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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Stenson recognized with Staff Member of the Quarter award
Teresa Cole receives Difference is Me Award
NDUS Arts & Humanities Summit at VCSU
Upcoming faculty brown bags!
Viking Club Tennis takes first in home tournament
Walsh, Ziniel attend CSTAND
Staff Senate updates
Blackboard tip of the week!
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
October Birthdays

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Stenson recognized with Staff Member of the Quarter award

Stenson recognized with Staff Member of the Quarter award
VCSU President Dr. Steve Shirley and his Cabinet presented Charlene Stenson, director of Enrollment Services, with the Staff Member of the Quarter award for the third quarter of 2012. The award recognizes ongoing and continued actions or behaviors furthering the vision and mission of the University. This marks the first time this new award has been presented.

Charlene was nominated by Alison Kasowski, assistant director of annual giving. In the nomination form, Alison said, "Charlene cares about VCSU as much or more than any employee on this campus-this is evident through her rapport with students and alumni, strong work ethic and passion. Her passion and spirit for VCSU is contagious, and she is a fabulous leader for her staff. Charlene is an ambassador for this university, and she makes it a better place with her presence."

If you would like to nominate a staff member for the Staff Member of the Quarter award, the nomination forms can be found at the Recognition at VCSU page. The deadline for the next award is December 15, 2012.

Teresa Cole receives "The Difference is Me" Award

Teresa Cole receives \
Teresa Cole received "The Difference is Me" award on Thursday, September 27. She was nominated for her work in the Great Plains STEM Education Center. In the nomination, David DeMuth wrote that "Teresa has been holding down the GPSEC fort as Dr. Mugan moved into retirement this past spring, working closely with Gary Ketterling, and the Tech Ed staff to ensure that three granted programs stayed on track, preserving the mission of the Center, and the campus. In my short time at VCSU, her input has been indispensable as I transition into the role Dr. Mugan held so well. Teresa clearly makes a Difference in the success of the GPSEC at VCSU and is deserving of the 'Difference is Me' recognition and award."

If you would like to nominate a staff member for "The Difference is Me" award, the nomination forms can be found at the Recognition at VCSU page.

NDUS Arts & Humanities Summit at VCSU

The North Dakota University System's Arts & Humanities Summit will be held October 11-12 at Valley City State University.

The Summit is held every other year at a NDUS campus. This year, the Summit has attracted 117 registrants with 32 sessions of readings, scholarly work, and concerts, as well as 77 art pieces on exhibit in the VCSU Student Center, Allen Memorial Library, and the VCSU Art Gallery. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to experience VCSU's Medicine Wheel Park and a Planetarium show.

A special performance by award winning author and performer, Joy Harjo, will take place October 11 at 7:00 pm in Froemke Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Upcoming faculty brown bags!

Four Brown Bags have been scheduled to trigger your excitement! More information will come soon, but mark your calendars now!

October 17 –
The "Flipped" Classroom – what is it and why is this the new thing to do?
Plus, Tegrity recording editing - take out your bloopers without having to redo it, and other features.
Plus, Mobile Learning and what it might mean to VCSU.
Location: Norway/Presidents Room

October 24 –
We are having an IPad Marathon all day for you to get hands-on experience with the machines and compete against your peers for bragging rights and maybe even prizes. Several faculty will be available to show you how they use them in their classrooms.
Location: Norway/Presidents Room

October 31 –
Happy Halloween! The Library staff will share with you the multitude of resources – electronic and otherwise – they have for YOU and your courses.
Location: Norway/Presidents Room

November 7 –
THIS IS A BIGGIE! We have purchased a Magna online webinar called "Managing Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom – You're more than a keyboard and a monitor. Do your students know that?" The session will take place in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Student Center. It should be a good one. Pizza lunch will be provided. Watch ar an Outlook invitation to RSVP for lunch.

Plan to attend any or all of the Brown Bag sessions! We are focused on bringing topics to you that you CAN USE.

Brown Bags are held at 12:00 noon. For more information, please contact Kerry Gregoryk at 3-7519.

