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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Help! Can You Hear Us Now?
$1,500 Grants for Instructional Technology Ideas
Skroch to Present Lecture September 29
Viking Tennis Club Battles on the Court
VCSU Faculty Attend and Present at C-STAND Conference
Vareberg Recipient of C-STAND Scholarship
IDea Corner
Congratulations To ...
Thank You ...
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
September and October Birthdays

Help! Can You Hear Us Now?

What an exciting time to be at Valley City State University! Record breaking enrollment, new turf on the football field, and Recognition by U.S. News and World Report for 14 consecutive years! Now is not the time to become complacent. We must sustain this momentum!

Please give serious consideration to becoming a member of our V-500 scholarship program. Stop by the Foundation Office and find out just how easy it is to become a member of this important scholarship program.

The 2011-2012 school year will see an all-time record allocation of scholarship support to the students of VCSU. That number totaled $757,000! Please join the V-500 team and help us sustain that effort. Remember, It Takes Two, V-500 and You!

$1,500 Grants for Instructional Technology Ideas

Here's your opportunity to put new, innovative ideas to work! The IT Innovation (ITI) Mini-Grant program seeks applications for up to $1,500 awards for innovative ideas directly tied to instruction at VCSU. The purpose of the ITI Mini-Grant Program is to foster and support educational technology innovation at VCSU. Supported primarily through student technology fees, this program funds projects intended to improve student learning via the application of innovative and meaningful instructional technology. An ITI Grant Review Team will review proposals and recommend recipients to the CIO. The program is open to both faculty and students.

To qualify, complete an application available at visit the ITI Mini Grant web page and submit it to the Instructional Design Team Office, in care of Dr. Sara Hagen ( (please put 'ITI MINI' in the subject line). APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY SEPTEMBER 30.

For more information, visit the ITI Mini Grant web page or contact Sara Hagen or Joe Tykwinski in the ITC department.

Skroch to Present Lecture September 29

Skroch to Present Lecture September 29
Valley City State University Professor Dr. Diana Skroch will present a lecture on her travel to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Island of Mystery, on September 29 at 7:00 pm at the Barnes County Historical Museum.

On a recent trip to South America, Diana Skroch and Joe Stickler travelled to Easter Island (Easter's Hanga Roa has the most remote airport in the world). The evening's lecture will include information about the origins of the island's population, the enormous stone statues (moais) which have intrigued and mystified the world, the collapse of Easter's culture, and the conclusions drawn by today's authors and scientists.

Dr. Skroch, who describes herself as a passionate traveler, is Chair of the Department of Music and the Division of Fine Arts at Valley City State University.

Viking Tennis Club Battles on the Court

Viking Tennis Club Battles on the Court
The Viking Club Tennis team took a 3-0 record into the U of M Gopher 16 team invite this weekend and faced off against some very strong division one teams.

In Saturday's pool play the Vikings drew the Wisconsin Badgers, Marquette Golden Eagles and UW Superior. Against the Badges the Vikings started slow in the doubles round finishing 5-12 but drew close after some good singles play by Junior Katie Paulson and Freshman Kurt Brown, but struggled again in the mixed doubles losing the match 13-29. In the 2nd pool match against Marquette the Vikings faced a really tough team and had to fight for every game but struggled to put points on the board, losing the overall match 9-27. Senior Isaac Olson and Freshman Josh Gilbertson were the highlight of the Marquette match, playing a great mens doubles round for our only set win 6-3. In the last round of the pool play VCSU faced UW Superior for the 2nd time this year and the result was the same, winning overall 27-16. The Superior match was moved indoors at the Gopher's Baseline facility and the entire team stepped up only dropping one of the 5 sets and only giving up 3 games in the men's and women's singles.

Saturday found the Vikings in the Bronze flight of the tournament, with 4 flights overall: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper. In the first round Sunday morning the Vikings faced off against UND's A squad and we added Junior Patrick Rogers to our roster. The Vikings kept it close the whole match, down 9-10 after the doubles round and 16-22 after the singles and need a set win in the mixed to take it to overtime and got just that. Patrick Rogers and Freshman Erika Lutjens teamed in the mixed for a great 6-3 win that put us into overtime play but they need to win 3 games in a row to tie the score, UND then substituted in their top mens player and he served out the next game for a final score of 22-26. This put the Vikings in the consolation final for the Bronze division and we faced off against Loyola's B team for the final match of the weekend.

