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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

2011: All-Time Record Enrollment at VCSU
Plan to attend the State of the University Address
VCSU Brown Bag Scheduled
Ployhar Honor Band Festival at VCSU October 7-8
Variego Composition featured at MSU Clarinet Spectacular
North Dakota – Energy, Technology and the Environment
Road Construction Around Campus
IDea Corner
Viking Athletic Update
Thank You ...
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
October Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published each Monday during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:30 pm the preceding Friday.

2011: All-Time Record Enrollment at VCSU

2011: All-Time Record Enrollment 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 October 3, 2011.

First, a sincere word of thanks to everyone who participated in VCSU's Homecoming activities last week. The Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Alumni Honors Breakfast, Homecoming Parade, athletic events, and alumni socials were all well-attended and a great way to connect with VCSU alumni and friends as well as recognize various achievements. It is enjoyable visiting with so many friends and honoring alumni for their service, accomplishments, and contributions made during college and professional careers. Our current students also kept busy with a full schedule of entertaining activities – the campus was abuzz with energy all week!

In reflecting a bit more about Homecoming, it is an appropriate time to review VCSU's future alumni by considering this year's student enrollment. Valley City State University recently announced its Fall 2011 total student enrollment has now reached an all-time record enrollment. Simply put, VCSU is educating more students this fall than at any time in the 120+ year history of the institution. Overall headcount this fall is 1,384 students, an increase of nearly 8% over last fall's 1,285 enrolled students.

To further highlight the growth, consider that there are 402 more students taking VCSU classes this year compared to the Fall 2007 headcount of 982. This represents an overall growth in students of 41% during just the past four years. This is the greatest increase in overall students among any of the 11 campuses of the North Dakota University System during this timeframe. An exciting factor to note within this growth is that it is campus-wide; the growth is spread across a multitude of departments and divisions, demonstrating the effort and dedication of VCSU's faculty and staff throughout campus.

The total student headcount includes both undergraduate and graduate students at VCSU. I am pleased to note that our graduate student numbers set a record enrollment for the seventh straight year. There are now 157 Master's students enrolled at VCSU (representing 11% of our overall student population).
Another important measurement is the number of students living in VCSU's residence halls. This fall there are 347 students living on-campus in the residence halls, which is a 6.4% increase over Fall 2010 and the most residential students at VCSU since 1999.

For the second straight year, VCSU also welcomed an incoming freshmen class of new students in excess of 200 students. This is the first time in nearly twenty years that the campus has welcomed back-to-back freshmen classes of over 200 students. As you know, freshmen are the students who ultimately become sophomores, juniors, and seniors; in addition to pursuing their educational goals, they live on-campus, use the dining services and other student facilities, add to student life, enhance the community, support our local businesses, fulfill part-time employment opportunities in the community, etc. Therefore, it is imperative, both as a University and as a City, that we continue focusing on this important segment. VCSU has implemented a number of initiatives to attract new freshmen to campus and they are succeeding. New academic programs, new marketing and recruiting initiatives, new intercollegiate athletic programs, and other activities have all been implemented to grow our freshmen student enrollment during the past several years, and it is so heartening to see these strategic initiatives resulting in success.

Plan to attend the State of the University Address

VCSU president Dr. Steve Shirley will deliver the annual State of the University Address at 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Monday, October 10 in Vangstad Auditorium. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend, and the event is open to the public.

VCSU Brown Bag Scheduled

Join us this week for a hands on experience using the whiteboards. We will learn how to upload a PowerPoint slide show, annotate on it, and save it via the whiteboard and Wimba. Bring your computer and have a slideshow ready to use. Once we learn how, we will break off to other rooms to practice.

When? Wednesday, October 5, 12:00-12:50
Where? We will meet, learn, and eat in McFarland 207.

Enjoy a boxed lunch (which will be available in McFarland 207) of a sandwich, chips, salad, fruit, and soda or water for just $5.

Please RSVP to Shannon VanHorn by Tuesday, October 4 at 2:00 pm

Ployhar Honor Band Festival at VCSU October 7-8

The 2011 James D. Ployhar Honor Band Festival, Dr. James Adams, music director, will be held on VCSU campus October 7-8, 2011. We are excited to welcome the Brass Quintet from the 188th Army Band as ensemble-in-residence at this year's festival. The Army Quintet will work with the Honor Band students in sectionals, master classes, and performances. They will perform a featured concert October 7 at 7:30 pm in Froemke Auditorium, and will also perform with the Ployhar Honor Band on October 9th at 4:00 pm in Vangstad Auditorium.

The Ployhar Festival, now in its ninth year, is committed to providing a quality collaborative honor band experience for high school musicians. James D. Ployhar, an honored VCSU alumnus, was a prolific composer, arranger, and promoter of music education, with over 800 published compositions and arrangements. He has been the recipient of numerous national awards, and was inducted into the VCSU Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Acceptance into the Honor Band is granted through performance audition. This year's festival will feature students from 13 area high schools participating in numerous rehearsals and activities with the challenge of preparing a concert performance in 1 1/2 days.

