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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Vangstad ribbon-cutting to be held Wednesday afternoon
• Test-drive fundraiser at Student Center on Thursday
• Farewell scheduled for Denholms on Thursday
• Recognition dinner to be held May 12
• Senior awards luncheon May 13
• Henjum, Lindemann named "Difference Makers"
• Communication students headed to Oslo this summer
• Dixon's NAIA service highlighted in convention recap
• VCSU group attends Sanford strength & conditioning clinic
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• May birthdays

Vangstad ribbon-cutting to be held Wednesday afternoon

Vangstad ribbon-cutting to be held Wednesday afternoon
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will be held for the Vangstad building from 3–5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

The ceremony will include remarks from VCSU President Tisa Mason and Richard Rothaus, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the North Dakota University System, along with VCSU student leader Madelyn Zane.

The open house will include tours of the offices, classrooms and study spaces used by the VCSU Department of Business, the Learning Center, and Student Academic Services, along with the building’s signature auditorium.

Refreshments will be served, and the event is open to the public free of charge.

The university’s Quantum Brass ensemble will perform at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and at 4 p.m., VCSU actors will present a staged reading of a scene from “The Twins”—a play about the building’s namesakes, twins Lena and Thilda Vangstad—written by playwright Tom Dunn, great-nephew of the twins.

Test-drive fundraiser at Student Center on Thursday

Test-drive fundraiser at Student Center on Thursday
Stoudt-Ross Ford of Valley City will team up with the VCSU Foundation on Thursday, May 5, to benefit the V-500 scholarship program through Ford’s “Drive 4 UR Community” event.

For each test drive at the VCSU Student Center on Thursday, Ford will donate $20 (up to $6,000 total) to the V-500 scholarship program.

Please consider this no-pressure opportunity to test drive a new Ford while helping VCSU students. Participants must be 18 years old and hold a valid driver’s license.

Farewell scheduled for Denholms on Thursday

Farewell scheduled for Denholms on Thursday
VCSU will host a reception with cake and refreshments in the VCSU Student Center Lounge to wish Jack and Anne Denholm farewell on Thursday, May 5, from 3–4:30 p.m.

Jack has served as VCSU director of athletics since 2010. He was instrumental in building stronger fundraising and community relations opportunities for the athletic department. He’s also been heavily involved with strategic planning, game management, campus-committees and compliance.

Jack was recently named the director of athletics at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Recognition dinner to be held May 12

The annual VCSU Employee Recognition Dinner will be held the evening of Thursday, May 12, with a social beginning at 5:30 and dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria.

Employees receiving recognition are offered two free tickets; other employees are offered one free ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased for $17.50.

Purchase or reserve tickets by May 6 at the Business Office (845-7235) or the Student Center Info Desk (845-7122).

Please join us at this end of the year time to celebrate the many accomplishments of our faculty and staff.

Senior awards luncheon to be held May 13

The VCSU Senior Awards Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2016 at noon in the VCSU Student Center Cafeteria. Award presentations from all VCSU academic departments will be made to graduating seniors.

Cost for the lunch is $10. Please RSVP by May 9 to Kim Hesch, phone 845-7403 or email

Henjum, Lindemann named ‘Difference Makers’

Henjum, Lindemann named ‘Difference Makers’
Administrative assistants Jody Henjum (Academic Affairs) and Heide Lindemann (Great Plains STEM Education Center/Computer Systems and Software Engineering Department) were named VCSU “Difference Makers” by Staff Senate on April 28.

The two were nominated for the award by the Business Office and Employee Services Office.

Their nominations read, in part: “Jody is a true pleasure to work with. She is very dedicated and a hard worker striving for excellence.” “Heidi has a positive attitude. She helps immensely with the various STEM grants. We enjoy her contagious laugh, and she puts a smile on our faces.”

Each month, the Difference Maker Subcommittee of Staff Senate asks an office group to nominate someone they feel is a “Difference Maker” for them. The subcommittee includes Tuya Dutton, Kelli Heath, Adam Longmore and Jessica O’Day.

Communication students headed to Oslo this summer

Communication students headed to Oslo this summer
Kaitlyn Huss and Amy Venn, VCSU communication majors, will spend a month in Norway this summer as participants in “Rock Journalism, Life Stories and Interpreting for International Journalism,” an Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) study-abroad course with VCSU and Fargo’s High Plains Reader as partners. The program will run May 26–June 26.

Huss, Venn and six other U.S. students will cover festivals, concerts, venues, street music, record shops and recording studios to produce an international edition of the High Plains Reader (HPR) and multimedia for the HPR website.

Venn received a Benjamin J. Gilman Scholarship to participate in the Oslo program. The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, which helps foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations.

Steve Listopad, VCSU assistant professor and director of student media, directs the Oslo program and is one of six ieiMedia faculty members who will teach in Oslo this summer.

More info about the Oslo program can be found at

Dixon’s NAIA service highlighted in convention recap

Dixon’s NAIA service highlighted in convention recap
VCSU’s Courtney Dixon was recognized as a 2015–16 member of the NAIA Association of Student-Athletes (ASA) in the NAIA’s Convention Recap publication covering the NAIA national convention held in Kansas City, Mo., April 15–19.

Dixon, a member of the Viking women’s basketball team, is pictured on the front page of the Convention Recap with other ASA members, along with her quote, “Hands down, the most memorable collegiate experience I’ve had.”

