This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Defensive Driving Course Offered in April
Faculty and Students Attend NCAFS
Hill Attends Conference
Hoskisson Presents at Conference
Flood 2011: How to Prepare Your Home for Spring
Tips from HR ...
Ergonomic Lighting & Computer Screens
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City
March Birthdays

Defensive Driving Course Offered in April

A defensive driving course will be offered on VCSU campus this spring. This course is required for all employees who expect to operate state vehicles.

When: April 14, 2011 -- 8:00 am-11:45 am
Where: Science Center Auditorium
Who Should Attend: New employees who will be operating state vehicles and current employees who need to take the four year refresher course.

If you are unsure whether or not you are due to take this course, contact Jessica @ 3-7710. If you are unable to attend the course on this date, VCSU will offer another course in the fall of 2011.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing Jessica at: jessica.frerich@vcsu.edu.

Faculty and Students Attend NCAFS

Faculty and Students Attend NCAFS
Assistant Professor Bob Anderson, Professor Andre DeLorme, Prairie Waters Lab Manager, Lewis Weiland, and seven Fisheries and Wildlife Science students attended the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (DCAFS) Conference in Bismarck, ND February 21-23.

The DCAFS AFS is open to anyone with an interest in aquatic science and education. Members are typically fishery and aquatic biologists, fisheries managers, fish culturists, researchers, administrators, educators, students, and other fisheries and aquatic resource professionals. The DCAFS is specifically concerned with approaches to effective management of North Dakota's and South Dakota's aquatic resources.

Students participated in all aspects of the conference. Four students ran the audio/video equipment throughout the meeting. Adam Larson and Aaron Burgad both received the Sauger Scholarship. Andre DeLorme and Louis Wieland put on a Continuing Education Workshop at the conference entitled "Aquatic Invertebrate Identification &Ecology."

Pictured to the right are (l to r) Matt Klein, Terry Velazquez, Aaron Burgad, Bob Anderson, Amy Doll, Easton Brown, Louis Weiland, Adam Larson, Matt Parvey, and Andre DeLorme.

Hill Attends Conference

Hill Attends Conference
VCSU Professor Curt Hill attended the Special Interest Group Conference on computer science education in Dallas March 10-12. This is the largest conference on Computer Science Education in the world and is sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery. There were approximately 1,100 attendees at the conference.

Renowned Computer Scientist, Donald Knuth, Professor Emeritus from Stanford, spoke along with other national professionals. Curt attended many presentations with the most interesting on teaching Computer Science and Music in a single general education course.

Hoskisson Presents at Conference

Associate Professor Dale Hoskisson presented a paper at the 22nd International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. The conference took place in Nashville, TN March 7-12.

The conference featured presentations from individuals from over 50 countries. The focus of the proceedings was the effective use of information technology in the classroom with an emphasis on teacher education classrooms. The conference offered opportunities to see the similarities and differences of teacher education issues around the world. One of the more popular topics was the use of social networking in education. Another was technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). There were many sessions on how our knowledge of technology, pedagogy and content interact and impact one another.

Dr. Hoskisson's presentation was titled "Beyond Technology: Examining the Convergence of Technology, Learning and the Soul."

Flood 2011: How to Prepare Your Home for Spring

It isn't too early to start thinking about ways to safeguard your home against the impending spring flood. Here are some tips from Barnes County Emergency Management Director Kim Franklin:

Moving snow 3 -5 feet away from your home will help to prevent melting snow from running down along the walls of your basement. Saturated soils cannot absorb the extra moisture and may cause water to seep into your home.

Check your sump pump to make sure that it is working and the discharge hose carries the water several feet away from your house.

Plug your drains to prevent sewage backup in your basement. You may want to consider having a valve or one-way check valve installed where the sewer main leaves the house.

Move all valuables and appliances off of the basement floor at least 12 inches above possible water inundation, in case of water or sewer backup.

Keep insurance documents and other important papers in a safe place where flood water cannot destroy them.

If your home is in a flood prone area, consider placing a barrier, such as a sand bag dike covered with plastic, around window wells to prevent water from entering.

Tips from HR ...

Tips from HR ...
Do you have an upcoming event that is life-changing? These events can be planned or unplanned – be prepared.

If you have a life-changing event:
* Birth, Adoption, or Legal Guardianship of Child
* Change/Loss Spouse Insurance
* Childcare Change
* Dependent Losing Status
* Employment Status Change
* Loss of Loved One
* Marital Status Change

You are provided a 30-DAY WINDOW to add, drop, or change benefit coverage.

If your life is changing, please contact HR as soon as possible to ensure you are able to make your changes. For more information visit the EMPLOYEE SERVICES website for step-by-step directions.


Ergonomic Lighting & Computer Screens

Proper lighting is important at any job. If you experience any of the following discomforts while at work, improper lighting may the problem:

*Sore eyes, fatigue or inability to focus on the screen
*Headache
*Blurred vision
*Light sensitivity
*Neck or upper back pain

Causes:

*Too much light
*Too little light
*Fluorescent lighting (especially in the summer months)- increases glare

Solutions:

*If possible have a mixture of natural and artificial lighting
*Adjust the brightness or contrast settings on your computer screen
*Have contrasting colors for your background screen
*Adjust the font size on the screen to help eliminate eye strain
*Have your eyes checked at least every 2 years and tell the optometrist that you work at a computer all day. They may have some other tips and ideas for you.

For more information, visit ERGOWORKS Consulting

This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, March 28

11:30-12:30 pm Career Cafe, Student Center
12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds and Hand weight, Open Door Center
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Strong People and Walk Away the Pounds, St. Catherine's Gym
7:00 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Spring InTo Action circuit training, City Auditorium
7:00 pm What in the World is Going On? presents "Women and the Religion of Islam," by presenter Bibi Kahn (President of NDSU Women's Club), VCSU Student Center

Tuesday, March 29

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

Wednesday, March 30

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 ON THE MOVE activity, Spring InTo Action circuit training, City Auditorium

Thursday, March 31

Payday
7:30 pm John Kraemer Concert, Froemke Auditorium

Friday, April 1

April Fool's Day
12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Open Door Center
7:00 pm Aleisha Kiser Exhibition Reception, VCSU Gallery, McFarland Hall 3rd Floor

Saturday, April 2

Viking Track & Field @ Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD
9:00 am District 24 Legislative Forum, Valley City Eagles
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball vs Dakota State University, VCSU Softball Complex
1:00 & 3:30 pm Viking Baseball vs Dakota State University, Charlie Brown Field

Sunday, April 3

1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball vs Dakota State University, VCSU Softball Complex
1:00 & 3:30 pm Viking Baseball vs Dakota State University, Charlie Brown Field
3:00 pm Micki Buchholz, Mezzo-Soprano Recital, Froemke Auditorium

March & April Birthdays

March & April Birthdays
March

31 Kay Kringlie

April

6 Casey Olney
8 Ray Nelson
10 Marty Costello
15 Kathy Schlotman
15 Andre DeLorme
16 Joe Tykwinski
17 Sarah Milner
24 Rose Berger
26 Susan Kolbow
27 Leesa Levy
29 Jon Rudolph
30 Al Olson