Homecoming Recap

Hey guys!

Kicking off the week with a great fall day here at VCSU.

Last weekend we had our VCSU Homecoming football game at 2 pm against Mayville. The Vikes gave a great game but unfortunately we lost both the feeling in our hands from the wind and the game. Mayville won 14-13. Later that night we had the VCSU Alumni dance at the Eagles club, it was a lot of fun! There were a ton of current and past students in attendance, it was great to see the different generations of students getting together; though I’m not sure we all have the same taste in music!

Overall, it was a great end to Homecoming 2015 and we cannot thank Joe, Jessica and KaSaundra enough for how much effort they put into it!

Have a great week!


VCSU Homecoming and the inauguration of Dr. Tisa Mason

Homecoming week is one of the best weeks at VCSU. Why, because of the free food and activities! Everyday a new treat is given away at the Student Center along with activities held almost all day. However, this week is not just important because of homecoming this year. It is very important to our university as well. On October 1st at 3pm VCSU will be inaugurating our 13th president. Dr. Tisa Mason will go through a wonderful celebration to officially become our president! Dr. Mason came to VCSU in December 2014 and has changed our campus for the better. Her excitement about VCSU makes me proud to be a Viking. Thursday will be day to remember and I am so excited to be a part of that day! Dr. Mason will become a part of the Viking history.


I am proud to be a Viking!


Weekly Happenings

This week was an accomplished week for Valley City State University. Starting it off on Tuesday, VCSU was named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. We are proud of the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership that we represent here at VCSU.

To follow up, it was announced that we have set an enrollment record with 1,422 students, reflecting the quality of education and student life here on campus.

To round up the week, students at VCSU participated in VCSU’s Day of Service. The service projects included delivering Meals on Wheels, making cards for hospital patients and staff and others at the Abused Persons Outreach Center, cleaning up flower pots, painting fire hydrants, cleaning up lawns, and the annual squash harvest.

VCSU prepares for our Homecoming Week next week, as well as President Mason’s inauguration.


Your Packing List

Holy smokes, we are already 4 weeks into the semester!  Our sports teams are off to a great start and we have had several NSAA athletes of the week.  We are all settling into our new routines for the semester here at VCSU.  I wanted to take a moment to bring up the 5 most important (in my opinion) things to pack when leaving for college.


5) Laundry Supplies- Nothing says buzz kill quite like having a room stuffed with dirty clothes.  Make sure you bring laundry soap, fabric softener, and a laundry hamper to take care of business!


4) Toiletries- You will want to make sure you are taking care of yourself, even if you are staying up late into the night!  Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries are necessary!


3) Comfort Items- There are times that you just need something to help you relax and feel at home again.  I suggest bringing pictures, familiar food, and a comfortable blanket to help you relax.


2) Nap Items- This one is VERY important!  It is essential that every college student has the right materials to take a proper nap.  Bring a comfortable pillow, blanket, and bedding to ensure that you are getting the best rest!


1) Phone- This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it is really the most important thing 21st century college students should bring.  Not only will it help you connect to all your high school and childhood friends, but it will also get you connected with your new friends!  Plus, a phone call to your mom and dad never hurts!


I hope you found this list at least a little helpful!  Enjoy the rest of your week!


Summer – please don’t go!

School is off to a great start and students have filled campus yet again! We are hanging onto any last glimpse of summer weather that we can! Last week, Wednesday, VCAB held a street dance to welcome back students. Football traveled to Mayville on Saturday and came out with a strong victory. They are kicking off the first home game of the year hosting Robert Morris University Saturday at 1:00 PM. Volleyball beat Johnson & Wales University and Grace University last week; they host the Valley City/Jamestown Invitational this coming weekend. They have several games scheduled during the invitational. Cross-country has their first meet in Moorhead starting at 8:15 PM. Men and Women’s golf will be traveling to Dickinson on Sunday for their invite. Resident’s Life has also been keeping the residents busy these first few weeks. There are several programs planned for the rest of the week and weekend! Go Vikings!



Welcome Back to VCSU!!!

Pre-Class Happenings:

The football team and volleyball team were on campus before all others practicing hard for the fall sports season. The cross country team joined a week before all students returned. The Resident Assistants also returned to campus early for training.

Friday, August 21st, 2015:

Freshmen moved in. Viking Ambassadors served as traffic controllers for the afternoon. L2L sessions began. At 5 pm, freshmen and others on campus attended Marketplace. Viking Ambassadors had a table set up with candy and information. We also stocked each dorm room with water bottles for freshmen and returning students. On Friday night, freshmen and any students on campus were invited to the Student Center for nachos, cotton candy, air brush goodies, karaoke, bingo, and inflatable games. It was a blast!

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015:

Freshmen attended L2L sessions. There was a free movie at the Valley Twin Cinema.

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015:

Returners living on campus were welcomed back into the dorms. The volleyball team headed to Arizona for sunshine and volleyball.

Week of August 24th:

Jimmies Week!!! The first week of classes for the 2015-2016 academic school year kicked off on Monday night. On Saturday at 1 pm, the Vikings Football team took on the University of Jamestown Jimmies. We brought home the paint bucket…again, beating the Jimmies 41-31 in regulation play. The volleyball team returned from Arizona with a record of 2-2, kicking off the 2015 season.

Week of August 31st:

On Monday, August 31st, Viking Ambassadors had the first meeting of the year. The volleyball team will take on Concordia College in Moorhead on Tuesday, September 1st at 7 pm. There is a Street Dance on Wednesday, September 2nd at 10 pm. The volleyball team will be playing Johnson & Wales on Friday, September 4th at 9 am. The football team will take on Mayville State University on Saturday, September 5th at 1 pm in Mayville. There will be no class on Monday, September 7th. Have a Happy and SAFE Labor Day Weekend!

~ Tarah

Here’s to another great year!

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!



Spring 2015 update

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!

Megan G.

March, ALREADY?????

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!



February Update

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!



Megan Olson

Student Senate Treasurer

Pre-professional Club Secretary