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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

THANKS for Another Successful Auction!
Student Senate names van Gijssel "Teacher of the Year"
Two students selected for EPSCoR awards
VCSC employees to be honored
VCSU Student Scholar Symposium scheduled for May 3
Student art exhibition open
Hoff joins Earth Expeditions in Mexico
Jenness and Van Horn attend CSTAND
Gushing with great ideas
Thank you!
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
April & May Birthdays

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THANKS for Another Successful Auction!

THANKS for Another Successful Auction!
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

This article will be printed in the Valley City Times Record the week of April 30, 2012.

On April 20, VCSU held its 18th Annual Scholarship Auction. The Auction is the largest single event VCSU conducts during the year to raise scholarship dollars for VCSU students. All proceeds from the Auction are split equally between V-500 academic scholarships and Century Club athletic scholarships.

For the third year in a row, the Auction was sold out with over 500 attendees. Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and attended the event. With the ticket sales, games, live and silent auctions, raffles, and other contributions, approximately $70,000 was raised. This amount surpassed last year's record total and represents the most successful auction ever held at VCSU.

On behalf of the entire VCSU Community, a big word of THANKS to the individuals and businesses who supported the Auction. Your donations, purchases, bidding, and sponsorship are key to making the event such a success. Scholarships are a critical element in VCSU's ability to attract and retain talented students now and into the future.

The VCSU campus is expecting another larger-than-average incoming freshmen class as we prepare for Fall 2012. This will mark the third straight incoming class that is significantly larger than the recent historical average, and so your support ensuring a strong scholarship base is as important now as it ever has been. These new classes of freshmen students at the VCSU campus enrich not just the University, but they add to the overall fabric of our entire Valley City and Barnes County communities.

A special word of Thanks to all members of the Auction Committee who put forth so much effort ensuring a successful event. Committee members sold tickets, solicited donations, promoted the event, decorated at the Eagles, and contributed in a variety of other ways. The Committee includes Jack Denholm, Jenny Enger, Rhonda Fairfield, Tara & Tom Glandt, Sabrina Heywood, Kim & Wade Hesch, Diane Hill, Kayla Hoots, Susan Kolbow, Alison Kasowski, Trish Lueck, Loree Morehouse, Toyin Oladosu, Tara Praska, Patti Rickford, Larry Robinson, Stephanie Roelfsema, Katie Sather, Don Schaack, Joy Smith, Kari Stricklin, and Emma Tufte. VCSU is also fortunate to have many volunteers who serve on the V-500, Booster, Alumni, and Foundation Boards who put in much effort in making events such as the Auction a success.

Additionally, a word of thanks to VCSU's Alumni and Foundation Office and the VCSU Athletic Department for their efforts, and specifically to Kim Hesch for the dedication she provides in coordinating the overall Auction effort. Kim puts in countless hours preparing for the big event, and the resulting success is direct evidence of her hard work.

The support of community members at the Scholarship Auction helps ensure a strong and successful VCSU that is vital to the success of our community and region. We are already making plans for the 19th annual Auction in 2013 and look forward to seeing you there. On behalf of the entire VCSU campus – THANKS to everyone who supported the Auction!

Student Senate names van Gijssel

Student Senate names van Gijssel
The VCSU Student Senate presented Associate Professor Hilde van Gijssel with the "Teacher of the Year" award on Wednesday, April 25. The award is given annually to a professor who shows dedication to the students of VCSU through innovative teaching methods and continued professional development both inside and outside of the classroom.

Van Gijssel, a native of The Netherlands, has been with VCSU since 2002. Her previous experience includes working at Leiden University in The Netherlands and the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. At VCSU, she is responsible for the Health Science major and the new Medical Laboratory Science major, she runs the Toxicology Lab, and she was instrumental in creating the Valley City site of the Dakota Nursing Program. She is the advisor of the Pre-Professional club, is involved with the Great Plain STEM Education Center and is currently enrolled in VCSU's online Master of Education program working on a concentration in Technology Education. Said van Gijssel, "One of my greatest pleasures is to be involved recruiting new students and advising. Advising gives me an opportunity to meet the students and get to know them better. I love the advising and recruiting part."

