This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column: VCSU marks 125 years
• VCSU Alumni Association to celebrate homecoming
• Young Professionals to host forum on ballot measures Thursday
• Kuipers to present at lecture series
• Walsh presents as NDSU
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• September Birthdays

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President’s Column: VCSU marks 125 years

President’s Column:  VCSU marks 125 years
We are moving deep into the fall season, and that means it’s time for Homecoming at VCSU, with the return of alumni, a week of celebratory student activities, the crowning of royalty, a parade, football and volleyball games, alumni activities, and Music and Athletic Halls of Fame. I hope you can join us for some of these events.

This is also the week we will unveil the new mascot at VCSU, as we officially begin our 125th year as a public institution of higher education. We have a year of celebration planned, with the theme, “Making a Difference—Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.” Please visit VCSU’s 125th website,, for more information about the celebration.

To start our celebration, here is a brief story of how VCSU began, back in 1890.

Valley City State Normal was established in the North Dakota constitution by voter ratification on October 1, 1889. Unfortunately, there was no accompanying legislation to appropriate funding for the school, so the citizens of Valley City stepped up to fund the institution’s first two terms. This financial support allowed the Valley City State Normal to begin its first term on October 13, 1890, with a starting class of 12. Tuition was free, and the first classroom was in the City High School.

When state funds were finally appropriated on March 2, 1891, to support both the ongoing financial needs of the institution and a new building, classes were already well under way and enrollment was growing every term: There were 28 students in December 1890, and the school had to move to a new home because there was insufficient space at the City High School. The Normal School was housed in the McConnell Building in Spring 1891 (present site of Bong’s Bootery), and then moved to the McDonald Block (Fall 1891-December 1892; NE Corner of Second Avenue and Third Street NE).

In March 1892 there were 65 students enrolled, with four instructors. Plans to build a new home for the Normal School were under way, and the central portion of the building now called McFarland Hall was erected between June and December, 1892, for a cost of $26,220. By Spring 1893 (in the new building) there were 143 students in the Normal Department and 38 in the Model School, and nine instructors. By the end of the first decade (1900), enrollment had grown to 254 students and 10 faculty.

The establishment of this institution in Valley City was made possible from its inception by the warm, enthusiastic support of the community, who helped fund the opening year, donated classroom space and land for the new campus, and in the years that followed as enrollment grew, assisted with student housing, infrastructure improvements, and frequent appeals to the legislature for funding and growth.

The collaborative relationship between the community and campus continues to this day, 125 years after the community raised funds to pay our first faculty members. As the September 9, 2009, Valley City Proclamation indicates, “Valley City and Valley City State University have enjoyed an inseparable and mutually beneficial relationship since the University’s founding in 1890.” Thank you for the continued good will and support!
President’s Column:  VCSU marks 125 years

VCSU Alumni Association to celebrate homecoming

VCSU Alumni Association to celebrate homecoming
The Valley City State University Alumni Association will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 3 and 4. Activities will begin on Friday, Oct. 3 with an alumni welcome back ice cream social & 125th Kickoff Celebration starting at 2 p.m. on the front lawn at VCSU. Everyone is invited to take part in the 125th Kick off photo at 2:30 p.m. Participates are invited to gather on the front lawn for this photo opportunity. That evening the Viking Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction ceremony which will be held at the VCSU Student Center Cafeteria beginning with a social at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are available by calling the VCSU Fieldhouse 845-7161.

On Saturday morning, the Alumni Honors Breakfast will be held at the VCSU Student Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Honors breakfast provides the VCSU Alumni Association with an opportunity to present fellow alumni with the Certificate of Merit and Young Alumni Achievement awards.

Six alumni will be honored with the Certificate of Merit award. The Certificate of Merit award was adopted by the VCSU Alumni Association to recognize alumni for accomplishments, service or other noteworthy honors this year’s recipients include Kevin Blaskowski ’86, Tiffany (Ost) Fylling ’09, Lyle Halvorson ’72, Bethany (Loibl) Karnik ’94, Kathy (Burchill) Lentz, M.Ed. ’07, and Matt Nielson ’06.

