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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Another Busy Season
118th Commencement Address to be Delivered by Dee Jensen
570 Collective Years at VCSU to be Recognized
Spanish Day 2010 Features Performance of Folk Music & Dance
All VCSU Tennis Invitational Tournament Scheduled
Planetarium Double Feature Scheduled April 24
Viking Club Tennis Wins Big
This Week at VCSU ...
April Birthdays

Another Busy Season

Another Busy Season
by Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President

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

A number of exciting activities are currently underway at Valley City State University that will provide positive impact for the campus and community in the years ahead.

During the 2010-11 academic year, Snoeyenbos Hall will undergo major renovations in excess of $3 million resulting in significant modernization of VCSU's residential facilities. Snoeyenbos was built in 1971, and during its 40-year life has never undergone any major renovation. The traditional residential rooms in Snoeyenbos will be converted into suite-style rooms with modern living spaces, refreshed common areas, and private restroom facilities. This will provide a better experience for future VCSU students, and will more closely represent the type of living accommodations today's student expects in a college setting. By taking Snoeyenbos out of service during 2010-11 and the anticipated growth in new student enrollment, we are currently doing extensive renovations to prepare Robertson and Mythaler Halls. Those two residential facilities have not housed students in several years, so it will be good to utilize the facilities beginning in Fall 2010 and once again have VCSU students living in those buildings.

In the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, final repairs are being made to the southwest and northeast corners and will be completed in the next couple weeks. The extensive renovations undertaken to the Fieldhouse during the past six months will ensure the structural integrity and long-term usage for many years. For the second year in a row, VCSU will hold Commencement Exercises in Osmon Fieldhouse on Saturday, May 15 at 10 am.

Under the leadership of Dr. Andre DeLorme, the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center (PWERC) is being established at the Kathryn School in Kathryn, ND. The PWERC is being funded through a five-year, $732,000 grant from the ND Department of Health (funded by federal EPA Clean Water Act dollars). The PWERC will have four primary concentrations: educational activities for students, teacher workshops, professional workshops, and research on aquatic biological resources. This new Center ties closely with VCSU's long-term strategic goals, and will further extend VCSU's leadership in the field of Science Education.

Earlier this month, VCSU held its first registration session for incoming Fall 2010 freshmen. Another registration session will be held next week, with a couple more sessions to follow in June. Never before has VCSU hosted registration sessions this early or often in the year; this is yet another tangible sign of the anticipated growth in next fall's freshmen class.

There has been a tremendous amount of work conducted throughout campus by a variety of individuals in preparing for VCSU's next full accreditation visit in 2011. This significant accreditation review is facilitated by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and occurs once every ten years. Several of us just returned from the HLC Annual Meeting in Chicago to further prepare for next year's accreditation visit. The accreditation review is a very active and comprehensive process, and you will hear more about it in the year ahead.

This is just a small sampling of some of the many happenings currently underway at VCSU. There is never a shortage of activity occurring throughout the campus, and this Spring is no exception.

118th Commencement Address to be Delivered by Dee Jensen

The keynote address at Valley City State University's (VCSU's) 118th Commencement exercises will be delivered by Distinguished Alumnus Dee (Johnson) Jensen '66. The exercises are scheduled for 10:00 am Saturday, May 15 in W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the VCSU campus.

Dr. Steven Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "Dee has been a tremendous supporter of VCSU and we are very pleased that she will deliver the keynote address. As an educator and as a coach, she has touched hundreds of students with her well-known tenacity and competitive spirit. She has a very positive message for sending off our graduates as they launch their careers or continue their education in graduate or professional schools."

Jensen graduated from VCSU in 1966 and taught at the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) from 1974 until 2006. She established the women's track and field program at NDSCS in 1975 and led it until its final season in 2002, winning 10 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIII championships and seven individual national championships along the way, and coaching 42 All-Americas and 95 All-Region XII athletes. She was named Region XIII Coach of the Year 10 times, NJCAA Women's Coach of the Year in 1986 and was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 1998. The OJ and Dee Jensen Track in Wahpeton was recently named after Dee and her late husband Owen '65. Dee was recognized with VCSU's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000.

In this year's exercises, 153 undergraduates are eligible to participate. Also eligible to participate are 39 students in VCSU's online Master of Education program.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and a reception that immediately follows.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.

570 Collective Years at VCSU to be Recognized

VCSU will hold the annual Employee Recognition dinner on Friday evening, May 14, at the Valley City Eagles Club. Social will begin at 5:00 followed by dinner, entertainment, and employee recognitions.

Recognitions include years of service, retirement, and the Teacher of the Year awarded by VCSU students. As was done last year, each employee being honored will be offered two free tickets, all other employees will be offered one free ticket, and additional tickets for the event can be purchased at the VCSU Business Office (845-7235) and the Memorial Student Center Information Desk (845-7122).

