This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

"Non-Traditional No More": Adult Learning at VCSU
Prairie Waters to Hold Open House
Brown Bag: Virtualization and M-Learning
Veteran's Day Speaker at VCSU November 12
Israeli Ethnic Ensemble to Speak & Perform at VCSU
Lights for Lindsay Fundraiser/Benefit Planned
Instructional Design Team Is Here to Serve You
Webinar CD Available in the Library
Klingenstein Presents at State Conference
Finger attends Midwest Academy of Management Conference
Stenson, Adams Travel to Alaska for Recruiting Trip
VCSU Students Selected for National Choir
Viking Student-Athletes help "Ruckus at the Rec"
Technology Tip of the Week: Discussion Board Burnout
Viking Athletic update
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
November Birthdays

"Non-Traditional No More": Adult Learning at VCSU

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By Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, Vice President for Academic Affairs

The following article appeared in the Valley City Times Record this past week.

Recently the North Dakota State University System has been paying more attention to the "adult learner" in North Dakota, as part of our effort to make post-secondary education accessible to all North Dakotans. VCSU has plenty of experience in working with the differing needs and concerns of the adult learner, and we were pleased to host the recent "Non-Traditional No More" conference on October 21, when the State System office brought together representatives from all eleven state campuses to discuss policy issues and "gaps" that must be addressed to make educational opportunities more accessible to those over age 25. The meeting was supported by a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, and facilitated by leadership from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

Participants spent several hours examining both the barriers that hinder adults' return to and success in postsecondary education, and potential solutions the state system should explore. As I listened to the discussion, it became evident to me that VCSU has been quite proactive in meeting these very needs.

For example, many adult students wonder whether they can handle college, and for these students who just want to get their feet wet, we have a one-year "Bridges" program, offered in partnership with Dakota College Bottineau (DCB), available on our campus. This allows students to test their abilities, try out a few college courses, and determine if this is the right decision while still earning credits that will allow them to move forward in an established program if they wish.

Other adults, working full time, may feel college is just "too much" - too many credits, too many years to completion. But adult students bring years of work experience that may match the coursework traditional students struggle through, and this experience can often be parlayed into college credit through prior learning assessment portfolios. VCSU has been a state leader in the use of prior learning assessment (PLA) for the past thirty years, offering hundreds of adult learners a pathway to convert life and work experience into college credit.

Because VCSU is a four-year (baccalaureate) institution, our students tend to be "traditional" students who intend to complete the 120 credit-hour, four year program. Only about 10% of our student body is in the 25-44 year old age group targeted by the state accountability measures for accessibility. Although we are not able to grant degrees for programs with fewer than 120 credit hours, VCSU has a number of solutions to help bridge the gaps adult learners face when they consider a return to the classroom.

While VCSU cannot offer two-year programs, we are actively working with partners to provide access to two-year degrees, programs that may, in turn, transfer to VCSU for a four-year degree. These are usually called 2+2 agreements, and VCSU has several to offer, and more being discussed. For example, our Fisheries and Wildlife degree partnership with Dakota College allows students to complete a two year degree from DCB before spending two more years at VCSU to complete the program. Students can attend the courses either at VCSU or DCB for the first two years, before finishing the four-year portion at VCSU. The structure of this partnership lends itself to the situation many adult students find themselves in, where the completion of a two-year degree, awarded by a partner institution but completed on the VCSU campus, leads to later completion of a four-year degree when time and funding permit.

In addition to serving the needs of adult students, some of the partnerships we are working on also help meet the needs of employers in our region. One good example of this kind of partnership is our participation in the Dakota Nursing project. Students come to the VCSU campus to take courses, and they complete their clinical work here in Valley City, but most of the coursework is actually provided by other schools in the project, notably from faculty at Dakota College Bottineau and Lake Region. We are currently discussing several, similar, two-year associate of applied science degree programs that could be delivered through partnerships at the VCSU campus.

