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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

2010-11 Champions of Character Five-Star Award
HLC Visit Next Week
Viking Pride Stone Installed at Shelly Ellig Field
Ramos Exhibits at Dairy Art Center
VCSU DECA Attend Leadership Conference
CASS Instructors Serve on NDSU Planning Committee
Viking Athletic Update
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
October Birthdays

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2010-11 Champions of Character Five-Star Award

2010-11 Champions of Character Five-Star Award
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of October 17, 2011.

Valley City State University has again been named a Five Star Champions of Character institution by our national athletic affiliation, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). This designation by the NAIA is awarded to recognize the many accomplishments of student-athletes, both in and outside the competitive arena. The Five Star award specifically honors university athletic programs focused on the NAIA's five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. We are proud of the rich history and positive impact the athletic programs and student-athletes have had at VCSU, and this newest designation is yet another important chapter in that history.

NAIA colleges and universities complete an annual "Scorecard" to evaluate the success of their student-athletes based on the following: character training; conduct in competition; academic focus; character recognition; and character promotion. These scores recognize such attributes as sportsmanship and community outreach activities. Institutions are also awarded points based on student-athletes' overall grade point averages as well as other initiatives that emphasize the core values and character-driven focus of the NAIA. In the final, year-end 2010-11 Champions of Character rankings released earlier this month, VCSU finished in the top 10% among all of the approximately 270 colleges and universities that comprise the NAIA.

Approximately 250 students at VCSU are involved with intercollegiate athletics – think for a moment how different the campus and Valley City community would be without the contributions these 250 students make to our region.

VCSU student-athletes participate in community service projects throughout the year. These activities include door-to-door solicitations for the annual United Way Campaign, helping with Ruckus at the Rec, volunteering with local elementary students, clearing snow from fire hydrants in the winter, and bell-ringing for the Salvation Army. Our student-athletes are also involved with many various athletic camps during the summer that benefit area youth campers.
Of course, VCSU student-athletes (along with all of our students) have also played a key role during recent spring flood fighting efforts in the past few years. They have been instrumental with the time, determination, and muscle they have lent toward the overall efforts. The student contributions have helped ensure Valley City and our region has been successful with these battles.

VCSU coaching staffs set priorities and expectations with their student-athletes. These priorities extend far beyond the playing field and court, so the coaches also deserve credit for this Champions of Character accomplishment and national recognition of VCSU's athletic programs. We are truly performing at the very highest levels within the entire NAIA, and all of our fans and supporters should take great pride in this recognition.

If you have not yet attended a VCSU sporting event this year, I hope you will take the opportunity to do so in the coming weeks. Our student-athletes certainly appreciate the crowd support and look forward to having you in the stands to cheer them on. Go Vikings!

HLC Visit Next Week

The Higher Learning Commission will be conducting its ten-year visit to the VCSU campus starting next Monday, October 24. You can help prepare by reviewing the VCSU Self-Study HERE - in particular, the five Criteria of Accreditation we were required to use to complete our self-assessment.

Over the course of the last few weeks, Dr. Dahlberg has sent messages to campus reviewing Chapters 1 – 4, and this week will send a final message about Chapter 5. Collectively, these messages provide highlights from the five Criteria chapters, so you have an overview of what the Higher Learning Commission is looking for, and what we said about VCSU.

Viking Pride Stone Installed at Shelly Ellig Field

Viking Pride Stone Installed at Shelly Ellig Field
A new reminder of the proud heritage of Viking athletics has been installed at Shelly Ellig Field: the Viking Pride Stone is a display bearing the names of Viking Football alumni who represent the foundation of this program & Viking Pride.

Coach Dennis McCulloch said, "Everyone entering and leaving the field can touch the stone to remind them that they represent more than themselves by wearing the Cardinal. We have over 100 years of Viking Pride and tradition we all share. This pride connects all of us." A donation of $500 over five years puts the donor's name on the Pride Stone. Funds raised will go towards a new scoreboard which will be completed with the video board by next fall. For information about donating, click VIKING PRIDE.

Ramos Exhibits at Dairy Art Center

Ramos Exhibits at Dairy Art Center
Assistant Professor Armando Ramos exhibited at the Dairy Art Center in Boulder, Colorado, a contemporary art center that provides diverse opportunities to create, learn and participate in high quality performing and visual arts experiences. He spent a week recently at the center working with their community arts program and was a guest artist, lecturing on his current body of work. The solo exhibition "Causes and Clashes" is being shown in the McMahan Gallery from October 7 to November 11.

