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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Summer 2013 Camps at VCSU
Ross attends CTE National Seminar
Ramos work displayed at Renaissance Gallery
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
March Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published weekly during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:30 p.m. the preceding Friday.

Summer 2013 Camps at VCSU

Summer 2013 Camps 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 March 18, 2013.

With a couple feet of snow still covering our lawns, it is certainly hard to think about spring. The winter always starts to feel pretty lengthy about this time of year, but we know that seasons will eventually change with our long winter giving way to the beautiful spring and summer months.

As we prepare for the summer months, multiple departments and groups across the VCSU campus are busily preparing for the various camps that are traditionally hosted at VCSU. There are a variety of camps covering a wide array of subject areas for students of all ages. These camps are a wonderful way to provide some extra learning and exploration opportunities for students while also exposing them to the resources, facilities, and personnel at Valley City State University.

Certainly, one of the initial camps many think about when they think of summer camps at VCSU are the various Viking athletic camps. VCSU's coaches have hosted successful athletic camps for many years on campus, and Summer 2013 is no exception. Camps will be held for the sport of football, as well as boys and girls basketball during June and July. These camps will appeal to a wide range of ages. There are both individual and team camps, and include both day camps and overnight camps whereby students spend time on campus living in the residence halls, eating in the campus cafeteria, etc. It is a great opportunity to learn from VCSU's talented coaches and experience campus life. More information about these athletic camps can be found at

Beyond athletics, VCSU will be hosting several additional camps this summer for youngsters focused on academic activities. These include the fourth annual BAIT (Business and Information Technology) Camp along with camps at VCSU's Prairie Waters Education & Research Center in Kathryn, N.D., and a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Arts & Engineering Camp on campus. All of these camps are designed to encourage youth to explore new areas about subjects of which they may not have otherwise been exposed to or had the opportunity to learn. You can find more information about these activities at AND AND

We truly see these camps as "win-win" scenarios both for the camp participants and for Valley City State University. It is a terrific opportunity for youngsters to learn new skills and explore new topics while meeting other youth from throughout the region. Likewise, it is so nice to open the campus to these students who may not have otherwise ever set foot on the VCSU campus. It opens new "doors" of possibilities to them and takes advantage of the wonderful campus facilities during the otherwise slower summer months when the majority of our traditional-age college students are on summer break. We look forward to welcoming all of these students (along with their parents and families) to the VCSU campus in the months ahead. The start of these camps will also signal the end of winter and the arrival of our beautiful North Dakota summer!

Ross attends CTE National Seminar

Ross attends CTE National Seminar
Rick Ross, assistant professor in the Division of Business and Information Technology, attended the Career and Technical Education National Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., March 3 - 7.

The National Policy Seminar is a conference devoted to national education policy for career and technical education, elementary and secondary education in the United States. This year's conference was devoted to the reauthorization of both the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Bill and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Several speakers presented on the proposed legislation on education as well as the time table for authorizations. The most interesting of the speakers were Glen "GT" Thompson, representative from Pennsylvania, and Jim Langevin from Rhode Island, co-chairs of the House of Representatives' Career and Technical Education Caucus.

Ross attended workshops on Education Funding, Career and College Ready, and Core Competencies in Career and Technical Education. While at the conference he was able to meet with Senator Hoeven, Senator Heitkamp and Representative Cramer to discuss career and technical education and its role in economic development, K-12 education and our students. The meetings were very positive and confirmed our state's federal legislators are strong supporters of career and technical education.

Ross attended the conference with Dwight Crabtree, assistant director for career and technical education for the State of North Dakota, Pam Stroklund, director for career and technical education for the Minot Public Schools, and Eric Ripley, director for career and technical education for the Grand Forks Public Schools.

Ramos work displayed at Renaissance Gallery

VCSU Assistant Professor Armando Ramos exhibited recent work at the Renaissance Gallery which is part of the downtown NDSU campus March 4-20.

Ramos was also a guest lecturer on March 5 at NDSU where he spoke about his recent body of work and influences.

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

Monday, March 18

Taryn Wallace Senior Art Exhibition Opens, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (March 18-April 5)

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20

First Day of Spring

Thursday, March 21

Friday, March 22

Saturday, March 23

9:00 am Legislative Forum, VCSU Student Center Lower Level Conference Room
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking softball vs Dakota State University, Madison, S.D.
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball at Dakota Wesleyan, Mitchell, S.D.
7:30 pm VCSU Chamber Festival, Froemke Auditorium in Foss Music Hall

Sunday, March 24

Palm Sunday
12:00 & 2:00 pm Viking softball at Dakota State University, Madison, S.D.
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball at Dakota Wesleyan, Mitchell, S.D.

Monday, March 25

Passover begins at sundown
Taryn Wallace senior exhibition opens, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (March 25-April 5)
7:00 pm Taryn Wallace senior exhibition, peer presentation
7:30 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium in Foss Music Hall
7:00 pm Taryn Wallace Art Presentation, McCarthy 356

Tuesday, March 26

3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking softball vs Concordia College, VCSU Softball Complex

Wednesday, March 27

Thursday, March 28

Pay Day
Viking softball at Morningside College Invitational, Sioux City Iowa (March 28-30)

Friday, March 29

Good Friday
NO VCSU classes – offices closed
Viking Baseball Pre Season Tournament, location TBD (March 29-30)

Saturday, March 30

9:00 am Legislative Forum, Lisbon Court House

Sunday, March 31