Dakota State University students walking around campus

Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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List of honor students with DSU Seal

January 10, 2023

2022 Fall Honors List Released

A total of 594 full-time and 195 part-time students qualified for the President’s Academic Honors list for the 2022 fall semester at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D.

Miss Days of '76 Callie Mueller photo credit belongs to Dakota Sky Stone

December 29, 2022

Rodeo Queen lessons apply to classroom

On July 25, Callie Mueller was crowned Miss Days of ’76 Rodeo Queen. Her role as Rodeo Queen is not dissimilar to her role as a student teacher in the classroom.

DSU Instructor Kindra Schneider

December 21, 2022

Kindra Schneider’s passion for teaching is contagious

Kindra Schneider started her career at DSU as an education student. After time in the workforce, both in and outside the education industry, she returned to DSU as an instructor.


December 20, 2022

Griffiths one of 50 influential women in AI

Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths has been named to the InspiredMinds! Community’s top 50 most influential women in 2022.

Travis Rebstock with his poster on alfalfa research at the World Alfalfa Congress

December 19, 2022

Rebstock only undergraduate presenter at World Alfalfa Congress

Travis Rebstock was the only undergraduate presenter at the World Alfalfa Congress in November in San Diego, Calif.


December 12, 2022

DSU to host final 38+2 Ride

Riders with the 38+2 Memorial Ride will be coming to Madison again this year on December 14. Leaders retiring at end of 2022 ride.


December 7, 2022

Krebs is Fall Commencement speaker at Dakota State

Shantel Krebs will be the fall commencement speaker at Dakota State University on December 10. Rollyn Samp to be awarded honorary degree.


December 7, 2022

Palmieri wants to be on cybersecurity ‘front lines’

DSU student commencement speaker demonstrates integrity . Janessa Palmieri doesn’t even hesitate to describe her dream job.

Christmas card designed by Lauryn Strand

December 6, 2022

Strand wins Omnitech Christmas card design contest

DSU student Lauryn Strand won the 2022 Omnitech Christmas card design contest.


December 5, 2022

Universities to form Innovation Alliance

DSU among 13 Colleges, Universities to form Innovation Alliance. Institutions are from Northern Plains, Rocky Mountain West area.



November 30, 2022

Opportunity in any language

No matter what language you use, student research is a huge opportunity.

Alan Montgomery's artwork

November 21, 2022

An artist's journey

In the fall of 2000, Montgomery joined the Dakota State University faculty. Since then, he’s continued teaching and sharing his art with the world.

Image of East Hall home of the College of Business and Information Systems

November 21, 2022

Project Management in Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems (CIS) focuses on solving business problems using practical applications of technology. In the project management specialization, students learn how to plan, develop, and execute information systems and technology projects in the business domain.


November 18, 2022

Homan named first Dean of the Governors Cyber Academy

Dr. Fenecia Homan has been named the inaugural Dean of the Governors Cyber Academy at Dakota State University. She will begin this position January 5, 2023.


November 17, 2022

MadLabs® design wins architectural awards

The Madison Cyber Labs’ (MadLabs®) design has been recognized by both the North and South Dakota chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


November 10, 2022

Russell Karim to speak at DSU

The world needs to inspire people to create better ways of doing things. To empower and support these individuals, the Global Entrepreneurship Network is hosting its 15th Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on November 14-20.


November 9, 2022

One good idea sparks another

Jacob Davie will be examining unsecured keystrokes for his first research experience at DSU, thanks to the university’s SRI grant program.


November 7, 2022

A celebration of games

The theme for Dakota State’s annual Nanocon is “Into the Frozen Wasteland,” but organizers expect anything but barren terrain at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse on Nov. 10-13.

Image of Trojan Field

November 7, 2022

Celebrate the final game at Trojan Field

Over 50 years of athletics on Trojan Field will come to an end with the final home game of the Trojan football season on Saturday, November 12.

Collin Knudson, SD Principal of the year for 2022

November 4, 2022

DSU alumnus Knudson named SD Principal of the Year

Collin Knudson, the high school principal of Tea Area High School for the past 10 years, was recognized as 2022’s South Dakota Principal of the Year.


November 2, 2022

Helping our Heroes

Austin Slaughter, DSU’s Veteran Affairs Director, helps student-veterans and their families utilize their education benefits towards a successful career.

