Final Week is Here!

Yay for finals week! The week started off with finals breakfast and there was a great turnout, close to 300 people! Tuesday night there will be a pizza program for the dorm residents. There have been many students studying for finals and finishing projects. The library is a popular place! The men’s basketball team has two games this week, one Thursday and one Friday. They are just coming off of an overtime win against a #13 team.

Happy Holidays!


Is custom artwork on your Christmas List?


Just in time for the holidays!

The Art Department on the campus of Valley City State University will hold the semi-annual art sale on Tuesday, December 1st and Wednesday, December 2nd in the main hallway of the Student Center. Items include a larger variety than ever before! Make sure to check it out one of the two days from 9 am to 5 pm.


What’s available:

– ceramics

– prints

– paintings

– and more!



Thanksgiving – a time to be grateful!

Thanksgiving. It falls on the last Thursday of every November. It’s a time of gratitude and a time of family and friends. In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. I think it’s rather great that we have a day to give thanks to a great life. I personally am grateful for so many things. Gratitude magnifies our experience of the good things in life, enabling us to enjoy them more thoroughly. Gratitude also helps us to endure the hard things in life with dignity, perhaps even with humor. This past week I reflected on the many things I am grateful for, my family and friends, my community at home and at college, and the chance to be a difference maker.


The idea of Thanksgiving came from our pilgrim forefathers. Their families were ravaged by disease and famine as they made their way to the New World. That fall they were able to have a prosperous harvest and they wanted to give thanks to their Native American neighbors, families, and friends. They gathered to break bread simply for the reason of love. Love for their land, their family, and their lives.


I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and hope we all reflected on our gratitude. Gratitude is healthy, it shifts our perspective from the glass ½ empty to the glass ½ full. This alone can be a savior when it comes to those final projects and final tests that are approaching in only 3WEEKS! So give thanks for those three weeks and that you are safe, healthy, and loved.


So let the countdown begin to the end of the semester!




-Michaela Halvorson

Weekly sports update

Viking women’s basketball is now 4-3 after the DWU classic. They went into the tournament with one loss. They dropped two games during the tournament but are still 2-0 in the conference. The basketball team is off to a fantastic start. The men’s basketball team recently lost a game to Marquette where Elwood Ellenson was able to play against both of his brothers, Henry and Wally. They have also started the season well and are currently 4-0. Jaycee George was recently named an NSAA All-Conference player. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor! On Wednesday the men’s basketball team travel to NDSU for a game, and on Thursday, the women’s team will take on the Bison. Both games start at 7pm. This weekend the men’s basketball team travels to play in the UW-Superior Tournament. The women’s team travels to Bemidji on Saturday to take on the beavers at 2pm. The men and women’s cross country teams will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for the NAIA national tournament this weekend. Good luck to all Viking Athletics! #WEALLROW

~Megan O.

Thanksgiving and Finals are approaching…

The semester is winding down, and everyone is starting to prepare for end of the year projects and tests. We had a nice day off on Wednesday to honor our Veterans, and Thanksgiving break will be here before you know it!


The basketball teams have been keeping pretty busy lately, and they have been pretty successful. The men’s team had the opportunity to travel to Milwaukee and play the Marquette Eagles, and while they didn’t come out on top, it was still a very neat experience for the players and coaches.


The cross country team has also done very well lately. On November 7th they had their conference championships in Madison, S.D. where Jenna Coghlan, Alexandra Cardenas, and Misael Herrera all qualified for the NAIA National Championships in North Carolina. Congratulations to all three of you, and the rest of the team on a great season!


The football team closed their season with a 56-7 victory over Waldorf on Sunday, November 8th. They finished the year 7-3 overall.


On Saturday, November 14th we held another Viking Visit Day, and we had several prospective students and their families visit campus! There are a few more opportunities coming up, so if you haven’t attended one yet we’d love to have you!


~Megan G.

Students keeping busy as we slide into the Holiday season!

Can’t believe there are only 6 weeks of school left! Campus has been bustling with activities. Last week there were several Halloween themed events going on. Carmel apples, trivia, pumpkin decorating, and the dance! Students created some great costumes for the contest. Volleyball and Football have been in full swing. The volleyball team split their games this week and the football team had a bye week. Basketball has started, the women fell Rocky Mountain College by just four points on Saturday. This week has started with a comedian and many more events to follow!


Enjoying the crisp autumn air

It was an eventful past weekend at VCSU. Several athletic teams were in action, while prospective students attended Viking Visit Day.

Volleyball hosted rival, University of Jamestown on Friday evening. Unfortunately, the Vikings were swept in 3. The Vikings redeemed themselves Saturday though when they hosted Dickinson, whom the Vikings swept in 3.

The Viking football team kept the Paint Bucket where it belongs after a thrilling 12-6 victory over Jamestown. Saturday’s game was the 116th meeting all time between the two teams. VCSU leads the all time series. The Vikings also lead the Paint Bucket series 37-30, and will now kept to keep the Paint Bucket throughout the off-season.

Hard to believe, but basketball season has arrived as well. The Viking men downed Oglala Lakota College on Saturday with an impressive score of 128-52. On Sunday, the women hosted Brandon University. The Viking women were able to pull through, 57-54, to start their season off on a victory.

Approximately 15prospective students came for Viking Visit Day on Saturday. Students were able to tour campus and meet with faculty in their academic area of interest, as well as hear from President Tisa Mason.


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.