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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• VCSU President's Column
• Sheyenne Valley Shuffle 5K to be held Tuesday
• VCSU exercise physiology class offers Viking Challenge
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published every Monday during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4 p.m. the Friday before publication.

VCSU President’s Column

VCSU President’s Column
by Tisa Mason, Ed.D., CAE
Valley City State University President

The Power and Gift of Music

I can’t think of many things that provide so much joy, build community, improve memory, and help people “tap into” their feelings than music. Music has even been known to help Alzheimer’s patients. Being a true believer in the power and gift of music, I was ecstatic to meet our outstanding music educators and 2016 VCSU Music Hall of Fame inductees Linda (Stevenson) Banister ’72 and Connie (Juntunen) Turner ’69 at the recent Music Hall of Fame banquet.

The evening did not disappoint. Linda’s daughter spoke with so much love and admiration about what it was like to be raised by a very passionate music educator. Connie’s good friend, Betty Bender, whom she met at VCSU her freshman year 50 years ago, shared words of admiration, inspiration, and much humor as she reminisced about her friend Connie. Both Connie and Linda spoke with conviction about their lives as musicians and educators. I left the event inspired, proud, and confident of our university brand promise—Difference Makers.

Our faculty nurture the gifts of our students every day. The transformation is frequently extraordinary— and that shows up in the way they lead in their professions and communities. Our faculty not only focus on teaching— they also “model the way” by continuing to invest in their own professional development. In fact, just this past week VCSU experienced an exciting event—the release of a music CD!

Nicholaus Meyers, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, released a CD of his compositions for solo piano. The album is a VCSU product from start to finish. Meyers composed it, Geraldine Ong, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, is the featured performing artist, and John LeTellier, M.M., assistant professor of music, recorded, edited, and mastered the album. VCSU alumna Shannon Hone designed the CD cover and materials. It was recorded in a VCSU facility, played on VCSU instruments, and recorded and mastered with VCSU technology. It is a musical equivalent to publishing a book, and I join Christopher Redfearn, D.A., Music Department chair, in being so proud of all of them.

In order to make the recording of an album a possibility, VCSU invested heavily in replacing outdated technology. We have a brand new piano lab for teaching group piano lessons. The state-of-the-art lab is one of the most technologically advanced in the region. We also updated the technology in our recording and production lab, so that our students have the current technology they need to learn how to record and master music in the 21st century!

I may not be able to carry a tune, but my heart is filled with music and joy, and I can sing the praises of the nurtured talents of our students, the dedication of our faculty, and the daily way our alumni live as VCSU difference makers—and that, of course, is another reason it is a great day to be a Viking!

Sheyenne Valley Shuffle 5K to be held Tuesday

Sheyenne Valley Shuffle 5K to be held Tuesday
The annual Sheyenne Valley Shuffle 5K Run/Walk event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The race will start and end at the Gaulker Family Wellness Health, and Physical Education Center. Race packets can be picked up starting at 5 p.m. that evening; the run/walk begins at 6 p.m.

The event, hosted by the Barnes County United Way, is a great way to remain active with family and friends. Proceeds go to the Barnes County United Way and funds are distributed to local nonprofit agencies.

Please join the fun! Registration fee is $25 for college age and under and $35 for adults. Register at

VCSU exercise physiology class offers Viking Challenge

Students in Sarah Milner’s Exercise and Physiology of Peak Performance class in VCSU’s Department of Kinesiology and Human Performance are offering the Viking Challenge, a six-week fitness and wellness seminar, to interested students, faculty, staff and Valley City community members beginning Oct. 4.

The Viking Challenge, with a nominal cost of $25, provides participants with six weekly sessions. The sessions include body testing—with two body-composition analyses (one at the start and another at the end of the seminar), circumference measurements and weekly weigh-ins—along with informational presentations and activities, including flexibility training (yoga, stretching and foam rolling), a nutrition discussion with a registered dietitian, and workout instruction on high-intensity interval training and resistance training.

The Viking Challenge will be presented in VCSU’s first-floor exercise physiology lab (Room 154) in the new Gaukler Family Wellness, Health and Physical Education Center on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. from Oct. 4 through Nov. 8.

For more information or to register, contact Sarah Milner, VCSU assistant professor at

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
Saturday: VCSU 36, Waldorf University 7
The Viking football team rolled to a 36-7 Homecoming victory in its conference opener Saturday against Waldorf University. VCSU is now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the North Star Athletic Association.

Friday: No. 18 Bellevue University 3, VCSU 0
Saturday: VCSU 3, Presentation College 1
The Viking volleyball team went 1-1 this weekend in a pair of conference games. VCSU is now 6-9 overall and 2-1 in the NSAA.

Valley City State’s men’s golf team won the team title, and freshman Cameron Rall won individual medalist honors at the Minnesota–Morris Cougar Invite on Thursday. Rall shot a 1-under 70 to win the tournament. Complete results can be found at

Viking golf will wrap up its fall season with the NSAA Fall Conference Tournament, Sept. 26-27 in Albert Lea, Minn.

Cross Country
Viking cross country took a handful of runners to the large Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn. View results at

Upcoming Events
Sept. 26–27: Golf @ NSAA Fall Tournament (Albert Lea, Minn.)
Sept. 27: Volleyball vs. Concordia–Moorhead, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28: Baseball vs. Mayville State University, 6 p.m.
Sept. 30: Volleyball @ Waldorf University, 7 p.m. (Forest City, Iowa)
Oct. 1: Football vs. Dickinson State University, 3 p.m.
Oct. 1: Volleyball @ Viterbo University, 3 p.m. (La Crosse, Wis.)
Oct. 2: Baseball vs. Dickinson State University, 2 p.m. (doubleheader)

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
Monday, September 26

VCSU golf @ NSAA Fall Tournament, Albert Lea, Minn.

Tuesday, September 27

12:05–1:05 p.m. Valley City Rotary Club, VFW
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Concordia College–Moorhead, Graichen Gymnasium

Wednesday, September 28

noon–1 p.m. Kiwanis Meeting, Valley City Town & Country Club
6 p.m. Viking baseball vs. Mayville State University, Charlie Brown Field

Thursday, September 29

Friday, September 30

7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Waldorf University, Forest City, Iowa

Saturday, October 1

Muharram begins at sundown
3 p.m. Viking football vs. Dickinson State University, Shelley Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium
3 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Viterbo Univeristy, La Crosse, Wis.

Sunday, October 2

2 p.m. Viking baseball vs. Dickinson State University, Charlie Brown Field (doubleheader)

Monday, October 3

Philomathian Sorority Rush Night

Tuesday, October 4

12:05-1:05 p.m. Valley City Rotary Club, VFW

Wednesday, October 5

noon–1 p.m. Kiwanis Meeting, Valley City Town & Country Club
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Mayville State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Thursday, October 6

Friday, October 7

7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. University of Jamestown, Graichen Gymnasium

Saturday, October 8

1 p.m. Viking football @ Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D.
3 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Dickinson State University, Graichen Fymnasium

Sunday, October 9