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Academic and Student Affairs


DATE: December 6-8, 2016

****************************************************************************** SUBJECT: Institutional Items of Information Attached please find a copy of the Institutional Items of Information submitted by Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the South Dakota School for the Deaf.

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Board of Regents December 6-8, 2016 | Vermillion

Student builds cosmic ray detector during Dept. of Energy-INFN internship in Italy

Research at the BHSU Underground Campus at Sanford Lab created an opportunity for Rachel Williams, BHSU physical science and chemistry major from Spearfish, to earn an international internship with the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics. Her work at the National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Catania section, included building a detector that is now the highest efficiency cosmic ray detector housed at the Institute.

As a part of her internship, Williams was tasked with building a new cosmic ray detector from scratch, since two panels on the existing detector were not working.

“I built it, I tested it, I characterized it, which parts of the cosmic ray veto scintillator detector were the most efficient in detecting background particles and which weren’t,” said Williams, who presented her research results to an international collaboration at the end of the internship.

Reflecting on her internship in Italy, Williams says she’s more confident as a result of the experience. She knows her work in Italy, coupled with continued study at the BHSU Underground Campus, will help her in the future.

Rachel Williams

Presidential Lecture Series launched with discussion ofAfrican-American male leadership

Dr. Kevin D. Rome

In the wake of increased racial tensions and protests throughout the U.S., BHSU invited the public to the inaugural Presidential Lecture Series (PLS) presentation to hear Dr. Kevin D. Rome, President of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., spoke on the topic of African-American leadership.

The new lecture series plans to bring university presidents from throughout the United

States to visit and speak about various higher education topics.

As a nationally-recognized and dynamic speaker, Rome offered a unique perspective on the recent racial incidents occurring in communities throughout the U.S.

During the past three years in his executive position, Rome has focused on increasing student enrollment and retention with great success.

The School of Business at BHSU was recently named one of the “Most Affordable Undergraduate Business Schools, 2016” in a list published by College Choice.

BHSU was noted for its affordable, yet rigorous, business programs, according to the ranking published at

The BHSU School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the oldest and most established international accreditation for business schools. Less than 5 percent of all business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB.

Most affordable business school

The Masters Degree of Education programs at BHSU received national attention. BHSU was named one of the 50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for a Master’s in Education 2016 by

BHSU offers masters degrees in education programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education, and Reading. Masters programs are offered face-to-face and include accelerated programs to prepare working adults to transition into teaching careers

Most affordable colleges for a master’s degree in education

BHSU was named to two national lists recently highlighting the University as one of the best for outdoor adventurers.

BHSU landed at #7 on the list of Top 10 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities for Outdoor Adventurers by the blog,, an outdoor and tech gear company, and #9 on the list of 20 Best Colleges and Universities for Outdoor Adventurers by College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.

The listings reference the Outdoor Education academic program at BHSU and the close proximity to “high adrenaline-fueled adventure.”

Top university for outdoor adventurers in the nation

BHSU receives top designations


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Black Hills State University alum Susan DeLaney-Kary was awarded the 2016 Spirit of Dakota Award in Huron. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Spirit of Dakota Award, known as South Dakota’s premier woman’s award, given to a woman who has represented, amongst other criteria, educational advancement for others.

DeLaney-Kary attended BHSU (then Black Hills Teachers College) in 1947 and shared her appreciation of education with her students and many others as a community leader and businessperson.

Her career in education spanned all grade levels and included teaching positions in West Rosebud School, Prospect School, Surprise Valley and He Dog School in Parmelee, along with St. Francis Indian School and Brunson School.

The Spirit of Dakota is bestowed each fall to an outstanding, successful and admired South Dakota woman with demonstrated leadership qualities.

Ginger Thomson, left, a member of the Spirit of Dakota selection committee and Marilyn Hoyt, right, chair of the Spirit of Dakota Award, present the framed rendition of the award to this year’s recipient, Susan DeLaney-Kary, an alum of Black Hills State University.

Alum receives Spirit of Dakota Award

A memorial scholarship has been established at Black Hills State University in honor of Elizabeth Fritz Ruff.

The $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a full time, nontraditional student seeking a degree in education.

After graduating from BHSU in 1972, Ruff farmed with her husband in the Nisland area. After the death of her husband, she pursued her degree in special education.

Memorial scholarshipsestablished

Even the leaves are showing their Yellow Jacket spirit, according to Dr. Tara Ramsey, BHSU research associate with a Ph.D. in botany.

“In the higher elevations, Quaking Aspen tends to change early and is a bright yellow. It will contrast against the coniferous trees so you’ll see beautiful BHSU colors – green and gold,” said Ramsey.

Leaves are filled with different color pigments but the main pigment is the green chlorophyll we see throughout the growing season, said Ramsey. The pigments collect sunlight and the plants use the energy from the sunlight to make food.

Spearfish Canyon, just miles from the BHSU campus, is one of the premier places in the U.S. to see fall foliage and changing colors. The first leaves to change in the Canyon are Ironwood with its orange hue, Paper Birch of yellow color, and Quacking Aspen in a bright yellow shade, according to Ramsey. She added that the red hues in foliage come from smaller plants such as woodbine, a vine that climbs; sumac, a shrub; and most notably, poison ivy.

Dr. Ramsey discusses Black Hills fall foliage colors

Black Hills State University dedicated its outdoor amphitheater in honor of Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, retired president, and Dr. Ken Schallenkamp, retired professor of business law.

The Amphitheater is located between Meier Hall and The Peaks Residence Hall Complex.

A generous $30,000 donation given by alumni and friends led

the naming of the Schallenkamp Amphitheater in honor of the retired couple. The Schallenkamp Amphitheater includes a terrace with four six-foot deep seating rows and a stage area at the base. The Amphitheater is made of colored concrete pavers and includes seating for about 100 people.

BHSU dedicates Schallenkamp Amphitheater

Drs. Kay and Ken Schallenkamp

Family and friends of the late Flora Menzel Lee, a longtime music educator,

established a scholarship with the Black Hills State University Foundation to benefit Spearfish High School

graduates pursuing a music degree or education degree with a music emphasis.

The first recipient of the $500 Flora Menzel Lee Memorial Music Scholarship was Kevin Kaitfors, music major from Spearfish.

Lee received her teaching certificate from Spearfish Normal School in the spring of 1938 and her bachelor’s degree in education from Black Hills Teachers College in 1963. Lee’s career thrived as an elementary classroom teacher in Flandreau and Spearfish.

Elizabeth Fritz Ruff Memorial Scholarship

Flora Menzel LeeMemorial Scholarship


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Jace DeCory, assistant professor of history and American Indian Studies, was selected for the Kiwanis Kindness in Spearfish Award. Jace was recognized for her impact on students and her leadership in coordinating the community-wide gift drive for elementary students at Red Shirt Table.

Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences, will serve as the president of the National Business Education Association (NBEA) for 2016-2017.

Faculty, staff, and student accomplishments at BHSU

BHSU received a $13,000 grant from the Goldcorp Coeur Wharf Sustainable Prosperity Fund. The funds will help support the

Bike Spearfish! program including bike signage for the City of Spearfish, a bike maintenance center downtown, bike racks, and bike corrals.

Petrika Peters, sustainability coordinator at BHSU, said the University is working with the City of Spearfish, local nonprofit

Coeur Wharf Fund grant to advance bicycle transportation

Thanks to the generosity of area businesses and community members, BHSU delivered more than $700 to the Spearfish Community Food Pantry.

Area residents and businesses were invited to wear bright

BHSU drums up support for Spearfish Food Pantry

green BHSU t-shirts to welcome students and their families back to campus during move-in weekend and during the event. In exchange for the shirts, BHSU collected donations for the local Food Pantry.

Accounting student Dylan Hanson was offered an internship at Eide Bailly in Aberdeen, a top 25 CPA firm in the nation. This is a major recognition for Dylan, the School of Business, and BHSU.

Physical Education majors gave back to the Spearfish Community by helping paint the Jackson St. bridge.

Kudos to BHSU faculty, staff and students on recent accomplishments!

Dr. Adam Blackler, assistant professor of history, recently published “Genocide in South West Africa: German Leaders Agree with Historians – Finally” on The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies blog.

Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management, received notice that his paper “The Dynamics of Travel Avoidance: The Case of Ebola in the U.S.” was accepted for publication in the journal Tourism Management Perspectives.

Dr. Lois Flagstad, vice president for Enrollment and Student Affairs, presented at the National Women’s Council Inaugural Women in Leadership Symposium. Her talk focused on the “inner dimensions” of leadership including pioneering, energizing, affirming, resolving, and commanding.

Susan Hupp, director of Student Support Services, received the 2016 Art Quinn Memorial Award. This award is the highest and most prestigious regional award one can receive from the ASPIRE association from CO, MT, WY, ND, SD, and UT.

Hills Horizon, and the Spearfish Bicycle Co-Op to advance active living through cycling.

Peters said the City of Spearfish will donate labor for installation and financial support for roadway signage.

The National Parks Service celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and BHSU marked the occasion by hosting a World Tourism Day event, which included a luncheon, expo, and tourism talk.

Cheryl Schrier, superintendent at Mount

Cheryl Schrier Dr. Keith Barney

Mount Rushmore superintendent speaks during World Tourism Day

Rushmore National Memorial spoke on the topic “National Parks and Accessibility,” followed by Paralympic athlete, 2002 Winter Olympic torchbearer, and advocate Dr. Keith Barney discussing “How the ADA Helps and Hurts Accessible Travel.”

Globally, World Tourism Day is coordinated each year by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. This year’s theme was “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility,” highlighted disability issues in the context of travel and tourism.


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From fiction, to novels, children’s books and screenplays, award-winning author Michael Chabon talked about people who led him to his writing - the

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, essayist, and screenwriter speaks to students and public at BHSU

Michael ChabonBHSU hosted adventure photographer Tyler Stableford for an unforgettable multimedia presentation.

Stableford was named one of Canon’s prestigious Explorers of Light, an honor denoting the most

World famous photographer speaks at BHSUinfluential photographers and cinematographers in the world. A prolific director and photographer, Stableford shared a range of print and TV commercial campaigns in addition to award-winning

Tyler Stableford

short films and nonprofit documentaries.

This event is one of several that Canon sponsors through a partnership with BHSU, which began several years ago after a donation of cameras, lenses and other equipment to the photography program at BHSU.

teachers and mentors who helped shape him.

Chabon spoke on the topic “Thanks, Teach: Remembering Four Writing Mentors,” as

Swarm Week Recap:Difference Maker awarded at 1883 Gala celebration

Nearly 200 supporters of BHSU gathered during the recent 1883 Gala to celebrate a successful year of fundraising and promote student scholarships.

The annual event raised $33,000 for student scholarships at BHSU, more than double the amount raised at last year’s Gala.

BHSU alum from the Class of 1979, Jim Moravec and his wife Laura were honored during the event as the 2016 Difference Makers, celebrating the couple as the top donors of the year. The Moravecs will leave a portion of their estate, nearly $3 million, to the BHSU Foundation. Jim Moravec is the general manager of Stott Outdoor Advertising in Chico, Calif., the largest outdoor advertising company in the state. The Moravecs’ gift will benefit cross country scholarships, general athletic scholarships, athletic operational needs, business scholarships and entrepreneurial activities at BHSU.

Former Homestake employees named Parade Marshals Hugo (Junior) and Ella Schloe served as parade marshals for this year’s Swarm Week parade.

The Schloes have lived in the Black Hills and Spearfish area for more than 40 years, having both retired from Homestake Mining Company. Junior ended his 27-year career at Homestake as an underground shift boss and Ella worked in the offices for 17 years. The couple also owned Jug House Liquor in Spearfish. Ella taught home economics for 17 years prior to her work at Homestake.

As successful business people and active community volunteers, Junior and Ella wanted to give something back to the area that has been so good to them. Several years ago they created the Schloe Family Business School Endowment at BHSU. The endowment provides business scholarships and stipends for students and faculty to study abroad, research, and pursue scholarly development.

Hugo and Ella Schloe

Jim and Laura Moravec

2016 Swarm Days King and Queen were crowned Sonja Pederson and Jordan Thaler were crowned the 2016 Swarm Days King and Queen.

Pederson, an elementary and special education major from Sioux Falls, is involved in Reading Council, Presidential Student Ambassadors, and Lutheran Campus Ministry. Her dream job is to be a resource teacher in an elementary school.

Thaler, an elementary education major from Pickstown, is involved in BHSU Teammates, Speech and Debate, and is an information specialist in the Student Union. His dream job is to be a third-grade teacher in a small town in South Dakota.

Following coronation, students gathered for the traditional burning of the “B-H”. Jordan Thaler and Sonja Pederson

BHSU recognized five Alumni Award recipients and inducted 11 individuals into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during the annual Swarm Days homecoming celebration. Alumni Award recipients: • Bill Hughes, Spearfish, Special Service Award• Megan Beckwith-Temple, Sturgis, Young

Alumni Achievement Award• David Mickelson, Sioux Falls, Distinguished

Alumnus Award• Dr. Kristine Wiest Webb, Jacksonville, Fla.,

Excellence in Education Award• Vince P. Gravelle, Lead, Special Achievement


Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame inductees: • Rick Sperry, Spearfish, athlete• Robin Schamber, Mesa, Ariz., coach• Jody (Wherley) VerHey, Sioux Falls, athlete• Randy Nicholas, Belle Fourche, athlete• Zac Alcorn, Rapid City, athlete• Mike Lewis, Spearfish, contributor• Robert W. Marney, Sheridan, Wyo., athlete• Dean and Mary Ann Myers, Spearfish,

contributors• Nikki (Underwood) McDaniel, Rapid City,

athlete• Mike McDaniel, Rapid City, athlete

Alumni, Hall of Fame inductees

part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.

Chabon has made numerous appearances before audiences all over the U.S. and Canada as well

as in Europe; He lectured in Russia, Finland, Lithuania, Italy, France, Great Britain and Germany.

The Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series at BHSU was established in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna.


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The U.S. National Security Agency and the Department ofHomeland Security have designated Dakota State as aConsultation Cyber Defense Regional Resource Center (CRRC)for 11 states and 34 NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence– Cyber Defense designated institutions. DSU is one of onlyfour CRRC’s in the country. The other three universities aresignificantly larger than DSU as illustrated by the size of theirstudent bodies:• University of Washington (45,000 students; 14,114 of

them are graduate students)• Boston University/Northeastern University

Partnership (combined student bodies of 58,000students, 25,000 of them are graduate students)

• University of Houston (43,000 students, 8,000 of themare graduate students)

• Note: Dakota State University: 3,190 students, 346 ofthem are graduate students

Dr. Wayne Pauli, DSU professor, will be the lead DSU facultymember for the CRRC. DSU’s CRRC responsibilities includeworking as a consultant within the region, working with 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities as they develop theirown cyber security programs and strive to meet NSA/DHS

December 2016 News From

Dakota State University

NSA/DHS DESIGNATES DSU AS CYBER DEFENSE REGIONAL CENTERstandards for cyber security academic programs. DSU willprovide outreach, guidance, and curriculum development tothese institutions, developing good working relationships withthem. In this role DSU will increase its outreach, as well ashelp the North Central Region of academia, as outlined by theU.S. Cyber National Action Plan (CNAP).

DSU already holds three NSA/DHS Center of AcademicExcellence designations, for Information Assurance Education,Information Assurance Research, and Cyber Operations, whichis the most technical of the designations. While there are 213total institutions with NSA/DHS Center of AcademicExcellence designations, there are only 16 with the CyberOperations designation.

This is an impressive next step in DSU’s development of itscyber programs, and yet another national acknowledgement ofDakota State and South Dakota’s leadership in cyber security.This new designation and activities will be an importantcontributor toward the University’s development of theMadison Cyber Labs – MadLabs – project.



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DSU CONTRUCTION & RENOVATION PROJECTS ON SCHEDULEDSU’ construction of the Beacom Institute of Technology and the renovation of the previous Madison Hospital and the TrojanCenter are still on schedule to be ready for Fall 2017 openings. The very pleasant fall weather in Madison the last few monthshas been a big help to construction crews, as they have been able to make great progress on getting structural work and closingin spaces completed, so that they can work on the interiors once the really cold weather moves in.

DSU’s campus building boom has caught the attention of others in the southeastern South Dakota region. KELOLAND Televisionaired a very positive feature on the construction and renovations. Dick Hanson, DSU’s interim Provost, shared some excellentpoints about what the new Beacom Institute will allow DSU to do that the University has not been able to do without such afacility, especially in creative approaches to the teaching and learning process. The video is available to view at

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Trojan Center Student Residence Hall & Learning Engagement Center

Beacom Institute of Technology


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PASSING THE BRICKSBuildings are often more than just brick and mortar to themany people who spend time within their walls, often holdingour memories of life experiences and relationships. DSU staffrealized that the previous Madison Community Hospital,which DSU is in the process of renovating for a new studentresidence hall and engagement center, was such a place formany who worked there. So after the clinic demolition, DSUstaff gathered up some of the historic bricks and took themover to the new Madison Regional Health System to give to theemployees, who were definitely grateful that they could have atangible link between their old and new facility.

Dakota State University’s 2016 fall semester enrollmentnumbers have set an all-time record of 3,190 students. Inaddition, students are taking more classes, as measured bythe number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students, which isup 9% from two years ago. Graduate student FTE enrollmentfor DSU’s masters and doctoral degrees is up with a 3.6%increase in just the last two years.

The DSU fall 2016 student body includes 329 first-yearstudents, a 13% increase in the last two years, while first-yearFTE enrollment is up 16% from 2 years ago. Transferstudents are also increasingly coming to DSU to completetheir degrees at the University. The number of transferstudents is up 6.7% from last year, and up over 20% from 5years ago. DSU’s on-campus enrollment — students taking atleast one course in Madison — is 1,315, up 1.9% from lastyear. Retention from last year’s first-year cohort is 71.6%, thesecond straight year above the university goal of 70 percent.

Graduate students make up 11% of DSU’s student bodyoverall, although 95% of on-campus students (as compared todistance) are undergraduates. South Dakotans continue tocomprise a majority of DSU students, 2,107 this year or 66.1%of enrollment. The number of out-of-state students continuesto rise; the report shows 1,083 students from outside SouthDakota, or 33.9% of DSU’s students. That group includes 193international students. All told, there are students enrolled atDSU from 49 of the 50 United States and from 59 othercountries worldwide.

Technology-intensive degree programs lead the university’sgrowth. Enrollment is up to more than 300 majors (313) inthe Cyber Operations bachelor’s degree program which is a23% increase from last year, and up to almost 350 (348)majors in the Computer Science bachelor’s degree program ata 20% increase from last year. The Network and SecurityAdministration bachelor’s degree program is up 14.5%, with158 majors. College of Education enrollment continuesstrong as well, with a 2.1% increase in DSU’s uniqueElementary Education/Special Education degree program.

“We are very pleased to see these new enrollment numbers,”said Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, DSU president,“ and the affirma-


tion they represent thatDakota State continues todevelop an exceptionalcollege education thatleads to career successand satisfaction. DSU’smission within the Re-gental system is toprovide technology-in-tensive and technology-enhanced academic pro-grams, and it is clearthat the advancementswe have been imple-menting are paying off.It is encouraging to seethat enrollment in bothDSU’s heritage mission –teaching teachers – and


our signature mission –technology-intensive degrees –continues to increase.”

Dr. Griffiths continued, “It is especially encouraging to seethese increases in our cyber-related degrees. For example,there over 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S.right now. Cyber degrees lead to high wage, high demandjobs. Studies have shown that every new cyber-related jobcreates 5 additional jobs in the community. Therefore,increasing South Dakota’s cyber workforce has the potentialto significantly contribute to increased economicdevelopment in our State.”

