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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Scholarship Auction Committee Request to Campus
Regional Science Olympiad coming to campus
Faculty recital schedule March 28
Trombone Extravaganza Recital to be performed on VCSU campus
Hoff presents at Barnes County Museum
VCSU theatre students tour UK/France
History Class attends cultural exhibition in St. Paul
Thank you to campus
Viking Athletic Update
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
March & April 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.

Scholarship Auction Committee Request to Campus

Scholarship Auction Committee Request to Campus
The 18th annual VCSU Scholarship Auction is scheduled for Friday, April 20 at the Valley City Eagles. The auction committee is finalizing details and has kicked off ticket sales! Last year over $60,000 was raised in V-500 and Century Club Scholarships. This year's theme is the "Rock Around the Clock" – the Eagles club will be decked out with 50's decor!

How can you help? Here are three suggestions -

#1 Purchase tickets to the auction ($35 each or 2 for $60). Attendance gives you two beverage tickets, buffet dinner, and the drawing for four BIG chances to win! Prizes this year are a $500 Gift Card to Leevers (sponsored by Leevers), a $400 Gift Card for Gas @ Dakota Plains (sponsored by Dacotah Bank), a $350 Gift Card for Gas @ Dakota Plains (sponsored by Dacotah Bank), and a Kindle Fire (sponsored by APT, Inc. of Bismarck). You do not need to be present to win!

#2 Donate an item to the live or silent auction. Popular items include tools, artwork, sporting equipment, outright cash, gift certificates, etc.


#3 The Mystery Wine Table will be returning! What is the Mystery Wine Table? There will be bottles of wine available for purchase for $20 each. The Mystery being that the bottles of wine will be boxed and numbered so you won't know what kind of wine you are purchasing!

Donate a bottle of your favorite wine (minimum value of $20). We are encouraging our campus community to help support this addition to the auction. How can you do that? We suggest each department or office donate a bottle or two of wine to the Mystery Wine Table. Each group will be recognized in the auction booklet! Deadline to drop off donations is April 15. If you would like to donate a bottle of your favorite wine please contact Alison Kasowski, Kim Hesch or Loree Morehouse at (701) 845-7403 or (701) 845-7203.

Contact the Advancement Office for tickets, details of the event, or to find out how you can contribute by calling 845-7203 or emailing

Get involved and enjoy the fun!

Regional Science Olympiad coming to campus

The Valley City State University Science department will host a regional Science Olympiad competition on Tuesday, March 27, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The event, one of about 240 regional and state competitions involving nearly 6,200 teams across the nation, provides rigorous, standards-based challenges in all STEM disciplines, exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience. Additional information is available at

Other regional competitions are hosted by Bismarck State, Dickinson State, Minot State, and Dakota College. The top teams in each regional competition will continue on to state competition at NDSU on April 21, and the top teams at NDSU then continue on to national competition being held at the University of Central Florida in Orlando May 18-19.

The regional event being held at VCSU is expected to attract 20 senior and 15 junior high teams of 15 students each for a total of around 500 high school students. Most of the events will be in the Rhoades Science Center, but some events will be held in other locations. Awards will be presented in Vangstad Auditorium after the competition concludes. Many VCSU students will help run the events but are expected to avoid missing classes if possible.

Please help welcome these guests to our campus!

Faculty recital schedule March 28

Valley City State University Music Instructor Jaime Namminga, along with six other faculty from Jamestown College and Valley City State University, will collaborate to give a recital at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 28 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center's Denault Auditorium on the campus of Jamestown College. The recital is free and open to the public.

Performers from Valley City State University collaborating with Namminga are Dr. James Adams, trombone; Dr. Leesa Levy, soprano; and Dr. Jorge Variego, clarinet. Those from Jamestown College are Leanne Villareal, soprano; Benjamin Schneider, baritone; and Dr. Richard Walentine, baritone.

Works to be performed include Grondahl's "Concert pour Trombone et Piano," arias from Bizet's "Carmen," Mechem's "Tartuffe," Mozart's "Don Giovanni," Puccini's "La Bohéme," and Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila;" Fine's "Childhood Fables for Grownups;" Bacharach's "A House is Not a Home;" and Poulenc's "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano."

Jaime Namminga is a collaborative pianist who works regularly with vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. Additionally, she has experience with chamber ensembles and dance accompanying for ballet. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Sioux Falls and Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was awarded Most Outstanding Performer. Namminga currently serves as a full-time lecturer and faculty accompanist at Valley City State University and is also part of the music adjunct faculty at Jamestown College.

