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2020 Posts


Sound collage

December 17, 2020

DSU students collaborate on sound collage

Digital Art and Design Art 121 students taking Honors 2-D design studied sound during their fall semester, ultimately creating visual images of sound.

Josh Snook a business management and accounting major from Yate, Bristol, England.

December 14, 2020

International student enjoys family feel of DSU

International student Josh Snook enjoys the family feel of DSU. Snook recommends all students get involved in activities, adding that it completes the university experience.

Beadle Hall

December 11, 2020

David Kenley has two new books out

This year, while serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at DSU, David Kenley recently published a second edition of “Modern Chinese History” and edited “Teaching about Asia in a Time of Pandemic,”.

Matt Paulson

December 10, 2020

Board of Regents approve Paulson Center at DSU

Look for BIG, new ideas to grow at Dakota State. Entrepreneurs with tech ideas or business startups will soon have new resources at their disposal through the newly named Paulson Cyber Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center.

Dakota State University sign on campus.

December 9, 2020

Schemmel hired to head DSU Foundation

Jon Schemmel has been hired as the new Vice President for Advancement at Dakota State University. New VP for Institutional Advancement has Madison roots.

Dakota State University sign on campus.

December 4, 2020

DSU education prepares for life’s challenges

Change is inevitable, and a degree from Dakota State University can help deal with those challenges for a successful career. A perfect example is alumnus Daryl Reinicke, CEO of Westhills Village Living in Rapid City.

Ryan Morganti, Andrew Rotert, and Nick Sandison created an app to function as an early warning system and risk identifier.

December 4, 2020

DSU team takes 3rd in Sanford HealthHack

Three students have ventured into the realm of cyberhealth by participating in and taking 3rd place in the recent Sanford HealthHack.

DSU campus fall landscape picture.

December 2, 2020

2020 Longevity Reception celebrated at DSU

Dakota State recognized 38 employees and 8 retirees for a combined 738 years of service to the state of South Dakota at a reception Monday, Nov. 30.


Tavyn Hallan, a senior professional accountancy major, appreciates connections he’s made through his time at DSU.

November 30, 2020

Connecting through DSU

Tavyn Hallan, a senior professional accountancy major, appreciates connections he’s made through his time at DSU.

Be great over break. Collage of students and staff volunteering for different types of service work.

November 23, 2020

Be Great Over Break

As a lead up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January Dakota State is inviting employees and students to Be Great Over Break by giving back to their communities in a safe, socially distanced way.

Megan Zephier game design major and computer science minor at DSU.

November 20, 2020

Scholarships prove key to designing collegiate success

With a solid grip on the basics, Megan Zephier chose to embark on an education that would lead her towards her career goal. Now, she's a thriving game design major chasing her dreams.

DSU Cyber Security student working at at desk at night

November 18, 2020

New CyberHealth Strategic Alliance

Dakota State University and Sanford Health have announced a new Strategic Alliance that will drive CyberHealth innovation and research, and create workforce and economic development opportunities for South Dakota.

DSU Madison Cyber Labs

November 12, 2020

Advancing health information technology

DSU’s dedication to technological advancement can be seen in every area of study and research on campus, including the Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology (CAHIT).

Lieutenant Colonel Heath Abraham

November 11, 2020

Two degrees. Three deployments. 23 years of service.

With 23 years of service and three deployments, Heath Abraham has a long history of military service. As a police officer for the City of Madison, SD, a Safety Resource officer for Dakota State University, and a soldier in the SD Army National Guard, he’s no stranger to serving his country or community.

Dakota State east arch entrance

November 11, 2020

Master's in health information accreditation confirmed

The Commission of Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) education has accredited Dakota State’s Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (MSHIIM).

5th International Congress of Astrobiology

November 10, 2020

Gaylor presents at 5th international congress

Dr. Michael Gaylor will be giving a keynote address at the 5th International Congress of Astrobiology this month. The conference, now being held virtually due to COVID-19, is being hosted by the Institute of Astrobiology of Colombia (IAC).

Vintage Hitchcock

November 10, 2020

DSU Theatre to perform “Vintage Hitchcock”

Sixteen film and sound design majors in the Digital Arts and Design program at Dakota State are producing and performing “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry.

students looking at computer

November 10, 2020

Grants awarded to 18 DSU students for research projects

“The mission of a researcher is to ask questions and to try out new things to answer those questions,” said Dr. Stacey Berry, associate professor of English and undergraduate research coordinator. Research experience “equips students with experiences and skills that will give them an edge after they finish their degree programs,” she said.

