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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!

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 […]

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Valley City State University has released its President’s Honor Roll, Dean’s Honor Roll and Honor Roll for spring semester 2020.The President’s Honor Roll —www.vcsu.edu/news/presidents-honor-roll-spring-2020— recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points are earned with a 4.0 grade point average.The Dean’s Honor Roll —www.vcsu.edu/news/deans-honor-roll-spring-2020— recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points are earned with a grade point average of at least 3.5.The Honor Roll—www.vcsu.edu/news/honor-roll-spring-2020— 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.

Valley City State University has released its President’s Honor Roll, Dean’s Honor Roll and Honor Roll for spring semester 2020. The President’s Honor Roll — www.vcsu.edu/news/presidents-honor-roll-spring-2020 — recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points are earned with a 4.0 grade point average. The Dean’s Honor Roll — www.vcsu.edu/news/deans-honor-roll-spring-2020 — recognizes […]

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Reopening Plans As you are working on your return plans please keep in mind the PPE that will be needed to assist in protecting employees, students, and visitors when on campus.  The following PPE has been identified as essential to the successful opening of campus and has been purchased, and […]

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As employees start returning to work and offices start opening for business, we wanted to send a reminder of the following employee expectations to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 on campus: Wearing a proper face covering is required in buildings based on university guidelines, e.g. When social distancing cannot or may not […]

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COVID-19 Safe Operating Procedures UPDATE: Return to Work Process The VCSU COVID-19 Safe Operating Procedures have been updated as follows (click on the link to view these updates): Return to Work Process Workplace Expectations and Guidelines Mandatory training via SafeColleges Phased Staffing Staffing Options Symptom Monitoring Requirement Guidance for Specific Workplace Scenarios Department Return to Work Checklist  […]

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Valley City State University is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all members of our community. We recognize that the threat from COVID-19 is not over, and continues to affect our community in different ways, including how, when, and where many of us are able to work. Most university employees are […]

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Greetings from Valley City State University!We celebrated a major milestone in the history of VCSU this past week — the official groundbreaking for the Center for the Arts. We were so pleased to be joined by faculty, staff, students, local and state leaders, and friends of the university, along with representatives from HGA Architects, JE Dunn Construction and Strata Corporation for this celebration. New academic facilities on any campus are a reason for celebration. The Rhoades Science Center addition and renovation, completed in 2013, was the first capital construction project for an academic facility at VCSU in 40 years. And now, seven years later, we’re starting work on the Center for the Arts.This truly state-of-the-art facility will become the new home of our art and music departments. The students and faculty in these programs will be the primary beneficiaries of all the new building will offer as the space has been designed with optimum student learning in mind. The art studio spaces will be equipped with the latest equipment and technology to keep our students at the forefront of the discipline. Learning spaces will be complemented with working and lab spaces. A new graphic design lab will be included, providing opportunities for our students to pursue training in one of the fastest growing and changing fields, and allowing greater collaboration with other disciplines across campus. Traditional courses in art will be delivered in beautiful new studio spaces, and the curriculum will include drawing, design, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, sculpture, art history and art business. The new gallery space, located adjacent to the front lobby, will be a tremendous new venue for showcasing the work of our students, faculty and visiting artists.Our music students will be participating in courses including music education, theory, history, pedagogy, recording technology, applied instruction, choir, band, chamber music, athletic band and jazz ensemble. The music rehearsal, recording studio, classrooms, faculty studios and performance spaces have been designed with optimum student learning outcomes in mind. As you might expect, construction of this type of facility, which includes different programs and the louder-than-normal volume levels in some rehearsal spaces, needs to take into account sound transfer from one space to the next and meet safety standards for student and faculty hearing. The technology and acoustical design and treatment of these spaces will not only provide safe and comfortable environments for music instruction but also the latest applications for recording and playback. The faculty teaching studios, along with the large rehearsal and performance spaces, will all be integrated from a technology perspective, allowing students to receive nearly instantaneous feedback on their work. The band and choir rehearsal halls have been beautifully designed with function and acoustical response as top considerations. The meticulously planned design of the 350-seat performance space will provide for adjustable acoustics depending upon the performance group utilizing the space. The new Center for the Arts will become a hub of activity and culture for the campus, the Valley City community, the region and state. Numerous local and statewide events that will bring thousands of students and patrons to campus during the coming years will certainly have a positive impact on growth prospects for VCSU and our local economy. Whether it’s a VCSU event or an exhibition or performance by a guest artist, the Barnes County Music Festival, Ployhar Band Festival or NDHSAA state music contest, this showcase will be a point of pride for us all. We can’t wait for this outstanding facility to open; in the meantime, please join us in watching construction progress via a webcam at www.vcsu.edu/center-for-the-arts-building.Go Vikings!

