August 5th, 2014
This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:
• August 1, 2014 President’s Column
• TODAY – last day for F-M RedHawks tickets!
• VCSU Planetarium Show August 9
• VCSU employees receive recognition
• DeMuth, Kuipers attend physics teacher conference
• Three attend conference
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• July Birthdays
The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter will be published every other Monday during the summer. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday before publication.
August 1, 2014 President’s Column
It’s been about a month since I moved a few things down the hall to the President’s Office to begin work as VCSU’s interim president, and now it’s time to write the first of these columns as I try to keep you up to date on campus news. First, let me introduce myself: I have a long history here at VCSU, first as a child attending kindergarten and first grade in the College School and more recently as a professor of English and vice president for academic affairs. Valley City and VCSU have a special place in my heart, which I’m sure is true for many of you, as well. I welcome this opportunity to serve the campus as we prepare for our next president.
We are completing a busy, productive summer. Enrollment was up about 9 percent from last year with the highest headcount and FTE numbers ever reported for summer term. Our facilities folks always take advantage of warm summer weather to complete building projects, and this year is no exception: the library has updated carpeting and restroom renovations; the entrance to Circle Hall (between Vangstad and McFarland) is being updated; flowerbeds and landscaping have been refreshed and are in full bloom.
On a larger scale, we have two building projects moving forward on campus this summer. The President’s House Guest Inn renovation/addition is nearing completion. The updates include a bedroom, bathroom, and gathering room on the main level, which replace the back porch on the south side of the building, along with an elevator and an accessible walking path. These changes will allow convenient access for all our guests.
The second project is the demolition of the classroom building south of McFarland. Built in 1911 as the Industrial Arts building, it originally housed agriculture, manual training, and domestic science, and later, many of the science programs. For many years, it was connected to McFarland Hall via an arched, second-floor bridge walk, which was removed in 1973 because of shifting ground pressure.
With the completion of the Rhoades Science Center in 1973, this old building, which had been housing the science programs, was condemned. However, it was not removed, and Facility Services utilized the main floor as a workshop and the upper floors for storage. Unfortunately, this spring the building experienced significant decay, and it is no longer a safe work/storage space. Facility Services has moved its work and storage materials from the old science building to the facilities building just east of Osmon Fieldhouse, and we are preparing for demolition in late August. It will be replaced with a retaining wall and some additional parking.
I’m excited, as we look ahead, to the new opportunities we will face this coming year as we select a new president. In just two weeks, faculty and students will be back on campus and we will be ready to begin the academic year. This is an important year for campus: VCSU will celebrate 125 years this fall, 125 years of providing quality and innovative education. I’ll try to keep you up-to-date in this bi-weekly column over the next six months as we prepare, celebrate, and look ahead.
TODAY – last day for F-M RedHawks tickets!
The VCSU Alumni Association invites you to join alumni and friends at Newman Outdoor Field for an F-M RedHawks game on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Cost is $15 per person and includes reserved seating, Hi-Ho burger, chips and pop. The pre-game picnic runs from 6–7 p.m., with game time at 7:05 pm.
Come out and join your fellow VCSU supporters to cheer on the F-M RedHawks!
Reserve your tickets by calling 701-845-7203 today.
VCSU Planetarium show August 9
The Norse Sky, a free planetarium show will take place on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the VCSU Planetarium, Room 309 (3rd Floor) Rhoades Science Center on the VCSU campus (Elevator Available at West Door).
"The Norse Sky"
What did the ancient Scandinavians see when they looked into their high northern skies over 1000 years ago? In this 30 minute program ancient Norse gods, Odin, Freya Saga and Loki explain some of the sky stories known to the Vikings.
Donations are welcome. For more information contact Wes Anderson, 701-845-0966
VCSU employees receive recognition
Tyler Tufte received "The Difference is Me" award on July 25, 2014. He was nominated for his work in Technology Services. In the nomination, Al Olson wrote that "Tyler Tufte makes a difference for the VCSU School of Education and all the students earning degrees in the field of education. Tyler helped the School of Education build a centralized assessment system that provides education students and their faculty advisors with communication and access to relevant teacher education information related to the program. The assessment system helps the School of Education gather data for analysis and reports that are important to VCSU's educational grant work, its accreditation efforts, and most of all it provides teacher education with data for making decisions for improvement. The system is more powerful and has fewer restrictions than many educational application programs or software products on the market that VCSU could have purchased. In addition to Tyler's web application skills and maintenance of the system, Tyler has consistently displayed a positive professional disposition in working the School of Education faculty and staff. Tyler's behind the scenes contributions to the program's success are unknown to most people, but greatly appreciated by those who realize the work he has done for VCSU."
