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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Earth Week activities underway
Reception scheduled for VPBA Dawes and family
Open House honoring Carole Jefferson
VCSU Choral Concert
VCSU ensembles performances schedule April 23 through 27
Student Senate Announces New Executive Team
11th Annual Composers Competition schedule May 3
VCSU Blood Drive
Hill presents paper to MICS' 12
Isaacson attends PSA Conference
VCSU voice students participate in auditions
Spanish class judges essay contest
BIT students tour Microsoft
Viking athletic update
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
April & May 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.

VCSU Earth Week activities underway

VCSU kicked off Earth Week activities with a variety of events today, Monday, April 23. Go to to check out the full schedule!

Reception scheduled for VPBA Dawes and family

The VCSU community is invited to a reception to welcome Vice President for Business Affairs Doug Dawes and his family on Thursday, April 26 from 3:30-4:30 in the Student Center Skoal Room.

Please join us in introducing yourself to the Dawes family and showing them a VCSU welcome.

Open House honoring Carole Jefferson

The Friends of the Library (FOL) are holding an Open House to honor the memory of Carole King Jefferson, a long-time employee of the VCSU Library, on Friday, April 27 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm at Allen Memorial Library. Former Library Director, Lillian Jacobson, will speak at a short dedication ceremony scheduled for 3:00 pm. A reception and informal tour of the Curriculum Library will follow. Please join us to visit with some of Carole's family who plan to also be in attendance at the Open House.

VCSU Choral Concert

VCSU Choral Concert
The final concert to be conducted by Dr. Leesa Levy for Valley City State University will take place on April 29, 2012 at Epworth United Methodist Church in Valley City. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm and will feature two of the campus choral ensembles, the University Singers and the Concert Choir. A reception in honor of Dr. Levy will be held following the concert at the church. All are invited to attend.

The concert repertoire will be varied, from 16th century madrigals and mass movements to 21st century vocal jazz arrangements. Some highlights by the University Singers will be Ecco mormorar l'onde, by Claudio Monteverdi; an arrangement of Ain't Misbehavin' by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks, arranged by Peter Gritton that will feature professor Jaime Namminga on piano; and a composition by Valley City native composer, Jocelyn Hagen, a beautiful setting of the hymn tune, Now Our Meeting's Over. Highlights to be performed by the Concert Choir include "Kyrie Eleison" from Missa O Magnum Mysterium, by Tomas Luis de Victoria; "The Coolin" from Reincarnations by Samuel Barber; and the inspirational contemporary spiritual, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, by Moses Hogan. All alumni attending the event are welcome to participate in a closing number Zion's Walls by Aaron Copland. A brief rehearsal of the piece will take place just prior to the concert at the church for anyone wishing to join in.

Choir personnel include: Adam Bommersbach*; Kyle Booth; Kelsey Botner; Micki Buchholz*; David Burgess; Jonathan Casey; Kristine Dammel*; Mike Dinkel; Erin Edinger*; Tyson Eli; Wayne Englehard; Tiffany Ferch; Rebeca Fitzell; Ashley Gierke; Danika Gjerding; Bradyn Good*; Rebecca Hahn*; Jessica Halvorson*; Benjamin Haugeberg; Kristi Hennager; Sam Hofmann; Danae Hoover; Angie Johnson*; Jon Johnson*; Cassie Klos; Kendra Krueger*; Cassandra Kunze; Samantha Lokemoen; Tyler Manske*; Jessica Moritz; Preston Myers; Jacob Olson; Vincent Olson; Courtney Pederson; Sarah Rhyan; Sherri Slag; Lyndsey Swanson; Andrea Swartz*; William Thomas; Katelin Wadeson*; Kirci Wagner*; Taryn Wallace*; Thomas Zinke*,
* denotes University Singers members.

Since 1999 Dr. Leesa Levy has served as Director of Choral Activities at Valley City State University, ND where she is also Associate Professor of Voice. Prior to the position at VCSU Dr. Levy (BS Mus Ed Mansfield University; MM, UT Austin; DMA NDSU) completed over ten years of teaching K-12 vocal music in public schools stateside and in Europe, and taught and conducted at the Franz Grothe School of Music in Weiden, Germany. Dr. Levy has performed as a soprano soloist in recital, with orchestras, in music-theater and opera on two continents. She studied voice and completed master classes with many notable performers and teachers including Darlene Wiley, David Garvey, Gerard Souzay and Walter Berry. She has conducted choirs in Texas, Germany, and North Dakota and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The National Association for Music Education, and is a member and Past-President of the North Dakota Choral Directors Association.

VCSU ensembles performances schedule April 23 through 27

The instrumental ensembles at Valley City State University will present a variety of concerts during the week of April 23-27. If you missed seeing the Civic Orchestra perform last week, this is your opportunity to see and hear all that the VCSU Music Department has to offer.

