App of the Week: Instant Buttons

By Shannon VanHorn, Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development

A couple of years ago, I attended a conference in which the presentation was a bit dry. She was presenting a lot of technical info, and when she asked us a question, it was dead silent.

Then we heard it: Crickets!

But it was too late in the year for crickets to be around.

The sound of crickets was coming from her phone, which she was also using as a remote. From just a push of a finger, she created that sound when no one was answering her question.  Finally someone did, and there was applause coming from her phone.

She then told us all about Instant Buttons.

Instant Buttons is a fun app that can be used to create sound for the mood of the moment.  From a sad trombone to Ferrell’s “Happy,” from television theme shows such as “Big Bang Theory,” “HIMYM,” “Batman,” and “The Flintstones” to characters, such as Chewbacca, Santa, and Homer Simpson, this app is entertaining and can humor to many situations.

You can create a favorites list, hide those you do not like, and even create your own sound buttons.

Instant buttons can be found in the App store, Google Play, and Galaxy Apps for quick downloading, and are supported by Crema games.  Got a great idea for a sound? Let Crema know and they may include in their upgrades.

Warning: the buttons are addicting.

Check it out and see which ones you like!

Menu: Feb 27th – Mar.

Monday: Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Steamed Corn, Cream Cheese Brownies, Knefla Soup.

 Tuesday: We are celebrating Mardi Gras!!! Cajun Cooking. Red Beans & Rice, Cajun Buttered Corn on the Cobb, Jalapeno Corn Bread, Fried Chicken Poboy’s on the wrap station, Shrimp Creole on the Saute, Caramel Cheese Cake and Bacon and Beer Brownie Cup Cakes.

 Wednesday: Chicken Noodle Bowl, California Blend, Baja Fish Tacos for Ash Wednesday and Lemon Bars.

 Thursday: Thai Bbq. Chicken, Vegetable Lo Mein, Broccoli and Whoopie Pies.

 Friday: Lent Lunch Crispy Fried Cod, Long Grain Wild Rice, Winter Blend Vegetable, Spicy Italian Sandwich and Blueberry Crisp.

Free Public VCSU Planetarium Show

Valley City State University Planetarium Director, Wes Anderson, announced that there will be a free public Planetarium Show Saturday, Feb. 25th at 1 pm.

“Finding Polaris II,” is a guided tour of the night sky by Polaris, The North Star. Other major stars of the springtime sky will be featured as well: Arcturus, Spica, Regulus, Capella, and Thuban. Kids of all ages will be offered a fun and educational experience.

The VCSU Planetarium is located on the third floor of Rhoades Science Center in room 309. There is no charge, but there will be a free will donation box.

Weekly Job Opportunities: Feb. 20th-24th


PT Opportunities – TLChildcare, Valley City – various hours, no weekends required – contact Amber at – open until filled

 Waiters/Waitresses – Sabir’s, Valley City – lunch shifts and evening shifts, flexible with school schedules, apply in person – open until filled

 Juvenile Institutional Residence Specialist – ND Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Mandan – – closes 3/5

NDSU Positions:

                Hall Director – open until filled

                Information Specialist – closes 3/14

 Substitute Elementary Teachers – St. Catherine School, Valley City – contact Jenny Faure at – open until filled

 IT – Business Analyst – Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Carrington – – open until filled

Teaching Positions – Teach For America, various locations and positions – – closes 3/1

Athletic Trainer – Essentia Health, Valley City – – open until filled

Elementary Ed Teacher – Pingree-Buchanan School – – open until filled

Physical Education/Health Teacher – Jamestown Public School District, one year appointment, .56 fte – – open until filled

Direct Support Professional – Community Options Inc., Jamestown – – open until filled

Police Officer – City of Valley City – – open until filled

Payroll Processing Analyst – MDU Resources Group, Inc. – – open until filled

Direct Support Professional – Catholic Health Initiatives, Fargo – – open until filled

Aatrix Software, Grand Forks – – open until filled

                Software Developer

                Help Desk Technician

                C#/.NET Developer

North Dakota Teaching Opportunities – – open until filled    

                Elementary Teacher – Leeds Public School

                Science Teachers – Dickinson Public Schools

                Language Arts Teachers – Dickinson Public Schools

                Elementary PE Teacher – East Fairview Elementary (ND and MT border)

                Elementary Teacher – Milnor Public School

                Science Teacher – North Star Public School, Cando


Valley City Parks and Recreation, Valley City – – close 3/10

                Inclusion Coordinator/Adaptive Programs Coordinator

                Youth Baseball/Softball Coordinator

                Tennis Coach (ages 6-12)

                Youth Baseball/Softball (ages 5-11)

                Cal Ripken (age 12) Baseball Head Coach

                Cal Ripken Assistant Coaches

                Prep (age 13) Baseball Head Coach

                Prep Assistant Baseball Coaches

                Play Park Coordinator

                Play Park Aide

                Co-Track Coordinators (2)

