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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Introducing Douglas Dawes – VCSU's new VPBA
Frenette Named Cross-Country, Track & Field Head Coach
Leno Lands Prestigious Ceramics Apprenticeship
VCSU Alumni Association Event Planned
Energy Saving Vehicle Tips
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.

Introducing Douglas Dawes – VCSU's new VPBA

Introducing Douglas Dawes – VCSU\'s new VPBA
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of December 26.

Last week, Valley City State University extended an offer that has been verbally accepted by Mr. Douglas Dawes to be VCSU's next Vice-President for Business Affairs. In this capacity, Doug will replace Ms. Trudy Sipe Collins. Following a successful five-year tenure at VCSU, Trudy left VCSU in November to accept a position as University Budget Director at Montana State University, Billings.

The Vice-President for Business Affairs (VPBA) role at VCSU is critical to both the day-to-day operational activities of the institution as well as the goals associated with long-term strategic initiatives. It is a role that oversees a number of key university functions, and requires a diverse background and wide breadth of experiences to succeed.

The VPBA serves as the university's chief financial officer and has responsibility for such areas as financial accounting and control services, fee payment, facilities, risk management, human resources, payroll, grants and contracts, budget preparation, purchasing, and other related areas. The VPBA also works closely with the North Dakota University System office, the State Auditor's Office, the VCSU Foundation, and assists in the preparation for legislative presentations and hearings.

Mr. Dawes comes to VCSU from Utah State University in Logan, Utah where he served as Executive Director of Business Services in Facilities for the past five years. In this capacity, Doug oversaw a $22 million operating budget, and was responsible for such facilities areas as purchasing, safety, information technology, payroll, fleet rental, waste management, and recycling. He was also involved with capital construction projects, space utilization studies, budgeting and forecasting, funding requests, and contractual obligations.

Prior to his tenure at Utah State, Doug was employed by Ford Motor Company where he worked on corporate financial statements and filings. Additionally, he has also worked in the energy and contracting industries, and has a wealth of budgeting and financial projection experience. Doug's mix of both private industry and public higher education career experiences should serve him well in his new role at VCSU.

Doug is a native of Utah, and his degrees include a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, both from Brigham Young University. Doug and his wife, Sherith, along with their five children (Whitney, 14; Courtney, 13; Wesley, 11; Bradley, 9; and Cody, 4) are excited for the move to Valley City and to get involved in the community. The Dawes family will be moving to Valley City in early 2012, and Doug will begin employment at VCSU in early February. Please join me in welcoming the Dawes family to VCSU and into the Valley City community!

Frenette Named Cross-Country, Track & Field Head Coach

Frenette Named Cross-Country, Track & Field Head Coach
Valley City State University announced that Ken Frenette has joined VCSU Viking athletics as head coach for the men's and women's cross-country and track & field teams. Frenette joins the Viking staff with over 23 years experience as head men's and women's cross country coach at NCAA Division I Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.

Jack Denholm, athletic director at VCSU, said, "We are extremely excited to hire someone with Ken's ability and Division I experience in cross-country and track. His record of success both athletically and academically while at Campbell University make an outstanding fit for the priorities of Viking athletics."

"I am honored and excited to be given the opportunity to be the Head Coach of Track & Field and Cross Country at Valley City State University," said Frenette. "I want to thank Mr. Denholm, VCSU president Steve Shirley, and the search committee for giving me their vote of confidence and placing their trust in me to guide the track & field and cross country programs. It is also with great anticipation that I look forward to working with both the athletes and coach Brohmer in the New Year."

Under Frenette's tenure, Campbell's men's and women's cross country teams claimed 13 top-five finishes each during 17 years of competition in the Atlantic Sun. Campbell athletes earned all-conference honors in cross country 50 times under Coach Frenette. On the track, his distance runners brought home 113 all-conference accolades.

A four time conference cross country Coach of the Year honoree, Coach Frenette also served as Director of the middle and long distance program in the spring, instructing Campbell's distance runners during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. He competed in the 1992 Olympic trials and represented Canada in the 1991 Panamerican Games finishing 6th in the marathon. As a student, Frenette was one of Campbell University's top distance runners from 1984-88 when he clinched the Big South Conference cross country individual championship twice. He continues to hold three Campbell records. A certified USA Level II Track and Field coach in the middle and long distance events, Coach Frenette earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Campbell University.