Image of DSU campus in the fall

November 2, 2022

TriBeta to offer community outreach

Dakota State’s TriBeta Biology Honor Society will be providing community outreach on November 7 and 8 in Madison.


Science Center on DSU campus

October 25, 2022

South Dakota Academy of Science meeting hosted by DSU

Dakota State University is hosting the South Dakota Academy of Science annual meeting on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29.

Business student Kellan Benck

October 25, 2022

Digital accounting certificate adds to students’ skill sets

Digital accounting, which takes place through an electronic format, is now offered at DSU as a certificate, minor, and associate degree.


October 24, 2022

Scholarship offers freedom

Needs-based scholarships can make a difference for South Dakota students.


October 20, 2022

DSU fields 4 on U.S. Cyber Team Season II

Three DSU students were chosen for the U.S. Cyber Team Season II, which will compete internationally next summer in the International Cyber Games.


October 19, 2022

Dakota State researchers granted awards

Five Dakota State graduate students have been awarded in-house funding through the Graduate Research Initiative (GRI) program.

Campus photo of Beadle Hall

October 19, 2022

Karl Mundt Oral Interpretation Tournament is Saturday

The 39th annual Karl E. Mundt Dakota Invitational Oral Interpretation Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 22, at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D.


October 18, 2022

Cota wins SD Biotech award

Katherine Cota was presented with the Collaborator Award at the South Dakota Biotech Summit this month. Cota, the Director of Economic Development at Dakota State University, was chosen for the award due to her efforts with South Dakota FAST Launch and other shepherding programs critical to fostering talent and innovation for biotechnology in the state.

Kennedy Center in October 2022

October 17, 2022

School Sims provides safe learning opportunities

School Sims, an organization that provides a library of simulations, enables educators and aspiring educators to walk through different scenarios with options to choose from on how to respond.

A crowd gathers to celebrate raising over $250,000 on Day of Giving

October 17, 2022

DSU surpasses $250,000 goal on Day of Giving

The Dakota State University Foundation raised a total of $288,438 during last month’s Day of Giving, which raised scholarship dollars for DSU students.

DSU campus in the fall

October 17, 2022

Bottum to read from new collection of Poetry

Dr. Joseph Bottum will be reading from his brand-new collection of poems, “Spending the Winter,” on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in Karl Mundt Library room 201. The public is invited to attend.

Photo of the DSU Campus in fall

October 11, 2022

Undergraduate student research grants awarded

The Undergraduate Student Mentored Research Initiative (SRI) program gives students the chance to conduct research with a faculty mentor, giving them hands-on research experience.

Man gesturing with open arms

October 5, 2022

Window to the world

Gestures are small things that don’t last very long in a conversation, but they can be very important, said Dr. Matthew Ingram, Assistant Professor of Communication at Dakota State University.


Dakota State student-athlete Fane Sauvakacolo

September 30, 2022

Inspiring ambition

“It is always an amazing experience to run for my country,” said Dakota State student-athlete Fane Sauvakacolo.

Knights of the Kitchen Table game displayed on a STEAM Deck

September 30, 2022

New DSU student game on STEAM

A team of five students developed Knights of the Kitchen Table, which they describe as an action, adventure, hack, and slash game. It is a fully functional game available for purchase on the gaming platform STEAM.


September 27, 2022

Conference presentations are invaluable experiences

Opportunity important to professional growth Dakota State University students gain valuable knowledge in class, but through research and conference presentations, they learn to apply that knowledge and adapt them into career-ready skills.

Image of computer screen featuring escape room for Health Information Management programs

September 26, 2022

Spohn to present at CAHIIM Fall Festival

Dr. Renae Spohn will be speaking at the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Online Fall Festival 2022 Summit on Higher Education September 28-29.

Online Elementary Education/Special Education student Meg Turner

September 26, 2022

Turner’s life changed by DSU

Online student Meg Turner spent eight years in the Army, and was stationed in Sioux Falls, S.D., when she became a Trojan. Today, she is living in her home state of Texas where she is student teaching this fall.


September 23, 2022

Brian Kern named Trojan Days parade marshal

Madison businessman Brian Kern struggles with accolades. With his latest honor -- parade marshal for the Dakota State University Trojan Days parade -- he has decided to accept it as an honor and be thankful for that, he said.

image of Madison Cyber Labs

September 23, 2022

Outstanding alumni awarded at DSU

Dakota State University’s Alumni Association will be honoring winners of the annual Outstanding Alumni Awards at the Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 24.


