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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Spring Scholarship Auction Plans Underway
NDUS Keeping Us Informed
Brown Bag Seminar: Alternative Sites
Viking Football Helps the Community
"SHOOT for a CURE" Campaign Begins
VCSU Faculty Recital February 11
Zinke and Phillips to Present Recital
Valentine's Day Dinner and Concert February 14
VCSU Choirs to Perform with NDSCS Choir
12th Man Bash February 19
CSA Names New Director
Hagen Attends OMEA Conference
Energy Conservation Tips: Carpooling
Safety Tips: Ergonomics- Good Working Position
Teaching Tip of the Week
Viking Athletic Update – Engelhard Qualifies for Nationals
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City
January Birthdays

VCSU Spring Scholarship Auction Plans Underway

The 17th Annual Valley City State University Spring Scholarship Auction Committee held its initial meeting January 12. The auction date is April 29 – MARK YOUR CALEDAR. And watch the Hotline! for more details coming soon.

At this time, the auction committee would like your assistance. Search your storage areas both at work and home for baskets and containers that could be used for silent auction items. Donated items can be dropped off in the Advancement Office.

If you are interested in serving on the Auction Committee, please contact Kim Hesch at 845-7403 or

NDUS Keeping Us Informed

Did you know the North Dakota University System offers a weekly "Legislative Review" where you can see information on bills presented that effect higher education?

Click LEGISLATIVE REVIEW to see the weekly reports. Each article also includes a link to specific bills.

Brown Bag Seminar: Alternative Sites

Looking for places to put up work or have students place their work? Ready to explore alternative sites for course material?

This week's Brown Bag Seminar focuses on alternative sites to place or hold course material. Join us as we explore Google Docs, YouTube Classroom, FaceBook, PBWikis, Drop Box, and other sites.

When? Wednesday, February 2, 12:00-12:50 pm
Where? Norway/Presidents Rooms, Student Center

As always, boxed lunches and a beverage will be available for just $5. Please RSVP to Shannon Van Horn by 8:00 am Wednesday.

Viking Football Helps the Community

The Valley City State University Viking Football Team will be shoveling snow from around fire hydrants that have been buried on Wednesday, February 2. If your neighborhood hydrant is not accessible because of the snow, contact Gregg Horner at 845-7423 or email at to get on the work list.

"SHOOT for a CURE" Campaign Begins

This weekend kicks off the Coaches vs Cancer campaign to raise awareness and funds for finding a cure for a disease that touches all of us in some way or another every year. The Vikings are on the road at Minot State Sunday, March 30, and the Suits & Sneakers as well as "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" campaigns begin.

The VCSU men's and women's basketball programs will again participate in the "Fight to Find a Cure" program. On Friday, February 4, the women's and men's basketball teams will wear t-shirts with the slogan "SHOOT for the CURE" during warm-ups. In addition, the VCSU Relay for Life team, Xtreme Printing, and the women's basketball team will be selling "SHOOT for the CURE" t-shirts for $10 with all proceeds going to the fight against cancer and finding a cure. The t-shirts are not color specific to a certain cancer cause, but rather gray with cardinal as our VCSU Viking family does its part to raise awareness and money toward the fight.

T-shirts will be available February 1 and February 3 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm in the student center, in McCarthy Hall with Bev McAllister until Friday at noon, and Friday, February 4 at the games.

VCSU Faculty Recital February 11

VCSU Faculty Recital February 11
Valley City State University flute instructor, Peggy Hammerling, will present a recital on Friday, February 11, 2011, at 7:30 pm in Froemke Auditorium on the VCSU campus. Adult admission is $5.00, VCSU faculty, staff and students admitted with ID card.

Hammerling will perform Chilli Con Salsa by Mike Mower; Flute Suite, Op.34 by Charles-Marie Widor; Epitaphe de Jean Harlow, Op. 164 by Charles Koechlin; and Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio by Claude Bolling.

