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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU State of the University Address
Self-Study Website Available
What in the World...? Presentation this Evening
VCSU Faculty, Students Attend Annual ND HR Conference
CASS Instructors Present at International Congress
University Rummage Sale
Campus Cookbook Available for Purchase - get your copy now!
Viking Athletic Update
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.

VCSU State of the University Address

Valley City State University President, Dr. Steven Shirley, will deliver his State of the University address today (Monday, October 10) at 3:00 pm in Vangstad Auditorium. If you are not able to attend in person, you can view a live broadcast of the address by clicking the link below.

2011 State of the University Address

Self-Study Website Available

The website presenting VCSU's 2011 Self-Study Report for the Higher Learning Commission, together with the resources for each chapter, is now available at VCSU HLC 2011 Report.

Please take a look-and read as much of the Report as you have time for! Thanks to Steve King, Joseph Munowenyu, Kathryn Woehl, Benjamin Ferguson and Patricia Fisher for their efforts to collect all the documents, insert hyperlinked citations, and organize this website for our visit. They have spent several months developing this electronic resource room for our review team.

The 2001 Self-Study theme focused on "A Decade of Transformation." The 2011 Self-Study theme is "Building Momentum," indicating an implementation phase, as faculty, staff, and students adapted, re-invented, and sought new innovations that built on the transformative culture established in the 1990s. The events of this past decade point to a developing momentum that has generated optimism, program expansion, increased enrollment and funding, facility renovation, and increased energy for the opportunities that lie ahead.

VCSU has changed quite a bit in ten years. Chapters 1-3 develop the context for the report, highlighting events over the past decade and VCSU's response to concerns from the last HLC visit. Here are a few highlights from Chapters 1-3, that illustrate how much we have changed:

1. Back in 2001, VCSU was still sharing its president with Mayville State, we hadn't heard the phrase "ConnectND," and "per credit tuition" was still in our future.

2. The following programs are new to VCSU since the last visit:
The Graduate Program (M.Ed.)
Fisheries and Wildlife Science
STEM Education
Health Science
Enterprise Applications
Professional Communication
Prairie Waters Education and Research Center
Business Process Integration Management
Medical Laboratory Science

3. Our response to the flood events of 2009 provides strong evidence of VCSU's flexibility and quick response to changing circumstances. It also illustrates how deeply technology has been integrated in our courses, office practices, and campus culture.

The Review Team will be here in two weeks. Watch for a few more emails from Dr. Dahlberg highlighting other aspects of the Self-Study.

What in the World...? Presentation this Evening

What in the World...? Presentation this Evening
Tonight's presentation will feature Brad Crabtree, Policy Director for the Great Plains Institute and staff lead for the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, discussing "Energy, Technology & the Environment." 7:30 pm tonight at the Foss Music Auditorium.

VCSU Faculty, Students Attend Annual ND HR Conference

VCSU Faculty, Students Attend Annual ND HR Conference
Valley City State University Assistant Professor Philip Deger and five VCSU students (Michelle Anderson, Derek Davis, Jordan Didier, Neenah Donnelly and Barbara Etten) attended portions of the 2011 ND SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) conference in Fargo September 28-30.

Activities included guest keynote speakers (including "Coming Together at the Speed of Trust"), workshops (including "Leadership Ethics"), exhibitor showcase displays, and networking opportunities. The VCSU students received free conference registration for volunteering at the conference. They were able to network with other area college students as well.

Representing ADP, Inc. at the exhibitor showcase was VCSU's own D.C. Lucas, President of the VCSU Alumni Association and member of the VCSU Business Division Advisory Committee.

Post conference plans include creating a VCSU SHRM college chapter, affiliated with National SHRM and local SHRM professional chapters.

Pictured at the right are Neenah Donnelly, Assistant Professor Philip Deger, Michelle Peterson, Derek Davis, and Barbara Ennen

Pictured below is Deger and Jordan Didier
VCSU Faculty, Students Attend Annual ND HR Conference

CASS Instructors Present at International Congress

CASS Instructors Present at International Congress
Division of Communication Arts and Social Science Instructors Rob Walsh and Dina Petherbridge presented at the IX International Congress of Philosophy in Guatemala City, Guatemala, August 10, 2011. This international conference was held at Universidad Rafael Landivar.

The peer-reviewed paper titled Clarifying Values: Access to Mindfulness appears in the fall 2011 edition of the journal Cultura de Guatemala.

Pictured with Walsh and Petherbridge are the conference translators and, to the far right, Lic. Ernesto Loukota Soler, M.A., Director, Departamento de Letras y Filosofia, Facultad de Humanidades, who acted as a host for both VCSU Instructors.

University Rummage Sale

The VCSU rummage sale will be on Friday, October 14 from 1:00-5:00 pm. If you or your department has any items they would like to include on the sale, please drop them off at the college garage BEFORE Tuesday, October 11. If you have large items that require heavy lifting, please contact the Facilities Office so a time can be scheduled to pick these items up.

For questions or concerns, call either Jessica Frerich (3-7710) or Erica Bunn (3-7235).

Campus Cookbook Available for Purchase - get your copy now!

The VCSU Campus Cookbook that has been published in honor of Steve and Jennifer Shirley is ready!

We invite you to stop by the Foundation office during office hours to sign and add a note to the cookbook that will be presented to Dr. and Mrs. Shirley. For those that did not have a chance to include a recipe this is your opportunity to be a part of the cookbook. DEADLINE is Friday, October 14.

AND while you are in our office we have the VCSU Campus Cookbook for SALE. They are $15 each and all the proceeds will go to the Steve Shirley Endowment Fund, a new scholarship given to returning students with majors in the Math/Science area.

There are a limited number of cookbooks available so stop by soon to pick up your copy! And remember the holidays are just around the corner and they make nice gifts.

If you have questions please contact Jody Henjum, Kim Hesch or Loree Morehouse.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
The #20 Viking football team continued its winning ways with a victory over the Mayville State University Comets by a score of 54-20. The Vikings improve to 5-1 on the year and sit on top of the DAC Conference They will host Dickinson State next Saturday, October 15.

The Volleyball team won 2 of 3 contests over the weekend as they also traveled to Mayville State. On Friday night, the Vikings lost to Jamestown College 1-3. Saturday the Vikings came back with two strong victories as they defeated Dickinson State 3-1 and Mayville State 3-0, they improved to 10-15 on the year.

The Cross Country team had a successful weekend as they traveled to Dickinson State University. Jesse Dorado placed 3rd with a time of 21.38. Casey Flick and Richard Wright placed 8th and 9th. Anna Fuka was again the top runner on the female side as she recorded a time of 15.50 which placed her 3rd.

Upcoming Home Events

Wednesday, October 12, the Viking Volleyball Team will host Minot State University at 7:00 pm in Graichen Gymnasium.

Saturday, October 15, the Viking Football Team will take on Dickinson State, game time is 1:00 pm at Shelly Ellig Field.

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

Monday, October 10

Columbus Day
3:00 pm VCSU State of the University Address, Vangstad Auditorium
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

Monday, October 17

Tuesday, October 18

Wednesday, October 19

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

Thursday, October 20

10:00 am Staff Senate Meeting

Friday, October 21

Saturday, October 22

10:00 am Viking Men's & Women's Cross Country at Mount Marty College
1:00 pm Viking Football at Jamestown College

Sunday, October 23

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation Team Arrives in Valley City