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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Thank You to VCSU Facilities Services
• Communications faculty to present at national conference
• New Student Orientation sessions bring students and families to campus
• What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
• July 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.

Thank You to VCSU Facilities Services

Thank You to VCSU Facilities Services
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of July 8, 2013.

If you have not recently taken the opportunity, I would encourage you to visit the central “mall” area of the Valley City State University campus. One of our family’s favorite summer activities is to walk through campus in the evening and soak up the beauty of the surroundings. Summer is a wonderful time of year to explore campus as the trees, flowers, and bushes are in full-bloom, and an early morning or evening stroll is particularly enjoyable when temperatures are comfortable.

While visiting VCSU, also spend time admiring the historic buildings across campus; these buildings, bearing such significant names as McFarland, McCarthy, Allen, Graichen, and Foss, add so much to the tradition and beauty of the Valley City region. The physical beauty of the campus and these buildings are so important in ensuring a positive first impression when guests (including prospective future students and their families) visit campus.

VCSU comprises 55 total acres with dozens of buildings. It is a large physical plant, and the VCSU Facilities Services division is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all this property. As you admire the beautiful environment at VCSU, think about the hard-working Facilities staff who take such pride in maintaining campus – both within the buildings and throughout the grounds. Beyond the “campus proper,” there are lots of other responsibilities that Facilities Services helps maintain including the athletic fields and grounds, the residence halls, Medicine Wheel Park, various parking lots, the Historic President’s House, and the Prairie Waters Education & Research Center in Kathryn. VCSU has a large physical footprint throughout the region, and Facilities Services has a big responsibility to maintain all of it.

Director of Facilities Ron Pommerer and Assistant Director Pat Horner lead a dedicated group of employees who constantly go the extra mile ensuring the VCSU campus is at its best. The last few years have been especially busy for Facilities Services given all of the campus physical improvements including the Rhoades Science Center renovation and addition, renovations to residence halls and the Student Center, the new artificial turf and athletic upgrades, and other campus construction projects.

These individuals often work difficult shifts or late hours when many of the rest of us are fast asleep. Consider a heavy overnight snowfall when the work to clear campus begins early in the morning. All the sidewalks, parking lots, roads, and entryways full of snow translates to some very early alarms for these individuals. Or, in a more recent example, recall the recent rain deluge in Valley City. Numerous VCSU Facilities professionals were in buildings across campus running pumps and wet vacs, and fighting water problems well into the middle of the night (especially in Osmon Fieldhouse). Their tireless efforts that night, and the following days, ensured the damage was minimized and did not turn out more severe than it might have given the half-foot of rain we received.

VCSU is fortunate to have such a dedicated crew of employees in areas including building services, maintenance, grounds, power house, plumbing, carpentry, custodial, security, and safety who are instrumental in maintaining the upkeep and smooth physical operation of VCSU. Next time you are admiring campus, please keep in mind all the hard work and efforts by VCSU Facilities Services resulting in such a beautiful campus setting!

Communications faculty to present at national conference

Shannon VanHorn, associate professor of communications, and Jonna Ziniel, assistant professor of communications, have been accepted to present a preconference course at the National Communication Association annual conference in November in Washington, D.C.

Their presentation, "There’s An App for That! Pedagogical Connections Between the Classroom and Technology," was chosen amongst many competitive proposals to be presented as the preconference.

New Student Orientation sessions bring students and families to campus

New Student Orientation sessions bring students and families to campus
During the three New Student Orientation sessions April 12, June 14 and June 28, we welcomed over 160 students and 170 parents to the VCSU campus.

Students had the opportunity to hear about various things that VCSU has to offer, including campus life, themed housing and the new student meal plan. The incoming students also participated in an induction ceremony that served as the closing session for orientation and marked the beginning of their academic experience at VCSU.

The orientations have been successful due to the collective efforts of our dedicated faculty advisors and staff who worked tirelessly to provide a memorable experience. We received positive feedback from both parents and students regarding their orientation experience at VCSU. Special thanks to the Orientation Committee, the Student Orientation Leaders and faculty advisors. An extra special word of thanks to Charlene Stenson, Jan Drake and Marcia Foss, who served as orientation leaders and provided guidance and leadership throughout the sessions.

The last orientation session will take place August 23, and then the committee will begin preparing for the 2014 orientations.

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

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

Monday, July 15

Pay Day

Tuesday, July 16

Wednesday, July 17

Thursday, July 18

Friday, July 19

Saturday, July 20

Mineral Springs Remote Camping & Workday (go to for details)

Sunday, July 21

Monday, July 22

Tuesday, July 23

Wednesday, July 24

Valley City Crazy Days

Thursday, July 25

Friday, July 26

First 8 week summer session courses end
Second 4 week summer session courses end
Graduate 8 week summer session courses end

Saturday, July 27

Sunday, July 28

Monday, July 29

Second 3 week summer session courses begin

Tuesday, July 30

Wednesday, July 31

Pay Day

Thursday, August 1

Friday, August 2

Saturday, August 3

Sunday, August 4