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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Don Mugan’s Legacy: The ND STEM Network
• Allen Memorial Library to celebrate National Library Week
• Ketterling to give Historical Society lecture April 17
• Hunt attends Trainers Association annual meeting
• VanHorn presents at Central States Communication Association
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• April 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.

Don Mugan’s Legacy: The ND STEM Network

Don Mugan’s Legacy: The ND STEM Network
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of April 14, 2014.

Earlier this month in Bismarck, I attended the official launch and first-ever statewide Summit of the North Dakota STEM Network. As you may know, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Valley City State University has been at the forefront of STEM Education initiatives in North Dakota, including serving as home to the Great Plains STEM Education Center that was established at VCSU four years ago. The creation of a statewide STEM Network is an outgrowth of many of the early conversations from the time VCSU’s STEM Center was being established.

According to its website at, “The ND STEM Network aims to connect and increase cooperation among all North Dakota stakeholders in order to provide opportunities for students to be creative and innovative and gain 21st century skills through increased engagement in project-based learning driven by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These skills will allow more North Dakotans to graduate, gain additional skills and become part of a productive and competitive workforce in North Dakota. We believe this approach to education needs to become our vision for North Dakota students and is the responsibility, not only of educational institutions at all levels, but is the responsibility of all North Dakota citizens, businesses, and communities.”

In showing support for STEM Education, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly appropriated $300,000 in 2013 to assist in the development of this new Network. The STEM Network Summit in Bismarck featured individuals from many relevant constituencies throughout North Dakota: K-12, higher education, the private sector and industry representatives, Career and Technical Education, the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Commerce, and other interested groups. Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley and Interim Chancellor of the ND University System Larry Skogen attended the opening day of the Summit to set the tone and provide comments. Throughout the conference there was regular discussion focused on the integration of STEM and the Arts, also known as STEAM, the recognition that the cognitive processes by our artists and engineers are not all that different—an important attribute of the STEAM movement. It was inspiring to see so many people from all corners of the state working together to launch this new learning Network. The participation and interest certainly highlights the growing role of STEM Education in North Dakota.

VCSU’s Great Plains STEM Education Center is guided by the leadership of Executive Director Dr. David DeMuth who joined VCSU in 2012. Prior to David’s arrival, the Center founder and leader was Dr. Donald Mugan. Many of you may remember Don—he taught at VCSU for four decades from the early 1970s until his retirement in 2012. The visionary Don Mugan was the brainchild behind the idea and creation that ultimately led to the Great Plains STEM Education Center at VCSU. Unfortunately, Don succumbed to a battle with ALS earlier this month. It was Don’s vision, leadership, energy, commitment, passion, and dedication that were directly attributable to the foundational groundwork that led to the creation of the STEM Network. Don positively impacted the lives of so many students at VCSU during his 40 years on campus. He had a national impact and was an instrumental leader in Technology Education. Simply put, Don was ahead of his time—he was doing STEM Education before there was such a phrase as STEM Education. It was his life’s work and he made an indelible and lasting mark on the field of education. In 2010 Don was presented with the Pathfinder Award by Senator Dorgan on behalf of the Red River Valley Research Corridor. The Pathfinder Award recognizes exceptional achievement in developing and deploying technologies, products, processes or services in the marketplace that have a significant effect on the way business and society operates.

It is unfortunate that Don passed away at the time of the first statewide STEM Summit, but it is also quite fitting as Don’s sprit, impact, and contributions were felt by all in attendance. The creation of the North Dakota STEM Network is a great tribute to a wonderfully thoughtful, forward-thinking, and proactive member of the VCSU family who has left such a meaningful legacy at this campus, North Dakota, and beyond.

Allen Memorial Library to celebrate National Library Week

Allen Memorial Library to celebrate National Library Week
National Library Week, April 14–17, is an opportunity to appreciate the cultural and educational contributions libraries make to our schools, universities and communities. It’s also a time for libraries nationwide to thank their users and let them know what’s new.

This year’s National Library Week theme is "Lives Change @ the Library.” Allen Memorial Library will host a daily events April 14–17 to celebrate this theme.