Dr. James Adams is an assistant professor of brass at VCSU and director of the Valley City Civic Orchestra. He earned a doctorate in trombone performance/pedagogy and instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in trombone performance/pedagogy from the University of Maryland College. Professionally, he has performed in Europe and the United States with a variety of ensembles, including the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and the Longmont Orchestra and Chorale.

Since 1999, Dr. Leesa Levy has served as Director of Choral Activities at VCSU where she is also associate professor of voice. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Mansfield University; a master's degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from UT Austin; and a DMA in vocal performance and literature from NDSU. She has performed as a soprano soloist with the Weiden Synfoniker and in concert and recital venues throughout Bavaria and beyond. Additionally, Levy has been active in community and semi-professional music theater and opera on two continents.

Dr. Jorge Variego is a composer and performer who obtained his master's degree with double major in composition and clarinet performance from Carnegie Mellon University where he attended as a Fulbright fellow. He also holds a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Florida and the JD equivalent from the National University of Rosario. He recently released his first solo CD, "Necessity," under the Albany records label. His dissertation piece, "Colors," was premiered in August 2011 by the Symphonic Orchestra of Rosario, Argentina. Dr. Variego is currently the woodwind and theory instructor at Valley City State University.

Leanne Villareal, member of the adjunct music faculty at Jamestown College, pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and Wilfrid Laurier University. Her graduate studies at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., afforded her the opportunity to perform the world-premiere of five new works with the New York Philharmonic and a Grammy-winning recording of Dvorak's Requiem with the New Jersey Symphonic Orchestra as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Her focus on art-song repertoire spans works by Mozart through Strauss and Ravel, contemporary works by such composers as Musto and Schwantner, as well as Canadian composers Fleming and Forsyth.

Dr. Richard Walentine is professor and chair of the Department of Music at Jamestown College. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his DMA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to his applied voice studio, he teaches classes in diction, song and opera literature, vocal pedagogy, performance workshop, opera history, harmony/theory and music appreciation. An accomplished performer, Dr. Walentine is known for his interpretation of French Art Song, comedic musical theater roles and the patter roles of Gilbert and Sullivan. He is currently District Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Benjamin Schneider has a D.M.A. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and is the Director of Bands and Orchestra and Associate Professor at Jamestown College. Schneider teaches music education, conducting, instrumental methods, music technology, and applied woodwinds.

Trombone Extravaganza Recital to be performed on VCSU campus

Trombone Extravaganza Recital to be performed on VCSU campus
Valley City State University trombone Assistant Professor Dr. James Adams will present a faculty trombone recital in conjunction with Concordia College trombone professor Dr. Nathaniel Dickey. The performance will take place in Froemke Auditorium on Thursday March 29 at 7:30 pm.

Both professors will perform various solo and duet works, including works by Bach, Bonelli, Thom Ritter George, Charles Small, Eric Ewazen, and Brian Lynn. The performance will also feature Minnesota State University-Moorhead trombone Professor Dr. John Tesch and Fargo-Moorhead Symphony trombonists Stener Anderson and Dr. Edward Huttlin.

The community is invited to this exciting and family-friendly evening of music displaying the splendor of the trombone.

Hoff presents at Barnes County Museum

Hoff presents at Barnes County Museum
The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series season 14 presents Valley City State University Associate Profesor Don Hoff "Wildlife and Travels in Borneo" at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 29 at the Barnes County Museum.

Don Hoff visited Hong Kong and Borneo during June of 2011 as part of Earth Expeditions (a graduate research program sponsored by Miami (Ohio) University and the Cincinnati Zoo) to study and participate in wildlife research programs (focusing on primates). The expedition included work at two research centers and a stay with a local family. Hoff's presentation will detail his travels with description and photography.

Donald Hoff is in his 10th year at Valley City State University. When not teaching, he likes to hunt, fish, do carpentry, and travel. He previously taught at Velva , Mandaree, Kwajalein-Marshall Islands and Minot State University. He currently teaches Geology/Earth Science courses, Chemistry, and Science Teaching Methods, and supervises student teachers. Hoff is also the North Dakota state coordinator for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program. He and his wife, Sharon, have one son, Ryan.

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.

