Campus update – Everyone’s busy!

VCSU students are entering their third week of the spring semester and everything is buzzing with activity. This past weekend, VCSU held a Viking Visit Day and hosted more than 30 perspective students on campus. It was a great turn out and we hope to see many of those faces back here next fall.

Looking forward to this coming week, there are a variety of activities to keep students busy and everyone seems to be energized. As I sit in the Student Center, writing this blog, everybody stands smiling and visiting with his or her friends, waiting for the lunch hour to begin. There are tables from different organizations supporting various causes, and students stopping by to see what is going on. CRU is raising awareness for Samaritan’s Feet – a charity group that distributes shoes to children in need worldwide, VCAB is holding a weeklong ‘Soup’er Bowl campaign to encourage Super Bowl viewers to donate to the local food pantry, and there is a blood drive sign-up table as well. Also, later this week there will be a Throwback dance, encouraging students to get together, dress up in shades of neon, and have a little fun dancing to songs from the 90’s decade.

Besides the busy activity of the Student Center, there are basketball games both Wednesday and Saturday of this week for both men and women. Competition is getting more and more exciting as we enter conference play, and they are sure to be exciting games. Baseball and softball are gearing up for their seasons to begin, which is in early March. Also, track and field is off to a good start with their season as well. Overall, student life seems to be very positive and busy so far this semester, and this nice, sunny weather is making it even more enjoyable for students. Hope you all have a great week and enjoy the many activities VCSU has to offer this week.

~Ashley L.

Spring 2015 is in full swing!

The spring semester is in full swing now here at VCSU! Our second week back has already been full of exciting events, and it’s not even over yet! While we didn’t have class on Monday, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many of the students were still very busy. Many students on campus spent their day off doing some volunteer projects, such as making blankets and painting. It was so rewarding to see how much we could accomplish in such a short period of time when we all worked together.

 

It’s been a busy week for athletics, too, as the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams kicked off conference play at Jamestown on Wednesday. Both teams will also face Presentation College this Saturday with the women starting at 4 PM and the men at 6 PM. The track team has begun their indoor spring season, as they competed at the NSU Open last Saturday. Both Richard Langdeaux and Jessica Meland had outstanding performances and received some awards. The Viking softball and baseball teams are gearing up for their upcoming seasons as well. The preseason conference polls that were just released picked the softball team as second and the baseball team as third, so we’re hoping for great seasons for both teams.

 

Viking Visit Day is tomorrow, January 24th, and we’re excited to host many prospective college students! It’s a great opportunity for us to show and tell students about the wonderful university we have here in Valley City.

 

Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having today!

 

Megan G.

Christmas time is here!

Thanksgiving is over which means Christmas break is just around the corner! VCSU staff did an outstanding job of providing a homemade Thanksgiving meal for students who didn’t get the opportunity to go home over break. This week many students can be found in the library scrambling to get projects done and preparing for finals.

 

VCSU had a great time getting in the holiday spirit with an ugly sweater dance held last Wednesday, Dec. 3rd at the Eagles and a Christmas Choir concert on Thursday.

 

Coming up this week Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the resident assistants will be hosting several “Stressfest” events. A few of the programs are decorating cookies, sharpie mugs, and games. Students can take a break from studying and join in on some fun! It’s looking to be a chilly week, but warming up this weekend. Stay warm!

 

~Hanna

Successful Weekend for Fall Athletics

Viking Volleyball swept Dickinson State University in the first North Star quarterfinal match. The Vikings won the first three sets with scores of 25-13, 25-22, 25-16. The women’s team was led by Alley Theroux, Stephanie Miller, and Jen Wettstein. These three ladies were also presented with the North Star Player of the Week honors. Up next the Vikings will travel to Jamestown to compete in the semifinals. The winner will advance to the North Star Championship match.

Viking Football dominated the North Star Athletic Association as they completed their regular season 9-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play. The Vikings ended their regular season at Presentation College with a 36-14 victory. The no. 15-ranked Vikings now look to continue their post season playing in the NAIA national playoffs.

The Viking Harriers competed in the North Star/Frontier Conference National Qualifying Meet this past weekend. Richard Langdeux led the way for the men finishing 13th overall. Langdeux was the top North Star runner at the meet giving him the title of Conference Champ. The Viking men finished second in the North Star to Dakota State.

The women’s team was led by Monica Madavi who finished 31st overall. She placed 5th out of the North Star runners. The women’s team finished with a 3rd place finish in the North Star conference.

Richard Langdeux, Malik Jackson, Misael Herrera, Josh Avila, Monica Madavi, and Alexandra Cardenas all received All Conference Honors for their top ten finishes in the North Star Athletic Association.

 

-Malik Jackson

Happy Halloween! What’s been happening on the court?

Basketball season at VCSU officially started last weekend when the men played at home, in the Bubble, Friday-Sunday. On Friday, October 24th, the Men’s Basketball team fell short to Carroll College, 63-60. However, Saturday and Sunday the men pulled of two victories against Oglala Lakota College. The Vikings were led in scoring by Riley West (Saturday, 18pts), Briton Bussman (Sunday, 12pts), and Quin Peterson (Sunday, 12pts).

