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Valley City State University and the Frontier Conference announced today that VCSU will join the athletic conference starting in the fall of 2025. Valley City State University’s athletic teams will compete for one more season in the North Star Athletic Association before joining the Frontier Conference for the 2025-26 season. The Frontier Conference – currently …

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170 students to receive degrees including 153 undergraduates Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) today conferred 170 graduate and undergraduate degrees and three certificates or minors at the spring commencement ceremony held earlier this morning. The ceremony was the 132nd commencement ceremony at VCSU, and 153 undergraduate diplomas were awarded. This includes …

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$5 million gifted to the Forward Together Capital Campaign Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced the largest gift in university history. Gary Tharaldson ’67, and family have given $5 million as part of the Forward Together Capital Campaign. The campaign supports much-needed facility upgrades and student scholarships. The gift will help jumpstart an expansion …

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The Valley City State University (VCSU) Trap Club competed in the North Dakota State Collegiate Trap Shoot on Saturday, April 27. Kaden Schafer, a freshman majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, earned the title for 1st Place Male in Singles Trap with a 93/100 after a two-round shoot-off to break a three-way tie. VCSU’s top shots …

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Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) will host spring commencement at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11 at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse in Valley City, ND. President Alan LaFave, who began his tenure at VCSU in 2018, will preside over the commencement exercises. Biller, will represent the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE). The …

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Event continues to be largest fundraising event for VCSU Foundation The Valley City State University (VCSU) Foundation has announced more than $125,000 was given by generous donors to support students at the recent Scholarship Auction. More than 370 people attended the event and donations were made in-person, online and through donating items or time for …

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55+ undergraduate students to showcase research, writing and creative projects The Valley City State University (VCSU) Scholar Symposium will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Robinson Center for the Arts. The Symposium includes 55+ undergraduate students presenting their research, writing and other creative projects to a wider audience. The …

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Chancellor to present “Living and Working with Intelligent Machines: Suggesting a Way Ahead” in conjunction with the VCSU Scholar Symposium Valley City State University (VCSU) will host a presentation about Artificial Intelligence given by North Dakota University System (NDUS) Chancellor Mark Hagerott. The presentation is at noon Tuesday, April 30, in the Robinson Center for …

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Valley City State University Department of Mathematics recently hosted the 1st Annual VCSU Math Competition for students in grades 7-12 on Wednesday, April 17. Teams came from 41 school districts around the state including Mandan, Larimore, Kindred, Lisbon, Enderlin, Mandaree, Dunseith, Flasher, Oak Grove, Dickinson, Kidder County, Northern Cass, Shanley, and many more. With 330 …

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Competitive trap shooting will begin Fall 2024 Valley City State University (VCSU) has officially added competitive shooting as a coed intercollegiate sport for students. The VCSU Shooting Sports Team will begin traveling to trap competitions Fall 2024. “We are excited to offer this sport for students to compete in and officially represent VCSU,” President Alan …

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Valley City State University Student Health Services will host the annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the VCSU Student Center. The event is free and open to the public and participants can expect amazing door prizes, hands on activities, and wellness information from 30 different campus local …

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Valley City State University Student Health Services will host the annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the VCSU Student Center. The event is free and open to the public and participants can expect amazing door prizes, hands on activities, and wellness information from 30 different campus local …

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Get your tickets and Get Groovy for the 29th Annual VCSU Scholarship Auction!  Tickets for the 29th annual Valley City State University Scholarship Auction: Get Groovy, Vikings are now on sale!  Tickets are $70, fitting for this year’s 70’s-themed event on April 26, 2024 at the Valley City Eagles Club. Purchase tickets here or by …

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Valley City State University hosted the Valley City Regional Science Olympiad for teams of high school and middle school students on Thursday, March 28. Approximately 350 students composed of 23 different teams from 13 different schools competed. Students participated in a variety of events, such as Robot Tour, Optics, Experimental Design, Can’t Judge a Powder …

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Robinson to retire from VCSU with more than 50 years of service to ND Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced the official naming of the Larry J. Robinson Center for the Arts to honor Robinson’s long and successful career at VCSU. The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved …

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Editor’s note: The National AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at VCSU until April 18.  There are some threads, like those between siblings, parents and children, that can withstand the pressures of time, grief and the unknown. Retired VCSU Professor and Lamoure resident Dr. Gary Ketterling knows this well. This week Ketterling will join …

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Valley City State University (VCSU) is leading a program in North Dakota to encourage undergraduate students to venture into scientific research. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is funded in partnership with North Dakota EPSCoR Office located at NDSU and aims to help students begin to think like researchers. The grant focuses on stimulating undergraduate …

