Major announcement planned at Sunday's celebration!


Welcome to the official website for the Dakota State University “Welcome to the Future” celebration. You are invited to join us for a historic community celebration on the campus of Dakota State University as we unveil the new Beacom Institute of Technology. The event is open to the public and highlights the far-reaching, positive impact Dakota State University is making internationally, nationally, in the state of South Dakota, and the city of Madison. We’d also like to thank our official celebration sponsors First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard for helping us make this day possible. 

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Celebration Schedule

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dakota State University

820 N. Washington Ave., Madison, South Dakota

3 – 4 p.m.

  • Grand Opening Ceremony – Join DSU President, José-Marie Griffiths, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other dignitaries for the opening of the Beacom Institute of Technology. Providing a unique perspective on the evolving cyber-enabled world and the importance of educating for the future is special guest, Mark Ryland, Director of Solutions Architecture and Chief Architect of the Worldwide Public Sector Team at Amazon Web Services.

4 – 6 p.m.

  • Self-Guided Tours – Step inside the new Beacom Institute of Technology and see what all the excitement is about! You can also explore the newly renovated Trojan Center, Learning Engagement Center, Courtyard Hall and Trojan Center Bookstore where you can gear up to show your Trojan pride.
  • Grill and Chill – Be our guest for a fun backyard BBQ with your favorite summertime foods and beverages (while supplies last). We will also have inflatables and games for all ages.

5 – 7:30 p.m.              

  • Outdoor Concert – Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready to celebrate with a free outdoor concert featuring country music superstar Jake Owen and special guest Hunter Phelps.

Grand Opening Ceremony Details

Join DSU president Dr. Griffiths, Governor Daugaard and other dignitaries for the historic opening of the Beacom Institute of Technology in front of the new building from 3 – 4 p.m. Seating will be limited. You are welcome to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Mark RylandSpecial Guest Speaker: Mark Ryland, Director of Solutions Architecture and Chief Architect Worldwide Public Sector Team, Amazon Web Services

Our special speaker for the grand opening ceremony will be Mark Ryland, Director of Solutions Architecture and Chief Architect of the Worldwide Public Sector Team at Amazon Web Services.

Through Ryland’s 25 years in the technology industry, he has developed skills in software engineering, distributed systems, networking and cyber security, identity and access management, public policy and management. 

At Amazon Web Services, (AWS) Ryland leads his team to provide technical evangelism, architectural guidance, knowledge transfer and cloud implementation services to a variety of customers around the world, clients including government, education, non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

In addition to building and managing a large technical team, Ryland also serves as a key interface between public sector customers and the engineering, security and compliance teams at AWS, ensuring that public sector requirements are given priority in plans and roadmaps for the fast-developing AWS cloud platform.


Self-guided tours will be available at the following buildings from 4 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 20:

  • Beacom Institute of Technology
  • Trojan Center
  • Learning Engagement Center
  • Courtyard Hall

University ambassadors will be available at these locations to answer your questions.

The Trojan Center Bookstore will also be open from noon to 6 p.m. so you can gear up for the upcoming school year. 

Grill and Chill

Be our guest for a fun backyard BBQ from 4 – 6 p.m. (while supplies last). The menu will consist of hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, potato salad, Italian pasta salad, chips, cookies and beverages. There will also be cotton candy and sno cones.

We’ll have inflatables, a mobile escape room, face painting and giant Jenga to add to all the fun!

Celebration Concert Featuring Country Music Star Jake Owen

Jake Owen

Get ready to celebrate with country music star Jake Owen at this free concert on the south lawn. He is the past recipient of the American Country Music Top New Male Vocalist (2009) and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2012) awards. He has several #1 hits including “Barefoot Blue Jean Night“ and “The One That Got Away.“  We are excited to welcome Jake Owen and his special guest Hunter Phelps to Dakota State University to help us put an exclamation mark on this historic day.

