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VanHorn Named "Teacher of the Year"
CASS Faculty Present at CSCA
Hill Presents at Instructional & Computing Symposium
Shoptaugh Presents at Barnes County Historical Society
Big Weekend at NATS
VCSU Student Hired by W.W. Norton & Company
Spring Student Exhibition Installed
This Week at VCSU ...
April Birthdays

VanHorn Named "Teacher of the Year"

VanHorn Named \
The Valley City State University (VCSU) Student Senate named Dr. Shannon VanHorn the "Teacher of the Year." The award is given annually to a professor who shows dedication to the students of VCSU through innovative teaching methods and continued professional development both inside and outside of the classroom.

Elise Murphy, co-chair of the Teacher of the Year Award committee for the VCSU Student Senate, said, "Shannon was chosen because we wanted to give back to her a fraction of what she has given to us and to all of the students at VCSU. She is both tough and fair, and she is known by all her students for going above and beyond her duties. She has certainly earned this recognition for being the outstanding educator that she is."

Dr. VanHorn is the Interim Chair of the VCSU Division of Communication Arts and Social Science. She has been with VCSU since 1999 and holds a Ph.D. in Communication from North Dakota State University. She is the past co-chair of the National Communication Associations' Human Communication Technology Division and current chair of the Donald P. Cushman Award for Top Student Paper, past chair of the Central States Communication Association's Instructional Resources Interest Group, and a member of the Communication, Speech, and Theater Association of North Dakota, where she is currently the editor of their journal. She has co-authored articles that have been published in Communication Quarterly, Qualitative Research Reports, Argumentation and Advocacy, and the North Dakota Speech and Theater Journal, as well as chapters in two books. She presents regularly at NCA, CSCA, and CSTAND conferences, and has also presented at ICA and ECA conferences.

Professors are nominated by members of the student body and the winner is elected by the Student Senate.

CASS Faculty Present at CSCA

Shannon VanHorn, Rob Walsh, and Jonna Ziniel attended the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 14-18. They represented the state of North Dakota in the Panel "Making it Work: Diverse Experience in Online Learning." VanHorn spoke about the Flood of 2009 and the experience of putting courses online for the last three weeks of the Spring semester. Walsh discussed teaching an online class while located in Korea. Ziniel discussed using Google Docs and blogging in online courses.

Additionally, VanHorn presented as part of the panel "In Your Dreams: Finally A Class You Love to Love. Interacting With the Digital Natives on Their Own Turf." She discussed using blogs, knols, YouTube, and other Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Other panelists came from Keiser University eCampus, University of Illinois, Springfield, University of Missouri Columbia, and Fort Hays State University. VanHorn is the Past-Chair of the Instructional Resources interest group. She and Charles Kyle Ruddick of West Virginia State presented bylaws they created for the interest group, which were ratified at the business meeting.

The CSCA is a professional, academic organization of primary and secondary school teachers, students, college and university professors, and communication professionals. The association, which consists of the 13 Midwestern states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, is governed by an Executive Committee and is legislated by its constitution and by-laws. CSCA has 22 Interest Groups, Caucuses, and Sections that promote particular communication areas. The association hosts a yearly convention within the 13 states, maintains a website (, publishes a newsletter three times yearly, and publishes the journal Communication Studies on a quarterly basis.

Hill Presents at Instructional & Computing Symposium

Hill Presents at Instructional & Computing Symposium
Associate Professor Curt Hill attended the Midwest Instructional and Computing Symposium hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. He presented a paper entitled "Instructor Tools: Test Data Generators." The presentation was well received and he received questions about it later in the day. In addition, he was able to take in many other presentations with topics ranging from the establishment of an IT degree to concurrency on multi-core devices, and tablets.

Shoptaugh Presents at Barnes County Historical Society

Shoptaugh Presents at Barnes County Historical Society
Author Terry Shoptaugh will be discussing his recently published book, They Were Ready: The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War. The book tell how the North Dakota National Guard's 164th Infantry contributed to the United States' World War II victory in the Pacific. Thursday April 29 at 7PM, at the Barnes County Museum.

The 164th Infantry In the Pacific War: 1941-1945 is the true story of an infantry regiment comprised largely of North Dakotans. It played a critical role in the struggle for Guadalcanal and other battles against the Japanese in the Pacific Theater. The 164th was the first United States Army unit engaged in offensive action and became one of the most decorated units in the Pacific.
Shoptaugh's talk – They Were Ready: The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War -- was recently published by the 164th Infantry Association. The Association's president, Bernie Wagner, is a resident of Valley City.

