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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Two New Employees at VCSU
Aii Tournament schedule released
Barnes County Historical Society lecture February 21
Events in Arizona gather VCSU Alumni
Klingenstein and Hagen publish book chapter
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
February Birthdays

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Two New Employees at VCSU

Two New Employees 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 February 18, 2013.

Two new employees are joining Valley City State University this month. One is a replacement for a former employee who accepted a new position, and the other is filling a newly created position. Greg Vanney has been hired as VCSU's new Director of Marketing and Communications, and Dr. Nadja Johnson has been hired to serve as VCSU's Diversity, Retention, and Inclusion Coordinator. Both are new to North Dakota and the Valley City community, and both begin their employment in late February.

As VCSU's Director of Marketing and Communications, Greg Vanney will be responsible for managing the overall University marketing strategy. Greg will chair the campus marketing committee, enforce graphic and brand standards, write various campus publications, and manage the marketing budget. In this capacity, he will also work closely with Enrollment Services developing plans for student recruitment. The Director of Marketing and Communications also manages public relations, creates press releases, develops advertising campaigns, maintains community relationships, and serves as a University spokesperson. Greg has an extensive background in higher education, and has spent most of the past 30 years in various communications positions at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Greg also worked for a brief time in creative services at the University of Iowa Foundation. Greg has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College.

This position fills the vacancy created when Doug Anderson left VCSU in November after serving the campus for over eight years. Doug accepted a position in St. Paul, MN at the System Office of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU).

Dr. Nadja Johnson has been hired to serve as VCSU's Diversity, Retention, and Inclusion Coordinator. This is a new position recently created as part of VCSU's ongoing efforts to strengthen student retention, and enhance the overall academic and student environment across the campus. In this capacity, Nadja will implement strategies to improve student completion and success, including meeting with at-risk students to monitor their progress and assess their needs, track student use of support services, and collaborate with university personnel to ensure that services meet needs. She will work with academic and administrative departments to promote student success through general advocacy and diversity education and programming that provides opportunities for student interaction and engagement on issues of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and international perspectives. The Coordinator also assists in the planning and implementation of study abroad, and cultural, gender, and sexual identity programs.

Dr. Johnson recently completed her PhD in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor's degree from Fisk University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Johnson has experience in multicultural programming, working with international students, and teaching at the university level.

We are pleased to add Greg and Nadja's talents to VCSU, and are excited to welcome them to the Valley City Community. Please offer these two individuals a hearty North Dakota welcome when you meet them!

Aii Tournament schedule released

Aii Tournament schedule released
The Association of Independent Institutions (Aii) tournament schedule has been set. The #3 VCSU women's basketball team will play at 1:00 on Friday, February 22, and the #2 VCSU men's basketball team will play at 5:30 on Saturday, February 23, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

All teams that make it to the championship round on Sunday, February 24 will qualify for the NAIA National Tournament. The women's NAIA tournament is in Sioux City, IA, March 6-12; the men's NAIA tournament is in Point Lookout, MO, March 6-12.

The Aii schedule is below.


Friday, February 22
1:00 pm Women: # 3 Valley City State vs # 6 Rochester
3:00 pm Women: # 4 Johnson & Wales vs # 5 Ashford
5:30 pm Men: # 3 Dakota State vs # 6 Northern New Mexico
7:30 pm Men: # 4 Ashford vs # 5 Jamestown College

Saturday, February 23
1:00 pm Women: # 2 Mayville State vs winner (VCSU vs Rochester)
3:00 pm Women: # 1 Jamestown vs winner (Johnson & Wales vs Ashford)
5:30 pm Men: # 2 Valley City State vs winner (Dakota State vs Northern New Mexico)
7:30 pm Men: # 1 Rochester vs winner (Ashford vs Jamestown College)

Sunday, February 24
2:00 pm Women's Championship Game
4:30 pm Men's Championship Game


Barnes County Historical Society lecture February 21

The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 15 Presents presents Dr. Mark Joy of Jamestown College. His presentation titled Railroads and River Boats will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at the Barnes County Museum.

Dr. Joy will discuss the early history of railroad development in North Dakota. The railroads in a real sense "made" much of North Dakota, through the sale of their land grants and the development of town sites along the railroad. He will also look at developments in Minnesota that had connections to the beginning of railroad construction in North Dakota, as well as the brief period when the railroads hauled goods from the Twin Cities to the Red River and down river to the Selkirk settlements and Winnipeg area.

