Sep 23rd, 2013 @ 1:04 pm | Author: Greg Vanney
The Valley City State University Science Department will host a roast of Professor Emeritus Joe Stickler Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Student Center Cafeteria on the VCSU campus. The event, which includes a cash bar, will begin with a 5 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the roast at 7 p.m.

Stickler retired at the end of spring semester 2013 after 30-plus years of teaching science at Valley City State. An engaging and intellectually demanding instructor, Stickler received the VCSU Teacher of the Year award four times—in 1991, 2004, 2008 and 2013. He enhanced rapport with students in many ways, including displaying photographs of former students who had done well in their careers and creating another photo display called “Romance Corner,” highlighting couples who had taken Stickler’s classes.

In addition to his long tenure of dedicated teaching, Stickler was the prime moving force behind the creation of Medicine Wheel Park in Valley City. The solar calendar, medicine wheel and park is a unique attraction and destination, emphasizing human connections to the Sheyenne Valley, the planet Earth, the solar system and the universe.

Cost to attend the roast is $20, which includes a small donation to the Joe Stickler Scholarship Fund.

To make reservations and purchase tickets, contact Alice Beauchman, phone 845-7452, email

Speakers for the roast are being solicited. Contact Beauchman if you have humorous Stickler stories to share at the event. Memories and anecdotes of Stickler, submitted in written or video format, will be presented to him; these may also be submitted to Beauchman via email.

If you’re unable to attend but would like to contribute to the Joe Stickler Scholarship Fund, please mail a check to the VCSU Advancement Office, 101 College St. SW, Valley City, ND 58072.