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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

International Pursuits
Hill Reports From China
VCSU Brings STEM to TNT Conference
High School Students Take the BAIT at VCSU, SVACTC
Vikings Softball Places Three; Baseball Two on NAIA Scholar
2009-10 All Sports Social Award Winners
The Barnes County Historical Society Annual Meeting/Lecture
This Month at VCSU and in Valley City ...
June and July Birthdays

International Pursuits

International Pursuits
by Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President

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

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." So writes Mark Twain in his 1869 book, Innocents Abroad. Twain's statement is a powerful commentary about the value of traveling and experiencing new surroundings. The idea of increasing Study Abroad opportunities for VCSU students has been high on my priority list since accepting this job two years ago, and there have been some exciting recent developments.

A group of VCSU students recently returned from three weeks in China. These nine students traveled in May and early June to the cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing. The students were participating in a new study abroad program recently established with Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP)University in Hangzhou. While in China, the students toured cultural sites, traveled to various regions, and studied such topics as language, painting, calligraphy, tea farming, business, and music.

This program is part of a larger compilation of partnering efforts with ZJETP. In previous columns I have mentioned our work with ZJETP, but this recent study abroad activity is clearly the most tangible benefit of the partnership to date. We hope this is the first of what will become an annual study abroad opportunity for VCSU students. My congratulations to these nine students for traveling to the other side of the globe to broaden their horizons, expand their knowledge base, challenge their comfort zones, and learn about a culture completely different from their own.

The Study Abroad program is but one of several initiatives currently underway with ZJETP. Two VCSU faculty members are spending parts of their 2010 summer living in Hangzhou and teaching at ZJETP. Dr. Curt Hill is currently there teaching in the computer field, and Dr. Joan Aus will travel there later this summer to teach English. Last summer, in partnership with NDSU, VCSU hosted ten ZJETP faculty members for two days. Later this summer, we will again host ZJETP faculty for four days on the VCSU campus and provide our Chinese visitors with educational workshops, regional tours, technology seminars, and social events.

In addition to the Chinese efforts there have been other exciting developments during the past year. In 2009, two VCSU students spent their summer months in Honduras on a program established by VCSU Spanish Instructor, Dina Petherbridge. In Spring 2010, a VCSU student spent her entire semester studying abroad in France. We are currently revising and renewing our partnership with Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) of La Paz, Mexico. UABCS has been a long-time partner with VCSU and is an important part of our Spanish program. Additionally, as a result of VCSU's relationships with ZJETP and UABCS, as well as other international networks, a number of international students representing a variety of countries pursue their education at VCSU each year. International students add to the richness of the campus experience at VCSU, both in and out of the classroom, and further broaden the educational opportunities for all VCSU students, faculty, and staff.

The continuation and expansion of study abroad and other related international activities have been established as a priority in the recently-completed VCSU five-year strategic plan (VCSU 2015). To be an effective institution of higher education in the 21st Century, we owe it to our students to provide the most dynamic and fulfilling educational opportunities possible. No doubt, the international realm is certainly an important and necessary component within that sphere. For VCSU students to succeed in an increasingly global marketplace, they need the confidence and opportunities afforded by international education and cultural exchange, along with an understanding of how others live and work, to make them more effective in their chosen career fields. You will continue to learn of additional opportunities for VCSU students, faculty, and staff as we work to expand the educational possibilities available to our community of learners.

Hill Reports From China

Hill Reports From China
Greetings from China -

I am currently teaching programming in Hangzhou, China at ZJETP. I have three classes of about 30students, with a lecture and lab for each class. My experience tells me that the students have much better English speaking skills than I have Chinese.

Another part of my time in China is spend recruiting local students to come to VCSU. China has many more students than capacity to educate at the college level. The people are extremely friendly and hospitable to my wife, Loree, and me.

Professor Curt Hill

VCSU Brings STEM to TNT Conference

The 2010 Teaching & Technology conference sponsored by Bismarck State College was the scene of plenty of activity from VCSU. Terry Corwin participated in the exhibition portion of the conference promoting our online Master of Education programs and reported good conversations with alumni, current graduate students and individuals interested in starting a degree program. New to the exhibit was a panel dedicated to STEM Education to go along with the existing panel on our online Master's programs. Don Mugan and Don Fischer delivered a presentation "STEM Education: What it Means to the Classroom Teacher" to a full room. The presentation traced the history of STEM education, its role, and recent VCSU activity in the area, and described our STEM workshops available over the course of the summer. Attendees of the conference were primarily teachers with a few technology coordinators.

High School Students Take the BAIT at VCSU, SVACTC

High School Students Take the BAIT at VCSU, SVACTC
Area high school students attended a Business and Information Technology (BAIT) camp sponsored jointly by VCSU and the Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Technology Center (SVACTC) and the ND Department of Career and Technical Education. The event was held Tue. June 15 – Friday June 18 on both the VCSU and the SVACTC campuses. The camp gave students hands-on experience running a business, networking computers, designing websites, scavenger hunting with GPS technology, robotic programming and much more, and was designed to inform them about career opportunities in these fields. The camp was the brainchild of Dr. Kerry Gregoryk, BIT Division Chair.

