In this issue

• Equinox celebration planned for Medicine Wheel Park on Tuesday
• Yamauchi to speak on Japanese elementary schools Thursday
• Psych class seeks support for Out of Darkness Walk
• Help publicize VCSU’s 125th celebration
• Nominations sought for ‘Difference is Me’ award
• Music alumni invited back for Homecoming Oct. 4
• Listopad and Ziniel attend CSTAND convention
• Van Gijssel attends EMGS meeting
• Math faculty present at Minot conference
• Coach Mac earns 100th victory
• Viking update
• What’s happening in and around Valley City…

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Equinox celebration planned for Medicine Wheel Park on Tuesday

Equinox celebration planned for Medicine Wheel Park on Tuesday
A celebration of the autumnal equinox will be held at Medicine Wheel Park Tuesday, Sept. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. Sunset will occur at 7:23 p.m., with stargazing continuing until 9 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to walk the North Country Trail to the park; bring insect repellent and a blanket. Also bring acoustic instruments for an informal jam session.

A description of the equinox can be found online at

Yamauchi to speak on Japanese elementary schools Thursday

Takayuki Yamauchi, assistant professor of mathematics, will speak on “Elementary School Education in Japan” Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum as part of season 16 of the Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series.

Yamauchi will highlight some features of the elementary school system in Japan that are absent in the American elementary school system.

Psych class seeks support for Out of Darkness Walk

As part of a service-learning project, students in Katie Woehl’s Abnormal Psychology class are participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk this Sunday, Sept. 28, to help raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.

All funds raised come right back to the Valley City community and provide educational opportunities, trainings, counseling services and support for those impacted by suicide.

If you are interested in donating to this cause, the students will be selling bracelets for $1.00 outside of the cafeteria from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. each day this week. You can also make online donations by going to our team site (the Abnormally Good Fundraisers), clicking on the roster and then the name of a team member, and submitting a donation. The team site can be found at

Help publicize VCSU’s 125th celebration

Help publicize VCSU’s 125th celebration
Valley City State University, founded in 1890, will begin a yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary with the theme “Making a Difference—Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” at Homecoming Week 2014 and continue through Homecoming 2015.

Departments and offices on campus are encouraged to use the 125th logo on materials and programs during the year; contact Tara Praska ( for a high-res copy of the logo and instructions on its appropriate use.

Visit the 125th website—, now under development—for more information about the celebration.

Nominations sought for ‘Difference is Me’ award

People on our campus are doing great things every day! Please take a moment to recognize individuals by nominating them for the “Difference is Me” award sponsored by Staff Senate, the VCSU Bookstore and Sodexo.

Nominate a staff member easily by using the form at the following link:

Recipients of this award will be recognized at their place of work by Staff Senate members and will receive a small gift from the VCSU Bookstore and Sodexo.

Music alumni invited back for Homecoming Oct. 4

Music alumni are invited to participate in the first annual Alumni Band, which will perform during the Homecoming football game vs. Waldorf on Oct. 4. Interested alumni are asked to gather in the music department in Foss Hall at noon prior to the 1 p.m. game.

Alumni participants are encourage to wear VCSU apparel. Alumni are also welcome to participate in the Thursday, Oct. 2, athletic band rehearsal at 5 p.m. in the Foss Hall band room. (Rehearsal attendance is not required to play at Saturday’s game.)

Contact Nicholaus Meyers, director of athletic bands and percussion, at 701-845-7374 or if you're interested in participating. Music can be sent out via email or picked up in the music department.

All music alumni are invited to a cookout at the music building following the Homecoming game.

Listopad and Ziniel attend CSTAND convention

Communication faculty members Steven Listopad and Jonna Ziniel participated in the annual CSTAND (Communication, Speech and Theatre Association of North Dakota) convention in Mandan Sept. 12–13.

They both attended several business meetings and were able to discover new teaching strategies through the various panels offered; they were also able to connect with VCSU alumni at the convention.

VCSU student Ashley Limesand, a professional communication major, received the CSTAND University Scholarship. Ziniel, Limesand’s advisor, nominated her for the award.

Van Gijssel attends EMGS meeting

Hilde van Gijssel, professor of science, attended the 45th Annual Meeting of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 13–17.

The focus of the meeting was integrating environmental, genomics and health research. Many presentations focused on the newest tools available in the field of mutagenesis and toxicology. The focus in risk assessment on adverse outcome pathways was especially of interest because this will affect regulations and is therefore significant for courses taught at VCSU.

