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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President's Column
• Kuipers to speak on free education at museum Thursday
• May you be with the Force on Friday
• Solo Song Symposium held Saturday
• Hunt attends Graston training
• 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.

President's Column

President\'s Column
by Tisa Mason, Ed.D, CAE
Valley City State University President

National Mentoring Month

January signals a new year, with new hopes, opportunities, and aspirations. As I think forward each year, I also pause to think about my journey to the here and now. One thing always present in my mind is the number of people who helped me get to where I am today—the people who believed in me and supported me in so many ways—family members, neighbors, friends, colleagues, teachers, clergy, and supervisors.

I know how very fortunate I am to have been surrounded by so many who invested in me. I also know that everyone in this world is not as fortunate as I am. And so, as a new year begins and resolutions abound, I often think about reaching up and reaching down: reaching up to say thank you to the many people who helped me (after all I do believe one cannot genuinely say thank you too much), and reaching down to identify people to whom I might offer an encouraging word, help develop a skill, or invest in their dreams.

Several years ago, I was introduced to National Mentoring Month. Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the month of January is designated as a time for all of us to think more deeply about the need for mentors, as well as how all of us—individuals, businesses, schools, faith communities, and nonprofits—can work together to amplify mentoring activity, thereby investing in and assuring positive outcomes for others. This year the national program features these key dates and activities:

January 4: National Mentoring Month Kick-off Twitter Chat. A social media opportunity to discuss all things National Mentoring Month and how mentoring is impacting local communities.

January 12: I Am A Mentor Day. A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.

January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. A day to share in the inspirational words of MLK, Jr. and to elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.

January 17: International Mentoring Day. A day of international conversations on social media where photos, video and powerful mentoring story messages are shared.

January 19: #ThankYourMentor Day. A day for all who have real-life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond.

It is not really about a month or a collection of activities, though. It is about people investing in others every day, in a variety of ways. I hear so many wonderful stories about how people here and in our local community invest in one another and embrace our university tagline “Difference Makers.” I see it, hear it, and feel it in action constantly—not just during the month of January. This focus on the importance of being a difference maker, on believing in others and working towards positive outcomes for others, helps me feel good about being a member of this community. This natural flow of generous spirit in the Valley is another reason why it is a great day to be a Viking!

Learn more about MENTOR and the many resources offered at

Kuipers to speak on free education at museum Thursday

Kuipers to speak on free education at museum Thursday
Gilbert Kuipers, Ph.D., associate professor of science, will speak on “Free Education” at the Barnes County Museum on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

Originally from the state of Georgia, Kuipers has been at Valley City State University since 1981; he has taught a variety of courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics, and even a computer course. He holds a bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College and a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech.

The lecture, part of season 19 of the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series, is open to the public free of charge.

May you be with the Force on Friday

May you be with the Force on Friday
The VCSU Alumni Association invites you to join alumni and friends at Scheels Arena for a Fargo Force hockey game on Friday, Jan. 20.

Cost is $20 per person (includes reserved ticket for seating in the North Club Lounge area, food and fun!). A social hour starts at 6:00 p.m. with game time at 7:05 p.m.
A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Alumni/Foundation Office at 845-7203 to reserve yours today.

Solo Song Symposium held Saturday

Solo Song Symposium held Saturday
The VCSU Music Department hosted the 5th annual Solo Song Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 14, culminating in an afternoon showcase recital in Vangstad Auditorium.

Led by Robin Allebach, along with Christopher Redfearn and John Letellier, piano, the day featured master classes, workshops and a mini recital performed by VCSU music students Samantha Hintz, Hannah Gress, Jennifer Riemann, Joseph Wright and Rochelle Van Bruggen.

The showcase recital featuring the high school soloists, and highlighted VCSU music majors Gress and Van Bruggen, who were both previous Solo Song Symposium participants as high school students. This year’s selected high school soloists were William Egan and Twyla Gross from Enderlin, N.D.; Jacob Jenness, Marlen "Mikey" Meester and Jade Oksendahl from Valley City; Emily Sahl, Hunter, N.D. (Northern Cass High School); Makayla Woitzel, Fargo, N.D. (Davies High School); and Emma Woodward and Ashlen Wright, Fargo, N.D. (Sheyenne High School).

Hunt attends Graston training

Hunt attends Graston training
Rachelle Hunt, assistant professor and director of the athletic training program, attended a two-day training to become a Graston technique provider Dec. 17–18 in Fargo, N.D. An instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) technique, Graston allows clinicians the ability to detect and break down facial abnormalities and scar tissue formation. Graston, an evidenced-based technique, will be incorporated into VCSU’s athletic training program courses.

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
Women’s Basketball
Friday: VCSU 74, Waldorf University 48
Monday: #24 Dickinson State 68, VCSU 64
The Vikings women’s basketball team split a pair of conference games over the past week as their record moved to 15-6 overall and 6-2 in the North Star Athletic Association.

Men’s Basketball
Friday: Waldorf University 77, VCSU 74
Monday: Dickinson State 74, VCSU 73
The VCSU men’s basketball team dropped a pair heartbreakers this past week, losing two conference games by a combined four points. VCSU is now 12-10 overall and 4-4 in the North Star Athletic Association.

Track & Field
The Valley City State track and field teams opened the 2017 indoor season with six first-place finishes Saturday at the Super 8 Open, hosted by Bemidji State University. The Vikings added four second-place finishes at the meet as well. View complete results from the meet at

Upcoming Events
Jan. 20: Track & Field @ SDSU Invitational (Brookings, S.D.)
Jan. 20: WBB/MBB @ Dickinson State, 6:30/8:30 Central Time
Jan. 27: WBB/MBB vs. Mayville State, 5:30/7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: WBB/MBB vs. Waldorf University, 3/5 p.m.
Jan. 28: Track & Field @ Cobber Duals (Moorhead, Minn.)

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

Tuesday, January 17

12 noon Rotary Club, VFW

Wednesday, January 18

12 noon Kiwanis, VCSU Student Center Skoal Room
5 to 8 p.m. St. Catherine's Spaghetti Supper

Thursday, January 19

7 a.m. Optimists Club meeting, Vickie’s Viking Room
12 noon Toastmasters, VCSU Norway Room

Friday, January 20

Women's and men's track and field @ DSDU DII Invitational, Brookings, S.D.
6:30 and 8:30 p.m. VCSU women’s and men’s basketball @ Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.

Saturday, January 21

Sheyenne Valley Calling Contest & Predator Hunt

Sunday, January 22

Monday, January 23

Tuesday, January 24

12 noon Rotary Club, VFW

Wednesday, January 25

12 noon Kiwanis, VCSU Student Center Skoal Room

Thursday, January 26

7 a.m. Optimists Club meeting, Vickie’s Viking Room
12 noon Toastmasters, VCSU Norway Room

Friday, January 27

5:30 and 7:30 p.m. VCSU women’s and men’s basketball vs. Mayville State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 p.m. Opera ensemble night, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, January 28

Chinese New Year
Women's and men's track and field @ Cobber Duals - Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
4 and 6 p.m. VCSU women’s and men’s basketball vs. Waldorf University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, January 29