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The 29th annual Valley City State University Scholarship Auction Presents: Get Groovy, Vikings on April 26, 2024 at the Valley City Eagles Club. This year’s theme will be 70’s. Auction tickets are $70 each, which includes admission, two drink tickets and a buffet dinner. “The scholarship auction has become the event of the season for …

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Valley City State University (VCSU) announces a renewed pledge that ensures tuition is affordable for any student interested in earning an undergraduate degree. The Viking Promise is a continuous effort from VCSU to alleviate the cost of tuition through financial aid and scholarship support. Currently, 95% of ND, MN, SD, WUE, and MSEP students who …

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Valley City State University Department of Mathematics will host the 1st Annual VCSU Math Competition for students in grades 7-12 on Wednesday, April 17. The online registration form is available at https://vcsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cN2celJl4bBNBwq. Participants must register by Friday, March 22. The event will run from 9:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m. Participants and teachers/coaches will receive a …

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Headcount of 1,747 students paired with highest FTE during spring semester in school history Valley City, ND – Valley City State University has set another enrollment record with 1,747 total students enrolled for Spring 2024. This includes 1,628 undergraduate students and 119 graduate students. The semester also set a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) record at …

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U.S. News and World Reports ranks VCSU for Best Online Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education Programs Valley City State University (VCSU) has been ranked again by U.S. News and World Report as having one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. VCSU was also recognized for having one of the Best Online Master’s in Education programs. …

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The Forge, VCSU’s literary publication, has been recognized as a Superior magazine by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This year, schools in 46 states and five countries nominated 375 student magazines. Magazines from middle school, high school, and higher education were welcomed for the 2023 contest. “I’d like to thank the student …

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Tax preparation dates begin Monday, Feb. 5 Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) students will offer free tax return preparation clinics for low-to-moderate income taxpayers from Monday, Feb. 5 to Monday, April 15. This is a basic tax service for qualified taxpayers with income less than $64,000 per year. The Volunteer Income …

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Valley City State University celebrated student achievement during the Winter Commencement ceremony Thursday, Dec. 14, in Vangstad Auditorium. 133 students earned their degrees this summer or fall, including 101 undergraduate recipients and 32 graduate students. A full list of graduates is available here. “While the accomplishments you are recognized for today are significant, perhaps the …

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Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) will host winter commencement at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, in Vangstad Auditorium. President Alan LaFave will preside over the commencement exercises. Curtis Biller, will represent the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE). The undergraduate reflections will be presented by graduating senior, Cora Potts, and the …

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Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced the school was recognized for Leadership in Continuous Improvement by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP awarded the 2023 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement to 21 educator preparation programs in 15 states and the United Arab Emirates. Winning schools provided evidence and …

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Sending warm wishes to you and yours for a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. We celebrate the achievements of 2023, and look with excitement to what 2024 will bring. May we all continue to pursue success for our students, community, and state as we move forward together.

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The Valley City State University (VCSU) Concert Band and other instrumental ensembles will present a fall instrumental concert in the Center for the Arts Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17. Admission to the concert is free, and donations to support the work of the ensembles are welcome. The concert will include a Woodwind …

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Yesterday -The Beatles Tribute, a Las Vegas show band, will bring their critically acclaimed show to the Valley City Eagles Club on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the V-500 Scholarship Fund. The band has performed around the world portraying musical icons, The Beatles, transporting its audience to a bygone …

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The Valley City State University (VCSU) Foundation announced the 2023 Viking Day of Giving will be Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Viking Day of Giving is an opportunity for alumni and friends of VCSU to come together on one day to support scholarships for students at VCSU. “A scholarship is life-changing for so many VCSU students and their families and it makes a …

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The Valley City State University (VCSU) Art Department invites the public to experience the Art Faculty Exhibition in the Center for the Arts. The show will run from October 9 – 20 with a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 3-4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Lobby. Artwork includes a variety of digital, …

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The Interim Higher Education Committee of the North Dakota Legislature conducted their meeting on Oct. 10, and Oct. 11, at Valley City State University (VCSU). Committee members from across the state toured campus and conducted their meeting in the new Center for the Arts. President Alan LaFave, Dr. Allen Burgad, Dr. Nick Galt, Larry Brooks, …

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1,754 students enrolled reflects 20 years of growth Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced it has enrolled the largest number of students in a fall semester in school history. There are a record 1,754 students in total enrolled at VCSU this semester. That number includes 1,628 undergraduate students, the most …

