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Legacy Lives On

New athletics complex named after DSU Coach George Blankley. The Trojans Unite campaign will focus on several areas, one of those key areas being athletic facilities.

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DSU Applied Research Lab Director Dr. Josh Pauli, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, Sen. Mike Rounds, and DSU President Dr. José-Marie Griffiths.

June 16, 2021

US Cyber Command Meeting

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Service Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, facilitated a meeting between leadership at Dakota State University (DSU) and leadership at the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade in Maryland.

Evan Bolt

June 15, 2021

From the Farm to the World Stage

With Evan Bolt’s education in cyber, he has moved from the farm to the world stage, collecting data for the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center dashboard, the go-to source for COVID-19 numbers. “It’s nice to be able to say I’m helping in some small way.”


June 2, 2021

A big story for Big George

Shirley Blankley is honoring her late husband George Blankley through a donation to the Trojans Unite campaign and the future naming of Blankley Field.

List of honor students with a background of DSU campus

June 2, 2021

Dakota State 2021 Spring Honors List Released

A total of 504 full-time and 193 part-time students qualified for the President’s Academic Honors list for the 2021 spring semester at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D.


Computer and gaming equipment

May 28, 2021

More than a game

There’s a lot more to designing games than just a love of playing them, a point impressed upon students by the new game design professors at DSU.

Odin Bernstein

May 27, 2021

A Student of Excellence

Odin Bernstein has taken advantage of many of the opportunities at Dakota State, and is on track for a successful cyber security career.

Gencyber Camp participants

May 26, 2021

Summer camps return to DSU campus

Summer camps have returned to campus this year, after cancellations due to COVID-19 last year.

Rose garden on DSU's campus

May 24, 2021

DSU hosting virtual teach camp June 4

Dakota State’s College of Education is hosting a free virtual teach camp for teachers on Friday, June 4. This is the second year of the virtual teach camp.

Beadle Hall landscape in the spring

May 21, 2021

Neher’s avocation becomes new vocation

Sherry Neher awarded SMART scholar providing her with full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, a stipend, and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation.

Breanne Butters

May 21, 2021

From Passion to Production

Breanne Butters' passion for drawing has led to her dream job at DreamWorks Animation. Read more on her journey to DreamWorks below!

Dr. Haley Larson

May 20, 2021

Haley Larson’s film featured in Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition

Dr. Haley Larson’s artwork Cladogram, a short film that brings language into a digital environment is a part of the South Dakota Governor’s ninth biennial art exhibition currently traveling through South Dakota.

Danielle Stevens using laptop online to earn her degree

May 18, 2021

Online programming perfect fit for educational journey

Health Information Administration student from the College of Business and Information Systems Danielle Stevens appreciates the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of earning a degree online. Stevens works full-time and is raising three children as she earns her degree.

Dakota State student photographer

May 17, 2021

Photo club snaps headshots

The staff of Madison Regional Health Systems received the 2021 Champions of Healthcare Award. MRHF collaborated with DSU's Photo Club to take headshots of MRHS employees for a photomontage project.

Vanessa Polmateer

May 11, 2021

Distinctive Talent

Dakota State’s Native American Student Association (NASA) Club asked member Vanessa Polmateer to create an original artwork to highlight the issues of violence against Indigenous women.

Wayne Pauli

May 10, 2021

An Adventure Worth Staying For

Dr. Wayne Pauli came to DSU for the education, but stayed for the adventure. Over 20 years later, he's held various titles, taught a plethora of classes, and strives to create effective relationships with his students.

Ally Bright is student teaching in Minnesota. She will graduate from DSU this month with a teaching degree.

May 6, 2021

Dream. Believe. Care

Ally Bright is the 2020-2021 Koepsell Family Scholarship recipient. She can empathize with the Koepsell family; her mother was diagnosed with cancer when she was 4 and passed away when she was in 8th grade.

Cyberology Podcast

May 6, 2021

DSU launches Cyberology podcast

Dakota State University has launched a brand-new monthly podcast, Cyberology, about all things cyber and technology.

