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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Two straight years at Number One!
Dr. Chaffee participates in "What in the World is Going on?"
Emergency Notification System test Tuesday
BC Lecture scheduled September 20
Viking Club "Tennis 4 Fun" Tournament held September 15
Klingenstein Elected President of North Dakota Music Teacher
Blackboard tip of the week!
Departments/Divisions to reach 100% VCSU giving:
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
September Birthdays

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Two straight years at Number One!

Two straight years at Number One!
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of September 17, 2012.

U.S. News released its annual "Best Colleges" rankings last week, and Valley City State University was named the #1 Public Regional College in the Midwest for 2013. This marks the 15th consecutive year VCSU has been ranked as one of the "Best Colleges" by U.S. News in our category, and the second consecutive year that VCSU has achieved the #1 ranking.

The Midwest region in which VCSU is ranked consists of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. The colleges and universities in this category recruit most of their students from within their surrounding geographic region (hence the term "Regional College"). Additionally, our category is comprised of schools that focus primarily on undergraduate education and grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. There are a total of 99 institutions that were ranked in the Midwest Regional Colleges category, and of these, 85 are private colleges or universities while 14 are public like VCSU. Thus, when considering schools with a similar profile and mission to VCSU in our 12-state Midwest region, Valley City State University ranked #1 among the 14 public colleges and universities.

The methodology for the rankings include important benchmarks such as freshmen retention, graduation rates, average class sizes, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty who are full-time, average ACT/SAT scores, freshmen in the top 25% of their class, acceptance rate, average alumni giving rate, and peer assessment. All of these indicators are important ingredients contributing to a solid educational environment, and, when analyzed collectively, help demonstrate VCSU's overall academic excellence.

The faculty, staff, students, alumni, and supporters of VCSU can rightfully be proud of the new tradition that has emerged with two straight years of being ranked number one in this category. Fifteen straight years is also significant, and both milestones help illustrate the consistency and strong quality within VCSU's academic environment.

As U.S. News states, the rankings allow individuals to, "... compare at a glance the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention, graduation rates, and the strength of the faculty." The magazine goes on to state that if a prospective student combines, "the information in the rankings with college visits, interviews, and your own intuition, our rankings can be a powerful tool in your quest for the right college." College rankings are not the only measurements that should be used in selecting the best option for higher education, but they certainly should be part of the overall criteria used by prospective students and their families when making these important decisions.

VCSU is proud to be ranked #1 among 14 similar colleges and universities in the Midwest, and we look forward to sharing this terrific news with future students during the year ahead in our marketing and recruiting efforts. It is fantastic to start the academic year with this kind of recognition for two straight years, and we collectively look forward as a campus to a wonderful rest of the 2012-13 year at VCSU!

Dr. Chaffee participates in "What in the World is Going on?"

Seven women candidates in this fall's election will be at Valley City State University Monday, September 17 participating in a forum sponsored by the campus/community group "What in the World is Going On?"

Three of the women are Republicans: Kirsten Baesler, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kelly Schmidt, incumbent State Treasurer, and Myrene Peterson, candidate for District 24 State House. The other four, Democrats, are: Ellen Chaffee (VCSU President Emeritus), candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Pam Gulleson, candidate for US Congress, Sharon Buhr and Naomi Muscha candidates for District 24 State House.

These women will discuss the circumstances that helped them decide to run for office, why they think very few women do and the state/federal issues that are, in their opinions, most important in this election. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

The event will be held in Froemke Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

Emergency Notification System test Tuesday

The Emergency Management Team at VCSU will conduct the semester test of the emergency notification system, NotiFind, on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 between 11:00-11:30am. During this time, NotiFind will send alerts via phone, email, and text messages to all VCSU employees and students who have opted in to NotiFind.

Students are strongly encouraged to sign-up for NotiFind through Campus Connection and can update their preferences in Campus Connection. Employees should review and update their information in HRMS Self-Service.

For more information regarding NotiFind, please visit:, and view the NotiFind links on the lower left-side of the webpage.

Dr. Skroch to deliver Historical Society lecture

Dr. Skroch to deliver Historical Society lecture
The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 15 Presents Valley City State University Professor Dr. Diana Skroch "Travels in Vietnam and Cambodia" at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 20 at the Barnes County Museum.

An avid foreign traveler, Diana Skroch will show slides of her recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Dr. Skroch holds Bachelors' degrees in Music, Art, and Spanish from Valley City State University, a Masters degree in Piano from the University of North Dakota, and the PhD in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently chair of the Division of Fine Arts at VCSU.

All Barnes County Historical Society Lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with Valley City State University. They are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

Viking Club "Tennis 4 Fun" Tournament held September 15

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Viking Club Tennis had a total of nine doubles teams competing in a "for fun" all campus and community tournament this past Saturday. Following results from the Tournament.

