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Brown Bag Seminar: Communicating as a Group from Afar
Have You Ordered Your Daffodils?
Kuipers Named "Fan of the Year"
Owen Presents and NDCEC
ETF to Meet February 24
Teaching Tip of the Week: Civility Rules!
Building a Better VCSU!
Energy Conservation Tips and Facts
Viking Athletic Update
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City
January Birthdays

Brown Bag Seminar: Communicating as a Group from Afar

Group work, meetings, and conferences ARE possible in online courses. They are also possible when faculty are scattered across the country! Join us to discover what tools are available for you to meet virtually with one or more students or with colleagues and departments.

When: Wednesday, February 16, Noon-12:50
Where: Norway and Presidents Room of the Student Center

Enjoy a boxed lunch and beverage for just $5! RSVP Shannon VanHorn by 8:00 am Wednesday.

Have You Ordered Your Daffodils?

Have You Ordered Your Daffodils?
American Cancer Society Daffodil order sheets are being circulated around campus. Watch for a "Daffodil Days Folder" in your work area and place your order by Wednesday, February 16. Daffodils will be delivered to you on March 22.

Kuipers Named "Fan of the Year"

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Dr. Gilbert Kuipers, Associate Professor in VCSU's Department of Science, was named the 2010-11 recipient of the "Fan of the Year" award by the VCSU Century Club. Kuipers was presented with the award during halftime of the Viking basketball game against Jamestown on Wednesday, February 9. Kuipers has been a member of the VCSU family for 30 years. When he is not in the classroom you can always find him at game time cheering and supporting student athletes, playing in the pep band, helping put chairs away or sweeping after a volleyball game. He not only supports the teams by cheering but also supports all fundraisers that the teams are doing. He has bought t-shirts from all that ask him. He is also a supporter of booster bingo, buying several bingo tickets at every game and shares them with the student body of VCSU at the games.

Pictured are ( l-r) Ron Moser, president of the VCSU Century Club, Gilbert Kuipers (Fan of the Year), and Jack Denholm, athletic director at VCSU.

Owen Presents and NDCEC

Owen Presents and NDCEC
Jackie Owen, Instructor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies, presented at the Annual Conference for the North Dakota Council for Exceptional Children in Grand Forks on February 5.

In her presentation, entitled "Increasing Thinking and Learning for All: Using Icons for Depth and Complexity (for gifted students) as Advance Organizers and Support for Students with Learning Problems," Owen introduced 11 Icons for Depth and Complexity (Kaplan, 1995) which are visual representations used with gifted students to increase thinking by adding depth and complexity to standard curriculum and how they can be used as graphic organizers and student-created anchor posters to help students with learning problems organize and remember information.

Participants at the conference included special education teachers, and speech and language pathologists from North Dakota and Minnesota.

ETF to Meet February 24

The Environment Task Force, a VCSU campus group organized to research, establish, and promote environmentally friendly attitude for VCSU campus through education, increasing awareness and providing opportunity will hold a meeting on February 24, 2011, at 2:00 pm in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Student Center.

Anyone interested in joining this task force is encouraged to attend the meeting. If you are not able to attend but are interested in this group's purpose, contact Rhonda Fairfield at or 845-7102.

You can also join the group online through the VCSU Portal. To self-enroll, enter the VCSU Portal, click on "Manage Organizations" under the Tools section in Blackboard (upper left side under "My VCSU"), and select the Environmental Task Force from the list of organizations.

Teaching Tip of the Week: Civility Rules!

Are students in your classes spending more time participating in Facebook rather than taking notes in your class? Is texting taxing your students' attention? Are private jokes in a corner of the room distracting? Do the same students wander into class four, seven, or ten minutes late?

These behaviors can be frustrating to you, the teacher. You could come up with a list of policies to address these issues and others in your class. OR you can engage your class in helping set the rules of civility for your class.

Chances are that students have been bothered by cell phones in other settings. They may have had issues with people texting them in class or noticed people not paying attention to them during presentations. Open up the channels of communication by asking them about these behaviors. Engage them in deciding what is appropriate and not appropriate behavior.

Have the class create a contract on appropriate behavior and have them sign it. Students are more likely to follow rules they have set for themselves. Provide a copy of the rules in the Announcements of the Blackboard and post them. Students self-regulate and will remind their classmates of these rules.

Building a Better VCSU!

VCSU Facilities Services offers the following project updates:

Snoeyenbos Renovation:
* 4th floor-electrical work is complete and the sheet rock is in place, waiting on fan coil units to be installed before painting can begin.
* 3rd floor-all of the walls have been framed and sheet rock is being put up.
* The electrical work is close to being finished.
* 2nd floor-the walls are laid out and electrical work will begin as soon as 3rd floor has been finished.
* 1st floor-the main sewer lines are complete

McFarland 4th Floor remodel:
* Classroom 427 is complete!

Student Center:
* Skoal Room: new carpeting, fresh pint and new trim work.

Check out the new pictures!!

Energy Conservation Tips and Facts

What Happens To Recycled Items??
* Metal: Reinforcement beams for cars, more takes old steel to make new steel so keep that in mind!!
* Office Paper: Goes to a Tissue Mill to make toilet tissue & napkins.
* Newspaper: Used to make egg cartons
* Aluminum Beverage Cans: Aluminum is THE MOST RECYCLABLE ITEM...can be recycled 11 times to make more Aluminum Beverage cans. Did you know that $51 BILLION in Aluminum cans are thrown away every year!?!?
* Corrugated Cardboard: Makes more Boxes, Boxboard
* Plastics #1: Goes to a company by the name of Mohawk Industry to make carpeting.
* Plastics #2: Containers, Benches, Fencing & Decking are all made from this Plastic.
* Magazines: Magazines and a blend of old Newsprint creates New Newsprint.
* Glass: Depending on the company Glass is taken to, it is used for making new glass bottles or used in Glassblasting & Landscaping.
* Plastic Grocery Bags/Shrink Wrap: For use in Lumber

Facts and Information taken for Valley City's own "Valley Recycling" webpage.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
The Women's and Men's basketball teams swept Jamestown College last Wednesday by scores of 80-59 and 64-62. There was a great crowd on hand, which definitely played a huge role in supporting our team's success; this was a great way to have our senior athletes finish up their regular season home career. With this win, the women improved to 18-8 which moved them into sole possession of second place in the conference.

The Viking track team traveled to Northern State University and had a success day. Season best for the Vikings came in the shot put and long jump. Amber Volanti had a toss of 34 feet inch and Alex Gebhard had a throw of 37 feet 8 inches. In the long jump Beth Jochim leaped 16 feet 8 inches and Jordan Aus had a jump of 19 feet 1 inches.

Upcoming Events

The Women's and Men's basketball teams travel to Dakota State University for play on Friday evening, and to Mayville State University on Saturday afternoon to wrap up regular season play.

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, February 14

Mawlid al-Nabi begins at sundown
Valentine's Day
VCSU Quilters Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (February 14 – March 18)
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Strong People & Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile, St. Catherine Gym
7:30 pm VCACA presents Edgar Cruz, Guitar, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, February 15

5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile & Hand Weights, St. Catherine Gym
5:30 pm VCSU Tuesday, at The Lodge, Bismarck, ND

Wednesday, February 16

Deadline to get Daffodil ordered on VCSU campus
12:00 pm Brown Bag Seminar: Communicating as a Group from Afar, Norway/Presidents Room
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 17

5:30 pm Intro to Kick Boxing @ Holistic Touch Studio
7:00 pm Intro to Fitness Center Equipment, VC Parks & Rec Building
7:00 pm BC Historical Society Lecture, Don Hoff presents "The Wild Horses and Wild Cats of Mongolia"
7:30 pm VCSU Theatre Presents "Much Ado About Nothing"
7:00 pm VCSU Concert Choir, the Valkyries, and the VCSU Singers perform with NDSCS performs, Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center at NDSCS Campus

Friday, February 18

12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Open Door Center
Track and Field Indoor DAC Championship (February 18-19), Spearfish, SD
5:30 pm Viking Women's Basketball @ Dakota State University, Madison, SD
7:30 pm Viking Men's Basketball @ Dakota State University, Madison, SD
7:30 pm VCSU Theatre Presents "Much Ado About Nothing"

Saturday, February 19

9:00-11:00 am Legislative Forum, Wimbledon Café
1:00 pm Planetarium Show "Navigating with Lewis & Clark," VCSU Campus
2:00 pm & 7:30 pm VCSU Theatre Presents "Much Ado About Nothing"
4:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball @ Mayville State University, Mayville, ND
6:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball @ Mayville State University, Mayville, ND
7:00-10:00 pm 12th Man Bash, Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, MN (contact Josh Kasowski for details at 701.490.0930)

Sunday, February 20