His work is intended as a playful counterpoint to the darker images and ideas that inundate us through mass culture. Over the course of the last year, he made nine new pieces specifically for this exhibit. He used irony and humor to evoke a sense of parody in his work, which was evident in the series of Luchador pieces he made for the show. Ramos said, "As an artist, I am interested in the manipulation of images from everyday life and popular culture, with that in mind, I garner inspiration for several other pieces from toys and figurines I have saved from my childhood. This visual information helps me to give life to my creations. As an artist representing North Dakota, I am always eager to travel and gain different perspectives from other artists as well as share my insight with others."

VCSU DECA Attend Leadership Conference

VCSU DECA Attend Leadership Conference
Valley City State University DECA's chapter attended the State Career Leadership Conference in Fargo, ND, on October 11 and 12. Chapter members who attended included (photo to right) Richard Wright, Erin Edinger, Amber Eichhorn, Ashley Alberts, Travis Pierce, and Ben Snyder.

The State Career Leadership Conference is an opportunity for DECA members to receive leadership and officer training, learn from industry professionals, prepare for competitive conferences, and share ideas about fundraisers and service learning projects. The leadership training they receive benefits the entire VCSU campus, as members are able to apply concepts to other organizations and teams in which they participate.

The keynote speaker, Brandon Lee White, founded an organization called "Youth Movers." He is a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker on subjects such as leadership, entrepreneurship, bullying, self-balance, and connecting to your passion. He is also an actor, model, and professional ballroom dancer and has worked on "Dancing with the Stars" and a TLC documentary about ballroom wheelchair dancing. Brandon worked with the DECA students on the difference between management and leadership, communication techniques, and connecting with your passion for entrepreneurialism.

As an organization, DECA seeks to prepare the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders. The VCSU DECA chapter will compete at the State Career Development Conference in Fargo on February 12 and 13, for the chance to compete at the international level in April in Salt Lake City, UT.

CASS Instructors Serve on NDSU Planning Committee

Valley City State University Instructors Dina Petherbridge and Rob Walsh served on a seven-member NDSU Education Doctoral Program (EDP) planning committee. The ad hoc committee functioned to reorganize the annual fall conference (10/14/11). The committee, as part of the effort to recast the conference, accepted doctoral student proposals in which researchers presented their peer-reviewed work, research proposals in development, data gathering processes and techniques, and strategies for success in the doctoral program. Walsh presented on research titled Service Learning: A project at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. David Imig, president emeritus of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), was the keynote speaker. Dr. Imig highlighted the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) for which he will serve as the project director. The EDP was recently accepted as a participating member of this prestigious initiative. Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions, and funded by the Fund for the Improvement for Post-Secondary Education, the project is a collaborative effort to critically examine the professional doctorate in education.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
· The #18 ranked Viking Football team improved to 6-1 on the season with a 23-13 victory over Dickinson State University. They head over to face the Jamestown Jimmies on Saturday, October 22, game time is slated for 1:00 pm.

· The Viking Volleyball team lost a couple of matches over the weekend to SD School of Mines and Black Hills State. The Vikings will be home this week, as they Host the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm in Graichen Gymnasium.

· The Men's and Women's Cross Country team competed at the Jimmie open, Jesse Dorado finished in 2nd place with a time of 26.58, while Richard Wright placed 8th. The women ran at the Hastings open, top runner was Anna Fuka with time of 20:15.

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

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

Monday, October 24

HLC Accreditation Team on VCSU Campus
Jacob Leno Senior Exhibition Opens, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (October 24-November 3)

Tuesday, October 25

HLC Accreditation Team on Campus
Rotary Club Wine Tasting, Barnes County Museum

Wednesday, October 26

HLC Team on Campus
7:00 pm Jacob Leno Exhibition Reception, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Jamestown College

Thursday, October 27

7:30 pm VCSU Theatre Presents "Little Shop of Horrors," Vangstad Auditorium
7:00 McCoy Hall Trick or Treating

Friday, October 28

MTNA/NDMTA Music Competitions, Foss Music Hall (October 28-29)
5:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Lindenwood University at University of Sioux Falls
6:00 pm Ruckus @ The Rec
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs University of Sioux Falls at University of Sioux Falls
5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking Women's & Men's Basketball vs University of Winnipeg, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, October 29

Viking Visit Day
10:00 am Viking Volleyball vs Minot State University at University of Sioux Falls
1:00 pm Viking Football vs Mayville State University, Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium
2:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Grand View College at University of Sioux Falls
2:00 & 7:30 pm VCSU Theatre Presents "Little Shop of Horrors," Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, October 30