This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Women's basketball team qualifies for Nationals!
Viking Club Tennis qualifies for USTA
3rd Annual VIKING FEED this Wednesday
Alumni Association Renovates Social Media
VCSU student interns at Costa Baja Resort & Spa in La Paz
Finger attends AAC Conference
Hagen proposals accepted for ATMI
Staff Senate update
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
February & March Birthdays

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VCSU Women's basketball team qualifies for Nationals!

VCSU Women\'s basketball team qualifies for Nationals!
The Viking women's basketball team finished the season with a 24-7 record while clinching its third trip to the NAIA National tournament. The Vikings defeated Rochester College in the first round of the A.I.I. tournament 57-52. In the semifinals they defeated #22 Mayville State by a score of 78-66. In the finals the Vikings fell to the #16 ranked Jamestown Jimmies by a score of 69-52.

· The women's NAIA National tournament begins March 6th at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA.

The #23 ranked Viking men's basketball team lost in the semifinal round of the A.I.I. tournament to Dakota State by a score of 58-53 finishing with a 21-8 season record. They will wait until the Wednesday selection show to see if they get an at large bid to the national tournament.

Congratulations to both teams on a fine season!

Viking Club Tennis qualifies for Nationals

Viking Club Tennis qualifies for Nationals
For the first time since its creation in 2004, the Viking Club Tennis team has qualified for the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) Tennis-On-Campus National Tournament in Surprise, Arizona. The team will travel to Arizona in April to compete against some of the top club teams in the nation including past national champions: UC Berkeley, UCLA, Duke, and Texas A&M. The Club Team will be fund raising over the next month to help cover the cost of travel and lodging in Arizona. VCSU is a part of the USTA's Northern section which has 12 unique schools competing for three national bids each year, the other two bids went to the University of Minnesota Gophers and the SDSU Jackrabbits. NDSU also received a national bid this year for winning the National Club of the Year award.

The team has worked hard all year finishing 2nd in the fall tournament standing and traveling to tournaments in Wisconsin, Minnesota and hosting their own home USTA tournament as well. This year also saw the club team grow from 12 team members at the end of the 2012 spring semester to 15 this year.

Links about USTA Nationals:

http://www.northern.usta.com/news/minnesota_wins_10th_consecutive_toc_championship/

http://www.tennisoncampus.com/Events/USTATennisOnCampusNationalChampionship/USTATennisOnCampusNationalChampionship.htm

The Viking Club Tennis team also just returned from the USTA Sectional Championship where they lost to the U of M Gophers in the Silver Bracket finals 27-11. This weekend also saw VCSU receive its 3rd sportsmanship award out of the last four years for the hard work of team captain Katie Paulson.

Team members pictured holding their national qualifying badges are (L to R) Josh Gilbertson (So), Erika Lutjens(So), Katie Paulson (Sr), Kayla Geske (Sr), Alex Conlon (Fr), Kurt Brown (So), Tanner Beauchman (Grad.St.).

3rd Annual VIKING FEED this Wednesday

The 3rd annual VIKING FEED will be held Wednesday, February 27 beginning at 5:30 at the VFW in Valley City. All proceeds to to the VCSU Century Club.

The menu this year includes fish, ham, turkey, chili, venison stir fry, creamed pheasant, elk, bread, salads and ice cream.

Tickets are $10 (all you can eat) and can be purchased at the door or by calling Deb at 845-7161.

Alumni Association Renovates Social Media

Alumni Association Renovates Social Media
The Valley City State Alumni Association has given their Facebook page a "facelift." Three new projects have been initiated to increase social media involvement and Alumni participation. The three projects are being handled by VCSU Senior, Dillan Ostrom, who is doing an internship in the Foundation office. He will be overseeing each of the new additions and will be assisting with the 19th Annual Scholarship Auction. Since the launching of these projects this month the Facebook page has increased its number of likes and activity to the page.

The Facebook additions include:

Pet of the Month - The VCSU Alumni Office is promoting the contest to boost their interaction with VCSU Alumni (and their pets). They are encouraging alumni to submit pictures of their pets to the Facebook page from the 1st-28th of each month on the VCSU Alumni Facebook page (preferably with VCSU memorabilia included in the photo). Favorite pet picture will be announced and the pet will get a special treat.

Walkthrough Wednesday - Walkthrough Wednesday was created to provide VCSU Alumni virtual tours of the new facilities on campus. It will be featured once a month and will showcase the improvements throughout VCSU. Walkthrough Wednesday provides the opportunity to stay connected with YOUR University and experience Valley City State University's progression!

