March 17th, 2014
This Week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:
• Next Steps
• Robinson named NDTOA Legislator of Year
• STEM Center’s Ag Cab Lab displayed at Winter Show
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• 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.
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President
The following article will appear in the Valley City Time-Record the week of March 17, 2014.
A couple weeks ago, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education selected me as the new president of Minot State University. I will begin my duties in Minot on July 1, 2014. In the meantime, decisions will be forthcoming regarding the transition in leadership at VCSU. Dr. Larry Skogen, interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System, was on campus earlier this month to hold an open forum and begin conversations and decisions with campus personnel regarding this transition.
Valley City has been home for Jennifer and I (and our two-year-old, Anna) the past six years and it has been an absolutely fantastic community in which to reside and begin our family. We have made many friends and established relationships that will surely last the rest of our lives. For those friendships, I am eternally grateful.
The past six years at VCSU have absolutely flown by. It seems like only yesterday I was on campus for the very first time going through the initial round of interviews. Many things have changed at VCSU during those six years, and there are a lot of exciting accomplishments, new initiatives, and milestones across campus of which I have been proud to be associated.
Some of the most notable include the record student enrollments and significant campus growth; the multiple facility enhancements that have changed the campus landscape including the $10.3 million expansion and renovation to Rhoades Science Center, the new artificial turf surface at Shelly Ellig Field, the $3.5 million renovation to Snoeyenbos residence hall, and the forthcoming $3.5 million renovation to Vangstad Auditorium and classroom building; the #1 consecutive rankings by U.S. News and World Report; the addition of two new academic centers: the Great Plains STEM Education Center and the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center; the formation of our new athletic conference (the North Star Athletic Association), national playoff appearances by various Viking athletic teams, and the reemergence of Track & Field and Cross-Country programs at VCSU; the addition of new academic programs including Software Engineering, Athletic Training, Business Process Integration Management, and Medical Lab Science along with new concentrations in the Master’s program; the successful conclusion to the flood-altered Spring 2009 semester (and another successful flood fight in Spring 2011); a new partnership with Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic in Hangzhou, China; a successful comprehensive accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission in 2011-12; increased scholarship allocations, record fundraisers, and significant growth in the Foundation asset base; these are but a few of the many wonderful memories from the past six years.
Yet, what really stands out about VCSU is the dedication of so many wonderful people throughout campus and beyond to make these and other achievements possible. This has indeed been a “team effort” in the truest sense of the phrase. What makes a campus community special are the people, and VCSU is blessed to be comprised of so many terrific people. It has been a privilege and pleasure to work with such great faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters, community members, and others who are committed to the success of VCSU. I have made many new friends and created lifelong relationships, and it is the wonderful people and these relationships that will always stand out as the biggest highlight of six great years in Valley City.
Jennifer and I are looking forward to the transition and new life in Minot in the months ahead. But, we are also excited to only be a few hours from Valley City. It will be nice remaining in the North Dakota University System and having the chance to continue collaborating with VCSU in the years ahead. I look forward to maintaining contact with many of you, and look forward to seeing you before heading to Minot later this summer!
Robinson named NDTOA Legislator of the Year
Larry Robinson, North Dakota District 24 state senator and VCSU executive director of university advancement, has been named the North Dakota Township Officers Association’s 2013 “Legislator of the Year.” Robinson was recognized for his strong support of township legislation. The NDTOA was organized in 1966 to provide a voice for townships and improve the effectiveness of local government.
STEM Center’s Ag Cab Lab displayed at Winter Show
VCSU’s Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) presented its Ag Cab Lab at the recent North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City. GPSEC personnel David DeMuth, Jr. (executive director), John Boucha (information technology professional) and Amanda Fickes (STEM and agricultural instructional designer) staffed the lab.
The Ag Cab—a modern tractor cab with a virtual simulation of planting and plowing—attracts children of all ages and adults, too. GPSEC is extending the lab beyond the tractor simulation by adding learning activities that help create awareness about agriculture and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities in agriculture. Soil science demonstrations were set up at the Winter Show exhibit, and the audience of young people and adults engaged in many conversations with staff members.
In addition, the Winter Show exhibit promoted VCSU’s new software engineering major. The Ag Cab project involves a set of diverse and unique touchscreen kiosks developed by Boucha, as well as the planting and plowing simulation, which involves complex modeling, animation and programming development. Its feature-rich interface is an example of the opportunities available to those interested in software engineering.
