This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU's Online M.Ed. Gets National Ranking by U.S.News
Spring 2012 Speaker Series Begins January 19
Dutton presents at BCHS lecture January 19
Free Planetarium Show at VCSU
What in the World Is Going On? Performance February 22
VCACA Presents BOTTOM LINE DUO
Pfeifer & Paurus attend training
Woehl Attends, Presents at NITOP
Russi Participates in Tour Orientation
IDEA Corner
Viking Athletic Update
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
January 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.

VCSU's online M.Ed. gets national ranking by U.S.News

Valley City State University's online Master of Education program earned national rankings in U.S.News & World Report's first-ever edition of Top Online Education Programs. Appearing in the category Graduate Programs – Education," VCSU's is the only program offered by a North Dakota college or university to be ranked in this category.

"This honor reaffirms the outstanding quality of our teacher education program and the national reputation the program has earned," said Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU. "Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly in building a program that is highly accessible, is of high quality, and meets the needs of education professionals throughout North Dakota and beyond. This latest national recognition is a clear sign of their success."

In this first year of publication, U.S. News surveyed all 1,053 regionally accredited institutions it determined offered at least one master's level program in education in 2010. It considered only programs with at least 80 percent of their course content available online and which could supply a full academic year's worth of data (161 institutions). The ranking indicators applied some of the standards used for traditional schools plus new measures specific to online programs. The indicators in which VCSU's program received a national ranking include:

- Student Services & Technology (ranked #51)
- Faculty Credentials & Training (ranked #57)
- Student Engagement & Accreditation(ranked #53)

More information on the rankings is available online - CLICK HERE.

VCSU became a graduate degree granting institution in 2005 and its graduate enrollment has grown every year since. VCSU's Master of Education is fully accredited and is offered 100% online to meet the needs of practicing teachers. Available concentrations include Teaching and Technology (with options in English Education, Elementary Education, Teaching & Learning and Music Technology), English Language Learners, Library and Information Technologies, and Technology Education. More information about the program is available at www.vcsu.edu/graduate.

Spring 2012 Speaker Series Begins January 19

Spring 2012 Speaker Series Begins January 19
The Division of Business and Information Technology presents a Spring 2012 Speaker Series beginning Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 with D.C. Lucas from Eide Bailly discussing "Technology Landscaping." The presentation will take place in the Student Center Skoal Room.

D.C. Lucas is the Business Development Manager for Eide Bailly Technology Consulting and has been in this position since October of this year. Eide Bailly Technology Consulting helps organizations analyze, develop and maintain their current and future technology business decisions. Lucas. recently worked for ADP as a District Manager where he focused on financial and human resources tools for numerous organizations in the Midwest. He has been in the technology field for 16 years.

Lucas resides in Argusville, ND and had been in the community for the past six years. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, he moved to North Dakota in 1994 where he graduated from Valley City State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and recently finished his MBA in Management from the University of Mary. He and his wife of nine years, Marie, have two girls, Emma (8) and Ellie (6), who both attend school at Northern Cass.

Lucas is active throughout the community. He is currently the president of the Valley City State University Alumni Board. He is also a member of the Valley City State University Business Advisory Board, a United Way account executive, Ambassador of Public Relations for the Fargo/ Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, and legislative director for the Fargo-Moorhead Human Resource Association.

In his spare time, Lucas enjoys anything sports related, golf, reading and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys vacations in Mexico which will be coming up in March!

Dutton presents at BCHS lecture January 19

Dutton presents at BCHS lecture January 19
The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 14 presents Valley City State University Instructor Anthony Dutton as he presents "Tell Me What You Eat and I'll Tell You Who You Are" at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum.

We are what we eat in more ways than the aphorism usually implies. Foodways are a key component of identity and the food traditions that live on in the United States are diverse but increasingly interconnected. As a result, the multicultural nature of U.S. society is evident in the pantries of households and restaurants from small town main street to major metropolitan centers. What today is "ethnic" food may well become mainstream, in the same way that hotdogs and pizza made the transition. American palates have grown more cosmopolitan as the population grows more diverse, but Americans have also moved to conserve traditional foodways, both regional and ethnic. In choosing what to eat we make powerful statements about who we are.

Anthony Dutton is an Instructor in the Social Science department at Valley City State University. His interests in international cuisine stem from a semester abroad in Mexico and more recent travels to Mongolia and China. He has eaten grasshoppers and corn fungus in Mexico, duck tongues and thousand-year eggs in China, and more peculiar dairy products than he cares to remember in Mongolia, but he has never tried lutefisk.

The public is cordially invited to attend. All Lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with Valley City State University. They are free and open to the public. For more information contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

Free Planetarium Show at VCSU

Free Planetarium Show at VCSU
The Valley City State University Planetarium will host a free show on Saturday January 21, 2012, at 2:00 pm. The show, titled "All about Stars," is a 30 minute presentation on basic astronomy designed for all ages.

