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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President’s Column
• Senator Heitkamp on campus Tuesday
• Sign up to ring the bell for Salvation Army
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• November and December birthdays

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
As we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded of a conversation I had about VCSU with then-President Steve Shirley. At the time I was researching the university, community, and state to decide if I should apply to work and live here. You know how the story ends (!), but it began with President Shirley telling me “at Valley City, the cupboards are full.”

I have spent a lot of time thinking about that statement throughout this past year. To be honest, there have been times when I have felt that the cupboards are not full.

Last winter I worried a lot about the state of our heating plant. I was heartbroken to hear personal stories from faculty and staff who have had to make difficult decisions for their families due to below-market wages. I have seen students struggle with affordability—their financial ability to go to school here. I’ve taken deep breaths every time our state revenue figures have been posted, realizing that the new Communication and Fine Arts Building needed to replace Foss Hall is becoming a distant goal rather than an exciting reality. I’ve worried about the state of our athletic facilities. Yes, to be honest, in those moments I have wondered if our cupboards are really full.

But at the end of the day, I smile, for now I understand and have experienced the real meaning of Steve Shirley’s words “the cupboards are full.” I know how blessed we truly are as a university, community, and state. Our students come here with the talent and heart to succeed. Our bright and caring faculty transform lives through relentless dedication to their calling. Our very capable staff work long hours and are brilliant in finding new efficiencies. Our alumni, faculty, staff, and friends give generously, and our legislators provide for us as well. We are family—We All Row!—and the cupboards here are full.

Yes, this Thanksgiving—a day of giving thanks for the blessings of harvest and of the preceding year—I open the cupboards and smile, for it is indeed full of all that matters. Thank you, Valley City, for the many blessings you have placed in our cupboard. It truly is a great day to be a Viking!

Senator Heitkamp on campus Tuesday

Senator Heitkamp on campus Tuesday
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp will meet with supporters of the John Wall New Voices Act of North Dakota (HB 1471) on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the Norway Room of the VCSU Student Center.

The John Wall New Voices Act protects high school and college student journalists from direct and indirect censorship and reasserts their First Amendment rights after a 1988 Supreme Court decision (Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier) stripped those rights. Since the bill passed the North Dakota House and Senate unanimously and was signed in to law in April 2015, more than 20 states are working to replicate North Dakota’s success.

New Voices Act supporters are meeting with Senator Heitkamp to determine if there is anything that can be done at the federal level to support the other states now working on their own legislation.

VCSU’s Steven Listopad, assistant professor and director of student media, was a leading advocate of the New Voices Act. He received a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award at a reception at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sept. 29, 2015, in recognition of his efforts in support of the legislation.

The New Voices Act is named in honor of the late John Wall, a former high school teacher and North Dakota legislator who died in 2014. Wall, a 1970 VCSU alumnus, served five terms in the North Dakota House following retirement after 34 years teaching English and journalism at Wahpeton (N.D.) High School and Sargent Central High School in Forman, N.D.

Sign up to ring the bell for Salvation Army

Sign up to ring the bell for Salvation Army
VCSU employees and students are invited to sign up to ring the Salvation Army bell on Dec. 2. Bell ringing will take place at Leevers Foods, Marketplace Foods, and Shopko. Sign up for a one-hour shift between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. by contacting Rhonda Fairfield at or 3-7102.

The VCSU administration supports employees signing up during work hours, with approval from their supervisors, as part of our service to the Valley City community.

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
Men’s Basketball
Wednesday: NDSU 69, VCSU 49 (exhibition)
Friday: Minnesota-Crookston 63, VCSU 60
Saturday: VCSU 98, UW–Superior 73
Valley City State's men’s basketball team is now 5-1 overall after going 1–1 at a tournament hosted by UW–Superior. The Vikings will travel to California for a pair of games over Thanksgiving break.

