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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Employee of the Quarter (Summer 2013): Kim Hesch
• Library hosts study room open house
• Owen published in adult learner's book
• Williams and VCSU students attend annual meeting
• Viking Sports: Week in Review
• What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• November 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 (Summer 2013): Kim Hesch

Employee of the Quarter (Summer 2013): Kim Hesch
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of October 28, 2013.

As written previously, I am taking the opportunity with these columns to feature recent recipients of VCSU’s Employee of the Quarter. I fell behind earlier this year in recognizing a couple individuals, so today am introducing you to Kim Hesch who was named the Employee of the Quarter for Summer 2013.

Kim has been employed at Valley City State University since 1996. During her 17 years at VCSU, Kim has worked in the Center for Innovation in Instruction, the Office of the President, and in her current role as assistant director of advancement and alumni relations in the VCSU Foundation and Alumni Office. Kim also taught on a part-time basis for the VCSU Division of Business for 10years. Kim’s diverse career path at VCSU has certainly given her a strong understanding of many facets of the university while also allowing her to know many students and alumni. Additionally, Kim is a 1991 graduate of VCSU, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.

In her current role, Kim builds and maintains relations with alumni and friends of VCSU. This includes working with the Alumni Board of Directors in planning social activities, reunions, and homecoming events. She also coordinates several fund–raising activities, including the VCSU Scholarship Auction that has sold out the last three years while raising dollars for scholarships. Kim also oversees the office budget and financial activities for the VCSU Foundation, and she monitors scholarship endowments.

When Kim was asked about the changes at VCSU over the years, she replied, “My junior year at VCSU a lab was set up on campus with PCs – prior to that our computer labs were run off of a mainframe. This was our first introduction to using a floppy disk and a mouse! I remember thinking how techie I was going out into the workforce having that experience. Now our students carry a laptop with them to class or are using their smartphones.”

Asked what gets her excited about coming to work every day, Kim replied, “The variety of activities I get to work on and the people I get to work with — our volunteers are the best. I also get to promote VCSU every day!” Kim also mentioned that VCSU is a great place to work due to: “The people who work here. We have a lot of dedicated faculty and staff that truly care about the students and their education.”

Kim and her husband, Wade, live in Valley City with their son Easton, a sixth-grader at Washington. Kim is a graduate of Oriska High School and has strong ties in the region. Kim and her family are regular attendees at many VCSU Viking athletic events. In her spare time, Kim volunteers with the United Way, is active in her church and with Washington Elementary PTO, and she enjoys time with her family and attending her son’s activities.

Kim is a fantastic part of the VCSU Community, and she is a wonderful supporter of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and campus friends. Congratulations, Kim, on your well-earned Employee of the Quarter award, and thanks for all you do for Valley City State University!

Library hosts study room open house

Library hosts study room open house
Allen Memorial Library is holding an open house to showcase the newly renovated group study room called “212 Ramos.” The open house will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 1-3 p.m.

Swing by the library's second floor for a chance to explore the space and chat with the creative minds behind the renovation. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Owen published in adult learners book

Owen published in adult learners book
A chapter titled “Developing and Sustaining the Gifted Adult Learner” by Jackie Owen and Elizabeth Anne Erichsen has been published in Developing and Sustaining Adult Learners (Information Age Publishing, 2013).

Owen, senior author of the piece, is an instructor in the VCSU School of Education and Graduate Studies; Erichsen is assistant professor, education doctoral programs, in the School of Education at North Dakota State University.

Developing and Sustaining Adult Learners is part of the series Adult Education Special Topics: Theory, Research and Practice in Lifelong Learning.

Williams and VCSU students attend annual meeting

Williams and VCSU students attend annual meeting
Casey Williams, VCSU assistant professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Science program, along with students Aaron Burgad and Amy Doll, attended the 143rd annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 8–12.

The annual meeting allowed fisheries professionals and students to network and keep current with regional and national fisheries science issues and methods.

Williams and Burgad presented a poster titled “Recovery of a Restored Native Cutthroat Trout Population after Watershed Renovation” based on research conducted by Burgad in New Mexico during the summer of 2013. In addition, Williams, Burgad and Doll attended numerous presentations concerning fisheries issues throughout North America.

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Sports: Week in Review
Jamestown 16, VCSU 13
VCSU is now 4-4 overall and 2-1 in North Star play. The Vikings are off this week.

Mayville 3, VCSU 1
The Vikings will play at Dickinson State on Oct. 31.

Cross Country
VCSU competed at the Mount Marty Invitational on Saturday. The VCSU men took 8th in a competitive 13-team field. Valley City was the top North Star finisher, placing ahead of both Dakota State and Jamestown.

Richard Langdeaux was the top Viking finisher in 42nd. Monica Madavi was the top Viking women's finisher, placing 85th.

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

Monday, October 28

Craig Clifford ceramic sculpture exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (October 28 – November 22)
7:00 – 8:30 pm Craig Clifford Reception, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
7:30 pm General Student Music Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, October 29

5:00 pm VCSU Diversity and Inclusion Presentation Series: Disability Awareness with 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 volleyball at Dickinson State University

Friday, November 1

5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball vs Dordt College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, November 2

Viking cross country at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.
2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball vs Northwestern College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, November 3

Monday, November 4

Tuesday, November 5

12:00 noon Utilizing Social Media in your Job Search and Finding Jobs, Skoal Room
5:30 – 7:30 pm Wine & Beer Tasting Social, Barnes County Historical Museum

Wednesday, November 6

Thursday, November 7

7:00 pm Viking men’s basketball vs Viterbo University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Friday, November 8

1:00 pm Viking women’s basketball vs Doane College @ Concordia University, Seward, Neb.

Saturday, November 9

1:00 Viking football vs Mayville State University, Shelley Ellig Field
5:00 pm Viking women’s basketball @ Concordia University, Seward, Neb.

Sunday, November 10