Joe Duetsch ’99 and Jeremy Neuharth ‘01 will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award. The Young Alumni Achievement Award was established in 2012 to recognize VCSU’s more recent, outstanding alumni as they embark on their chosen paths and strive for greatness. The award is presented to recognize future leaders under the age of 40 based on achievements in their chosen career, demonstrated leadership, and service to others. Tickets are $10 each and may be reserved by calling the VCSU Alumni Office at 701-845-7203 or email

Other activities on Saturday include the homecoming parade at 10:30 a.m., Football game at 1 p.m. against Waldorf College, and a post-game social held at the Valley City Country Club at 4 p.m.

Anyone needing more information can contact the VCSU Foundation and Alumni Office at 701-845-7403.

Young Professionals to host forum on ballot measures Thursday

Young Professionals to host forum on ballot measures Thursday
The Valley City Young Professional Network will present an informational program on North Dakota’s November ballot measures this Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Skoal Room.

Sharon Buhr will emcee the event, and a moderated question-and-answer session will follow the program’s three featured presentations.

Tom Fiebiger, former North Dakota senator, will discuss the potential legal consequences of Measure 1.

Ellen Chaffee, former VCSU president and senior fellow at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, will speak on the implications of Measure 3.

Bob Anderson—biology professor, environmental consultant and professional birder—will present information on Measure 5.

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Kuipers to present at lecture series

Kuipers to present at lecture series
The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 17 Presents VCSU professor Dr. Gilbert Kuipers “Why is the Star Spangled Banner our national anthem and what our national motto is?” at 7.m. on Thursday Oct. 2 at the Barnes County Museum.

The year 2014 marks the bicentennial for America’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Dr. Kuipers will give the historical background of the various verses and underlying meanings of the words Francis Scott Key penned that memorable night that was so pivotal in the outcome of the war, and consequently the future of our country.

Gilbert Kuipers grew up in Georgia and attended college there. He has been at Valley City State University since 1981. Although he mainly teaches physics, at VCSU he has taught math, chemistry and computer classes. He also participates in the VCSU pep band which plays the national anthem at VCSU football and basketball games.

Kuipers has an interest in history and would be interested in hearing from anybody who can provide information about the cornerstone of Vangstad Auditorium or what happened to the marker stone for the park just east of the VCSU campus.

The public is cordially invited to his presentation on Oct. 2. All Lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with Valley City State University. They are free and open to the public. For more information contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

Walsh presents as NDSU

Walsh presents as NDSU
Rob Walsh, assistant professor of communication arts, presented in the “Invited Paper Sessions” at the North Dakota State University Education Doctorate Program 2014 Fall Conference on Sept. 26. The presentation was based on his dissertation, “Using Learning Modules for Instructor Neutrality in Ethical Quagmires: A Cross-Curricular Study in Academic Debate”—a three-article dissertation on the use of argument, debate and rhetoric in learner-centered settings.

In May 2014, Walsh earned a Ph.D. in Occupational and Adult Education with an emphasis in training and consulting for business, industry, and government.

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
Saturday: VCSU 48, University of Jamestown 17
Vikings are now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. VCSU hosts Waldorf College at 1 p.m. Saturday for the VCSU Homecoming game.

Tuesday: Mayville State 3, VCSU 0
Saturday: VCSU 3, Waldorf College 1; VCSU 3, Bismarck State 1
Viking volleyball is now 9-12 overall and 1-2 in conference play. VCSU hosts Presentation College at 7 p.m. Friday, and then host Dakota State at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Cross Country
VCSU competed Saturday at the large Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Viking men placed 31st while the women took 35th.
The Vikings are scheduled to run next Oct. 10 at the Jimmie Invitational in Jamestown.

VCSU's scheduled baseball games Sunday in Winnipeg were canceled. The Vikings (2-2) are set to host Winnipeg this Sunday for a home doubleheader at noon and 3 p.m.

