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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

The Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) at VCSU
Earth Day proclamation signed by VC Mayor and VCSU President
Earth Day activities in Valley City
Viking Football Institutes New Player Mentoring Program
Lecture scheduled April 18
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
April Birthdays

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The Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) at VCSU

The Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) 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 April 15, 2013.

During the past four years, the faculty and staff within VCSU's School of Education and Graduate Studies (SEGS) have been actively working with colleagues at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) on a major teacher education grant.

The grant, in excess of $5.5 million, was announced in December 2009 and is provided through the Bush Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota. VCSU and NDSU were the only two institutions from North Dakota selected to participate in this grant; a total of 14 colleges and universities from the tri-state area (North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota) are participating in these efforts. The overall program encompassing the 14 schools is called the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT), and more information can be found at

VCSU, NDSU, and MSUM have teamed up through the NExT effort to form the "Valley Partnership" consortium. Last week, representatives from the Bush Foundation were in Fargo, Moorhead, and Valley City to review the grant activities. During their visit to the VCSU campus for this annual evaluation on the progress of the grant, they met with many of our faculty, staff, and students involved in the project. During my review with the evaluators, they commented about how impressed they have been with the progress and efforts of Valley City State University. They were extremely complimentary of VCSU's activities, and spoke repeatedly about the excellence and high-quality teacher education academic programs at VCSU.

The focus of this NExT grant from the Bush Foundation is on the transformation of teacher education programs at the 14 participating colleges and universities. New initiatives and developments with the recruitment, preparation, placement, mentoring, and support for new elementary and secondary teachers being educated at VCSU has been a key component of these efforts. Since we know high-quality teachers are perhaps the single most important factor leading to improved student achievement, the NExT grant projects are squarely focused on enhancing teacher effectiveness.

VCSU's Education faculty and staff have worked tirelessly the past four years in implementing a number of new and innovative components supported by the NExT grant. These efforts are having direct results in supporting the learning environment for our teacher education students. These graduates are the future teachers in our schools and communities, and so the outcomes of this project are incredibly important.

With VCSU's long-standing tradition and history of excellence with teacher education, it was especially heartening to hear the positive comments from the Bush Foundation external evaluators who were on campus last week. It certainly reinforces what we already know about VCSU--we offer a world-class teacher education program!

Earth Day proclamation signed by VC Mayor and VCSU President

Earth Day proclamation signed by VC Mayor and VCSU President
Bob Werkhoven, mayor of Valley City, and Steven W. Shirley, president of Valley City State University, signed a joint Earth Day proclamation at the Valley City Commission Meeting held April 15 at City Hall in Valley City.

In signing the proclamation, Mayor Werkhoven and President Shirley pledged "to use this Earth a reminder of our duty to serve the best interests of our constituents by supporting environmental initiatives in our city and university, and to encourage others to undertake similar actions."

The proclamation was signed a week ahead of Earth Day-April 22, 2013-which will be celebrated in Valley City with a VCSU-hosted Earth Day Festival at VCSU W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE) from 5:00-9:00 p.m., Monday, April 22.

The festival will include musical performances, children's activities and games, and informational tables emphasizing earth-friendly practices and products. Visit for more information.

Photo at right: Steven W. Shirley (left), president of Valley City State University, and Bob Werkhoven, mayor of Valley City, sign a joint Earth Day proclamation at the Valley City Commission Meeting Monday, April 15.

Read the Earth Day proclamation at

Earth Day activities in Valley City

Monday, April 22, is worldwide Earth Day, and plans are being finalized for a week long slate of events to create awareness of our planet earth.

The 2nd Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival will be held Monday, April 22, at 5:00 p.m. Because of outside conditions, the event will be held at the VCSU W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse. This event is free to the public and includes a variety of vendors offering environmentally friendly information and products. VCSU Athletics will have concessions open with their regular selections.

Entertainment at the event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include the VCSU Quantum Brass performing their Spring Semester Concert at 7:00 p.m.