As we look forward, it's clear we have a lot to do to make higher education more accessible to adult students. Financial aid, access to courses and student services during the evening hours, shorter terms for accelerated programs, support for online learning ... all these are under discussion both at VCSU and throughout the North Dakota university system. So stay tuned-there are some exciting new programs and partnerships being developed. And stay in touch-your comments will help us plan "smarter," for programs that will best serve our community, our region, and the state of North Dakota.

Prairie Waters to Hold Open House

All are invited to an open house for the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center on Tuesday, November 9, 6:30-9:00 pm. The Center is located in Kathryn, ND, 17 miles south of Valley City.

The Prairie Waters Center is affiliated with Valley City State University and began functioning this fall. The goal of the Center is to educate teachers, students (K-12 plus college), and resource professionals about water and water issues in North Dakota. In a sense we are an environmental learning center that focuses on rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands. We give presentations to school groups and provide workshops to teachers and professionals.

While at the open house, you will be able to try the active board projectors systems, view displays, tour the building, and enter drawings for door prizes. Hope to see you there.

Brown Bag: Virtualization and M-Learning

Join us as we discuss the future of technology here at VCSU. Should we continue being a lap-top institute? Given the capabilities of iPads and smart phones, what does that mean for the future of technology at VCSU?

Erik Kringlie will discuss possibilities of m-learning. Jim Boe will discuss what is currently being done in Technology Education, including problems they have encountered. Joe Tykwinski will discuss survey results and the implications for mobile learning. And we have allotted time for Q &A and discussion.

When: Wednesday, November 10, Noon-12:50 pm
Where: Skoal Room, Student Center

Box lunches will be available for just $5 in the room. Please RSVP Shannon by 9:00 am Wednesday.

Veteran's Day Speaker at VCSU November 12

Please join VCSU's History Club on Friday, November 12, at 1:00 pm, as they welcome Mr. James Carlascio. Mr. Carlascio will speak about his experiences in the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division as we honor Veterans for their service.

James Carlascio served in the North African and Italian campaigns during World War II, before being captured and held in a German P.O.W. camp.

The event will take place in the Student Center Skoal Room.

Israeli Ethnic Ensemble to Speak & Perform at VCSU

Israeli Ethnic Ensemble to Speak & Perform at VCSU
The Israeli Ethnic Ensemble will be on the VCSU campus November 12 and 13 to conduct workshops and perform a live concert.

The cultural mosaic of Israel comes to life with Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy, Sephardic and Yemenite melodies. The Ensemble is a five member band formed in 2004 by musicians from some of the many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds that all call Israel home. Always vibrant, always passionate, the Israeli Ethnic Ensemble performs from the heart.

Their schedule at VCSU is listed below.

Friday, November 12

Workshops in Froemke Auditorium (Faculty are encouraged to have their classes attend)
10:00 am Israel today – how politics, war & religion have affected Israel, its music, its people
3:00 pm Israeli Music – the difference between formal & informal performances; use of harmony and tonality; musical instruments; the development of this ensemble and the roots of this ensemble's music

Saturday, November 13

7:30 pm, The Israeli Ethnic Ensemble in Concert, Vangstad Auditorium (No Admission Charge – Free Will Donation)

Further information about the group can be found at Israeli Ethnic Ensemble

Lights for Lindsay Fundraiser/Benefit Planned

Lindsay Sauer, a VCSU senior, was recently diagnosed with a reoccurrence of an aggressive head cancer in June of 2010. At the time of the diagnosis, Sauer had been working for NorthStar Telcom, a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer in Bismarck, and taking her final two classes for her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Minors in Office Management and Business Software Applications.

Due to her overwhelming medical costs, transportation to and from Minneapolis and other costs, a benefit is being planned in Valley City on December 17 at the Valley City Eagles Club. An event kick off, "Lights for Lindsay," will begin November 15 and run through December 16. Individual lights will be sold for $5/bulb and can be purchased at Bank Forward. Admission/raffle tickets are also available at Bank Forward at $15/ticket. The benefit fundraiser on December 17 will begin with a tree lighting ceremony "Lights for Lindsay" to showcase local support followed by an appetizer social, silent auction, live auction, entertainment and a DJ dance with proceeds going directly to Sauer's on-going medical bills. Direct donations can be mailed to Bank Forward at 430 West Main Street in Valley City, ND, 58072.