Women’s Basketball
Thursday: NDSU 85, VCSU 77 (exhibition)
Saturday: Bemidji State 77, VCSU 46 exhibition)
The Viking ]s basketball team played a pair of exhibition games last week, losing to NDSU and Bemidji State. VCSU is 4–3 overall this year and will play a pair of games in Orange City, Iowa, over Thanksgiving break.

Cross Country
Valley City State had three runners compete at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Charlotte, N.C. Alexandra Cardenas ran a personal best time of 19 minutes, 53 seconds, placing 213th in the women's 5k race. Jenna Coghlan placed 281st overall. In the men's race, Misael Herrera placed 292nd. A combined 647 runners competed in the two races.

Fall All-Conference Awards
The North Star Athletic Association recently announced all-conference awards for the football and volleyball seasons. VCSU student-athletes receiving the awards are listed below.

Football All-Conference Awards
1st Team Offense: Colby Lum, Landon Freitas
1st Team Defense: Jawuan Pugh
1st Team Special Teams: DaMario Fair
2nd Team Offense: Lex Tande
2nd Team Defense: Mychael Bruce, Andre Peppers, Ethen Preston, Nicholas McBeain, Harvey McMahon
Honorable Mention: Kurtis Walls, Jacob Duilio, Dalton Locke, Ben Bruenjes

Volleyball All-Conference Awards
2nd Team: Jaycee George

Upcoming Events
Nov. 27: Women’s Basketball vs. College of Saint Mary, 5 p.m. (Orange City, Iowa)
Nov. 27: Men’s Basketball @ University of Antelope Valley, 9 p.m. (Lancaster, Calif.)
Nov. 28: Women’s Basketball @ Northwestern College, 4 p.m. (Orange City, Iowa)
Nov. 28: Men’s Basketball @ West Coast Baptist, 5 p.m. (Lancaster, Calif.)
Dec. 1: WBB/MBB vs. Trinity Bible College, 5:30/7:30 p.m. (Valley City)

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

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, November 23

Tuesday, November 24

2–3 p.m. Farwell to Loree Hill, Student Center Cafeteria

Wednesday, November 25

Thursday, November 26

No VCSU classes, VCSU offices closed

Friday, November 27

No VCSU classes
5 p.m. Viking women’s basketball vs College of Saint Mary, Northwestern College Classic, Orange City, Iowa
9 p.m. Viking men’s basketball @ University of Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Calif.

Saturday, November 28

4 p.m. Viking women’s basketball @ Northwestern College Classic, Orange City, Iowa
5 p.m. Viking men’s basketball @ West Coast Baptist, Lancaster, Calif.

Sunday, November 29

Monday, November 30


Tuesday, December 1

First day to apply for spring graduation
5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Viking women’s & men’s basketball vs Trinity Bible College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Wednesday, December 2

Thursday, December 3

East Region Instrumental Contest on VCSU campus
9:30—10:30 a.m. Farewell for Nadja Johnson, McFarland Hall Alumni Room
7:30 p.m. Christmas at St. Catherine’s: VCSU Choral Concert, St. Catherine’s Church
9 p.m. FCA/CRU Meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, December 4

3–5 p.m. VCSU Holiday Open House for employees, Student Center Skoal Room
5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs Waldorf College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
6 p.m. Parade of Lights in Valley City
7:30 p.m. Concert Band/Jazz Ensemble Concert, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, December 5

2 & 4 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs Johnson & Wales University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
3 p.m. Valley City Community Orchestra, Valley Voices, and Valley Youth Choir performance, Nazarene Church

Sunday, December 6

Hanukkah begins at sundown

November and December Birthdays

November and December Birthdays
23 Christopher Redfearn
24 Scott Anderson
28 Rick Ross

6 Jennifer Jenness
6 Armando Ramos
9 Karri Dieken
10 John Andrick
16 Alice Beauchman
16 Jill DeVries
19 Kevin Tulp
19 Lacey Undem
21 Amber Olson
23 Diane Olson
25 Diane Burr
27 Aleisha Kiser
27 Phyllis McDonough
28 Shannon Vanhorn