On behalf of all VCSU employees, a heartfelt THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS is extended to those being honored:


Janet Paulson, Custodian, Facilities Services
John Paulson, Maintenance/Grounds, Facilities Services
Don Schaack, Carpenter, Facilities Services
Jim Dew, Professor, Health & Physical Education

Years of Service

35 Years of Service
Terry Corwin
Larry Robinson

30 Years of Service
Rhonda Fairfield

25 Years of Service
Jan Drake
Marcia Pritchert
Don Schaack
Kathy Schlotman

20 Years of Service
Margie Eggert
Dale Hoskisson
Erin Klingenberg
Bev McAllister
Alan Olson

15 Years of Service
Deb Feuerherm
Curt Hill
Rick Ross
Julee Russell

10 Years of Service
LaDonna Anderson
Joan Aus
James Boe
Robert Brown
Jody Henjum
Loree Hill
Karen Ostgarden
Todd Rogelstad

5 Years of Service
Bob Anderson
Roselle Berger
Bridget Blunck
Jeff Kaminsky
Kaneia Kinney
Jody Klier
Casey Olney
Jamie Paurus
Susan Pfeifer
Kristin Slyter
Cindy Zahn

Spanish Day 2010 Features Performance of Folk Music & Dance

The Department of Spanish is holding the first "Spanish Day" on campus this Wednesday, April 21. The event will attract nearly 300 students from 15 area high schools for a variety of activities and events including dance lessons, a treasure hunt, workshops in Spanish art, and a mini-fair.

The campus community and the public are invited to attend a performance of Spanish music and dance that is being held in conjunction with Spanish Day at 7:00 pm in Vangstad Auditorium. Music is being provided by Josue Trellar, a Peruvian national who sings and plays the chromatic panpipe and guitar. His repertoire includes music from Peru, Sweden, India, Arabia and China. The performance will also include Spanish folk dance by a group from the Pineda Emeritus Institute of Technology in Honduras.

Admission is free, and a free will offering will be accepted with proceeds going to the VCSU Friends of Spanish scholarship fund.

All VCSU Tennis Invitational Tournament Scheduled

The Viking Tennis Club will be hosting the 1st Annual All VCSU Tennis Invitational Tournament open to all VCSU faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of VCSU. This will be a for-fun tournament with all skill levels welcome.

When: Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am to when we finish (shouldn't be much later than 5pm)
Cost: $5.00 per player and 1 can of tennis balls
Format: We will determine the format once we know how many entries we get
Location: North Tennis Court Complex (Just off North Central Ave. by the Dairy Queen)
Rain: If we have rain, we will go indoors at the Student Center, lower level lounge and play the brackets out via Wii tennis
Equipment: Racquets will be available if you do not have one
Prizes: Old trophies and maybe a few T-Shirts
Food: Lunch and beverages will be served by the Valley City Tennis Association for a free will offering at the tennis courts or Student Center in case of rain (lunch will be pizza and beverages from Sodexo Food Services)
Registration or Questions: Contact Patrick Rogers at: or call 612-419-8381.
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, April 21 by 4:00Ppm.

Planetarium Double Feature Scheduled April 24

We invite you to the double feature premier of the 2009 and 2010 planetarium shows, "Norse Sky" and "The Zodiac," held at the VCSU planetarium at 2:00 pm on April 24, 2010.

The Norse Sky
What did the ancient Scandinavians see when they looked into their high northern skies over 1000 years ago? The gods themselves, Odin, Freya, Saga and Loki explain some of the sky stories known to the Vikings in "Norse Sky." This is a 30 minute program that is fun for everyone.

The Zodiac
"The Zodiac" is a fun look at the stories surrounding the twelve zodiacal constellations through which our sun, moon and planets appear to travel. These ancient astrological signs are directly related to the development of astronomy as a science. This 30 minute program, suitable for all ages, examines these constellations and the stories of ancient gods and heroes associated with them.

"The Zodiac" has been a long time in the making, having gone through two recorded versions, and being delayed by a flood and a broken planetarium. Thanks to Kyle Shoenberger, we completed it last semester. We hope you will come enjoy this latest addition to our catalog of shows.

Thanks also to the "Friends of the Planetarium" that help keep our annual operation going, paying for student presenters and equipment needs. Their support helps us remain a viable educational experience for all generations.

For more information contact Alice Beauchman 701-845-7452 or Wes Anderson 701-845-0966

Viking Club Tennis Wins Big

The Viking Club Tennis team hosted its 1st annual USTA Tennis On Campus Viking Invitational and captured the title by defeating both the University of Wisconsin Superior and UND.

The Viking women, lead by captain Katie Paulson and Eryn Lutjens dominated all day by only giving up 4 total games across 4 matches and helping to win both mixed doubles matches. The Viking men held their own as well, only losing a doubles match to UND 3-6 and a very close singles match to 5-6. The men's side was lead by veteran Jameson Miller and freshman Patrick Rogers. Issac Olson, Jeremy Luttio and Noah Nicolai also played a huge roll by playing some of their best tennis of the year!

This Week At VCSU ...

Monday, April 19

Brianne Heupel Senior Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy 3rd Floor
11:00 am Career Cafe, Student Center Hallway
7:00 pm Spring Into Action "On The Move" event (Monday & Wednesday, March 29-April 21), City Auditorium

Tuesday, April 20

2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Softball vs Jamestown College, VCSU Softball Complex
3:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Presentation College, Charlie Brown Field
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 21

12:10 pm Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights "On The Move" event, Hi-Liner Activity Center
3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking Baseball @ Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD
7:00 pm Spring Into Action "On The Move" event (Monday & Wednesday, March 29-April 21), City Auditorium

Thursday, April 22

Earth Day
5:15 pm Strong People "On The Move" event, St. Kates Gymnasium
3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking Softball @ University of Minnesota - Crookston
7:30 pm VCSU Jazz Ensemble, Student Union Cafeteria

Friday, April 23

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

Saturday, April 24

1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball @ Black Hills State University
1:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Baseball @ Minot State University

Sunday, April 25

Viking Women's & Men's Golf @ Dickinson State Invitational
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball @ Black Hills State University
1:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Minot State University, Charlie Brown Field
7:30 pm Concert Choir & University Singers, Epworth Methodist Church