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Music program serves community, region and state

Friday March 8, 2019

Greetings from Valley City State University! A few weeks ago, I commented on the beauty of winter. As our students enjoy spring break this week, with many venturing to warmer climates for a few days, I must admit that spring fever is rampant, but its arrival here in Valley City seems to be in the far-distant future! As we prepare ...

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Recent happenings

Friday February 22, 2019

Greetings from the President’s Office! As the snow lightly falls outside, I have a beautiful wintry view of campus looking to downtown Valley City and can’t help but marvel at the beauty of winter. While it may seem that the pace of life slows a bit during this season, that is not the case here at VCSU! I would like ...

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A well-timed Arizona visit

Friday February 8, 2019

Greetings from the President’s Office! What a tough stretch of weather we’ve been dealing with these past few weeks! I’d like to express my deepest appreciation to all of the folks who keep the sidewalks, roads and highways clear during this time of year. They help us all maintain our schedules and allow us to get to work and keep ...

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Presenting to the House

Friday January 25, 2019

Greetings from the President’s Office at Valley City State University! After being on the job for a little over a month, I have much good news and activity to report. I’ve learned a great deal regarding processes and needs of the university, but most important, the dynamic role VCSU plays in the community of Valley City and the outstanding collaboration ...

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2018: A good year at VCSU

Thursday December 20, 2018

I officially began my work on campus December 17, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve this outstanding institution. When the State Board of Higher Education selected me as VCSU’s 14th president on September 27, I couldn’t have been more excited, and the excitement has continued to build since then. Prior to my visits to campus this September as ...

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Looking forward, looking back

Monday December 17, 2018

In ancient Rome, Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions; the month of January incorporates his name, which is certainly appropriate in our modern calendar. He is depicted with two faces, one looking forward, and one looking back. As we reach the end of the semester and the interim presidency at VCSU, he might also be seen as a ...

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The Normal School Museum and Lura Perrine

Friday November 30, 2018

Did you know that VCSU once housed a museum? Back in 1893, the 3rd Annual Catalog notes an infant museum which included “numerous collections of specimens sent out by the National Museum (Smithsonian).” About a decade later, the 1905 Annual Catalog describes a museum that includes a rich collection of zoological types, an herbarium, a private collection of conchological and ...

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Kindergarten at the Campus School

Thursday November 1, 2018

In President McFarland’s report to the Board of Management in November 1892, he mentions the establishment of a self-supporting kindergarten, indicating that the Model School Department of Valley City Normal provided a “graded and classified school” of all grades from kindergarten through high school (according to Dr. Welch, in “Cornerstones”). McFarland writes, “We are very fortunate in securing the services ...

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Education students benefit from cultural diversity practicum

Friday October 19, 2018

One of the challenges for VCSU’s education program is that we are located in an area of North Dakota that is not very diverse. About 86 percent of our students are Caucasian; other ethnicities include Hispanic (4.9 percent), Black (3.9 percent), and 2 or more races (3.6 percent). Racial diversity is very important for all our students to experience, since ...

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The footbridge, connecting campus and community

Monday October 8, 2018

One of my earliest memories, perhaps from age 4 or 5, is walking across the campus footbridge with my cousin to meet my parents for lunch on campus. The planks beneath our feet were splintered and a few had wide enough gaps to frighten me. “What if I fall in?” I would ask my cousin, who always scoffed at the ...

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