This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column
• Benefit for McDonough to be held June 29
• Summer reading discussion to be held at Vault
• Job openings on Facebook, VCSU website
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• June and July birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published on Mondays on alternate weeks during the summer. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4 p.m. the preceding Friday before publication.

President’s Column

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

This year the VCSU Foundation allocated $1,152,000 for scholarships. Impressive! On April 27, 2015, VCSU awarded $89,500 to 21 VCHS seniors. The impact those scholarship dollars have on our students will change their lives. This past year our donors also gave generously to the Valley City Health, Wellness and Physical Education Building, our unrestricted fund, and to a myriad of other programs and initiatives essential to the growth and well-being of this university.

On Monday, June 15, I had the wonderful opportunity to thank and recognize several of our donors for their generous support of Valley City State University. Clearly, VCSU would not be the university it is today without their backing. Our donors make a difference. They change lives and by changing lives they change our world. I shared with them that my appreciation was genuine, professional, and very personal. And then, I shared my story.

I was a first generation college student. I entered college from a single-parent home. We had enough—but the family resources were very modest. My mom worked more than one job yet always provided an amazing life for my siblings and me. My senior year of high school I met with my guidance counselor to talk about my dream of going to college. He told me that I was not smart enough and that my family did not have enough money to send me to college. I was devastated. My mom was outright mad. She said anything was possible if you worked hard and focused on one day at a time—one assignment at a time, and one class at a time. So with her incredible support, off to college I went.

I worked on campus and signed every paycheck over to the university. I worked hard. I graduated with honors. But that is only part of my story. A large part of my success is all about people, like those who honor VCSU by funding scholarships, to make my effort worthwhile and keep my dream alive. Each scholarship I received helped keep me in college. But more importantly, I recognized that each donor was investing in my future and in my dream. In me. That vote of confidence—from people I did not even know—meant the world to me. It fueled my dedication. It changed my life. Without those donors, I would not be living in Valley City and working hard to pay it forward to the Valley City State University students.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul to the many donors who keep dreams alive, change our world, and make it yet another reason to proclaim it is a great day to be a Viking!

Benefit for McDonough to be held June 29

A benefit for Phyllis (Miller) McDonough of the Facilities Department’s building services staff will be held Monday, June 29, at the Eagles Club in Valley City.

Proceeds from the event will help Phyllis, who has been diagnosed with cancer, with medical bills and expenses.

A spaghetti supper will be served from 5–7 pm., and a bake sale, silent auction and raffle will also be held.

A benefit account to support McDonough has been established at Bank Forward in Valley City. Contact Phyllis’s sister, Gayle Halland, at 701-490-1236 or, for more information or to arrange a contribution to the benefit.

Summer reading discussion to be held at Vault

The “What in the World Is Going On?” community group is holding a “What in the World Are You Reading?” session on Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at the Vault (223 Central Ave. N).

Richard Betting, VCSU professor emeritus, will moderate this annual sharing of good reads in a variety of genres. Participants are asked to briefly discuss a book they have read and why they would, or wouldn’t, recommend it to others. Everyone is welcome (you may come just to listen and not present) free of charge.

Job openings on Facebook, VCSU website

VCSU job openings can be found on Facebook at Like the page to receive notifications whenever jobs are posted.

A listing of open positions can also be found on the VCSU website at

What’s going on at VCSU and around Valley City

What’s going on at VCSU and around Valley City
Monday, June 22

Tuesday, June 23

10 a.m. Nourishing Your Bones & Joints, Legacy Place

Wednesday, June 24

Thursday, June 25

NDQHA Horse Show, North Dakota Winter Show event center (June 25–28)
3–4 p.m. Barnes County 4-H Clothing Revue, Sheyenne Care Center

Friday, June 26

New Student Orientation Day

Saturday, June 27

8:30–9:30 a.m. North Country Trail workday, meet at Rosebud Visitor Center

Sunday, June 28

2 p.m. Sheyenne Valley Chaplaincy Council Golf Scramble, Bjornson Park Public Golf Course

Monday, June 29

Tuesday, June 30

Wednesday, July 1

7:15 p.m. Music at the Courthouse Lawn featuring Mikey Meester and Eric Johnson

Thursday, July 2

Friday, July 3

VCSU offices closed

Saturday, July 4

Independence Day

Sunday, July 5

June and July Birthdays

June and July Birthdays

26 Tuya Dutton
28 Steve Rindfleisch
29 Kathleen Bennett-Zaun
30 Fred Charnetski
30 Gary Thompson


2 Nathan Stover
3 Pete Gjovik
8 Jody Henjum
8 Mark Potts
10 Jan Klein
16 Beth Maher
16 Kari Bodine
22 Dennis Triebold
24 Kelli Heath
25 Louis Wieland
31 Keith Biggers