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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Student Senate Recognizes Faculty
Klingenstein Appointed to Peer Review Committee
Jenness Attends Library Association Conference
Hoff Travels to Borneo for Research
Free Public Planetarium Show Scheduled
Lecture & Book Signing at Barnes County Museum
Performance on VCSU Campus May 6
Exhibition Open at Barnes County Museum
Viking Athletic Update
Building a Better VCSU!
This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...
April Birthdays

VCSU Student Senate Recognizes Faculty

VCSU Student Senate Recognizes Faculty
The VCSU Student Senate recently recognized two faculty members for their dedication and support.

Don Hoff was presented with the Teacher of the Year award. The award is given annually to a professor who shows dedication to the students of VCSU through innovative teaching methods and continued professional development both inside and outside of the classroom. Professors are nominated by members of the student body and the winner is elected by the Student Senate. The criteria for evaluating nominees include demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the field, communicating that knowledge in an effective manner, establishing a positive learning environment, showing respect and concern for students, inspiring enthusiasm for learning, challenging students academically, being available to students outside the classroom, using innovative teaching methods, and showing evidence of continued professional development.

Hoff is in his 9th year as a professor at VCSU. When not teaching, he likes to hunt, fish, work in carpentry, and travel. He has traveled to all 50 states and every continent except Antarctica for research, education, and/or leisure. He previously taught at Velva and Mandaree in North Dakota, Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, Minot State University, and worked at NASA. He currently teaches Earth Science/Geology courses, Science Teaching Methods, and Chemistry, and he supervises student teachers. Hoff is also the North Dakota state coordinator for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program. He and his wife, Sharon, have one son, Ryan.

In addition, the VCSU Student Senate recognized Dr. Gilbert Kuipers, Associate Professor, as the Student Advocate. This recognition honors any individual or group that supports, sponsors, and promotes the actions, beliefs, and success of the VCSU student body. In particular, Dr. Kuipers' nomination cited his support for student fundraisers, his school spirit, and participation in VCSU bands and activities.

Dr. Kuipers has been on the faculty at VCSU since 1981 teaching courses in introductory Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, and Algebra. Earlier this year, he was presented with the 'Fan of the Year' award by the VCSU Century Club. He is also active in planning and organizing the Regional Science Olympiad, a competition held annually on the VCSU campus that attracts hundreds of area high school students.

Klingenstein Appointed to Peer Review Committee

Klingenstein Appointed to Peer Review Committee
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.

Jenness Attends Library Association Conference

Jenness Attends Library Association Conference
Assistant Professor of Library Education Jennifer Jenness attended the Mountain Plains Library Association annual conference, held in concert with the Montana Library Association annual conference, from April 6-9, 2011.

This year's conference theme was "Libraries – The Road to Everywhere." The Mountain Plains Library Association is comprised of librarians from a 12-state region spanning from the Dakotas to New Mexico.

During this time, Jenness presented a session entitled "Five-Star Resources, One-Star Budget: Finding and Using Free Resources" nd attended a variety of sessions dealing with technical services in libraries, library instruction, professional development for librarians, and online training. Of particular interest to Jenness was a session describing the use of Wikipedia as a collaborative instructional tool and a session which examined the Search Institute's 40 Asset Approach to youth development. She also had the opportunity to hear Marilyn Johnson, author of "This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All," as the keynote speaker.

Hoff Travels to Borneo for Research

Hoff Travels to Borneo for Research
Don Hoff, Associate Professor of Science, at Valley City State University was recently selected to be the Geo-ecologist for Earth Expeditions Borneo. He will travel to Borneo, the world's third largest island in June, 2011, for research and study. Borneo is politically divided between the nations of Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia and has a tropical rain forest climate.

Research in Borneo will involve study of primates (primarily orangutans), local ecosystems, and conservation efforts. Sabah (Northern Borneo) is home to a variety of primates and has the world's last free roaming population of orangutans. Efforts are being made to protect and preserve this disappearing great ape. Much of Earth Expeditions Borneo's work will be to support that effort through collaboration with local scientists and native people.

Earth Expeditions is a global conservation and education program supporting university courses, graduate research, and collaborative projects in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Earth Expeditions, the Cincinnati Zoo, and Miami (Ohio) University are part of long-term partnerships with conservation efforts worldwide.

Free Public Planetarium Show Scheduled

The premiere showing of "The Solar System" has been scheduled at the VCSU Planetarium on Saturday, April 30,2011 at 1:00 pm. The VCSU Planetarium is located in Rhoades Science Building Room 310(elevator service is available).

"The Solar System" is a fun way to learn about the 11 planets with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Cassini. These satellites guide the audience through the planets and tell interesting information about each one, including scientific facts, mythology and even jokes. This 30 minute entertaining show is suitable for all ages.

For more information call Alice at 701-845-7452 or Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

Lecture & Book Signing at Barnes County Museum

Lecture & Book Signing at Barnes County Museum
The Barnes County Historical Society presents a lecture and book signing for The Brothers Krimm by author Cecile Wehrman, with H. Rob Krimm and Charlene Krimm at 7:00 pm on Thursday April 28.

The Brother's Krimm chronicles the exploits of James Edward Krimm, a sometime Valley City, ND resident who robbed 35 banks over a period of 14 years in the U.S. and Canada, including several in North Dakota in the last three years of his life. His spree came to light following his suicide Sept. 14, 2009, after he robbed the bank in Williston, N.D.

