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President's Desk

Campus updates, student success, and welcoming new students

Wednesday July 7, 2021

Excellent progress continues to be made on the Center for the Arts and we are on track toward completion within the budget. With plans to open in late December, the facility will serve as a hub of arts activities, classes, and performances for the community and region. Student success continues to be our top priority and a contributing factor in ...

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President’s Column

Friday June 18, 2021

Greetings from Valley City State University, Summer is a time for project completion, welcoming new employees to campus, and recognizing folks for achievements and honors. I am happy to report that we’ve selected a new Dean for our School of Education to continue our legacy of inspiring teachers for North Dakota and beyond. Dr. Allen Burgad, a former VCSU student-athlete ...

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Recognition, support and satisfaction…

Monday June 7, 2021

Our Viking family has had special moments for celebration during the past few weeks. Recently, we gathered to recognize employees for years of service and special achievements at our annual employee recognition and retirement dinner. The evening was extra meaningful, as last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID restrictions. This large-scale event was hosted at the Valley City Eagles ...

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Hub of activity!

Monday May 24, 2021

Greetings from Valley City State University! The end of the year activities are winding down, and the beautiful campus is a much quieter place this week. Students have checked out of the residence halls, and following commencement and submission of final grades, we are on to a summer of planning, organizational work and efforts to complete several projects on campus. ...

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Greetings from Valley City State University!

Monday May 10, 2021

Greetings from Valley City State University! Public service is often a thankless job. Now that the 2021 legislative session is complete, let’s all take the time to thank those who represent us and make decisions that will help shape the success and future of our communities and state. Our latest issue of The Bulletin featured two VCSU alumni who have ...

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A lifetime of giving…

Monday April 26, 2021

As you likely know, VCSU is embarking on its first ever capital campaign for the benefit of our students, campus and community. The campaign has already seen excellent early success with gifts and pledges of nearly $2 million. One of our significant early gifts came from Valley City resident, Ray Braun. The following article is a reprint from the April ...

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A tradition of excellence in elementary education

Monday April 12, 2021

Greetings from Valley City State University! Good news is always a pleasure to share, and the recent top national ranking of our elementary education program is worth noting. The VCSU elementary education program was recently recognized by Study.com as the top elementary education program in the nation! Yes – best in the nation! What a tremendous tribute this is to ...

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Transitioning to a new normal

Monday March 29, 2021

Greetings from Valley City State University! It was almost exactly one year ago – March 20, 2020 – that we made the decision to deliver academic instruction online for the remainder of the spring semester. This was the week following spring break and, while difficult, it was the correct decision to make for the health, safety and welfare of our ...

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“Success is the result of a collective effort”

Monday March 15, 2021

A recap of the House Appropriations Committee budget presentation On Wednesday, March 10, I had the privilege of representing VCSU in our budget appropriations presentation to the House Appropriations Committee. Other VCSU representatives who joined me and provided testimony that day were Student Senate President Angeline Gannon, Vice President for Business Affairs Wesley Wintch, and VCSU Foundation Executive Director Larry ...

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Student leadership exemplified…

Monday March 1, 2021

One of the best perks of being a university president is the opportunity to see students thrive, succeed, and lead. Angeline Gannon, a junior from Bismarck, checks all three of those boxes. She serves with distinction as the president of the VCSU student senate and is highly respected by her peers and colleagues across the entire North Dakota Student Association. ...

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