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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU's $77.3 million impact
Praska receives "The Difference is Me" Award
Dr. Elden Lawrence to speak at commemoration
CASS announces "Lectures & Readers" initiative
VCSU holiday ornaments available
BIT 2012-13 Speaker Series begins in December
Ziniel attends national conference
Ramos guest speak in Michigan
Van Gijssel & DeMuth attend workshop
Skroch attends NASM conference
Thank you to VCSU employees
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
November & December Birthdays

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VCSU's $77.3 million impact

VCSU\'s $77.3 million impact
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of November 26, 2012.

Recently, a study commissioned by the North Dakota University System (NDUS) estimated the overall economic impact of all eleven NDUS campuses. The total economic impact during the most recent year available of fiscal year 2011 (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) by the eleven System campuses was $4.4 billion.

The direct and indirect economic impact the NDUS generates across the state is overwhelmingly positive. As the authors of the study note, "Institutions of higher education have an economic effect in their respective areas and across the state as those institutions acquire inputs, purchase services, and provide for payroll and employment at both the local and state level." This is true throughout North Dakota, and is certainly true right here in the Valley City region with Valley City State University.

During fiscal year 2011, the overall economic impact of Valley City State University was estimated to be $77.3 million. This impact has increased by nearly 100 percent during the past twelve years, when the impact was approximately $39.3 million in 1999. This overall $77.3 million impact by VCSU during 2011 is based on a variety of both direct and secondary economic effects including: the direct spending of students; the impact of the overall payroll; various construction and physical projects; utility and service expenditures; secondary employment; tax revenues; state general fund appropriations; and non-general fund and auxiliary revenues.

Direct expenditures by Valley City State University alone amounted to $26.3 million during 2011. Additionally, the direct impact of VCSU student spending in the Valley City area was estimated at $8.8 million.

VCSU students play a vital role in adding to the local economy through their spending habits and purchasing power. Additionally, the hundreds of jobs at VCSU result in a significant payroll for our region representing a critical force for the local economy. Likewise, the individuals and companies who are vendors to the campus and supply products and services benefit due to the spending and consumption of the University. The additional traffic brought by campus visitors is also significant. Numerous individuals attend VCSU events such as athletic contests, musical performances, plays, Homecoming activities, Graduations, and new student move-in days. These important guests spend time and money in our community while they are here at VCSU activities, thus furthering the success of our local economy.

Clearly, this study demonstrates the overall combined direct and indirect impact of students, employees, and overall expenditures by VCSU each year provide a tremendous benefit for Valley City and our region. This $77.3 million economic impact is yet another strong example of the win-win relationship between Valley City State University and the Valley City & Barnes County areas.

The "Economic Impact of the NDUS in 2011" study was completed by NDSU's Agribusiness & Applied Economics department, and more information about the study can be found here:

Praska receives "The Difference is Me" award

Praska receives \
Tara Praska received "The Difference is Me" award on Friday, November 16, 2012. She was nominated for her work in FMC.

In the nomination, Kim Hesch wrote that "Tara has made a difference in the way all our materials look. She has taken our brand and brought it to an all new level. She is in high demand on campus - we all want Tara to work on our flyers, brochures and publications. Our alumni and friends who receive the alumni publication "The Bulletin" are always commenting on how well the publication is laid out and designed. This is all Tara - she is always looking at new ways to freshen up the layout. Tara makes a huge difference on campus and is the mastermind behind our many wonderful materials promoting VCSU."

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.

Dr. Elden Lawrence to speak at commemoration

The largest one-day execution of 38 Dakota men at the close of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War is all but forgotten. However, the Dakota people of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota live in the shadow of this historical event. In April of 1863, U.S. Congress declared all U.S.-Dakota treaties null and void, and all Minnesota reservations were abolished. The Dakota were banished from Minnesota, and bounties were placed on Dakota scalps. Many Dakota people fled to what is now North Dakota. What In The World Is Going On? and VCSU students of COMM 216: Intercultural Communication and COMM 360: Group Dynamics are collaborating to commemorate the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Please join one of the THREE screenings of a new documentary titled Dakota 38. This film recounts an extraordinary 330-mile horseback journey to Mankato, Minnesota, the site of the mass hangings. The first of three screenings is in the Presidents/Norway Room in VCSU's Student Center at 7:00 pm on November 26. The second screenings of Dakota 38 is at Dutton's Parlor as part of the Open Mic Night at 7:00 pm on November 28. The third screenings is at Epworth Methodist Church at 7:00 pm on November 29. The commemoration culminates on December 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm in Froemke Auditorium. Dr. Elden Lawrence, President Emeritus of Sisseton Wahpeton College, will give an address titled When Two Cultures Collide: The U.S.-Dakota War. The sesquicentennial commemoration will include Native American singing, dancing, and drumming.

VCSU's Division of Communication Arts & Social Sciences and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs are sponsoring the event. For more information, email Rob Walsh at

CASS Announces "Lecturers & Readers" initiative

The Division of Communication Arts & Social Science announces "Lecturers & Readers," an initiative to bring literary talent to VCSU.

"Lecturers & Readers" endeavors to invite one author per semester in-residence to present in VCSU classes and to speak at an evening event open to the public. Our first lecturer and reader is Dr. Elden Lawrence, author of Stories and Reflections: From an Indian Perspective.

Dr. Lawrence, President Emeritus of Sisseton Wahpeton College, will focus on his ancestral discovery, research efforts, and educational pursuits. These awakenings began with a 9th grade government boarding school experience and Bureau of Indian Affairs relocation-a government assimilation program that devastated Native American culture and had an enormous personal impact. The title of his presentation is Caught Between Two Worlds.