Martinson Ofori came to Dakota State University to make a lasting real-world impact.

November 6, 2020

Ofori finds research success at DSU

Originally from Kumasi, Ghana, Ofori Martinson has taken advantage of research tools and events available to students, including Dakota State’s yearly Research Symposium, where he won first place in 2019.

The Beacom Institute of Technology

November 4, 2020

Workforce Development

“This new National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program is a ‘win-win’ for all involved,” said Dr. Wayne Pauli, Professor of Information Systems and Coordinator for the PhD in Cyber Operations program.

Map of the world

November 3, 2020

Strategic marketing course features finnish guest lecturer

Kati Antola, senior lecturer in Marketing and International Business at Finland’s Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, is giving a virtual lecture to members of Dr. Deb Tech’s strategic marketing course 775.

Geena David Institute hosting Nov. 7 event

November 2, 2020

Podhradsky to promote STEM on national stage

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is not shy about sharing her message describing the benefits and importance of a career in STEM with young women.

DIGI-KEY competition winners

November 2, 2020

Competition wins bring ‘Cyber Clout’

Collegiate cyber competitions sharpen the skills Dakota State graduates need for the workplace. Wins in those competitions sharpen DSU’s reputation among those in the field.



Competition wins bring ‘Cyber Clout’

Sammy Drummond is conducting groundbreaking research in his senior year at Dakota State

October 29, 2020

Drummond speaks at 5th international congress

Sammy Drummond is making the most of his college career. He’s conducting groundbreaking research in his senior year at Dakota State and will present his research at the 5th International Congress on Astrobiology virtually in November.

Photo credit Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic.

October 29, 2020

Driven to Teach

Amanda Hargreaves is driven to teach, inspired by classroom learning and faculty at her alma mater Dakota State. She is the 2021 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

General Beadle in the middle of campus

October 28, 2020

DSU named 7th safest public university in US

StateUniversity.com has ranked Dakota State University as the seventh safest public university in the U.S. and safest campus in the state of South Dakota for 2020.

Kristen Dowling, a marketing major at DSU with her two girls.

October 23, 2020

Dedication and Determination

When Kristen Dowling got married and had two little girls, she knew being a stay-at-home Mom while pursuing her degree part time was the perfect choice for her and her family.

Dr. Kyle Cronin teaching in classroom

October 22, 2020

$3.5M granted to cybersecurity faculty

There are constant openings for cybersecurity faculty around the country, said Dr. Wayne Pauli. This fact demonstrates “there is a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals available to teach and perform faculty duties in cybersecurity.”

Dakota State east arch entrance

October 21, 2020

Grants Advance Research

As Dakota State’s graduate and research programs have grown, they have created new internal funding options for faculty.

Admissions counselor with student

October 20, 2020

scholarships & athletic eligibility options

Prospective college students have options to fulfill admissions requirements at South Dakota’s regental universities.

East Hall

October 19, 2020

Health information technology celebrates 45 years as a degree

This fall Dakota State is celebrating its beginning 45 years, with the creation of the Health Information Technology Associate Degree.

Jacia Christiansen

October 15, 2020

Exploring the world through DSU

Jacia Christiansen has always wanted to travel, so she was excited when her participation in track and the PBL Business Club enabled her to visit the Gulf Shores, Baltimore, Vancouver, Wash., and San Antonio.

Tom Jones photography collage

October 15, 2020

The Perfect Shot

A Kodak 110 camera in the hands of 8-year-old Tom Jones inspired a lifelong passion of photography for the Professor of Art.

 Native American Student Association of Dakota State University

October 9, 2020

Native American Day observations planned at DSU

The Native American Student Association of Dakota State University (DSU NASA) has planned several experiences in honor of Native American Day, Monday, October 12.

Students walking across DSU's campus

October 7, 2020

New PhD Meets Urgent Need

The South Dakota Board of Regents announced approval of a new joint degree in computer science to be offered at Dakota State University and SDSU. The doctorate is the first of its kind in computer science in South Dakota. Pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission, the program will begin in fall 2021.

TSP architects Michelle Klobassa (left) and Chase Kramer (right) present the LEED Silver certificate for the Beacom Institute of Technology to Dakota State University’s dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, Dr. Pat Engebretson. Also present for the Energy Efficiency Day event was Stacy Krusemark, vice president for business and administrative services.

