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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

This Week's Brown Bag: Cool New Online Library Tools!
Paurus Earns PHR Certification
Teaching Tip of the Week: Blogging
Viking Athletic Update
Tips: Driving and Car Maintenance
Workplace Safety: Humorous Slogans
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City
March Birthdays

This Week's Brown Bag: Cool New Online Library Tools!

Whether you teach face-to-face or online, you won't want to miss this week's presentation on cool new online library tools! Donna James and Patricia Fisher will discuss and demonstrate LibGuides, EasyBib, and Overdrive and show how we can integrate these tools into our courses.

When: Wednesday, March 2, 12:00-12:50 pm
Where: Library 2nd floor classroom (NOTE THE CHANGE OF THE ROOM!!!)

Boxed lunches and a beverage will be available for just $5. Please RSVP to Shannon VanHorn by 8:00 am Wednesday.

Paurus Earns PHR Certification

Paurus Earns PHR Certification
Jamie Paurus recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Paurus possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the field.

"Certification as a human resource professional clearly demonstrates a commitment to personal excellence and to the human resource profession," said Mary Power, CAE, Executive Director of the HR Certification Institute.

To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience.

The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession. The Institute's purpose is to promote the establishment of professional standards and to recognize professionals who meet those standards.

Teaching Tip of the Week: Blogging

Want a way to assess if the students are reading the material? Interested in having students apply what they are learning to their lives? Want to know if students can make connections to real-world happenings and the material you are covering?

Try blogs!

Blogs are used in many ways in the college classroom. Blackboard has the capability to use blogs IN the learning management system. You may also want to consider an outside source, such as Blogger or Wordpress. Check out YouTube for instructions on how to set up a blog and send your students to YouTube to learn how to create their own blogs.

Blogs can be private, where only those who subscribe can see them, or they can be public for the world. In this world of social networking, students find it cool to have people from the public sphere comment on their thoughts.

Make the blogs manageable in size, and make it a practice to comment on three entries per week. Create a rubric for the blogs, and you will find grading will be much easier.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
DAC Basketball Tournament Results

- The Viking Men traveled to South Dakota to take on the Miners in the first round of the DAC Championships. They were defeated by a score of 63-48.

- The #21 Viking Women opened the DAC tournament with a victory over Mayville State University by a score of 67-64. In semi final round action, behind a huge crowd, the Lady Vikings defeated Minot State University 71-66 to reach the finals of the DAC Championship.


- Valley City Viking Women will host Jamestown on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm . Let's "BUST THE BUBBLE" (wear your white VCSU apparel) – Help cheer on the Lady Vikings to Victory in the DAC Conference Championships.

Tips: Driving and Car Maintenance

Transportation accounts for 67% of U.S. oil use. Here are tips for improving gas mileage with your vehicle:

Driving Tips

** Idling gets you 0 miles per gallon. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.

**Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower your highway gas mileage 33% and city mileage 5%.

**Avoid high speeds. Above 60 mph, gas mileage drops rapidly.

**Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks. A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to buy a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5% or more.

Car Maintenance Tips

**Use the grade of motor oil recommended by your car's manufacturer. Using different motor oil can lower your gasoline mileage by 1% to 2%.

**Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline mileage by around 3.3%.

**Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks to avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or transmission problems.

**Replace clogged air filters to improve gas mileage by as much as 10% and protect your engine.

Long-Term Savings Tip

**Consider buying a highly fuel-efficient vehicle. A fuel- efficient vehicle, a hybrid vehicle, or an alternative fuel vehicle could save you a lot at the gas pump and help the environment.

Facts and Information taken from U.S Department of Energy Click for more Energy Saving Tips and Ideas

Workplace Safety: Humorous Slogans

Although safety is never a laughing matter, adding humor can make it more fun and enjoyable.

* Safety: Did it, done it, doing it tomorrow

*Those who work the safest way- live to see another day

* Protect your hands, you need them to pick up your pay check

*A spill, a slip, a hospital trip

*Safety - A small investment for a rich future

* Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy

* Let's all keep our heads, and other body parts, together

* Safety glasses: All in favor say "Eye!"

* Safety isn't a hobby, it's a living.

* While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work

* Safety is as simple as ABC: Always Be Careful

* Safety is a full time job; don't make it a part time practice

* The door to Safety swings on the hinges of common sense

* Safety isn't expensive it's priceless.

I hope this added a little smile to your day (Facts and Information taken from: Workplace Safety Tips)

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, February 28

North Dakota Winter Show Chili Cook-off and Community Olympics

Tuesday, March 1

North Dakota Winter Show Begins, CLICK HERE for schedule of events
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile & Hand Weights, St. Catherine Gym
7:00 pm Viking Women vs Jamestown College - DAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse)

Wednesday, March 2

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, March 3

Track & Field Indoor NAIA Championship, Geneva, Ohio (March 3-5)

Friday, March 4

12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Open Door Center
7:30 pm James Adams & Chris Mahan Performance, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, March 5

Viking Softball @ St. Cloud, MN
Viking Baseball @ Fremont, NE
7:30 pm VCSU Community School Chamber Festival, Froemke Auditorium

Sunday, March 6

Viking Softball @ St. Cloud, MN
Viking Baseball @ Fremont, NE