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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Homecoming 2012
New production, new approach, new ticketing at VCSU Theatre
VCSU hosts NDUS Arts & Humanities Summit
ND General Education Summit to be held at VCSU
Hagen invited to speak at NDEA Conference
Librarians attend & present at state conference
Klingenstein attends leadership summit
Zavala-Petherbridge presents at CSTAND
Blackboard tip of the week!
Environmental impact of a cell phone
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
October 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.

Homecoming 2012

Homecoming 2012
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of October 1, 2012.

Last week, Valley City State University held multiple events to celebrate Homecoming. The activities throughout Homecoming Week provided an opportunity for current students to celebrate VCSU pride, and other events over the weekend allowed the University to re-connect and celebrate the achievement of alumni and friends. The most visible weekend events included the football game, alumni socials, and the Homecoming Parade. In addition, several other important events occurred that merit a brief re-cap.

On Friday evening, the VCSU Athletic Department inducted several individuals and teams into the VCSU Viking Athletic Hall of Fame. The individual inductees included: Terry Anderson (golfed during the early 1970s); Mikah Boudreaux, Trevor Bakalar and Sarge Truesdell (each played football during the mid-1990s); and Kirk Zink (wrestled during the 1990s). Additionally, the 1971, 1972, and 1973 Golf Teams along with the 1996 Football Teams were inducted. All four of those teams were conference champions.

On Saturday morning, a number of VCSU alumni were honored for their professional and career accomplishments. The honorees included eight alumni who received the Alumni Certificate of Merit Award. Those honored with the Merit award were: Curtis Cannon '91; Susan German '73; Tamara Matzke Grimm '83; Vanessa Kocka '01; Diane Loberg '73; Joel Martin '97; Carina Roehrich '91; and Barbara Thomason '66.

In addition to these recipients, David Bass was honored with the Alumni Service Award. This award was adopted by the VCSU Alumni Association to recognize those who have attained exceptional achievement in their careers and have made significant contributions to the University. Dave is a 1977 graduate of VCSU and has been a member of the VCSU faculty for over three decades. He has also served as a coach at VCSU, is currently VCSU's faculty athletic representative, and serves on the VCSU Alumni Board, the VCSU Foundation Board, and the VCSU Booster Board. He has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students at VCSU during the past 30+ years, and is certainly a most deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

In another recognition celebration, the VCSU Music Department earlier this fall inducted two individuals into the VCSU Music Hall of Fame. William Lydell and Gloria Peterson (in memoriam) are two individuals who enjoyed prestigious music careers. Bill graduated from VCSU in 1955, went on to earn a Master's in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, and had a successful teaching career in the Minneapolis area for over 30 years. During his career, Bill also led touring choirs throughout the United States and overseas, and remains active in music to this day. Gloria served as a music professor at VCSU for 32 years including nearly ten years serving as the Chair of the Music Department. During her distinguished career, Gloria led numerous choral and music groups at both the campus and throughout the community, including the beginning of The Troubadours in Valley City.

VCSU is an incredibly special place because of the people; the students, staff, and friends who are currently affiliated with VCSU, as well as those who have built the foundation over the years into the wonderful campus it is today. It is important that we recognize these special individuals, and Homecoming and other such events allow us the opportunity to do precisely that. We are fortunate to have such a strong base of alumni, friends, and supporters in the VCSU Family!

New production, new approach, new ticketing at VCSU Theatre

New production, new approach,  new ticketing at VCSU Theatre
The Valley City State University Bookstore is now offering tickets for the University's theatre productions. This new approach begins with the first 2012-13 play entitled Third, by Pulitzer-Winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. Production runs October 4, 5, & 6, 2012.

With convenient hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, you can purchase tickets at the Bookstore located in the Student Center. Students from any school are admitted free to VCSU Theatre productions, but need a student ticket for admission. Single tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens.

Reservations can also be made at the website,, by submitting the online form at the "Box Office Ticket Request" in the left-hand column. People can call the VCSU Box Office at 701-845-7320 for more information.

Described as Wasserstein's "wittiest, wisest, and perhaps most personal play" by critic Mark Favermann, Third's characters wrestle with academic prejudice, aging, parental control, and life itself, via the main character named "Third," a student wrestler. Set on the campus of a small liberal arts college, VCSU Theatre is presenting Third as a Promenade Performance. Audience members will follow the cast to varied VCSU campus venue for scenes throughout the play. "This is the perfect opportunity to teach our students the sense of intimacy they'll need when they act for the camera in film or television," according to Jenni Lou Russi, Director of Theatre at VCSU. "Also, by performing in found spaces, our students understand that they can produce shows in non-theatrical venues. The only available theatres in town are at the high school and VCSU. As such, our community performance groups have a challenge in finding appropriate venues. I hope that after this experience our students find ways to create performance venues in non-traditional spaces, enhancing the performing arts opportunities in our community."