October 7, 2020

Beacom Institute = energy efficiency

The 31,300-square-foot Beacom Institute of Technology is the first South Dakota Office of the State Engineer project to receive the award after being designed under the LEED organization’s newest sustainability guidelines.

DSU Campus in the fall.

October 7, 2020

Athlete. Tutor. Volunteer. Student.

Student-athlete Marcus VandenBosch came to DSU for a football scholarship, and the caring community has made him appreciate Dakota State even more.

Outstanding Alumni

October 6, 2020

DSU Outstanding Alumni recognized at homecoming

Five DSU alumni were honored with the annual Outstanding Alumni Awards at the Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Beautiful photo of DSU's campus in the fall

October 2, 2020

Van Erdewyk named to Academic Hall of Fame

After 37 years at DSU, his former colleagues deemed Dr. Zeno Van Erdewyk's career so significant that he has been chosen as the 2020 Academic Hall of Fame inductee.

Judy Dittman in 2014 homecoming parade

October 1, 2020

Judy Dittman DSU’s Homecoming 2020 Parade Marshal

After four decades working at Dakota State Judy Dittman is parade marshal for DSU’s Homecoming 2020 theme “Soaring Through the Decades.”


Trojan Troy marching in parade

September 30, 2020

Homecoming parade protocols considered

Dakota State University’s Trojan Days parade is planned for Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Soaring Through the Decades.”

Graduate student of Dakota State University

September 30, 2020

Have the passion to enact change

The October ceremony celebrates those students who graduated in the spring or summer semester of 2020. The traditional spring commencement ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Royalty crowned at Dakota State -  Coronation kicks off Trojan Days Homecoming week

September 30, 2020

Royalty crowned at Dakota State

Jacia Christiansen and Piyush Vyas were crowned queen and king at Dakota State’s Sept. 28 coronation ceremony. This event kicked off the 2020 Trojan Days Homecoming week.

Photo of  Austin Babcock who is attending graduate school and presenting at professional conferences.

September 29, 2020

Faculty mentor students to succeed

Faculty efforts to mentor students result in professional opportunities to attend and participate at cyber conferences like the 2020 Wild West Hackin’ Fest (WWHF).

General Beadle statue on the Dakota State University campus

September 23, 2020

Dakota State enrollment steady in light of COVID crisis

Dakota State University is reporting steady overall enrollment this fall semester, significantly better than was anticipated for a semester in the midst of the COVID pandemic crisis.

Annabelle Klosterman

September 23, 2020

Cyber Jump Start

Annabelle Klosterman’s early start in cyber has helped her earn significant scholarship recognition.

Volleyball and court

September 22, 2020

DSU volleyball postpones games

Dakota State University Athletics is postponing some of its scheduled volleyball games due to COVID-19, after two players tested positive for the virus.

International student Christina Mulu thrives in and out of the classroom at Dakota State.

September 18, 2020

DSU Full of Opportunities and Experience

Christina Mulu, an international student from Ethiopia, chose to attend DSU after being inspired by DSU's; emphasis on IT related majors, small size that allows for high engagement on campus, and affordability.

Data visualization example

September 15, 2020

Understanding Messy Data

Large amounts of data – referred to as messy data – can be hard to understand, but they also present opportunities to learn and make decisions. Students in our Master of Science In Analytics program learn to present this information in helpful data visualizations.

Women's Right to Vote

September 11, 2020

Wittmayer to discuss newspaper coverage of suffrage

There is a powerful history behind the passage of the 19th Amendment, chronicled in newspaper coverage of the movement.

SBS/Gamewell Family scholars for Fall 2020 include: Claira Monroe (left), Lauren Lawson, Hannah Newbury, Vanessa Schroeder, and Haley Crawford. Not pictured is Shiann Baker.

September 10, 2020

Six named Gamewell Family, SBS scholarship winners

This fall six students were awarded SBS Cybersecurity and Gamewell Family Endowed Scholarships based on their exemplary leadership and cyber skills.

Jonathan Horn DSU technology student

September 4, 2020

Family knows best

Jonathan Horn has always been interested in computers and technology. After his parents and grandma became aware of some of the program offerings at Dakota State they encouraged him to take a look.

