Nearly 200 Valley City State freshmen and mentors harvested 47,000 pounds of squash at a local farm Sept. 26. The Great Plains Food Bank distributed the squash to 270 shelters, soup kitchens and pantries operating in almost 100 North Dakota communities.
Valley City State held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the L.D. Rhoades Science Center on Oct. 4. The first capital construction project for an academic facility at VCSU in 40 years, the renovation and expansion of Rhoades Science Center was funded by a $10.3 million appropriation in the 2011 North Dakota legislative session.
President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson, visited Valley City State University on Oct. 15. Speaking to a crowd of 500 in historic Vangstad Auditorium, Jenkinson presented Jefferson’s views on the U.S. Constitution and suggested that North Dakota’s agrarian society—combined with the opportunities afforded by public education—was the American ideal.