Notable rises in graduate enrollment over last year include a79% increase in the Cyber Security doctoral degree program,75% increase in the Master of Science in Analytics program, a53% increase in the Information Systems doctoral program,and a 44% increase in the Master of Business Administrationprogram. There has also been a significant increase – 40% -in the number of non-degree seeking graduate students,which highlights DSU’s potential in the future to provideadditional professional development and targeted certificateprograms for career re-tooling and advancement.


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1 Headcount2 Full-Time Equivalent: 15 credit hours for undergraduate students; 12 credit hours for graduate students3 On-Campus = enrolled in at least 1 Madison campus course section


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PAULI NEW DEAN OF COLLEGE OF EDUCATIONDakota State University is pleased to announce theappointment of Dr. Crystal Pauli as the Academic Dean ofthe College of Education. Pauli has been teaching at DSUsince 2001, but together she, her husband Dr. Wayne Pauli,her son Dr. Josh Pauli, her daughter, Tara (Pauli) Johnson,and her son, Jeremy Pauli, have over 60 years ofcontribution and connection to Dakota State University.

Dr. Crystal Pauli has deep roots in the Plains, and especiallyat DSU and in South Dakota. She joined DSU as an AssistantProfessor in 2001 and has served at the Universitycontinuously since then, becoming an Associate Professor,Director of Field Services for the College of Education, thenAssociate Dean, and now Dean. Pauli has a Ph.D. fromCapella University, in Minneapolis MN (2006) with aspecialization in teaching and learning theory. She also hasan Ed.S. from Minnesota State University, in Moorhead MN(2002), with a major in educational administration; an M.S.from Northern State University, in Aberdeen, S.D. (1996),with a major in classroom teaching with an emphasis inspecial education; and her bachelor’s degree is from DakotaWesleyan University, in Mitchell, S.D. (1991) with a majorin elementary education.

Prior to coming to DSU, Crystal was an elementary, middleand high school teacher and the special educationcoordinator for a cooperative of 10 school districts inMinnesota. She still carries certifications for ElementaryEducation (K-8) with Middle School Language Arts andSocial Science, Special Education (K-12), Special EducationDirector (Birth-21), Elementary Principal (Pre-School-Grade 8), and Secondary Principal (Grades 7-12).

“After 13½ years in my former position, I felt it was timefor a change and the position of Dean of the College ofEducation (COE) allowed me to stay at DSU and providesinteresting challenges and opportunities,” said Pauli. “I lookforward to working with the excellent faculty and staff inthe College of Education, as well as colleagues acrosscampus, to help move DSU to the next level. It is an excitingtime to be at DSU!”

The Pauli’s story with DSU began when Crystal andWayne’s son, Josh (Josh started teaching at DSU in 2004; hebecame a full professor in 2015) came to Madison on acollege visit in the spring of 1998. Josh was impressed withDSU’s computer programs, as well as the footballprogram. Wayne had brought Josh for the visit, and whileon campus, Wayne became intrigued with a new master’sdegree program that DSU was developing.

Crystal says, “I often laugh when I think how most collegefreshmen bring a refrigerator to college – Josh brought hisdad!”

Crystal stayed in Minnesota while Wayne and Josh begantheir academic programs at DSU, and the family memberscommuted back and forth most weekends and made itwork. When Wayne completed his master’s degree, DSUinvited him to stay and teach. It wasn’t part of the Pauli’sinitial plans, but DSU asked Crystal to become a specialeducation faculty member, and so the family made thedecision to move to Madison and DSU as their new home.

In 2011, Crystal and Wayne were honored by DSU asPhilanthropists of the Year. Crystal says, “I’m not sure wedeserved it; it was truly one of the most humblingexperiences of my life. One of the reasons we give back toDSU is because when our children were college-aged,others gave so they could have scholarships. Now that wecan, we are giving back. There is nothing more powerfulthan an education and a degree can take one to unimaginedplaces. I am glad we can give students a bit of assistance tohelp make their dreams come true as others did for uswhen Tara was at the University of Nebraska, Jeremy at St.John’s University, and Josh at DSU.”

Crystal continued, “We have an amazing treasure of peoplein Madison, at DSU and especially in the faculty and staff atthe College of Education. They are talented, caring,professionals who have the best interests of future teachersat heart and always give their best. The faculty and stafftruly make coming to work a joy and I appreciate themmore than I can say.”

Dr. Pauli began her appointment as Dean of Dakota State’sCollege of Education as of this fall semester.




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DSU “FIRST COUPLE” GRIFFITHS AND KING AWARDED TOP HONORS Dakota State University President Dr. José-Marie Griffiths andher husband, Donald W. King, are likely the only university“first couple” honored weeks apart this summer withhonorary degrees from their respective alma maters,University College London (UCL), London, England and theUniversity of Wyoming (UW), Laramie, WY.

UCL awarded Griffiths an honorary doctorate in July for her“distinguished contributions to science, and her lifelongcareer in higher education, which has also spannedinformation and computational science.” University CollegeLondon is recognized as one of the top multidisciplinaryresearch university’s in the world and was founded in 1826 inLondon.

UCL’s president, Dr. Michael Arthur, pointed out to theaudience that “the awarding of this honorary degree to Dr.Griffiths is not simply because of her accomplishments butalso because of her shared values with the institution, and theway she has expressed those values throughout her variousappointments and endeavors.” He especially encouraged thefemale graduates in attendance to see Dr. Griffiths as a rolemodel for women in science. He noted that Dr. Griffiths hasused her own professional roles to advance the careers ofother women, and has been repeatedly recognized for this.UCL also recounted how Griffiths work has put her in greatdemand while also attracting prolific research support,including contracts and grants with sixteen U.S. federalagencies, among them the National Science Foundation, theNational Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, theNational Institute of Science and Technology, NASA NATO,UNESCO and the British Library Research and DevelopmentDivision, as well as major corporations such as AT & T BellLaboratories, IBM, Eastman Kodak, Johnson & Johnson, andDu Pont. And Dr. Arthur recognized the national U.S.leadership role that Dr. Griffiths has played, with her severalappointments to U.S. Presidential bodies, most recently to theNational Science Board.

Born, raised and educated in England, Griffiths earned aB.Sc. degree in Physics with Information Science at UCL in1973, followed by a Ph.D. in Information Science in 1977and carried out post-doctoral work in Computer Scienceand Statistics. She came to the U.S. early in her career, toteach at the University of California-Berkeley, and hasremained in the States since, continuing to respond torequests for her leadership at various institutions invarious positions. She was appointed as president ofDakota State University in spring, 2015.

King was awarded his honorary doctoral degree in May atUW’s spring commencement. Wyoming recognized Kingfor his international contributions as a world-renownedstatistician and information science pioneer. The Universitystated in their announcement of the award, “Through hiscareer Donald W. King has led ground-breaking researchstudies with results that have transformed both thequantitative measures, models and evaluation methodsused in information science and informatics, as well as thepractices of the organizations that benefitted from theresults of those studies. Long before “big data” was even atheoretical concept, King was leading international,national, state and local studies on the economic analysis ofinformation systems.” One nominator wrote: “I amconfident in saying that no other individual has contributedas much across all lines of government and privateinformation clearinghouses, depositories, special libraries,public libraries, academic libraries, and public and privatedatabases, as Don King.”

Born in Cheyenne during the Great Depression, Kingstudied statistics at Wyoming, receiving his bachelor’s andmaster’s degrees. In 1961, he co-founded Westat Inc.,which has become one of the world’s leading private-sectorstatistical survey research organizations. He served as ahigh-level executive in a series of connected companies andbecame president of King Research Inc., which achievedprominence for information system evaluations. In 1997,he retired from the business world to concentrate onwriting, lecturing, and service.




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DSU AWARDED $449,249 FEDERAL GRANT FOR STUDENT SUCCESSDakotaStateUniversityinMadisonhasbeenawardedafirst-year$449,249TitleIIIgrantfromtheU.S.DepartmentofEducationthatwillenhancesupportforstudentsintheirworktocompletedegrees.DSU’sproposalwasaforafive-yearprogramtotaling$2.2million. SubsequentyearfundingwillbedependentonCongressionalbudgetapproval.Dr.JudyDittman,whopreviouslyservedastheuniversity’sprovostandvicepresidentforacademicaffairsandalsoasadean,hasbeenappointedtheTitleIIIprojectcoordinator.Shewillberesponsibleformaintenanceofrecords,budget,datacollectionandanalysis,andreportsrelatedtothegrant.

Funding for the DSU project, “Staying the Course: Individualized Support to StemStudent Attrition,” will provide financial resources for an academic advisinginitiative, technology investments, laboratory upgrades and designatedprogramming space in the university’s Learning Engagement Center, currentlyunder construction. The first installment of $449,249 is expected in the comingweeks; the grant is scheduled to run through the 2020-2021 academic year.

The federal grant will build and sustain student success processes and servicesdesigned to increase student retention and ultimately the number of universitygraduates. Some 45 percent of Dakota State students are first-generationcollegians, and 42 percent are from low-income backgrounds. Nearly 48 percentare considered underprepared for college-level course work. Studies have shown



that students from low-income households withdraw from higher education at rates that are higher than national averages for allstudents. Historical data from the Department of Education has confirmed a correlation between inadequate academicpreparation and a lack of success in college.

The DSU proposal focuses on three areas: The grant will fund four advising coaches who will work individually with students,particularly those identified as at-risk academically. These professionals will track progress of students and provide interventionservices designed to help them complete courses and continue on the path to degree completion.

Secondly, the university will expand a Learning Assistance program that will help students build reading, writing and sciencereasoning skills. The primary guidance in these areas will be provided by peer learning assistants, monitored by faculty.

The third component is supplemental instruction in gateway and major courses. Gateway courses are described as theintroductory or foundational classes in specific disciplines; the gateway courses start students toward a certain major. Peerleaders will attend these gateway classes and provide group instruction and review of course material in the new LearningEngagement Center.



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DSU President Griffiths Appointed by U.S.Commerce Secretary to Key AdvisoryBoardPresident José-Marie Griffiths hasbeen appointed to the U.S. CommerceDepartment’s National TechnicalInformation Service (NTIS) AdvisoryBoard by the Secretary of the U.S.Commerce Department, PennyPritzker. This is Griffiths’ fourth ap-pointment with the Board. Her first

appointment was in 2007, and she has served on theadvisory board at the request of each of the three differentCommerce Secretaries who have filled the post since 2007.This new appointment extends Griffiths position on theBoard through 2019.

Since its founding in the early 1960s, NTIS has met itsmission of widely disseminating federal science andengineering information and data largely through itsdatabase of more than 3 million publications in 350 subjectareas. As technology has evolved, NTIS has increasinglyfocused on providing its federal customers with online dataand services.

In her role on the NTIS Advisory Board Griffiths will beresponsible, with the four other Board members, to reviewthe general policies of NTIS, including those regarding feesand charges for its products and services. Drawing uponthe expertise of its members, the Advisory Board advisesthe Secretary of Commerce and the Director of NTIS on suchpolicies. It also provides guidance regarding customerneeds, trends in the information industry, and changes inthe way NTIS customers acquire and use its products andservices.

Secretary Pritzker, in concert with the Advisory Board, thissummer set a new focus for NTIS to “expand access to theDepartment’s and the broader federal government’s dataresources, with emphasis on data concerning the nation’seconomy, population, and environment.” Prizker alsorecently appointed a new director, Avi Bender, formerly thechief technology officer at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Consistent with this new direction, the CommerceDepartment, through NTIS, is launching a new joint venturepartnership (JVP) opportunity, focused on improvingaccess, analysis, and use of federal data. “Data is a majorcurrency of the 21st century,” said Avi Bender, NTIS’s newdirector. “NTIS has unique legislative authority to matchfederal agencies that collect, use, and disseminate valuabledata sets with highly qualified private sector partners. Wewant to make it easier for federal agencies to efficiently useand share their data in agile and innovative ways.” This isanother key government agency relationship for DSU thatintersects well with the University’s ongoing enhancementof the fulfillment of its mission and goals within the SouthDakota Regental university system.


DSU’s Tr0janH0r$e NATIONAL CYBER WINNERSCongratulations to DSU’sTr0janH0r$e team thatwon 2nd place among col-leges and 3rd place overallin the MITRE’s STEM Cap-ture the Flag Cyber Chal-lenge. The online eventmore than 220 teams across the nation competing. Notableindustry and academic experts partner together to designthe challenges for students to solve. Team Tr0janH0r$e iscoordinated by Kyle Cronin. Members of the team were:Joshua Klosterman, Tyler Gross, Brian Vertullo, GriffinEgner, and Chase Lucas.

PHI BETA LAMBDA MEMBERS RECEIVE TOP AWARDS IN NATIONAL CONFERENCESix students from DSU’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chaptertraveled to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the 2016 PBLNational Leadership Conference. Over 2000 undergraduatestudents from across the nation were at this year’s event.Each DSU member qualified in two events and competedagainst up to 99 of the best students in the nation in anygiven area. Of the six students that competed, four studentsearned a combined six top ten finishes – an amazingaccomplishment for these individuals and DSU.

Congratulations and many thanks also to PBL’s adviser,Professor Lynette Molstad-Border, Co-Advisor for the PBLBusiness Club, on her retirement at the end of the Fallsemester. She has provided exceptional service andteaching to DSU for 32 years, and will be missed by herstudents and colleagues alike.

LynetteMolstad Gorder,Co-AdvisorforDSUPBLBusinessClub;ThomasLange(Bridgewater,S.D.);KellyBrusven(Pierre,S.D.);andCaseyBethke (Pierre,S.D.);José-MarieGriffiths,DSUPresident;MikeRush,BORExecutiveDirector;andRandySchaefer,BORPresident.


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OPEN CAMPUS FORUMS RECEIVED ENTHUSIASTICALLYDSU’s ongoing efforts to enhance a campus culture andenvironment of open communication and transparency hasprompted the addition of monthly open forums for all DSUfaculty, staff and students. The Forums provide aninformed discussion about some of the ‘big picture’ aspectsof what is going on at DSU. The first two Forums havebeen well-attended.

The first forum focused on the renovation and constructionprojects – the renovation of the Trojan Center and theformer Madison Hospital and the construction of theBeacom Institute of Technology - with updates andtimelines, along with information about parkingaccommodations during the construction process.

The second forum focused on a discussion of DSU Budgetand Finances. Stacy Krusemark, DSU’s Vice President forBusiness & Administrative Services, invited the campus touse this opportunity to exchange ideas, ask questions, andmake suggestions regarding how DSU manages itsresources to meet the goals of the institution. Topicsincluded financial pressures on DSU, including theaffordability of higher education for students; stateinvestments in higher education; capital investments (e.g.,buildings) and how these influence operating budget. Othertopics were budget dynamics or variables (e.g., enrollment,tuition and fees set by the SDBOR, gifts and fundraising), aswell as the overall financial health of DSU, and SDBOR andHigher Learning Commission expectations.

The plan is for the forums to occur monthly through theacademic year. The President and the Vice Presidents arealways present, unless they have to be out of town on theday of the Forum.

DR. HANSON PRESIDENT EMERITUS FOR BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITYDr. Richard A. Hanson, DSU’s interim Provost and Vice President for AcademicAffairs, has been awarded president emeritus status by the Minnesota State Board ofTrustees, honoring his exceptional contributions as president of Bemidji StateUniversity and Northwest Technical College between 2010 and 2016. Among manyimpressive achievements,

Hanson led Bemidji State’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign and surpassedits initial goal by raising $36.54 million for scholarships and academic investment.

DSU IT STAFF SHOWCASE DSU TECHNOLOGYThree of DSU’s cyber experts presented at the recent na-tional Educause conference in Anaheim, California: Dr. KyleCronin, Assistant Professor in the College of Computing,Brent Van Aartsen, DSU’s Director of Technical Operations& Development, and David Overby, DSU’s Vice Presidentfor Technology and CIO. Educause is the premier IT “tradeorganization” for IT professionals working in higher edu-cation. The national conference draws over 4,000 atten-dees from around the world, in addition to about 400 exhi-bitors from IT business and industry.

Dakota State’s experts presented a poster session on theUniversity’s home-grown innovative and highly effectiveInformation Assurance (IA) Lab. They were able to talkabout DSU’s first-hand experience teaching on-campuscybersecurity courses, and especially the challenges ofextending DSU’s program to an online environment. Thiscreated new challenges in how to manage lab deployments,staying compatible with various operating systems, andcreating a safe environment for students to work in. With-out a safe environment, a single typo can easily become thedifference between engaging in a safe academic environ-ment and accidently attacking a third party outside of theclassroom. DSU’s staff talked about the work done at theUniversity to develop the IA Lab as a system that is versa-tile, efficient, and expandable to deliver hands-on cyber-security curriculum in online and campus environments.


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CYCLOPS LAB FIRST MADLABS CLUSTER LAUNCHEDDakota State University was very pleased to receive theBoard of Regents award of a $191,626 Innovation Grant,matched by DSU, for a total of $383,252, to launch DSU’strailblazing new Cyber Classified OPerations (Cyclops) Lab.This grant and Cyclops will launch DSU, its faculty andstudents, into new advanced and high-level research for theNational Security Agency (NSA). The award will providefunding for 10 DSU undergraduate student researchers andthe construction of a new research lab where thesestudents and DSU faculty will work alongside NSAresearchers. The Cyclops Lab is also the first component ofDSU’s developing “Madison Cyber Labs” or MadLabsprogram.

The grant and DSU’s match will fund the needed $48,600for the student researchers, $137,500 to design and buildthe space for the research lab, and $5,500 for materials andsupplies, including furniture, cabling, etc. In addition, DSUis contributing all of the high-powered technology for eachof the 10 student workstations as well as donating facultytime over the period of the project.

Dr. Josh Pauli, DSU professor and a national leader in cybersecurity education, will lead the new Cyclops Lab. Paulideveloped DSU’s courses in cyber operations and cybersecurity as specified by NSA’s Center of AcademicExcellence in Cyber Operations requirements and has alsoworked with NSA personnel on the designation process.Pauli is also the primary investigator for the DSU CyberCorps Scholarship for Service™ Program, funded by theNational Science Foundation, which provides full-ridescholarships to cybersecurity students.

“This grant will fund significant steps forward for DSU andSouth Dakota to accelerate and elevate our work andrelationship with NSA, as well as advancing cyber securityexpertise in South Dakota and nationally,” said Pauli. “Weare very grateful for the Board of Regent’s endorsem*nt ofDSU’s growing programs and national recognition in thisfield. Funding for the undergraduate student researchersand the construction of this new lab will give DSU studentsthe exceptional opportunity to work side-by-side with NSAprofessionals in actual research for the Agency and thenation.”

He continued, “Because the students will be working onunclassified, though very high level, projects, the positionswill be open to any students willing and dedicated tolearning the leading edge skills necessary to perform theNSA work. The jobs will not be limited to just those whohave obtained classified clearance.”

Pauli noted that the goal of the Cyclops lab in this project isto have some tangible research results accomplished by theend of next spring’s semester, to demonstrate that DSUstudents can work productively and effectively alongsidethe NSA researchers, to the benefit of both the students andU.S. national defense.

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TheCyclopsLab– CyberClassifiedOperationsDirector:Dr.JoshPauli

TheDigForce Lab– DigitalForensicsforCyberEnforcement


ThePATRIOTLab– ProtectionandThreatResearchfortheInternetofThings


TheCLASSICSInstitute- CollaborationsforLibertyAndSecurityStrategiesforIntegrityin


TheBaSE Lab– BankingSecurityDirector:Dr.KevinStreff

TheCybHER SecurityInstituteDirector:Dr.AshleyPodhradsky



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HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DEGREE NATIONALLY RANKEDDSU’S Health Information Management Department andHealth Information Technology program are celebratingtheir ranking as one of the top online health informaticsdegree programs in the country by both Best OnlineNonprofit Colleges and Health Informatics Degrees! DakotaState‘s Masters in Health Informatics is ranked #1 inthe country, and DSU‘s Associates degree was ranked#4 in the U.S. Health Informatics Degree’s editor noted:“At Dakota State, the Health Information Technologyprogram director is a fellow in the American HealthInformation Management Association, and the departmentmaintains an advisory board to help keep the healthinformatics curriculum up-to-date.” The rankings focus ondegree programs with the resources, facilities, andopportunities for advancement expected from a 4-yearuniversity (so did not include, for example, communitycolleges). They also only included programs that areaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for HealthInformatics and Information Management Education(CAHIIM). It is excellent to see yet another of DSU‘sprograms achieving this high ranking and visibility for aquality program.

