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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Artificial Turf at VCSU
Brown Bag Seminar: Sandbagging (aka Service Learning???)!!!
"Fix the Tax" Town Hall Meeting
Three VCSU Students Studying Abroad
Walsh Presents During Women's Week
Professor & Students Attend NDCTWS
VCSU Winners at DECA Competition
Much Ado Bids Adieu
VCSU Seeking Community Olympic Team Members
Teaching Tip of the Week: Conferences
Viking Athletic Update
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City
February & March Birthdays

Artificial Turf at VCSU

Artificial Turf at VCSU
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of February 21.

As you may know, Valley City State University has been engaging in a fundraising effort to install artificial turf at VCSU's football stadium. Athletics has played an important role at VCSU since the earliest days of the University. During that time, the football program has been one of the most successful and storied programs on campus. About a year ago, we determined the current natural grass field required major improvements including a new base, a new crown for proper drainage, and new grass. The cost of these deferred maintenance improvements were estimated to be upwards of $180,000.

Rather than putting these funds towards simply maintaining the existing grass field, we explored the advantages of investing in artificial turf instead. Artificial turf requires no seeding, fertilizing, watering, mowing, or painting, which reduces long-term maintenance costs. Many universities have already installed turf, and some football recruits are coming to VCSU having played their high school football on turf. Artificial turf can respond to weather conditions such as heavy rain better than natural grass. There are studies indicating turf is safer for student-athletes and prevents injuries more effectively than natural grass. Additional programs such as baseball, soccer, softball, and intramural athletic programs can use artificial turf without damaging the field. Therefore, more activity benefiting more students can occur on artificial turf compared to a grass surface.

Unfortunately, there was an article in a recent issue of the Times-Record that took some information regarding this project out of context. The front-page article ('Paying for Every Yard') in the Monday, February 14, 2011 T-R referred to the amount of funding for the project that will be funded through 'private' resources. The document in which the reporter took his information was from the Agenda Item of the November 4, 2010 North Dakota State Board of Higher Education meeting. Per NDSBHE policy, when requesting approval from the Board to proceed with a project such as this, VCSU is required to disclose the amount of funding and sources that will be used for the project. It was disclosed to the NDSBHE (and the Board unanimously approved) that $180,000 would come from University resources, and the remainder would come from private sources (i.e. those sources external to VCSU).

State Board approval requires disclosure of University funding vs. external/private funds from a source other than VCSU's deferred maintenance account. Therefore, ANY outside funding that is pledged and committed toward the project (be it from corporate sponsors, individual donors, local economic development funding, local food & beverage funding, etc) is considered 'private' in the eyes of the NDSBHE for this approval process. The article surmised that a certain percentage of funds were to be raised from 'tax-supported' sources and a certain percentage of funds would be raised from 'non-tax' sources. That is simply inaccurate. No such commitment was ever made. The only commitment was that $180,000 of the project would be supported by VCSU deferred maintenance and the remainder would come from sources external to the University. The suggestion of anything different in the article is simply inaccurate and NOT reflective of what the University stated nor what the NDSBHE approved.

We continue working with engineers in the design of the turf project. VCSU is excited about the long-term benefits this investment will have for our student-athletes as well as students from throughout the region. We are grateful to the City of Valley City and the VCBC Development Corporation along with the many individual and corporate supporters who have pledged their financial support for this project, and look forward to recognizing these donors in the near future. This project will result in a true asset for the entire region, and as we think collectively about improving our 'community of place,' this effort will no doubt create a positive lasting benefit.

Brown Bag Seminar: Sandbagging (aka Service Learning???)!!!

Join us this week as we explore service learning. We will learn the difference between community service and service learning. We will also discover how your colleagues are implementing service learning in their classes (and how you can, too!) and hope you will inform us on ways you may be using service learning. Finally, we will explore ways that you can transform service (such as sandbagging) into service learning activities.