East Hall

May 5, 2021

Dakota State to be ‘mask optional’ beginning May 10

The South Dakota Board of Regents today announced plans to change to a “mask optional” in indoor and outdoor environments on Monday, May 10.

Marissa Fick

May 4, 2021

Fick finds home at DSU on campus and online

Marissa Fick, an online student majoring in business management, appreciates inclusiveness of campus for online students.

DSU student Spencer Sexton

May 4, 2021

Transformational Fellowship

DSU student Spencer Sexton is one of 15 students nationwide selected for the prestigious Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship program.

Dr. Josh Stroschein

May 3, 2021

Student blogs featured on ANY.RUN

Dakota State students will be able to benefit from a cooperation with ANY.RUN (an interactive online platform for detecting and investigating cyber threats).


Dr. Bramwell Brizendine (left) and Austin Babcock will be presenting research on jump-oriented programming at two international conferences in May.

April 30, 2021

Taking presentation skills to the next level

Presenting at international conferences takes public speaking skills to the next level. Graduate student Austin Babcock and DSU Professor Dr. Bramwell Brizendine are presenting at two international conferences.

Shadow casting sculptures

April 29, 2021

DSU student art on display at Washington Pavilion

DSU’s 3-D design students currently have their 3-D wire animals and wire spheres featured at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center now through June 19.

Flags down a walkway through campus

April 27, 2021

Honorable Students

Dakota State students were honored with a number of awards at the 2021 spring Honors Reception, held in a hybrid format on April 20, 2021.

Campus in the spring

April 27, 2021

Faculty awards announced at 2021 Honors Reception

Four Dakota State University faculty members received awards at the annual Honors Reception on April 20.

Campus in the spring

April 23, 2021

DSU celebrates 2021 longevity with reception

Dakota State University recognized 51 employees and five retirees for a combined 635 years of service to the state of South Dakota on Wednesday, April 21.


April 16, 2021

Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence is important to the future of our society. Cutting-edge programs and research opportunities help students become competitive in this field.

Dakota State University’s annual Giving Day

April 16, 2021

DSU Giving Day April 21

Dakota State University’s annual Giving Day is set for Wednesday, April 21. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000 and 250 donors/gifts for scholarships and programs.

DSU student  studying on a desk with laptop and papers.

April 16, 2021

Winners announced for DSU’s 1st Entrepreneurs Day

Winners were announced for Dakota State’s first-ever Entrepreneurs Day was April 10. Entrepreneurs Day coincided with the culmination of DSU’s 3rd annual business plan competition.

A statue of General Beadle sits on the DSU campus, in the shadow the building that bears his name, Beadle Hall.

April 15, 2021

DSU professor uncovers insight into former president’s past

General Beadle was an abolitionist, who spent time serving as a messenger for the underground railroad. Read more on General Beadle in Dr. Justin Blessinger's article, “South Dakota's Civil War Veterans - General William H.H. Beadle: Rider for the Underground Railroad.”

Angela Behrends teaching an art class.

April 14, 2021

Cultivating Creativity

Assistant Professor of Art Angela Behrends uses her experience as an artist to show her students they have creativity, and everyone can make art.

Dr. Ben Young recently published his first book “Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World” through Stanford University Press.

April 14, 2021

Ben Young publishes book on North Korea with Stanford Press

Dr. Ben Young recently published his first book “Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World” through Stanford University Press.

Laura Biagi graduated with a BSE in Elementary Education in 2011.

April 8, 2021

Biagi thankful for Elementary Education experience at DSU

After graduating with a BSE in Elementary Education in 2011, Laura Biagi embarked on her teaching career. Now, she teaches fourth grade at Chester Area School in Chester, SD.


Photo 1: “Plaid Grass” by Angela Behrends. Photo 2: “Surreal Door” by Tom Jones. Photo 3: “Umphalos; with Portals Open” by Alan Montgomery.

March 31, 2021

Three DSU faculty selected for SD Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Angela Behrends, Tom Jones, and Alan Montgomery! These 3 faculty members have artwork in the Governor’s 9th Biennial Art Exhibition. The exhibition will travel to 4 venues across South Dakota.

