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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

Campus Convocation: 11:00 am Tuesday, August 28
Football pre-game social in Iowa August 30
VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet tickets available
President Emeritus Chaffee coming to campus
Items needed for Concert Choir rummage sale
Staff Senate news & updates
Two more departments reach 100%
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
August & September Birthdays

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Campus Convocation: 11:00 am Tuesday, August 28

Don't forget that an All-Campus Convocation will be held at 11:00 am in Vangstad Auditorium tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28. There will be NO classes from 11:00 - Noon, and all campus students, faculty, and staff are expected to attend. Convocation is an opportunity for VCSU to welcome you to a new academic year, recognize student achievement and participation, and provide other important campus updates.

Football pre-game social in Iowa August 30

The #17 ranked Viking football team will travel to Sioux City, Iowa to take on #8 Morningside College.

If you are making the trip please join us for a pre-game social starting at 5:00 pm at Bob Roes Point After restaurant. For directions, chick Bob Roes Point After. Bob Roe's is located a couple of blocks from the Elwood Olsen football Stadium, kick off is at 7:00 pm.

Bob Roe's Point After
2320 Transit Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 276-5902

VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet tickets available

VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet tickets available
The VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on September 15 at the Town & Country Club in Valley City, ND to formally induct two outstanding individuals into the Hall of Fame: William A. Lydell, who graduated from Valley City State with Music Education and English degrees in 1955, and Gloria Peterson (in memoriam), former longtime Music Department faculty member and founder of the male vocal ensemble, The Troubadours. Bill Lydell will be attending the banquet, as well as two of Gloria's sisters. All VCSU alumni and friends of the university are invited to attend this special event to honor these exceptional individuals. A social hour will begin at 6:00 pm with dinner served at 6:30 pm The evening will include reminiscences about their days at VCSU as well as the exceptional contributions they have both made to music during their careers.

Willam A. Lydell devoted himself to music from an early age, beginning the piano at age 6, the trumpet in 4th grade, and the French horn in college. He graduated from Valley City State in 1955 with degrees in Music Education and English. Following service in the US Army, he turned down a job offer to be a performing pianist in order to begin his career as a music teacher, first in Hoffman, MN and later in Minneapolis for 31 years. In between, he earned a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan. His choirs toured both internationally and in the United States over the course of his career, including invitational performances throughout Scandinavia, England, Holland, Belgium, and France. Since retiring from teaching, Bill has maintained an active performance schedule with his jazz band in the Twin Cities, and currently volunteers his time weekly to play the piano at the Minneapolis Regional Veterans Hospital.

Gloria Peterson had a long and distinguished career in the field of music education, culminating with a 32-year term as a music professor at Valley City State University. Born and raised in Turtle Lake, ND, she earned music degrees from Concordia College and the University of North Dakota, teaching music for five years in the Hatton Public School along the way. In 1963, she was appointed Instructor of Music Education at VCSU, eventually reaching the rank of Associate Professor. She taught music education courses, music theory, ear-training, and supervised student teachers. She served as the Music Department chair at the university from 1986 until the time of her death in February 1995. In addition to her teaching duties, she organized the college Handbell Choir, coordinated annual Christmas madrigal dinners, oversaw production of performances of Handel's Messiah, and J. S. Bach's Magnificat in D. She also organized The Troubadours, a community male vocal ensemble that is still performing today. In the words of a former student, she "epitomized the quality of teacher for which Valley City State has always been famous." She left a lasting legacy at the university and in the community.

For more information, contact Paula Larson in the Music Department office at or 701-845-7272. Tickets for the event are $35 and the Music Department must receive payment no later than September 3, 2012. Tickets may also be purchased online by going to and clicking on the "Music Hall of Fame Banquet Registration" link on the left. Please join the Music Department in honoring these exceptional musicians!
VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet tickets available

President Emeritus Chaffee coming to campus

Valley City State University President Emeritus Dr. Ellen Chaffee returns to campus and this time as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota!

