Dear alumni and friends,
I am very excited to publish this issue of Viking Views! We are so fortunate that the College we love continues to grow. As a goal of our overall mission states, we “support extracurricular activities to develop teamwork and leadership in arts, academics, and athletics.” Nearly all of our students are involved in some extracurricular activity on campus. And as you’ll see from this issue’s two feature stories, when our students engage in extracurricular activities at the College, their overall student experience can be positively impacted. For the second time in my tenure as President, the College has launched a capital campaign--the first was for the Malcolm Center for Student Life and now for the Walker C. Fletcher Athletic Complex! I’m thrilled with the campaign progress to this point for this much needed facility. When the Burns Center was built in 1992, it was designed for fewer sports teams and student-athletes than what we have grown to have today. Missouri Valley College currently offers 19 sports. There are 38 total sports teams and we have 897 student-athletes. This facility adds a new, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning room, six new locker rooms, additional coaches offices, additional athletic training space and a new wrestling room. The additional space helps take the stress off of the Burns Center and allows us to add three additional classrooms there. Our facilities are crucial to our recruitment and retention, and this addition will continue to improve that. As you’ll see from the campaign feature, the Fletcher Athletic Complex will be very beneficial to the College, and I am very excited for your support and to continue the momentum of the campaign. This issue features our student-athletes, and I’m very proud of the hard work they put in to be so successful in their sport and in the classroom. The MVC Cheer team spends countless hours cheering on other Viking student-athletes. What many do not realize is that it is a competitive team and they spend as many hours preparing for their own competition as do other sports. I was very excited for them to capture the 2018 NAIA Competitive Cheer National Championship while Head Cheer Coach Tori Cox was named the 2017-2018 NAIA Coach of the Year! Additionally, our men’s soccer team was the 2017 NAIA Men's Soccer National runner up. Finally, 11 of our athletic teams were named NAIA Scholar Teams. It was a great year! I say it often, and I mean it every time I say it; it truly is a great day to be a Viking! I hope you enjoy this issue of Viking Views, and I hope you are able to get to campus soon. Homecoming is set for October 5-7. I think it’s going to be the biggest one yet! I invite you to come home to Valley, and to come see all that is happening on our beautiful campus in Marshall.
Valley Will Roll!
Dr. Bonnie Humphrey President
4 Viking Views | Spring/Summer 2018
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