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College of Business and Information Systems

The College of Business and Information Systems (BIS) prepares students for careers in business, computer information systems and health information management. From managing and developing software to crunching numbers as a CPA the College of BIS equips students to be future business leaders.

You can donate to the College of BIS endowments here or create your own endowment for the College of BIS.

Former DSU faculty member and DSU alumnus Dr. Ronald Beckman established this endowment. This scholarship is awarded to continuing, academically deserving students majoring in accounting or education, with preference given to juniors and seniors.

This endowed scholarship was established in 2010 by Marlin and Linda Brozik. Upon graduating from South Dakota State University in 1975, Marlin began work as a pharmacist at Madison Rexall Drug, eventually becoming the store's owner. In 2002, Marlin sold the store to Lewis Drugs Inc., where he was the Chief Pharmacist. Linda, '94, began working for Dakota State in 1979 and served as the Executive Administrative Assistant to four Dakota State presidents. She retired in 2013. This award is made to a full or part-time junior or senior enrolled in a business administration program.

As faculty of Dakota State University, the Christoph's established this endowment in 2001. Dr. Richard Christoph, Professor Emeritus of Business and Information Systems, was a former Dean of the College of Business and Information Systems and Director of the Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems. He was instrumental in the implementation of the university's first master's program. Dr. Orinda Christoph was a professor of Business at DSU. Transfer students to DSU from another institution who are majoring in a Business and Information Systems field are eligible for this award.

This endowment was funded through proceeds from the 1997-1998 DSU Galas. Funding continues through donations made by BIS faculty, staff, alums, and friends. This endowment provides scholarships for students in the College of Business and Information Systems.

Leroy F. Ericsson was born on a farm in McCook County, SD in 1909 and moved to Salem in 1915, where he completed his education in 1927. In 1927, he entered the University of South Dakota. In 1932, he received a Bachelor of Law Degree Magna Cum Laude. He practiced law in Sioux Falls, SD in the firm of Willy and Hamilton. He served as a Reserve Officer in the administration of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He served in World War II and retired as a Colonel from the United States Army Reserves. On his release, he entered a private practice of law in Madison, SD.

He was States Attorney for Lake County from 1949 through 1952, State Senator for the 12th District 1953 through 1956, and State Representative for the 33rd District from 1967 through 1970. He was Chairman of the Education Committee, which drew Bill 6 for the reorganization of elementary and secondary schools. He served as clerk and attorney for the Madison Independent School District from 149 through 1963. He was a member of the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, the Commandery and Consistory, and El Riad Shrine at Sioux Falls, Madison Elks Lodge, Madison Oddfellows Lodge, and Madison Rotary Club, as well as a member and past director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce.

Russell Hanneman, a native of the Madison area, graduated Suma Cum Laude from Dakota State College (DSC) in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. While attending DSC, he was on the Dean’s List, named to Who’s Who Among College and University Students, received the Wall Street Journal Achievement Award, and was president of Delta Mu Delta. After graduating, Russell was employed as a buyer at Gehl Manufacturing Company in Madison. Russell lost his life attempting to save the lives of others in the tragic Hotel Park fire. President Jimmy Carter wrote a letter to the parents of Russell Hanneman recognizing Russell’s tremendous courage and self-sacrifice in giving his life while attempting to save the lives of others. This scholarship is awarded to residents of South Dakota majoring in business, who demonstrate academic and leadership abilities.

First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard established this endowment in 2006. The scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students with a preference given to information systems or business administration majors.

Rebecca and Wayne Halma established this endowment to assist incoming and continuing students who are majoring in business or information systems.

This endowment was established in 1993 by Dale, '57, and Kitty Kringen. Dale played basketball for General Beadle while pursuing a teaching degree. He was a teacher, coach, school principal, and superintendent in MN and SD, and served as Director of Job Service for the state of South Dakota from 1979-1983. In 1983, Dale founded Truck Bonding Co. in Madison and through the years, added Continental Transportation Services, Inc., Assist Financial Services, Inc., Truck Process Agents, Inc., and Changing Lanes Transportation Services.

Dale served in the South Dakota Legislature from 1993-1996, where he was a strong supporter of Dakota State. He served on the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees for many years, including serving as Chairman of the Board from 1993-2005. He also served on the DSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and spent many volunteer hours promoting alumni and fundraising activities for DSU. Dale was recognized as an Outstanding DSU Alumnus at Homecoming in 1997 and he and Kitty served as Homecoming Parade Marshals in 2005. The DSU Alumni and Foundation building was named the Dale E. Kringen Alumni and Foundation Center in 2010, to honor Dale for his many years of commitment and service to DSU. Dale passed away in 2011.

Kitty served as the Madison High School librarian from 1977-2003 and joined Dale as a supportive fan of DSU athletic programs, DSU events, and the DSU mission. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving incoming, or continuing student enrolled in the College of Business and Information Systems.

