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New Faculty at VCSU
Dr. Shirley Elected to NAIA Council of Presidents
Ramos Serves as Artist in Residence
Kringlie to Attend VMworld 2011 Conference
APOC Annual Fundraiser September 23
Congratulations To ...
Viking Athletic Update
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
August Birthdays

New Faculty at VCSU

New Faculty 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 22, 2011.

With the beginning of a new academic calendar, it is again time to introduce the new full-time faculty who will be teaching at VCSU this year. Two years ago we introduced six new full-time faculty members and last year we introduced five new faculty. This year, VCSU welcomes five new teaching faculty as we begin the 2011-12 year: J. Gregory Brister, Philip Deger, Elizabeth Bue Maher, Jorge Variego, and Casey Williams.

Dr. Greg Brister will serve as an assistant professor of English Composition in the Division of Communication Arts and Social Science. Greg earned his doctorate in English from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and his Master's in English from St. Cloud State University. Professor Brister's experience includes teaching composition, literature, and writing at St. Cloud State, St. John's University (MN), and the University of Kansas.

Philip Deger will be an assistant professor of Human Resource Management in the Division of Business and Information Technology. Philip holds undergraduate and Master's degrees from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Deger has teaching experience in a wide variety of Human Resources subjects at the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, Morris, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, and Anoka Technical College.

Elizabeth Bue Maher has been hired as an Elementary Education Generalist instructor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies. Beth has a Master's degree in Education from North Dakota State University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in education through NDSU. She has been an elementary teacher in the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (MN) School District the past eight years, and earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from VCSU through our partnership with NDSU.

Dr. Jorge Variego will be an assistant professor of Music Theory/Composition/Woodwinds in the Division of Fine Arts. Dr. Variego earned his doctorate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, and a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jorge has teaching experience at several universities, and earned his Bachelor's degree from National University in Rosario, Argentina.

Dr. Casey Williams will be an assistant professor of Fisheries and Biology in the Division of Math, Science, Health, and Physical Education. Dr. Williams earned his PhD and Master's in Aquatic Resources from Texas State University-San Marcos. During the past year, Professor Williams completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University. Casey earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

We are pleased to welcome these five new full-time faculty members to Valley City and the VCSU campus. Please help me in welcoming these individuals, along with all new VCSU employees and students, to Valley City as we begin the 2011-12 academic year.

Dr. Shirley Elected to NAIA Council of Presidents

Dr. Steve Shirley has been elected to serve on the chief governing body of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): the Council of Presidents. His term begins immediately and will conclude December 31, 2014.

The responsibilities of the Council of Presidents include all budgetary and fiscal matters, employment and supervision of the president/chief executive officer, and continuing review, evaluation and strengthening of academic standards. Dr. Shirley joins Drs. Gary Bonvillian of Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia, and David Manuel of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, as a representative for independent institutions.

VCSU has been a member of the NAIA since 1949, and currently offers 14 varsity sports.

Ramos Serves as Artist in Residence

Ramos Serves as Artist in Residence
VCSU Assistant Professor Armando Ramos spent one month this summer as an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center.

The Vermont Studio Center (VSC) hosts 25 artists and 25 writers each month who participate in four to 12 weeks of independent studio residencies. VSC residents represent a mix of mediums, cultures, experiences, and ages, for a diverse and vibrant community.

The Studio Center provides four to 12 week studio residencies on an historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. This is one of the top ten competitive residencies in the United States; it is a great honor and privilege to be invited.

Kringlie to Attend VMworld 2011 Conference

Kringlie to Attend VMworld 2011 Conference
Erik Kringlie, VCSU Director of Data Centers and Virtualization will attend the VMworld 2011 Conference for the third time August 29-September 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

VMworld 2011, hosted by VMware, is the leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure event of the year. It's specifically designed for IT professionals seeking to accelerate success in their enterprises as they preserve existing investments while aligning their specific requirements to enable the cloud.

Thousands of IT innovators, practitioners, executives and technology providers attend VMworld to explore the leading edge of the industry's most powerful trend in more than 500 breakout and information-sharing sessions, 20-plus hands-on lab topics, invaluable networking opportunities, and meet over 400 sponsors and exhibitors.

Pictured is Kringlie at the 2009 conference.

APOC Annual Fundraiser September 23

The Abused Persons Outreach Center (APOC) will hold its annual fundraiser dinner and silent auction on Friday, September 23 at the VFW.

The event begins at 4:30 pm with auction closing at 7:00 pm with 150 baskets including spa baskets, men's baskets, movie night in baskets, quilt baskets, tailgating, children's baskets and family game night. Come and do your Christmas shopping early!

Adult dinner tickets are $8.00 with choice of roast beef or chicken breast. Tickets can be purchased at the Campus Violence Intervention Office in Vangstad 102 from 12:00-3:30 pm, or at the door.

All tickets and silent auction proceeds will be used for direct services such as:

-24 hour crisis line
-safe shelter in cases of domestic violence
-public relations
-intervention materials
-supplies for a new beginning
-self-help support groups
-in-center counseling

All of the services are free of charge and all information is kept confidential.

For more information, contact Karla Ranisate, VCSU Campus Violence Intervention Advocate, in her campus office (Vangstad 102) or by phone 701-845-7147.

Congratulations To ...

Sheri Okland, Instrutor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies , who is ABD!


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Although there are many times when, as a campus, we wish to remember campus friends who are hospitalized or express condolences through memorials of various forms (flowers, contributions, etc), state funds are not appropriated for such expenditures. The VCSU Spirit Fund is used for employees according to its policy, V611.13.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
Volleyball home opener

The VCSU Lady Viking Volleyball Team swept the Waldorf Warriors 25-16, 25-23 and 25-21 on Saturday. The Vikings are in action again this weekend as they travel to Orange City, IA for the Northwestern College Tournament.

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

Monday, August 22

Evening Classes begin at 4:00
Fort Ransom State Park Star Gazing with Jere Hilland of FM Astronomy Club
7:00 pm "The Everything Project," VCHS Theatre

Tuesday, August 23

VCSU Day Classes begin
Barnes County Wildlife Federation – Trap Shoot Fun Night, VC Trap Range

Wednesday, August 24

Thursday, August 25

Laylat al-Qadr begins at sundown

Friday, August 26

Viking Volleyball @ Northwestern Classic (August 26-27)
7:00 pm VCSU 24 Hour Theatre, Vangstad Auditorium (August 26-27)

Saturday, August 27

Sunday, August 28

Monday, August 29

Eid al-Fitr begins at sundown
VCSU Art Gallery Presents Chris Schanck

Tuesday, August 30

7:00 pm Auditions for "Little Shop of Horrors," Vangstad Auditorium

Wednesday, August 31

12:00 pm Viking Women's & Men's Golf @ Jimmie Open, Jamestown, ND

Thursday, September 1

7:00 pm Viking Football vs Morningside College, Lokken Field

Friday, September 2

12:00 pm Viking Men's Golf @ Concordia Invitational, Moorhead, MN (September 2-3)
12:00 pm Viking Volleyball @ Corn Palace Classic (September 2-3)

Saturday, September 3

4:00 pm Viking Cross Country – Viking Invitational @ Valley City Country Club

Sunday, September 4

Monday, September 5
Labor Day Holiday – No Classes – Offices Closed