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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Homecoming Re-Cap
V-500 Help Us Sustain the Effort!
VCSU Art Gallery Exhibit Installed
Pianist Concert at VCSU October 4
Blood Drive October 20
VCACA Schedule Released
This Week's Brown Bag: Book Orders and JING!
Promethean Training Scheduled October 18
Russi Presents at State Conference
Music Faculty Present at CMS National Conference
Viking Athletic Update
Teaching Tip of the Week: Cell phone Issues
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
October Birthdays

Homecoming Re-Cap

Homecoming Re-Cap
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

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

This past week, Valley City State University hosted a series of events in conjunction with annual Homecoming activities. A primary focus of Homecoming is centered on connecting VCSU with alumni, friends, and supporters. The Homecoming events that typically get the most attention include the athletic contests (a hard-fought football game!), alumni socials, and Homecoming Parade. These are all great events and were well attended. However, I also want to ensure some attention is paid to the other important achievements that were celebrated last week recognizing VCSU friends and alumni.

Homecoming weekend began on Friday night with the induction of individuals and teams as new members to the VCSU Viking Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees included the members of the 1978 Football team and 1969-70 & 1970-71 Men's Basketball teams, along with Danielle (Olson) Perich '99, and Jeff Manley '87. Danielle was an outstanding athlete in both Track & Field and Basketball, and Jeff excelled in Track & Field and Cross-Country.

On Saturday morning, a number of VCSU alumni were honored for their professional accomplishments. This included seven alums who received the Alumni Certificate of Merit Award. These Merit recipients included: Fred Bott '68, Bismarck; Douglas Cox '00, Zimmerman, MN; Robert Horne '59, Minot; Susan (Miller) Jordan '83, Salina, KS; Fay (Kronebush) Kopp '80, Bismarck; Laurie (Zimmerman) Matzke '87, Bismarck; and Sherm Sylling '70, Valley City.
In addition to these Merit recipients, Neil Gudmestad '74 was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Neil is a distinguished professor of plant pathology at NDSU who focuses on potato research, and the Distinguished Alumni Award is the VCSU Alumni Association's most prestigious honor. Also recognized this weekend for her outstanding service and dedication to VCSU was Joan Noeske '62. Joan has dedicated nearly 50 years of her life to VCSU, and she was honored with the Alumni Service Award.

In another celebration of achievement, VCSU earlier this fall inducted two individuals into the VCSU Music Hall of Fame. Dr. Loren Waa and Ward Thomas Stine (in memoriam) are two people who were closely affiliated with Valley City State Music. These two people have had a positive impact on many in the world of music, and VCSU is honored to have been affiliated with these special individuals.

Events such as these celebrations are exactly what Homecoming and other alumni recognition events are all about. VCSU is a special place because of the people – the people (students and staff) who are currently here, but especially the people who have built the foundation over the years and created the special environment that exists today. It is important that we recognize these individuals, and Homecoming and other special events allow us to do precisely that. As a campus, we are fortunate to have such a strong base of wonderful alumni and friends in the VCSU Family!

V-500 Help Us Sustain the Effort!

The V-500 Scholarship program is in the midst of the annual membership campaign. For the current academic year, V-500 has allocated approximately $250,000 in scholarship support to students attending VCSU. This is a significant increase over the previous year. The impact on enrollment is without question. We need your help to sustain the effort.

If you have paid up your V-500 membership, please stop by the Foundation Office today and renew your pledge. If you have never been a V-500 member, there is no better time than now to join this important organization.

The success of V-500 is no accident. Your volunteer board members work hard soliciting memberships. Please contact one of them today, thank them for their efforts, and make a pledge to this important program. We need everyone's help to insure another successful membership drive.

Remember, It Takes Two, V-500 and You!

