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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 2 ... Continued)
STEM Hosted LEGO Workshops
Dr. Gegelman Attends ND Reading Conference
Football Camps Open at VCSU
Campus Brightens Up
VCSU Recognition Dinner Held
This Month at VCSU and in Valley City ...
June Birthdays

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 2 ... Continued)

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 2 ... Continued)
by Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President

The following article appeared in the Valley City Times Record last week.

As outlined in the last column, this is Volume Two of a new tradition started last year – a Top Ten List. Similar to last year, there was only room for five items in the last column, so here is Part II of the list (as a reminder, these are in no particular order). Here is the second part of a 'VCSU Top 10 List of Outstanding Accomplishments' for 2009-10:

6) For the twelfth year in a row, VCSU was named a Best College in the 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges by USNews and World Report. This announcement came at the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year, and as the Number Two ranked Midwest Public Baccalaureate college, VCSU tied for its highest-ever ranking in the survey. Also of note, VCSU moved up two notches from its Number Four ranking in the 2009 survey, and was the highest ranked college in 2010 in North Dakota or Minnesota in this category.

7) During the past year, VCSU concluded a successful fundraising effort by meeting and exceeding the goal set to establish new Men's & Women's Track & Field and Cross-Country programs. Over $160,000 has been pledged to begin these new programs, and a new coach, Galen Morton, has been hired. We look forward to officially beginning these programs in August 2010.

8) From mid-May through December 2009 and again in March/April 2010, the gymnasium in the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse was closed. During this time, major repairs were made to the facility primarily focused on the roof and four supporting corners. The 'Bubble' is a wonderful and important part of the VCSU campus, and these repairs will ensure it continues to serve the campus long into the future.

9) Exciting new Study Abroad opportunities are emerging for students at Valley City State. As I write this, nine VCSU students are currently in the midst of a three-week program studying and traveling throughout China. Another student spent the entire Spring 2010 semester studying in France; two other students spent last summer in Honduras. We are establishing a new culture of Study Abroad at VCSU, and it is exciting to see our students broadening their education through these new experiences.

10) Earlier this year, a task force from the campus completed the process of crafting a new five-year strategic plan for the University. The Plan, VCSU 2015, will serve to guide VCSU during the next five years in making decisions and priorities. You will hear more about this Plan in the months and years ahead as it will be a key driving force in setting the course and leading VCSU in the right direction.

As you can tell by the ten items listed in the past two columns, 2009-10 was another successful and busy year at Valley City State University. We are fortunate to have such a talented group of students, faculty, and staff making for such a wonderful educational environment. I cannot wait for the start of another academic year with a new list of achievements to be realized – there is much for which to be excited! In the meantime, I wish you all the very best for a great summer season.

STEM Hosted LEGO Workshops

STEM Hosted LEGO Workshops
The STEM Initiative at VCSU hosted 2 workshops during the week of June 1-4, 2010. The first workshop was entitled LEGO WeDo & Junior FIRST Lego League, taught by Byron Borgen and Roger Skophammer. This workshop featured the WeDo robotics concept for elementary teachers. The 11 participants built LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors, connected them to a computer, and used a simple programming tool to program behavior.

The second workshop was entitled LEGO Mindstorms NXT & FIRST Lego League, taught by Pete Gjovik and Byron Borgen. The 6 participants in this workshop built and programmed LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface of FIRST Lego League.

Pictured on the right is workshop instructor, Byron Borgen with workshop participants Ben Elder, Jamestown Middle School technology education teacher and Darcy Eszlinger-Schaan, Grafton 6th grade science teacher.

The next workshops begin June 22 with various others continuing through August 4.