Vikings Softball Places Three; Baseball Two on NAIA Scholar

A total of five Viking athletes were named to the Spring 2010 Scholar-Athlete list compiled by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). VCSU led all Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) softball teams with three selections and the baseball team delivered two of the DAC's three selections.

Selected for softball were Senior Amanda Carter (Teulon, MB), and juniors Margaret Wilson (Breckenridge, MN) and Jane Pettit (Rushford, MN). Selected for baseball were Seniors Cory Arnason (Alrdrie, AB) and Matt Borgford (Pinawa, MB).

2009-10 All Sports Social Award Winners

2009-10 All Sports Social Award Winners
The VCSU student athletes, coaches and Boosters came together for an evening of ice cream, awards and fellowship when they met in the Student Center cafeteria on May 5 for the Athletic Department Awards Night and Ice Cream Social.

Two seniors garnered top honors on the night. Volleyball and women's basketball athlete Heidi Larson (Grand Rapids, MN) won both the 2009-10 Female Athlete of the Year and the 2009-10 Female Senior Athlete Award, while Orlando Anderson (Green Bay, WI) won the 2009-10 Male Athlete of the Year and 2009-10 Male Senior Athlete Award.

Larson's 2009 Volleyball season was highlighted by being named VCSU's first ever female First Team All-American (Tachikara-NAIA All American Volleyball Team). She was also Northwest Regional Volleyball Player of the Year and Dakota Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year.

Larson's career achievement put her in line for the Senior Award which takes into account athletic achievements over a career. Including her stellar volleyball senior year, Larson was a three-time First Team All Dakota Athletic Conference Performer and was Freshman of the Year back in 2006. She leaves VCSU as the record holder in most offensive categories. She also was a member of the women's basketball team and in her final three years as a player the team finished in the top half of the DAC and hosted a playoff game. Off the court, Larson was heavily involved in campus activities and was a nine-time DAC Scholar Athlete Award winner.

Anderson's 2009-10 was capped off by leading the men's basketball team to its first ever DAC Championship and first conference championship since 1990-91. He was a First Team All Dakota Athletic Conference Selection and was named DAC Most Valuable Senior. He also earned Honorable Mention All American honors from the NAIA.

For his career, Anderson scored over 1,000 points placing him in VCSU's all-time top 10. As a sophomore, he led the team to a 22-8 record, the most team victories since 1986-87, and the highest ever NAIA top 25 poll ranking at 14th back in 2008.

Other awards on the evening were bestowed to senior women's basketball player Andrea Hummel (West Fargo, ND) and Sophomore baseball player Josh Evans (Hayfield, MN) as the Female and Male NAIA Champions of Character Award Winners for their commitments to the five core values of the Champions of Character. The Volleyball team earned the NAIA Champions of Character team award for their assistance throughout the campus and the community as well as academic successes.
Jason Hollett, senior from North Pole, Alaska earned the Viking Award for his leadership and campus involvement.

The VCSU Coach of the Year, as voted upon by his peers was Jeff Kaminsky, Head Coach of the men's basketball team. Coach Kaminsky lead his team to their first ever DAC Championship and first conference Championship since 19900-91.

The Barnes County Historical Society Annual Meeting/Lecture

Barnes County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, June 24, at 7:00 pm. Following the meeting will be a presentation by guest speaker Felicia Sargeant entitled "Bison or Buffalo – Do you know?"

Felicia Sargeant is the director of the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, ND, a position she has held since 2002. She is a native of Indiana, but has called ND home since 1997. She has a BS in Forestry & Wildlife Mgmt from Purdue University.

Sargeant's presentation will visit the history of the magnificent icons of the Great Plains. See the good, the bad & the ugly history of an animal that may have had a population of over 60 million animals taken down to less than 1000 in a 50 year time span.

Historical society memberships will be available but not required to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Wes Anderson 701-845-0966

This Week At VCSU

Monday, June 21

First Day of Summer
Boys Youth Basketball Campus, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
1:30 pm VCSU Foundation Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 22

Wednesday, June 23

Thursday, June 24

10:00 am Special State Board of Higher Education Meeting on VCSU Campus

Friday, June 25

6:00 pm Barnes County Relay for Life @ Lokken Field

Saturday, June 26

10:00 am Sibley Day Craft & Flea Market, Parade, Bingo, Outdoor Dance

Sunday, June 27

Monday, June 28

New Student Orientation

Tuesday, June 29

Wednesday, June 30


Thursday, July 1

Friday, July 2

Saturday, July 3

Sunday, July 4

Independence Day

Monday, July 5

Tuesday, July 6

Second Four Week Summer Classes Begin

Wednesday, July 7

Line of Scrimmage Football Camp Begins

Thursday, July 8

4-H Achievement Days Horse Show, NDWS Building

Friday, July 9

Saturday, July 10

Alumni/Foundation - VC All 60s Reunion

Sunday, July 11