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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Math, Science, Health & Physical Education (MSHPE) at VCSU
SBHE seeks education advocate
VCSU invited to showcase HLC evaluation
VCSU team will compete at Community Olympics
"Business Talks" to feature Sandy Kjelvik
Earth Day 2012: create awareness through class projects!
Smithsonian Exhibit: final week!
Adams presents at Michigan conference
Faculty/students attend American Fisheries Society meeting
VanHorn presents at graduate students methods conference
Russi co-hosts Addy Awards
Thank You! from President Shirley
Viking athletic update
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
March birthdays

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Math, Science, Health & Physical Education (MSHPE) at VCSU

Math, Science,  Health & Physical Education (MSHPE) 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 March 5, 2012.

Today's column is part of a continuing series featuring the five divisions that comprise the academic enterprise at Valley City State University. This week, the Math, Science, and Health & Physical Education Division (known as MSHPE) is featured. MSHPE offers majors in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Health Science, Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Health Education, Physical Education, and Exercise Science & Leisure Studies; additionally, two new majors, Medical Laboratory Science and Athletic Training, have been approved and will officially be offered beginning in Fall 2012.

MSHPE is chaired by Dr. Joe Stickler (Chemistry Professor and Curator of the Medicine Wheel), and is home to 16 full-time faculty. Over the past four years, several of these programs have enjoyed strong enrollment growth, with both the Fisheries and Wildlife Science and the Health Science majors doubling in size. Currently the MSHPE Division has 282 students majoring in its various programs.

Job placement and successful career pathways from these programs are exceptional. Students in math and science education readily find teaching jobs; students in professional programs have the opportunity to become optometrists, pharmacists, veterinarians, physical therapists, wildlife managers, game wardens, chiropractors, dentists, and university professors/researchers.

In addition, this Division hosts several programs that serve the community and state. A partnership with Dakota College Bottineau has made it possible for area residents interested in nursing to complete the practical nursing or associate degree nursing programs on VCSU's campus.

The Prairie Waters Education and Research Center (located in Kathryn, ND) hosts numerous educational programs for K-12 and college students, along with professional education activities for teachers and water resource professionals, with over 1,000 individuals annually attending events at the Center. The Center also provides water testing and other research support for state water entities.

The Planetarium (in Rhoades Science Center), now in its 39th year of operation, is similarly active in offering educational resources for area students and the community. The Medicine Wheel Park, started 20 years ago, continues to be a regional attraction, providing historical, cultural, and scientific understanding for our region.

Another strength of MSHPE has been its development of a student research focus, which in turn deepens students' academic work and helps them become more successful professionals. Over the past decade, several faculty members have secured five, multi-year grants which support student participation in research activities, resulting in student presentations at regional and national conferences. For example, one faculty member is currently working on the environmental health aspects of using coal fly ash as a planting medium, research funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health. This grant has involved 13 students and resulted in eight presentations and three articles accepted for publication.

The MSHPE Division is proud of its foundation of traditional science, mathematics, and health programs that provide the building blocks for an array of majors that meet the demands of today's educational and professional world. The Health Science and Fisheries and Wildlife Science majors are now in their 7th year at VCSU; the Medical Laboratory Science major and Athletic Training majors are being added this fall. Each of these programs has been developed in response to regional needs, and their initial growth demonstrates how important they are to students and employers.

The expansion and renovation of Rhoades Science Center (currently in progress) will provide more space and improved facilities for these growing programs. It is truly an exciting time to be part of the MSHPE Division at VCSU!

SBHE seeks education advocate

SBHE seeks education advocate
NDUS Chancellor

The State Board of Higher Education sets policy for the North Dakota University System and governs North Dakota's 11 publicly supported colleges and universities. The SBHE also oversees the North Dakota State University extension service and agricultural research stations, Northern Crops Institute, State Forest Service and Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

The SBHE has seven citizen members appointed to four-year terms by the governor and confirmed by the North Dakota Senate. A student is also appointed to a one-year term. The board includes non-voting member representation from a system faculty member and staff member.

The people of North Dakota created the board through the state constitution, which provides the board with broad powers and also specifies the board retains powers it does not delegate to campuses.

On June 30, 2012, Fargo board member Mike Haugen's term will expire. Applications for his replacement are being received until March 21 and a review will be conducted by a nominating committee comprised of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Senate President Pro Tem, House Speaker and a representative from the North Dakota Education Association. Three names will be forwarded by April 2 to the Governor for final selection. Senate confirmation will follow at the next legislative session.

It is essential to look at geographical considerations in this appointment as the board now has two members from Grand Forks, three from Fargo (including the student member), one from Wahpeton, one from Minot, and one from Bismarck.

Membership on the SBHE is demanding – and there are numerous constituencies one must answer to and serve. The business of higher education is determined by the state constitution, state law and board policy.

