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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Busy Summer Months at VCSU
Rally in the Valley this weekend!
Duckin down the Sheyenne 2012
VCSU cars make premier appearance at 2012 Soap Box Derby
Viking Softball Excels in Classroom
Klingenberg presents at NDUS Retention Summit
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
June Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published each Monday during the academic year and every other Monday May 14 through August 6, 2012. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:30 pm the preceding Friday.

Busy Summer Months at VCSU

Busy Summer Months at VCSU
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

This article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of June 11, 2012.

While Summer does not officially begin for another week or so, the recent high temperatures certainly have us in the mood for the summer season. It has already been a month since the 2012 VCSU graduating class was recognized at Commencement, and the busy summer schedule is in full-swing across campus.

Over 575 students are enrolled in courses during the Summer Semester this year. The Summer term is an important part of the academic calendar and keeps our faculty and students actively engaged with their teaching and learning activities. The summer months also represent a busy time with preparations for the start of the forthcoming academic year including New Student Registration sessions for students and their families. As we finalize the mid-August Orientation and Welcome Week schedules for new students, it appears as though VCSU will experience another large incoming class in Fall 2012.

There are significant physical transformations across campus as well. The project that is undoubtedly having the biggest impact currently at VCSU is the ongoing expansion and renovation of Rhoades Science Center. The 27,000 square-foot expansion is on-schedule and slated to be entirely completed and ready for classes in January 2013. The renovation to the existing Rhoades building will continue through the 2012-13 academic year and be completed by August 2013. Other improvements across campus are underway or set to commence this summer including a major renovation to the Student Center Cafeteria; the installation of a new video board at Shelly Ellig Field; exterior foundational improvements to McFarland Hall; multiple office renovations and relocations; and several exterior campus improvements.

A new initiative being launched this summer is a campus "One-Card" system known as the Viking Card. The Viking Card is the ID card issued to every VCSU student and employee, and the new system will be operational by mid-July and ready when students return in the fall. The Viking Card represents a major upgrade offering increased functionality compared to the current card system. It will be used for library and IT check-out, door/building access, admission to games/events, as a form of payment at the Bookstore, Cafeteria, and campus Starbucks, and provide other integrated features. The Viking Card is a significant technological implementation process involving multiple offices and many functions across campus.

As always, there are also a wide variety of camps and workshops scheduled throughout the summer with participants of many age levels. Just last week, over 500 students and coaches from 21 high schools representing four states participated in football team camps. There will be many more students on the VCSU campus for other similar athletic and educational camps throughout the summer. Additionally, the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center in Kathryn, ND and the Great Plains STEM Education Center at VCSU will be busy hosting workshops and participants. It is always enjoyable when VCSU can welcome visitors to the campus and provide them with a wonderful Viking experience.

Finally, a big word of THANKS on behalf of VCSU and Viking Athletics for all of the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers who participated in the Viking Scramble fundraiser earlier this month. It was a beautiful day with a huge turnout of golfers and a record amount of dollars raised. Your participation and support of these activities is so appreciated and helps VCSU keep building on the positive momentum. Thank You!

The summer months will be over before we know it. VCSU faculty will be back on contract on Monday, August 13, and freshmen move into the residence halls on Friday, August 17. Enjoy your summer!

Rally in the Valley this weekend!

Don't miss the festivities for the 28th annual Rally in the Valley being held this weekend throughout town.

The parade kicks-off at 10:00 am on Saturday – contact Emma Tufte if you would like to ride the VCSU float, and plan to meet at the Student Center at 9:30.

Other events include the 31st Annual Bill Jansen Road Race, the Bridge City Cruiser's Vintage Car Show, an Arts & Craft Fair, inflatable games in City Park, the duck race, street dance, food vendors and more.

Duckin down the Sheyenne 2012

Duckin down the Sheyenne 2012
The United Way is selling tickets for one duck to be entered in the Rubber Duck Race to be held in Valley City on Saturday, June 16 @ 1:00 pm in the Sheyenne River at City Park.

Tickets are $5 each and Chamber Bucks will be awarded to the Top 10 places.

If you are interested in buying a Rubber Duck please contact United Way representatives from VCSU - Kari Stricklin or Kim Hesch.

Get you Duck today!

VCSU cars make premier appearance at 2012 Soap Box Derby

VCSU cars make premier appearance at 2012 Soap Box Derby
VCSU had two cars in the 2012 Soap Box Derby competition that took place Saturday, June 9. Logan Schumacher drove the Tech Ed car in the Stock division, and Patience King drove the Viking car in the Super Stock division.

