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This Week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• The (fine!) Fine Arts at VCSU
• VCSU faculty scholar symposium held
• PJ drive held at VCSU
• Fenster presents at national conference
• Klingenstein attends NASM annual meeting
• Zavala-Petherbridge presents at adult/continuing ed conference
• VanHorn appointed to NCA board
• Maher attends workshop
• 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.

The (fine!) Fine Arts at VCSU

The (fine!) Fine Arts at VCSU
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of December 9, 2013.

There have been numerous opportunities the past few months to experience the outstanding Fine Arts at Valley City State University. These opportunities to see and hear student and faculty talent have included theatrical productions, art gallery displays, choral and band concerts, individual recitals, and other wonderful productions.

This fall, VCSU Theatre staged two major performances: a hilarious rendition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Jungle Book. These were two very different yet equally entertaining productions and were performed in different settings (Shakespeare in the intimate McFarland 320 Theatre and Jungle Book in historic Vangstad Auditorium). During Spring 2014, VCSU Theatre will perform two more productions, James and the Giant Peach in mid-February, and The Glass Menagerie later in the spring. I would urge you to check out the acting talent among our theatre students this coming spring by attending one (or both!) of these productions.

There have also been recent opportunities to hear our students display their talents through various musical performances. Just last week was the 14th annual Christmas at St. Catherine’s concert featuring the VCSU choirs along with the VCSU saxophone quartet. The VCSU Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble also performed last weekend. In addition to these wonderful concerts, numerous concerts and recitals have been performed on campus throughout the fall. Upcoming performances include the Community School of the Arts (CSA) recitals as well as the EBC We’re in the Christmas Mood show—both on Saturday, December 14, in Vangstad Auditorium. On December 16 in Vangstad is the Garage Bands concert, December 17 is the Courthouse Carol Sing, and numerous recitals are scheduled throughout early 2014. I encourage you to check out one of the upcoming concerts or recitals.

In addition to attending an upcoming theatrical production or musical performance, I would also encourage you to visit the Art Gallery located on the third floor of McCarthy Hall at Valley City State University. You can find displays of student artwork as well as faculty and visiting artist works throughout the year in the gallery. The gallery also serves as a host site for an active visiting artist lecture series. Additionally, student artwork utilizing various mediums is displayed in multiple buildings across campus adding an important component to the teaching and learning environment at VCSU.

Academically, VCSU has a strong tradition of providing programs in the Fine Arts areas. These offerings include bachelor degrees with majors in Music, Music Education, Art, and Art Education, as well as minors in Art, Music, Music Production and Sound Recording, Piano Pedagogy, and Theatre. VCSU is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and has a long history of delivering outstanding Music and Music Education programs.

The Fine Arts programming offered by VCSU adds an important dimension to the cultural heritage and community backbone, not only on campus, but throughout Valley City and the Barnes County region. I sincerely hope you will take the opportunity to attend a play, concert, or art exhibition sometime in the near future and also share information about the academic opportunities within the outstanding Fine Arts disciplines offered at VCSU.

VCSU faculty scholar symposium held

VCSU faculty scholar symposium held
The first Annual Faculty Scholar Symposium was held Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Norway and Presidents rooms in the Student Center.

Eight faculty members presented. Grand-prize winner for top project was Rachelle Hunt with “QR Codes in the Classroom,” while the Viewer’s Choice award went to Katie Woehl for “Lottery Ticket Quizzes Motivate Students to Read the Textbook.”

Other participants in the event, hosted by the VCSU Instructional Design Team and the Office for Academic Affairs, included:
  • • Daisy Figueroa, “It’s All About Engagement”
  • • Curt Hill, “Never Teach Naked”
  • • Heidi Larson, “13 Weeks, 4 Brown-Bag Sessions, 2 Student Groups, and 1 Learner-Centered Community Mission: A Perspective of a New-to-VCSU Faculty on Student Engagement in a Flipped Classroom Approach”
  • • Sheri Okland, “Tips and Tricks for Engaging Learners and Creating a Learning Community”
  • • Jackie Owen, “All Together Now: Learning Together Through Simultaneous Small Group Teaching”
  • • Jonna Ziniel, “SkyDrive, Blackboard, and E-folio: Integrating Technology to Create and Share Projects”

Judges were Doug Dawes, Kim Knodle, Misty Lindgren, Ruth Ihry and Greg Vanney.

PJ drive held at VCSU

PJ drive held at VCSU
The 20 students in Heather Kvilvang’s “Education 240: Educating Exceptional Students” class participated in Scholastic Reading Club’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive in November and December.

Fifteen pairs of children’s pajamas were either purchased outright by the students or purchased with funds donated by class members. The pajamas were then paired with books contributed by Scholastic and distributed to children in need through a regional Pajama Program chapter office.

