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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• BIT Career Awareness Camp at VCSU
• BCHS lecture scheduled May 16
• VCSU students present papers
• Burr and Hunt attend Sanford Sports Medicine Symposium
• Milner attends Sanford Power Strength & Conditioning Clinic
• Staff Senate updates
• 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 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday.

BIT Career Awareness Camp at VCSU

Registration is open for the 2014 Business and Information Technology Career Awareness Camp to be held on VCSU’s campus June 17-20. Go to for details.

Registration deadline for students entering grades 9 through 12 is June 1. Attendees will have a chance to win a computer and other great prizes!

BCHS lecture scheduled May 16

Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season #15 presents Nam Sabir speaking on "The Kurdish People in Post-War Iraq" on May 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

The Kurdish people of northern Iraq are part of the largest ethnic group in the world without a country to call their own. The region known as Kurdistan is a mountainous area divided among Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey and Russia. It had no real defined borders until after World War I. The 35-40 million people who make up this group have faced years of suppression and hostility. This fact is most dramatically exemplified by the use of chemical weapons by Sadam Hussein on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988 that killed as many as 5,000 people. With a rich, vibrant culture tied to ancient roots, the Kurds are a proud people struggling to find peace in the modern world.

Nam Sabir will be speaking on the changes in its economy, culture and the observed influences from America he has seen come to Iraq and the Kurdish people since the war. Sabir first spoke for the BCHS Season 10 lecture series in September 2007. He was last in Iraq in October 2012.

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.

VCSU students present papers

VCSU students Dustin Slaamod and Allison Veselka presented papers at the Dakota History Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Saturday, April 27. Held at Augustana College, the 45th annual Dakota History Conference attracted scholars and enthusiasts from around the region to examine topics of historical and cultural interest.

Dustin Slaamod’s paper, "Français au Coeur: The Making of the Metís," examined the construction of Metís cultural identity and its shifting contours with regard to its indigenous and European elements.

Allison Veselka’s paper, "The Great Father and His Children: Dakota War of 1862 and Government Interaction with Tribes," considered the changing relationship between the federal government and the Dakota peoples of central Minnesota during and in the aftermath of the Dakota War.

Both students are inductees of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and active members of the VCSU History Club. Their participation at Augustana marks the return of VCSU students to the Dakota History Conference for the first time since 2008. They were accompanied by VCSU faculty Steven King and Anthony Dutton.

Burr and Hunt Attend Sanford Sports Medicine Symposium

Diane Burr, professor of health and physical education, and Rachelle Hunt, athletic trainer, attended the 2013 Sanford Sports Medicine Symposium in Sioux Falls, S.D. This is the premier sport’s medicine conference in the Midwest.

This year’s symposium featured topics on tendonopathy, ACL repair and rehabilitation, and emergency response protocols. Both Rachelle and Diane were able to bring back significant information that can be transferred to curricular content in both the athletic training and exercise science and leisure studies majors.

Milner attends Sanford Power Strength and Conditioning Clinic

Milner attends Sanford Power Strength and Conditioning Clinic
Sarah Milner, instructor of health and physical education, attended the 2013 Sanford Power Strength and Conditioning Clinic in Fargo. The conference featured national, regional and local speakers, and provided science-based and practical principles.

Featured topics at the conference included "Athletic Readiness: A New Model for Training & Assessment," "Speed for Multi-Directional Athletes," and "Program Design: Think Like a Four Year Old." The clinic also included hands on sessions at the Sanford Power Center.

The clinic featured speakers Loren Landow, CSCS, USAW, MAT specialist, and director of sports performance at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver and Michael Silbernagel, a former VCSU graduate, MS, CSCS, SCCC, and head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Mary.

Milnor was able to bring back valuable information to be included in the exercise science curriculum.

Staff Senate update

• The agenda for the May meeting and minutes for the March 2013 Staff Senate meeting is posted at X:\Institution\Offices\StaffSenate\2012-2013 Minutes.
• The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14, at 2:00 PM in McCarthy 255.

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

Monday, May 13

First 3-week summer session courses begins

Tuesday, May 14

10:00 am Spring semester grades due

Wednesday, May 15


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Monday, May 27

Memorial Day