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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• VCSU faculty and staff honored at May 3 recognition dinner
• Clark named Employee of the Quarter
• VCSU Viking Ambassadors host pen pals at VCSU
• 12th Annual Composers Competition and Concert held
• Social Science students present at regional history conference
• What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
• May Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter will be published every other week during the summer months beginning May 13. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:30 p.m. the preceding Friday.

VCSU faculty and staff honored at May 3 recognition dinner

VCSU faculty and staff honored at May 3 recognition dinner
Valley City State University celebrated its faculty and staff members’ many years of service and dedication to VCSU at the Employee Recognition and Retirement Dinner held May 3, 2013, in the Student Center cafeteria.

Faculty and staff were honored on the anniversaries of their years of services, and “Employee of the Quarter” and “The Difference Is Me” awardees for academic year 2012–13 were also recognized.

Student Advocate award-winners and the “Teacher of the Year” received special recognition, as did retiring faculty and staff members, who were also granted emeritus status.

A complete description of the event and honorees can be found at

Clark named Employee of the Quarter

Clark named Employee of the Quarter
Rick Clark, a member of the Facilities Services staff in Rhoades Science Center, was named Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2013.

Rick was nominated and received the award for his tireless (and seemingly never-ending) work in Rhoades, which has been greatly heightened by the construction there.

Moving labs, classrooms, and faculty offices; cleaning up after the construction crews and the snow and mud they've tracked in; dealing with the dust and grime of the construction site—all of this Rick has taken in stride and handled with his typical calm and pleasant demeanor.

Rick’s problem-solving ability and flexibility have been put to the test, and he's passed with flying colors.

Thanks, Rick for all you’ve done; congratulations on your Employee of the Quarter award.

VCSU Viking Ambassadors host pen pals at VCSU

VCSU Viking Ambassadors host pen pals at VCSU
Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, the Viking Ambassador student organization has been exchanging letters with 5th grade students at Myhre Elementary School in Bismarck, North Dakota. On Friday, May 3rd, the students were able to visit VCSU and meet their Viking Ambassador pen pals. While on campus, the students participated in activities hosted by the STEM Department, went on a campus tour, and had a pizza party in the Student Center!

Each grade level at Myhre Elementary School chose a college/university in North Dakota to make contact with as part of their "Hope for the Future" program. The goal of this program is to emphasize the importance of education, and show students the advantages of furthering their education beyond high school.

Desiree Johnson, the Myhre Elementary School 5th grade teacher is a VCSU graduate, and it was great to have her and her students on campus for the day!

Thank you to everyone on campus who made the students feel welcome during their visit to VCSU!

Photo at right: Myhre Students building a card tower as part of the STEM activities. The tower was supposed to be at least 36 inches in height and able to support a small stuffed animal placed at the top.

Photo below: Myhre Students and VCSU Viking Ambassadors
VCSU Viking Ambassadors host pen pals at VCSU

12th Annual Composers Competition and Concert held

The 12th Annual Composers Competition and Concert was held on Thursday, May 2, with 15 VCSU contestants including 10 classical and 5 pop selections. Winners were Ignacio Garcia de Olalla from Norway with his classical art song Coplas por la Muerta de su Padre, performed by Tommy Zinke, baritone, and Jaime Namminga, piano. The pop category winner was Tyler Manske, whose piece Midnight Recovery, was performed by Tyler (vocals and guitar), Sarah Rhyan (piano), Tommy Zinke (trumpet), David Burgess (trombone), Bradyn Good (sax), Beau Brunsvold (percussion) and Lyle Hager (bass). The winner of each category received a $200 cash prize.

This program is supported by the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, which brought J. David Moore back for another season of mentoring and teaching to 54 participants over the course of the semester. Moore, a professional composer based in St. Paul, delivered workshops using online videoconferencing and gave feedback through the Internet on a discussion forum for each piece submitted for review. The competition gets better every year under his mentoring, producing high quality, well-crafted musical works with excellent performances.

The concert was streamed and will be available as an archive at

Social Science students present at regional history conference

Steven King, associate professor of social science, and Anthony Dutton, instructor of social science, along with VCSU students Allison Veselka and Dustin Slaamod, recently attended the regional history conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., where both students presented papers.

This conference provides an excellent opportunity for students to present a paper at a professional conference and to hone their research skills while sharing with others. King and Dutton helped chair a session at the conference.

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

Monday, May 6

Finals Week
4:00 pm Garage bands performance, Vangstad Auditorium
8:30-10:00 pm The Forge and Student Center Scholar Symposium Open Mic, Student Center Upper Lounge

Tuesday, May 7

Wednesday, May 8

Thursday, May 9

Friday, May 10

Viking track & field hosting VCSU Invitational
12:00 noon Senior Recognition Lunch, VCSU Cafeteria

Saturday, May 11

10:00 am VCSU Commencement, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day

Monday, May 13

First three week classes begin

Tuesday, May 14

Wednesday, May 15


Thursday, May 16

Friday, May 17

Saturday, May 18

Sunday, May 19