Monday, April 23, the VCSU Quantum Brass Quintet, the VCSU Saxophone Quartet, and the VCSU Tritone Winds will present an evening of chamber music with something for everyone. Musical styles span centuries of history, from Bach to the avant-garde. This will be an event not to be missed, including Flight of the Bumblebee performed on the tuba, amazing saxophone music, and The Music Box by VCSU faculty composer Jorge Variego. The concert will be in Froemke Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, April 25, the Quantum Brass will again perform as part of the Earth Day Celebration. The Quintet will perform from 6:30-7:00 pm at the celebration, which will be held at the Medicine Wheel park in Valley City. (In case of inclement weather, the performance will be in the VCSU Student Center).

Thursday, April 26, the VCSU Jazz Ensemble, Quantum Brass, and Saxophone Quartet will join together to present a lively evening concert of jazz. Many of VCSU's top musicians will be featured as soloists, and the concert will be a wonderful event. This performance will be held in Vangstad Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

Finally, the VCSU Concert Band will perform its Spring Pops Concert on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 pm in Vangstad Auditorium. This concert will feature a selection of movie music, classic band literature, and the United States premiere of the Malvern Chase Suite from British composer Stephen Roberts. This piece, scored for solo brass quintet and wind ensemble, features the Quantum Brass on a musical journey of the world, with stops in Paris, the Bronx, London, Japan, Arlington, VA, and St Louis, MO. This performance will also feature VCSU student conductors: Lyle Hager, Andrea Swartz, Katelin Wadeson, and Thomas Zinke.

All of these concerts are family-friendly and open to all ages. Please come and sample the variety and quality of the VCSU Music Department during this week of concerts. Questions about any of these events may be directed to Dr. James Adams, at 701-845-7271 or

Student Senate announces new executive team

The VCSU Student Senate announced the results from the elections for the 2012-2013 Executive Team:

Erin Edinger, Student Body President
Benjamin Haugeberg, Student Body Vice-President
Danae Hoover, Secretary
Kristine Dammel, NDSA Head Delegate

11th Annual Composers Competition schedule May 3

11th Annual Composers Competition schedule May 3
The 11th Annual Composers Competition and Concert will be held on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 pm with a pre-concert talk with the professional composer mentor, J. David Moore, at 7:15 pm. The concert takes place in Froemke Auditorium, but will also be streamed "live" from the VCSU Media website at simultaneously. The event is supported in part by the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund and the VCSU Music Department.

Mr. J. David Moore and VCSU's composition instructor, Dr. Jorge Variego, have been working with nearly 80 students and teachers since January to prepare original musical compositions. The music faculty will be adjudicating the submissions in the coming week and post the program on the website without names, as the concert is also a competition amongst the performers. Three high school awards and two collegiate awards will be presented totaling over $1,300 in cash and music scholarships. The International Music Camp participates in the contest for high school students by awarding tuition scholarships for Composition Week at the camp this summer.

Two additional very special events will take place at this year's event: a world premiere performance of two songs by J. David Moore and VCSU Video Competition supported by the IT Mini Grant Program. Moore's piece, Reports, features two movements thus far: Flood and Wind Chill. The songs reflect the reports in the news as they relate to Valley City. Dr. Leesa Levy will be accompanied by Dr. Sara Hagen. The work was commissioned for Dr. Levy on her departure from VCSU by Drs. Ted and Sara Hagen. In addition, students participating in the Mini Grant video production mentoring program with Allan Molnar, a music technologist and jazz percussion performer from New York City, will present their public service announcement 90-second videos competing for cash prizes. All awards will be presented at the conclusion of the concert.

The public is invited to attend this free event or to view it online.

VCSU Blood Drive

Show your pride. Save a life. Maybe even win a VCSU Team T-shirt.

VCSU Athletic Department Blood Drive:

When: Tuesday, May 1, 9:30am-3:30pm

Where: VCSU Student Center Skoal Room

How to Sign up: Sponsor Code: VCSU or call Coach Horner at 701.845.7423.

Hill presents paper to MICS' 12

Hill presents paper to MICS\' 12
Valley City State University Professor Curt Hill was the sole author of a paper accepted for publication and presentation at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium, 2012 (MICS'12).

The paper's title is "Development Systems: A Review." MICS was held at the University of Northern Iowa on April 13 – 14. The presentation was the first paper presented at one of the leadoff concurrent sessions on Friday. The paper and presentation are on Dr. Hill's web site. The paper will also be in the proceedings of the conference.

Isaacson attends PSA Conference

Isaacson attends PSA Conference
Assistant Professor Lynne Isaacson attended the Pacific Sociological Society (PSA) Conference held March 22-26 in San Diego, CA. The conference theme was "Intersectionalities and Inequalities: Knowledge and Power for the 21st Century," and accordingly, the majority of sessions were organized around issues of race and ethnicity, gender, sexualities, economic inequalities, and globalization. The term "intersectionalities" refers to the multi-faceted approach which focuses on the ways that structured inequalities (such as race/ethnicity, gender, and social class) intersect and create a "matrix of domination."