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SOUTH DAKOTA FIRST IN THE NATION THANKS TO DSU CENTERDSU’s Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology, as part of the federal AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has been serving as a Regional Extension Center for theOffice of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Dan Friedrich, CAHIT’s Director, reports that as aresult of the Center’s work in this grant, according to the 2015 National Electronic Health RecordsSurvey, South Dakota now leads the nation in percentage (90.4%) of office-based physicians thathave adopted certified EHRs. Another national record for South Dakota!

The ONC’s Regional Extension Centers (RECs), located in every region of the country, served as asupport and resource center to assist providers in Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementationand HealthIT needs. As trusted advisors, RECs “bridge the technology gap” by helping medicalproviders navigate the EHR adoption process from vendor selection and workflow analysis toimplementation and meaningful use. The REC program was designed to leverage local expertise toprovide practical, customized support to meet the needs of local healthcare providers.


DSU CYBER SECURITY PROGRAMS IN USA TODAY SPECIAL EDITIONThe national newspaper USA Today is publishing a Department ofHomeland Security (DHS) Special Edition in December, and DSU’s cybersecurity programs are featured in a half-page ad, shown here, developed bythe Sioux Fall’s ad agency, Lawrence & Schiller.

The full-color Special Edition will be published in December, and will focuson the issues of homeland security. The publication will be distributed tokey officials at the Homeland Security Headquarters in Washington, D.C.,U.S. Military Bases nationwide, all Department of Homeland Security sub-agencies (FEMA, Coast Guard, Customs, and Border Protection, etc.), amongothers. The ad contains a link to a “landing page” that will give an overviewof various aspects of DSU’s cyber programs, and include links to furtherinformation on DSU’s university website. We are pleased at thisopportunity to enhance national visibility for DSU’s cyber offerings, as wellas creating potential for different types of partnerships with other federalgovernment agencies and cyber security organizations.


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DSU IN PROCESS ON PROVOST AND DEANS SEARCHESDSU has begun the search for a new permanent Provost and Vice President for AcademicAffairs, as well as permanent deans for the College of Computing and the College ofBusiness and Information Systems. All searches are being done with the search firm AGB,on a national scale.

The search materials include a Prospectus in which the University articulated many ofthe aspects and facts about DSU that showcase the institution. The document is availableonline in the DSU website at:

The members of the committee that will be leading the search for the Provost includes:Co-Chairs - Marcus Garstecki and David Overby; Faculty - College of Education: GabeMydland, Kevin Smith, College of Arts & Sciences: Kristel Bakker, William Sewell; Collegeof Computing: Kevin Streff, Steve Graham; College of Business and Information Systems:Dan Talley, Cherie Noteboom; CSA - Annette Miller; NFE - Kacie Fodness; Students:Rachel Slaven, Sid Moorhead; Alumni and Community Members - Adam Shaw, TeresaMallett.

DSU JOINS IN LAUNCH OF FORWARD MADISON3DSU was pleased to join with the Lake Area Improvement Corporation (LAIC), acommunity development organization for the Madison area, to launch the ForwardMadison3 initiative. Governor Daugaard participated in the kick-off of the endeavor,further highlighting the excellent goals and well-thought out priorities of thecampaign.

Forward Madison was started in 2006 by the LAIC as a fund-raising campaign to investin the future of the region. Forward Madison3 is to build on the successes of theprevious two Forward Madison projects over the last 10 years, keeping thecommunity moving forward, this time with a special emphasis on partnerships, asevidenced by industrial park growth, the recruitment of technology businesses, andworkforce development. DSU is pleased to be able to contribute to development in all3 of these areas, and it emphasizes how much DSU and its host community are in syncon new initiatives to propel the entire region forward. Since 2000, Madison and LakeCounty have seen significant growth, both in terms of population and economicdevelopment to the benefit of the area. From 2000 to 2016, the city of Madison hasseen a 17.% increase in population, and a 47.4% increase in median income. LakeCounty as a whole has seen a 61.2% increase in median income.

Dr. Eric Rabkin will be DSU’s fall com-mencement speaker. Dr. Rabkin is anArthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus,Professor Emeritus of English Languageand Literature and of Art and Design atthe University of Michigan. As a teacher,Rabkin was especially known for hispopular courses on science fiction andfantasy. He offered the world's firstwriting-intensive Massive Open OnlineCourse (MOOC). He has been a pioneer inthe use of technology in teaching in thehumanities and art and design.

DSU LEADERSHIP AT HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSIONA number of administrators andfaculty from DSU attended a HigherLearning Commission (HLC) meetingin Chicago in November (whichcoincided with the Cubs winningthe World Series – an opportunity to witness what 108-years of pent-up hope looks like when it is finallyrewarded: loud and happy). This was a workingmeeting for the DSU participants, to develop an actionproject that the University is committed toimplementing over the next 10 months, as part of ourongoing quality improvement activities, a component ofDSU’s accreditation requirements.



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Blessinger leading DSU project to develop innovative information “beacons”Dr. Justin Blessinger, a professor in DSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, has beenawarded a $10,000 grant through the South Dakota Community Foundation as partof the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants program. Dr. Blessingerwill work with student Andrew Jorgenson to develop a proximity beacon systemand app that will help people with and without disabilities access informationabout a site as they enter.

The 1990 U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act has resulted in public spaces withgreater physical accessibility. However, persons of all abilities often do not haveaccess to relevant, and oftentimes critical, information they need to successfullyfind their way or stay safe inside a building. Blessinger and Jorgenson will use thisgrant to design an app paired with proximity beacons that can provide informationabout a site as you enter. The app is being developed under the prototype name,GoTo.

A proximity beacon is a tiny Bluetooth device that can be hidden in variouslocations. DSU’s project will place the devices in building entrances on DSU’scampus and at one selected public location in the Madison community. The beaconwill broadcast information to the app, making available helpful information forthat specific site. The app will use the proximity beacon’s signal to make it simplefor anyone who is unfamiliar with a building to easily find office locations,restroom locations, emergency services, historical information, daily calendarinformation, and so on.

“The research we are doing not only has the potential to improve accessibility forpeople with a variety of disabilities (or none at all), it carries on the very longtradition at DSU of utilizing technology to address very human problems,” saidProfessor Blessinger. “Have you ever been in a new building and needed arestroom? Does your building have a defibrillator . . . and do you know where it is?Does the name of your department confuse visitors as to its purpose? Most of thetech world has been looking at beacons for marketing purposes, for things likehanding out coupons as you pass the entrance to their store. But we want to useproximity beacons to make the world more accessible, more equitable, safer, andmore humane. We believe GoTo will do just that.”

Blessinger continued, “We’re grateful to The Bush Foundation and South DakotaCommunity Foundation, for the opportunity to develop this solution, and to theDSU Barrier Free Learning Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, and Center forExcellence for their tremendous support in getting us to this point. We are eager toshare our GoTo app with the world!”

Three DSU faculty in South Dakota Governor’s 7th Biennial Art ExhibitionThree DSU faculty have artwork inThe South Dakota Governor’s 7thBiennial Art Exhibition All of theDSU artists are within the College ofArts and Sciences and include JeffBallard, Angela Behrends and AlanMontgomery.

The South Dakota Governor’s Bi-ennial Art Exhibition was estab-lished in 2003 to recognize andencourage South Dakota artists andto promote the artistic identityof South Dakota. It celebrates thecultural and artistic heritage as wellas the future of South Dakota. Theexhibit travels to several venuesaround the state for two years. Thisyear the locations includethe South Dakota Art Museum,Brookings, SD from December 23,2016 – April 16, 2017, John A. DayGallery at USD, from May 8 – July28, 2017 and the Visual Arts Centerat the Washington Pavilion of Artand Sciences, Sioux Falls, SD fromSeptember 30, 2017 – January 14,2018.

AngelaBehrends AlanMontgomery

Angela Behrends’ piece titled “Will,” was in theGovernor’s Exhibit last year. It was used topromote the 7th biennial at the Dahl ArtsCenter in Rapid City.



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EUROPEAN UNION DIGNITARY VISITS DAKOTA STATEDakotaStateUniversityhostedadistinguishedvisitoroncampusinNovember: AndreaGlorioso,CounsellorfortheDigitalEconomyattheDelegationoftheEuropeanUnion(EU)totheUSA.



Thefirsteveningofhisvisit,theUniversityheldanexclusivereceptionwithMr.Glorioso aspartoftheBeadleLeadershipspecialeventsseries.ThenextdayhespenttimeinanumberofDSUclasses,andthenintheafternoontherewasanOpenCampusForumforfaculty,staff,students,andmembersoftheextendedMadisoncommunity.FortheForum,PresidentGriffithsinterviewedMr.Glorioso,andheaddressedquestionssubmittedbytheaudience.

DSU continues to garner national attention for our computing programs. The DarkReading Radio podcast recently aired a conversation with Rodney Peterson, head ofNIST’s new National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, and Carson Sweet of Cloud-Passage, one of our newer partners, about working with DSU to develop educationalprograms for much-needed Cloud computing professionals. Carson gave a great shout-out to Dakota State’s program and to our GenCyber camps. The podcast of the program isavailable at (34:53)

President Griffiths Speaks at NSF ConferenceDr. José-Marie Griffiths was invited tospeak at the National Science Foundation(NSF) Cyber Bridges conference aboutcreating multidisciplinary research cen-ters, including what DSU is working on inthe development of the Madison CyberLabs – the MadLabs. The conference included participantsfrom 18 major research universities, and gave her the op-portunity to talk about many of the activities presentlygoing on at DSU.

While there, the NSF Program Officer presented earlynotice of a new NSF solicitation with components thatcould potentially involve every faculty from all four ofDSU’s colleges. Titled “Training-based Workforce Devel-opment for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTrain-ing),” DSU’s Provost, Graduate Office, and Sponsored Pro-grams are now gathering interest to develop a compre-hensive university-wide response to this solicitation.

DSU’S NEXT DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PLANNEDThis past April Dakota State held its first DSU Day of Servicefor students, faculty, and staff to give back to the Univer-sity’s host Madison community through volunteer projects.Three hundred and ninety-two individuals participated,braving the not-so-spring-like weather for a combined1,103 service hours.

This year’s Day of Service will be held on Wed. April 26th,2017, replacing all afternoon classes that day. Followingthe service after-noon, the students will celebrate with aSpring Fling including music, food, games, movies, andmore to celebrate all the accomplishments of the day, aswell as, at that time, the approaching end of the semester.


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n o r t h e r n NowNorthern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota September-November 2016





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THE CEREMONY began at 9:30 a.m. in the newly renovated Johnson Fine Arts Center on the NSU campus. Downs began at NSU on June 27. Prior to joining Northern, he was the provost and chief academic officer of New York’s Niagara University. He provided leadership and supervision for all facets of Niagara University’s academic affairs work since 2011. As provost, Downs helped redefine the first-year student assessment process at Niagara to better place students in courses for academic success. He created a robust teaching and learning center on the Niagara University campus dedicated to faculty and staff development. This faculty development center also assisted instructors in the use of learning management systems and helped them develop new online and hybrid courses. Now in his 29th year in higher education, Downs began his career as a professor and over time evolved into the administrative ranks in his position as provost. He also has extensive experience in the public higher education arena, with 14 years spent working in the state higher education systems of California and Kansas.

Prior to his time at Niagara University, Downs was dean of the College of Humanities, Business, and Education at Pennsylvania’s Gannon University, where he was employed for nine years. He previously was dean of graduate studies and research at Emporia State University in Kansas and assistant vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational communication from the University of

Oklahoma; a master’s degree in communication studies from West Virginia University; and a B.A. degree, also in communication studies, from California State University, Sacramento Dr. Downs looks forward to working with colleagues on campus and in the Aberdeen and South Dakota communities in order to continuously affirm and improve the quality of Northern State University. As a faculty member and administrator, Dr. Downs has always focused on improving students’ success, retention, and graduation rates. NSU will continue to emphasize projects on enrollments, enhancing degree programs, upgrading campus facilities, and perpetually

marketing the excellence of Northern State University. Downs and his wife, Mary, enjoy traveling and exercising their two dogs (Bob and Harvey), along with an occasional round of golf. Mary grew up in Long Beach, Calif., where they met while Tim was employed in the California State University system. Mary’s career has been in medical equipment and pharmaceutical sales.


Dr. Timothy M. Downswas inaugurated as the 17th president of Northern State University on Thursday, Nov. 10.

THE NSU STUDENT CENTER was packed on Oct. 28 for Culturefest: NSU’s International Festival. The event featured international cuisine, entertainment and more than 20 booths reflecting various cultures from around the world.

NSU STUDENTS AND STAFF—along with alumni and the entire Aberdeen community and surrounding region—celebrated the 101st annualGypsy Day on Saturday, Oct. 1. The parade began at 9 a.m. with the theme of “Gypsies Look to the Future.”


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NORTHERN’S fall 2016 headcount is 3,587, the university’s highest since 2012 and a 2.6 percent increase from 3,496 in fall 2015. NSU’s retention rate also jumped to its highest level in over 15 years. The retention rate for last fall’s cohort of new first-time, bachelor’s degree seeking students is 74.3 percent. That’s the highest since at least 1998, the earliest data available. Retention rates for the last five years are 69.3 percent in 2011, 70.7 percent in 2012, 69.1 percent in 2013, 65.8 percent in 2014 and 74.3 percent in 2015. A contributing factor to the 2015 increase in retention is the university’s change to a career-centered academic advising system, with professional advisors housed within academic departments. This change was originally spurred by a federal grant. Northern has a larger freshman class this year—a headcount of 323, a 4.8 percent increase over 308 students in 2015—and the university wants to continue these upward trends in freshmen class sizes and retention. “We are very excited by our enrollment and retention outcomes for this fall and hope to

continue these trends in the future,” said Dr. Timothy Downs, NSU president. For overall undergraduate numbers, NSU has a headcount of 3,075 students for 2016, a 1.1 percent increase over 3,041 in fall 2015. For graduate numbers, Northern saw a 12.5 percent increase in headcount from a year ago, from 455 to 512. Online enrollment increased 9.7 percent since last year, from 1,918 to 2,105. Northern saw a 3.9 percent increase in South Dakota resident enrollment over 2015, from 2,664 to 2,767. While headcount has increased, the number of full-time equivalent students is down, which typically translates into students taking fewer credits per term. Northern’s 2016 FTE is 1,953, a 2.1 percent decrease from 2015, when it was 1,995. Looking forward, NSU is exploring additional resources, including increased scholarship opportunities, to help students offset educational expenses; helping to further increase enrollments at Northern.

System-wide, the Regents reported that fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities increased slightly compared to last year, up one-quarter of one percent. Headcount enrollment was up by 92 students across the entire system. Total headcount at the six public universities was 36,531, an increase of 0.25 percent over last year. The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students for the fall 2016 term—based on total credit hours generated by all students within the regents’ system—decreased by 84.1 students to a total of 26,599.7, or -0.32 percent. “Our continued attention to growing enrollments is very important for South Dakota and its economic well-being,” said Mike Rush, the regents’ executive director and CEO. “We remain committed to increasing the number of students with postsecondary education. Increasing the number of students with four-year and graduate degrees is a critical component of meeting the state’s goal to have 65 percent of 25 to 34 year olds with some type of postsecondary credential.”


Northern State University had the highest fall 2016 headcount enrollment growth in the South Dakota public university system, according to figures released from the South Dakota Board of Regents.

THE TOURNAMENT WAS HELD OCT. 7-8 at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Individual honors for NSU were as follows: Two NSU debate teams, Jacob Sigurdson/Hannah Higdon and Joshua Hinkemeyer/Corey Klatt, broke into quarter finals. Joseph Kvale and Tyler Newton placed second in parliamentary debate. Joshua Hinkemeyer received third place

in individual speaker points in debate and also placed second in Program Oral Interpretation. NSU Speech and Debate also had a successful season last year, when multiple team members won honors at the prestigious nationwide Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Tournament in Lexington, Ky. Dr. Anthony Wachs, coach of the Speech and Debate Team, said he is impressed with

how well team members are debating and competing this year. “This is the strongest the team has looked in my six years of coaching at NSU,” Wachs said. “It truly is an honor to be working with such bright and enthusiastic students.” The team will host its annual oral interpretation contest Oct. 22 on NSU’s campus, then compete at Bethany Lutheran’s Vocal Viking tournament on Oct. 28-29.


The Northern State University Speech and Debate Team had a stellar showing at the Jackrabbit Joust Forensics Tournament, with a fourth-place tie for the team and several individual successes.

ON SATURDAY, OCT. 15, more than 80 NSU students and employees volunteered in Aberdeen as part of NSU’s Pack Gives Back event. Following a speech from NSU PresidentDr. Timothy Downs, students volunteered at various sites throughout the community, led by staff group leaders.


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MATHERN was one of 25 citizens selected from 12 of the 23 Native nations overlapping North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. The Native Governance Center and the Bush Foundation announced the cohort selections late last month. The Rebuilders Program is the leadership component of a larger initiative launched in 2010 by the Bush Foundation to support tribes as they strengthen their governing capabilities. Rebuilders consist of emerging and existing Native leaders who look to build leadership skills and nation-building knowledge. With this newest cohort, over 140 Native leaders call themselves Rebuilders. Mathern, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, has worked at NSU since fall 2015. “I’m excited about this opportunity because I believe in the mission of the Native Nation Rebuilder program, and have personally

witnessed current leaders across Indian Country develop their own leadership and networking abilities through this program,” she said. Mathern currently serves on the NSU American Indian Advisory Committee and as a co-advisor for the Native American Student Association. She said she plans to share her experiences with others in these organizations. “My hope is to continue

further collaboration on American Indian initiatives and cultural awareness as they pertain to the NSU and Aberdeen communities,” she said. Rebuilders will convene for four structured sessions, during which they will also develop action plans to share knowledge with peers and their respective tribal governments. The sessions involve partner organizations and individuals with expertise in nation-rebuilding, organizing and issues specific to Indian Country.

NEVILLE PUBLISHES PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE IN EDUTOPIANorthern State University’s Dr. Alan L. Neville has published a peer-reviewed article in the popular comprehensive website and online community, Edutopia.

THE ARTICLE, “Recognizing and Celebrating Native American Day,” highlights the importance of Native American Day and provides examples of culturally responsive teaching for educators at all levels.

Neville is a professor of education and department chair of teacher education at NSU. Edutopia is one of the two primary missions of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit operating foundation, founded by filmmaker George Lucas in 1991. Neville’s article can be viewed at


REBUILDERS PROGRAMNorthern State University Instructor of Marketing Amber Mathern has been

chosen for the eighth cohort of the Native Nation Rebuilders Program.


Northern State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly remodeled Johnson Fine Arts Centerat 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

THE CEREMONY was open to the public and took place on the southeast corner of the facility following the South Dakota Board of Regents meeting held on campus. NSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Alan LaFave, former dean of the NSU School of Fine Arts, was event emcee. Also speaking at the ceremony was Dr. Timothy Downs, Northern president; Dr. Michael Rush, Board of Regents executive director; and Nathan Reede, chairman of the NSU Foundation Board of Directors. The following day was the JFAC Gala Opening, which featured a full-length concert by the iconic rock group Three Dog Night. The performance took place in the newly renovated main theater JFAC reopened this fall following a $15 million remodeling project.