VCSU faculty and staff are serve on the V-500 Board of Directors are:

Terry Corwin
Sharon McCarriar
Allison Kasowski
Bridget Blunck
Kim Hesch
Loree Morehouse
Larry Robinson
Steve Shirley
Susan Pfeifer
Rhonda Fairfield

VCSU Art Gallery Exhibit Installed

"The Things I Left Behind," an exhibition of ceramic sculptures created by Debbie Kupinsky, is now installed in the VCSU Art Gallery. Ms. Kupinsky will be on campus working with art students October 7 - 8. She will present a public lecture Friday, October 8, McCarthy 356, 3:00 – 4:30 pm followed by a reception for her in the Art Gallery 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Debbie Kupinsky received her BFA in 1999 from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from Louisiana State University in 2002. Her work explores the figure as a metaphor for emotions. In 2010 she received a Visual Arts Fellowship Grant for the Mississippi Arts Commission and has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, The Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN and California State University Long Beach. Debbie was a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist in 2007. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art and The Archie Bray Foundation and has been featured in publications as well as international and national exhibitions. She has taught ceramics at California State University Long Beach, University of Southern California and California State University San Bernardino and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she maintains a studio.. She often shows and sells her work through the Pacini Lubel Gallery in Seattle, WA and the Mindy Solomon Gallery in St. Petersburg FL.

The Exhibition will run through October 29.

Pianist Concert at VCSU October 4

Pianist Concert at VCSU October 4
Don't miss this multi-media presentation by pianist Eugenio Zapata from Columbia, South America. The concert, which includes great music combined with video, and three exquisite dancers will be held this evening, October 4 at 7:30 pm in Froemke Auditorium.

$5.00 Adult Admission charge, free with VCSU ID.

Blood Drive October 20


Valley City's Mercy Hospital will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from 12:00 to 6:00 pm in the Health Education Center next to the Hospital.

For an appointment to donate, contact Ruth Larson at 845-6486 or go to:, sponsor code: Mercyhospital.

VCACA Schedule Released

VCACA Schedule Released
The Valley City Area Concert Association announces it 2010-2011 season schedule with the first event scheduled November 7 in Valley City.

New York-born baritone LEON WILLIAMS, an alumnus of the Harlem Boys Choir and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, comes to Valley City to present his spectacular Christmas program on November 7 at VCSU's Vangstad Auditorium. His concert begins at 4:00 pm. Admission is through membership in the Valley City Area Concert Association. Season memberships may be purchased at the door of every concert: Adult-$30; Student-$12; Single-Parent Family-$40; Family-$65. For additional membership information, contact Diana Skroch at 845-1848.

Leon has earned an exceptional reputation on several continents for his warm, handsome baritone, his charismatic personality, and his impassioned interpretation of works ranging from Bach Cantatas, to Broadway hits, to spirituals. On this tour, wonderful Christmas favorites will be a major part of his performance. His program will include selections from the following: O Come, O Come Immanuel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The First Noel and O Holy Night, plus a selection of spirituals, show tunes and classics, and will feature several piano solos by his accompanist.

From Japan to Russia, and across the United States, Leon has delighted his audiences in big cities and small towns. From Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic, to Washington's Kennedy Center, to San Francisco's Herbst Theater, and at the White House at the invitation of the late President Reagan – he has earned rave reviews wherever he appears.

Construction to repair flood damage to streets in the university area is ongoing , and attendees are advised to access the campus from the northeast (College Street & 3rd Avenue SouthEast).

This Week's Brown Bag: Book Orders and JING!

Book orders for next semester are due on October 15. VCSU piloted online orders last spring. Do you know how to fill out the online form?

Todd Roglestad will lead us through filling out the online book form and answer question you may have about this process.

Then, Diane Burr and Sara Hagen will demonstrate Jing. Jing allows you to capture your desktop into video and audio. You can show students how to find something on the blackboard page, provide audio commentary on their work and showing exactly where you see concerns, engage students in collaboration, and much, much more!

When? Wednesday, October 6, Noon-12:50 pm
Where? Norway and Presidents Rooms

Purchase a box lunch for just $5! Please RSVP to Shannon VanHorn by 9:oo am Wednesday if you are interested in purchasing lunch.

Promethean Training Scheduled October 18

Did you know that next year ALL classrooms will have whiteboard capability?
The first introductory session on use of whiteboard will take place Monday, October 18, 12:00-12:50 pm.

Beginner's training will be October 18 1:00-3:00 pm and October 21, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Intermediate training will be November 1, 10:00 am-12:00 pm and November 2, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Watch e-mail for location to be determined.

Russi Presents at State Conference

Russi Presents at State Conference
Jenni Lou Russi, Director of Theatre and Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, presented at the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Arts of North Dakota Conference, September 17 in Mandan, ND.

A professional standup comedian, Russi's presentation was based on the curriculum she developed for Public Speaking classes, using comedy writing tools to enhance performance skills and strengthen arguments in persuasive presentations.

Russi's presentation, Stand Up Comedy in Performance and Advocacy, was attended by high school teachers from around the state, most of whom are debate coaches or drama teachers who want to encourage their students with comic potential (or aspirations). Following the presentation, Russi led the teachers in writing exercises.

Music Faculty Present at CMS National Conference

Beth Gigante Klingenstein and Dr. Sara Hagen recently attended the College Music Society National Conference where they each gave a presentation. Klingenstein's well-received presentation, Blogging: A Creative Path to Independent Learning, demonstrated her use of blogging in Music History. Hagen gave a heavily attended poster session, Wimba Wow!, on the varied uses of Wimba in a music classroom.

While at the conference, both educators attended a number of sessions on technology in music, interdisciplinary courses, projects in online music education, innovations in online course materials, tablet technology, integration of music theory and music education, the future of music technology degree programs, service learning, and more.

Viking Athletic Update

The Viking Football team lost a tough game to #10 Dickinson State over the weekend by a score of 16-6.

The Cross Country team participated in the Jimmie Open, Spencer Ruebke placed 9th out of 77 runners and Ashley Kassenborg placed 57th out of 82 participants.

The Lady Viking Volleyball team split over the weekend as they defeated Black Hills State 3-2, but were defeated by South Dakota School of Mines 1-3.

Upcoming Home Event

The Viking Volleyball team will take on Jamestown at 7:00 pm on Wednesday – the game will be played in Graichen Gymnasium

Come support the Vikings!

Teaching Tip of the Week: Cell phone Issues

Are cell phones going off in your class? Are students texting in the class? Mary Hasselrud-Opp, communication professor from UND, decorates a square box by pasting colorful paper and stickers and calls it her "naughty box." When she sees students using their cell phones inappropriately in class, she simply carries the box to the student, who places the cell phone in the box, and picks it up when class ends. She reports that some students automatically place their phones in the box when they walk into class and retrieves them when they leave. She doesn't do it sternly; instead, she presents the box with a smile. She reported that she has even had to place her phone in the box. Others on campus are following suit.

You don't have to decorate a box. Perhaps grab a Halloween pumpkin kids use for trick or treating, or a basket with ribbon. The idea is to not make it punitive, but to help the students recognize what is and is not appropriate in cell phone usage.

This week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, October 4

Welcome Chinese Faculty Guests to Campus (October 4-6)
Debbie Kupinsky Exhibition – October 4-29, VCSU Gallery (3rd Floor McCarthy Hall)
7:30 pm Eugenio Zapata, Piano, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, October 5

Higher Education Awareness Day
10:00 am-12:00 noon Flu Vaccination Clinic, VCSU Student Center Presidents Room

Wednesday, October 6

12:00 noon VCSU Brown Bag, Book Orders and JING!, Student Center Norway & Presidents Room
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Jamestown College, VCSU Graichen Gymnasium

Thursday, October 7

Friday, October 8

5:30-7:30 pm Debbie Kupinsky Exhibition Reception, VCSU Gallery (3rd Floor McCarthy Hall)
7:30 pm Copper Street Brass, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, October 9

9:00 am to 3:30 pm James Ployhar Honor Band Workshops, Vangstad Auditorium
1:00 pm Viking Football @ Black Hills State, Spearfish, SD
4:00 pm James Ployhar Honor Band & Cooper Street Brass, Vangstad Auditorium
Great Midwestern Horse Show, ND Winter Show Event Center (October 9-10)

Sunday, October 10