Education is a critical component to the state and nation and the chief determining factor in America's future. There is complexity in helping to lead and direct the state's 11 campuses as well as academic programs, research, the arts, athletics, workforce training and other student-focused areas. All have rightful expectations of first-time students, parents, re-entry students (such as veterans) and the taxpayers of the state.

SBHE board members are providing a public service that requires commitment, vision, responsiveness and sensitivity. It is not a position to be used for politics or partisanship. The most effective members are those focused upon doing what is right for an ever-evolving higher education system and addressing the needs of those who pursue advanced education.

It is critical that this selection process results in an individual being added to the board who can serve with a focus of further advancing the quality of higher education in North Dakota. Applications can be found online at:

VCSU invited to showcase HLC evaluation

The Higher Learning Commission has invited VCSU to showcase its report from VCSU's recent HLC evaluation at the 2012 HLC Annual Conference. The Annual Conference is scheduled for March 30-April 3, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago.

The staff of the Commission reviewed all of the institutional self-study reports and focused visit reports submitted in 2010 – 2011 and fall 2011 and identified VCSU's report for inclusion in the 2012 Self-Study Resource Guide that will be distributed at the Annual Conference. This listing of Self-Study Reports, Focused Visit Reports, and more will link those preparing for self-study to VCSU's online report. In addition, the HLC invited VCSU to participate in the 2012 Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) Self-Study Fair on Sunday, April 1, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The Fair provides an opportunity for institutions that are about to undertake the self-study process to ask questions of institutions who have completed it.

Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU's vice president of Academic Affairs, said, "We are pleased that HLC views our Self-Study as a quality document that may serve as a model for other universities as they go through their own reaccreditation process. Everyone involved in preparing the Self-Study should be very proud."

VCSU team will compete at Community Olympics

Attend the 75th Annual North Dakota Winter Show on Monday, March 5 to support VCSU's Community Olympics and Chili Cook-Off Team.

Chili Cook-off is at 5:30 pm and Chili Cook-off Team Captains, Jacob Olson and Luke Wieland are looking to bring home the top people's choice chili for the 3rd year in a row. This year's team is going with a western theme "The Good, The Bad and the Tasty." They are using a different recipe this year, however test runs of the chili have been very pleasing to the pallet.

The Community Olympics team competes at 7:00 pm in the Main Arena. Team Captains LeTheo Proctor, Tommy Zinke and Ryan Mehus have filled a high quality team of Olympians to compete in six events (Egg Toss, Smoosh Race, Human Horse Race, Outhouse Horseshoes, Modified Chuckwagon Race and the Horse Sneeze). Come cheer us on as we look to better our second place showing in last year's Community Olympics.

"Business Talks" to feature Sandy Kjelvik

The Division of Business and Information Technology is pleased to present the Discovery Benefits Chief Information Officer - Vice President of Human Resources Sandy Kjelvik for the next installment of the Business Talks series. Sandy will deliver a presentation entitled "Operational Efficiencies and Leadership" on Tuesday, March 6 at 3:00 pm in the Skoal Room of the VCSU Student Center.

Sandy has been with Discovery Benefits since 2005. She worked for over 24 years in the North Dakota Air National Guard (NDNG) and retired in December of 2004 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. During her service in the NDNG, she worked as a production controller and management analyst. Sandy concluded her career with the military in Joint Force Headquarters as the North Dakota National Guard State Human Resource Advisor. In December of 2011 she graduated from the University of Mary with a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Earth Day 2012: create awareness through class projects!

VCSU Environmental Task Force has begun plans for Earth Day 2012 activities scheduled for April 23-27. As part of the activities faculty are encouraged to develop an assignment or project for your classes to help create campus wide and community awareness of our planet earth.

You will be offered the opportunity to share your student's works with the campus through the VCSU web page and/or poster presentation. If you would like to take advantage of either opportunity, please contact Rhonda Fairfield. The poster presentation event will take place on Tuesday, April 24, at 11:00 am. To create more visibility, you may choose to place the projects on your division web pages, Facebook pages, etc.

As is best practice in this process, faculty should observe proper privacy rules, in particular FERPA requirements and avoid publishing the names of any students who have opted out of publicly available directory information. Be sure to gain student approval before publishing their work. Other options would be to not publish any student names or have students publish their own works through their own social media activities as this does not violate FERPA requirements.

Smithsonian Exhibit: final week!

March 5-11 is the final week for viewing the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit "Key Ingredients: America by Food" at the Barnes County Museum in Valley City, ND. Special extended hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council, this special exhibit from our National Museum in Washington D.C. looks at the many eclectic food traditions from all around America that contribute to the diverse and ever changing palate we enjoy today.

For more information contact Wes Anderson 701-845-0966.

Adams presents at Michigan conference

Adams presents at Michigan conference
Valley City State University Assistant Professor and Director of Bands, James Adams, presented a session at the Regional Conference of the College Band Directors National Association held at Central Michigan University. Adams serves as the national sub-chair for small colleges on the CBDNA Task Force for Small College/Community College Issues, and is the regional chair for the 10-state North Central region.