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HEADLINESAman senior art exhibition planned in NSU Student Center

MTNA/SDMTA annual music competition coming to NSU on Nov. 4

University-civic symphony to present first major ensemble concert in renovated JFAC at NSU

NSU Music Department to host annual fall swing dance on Nov. 4

2016 Concerto-Aria Competition set for Nov. 3 at Northern State University

NSU admissions representative to visit area high schools

NSU representatives to visit Aberdeen Central High School

Visiting artists will create collaborative mapping project, host workshop at NSU

Northern State University Theater to present ‘Next to Normal’

Film submitted by NSU Confucius Institute shown at South Dakota Film Festival

NSU hosting group of university students and teachers from Mexico

Northern State University announces 2016 Gypsy Day Parade winners

NSU Marching Wolves to present indoor concert

Author to discuss biography of Reptile Gardens founder at NSU library event

Public invited to suggest name for new NSU residence hall

Fogderud and guests to present ‘Music for Big Voices’ recital at NSU

NSU’s Millicent Atkins School of Education receives grant funding for 2016-17 school year

Constitution Day celebration is Friday at Northern State University

NSU recital will showcase faculty, facility

NSU awards fine arts scholarships for 2016-17

NSU student organizations receive SDBOR honors

Ticket sales start Friday for Three Dog Night concert at NSU

Opera making its debut in newly remodeled NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center

South Dakota Supreme Court October Term of Court to be held at Northern State University


An article byDr. John A. Long, assistant professor of computational biology at Northern State University, was

published in the August 2016 issue of Forest Science.

LONG’S article is titled “Mapping Percent Tree Mortality Due to Mountain Pine Beetle Damage.” The purpose of the paper was to investigate the ability of several modeling approaches to estimate and map tree mortality due to mountain pine beetle infestation in a section of the Helena National Forest. The result was a two-stage mathematical model that estimates and maps tree mortality with better than 97 percent accuracy. Mapping the location of insect-caused

tree mortality is critical to monitoring forest health, informing management strategies, and understanding ecological relationships. Long earned his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics at State University of New York. He earned both his master’s degree in ecological and environmental statistics and his doctorate in ecology and

environmental science at Montana State University. He has worked at NSU since May 2015.

NAMED after S. A. Gerasimov, the university is one of the oldest and most respected film schools in Europe. Usitalo’s paper is titled “Sergei Paradjanov and VGIK.” It examines the celebrated Soviet and Armenian film director Sergei Paradjanov and his time spent as a student at VGIK in the 1940s, including his student films. This paper is part of Usitalo’s forthcoming book on Paradjanov and the creation/

invention of Armenian national identity. Usitalo, professor of history, has worked at Northern for 10 years. He received his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earned his master’s certificate in political history at the University of Helsinki in Finland, and completed his doctoral degree at McGill

University in Montreal.


CINEMATOGRAPHY INSTITUTENorthern State University’sDr. Steven Usitalopresented a paper in July at the All-Russian State University of Cinematography (aka VGIK) in Moscow.

THE CONFERENCE was held Nov. 2-3 in Jinan. Representing Northern at the event will be: President Dr. Timothy Downs and Mary Downs; Dr. Alan LaFave, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Willard Broucek, dean of the NSU School of Business; faculty members Dr. Allen Barclay, Dr. Juan Gonzalez, Dr. Keun Lee, Dr. Doug Ohmer, and Dr. Thomas Orr; and Mr. Nathan Roberts, academic advisor. This is the 23rd year of NSU’s international

business conference. This fall’s different location is a one-year change that came about as a result of Northern’s partnership with the University of Jinan through the Confucius Institute at NSU. Keynote speaker at this year’s conference will be David Simnick, CEO and co-founder of SoapBox Soaps, an all-natural personal-care company that donates a bar of soap or a month’s supply of clean water to those in need around the world for every item sold.


For the first time, the annual NSU Conference on International Business and Contemporary Issues in Business took place in China


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Preparing students to step forward with confidence and a vision of lifetime success

Informational Items South Dakota Board of Regents Meeting

University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD

December 7-8, 2016 Michael McMillon from Yankton, SD was named “Student of the Month” for October. Michael has been working off campus and is managing his transportation to and from work. The Northern State University (NSU)

Campus Lion’s Club sponsored a ‘Fall Party” for our students with activities in our gym. They made crafts and everyone enjoyed delicious treats plus three students received

$10 iTunes gift cards for their costumes.

In recognition of Veterans Day, students put on a program under the direction of music teacher Phyllis Heier. Jayne Reuer provided quilts for the Quilts of Valor project that students presented to John Ludwig

(U.S. National Guard who served in Panama, Desert Storm, and Iraq), William

Schaunaman, (U.S Army WWII), Paul Karst (Marines, Rabat, Morocco, Ghana, Vietnam, North Africa, Desert Storm), and Dwight Fast (Airforce).


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University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD December 7-8, 2016

Beth Lopes’ elementary class decided to do a food drive during the month of

November. They are collecting from family, friends, and staff in hopes of presenting

a large supply to The Journey Home. This lesson in reciprocity is important for our students. They come to understand they can also help others in their community. During the month of October elementary PE classes were able to explore and play with scooters. Some of the activities included individual scooter challenges and group challenges such as making a train and moving through

the gym. Using scooters helps students to build upper body and lower body strength and endurance. One of the student’s favorite activities is called "Blast Off" where students hold their feet to the wall and push off using cue. Three students served by the SDSBVI Outreach Program were able to experience Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Indira Dillon, SDSBVI Outreach Vision Consultant, accompanied three outreach students to Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired (SCIVIS) at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The students each received funding from the South Dakota Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the cost of the camp. Savannah Westrom

from Viborg participated in Aviation Challenge Mach III which had air-flight simulations, pamper pole climbing, zip-line experiences, water survival, and orientating and team building.

Ramsey Stanga from Sioux Falls and Dominick Woodraska from Yankton participated in “Space Academy: Level 2” which was considered like astronaut training where they completed experiments in a space lab, experienced the multi-access training (MAT) chairs, built and launched rockets, and completed space missions as a member of mission control.


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University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD December 7-8, 2016

Several residential students and staff had a great time attending the "Forest Drive Fright Night" sponsored by the Richmond Lake and Mina Lake Recreation Areas. The students tried out their hand at navigating the pumpkin obstacle course, throwing gourds into a

toilet, showing off their coloring skills in the Halloween contest, and singing during the hayride. The day ended in the warming house at Forest Drive with hot

chocolate, apple cider, and treats. Students also received free stocking caps from Runnings Fleet & Farm. The South Dakota Foundation for the

Blind and Visually Impaired along with the South Dakota Arts Council sponsored this fall’s

artist-in-the-schools, Theatre artist Fran Sillau who completed a week long residency. The week ended with a student performance.

Several residential students and staff picked pumpkins at The Pumpkin Ranch

and visited Fred & Janel Ludwig’s home where they roasted s’mores over a campfire and spent time enjoying the Ludwig’s 4-legged family members, Taz

and Bud, who are soft and loveable huskies. Janel gave the students and dogs rides

around their yard in her fancy golf cart while Fred gave rides in his Vintage 1946 Ford Truck.

Students celebrated Red Ribbon Week with days designated for different themes. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated in many public schools, is to promote drug awareness and healthy living.


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The SDSBVI now broadly boasts its own fence art thanks to the Arts and Special Activities Committee.

SDSBVI is excited to have been chosen by the American Printing House (APH) to field test new products.

Schelbie DeHaai, a student at SDSBVI from Miller SD, is pictured using the “Snap Circuits Jr. Access Kit” to study electric current and electric circuits in Ms. Mundschenk’s Physical Science class. She is using the Kit to create a variety of series and parallel circuits by applying and experimenting with concepts she has learned. Schelbie is part of a group of students that are field testing this Kit for the American Printing House. The kit is available commercially but APH has adapted it by adding braille labels and large print/braille instructions to make the kit more accessible for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Student Council members Larissa Enget, Schelbie DeHaai, Jordan Houseman, Michael McMillen, Marcus Van Dam, and Michael Wingen, along with several friends and staff members Dale Aman, Indira Dillon, Hilary Filler, and Marjorie Kaiser participated in the White Cane March along 41st Street in Sioux Falls, SD to recognize “White Cane Day”.

After participating in the march, students also enjoyed checking out the Ferris wheel and escalator in the Scheels store. The activity provided lessons in mobility, self-advocacy, and social skills all wrapped into one adventure.


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SDSD Outreach Consultants, Nina Ringstmeyer and Kerry Ruth, assist-ed in the 12th West River Cochlear Implant Mapping in Rapid City on October 11–14, 2016. Through a collaborative effort with Rapid City Ar-ea Schools (RCAS) and the University of South Dakota (USD) Scottish Rite Speech and Hearing Clinic, SDSD was once again able to offer an opportunity for families living west-river to have their child’s cochlear im-plant and osseointegrated device services (including programming/mapping and evaluation of auditory development) provided closer to home. In addition to providing those services, the USD team was also

able to provide audiology evaluations and consultations. The RCAS enabled the USD team to utilize the sound booth located in the Jefferson Building. The SDSD mobile lab was also used for booth testing. Dr. Messersmith and a team of four audiology students saw a total of 27 kids for audiology appointments. A variety of services were provided including: two cochlear implant activations, twelve cochlear implant programming appointments, four osseointegrated device pro-gramming appointments, and nine consultation/evaluation appointments. As part of their doctoral audiology program, Au.D. students at the Univer-sity of South Dakota were also on hand to assist with the evaluations. Dr. Elizabeth Hanson from the USD Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was available, along with two of her students, to provide communication support and lan-

guage evaluations for clients.

This is a great opportunity for families who would otherwise have to travel a mini-mum of 12 hours for these services. Thank you to the SDSD Foundation for supporting this event. The next cochlear implant outreach clinic is scheduled for spring of 2017.

South Dakota Board of Regents

Informational Items

December 6-8, 2016

South Dakota School for the Deaf

Inside this issue:

West River Evaluations 2

Meet Jodi Schnider 3

West River Workshp 4

“Hall”oween Trick or Treat 4

Audiology News 5

Cochlear Implant Mapping with University of South Dakota Submitted by Nina Ringstmeyer & Kerry Ruth


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On October 25, SDSD Outreach Consultants, Julie Delfs and Laura

Scholten, offered a professional development opportunity to twenty

speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the Watertown area. The

topic was “Affordable Therapy for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students”.

The SLPs learned about resources for all ages to address speech,

audition, language, social skills, self-advocacy, and academics. Par-

ticipants left the training with a variety of new ideas as well as free

resources to use in working with students with hearing loss.

Watertown Public School Training Submitted by Laura Scholten

West River Evaluations Submitted by Nina Ringstmeyer & Kerry Ruth

For the third consecutive year, SDSD offered multidisciplinary evaluations for clients

on the western side of the state. On October 3-4, a team of evaluators, fluent in ASL,

traveled to Rapid City to provide this much needed service to schools and families.

Three clients were evaluated at the Family Residency Clinic in Rapid City. The Family

Residency Clinic is a Regional Health facility that is a teaching clinic for medical stu-

dents. They partnered with SDSD to provide a location for this evaluation, free of

charge. SDSD clients were assessed in the areas of ability, achievement, speech-

language, social/emotional, and ASL skills. Completed evaluation reports are provided

to the school districts and families as part of their multi-disciplinary assessment pro-

cess required by the State Department of Education. Without this opportunity, families

would have to travel six hours one-way to participate in this evaluation process. The

schools that participated lack the resources necessary to complete an evaluation for

students who use ASL. The families, schools, and students were grateful for this op-


Fairview Training Submitted by Nina Ringstmeyer & Kerry Ruth

On October 20-21, Outreach Consultants, Nina Ringstmeyer and Ker-

ry Ruth, hosted a Fairview Training Workshop for professionals and

parents in Rapid City. The Fairview Learning Program that was pre-

sented is designed specifically for students who are deaf or hard of

hearing. Fairview provides individuals with literacy tools that allow

access and increase fluency in English and ASL. This program can be

integrated into any existing reading program. Trish Vierra, Owner/CEO, instructed over

51 participants about the program. Attendees had the opportunity to receive continuing

education contact hours. This two day workshop is the second opportunity for many

people west river to learn about Fairview. Special thanks to the Black Hills State Univer-

sity – Rapid City Campus for allowing SDSD to utilize their facility and to the SDSD Foun-

dation for furnishing the refreshments and snacks.


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A Partnership with Families

Submitted by Kami Van Sickle

We asked Nicole Nelson about SDSD Outreach

services. Keep reading to learn how SDSD has

impacted her family.

How did you learn about SDSD Outreach?

We learned about SDSD Outreach at a hearing loss clinic at Sanford

Hospital. This clinic was optional and not mandatory.

How has SDSD Outreach’s involvement benefited your child?

SDSD Outreach involvement has greatly benefited my child. We had immediate access to

American Sign Language (ASL ) and information regarding options we had as a family to learn

more about having a child that is Deaf. They also were able to put us in contact with other

families during group events.

What would you say to other families who are considering SDSD services?

The one thing that will benefit your family and allow you to feel comfortable is meeting and

interacting with other families. SDSD is a great place to get involved and allow your child to

interact with other children similar to them.

SDSD Staff Spotlight: Jodi Schnider

What got you interested in working with deaf/hard of hearing children?

I was lucky enough to have some experience with kids that are deaf/hard

of hearing in my previous role as a special education preschool teacher. It

has been beneficial to have been on the other side of the consultant role,

accepting suggestions and strategies from the “experts in the field”. It

taught me how to work cooperatively with outside agencies. So now that

the roles are reversed, I understand how to work with many different

team members and agencies.

What do you like most about SDSD?

I love the team of professionals I get to work with every day. We are fortunate enough to have

each other to use as resources throughout the state. Also, no two days are ever the same. As

different situations arise, we must adapt and learn, and that helps me keep up on the latest

strategies and technology.

If you could share only one piece of advice about deaf/hard of hearing children, what would it


Show me, don’t tell me.


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On November 4, SDSD presented a speech and language workshop for professionals working with

students that are deaf/hard or hearing or low language producers. Laura Scholten and Sarah

Lingle traveled from Sioux Falls and Pierre to present on “Affordable Therapy for Deaf/Hard of

Hearing Students” at the Black Hills State University Center in Rapid City. Forty educators attend-

ed the informative workshop. Speech, audition, language, self-advocacy, academics and social

skills were just some of the topics presented. A special thanks to the Black Hills State University –

Rapid City Campus for the use of their facility and the SDSD Foundation for refreshments and


West River Workshop Submitted by Nina Ringstmeyer & Kerry Ruth

On November 4, South Dakota School for the Deaf Outreach Consultants, Kerry

Ruth and Nina Ringstmeyer, hosted a girls' ornament painting event at Pottery 2

Paint in Rapid City. Six girls participated in the activity. Thank you to the SDSD

Foundation for sponsoring this event.

On October 29, South Dakota School for the Deaf Outreach Consultants, Kerry Ruth

and Nina Ringstmeyer, hosted a “Bowling with the Boys” event. The afternoon of

bowling was held in Rapid City at Meadowood Lanes. Six boys and their families en-

joyed the event. A huge thank you to Meadowood Lanes for waiving the shoe fee and

the SDSD Foundation for providing pizza, drinks, and bowling.

Bowling Event Submitted by Nina Ringstmeyer & Kerry Ruth

Pottery Event Submitted by Nina Ringstmeyer & Kerry Ruth

“Hall”oween Trick or Treat Submitted by Jodi Schnider

SDSD Teen group hosted a family event for Halloween. The teens invited South Dakota Associa-

tion for the Deaf community members, Foundation Board members, Augie Deaf Awareness group,

and SDSD Outreach Consultants to decorate a door in the SDSD building and dress according to

their door theme. The “Hall”oween event was similar to that of a “Trunk or Treat” without the wor-

ry of the weather. SDSD families were able to dress up and gather treats from each of the 14

doors and then continue their fun into the Family Sign Language Class. The event brought out ap-

proximately 70 ghouls and goblins. “Hall”oween was a great success and there is hope to expand


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In-service Update




South Dakotans


In-services and guest lectures are provided by members of the SDSD Outreach team as an

extension of support for children with varied hearing status. These in-services relate to var-

ied hearing status and its educational impact, technical assistance and orientation with

hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems, sound field systems, and/or interpreters, or

educational strategies and materials that may benefit SDSD clients.

Audiology Department News Submitted by Greg King

The following report details audiological services provided to South Dakota children from Sep-

tember 2, 2016 through November 10, 2016 on SDSD’s campus and via the mobile lab.

Total Screened 7,350

Total Evaluated 2, 588

*SNHL Found 147

*CHL Found 294

Mobile Sites 70

SNHL—sensorineural hearing loss CHL— conductive hearing loss

2016-2017 Consultant In-services


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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Legacy News December 2016

Board of Regents SDSMT.EDU

The family of Maria “Agnes” Roybal Trujillo has made a generous donation to build an expanded Tiospaye Center to support Native American students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Donors Diane and Bob Malone of Texas attended a dedication ceremony at the university in honor of Diane’s mother who encouraged her children to incorporate their culture into better opportunities for themselves and others.

Family members also attending were Debbie Ponzio, Dean Elmore and Doreen and Dan Gehrer. Debbie and Doreen are also daughters of Agnes.

Agnes grew up in an orphanage in the Denver area, where her individuality and heritage were suppressed and her Native American culture not honored or

recognized. She went on to earn her high school diploma, unusual for any American Indian in the early 1940s. This accomplishment remained a point of pride for the rest of her life, and Agnes instilled the value of education in her children.

Bob Malone visited the School of Mines and was impressed with the university’s Tiospaye program, which up until this fall was managed out of a small 200-square-foot

Tiospaye Center for AmericanIndian Scholars Dedicated

Malone Family Gift Enables New Space

SD Mines Awarded $1.1 Million from NSF, Vucurevich for Program to Graduate More Women in Engineering

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been awarded over $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and John T. Vucurevich Foundation for the Culture & Attitude Program.

The program aims to attract, retain and graduate more women and underrepresented students in engineering through scholarships, industry mentors, professional development and new curriculum that engages diverse

learning styles. The Culture & Attitude program will also partner with local nonprofits, the city of Rapid City and the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative to incorporate service learning into the classroom.

“The nation needs more engineers, and women are still underrepresented in the profession,” said Heather Wilson, President of the School of Mines. “This grant will help us look at learning styles and how to more be more effective in our teaching.”

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Baker Hughes Incorporated, an international oilfield services company, has donated industry-grade reservoir performance software valued at $1.8 million to South Dakota Mines to help train students for careers in the petroleum industry.

The gift was announced during a presentation on campus attended by Baker Hughes executives. With 36,000 employees in 80 countries, Houston-based Baker Hughes develops next-generation technology to help oil and gas operators get the most from their reservoirs.

Baker Hughes donated JewelSuite™ software for geologic modeling, reservoir engineering, 3D and 4D geomechanics, and wellbore stability, MFrac™ and MShale™ software packages for fracture modeling and design, and Completion ArchiTEX™ (CTX) software for completions design. The software will be used in geology and geological engineering classes, the petroleum field camp and a new geomechanics course.

In recent years, 20 percent of Mines graduates have gone on to careers in the energy industry, and Baker Hughes has been the fifth-highest employer of Mines graduates for the past five years.

The new software will also support independent student research projects.

Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral

degrees in geological engineering and geology, as well as a minor and a certificate in petroleum systems.

“This generous gift from Baker Hughes will help our students be better prepared when they join the professional workforce. It’s the kind of gift that enhances several of our courses while keeping the cost of college down,” said South Dakota Mines President Heather Wilson.

Baker Hughes executives visited with students to share the company’s commitment to ensuring a pipeline of trained candidates enter the industry.

“We are proud to partner with a university that has taken such an active role in developing the next generation of innovators for the oil and gas industry,” Mody said. We believe real-world experience is invaluable when entering the workforce, and we hope our software donation will help more students gain that experience.”

South Dakota Mines announced its Energy Resources Initiative three years ago to leverage the university’s expertise and research, as well as its location in an energy-rich region of the country, near the Williston, Denver and Powder River basins.