Server and networking cables

March 30, 2021

AI degrees coming to DSU

Dakota State will be the only public university in South Dakota to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Artificial Intelligence. We are also planning a BS for AI in Business degree.

Students walking on DSU campus

March 30, 2021

DSU Cyber Academy approved with Southern Hills school consortium

The Cyber Academy with the Southern Hills Education Consortium will help us reach out to high school students West River to advance their education with bachelor’s degrees!

Mary Francis publishes book on Open Educational Resources

March 23, 2021

Mary Francis publishes book on Open Educational Resources

Mary Francis recently had a book on Open Educational Resources (OER) published through the College Library Information on Policy and Practice (CLIPP) publishing program.

The Math Practice Standards

March 22, 2021

Mentoring Mathematicians

Kevin Smith and two of his students are providing math mentorship to Harrisburg 5th graders. This collaboration is enriching the learning experience of DSU students and a group of burgeoning mathematicians.

For Jessica Dawson, the MSET program has allowed her to earn a master's degree while teaching full-time.

March 18, 2021

Dawson follows dream to become an educational leader

Jessica Dawson knew the MSET program would be the next step in following her dream to become an educational leader. Now, she's achieving that dream while teaching fifth-grade math at the Madison Elementary School.

General Beadle statue in the snowfall.

March 17, 2021

Plans are to return to normal settings for Fall 21

Dakota State University is planning to return to a more normal academic setting for Fall 2021. DSU joins the other state regental institutions in this aim.

Dr. Andrew Sathoff and Jenni Giles showcased Jenni’s alfalfa research at the State Capitol.

March 16, 2021

Giles shares alfalfa research poster at Capitol

Congratulations to Jenni Giles for presenting her research poster on the alfalfa pathogen Pythium at the Capitol! Learn about her ongoing research and how it started through a partnership with Mustang Seeds Inc.

Kalee Crandall has begun her PhDIS education journey at Dakota State, while working fulltime and raising a family.

March 9, 2021

Advance your career with PhDIS

A PhD in Information Systems can help you utilize data to drive your career. Online student Kalee Crandall is currently earning her PhD in IS to help impact the way technology is designed for non-technical fields like school counseling in the future.

Matt Paulson, DSU alum and Founder of MarketBeat wins Philanthropist of the Year award.

March 9, 2021

Paulsons named Philanthropists of Year

Congratulations to our 2020 Philanthropists of the Year the Paulsons! Matt is a DSU alum, entrepreneur, founder of, supporter of DSU, and more.

DSU campus landscape with daisies

March 2, 2021

TriBeta chapter coming to DSU

Dakota State science students have new opportunities through an honor society Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta). TriBeta is for students, particularly undergraduate students, who are dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study.

DSU Gala attendant bidding on auction item.

March 1, 2021

DSU Alum Tony Nour knows the impact of scholarships

South Dakota native and 2003 DSU alum Tony Nour was a recipient of multiple scholarships when he attended Dakota State University. He now gives back to provide opportunities for others.


Still image from Pete Hoesing's documentary ‘Birth of an Ancestor’

February 24, 2021

Hoesing releases documentary ‘Birth of an Ancestor’

“Birth of an Ancestor” a documentary film by @kigoziPeter about songs of death and social responsibility in eastern Uganda recently earned silver at a juried film festival – Spotlight Documentary Film Awards.

The spring 2021 SBS/Gamewell Family Scholarship recipients include: Kinsey Pickering (back left), Gillian Morris, Kanthi Narukonda, Katie Shuck, and Michael Fahnlander. Also pictured are Dr. Pam Rowland, Julia Miller and Jon Waldman of SBS, and Dr. Ashley Podhradsky. Rowland and Podhradsky are co-founders of CybHER.

February 24, 2021

Five receive SBS/Gamewell scholarship

Workforce diversity was an active passion for late SBS Cybersecurity CEO Aaron Gamewell, evidenced through the SBS CyberSecurity and Gamewell Family Endowed Scholarship. This spring five students from diverse groups received the scholarship.