As head coach, Frenette's responsibilities will include scheduling of competitions and practices; recruiting, coaching, mentoring and retaining student athletes; monitoring annual budgets; supervising assistant coaches; fostering strong alumni relations and meeting all institutional, and NAIA rules and regulations.

Leno Lands Prestigious Ceramics Apprenticeship

Leno Lands Prestigious Ceramics Apprenticeship
Jacob Leno, originally from Bismarck, ND, recently graduated from Valley City State University and accepted a prestigious apprenticeship with well-known artist Richard Bresnahan. Breshnahan is currently an Artist in Residence at Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN, and his work has been on solo exhibit at several nationally-known galleries including the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, State of North Dakota Gallery, Bismarck, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

According to Associate Professor Linda Whitney, Leno's work has been truly outstanding, particularly as evidenced by a collection of ceramic tea pots Leno included in his Senior Show in October. During and since the show, the collection has sold out, which is a first for VCSU students in Art. Since then, according to Whitney, Leno has done some impressive work in print making and drawing.

Leno's apprenticeship begins January 14. At the conclusion of the apprenticeship, Leno intends to start his own studio.

VCSU Alumni Association Event Planned

The VCSU Alumni Association invites you to join alumni and friends at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND, for a Fargo Force Hockey game.

The Alumni Association has reserved the North Club Lounge on Friday, January 6, 2012. Cost is $20 per person and includes reserved ticket for seating in the North Club Lounge area, food and fun! Social starts at 6:30 pm with game time at 7:35 pm

Come out and join your fellow VCSU supporters and cheer on the Fargo Force.

Please RSVP to reserve your tickets by calling 701-845-7203 today! A limited number of tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Energy Saving Vehicle Tips

How Long Should a Vehicle Warm up at Standstill? This infamous question is debated by many as we approach the North Dakota winter season. The VCSU Environmental Task Force offers the following tips for you.

Light-Duty Gasoline or Diesel:

In all but extreme cold, 0 to 30 seconds usually suffices (check your owner's manual for any specific recommendations).
Above freezing temperatures: typically no need to warm-up at standstill; the best way to warm up is to drive the vehicle at a moderate pace.
Below freezing but above 0 degrees Fahrenheit: up to 30 seconds to allow for complete circulation of engine oil. Warm-up time is also determined by the effectiveness of defrosting. Again, driving the car (slowly to moderately) is the best way to warm up in this range. Note that wheel bearings, steering, suspension, transmission and tires also need warming up. The only way to do that is to drive the vehicle.
Below 0 degrees: in this range, idling the engine for a period of 1 to 3 minutes becomes important, allowing thickened engine oil to adequately circulate throughout the engine, and for the likely increased time needed for defrosting/deicing.

Heavy-Duty Diesel:

The EPA and several diesel engine manufacturers recommend no more than 3 to 5 minutes. But there are idling reduction alternatives to consider.
Use electric engine heaters (such as block heaters) to minimize idling time during warm-up, especially in cold weather.
Install a small generator or auxiliary power unit specifically designed for a truck that provides heat, air conditioning, and/or electrical power while the vehicle is not in motion. These devices are a better, more efficient alternative to idling as they use substantially less fuel and emit less pollution. Depending on the amount of time spent idling each year, the payback on these devices can be one to two years.

Information source: CLICK HERE

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

Monday, December 26

Holiday – VCSU offices closed.
Boxing Day (Canada)

Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 28

Thursday, December 29

Friday, December 30

Pay Day

Saturday, December 31

Sunday, January 1

Monday, January 2

Holiday – VCSU offices closed.

Tuesday, January 3

Wednesday, January 4

12:15 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activities Center
5:30 & 7:30 pm Women's & Men's Basketball at University of Minnesota – Morris

Thursday, January 5

12:15 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 7 Hand Weights , Open Door Center

Friday, January 6

6:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 7 Hand Weights , Legacy Place

Saturday, January 7

2:00 & 7:00 pm Women's & Men's Basketball at University of Sioux Falls

Sunday, January 8

5:30 pm Women's Basketball at Dakota State University