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Hotline // September 6, 2023

Sep 6, 2023

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This week’s Hotline includes the following articles:

Join us for Summer Vikes on Central tomorrow

Summer Vikes on Central, part of the Summer Nights on Central series, will take place September 7 on Central Avenue in Valley City.

Free admission to Summer Vikes on Central featuring 32 Below on September 7, 2024

This event brings the community and VCSU together for a night of shopping, food vendors, live music, business booths, prizes, games and so much more. This 2nd annual event will feature music by 32 Below, many business booths and a handful of fun surprises! This event is open to Valley City and the surrounding area. Come to downtown Valley City for a fun September night.

Summer Vikes on Central t-shirts are available for free on a first come, first-served basis beginning at 4:40 p.m. at the VCSU Gazebo. We will assemble on the south side of the VCSU Footbridge at 5:30 p.m., then walk from campus to downtown, led by the VCSU marching band. A street dance by 32 Below will begin at 6 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Schedule of Events:
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Shopping Happy Hour
5:30 p.m. Campus community meets at VCSU Footbridge
5:30 p.m. Vendors Open on Central Avenue
6:00 p.m. Street Dance featuring 32 Below
9:00 p.m. Fireworks

For more information, volunteer opportunities, and information about business booths, visit:

All-campus convocation set for Sept. 7

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the All-Campus Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 7. The event will take place on McFarland Front Lawn at 11 a.m.

The VCSU logo with text All Campus Convocation, Thursday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. on the mcFarland Front Lawn

‘Why Trust Science?’ public lecture to take place Oct. 4

Why Trust Science? presented by Dr. Naomi Oreskes, world-renowned Harvard professor, will take place Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Performance Hall. The lecture is open to the public and will cover topics like CO2 storage, climate storage, COVID vaccines, and more. Why Trust Science?

The event is sponsored by What in the World Is Going On?, Valley City State University and Dr. Gilbert Kuipers, retired VCSU faculty member.

‘Eso, Eso’ art exhibit on display through Oct. 6

Join us for the VCSU Art Gallery’s first exhibition of the 2023-24 school year, featuring “Eso, Eso” by visiting artist Wendy Eggerman. Wendy is a talented potter from St. Paul, Minn. whose work focuses on straightforward forms with layered, somewhat chaotic, surfaces. Her art is a reflection of her experiences navigating the world as a Mexican-Scandinavian woman.Eso Eso art show graphic

The exhibition will run from Aug. 21 through Oct. 6. There will also be a virtual walk-through of the exhibition. Additionally, the artist talk will take place on Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Choir Room (Room 177). A reception will follow in the Center for the Arts Lobby until 5:30 pm.

2023-2024 VCSU Datebook Planner available

VCSU Datebook Planners are on sale for $5 at the Student Center Information Desk.

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VCSU Foundation/Booster Board ‘Trip raffle’ is back

The winner’s choice ‘Trip Raffle’ sponsored by the VCSU Foundation/Booster Board is back! Tickets are being sold for $20 with a chance to win a trip for 2. Only 1,000 tickets are being sold and proceeds go towards athletic scholarships. tripp raffle ticket with detailsThe winner can choose between trips to Scottsdale, Los Cabos, Napa Valley or Nashville. Runner-up drawing for 9 – $100 cash prizes. The drawing will be held on September 30, 2023 at halftime of the VCSU Vikings vs. Dickinson State football game.If you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket contact or stop by the VCSU Foundation & Alumni Office ( or the VCSU Fieldhouse (

Viking sports update

The VCSU Football team dropped a 31-14 game Friday night at South Dakota School of Mines – an NCAA Division II school. The Vikings are now 1-1 this season. VCSU is back in action Sept. 16 at Dakota State University.

Viking Volleyball continued its strong start with a 5-0 record during the past week. VCSU went 4-0 at a tournament in Omaha and then defeated Concordia-Moorhead 3-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The Vikings now have an 8-2 overall record – the program’s best start since the 1996 season.

The VCSU golf team won a dual with Mayville State on Tuesday, battling blustery conditions at Maple River Golf Club. Sydney Carlson won individual medalist honors for the Viking women. Read more: Carlson

Cross Country
VCSU Cross Country will open the 2023 season this weekend as they travel to the MSUM Twilight Meet on Friday night. The women race at 7:30 p.m. and the men follow at 8:10 p.m.

Upcoming Events
Sept. 8: Golf at Spartan Invite, 11 a.m. (Fergus Falls, Minn.)
Sept. 8: VCSU Volleyball Invite, 12 p.m. (Graichen/Osmon Fieldhouse)
Sept. 8: Cross Country at MSUM Twilight Meet, 7:30 p.m. (Moorhead, Minn.)
Sept. 9: VCSU Volleyball Invite, 9:30 a.m. (Graichen/Osmon Fieldhouse)
Sept. 10: Baseball at Mayville State, 1 p.m. (Mayville, N.D.)
Sept. 11-12: Golf at Jimmie Fall Invite, 9 a.m. (Jamestown, N.D.)

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

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Monday, August 14 – Friday, October 6
Visiting Artist Exhibit – Eso, Eso by Wendy Eggerman, Center for the Arts

Thursday, September 7
11 a.m. VCSU Convocation, McFarland Lawn
4 p.m. Summer Vikes on Central, Central Avenue

Wednesday, September 13
4 p.m. Bench Dedication, City-County Health District
Recognizing Dr. James & Sharon Buhr for their contributions to public health in Barnes County and service to City-County Health District

Monday, September 18
7 p.m. Homecoming Coronation, Center for the Arts Performance Hall

Tuesday, September 19
7 p.m. Homecoming Talent Show, Center for the Arts Performance Hall

Friday, September 22
5 p.m. VCSU Homecoming Hall of Fame Social, Banquet & Ceremony, Valley City Eagles Club

Saturday, September 23
8 a.m. VCSU Homecoming Alumni Honors Breakfast, VCSU Student Center
10:30 a.m. VCSU Homecoming Parade, Downtown Valley City
2 p.m. VCSU Homecoming Football Game vs. Mayville State University, Lokken Stadium
5 p.m. VCSU Homecoming Post Game Social, Valley City Eagles Club


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