This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

National Recognition for Online Master's at VCSU
The Chris Berg Show to be broadcast from VCSU
Portraits for Faculty and Staff
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.

National Recognition for Online Master's at VCSU

National Recognition for Online Master\'s at VCSU
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of January 23, 2012.

US News and World Report recently recognized Valley City State University for the quality of its graduate online Master of Education program. As you may be aware, this is not the first recognition from US News; a few months ago VCSU was ranked as the highest-rated public regional college in the Midwest for 2012 in the annual US News "Best Colleges" rankings.

However, this latest recognition for VCSU's online graduate education programs is a new recognition as this is the first year the rankings have been conducted. While rankings were compiled by US News for a variety of online graduate programs in addition to Education (such as Business, Engineering, Information Technology, and Nursing), it is worth noting that VCSU is the only college or university in North Dakota that was included within the online Master of Education rankings.

In this new ranking, US News surveyed all regionally-accredited colleges and universities in the United States that offer at least one Master's level program in Education (1,053 total institutions). It further refined the list by identifying those M.Ed. programs with at least 80% of its content available online (161 institutions). Among this group, VCSU ranked nationally in approximately the top one-third in such areas as Student Services and Technology, Faculty Credentials and Training, and Student Engagement and Accreditation. Within these rankings, there are such national leaders as George Washington University, Indiana University, the University of Iowa, the University of Florida, and the University of Illinois. To be ranked among these esteemed universities is quite an accomplishment and demonstrates the high quality of online graduate education programming that has been developed right here in Valley City.

However, more impressive than the other institutions with which VCSU is categorized is the affirmation this ranking confirms regarding our Master's program. After a 115-year history as an undergraduate institution, VCSU began offering graduate degrees in 2005. The Master's program has grown every year since its inception, and VCSU now has over 160 students enrolled in the program. This rapid Master's enrollment growth coupled with the new national recognition demonstrates the quality of the program and the success VCSU has had in delivering education at the graduate level.

In looking further at the rankings (complete rankings at www.usnews.com/education/online-education), it is also worth noting that VCSU's tuition compares quite favorably and is lower than virtually all of the other ranked programs. Many of the students currently in VCSU's M.Ed. program are in-field teachers from throughout North Dakota. These teachers are often place-bound due to current employment and/or family situations, and this online Master of Education represents an affordable opportunity for them to enhance their education and their careers.

VCSU's Master of Education program is fully accredited and offered 100% online. Available concentrations in the M.Ed. program include Teaching and Technology (with options in English Education, Elementary Education, Teaching & Learning, and Music Technology), Teaching English Language Learners, Library and Information Technologies, and Technology Education (with options in Secondary STEM Education, Elementary STEM Education, and Career & Technical Education). More information about VCSU's nationally-recognized graduate program is available at www.vcsu.edu/graduate.

The Chris Berg Show to be broadcast from VCSU

VCSU will be the site of The Chris Berg Show on AM 1100 "The Flag" this Thursday between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon. The broadcast is part of a series called "Campus Tour" in which campuses through our region host the program. If you can't tune in, the broadcast should be available soon from the Chris Berg web site.

Portraits for Faculty and Staff

Do you have a decent portrait in the ONLINE CAMPUS DIRECTORY? If not, here is your chance to get one!

WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
WHERE: Education common area (McFarland 327 – across the hall from the SEGS offices)

The intention is to make the faculty/staff directories more complete, consistent, and professional, so please make a special effort to take advantage of this opportunity if any of the following apply to you:

- you don't have a portrait on the directory,
- your portrait is out-of-date,
- your portrait isn't as professional as it should be (such as ID photos, web cam photos, or casual, non-portrait photos)

No appointment is necessary, no fee is involved, and you will get an electronic copy you can use for other purposes, too!

If you plan to take advantage of this opportunity, please come prepared for a portrait – professional attire, etc.

For additional information, contact Doug Anderson at x37227.


