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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

THANK YOU for supporting the auction!
Campus invited to join digital music lesson April 29 and 30
Pancake feed April 29
VCSU student scholar symposium April 30
Composers competition scheduled May 2
Variego premiere and concert May 4
Senior awards luncheon May 10
VCSU Viking Club Tennis competes at nationals
VCSU students and advisor attend national conference
VCSU alum news
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City...
May Birthdays

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

THANK YOU for Supporting the Auction!

by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of April 29, 2013.

On April 19, VCSU held its 19th Annual Scholarship Auction with the theme, “Get Wild in the VCSU Jungle.” The Auction is the single-largest annual scholarship fundraiser supporting VCSU students. Net proceeds from the event are split equally between VCSU’s V-500 program (supporting academic scholarships) and VCSU’s Century Club (supporting athletic scholarships).

For the fourth consecutive year, the Auction was sold out with over 500 tickets sold. A sincere word of THANKS to everyone who purchased a ticket, bid on live auction items, purchased silent auction items, donated items, and attended the event. With ticket sales, games, live and silent auctions, raffles, and other contributions donated that evening, nearly $75,000 was raised. The overall figures are still being finalized, but it appears the 2013 Auction will break last year’s record amount. This is an incredible fundraising effort in a single night, and is simply not possible without your support! This kind of success speaks volumes about the tremendous support in our community for the students of VCSU.

On behalf of all VCSU students, faculty, and staff, a big word of THANKS to the individuals and businesses who supported the Auction. Your donations, purchases, bidding, and sponsorship are key to making the event such an enormous success. Scholarships are a key component in attracting and retaining talented students now and into the future.

As we head toward the 2013-14 academic year, it appears VCSU will once again welcome another large incoming freshmen class. This will be the fourth straight freshmen class that is larger than recent historical averages. Therefore, VCSU’s ability to continue offering and ensuring a strong scholarship base for these large classes is critical.

A special word of thanks to the Auction Committee volunteers who put forth so much effort ensuring this highly successful event. Committee members sold tickets, solicited donations, promoted the auction, decorated the Eagle’s, and contributed in many other ways. Committee members are: Jack Denholm, Jenny Enger, Rhonda Fairfield, Tara & Tom Glandt, Sabrina Heywood, Kim & Wade Hesch, Kayla Evenson, Susan Kolbow, Alison Kasowski, Trish Lueck, Loree Morehouse, Dillan Ostrom, Tara Praska, Patti Rickford, Larry & Mary Lee Robinson, Stephanie Roelfsema, Katie Sather, Don Schaack, Joy Smith, and Kari Stricklin. Additionally, VCSU is fortunate to have other volunteers serving on the V-500, Booster, Alumni, and Foundation Boards who assist in making annual events such as the Scholarship Auction a success.

A big word of thanks to VCSU’s Alumni & Foundation Office and Athletic Department for their efforts, and specifically to Kim Hesch for her unending dedication ensuring every detail of the Auction is covered. Kim’s time and effort focused on this fundraising event is a major reason for its annual success.

Community support for the Scholarship Auction helps ensure a strong and successful VCSU, now and well into the future; a successful VCSU is an important component to a successful Valley City/Barnes County region. Plans are already underway for the 20th annual Auction in 2014, and we look forward to another great evening. On behalf of the entire VCSU campus – THANK YOU to every person, business, and organization who made the 2013 Auction such a success! Thank You, and Go Vikings!

Campus invited to join digital music lesson April 29 and 30

The Department of Music invites the campus to explore the world of digital music lessons over the Internet with two presentations. The first lesson will be held on Monday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. and the second on Tuesday, April 30, at 12:00 noon.

With two research grants funded by the ITI Mini Grant and the Institutional Research Grant, Dr. Sara Hagen led a pilot study to investigate distance piano lessons utilizing an expert instructor and Yamaha representative from Massachusetts, George Litterst, and a distance VCSU music student, Kirstie Bruno, in Texas. They incorporated specialized digital equipment designed for real-time interaction between the two parties, including a Yamaha Disklavier and software developed by Mr. Litterst called Internet MIDI.