“PJs and books—that’s what everyone should get for Christmas,” said Kvilvang, assistant professor in the VCSU School of Education and Graduate Studies.

Fenster presents at national conference

Fenster presents at national conference
Emily Fenster, instructor in the Social Science Department, presented at the 66th annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in New Orleans, La., Nov. 20–24.

She and her co-researchers from Miami University—Jasleen Chahal, Anthony Bardo and Heidi Ewen—presented “Defining the Meaning of Self in the Midst of Change: Transitions into Senior Housing,” which focused on the coping strategies used by a group of 26 older women who relocated to senior housing facilities from their homes. Coping strategy themes included facilitating social interactions, adjusting to life circumstances, hiding emotions, and optimism.

Klingenstein attends NASM annual meeting

Klingenstein attends NASM annual meeting
Beth Gigante Klingenstein, chair of the department of music, attended the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The meeting is open to the heads of music units accredited by NASM, the main accrediting body of music units in higher education. Attendees included chairs of music departments, deans of music schools and heads of music conservatories from across the country.

Klingenstein attended sessions on overall administrative topics such as planning strategies, vision and mission, goals and planning, equipment funding, time management, financial management, communication skills, scholarly vs. teaching vs. service activities, faculty development, load structures, tenure/promotion and other forms of evaluation, and music education curriculum. She also attended sessions that focused on NASM itself, including the completion of a required Higher Education Arts Data Survey, NASM’s official services, the NASM website, NASM standards and the NASM process for accreditation and reaccreditation. The final session attended was a discussion group organized to give chairs from smaller institutions such as VCSU the opportunity to discuss their unique challenges and opportunities.

Zavala-Petherbridge presents at adult/continuing ed conference

Zavala-Petherbridge presents at adult/continuing ed conference
Spanish instructor Dina Zavala-Petherbridge presented at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) and the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) Co-Conference, held in Lexington, Ky., Nov. 5–8.

Her presentation, “Negotiating Identity: Autoethnography and Mind-Mapping as Tools for Adult Learners,” surveyed mind-mapping as a tool for exploring personal identity work. Also included was a discussion of how a transnational woman constructs different identities to allow her to change her role according to context.

VanHorn appointed to NCA board

VanHorn appointed to NCA board
Shannon VanHorn, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communications Arts, has been appointed to the Educational Policies Board of the National Communication Association (NCA). This six-member board reports directly to the NCA Executive Committee and provides educational material and support for NCA members, as well as recommendations for policy and best practices in the communication field.

VanHorn begins her three-year term at a February retreat in Washington, D.C.

NCA, with more than 12,000 members nationally and internationally, advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.

Maher attends workshop

Maher attends workshop
Elizabeth Maher, instructor in the VCSU School of Education and Graduate Studies, attended the Daily 5/Daily CAFE workshops in Las Vegas Nov. 11–12. The Daily 5 is an instructional model, and the Daily CAFE is reading content module aligned with the Common Core reading standards. The model and content are being used in elementary classrooms throughout the nation.

Daily Five/Daily CAFE principals (and sisters) Gail Boushey (left) and Joan Moser, nationally renowned reading/literacy consultants, are pictured with Maher (center) at the workshop.

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Sports:  Week in Review
Men's Basketball
Dec. 6: VCSU 95, Oglala Lakota College 54
AJ McDonald scored a game-high 21 points as the Vikings improve their record to 2-7.

Women's Basketball
No games this past week. Season record of 3-4.

Three Vikings were named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes: Kaitlyn Heuring, Anna Neufeld and Aurissa Martens.

Indoor Track
VCSU released its indoor track schedule this week. The first meet is set for Jan. 18 at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.

Upcoming events
Wednesday, Dec. 11: WBB @ Dickinson State, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20: WBB/MBB @ Minnesota-Morris, 5:30/7:30 p.m.

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

What\'s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, December 9

Laptop Inspection begins today.

Tuesday, December 10

Wednesday, December 11

5:30 pm Viking women’s basketball at Dickinson State University

Thursday, December 12

Friday, December 13

Pay Day
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, VCSU Cafeteria
7:30 pm EBC We're in the Christmas Mood performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, December 15

9:30 pm Finals breakfast served by faculty and staff, VCSU Cafeteria

Monday, December 16

Finals week begins today
4:00 pm Garage Bands perform, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, December 17

7:30 pm Courthouse Carol Sing, Barnes County Courthouse

Wednesday, December 18

5:30-8:30 pm Job Search for Educators, Skoal Room & Lower Level Conference Room

Thursday, December 19

12:00 pm December graduate luncheon, VCSU Cafeteria (RSVP required to Kim Hesch)

Friday, December 20

5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking women & men’s basketball vs University of Minnesota–Morris, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Saturday, December 21

First Day of Winter

Sunday, December 22