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This Week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s House project making progress
• VCSU movie night tonight
• Viking fish fry to be held Feb. 26
• VCSU to host videoconference with university in Philippines Feb. 26
• Beard Bros Bryce and Ben to shave for Psych Club
• Dementia simulation lab news story archived on KVRR website
• VCSU DECA students qualify for ICDC
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• February & March 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.

Spring 2014: Record Spring Enrollment 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 March 3, 2014.

Valley City State University recently announced that its final Spring 2014 student enrollment has now reached an all-time record level for any spring semester. Overall student enrollment this spring is 1,341 students, an increase of 4.2% over last spring’s 1,287 enrolled students. Within the 1,341 students currently enrolled at VCSU, 1,192 are undergraduate students and 149 are graduate students enrolled in our Master of Education programs.

As a bit of historical perspective, VCSU switched to a semester-based system (and away from the quarter-based system) in 1992-93. Therefore, this year marks the 22nd official spring semester. It should also be noted that the three largest spring semester enrollments in the past 22 years have been recorded during the past three years from 2012-14, so we are currently at a historic “high-water” mark regarding overall campus enrollment.

This trend at Valley City State University has been building the past several years, and it is exciting that we have sustained and furthered this growth trajectory yet again this spring. VCSU’s overall spring headcount enrollment has grown by 40% since Spring 2009, and this represents a rate that is on-par with the strongest growth level among all 11 campuses comprising the North Dakota University System. This growth is an important testament to the quality education and outstanding academic programs and student services offered through a VCSU education.

The spring semester enrollment is primarily a function of two separate groups of students: new freshmen and transfers who join VCSU mid-year, along with the number of students who return from the fall semester to continue their education in the spring (subtracting any students who might be completing their education and fulfilling their degree requirements at the end of the fall and/or those students transferring/leaving the university). The total number of new undergraduate students (new freshmen and transfers) who began in Spring 2014 is 69, which is a 1.5% increase from Spring 2013. With this minimal new student increase this spring, it indicates that in growing our spring enrollment in 2014, VCSU is increasing its success rate with students who were enrolled in the fall semester and are persisting and succeeding into the spring semester (this is known as retention, and has been a key strategic priority at VCSU). We have invested as a university the past couple years in a couple of key new retention initiatives, and so it is especially exciting to see that these initiatives appear to indeed be paying off with the enrollment results this spring.

As a campus, we will look to sustain and continue building upon this student growth in the future, and certainly know that additional students on-campus create opportunities to provide new initiatives specifically benefitting both current and future students at Valley City State.

President’s House project making progress

The President’s House Preservation Committee has been planning to do important work on the President’s House Guest Inn, including a guest room and bathroom on the first floor, a library and other long overdue improvements. Many of the improvements—including a garage-level elevator and ramp to the home—are needed to bring the President’s House into compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

The 2013 session of the legislature allocated $250,000 for the project, but bids came in at $350,000. The President’s House Preservation Society and the VCSU Foundation Office have teamed up to raise the additional dollars needed to fill the funding gap for the project. Fund-raising efforts will continue, but the university needs to respond to the bid proposal by March 5.

Please consider a gift to this project that will greatly enhance the President’s House and VCSU campus facilities. In addition to cash gifts, pledges payable by June 30, 2015, are also being accepted. Anyone interested in contributing to this important project should contact the VCSU Foundation Office.

VCSU movie night tonight

VCSU movie night tonight
In celebration of Black History Month, VCSU’s Viking Campus and Activities Board (VCAB) is sponsoring the showing of The Butler at Cinema Flix, Valley City’s new theater, tonight, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. Show your Viking Card for free admission to this event.

Viking fish fry to be held Feb. 26

The VCSU Century Club is hosting a Viking Fish Fry on Wed., Feb. 26, at the Valley City VFW. Serving starts at 5:30. Tickets are $15 and available through any Century Club member or at the door. There will also be door prizes and meat raffles. Help support Viking Athletics!

VCSU to host videoconference with university in Philippines Feb. 26

VCSU to host videoconference with university in Philippines Feb. 26
Four VCSU faculty members will participate in an international videoconference with the University of the East (UE), Manila, Philippines, to be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Rhoades Science Center on the VCSU campus.

VCSU faculty Shou-Ching Chao, Daisy Figueroa, Jodi Shorma and Rob Walsh are panelists for the videoconference titled “Preparing English Language Activities for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom.”

The videoconference will electronically connect VCSU presenters with their counterparts in the Philippines—UE professors Mark Fabella, Paolo Danduan, Menandro Mortel and Arnold Santos. The international collaboration features presentations by each VCSU professor, followed by a brief response to each by the UE professors.

In addition, the event will include the culmination of an intercultural assignment in which students of VCSU’s Jodi Shorma were paired with students of UE’s Arnold Santos.

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Beard Bros Bryce and Ben to shave for Psych Club

Beard Bros Bryce and Ben to shave for Psych Club
VCSU students Bryce Brady and Ben Haugeberg, aka the “Beard Bros,” will be shaving their long-accumulated facial hair in a fashion that will benefit the VCSU Psychology Club.

The idea is simple. The two burly boys, Bryce and Ben, have agreed to let the collective opinion of the VCSU community dictate their facial hair styles by allowing them to choose what they look like!

