Thank You to VCSU Facilities Services
by Dr. Steve Shirley, Valley City State University President
The following article will appear in the Valley City Times Record the week of July 8, 2013.
If you have not recently taken the opportunity, I would encourage you to visit the central “mall” area of the Valley City State University campus. One of our family’s favorite summer activities is to walk through campus in the evening and soak up the beauty of the surroundings. Summer is a wonderful time of year to explore campus as the trees, flowers, and bushes are in full-bloom, and an early morning or evening stroll is particularly enjoyable when temperatures are comfortable.
While visiting VCSU, also spend time admiring the historic buildings across campus; these buildings, bearing such significant names as McFarland, McCarthy, Allen, Graichen, and Foss, add so much to the tradition and beauty of the Valley City region. The physical beauty of the campus and these buildings are so important in ensuring a positive first impression when guests (including prospective future students and their families) visit campus.
VCSU comprises 55 total acres with dozens of buildings. It is a large physical plant, and the VCSU Facilities Services division is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all this property. As you admire the beautiful environment at VCSU, think about the hard-working Facilities staff who take such pride in maintaining campus – both within the buildings and throughout the grounds. Beyond the “campus proper,” there are lots of other responsibilities that Facilities Services helps maintain including the athletic fields and grounds, the residence halls, Medicine Wheel Park, various parking lots, the Historic President’s House, and the Prairie Waters Education & Research Center in Kathryn. VCSU has a large physical footprint throughout the region, and Facilities Services has a big responsibility to maintain all of it.
Director of Facilities Ron Pommerer and Assistant Director Pat Horner lead a dedicated group of employees who constantly go the extra mile ensuring the VCSU campus is at its best. The last few years have been especially busy for Facilities Services given all of the campus physical improvements including the Rhoades Science Center renovation and addition, renovations to residence halls and the Student Center, the new artificial turf and athletic upgrades, and other campus construction projects.
These individuals often work difficult shifts or late hours when many of the rest of us are fast asleep. Consider a heavy overnight snowfall when the work to clear campus begins early in the morning. All the sidewalks, parking lots, roads, and entryways full of snow translates to some very early alarms for these individuals. Or, in a more recent example, recall the recent rain deluge in Valley City. Numerous VCSU Facilities professionals were in buildings across campus running pumps and wet vacs, and fighting water problems well into the middle of the night (especially in Osmon Fieldhouse). Their tireless efforts that night, and the following days, ensured the damage was minimized and did not turn out more severe than it might have given the half-foot of rain we received.
VCSU is fortunate to have such a dedicated crew of employees in areas including building services, maintenance, grounds, power house, plumbing, carpentry, custodial, security, and safety who are instrumental in maintaining the upkeep and smooth physical operation of VCSU. Next time you are admiring campus, please keep in mind all the hard work and efforts by VCSU Facilities Services resulting in such a beautiful campus setting!
Communications faculty to present at national conference
Shannon VanHorn, associate professor of communications, and Jonna Ziniel, assistant professor of communications, have been accepted to present a preconference course at the National Communication Association annual conference in November in Washington, D.C.
Their presentation, "There’s An App for That! Pedagogical Connections Between the Classroom and Technology," was chosen amongst many competitive proposals to be presented as the preconference.
New Student Orientation sessions bring students and families to campus
During the three New Student Orientation sessions April 12, June 14 and June 28, we welcomed over 160 students and 170 parents to the VCSU campus.
Students had the opportunity to hear about various things that VCSU has to offer, including campus life, themed housing and the new student meal plan. The incoming students also participated in an induction ceremony that served as the closing session for orientation and marked the beginning of their academic experience at VCSU.
The orientations have been successful due to the collective efforts of our dedicated faculty advisors and staff who worked tirelessly to provide a memorable experience. We received positive feedback from both parents and students regarding their orientation experience at VCSU. Special thanks to the Orientation Committee, the Student Orientation Leaders and faculty advisors. An extra special word of thanks to Charlene Stenson, Jan Drake and Marcia Foss, who served as orientation leaders and provided guidance and leadership throughout the sessions.
The last orientation session will take place August 23, and then the committee will begin preparing for the 2014 orientations.
What's happening at VCSU and in Valley City ...
Monday, July 8
Ramadan begins at sundown
Tuesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 10
Thursday, July 11
Friday, July 12
4-H Achievements Days, ND Winter Show building (July 12-13)
Saturday, July 13
Sunday, July 14
Monday, July 15
Tuesday, July 16
Wednesday, July 17
Thursday, July 18
Friday, July 19
Saturday, July 20
Mineral Springs Remote Camping & Workday (go to http://www.hellovalley.com/calendar.php
Sunday, July 21
Monday, July 22
Tuesday, July 23
Wednesday, July 24
Valley City Crazy Days
Thursday, July 25
Friday, July 26
First 8 week summer session courses end
Second 4 week summer session courses end
Graduate 8 week summer session courses end
Saturday, July 27
Sunday, July 28
Monday, July 29
Second 3 week summer session courses begin
Tuesday, July 30
Wednesday, July 31
Thursday, August 1
Friday, August 2
Saturday, August 3
Sunday, August 4