This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Employee of the Quarter: Brad Mills
Variego composition to be performed across the Midwest
VCSU Alumni Appreciation Day with the Vikings!
Award winning author at VCSU February 8
Hagen to chair CMS committee
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
February Birthdays

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Employee of the Quarter: Brad Mills

Employee of the Quarter: Brad Mills
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following column will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of February 4, 2013.

As outlined in one of these columns a few months ago, VCSU began a new tradition this academic year of recognizing the valuable contributions of staff members with the implementation of an "Employee of the Quarter" program. Each quarter, a member of VCSU's staff will be selected as the outstanding employee. Staff members are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel comprised of a student, staff member, and professor. In addition to recognizing those selected with this award on-campus and presenting them with a plaque and gift, I am using this column to introduce you to the awardees.

This quarter's recipient of the VCSU Employee of the Quarter award is Brad Mills. Brad is a native of rural Velva, ND, and currently serves as VCSU's Director of Enterprise Applications. Prior to VCSU, Brad worked at the North Dakota State Hospital and Goodrich, Inc., both in Jamestown. Brad initially began his career at VCSU in 1999 as a computer systems analyst, and was promoted to his current position in 2006.

As the Director of Enterprise Applications, Brad has responsibility for most enterprise level software systems at VCSU. This includes the VCSU website, the Blackboard online learning system, and related systems for student retention, course evaluation, lecture recording, and live online collaboration. Brad also manages user network accounts, which involves providing access to Blackboard, email, and related systems. Brad shares these duties with two other staff he supervises, along with student workers that frequently work in the Enterprise Applications office.

When asked what gets Brad excited to come to work, he replied, "Everyday I know I will be doing something that is helping students get an education, earn a degree, and ultimately find a career. Education is the key to success especially in today's world, and knowing that I play a part in that is very rewarding." When asked what makes VCSU a great place to work, he answered, "Hands down, it's the people. The faculty, staff, and students I work with on a daily basis are really great. Having great people to work for and work with allows me to enjoy what I do."

Brad went on to comment about the many changes he has enjoyed seeing at VCSU throughout the years including upgrades to the Information Technology facilities and services, the new Rhoades Science Center expansion, and the growth of online education including the addition of the online Master's program.

Brad and his wife, Dede – a VCSU alum, reside in Jamestown with their daughter. The Mills enjoy the outdoors and engage in various outdoor activities throughout the year such as winter skiing along with boating and camping in the summer. Lake Ashtabula is one of their favorite spots. Additionally, Brad is a big music fan, plays in a band, enjoys tinkering on his old classic truck, and does carpentry and remodeling projects in his spare time.

Brad is an important and valuable employee at VCSU, and he does so much in supporting the academic learning environment at VCSU for our entire community of students, faculty, and staff. Congratulations Brad and thanks for all you do in making VCSU such a terrific campus!

Variego composition to be performed across the Midwest

Variego composition to be performed across the Midwest
Valley City State University Assistant Professor Jorge Variego's work entitled "The End Unplugged" will be performed by The Excelsior Trio February 4, 2013,7:30 pm at VCSU. This is the first stop on their spring concert tour through North Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa and Wyoming.

The Excelsior Trio members are Deb Harris, Russ Peterson, and Jay Hershberger, all who teach at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. They are also principal players in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. Since officially forming the group in 2009, Excelsior Trio has performed around the world, including appearances at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Athens, GA, and the National Flute Association Convention in Anaheim, CA.

The recital program also includes works by Jennifer Higdon, Russell Peterson, Chick Corea, Dave Kos, Ian Clarke and others.

The event will also be streamed live through this website: http://www.vcsu.edu/media/.

VCSU Alumni Appreciation Day with the Vikings!

The Valley City State University Athletic Department along with the Alumni Association would like to show their appreciation to all of our alumni in the area by presenting a VCSU Alumni Appreciation Day with the Viking Basketball Teams. The Vikings invite you to the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on Saturday, February 9 to watch the Women's Basketball Team (2:00 pm) and the Men's Basketball Team (4:00 pm) take on South Dakota Mines and Technology.