Members of the VCSU family who participated in the event included Kerry Gregoryk's daughter, Sam, driving the new John Deere Seeding Super Stock car, Doug Dawes' son, Wesley, driving the Broken Spoke Super Stock car, Larry Robinson's grandson, Alex Adamson, driving the Kiwanis' Stock car, and Jonna Zinniel's daughter, Aurora, driving the Barnes County Ambulance Stock car.

Congratulations to Patience for the 8th place finish in the Viking car and to Sam for her 6th place finish - both in Super Stock!
VCSU cars make premier appearance at 2012 Soap Box Derby

Viking Softball Excels in Classroom

The Valley City State University Softball Team would like to thank all the VCSU faculty and staff for a great spring semester. Your patience, communication and willingness to work with our student athletes during the busy spring semester does not go unnoticed.

Below is a link to an article posted last week to the athletic website detailing the academic honors that softball student athletes accomplished in the spring semester. For the VCSU softball team to attain a 3.441 team GPA in the spring with the busy game schedule is a direct result of the VCSU faculty and staff's willingness to work and help our student athletes in every way possible.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.
Coach Slyter

Klingenberg presents at NDUS Retention Summit

Klingenberg presents at NDUS Retention Summit
Erin Klingenberg, PhD; LPCC; NCC, the director of Counseling Services and Psychology professor at VCSU, attended the second annual North Dakota University System Retention Summit in Bismarck, ND, May 14-15. All campuses from the university system were represented as were tribal and private institutions.

The Summit focused on the "Changing Learner," ways to help students succeed while dealing with the changing landscape of higher education, including new educational technologies and changing student demographics. Campus teams had the opportunity to learn about the changing needs of students and specific topics related to student retention including effective academic advising, utilizing Assistive Educational Technologies, meeting the needs of the new college student (e.g. returning veterans, adult learners), and understanding mental health and substance abuse in higher education.

During the conference, Dr. Klingenberg a presentation entitled "Campus Mental Health: Recognize, Refer, and Connect." Dr. Klingenberg addressed possible concerns of faculty and staff members as to when and how to refer a student to services available on individual campuses. Klingenerg led discussions identifying services that are available across the campuses within North Dakota and how mental health is related to the retention of students.

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

What\'s happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, June 11

Tuesday, June 12

5:00-8:00 pm Kindergarten Exam & Fun Night (call 845-6140)

Wednesday, June 13

Music in the Park, Barnes County Courthouse (call 845-3294)

Thursday, June 14

Flag Day
11:00 am Staff Senate Meeting

6:00 pm Valley City VFW will be holding a Flag Burning Ceremony. You may bring any old, torn or deteriorated US flags that are no longer useable due to poor condition to be destroyed properly at that time.

Friday, June 15

Pay Day

Saturday, June 16

28th Annual Rally in the Valley --- Parade, Bridge City Cruiser's Vintage Car Show, Arts & Craft Fair, Inflatable games, Duck Race, Street Dance, Fireworks, Food Vendors and more.

7:00 am 31st Annual Bill Jansen Road Race/5K Walk, Hi-Line Park (east of Charlie Brown Field)

10:00 am Rally in the Valley Parade

Sunday, June 17

Father's Day
20th Annual Dakota Riders Hill Climb

Monday, June 18

VCSU Boys Basketball Day Camp Begins

Tuesday, June 19

Wednesday, June 20

First Day of Summer

Music in the Park, Barnes County Courthouse (call 845-3294)

Thursday, June 21

Friday, June 22

Barnes County ACS Relay for Life, Shelly Ellig Field (June 22-23)

Saturday, June 23

ND Paint Horse Club Show, ND Winter Show Outsider Area (June 23-24)

Sunday, June 24

Monday, June 25

Tuesday, June 26

Wednesday, June 27

Music in the Park, Barnes County Courthouse (call 845-3294)

Thursday, June 28

Friday, June 29

Pay Day
First 4 week classes ends

Saturday, June 30

10:00 am Sibly Annual Celebration (includes Craft and Flea Market; 11am Kids fishing derby up to age 12, 2pm kids bicycle parade with a regular and decorated golf cart parade to follow; 3pm kids games on the beach; 4pm Bingo for all ages in the backroom of the Fishtank; 7pm Minute to Win It games in front of Skippers Cafe and 9-1 music by Northern Town Band at the Fishtank. Call Ruth Eberle @701-733-2492 for details.)

Sunday, July 1