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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

VCSU Earth Week celebration plans set
Panel discussion on solar energy scheduled April 23
Rodríguez to lead workshop at VCSU
VCSU Club Tennis to compete nationally
Hoskisson and Walsh present at international conference
Stover attends conference
Boe and Gjovik attend ITTEA conference
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
April Birthdays

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VCSU Earth Week celebration plans set

VCSU Environmental Task Force has been busy making plans for Earth Week activities on campus and in the community April 22-25, 2013. A full schedule of activities can be found on the web at Check out the web page and find out where you can get involved.

Kicking off the week is the 2nd Annual Earth Day Festival on Monday, April 22. A complete schedule is available on the web site.

New this year will be a couple of community activities. Valley City elementary students are busy decorating paper grocery bags with earth messages. The bags will be used at Marketplace Foods and Leevers Super Valu stores, which donated the bags for this purpose.

Also included is a panel discussion on solar energy in Valley City—see the following article for details.

Panel discussion on solar energy scheduled April 23

Solar energy in Valley City? Celebrate Earth Week by joining "What in the World is Going On" for a panel discussion about the potential for residential and business solar energy in Valley City and surrounding areas. Panel members will include Don Hoff from Valley City State University, Jack Hansen from Enterprise Sales, and Dave Schelkoph, city administrator. Audience members will be introduced to the basics of solar energy and its relevance to living in the 21st century. Current issues with solar energy -- including costs and regulations -- will be discussed. A question and answer session will be included in the presentation, which will take place at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at Epworth United Methodist Church. The panel will be moderated by Dayne Zachrison, Epworth pastor.

Residents, business owners, teachers, students and others who are interested in solar are invited to attend. The event is free of charge.

"What in the World is Going On?" is a campus/community group organized for the purpose of addressing issues of local, national and international importance. For more information call 845-7310.

Rodríguez to lead workshop at VCSU

Victor M. Rodriguez, Ph.D., nationally renowned author, scholar and anti-racism consultant, will lead a workshop - "Building Anti-Racist Educational Leadership in Higher Education" - for higher education faculty and staff on the campus of VCSU. The event is scheduled April 19, 2013, 1:00-4:30 p.m. in the Skoal Room of the VCSU Student Center.

Dr. Rodríguez teaches at California State University Long Beach. He is the author of Latino Politics in the United States: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class in the Mexican American and Puerto Rican Experience.

The workshop will focus on methodologies for institutional change using anti-racist transformation as a framework. Participants will examine three key topics:

- The national context for diversity
- Color-blind ideology and the recruitment, hiring and retention of faculty of color
- Diagnosing the position of your institution on the continuum of change

To register for this event, please email Anthony Dutton ( or Dina Petherbridge ( with name, institution and number of attendees by Friday, April 12. Registration is free and underwritten by VCSU and the Red River Anti-Racism Collaborative.

This event is sponsored by Valley City State University and supported by its partners in the Red River Antiracism Collaborative:
- Minnesota State University Moorhead TOCAR
- North Dakota State University Antiracism Team
- Minnesota State Community and Technical College–Moorhead
- Concordia College (Moorhead)
- University of North Dakota College of Education Antiracism Team
- Community Allies

VCSU Club Tennis to compete nationally

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) named Valley City State University as one of the top 64 co-ed intramural and sport club tennis teams that have qualified to represent colleges and universities across the country in the 2013 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship, which will be played in Surprise, Ariz., April 11-13.

Katie Paulson and Kurt Brown are the co-captains for the 13-member VCSU team, in existence since 2004 and competing at nationals for the first time.

The expense to travel to nationals is a big one, but the club was able to raise the money by selling ButterBraid pastries, cookies at basketball games and tennis club apparel.

The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate coed club play. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 600 college campuses across the country.

This year, seven schools will make their debut at Nationals in a field that also includes defending champion University of California–Berkeley and five-time national champion Texas A&M (which won titles in 2002 and 2004-2007). All teams participating in the Tennis On Campus National Championship have advanced through USTA section championship play.

Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA, World TeamTennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Tennis On Campus program gives college students the opportunity to build leadership skills, network in a coed sports environment and compete on a college team without the rigors of playing in a varsity program. With year-round match play, and regional and national championship competition, students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.

Visit the Tennis On Campus website at for complete results, stories and photos. The Tennis On Campus website also offers all college clubs fundraising resources, coaching tips and marketing materials.

Hoskisson and Walsh Present at international conference

VCSU Dale Hoskisson and instructor Rob Walsh presented peer-reviewed papers at the 24th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) in New Orleans March 25-29.