For a schedule of events visit Lights for Lindsay at Facebook.com.

Instructional Design Team Is Here to Serve You

Did you know that for the past twelve weeks, each division has a faculty member designated to help with technical issues you may be facing? We are here to help you with your Blackboard issues. We are also here to assist you with other technology problems or questions.

Did you see something neat at a Brown Bag you would like to try? Learned something interesting during a division meeting that you would like to do yourself? Please call on us to help! Many of the tools and applications we are demonstrating are beyond the purview of the Help Desk. Jing and Prezi, for example, are cool tools, and we can help you make them work!

The design team consists of:
Kerry Gregoryk: BIT
Shannon VanHorn: CASS and Interim Director
Sara Hagen: FA
Diane Burr: MSPE
Jim Boe: SEGS

Feel free to contact any design team member - even if they aren't your division rep!

Webinar CD Available in the Library

Student Engagement and Web 2.0 in Blended Learning is now available for check out in the library. This 90-minute webinar discusses not only various tools, but how to use them effectively in courses. Additionally, it looks at research behind the effectiveness of using Web 2.0 tools. For example, Web 2.0 tools may be a factor in retention.

Klingenstein Presents at State Conference

Klingenstein Presents at State Conference
Beth Gigante Klingenstein recently attended the North Dakota Music Teachers State Conference in Dickinson, where she gave a presentation on creative curriculum for independent music teachers. Her presentation covered creative ways to incorporate music theory, music history, composition, improvisation, chamber music, world music, accompanying, and jazz into the private music lesson. Klingenstein has been invited to present at the NDMTA conference nine times since joining the organization in 1994.

Finger Attends Midwest Academy of Management Conference

Finger Attends Midwest Academy of Management Conference
VCSU Instructor, Brenda Finger, attended the Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Grand Forks October 14-16. The theme of the conference was Strategizing, Leading and Motivating: Achieving a "Hat Trick" in Challenging Times.

The conference's important points captured how leadership and mentoring are vital in all relationships on campus. The role of leadership to the positive behavior of followers is essential. Multiple sessions discussed how the impact of leadership on followers' wisdom development and emotional labor fosters growth and the development of followers.

Stenson, Adams Travel to Alaska for Recruiting Trip

Charlene Stenson and Dr. James Adams recently completed a multi-stop trip to Alaska for promoting VCSU and meeting with prospective students. Both attended college fairs in Anchorage, and Stenson also attended a fair in Kenai. Stenson said the fair in Kenai had great attendance and allowed her to speak with more students in this area than in previous years. She also visited with 11 high schools in the Anchorage School District and the Mat-Su Borough School District north of Anchorage. Students responded well to the information shared about VCSU in regards to the size, cost, majors and individual involvements.

Adams visited high school music programs, met with directors and individual students, discussed VCSU music programs, and represented the University at college fairs in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks. This was the first time that VCSU has sent representatives to the Juneau fair, and the response there was quite favorable. Between the fairs and his school visits, he met with four students who are planning to audition for the VCSU music program for admission in Fall 2011, along with three others who are strongly considering auditioning. He also met with a previously admitted student to discuss plans for attending VCSU next fall for his sophomore year. According to Adams, awareness of VCSU seems to be strong in Alaska, especially in Fairbanks and Anchorage, where many students have heard of VCSU and many know somebody that is or has attended our university.

VCSU Students Selected for National Choir

Four music education majors at Valley City State University have been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association Conducting Competition Choir at the organization's national conference. Casey Behm (Fingal), Thomas Zinke (Rolla), Amber Olson (Mandan) and Kirci Phillips (Valley City) will represent Valley City and the state of North Dakota as members of the choir in Chicago, March 8-12, 2011. Each university level choral director who is a member of ACDA was allowed to nominate a single quartet of outstanding vocalists for potential participation in the choir. Dr. Leesa Levy, Director of Choral Activities at VCSU and President of the North Dakota chapter of ACDA, sent in the nominations. "It was a very difficult decision on my part, since we have so many wonderful vocal musicians at VCSU and all of them deserve an opportunity such as this. We have many student members of ACDA on campus and I know they all will continue to benefit from membership in this professional organization throughout their careers." The VCSU quartet will take their place with vocalists from other universities around the country, including: the University of Nebraska, Boston University, Penn State University, Indiana University and Valdosta State University.