At the top of the show the audience will join the cast in the Rhoades Science Center Auditorium for the two-hour journey throughout the show. Accommodations will be made for audience members with mobility issues.

The characters in Third use adult language. "Our students are adults, and can portray characters who use adult language," says Russi. "The language is not gratuitous. The script is written as many young adults on college campuses speak – this is a realistic depiction. In one scene a character chooses a word with the intent to offend – and suffers the consequences. The use of adult language in this script is very intentional." Contracts and copyright laws prevent directors from changing words in scripts. "This show presents fun challenges for our cast, crew, and audiences." says Russi.

Valley City State University Assistant Professor Jennifer Jenness is often the last person to leave the room and the first to enter as she plays the lead character Laurie Jameson. Student stage managers/assistant directors Tony Trautman and Dayna Czeck create backstage magic as they keep the show going while Technical Director David Ahumada makes certain that Jenness gets to each venue in time.

With limited space, seating is limited for the show and Russi expects to sell out in advance. Available seats will be sold on-site before the show – at the Rhoades Science Center Auditorium. "This production has generated quite a bit of interest, and with the specific discussion about plagiarism, we're expecting strong campus support. People are encouraged to make their reservations in advance."

Pictured at right, above is David Ahumada taking Jennifer Jenness to her next scene in Third.

VCSU hosts NDUS Arts & Humanities Summit

VCSU hosts NDUS Arts & Humanities Summit
Valley City State University will be hosting the North Dakota University Arts & Humanities Summit October 11-12, 2012. Held every two years, this Summit rotates through the 11 NDUS campuses.

All NDUS faculty are invited to the summit free of charge. Registration deadline is today --- OCTOBER 1. A tentative schedule is also available at the web site. NDUS employees are welcome to attend any session or concert during the Summit but must register for free admission to meals.

Headline performer Joy Harjo will be presenting a concert at 7:00 p.m. on October 11 in Froemke Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.

Joy Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Her seven books of poetry have garnered many awards. Her most recent book is the young adult novel, For a Girl Becoming. She is also a musician, and in 2009 won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year. She has released four award winning CDs. Her most recent Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears, is a traditional flute album.

Photo by Paul Abdoo.

ND General Education Summit to be held at VCSU

Valley City State University will host the Eighth North Dakota General Education Summit on Saturday, October 13 from 8:00 – 1:00.

An update on the WICHE Interstate Passport Initiative will be provided at the Summit, with some discussion about how this initiative will impact general education in the state and on individual campuses. Over lunch attendees will be honoring Senator Dave Nething, Representative RaeAnn Kelsch, and Dr. Michel Hillman for their contributions to general education and the ND General Education Council.

Everyone is welcome to attend at no cost. You can find more information and register online at

Please contact Katie Woehl with any questions.

Hagen invited to speak at NDEA Conference

Hagen invited to speak at NDEA Conference
Valley City State University Professor Dr. Sara Hagen was invited to speak at the upcoming North Dakota Educators Association (NDEA) conference in Fargo on October 18, 2012.

The title of her presentation, "What Makes a Music Teacher 'Great'" discusses recent research focusing on the characteristics of the successful educator including expert knowledge of subject matter, enthusiasm, warmth and personal interest, robust rehearsal techniques, the ability to balance praise and meaningful critique, excellent communication skills, and the life long desire to improve and learn. Tied to the successful teacher characteristics is a belief in and conviction toward five guiding principles for music education: (1) An education in the arts is important for all students. (2) Music literacy in the broadest sense is necessary to lead a life enriched by music. (3) Music literacy is the ability to carry out three artistic processes: creating new music, performing existing music, and responding to music with understanding. (4) To achieve music literacy, students must begin music study early and continue it throughout life. (5) High school electives in music should include a wider variety of musical activities to attract more students.

Librarians attend & present at state conference

Valley City State University Library Director Donna James, and Reference Librarian Sam Stover attended the North Dakota Library Association (NDLA) conference in Fargo, ND last week.

James acted as Chair of the Academic and Special Libraries (ASL) section in 2011-2012, also serving on the NDLA Executive Board during that time. Stover will act as secretary of the ASL section for the upcoming year.

