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This Week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Another national ranking for VCSU’s online Master’s programs
• Football alumni holding online auction Feb. 10 through Feb. 28
• Fox TV to feature dementia simulation lab
• VanHorn attends NCA leadership retreat
• Instructional Design Team attends conference
• Daughter of alumni participating in American Idol
• 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.

Another national ranking for VCSU’s online Master’s programs

Another national ranking for VCSU’s online Master’s programs
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of February 17, 2014.

Earlier this winter, US News and World Report recognized the Master of Education program at Valley City State University for the third consecutive year. US News established this new recognition in 2012 to honor online graduate programs, and VCSU is excited to be ranked during each of the first three years. This year, US News also initiated a new rankings program to assess online baccalaureate education programs, and VCSU’s undergraduate programs were also favorably ranked in this new category. These two recognitions follow the ranking by US News earlier this year of VCSU as the #2 ranked public regional college in the Midwest (VCSU has been rated first or second in this category the past five years, a claim that no other college or university can make!).

This ranking system for online graduate programs also includes other programs of study in addition to Education (such as Business, Engineering, Information Technology, and Nursing); VCSU is the only college or university in North Dakota that has been included in all three years of the Online Graduate Education category. These rankings take into account such important criteria as admissions selectivity, student engagement, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

VCSU is ranked #42 among 234 colleges and universities for 2014 in the Online Graduate Education category. It should be noted that VCSU is ranked ahead of such national leaders as the University of Florida, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Iowa. There are numerous prestigious colleges and universities included in this ranking, and VCSU’s inclusion and strong showing is an important testimonial regarding the quality of our M.Ed. programs. Further information and the complete rankings are available at

VCSU began offering graduate degrees in 2005, and currently offers the following M.Ed. concentrations: Teaching and Technology; English Education; Elementary Education; Teaching English Language Learners; Library and Information Technologies; Technology Education (with options in Secondary STEM Education, Elementary STEM Education, and Career & Technical Education). The graduate program also offers the following certificates: Secondary STEM Education; Elementary STEM Education; Library and Information Technology; and Teaching English Language Learners. There are approximately 150 students currently enrolled in VCSU’s graduate online program.

The Master’s program at Valley City State University has clearly been a huge success during the past decade, and the graduate programs offered at VCSU provide an important academic opportunity for many educators and practitioners throughout North Dakota. The VCSU faculty and staff involved with the graduate program have built and sustained a high-quality graduate education program for our students, and it is so rewarding to see these efforts recognized with this significant national recognition! More information about VCSU’s online graduate program is available at

Football alumni holding online auction Feb. 10 through Feb. 28

VCSU Viking Football Alumni are holding an online auction to raise funds for Viking Football. The online auction opened for bids on Monday, Feb. 10, at 8 a.m. and will run through noon on Friday, Feb. 28.

You have the opportunity to purchase some awesome items donated by our football alumni and other friends of Viking Football. Without their support this auction would not be possible.

Let the competitive juices flow and make sure you outbid your friends for the item(s) you want! Remember that this is a fund-raiser; we hope that you will over-bid on all items. This is a great way to support Viking Football by helping raise scholarship funds.

The online auction can be found at or by going to the VCSU Football webpage at and clicking on the Online Auction banner. Please share the auction information with your family and friends!

Fox TV to feature dementia simulation lab

Fox KVRR TV in Fargo will be running a news story on their 6 p.m. broadcast Tuesday, Feb. 18, about the dementia simulation lab that Katie Woehl, assistant professor of psychology, uses in her abnormal psychology course at VCSU. KVRR’s Aaron Boerner and Brandon King captured footage and interviewed Woehl and several of her students on a visit to campus Dec. 18.

VanHorn attends NCA leadership retreat

VanHorn attends NCA leadership retreat
Shannon VanHorn, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Arts, participated in the National Communication Association's annual Leadership Retreat, Feb. 6–8, in Hyattsville, Md. This retreat brought together the NCA Executive Team—the president, first vice president, second vice president, and past president—as well as members of the four Executive Boards to discuss initiatives and plan for the year.

As a member of the Educational Policies Board, VanHorn will be working with Scott Myers (West Virginia University) to create a series of monthly articles on best practices in online teaching pedagogy and uses of technology both in and out of the classroom, to be published in the organization's newsletter, Spectra, and on its website. She is also in charge of organizing a panel on this topic for the national conference in November.

NCA comprises more than 8,000 members worldwide.

Instructional Design Team attends conference

The VCSU Instructional Design Team—Kerry Gregoryk, Jim Boe, Shannon Van Horn, Diane Burr, Sara Hagen and Amber Aberle—participated in the 6th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP) Feb. 4–7 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Each team member participated in two pre-conference sessions in addition to the three-day conference, focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. More than 1,200 people from almost 200 institutions in over 40 countries attended the conference.

One keynote presenter was José Bowen, author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, the seminal text for the design team’s 2013 Summer Teaching Academy.

The team brought back much information and many activities to share with the rest of campus through brown bag lunch sessions and the 2014 Summer Teaching Academy, planned for May 20–22. Watch for more information about these events coming soon.

Daughter of alumni participating in American Idol

Andina Brogden of West Fargo, the daughter of VCSU alumni Diane Rust ’89 and Tom Brogden ’90, is one of 30 remaining contests on Fox’s "American Idol."

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Sports:  Week in Review
Men's Basketball
Feb. 12: VCSU 69, Mayville State 59
Feb. 15: Dakota State 65, VCSU 51
Vikings are now 13-12 overall and 4-2 in North Star play. VCSU is tied with Dakota State for 2nd in the conference standings.

Women's Basketball
Feb. 12: #14 Mayville State 87, VCSU 65
Feb. 15: Dakota State 71, VCSU 64
Viking women are 12-10 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

Track and Field
Viking Track and Field competed at the Bison Open this weekend in Fargo. Malik Jackson took third place in the 600-meter run with a personal best time of 1:25.21. He missed first place by just 18 hundredths of a second. You can view complete results from the meet at the VCSU track and field website.

Upcoming events
Feb. 19: VCSU WBB/MBB @ University of Jamestown, 5:30/7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20: VCSU T&F @ Bemidji State University Meet, 3 p.m.
Feb. 22: VCSU WBB/MBB vs. Presentation College, 4/6 p.m.

What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City

Tuesday, February 18

Wednesday, February 19

11 a.m.–3 p.m. Engineering/Technology Career Fair, UND Memorial Union
5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Viking women’s & men’s basketball @ University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.

Thursday, February 20

Viking track & field at Beaver Twilight, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn.
11 a.m.–3 p.m. Business, Health & Liberal Arts Career Fair, UND Memorial Union

Friday, February 21

Saturday, February 22

Solo Song Symposium, Vangstad Auditorium
4 & 6 p.m. Viking women’s & men’s basketball vs Presentation College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, February 23

Monday, February 24

Samantha Lokemoen senior exhibition opens, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor (February 24–March 7)
7:00 pm Samantha Lokemoen lecture
Auditions for The Glass Menagerie, Theatre 320

Tuesday, February 25

Callback auditions for The Glass Menagerie, Theatre 320
12–3 p.m. Business, Agriculture & Liberal Arts Career Fair, NDSU Fargodome

Wednesday, February 26

10 a.m.–3p.m. Engineering/Technology Career Fair, NDSU Fargodome

Thursday, February 27

Friday, February 28

Pay Day
Deadline to file an application for Summer Internship

Saturday, March 1

Sunday, March 2