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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Prairie Waters Education and Research Center
ARTstor Mini-Info-Lit Session Today
VCSU to Participate in PACK the HAC Event
Boe and Skophammer Present in Georgia
Festival of Trees Support Needed
Viking Athletic Update
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
November Birthdays

Prairie Waters Education and Research Center

Prairie Waters Education and Research Center
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

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

Last week in Kathryn, ND, an open house was held for the new Prairie Waters Education and Research Center (PWERC). The Center is a new initiative underway at VCSU that has been primarily supported through a five-year, $732,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Health (funded through federal EPA Clean Water Act funds). The project has been spearheaded and led by the efforts of Dr. Andre DeLorme. Dr. DeLorme is a biology professor at VCSU and is a leading expert in the research of macroinvertebrates in North Dakota's rivers and streams. A concept such as the establishment of the PWERC has been a long-term dream for Dr. DeLorme.

Specific goals of this new Education and Research Center are to, 'provide environmental learning opportunities focusing primarily on North Dakota waters and water-related education to students, teachers, and professionals as well as for conducting research on aquatic biological resources.' The Prairie Waters Education and Research Center will provide an educational setting for students of all ages (Kindergarten – University) to learn in a hands-on environment about the important topics of water education and aquatic biology. The Center will also be a resource to help serve a variety of state agencies, researchers, and educators dedicated to water and environmental topics.

Through this project, VCSU is also pleased to partner with the City of Kathryn and to have the opportunity to utilize the former Kathryn School that had been sitting vacant. The Center looks forward to welcoming many visitors of all ages during the coming years. The establishment of the PWERC and these corresponding visitors will also add to the economic vitality of Kathryn, Valley City, and throughout the entire surrounding Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway region.

The Prairie Waters Center is an important new program that integrates closely with a number of other science-education based initiatives currently underway at Valley City State University. Growth in VCSU academic programs such as Health Sciences and Fisheries & Wildlife, coupled with the new Nursing curriculum available, along with VCSU's new Great Plains STEM Education Center, all contribute to our expansion of efforts geared in the sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)-based education. Many of the initiatives in these areas are helping contribute to the overall growth in VCSU's student population. Moreover, a number of these efforts have brought new financial resources to VCSU through state, federal, and private grants. These activities have brought new resources, new investments, and new personnel to the campus, ultimately allowing VCSU to best serve the educational interests of our students, and more broadly the educational interests of North Dakota.

We look forward to the important role the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center will play in the long-term educational success of students (of all ages), teachers, and water professionals throughout our state and region. Likewise, the PWERC represents another important step in the long and proud tradition of excellence in science education at VCSU.

ARTstor Mini-Info-Lit Session Today

The ARTstor Mini-Info-Lit Session (a webinar from the company) will be held at 3:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Library Lounge Monday, November 15! Please plan to attend in order to see how ARTstor could assist you in QUICKLY adding multimedia to your class presentations among other things!

Allen Memorial Library is sponsoring a trial access to ARTstor (link is located at You input is needed for purchasing decision!

Cookies and coffee will be served. No RSVP needed.

VCSU to Participate in PACK the HAC Event

VCSU to Participate in PACK the HAC Event
This year's Fall Harvest of Giving Campaign for the Barnes County Food Pantry is underway. Wheelbarrows have been placed at the main entry of McFarland Hall and hallway of the Student Center for employees to make non-perishable donations.

On Wednesday, November 17, Staff Senators will bring the items collected to the Hi-Liner Activity Center (HAC) where Valley City High School Student Council is going to "Pack the HAC" by covering the gym floor with the donated items. That will be 9,200 square feet of food for families in our community!

Suggested items include personal care items (shampoo, body wash, tooth paste), diapers and laundry soap. Of course, they can always use items like soups, pasta, flour, sugar, cereals, paper items, Rice-a-Roni type mixes, Hamburger Helper or other pasta mixes. Cash donations can also be made and should be dropped off at the Business Office (checks made out to Barnes County Food Pantry).

If you have any questions please contact any member of the VCSU Staff Senate: Betty Schumacher, Joy Smith, Kim Hesch, Emma Tufte, Patti Rickford, KO Bolstad or Richard Clark.

