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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Rhoades Science Center
Free Webinar: Virtual Challenge: Creating Quality E-Courses
This Week's Brown Bag: Emergency Preparation!
Free Webinar: Fair Use and Copyright Law in Higher Ed
Epson Pen Training Scheduled
Calling All VCSU Quilters
Hoff Attends the AAPT Annual Meeting
Pfeifer to Present at SAP Curriculum Congress
Teaching Tip of the Week: Lasting Lectures
Valley City State Athletic Update
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City
January Birthdays

Rhoades Science Center

Rhoades Science Center
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of January 24.

Last week, VCSU appeared before the House Appropriations division on Education and Environment at the North Dakota Legislature in Bismarck. During the hearing, we provided updates on recent University accomplishments, discussed some unique campus needs, and also shared VCSU's budget request for the 2011-13 biennium. A major focal point of the presentation was the proposed renovation and expansion of Rhoades Science Center.

The Rhoades capital funding project was identified by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) as the second-highest priority among all new capital building projects proposed by the eleven campuses of the North Dakota University System. This high priority by the SBHE demonstrates the value and importance of this project and the long-term benefit it can provide in educating future generations of North Dakota students in the critically important science-based fields. We appreciate this strong show of support and ongoing commitment by the members of the State Board of Higher Education. Additionally, funding for the Rhoades Science project was included in Governor Dalrymple's executive budget recommendation that was released in December. Again, VCSU sincerely appreciates this inclusion in the Governor's budget and thanks him for his recognition of the long-term value of this project.

VCSU has experienced dramatic student enrollment growth during the past few years. This is highlighted with the 2010 enrollment being the largest in forty years, including the largest incoming freshmen class since 1988. At present time, our Fall 2011 new student applications indicate the strong growth trends are continuing. Academic programs housed in Rhoades Science Center have fueled much of the enrollment growth. For example, the two programs of Health Science and Fisheries & Wildlife Science had a total of 22 students in 2005, and as of Fall 2010 there are now 127 declared majors in those programs.

Other new initiatives such as the launching of VCSU's Great Plains STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education Center as well as the Prairie Waters Education & Research Center, along with VCSU's participation in the Dakota Nursing Network are all fueling further interest and growth in science-related areas. When combining these developments with the overall student population growth and corresponding increases in general education courses, it adds much pressure to an already stressed Rhoades facility.

VCSU has not had a state-funded capital building project added to the campus since 1973 (Rhoades Science Center was built at that time). Much has changed with technology, laboratory space, safety requirements, research needs, and other facility issues during the intervening forty years, and it is imperative that we provide the very best opportunities for students to learn and succeed.

Many of the academic programs in Rhoades Science Center represent the very fields where our region is lacking in trained professionals. If we want to ensure we have enough science and math teachers, biologists, chemists, aquatic specialists, nurses, and students prepared to go on for professional schooling in fields such as dentistry, medicine, veterinary, nursing, pharmacy, or optometry (to name but a few.), it is important that we provide the proper environment and educational accessibility in which to serve those students. A renovated and expanded Rhoades Science Center is a vital part of the equation ensuring North Dakota's future workforce is prepared to keep building upon the state's current momentum.

Free Webinar: Virtual Challenge: Creating Quality E-Courses

Host,, is offering a free webinar discussion on creating online courses on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 1:00-2:00 pm. FREE REGISTRATION is now open.

There's a lot more to building online courses than digitizing text and adding a few videos. Online course designers are learning more about how to incorporate quick assessments that personalize the learning experience for students, how to keep students' interest with video and simulations, and how to integrate gaming into their courses. The lessons being learned by course designers are significantly changing the way a successful online course is created for today's students.

Presenters during this webinar include Greg Marks, Director of Product Development, Michigan Virtual University; Debi Crabtree, Coordinator of the Hamilton County Virtual Schools, Chattanooga, TN; with moderator, Michelle Davis, Senior Writer, Education Week Digital Directions.

No phone is required to participate in the webinar. An archived version will be available within 24 hours of the presentation and remain available for six months. The event is not close-captioned.

