This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Communication Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) at VCSU
Find the Hero in You!
VCSU participates in FM Festival Singing Event
IDEA Corner
Announcing InDesign brown bag meetings
New policy governing use of Social Media
Women's Leadership Development Institute Scheduled
Revisions and additions to the Policy Manual
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
February 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.

Communication Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) at VCSU

Communication Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) 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 February 6, 2012.

If you are a regular reader of this section, you know the subject matter can vary significantly from column to column. Of course, the general subject is always Valley City State University and topics have ranged from such areas as new campus initiatives, construction and facilities projects, athletics, student activities, new employees, national recognitions, and a wide range of other subjects.

Over the course of the next several columns, with the help of VCSU's Vice-President for Academic Affairs (Dr. Margaret Dahlberg), we will take a "continuing series" approach and introduce you to VCSU's five academic divisions. The five divisions are: Business and Information Technology (BIT); Communication Arts and Social Sciences (CASS); Fine Arts; Math, Science, and Health & Physical Education (MSHPE); and the School of Education and Graduate Studies (SEGS). In each column you will learn about the academic programs in the divisions, the faculty who teach in those areas, the career paths for graduates, the unique features of these divisions, and how the divisions fit into VCSU's overall academic mission.

We begin with a focus on the Communication Arts and Social Sciences Division, commonly referred to as "CASS" on the VCSU campus. This division offers majors in English, Spanish, history, social science, psychology, human services, and professional communication, and minors in theatre and library information. Additionally, CASS works with every new freshman on campus in a number of general education courses.

The Division offers several opportunities for community involvement including theatre productions and the monthly lecture series, "What in the World is Going On?," which explores current issues and national concerns in a variety of fields. In addition, community members are welcome to take evening coursework in creative writing, sociology, or history.

Each year the Division publishes "The Forge," a literary magazine with poetry, prose, and visual arts created by the VCSU community. Several courses and clubs in the Division interact with the Valley City community by working on projects at the Barnes County Historical Society, and faculty collaborate with off-campus groups that help students get a sense of real-world applications of knowledge. Students in Human Services, psychology, and history often complete internships in the local area, and, of course, students in English, History, or Spanish Education student-teach in local schools.

Members of the Division are active in national and international organizations. CASS faculty also serve on committees designed to enhance, improve, and evaluate learning opportunities for post-secondary students. For example, Professors Dina Petherbridge (Spanish) and Steven King (History) both serve as readers for Advanced Placement examinations. Julee Russell (English) and Dina Petherbridge work with the accrediting agency NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) to review teacher education programs in English and Spanish. Professor Shannon VanHorn serves as the editor of a key journal in the area of professional communication. All of these experiences help the faculty members to keep abreast of changes in their disciplines.

This year two CASS professors are offering travel experiences for students. In March, Jenni Lou Russi will be traveling to England with a group of students interested in theatre. In May, Dr. Steven King is leading a study tour to Greece and Rome. Additionally, Professor Dina Petherbridge regularly makes arrangements for students to study abroad and has taken students to Honduras.

The faculty, students and staff of the Communication Arts and Social Sciences Division are proud and active members of the Valley City community. There's a lot going on in this division, and the Valley City community is always welcome to get involved with CASS activities!

VCSU participates in FM Festival Singing Event

VCSU participates in FM Festival Singing Event
Faculty and students from Valley City State University participated in the Fargo Moorhead Festival of Singing special event, Broadway on Broadway, featuring popular songs from Musical Theatre. Performers for the showcase were cast after auditions in Moorhead, Minnesota, last Fall.

Produced by Robin Allebach, Artistic Director for the Fargo Moorhead Festival of Singing and Voice Instructor at VCSU, the event was held in Studio 222 on Broadway in Fargo on Saturday, January 28. Performers in the showcase included VCSU students Kirci Wagner and Jon Casey, as well as VCSU faculty members Dr. Leesa Levy, Director of Choral Activities , and Jenni Lou Russi, Director of Theatre. Burke Tagney, a junior at VCSU, was the technician for the performance.

Pictured at the right are (L-R) Robin Allebach, Burke Tagney, Leesa Levy, Jon Casey, Kirci Wagner, Jenni Lou Russi

Find the Hero in You!

VCSU Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm in the Student Center Skoal Room.

For an appointment contact Betty Tykwinski @ 490-2299 or go online to:
www.bloodhero.com, sponsor code: VCSU.

Everyone is encouraged to donate but there is an urgent need for type O- and O+ donor. Please seriously consider donating this gift of life.

*Sponsored by the Student Nurse Organization

IDEA Corner



An ongoing problem for many faculty and students is file size. The worst offender is the file size of the pictures we embed in PowerPoints and other presentations, many other types of files can also cause problems. Most any file can be compressed or reduced in size. The advantages to the user is that smaller files can be emailed to others, presentations load faster and better, and it leaves more room on the hard drive. Another reason to reduce file size is that some portfolio service providers limit the amount of memory that can be saved with the portfolio. Another concern is the amount of storage required by the university to save all these large files. This Wednesday's brown bag scheduled for 12:00 pm in the Presidents and Norway Rooms of the Students Center will address how to reduce files size and how to communicate these processes to students.

Last week's brown bag was an excellent presentation about eBooks available for check out from the library. Titles included both pleasure reading and academic resources. The library staff is interested in knowing what titles you would like to see in eBooks. This LINK will help you set up your tablet or e-reader for checking out eBooks from the library.

