December 2nd, 2013
This Week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:
• Faculty Scholar Symposium to be held Wednesday, Dec. 4
• Open house at President’s House Guest Inn set for Saturday, Dec. 14
• December graduate luncheon scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19
• Bennett Zaun supporting new VCSU alumni teachers
• James attends national conference
• Gjovik presents at MVTTEC
• Allen articles published in music journals
• 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.
Faculty Scholar Symposium to be held Wednesday, Dec. 4
Come to learn about what some VCSU teachers are doing in their classes during the Faculty Scholar Symposium on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the President’s and Norway rooms in the Student Center.
Eight faculty have committed to share their fun and exciting practices; they’re hoping you will vote for them for the Viewers’ Choice award. Two teams of judges will be scoring faculty poster presentations to award a grand prize.
Open house at President’s House Guest Inn set for Saturday, Dec. 14
The President’s House Preservation Society will hold a holiday open house at the President’s House Guest Inn on the VCSU campus on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
The President’s House has been decorated for Christmas, and the open house will feature refreshments, tours of the home and information about renovation plans.
The historic house, built in 1901, served as the residence for Valley City State presidents from 1918 until 1994. It is included in the VCSU central campus that is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
Owned by Valley City State since 1921, the house has been preserved and managed by the President’s House Preservation Society. Now operated as the President’s House Guest Inn, visitors may rent any of the home’s four bedrooms or the entire house for overnight stays. The house is also available for special events.
Plans have been drawn for a much-needed upgrade to the house to increase accessibility and create a better flow for events; those plans will be shared at the open house.
December graduate luncheon scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19
There will be a luncheon again this year with a short program to honor all the students that will be graduating in December. The luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19, at 12 noon in the VCSU Memorial Student Center Cafeteria. The cost to attend is $5 each.
If you plan to attend the luncheon, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, December 11.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to plan, we need you to RSVP—only those who have sent an RSVP will be allowed to attend. We want to be able to know how many to set up for and what to order for food so please RSVP!
Bennett Zaun supporting new VCSU alumni teachers
Kathleen Bennett Zaun, lecturer in the VCSU School of Education and Graduate Studies, is now organizing and implementing a new-teacher support program in addition to her student-teaching supervision duties.
The teacher support program provides assistance to new VCSU graduates (from December 2012 on) in their first year of K–12 teaching. These graduates represent the first cohort to complete their pre-service education in the revised curriculum—including clinical and student teaching experiences, extensive study and practice in utilizing the most up-to-date strategies in the classroom, and the knowledge and skills to assess their students’ progress—achieved through the Bush Foundation’s grant for the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative.
Teacher support is provided for three years into each new teacher’s first classroom assignment. The focus of support is to help teachers ensure that they are promoting student growth based on evidence of student learning and reflection on teaching practice.
Bennett Zaun contacts the teachers and arranges personal visits, Skype sessions, and email and/or phone contacts to ensure their positive transition into their new teaching positions, address any concerns they may have and provide resources to them.
Profiles of the new teachers are featured on the Valley Partnership website—www.teachers2be.org/why_teaching/Teacher_Profiles
—through the work of Carolyn DeLorme, VCSU Bush Grant coordinator, and also in the Valley City Times-Record.
Thus far Bennett Zaun has met with more than 20 of the new teachers, and the visits have been well received.
VCSU is joined in the new-teacher support initiative by Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University. The three schools formed the Valley Partnership to work together on implementing a 2010 Bush Foundation Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) grant to begin reforming the way teacher education candidates are recruited, prepared, placed and supported to become effective education professionals.
James attends national conference
Donna James, library director and lead researcher for the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Collaborate 21 grant, presented along with graduate faculty member Konnie Wightman and others at the national American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in Hartford, Conn., on Nov. 16.
James and Wightman traveled to Connecticut with Dr. Jim Stenehjem, the director of ND LEAD—a North Dakota administrators' leadership organization and Collaborate 21 partner—and a team of K–12 educators and librarians from Burlington, N.D.
