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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

A Remarkable Football Season
VCSU Alumni Efforts Featured in St. Catherine's Concert
Student Groups Growing at VCSU
VanHorn & Ziniel Presents at NCA
Ross Named to ACTE Fellowship Program
Hill & VCSU Student Teach in West Fargo
Historical Museum Features Exhibits December 3
Viking Athletic Update
Thank yous ...
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
November & December 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.

A Remarkable Football Season

A Remarkable Football Season
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of November 28, 2011.

The Valley City State University football team had a special season in 2011. The team finished with a 9-2 overall win-loss record, matching its most victories in a single season since 2001 and reaching the NAIA national playoffs for the first time in a decade. The season was filled with memorable highlights and milestones accomplished by this group of student-athletes and their coaches.

The remarkable season actually began before the players showed up for the first day of practice. This is, of course, because new artificial turf was installed at Shelly Ellig Field in Summer 2011. The new turf field was beneficial to this year's team in both practice and game situations, and will be an asset for VCSU, the Athletic Department, and the football program in the years ahead to help recruit and retain the very best student-athletes. It is a first-class turf facility appreciated by our students, coaches, and fans alike. A big word of thanks goes to all of the businesses, individuals, and local entities that helped make the installation of this field a reality.

As the season unfolded, there were aspects making 2011 a landmark year in the tradition-rich history of VCSU football. The team lost its opening game of the season against top-5 nationally-ranked Morningside College, and then rattled off nine consecutive victories. In the final year of the Dakota Athletic Conference, the VCSU Football team was 6-0 with home and away victories against long-time rivals Jamestown College, Dickinson State, and Mayville State. The perfect conference season secured VCSU's 26th overall conference title and the very last DAC championship. The team also had road victories in Rapid City, SD and Arlington Heights, IL (vs. South Dakota School of Mines and Robert Morris University respectively), thereby completing a perfect 5-0 away record during the regular season. VCSU was ranked #12 nationally in the final regular season coaches' poll among all 85 NAIA colleges and universities with football programs.

There were individual accolades for VCSU football this season as well. The Vikings swept the major awards with senior wide receiver LeTheo Proctor being named the DAC Most Valuable Player, defensive lineman Jordan Maher chosen Most Valuable Senior, and Dennis McCulloch voted Coach of the Year. The Vikings also led the four-team conference with the most players (eight) named to the All-DAC Team.

The spectacular season ended perhaps a bit more abruptly than any of the players, coaches, or fans would have liked with a first-round playoff defeat in Helena, MT against perennial power Carroll College. Carroll has won six of the last nine national NAIA titles, and has an overall record of 104-7 the past eight seasons. Their program is certainly one of the most successful at any level of college football in the nation. I traveled to Helena for the game and watched as our VCSU Vikings competed hard with great effort the entire 60 minutes; they represented our University with great class, sportsmanship, pride, and dignity.

It is indeed exciting news that VCSU football is back on the national map. The program has been absent from that picture for several years, and so it is thrilling to have VCSU once again in the national conversation. I join all fans and supporters of VCSU football in saying Congratulations to all of the student-athletes, student-assistants, and coaches for a great 2011, and we cannot wait for the 2012 Season to begin! GREAT JOB and Go Vikings!

Dr. Steve Shirley is President of Valley City State University

VCSU Alumni Efforts Featured in St. Catherine's Concert

Valley City's annual Christmas at St. Catherine's concert will feature the musical skills and students of two VCSU music department alumni. The annual concert, to be held this year on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 pm at St. Catherine's Church, highlights the Christmas season through the choral music of the vocal ensembles at Valley City State University.

This year two VCSU alumni, Brad Lambrecht of Alexandria, MN and Casey Behm of Wyndmere, ND will join the program. Lambrecht is the orchestral director at Jefferson High School in Alexandria where he has helped develop the orchestral program community-wide. The Rainbow Strings ensemble, which Lambrecht conducts, will accompany VCSU's Concert Choir on "Sancta Maria mater Dei" by W.A. Mozart at the concert. Also accompanying the Mozart selection will be Casey Behm on organ. Behm is now the instructor of music at Wyndmere School District and was a piano major at VCSU. Behm's keyboard skills will be highlighted on another selection, "Cantique de Jean Racine" to be performed by the Concert Choir. In addition to these selections, the Concert Choir will perform three selections by regional composers: "Stars I Shall Find" on a moving poem by Sara Teasdale set by David Dickau, choral conductor and composer at Minnesota State University, Mankato; "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," by Minneapolis composer and publisher, J. David Moore; and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" by Minneapolis composer and choral director, Matthew Culloton.