A few faculty members are currently working on a common writing rubric for use at VCSU. This rubric is intended to provide common expectations for writing for VCSU students. This will be a useful tool that faculty may use for their written assignments. Faculty at other institutions use a similar rubric to set a minimum that will be accepted for grading. I used this method when I taught writing intensive courses. Here is an ARTICLE that expounds upon this further.

Yet another reminder for iPads. The available time slots are starting to fill up fast. If you want to use them this semester please contact me - Roger Skophammer - soon.

Announcing InDesign brown bag meetings

If you produce brochures, posters, or other materials that represent VCSU, you will want to attend one (or both) of these brown bag meetings to pick-up some great tips about using InDesign and other resources that will make this job easier. We will review updates to the graphic standards and a new set of templates (InDesign plus a few others) you can use to produce materials that conform to graphic standards and look as great as if Tara had done them herself. We will also discuss a few tips to make using InDesign and these templates easier.

Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Dates: Thursday, February 9 & Wednesday, February 15
Location: Student Center Lower Conference Room

New policy governing use of Social Media

Are you using social media to publicly represent VCSU or a specific group or functional unit within VCSU? If so, you should be aware of a new VCSU policy governing use of social media recently approved by the Policy Committee. You may also want to attend one of these upcoming brown bag meetings in which we will walk through the requirements and opportunities this new policy presents.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 12:00 pm
Location: Student Center Lower Conference Room

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 12:00 pm
Location: Student Senate Room

Date: Friday February 24, 12:00 pm
Location: Student Center Lower Conference Room

Women's Leadership Development Institute Scheduled

Tri-College NEW leadership Development Institute - - empowering a new generation of women leaders -- has been scheduled for June 2-6, 2012. The institute will take place at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. The intensive five day residential program is limited to 50 participants at no cost to participants.

Applications are accepted through March 23, 2012.

Who Should Apply?
Women interested in Public or Community Service, Politics and Leadership

Information is available in the VCSU Career Services Office, McFarland 209 or ONLINE.

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

Monday, February 6

12:05 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

Tuesday, February 7

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

Wednesday, February 8

6:00 am On the Move Event – Circuit Training, Legacy Place
12:00 pm IDEA Corner Presentation Discussion, Presidents/Norway Room, VCSU Student Center
12:05 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activity
7:00 pm On the Move Event – Step Aerobics, Studio 29
5:30 pm Viking women's & men's basketball vs Jamestown College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Thursday, February 9

6:00 am On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile – Hand Weights, Legacy Place
12:00 pm InDesign brown bag meeting, Student Center Lower Level Conference Room
12:05 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights , Open Door Center
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds, St. Catherine School Gym

Friday, February 10

Track & Field at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (February 10-11)
Deadline to Apply for summer 2012 Internship
12:05 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Mercy Hospital Health Education Center

Saturday, February 11

Sunday, February 12

Lincoln's Birthday

Monday, February 13

Barnes County Student Exhibit Opens (February 13-March 16), VCSU Gallery
12:05 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 On the Move Event – Zumba, VCPR Fitness Center

Tuesday, February 14

6:00 pm On the Move Event – Toning Tuesday, St. Catherine School Gym

Wednesday, February 15

Pay Day
6:00 am On the Move Event – Circuit Training, Legacy Place
12:00 pm InDesign brown bag meeting, Student Center Lower Level Conference Room
12:00 pm IDEA Corner Presentation Discussion, Presidents/Norway Room, VCSU Student Center
12:05 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Hi-Liner Activity
5:30 pm On the Move Event - Water Wellness, Legacy Place
5:30 pm Viking women's & men's basketball vs Dickinson State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Thursday, February 16

Track & Field at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
11:00 am Staff Senate Meeting
11:00 am Environmental Task Force Meeting, Student Center Skoal Room – OPEN TO EVERYONE
12:00 pm Social Media Policy informational session, Student Center Lower Level Conference Room
12:05 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights , Open Door Center
1:00 pm VCSU Band and High school Ensembles Performance, Vangstad Auditorium
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds, St. Catherine School Gym
7:30 pm "Life in the Fat Lane," (February 16-18) Theatre 320

Friday, February 17

12:05 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Mercy Hospital Health Education Center
7:30 pm Alan Molnar Performance, Percussion, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, February 18

2:00 pm "Life in the Fat Lane," (February 16-18) Theatre 320
4:00 pm Viking women's & men's basketball at Mayville State University

Sunday, February 19

Monday, February 20

President's Day – No Classes / Offices Closed
12:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Univeristy of Minnesota-Crookston, HHH Metrodome (double header)
12:05 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 On the Move Event – Zumba, VCPR Fitness Center

Revisions and additions to the Policy Manual

All faculty and staff should be aware of revisions and additions to the VCSU Policy Manual effective immediately. They can be viewed at the links below.

REVISED

V400.01 Graduate Policies and Procedures

V520.02 Sex Offense Policy

V530.01 Academic Integrity

V530.10 Student Load Policy

V917 Tobacco Free Campus

NEW

V607.05 Nursing Mothers

V916.03 Animals on Campus

V1901.06 Social Media Policy

You will notice a change in numbering – items that were numbered .1, .2, .3, etc., will now appear as .01, .02, .03 etc. All current and new policies will utilize this numbering system.


February Birthdays

February Birthdays
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