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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Accreditation Site Visit Re-cap
China - Summer 2012!
Experience Rome, Greece
Variego Recital November 4
VCSU Students/Faculty Travel to Minneapolis
Hagen Presents at ATMI
CASS Instructor Presents at World Conference
Variego Attends Symposium
Ergonomic Safety Follow-Up
Continuing the "Go Green" Effort!
Building a Better VCSU!
Viking Athletic Update
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
November 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.

Accreditation Site Visit Re-cap

Accreditation Site Visit Re-cap
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of October 31.

Last week, Valley City State University hosted a team of five visitors on campus. These guests comprised the evaluation site visit team sent by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, and it has responsibility for accreditation of colleges and universities in 19 states (including North Dakota).

This evaluation visit is part of the once-per-decade review process in which VCSU is accredited. Accreditation by the HLC is an exhaustive process that includes a thorough review of campus. The process closely examines a wide range of areas including academic and student programs, finances, faculty, student learner assessment, strategic planning, and our relationships with the community and external entities. During the site visit, VCSU demonstrated to the evaluation team our competence in five broad criteria required by the HLC: standards relating to mission and integrity; planning for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery, and application of knowledge; and engagement and service to our constituents.

The five-member site visit team included faculty and administrators affiliated with other regional universities including Winona State, the University of South Dakota, Minnesota State-Moorhead, Bemidji State, and Purdue. This skilled evaluation team is specially trained by the HLC and, as such, they bring their knowledge and experiences in higher education to the review process. The visit also represents an opportunity for continuous improvement in which VCSU can glean new recommendations and best practices to improve and strengthen our teaching and learning environment. In short, accreditation helps assure educational quality by encouraging data-gathering, analysis, assessment, reflection, and planning across the campus.

Accreditation also helps the federal government ensure compliance with federal programs, since the Department of Education has directed the regional accreditation bodies (i.e. the HLC) to review every university's compliance with various regulations designed to protect students' consumer rights and physical safety. VCSU must meet the guidelines in order to continue being eligible to provide federally funded financial aid support to students.

Additionally, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education requires all eleven North Dakota University System colleges and universities to maintain HLC accreditation.

By all accounts, we had a very successful accreditation visit by the HLC team last week. This visit, and the accompanying self-study document we prepared in advance, represented over two years worth of preparations by countless members of VCSU's faculty and staff. Therefore, it was encouraging to hear the team's positive and affirming reactions during their exit interview at the end of last week's visit. We will now await their final, formal report and recommendations. There will undoubtedly be a number of recommendations and actions we can take to strengthen the overall academic environment at VCSU, and we look forward to taking those steps in the months and years ahead. However, we also expect recommendation by the site visit team of a full accreditation renewal for VCSU, and see this as yet another external validation of the high-quality educational setting currently in place on campus.

China - Summer 2012!

VCSU is once again sponsoring a three week trip to China in the summer of 2012. Two years ago, nine VCSU students took advantage of this unique opportunity. This is an affordable and convenient way to spend time learning, touring and experiencing the amazing culture of China. The trip takes place from mid-May through the first week in June.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in learning more will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 11:00 AM in the Norway Room of the Student Center. Students that traveled to China in 2010 will be on hand to give a brief presentation and answer questions.

For additional information, contact Glen Schmalz at x37201.

Experience Rome, Greece

Would you like a trip to Europe to be part of your educational experience? The Communication Arts and Social Science Division is interested in offering you that experience in May 2012. This journey will be to Rome and Greece.

The tour will begin in Rome where you will view the Roman Coliseum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Other places to be visited include Pompeii, Naples, and Vesuvius. The tour will then take a night cruise across the Ionian Sea and tour across Greece. Here the you will see Patras, Delphi, and end in Athens.

If you are interested, come to our informational meeting this Wednesday, November 2 at 3:00 pm in McFarland 207. We will discuss, expenses, possible fundraising, and what to expect from this trip as well as other details. If you cannot make this meeting, but are still interested, contact Dr. Steven King at x37108.

Variego Recital November 4

Variego Recital November 4
Dr. Jorge Variego, visiting professor with the VCSU Music Department, will present a recital on Friday, November 4, 7:30 pm in Froemke Auditorium on the VCSU campus.