Cybher Girl logo

September 1, 2020

CybHER Conversations announces impressive list of speakers

Dakota State University’s CybHER organization announces their speakers for September and October, featuring a deputy assistant director with the FBI, a Facebook vice president, and the chief information security officer with Kuwait Oil Company.


Solarium Commission

August 28, 2020

DSU to host panel with Cyberspace Solarium Commission

Cyberspace Solarium Commission to release new white paper on cybersecurity workforce development during DSU webinar.

Kemper book title

August 25, 2020

Kemper publishes book about college basketball

Dr. Kurt Kemper, professor of history and General Beadle Honors Program Director, is publishing a book “Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball,” with University of Illinois Press.

Landscape picture of campus

August 18, 2020

The Right to Vote, The Right to Lead

The right to vote forms the foundation of meaningful participation and leadership. Most of the South Dakota colleges and universities that women lead today were established decades before women had the right to vote.

Daisies captured in campus landscape picture

August 18, 2020

Munger volunteers time on Miss America selection committee

Jennifer Munger, instructor of Special Education at Dakota State, was one of those who served on the Miss America Organization (MAO) selection committee.

DSU Human Resources team

August 18, 2020

Knowlton Award presented to DSU Human Resources

The Dakota State University Human Resources team has been awarded the 2019-2020 Doug Knowlton Excellence in Quality Award for their work creating an employee onboarding and retention package called “The DSU Experience.”

blue hexagons on white background

August 18, 2020

DSU announces first True Trojan Hexagon Award winners

DSU announces first True Trojan Hexagon Award winners as a way for the university to acknowledge employees who exhibit true Trojan Pride.

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service logo

August 17, 2020

DSU announces 2020-2021 CyberCorps Scholars

Eleven Dakota State University students have been named CyberCorps Scholars for 2020-2021. CyberCorps provides students with; scholarships, professional development funding, books, and supplies.

Sara Stehlik, a network and security administration major at Dakota State

August 17, 2020

Stehlik awarded not one but two SWSIS scholarships

Sara Stehlik, a network and security administration major at Dakota State secures two scholarships from Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS).

alfalfa sprouts

August 14, 2020

Research identifies aphanomyces in sd

DSU students Jenni Giles and Conner Tordsen have identified Aphanomyces (root rot in alfalfa) in South Dakota for the first time.

DEF CON 28 logo

August 13, 2020

DSU team takes 1st at national challenge

Dakota State students often place well in cyber competitions, but the team that captured first place in a DEF CON contest in August was made up of DSU faculty and staff members.

CybHER purchased a variety of technology devices, including Osmo learning game systems, Dash robots, and Makey Makey invention kits.

August 13, 2020

STEM lending library created by CybHER

Dakota State University's CybHER program creates STEM lending library for Madison Elementary that will impact a lot of children by providing educational devices and curriculum.

Bridget Thill, Elementary Education (BSE), '22.

August 13, 2020

Learner for Life

Bridget Thill always dreamed of being a teacher. She wants to be a teacher to help kids fall in love with learning and teach them how to be confident in their abilities.

EPSCoR student presenting research

August 10, 2020

EPSCoR students present research at summer symposia

Six students participating in the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program presented their research findings from this summer during an undergraduate research symposium held in July.

General Beadle statue surrounded by  flowers

August 7, 2020

MSET program preps grads for teaching in pandemic

Dakota State’s Master of Science in Educational Technology (MSET) has helped prepare teachers to be adaptable with technology in or outside of schools.

Arica Kulm ’18 MS Cyber Defense ’20 PhD Cyber Defense

August 4, 2020

Cyber defense is a career, not just a job

Arica Kulm was looking for a career, not just a job. After finishing her master’s degree in Cyber Defense, she decided to continue on as one of the first students in the PhD in Cyber Defense program. This gives her the knowledge base for a meaningful, interesting career in a field that is in great demand worldwide.


Heston Hall in the early years

July 31, 2020

Heston Hall celebrates centennial

Happy 100th birthday Heston Hall. If Dakota State University’s Heston Hall could talk, it could tell two life stories from its 100 years of existence.

General Beadle statue

July 31, 2020

North Korea research broadens knowledge base

Dr. Benjamin Young, assistant professor of Cyber Leadership and Intelligence (CLI), continues to share his research about North Korea with the world.

FBLA logo

July 27, 2020

two students earn first place at national conference

Students placed in the Future Business Leaders-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) Leadership conference.