Since then, SD Mines has added a Petroleum Systems Minor and a Petroleum Systems Graduate Certificate and is in the process of hiring a permanent director.

From left to right, Ron Jeitz, SD Mines Foundation officer; Eric Sullivan, Baker Hughes Inc. senior technical advisor, research & development; Heather Wilson, SD Mines president; Scott Schmidt, Mines alumnus and Baker Hughes Inc. vice president, Drill Bits; Laurie Anderson, Ph.D., SD Mines head of Department of Geology & Geological Engineering; Rustom Mody, Baker Hughes Inc. vice president, Technical Excellence

Oilfield Services Giant Baker Hughes Donates Industry Software to Prepare Mines Students for Energy Careers


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Antonette Logar, Ph.D., a computer science professor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has received the prestigious national Tau Beta Pi McDonald Mentor Award.

The award celebrates Tau Beta Pi educators for excellence in mentoring. It is presented to one college educator in the United States each year who has consistently supported the personal and professional development of students and colleagues.

Logar’s achievements “exemplify the diverse contributions that engineers make to society,” the Tau Beta Pi award letter said.

With a national membership of over 550,000, Tau Beta Pi is the oldest engineering honor society in the United States. It honors engineering students who have shown academic, personal and professional achievement.

Logar is a long-time coach of the South Dakota Mines computer programming team. Along with Edward Corwin, Ph.D., she has coached the team to six qualifications for the world finals competition of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). In 2013, Logar and Corwin were honored with a lifetime achievement award during the team’s fifth appearance on the international stage in Russia.

In May of 2017, the international ICPC competition will be hosted in Rapid City, in part due to the influence of Logar and Corwin.

“Toni Logar is the kind of professor-mentor who makes a difference in every life she touches. She richly deserves this recognition,” said South Dakota Mines President Heather Wilson.

Logar received a B.A. in geology from Lehigh University, a B.S. in computer science from South Dakota Mines, a M.S. in computer science from the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas Tech, and a law degree from the University of Louisville. She joined the Mines faculty in 1983 and has served as a professor of computer science, chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science and dean of Graduate Education. She also serves on the executive committee of the Mount Rushmore Society.

This is the second time the McDonald Mentor award has been awarded to a Mines faculty member. Carter Kerk, Ph.D., industrial engineering professor, received the inaugural award in 2006.

Logar attended the award ceremony in San Diego, where she was presented with a $1,000 cash prize, $1,000 donated to the Mines Tau Beta Pi chapter in her name and an engraved medallion.

Mines Professor Logar Honored with National Mentoring Award


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The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has named its unique industrial-scale chemical engineering teaching laboratory in honor of Gary Veurink, a prominent alumnus who, with his wife Ruth, has established an endowment to help prepare chemical engineering students for their careers.

The gift will provide monies for continuous upgrade of experiments and to infuse future innovative technologies into the renamed 5,000-square-foot Veurink Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Laboratory. It will also fund the prestigious Gary and Ruth Veurink Scholarship, which will cover at least half a student’s annual tuition and fees.

The lab features a two-story distillation column and other pilot-scale equipment similar to what chemical engineering students will use in industry after they graduate. It is one of the few pilot-scale unit operations laboratories on college campuses, as the trend has been to turn to table-top scale experiments to train students.

Veurink, a 1972 alumnus, joined Dow Chemical Co. and rose through the company to become a corporate vice president with direct responsibility for Dow’s global manufacturing and engineering operations and all new capital projects. This included a 23,000-employee organization with more than 150 manufacturing sites in 39 countries, as well as an annual $4 billion operations budget and a $2 billion plus new-projects budget. He retired after 35 years. Following his retirement he spent six years as chief operating officer at Washington, D.C.-based International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that protects the poor from violence.

“The Chemical Engineering program at Mines is exceptional, in part, because of the generous

contribution by the Veurinks. This teaching lab and scholarships to help our students make a tremendous difference, and we appreciate their generosity,” said Heather Wilson, president of South Dakota Mines.

While many other universities may have reduced the number of unit operations lab hours in their chemical engineering B.S. curriculum, the Chemical Engineering program at South Dakota Mines has not lowered its requirements over the years. More than 20 industrially relevant experiments are conducted in the laboratory. The laboratory was originally built in 1957 and completely renovated six years ago.

“Our choice is to have hands-on experiences from the freshman level to the senior level. That’s one of the undergraduate experiences that makes us unique. Experience working in a pilot-scale laboratory like this makes a difference in industry when companies are hiring,” said Robb Winter, Ph.D., head of the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering.

For the past five years, 100 chemical engineering graduates from South Dakota Mines have been hired into industry, with LyondellBasell, Cargill and Dow Chemical the top employers.

“We believe our career success, the goodness we have experienced in our marriage and family, the associated financial resources we have are all gifts from God, and we are intent on honoring him in our gifting. We also feel quite strongly that the SD School of Mines was a critical aspect of our lives and we want to express our gratitude in a tangible way to the institution and be active in highlighting that the institution was instrumental in our lives,” Veurink said.

Chemical Engineering Lab Named forAlumnus & Retired Dow VP


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Nearly 300 people attended the ninth annual Halloween-themed “Night at the Museum,” hosted at the South Dakota Mines’ Museum of Geology Oct. 29.

Children and adults alike dressed in Halloween costumes for trick or treating in the museum.

Members of the South Dakota Mines Paleo Club hosted hands-on educational activities and games surrounded

by the museum’s mounted skeletons and fossils of millions-of-years-old dinosaurs, mammals and marine reptiles.

Dressed in costumes, SD Mines students also canvassed the neighborhood around campus, collecting 1,345 pounds of food for Feeding South Dakota.

Additionally this year, students conducted a follow-up food drive. On Nov. 10, they visited parts of town not covered on Oct. 29 collecting canned food or monetary donations for Feeding South Dakota.

Mines Hosts “Night at the Museum,” Students Trick or Treat for Canned Goods

Intern Spotlight

Jeremy Feist | Burns & McDonnell

Senior civil engineering major Jeremy Feist, from Newcastle, Wyo., worked on a project that dealt with the foundation work for 50-foot-plus vertical vessel towers within a refinery in North Dakota. Here, he’s pictured on the patio of Burns & McDonnell’s new addition to the world headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.


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Diana Peninger, vice president of the $2 billion Acetyl Intermediates business at Celanese, spoke at the South Dakota Mines on Nov. 3.

Peninger, a South Dakota Mines alumna, discussed her experiences in leadership as part of the Women in Science & Engineering speaker series designed to

mentor students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The public is invited to the presentation at 4 p.m. in the Christensen Hall of Fame in the King Center. There is no charge.

Celanese is a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company.

Peninger is a member of the governing board of the Committee of 200, an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate senior executives, and is dedicated to helping women in professional fields.

Peninger graduated from South Dakota Mines in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and began her career with Celanese in 1987. She has leveraged her engineering degree as a strong foundation for various leadership positions in business.

“By helping build young men and women’s thirst for knowledge, we will set the path for motivated and innovative people who will continue to make the world a better place,” Peninger said.

At Mines, she was the founding president of the local chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Fortune 500Company Leader Addresses Mines


The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Chemical & Biological Engineering speaker series will feature scientists, medical doctors and entrepreneurs from national laboratories, elite research universities and hospitals.

The public is invited to all presentations, which will include topics such as energy conversion and generation, nanomaterials, health science, biomedical engineering, catalysis and reaction engineering and the Earth’s climate.

The presentations are from 11 a.m.-noon in room 252 of the Electrical and Engineering Physics Building. The spring dates are:

Jan. 24 – Clayton Radke, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, catalysis, surface and colloidal science

Jan. 31 – Bhasker Purushottam, M.D., Rapid City Regional Hospital, cardiology research, health/biomedical research

Feb. 14 – Alan Marshall, Ph.D., Florida State University and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, specialized FT-ICR MS for detection of hundreds of intermediates

March 7 – Faye McNeill, Ph.D., Columbia University, Earth’s climate and atmospheric composition, aerosols

March 21 – Alexander Neimark, Ph.D., Rutgers University, nanostructured materials, porous materials, molecular dynamic simulation

April 4 – Linda Broadbelt, Ph.D., Northwestern University, catalysis, depolymerization and polymerization chemistry

April 11 – Arup Chakraborty, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, adaptive immune response, infectious diseases, pathogens

April 25 – David Tirrell, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, macromolecular design, protein evolution, biological imaging, and proteome-wide analysis of cellular processes

Speaker Series Features Scientists

from National Labs, Universities


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Entrepreneur-in-Residence Darren Haar recently received the Spirit of Enterprise award recognizing personal commitment, dedication and achievement in entrepreneurship.

Haar was honored during the Innovation Expo, which focuses on connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors, venture capitalists and others involved in start-up companies.

The award honors someone who is directly responsible for helping shape the entrepreneurial culture of South Dakota.

Haar is a visionary business leader with a proven track record of driving growth and managing change in a diverse set of business environments in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He is able to quickly establish strategic direction, identify areas for growth, reduce cost and develop a strong leadership team.

Haar returned to the Black Hills a couple of years ago, most recently having served as DuPont’s global business director, Microcircuit Materials. At South Dakota School of Mines, Haar volunteers as head Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR), working with faculty researchers and students to take the university’s technology into the marketplace. He helped launch and sponsor the Black Hills student business plan competition on campus, now in its third year. Haar has also represented the School of Mines as a member of Stanford’s Epicenter Pathways to Innovation, a national effort to promote innovation and entrepreneurship on our nation’s campuses, and has acted as a National Science Foundation iCORPS mentor.

He launched two angel funds to assist local

entrepreneurs in gaining access to capital, currently serves as the chairman of the Black Hills Regional Angel Fund and is an active member of the mayor’s economic development task force. Haar is also a board member of the Rapid City economic development partnership.

“It’s impossible to be around Darren Haar and not be enthusiastic about entrepreneurship. We love having him working with our students and faculty on the campus and linking us to the business and start-up community,” said South Dakota School of Mines President Heather Wilson.

Additionally, Haar leads the effort to build a tech park/incubator in Rapid City, sits on numerous start-up boards and participated as a statewide delegate in an EPSCOR effort to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship surrounding federally funded research. He runs his own small company and launched a campaign to create 1,000 tech jobs in the Rapid City area (TECH 1K).

“If there was only one word I could use to describe this guy’s drive and best quality that word would be passion, passion to help the community progress, grow and innovate. He really cares about making a difference in our community,” said Ben Snow, president of Rapid City Economic Development Partnership.

The Spirit of Enterprise award is given by the Enterprise Institute and is sponsored by the Rushmore Region Alliance.

Mines Entrepreneur-in-Residence Haar Receives

Enterprise Award


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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Weiner recently spoke at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to a packed ballroom. The event was co-sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC).

One of the most distinguished popular science writers in the country, Weiner won the 1995 Pulitzer for general nonfiction for The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. He has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and he is a former editor at The Sciences.

Weiner is the author of Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality; Time, Love, Memory, His Brother’s Keeper, The Next One Hundred Years, and Planet Earth. His book research has received support from NASA, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation.

Today, he teaches science writing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he serves as the Maxwell M. Geffen Professor of Medical and Scientific Journalism. He has taught at Princeton University, Arizona State University and Rockefeller University.

Pulitzer Prize Winner, New Yorker, Slate Writer

Jonathan Weiner Speaksat SD Mines

Courtney Carlson, a SD Mines senior, recently returned from an eight-month research-based internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she studied the impact of microscopic contamination on other planets.

Carlson, a chemical and biological engineering major from Brandon, S.D., was one of 19 Mines students awarded a 2016 South Dakota Space Grant.

“Microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, archaea, etc. – are ubiquitous on Earth, and if proper countermeasures are not implemented, they can easily latch onto space-bound equipment,” said Carlson’s advisor Rajesh Sani, Ph.D., of the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering.

To prevent this, the Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory dedicates much of its efforts to researching potential culprits for forward contamination and developing sterilization methods.

Carlson’s research focused on characterizing microorganisms isolated from extreme environments and testing their survivability under simulated Mars conditions. She uncovered a strain of bacteria that could serve as a model specimen for developing new sanitation techniques to prevent forward contamination. She also worked on characterizing the microorganisms that inhabit the International Space Station.

Carlson has returned to campus for the fall 2016 semester to continue research under Sani and work on a manuscript to publish her research findings.

Microscopic Contamination on Other

Planets Focus of NASA Internship


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The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s “Heavy Metal” fundraiser raised $28,000 in scholarships Oct. 27. The event featured mining, geology, metallurgy and music with interactive demonstrations, including blacksmithing, gold panning, a robotic volcano rover and live rock-themed performances by the pep band and dance team.

A $1,000 Delta travel package was raffled, along with a Vertex membership and Mines gift bag with four basketball season tickets. Silent auction items include a 2003 PRS Singlecut guitar and a wine basket featuring wines from countries with mining operations

“Heavy Metal” Scholarship Fundraiser Showcases Blacksmithing, Gold Panning, Volcano Rovers & More

worldwide. Additionally, the blacksmithing club sold hand-forged metal roses, and the geology department sold minerals.

Sponsors included: Bursch Travel, Black Hills Energy, Innovative Materials and Processes, Midcontinent Communications, RESPEC, Simpsons Printing, Black Hills Corporation, Liv Hospitality, Lynn, Jackson, Schultz, & Lebrun, Ketel Thorstenson, Sanford Underground Research Facility, Nooney & Solay, RPM, Laurie and Loralie Chamberlin and Dr. Richard and Nancy Gowen.

Cargill, Caterpillar, Garmin, EchoStar, Microsoft, Sanford Health and Dow Chemical, as well as regional companies and engineering firms. In all, 126 employers from 26 states, including 37 from South Dakota, were on hand to visit with Mines students. South Dakota companies include Daktronics, POET, Raven Industries, TSP and Vishay. In addition, nearly half of the employers stayed to conduct next-day interviews.

SD Mines Career Fair Hosts 127 Employers including Google, MicrosoftSD Mines hosted 127 employers for the annual fall Career Fair, including

Google, one of 21 companies that participated in the career fair for the first time.

Over 1,000 Mines students attended, networking with employers including Burns & McDonnell, Barrick Gold,


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South Dakota Mines Hardrocker David Jakpor was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Football All-Academic First Team Defense, while Jake March, Dominic Martinez, Blake Stone, Robbie Jo Gerarden, Marshel Gleason and Andrew Montoya earned RMAC Honor Roll accolades.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.

Jakpor, a senior linebacker from Phoenix, Ariz., majoring in civil engineering with a 3.33 GPA, currently leads the Hardrockers and is eighth in the RMAC with 56 total tackles. He also has four tackles for a loss, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery this season.

“Scholar-athletes have higher average GPAs than the student body as a whole. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of these young men,” South Dakota Mines President Heather Wilson said.

Gleason is the starting kicker for the Hardrockers, and so far this season has had 51 kickoffs for 2,864 yards. He also has 10 touchbacks and has made good on one field goal from 28 yards. Gleason is a senior industrial engineering major with a 3.36 GPA from Anaheim, Calif.

Martinez has 34 total tackles on the season with one sack and one pass break up. Martinez is a senior

interdisciplinary sciences major with a 3.41 GPA from Gallup, N.M.

March has recorded 19 tackles so far this year, including two sacks and two quarterback hurries. March is a sophom*ore industrial engineering major with a 3.66 GPA from Puyallup, Wash.

Gerarden is second on the team in scoring with 44 points. He has made three of six field goal attempts and is 35-36 on PATs. Gerarden is a sophom*ore mechanical engineering major with a 3.42 GPA from Black Diamond, Wash.

Stone has filled in as a relief player for the Hardrockers, making game appearances against William Jewell, Dixie State, CSU-Pueblo and Colorado Mines. He has one sack on the season. Stone is a junior civil engineering major with a 3.41 GPA from Rapid City.

Montoya has also seen an increase in playing time. He has appeared in games against Dixie State, CSU-Pueblo, Adams State, New Mexico Highlands and Colorado Mines. He has one sack so far this year. Montoya is a redshirt freshman electrical engineering major with a 4.00 GPA from Rapid City.

“Our student-athletes are among the most committed in all of NCAA Div. II athletics,” said Hardrocker football head coach Zach Tinker. “The curriculum our players attack every day in the classroom is second to none, and Hardrocker football is built on the foundation that excellence in the classroom will never be compromised for success on the field.”

Hardrocker Football Players Named to RMAC All-Academic Team, Honor Roll

David Jakpor Jake March Dominic Martinez Blake Stone

Robbie Jo Gerarden Marshel Gleason Andrew Montoya


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South Dakota Mines sophom*ore Anna Breidt has been named to the 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic First Team. While Hardrocker senior Emily Stickney, junior Emily Newton and sophom*ore Darla Drenckhahn were named to the RMAC Honor Roll.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.

Breidt is a 6-foot-1-inch middle hitter from Fort Collins, Colo., majoring in industrial engineering with a GPA of 3.84.

Newton, a 6-1 middle hitter from Loveland, Colo., majoring in civil engineering, earned RMAC Honor Roll recognition with a 3.74 GPA.

Drenckhahn, a 5-9 right side hitter from Lakeville, Minn., majoring in computer science and mathematics earned a spot on the RMAC Honor Roll with a 3.43 GPA.

Stickney is defensive specialist and outside from Boise, Idaho, majoring in atmospheric sciences with a 3.48 GPA. She contributes to the Hardrocker volleyball program as a reserve player.

Mines Volleyball Players Honored by Rocky Mountain Conference

Anna Breidt Emily Stickney Emily Newton Darla Drenckhahn

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology senior Erik Fenske was named to the 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Men’s Soccer All-Academic First Team announced by the league.

Fenske, a defender for the Hardrocker soccer team, is a chemical engineering major from Savage, Minn., with a cumulative GPA of 3.89. He is one of 10 individuals in the RMAC to receive First Team honors.

To be eligible for consideration, a scholar-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.

The SD Mines soccer team had seven scholar athletes make the list, including:

• Brandon Lind, a senior defender majoring inmechanical engineering from Windsor, Colo.(3.96 GPA)

• Darin James, a junior defender majoring inmetallurgical engineering from Albuquerque,N.M. (3.57 GPA)

• Charles Kieffer, a junior forward majoring inmechanical engineering from Cambridge, Minn.(3.62 GPA)

• Jack Seifert, a sophom*ore goalkeeper majoringin mechanical engineering from Lisle, Ill. (3.91)

• Ian Debois, a sophom*ore midfielder majoring inmetallurgical engineering from Maple Grove,Minn. (3.77)

• Cameron Thompson, a sophom*ore defendermajoring in metallurgical engineering fromCastle Rock, Colo. (3.90)

• David Grifo, a red-shirt freshman midfieldermajoring in civil engineering from FountainHills, Ariz. (3.42).

RMAC Recognizes Hardrocker Soccer Players for Academic Achievements


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space in the basem*nt of the McLaury Building.

Their donation contributed to an expanded space of 450 square feet in the renovated garden level of the Devereaux Library.

This space is designed as a comfortable home-away-from-home, where American Indian scholars are encouraged to honor their heritage, support each other, and find an extended family. The NSF Tiospaye Scholar Center is comprised primarily of three rooms – one quiet study space; one where scholars caninteract more openly, collaborate on projects and provide space for tutoring; and the office for the Tiospaye Mentor. The program director’s office is adjacent, providing easy access for scholar mentoring.

During the family’s visit they met with students from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, forged steel in a blacksmithing demonstration with the metallurgy department and attended the student Fall Leadership Retreat, where Bob Malone addressed students.

In addition to support for students, the grant will allow Mines to evaluate its curriculum to ensure that it is preparing engineers with different learning styles and problem-solving strengths. The university has previously done research on brain dominance in engineering students. While there is good research to suggest that teams of people with different problem-solving strengths produce better results, engineering education tends to heavily emphasize analytical thinking over imaginative thinking, sequential thinking or interpersonal thinking.

