App of the Week: Countdown Timer

By Dr. Shannon VanHorn, Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development

It’s week 12 in the semester! Just six weeks left and then finals. For some of you, the semester has probably gone quickly. For others, it may seem like it’s dragging on.

Countdown Timer is actually that—a timer that countdowns the time to a big event, be it a new baby, a wedding, a birthday, a vacation, and even the end of a semester!

This app is available not only for iOS, Android, and Window users, but also as a web page you can bookmark for easy retrieval. Or you can place the URL on a website, too.

Once you go to the website or download the app, you can choose the font you wish for the title, along with the date and time down to seconds if you wish.

I suggest not putting in the place of the event.  I tried typing in Valley City and Valley City State University and it took me to a list of more than a hundred places to choose from that had the word “Valley” in it somewhere, but not “our” Valley City.

So as you are looking forward to that special day, be it graduation, the end of a job, or Christmas, the Countdown Timer will help you count down the weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds toward towards that big event!

Menu: April 3rd – April 7th

Monday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes & gravy and buttered corn. If you are looking for a fun lunch we have music in the cafe by the music department. 

Tuesday: Bbq. pulled pork on a toasted bun, macaroni & cheese with steamed carrots.

Wednesday: Chicken noodle bowl, California blend, Baja fish taco and bacon cheeseburgers on the grill.

Thursday: Bbq. Thai chicken, chicken fried rice, steamed broccoli and chicken tortilla soup.

Friday: Easter Buffet

Savory Social Media Sweets Causing a Craze

By Morgan Nalley

Long before technology and social media the best recipes were historically secret family traditions. Some recipes could only be found in the minds of our great grandmothers, or stuffed in their dirty brown recipe boxes scribbled on scrap paper, which are nearly impossible to interpret. Now, social media has offered an outlet for cooking blogs and vlogs to be shared virally with the rest of the internet world.

Scrolling through Facebook, you always catch yourself stuck wasting three minutes watching the creation of “The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake” or “Samoa Brownies” inspired by the famous Girl Scout cookies.

Recipes are literally being placed right before our eyes, but are they being taken advantage of? Where are these recipes coming from? Do they belong to someone’s great grandma?

Let’s face it though, out of the millions of views that these recipe vlogs are getting how many viewers are saving, writing down, or actually creating their own delicious master piece? Are we missing out on spending quality time making memories in the kitchen with our grandparents because of this new craze that has hit the internet?

Next time you see one of these recipes, instead of wasting another three minutes watching the video and then just scrolling beyond it to then later forget about it, go to your grandma’s house and ask her how to make “The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake.”

Weekly Job Opportunities: Mar. 28th – Mar. 31st

Tues. April 11th – VCSU/UJ Career Fair 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Graichen Gym – careers, summer jobs, internships, and graduate schools – click here for more information and submit your resume online to attend!

 Apply for summer employment on campus! Create an account in Viking Vacancies and select Campus Job-Summer on your profile.  Departments interested will contact you directly for an interview.


Open Door Center – – open until filled

                RN or LPN

                Direct Support Professionals (FT or PT)

                Mental Health Technician

                PT Production Assistant

 Program Coordinator – 4th Corporation, New Rockford – – contact Rachel with questions at 701-947-2147 – open until filled

 Information Technology Trainee – Eagle Creek Software Services, Valley City – – open until filled

 Science/Math Teacher, with or without coaching – Barnes County North, Wimbledon – contact principal John Bruce at – open until filled

 NDSU Positions –

                Nutrition Education Assistant – NDSU Extension Service – closes 4/3

                Experiential Education Admin Assistant – Pharmacy Practice – closes 4/5

 Science Teacher, 7-12 – Litchville-Marion High School – contact Steve Larson at – open until filled

 FT Preschool Teacher – Discovery Daycare, Casselton – schedule of 4, 10-hour days per week – email Ashley at – open until filled

 Scheels Opportunities – Fargo – – open until filled

                E-commerce Developer

                Systems Administrator

 State of ND Opportunities –

               Administrative Assistant I – Job Service ND, Bismarck – closes 4/5

                Office Assistant III – ND Dept. of Public Instruction, Bismarck – closes 4/6

                Eligibility Technician – ND Dept. of Human Services, Rolla – closes 4/7

                Office Assistant III – ND Dept. of Human Services, Bismarck – closes 4/3

                Direct Care Associate/Life Skills Trainer – ND Dept. of Human Services, Grafton – closes 4/6

