This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Viking Club Tennis Team of the Year
VCSU Business Students in Competition
AASL Recognizes VCSU Grad Library Concentration
Heating plant boiler to undergo EPA Compliance tests
Blood Drive March 6
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
March Birthdays

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Viking Club Tennis Team of the Year

Viking Club Tennis Team of the Year
Viking Club Tennis - USTA Northern Section Team of the Year - 3rd Place in Silver Bracket at Sectionals

This past weekend in Lakeville, MN the VCSU Viking Club tennis team received their Team of the Year award at the annual USTA Tennis-On-Campus Sectional Championships. Their nomination is now sent on to the national USTA office for consideration as for the National Team of the Year award and a bid to the national tournament in North Carolina.

The team also finished 3rd in the silver bracket during the competition, their best finish ever in this tournament since their 1st place in the bronze bracket last year. The team finished 2nd overall during the fall tournament series only 15 points behind NDSU but faced a tough new and unknown Winona State team in their last pool play match on Saturday, which cost us a bid for the Gold bracket on Sunday.

The first round of the silver bracket versus a tough Gustavus team was a heartbreaking loss in overtime play by 1 point and Gustavus then went on to beat NDSU for 1st place in the Silver bracket. We bounced back however after that match and played some great tennis in the 3rd/4th place match against UW-Stout, only giving up 2 total games in the women's and men's singles round and played some great doubles as well.

Junior and team captain Katie Paulson went undefeated in woman's singles all weekend long, dropping only 12 total games across 5 singles matches. Freshman Kurt Brown also had a great weekend and showed that he will be a dominant singles player for us in the future. Isaac Olson our only graduating senior playing at sectionals, finished a great Viking Club Tennis career by winning his only singles match 6-0 in our last match of the weekend versus UW-Stout which lead to our 3rd place finish.

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Match Scores:
Saturday Pool Play - Match #1:
VCSU - 25
UND 2 - 23

Saturday Pool Play - Match #2:
VCSU - 15
Carleton 1 - 27

Saturday Pool Play - Match #3:
VCSU - 14
Winona - 26

Sunday Silver Bracket - Match #1:
VCSU - 26
Gustavus - 27
*in Overtime

Sunday Silver Bracket - Match #2:
VCSU - 23
UW-Stout 2 - 19
Viking Club Tennis Team of the Year

VCSU Business Students in Competition

Three Valley City State University Business & Information Technology students, Michelle Anderson, Gregg Donnelly, and Neenah Donnelly, represented the University at the 2nd Annual ND SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Student Conference and HR (Jeopardy) Games in Fargo on February 17-18, 2012. The team won its first match on Friday evening, before losing in a subsequent round.

A team from UND won the tournament on Saturday.

VCSU Assistant Professor Philip Deger was a guest speaker at the conference.

Currently, VCSU SHRM has 10 members; more are welcome!

AASL Recognizes VCSU Grad Library Concentration

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) division of the American Library Association (ALA) has recognized the Library and Information Technologies Concentration of VCSU's online Master of Education program as a quality school librarianship program. VCSU is the only university in a four-state region (MN, ND, SD and Montana) with a nationally recognized program of this type.

"School library preparation programs that attain national recognition status from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have undergone a rigorous peer review process that examines a diverse array of data and key components tied to national standards recognized by the profession," said Carl Harvey, AASL President. "Nationally recognized school library preparation programs have demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence on behalf of their candidates and the P-12 students and communities they serve. By virtue of their recent national recognition, VCSU's faculty and staff have positioned themselves as strategic leaders in 21st Century School Librarianship."

Donna James, grant project director and Graduate Library Education Director at VCSU, said, "One of our goals for the original IMLS grant was to develop a high quality program that would qualify for ALA/AASL recognition. It is certainly rewarding to receive this notification." James is an advocate for library education in North Dakota and former North Dakota Library Association (NDLA) president.

The AASL reviews school librarianship programs affiliated with NCATE-accredited units. VCSU has been accredited by NCATE since 1954, and the University's online Master of Education has been accredited since 2005. The recognition is listed on the AASL web site and is available on the NCATE web site, and is effective until 2015 when NCATE will conduct an institution-wide review.

The LIT concentration is designed for practicing librarians who wish to further their careers with graduate-level credentials, or teachers outside the library wishing to add new credentials to their backgrounds. Previous recognition the program has received includes a $573,909 IMLS grant in 2007 and an ALA/AASL statement of commendation in 2008.

The curriculum and assessment tools were developed by a team that included Konnie Wightman, Library Media Coordinator (retired) for Bismarck Public Schools, and Gay Galles, Program Manager for Library Media Services for the Moorhead Area Public Schools (both also evaluate student data and are adjunct instructors in the program). The curriculum was designed to meet the AASL standards for initial preparation of school librarians which focuses on preparing school librarians who teach 21st century information literacy skills, collaborate with colleagues, advocate for the school's library program, and lead the school community in the effective and ethical use of information.

Heating plant boiler to undergo EPA Compliance tests

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Valley City State University will conduct EPA Compliance tests on the coal boiler in the University's heating plant. These tests are expected to produce unusual events such as the release of large plumes of steam or unusual noises which may be observed from beyond the University's campus. The tests will be conducted between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.

These events are among the expected results of the EPA Compliance tests and in no way represent any threat to the safety of the plant or the public.

Blood Drive March 6

Mercy Hospital is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 6, from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at our Health Education Center. Persons interested in donating should call 845-6486 to schedule an appointment.


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

Monday, February 27

Deadline to Apply for Fall 2012 Internship
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

Tuesday, February 28

5:30 pm On the Move Event – Cooking Class, VC Public Schools FACS Room
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Toning Tuesday, St. Catherine School Gym

Wednesday, February 29

Pay Day
Leap Day
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

Thursday, March 1

Faculty Senate Meeting
Track & Field at NAIA Championship, Geneva, OH (March 1-3)
6:00 am On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile – Hand Weights, Legacy Place
12:15 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights , Open Door Center
5:30 pm On the Move Event – Cooking Class, VCPS FACS Room
6:00 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds, St. Catherine School Gym

Friday, March 2

12:05 pm On the Move Event – Walk Away the Pounds & Hand Weights, Mercy Hospital Health Education Center

Saturday, March 3

Viking Baseball in Fremont, NE (March 3-4)

Sunday, March 4

Monday, March 5

5:30 pm North Dakota Winter Show Warm-up Activities - Chili Cook-off and Community Olympics (Support the VCSU team!)

Tuesday, March 6

75th North Dakota Winter Show Opens (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)
3:00 pm "BIT Talks" presents Sandy Kjelvik "Operational Efficiencies and Leadership," Student Center Skoal Room

Wednesday, March 7

12:00 pm IDEA Corner Presentation Discussion, Presidents/Norway Room, VCSU Student Center

Thursday, March 8

Viking Softball in Florida (March 8-15)

Friday, March 9

Saturday, March 10

Sunday, March 11

March Birthdays

March Birthdays
7 Everett Walker
7 Joelle Manlove
8 Dennis McCulloch
9 Jennifer Larson
12 Larry Grooters
13 Gilbert Kuipers
15 Doug Hamilton
15 Ryan Bomstad
16 Katie Sather
17 Sabrina Heywood
18 Jerzy Bilski
18 Loren Lemer
18 Jody Klier
20 Joseph Munowenyu
25 Paula Larson
26 Leslie Kalmbach
31 Kay Kringlie