May 12th, 2014
This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:
• VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 6)
• VP Dahlberg named VCSU interim president effective July 1
• Garage Bands to perform today
• VCSU to host reception for President Shirley and family Wednesday, May 14
• Recognition dinner to be held Thursday, May 15
• Senior Awards Luncheon to be held Friday, May 16
• Alumnus Paul Sandness to speak at VCSU commencement Saturday, May 17
• Students hold ‘Last Pizza’ event with President Shirley
• JLG architects speak at Rhoades LEED certification celebration
• Committee invites 125th theme ideas
• VCSU Soap Box Derby cars need drivers
• Klingenstein elected director-elect for MTNA West Central Division
• Ziniel attends communication convention
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• May Birthdays
The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter will be published every other Monday during the summer beginning with this issue. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday.
VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 6)
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University
The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of May 12, 2014.
As I have done each of the past six years, today’s column represents a Top 10 List of Valley City State University accomplishments from throughout the past academic year. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of VCSU’s faculty, staff, students, and supporters, there are several important milestones worth mentioning. This year’s Top 10 is bittersweet since it will be my last such compilation at VCSU. So, here it is—the sixth annual “VCSU Top 10 List of Accomplishments” (in no particular order):
1) The Rhoades Science Center grand opening and ribbon-cutting in October 2013 was a fantastic day for VCSU. The day featured comments by several dignitaries including Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, Public Instruction Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, and several legislative leaders. It was a full house in Rhoades that day, and our students and faculty conducted tours of the new building along with science demonstrations for all in attendance. It was a wonderful day of celebration and certainly a memorable and historic day for the VCSU campus and Valley City community!
2) The final student enrollment numbers for Spring 2014 set an all-time record for the largest spring semester enrollment at VCSU. A total of 1,341 students were enrolled in courses at VCSU this spring, and this represents not only a record spring enrollment, but also a 40% rate of growth during the past five years—among the most significant increases within the entire North Dakota University System.
3) In December, VCSU and the VCSU Foundation announced the receipt of the largest gift in history. The gift, in excess of $2.5 million, was from the Leonard and Marjorie Wright estate and is earmarked for student scholarships. VCSU Foundation Board member Phil Mueller is the nephew of the Wrights and was instrumental in helping secure this gift. This important contribution will help countless future students attend VCSU and achieve their educational goals.
4) In January, VCSU’s Master of Education was once again ranked as one of the “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” in the nation according to US News and World Report. The online Master of Education program at VCSU was ranked 42nd best among 234 programs listed in the rankings. VCSU is the only institution in North Dakota included in the rankings in this category. US News has ranked VCSU’s graduate program several years in this category, and this consistency of recognition demonstrates the outstanding educational opportunities available at VCSU at the graduate level.
5) VCSU’s Master of Education in Library and Information Technologies (LIT) was recognized earlier this year for its excellence. The program earned “National Recognition” status from the American Association of School Librarians and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. VCSU’s program is the only one in the region to earn such status, and one of only 46 nationwide to garner this prestigious recognition. VCSU’s M.Ed. LIT program was established in 2007, and to date this program (delivered entirely online) has over 40 graduates.
The list is only half-finished. Please check back for the next column in which five more accomplishments will be highlighted rounding out VCSU’s 2013-14 Top 10 list!
VP Dahlberg named VCSU interim president effective July 1
Margaret Dahlberg, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Valley City State University, has been appointed interim president of VCSU by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.
Dahlberg will begin serving as VCSU interim president on July 1, 2014. She will succeed VCSU’s current president, Steven W. Shirley, who has been appointed president of Minot State University.
Dahlberg has served on the VCSU faculty since 1996. Formerly professor of English and chair of the communication arts department, she was appointed interim vice president for academic affairs in April 2009. In January 2010 she was named vice president for academic affairs.
She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Dakota.
Garage Bands to perform today
The finals week Garage Bands performance will be held today (Monday, May 12) at 4 p.m. in Vangstad Auditorium.
