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This Week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Football alumni holding online auction Feb. 10 through Feb. 28
• Walsh to lecture on Filipino wisdom
• James and the Giant Peach to be presented Feb. 13–15
• Trautman receives award
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• February Birthdays

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

Football alumni holding online auction Feb. 10 through Feb. 28

VCSU Viking Football Alumni are holding an online auction to raise funds for Viking Football. The online auction opened for bids on Monday, Feb. 10, at 8 a.m. and will run through noon on Friday, Feb. 28.

You have the opportunity to purchase some awesome items donated by our football alumni and other friends of Viking Football. Without their support this auction would not be possible.

Let the competitive juices flow and make sure you outbid your friends for the item(s) you want! Remember that this is a fund-raiser; we hope that you will over-bid on all items. This is a great way to support Viking Football by helping raise scholarship funds.

The online auction can be found at or by going to the VCSU Football webpage at and clicking on the Online Auction banner. Please share the auction information with your family and friends!

Walsh to lecture on Filipino wisdom

Walsh to lecture on Filipino wisdom
The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 16 presents “Pakikisama: Filipino Wisdom for East and West,” presented by Rob Walsh, VCSU communication arts instructor, at 7 p.m, Thursday, February 20, at the Barnes County Museum.

At the end of the 19th century, the Philippines and the United States were thrust into intercultural conversance, the vestiges of which can be felt 115 years later. Filipinos and Americans continue to transform each other on matters of language and culture.

A further examination of the Filipino concept of “pakikisama” (loosely translated as “getting along with others”) may reveal a Filipino character strength that can portend harmony in the East while at the same time producing dissonance in the West. Creating distinctions about the concept for the purpose of intercultural competence may avail the wisdom of pakikisama as a communication strategy for both East and West.

The lecture—supported by the Barnes County Historical Society and presented in conjunction with Valley City State University—is open to the public free of charge.

James and the Giant Peach to be presented Feb. 13–15

James and the Giant Peach to be presented Feb. 13–15
VCSU student Garrett Anderson will direct Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach as his senior project.

James and the Giant Peach runs Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 13–15, in Theatre 320 in McFarland Hall, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, along with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday.

A veteran performer with VCSU Theatre, Anderson hails from West Fargo, N.D. He most recently performed as Baloo in The Jungle Book last semester.

Taylor Crosby is stage manager for the production. Zack Hoover plays James in the cast, rounded out by fellow VCSU students Joshua Bartels, Monika Browne, Jermaine Erby and Hannah-Ruth Patterson, and joined by local residents Ashley Tahran and Jada Zahn.

There is no Wednesday evening dress rehearsal for this production, but all VCSU faculty and staff may attend the 2 p.m. Saturday matinee free of charge.

Tickets are available online at, at the campus bookstore in the VCSU Student Center or by calling the VCSU Theatre Box Office at 701-845-7320.

Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, with all students and children admitted free of charge.

Trautman receives award

Trautman receives award
Jessica Trautman, VCSU admissions counselor, was named the statewide NDPERS Wellness Star of the Month for January 2014 in recognition of living a healthy lifestyle. She was nominated for the award by her Enrollment Services colleague, Kaleen Peterson, and her nomination was submitted to the state by Pat Egeberg, health services director and worksite wellness coordinator.

Says Peterson of Trautman: “Jessica is a ‘Wellness Star’ if I ever saw one! She eats incredibly healthy and runs on a regular basis, if not every night. She trains for 5Ks and half marathons, and runs them without fanfare. Jessica definitely demonstrates a healthier way of living.”

Trautman’s healthy living has become second nature to her—“From day to day, I don’t think too much about the lifestyle choices I make,” she says.

She didn’t start running until her senior year of college. “A college friend challenged me to run the Fargo half marathon,” says Trautman, “and in May 2009 I ran my first Fargo half and have run it each year since.”

This winter Trautman completed a Holiday Run Streak—running every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. But it’s not all running for her—she also enjoys yoga and ballet.

Congratulations to Jessica for this well-deserved award!

(If you know an employee who is demonstrating a healthy lifestyle through exercise, healthy eating or smoking cessation, we encourage you to nominate him or her as a “Wellness Star of the Month.” Contact Pat Egeberg for more information.)

Vikings Sports: Week in Review

Vikings Sports: Week in Review
Men’s Basketball
Wednesday: VCSU 70, Presentation College 65
Saturday: VCSU 88, Crossroads College 53
Viking men are now 12-11 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Women’s Basketball
Wednesday: VCSU 79, Presentation College 70
Viking women are 12-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, Feb. 12: WBB/MBB vs. Mayville State, 5:30/7:30 pm at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
Friday, Feb. 14: Indoor Track @ NDSU Bison Open, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Indoor Track @ NDSU Bison Open, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: WBB/MBB @ Dakota State, 4/6 p.m. (Madison, S.D.)

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

What\'s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, February 10

Valley City High School art exhibition, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd Floor (February 10–21)
4–5 p.m. Diversity and Inclusion Black History Month Presentation: Malika Carter “Joining the Conversation and Moving Forward into Action,” Skoal Room, Student Center

Tuesday, February 11

Wednesday, February 12

5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball vs Mayville State, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Thursday, February 13

James and the Giant Peach, Theatre 320 (February 13–15)

Friday, February 14

Valentine’s Day
Pay Day

Saturday, February 15

Viking track & field at Bison Open, NDSU, Fargo, N.D.
4:00 & 6:00 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball @ Dakota State University, Madison, S.D.

Sunday, February 16

Monday, February 17

President’s Day
No VCSU classes – offices closed

Tuesday, February 18

Wednesday, February 19

11:00 am – 3:00 pm Engineering/Technology Career Fair, UND Memorial Union
5:30 & 7:30 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball @ University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D.

Thursday, February 20

Viking track & field at Beaver Twilight, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Business, Health & Liberal Arts Career Fair, UND Memorial Union

Friday, February 21

Saturday, February 22

Solo Song Symposium, Vangstad Auditorium
4:00 & 6:00 pm Viking women’s & men’s basketball vs Presentation College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, February 23