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This Week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Another Strong Enrollment at VCSU in Fall 2013
• Viking Homecoming events - come join the fun!
• Rhoades ribbon-cutting to be held Friday, Oct. 4
• Christy and Coleman exhibit lithographs and mixed media
• Allebach selected as talent and voice coach
• Update on President Shirley’s Faculty/Staff Campaign Challenge
• Viking Sports: Week in Review
• What's happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• September Birthdays

The VCSU Hotline! online newsletter will be published each Monday during the academic year. Deadline to submit articles (photos encouraged) is 4:00 p.m. the preceding Friday.

Another Strong Enrollment at VCSU in Fall 2013

Another Strong Enrollment at VCSU in Fall 2013
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President

The following article will appear in the Valley City Times-Record the week of September 30, 2013.

Last week Valley City State University announced its final Fall 2013 student enrollment figures. Overall student enrollment stands at 1,366 students this semester, which is a slight increase over last year’s enrollment. This represents the third-highest enrollment in the nearly 125-year history of VCSU. The all-time record was set in 2011 with 1,384 students. Three of the four largest student enrollments in VCSU’s history have been recorded during the past three years. This relative stability with enrollments remaining at historically high levels is a very positive indicator that bodes well for the overall operation and mission of Valley City State University.

The total student headcount includes both undergraduate and graduate students. VCSU has 1,211 undergraduate students enrolled this fall, and another 155 graduate students in the Master of Education program. The M.Ed. enrollment represents the second-largest in the nine-year history of the Master’s program at VCSU.

Another important measurement is the number of students living on-campus in VCSU’s residence halls. This fall there are 356 students living in the residence halls, which is an 11% increase over Fall 2012 and the most residential students living on-campus at VCSU since 1999.

Overall, students enrolled in Education programs of all types (Elementary, Secondary, and the Master’s programs) continue to represent the largest portion of students, with approximately 50% of VCSU’s total students enrolled in education majors.

Within specific programs, it is worth noting that VCSU’s Fisheries & Wildlife program is at an all-time record number this fall with 77 students. Additionally, VCSU’s Athletic Training program, which is only in its second year of existence, already has 25 students enrolled. Growth in relatively new, high-demand programs such as Fisheries & Wildlife and Athletic Training are helping fuel and sustain VCSU’s strong enrollment figures. As a campus, we look forward to continuing to add high-demand academic programs that will be of interest to North Dakota’s students. The recent additions of new majors such as Business Process Integration Management and Medical Laboratory Science, as well as our new Software Engineering major at VCSU added this fall, are further examples of responding to North Dakota’s needs.

VCSU’s total number of new students this fall (defined as new freshmen and transfers) is at 296 students. This is the third-highest number of new students in the past 13 years, and is certainly an important indicator as these are the new students who are enrolling at VCSU and will become our sophomores, juniors, seniors, and ultimately graduate from Valley City State. Moreover, this is an especially important group of students this year when considering that VCSU graduated its largest class ever in 2012-13 (288 students). Therefore, it is especially important that we have a strong class of new students to replace last year’s large number of graduates. Please help welcome all of the new and returning students to the Valley City community this fall!

VCSU Homecoming activities: Come join the fun!

VCSU Homecoming activities: Come join the fun!
Monday, Sept. 30
• 4:00 pm—31st Bill Osmon Fun Run/Walk (Practice Field)
• 6:00 pm— Minute to Win it! (Cafeteria)
• 8:00 pm—Get to Know Your Homecoming Court! (Vangstad Auditorium)
• 9:00 pm—Eric Dittelman, Mentalist (Vangstad Auditorium)

Tuesday, Oct. 1
• 11:30 am-12:30 pm—Family Feud sign-up (Student Center Hallway)
• 6:00-8:00 pm—Family Feud (Student Center Upper Lounge)
• 9:30 pm—Team Theme Bowling (Sky Lanes Bowling Alley)