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26th consecutive year VCSU has been ranked by the publication Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) today announced it has been ranked as the top regional public college in North Dakota for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. The 2024 U.S. News Best Colleges report was released this …

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100 Straight!   The VCSU Trap Club traveled to Bismarck, ND on Saturday, Sept. 16 for the 2023 Fall Shootout hosted by Bismark State College. They were among seven college teams shooting at the Capital City Gun Club. Kaden Schafer, a first-year student majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, was the 1st Place Male in Singles …

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Prairie Waters Education and Research Center to move this summer to the Valley City National Fish Hatchery Valley City, ND – Valley City State University’s (VCSU) Prairie Waters Education and Research Center will be partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Valley City National Fish Hatchery and Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons in a new …

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Rating by Money.com determined through quality and affordability Valley City State University (VCSU) has been rated as one of the Best Colleges in America for 2023 by Money.com. VCSU was given four out of five stars and is one of four North Dakota schools included in the ratings. The overall ratings are determined by comparing …

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Valley City State University (VCSU) has selected Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country (CCBCHC) as the new beverage vendor for the campus. The selection was made after a competitive bid process. Coca-Cola will supply vending machines, beverage service stations in the cafeteria, athletic concession and support various student activities throughout the school year. The contract begins …

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On Monday, June 13 the Valley City State University Foundation honored its donors who have reached a new level of giving. This year’s Recognition Luncheon drew over 90 attendees, held at Sabir’s Fine Dining & Lounge.  Individuals and businesses were recognized for their continued support of the University through donations, volunteerism, and other efforts. During …

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While most teachers are spending the summer enjoying the warm weather, a group of 16 found themselves back in the classroom this week at Valley City State University (VCSU). VCSU hosted a two-day IT/Cyber bootcamp for K-12 teachers. The program was offered in partnership with the DakotaDigital Academy (DDA) and the Northern Information Technology Consortium …

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Fourteen adventurous individuals, associated with Valley City State University, with a variety of experience, skillsets, and interests recently joined together on a service-learning trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The group focused on learning about different cultures and understanding programming and resources that minimize violence in relationships. Each day was filled with cultural activities and educational …

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Valley City State University’s (VCSU) School of Education and Graduate Studies has been reaccredited through 2030 by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The accreditation process requires a comprehensive evaluation of the curriculum and field experiences. This includes reviewing the teaching and content knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teacher candidates to successfully enter …

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$11.5 million approved by the State of North Dakota for the Project Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) will receive $11.5 million from the State of North Dakota to transform historic McCarthy Hall into a new home for the VCSU School of Education. The funding was included in the recently endorsed House …

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Valley City State University is hosting an art exhibition representing the cultural heritage of North Dakota. The show incorporates work from 24 different artists from multiple entities within the North Dakota University System (NDUS). The show has been traveling around the state this Spring and Fall. The NDUS traveling show will be in the VCSU …

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60+ students and faculty present academic research and projects Valley City State University’s (VCSU) hosted the 2023 Scholar Symposium on Tuesday, May 2. The Symposium featured the work of more than 60 students and faculty across multiple disciplines. The Symposium gave undergraduate students the opportunity to showcase their research, writing, and other creative projects developed …

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President Alan LaFave has announced the Valley City State University Faculty Excellence Awards for 2022–23, recognizing “exceptional dedication and commitment to students and the university by outstanding teaching, scholarly activities, or university service.” This year’s recipients include: Teather Sundstrom, Ph.D. – Senior Faculty (associate or full professor) award Gratia Brown, M.F.A – Junior Faculty (instructor …

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Twelve students from Valley City State University (VCSU) Trap Club took home the  championship in American Trap at the North Dakota State Collegiate Clay Target Championship on Saturday, April 29, 2023 in Jamestown, ND. VCSU students earned a total score of 422/500, beating out other competitive teams from around the state. Team members include: Bridger Pulver, Grant Larson, Elijah Brovold, Ashley …

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by Garret Fettig ’23 English & Communication Marketing Intern First of all, congratulations! Hopefully you’ve been told this all weekend, but walking across the stage and grabbing your diploma after years of work is an amazing feat. But now what? Take a deep breath, to start. Then go through this list and take things a …

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by Garret Fettig ’23 English & Communication Marketing Intern You’ve probably heard it all before: “Soak it all in!” “These are the best years of your life!” “Finish strong!” But as students approach graduation, they often want a little more useful advice than the familiar cliched sayings. As a graduating senior myself, I’ve compiled all …

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