VCSU to Be Host for Arts, Humanities Summit Oct. 11-12

Faculty, students, and community members from across the state will come to the Valley City State University Oct. 11 and 12 to attend the North Dakota University System’s 2012 Arts and Humanities Summit. During this biennial event, scholars and artists from across the state will gather to present and share their work in visual arts, music, readings, theater, and scholarship.

Jonna Ziniel, professor at VCSU and coordinator of the event, said the summit is “a really nice showcase of what the state has to offer.”

“It’s held every two years, so for a college to have the opportunity to host is a pretty big deal,” she said.

“This is the single most important event focusing on the arts and humanities in the state,” Steve Shirley, VCSU president, said in a news release. “We are honored to be selected to host this exciting event and look forward to bringing together some of the greatest talent in the region.”

The summit will also feature special guest, Joy Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation and an award winning musician and writer. She will perform a live concert in Froemke Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 and a reading at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12, with a book signing to follow.
The events are free and open to the public.

Contributions to the event from VCSU will include scholarly work by faculty members Lee Kruger, Brenda Finger, Anthony Dutton, Preston Bush, David DeMuth, Rob Walsh, Don Hoff and Shou-Ching Chao.

In the field of music, 10 proposals were submitted, three of them highlighting performances of original compositions. Performers will represent the campuses of VCSU, Minot State University, and Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D. Contributors from the VCSU Department of Music will include Christopher Redfearn, Sara Hagen, Beth Klingenstein, Jorge Variego, Jaime Naminga, Robin Allebach, Lisa Holman and James Adams.
Artwork will be on display by VCSU faculty members Linda Whitney and Armando Ramos.

Students at VCSU will have the opportunity to contribute to and participate in the event.

Linda Whitney said her art students are involved in setting up and preparing for the expansive “art exhibition with art faculty and art students throughout the state.”

“I’m a firm believer (that) real experience teaches us how to do things,” she said.

Student contributors include Burke Tagney, Marshal Grebs, Tricia Voeltz, Courtney Titus and Brooke Jodsaas.

The event will also feature VCSU’s Annual Student Scholars Symposium showcasing the work and talents of VCSU students.

Other contributors represent Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, and the University of North Dakota.

Ziniel said that the event will also give people the opportunity to get to know the university and community. She said VCSU plans to show off its many recent improvements, including a major expansion of the Rhodes Science Center. They’ll also show visitors unique VCSU and Valley City attractions like the Medicine Wheel Park.