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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

New Academic Programs Approved for VCSU
Ross Attends ACTE Convention
New Billboards Being Installed
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.

New Academic Programs Approved for VCSU

New Academic Programs Approved for VCSU
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will apear in the Valley City Times Record the week of December 12, 2011.

When the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) met on the Valley City State University campus last month, it approved a new Bachelor of Science program in Athletic Training. This is VCSU's third new academic program approved by the SBHE during 2011. In June, the Board approved authority for VCSU to offer a Business Process Integration Management (BPIM) major, and in September the Board granted approval for VCSU to offer a new major in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). These three academic programs will each provide new opportunities in a variety of academic fields for current and future VCSU students.

The Business Process Integration Management major is designed to attract information technology and business majors interested in technology, to meet the needs of employers in the region, and to benefit distance learners from other areas. The BPIM major builds communication, problem-solving, business, collaboration and technical skills with a focus on business processes and advanced enterprise systems ensuring students are well-prepared to enter today's IT and business workforce. The BPIM major was developed by VCSU faculty based on recommendations and research found through relationships with industry, which indicates that successful graduates in Business and Information Systems need expertise in both areas, in addition to strong communication skills. The new major will require an internship so that students have experience prior to graduation and can transition seamlessly into the workforce.

The addition of the Medical Laboratory Science major allows VCSU to participate in the Western College Alliance for Clinical Laboratory Scientists program, thereby helping to provide a quality career option for students who want to live and work in rural North Dakota. The MLS degree program at VCSU is a collaborative effort with the University of North Dakota as students will spend the first 3 years at VCSU taking face-to-face classes as well as online classes from UND. In the final year, students will spend a summer at UND and then move to a clinical laboratory in North Dakota for the clinical experience. This collaboration is exciting because it streamlines the process and makes it possible for students to finish this major at VCSU without having to transfer.

VCSU's new Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree is designed for students interested in a career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that this career field is expected to grow 37% between 2008-18, thereby highlighting increased needs in healthcare and injury prevention fields. With the addition of this new program, VCSU will be pursuing accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Given North Dakota's rapidly growing healthcare industry, this program will help support the state's economic development in this area. Additionally, as an accredited program, this major will maintain the quality expected of CAATE accreditation.

These three new academic offerings in business and the sciences fit nicely within VCSU's mission and strategic plan for campus growth. Valley City State University looks forward to implementing these programs and curriculum in the coming months and offering these new opportunities to future VCSU students.

Ross Attends ACTE Convention

Ross Attends ACTE Convention
Assistant Professor Rick Ross attended the national ACTE Convention in St. Louis, November 17 – 19, 2011. The convention focused of the impact of Career and Technical Education on job creation.

While at the convention, Ross focused on leadership activities and workshops to grow Career and Technical programs. Ross heard internationally renowned speakers such as Sir Ken Robinson discuss creativity, innovation, education and human development, and attended workshops on empowering teachers and assessment and certifications.

Ross was active with the fellowship/leadership program where he will be serving for the next two years. As part of the fellowship/leadership program, he met with Doug Myer, vice president for Region V ACTE, and Charles Gallagher, the Region V Fellowship/Leadership coordinator, where he learned about the responsibilities and duties expected to be fulfilled for Region V ACTE.

Ross will use the knowledge gained at ACTE to better serve his students in CTE at Valley City State University by reworking curriculum to meet the needs of the eclectic CTE environment. He also plans to better develop plans of study for his students that reflect the changing requirements of education and CTE.

New Billboards Being Installed

New Billboards Being Installed
VCSU recently updated its contract with Newman Outdoor to update the number, creative and location of our promotional billboards. Under the new contract, the number of boards has been reduced from eight to six, and their locations have been changed according to the attached map (typically close to locations used in the past but usually facing the opposite direction). The creative keeps the theme "The Difference is ME," however various design elements did change. The installation of the new boards has begun and should be complete within the next two weeks.

Many thanks to the following students for their willingness to help us promote VCSU:

Aurissa Martens
Nicole Mauch
Anna Weisenburg
Ryan Lenoue
Eugene Smith
Garrett Stein
New Billboards Being Installed

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

What\'s Happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, December 12

Finals Week Begins
4:00 pm Garage Band Performance, Vangstad Auditorium
6:00-8:00 pm Valley City Fitness Center Open House

Tuesday, December 13

5:30 pm Career Services Workshop "Job Search for Educators"
7:30 pm Community Christmas Carol featuring Valley Voices & Children's Choir, Barnes County Courthouse

Wednesday, December 14

6:30 pm US House Republican Debate, Vangstad Auditorium

Thursday, December 15

7:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs Presentation College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Friday, December 16

Saturday, December 17

Viking women's & men's basketball at Johnson & Wales University, Colorado

Sunday, December 18

Monday, December 19

Viking women's & men's basketball at Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico

Tuesday, December 20

Hanukkah begins at sundown
Fall Semester Grades Due

Wednesday, December 21

Thursday, December 22

First Day of Winter

Friday, December 23

Saturday, December 24

Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day

Monday, December 26

Holiday – VCSU offices closed
Kwanzaa begins
Boxing Day (Canada)