VCSU to host reception for President Shirley and family Wednesday, May 14
VCSU will host a farewell reception for President Steven W. Shirley and his family on Wednesday, May 14, from 3:30–5:30 p.m. in the Skoal Room of the VCSU Student Center.
The public is invited to attend; light refreshments will be served.
Recognition dinner to be held Thursday, May 15
The VCSU Recognition dinner will be held Thursday, May 15 in the Student Center cafeteria. A social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.
Honorees include 2014 faculty and staff retirees; Years of Service honors for employees celebrating 5, 10 15, 20 and 25 years at VCSU; Teacher of the Year and Student Advocate awards; and Employee of the Quarter and Difference is Me recipients.
Senior Awards Luncheon to be held Friday, May 16
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Senior Awards Luncheon this Friday, May 16, at noon in the Student Center cafeteria. VCSU academic departments will present awards to graduating seniors.
Cost is $5; please RSVP by today, May 12, to Kim Hesch at 845-7403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumnus Paul Sandness to speak at VCSU commencement Saturday, May 17
VCSU alumnus Paul Sandness—general counsel and corporate secretary of MDU Resources Group (MDU) in Bismarck, N.D.—will deliver the keynote address at VCSU’s 122nd commencement exercises, to be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 17, in W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the VCSU campus.
Sandness grew up on a farm near LaMoure, N.D., and then attended VCSU, graduating in 1976 with a major in English education and a minor in German. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1979.
After serving one year as a law clerk to Justice Gerald VandeWalle of the North Dakota Supreme Court, Sandness began his career at MDU in 1980. MDU, founded as an electric utility in 1924, provides value-added natural resource products and related services essential to energy and transportation infrastructure.
Representing the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education at VCSU’s commencement is Doug Munski, elected by the Council of College Faculties to serve as faculty adviser to the board. He is professor of geography at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
Emily (McDaniel) Kracht will present the graduate student address. A Spanish teacher at Loyola Catholic School in Mankato, Minn., Kracht completed the requirements for a master’s degree in education with a concentration in teaching English language learners at VCSU in December 2013. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with minors in Spanish education and mathematics education from VCSU.
Harrison Weber will present the undergraduate student address. A business management major from Casselton, N.D., Weber has served VCSU as a member of the Environmental Task Force and the Drug and Alcohol Task Force; he was also a Viking Ambassador, orientation leader and member of the EBC fraternity. Weber played basketball for three years for the VCSU Vikings.
Approximately 263 graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to participate in the VCSU commencement exercises. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and a reception immediately following in the VCSU Student Center.
Students hold ‘Last Pizza’ event with President Shirley
VCSU’s Student Senate held a “Last Pizza with the President” event to honor President Shirley on Wednesday, May 7, in the Student Center Skoal Room, mirroring the “Pizza with the President” gatherings for the freshman Learning to Live, Living to Learn (L2L) groups that Shirley has held through the years. At the tribute event, organized primarily by VCSU student Jenna McDowell, Shirley was presented with an oversized thank-you card signed by students.
JLG architects speak at Rhoades LEED certification celebration
Joel Davy and Rebecca Molldrem, architects from JLG in Fargo, spoke on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) considerations in the Rhoades Science Center project Thursday, May 8.
To the extent possible, the design and construction of the Rhoades Science Center addition and renovation followed LEED standards set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council, and the building has received LEED certification. A LEED certification plaque has been installed on the ground floor of Rhoades.
Pictured with the LEED plaque are Bob Anderson (Rhoades Building Committee), Davy, Molldrem, Joe Stickler (Rhoades Building Committee) and President Shirley.
Committee invites 125th theme ideas
VCSU will celebrate its 125th anniversary over the course of a year from Homecoming 2014 to Homecoming 2015.
