This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Employee of the Quarter (Spring 2013): Rick Clark
• Jenkinson to appear as Jefferson Tuesday in Vangstad
• VCSU Theatre to present Shakespeare’s (revised) works
• VCSU Rendezvous to be held Friday night at Eagles Club
• Prospective students invited to Viking Visit Days
• Yamauchi presents at N.D. Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
• VCSU STEM Education Center hosts LEGO Symposium
• Van Gijssel attends genetic toxicology meeting
• Viking Sports: Week in Review
• What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• October Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published each Monday during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday.

Employee of the Quarter (Spring 2013): Rick Clark

Employee of the Quarter (Spring 2013): Rick Clark
by Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU president

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of October 14, 2013.

As I have written in the past, VCSU began a new tradition last year of recognizing the contributions of staff members by implementing an “Employee of the Quarter” program. Each quarter, a member of VCSU’s staff is selected as the outstanding employee. Staff members are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel comprised of a student, staff member, and professor. In addition to recognizing those selected with this award on-campus and presenting them with a plaque and gift, I have used this column to highlight these outstanding employees. Unfortunately, I have fallen a bit behind with my columns, and so I will be “catching-up” in the next few columns to introduce you to recent Employees of the Quarter for 2013. First, I want to introduce you to Rick Clark who won the award in Spring 2013.

Rick has been in Valley City and at VCSU since 2009. He and his family moved to North Dakota from Hemet, California, where Rick previously served as a plant manager at Hemet High School. In his current position at VCSU, Rick is a facilities services worker with responsibility for the cleaning and care of Rhoades Science Center, the Facilities Building, and the Ceramics Building. Rick has been instrumental in the renovation and addition project in Rhoades Science Center, and he does a tremendous job maintaining that beautiful new facility. It now serves as a wonderful new educational environment for VCSU students, thanks in large part to Rick’s care and dedication. Rick has also worked on additional projects across campus at Lokken Stadium, in the residence halls, on the tennis courts, and in McFarland Hall.

When Rick was asked about his thoughts of the VCSU campus, he replied, “VCSU is a beautiful campus. It's like a park setting. It has a lot of history and character. And people care about the campus. I don't see a lot of graffiti and vandalism like we had in California. There are a lot of key people who love what they do and where they work, and that makes VCSU a very pleasant place to be.”

Asked what gets Rick excited about coming to work every day, he replied, “I feel privileged to work with the unique individuals who teach and work in Rhoades. There are always interesting ideas and great conversations in that building! I also enjoy supporting students as they pursue educational goals.”

Rick and his wife, Jackie Owen (an instructor at VCSU in the School of Education and Graduate Studies) live in Valley City with four of their children. They also have two grown children in California, and in addition to six children, Rick and Jackie are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Rick enjoys playing string bass in the Valley City Community Orchestra, as well as camping and riding his motorcycle. Additionally, he is on the parent committee of Valley City Boy Scouts and is also active in his church where he teaches Sunday School.

Rick is a tremendous member of the VCSU Family, and he does so much in supporting the teaching and learning environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff. Congratulations, Rick, on your Employee of the Quarter award earlier this year, and thanks for all you do in making VCSU such a special place!

Jenkinson to appear as Jefferson Tuesday in Vangstad

Jenkinson to appear as Jefferson Tuesday in Vangstad
Clay Jenkinson, a humanities scholar, author, educator and award-winning first-person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson, will perform Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Vangstad Auditorium.

Jenkinson will portray President Jefferson and answer questions while in the persona of Jefferson. Currently the director of the Dakota Institute, Jenkinson co-hosts public radio's The Jefferson Hour and creates documentary films, symposiums and literary projects. He also lectures at Dickinson State University and Bismarck State College.

His performance Tuesday is free and open to the public; it will be followed by a reception and book signing.

The event is sponsored by VCSU, “What in the World is Going On?,” the Valley City Public Schools and the Barnes County Historical Society.



VCSU Theatre to present Shakespeare’s (revised) works

VCSU Theatre opens their 2013-14 season with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), directed by guest director Terri Egan.

This fast-paced comedy features VCSU Theatre veteran performers Lindsay Lagodinski and Tony Trautman, along with VCSU faculty member Jennifer Jenness.

The versatile three-person will make a hilarious attempt to recreate all of Shakespeare’s scripts in just 90 minutes.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised) runs in Theatre 320 from October 17–19 at 7:30 p.m., along with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on the 19th. Tickets are available at the VCSU Bookstore in the Student Center or by calling 845-7320.

VCSU Rendezvous to be held Friday night at Eagles Club

VCSU Rendezvous to be held Friday night at Eagles Club
You asked for it and we’re delivering…a fun night out right here in Valley City! This Friday, Oct. 18, is the 2nd Annual VCSU Rendezvous at 7:30 p.m. at the Valley City Eagles Club.

This year’s entertainment is comedy, with headliner Chad Daniels of Comedy Central. Local comedian Jason Jacobson will open, and Big Hammer Karaoke will close the evening.

As always, ticket proceeds benefit V-500 Scholarships. You can feel good knowing that you’ll be supporting a great program while having a great time right here in your community. Get your tickets in the Foundation Office today! This event can only seat 370 people. For more information, visit v-500.vcsu.edu.

Prospective students invited to Viking Visit Days

Prospective students, friends and family members are invited to visit the campus of Valley City State University during Viking Visit Days, the first of which this fall will be held Saturday, Oct. 19. The sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Viking Visit Days provide a fun, no-pressure way to check out the VCSU campus and visit with students, professors and admissions counselors. Prospective student visitors receive a free VCSU Viking T-shirt.