This is the second time Van Gijssel has been recognized with the "Teacher of the Year" award; the first was in 2002-03.

Two students selected for EPSCoR awards

Two students from VCSU have been selected to receive Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) awards through the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) program. The awards recognize the academic achievement of these students and provide significant financial support as they pursue M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics at the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU).

The VCSU students receiving the awards are:

Christine Gilbertson, from rural Valley City, will conduct her research within the Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry at NDSU. She has majors in Health Science and Biology Education.

Jessica Halvorson, from Milnor, ND, will be conducting research under Dr. Julie Pasche in the Department of Plant Pathology at NDSU. She is graduating Magna Cum Laude with majors in Biology and Health Science and a minor in Music. She was also named the Outstanding Biology Student.

Christine and Jessica join six other VCSU graduates from recent years that received EPSCOR awards: Fakira (Soumaila) Borkovec (Rome, Italy), Jesse Martin (Valley City, ND), Jacob Mertes (Omaha, NE), Michael Tomlinson (Rolla), Ryan McCulloch (Valley City), and Steven Fasching (Mandan).

EPSCoR was established by the National Science Foundation and is now a family of competitive merit-based programs spanning seven federal research and development agencies: the National Science Foundation; the National Institutes of Health; the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Agriculture; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and the Environmental Protection Agency.

ND EPSCoR implemented the GSRA program to increase opportunities for graduating seniors from the North Dakota University System baccalaureate universities, or who have been participants in ND EPSCoR's Nurturing American Tribal undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program, to obtain M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees at NDSU and UND. Each student's award provides an $18,000 per year stipend for up to 24 months. Students who complete the program can be eligible for a ND EPSCoR Doctoral Dissertation Award that provides support to complete their doctoral research upon completion of their course work and written examinations.

VCSU employees to be honored

VCSU employees will be recognized for years of service on May 11 at the annual Employee Recognition dinner. Student chosen Teacher of the Year, Associate Professor of Science Hilde van Gijssel, and Student Advocate will be recognized by Student Senate, and the Fine Arts Division will recognize Associate Professor Leesa Levy who has resigned after 12 years of service to VCSU.

The event will begin with a social at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. Entertainment will be provided by VCSU University Singers. Tickets are available at the VCSU Business Office and Student Center Information Desk. Those being recognized for years of service are listed below.

35 Years of Service
Diana Skroch

30 Years of Service
Tilmer Gienger
Ralph Hooper

25 Years of Service
Gary Thompson

20 Years of Service
Pat Egeberg

15 Years of Service
Sharon Jacob
Erik Kringlie

10 Years of Service
Anthony Dutton
Don Hoff
Randy Jess
Heather Kvilvang
Hilde van Gijssel
Everett Walker

5 Years of Service
Janice Klein
Ben Ferguson
Pete Gjovik
Jennifer Jenness
Pat Johnson
Joy Smith
Stephanie Roelfsema
Taka Yamauchi

VCSU Student Scholar Symposium scheduled for May 3

The VCSU Student Scholar Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, May 3 from 11:00 -12:00 pm in the Skoal Room at the Student Center. The VCSU Communication Arts and Social Sciences Division and the VCSU Business and Information Technology Division are sponsors of the annual VCSU Student Scholar Symposium.

The Student Scholar Symposium is free and open to the community. Refreshments are provided.

Student art exhibition open

The End of Semester Student Exhibition is now installed in the Valley City State University Art Gallery. Students currently enrolled in studio art classes at VCSU created all the work included in the exhibition. The work included in the gallery ranges from ceramic ware, sculpture, drawings, and prints.

The Exhibition runs from April 23 to May 4. We invite you to a potluck reception that will be held on May 4 in McCarthy 354, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

The Gallery is located on the third floor of McCarthy Hall and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Hoff joins Earth Expeditions in Mexico

Hoff joins Earth Expeditions in Mexico
Valley City State University Associate Professor Don Hoff was recently selected to be a member of Earth Expeditions Baja Mexico. He will travel to Baja in June, 2012, for research and study.

The Baja peninsula, extending south from California hundreds of miles into the Pacific Ocean creates the Gulf of California, or the Sea of Cortez. The land between these two bodies of water is remarkably varied from the forested high mountain ranges running through the central region, to the four desert sub-regions. Each region boasts its own distinct geography, plants, and animals, from the salt marshes and mangrove swamps of the coasts, to the arid tropical forests.

