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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Employee of the Quarter: Charlene Stenson
Ramos to deliver Historical Society lecture
First Viking Visit Day!
Prospective student visiting campus this week
NDUS Summit - many hands make for successful event
Viking Club Tennis takes fourth at Carleton College
Williams attends Wildlife Society meeting
NEW to VCSU - outdoor recycling
Blackboard tip of the week!
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.

Employee of the Quarter: Charlene Stenson

Employee of the Quarter: Charlene Stenson
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of October 15, 2012.

In order to better recognize the valuable contributions of staff members at Valley City State University, we began a new "Employee of the Quarter" recognition program this fall. During each quarter of the year a member of VCSU's staff will be selected as the outstanding employee. Staff members from VCSU are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel comprised of a student, staff member, and professor. In addition to recognizing those selected with this award on-campus and presenting them with a plaque and gift, I will also be using this column as an opportunity to introduce you to the awardees each quarter.

I am so pleased to announce the very first recipient of VCSU's Employee of the Quarter award is Charlene Stenson. I cannot think of another individual more deserving of receiving this inaugural award. Charlene, a native of rural Cooperstown, currently serves as VCSU's Director of Enrollment Services and has been employed at VCSU since 1999. However, Charlene's roots at VCSU are far deeper than just the past 13 years. Charlene first came to VCSU as a freshman in 1979 and was recruited to the campus to play basketball. She also participated in softball and track & field, and graduated from VCSU in 1983 with a teaching degree in physical education.

Following a career of teaching and coaching at various schools and levels in North Dakota as well as in Limon, Colorado, Charlene returned to begin her career at VCSU as an admissions counselor in 1999. Currently, as VCSU's Director of Enrollment Services, a position to which she was appointed in 2008, Charlene has responsibility for three admissions counselors, an office manager, as well as the Viking Ambassador student representatives. Additionally, Charlene assists in the design and coordination of VCSU's marketing materials, helps develop the overall strategy for recruiting students to VCSU, works with faculty, staff, and coaches in student recruitment efforts, and communicates with prospective students, their families, and high school counselors.

When asked what gets Charlene excited to come to work everyday, she replied, "I still feel the Viking Pride when I walk onto campus each day and am so very glad to be able to share that with students and parents who don't know us." When asked what makes VCSU a great place to work, Charlene answered, "The People. It has always been the personal touch, the extra mile that so many VCSU employees give that makes me the most proud of the university. As times are changing regarding technology and the future of the university, I hope that this piece never does. To me, it is who we are!" I love that answer, and it is so fitting because Charlene is exactly the kind of dedicated outstanding employee we are so fortunate to have at VCSU!

Charlene and her husband of 29 years, Dean, reside near Sanborn with their two hunting dogs. The Stensons love the outdoors and engage in various outdoor activities throughout the year such as hunting, fishing, gardening, and snowmobiling. You will also find Charlene at many VCSU Viking athletic contests. She is a wonderful supporter of the students of Valley City State, and we are so fortunate to have her leading our Enrollment Services.

Congratulations Charlene and thanks for all the wonderful service you continue to provide to VCSU and our students!

Ramos to deliver Historical Society lecture

The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 15 Presents: Valley City State University Assistant Profesor Armando Ramos "Beyond Clay" 7:00 pm Thursday October 18 at the Barnes County Museum.

Armando Ramos's studio work is sculptural in nature. Satirical examining issues of race, class and interpretations we have. He spent time early in his career focusing on functional ceramic and design. That time has left him with a passion for the material how the making of the object, the user and thoughtful design intersect. Every now and again he departs from his usual studio interest and makes functional pots.

