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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• VCSU President's Column
• VCSU clothing swap to be held Tuesday and Wednesday
• Wind and jazz ensembles to perform Friday
• VCSU takes lead in N.D. student media group
• Aberle attends Conclave conference
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

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.

VCSU President’s Column

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

Community matters

Do you remember the show “Northern Exposure?” It was a television series about a doctor who graduated from Columbia University Medical School assigned to work in a small town in Alaska. I have a strong memory of one particular episode, an episode I find myself thinking a lot about lately. In this episode Maggie is very excited to finally get a washing machine and dryer in her home. Up to this point she has had to go to the community laundromat. She talks with excitement about how convenient home laundry will be and how much time and money it will save her. But soon after the excitement of convenience wears off, she realizes there is an unanticipated cost. You see, she never realized how much she relied on the community laundromat to connect with people. The laundromat was a hub of friendship, support, and human connection.

As we opened the Gaukler Family Wellness Center earlier this month, I found myself thinking about this episode as I transition from my in-home workouts to working out at the Wellness Center. And what a joy it has been—not because of the all the newness and magnificence of the facility—but because of the people. I smiled a lot more than I would have home alone. I had a lot of fun walking through the beautiful Wellness Center and connecting with people: a prospective student touring with her family, a church friend on the elliptical machine next to mine, a student waving from the basketball court as I walked the track, and a colleague helping to answer some of the questions I had and “comparing notes” on wellness classes we might enjoy. Social connection and interdependence are important elements of our lives as human beings. We are profoundly shaped by our social environment. Community matters.

Every day, living here in Valley City, I experience community: people coming together to help others. A community in which the university freshman class experiences a day of fun and joy as they pick more than 60,000 pounds of squash for the Great Plains Food Bank thanks to local farmer, pastor, and humanitarian Dan Faust—a man who not only helps provide a solution to the fact that one in nine North Dakotans do not know where their next meal will come from, but in the process helps our students think more about their role in being engaged leaders in their community now and in the future.

And then there is VCSU professor Katie Woehl, who co-chaired the local “Out of the Darkness” walk to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suicide, a national health problem, takes an enormous toll on family, friends, and communities. Because I have worked on campuses where students have committed suicide, this is an extremely personal issue for me. It is hard to understand that in the United States a person dies by suicide approximately every 13 minutes and that it is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States among adults ages 18 to 65. October 8, the day of the walk, was a visible reminder for me of hope and faith.

That sense of hope and faith was also strongly amplified for me at a recent reception of the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation, a celebration of a two-year journey profoundly making lives better and our community stronger. Some impact examples include a generous gift from the John Deere Foundation to make sure the Gaukler Family Wellness Center is accessible to everyone through the Community Wellness for All program, and the partnership with the Education Foundation for Valley City Public Schools to provide funding for the Access for All and Critical Needs Fund to ensure K-12 students and their families have access to counseling services regardless of their ability to pay. During this event I learned about the many ways in which this vehicle, the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation, is being put to work creating an environment where people’s ideas and generosity are making a difference for our neighbors. Amazing!

What an honor it is to live here and be part of a community that cares. Too many to mention, the good deeds of local individuals and organizations in the Sheyenne Valley are significant evidence that the human experience matters and that our community excels in stewarding and nurturing kindness. From our university to our churches, nonprofit organizations, and our neighbors, a helping hand and loving heart is readily available to lift up others, to make human connections, and to open numerous doors of opportunities. And so today I sign off declaring it is a great day to be a Viking and a member of the Valley City and Sheyenne Valley community!

VCSU clothing swap to be held Tuesday and Wednesday

VCSU clothing swap to be held Tuesday and Wednesday
Don’t forget to stop by the Viking Clothing Swap in the Alumni Room on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 25–26, to pick up Viking apparel. Thanks to all who donated items.

Wind and jazz ensembles to perform Friday

Wind and jazz ensembles to perform Friday
VCSU’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will present a concert this Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Vangstad Auditorium.

The concert will feature guest conductor Bradley Miedema, D.M.A., director of instrumental music at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

VCSU takes lead in N.D. student media group

VCSU takes lead in N.D. student media group
Students in Steve Listopad’s COMM 360 Group Dynamics took the lead in establishing the North Dakota Student Media Association (NDSMA) at the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s Witham Symposium on Excellence in Newspapers, held Oct. 14–15 at the University of North Dakota (UND) Memorial Union.

The NDSMA is a coalition of high school and collegiate student media students and advisers. The group formed in the wake of the passage of North Dakota’s John Wall New Voices Act in order to support and educate student media organizations around the state.