The demographic make-up of the conference participants AND the San Diego community reinforced the theme of intersectionality, and was by far the most racially and ethnically diverse conference Isaacson has ever attended. An afternoon bus tour of neighborhoods confirmed what demographers have been observing for the last two decades; that the United States is rapidly transforming from a predominantly white nation into a multicultural society. Dr. Isaacson said, "I am convinced that I need to be more intentional in introducing students to issues related to globalization and in creating awareness of dominant-minority group relations, both within and outside the U.S. I am even more convinced that we need to prepare VCSU students to participate in the world beyond North Dakota and the northern Great Plains, especially as we develop opportunities for study abroad and as we recruit students from outside the region."

Papers presented

"Revisiting the Universal," co-authored with Celia Winkler, Ph.D., University of Montana
Session Title: "The Cultural and Discursive Construction of Institutional and Economic Change"

"Standing In: Relations, Bodies, and Ritual"
Session Title: "Doing Feminist Research"

VCSU voice students participate in auditions

Students from the voice studios of Valley City State University voice instructors Dr. Leesa Levy and Robin Allebach participated in the North Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions held on April 14, 2012 in Fargo, ND.

Performers from Allebach's studio students were Jon Casey, Vincent Olson, Andrea Swartz, Micki Buchholz and Rebecca Hahn and from Levy's studio were Kirci Wagner, Katelin Wadeson, Taryn Wallace, Bradyn Good, and Thomas Zinke. All of the students sang literature from international art song and aria repertoire. Additionally, two students participated in the musical theater category. The students represented the University extremely well.

Three students, Rachel Schauer (high school women division), Jon Casey (men's musical theater), and Thomas Zinke (junior men's division) placed in the final round of the auditions with Jon Casey and Thomas Zinke placing first in their respective divisions. VCSU piano major, Sarah Rhyan accompanied two of the students. Professor Jaime Namminga accompanied the remainder. A round of applause is given to all the students for working hard to achieve success in their endeavors.

Spanish class judges essay contest

Spanish language students Jane Pettit, Amy Fuglestadnahnsen, Justin Schares and Steven Petherbridge recently served as judges for an annual foreign language essay contest. The contest is sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of North Dakota (FLAND). This year's theme was "You are Connected . . . Now Communicate." This is the second year that the Spanish program was involved with FLAND, and the second for some of the students to serve as judges.

BIT students tour Microsoft

A continent from VCSU was among the 85 area college students that visited the Microsoft campus in Fargo to get a jump start on their future careers.

Valley City State University Assistant Professor Sue Pfeifer led the group that included students Amber Eichhorn, Isaac Olson, and Alan Spanier. Once a year, Microsoft opens its doors to students with the intention of getting students excited about the chance to work for one of the nation's largest software companies. In addition to a tour of the campus, students visited Microsoft's computer labs, workspaces and even a game room where employees can blow off steam with foosball. They even got to check out the company's latest software, Windows 8.

Overall, 30 VCSU students have attended one or more virtual event throughout the 2011-2012 academic year.

Viking athletic update

Viking athletic update
· The Viking Softball team took 3 of 4 games from Mayville State this weekend and improved to 21-18 on the season.

· The Viking Baseball team won 1 of 4 games vs. Mayville State and currently stand at 11-29 on the season.

· The Viking golf teams are in Prescott, AZ competing in the final day of the independent golf qualifier.

Home Events this week – Tuesday and Wednesday

VIKING SOFTBALL – College field

· The Viking Softball team will host the University of Crookston at 3:00 & 5:00 on Tuesday, April 24.

· The Vikings Softball will play Bemidji State University on Wednesday, April 25 game time is TBD.

Come out and support the Vikings!

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

Monday, April 23

VCSU Earth Day Activities begin. Go to for detail.
3:00-5:00 pm Campus Clean Up. Report to south door of Student Center.
7:30 pm Chamber Ensembles performance, Froemke Auditorium
Recycled Art Exhibition, VCSU Student Center
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
12:05 pm Bike or walk around the block and photo opportunity, Student Center
2:00 pm Viking Baseball at University of North Dakota (double header)
3:00-4:30 pm Open House for retiring faculty James Crawford
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

Monday, April 30

Pay Day

Tuesday, May 1

Wednesday, May 2

Thursday, May 3

11:00 am Faculty Senate Meeting
2:00-4:00 pm Open House for Leesa Levy, Foss Music Hall
7:30 pm Composers Concert, Froemke Auditorium

Friday, May 4

5:00 pm Spring Student Exhibition Reception, VCSU Gallery

Saturday, May 5

Track & Field at Ron Masanz Invitational, Moorhead, MN

Sunday, May 6

2:00 & 4:00pm Community School for the Arts recitals, Froemke Auditorium