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2. Tate Mohlenkamp during the filming of “The Tall”

December 30, 2021

Students create new film ‘The Tall’

Max Hardyk and Tate Mohlenkamp utilize an SRI grant to make the film “The Tall” and bring light to the film program at Dakota State.


December 29, 2021

DSU alumna featured in AWS recruiting video

Karen Hildebrand is using her DSU education to break down barriers in agriculture as the Worldwide Technology Leader for the Agriculture Industry at Amazon Web Services.


December 22, 2021

Creating her future

Shay Huss: Creating her future. An interest in psychology and computer science led Shay Huss to Dakota State University and the Cyber Leadership and Intelligence (CLI) degree program.

Dr. David Zeng and several DSU students, are working with business data to help an area company.

December 21, 2021

Grant benefits business, university, students

College is not just about classroom learning, it’s also about applying that knowledge to the professional environment. A new grant to Dr. David Zeng and his team will help students use their education for a real-life application, and help an area business in the process. Congratulations to Dr. Zeng and the team!

Miss Alabama Lauren Bradford

December 16, 2021

Miss Alabama wins Miss America writing competition

The Miss America Organization and The Miss America Foundation have announced the 2022 scholarship award winner for The Dakota State University and The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences STEM Scholarship. She is Miss Alabama, Lauren Bradford.

Aleona Lund

December 15, 2021

Inspired Influencer

Aleona Lund uses her creativity and the lessons she’s learned at DSU to inspire others and work as a social media influencer.

Nathan Ord enjoys being involved on campus.

December 10, 2021

Driven: in and out of the classroom

Student Senate President Nathan Ord encourages students to get involved with campus activities for fun and experience.

DSU faculty Shawn Zwach, Mike Ham, and Kyle Cronin foster new ideas and see different approaches to teaching by attending academic conferences.

December 9, 2021

DSU faculty invited to international conference

Dr. Bramwell Brizendine, Assistant Professor Computer and Cyber Sciences, received an invitation to speak at a new international cybersecurity conference, @Hack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

DSU/Beacom College STEM Scholarship winner Simone Esters at the 2019 Miss America Competition.

December 9, 2021

DSU partners with Miss America for 2nd year

Dakota State University (DSU) will again offer a scholarship opportunity to one of the 51 contestants at the 2022 Miss America (MAO) Competition, held Dec. 12-16 in Connecticut.

Alexis VanderWilt

December 8, 2021

DSU grad knows ‘Dreams can change’

Dreams can change, so don’t be afraid to try new things. That’s the advice of Alexis VanderWilt, the student speaker at DSU’s fall commencement on Dec. 11. Alexis is one of 161 students graduating this fall!

Randy Schaefer

December 7, 2021

Schaefer named commencement speaker

“Trust yourself.” That’s the message this fall’s commencement speaker, alumnus, and former Regent Randy Schaefer, will share at the December 11 event.

Riders with the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Rid

December 7, 2021

Remembrance and Reconciliation

Riders with the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride are stopping in Madison on December 14, part of their annual journey across South Dakota and Minnesota.

Dan Crisler ’13 shows a recent byline in the Omaha World-Herald.

December 3, 2021

English grad is total-package journalist

DSU is not a traditional journalism school, but graduates of the English program have a diverse enough education to make excellent reporters, like Dan Crisler, business and education reporter with the Omaha World-Herald.

Madison Native Tom Nielsen joins the DSU Foundation

December 3, 2021

Tom Nielsen Returns to Dakota State

Dakota State University welcomes back Tom Nielsen to Institutional Advancement as Associate Director of Alumni & External Engagement.

DSU faculty Shawn Zwach, Mike Ham, and Kyle Cronin foster new ideas and see different approaches to teaching by attending academic conferences.

December 2, 2021

Academic conferences foster new ideas

Academic conferences foster new ideas and different approaches for faculty like Kyle Cronin, Mike Ham, and Shawn Zwach. By attending and presenting at conferences, faculty can improve tools used in the classroom.


 Dr. Tyler Flaagan, Assistant Professor of Computer and Cyber Sciences in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

November 30, 2021

Tyler Flaagan donates to Toys for Tots

Tyler Flaagan’s interest in 3D printing will help warm children’s hearts for the holidays. He created 3D printed train engines to be part of the @ic3dprinters @toysfortots drive for 2021. The overall program goal is to create over 50,000 toys for children in need.