The planetarium is located in room 310 of the Rhoades Science Center on the campus of VCSU. Elevator service is available. For more information, contact Alice at 845-7452 or Wes Anderson at 845-0966.

What in the World Is Going On? Performance Feb. 22

The "What in the World Is Going On?" program will offer a performance on Sunday, February 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm in Vangstad Auditorium on the campus of Valley City State University.

Kris Kitkow will present "A Troubadour for Troubled Times." Kitko, a self-described environmental activist, promotes community involvement and shares her interest in the North Dakota West. She will introduce and show music videos she has produced and also perform a number of her songs.

VCACA Presents BOTTOM LINE DUO

VCACA Presents BOTTOM LINE DUO
The second concert of the 2011-2012 concert season presented by the Valley City Area Concert Association takes place on Monday, January 23, at Valley City State University's Vangstad Auditorium starting at 7:30 pm, and features the Bottom Line Duo – husband and wife Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland – playing a concert of classics and pops on their double bass and cello, blended together with a large portion of humor and fun.

Billed as "social chamber music" or "21st Century Parlor Music," the Bottom Line Duo, one of three internationally touring bass and cello duos in history, has been thrilling audiences with their fast fingers, wit and bows. With humor bordering on outright comedy, they deliver a program with roots in chamber music and an amazing repertoire of modern and popular sounds.

A 300 year old Italian string bass, a 140 year old French cello, a Norwegian-American man and a Welsh-Belgian American woman -- Add 18 years of marriage and you get a program of tremendous virtuosity, intimacy, entertainment, fun and laughter.

Bottom Line Duo has produced six CDs, a full symphony show, several appearances on NPR and performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

Reviews of the performance include the following:

"They have a flair for playing with excitement and humor. You can truly hear the fun they are having." – Victory Music Review

"At times it was more duel than duet..." – Arts & Entertainment

Besides the classical pieces, their program will include Blue Moon, Crazy Train, A Hard Day's Night, Autumn Leaves and My Little Suede Shoes.

Admission is by season membership only. Membership costs are Adult $35, Family $65, Student $15. For ticket information contact Diana Skroch 701-845-1848 or 845-7273.

Pfeifer & Paurus attend training

On January 3-6, Valley City State University Assistant Professor Susan Pfeifer and Instructor Jamie Paurus attended the Student Certification Academy Delta Training for Certified Professors as part of the SAP University Alliance held in Huntsville, TX.

The workshop was exclusive to faculty from SAP University Alliances member schools that have successfully passed the SAP Certified Business Associate with SAP ERP certification exam and plan to teach a Terp10 course on campus in 2012. The four day workshop involved discussions, best practices, and hands-on exercises for the new version of the TERP10 certification course.

Over 95,000 companies in over 120 countries run SAP software– from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small businesses and midsize companies to suite offerings for global organizations. VCSU is the leading university in several surrounding states participating in the SAP University Alliance program.

Woehl Attends, Presents at NITOP

Woehl Attends, Presents at NITOP
Valley City State University Assistant professor Katie Woehl attended the 34th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida from January 3 - 6, 2012.

This conference offered a number of workshops, invited speakers, and roundtable discussions, all related to teaching psychology. Some of the topics addressed in sessions she attended included creating engaging PowerPoint presentations, using high profile cases to teach about abnormal psychology, preparing students to use statistics and behavioral research, using fishbowl discussions to encourage critical thinking, and the role of an instructor in the online course environment.

Additionally, Woehl presented a piece of her dissertation work, "Using study questions to improve academic success in students with poor metacognition" at a poster session. The conference left her with many new ideas for the courses she is teaching this spring and in the upcoming semesters at VCSU.

Russi Participates in Tour Orientation

Russi Participates in Tour Orientation
Valley City State University Director of Theatre Jenni Lou Russi spent the Martin Luther King holiday weekend in Paris, France as a participant in an orientation tour sponsored by EF Tours.

In addition to the requisite visits to The Louvre, Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and Notre Dame, the group attended orientation sessions led by EF Tours consultants, guides, and academic administrators with considerable experience leading student tours. Participants included faculty who will lead groups of students on tours abroad from institutions throughout the United States. Sessions and discussions included information about safety, money-saving ideas and fund-raising, curriculum for study abroad, and appropriate texts relevant to travel in various fields of study.

Russi will lead a group of VCSU students to London for a British Literature and Theatre experience with EF Tours over the 2012 Spring Break.

IDEA Corner

From Instructional Designer Roger Skophammer

Sugata Mitra's experiment suggests some interesting ideas about student learning. Is it really as simple as providing a computer and Internet connection? What does this say about the future of Education? I found this thought provoking and a bit troubling. Share your thoughts in the discussion board on the Instructional Design page in Bb.