A culminating performance by Buffalo River Singers will bring the festival to a close with performance beginning at 8:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. the "What in the World is Going On?" information series will present "Solar Energy in Valley City?", a panel presentation and discussion at Epworth Methodist Church. Don Hoff, VCSU science professor; Jack Hanson, Enterprise Sales solar consultant; and David Schelkoph, VC city administrator will be the panel members.

Other events throughout the week include cleanup opportunities (weather permitting) and colors assigned to each day to create awareness to specific areas of environmental concern. For a full listing of activities and events, visit the web site at

For further information, contact Rhonda Fairfield at 845-7102.

Viking football institutes new player mentoring program

The Valley City State University football program is starting a freshman mentoring program this spring. The Vikings will be working with new players to the program to help orient them to the university, the football program and the community in a more formal fashion next fall.

The coaching staff has named specific mentors for each incoming player and already begun the mentoring process. Current players helped in the recruiting process and made contact with signees to both congratulate and encourage them. The veteran players will continue to work with the new student-athletes through next fall by smoothing their transitions to college life and their roles as teammates.

"I'm excited about the ideas our players and staff have instituted," says Head Coach Dennis McCulloch. "Some of these things we already do as a staff and team. We just wanted to make sure we held each other accountable to the team and that each new player knows he has a 'go-to guy' on the team if he has questions or needs anything."

Lecture scheduled April 18

The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 15 presents Kevin Nold, "United States Coins; Investing or Collecting" Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum.

There are many types of coin collectors and collections. In his presentation, Nold will be looking at U.S. coins and bullion as a potential investment option, discussing the pros and cons and also some items to be aware of. He will examine various resources for the coin collectors, e.g., magazines, books, newsletters, coin clubs, libraries, and museums, as well as professional organizations. Nold will talk about how to locate or find coins, coin etiquette, proper handling, and storage options with examples. He will mention insurance issues as well as how to determine values of U.S. Coins and how coins are graded. There will also be a quick discussion on currency and exonumia (tokens, wooden nickels, stamps, medals, and poker chips).

All Lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with Valley City State University. They are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

Save the Date-April 25th-During Earth Week @ VCSU...

Save the Date-April 25th-During Earth Week @ VCSU...
...for VCSU's Highway Cleanup. Plan to join us for an hour next Thursday afternoon in doing our part to make the ditches we vouched for look good. Times of departure are 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. to accommodate busy faculty and staff schedules, and vans will leave from the South (main) Doors of the Student Center. The first shift can expect to return by 4:45 p.m., and the second by 5:45 p.m.

The current forecast (albeit 10 days out) is for a sunny day and 52 degrees-our first 50+ degree day this spring-but if our section is too mucky to work, we'll try again on May 2, same shifts and departures. Spread the word, grab a friend, and get earthy.

Please bring your own work gloves and boots, and plan on wearing appropriate clothing.

Questions? Contact Lee Kruger at, 3-7540

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

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
Scholarship Auction - "Get Wild in the VCSU Jungle"
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 (MST) Viking softball at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.
2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking baseball at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.
3:00 pm Concert Band & 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

Monday, April 22

World Wide Earth Day
5:00 pm Earth Day Festival, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
Spring Semester Student Exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (April 22-May 3)

Tuesday, April 23

Viking track & field at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking softball at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Moorhead, Minn.

Wednesday, April 24

4:00 pm Viking baseball vs Concordia, Charlie Brown Field

Thursday, April 25

Friday, April 26

Viking softball at Jamestown College Invitational, Jamestown, N.D. (April 26-27)
7:30 Cassandra Klos, soprano, performance, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Saturday, April 27

Viking track & field at Al Cassell Relays, Jamestown, N.D.
9:00 am Legislative Forum, VCSU Student Center Skoal Room
1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball vs Jamestown College, Charlie Brown Field

Sunday, April 28

1:00 & 3:00 pm Viking baseball at Jamestown College, Jamestown, N.D.