September 20, 2022

DSU announces enrollment gains for Fall ‘22

Numbers rising across the board at Dakota State

Homecoming Court, (back left) Landan Hand, Jackson Heiberger, Nicholas Carlson, and Jonny Derenge, (front left) Alexandra Smith, Gwendolyn Vongkasemsiri, Tara Freeburg, and Irina Pecherskaia.

September 20, 2022

Homecoming royalty crowned at DSU

Jackson Heiberger and Gwendolyn Vongkasemsiri were crowned king and queen at Dakota State’s Sept. 19 coronation ceremony.

DSU alumna Lisa Olson is back to earn her elementary education degree

September 19, 2022

DSU alumna returns for new degree

After earning two degrees from Dakota State in 2007, Lisa Olson returned to DSU as an online student to earn her elementary education (ELED) degree in January 2020.

Dakota State University student and family on campus during family day

September 19, 2022

DSU to connect with prospective families

Dakota State has established the Trojan FamilyConnect online portal, for prospective families to stay connected with the University throughout the entire college experience.


September 15, 2022

DSU announces new CyberCorps cohort

Nine students have been named to the Dakota State CyberCorps program for 2022-2023.


September 15, 2022

DSU students receive DOD scholarships

Three Dakota State students are now part of the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program.


September 13, 2022

Student tutors certified with CRLA

The Trojan Tutoring Center helps students succeed through a variety of resources and certified tutors.

Paulson Center Building

September 9, 2022

DSU receives NSF funds for innovation

Dakota State is one of seven regional institutions named as a recipient of a $14 million Innovation Corps (I-Corps) grant.

Kaya Colwill received a $10k scholarship from Gen.G

September 8, 2022

Colwill receives $10k from Gen.G Foundation

DSU freshman esports athlete Kaya Colwill is one of 10 people in the nation awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Gen.G Foundation.

DSU alumna Stacy Van Overbeke

September 7, 2022

From paraprofessional to teacher

DSU College of Education graduate, Stacy Van Overbeke, has spent a lot of time in the classroom, first as an occupational therapy assistant, then as a paraprofessional, and now in her current position as a special education teacher.


September 2, 2022

Being Part of the Solution

DSU receives SBA grant to help businesses stay cyber secure. Just like everyone else, small businesses around the country face cybersecurity threats. This includes the almost 90,000 small businesses in the state of South Dakota.

Dr. Andrew Sathoff and student Alex Rachynska with the poster Rachynska shared at the National Plant Health 2022 conference

September 1, 2022

Rachynska youngest presenter at National Plant Conference

Sophomore Alex Rachynska was the youngest presenter at the Plant Health 2022 Conference in August in Pittsburgh, Pa. Rachynska shared alfalfa research she and fellow DSU students have conducted over the course of the school year and summer.



August 24, 2022

Knowlton Award presented for mental health library

An interdisciplinary team at Dakota State University has been awarded the 2021-2022 Doug Knowlton Excellence in Quality Award for their work creating a mental health library.

Team of the Year

August 24, 2022

True Trojans

Dakota State University has announced the 2022 True Trojan Award winners.

Carper Sweetcorn and Produce truck

August 23, 2022

Carpers named honorary captains for 2022 Ag Bowl

The Carper family's contributions to agriculture in the region have made them the perfect candidates to be the Honorary Dakota State University Ag Bowl Captains on Thursday, August 25.

Aaron Baker, Cyber Operations (BS) - '23.

August 19, 2022

Addressing today's problems

Aaron Baker’s passion for programming has grown into a passion for malware analysis. His research work in this field earned him an invitation to the Black Hat Arsenal this month.

Students in the Edge Learning Lab consortium brainstorm on project ideas at AI Sweden.

August 15, 2022

DSU on the cutting-edge of edge learning

Cutting-edge learning is quite literally taking place at DSU. This summer, students from AI Sweden and DSU began artificial intelligence research, part of an ongoing collaboration.

DSU Foundation staff poses for a photo

August 15, 2022

DSU Foundation has record-breaking year

Dakota State University continues to rise, with the DSU Foundation raising a record-setting $127.3 million for fiscal year 2022.

DSU alumna Terra Vennard

August 12, 2022

Vennard leads marketing at Silencer Central

Silencer Central is a rapidly growing business in Sioux Falls, and DSU alumna Terra Vennard is leading its marketing department.

