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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Business and Information Technology (BIT) at VCSU
Figueroa named VP Student Affairs
Incoming Freshman Cassie Fick wins $5,000 Chevy Scholarship
Articulation helps DCB grads earn CIS bachelor's from VCSU
Choral and brass ensembles tour Pacific Northwest
Bush Foundation visits Valley Partnership for annual review
Allebach featured in Sunnyside Up Festival
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.

Business and Information Technology (BIT) at VCSU

Business and Information Technology (BIT) 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 April 2, 2012.

This week continues the Divisional Spotlight series with a focus on VCSU's Business and Information Technology (BIT) Division. BIT is home to the second largest major on campus, Business Administration, and eleven faculty members.

The Division's mission is to prepare students for gainful employment in the various areas of business, business education, and information systems. The Division offers six majors: Business Administration, a versatile major in which students may select one or more concentrations (accounting, business generalist, business process management, finance, human resource management, management, or marketing); Business Education; Computer Information Systems; Office Management; Career and Technical Education, a major that allows students with a two year technical degree to complete a bachelor's degree that integrates their technical expertise; and Business Process Integration Management, a combination of business, communication, and technology coursework. Several of these programs are offered both face-to-face and online, allowing access for students both on-campus and for those already in the workforce wanting to complete a degree.

VCSU's Business program is the leading SAP University Alliances member in a six-state area with four years of strong classroom integration of SAP curriculum. Students learn this business software through hands-on application of real enterprise systems used by major regional employers. The curriculum, created by experts throughout the world, is project-based and prepares students with valuable skills.

This spring the BIT Division hosted a monthly speaker series, open to the public, to explore business issues in the workplace. The final speaker in the series, Nate Zerface from Dacotah Bank, will present on April 19 at 6:30 pm in the Student Center Norway Room. There will be a fall series starting in September.

Several active BIT student organizations help students prepare for their careers. Pi Omega Pi, the honor organization for business educators, promotes fellowship among business teachers and fosters high ethical standards in business and professional life; collegiate-level DECA offers competitions that help students prepare for such areas as marketing, finance, hospitality, and management; and the VCSU student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), recently chartered and one of only three in the state, competed at the North Dakota SHRM student conference in February.

In addition, the Division offers two opportunities for high school students interested in exploring business careers. Business and Information Technology Day (BIT Day) brings area high school students to VCSU for a day of competitive events. Students take written tests in Accounting, Business Law, Business Communications, Marketing Management, Economics and Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, Web Page Design & Development, Computer Networking or Computer Maintenance and Repair, and participate in DECA-style role-play events.

Business and Information Technology Camp (BAIT Camp) is a summer camp providing high school students with hands-on experience running a business, networking computers, designing websites, and scavenger hunting with GPS technology. BAIT Camp helps high school students explore various career paths in business and information technologies. Registration for this camp, held in June, is now open.

The BIT Division takes seriously its responsibility to students and the business and IT workplace. Every year the BIT Advisory Board, made up of representatives from regional businesses, meets with the faculty to discuss curricular plans, internships, student achievement, and workplace concerns. If you have questions or would like to know more about BIT programs, please give the Division Chair, Dr. Brenda Finger, a call at 845-7513.

Figueroa named VP Student Affairs

Vitaliano Figueroa has accepted our offer to become VCSU's next Vice-President for Student Affairs. Vitaliano will be coming to VCSU from the College of Southern Nevada where he served as Director of Student Life, Leadership Development & College Conduct for the past six years. Vitaliano has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island and a Doctorate of Education from Argosy University. Vitaliano and his wife Daisy, along with their two children, Vitaliano and Isabella, are excited to join the Valley City and VCSU community. An anticipated start date of July 2, 2012 is expected.

Incoming Freshman Cassie Fick wins $5,000 Chevy Scholarship

Incoming Freshman Cassie Fick wins $5,000 Chevy Scholarship
Cassandra Fick, a senior at Litchville-Marion High School and enrolled to become a Freshman at VCSU this Fall, was presented with a $5,000 scholarship through the Chevy Scholarship program. She received the award at Perkins Inc. in Valley City on Friday, April 30.