The $982,102 NSF and the $125,000 John T. Vucurevich grants will support underrepresented students in the five engineering departments that make up the Culture & Attitude team: civil, industrial, mechanical, metallurgical and mining engineering.

New curricular components include:

• Service Learning – Understanding the socialimplications and cultural considerations of designby analyzing homes designed and built by theNative American Housing Initiative

• Researching sustainability issues proposed by theRapid City Mayor’s Committee on Sustainabilityand presenting findings to the City Council andMayor

• Forensic Analysis

Tiospaye Center continued

$1.1 Million awarded continued

Tiospaye is a Lakota word which, roughly translated, means “extended family.” South Dakota Mines enrolls 103 Native American students, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Tiospaye Scholar program (24 scholars from 10 tribes) is one of the primary ways the university welcomes and supports students.

The Tiospaye Scholar Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, has provided over $1.8 million in support (with 85 percent, $1.5 million plus, for scholarships) to American Indian scholars in engineering, science, and mathematics since 2009 at SD Mines. Scholars must demonstrate academic talent and financial need. Support is provided in five core areas: financial, academic, professional, cultural and social. Since 2009, 27 scholars have graduated from SD Mines with B.S. STEM degrees and several more are on track to graduate by May 2018.

Malone retired in 2009 as chairman and president of BP’s American operations. He is the chairman of the board of Halliburton and chairman of the board of Peabody Energy.

• 3D Printing

• Creativity and Innovation

• Martians vs. Earthlings: Addressing Bias

• Gold Rush Laboratory

• Forensic Analysis of Artifacts

• Service Projects – Developing a communitygarden, orchard and learning center for Youth &Family Services

To evaluate success, the entering freshman class will be administered the HBDI assessment annually to track both retention of women and student diversity across quadrants. Results and best practices will be disseminated to the campus community and a national audience.

“The goal of this program is to change the culture of engineering. These young women are catalysts to make this happen. Mentoring, professional development, networking, academic support and technical and team-building activities, like welding, machining, rock climbing or archery, empowers them to succeed in an industrial setting,” said Paula Jensen, who manages the Culture & Attitude program and teaches in the Department of Industrial Engineering.


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Mines in the News

New Study Space for Native Americans Dedicated at SD Mines

Mines Professor Earns National Award

SD Mines Expansion Could Be Enormous for Downtown

1 Guy Poli-Sci Dept. Weighs In: “Along the Way”

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Does Gender Choice Threaten Women-Only Scholarships

EPA Awards $1.3 Million to Urban Waters Projects

Mines Soccer Earns Signature Win

Logar on World Programming Contest, Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

US Senators Impressed with Sanford Underground Research Facility

School of Mines Engineering Program Getting Big Grant


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IMPACT State .........................................2-5 • College of Nursing ranked• Military Times names State 8th-best• Kuehl receives Young Speech Teacher Award• Employees of the month

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Impact Event ..........................................8-9• Photos of President Barry H. Dunn’s

inauguration week events

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Impact People ....................................14-16• Prefreshman study abroad trip a success• Van Slambrouck awarded at international

symposium• Jorgensen receives Legion of Valor

In this IMPACT State State holds inaugurationSDSU President Barry H. Dunn was inaugurated Sept. 29 at the Coolidge Sylvan Theatre. Please see pages 8-9 for more pictures. Photo by Kate Heiberger Photography.

South Dakota State University President Barry H. Dunn was officially installed in the inauguration ceremony that was held at the Coolidge Sylvan Theatre Sept. 29.

The former dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences was announced as SDSU’s next president April 25 by the South Dakota Board of Regents and took office May 23. The inauguration event served as his official installation.

In his acceptance speech, Dunn announced the creation of a new program called “Imagine,” designed to commit about $12 million over the next 10 years to ensure that “no student is left behind.” He also made a commitment to furthering research at the land-grant university.

“I stand before you, pledging with every part of me that this place will be a place where—regardless of ethnicity, race, belief system or station in life—an imagination can be the foundation of a future, with the beacon on top of our campanile, lighting the way,” Dunn said.

South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director Michael G. Rush presided over the ceremony, introduced speakers and guests to those in the audience, and spoke on behalf of the university.

More than 20 delegates from other postsecondary schools across the country as well as representatives for Sen. Mike Rounds, Sen. John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem were in attendance. Brookings Mayor Tim Reed and several university marshals also represented the city and university.


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IMPACT State honors College of Nursing

NOVEMBER 2016, Vol. 4, No. 6

Managing Editor: Matt Schmidt

Contributing Writers: Shelby Bauer, Christie Delfanian, Dave Graves and Matt Schmidt

Photographer: Emily Weber

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South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing has been named on’s Best Online Nursing Degrees for 2016 list. The college is 37th on the list, which is generated by analyzing cost and quality metrics across thousands of U.S. colleges with online nursing degree options.

“We wanted to highlight the schools that are setting a high standard for online

nursing programs,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of Affordable Colleges Online, “It is important to honor these universities who are going above and beyond to teach our future nurses.” cited how SDSU’s program allows RNs who already have a diploma or an associate degree can achieve a full bachelor of science in nursing completely online. The degree-completion program is offered in two different tracks, one that takes three semesters and another that takes five semesters. In addition, SDSU received points due to the fact that all of the university’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and up to 90 community college credits can be transferred into the program.

Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the ranking. The primary data points used to identify the Best Online Nursing Degrees of 2016 include the following:

• Specialized accreditation from CCNE or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing;

• NCLEX-R Pass Rate for BSN Programs;

• In-state tuition and fees;• Percent of full-time

undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid;

• Number of online programs offered;

• Student-to-teacher ratio; and• 6-year graduation rate.

An in-depth look at the Best Online Nursing Degrees for 2016 can be seen at

“We have made many technological advances in providing a college education, and for the best value, for our students,” said Nancy Fahrenwald, the college’s dean.

Walt Conahan, the first man to portray Weary Wil and the only man to portray him twice, was posthumously awarded the inaugural Hobo Spirit Award at the Bum Alum Social on the eve of Hobo Day, Oct. 21.

The award recognizes an individual, group or organization who has made a significant contribution to Hobo Day. It was presented by Nick Wendell, director of the Center for Student Engagement at South Dakota State University, and a member of the Bum Board—a Hobo

Day advisory committee comprised of current members of the Hobo Day Committee, Hobo Day Committee alumni and university representatives.

Conahan, a 1952 journalism graduate, served as the editor of the Collegian when he was chosen in 1950 to serve as the first personification of the image first drawn on the wall of the then-Pugsley Student Union. Conahan, a Leola native who also served as student body president in 1951-52, also returned as Weary Wil in 1954.

Conahan, later of Sioux Falls, remained a dedicated Jackrabbit and Hobo Day booster until his death in April 2015.

Wendell said, “Our plan is to once again solicit nominations throughout the summer, make a decision in late summer and bestow the Hobo Spirit Award on a new recipient on the eve of next Hobo Day.” He said recipients should have a commitment to adventure, hard work, respect and a love for people and places.

Conahan, original Weary Wil, honored by Bum Board


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South Dakota State University has been named eighth among four-year schools by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings. The eighth annual rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. SDSU was ranked No. 11 and No. 12 in the respective 2015 and 2016 rankings.

“It was a nice surprise to see us break into the top 10,” said Russ Chavez, SDSU’s interim director for Veterans Affairs. “It confirms that we are doing the right things for our students who are veterans. For example, in the spring 2016 semester we had 3,300 student visits to our Veterans Resource Center, an increase of nearly 900 visits. We expect that number to continue to climb due to its new location in Brown Hall. Our students have said the center allows for camaraderie that they have missed once they leave military service, but it also has many other resources available to help them be successful.”

As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 is an editorially independent news project

that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey.

“We limit our list to encourage competition, and we genuinely hope this helps raise the bar for veterans on campus,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets.

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties; and to describe many

aspects of veteran culture on a campus. These institutions were evaluated in several categories, with university culture and academic outcomes bearing the most weight.

Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three U.S. Department of Education sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings, go to:


SDSU President Barry H. Dunn will serve on the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly formed Agriculture Science Committee. The 20-member committee will

advise the EPA Science Advisory Board on scientific and technical issues that have a direct environmental impact on farming and agriculture-related industries.

According to the EPA, Dunn’s expertise in animal science and ranch/range management was a key factor in his selection.

“I am honored to have this opportunity and to serve in a capacity that will address some of the grand challenges facing our world today,” Dunn said. “The effort to feed a growing world population through environmental and sustainable best practices is a discussion that has been ongoing and will continue to be at the forefront of the agricultural industry. I am confident my experiences and expertise will be valuable to this group.”

Dunn began his two-year term in October. The EPA considered 88

candidates in the selection process that began in 2015.

“The expert guidance that we receive through our science advisory board members is an essential part of protecting public health and the environment,” said Christopher Zarba, director of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board staff office. “We are excited to have Dr. Dunn on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board’s Agriculture Committee. His exceptional scientific qualifications and unique background and expertise make him an outstanding candidate to serve on the committee and to ensure the EPA is using only the highest-quality science to support its policies and decisions.”

SDSU president to serve on EPA Ag Science Committee

Barry H. Dunn

Military Times ranks State 8th-best school

“It was a nice surprise to see us break into the top 10. It confirms that we are doing the right things for our students who are veterans.”

-Russ Chavez


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Kuehl receives Outstanding Young Speech Teacher AwardSome believe when it comes to good

educators, successful teaching comes naturally. However, Rebecca Kuehl suggests otherwise.

Now in her sixth year at South Dakota State University, Kuehl believes an educator’s success cannot be earned without a great deal of hard work and effort. This philosophy has paid off for Kuehl as she was named the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Young Speech Teacher Award from the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota.

This award recognizes young speech communication professionals who distinguish themselves during the first five years of their careers as communication educators.

“I had no idea that any of my colleagues or students put me up for the award,” Kuehl said. “It was wonderful and I was humbled by everyone’s kind words. I work really hard in the classroom, and I think if you ask any good teacher, they will tell you successful teaching is a lot of hard work.”

Originally from Trimont, Minnesota, it wasn’t until Kuehl’s sophom*ore year of college at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, that she realized she wanted to be an educator.

“I have always had a love for speech and debate. It was alluring to me, but it wasn’t until my professor pulled me aside to ask if I had ever thought of college teaching, that I even considered being an educator,” said Kuehl, who received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies with honors from Gustavus Adolphus in 2005. She added a master’s degree in speech communication at the University of Georgia in 2007 and attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned her doctorate in communication studies in 2011.

Andrea Carlile, the director of forensics, nominated Kuehl due to her commitment to students.

“Becky strives for excellence in everything I see her do, from teaching to

advising to research. Her goal is to give the best of herself to others,” Carlile said. “As a rhetorical scholar, Becky constantly seeks to find applied learning opportunities for her students across the curriculum.

“Her work in public discourse and community deliberation with the Brookings Breastfeeding Project is a prime example of how she takes the classroom to the real world,” she continued. “Her students admire her because she cares; cares to invest in their research, their career goals and to seek opportunities for students to excel.”

Carlile said Kuehl’s inspiring work ethic is something she has witnessed since their college days. While at Gustavus Adolphus, Kuehl served alongside Carlile as a leader on the forensics team.

“Ever since I met Becky, her diligent work ethic has been so remarkable. I recall watching the effort, focus and care she put into events on our college team—it was impressive. That same level of effort, care and attention to detail now goes into her teaching,” Carlile said.

Kuehl’s work doesn’t end in the classroom. She strives to improve the

university and community as a whole and help students understand their ability to impact the world.

“She encourages students to delve into the material and apply real-world issues in their education in a way that makes them engaged as global citizens,” said Laurie Haleta, head of the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre. “The hallmark of her research is to bring students into projects and research of their own that is award winning and regionally and nationally recognized. Her research program is centered on community engagement.”

In Kuehl’s opinion, a good teacher never stops learning.

“I feel so fortunate to have begun my college teaching career at South Dakota State University and want to continue to improve my teaching at SDSU in the years to come,” Kuehl said.

Rebecca Kuehl, center, received the Outstanding Young Speech Teacher Award. Jenn Anderson, left, and Andrea Carlile, right, flank her. Carlilie nominated Kuehl for the award.


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Jason Derksen has been named September Civil Service Employee of the Month. A reception honoring him was held Sept. 21 in Rotunda A.

Derksen has worked at SDSU for 16 years in the Department

of Facilities and Services.In letters of support, co-workers said

Derksen is reliable, committed and a true leader when it comes to helping others and getting a job done.

“Jason has committed over 15 years of service to South Dakota State University and takes great pride in doing his best to

make sure the campus always looks its best,” said custodial services supervisor Sally Rederth. “Jason has a positive attitude and is a good role model for others about the true meaning of loyalty. He is appreciated by many and works too hard to go unnoticed.”

“Jason is a team player and understands the value of putting the team first,” said custodial services supervisor Jesse Hougland. “He is very knowledgeable about his job and offers input when relevant. He builds on criticism positively and is proactive about solving problems before they come up. I wouldn’t have been able to be an effective supervisor without his knowledge, support and great attitude. He is a fine assistant and custodial is lucky to have him.”

Director of Custodial Services Troy Syhre said, “He is one of the reasons for the success of custodial overall. Jason has had

valuable input in the decision making of standardizing processes and practices for custodial. He is always willing to fill in and help anyone anytime without complaint. One can always count on Jason. He is always at work getting the job done.

“Jason shows respect and supports change as he knows it is inevitable going in today’s world. Jason is an asset to the team, and I am very proud of him and feel blessed to have him working with us. He is truly deserving of the employee of the month award.”

Derksen graduated from SDSU in 1995. His wife, Michelle, also works for SDSU in the Department of Facilities and Services. Currently, Derksen works in the Pugsley Continuing Education Center as a facility worker.

Derksen named September Civil Service Employee of the Month

Jason Derksen

Terry Molengraaf has been named the October Civil Service Employee of the Month. A reception honoring him was held Oct. 26 in the Communications Center on campus.

Molengraaf, a native of Volga,

has worked at SDSU for nearly 20 years, holding various positions such as a graphic designer, information officer, programmer/analyst, technical support worker and his most recent position, web developer.

In letters of support, co-workers said Molengraaf is friendly, willing and ready to take on any task to help the university and its students and faculty.

“Terry has shown an outstanding

ability to adapt, change and do professional work in a range of different areas,” said Mark Luebker, strategic communications manager for University Marketing and Communications. “Most recently, he shifted from support functions to a developer role, attending workshops and receiving training in Drupal, the university’s new web management platform.

“With his broad experience and interpersonal skills, Terry has been a terrific ambassador for UMC to the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences in his role as their support person, as well as to other university offices and stakeholders. He has provided outstanding graphics and designs for and other projects, and has emerged as a real asset in his latest role within the Drupal development area.”

Mike Lockrem, director of University Marketing and Communications, said, “Terry has continued to challenge himself professionally, taking on greater responsibilities and having a greater impact

on the university, its students and staff. He welcomes opportunities in a professional, positive manner and his effort is consistent with his high-performing results.”

Molengraaf and his wife, Sallie, are the parents of six children. He is a scoutmaster and a member of the Volga American Legion Post 114.

Molengraaf named October’s SDSU Civil Service Employee of the Month

Terry Molengraaf

Any SDSU employee/faculty member/student may nominate a civil service employee for the Civil Service Employee of the Month Award. The nomination packet includes: the nomination form and a minimum of two supporting letters. The employee’s immediate supervisor must endorse the nomination. Nominations and supporting information are retained for 12 months from the date of receipt. Supporting information may be updated any time during that 12-month period.

Email Sally Krueger ([emailprotected]) for more information.


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Whether one was at work or shopping at Wal-Mart, the reaction was the same from the South Dakota State University landscape architecture students—we won?

“I remember being at work and receiving the phone call and just thinking that there was no way we actually won,” said Caleb Tschetter, a junior from Sioux Falls. “None of us really thought that we had a chance at winning. We submitted our project within minutes of the actual deadline so we were all beyond excited when we received word of the (ASLA) award.”

South Dakota State’s entry, South Dakota Transect: 44 Degrees North, was one of 22 winners in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ competition. SDSU’s team of Tschetter, Rachel Dreitz, Kyle Franta, Carter Roberts, Erika Roeber and Thomas Schneider was selected from 271 entries representing 71 schools. The team received its honors award in the communications category at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans in October.

“When I checked my phone over lunch, I was shocked to see the news,” said Schneider, a junior from Sioux Falls.

Kevin Benham, who is in his second year as a member of the landscape architecture faculty, saw the project develop from a class assignment to an award-winning entry.

The project divided the state of South Dakota in half along the 44th parallel and examined the differences in plant material in each biome and how factors such as geology, hydrology and meteorology impact the plants.

Schneider served as the “official entrant” and organized the submission.

“In addition to organizing and visualizing, I also compiled data regarding the native species of plants that we picked,” Schneider said. “We had a limited area to work with so it was not feasible to include every plant of the region. We instead focused on native plants specific to the region we were working on. My final

role for this project was to be our team’s photographer.

“It sounds cliché’, but it truly was powerful to see what we can achieve when we work together. The six of us spent a lot of time working on that project so it was very rewarding to see our teamwork and dedication pay off,” Schneider continued. “In addition to life skills learned from this project, I have also developed a strong working knowledge of the plant material in our region. Not only what the plants are, but also why it is that they thrive here.”

Roeber, a senior from Tulare, and Dreitz, a junior from Worthington, Minnesota, compiled a list of plants grown throughout South Dakota. In addition, Roeber had to diagram the climate within in each area, collect monthly precipitation and temperature data and then chart the data. Dreitz conducted research on certain plants and created a few plant graphics.

“This project helped show me how efficient graphical information is to share with the public. This project has really emphasized the need for graphical information to support ideas and designs so that the community can more clearly understand the design and information provided,” Roeber said.

Dreitz, the one who was shopping at Wal-Mart, learned many plants are found throughout the entire state.

“I think this project will help me with my potential career in that it was a group project and in a landscape firm, group collaboration is a big part of landscape architecture,” Dreitz said. “I remember being excited and couldn’t believe we won an award. I called my parents right away letting them know about it and they were also very excited. It’s an honor to receive this award from ASLA.”

Roberts, a junior from Sioux Falls, chose landscape architecture because he wanted a profession that would challenge him.

“This project helped us recognize the importance of plant material in the field of landscape architecture,” he said. “With this project, we are able to see why certain plants grow in certain areas and climates. With this information, we developed a better understanding of these plants, making us better designers.”

Franta, a junior from New Ulm, Minnesota, gathered soil and climate information. His interest in the environment and how to shape it for future generations to use drew him to majoring in landscape architecture. This project helped reinforce that decision.

Tschetter also reviewed the soils for each area. He learned what native plants grew in an area as well as what animals lived there.

Students receive honors award in communications from ASLA

South Dakota State’s entry received an American Society of Landscape Architects’ award. Accepting the award at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans were: from left, Assistant Professor Kevin Benham and students Carter Roberts, Kyle Franta, Thomas Schneider and Erika Roeber.


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When Oluwatobi “Tobi” Odeleye moved from Ypsilanti, Michigan, to Brookings to pursue her doctorate in chemistry at South Dakota State University, she did so with a certain amount of trepidation.

The Oyo, Nigeria, native had heard that folks in the small, tightly knit community of Brookings were hesitant to form relationships with university students who are only here for a short time. However, Odeleye, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University, said, “That has not been my experience. I feel like I’m part of the community, which is really cool.”

Through Chi Alpha campus ministries, Odeleye connected with the local Assembly of God church. When she and her friends arrived on a Friday in late July 2013, she recalled, “I texted the pastor’s wife and she said, ‘do you want to have dinner with us?’” They accepted the invitation.

That was her first contact with the community and a sign of things to come.

On Saturday, the newcomers found Hillcrest courts to play tennis one last time before Odeleye’s friends went back to Michigan. There she met Henry Kayongo-Male, a retired SDSU biology professor.

