University celebrates its 125th anniversary
According to Cornerstones: A Centennial History of Valley City State University 1890–1990, “The State Normal School at Valley City opened its doors on October 13, 1890, with one ‘professor,’ less than 25 students, and no building of its own.”That’s a far cry from today’s Valley City State University, with more than 200 faculty and staff, 1,300 students and 20 buildings.
In recognition of the changes, growth and achievements over the years, VCSU will begin a yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary with the theme “Making a Difference—Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” at Homecoming Week 2014 and continue through Homecoming 2015.
Cardinal Red Days—with proud alumni, students, faculty, staff and alumni wearing their VCSU apparel—will be designated throughout the year.
The Heritage Room in the Soroos-Bruhn Alumni Center in McFarland Hall will become a repository for VCSU memorabilia; efforts to collect and display items related to VCSU’s history are underway.
Projects to spruce up campus, organized by the VCSU Beautification Committee, are also part of the 125th efforts. These include creating an enhanced interior at the main entry in McFarland Hall and making a more attractive entrance and efficient traffic pattern near Circle Hall, the “backdoor” entry to McFarland and Vangstad halls.
To commemorate the 125th anniversary, VCSU professors Stephen King and Julee Russell are writing an update to the centennial history of the university with the working title Cornerstones: The Legacy Continues—A Quasquicentennial History of Valley City State University 1990–2015.
Included in the celebration will be the rollout of a new Viking mascot at Homecoming 2014.
The Summer 2015 issue of the Bulletin, the VCSU alumni magazine, will focus on the university quasquicentennial with a special issue featuring a historical timeline and “125 Things We Love about VCSU.” An all-campus/community picnic on the campus green is also slated for Summer 2015.
This coming fall, the inauguration of Tisa A. Mason, Ed.D., as Valley City State University’s 13th president on Oct. 1 will kick off an event-filled Homecoming weekend, which will also include an all-Greek reunion and a Viking Hall of Fame reunion.
The weekend will also include the dedication of the Don Mugan Career and Technical Education Leadership Center, along with the traditional Homecoming parade, football game, and alumni social and dance.
The 125th celebration will culminate with a Founders Day Celebration on Oct. 13.
VCSU Homecoming 2015
Thursday, October 1
• Inauguration of President Tisa A. Mason, Ed.D.
Friday, October 2
• Alumni and Friends Ice Cream Social (2 p.m.), McFarland Hall Alumni Room
• Campus Tours (2:30 p.m.)
• Dedication of the Don Mugan Career and Technical Education Leadership Center (3:00 p.m.)
• Greek and Alumni Reunion/Social (8 p.m.), Valley City Eagles Club
Saturday, October 3
• Alumni Honors Breakfast (8:30 a.m.)
• Parade (10 a.m.)
• Viking Hall of Fame Tailgating (11 a.m.–2 p.m.)
• VCSU Football Game (2 p.m.)
• Postgame Social (4 p.m.), Valley City Town & Country Club
• Viking Hall of Fame Reunion: Social (6 p.m.), Program (7 p.m.), Valley City Eagles Club
• College Student and Alumni Dance (9 p.m.), Valley City Eagles Club
Tuesday, October 13
• VCSU 125th Anniversary Founders Day Celebration