July 27, 2020

Professional esports athlete joins DSU program

Nicolas Engle, a professional esports athlete, is bringing his knowledge and experience to Dakota State’s young esports team.

Sammy Drummond

July 23, 2020

Rocketing into research

Sammy Drummond came to the U.S. from Australia so that he could play baseball while continuing his academic studies. This led him to Dakota State University where he is a senior physical science major.

Jeramie Sopko

July 23, 2020

Sopko Thrives with Flexibility of Online Degree

Sopko chose to attend DSU based on the school’s reputation in the technology world. “It’s a small enough school for the personal touch in education, but large enough to leverage the cutting-edge technology towards their students’ education.”

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky

July 21, 2020

Podhradsky featured in IF/THEN® Ambassador Collection

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is one of the women featured in IF/THEN® Ambassador Collection, the world's first free digital resource library to inspire women in STEM.

General Beadle Statue on campus

July 15, 2020

Native American student association scholarship

The Native American Student Association (NASA) at Dakota State began working on creating a scholarship for native students in the fall of 2019.

students working in lab

July 8, 2020

DSU students conducting astrobiology research

Four students are currently conducting astrobiology research under the leadership of Associate Research Professor, Dr. Michael Gaylor, who serves as a lead investigator for the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program.


July 1, 2020

Victoria Sopko joins DSU alumni board

Victoria Sopko, 2017 elementary education DSU graduate, has joined the Alumni Board. Sopko was inspired to join the board through her own experiences attending alumni events.



Victoria Sopko joins DSU alumni board

Hands on a laptop keyboard with overlapping security icons within hexagons

June 29, 2020

Protecting personal data

Dustin Steinhagen, PhD student in Cyber Defense, has a passion for defending humans from social engineering. His goal is to fight the societal vulnerability of living in a world where it is so easy to hack a person's mind.

Mary Francis standing in front of the Karl Mundt Library

June 26, 2020

Reporting on Research

Mary Francis and the staff at the Karl Mundt Library can help you find and evaluate good resources.

Jenni Giles and Conner Tordsen collect soil samples in a farmer’s field as part of research on alfalfa disease.

June 23, 2020

DSU partners with Mustang Seeds for research project

Dr. Andrew Sathoff, assistant professor of biology, is collaborating with Mustang Seeds to research alfalfa disease (Aphanomyces root rot) in South Dakota.

Cody Welu

June 18, 2020

From student to alum to faculty

By the time Cody Welu was in high school, he knew he wanted to do something with computers. An undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. later, and Welu is working as an assistant professor in The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences.

Campus trees and flags

June 15, 2020

DSU placement rates at 98% and 100%

Dakota State University’s 2019 placement rates are 98% for undergraduate and 100% for graduate outcomes. In addition to high placement rates, DSU has high knowledge rates as well.

Student working on laptop, holding phone and having coffee

June 15, 2020

DSU provides computers for Sioux Falls’ Recovery Houses

Dakota State University recently provided 20 refurbished computers to the Oxford homes located in Sioux Falls, including the one dedicated for women and children called “Emily’s Hope Oxford House.”

Students walking through campus on move in day

June 15, 2020

DSU announces move-in plans

Dakota State University has announced the move-in plans for fall semester 2020, which have been adjusted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

June 11, 2020

New members inducted into Delta Mu Delta

The Dakota State chapter of Delta Mu Delta inducted four new members into the group this year.

June 9, 2020

Counseling center continues connecting with students

The staff of Dakota State’s Counseling Center has always understood the importance of connecting with students, and they know that the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased that.

List of honor students with a background of DSU campus

June 5, 2020

Dakota State 2020 Spring Honors List Released

A total of 585 full-time and 197 part-time students qualified for the President’s Academic Honors list for the 2020 spring semester at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D.

East Hall

June 3, 2020

Changes made to fall academic calendar at DSU

Dakota State University will resume on-campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester, but the fall calendar has been changed in order to better balance the safety of those in the on-campus community with student success. This decision is made in conjunction with the Board of Regents (BOR) and other regental schools.

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

June 3, 2020

DSU creates course offering internship experience

COVID-19 has impacted a variety of summer activities – from vacations to summer camps -- but also educational opportunities like summer internships.

June 2, 2020

AdapT lab seeks to help those with disabilities

I6 Biosciences grant will help with commercialization, tech transfer. Dr. Justin Blessinger is working on a device for users of powered chairs and scooters to draw power from the batteries to charge devices.


June 1, 2020

Molly Kuxhaus

Molly Kuxhaus wants to the be the reason children go from hating school to looking forward to it. Through the online education program, Molly Kuxhaus reached her goal of becoming a teacher.


May 29, 2020

DSU hosting virtual Teach Camp

As educators continue to adjust to changes related to COVID-19, DSU modified their annual summer camps for educators to be offered online. DSU Camp Teach is combination of DSU STEAM Camp and the Trauma Sensitive Teaching Conference.

CybHer girl logo

May 27, 2020

CybHER Conversations to begin June 3

It’s hard to be what you can’t see, so to show young girls what it means to be a cyber security professional, Dakota State University’s CybHER has created a new program of virtual meetings called CybHER Conversations. These free, weekly meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. CT, beginning June 3.

May 22, 2020

DSU students present papers at Hawaii conferences via Zoom

Two Dakota State doctoral students presented papers via Zoom at the 4th International Conference on Information System & Data Mining and the 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Management Systems.

May 20, 2020

Dakota State students honored for achievements

Dakota State University is pleased to honor several students with award distinctions this academic year. This demonstrates a continuing commitment to celebrate the achievements of students who have worked hard to excel and contribute to their own future, as well as to the lives and progress of all those around them.

Hunter Baer

May 20, 2020

DSU freshman to attend West Point

Hunter Baer, a freshman computer science major from Garrison, North Dakota, was recently accepted to West Point United States Military Academy.

May 19, 2020

James Maloney selected for NASA fellowship

Dr. James Maloney was selected as a Faculty Fellow in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Aerospace Fellowship Program.

Cody Welu

May 18, 2020

Welu joins DSU Alumni Board

Dr. Cody Welu has joined the Dakota State University Alumni Board. In addition to being an alum, Welu is a faculty member at Dakota State.

Omar El-Gayor

May 14, 2020

Omar El-Gayar

Dr. Omar El-Gayar, Professor of Computer Information Systems, has noted how responsive faculty have been to student needs through innovative curricula, flexible delivery, online courses, and expanded scholarship programs.

If only I remember image

May 6, 2020

Students develop Alzheimer’s video game

Nursing homes aren’t your average setting for a video game, but Dakota State student Gabriel Simao and his friends aren’t creating an average video game.

Excited student graduate and a professor of Dakota State University

May 5, 2020

DSU Spring Commencement to be held October 4

The rescheduled Spring 2020 Commencement at Dakota State University is planned for Sunday, October 4, during the university’s Homecoming weekend. The original May 9 commencement was postponed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Both spring and summer graduates will be recognized at the ceremony.

May 1, 2020

DSU announces plans to reopen its campus for Fall 2020

Dakota State University plans to resume on-campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester. This will include face-to-face classes, along with the online courses normally offered at DSU. This decision is made in conjunction with the Board of Regents (BOR) and other regental schools.


April 30, 2020

DSU College of Education offering free webinars

Dakota State’s College of Education is offering free webinars for teachers and parents on various tech tools and resources that can be used while teaching virtually.

April 29, 2020

Arbor day foundation honors dsu

University plants 5 Swiss Stone pines on Arbor Day. Dakota State University has been honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is a distinction they have earned every year since 2016.

April 29, 2020

New website shares stories of the fall 2019 Madison flood

For their Publishing for New Media class, four Dakota State students wanted to create a project of value for the community of Dakota State and Madison. After a brainstorming session, they decided to make a website featuring stories from the fall 2019 flood in Madison.

April 28, 2020

Faculty awards announced

Four Dakota State faculty members are being recognized through awards.

April 27, 2020

DSU offering short webinars on virtual teaching

College of Business offering three 12-minute Zoom sessions

Mary Simmons '23, Cyber Operations (BS)

April 26, 2020

Mary Simmons

When Mary Simmons chose to study cyber, she started researching different cyber schools. Dakota State came up as one of the top in the nation. The programs at DSU are innovative and cutting-edge.

April 24, 2020

DSU announces hiring of two new deans

Engebretson takes helm of Beacom College, Kenley new dean of A&S

April 23, 2020

DSU student teachers adjust to teaching online

DSU student teachers continue to make an impact in their classrooms, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has required schools to transition to online learning.

Phusada with camera

April 15, 2020

Sheehan selected as student employee of the year for S.D.

Phusuda Sheehan, a digital arts and design major, was named South Dakota student Employee of the Year through the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA).

Girl with gardening gloves and hat working outside a greenhouse

April 14, 2020

Shannon Bezonia

Online student Shannon Oyler Bezonia recently graduated in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in management.

kids on virtual classroom

April 9, 2020

The Pandemic's 'silver lining'

CybHER launches YouTube Learning Channel to teach cybersecurity. These programs will have more hands-on activities for students. Viewers can subscribe to the channel for free. 

April 8, 2020

College Business Plan Competition winners

Three winners have been selected in the 2nd annual Business Plan Competition at Dakota State. Grant Carlson received first place, Elizabeth Olson received second place, and Andrew Rotert received third place

Zach Wilson

April 8, 2020

DSU alum and instructor shares experience

Zach Wilson graduated from Dakota State’s respiratory care program in 2015. Now he’s an instructor for the program, along with working for Sanford Health in their respiratory care department and as a flight team member.

April 7, 2020

Business plan competition winners announced

Three winners from South Dakota schools have been selected in the DSU Business Plan Competition high school division.

April 6, 2020

DSU classes to remain online through summer term

Dakota State University’s summer courses will be offered online for Summer 2020. On April 6, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced all public university instruction will continue to use this delivery method through the summer academic term. This does not significantly alter DSU’s term, as the university traditionally holds very few on-campus courses during the summer.

April 1, 2020

Regents Make No Changes in Tuition and Fees for Coming Year

The South Dakota Board of Regents agreed today to maintain its existing tuition and mandatory fees for the next academic year.


Jacob Garza

March 26, 2020

Jacob Garza

Jacob Garza set out on his college journey with one thing in mind – find a computer science program that was amongst the top in the nation, to compliment his passion for the rapidly growing field.

March 25, 2020

DSU Athletics Hall of Fame banquet cancelled for 2020

Dakota State University has cancelled the 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame banquet, scheduled for June 6.

March 24, 2020

2020 Spring semester goes online-only

The South Dakota Board of Regents has determined all South Dakota public universities will transition to spring classes online for the duration of the semester and postpone graduation until further notice, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lindsey Vogl

March 19, 2020

Opportunities Everywhere

Lindsey Vogl chose DSU's professional accounting degree as her major has reinforced the lesson that “you can find opportunities everywhere” and she’s ready to take that lesson out into the world.

Miss America Science Project

March 17, 2020

Miss America visits Dakota State

Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier visited Dakota State on Friday, March 13. During her visit, Schrier spoke about how she became interested in STEM, demonstrated the experiment she conducted as her talent in the Miss America competition, and answered questions submitted by Madison Middle School students.

Mason Wieman

March 16, 2020

Mason Wieman

No other campuses have a Digital Arts and Design program like DSU’s. The major offers four specializations, so Mason Wieman choose to study digital sound design, and “I’m loving it so far.”

March 16, 2020

DSU moves to online-only for remainder of spring semester

Dakota State University continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone in the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) system. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff throughout the state remain our top priority and we continue to monitor the situation around the clock.

March 16, 2020

NAIA cancels spring sports schedule

As of March 16, the NAIA has cancelled the spring sports season. The North Star Conference (NSAA), which DSU is a member of, had previously suspended their schedule.

March 13, 2020

DSU takes action with upcoming events

Dakota State is postponing, moving to online formats, or cancelling all events through April 13. This is a precautionary measure to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure to the university community, current and prospective students, and guests to campus. Updates are available on the coronavirus alert page at DSU.edu regarding specific events.

March 12, 2020

Dakota State extends spring break to respond to pandemic

Dakota State University is joining the other five universities in the South Dakota Regental System in the decision to extend the 2020 spring break an additional week in response to the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 12, there have been no confirmed cases at Dakota State, in Madison or Lake County.

March 11, 2020

High school finalists enter business plan competition

This year DSU has expanded its business plan competition to include college and high school categories. Participants are required to complete a business plan, with finalists participating in a pitch competition where they will have 90 seconds to pitch their plan.

Alan Montgomery paintings

March 10, 2020

Montgomery’s work featured at South Dakota Art Museum

Alan Montgomery, professor of art, is currently part of an exhibition on display at the South Dakota Art Museum through May 10. Montgomery’s work was chosen as part of the abstract exhibit.

March 5, 2020

Miss America comes to DSU

Miss America Camille Schrier will be visiting Dakota State University on March 13, to speak with students from Madison Middle School to inspire them to consider studying for a career in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math.

March 4, 2020

DSU alum shares love of cyber with the world

Gerald Auger started his career as a software developer and windows administrator, but a growing interest in the field of cyber ultimately led him to continue his education, earning two degrees from Dakota State. Today he works as an information security architect at the Medical University of South Carolina, runs Coastal Information Security Group – a cybersecurity consulting business, and recently started a YouTube channel Simply Cyber to advise individuals interested in advancing in the cybersecurity field.


Pictured from left; Carla Anderson, Nicole Bowen, Jordan Schuh

February 25, 2020

Bowen receives Merrigan Award

Nicole Bowen, student wellness counselor lead at DSU, has received the Patrick Merrigan Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Student Affairs at the South Dakota Higher Education Association (SDHEA) Conference.

February 25, 2020

Simons named Philanthropists of Year at DSU Gala

Darrel and Patti Simon embody servant leadership, said Suzy Collignon-Hodgen, chair of the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees. For that reason, they were named the 2019 Philanthropists of the Year for Dakota State University.

Carl Petersen

February 24, 2020

Carl Petersen

Coming home will be the best thing a Dakota State University education can provide for Carl Petersen. The DSU senior intends to develop a game design studio on the South Dakota reservation where he grew up.

February 20, 2020

Five named as SBS/Gamewell Family Scholars

This spring, five young women have been awarded the SBS CyberSecurity and Gamewell Family Endowed Scholarship. SBS is a Madison-based cybersecurity consulting and audit firm. 

February 18, 2020

Theatre club awarded for 'Frankenstein' production

Dakota State’s Theatre Club was recognized for the use of new technologies in “Frankenstein: A Modern Adaptation” at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January of 2020.

February 13, 2020

Grad students have papers published

Four online Dakota State students from The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences and the College of Business and Information Systems have had research papers published. All four students worked with Dr. Houssain Kettani, professor of computer science to write the papers. 

February 12, 2020

DSU cancelling classes due to weather

Due to dangerous windchills, Dakota State University will be cancelling classes beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 11, 2020

DSU earns 2020-2021 Military Friendly ® School designation

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey with 695 earning the designation.

Alexis VanderWilt

February 10, 2020

Alexis VanderWilt

Alexis VanderWilt is a junior at Dakota State, double majoring in computer science and math for information systems, with a minor in Spanish.

February 6, 2020

DSU students attend world's largest security conference

Kanthi Narukonda and Katie Shuck will be among the more than 40,000 people attending RSA, which is the world’s largest security conference. 


January 27, 2020

DSU hosting Global Game Jam site

Global Game Jam will take place Jan. 31-Feb.2

colorful squares and feather

January 27, 2020

Scholarship need is focus of 2020 DSU Gala

One Night – One Cause aims to raise $150,000

January 24, 2020

2019 Fall Honors List

Dakota State University's 2019 Fall Honors List contains full time and part-time students who achieved a 3.5 to 4.0 grade point average to qualify.

January 24, 2020

Gunderson’s donates to Dakota State athletics

Gift to Trojans Unite will help keep programs competitive

January 23, 2020

Sewell contributes to critical exploration of YA literature

Dr. William Sewell, associate professor of English education, wrote a chapter for the book “Critical Explorations of Young Adult Literature: Identifying and Critiquing the Canon.”

shelf of books

January 22, 2020

SD writers’ series coming to DSU

South Dakota Humanities Council grants brings six South Dakota writers to DSU and Madison

Gallery image with poem

January 15, 2020

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibit displayed in gallery

An educational exhibit “The Chair is Not Me,” is on display in the First Bank & Trust Art Gallery at Dakota State through February 28. The exhibit features artwork alongside poems from the book “The Chair is Not Me,” by “JJ” James Janis. The book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual.

January 7, 2020

Andrea Thompson named associate dean

Andrea Thompson, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, has been named to a new position at Dakota State University.

January 1, 2020

Carrie Slaathaug named permanent alumni director

Carrie Slaathaug, interim director of Alumni and Family Engagement at Dakota State University, has been named to the position permanently

Kayla Mentele

January 1, 2020

Kayla Mentele

Homey environment. Great education. Financial value. These are some of the reasons Kayla Mentele chose to attend Dakota State University, not far from her home in Salem, S.D.