The VCSU choral ensembles have made a point, over the last ten years, to give voice to choral literature composed by the current generation of American composers. This year's St. Catherine's concert will highlight those composers with ties to the upper midwest. The VCSU Singers are slated to perform an intense setting of the text, "O Magnum Mysterium" by Twin-Cities composer Robert Sieving as well as a beautiful setting of the Sara Teasdale poem, "The Stars Stand up in the Air" by Eric William Barnum. Barnum began his instruction and career in music at Bemidji State University. The VCSU Valkyries, a select women's ensemble, will highlight two other selections by regional composers. Let Us Sing! a Christmas song composed by Linda Tutas-Haugen of the Twin-Cities area that will be accompanied by William Sieling of Alexandria, MN on viola and VCSU music education major, Katelin Wadeson on mallet percussion. Joshua Shank, who just moved to Texas from the Minneapolis area, is the composer of another selection to be performed by the Valkyries, "Three Night Songs." The three poems of this set were written by Hilda Conkling at the age of six.

Christmas at St. Catherine's is directed by Dr. Leesa Levy and accompanied by Professor Jaime Namminga. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the concert in the church basement for the members of the choirs, concert patrons, and the composers of the literature featured in the concert who are in attendance. A good-will offering will be accepted and applied to scholarship funds for students participating in the music ensembles at VCSU.

Members of the VCSU Choral Ensembles include: Adam Bommersbach (Twin Valley, MN) Kyle Booth (Nissawa, MN) Micki Bucholtz (Oakes, ND) David Burgess (Anchorage, AK) Jonathan Casey (Cherry Hill, NJ) Mike Dinkel (Lake Park, MN) Erin Edinger (Valley City, ND) Amy Field (Pelican Rapids, MN) Rebeca Fitzell (Valley City, ND) Kayla Geske (Enderlin, ND) Ashley Gierke (Valley City, ND) Danika Gjerding (Grand Forks, ND) Bradyn Good (Rolla, ND) Rebecca Hahn (Pierre, SD) Jessica Halvorson (Milnor, ND) Liana Hansen (Embden, ND) Shelby Hatch (Valley City, ND) Courtney Henkel (Valley City, ND) Sam Hoffman (Casselton, ND) Angie Johnson (Rosegler, ND) Jonathan Johnson (Walcott, ND) Kendra Kruger (Casselton, ND) Cassandra Kunze (Dazey, ND) Samantha Loekmoen (Jamestown, ND) Tyler Manske (Hankinson, ND) Jessica Mortiz (Jamestown, ND) Preston Myers (Valley City, ND) Amber Olson (Mandan, ND) Vincent Olson (Ogema, MN) Courtney Pederson (West Fargo, ND) Kirci Phillips/Wagner (Monticello, MN) Sarah Rhyan (Oakes, ND) Sherri Slag (Wimbledon, ND) Lyndsey Swanson (Casselton, ND) Andrea Swartz (Park River, ND) Tony Trautman (Audubon, MN) Katelin Wadeson (Fingal, ND) Taryn Wallace (McHenry, ND) Trek Wilhelmi (Rolla, ND) Devin Wright (Valley City, ND) Tommy Zinke (Rolla, ND) Kristine Dammel and Angela Morford (Bismarck).

Student Groups Growing at VCSU

This year, Student Services has had an unusual number of students and faculty come forward to form new campus student organizations. It has been a very pleasant surprise to see this much interest from the campus community in forming new clubs and organizations. Numerous opportunities for students to participate in clubs and organizations is a sign of a healthy and robust campus student life.

New clubs formally recognized by Student Senate this year are:

China Student Club - Advisor Shou Ching Chao
Coloring Club - Advisor Jennifer Jenness
Gay/Straight Alliance - Advisor Jonna Ziniel
Golf Club - Advisor Jamie Wirth
Psychology Club - Advisor Katie Woehl
Winter Sports Club - Advisor Philip Deger

Pending formal recognition from Student Senate are:

DCB Student Nurses Organization - Advisor Paula Fogarty
Student Society for HR Management (SHRM) - Advisor Philip Deger

VanHorn & Ziniel Present at NCA

VCSU Associate Professor Dr. Shannon VanHorn and Instructor Jonna Ziniel attended the National Communication Association (NCA) convention November 17-20 in New Orleans, LA.

