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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Allen to perform sax recital tonight
• ‘Economics of Happiness’ documentary to be shown
• Blood drive to be held May 1
• ‘Glass Menagerie’ staged this week
• Composers Concert to be held Thursday
• Student Scholar Symposium to be held Tuesday, May 6
• President Shirley receives community award
• VCSU provides insight to UND concerning Starfish
• Kindergarten class comes to VCSU
• Gegelman attends conference
• Vikings Sports: Week in Review
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City...
• April & May 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.

Allen to perform sax recital tonight

Allen to perform sax recital tonight
Andrew Allen, instructor of music, will present a saxophone recital tonight, Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Froemke Auditorium of Foss Hall.

‘Economics of Happiness’ documentary to be shown

 ‘Economics of Happiness’ documentary to be shown
“The Economics of Happiness”—a documentary film that evaluates the process of globalization and questions whether continued development of a global culture and economy is sustainable—will be presented Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Skoal Room of the VCSU Student Center and Thursday, May 1, at 7 pm. at the Barnes County Museum.

Emily Fenster, instructor in social science, will host the VCSU presentation, and Ben Ferguson, systems specialist in Allen Memorial Library, will the host the presentation at the museum.

Discussion will follow the showings, which are free and open to the public. The showings are sponsored by “What in the World Is Going On?” and the Barnes County Historical Society. For more information, call 845-7321.

Blood drive to be held May 1

The annual “Bleed Cardinal” Blood Drive sponsored by VCSU Athletics is scheduled for Thursday, May 1. Sign up to give some Cardinal and have an opportunity to win some Viking gear!

You can sign up at or email with a time you prefer.

Every two seconds someone needs blood—help save a life!

Composers Concert to be held Thursday

The 13th annual Composers Competition and Concert will be held Thursday, May 1, at 7:15 p.m. in Froemke Auditorium of Foss Hall. The event begins with a pre-concert talk with Timothy C. Takach, this year’s composition mentor; music begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes videos from distance students featuring strings and harp, a piano solo presented by Geraldine Ong (assistant professor of music) for a student in Norway, a piano and saxophone duet with Andrew Allen (instructor in music), and several other live collegiate performances vying for the top prize of $200 in categories of pop and classical. The garage band Big Man Clan will present as competitors and as the entertainment during the judges’ deliberations. Two high school students from Manitoba, Canada, will be featured in the competition, making this a truly international event. All presentations are world-premiere performances.

VCSU’s STE[A]M undergraduate fellows, Amelia Brown and Benjamin Clifton, will also perform their intriguing piece using an innovative invention kit called a Makey Makey, which works as a trigger for electronic sounds conducted through people. Also featured will be Ian Ridenhour, a young high school student who was unable to compete this year, but is certainly a North Dakota talent to know.

The event, coordinated by Sara Hagen (professor of music), will be live-streamed at, and the program will be available on the site for download. Composers’ names are withheld as this is also a competition, adjudicated by three alumni of the competition.

This is the fifth year in which the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund has supported a professional composition mentor serving about 40 students this semester. This year’s mentor was Timothy C. Takach, a former member of the men's a cappella ensemble Cantus and a prolific composer of choral works as well as concert band and instrumental ensembles.

Takach was on campus several times to assist students with their compositions and to provide lectures to the music theory classes. The mentoring program is available to high school students as well as to collegiate and adult composers. With the help of the grant, this program has remained free of charge to all participants.

‘Glass Menagerie’ staged this week

‘Glass Menagerie’ staged this week
VCSU Theatre will present “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams this Thursday–Saturday, May 1–3, in Theatre 320 in McFarland Hall. Evening performances will be held each day at 7:30 p.m., along with a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors; students of all ages enjoy free admission. Tickets are available at the VCSU Bookstore Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., or call 845-7141.

Student Scholar Symposium to be held Tuesday, May 6

More than 40 VCSU students will present individual projects at the Student Scholar Symposium on Tuesday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Skoal Room of the Student Center.

The symposium is free and open to the Valley City community. Stop by to view the best work of VCSU students, and please encourage students to attend and view their classmates’ work as well. Refreshments will be offered.

President Shirley receives community award

President Shirley receives community award
President Steve Shirley was honored with a Community Spirit Award from the Valley City Chamber of Commerce at the annual banquet of the chamber and the Valley City–Barnes County Economic Development Corporation, held Thursday, April 24, at Sheyenne Riverbend Farm.

Shirley was one of three individuals honored for helping promote the Valley City area; included in his citation were his contributions to the community as VCSU president, board member of the Valley City–Barnes County Economic Development Corporation and president of the Valley City Rotary Club, among others.