Armando Ramos grew up in Texas, did his undergraduate study at the Kansas City Art Institute, Graduate school at Montana State, In the years after graduate school he lived and maintained a studio in San Francisco, was an artist in residence at The Richard Cartier studios in Napa California, Vermont studio Center in Johnson Vermont and California State University of Long Beach. He is currently professor of Art at Valley City State University and received the 2012 North Dakota Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant. Armando has exhibited at the Virginia Brier Gallery in San Francisco California, The Oakland Museum, The Dairy Art center, Boulder Colorado, and Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst Illinois.

The public is cordially invited. All 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.

Barnes County Historical Society
315 Central Ave N
Valley City, ND 58072

First Viking Visit Day!

Enrollment Services is excited to have its first Viking Visit Day of the year. Prospective students and their parents will be on campus this Saturday, October 20 to visit with professors, get a tour, and some will take in the Vikings/Jimmies football game in the afternoon. It will be an exciting day at VCSU!

Prospective student visiting campus this week

Due to NDEA and MEA, there will be a number of prospective students on campus this Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19. Enrollment Services will be hosting visitors throughout both days. Please be sure to give these students and their parents a warm VCSU welcome.

NDUS Summit - many hands make for successful event

The North Dakota University System Arts & Humanities Summit Planning Committee would like to thank so many that helped us host a very successful event October 11-12 on the VCSU campus. Comments from the attendees, presenters, and guests were nothing but positive. Everyone whose time and talents were called upon, went above and beyond to make VCSU look very good during this event.

Student Center Staff --- for agreeing to close the Viking I for our use, for reserving all rooms in the Student Center, for providing guest internet sign ons, for ordering and selling Joy Harjo books, for being the welcoming and friendly faces at the Information Desk --- we thank you.

Sodexo --- for providing a great array of foods and meal choices in a very elegant and tasty way, for your flexibility in last minute changes --- we thank you

Facilitates Services Staff --- for physically arranging rooms, for monitoring parking, for serving as shuttle drivers, for fulfilling last minute needs --- we thank you.

Faculty Materials Center Staff --- for the constant can do attitude and the beautifully designed "Bridges" logo used throughout the Summit, for completing printing requests in a very timely manner --- we thank you.

VCSU Sigma Tau Delta members --- for serving as presentation rooms hosts and technology experts, for serving as escort to our headline performer --- we thank you.

VCSU Faculty --- for submitting proposals and presenting a great variety of sessions --- we thank you.

All VCSU Students --- for sharing your talents in presenting, exhibiting, and attending sessions --- we thank you.

And to our entire campus --- for attending sessions and events, for directing anyone who needed your help, for making our guests feel welcome at VCSU --- we thank you.

This list is short and I'm sure does not include all we need to thank --- the list could go on indefinitely. If you were not listed here, be sure to know that you have helped make this a highly successful event. VCSU looked very good to our guests from across the state and we should all be proud.

Thank you!

Committee Members
Jonna Ziniel, Chair
Jennifer Jenness
Steven King
Beth Klingenstein
Lee Kruger
Jenni Lou Russi
Shannon VanHorn
Linda Whitney
Rhonda Fairfield

Viking Club Tennis takes fourth at Carleton College

Viking Club Tennis takes fourth at Carleton College
The VCSU Club Tennis team competed this weekend in Northfield, MN at the Carleton College Knight USTA Tournament and finished in fourth place out of 7 teams.

The Vikings got off to a rough start having to play a late match Friday night due to weather dropping the match to Carleton's B team 13-25. Saturday morning the Vikings got back on track with a big win over UW Stout 28-16, winning 4 out of the 5 sets including both singles matches and a great win by Erika Lutjens and Kayla Geske in the women's doubles 6-5. Going 1-1 in pool play, VCSU was then placed into the 3rd/4th place match with Carleton's A team, this was due to weather and limited indoor court time on Saturday. The Vikings came out strong against a very good Carleton team keeping the doubles matches close but dropping both of them. The Vikings then got big wins by Katie Paulson and Kurt Brown in the singles round only giving up 5 games total, putting VCSU in the lead going into the final mixed doubles match. Patrick Rogers and Erika Lutjens played well in the mixed doubles but couldn't hold off a very good Carleton doubles team dropping the mixed 5-6 which sent the match into overtime play. Carleton's mixed doubles won the overtime play 3-0 and sent the whole match into a Super-Tiebreaker which we lost 2-7 ending the match 26-27 in Carleton favor. VCSU now has two 1st place and one 4th place finish in the USTA Fall Series and we are waiting for the final point standings for sectionals in February, we should know those results next week.