Tamara Deutz

February 18, 2021

DSU Alumna Tamara Deutz Promoted to Partner in Training for Hoffman & Brobst, PLLP

Tamara Deutz has always had a love for the accounting world. and since graduating from DSU in 2006, she's gained valuable experience in tax and audit areas. Now, she's now made Partner in Training at Hoffman & Brobst and will become a full equity partner of the practice in 2022.

DSU student creating business plan on campus.

February 16, 2021

Benefits from DSU business plan competition to expand

Area institutions have been invited to join in the third annual business plan competition at DSU. Throughout the competition, students see every aspect of business development.

Katherine Cota, Director of Economic Development at DSU.

February 12, 2021

Katherine Cota announced as Director of Economic Development

Katherine Cota started her first business when she was 12 years old. Now, she's the Director of Economic Development. Her vision? Help DSU students realize that entrepreneurship is an option for post-graduate careers.

Mostafa Haque has a goal to advance his game design career to the next level.

February 4, 2021

Game Plan for Success

Mostafa Haque ’16 is using his Dakota State education to reach new goals in his computer game design career.

Gabe Lamb chosen for Space Force

February 2, 2021

Gabe Lamb chosen for Space Force

Cyber Ops major Gabe Lamb wants to be part of the solution to keep space safe. He’ll get that chance, after being 1 of 7 Air Force ROTC cadets in the nation chosen as a member of the @SpaceForceDoD Cyber Warfare Operations division.


Dr. Renae Spohn started out her career earning her associate degree in Health Information Technology at DSU, now she’s directing the entire HIM program.

January 29, 2021

Renae Spohn's DSU journey

Health Information Management veteran Dr. Renae Spohn earned her associate and bachelor degree from Dakota State in the ‘80s, now she is director of the HIM programs and coordinator of MSHIIM program.

Austen King (left), Antonio Lansang, Tarek Abdelmotaleb, and Stuart Kershaw (not pictured) are winners in the first Dean’s Cup.

January 27, 2021

Dean’s Cup keeps students engaged over break

Motivated students are knowledgeable students. To motivate students over the holiday break, Beacom College students were able to participate in a new Dean’s Cup Competition.

List of honor students with a background of DSU campus

January 19, 2021

2020 Fall Honors List Released

A total of 572 full-time and 173 part-time students qualified for the President’s Academic Honors list for the 2020 fall semester at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D.

Dr. Justin Blessinger has received a provisional patent for an assistive technology device for people in powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters. This is DSU’s first patent.

January 19, 2021

First patent granted at Dakota State

Dr. Justin Blessinger’s development of an assistive technology device has resulted in DSU’s first provisional patent! This device allows users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters to conveniently power devices such as cell phones, increasing their dignity and independence.

Alexis Kulm (back row, left), Nicholas Gourley, Michael Fahnlander, Annabelle Klosterman; Abigail Witt (front row, left) Kinsey Pickering, and Janessa Palmieri.

January 14, 2021

Peraton partners with CybHER

Peraton is proud to partner with Dakota State University, which has developed strong cyber academic programs and built a state-of-the-art research and development center.

Slate board donated to Kennedy Hall.

January 11, 2021

Slate board comes home to Kennedy Hall

Teachers have influenced generations of students, using whatever technology was available to them. Today that is cyber; in the early days of DSU it was slate boards. A new “old school” display of a slate board from the original Kennedy Hall will show students what tools their predecessors used for teaching.

Naomi Vonkeman is a graphic design student and Trojan Ambassador at DSU graduating in May 2022.

January 5, 2021

Campus comradery

Graphic design student Naomi Vonkeman loves that DSU’s size allows her to meet and befriend so many people.

 Go Baby Go car

January 4, 2021

‘Go Baby Go’ car gives child gift of accessibility

DSU helped create magic for a child this December, through a partnership with DSU, CybHER, and LifeScape. Students adapted an electric car to fit the needs of the child, providing accessibility, usefulness, and fun.