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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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Embracing change and valuing tradition

Monday July 1, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! It’s no surprise that VCSU has a long and storied tradition of providing education to the citizens of North Dakota. A significant and founding principle of that long-standing tradition is in preparing the next generation of teachers for our state and beyond. I was proud to report — and brag a bit — to ...

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Friendraising and fundraising

Friday June 14, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! The last few weeks have been marked by gatherings of our important boards and some fun activities for raising funds and awareness for the university. The Viking Golf Scramble was held Saturday, June 8. Twenty-eight teams took to the Country Club and Bjornson Park courses to enjoy a day of golf and fellowship, rekindling ...

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Defining success — road warrior style

Friday May 31, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! Five days and 2,100 miles. That was my road warrior tally from some exciting travel I enjoyed May 22-26. I was one of many who made the trek to Springfield, Missouri, to cheer on our VCSU softball team. What an incredible season they had! They won both the NSAA regular-season and tournament championships, won ...

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Commencement: An ending and beginning

Monday May 20, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! Saturday, May 11, marked the 127th Commencement Exercises at Valley City State University. It was a morning of pageantry and ceremony for the 130 students who “walked” and celebrated with their families and friends. In total, VCSU graduated more than 320 students this past academic year, including summer, winter and spring commencement. Some of ...

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End of semester brings flurry of activity and great news

Monday May 6, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! What an activity-packed couple of weeks we have been enjoying at VCSU! Whether athletic or music contests, concerts, gallery shows, guest lectures, award ceremonies, or conference tournaments, there has been no lack of things to do! The calendar has been full of activities featuring and recognizing students and their achievements this past academic year. ...

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End of semester brings flurry of activity and great news

Monday May 6, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! What an activity-packed couple of weeks we have been enjoying at VCSU! Whether athletic or music contests, concerts, gallery shows, guest lectures, award ceremonies, or conference tournaments, there has been no lack of things to do! The calendar has been full of activities featuring and recognizing students and their achievements this past academic year. ...

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25th Annual Scholarship Auction a success!

Monday April 22, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! This semester has included many firsts for me as the new president of VCSU, and I’m happy to report that my first VCSU Scholarship Auction was everything that folks said it would be — and more. Held Friday, April 12, at the Valley City Eagles Club, the theme of this year’s auction, in recognition ...

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Sustained growth through comprehensive enrollment strategy

Monday April 8, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! I’m very proud to have joined the wonderful team here at VCSU where student welfare and success, both in and out of the classroom, are top priorities. Our focus on these priorities, coupled with quality programs, students, faculty, and staff, have placed us on a steady growth track that continues this year. Our 2018 ...

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Working with and receiving support from Valley City community leaders

Friday March 22, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! As I write this column, the warmer temps are lifting the spirits of many. In fact, as soon as the temperature reached the mid-30s, it became common to see students walking across campus without coats and, in some cases, attire that most would think is more suited for summer! Spring activities continue to populate ...

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