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International Opportunities
Join VCSU at FM RedHawks Game
Proposal Accepted for Honduran National Conference
Zavala-Petherbridge to Present at International Conference
BCHS Lecture Series Season 13 Ends June 30
Building a Better VCSU!
Thank You Received
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
June & July Birthdays

International Opportunities

International Opportunities
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

This article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of June 27.

As has been written in this column on several occasions during the past three years, the expansion and promotion of international opportunities for Valley City State University students and staff alike is a high priority and will remain so in the years ahead. VCSU is committed to expanding international opportunities for all members of the VCSU community. The benefits gained from our students and staff taking advantage of such opportunities will only serve to strengthen the overall positive impact of a VCSU education.

During Summer 2011, four VCSU students are taking advantage of such pursuits and participating in study abroad academic programs, specifically in the areas of Spanish education. Three students are spending part of their summer in Peru in a collaborative program in conjunction with students from Minot State University. A fourth VCSU student is spending much of her summer studying in Spain. The students have been blogging and maintaining an online journal to document their activities throughout the summer, and it has been rewarding to read of their experiences.

The Study Abroad student participants do not represent the entirety of our efforts in these areas this summer. As was begun in Summer 2010 in conjunction with VCSU's new partnership with Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) in Hangzhou, China, three VCSU faculty members are living in Hangzhou and teaching for ZJETP this summer. Dr. Beth Klingenstein, Dr. Shou-ching Chao, and Anthony Dutton are each teaching in an English Language program and exploring Chinese culture and traditions while in China.

The continuation and expansion of study abroad and similarly related international activities are identified as a priority in VCSU's five-year strategic plan (VCSU 2015). In addition to members of the VCSU Community studying, teaching, and traveling abroad, these activities also encompass the international students and scholars we educate on the VCSU campus throughout the year. We hosted faculty from China and Mexico this past year, and will continue welcoming additional faculty and international students from multiple countries to Valley City State University and the Valley City community in the future.

To effectively deliver world-class education in the 21st Century, VCSU has an obligation to provide our students with the best educational opportunities possible. As we work to ensure VCSU graduates have the skills and capabilities necessary to succeed in today's world, it is critical they have the benefits afforded through international and cultural exchange opportunities. VCSU graduates need an understanding of how others live, work, study, and connect throughout the world to help ensure they are successful in their chosen career fields.

We will continue working to create new opportunities for members of the VCSU Community in this area, and you will hear more about such initiatives that help fulfill this component of the VCSU 2015 Strategic Plan.

Join VCSU at FM RedHawks Game

The VCSU Alumni Association invites you to join alumni and friends at Newman Outdoor field for an F-M RedHawks game Wednesday, August 3, 2011.

Pre-game Picnic is 6:00 – 7:00 pm with Game Time at 7:05 pm. Cost is $12 per person and includes reserved ticket and pre-game picnic of 2 hotdogs, chips and soda.

Come out and join your fellow VCSU supporters to cheer on the F-M RedHawks!

Please RSVP to reserve your tickets by July 27, 2011 to 701-845-7203.

Go Vikings!

Proposal Accepted for Honduran National Conference

Proposal Accepted for Honduran National Conference
Valley City State University Communication Arts instructors, Dina Petherbridge and Rob Walsh, in combination with the visiting professors from VCSU's Mexican sister university, the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) in La Paz, Mexico have submitted a presentation proposal to the VII National Conference for English Teachers sponsored by National Pedagogical University Francisco Morazan (UPNFM) and the Embassy of the United States in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, August 10-13, 2011. The panel proposal was accepted and was based on the team-teaching collaboration in COMM 212: Interpersonal Communication during spring semester 2011.

The presentation is entitled "Jumping ROPES: a simple methodology for success in language learning." R.O.P.E.S. is a common-sense lesson plan strategy that is suitable in a variety of settings, from educational to corporate environments. Used in a language learning classroom, this method marries context and content with the crowning element of student engagement. Panel participants (representing three cultures) experimented with R.O.P.E.S. within an intercultural team-teaching opportunity in the spring of 2011 at Valley City State University, Valley City, North Dakota, USA.

Panel Presenters are:
Rocio Aramburo, Universidad Automa de Baja California Sur, ESL Faculty
Guadalupe Urban, Universidad Automa de Baja California Sur Languages Program Director
Mauricio Aguirre, Universidad Automa de Baja California Sur , ESL Faculty
Rob Walsh, Valley City State University Communication Arts Faculty
Dina Zavala-Petherbridge, Valley City State University Spanish Program Director

Pictured are Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur professors (l to r) Rocio Aramburo, Guadalupe Urban, Mauricio Aguirre.

Zavala-Petherbridge to Present at International Conference

Zavala-Petherbridge to Present at International Conference
VCSU Spanish Instructor Dina Zavala- Petherbridge, in combination with visiting professor Guadalupe Urban from VCSU's sister university, the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) in La Paz, Mexico, submitted a presentation proposal to the VII National Conference for English Teachers sponsored by the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan(UPNFM) and the Embassy of the United States in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, August 10-13, 2011.

The presentation proposal was based on a pen pal project created by both instructors during the fall of 2010, and spring semester of 2011. This correspondence exchange will continue next academic year, which reinforces the benefits of the academic agreement between VCSU and UABCS.

