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!
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!
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.
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!
I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! With the completion of the first week of classes everyone is getting back into their school routine. Welcome week was a definite success!
What a busy time for fall sports! A couple different teams took the field or court over the weekend. The football team had a great showing in a 31-7 victory over the University of Jamestown to reclaim The Paint Bucket Trophy. They will host another game this week against #3 ranked Morningside College at 7 PM at Shelly Ellig Field on Saturday, Sept. 6th. The volleyball teams picked up two wins this weekend going 2-2 at the Corn Palace Classic. They will have their first home match tonight, Tuesday, at 7 PM in Graichen gym against Concordia College. The cross country team had their first meet which was here at the Country Club. The team ran well, and will have this weekend off. The golf team was also in action last Wednesday in Jamestown and are set to compete this Wednesday in Devil’s Lake.
Other events to look forward to this upcoming week are the Street Dance on Wednesday night put on by VCAB. It runs from 9:30 PM until midnight and is by the Student Center. Dr. Dahlberg will lead the All Campus Convocation on Thursday at 11:00 AM in Vangstad Auditorium. Friday night will be free movie night at Cinema Flix for all VCSU students. Happy September to all, I hope your month is wonderful!
It’s that time of the year again! It is the first day of classes, and campus is buzzing with new and returning students. Freshman are all moved into their dorm rooms, and have been welcomed onto campus with an entire weekend filled with activities, helping them with the transition into college life, and we look forward to a great semester!
The VCSU volleyball team had their opening weekend at the Morningside College tournament. The team is starting the season 0-4 against tough opponents, but a rough start will not stop them from coming out strong during future matches this season. The team plays again this weekend in Mitchell, SD at the Corn Palace Classic. The team is eager to get back on the court against two teams in the North Star Conference, and improve on last weekend efforts. The first home game for the team will be Tuesday, September 2nd against Concordia College at 7:00pm in Grachien Gymnasium.
The football team will kick of their season battling for the bucket as they face their rivals, the Jamestown Jimmies this Thursday night at 7:00 and the Shelly Ellig Field. Go Vikings!
It is a great sight to see everyone back on campus, and we are looking forward to a fantastic semester ahead of us!
I was listening to this song the other day (“Ungrateful” by Streetlight Manifesto in case you care), and it reminded me a lot of Finals Week. The beginning of the song starts slow and melancholy. One lone trombone plays elongated, muted pitches, as the song slogs along. This continues for about 30 seconds, when suddenly a burst of horns, guitars, and drums break through with the happiest music I’ve heard in my life. The song increases in speed to a frenzied pace, and you can’t help but sing (or yell) along.
That represents Finals Week to me. It can be a long, slow, arduous process at the beginning, but ultimately it contributes to the even greater sensation of joy at the dawn of summer. And that’s where we (essentially) are now! It’s Finals Week! Celebrate! (Well–after you finish that test.)
The year has gone by even more rapidly than other years it seems. And while it’s great to see another summer come, it’s tough to leave some of the people we’ve gotten to know and form solid friendships with behind. That’s what is great about VCSU! You form such strong bonds with people in this tight-knit community we have that even when you are faced with the welcome sight of three months off from school, leaving the people you see everyday is a bit somber.
For most of us, we’ll see them again in the fall, but for some of us, Finals Week marks the end of one thing, and the beginning of something even more exciting. Our seniors who are graduating this weekend are about to take the next step in their lives of moving on from VCSU to other adventures. Whether it is further education or the job force, this group of seniors will share one last experience together, and then go their separate paths. We’d like to wish a sincere kudos and congratulations to all of those graduating this week! You did it! We look forward to seeing where your experience at VCSU takes you, as well as the future alumni contributions you send our way. (Just joking! But seriously, a few bucks wouldn’t hurt…)
For everyone else, the Viking Ambassadors wish you a fantastic summer. We’re excited to see you again this fall, as well as all the new faces that will be joining us, but for now, let us all revel in the wonder that is summer, and the good tunes that accompany it.
Spring is finally here, and there has been a lot happening on the VCSU campus as we are quickly approaching our last couple weeks of the semester!
The Viking Volleyball team wrapped up their spring season with a scrimmage at MSUM on April 17th; under the supervision of new head coach Adam Longmore. Longmore joins the Viking family as the new head volleyball coach, traveling from Utah to spend the last 2 weeks of spring practices with the girls. Previously an assistant coach at Southern Utah University for 6 seasons, Longmore brings an abundance of knowledge to the Vikings volleyball team, and has already made a significant contribution to the team in order to prepare for the 2014 season.
The Viking Softball team is preparing for the final sprint of the season, as they get ready to take on No. 5 seed Presentation College in the NSAA postseason tournament. After a pair of wins against Dakota State last weekend, the lady Vikings are currently 21-19 overall, with a 10-2 conference record, placing them in a good spot going into the post season tournament, hoping to gain a spot in the NAIA National Tournament. We wish them luck as they finish their season! Go Vikings!
The Viking Track and Field team is also experiencing some great success this spring. This week, three Vikings were named NSAA athletes of the week. Jenna Coghlan was named Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week after taking 2nd in the javelin at the Al Cassel Relays. Philip Reuer and Jordan Aus were named Co-Outdoor Track and Co-Outdoor Field Athletes of the week along with two other NSAA athletes. Reuer picked up a pair of 2nd place finishes on the track at the Al Cassel Relays for the Vikings, and Aus won the javelin at the same meet.
We all Row!
Campus sure has been busy since the snow started to melt! After the basketball teams wrapped up their seasons at the end of March, baseball and softball are in full swing. Both teams traveled down to Arizona over Spring Break to play games and soak up the sun. After playing four home games on the football turf, the softball team currently stands at 12-15, 1-2 NSAA and the baseball team stands at 12-21.
VCSU held its largest Viking Visit Day on March 29th. Prospective students of all ages had the opportunity to learn about their field of interest and explore campus while on tour with Viking Ambassadors.
Also, the first New Student Orientation Day of 2014 will be happening on Friday, April 11. The three sessions to follow will happen on April 25, June 13 and 27.
- Megan T.
It seems like January and February are the slowest months in a climate like this one. And although I’m quite positive it won’t be an early spring, at least Spring Break is right around the corner!
This weekend both the men’s and women’s basketball teams competed in their final games of the season. The men lost to Dakota State 74-56, ending their year with a 14-14 record, while the women lost to Jamestown 75-66, ending their year with a 13-12 record. The softball and baseball teams travel to Arizona mid-next week and will play there for 2 weeks. The track & field, cross country, and golf teams are preparing for successful seasons as well, while volleyball and football are training hard in their off-season, getting ready for next fall.
Many other exciting things are happening around campus as well. Tomorrow the VCSU Fitness and Exercise Prescription is putting on a health fair in the student center that should be amazing! The theatre department also just finished auditions and has begun rehearsals for the production in May.
Although there are many exciting things happening around VCSU right now, I think we can all agree that a break will be nice so that we can come back refreshed and ready to finish this school year strong.
Have a great week everyone!