Viking Visit Days are also scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013; Saturday, January 25, 2014; and Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Yamauchi presents at N.D. Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Takayuki Yamauchi, VCSU assistant professor of mathematics, gave two presentations at the North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (NDUMC) held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Minot State University. Yamauchi presented “Mathematical Theory of Mechanism of Innovation in Math-Teaching” and “Japan’s Math-Teacher Training Programs and Their Impact on Japan's Innovation and Economy.”

The presentation materials are posted at http://community.vcsu.edu/facultypages/takayuki.yamauchi/My_Webpage/vp.htm?p=678.

VCSU STEM Education Center hosts LEGO Symposium

VCSU STEM Education Center hosts LEGO Symposium
The Great Plains STEM Education Center at VCSU hosted a daylong LEGO Education Robotics Symposium in Rhoades Science Center on Saturday, Sept. 28. A group of 55 educators, parents, and afterschool program leaders, along with a Girl Scouts representative and a couple of middle-school students, participated in the event.

Featured presenters were Natalie Boe ’91, M.Ed. ’07, fourth grade teacher, Washington Elementary, Valley City; Tim Lankford, LEGO Education support technician from Joplin, Mo.; and Rick Vollick of 21st Century Kids, Chicago. The daylong workshop featured individual sessions on LEGO WeDo, Mindstorms EV3 and Mindstorms NXT with Tetrix, led by Boe, Lankford and Vollick, respectively.

The event was coordinated by Gary Ketterling and Teresa Cole of the STEM Education Center, with assistance from Kathy Grotta, LEGO Education representative for the area. David DeMuth, Jr., and Amanda Fickes of the STEM Education Center also participated in the symposium.

Van Gijssel attends genetic toxicology meeting

Van Gijssel attends genetic toxicology meeting
Hilde van Gijssel, VCSU associate professor of science, attended the 44th annual meeting of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomic Society (EMGS) in Monterey, Calif., Sept. 21–25.

Those working in industry, academia and government met to get updates on the latest developments in the field of genetic toxicology.

Van Gijssel is currently a council member and attended two council meetings during the conference. She also chairs the education, students and new investigators affairs committee. In this role she is responsible for the organization of a lunch program for students and new investigators. She gave a presentation about career options. In addition, she organized the judging of the poster and platform presentations by student and new investigators.

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Sports: Week in Review
Cross Country
Oct. 11: @ Jimmie Invite
VCSU men finish 3rd; Richard Wright takes 12th place and Richard Langdeaux 14th.

Football
Oct. 12: Mayville State 14, VCSU 9
The No. 16-ranked Vikings drop to 4-2 on the season.

Volleyball
Oct. 9: VCSU 3, Dakota State 1
Oct. 11: Jamestown 3, VCSU 0
Oct. 12: VCSU 3, Presentation College 0
Vikings improve to 12-18 overall and 3-4 in the North Star Athletic Association.

Upcoming Events
Oct. 15: VB vs. Dickinson State, 7 p.m., Graichen Gym
Oct. 18-19: VB @ Waldorf College Tournament, Forest City, Iowa
Oct. 19: FB vs. Gustavus Adolphus, 1 p.m., Shelly Ellig Field
Oct. 19: MBB Alumni Game, 7 p.m., W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

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

Monday, October 14
Columbus day observed
Thanksgiving Day in Canada
Eid al-Adha begins at sundown
7:30 pm: Andrew Allen saxophone performance, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Tuesday, October 15
Pay Day
11 am: Student Employee Training, Student Center lower-level conference room
12 noon: “Why Should an Employer Hire You? What Do You Have to Offer?” Student Center Skoal Room
7 pm: Viking volleyball vs Dickinson State University, Graichen Gymnasium
7 pm: Clay Jenkinson as Jefferson, Vangstad Auditorium

Wednesday, October 16
National Boss Day
12 noon: Student employee training, Student Center lower-level conference room
6:30 pm: Student employee training, Student Center lower-level conference room

Thursday, October 17
7:30 pm: VCSU Theatre, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), Theatre 320, McFarland Hall

Friday, October 18
Deadline to file an application for a spring semester internship, Career Services Office
3:30 pm: Viking volleyball vs Buena Vista University @ Waldorf College Tournament, Forest City, Iowa
5 pm: Viking volleyball vs York (Neb.) College @ Waldorf College Tournament, Forest City, Iowa
7:30 pm: VCSU Rendezvous, VC Eagles Club
7:30 pm: Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Fall Instrumental Showcase Concert, Vangstad Auditorium
7:30 pm: VCSU Theatre, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), Theatre 320, McFarland Hall

Saturday, October 19
Piano Seminar, Froemke Auditorium
9 am–12 noon: Viking Visit Day, Student Center
1 pm: Viking football vs Gustavus Adolphus College, Shelly Ellig Field
1 pm: Viking volleyball vs Waldorf College @ Waldorf College Tournament, Forest City, Iowa
2 pm and 7:30 pm: VCSU Theatre, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), Theatre 320, McFarland Hall

Sunday, October 20

Monday, October 21
7:30–9 pm: Garage Bands, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, October 22

Wednesday, October 23
3 pm: LGBTQA Heritage Presentation, Joshua Boschee, Student Center Skoal Room
7 pm: Volleyball @ Mayville State University

Thursday, October 24

Friday, October 25

Saturday, October 25
Cross Country @ Mount Marty Invite, Yankton, S.D.
1 pm: Football vs Jamestown College, Shelly Ellig Field

Sunday, October 26

October Birthdays

October Birthdays
14 Brenda Finger
15 Jamie Paurus
17 Nadja Johnson, Geraldine Ong
18 Julee Russell, Tyler Tufte
21 Irene Groth
25 Karen Ostgarden
26 Jane Hammer
27 Deborah Feuerherm, Elle Fracker, Nathan Trader, Brenda Tyre