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Unfortunately, due to the Corvid-19 virus, VCSU was unable to hold their annual scholarship auction.Jennifer Lang an alum of VCSU is in her 13th year with Norwex, a company whose goal is to radically reduce the use of chemicals in our homes and personal care products. Norwex allows you to clean your entire home with 2 cloths and water. The microfiber cloths remove 99% of bacteria and once the cloths are wet, the antibacterial agent (micro silver which is embedded in the cloth), self-cleanses.Here is an opportunity to support VCSU and our athletes, make you and your home healthier and save you time and money when it comes to cleaning. Jennifer would like to donate 30% of every sale placed off her website to the VCSU scholarship fund.To make it more fun, she will be giving away numerous hostess packages. Every time sales reach $1000, the names of those who ordered will go into a drawing for the Norwex hostess gifts.Follow the following instructions for ordering:1. Go to: www.jenniferlang.norwex.biz2. Do your shopping3. Place your order4. Click on the tab in the top left corner, “Add Order To Party”5. Click on the drop-down arrow in the box6. Click on VCSU Scholarship Norwex Fund Raiser7. Complete your orderIf you have any questions, feel free to contact Jennifer at 701-412-6586 or jenniferlang2017@gmail.com.

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To honor its 2020 graduating class, Valley City State University will hold a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, starting at 10 a.m. At the ceremony, VCSU will recognize 299 graduates — 261 candidates will receive bachelor’s degrees and 38 students will receive master’s degrees.The VCSU virtual ceremony will be played on the university’s YouTube channel, VCSUVikings (www.youtube.com/user/VCSUVikings). The event will appear on the YouTube channel that Saturday morning.“COVID-19 has changed much of how we do things in 2020,” said VCSU President Alan LaFave. “Unfortunately, responding effectively to the coronavirus requires us to alter our plans for one of the most hallowed of university traditions, the commencement ceremony. Although we wish we could honor the Class of 2020 with an in-person ceremony, we trust that this virtual ceremony will provide a way to honor our graduates and their accomplishments.”President LaFave will preside over the commencement exercises. Audience members will also hear from Nick Hacker, chair of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE), along with graduating senior Brandi Aranda and Steven King, professor of social science.Alan LaFave has served as president of Valley City State University since December 2018. He previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. In addition to his SBHE service, Nick Hacker is CEO of Guaranty and Title Company, which provides title insurance and real estate closing services across North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana.A VCSU senior from Hitterdal, Minn., Brandi Aranda will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. She has served the university as an R.A. and a Viking Ambassador, and also as a student athletic trainer and leader in the Athletic Training Club. Aranda, who served as homecoming co-chair last fall, received a Viking Pilot Award in 2019 in recognition of her passion for and contributions to the student body and campus community.Steven King began teaching at VCSU in 1998 and secured a tenure track position in 2005. In 2019, he was recognized at the Dakota Conference at Augustana College with the Distinguished Contribution to the Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of the Northern Plains Award. Campus adviser for the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, King was honored by VCSU’s Student Senate as its 2020 Teacher of the Year.VCSU has invited all spring 2020 and fall 2019 graduates to return to campus to participate in one of its next in-person commencement ceremonies in December 2020 or May 2021.

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Now, more than ever, we need your support! The world has certainly changed over the past few weeks. It has been a challenging time. Our students will complete their coursework for this semester online. Commencement will take on a new format. We have been working from home. Communication has taken on new meaning with Teams, Zoom, and conference calls. One thing that has not changed is our scholarship commitment to our students.Now, more than ever, we need your support. Throughout the past few weeks we have continued to work toward reaching our scholarship goals. Needless to say, it has not been easy. We still have a considerable way to go to generate the necessary dollars to cover those commitments. If you have been supporting our scholarship programs (Phone-a-thon, Century Club or V-500), thank you for that support. If you have not, please consider making a contribution today. Any amount, big or small, is appreciated. You can make a difference. Just like with the effort we are making to confront the coronavirus pandemic, it takes all of us to be successful.DONATE NOW! To pledge your support to VCSU-please contact our office at 1-800-532-8641, ext. 37203-donate online at vcsualumni.org-or mail your contribution to: VCSU Foundation 101 College St SW Valley City, ND 58072