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This Week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Employee of the Quarter (Winter 2014): Doug Hamilton
• Faculty/staff portrait sessions offered
• Blood Drive scheduled—Find the Hero in You!
• Listen to the “Language of Love”
• Ong and Kang to present joint piano/clarinet recital
• February is Black History Month
• ETF to meet February 10
• Woehl attends national meeting
• DECA/Department of Business hosts Emerging Leaders Competition at VCSU
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• February 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 (Winter 2014): Doug Hamilton

Employee of the Quarter (Winter 2014): Doug Hamilton
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of February 3, 2013.

Last week, Doug Hamilton was named Valley City State University’s Employee of the Quarter for Winter 2014.

Doug has been employed at VCSU in Facilities Services for 21 years. He works primarily in the Student Center with responsibilities for maintenance and the overall operation of the swimming pool. Additionally, Doug wears multiple hats in Facilities Services fulfilling duties as needed across the campus. Other duties of Doug’s include troubleshooting and taking care of the many appliances across campus, and he also assists in preparing Vangstad Auditorium for events.

About the work environment on campus, Doug replied, “VCSU is a great community. The culture is one of caring and sharing. The diverse background of our faculty and staff has enabled us to continue to grow as we set our vision to the future. I am proud to be a part of the VCSU community.”

Asked about VCSU’s greatest asset, Doug commented, “The greatest asset we have at VCSU is our student population. They are the heart and soul of the campus. Over the years, I have gotten to know many of the students through the work-study program. I have witnessed their growth during their time with us. They often allow me to share with their accomplishments and several do stay in touch following graduation.”

Regarding the many changes Doug has seen at VCSU during his 21 years on campus, he further commented, “The greatest change I have witnessed has been in the technology field. When I started, there was no Information Technology department. Distance learning was only a dream. Computers were large, slow, and used for data processing.”

Doug is a native of Kansas and originally came to North Dakota in the 1980s. He and his wife, Videlle, live on a family farm just north of Valley City. They enjoy the quiet lifestyle on the farm, but also keep busy with a host of animals including cattle, chickens, sheep, dogs, and cats. Doug noted that their children are grown and they are content with the empty nest. In his spare time Doug also enjoys golfing, deer hunting, and watching football.

Congratulations to Doug on his very deserving honor of being named Employee of the Quarter at VCSU for Winter 2014. A big word of “Thank You” to Doug for all of his efforts on a daily basis in supporting the teaching and learning environment for the faculty, staff, and students at Valley City State University!

Faculty/staff portrait sessions offered

Faculty and staff may sit for a new directory photo with a professional photographer at two sessions offered in the Norway Room of the Student Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to noon and Friday, Feb. 7, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. No appointments needed; just walk in for this free opportunity.

Blood Drive scheduled—Find the Hero in You!

Blood Drive scheduled—Find the Hero in You!
The VCSU Student Nurse Organization is sponsoring a Blood Drive Thursday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Skoal Room.

For an appointment contact Betty Tykwinski at 490-2299 or go online to, sponsor code: VCSU.

Everyone is encouraged to donate but there is an urgent need for type O- and O+ donors. Please seriously consider donating this gift of life.

Listen to the “Language of Love”

Listen to the “Language of Love”
VCSU music faculty members Robin Allebach, soprano, and Christopher Redfearn, tenor, will perform a recital titled “The Language of Love” on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Froemke Auditorium of Foss Hall on the VCSU campus.

This night of songs and arias will also feature fellow faculty members Geraldine Ong, piano, and James Adams, trombone. The program includes the world premiere of “Divisi: A Scene for Soprano and Trombone,” an anonymously commissioned work by North Dakota composer Christopher Gable and librettist Merie Kirby, composed and written for Allebach.

Ong and Kang to present joint piano/clarinet recital

Pianist Geraldine Ong, VCSU assistant professor of music, and clarinetist Cecilia Kang, assistant professor at NDSU, will present a joint recital, “A Collaboration of Friendship and Music,” Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at 3 p.m in Froemke Auditorium of Foss Hall on the VCSU campus.

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, VCSU Diversity and Inclusion will present Malika Carter, founder and CEO of Passion4Pivot, speaking on “Joining the Conversation and Moving Forward into Action” Monday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Skoal Room.

Carter will address institutional bias, racism and the marginalization of people, inspiring positive systemic change to ensure that all individuals are treated equitably, especially those who are historically underrepresented.