Their plan of attack is as follows: each of the Beard Bros will pick a few beard styles, and VCSU folks can “vote” for the style(s) they would like to see them wear by “buying” a vote ($1=1 vote, $5=7 votes, $10=20 votes). All proceeds benefit the VCSU Psychology Club.

Votes will be collected Monday through Friday, Feb. 24–28, in the Student Center. On the 28th, votes will be tallied, and on Monday, March 3, the Beard Bros will shave their faces in the fashion the public has chosen and wear those styles through Friday, March 7.

Please vote and help the Beard Bros clean up their act!

Dementia simulation lab news story archived on KVRR website

The archived Fox KVRR story from their Feb. 18 news broadcast about the dementia simulation lab that Katie Woehl, assistant professor of psychology, uses in her abnormal psychology course can be found at The piece features Woehl and students Jordan Aus and Scott Westby.

VCSU DECA students qualify for ICDC

VCSU DECA students qualify for ICDC
VCSU DECA students Randy Hoang and Madelyn Zane recently competed in a number of events at the State Career and Development conference held Feb. 9–10, 2014, in Fargo. Students competed in exam and role-play events as well as gained valuable professional development and increased their business networks. VCSU students also ran for state office, in which both students went through on-stage introduction speeches and interview questions, were interviewed by a panel of business professionals and worked through the election process in the official DECA meeting.

Madelyn Zane was elected as state vice president and will join three other North Dakota college students on an officer team to serve starting in April and continuing throughout the 2014–15 school year. She competed in the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing event and Sales Management Meeting, in which she placed in the top 50 percent as a freshman. Zane will attend the DECA International Career Development Council (ICDC) representing North Dakota in the Management Institute professional development and competition as a state officer, and she will also be one of the North Dakota voting delegates and experience the national officer election process.

Randy Hoang competed in Hotel and Lodging Management and Human Resource Management events and qualified for the international event in the Hotel and Lodging Management event by placing fifth in a competition in which the top six contestants were all within points of each other. Hoang was also in the top 50 percent in his Human Resource Management event. He is a freshman and will attend the ICDC representing North Dakota and VCSU.

Pictured (l to r) are Amber Aberle and Heidi Larson (faculty DECA advisors), Madelyn Zane, and Randy Hoang.

Vikings Sports: Week in Review

Vikings Sports: Week in Review
Men’s Basketball
Feb. 19: Jamestown 89, VCSU 50
Feb. 22: VCSU 70, Presentation College 58
Viking men finish the regular season 14-13 overall and 5-3 in conference play. VCSU is the No. 3 seed for the North Star Athletic Association postseason tournament and will play at No. 2 Dakota State in the semifinals, 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, in Madison, S.D.

Women’s Basketball
Feb. 19: No. 3 Jamestown 108, VCSU 72
Feb. 22: VCSU 74, Presentation College 46
Viking women close the regular season with a 13-11 overall record and a 3-5 mark in conference play. VCSU is the No. 3 seed for the North Star postseason tournament and will play at No. 2 Jamestown in semifinals, 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, in Jamestown.

VCSU Track & Field
The Vikings closed out the indoor season Thursday at Bemidji State University. Leading the way was Malik Jackson, who took first place in the 600 meter run. Alicia VanSweringen set a new school record in the 60 meter high hurdles. Five Viking men placed in the Top 10 of the 3,000 meter run, led by Richard Langdeaux with a second-place finish and Austin Albrecht in third.

Viking Softball
The Vikings open the 2014 season this week with three games Tuesday and three games Wednesday at a dome in St. Paul, Minn. VCSU will play Bemidji State twice and will play Jamestown, University of Sioux Falls, University of Wisconsin–Superior and Crown College once.

Upcoming events
Tuesday, Feb. 25: Softball @ St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Softball @ St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 1: MBB @ Dakota State, 6 p.m., NSAA semifinals
Sunday, March 2: WBB @ Jamestown, 3 p.m., NSAA semifinals

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

Monday, February 24

Art students drawing and ceramics exhibition opens, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor (February 24–March 7)
Auditions for The Glass Menagerie, Theatre 320
7 p.m. The Butler, Cinema Flix Theater, Valley City

Tuesday, February 25

Callback auditions for The Glass Menagerie, Theatre 320
noon–3:00 p.m. Business, Agriculture & Liberal Arts Career Fair, NDSU Fargodome

Wednesday, February 26

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Engineering/Technology Career Fair, NDSU Fargodome
7 p.m. VCSU Fish Fry, VFW
7 p.m. International videoconference with the University of the East (UE), Manila, Philippines, Rhoades Science Center

Thursday, February 27

Friday, February 28

Pay Day
Deadline to file an application for Summer Internship

Saturday, March 1

Sunday, March 2

Monday, March 3

5:30 p.m. Chili Cook Off and Community Olympics, North Dakota Winter Show building

Tuesday, March 4

Wednesday, March 5

Ash Wednesday

Thursday, March 6

NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Geneva, Ohio, SPIRE Institute (March 6–7)

Friday, March 7

2:15 p.m. VCSU Concert Choir and University Singers performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, March 8

3:00 p.m. VCSU faculty recital: James Adams, trombone, Froemke Auditorium, Foss Hall

Sunday, March 9

Daylight Savings Time begins