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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Student Scholar Symposium set for Tuesday, May 6
• Skroch to present on Burma trip Thursday, May 8
• Bluegrass jam at museum Saturday, May 10
• Whitney exhibits mezzotints in Jamestown
• DECA contingent travels to D.C.
• Ross serves ACTE
• Hill presents at MICS
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• May 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.

Student Scholar Symposium set for Tuesday, May 6

More than 40 VCSU students will present individual projects at the Student Scholar Symposium on Tuesday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Skoal Room of the Student Center.

The symposium is free and open to the Valley City community. Stop by to view the best work of VCSU students, and please encourage students to attend and view their classmates’ work as well. Refreshments will be offered.

Skroch to present on Burma trip Thursday, May 8

Skroch to present on Burma trip Thursday, May 8
Diana Skroch, professor emerita of music, will present “Burma, Land of Golden Pagodas” at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at the Barnes County Museum as part of season 16 of the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series.
After over a half-century of isolation under a military regime, Burma (also known as Myanmar) has opened its doors, issuing 28-day visas to foreigners. Armed with the most recent Lonely Planet guide, Skroch and Joe Stickler recently spent a month exploring this little-known country, taking voluminous notes on the vast changes since the guide was published. Skroch will share photos and experiences from their trip.
The presentation is open to the public free of charge.

Bluegrass jam at museum Saturday, May 10

The last Bluegrass Jam of the season will be held Saturday, May 10, from 1–5 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum. The acoustic-only jam is free and open to the public, and beginner bluegrass musicians are welcome.  The jam is sponsored by the Bluegrass Association of North Dakota (B.A.N.D.) and the Barnes County Museum. After this event the jams will be on hiatus until September.

Whitney exhibits mezzotints in Jamestown

Whitney exhibits mezzotints in Jamestown
The work of Linda Whitney, professor of art, is featured in an exhibit, “Linda Whitney: The Space Between History and Hollywood,” now at the Jamestown Arts Center.

The imagery in these cross-cultural artworks are derived from Powwow interlaced with Hollywood and the indigenous people of Turtle Island. The exhibition of 29 mezzotints was selected from a body of work created in the last five years.

The exhibit runs through June 14. An artist’s reception will be held June 5 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW, Jamestown.

DECA contingent travels to D.C.

DECA contingent travels to D.C.
VCSU students and DECA chapter members Randy Hoang and Madelyn Zane, along with advisor Amber Aberle, represented VCSU at the International Career and Development Conference (ICDC) April 22–27 in Washington, D.C.

Hoang and Zane both competed at the state level in marketing and management areas in order to qualify for the international conference.

Hoang competed in the Hotel and Lodging Management event as well as the International Sales Event; he also attended a number of workshops and professional development sessions in management and sales. He received an award of excellence for his performance at the international competition.

Zane, state vice president for North Dakota DECA and a voting delegate at ICDC, competed in the National Management Institute. Grouped with two students from Wisconsin and one from Utah, Zane and her team took second place at the competition. She also attended a number of workshops on management and leadership.

At the conference, Aberle received a certificate of recognition for 10 years of service.

Ross serves ACTE

Ross serves ACTE
Rick Ross, assistant professor of career and technical education, served as conference coordinator for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region V 2014 Conference held in Bismarck, N.D., April 23–26.

The conference, which brought in 197 registrants from 16 states, included 45 presenters, 2 entertainers, 7 meals, 4 tours, and 15 vendors.

Ross was selected by the ACTE Region V nominating committee to serve a three-year term on the Region V policy committee. The six-member policy committee plans and implements a strategic plan for the region and assists in the implementation of the ACTE strategic plan.

In addition, Ross serves on the North Dakota ACTE executive board and the national ACTE nominating committee. He gave up a seat on the Region V nominating committee to serve on the policy committee.

Region V of ACTE, which includes state associations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, has a membership of 6,000 educators.

Hill presents at MICS

Hill presents at MICS
Curt Hill, professor in the Computer Systems and Software Engineering Department, presented a paper while attending the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) 2014 on the Epic campus in Verona, Wis., April 25–26.

The paper, “Marshalling Technology for Learning,” considered Hill’s experience in inverting the CSCI 160 classroom in Fall 2013. Flipping this course was complicated in that it had both local students and remote students using IVN.

The paper and presentation can be found on Hill’s website at

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Sports: Week in Review
VCSU Baseball
NSAA/Frontier Tournament in Valley City
VCSU 8, Dakota State 7 (11 innings)
Mayville State 20, VCSU 3
Dickinson State 8, VCSU 2

The Vikings finished the season with a 19-29 overall record. The squad finished third in the North Star Athletic Association regular season standings.

VCSU Softball
NSAA/Frontier Tournament at Jamestown
VCSU 13, Presentation College 9
University of Great Falls 3, VCSU 0
Dakota State 3, VCSU 2

The Viking softball team finished the season with a 22-21 overall record. The team won the regular season conference championship in the North Star Athletic Association with a 10-2 conference record, its first conference championship since 1990.

The Vikings closed their spring season by competing at the NSAA/MCAC Conference Championship Meet in Nebraska last Monday, where the men’s team took eighth place overall. Jake Richels was the top VCSU individual finisher with a two-round total of 157 (83-74). He finished tied for 20th. Haley Christofferson was the lone VCSU woman competing. She finished tied for 18th. 

VCSU Track and Field
The Vikings competed at the Ron Masanz Classic in Moorhead, Minn., on May 3. Philip Reuer took seventh place in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 11.43 seconds. Malik Jackson placed seventh in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:00.62. Richard Wright placed fifth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:18.88.

This Week
VCSU hosts an invitational track meet on Friday, May 9, at Lokken Stadium in Valley City.

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

Monday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 6

11 a.m. Student Scholar Symposium, Student Center Skoal Room

Wednesday, May 7

Thursday, May 8

Friday, May 9

Track Meet, Lokken Stadium

7:30 p.m. VCSU Choir and University Singers, Epworth United Methodist Church

Saturday, May 10

1–5 p.m. Bluegrass Jam, Barnes County Museum

2 and 4 p.m. Community School for the Arts recitals, Froemke Auditorium

Sunday, May 11

Mother’s Day

Monday, May 12

Finals Week (May 12–16)

4 p.m. Garage Bands, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 14

Thursday, May 15

5:30 p.m. VCSU Recognition Dinner, Student Center cafeteria

Friday, May 16

Saturday, May 17

7:45 a.m. Graduate School Recognition Breakfast and Hooding Ceremony, Student Center cafeteria

10 a.m. Commencement, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, May 18