The Viking golf team is hosting the VCSU Invitational at Crossroads Golf Course in Carrington. Day 1 was Sunday, and day 2 is today.
The Viking men are in second place after day one, four shots behind University of Jamestown.

What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...

Monday, September 29

11 a.m.–3 p.m. Photo booth and slushy machine, Student Center
4 p.m. 32nd Bill Osmon fun run/walk
8 p.m. Get to know your Homecoming court, Vangstad Auditorium
9 p.m. Comedian Pete Lee, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, September 30

11 a.m. Dip and Dots, Student Center
6 – 9 p.m. Gladiator Joust, Student Center (time TBA)
7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
9:30 p.m. Team Theme Bowling, Sky Lanes

Wednesday, October 1

Deadline to apply for spring student teaching
Diversity Essay Contest opens (for details
11 a.m. Philomathian Sorority 100th year celebration with cake, Student Center
12 – 3 p.m. Sumo Wrestling, Student Center (time TBA)
9:30 p.m. Dance to Johnny Holm Band, Eagles Club

Thursday, October 2

11 a.m. Miss North Dakota USA 2014, Audra Mura, Vangstad Auditorium
12-3 p.m. Caricatures & ice cream treats, Student Center
7:30 p.m. Homecoming coronation, Vangstad Auditorium
8 p.m. Talent show, Vangstad Auditorium
9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, October 3

Eid al-Abha begins at sundown
Yom Kippur begins at sundown
Alumni Career Fair, VCSU
11 a.m. Cotton candy, Student Center
2 p.m. Alumni Welcome Back Ice Cream Social and 125th Celebration Kickoff, Alumni Office
2 – 4 p.m. Camus Tours
5 p.m. Meet and Greet Hall of Fame Social, Student Center Cafeteria
6 p.m. Hall of Fame Banquet, Student Center Cafeteria
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Presentation College, Graichen Gymnasium
9 p.m. Balloon artist funny man – John Cassidy, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, October 4

8:30 a.m. Alumni Honors Breakfast, Student Center Cafeteria
10:30 a.m. Homecoming parade
Noon Pre-game picnic sponsored by VCSU Booster Board, Lokken Stadium
1 p.m. Viking football vs Waldorf College, Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium
4 p.m. Post-game social, Valley City Town and Country Club
5 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Dakota State University, Graichen Gymnasium
10 p.m. College and alumni street dance, Valley City Town and Country Club

Sunday, October 5

Monday, October 6

Opening date for submissions to The Forge

Tuesday, October 7

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Engineering, Technology, Aerospace Career Fair, UND Memorial Union

Wednesday, October 8

11 a.m.3 p.m. Business, Health Care and Liberal Arts Career Fair, UND Memorial Union
3 p.m. Safe Zone Ally Training Level I, Student Center lower level conference room

Thursday, October 9

9 p.m. FCA/CRU Meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, October 10

12:15 p.m. Choir and singers performance, Vangstad Auditorium
7 p.m. Volleyball vs Univeristy of Jamestown, Graichen Gymnasium
Movie Night at Cinema Flix, FREE to VCSU students with Viking Card
Ployher Festival, Vangstad Auditorium (Oct. 10-11)
Viking Cross Country @ University of Jamestown Invitational, Jamestown, N.D.

Saturday, October 11

1 p.m. Viking football vs Mayville State University, Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium

Sunday, October 12

September and October Birthdays

September and October Birthdays

29 Pat Egeberg
29 Lee Kruger
30 Anthony Dutton
30 Charlene Stenson


3 Larry Robinson
6 Connie Stavens
7 Wayne Hammond
7 Mike Nix
9 Jacob Breske
10 Drew Storbeck
11 Anthony Kliniske
13 Rachelle Hunt
14 Brenda Finger
15 Jamie Paurus
17 Nadja Johnson
17 Geraldine Ong
18 Julee Russell
18 Tyler Tufte
21 Irene Groth
26 Jane Hammer
27 Deb Feuerherm
27 Brenda Tyre
27 Nathan Trader
27 Elle Fracker