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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Support the Vikings!
SHRM collecting textbooks
Pre-concert theater performance
Author James Loewen to present at MSUM
Linear Works exhibit now on display
Williams & Burgad present at AFS Annual Meeting
Whitney's work included in local/international exhibitions
Thank you -
VCSU employee giving update
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
September Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published weekly during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:30 pm the preceding Friday.

Support the Vikings!

Support the Vikings!
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of September 3, 2012.

Political season is upon us, and that means many yard signs can be seen across the landscape. In addition to these political signs, you may have also noticed the "Support the Vikings, Help Row the Ship" signs in Valley City. These signs are a new tradition that started last year, and it is wonderful to see so many of the signs throughout the community.

When a plea goes out to "Support the Vikings" the focus is really on supporting the students of Valley City State University. This is the time of year when the academic calendar is in full swing and the campus and community are once again buzzing with college students. VCSU began the Fall 2012 semester with a first-day record enrollment headcount of 1321 students – a slight increase over last year's first-day record. It is no coincidence that we are also coming off a year where the VCSU Foundation awarded a record amount of student scholarships in 2011-12 (over $750,000).

This is also the time of the year when the VCSU Century Club and V-500 scholarship drives are in full-swing. I would like to extend a big word of "THANKS!" to those of you who participate in one or both of these annual scholarship drives (or any of the many other giving programs at VCSU), and encourage those of you who have not participated to please consider doing so. Beyond V-500 and Century Club, there are many other ways to support VCSU and students through the many "Friends Of ..." programs supporting such specific areas as Music, Theatre, Medicine Wheel Park, the Library, the Planetarium, Business, and the International Program. You can also get involved by supporting a specific endowed scholarship, the annual Phone-a-Thon, the annual Spring Auction, or the preservation of the historic President's House. The ways in which you can get involved and help VCSU succeed are endless!

It is unquestionably an exciting time in VCSU's history. With the soon-to-be-completed Rhoades Science Center project, the new artificial turf field, the record enrollment, new academic programs (in Athletic Training, Business Process Integration Management, and Medical Laboratory Science), the statewide impact of the Great Plains STEM Education Center and Prairie Waters Education and Research Center, the recent 10-year re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, the remodeled Cafeteria, and so many more exciting initiatives.

The ability of VCSU to offer private scholarship dollars to prospective students is one of the most significant efforts we can make in continuing to attract the absolute best students to VCSU and our community. When surveyed, students repeatedly indicate that availability of financial assistance is one of the most important factors in their decision-making process in selecting VCSU.

A vibrant, healthy, successful university is a key ingredient that enhances the overall quality of life in Valley City and the surrounding region, and the most important ingredient to a successful university are the students we attract and educate. All of these aspects are interrelated, and so your contributions and participation toward VCSU's scholarships are all the more important, and all the more appreciated!

The long-standing strong relationship between VCSU and the Valley City community is one of the great success stories in our state. As we always say, it truly is a 'win-win' partnership. Thanks to all who support this successful partnership, and thanks for everything you do to "Support the Vikings and Help Row the Ship!"

SHRM collecting textbooks

Valley City State University Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is collecting used textbooks (2008-12 editions) in the Student Center September 4th-14.

Through the efforts of this book drive, Worldwide Bookdrive, Inc. will donate $1 per book to VCSU SHRM, and distribute the books to third world countries. If you have textbooks you would like to donate, please bring them at the Student Center.

Pre-concert theater performance

Pre-concert theater performance
The New York Kammermusiker, a renowned wind ensemble from New York City, will give a concert in Froemke Auditorium on Wednesday September 5 at 7:30 pm. Audience members are invited to arrive at Froemke by 7:00 pm to enjoy a pre-concert theater event. The Kammermusiker is bringing three actor/vocalists with them who will perform a pre-concert program of singing and acting. Selections include a scene from Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, some scenes from modern plays, and a performance of Prayer of the Norwegian Child.

Three exceptional actors will come to Valley City for the event. Bjorn Pederson has performed on stages throughout New York and the U.S, including with the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Pederson has toured extensively, including tours of the United States, South America, and China. He received his bachelor's degree in theater arts from NDSU. Joe Geinert has worked for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the Actors Theatre of Kentucky. His photographs chronicling the theatre have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Talia Maria Aull is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she studied vocal performance and education, and theater. She has numerous roles to her credit and has toured with the Cornerstone Choral.

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.

Both the pre-concert theater performance and the concert are free and open to the public.

Author James Loewen to present at MSUM

James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, will present at MSUM on September 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm. His award winning book sold more than 1.2 million copies and retells "American history as it should, and could, be taught. His works continue to inspire K-16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks."

Recognition for his writing includes the First Annual Spivack Award of the American Sociological Association, the American Book Award, and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship. He is Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Visiting Professor of Sociology at Catholic University in Washington, DC, and Visiting Professor of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign.

To ride share for this 9/13/12 event, please contact Rob Walsh at or at 3-7443.

Linear Works exhibit now on display

Linear Works exhibit now on display
Valley City State University Art Department is proud to announce the opening of Linear Works. The exhibition by artists Andrea Moon & Jennifer Wells consists of a series of wire sculptures and hand built ceramic works. The two visiting artists will be on campus September 26-28 visiting students in the art department and will have a reception for their exhibition from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Thursday September 27. They will also give a lecture on their work the same evening at 7:00 pm.

Jennifer Wells received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA in Jewelry Design from East Carolina University. After graduation Jennifer spent a year at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN as a resident artist. She also completed shorter-term residencies at Pocosin Arts Folk School in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY. She has taught workshops at both Pocosin and Arrowmont and for the summer of 2012 was a Summer Assistant for Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine.

