It’s hard to believe, but the year is already wrapping up! At this moment on campus you’ll see students studying for final tests, putting final touches on projects, and desperately trying to finish their television series on Netflix before their roommates take their Netflix accounts back home with them for the summer. The much-needed rain in the past few days (including snow a couple days ago!) has made the campus very green, a perfect reminder that a beautiful summer break is on the way for many students.
For others, graduation is on the horizon, with commencement to be held this Saturday, May 16th at 10 a.m. in the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse. As one of the graduates, myself, I can assure you that day will be the definition of “bittersweet.”
Of course it will be nice to move on from the stress of college classes, but along with that will come missing the faculty and staff that helped us along the way.
Of course it will be nice to actually start making a discernible income now, but along with that will come missing the “College Kid Discounts” we could get at our local grocery store. (10 cents off Ramen Noodles?! They’re essentially free now!)
And of course it will be nice to settle down in other places and start our lives, but along with that will come missing the classmates we grew so close to, who became our “VCSU family.”
So, as the Final Finals Week creeps toward a close, it’s hard not be nostalgic about our four years here. All of the snowball fights on snow days; all of the rivalry games against Jamestown; all of the dances at the Eagles Club; all of the impromptu dances in our suites when a roommate decided to share his pizza; and all of the bingo games we convinced ourselves were rigged against us; I’ll miss it all.
I think the VCSU Lib Dub video we filmed last month encapsulates all of those memories for me. It has nearly all of the people who have made an impact in my last year as an undergrad taking part, and seeing those faces in the video will always be such a welcome source of nostalgia. I think I’ll end up watching it at least once a month for a considerable amount of time post-graduation.
So here’s to wishing my fellow seniors well, that you returning faculty, staff, and students have a great summer, and that you get to finish Daredevil on Netflix before your roommate takes off. Have a great summer!
After a nice Easter break, we’re all getting back into a routine here at VCSU. We only have six weeks left, and everyone is gearing up to finish the spring semester on a high note. This week students have been working on their class schedules and signing up for classes for the 2015 Fall semester, which is always an exciting time.
In other news, Vangstad is continuing to be renovated as laborers have been working hard the past couple weeks and will continue to do so into the next couple months. We are so excited to see how it turns out! The baseball and softball teams just recently began conference play. Over the weekend, the baseball team split 2-2 with the University of Jamestown Jimmies, and snagged their first win against them since 2008. The softball team dropped their openers to Jamestown, but luckily there’s still plenty of season left. The track team also opened their outdoor season last week at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. A handful placed in the Top 10 in their respective events.
Have a great week, and enjoy the beautiful weather we are supposed to have this weekend!
This semester is flying by! The students here at VCSU are just busy with many activities. This week the women’s basketball team played Dakota State and won in overtime, 68 – 62. It was an intense game and they played again on Saturday against Mayville and won! We are going to play the Jamestown on Tuesday in the NSAA Championship. The men’s basketball team’s season came to a close Wednesday night when they lost to the Jimmies, 94 – 65. They had a great season and we can’t wait until next year! The baseball and softball teams are getting ready to start their seasons and are traveling to Nebraska and Arizona coming up in the beginning of March. The track team keeps speeding through their season and will travel to Ohio next week to compete.
We had a great coffee house performer, Kyshona Armstrong, who was wonderful! On Friday night we had a “Wintershow” theme for Vikings After Dark, with a mechanical bull! There are many things going on for our students and it is an exciting time for Valley City State University! Here we go into another week! Remember, only two weeks until Spring Break!
A lot has went on this week. On the academic side of things, VCSU announced its final enrollment numbers for the Spring 2015 semester. The numbers indicated that VCSU achieved its third highest enrollment! It is exciting to see that the numbers are staying high! For athletics, the Vikings women’s basketball team beat Mayville state in an 86 to 67 win. They also beat Jamestown who was ranked #11 in the NAIA in a 72 to 65 overtime victory! The men’s basketball team fell to both Mayville and Jamestown. Track and field competed in Fargo at the NDSU Thundering Herd Meet and this weekend they will be heading to the SDSU Invitational in South Dakota. This Friday VCAB is sponsoring a free movie night at the theater in Valley City. Students are looking forward to the long weekend ahead!
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During the halftime game versus Dakota State, held on January 28th, VCSU recognized the fall sport student athletes. Selected athletes from Cross Country, Football, and Volleyball were recognized for their performances on and off the field.
Cross Country season ended well for the Viking Harriers as they finished second as a team in the North Star Athletic Association and sent one of their own to the National Race. Richard Langdeux was honored for his national qualifying performance and also winning the North Star conference. Five other Harriers were honored for their All Conference performances: Malik Jackson, Misael Herrera, Josh Avila, Alexandra Cardenas, and Monica Madavi.
Football brought in a number of All Conference performances with 12 Vikings making the list: Jawuan Pugh, Nick McBeain, Kurtis Walls, Sam Cooke, Mychael Bruce, Ben Bruenjes, Jake Miller, Avery Lock, George Trujillo, Zach Johnson, Landon Freitas, and Thomas Cortes. Kurtis Walls was named the Conference Offensive MVP and Jake Miller was awarded with the NSAA Champions of Character Award. The Vikings were coming off a phenomenal season as they once again made it to the NAIA National Playoffs.
Volleyball raked in a number of Academic All-Conference Honors. Stephanie Miller, Barbara Ector, Kaitlyn Heuring were presented with Academic All-Conference Honors. Alley Theroux was awarded with the honor of First Team All-Conference.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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).
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).