Greetings from Valley City State University!This semester has included many firsts for me as the new president of VCSU, and I’m happy to report that my first VCSU Scholarship Auction was everything that folks said it would be — and more. Held Friday, April 12, at the Valley City Eagles Club, the theme of this year’s auction, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the annual event, was “Viking Gala.” The evening was full of wonderful folks, great food, and lots of fun, highlighted by numerous activities to raise money for VCSU Century Club and V-500 student scholarships.The silent auction included almost 175 items, the gift certificate auction included 53 items, and the live auction included almost 90 items. All of these were donated by businesses or individuals in support of VCSU students. Following the auction, a few hours of karaoke and dancing put an exclamation mark on the fun!So many folks and organizations work behind the scenes before, during and after the event to ensure a successful outcome. The 20-member auction committee, coordinated by the VCSU Foundation and Alumni Office, began its planning efforts last fall and helped engineer the successful outcome of this year’s gala. Century Club and V-500 board members, with help from faculty and staff, provided valuable help. More than 20 student volunteers assisted with the auction the entire evening. Special thanks to Dacotah Bank for sponsoring the auction and to all those who worked behind the scenes to make this event so successful.We are grateful for all of the efforts and contributions that helped us reach and exceed our $85,000 goal! On behalf of the university and our students, we thank the community of Valley City and all who played a part in making the 2019 Scholarship Auction a success!Going once…going twice…Go Vikings!