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Another Busy Summer at VCSU!
Sign up for the 14th annual VCSU Golf Scramble
Hagen Attends National Conference
Hill & Wirth Present at TMCCT
Horseless Carriage Club Hosts Tour in Valley City
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
August Birthdays

Another Busy Summer at VCSU!

Another Busy Summer at VCSU!
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of August 8, 2011.

As the summer concludes and Valley City State University prepares to welcome students back for the start of the 2011-12 academic year, I would like to share a small sampling of the many activities that have occurred throughout the past three months.

It was another busy Summer Semester with a total of 551 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in summer classes. These figures represent a 6% increase over Summer 2010 enrollment, and are a direct reflection of the overall growth in the University. Students and faculty alike do indeed keep busy throughout the summer months with their teaching and learning endeavors. Heading toward the fall and preparing for another strong incoming freshmen class in 2011, we have also hosted several New Student Registration sessions for students and parents this summer.

Certainly a high-profile project on the campus this summer has been the installation of the new artificial turf on Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium. This project is nearing completion, and the contractor, CG & B Enterprises, has done a wonderful job in keeping on-schedule despite the sometimes challenging weather conditions. However, this is not the only major construction project that has occurred. Work is in the final stages of the $3.5 million renovation of Snoeyenbos Residence Hall. The Hall has been closed to students for the past twelve months as suite-style rooms are being added, and it will re-open this month as a wonderful new living environment for VCSU students.

Besides the work at Ellig Field and Snoeyenbos Hall, there have been other, smaller construction projects throughout campus that will also improve the student experience at VCSU. Several classrooms are receiving upgrades including new carpet and teaching technology; a number of additional security cameras are being installed both indoors and outdoors across campus; several bathroom facilities are being renovated; upgrades are being made in the Student Center; and upgrades are being made in Allen Memorial Library. Work is also ongoing with architects in preparation for the start of construction to renovate and expand Rhoades Science Center.

In addition, VCSU received $630,000 in grants through the ND Department of Commerce ARRA Energy Efficiency Improvement Program for State Facilities. This funding is allowing VCSU to complete a number of projects this summer that will make the campus more energy efficient including the installation of a new natural gas boiler at the Student Center, upgrades in the plumbing system infrastructure, and building envelope upgrades including door/window sealing and insulation. These are long-term investments that should make VCSU more energy efficient and reduce utility expenditures in the years ahead.

Of course, there have been numerous camps, workshops, and symposiums on campus throughout the summer including various athletic and educational camps with participants of many age levels. Just last week, 15 faculty and administrators from our partner school, Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic in Hangzhou, China, were at VCSU for two days. It is always enjoyable when VCSU can welcome visitors to the campus and provide them with a wonderful Viking experience.

Fall student-athletes are now returning to campus, VCSU faculty will be back on contract on Monday, August 15, and freshmen move into the residence halls on Friday, August 19. It is a wonderful time of year!

Sign up for the 14th annual VCSU Golf Scramble

The 14th annual VCSU Golf Scramble is scheduled for Monday, August 15 at the Valley City Town & Country Club -- 4:00 pm sign-in and a shot-gun start at 4:30 pm.

Golfers and non-golfers of all levels are encouraged to participate. Register as a 4 or 5 person team or we will place you on a team. The cost for the scramble, which covers the cost of the green fees, prizes and picnic, is $25.00 and payment is due by Friday, August 12. Golf carts are not included but may be reserved by contacting Valley City Country Club at 845-4626.

A picnic will follow the Scramble, and is open to spouses and non-golfers. The cost for just the dinner is $9.00. Please R.S.V.P. to Kari Stricklin kari.stricklin@vcsu.edu.

Hagen Attends National Conference

Hagen Attends National Conference
Dr. Sara Hagen, as President of NDMEA, attended the National Music Education Week in Washington D.C. in June representing North Dakota in the National Leadership Assembly.

Lectures and break-out sessions included topics such as managing a board of directors for a nonprofit organization, writing policy that works, creating effective state journals, designing achievable strategic plans, reviewing national issues related to music education before the Congress, and learning successful techniques for advocacy. Outstanding performances of the National Honors Ensembles, Drum Corps International, and military bands were enjoyed.

On the last day of the conference, delegates from the Assembly met with their Congressmen regarding the pressing issues of music education with four main asks in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): that music remain a core subject, that available federal funding (Title I and II) be available for music education, that data be collected on student achievement (music is the only core on which there is no data collected regularly), and that there be a reasonable relationship among music teacher responsibility, state and local curricular control and accountability.

Each state was represented as well as divisional representation. North Dakota is located in the North Central region for the newly named National Association for Music Education (formerly known as MENC). Denese Odegaard, Fargo, is the NC Division President. Pictured left-right: Sara Hagen, Emily Trion (Hoeven staffer), Denese Odegaard

Hill & Wirth Present at TMCCT

Valley City State University Professor Dr. Curt Hill and Instructor Jamie Wirth of the Mathematics Department presented at the Turtle Mountain Community College Technology Day July 13, 2011.

They were two of several NDUS faculty invited to speak, representing VCSU, NDSU and UND. Hill gave a presentation titled "Visualization Enhanced Hypertextbook for Computer Science Education" and the closing talk on the excellent market for careers in technology. Wirth gave two well received talks on the Geogebra software package.

Horseless Carriage Club Hosts Tour in Valley City

The Red River Valley Horseless Carriage Club is hosting the Midwest Nickel Era Car Tour August 7-12 in and around Valley City. This tour is for cars of the 1920s, the "Nickel Era" named as such because it is after the age of the Horseless Carriages (1900s) that were touring here in 2004, and after the Brass Era (1910s) that toured here in 2007, and before chrome came into popularity in the 1930s.

A number of beautiful machines and their owners from all over the country will spend the week touring Eastern North Dakota. They will visit Jamestown, Cooperstown, Lisbon and finish their tour in Valley City on August 12. The Bridge City Cruisers are hosting an event for the tourists.

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

Monday, August 8

Tuesday, August 9

Wednesday, August 10

7:15 pm Music at the Court House featuring "Cheaper Than Therapy"

Thursday, August 11

Friday, August 12

Saturday, August 13

10:00 am Farmers Market, Hinschberger Park

Sunday, August 14

Monday, August 15

Payday
Welcome Week Activities Begin for Faculty and Staff

Tuesday, August 16

8:30 am All Faculty & Staff Meeting, Student Center Cafeteria

Wednesday, August 17

8:30 am All Faculty & Staff Meeting, Student Center Cafeteria
6:30 pm Barnes County Wildlife Federation – Club Picnic & Fish Fry
7:00 pm Music at the Court House featuring 'ADAPT'

Thursday, August 18

Friday, August 19

11:00-1:00 am Hotdogs for Freshmen and Families

Saturday, August 20

10:00 am Farmers Market, Hinschberger Park
1:30 pm VCSU Viking Volleyball vs Waldorf College, Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, August 21


August Birthdays

August Birthdays
3 Taka Yamauchi
4 Jackie Owen
9 Kari Stricklin
10 Susan Pfeifer
13 Trish Gegelman
14 Betty Schumacher
14 Karen Crooks
15 Robin Allebach
15 Eric Shanenko
17 Marcia Foss
21 Patti Rickford
21 Tara Praska
26 Beth Klingenstein
26 Galen Morton
26 Chad Slyter
26 Jeremy Wiebe
29 Jonna Ziniel