All four students selected from North Dakota are planning careers as choral directors. They will be rehearsing the first day with Dr. Rodney Eichenberger, one of the premier conductors in the US. For the rest of the week, the students will be attending master classes, choral sessions and rehearsing intensely with the winners of the national conducting competition. The finals of the competition will be performed at noon on Friday in Chicago's historic Empire Room at the Palmer House hotel. All of the students considered for nomination, as well as those selected, are to be congratulated for their hard work and determination to excel.

Viking Student-Athletes help "Ruckus at the Rec"

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VCSU student-athletes joined in the fun again this year at the Ruckus at the Rec. Ruckus at the Rec is sponsored by Valley City Parks and Recreation at Halloween and was held Friday, October 29. Student-Athletes from VCSU served as volunteers and had a wonderful time working at the different games set up for elementary aged children dressed up for Halloween.

Pictured at the right is Matt Klingberg assisting with the basketball toss and below are football players #58 Patrick Pirner and #2 AJ Pfeifer at the putting event.
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Technology Tip of the Week: Discussion Board Burnout

Trying to do all and be all in your online courses? Do you find yourself spending hours making sure you have responded to everyone every week in your discussion areas? Are you suffering from Discussion Board Burnout?

Students like to see their professors engaged in their discussion. But this does not mean that you have to respond to everyone. Try responding to three posts per question per week. Be sure to respond to different people each week (one professor has a chart of names to keep track of responses).

Students want to see you present, but they may be intimidated if you are overly active. Step back and respond to a few each week. You will have more time to do other things and perhaps not experience Discussion Board Burnout.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
This Past Week

Cross Country – Spencer Ruebke finished in 15th place at the conference meet, he will receive All-Conference honors for his efforts this past weekend.
Volleyball – The Lady Vikings fell in first round of regional action to Black Hills State (0-3), they finished 5th in the conference.
Women's Basketball & Men's Basketball – both teams lost hard fought games down in Iowa over the weekend to Dordt College and Northwestern College. The Northwestern women's team is ranked 1st in the preseason NAIA poll.
Football – The Viking Football team ended on a high note as they defeated Dakota State in a shoot out 62-39 in the DAC Bowl.

Upcoming Home Events

Wednesday - Men's Basketball vs. Moorhead State on Wednesday @ 7:00 pm, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
Friday - Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan @ 5:00 pm / Men's Basketball vs. Briercrest @ 7:00 pm, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
Saturday - Men's Basketball vs. Briercrest @ noon / Women's Basketball vs. Mount Marty @ 2:00 pm, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, November 8

9:00 am and 10:30 am CPR/AED Certification Course, Skoal Room (Two repeated sessions)
7:30 pm Concert Band, Sax Quartet, & Percussion Performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, November 9

Spring Semester Registration Begins for Currently Enrolled Students
6:30-9:00 pm Prairie Waters Education and Research Center Open House, Kathryn Facility

Wednesday, November 10

7:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs Minnesota State University Moorhead, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Thursday, November 11

Veteran's Day – No Classes / Office Closed

Friday, November 12

5:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs Briercrest University
7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Dakota Wesleyan University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, November 13

Viking Visit Day
Music Scholarship Audition, Froemke Auditorium
Barnes County Library Chocolate Day
12:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs Briercrest University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
2:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Mount Marty College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Worldfest: Israeli Ethnic Ensemble, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, November 14

Holiday Preview Open House, Flower Shops & Retail Stores in Valley City
3:00 pm Kelsey Wilhelm, Saxophone, Performance, Froemke Auditorium

November Birthdays

November Birthdays
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