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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU's 2013 Legislative Request
Dr. King's Dream performance January 24 at VCSU
Deger receives recertification
Hoff attends national conference
Staff Senate updates
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
January & February Birthdays

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VCSU's 2013 Legislative Request

VCSU\'s 2013 Legislative Request
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of January 21, 2013.

As the calendar shifts to a new year, it marks the beginning of a new legislative session in North Dakota. As you know, our Legislature meets every odd-numbered year in Bismarck from approximately early-January through late April. Last week, I appeared in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee (and later in the Session I will testify in front of a similar committee in the House) to discuss VCSU's 2013-15 biennial budget. Additionally, I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Education committee last week as well. Among other initiatives discussed, a good portion of both presentations focused on VCSU capital priorities that are included in Governor Jack Dalrymple's budget.

Two items in particular that were highlighted during both presentations were funding requests to support a complete renovation of the building housing Vangstad Auditorium along with funding to mitigate a hillslide problem on the southeast edge of campus. As stated, funding support for both of these important campus projects were included in Governor Dalrymple's Executive Budget recommendation.

VCSU is requesting $3.6 million for a complete renovation to Vangstad Auditorium along with the two floors of classroom and office space below the Auditorium. This beautiful building was constructed in 1907 and has been a vital part of campus for over a century. Vangstad Auditorium is a nerve center for the campus and has hosted many important musical and theatrical performances throughout the years, as well as guest performances, community events, campus gatherings, commencement exercises, lectures and speeches, and other key presentations. The two floors below the Auditorium are important spaces for both classroom and office usage. However, the entire building is showing its age and is in critical need of major repairs and renovation to update the space and ensure long-term maintenance of its useful life. As VCSU enrollment has increased and new academic programs and initiatives have been added in recent years, effective use of this space becomes even more important to our mission of serving and educating students.

In addition to the renovation dollars, VCSU is also requesting an appropriation of $505,000 to be used in mitigating the sliding hill slope behind McCarthy Hall. This sloping hill problem has intensified the past several years, and it is particularly troublesome during the spring thaw each year. These dollars were also included in Governor Dalrymple's Executive Budget recommendation, and would be used to install a pre-cast tie back wall system to create a more permanent fix to this annual sloping hill problem. As the soil continues shifting, this sloping issue causes major headaches around the campus, and could also potentially represent a safety and liability problem if it is not permanently resolved.

It was a good week in Bismarck last week, and we appreciated the opportunity to present our campus updates along with pressing needs to both the Senate Appropriations and Education committees. VCSU looks forward to the remainder of the legislative process in the months ahead, and working to secure the necessary support so these major capital issues can be resolved and further enhance the long-term viability and success of the VCSU campus.

Dr. King's Dream performance January 24 at VCSU

Dr. King's Dream, a performance by Mixed Blood Theater, will be held January 24, 2013, at 7:30 pm Froemke Auditorium on the campus of Valley City State University. The campus and the community is invited to this free performance.

The scene for this performance is Dr. King's room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The date is April 4, 1968, shortly before 6:00 pm. Dr. King has come to Memphis to help organize and take part in demonstrations supporting a strike by African American sanitation workers. Now, at the end of a long day of meetings and negotiations, a tired Dr. King is preparing to go to the home of Reverend Samuel 'Billy' Kyles for a 'soul food' dinner. While waiting for Ralph Abernathy to finish dressing for dinner, Dr. King and Rev. Kyles pass the time in idle conversation. Rev. Kyles asks the question 'When were you most frightened?' This question leads Dr. King into a review of his work in the Civil Rights Movement. The play is taken, almost in its entirety, from the words of Dr. King. It draws on his books, sermons, and speeches, although the words are often placed out of their proper context.

In preparing for the play, teachers can help students, particularly the younger students, by explaining certain theatrical conventions they will see. This is a one-person play but the actor will often address other characters on the stage. Students should be aware that live theater requires them to use their imaginations, not only to see these missing characters, but also to follow the action of the play. The simple setting they see will sometimes be Dr. King's motel room, sometimes a church sanctuary, once the Lincoln Memorial, and so on. Students should also understand the convention of the "flashback." A flashback is a literary and theatrical device that looks back to some event or scene of a previous time. Dr. King, in the play, moves from1968 back to 1955 and then returns chronologically to 1968.

Deger receives recertification

Deger receives recertification
Valley City State University Assistant Professor Philip Deger recently received three year recertification as Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), a branch of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Recertification requires documented evidence of professional activities in continuing education, teaching, research, and service.

Hoff attends national conference

Hoff attends national conference
Valley City State University Professor Don Hoff attended the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) annual conference January 5-8, 2013 in New Orleans, LA, as the section representative for North Dakota. He represented ND at the section officers meeting, the section representatives meeting, and the AAPT council meeting.

Updates and or decisions made at the conference including: 1) review and recommendations on the second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), 2) science/physics instruction and teacher preparation at K-12, 2 year college, and university levels, 3)) AAPT budget, and 4) future meeting sites and dates. He also toured post Katrina sites in New Orleans and along the Mississippi River.

Staff Senate updates

The Agenda for the January meeting and minutes for the November and December 2012 Staff Senate meetings are posted at X: Institution > Offices > StaffSenate > 2012-2013 Minutes.

The next meeting will be Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 am in McCarthy Hall Room 255.

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

Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed
Faculty Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (January 7 – February 8)
VCSU Art Faculty Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (January 21-February 22)
No VCSU classes - VCSU offices closed

Tuesday, January 22

5:00 – 7:00 pm Annual Rotary Pancake Supper, VFW

Wednesday, January 23

Mawlid al-Nabi begins at sundown

Thursday, January 24

7:30 pm Dr. King's Dream performance by Mixed Blood Theatre, Froemke Auditorium
5:30 pm Viking women's basketball vs Dakota State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Viking men's basketball vs Dakota State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Friday, January 25

7:30 pm Faculty Recital, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Saturday, January 26

Viking Visit Day
Music Scholarship Auditions
Viking track & field at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
4:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs Oglala Lakota College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, January 27

Monday, January 28

Faculty Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (January 7 – February 8)
7:00 pm Faculty Exhibition Reception, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor

Tuesday, January 29

Wednesday, January 30

BIT day for high school students at VCSU
5:30 pm Viking women's basketball vs Jamestown College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Viking men's basketball vs Jamestown College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Thursday, January 31

Pay Day

Friday, February 1

Saturday, February 2

Groundhog Day
Viking track & field at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
2:00 pm Viking women's basketball at Mayville State University, Mayville, ND
4:00 pm Viking men's basketball at Mayville State University, Mayville, ND

Sunday, February 3