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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Employee of the Quarter (Fall 2013): Emma Tufte
• Spriggs to speak on Tuskegee Airmen on Nov. 14
• VCSU offers free planetarium show double-feature Saturday
• Allen earns doctorate, presents clinic
• Thank you to VCSU
• 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 (Fall 2013): Emma Tufte

Employee of the Quarter (Fall 2013): Emma Tufte
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of November 11, 2013.

With this week’s column, I am introducing you to Emma Tufte. A couple weeks ago, Emma was named Valley City State University’s Employee of the Quarter for Fall 2013.

Emma has been employed at VCSU for nearly four years. Emma began her employment as an administrative assistant splitting her duties between the Great Plains STEM Education Center and the School of Education and Graduate Studies (SEGS). Today, Emma is full-time in SEGS working as an administrative and assessment assistant. In addition to her employment, Emma is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Teaching & Technology through VCSU and is expecting to complete her M.Ed. in May 2014.

In her administrative position in SEGS, Emma wears a variety of hats fulfilling a range of important roles. Her responsibilities include editing promotional materials, preparing reports and data entry, working with students applying for admission to the Teacher Education program, and providing support for VCSU’s efforts in the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) program (NExT is a grant supported by the Bush Foundation). Emma has also been very active in employee governance matters; she recently served as the president of the VCSU Staff Senate and is the current president-elect of the North Dakota University System Staff Senate.

Asked what gets her excited about coming to work, Emma replied, “I get to work with a variety of projects within SEGS. Sometimes, that means I get to be creative working with InDesign software, the next day I might be troubleshooting a technology problem or gathering data for reporting. Working with the faculty, staff and students on campus puts a human story behind the photos, applications, and data that I work with and that makes it very enjoyable to come to work.”

About the work environment on campus, Emma further commented, “VCSU has provided me with a variety of opportunities to continually learn more, whether in a formal training session or class, or just by having a discussion with others.”

Emma is a native of Edgeley, N.D. and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Jamestown. Emma’s husband Tyler is a 2005 graduate of VCSU, and he is employed in the Information Technology Center (ITC) on campus as an applications developer. Emma and Tyler have a two-year old daughter. They also have a black lab cross, and in her spare time Emma enjoys crafting, quilting, and running.

Congratulations to Emma on her very deserving honor of being named Employee of the Quarter at VCSU for Fall 2013. A big word of “Thanks” to Emma for everything she does in supporting the faculty, staff, and students in VCSU’s School of Education and Graduate Studies!

Spriggs to speak on Tuskegee Airmen on Nov. 14

Spriggs to speak on Tuskegee Airmen on Nov. 14
Ron Spriggs, a Tuskegee Airmen historian, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, from 4–5:30 p.m. in Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall.

Spriggs’ presentation, “The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen,” is part of the VCSU Diversity and Inclusion Presentation Series in recognition of Veteran’s Day. The event is free and open to the public.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American pilots in World War II. The segregated unit was trained at the Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college in Tuskegee, Ala.

Ron Spriggs is an oral historian, lecturer and curator of the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit. An eight-year U.S. Air Force veteran, he is a retired IBM manager and business planner.

VCSU offers free planetarium show double-feature Saturday

Two free planetarium shows will be offered in the VCSU Planetarium (Rhoades Science Center 309) at 1 and 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

The 1 p.m. show, “It’s About Time,” takes a lighthearted look at the various ways time has been calculated since early people first began observing the sun, moon and constellations.

The 1:45 pm. show, “The Zodiac ,” is a fun look at the stories surrounding the 12 zodiacal constellations that fall along the ecliptic plane over the course of the year.
Attend one or attend both! No charge but donation box for free-will offerings is available. For more information, contact Wes Anderson, 701-845-0966, or Alice Beauchman, 701-845-7452.

Allen earns doctorate, presents clinic

Allen earns doctorate, presents clinic
Following a successful final recital and defense of his dissertation, dealing with the history and literature of large saxophone ensembles, Andrew Allen, VCSU instructor of music, completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in musical performance at the University of South Carolina last week.