Hoskisson and Walsh presented a paper titled "A Theory of Story for Digital Storytelling." The paper explained the beginning of a theory of story that would sustain and expand the creative power of digital storytelling.

Hoskisson also presented a paper titled "Expected and Unexpected Results of Action Research and Technology: Four Vignettes." The paper shared the results of four action research projects of our M.Ed. students. Both scholars were invited by SITE organizers to judge academic posters for the conference poster session.

Stover attends conference

Sam Stover, Allen Memorial Library's reference librarian, recently attended the Library Technology Conference at Macalester College in St Paul, Minn., on scholarship.

The March 20-21 conference featured a number of exciting new trends in librarianship. Keynote speakers framed access to information and technology as a social justice issue, and breakout sessions addressed the various ways in which new technologies are being used in library service across the country. Sam plans to implement a variety of the new technologies at Allen Memorial Library to provide improved access to resources.

Boe and Gjovik attend ITEEA conference

On March 6-8,VCSU assistant professor James Boe and instructor Peder Gjovik attended the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Boe began his first year of a three-year leadership commitment to the ITEEA, currently serves as president elect, and will serve as president and past president the remaining two years of his term. He is working with other ITEEA leaders to map the future of the organization in conjunction with Steven A. Barbato, the new Executive Director of ITEEA.

Boe also received the special recognition award for his sustained record of outstanding service to the profession of technology and engineering education. He has promoted technology and engineering education with a resulting impact, actively facilitated professional development for educators and has been recognized for outstanding achievement and service.

As designated lead trainer for the State of North Dakota for the Engineering by Design (EbD) curriculum, Gjovik attended a full-day workshop on Technological Systems: 3rd Edition. This 18 week curriculum is designed as the capstone middle school course for eighth grade students and is intended to serve as a foundation for further high school studies in technology and STEM education. While a system can be as simple as two components, complex systems may contain millions of devices. Core to the curriculum is the concept of technology, innovation, design and engineering being interrelated and interdependent.

Gjovik also attended several presentations including Innovative Elementary STEM Teacher Ed Program; STEM Ed: MS Degree Program Findings and Toward International STEM Ed: Developing a Research Agenda.

Gjovik is North Dakota Technology and Engineering Educators Association (NDTEEA) affiliate representative , along with Don Fischer (VCSU alumnus and former Great Plains STEM Center Coordinator) attended the EdD assessment development meeting.

VCSU was well represented at the convention. Along with Lana Fornes, Gjovik co-chaired the ITEEA Teacher Excellence Awards. Two former students received ITEEA Program Excellence Awards: Blaire Booth (East Coweta Middle School—Senoia, Ga.), and Darwin Potter (Thompson Public School, Thompson, N.D.). Blaire, along with her husband Cory Booth, were in attendance; both serve as adjunct instructors in the VCSU Technology Education program. Gary Ketterling, coordinator of the Great Plains STEM Center, also attended the conference and participated in several workshops and presentations on EbD and STEM-related methods and curriculum.

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

Monday, April 8

Penny Lam senior exhibition opens (April 8-19)

Tuesday, April 9

2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking softball vs Jamestown College, VCSU Softball Complex

Wednesday, April 10

3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking baseball at Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.

Thursday, April 11

Friday, April 12

Viking track & field at Sioux City Relays, Sioux City, Iowa (April 12-13)
3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking softball at Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.

Saturday, April 13

9:00 am Legislative Forum, Tower Café, Tower City
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking softball vs Presentation College, VCSU Softball Complex
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball vs University of Winnipeg, Charlie Brown Field
7:30 pm Valley City and Jamestown orchestras, Valley Voices, Valley Children's Choir performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, April 14

1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking Softball vs University Great Falls, VCSU Softball Complex
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball vs University of Winnipeg, Charlie Brown Field

Monday, April 15

Pay Day
7:00 pm Penny Lam senior exhibition peer presentation
7:30 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, April 16

3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking softball at University of Minnesota - Crookston, Crookston, Minn.
3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking baseball at University of Winnipeg, Canada

Wednesday, April 17

Thursday, April 18

3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking softball at Jamestown College, Jamestown, N.D.

Friday, April 19

1:00 pm Viking track & field at Dickinson State University
5:00 pm Scholarship Auction "Get Wild in the VCSU Jungle", Eagles Club
7:30 pm Penny Lam senior exhibition reception, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor

Saturday, April 20

9:00 am Legislative Forum, Enderlin City Hall
1:00 & 3:00 pm (MDT) Viking softball at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.
3:00 pm Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, April 21

1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking softball vs Dickinson State University, VCSU Softball Complex
2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking baseball vs Dickinson State University, Charlie Brown Field