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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Auditions for Much Ado about Nothing Are Open
New All Female Vocal Ensemble Organized at VCSU
Hagen Guest Conductor for SSS
Fornes Attends National Colloquium
Brown Bag Seminar: Get Connected with ConnectND
Webinar: Student Engagement and Web 2.0 in Blended Learning
Technology Tip of the Week: A new project format--Glogster!
Viking Athletic Update
Congratulations to ...
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
October Birthdays

Auditions for Much Ado about Nothing Are Open

Lead roles for the VCSU Theatre spring semester production, Much Ado About Nothing, will be cast during the Fall Semester. Supporting roles will be cast and full rehearsals will begin when classes resume for the 2011 Spring Semester.

If you are interested in playing a leading role in Much Ado, please email Jenni Lou Russi at for more information about the audition process. All roles are open. No roles have been pre-cast.

New All Female Vocal Ensemble Organized at VCSU

The Valley City State University Valkyries is a new ensemble created in August, 2010 by students active in the Department of Music at VCSU. Valkyries is an all female vocal group that rehearses three times per week for 50 minutes under the direction of Dr. Leesa Levy, and accompanied by Jaime Namminga. Members of the ensemble come from various academic programs across the campus, with this year's members representing degrees in art, music, education and the sciences. The Valkyries personnel include: Altos - Kendra Kruger [Casselton, Social Science/Political Science]; Angela Morford [Bismarck, ND, elementary and art education], Kelsey Wilhelm [composite music education]; Mezzo Sopranos – Katelin Wadeson [Fingal, ND, composite music education], Andrea Swartz [Park River, ND composite music education], Amber Olson [Mandan, ND, vocal music education], Micki Buchholz [Oakes, ND, composite music education]; Sopranos – Jessica Halvorson [Milnor, ND, Biology, Health Science, minor in music], Taryn Wallace [art and music], Kirci Phillips [Valley City, ND composite music education].

Seven of the ten members of the ensemble have performed together previously in the VCSU University Singers. Three are brand new to this type of ensemble work. The group has embraced a wide variety of musical styles and enjoys the challenge and responsibility associated with performing chamber music. The Valkyries are currently preparing for a tour to South Dakota with concerts in Mitchell, Madison, Alexandria, Beresford, and Avon, SD and Ellendale, ND. In December, the group can be heard at the annual choral concert "Christmas at Saint Catherine's" (St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Valley City) on December 9 at 7:30 pm, and at St. Mary's Basilica in Fargo on December 5 at 7:00 pm. The tour and December concerts are in conjunction with performances of the VCSU Concert Choir.

The Valkyries have recently been selected to perform at the North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference at 7:30 pm on Sunday, March 20 at the Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, ND.

Hagen Guest Conductor for SSS

Hagen Guest Conductor for SSS
Dr. Sara Hagen was the guest conductor for the Grand Forks area Surround the State in Song festival hosted by the North Dakota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association on October 8. The festival is held simultaneously each year in Minot, Jamestown, Grand Forks and Dickinson for children around the state.

Choristers in fifth and sixth grades from each region are selected by their teachers for this honor choir. Singers learn five songs of significant challenge prior to the festival day and then meet for over 5 hours of rehearsal throughout the day, presenting a concert at the same time around the state with the same program at 4:00 p.m. The event is similar to the World's Largest Concert sponsored by the Music Educators National Conference, MENC, in March as part of Music in our Schools Month. The event symbolizes the importance and pure joy of singing, striving for excellence, and working together to bring the experience to a live audience.

This year, there were over 70 children in the Grand Forks choir. The songs from all eras and parts of the world were accompanied by piano, flute, cello, and western African instruments including the talking drum or dundun, the shakere or gourd shaker, and gongokui, a two-toned metal bell.

Hagen was the guest conductor for the Jamestown event in 2009. She conducts the Valley Children's Choir, an ensemble within the VCSU Community School of the Arts.

Fornes Attends National Colloquium

Lana Fornes traveled to Washington, DC, October 15-17th to attend the 2010 Keck/PKAL National Colloquium "Transformative Change in STEM Education: Leadership for Advancing Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Learning." Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) has been an advocacy leader for "building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)." One of the current PKAL initiatives, On the Cutting Edge of STEM Education, was a 3-year project funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation involving interdisciplinary teams on 30 college and university campuses across the U.S. It focused on finding ways to facilitate interdisciplinary learning in STEM disciplines for undergraduate students.

This culminating meeting shared what the teams had identified as integral to creating, implementing, measuring, and sustaining effective interdisciplinary STEM learning environments. An important breakout session involved brainstorming and identifying action steps for higher education institutions, funding agencies and organizations, higher education associations, and disciplinary and professional societies. The resulting list, recommended by the 18 breakout-groups composed of a mix of the stakeholder-groups listed above, is being compiled into a single PDF file which will soon be available online ( along with information from the poster session presented by the 30 teams involved in the project. The poster session revealed a diversity of projects and approaches used on the various campuses to explore and implement interdisciplinary education.

