Valley City State University campus successes

July 2, 2018

38 area teachers participate in STEM professional development

VCSU’s Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) provided five days of professional development for area K–12 teachers June 4–8 as part of its Implementing Integrative STEM Education in the Classroom grant project. Thirty-eight teachers from 12 area school districts participated in the project, primarily funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Math and Science Partnership and facilitated by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Participating districts included Barnes County North, Central Cass, Edgeley, Enderlin, Ellendale, Fort Ransom, Griggs County Central, Kensal, Litchville-Marion, Lisbon, Maple Valley and McClusky. The professional development sessions included a wide variety of integrative STEM curriculum training and experiences, including: Engineering Design Process, Scientific Inquiry, Family Engineering, Engineering is Elementary, Picture Perfect Science/STEM Lessons, Building Math, Breakout EDU, LEGO Robotics, Biomimicry, Coding apps and gadgets (e.g., Scratch,, Sphero, Ozobot, 3-D pens) and Green Screen Technology.


Dual-credit instructors come to VCSU for content alignment

Nine dual-credit instructors from Barnes County North (Wimbledon), Central Cass High School (Casselton), Oak Grove Lutheran School (Fargo) and Valley City High School met on campus Wednesday, May 30. The instructors met with six VCSU faculty members who serve as content specialists to align course content and syllabi. Dual-credit instructors participating included Maureen Svihovec, Mariah Westerhausen, Deb Beilke, Beth Undem, Kristi Shanenko, Troy Roesler, Kathleen Horner, Katherine Oster and Abbi Wittner. VCSU faculty working with them included Jamie Wirth, Andre DeLorme, Preston Bush, Jodi Shorma, Jeff Moser and Jim Boe. Through the dual-credit program, sophomore through senior students in select high schools are able to take courses from qualified instructors in their high schools and receive both high school and college credit for their work.


5 VCSU Viking student-athletes compete at NAIA Track & Field Championships

Seven VCSU student-athletes qualified for the NAIA National Championships, and five competed at the meet held in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 24–26. Earning All-American honors by placing seventh in their events were Vikings Megan Johnson (Enderlin, N.D.), who competed in the women’s triple jump, and Kyle Odegard (Lisbon, N.D.), who competed in men’s javelin. Odegard set a school record with his javelin throw of 61.45 meters (201 feet, 7 inches) at nationals. Johnson also placed 19th in the long jump. In women’s discus, Sayge McKrill (Show Low, Ariz.) took 11th, and Mackenzie Huber (Clark, S.D.) placed 19th. Garret Roemmich (Linton, N.D.) took 16th in men’s javelin.