Valley City State University campus successes

June 30, 2017

VCSU named most beautiful campus in North Dakota

The campus of Valley City State University was named the most beautiful college campus in North Dakota by Hannah Loewentheil, writing for BuzzFeed. In an article titled “Here’s the Most Beautiful College Campus in Every Single State” (, Lowentheil wrote: “Located in Valley City, which was named ‘Most Beautiful Town’ in the state by Expedia, VCSU is bordered by the Sheyenne River on one side and lush, forested hillside on the other.” The 55-acre campus features a blend of historic and modern buildings. The central campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District.


Chaffee receives AIR award

Ellen Chaffee, VCSU president emerita, received the John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum in Washington, D.C, on June 2. The John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award recognizes an individual whose professional career has significantly advanced the field of institutional research through extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and service. Chaffee, senior fellow for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), is past president of AIR and also served the organization in a variety of additional capacities. Her award nominations cited her leadership and advocacy for improving the quality of higher education and its management through data-informed decision-making.


Nathan receives VCSU Distinguished Service Award

President Tisa Mason presented Jeff Nathan with the Valley City State University Distinguished Service Award at a meeting of the VCSU Foundation Board in the Student Center Skoal Room on June 12. A founding member of the VCSU Foundation Board, this fall will mark his 21st year of service with the board. Nathan currently serves the board as treasurer and a member of the finance committee. He has also served on VCSU’s V-500 Board. A North Dakota native, Nathan is owner of Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel in Valley City. The university’s highest honor, the VCSU Distinguished Service Award is given at the discretion of the president in recognition of exceptional contribution to the university’s vision. Since its 1975 inception, the award has been given to a total of 25 individuals and organizations, including Nathan.