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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

McLain Exhibit Installed at VCSU Art Gallery
Brown Bag Seminar November 3
VCACA Concert November 7
CPR/AED Certification Course Scheduled at VCSU
The Forge Needs You!
Lullabies and Carols for Christmas Recital Scheduled
Wirth Presents at NDCTM
Hunter's Widow Events Planned
Technology Tip of the Week: Use Web 2.0 Tools!
Webinar on CD
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
November Birthdays

McLain Exhibit Installed at VCSU Art Gallery

McLain Exhibit Installed at VCSU Art Gallery
Molly McLain's exhibition of mixed media work and photography is now installed in the VCSU Art Gallery and runs through November 24.

Molly graduated from VCSU in 2005 with a studio arts degree under the instruction of Linda Whitney, and a minor in piano pedagogy under the instruction of Beth Klingenstein.

Growing up on the prairie, she has always felt a connection to the land, and creates art centering on environmentalism and that connection, along with abstract oil pieces. Her current work centers on a maternal theme confronting modern agricultural practices and the consequences they have on the earth.

Molly resides in Minneapolis where she teaches piano and has recently been in residency teaching classes introducing Art and Agriculture for 3-5th graders at the Jamestown Arts Center Arts After School Program and color theory in the elementary schools.

There will be a reception for Molly, Thursday, November 4, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Gallery.

Brown Bag Seminar November 3

This week's Brown Bag Seminar is "Engaging Students with Web 2.0 Tools."

Join Jennifer Jenness and Sheri Okland as they lead us through engaging Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Eye Jot, Wordle, Ta-Da Lists, and the vast array of tools via Google. Learn about video messaging, presentation tool alternatives (there is more to the world than PowerPoint!), pdf converters to Word, and much, much more!

When? Wednesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00 pm
Where? Norway/Presidents Room

Box lunches are just $5! Please RSVP by Wednesday 9:00 am

VCACA Concert November 7

VCACA Concert November 7
Valley City Area Concert Association presents Leon Williams, former member of the famed Harlem Boys' Choir, and graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, comes to VCSU Sunday, November 7, at 4:00 pm, in Vangstad Auditorium.

Admission to this VCACA concert is available through season memberships at the door: Adult-$30; Student-$12; Family-$65, Single-Parent Family-$40.

CPR/AED Certification Course Scheduled at VCSU

CPR/AED Certification course will be held on VCSU campus November 8, 2010. This class is offered to all VCSU employees and is paid for by the University. CPR/AED certification is strongly encouraged if you work in housing or the fieldhouse, are an evening staff employee, or if you are a coach for an athletic team.

When: November 8, 2010
Time: Course #1- 9:00 am-10:30 am
Course #2- 10:30 am-12:00pm (This is a repeat of Course #1)
Where: The Skoal Room
Who: All VCSU employees are invited to attend

Please email or call 845-7710 (3-7710) if you would like to attend this class or if you have any questions.

The Forge Needs You!

VCSU's Literary Magazine, The Forge, needs you to submit your original work for another successful edition. Cash prizes will be awarded for creative talent. Categories for awards include Drama, Poetry, Essay, Short Story, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Digital Imaging, Photography, and Ceramics

Submissions are limited to four (4) entries per person and deadline for submission is midnight Monday, November 15. A cover sheet indicating your name, the title of the entry, the category for the piece, and the entries themselves should accompany submissions. To ensure anonymous judging names should be left off of the work. Send submissions and cover sheet electronically, as attachments, to:

Past editions of The Forge can view viewed at The Forge.

For more information, contact Lee Kruger at or Angela Morford at

Lullabies and Carols for Christmas Recital Scheduled

Lullabies and Carols for Christmas Recital Scheduled
On Monday, November 29 at 7:30 pm, three faculty members from Valley City State University will present an evening of "Lullabies and Carols for Christmas" in Froemke Auditorium. Leesa Levy (BS in music education, MM and DMA in vocal performance and literature), Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Voice at VCSU since 1999 will be accompanied by Jaime Namminga, Instructor of Piano who joined the VCSU faculty last year. Assisting Dr. Levy on a set of French carols will be Jon Rudolph, Instructor of Guitar at VCSU since 2001.

The songs chosen for this recital feature both audience favorites and relatively unknown pieces that portray an intimate view of the birth of the Christ Child. Selections such as O Holy Night by Adolph Adams and Ave Maria by Franz Schubert will be interspersed with those by English and American composers, Michael Head, Roger Quilter and John Jacob Niles, among others. Many of the lesser-known songs have a touch of folk elements to them, making them highly melodic and approachable from an audience point of view.

