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Outstanding Tradition of Music at VCSU
VCSU students teach Mathematics to local fifth graders
VCSU composition premiers in Argentina
Zavala-Petherbridge presents at conference
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
December Birthdays

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Outstanding Tradition of Music at VCSU

Outstanding Tradition of Music at VCSU
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of December 10, 2012.

One of my favorite aspects of the Holiday Season is the occasions we have to hear so much wonderful music. There are numerous opportunities throughout the region to hear music concerts and recitals from church groups, school groups, and other area performers. During the past couple weeks I have been privileged to hear some fantastic concerts associated with various VCSU groups.

In late November, the annual Christmas at St. Catherine's concert was held here in Valley City. The concert featured various choirs from VCSU including the University Singers, the VCSU Concert Choir, and the Quantum Brass Quintet. VCSU professor and director of Choral Activities Dr. Chris Redfearn led the choirs. Quantum Brass was under the direction of VCSU professor and director of Bands, Dr. James Adams. Jaime Namminga did a phenomenal job as accompanist. There was a tremendous turnout of community members at the concert, and it was a pleasure to hear the beautiful music sung and played by our talented students. A few days later, the VCSU Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble held their annual year-end concerts. Unfortunately, I was out-of-town and had to miss the concerts, but repeatedly heard from numerous attendees about how terrific the performances were that day. These kinds of performances serve as a great reminder of the wonderful tradition of music we have at Valley City State, and provide an opportunity for our students and faculty to demonstrate their outstanding musical talents.

This past weekend, following the annual V-500 scholarship banquet, I attended the 17th Annual EBC Alumni "We're in the Christmas Mood" concert at Vangstad Auditorium on the VCSU campus. Most of the performers in the production are alumni of the VCSU Music program, and it was so nice to see a packed house enjoying a great evening of Holiday music. It truly was a great way to get in the Christmas Mood!

VCSU has an incredibly deep and rich history in music and music education, and the campus has been educating students in music for the past twelve decades. The music programs at VCSU are accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). NASM accreditation is the hallmark by which collegiate music programs are measured. As the NASM website notes, this accreditation indicates, "a stamp of approval; a sign that an institution ascribes to, believes in, and has met an external set of basic criteria for the programs it offers," and, further, that the VCSU music program, "provides a base of academic strength and operational integrity." Accreditation from this prestigious body makes a powerful statement about the academic quality of the music programs and faculty at VCSU.

This important tradition of music is so important to the fabric of Valley City State University, and we look forward to this rich tradition continuing in the years ahead. There will be many more opportunities to hear and see the musical talents of our students, faculty, and alumni at future performances, and I hope you take the opportunity to witness this talent first-hand!

VCSU students teach Mathematics to local fifth graders

VCSU students teach Mathematics to local fifth graders
Numbers were flying in fifth grade at Washington Elementary School in Valley City on Monday as students from Valley City State University's Elementary Math Methods class, taught by Instructor Jackie Owen, delivered "joyful learning" during Math Field Day.

Nineteen VCSU students worked with nearly 80 fifth graders who rotated through ten different stations, engaged in hands-on learning activities from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website. Standards-based strands taught included Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability. Fifth graders built paper cubes, estimated length in meters, played games, designed complex patterns, and sorted geometric shapes as they moved from station to station. Math methods students learned to perfect lessons as they repeated their teaching and practiced differentiating instruction to meet individual student needs. The activity served as both a final and a university abilities project.

Pictured are Elementary Education Students Brenda Anderson and Melissa Mering as they explain a probability game to fifth graders at Washington Elementary.

VCSU composition premiers in Argentina

Valley City State University Assistant Professor Dr. Jorge Variego's composition "Flowing time" for mixed choir was world-premiered on Sunday December 2, 2012 by the Coral de Camara de Rosario, in Argentina.

The work was presented in the closing concert of the festival "UNR Canta a 4" organized by the National University of Rosario.

This piece features original lyrics by the VCSU's English major Monika Browne.
If you are interested in the material (both lyrics and score), you can download it from this link:

The video of the premiere is here available at

Zavala-Petherbridge presents at conference

Zavala-Petherbridge presents at conference
Valley City State University Spanish Instructor Dina Zavala-Petherbridge presented at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education with two North Dakota State University (NDSU) professors: Claudette Peterson, Ed.D., and Chris Ray, Ph.D.

Their presentation was a preliminary study titled Perceptions of adult education faculty concerning advising graduate students, that seeks to gain a better understanding of the quality of advising using Q method, which captures the subjective viewpoints of professors of adult education.

Results of the study were shared with attendees with the opportunity for discussion of the findings, the methodology, and ideas for developing adult education faculty members to improve graduate advising, especially as it relates to the Commissions of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) Faculty Development SIG.

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

What\'s Happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, December 10

Finals Week Begins
4:00 pm Garage Band, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, December 11

7:30 pm Courthouse Carol Sing: Valley Voices, Valley Children's Choir, Barnes County Courthouse

Wednesday, December 12

3:00 - 5:00 pm VCSU Holiday Open House, Student Center Skoal Room

Thursday, December 13

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Dacotah Bank's Holiday Open House
12:00 pm VCSU fall semester graduate's recognition luncheon

Friday, December 14

Last day of fall semester finals.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Christmas Book Fair, Sheyenne Care Center Coffee Shop

Saturday, December 15

Sunday, December 16

5:00 pm MST Viking women's basketball at Northern New Mexico College, El Rito, MN
7:00 pm MST Viking men's basketball at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, MN

Monday, December 17

Tuesday, December 18

5:00 pm MST Viking women's basketball at Johnson & Wales University, Denver
7:00 pm MST Viking men's basketball at Johnson & Wales University, Denver

Wednesday, December 19

Thursday, December 20

Friday, December 21

First Day of Winter

Saturday, December 22

Sunday, December 23

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve
VCSU offices close at 12:00 pm

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day
VCSU offices closed

Wednesday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins

Thursday, December 27

Friday, December 28

2:00 pm EST Viking women's basketball vs Concordia University, Naples, FL

Saturday, December 29

4:00 pm EST Viking women's basketball vs Daemen College, Naples, FL
TBA PST Viking men's basketball at Whittier College Tournament, Whittier, CA

Sunday, December 30

TBA PST Viking men's basketball at Whittier College Tournament, Whittier, CA

Monday, December31

New Year's Eve

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Day
VCSU offices closed