Although this movement is being fueled by the need to remain nimble in providing education programs that meet the needs of both students and the business, industry, and research environments that will be hiring them; it is also focused on meeting the future needs of the larger society. The problems our graduates will be solving and the questions they will be answering are becoming more complex and have increasingly global impacts. This results in needing graduates which have experience solving interdisciplinary problems unlimited by departmental silos. It is readily acknowledged that this kind of change cannot occur successfully without grassroots faculty involvement. Although teaching methodologies, effects on K-12 education, and teacher-training are an integral part of this movement, much of the discussion at this meeting related to breaking down departmental barriers, improving institutional communication between students/staff/faculty/administration, improving the educational possibilities and opportunities provided on all campuses, and transforming K-16 education into something that will better meet society's needs into the 21st Century and beyond.

Brown Bag Seminar: Get Connected with ConnectND

It's hard to believe we are in the second half of the semester! This is the time when students are registering for classes and hopefully working with their advisors to determine their schedules.

This week we will look at Connect ND, including its functions for faculty and students. Topics include running student advising reports, reporting grades, registering students, reviewing paychecks, and much more!

When? Wednesday, October 27, 12:00-1:00 pm

Where? Norway and Presidents Room

Box lunches will be available for $5. Please RSVP to Shannon by 9:00 am Wednesday morning.

Webinar: Student Engagement and Web 2.0 in Blended Learning

Join us on Thursday, October 28, from 10:30-noon in McFarland 207 as we explore the use of Web 2.0 tools in our courses. D. Norm Vaughan from the Mount Royal University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, discusses student engagement, Web 2.0 activities, and blended learning in synchronous blended classrooms.

Technology Tip of the Week: A new project format--Glogster!

Looking for something different for your students to use? Tired of the same old PowerPoint? Try Glogster. offers the ability for students to create multi-media posters and presentations about materials. It's easy and intuitive to learn, and will provide you with something different to grade than the "same old/same old" power point presentation.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
• The Viking football team traveled to Mayville on Saturday and defeated the Comets this weekend by a score of 36-6. This moves them into a 5th place tie with Jamestown. Valley City will travel over to Jamestown this Saturday, October 30, to take on the Jimmies @ 1:00 pm.

• The Volleyball team split over the weekend, the Lady Vikings lost a hard fought match to Mayville on Friday night 2-3, but came back to defeat Dakota State University 3-2 on Saturday. The Lady Vikings will be in action again at home this coming weekend (Friday, October 29 vs. SD School of Mines @ 7:00 pm & Saturday, October 30 vs. Black Hills State @ 3:00 pm).

• The Cross Country team competed at the Mary invitational in Yankton, SD. Over the weekend, top runner on the male side was Spencer Ruebke who finished 64th and the top runner for the women was Erin Leier. The Cross Country team will participate in the DAC Championships in Jamestown on November 5 starting at 11am.

Viking Basketball tips off season – upcoming home dates

• The Viking Women's BB team will be in action this Thursday, October 28, with tip off at 7:00 pm vs. Viterbo University.

• The Viking Men's BB team will take on Crookston College on Saturday, October 30, at 6:00 pm.

Come out and Support your Vikings!

Congratulations to ...

Leslie Lees and Andy Kalmbach who were married on Saturday, October 9, 2010. Congratulations, Mrs. Leslie Kalmbach!

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, October 25

7:30 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, October 26

7:30 pm Garage Band Performance, Vangstad Auditorium
Rotary Wine Tasting Social, Barnes County Museum

Wednesday, October 27

12:00 pm Brown Bag Seminar: Get Connected with ConnectND, Norway/Presidents Room, VCSU Student Center

Thursday, October 28

10:30 am Webinar: Student Engagement and Web 2.0 in Blended Learning, McFarland Hall 207
7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Viterbo University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:00 pm Trick or Treating in McCoy Hall

Friday, October 29

ACDA Surround the State in Sacred Song, Vangstad Auditorium (October 29-30)
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs South Dakota School of Mines & Tech, Graichen Gymnasium
"Ruckus at the Rec" Halloween Party

Saturday, October 30

1:30 pm Viking Football @ Jamestown College
3:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Black Hills State University, Graichen Gymnasium
6:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs University of Minnesota

Sunday, October 31


October and November Birthdays

October and November Birthdays

25 Karen Ostgarden
26 Jane Hammer
27 Deb Feuerherm
27 Nathan Trader
29 Kaneia Kenney
20 Ryan Milner


1 Richard Clark
1 Marcia Pritchert
2 Dina Petherbridge
3 Mike Rasmussen
3 Jessica Frerich
4 Erin Klingenberg
4 Gregg Horner
7 Brittany Olson
8 Joe McKenna
9 Lynn Isaacson
9 Margaret Dahlberg
10 Bob Anderson
11 Ralph Hooper
17 Sheri Okland
18 C.J. Kotta
28 Rick Ross
29 Glen Schmalz