                Admin Assistant II – ND Dept. of Health, Bismarck – closes 4/6

                Admin Assistant I – ND Dept. of Corrections and Rehab, Minot – closes 4/2

 Digital Content Specialist – TMI Hospitality, Fargo – – open until filled               

 Valley City Public Schools – – open until filled

Elementary Music Teacher

7-12 Math/Geometry Teacher

Sr. High Social Studies Teacher

 9th Grade Football Coach – Jamestown Public School District – – open until filled

 Graduate Assistant for Athletic Training (2) – University of Mary, Bismarck – – open until filled

 Athletic Trainer – Altru Health System, Grand Forks – – open until filled

 Office Assistant – CHS, Inc., Crookston, MN – – open until filled

 Finance Specialist – Butler Machinery, Fargo – – open until filled

 ND Teaching Positions –

                Elementary Teacher with Math emphasis – Manvel – closes 4/28

                Math Instructor – Surrey – closes 4/7

                Special Education Program Coordinator – Jamestown – closes 7/1

                Business Teacher – Bismarck – closes 6/30

                Music/Band Teacher, grades 5-12 – Minot – closes 4/28

                High School English Teacher – Leeds – closes 4/22

                Elementary Teacher – Harvey – closes 4/15

 WY Teaching Positions – – open until filled

                Elementary Teachers – Rawlins, Fort Washakie, Ranchester, Sheridan

                Kindergarten Teacher – Hulett

                Kindergarten/Special Education Teacher – Albin

                Art Teachers – Torrington, Pine Bluffs, Sheridan

                English Teachers – Rawlins, Saratoga, Ethete, Thermopolis, Burns, Guernsey, Sheridan

                Math Teachers – Lander, Glendo, Jackson

                Music Teachers – Lovell, Rawlins, Sundance, Torrington, Lusk, Jackson

                Science Teachers – Lovell, Basin, Moorcroft, Lander, Ranchester, Green River

                Social Studies Teachers – Dubois, Kaycee, Glendo, Jackson


Summer Positions with Valley City Parks and Recreation – apply at the Gaukler Family Wellness Center – open until filled

                Inclusion Coordinator/Adaptive Programs Coordinator

                Fast Pitch Girls Softball Coach

                Cal Ripken Baseball Head Coach (12 yr. old)

                Assistant Cal Ripken Baseball Coaches

                Prep Baseball Head Coach (13 yr. old)

                Assistant Prep Baseball Coaches

Business Management Internship – Scheels, Fargo Corporate Office – – open until filled

Finance Intern – Essentia Health, Fargo – – open until filled

IT Help Desk Intern – TMI Hospitality, Fargo – – open until filled

Marketing & Events Management Internship – WEX Health, Fargo – – open until filled



Kindergarten Teacher – Wahpeton Public School District 37 – closes 4/30

 Special Education Teacher – Sheyenne Valley Special Education Unit, Valley City – closes 4/28

 Elementary Teacher – John Paul II Catholic Schools, Fargo – closes 6/21

 7-12 Language Arts Teacher – Libby School District #4, Libby, MT – closes 4/28

Bemidji Area Schools – close 7/1

                Art Teacher

                Library Media Specialist

                Physical Education/Health Teacher

5th Grade Teacher with or without coaching – Madison Central School District #39-2, Madison, SD – closes 4/6

Elementary Teacher – Drayton Public School – closes 5/25

Family Wellness Summer Program Counselors – Missouri Family YMCA, Mandan – closes 5/19

Social Studies Teacher – Bismarck Public Schools – closes 4/12

How to Escape Midterm Burnout

By Courtney Bothun

 It’s the middle of the semester, and we all know what that means – midterm burnout. If your classes are starting to get difficult, you’ve built up a resistance to caffeine, and your fashion standards have fallen from “gorgeous every day” to “at least I showered”, don’t worry! Here are five tips to keep you sharp through your midterm slump.