Greetings from Valley City State University! We celebrated a major milestone in the history of VCSU this past week — the official groundbreaking for the Center for the Arts. We were so pleased to be joined by faculty, staff, students, local and state leaders, and friends of the university, along with representatives from HGA Architects, […]

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for the Arts at Valley City State University was held Wednesday morning, June 24. University officials, along with community, regional and state leaders, gathered with representatives from the architectural, construction and site preparation firms to break ground on the $32 million project. Funded by a state appropriation from the […]

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for the Arts at Valley City State University was held Wednesday morning, June 24. University officials, along with community, regional and state leaders, gathered with representatives from the architectural, construction and site preparation firms to break ground on the $32 million project.Funded by a state appropriation from the 66th North Dakota Legislative Assembly with the approval of Gov. Doug Burgum, the Center for the Arts will bring the VCSU art and music programs together in a state-of-the-art facility replete with spaces designed specifically for the disciplines.Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included VCSU President Alan LaFave; Roxanne Nelson, arts, community and education principal at HGA, architects for the project; Marc Mellmer, vice president of JE Dunn Construction; Dave Carlsrud, mayor of Valley City; and Angeline Gannon, VCSU Student Senate president. Wesley Wintch, VCSU vice president of business affairs and chair of the Center for the Arts Steering Committee, served as emcee.“Given the situation with COVID-19, sometimes it feels like the world is standing still,” said President Alan LaFave. “We are not standing still at VCSU. We are moving forward; we are moving forward together. This ceremony today is an important milestone at the university, one that will help secure our future and a big step as we create a showcase for the arts for our students, the campus community and Valley City. Thank you to all who played a role in the planning and funding of the Center for the Arts.”Art facilities in the new building will include a ceramics lab; printmaking, painting and drawing studios; a digital design lab; a digital photography studio; and a woodshop. An art gallery will provide a highly visible, secure space to showcase student and visiting artist exhibitions.Music facilities will include a 350-seat performance hall, a 100-seat recital hall/choral room, a band room, a piano/computer lab, a recording and production studio, large and small practice rooms, and faculty offices/studios. Acoustic treatments have been designed for all performance, rehearsal and practice spaces, and the larger spaces feature adjustable acoustics and audio/video recording capabilities.Gathering spaces will be found throughout the building, and a grand lobby will provide a reception area and showcase for the arts at VCSU.

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for the Arts at Valley City State University was held Wednesday morning, June 24. University officials, along with community, regional and state leaders, gathered with representatives from the architectural, construction and site preparation firms to break ground on the $32 million project. Funded by a state appropriation from the […]

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Greetings from Valley City State University!As you might imagine, the most frequent question I’m asked these days is whether or not VCSU will be opening this fall and resuming face-to-face instruction. I am very pleased to enthusiastically answer with a resounding yes!In response to the pandemic, our campus Emergency Management Team is meeting twice weekly to complete our plans for a successful and smart restart plan for this fall. This local group includes chairs for nine different working groups focused on North Dakota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, along with recommendations and procedures developed by several national health and higher education organizations.Prior to reopening many of our campus buildings on July 6, we are ensuring that proper protocols, equipment and supplies are in place, including sufficient PPE (personal protective equipment), face masks, signage, training for employees, see-through barriers, hand sanitizer dispensers, electrostatic disinfecting machines for large spaces, and office cleaning supplies.Additionally, Jill DeVries, VCSU athletic director, and I are serving on the NDUS Small College Restart Task Force. This group is very engaging and conversational as we look for the most appropriate and size-specific solutions and strategies to address the many challenges for smaller schools such as ours.One of the biggest challenges we face will be to provide ample and sufficient testing for our students, faculty and staff upon their return, but rest assured that all of the NDUS institutions, in concert with state health authorities and agencies, are sharing plans and best practices as we reopen our campuses.We know how very important it is for us to be responsible and vigilant as we move forward with a thorough and smart restart plan. We also know that even though our move to remote learning for the last eight weeks of spring semester was successful, students prefer face-to-face classes for delivery of instruction.The campus experience is an amazing and wonderful teaching and learning environment. In addition to classroom learning, the environment nurtures the development of lifelong friendships, faculty mentorship, and leadership development. Living on campus and playing an active role in community life through participation in student organizations, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and art and music, among others, provide unrivaled opportunities for personal growth and complete the educational experience for our students. We look forward to having our community back together on campus this fall!In the meantime, I trust you are enjoying these early days of summer. I invite you to take a walk, a run or bike ride through our beautiful campus. Please do stop and take a break on campus —relax on one of our benches or picnic tables and take time to appreciate the beauty of our front yard.Go Vikings!