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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

The Dakota Athletic Conference
Spirit Day / Casual Friday
Hotdogs! Lemonade! Welcome!
Melgaard NDACTE Outstanding Career & Technical Educator
VCSU Theatre Director in Feature Film
VCSU Theatre Announces 2010-11 Season
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
July and August Birthdays

The Dakota Athletic Conference

The Dakota Athletic Conference
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

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

There has been much activity in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) during the past few weeks that could have major implications for the future direction of VCSU Athletics. Last week, Dakota State University (SD) announced its plans to leave the DAC and move to NAIA Independent status effective Fall 2011. This announcement came on the heels of a decision made by the DAC to begin a five-team schedule in Fall 2011. A five-team schedule would have been inevitable by Fall 2012 following the acceptance of Black Hills State University and the SD School of Mines & Technology into the NCAA; the DAC simply decided to proceed with a five-team schedule a year early. Now, with Dakota State's decision, only four of the original ten DAC members will remain effective July 1, 2011: Dickinson State, Jamestown College, Mayville State, and Valley City State (the 2010-11 season is the last for Minot State who is also moving to NCAA Division II).

Nothing will change for 2010-11 as the schedules are set. However, with only four schools remaining in the DAC effective Fall 2011, several major challenges arise including scheduling concerns and the fact that the NAIA requires a conference to have a minimum of six members to receive an automatic post-season bid. It is imperative that our student-athletes have the opportunity both for a full, competitive schedule and for post-season eligibility.

The major frustration among all the DAC developments over the past five years is that so many things have occurred for which VCSU has had no control, yet the ramifications have created negative results for our University. Since 2005, four members have moved, or are in process of moving, to the NCAA (the aforementioned BHSU, SD Mines, and Minot State, as well as the University of Mary), one school has closed (Huron/Si Tanka), and one school is remaining NAIA but changing to Independent status (Dakota State). These six actions have resulted in difficult consequences for the remaining four schools. VCSU, and the other three DAC schools, have long-since maintained their affirmation to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the principles for which it stands. We feel strongly the NAIA is the appropriate affiliation for our institutions. The NAIA's Champions of Character program is designed to instill character values in student-athletes and focuses on character-driven athletics. The mission of the NAIA is to promote the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through intercollegiate athletics. All four schools have been NAIA members since at least 1959, further demonstrating the loyalty and commitment we have to the Association.

That said, VCSU is now at a crossroads where any and all options must be on the table. Our first options will be finding solutions that maintain our NAIA status. I have formed a committee at VCSU to explore the various possibilities and weigh the pro's and con's of each. The four remaining institutions are working closely together (we held a conference call the day Dakota State's decision was announced) and I am inspired by the commitment all four schools have to work collectively in finding an option that is best for our student-athletes. These four schools have been historic rivals for nearly a century, and the competition that has occurred during this time is part of the very fabric of North Dakota's history.

Athletics has long played an important role at VCSU, and it will unequivocally continue doing so. Over 30 percent of VCSU's residential students participate in intercollegiate athletics. While the options right now for a perfect solution to this dilemma may not appear obvious, I am confident we will find a solution in the best interest of our students and the University. I also know that our wonderfully dedicated athletic staff is equally prepared for this effort. We will continue exploring all options and keep you posted with the progress. As always, thanks for your support of VCSU and Viking Athletics!

Spirit Day / Casual Friday

This is a reminder for all VCSU employees that the Spirit Day policy can be reviewed at V611.13.

Spring 2010 proposal was to move the responsibilities of the policy to the president's assistant. Information about illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths of VCSU employees and their families should be reported to the president's assistant at 37102 while this transition is made.

Enjoy your Casual Fridays and stop by the Business Office with your contribution towards this fund!

Hotdogs! Lemonade! Welcome!

If you've had a chance to review the Welcome Week 2010 schedule, you'll notice that we are once again welcoming students and their families to campus with Hotdogs and Lemonade on Friday, August 20, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the McCoy Mall area.

If you are interested in helping serve and greet our newest families to VCSU, please contact Rhonda Fairfield (37102) indicating the ½ hour you are available. We will begin with set up at 10:30 and tear down ending at 1:30.

Melgaard NDACTE Outstanding Career & Technical Educator

Melgaard NDACTE Outstanding Career & Technical Educator
Valley City State University Professor David Melgaard was named the Outstanding Career & Technical Educator by the North Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education (NDACTE). Melgaard, who is also the University's Career and Technical Education Coordinator, is being honored at the NDACTE Annual Professional Development Conference held in Bismarck August 9 – 11.

The award recognizes career and technical educators who have recently provided or currently are providing significant contributions to professional associations and career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults. It is one of the ACTE Excellence Awards that seeks to promote excellence in career and technical education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand career and technical education programs.

Dwight Crabtree, Assistant State Director, Department of Career and Technical Education, said, "Dave has been an outstanding individual to work with, and he is a true supporter of career and technical education in North Dakota."

Melgaard has been instrumental in providing VCSU's Career and Technical Education Baccalaureate degree through a partnership with the North Dakota Department of Career & Technical Education. He writes curriculum, develops course syllabi, produces student guides, recruits, and advises students for the six courses required for the degree. Since 1994, VCSU has conducted 213 face-to-face classes, 42 online classes, and 25 IVN classes that have produced 81 baccalaureate graduates, with nine of those continuing and completing master's degrees. Melgaard designed the degree program to allow emergency-certified teachers continue to teach while they earn their degree, so the program has been tremendously helpful for individuals changing their careers into CTE.

Melgaard has been with VCSU since 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mayville State University and a Master of Science degree from Bemidji State University.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Its membership consists of nearly 30,000 career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, post-secondary and adult levels.

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.

VCSU Theatre Director in Feature Film

VCSU Theatre Director in Feature Film
Geeks and Goblins, a feature film in which Jenni Lou Russi (Oakes) plays Annabelle, a supporting lead, has just finished post production. The film will be screened at film festivals, including the Phoenix International Christian Film Festival, August 23-28, 2010.

VCSU Theatre Announces 2010-11 Season

VCSU Theatre Director, Jenni Lou Russi, has announced the productions scheduled at the VCSU Theatre during the 2010-11 year. Watch for season ticket information coming to you soon!

24 Hour Theatre Extravaganza - August 28 and 29
Run For Your Wife - October 14 - 16
CAMP COMEDY (various events) - November 1-4
Much Ado about Nothing - February 17 -19
Student Directed One-Act Showcase - May 5-7

Mark your calendars and get your season tickets for another exciting year at VCSU Theatre!

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, August 9

Tuesday, August 10

Wednesday, August 11

7:15 pm Music in the Park, Barnes County Court House Lawn

Thursday, August 12

Friday, August 13


Saturday, August 14

Farmer's Market at Hinchberger Park every Saturday June 5-October 30
ND Appaloosa Horse Show, ND Winter Show Complex (August 14-15)

Sunday, August 15