Dr. Andrew Sathoff (left) is mentoring Jenni Giles through her alfalfa research.

November 29, 2021

Understanding alfalfa

Jenni Giles received her second Student Research Initiative (SRI) grant to continue research on Pythium, an alfalfa pathogen, in South Dakota soils.

DeVonté Garcia

November 23, 2021

DeVonté Garcia joins DSU Foundation

Dakota State University welcomes DeVonté Garcia to Institutional Advancement as their newest Assistant Director of Development.

Trojan football players at the historic Boot Hill Bowl game

November 22, 2021

“The Big Play”

It's been 50 years since the historic Boot Hill Bowl game. Darwin Robinson’s 80-yard catch with a little over five minutes left at the Boot Hill Bowl game on Dec. 4, 1971 was a historic comeback 23-20 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State of Alva, OK.

America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) members

November 22, 2021

Making it Mobile

Gabe Simao will be working on converting the game 3 O’clock Horror (currently available for play on Steam) to a mobile game as part of his SRI grant.

Jakob Kaiser (right) is researching hotel safes, with faculty mentor Andrew Kramer. This is one of eleven undergraduate Student Research Initiative grant projects funded this academic year.

November 18, 2021

Differentiating Research Skills

Undergraduate research provides unique and differentiating skills for students. Dakota State encourages this experience by offering Student Research Initiative grants. Jakob Kaiser, a junior Cyber Operations major, is researching hotel safes with his project.

Emily Wollmann

November 18, 2021

Emily Wollmann joins DSU Foundation

Dakota State University welcomes Emily Wollmann to Institutional Advancement as Foundation Records and Support Specialist.

Mi Scusi and 3 O clock Horror are available for download and play.

November 17, 2021

DSU students add their games to Steam website

There are currently two different games on the online gaming platform Steam that have been designed by Dakota State University game design students. Mi Scusi and 3 O’clock Horror are available for download and play.

Dakota State University Esports athlete playing League of Legends

November 17, 2021

DSU Esports program to host Midwest Invitational

Dakota State University Esports is hosting a Midwest Invitational on Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21. It will feature collegiate gameplay in VALORANT and League of Legends, with open to the public, pay-to-play fighting games tournaments.

Dr. Andrew Sathoff advises his research students to make a little progress every day. That momentum builds into publishable work.

November 17, 2021

Students benefit from publication process

With daily progress researching Aphanomyces (or root rot) in alfalfa over two summers, Dakota State University students Jennifer Giles and Conner Tordsen have gathered enough data and information to submit an article to the journal “Plant Disease.”

Native American flags displayed at the Trojan Center

November 15, 2021

Native American heritage events planned at DSU

November is Native American Heritage Month, and DSU’s Native American Student Association Club (NASA) has several events planned for the observance. DSU students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to attend any or all of these events, which bring awareness to the importance of Native Heritage.

DSU’s CPTC team qualifies for the global championship in January. Team members include: Faculty Coach Tyler Flaagan (back left), Austen King, Shane Donahue, Nathan Ord; Cody Mayer (front left), Jacob Hince, and Chirawat “Kim” Yooyuenyong.

November 9, 2021

Collegiate Pen Testing is real-world experience

DSU students excel at real workforce skills. Case in point: our penetration testing CPTC team is headed to the global finals in January. Their skills are exactly what companies are looking for in junior penetration testing roles. Congratulations, Team!

America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) members

November 5, 2021

Dakota State hosts annual PBL fall leadership conference

Dakota State is hosting the second annual Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) State Leadership Conference.

Alexis Kulm and Annabelle Klosterman

November 3, 2021

Two students chosen as scholars at national conference

Annabelle Klosterman and Alexis Kulm, two Dakota State University students have been chosen as security scholars for the upcoming national RSA Conference.

Dakota State University research staff working in the MadLabs building.

November 2, 2021

DSU to host information meeting on FAST Launch

Dakota State University and South Dakota Biotech will introduce the new FAST Launch entrepreneurial program at an informational meeting in Madison on November 9.

TJ Nissen

November 2, 2021

How to build a gaming empire

For Global Entrepreneurship Week, Dakota State is hosting TJ Nissen, developer of Network Nirvana. He will speak about his trek “From the bedroom to the boardroom: my journey to create a gaming empire”.

Josh Pauley, a business marketing student.

