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Programs & Initiatives

See what your future holds at DSU

At Dakota State University, we’re proud to be Trojans. Whether you’re a part of the DSU community or just a visitor, we make sure you have what you need to succeed.

Institutional programs

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With more than 45 undergraduate majors and several graduate degrees, we’re not just reimagining education—we’re providing more opportunities for students to realize their potential.

Our main focus? To provide students with a unique education. From associate degrees to doctoral degrees, we provide our students with an education that pushes them to face challenges and enables them to utilize technology on another level. These unique educational opportunities make our students proud to be Trojans.

 

Human Resources awards and recognition events

In efforts to recognize our exceptional staff and faculty, DSU implemented a True Trojan Recognition program. The program has two aspects, formal and informal, with both areas rewarding employees that have gone above and beyond, while not forgetting every day tasks that are accomplished.

Campus of Kindness

The Campus of Kindness gives campus employees, students, and guests the opportunity to take note of someone carrying out a kind deed or supporting one another. Comment boxes can be seen around campus and come equipped with cards for anyone to fill out or submit.

True Trojan

True Trojan recognizes those who are committed to the mission of Dakota State University and harbor characteristics essential to DSU success. He or she unites with other True Trojans, under these goals and principles:

  • Illustrates Trojan Pride
  • True to himself/herself and ideals
  • True to coworkers
  • Hardworking and dedicated to their career and other involvements
  • Holds the DSU Experience and membership of the DSU Family near and dear to their heart

True Trojan Hexagon Awards

CSA Outstanding Contributor

Consistently goes above and beyond, while performing at high standard. Solves problems and improves work situations without being prompted. Employee demonstrates reliability, perseverance, and focuses on results. They also share knowledge of DSU practices, resources, and skills.

NFE Outstanding Contributor

Consistently goes above and beyond, while performing at high standard. Solves problems and improves work situations without being prompted. Employee demonstrates reliability, perseverance, and focuses on results. They also share knowledge of DSU practices, resources, and skills.

Team of the Year

Recognition of a team that exemplifies collaboration and cooperation. The team inspires and works towards a bold vision for success at DSU. Takes initiative to improve values and efficiency of the services they provide. They embrace change as an opportunity for growth and innovation.

Bringing Out the Best

An employee who develops trust and credibility through open, respectful communications, and demonstrating accountability. They provide a sense of purpose, vision, and mission for coworkers and/or staff. They positively influence others to build unity within a variety of settings. Champions change effectively through formal or informal leadership as they help others develop.

True Trojan Hexagon Awards Nomination Form

True Trojan Toolkit

To further encourage compliments and acknowledgements campus-wide, supervisors have been given the True Trojan Toolkit. The toolkit includes multiple cards, from celebration to sympathy, and fun trinkets, like a highlighter, a stress ball, a coaster, and a window cling.

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"Thank You" Breakfast

At the end of the academic year, DSU honors the Doug Knowlton Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) award, four faculty awards, and now six hexagon awards, that are all related to faculty and staff achievements.

Trojans helping Trojans

DSU Trojans showed their support by sandbagging and removing debris in affected homes.
Dakota State University students, faculty and athletic teams came together to lend a hand to the Madison community in sand-bagging efforts when floodwaters inundated Lake County.

When it comes to natural disasters and hard times, our Trojans are the first to lend a helping hand. As the community of Madison and DSU braved a flood in September of 2019, our Trojans showed their support by sandbagging and removing debris in affected homes. Many Trojans and community members donated funds, clothing, and other necessary items to flood victims. Through it all, our Trojans and the city of Madison were able to RISE and make it through a difficult time.