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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

The new Viking Card
VCSU receives grant
Last call for nominations for NDUS Staff Senate Position
Applications for Marketplace displays being accepted
Egeberg attends conference
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
July 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.

The new Viking Card

The new Viking Card
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of July 9, 2012.

Later this week, Valley City State University will launch a new Identification Card system known as the Viking Card. The Viking Card is the official identification card for all VCSU students and employees.

The new Viking Card will have significantly more functionality as compared to the ID card system currently used on campus. This Card is based on new technology being installed across campus, and it is based on the Blackboard Transact system, part of Blackboard, Inc. The deployment of this new card system has been a major effort during the past year led by our Chief Information Officer, Joe Tykwinski, and has involved numerous employees throughout many departments across campus. It represents a significant upgrade both technologically and from a student-service perspective for the VCSU campus.

Beyond serving simply as an official form of identification, the Viking Card will have a number of other important functions. It will be used to gain access into certain facilities, such as residence halls, using a microchip and antenna built into the card. The Viking Card will serve as the official form of payment/use for students' meal plans. It will also be used for admittance to campus events such as athletic contests and student events. The Viking Card will be used for checking out materials at VCSU's Allen Memorial Library and from the Information Technology Help Desk. The card will also be used for purchasing items in the Viking I restaurant, VCSU Bookstore, Viking Grounds (the Starbucks coffee shop in the Student Center), and may eventually function with campus vending machines. It will also serve as a form of payment in the Business Office, acting as a debit card for students.

The Viking Card might even function as a form of debit card for students wanting to make purchases with off-campus merchants and retailers in the Valley City community. Services such as these are not yet implemented with the initial Viking Card deployment this summer, but it is a distinct possibility in the near future.

The Viking Card also has online functionality whereby a student (or his/her family) can access the Card online and add value to the card through a deposit. Additionally, students can view their balance and purchasing activity as well as immediately disable a lost or stolen card.

These types of multi-functional ID cards are becoming more and more common at colleges and universities as students are expecting additional services in their campus experience. The implementation of the Viking Card and its related technologies certainly makes sense for VCSU given our technology-based campus mission. We are excited to roll out this new service for our students as they return to campus next month, and we look forward to the new possibilities and inter-connectedness the Viking Card technology will provide for all VCSU students.

VCSU receives grant

IMLS grant funds scholarships for M.Ed. library students

VCSU has been awarded a three year, $290,014 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The grant will fund scholarships for students enrolled in VCSU's online Master of Education program with the Library and Information Technologies (LIT) concentration and for in-service librarians attending IMLS sponsored summer institutes.

"This award is evidence that our online Master of Education and our Library and Information Technologies concentration are contributing to VCSU's growing reputation for academic excellence," said Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU.

Donna James, project director for the grant and library director at VCSU, said, "This award reflects continued confidence in our LIT program and our ability to prepare librarians for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century library."

For the complete press release, visit

Last call for nominations for NDUS Staff Senate Position

The VCSU Staff Senate is looking for one staff member to serve a three year term as a delegate to the NDUS State Staff Senate (SSS). Current State Staff Senate representatives are Rick Clark, Jan Drake and Emma Tufte.

If you are interested, please contact Emma Tufte at x7189. VCSU's Staff Senate will review the list of interested parties at the July meeting.

Applications for Marketplace displays being accepted

Valley City State University and the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite VCSU clubs, organizations, groups and the Valley City Community to participate in the 2012 Welcome Week activities for incoming students scheduled for August 17.

Help us show new students what the community and University has to offer! You can contribute by creating a display that promotes your business, organization, or group. Joining in the 'Marketplace' will give you an opportunity to build a network with the incoming college students for future business/employment/involvement. Keep in mind that students enjoy drawings, coupons, or free products that could be given away during the 'Marketplace.' This event is a great opportunity not only for the students, but also for your business, organization, or group to build connections here at Valley City State.

'Marketplace' is planned to start at 5:15pm and run until 6:15 pm. The displays will be set up on the street on the east side of the Student Center, and we ask that you set up by 5:00 pm. For your convenience, we will supply an area for your business along with a table. If you need a chair, it is suggested to bring one along. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the event indoors. Along with the 'Marketplace,' there will be a picnic welcoming all freshmen which will also be available to you.

For additional information, contact Kari Stricklin at x7990.

Egeberg attends conference

Egeberg attends conference
Pat Egeberg attended the American College Health Association's Annual Conference in Chicago, IL from May 28 – June 1, 2012. Egeberg is VCSU's Director of Student Health Services and Worksite Wellness Coordinator.

As one of the directors on the Executive Board of the North Central Region of the ACHA, Egeberg attended meetings featuring leadership programs with a special focus on advocacy and innovation in the college health field.

Over 2,000 attendees gathered in Chicago for five busy days of education, information, and networking. The meeting also featured section, affiliate, and committee meetings; other networking events; an Exhibit Hall; poster displays; and pre-conference workshops.

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

What\'s happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, July 9

Tuesday, July 10

Wednesday, July 11

7:15 pm Music in the Park, Barnes County Courthouse

Thursday, July 12

Friday, July 13

Pay Day
4-H Achievement Days, ND Winter Show Building (July 13-140

Saturday, July 14

Sunday, July 15

Summer Sodbusters Day, Fort Ransom State Park
9:00 am – 12:30 pm VFW Maintenance Breakfast

Monday, July 16

Tuesday, July 17

Wednesday, July 18

7:15 pm Music in the Park, Barnes County Courthouse

Thursday, July 19

Ramadan begins at sundown
11:00 am Staff Senate Meeting

Friday, July 20

Saturday, July 21

Back country hiking at Lake Ashtabula, Karnak Bridge (July 21-22)

Sunday, July 22

Monday, July 23

Tuesday, July 24

Wednesday, July 25

Valley City Merchants Crazy Days
7:15 pm Music in the Park, Barnes County Courthouse

Thursday, July 26

Friday, July 27

GTO Cruise to Fort Ransom State Park

Saturday, July 28

Debbie Gable Memorial Cancer Ride & Street Dance, VFW

Sunday, July 29

Monday, July 30

Tuesday, July 31