On Friday, November 1, Allen presented a clinic at the South Dakota Music Education Association Conference in Sioux Falls. His presentation dealt with the pedagogical differences between teaching the clarinet and the saxophone to young learners.

Thank you to VCSU

The following thank was sent to VCSU:

The United Way of Barnes County Board of Directors would like to thank you for your sponsorship of the 2013 Sheyenne Valley Shuffle and for helping them toward their goal of $55,000. These funds support local organizations within Barnes County.

Thank you for our support of the Sheyenne Valley Shuffle. We had a fun and successful race and are looking forward to hosting the race again. Your support of the Barnes County United Way is greatly appreciated!

VCSU became a major sponsor of the event by donating the cost for use of Lokken Stadium for part of this event.

Viking Sports - Week in Review

Viking Sports - Week in Review
VCSU 37, Mayville State 12
The Vikings (5-4 overall) finished the conference season with a 3-1 record and won a share of the North Star title on Saturday, sharing it with Jamestown. Derek Elliott tied a VCSU single-game record with 286 rushing yards, and broke four different single-season records on Saturday. Elliott (offensive), Matt Craft (defensive) and Thomas Cortez (special teams) were all named North Star Players of the Week.

Cross Country
Saturday, Nov. 9: MCAC/North Star national qualifier at Lawrence, Kan.
VCSU men took first place with 22 points, earning at automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kan. VCSU took home 5 of the top 7 spots in the race, and 7 of the top 14 spots. A total of 8 men's teams competed.
The Viking women took sixth place in the 9-team women's field.

Women's Basketball
Nov. 8: VCSU 68, Doane College 65
Nov. 9: Concordia (Neb.) 80, VCSU 63
The Viking women went 1-1 during the Cattle Classic at Concordia University (Neb.). VCSU's Kelsey Hunter was named to the all tournament team. VCSU is now 1-3.

Men's Basketball
Nov. 7: Viterbo 73, VCSU 64
VCSU is now 0-3 to start the season.

Upcoming events
Tuesday, Nov. 12: W/MBB at Minnesota–Crookston, 6/8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15: MBB at Viterbo Tournament (vs. #1 Cardinal Stritch), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: MBB at Viterbo Tournament, TBA
Saturday, Nov. 16: WBB vs. William Penn, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Football at Menlo College (Calif.), 12 p.m. PST. (2 p.m. CST)
Sunday, Nov. 17: WBB at St. Cloud State, 2 p.m. (exhibition game)

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

Tuesday, November 12

6:00 & 8:00 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball @ University of Minnesota–Crookston, Crookston, Minn.
7:00 pm Barnes County Music Festival, Vangstad Auditorium

Wednesday, November 13

12:00 to 4:00 pm Tri College Career Fair, Ramada Plaza Suites, Fargo, N.D. (must preregister)

Thursday, November 14

Friday, November 15

Woodwind Day, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall
5:00 pm Viking men’s basketball @ Cardinal Stritch University, La Crosse, Wis. – Viterbo University Tournament

Saturday, November 16

12:00 pm PST Viking football @ Menlo College, Redwood, City, Calif.
1:00 pm Viking women’s basketball vs William Penn University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
TBD Viking men’s basketball @ Viterbo University Tournament

Sunday, November 17

1:30 pm Andrea Swartz, soprano performance, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Monday, November 18

7:30 pm General student music recital, Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall

Tuesday, November 19

5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball vs Dickinson State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Wednesday, November 20

Thursday, November 21

11:00 pm Learning to Live Student Symposium, Graichen Gymnasium
7:30 pm The Jungle Book theatre performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, November 22

6:00 pm Viking women’s basketball vs Viterbo University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm The Jungle Book theatre performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, November 23

2:00 and 7:30 pm The Jungle Book theatre performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, November 24

3:00 pm Viking men’s basketball @ Minot State University, Minot, N.D.