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Burgad brings more than 30 years of experience in the field Valley City State University (VCSU) is pleased to welcome Dr. Allen Burgad on campus as the new Dean of the Department of Education. Burgad is a 1989 graduate of VCSU and a member of the Hall of Fame 1988 football team. He has served …

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The VCSU Office for Diversity and Inclusion will host an open house for the new Center for Equity and Inclusion on Sept. 15. The event will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. in McFarland 131. The center is located next to the new Office for Diversity and Inclusion in McFarland 132. The Center for …

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Campaign to Enhance Facilities and Scholarships for Students Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) will officially launch the Forward Together Capital Campaign at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse. All members of the community and members of the media are invited to attend. The event will be …

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Valley City State University is establishing a VCSU Coaches Hall of Fame with the intent of honoring alumni who have went on to successful and impactful coaching careers. Inductees to the VCSU Coaches Hall of Fame will receive the Osmon Icon Award, which is named in recognition of longtime coach and athletic director Bill Osmon for […]

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The 26th annual Valley City State University Scholarship Auction will be held Friday, May 21, at the Valley City Eagles Club. The cancellation of last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic inspired the “Better Together” theme for this year’s event. Attendees are encouraged to dress in VCSU attire to show their true Viking pride. […]

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Valley City State University has announced plans to hold an in-person commencement ceremony on May 15, 2021. It is VCSU’s first in-person commencement ceremony since December 2019. Both the May 2020 and December 2020 commencements were virtual events due to COVID-19 precautions. “While we are still finalizing specific details, it is with great excitement that […]

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Valley City State University has the top ranked elementary education program in the nation according to rankings recently released by Study.com. VCSU leads the list of the Best Bachelor’s in Elementary Education Degree Programs compiled at Study.com. The rankings list 50 schools nationwide, including several universities in the Midwest. “We’re very proud of the students, […]

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Valley City State University President Alan LaFave has announced the appointment of Dr. Erin Klingenberg to Interim Dean of Student Affairs.  The longtime director of counseling services at VCSU, Klingenberg assumes her new responsibilities immediately.  “Dr. Klingenberg brings extensive experience to this position and is a very positive advocate for our students and programming in […]

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Valley City State University has set spring enrollment records for the sixth consecutive year, according to official spring term 2021 numbers released Tuesday by the university. VCSU reports a total headcount of 1,632 students this spring, including 1,501 undergraduates and 131 graduate students. Both the total headcount and undergraduate headcount are spring enrollment records, surpassing […]

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Valley City State University’s online master’s in education and bachelor’s programs have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Online Programs rankings. In the 2021 national rankings of degree-granting online programs, Valley City State’s online master’s programs in education were ranked 142nd of 296 schools, and the online bachelor’s programs at […]

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Valley City State University announced today that the university has been granted renewal of accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The renewal of membership and accreditation approved by the NASM Commission on Accreditation confirms that VCSU’s music programs and instruction meet or exceed the national standards set forth by the NASM. […]

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Valley City State University will hold a virtual commencement ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 17, to honor its graduating class during the 2020 fall semester. VCSU will recognize 95 graduates – 81 will receive bachelor’s degrees and 14 will receive master’s degrees.  The VCSU virtual ceremony will play on the university’s YouTube channel at 7 p.m. […]

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Valley City State University’s Larry Robinson has been named the Respected Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northern Plains Chapter. Robinson, the executive director for advancement at VCSU, received the award during a virtual National Philanthropy Day celebration on Thursday, Nov. 12. Robinson was one of two North Dakota recipients […]

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Valley City State University has been ranked fourth among public regional colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report in its “2021 U.S. News Best Colleges” guidebook. VCSU has now appeared in the U.S. News “Best College” rankings for 23 consecutive years, and the university has been ranked in the top five Midwest […]

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During this challenging year, the Valley City State University Foundation and Alumni Office continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to make decisions regarding events, gatherings and meetings based on university, state and national guidelines, while keeping the health and safety of the campus community, alumni, friends and the Valley City community in mind. As a […]

