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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Staff Employee of the Quarter recognized
• Boschee to speak at VCSU
• Figueroa attends Dakota ESL/ELL conference
• Finger attends NACADA conference
• Hagen speaks at music symposium
• 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.

Staff Employee of the Quarter recognized

Staff Employee of the Quarter recognized
Emma Tufte, administrative assistant for the School of Education and Graduate Studies, is the winner of the “Staff Employee of the Quarter” award for the 2013 third quarter.

Emma’s nomination began with this statement: “Emma provides a variety of services which have helped the School of Education and Graduate Studies become more efficient in serving faculty in the SOE and, more importantly, serving students who major in our teacher education program.”

The nomination went on to mention Emma’s many tasks and skills, including: maintaining student assessment system regarding teacher program admission, doing the record-keeping for Bush Grant financial and historical data, making arrangements for the professional development programs hosted by the School of Education, providing technology assistance throughout the office, and modeling exemplary communication and customer service skills.

Congratulations, Emma, on this well-deserved award!

Boschee to speak at VCSU

Boschee to speak at VCSU
Josh Boschee, District 44 representative in the North Dakota House and the first openly gay candidate elected to the state legislature, will speak on “Progress for LGBT Americans: What Does This Mean for North Dakotans?” at VCSU on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Skoal Room.

Great progress is being made toward LGBT equality in the United States, with local governments, state legislatures and the U.S. Supreme Court taking action to protect the rights of LGBT Americans. As progress is made elsewhere, what does that mean for LGBT North Dakotans, their families and communities?

The event is part of VCSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Presentation Series in recognition of LGBTQA Awareness Month. For more information, visit or call 701-845-7306.

Boschee will also present at a roundtable for VCSU faculty Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. The roundtable event is a faculty development opportunity focused on awareness of social exclusion. How can faculty build awareness for integrating VCSU students who are systemically marginalized? How can VCSU educators succeed in reaching out to a campus that is becoming more complex and diverse?

This roundtable event has room for 15 faculty members; a few seats are still available. A box lunch is provided to attendees. Please RSVP to by Monday, Oct. 21. (Room details available upon RSVP.)

Figueroa attends Dakota ESL/ELL conference

Figueroa attends Dakota ESL/ELL conference
Daisy Figueroa, instructor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies, attended “Closer Connections Conference 2013: Journey to New Heights” in Sioux Falls, S.D., Oct. 7–8.

The professional development event was hosted by the Dakota TESL (North Dakota and South Dakota Teachers of English as a Second Language and English Language Learners) in collaboration with Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Refugee and Immigration Center. Information was presented on language acquisition, refugee resettlement, ELL instructional strategies and other issues dealing with the education of students from diverse backgrounds.

The conference provided participants from throughout the Midwest an opportunity to learn of current trends and developing professional connections in the field.

Finger attends NACADA conference

Finger attends NACADA conference
Brenda Finger, assistant professor of business, attended and presented at the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) annual conference in Salt Lake City October 6-9. The conference, “Success Elevated: Greatest Advising on Earth,” was attended by over 3,000 faculty and administrators from across the United States.

Finger presented “The Academic Advising Orchestra: One Flute or Trumpet at a Time.” While at the conference she attended sessions on elevating sophomores and helping them transition into their academic programs, understanding student motivation and its relations to student success, getting the conversation started (helping students with no interests), energizing faculty advising, and creating a comprehensive advisement training, support and development model.

Hagen speaks at music symposium

Hagen speaks at music symposium
Sara Hagen, professor of music, was the keynote speaker for the Luther College Music Education Symposium in Decorah, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 12. The symposium theme was technology integration in music education with presentations on iPads and SmartMusic rehearsal software. Hagen spoke on trends and issues facing the profession such as live streaming of concerts, teaching music lessons at a distance and effectively integrating one-to-one technology solutions in the classroom with mobile devices. She had the opportunity to speak with the music education foundations classes on Friday discussing their concerns and interests in music technology.

Hagen will participate in a panel examining women's roles in music technology at the College Music Society (CMS) conference in Boston, Mass. Oct. 30–Nov. 3. This panel of regular participants in the field will discuss various reasons why women rarely choose careers in music technology. Joining Hagen will be Dr. Susan Piagentini, a former VCSU music faculty member now teaching at Northwestern University. The Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) joins the CMS conference, at which Hagen will present a paper on research relating to self and peer assessment using Blackboard. While attending the conference, Hagen will chair the New and Emerging Technologies committee meeting.

Hagen will attend the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conference in Nashville, Tenn. Oct. 27–29. She is the North Central Division representative on the IN-Ovations Council, an organization devoted to improving music education by reaching out to the 85 percent of high school students who do not participate in formal music instruction through innovative curriculum such as guitar, steel bands and music technologies.

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Sports: Week in Review
Oct. 15: Dickinson 3, VCSU 1 (25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22)
Oct. 18-19 @ Waldorf College Tournament
• Buena Vista 3, VCSU 0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-18)
• VCSU 3, York College 1 (25-18, 25-9, 20-25, 25-14)
• Cardinal Stritch 3, VCSU 1 (25-18, 11-25, 25-18, 29-27)
• Waldorf College 3, VCSU 0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-20)
VCSU record is now 13-22 overall and 3-4 in the North Star Athletic Association. Aurissa Martens reached 1,000 career kills this week against Dickinson State.

Oct. 26: Gustavus Adolphus 42, VCSU 21
VCSU record is now 4-3 overall and still 2-0 in the North Star.

Oct 23: VB @ Mayville State, 7 p.m. (North Star match)
Oct. 26: FB vs. Jamestown, 1 p.m. (North Star game)
Oct. 26: Cross Country @ Mount Marty Invitational (Yankton, S.D.)
Oct. 31: VB @ Dickinson State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: W/MBB vs. Dordt College, 5:30/7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2: W/MBB vs. Northwestern College, 2/4 p.m.

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

Monday, October 21

7:30 pm Garage Bands performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, October 22

Wednesday, October 23

3:00 pm VCSU Diversity and Inclusion Presentation Series: LGBTQA Awareness with presenter Josh Boschee, North Dakota Representative from District 44, Student Center Skoal Room

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball @ Mayville State University

Thursday, October 24

Friday, October 25

6:00-8:00 pm Ruckus at the Rec

Saturday, October 26

Viking cross country @ Mount Marty Invitational, Yankton, S.D.
1:00 pm Viking Football vs University of Jamestown, Shelley Ellig Field

Sunday, October 27

Monday, October 28

Craig Clifford ceramic sculpture exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (Oct. 28–Nov. 22)
7:00 – 8:30 pm Craig Clifford Reception, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor

Tuesday, October 29

5:00 pm VCSU Diversity and Inclusion Presentation Series: "Disability Awareness," presenter Zarifa Roberson, owner and CEO of I.d.e.a.l. Magazine, representing persons with disabilities, Student Center Skoal Room

Wednesday, October 30

Thursday, October 31

7:00 pm Viking football at Dickinson State University

Friday, November 1

Saturday, November 2

Viking cross country at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.

Sunday, November 3