Wednesday, Oct. 2
• 10:30 am-2:30 pm—Airbrush items (Student Center Hallway)
• 11:00 am-2:00 pm—Dippin` Dots (Student Center Hallway)
• 6:00-9:00 pm—Talent show practice (Vangstad Auditorium)
• 10:00 pm—Thrift Shop Dance (The Eagles)

Thursday, Oct. 3
• 11:00 am—L2L speaker- CL Lyndsay (Vangstad Auditorium)
• 12:00 noon-3:00 pm—Fish Bowl Decorating (Student Center Hallway)
• 7:30 pm—Coronation (Vangstad Auditorium)
• 8:00-8:30 pm—Improv Club (Vangstad Auditorium)
• 8:30-9:30 pm—Talent Show (Vangstad Auditorium)

Friday, Oct. 4
• 9:00 am-3:00 pm—Cash Cab (VCSU Campus)
• 1:30 pm—Rhoades Science Center Ribbon Cutting
• 7:00 pm—Viking Volleyball vs. Chargers (Graichen Gym)
• 9:30 pm—Scavenger Hunt and Campfire (Student Center Lawn)
• 10:00 pm—Monsters University (Foss Hall)

Saturday, Oct. 5th
• 11:00 am—Homecoming Parade (Central Avenue)
• 1:00 pm—Viking Football vs. Presentation College Saints (Shelly Ellig Field)
• 9:00 pm-12:45 am—Dance (Eagles Club_

Rhoades ribbon-cutting to be held Friday, Oct. 4

VCSU will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the renovated and expanded L.D. Rhoades Science Center on Friday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include remarks by Steven W. Shirley, VCSU president; Drew Wrigley, North Dakota lieutenant governor; Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction and VCSU alumna; and Ray Holmberg, North Dakota District 17 state senator and chair of the appropriations committee.

Also speaking will be Joe Stickler, VCSU professor emeritus of science; Erika Schumacher, VCSU alumna and Dickinson veterinarian; and Larry Robinson, VCSU alumnus and executive director of university advancement, and North Dakota District 24 state senator.

The open house following the ribbon cutting will include refreshments, tours of the building, demonstrations, and classroom offerings.

Christy and Coleman exhibit lithographs and mixed media

Christy and Coleman exhibit lithographs and mixed media
An exhibit of lithographs and mixed media by Jessica Christy and Aaron Coleman runs through Friday, Oct. 25, in the VCSU Art Gallery on the third floor of McCarthy Hall.

A native North Dakotan, Christy holds a B.S. in art from VCSU and an M.F.A from the University of North Dakota. She serves on the faculty at Minot State University.

Christy’s work explores the coexistence of the indigenous and nonindigenous in U.S. culture, juxtaposing the tradition of the indigenous with the contemporaneity of the nonindigenous. She layers her prints with both stereotypical and family imagery; the prints are collective narratives of circumstances and experiences where indigenous culture and modern society overlap.

Coleman, an artist and printmaker, lives in DeKalb, Ill. In addition to a B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), he holds an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.

A mixed-media printmaker, Coleman uses mezzotint, lithography, intaglio, relief and serigraphy to create works focused on political and social commentary. He combines imagery from comic books and stained glass windows to raise questions about misconstrued belief systems and twisted moral values in society.

Allebach selected as talent and voice coach

Valley City State University voice teacher Robin Allebach was selected to be the talent and voice coach for Laura Harmon, Miss North Dakota 2013, as the groundwork was laid for her to represent North Dakota in the Miss America Scholarship Competition in Atlantic City held in September.

Preparations included private lessons, language coaching and stage deportment, with several rehearsals held on campus in Froemke Auditorium. The collaboration was a success, with Harmon's rendition of the Italian song “O sole mio” earning her rave reviews in the talent portion of the competition.

Update on President Shirley’s Faculty/Staff Campaign Challenge

Update on President Shirley’s Faculty/Staff Campaign Challenge
Today is the last day of Dr. Shirley’s challenge to the campus to reach 100% participation in the VCSU Foundation. The challenge will end at 4:30 p.m. If you have not participated yet, you can contact the Foundation Office to set up a payroll deduction. They would be happy to help. Thank you too all of those who have participated. You are supporting our own VCSU students!