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COVID-19 TRAVEL HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES ADDED TO VCSU SOP University-sponsored travel for employees and students will follow the Viking Safety Level guidelines as well as those issued by the CDC and the State of North Dakota. VCSU’s travel guidelines are subject to change and may be stricter at times to ensure the health and safety […]

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VCSU TO HOST FREE COVID-19 TESTING EVENT ON AUGUST 20 FOR STUDENTS & EMPLOYEES VCSU Testing Event Flyer VCSU Safety Office Email: safety@vcsu.edu

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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles: • Welcome Week • COVID-19 testing on campus Thursday • Baughman attends APA virtual conference • VanHorn presents in Iowa Communication Association speaker series • Website updates • Face coverings on campus • Free Care19 Alert app available • Coronavirus updates • What’s happening at VCSU and around […]

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REMINDER: VCSU Free Testing Event TODAY for Students & Employees VCSU Testing Event Flyer  VCSU Safety Office Email: safety@vcsu.edu

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REMINDER: VCSU TO HOST FREE COVID-19 TESTING EVENT ON AUGUST 13 FOR STUDENTS & EMPLOYEES VCSU Testing Event Flyer  VCSU Safety Office Email: safety@vcsu.edu

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VCSU faculty members Diane Burr, Julee Russell and Shannon VanHorn presented at the BbWorld 20 conference on July 21. The annual conference for members of the Blackboard community, this year’s conference was themed ”Galaxy of Learning: Blast Off to the Future of Education.” Burr, Russell and VanHorn’s session — “Universal Access: It’s the Right Thing To […]

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Kanae Haneishi, Ed.D., a new member of the VCSU Kinesiology and Human Performance Department at VCSU, presented at SHEE-TALKS – the Women’s Sports Virtual Conference 2020 – held Aug. 1-2. Hosted by the SHEEROSE Welfare Foundation in India, the conference featured 17 sessions and attracted 10,000-plus participants worldwide.   Haneishi spoke about networking and mentoring […]

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This week’s Hotline! includes the following articles: • President’s column: Anything but normal • COVID-19 testing on campus Thursday • No planetarium shows this fall • Burr, Russell and VanHorn present at BbWorld 20 conference • Haneishi presents at SHEE-TALKS conference • Coronavirus updates • What’s happening at VCSU and around Valley City… The VCSU […]

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Greetings from Valley City State University! As we continue to plan and anticipate welcoming faculty, staff and students back to campus in a few short weeks, I’d like to share some personal perspectives on the appreciation I have for our entire campus and Valley City community for the incredible efforts to collaborate and assemble a […]

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VCSU TO HOST FREE COVID-19 TESTING EVENT ON AUGUST 13 FOR STUDENTS & EMPLOYEES VCSU Testing Event Flyer  VCSU Safety Office Email: safety@vcsu.edu

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REMINDER: COVID-19 safety signs are available to order COVID-related signage is available to order by following this link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=kaA37Ka55UeY0JA9SkGSA2lhCHE49fNAovAkHne4y9NUMkwyRFhaTlE1RkxRMURJSTJEUVY2R1FOVy4u *Please indicate the quantity of each sign you would like printed and if you would like the sign laminated. Please allow time for printing, cutting, and delivery. Thank you, VCSU Safety Office

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VCSU COVID-19 Testing Dates Good morning, Valley City State University has coordinated with City County Health District to provide 3 testing dates for VCSU students and employees. All testing events will be drive through events located at the Lokken Stadium parking lot. Preregister at this site before attending any testing event. If you have already […]

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VCSU Campus Restart Dear students, As we move closer to beginning fall semester, I’d like to share some information about what to expect on campus when we restart. Please take a few minutes to watch my video message below. We look forward to seeing you soon. Go Vikings! (Watch the video at this link — […]

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Testing event this week City County Health will be hosting a Community wide COVID-19 testing event on Wednesday, August 5th from 4pm to 5:30 pm at the Lokken Stadium parking lot. VCSU employees and students are welcome to attend this event. There will be 200 tests available. If you plan to attend, please preregister at: […]

