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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

SBHE in Valley City This Week
Please join the VCSU Alumni Association
Help "Pac the HAC"
VCSU Employees Support Festival of Trees
VCSU Environmental Task Force Scheduled to Meet
VCSU Receives ILMS Grant
VCSU Planetarium Show November 19
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
November Birthdays

SBHE in Valley City This Week

SBHE in Valley City This Week
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

This article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of November 14.

This week, Valley City State University will host the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) for its November 2011 meeting. The SBHE meets approximately eight times per year, and rotates around the state by meeting at the eleven campuses comprising the North Dakota University System (NDUS). The last time the SBHE met in Valley City was in September 2008.

The SBHE is the policy-setting and advocacy body that governs North Dakota's eleven publicly supported campuses of higher education. The Board provides the leadership and governing environment to guide the eleven institutions. In addition to the college and university campuses, the SBHE also oversees such entities as the NDSU Extension Service, the Agricultural Research Stations, the Northern Crops Institute, the North Dakota Forest Service, and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

The State Board of Higher Education ultimately has authority for such matters as approving new academic programs and organizational units, setting budgetary priorities, prioritizing campus facility requests, appointing institutional presidents, selection and oversight of the NDUS Chancellor, and final review of institutional and program quality.

The Board is comprised of eight voting members (seven citizen members each appointed to four-year terms, and an NDUS student member appointed by the Governor to a one-year term), one non-voting NDUS faculty advisor, and one non-voting NDUS staff member. The current president of the Board is Grant Shaft (Grand Forks). The current Chancellor of the University System is William Goetz. Chancellor Goetz will be retiring in 2012, and a search process is currently underway to identify his successor. As part of this process, I have been named as one of four NDUS presidents to the Chancellor Search Committee, and we began our work earlier this fall.

Of note for Valley City State University during this week's SBHE meeting is an agenda item requesting approval for a new VCSU academic program. VCSU is asking the Board to approve a new Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, and, if approved, this will be yet another new academic opportunity for current and future VCSU students looking for a career in an in-demand field. This new degree will also nicely complement a number of VCSU's initiatives within the undergraduate sciences. Additionally, the Athletic Training program will benefit from the renovation and expansion of Rhoades Science Center currently underway.

Meetings of the State Board of Higher Education are open to the public. If you are interested in attending, the meetings will occur on Thursday, November 17 beginning at 8:45 am in the VCSU Student Center Skoal Room. Please help VCSU give a warm and hospitable welcome to the members of the Board, other campus presidents, NDUS office personnel, and other guests who will be in Valley City this week for the meetings.

Please join the VCSU Alumni Association

VCSU Alumni Association will host a pregame social on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gio's Grill & Bar (123 21st St S / Moorhead, MN).

The social will be followed by VCSU Women's and Men's Basketball games vs. Minnesota State University Moorhead - game time is 6:00 and 8:00 pm.

Please join us for complimentary appetizers and register for door prizes!

For more information and to RSVP please contact Kim Hesch at 800-532-8641 x37403 or

Go Vikings!


VCSU is supporting the Valley City High School's "Pack the HAC" event by collecting nonperishable food items to be delivered to the facility at the High School. From there, the donations will go to the Barnes County Food Pantry.

Wheelbarrow collection sites are located at the entry of McFarland Hall (second floor) and the VCSU Student Center. Donations will be delivered to the HAC on Wednesday, November 16.

Suggested items include boxed dinners, baking mixes, canned goods, peanut butter & jelly, diapers, toothpaste and hair care products. Cash donations are also accepted at the VCSU Business Office (checks made out to Barnes County Food Pantry).

If you have any questions please contact any member of the VCSU Staff Senate: Emma Tufte, Jessica Frerich, KO Bolstad, Richard Clark, Kim Hesch and Stephanie Roelfsema.

This event is sponsored by the VCSU Staff Senate.

VCSU Employees Support Festival of Trees

VCSU Faculty and Staff Senates have once again voted to support employee's free will donations to the Mercy Hospital Festival of Trees event to be held Saturday, November 26, at the Valley City Eagles.

