This week's Hotline! includes the following articles:

• Gaffner and Roney receive ‘Student Employee of the Month’ awards
• Gjovik, Pritchert honored with Certificate of Merit awards
• Ferguson named ‘Staff Member of the Quarter’
• Russi designs sound for GameChanger Festival theatre production
• Viking sports update
• What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City…

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Gaffner and Roney receive ‘Student Employee of the Month’ awards

Gaffner and Roney receive ‘Student Employee of the Month’ awards
Rose Gaffner, student admin for the Learning Center, and Brittney Roney, student employee for the Business Office have been named “Student Employee of the Month” for Sept. 2018.

Gaffner's nomination read, “She is a strong advocate for the CAVE, the Learning Center, tutors, students who need tutoring and the broader university. She prepared registration folders and found new and more efficient ways of preparing materials for registration. She worked collaboratively with Jodi Shorma, faculty and others who participated in registration.”

Roney's nomination read, “Brittany is always watching for new ways to help us become more efficient. When we give her projects or tasks we know they are executed in a timely manner and correctly. She doesn’t just do, she thinks about the whole picture and always asks intelligent questions when she sees things that don’t fit the normal. Her attention to detail has saved us hours of corrections later.”

Congratulations, Rose and Brittany!

Gjovik, Pritchert honored with Certificate of Merit awards

Gjovik, Pritchert honored with Certificate of Merit awards
Among the seven alumni honored with Certificate of Merit awards at the Alumni Association’s Honor Breakfast Saturday were Peder Gjovik ’77, associate professor and chair of the VCSU Department of Technology, and Marcia (Knutson) Pritchert ’91, director for financial aid at VCSU.

Congratulations, Pete and Marcia. As the Norwegian-American Gjovik said in the mother tongue Saturday, “Det er en flott dag å være en viking!” (It’s a great day to be a Viking!)

Ferguson named ‘Staff Member of the Quarter’

Ferguson named ‘Staff Member of the Quarter’
Ben Ferguson, systems specialist for the Allen Memorial Library, was recently named “Staff Member of the Quarter.”

His nomination read, in part, “He has always been willing to step in and help in all areas, even when they aren't part of his standard job, and gladly takes on new challenges. This past spring, he stepped out of his comfort zone and into the classroom, offering information literacy sessions while we were searching for a new user services librarian.”

Congratulations, Ben!

Russi designs sound for GameChanger Festival theatre production

Russi designs sound for GameChanger Festival theatre production
Jenni Lou Russi, associate professor of communication arts, worked with Theatre B and Humanities North Dakota as sound designer for¬†“A Beautiful Hell,”¬†presented as part of the GameChanger Ideas Festival in Grand Forks on Sept. 7 and in Bismarck Oct. 12. Based on Carol Kapaun Ratchenski’s prose poetry, playwright Laurie J. Baker adapted the published book for the stage in a collaboration with Theatre B. Russi, the most recent VCSU theatre director, continues to work in theatre as a designer, director and actor.

Viking sports update

Football
Saturday: VCSU 24, Waldorf University 21
Landon Arredondo made the game-winning 20-yard field goal with five seconds remaining Saturday, lifting the Vikings to a 24-21 victory. VCSU is now 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the NSAA. The Vikings are in a three-way tie with Waldorf and Dickinson State for first place in the North Star Athletic Association.

Volleyball
Thursday: VCSU 3, Trinity Bible 0
The Vikings moved back above .500 with a sweep of Trinity Bible College on Thursday. VCSU is now 11-10 overall. The Vikings play at Dickinson State on Monday night in a match that was postponed from Oct. 10.

Basketball
Valley City State’s basketball teams both begin their seasons at home this weekend. The VCSU men host Brandon University on Friday at 5 p.m. for the season opener. On Sunday, the women and men play a doubleheader against Providence College starting with the women’s game at 2 p.m.

Upcoming Events:
Oct. 15: Volleyball @ Dickinson State, 7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT
Oct. 18: JV Volleyball vs. Dawson Community College, 5 p.m.
Oct. 19: Men’s Basketball vs. Brandon University, 5 p.m.
Oct. 19: Volleyball vs. Waldorf University, 7 p.m.
Oct. 20: Volleyball vs. Viterbo University, 3 p.m. (JV at 1 p.m.)
Oct. 21: WBB/MBB vs. Providence College, 2/4 p.m.

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

Monday, October 15
Payday

Tuesday, October 16
12:05 p.m. Rotary, VFW

Wednesday, October 17
noon Kiwanis, Valley City Town & Country Club

Thursday, October 18
Viking Visit Day at VCSU
7 a.m. Optimists, Vicky’s Viking Room
noon Toastmasters, Student Center Norway Room
5 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Dawson Community College, Graichen Gymnasium
8:30–10:30 p.m. Vikings for Christ, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, October 19
Viking Visit Day at VCSU
5 p.m. Viking men’s basketball vs. Brandon University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Waldorf University, Graichen Gymnasium
7 p.m. Band/Jazz Band Concert, Vangstad Auditorium

Saturday, October 20
10:30 a.m. Viking cross country @ Seminole Valley Stampede, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 p.m. Viking JV volleyball vs. Viterbo University, Graichen Gymnasium
3 p.m. Viking volleyball vs. Viterbo University, Graichen Gymnasium
3 p.m. Viking football @ Dickinson State University, Dickinson, N.D.

Sunday, October 21
2 p.m. Viking women’s basketball vs. Providence College, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
4 p.m. Viking men’s basketball vs. Providence, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Monday, October 22

Tuesday, October 23
noon Career Services Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, Student Center Norway Room
12:05 p.m. Rotary, VFW

Wednesday, October 24
noon Kiwanis, Valley City Town & Country Club

Thursday, October 25
7 a.m. Optimists, Vicky’s Viking Room
noon Toastmasters, Student Center Norway Room
5:30 p.m. Viking women’s basketball vs. Minot State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
7:30 p.m. Viking men’s basketball vs. Minot State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
8:30–10:30 p.m. Vikings for Christ, Student Center Skoal Room

Friday, October 26
7 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Dakota State University, Madison, S.D.

Saturday, October 27
1 p.m. Viking football @ Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D.
2 p.m. Viking volleyball @ Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.
3 p.m. Viking basketball vs. Bemidji State University, W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse

Sunday, October 28

Go to https://www.valleycitynd.org/calendar.php to see more events happening in and around Valley City.