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A busy start, and more to come

Friday August 24, 2018

We have completed our first week of classes at VCSU. It’s great to have students and faculty back on campus. They bring new energy and excitement as they start the new semester. We’re not sure yet where our enrollment stands—enrollment numbers aren’t official until the fourth week of classes—but it certainly feels like we have a “full house” on campus. ...

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11 new faculty join VCSU

Monday August 13, 2018

By the time you read this, Valley City State University will have completed its first day of the new academic year—a day of welcome and workshops for our new faculty and staff. We are excited this year to welcome 11 new faculty to campus. That may sound like a lot, but it’s not unusual in higher education for faculty to ...

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

Monday July 30, 2018

In my last column, I described two buildings (Graichen Gymnasium—1923, and McCarthy—1930), which were constructed while Dr. Carlos E. Allen was president, from 1918–1936. President Allen received his B.A. from Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.) in 1894, and his master’s and doctorate in ancient languages from University of Chicago. He was the head of foreign languages at the Normal School in ...

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Graichen Gym, McCarthy Hall named for key women on campus

Friday July 13, 2018

As we continue our tour of named VCSU campus buildings, exploring both the building’s history and the person behind the name, we come next to Graichen Gymnasium. I was surprised to learn, in reading Dr. Welsh’s book “Cornerstones,” that Valley City Normal was the “first school in the state to establish a Department of Health and Physical education” in 1921. ...

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The Auditorium and the Vangstad Twins

Friday June 29, 2018

In my last column I described VCSU’s first named building, McFarland Hall, and the man behind the name. To continue our look across campus, the next building, built in 1907, is the auditorium, now known as Vangstad Auditorium. The auditorium had a rocky beginning, as the Legislature appropriated only $40,000 instead of the $60,000 requested. The “Cornerstones” centennial history indicates ...

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McFarland Hall: The story behind the name

Thursday June 14, 2018

In my last column, I wrote about the “ghost buildings” on the VCSU campus. I hope you remembered a few of them! Each of those buildings was known by its function or location (Old Science, West Hall, Park Ave. Cottage). But now all the buildings on campus are known by people’s last names. I am curious (and I hope you ...

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Memories of ghost buildings

Monday June 4, 2018

As we enter the summer session at VCSU, I find myself enjoying the beauty of green trees, expanses of grass in the front “quad” and the mixture of old and new buildings that make up our campus. I am also reminded of the buildings that are no longer here—ghost buildings in my memory. This week I perused the VCSU “Cornerstones” ...

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Memories of the flood

Friday April 6, 2018

The last week of March this year, it rained, sleeted, and snowed. Heavy, wet snow. Someone told me it looked like feathers floating down. My first thought, however, was about the river—how high is it? How will this affect it? Maybe that was your first thought, too. The flood of 2009 is almost 10 years ago, yet I still worry ...

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VCSU to host North Dakota science and math teachers

Monday March 12, 2018

Spring break is here, and most of our students are gone for the week—either traveling, working, or with family. We hope everyone is safe and returns to campus refreshed and ready to finish the semester next Monday. Meanwhile, campus is certainly not closed! Enrollment Services has campus tours scheduled each day for prospective students, and some of us are finishing ...

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A look at Generation Z

Friday February 23, 2018

Several weeks ago, I told you about our student demographics at VCSU. In this column, I’d like to introduce you to the emerging generation our current students represent—Generation Z. As these students graduate high school and enter the workforce or start college, they bring new expectations and behavioral characteristics that the rest of us—the Millennials, GenXers, and Boomers—must adjust to ...

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