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Hotline // November 29, 2023

Nov 29, 2023

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The V-500 Rendezvous is Back this Friday

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.

Winter Holiday Choral Concert this Saturday

Winter Holiday Choral Concert photoThe VCSU Music Department presents Winter Holiday Choral Concert this Saturday, December 2 in the Center for the Arts Performance Hall. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Concert Choir and University Singers, led by Kewen Cheng, conductor, and Oswald Johnson, piano, will perform a variety of songs from Jingle Bells by James L. Pierpont, arranged by Phillip Lawson to What was I made for? by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, arranged by Deke Sharon.

The public is invited to attend and admission is free. The event can also be livestreamed at

Military Services Office established at VCSU

Brad Mattson
Staff Sergeant Brad Mattson

Valley City State University Graduate Studies and Extended Learning has been working for many years to provide education pathways for military service members through professional development coursework, career training classes and the Troops to Teachers program. Although Troops to Teachers has been struggling since 2020 with funding, VCSU is still working with military representatives to promote the Master of Arts in Teaching program and Transition to Teaching as pathways for service members to enter the teaching profession.

In November 2023, the Office of Graduate Studies requested approval to provide military representatives space on campus so they can meet with current students about their education benefits, service, officer training and other assistance programs. VCSU is excited to welcome its first military representative, Staff Sergeant Brad Mattson, from the Army National Guard to campus! Sergeant Mattson earned his degree in education and taught for 8 years prior to becoming a National Guard representative and will be a valuable resource for students. VCSU will be working with other branches of the military so representatives are also available to students who may be considering a career in the military or would like to know more about benefits and services.

Holiday Open House scheduled for Dec. 12

Holiday Open House graphicAll VCSU employees and retirees are cordially invited to the VCSU Holiday Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The event will take place in the VCSU Student Center Skoal Room from 3-5 p.m.

Deadline extended for faculty/staff art entries

embroidery artworkThe 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

Winter Commencement Ceremony set for Thursday, Dec. 14

Ceremony for Undergraduate and Master’s candidates
3:30 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2023
Vangstad AuditoriumA graduate of VCSU receives his degree

Commencement attire (Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Hood) can be purchased at the VCSU Bookstore by calling (701) 845-7141.
The in-person ceremonies will be live-streamed and recorded for later viewing.
Graduates should monitor their email for messages from Kim Hesch, Commencement Coordinator, regarding instructions for graduation day.

Viking Sports Update

Volleyball competes at National Tournament
The VCSU Volleyball team is competing this week in pool play at the NAIA National Tournament. The Vikings are among the final 24 teams remaining. VCSU plays matches at 1 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Men’s Basketball goes 2-1
The VCSU men’s basketball team went 2-1 last week, including a school record 131 points in a victory over Oak Hill Christian College. VCSU is now 7-4 overall.

Women’s Basketball heads to Montana
The Viking women’s basketball team is on the road to Montana this weekend for 2 games in Havre. VCSU (5-5) plays University of Providence on Saturday and then faces Montana State on Sunday.

Track & Field starts season Saturday
VCSU Track & Field begins its indoor season on Saturday as they compete at the Marauders Indoor Open hosted by the University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.). It is one of two meets that VCSU competes at prior to the semester break.

Upcoming Events
Nov. 29: Volleyball vs. Eastern Oregon at National Tournament, 1 p.m. (Sioux City, Iowa)
Nov. 30: Volleyball vs. Montana Tech at National Tournament, 1 p.m. (Sioux City, Iowa)
Dec. 2: Track & Field at Marauder Open (Bismarck, N.D.)
Dec. 2: Women’s Basketball vs. Providence at MSU-Northern Classic, 4 p.m. (Havre, Mont.)
Dec. 3: Women’s Basketball at MSU-Northern, 5 p.m. (Havre, Mont.)
Dec. 5: Women’s Basketball at Minot State, 11:30 a.m. (Minot, N.D.)

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