1st Place: Erik Kringlie / Patrick Rogers
2nd Place: Katie Paulson / Susan Kringlie
3rd Place: Alex Conlon / Austin Ross
4th Place: Isaac Olson / Preston Jensen
5th Place: Brian Dahlberg / Cy Kirsch

Results were based on 3 rounds of pool play in the morning and then matching the top teams from pool play in a final round after a huge lunch break featuring Dave's Pizza Corner Pizza and Lori Paulson desert bars! It was a great day of tennis and fun!

Pictured below is all that participated. Pictured to the right are the top three teams: (L to R) 3rd: Alex Conlon, Austin Ross, 2nd: Katie Paulson, Susan Kringlie, 1st: Patrick Rogers, Erik Kringlie
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Klingenstein elected president of North Dakota Music Teacher

Klingenstein elected president of North Dakota Music Teacher
The North Dakota Music Teachers Association (NDMTA) elected Dr. Beth Gigante Klingenstein to serve as president from 2012 to 2014. NDMTA is a state affiliate of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Klingenstein has been a member of NDMTA since 1994 and a member of MTNA since 1973. She received national certification through MTNA in 1977 and state certification from NDMTA in 1994. Klingenstein was chosen as the NDMTA "Teacher of the Year" in 1997 and honored by NDMTA to be their MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2006. Through the years, Klingenstein has served both NDMTA and MTNA in numerous capacities, including a previous term as NDMTA president from 2000-2002.

Blackboard tip of the week!

Blackboard Gradebook Tip: You can hide columns that you don't use often by going into the column organization area (Manage – Column Organization).

Select columns that you don't want to see and then click the "Show/Hide" button to choose to hide selected columns.

You can also organize columns to show in the order you want them by dragging the double-headed arrow up or down. One nice idea is to lock the "Total" grade column so it shows to the right of student names. To do so, drag this column above the gray bar that says "Everything above this bar is a frozen column ..." so you and students can see their total grade right after their name without scrolling all the way to the end. Make sure to click the SUBMIT button so these changes take effect.

Departments/Divisions to reach 100% VCSU giving:

Departments/Divisions to reach 100% VCSU giving:
· Advancement/FMC/Marketing/President's Offices
· School of Education & Graduation Studies
· Enrollment Services/Financial Aid/Student Affairs
· Division of Business & Information Technology
· Allen Memorial Library

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

What\'s happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, September 17

7:30 pm What in the World is Going On? lecture series - "Election Time - A Time for Women," Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, September 18

Wednesday, September 19

Thursday, September 20

1:00 pm Viking Golf at Cougar Invitational, Morris, MN

Friday, September 21

Viking Volleyball at Dakota State University Tournament (September 21-22)

Saturday, September 22

First Day of Autumn
Autumnal Equinox celebration, Medicine Wheel Park
Viking Cross Country at Roy Griak Invitational, University of Minnesota, Les Balstad Golf Course
1:00 pm Viking Football at Jamestown College

1:00 pm Viking Football at Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND

Sunday, September 23

12:00 pm Viking Golf at Jamestown College Invitational (September 23-24), Jamestown, ND

Monday, September 24

VCSU Homecoming Week
4:00 pm Bill Osmon Fun Run
7:30 pm Jorge Variego Clarinet & Composition performance, Froemke Auditorium
8:00 pm Get to know your Homecoming Court, Vangstad Auditorium
9:00 pm Hypnotist Chris Jones, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, September 25

Yom Kippur begins at sundown
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Minot State University
7:00 pm Mr. VCSU contest, Vangstad Auditorium
9:30 pm Team Theme Bowling, Sky Lanes

Wednesday, September 26

Thursday, September 27

6:00 pm Jennifer Wells & Andrea Moon Exhibition reception, VCSU Gallery
7:30 pm Homecoming Coronation, Vangstad Auditorium
9:00 pm Balloon artist John Cassidy, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, September 28

Career Services Alumni Career Event
2:30 –m Alumni Welcome Back ice cream social, McFarland Hall 2nd floor
5:00 pm Meet and Greet Hall of Fame Social, VCSU Student Center Cafeteria
6:00 pm Hall of Fame Banquet, VCSU Student Center Cafeteria
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Jamestown College
7:00 pm Reunion and Alumni Social, VFW
7:00 pm Jennifer Wells & Andrea Moon Exhibition lecture, McCarthy 356

Saturday, September 29

9:00 am Alumni Honors breakfast, VCSU Student Center Cafeteria
11:00 am Homecoming Parade
12:00 pm Tailgating Opportunities!
1:00 pm Viking Homecoming Football vs South Dakota School of Mines, Lokken Stadium
4:00 pm Post-game Social, Valley City Town & Country Club
10:00 pm College and Alumni Street Dance, Valley City Country Club
National Public Lands Day Hike, Lake Sakakawea
Sheyenne Valley Arts & Crafts Association Fall Festival, Fort Ransom (September 29-30)

Sunday, September 30

3:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Dakota Wesleyan University, Graichen Gymnasium