The 164th Infantry, one of three regiments in the American Division, was sent to the island of Guadalcanal in October 1942 to assist the 1st Marine Division, which was besieged by Japanese attacks from the air, land and sea. Members of the unit fought side by side with the Marines to defend and then clear the island in what became the first major U.S. victory against Japan on land.

As part of the American Division, the 164th received the Navy's Presidential Unit Citation. The regiment's members also earned 199 Bronze Stars, 89 Silver Stars, six Legions of Merit, 10 Soldiers Medals, six Distinguished Service Crosses, one Navy Cross and about 2,000 Purple Hearts.

Shoptaugh, the archivist at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 1986, also teaches American history and humanities classes at the school. He is the author of three books, including You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis, a 2008 finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards. He twice won the State Historical Society's Annual Editor's Award (1997 and 2005) for best article in the North Dakota History journal.

For more information contact Wes Anderson at 845-0966.

Big Weekend at NATS

Big Weekend at NATS
VCSU students had a successful weekend at the North Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions held in Fargo on April 10. The auditions are held annually and involve undergraduate and graduate level vocalists from across North Dakota. The auditions involve three rounds of singing with only 30% of each level or division proceeding to the next round of performances. Over 110 students performed at the auditions this year. Three VCSU students advanced to the second round of performances: Kirci Phillips, Thomas Zinke and Faith Heitzmann. Both Phillips and Zinke advanced to the final round of auditions in their respective divisions. Phillips took third place in her division (sophomore women) and Zinke took first place in his (sophomore men). Congratulations to all the participants!

Participants (left to right, front row): Taryn Wallace, Katelin Wadeson, Sarah Rhyan (accompanist), Kirci Phillips, Elissa Berg (accompanist), Dr. Leesa Levy (voice teacher); (back row left to right) Robin Allebach (VCSU voice teacher), Jessica Halvorson, Micki Buchholz, Faith Heitzmann, Amber Olson, Garrett Anderson, Vincent Olson, Thomas Zinke and Jaime Namminga (staff accompanist).

VCSU Student Hired by W.W. Norton & Company

VCSU student, Amy Lutteur, has recently been hired as an editor of online materials for a major publishing company due to her experiences as an online music history student at VCSU. Lutteur has a good eye for detail and noticed discrepancies between her music history text and the online site that accompanies the text. She reported three of these errors to her professor, Beth Klingenstein, who in turn reported them to the W.W. Norton & Company representative for VCSU. Lutteur continued to find errors which Klingenstein continued to report to Norton. Eventually Lutteur provided so much assistance to the publishers that they contacted her and offered her a job as an editor of online materials.

Lutteur is currently a nurse working in Seattle who also has a love of music and is working on a music degree. She was excited to find upper level Music History classes online through VCSU. The current Music History class includes online students from around the nation, all of whom are extremely proud of their classmate.

Spring Student Exhibition Installed

The Spring Student Art Exhibition is now installed in the VCSU Art Gallery on third floor of McCarthy Hall. The exhibition is comprised of work in a variety of mediums and include prints, paintings, photographs, sculptures, jewelry, and more. Please take some time to stop by the gallery and see what VCSU Art Students have created.

An artists' reception is scheduled in the Gallery for May 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The exhibition runs through May 7.

This Week At VCSU ...

Monday, April 26

Brianne Heupel Senior Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy 3rd Floor

Tuesday, April 27

3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking Softball vs University of Minnesota Crookston, VCSU Softball Complex
5:15 pm Walk Away the Pounds DVD "On The Move" event (March 9 – April 27), 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 28

12:10 pm Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights "On The Move" event (January 22-April 30), Hi-Liner Activity Center
3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking Baseball @ Mayville State University
7:00 pm Garage Band Performance, City Park OR Vangstad (TBA)

Thursday, April 29

2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Softball vs Minot State University, VCSU Softball Complex

Friday, April 30

12:10 pm Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights "On The Move" event (January 22-April 30), Hi-Liner Activity Center
6:30 pm Brianne Heupel Reception, VCSU Art Gallery

Saturday, May 1

1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball @ Mayville State University
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Jamestown College, Charlie Brown Field

Sunday, May 2

Viking Women's & Men's Golf @ Dickinson State Invitational
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball vs Mayville State University, VCSU Softball Complex
1:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Baseball @ Jamestown College
3:00 pm Casey Behm, Senior Performance on Piano, Froemke Auditorium