On Monday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in Froemke Auditorium, Litterst will be on campus to demonstrate the unique instrument used in the pilot study, which is on loan to VCSU from Scott's Piano and Sound in Grand Forks. The Disklavier is a Yamaha acoustic grand piano with Internet-ready digital capabilities such that a performer at a distance can "play" the piano using MIDI hardware (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and software designed to link two digital pianos. The mechanical keys on the acoustic/digital piano actually move like an old-fashioned player piano, performing all of the nuances of the performer at the other end.

On Tuesday, April 30, at 12:00 noon in Froemke Auditorium, our student will join Mr. Litterst in a demonstration of a "live" piano lesson for the audience.

Anyone interested is welcome to join these demonstrations.

Pancake feed April 29

Valley City Kiwanis Club annual pancake feed is TONIGHT, Monday, April 29, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Valley City High School Cafeteria

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $6 with preschoolers free!

Proceeds for the dinner go to programs in the community that benefit children. Kiwanis is a V-500 and Century Club supporter.

VCSU student scholar symposium April 30

The VCSU student scholar symposium will be held Tuesday, April 30, from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Skoal and Upper Lounge area of the Student Center. This is an opportunity for students to showcase their academic work from the 2012-13 academic year. Plan to attend and view the posters, art, Powerpoint/Prezi, demonstrations and performances.

Composers competition scheduled for May 2

The 12th Annual composers competition and concert will be held in Froemke Auditorium on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert talk with J. David Moore, the ASCAP Foundation mentor for this year beginning at 7:15 pm. Moore was sponsored by the ASCAP Irving Caesar Fund, a grant that the music department has won for four years running. He is a professional composer from St. Paul with a background as a jazz singer with the group, Dare to Breathe.

Over the course of the second semester students in Music Theory II, IV and composition classes have been working with Mr. Moore and their instructors to compose new musical pieces in a variety of styles and genres. The students could choose whether or not to enter the competition for $200 cash prizes in either the classical or pop categories. The concert features nine classical works including tuba and flute solos, piano solos, and two vocal solos accompanied by piano. The pop category has two electronic pieces, a jazz piece with sax and guitar, a vocal solo with piano, and a large ensemble with a Caribbean beat. The VCSU Garage Bands will perform during the judges' deliberation period.

The concert will be streamed "live" to audiences around the globe, as one of the competitors hails from Norway. It can be viewed in real time at or viewed later as an archive.

The concert is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to come out and support their peers in this world premiere event!

Variego premiere and concert May 4

Variego premiere and concert May 4
Jorge Variego, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Woodwinds and Composition will present his newly released CD, “Regress,” with a premiere and concert on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Froemke Auditorium.

Joining Variego will be Dr. James Adams, trombone, Nicholas Meyers, percussion, and Jaime Namminga, piano, performing Rebellion by Stephen Rush.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Adult admission is $5.00. VCSU faculty, staff, and students admitted with ID card.

Senior awards luncheon May 10

VCSU campus is invited to the Senior Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:00 noon in the VCSU Student Center Cafeteria

Award presentations from all VCSU departments will be made to graduating seniors.

The cost is $5.00. Please RSVP by May 6 to Kim Hesch at 845-7403 or Email at

VCSU Viking Club Tennis competes at nationals

VCSU Viking Club Tennis competes at nationals
For the first time since its creation in 2004, the Viking Club Tennis team qualified and traveled to the United States Tennis Association National Tournament in Surprise, Arizona, April 11-13.

The USTA National Tournament hosted 64 of the top university club team from around the nation including team such as Duke, UCLA, Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley and 4 teams for our USTA Northern Section U of M, NDSU, SDSU and VCSU. The tournament is formatted to be played across three days and play every team out to the last place, which is 64th. This meant VCSU played seven matches across three day and finished 63rd overall.

The seven VCSU club team members that traveled to nationals were Katie Paulson, Erika Lutjens, Kayla Geske, Kurt Brown, Alex Conlon, Josh Gilbertson, and Tanner Beauchman.

The Vikings faced a tough first day including last year's runner-up, University of Virginia, and two other top schools from California and Texas. The big highlight from the pool play on Thursday was the first ever set win at Nationals by team captain and senior Katie Paulson. VCSU finished 4th out of 4 teams in their pool and was then drawn into the Copper Bracket for Friday and Saturday.