The Women’s Basketball team opened at home on Saturday, October 25th, with a victory over Brandon University from Canada. The Vikings were led in scoring by Georgia Williams (18pts) and Sierra Even (14pts).

What’s Next?

The men will travel to Iowa to take on the Red Raiders of Northwestern and Dordt College on November 7th and 8th.

 

The women will travel to Nebraska to battle on the court against Doane College and Concordia University (Nebraska).

 

-Megan T.

October update

Halloween is just around the corner! With pumpkin painting and heading to the haunted farm tonight, the students on campus are getting in the spirit.

This has also been a big week for Viking Athletics. The Viking football team moved up in the polls to number 19 after their win against Dickinson on Saturday the 18th. On Sunday the 19th, the baseball team swept a top tiered team in the conference, Mayville, with a walk off single by Jake Rambow. On the following Tuesday the 21st, the students showed their Viking pride as they filled Graichen gym to support the volleyball team in an intense match against Mayville. Both basketball teams and cross country teams prep to compete this coming weekend.

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education will continue the presidential candidate search process by interviewing candidate Tisa Mason as scheduled at its meeting October 30 on the VCSU campus.

 

-Cejay

What a Busy Week!!

It has been quite a busy and exciting week on the VCSU campus! All five presidential candidates visited our campus. The students, staff, and faculty got the opportunity to meet all of the candidates and learn about them. On Wednesday, the presidential search committee narrowed down the pool of candidates to two finalists. The two finalists are Tisa Mason and Daniel Shipp. Tisa Mason is currently the vice president for student affairs at Fort Hayes State University in Hays, Kansas. Daniel Shipp is the chief student affairs officer/dean of students and associate vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Both candidates are highly qualified and will bring great things to campus!

 

This weekend is our first Viking Visit Day! Many prospective students will be visiting and getting a firsthand look at our campus. We look forward to meeting everyone!

 

-Brianna

Homecoming Recap!

VCSU was very busy this past week with all the Homecoming, and sporting events. There was a comedian, a balloon artist who lost his bird on stage, cotton candy, caricatures, a parade, a talent show, and so many more fun events. We crowned our Homecoming Queen, Jessica Sanden and Homecoming King Zach Nelson. The Philomathian Sorority also celebrated their 100th year on the VCSU campus, and passed out cake to celebrate, along with hosting events for the alumni. The Viking Football team had a win over Waldorf College, the Viking Volleyball team dominated all Homecoming week going 2-0, and the Viking Baseball team went 3-0. It was a great week to be a Viking!

 

-Wendy

Sept/Oct update

Homecoming is almost here!

 

Last week was an exciting week on campus. Kicking off Jimmies Week, golf was at the UJ Invitational on Monday, Sept. 22nd. VCSU golfer Daniel Sam was named NSAA Golfer of the Week. While volleyball player, Ally Theroux was named NSAA Player of the Week on Monday. On Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, the volleyball team traveled to Mayville, but lost 3-0. Also on Tuesday, campus released a report showing VCSU is at a new record for enrollment

“Valley City State University has released its final enrollment figures for Fall Semester 2014, showing a total headcount of 1,378 students, the second highest in university history.” – from VCSU website

Wednesday night was Glow in the Dark volleyball put on by Student Senate. On Thursday, the freshmen volunteered their time to our community at the annual Squash Harvest. Way to go freshmen! Friday night was MOVIE NIGHT!

Volleyball brought their A-game, dominating Waldorf College 3-1.

Softball rolled over Bismarck College at a home game in Valley City. Good job ladies. The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams traveled to Minneapolis, MN for a meet. They ran hard and got to watch the Division I schools race while they were down there.

Last, but not least, the football team brought the paint bucket home again on Saturday, Sept. 27th! Dominating the Jimmies 48-17 at Jamestown’s Homecoming.

 

This week has been a busy one. We kicked off Homecoming with the Fun Run, Meet the Homecoming Candidates, and a comedian.

There will be tons of activities all week so get involved. All I really need to say about the upcoming week is: Johnny Holm Band and Dip N Dots.

 

Cheers!

 

Tarah C.

Campus/Christmas Update

Happy Friday everyone! We are strolling along through the week to find some exciting events going on around campus!

 

On Monday night we had our 1st annual Gift Card Bingo, which was fun and stressful as ever. We had gift cards from all over town like, Shopko, Family Dollar, and Bridges, which are all great places. We also had some from the Fargo area like, Buffalo Wild Wings, West Acres, and Best Buy! On Wednesday, a celebration for Constitution Day was held, and the History Club and VCAB had cake and trivia in the student center. It tasted great! Yummy!

 

This week for sports there is quite a bit going on. The volleyball team will travel to Jamestown to face our rival, the Jimmies on Friday night and the football team travels to Dickinson State University to face the Bluehawks! Softball and Baseball have also been busy with fall games and as always are gearing up for this spring!

 

Like I said there are many events going on! I hope everyone is doing well with their educational studies and remember, only 97 days until Christmas!

 

-Alli