Ray Nelson received "The Difference is Me" award on July 25, 2014. He was nominated for his work in Facilities Services. In the nomination, Kaleen Peterson wrote that "Ray is constantly doing something to keep our campus running. Whether it's keeping us comfortable in our offices with A/C or making sure things look good, he is easy to work with and doesn't stop until the project is done. Also, he keeps us informed all the way through, if there are delays for some reason. Ray does a lot on our campus that I don't think we realize, and with a smile and good-humor. He definitely makes a Difference at VCSU and should be recognized for it!”
Staff Senate is proud to recognize those who are working hard every day to make VCSU a better place. If you would like to nominate a staff member for "The Difference is Me" award, the nomination forms can be found at https://vcsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5gvJ6nLqntbsRXn
DeMuth, Kuipers attend physics teacher conference
David DeMuth, Jr., executive director of VCSU’s Great Plains STEM Education Center, and Gilbert Kuipers, VCSU associate professor of science, attended the American Association of Physics Teachers summer meeting, held in Minneapolis, Minn., July 26–30.
DeMuth presented a paper, “Perspectives in Particle Physics: Connecting Secondary Classrooms in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota to Tell the Neutrino Story,” on his STEM work linking schools with U.S. neutrino labs via live Internet connections.
Classroom teachers receive professional development on hands-on STEM strategies, and lessons are developed using the Next Generation Science Standards. Then the teachers co-facilitate simultaneous classroom events that focus on neutrino production at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Batavia, Ill.), detecting neutrinos at the MINOS experiment at the Soudan (Minn.) Underground Laboratory, at the NOvA detector in Ash River, Minn., and finally at Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D.
Three attend conference
VCSU faculty Anthony Dutton, Shannon VanHorn, and Katie Woehl attended the MN eLearning Summit July 30-31, held on the grounds of the University of Northwestern--St. Paul.
The conference theme this year was "Open. Online. Opportunity." and featured key note addresses by Dr. Cable Green, Creative Common's Director of Global Learning, and Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: eLearning with the Tennessee Board of Regents. The VCSU faculty attended sessions on topics such as Open Educational Resources, Online Accessibility, trending classroom apps, and classroom engagement.
A highlight of the conference was the private lunch they shared with members from the myeFolio team, one of the sponsors of the conference.
What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, August 4
Tuesday, August 5
Wednesday, August 6
1-3 p.m. New student registration, Lower Level Conference Room – Student Center
3 p.m. Viking Preview day
6 p.m. Vikings at the F-M RedHawks Game
7:15 p.m. Music at the Courthouse by Joseph DeMasi – Root beer floats served by Bridges Arts Council
Thursday, August 7
Friday, August 8
Saturday, August 9
Sunday, August 10
Monday, August 11
Tuesday, August 12
Wednesday, August 13
7:15 p.m. Music at the Courthouse by Greg Hager
Thursday, August 14
Friday, August 15
10th Annual Cowboy Up for Cancer Ride, McLeod, ND
Saturday, August 16
Sunday, August 17
Monday, August 18
Faculty contracts at VCSU begin – watch for email with final schedule of events for the week
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. New employee orientation
12 noon Faculty Senate & Committee Chairs meeting, Student Center Student Senate Room
4 p.m. VCSU 17th Annual Picnic & Golf Scramble, Valley City Country Club
Tuesday, August 19
8:30 a.m. All campus meeting, Student Center Cafeteria
12 noon All faculty & staff lunch
Wednesday, August 20
Department meeting day
7:15 p.m. Music at the Courthouse by ADAPT
Thursday, August 21
1 – 2:30 p.m. Staff open forum, Student Center Skoal Room
Friday, August 22
Freshmen move in day
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hotdogs and lemonade for freshmen and their families
12:30 p.m. Student registration, McFarland 206-207
4 p.m. L2L groups meet
5:30 p.m. Student marketplace and picnic
Saturday, August 23
Sunday, August 24