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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Suicide awareness table and Out of the Darkness Walk this week
• VCSU to host Open Textbook Summit this week
• Veterans Band to perform Thursday
• Listopad receives Hefner First Amendment Award
• Da Vinha coauthors book chapters on Wildland Fires
• Planetarium serves the public
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…
• October birthdays

Suicide awareness table and Out of the Darkness Walk this week

Please check out the suicide awareness table! Create a butterfly for our wall in honor of someone who has struggled with or completed suicide (or just to show your support for the cause), make a monetary contribution to our local Out of the Darkness Walk, and get beads and bracelets to show your support.

The table will be set up outside the cafeteria from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Monday through Thursday of this week, Oct. 5–8.

Please join us for the Out of the Darkness walk on Saturday, Oct.10! Registration begins at 11 a.m.; a presentation begins around 11:45 a.m., with the walk to follow. We should have nice weather and would love to see lots of support from our campus community!

For more information, contact Katie Woehl at

VCSU to host Open Textbook Summit this week

VCSU will host an Open Textbook Summit this Tuesday–Thursday, Oct. 6–8, which will bring nearly 100 faculty, staff, librarians and technologists together from the 11 North Dakota University System (NDUS) institutions.

Organized by Tanya Spilovoy, NDUS director of distance education and state authorization, the event will feature experts Dave Ernst and Sarah Cohen speaking on the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER) and the collection of free, adaptable, openly licensed textbooks at the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library (

The university system has joined the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Network, which comprises more than 75 institutions, including Purdue, the University of Arizona, Ohio State University, Oregon State University, California Polytechnic University and many others.

Most events will be held in the Skoal Room; contact Shannon VanHorn ( for more information.

Veterans Band to perform Thursday

Veterans Band to perform Thursday
The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band will perform in Graichen Gym this Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8:05 p.m. The mission of the all-volunteer, nonprofit band is to promote patriotism through music.

In addition to patriotic marches and anthems, the band also performs show tunes, swing, jazz and rock and roll. The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Listopad receives Hefner First Amendment Award

Listopad receives Hefner First Amendment Award
Steven Listopad, VCSU assistant professor and director of student media, received a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award at a reception at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.

Listopad was honored for his work in support of the John Wall New Voices Act, a bill “which ensures the free-speech rights of journalism students in North Dakota public schools and colleges.” Listopad was a leading advocate of the bill, which unanimously passed the North Dakota legislature last session and went into effect in August 2015.

The Hefner Foundation cited Listopad “as a shining example to teachers everywhere when he helped his students craft the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive statutes protecting North Dakota student journalists.”

Visit for more information.

Da Vinha coauthors chapters in Wildland Fires book

Da Vinha coauthors chapters in Wildland Fires book
Luis da Vinha, assistant professor of geography and political science, coauthored three chapters in the recently published book “Wildland Fires: A Worldwide Reality.”

Edited by António Bento-Gonçalves and António Vieira of the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal), the book provides 11 contributions from 8 countries (Portugal, Spain, Greece, Israel, Algeria, Russia, Lithuania, and Chile) outlining the different perspectives regarding wildland fires, mega fires, wildland-urban interfaces, and their impact on ecosystems.

More information about the book can be found at

Planetarium serves the public

Planetarium serves the public
Between July 2014 and June 2015, the VCSU Planetarium presented 76 shows to 1,910 people. The majority of shows were to elementary and high school students. Other groups attending included homemakers, Boy Scouts, senior citizens, VCSU classes, Sons of Norway, Earth Day groups, pre-school classes, and library groups.

Directed by Wes Anderson, the planetarium also hosts a free public show one Saturday per month which brings in community and area people. After 42 years of operation the VCSU Planetarium continues to be a valuable part of VCSU. During those 42 years, 3,134 shows have been given to 78,981 people.

Viking Sports update

Viking Sports update
The Viking men’s golf team placed third and Ben Sorenson finished fourth individually at the North Star Fall Qualifier, held Sept. 28–29 in Oxbow, N.D. The results of the 36-hole tournament will be combined with the results of a 36-hole spring tournament to determine who represents the North Star Athletic Association at the NAIA Championships. VCSU’s women finished in fifth place.
View complete results from the meet at

Saturday: Mayville State 14, VCSU 13
Viking football is now 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. VCSU hosts Dakota State at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

Friday: Bellevue 3, VCSU 0; Viterbo 3, VCSU 0
Saturday: Mount Mercy 3, VCSU 1; Ashford 3, VCSU 0
Viking volleyball drops to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in conference play. VCSU hosts Concordia College (Moorhead) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Wednesday: Mayville State 10, VCSU 2
Viking baseball is now 1-6 during the fall season. VCSU continues play Wednesday night with a 6 p.m. game at the University of Jamestown.

Upcoming Events
Oct. 6: Volleyball vs. Concordia (Moorhead), 7 p.m.
Oct. 7: Baseball @ University of Jamestown, 6 p.m.
Oct. 9: Cross Country @ Jamestown Jimmie Invitational, 4 p.m.
Oct. 10: Football vs. Dakota State, 4 p.m.
Oct. 11: Baseball vs. University of Winnipeg, 1 p.m. (doubleheader)

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

What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, October 5

7:30 p.m. Silver Winds Flute Quartet performance, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, October 6

7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Concordia College (Moorhead), Graichen Gymnasium

Wednesday, October 7

6 p.m. Viking baseball @ University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.

Thursday, October 8

9 p.m. FCA/CRU Meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, October 9

Ployhar Music Festival, Foss Music Hall (Oct. 9–10)
4 p.m. Viking men’s cross country @ Jimmies Invitation, Jamestown, N.D.

Saturday, October 10

4 p.m. Viking football vs Dakota State University, Shelly Ellig Field

Sunday, October 11

School of Education and Graduate School NCATE Accreditation Visit (Oct. 11–13)
1 p.m. Viking baseball vs. University of Winnipeg, Charlie Brown Field (doubleheader)

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day
7:30 p.m. VCSU Fall Choral Showcase, Epworth United Methodist Church

Tuesday, October 13

Muharram begins at sundown

Wednesday, October 14

Thursday, October 15

Pay day
9 p.m. FCA/CRU Meeting, Skoal Room

Friday, October 16

Deadline to apply for Spring Semester internship
10 a.m. VCSU student recital hour, Froemke Auditorium
7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Dakota State University
7:30 p.m. VCSU guest performance, tenor Andrew Childs, Froemke Auditorium

Saturday, October 17

Viking Visit Day
1 p.m. Viking football @ Presentation College

Sunday, October 18

October Birthdays

October Birthdays
6 Connie Stavens
7 Wayne Hammond
7 Mike Nix
8 Matt Karlgaard
9 Jacob Breske
10 Drew Storbeck
11 Anthony Kliniske
13 Rachelle Hunt
14 Brenda Finger
15 Jamie Paurus
17 Nadja Jonson
17 Geraldine Ong
18 Julee Russell
18 Tyler Tufte
21 Irene Groth
25 Megan Orcholski
26 Jane Hammer
27 Deb Feuerherm
27 Nathan Trader
27 Brenda Tyre