Employees will find holiday decorated boxes at various locations on campus where they can drop donations for purchase of VCSU gear at the Bookstore for silent auction baskets. This is the 12th year VCSU employees have contributed to this cause.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from this annual gala event go to support personal and professional medical needs in the Barnes County area. The funds are applied for through the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

So when you see a box – drop a dollar or two and feel the spirit!

VCSU Environmental Task Force Scheduled to Meet

The VCSU Environmental Task Force (ETF) is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 1 in the Alumni Room in McFarland Hall.

The charge of ETF comes from the Success 2015 Strategic Plan as listed below:

Goal 4: Implement opportunities identified in the 2010 Master Plan to support VCSU enrollment initiatives, program development and student needs
Strategy 4.1: Create a campus climate of sustainability and awareness of our impact on the environment.
Action 4.1.1: Develop programs that allow opportunities for all members of the campus community to participate in conservation practices.
Expected Results: a. Establish a standing committee tasked with developing education and awareness programs for campus, and pursuing new opportunities related to this initiative.

This is an open committee for anyone interested in supporting this initiative and everyone is encouraged to attend the meeting.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bob Anderson, Committee Chair (x37338).

VCSU Receives ILMS Grant

Donna James and Konnie Wightman, adjunct faculty in the VCSU M.Ed./LIT program, met last week in Bismarck with Dr. James Stenehjem and Dr. Michael Mack to define the details of the most recent Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) grant project awarded to the University.

Stenehjem is the Director of the North Dakota LEAD Center which provides leadership and training for K-12 administrators in North Dakota and Mack is a library media consultant from the Minneapolis, MN area who has worked with VCSU on previous IMLS grant projects.

VCSU has partnered with the ND LEAD Center to provide continuing education opportunities to library media specialists, administrators and classroom teachers through an IMLS grant project entitled "Collaborate 21." The project will provide funds to train and provide support for collaborative teams consisting of a school administrator, a library media specialist and a classroom teacher as they develop projects using library programs to increase student success and take advantage of opportunities to disseminate their work in a nation-wide forum.

The initial collaborative team meeting is scheduled for June 18-21, 2012. More details about the project can be obtained at THIS LIBRARY SITE or by contacting Donna James.

VCSU Planetarium Show November 19

A free Planetarium Show will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 19, in the VCSU Planetarium located in room 310 of Rhoades Science Center (elevator available).

"Navigating with Lewis & Clark" answers questions of this historic journey: How did they know where they were when they were in the middle of nowhere? This program explains how Lewis and Clark used astronomy to navigate and map the Louisiana Purchase to remarkable accuracy.

This 40 minute program is suitable for grade four and above. For more information contact Wes Anderson 845-0966 or Alice Beauchman 845-7452.


The minutes of the November 10, 2011 Staff Senate Meeting are posted on the shared drive at Institution Content > Offices > Staff Senate > 2011-2012 Minutes

What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City

Monday, November 14

Tuesday, November 15

6:00 & 8:00 pm Viking Women's & Men's Basketball at Minnesota State University - Moorhead

Wednesday, November 16

Thursday, November 17

State Board of Higher Education Meeting on VCSU Campus
10:00 am Staff Senate Meeting

Friday, November 18

4:30 pm Angela Morford Reception, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
5:00 pm (MST) Viking Women's Basketball at Montana State University – Northern
8:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball at Viterbo Tournament (November 18-19)

Saturday, November 19

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Snowball Fling, Arts and Crafts Show, Hi-Liner Activity Center
1:07 pm Viking Football Play Off Game, Carroll College, Helena, MT
7:00 pm (MST) Viking Women's Basketball at University Great Falls

Sunday, November 20

Monday, November 21

Cora Mikkelson Exhibition Opens, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
7:30 pm Chamber Ensembles, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, November 22

7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs University of Minnesota – Crookston, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Wednesday, November 23

Signup deadline for "Job Serach for Non Teaching Graduates," Career Services Office

Thursday, November 24

Thanksgiving Holiday – No Classes, Offices Closed

Friday, November 25

Holiday – No Classes
6:00 pm (EST) Viking Men's Basketball at Ave Maria, Florida

Saturday, November 26

2:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball @ North Dakota State University
4:00 pm (EST) Viking Men's Basketball at Johnson & Wales University, Florida
Mercy Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees Auction

Sunday, November 27