VCSU alumni and a guest are invited to attend the games at no charge.

Following the game the VCSU Alumni and Booster Boards will be sponsoring a social at the Valley City Country Club. Join us for food, fun and door prizes!

Please contact the Alumni Office (845-7403) by Thursday, February 7 to be eligible for your free passes.

Award winning author at VCSU February 8

The Valley City State University Division of Communication Arts & Social Science Lecturers and Readers series will host Larry Woiwode, North Dakota Poet Laureate, on Friday February 8 in Froemke Auditorium. Woiwode will read from and discuss his work beginning at 7:00 pm.

Larry Woiwode, author of many novels and short stories, was named Poet Laureate of North Dakota in 1995. He's had a prolific career lecturing and teaching at many universities, and has been awarded fellowships from the Bush Foundation and from the Guggenheim. Woiwode has been hailed as a "wise and generous writer" (Ron Hansen, New York Times Book Review) and has received many awards from the likes of the Ernest Hemmingway Foundation, the William Faulkner Foundation, the Aga Khan Literary Prize, and the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters. "Woiwode is an American original. He writes with a sense of both the quicksilver movement of language on the run and the reflective inner drag and furrowing of thought" (John Vernon, New York Times Book Review).

(source: www.larrywoiwode.com/WoiwodeBio.html )

Hagen to chair CMS committee

Hagen to chair CMS committee
Valley City State University Professor Sara Hagen has been appointed Chair of the New and Emerging Technologies Committee for the College Music Society (CMS). The appointment was made by the incoming President, Dr. Patricia Sheehan Campbell, an expert in the area of elementary music education.

Hagen was a charter member of the newly-formed committee, which met to discuss broad goals and objectives at their November meeting in San Diego. As Chair, she will have the ability to select members, direct initiatives, and champion the use of technology for communications, professional development, and service work through the organization. Hagen's term is two years, with national meetings in Boston (2013) and St. Louis (2014). Dr. Hagen also serves on the 2013 Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) Conference Committee, which is held in conjunction with the CMS conference.


What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City

What\'s happening at VCSU and in Valley City
Monday, February 4

Faculty Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (January 7 – February 22)
7:30 pm Excelsior Trio Performance, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Tuesday, February 5

Wednesday, February 6

5:30 pm Viking women's basketball at Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND
7:30 pm Viking men's basketball at Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND

Thursday, February 7

Friday, February 8

Saturday, February 9

Valley City Parks & Recreation youth basketball tournament
Viking track & field at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
2:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs South Dakota School of Mines, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
4:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs South Dakota School of Mines, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, February 10

Chinese New Year
Viking baseball vs Clark University, Minneapolis Metro Dome

Monday, February 11

Faculty Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (January 7 – February 22)
Viking baseball vs Clark University, Minneapolis Metro Dome
7:30 pm Dancing in the Isles, Peggy Hammerling flute performance, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Tuesday, February 12

President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Wednesday, February 13

Ash Wednesday
5:30 pm Viking women's basketball vs Mayville State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm Viking men's basketball vs Mayville State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Thursday, February 14

Valentine's Day
Viking track & field at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
7:30 pm VCSU Theatre presents Tartuffe, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, February 15

Pay Day
7:30 pm VCSU Theatre presents Tartuffe, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, February 16

7:30 am ND State Pinochle Tournament, VC Eagles Club (February 16-17)
2:00 pm VCSU Theatre presents Tartuffe, Vangstad Auditorium
2:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs Dakota State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
4:00 pm Viking men's basketball vs Dakota State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm VCSU Theatre presents Tartuffe, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, February 17

7:30 am ND State Pinochle Tournament, VC Eagles Club (February 16-17)

February Birthdays

February Birthdays
6 Jodi Shorma
7 Erica Bunn
9 Greg Carlson
9 Ron Pommerer
11 Nikki Hansen
13 Steve Olson
15 Sara Hagen
19 Joe Stickler
19 Hilde van Gijssel
20 Ken Frenette
21 Emma Tufte
22 Susan Pommerer
27 Richard Gruman