VCSU provides insight to UND concerning Starfish

VCSU hosted four employees from UND on April 17. UND has purchased and plans to implement Starfish Retention Solutions and requested the visit with VCSU experts in hopes of learning more about what it takes to successfully implement and capitalize on this new type of system. VCSU went live with Starfish in January 2013 and has seen a significant improvement in student retention since implementing the system.

Lisa Burger, academic vice president for student academic services for UND, wrote the following after participating in the visit at VCSU: “I just wanted to send a quick note to say thanks to you and the rest of the Valley City State University faculty and staff who took time out of their day on Thursday to orient us to Starfish! I can honestly say that we learned much from our visit with all of you. We look forward to implementing the system at UND, and the introduction you provided will help us considerably.”

Kindergarten class comes to VCSU

Kindergarten class comes to VCSU
On Wednesday, April 16, Wendi Wilmes’s kindergarten class from Jefferson Elementary School in Valley City traveled to McCarthy Hall on the VCSU campus to work with teacher candidates in Amy Anderson’s EDUC 435 Kindergarten Methods course.

VCSU teacher candidates worked with the 20 kindergartners on language arts lessons on sight words, long vowels and writing.

According to Anderson, instructor in the VCSU School of Education and Graduate studies, “the experience was a great opportunity for both groups to learn and have fun at the same time.”

Gegelman attends conference

Gegelman attends conference
Patricia Gegelman, associate professor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies, attended “EmPOWERing Literacy Learners,” the 2014 North Dakota Spring Reading Association Spring Conference, in Bismarck, N.D., on April 3–5.

She presented two breakout sessions titled “HELP! Common Core Writing…Short Research Projects” on writing strategies to assist learners in exploring topics, gathering information, creating pre-drafts and writing a short research project. Fifteen elementary education students and six student teachers also attended the conference.

Vikings Sports: Week in Review

Vikings Sports: Week in Review
VCSU Baseball

Friday: Mayville State 3, VCSU 2; Mayville 14, VCSU 3
Saturday: VCSU 2, Mayville 1; Mayville 13, VCSU 10

Viking baseball is now 18-27 overall and 6-8 in the North Star Athletic Association.

VCSU Softball

Saturday: VCSU 5, Dakota State 1; VCSU 10, Dakota State 6

Viking softball is now 21-19 overall and 10-2 in the North Star Athletic Association. VCSU is currently first in the NSAA standings.

VCSU Track and Field

Valley City State’s track and field teams competed Saturday at the Al Cassell Relays, which were hosted in Valley City this year. The Vikings had three individual event champions at the meet. Jordan Aus took first in the men’s javelin; Joshua Avila won the 3,000 meter run; and Malik Jackson placed first in the 1,500 meter run.

VCSU also took second place in three events. Sprinter Philip Reuer placed second in both the 100 and 200 meter dash, and Jenna Coghlan took second in the women’s javelin.

Complete Results


The Vikings are scheduled to compete today and tomorrow at the North Star/Midlands Conference Championships in Ashland, Neb.

Upcoming events

Monday: Golf @ Ashland, Neb.
Tuesday: Golf @ Ashland, Neb.
Tuesday: Baseball @ University of Winnipeg, 4 p.m.
Friday–Sunday: Softball @ NSAA/Frontier Tournament (Jamestown, N.D.)
Friday–Monday: Baseball @ NSAA/Frontier Tournament (Charlie Brown Field, Valley City)
Saturday: Track @ MSU–Moorhead

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

What\'s happening at VCSU and around Valley City ...
Monday, April 28

Viking golf in Ashland, Neb. (April 28-29)
7:30 p.m. Andrew Allen, saxophone performance, Froemke Auditorium

Tuesday, April 29

4 p.m. Viking baseball @ Winnipeg

Wednesday, April 30

Pay Day

Thursday, May 1

The Glass Menagerie, Theatre 320 (May 1–3)
“Bleed Red” Viking Blood Drive, VCSU Student Center
7:00 p.m. “Economics of Happiness” documentary, VCSU Student Center Skoal Room
7:15 p.m. Composers’ Concert, Froemke Auditorium

Friday, May 2

Softball @ NSAA/Frontier Tournament, Jamestown, N.D. (May 2–4)
Baseball @ NSAA/Frontier Tournament, Charlie Brown Field (May 2–5)
5–6:30 p.m. Spring Semester Student Exhibition Reception, VCSU Art Gallery, McCarthy Hall 3rd floor

Saturday, May 3

Viking track & field @ Ron Masanz Invite, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minn.

Sunday, May 4

Monday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 6

11 a.m. Student Scholar Symposium, Student Center Skoal Room

Wednesday, May 7

Thursday, May 8

Friday, May 9

7:30 p.m. VCSU Choir and University Singers, Epworth United Methodist Church

Saturday, May 10

2 and 4 p.m. Community School for the Arts Recitals, Froemke Auditorium

Sunday, May 11

Mother’s Day