Coach Erik Kringlie indicated he has never witness a club team match as close as this one, the Vikings split the doubles round with the score 7-7 and finished the singles round up by one point 15-14. Loyola won the mixed 5-6 and 4-5 in the tiebreak which tied the overall team score at 20-20 sending the match into a super tiebreaker for the whole match. The super tiebreaker was a back and forth with Loyola pulling it out 6-7 on a final point that was amazing to watch, final match score: Vikings 26, Loyola 27.

The Viking Club Tennis team is now 4-4 on the season and will take that record into their home match this weekend. Saturday, October 1 the team will play at the North Court Complex in Valley City. Scheduled to play out the 3rd Annual Viking Invite is: University of South Dakota, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, University of Wisconsin-Superior and possibly Concordia. Play will start at 9:00 am and conclude near 6:00 pm.

Come out and cheer on Viking Club Tennis!

VCSU Faculty Attend and Present at C-STAND Conference

Five VCSU Communication Arts faculty members attended and presented at the 25th Annual Communication, Speech and Theatre Association (C-STAND) Conference September 15-17 in Mandan, ND.

Assistant Professor Jenni Lou Russi participated in two panels: "Treasurers of the Stage: Blocking in Both Large and Small Schools" and "A Dazzling Audition: Scholarship and Entrance Auditions for Students Interested in Theatre Programs."

Associate Professor Shannon VanHorn, participated in "Reflections of Teaching: Pedagogical Experience and Research in Communication Education" and was respondent to the student research panel. Additionally, she was on the Board of Directors as the editor of the Journal of Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota.

VanHorn, Assistant Professor Jennifer Jennes, Instructor Rob Walsh, and Instructor Jonna Ziniel participated in "Polishing Service Learning." VanHorn and Ziniel presented in the panel "Glistening Suggestions: Making the Basic Course Fun" and Walsh chaired this panel.

More than 150 high school and college faculty from across the state attended this conference.

Vareberg Recipient of C-STAND Scholarship

Kyle Vareberg, VCSU senior, is the winner of the 2011 Communication, Speech and Theatre Association, North Dakota (C-STAND) University Scholarship. Vareberg has been active in speech and theatre arts throughout high school and college and plans to coach speech teams and direct plays in the future, as well as earn a master's degree in communication.

IDea Corner

This week we would like to introduce the Design Team and the director, and describe the ways that the team can support you. VCSU has shown a strong commitment to engaging students through instructional technologies. The challenge is that these tools are changing and improving at a pace faster that most can keep up with. Director Skophammer sees the role of the Design Team as helping faculty to keep up as we strive to improve learning.

Each member is a representative of a division and may be your best option for support as they may be more familiar with tools and pedagogy relevant to your division. The following bios, taken from the Instructional design Bb page, are provided to help you determine who may be able to address your specific concerns.

Shannon VanHorn: CASS representative
Coordinates the Brown Bag sessions
Research areas include online pedagogy and effective use of Web 2.0 tools in pedagogy
Doctorate in Communication; Dissertation is entitled "The Online Communication Course: Trends, Challenges, and Factors Affecting Teaching Satisfaction"
Areas of expertise:
Web 2.0 elements such as Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, Ning, Knols, Youtube, and Second Life
Blackboard content, assignments, grade center, discussion, journals
Presentation tools such as Prezi
Microsoft Office applications-Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher

Jim Boe: SEGS representative
Mac Users Group (MUD)
Doctorate and research in Adult and Occupational Education; dissertation topic is The Leadership Role of Technology Education in STEM.
Areas of expertise:
Graphic design applications - Photoshop Elements, SketchUp, digital video (iMovie, Movie Maker)
Remote Tech Support - Teamviewer, and several other applications.
Blackboard - testing, gradebook, content and assignments
Interactive Video - Wimba Classroom, Pronto, Polycom H.323
Microsoft Office applications - Word, PowerPoint, some Excel
Macintosh Operating system and software
SmartBoard and Promethean ActivBoard basics.