“I’m not used to people approaching me,” Odeleye explained, but she told him her story and Kayongo-Male advised her to check out the Tuesday night ladies league. Finding a church home

On Sunday, Odeleye’s friends dropped her off at church on their way out of town. After church, people came up to her saying, “You’re new, do you want to do lunch?” she recalled. “That’s how I got plugged in. I liked the pastor and the people, so I didn’t have to look for another church.”

Cathy Bass, the wife of the lead pastor at the Brookings Assembly of God church, said, “Tobi has been a joy to our congregation. She’s jumped in to help with our worship team, our Sunday school and

has become one of the leaders of our Chi Alpha college group.”

Bass explained, “Our church is very welcoming to students because we hope we can become their home away from home. If mom and dad are not there, we can build that relationship so when they need that family touch, we are here as a congregation to help.” Connecting with tennis

When Odeleye went to the tennis courts for that first Tuesday at league play, she was worried that she didn’t play well enough. “I was pretty scared,” she admitted.

In Nigeria, she had played tennis a few times with her brother, but actually took up the game in Michigan. “I started hitting with my friends and getting better—playing more consistently,” she said. “But it was nothing organized, and I never took any lessons.”

Teri Petz, who in charge of the Brookings tennis leagues, recalled, “Tobi

was kind of tentative, but once she played with the ladies, she knew she found a good place to play.” However, she added, “She’s always striving to improve her tennis skills.”

Dave Zeman, former head of the veterinary and biomedical sciences department, said, “The first time I hit with her I thought ‘this is a nice, sweet bashful young girl who wants to learn to play tennis.” After five minutes, I realized, this girl is strong, and she’s going to be good at this game.”

Kayongo-Male agreed. “She is fast and strong.” Kent Kulvichit, who gave her tips on her backhand, said, “She’s a really fast learner. Her running forehand is awesome.”

Odeleye has won the trophy for top women’s league player two years in a row, and last year she and Dan Merchant of Brookings won the 7.0 mixed doubles division of the South Dakota Asfora/Clayton Adult Open Tournament.

Odeleye said, “I hit a lot with the guys before and after league. It’s been cool to be a part of their group.” If she doesn’t get to the courts for a few weeks, they want to know how she’s doing. “They have been father figures to me.” Learning to reach out

“A lot of the time, I’m scared to approach someone, but I’m learning it’s OK to go outside your comfort zone. I’ve come a long way,” said Odeleye, who hopes to complete her doctorate within a year. Her dissertation focuses on improving teaching methods and student learning in organic chemistry.

“Church and tennis have been a huge part of my life outside school,” she said. Last year, Odeleye’s brother, David, moved to Brookings to pursue a master’s degree in computer science at SDSU. As Odeleye puts it, he was drawn here by “me and God.”

As she thinks of leaving Brookings, she pointed out, “Even if I never get back to Brookings, these people have impacted my life and I will never forget that.”

IMPACT Students

Doctoral student connects to community in church, on courts

Oluwatobi “Tobi” Odeleye chats with a friend before she warms up for a women’s tennis league match.


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A Jackrabbits Employee Picnic opened the week’s events. It was held in Club 71 of the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

A picnic and frisbee throw event was held for students Sept. 28.

Following the inauguration event, President Dunn received a traditional Native American star quilt from Sioux Falls Washington students. After receiving letters from the students, Dunn visited their class and invited the students to attend his inauguration celebration.

Approximately 1,000 people were in attendance for the inauguration.


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inauguration for its 20th president

The SDSU Concert Choir and the SDSU Symphonic Band both performed at the inauguration. Photo by Kate Heiberger Photography.

South Dakota Board of Regents President Randy Schaefer, left, looks on as President Dunn receives the university presidential medallion from Kathryn Johnson, also a member of the S.D. Board of Regents. Photo by Kate Heiberger Photography.

Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, was one of 20 speakers during the inauguration.


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Balancing energy demand could save utilities, consumers money

An incentive program that shifts electricity usage for low-priority activities to nonpeak times could save money for utilities companies and consumers, according to assistant professor Tim Hansen of the electrical engineering and computer science department.

Through a $153,689 National Science Foundation grant, Hansen will examine how an end-user distribution plan could help balance the demand for electricity and ease pressure

on aging transmission lines. He will collaborate with Colorado State University researchers, who received a separate NSF award. Total funding for the three-year project is $425,000.

“This project is a formal method for trying to balance consumption with minimal intrusiveness based on customer willingness to reduce electricity demand during peak times,” explained Hansen. That could mean, for instance, changing the time and day they do laundry.

Utilities companies pay less for nonpeak energy because more efficient generators, including renewables, such as wind and solar, are in use, Hansen pointed out. Consequently, utilities can pass those savings on to consumers through discounted rates for those who agree to alter their energy usage habits. “Reducing usage at peak times can help keep our rates low,” he said. Easing transmission load

Hansen described three facets of power—generation, transmission and distribution. “What most people see is the distribution side,” he said, pointing to the outlets on the wall.

The distribution grid has lower voltage and power, while the transmission grid uses higher voltage and power, Hansen explained. However, most of the nation’s transmission lines were constructed in the 1970s and have exceeded their estimated life span of approximately 30 years.

Constructing a new power line can take more than a decade from planning to approval and then installation, he pointed out. In the meantime, new gadgets and devices increase the demand for power, but transmission lines cannot handle the increased load. Simulating changes

The research project takes a simulation-based approach. “We know how the power market works and energy prices are assigned,” he said. That is then paired with how consumers normally use energy.

Using algorithms, the researchers will determine when and how much energy must be shifted to balance the energy draw and reduce pressure on

the transmission grid. Two doctoral students will work on the project.

“We will determine if this is a viable option for operators to look into,” Hansen said. The researchers are also working with the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard in France, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Siemens Corporation and a Fort Collins, Colorado, utilities company.

Hansen and project collaborators associate professors Siddharth Suryanarayaran of Colorado State and Robin Roche of the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard published a book, “Cyber-Physical-Social Systems and Constructs in Electric Power Engineering,” this year.

“We’re looking not only at the market, but at the environmental impact,” Hansen noted. Carbon emissions will also be calculated for energy generation to determine reduction in greenhouse gases.

The larger tower on the left is part of a new transmission line that will transport energy generated from the Buffalo Ridge I wind farm near Elkton. An aging transmission grid is one of the challenges when it comes to consumers’ increasing demand for electricity, according to assistant professor Tim Hansen. Through a $153,689 National Science Foundation grant, he will examine how an end-user distribution plan could help balance the demand for electricity and ease pressure on aging transmission lines.

Timothy Hansen


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Researchers analyze how rootstock affects grapevine characteristics

The bulb-like section shows that this grapevine has been grafted, meaning the root system is genetically different from the top portion that produces the stems, leaves and fruit, referred to as the scion. The practice allows producers to graft a desirable variety of grapes onto rootstock that is resistant to pests and diseases.

Two South Dakota State University researchers are unraveling how the genetic makeup of the grapevine root and variations in climate affect the characteristics expressed in the stem, leaves and fruit. What they discover may help plants adapt to a changing climate.

Professor Anne Fennell, who has been doing research on cold-hardy grapes for more than 20 years, and assistant professor Qin Ma, whose expertise is in bioinformatics and

computational systems biology, are part of a multi-institutional research team working on the five-year, $4.6 million National Science Foundation project.

The two SDSU Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science researchers will receive nearly $830,000 in total funding to support their work. Fennell will focus on data generation, while Ma will

do data mining and modeling using computational resources available through the state’s collaborative research center, Biosystems Networks and Translational Research and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment.

Allison Miller, an associate professor in biology at Saint Louis University, is the lead for the NSF project, which also involves researchers from the University of Missouri, Missouri State University, Danforth Plant Center and Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, as well

as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Geneva, New York.

Grapes are commonly grafted, so the root system is genetically different from the top portion that produces the stems, leaves and fruit, referred to as the scion, explained Fennell. The practice allows producers to graft a desirable variety of grapes onto rootstock that is resistant to pests and diseases.

“Though grafting is a standard way of propagating grapes worldwide, we don’t have a good handle on how that rootstock affects the scion,” Fennell noted. However, she pointed out that researchers know that the genotype of the rootstock impacts the characteristics expressed in the scion, known as its phenotype.

“This is a very complex study; each facet of the project addresses a different type of rootstock-scion interaction,” she explained. First, the Missouri researchers will find out how three different rootstocks affect variation in the grape scion and how varying amounts of water affect rootstock-scion interactions. All will be grown in the same vineyard.

The second portion examines different environments in northern and southern California and how they affect two different scions grafted onto two different rootstocks. “The red grape scion are grafted onto a different rootstock than the white grape scion,” Fennell pointed out.

In the second year of the project, the research team will begin looking at 200 different rootstock genotypes with

the same red grape scion, Marquette, grown at four climatically diverse sites—Parlier, California; Mt. Vernon, Missouri; Geneva, N.Y.; and Brookings.

The rootstocks are a population developed by Jason Londo of the USDA Grape Genetics Research Unit and derived from two native grapevine species, V. rupestris and V. riparia, which have frequently been used to produce commercial rootstocks. Fennell said, “There are a lot of characteristics you can select for in rootstocks. What we’re interested in is how the rootstock affects the scion, how the communication of two genetic systems impacts the scion phenotype.”

Anne Fennell

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Two senior scientists at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence will develop tools to help monitor and manage natural resources in West Africa using NASA satellite-based Earth imaging data.

Professor Michael Wimberly will utilize Landsat images to track the changes in forest reserves, while professor Niall Hanan will use Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, images

to evaluate grazing lands. Both researchers are faculty in the Department of Natural Resource Management.

Their work is supported by SERVIR, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development to improve environmental decision-making in developing nations. Hanan and Wimberly are part of the applied science team for the newest center in Niamey, the capital city of Niger—SERVIR West Africa.

“SERVIR is designed to increase the uptake and utilization of NASA technology,” Hanan explained. “In addition to serving as advisers, we also do our own research and bring our own specific ideas and products to the

hub.”West Africa is composed of 18

countries covering an area two-thirds the size of the United States. Though the hub will serve the entire region, critical regional issues, such as food security, water resources and land-use change, in

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Senegal have been designated as the first priorities. Examining forests in Ghana

Wimberly and professor Mark Cochrane, a wildfire expert, will examine forest reserves and fragments in southern Ghana through a three-year, $628,713 SERVIR grant. These researchers have built similar models to monitor forests in temperate regions and in the Amazon. One postdoctoral researcher will also work on the project.

The forested regions of West Africa are among the most climatically marginal tropical forests, Wimberly noted. “They are barely wet enough to be tropical forests and pressure from land-use effects and dense human populations are very intense in this region.”

The forest reserves are a relic of colonialism, when the British set aside forested areas as a resource for timber production. “Because of their potential for wood production, they haven’t been completely obliterated or converted into farmland,” he said. However, fire, overharvesting and illegal logging have degraded some of these reserves.

“We’re taking advantage of the long-term archive of Landsat imagery and using newer techniques to tease out subtle changes,” Wimberly said. Through this approach, the researchers will be able to identify intact forests as well as hotspots where degradation is occurring. That information will help government agencies decide how to manage these areas. Assessing vegetation in grasslands

“The idea is to be able to predict, anticipate and plan,” said Hanan, who will use 15 to 20 years of MODIS data to map woody resources—trees and shrubs—and forage on the West African savannas through a three-year, $580,000 grant. One postdoctoral researcher will work on the project.

These grasslands are home to livestock-owning communities, known

as pastoralists, who herd cattle, goats and sheep, following seasonal migration routes. Their animals are an important source of protein not only for their own communities, but also for agricultural communities across the region.

Hanan has worked in Senegal, Niger and Mali for more than 30 years. In a recent National Science Foundation project, he used satellite imagery to show how a semiarid region with grasslands and scattered trees known as the Sahel has recovered from droughts in the 1970s and 80s.

A nongovernmental organization working in Mali could get information from the hub on the long-term changes in woody resources in their region and use that information to develop sustainable wood harvest and alternative energy strategies, Hanan explained.

At the end of the training and capacity-building project, Wimberly said, “we will transfer the methods and knowledge to partner organizations in Ghana and other West African countries.”

Hanan said, “The intent is that national and regional governments and nongovernmental agencies will use this data to impact the livelihoods and welfare of communities across the area.”

Scientists monitor forests, grasslands in West Africa

Michael Wimberly

Niall Hanan

“They are barely wet enough to be tropical forests and pressure from land-use effects and dense human populations are very intense in this region.”

-Michael Wimberly


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Most of the oats American milling companies use comes from Canada—that’s something South Dakota State University oats breeder Melanie Caffé-Treml wants to change. Her research seeks to increase the quality of locally grown oats.

Through a two-year, $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she and her collaborators are developing ways to improve the nutritional and milling quality of new oat varieties. She works with associate plant science professors Jixiang Wu and Jose Gonzalez, as well as cereals chemist professor Padu Krishnan.

Last year, South Dakota was the No. 2 oats producer in the nation, Caffé-Treml explained. The state’s farmers produced 12.3 million bushels of oats, according to the USDA 2015 Small Grains Summary. “In 2014, we were No. 1,” she added.

“This is a fine crop to work with because it can be used either as a healthy food ingredient or livestock feed,” she said. Oats require fewer inputs than other crops and when integrated into a corn-soybean rotation, oats can improve soil health and break pest cycles.

Less than 5 percent of the oats produced in this country is used as food, according to the Center for New Crops and Plants Products at Purdue University. Using genetic markers to identify desired traits

The researchers are developing methods to speed up selection of breeding material. “We are developing genomic selection models,” Caffé-Treml explained. The researchers are developing models to predict milling and nutritional quality based on genetic markers through collaboration with research geneticist Shiaoman Chao of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Fargo, North Dakota; Jean-Luc Jannink at the USDA-ARS in Ithaca, New York; and scientists at a laboratory in Canada.

For instance, the hull must be easily

removed for milling and the oat variety should yield a high percentage of kernels, known as groat, Caffé-Treml explained. In addition to yield, the test weight is very important,” she noted. “Millers want a 38 test weight. If it’s higher, it’s better. If it’s lower, then the price is docked.”

During the two-year project, the researchers will genotype and test 450 lines of oats at four locations—Volga, Winner, South Shore and Beresford. The resulting model will be used to predict the phenotype—the way in which those traits will be expressed within the plant—for untested breeding lines based on their genotype, or DNA makeup. One graduate student and several undergraduates work on this project. Focusing on nutrition

In terms of nutritional quality, the team will also look at using near infrared reflectance spectrometry to determine

the beta-glucan content of individual seeds. Beta-glucan is the soluble fiber in oats that helps decrease blood cholesterol levels.

For this portion of the project, the SDSU researchers are working with scientists at a USDA lab in Kansas. “Developing a calibration for beta-glucan on single kernels will be challenging, but it’s worth trying,” Caffé-Treml said.

“By segregating those seeds with higher beta-glucan content, we can remove those least likely to perform well at an earlier stage,” she explained. “That allows us to focus more on evaluating those with the highest chance of performing well—that’s more efficient.”

Comparing the performance of the higher beta-glucan lines with those that have not been sorted will indicate whether this selection process will help increase the nutritional value of oat varieties.

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Oats breeder seeks to improve milling, nutritional qualities

Oats breeder Melanie Caffé-Treml checks varieties in test plots at the research farm near Volga. Through a new U.S. Department of Agriculture project, she and her collaborators are improving the nutritional and milling quality of new oat varieties.


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Rory Forest was not sure what to expect when he committed to an all-freshmen study abroad program to Ireland. What he gained far exceeded his expectations, providing insightful experiences that formed friendships before even stepping foot on the South Dakota State University campus.

“Honestly, I wasn’t sure right away, but I figured why not try something new and step outside my comfort zone. It was definitely an eye-opening experience,” said Forest, who is looking to major in exercise science.

The program is meant to serve as an introduction to a university setting for freshmen, giving the group of 20 students newfound friendships and perspectives on conflict and its similarities across the globe. With today’s global unrest, the students learned how they are able to equip themselves to understand and deal with the conflict around them on both a university and global scale.

This year was SDSU’s first with a prefreshman abroad program. Kathleen Fairfax, assistant vice president of Academic Affairs and International

Affairs and Outreach, pitched the idea to University College Dean Keith Corbett, who was quick to approve the program. Sally Gillman, the university’s study abroad director, then jumped on board and approached one of the university’s academic travel provider companies, which suggested the location of Ireland and Northern Ireland for an academic theme.

The program’s success has started work toward a return trip to Ireland in 2017. UC 109-Abroad: The International First-Year Experience: Ireland Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is slated to go July 11-20. An additional program, UC 109-Abroad: The International First-Year Experience: Berlin-Conflict, Division, and Unity, will visit Germany July 17-26.

Five SDSU faculty and staff members accompanied the 20 incoming freshmen on their 10-day experience in July to Ireland. Among them were University College’s Natalie Mook and Matthew Tollefson, who found it to be a greater learning experience than expected for students and faculty alike.

“The topic of the trip was conflict, something I think first-year students should know about and understand,” Mook said. “I am not a history buff, but I knew it would be valuable to learn about the history of conflict in Ireland. I was especially interested because Ireland is a country we typically do not hear much about.”

Ireland proved to be an ideal location, intriguing students who shared Mook’s curiosity to know more about the country and its history.

“My mom had told me about her travels to Ireland before, but I

didn’t have any expectations going into the trip,” said freshman human development and family studies major Raena Quinnell. “I just tried to go in with an open mind.”

Quinnell from Faribault, Minnesota, and Forest, who hails from Clark, were hesitant to jump into the program as incoming freshmen. However, both were committed to opening themselves up to a new experience before starting college.

The excursion started in Dublin, where the group spent two days visiting historical sites and learning the culture of the area. Belonging to the Republic of Ireland, Dublin had a lot of history to offer the group regarding its independence.

“We visited the general post office, which is where the first major battle took place during the fight for independence from the United Kingdom,” Tollefson said. “We also visited the Trinity College and the Book of Kells and ate some really great food.”

After Dublin, the group traveled to Derry, where it spent two days and learned the roots of the conflict between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. Derry, one of the few towns with its ancient walls intact, offered significant bits of history behind the city’s colonization by the United Kingdom.

“We learned all about the colonization and the pieces of why it happened. We also learned the roots of the troubles as well as the actual troubles that occurred during the ’70s and ’80s that killed so many people,” Tollefson said.

The group was also able to explore the beauty of the land and its rural areas that differ from the scenery of South Dakota.

“On our way to Ballycastle, we stopped at the Giant’s Causeway, a huge volcanic, natural formation along the seaside. It was so beautiful,” Mook said. “We crossed a rope bridge to a tiny island with tons of cliffs. It was very nerve-wracking, but exactly what you picture when you think of Ireland, lush and green.”

Ballycastle, an ocean town, allowed the group to enjoy a popular vacation site for a couple of days. It also visited

Prefreshman study abroad trip to Ireland exceeds

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Corrymeela, a former peace reconciliation center that still works with outreach today.

The center hosts conferences and workshops for universities and companies, where each is paired with one of the town’s parishes. While visiting the center, the group participated in a conflict and conflict-resolutions program with one of Corrymeela’s leaders.

“We each learned our own conflict style,” Quinnell said. “It was helpful because starting college, we now know how we deal with conflict when it arises. We also learned that, like Ireland, issues from our past such as racism are still being dealt with in our country.”

The guides in Corrymeela had a particular impact on students, opening their eyes to dealing with conflict and how it relates across the world.

“The guide really helped us learn that even though the conflicts in Ireland are different from those within America, there are similarities in the current unrest,” Mook said.

The last two days were spent in Belfast, a city still divided between Catholics and Protestants. A giant peace wall, which is covered by murals depicting items important to both religious groups, runs through the city to keep people separated in case conflicts reignite.

“It made the conflict so real,” Forest said. “You really have to know both sides and the history before you can make any judgments. I had no idea about the issues in Ireland before this trip. It made me think about how many other countries are probably dealing with conflicts that we don’t realize.”