Up next for Viking Club Tennis is fall indoor practice and scrimmages with NDSU club team.

Pool Play Rd 1:
VCSU – 13
Carleton B – 25

Pool Play Rd 2:
VCSU – 28
UW Stout – 16

3rd/4th Place Match:
VCSU – 26
Carleton A - 27

Team Photo (L to R): Coach Erik Kringlie, Josh Gilbertson, Kayla Geske, Kurt Brown, Katie Paulson, Josh Bartels, Erika Lutjens, Austin Ross, Patrick Rogers

Williams attends Wildlife Society meeting

Williams attends Wildlife Society meeting
VCSU Assistant Professor Dr. Casey Williams attended the 2012 meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of the Wildlife Society in Mandan, ND on September 12, 2012.

While at the meeting, Williams gave a presentation entitled "Prairie Stream Fishes: Imperilment and Conservation." The purpose of the invited presentation was to inform regional wildlife professionals on the ecology, distribution, and status of fishes in the Great Plains.

NEW to VCSU - outdoor recycling

Starting today, there will be outside recycling receptacles placed outside of Circle Hall. They will be used for plastic bottles and cans.

It is important to make sure you are sorting your recycling and getting it in the right container. You can help the effort by reminding others to recycle and use the correct bin.

These canisters will be set out on a trial basis and if the effort is successful and there is cooperation across campus, more outdoor recycle bins will be purchased.

Black board tip of the week

Creating Smart Views:

As you enter and view grades, you are automatically obtaining information on how students are performing in the course. You can tailor your view of student progress by creating Smart Views. A Smart View shows only the data that matches a set of criteria.

1. In the Grade Center, on the action bar, point to Manage to access the drop-down list.
2. Select Smart Views.
3. On the Smart Views page, click Create Smart View.
4. On the Create Smart View page, type the Name of the Smart View. This name appears in the Current View drop-down list under Smart Views. Optionally, type a Description.
5. Select the check box for Add as Favorite to add the Smart View to the Control Panel.
6. Select the Type of View.
7. Complete the Select Criteria section:
Under User Criteria, select the grade column.
Under Condition, select the criteria, such as Less than or Equal to.
In the Value text box, type the score or percentage against which the criteria and condition will be assessed.
8. Select the Filter Results from the drop-down list by selecting the columns to appear in the Smart View.
9. Click Submit. The list of Smart Views appears on the Smart Views page.

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

Monday, October 15

Gay/Straight Alliance Information table in the Student Center all week

Tuesday, October 16

Wednesday, October 17

Thursday, October 18

Friday, October 19

Rick Walentine, Baritone & Jaime Namminga, Piano Performance, Froemke Auditorium
7:00 pm 1st Annual VCSU Rendezvous! – Dueling Pianos, Valley City Eagles Club (SOLD OUT)
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

Monday, October 22

Penny Lam Senior Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
7:30 pm Garage Bands, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, October 23

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball at Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND

Wednesday, October 24

Thursday, October 25

Eid al-Adha begins at sundown
9:15 pm VCAB sponsored Comedian Rob Gleeson, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, October 26

MTNAS/NDMTA Competitions, Foss Music Hall
6:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Dakota State University, Jamestown, ND

Saturday, October 27

MTNAS/NDMTA Competitions, Foss Music Hall
1:00 pm Viking Football at Lindenwood University, Belleville, IL
4:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs South Dakota School of Mines, Graichen Gymnasium

Sunday, October 28