Andrea Moon was born and raised in Northern Ohio. She developed a love for clay as a studio potter for a production company, Packer Creek Pottery in Genoa, Ohio. Andrea continued her clay studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and completed a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Sculpture at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. In addition Andrea studied ceramics at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

Andrea has taught at various institutions and organizations most recently at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She developed a new body of artwork, taught clay courses, and worked within the non-profit campus and the art gallery. Andrea will be continuing her adventures as an Artist in Residence at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana for the next year.

The Exhibition runs August 24 - September 28
Artist Reception: Thursday September 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: September 27, 7:00 pm in McCarthy 356

Williams & Burgad present at AFS Annual Meeting

Valley City State University Assistant Professor Dr. Casey Williams and Fisheries and Wildlife Science student Aaron Burgad attended the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in St. Paul, Minnesota, August 20-23.

The focus of the meeting was "Fisheries Networks: Building Ecological, Social and Professional Relationships." The annual meeting allows fisheries professionals and students to network and keep current with regional and national fisheries science issues and methods.

Williams and Burgad participated in the event by presenting a poster entitled "Effects of Increased Discharge on Nonnative Brook Trout in a Small Mountain Stream."

Whitney's work included in local/international exhibitions

Whitney\'s work included in  local/international exhibitions
Valley City State University Professor Linda Whitney has had selections of her work chosen to be part of exhibitions traveling around the world. Following is information on the shows that will include her work.

Both Sides of the Brain
International Mezzotint Portfolio Exchange, a curated invitational, includes work created by Valley City State University Professor Linda Whitney and 23 other printmakers. One impression from each artist has been framed and will tour as an exhibition to the following sites in 2012: Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring Maryland; and Gallery 215, Northern Illinois University School of Art. In 2013, the exhibition, will travel to the University of Missouri and Lamar D. Fain School of Art in Texas.

Print Zero International Print Exchange 8
Out of 180 entries from Turkey, The Netherlands, Scotland, England, Ireland, Iran, Tiawan, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and The United States 30 were chosen for the Traveling Exhibition and catalog. Among those whose work was chosen for the traveling exhibition is VCSU's Linda Whitney and a VCSU alumni Jessica Christy. The Print Zero Exhibition will travel to Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Managua, Nicaragua; and Miami, FL.

Two of Whitney's mezzotints also took first place awards in the Pekin Art Days Exhibition and the Jamestown Art Center Juried Exhibition. A mixed media print by VCSU alumni Jessica Christy was awarded "Best in Show" at the Jamestown Exhibition soundly trouncing the work of both her undergraduate teacher and other professional artists from the region.

Thank you -

Thank you for the gift of $50 Chamber Bucks we won during opening activities. We enjoyed getting to know our new community a little better by participating in the scavenger hunt. We plan to use the chamber bucks by doing something together socially as a class as well as giving back to our new community through our service project with the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals.

Thank you,

L2L Section #13
Dr. Erin Klingenberg, Instructor; Laura Freitag, Mentor; Mattie Cruff, Mentor;
Angel Aquilera, Bernardo Castro, Jenna Coghlan, Joe Demers; Krista Engler, Crysta Haase, Ashley Limesand, Dimitri Lindsay, Jacey Otterson, Emily Plowman, Marcelluz Smith, Jessica Tracy, DeAndre Williams.

VCSU employee giving update

VCSU employee giving update
Four of fourteen departments/divisions have reached 100%. Congratulations to the following:

-Advancement/FMC/Marketing/President's Office
-School of Education and Graduate Studies
-Student Affairs/Enrollment Services/Financial Aid
-Division of Business and Information Technology

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

Monday, September 3

Labor Day – No Classes / Office closed

Tuesday, September 4

11:00 am Viking Golf at Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Minot State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Wednesday, September 5

7:30 pm New York Kammermusika performance, Froemke Auditorium in Foss Music Hall

Thursday, September 6

ND AQHA Horse Show, North Dakota Winter Show Building (September 6-9)

Friday, September 7

Viking Cross Country, Randy Thomas Invitational, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN
Viking Volleyball at Corn Palace Classic (Dakota Wesleyan University), Mitchell, SD (September 7-8)

Saturday, September 8

12:00 pm Viking Women's Golf at Concordia Invitational (September 8-9), Detroit Lakes, MN
1:00 pm Viking Football vs Mayville State University, Shelly Ellig Field
Wings & Wheels Airshow, Barnes County Municipal Airport
Fort Ransom Sodbuster Association Sodbuster Days, Fort Ransom, ND (September 8-9)

Sunday, September 9

12:00 pm Viking Men's Golf at Bemidji State Invitational (September 9-10), Bemidji, MN

Monday, September 10

Tuesday, September 11

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Mayville State University

Wednesday, September 12

Thursday, September 13

Friday, September 14

4:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Trinity Bible College, Graichen Gymnasium
8:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Briercrest College, Graichen Gymnasium

Saturday, September 15

9:00 am -1:00 pm Annual Choir Rummage Sale, Foss Music Hall
3:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Bismarck State College, Graichen Gymnasium
4:00 pm Viking Football at Dakota State University, Madison, SD
4:30 pm Valley Children's Choir Reunion Concern, Froemke Auditorium in Foss Music Hall
6:00 pm Music Hall of Fame Dinner, Valley City Town & Country Club

Sunday, September 16

12:00 pm Viking Golf, Valley City State Invitational (September 16-17), Mapleton, ND