This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• President Mason featured at Wednesday basketball games
• Music Department brings opera to Valley City
• Diversity presentations at Vault on Tuesday
• Viking night at Fargo Force game
• Student nurses to sponsor blood drive Thursday and Friday
• Thanks for Visit Day participation
• Congratulations!
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• January and February Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published on Mondays during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday before publication.

President Mason featured at Wednesday basketball games

President Mason featured at Wednesday basketball games
President Tisa Mason will distribute mini-basketballs and be available for selfie photos at the VCSU women’s and men’s basketball games Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. She will also be recognized at halftime of the men’s game.

In addition, the games between the Vikings and Dakota State Wednesday night will include:
  • a fundraiser for Samaritan’s Feet, which distributes shoes to those in need worldwide, with barefoot coaches and the sale of bracelets
  • student-themed Throwback Night, with fans encouraged to wear costumes from the ’60s to the ’90s, with a dance to follow at 10 p.m. at the Eagles
  • recognition of VCSU athletics fall award winners at halftime of the men’s game
Come join President Mason and support the Vikings this Wednesday night!

Music Department brings opera to Valley City

Music Department brings opera to Valley City
The VCSU Music Department’s Opera Ensemble will present “Opera Tidbits: Scenes from the Popular to the Obscure” this evening, Monday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Froemke Auditorium of Foss Hall.

The event, open to the public free of charge, will feature performances from “Carmen,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Bastien and Bastienne,” and “The Magic Flute” in unexpected settings.

A similar event, “Opera at the Vault,” will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Vault Coffee Shop, 223 Central Ave. N., Valley City.

Diversity presentations at Vault on Tuesday

Diversity presentations at Vault on Tuesday
“Conversations on Our Growing Diversity” will be presented Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Vault Coffee Shop, 223 Central Ave. N., Valley City.

Sponsored by “What in the World Is Going On?” and the Valley City Young Professionals Network, the event will feature presentations by Darci Ashe of Lutheran Social Services New Americans and Nadja Johnson, Ph.D., VCSU director of diversity and student success.

Viking night at Fargo Force game

Viking night at Fargo Force game
The VCSU Alumni Association invites you to join alumni and friends at Scheels Arena for a Fargo Force hockey game this Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

Cost of $20 includes a reserved seat in the North Club Lounge area, food and fund. Social starts at 6 p.m.; game time is 7:05 p.m.

Come out and join your fellow VCSU supporters to cheer on the Fargo Force. A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis; stop by the Alumni and Foundation Office or call 845-7203 to reserve a ticket.

Student nurses to sponsor blood drive Thursday and Friday

Student nurses to sponsor blood drive Thursday and Friday
A VCSU blood drive, sponsored by the Student Nurses Organization, will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Student Center Skoal Room

For an appointment, call Betty Tykwinski at 490-2299 or visit bloodhero.com and use sponsor code “VCSU.”

Thanks for Visit Day participation

VCSU hosted its third Viking Visit Day of the academic year this past Saturday, Jan. 24, and it was a success! Thirty-four prospective students, including a number of athletic recruits, visited this weekend. Seventeen faculty representing academic areas all over campus met with prospective students and their parents.

At the visit day, President Tisa Mason welcomed the families to VCSU. In addition, Sam Stover talked about the exciting things going on at the library, Jenni Lou Russi spoke about the theatre program, and Chris Redfearn shared information about the Music Department, bands and ensembles. All were well received by our guests.

Thank you to all who participated in Viking Visit Day! The time taken out of your Saturday is much appreciated and well worth it to give our prospective students and their families a great experience at VCSU. And for everyone behind the scenes who help us promote and prepare for Viking Visit Day—we couldn’t do it without you.

The last Viking Visit Day this academic year will be held Saturday, March 28.

Congratulations!

Stephanie Pelletier, counseling intern with Erin Klingenberg, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the North Dakota Counseling Association to be used toward her school expenses. Congratulations, Stephanie!

Viking Sports Update

Viking Sports Update
Women’s Basketball

Wednesday: University of Jamestown 68, VCSU 61
Saturday: VCSU 74, Presentation College 53
The Vikings women’s basketball team opened conference play with a 1-1 week. VCSU is now 13-7 overall and 1-1 in the North Star Athletic Association. The Vikings host Dakota State on Wednesday night and Dickinson State on Saturday night.

Men’s Basketball

Wednesday: University of Jamestown 95, VCSU 63
Saturday: Presentation College 57, VCSU 54
The VCSU men's basketball team went 0-2 last week to open conference play. The Vikings (10-11, 0-2 NSAA) seek their first conference win Wednesday at home against Dakota State. VCSU will also host Dickinson State on Saturday.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday: WBB/MBB vs. Dakota State, 5:30/7:30 p.m. (mini-basketball giveaway by President Mason; theme—Throwback Night)
Saturday: WBB/MBB vs. Dickinson State, 4/6 p.m. (theme—Camo Night)
Saturday: W/M Indoor Track & Field at Cobber Duals (Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.)

What's happening at VCSU in around Valley City ...

Monday, January 26

Valley City High School Café Concert, Hi-Liner Activity Center
7:30 p.m. Opera Ensemble, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, January 27

4:30 p.m. “Conversations on our Growing Diversity,” Vault Coffee Shop

Wednesday, January 28

5:30 and 7 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs Dakota State University 10 p.m. Welcome Back Dance, Valley City Eagles

Thursday, January 29

7:30 p.m. Opera Ensemble, Vault Coffee Shop
9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, January 30

Payday
VCSU Night at the Force Hockey game, Scheels Arena, Fargo

Saturday, January 31

5:30 and 7 p.m. Viking women’s and men’s basketball vs Dickinson State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, February 1

Monday, February 2

7:30 p.m. Faculty Recital, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, February 3

Wednesday, February 4

5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Women’s and men’s basketball @ Mayville State University

Thursday, February 5

9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Blood Drive, VCSU Student Center
9 p.m. FCA/CRU meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, February 6

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Blood Drive, VCSU Student Center

Saturday, February 7

4 and 6 p.m. Women’s and men’s basketball vs University of Jamestown, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, February 8

January and February Birthdays

January and February Birthdays
January

26 Jenni Lou Russi

February

1 Doug Dawes
4 Brittany Sperl
5 Kim Knodle
6 Jodi Shorma
7 Erica Bunn
8 Jason Laczkoski
9 Ron Pommerer
9 Greg Carlson
10 David Gazeley
11 Brian Bakke
11 Nikki Hanson
19 Hilde van Gijssel
19Hayley Bevan
20 Ken Frenette
21 Emma Tufte
22 Susan Pommerer
27 Richard Gruman