Monday, April 14: Lunch & Learn @ the Library
Bring your lunch to Library Classroom 207 at noon to hear Sam Stover speak about the changes to the library over the past year. Faculty, staff and students are all welcome to attend.

Tuesday, April 15: Attitudes Change @ the Library
Donna James, Allen Memorial Library’s director, will get the ball rolling with a dramatic children’s literature reading at 4:30 p.m. in the Curriculum Library. Light refreshments will be available. Parents and children are strongly encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, April 16: Tastes Change @ the Library
As a thank-you to all of our users, the library staff will be hosting a coffee and cake gathering at the Reference Desk from 1–4 p.m. Stop by and mingle!

Thursday, April 17: Waistlines Change @ the Library
You know it’s a special week when there are bacon and doughnuts in the library! Stop by the Reference Desk from 8–10 a.m. to grab some delicious bacon and a doughnut. Offer good while supplies last!

Ketterling to give Historical Society lecture April 17

Ketterling to give Historical Society lecture April 17
Gary Ketterling will speak on “Explorations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum as part of season 16 of the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series. Ketterling is assistant professor and education coordinator for the Great Plains STEM Education Center at VCSU.

Ketterling, who has traveled to Yellowstone with university students and teachers for seven years, will speak to the complexity of the Yellowstone ecosystem, which has undergone considerable change over time. He will address ecosystem concepts, wildlife issues (such as the reintroduction of the gray wolf to the park, elk and bison populations), consequences to stakeholders, invasive species, and the evidence of climate change in the largest national park in the lower 48 states. A key focus will be the Lamar Valley, called the American Serengeti, where wolf, bear, bison and elk interactions and populations are prevalent.

The presentation is open to the public free of charge.

Hunt attends Trainers Association annual meeting

Hunt attends Trainers Association annual meeting
Rachelle Hunt, athletic training program director, attended the 35th Annual Meeting & Symposium of the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) in Des Moines, Iowa, March 27–29.

Hunt participated in a workshop sponsored by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and had the opportunity to collaborate with program directors from the MAATA district and CAATE committee members.

The workshop contained information on learning outcomes, objectives and assessments as they relate to athletic training education programs. Other topics of interest to VCSU’s athletic training program included “An Update on the Professional Degree Discussion” and “The Globalization of Athletic Training.”

In conjunction with the symposium, Hunt attended and participated in the North Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association (NDATA) State Board Meeting and MAATA District 5 Board meetings. Both board meetings discussed how to increase student and young professional involvement at the state, district and national levels.

VanHorn presents at Central States Communication Association

VanHorn presents at Central States Communication Association
Shannon VanHorn, associate professor and chair of the department of communication arts, attended the Central States Communication Association conference April 3–5 in Minneapolis.

VanHorn participated in several panel discussions, including “Elevating to an Administrative Role in Higher Education: Considerations, Challenges, and Triumphs” and “Incivility and What We Can Do About It, Continued….”

In addition, VanHorn and VCSU colleagues Jonna Ziniel and Jennifer Jenness participated in “Elevating Assessment: Promoting Positive Assessment Measurements,” sharing information on VCSU’s e-folio initiative.

VanHorn and Ziniel also presented in the Top Panel Winner for the Instructional Resources Division, “Teaching Naked: Stripping the Traditional Classroom by Elevating Engaging Activities.”

VanHorn chaired an additional session and was the respondent for another session. About 1,200 people attended this conference.

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Sports: Week in Review
VCSU Softball
Tuesday: Jamestown 4, VCSU 1
Tuesday: Jamestown 3, VCSU 2 (8 innings)
Wednesday: VCSU 3, Mayville 1
Wednesday: VCSU 2, Mayville 1
Saturday: VCSU 12, Presentation College 9
Saturday: VCSU 10, Presentation 8
Sunday: VCSU 14, Presentation 4
Sunday: VCSU 12, Presentation 8
Box Scores
Viking softball posted a 6-2 record this week. VCSU is now back above .500 with a 17-15 overall record and a 6-2 mark in conference play.