Items Allowed/Prohibited

Guests on campus that day, and their belongings, are subject to search by event security.

The following items are ALLOWED at the day’s events:

  • Backpacks (Standard school-sized, no frames or camping gear).
  • Binoculars.
  • Please bring lawn chairs, blankets, sheets and/or towels to sit on as seats will not be available.
  • Cameras, but only nonprofessional photo and video cameras will be allowed, and must be without equipment attachments such as selfie sticks, tripods, and monopods.
  • Empty CamelBak water bottles and hydration packs, and plastic or aluminum water bottles.
  • Water.

The following items are PROHIBITED at the day’s events:

  • Alcohol.
  • No smoking allowed on the DSU campus.
  • Aerosol containers, including sunscreen and personal beauty products.
  • Any and all professional audio and/or video recording equipment. No video or audio recording will be allowed.
  • Professional camera equipment (NO large professional detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment).
  • Unauthorized drones or any other remote flying devices.
  • Bicycles on the south lawn. 
  • Coolers of any kind. (Exceptions may be made for medical use.)
  • Glass and metal containers of any kind.
  • Illegal and illicit substances of any kind.
  • Pets (except service animals).
  • Professional radios or walkie-talkies.
  • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind.
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind.

Map: Street Closures, Parking, and Shuttle Information

Street Closures – The following streets will be closed for the celebration:

  • 6th Street between Washington Ave. and Lee Ave. will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday, August 19 to 8 a.m. Monday, August 21
  • Washington Ave. between 6th & 8th Streets will be closed Sunday, August 20 from 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Parking – Parking is available at the following locations:

  • Trojan Field
  • Dakota Prairie Playhouse
  • Karl E. Mundt Library
  • Madison High School

Shuttles Information – Shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes between 1:30 – 3 p.m. and 5:30 – 8 p.m. from the following locations: 

  • DSU Trojan Field tailgate area
  • Dakota Prairie Playhouse
  • Heston Hall
  • Learning Engagement Center
  • Madison High School

First Aid – A first aid station will be available in the Beacom Institute of Technology parking lot. 

Dakota State University

Dakota State University is one of the most technologically advanced institutions in the country.

  • DSU has more than 40 technology-intensive or technology-infused degree programs to choose from in the areas of computing, education, business and information systems and the arts and sciences.
  • DSU is nationally recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a cyber security leader.
  • The Beacom Institute of Technology is the first new building on campus in thirty years. It is 31,000 square feet, built at a cost of $11.4 million.
  • The Beacom Institute of Technology building will be certified LEED version 4.0, the first such building in the state of South Dakota.

Beacom Institute of Technology

The Beacom Institute of Technology is designed to advance innovative approaches to teaching and learning. It is named in recognition of the generosity of Sioux Falls natives Miles and Lisa Beacom and their family. Miles graduated from DSU in 1981 with a business degree; he also ran track and cross country on a student athletic scholarship. He joined First PREMIER Bank to start a credit card company later named PREMIER Bankcard. Under his leadership as President and CEO, PREMIER Bankcard is currently the 13th largest issuer of MasterCard® credit cards in the country, serving millions of individuals nationwide. The PREMIER organization has grown to become one of South Dakota’s leading employers.

Denny Sanford, Miles Beacom’s mentor, business associate and friend, has also contributed to make the Beacom Institute of Technology a reality. Denny is the owner of First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard. His gift was made in honor of Miles’ contributions to the PREMIER organization and the community. 

Weather-related Announcements

If severe weather forces the relocation of the ceremony, BBQ and concert, an announcement will be made on KJAM radio, the three Sioux Falls television stations (KDLT, KELO, KSFY) and several Sioux Falls radio stations. A change of venue notice will be sent to all enrolled in text updates (Text “DSU” to 80565), posted on our website, and an email will be sent through the DSU campus alert system for registered faculty, staff and students. 

Media Policies

Contact Jane or Barb at Dakota State University Media Relations for media information.

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