This Week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Spring 2014: Record Spring Enrollment at VCSU
• President Shirley selected for Minot State presidency
• M.Ed. in Library and Information Technologies receives national recognition
• Music faculty and students attend California conference
• Hoff recognized for service to science group, Lentz honored
• SHRM students at state competition
• Pianist Ong does Virginia Tech residency
• Alumnus speaks to science students
• Adams presents at CBDNA Conference
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• March Birthdays

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Spring 2014: Record Spring Enrollment at VCSU

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 Shirley selected for Minot State presidency

VCSU President Steve Shirley was selected to become the next president of Minot State University by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education on Feb. 27. President Shirley will begin his work at Minot by July 1, 2014.

M.Ed. in Library & Info Technologies receives national recognition

VCSU's Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Library and Information Technologies (LIT) has earned National Recognition status from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

VCSU’s program is one of only 46 programs nationwide, and the only program in the region, to receive AASL/CAEP National Recognition.

To date, the VCSU M.Ed. LIT program—established in 2007 and delivered to students entirely online—has more than 40 graduates. According to Donna James, program director, it continues to expand regionally, with an increasing number of students enrolling from states other than North Dakota.

Music faculty and students attend California conference

VCSU music faculty members Sara Hagen and Christopher Redfearn attended the annual show of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, Calif., Jan. 23–26. The two accompanied VCSU students Amelia Brown and Ben Clifton, who were awarded Presidential Innovation Grants by NAMM to attend the conference. Hagen, along with Brown and Clifton, presented “Turning STEM into STE[A]M with Undergraduate Research Fellows.” The VCSU contingent was part of the College Music Society (CMS) Generation Next program, a collaborative relationship forged between higher education and the music industry.

Hoff recognized for service to science group, Lentz honored

Hoff recognized for service to science group, Lentz honored
Don Hoff, VCSU professor of science, was honored at the North Dakota Science Teachers Association spring conference held on the VCSU campus Feb. 20–22. At the Friday night banquet, Hoff received an award of appreciation for serving 10 years as the state coordinator for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), recruiting and mentoring North Dakota teachers for the awards program.

Hoff received the award from VCSU alumnus Paul Keidel ’87, STEM coordinator for Bismarck Public Schools and current state coordinator for the PAEMST awards.

VCSU alumna Kathy Lentz, M.Ed. ’07, fifth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in Valley City, was also honored at the banquet as a 2012 PAEMST winner. Hoff presented Lentz with her award.

SHRM students at state competition

SHRM students at state competition
VCSU SHRM students Dillan Anderson, Logan Berg, Jessica Erickson, and Anna Neufeld competed in the Annual North Dakota Human Resources Games and Student Conference in Fargo on Feb. 21–22.

The students spent Friday evening analyzing a case study and creating a presentation outlining their proposed HR interventions. Saturday held opportunities for networking and speakers on culture–driven business and "The 7 Mindsets to Live Your Ultimate Life." The finalist teams also presented before the judges on Saturday, and a team from NDSU was announced as the winner of the competition.

VCSU faculty Dr. Brenda Finger and Morgan Keasler accompanied the team to the competition as SHRM advisors.

Pianist Ong does Virginia Tech residency

Pianist Ong does Virginia Tech residency
Pianist Geraldine Ong, VCSU assistant professor of music, and Cecilia Kang, NDSU clarinetist, visited Virginia Tech to do a performance and teaching residency last week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the duo presented a public master class in the Squires Recital Salon, which included performances by individual Virginia Tech students as well as the Elemental Winds ensemble. That evening Ong and Kang presented a full solo recital in the Squires Recital Salon as part of the Virginia Tech Department of Music’s Visiting Artist Series. The program included works by Schumann, Beethoven, Arnold and Debussy.

Alumnus speaks to science students

Alumnus speaks to science students
Alumnus David Griffin ’80 of Hazen, N.D., spoke to 75 science students in Rhoades 102 Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 26, about his work as senior chemist and employment and internship opportunities at the Great Plains Synfuel Plant in Beulah, N.D.

The plant converts North Dakota lignite coal into natural gas, and markets the gas and associated by-products, including anhydrous ammonia, ammonium sulfate, phenol, liquid nitrogen, carbon dioxide and more.