VCSU students Jessica Mastel, Jessica Tracy and Klaas Hellinga led the NDSMA meeting, helping the members codify their constitution and bylaws and elect officers. VCSU sophomore Cori Aukland of Bismarck, N.D., was elected as the first president of NDSMA.

Aukland and a nine-member board will begin a membership drive in the coming months and plan for NDSMA’s first annual meeting to be held in conjunction with the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual convention in April 2017.

The NDSMA has partnered with the North Dakota Newspaper Association, North Dakota Professional Communicators and the Northern Interscholastic Press Association to bring college and high school journalism students together for competition, training, and career networking.

Pictured are NDSMA inaugural meeting attendees (front, l to r): Sarah Cavanah, UND assistant professor of journalism; Jessica Mastel, VCSU student; Jessica Tracy, VCSU student; Cori Aukland, VCSU student; Sue Skalicky, Bismarck Legacy High School media adviser; Keith Henderson, Bismarck High School media adviser; (back) Steve Listopad, VCSU assistant professor and student media director; Klaas Hellinga, VCSU student; Dan Arens, Hazen Star editor; Carter Scott, Bismarck Legacy junior; Brian Swanberg, Bismarck Legacy student.

Aberle attends Conclave conference

Aberle attends Conclave conference
Amber Aberle recently attended the 2016 MBA Conclave Curriculum and Teaching Conference held in Mobile, Ala., Oct. 7–10.

Aberle attended workshops on educational pedagogy, technology, classroom engagement, and business and marketing education curriculum updates. She exhibited on behalf of the university as well, promoting business offerings to high school students and VCSU’s graduate programs. In addition she provided the means for conference attendees to sign up for continuing education credits.

She gave three quick-stop presentations: one on the use of the technology application Canva as a design and promotional tool within the classroom, a second on the use of Screencast-O-Matic as means to both capture and create lectures and presentations, and a third on how to organize and manage a one-day Emerging Leaders Competition.

Aberle also finalized an articulation agreement with the MBA Research and Curriculum Center’s High School of Business program.

Viking sports update

Viking sports update
Saturday: Valley City State 28, Presentation College 7
VCSU’s defense scored two touchdowns Saturday as the Vikings defeated Presentation College on VCSU’s Senior Day. The Vikings are now 5-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. VCSU plays at Jamestown this Saturday at 1 p.m.

Friday: No. 21 Bellevue University 3, VCSU 0
Saturday: Dakota State 3, VCSU 2
The Viking volleyball team dropped a pair of conference road matches this weekend as they move to 7-19 overall and 3-7 in conference play. VCSU plays at Presentation College on Wednesday night.

Cross Country
Dennis Gonzalez finished 4th of 103 runners Saturday to lead the Viking cross country teams at the Mount Marty Invite. View the recap and results at

Women’s Basketball
Friday: VCSU 82, Brandon University 40
Saturday: VCSU 88, Brandon University 58
The Viking women’s basketball team opened its season with a pair of victories over Brandon University this weekend. VCSU hosts Northwestern College on Friday at 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events
Oct. 24: Men’s Basketball vs. Minot State University, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26: Volleyball @ Presentation College, 7 p.m. (Aberdeen, S.D.)
Oct. 28: Women’s Basketball vs. Northwestern College, 5 p.m.
Oct. 28: Men’s Basketball vs. Silver Lake College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28: Volleyball vs. Viterbo University, 7 p.m.
Oct. 29: Football @ University of Jamestown, 1 p.m. (Jamestown, N.D.)
Oct. 29: Volleyball vs. Waldorf University, 3 p.m.
Oct: 29: Men’s Basketball vs. University of Winnipeg, 6 p.m.

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

Monday, October 24

Tuesday, October 25

12:05–1:05 p.m. Valley City Rotary Club Meeting, VFW

Wednesday, October 26

12–1 p.m. Kiwanis Meeting, Valley City Town & Country Club
7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.

Thursday, October 27

7 a.m. Optimists Club Meeting, Vickie’s Viking Room

Friday, October 28

Pay day
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Viterbo University, Graichen Gymnasium
7:30 Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble Concert, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, October 29

1 p.m. Viking football @ University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.
3 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Waldorf University, Graichen Gymnasium

Sunday, October 30

Monday, October 31


Tuesday, November 1

11 a.m. General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium
12:05–1:05 p.m. Valley City Rotary Club meeting, VFW

Wednesday, November 2

12-1 p.m. Kiwanis Meeting, Valley City Town & Country Club
7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D.

Thursday, November 3

7 a.m. Optimists Club Meeting, Vickie’s Viking Room
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Region II One-Act Play Festival, Vangstad Auditorium

Friday, November 4

8 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.

Saturday, November 5

3 p.m. Viking volleyball @ University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.

Sunday, November 6

Standard Time returns