This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column by Dr. Margaret Dahlberg
• Drake receives ‘Difference is Me’ award
• V-500 presents Beatles tribute next Friday
• Da Vinha coauthors book chapter
• Viking Sports - Upcoming Events
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• October Birthdays

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President’s Column by Dr. Margaret Dahlberg

President’s Column by Dr. Margaret Dahlberg
This week we welcome five candidates to campus as part of our ongoing search for the 13th VCSU president. This is a very important time, as we meet the candidates and assist the committee in identifying the individuals we believe are best suited to help VCSU move forward in the coming years. By the end of the day, Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Search Committee will have narrowed the slate of candidates to three finalists for the State Board of Higher Education to interview on Oct. 30.

The president of a university provides both the “face” of the campus to the community and state and the vision necessary to move the campus forward in changing times. VCSU has had a number of excellent presidents who have managed to help build a strong, innovative campus that responds to regional needs and maintains a high standard of excellence. In keeping with our 125th celebration, I will spend some time in this and the next two columns reviewing some of our remarkable presidents and the high points in their leadership.

Our first president, James W. Sifton (1890-1892), came to Valley City in 1889 as the minister for the Valley City Congregational Church. He immediately applied for the principalship of the proposed Normal School, and preached his last sermon in October 1890 (classes at VC Normal began October 13, 1890). Sifton established the initial faculty and promoted the campus across the state, building to a class size of 65 by the spring of 1892. At that point, the greatest need for the new school was a dormitory and classroom building of its own. There appears to have been some disagreement over the new building site, and, shortly after the Board selected the current location, Sifton announced his resignation and took a train out of town. The Board asked one of the instructors, Emma Bates, to take charge for the remainder of the year.

The Board then hired George McFarland (1892-1918) to succeed Sifton. During his lengthy tenure at VC Normal, McFarland oversaw significant campus growth, including the building now called McFarland Hall (including the east and west wing additions), the power house, the auditorium building, several dormitories (now demolished), and Science Hall. He established an exceptional faculty, drawn from teacher’s college programs in the East, and he expanded the curriculum to include a variety of certificates. In his final year at VC Normal, enrollment had expanded to 504 in the Normal School Department, 404 in the Music Department, and 263 in the Training (Model) school. The Music Department and Training School provided education to pre-college students, allowing Normal School students the convenient opportunity for practice teaching. There were 59 faculty.

As a result of some state-level political challenges, McFarland was forced to resign in August 1918. He assumed the presidency of Minot State Teachers College in 1922, once again providing leadership in building education programs for teacher preparation in North Dakota. In 1953, Old Main on the Valley City State campus was named McFarland Hall in his honor.

Carlos Allen (1918-1936) became VC Normal’s third president. President Allen oversaw the inception of the first department of Health and Physical Education in the state (1921), the transformation of the Normal School into a State Teacher’s College (with a four-year degree program, 1921), and two additional buildings: the gymnasium (now called Graichen Gym, 1923) and the College High School (now called McCarthy, 1930). Allen served VCSTC through two economic depressions, adeptly assisting the campus in retrenchments and recovery for each. In July 1952, the campus honored Allen’s years of dedicated service by naming the new library the Allen Memorial Library.

In my column next time: look for updates on the VCSU Presidential Search, and a review of VCSU presidents from 1936-1982.

Drake receives ‘Difference is Me’ award

Drake receives ‘Difference is Me’ award
VCSU Staff Senate honored Jan Drake, director of student academic services, with “The Difference is Me” award Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Jan’s nomination for the award credited her with “helping students achieve success academically” and lauded her “commitment to the core value of diversity.” It concluded with this statement: “Jan works well with students, and she has high expectations…. She emphasizes that students be responsible for themselves.”

Congratulations, Jan, on this recognition of your good work.