At the conference, James also presented a break-out session about the need for a better transition of information literacy skills between K-12 and university. She also wrote, advocated for, and achieved NDLA organizational support of a joint resolution which recommends to the State Legislature that there be a school library presence in every North Dakota school.

Klingenstein attends leadership summit

Klingenstein attends leadership summit
Valley City State University Professor Dr. Beth Gigante Klingenstein recently attended the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Leadership Summit in Cincinnati Ohio.

The Leadership Summit is held annually for the presidents of all MTNA state affiliate organizations, the MTNA Board of Directors, and the MTNA administrative staff. Klingenstein attended as the president of the North Dakota Music Teachers Association.

While at the summit, Klingenstein attended sessions on diverse topics including budget, strategic planning, national certification, MTNA Foundation, membership, legal issues, and conference planning.

Zavala-Petherbridge presents at CSTAND

Zavala-Petherbridge presents at CSTAND
Valley City State University Spanish instructor Dina Zavala-Petherbridge presented at the 2012 conference for the Communication Speech and Theater Association of North Dakota (CSTAND) in Bismarck, ND on September 14, 2012.

Zavala-Petherbridge participated on a panel titled Travel Abroad Programs where she shared her experiences in creating international academic agreements, and student/faculty exchange programs. In addition, she shared insights on international students' expectations of US institutions.

Blackboard tip of the week

Grading Color Codes: In Grade Center, choose Manage – Grading Color Codes to set criteria and formatting to highlight grades that fall in specified ranges for quick viewing. Select the box in step 1 to "enable color coding," then set your criteria and formatting options in the Grade Ranges area, and submit. Any grades that meet your set criteria will display in the format you set. This is a nice way to highlight missing grades or grades that may be below passing.

Environmental impact of a cell phone

Ever wonder what happens to your cell after you stop using it and move on to the latest version? Do you know how much power does it take to keep cell phones running?
CLICK HERE to have your questions answered!

Article Highlights:
There are 6.7 billion people on the planet and 61% of these people have a cell phone subscription.
If everyone left their charger plugged in for an entire day, they waste enough energy to power 28,000 homes.
If all thrown away cell phones were recycled, it would save enough energy to power 272,000 homes.

Next time you are thinking of purchasing a new phone, consider recycling your old phone!
CLICK HERE for a list of EPA recommended sites to recycle your old electronics (including cell phones).

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

Monday, October 1

VCSU second 10 week classes begin
NDUS Summit Student & Faculty Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, Allen Memorial Library & Skoal Room (October 1-12)

Tuesday, October 2

Wednesday, October 3

12:00 - 4:00 pm UND Career Fair

Thursday, October 4

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Dickinson State University
7:30 pm VCSU Theatre production of Third (October 4-6)

Friday, October 5

Ployhar Honor Band Festival, Vangstad Auditorium (October 5-6)

Saturday, October 6

Viking Cross Country at UMD Pine Hill Invitational, Carlton, MN
12:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Williston State College, Graichen Gymnasium
1:00 pm Viking Football at Mayville State University
2:00 pm VCSU Theatre production of Third
4:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Presentation College, Graichen Gymnasium
4:00 pm Ployhar Honor Band Concert, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, October 7

Monday, October 8

Tuesday, October 9

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Mayville State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Wednesday, October 10

Thursday, October 11

NDUS Arts & Humanities Summit on the campus of VCSU, October 11-12
7:00 pm Joy Harjo performance, Froemke Auditorium

Friday, October 12

Viking Cross Country at Jimmie Invitational, Jamestown, ND
10:00 am Joy Harjo reading and book signing, Student Center South Lounge
11:00-1:00 pm Art & Music Hop - held in conjunction with the NDUS Arts & Humanities Summit (pick up maps of art and performances being held around VCSU campus in the Student Center Skoal Room of Student Center

Saturday, October 13

10:00 am Lydia Artymiw, Piano Recital, Froemke Auditorium
1:00 pm Viking Football at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
1:30 pm Lydia Artymiw, Piano Masterclass, Froemke Auditorium
3:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD

Sunday, October 14

VCSU Club Tennis hosting USTA tournament

Valley City State University Viking Club Tennis will be hosting the annual USTA Tennis on Campus Fall Tournament Saturday, October 6. Teams are expected from North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Concordia. Play will start at 9:00 am and go throughout the day.

VCSU Club Tennis hosting USTA tournament

Valley City State University Viking Club Tennis will be hosting the annual USTA Tennis on Campus Fall Tournament Saturday, October 6. Teams are expected from North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Concordia. Play will start at 9:00 am and go throughout the day.