Saturday was a much better day for the Vikings, facing off against Washington University, SDSU and St. Mary's. The Vikings lost all three matches but took two of them into overtime play and saw set wins by men's captain Kurt Brown and a mixed doubles wins by Alex Conlon and Katie Paulson.

Saturday the Vikings faced off against Oakland University of Michigan in the 63rd / 64th place match. VCSU played their best tennis of the week and pulled out their first ever match win at a national tournament with a score of 24-20. The match saw big wins at both women's and men's doubles by Katie Paulson/Erika Lutjens and Josh Gilbertson/Tanner Beauchman as well as a big win at women's singles by Katie Paulson. The match ultimately came down to the mixed doubles match with Vikings Alex Conlon and Erika Lutjens winning in a tie-breaker 6-5 to secure the victory.

Team Photo (L to R): Kayla Geske, Erika Lutjens, Katie Paulson, Kurt Brown, Alex Conlon, Tanner Beauchman, Josh Gilbertson, Coach Erik Kringlie

VCSU students and advisor attend national conference

VCSU students and advisor attend national conference
Erin Edinger and Richard Wright along with advisor Amber Aberle recently represented VCSU and the state of North Dakota at the 52nd International Career and Development Conference in Anaheim, California.

The conference provided professional development for all three participants as well as extensive competition within the areas of Business Management and Administration, Communication and Technology, Finance and Accounting, Hospitality and Tourism, and Marketing and Sales.

Richard Wright represented ND in the area of accounting and competed in a role-play scenario with industry professionals. He also gained knowledge from accounting professional and interviewing tips in the professional development workshops.

Erin Edinger represented ND in the area of Banking Financial services and competed by test and role-play. In the mini-awards session Erin was called to the stage and awarded top honors of her section for the test and for the role-play as well as having a high enough overall score to push her into finals. Upon completion of finals and during our closing ceremony Erin was called to the stage and given a medallion for her top 10 finish!

Amber Aberle attended the advisor academy and was engaged in exciting exchange of information from business partners, other chapter advisors, and the DECA staff. She served as a section manager in the event of professional sales during the competitive portion of the conference. Amber was also awarded the recognition of service award at the final state meeting after closing ceremony. This award was presented for her contribution of personal service to ensure the successful operation of Collegiate DECA’s International Career and Development Conference, thus joining a dedicated group of individuals who support emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

VCSU alumni news

VCSU alumni news
Amy Lynn Sinness, a 2003 Valley City State alumna, has been named one of 10 Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalists. Sinness teaches first grade in Lucy Craft Laney at Cleveland Park Community School in Minneapolis. (Lucy Craft Laney is a Pre K-8 community school named for the pioneering African-American educator from Georgia.) Sinness, who lives in St. Louis Park, was chosen from among 135 candidates and 39 semifinalists. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced May 5.

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

Monday, April 29

Viking golf at AII National qualifier tournament, Victoria, TX (April 29-May 1)
Viking track & field at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
3:30 & 5:30 pm Viking Softball at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
7:00 pm Penny Lam senior exhibition peer presentation

Tuesday, April 30

3:00 & 5:00 pm Viking softball vs University of Minnesota Crookston, VCSU softball complex

Wednesday, May 1

Thursday, May 2

7:30 pm Composer’s concert, Froemke Auditorium, Foss Music Hall

Friday, May 3

5:30 pm VCSU employee recognition dinner, Student Center Cafeteria
5:00-6:30 pm Spring semester student exhibition reception, VCSU Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor

Saturday, May 4

Viking track & field at Ron Masanz Invitational, Moorhead, Minn.

Sunday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo
2:00 pm CSA recital, Froemke Auditorium, Foss Music Hall

Monday, May 6

Finals Week
4:00 pm Garage bands performance, Vangstad Auditorium

Tuesday, May 7

Wednesday, May 8

Thursday, May 9

Friday, May 10

Viking track & field hosting VCSU Invitational

Saturday, May 11

10:00 am VCSU Commencement, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, May 12