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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Wanted - VCSU Bell Ringers!
Students Helping Soldiers
Last Chance-Please Note!
VCSU Choral Tour November 22-23, 2011
25 Hill is coming to town!
Live WebCam of Rhoades Construction
Viking Athletic Update
What's Happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
November & December Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter is published each Monday during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:30 pm the preceding Friday.

Wanted - VCSU Bell Ringers!

VCSU has agreed to coordinate Salvation Army Bell Ringers for Wednesday, December 7, at the three locations in Valley City - Pamida, Marketplace Foods, and Leevers Super Valu.

Employees will be allowed to ring the bell during work hours for this holiday program that services our community. To sign up, please contact Rhonda Fairfield ( or x37102). Ringing hours are 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Students Helping Soldiers

This holiday season, students in VCSU's COMM 114, Human Communication, are conducting a service learning project and they need YOUR help. The class is collecting items to send for overseas troops through Books for Soldiers. Items being collected include books, international phone calling cards, DVDs and care items/ toiletries. Any funds that are collected will be used to pay for the cost of shipping the items. You can find drop off locations at area businesses in Valley City as well as in McFarland 204 on the VCSU campus. They can also be mailed to:

Valley City State University
c/o: Jonna Ziniel
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072

For more information, please check out our Facebook Page or email

The class would like to support our troops by coming together to build community to help those who fight for our freedom. The class will be collecting items until December 1.

Last Chance-Please Note!

Please take out a new or renewed V-500 membership by Wednesday, November 23 and receive two free tickets to the V-500 Recognition Banquet on December 10 and free admission to the EBC Alumni Association's "We're In the Christmas Mood" program scheduled for later that evening.

Join the V-500 team. Stop by the VCSU Foundation office and see just how easy it is to support our scholarship program! For just pennies a day, you will help bring students our way!!!

It Takes Two, V-500 and YOU!

VCSU Choral Tour November 22-23, 2011

The Valley City State University Choral Ensembles under the direction of Dr. Leesa Levy and accompanied by Jaime Namminga will be conducting a performance tour of western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota on November 22 and 23. The dates, times and locations of their performances are as follows: November 22: Barnesville High School at 9:30 am; Battle Lake High School at 11:30 am; Martin's Lutheran Church, Casselton at 7:30 pm. November 23: Valley City High School at 11:30 am. The public is cordially invited to attend these concerts.

The ensembles featured in the tour are the VCSU Concert Choir, the VCSU Singers and the Valkyries. The Concert Choir is a 45 member mixed choir of students representative of many degree programs on campus. The ensemble performs two major concerts each semester and tours frequently. They have presented concerts in Oaxaca, Mexico, New York City, Amsterdam, London, and Canterbury, as well as regionally in South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota. The choir has been heard on Prairie Public Radio. For the tour the choir has prepared a number of selections, including Mozart's Sancta Maria mater Dei, Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré, and Stars I Shall Find on a moving poem by Sara Teasdale set by David Dickau, choral conductor and composer at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The VCSU Singers is an auditioned, energetic group of 12-14 singers who often sing literature in multiple divisi from a variety of eras and styles. The ensemble also tours frequently with the Concert Choir and has been heard as a show-case choir at the ND-ACDA junior-high honor choir festival. For tour, they have prepared a number of selections which include three by composers familiar to Minnesota and North Dakota audiences: In the Bleak Midwinter by Abbie Betinis, O magnum mysterium by Robert Sieving, and The Stars Stand up in the Air by Eric William Barnum.

The VCSU Valkyries is a select women's ensemble that was formed in 2010 and which has already been featured as a guest choir at the 2011 ND High School All-State Festival. The selections they have prepared for tour include Let Us Sing! by Minneapolis composer, Linda Tutas Haugen, and Three Night Songs by Joshua Shank. The piece premiered in 2005 and is dedicated to composer Abbie Betinis.

