Author and professional speaker V.J. Smith will travel to North Dakota State College of Science on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 to share his inspirational, heart-warming story that is based on his best-selling book “The Richest Man in Town.” Smith’s performance focuses on the importance of being kind, compassionate and caring to everybody you know.
“The Richest Man in Town” is a true story based on a Wal-Mart sales associated named Marty who captures the important things in life and is considered rich because he was loved and respected, but most of all, he was content with every aspect of his life. Marty’s simple philosophies show what happens when you take the time to be kind and compassionate. All that you give, you get back, and more. Smith’s performance will make you laugh, make you cry, but most importantly, will make you reflect on what life is about.
Smith is a 1978 graduate of South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, S.D., and spent the decade of the 1980s working for the Allied Signal Aerospace Company is Kansa, Mo. He returned to his alma mater in 1990 to serve as Assistant Athletic Director for the SDSU athletic program. He was appointed Executive Director of the SDSU Alumni Association in 1996 and resigned from the position in January 2007. He honed his speaking skills through his membership in Toastmaster’s International. On two occasions, he was a finalist in that organization’s ‘World’s Championship of Public Speaking.’
V.J. Smith will speak at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5 in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center. This event is free and open to the public.
North Dakota State College of Science will celebrate Homecoming during the week of September 19-24 in Wahpeton.
Six distinguished alumni and friends will be recognized as the 2011 Alumni/Foundation Homecoming Honorees:
- Bernard Meyer, Alumnus of the Year;
- The Sauter Family, A Family Tradition;
- Kip Christensen, Friend of the College;
- Art and Linda Grochow, Wildcats of the Year;
- Bob and Mary Gette, Parade Grand Marshals; and
- Terry Marohl, Commitment to Excellence.
The recognition ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.
Coronation to select the 2011 NDSCS Homecoming King and Queen will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.
Friday also marks NDSCS’ 40th Annual Family Day. Registration for Family Day begins at 10 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast, guided department tours, luncheon and concludes with a Family Day program at 1:45 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Wildcat Stage Band and Wildcat Singers.
On Saturday, the Wildcat Volleyball Tournament begins at 8 a.m. in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center. The annual homecoming parade will begain at 10 a.m. with a tailgate party to follow in the Earl “Skip” Bute Stadium. The Wildcat football team will kick-off against College of Dupage at 1 p.m. The 2011 homecoming court and honorees will be recognized during half-time ceremonies. After the game, the Alumni/Foundation is sponsoring a Wildcat Letterwinners social held at the Niblicks Clubhouse at Wahpeton Park.
The Hall of Fame Banquet, held in the newly renovated Flickertail Dining Center (Student Center), will be the final event of the week. A social will be held at 6 p.m. with a dinner and program to follow at 6:30 p.m. The NDSCS athletic department will induct the following individuals in to the Hall of Fame:
- Daniel Shultis;
- Justin Cobb;
- Michael (Mick) Dunn;
- Sue (Singelmann) Smith;
- Arden Anderson; and
- the 2001-02 Wildcat Volleyball team.
For a complete list of NDSCS Homecoming events, go to ndscs.edu/homecoming.