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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

The School of Education and Graduate Studies (SEGS) at VCSU
Last Day of Online Scholarship Auction!
Earth Week Web Page Up & Running
Dakota College at Bottineau Hosts Open House at VCSU
Klingenstein Plays Key Role in MTNA Conference
Myhre Elementary School 5th Graders Visit VCSU!
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
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.

The School of Education and Graduate Studies (SEGS) at VCSU

The School of Education and Graduate Studies (SEGS) 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 16, 2012.

Over the last two months, readers of this column have learned about each of the academic divisions at VCSU. This week we focus on the School of Education and Graduate Studies (known as "SEGS").

The programs in this school, under the direction of Dr. Gary Thompson, comprise the largest student enrollment, and include VCSU's Master of Education (M.Ed.) program as well as the Great Plains STEM Education Center. With approximately 700 students currently enrolled in SEGS programs, more than half of the students at VCSU are in education fields.

The School of Education and Graduate Studies touches the lives of people in the community through its involvement in area schools. VCSU students complete practicum hours and student teaching, and faculty work with K-12 teachers to embed field experiences in methods courses. Several examples include the Math Field Day at Washington School and the Fluency Project at Jefferson School this year.

As a partner in a Bush Foundation grant designed to develop high-quality teachers, SEGS faculty have teamed with local K-12 teachers and administrators to identify and promote the best teaching practices for aspiring teachers. Some of their work includes developing a strategies handbook for teaching more effectively by focusing on assessment, English language learners, differentiating instruction, and using technology in the classroom, increasing collaboration with K-12 teachers through a co-teaching model, and implementing a Teacher Performance Assessment for new teachers.

SEGS faculty have presented the co-teaching model to the West Fargo Association of Teacher Educators and to teachers and faculty in area schools in Barnes County. As leaders in educational organizations such as the North Dakota Association of Teacher Educators and the North Dakota Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, they have also presented at conferences, including the Council for Exceptional Children, Fargo Teachers of the Gifted, North Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education, and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference.

VCSU's Graduate Program is housed in SEGS. Started in 2006, the Master of Education program has grown rapidly to an enrollment of approximately 150 students (over 10% of VCSU's total enrollment is now comprised of graduate students). The program is 100% online, making an M.Ed. accessible to students across the state who may not be able to participate in a traditional face-to-face program. Students may concentrate in Technology Education, Library & Information Technologies, Teaching English Language Learners, or Teaching & Technology.

The Great Plains STEM Education Center is also part of SEGS. The Center's goal is to transform teaching and learning, by developing cross-discipline teaching methods that help students improve their understanding of STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The Center provides a number of teacher workshops, offers STEM Education coursework, and sponsors Lego and Robotics curriculum for K-12 students.

Since VCSU began as a Normal School in 1890, and for many years was known as "Valley City State Teacher's College," the strength of the education programs and their impact on the region is not surprising. The School of Education and Graduate Studies has been continuously accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. It has been recognized for exemplary work in the integration of technology standards into the elementary education program, and has been recognized with multiple distinguished awards. As technology continues to evolve, the SEGS programs at VCSU continue to explore and innovate, dedicated to assuring quality teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Last Day of Online Scholarship Auction!

Last Day of Online Scholarship Auction!
VCSU Reserved Parking Spot (2 available) - Ever dreamed of having your own reserved parking spot at VCSU? This is a unique opportunity to purchase a reserved parking spot that would be yours exclusively from August 2012-July 2013. You get to choose the spot in any of VCSU's parking lots. Facilities Services has offered two parking spots to auction off as part of our scholarship fund raising effort. If you are the successful bidder for a parking spot, we'll furnish a personalized reserved parking sign. Also available to bid on are:

Sodexo Office Breakfast - Is your office or division having a morning meeting? Does your office or division have a special occasion to celebrate? Here is your chance to purchase an office continental breakfast for 10 from Sodexo. What a great way to start your morning and support VCSU scholarships at the same time!

VCSU Reserved Parking & Seating @ VCSU Basketball - Ever dreamed of having your own reserved parking spot and 2 seats at home VCSU basketball games? This is a unique opportunity to purchase a reserved parking spot that would be yours exclusively for the 2012-2013 basketball season. The athletic department has offered a parking spot and two reserved seats to auction off as part of our scholarship fund raising effort. If you are the successful bidder for a parking spot and seats, we'll furnish personalized reserved signs.


The Online Auction is on now and ENDS at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 17.

CLICK HERE to start bidding!

Earth Week Web Page Up & Running

Earth Week Web Page Up & Running
In recognition of Earth Day (April 22), VCSU will be hosting a range of information and activities to create awareness of how everyone's habits can create a sustainable world for today and in the future.

CLICK HERE to connect to VCSU's Earth Week web page and and see what will be taking place at VCSU. Highlights include:
  • Acknowledge our environment by wearing the "color of the day." Call 845-7102 or 845-7227 to take a group shot sporting the "color of the day."
  • Take time to check out your Ecological Footprint at THIS SITE.
  • Participate in various campus and highway clean-up events.
  • Play in the "Roll to Recycle" board game tournament - open to students, faculty and staff with prizes for winners at each level. E-mail or call 845-7102 to sign up by Thursday, April 19.
  • Check out the conservation displays and art displays in the Student Center.
  • Participate in the Bike or Walk Day.
  • Attend the First Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival at Medicine Wheel Park.
  • Volunteer to help with the various activities taking place. Call 845-7102 now!