Dr. Michael Roach shares presentation on how to start a business

August 1, 2022

Roach shares how to start a business

Dr. Michael Roach shared a presentation on how to start a business as part of the summer program Passport to Adulting, featuring virtual and in-person career workshops for attendees ages 14-24.



July 28, 2022

Undergrads research security of hospital devices

Patient care is a top priority for hospitals, and part of this involves the security of the medical devices used in those facilities.

PBL Advisor Yenling Chang with student club member Lucy Fods

July 28, 2022

DSU PBL Club finds success at nationals

In June, four Dakota State University students competed at the Phi-Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Chicago.


July 25, 2022

2021 Codebreaker Challenge accepted and solved

“Codebreaker Challenge is an awesome competition,” said Dakota State instructor Andrew Kramer, one that builds valuable real-world skills, and gives students a small taste of security work done by government agencies.


July 22, 2022

Podhradsky named to ERVA task force

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, has been named to a specialized task force for ERVA.


July 20, 2022

Paulson Center has business resources for every entrepreneur

No matter the life or career experience, the Paulson Center can help provide resources and advice to start a business, or businesses.


July 20, 2022

DSU GenCyber Camps are a family affair

Camping is a wildly popular summertime activity for many families, but the Neumans have put a distinctive twist on family camping this year.


July 19, 2022

Griffiths to take part in White House Summit

DSU President joins Cyber Workforce and Education Summit. The event will include roundtable discussions on three topics related to cyber-security jobs: cyber education; defense; and cyber workforce hiring.


July 14, 2022

Tech lessons for teachers

Middle School teacher Kayla Havrevold had a good technology foundation with her DSU degree, but wanted to learn even more about cybersecurity and technology, so she attended the 2022 GenCyber Teacher camp.


July 13, 2022

Endless possibilities’ to do good with research

DSU’s second provisional patent in two years proves there are ‘endless possibilities’ to do good at Dakota State. This is exciting news for students, faculty, and staff, who have the opportunity and resources to create novel technologies.

Left to right: Dr. Andrew Sathoff and student researchers Alex Rachynska, Travis Rebstock, Brandon Daniels, and Conner Tordsen.

July 6, 2022

DSU continues alfalfa research

A third summer of alfalfa research is underway at Dakota State University. This research is done in participation with the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).


Dakota State University arch on campus

June 29, 2022

Dakota State University Spring 2022 graduates

Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. celebrates spring 2022 graduates. The 262 graduates earned a total of 295 degrees, 18 associate degrees, 211 baccalaureate degrees, 33 master’s degrees and 11 earned doctoral degrees. Additionally, 19 undergraduate certificates and 3 graduate certificates were earned.

Attendees of the DSU Sutton Bay fundraising event

June 28, 2022

Record-breaking fundraising at DSU Sutton Bay event

In its second year, the DSU Sutton Bay event raised $393,000 in cash donations and pledges. This will be used for athletic scholarships.


June 23, 2022

Jaacks named new CIO at Dakota State

Shawn Jaacks has been named the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Dakota State University.


June 17, 2022

US Cyber team takes 3rd at international competition

The U.S. Cyber Team – which features three Dakota State University Trojans – won third place in the first-ever International Cybersecurity Challenge.

Dakota State University Campus

June 16, 2022

Two DSU students to compete at National PBL Conference

DSU students Lucy Fods and Cooper Vincent are traveling to Chicago to compete at the National Leadership Conference June 24-27.

Joshua Klosterman

June 9, 2022

Klosterman to compete at international Cyber Games

Dakota State alumnus Joshua Klosterman will be traveling to Athens, Greece as part of the U.S. Cyber Team to compete in the first International Cybersecurity Challenge.

Logan Stratton

June 9, 2022

Stratton to compete at international Cyber Games

Dakota State alumnus Logan Stratton is one of the 20 members of the U.S. Cyber Team traveling to Athens, Greece to compete in the first International Cybersecurity Challenge.

Austen King

June 9, 2022

King joins DSU alumni on US Cyber Team

Dakota State University student Austen King joins two DSU alumni as a member of the U.S. Cyber Team traveling to Athens, Greece to compete in the first International Cybersecurity Challenge.

DSU US Cyber Team

June 8, 2022

DSU students to compete on US Cyber Games team

Students from Dakota State are about to make history by competing in what has been called the Olympics of Cyber.