This Week's Brown Bag: Emergency Preparation!

In 2009, the region experienced record-setting floods. In cooperation with the city and the Chancellor of the State Board of Higher Education, Valley City State University placed its last three weeks of courses online.

In December 2009, the north end of Minard Hall at NDSU collapsed, scattering eight departments and one dean's office throughout the campus.

Campuses nationwide experience emergencies, from floods to fires to tornados to earthquakes to flu epidemics. The West Fargo School District just tested 75 of its 9th graders for TB after a student may have come in contact with it while in Mexico.

This week's Brown Bag Seminar looks at Emergency Preparation for courses. As the flood predictions for the area do not look favorable, what can we do to ensure our preparedness should classes need to go online again.

If you were at VCSU in 2009, please come and share your stories and what you learned. If you are new to campus since then, come and listen, and share with us ideas you may have as we begin thinking about "what if ..."

When: Wednesday, January 26, 12:00-12:50 pm

Where: Norway and Presidents Rooms, Student Center

Boxed lunches and a beverage are available for just $5! Please RSVP Shannon by 8:00 am Wednesday if you would like a lunch reserved.

Free Webinar: Fair Use and Copyright Law in Higher Ed

Some will say there are only two safe harbors when it comes to the use of another's work: obtain permission or don't use it at all. However, the fair use doctrine provides a third option that is both simple and elegant, yet is widely misunderstood and often hard to apply.

While fair use has the potential to make available the universe of creative output for our direct benefit, it is a far cry from a one-size-fits-all solution or a "Get out of jail free!" card.

In order to gain a better understanding of fair use and thereby improve how risks related to copyright are managed, Jason Jenkins, Assistant General Counsel and Patent Attorney at the University of North Dakota, will present a two-hour webinar on copyright law and the fair use doctrine.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Participants can connect to the event by clicking FAIR USE WEBINAR and entering in the room ID block (case sensitive).

Jenkins will provide participants with the basic ingredients for performing a fair use assessment as well as offer suggestions for when and how to obtain a formal legal opinion.

Aside from fair use, the higher education community also enjoys certain limited protections from liability for copyright infringement. These protections will be discussed, including the face-to-face teaching exception and the related but not identical provisions for electronic transmission and distance learning.

Lastly, Jenkins will offer some guidance on the definition and contours of the public domain and how what is "freely available" may be neither as free nor as available as it seems.

If you have any questions you would like addressed during the presentation, please e-mail your questions to Cheryl Thompson ( She will be sure to pass them along to the presenter ahead of time.

For more information on the webinar, contact Advanced Learning Technologies at 701.231.7468.

Epson Pen Training Scheduled

Epson Pen training has been scheduled at VCSU on Friday, January 28. Charity Nix, Edutech trainer, will demonstrate how to use the new Epson projectors and pens being installed in VCSU classrooms. Several classrooms already contain this equipment with most rooms equipped this fall, 2011.

This session will cover how to access the software, how to use the pen and different ways the pen might be used to enhance the classroom experience. This session will be hands-on training.

When: Friday, January 28, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: McCarthy 263

Calling All VCSU Quilters

Valley City State University Art Gallery has scheduled the VCSU Quilters' Exhibition for February 14-March 18. All VCSU employees are invited to display their works of any size.

Information regarding quilts to be displayed should be forwarded to Professor Linda Whitney by 12:00 pm on Monday, February 7. Works should be delivered to her between 1:00-3:00 pm February 9 or 10, for installation.

For further details, contact Professor Whitney.

Hoff Attends the AAPT Annual Meeting

Hoff Attends the AAPT Annual Meeting
Valley City State University Associate Professor of Science, Don Hoff, attended the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) annual meeting January 8 – 12 in Jacksonville, FL.

Hoff served as the section representative for the North Dakota section and in that role attended the Section Officers Exchange, the Section Representatives meeting, and the Executive Council meeting. These meetings and other conference events updated/educated him on Physics teaching, STEM Education, science political issues, and science funding issues. He was able to represent the state and provide input on these issues and plans to report back to the ND state association. Attending the conference also helps keep him current on science education issues affecting the science teachers we train at VCSU.

