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President's Corner

A bi-weekly column from the Office of the President

Homecoming from Both Ends of the Telescope

Oct. 04, 2004 3:28 PM
Awhile ago, I received these thoughts from an alumnus who had recently been back to Valley City for a VCSU reunion:

"In my 64 years this is the first class reunion I have ever attended, high school or college. So I had no frame of reference. Years ago I attended a few regional gatherings . . . , but there is nothing like the ambience of coming ‘home’ to the campus and the town as part of an alumni group. . . . Higher education seems far ahead in this business of relationships and what you just did is a great example. It’s more a matter of spending the time to connect than vast budget (though the money conversations can’t be avoided!)."

A second note reflected on the fact that he was not yet a contributor to the VCSU Foundation. He and his wife believe in charitable giving, but it was just now occurring to him that his beloved alma mater was not one of their causes. This, despite the fact that "VCSTC (that’s what I’ll always call it) was central to my own life, my parents, and several aunts and uncles."

Some of his theories included that his wife did not attend here, they are besieged by requests from "all sorts of deserving entities," they want to help their own kids and grandchildren in an increasingly uncertain world, and so many dire, life-threatening needs exist in the world. He indicated that we are on the list now and said, "You have a good message and it needs to continue to be out there."

The message begins with the quality of life students experience today, and this is the week they celebrate that thought. After Monday’s Bill Osmon Fun Run and that night’s coronation, social, and comedian, we have daytime massages, evening photo-finish scavenger hunt (bring your digital camera and find the list of mystery items), and an evening movie.

On Wednesday, students will be making signs and painting sheets in the student center, in preparation for the volleyball and football games. The Viking volleyball team meets Si Tanka (Huron) at the newly remodeled Graichen Gym that night. Afterwards, there is a "cosmic glow-in-the-dark dance." I do not know what this is, but it sounds like something we will want to see first hand, don’t you think??

Thursday brings air-brush tattoo opportunities at the Student Center, with the Mr. VCSU contest that evening. Talent, swim suit, poise, and evening gown competitions are sure to delight the audience.

Our alumni from 50 and 60 years ago will gather on campus Friday afternoon to reminisce and get reacquainted. The athletic Hall of Fame banquet will be held Friday evening. Meanwhile, the students will be enjoying a bonfire karaoke event.

We honor a number of distinguished alumni and Viking Pilots from years past at breakfast on Saturday morning, and then another terrific Valley City parade heads down Central Avenue at 10:30.

All of this leads up to a terrific football game against Mayville State at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, and then a chance to celebrate at a social and dance. I do hope you can join us for some of the fun!
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