We invite everyone in the community to attend both performances during the weekend and support the efforts of our area high school musicians.

Variego Composition featured at MSU Clarinet Spectacular

Variego Composition featured at MSU Clarinet Spectacular
Dr. Jorge Variego, visiting professor with the VCSU Music Department, attended the 8th Annual Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival October 1-2, in East Lansing, Michigan.

This free two-day event featured performances of clarinet ensembles of all sizes from around the country, master classes, clinics, and roundtable discussions by nationally recognized clarinetists from the Midwest clarinet community and the clarinet world at large.

The event closed with the world premiere of Variego's composition, "So Long," performed by Harvey Herman and the 2011 Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival Clarinet Choir.

North Dakota – Energy, Technology and the Environment

North Dakota – Energy, Technology and the Environment
Brad Crabtree, Policy Director for the Great Plains Institute, will speak Monday night, October 10 at 7:30 pm in the Foss Music Auditorium.

In his presentation, Crabtree will provide an overview of global energy production and consumption trends between now and 2050 and what it will take to supply enough energy to meet human economic and social needs in a world with over 9 billion people. He will also address that we will need to do this while reducing emissions enough to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gases and prevent unmanageable climate change. Comments and discussion will be welcome.

The presentation is jointly sponsored by the campus/community group "What in the World is Going On?" and the VCSU Science Department.

Road Construction Around Campus

Starting Tuesday (10/4), Swanberg Construction will begin removal and replacement of the storm sewer drains on College Street (a result of the 2011 spring flood). The specific areas they will be working on are located near the North East corner of the Science Center and the South East corner of Foss Hall.

During this time, portions of College Street will be inaccessible for driving and parking. The construction crew will only be working on one area at a time, so the entire street will not be blocked. Understanding that the parking situation is already difficult; Facilities Services has developed the following options for campus parking:

A NEW parking lot is available to VCSU students and employees across the river, north of the Science Center, referred to as the "North River Lot." This is a permit required gravel lot and will be monitored by parking staff. Please note that the parking rows will run east to west (vehicles will face the river and the street), please park accordingly.

You may also choose to park on the street north of the river or utilize the Valley City Recreation Center parking lot.

Please also be aware of the equipment and construction workers on campus-exercise caution while driving or walking in these construction areas!

For questions or comments, contact Jessica Frerich, Safety Coordinator at x37710 or

IDea Corner

IDea Corner
The Instructional Design team will focus on interactive whiteboards during the month of October. As Director Roger Skophammer (pictured at right) was doing the workshop on interactive whiteboards last week, he realized that he had a poor understanding of what support faculty needed in the utilization of this tool. The efforts in October will be geared towards getting all faculty comfortable with the basics of the technology.

Skophammer believes strongly that the interactive whiteboards are valuable tools for improving student engagement. Simply moving the instructor out from behind the desk and allowing direct interaction with content being presented is an important step. Teachers have long brought students up to the chalkboard to have them present an idea or solve a problem. The interactive whiteboards allow us to do this in many creative ways. It is not necessary to use Promethean's inspire to effectively utilize tools, but for the more advanced user there are some cool things that can be done.

Skophammer encourages anyone that does not know how to start and use the interactive whiteboards to contact him to schedule time for a quick tutorial.

The Brown Bag this week (see "VCSU Brown Bag Scheduled" above) will deal with using PowerPoint on the interactive whiteboards and saving work done with the boards.

Tip of the week:
To recalibrate the Promethean Boards hold the stylist to the Promethean logo at the top right of the board. It will change from pink to blue and after several seconds launch the calibration program.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
The #23 ranked Viking football team was victorious Saturday (21-10) with a Homecoming win over the Jamestown Jimmies before a great crowd of 1,454. The Vikings currently sit at 4-1 on the year, they will travel to Mayville State this Saturday to take on the Comets with game time is 2:00 pm.

The Volleyball team swept both opponents over the weekend as they defeated Dakota State University and Dakota Wesleyan in three straight sets. The Volleyball team currently stands at 8-14 on the year. They travel to Mayville on Friday, October 7, to take on Jamestown College with game time is slated for 5:30 pm.

The Cross Country runners traveled to Wisconsin as they competed in the Eau Clair Invitational. Casey Flick had a time of 27.55 which was a PR by 2 minutes. Top runner on the female side was Anna Fuka.

The Athletic department and Century Club board sends out a special thank you to everyone who attended the weekends football or volleyball contests, there is no doubt that the fan/student body support had an integral part on how we performed. Thanks again and GO VIKINGS!

Thank you ...

Thank you to Facility Services for assisting with a successful L2L Marketplace. L2L faculty leadership couldn't have done it without you!

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

Monday, October 3

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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 vs Jamestown College, at Mayville State University

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

Monday, October 10

Columbus Day
7:30 pm Garage Bands Perform, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 12

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Minot State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Thursday, October 13

Friday, October 14

4:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Cross Country at Jamestown College Invitational
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball @ South Dakota School of Mines & Tech

Saturday, October 15

1:00 pm Viking Football vs Dickinson State University, Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium
3:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Black Hills State University

Sunday, October 16