Dr. Gegelman Attends ND Reading Conference

Dr. Gegelman Attends ND Reading Conference
Dr. Patricia Gegelman attended the North Dakota reading conference held in Grand Forks April 29 – May 1 along with 17 preservice teachers from VCSU and our NDSU elementary education program. The featured keynote speaker was Erin Gruwell, president of the Freedom Writers Foundation. Her inspirational message included the importance of getting to know your learners, adapting lessons to accommodate their learning styles and thinking creatively to solve problems. Author Jacqueline Woodson shared her inspirations for writing and her writing process. Her book, The Other Side, is used in Dr. Gegelman's class, Foundations of Reading.

During the conference, Dr. Gegelman delivered a presentation entitled "We Can WeDo," an introduction to the LEGO Education Software WeDo. The session was attended by inservice and preservice elementary teachers. The introductory presentation allowed participants to "play" with LEGO materials and software. Two components, the soccer kicker and the spinner, were demonstrated and connections to language arts were made.

Football Camps Begin at VCSU

Viking Football is hosting the VCSU TEAM Football Camps the week of June 6-13. Over 400 athletes and 60 HS coaches (many of them are VCSU alums) will be on the VCSU campus during the two camps. At 22, the number of attending the TEAM Camps is a new Viking record.

Special note:
First time camp attendees include Hope-Page-Finley-Sharon, Stephen-Argyle, Grant County, Sargent Central, LaMoure and Fargo Davies.
Fargo Davies will not open until the Fall of 2011 but will field a team next season coached by former Viking – J.O. Thielges.
17 of the 22 teams were state playoff participants in 2009.
Devils Lake was the 2009 North Dakota AA Runners-Up.
Stephen-Argyle was the Minnesota 9 Man State Champions.

9 Man Team Camp scrimmages are open to the public the evenings of June 7, 8 and the morning of the 9. Teams include:

Fergus Falls Hillcrest (MN)
Kidder County
St. John
Sargent Central
Stephen-Argyle (MN)

11 Man Team Camp scrimmages are open to the public the evenings of June 11 and 12, and the morning of the 13. Teams include:

Valley City
North Prairie
Fargo North
Devils Lake
Groton (SD)
Fargo Davies
Grant County

Campus Brightens Up

Campus Brightens Up
Spring sprung, and Facilities Services added fresh flowers to the campus. Pat and Deb Horner, along with Drew Storbeck planted fresh flowers in the Kolstoe flower bed. Kevin McDonough assisted in cleanup and shrub removal preparation.

VCSU Recognition Dinner Held

VCSU Recognition Dinner Held
On May 14, 142 VCSU employees gathered at the Valley City Eagles for the Employee Recognition Dinner. Thirty-five employees were recognized for years of service to the university representing 490 years. The four retirees recognized present 100 years of service.

Also recognized by 2010-2011 Student Senate President, Kendra Krueger, was VCSU Teacher of the Year, Dr. Shannon Van Horn.

Entertainment was provided by the VCSU Student Improv Club.

Pictured to the right are retirees from left: John Paulson Facilities Services Maintenance/Grounds, Jan Paulson, Facilities Services Custodian, Don Schaack Facilities Services Carpenter, and Jim Dew HPE Professor and former coach.

This Month at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, June 7

First 4 week Classes Begin
8 Week Classes Begin
9 Man Football Team Camp (June 6-9)

Tuesday, June 8

Election Day

Wednesday, June 9

11 Man Football Team Camp (June 10-13)

Thursday, June 10

Friday, June 11

Soap Box Derby on Central Avenue (June 11-12)

Saturday, June 12

Sunday, June 13

Ladies Basketball Position Camp Begins (June 13-15)

Monday, June 14

Flag Day

Tuesday, June 15

Pay Day

Wednesday, June 16

Business & Information Technology Career Awareness Camp (for students in grades 9-12), presented by VCSU and Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Tech. Center (June 16-18)
Men's Basketball Team Camp Begins

Thursday, June 17

Ladies Basketball Team Camp Begins

Friday, June 18

Rally in the Valley (June 17-19). Go to for schedule.
New Student Orientation

Saturday, June 19

Sunday, June 20

Father's Day