Please join us on December 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Froemke Auditorium. Dr. Lawrence is available on a limited basis for lecturers during class times. Please contact Greg Brister or Rob Walsh if you would like Dr. Lawrence to speak in your class.

CASS requests that faculty consider encouraging students to attend Dr. Lawrence's presentation at 7:00 pm in Froemke Auditorium on Monday, December 3, 2012.

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 2012-13 Speaker Series begins in December

DATE: December 6, 6:30 pm

WHERE: Student Center Skoal Room

SPEAKER: Stacy Ingstad

PRESENTATION: Entrepreneurial Spirit --- 'Tutti Frutti Yogurt Shop'
Stacy Ingstad, RN, BSN graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She will share her experiences as an entrepreneur. In 2010, Stacy and her business partners formed FroYo Ventures and in March 2011, they opened their first Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt shop in Fargo. Currently, the group owns and operates three Tutti Frutti shops in the Fargo-Moorhead area and one shop in Bismarck.

Stacy's healthcare experience includes Long Term Care, Home Care, Public Health, and Hospice. She was employed by Hospice of the Red River Valley, where she worked as a staff RN and as manager of the Valley City Office, and in clinical education. Stacy is married to Rob and they have four children. In her free time, she channels her energy into running and triathlons!

(Co-hosted by VCSU SHRM and DECA)

Ziniel attends national conference

Ziniel attends national conference
Valley City State University Assistant Professor Dr. Jonna Ziniel attended the National Communication Association's annual convention November 15-17.

While there, Ziniel presented about using apps in the classroom on a panel with Valley City State University Associate Professor Dr. Shannon VanHorn and two other colleagues from NDUS campuses. The session was well attended and very well received. Many people were interested in the technology innovations at VCSU, and Dr. Ziniel and Dr. VanHorn were happy to share all of the creative teaching strategies used to incorporate new media into the classroom.

Ramos guest speak in Michigan

Valley City State University Assistant Professor of Art Armando Ramos was a guest speaker at Lawrence Technological University in the Architecture and Design Program in Detroit, Michigan. Ramos spoke on contemporary uses of materials in design.

Currently, Ramos is exhibiting in a two-person show entitled Future/Past at Studio Couture along with Detroit artist Wesley Taylor. An array of objects and sculptural forms that concurrently transport the viewer back to the future to survey their past have been installed.

Studio Couture is a multi-purpose arts incubator with a gallery, student-directed design studio, and community arts space. Its mission is to use art and design methodologies to promote community-building and urban renewal. The space will create entrepreneurial opportunities and demonstrate the theory and practice of design through technological and manual competencies.

Van Gijssel & DeMuth attend workshop

Valley City State University Associate Professor Dr. Hilde van Gijssel and Executive Great Plains STEM Center Director/Professor Dr. David DeMuth attended "Next Generation STEM Learning and the PKAL Leadership for Change in STEM Education" workshop in Kansas City, MO on November 8-10, 2012.

The conference was organized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), organizations focused improving undergraduate education.

This event showcased good practices in STEM undergraduate education. Both Professors returned with new ideas for implementation and improvement of VCSU courses, as well as how the Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) can contribute to improvement the pipeline of high quality students into college and the workforce through professional trainings the GPSEC offer throughout the VC region. Most enjoyed by the two scholars was the new networking opportunities established with faculty and/or administrators from other institutions facing similar challenges as VCSU.

Skroch attends NASM conference

Skroch attends NASM conference
Valley City State University Professor Dr. Diana Skroch attended the National Association of School of Music (NASM) conference in San Diego, CA, November 17-20, 2012.

NASM is the accrediting body for VCSU's department of music with 644 school members. The Music Department gained initial (associate) membership with its first evaluation in 1997 and is now a full member of the association.

Skroch attended various sessions at the conference.

Thank you to VCSU employees

The following thank you was received after the November 2012 Food Pantry Drive:

Thank you to everyone who made donations to the food pantry. You are appreciated.

- Barnes County Food Pantry

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

Monday, November 26

Fall Semester Student Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (November 26 – December 7)
7:00 pm Audition for Tartuffe, Theatre 320
7:00 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Tuesday, November 27

7:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs University of Mary, Bismarck, ND
7:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
7:00 pm Call back auditions for Tartuffe, Vangstad Auditorium

Wednesday, November 28

Thursday, November 29

East Region Instrumental Music Contest on the VCSU campus
North Dakota Winter Show North Star Classic, ND Winter Show Event Center
7:30 pm Christmas at St. Catherine's

Friday, November30

5:30 pm Holiday Parade of Lights, Central Avenue in Valley City
North Dakota Winter Show North Star Classic, ND Winter Show Event Center

Friday, November 31

North Dakota Winter show North Star Classic, ND Winter Show Event Center

Saturday, December 1

North Dakota Winter Show North Star Classic, ND Winter Show Event Center
3:00 pm Concert Band & Jazz Ensemble performance, Vangstad Auditorium
7:30 pm Valley City & Jamestown Orchestras, Valley Voices, Valley Children's' Choir performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, December 2

North Dakota Winter Show North Star Classic, ND Winter Show Event Center

Monday, December 3

Tuesday, December 4

5:30 pm Viking women's basketball at University of Minnesota – Morris, Morris, MN
7:30 pm Viking men's basketball at University of Minnesota – Mooris, Morris, MN

Wednesday, December 5

Thursday, December 6

5:30 pm Viking women's basketball vs Presentation College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Viking men's basketball vs Presentation College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Friday, December 7

5:00 pm Fall Semester Student Exhibition Reception, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
5:30 pm Viking women's basketball vs Trinity Bible College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Viking men's basketball vs Trinity Bible College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, December 8

V-500 Banquet and recognition dinner
7:30 pm EBC Christmas Hit Parade, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, December 9

2:00 & 4:00 pm Community School of the Arts Recitals, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall