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poverty simulation

December 20, 2019

Students engage in poverty simulation

Dakota State level III education students participated in a simulation that exposed the future teachers to what it’s like for families living at or below the poverty line.

United Kingdom Trip

December 20, 2019

Dakota State United Kingdom trip still has openings

The trip, organized by Dr. Deb Tech, is open to those between the ages of 18 and 80 who are able to walk a lot. The trip will take place from June 5-16, with participants leaving June 4 and returning June 17.

December 19, 2019

Simone Esters wins Miss America writing competition

Beacom College scholarship focuses on women and STEM

Andrew Kramer

December 19, 2019

Andrew Kramer

Andrew Kramer says transfer students should “use your time wisely…to be active and make new friends.” The two-time DSU alum has stayed on in Madison to teach in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

December 16, 2019

Romero places in photo contests

Wendy Romero, associate professor of art and design/DAD program coordinator, earned sixth and 12th place in two photo contests through ViewBug, an online photography community that hosts photo competitions.

December 10, 2019

Dave Link is fall commencement speaker at DSU

International student speaking for graduates

Miss America logo

December 10, 2019

First university sponsor enters competition

Dakota State University helps launch writing component

December 10, 2019

Trail Goods Drive for 38+2 Memorial Ride

The annual 38+2 Memorial Ride is coming through Madison on Saturday, December 14.

Tom Farrell

December 3, 2019

Tom Farrell

Tom Farrell has always been willing to try new opportunities, a characteristic which has led him to a 49-year career teaching at Dakota State.



Recently DSU had a guest speaker, Nick Podhradsky, senior vice president of sales and support at SBS CyberSecurity.

November 27, 2019

Cyber Leadership and Intelligence

Recently DSU had a guest speaker, Nick Podhradsky, senior vice president of sales and support at SBS CyberSecurity. Podhradsky offered insight into careers in cybersecurity. He spoke about data breaches, hacking, phishing, and other cybersecurity related concerns in today’s world. He also spoke of the importance of various soft skills, like communication necessary to work in the cyber field.

November 26, 2019

Nelson’s poetry chapbook available for purchase

John Nelson’s poetry chapbook “West River” won the South Dakota Poetry Society’s Chapbook contest this year and is now available for purchase.

November 22, 2019

Kettani publishes book about World Muslim Population

Book is first of its kind research

November 21, 2019

3D art students create Pelican Project

Dakota State 3D art students created wire and paper mâché pelicans that are currently on display at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Visitors Center through Friday, Dec. 6.

November 19, 2019

'the decline of the novel'

A lifetime of reading has led Dr. Joseph Bottum to create his sixth authored book, "The Decline of the Novel."

November 19, 2019

Female gamers hope to inspire future generations

Liz Gwaltney and Morgan Garber grew up playing video and computer games. Today they’re competing as members of Dakota State’s esports program.

November 12, 2019

Ph.D students present papers at international conferences

Two Ph.D. cyber operations students had papers published and presented at international conferences.

November 7, 2019

17th annual Nanocon November 8-10

Nanocon, Dakota State Gaming Club’s weekend long game convention begins on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.

November 6, 2019

Summer internships produce professional successes

Summer internships teach students a lot about what they want to do for a career, said Collin Rumpca, a Dakota State computer science student from Aberdeen, S.D.

November 5, 2019

March planned to create awareness of veteran suicides

Jacob Schaefers, a Marine Corps veteran, is one of those 135 who has been personally affected by suicide. He knew two fellow Marines who have committed suicide.

Alexis VanderWilt

November 4, 2019

VanderWilt sees how questions can ‘change the world’

The DSU senior has been asking research questions ever since she came to Dakota State University from her hometown of Mitchell, S.D. The answers to some of those questions earned her the opportunity to attend the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum this September in Germany.


October 30, 2019

Grad Studies celebrates 20 years

Dakota State University is celebrating 20 years of Graduate Studies this fall.

October 29, 2019

DSU takes top spots in programming competition

It’s not only technical skills that are needed for cyber competitions. Teamwork and communication are also necessary skills for success.

rocket launch

October 29, 2019

Maloney certified in high power rocketry

Dr. James Maloney, assistant professor of physics and advisor of the Space Club, launched a high-powered certification rocket in Dixon, Neb. in October.

October 24, 2019

Meyer chosen for SD Change Network Cohort

Casualene Meyer, DSU adjunct instructor in the English department, was one of 17 changemakers selected to South Dakota Change Network’s 2019 cohort.

October 17, 2019

Erica Merchant featured in First bank & trust gallery

A talk with the artist Erica Merchant scheduled for Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.

Northern Plain Games

October 16, 2019

Petersen to debut “Tipi Kaga” at imagineNATIVE Festival

Computer game born from Dreamstarter grant

Dave Link

October 16, 2019

Dave Link honored with LIVE award

SD Biotech recognizes Link’s efforts at awards banquet

October 10, 2019

DSU Theatre Club to present 30 plays in 60 minutes

DSU Theatre to perform ’Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind’

October 9, 2019

Podhradsky keynote speaker at OSMOSIS conference

Will address passions of digital forensics, women leading in cyber

October 3, 2019

Student Groups from DSU Recognized for Excellence

The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Dakota State University for excellence in academic, community, and organizational work.

Madison Cyber Labs

October 2, 2019

Madison Cyber Labs rises to challenge of cyber research

Grand opening event coincides with Board of Regents’ meeting

Subject 99

October 2, 2019

DSU student to debut feature film in Wisconsin

Maddie Whitcomb’s film “Subject 99” to premiere at Davey J’s Garage October 4

October 1, 2019

Increased research capacity means larger NSF grant

Projects planned in education, science, analytics


September 30, 2019

4 DSU students intern at Los Alamos National Lab

Four Dakota State students, Adam Good, Kody Everson, Trent Steen, and Collin Rumpca, spent the summer at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Seema Bhandari

September 26, 2019

DSU student attends Grace Hopper celebration

Bhandari awarded scholarship to attend women in computing conference

September 20, 2019

Business Office Staff honored by Regents

The staff in the Dakota State University Business Office have again been honored by the state Board of Regents for “clean” audits since 2015.

September 9, 2019

Miller completes WCET/SAN credential exam

Annette Miller wanted to rise up and challenge herself, so signed up to take the credential examination from the professional organization State Authorization Network (SAN).

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky and Trevor Jones

September 9, 2019

Inaugural cyber day on the hill

The Democratic Digital Communications Staff Association in partnership with the Congressional Tech Staff Association and Senate Systems Administrator Association Board held the first annual Cyber Day on the Hill.

September 9, 2019

Podhradsky selected IF/THEN Ambassador

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, associate dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, and associate professor of information assurance and forensics, has been selected one of the 125 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN® Ambassadors.


Proposed new athletic complex

August 29, 2019

Trojans Unite campaign kicks off with $10M gift

First PREMIER Bank-PREMIER Bankcard and Beacoms donate to DSU Athletics program

August 16, 2019

DSU respiratory program receives credentialing award

Dakota State University’s respiratory care program received a credentialing award in Ft. Lauderdale, Flor. from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) in July.


Dr. Bramwell Brizendine, assistant professor of computer and cyber sciences

July 31, 2019

DSU professor to speak at DEF CON

Dr. Bramwell Brizendine, assistant professor of computer and cyber sciences, has been selected to speak at DEF CON 27 August 8-11 in Las Vegas.

July 24, 2019

Visiting researchers work to make IoT devices safer

Dakota State University conducting IoT research through National Science Foundation-sponsored internships called Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REUs. Visiting undergraduate researchers work to make IoT devices safer.

July 22, 2019

Weidler places first at National Leadership Conference

Five of six Dakota State competitors placed in top 10


July 17, 2019

Grad course provides opportunity to see virtual learning in action

Grad course provides opportunity to see virtual learning in action

July 2, 2019

Rocket Girls to learn cyber at Kennedy Space Center

Being chosen to attend the 2019 Rocket Girls camp was “a dream come true” for Destiny Thunder.


June 25, 2019

NSA representatives visit DSU cyber security camps

NSA’s GenCyber camps, to develop those interests in students of all ages. Sponsored by NSA grants, the camps are free to attendees.

June 25, 2019

DSU men’s basketball receives donation

The Dakota State men’s basketball program recently received a donation of $34,000 from Seizing South Dakota to be used for additional recruitment funds.

Esports gaming chairs

June 24, 2019

Esports coach hired at Dakota State

New esports coach at DSU has experience building esports program from scratch