CLICK HERE

The Brown Bag Wednesday, January 18 (see below), deals with this using BlackBoard for submitting activities, grading, and providing feedback to students. Last semester we were informed that e-mail is not an approved method for discussing grades with students. Jim Boe and I will review some of the mechanics in BlackBoard for assignment submissions and tools in the grade book. This will be followed with a discussion of how best to provide feedback to students.

There are still time lots left to reserve iPads for you class this semester. Email Skophammer at roger.skophammer@vcsu.edu.

BROWN BAG DETAILS

WHAT: Design Team Brown Bag
WHEN: Every Wednesday, Noon-12:50
WHERE: Student Center Norway/President's Rooms

For just $5, you can get a boxed lunch with a sandwich, salad, chips, fruit, and soda! RSVP to Shannon Van Horn by 11:00 a.m. Tuesday to reserve your lunch.

Congratulations to ...

Congratulations to Armanda and Kate Ramos on the birth of their son, Armando Hiro Ramos, born January 8.

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
The Viking women's basketball team defeated Johnson and Wales College by a score of 74-65. The Vikings improve to 13-8 on the season and will be in action this weekend as Valley City State Host the DAC Tournament.

The #20 ranked Viking men's basketball team completed a sweep over the weekend as they defeated Northern New Mexico 73-54 and Johnson and Wales 57-47. The men improved to 16-5 on the year and will also compete in the DAC tournament this weekend.

The Viking track and field team competed at Bemidji State over the weekend as several runners participated for the Vikings. Darien Moore set a standard that has qualified him for the NAIA indoor National meet in the weight throw.

Upcoming home events

*** DAC Tournament – Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22 – Osmon Fieldhouse***

VCSU Play Saturday, January 21

Viking women vs. Mayville State at 2pm
#20 Viking men vs. Mayville State at 4pm

Schedule for Sunday, January 22 – DAC Tournament

12pm – Women's Consolation game
2pm – Men's Consolation game
4pm – Women's Championship game
6pm - Men's Championship game

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

Tuesday, January 17

6:00 am On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile – Hand Weights, Legacy Place
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Toning Tuesday, St. Catherine School Gym

Wednesday, January 18

12:00 pm IDEA Corner Presentation Discussion, Presidents/Norway Room, VCSU Student Center
12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activities Center

Thursday, January 19

Faculty Senate Meeting
6:00 am On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile – Hand Weights, Legacy Place
12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights , Open Door Center
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Toning Tuesday, St. Catherine School Gym
6:30 pm Spring Speaker Series, D.C. Lucas from Eide Bailly – Technology Landscaping, Student Center Skoal Room
7:00 pm BCHS Lecture Series presents Anthony Dutton "Tell Me What You Eat and I'll Tell You Who You Are," BCHS Museum
7:00 pm On the Move Event – Zumba Gold, Studio 29

Friday, January 20

Saturday, January 21

2:00 & 4:00 pm DAC Tournament games – Viking Women's & Men's basketball vs Mayville State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
2:00 pm Planetarium Show "All about Stars," VCSU Planetarium, Rhoades Science Center Room 310

Sunday, January 22

12:00 pm DAC Tournament women's consolation game
2:00 pm DAC Tournament men's consolation game
2:00 pm What in the World Is Going On? lecture program, Vangstad Auditorium
4:00 pm DAC Tournament women's championship game
6:00 pm Dac Tournament men's championship game

Monday, January 23

Chinese New Year
12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activities Center
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile – Hand Weights, St. Catherine Gym
7:30 pm Valley City Area Concert Association presents Bottom Line Duo, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, January 24

6:00 am On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile – Hand Weights, Legacy Place
5:15 pm On the Move Event – Grocery Store Tour, Marketplace Foods
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Toning Tuesday, St. Catherine School Gym
7:30 pm On the Move Event – Intro to Yoga, Valley City Fitness Center

Wednesday, January 25

BIT Day at VCSU
6:00 am On the Move Event – Circuit Training, Legacy Place
12:00 pm IDEA Corner Presentation Discussion, Presidents/Norway Room, VCSU Student Center
12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activities Center
12:15 pm Garage Bands, Froemke Auditorium

Thursday, January 26

6:00 am On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile – Hand Weights, Legacy Place
10:00 am On the Move Event – Grocery Store Tour, Leevers Super Valu
12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights , Open Door Center
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Toning Tuesday, St. Catherine School Gym
7:00 pm On the Move Event – Water Wellness, Legacy Place

Friday, January 27

12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Mercy Hospital Health Education Center

Saturday, January 28

Sunday, January 29

January Birthdays

January Birthdays
18 Misty Lindgren
21 Janet Drake
23 Don Mugan
26 Jennie Lou Russi
28 Sharon McCarriar