The Collaborate 21 grant, in its third year, focuses on school librarians building collaborative partnerships with classroom teachers while garnering administrative support.
The Connecticut conference was the second of three national conferences to which the team has been invited to present. In June they presented at the American Library Association conference in Chicago, and they will be presenting in Dallas, Texas, at the Learning Forward conference in December.
Gjovik presents at MVTTEC
Peder Gjovik, assistant professor in the Department of Technology, presented a paper based on his research to the Mississippi Valley Technology Teacher Education Conference held in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 12.
Gjovik , along with Myron A. Eighmy of North Dakota State University, gave a presentation titled “Integrative STEM Implementation Barriers in K-12 Schools.” The presentation was given at a session titled Strategic Research in Technology and Engineering Education.
The presentation and paper identified barriers from the perspective of practicing K–12 teachers. Measured were group differences and congruence regarding barriers by implementation level, grade level, and content area emphasis.
Discussed were implications of this research for the integrated STEM disciplines regarding efficacy, iSTEM buy-in, adoption, resources, professional development; pre-service training, No Child Left Behind, technology and engineering standards, male-oriented curriculum, narrow view of STEM, perception, and regulation.
The paper was published in the Mississippi Valley Technology Teacher Education Conference: The Proceedings of the 100th Meeting.
Allen articles published in music journals
“Woodwind Clinic: Caring for Single Reeds,” an article by Andrew Allen, instructor of music, was published in the December 2013 issue of The Instrumentalist magazine.
Another article by Allen, “Polystylism in William Albright’s Fantasy Etudes for Saxophone Quartet,” will appear in a new online journal, Saxophone Today, in its inaugural January/February 2014 issue.
Viking Sports: Week in Review
Friday, Nov. 29: Dickinson State 67, VCSU 63
Saturday, Nov. 30: Rocky Mountain College 81, VCSU 58
Viking men's basketball is now 1-7 on the season.
Monday, Nov. 25: MSU–Moorhead 83, VCSU 53 (exhibition)
Viking women's basketball has a 3-4 record this season.
Monday, Dec. 2: MBB @ NDSU, 7 p.m. (exhibition)
Tuesday, Dec. 3: WBB/MBB vs. Trinity Bible College, 5:30/7:30 p.m. (Last home game before Christmas)
Friday, Dec. 6: MBB @ Oglala Lakota College, 6 p.m.
What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, December 2
7:00 pm Viking men’s basketball at North Dakota State University
Tuesday, December 3
2:00–3:00 pm Diversity Committee meeting, Student Center Skoal Room
5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking women & men’s basketball vs Trinity Bible College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
Wednesday, December 4
11:00 am–1:00 pm Faculty Scholar Symposium, President’s and Norway rooms, Student Center
11:00 am–1:00 pm Hanukkah kickoff in the Student Center Cafeteria
Thursday, December 5
Job search for non-teaching graduates, Student Center Skoal Room
East region instrumental contest at VCSU campus
7:30 pm “Christmas at St. Catherine’s,” VCSU music concert, Valley City
Friday, December 6
3:00–4:00 pm Retention Recognition Reception, Student Center Skoal Room
6:00 pm Viking men’s basketball at Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D.
Saturday, December 7
3:00 pm Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Concert performances, Vangstad Auditorium
5:00-7:00 pm Oxfam Hunger Banquet, Student Center Cafeteria
7:30 pm Combined VCSU and University of Jamestown Orchestras, Valley Voices, Valley Youth Choir performance, Vangstad Auditorium
Sunday, December 8
Monday, December 9
Tuesday, December 10
Wednesday, December 11
5:30 pm Viking women’s basketball at Dickinson State University
Thursday, December 12
Friday, December 13
5:00-6:30 pm Student Exhibition Reception, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor
Saturday, December 14
2:00 & 4:00 pm CSA Recitals, Froemke Auditorium
5:30 pm V-500 Recognition Banquet, Student Center Cafeteria
7:30 pm EBC “In the Christmas Mood” performance, Vangstad Auditorium
Sunday, December 15
9:30 pm Finals breakfast served by faculty and staff, Student Center Cafeteria