Boe and Skophammer Present in Georgia

Boe and Skophammer Present in Georgia
Jim Boe (pictured at the right) and Roger Skophammer (pictured below) from the Technology Education Department at VCSU traveled to Georgia to attend the Georgia Engineering and Technology Education Association conference in October. Jim was invited as a guest luncheon speaker and GETEA graciously provided free space and an invitation for Roger to promote the graduate and undergraduate Technology Education programs.

Jim spoke about his recent research concerning the future of Technology Education leadership and the role that STEM education has in that future. He made a strong argument as to how Technology & Engineering Education needs to adapt to the rapidly changing needs of society and how the current interest in STEM Education provides a great opportunity to address those needs. Jim concluded his presentation with a call for the Technology & Engineering teachers to become leaders in STEM Education.

Perhaps the most valuable aspects of the trip were the informal conversations between events and at social gatherings in the evenings. They heard from several people is an interest in STEM certificates and the need for an Education Specialist degree program for Technology & Engineering and/or STEM Education. With these conversations in mind, we are looking at additional ways that we can provide opportunities for teachers, both within Technology & Engineering Education and the larger education community, in STEM education.
Boe and Skophammer Present in Georgia

Festival of Trees Support Needed

Festival of Trees Support Needed
The Valley City State University Faculty and Staff Senates have voted to once again support the Mercy Hospital Festival of Trees event. Free will donation boxes will be placed around campus for employees to drop a dollar or two toward purchases at the Bookstore to create VCSU baskets for the silent auction portion of this event.

The auction takes place on Saturday evening, November 27 at the Valley City Eagles Club. The auction includes wonderfully decorated live and artificial trees of all sizes and a room full of silent auction items of all categories from holiday goodies to trips. You'll also find an elaborate buffet to satisfy your holiday cravings.

This event receives donated items and dollars from organizations and businesses in the area to fund the decorating of Christmas trees or wreaths or silent auction items. Many volunteers work to decorate the trees and the room, organize the food or silent auction area, and gather donations. 100% of the funds raised are distributed through the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

A change this year is that the money raised will go to help establish a surgical dental unit at the Hospital. A doctor has been secured to begin the unit. Currently, the closest unit of this sort is located in Bismarck.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
The Viking Men were defeated by Minnesota State University - Moorhead on Wednesday by a score of 64-60 . They came back over the weekend and swept Briercrest by scores of (85-62 & 79-52).

The Viking Women split over the weekend as they defeated Dakota Wesleyan 64-49 on Friday night and lost a hard fought overtime game to Mount Marty 73-72.

Next Home Contest

The Lady Vikings will play St. Cloud State University on Saturday, November 20, @ 3:00 pm.

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, November 15

America Recycling Day (Click to Learn More)
Eid al-Adha begins at sundown
3:00 pm ARTstor Mini-Info-Lit Session, 2nd Floor Library Lounge
7:30 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium
12:00 Midnight "The Forge" Submission Deadline

Tuesday, November 16

All Day Event Barnes County Music Festival, Vangstad Auditorium & Foss Music Hall
Valley City High School Play, "A Christmas Story" Opens (November 16, 18, 19, 20)

Wednesday, November 17

Pack the HAC, Food Drive for Barnes County Food Pantry
11:30 am - 1:00 pm "Stuff for the Tough" Potluck Fundraiser, McFarland Hall Alumni Room

Thursday, November 18

11:00 am General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Friday, November 19

Viking Men's Basketball @ North Central Tournament, Naperville, IL
8:00 am Campus Environmental Task Force Meeting - Everyone Welcome, Student Center Skoal Room
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Asante Network African Bazaar, Sheyenne Care Center Coffee Shop

Saturday, November 20

Snowball Arts and Crafts Festival, City Auditorium
12:30 pm NAIA Cross Country Championships, Vancouver, WA
3:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs St. Cloud State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Sonja Plautz, Trombone Performance, Froemke Auditorium
Viking Men's Basketball @ North Central Tournament, Naperville, IL

Sunday, November 21

Community Thanksgiving Service