The repertoire includes a varied selection of XXI century works for clarinet, bass clarinet and electronic media. All compositions have been written in the last 10 years and feature works by Fidemraizer, O'Brien, Variego, and Lewin-Richter which are also included in the CD "Necessity" released in 2010 by the Albany Records label.

Jorge Variego is a composer and performer from Argentina who obtained his master's degree with double major in composition and clarinet performance from Carnegie Mellon University where he attended as a Fulbright fellow. He also holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Florida and a JD equivalent from the National University of Rosario. He recently released his first solo CD "Necessity" with the Albany records label from New York, which has received several outstanding reviews. His dissertation piece "Colors" was premiered this August by the Symphonic Orchestra of Rosario, Argentina.

As an ongoing project, this recital fosters the promotion - through performance - of new works for clarinet by contemporary living composers. The public is cordially invited to attend. Adult admission is $5.00, VCSU faculty, staff and students admitted with ID card.

For more information please visit THIS WEB SITE.

Hagen Presents at ATMI

Hagen Presents at ATMI
Valley City State University Associate Professor Dr. Sara Hagen presented at the annual Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) held in conjunction with the College Music Society (CMS) conference in Richmond, VA, October 18-22.

Dr. Hagen served as an ATMI conference committee member, assisting with the selection of papers and chairing sessions. Hagen presented her paper on "Reaching Young Composers with Online Mentoring," a description of the successful Composers Concert and Competition program held each spring with support from an ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund professional composer who provides workshops for music theory and high school students studying compositional techniques in preparation for the competition. Hagen also serves on the Instruction Technology and Information Services (ITIS) Committee of the CMS organization, tasked with four main initiatives: CMS app, website development, social networking, and use of video in professional development. Hagen serves on the social networking subcommittee whose task it is to provide a vision for CMS on the possibilities and uses of these tools.

A highlight of the conference was a presentation on music technology competencies that all music students should demonstrate. The creation of these competencies is being systematically studied for efficacy and worthiness according to area of interest, such as music education or theory and composition. Sessions relating to this development were highly related to VCSU's current plans to offer a music technology track in the Online Masters of Education degree program. In addition, sessions on music labs of the future, distance education trends in music, interdisciplinary efforts and technology usage in general music education were shared. The pre-conference, presented by the ITIS Committee, "Technology as a Bridge: Interdisciplinary Work in Music", featured two keynote speakers on the effects of music on the brain (working with Parkinson's disease), and on a philosophical approach on how to use technology to support music interacting with other curricular areas. The remainder of the time was spent with presenters sharing case studies and practical applications for how to achieve interdisciplinary success.

VCSU Students/Faculty Travel to Minneapolis

VCSU Students/Faculty Travel to Minneapolis
Susan Pfeifer and Marcia Foss facilitated the 3rd annual Minneapolis SAP Field Trip, October 18-20, 2011 with 17 students from the Division of Business and Information Technology.

Each student has used SAP ERP systems in at least one or more courses in the CIS or Business Administration majors. Students attended the Minnesota Chapter of Americas SAP Users Group (ASUG) meeting and toured Entegris, Ecolab, and Polaris. The group saw first-hand how enterprise systems enable a business and networked with professionals at each organization. The trip focused on the alignment between business and IT in organizations and introduced students to careers in these areas.

Pictured at the students who took part in the field trip. Back row, left to right: Alan Spanier, Jeff Monette, Amanda Aune, Troy Niemeier, Isaac Olson, Katie Paulson, Sidney Simons, Steve Hanson, Mark Howell, Ben Snyder.
Front row, left to right: Haley Baasch, Toyin Oladosu, Kristine Dammel, Ashley Alberts, Natalie Edwards, Colin Waldner, Cliff Vazquez.

CASS Instructor Presents at World Conference

CASS Instructor Presents at World Conference
Valley City State University Instructor Rob Walsh presented a peer-reviewed paper at E-Learn 2011 – World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Written together with doctoral advisor, Dr. Kathy Enger, the research was a mixed-method study titled E-Learning as Liberation: Conveying Compassion in Online Pedagogy.