IDEA Corner

Message from Instructional Designer Roger Skophammer

Last week at the Brown Bag, Dr. Boe presented several useful tools for grading and feedback using Blackboard. He also posted a series of tutorials on the Instructional Design page in Bb. Please look for last weeks Brown Bag to find them. A very useful tool that Jim identified allows an instructor to grade one item for every student before moving on to the next item in the test or quiz. This is very useful if you are using a mixed methods test or quiz as Bb will grade the multiple choice and allows the instructor to just the focus on the short answer or essay questions.

Speaking of assessment, some of the Brown Bags this semester are going to focus on assessment. This week's session (January 25 at 12:00 noon) will include a short overview on course objectives and appropriate assessment strategies and a discussion about assessment in general so that I can identify what resources I can develop for faculty.

Contact Shannon Van Horn to reserve a $5 box lunch (shannon.vanhorn@vcsu.edu) for the Brown Bag.

If you are unable to make the Brown Bag this week and would like to be part of the discussion about assessment, please post your thoughts to the discussion board in the Instructional Design pages in Bb.

iPads! -- Please contact me as soon as possible to reserve them for your classes this semester at roger.skophammer@vcsu.edu

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
· The #20 Viking men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the DAC tournament Saturday to Mayville State by a score of 59-67. The Vikings rebounded with a nice win on Sunday as they defeated Dickinson State 71-67. John Raquel was named to the All-tournament team. The Vikings improved to 17-6 on the year.

· The Viking women's basketball team opened the DAC tournament with a victory over Mayville State 55-45 on Saturday. On Sunday the Vikings lost a heartbreaker in OT to the #13 Jamestown Jimmies by a score of 60-61. Katelyn Ralston and Brittany Lehner were named to the All-tournament team. The Vikings currently stand at 14-9 on the year.


Upcoming home contest

· Wednesday, January 25 the Viking women's basketball team will host Dakota State University at 7:00 pm at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.

This week at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, January 23

Chinese New Year
12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activity 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
5:00 pm Rotary Pancake Supper (Proceeds support VCSU scholarships)
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
11:00 am Garage Band Performance, Froemke Auditorium
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 Activity Center
12:15 pm Garage Bands, Froemke Auditorium
7:30 pm Viking Women's basketball vs Dakota State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

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
7:30 pm Faculty Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, January 28
Track & Field at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
10:00 am Stephen Carlson Master Class, Froemke Auditorium
2:00 pm Steven Carlson Pianist performance, Froemke Auditorium
4:00 pm Viking women's and men's basketball at Dickinson State University

Sunday, January 29

3:00 pm Valley City High School Café Concert, Hi-Liner Activity Center

Monday, January 30

12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activity Center
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile – Hand Weights, St. Catherine Gym
7:00 pm On the Move Event – Step Aerobics, Studio 29
7:30 pm Valley City High School Café Concert, Hi-Liner Activity Center

Tuesday, January 31

Pay Day
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
7:30 pm Valley City High School Café Concert, Hi-Liner Activity Center

Wednesday, February 1

6:00 am On the Move Event – Circuit Training, Legacy Place
12:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activity Center
12:00 pm IDEA Corner Presentation Discussion, Presidents/Norway Room, VCSU Student Center
5:30 pm Viking women's and men's basketball at Jamestown College
7:00 pm On the Move Event – Step Aerobics, Studio 29

Thursday, February 2

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

Friday, February 3

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

Saturday, February 4

Track & Field at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
2:00 pm Viking women's and men's basketball vs Mayville State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, February 5

6:00-8:00 pm Open Ice Skating, Youth Sports Center

January & February Birthdays

January & February Birthdays
January

23 Don Mugan
26 Jennie Lou Russi
28 Sharon McCarriar

February

5 Kim Knodle
6 Jodi Shorma
7 Erica Bunn
9 Ron Pommerer
13 Steve Olson
15 Sara Hagen
19 Joe Stickler
19 Hilde van Gijssel
21 Emma Tufte
22 Susan Pommerer
23 Richard Gruman