 Change Things Up

Is there a specific place you always go to study? Whether it’s a cozy chair in the library that you practically live in, or your desk in the room that you actually live in, pack up your bag and move. A change of scenery can do wonders for your ability to concentrate!


Study Smart

Try out some new studying techniques, and pay attention to what works (and what doesn’t). If you’ve never studied with flashcards before, make a set for yourself and get a friend to quiz you! If you usually read first and ask questions later, slow it down a bit and take notes as you go. Try lots of different strategies to find what works best for you.

Avoid Procrastination Triggers

Okay, don’t completely avoid them – after all, what’s the point of life without an occasional Netflix binge? But do keep track of the reasons you procrastinate and be careful to balance them properly. One episode of Stranger Things shouldn’t hurt your grades, but five in a row might. Study first, play later!

Treat Yourself

In fact, you can use those procrastination triggers to your advantage by using them as rewards for getting your work done. Assign values to study tasks, and reward yourself accordingly for finishing them. This works on two levels – first of all, it motivates you now, and second, it helps you build better lasting study habits.

Ask for Help

There is nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it! If you’re struggling to understand class material, schedule a meeting with your instructor or a tutor. If your slump is related to your mental health, teachers, parents, or mental health counselors can help you learn better coping strategies and access resources if you need them. Asking for help is always better than suffering alone.

App of the Week: Handpick

By Dr. Shannon VanHorn, Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development

As the semester gets busy, I do not always have time to get to the grocery store. But sometimes when I come home, well, the fridge and cupboards are kind of bare. I might have three potatoes, a couple slices of cheese, and a clove of garlic, half a stick of butter, and a container of yogurt.

I could order pizza or go out to eat, but that can eat away at my budget.

Or I can use Handpick.

Handpick is an app with more than 10,000 ingredients listed. Simply click on the list the ingredients you have available, and it will search hundreds of sites for recipes that include your ingredients. Some recipes require more ingredients, but many will call for just the ingredients you listed (or less).  This app can be downloaded from the App store or from Google Play.

According to the National Resource Defense Council, we waste 50% more food than we did in 1970. This app is a wonderful way to make use of the food you currently have, save you a few dollars, and provide you inspiration to try new culinary delights!

(What did it suggest for me and my ingredients? Baked potatoes topped with a cheese sauce made from the cheese, butter, garlic, and a couple scoops of yogurt.  Hungry yet?)

Menu: Mar. 27th – Mar. 31st

Monday: Tater Tot Casserole, Mixed Vegetables, Taco Salad Wrap and Brownies.

Tuesday: We are celebrating something on a stick day. We are having Corn Dogs, Macaroni & Cheese with Baked Beans. Teriyaki Chicken on a stick, Ice Cream and Fudge Bars for Dessert.

Wednesday: We have 400 extra students today we are having Beef Tacos, Bacon wrapped Hot dogs, Rice Krispies bars.

Thursday: Sausage & Pepper Pot Stew over Puff Pastry,Steamed Corn, Fried Gnocchi,Crispy Chicken Salad.

Friday: Lasagna, Fresh Green Beans, Asian Pepper Steak, Seafood Chowder and Lemon Cheesecake.

Weekly Job Opportunities: Mar. 20th – 25th


Thurs. Mar 23rd – Menards on campus interviews – Full time and Internship opportunities – 10:00am-2:00pm Denmark Room – submit your resume to Career Services with your preference for a 30-minute interview

Thurs. Mar 23rd – Preparing for a Career Fair 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Vangstad 007 – Learn how to dress, what to talk about, how to close a conversation, follow up

Tues. April 11th – VCSU/UJ Career Fair 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Graichen Gym – click here for more information


Handy Hardware – PT for remainder of school year and FT during the summer – flexible scheduling available – apply in person at 1150 W Main St – open until filled

 PT Direct Support Professionals – Open Door Center, Valley City – evenings and weekends required – – open until filled

 Information Technology Trainee – Eagle Creek Software Services, Valley City – – open until filled

 NDSU Opportunities, Fargo –

Admissions Counselor – closes 3/24

Research Specialist, Plant Sciences – open until filled

Research Specialist, Agribusiness – open until filled

 PT/FT/Summer Opportunities – Smith Lumber, Valley City – in store, lumber warehouse and greenhouse positions – apply in store or online at – open until filled

