Oct 1st, 2012 @ 1:02 pm | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
Last week, Valley City State University held multiple events to celebrate Homecoming. The activities throughout Homecoming Week provided an opportunity for current students to celebrate VCSU pride, and other events over the weekend allowed the University to re-connect and celebrate the achievement of alumni and friends. The most visible weekend events included the football game, alumni socials, and the Homecoming Parade. In addition, several other important events occurred that merit a brief re-cap.

On Friday evening, the VCSU Athletic Department inducted several individuals and teams into the VCSU Viking Athletic Hall of Fame. The individual inductees included: Terry Anderson (golfed during the early 1970s); Mikah Boudreaux, Trevor Bakalar and Sarge Truesdell (each played football during the mid-1990s); and Kirk Zink (wrestled during the 1990s). Additionally, the 1971, 1972, and 1973 Golf Teams along with the 1996 Football Teams were inducted. All four of those teams were conference champions.

On Saturday morning, a number of VCSU alumni were honored for their professional and career accomplishments. The honorees included eight alumni who received the Alumni Certificate of Merit Award. Those honored with the Merit award were: Curtis Cannon '91; Susan German '73; Tamara Matzke Grimm '83; Vanessa Kocka '01; Diane Loberg '73; Joel Martin '97; Carina Roehrich '91; and Barbara Thomason '66.

In addition to these recipients, David Bass was honored with the Alumni Service Award. This award was adopted by the VCSU Alumni Association to recognize those who have attained exceptional achievement in their careers and have made significant contributions to the University. Dave is a 1977 graduate of VCSU and has been a member of the VCSU faculty for over three decades. He has also served as a coach at VCSU, is currently VCSU's faculty athletic representative, and serves on the VCSU Alumni Board, the VCSU Foundation Board, and the VCSU Booster Board. He has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students at VCSU during the past 30+ years, and is certainly a most deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

In another recognition celebration, the VCSU Music Department earlier this fall inducted two individuals into the VCSU Music Hall of Fame. William Lydell and Gloria Peterson (in memoriam) are two individuals who enjoyed prestigious music careers. Bill graduated from VCSU in 1955, went on to earn a Master's in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, and had a successful teaching career in the Minneapolis area for over 30 years. During his career, Bill also led touring choirs throughout the United States and overseas, and remains active in music to this day. Gloria served as a music professor at VCSU for 32 years including nearly ten years serving as the Chair of the Music Department. During her distinguished career, Gloria led numerous choral and music groups at both the campus and throughout the community, including the beginning of The Troubadours in Valley City.

VCSU is an incredibly special place because of the people; the students, staff, and friends who are currently affiliated with VCSU, as well as those who have built the foundation over the years into the wonderful campus it is today. It is important that we recognize these special individuals, and Homecoming and other such events allow us the opportunity to do precisely that. We are fortunate to have such a strong base of alumni, friends, and supporters in the VCSU Family!