The three ensembles will perform these and other compositions in the annual Christmas at Saint Catherine's Concert at 7:30 pm, December 1, St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Valley City. Members of the ensembles include: Adam Bommersbach (Twin Valley, MN) Kyle Booth (Nissawa, MN) Micki Bucholtz (Oakes, ND) David Burgess (Anchorage, AK) Jonathan Casey (Cherry Hill, NJ) Mike Dinkel (Lake Park, MN) Erin Edinger (Valley City, ND) Amy Field (Pelican Rapids, MN) Rebeca Fitzell (Valley City, ND) Kayla Geske (Enderlin, ND) Ashley Gierke (Valley City, ND) Danika Gjerding (Grand Forks, ND) Bradyn Good (Rolla, ND) Rebecca Hahn (Pierre, SD) Jessica Halvorson (Milnor, ND) Liana Hansen (Embden, ND) Shelby Hatch (Valley City, ND) Courtney Henkel (Valley City, ND) Sam Hoffman (Casselton, ND) Angie Johnson (Rosegler, ND) Jonathan Johnson (Walcott, ND) Kendra Kruger (Casselton, ND) Cassandra Kunze (Dazey, ND) Samantha Loekmoen (Jamestown, ND) Tyler Manske (Hankinson, ND) Jessica Moritz (Jamestown, ND) Preston Myers (Valley City, ND) Amber Olson (Mandan, ND) Vincent Olson (Ogema, MN) Courtney Pederson (West Fargo, ND) Kirci Phillips Wagner (Monticello, MN) Sarah Rhyan (Oakes, ND) Sherri Slag (Wimbledon, ND) Lyndsey Swanson (Casselton, ND) Andrea Swartz (Park River, ND) Tony Trautman (Audubon, MN) Katelin Wadeson (Fingal, ND) Taryn Wallace (McHenry, ND) Trek Wilhelmi (Rolla, ND) Devin Wright (Valley City, ND) Tommy Zinke (Rolla, ND) and Kristine Dammel and Angela Morford (Bismarck).

25 Hill is coming to town!

Come to the FREE movie premiere event of 25 Hill before it is released in theaters!

Monday, November 28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the VCHS Theater

Come and join us as we celebrate the Valley City SoapBox Derby. Past champions will be on hand to show cars and talk about their racing experiences.

About the movie: A USA Today story inspired actor, director and producer Corbin Bernsen to write a screenplay about a 12-year-old boy whose Soapbox Derby dreams are threatened first when his father is killed fighting in Afghanistan and then when the Derby is shut down because of money troubles. The Derby is ultimately saved, but that heroic role has been left open -- purposely -- to be filled by the real-life rescuers – people like you - who come to the Derby's aid.

DVDs of the movie will be available for purchase for $15 each. Proceeds benefit the local race event June 9, 2012. They make great Christmas gifts!

Save the Dream, Save the Tradition, Save the Derby!

Live WebCam of Rhoades Construction

Interested in getting a first-hand, up-to-the-second view of the Rhoades Science Center construction and renovation project – even when you are not on campus? Visit the live web cam available at RHOADES CONSTRUCTION.

A few adjustments are still needed, but once completed, the web cam will maintain an archive with the intention of assembling a time-lapsed view of the project that can compress months and years of work into moments. Check it out!

Viking Athletic Update

Viking Athletic Update
• The Viking football team traveled to Helena, Montana over the weekend as they were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by #2 Carroll College Saints. The Vikings finished the season with a #12 NAIA ranking and a 9-2 season record.

• The Viking women's basketball team was also in Montana over the weekend. The team lost on Friday night to Montana State University by a score of 52-62, and Saturday defeated the University of Great Falls by a score of 80-48. They now stand at 3-5 on the season.

• The Viking men's basketball team captured the Viterbo tournament title with wins over Viterbo College 64-59 and Waldorf College 68-58. The Viking men have a 4-3 record on the season.

Home Event

• Tuesday, November 22 the Viking women's basketball team will host the University of Minnesota Crookston at 7:00 pm (W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse).

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

What\'s Happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, November 21

Cora Mikkelson Exhibition, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor
7:30 pm Chamber Ensembles, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, November 22

7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs University of Minnesota – Crookston, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Wednesday, November 23

Thursday, November 24

Thanksgiving Holiday – No Classes, Offices Closed

Friday, November 25

Holiday – No Classes
6:00 pm (EST) Viking Men's Basketball at Ave Maria, Florida

Saturday, November 26

2:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball @ North Dakota State University
4:00 pm (EST) Viking Men's Basketball at Johnson & Wales University, Florida
Mercy Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees

Sunday, November 27

Monday, November 28

7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball vs Concordia College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 pm General Student Recital, Froemke Auditorium
8:00 pm Viking Men's Basketball at St. Cloud State 'Exhibition'

Tuesday, November 29

Wednesday, November 30

7:00 pm Viking Women's Basketball at Presentation College

Thursday, December 1

Last Day to Apply for Spring Graduation
East Region Instrumental Contest, Foss Hall
Career Services Workshop 'Job Search for Non-Teaching Graduates'
11:00 am Faculty Senate Meeting
7:30 pm VCSU Concert Choir & University Singers Performance, St. Catherine's Church

Friday, December 2

Saturday, December 3

2:00 & 4:00 pm Viking Women's & Men's Basketball vs University of Sioux Falls, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
3:00 pm Cora Mikkelson Reception, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor

Sunday, December 4

3:00 pm Valley Voices, Children's Choir, Orchestra & Troubadours Performance, City Auditorium