Sara Hagen: Fine Arts representative
Ph.D. in Music Education: dissertation explored the use of technologies for the improvement of sight playing at the piano
Certificates in Music Business (BerkleeOnline), Computers in Music (Florida State University), and Distance Education (U of Wisconsin-Madison)
Areas of expertise:
Mac and PC platforms
Delivery options and other techniques for distance education
Blackboard (design/organization, tools, gradebook, customization)
Wimba/Pronto tools (audio/video, whiteboard, interactive options, student engagement, office hours)
Tablet technologies
Group collaboration environments (VoiceThread, Ning, Facebook, Wiki, Blogger)
Sound design and engineering applications (Audacity, Sound Forge, Acid Pro,Garage Band)
Finale (notation software)

Diane Burr: MSHPE representative
Areas of expertise:
Blackboard-- design organization, testing, gradebook, content and assignments
Microsoft Office Applications: Word, PowerPoint, some Excel, Publisher
Delivery Options for distance education

Kerry Gregoryk: BIT representative
Areas of Expertise:
Graphic design applications - DreamWeaver, InDesign, PhotoShop, Flash, Publisher, digital video creation tools
Blackboard - testing, grade book, content and assignments
Interactive Video teaching
Microsoft Office applications - Certified Microsoft Office Specialist
Is willing to try to help with most any computer application software
Doctorate and research in Adult and Occupational Education; dissertation topic is interaction among various generational groups in the undergraduate classroom
Trained in basics of Promethean boards (but might not recall it very quickly)

Roger Skophammer: Instructional Design
Skophammer holds a PhD in Education with a strong background in assessment, curriculum development, and pedagogy at both the preK-12 and higher education levels. He has experience in both F2F and distance education, and expertise in project based education. Skophammer is willing to help with "how to" questions with any application, but the division representatives are the better resource for those types of questions. Skophammer encourages questions about what tools to use or how to use a tool to optimize student engagement (improved learning).

Director Skophammer can be reached at 845-7449 or

Congratulations to ...

Jaime and Darin Namminga welcomed their baby girl, Sophia June, on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm. She weighed 7 lbs, 2 oz. and was 20 1/2 in. long.


The September 20, 2011 minutes from Staff Senate monthly meeting are posted on the X Drive at Institution > Offices > Staff Senate > 2011-2012 Minutes >

Thank you ...

The following thank you was sent to VCSU:

VCSU Staff and Faculty -

Thank you for the beautiful framed picture of VCSU's clock tower. I will truly miss my VCSU family. I feel very fortunate to have worked with such great people. Thanks for everything!

Kris Mueller

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

Monday, September 26

Homecoming Week
10:00 am-12:00 pm Flu Shot Clinic, Student Center President's Room
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

12:00 pm Reunion Luncheon, Student Center Skoal Room
2:30 pm Alumni Welcome Back Ice Cream Social, VCSU McFarland Hall – 2nd Floor
4:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Cross Country at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
5:00 pm Hall of Fame Social, Dinner and Induction, VC Eagles Club

Saturday, October 1

9:00 am Alumni Honors Breakfast, VCSU Student Center Cafeteria
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, Graichen Gymnasium
7:30 pm VCACA Performers "Street Corner Symphony," Vangstad Auditorium

Monday, October 3

Tuesday, October 4

UND Career Fair, click for details

Wednesday, October 5

Thursday, October 6

11:00 am Faculty Senate Meeting

Friday, October 7

Yom Kippur begins at sundown.
5:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Cross Country at Dickinson State University
5:30 pm Viking Volleyball at Jamestown College

Saturday, October 8

Epworth United Methodist Church Bazaar
2:00 pm Viking Football at Mayville State University
2:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Dickinson State University at Mayville State University
4:00 pm Ployhar Festival & 188th Army Band, Vangstad Auditorium
6:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Mayville State University at Mayville State University

Sunday, October 9

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