The combined things we all do can make a BIG difference! Contact Rhonda Fairfield (845-7102) with questions.

Dakota College at Bottineau Hosts Open House at VCSU

Over the past few years, Dakota College at Bottineau has been busy collaborating with Valley City State University (VCSU) to deliver several associate degree programs on the VCSU campus, such as: Medical Assistant, Caregiver Services (child and adult), Paraeducation, and Nursing. Students in these programs can enjoy the conveniences of staying close to home, while completing their degrees through Dakota College.

In addition, students who are interested in attending VCSU but do not meet the admission requirements can enroll in Dakota College's Bridges Program and complete classes for one year before transferring to VCSU.

Dakota College at Bottineau is hosting its first Open House for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, April 17 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Skoal Room at the VCSU Student Center. Those interested in learning more about these programs are encouraged to attend. If you can't attend the open houses on April 17, two other open houses are planned for July 17 and October 16.

For more information about the DCB Open House or any of the Dakota College Programs available on the VCSU campus, please contact Joy Smith, Dakota College Program Coordinator, by phone 701.845.7490 or by email

Klingenstein Plays Key Role in MTNA Conference

Klingenstein Plays Key Role in MTNA Conference
Valley City State University Associate Professor Beth Gigante Klingenstein played a key role in the 2012 Music Teachers National Association conference held in New York City. Each year the conference has a pre-conference day of sessions, and this year Klingenstein and two colleagues organized and delivered a preconference day of sessions titled Professional Studio Institute. Klingenstein gave part or all of five presentations on that day:
  • Put It In Writing: Professional Documents that Ensure Success
  • The Creative Curriculum: The Impact of Quality and Innovation on Success
  • Finding and Keeping Students
  • Financial Success: Taking Control of the Present and the Future
  • Ignorance Is Not Bliss: Legal issues for the Independent Music Teacher

The purpose of the Professional Studio Institute was to address the needs of the independent music teacher in today's economically challenging market. Klingenstein's co-presenters were Dr. Scott McBride Smith, the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor at the University of Kansas and president of the International Institute for Young Musicians, and Lee Galloway, a composer and renowned independent music teacher from California. Klingenstein, McBride Smith, and Galloway have all presented extensively throughout the country on issues affecting the independent music teacher.

Myhre Elementary School 5th Graders Visit VCSU!

Myhre Elementary School 5th Graders Visit VCSU!
Throughout the spring semester, the Viking Ambassador student organization has been exchanging letters with 5th grade students at Myhre Elementary School in Bismarck, North Dakota. On Tuesday, April 10, the students were able to visit VCSU and meet their pen pals. While on campus, they participated in a print-making activity, and also enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria, a planetarium show, and a tour of Medicine Wheel Park.

Each grade level at Myhre Elementary School chose a college/university in North Dakota to make contact with as part of their "Hope for the Future" program. The goal of this program is to emphasize the importance of education, and show students the advantages of furthering their education beyond high school.

Desiree Johnson, the Myhre Elementary School 5th grade teacher is a VCSU graduate, and it was great to have her and her students on campus for the day!

Thank you to everyone on campus who made these students feel welcome during their visit!

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

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)

Monday, April 23

VCSU Earth Day Activities begin. Go to for detail.
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Soil Conservation district display at Student Center
3:00-5:00 pm Campus Clean Up. Report to south door of Student Center.
7:30 pm Chamber Ensembles performance, Froemke Auditorium
Spring Student Art Exhibition opens (April 23-May 4), VCSU Gallery

Tuesday, April 24

Highway Cleanup Day – watch campus email for details.
Track & Field at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
11:00-1:00 Energy Information Display at the Student Center
3:00 pm Viking Softball vs University of Minnesota-Crookston (double header), VCSU Softball Complex

Wednesday, April 25

Administrative Professionals Day
VCSU bike or walk to work day
12:00 pm IDEA Corner Presentation Discussion, Presidents/Norway Room, VCSU Student Center
12:05 pm Bike or walk around the block and photo opportunity, Student Center
2:00 pm Viking Baseball at University of North Dakota (double header)
3:00-5:00 pm Campus Clean Up. Report to W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse (Bubble).
6:00 pm 1st Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival, Medicine Wheel Park

Thursday, April 26

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Clean Up at City Park
7:30 pm Jazz Ensemble performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, April 27

Viking Baseball DAC Tournament, Mayville, ND, (April 27-29)
12:30 pm New Student Orientation, Student Center
7:30 pm VCSU band concert performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, April 28

Viking Softball DAC Tournament, Portland, ND (April 28-29)
Track & Field at Al Cassell Relays, Jamestown, ND

Sunday, April 29

7:30 pm VCSU Choir & University Singers performance, Epworth Methodist Church