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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

A Great Start for 2011-12!
2011 Viking Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored
Career Fair Bringing 700+ Guests to VCSU Campus
L2L Marketplace For Entire Campus
APOC Fundraiser September 23
Pfeifer Co-Authors SAP Text
IDea Corner
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
September Birthdays

A Great Start for 2011-12!

A Great Start for 2011-12!
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of September 19, 2011.

Last week, U.S. News released its annual Best Colleges rankings. Valley City State University was ranked as the #1 Public Regional College in the Midwest for 2012. This marks the 14th consecutive year VCSU has been ranked among the top institutions by U.S. News in our category, and the first time VCSU has ever achieved the #1 ranking.

First, a few points of clarification about the ranking methodology and VCSU's category. The Midwest region is comprised of 12 states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. The "Colleges" category is comprised of institutions that focus primarily on undergraduate education and grant fewer than half of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. The schools in this category also draw the majority of their students from within their surrounding geographic region (hence the term "Regional"). There are a total of 97 colleges and universities that were ranked in the Midwest Regional Colleges category, and of these, 83 are private institutions while 14 are public schools like VCSU. Therefore, among institutions with a similar profile and mission to VCSU in the 12-state Midwest region, VCSU ranked #1 among the 14 public colleges and universities.

The students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters of VCSU, along with the entire community, can be proud of this recognition. There are a number of important criteria that go into the overall ranking, including: freshmen retention rate, graduation rate, average class sizes, student/faculty ratio, percentage of faculty who are full-time, average ACT/SAT scores, freshmen in the top 25% of their class, acceptance rate, average alumni giving rate, and peer assessment. These are all important indicators that help demonstrate the quality of the educational environment at VCSU.

Aside from the obvious satisfaction in being ranked #1 (moving up from the #2 ranking each of the past two years and the #4 ranking three years ago), it is also worth emphasizing that VCSU has been named to the U.S. News list for 14 straight years. That represents a wonderful level of consistency and speaks to the strong academic tradition at VCSU.

As U.S. News states, "...the editors of U.S. News believe that students and their families should have as much information as possible about the comparative merits of the educational programs at America's colleges and universities. The data we gather on America's colleges - and the rankings of the schools that arise from these data - serve as an objective guide by which students and their parents can compare the academic quality of schools."

Rankings such as the U.S. News Best Colleges list are neither a perfect system nor an exact science, but they can be one of several very important factors used by prospective students and their families in making college selection decisions.

VCSU is proud to be ranked #1 out of 14 similar public institutions in the Midwest, and we will convey this information in future campus promotional materials. This is a great way to begin the 2011-12 academic year, and the entire campus is excited about the year ahead!

2011 Viking Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored

Valley City State University is proud to announce the 2011 inductees into the Viking Hall of Fame, who will be honored as part of the VCSU Homecoming festivities. On Friday, September 3,0 Viking Athletics will host a social starting at 5 pm and a Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction ceremony at 6:00 pm at the Valley City Eagles. Tickets are $20. For more information or to order tickets, call 701-845-7161.

The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Homecoming football game vs. Jamestown College taking place Saturday, October 1 at 1:00 pm.

The 2011 Inductees include:

Richard (Dick) Koppenhaver
Diane Burr
Jackie (Bisson) Lusk '98

1953 and 1954 Football Teams
1981 Volleyball Team
1996 Volleyball Team

Career Fair Bringing 700+ Guests to VCSU Campus

VCSU will host the Greater Barnes County High School Career Fair tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20, beginning at 10:30 am in Vangstad Auditorium.

This event will attract over 700 high school juniors, seniors, counselors and speakers to campus. Please provide them with a warm VCSU Welcome!

L2L Marketplace For Entire Campus

The L2L faculty leaders have organized L2L Marketplace, an event that showcases campus organizations and clubs.

In contrast to the Freshman Marketplace held during orientation weekend that focuses on first-year students, the L2L Marketplace focuses on campus organizations and clubs for the entire campus.

The L2L Marketplace is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 11:00 -11:50 am in Graichen Hall. Twenty-one campus organizations and clubs will be represented. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome!

The event is sponsored by L2L, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Office of Student Affairs.

APOC Fundraiser September 23

The Abused Persons Outreach Center (APOC) annual dinner and auction fundraiser will be held on Friday, September 23 at the VFW from 4:30 - 8:00 pm. Silent Auction will run 4:30-7:00 pm with 150 baskets to bid on. Some examples are: 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!