The E-Learn Conference is an international forum designed to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on the research, issues, developments, and applications of a broad range of E-Learning topics. E-Learn is an innovative collaboration between E-Learning researchers and practitioners from the corporate, government, healthcare, and higher education sectors. All presentation proposals are reviewed and selected by a respected international Program Committee, based on merit and the perceived value for attendees (

The conference attracted 736 attendees from 55 countries. Walsh was invited by AACE to preside over several conference presentations with researchers from Australia, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Variego Attends Symposium

This past October 19-22, Valley City State University Visiting Instructor Dr. Jorge Variego attended the AIM-MIA Symposium at the University of Texas at Austin.

The event was organized by the department of Architecture at UT and was focused on the relationships between music and architecture. Presenters from all over the world met to discuss new ideas for interdisciplinary collaboration. Variego presented his research, "Architecture in Motion: a model for music composition," in which he proposes an innovative approach to music composition based on acoustical measurements. The Symposium was a real success with a significant turnout both by students and faculty from many institutions.

Variego's presentation was selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants and will be published through the Department of Architecture at UT this Spring.

Ergonomic Safety Follow-Up

If you have not had the chance to review the Ergonomics Safety PowerPoint regarding please take a moment to do so!

A simple definition of Ergonomics is: "Fitting the job to the worker." The most common factors of pain in the workplace are:
Poor posture
Lack of movement

As employees of the University, it is important that you take responsibility for yourself! Let the Safety Office know if you are feeling pain or discomfort due to working- we will work with you to try and solve the problem.

If you would like to receive more training of Ergonomics or have an evaluation done on your workspace, please contact the Safety Office.

Continuing the "Go Green" Effort!

Turn Out the Lights!

Lighting is one of the largest users of energy in the classroom. By turning out the lights when a room is unoccupied, VCSU can save energy and money. Start the trend by switching the light off when you leave a room and help remind others to do the same whether it is a classroom, office, or restroom when the rooms are not being occupied.

Building a Better VCSU!

Late last week a pre-construction meeting took place to touch base with all of the bid winning contractors for the Rhoades Science Center Project. We are still on track to break ground this fall. Watch your email and the Hotline! for more updates and notices concerning the project. A webpage is in the process of being developed which will include updates, pictures and a live feed camera so you can watch the progress first-hand!

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
The #16 ranked Viking football team continued its roll with a victory over the Mayville Comets by a score of 28-14. This win improved the Vikings to 8-1 on the season. They close out the regular season next week at Robert Morris College in Bensenville, IL.

The men's basketball team defeated the University of Winnipeg on Saturday by a score of 80-74.

The women's basketball team was defeated by the University of Winnipeg by a score of 72-67.

The Viking Volleyball team lost all four contests over the weekend as they were defeated by Minot State, University of Sioux Falls, Lindenwood College and Grand View College.

Upcoming Home Contest

Wednesday, November 2, the Viking Volleyball team will host Mayville State at 7:00 pm at Graichen Gymnasium.

The women's and men's basketball teams will take on Northwestern College on Friday, November 4, tipoff is 5:30. On Saturday, the Vikings will host Dordt College at 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

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

What\'s Happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, October 31


Tuesday, November 1

Survivors of Suicide Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 2

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

Thursday, November 3

11:00 am Faculty Senate Meeting
7:00 pm Barnes County Music Festival, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, November 4

5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking Women's & Women's Basketball vc Northwestern College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Jorge Variego Performance, Clarinet & Composition, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, November 5

Eid al-Adha begins at Sundown.
9:00 am Men's & Women's Cross Country NAIA National Qualifier, San Marcos, CA
1:00 pm Viking Football at Robert Morris College, Bensenville, IL
2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Basketball vs Dordt College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
3:00 pm VCSU Concert Band & 188th Army Band Performance, Hi-Liner Activity Center

Sunday, November 6

Standard Time returns.

Monday, November 7

Angela Morford Exhibition Opens, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (November 7-18)
7:30 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, November 8

Wednesday, November 9

Tri College Career Fair, click for details

Thursday, November 10

Friday, November 11

Veteran's Day Holiday – No Classes, Offices Closed
6:00 pm Viking women's basketball at Mount Marty College
7:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs Briercrest University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, November 12

2:00 pm Viking women's basketball at Dakota Wesleyan University
3:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs Doane College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, November 13