The Ag Cab Lab has been featured in several museums in Minnesota and travels to shows and fairs in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota as well.
O’Day, Breske named football co-offensive coordinators
VCSU head football coach Dennis McCulloch has named coaches John O’Day and Jake Breske co-offensive coordinators.
O’Day and Breske replace Marty Costello, who is leaving VCSU for a job at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Costello served as VCSU offensive coordinator the past three seasons.
O’Day just completed his third season at VCSU. He served as wide receivers coach in 2012 and 2013, and was running backs coach in 2011. The past two seasons he also worked as special teams coordinator.
Breske will be entering his second season at VCSU. In 2013, Breske served the Vikings as quarterbacks coach.
For more information, visit www.vcsu.edu/news/news.htm?id=10163
Viking Sports: Week in Review
The Viking softball team has posted a 4-5 record so far during their spring break trip to Tucson, Ariz. VCSU earned a sweep on Sunday afternoon and are now 6-9 this season. The Vikings continue their trip with games this week.
March 12: Robert Morris 8, VCSU 7
March 12: Concordia (Neb.) 6, VCSU 4
March 13: VCSU 7, Purdue North Central 2
March 13: Wisconsin Lutheran 4, VCSU 3
March 14: VCSU 2, Baldwin-Wallace 1
March 14: Dordt 10, VCSU 0
March 14: Olivet Nazarene 6, VCSU 3
March 16: VCSU 4, Mount Marty 2
March 16: VCSU 10, Huntington 9
The Viking baseball team is 2-3 so far on its trip to Arizona. VCSU now has a 6-10 overall record. The trip continues with games this week in Tucson.
March 13: Dordt 2, VCSU 1
March 13: VCSU 5, Dordt 4
March 14: VCSU 5, Olivet Nazarene 4
March 14: Dakota Wesleyan 6, VCSU 4
March 16: Concordia–St. Paul 7, VCSU 1
What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, March 17
Spring Break Week (March 17–21)
St. Patrick’s Day
High School Region 2 Vocal competition on campus
9 a.m. MST Viking baseball vs Grace University, Tucson, Ariz.
9 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Doane College, Tucson, Ariz.
11 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Tabor College, Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 18
9 a.m. MST Viking baseball vs Hastings College, Tucson, Ariz.
9 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Southwestern College, Tucson, Ariz.
11 a.m. MST Viking softball vs University of British Columbia, Tucson, Ariz.
1 p.m. MST Viking baseball vs Doane College, Tucson, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 19
Thursday, March 20
First Day of Spring
9 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Dakota County Technical College, Tucson, Ariz.
11 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Avila University, Tucson, Ariz.
2:30 p.m. MST Viking baseball vs Hastings College, Tucson, Ariz.
6:30 p.m. MST Viking baseball vs Bethesda University, Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, March 21
11 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Lamar Community College, Tucson, Ariz.
12:30 p.m. MST Viking baseball vs Doane College, Tucson, Ariz.
1:30 p.m. MST Viking softball vs University of Antelope Valley, Tucson, Ariz.
3:30 p.m. MST Viking softball vs Oklahoma Baptist University, Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, March 22
9 a.m. MST Viking baseball vs Bethesda University, Tucson, Ariz.
9 a.m. MST Viking softball vs Oklahoma Baptist University, Tucson, Ariz.
1:30 p.m. MST Viking softball vs Dickinson State University, Tucson, Ariz.
Sunday, March 23
9 a.m. MST Viking baseball vs Oberlin College, Tucson, Ariz.
1 p.m. MST Viking baseball vs Middlebury College, Tucson, Ariz.
Monday, March 24
Marci Armstrong senior exhibition opens (March 24–April 4)
noon MST Viking baseball vs Williams College, Tucson, Ariz.
4 p.m. MST Viking baseball vs Luther College, Tucson, Ariz.
7 p.m. Marci Armstrong senior exhibition lecture
7:30 p.m. James Fusik, saxophone guest artist, Froemke Auditorium
Tuesday, March 25
Wednesday, March 26
Thursday, March 27
Friday, March 28
7–8:30 p.m. Marci Armstrong senior exhibition reception, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor
Saturday, March 29
Viking Visit Day
Viking Track & Field @ Dakota State University Invitational, Madison, S.D.
1 and 3:30 p.m. MDT Viking baseball vs Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.
7:30 p.m. Community School for the Arts Chamber Festival, Froemke Auditorium
Sunday, March 30
1 and 3:30 p.m. MDT Viking baseball vs Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.
Sunday, March 31