Hosted on campus by VCSU chemistry professors Sam Keasler and Teather Sundstrom, Griffin, a biology and chemistry major at VCSU, lauded his Valley City State education which has enabled him to an enjoy a 30-plus year career in chemistry. He also mentioned that four other VCSU alumni—Gaylen Jensen ’81, Greg McCarthy ’94, Barry Ploium ’92, and Brandon Wanzek ’01—work with him on the 24-member staff at the synfuels plant chemistry lab.

Adams presents at CBDNA Conference

James Adams attended the College Band Directors National Association conference at Ball State University, where he presented a session on conducting pedagogy. Titled "Conducting Copland: An Integrated Approach to the Undergraduate Conducting Course," the presentation demonstrated some of the innovations and developments he has made in the instrumental conducting instruction at VCSU. The presentation was attended by directors from a 10 state area.

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Sports:  Week in Review
Men's Basketball
March 1: Dakota State 74, VCSU 56 (NSAA Tournament semifinals)
Viking men end the season with a 14-14 overall record.

Women's Basketball
March 2: Jamestown 75, VCSU 66 (NSAA Tournament semifinals)
Viking women end the season with a 13-12 record.

Softball
Feb. 25:
University of Sioux Falls 2, VCSU 1
Bemidji State 4, VCSU 1
Jamestown 7, VCSU 2
Feb. 26:
VCSU 5, Bemidji State 3
VCSU 8, Wisconsin-Superior 4
Crown College 6, VCSU 5
The Viking women's softball team opened the season 2-4 after playing six games at the St. Paul Dome last week.

Upcoming Events:
March 8: Baseball @ Midland University (Fremont, Neb.), 1/3:30 p.m.
March 9: Baseball @ Midland University (Fremont, Neb.), 12/2:30 p.m.
March 12–22: Softball @ Tucson, Ariz.
March 13–24: Baseball @ Tucson, Ariz.

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

Monday, March 3

5:30 p.m. Chili Cook Off, ND Winter Show Building
7:00 p.m. Community Special Olympics, ND Winter Show Building

Tuesday, March 4

77th ND Winter Show Opens (go to http://www.northdakotawintershow.com/news.php for complete schedule and information)
2:30 p.m. Open campus meeting with Chancellor Skogen, Rhoades Science Center Auditorium

Wednesday, March 5

Ash Wednesday

Thursday, March 6

Track & Field NAIA Championship, Geneva, Ohio – Spire Institute (March 6-7)

Friday, March 7

2:15 pm Choir and Singers performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, March 8

3 p.m. James Adams, trombone performance
1 p.m. Viking baseball vs Midland, Fremont, Neb.
3:30 p.m. Viking baseball vs Midland, Fremont, Neb.

Sunday, March 9

Daylight-Saving Time begins
12 p.m. Viking baseball vs Midland, Fremont, Neb.
2:30 p.m. Viking baseball vs Midland, Fremont, Neb.

Monday, March 10

Tuesday, March 11

Wednesday, March 12

9 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Robert Morris College, Tucson, Ariz.
11 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Concordia University, Tucson, Ariz.

Thursday, March 13

9 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Purdue University, North Central, Tucson, Ariz.
11 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Wisconsin Lutheran College, Tucson, Ariz.
5 p.m. Viking baseball vs Dordt, Tucson, Ariz.
7 p.m. Viking baseball vs Dordt, Tucson, Ariz.

Friday, March 14

Pay Day
9 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Baldwin-Wallace College, Tucson, Ariz.
11 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Dordt College, Tucson, Ariz.
3:30 p.m. MST Viking softball vs Olivet Nazarene University, Tucson, Ariz.
5 p.m. Viking baseball vs Olivet Nazarene University, Tucson, Ariz.
8:30 p.m. Viking baseball vs Dakota Wesleyan, Tucson, Ariz.

Saturday, March 15

Sunday, March 16

9 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Mount Marty College, Tucson, Ariz.
10 a.m. Viking baseball vs Concordia College, Tucson, Ariz.
11 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Huntington University, Tucson, Ariz.

March Birthdays

March Birthdays
7 Everett Walker
9 Dennis McCulloch
9 Jenn Larson
9 Diana Wilmes
13 Gilbert Kuipers
15 Doug Hamilton
16 Katie Sather
17 Bonita Roswick
18 Jerzy Bilski
18 Jody Klier
18 Loren Lemer
20 Joseph Munowenyu
25 Paula Larson
26 Leslie Kalmbach