While reporting on the story, Cecile Wehrman met the robber's mother and brother, finding in them a much larger story about what formed this serial criminal. The book contrasts the robber with his brother, who served his country in the military for 20 years.

A multi-media presentation by Wehrman and Rob Krimm will illuminate the robber's path, including photos and letters from the road during the robber's final spree.

Cecile Wehrman is the award-winning editor of two community newspapers, The Journal, Crosby, and The Tioga Tribune.

This lecture is an addition to the Barnes County Historical Society's Season 13. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

Performance on VCSU Campus May 6

Performance on VCSU Campus May 6
The Marlins, four brothers who have been playing together for over 25 years, will perform in Vangstad Auditorium on Friday, May 6, as the final presentation on the Valley City Area Concert Association's 2010-2011 season. Non-members will be able to attend this exceptional concert free-of-charge with the purchase of a 2011-2012 season membership at the door. Plan to come early!

You've never heard a group of entertainers quite like the Marlins! Gary, Jace, Rick, and Robert have performed for conventions, fairs, festivals, and corporate events throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have shared the stage with such well-known performers as Lee Greenwood, Randy Travis, and The Smothers Brothers, and now are back on the midwest concert circuit.

The Marlins offer what can truly be called a variety show. They specialize in playing something for everyone's musical tastes and will offer everything from memorable big band tunes to beautiful classical melodies, high energy rock 'n roll to foot tappin' ragtime, and cool jazz to down home bluegrass. Tunes popularized by names like Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Liberace, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and the Broadway hits of Andrew Lloyd Webber are heard in every concert. Each member of the Marlins is a well-trained virtuoso who can play several instruments, including keyboards, drums, trumpet, guitar, bass, violin, and banjo.

The 2011-2012 season will include six fabulous shows in Valley City and Lisbon: Streetcorner Symphony, October 2; Tribute to Franki Valli, October 24; Bottom Line Duo, January 23; Kenya Safari Acrobats, March 12; Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50's, April 24; and Metales M5, May 10.

2011-2012 season membership prices are: Adult-$35; Student-$15; Single-Parent Family-$40; Family-$65. For additional membership information, contact Diana Skroch at 845-1848 or 7273. If you are interested in serving on the VCACA Board, please contact Hilde Van Gijssel at 845-0106 or 7337.

Exhibition Open at Barnes County Museum

Thanks to a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council, the Barnes County Historical Society is hosting two exhibits from the St. Paul, MN- based TRACES Center for History and Culture. "Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany, 1943-45," tells the story of American soldiers held prisoners of war in German POW camps. "Held in the Heartland: German POWs in the Midwest, 1943-46" tells the stories of German soldiers imprisoned in the American Heartland during WWII. These two exhibits are a part of the Museum project that has visited Valley City in the past. Those previous visits have been for limited periods of time and never at the same time allowing visitors to compare and contrast the two vastly different experiences.

The exhibit is at the Barnes County Historical Museum, April 20-May 28, 2001.
Museum hours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday-Saturday. Free will admission.

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

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
The Viking baseball team split with Mayville State on Wednesday, April 20 by scores of 12-5 and 5-18. On Saturday the Vikings were swept by Jamestown College by scores of 1-10 and 4-11. The Vikings currently stand at 13-16 overall and 6-6 in the DAC.

The Lady Viking softball team defeated Mayville State by a score of 5-3. While leading the second game by a score of 3-2, the contest was called due to weather. The Vikings currently sit at 15-13, 9-4 in the DAC which puts them in 3rd place.

The Men's golf team finished in 4th place at the Black Hills Golf Tournament, day two was cancelled due to weather.

Upcoming Home Events

Monday, April 25, Viking Baseball vs Mayville State at 1:00 pm (Charlie Brown Field)

Tuesday, April 26, Viking Baseball vs Jamestown College at 3:00 pm (Charlie Brown field)

Wednesday, April 27, Viking Softball vs Jamestown College at 2:00 pm (College Complex or Highline Park)

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-The lighting, cabinets and ceramic tile flooring are in the process of being installed in the suite bathrooms.

3rd floor-The 1st coat of primer has been applied. Crews will begin painting soon.

2nd floor-The sheetrock has been installed.

1st floor-The sheetrock will be installed early this week.

**100 tons of A/C materials (mechanical & ducting) will be delivered the week of May 5.

** All mechanical work will be completed by the middle of May.

** The whole project has been going smoothly and the crews will have no problem meeting the scheduled completion date.

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This Week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, April 25

Easter Holiday – No Classes, Offices Open
Spring Semester Student Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
1:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Mayville State University (Charlie Brown Field)

Tuesday, April 26

3:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Jamestown College (Charlie Brown Field)
7:30 pm Valley Voices, Children's Choir, and Orchestra Performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Wednesday, April 27

2:00 pm Viking Softball vs Jamestown College, VCSU Softball Complex

Thursday, April 28

Elementary Science Olympiad on VCSU Campus
2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Softball @ Moorhead State University
7:30 pm VCSU Jazz Ensemble, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, April 29

VCSU Scholarship Auction, Valley City Eagles

Saturday, April 30

Viking Track & Field @ Jamestown College
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball vs Black Hills State University
1:00 & 3:30 pm Viking Baseball @ Minot State University
7:30 pm Elissa Berg, Piano Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Sunday, May 1

1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball vs Black Hills State University
1:00 & 3:30 pm Viking Baseball vs Minot State University, Charlie Brown Field
7:30 pm Concert Choir & University Singers, Epworth Methodist Church