search
Klingenstein Attends MTNA Conference
This Week at VCSU ...
April Birthdays

VCSU Athletic Director Search

VCSU Athletic Director Search
by Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President

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

As you may know, VCSU Director of Athletics BJ Pumroy announced his resignation from VCSU last week to accept a similar position as Athletic Director at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Shepherd is a public, liberal arts, NCAA Division II University, so it will be a good fit with BJ's experience and past work history (he spent 17 years at Truman State in Missouri which has a similar profile to Shepherd). I join the entire VCSU community in wishing BJ and his wife Kaela and their two sons, Kinnick and Maddux, all the best in their move to West Virginia. We thank BJ for his nearly three years of service at VCSU, and wish him all the best in his efforts to lead the Shepherd Rams athletic programs.

Some of you have perhaps heard me mention that the most frequent question I get is, "How is enrollment?" Enrollment is a common subject of interest at any university, and naturally it is a subject about which VCSU supporters often inquire. The past week, however, the question I have received that has far surpassed the enrollment question (or any other question, for that matter) regards our plans and next steps for finding a new AD for VCSU. I have received phone calls, emails, and questions on the street – lots of advice, and that is a good thing. I thank everyone who has inquired, suggested, or shared their feedback. It is nice to have people concerned about the best interests of the University, and it demonstrates the importance and great pride people have for VCSU athletics. Like many colleges and universities, athletics is a very high-profile, important, and public component of VCSU. There are many positive attributes associated with athletics, and the value it brings for our students, supporters, alumni, and community further underscores the importance of the Athletic Director position.

It is a critical time for the Athletic Department right now at VCSU, and our next AD must be able to hit the ground running. We implemented two new athletic programs in 2009-10 (Men's and Women's Golf), and we are adding additional sports in 2010-11 (Men's and Women's Track & Field and Cross-Country). Athletics has been clearly identified in the new VCSU Strategic Plan, VCSU 2015, as an integral part of our long-term and sustained campus growth. There are some current questions surrounding the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) as one member institution will be departing the conference and a couple other schools are exploring alternatives. We have just completed a campus master plan and are looking closely at alternatives for enhancing the athletic facilities at VCSU. With additional athletic programs and an increased number of student-athletes, the fundraising and scholarship responsibility of the AD will be even further magnified. For these and a host of other reasons, the AD position right now is critical to the long-term success of VCSU.

As I write this column, we are finalizing the formation of a search committee comprised of VCSU faculty, staff, and students as well as members from the community. A national search will soon commence, and we hope to attract a strong pool of well-qualified individuals for this important position. We hope to have a new AD in place by July 1, but also realize that timeline may depend somewhat on the applicant pool. Athletics has a long, deep, and rich history at VCSU, and we are committed to strengthening that tradition by hiring a strong and visionary leader to guide Viking Athletics through these important times!

Klingenstein Attends MTNA Conference

Klingenstein Attends MTNA Conference
Beth Gigante Klingenstein recently attended the Music Teachers National Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was a joint presenter in two sessions. Her first presentation was given with Lee Galloway from the California Music Teachers Association. Klingenstein and Galloway gave a presentation entitled Studio Documents that Work! Reaping the Rewards of Well Written Studio Documents. The presentation covered a number of documents that are needed by the independent music teacher, including a mission statement, philosophy of teaching, policy statement, registration form, studio brochure, business card, studio newsletter, student progress report, resume, interview form, and many more. The presentation stressed the legal, organizational, and marketing benefits of having well-written studio documents.

The second session, Online Pedagogy: A New World of Learning in the 21st Century, was given jointly with Dr. Valerie Cisler of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Dr. Mary Lynne Bennett from Fairmont State University. The session covered the challenges and advantages to online teaching, the skills and equipment the professor and student will need, and samples of all three professors' online pedagogy courses.

While at the conference, Klingenstein also attended a number of sessions helpful to her field, including sessions on memory, effective practice, harmonization, chamber music, and entrepreneurship.

This Week At VCSU ...

Monday, April 5

Valley City High School art exhibit in VCSU Gallery, McCarthy 3rd Floor
1:00 pm Viking Baseball @ Jamestown College
7:00 pm Spring Into Action "On The Move" event (Monday &Wednesday, March 29-April 21), City Auditorium

Tuesday, April 6

9:45 am & 1:45 pm VCSU Health Services, National Employee Benefits Day, Student Center Skoal Room
2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Softball vs Jamestown College, VCSU Osmon Field
4:00 pm Viking Baseball @ Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
5:15 pm Walk Away the Pounds DVD (1 mile walk) "On The Move" event, St. Kate's Gym
5:35 pm Hand Weight session "On The Move" event, St. Kate's Gym
5:45 pm Walk Away the Pounds DVD (1 mile walk – second mile) "On The Move" event, St. Kate's Gym

Wednesday, April 7

12:10 pm Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights "On The Move" event, Hi-Liner Activity Center
7:00 pm Spring Into Action "On The Move" event (Monday & Wednesday, March 29-April 21), City Auditorium

Thursday, April 8

VCSU Tech Ed/STEM, STEM Lego Workshop, McCarthy 151
7:30 pm Elissa Berg, piano & Alison Jenson, percussion, Froemke Auditorium

Friday, April 9

New Student Orientation, Skoal Room
12:10 pm Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights "On The Move" event, Hi-Liner Activity Center

Saturday, April 10

1:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Mayville State University, Charlie Brown Field

Sunday, April 11

1:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Baseball @ Mayville State University
Women's & Men's Viking Golf at South Dakota Mines Invitation