As facilitators, Mook and Tollefson prompted questions during tours, working to engage students in the experience and in learning, but the two found they did not need to prompt too much, for the students were curious to learn about the Irish people and their history.

“We held a class each night, during which we had discussions and recaps of the day. It really got the students thinking and allowed us to guide their learning during

the trip,” Mook said.As a whole, the group found the

conflicts the U.S. faces today relate to the conflicts the Irish people are currently in. They were able to walk away from the trip with a deeper understanding of dealing with conflict, and how conflict, no matter where it is in the world, is similar.

“My biggest reaction was to the inaccurate perception of the Irish Republican Army,” Tollefson said. “We see it as this terrorist organization responsible for all these bad things, when really the IRA is very similar to the patriots from our Revolution. That is really all they want, to be an independent nation and not part of the United Kingdom. I did not realize all of this until the trip.

“I think the biggest thing the students learned was to not take everything at face value,” he continued. “The peace institute at Corrymeela really seemed to have an impact on them by showing how our conflicts are somewhat similar and what role they can play in that.”

Along with a better understanding of conflict, the students also gained relationships that made for a smooth transition into life as first-year students living on a campus.

“It was easier starting college and

being able to talk to new people because we were thrown into this experience with 19 other kids and now we are all really good friends,” Forest said.

Another member, Allison Weidenbach, who is majoring in history with a teaching emphasis, might have summed up the experience best by saying the study abroad program not only launched a lifelong desire to travel and expand horizons but gave a new perspective.

“Ireland’s conflicted history, unique music and dance, and kind locals provided the basis for what would be a trip filled with new and rich cultural awareness. From the first step on Irish soil, we were able to feel the new and exciting atmosphere,” said Weibenbach, who is from Sioux Falls. “Through interactions with the locals we befriended, we were able to gain indispensable knowledge of the Irish culture that you can’t get from a history textbook.”

expectations; 2 trips planned for summer 2017

Despite some uncertainty, the students were pleased with the experiences in Ireland.


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Assistant professor Severine Van Slambrouck of the chemistry and biochemistry department received an international award for research on triple negative breast cancer at the 21st World Congress on Advances in Oncology and 19th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine Oct. 6-8 in Athens, Greece.

Van Slambrouck was one of 10 scientists honored with the Spandidos Publications Award for Outstanding Achievement and Presentation in Advances in Oncology. Her research

focuses on why cancer cells metastasize.Douglas Raynie, head of the chemistry and biochemistry

department, said, “This award recognizes the high caliber of research that Dr. Van Slambrouck does and the potential she has to contribute to our department, the university and to BioSNTR.”

Van Slambrouck, who came to SDSU in August 2015 from Saint Thomas University in Florida, said, “Metastasis is a major cause of cancer deaths.” Triple negative breast cancer, which accounts for approximately 15 to 20 percent of breast cancers, tends to occur in young and African-American and Hispanic women, according to the Susan G. Komen fact sheet.

In a tumor cell that metastasizes, the proteins in the membrane activate molecules that go to the nucleus and

influence the transcription of DNA, Van Slambrouck explained. “The whole idea is to elucidate this and see what other proteins may be involved.”

Through research done in Florida, she and her students compared the expression and activity of a specific protein called focal adhesion kinase in the primary tumor with those in the metastatic cells for a particularly aggressive form of triple negative breast cancer. They found that FAK activity decreased during metastases. The results were published in the May 2016 issue of the International Journal of Oncology.

“We expected more activity and saw lower activity,” she said. This suggests that the location of the protein also plays a role in the metastatic process. The goal is to develop new targets and therapies that could interrupt the process that leads to metastases.

Van Slambrouck compared the expression and activity of particular proteins in the primary tumor cells to activity in a classroom, with 50 students who don’t like each other and thus are neither communicating nor showing activity. In cells that form metastasis, only 30 students, when sitting next to their best friends, can show more activity and initiate signals to promote the spread of cancer cells.

Despite the lower activity level, the proteins were where they needed to be to do the work, she explained. Based on these findings, Van Slambrouck said, “It is also important to see where the activity is localized. We have proteins, they are active and we also have to look at where they are. This adds to the complexity.”

Chemistry professor receives international award

Severine Van Slambrouck

Jorgensen first SDSU cadet to receive Legion of ValorCole Jorgensen has become the first

U.S. Air Force ROTC cadet at South Dakota State University to earn the prestigious Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement.

The Legion of Valor, an association of those whose valor has been recognized with the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force Cross, recognizes outstanding Air Force ROTC cadets by awarding the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement.

The Hartford junior is one of only four Air Force ROTC cadets in the nation to receive the award. The award recognizes one outstanding incoming senior cadet in each Air Force ROTC region who has demonstrated excellence in military and academic performance.

Each nominee must be in the upper 10 percent of both the AS 300 class and

the school department class ranking and possess demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. There are 34 detachments in the Northwest Region to which SDSU belongs.

Jorgensen, a 2013 West Central High School graduate, carries a 3.6 GPA in mechanical engineering. During field training in summer 2015, he was named the distinguished graduate for his flight, and he has received leadership awards throughout his three years in ROTC as well as scoring above 98 percent in his physical fitness testing.

The award symbolizing all-around achievement was presented Sept. 1 in front of the entire cadet wing at the first leadership lab of the school year by Lt. Col. Craig McCuin, commander for Detachment 780.

“I was very humbled. I feel I am following the example that cadets set

before me, and I’m hoping I can do the same for other students,” Jorgensen said.

He said his academic motivation “goes back to the way my mom raised me —doing the best you can do. I still call her after tests. She is always upset if I didn’t study as hard as I could have.”

Eventually he hopes to call his mom with news that he got a pilot slot. But that is a ways off. He doesn’t graduate until May 2018.

McCuin called Jorgensen “a first-class leader in the university, community and cadet wing. Cole continues to develop himself through self-discipline and hard work and ensures his peers are improving as well in their studies and in the cadet wing. He is going to be a superb Air Force officer upon graduating from SDSU.”

Jorgensen’s parents are Dawn Jorgensen, Tim Vilhauer and Brad Jorgensen, all of Hartford.

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USD Dedicates New Sports Center and Marks 20 Years of Leadership by President Abbott

Dakota Days 2016 included dedication of the new $66 million Sanford Coyote Sports Center on campus along with a celebration of the past 20 years of progress under President James W. Abbott. Major donors were honored during a break in the USD women’s volleyball game. Following the game, USD fans and friends honored Abbott, the 17th president since USD’s founding in 1862. Abbott received two degrees from South Dakota’s flagship university (’70, B.A. and ’74, J.D.) and is the first alumnus to be named president. Since he became president in 1997, enrollment has grown from 7,000 students to 10,000 and USD is annually ranked as one of the nation’s top universities.

New buildings include the Theodore R. and Karen K. Muenster University Center, Beacom School of Business, Coyote Village, Wellness Center and the new Sanford Coyote Sports Center and sports complex. Significant renovations have been made to the Belbas Center, Al Neuharth Media Center, Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building, DakotaDome, Aalfs Auditorium and Churchill-Haines and Pardee-Estee science labs. Abbott presided over the university’s transition from NCAA Division II to Division I athletics, increasing competition and exposure. Currently the university is involved in its largest ever fund-raising campaign, aiming to secure $250 million for scholarships, student and faculty enrichment, and facilities improvements.


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Two Seniors Recognized as Top Multicultural Advertising Students Nationwide

The University of South Dakota School of Law is again listed among the Top 20 Best Value Law Schools by Prelaw Magazine this year coming in at 13th among more than 200 accredited law schools in the U.S. The magazine provides an annual ranking of law schools that not only keep student debt low but also score high in

employment success. USD’s School of Law’s annual South Dakota resident tuition is lower than all but two other schools on the Top 20 list. The Best Value Law Schools ranking is based on employment rate, tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness upon graduation. Bar exam pass rate is also taken into consideration.

Two University of South Dakota students were selected as the American Advertising Federation’s 2017 Most Promising Multicultural Students. Ellie Murray, from Lafayette, Colorado, and Adriana Moreno, from Sioux City, Iowa, are two of the 50 students chosen from 200 college AAF chapters nationwide. Both Murray and Moreno are media and journalism majors with an emphasis in strategic communication. This year’s national winners have an average GPA of 3.6 and represent 34 schools in 20 states. The group will attend a four-day program in New York that includes professional development workshops, agency visits and a recruiter’s expo. USD Media & Journalism seniors Ellie Murray and Adriana Moreno

School of Law Named to Top 20 Best Value Law Schools


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USD Shares $20 Million Medical Research GrantThe University of South Dakota joins eight other institutions sharing a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further medical research in four central states. “This project has a very worthy goal: to develop and guide clinical and translational research across the northern Great Plains,” said Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the USD Sanford School of Medicine. “Simply put, this will help turn scientific discoveries into actions that directly benefit people of the region.” The grant will create the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network, a collaboration involving nine institutions in four states—Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas. The grant will focus on learning the best ways to approach diseases of aging and brain health, said Dr. Matthew Rizzo, principal investigator and chair of neurological sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.

Melody Schopp and Beth Kaltsulas

Fortune Magazine Editor and Vermillion Native Geoff Colvin Lectures at USDAs part of a week of activities that underscore the value of an education in the liberal arts and sciences, USD’s College of Arts & Sciences hosted a lecture by Geoff Colvin, Fortune magazine editor, Vermillion native and author. His talk, “Humans Are Underrated: How a Liberal Education Prepares You for a Brilliant Future,” was based on his latest book with a similar title. He says the most essentially human abilities—empathy, creativity, social sensitivity, storytelling, humor, building relationships and leading—are what give humans an advantage over technology. The week-long program included presentations by students and faculty on what it means to be a student of the liberal arts and sciences. “For generations, the University of South Dakota has built its educational mission on a commitment to the freedom and responsibility embedded in the liberal arts and sciences,” said Jill Tyler, professor and chair of communication studies. “This celebration allows us to look back and celebrate our heritage and to look forward, re-committing ourselves to improving our students’ lives, our state’s future and our democracy’s potential.”

Beth Kaltsulas, right, a USD graduate and math teacher at Yankton Middle School, has been named 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year by the South Dakota Education Association. She receives a $5,000 cash prize and a $1,000 honorarium from the South Dakota Board of Regents to present professional development seminars. She will represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.

USD Graduate Named South Dakota Teacher of the Year


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A collaboration between private business and the public sector is giving business and health care leaders in South Dakota a look at the ways connected health technology could improve health outcomes and reduce spending across the state. The partnership includes the University of South Dakota (USD) Beacom School of Business, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Health Factors Inc., a private company that develops and implements connected health programs. They are investigating the use of at-home monitoring for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and congestive heart failure (CHF) who are at risk for complications that could lead to hospitalization. The cost of treating COPD in the United States in 2010 was estimated at approximately $50 billion, and an estimated 11 million people are living with COPD, the third-leading cause of death. Health Factors and the Beacom School of Business are analyzing claims data from the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) to determine how actual

hospital costs would have been affected if patients had stayed at home longer and used at-home monitoring. The results will be used to determine the viability of a business based in South Dakota that would provide at-home monitoring services to reduce health care costs. Mandie Weinandt, coordinator for the MBA program at the Beacom School of Business, said the university began partnering with businesses earlier this year as a way to add value to the on-campus student experience. “Completing strategic consulting projects adds immediate, real-world application to the student experience. The connections our students make while working on these projects are invaluable to their future success,” said Weinandt. A final report on the data analysis will be delivered to the GOED. “The project is an excellent example of how South Dakota is working to grow the state’s economy through a successful start-up business, while also improving health care and reducing costs for all South Dakotans,” said GOED commissioner Scott Stern.

Myanna Dellinger, a USD School of Law professor, received a Fulbright specialist grant in law to conduct research and lecture at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. She will lecture on American climate change policy under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement and the post-election federal administration. She will also research improved methods of public participation in the development of climate change law and policy, given technological change and the changing preferences of new generations. Dellinger teaches public and private international law as well as human rights law, among other topics. She has a Master of Arts in international communications from the Aarhus University in Denmark and a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.

School of Law Professor Earns Fulbright Scholarship to Lecture and Research in Germany

USD Partners With Minneapolis Company on Health Technology

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Researchers to Train STEM Students for BusinessTwo University of South Dakota researchers will use a grant from the National Science Foundation to recruit and train graduate students to help fill growing demand for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs in the public and private sector. Fewer STEM doctoral students are becoming tenured professors, but they are finding work in non-academic fields that require new professional skills. Brian Burrell, Ph.D., and Ranjit Koodali, Ph.D., will receive $2.9 million over five years from the NSF for the USD Neuroscience and Nanotechnology Network (USD-N3). Burrell is an associate professor in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences and associate director of the Center for Brain & Behavior Research (CBBRe) at the USD Sanford School of Medicine. Koodali is a professor in Department of Chemistry and dean of graduate education at USD. The USD network, a joint effort between CBBRe and the chemistry and basic biomedical science departments, will train about 40 graduate students over five years. The students will conduct research on developing nanotechnology-based approaches to study and treat the

brain in a variety of disciplines, including science policy and project management. Students will also learn about finance, product development, entrepreneurship and intellectual property rights through the USD Beacom School of Business and have the opportunity to participate in internships with regional and national companies.

USD researchers Ranit Koodali and Brian Burrell

USD Plans One of Few Sustainability Graduate ProgramsFunding from the National Science Foundation will help the University of South Dakota add master’s and doctorate degrees to its sustainability program, making it one of only a handful of U.S. colleges to offer such graduate-level degrees. The sustainability program, which currently offers bachelor of arts and science degrees and a minor, encourages students to use systems thinking to evaluate complex environmental, social and economic problems. Students are also encouraged to get personally involved with sustainability. Since it started in August 2012, the sustainability program has grown in student and faculty numbers and research capacity, said Meghann Jarchow, Ph.D., program coordinator. “As the public liberal arts university in the state that already has an undergraduate sustainability program, we are well poised to move into graduate sustainability training,” she said. “USD already has graduate programs related to environmental conservation, civic engagement and corporate social responsibility. We will be able to build on the expertise that already exists here.” The sustainability program recently received a nearly $2 million NSF grant for sustainability research, which will support the hiring of two new faculty members as well as assistantships for three doctoral students.

Meghann Jarchow, coordinator of USD’s sustainability program


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The Health Sciences online bachelor’s degree offered at the University of South Dakota has been recognized as one of the top three online health sciences programs in the announced the rating, and noted the program’s interdisciplinary foundation, its customizable curriculum and six available coursework concentrations, an engaged academic community, and a willingness by the USD

School of Health Sciences to help graduates pursue post-graduate opportunities. “It is rewarding for this program to receive recognition for offering students choices as well as flexibility as they prepare for their careers or professional advancement,” said June Larson, Ed.D., chair of the health sciences department.

SAB Biotherapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical development company in Sioux Falls, has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health for up to $1.42 million to advance its treatment for influenza. The funding is a research collaboration project with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine to develop antibody therapy to complement flu vaccines. “The antigen we are developing contains a combination of four strains of influenza viruses, the same ones contained in the 2016–2017 vaccine,” said Eddie Sullivan, Ph.D., president and CEO of SAB.

“This collaboration is a great example of how the BioSNTR links academic and industry researchers to address a specific scientific problem,” added Adam Hoppe, Ph.D., director of the BioSNTR, which is focused on bridging the gap between academia and industry to create a bio-economy in South Dakota through high-impact science. Influenza kills thousands of people each year in the U.S., said influenza expert Victor Huber, Ph.D., associate professor in the division of basic biomedical sciences. He studies immunology, virology and vaccinology and is leading the project to test SAB’s treatment.

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Three members of the faculty at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine were recently honored by the American College of Physicians (ACP), South Dakota Chapter. Dr. Josh Henderson, Mobridge, South Dakota, is chief of staff at Mobridge Regional Health and Clinics. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor and mentors students in the medical school’s FARM program. Henderson was named early career physician of the year. Dr. Catherine Gerrish has an internal medicine practice in Watertown, South Dakota, and also serves as a clinical

assistant professor in internal medicine. She received the ACP’s South Dakota Chapter Laureate Award for medical excellence, as well as for her commitment to education, community and the medical profession. Dr. Tim Ridgway of Brandon, South Dakota, is the director of endoscopy at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Sioux Falls. He also serves as executive dean, associate professor and dean of faculty affairs at the USD Sanford School of Medicine. He was named ACP’s South Dakota Chapter Teacher of the Year.

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What does the South Dakota Board of Regents do? ›

The Board of Regents is the constitutional governing board for the six South Dakota universities and two special schools. The Board approved budgets, faculty appointments, salaries and curricula to name a few of its roles.

What is a South Dakota Regents Scholar? ›

In 1988, the South Dakota Board of Regents identified the Regents' Scholar Curriculum which is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in their high school coursework providing the necessary skills for college and career readiness.

Is South Dakota State University the same as University of South Dakota? ›

Brookings-based South Dakota State University (SDSU) is the state's largest public university, with a spring 2012 enrollment of 12,725 students. SDSU is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, a governing board that also controls the University of South Dakota (USD), which has the second largest enrollment.

Is South Dakota State University conservative or liberal? ›

Compared to most universities, South Dakota State University is conservative. The university is more liberal than, for example, the state legislature and state politics in general.

How important are Regents Exams? ›

Passing scores on the Regents Examinations in English, mathematics, science, and social studies satisfy the State testing requirements for a high school diploma.

Why are Regents good? ›

While they may not carry the same weight as standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, they can still play a small role in the college admissions process, especially for in-state schools. Good scores on Regents Exams can demonstrate your proficiency in various subjects and help you stand out.

How many people get regents Scholar? ›

Regents Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and exceptional promise. UCLA awards up to 75 Regents scholarships each year to entering and transfer students and currently has a total of approximately 300 Regents Scholars enrolled at UCLA.

What GPA do you need to keep Regents scholarship? ›

A minimum cumulative 3.25 grade point average is required to automatically renew the Regents' Scholarship each year.

What is a board of regents at a college? ›

An independent governing body that oversees a state's publiccolleges and universities.

How prestigious is South Dakota State University? ›

South Dakota State University is ranked #296 out of 439 National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Is South Dakota university a good school? ›

South Dakota is an above-average public university located in Vermillion, South Dakota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,544 undergraduate students. The South Dakota acceptance rate is 99%. Popular majors include Nursing, Health Service Preparatory Studies, and Communications.

What is University of South Dakota known for academically? ›

The most popular majors at University of South Dakota include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Psychology; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology; Social Sciences; Communication, ...

Who is the rival of South Dakota State University? ›

The Dakota Marker is the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual football game played between the rival Division I Championship Subdivision North Dakota State University Bison and the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits.

What is South Dakota State University known for academically? ›

The most popular majors at South Dakota State University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields; Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Family and Consumer ...

Is South Dakota State University a dry campus? ›

SDSU is a dry campus, which means that alcoholic beverages and empty containers are not allowed anywhere on campus.

What is the responsibility of the Board of Regents? ›

The responsibility of individual Regents is to serve as trustees for the people of the State of California and as stewards for the University of California, acting to govern the University as a public trust in fulfillment of its educational, research, and public service missions in the best interests of the people of ...

What is the purpose of the Regents? ›

In 1878, the Regents Examination system was expanded to assess the curricula taught in the secondary schools of New York, and the Regents exams were first administered as high school end-of-course exams.

What is the role of Regents? ›

In a monarchy, a regent (from Latin regens 'ruling, governing') is a person appointed to govern a state pro tempore (Latin for 'for the time being') because the actual monarch is a minor, absent, incapacitated or unable to discharge their powers and duties, or the throne is vacant and a new monarch has not yet been ...

What does a college Board of Regents do? ›

A board of regents has a number of duties it must perform. It must do short-range and long-range planning, develop and articulate the vision and mission of the university system, hire and oversee the university chief executive and other top leadership, and make broad policy decisions.

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