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VCSU Ranked #2 Public Regional College in Midwest
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Valley City State University earned the #2 spot among the Top Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest in the 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. This marks the 13th year in a row that VCSU been recognized by U.S.News, and the second year in a row it has been in the #2 position. VCSU is once again the highest ranked public college in North Dakota or Minnesota in this category.
Melgaard Named NDACTE Outstanding Career & Technical Educator
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Valley City State University Professor David Melgaard was named the Outstanding Career & Technical Educator by the North Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education (NDACTE). Melgaard, who is also the University's Career and Technical Education Coordinator, is being honored at the NDACTE Annual Professional Development Conference held in Bismarck August 9 – 11.
Join Us at the Music Hall of Fame Banquet
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The VCSU Music Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on September 18th at the Valley City Town & Country Club. The event has become a popular means of recognizing outstanding alumni and past faculty. This year two individuals will be honored: Ward Thomas Stine received a B.S. in Music Education from Valley City State University (VCSU) in 1965 and is being honored posthumously. Dr. Loren R. Waa was the band director at VCSU from 1964 to 1970 and will attend the Hall of Fame Banquet. All VCSU alumni and friends of the university are invited to attend this special event to honor these exceptional men. A social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include reminiscences about their days at VCSU as well as the exceptional contributions they have both made to music during their careers.
Dorgan: New VCSU Program Will Train Future High-Tech Leaders
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Senator helped fund innovative project to incorporate Valley City students into Research Corridor growth.
Jack Denholm Named Athletic Director at VCSU
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Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced that Jack Denholm has verbally accepted the position of athletic director.
VB: Kolbow Joins VCSU as Volleyball Coach
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Susan Kolbow has accepted the position of Head Volleyball Coach at Valley City State University. She replaces former head coach Craig Case who recently resigned to accept a position as head volleyball coach with Texas A&M University-Commerce. Kolbow will assume her responsibilities August 1.
VCSU Establishes the Great Plains STEM Education Center
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The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved a request from Valley City State University (VCSU) to establish the Great Plains STEM Education Center on the VCSU campus. The Center will provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and training opportunities for K-12 students and teachers as an essential step in the process of increasing the technology and engineering capacity of the U.S. workforce.
Finalists Selected for VCSU Athletic Director
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A committee charged with filling the athletic director vacancy at Valley City State University has narrowed the search to three finalists.
EPSCoR selects four VCSU students for GSRA Awards
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Four students from VCSU have been selected to receive Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) awards through the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) program. The awards recognize the academic achievement of these students and provide significant financial support as they pursue M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics at UND and NDSU.
Morton Named Head Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field
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VCSU announced that Galen Morton has been named the head coach for the men's and women's cross country and track & field teams. Morton, who is currently an assistant cross country and track & field coach and sports information director at Dickinson State University, will assume his new responsibilities at VCSU on August 16, 2010.
Shannon Vanhorn Named "Teacher of the Year"
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The VCSU Student Senate named Dr. Shannon Vanhorn the "Teacher of the Year." The award is given annually to a professor who shows dedication to the students of VCSU through innovative teaching methods and continued professional development both inside and outside of the classroom.
Grant Funds Center for Aquatic Education & Research
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The Prairie Waters Education and Research Center (PWERC) at Valley City State University (VCSU) has been awarded a 5 year $732,000 grant by the North Dakota Department of Health. The grant will allow the center to serve as a statewide resource for water education, research and management.
118th Commencement Address to be Delivered by Dee Jensen
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The keynote address at Valley City State University's (VCSU's) 118th Commencement exercises will be delivered by Distinguished Alumnus Dee (Johnson) Jensen '66. The exercises are scheduled for 10:00 am Saturday, May 15 in W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the VCSU campus.
Athletic Director BJ Pumroy Leaving VCSU
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Valley City State University (VCSU) Athletic Director B.J. Pumroy has been named Director of Athletics at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He will begin in that role June 30, 2010. Pumroy has served as the AD at VCSU for the past three years.
Music Students Receive National Award
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Heidi Kirsch, Sonja Plautz, and Kelsey Wilhelm, all senior music education majors at Valley City State University, were recently given national recognition from the National Association for Music Education (MENC). The three were awarded the Professional Achievement recognition certificate for their "commitment and dedication to MENC and music education. This recognition is given to Collegiate members who have served their chapters in an exemplary manner."
Spring Semester Enrollment Largest in 20 Years
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VCSU reported final Headcount for the 2010 Spring semester increased 7.8% over last year's figure to 1,034, marking the largest Spring semester enrollment since 1990. This follows VCSU's announcement the beginning of Fall 2009 semester of a Headcount increase of 6.3%, which was the largest Headcount for Fall semester in nine years.
Dr. Dahlberg Named to Vice President of Academic Affairs
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Dr. Margaret Dahlberg has been named to the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs for Valley City State University (VCSU). In this role, she will serve as the Chief Academic Officer responsible for fostering, encouraging, supporting and implementing academic strategies that advance student learning.
VCSU to Receive $750,000 Federal Funding for STEM Education
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President Barack Obama signed into law on Wednesday an omnibus spending bill that includes $750,000 in funding for Valley City State University (VCSU) to extend its role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The funding will allow VCSU to increase STEM education and training for K-12 teachers.
VCSU Enters Partnership to Redesign Teacher Preparation
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Minnesota State University – Moorhead (MSUM), North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Valley City State University (VCSU) have entered into a partnership to improve teacher training and effectiveness that the Bush Foundation, subject to conditions, has committed to support with payments of up to $5.65 million over 10 years. The partnership joins 11 other institutions the Bush Foundation is funding to redesign teacher preparation programs.
VCSU Adds ELL Concentration to Online Master of Education
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VCSU announced availability of a new concentration in English Language Learners (ELL) for the university's online Master of Education program. The concentration meets the additional educational requirements of teachers in North Dakota and across the nation that must comply with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements for students with limited proficiency in English. The program will also help meet the increasing demand for graduate credentials for career and salary advancement.
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