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Hotline // November 22, 2023

Nov 22, 2023

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This week’s Hotline includes the following articles:

The V-500 Rendezvous is Back and will Feature Yesterday – A Tribute to the Beatles

The Valley City State University Foundation is hosting the V-500 Rendezvous at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1, at the Valley City Eagles Club. The event will feature Yesterday -The Beatles Tribute, a critically acclaimed Las Vegas show band.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the V-500 Scholarship Fund. Beatles Tribute poster

The band has performed around the world portraying musical icons, The Beatles, transporting its audience to a bygone era of magical innocence.

Featuring some of the most finely written songs ever performed, this production is a spellbinding enactment of the best-loved pop group in the history of modern music. A live and spirited journey of the revolutionary sounds introducing the first wave of British sounds to the American audience. The show includes authentic costumes and instruments, the band takes its audience on a magical tour to Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium and beyond.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance online at or at the VCSU Foundation Office by calling 701-845-7203.

Viking Day of Giving next week

Viking Day of Giving logoThe Valley City State University (VCSU) Foundation announced the 2023 Viking Day of Giving will be Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The Viking Day of Giving is an opportunity for alumni and friends of VCSU to come together on one day to support scholarships for students at VCSU.

“A scholarship is life-changing for so many VCSU students and their families and it makes a big impact for our donors,” said Cory Anderson, VCSU Executive Director for University Advancement. “If you believe in our future, we encourage you to join us on the Viking Day of Giving to see how your gifts can be the difference for students’ futures.”

Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. During the past nine years, the idea has grown into a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Giving Tuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year.

Those who are interested in joining VCSU’s Day of Giving initiative can visit or call the Foundation at (701) 845-7203.

Brister presents at Modernist Studies Association Conference

Brister posing in front of Brooklyn BridgeGreg Brister, professor for english, presented his paper, “The Precarious Position of Advertising as Modernism’s ‘Other’” at the 2023 Modernist Studies Association Conference in Brooklyn, N.Y., held Oct. 26-29.

Brister’s project presented periodical advertisements of the 1920s-30s that reveal features of “high modernist” literature—literature once incorrectly considered to be disinterested and distinctly opposed to mass or popular culture—to demonstrate that advertising and literary modernism shared a dialogic interrelationship.

Fenster presents at human services conference

Emily FensterEmily Fenster, associate professor for sociology, presented at the National Organization for Human Services Annual Conference in Alexandria, Va. from Nov. 10-12. The theme of the conference was “Launching the Future of Human Services,” and attendees include educators, practitioners and students in human services.

Her presentation “Undergraduate Student Experiences with a Community Needs Assessment Group Project” highlighted a creative group project from her Intro to Human Services course. She also attended sessions on a wide range of topics, including: engaged pedagogies in human services; trauma-informed case management; self-care within the human services curriculum; psychedelic assisted therapy; and working with clients who are LGBTQ+ older adults.

Clubs sponsoring community clothing drive

VCSU Psychology, Human Services Club and Global Exploration Club are co-sponsoring a Valley City Community Closet Donation Drive.

Needs include coats, hats, gloves, snowpants, boots, scarves, long underwear, gas gift card, grocery store, and gift cards. Donations can be dropped off in the box located in the Student Center and Leevers through the month of November.

For questions, contact or

Deadline extended for faculty/staff art entries

The VCSU Art Department has extended the call for art entries for the Faculty/Staff Biennial Show set for this Fall 2023 in the Center for the Arts Gallery. The new deadline is Dec. 8.

To participate in the show, please fill out the form at If you have questions, please contact Angela Mircsov at

VCSU competes in pool play at NAIA Volleyball Championship

For the first time in program history, the Valley City State volleyball team is slated to compete in pool play of the NAIA Volleyball Championship at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Valley City State earned the trip to the final site of the NAIA Volleyball Championship after defeating Central Methodist University in the NAIA Opening Round on Saturday.

All teams that advanced to the final site in Sioux City competed and won their respective championship opening round match. At the conclusion of the championship opening rounds, the winners were placed in eight pools of three teams based on the seeding set by the selection committee.

Valley City State earned a No. 22 seed and is in Pool C along with No. 3 Eastern Oregon (31-1) and No. 14 Montana Tech (21-6). All Pool C matches will take place on Court 1 at 1 p.m. at the Tyson Events Center.

VCSU opens pool play against Eastern Oregon on Nov. 29 and faces Montana Tech on Nov. 30. Eastern Oregon and Montana Tech face off on Dec. 1.

At the conclusion of pool play on December 1, the top team out of each pool will advance to the quarterfinals of the single-elimination bracket starting December 2.

See complete schedule and pool play assignments here.

The NAIA Network – the association’s official video-streaming home – will broadcast all matches, excluding the semifinal and championship matches. Single-day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while a pool play pass is $24.95 (Nov. 29 – Dec. 1) and a championship package is available at $39.95. The championship package includes all pool play and quarterfinal matches. The semifinals and championship matches on December 4th and 5th will be streamed on ESPN3.

Live radio coverage will be available on KOVC 1490 AM/96.3 FM for both of VCSU’s pool play matches.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Tyson Events Center Box Office or online at Fans have the option of purchasing a full tournament pass or individual day tickets.

Full Tournament PassIndividual Day Tickets
$60 – Adults$15 – Adults
$ 8 – Ages 10-18 and college students (ID required)
FREE – Ages 9 and under
$10 – Military

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