Q.O.T.W (Question of the Week) - Each week a question will be posted and prizes will be given away. The questions will vary depending on the week and will generally involve Valley City State University. The first question of the week featured "Your Love Story." The Alumni Association asked individuals that met their significant other at VCSU to submit the story behind their love.

To find out more about the VCSU Alumni Association and these new additions, visit the Valley City State University Alumni Association Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/vcsualumni.

VCSU student interns at Costa Baja Resort & Spa in La Paz

VCSU student interns at Costa Baja Resort & Spa in La Paz
Alaskan native and VCSU student Garrett Jackson has spent the last two and a half months in Mexico's beautiful peninsula Baja California Sur, in the remote city of La Paz, where he has been studying Spanish and interning at one of La Paz's fine resorts located next to the fine-sand beaches. Also located in La Paz is VCSU's sister university, UABCS, which has a longstanding tradition of exchanging students to provide academic opportunities and increase global perspectives.

Garrett Jackson is a senior this year majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, and a minor in Spanish. The duration of Garrett's time spent in La Paz, MX, will total six months, as he began his journey back in November 2012. While abroad, Garrett is working with management in various parts of the five-star hotel during his internship, which was inspired by his interest for working in tourism. The opportunity to improve his Spanish has been ideal in his position, as he is working directly with people both in the professional environment, and with his host family and friends. "My Spanish has vastly improved since I came to La Paz," Garrett replies when asked about the challenges of learning a second language, "Being in La Paz forced me to learn the language. My family that I live with doesn't speak English apart from one of their sons that is my age. Also in my internship I speak only Spanish with my coworkers. When I first got here I couldn't understand very much and could hardly hold a conversation. Now I understand just about everything and am able to communicate effectively." To view Garrett's detailed blog about his experiences, visit http://blogs.vcsu.edu/studyabroad/.

Finger attends AAC Conference

Finger attends AAC Conference
Valley City State University Assistant Professor Dr. Brenda Finger attended the 30th Annual Academic Chairpersons Conference in San Antonio February 5-8.

While at the conference, Finger attended workshops on numerous topics including The Chairs Role in Fostering a Collegial Department; Strategies for a Successful Search; Three Keys to Effective Decision-Making for Academic Leaders; The Right Fit: Hiring for the Life of your Department; and Positive Academic Leadership: Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference and Managing Conflict and Especially Difficult Personalities.

Finger indicated this was an excellent conference with a lot of "ready to use" ideas and applications.

Hagen proposals accepted for ATMI

Hagen proposals accepted for ATMI
Valley City State University Professor Dr. Sara Hagen has received confirmation of two proposals accepted for presentation at the 2013 Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) conference in Boston, MA in November.

One proposal is entitled "Using Blackboard's Self and Peer Assessment Tools for Creative Juicing." The second is a panel discussion "Tech Divas and Girl Geeks: Supporting the Rising Generation of Women in Music and Technology" which will be presented with Dr. Janice Smith (Queen's College, NY), Dr. Kimberly Walls (Auburn University, AL), Dr. Susan Piagentini (Northwestern University, IL), Dr. Judith Bowman (Duquesne University, PA), and Dr. Gena Greher (University of Massachusetts at Lowell).

Staff Senate updates

· The Agenda for the February 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, February 28 at 1:30 pm in McCarthy Hall Room 255.

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

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

Monday, March 4

Katie Oakes Senior Art Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (February 25-March 8)
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball vs Park University, Parkville, MO
5:30 pm ND Winter Show Chili Cook-Off and Community Olympics, NDWS Event Center
7:00 pm Katie Oakes presentation, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 356
7:30 pm VCSU Faculty Recital, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Tuesday, March 5

ND Winter Show begins

Wednesday, March 6

Thursday, March 7

Friday, March 8

7:00 pm Katie Oakes Reception, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor

Saturday, March 9

9:00 am Legislative Forum, Tower Café in Tower City
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball vs Midland University, Fremont, NE

Sunday, March 10

1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball vs Midland University, Fremont NE

(The following week is NDUS Spring Break week.)

February & March Birthdays

February & March Birthdays
February

27 Richard Gruman

March

7 Joelle Manlove
7 Everett Walker
8 Dennis McCulloch
9 Jennifer Larson
9 Diana Wilmes
13 Gilbert Kuipers
15 Doug Hamilton
16 Katie Sather
17 Sabrina Heywood
18 Jerz Bilski
18 Jody Klier
18 Loren Lemer
20 Joseph Munowenyu
25 Paula Larson
26 Brian Dahlberg
26 Leslie Kalmbach