November 1, 2021

Applying classroom experience to an internship

Josh Pauley is utilizing classroom lessons at his marketing management internship at Ramsdell F&M.


DSU’s student and professor in class

October 27, 2021

Heartland supports scholarship investment

Heartland Consumers Power District is sponsoring a $1.5 million gift to Dakota State University to primarily be used for scholarships over a 10-year period.

These students are the Fall 2021 SBS/Gamewell Scholarship winners: (front, left) Kinsey Pickering, Annabelle Klosterman, Abigail Bushee; Chad Knutson, SBS (back left), Katie Shuck, Janessa Palmieri, Kanthi Narukonda, Jon Waldman of SBS.

October 27, 2021

SBS/Gamewell Family Scholarship motivates students

There is no question that the SBS CyberSecurity, LLC/Gamewell Family Scholarship helps Dakota State students with school fees and tuition, but the funding is also a motivation, say this semester’s recipients.

East Hall

October 27, 2021

East Hall Open House Nov. 2

An open house of East Hall for the campus and Madison community will take place on Tuesday, November 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Marie Johnson is a True Trojan, whose goal is customer service.

October 25, 2021

“How may I help you?”

Marie Johnson is a True Trojan, quite literally. She was honored with a True Trojan Hexagon Award this fall, as the 2021 Career Service Association Outstanding Contributor.

Cody Welu designs Halloween and Christmas light displays to music. People watching the show could go to the display’s webpage, madlights.net, and request which song on the playlist they wanted to see.

October 25, 2021

Real-world examples provide ‘illuminating’ education

Cody Welu designs Halloween and Christmas light displays to music. People watching the show could go to the display’s webpage, madlights.net, and request which song on the playlist they wanted to see.

Karl E. Mundt Library

October 22, 2021

Karl E. Mundt Oral Interpretation Tournament

The 38th annual Karl E. Mundt Dakota Invitational Oral Interpretation Tournament will be at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D.

Dr. Bradley J. Birzer, Professor of History and the Russel Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College (MI).

October 22, 2021

DSU begins new Forum on History and Ethics

Dakota State University hosted its first-ever Forum on History and Ethics on October 21. The forum is a new venture for the university, which is best known for incorporating technology into all majors.

The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences

October 21, 2021

Four DSU students on national Cyber Games team

Four DSU students/alumni are among 25 who have been named to the U.S. Cyber Games™ team that will compete internationally in 2022. The team members’ gaming competition skills will apply to real-world problems and challenges in the workforce.

Fall landscape of DSU campus

October 19, 2021

Hetherington group & DSU announce new osint academy

Dakota State University and Hetherington Group are proud to announce the commencement of OSINT Academy–a collaborative cybersecurity training initiative funded by the National Security Agency.

 Dr. Kurt Kemper

October 19, 2021

Walk Softly

Angela Behrends’ collaborative piece “Walk Softly” has been acquired by the Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center for its permanent collection.

Jacob Hince, Austen King, and Shane Donahue won the Capture the Flag competition at this year’s Wild West Hackin’ Fest. Not pictured is Gaelin Shupe

October 15, 2021

DSU students win at Capture the Flag

There are no downsides to a Capture the Flag competition. Students reinforce classroom knowledge, develop new skills, and when they are hired by businesses, those companies benefit. DSU students are big advocates – and big winners – in CTF competitions.

Bre Baltzer

October 15, 2021

Bre Baltzer joins DSU Foundation

Dakota State University welcomes Bre Baltzer to Institutional Advancement as Director of Strategic Initiatives.

DSU Library Director Jan Brue Enright

October 14, 2021

Jan Enright named Librarian of the Year

DSU Library Director Jan Brue Enright has been named South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) Librarian of the Year for 2021.

 Dr. Kurt Kemper

October 14, 2021

Kemper book reading October 21

The Karl Mundt Library is hosting an author event for Dr. Kurt Kemper on the afternoon of Thursday, October 21. Kemper, Professor of History, will be reading from his 2020 book “Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball.”

DSU’s 2021-2022 CyberCorps cohort: Evan Slominski (back left), Janessa Palmieri, Jacob Hince; Nathan Ord (row two, left) Austen King, Chirawat Yooyuenyong; Gib Elder (front left), Nick Sandison, Evan Watson, Ethan Havard. Not pictured, Nicholas Handberg.

