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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Science Olympiad to be held on campus Thursday
Earth Week celebration scheduled in April
New feature in McFarland Hall
Klingenstein presents at national conference
VCSU contingent attends NDUS Legislative Showcase at Capitol
Phi Alpha Theta holds induction at VCSU
Alumni News
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
March & April 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.

Science Olympiad to be held on campus Thursday

Valley City State University will host a Regional Science Olympiad for teams of high school and junior high students on campus Thursday, March 28.

Twenty-three high school teams and 16 junior high teams – comprising 500 to 600 students – will compete at VCSU.

The VCSU event is one of five regional competitions throughout the state. Winning teams from each of the regionals will advance to the state competition April 20 at North Dakota State University.

VCSU science students and faculty members, assisted by Science Olympiad team coaches, will run the various events on topics including anatomy and physiology, food science, astronomy, forestry, rocks and minerals, thermodynamics, water quality, musical sounds, circuits, chemistry, and genetics, among others.

Most events will be held in the new Rhoades Science Center, with additional competition taking place in Foss Music Hall, Graichen Gym and the City Auditorium.

Earth Week celebration scheduled in April

VCSU is making plans for Earth Week activities on campus and the 2nd Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival. The festival will be held Monday, April 22, at Medicine Wheel Park and will serve as the kick off to campus activities designed to create awareness of our environment and the impact we make now and into the future.

Beginning at 5:00 pm, the festival will include vendors with information and samples from food and personal consumables to energy. There will also be musical entertainment, games and activities, and samples of earth-friendly home products for you to investigate.

Several VCSU groups are involved in planning and execution of the events. These include the Environmental Task Force, Student Senate, EBC, Fisheries & Wildlife Club and students from Susan Pfeifer's Project Management class.

You too can be part of the festival and the activities on campus. Planning meetings will be held each month from March 25 through April 22 at 12:00 noon in the Student Center Student Senate Room.

For more information, visit the VCSU EARTH DAY home page often as more information will be added as it develops.

New feature in McFarland Hall

A new water fountain was recently installed next to the Business Office on second floor of McFarland Hall. A feature found on this fountain is a dispenser to refill your water bottles and a counter indicating how many plastic bottles are NOT used when this option is in place. In less than one week, 140 plastic bottles have NOT been placed in land fills because of this fountain. The water is filtered and cool – stop by and check it out!

Klingenstein presents at national conference

Klingenstein presents at national conference
Beth Gigante Klingenstein, Professor of music, recently attended the Music Teachers National Association 2013 Conference in Anaheim, Calif., where she presented a session titled "Developing Summer Music Camps." Klingenstein covered the details of creating summer camps, including choosing a theme, creating a budget, planning a curriculum, marketing the camp and attracting a clientele for the camp. The presentation included a thorough handout to assist teachers with developing summer camps that are fun, motivational and educational.

Klingenstein also took part in the session, "It's All of Your Business," aimed at collegiate members of MTNA and part of a track titled "Pedagogy Saturday." During that session, experts on various topics were positioned around a room, and student members went from expert to expert to hear short presentations and have discussion on topics of interest. The students rotated tables every 20 minutes. Klingenstein's topic was "Legal Issues and Studio Policies."

VCSU contingent attends NDUS Legislative Showcase at Capitol

VCSU contingent attends NDUS Legislative Showcase at Capitol
A contingent of students, faculty and staff represented VCSU at the NDUS Legislative Showcase at the Capitol in Bismarck Wednesday, March 20.

The showcase featured representatives from all North Dakota public colleges and universities presenting information about their institutions to state legislators, high school students and other interested parties. VCSU representatives shared research posters from the fisheries and wildlife program, student eFolios and educational iPad apps, along with other information about VCSU and its programs.

Students participating were Amy Doll, Kayla Geske, Josue Hernandez and Jessica Suchor. Accompanying the students were David DeMuth, Jr., professor and executive director of the Great Plains STEM Center; Kerry Gregoryk, director of distance learning and faculty development; Greg Vanney, director of marketing and communications; and Casey Williams, assistant professor of science.

Phi Alpha Theta holds induction at VCSU

Phi Alpha Theta holds induction at VCSU
Four VCSU students – Sarah Silvernail (Lisbon, N.D.), Dustin Slaamod (Park River, N.D.), Allison Veselka (Tower City, N.D.), and Scott Westby (Sheyenne, N.D.) – were inducted into the Psi Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, Wednesday, March 20.

To be eligible for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits of history with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA in history courses of at least 3.1.

The induction ceremony and a celebratory dinner with Anthony Dutton, social science instructor, and Steven King, social science department chair and associate professor, were held at the President's House Guest Inn.

Alumni News

Alumna Gray Bernard serves as solar system ambassador

Scarlet Gray Bernard '03 was one of several women featured as "Solar System Ambassadors" in the She Says column of the Fargo Forum on Friday, March 22. Bernard and the others volunteer in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory public outreach program, organizing community events about the space program and the solar system. Gray Bernard is a planetarium assistant at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Alumna Hummel named volleyball coach at Fargo South

Andrea Hummel '11 was named head volleyball coach at Fargo South High School. The appointment was announced on InForum on Friday, March 22.

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

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


Monday, April 1

Easter Break – no VCSU classes
April Fools' Day

Tuesday, April 2

Wednesday, April 3

Thursday, April 4

Region 2 Instrumental Music Contest on VCSU campus

Friday, April 5

6:30 pm Taryn Wallace senior exhibition reception, VCSU Art Gallery (McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor)

Saturday, April 6

Viking track & field meet (time to be determined)
9:00 am Legislative Forum, Wimbledon Café
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking softball vs Mayville State University, VCSU Softball Complex
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Baseball vs Mayville State University, Charlie Brown Field
7:30 pm Lyle Hager and Sarah Rhyan performance, Froemke Auditorium

Sunday, April 7

12:00 pm (MST) Viking golf at Dickinson State Invitational, Dickinson, N.D. (April 7-8)
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking softball at Mayville State University, Portland, N.D.
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Baseball at Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D.