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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Earth Week activities scheduled at VCSU
ND Folksinger to perform at VCSU
World premiere composition to be performed at VCSU
VanHorn attends regional conference
Pfeifer attends SAP Academic Conference
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
April birthdays

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ND Folksinger to perform at VCSU

ND Folksinger to perform at VCSU
Kris Kitko, folksinger and storyteller from Bismarck, will perform in Vangstad Auditorium, Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 pm. The event is sponsored by What in the World Is Going On?

Kitko, a self-described environmental activist, promotes community involvement and shares her interest in the North Dakota West. She will introduce and show some of music videos she has produced and also perform a number of her songs. This event is free to the public.

Earth Week activities scheduled at VCSU

Earth Week activities scheduled at VCSU
The Environment Task Force at VCSU is pleased to announce activities scheduled to celebrate Earth Week April 23-26, and the campus is invited to participate in the fun and games.

Celebrated annually since 1970, Earth Week is an opportunity to create awareness and appreciation for our planet Earth. Everyone is encouraged to get involved and learn through displays at the Student Center, board game competition, ecological footprint participation, and clean-up activities.

A highlight of the week will be the First Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival on Wednesday, April 25 beginning at 6:00 pm at the Medicine Wheel Park (in case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the VCSU Student Center). All VCSU faculty, staff, and students and the community of Valley City are invited to visit with vendors to learn more about how we can take care of our planet. Musical entertainment and games for all ages will be provided. The evening will conclude with a performance by Lakota Thunder, a Grammy nominated Native American drum group.

A color has been assigned to each day during the week, and you are encouraged to dress in that color in order to draw attention to our environment and the Earth Week events. Photo opportunities will be sought out for groups dressed in the day's color.

Volunteers are needed to run activities during the week and during the Festival. The full schedule with descriptions of activities will be available soon – watch for details! For further information and to volunteer, contact Rhonda Fairfield at 845-7102 or

World premiere composition to be performed at VCSU

World premiere composition to be performed at VCSU
The VCSU Music Department is proud to announce the world premiere of a new composition Monday, April 16, 7:30 pm. Girls Talk, by Dr. Jorge Variego, VCSU Assistant Professor of woodwinds and theory, will be performed in Froemke Auditorium by one of VCSU's top chamber ensembles, "The Tritones." The group members are: Courtney Pederson, flute, West Fargo; Katelin Wadeson, oboe, Fingal; Sarah Rhyan, clarinet, Oakes.

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, Argentina. Variego 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.

The premiere is in conjunction with the VCSU Music Department General Student Recital and the public is cordially invited to attend.

VanHorn attends regional conference

VanHorn attends regional conference
Valley City State University Associate Professor Shannon VanHorn attended the Central States Communication Association Conference March 28 - 31 in Cleveland, Ohio. VanHorn attended a pre-conference session entitled "Connecting to Millenials with Engaged Teaching" and will present a Brown Bag session at VCSU with Jennifer Jenness on that topic Wednesday, April 25.

Additionally, VanHorn and colleagues from VCSU, Williston State College, and Minot State University were selected to represent the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota with the panel "Polishing Service Learning: An Often Overlooked Aspect of Communication." VanHorn also presented in the panel "Homesick for Teaching Face to Face: A Discussion of the Challenges of Teaching an Online Course Beyond the Classroom" with colleagues from Williston State College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Wisconsin State University, Stout. She was the respondent for the undergraduate panel "Cultural Stereotypes and Influences of Self-Identity."

VanHorn attended sessions on iPad uses in the classroom, use of Web 2.0 tools such as Socrata, Storify,, and Pinterest, cheating and aggression in online classrooms, and mentoring .

Pfeifer attends SAP Academic Conference

Pfeifer attends SAP Academic Conference
Valley City State University Assistant Professor Sue Pfeifer attended the SAP Academic Conference in San Antonio, TX March 21-25, 2012. Pfeifer is a member of the Division of Business and Information Technology.

The theme for the 15th annual SAP Academic Conference Americas was "Innovation Starts Now." The event shared SAP's strategic direction and showcased opportunities for faculty to leverage SAP University Alliances offerings to enhance student academic and career outcomes.

Nearly 300 attendees enhanced and expanded their teaching with SAP by attending the Academic Conference, and gained valuable insight to help students compete more effectively in a changing job market. Attendees heard keynotes from SAP executives and the business community. They attended breakout sessions to get the most from SAP University Alliances curriculum and resources. Professors gained hands-on experience with SAP software and explored curriculum through workshops. The University Competence Centers and partners in the SAP ecosystem supported attendees.

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

Monday, April 9

Easter Holiday – no classes
Library Week – check out Allen Memorial Library for treats, contests, and prizes.
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)
12:30 pm New Student Orientation, Student Center

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)

Monday, April 16

7:30 pm Student recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, April 17

3:00 pm Viking Softball at University of Minnesota-Crookston (double header)
4:00 pm Viking Baseball at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Wednesday, April 18

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

Thursday, April 19

11:00 am Staff Senate Meeting
2:00 pm Viking Softball vs Minot State University (double header), VCSU Softball Complex
6:30 pm 'BIT Talks' presents Charlene Griffin 'What is Logistics?', Student Center Norway Room

Friday, April 20

Track & Field at Dickinson State Invitational, Dickinson, ND
VCSU Spring Scholarship Auction

Saturday, April 21

1:00 pm Viking Softball at Mayville State University (double header)
1:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Mayville State University (double header), Charlie Brown field
7:30 pm Valkyries & Valley Voices performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day
12:00 pm Viking women's golf at Valley City State Invitational (April 22-23)
12:00 pm Viking men's golf at Jamestown College Invitational (April 22-23)
1:00 pm Viking Softball vs Mayville State University, VCSU Softball Complex (double header)
1:00 pm Viking Baseball at Mayville State University (double header)