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Facilities Services COVID-19 Plan The VCSU Facilities Services Department has developed campus-wide, COVID-19 mitigation measures supporting VCSU’s COVID-19 Safe Operating Procedures. Items such as building maintenance, cleaning and sanitation, increased air filtration and other building operations will play an important and complementary role in minimizing the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19: Facilities Unit Plan provides […]

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VCSU Class Attendance during Fall 2020 VCSU Campus Students: As you plan to return to campus this fall, you are likely wondering what your classes will look like, and how we’ll manage things if someone is sick or otherwise unable to attend classes. Please see the flyer below (also attached), along with the message (attached) […]

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VCSU Campus Restart Dear students, As we move closer to beginning fall semester, I’d like to share some information about what to expect on campus when we restart. Please take a few minutes to watch my video message below. We look forward to seeing you soon. Go Vikings! (Watch the video at this link — […]

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SBHE resolution regarding face coverings Good afternoon everyone! I am passing along the resolution passed by the State Board of Higher Education at yesterday’s meeting. This resolution helped guide our most recent COVID-19 health and safety update. Resolution in Support of Mask Policies I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing, rejuvenating, and healthy summer! […]

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Coronavirus Meeting and Event Guide VCSU recognizes the positive impact of social engagement and participation in campus activities. VCSU will strive to provide students, faculty, staff and campus visitors with opportunities to engage in campus events outside the classroom while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Given the fluid nature of COVID-19, event plans may need […]

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates & Resources for Campus Operations We here at Valley City State University are preparing for the safe return of faculty, staff and students to campus for the fall semester. To assist in monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, VCSU is implementing the Viking Safety Levels. The Viking Safety Level serves as […]

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REMINDER: Free COVID-29 Testing Event: TODAY This is a reminder of the free testing event described below. (See previous Coronavirus Campus Communication post for details) Please note: if it works best with your schedule, you can have the test done during work hours. Also, after the test there is no need to quarantine. VCSU Safety […]

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COVID-19 Signage Print Request The COVID-related signage has been updated and is available to order by following this link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=kaA37Ka55UeY0JA9SkGSA2lhCHE49fNAovAkHne4y9NUMkwyRFhaTlE1RkxRMURJSTJEUVY2R1FOVy4u Please indicate the quantity of each sign you would like printed and if you would like the sign laminated. We would like to do a bulk order, so please respond by NOON on FRIDAY, July […]

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REMINDER: Free COVID-19 Testing Event: July 8th REMINDER: City-County Health is offering a FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing event on Wednesday, July 8, from 2-6 p.m. at the North Dakota Winter Show facility in Valley City. All VCSU employees and students living in the Valley City area are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity […]

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REMINDER: Return to Work Process This is a reminder that as buildings begin to open (starting today, buildings will be open per the regular summer schedule), and employees look at returning to work, that the attached Return to Work checklist is REQUIRED to be submitted and approved prior to returning. There is also a REQUIRED SafeColleges […]

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City-County Health is offering a FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing event on Wednesday, July 8, from 2-6 p.m. at the North Dakota Winter Show facility in Valley City. All VCSU employees and students living in the Valley City area are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to be tested.  Here are the event details: […]

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Margaret Dahlberg, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs Our goals at VCSU this fall are clear: Keep the campus healthy. Provide a high-quality, accessible education. And, as much as reasonably possible, provide a personal, face-to-face experience where students can flourish. VCSU officials have been working with City-County Health officials and within CDC and North Dakota […]

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VCSU alumnus Mark Zinke ’16 spends his days teaching in the gym and coaching on the field. By night he is busy designing and selling gear to people who are proud to represent their North Dakota roots. Tell us about yourself. I live in Mandan with my wife, Steph, and son Liam (20 months). I […]