October 5, 2021

DSU announces new CyberCorps cohort

DSU’s 11 new CyberCorps students should put this scholarship award prominently on their résumés because it shows they are at the top of their class. This scholarship for service program began at DSU in 2011 and has supported 113 students with their education.

DSU’s CySP students walking around campus.

October 4, 2021

DSU students win CySP scholarships

Two Dakota State University students have been awarded scholarships from the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (DoD CySP).

DSU’s CySP students walking around campus.

October 4, 2021

Bousquet receives $10K Google scholarship

Keinen Bousquet, a DSU Computer Science student, is one of eight student veterans in the country awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Google/Student Veterans of America.



Bousquet receives $10K Google scholarship

Dakota State University welcomes Logan Wagner to Institutional Advancement as Assistant Director of Development for Athletics.

September 30, 2021

Wagner joins DSU Foundation

Dakota State University welcomes Logan Wagner to Institutional Advancement as Assistant Director of Development for Athletics.

Alumni Randy and Theresa Schaefer were the 2021 Homecoming parade marshals.

September 29, 2021

Schaefers see good things in DSU’s past, present, and future

Alumni Randy and Theresa Schaefer credit DSU with all the good things in their lives, and are excited by the good things in DSU’s future.

Dr. Bhaskar Rimal and Dr. Yong Wang

September 27, 2021

DSU professors receive NSA Grant

Dr. Yong Wang and colleague Dr. Bhaskar Rimal have been awarded a National Security Agency grant for research work that takes place in the PATRIOT Lab, one of the divisions of the Madison Cyber Labs at DSU. They are co-directors of the lab.

DSU Science Center

September 24, 2021

DSU recognizes Outstanding Alumni

Five DSU alumni will be honored with the annual Outstanding Alumni Awards at the Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Lecture schedule

September 24, 2021

With Deep Roots, Foliage Thrives

In partnership with the Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia, Dakota State University’s Digital Arts and Design program are hosting a one-day virtual conference “With Deep Roots, Foliage Thrives” the forum of Across the Divide International Art and Design Education on September 30.

Dakota State University graduates with their families

September 24, 2021

DSU announces enrollment gains for Fall ‘21

Student enrollment at Dakota State University is up this fall, to 3,219 students. This is a 1.04% increase in headcount, compared to Fall 2020 enrollment when 3,186 students were taking classes with the Madison, S.D. university.

erman is a junior cyber operations major from Brandon, SD; she represented the Computer Club. McCrory is a junior Cyber Operations and Network and Security Administration major from Bemidji, Minn.; he is a representative of the Esports Club.

September 22, 2021

Homecoming royalty announced at DSU

Klosterman is a junior cyber operations major from Brandon, SD; she represented the Computer Club. McCrory is a junior Cyber Operations and Network and Security Administration major from Bemidji, Minn.; he is a representative of the Esports Club.

Student’s life altered by receiving a scholarship. DSU Giving Day is Thursday, Sept. 23.

September 20, 2021

Be the DSU difference

Student’s life altered by receiving a scholarship. DSU Giving Day is Thursday, Sept. 23.

Dawn Bonham, a DSU education alumna, recommends students believe in themselves to take advantage of opportunities.

September 13, 2021

Believing in yourself makes all the difference

Dawn Bonham is starting a new role in her 30th year of teaching. She recommends people believe in themselves to take advantage of new opportunities.

Linda and Dan Stewart appreciate farm life, through the artwork in their home, and in their lifestyle. Longtime ag producers in Lake County, will be recognized as the 2021 Ag Bowl Captains.

September 13, 2021

Stewart family named 2021 Ag Bowl Captains

Linda and Dan Stewart appreciate farm life, through the artwork in their home, and in their lifestyle. Longtime ag producers in Lake County, the Stewarts will be recognized as the 2021 Ag Bowl Captains at Dakota State on Sept. 18.

Amy Crissinger, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

September 10, 2021

Crissinger named VP for student affairs

Amy Crissinger has been named the permanent Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Dakota State University.

Dakota State students and staff attending the WiCyS conference are Dr. Ashley Podhradsky (back left), Annabelle Klosterman, Janessa Palmieri, Dr. Arica Kulm; Abigail Witt (front left) and Kanthi Narukonda. Not pictured are: Alexis Kulm, Katie Shuck, Kinsey Pickering, and Sara Stehlik.

September 9, 2021

Podhradsky to be keynote speaker at WiCyS

The 8th Annual WiCyS conference is being held on September 8-10, in Denver, and Podhradsky will address the entire group on Thursday evening. She will be introduced by Shannon Lietz, Vice President of the Vulnerability Labs at Adobe Systems, Inc.

