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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Help Row the Ship!
Greetings from the VCSU Foundation Office
VCSU Art Gallery Exhibition
Finger Attends Summer Institute
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
September Birthdays

Help Row the Ship!

Help Row the Ship!
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of September 5, 2011.

As we move forward with the Fall 2011 semester and a new academic year at Valley City State University, it is a fitting time to discuss the importance of scholarship support for VCSU students. You may have noticed some signs around town in residential yards or in front of businesses that state, "Support the Vikings, Help Row the Ship." The signs were created as a show of support for VCSU Viking Athletics and our student-athletes, but the language obviously has a much broader meaning. The term "Vikings" ultimately refers to all VCSU students, and it is indeed important that as a community we truly do "Support the Vikings."

As the VCSU Century Club and V-500 scholarship drives are now beginning for the 2011-12 year, I would like to thank those of you who participate in one or both of these annual scholarship drives, and encourage those of you who have not yet participated to please consider doing so.

With the forthcoming $10.3 million Rhoades Science Center renovation/expansion, the recently completed renovation of Snoeyenbos Residence Hall, and the installation of the new artificial turf at Ellig Field, it is an exciting time on the VCSU campus. Additionally, VCSU is on the verge of potentially breaking all-time enrollment records this fall meaning there are more students taking more classes from VCSU than ever before. That means there are more students living in the residence halls and getting a great education at VCSU. This also means there are more students in the Valley City community supporting our local businesses and organizations.

As Valley City State University works to continue attracting the very best and brightest students to the campus and our community, we will continue to rely on scholarship dollars to assist in those efforts. Prospective and new students repeatedly indicate that the availability of scholarships and financial assistance are one of the greatest influencers in their decision to attend VCSU. Your support in these efforts is absolutely critical and so appreciated in helping move VCSU forward on its successful path. There are few gifts as important as those that help individuals fulfill their educational goals, and your scholarship contributions do just that.

One of the absolute best attributes about VCSU is the long-standing, solid relationship existing between VCSU and the Valley City community. It is the proverbial "win-wi" partnership that benefits both the University and the Region. Thanks to everyone throughout the area who helps make this such a strong and successful partnership, and thanks for everything you have done and continue doing to "Help Row the Ship and Support the Vikings!"

Greetings from the VCSU Foundation Office

Greetings from the VCSU Foundation Office. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by for our Open House last week.

The foundation office is currently in the midst of our annual scholarship campaigns for the V-500 and the Century Club programs. These two important scholarship programs combine to provide a significant percentage of the scholarship support our students receive annually. In fact, for the past academic year we set an all- time record of $757,000 in scholarship awards. This effort has a direct impact on the strong enrollment that the university is experiencing.

We are now beginning a new academic year and are once again challenged to sustain that scholarship commitment. Needless to say, meeting that challenge is a stretch and it literally takes all of us to get the job done. If you are currently supporting our scholarship programs, thank you for that support. If you are not a member of the V-500 or Century Club programs, please consider becoming a member today. You will be surprised just how easy it is to become a member of one or both of these important programs.

V-500: The V-500 program was founded in 1972 to provide scholarships for needy students attending VCSU. In its first year of existence, the program offered $15,000 in scholarship awards. Today, V-500 awards in excess of $250,000 annually. Membership is available in a variety of levels with basic membership set at $200 per year or a mere 54 cents per day, less than the cost of a cup of coffee. V-500 scholarships are primarily awarded to freshman students and range up to $2,500 for the year. Typically, the V-500 program is structured on a five year pledge. Folks joining V-500 elect an amount they wish to contribute and that commitment is annualized over five years. The membership comes with a variety of attractive gift items and two free tickets to the annual V-500 recognition banquet held each December in the Student Center. The banquet is followed by free admission to the EBC Alumni Association's "We're In The Christmas Mood" program in Vangstad Auditorium. This is a must see program which will certainly put you in the Christmas Mood!

