August 19th, 2013
This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:
• New Faculty at VCSU in 2013-14
• Hesch receives VCSU Employee of the Quarter award
• Heitkamp conducts roundtable at VCSU
• Walsh teaches, lectures in Asia
• What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
• August Birthdays
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New Faculty at VCSU in 2013-14
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President
The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of August 19, 2013.
As in previous years, I am taking this opportunity to introduce VCSU’s new full-time teaching faculty who are joining campus this fall. This year, due to some new academic programs, retirements, and other transitions, VCSU welcomes nine new full-time faculty members. Due to this large number of new professors and instructors (the largest new “class” of faculty in a number of years), I will use today’s column as well as my next column to introduce you to each of these new VCSU employees. Here are four of our new faculty members for 2013-14:
Dr. Samuel Keasler joins VCSU as an assistant professor of Chemistry, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Joe Stickler. Dr. Keasler earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) and his bachelor’s in Chemistry from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa). Samuel recently completed a three-year postdoctoral assignment at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and has also served as a research and teaching assistant at both LSU and Iowa State.
Brenda Tyre will be an assistant professor of Business at VCSU. Brenda earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary, and her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Brenda is a Certified Public Accountant with an extensive background in public accounting as well as experience in providing farm business adult education training in such areas as management, marketing, and accounting. Brenda also has experience as a controller for a national manufacturing company and has taught at the college level.
Daisy Figueroa will be an instructor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies. Daisy earned her Master of Education in Cross-cultural Teaching from National University (San Diego, Calif.), and her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from the University of California (Berkeley, Calif.). Daisy has nearly 15 years of experience working and teaching in elementary schools in California and Nevada. Last year she taught on a part-time basis for VCSU, and 2013-14 will be her first year in a full-time teaching capacity. Daisy’s husband is VCSU’s Vice-President for Student Affairs, Dr. Vitaliano Figueroa.
Rachelle Hunt has been employed at VCSU since 2007 as an athletic trainer in the athletic department. She moved to a faculty position on a part-time basis last year, and this will mark her first year as a full-time faculty member as an instructor in VCSU’s new Athletic Training baccalaureate program. Rachelle has a bachelor’s in Athletic Training from North Dakota State University, and she is just in the process of completing her Master of Education (Teaching & Technology concentration) from VCSU.
VCSU is excited to welcome these four new faculty members to campus this fall. Please help in welcoming these individuals to the Valley City community as we begin the 2013-14 academic year. I will introduce you to VCSU’s other new instructors and professors in my next column.
Hesch received VCSU Employee of the Quarter award
Kim Hesch ’91, assistant director of university advancement and alumni relations, was named VCSU Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2013.
Kim was nominated and received the award for her tireless efforts on behalf of the university, especially in regard to the Scholarship Auction and Commencement Exercises last quarter, serving as the organizing force behind both events.
The annual Scholarship Auction is key to providing financial support to VCSU students—more than $73,000 was raised this year—and the fundraiser is also a mainstay social event each spring in Valley City, attracting a loyal crowd of about 500.
The Commencement Exercises serve as the capstone for students’ VCSU experience. Through Kim’s planning efforts, participants and audience alike are rewarded with an event befitting the occasion.
Thank you, Kim, for your hard work and dedication to VCSU; congratulations on your Employee of the Quarter award.
Heitkamp conducts roundtable at VCSU
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., led a roundtable discussion on student loans and college affordability Thursday, August 15, on the campus of Valley City State University.
Participating in the discussion with Heitkamp were college and university administrators, including VCSU President Steven W. Shirley; Gary Hagen, president of Mayville State University; and Robert Badal, president of Jamestown College. Also participating were student affairs, financial aid and enrollment representatives from VCSU, Mayville State and Jamestown College.
The discussion centered around the recent bipartisan compromise on student loan rates but also addressed the general issue of college affordability.
Walsh teaches, lectures in Asia
Rob Walsh, instructor of professional communication, spent June and July 2013 in Asia, in both the Philippines and China.
In China, Walsh instructed Chinese students in English-as-a-Foreign-Language for Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic College (JZETP) summer language intensive in Hangzhou, China. Along with Dr. Shou-ching Chao, assistant professor of English at VCSU, Walsh taught American English to Chinese students interested in attending English-speaking universities in the West. VCSU and JZETP have fostered international exchanges for the past several years.
In the Philippines, Walsh gave lectures at seven universities, the last of which was at the prestigious University of Santo Tomas (UST). Located in Manila, UST is the oldest university in Asia, established in 1611 by the Archbishop of Manila, Miguel de Benavides.
The lectures were offered as an exchange of international goodwill. The speaking engagements in Cebu, Pampanga Province, and Manila were well attended with audiences ranging in size from 50 to 800 and included a choice of four topics pre-selected by each university:
• Making College Count: Three Success Strategies Every University Student Needs
• Critical Thinking Mastery in 40 Minutes or Less
• Storytelling as Scholarship for Teaching and Learning Outcomes
• Pakikisama—Filipino Wisdom for East and West
The last lecture choice, Pakikisama—Filipino wisdom for East and West, will be featured in the Barnes County Historical Society’s Season 16 Lecture Series on Feb. 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, August 19
Faculty Contracts Begin
Welcome Week 2013 activities begin
4:00 pm 16th annual staff/faculty picnic with golf scramble
Tuesday, August 20
Wednesday, August 21
5:30 pm VCSU fall kick-off picnic (hosted by VCSU Booster and V-500 boards
Thursday, August 22
Friday, August 23
2:30 pm Viking Volleyball vs Morningside College, Orange City, Iowa
5:30 pm Marketplace for new students
8:30 pm Viking Volleyball vs Dordt College, Orange City, Iowa
Saturday, August 24
3:00 pm Viking volleyball vs Doane College. Orange City, Iowa
Sunday, August 25
Monday, August 26
Fall semester classes begin at 5:00 pm
Sue Fink, Paintings & Drawings exhibition opens, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor (August 26 – September 27)
Tuesday, August 27
Fall semester day classes begin
Wednesday, August 28
Viking golf at Jamestown College
Thursday, August 29
Friday, August 30
12:00 noon Viking volleyball vs College of Saint Mary, Mitchell, S.D.
4:00 pm Viking cross country hosts the Valley City State Invitational
8:00 pm Viking volleyball vs Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.D.
Saturday, August 31
11:00 am Viking volleyball vs Clarke College, Mitchell, S.D.
1:00 pm Viking football at Jamestown College
3:00 pm Viking volleyball vs York College, Mitchell, S.D.
Sunday, September 1