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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Campus Safety at VCSU
Advancement Office Schedules VCSU Tuesday Events
Brown Bag Seminar: One Note!
All-Faculty Webinar on Online Legalities
What in the World Is Going On? Event Tonight
Viking Athletic Update
Blackboard Tip of the Week
Congratulations to ...
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
September & October Birthdays

Campus Safety at VCSU

Campus Safety at VCSU
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

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

The early stages of a new academic year present an ideal time to discuss campus safety at Valley City State University. The campus environment at VCSU, along with the community of Valley City, are very safe places for our students to live, learn, grow, and develop while they are in college. Each year, VCSU compiles crime statistics as required by federal regulations, and the data from our campus confirms the safe environment for our students.

The safety and security of VCSU students is a top priority, and, as such, we constantly monitor various factors associated with student safety. A number of enhancements have been made during the past few years to make the campus a more secure setting. Lighting upgrades have been made across campus to provide a brighter, more secure environment during the night hours. Each fall, members of VCSU's Facilities Services and Student Affairs staff join our Student Senate to walk the campus and identify ways to make it safer. The installation of additional lights, coupled with the removal of some tall shrubs, are a few of the results of these campus walks resulting in a safer nighttime environment. Also, VCSU has added extra security cameras to a variety of locations, and now has nearly 30 cameras installed across campus.

The residence halls at VCSU are safe places for our students to live. All of the residence halls that house VCSU students have doors that are locked 24-hours a day. The only residents that have keys to access the buildings are the students who reside in the halls. Some other universities do not have 24-hour secure buildings, thereby allowing anyone to gain access to the buildings during the daytime. This building security is another step at VCSU to ensure student safety.

Other steps resulting from initiatives of the North Dakota University System have been implemented at VCSU. One such measure includes required criminal history background checks for certain categories of employees. This includes those hired in positions with access to the residence halls, as well as security officers, coaches, administrators, custodians, and other such individuals with broad access to campus buildings.

Another system-wide initiative relates to emergency notification systems. Each campus now has in place an emergency notification system (called NotiFind at VCSU) in order to quickly contact or send messages to employees and students in the event of an emergency. Individuals can be contacted immediately with phone calls to land lines and cell phones, email alerts, and text messages.

All of these enhancements have been implemented in an effort to increase the overall safety and security on campus. In addition to these upgrades, VCSU enjoys a close working relationship with local law enforcement agencies, especially the Valley City Police Department. The VCPD is a strong and important partner, and this successful relationship is a critical aspect to our overall security program. VCSU provides a safe environment in which our students can live and learn, and we will continue identifying additional ways to further efforts in these important areas.

Advancement Office Schedules VCSU Tuesday Events

The VCSU Alumni and Foundation office is changing things up for the 2010-11 academic year. We will be hosting our VCSU Tuesday events across North Dakota for our alumni and friends. These socials are a chance for our alumni and friends to visit with current VCSU staff and faculty and reconnect with other alumni & friends of VCSU. Our alumni are invited to stop by, enjoy some complimentary appetizers and find out what is new at VCSU!

Our next VCSU Tuesday event will be in CASSELTON on September 21. The VCSU Foundation and Alumni office will leave at 4:15 pm on Tuesday. If you are interested in coming with us please contact Kim Hesch (we have room for a couple more in our car).

VCSU Tuesday – Casselton
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
at T's Shamrock Lounge (located in the Governor's Inn)

Other VCSU Tuesday opportunities:

October 19 – Fargo
November 16 – Bismarck
January 18 – Lisbon
February 15 – Fargo
March 15 – Bismarck
April 19 – Carrington

Brown Bag Seminar: One Note!

Join your colleagues as Jodi Shorma and the students from COMM 420, Online Communication and Documentation, demonstrate OneNote.

According to Shorma, "The purpose of our presentation is to share information about Microsoft OneNote, a software product that helps student and faculty users manage and organize course-specific content in one centralized location." She and the class will answer "Why OneNote 2007 in Fall 2010" and "Why participation of COMM 420 students?"