VCSU theatre students tour UK/France

VCSU theatre students tour UK/France
VCSU Theatre returned to campus last week after touring sites in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Bath, and Paris. While in the U.K., the group toured the National Theatre and The Globe, participated in a Theatre Workshop, and attended Theatre productions, including A Midsummer's Night Dream, Wicked, and Mousetrap. At the end of the week-long British Theatre and Literature tour, the students organized a two-day excursion to Paris, where they stayed in a hostel, visited the Louvre and Notre Dame, and took a late-night tour to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Pictured are (l-r) Jamel Mueller, Laura Ann Freitag, Jacob Olson, Luke Wieland, Sara Jean Parkman, Ashley Alberts, Kayley Erlandson, Dayna Czeck, Jenni Lou Russi, and Mazie Hoefs.

History Class attends cultural exhibition in St. Paul

History Class attends cultural exhibition in St. Paul
VCSU Spanish history students visited the historical exhibition, "Living la vida in Ramsey," at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Historian Leila Albert from Baldwin, Wisconsin was the creator of the exhibition. The exhibition featured the culture and history of Mexican-Americans in Ramsey County, and its content was in Spanish and English. The students had the opportunity to visit with Mrs. Albert and discuss the history of Latinos in Minnesota.

After the exhibition, students went on a self-tour of Saint Paul's Latino neighborhood where they visited different locations related to the exhibition.

Pictured are (l to r) Jane Pettit, Roberto Civera, Historian Leila Albert, Diana Muro, Toyin Oladosu, and VCSU Instructor Dina Zavala-Petherbridge.

Thank you to campus

The following message was addressed to the VCSU community -

Dear VCSU Community:
Thank you so much for the cards and condolences after my mother's passing. Your caring and support means a lot to me.
Ann Kelly

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
· The Viking baseball team played Concordia College in Seward, NE, over the weekend. The Vikings went 1-3, they currently stand at 7-13 on the season.

· The Viking Softball team got a sweep over the weekend as they defeated Concordia College of Moorhead by scores of 11-0 and 8-0, the Vikings currently stand at 9-6 on the year.

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

Monday, March 26

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, March 27

Regional H.S. Science Olympiad at VCSU
6:00 pm On the Move event – Toning Tuesday, St. Catherine School Gym
6:00 pm On the Move event – Walk Away the Pounds, The Legacy Place

Wednesday, March 28

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 Center
7:00 pm On the Move event - Step Aerobics, Studio 29
7:30 pm VCSU & Jamestown College Faculty recital, Reiland Fine Arts Center's Denault Auditorium, Jamestown College

Thursday, March 29

6:00 am On the Move event – Walk Away the Pounds, The Legacy Place
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
7:00 pm Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series season 14 presents "Wildlife and Travels in Borneo" by VCSU Associate Professor Don Hoff
7:30 pm Trombone Extravaganza: Adams & Dickey Performance, Froemke Auditorium

Friday, March 30

Pay Day
Viking Softball in Sioux City, IA (March 30-April 1)

Saturday, March 31

Viking Track & Field at Dakota State University, Madison, SD
1:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Jamestown College (in Sioux Falls, SD)
4:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Dickinson State University (in Sioux Falls, SD)
7:30 pm Chamber Music Festival on Campus

Sunday, April 1

Palm Sunday
1:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Dickinson State University (in Sioux Falls, SD)
3:00 pm Sarah Rhyan, Pianist & two sopranos: Taryn Wallace & Katelin Wadeson performance, Froemke Auditorium
4:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Jamestown College (in Sioux Falls, SD)

Monday, April 2

7:30 pm Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, April 3

3:00 pm Viking Softball at Jamestown College (double header)

Wednesday, April 4

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

Thursday, April 5

Region 5 high school vocal contest on campus, Foss Music Hall
11:00 am Faculty Senate Meeting
12:00 pm Viking women's & men's golf at Dickinson State Invitational (Aril 5-6)
2:00 pm Viking Softball at Bemidji State University (double header)

Friday, April 6

1:00 pm (MST) Viking Softball at Dickinson State University (April 6-7 – 4 games)
1:00 pm (MST) Viking Baseball at Dickinson State University (April 6-7 – 4 games)

Saturday, April 7

Sunday, April 8

Easter Sunday

March & April Birthdays

March & April Birthdays

26 Leslie Kalmbach
31 Kay Kringlie


6 Casey Olney
7 Casey Williams
7 Shari Larson
8 Ray Nelson
10 Marty Costello
12 Marty Higgins
12 Derek Hughes
15 Andre Delorme
16 Robert Rohla
16 Joe Tykwinski
16 Kayla Hoots
17 Sarah Milner
24 Rose Berger
26 Susan Kolbow
27 Leesa Levy
29 Jon Rudolph
30 Al Olson