VCSU Baseball
Tuesday: Jamestown 14, VCSU 6
Tuesday: Jamestown 3, VCSU 0
Friday: VCSU 3, Dakota State 2 (10 innings)
Friday: VCSU 5, Dakota State 2
Saturday: VCSU 3, Dakota State 0
Saturday: Dakota State 4, VCSU 3 (11 innings)
Box Scores
Viking baseball went 3-3 this week, including a 3-1 record in their home opening series against Dakota State. Vikings are now 15-22 overall and are 6-4 in North Star/Frontier Conference games.

VCSU Track & Field
The Vikings competed this past weekend at the Lyle Hokanson Open at North Dakota State University and had several Top 10 finishes.
Jenna Coghlan placed 7th in javelin with a toss of 34.4 meters (112 feet, 10 inches). Philip Reuer 10th in the 100 meter dash. Malik Jackson placed 10th in the 800 meter run. Richard Wright placed 8th in the 3,000 meter run. The VCSU men took 8th in the 4x400 meter relay (Ernst, Engelhard, Jackson, Wright).
Complete Results

Viking golf had scheduled meets on April 13 and 14 canceled due to cold weather.

Upcoming events (very tentative with weather forecast)
Wednesday: Softball @ Jamestown, 3/5 p.m.
Wednesday: Baseball vs Winnipeg, 2/4 p.m.
Friday: Softball vs. Dickinson State, 2/4 p.m.
Friday: Baseball vs. Presentation College, 1/3 p.m.
Friday: Track @ Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.)
Saturday: Baseball vs. Presentation College, noon/2 p.m.
Saturday: Softball @ Dickinson State, 2/4 p.m. MDT
April 21: Baseball vs. Concordia, 4 p.m.
April 21–22: Golf @ Jamestown Country Club

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

Monday, April 14

Passover begins at sundown

Tuesday, April 15

Pay Day
First day of Passover
5:30–7:30 p.m. VCSU Tuesday Alumni Association event, Green Mill Restaurant, Fargo

Wednesday, April 16

2 and 4 p.m. Viking Baseball vs Winnipeg, Charlie Brown Field
3 and 5 p.m. Viking Softball @ University of Jamestown

Thursday, April 17

Friday, April 18

Good Friday—Offices closed; no VCSU classes
Viking track & field @ NSU Invite, Aberdeen, S.D.
1 and 3 p.m. Viking baseball vs Presentation College, Charlie Brown Field
2 and 4 p.m. Viking Softball vs Dickinson State University, VCSU softball complex

Saturday, April 19

noon and 2 p.m. Viking baseball vs Presentation College, S.D.
2 and 4 p.m. (MDT) Viking softball @ Dickinson State University

Sunday, April 20


Monday, April 21

Offices open—no VCSU classes
4 p.m. Viking baseball vs Concordia, Charlie Brown Field
Viking golf @ Jamestown Country Club (April 21–22)

Tuesday, April 22

World Wide Earth Day
Spring Semester Student exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (April 22–May 2)
Viking track & field at Cobber Twilight, Moorhead, Minn.
5:30 p.m. Earth Day Festival, Medicine Wheel Park (visit for complete schedule of activities)
7:00 p.m. Performance by Buffalo River Dancers at Earth Day Festival, Medicine Wheel Park

Wednesday, April 23

Viking softball vs Mayville State University (time TBA), VCSU softball complex

Thursday, April 24

Friday, April 25

New Student Orientation
5:30 p.m. VCSU Scholarship Auction, VC Eagles

Saturday, April 26

Viking track & Field @ Al Cassel Relays, Jamestown, N.D.
Viking softball vs Dakota State University (time TBA), VCSU softball complex
1 and 3 p.m. Viking baseball @ Mayville State University
3 p.m. VCSU Concert Band, Jazz and Chamber performance, Medicine Wheel Park

Sunday, April 27

Viking softball vs Dakota State University (time TBA), VCSU softball complex
1 and 3 p.m. Viking baseball @ Mayville State University