Marietta Faszer enjoying her beach wheelchair. Photo courtesy of Ted and Marietta Faszer.

September 1, 2021

DSU AdapT Lab helps build beach wheelchair

Dr. Justin Blessinger and DSU AdapT Lab help worked with Ted and Marietta Faszer to create a beach wheelchair for Marietta Faszer to use.


Knowlton Excellence in Quality Award winners (l-to-r): Shawn Zwach, Kyle Korman, Andrew Kramer, and Tom Halverson. Not pictured is Chris Loutsch.

August 26, 2021

Help Night for Remote Learning earns Knowlton Award

A faculty and student team in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences won the annual Knowlton Excellence in Quality Award for their creation of Help Night for Remote Learning.

President Griffiths (right) introduces General Cyber to the Madison community at the August 17 Downtown in MadTown event.

August 26, 2021

Dakota State welcomes new mascot

Dakota State University Trojans have a new mascot, "General Cyber," or General Cy for short.

Jon Schemmel, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and CEO of the DSU Foundation and Alumni Association; Tammy Miller, Madison Regional Health System CEO; and President José-Marie Griffiths in front of the Dakota State sculpture.

August 24, 2021

Madison Regional Health System makes donation to DSU

Madison Regional Health System proudly supports Dakota State University’s initiatives for its students, facilities, and our region with a $100,000 yearly agreement for the next 10 years.

Dakota State University Admissions Team of the Year

August 24, 2021

DSU announces True Trojan award winners

Dakota State University has announced its annual True Trojan Hexagon Award winners.

 DSU Entrepreneurial Building and Paulson Cyber Incubator & Entrepreneurial Center

August 19, 2021

DSU Entrepreneurial Building and Paulson Center Opening

Dakota State University is celebrating the opening of the DSU Entrepreneurial Building and Paulson Cyber Incubator & Entrepreneurial Center (Paulson Center) with a program and reception.

Dakota State Madlabs building

August 18, 2021

Griffiths named to CNAS AI Task Force

DSU’s President José-Marie Griffiths, has been named as a member of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security.

Dr. Bhaskar Rimal

August 12, 2021

Cutting Edge Research

This is the right time, and DSU is the right place for cutting-edge, exciting technology research. Dr. Bhaskar Rimal talks about some of his work with Fog computing, 6G, and FiWi tech.

Completing the prescribed burn: Natalie assisted with completing a prescribed grass fire earlier this year.

August 11, 2021

Achieving a dream

Natalie Van Wyhe’s time attending DSU helped her achieve a lifelong goal of becoming a firefighter.

Shengjie Xu Assistant Professor of Computer & Cyber Sciences

August 11, 2021

DSU hosts JROTC Cyber Academy

Dakota State held a new cyber offering this summer, a Cyber Academy for Air Force Junior ROTC (JROTC) students.

Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Matthew Ingram

August 9, 2021

The learner’s journey

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Matthew Ingram earned a certificate in Effective Practice Framework from the Association of College and University Educators.

General Beadle statue with flowers

August 4, 2021

Researchers receive crime fighting grant

Researchers from four South Dakota public universities have received a five-year grant to understand and disrupt illegal criminal networks.

Alexis Kulm is a junior majoring in Cyber Operations.

August 4, 2021

GenCyber camp inspires enrollment at DSU

DSU’s GenCyber camp piqued Alexis Kulm’s interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) so much so that she decided to attend Dakota State University and major in cyber operations.

Research Experience for Undergraduates at DSU for the summer of 2021 include (back left): James Suh, Easton Hay, Jason Quick, Max Soto, Paolo Gentry, Rob Richardson, Dr. Bhaskar Rimal, Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Dr. Yong Wang; (front left) Alexis Kulm, Helen Chen, Sofia Crespo Maldonado, Katja Mathesius, Mark Elder, and Kaushik Ragothaman.

August 3, 2021

Summer research makes for meaningful opportunities

Ten Dakota State University students from across the country have had that experience this summer studying Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

DSU seal on one of the main pillars of the campus arch

August 2, 2021

Kiana Dowdell joins DSU Foundation

Dakota State University welcomes Kiana Dowdell to the Foundation and Alumni Association as director of prospect research and information management.