Dr. Joy is a professor of history and the chairman of the History and Political Science Department at Jamestown College. He has been at Jamestown College since 1991. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Kansas State University.

Originally from Missouri, Joy grew up in the Kansas City area and is from a railroad family-his father and mother's brother were both engineers on the Chicago Great Western Railroad, and were among the last engineers to operate steam engines on that line. One of his six brothers was also an engineer on the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Most of his brothers worked for the railroad at some time or another, even if just summer work. Joy worked one summer as a section crewman on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in the Kansas City yards.

The public is cordially invited to this lecture. All Lectures are 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.

Events in Arizona gather VCSU Alumni

Foundation staff members Larry Robinson and Kim Hesch along with President Shirley hosted a number of activities for alumni in Arizona in early February. They were able to connect with over 105 alumni during their activities included a luncheon in Surprise, a golf outing and luncheon in Mesa, and a young alumni event.

The Surprise event has grown over the last two years with over 28 attendees. This group had a special guest this year, Ethel (Church) Bauer a 1936 graduate. Ethel met her late husband Ronald while attending VCSU and live most of her adult life in Puerto Rico where her husband was President of the Universidad InterAmericana DE Puerto Rico and Ethel started an elementary school where she taught. Ethel will turn 99 later this year.

Klingenstein and Hagen publish book chapter

Klingenstein and Hagen publish book chapter
Two VCSU Department of Music faculty members, Professor Dr. Beth Gigante Klingenstein and Professor Dr. Sara Hagen, co-authored a chapter in a recently published book, Research Perspectives and Best Practices in Educational Technology Integration. The chapter, titled A Case Study in Online Delivery: Boarding the Bullet Train to an Online Music Degree, outlines the process the VCSU Department of Music used to develop its groundbreaking online music major. The chapter describes the early use of digital portfolios, moves to the application of pre-packaged course materials, discusses the eventual buy-in of the entire music faculty, and ends with the implementation of a well-organized learning management system and interactive tools. The VCSU Department of Music is NASM-accredited and all music degrees must meet with NASM approval. Since the online music degree was the first of its kind, it was closely scrutinized by NASM. The case study presented in the book speaks to the creative approach to pedagogy that is ever-present on the VCSU campus.

Hagen's research, technology reviews, and articles have appeared in Journal on Technology in Music Learning, the online Journal of Music, Technology, and Education, Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, and the North Dakota Music Educator. Klingenstein has published two books as well as articles, book reviews, and music reviews in American Music Teacher, Piano and Keyboard Magazine, Keyboard Companion, The Piano Adventures Teacher, and Communiqué: Western Cooperative of Educational Telecommunications. Both professors currently serve on peer review committees for professional journals.

Research Perspectives and Best Practices in Educational Technology Integration can be purchased at>
Klingenstein and Hagen publish book chapter

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

Monday, February 18

President's Day Observed
No VCSU Classes - VCSU Offices closed
Faculty Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (January 7 – February 22)
Greek Week Begins

Tuesday, February 19

Viking baseball vs UM-Crookston, Minneapolis Metro Dome

Wednesday, February 20

Viking baseball vs University of Winnipeg, Minneapolis Metro Dome
Deadline to apply for Summer Semester 2013 Internship

Thursday, February 21

Friday, February 22

President George Washington's Birthday
1:00 pm Viking women's basketball vs Rochester, Jamestown Civic Center
7:00 - 9:00 pm Louis Menendez Vocal Workshop, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Saturday, February 23

25th Annual VCPR Youth Basketball Tournament (February 23-25)
NFMC Festival, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Solo Song Symposium, Vangstad Auditorium
9:00 am Legislative Forum, Litchville Community Room
5:30 pm Viking men's basketball vs (TBD), Jamestown Civic Center

Sunday, February 24

3:00 pm Thomas Zinke Recital, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Monday, February 25

Katie Oakes Senior Art Exhibition Opens, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (February 25-March 8)

Tuesday, February 26

Wednesday, February 27

Thursday, February 28

Pay Day

Friday, March 1

6:00 pm Viking softball vs Bemidji State University, at St. Cloud, MN
8:00 pm Viking softball vs St. Cloud State University at St. Cloud, MN

Saturday, March 2

9:00 am Legislative Forum, Enderlin City Hall
3:00 pm James Adams (trombone & Mark Boren (trumpet) performance, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall
6:00 pm Viking softball vs Minot State University at St. Cloud, MN

Sunday, March 3

10:00 am Viking softball vs Dickinson State University at St. Cloud, MN
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball vs Park University, Parkville, MO