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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 6...Continued)
• ‬Hanson named NDPERS Wellness Star
• Bennett-Zaun attends symposium
• Thank you from retiree Randy Jess
• 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...Continued)

VCSU Top 10 List (Vol. 6...Continued)
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of May 26, 2014.

As outlined in my last column, this is the sixth edition of the annual VCSU Top Ten List. Five accomplishments were highlighted in the last column, so here is the second half of the “VCSU Top 10 List of Accomplishments” for 2013-14 (in no particular order):

6) Earlier this month, VCSU’s 122nd Commencement Exercises were held at Osmon Fieldhouse. Nearly 265 students were part of the Class of 2014. In addition to the baccalaureate students, over 40 students earned their Master of Education and several others earned nursing credentials through our collaborative program with Dakota College at Bottineau. VCSU alumnus Paul Sandness, general counsel for MDU Resources Group, delivered an inspiring keynote address for the graduates.

7) VCSU has just concluded first-year participation as a charter member of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA). The NSAA is an NAIA athletic conference with five charter members; two new members will join beginning July 1, 2014: Dickinson State (N.D.) as a full member and Waldorf College (Iowa) as an associate, football-only member. Last week the first-ever NSAA Summit was held in Aberdeen, S.D., bringing together the presidents, athletic directors, coaches, and athletic staffs from all member schools. It has undoubtedly been a successful first year of the NSAA providing wonderful new opportunities for our student-athletes.

8) There have been several notable conferences and gatherings with statewide audiences held at VCSU during the past year. These events have included the annual meeting of the North Dakota Academy of Science, the annual spring conference of the North Dakota Science Teachers Association, a regional Science Olympiad, a meeting of the N.D. Legislature’s Interim Higher Education Finance committee, and a presentation last fall in Vangstad by North Dakota scholar Clay Jenkinson in his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson. These events, along with many others throughout the year, annually bring thousands of visitors to the VCSU campus and to Valley City. It is wonderful to have these guests in our community and a great way to showcase the campus to a broader audience!

9) Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU’s vice president of academic affairs, was recently named interim president of VCSU beginning upon my departure. Additionally, the search committee to find the next president of VCSU has been appointed. The committee, chaired by State Board of Higher Education president Dr. Kirsten Diederich, includes campus, community, and alumni members, and will undertake this important task in the months ahead. This will be an exciting time for VCSU, and I will watch with excitement as the next permanent president of VCSU is appointed later in 2014.

10) Significant fundraising efforts in support of student scholarships occurred throughout the year. In October, the second-annual “VCSU Rendezvous” was held in support of the V-500 scholarship program. The Century Club set new records for annual fundraising during 2013-14 to support athletic scholarships. The Annual Scholarship Auction in April was another great success. And, during 2013-14, nearly 90% of all VCSU employees participated in donating to VCSU student scholarships, with an increase in dollars raised over last year. A big “THANK YOU!” to everyone throughout the region who helped support VCSU students in 2013-14.

As the “Top Ten” of accomplishments demonstrate, 2013-14 was another successful year at Valley City State University. It is rewarding to work alongside such a terrific group of students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to the VCSU mission. The campus will certainly soar to new heights in 2014-15!

Hanson named NDPERS Wellness Star

Hanson named NDPERS Wellness Star
Nikki Hanson, payroll specialist in the Business Office and administrative assistant in the HPE Department, was named a statewide NDPERS Wellness Star of the Month for May 2014. Hanson was nominated for the award by Pat Egeberg, health services director and worksite wellness coordinator.

According to Egeberg, “Nikki recently ran her first race—a half marathon!…She spoke with her doctor first about her plan for the half marathon, then trained for 10 weeks, ate right and drank lots of fluids. She is gearing up for another race and is trying to encourage her coworkers to do the same.”

In commenting on the Wellness Star award, Hanson said: “[In] September 2013 I ran my first half marathon and finished under three hours. It was quite the accomplishment in my life! I plan to run another half marathon next September 2014 in the Grand Forks Wild Hog race. I recently won a “Valley City’s Biggest Loser Challenge” by losing 14.75 inches. Mainly diet and exercise have been my contributing factors, but also it has been a spiritual journey for me. I pray that God gives me strength to make good food choices and gives me the energy to get up at 5 a.m. and work out before work.”

Congratulations to Nikki for this well-deserved award!

(If you know an employee who is demonstrating a healthy lifestyle through exercise, healthy eating or smoking cessation, we encourage you to nominate him or her as a “Wellness Star of the Month.” Contact Pat Egeberg for more information.)

Bennett-Zaun attends symposium

Bennett-Zaun attends symposium
Kathleen Bennett-Zaun, lecturer and new teacher support coordinator in the School of Education and Graduate Studies, attended the 16th annual Symposium on Teacher Induction, “Focusing on Great Teaching and Learning,” in Burlingame, Cal., Feb. 9–11.

About 800 participants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and across the United States learned about effective practices that move induction systems, schools and classrooms toward excellence and equity. Attendees included professionals working with beginning teachers, educational research and policy, and district or state induction programs.

The keynote speakers and learning sessions were designed around four key areas that promoted innovation and meaningful change: Quality Mentoring, Common Core State Standards, Social and Emotional Learning, and Blended Learning.

Thank you from retiree Randy Jess

“I would like to say thank you for the recognition on my retirement. Facilities Services also gave me a party with refreshments and a very nice jacket as a gift from my fellow employees. It was great to have my coworkers take the time to say goodbye.

“The recognition dinner was more than I expected, getting the Staff Emeritus was great, but to also receive the photo of the clock tower was a very nice surprise. We as employees should be thankful that no matter our job title, VCSU still recognizes us as part of the success of the campus and appreciates our work. When it comes to President Shirley, there is only one thing you can say. For sure—he is a great guy. He always has time for us in Facilities, he knows our names, and is quick with a conversation, a good morning, or a wave if across the street. He will be missed by all the crew at Facilities.

“Thanks again; hope everyone has a great summer.”

—Randy Jess

Vikings Sports: Week in Review

Vikings Sports: Week in Review
Valley City State sophomore Jessica Meland ended her track and field season Thursday at the NAIA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Meland competed in hammer throw at the national meet last Thursday morning. She fouled on her first and third throws but was able to record a mark of 45.33 meters on her second throw. That distance placed Meland 24th in the field of throwers from across the country.

The 45.33 meter throw was about 5 meters less than her personal-best throw earlier this season.

Meland, a native of Harvey, N.D., was competing at her first national championships.

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

What\'s happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, May 26

Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 27

Wednesday, May 28

7 p.m. Candidate Forum, VC Eagles Club

Thursday, May 29

Friday, May 30

Pay Day

Saturday, May 31

9 a.m. Gaylon Hansen Youth Outdoors Day, VC Trap Range, register by calling 490-0929 or email

Sunday, June 1

2:30 p.m. Valley City High School Graduation, Hi-Liner Activities Center

Monday, June 2

Tuesday, June 3

Wednesday, June 4

Thursday, June 5

Friday, June 6

19th Annual Dakota Soap Box Derby (June 6–8)

Saturday, June 7

Take a Kid Fishing Day
National Trails Day

Sunday, June 8