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The Honor Roll recognizes students who completed 6 to 11 semester hours of Valley City State University classes for which grade points are earned with a grade point average of at least 3.50. Students are listed geographically by state and hometown; students from Canada, India and Mexico are listed after U.S. students at the the […]

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The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points were earned with a 4.0 grade point average. Students are listed geographically by state and hometown; note that international students from Australia and Canada are recognized after U.S. students at the end of this list. Arizona […]

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The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points were earned with a 4.0 grade point average. Students are listed geographically by state and hometown; note that international students from Australia and Canada are recognized after U.S. students at the end of this list. Arizona […]

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The Dean’s Honor Roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points were earned with a grade point average of at least 3.50. Students are listed geographically by state and hometown; students from Canada and Japan are listed after U.S. students at the the end of the list. […]

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The Dean’s Honor Roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points were earned with a grade point average of at least 3.50. Students are listed geographically by state and hometown; students from Canada and Japan are listed after U.S. students at the the end of the list. […]

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Teresa Cole, administrative assistant for the VCSU Department of Technology, was recently named “Staff Member of the Quarter. Her nomination read, in part, “I believe Teresa should be recognized as Staff Member of the Quarter for VCSU. Teresa demonstrated a firm desire to help me meet student needs during the COVID-19 changes of spring 2020. […]

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Pete Smithhisler, VCSU vice president for student affairs, has been appointed to the national advisory board for the University Benchmark Project (UBP) for the 2020-21 academic year. UBP advisory board members are responsible for reviewing and evaluating unit metrics, marketing to peer institutions, and providing overall advisory support for the project. Smithhisler was selected to […]

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Greetings from Valley City State University!Many outside higher education might think that the summer months on a college campus are slower paced, but folks on the inside know better. While the atmosphere is certainly different this summer on campus without students, faculty, camps and in-person workshops, we are moving forward at an increased pace with a myriad of projects and planning efforts.We recently sent a message to students detailing what they should expect when they return to our campus late next month. This includes some of the many protocols that will be in place to insure the continued health and safety of our community. We described the additional personal protective equipment that will be made available for all, new ways of handling food service and dining options, and a synchronous remote-delivery option available for all face-to-face classes. We know that as the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will need to be prepared to adjust as needed. All of our students will be tested prior to the beginning of the semester. In fact, many of our student-athletes will be tested beginning later this month through the start of the school year. The NAIA continues to update guidance and recommendations for a successful return to fall sports and is committed to minimizing health risks to student-athletes and staff. Part of our planning includes continued participation with the NDUS Small College Task Force. This sub-group reports concerns, questions and recommendations back to the overall NDUS task force. We have found these weekly meetings very helpful in sharing best practices and addressing common challenges and concerns. The NDUS task force, in direct contact and dialogue with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), is led by Dr. Joshua Wynne, chief health strategist for the State of North Dakota. On a local level, we continue to have twice weekly meetings with our Pandemic Response Team to address issues and challenges specific to VCSU. At our last meeting, we were fortunate to be joined by Jennifer Schmidt, NDDoH field epidemiologist, who shared her thoughts and perspectives on our reopening plan. With her thorough knowledge of the COVID-19 situation, she was able to answer many questions and provide advice. We continue to also participate in the weekly City-County Health updates led by Theresa Will and sincerely appreciate the guidance, support and collaboration with this valuable group. What an impressive job the National Guard and City-County Health leaders did in hosting the COVID-19 testing event last week. There was much interest and great participation in the event, and the organization and professionalism of all involved came shining through. We are fortunate to have such dedicated folks leading these efforts here in Valley City and all across North Dakota.In the midst of all of these meetings and planning sessions, we continue to look to our future. The upcoming VCSU President’s Cabinet retreat provides campus leaders with an opportunity to envision and strategize for the university’s short- and long-term viability. This year’s retreat will focus on strategic planning, budgeting, and student-success initiatives. To say we are excited to welcome students back to campus is very much an understatement. We believe we are stronger together, and we plan to continue providing high-quality, student-centered learning opportunities for all VCSU students.Go Vikings!