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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU-UABCS Partnership
BCHS Lecture Scheduled March 17
Free VCSU Planetarium Show Scheduled
Pianist/Composer Kraemer to Perform at VCSU
Fornes Attends NDSTA Conference
Viking Tennis Club Competes in February
Chao and Chinese Students Presents at High School
Building a Better VCSU!
Energy Conservation Tip of the Week
Interesting Health & Safety Facts
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City
March Birthdays

VCSU-UABCS Partnership

VCSU-UABCS Partnership
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article appeared in the Valley City Times Record the week of March 7.

Last month, I had the privilege of traveling to La Paz, Mexico and visiting Valley City State University's partner institution, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS). Also making the journey were two VCSU faculty from our Communication Arts and Social Sciences division, Dr. Julee Russell and Dina Zavala Petherbridge.

VCSU and UABCS have partnered on various initiatives for more than a decade going back to the 1990s. During that time, numerous students, faculty, and staff from both institutions have traveled to each other's campus taking advantage of the educational benefits afforded through this partnership. UABCS is a university of nearly 5,000 students with a diverse breadth of academic offerings including economics, computing, history, tourism, and the sciences – with particular expertise in areas such as marine biology, agriculture, and languages.

The purpose of our travel was to conduct a formal signing ceremony of the partnership agreement. Our renewed partnership with UABCS is focused on increasing faculty and student exchange in interdisciplinary areas, as well as to expand student-teaching practice experiences, and promoting research and cultural exchanges within those areas in which there is common interest.

Additionally, as this was my first visit to the UABCS campus, the trip provided an opportunity to meet a number of the key individuals in La Paz who help in making the partnership a reality. We also met with a group of prospective students and their families who are interested in potentially attending VCSU at some point in the future. I also delivered a presentation to the UABCS campus about VCSU and the academic programs and opportunities available here.

Another unique experience while in La Paz was meeting several VCSU alumni who have participated in the partnership over the past decade and attended VCSU. We currently have one student enrolled at VCSU through this relationship and he will graduate with a Computer Information Systems degree in May.

While this relationship can be potentially beneficial to any VCSU student, the connection we have with UABCS is especially important for VCSU students majoring in either Spanish or Spanish Education. In fact, we currently have a program in place where a VCSU Spanish class interacts with an English class at UABCS via the internet utilizing Skype technology. It allows native speakers of two different languages to interact with one another and form relationships, while also working on their language skills in real-time.

Later this spring semester, VCSU is planning to host several professors from the UABCS campus who will spend time here interacting with our faculty and students. Our guests will also explore the Valley City community and surrounding region during their visit.

Partnerships such as this are important as we work to provide meaningful opportunities and educational experiences for the students, faculty, and staff of VCSU. VCSU's five-year strategic plan, VCSU 2015, has explicit goals focused on increasing international study and multicultural activities. This renewed agreement with UABCS aligns perfectly with those strategic goals, and we look ahead to further expanding additional such opportunities that ultimately enhance the overall academic environment at VCSU.

BCHS Lecture Scheduled March 17

The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 13 presents "The City Park Foot Bridge: Restoration and Reconstruction" on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 7:00 pm.

Shawn Mayfield, engineer with Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, will present the history of the City Park (or Elks) Walk Bridge, discussing the three phases of the project. The environmental phase includes conceptual information and public and agency involvement. The next phase is the designing new structure components. Finally, the construction phase is the removal, repairing, and replacing of the structure. Shawn will also speak on a historic bridge KJL renovated last year in Traill County. It's the oldest highway bridge in the state (1885).

Shawn Mayfield is a native of Frazee, MN and has lived in Valley City for 9 years. He graduated from NDSU in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He and his wife Stephanie and daughter Taylor live just south of Valley City.

All Lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with Valley City State University. They are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

Free VCSU Planetarium Show Scheduled

In honor of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox on March 20, the VCSU Planetarium is offering its free monthly planetarium show "It's About Time," 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 19.

Do you know what time it is? Are you sure? How do we know? This 40 minute program takes a lighthearted look at the various ways time has been calculated since early people first began observing the movement of the sun, moon and constellations.