Viking Club Tennis takes First in home tournament

Viking Club Tennis takes First in home tournament
Last Saturday the VCSU Viking Club Tennis team hosted its 4th annual USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Series Tournament and pulled out a first place finished by 1 point over NDSU. With four schools, eight teams, and a total of 40 participants, this was the largest home tournament ever hosted by VCSU. Play was delayed from a 9:00 am start to 11:00am due to cold temperatures and ice on the courts, but overall the weather cooperated and three out of the four scheduled rounds were completed. Final results after the three rounds:

Pool A
1st - VCSU A - 73 points
2nd - NDSU A - 72 points
3rd - UND A - 62 points
4th - Concordia - 39 points
Pool B
5th - NDSU B
6th - VCSU B
7th - Concordia B
8th - UND B

The VCSU Club Tennis team is now 2-0 on the season with two first place finishes in the USTA Fall Series Tournaments. Next action for the club team will be this weekend in Northfield, MN at the Carleton Knights tournament.

Pictured in the photo to the right is the Viking team (L to R): Josh Gilbertson, Eryn Lutjens, Austin Ross, Kayla Geske, Tanner Beauchman, Katie Paulson, Alex Conlon, Kurt Brown, and Josh Bartels (not pictured).

Below is a group photo of players.
Viking Club Tennis takes First in home tournament

Walsh, Ziniel attend CSTAND

Division of Communication Arts and Social Science instructor Rob Walsh and assistant professor Jonna Ziniel attended the Communication, Speech and Theater Association of North Dakota (CSTAND) annual convention and conference in Bismarck, ND on September 13 - 15.

During the conference, both Walsh and Ziniel participated in a panel on travel abroad programs. During this panel, Walsh shared his international experience in South Korea assisting undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad in English-speaking countries, including a master's and doctoral level exchange program between KAIST and Carnegie-Melon University. Ziniel presented on travel abroad programs and shared her own experiences of travel abroad. She was also given the title of a book that she plans to share with her future Intercultural Communication classes.

Both also participated in a second panel titled "Service Learning from the Student Perspective" in which students from North Dakota college and university campuses gave voice to past service learning projects. Walsh and Ziniel discussed service learning at VCSU including the squash harvest, work with Books for Soldiers, as well as a PR project with other campuses across ND.

Ziniel's other activities at the conference included delivering a presentation on incivility in the classroom. During this session, she discussed the student-written syllabus and how it is used in class. She also found a helpful "FAQ" that UND uses to answer common questions that professors have about incivility. This FAQ included who to contact for different occurrences both in and outside of the classroom. She has shared this hand-out with her department, division, and other offices on campus. In a session on low attendance, she shared strategies for addressing low attendance including insightful strategies she has already incorporated into her own class.

Staff Senate updates

Minutes for the 10/2/2012 Staff Senate meeting are posted on the X drive at X: Institution > Offices > StaffSenate.

The next Staff Senate meeting will be Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 11:00 am in McCarthy 255.

Broadbanded groups will meet before October 25. Please watch your email for an invitation for your specific group.

Blackboard tip of the week

Viewing and Grading by Question:

You may choose to view and grade tests by question. This allows you to jump from test to test, viewing and scoring the same question for each student. Doing this you can save you time by concentrating on a single question. It also allows you to see how all students responded to the same question giving you an at-a-glance picture of how they all did on that one question.

1. In the Grade Center, locate the column header of the test you want to grade.
2. Open the contextual menu and select Grade Questions.
3. On the Grade Questions page, you can filter the questions by status: Graded, Needs Grading, or In Progress, if there are many questions.
4. Click the number under Responses by the question you want to grade.
5. On the Grade Responses page, expand the Question Information to view the question.
6. Click Edit by each student response to grade it.
7. Type the Score. Optionally, you can add feedback in the text editor.
8. Click Submit.
9. Click Back to Questions when all student responses are graded.

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

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

Friday, October 12

NDUS Arts & Humanities Summit on the campus of VCSU, October 11-12
Viking Cross Country at Jimmie Invitational, Jamestown, ND

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

Monday, October 15

Tuesday, October 16

Wednesday, October 17

Thursday, October 18

Friday, October 19

Rick Walentine, Baritone & Jaime Namminga, Piano Performance, Froemke Auditorium
8:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Mount Marty (at Woldorf College)

Saturday, October 20

Viking Visit Day
VCSU Music Scholarship Auditions
Viking Cross Country at Mount Marty Invitational, Yankton, SD
10:00 am Viking Volleyball vs Woldorf College (Forest City, IA)
11:30 am Viking Volleyball vs Buena Vista (Waldorf College)
1:00 pm Viking Football vs Jamestown College, VCSU Shelley Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium

Sunday, October 21