Apr 20th, 2010 @ 9:56 am | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President
A number of exciting activities are currently underway at Valley City State University that will provide positive impact for the campus and community in the years ahead.

During the 2010-11 academic year, Snoeyenbos Hall will undergo major renovations in excess of $3 million resulting in significant modernization of VCSU's residential facilities. Snoeyenbos was built in 1971, and during its 40-year life has never undergone any major renovation. The traditional residential rooms in Snoeyenbos will be converted into suite-style rooms with modern living spaces, refreshed common areas, and private restroom facilities. This will provide a better experience for future VCSU students, and will more closely represent the type of living accommodations today's student expects in a college setting. By taking Snoeyenbos out of service during 2010-11 and the anticipated growth in new student enrollment, we are currently doing extensive renovations to prepare Robertson and Mythaler Halls. Those two residential facilities have not housed students in several years, so it will be good to utilize the facilities beginning in Fall 2010 and once again have VCSU students living in those buildings.

In the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, final repairs are being made to the southwest and northeast corners and will be completed in the next couple weeks. The extensive renovations undertaken to the Fieldhouse during the past six months will ensure the structural integrity and long-term usage for many years. For the second year in a row, VCSU will hold Commencement Exercises in Osmon Fieldhouse on Saturday, May 15 at 10 am.

Under the leadership of Dr. Andre DeLorme, the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center (PWERC) is being established at the Kathryn School in Kathryn, ND. The PWERC is being funded through a five-year, $732,000 grant from the ND Department of Health (funded by federal EPA Clean Water Act dollars). The PWERC will have four primary concentrations: educational activities for students, teacher workshops, professional workshops, and research on aquatic biological resources. This new Center ties closely with VCSU's long-term strategic goals, and will further extend VCSU's leadership in the field of Science Education.

Earlier this month, VCSU held its first registration session for incoming Fall 2010 freshmen. Another registration session will be held next week, with a couple more sessions to follow in June. Never before has VCSU hosted registration sessions this early or often in the year; this is yet another tangible sign of the anticipated growth in next fall's freshmen class.

There has been a tremendous amount of work conducted throughout campus by a variety of individuals in preparing for VCSU's next full accreditation visit in 2011. This significant accreditation review is facilitated by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and occurs once every ten years. Several of us just returned from the HLC Annual Meeting in Chicago to further prepare for next year's accreditation visit. The accreditation review is a very active and comprehensive process, and you will hear more about it in the year ahead.

This is just a small sampling of some of the many happenings currently underway at VCSU. There is never a shortage of activity occurring throughout the campus, and this Spring is no exception.