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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

New faculty at VCSU for 2012-13
First department reaches 100% participation!
Cafeteria ribbon cutting this Wednesday!
NYC Kammermusiker to perform at VCSU
VCSU Viking helps HawkEye celebrate 17th Birthday
Klingenstein presents at two state conferences
Hoff conducts research in Baja
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
August Birthdays

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New faculty at VCSU for 2012-13

New faculty at VCSU for 2012-13
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of August 20.

As in years past, I am taking this opportunity to introduce VCSU's new full-time instructors and professors who are joining the campus this academic year. In the past several years, due to campus growth as well as retirements and other transitions, we have added a number of new faculty members. Three years ago we introduced six new full-time faculty members; two years ago we introduced five new faculty; and last year we also welcomed five new faculty. This year, VCSU welcomes five faculty for 2012-13: David DeMuth, Ram Lau, Christopher Redfearn, Teather Sundstrom, and Amber Ussatis Aberle.

Dr. David DeMuth, Jr. joins VCSU as professor and Executive Director of the Great Plains STEM Education Center, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Don Mugan. Dr. DeMuth earned his Ph.D. studying High Energy Particle Physics from the University of Minnesota and his Master's in Physics and Bachelor's in Mathematics both from the University of Louisville, his hometown. David has spent the past 15 years as a professor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He has also been active on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus with several federal research projects securing and coordinating major grants and contracts, always with a focus on undergraduate research.

Ram Lau will be an assistant professor of Economics in the Division of Business and Information Technology. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Jim Crawford. Ram holds undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Georgia Tech, and Master's degrees in Finance and Economics and he is currently finishing his doctorate in Economics – all from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Ram has served as a teaching assistant at both Johns Hopkins and Georgia Tech and also has experience as a computer programmer.

Dr. Christopher Redfearn has been hired as an assistant professor and director of choral activities and applied voice in the division of Fine Arts, filling the vacancy created by the recent re-location of Dr. Leesa Levy. Chris recently completed his Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Choral Conducting, has a Master's degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, and earned his Bachelor's degree in K-12 Music Education from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Dr. Redfearn has been a high school teacher in both Idaho and Michigan for a combined seven years, and also has experience serving as director of multiple choral groups.

Dr. Teather Sundstrom will be an assistant professor of Chemistry in the Division of Math, Science, Health, and Physical Education. Dr. Sundstrom earned her doctorate from the University of Connecticut in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Teather completed post-doctoral research at the University of Kansas. She has teaching experience at several colleges and universities including Culver-Stockton College, Dartmouth College, and UND.

Amber Ussatis Aberle will be a lecturer teaching in the Division of Business and Information Technology. Amber earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Master of Education in Teaching and Technology, both from Valley City State University. For the past eight years, Amber has been a business instructor at Mandan High School in Mandan, N.D. where she served as the DECA advisor and taught a range of business and computer courses.

VCSU is excited to welcome these five new faculty members to campus. Please help in welcoming these individuals, along with all new VCSU employees and students, to the Valley City community as we begin the 2012-13 academic year.

First Department reaches 100% Participation!

First Department reaches 100% Participation!
Since Dr. Shirley announced last week the campus-wide challenge to reach 100% faculty/staff participation in VCSU giving (including V-500, Century Club, or any of the "Friends of VCSU" organization), one department has already achieved that goal: Advancement/Marketing/FMC became the first department to reach 100% participation.

Remember, if we succeed in reaching 100% faculty and staff participation across campus by September 28, Dr. Shirley has agreed to shave his head. Watch the Hotline for weekly updates on progress towards this goal.

Cafeteria ribbon cutting this Wednesday!

Sodexo Food Service and VCSU will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the VCSU cafeteria which has just received a $425,000 renovation and expansion in the level of service.

The event will be held Wednesday, August 22, 8:30 – 9:00 am at the cafeteria in the VCSU Student Center. A reception will continue in the cafeteria until 10:30 am.

Participants will include:

Dr. Steve Shirley, president, Valley City State University
David Bateman, District Manager, Sodexo Food Service
Doug Britt, General Manager, Sodexo Food Service at Valley City State University

Refreshments will be served and the event is open to the public.

NYC Kammermusiker to perform at VCSU

NYC Kammermusiker to perform at VCSU
At times, Valley City has been privileged to host music ensembles of exceptional quality that rarely visit our state. One such visit is coming soon and will provide VCSU and the Valley City Community with an extraordinary listening experience. An added bonus is that the concert will be preceded by a brief theatre performance.

