June 24th, 2013
This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:
• Two new Master's options at VCSU
• Hagen to attend Smithsonian Folkways course
• DeMuth leads North Dakota group to science-standards conference
• 4th Annual BAIT Camp held at VCSU
• Staff Senate Update
• 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.
Two new Master's options 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 June 24, 2013.
At its meeting last week in Bottineau, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education unanimously approved two academic requests from Valley City State University. These requests now give VCSU permission to begin offering two new concentrations at the graduate level: a Master of Education in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in English Education. With these two additional programs, VCSU now offers a total of six concentrations in our M.Ed. program (the other four include Teaching & Technology, Technology Education, Teaching English Language Learners, and Library & Information Technologies).
Both of these new concentrations will help meet the increasing demand for graduate credentials in specific content areas required by teaching professionals for career and salary advancement. Like VCSU’s four other graduate concentrations, these two new programs will be offered entirely online delivered using the Internet and are geared toward serving the needs of in-service teachers. With VCSU’s online M.Ed. programs being recently ranked among the 2013 Top Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report (#22 among 143 programs nationally), the addition of English Education and Elementary Education concentrations is one more feather in our proverbial education “hat.”
The approval of these two new concentrations is further validation of the world-class education offered at VCSU. The State Board’s approval is recognition of the trust and confidence the Board has in VCSU’s ability to continue successfully delivering academic offerings at the graduate level. Since authority was first granted to VCSU to offer graduate programs less than ten years ago, the results have been nothing short of phenomenal. Enrollment of students in the program and numbers of graduates have increased nearly every year; the total number of concentrations offered has increased; and VCSU’s statewide and regional reputation in delivering programs at the Master's level has been assured. These successes are the direct results of the effort, dedication, fortitude, and hard work by all the VCSU faculty and staff who are so dedicated to the success of these graduate programs.
As further proof of the outstanding teacher-education programs at VCSU, it is also important to note that our education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. NCATE is the gold-standard for teacher education programs in the United States, and both the undergraduate and graduate programs at VCSU are accredited by NCATE.
VCSU has a long history of providing terrific teacher-education programs at the undergraduate level, and we look forward to continuing to build upon this well-established track record. We are excited about delivering the new Master's degrees in English Education and Elementary Education along with the new opportunities these offerings will provide to current and future VCSU students!
Hagen to attend Smithsonian Folkways course
Sara Hagen, professor of music, will attend the 2013 Smithsonian Folkways certification course in World Music Pedagogy hosted by the University of Washington at Seattle from June 24-28.
The workshop includes experience with music from Senegal, Turkey, Trinidad, East Africa/Tanzania, North India, Puerto Rico, Javanese Gamelan, Botswana, Korea, Brazil and Bulgaria. Workshops discussing music and social justice, children's music from the Smithsonian collection, mariachi traditions and pedagogies will be included, along with the hands-on activities with these musical styles. Each participant will present a final lesson plan involving a musical experience from the week and will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the workshop.
Hagen will teach Music in the Elementary School and Music in the Junior/Senior High School courses in the coming school year and will incorporate these activities throughout the two methods courses. She received a $500 personal development grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts for this workshop.
DeMuth leads North Dakota group to science-standards conference
David DeMuth, Jr., executive director of the Great Plains STEM Education Center at VCSU, led a five-member team from North Dakota to Pittsburgh, Pa., to participate in the Building Capacity for State Science Education (BCSSE) conference June 7–8, 2013.
The conference theme, “Building State Teams to Implement the Vision for K–12 Science Education,” focused on the implementation of the recently finalized Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The North Dakota conference contingent included DeMuth; Matthew Strinden, assistant superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction; Michelle Weber, West Fargo STEM Center principal; Margaux Braun, teacher at Simle Middle School in Bismarck; and VCSU alumnus Paul Keidel '87, STEM coordinator at Bismarck State College Career Academy.
The NGSS provides a unified framework for states to provide the best science education to all K-12 students regardless of their intentions to pursue STEM careers.
Upon return from the BCSSE conference, team members will present their findings and make recommendations to Kirsten Baesler, M.Ed. '10, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction, on the possibility of North Dakota’s adoption of the standards.
4th Annual BAIT Camp held at VCSU
VCSU BIT and the Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center held the 4th Annual Business and Information Technology (BAIT) Camp June 17-20 with 15 campers in attendance.
Campers completed hands-on activities and competitions in Alice Programming, SAP ERPsim, NXT Mindstorm Programming, Junk to Riches and Board Game Design marketing events, Weebly website creation, computer building, and business and IT careers. Instructors for the camp included Amber Aberle, Frank Egan, Marcia Foss, Peder Gjovik, Curt Hill and Sue Pfeifer. Camp counselors Kristine Dammel and Tyler Swenson led campers in building Weebly websites and games each evening. Joe Stickler led a special evening at Medicine Wheel Park. Margaret Dahlberg gave the keynote at the family luncheon.
Sue Pfeifer, VCSU assistant professor of business, and Jeff Bopp, Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center director, were coordinators of this year’s camp and wish to thank everyone on campus involved in making the camp an enjoyable experience for the campers!
Staff Senate Update
• The Agenda for the June meeting and previous minutes is posted at X:\Institution\Offices\StaffSenate\2012-2013 Minutes.
• The next meeting will be Thursday, June 27, at 11:00 a.m. in McCarthy 255.
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, June 24
Tuesday, June 25
Wednesday, June 26
Thursday, June 27
4-H Horse Clinic, ND Winter Show building (June 27-30)
Friday, June 28
First 4 week summer session courses end
Saturday, June 29
4-H Horse Show, ND Winter Show building
Sunday, June 30
4-H Livestock Show, ND Winter Show building
Monday, July 1
Second 4 week summer session courses begin
Tuesday, July 2
Wednesday, July 3
Thursday, July 4
No VCSU classes – offices closed
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6
Sunday, July 7
Monday, July 8
Ramadan begins at sundown
Tuesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 10
Thursday, July 11
Friday, July 12
4-H Achievements Days, ND Winter Show building (July 12-13)
Saturday, July 13
Sunday, July 14