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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Parking and Flood Update from Facilities Services
Valley Partnership to Sponsor Workshops
Earth Week April 18-22, 2011
Technology & STEM Education Faculty Present at Conference
SEGS Active with SATE Conference
Hagen Appointed to Serve on Council
Klingenstein Appointed to Peer Review Committee
Hill Presents Paper
Valley City State Athletic Update
Tips from HR
Building a Better VCSU!
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City
April Birthdays

Parking and Flood Update from Facilities Services

Due to the rising river level, the city had to increase protection on campus by building higher levees behind Foss Hall and all along the main parking lots on campus Monday, April 11. The levees are built to protect the campus up to 22.5 feet. The river is expected to rise to 18 feet by tomorrow morning or afternoon.

As a result there will be a decrease in parking spaces in the east Foss Hall lot, the Main lot, and both the paved and gravel Science Center lots. We ask for your patience and understanding during this time. FACILITIES SERVICES WILL NOT BE TICKETING ANY OF THE LOTS DUE TO THE DECREASED AMOUNT OF PARKING SPACES. Please remember to park responsibly and safely and be aware to not block driveways, sidewalks, etc.

Increased truck traffic will produce a lot of extra mud and clay on campus streets. Be mindful when entering buildings and please wipe your feet.

Thank you for your cooperation and keep watching your email for more flood updates.

Valley Partnership to Sponsor Workshops

A partnership made up of Valley City State University, North Dakota State University and Moorhead State University, has scheduled two workshops for area public school teachers.

The workshops, entitled "A Co-Teaching Model for Student Teaching," will provide cooperating teachers with knowledge of the co-teaching model. The first presentation of the workshop will be delivered by Dr. Nancy Bacharach and Dr. Teresa Washut Heck of St. Cloud State University on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The second presentation will be delivered by VCSU Faculty on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. All area schools have been invited to attend. Both workshops will take place in McCarthy Hall Room 257 on the VCSU campus.

For more information about the workshops, or to RSVP (by May 1, 2011), please contact Kim Knodle at or 701-845-7186.

VCSU, NDSU, and MSUM are working collaboratively with a Teacher Effectiveness Initiative grant through the Bush Grant Foundation. The partnership is operating under the name, "The Valley Partnership."

Earth Week April 18-22, 2011

Earth Week April 18-22, 2011
Valley City State University will be observing Earth Week with several activities scheduled next week.

Earth Day in the United States began in 1970 and has expanded internationally since then into Earth Week. Currently, it is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.

Watch your email for a schedule of events to be released soon.

Technology & STEM Education Faculty Present at Conference

Technology & STEM Education Faculty Present at Conference
The faculty of Technology and STEM Education attended the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference on March 23-26 in Minneapolis, MN. This annual conference brings together professionals from across the United States, Canada and numerous other countries for professional development, research presentations and educational tours.

Research and curriculum initiatives by the Technology and STEM Education faculty were presented to address the conference them of "Preparing the STEM Workforce." Presentations delivered by VCSU faculty included:

  • "Best Practices for Online Delivery of Technology Education Coursework" – James Boe
  • "ITEEA Teacher Excellence Awards" – James Boe and Peder Gjovik
  • "Great Plains STEM Education Center: Opportunities for Elementary Teachers" – Roger Skophammer
  • "Online STEM Certificates and Endorsements" – Don Fischer and Peder Gjovik
  • "Comprehensive STEM Education Demonstration Unit" – Don Mugan, Don Fischer, and Peder Gjovik

Don Fischer, Lana Fornes and Peder Gjovik participated in several preconference workshops to learn more about the Engineering by Design curricula and ways to enhance STEM methodology in the Teacher Education programs at VCSU. Lana Fornes also attended conference sessions addressing additional teaching methodologies and curriculum content, which provided useful background information for future curriculum development. A VCSU booth was manned in the Exhibitors' area, which provided opportunities for faculty members to promote VCSU programs, our Masters degree, and the recently approved STEM Education graduate certificate and licensure endorsement.

We are also proud to announce that a faculty member and two VCSU graduates were presented with some of the most prestigious awards through the ITEEA. VCSU Instructor James Boe (pictured) was presented with the Distinguished Technology Educator Award. This is one of ITEEA's highest honors and consideration for the award is based upon documented evidence of leadership/management skills, continuing participation in association education programs, and demonstrated leadership in association, community, and personal activities.