 Corrections Officer, ND State Penitentiary – ND Dept. of Corrections & Rehab, Bismarck – – closes 3/20

 Math Teacher – Schroeder Middle School, Grand Forks – – open until filled

 Research Specialist, Biomedical Sciences – UND, Grand Forks – – open until filled

 Activity Assistant – Eventide, West Fargo – – open until filled

 Accounting Assistant – Express Employment Professionals, Fargo – – open until filled

 Sales Development Specialist I – Microsoft, Fargo – – open until filled

 Enrollment Communications Specialist – Concordia College, Moorhead – – open until filled

 Customer Service Specialist (multiple positions) – WEX Inc., Fargo – – open until filled

 University of Mary Opportunities, Bismarck – – open until filled

                Campus Safety Officer

                Administrative Assistant, Financial Aid

                Admissions Representative, Fargo

 University of Mary Graduate Assistantships – – open until filled

                Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach


                Strength and Conditioning

                Cross Country

 Police Officer – City of Jamestown – – closes 3/28

 Special Education Para Educator – Jamestown Public School District – – open until filled

 Entry Level Software Engineer – Reavature, various locations – – open until filled

 ND Teaching Positions –

                7-12 Science, Wishek – open until filled

                English Language Arts Teacher, Ruby – closes 4/7

                Special Ed Teacher, Steele – closes 5/1

                4th Grade Teacher , Steele – closes 5/1

                Kindergarten or 1st Grade, Steele – closes 5/1

                High School Science, Marion – closes 4/9

                Title I (50%), PreK (30%), and Library Media Specialist (20%) – Fessenden-Bowdon – closes 5/1

                Social Studies Teacher, Trinity Catholic Schools, Dickinson – closes 5/1

                K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music Teacher, Maddock – open until filled

                Elementary Teacher, Leeds – closes 3/27

                Science Teacher, Devils Lake – closes 4/30



Marketing and Events Management Intern – WEX, Inc., Fargo – – open until filled

 Finance Intern – Sanford Health, Bismarck – – open until filled

 Elks Camp Grassick, Dawson, ND – – open until filled


                Reading Instructor

                Communication Assistants

                Recreation Personnel

                Waterfront Personnel

 Park Interpreter – Beaver Lake State Park, Wishek – – closes 4/12

 Park Attendant – Fort Ransom State Park, Fort Ransom – – closes 4/7

 Waterfowl Banding Technician – ND Game and Fish, Bismarck – – open until filled



Telecommunication Operator – Three Affiliated Tribes, New Town, ND – closes 4/12

 Admin Assistant II – Burleigh County Human Resources, Bismarck – closes 3/17

 Support Analyst Information Technology – Great River Energy, Maple Grove, MN – closes 3/24

 Kindergarten Teacher – Casa Grande Elementary Schools, Casa Grande, AZ – closes 5/26

 Warwick Public Schools – close 5/26

                Elementary Teachers

                Social Studies Teacher

                Business Education Teacher

                Language Arts Teacher

Events and Marketing Coordinator Internship – Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, Williston, ND – closes 5/1

App of the Week: Free Rice

By Shannon VanHorn, Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development

Are you in to trivia?  Would you like to answer trivia questions and at the same time feed the hungry?

A few years ago, I went to a professional conference and was introduced to the website “Free Rice.”  Sponsored by the United Nations World Food Programme, this website provides players the opportunity to earn 10 grains of rice for every correct answer to trivia questions you provide at this site.

Categories of questions include English Vocabulary, Famous Quotes, Chemistry Symbols, Famous Paintings, Anatomy, Literature, a variety of languages, Flags of the World, and pre-algebra. Get an answer right, ten grains of rice are donated.  Get it wrong, you’ll get an easier question to answer, building back the supply of rice.

Most recently, the site is focusing on Syrian Refugee children.

For your IOS system or iPads, Pocket Rice does the same thing. Right now they are focusing their attention on Columbia and Sri Lanka.  You can download this through iTunes.

For all you Android users, Foodonate is an app that does that same thing, too. Their focus seems to be Haiti, as well as other impoverished nations.

So don’t just play trivia games online.  Why not help others at the same time?