The VCSU Planetarium is located in Room 310 of the Rhoades Science Center. Elevator service is available. Free will donations will be accepted.

For more information contact Alice Beauchman 845-7452 or Wes Anderson 845-0966.

Pianist/Composer Kraemer to Perform at VCSU

Pianist/Composer Kraemer to Perform at VCSU
John Kraemer, pianist and composer from the Willmar, Minnesota area, will present a concert at Valley City State University on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 pm in Froemke Auditorium of the Foss Music Hall. The concert is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Kraemer has studied the piano since age 7 and has written solo and ensemble music since age 15. He released his first album in late October featuring 11 original piano solo compositions.

Kraemer is currently studying composition under Professor J. David Moore at Valley City State University. In addition, Kraemer attends an orchestra composition class in Minneapolis, MN, where he is composing a symphony for this spring term. His Minneapolis teachers include Randall Davidson and Jocelyn Hagen (composer and native of Valley City).

Fornes Attends NDSTA Conference

Fornes Attends NDSTA Conference
Lana Fornes, Curriculum Developer, Great Plains STEM Education Center, attended the North Dakota Science Teachers Association Spring Conference February 25 and 26. Featured keynote speakers included Dr. Kristi Jean from the Center for Nanoscience Technology Training, NDSCS, Fargo; Jan Morrison, Executive Director of TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM); and Dr. Patricia Simmons, President-Elect, National Science Teachers Association. They spoke on a variety of topics, while stressing the importance of transdisciplinary/ interdisciplinary STEM Education in the K-12 classroom.

There were 64 breakout sessions providing hands-on training with and information regarding available curricula, tested teaching methods, and other professional development opportunities for K-12 science teachers and others providing STEM Education. These sessions were presented by experienced K-12 classroom teachers, university faculty, representatives from national organizations and national trainers/consultants. The exposure to content and pedagogy was beneficial for both pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as curriculum developers and coordinators. Some of the state's higher education institutions had also sponsored the attendance of some of their pre-service teacher education students. The members of NDSTA are very interested in seeing increased pre-service attendance in the future – not only to provide additional opportunities to expose students to content and pedagogy, but also to provide opportunities for students to make contact with more people already in the classroom and to provide opportunities for mentoring.

During lunch of the first day of the conference, the session was devoted to exposing attendees to all of the possible robotics opportunities available and in development for K-12 students in North Dakota. On hand were multiple competitive robotics teams from across the state to demonstrate their work in robotics, participate in an exhibition robotics scrimmage, and to be available to answer questions from conference attendees.

Future NDSTA conferences will provide great opportunities for VCSU education students to engage with content, pedagogy, and experienced classroom teachers. It will also provide an excellent opportunity for VCSU faculty to share with others their experience with what works in hands-on science and STEM Education.

Viking Tennis Club Competes in February

Viking Tennis Club Competes in February
The VCSU Viking Tennis Club traveled to Lakeville, MN, February 25-26, 2011, to compete in the USTA Tennis-On-Campus (TOC) Sectional Tournament. The Viking Tennis Club entered the tournament seeded 6th out of 14 teams after competing in the USTA TOC Fall-Series Tournaments including their own home tournament this past September. Saturday's pool play started rough with a close loss to UW Stout after sending it to overtime play and winning that, only to lose in the super tie breaker and the overall match by 1 game. The Vikings then picked things up with a great win over NDSU 23-19 in their 2nd pool match only to face a tough U of M Gopher team in their last match of the day going down 2-30. After pool play, the Vikings went into bracket play Sunday as the #1 seed for the Bronze division and lived up to that top seed by beating UW Stout in the first round and then winning a close match to the University of South Dakota 24-14.

It was a team effort all weekend with everyone playing great tennis, however we were carried by the play of our women, Katie Paulson (Team Captain) and Eryn Lutjens. Paulson went 4-1 in women's singles and 4-1 in women's doubles with teammate Eryn Lutjens. Lutjens also teamed with Patrick Rogers to go 4-1 in mixed doubles and pull off some high pressure matches.

The Viking Tennis Club now looks towards outdoor spring tournaments and practice with preparations for 2011/2012 USTA Tennis-On-Campus events.