The cost for an adult ticket is $8.00 with choice of roast beef or chicken breast dinner. Tickets are available 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 office or by phone 701-845-7147.

Pfeifer Co-Authors SAP Text

Pfeifer Co-Authors SAP Text
Valley City State University Assistant Professor Sue Pfeifer has authored a chapter titled "ERP-Related Careers" that has been published as part of the online textbook Readings on Enterprise Resource Planning edited by Pierre-Majorique Leger, Robert Pellerin, and Gilbert Babin.

The textbook, developed in collaboration with over 20 faculty members from the SAP University Alliance, delves further into enterprise resource planning (ERP) and its real life applications. The proceeds from the sale of the book are used to fund the ERPsim faculty support web site and the team behind it. The textbook is available as of September 2011 to faculty and students using the ERPsim curriculum.

IDea Corner

"IDea Corner" will be a new feature of Hotline! where Instructional Designer, Roger Skophammer, will provide updates about workshops and other events relevant to instructional design. Skophammer will also use this space to explore strategies or identify resources that may be relevant to what you are doing as an instructor.

Not Just Instructional Technologies

There is a misconception that instructional design is just focused on instructional technologies. This is in part because there are new technologies that need to be learned as we find better ways to engage our students. This was as true when we were learning how to sync the record player to the filmstrip, and is the case today when we are trying to figure out what video format for our presentations. These tools are examples of some strategies employed to improve instruction, but quality instruction is not dependent on the latest technology. A well-planned discussion still engages students better than a PowerPoint lecture.

Here are a couple of definitions for instructional design.

Instructional Design as a Process:

Instructional Design is the systematic development of instructional specifications using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction. It is the entire process of analysis of learning needs and goals and the development of a delivery system to meet those needs. It includes development of instructional materials and activities; and tryout and evaluation of all instruction and learner activities.

Instructional Design as a Discipline:

Instructional Design is that branch of knowledge concerned with research and theory about instructional strategies and the process for developing and implementing those strategies.

For more on these and other definitions of Instructinal Design, CLICK HERE.

Skophammer's role is to be a resource for faculty in identifying appropriate tools and strategies to enhance learning. He will be available most mornings from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon (McCarthy 156), and upon request, will find other times to work with faculty on instructional design topics. The design team members are also a resource for faculty for developing tools and strategies. Though there is a lot of overlap between the design team responsibilities and Mr. Skophammer, please utilize the design team for questions about how to set up a tool or "where to click" type questions.

Workshop: September 27th from 1100 am - 12:00 noon in McFarland 206.

A workshop on resources to better engage students using the interactive white boards has been scheduled. Please bring your computers to the workshop. Pizza will be provided.

For more information, contact Roger Skophammer at 845-7449 or email at

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

Monday, September 19

United Way Door-to-Door Drive

Tuesday, September 20

10:30 am Greater Barnes County High School Career Fair on VCSU Campus
11:00 am Staff Senate Meeting

Wednesday, September 21

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Jamestown College, Graichen Gymnasium

Thursday, September 22

1:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Golf at University of Minnesota – Morris

Friday, September 23

First Day of Autumn
12:00 pm Career Services Workshop "How to Work a Career Fair," Student Center President's Room
5:00 pm Abused Persons Outreach Center Fall Supper and Silent Auction
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Minot State University

Saturday, September 24

Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Festival, Fort Ransom (September 24-25)
9:00 am Fine Art Annual Choir Rummage Sale, Foss Hall
10:00 am Standing Rock Lutheran Church Bazaar & Meatball Dinner
1:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Dakota State University
1:00 pm Viking Football at South Dakota School of Mines & Tech

Sunday, September 25

12:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Golf at Valley City State Invitational, Maple River Golf Club (September 25-26)

Monday, September 26

Homecoming Week
4:00 pm 29th Annual Bill Osmon Fun Run, Lokken Stadium
7:30 pm Homecoming Royalty Coronation, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, September 27

12:00 pm Career Services Workshop "How to Work a Career Fair," Student Center President's Room

Wednesday, September 28

Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Mayville State University

Thursday, September 29

7:00 pm Dr. Diana Skroch Presents lecture on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Barnes County Historical Museum

Friday, September 30

4:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Cross Country at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Saturday, October 1

11:00 am Homecoming Parade
1:00 pm Viking Football vs Jamestown College, Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium
5:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Dakota State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Sunday, October 2

Depression Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
2:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Dakota Wesleyan University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm VCACA Performers "Street Corner Symphony," Vangstad Auditorium

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