Pfeifer to Present at SAP Curriculum Congress

Pfeifer to Present at SAP Curriculum Congress
Sue Pfeifer, Assistant Professor in the Division of Business and Information Technology, will facilitate a faculty discussion and present a poster session at the upcoming SAP Curriculum Congress March 10-12 in Monterey, California.

As the VCSU SAP Faculty Coordinator, Pfeifer has been invited to facilitate a discussion among other SAP Faculty Coordinators from 175 member universities in North America. The focus of the discussion will include how to grow your program and get more faculty involvement from other disciplines. Pfeifer will describe the success of VCSU's implementation of curriculum and industry partnerships as one of nine faculty poster sessions during the informational session for all attendees. Dr. Kerry Gregoryk, Associate Professor & BIT Division Chair, will join Pfeifer in presenting during the poster session.

SAP supports 175 member schools and more than 68,000 students in North America. 1,000 member institutions and 200,000 students participate in the SAP University Alliances program globally. Through advanced curricula, technologies and academic research, the SAP University Alliances program supports institutions of higher learning's efforts to offer custom-tailored courses and projects which develop highly qualified graduates with critical skills for the 21st century workforce.

Teaching Tip of the Week: Lasting Lectures

Lectures do have their place in academia, if done well. Most students' attention span is four-six minutes. Therefore, break up your lecture. Lecture for four-six minutes, then engage the students in an activity. This activity could be a one-minute essay, a think (think of an answer to a question)/pair (tell the person next to you what you think)/share (share with the class), a red/yellow/blue/green card activity (you ask the question-with four possible answers in one of each of the colors-student raise the color they think is correct), pop culture video, or pop quiz on what you just discussed. Repeat the process. The key is to do something different to bring the students back to your lecture.

Valley City State Athletic Update

Valley City State Athletic Update
The Viking Women's Basketball team had a great weekend with wins over Mayville State University by a score of 54-44 and Dakota State by score of 88-54. This puts the Vikings into 3rd place in the DAC.

The Viking Men's Basketball team suffered two losses - to Mayville State by a score of 66-62 and Dakota State 79-70.

Upcoming Events: Wild Game Feed

The 1st annual Wild Game Feed will takes place this Wednesday @ the VFW, start time is 5:00 pm, with the meal at 6:00 pm (tickets can be purchased at the door).

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, January 24

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Career Cafe, Student Center Hallway
3:00 pm Mini-Information Literacy Session & JSTOR Databases, Library Classroom on 2nd Floor
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Strong People & Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile, St. Catherine Gym
7:00 pm "Rethink Afghanistan" Presentation, Theatre 320

Tuesday, January 25

1:00-2:00 pm "Virtual Challenges: Creating Quality E-Courses" Webinar
5:00-7:00 pm Rotary Pancake Supper, VFW
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile & Hand Weights, St. Catherine Gym

Wednesday, January 26

9:00 am ON THE MOVE activity, Strong People & Walk Away the Pounds 1 Mile, Hi-Liner Activity Center
10:00 am-12:00 pm "Fair Use" Webinar
12:00 pm This week's Brown Bag: Emergency Preparation!
12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activity Center
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Strong People & Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile, St. Catherine Gym
5:30 pm VCSU Wild Game Feed, VFW
5:30 pm Viking Women's Basketball @ Dickinson State University
7:30 pm Viking Men's Basketball @ Dickinson State University

Thursday, January 27

5:30 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Total Body Toning, Studio 29

Friday, January 28

10:00 am-12:00 pm Epson Pen Training, McCarthy Hall 263
12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Open Door Center

Saturday, January 29

9:00-11:00 am District 24 Legislative Forum, Litchville Community Center
12:00 pm Viking Track & Field @ Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Sunday, January 30

4:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball @ Minot State University
6:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball @ Minot State University