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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU to host Chinese faculty
V-500/Edward Jones Investment sponsor Crazy Days dunk tank
First Annual VCSU Rendezvous
Russi directing summer play
Hoskisson presents at EdMedia World Conference
Walsh presents at EdMedia World Conference
Fiscal year end this Friday
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
July & August 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.

VCSU to host Chinese faculty

VCSU to host Chinese faculty
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of July 23, 2012.

Next week, VCSU will host a delegation of eight faculty members and one translator from Hangzhou, China. The professors are from Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) College, and this will be the fourth summer in a row that VCSU has hosted a group of scholars from this institution. Although in past summers they have visited VCSU for two or three days, their travel plans are more compact this year and we will only host our ZJETP guests in Valley City for one day.

Each summer a group of faculty from ZJETP visit the Fargo area, and VCSU partners with NDSU to host a portion of their visit. Their city of Hangzhou is a major coastal metropolitan area of approximately 6-8 million residents located about 100 miles from Shanghai, so the time spent in a rural setting such as North Dakota is quite a change for this group compared to their normal surroundings. We have heard a number of positive comments from our ZJETP guests in past years, and it is clear they certainly appreciate the wide-open spaces and friendly reception they receive while in North Dakota.

This year's group includes professors of business, food safety, and computer science. During their stay in North Dakota they will be taking cultural and corporate tours, agricultural tours, learning about the American higher education system, practicing conversational English, and taking workshops covering a variety of academic subjects.

VCSU has arranged a variety of activities for them to heighten their overall experience in our state. They will interact with our professors, staff, and students to learn about VCSU and see first-hand some of the teaching methodologies used on campus. Our guests will also spend part of the day in Kathryn at VCSU's Prairie Waters Education & Research Center where they will have the opportunity to participate in various hands-on learning activities. They will also have some time to explore downtown Valley City and get a feel for the community.

We are excited to host another delegation from ZJETP once again this summer. It is an exciting opportunity for these nine guests to learn from VCSU faculty, staff, and students, and, likewise, a terrific opportunity for our campus personnel to learn from them. Visits such as these are a powerful part of the educational experience for all involved.

Over the past four years, VCSU and ZJETP faculty and students have participated in exchange programs: in addition to the summer ZJETP visits to VCSU, five VCSU professors have traveled to China and taught summer programs in English and Computer Science at ZJETP, and nine VCSU students traveled to China for a three week study trip. During that same time period, six students from ZJETP have studied at VCSU. VCSU's partnership with ZJETP is an important component in strategic efforts we are taking as a campus in expanding our diversification and internationalization activities to create new educational opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.

V-500/Edward Jones Investment sponsor Crazy Days dunk tank

V-500/Edward Jones Investment sponsor Crazy Days dunk tank
Come on out July 25 for CRAZY DAYS and dunk some local celebrities in the V-500 Dunk Tank. Money raised will go directly to V-500 Scholarships. Come out between 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in front of Wells Fargo Bank to have your chance at dunking the following individuals:

Ryan Cunningham
Mariah Smith
Brian Yanish
Jessica Denholm
Jack Denholm
Jill Devries
VCSU President Shirley
Casey Olney
Brad Sufficool
Larry Robinson
Sabrina Heywood

This event is sponsored by Edward Jones Investments, Kevin Eggermont.

First Annual VCSU Rendezvous

The First Annual VCSU Rendezvous will be held on Friday, October 19 at the Valley City Eagles Club. This event, hosted by V-500 and sponsored by Bank Forward, Invest Forward & Insure Forward, is aimed at providing entertainment for a 21+ audience while raising money for V-500 scholarships. This year's talent is a dueling pianos show, brought to you by The River Rats, a company out of Minneapolis. They will set up their baby grand pianos in the Eagles and provide hours of laughter and entertainment. Our very own VCSU students will be delivering comic performances to open the evening.

Tickets are $25 and on sale now! Contact the Foundation Office to get your tickets today. VCSU Employees who buy their tickets before September 1 will be put into a drawing to get a front row table for you and 7 of your friends. Only 300 tickets are available, so get yours today for a chance to win!

Russi directing summer play

Russi directing summer play
VCSU Director of Theatre Jenni Lou Russi, is directing the The Apple Tree for LaMoure County Summer Musical Theatre in their historic Memorial Park Auditorium in Grand Rapids, ND.

The Apple Tree is a musical revue that explores facets of love in three short stories by Mark Twain, Frank Stockton, and Jules Feiffer. The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Tiger or the Lady, and Passionella provide the tales on which Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick based their book, music, and lyrics.

Russi worked with LCSMT Musical Director Renee Bowen (a VCSU Music Education alumna) to accommodate the instrumental music needs in the production by including the actors in the pit, playing musical instruments when not on stage. "In rural areas we come up with unique solutions to challenges. It's no different in Theatre," says Russi. "I was inspired by Tony award-winning director, John Doyle. His actors played musical instruments on stage in his 2006 Broadway revivals of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Company. My cast is uniquely talented, so I knew this could work. We have a full instrumental sound with a talented and focused cast onstage."

The Apple Tree opened July 19, and continues its run July 26-28 at 8:00 pm, with a 2:00 pm matinee on July 29. Reservations for tickets can be made by calling the LCSMT box office at 883-5230 between noon and 4:00 pm Monday-Friday, and from noon to 8:00 pm on show days. LCSMT's website is

Hoskisson presents at EdMedia World Conference

Valley City State University Professor Dale Hoskisson attended the EdMedia World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications held in Denver, June 26 - 29, 2012.

This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications in all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education. Dr. Hoskisson presented a paper titled, Examining the Convergence of Technology, Learning and the Soul. The paper discusses the beginning elements of a framework for placing technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPCK) within a larger context that includes the emotional and spiritual aspects of the learning environment. TPCK is not an abstract intellectual exercise. It has real impact on real learners and needs to be discussed within the broader context. The paper is part of an ongoing effort to develop and define the larger context to include spirituality-the search for that which gives meaning to life.

Walsh presents at EdMedia World Conference

Walsh presents at EdMedia World Conference
Communication Arts Instructor Rob Walsh presented a peer-reviewed paper at the EdMedia 2012 World Conference on Educational Media and Technology in Denver, CO during the week of June 25-29, 2012. An annual international conference, EdMedia serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications, and distance education. Walsh acted as the project's editor and was one of five scholars from NDSU who wrote a case study on real-time virtual collaboration in doctoral programs. The paper was titled Constructive Discontent: Engaging Doctoral Students to Advance Doctoral Programs. EdMedia 2012 attracted more than 1,500 leaders in the field from over 70 countries.

Fiscal year end this Friday

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

What\'s happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, July 23

Tuesday, July 24

Wednesday, July 25

Valley City Merchants Crazy Days
V-500/Edward Jones Sponsored Dunk Tank at 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

Wednesday, August 1

Music in the Park, Barnes County Courthouse

Thursday, August 2

Friday, August 3

Saturday, August 4

Americana Festival/Quilters Jubilee at the Barnes Country Courthouse

Sunday, August 5

Fort Ransom State Park Visitor Appreciation Day

Monday, August 6

Tuesday, August 7

Wednesday, August 8

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

Thursday, August 9

Friday, August 10

Saturday, August 11

Dallas Schmidt Riding Clinic/Flee Market/Tack Swap, ND Winter Show Building (August 11-12)

Sunday, August 12