The President's Weekly Newspaper Column

Dr. Brian Van Horn's column for the Traill County Tribune, Mayville’s local weekly newspaper.

Giving thanks for all things Mayville State

As we take time to pause and reflect on our many blessings this Thanksgiving, I can’t help but think about the many who will be considering the gift that Mayville State University…

Helping to mitigate the spread at a critical time for our county and state, and beyond

It is good to be back to full on-campus course delivery and full campus operations on the Mayville State campus as of Monday, Nov. 16. You may recall that the results of an Oct. 27…

Senior student athletes grateful for support, friendships

It’s been a very unpredictable fall season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but I’m happy to say that we’ve been able to enjoy watching some Comets athletic contests. The…

Life and times of an administrative team during the pandemic

Since about February our Mayville State administrative team has invested an enormous amount of time and effort into the coronavirus pandemic and its related issues. Those making…

Biennial budget request begins with OMB budget hearing

Steve Bensen, MSU Interim Vice President for Business Affairs, and I had the privilege of representing Mayville State University in a budget hearing before the North Dakota Office…

Agribusiness program will launch with the spring semester

Last week was a great week at Mayville State University! Not only was it homecoming week, but we also made major progress in establishing our new agribusiness program. Dr. Tony…

Celebrating homecoming in pandemic-safe style

Mayville State Homecoming Week 2020 kicked off with some great tradition … the Lip Sync Battle. This lively event has become a much-loved ritual for our students. Of course,…

Proud of and grateful for the Mayville State family and their efforts in the COVID-19 fight

I serve as a member of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) Smart Restart Task Force. Led by Dr. Joshua Wynne, Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs with the University…

Rays of sunshine come through as we make our way in uncharted territory

This last week has been a whirlwind! Early in the week, we were notified of a student who had tested positive for COVID-19. This news set many variables into motion. As a measure…

Hard work leads to positive outcomes and delivering important services

Tuesday, Sept. 22 was fall semester census day for North Dakota University System institutions. I’m pleased to say that while our headcount has dropped a bit (3.6%), our Full Time…