Kicking off the 2014-2015 school year!

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!


It’s FINALS WEEK! Have a great summer!


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 Athletic update

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!


Students, Sports & Sunshine @ VCSU


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.

Go Vikings!

- 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!



Brrr…it’s cold out there!

There’s an old joke in the area: “There are four seasons in North Dakota: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Road Construction.” I don’t think it’s premature to say that Valley City is moving into the Still Winter season, as last week saw a two-day heat wave of 34°F and 33°F. But all joking aside, the winter is not all that bad, and it’s actually moving pretty swiftly. It’s hard to believe, but VCSU is already through its 7th week of the semester, and Spring Break is only two weeks away.

The Viking men’s and women’s basketball teams are starting postseason play this Saturday and Sunday with semifinal match-ups in the North Star Athletic Association Postseason Tournament. The VCSU men will travel to Madison, SD to play Dakota State Saturday at 6 p.m. The Viking men split their two games against the Trojans, and are the 3-seed entering the tournament. Meanwhile, the Viking women head back to Jamestown to face the 2-seed Jimmies on Sunday at 3 p.m. VCSU has lost each match against Jamestown this season, but look to clinch a birth in the conference championship.

While the winter sports enter the final stages of their seasons, other sports are just getting started. The VCSU softball team traveled to the Twin Cities for a series of games this week, and the baseball team will be heading to Nebraska for some early-season games. Both teams will be spending their Spring Breaks in Arizona to play a long stretch of games. Also, the track and field team has just finished their initial run of meets, and will pick back up in late March for more meets.

And so, as the baseball/softball teams begin play and we begin to remember what grass kind of looks like, we Viking Ambassadors want to wish you a happy conclusion to your Winter. May your Still Winter be filled with 50°F days and enough road salt to make your shoes adhesive to the ice.

–Scott Westby

Viking Ambassador

Being Involved

We are in the busy part of the year. We have many visitors on campus, whether it is students doing campus tours or regional contests for the high schools around here. It is always fun to see new faces on campus!

The college students are also very busy. Many groups and organizations have events going on. Being involved in these groups makes the college experience so much more fun! I have put together a list of 5 reasons to get involved on campus when you begin college.

1) You get to make new friends- Being involved on campus gives you the opportunity to get to know more people than you normally would. The best part is that some of the people you’ll get to know are people you never would have met otherwise.

2) You stay busy- Nobody wants to get to college and then just stay in their room. Being involved will get you out of your room and interacting with other people!

3) It looks good on your resume- When you are applying for jobs, bosses want to see that you know how to work with people. Being in different groups and activities shows that you can work with others.

4) Learn about yourself- When working with others and putting on events, you get the opportunity to find out things about yourself that you never knew. College is all about growing and becoming the person you want to be, and being involved will help you become that person.

5) You make lifetime memories- The opportunities you get to have are priceless. Nothing will replace the laughs and fun that you get to have when involved in groups.

These are all just things to consider when making the transition to college. Before becoming involved, make sure you take some time to research the groups you are considering. You will want to ensure that you will have fun while participating.


Enjoy the rest of your spring semester!



Who’s ready for a long weekend?!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Here at VCSU it’s been a week jam packed with activities! Greek Week kicked off on Monday with 6 different teams from across campus competing in various activities to determine a winner. Also included was a toga dance on Wednesday night. In other news, just announced this week was spring semester enrollment. VCSU hit an all-time high with 1,351 students! This signifies the strong growth trend of the university. AWESOME!

On Wednesday, the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams played host to Mayville State. The night concluded with a split as the Viking Women fell to 14th ranked Comets 87-65, and the Viking Men picked up a 69- 59 win. Both teams travel to Dakota State on Saturday for a conference game. The Track & Field team will also be in action on Saturday with an indoor meet at NDSU.

Thursday night was the first showing of the production “James and the Giant Peach”, put on by the theatre department. Performances will also be at 7:30 PM on Friday, 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM on Saturday. Stop by and check out some great talent if you get a chance! I hope you all enjoy the long weekend ahead of you! Have a great President’s day!

Jenna C


Flying By!

This semester seems to go by faster and faster! There are lots of things going on around campus this week. On Monday night we had a program called “Culture Shock” which was a racial hypnosis, and was done by two guys, named Darnell Head and Patrick Wilson. It was pretty funny to watch people go up there and interesting as well! We keep getting closer to the performance of “James and the Giant Peach” which is next week, February 13th, 14th, and 15th. Another fun thing is that VCAB is putting on is a ski trip to Andes Tower Hills this Saturday the 8th, that should be a great way to actually enjoy being outside for once! I hope everyone is having a great year so far and trying to stay warm! Until next time!


Alli Baasch


Rivalry Time!

Hello Everyone!!

Students are finally back into the swing of things on campus. Last week the men’s and women’s basketball teams faced rival University of Jamestown. The Jimmies defeated both teams in very close games. It was definitely an exciting night to watch the Vikings compete. We also had our black light dance last Wednesday night. On Monday, we had Culture Shock on campus. Culture Shock is a racial hypnosis put on by Darnell Head and Patrick Wilson.

Next week, the sorority and fraternity will be hosting Greek Week. Organizations and other groups will have a chance to compete against each other. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will take on Mayville State University next Wednesday at the Bubble. Be sure to come on out and cheer on our Vikes. I hope you are all staying warm in the polar vortex we are experiencing. Have a wonderful week!