Chaffee will be part of a forum sponsored by the campus/community group, What In the World Is Going On? The forum will feature seven women who are running for office this fall and is entitled, "Election 2012 – A Time for Women?" It will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 17 in Froemke Auditorium of Foss Music Hall.

Dr. Chaffee was president of VCSU from 1993-2008. Under her leadership, and at a time when the Internet was in its infancy, VCSU became the second college in the nation to provide laptop computers for all faculty and students.

Items needed for Concert Choir rummage sale

The VCSU Concert Choir will hold its annual end-of-summer rummage sale fundraiser on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Foss Music Hall.

This is the perfect time to do some fall cleaning, and any items can be donated (except for clothes, microwaves, computers, and TVs). Please bring all items to the Foss Music Hall Office by Friday, September 14. Please call the VCSU Department of Music at 701-845-7272 if you need help transporting any item to the campus for the sale.

Staff Senate News & Updates

Staff Senate News & Updates
* "The Difference is Me" Award information and nomination form is available at X: Institution > Offices > StaffSenate > The Difference is Me Award.docx. Nomination forms may be returned to any of the voting members of Staff Senate. (members listed below)

* Staff Senate minutes are available at X: > Institution > Offices > StaffSenate > 2012-2013 Minutes

* There is an opening for a staff representative on the TAC Committee. If you are interested, please contact Emma Tufte.

Purpose of TAC: Annual information technology planning process and address general policies related to information technology with the purpose of applying information technology in pursuit of the institutional mission and vision. Technology plans and policy recommendations will provide guidance to ITC staff, the Executive Team, and ND State technology planning activities. Two year term.

* The next Staff Senate meeting will be Thursday, August 30 at 11:00 am in McCarthy 255.

2012-2013 Staff Senate Members
Emma Tufte, President (McFarland Hall 326)
Kimberly Bomstad, Vice President (McFarland Hall 215)
Stephanie Rolfsema, Secretary (Memorial Student Center)
KO Bolstad, Past President (Memorial Student Center)
Rick Clark (Facilities Services)
Jessica Frerich (Facilities Services)
Doug Dawes, Vice President for Business Affairs (non-voting liaison to President's Cabinet)
Benjamin Haugeberg (non-voting student member)

Two more departments reach 100%

Two more departments reach 100%
Congratulations to the departments and divisions at 100%!

- Advancement/FMC/Marketing/President's Office
- School of Education and Graduate Studies
- Student Affairs/Enrollment Services/Financial Aid

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

Monday, August 27

Jennifer Wells & Andrea Moon Exhibition Opens (August 17-September 28), VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall Third Floor
7:00 pm Auditions for "Third" and for the "Valley City: Comedy Tonight," Theatre 320

Tuesday, August 28

11:00 am All Campus Convocation, Vangstad Auditorium
Audition call-backs for "Third," Theatre 320

Wednesday, August 29

Philomathian Rush Week Begins

Thursday, August 30

7:00 pm Viking Football at Morningside College, Sioux City, IA

Friday, August 31

Viking Cross Country, VCSU Invitational
7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Dickinson State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Saturday, September 1

North Dakota High School & Junior High School Rodeo, North Dakota Winter Show Building, (September 1-2)

Sunday, September 2

Monday, September 3

Labor Day – No Classes / Office closed

Tuesday, September 4

7:00 pm Viking Volleyball vs Minot State University, Graichen Gymnasium

Wednesday, September 5

7:30 pm New York Kammermusika performance, Froemke Auditorium in Foss Music Hall

Thursday, September 6

ND AQHA Horse Show, North Dakota Winter Show Building

Friday, September 7

Viking Cross Country, Randy Thomas Invitational, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN
Viking Volleyball at Corn Palace Classic (Dakota Wesleyan University), Mitchell, SD (September 7-8)

Saturday, September 8

1:00 pm Viking Football vs Mayville State University, Shelly Ellig Field
Wings & Wheels Airshow, Barnes County Municipal Airport
Fort Ransom Sodbuster Association Sodbuster Days, Fort Ransom, ND

Sunday, September 9