The Chevy Scholarship Program is a contest sponsored by the West Dakota Chevy Dealers and Heartland Chevy Dealers open to high school juniors and seniors in North Dakota and Minnesota. Winners were judged on the basis of several criteria including an essay, their academic achievement, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

Cassie has been on the 'A' honor Roll for grades 9-12, and was recognized with Most Improved Math & Reading CTBS scores. She plans to major in Elementary Education at VCSU, then go on for her Master's degree in Special Education. In the essay that Cassie submitted as part of her entry for the contest, Cassie said, "My goal for myself is to watch students I teach become successful. I also want them to realize I was just one of the influential adults who made that impact on their life. Planning to be the best role model I can be, I want them to understand how important it is to get a good education. What I teach them will mold their futures."

Articulation helps DCB grads earn CIS bachelor's from VCSU

VCSU and Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) recently completed an articulation agreement that allows students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Technology from DCB to earn a Bachelor's degree with a major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from VCSU.

Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "DCB students have a solid foundation in general education and introductory CIS courses. This agreement provides these students with a direct path to a Bachelor's degree in CIS from VCSU."

DCB awards Associate in Science degrees in Computer Information Systems which involve several introductory courses in CIS as well as several general education courses. The agreement identifies a set of DCB's general education and CIS courses that will directly transfer to VCSU and apply towards a bachelor's degree in CIS from VCSU. This allows DCB students to plan their A.S. degree program with confidence that their coursework will apply towards a bachelor's degree and allow them to transfer to VCSU with Junior year standing.

The agreement also identifies the VCSU courses that these students need to complete in their Junior and Senior years in order to earn their bachelor's degree in CIS from VCSU. Students may elect to complete their Junior year without leaving Bottineau but are required to attend courses on the VCSU campus for the final two semesters of study.

VCSU's CIS majors graduate with a combination of business and information technology skills specifically designed to meet the needs of today's information-driven businesses. The curriculum meets standards defined by IS 2010 and emphasizes hands-on experience with technologies from leading vendors including SAP, Oracle, Adobe and Microsoft.

The CIS articulation joins other collaborative arrangements between the two campuses including opportunities for students to earn DCB Associate degrees or nursing titles (Practical Nurse or Associate Degree in Nursing) by taking classes at the VCSU campus.

Choral and brass ensembles tour Pacific Northwest

The VCSU Department of Music took their talent on a nine day tour that included stops ranging from Bismarck to Seattle and Vancouver. The group of approximately 40 represented three vocal ensembles and a recently-formed brass quintet.

The VCSU Concert Choir, a non-auditioned choir with members from several degree programs, performed "The Road Not Taken" (from Frostiana) by Randall Thompson, My Soul's been Anchored in the Lord by Moses Hogan, and Lamentations of Jeremiah by Z. Randall Stroope.

The VCSU Singers, a high-octane ensemble of vocalists chosen from the Concert Choir or by audition from across the campus, performed Ecco Mormorar L'onde by Monteverdi, The Stars Stand up in the Air by Eric William Barnum, and Now Our Meeting's Over by Jocelyn Hagen, among other composers.

The VCSU Valkyries, an all-female ensemble developed in fall 2010, prepared a number of selections including Three Nightsongs (1. Evening 2. Moon Song 3. Water) by Joshua Shank, How the Flowers Came by Eleanor Daley, and The Rose of Sharon by Thomas Juneau.

The Valley Voices Women's Choir, open to women in the greater Barnes County area, performed Turn Around by Renee Clausen, Will the Circle be Unbroken, arranged by J. David Moore, and Set Me as a Seal by Richard Nance. Members of the ensemble hail from the towns of Litchville, Valley City, Page, Tower City, Oriska and more.

The vocal ensembles are directed by Dr. Leesa Levy, the director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Voice at VCSU. Professor Jaime Namminga, faculty accompanist and piano Instructor at VCSU, provided the collaborative piano support for the choral ensembles.

The VCSU Quantum Brass, a select touring ensemble formed in 2011, performed a number of selections on tour including Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms, transcribed by VCSU Director of Bands, Dr. James Adams; Chorale Prelude "Vor deinen Thron tret' ich" also transcribed by Adams; and Three Traditional Spirituals, arranged by Barnes.

In addition to several performance opportunities, the tour included educational and cultural enrichment opportunities, visits to local attractions, and a service project at a YMCA camp.

