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President’s Welcome: New Staff on Campus.

Wednesday September 20, 2023

In addition to the new faculty I introduced previously, we also have new staff members. Although they’re not typically in the classroom, these individuals often have much direct contact with students and contribute greatly to making a VCSU education what it is for our students and their families. Joining the staff at VCSU are the following individuals who assume a ...

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President’s Column: Welcome new faculty

Tuesday August 22, 2023

Greetings from Valley City State University! The beginning of a new semester is upon us. Having new faculty, staff and especially students join us on campus is one of the most exciting parts of this work. Last week I had the privilege of meeting with all of our faculty and staff during our annual Welcome Week breakfast. There was energy ...

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President’s Column: New Faces, Roles, Continued Excellence

Friday July 28, 2023

[caption id="attachment_21319" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] President Alan LaFave[/caption] Greetings from VCSU! As we enter the first week of August, planning efforts for resuming fall classes and activities are in full swing! We look forward to welcoming our returning students back to campus, as well as a large group of new students. Athletic teams are already returning to campus and will be ...

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Inspiring the next generation – INSTEM

Friday July 7, 2023

Greetings from Valley City State University! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day with family and friends! In this week’s column, I am sharing details of another successful summer of growth for the VCSU STEM Academy – in which students learn science, technology, engineering and math. In 2010 VCSU established the Great Plains STEM Education Center to help create ...

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President’s Column: State Board of Higher Education, June

Monday June 26, 2023

We were excited to host the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) on our campus for their June 27, 2023 meeting. The SBHE is the policy-setting and advocacy body for the North Dakota University System and the governing body for North Dakota’s 11 publicly supported colleges and universities. The SBHE is made up of seven citizen members appointed to four-year ...

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President’s Column: Orientation, Kiwanis, STEM, Auction

Friday June 9, 2023

Greetings from VCSU! We have enjoyed an exciting week at Valley City State University! I had the pleasure of visiting with a portion of our incoming freshman class. During the spring and summer months, we provide several opportunities for new students to register for classes, meet faculty and other students, and get to know campus a bit better. Today’s event ...

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Accreditation, campus updates, and summer projects

Tuesday May 30, 2023

Greetings from VCSU! I sincerely hope you enjoyed a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend, remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to secure and preserve our freedom. In today’s column I first want to recognize, thank, and congratulate our School of Education and Graduate Studies for securing national accreditation through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). We ...

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President’s Column: Year-End Activities & Accolades

Friday May 5, 2023

Greetings from Valley City State University! It’s hard to believe that this will be my final column for the 2022-2023 academic year. End-of-the-year concerts and events are nearly complete, recognition banquets are in full-swing, and students are amid final exam week. As this school year enters its waning days, we take time to recognize and congratulate students, staff and faculty ...

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Campus comes alive in spring semester

Monday April 17, 2023

Greetings from Valley City State University! The busyness of the schedule always seems to increase at the end of the semester. This year is no different. Part of this is due to snow closures and re-scheduling, but these end of semester activities seem to dominate the calendar each year. There is no shortage of opportunities to engage and participate at ...

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President’s Column: A Flurry of Activity

Tuesday March 28, 2023

Greetings from VCSU! When one looks outside, it’s hard to imagine we are soon to be welcoming the month of April, but here we are in the final stretch of the Spring 2023 semester! With about six weeks left until spring commencement, there is much regular and important work still happening on campus. Faculty and students are preparing for end ...

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