Hammerling, instructor of flute at Valley City State University and Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, teaches studio flute and coaches chamber music. She also has a private studio for flute and recorder in Fargo. She performs with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Lake Agassiz Concert Band, and the Silver Winds flute quartet. Early music and chamber music are of particular interest to her. She studied recorder with Eva Legene at Indiana University and now directs and plays in an early music ensemble at St. John Lutheran. Hammerling is active with the National Flute Association, Upper Midwest Flute Association, and American Recorder Society

Assisting Hammerling will be VCSU percussion instructor, Chris Mahan, VCSU student Kelsey Wilhelm, saxophone, and Fargo musician Doug Neill, bass. Hammerling will be accompanied by VCSU piano instructor Jaime Namminga.

Namminga holds the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (studying under Carol Flower) and the Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (where she studied with Dr. Allison Gagnon). She currently serves as a full-time instructor, faculty accompanist, and accompanying supervisor at Valley City State University.

Zinke and Phillips to Present Recital

Valley City State University music students Thomas Zinke, baritone, and Kirci Phillips, soprano, will perform in recital on Sunday, February 13, at 3:00 pm in Froemke Auditorium. Admission is free and the performance will be followed by a reception.

Zinke, a junior music education major from Rolla, is a member of VCSU's Concert Band, Concert Choir, University Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Ensemble, and football team. He holds membership in the National Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. Zinke has participated in the North Dakota Choral Director's Association Collegiate and Men's Honor Choirs and the North Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) vocal competition. He is currently studying voice under Dr. Leesa Levy at VCSU. His repertoire includes an aria from Le Nozze De Figaro by Mozart and a set of Lieder by Robert Schumann. Zinke will be accompanied on piano by VCSU Professor Jaime Namminga. He is the son of Valley City music teacher Sheila Zinke and Rolla physical education teacher Davy Zinke.

Phillips, also a junior music education major, is from Adrian. She has participated in the VCSU Concert Band, Concert Choir, University Singers, and Jazz Ensemble; and the North Dakota Choral Director's Association Collegiate Honor Choir, the North Dakota intercollegiate band, and NDNATS vocal competition. Phillips has also been active in the VCSU Student Senate, National Music Educators Association and the American Choral Director's Association. She is studying voice under Dr. Leesa Levy and will be accompanied by Elissa Berg, a senior music major from Grafton. Phillips will be performing a variety of selections including an aria from Le Nozze De Figaro, and two of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs which were originally composed by Barber for soprano, Leontyne Price. Phillips is the daughter of Philip Phillips, Stacie Kelsey, and Mary Phillips.

Please come and enjoy the variety of styles and languages of music that will be presented at this performance!

Valentine's Day Dinner and Concert February 14

Valentine\'s Day Dinner and Concert February 14
The Valley City Area Concert Association, together with VCSU's Sodexo Food Service, will offer a Valentine's dinner and concert February 14, 2011. Dinner will be in the Valley City State University Cafeteria and will be followed by a concert featuring renowned guitarist, Edgar Cruz, in Vangstad Auditorium.

Dinner choices of steak or chicken entree, roasted potatoes, vegetables, and salad/dessert bar will be offered. Dinner will be served 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm, with the concert at 7:30 pm. Tickets ($40.00 for two) must be purchased by February 9. Tickets are available at the Barnes County Museum in Valley City and through Hilde van Gijssel (845-0106-evening or 845-7337-daytime). VCACA members with season tickets may purchase dinner tickets separately ($20.00 for two).

Edgar Cruz has performed throughout America, Europe and South America, and has been a headliner at the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville (the largest gathering of great guitarists from around the world) since 1995. He was a winner of the Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS.

Cruz was raised in an atmosphere of Latin/Mariachi music and inspired by his father, Manuel. His next step was to play classical rock, and then he moved to a variety of styles including classical and pops music. Currently, he is often featured on ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS. Cruz holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from Oklahoma City University and has been named Oklahoma's Top Performing Artist for over ten years by the Oklahoma Gazette. In 2004, he released the instructional DVD Arranging for Solo Guitar which is now a best seller on the internet. In 2009, his Bohemian Rhapsody video received over 9 million hits on YouTube. Sixteen CDs and 2 DVDs are currently available.

Admission to the Cruz concert (without dinner) is through membership in the Valley City Area Concert Association. Season memberships may be purchased at the door of every concert: Adult-$30; Student-$12; Single-Parent Family-$40; Family-$65. For additional membership information, contact Diana Skroch at 845-1848/7273.