Pictured are (Back L to R) Isaac Olson, Jeremy Luttio, Patrick Rogers (Front L to R) Katie Paulson, Eryn Lutjens, Kayla Geske.

Chao and Chinese Students Presents at High School

Chao and Chinese Students Presents at High School
VCSU Assistant Professor Shou Ching Chao was invited to speak at Kensal Public School March 10. Chao gave a presentation on his homeland of China: Its History, Land, and People, followed by a discussion period.

Traveling with Dr. Chao were five VCSU international students from China: BIAN Han-tao, WU Di, YANG Jing, ZHANG Shu-yang, and MENG Zhang-yu. Han-tao and WU Di gave a short presentation on college life in China and introduced the beautiful city of Hang-zhou.

Kensal Public School is a very small school in the rural town of Kensal, 36 miles north of Jamestown. About thirty-two high school students and five of their teachers attended the presentation and discussion. It was also a first-time experience for the Chinese students to be on the campus of a small public school in North Dakota.

Pictured at right are (l to r) Yang Jing, Mr. Matt Lokemoen from Kensal Public School, Wu Di, Meng Zhang-yu, Bian Han-tao, Zhang Shu-yang, and Dr. Shou-ching Chao.

Pictured below is Bian Han-tao and Wu Di during their presentation.
Chao and Chinese Students Presents at High School

Building a Better VCSU!

Project updates:

Snoeyenbos Renovation:

Crews continue to work hard and stay ahead of schedule in Snoeyenbos Resident Hall. Here is an update of the work being done at this time:

4th floor-electrical work is complete (minus the hardware) and the sheet rock is being taped.
3rd floor-electrical work is 80% complete.
2nd floor-electrical work is 80% complete
1st floor-the steel framework has been put up

Interesting fact:

So far it has taken three semi-loads of sheetrock for the walls that are in place. More sheetrock will be needed to finish the walls on 2nd and 1st floor.

CLICK HERE to check out the new pictures!!

The Facilities Crew will be busy again during spring break working on smaller projects. The main focus will be painting at Allen Memorial Library and Student Center.

Energy Conservation Tip of the Week

Turn Out the Lights!

Lighting is one of the largest users of energy in the classroom and light use is accountable for about 20 percent of all energy consumed in the US. By turning out the lights when a room is unoccupied, VCSU can save energy and money. Start the trend by switching the light off when you leave a room and help remind others to do the same whether it is a classroom, office, or restroom when the rooms are not being occupied. You can even turn it into a friendly competition amongst co-workers!

Read more at BRIGHTHUB.COM.

Interesting Health & Safety Facts

1. About 3.9 million employees are disabled at work in any given year.
2. One work related injury occurs every 8 seconds.
3. Accidental overdose of iron pills is the leading cause of poisoning deaths among children.
4. Fire kills more Americans each year than ALL other natural disasters combined.
5. Nature requires over 5 years to get rid of a cigarette butt.
6. The energy needed to make 1 new aluminum can makes 20 recycled ones.
7. About 8 out of every 10 adults will have a back injury in their lives.
8. On average about 400 people die from excess heat (heat stroke) each year.
9. Occupational skin diseases costs $1 billion annually in worker comp costs claims.
10. Of the 42,000 traffic fatalities in recent years, 41% were alcohol related.

(Facts and Information taken from: Ergoworks Consulting)

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, March 14
Spring Break Week

Tuesday, March 15

5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile & Hand Weights, St. Catherine Gym
4:30-7:00 pm Lions Club Ham & Beef Dinner, VFW Club

Wednesday, March 16

Region 2 Vocal Contest, Foss Music Hall
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 17

7:00 pm Barnes County Historical Society Lectures Series Presentation, "The City Park Foot Bridge: Restoration and Reconstruction"

Friday, March 18

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

Saturday, March 19

9:00-11:00 am District 24 Legislative Forum, Ranson County Courthouse in Lisbon
9:00 am-4:00 pm St. Catherine's Pro-Life Quilting Event, St. Catherine's Church Basement
1:00 pm VCSU Planetarium Show "It's About Time"
Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet, VC Eagles Club

Sunday, March 20