ETF to meet February 10

The VCSU Environmental Task Force will be meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, at 12 noon in the Student Senate Room in the Student Center.

The main agenda item will be to initialize plans for the 3rd Annual VCSU Earth Day Festival to be held on worldwide Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Faculty are encouraged to consider ways they can incorporate Earth Day into their courses, including involvement in the planning and implementation through student projects. Anyone who would like to hear and contribute to the discussion and planning is welcome to attend the meeting, or you may send your input to event coordinator Rhonda Fairfield at 845-7102 or email

Woehl attends national meeting

Woehl attends national meeting
Katie Woehl, assistant professor of psychology, was one of nine North Dakota representatives who attended the Quality Collaboratives meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21–22.

The goal of Quality Collaboratives is to encourage competency-based transfer protocol among campuses. It is a three-year project launched by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), with support from the Lumina Foundation, as part of its ongoing Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative.

Woehl and her North Dakota colleagues attended informational sessions, spent time planning upcoming North Dakota General Education Summits, and further discussed the idea of an updated General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) based on transfer of competencies rather than courses.

While in D.C., Woehl also attended the AAC&U annual meeting, “Quality, E-Quality, and Opportunity: How Educational Innovations Will Make—or Break—America’s Global Future." There she took in sessions on flipped classrooms and competency-based assessment.

DECA/Department of Business hosts Emerging Leaders Competition at VCSU

Emerging Leaders Competition was held Jan. 29, 2014, at VCSU. Hosted by VCSU collegiate DECA chapter and the Department of Business, over 200 high school students and their advisors were on campus. High school students competed in 12 different testing events and over 35 DECA/FBLA role-play events.

The department would like to thank the roughly 30 student workers, Business Department faculty, volunteer judges, and DECA/SHRM members for their hard work during the event. A huge thanks to Wes Anderson for providing a planetarium show and to the Garage Band performers for providing entertainment for students.

At the end of the day, 58 first place trophies and roughly 118 metals were handed out to competitive winners along with doors prizes!

Viking Sports - Week in Review

Viking Sports - Week in Review
Men’s Basketball
Wednesday: Jamestown 71, VCSU 69
Saturday: VCSU 88, Dakota State 63
Viking men have a 10-11 overall record and are 2-1 in conference play.

Women’s Basketball
Wednesday: Jamestown 77, VCSU 74
Saturday: VCSU 71, Dakota State 51
Viking women now have a 11-8 overall record and are 1-2 in conference play.

Indoor Track & Field
Vikings competed at the Cobber Duals on Saturday in Moorhead. Viking men took 8th out of 9 teams. Viking women took 10th out of 11 teams.

Upcoming events
Wednesday, Feb. 5: WBB/MBB @ Presentation College (Aberdeen, S.D.), 5:30/7:30 p.m., Live coverage on KOVC 1490 and
Friday, Feb. 7: Indoor Track & Field at NDSU Thundering Herd Classic, noon
Saturday, Feb. 8: Indoor Track & Field at NDSU Thundering Herd Classic, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8: MBB vs. Crossroads College, 4 p.m.

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

Monday, February 3

8 p.m. Culture Shock Presentation, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, February 4

Wednesday, February 5

5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball at Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.

Thursday, February 6

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Black History Month Kickoff, Student Center Cafeteria

Friday, February 7

7:30 pm Recital: Robin Allebach, soprano, and Christopher Redfearn, tenor, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, February 8

Viking track & field at Thundering Herd Classic, NDSU, Fargo, N.D.

Sunday, February 9

2-6 p.m. “Purses for a Purpose,” Quality Inn & Suites, Jamestown, N.D. proceeds for North Dakota Veterans
3 p.m. Recital: Geraldine Ong, piano, and Ceclia King, clarinet, Froemke Auditorium

Monday, February 10

Valley City High School art exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (February 10-21)
4-5 p.m. Diversity and Inclusion Black History Month Presentation: Malika Carter “Joining the Conversation and Moving Forward into Action,” Skoal Room, Student Center

Tuesday, February 11

Wednesday, February 12

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

Thursday, February 13

James and the Giant Peach, Theatre 320 (February 13–15)

Friday, February 14

Valentine’s Day
Pay Day

Saturday, February 15

Viking track & field at Bison Open, NDSU, Fargo, N.D.
4:00 & 6:00 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball @ Dakota State University, Madison, S.D.

Sunday, February 16

Monday, February 17

President’s Day
No VCSU classes – offices closed