VanHorn and Ziniel participated in two panels. In "To the Clouds: Apps and Tolls to Engage Students," they participated with presenters from Minot State and Williston State and discussed a variety of tools and apps such as Poll Everywhere, Dropbox, Mindomo, Teamviewer, and Jing. Audience discussion included suggestions for iPads, as many schools are now moving in that direction for their students.

In the panel "Assessing Quality in the Online Course," along with researchers from Kent State and University of Montana-Billings, they discussed the online standards document and the syllabus checklist draft.

Additionally, VanHorn attended presentations on teaching the communication ethics course, new direction of book publishing (the future is e-books), the Dark Side of new media, the overuse of power point (students are begging for instructors to NOT use it; the students have used it since kindergarten and are tired of using it and seeing it in classes), and new media and self-disclosure.

NCA is the largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education. A non-profit organization, NCA has over 8,000 educators, practitioners, and students who work and reside in every state and more than 20 countries. More than 6,000 communication professionals attended this conference.

Ross Named to ACTE Fellowship Program

Ross Named to ACTE Fellowship Program
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region V has selected Valley City State University Assistant Professor Richard Ross into the Region V Fellowship Program. In this capacity, Ross will promote the image of Career and Technical Education and provide an understanding of policies related to Career and Technical education the Region.

This is the second year that Region V has had a Fellowship Program, making Ross the first to be selected for this role. The goals, objectives and responsibilities of the Region V Fellows include establishing a leadership development program for CTE Educators in ACTE, and assisting individuals to further develop their leadership skills in CTE and their involvement in professional associations. Fellows provide an opportunity for CTE Educators to become familiar with and participate in the processes used by policy makers in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and other public policies at the local, state, and federal levels. They also identify, train and motivate a cadre of leaders who will continue to position ACTE as a leader in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. Ross said that, as a Fellow, he intends to become more involved in Region V by presenting at conferences, lobbying the Legislature on behalf of ACTE, and serving on regional committees.

Ross has been on the faculty of VCSU since 1999 and served with VCSU's Center for Innovation and Instruction from 1995-1999. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the North Dakota ACTE and represents the ND Career Technical Education Administrators group. He was originally from Minot, and holds BA and BS degrees from Minot State University and a Master of Science in Education Administration from North Dakota State University.

Founded in 1926, the Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Region V is comprised of 16 states in the western United States.

Hill & VCSU Student Teach in West Fargo

On November 15 Curt Hill taught two seventh grade STEM classes at West Fargo, with the assistance of CIS student Troy Niemeier.

The topic of classes was the programming language Alice and the students received the presentations very well. The classroom teacher, Jane Laux, remarked that the students were engaged in the presentation and in using Alice on this late afternoon class the day before Thanksgiving break.

Historical Museum Features Exhibits December 3

On December 3, 2011, 3:00-5:00 pm, the Barnes County Historial Museum will feature three exhibits.

Smithsonian Service Learning exhibit "Connecting Local Heritage with Local Learners" will be highlighted.

The Smithsonian Exhibit titled "Key Ingredients: America by Food" is a traveling showcase that explores the two ingredients that are key to American cuisine--regional traditions and international influences ( and will also be displayed.

Valley City State University's COMM 216-Intercultural Communication course students will display their research on the impact of international cultures on North Dakota's people and food. Enjoy desserts and hors d' oeuvres from nations that made North Dakota great! VCSU students will exhibit service learning projects on cultures and ethnic foods unique to Valley City.

For more information, please contact Rob Walsh (701-845-7443) or Wes Anderson (701-845-0966).

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
This past week the Viking Women's Basketball team was defeated by the UM Crookston 60-76 and D-1 NDSU 64-85.

The Viking Men's Basketball team traveled to Florida over the break as they completed a sweep with wins over Ave Marie 69-58 and Johnson & Wales by a score of 74-66. They currently stand at 6-3 on the season.

Upcoming Home Events

Monday, November 28 the Viking Women's Basketball team host Concordia College at 7:00 pm (W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse).

Saturday, December 3 the Viking Women and Men's Basketball teams will play the University of Sioux Falls - game time at 2:00 & 4:00 pm at Osmon.

