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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 3 ... Continued)
Partnership Delivers STEM Institute to Native Amer. Schools
VCSU Participating in Teaching & Technology Conference
Instructor Petherbridge Awarded Technology Mini-Grant
IX International Congress of Philosophy Paper Accepted
Thank You Received
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
June Birthdays

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 3 ... Continued)

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 3 ... Continued)
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the Week of May 30, 2011.

As outlined in the previous column, this is Volume Three of the annual year-end VCSU Top Ten List. Similar to the past two years, there was only room for five items in the last column, so here is Part II of the list (again, these are in no particular order). Here is the second part of a "VCSU Top 10 List of Accomplishments" for 2010-11:

6) For the 13th year in a row, VCSU was named a Best College in the 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges by USNews and World Report. This announcement came at the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year, and as the Number Two ranked Midwest Public Regional college for the second-straight year, VCSU again tied for its highest-ever ranking in the survey. It is worth noting that VCSU is the highest ranked college in 2011 in North Dakota or Minnesota in this category.

7) During the past year, Snoeyenbos Residence Hall has been closed as nearly $3.5 million worth of renovations are being completed. The project is nearly finished, and the Hall is set to re-open as we welcome students back to campus in Fall 2011. This project is transforming the entire interior of Snoeyenbos and will provide a modern, state-of-the-art living experience for VCSU's residential students.

8) In March, VCSU and the North Dakota State College of Science signed a new agreement that will allow NDSCS students with an AAS degree in Technical Studies – Journeyworker to transfer into VCSU's Bachelor of Science in Career & Technical Education program. This unique partnership is the first of its kind in North Dakota and is designed to help students realize the benefit of three types of credentials: U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship programs, AAS degrees, and Bachelor of Science degrees.

9) New agreements were signed and updated with VCSU's partner universities in La Paz, Mexico (Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur) and Hangzhou, China (Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic) this spring. Each of these agreements and our working relationships provide opportunities for students and employees at VCSU, ZJETP, and UABCS to benefit and gain from the partnerships. We look forward to working further with both partner schools and providing new and important opportunities to the students, faculty, and staff at VCSU.

10) During the past year, four VCSU faculty members were honored with prestigious regional and national honors: Dr. Joe Stickler was named the Environmental Educator of the Year by the ND Forest Service; Dave Melgaard was named the Outstanding Career & Technical Educator by the ND Association for Career & Technical Education; Dr. Don Mugan was presented with the Pathfinder Award by former US Senator Byron Dorgan and the Red River Valley Research Corridor; and Dr. Jim Boe was presented with the Distinguished Technology Educator Award by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. These four professors are to be commended for their significant achievements, and the accomplishments serve to highlight just a few of the many exemplary faculty we are so fortunate to have at Valley City State University.

As the ten items outlined in the past two columns indicate, 2010-11 was another successful year for Valley City State University. It is rewarding to work every day with such a talented group of students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to having another busy and fulfilling year in 2011-12!

Partnership Delivers STEM Institute to Native Amer. Schools

A partnership that includes VCSU, Sitting Bull College, and a group of five K-12 schools will deliver a 10-day professional development institute beginning Monday, June 6 to equip up to 40 K-12 teachers at Native American schools with the very latest research and trends in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education.

The institute will be held on the campus of Sitting Bull College – Education Building and will involve participants from Standing Rock Schools, Cannonball School, Selfridge School and Solen School. Presenters from VCSU will include Jim Boe, Jamie Wirth, Roger Skophammer, Pete Gjovik, Dr. Hilde van Gijssel, Lana Fornes, Don Fischer, Dr. Andre Delorme, and Joelle Manlove. A series of one-day follow-up workshops will increase the depth of understanding, expand instructional options, and help these teachers implement curriculum from the summer institute.

VCSU Participating in Teaching & Technology Conference

The 2011 TNT Conference is being held June 7 – 8 at the Best Western Doublewood Inn in Bismarck. VCSU is a Silver sponsor.

During the event, Dr. Terry Corwin will deliver a presentation 'Educational Opportunities for Teachers' including a review of VCSU's online Master of Education program and continuing education opportunities. Dr. Don Mugan will deliver 'A North Dakota STEM Network' and 'Services Offered by the Great Plains STEM Education Center.' Doug Anderson will represent VCSU in the sponsor exhibit area. Additional information is available at

Instructor Petherbridge Awarded Technology Mini-Grant

Instructor Petherbridge Awarded Technology Mini-Grant
VCSU Instructor Dina Zavala Petherbridge received an internal $600 mini-grant to purchase a language software for the Spanish laboratory.

The program is stable and easy to navigate, and its significant use of voice recognition technology will assist learners in honing their communication skills and facilitating their focus on improving pronunciation, whether as an addition to formal instruction or as a stand-alone, language-learning tool. The software was used during the months of March, April and May producing positive results in students' fluency. As a result, the software will be required for first and second year Spanish in the 2011-12 academic year.

IX International Congress of Philosophy Paper Accepted

IX International Congress of Philosophy Paper Accepted
A scholarly paper submitted by VCSU Instructor Rob Walsh and Dr. Kathy Enger, NDSU doctoral advisor, titled "Clarifying Values: Access to Mindfulness" was accepted to the IX International Congress of Philosophy at the School of Humanities, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Walsh and Enger are scheduled to present on August 10, 2011.

Abstract of the presentation, "Clarifying Values: Access to Mindfulness," follows:

Values function as linguistic abstractions unless engaged as deliberate thought. Values, as a foundational force for beliefs, attitudes, and ultimately behaviors, are largely misunderstood and mismanaged. They are misunderstood because their domain tends to be below the threshold of consciousness. They are mismanaged because their influence is overlooked. Values must be uprooted from an ocean of thought so they can become a creative force to reflect on self, to reason with others, and to resonate in community. Clarifying values is the sovereign responsibility of personhood.

Thank You Received

The following thank you was received from Rose Berger, VCSU employee who is on extended medical leave:

VCSU Community, I would like to thank everyone for the get well wishes and the lovely plant. It is gorgous!! Things are going well, see you soon. Rose Berger

What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Tuesday, May 31


Wednesday, June 1

Thursday, June 2

Friday, June 3

7:30 pm "Peggy Lee Day" Dance and Concert @ Valley City Eagles
Soap Box Derby, Downtown Valley City (June 3-4)

Saturday, June 4

Viking Scramble Golf Tournament
10:00 am National Trails Day - "Hike with the Park Ranger," Visitor Center Fort Ransom State Park

Sunday, June 5

VCSU 9 Man Team Football Camp Begins (June 5-8, 2011)

Monday, June 6

First Four Week Summer School Session Begins
First Eight Week Summer School Session Begins

Tuesday, June 7

Wednesday, June 8

VCSU 11 Man Team Football Camp Begins (June 8-12, 2011)

Thursday, June 9

Friday, June 10

Valley City Relay for Life, Hanna Field

Saturday, June 11

ND Wildlife Federation Summer Walleye Tournament, Lake Ashtabula (June 11-12)

Sunday, June 12

VCSU Girls Basketball Position Camp Begins (June 12-14, 2011)