Van Gijssel chaired the 45th anniversary symposium, which provided an overview of the history of the EMGS and insight into the future direction of EMGS. She was also responsible for organizing the judging of poster and platform presentations by students and new investigators.

At the business meeting, van Gijssel was thanked for her 2011–14 service on the EMGS Council.

Math faculty present at Minot conference

VCSU math faculty members Preston Bush and Takayuki Yamauchi presented at the North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference held at Minot State University on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Bush spoke on “Equations Involving Two Sets of Consecutive Squares,” while Yamauchi made two presentations—“Comprehensive Rigorous Explanations of Unbounded Functions: From College Algebra to Real Analysis” and “Rigorous Descriptions of Sup and Inf Using Only College Algebra.”

Coach Mac earns 100th victory

Coach Mac earns 100th victory
With the Vikings’ win over Dickinson State on Saturday, VCSU head football coach Dennis McCulloch earned his 100th career victory.

McCulloch has coached 21 years at VCSU and served as head coach for the last 18 years.

Read more about Coach McCulloch’s accomplishment at

Viking update

Viking update
Saturday: VCSU 33, Dickinson State 21
The Viking football team earned a big road win Saturday over Dickinson State. It was also the 100th career victory for Viking head coach Dennis McCulloch. (Read more at
The Vikings are now 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Up next: VCSU plays at the University of Jamestown on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Friday: University of Jamestown 3, VCSU 1
Saturday: VCSU 3, Dickinson State 2
The Viking volleyball team opened conference play this weekend with two road matches, going 1-1. VCSU is now 8-11 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Up next: VCSU plays at Mayville State on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Sunday: Mayville State 11, VCSU 3; Mayville State 13, VCSU 1
The Viking baseball team lost a road doubleheader at Mayville State on Sunday. VCSU is now 2-2 this fall.
Up next: Viking baseball is on the road at the University of Winnipeg on Sunday for a doubleheader starting at noon.

The VCSU men’s golf team won its third straight tournament last week, shooting a 297 to win the Cougar Invitational in Benson, Minn., on Thursday. Viking golfer Danny Sam shot a 67 to win medalist honors.
Up next: The Viking men’s and women’s golf teams are competing at the Jimmie Invitational. Round 1 was played yesterday; round 2 is today.

Cross Country
The Viking cross country team was off this weekend but resumes competition on Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.

What’s happening in and around Valley City…

Monday, September 22
5:30–7:30 p.m. United Way door-to-door drive

Tuesday, September 23
First day of autumn
Viking volleyball @ Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D.
1–4 p.m. Ag related career fair, NDSU @ the Fargodome
5–7:30 p.m. VCSU AFSSSU Gumbo Feed, Valley City VFW Club
7 p.m. Equinox celebration, Medicine Wheel Park

Wednesday, September 24
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
Job Fair, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, N.D. (Sept. 24–25)
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Technology/Engineering Expo, NDSU @ Fargodome

Thursday, September 25
7 p.m. “Elementary School Education in Japan,” Takayuki Yamauchi, Barnes County Museum
9 p.m. FCS/CRU meeting, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, September 26
Movie Night at Cinema Flix—free to VCSU students with Viking Card

Saturday, September 27
Viking cross country @ Roy Griak Invitational, Minneapolis, Minn.
9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Student Leadership Multicultural Retreat, Student Center
noon Viking volleyball vs Waldorf College, Graichen Gymnasium
1 p.m. Viking football @ University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.
4 p.m. Viking volleyball vs Bismarck State College, Graichen Gymnasium
6 p.m. Music Hall of Fame Banquet, Valley City Town & Country Club

Sunday, September 28
Viking golf at Valley City State Invitational, Carrington CrossRoads Golf Club (Sept. 28–29)

Monday, September 29
4 p.m. Bill Osmon Fun Run, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse (Meet the new VCSU Viking Mascot!)

Tuesday, September 30
Pay Day
Viking volleyball @ Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.)

Wednesday, October 1

Thursday, October 2
7 p.m. “Focus on Three Ballot Measures,” Valley City Young Professionals Network, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, October 3
2 p.m. Alumni Welcome Back Ice Cream Social, Foundation and Alumni Office, McFarland Hall
5 p.m. VCSU Hall of Fame Social, Student Center Skoal Room
6 p.m. VCSU Hall of Fame Banquet, Student Center Cafeteria
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Presentation College, Graichen Gym

Saturday, October 4
8:30 a.m. Alumni Honors Breakfast, VCSU Student Center Cafeteria
10:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade
1 p.m. Viking football vs. Waldorf College, Lokken Stadium
5 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Dakota State, Graichen Gym

Sunday, October 5
Viking baseball @ University of Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)