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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Basketball at the National Tournaments!
Health Fair on campus March 5
Mark your calendar for the VCSU Employee Recognition dinner
Instructional Design Team attends eLearning Conference
Pfeifer & Paurus attend SAP Conference
Faculty and students attend NDHR Conference
Faculty & students attend NDCTWS
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
March Birthdays

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VCSU Basketball at the National Tournaments!

VCSU Basketball at the National Tournaments!
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

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

Our own version of "March Madness" has hit the Athletic Department at Valley City State University. For the first time ever, both the VCSU men's and women's basketball teams have qualified for the NAIA national tournament in the same season. Among the approximately 130 colleges and universities competing at the NAIA Division II level, VCSU is one of only 11 institutions this year to have both the men's and women's teams qualify for the National Tournament. This puts Viking Basketball in some elite company among the top 10% nationally.

The Women's team currently has an overall 24-7 record for the 2012-13 season. The 24 victories are an all-time record for the most wins in a single season for VCSU women's basketball. This year's playoffs also represent the third-consecutive appearance at the National Tournament for the team. The VCSU women will be one of only 11 teams in the 32-team field this year with three straight appearances in the tournament. VCSU women's basketball is now clearly recognized as a national contender competing at the very highest level within our division.

The men's basketball team is currently 21-8 for the season, and this year marks the fourth time in the past six years the team has reached the 20-win milestone; the past two seasons also represent the first time with back-to-back 20-win campaigns. VCSU's berth in the national tournament is the first time the men's team has advanced to the national playoffs in the 22 years of the current post-season format. The 2012-13 season is undoubtedly a historic benchmark for men's basketball at VCSU.

The credit for the success of these programs is due to the hard work, commitment, and dedication of the players and coaches. VCSU is fortunate in that both programs are led by veteran coaches with strong track records both on- and off-the-court. Coach Jill DeVries has led the women's program at VCSU for 14 seasons, and is currently in second-place on the all-time coaching victories list for women's basketball at VCSU. Jill is a native of Glyndon, Minn., and is a graduate of NDSU and member of its Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach DeVries is assisted by Lavesa Glover. The team is also fortunate to be led by three outstanding seniors this year: Katelyn Ralston, Courtney Titus, and Alyssa Hummel.

Coach Jeff Kaminsky has led the men's program at VCSU for the past eight seasons and currently stands in second-place in all-time wins behind the legendary Bill Osmon. Coach Kaminsky also recorded his 400th career victory as a coach earlier this year (133 of those coming at VCSU). Jeff is a native of Illinois and graduated from Grand Valley State (Mich.). He is assisted by Nathan Stover, Matt Karlgaard, and student-assistant Karl Sorby. The team is led by a talented group of seniors: Dillan Ostrom, Gus Kueber, Sekani Milligen, Patrick Rogers, and John Raquel.

A big word of thanks to all the fans, community members, and sponsors who have supported these two programs throughout the year and attended games at Osmon Fieldhouse (or on the road). We wish both programs all the best this week in Point Lookout, Mo. (men) and Sioux City, Iowa (women) as they represent Valley City State University in the national tournaments. Go Vikings!

Health Fair on campus March 5

The annual VCSU Health Fair will be held Tuesday, March 5, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Student Center hallway and lounge area. Over 13 VCSU and community resources will have information on their services.

Several campus groups will have information and demonstrations, including the VCSU nursing students with three tables of information on energy drinks, effects of sleep deprivation, and healthy food sources; Sarah Milner's Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription class with demonstrations on equipment and exercises; and the VCSU Psychology Club. Other vendors include Sanford and Essentia clinics, City-County Health Department, Central Valley Health, and BCBS Healthy Blue Insurance.

Please stop by to sample a smoothie, get good information, and see the great work of our students and staff.

Mark your calendar for the VCSU Employee Recognition dinner

The VCSU Employee Recognition dinner will be held Friday, May 3, 2013, in the VCSU Student Center Cafeteria. This is a change from past dinners in that it is one week earlier and it will be held on the VCSU campus. The event will begin with a social at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.

Employees will be recognized for retirements and years of service. Acknowledgement will also be made to those who received the Employee of the Quarter and "The Difference is Me" awards during the 2012-13 academic year. Student Senate will recognize the Teacher of the Year and Student Advocate of the Year.

Congratulations to all VCSU employees who will be recognized this year!

Instructional Design Team attends eLearning Conference

VCSU's Instructional Design Team members attended the eLearning 2013 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, February 16-20.

Team members are Diane Burr, Sara Hagen, Kerry Gregoryk, Jim Boe, and Shannon Van Horn. Team members were able to cover most sessions and met between sessions to discuss what they learned and could be applied to VCSU. Team members feel this was an extremely beneficial experience because they were able to bring good information and great ideas back to VCSU to make the campus stronger in teaching and learning.

Pfeifer & Paurus attend SAP Conference

VCSU Assistant Professor Susan Pfeifer and Instructor Jamie Paurus attended the SAP Academic Conference Americas 2013 in Milwaukee, Wis., February 21-23. The annual SAP Curriculum Congress brings together leading educators from around the world to exchange ideas and information exploring innovative curricula and the use of technology in the classroom.

Paurus attended a SAP ERP Configuration workshop and a breakout session on "Information Systems: Innovating ERP Courses" to use in his upper level Enterprise Systems courses as a way for students to configure ERP systems based on companies' needs. Pfeifer attended a workshop on "In-Memory Database Management Using SAP HANA" and a breakout session on "Computer Science & Information Technology" for use in her upper level Computer Information Systems courses. Both attended the "SAP HANA Business Cases" workshop, a breakout session on a "Partnership Model for High Schools & the U.S. Army," keynote speakers, and pre-conference meetings highlighting innovative SAP solutions, including SAP HANA, new curriculum, and best practices.

Over 95,000 companies in over 120 countries run SAP software–-from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small businesses and midsize companies to suite offerings for global organizations. VCSU is the leading university in several surrounding states participating in the SAP University Alliance program.

Faculty and students attend NDHR Conference

VCSU Assistant Professor Dr. Brenda Finger along with students Jessica Erickson and Pauline Schmidt from the SHRM student organization attended the North Dakota HR Games and Student Conference on Saturday, February 23.

Sessions attended by the delegation were "Diversity Cookbook: Building Organizations One Pot at a Time" and "Vampires at Work." The sessions were hands on and created an awareness of topics students will find in the workplace.

Faculty & students attend NDCTWS

VCSU Associate Professor Dr. Bob Anderson and 11 Fisheries and Wildlife Science students attended the North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (NDCTWS) Conference in Mandan, N.D., February 13-15.

NDCTWS provides a forum for discussion of ecological issues among natural resource professionals, enable its membership to pursue conservation of natural resources, and informs the public on ecologically wise uses of natural resources in support of a conservation ethic.

NDCTWS is specifically concerned with approaches to effective management of North Dakota's plant and animal communities. Students participated in all aspects of the conference and also participated in the Student/Professional Luncheon. VCSU student Jeff Berens was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Wildlife Student Award and scholarship at the awards banquet.

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

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 N.D. 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

N.D. Winter Show begins (CLICK HERE for information and full schedule of events.

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, Neb.

Sunday, March 10

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

Monday, March 11

VCSU Spring Break Week begins

Tuesday, March 12

Viking baseball Spring Trip, Tucson, Ariz. (March 12-16)

Wednesday, March 13

Region 2 Vocal Music Contest on VCSU campus

Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 15

Pay Day

Saturday, March 16

9:00 am Legislative Forum, Litchville Community Room

Sunday, March 17