Thank yous ...

The following message was received from State Board of Higher Education President Grant Shaft.

Thank you for your warm hospitality when the State Board of Higher Education held its November 2011 meeting at Valley City State University.

Please share my thanks with your staff. Their attention to detail helped create a positive environment and contributed greatly to the successful event. Clearly, all of you are proud of what Valley City State University and your community have to offer the people and state of North Dakota. The State Board of Higher Education shares your enthusiasm for the future of the university and the Valley City area.

Again, thank you for hosting a memorable event. The board members and I will look forward to our next visit to Valley City State University.


Grant Shaft


The following message was received from Trudy Collins:

VCSU Community:

Greetings from Montana! Steve and I arrived in Billings safe and sound on Friday, November 18. We intended to travel to Helena early on the 19th to support the Viking football team, but regrettably had to change our plans. We were however, proud to talk about VCSU's successful season to all who would listen.

Now that we are settled in, I wish to express my gratitude for the farewell reception and the beautiful framed campus keepsake photo. I was overwhelmed by the kind words spoken at the reception and the wonderful comments written in the guest book or sent by email. Your sincere wishes for happiness and success are much appreciated.

It was a privilege to serve as the VCSU VPBA for five years. Thank you for your support and respect as we worked together to make so many good things happen for VCSU and its students. Thank you also for sharing your knowledge with me; I learned much from each of you.

A special thanks to the Business Affairs team. The dedicated Business Office, Facilities Services and Employee Services staff are amazing! They work hard to serve the faculty, staff and students at VCSU and to keep the finances and facilities in excellent shape. My successes were made possible by their commitment to doing things right. Thanks for all you do every day!

Five years ago I received a warm and wonderful welcome to VCSU and as I prepared to leave, you offered a fond and heartfelt farewell. Thank you! You will remain in my heart always.


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

Monday, November 28

6:30 pm Free showing of the Movie "25 Hill," VCHS Theatre
7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Concordia College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium
8:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball at St. Cloud State (exhibition)

Tuesday, November 29

Wednesday, November 30

7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball at Presentation College

Thursday, December 1

Last Day to Apply for Spring Graduation
East Region Instrumental Contest, Foss Hall
Career Services Workshop "Job Search for Non-Teaching Graduates"
11:00 am Faculty Senate Meeting
5:00 pm Holiday Showcase, Legacy Place
7:30 pm VCSU Concert Choir & University Singers Performance, St. Catherine's Church

Friday, December 2

Deadline to Sign up for "Job Search for Educators"
7:00 pm Upstage Productions Presents "A Christmas Carol," City Auditorium

Saturday, December 3

2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Women's & Men's Basketball vs University of Sioux Falls, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
2:00 & 7:00 pm Upstage Productions Presents "A Christmas Carol," City Auditorium
3:00 pm Cora Mikkelson Reception, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
3:00-5:00 pm Smithsonian Service Learning: Connecting Local Heritage with Local Learners, Barnes County Historical Museum (VCSU students exhibit service learning projects on cultures and ethnic foods unique to VC)
3:15 pm VCSU College Singers & Brass Quintet Performance, Barnes County Historical Museum
5:30 pm Holiday Lights Parade

Sunday, December 4

3:00 pm Valley Voices, Children's Choir, Orchestra & Troubadours Performance, City Auditorium

Monday, December 5

Fall Student Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
7:30 pm Jazz Ensemble Concert, VCSU Cafeteria
7:30 pm VCHS Christmas Band/Choir Concert

Tuesday, December 6

Barnes County Library Salad Luncheon
Barnes County Boys Basketball tournament, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse (December 6, 8, 10)

Wednesday, December 7

3:00-5:00 pm President Shirley's Holiday Social for Employees and Retirees of VCSU, Student Center Skoal Room
5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking Women's & Men's Basketball vs University of Minnesota – Morris, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Thursday, December 8

10:00 am Staff Senate Meeting

Friday, December 9

5:00 pm Fall Student Exhibition Reception, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking Men's & Women's Basketball vs Trinity Bible, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, December 10

V-500 Recognition Dinner
7:30 pm EBC Christmas Hit Parade, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, December 11

2:00 & 4:00 pm Community School for the Arts Recitals, Froemke Auditorium
6:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball @ Minot State University (exhibition)