This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Groth named Employee of the Quarter
• Help row the ship! Vikings needed for parade float
• Rally in the Valley events to be held June 12–14
• Johnson to speak on cultural pluralism at museum Thursday, June 19
• Wyoming students graduate from VCSU at Casper, Wyo., ceremony
• DeMuth presents at IT symposium
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• June 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.

Groth named Employee of the Quarter

Groth named Employee of the Quarter
Irene Groth, administrative assistant/certification officer for the School of Education and Graduate Studies (SEGS), was named Employee of the Quarter.

Irene, who has worked for VCSU for more than 30 years, was nominated and received the award for her exemplary service to the students, staff, and faculty she serves and works with in SEGS.

Irene’s nomination for the award notes that she “demonstrates a positive attitude and work ethic at all times.” In addition, Irene has taken over the certification officer role in SEGS and performed the additional responsibilities with great aplomb and become very knowledgeable in the process.

Thanks, Irene, for your good work and for being a role model of a pleasant, positive and supportive colleague; congratulations on your Employee of the Quarter award!

Help row the ship! Vikings needed for parade float

Help row the ship! Vikings needed for parade float
Help row the ship! Staff Senate is looking for riders for the VCSU entry in the Rally in the Valley parade, Saturday, June 14.

VCSU faculty, staff, students and their families are all invited to ride the float. The parade begins at 10 a.m., so we will need to leave from the Student Center at 9:15 a.m.

Please RSVP to Stephanie Roelfsema (stephanie.roelfsema@vcsu.edu) if you will be riding the float; please include anyone you will bring with you. Thanks!

Rally in the Valley events to be held June 12–14

Rally in the Valley events to be held June 12–14
The Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 31st Annual Rally in the Valley, which includes a full slate of events in Valley City June 12–14.

The festivities will kick off with a Business After Hours gathering from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Rosebud Visitor Center, 250 W. Main. Free and open to the public, the event will include door prizes, tours of the building and grounds, and food and beverages.

The 15th annual Barnes County Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 13, from 4:30 p.m.–midnight at the Barnes County Courthouse.

Saturday, June 14, will feature an Arts and Crafts Fair downtown beginning at 8 a.m., the Rally in the Valley parade down Central Avenue at 10 a.m., the post-parade Car Show on Central Avenue and Main Street, and the Mighty Thomas Carnival in the parking lot south of Marketplace Foods beginning at 11 a.m.

Car-related games will begin downtown at noon, and the Duck Race will be held at 1 p.m. at the City Park Footbridge. At 2:30 p.m., the Burn Out Contest will be held at the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street, and at 3 p.m., the Mud Bog will be held at the North Dakota Winter Show Event Center, with live music by October Road to follow.

On Sunday, June 15, the Mighty Thomas Carnival will continue from noon–6 p.m. in the parking lot south of Marketplace Foods.

Join in the fun of Rally in the Valley this weekend!

Johnson to speak on cultural pluralism at museum Thursday, June 19

Johnson to speak on cultural pluralism at museum Thursday, June 19
Nadja Johnson, Ph.D., VCSU retention/diversity and inclusion coordinator, will present “Living in a Global World: Engaging with Change and Diversity” at the Barnes County Museum on Thursday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. as part of season 16 of the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Johnson will speak on cultural pluralism and the community benefits of having access to a variety of voices, experiences and backgrounds. Her discussion aims to inspire positive action for creating a welcoming and nurturing environment for all residents as well as to raise awareness and encourage further dialogue on the topic.

The Historical Society’s annual meeting at 7 p.m., with committee reports and election of new board members, will precede Johnson’s presentation.

Wyoming students graduate from VCSU at Casper, Wyo., ceremony

Wyoming students graduate from VCSU at Casper, Wyo., ceremony
During the 2013–14 year, 33 Wyoming students graduated or will graduate from VCSU with a major in elementary education. That total includes 18 fall semester graduates, 13 spring semester graduates and two summer semester 2014 graduates.

Ten of the Wyoming graduates received their VCSU degrees at the Casper College (Casper, Wyo.) commencement ceremony Friday, May 16. Pictured with Gary Thompson, VCSU dean of the School of Education and Graduate Studies, are Amanda Seitz, Katie Walker, Katrina Sanchez, Janet Blackwelder, Crystal Grady, Kelly Druce and Jordan Patterson. Hidden in the photo is Connie Krueger; not pictured are Kellan Holbrook and Devin Hodgson.

DeMuth presents at IT symposium

DeMuth presents at IT symposium
David DeMuth, Jr., executive director of VCSU’s Great Plains STEM Education Center, presented “Engaging the Next Generation of IT Professionals” with Anne Hornickel, chair of the Minnesota STEM Network, at the sixth annual North Dakota IT Symposium held in Fargo May 22.

The session explored ways in which IT professionals can support STEM classrooms—or learning outside of school—as well as advocate for stronger STEM education in the region.

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

Monday, June 9

Tuesday, June 10

Wednesday, June 11

Thursday, June 12

5–7 pm Business After Hours, Rosebud Visitor Center

Friday, June 13

Pay Day
4:30 p.m–midnight 15th Annual Barnes County Relay for Life, Barnes County Courthouse lawn

Saturday, June 14

Rally in the Valley, Valley City (visit www.valleycitynd.org/calendar.php for details)

Sunday, June 15

Father’s Day

Monday, June 16

Tuesday, June 17

Wednesday, June 18

Thursday, June 19

7 pm, Barnes County Historical Society Annual Meeting, Barnes County Museum
7:30 pm, “Living in a Global World: Engaging with Change and Diversity,” Nadja Johnson, Barnes County Historical Society Lectures Series Season 16, Barnes County Museum

Friday, June 20

Saturday, June 21

First day of summer

Sunday, June 22

Monday, June 23

Tuesday, June 24

Wednesday, June 25

Thursday, June 26

4-H Horse and Livestock Event, North Dakota Winter Show (June 26–29)

Friday, June 27

Saturday, June 28

Sunday, June 29

June Birthdays

June Birthdays
9 Bridget Blunck
14 Kim Hesch
15 Tilmer Gienger
16 Jack Denholm
17 K.O. Bolstad
19 Jeff Kaminsky
20 Katie Woehl
25 Linda Whitney
26 Tuya Dutton
29 Kathleen Bennett-Zaun
29 Kathryn Holleque
30 Fred Charnetzki
30 Gary Thompson