Josh_Lambrecht_Annual_Scholarship.jpgJosh Lambrecht had a love and affinity for computers and wanted to go to college for a technical degree, but was unable to afford it. In spite of this, he taught himself computer programming. Unable to find a job as a programmer due to his lack of a college degree, he worked in construction before he was hired by Dakota Fluid Power. While working there assembling electronic panels, he conceived an idea to write software that used sensors and GPS data to develop a remote monitoring system for heavy equipment. He successfully developed MobileStar, which tracks real-time performance and maintenance needs data for vehicles and equipment while still in the field and allows companies to detect problems with their equipment sooner to avoid downtime. More information on MobileStar can be found here: http://mobilestar.us/mobilestarwebsite/howitworks.php
Another notable accomplishment was the software Josh developed for the city of Sioux Falls, SD. This software was used to track snow gate utilization on the city’s snowplows. Josh’s interests also led him to become a judge for FIRST LEGO League, where he could instill his enthusiasm in children who shared his passion for utilizing technology. While on his way to judge a competition in Rapid City, SD in 2011, Josh passed away at the age of 30 in a tragic plane crash. In remembrance of Josh, this scholarship was set up to help students, who otherwise may not be able to afford it, attend Dakota State University, to earn a degree that focuses on software and/or web development.

Donald Larsen was a longtime instructor of music at DSU. Upon his death in 1990, his colleagues, friends, and family established a memorial endowment. His wife, Dr. Iva May Larsen, was a retired DSU faculty member. Scholarship recipients are junior or senior students, with preference given to students participating in music. If there are none, it will be awarded to a student in business administration.

Retired Dakota State faculty member, Dr. Iva May Larsen, Professor Emeritus of Business, established this endowment in 1996 to assist a junior or senior in business education or business administration. Dr. Larsen received the Faculty Legend award from DSU prior to her passing in 2010.

This endowment was established by Charles E. and Marie A. (Cundy) Lohsandt, Ed.D. This scholarship is awarded to a local area student with an ACT score of 24 or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a freshman majoring in business or information systems and possess characteristics of kindness, compassion, humility, and leadership.

Dr. Lynette Molstad Gorder, a professor in the College of Business and Information Systems, taught 35 and a half years at Dakota State. She received her doctorate in educational administration (2007) from the University of South Dakota. She received an master's of business administration in management information systems (1993) and a master of arts in business education (1975) from USD. She graduated from Dakota State University with business education (1972) and business administration (1986) degrees. She served as the adviser for the Gamma Xi Chapter of Delta Mu Delta Business International Honor Society at DSU for 25 years. She has been involved in career-technical education working with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for over 33 years. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student with any major preference at DSU.

Mark and Mary Moran established this endowment in 2008, to aid a student from Dell Rapids, SD and graduating from St. Mary High School who is also enrolling in ANY degree offered by the College of Business and Information Systems at Dakota State University.

The Nowotny Molstad Gorder Endowed Scholarship was established by Lynette Nowotny Molstad Gorder as a memorial to her husband, Jerry Molstad, who died in 1995. Jerry Molstad graduated from Dakota State in 1971 and spent ten years teaching industrial arts in Sioux Falls, SD. Lynette graduated in 1972 and started teaching at Dakota State University in 1981. Thirteen extended family members have also graduated from DSU. This scholarship is awarded to deserving students, with a preference to students majoring in business or information systems.

Tyler and Jill (Molstad) Ruhd established this endowment in 2014. Tyler graduated from Dakota State University in 2007 with a bachelor of Business Administration in Management. He is currently working as the Business Development Director at Infotech Solution, LLC. Jill also graduated from DSU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. She is currently working as a Development Officer at the DSU Foundation. Tyler and Jill met at Dakota State in 2006. They established this scholarship for students pursuing a degree in business.

This endowment was established in 2006, celebrating the 125th Anniversary of DSU. The Sanford Health scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student majoring in respiratory care, computer science, information systems, or health information systems and is renewable with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Family, friends, and colleagues established this endowment in 1995, to honor Dr. Ernest Teagarden, a retired DSU professor in the College of Business and Information Systems, and his wife, Pauline. Dr. Teagarden also served DSU in an administrative capacity as division chair of Business, Industry, and Public Administration. He received the Faculty Legend Award from DSU in 2007. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing student majoring in the College of Business and Information Systems. Dr. Teagarden and Pauline both passed away in 2007.

Established by former DSU faculty member Dr. Bruce White in 2001, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student with demonstrated academic and leadership ability, who is majoring in information systems. Dr. White retired recently from Quinnipiac University in CT. White's tenure at DSU included five years serving as Dean of the College of Business and Information Systems.

Cecelia Wittmayer was hired as an assistant professor of marketing at DSU in 1986. She served as the faculty assessment coordinator from 1995 until 1998, when she was asked to serve as the interim vice president of academic affairs under President Jerald Tunheim. Following a national search, she was named to that position in 1999 and served as DSU’s vice president for academic affairs until her retirement in 2013 as a professor emeritus. During her tenure as VPAA, she guided development, approval and accreditation of the institution’s first five master’s programs and the institutions first doctoral program. She also helped guide the institution’s move to Academic Quality Improvement Program accreditation process under the Higher Learning Commission. As a faculty member, she was promoted to associate professor in 1995, was granted tenure in 1997 and was promoted to professor in 2001. During her teaching career, she taught marketing courses, and continues to teach periodically, often BADM 476 Marketing Research. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in business administration.