V-500 presents Beatles tribute next Friday

V-500 presents Beatles tribute next Friday
V-500 is hosting the third annual VCSU Rendezvous on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. This is a fun event to raise awareness of the importance of V-500.

This year’s entertainment will be “Rubber Soul: A Tribute to the Beatles.” The performance includes costume changes, as well as the use of authentic instrument and equipment allowing the audience to relive the magic of the Beatles.

The event is planned and hosted by the V-500 board of directors and sponsored by Bank Forward, Invest Forward and Insure Forward, with all proceeds going toward V-500 scholarships.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in person at the VCSU Foundation Office, online by clicking here or by calling 701-845-7203. Hope to see you there!

Da Vinha coauthors book chapter

Da Vinha coauthors book chapter
Luis da Vinha, assistant professor of geography and political science, coauthored a chapter in “Precision-Strike Warfare and International Intervention: Strategic, Ethico-Legal and Decisional Implications,” published recently by Routledge as part of its Global Security Studies series.

The chapter, “Dealing with Risk: Precision Strikes and Interventionism in the Obama Administration,” addresses the political and strategic consequences of the Obama Administration’s current precision strike policy from a “risk society” perspective. This policy is based on the intensive use of unmanned systems against individuals who are classified as relevant terrorists in an attempt to try to individualize and micromanage the risks of contemporary asymmetrical warfare.
The chapter is coauthored with Andre Barrinha, lecturer in politics and international relations at Canterbury Christ Church University (United Kingdom).
More information about the book can be found at

Viking Sports - Upcoming Events

Viking Sports - Upcoming Events
Friday, Oct. 10

M/W Cross Country @ Jimmie Invitational (Jamestown, N.D.)
Volleyball vs. University of Jamestown, 7 p.m. (Graichen Gym)

Saturday, Oct. 11

Football vs. Mayville State University, 1 p.m. (Shelly Ellig Field)

Sunday, Oct. 12

Baseball vs Presentation College, 1 p.m. (Played in Bismarck, N.D.)

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

Saturday, October 11

10 a.m. -12 p.m. VCSU Community School of the Arts ceramics class for youth ages 7-12, VCSU ceramics lab (October 11, 18 and 25)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church annual fall festival
1 p.m. Viking football vs Mayville State University, Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium
Great Midwest Horse Show – quarter horses and appaloosa horses, North Dakota Winter Show Event Center (Oct. 11-12)

Sunday, October 12

Monday, October 13

VCSU presidential finalists at VCSU
Lisa Jensen art show, VCSU Art Gallary, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor (October 13 – 24)

Tuesday, October 14

VCSU presidential finalists at VCSU
7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Bismarck State College, Bismarck, N.D.

Wednesday, October 15

VCSU presidential finalists at VCSU
10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Flu Shot Clinic, Lower Level Conference Room

Thursday, October 16

Friday, October 17

7:30 p.m. VCSU Rendezvous presents Rubber Soul a Beatles tribute band
10th annual Ruckus at the Rec, Valley City Rec Center
4 and 5:30 p.m. Viking volleyball at Waldorf Tournament, Forest City, Iowa

Saturday, October 18

Viking Visit Day at VCSU
9:30 a.m. Viking volleyball at Waldorf Tournament, Forest City, Iowa
11 a.m. Viking women's basketball vs Alumni, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
3 p.m. Viking football vs Dickinson State University, Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium
7 p.m. Viking men's basketball vs Alumni, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, October 19

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. VFW maintenance breakfast
3 p.m. Chiew-Hwa Poon, piano performance, Froemke Auditorium

Monday, October 20

Tuesday, October 21

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Rotary wine and beer tasting social, Barnes County Museum
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Mayville State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Wednesday, October 22

Thursday, October 23

Friday, October 24

Viking cross country at Mike Thorson Invitational, Bismarck, N.D.

Saturday, October 25

3 p.m. Concern band/jazz ensemble performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Sunday, October 26

October Birthdays

October Birthdays
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