The main field site will be the Bahia de Los Angeles Biosphere Reserve, in the San Felipe Desert on the Sea of Cortez. The region was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because "The diversity of terrestrial and marine life is extraordinary and constitutes a unique eco-region of high priority for biodiversity conservation." The reserve encompasses 957,660 acres of coastal, marine, and island ecosystems that provide habitat for a number of threatened and endangered species including whale sharks, eastern Pacific green sea turtles, fin whales, and killer whales. The area is often referred to as the "Galapagos" of Mexico for the spectacular nature of its scenery and the unique plant and animal species that inhabit the region.

Earth Expeditions is a global conservation and education program supporting university courses, graduate research, and collaborative projects in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Earth Expeditions, the Cincinnati Zoo, and Miami (Ohio) University are part of long-term partnerships with conservation efforts worldwide.

Jenness and Van Horn attend CSTAND

At the Central States Communication Association 2012 Convention, Valley City State University Assistant Professor Jennifer Jenness and Associate Professor Shannon Van Horn along with faculty from Williston State College and Minot State presented a panel entitled "Polishing Service Learning: An Often Overlooked Aspect of Communication." The session had been selected at the CSTAND convention as the State of North Dakota Showcase panel.

While in Cleveland, Jenness and Van Horn attended a pre-conference entitled "Connecting to Millennials with Engaged Teaching." The session highlighted ways to connect teaching and social media, the learning style differences in millennial students, and teaching strategies for engaging students in the classroom.

During the course of the convention, Jenness attended sessions that provided new ways to integrate media into the classroom, sessions on new technologies such as Storify, Pinterest, Xtranormal, and She also attended sessions devoted to the basic public speaking course and to teaching mass communications, a session highlighting methods for integrating feminist teachings into communications coursework, a session devoted to tablet computing, and a session examining methods for online teaching.

Gushing with great ideas

Valley City State Univeristy School of Education and Graduate Studies Associate Professor Tricia Gegelman and Instructor Jackie Owen shared some "great ideas" April 20-21, 2012 at the North Dakota Reading Association Spring Conference in Dickinson, ND.

Gegelman presented "I can ... do STEM" in two sessions. Educators were engaged in doing inquiry-based activities to improve technological literacy of their students.

"Increasing Thinking and Learning for All: Using Icons for Depth and Complexity (for gifted students) as Advance Organizers and Support for All Students" was presented on Friday and Saturday by Owen. Kaplan's (1986) eleven visual icons were introduced with examples for building critical thinking in every classroom. Participants were encouraged to write icon-based questions to implement when they returned to their schools.

VCSU elementary education candidates are encouraged to attend this professional learning opportunity. Three students from the VCSU/NDSU program attended both days of the conference. Gegelman and Owen hosted an informal social to provide attendees with an opportunity to share their learning. One preservice teacher reflected, "I am so excited to try these ideas, I could cry. I learned something at every session." At the conclusion of the conference, another preservice teacher hailed our state car to tell us--while we were still in the parking lot--"Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this experience, I can hardly wait to use what I learned." Our students were, indeed, "gushing with great ideas" as a result of this conference experience.

Thank you!

I would like to send a very grateful thank you to everyone who helped make the 2012 Earth Week activities at VCSU a success. I hope you all learned something you can incorporate into your life that will make a difference for a greener planet Earth.

A special thank you to those who went above and beyond to make the First Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival on April 25 a huge success – especially VCSU student Diana Forsberg. Please give her a pat on the back if you see her. I've heard great comments from community and campus people who attended, and heard "see you next year" from several vendors as they left that evening. Check out a few photos at THIS LINK

See you next year!

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

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

Monday, May 7

Finals Week
4:00 pm Garage Bands, City Park or Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, May 8

Wednesday, May 9

Thursday, May 10

7:30 pm Valley City Area Concert Association: Metales M5, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, May 11

Senior Recognition Luncheon

Saturday, May 12

Track & Field at Dickinson State Invitational, Dickinson, ND
10:00 am VCSU Commencement and reception

Sunday, May 13

Mother's Day