VCSU Choirs to Perform with NDSCS Choir

The North Dakota State College of Science Performing Arts Department will host the VCSU Concert Choir, the Valkyries, and the VCSU Singers for a combined concert with the NDSCS Concert Choir and Wildcat Singers. The concert will be held on February 17, 2011, at 7:30 pm in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center. Each of the ensembles will perform individually and the NDSCS Concert Choir and the VCSU Concert Choir will combine to perform three selections.

Michael Rockne, Director of NDSCS Choral Music said, "This is an opportunity for our schools to come together for an afternoon of singing. It allows the students to interact and express themselves artistically through choral music."

The concert is free and open to the public with a reception to follow in the lobby.

12th Man Bash February 19

The VCSU Vikings 12th Man Club has scheduled their annual 12th Man Bash for February 19, 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. The event is open to all Viking Football supporters and friends and will include fun, food, fraternizing, fundraising and frizes (prizes).

Those attending this event can travel to Mahnomen on their own with overnight guests qualifying for special room rates (ask for Valley City Football block of rooms) or join "The 12th Man Club Bus Package" for $100. The package includes bush ride with refreshments, hotel room, gaming coupons, $5 off dining certificate and a $10 casino return coupon.

For more information contact Josh Kasowski at or 701.490.0930.

CSA Names New Director

CSA Names New Director
The VCSU Community School of the Arts (CSA) welcomes Shari Larson as its new Director, replacing intern Director Alison Jenson. Larson comes to VCSU from Minot, where she was employed by the Minot Area Community Foundation as the Program Director.

Originally from the Marion area of North Dakota, Larson graduated from Valley City State University with a degree in Human Resources and minors in Psychology and Sociology.

Following graduation, Larson moved to Zeeland, North Dakota and worked as an Administrator at a public health unit. She and her husband Dan found their way to the Minot area due to Dan's job relocation. In June 2010, they moved to Valley City. They enjoy being back, close to family and friends. They have been married for eleven years and have a four-year-old son, Talon.

The VCSU Community School of the Arts was founded in 1994. Currently, the CSA provides art classes and music lessons on brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion, guitar, voice and piano for students of all ages and levels of ability. The CSA also administers a number of music ensembles unique to this area, including the Valley Voices Women's Choir, the Valley Children's Choir, the annual Chamber Music Festival, and the Valley City Civic Orchestra. CSA programs are open to members of Valley City and all surrounding communities and scholarships are available.

We welcome Shari Larson to the community, and look forward to the opportunity to continue the growth of the Community School in Valley City and the surrounding region. For more information about CSA or to sign up for any of our various programs, please contact Shari Larson at (701) 845-7267 or

Hagen Attends OMEA Conference

Hagen Attends OMEA Conference
Sara Hagen attended the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) and Technology Instruction in Music Education (TI:ME) conferences in Cincinnati, OH. She was the delegate representative to the North Central Division Board Meeting of the National Music Educators Conference (MENC) as President of North Dakota Music Educators Association (NDMEA).

The TI:ME pre-conference was filled with workshops exploring experiences for music in-services via distance, enhancing pedagogy and self-assessment with recording technology, middle and high school solutions for including theory and composition activities with technology, using iLife in the music classroom, and 21st century tools for the 21st century rehearsal. The musical opportunities with the iPhone and iPad, interactive whiteboards, live sound reinforcement, and keyboard labs in the general music classroom were also explored.

The OMEA is one of the largest state conferences in the nation, with 4-5 sessions every hour for three days on music-related topics from pedagogy to curriculum to materials and methods of instruction. The conference is primarily for K-12 teachers, but there were 136 events listed under music in higher education as well. Some of the topics discussed at the division-level board meeting included the decline in "volunteerism," how MEA's can diversify their offerings for more inclusion of new and returning members, and what skills need retooling to meet the needs of music education in the future. Hagen's term for office is 2010-2012.

Energy Conservation Tips: Carpooling

** Whenever it is possible, walk, bike, car pool, or use mass transit. Every gallon of gasoline you save avoids 22 lbs. of CO2 emissions. For example, when your car gets 25 mpg, and you reduce your driving by just 2,000 miles, you can save up to 1,800 lbs. of CO2.