Since 2001, members of the VCSU Concert Choir have toured Oaxaca, Mexico; New York City; the Netherlands, London, and Canterbury, England; South Dakota, western Minnesota and numerous communities in North Dakota. The University Singers have performed regionally on tour and were featured at the 2009 NDACDA Showcase Concert in Bismarck. The Valkyries were the opening guest choral ensemble at the 2011 ND Music Educators Association State Honor Choir Festival and Conference.

Bush Foundation visits Valley Partnership for annual review

Bush Foundation visits Valley Partnership for annual review
Susan Heegaard, Stephanie Andrews and Justin Christy from the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota together with Robin White and Katie Rose Dailey, FHI360 consultants, visited the three partner institutions (Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University and Valley City State University) of the Valley Partnership on Thursday, March 22, 2012. This visit was part of an annual review of the ongoing Bush Grant Initiative to innovate teacher preparation and support across the three campuses.

The full day of presentations and discussions began with a demonstration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program activities taking place in the preparation of elementary, technology, science and math teachers at VCSU. Teacher candidates participating in the demonstration included VCSU Elementary Education majors Tyler Martin and Marissa Oestreicher. Jim Boe, VCSU Department Chair of Technology Education shared an overview of the STEM program and provided participants with a 'hands on' experience using a thematic unit on Flight and Aerodynamics. The teacher candidates shared a complete thematic unit developed to include Math, Technology and Engineering, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies as well as 'hands on' components for students to apply their knowledge.

The Grant Review Team left VCSU to attend a luncheon and meeting at NDSU where they visited with current P-12 classroom teachers and student teaching candidates about their experiences working together using the co-teaching model. Participants took turns moving among the three discussion tables to meet with teachers and candidates at all levels, kindergarten/elementary, middle school and secondary.

The luncheon was followed by a visit with MSUM President Edna Syzmanski and Provost Ann Blackhurst. Valley Partnership project leaders ended the day of activities at MSUM with a wrap-up discussion where the Grant Team expressed their great enjoyment of all they had seen in their brief visit. "We are excited about the partnership you have created across these three institutions," Ms. Heegaard commented. "The visits with your faculty, teachers and candidates provided a wealth of information that you must document for your archives."

Pictured are front row: Katie Rose-Dailey (FHI360 Associate), Marissa Oestreicher (VCSU Elementary Education Teacher Candidate), Stephanie Andrews (Senior Manager Educational Achievement, Bush Foundation), Susan Heegaard (Vice President Educational Achievement, Bush Foundation), Back row: Tyler Martin (VCSU Elementary Education Teacher Candidate), Jim Boe, Justin Christy (Bush Foundation Associate), Robin White (FHI360 Consultant).

Allebach featured in Sunnyside Up Festival

Allebach featured in Sunnyside Up Festival
Robin Allebach, adjunct professor of voice, was featured in concert at the Sunnyside Up Performing Arts Festival in Pheonix, AZ, on Saturday, March 24.

Along with members of the Phoenix Symphony and other prominent Phoenix organizations, the festival was organized to showcase professional classical musicians to communities who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend such concerts featuring world class musicians.

Along with Mutsumi Mori, collaborative piano, Robin sang popular classical favorites including Neapolitan folk songs, Puccini arias, American spirituals and musical theater selections.

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

Monday, April 2

Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month
7:30 pm Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, April 3

Region 5 North Dakota Regional Speech Tournament
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

Good Friday
Passover begins at sundown
VCSU campus closed
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


Monday, April 9

Library Week – check out Allen Memorial Library for treats, contests, and prizes.
Easter Holiday – no classes
Viking Softball vs Bemidji State University (double header)
2:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Northern State University, Charlie Brown Field (double header)

Tuesday, April 10

5:00 pm Viking Baseball at North Dakota State University

Wednesday, April 11

Region 2 high school instrumental contest, Foss Music Hall
12:00 pm IDEA Corner Presentation Discussion, Presidents/Norway Room, VCSU Student Center
2:00 pm Viking Softball at Minot State University (double header)

Thursday, April 12

3:00 pm Viking Softball vs Jamestown College (double header), VCSU Softball Complex

Friday, April 13

Pay Day
Track & Field at Sioux City Relays, Sioux City, IA (April 13-14)

Saturday, April 14

1:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Jamestown College (double header), Charlie Brown Field

Sunday, April 15

9:00 am Viking Men's golf at Valley City State Invitational (April 15-16)
12:00 pm Viking women's golf at Jamestown College Invitational (April 15-16)
1:00 pm Viking Baseball at Jamestown College (double header)