Annette Beattie, a 2008 Masters graduate received the Program Excellence Award in recognition for her contributions to the profession and the outstanding programs at North Central and Wimbledon Courtenay Schools. Annette's program was one of just 21 other programs recognized from across the United States.

Bruce Hase, a 2001 graduate, received the Teacher Excellence award in recognition for providing technology and engineering education instruction of high quality, learner centered and relevant to a study of technological literacy. Bruce teaches at Linton Public Schools and was one of 36 teachers recognized for teaching excellence at the conference.

SEGS Active with SATE Conference

Valley City State University administration, faculty, staff, and students made significant contributions to a highly successful conference held at the University of Mary in Bismarck on April 8. The statewide conference was well attended with representatives from VCSU, UND, NDSU, MaSU, MiSU, DSU, Turtle Mountain Community College, Sitting Bull College, and the University of Mary. Eight of the institutions brought administrators, faculty, field experience directors, and students.

Director of Field Experiences Kim Knodle, student teacher Elizabeth Terfehr, and cooperating teacher Tonya Breckheimer (Jefferson Elementary in Valley City) joined forces with Bush Grant partner North Dakota State University to present on the benefits of co-teaching. Tonya Breckheimer and Elizabeth Terfehr spoke about how they utilized specific co-teaching strategies to actively engage both of them as teachers to help children learn in their classroom. The VCSU representatives collaborated with Director of Field Experiences Kim Overton, and three NDSU student teachers who also were involved in co-teaching experiences with their cooperating teachers.

VCSU students Trent Kosel, Allison Cyr, and Elizabeth Terfehr participated in a Praxis II Bowl with students from eight different universities. Trent Kosel, a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry Education, and Allison Cyr, a double major in Human Development (NDSU) and Elementary Education (VCSU) were honored as an Outstanding Students in Teacher Education at the conference.

The conference was also attended by VCSU School of Education faculty members Associate Professor Patricia Gegelman, Instructor, Sheri Okland, and Associate Professor Dale Hoskisson. The conference was hosted by the North Dakota Association of College Teachers (NDACTE) and North Dakota Association of Teacher Educators (NDATE). VCSU representatives collaborated with Minot State University and the University of Mary to organize the various presentations, awards ceremony, state NDACTE and NDATE group meetings, and registration. Professor Gary Thompson is the acting NDACTE President and Assistant Professor Al Olson is the NDATE state treasurer. Administrative Assistants Irene Groth and Emma Tufte contributed extensively to the coordination of the conference registration and event schedule.

Hagen Appointed to Serve on Council

Hagen Appointed to Serve on Council
VCSU Associate Professor Dr. Sara Hagen was appointed by MENC President Scott Shuler, to serve on the In-Ovations Council as the North Central Region representative. The Council is an outreach project through the national music educators organization to stimulate program development at the middle school level.

Statistics show that children in grades 5-9 are the most vulnerable for dropping out of music classes and would participate in music in school if it were more like the music they enjoy outside of school. Finding alternatives to band and choir, as well as developing workshops for teacher development, are the main goals of the Council.

To meet those goals, the Council is responsible for developing summer academy offerings during National Music Education Week held in Washington, D.C. each June. This year's topics include arts integration in the core curriculum, composition, and ethnic music ensembles. Music educators from across the United States, who are members of MENC and their state affiliates such as NDMEA, are invited to the 4-day conference.

During this time, the National Leadership Conference is also in session, where Hagen will represent North Dakota as the President of NDMEA. The goal of the leadership session is to learn how to advocate effectively for music education and to plan meetings with state representatives in Congress to deliver the message in person.

Other events taking place are the All-National Honor Choir, Band, and Orchestra performances along with the 2011 National Student Composition Winners in the Kennedy Center and a competitive marching event featuring the world's most elite drum corps presented by Drum Corps International.

Hagen has also been appointed to the Music Technology Committee for the College Music Society. The committee is led by Dr. Peter Webster, co-author of the book, Experiencing Music Technology, and is responsible for planning and executing the pre-conference music technology symposium prior to the conference held this year in Richmond, VA in October in conjunction with the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI). Hagen's proposal for presentation, "Reaching Young Composers with Online Mentoring" was accepted as well.

