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Forward Together

Rendering of the new athletic facility
The Campaign for Valley City State University

In a monumental effort to propel VCSU into the future, we’ve launched our first-ever capital campaign. Forward Together: The Campaign for Valley City State University is our way of ensuring continued service to our students by providing them with updated campus buildings, athletic facilities, and scholarship enhancements.

Dr. Alan LaFave, VCSU President

Dr. Alan LaFave

VCSU is one of the fastest-growing regional schools in the upper Midwest and we continue to have sustained enrollment growth. But that success and growth have helped us realize our current facilities are well-loved, but inadequate.

Dr. Alan LaFave, VCSU President

W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse Addition

Architect rendering of multi-purpose indoor turfThe W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse was built in 1960 and has remained largely the same. Over the last 60 years, Viking Athletics has outgrown the facility. Our athletes have increased from 111 to nearly 300; more than 20 athletic staff have been added; and teams on campus have doubled.
Our vision for expansion includes a multi-purpose indoor facility, along with an expanded weight room, a new Hall of Fame, and other critical spaces for a growing program. Your investment in this vision honors our tradition of success and is vital to building future Viking champions.
The addition will include:

  • Indoor turf practice facility
  • 200 meter indoor track
  • Updated strength and athletic training
  • New and expanded locker rooms
  • Updated and expanded public areas
  • Classrooms and meeting rooms
  • Viking Hall of Fame
Dennis McCulloch

Dennis McCulloch

Valley City State University athletics strives to make our programs a source of pride for VCSU students, alumni and the VCSU community. We work to attract and retain high-quality student-athletes and provide them with an all-around championship experience while they are here. The Fieldhouse addition is a major step forward in giving our student-athletes the experience they deserve.

Dennis McCulloch, Interim Director for Athletics

Scholarship Enhancements

VCSU’s ability to attract and retain students is paramount to our future success. Our record enrollments over the past several years have expanded the need for additional scholarship support.
The goals of our scholarship enhancements are:

  • Keep scholarship allotment on pace with enrollment growth and inflation
  • Maintain an accessible and affordable VCSU education
  • Recruitment and retention of the next generation of VCSU Vikings

McCarthy Hall: The future home of the School of Education and Graduate Studies

Architect rendering of McCarthy AtriumThe refurbishing of McCarthy Hall includes:

  • Converting the existing McCarthy Hall into the School of Education and Graduate Studies
  • Cutting-edge classrooms and technology labs
  • Collaborative student workspaces
  • Attractive two-story atrium entrance
  • Bridge corridor from McFarland Hall
  • Updated instructional technology
  • Updated mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems
  • Extensive exterior renovation

Preparing a Teaching Workforce

In 1930, McCarthy Hall was built as a lab school for training teachers. During that year, 30 students were enrolled in the teacher training program. During 2021-2022, 304 VCSU students were awarded either a baccalaureate or graduate degree in education. Currently, the School of Education and Graduate Studies is spread out across campus. The project will bring the entire School of Education under one roof and will allow for better collaboration and enhanced learning experiences for students.

Read more about how VCSU is preparing tomorrow’s teachers:

Jennifer Feist

Jennifer Feist

This campaign is significant. It’s an investment in the future of VCSU and the community. The Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation has long believed that this university is an economic engine upon which we can build.”

Jennifer Feist, Director of Development, Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation 

Student Center Renovation

Architect rendering of Student Center Multipurpose RoomWith the opening of the Wellness Center in 2016, the Student Center swimming pool was closed. Now there is an urgent need to convert the square footage in the former swimming pool area into a large multipurpose room to be used for student activities, special events, conferences, career days, and more.

The Student Center renovation will include:

  • Converting available square footage from pool closure into usable space
  • Create banquet and meeting spaces for:
    • New student orientation
    • Career fairs and organizational meetings
    • Esports competition venue
    • Other student activities

Join our generous donors and give to Valley City State