Century Club: The Century Club focuses their efforts on providing scholarships for VCSU Athletes. Basic membership costs $175 annually. The scholarships are awarded to athletes in all VCSU sports. Membership in the Century Club offers attractive gift items and recognition in each game day program. Membership in the Century Club comes with an invitation to all special events sponsored by the Athletic Department including special fan luncheons, and reserved seating in the Fieldhouse for the indoor events.

Payment for these programs can be made by payroll deduction. This is a convenient way to make payment over the course of the year. Please stop by the Foundation office at your convenience and view the various gift items. Loree Morehouse would be happy to visit with you about the payroll deduction option.

President Shirley has challenged us to reach a 75% participation level by all faculty and staff. Last year we reached a 65% level. Please consider supporting our scholarship programs and help us reach the 75% goal.

VCSU Art Gallery Exhibition

VCSU Art Gallery Exhibition
VCSU Art Gallery will is exhibiting photographs, drawings and a scale model of Christopher Schanck's current collection of furniture design through October 21.

Mr. Schanck uses unconventional materials such as paper, foil, foam, and plastic to challenge our understanding of furniture. He works as an independent designer out of Detroit, Michigan & adjunct faculty at Lawrence Technological University. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Honors from the School of Visual Arts in 1998. He later attended the University of London, Central Saint Martins Graduate Studies in Fine Arts in 2004, then completed his MFA in 3-D Design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Christopher Schanck sees this current body of work as "a way of questioning the potential meanings of furniture. The work challenges all of our conventions about how furniture is used, how it is made, and how it relates to the room, and liberates archetypal forms from fixed traditional positions. Throwaway materials like metal foil and Styrofoam are elevated with craft. The work is defined by bold sculptural form and raw realism."

VCSU Art Gallery is located on the 3rd floor of McCarthy. The hours are M-F 9am-8pm .

Finger Attends Summer Institute

Finger Attends Summer Institute
Valley City State University Assistant Professor, Dr. Brenda Finger, attended the NACADA Academic Advising Summer Institute in New Orleans July 31-August 5.

The summer institute provided the opportunity to develop a customized action plan for the institution. The institute's program consisted of topical sessions on advising as a retention strategy, advising first year students, developing advising handbooks, and conducting assessments of academic advising programs. Research in the area of retention concludes that the single most important contributor to student persistence is the development of strong relationships between students and members of the institution.


The Math Department of VCSU has achieved 100% job placement rate for the 4th year in 2011. This compares to the 2010 national college job placement rate of 24.4% (according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers). Between 2008 and 2011, 18 students graduated from the Department of Math, and all became high school math teachers.

What's Happening At VCSU and in Valley City ...

Monday, September 5

Labor Day Holiday – No Classes – Offices Closed

Tuesday, September 6

Wednesday, September 7

11:00 am Viking Men's and Women's Golf at Bismarck State Open

Thursday, September 8

11:00 am Faculty Senate Meeting

Friday, September 9

Viking Volleyball at Viterbo University (September 9-10)
Sodbuster Days, Fort Ransom State Park (September 9-10)
4:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Cross Country @ Moorhead State University

Saturday, September 10

1:30 pm Viking Football at Dickinson State University

Sunday, September 11

10:30 am Viking Cross Country at St. John's University
12:00 pm Viking Men's and Women's Golf at Dickinson State Invitational (September 11-12)

Monday, September 12

Tuesday, September 13

Wednesday, September 14

Second Annual Valley City Chalk Walk, Central Avenue
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball @ Dickinson State University

Thursday, September 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15

Friday, September 16

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs South Dakota School of Mines & Tech, Graichen Gymnasium

Saturday, September 17

Constitution Day
Sheyenne Shuffle Half Marathon and 5K Run
2:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Black Hills State University, Graichen Gymnasium
3:00 pm Sunday, September 18

12:00 pm Viking Men's & Women's Golf at Jamestown College Invitational (September 18-19)