Hagen serves on the ATMI 2011 Conference Committee which is tasked with defining the parameters of the conference, selecting proposals for presentations, and hosting the event in Richmond.

Klingenstein Appointed to Peer Review Committee

Klingenstein Appointed to Peer Review Committee
VCSU Associate Professor Beth Gigante Klingenstein has been appointment to the American Music Teacher (AMT) Editorial Committee for the 2011–2013 biennium. The committee's main charge is the peer review of articles for AMT. Committee members also are asked to write feature articles for special issues and/or write reviews for the review section of AMT. "It is quite an honor to be selected for this committee. I look forward to doing peer reviews and serving AMT in this capacity," said Klingenstein.

Hill Presents Paper

Hill Presents Paper
Professor Dr. Curt Hill presented a paper entitled "Teaching in China, Teaching Chinese Students in the U. S." at the Midwest Instructional Computing Symposium (MICS 2011). The Symposium was held at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota on March 8-9. The paper was well received with request for the use of the PowerPoint presentation by a faculty member with similar problems. The paper and presentation can be seen HERE.

Also at MICS, Ryan McCulloch's team placed 7th out of 40teams in the programming contest. This was his first programming contest appearance. Ryan graduated from VCSU in 2010 and is currently a graduate student at NDSU. Ryan is the son of Coach Dennis McCulloch.

Valley City State Athletic Update

Valley City State Athletic Update
  • The Viking Softball team split 2-2 this past weekend with #14 Dickinson State University by scores of 0-3, 9-8 on Saturday and 4-3, 0-2 on Sunday. The Lady Vikings currently stand in 2nd place in the conference at 7-3 with a 13-12 overall.
  • The Viking Baseball team lost two contests to Dickinson on Saturday by scores of 2-9 and 4-5. They currently stand in 2nd place in the conference at 4-2 with a at 11-10 overall record.
  • The Viking Track team competed in Bismarck at the Mary relays on Saturday. The 4x400 meter women's relay team and the 4x800 men's relay both won their respective events. The men scored 54 pts and finished in 4th place as a team.

Upcoming Home Events (both games are double headers)

  • The Viking baseball team will play Dickinson State today, April 11 at Charlie Brown field. Game time is 1:00 pm.
  • The Viking softball team will host Minot Tuesday, April 12. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 pm (Tharaldson complex).

Tips from HR

Pharmaceutical costs adding up? You may be able to save:

NDPERS provides information regarding Mail Order Rx. These services are provided through our health insurance with BCBSND. NDPERS provides more information about this program on their website. The mail order, and other local pharmacies, will fill some/most prescriptions for a 3-month supply (90-day supply), and only charge for 2 months of the copay/coinsurance.

Visit the BCBS Pharmacy webpage for more information regarding:
* Cost savings
* Generic and formulary options for current medications
* Pharmacy locations

Please contact me or BCBSND with questions: 1-800-223-1704, or as always, please feel free to contact VCSU Director of Human Resources Derek Hughes at 845-7401 or email at

Building a Better VCSU!

Project updates:

Snoeyenbos Renovation:

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

4th floor-painting is being finished
3rd floor-priming is being finished
1st floor-beginning to put up sheetrock

All fan coil units have been installed.

CLICK HERE to check out the new pictures!!

This week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, April 11

National Library Week – watch for evens at VCSU Allen Memorial Library
1:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Dickinson State University, Charie Brown Field (Double Header)
7:30 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, April 12

2:00 pm Viking Softball vs Minot State University, VCSU Softball Complex (Double Header)

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

Wednesday, April 13

12:10 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activity Center
2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Jamestown College, Charlie Brown Field
5:15 pm ON THE MOVE activity, Strong People & Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile, St. Catherine Gym

Thursday, April 14

3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking Softball @ University of Minnesota - Crookston
3:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Northern State University, Charlie Brown Field

Friday, April 15

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

Saturday, April 16

Viking Track & Field @ Sioux City Relays, Sioux City, Iowa
1:00 & 3:30 pm Viking Baseball @ Mayville State University
7:00 pm Worldfest: Agatsuma, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, April 17

Palm Sunday
Viking Men's & Women's Golf @ Dickinson State Invitational (April 17-18)
1:00 & 3:30 pm Viking Baseball vs Mayville State University, Charlie Brown Field
3:00 pm Shannon Leppert Senior Recital, Froemke Auditorium