                Assistant Pool Manager

                Pool Lifeguards & WSI Lifeguards

                Swimming Pool Slide Attendant/Cashier

                Pro Shop Attendant, Bjornson Golf Course

                Maintenance Workers, Bjornson Golf Course

                Parks, Game Fields, Buildings Maintenance

Gaukler Family Wellness Center – application at – close 3/10

                Wellness Front Desk

                Wellness Child Watch

                Wellness Janitorial

                Fitness Instructors

Summer Intern, Accounting – Sanford Health, Fargo – – open until filled

Amazon Internships, Grand Forks – – open until filled

                Data Support Intern

                Business Analyst Intern

                Marketing Communications Intern

                Human Resources Intern

State of Minnesota, Dept. of Natural Resources, various locations – –- open until filled

                Shallow Lakes Intern

                Forestry Intern

                Fisheries Intern

                Aquatic Invasive Species Intern



6th Grade English Teacher – Bismarck Public Schools – closes 3/5

Elementary Teacher – Roosevelt School District, Carson, ND – closes 5/31

Loan Officer – AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Roseau, MN – closes 3/1

Information Systems Technician – Sidney Health Center, Sidney, MT – closes 3/17

Elementary Teachers – Mandan Public Schools – closes 3/31

Middle School 6th Grade Social Studies and Reading Teacher – Mandan Public Schools – closes 3/31

Middle School Math and Science Teacher – Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District #6, Cottonwood, AZ – closes 8/31

YMCA Business Intern – Missouri Family YMCA, Bismarck – closes 4/14

Annual VCSU Chili Cook Off

The Viking Campus Activity Board is hosting a Chili Cook Off Friday, Feb. 24th at 9 pm. Students can sign up to participate in this event as individuals or in teams. Spots are limited, so contact the Information Desk to sign up. Cash prizes will be awarded in multiple categories.


App of the Week: Quizlet

By Shannon VanHorn, Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development

Midterms are coming up soon. Are you ready?

Studying through several weeks of notes and chapters can be quite daunting. There’s a lot of information to remember for those exams.

This week’s App of the Week, Quizlet, is a place where you can create your own flash cards, quizzes, and even study groups.  Best of all, it’s free! (or for a more detailed version, it’s $199 a year. But you probably won’t need that version.)

You can log in through Google, Facebook, or your e-mail address.  You will need to sign up for an account and you do need to approve the Terms of Agreement and the Privacy Policy.

Once you are in, you can create study areas for each of your classes. You can invite friends to study with you, or you can study by yourself.

Many study sets on a variety of subjects have already been created, so you could use one of those, too. For example, I teach communication, so I searched for “Communication” and found one that focused on the communication model.  It has flashcards, a quiz, matching, and much more. I’m willing to bet that every subject at VCSU has something in Quizlet.

Quizlet is available on your computer ( or as an app in the App store.  The app will sync with the website and visa versa.  You can even use it while in airplane mode as you travel.

So try out Quizlet and experiment making your own study aids.  It will help in your learning and retention and should make midterms a bit less stressful. Good luck!

Menu: Feb. 21st -24th

Tuesday 21st–Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup, Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup, Beef & Pork Italian Meatballs, Spinach with Garlic & Onion, Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla, Made to Order Deli Bar, Imperial Stir-Fried Rice, Oreo Seven Layer Bars.

Wednesday 22nd–Cream of Tomato Soup, Thick & Zesty Beef Chili, Chipotle Chicken & Queso Fresco Taco, Mexican Brown Rice, Sofrito Black Beans, Grilled Reuben, Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog, Chick Pea & Vegetable Moroccan Stew,  Meatlover’s Pizza, Cheerios Bar.

Thursday 23rd–Bacon Corn Chowder, Knefla Soup, Sausage & Pepper Pot Pie with Biscuit, Steamed Corn, Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Crispy Chicken Salad, Gnocchi with Brown Butter & Sage Pasta Bowl, Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.

Friday 24th–Classic New England Clam Chowder, Beef, Barley & Mushroom Soup, Meat Lasagna, Fresh Green Beans, Rajun Cajun Burger, Acapulco Chicken Wrap, Asian Pepper Steak Stir Fry, Lemon Cheesecake Bar with Strawberry Topping.

President’s Day Student Center Hours

Friday, February 17th

              Information Desk                          Closes at 7:30pm

              Bookstore                                       Closes at 4:00pm

              Cafeteria                                         Closes at 7:00pm

              Viking I                              Closes at 3:30pm

 Saturday, February 18th

              Building Hours                 8:00am – 7:30pm

              Information Desk                          8:00am – 7:30pm

              Cafeteria                                         Closed 

              Viking I                              11:30am – 2:00pm, reopens 5:00pm – 7:00pm

              Bookstore                                       Closed

Sunday, February 19th 

              Building Hours                 11:15am – 7:30pm

              Information Desk                          11:15am – 7:30pm

              Cafeteria                                         Closed

              Viking I                              11:30am – 2:00pm, reopens 5:00pm – 7:00pm

              Bookstore                                       Closed

Monday, February 20th 

              Building Hours                 11:00am – 11:00pm

              Information Desk                          11:00am – 11:00pm

              Cafeteria                                         Closed

              Viking I                              11:30am – 2:00pm, reopens 5:00pm – 11:00pm

              Bookstore                                       Closed

Tuesday, February 21st

              Regular Hours Go Back Into Effect


If you have any questions regarding this schedule please contact the office at 845-7122.