Jun 11th, 2012 @ 11:44 am | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
While Summer does not officially begin for another week or so, the recent high temperatures certainly have us in the mood for the summer season. It has already been a month since the 2012 VCSU graduating class was recognized at Commencement, and the busy summer schedule is in full-swing across campus.

Over 575 students are enrolled in courses during the Summer Semester this year. The Summer term is an important part of the academic calendar and keeps our faculty and students actively engaged with their teaching and learning activities. The summer months also represent a busy time with preparations for the start of the forthcoming academic year including New Student Registration sessions for students and their families. As we finalize the mid-August Orientation and Welcome Week schedules for new students, it appears as though VCSU will experience another large incoming class in Fall 2012.

There are significant physical transformations across campus as well. The project that is undoubtedly having the biggest impact currently at VCSU is the ongoing expansion and renovation of Rhoades Science Center. The 27,000 square-foot expansion is on-schedule and slated to be entirely completed and ready for classes in January 2013. The renovation to the existing Rhoades building will continue through the 2012-13 academic year and be completed by August 2013. Other improvements across campus are underway or set to commence this summer including a major renovation to the Student Center Cafeteria; the installation of a new video board at Shelly Ellig Field; exterior foundational improvements to McFarland Hall; multiple office renovations and relocations; and several exterior campus improvements.

A new initiative being launched this summer is a campus "One-Card" system known as the Viking Card. The Viking Card is the ID card issued to every VCSU student and employee, and the new system will be operational by mid-July and ready when students return in the fall. The Viking Card represents a major upgrade offering increased functionality compared to the current card system. It will be used for library and IT check-out, door/building access, admission to games/events, as a form of payment at the Bookstore, Cafeteria, and campus Starbucks, and provide other integrated features. The Viking Card is a significant technological implementation process involving multiple offices and many functions across campus.

As always, there are also a wide variety of camps and workshops scheduled throughout the summer with participants of many age levels. Just last week, over 500 students and coaches from 21 high schools representing four states participated in football team camps. There will be many more students on the VCSU campus for other similar athletic and educational camps throughout the summer. Additionally, the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center in Kathryn, ND and the Great Plains STEM Education Center at VCSU will be busy hosting workshops and participants. It is always enjoyable when VCSU can welcome visitors to the campus and provide them with a wonderful Viking experience.

Finally, a big word of THANKS on behalf of VCSU and Viking Athletics for all of the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers who participated in the Viking Scramble fundraiser earlier this month. It was a beautiful day with a huge turnout of golfers and a record amount of dollars raised. Your participation and support of these activities is so appreciated and helps VCSU keep building on the positive momentum. Thank You!

The summer months will be over before we know it. VCSU faculty will be back on contract on Monday, August 13, and freshmen move into the residence halls on Friday, August 17. Enjoy your summer!