The presentation, "From Pen Pals to E-Pals: Making Language and Culture Tangible" is a cross-cultural correspondence activity designed to connect language learners. Native speakers of Spanish and English participate to link native-speakers of two distinct cultures. Students of two universities begin as pen pals, writing letters that allow them to compose in the target language as slowly and deliberately as needed. As their ability evolves, students become e-pals, switching from snail-mail letters to electronic writing to speaking. Instant messaging, social networking, and Internet calling become the backdrop for international interactions.

During fall semester 2010, Valley City State University professor, M.A. Dina Zavala-Petherbridge, and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur profesora, Lic. Guadalupe Urban, incorporated Pen Pal to E-Pal for first- and second-year Spanish and English students. During two semesters, 20 students participated from both institutions. Participants wrote letters in the target language and shared items to represent their respective culture. By semesters' end, language learners were communicating using the written and spoken word.

Zavala-Petherbridge and Urban share how to create an interactive cross-curricular experience by elaborating on the successes and challenges of the program. Both provide insights on what adjustments were made to ensure viability. Materials are provided to illustrate how the project can be tailored to age and level.

BCHS Lecture Series Season 13 Ends June 30

The Barnes County Historical Society Annual Meeting and conclusion of Lecture Series Season 13 presents Keith Norman (Jamestown Sun) "Limpy Jack and the Fort Totten Trail" 7:00 pm on Thursday June 30, 2011.

Mr. Norman will be doing a first person presentation as Limpy Jack. Limpy Jack Clayton was a colorful character to say the least. Born in upstate New York as John Hamilton he served as a cavalry soldier in the Civil War. He moved west and gained the limp when he was shot by some fellow members of a horse stealing gang in Duluth. He changes name and location spending the rest of his life on the frontier of the Dakotas, most notably along the trail between Fort Seward and Fort Totten. His time there is not without adventure including a couple of brushes with the law. He'll continue the presentation with a more general discussion of the trail and some of the individuals who made their living along it.

Keith Norman has had a lifelong interest in the history of the region. He currently produces and hosts the syndicated radio show Great Stories of the Great Plains heard on 14 radio stations across North and South Dakota. The stories from the radio broadcasts and other writings projects have been incorporated into six self-published books all dealing with the great history of the Dakotas. Norman, a 1979 graduate of Valley City State College, grew up in Monango, N.D. He makes his home in Jamestown along with his wife Jane, two dogs, six horses and way too many cats.

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.

The Barnes County Historical Society 2011 Annual Meeting will precede this lecture. All Society Members are invited to attend the annual meeting at 7:00 pm at the museum. There will be an election for seven board members. Margaret Wieland, Howard Langemo, Pat Beil, and Bob Burchill are running for a 2nd three year term. Tony Dutton, Gordon Hoff and Derrick Woehl are seeking to fill three empty positions. Reports will be given by the chairs of various committees: finance, gift shop, volunteers, visitors, membership, collections, fund raising, site management, grants, exhibits, lecture series, community outreach, and others. Wes Anderson will give an overall report for the year. Members can ask questions and offer suggestions. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given.

Building a Better VCSU!

As summer rolls along, the Facilities Services department remains as busy as ever with summer projects which include:

· Carpet installation, stair tread and painting in the Library
· Complete renovation of McFarland Classrooms 206 and 207
· Paint and carpet in several administrative offices
· Carpet in the upper Student Center lounge, as well as carpet and paint in several offices
· Painting in the Stadium main areas and bathrooms

We are also in the midst of finishing one major project - the Snoeyenbos Hall Renovation. New pictures have been added to the Facilities Services WEBPAGE showing the major work that has been done in the last couple months. The project is still on schedule to be completed by the end of July.

There will also be a kick-off meeting this week with JLG Architects, the firm that was selected by the building committee for work on the Rhoades Science Center.

Thank You Received

The following thank you was received and addressed to VCSU employees:

I would like to thank everyone who attended the retirement/recognition dinner and retirement open house in my honor. Larry, thank you for all the kind words and Steph & Glen thank you for the touching powerpoint, at the dinner. I would also like to thank VCSU for the lovely clocktower picture. It will soon be hanging in my house.

It is hard to believe that I have had the opportunity to work at VCSU for 33 years. The people at VCSU are the best, they made going to work each day a joy. Keep in touch!

Oh, by the way, we are enjoying the summer on Lake of the Woods!

Thank you!
Diane Hill

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

What\'s Happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, June 27

Tuesday, June 28

Wednesday, June 29

7:15 pm Music at the Court House by "The Maasjo Sisters"

Thursday, June 30

Pay Day

Friday, July 1

Saturday, July 2

Sunday, July 3

7:00 pm Ft Ransom Rodeo

Monday, July 4

Independence Day – Campus Closed
Sanborn 4th of July Celebration – Activities All Day with Fireworks at Dusk
11:00 am Ft Ransom Parade
2:00 pm Ft Ransom Rodeo

Tuesday, July 5

Wednesday, July 6

Music at the Court House

Thursday, July 7

Friday, July 8

Saturday, July 9

Ft Ransom Sodbuster Days, Ft. Ransom State Park (July 9-10)
10:00-12:00 noon Farmer's Market at Hinschberger Park

Sunday, July 10