** If you are looking at buying a new car, think about choosing one that gets good mileage. For example, if your new car gets 40 mpg and you drive 10,000 miles per year, you can reduce your annual CO2 emissions by 3,300 lbs.

For more facts and information, visit ECOMALL.

Safety Tips: Ergonomics- Good Working Position

Safety Tips:  Ergonomics- Good Working Position
In order to find the ideal setup for your computer workstation, it is important to understand the body's "natural position." The body is in its natural position when all the joints are aligned; this will eliminate stress on your muscles, tendons, etc. Below are the steps to take to achieve a natural position:

Hands, wrists, and forearms are straight (parallel with the floor).
Head is level, or bent slightly forward, forward facing, and balanced.
Shoulders are relaxed and upper arms hang normally at the side of the body.
Elbows stay in close to the body and are bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
Feet are fully supported by the floor. A footrest may be used if the desk height is not adjustable.
Back is fully supported with appropriate lumbar support when sitting vertical or leaning back slightly.
Thighs and hips are supported by a well-padded seat (parallel to floor).
Knees are about the same height as the hips with the feet slightly forward.

Regardless of how good your working posture is, working in the same posture or sitting still for prolonged periods is not healthy. Change your position periodically throughout the day doing the following:

Make small adjustments to your chair or backrest.
Stretch your fingers, hands, arms, and torso.
Stand up and walk around for a few minutes.

(Facts and Information taken from: )

Teaching Tip of the Week

Are students reading the textbook? Try journals.

Are your students reading their textbook? Did they even purchase it? Students complain that faculty do not cover the material in the text. Yet when faculty do cover the text , students complain that they don't need to buy the text BECAUSE faculty regurgitate the texts in their lectures.
What's a faculty member to do?

Make reading the text worthwhile for the student. How?

Have the students write journals about the text by taking the assigned chapter, finding two issues that interested, surprised, angered, or enticed them. They should then, in 400-500 words, define the issues, then discuss how they have seen these issues play out in their lives, others' lives, or situations they have seen or read about in the media.

Students are then (a) reading the text book , (b) reflecting on the material and (c) applying it to their lives or to situations outside of the classroom. Even if you lecture outside of the book, students are still getting the important information found in your texts.

Viking Athletic Update – Engelhard Qualifies for Nationals

Viking Athletic Update – Engelhard Qualifies for Nationals
The Viking basketball teams traveled to Minot this weekend. The women were defeated by the Beavers, 67-54, which puts them in a tie for third place in the DAC. The men were also defeated by a score of 65-52.

Viking Track & Field traveled to Concordia College on Saturday for their first outdoor track meet. Wayne Engelhard qualified for the indoor national tournament to be held in Geneva, OH. Engelhard ran his 800 meters in a qualifying time of 1:56.51.

Upcoming home events – W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Friday, February 4 the Viking Women's and Men's basketball teams will host South Dakota School of Mines @ 5:30 & 7:30 (Shoot for the Cure for Cancer night)

Saturday, February 5 the Viking Women's and Men's basketball teams will host Black Hills State @ 4:00 & 6:00 (The night is sponsored by the Wagon Wheel Inn – free t-shirt giveaway)

Come out this weekend and support the Vikings!

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, January 31
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Strong People & Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile, St. Catherine Gym

Tuesday, February 1

Black History Month
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile & Hand Weights, St. Catherine Gym

Wednesday, February 2

9:00 am ON THE MOVE activity, Strong People & Walk Away the Pounds 1 Mile, Hi-Liner Activity Center
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

Thursday, February 3

Chinese New Year
10:00 am ON THE MOVE activity, Strong Women, Healthy Hearts, Farm Credit Services
5:30 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Intro to Kick Boxing, Holistic Touch Studio

Friday, February 4

12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Open Door Center
5:30 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs SD School of Mines, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs SD School of Mines, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:45 pm VC High School Girls Basketball vs Grand Forks Central, Hi-Liner Activity Center

Saturday, February 5

9:00-11:00 am District 24 Legislative Forum, Enderlin
1:00 pm Viking Track & Field @ Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
4:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Black Hills State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
6:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball vs Black Hills State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, February 6