VCSU group attends Sanford strength & conditioning clinic

VCSU group attends Sanford strength & conditioning clinic
Sarah Milner, assistant professor of HPE, led a VCSU group to the 2016 Sanford POWER Strength and Conditioning Clinic in Fargo April 22–23.

The conference—featuring national, regional and local speakers—provided science-based, practical principles in performance enhancement and strength and conditioning.

Featured topics included “A Total Training Approach: Speed, Power, and Strength” by Al Vermeil, the former strength and conditioning coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bulls, and “Advanced Methods on Triphasic Training” and “Game Changing Methods in Sport Performance” by Cal Dietz, the associate director of strength and conditioning at the University of Minnesota.

Attending with Milner were current students and recent alumni from the VCSU HPE department, including Rae Beaver, Dylan Boyle, Jenna Coghlan, Geneva Espinoza, Mike Gershman, Bailey Goolsbey, JoLynn Gregoryk, Courtney Greiner, Ian Keller, Colby Lum, Phil Reuer and Katelyn Schrenk.

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
April 26: VCSU 10, University of Jamestown 1; VCSU 5, Jamestown 4
April 29: VCSU 11, Dakota State 1; VCSU 9, Dakota State 2
May 1: VCSU 6, Dakota State 4; VCSU 6, Dakota State 0

The Viking softball team closed the regular season by going 6-0 last week, tying a school record with its 36th win of the season. VCSU is now 36-11 overall and 17-5 in NSAA conference play. The Vikings will likely be the No. 2 or No. 3 seed for the NSAA Tournament, to be held May 6–9 in Aberdeen, S.D.

April 26: University of Winnipeg 16, VCSU 14 (12 innings)
April 30: VCSU 9, Dickinson State 1; VCSU 8, Dickinson 5
May 1: Dickinson 8, VCSU 7; Dickinson 9, VCSU 2

The Viking baseball team posted a 2-3 record this week and is now 18-33 overall. VCSU finished with a 9-14 record in conference play. The Vikings will be the No. 8 seed for the NSAA Tournament, facing top seed Bellevue on Friday in Valley City. VCSU and Jamestown are co-hosting the NSAA Tournament from May 6–9.

Track & Field
The Viking track & field teams had two first-place finishes and 11 Top 5 finishes during the Al Cassell Relays on Saturday in Jamestown. Niklas Ernst (400 meter dash) and Seri Geisler (javelin) won their respective events, and Geisler set a new meet record with her javelin throw of 159 feet, 7 inches. View complete results and photos from the meet at:

Geisler named NAIA Field Athlete of the Week
VCSU freshman Seri Geisler was named the NAIA National Field Athlete of the Week on April 27. She also earned the North Star Athletic Association Field Athlete of the Week on April 26 after her record-setting performance in javelin April 22.

Geisler launched a throw of 49.83 meters—or 163 feet, 6 inches—in Aberdeen, S.D., beating second place by a stunning 39 feet. It topped Geisler’s personal record by more than five meters, extending her own North Star Athletic Association conference record. Geisler now has the top throw in the entire NAIA this spring by almost three meters. She will compete at the NAIA Outdoor Championships on May 26–28 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

The throw of 49.83 meters is also a new school record at VCSU, beating the old mark of 49.01 meters (160 feet, 9 inches) set by Wanda Schwab in 1991. (The women's javelin underwent a redesign in 1999.)

The Valley City State men’s golf team placed fourth and the Viking women took fifth in the final standings of the 72-hole North Star Athletic Association conference meet, which wrapped up Tuesday in Lincoln, Neb. Two VCSU men’s golfers, Ben Sorenson and Tyler Baukol, were named second team all-conference after finishing in the Top 12. View complete results from the tournament at

Upcoming Events
May 3: Baseball at University of Mary, 4 p.m.
May 6–9: Softball at NSAA Conference Tournament (Aberdeen, S.D.)
May 6–9: Baseball at NSAA Conference Tournament (Valley City/Jamestown, N.D.)

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

Monday, May 2

Blood Drive

Tuesday, May 3

11 a.m. Student Scholar Symposium, Student Center Skoal Room
4 p.m. Viking baseball at University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.)

Wednesday, May 4

3–5 p.m. Vangstad Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Open House

Thursday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo
3–5 p.m. Farewell reception for Jack and Ann Denholm, VCSU Student Center
7:30 p.m. Composition Concert, Froemke Auditorium
8:30 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, May 6
Viking baseball at NSAA Conference Tournament (Valley City/Jamestown, N.D; May 6–9)
Viking softball at NSAA Conference Tournament (Aberdeen, S.D.; May 6–9)
7:30 p.m. Spring Choir Concert, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, May 7

Viking track and field @ MSUM Masanz Invitational, Moorhead, Minn.
2 and 4 p.m. Community School of the Arts recitals, Froemke Auditorium

Sunday, May 8

Mother’s Day

Monday, May 9

Finals Week

Tuesday, May 10

Wednesday, May 11

3 p.m. All-Campus Meeting, Vangstad Auditorium

Thursday, May 12

NSAA Outdoor Conference Track & Field Meet, Forest City, Iowa (May 12–13)
5:30 p.m. VCSU Employee Recognition Dinner, VCSU Cafeteria

Friday, May 13


Saturday, May 14

10 a.m. Commencement, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, May 15

May birthdays

May birthdays
5 Christopher Johnson
6 Trisha McElroy
11 Curt Hill
15 Jessica O'Day
17 Cindy Zahn
17 Nichole Brockopp
19 Nicholaus Meyers
20 Amy Anderson
24 Amber Aberle
25 Michelle Hoyt
27 Teather Sundstrom