This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Region II one act plays at VCSU
America Recycles Day – November 15
VCSU holiday ornaments available
BIT receives CTE Grant for Innovation
Hill presents at E-Learning conference
Hagen collaborates with Florida professors
Brister presents at MSA 14 conference
Blackboard tip of the week!
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
November 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.

Region II one act plays at VCSU

VCSU will host the Region II Class B high school One Act Plays on Thursday, November 8 all day in Vangstad Auditorium. Students from eight area high schools will be competing at this event. Stop in to see the entertainment and welcome our guests to VCSU.

America Recycles Day – November 15

November 15 is America Recycles Day, an initiative of Keep America Beautiful. VCSU freshman Learning to Live group ten will have information in the Student Center from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on November 15 to create recycling awareness. Stop by to learn about local recycling, see samples of earth friendly products, complete a pledge card, and earn a chance to win prizes!

VCSU holiday ornaments available

VCSU holiday ornaments available
The VCSU Foundation has a limited number of Holiday ornaments for sale that are dated 1989 with the VCSU Clock Tower on them. The ornaments are $5 each and all the proceeds go to the V-500 Scholarship Program.

The Christmas ornaments were part of a series that were sold by the VC Chamber during the Valley City and VCSU centennial years.

If you are interested in purchasing an ornament please stop by the VCSU Foundation office.

BIT receives CTE Grant for Innovation

The Division of Business and Information Technology, in cooperation with the Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Technology Center, received a Grant for Innovation Award from the Department of Career and Technical Education for the 2013 Business and Information Technology (BAIT) Camp. Additional sponsors for BAIT Camp include VCSU and the Great Plains STEM Education Center.

The 4th annual BAIT Camp focuses on engineering and business processes, and will relate the camp activities to high-demand careers in business and IT. New activities include choices of competition-style activities and a keynote speaker for parents and campers to enjoy. BAIT Camp will be held June 17-20, 2013. For more information contact camp director Sue Pfeifer at susan.pfeifer@vcsu.edu.

Hill presents at E-Learning conference

Hill presents at E-Learning conference
Valley City State University Professor Curt Hill presented a paper at E-LEARN 2012 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education in Montreal October 12 (http://www.aace.org/conf/elearn/).

The paper was entitled "Share the Cost, Maximize the Return" by Curt Hill, Susan Pfeifer, Diane Keller, Colette Schimetz, Marlin Allery, Heidi M. Schneider, Jason P. Brandvold, and Ken Quamme. This paper described the workings of the Northern Information Technology Consortium, of which VCSU is a member. Even though this was the last session of the conference, the presentation was well attended including the keynote speaker of the morning, Saul Carliner.

Hagen collaborates with Florida professors

Hagen collaborates with Florida professors
Valley City State University Professor Dr. Sara Hagen spent several days at Florida State University working with Dr. Vicki McArthur and Dr. Walter Boot in the psychology lab collecting data on an eye tracking device, attempting to answer the question: Will an eye guide (sweeping green line) in musical scores interfere with how eyes normally track while reading music?

Several pieces of software attempt to "keep time" in music by providing a moving line or highlighting a measure at a time or even using a Mitch Miller-like bouncing ball system. Since these guides are used in such software as SmartMusic, research is needed to understand how the guides help or hurt the beginning student. By collecting data from undergraduate piano students who are just beginning to read and play piano music, the team hopes to be able to answer the initial question of interference. The eye tracker is a system of cameras and lasers which pinpoint the eye focus to pixels on the computer screen. As the performer plays the music, the eye tracker records what the eye is looking at, when and where it is fixating (stopping to gather data) and moving (saccades). A movie of the eye movements is collected along with a sound performance, which is then synchronized. Data extracted reveals basic information such as number and length of fixations, saccades, and pixel locations. By comparing the position of the notation pixel points and the eye data, objective measurements may be informative on the effectiveness or interference of the eye guide in moving the eye forward.
Hagen collaborates with Florida professors

Brister presents at MSA 14 conference

Brister presents at MSA 14 conference
Valley City State University Assistant Professor J. Gregory Brister presented a paper "Joyce's Ulysses as Self-Help" at the Modernist Studies Association Conference: MSA 14, Modernism and Spectacle, in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 19, 2012.

In the paper, Brister read Ulysses against popular "self-help" books of the interwar period to argue that Joyce was engaged in the same kind of cognitive investigation as popular self-improvement guides that promised to help develop thinking and creativity. Brister concluded that Joyce not only illustrated the workings of what the popular writers called the "subconscious" stream of consciousness, but also helped to create the idea of the modern split subject.

The MSA conference is a forum for scholars engaged in the ongoing project of reconsidering literary modernism in light of poststructuralism and postmodernism. The panel included Brister and three other presentations on alternative psychologies during the modernist period.

The essays were informative and engaging studies of the works of Katherine Mansfield, Jean Toomer, W. H. Auden-and their involvement with mysticism and radical psychology. The keynote speaker, J. Hillis Miller, presented a lecture about how technology and mass media are transforming literacy and replacing print with digital culture. He made a particularly compelling point: when we read Victorian or modernist works (for example) on a Kindle or computer screen, we decontextualize work which is the material product of the printing press.

The conference allowed attendees to hear about developments within modernist studies and introduced most to new books, colleagues, and ideas.

Blackboard tip of the week!

Calculated Columns:
A calculated column gathers data from multiple grade center columns and performs a calculation to attain performance results, such as an average grade for a set of assignments. In turn, data from multiple calculated columns can be gathered to create a composite calculated column. New courses and restored courses contain two calculated columns by default: a total points column and a Weighted Grade column. The following Calculated Columns are available: Average, Minimum/ Maximum, Total, and Weighted.

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

Monday, November 5

Stephanie Steffen senior art exhibition opens, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (November 5-21)
7:00 pm Stephanie Steffen presentation, McCarthy Hall 356

Tuesday, November 6

7:30 pm Viking men's basketball vs University of MN – Crookston, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Wednesday, November 7

Thursday, November 8

Friday, November 9

7:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs Minnesota State University-Moorhead, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:00 pm Viking men's basketball at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Saturday, November 10

3:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs Viterbo University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, November 11

Holliday Preview Open House, Downtown Valley City

Monday, November 12

Veteran's Day Observed – No VCSU classes, offices closed
7:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs University of Minnesota – Crookston, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Tuesday, November 13

7:00 pm Barnes County Music Festival, Vangstad Auditorium
7:30 pm Valley City High School Play, HS Theatre

Wednesday, November 14

7:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs St. Cloud State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Thursday, November 15

7:30 pm Valley City High School Play, HS Theatre

Friday, November 16

7:30 pm Jose Gomez, Clarinet & Chamber Ensembles performance, Froemke Auditorium
7:30 pm Valley City High School Play, HS Theatre

Saturday, November 17

Viking Visit Day
Music Scholarship Auditions
Snowball Arts & Crafts Festival, Valley City High School Activities Center (the HAC)
2:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs Dickinson State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
4:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs Dickinson State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Kirci Wagner, Soprano performance, Froemke Auditorium
7:30 pm Valley City High School Play, HS Theatre

Sunday, November 18

November Birthdays

November Birthdays
8 John O'Day
9 Margaret Dahlberg
9 Lynn Isaacson
10 Bobby Anderson
11 Ralph Hooper
17 Sheri Okland
18 C.J. Kotta
20 Kaleen Peterson
28 Rick Ross
29 Jorge Variego