August 18th, 2014
This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:
• Introduction of new faculty members – part 1
• Women's Leadership Conference to be held in Grand Forks Sept. 22
• Ong tours Asia
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• August & September Birthdays
The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter will be published every Monday during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday before publication.
Introduction of new faculty members – part 1
by Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, Interim President
The start of a new academic year brings with it the pleasant anticipation of new students on campus, new work to be done, and new opportunities for growth and change. Each August, in addition to welcoming about 200 new freshmen to campus, we welcome a few new faculty. This year 11 new full-time instructors will join the VCSU faculty. In this column and the next, I will introduce you to each of these individuals. Please join me in welcoming them to our community.
Dr. Luis da Vinha, assistant professor of geography, comes to Valley City from Coimbra, Portugal, where he most recently worked as head of the Geographic Information Bureau of the City of Coimbra, taught a variety of courses at local universities, and was active in city affairs. He is the author of a number of book chapters and scholarly articles. Dr. da Vinha’s position is a new one, made necessary by the growth of our elementary education major, as these students must all take a course in geography as part of their teacher preparation program.
Dr. Susan Kilgore, assistant professor of geology, is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa and has spent time the past few summers working as a project hydrologist and geoarchaeologist at Grand Portage National Monument. Her work has focused on water issues and environmental education; at VCSU she will be teaching geology courses and helping develop our environmental science programs. Dr. Kilgore’s position replaces that of Mr. Don Hoff, who retired in May 2014.
Dr. Razib Iqbal, assistant professor in software engineering, fills a new faculty position made possible by the development of our new major in software engineering. Dr. Iqbal will assist in course development and recruitment efforts for this program. He comes to us from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he completed his doctorate in computer science at the University of Ottawa several years ago; most recently, he has been working as a development expert for Bridgewater Systems, a division of Amdocs, in Ottawa.
Ms. Karri Dieken, MFA, is our new assistant professor in art. She will be teaching printmaking, painting, and art history; her position replaces that of Ms. Linda Whitney, who retired in May 2014. Ms. Dieken received her MFA from Washington State University in 2010, and she has most recently been teaching art at Black Hills State University. She has participated in a number of professional exhibitions, primarily in Washington, Idaho, and South Dakota. Be sure to look for her work at the next VCSU Art Faculty exhibit.
Mr. Jason Laczkoski, MA, joins our music faculty as instructor of woodwinds and music history. Mr. Laczkoski is close to completion of his doctorate in saxophone performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa; he replaces Dr. Andrew Allen, who took a position elsewhere at the end of last year. Most recently, Mr. Laczkoski served as a visiting instructor (sabbatical replacement) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. We look forward to hearing him perform at a faculty recital sometime this year.
Dr. Nicholaus Meyers has been an adjunct faculty member in percussion at VCSU for several years while working on his doctorate in music at NDSU. He completed his doctorate this summer, and we are pleased to be able to offer him a full-time position this fall, teaching music theory and percussion. He also directs the athletic band, so you may have seen him last year at home football or basketball games. He will present a faculty recital on September 8, 2014; be sure to come hear him perform. Dr. Meyers replaces Dr. Sarah Hagen, who retired in May 2014.
As you can see, we have a great line-up of new folks on campus, all of whom will help our students have rich and rewarding educational experiences on campus. I will introduce the remaining five faculty—in athletic training, communications, education and physical education—in my next column. When you meet these new faculty around town, please let them know how pleased we are that they chose to live and work in Valley City!
Women’s Leadership Conference to be held in Grand Forks Sept. 22
The North Dakota American Council on Education Women’s Leadership Network Conference will be held Sept. 22, 2014, on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks.
Organizers encourage faculty and staff to participate in what they anticipate to be a day filled with learning and networking. Registration is encouraged by Sept. 23, 2014.
Ong tours Asia
Geraldine Ong, assistant professor of music, visited Asia again this summer, traveling to Vietnam and Malaysia. The first stop was in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where Ong perform a piano duo recital with colleague and friend Quy Nguyen. Ong also gave a masterclass to students in the area.
In Malaysia, Ong performed a solo recital and taught a masterclass at Yamaha Music School in Kuala Lumpur. She was delighted to be reunited with some familiar faces, having been a Yamaha Music student herself. Ong has been invited to return again next summer for more performances.
What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, August 18
Faculty contracts at VCSU begin
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. New Employee Orientation
noon Faculty Senate & Committee Chairs Retreat, Student Senate Room, Student Center
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
9:30–10:30 a.m. Meyers-Briggs Presentation, Student Center Cafeteria
10:30 a.m.–noon Campus Symposium Poster Session, Student Center
noon All faculty & staff lunch (must RSVP to Academic Affairs Office)
Wednesday, August 20
Department Meeting Day
7:15 p.m. Music at the Courthouse by ADAPT
Thursday, August 21
8–10 a.m. Open Houses on campus (Health Services, HPE Dept., Library, Planetarium, President’s House Guest Inn, Language Lab)
12-1 p.m. $5 Lunch, Viking I
1–2:30 p.m. Staff Open Forum, Student Center Skoal Room
Friday, August 22
Freshmen Move-In Day
Viking Volleyball @ Morningside tournament, Sioux City, Iowa (Aug. 22–23)
11 a.m.–1 p.m. Hotdogs and lemonade for freshmen and their families, Library Mall
12:30 p.m. Student Registration, McFarland 206-207
4 p.m. L2L groups meet
5:30 p.m. All-campus Marketplace and Picnic
Saturday, August 23
Sunday, August 24
Monday, August 25
VCSU fall classes begin at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, August 26
Wednesday, August 27
Viking golf @ Jimmie Fall Kick-Off, Hillcrest Golf Course, Jamestown
Thursday, August 28
7 p.m. Viking Football vs University of Jamestown, Shelley Ellig Field
9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Student Center Skoal Room
Friday, August 29
Viking Volleyball at Corn Palace Classic, Mitchell, S.D. (August 29–30)
4 p.m. Viking Cross Country hosts Valley City State Invitational
Saturday, August 30
Sunday, August 31
Monday, September 1
Labor Day—no VCSU classes, offices closed