This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Completion of the Rhoades Expansion
What in the World are You Reading?
Chao to present at BC Historical Society Lecture
VCSU @ the Fargo Force
Valley City Rotary supports V-500 scholarships
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
January Birthdays

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Completion of the Rhoades Expansion

Completion of the Rhoades Expansion
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of January 7, 2013.

As VCSU students return to campus this week for the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester, they will be taking classes and labs in the newly built Rhoades Science Center expansion. Construction on this nearly 28,000 square foot facility began in November 2011 following a $10.3 million appropriation supported by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, Governor Dalrymple, and the 2011 ND Legislature. It is an especially exciting addition to the campus given the fact this is the first new construction of academic space at VCSU in nearly four decades. The last academic building constructed at VCSU was the original Rhoades Science Center that opened in 1973.

This new expansion features state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory, office, and meeting space on three floors. The first floor features aquatic laboratory space that will be used heavily by students in specialized programs such as VCSU's Fisheries & Wildlife major. The first floor will also be home to VCSU's Great Plains STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education Center and an Engineering lab. The second floor will house students primarily studying biology with several new spacious, cutting-edge laboratories and classrooms. The third floor will feature chemistry labs and classrooms. Faculty offices within various academic disciplines will be spread throughout the three floors.

The new expansion also features advancements in air quality, laboratory design, chemical storage, and general safety improvements representing major upgrades from their previous spaces. These improvements will certainly benefit students and faculty alike. There are also significant energy and efficiency improvements with the building's construction and final design. As such, we are pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the US Green Building Council thereby demonstrating the sustainability and environmental-friendly nature of this building's design, construction, and ongoing operation. Hallways and common areas feature gathering spaces for students to study and collaborate as well as exhibition areas to feature projects, awards, exhibits, and news regarding students and faculty.

During the next six months, the second and third floors of the existing Rhoades Science Center will be completely renovated and will eventually be home to such academic areas as Physics, Math, Geology, the Planetarium, and VCSU's Nursing collaborative students. The first floor of the original Rhoades building was renovated last summer and houses VCSU's Information Technology Center, a large lecture-style classroom, and an IVN (interactive video network) classroom.

The entire project, consisting of the new expansion and the renovated existing space, will be completed by July 2013 and ready when students arrive for the start of the 2013-14 academic year. When complete, this new and renovated space will represent some of the most prestigious science learning spaces throughout North Dakota and beyond. Much of VCSU's enrollment growth the past several years has been in academic areas such as Fisheries and Wildlife, Health Science, and Nursing, and this new and improved space will further allow VCSU to continue growing in these areas and serving the needs of today's and tomorrow's students. The opening of the Rhoades expansion this week is yet another exciting development further enhancing our community and serving the students of Valley City State University!

What in the World are You Reading?

Have you read something good lately? We'd love to hear about it! Need some ideas for your reading list? Come and find out what others have been reading. Fiction, non-fiction, classics, best-sellers --- join us for some informal discussion about our current favorites on Monday, January 14 at 7:00 pm in the Norway/President's room. Sponsored by What in the World is Going On?

Chao to present at BC Historical Society Lecture

Chao to present at BC Historical Society Lecture
The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 15 Presents Valley City State University Assistant Professor Dr. Shou-ching Chao "Eye-witnessing modern Chinese culture and change" Thursday January 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm .

Dr. Chao was born and raised in China and has traveled frequently between the United States and China witnessing China's economic boom in the last twenty years. In his presentation, Dr. Chao will use slides and video to show the enormous economic and cultural changes he has seen in three cities during his five-week visit to China in the summer of 2012 --– Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an.

Dr. Chao joined VCSU in 2010 and teaches college writing, British literature and linguistics. His teaching also includes graduate courses in linguistics for ELL teachers and sociolinguistics.

Dr. Chao received his Ph.D. in English at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a concentration in modern British literature. He also earned a master's degree in linguistics while he was working on his doctoral degree. He has a second Master of Arts degree in English. His baccalaureate degree was from China. In addition, Dr. Cao has taken graduate courses in British economic history and English at the University of Durham in UK.

The public is cordially invited to this lecture. All lectures in this series 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.

VCSU @ the Fargo Force

The VCSU Alumni Association invites you to join alumni and friends at Scheels Arena for a Fargo Force Hockey game.

The North Club Lounge has been reserved for VCSU on Friday, January 18. Social starts at 6:30 with game time is 7:35 pm. Cost to attend is $20 per person and includes reserved ticket for seating in the North Club Lounge area, food and fun!

Come out and join your fellow VCSU supporters to cheer on the Fargo Force.

PLEASE RSVP TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS – THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS!

Call 701-845-7203 to reserve yours today!

Valley City Rotary supports V-500 scholarships

The Valley City Rotary service club will be holding it's annual pancake benefit dinner January 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the VFW Club. Proceeds from the dinner support VCSU V-500 scholarships.

For tickets, contact the President's Office at 37102.

What's going on at VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, January 7

VCSU Spring Semester evening begins at 4:00 pm
Faculty Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (January 7 – February 8)
Viking women's basketball at South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, SD
Viking men's basketball at South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, SD

Tuesday, January 8

VCSU Spring Semester day classes begin

Wednesday, January 9

Thursday, January 10

Friday, January 11

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

Saturday, January 12

VC Park & Recreation Youth Basketball Tournament
2:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs Johnson & Wales University – Colorado, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
4:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs Johnson & Wales University – Colorado, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, January 13

2:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs Northern New Mexico College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Monday, January 14

Tuesday, January 15

Pay Day
7:00 pm Viking women's basketball at Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD

Wednesday, January 16

5:30 pm VCSU Social in Bismarck

Thursday, January 17

Friday, January 18

2013 Special Olympics ND State Winter Games, Valley City Rec Center
VCSU at Fargo Force Hockey Game

Saturday, January 19

1:00 pm Viking women's basketball at Jamestown Tournament
Viking men's basketball at Jamestown Tournament
Viking Track & Field at Bemidji State University
BC Wildlife Federation Ice Fishing Derby, Sibley Crossing

Sunday, January 20

1:00 pm Viking women's basketball at Jamestown Tournament
TBD Viking men's basketball at Jamestown Tournament

January Birthdays

January Birthdays
7 Dave Bass
8 Shou-Ching Chao
8 Heather Kvilvang
8 Todd Rogelstad
9 Preston Bush
12 Lonney Scherr
15 Pat Horner
15 Stephanie Roelfsema
16 Alison Kasowski
18 Misty Lindgren
18 Brooke Yanish
21 Janet Drake
26 Jenni Lou Russi
28 Sharon McCarriar