When: Wednesday, February 23, Noon-12:50 pm
Where: Student Center, Norway and Presidents Rooms

For just $5, you can have a boxed lunch of a sandwich, pasta or vegetables, chips, fruit, and soda or water. RSVP to Shannon VanHorn by 8:00 am Wednesday.

"Fix the Tax" Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to attend former Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Edward T. Schafer "Fix the Tax" town hall meeting Wednesday, February 23 at 5:00 pm in the Skoal Room of Valley City State University Student Center.

Schafer will discuss long term prosperity for North Dakota, reduction in spending, and changes in North Dakota's oil tax. Town hall meetings are scheduled in Williston, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, and Valley City.

Please RSVP at 845-1891 or if you plan to attend.

Three VCSU Students Studying Abroad

Three VCSU Students Studying Abroad
"We are really excited to meet you" were the first words VCSU students exchanged with their Peruvian host families during their first pre-departure meeting on Friday, February 4. Oluwatoyin Oladosu, Nick Faure, and Kathrin Oakes will be leaving for Peru on May 24 and return on July 5. The trip is the result of a study abroad articulation agreement between Valley City State University and Minot State University (MSU).

The trip will be lead by instructor Kemerly Moorhouse, MSU Spanish instructor, and Peruvian native. Her expertise in the country will provide students more opportunities to explore in more depth the country's culture and people. Their travel agenda includes attending language classes, weekend excursions and other activities while living with a host family.

Pictured is (l to r) are Nick Faure, Oluwatoyin Oladosu, Kathrin Oakes, and VCSU Spanish instructor, Dina Petherbridge.

Walsh Presents During Women's Week

Walsh Presents During Women\'s Week
Rob Walsh, VCSU Instructor, in collaboration with his doctoral advisor, Dr. Kathy Enger, NDSU School of Education, will present at NDSU's Women's Week: "Going Global" Conference.

March 7-11, 2011 marks the 29th annual Women's Week event. The campus tradition is coordinated through the Departments of Women and Gender Studies and Communication. Walsh and Enger's presentation is titled "From Theory to Praxis: Freirean Insights into the Preoccupation with Childbearing Health in WWII Female Concentration Camp Victims."

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 8 at 2:00 pm in the NDSU's Memorial Union Hidatsa Room.

Professor & Students Attend NDCTWS

Professor & Students Attend NDCTWS
Bob Anderson (pictured at right) and eight Fisheries and Wildlife Science students attended the North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (NDCTWS) Conference in Mandan, ND February 9-11. The NDCTWS provides a forum for discussion of ecological issues among natural resource professionals, to enable its membership to pursue conservation of natural resources, and to inform the public on ecologically wise uses of natural resources in support of a conservation ethic. The NDCTWS is specifically concerned with approaches to effective management of North Dakota's plant and animal communities.

Students participated in all aspects of the conference and also participated in the Student/Professional Luncheon and the Student Career Fair. Kyle McLean was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Wildlife Student Award and scholarship at the conference. Bob Anderson serves on the NDCTWS Executive Board.

Pictured back row, l to r: Bob Anderson, Luke Vaneps, John Lindstrom, Mike Fettes, Levi Bischoff; front row l to r: Kyle McLean, Dustin Krueger, Shelby Hewson, and Candace Kraft.

VCSU Winners at DECA Competition

VCSU Winners at DECA Competition
The VCSU Collegiate DECA Chapter participated in the North Dakota Collegiate State Conference in Fargo, North Dakota, February 13 and 14. The top three places in each event at the state level move on to compete at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, April 13 to 15. Placing for VCSU and moving on to the international conference are (l-r): Richard Wright, Sabrina Heywood, and Jermaine Marcellus.

Richard, a sophomore in Business Education from Starkweather, ND, took first in the Finance Business Simulation. Jermaine, a senior in Business Administration from Miami, Florida, teamed up with Richard to take first place in Business Ethics Case Study. Sabrina, a senior in Business Administration from Rouleau, Saskatchewan, took second place in Human Resource Management Case Study and third in Retail Management Business Simulation. These students also placed 2nd in the "DECA Feud," a team event that is similar to "Family Feud" game show.

DECA is a business organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. While at the conference VCSU students learned about the importance of networking for success and leadership. The students competed in simulations, role playing, and case studies

Much Ado Bids Adieu

VCSU Theatre's production of Much Ado about Nothing successfully opened and closed over the weekend. Audiences included high school students who attended the matinee rehearsal last week and a group of 16 Theatre students from Minot State University.

VCSU Seeking Community Olympic Team Members

VCSU is forming a team to be part of the Community Olympics and Chili Cook-Off being held Monday, February 28 at the Winter Show Event Center. The evening begins with the Chili Cook-Off at 5:00 pm and Community Olympics follows at 6:30 pm.

Chili Cook-Off is captained by student, Mike York. VCSU's theme for the event is "Say Aloha to Flavor" with a Hawaiian themed chili.

Come to a Meeting on Thursday February 24, at 10:30 am in Vangstad 117 to learn how you can participate.

Teaching Tip of the Week: Conferences

Do you know how your students are doing? How do you know? By their grades? After a test, schedule conferences with your students. Meet with them one-on-one to go over the test. Give them the test and let them ask questions. Discuss their progress in class and how they are doing on upcoming projects. Give them advice as to how to succeed in the class. You will get to know and understand your students better and they will get to know you and feel more at ease in seeking your help. These conferences do not need to be long. Ten minutes should suffice.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
The #23 (national ranking) Women's basketball team shored up home court advantage in the playoffs with wins over Dakota State University on Friday with a score of 76-67 and Mayville State University on Saturday 68-45. They finished second in the DAC Conference and posted a record of 20-8 on the year.

The Viking Men split over the weekend losing a hard fought contest to Dakota State University by a score of 62-52 but downed Mayville State University 63-58 on Saturday. The men come into the DAC play offs as the #7 seed.

The track team competed in the DAC Conference tournament this past weekend and came away with several All Conference performances. On the women's side Amber Volanti earned All Conference honors in the shot and the 4x200 relay team of (Beth Jochim, Ashley Kassenborg, Amy Field & Summer Romine) earned All Conference honors. On the men's side, Wayne Engelhard earned All Conference in the 800 meter run as did Kimontae Thomas in the triple jump and Derek Elliot in the 200 meter run. The 4x200 relay team (Lanning Hansen, Jordan Backstrom, Jordan Aus & Philip Reuer) also received All Conference honors.

Post Season Play

The Viking women will host Mayville State University this Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 pm – come out and support the #23 Lady Vikings!

The Viking men's basketball team will travel to take on South Dakota School of Mines on Wednesday, February 23 – game time is 7:00 pm

Wayne Engelhard will represent VCSU at the indoor track and field Nationals held in Geneva, OH on March 3.

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, February 21

President's Day Holiday – No Classes / Office Closed

Tuesday, February 22

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

Wednesday, February 23

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
7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Mayville State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball @ South Dakota School of Mines

Thursday, February 24

5:30 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Zumba Gold, Studio 29 (above Thrift Store)

Friday, February 25

12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Open Door Center

Saturday, February 26

NFMC Festival, Foss Music Hall

Sunday, February 27

3:00 pm Valley Children's Concert, Froemke Auditorium

February and March Birthdays

February and March Birthdays

26 Ruby Deminck


2 Rhonda Fairfield
3 Nathan Hunt
7 Everett Walker
7 Joelle Manlove
8 Dennis McCulloch
12 Larry Grooters
13 Gilbert Kuipers
15 Doug Hamilton
15 Ryan Bomstad
18 Jerzy Bilski
18 Loren Lemer
18 Jody Klier
20 Joseph Munowenyu
25 Paula Larson
26 Leslie Kalmbach
31 Kay Kringlie