President Shirley has appointed a 125th Planning Committee, chaired by Larry Robinson and Greg Vanney. Other committee members include Wes Anderson, Rhonda Fairfield, Michaela Halverson, Kim Hesch, Gregg Horner, Donna James, Steven King, Joseph Munowenyu, Al Olson, Mark Potts, Tara Praska, Jenni Richman, Julee Russell and Charlene Stenson.
As it begins the planning process, the 125th Committee is seeking ideas and suggestions for a theme for the yearlong celebration from the greater VCSU community.
The committee will also be creating a list of “125 Things We Love about VCSU.”
Please email your theme ideas—and suggestions for the “125 Things We Love about VCSU” list as well—to email@example.com by Friday, May 16.
VCSU Soap Box Derby cars need drivers
VCSU has two Soap Box Derby cars in need of drivers for the 19th annual Dakota Soap Box Derby to be held Friday and Saturday, June 6–7, in Valley City.
In addition to a new format with racing beginning on Friday and concluding Saturday morning, this year there will also be an opportunity for additional rally racing on Saturday afternoon and/or Sunday, June 7–8.
The stock entry needs a driver of at least age 7and less than 14; the super stock requires a driver of at least age 9 and less than 18.
If faculty or staff know of interested drivers, please email Greg Vanney (firstname.lastname@example.org) with names, ages and contact information by Wednesday, May 14.
If there is more interest than openings, drivers will be chosen via a lottery system. Winners will be notified, and the names not selected will be shared with other vehicle sponsors for possible driving opportunities.
Klingenstein elected director-elect for MTNA West Central Division
Beth Gigante Klingenstein, professor in the Department of Music, was recently elected to the position of director-elect of the West Central Division of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
The West Central Division consists of eight states whose members vote on a new director-elect every two years. Klingenstein will serve in this capacity for two years; she will then automatically become the division director and serve on the MTNA Board of Directors from 2016–18.
Ziniel attends communication convention
Jonna Ziniel attended the Central States Communication Association’s annual convention April 2–6 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Ziniel presented as a part of a panel titled “Teaching Naked: Stripping the Traditional Classroom by Elevating Engaging Activities.” The panel won a Top Panel award. She also presented as a part of a panel titled “Elevating Assessment: Promoting Positive Assessment Measurements.”
Viking Sports: Week in Review
The Viking track and field team hosted the North Star Athletic Association Invitational on Friday. VCSU took home first place in four events and second place in three more events. Top 2 finishers from VCSU are below. Click here for complete results of the meet.
Jessica Meland, 1st, shot put
Jessica Meland, 1st, hammer throw
Jenna Coghlan, 1st, javelin
Monica Madavi, 2nd, 10,000 meter run
Wayne Engelhard, 1st, 1,500 meter run
Richard Wright, 2nd, 10,000 meter run
Jordan Aus, 2nd, javelin
The VCSU track and field season is done for all but Jessica Meland, who will compete in the hammer throw at the NAIA National Championships, May 22–24 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, May 12
Finals Week Begins
4 p.m. Garage Bands performance, Vangstad Auditorium
Tuesday, May 13
Wednesday, May 14
3:30–5:30 p.m. Open House Farewell to President Shirley and his family
Thursday, May 15
5:30 p.m. VCSU Employee Recognition Dinner
Friday, May 16
12 noon Seniors Honors Luncheon, Student Center Cafeteria
Saturday, May 17
10 a.m. Commencement
11 a.m. President’s Reception
Sunday, May 18
Monday, May 19
Victoria Day (Canada)
Tuesday, May 20
10 a.m. Spring Semester Grades Due
5 p.m. City Commission Meeting
Wednesday, May 21
Thursday, May 22
Friday, May 23
Saturday, May 24
Sunday, May 25
Monday, May 26
15 Jessica Trautman
17 Cindy Zahn
20 Amy Anderson
21 Randy Jess
22 Ann Kelly
25 Michelle Hoyt
27 Teather Sundstrom
27 Amber Aberle