Adam's presentation focused on advocacy for music programs in educational institutions at all levels, highlighting efforts the Task Force is making to evaluate music programs across the country and synthesize the data into a set of recommendations and standards. The intent is that this document can be used to assist music directors in obtaining the support and resources necessary for their programs to be successful and thrive.

Faculty/students attend American Fisheries Society Meeting

Valley City State University Professor Dr. Andre DeLorme, Associate Professor Dr. Bob Anderson, Assistant Professor Dr. Casey Williams, and six Fisheries and Wildlife Science students attended the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

While at the meeting, DeLorme delivered an oral presentation entitled "Mussels in North Dakota Rivers; Summary of a Three Year Study." Additionally, DeLorme, Anderson, and Williams attended the continuing education workshop entitled "Beyond BACI: An experimental design for reliably detecting environmental change."

Annual attendance of the Dakota Chapter meeting allows VCSU professors to stay informed of current conservation issues in North Dakota and to promote the growing Fisheries and Wildlife Program at VCSU. However, attendance by VCSU students was most likely the largest promoter of the VCSU program as they represented the only students from a North Dakota University.

The meeting provided students the opportunity to interact and network with future employers. Two Fisheries and Wildlife students, Aaron Burgad and Matt Klein, were the recipients of Sauger Scholarships which provide funding for the students' attendance at the meeting. In addition, Burgad also received the Kreil Award which provides a one year membership to the American Fisheries Society national organization.

VanHorn presents at graduate students methods conference

VanHorn presents at graduate students methods conference
Valley City State University Associate Professor Dr. Shannon VanHorn, current editor of the Journal of Communication, Speech and Theatre Association of North Dakota, along with Dean Kent Sandstrom, editor of Contemporary Ethnography, Dr. Robert Littlefield, editor of Communication Studies, and Dr. Carol Archbold, member of the Editorial Board for Criminal Justice Textbook line for Aspen Publishing participated in "Ties that Bind: Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences," a graduate students method conference at North Dakota State University on Friday, March 2. The panelists were invited speakers in the Keynote Editor's Panel: Getting Your Work Published.

The conference featured presentations by graduate students and faculty about their research using a variety of research methods. Members of the keynote panel discussed their respective publications and provided information and tips to conference attendees on getting published in scholarly works.

Russi co-hosts Addy Awards

Russi co-hosts Addy Awards
Valley City State University Assistant Professor and Director of Theatre Jenni Lou Russi co-hosted the 2012 Addy Awards for North Dakota, South Dakota, and Moorhead, MN.

The annual event took place in Fargo on February 24, honoring winning advertisements and promotional events in all mediums, including television, print, and radio.

Thank You! from President Shirley

Jennifer, Anna, and I would like to thank the faculty, staff, students, and friends of VCSU for all of your kind words, well-wishes, thoughts, prayers, cards, and other positive expressions during the past few weeks surrounding Anna's surgery. We are pleased to report that she had a successful heart operation in Minneapolis on February 21 and was discharged after one week in the hospital. We are happy to all be back home in Valley City, and so encouraged by her continuing recovery - she will be under normal follow-up care in the weeks and months ahead. Anna has proven to be a very tough and resilient little girl! Thanks again for all of your positive thoughts and well–wishes.

Sincerely, the Shirley's

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
Darien Moore gains All-American honors in the weight throw and the shot put! Darien placed 5th in the indoor track and field National Championships in the weight throw with a personal best of 18.87, and 7th in the shot put with a threw of 16.34.

The Viking baseball team split over the weekend, losing two games on Saturday to Midland College of Nebraska by scores of (5-11 & 5-17). On Sunday, the Vikings defeated Midland College (12-10 & 1-0). The Vikings currently stand at 3-5 on the season.

Viking women's basketball send off today at 5:00 pm – W.E. Osmon fieldhouse - help celebrate with the Viking women as they head to Nationals! The game is scheduled for March 8 at 1:45 pm and may be watched in the south lounge of the Student Center

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

Monday, March 5

5:00 pm Send off for the Viking women's basketball team as they head to nationals, W.E. Osmond Fieldhouse
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)
1:45 pm Viking women's basketball at Nationals!

Friday, March 9

Saturday, March 10

Sunday, March 11

Viking Baseball in Tucson, AZ (March 11-16)

Monday, March 12

Tuesday, March 13

Region 2 High School Vocal Contest on Campus, Foss Music Hall

Wednesday, March 14

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

Thursday, March 15

Pay Day
11:00 am Staff Senate Meeting

Friday, March 16

Saturday, March 17

Sunday, March 18

Peter Beaugard, Artist/Designer Exhibition Opens, VCSU Gallery (March 19-April 20)