• Academic Affairs-Registrar's Office-STEM - 92.3%
• Advancement-Marketing-FMC - 100.0%
• Athletics - 90.4%
• Business and Information Technology - 100.0%
• Business Office-Employee Services - 100.0%
• Communication Arts & Social Science - 82.3%
• Facilities Services - 44.0%
• Fine Arts - 77.8%
• Information Technology - 90.9%
• Library - 100.0%
• Math, Science, and Health & Physical Education - 78.9%
• School of Education and Graduate Studies-Tech Ed - 95.2%
• Student Affairs-Financial Aid-Enrollment Services - 91.7%
• Student Center-Bookstore-Housing - 88.8%

Viking Sports: Week in Review

Viking Volleyball
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Mayville State def. VCSU, 3-2 (24-26, 28-26, 25-11, 21-25, 15-11)
Friday, Sept. 27: VCSU def. Calumet College, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-17)
Clarke University def. VCSU, 3-1 (20-25, 31-29, 25-23, 25-14)

Saturday, Sept. 28
Hannibal La Grange def. VCSU, 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-15)
VCSU def. Mt. Mercy, 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-15)

Vikings are 10-14 this season.

Viking Baseball
Sunday, Sept. 30
Mayville State 9, VCSU 1
VCSU 4, Presentation College 3

Vikings are 3-3 this season.

Viking Golf
Sept. 22-23: VCSU Invite
Men: VCSU men take 2nd overall. Ben Sorenson—6th; Jake Richels & Casey Colemer—T-9th
Women: Haley Christofferson - 4th.

Sept. 27-28: Palace City Classic
VCSU men take 9th overall. Ben Sorenson—38th; Jake Richels—T-39th; Shane Ost, Darren Young, Casey Colemer—T-43rd
VCSU women did not compete.

Viking Cross Country
Sept. 28: Roy Griak Invite @ Univ. of Minnesota
Viking Men: 35th out of 44 teams
Richard Langdeaux took 139th out of 458 runners. He was the top finisher from the North Star Athletic Association.

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Volleyball at Bismarck State, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4: Volleyball home vs. Briar Cliff, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5: Football home vs. Presentation College, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5: Volleyball vs. Dakota Wesleyan (played at Mayville State), 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6: Baseball vs. Mayville State, noon; vs. Presentation College, 6 p.m.

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

Monday, September 30

Homecoming Week at VCSU
Pay Day
Aaron Coleman and Jess Christy Art Exhibition opens (September 30 – October 25)

Tuesday, October 1

7:00 pm Viking volleyball @ Bismarck State College, Bismarck, N.D.

Wednesday, October 2

11:30 am - 3:30 pm Business/Liberal Arts Career Fair, UND Student Union (must preregister)

Thursday, October 3

11:30 am - 3:30 pm Engineering/Technology Career Fair, UND Student Union (must preregister)

Friday, October 4

1:30 pm Rhoades dedication and ribbon cutting – open house and tours to follow
7:00 pm Viking volleyball vs Briar Cliff University, Graichen Gymnasium

Saturday, October 5

1:00 pm Viking football vs Presentation College, Shelley Ellig Field
2:00 pm Viking volleyball vs Dakota Wesleyan University, Mayville State University

Sunday, October 6

Monday, October 7

Tuesday, October 8

Wednesday, October 9

7:00 pm Viking volleyball @ Dakota State University, Madison, S.D.

Thursday, October 10

Friday, October 11

Viking cross country at University of Jamestown Invitational, Jamestown
12:15 pm Concert Choir and University Singers performance, Vangstad Auditorium
Ployhar Music Festival, Vangstad Auditorium (October 11-12)
7:00 pm Viking volleyball @ University of Jamestown, Jamestown

Saturday, October 12

1:00pm Viking football @ Mayville State University
4:00 pm Ployhar Honor Band and Choir performance, Vangstad Auditorium
4:00 pm Viking volleyball vs Presentation College, Graichen Gymnasium

Sunday, October 13