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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column
• Strategic Enrollment Planning continues
• Wiebe named ‘Difference Maker’
• Dieken interviewed for Midwest Artist Studios Project
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

President’s Column

President’s Column
A Vision Realized

VCSU alumnus Allen Pedersen had a vision: an open door inviting community members and guests to enjoy the beauty of the VCSU campus, celebrate special times, and reminisce fondly of days gone by. Allan Pedersen hoped to create a space that would capture the essence of my favorite saying: “It is a great day to be a Viking!”

That metaphorical open door, constructed as a gazebo, was built last week and sits proudly on the campus green near Graichen Gym. Along with the vision, Mr. Pedersen, a graduate of the class of 1940 and a member of the EBC fraternity, provided the lead gift. Our very own Hulda Pearce, longtime member of the community and VCSU librarian from 1963–64, bought into the vision, providing a significant gift both financially and emotionally. Hulda understood the power of community and memory-making, and she especially loved the idea of students sitting in the gazebo reading and studying.

That vision was not only embraced by alumni and former staff members but also by today’s students. Inspired by the opportunities the new facility would provide, the VCSU Student Senate supported the gazebo with a $6,000 gift! “We were excited that the opportunity was brought to us because it was something that would make our campus even more beautiful and memorable than it already is,” said Brittany Roney, student senator. “We knew that it would be something that not only students would utilize, but also community members, past students, and the university’s generous alumni. As a whole, Valley City State University’s Student Senate knew that this investment would be one that would be worthwhile and enjoyed.”

“One aspect that I am personally excited about is the fact that it will be wired with campus Wi-Fi,” added Roney. “This is a huge bonus for not only me, but the entire student body. The gazebo will open up another area on campus where students can go to study and enjoy the beautiful, sunshiny days.”

The gazebo was built in Arthur, Ill., by an Amish construction firm. (There are about 900 Amish households in the Arthur area.) The prefabricated components, built from cedar, were then disassembled and transported to Valley City and reassembled on site.

The gazebo is 28 feet in diameter and 23 feet high, with a 9-foot ceiling. The crew completed the reassembly of the gazebo on campus in about two days.

I hope each of you will take the time to walk through our “open door” by visiting the gazebo. Please join us in using this special site to enjoy the beauty of our campus, celebrate special times, reminisce fondly of days gone by, dream about the future, and smile as you think “What a great place to be a Viking!”

Strategic Enrollment Planning continues

The Strategic Enrollment Planning process at VCSU is ongoing through the summer; the next meetings, to be held Aug. 30–31, will involve plan prioritization and formation. The process schedule is outlined below. This information is also available at

OneDecember 1–2, 2015Data preparation; planning assumptions; initial KPI identification; solidify organization; data preparation; set the stage
TwoJanuary 20–21, 2016Hard launch of SEP: working group mini-conference; situation analysis launch
ThreeFebruary 24–25, 2016Situation analysis review; initial strategy ideation; action planning organization
FourMarch 30–31, 2016Action plans review and vetting session 1; additional strategy ideation
FiveApril 27–28, 2016Action plans review and vetting session 2
SixJune 27–28, 2016Strategy/action plan priority summit
SevenAugust 30–31, 2016Prioritization; plan formation
EightSeptember 2016 Implementation

Wiebe named ‘Difference Maker’

Wiebe named ‘Difference Maker’
At a brief ceremony held Wednesday, July 13, Jeremy Wiebe, assistant director of annual giving, was named a “Difference Maker” at VCSU. Wiebe was nominated by the Marketing and Communications, FMC, and Institutional Research staff.

According to his nomination, “Jeremy is always outgoing, efficient and self-sufficient. When you work with Jeremy on a project, he’s ready to get involved with it himself. He’s friendly and makes people feel welcome and included. Jeremy is an easy person to work with, someone who helps make our shared tasks easier.”

Congratulations, Jeremy!

This is the eighth “Difference Maker” award given after a subcommittee of Staff Senate updated the former “Difference is Me” award. Each month, an office group is asked to nominate someone they feel is a “Difference Maker” for them. The Difference Maker subcommittee includes Tuya Dutton, Kelli Heath, Adam Longmore and Jessica O’Day.

Dieken interviewed for Midwest Artist Studios Project

Dieken interviewed for Midwest Artist Studios Project
Karri Dieken, assistant professor of art, was recently interviewed in her Valley City State studio as part of the Midwest Artist Studios Project, a series of visits to regional artists who embrace the importance of art education.

In the interview, Dieken expresses her belief that art is for everyone and should be shared with all. A portion of the interview can be found online at

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
12 VCSU Viking athletic teams receive Scholar-Team Award
Twelve Valley City State University athletic teams have earned the NAIA Scholar-Team Award.

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

Twelve of Valley City State's 14 athletic teams received the award. Among North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) teams, VCSU had the highest percentage of its teams earn the honor.

VCSU, University of Jamestown and Waldorf University all had 12 of their teams named NAIA Scholar-Teams, which was the top number in the NSAA. VCSU NAIA Scholar-Teams and their team GPAs are listed below.

VCSU 2015-16 NAIA Scholar-Teams

Women’s Teams & GPA
Softball - 3.32
Women’s Basketball - 3.68
Women’s Golf - 3.18
Women’s Indoor Track - 3.29
Women’s Outdoor Track - 3.23
Women’s Cross Country - 3.20
Volleyball - 3.35

Men’s Teams & GPA
Baseball - 3.02
Men’s Golf - 3.49
Men’s Cross Country - 3.67
Men’s Indoor Track - 3.28
Men’s Outdoor Track - 3.28

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

Monday, July 18

4 p.m. Farmers Market, Rosebud Visitor Center parking lot

Tuesday, July 19

5:30 p.m. Cardboard Car Race, Valley City Barnes County Public Library

Wednesday, July 20

10 a.m. Circle Time, Valley City Barnes County Public Library
10:30 a.m. Story Hour, Valley City Barnes County Public Library
7:15 p.m. Music at the Courthouse Lawn featuring the Meyer Family

Thursday, July 21

4 p.m. Farmers Market, ShopKo parking lot

Friday, July 22

8th Annual Debbie Gabel Cancer Fundraiser (through July 23; for more info see

Saturday, July 23

10:30 a.m. Lego Club, Valley City Barnes County Public Library

Sunday, July 24

Monday, July 25

4 p.m. Farmers Market, Rosebud Visitor Center parking lot

Tuesday, July 26

Wednesday, July 27

Valley City Crazy Daze
7:15 p.m. Music on Central Avenue featuring the Maasjo Sisters

Thursday, July 28

4 p.m. Farmers Market, ShopKo parking lot

Friday, July 29


Saturday, July 30

Sunday, July 31