The point of view of the poets who created the texts for the various selections is another element of the evening's entertainment that the audience should enjoy. Some of the song lyrics approach the event of the birth from the traditional "spread the news vantage point" but others provide an introspective look by the mother, Mary; visitors to the scene; and folks from our own society who wonder what it must have been like that night when the angels told of the birth of the King.

The audience is most cordially invited to share the event with the performers and enjoy an evening of music chosen to celebrate the season.

Wirth Presents at NDCTM

Wirth Presents at NDCTM
VCSU mathematics education instructor, Jamie Wirth, presented to a group of secondary math teachers on the use of the GeoGebra software at the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NDCTM) sectional of the North Dakota Education Association (NDEA) conference in Bismarck, ND on October 22.

GeoGebra is a free, dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Wirth's presentation included an introduction to the software and several examples/tips on how he implements the software into his classroom instruction.

According to Wirth, attendees of the presentation were quite impressed with the capabilities of the software and seemed eager to try it out in their own classrooms. Wirth plans on making a similar presentation to a larger

Hunter's Widow Events Planned

With the beginning of deer hunting season in North Dakota, many women find themselves with quiet time. Valley City Chamber of Commerce has scheduled "Christmas in the Valley" and organized several events for women to enjoy during the weekend. Many businesses are taking part and offering activities around town. The schedule is below. For further details, contact the Chamber office at 845-1891.

Saturday, November 6

9:00 & 11:30 am FREE Intro to Strength Training AmericInn – Free Mimosas after each session, wear comfy clothes (repeated sessions)
9:30 to 11:30 am FREE Facials & product sampling by Mary Kay, AmericInn
9:30 to 11:30 am Make & Take sessions, Quilted Ceiling, Cost is $4.00 for product – no sewing required
2:00 to 4:00 pm Make & Take sessions, Quilted Ceiling, Cost is $4.00 for product – no sewing required (repeated session)
1:00 pm Try out one of the newest crazes – ZUMBA, Studio 29 above the thrift store – wear comfy clothes and be ready to move-FREE
2:30 pm FREE workout and instruction, Curves - wear comfy clothing
6:00 to 7:30 pm Taco Bar, Country Club - $7.95 per person
7:30 pm Bunco Games, Country Club - $5.00 to play - beginner's welcome

Sunday, November 7

2:30-4:00 pm Ladies Tea & Treats and Landmark II
3:00 pm Hear Jenni Lou Russi – "Everything this woman needed to know about the Holidays, she learned from deer hunting!"

Technology Tip of the Week: Use Web 2.0 Tools!

Web 2.0 seems to be the topic of this week. Students use it daily. Why not incorporate it into your classroom? Put up a Question of the Day on Twitter and ask them to respond. Create a closed Facebook account and ask students to post current event articles related to the course and to discuss the topics. Have students practice professionalism by creating a professional profile in LinkedIn. When it seems like students may have drifted away with their laptops, throw out a bonus question and tell them to "google" the answer. Or have them try Poll Everywhere, where students can use their cell phones or twitter to answer a question.

Webinar on CD

Missed last week's webinar "Student Engagement and Web 2.0 in Blended Learning?" We have purchased the CD. It will be in the library next week so you can check it and the transcript out. A lot of great information came out of the webinar. For example, did you know that Blackboard usage is positively correlated with retention rates?

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, November 1

Molly McLain Exhibition Opens, VCSU Gallery (November 1-24), McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
VCSU Fine Arts Presents "Camp Comedy", VCSU Theatre 320 (November 1-4)

Tuesday, November 2

Election Day
10:00 am - 2:30 pm Mobile Computing Showcase, Student Center Lounge

Wednesday, November 3

12:00 pm Brown Bag Seminar: Engaging Students with Web 2.0 Tools, Norway/Presidents Room in Student Center
1:00 pm Tri College Career Fair, Ramada Plaza Suites, Fargo, ND
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball @ Jamestown College
Bengt Washburn Comedy Show, Vangstad Auditorium

Thursday, November 4

Molly McLain Exhibition Reception, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor

Friday, November 5

11:00 am DAC Championship Cross Country Meet, Jamestown Hillcrest Golf Course
6:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Dordt College, Sioux enter, IA
8:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs Dordt College , Sioux Center, IA

6:00 pm St. Catherine's Fall Auction, Valley City Eagles Club

Saturday, November 6

Hunter Widows Weekend – Includes events around Valley City. Go to Hello Valley for details.
2:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Northwestern College
4:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball @ Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

Sunday, November 7

Standard Time Begins
9:00 am Viking Football vs Dakota State, DAC Bowl @ the Fargodome
2:30-4:00 pm Ladies Tea Party and More,Landmark II
4:00 pm Leon Williams Performance, Vangstad Auditorium