On September 5, Valley City will host the New York Kammermusiker, as they return for a sixth tour of North Dakota. The New York Kammermusiker is a unique chamber ensemble that travels the world presenting a wide range of double-reed music. The New York Kammermusiker draws from some of the world's finest musicians for their performances. Members have included musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic, The New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony.

Preceding the concert is a short pre-concert theater performance featuring two artists: Bjorn Pederson, who has appeared with professional groups such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Hudson Shakespeare Company, and Talia Marie Aull, whose most recent performances include Meg in Little Women (New York), and guest appearances in Music and Magic in Savanna presented by Alan St. George and Timberlake Playhouse. Aull will perform Prayer of the Norwegian Child with the ensemble.

The Valley City performance is on September 5, 2012, in the Froemke Auditorium in Foss Music Hall. The pre-concert theater performance starts at 7:00 pm and the concert at 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be collected with all proceeds going to music scholarships for VCSU students. The Valley City visit will also feature an hour-long educational program at the Valley City High School Theater at 12:45 pm. This program is free and open to the public and promises to be unique, educational, and entertaining. This is a unique opportunity that does not come often to Valley City!

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
For additional information, contact Beth Klingenstein (845-7269) or Paula Larson (845-7272).
NYC Kammermusiker to perform at VCSU

VCSU Viking helps HawkEye celebrate 17th birthday

VCSU Viking helps HawkEye celebrate 17th birthday
Hawkeye, the mascot for the FM Redhawks baseball team, celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday, August 19 by inviting area mascots to their game vs. Rockland Boulders, and of course, the VCSU Viking (John Schoenert) was there!

Other mascots attending the event included "Bob" of BOB 95 FM, Froggy of Froggy 99.5 FM, Thundar of NDSU Bison, the ABC Seamless duck, Tutti Frutti Yogurt, Andy Armadillo (Texas Roadhouse) and Ollie the Otter of Ottertail Power Company. The mascots were featured in several events during the game including leading the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday," a Tug-o-War, and the 7th inning stretch. The VCSU Viking also gave autographs and posed for pictures with kids attending the game.

Klingenstein presents at two state conferences

Klingenstein presents at two state conferences
Dr. Beth Gigante Klingenstein presented at two state conferences this past summer. She was the main clinician for the Tennessee Music Teachers Association Conference, held in Memphis, TN. Klingenstein gave three presentations for TMTA: Professionalism in the Independent Music Studio, What We Charge and Why, and Teaching Skills – Not Pieces. This is the second time Klingenstein has presented in Tennessee.

She also gave a presentation at the North Dakota Music Teachers Association Conference, held in Bismarck, ND. Klingenstein has been asked to present at thirteen NDMTA conferences since moving to North Dakota in 1994.

Hoff conducts research in Baja

Hoff conducts research in Baja
Don Hoff, Professor of Science at VCSU, was a member of an Earth Expeditions group researching flora and fauna in central Baja Mexico during June 2012. The first portion of the course involved researching the effect of domestic livestock on native plants in the central mountain deserts of Baja. The remainder of the course occurred along the coast of the Sea of Cortez near Bahia de Los Angeles (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and involved surveys of shore and marine life. Snorkeling with whale sharks, sting rays, and sea lions highlighted the marine research.

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.

Hoff instructs Earth Science, Geology, Chemistry, Education courses, and supervises Science student teachers for VCSU. He has previously been on Earth Expeditions to Namibia, Mongolia, and Borneo.

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

Monday, August 20

VCSU Fall semester evening classes begin

Tuesday, August 21

VCSU Fall semester day classes begin

Wednesday, August 22

Thursday, August 23

Friday, August 24

Viking Volleyball at Northwestern Classic, Orange City, IA (August 24-25)
7:00 pm 24 Hour Theatre Extravaganza, Vangstad Auditorium (August 24-25)

Saturday, August 25

Sheyenne Shuffle 10K, 5K, and Kiddie Race: celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway

Sunday, August 26

Monday, August 27

Jennifer Wells & Andrea Moon Exhibition Opens (August 17-September 28), VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall Third Floor
7:00 pm Auditions for "Third" and for the "Valley City: Comedy Tonight," Theatre 320

Tuesday, August 28

Audition call-backs for "Third," Theatre 320

Wednesday, August 29

Philomathian Rush Week Begins

Thursday, August 30

7:00 pm Viking Football at Morningside College, Sioux City, IA

Friday, August 31

Viking Cross Country, VCSU Invitational
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Dickinson State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Saturday, September 1

Sunday, September 2

Monday, September 3

Labor Day – No Classes / Office closed