Their presentation is in three parts.
Part 1 includes an interactive demo, an opportunity for faculty to join the demo presentation and create their semester notebooks, etc.
Part 2 includes popular tools for managing content in OneNote.
Part 3 includes instructional applications for faculty using OneNote tools.

When? Wednesday, Sept. 22, Noon-12:50
Where? Norway/President's Room

Remember, box lunches are just $5! Please RSVP to Shannon VanHorn by 9 am Wednesday, September 22, if you want a boxed lunch.

All-Faculty Webinar on Online Legalities

Have you ever wondered:

How do I copyright law works with online courses?
How do I deal with a student who has made inflammatory remarks in discussion threads?
What your faculty rights are regarding online courses and intellectual property?

All this and more will be covered on Tuesday, September 21, in the Webinar A Legal Primer for Online Instructors.

When? Tuesday, Sept. 21, Noon-1:15 pm
Where? Rhoades Auditorium
Questions? E-mail

What in the World Is Going On? Event Tonight

"The Function and Future of Community Newspapers" event is scheduled for this evening, September 20, at 7:00 pm.

Read -- or hear -- all about it as community journalism pros discuss their business. Including the Valley City Times-Record, journalists will discuss articles, photos, headlines, letters to the editor, coverage and more in McCarthy Hall Room 257 on the Valley City State University campus. They'll also take your questions and comments.

Viking Athletic Update

The Viking Volleyball team defeated Trinity Bible College 3-0 earlier in the week. Over the weekend the Lady Vikings lost two hard fought matches as they played Minot State and Dickenson State. They were defeated 3-1 by the beavers and 3-0 by the Blue Hawks. They will travel to Dakota State this Friday.

The Viking football team lost a hard fought game to the South Dakota Hard Rockers by a score of 24-21. They will travel to Minot this weekend (1:30 kick off) to take on the Beavers.

The Men's golf team competed in Jamestown on Sunday and will finish action today. They currently sit in 3rd place (top scorer for the Vikings was Ryan Mehus with a 77).

The cross country team traveled to St. Olaf (Northfield, MN) and competed in a 14 team competition with over 480 runners. The top runner for the men was Spencer Ruebke with a time of 27:52, while placing 65th. The top runner on the women's side was Erin Leier with a time of 26:48. They will be in action in Dickenson on Friday.

Blackboard Tip of the Week

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Congratulations to ...

Congratulations to ...
Congratulations to Tara and Jay Praska on the birth of the son, Elijah Martin Praska born September 3, 2010, 12:29 pm, 7 lbs 6 oz, 20.5" long.

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, September 20

Deaf Awareness Week sponsored by VCAB
9:00 am Viking Men's & Women's Golf at Jamestown College Invitational (September 19-20)
11:30-12:30 pm Career Cafe, Student Center
5:15 pm United Way Door to Door Campaign

Tuesday, September 21

5:30 pm VCSU Tuesday @ The Shamrock in Casselton, ND

Wednesday, September 22

First Day of Autumn

Thursday, September 23

Friday, September 24

4:30-5:30 pm MFA Student Exhibition Reception, VCSU Gallery (3rd Floor McCarthy)
5:00 pm Viking Cross Country @ Blue Hawk Invitational (Dickinson, ND)
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball @ Dakota State University

Saturday, September 25

9:00 am-1:00 pm VCSU Music Annual Choir Rummage Sale, Foss Hall
10:00 am-5:00 pm Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Festival at Fort Ransom with several marked locations between Valley City and Fort Ransom (September 25-26)
1:30 pm Viking Football @ Minot State University
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball @ Mayville State University

Sunday, September 26

10:00 am-5:00 pm Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Festival at Fort Ransom with several marked locations between Valley City and Fort Ransom (September 25-26)
12:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Golf @ Minot State Invitation (September 26-27)