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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

New Faculty at VCSU
Melgaard to be Recognized at Reception
N. Irish Poets Perform at VCSU August 25
Author Friedly Presents at Barnes County Historical Society
James Adams Selected for National Task Force
VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet Honors Two Individuals
BlackBoard Tip of the Week ...
Congratulations to ...
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
August and September Birthdays

New Faculty at VCSU

New Faculty at VCSU
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

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

As we begin saying goodbye to summer and prepare to welcome autumn, a new academic year is upon us. One year ago we introduced six new full-time faculty members to VCSU, and again this year we are so pleased to welcome several new members to our faculty ranks. The five new full-time instructors and professors we have at VCSU as we head into 2010-11 are Sarah Milner, Shou-ching Chao, Sheri Okland, Kathryn Woehl, and Roger Skophammer.

Sarah Milner will serve as a Health and Physical Education instructor in the Division of Math, Science, Health, and Physical Education. Sarah earned her Master's degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado and her experience includes personal training, running a physical activity center, teaching at Chadron State College (Nebraska) and coaching Cross-Country and Track & Field at Adams State.

Dr. Shou-ching Chao will be an assistant professor of Composition in the Division of Communication Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Chao holds undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Henan in China, and earned a Master's in Linguistics and PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota. Professor Chao was most recently teaching at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Sheri Okland has been hired as an Education Generalist instructor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies. Sheri has a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State, Moorhead (MSUM), and is currently pursuing her doctorate in education through North Dakota State University. Sheri has been an elementary teacher in multiple school districts in North and South Dakota, and has taught at MSUM, United Tribes Technical College, and Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD.

Dr. Kathryn Woehl will be an assistant professor of Psychology in the Division of Communication Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Woehl has Master's degrees from the University of North Dakota and St. Cloud State University, and recently completed her doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Dakota. She has experience teaching at UND as well as Northland Community and Technical College.

Dr. Roger Skophammer will be an assistant professor of Technology Education in the School of Education and Graduate Studies. Dr. Skophammer earned his PhD in Education from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia), and holds a Master's degree from St. Cloud State. He has experience teaching at Old Dominion, St. Cloud State, and the United States Air Force. Roger also worked as an artist in residence and technical director for the education outreach program at the Minnesota Opera.

We look forward to welcoming these five new full-time faculty members to Valley City and the VCSU campus community. Please help me in welcoming these individuals, along with all new VCSU employees and students, to the Valley City community as we begin the 2010-11 academic year.

Melgaard to be Recognized at Reception

Melgaard to be Recognized at Reception
The Division of Business and Information Technology would like to invite you to a reception honoring Dave Melgaard, 2010 ACTE Outstanding Career and Technical Educator. The reception will take place on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, in McFarland 138.

Join us in congratulating Dave on this prestigious honor.

N. Irish Poets Perform at VCSU August 25

Returning from Winnipeg and the Edmonton Fringe Festival, Scream Blue Murmur will stop in Valley City August 25 for a 7:00 pm performance in Theatre 320. This event is free and open to the public.

Scream Blue Murmur won the encore award at the Minnesota Fringe in 2009 with The Morning After the Summer of Love. Their new show, Something's Gone Wrong in the Dreamhouse, is a multi-media presentation inspired by events of the 1930's. With hard-hitting and humorous words, chants and beats, this is not quite poetry, but not quite anything else!

Please email Jenni Lou Russi at or call the VCSU Theatre Box Office at 701-845-7320 for more information.

Author Friedly Presents at Barnes County Historical Society

Author Friedly Presents at Barnes County Historical Society
The Barnes County Historical Society presents Author Gary Friedly as he reads and lectures on his novel "Bridge over the Valley" at 7:00 pm August 26, 2010.

Loosely based upon Valley City, North Dakota, this fictional story looks at the goings on of the citizens of the small North Dakota community called Cheneau Valley situated under the "Dakota High Bridge" that spans the beautiful Cheneau River Valley. The rails vibrate as the "Mountain Daylight" train ferries passengers between Seattle and Chicago in style and comfort. Fate intersects lives and futures unfold in the peaceful town below.

Gary Friedly was born in Billings, Montana and attended the University of Montana where he earned a teaching degree. After a brief career in the classroom, Gary enjoyed a long career working for the University of California as a laboratory scientist for UCI Healthcare in Orange, CA. During his tenure there, he was the manager for the Medical Microbiology Division and technical supervisor for the Mycobacteriology, Parasitology, Immunology and Serology sections of the clinical laboratory. His writing background was mainly in those subject areas where his research work was published in several medical and scientific journals. Bridge Over the Valley is a debut novel where he expresses his passions for youth, basketball and rural culture. The story addresses underage drinking and railroad crossing safety. He resides with his wife in North San Diego County, CA.

