Jul 12th, 2010 @ 1:31 pm | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President
As you can appreciate, campus life at VCSU is hectic during the nine months of the academic year. With a full schedule of classes, residence halls full of students, athletics, music, and theatrical events, and a variety of other student life activities, September through May are busy, active, and exciting months. However, there is an array of events that take place at VCSU during the summer months each year as well, and this summer has been no exception.

An obvious part of the summer itinerary is the summer school schedule of classes. During Summer 2010, in excess of 650 students took coursework from VCSU. Some of these students are taking courses via the internet at a distance, but many of the students are taking classes on-campus. Summer school credit production at VCSU is up over 18% this summer when compared to Summer 2009. As students work to make progress toward completing their degree, summer courses are an important part of many students' academic scheduling plans.

Beyond classes, many other activities during the summer months bring visitors to VCSU and the Valley City region. For example, by the time July is finished, a total of over 800 students will have participated in a number of different camps sponsored by VCSU's Men's & Women's Basketball teams and the VCSU Football program. These students participate in both individual and team camps, and are primarily comprised from grades 5-12. Student attendees from over 75 different school districts have participated this summer. These high schools cover all corners of North Dakota as well as students from schools in both Minnesota and South Dakota. Programs such as these athletic camps are a great way for VCSU's coaching staffs to share information and teach young people new skills. It is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the VCSU campus to prospective future students, and welcome these individuals and their coaches and families to the campus.

We have also hosted other groups and campers at VCSU aside from the athletic camps. In June, approximately 30 high school students participated in a Business And Information Technology (BAIT) Camp. The BAIT Camp allowed students to spend several days at VCSU and in the community to learn about various careers and opportunities available in business and technology fields. Other academic-related camps and programs at VCSU this summer focus on such fields as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education and Library Science.

In addition, VCSU residence halls have been used to house individuals for such activities as the State Firefighters Convention, family reunions, and a large bicycle tour. Between athletic camps and other activities, some 700 individuals will be housed at VCSU this summer. All of these events are important not only as an opportunity to showcase the VCSU campus, but also in bringing additional visitors and guests to our community.

August will be an exciting time. We will welcome back our student-athletes participating in Volleyball and Football in early August, and then new freshmen will move into the residence halls on Friday, August 20. Classes will begin on August 23. In the meantime, the VCSU campus will continue to be a busy hub of activity with a variety of summer events and programs.