Mandy Parpart

July 29, 2021

Learning Leadership

Mandy Parpart strives to create opportunities for students to become better leaders, and encourage them to do more than they thought they could.

Dr. Bhaskar Rimal, an assistant professor of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University.

July 29, 2021

DSU to study electric vehicle charging

Dr. Bhaskar Rimal, an assistant professor of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Dakota State University, has received a $90,000 Competitive Research Grant (CRG) from the South Dakota Board of Regents to study new technology related to electric vehicles (EVs).

Sammy Drummond

July 28, 2021

Student researcher leaves mark on DSU

Recent graduate Sammy Drummond has made an impact at DSU, particularly in undergraduate research.

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky

July 28, 2021

DSU sponsors Miss America’s Outstanding Teen scholarship

Dakota State will offer a Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences scholarship in the 2021 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition, held the week of July 26 at Universal Studios Orlando.

Vinny Campbell

July 23, 2021

Designing Career Options

Vinny Campbell has developed his creativity as a student at DSU and looks forward to sharing his art with the world.

Young student engaged with robots at a CybHer event

July 20, 2021

First Bank & Trust donates to DSU’s CybHER program

First Bank & Trust donates $150,000 to allow outreach to more students through DSU’s CybHER program. The gift will create the CybHER Vault, cybersecurity lesson plans, outreach, and events.

Corben Leo, senior computer science major at Dakota State University

July 15, 2021

Corben Leo secures second win

Corben Leo is using his experience and computer science education to be successful in bug bounties. He has won Hack the Army two years in a row.

Jan Enright with the Library staff.

July 14, 2021

College library work is a ‘thrill’ for Enright

Whether she’s assisting students with information finding, or developing programming, Jan Brue Enright, director of the Karl E. Mundt Library, enjoys her career as a librarian.

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky

July 13, 2021

Podhradsky named VP for research at DSU

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky has been named the vice president for Research and Economic Development at Dakota State.

Pictured (l-to-r): Conner Tordsen and Travis Rebstock.

July 1, 2021

Alfalfa research continues at DSU

Three senior biology students under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Sathoff, assistant professor of biology, and with financial support from Mustang Seeds, are researching Pythium, a seedling disease that impacts alfalfa.



Alfalfa research continues at DSU

CybHer students working together at Dakota State University

June 30, 2021

AT&T continues to support CybHER initiatives

Partners on a shared mission! For 5 years, AT&T and CybHERGirls have been working together to spark interest in STEM for young girls, and boys as well! AT&T donated again in 2021.

CybHer students reviewing code on their laptops

June 30, 2021

DSU cybHER receives donation from accessdata

To help young people understand how important this is, AccessData, an Exterro company, has raised and donated $2,900 to CybHER.

Pictured: BOR Executive Director Brian Maher, BOR President John Bastian, Students Kanthi Narukonda and Janessa Palmieri, and DSU President José-Marie Griffiths

June 24, 2021

Students Earn Regents’ Recognition

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

Dakota State University graduates and professors

June 24, 2021

DSU maintains placement rates of 98% and 100% for 2020

Dakota State University graduates had high job placement numbers for 2020. The placement rates are 98% for undergraduate and 100% for graduate outcomes.

Student tutor reviewing work with other students

June 23, 2021

BOR approves new AI degree for organizations

The newly-approved AI degree at DSU will focus on business and organization's needs with artificial intelligence. Graduates will be “AI-aware” as they prepare for a workplace impacted by AI.

DSU fans in the athletic stands holding go blue signs

June 22, 2021

Dakota State University Invests in Forward Sioux Falls

Dakota State University has invested in the Forward Sioux Falls (FSF) 2026 campaign. Forward Sioux Falls is a group of business and civic leaders dedicated to expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life in Sioux Falls and the surrounding region.

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.”

George Blankley

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 gets featured

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.

Ashley Podhradsky statue in IF/Then Exhibit

May 17, 2021

Podhradsky statue in If/Then Exhibit

Our very own Ashley Podhradsky will be featured in the newest IF/THEN exhibit. More than 120 Ambassadors from 40 states will be featured as life-sized statues in one monumental exhibit aimed at raising awareness and inspiring young girls everywhere to consider pursuing careers in #STEM.

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

Blessinger uncovers 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

Stanford Press publishes Ben Young's book

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

3 faculty selected for 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

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 MarketBeat.com, 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 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

Director of economic development announced

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.