This lecture is at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Wes Anderson, 701-845-0966.

James Adams Selected for National Task Force

James Adams Selected for National Task Force
James Adams, VCSU Director of Bands, was selected to serve on the Small College/Community College Task Force of the College Band Directors National Association. The task force is comprised of university and collegiate band directors from all regions of the country, and serves to enhance, promote, and advocate the music programs at institutions of higher education with fewer than 5,000 undergraduate students.

The task force focuses specifically on issues common to smaller institutions, such as recruiting, retention, program quality, performance levels, and scholarship and financial matters. Adams will serve as the representative for the Northern/Midwest region of the United States.

VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet Honors Two Individuals

VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet Honors Two Individuals
Many of our VCSU alumni and friends have fond memories of Dr. Loren R. Waa (pictured at the right) and his bands from the 1960s. Many of those memories include Ward (Tom) Stine (pictured below), a music education major how graduated from VCSU in 1965. The VCSU Music Department would like to invite you to join us in recognizing these two special individuals during our VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held on September 18, 2010 at the Valley City Town & Country Club. The evening will include reminiscences about their days at VCSU as well as the exceptional contributions they have both made to music during their careers. A social hour will begin at 6:00 pm with dinner served at 6:30 pm.

Ward Thomas (Tom) Stine taught band and choir at Kathryn, ND and Larimore, ND before moving to Modesto, CA in 1969. He taught music in public schools for fourteen years, followed by a lifetime of involvement with music through community bands and church ensembles. During his career Ward conducted hundreds of concerts, including concerts given by the Valley City Community Band.

Dr. Loren R. Waa has had a long and distinguished academic career. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College and went on to receive a Masters in Music Education and a Doctor of Education in Music Education, both from the University of Illinois. He has taught band, chorus, and general music in the public schools, and brass lessons and band at the collegiate level, including at Valley City State University. While at VCSU, Waa was an extremely popular band director whose students still remember him fondly.

For more information contact Paula Larson in the Music Department office at or 701-845-7272. Tickets may also be purchased online by going to VCSU Music Web Page and clicking on the "Music Hall of Fame Banquet Registration" link on the left. Tickets for the event are $30; the deadline for the Music Department to receive payment has been extended to September 10, 2010. Please join us in honoring these exceptional musicians!
VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet Honors Two Individuals

Blackboard Tip of the Week: The Magic Number 3

Society revolves around the number 3. Think of it: three meals a day; three outs in a baseball game; three acts in many plays; morning-afternoon-evening; beginning-middle-end; news-weather-sports; abc and 1 2 3, the Trinity ...

Let your students know what is due each week in your classes by placing that information in three places, such as a weekly course schedule in your syllabus, a list of what is due for the week in the assignment or Course Document page, and a list of what is due on your announcement page. Having this information in multiple places ensures that students will be able to find and know what they need to do for your class during the week.

Congratulations to ...

Jamie Paurus who won the Championship flight of the Valley City Town and Country Club golf tourney on Sunday. Paurus took down four very accomplished golfers in the championship flight bracket.

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, August 23

Fall Semester Evening Classes Begin at 4:00

Tuesday, August 24

Fall Semester – First Full Day of Classes

Wednesday, August 25

Thursday, August 26

Friday, August 27

Viking Volleyball @ Northwestern Classes (Orange City, IA)

Saturday, August 28

VCSU 24 Hour Theatre Extravaganza Begins at 7:00 pm
2nd Annual Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals Pet Walk at Chautauqua Park
Viking Volleyball @ Northwestern Classes (Orange City, IA)
FIRST HOME FOOTBALL GAME - 6:00 pm Viking Football vs Trinity Bible College

Sunday, August 29

August and September Birthdays

August and September Birthdays

26 Beth Klingenstein
26 Chad Slyter
26 Jeremy Wiebe
29 Jonna Ziniel


2 Bradley Mills
6 LaDonna Anderson
7 Bev McAllister
10 Jim Boe
12 Jamie Wirth
13 Trudy Collins
16 James Adams
19 Loree Morehouse
20 Ann Thoreson
21 Donna James
25 Wilfred Kiser
27 Steven King
28 Benjamin Ferguson
29 Patricia Egeberg
29 Lee Kruger
30 Charlene Stenson
30 Anthony Dutton