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Updates local and beyond

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! The week of December 2-6 included many exciting developments for VCSU which I’d like to share with you. On Tuesday, December 3, I participated in the State Board of Higher Education meeting on the University of North Dakota campus. The morning was spent in open interview sessions of candidates for the UND presidency. I ...

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Celebrating all for which we are thankful

Friday November 22, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and express appreciation. With this important holiday upon us, I’d like to take a few moments to share our appreciation for the gifts we enjoy at Valley City State University. These gifts help us fulfill our mission for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff, community, and ...

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Enrollment growth: Moving forward together

Tuesday November 5, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! One of the most important measures and validations of a university’s success is enrollment. We have seen our fall enrollment numbers increase every year for the past 10 years, and in the last 4 years, our efforts to continue that growth have been very purposeful and focused. Our faculty, administration and staff have been ...

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Community collaboration continues

Friday October 18, 2019

VCSU is thankful for the collaboration and support we enjoy from the community, county and public schools, both in Valley City and the region. I’m looking out the south window of my office while writing this column, and I see sunny skies; with 56-degree temperatures and no wind, it’s a seemingly picture-perfect day. Yet, just this morning, city crews were ...

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Inauguration and homecoming recap — Forward Together

Monday October 7, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! On Friday, September 27, I was extremely honored and humbled to be formally installed as the 14th president of Valley City State University. The outpouring of support from friends, family and colleagues, both near and far, provided for a weekend of activity that I will never forget, along with the displays of Viking pride ...

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Forward Together: Building on Excellence

Saturday September 21, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! Homecoming is always a special time to welcome alumni back to campus, invite the community to participate in many events, and engage the students, faculty and staff in fun and memorable activities. The week of September 23-28 is filled with exciting activities and events for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the ...

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Welcome to new staff and those in new roles

Friday September 6, 2019

In addition to the new faculty I introduced in my previous column, we also have more than two dozen staff members who have joined us in the past academic year or moved to new roles on campus. Although they’re not typically in the classroom, these individuals often have much direct contact with students, and regardless of their responsibilities, they contribute ...

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Welcome new faculty members

Wednesday August 21, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! As part of Welcome Week activities on campus, we recently welcomed 10 new members of the faculty to the VCSU community. I’m excited by the energy, enthusiasm and experience they bring to their teaching positions with us, and I’m pleased to introduce them via the biographical sketches below. Note that several are renewing their ...

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Interim legislative committee meets at VCSU

Friday July 26, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! On Thursday, July 18, Valley City State University hosted the Interim Higher Education Funding Formula Review Committee on campus. We sincerely appreciate all that the legislature has done for higher education and VCSU during this past session and are very excited to move forward with final design work on our new arts and communication ...

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The value of external collaboration

Monday July 15, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! When I interviewed for the VCSU presidency, one of the most consistent and overriding comments I heard from campus and community constituents centered on the strength of the relationship between the university and the Valley City/Barnes County community, and the importance of sustaining and enhancing this relationship. I have found this to be very ...

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