Archway at Dakota State University

June 8, 2022

DSU Gardening Club plants Giving Garden

A plot in the Madison Community Garden will help the DSU Cooking and Gardening Club supply potatoes for the DSU Food Bank and the Madison Food Bank this fall.

Image of Dakota State University campus

June 2, 2022

Regional eighth graders participate in JA Day

Seventy-six eighth-graders from Colman-Egan, Chester, Rutland, and Oldham-Ramona schools participated in Junior Achievement (JA) Day at Dakota State this spring.

DSU Donor Patrick Maroney

June 1, 2022

Maroney donates millions to Trojans Unite Campaign

Thanks to DSU alumnus Patrick Maroney, $7 million dollars have been donated to the athletics facilities for the Trojans Unite Comprehensive Campaign: Building Champions. He has donated an additional $1.5 million to scholarships as part of the Academic Success pillar of the campaign.



Maroney donates millions to Trojans Unite Campaign

Dr. Rebecca Hoey, our new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

May 31, 2022

Hoey named the new Provost at Dakota State

Dr. Rebecca Hoey will be the new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Dakota State University. Hoey’s experience includes many years at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, including serving as Dean of the Graduate School and Adult Learning.


May 25, 2022

Alum drives partnership with DSU facility, business

Alumnus Randy Morehouse was able to benefit the Community Center by facilitating an affordable option for new LifeFloor tiles at the aquatics area.


May 23, 2022

CybHER, AT&T take cyber education to SD Reservations

CybHER, AT&T take cyber education to SD Reservations

List of honor students with DSU Seal

May 23, 2022

2022 Spring Honors List Released

A total of 514 full-time and 191 part-time students qualified for the President’s Academic Honors list for the 2022 spring semester at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D.

Image of East Hall at Dakota State University in spring

May 19, 2022

Inspired to make an impact through research

Kruttika Sutrave enjoys research because she hopes to make people’s lives easier, even if it’s just a small improvement.

Image of Beadle Hall at DSU

May 19, 2022

Behrends’ artwork added to state’s permanent collection

Angela Behrends’ artwork “Buffaloed” has been accepted for the South Dakota Art for State Buildings program through the South Dakota Arts Council.

Bailey Belisario

May 18, 2022

Bailey Belisario to speak at Bitcoin Day

DSU alumnus Bailey Belisario is speaking at Bitcoin Day in Sioux Falls on Saturday, May 21. Belisario will be discussing his own journey with Bitcoin and Bitcoin in the education system.

Brenner Furlong

May 18, 2022

Brenner Furlong takes off on aviation career

Brenner Furlong ’22 was able to incorporate flight training in addition to his college degree, taking flight on a career he loves.

Image of Dakota State University campus

May 17, 2022

Delta Mu Delta inducts new members

The Dakota State chapter of Delta Mu Delta inducted new members this spring.

Mary Francis

May 16, 2022

Francis named Interim Director at Karl Mundt Library

Mary Francis has been named the interim Director of the Karl Mundt Library at Dakota State University. Current Director Jan Brue Enright is retiring this month.

The Kennedy Center at DSU, which houses the College of Education

May 9, 2022

DSU Virtual Teach Camp returns

Dakota State University’s Virtual Teach Camp returns on June 3. DSU Teach Camp is a one-day virtual conference with all sessions held via Zoom. It is open to all PK-12 teachers. The event is free, or $40 for participants who would like to receive one graduate credit.

Joel Wohnoutka, Interim Director of the Madison Applied Research Laboratory at Dakota State University.

May 6, 2022

Interim director of applied research lab: Wohnoutka

Joel Wohnoutka has been named the Interim Director of the Madison Applied Research Laboratory at Dakota State University.

Isabel Small

May 6, 2022

Student creates walker animation

Isabel Small created 2D animations of a robotic walker for Michael Bankowski, CEO and founder of Prosperous Home Health, a Sioux Falls-based organization.

Mariel Klosterman will be the Spring 2022 student commencement speaker.

May 4, 2022

Klosterman named student speaker for DSU Commencement

Mariel Klosterman will be sharing this advice with her fellow graduates at the Dakota State University spring commencement ceremony on May 7, as the student speaker.

Three DSU students sitting on the stairs in the Beacom Institute.

May 3, 2022

Griffiths to speak at World Summit AI Americas

We continue to “go global” with all things AI, this week at the World Summit AI Americas in Montreal, Canada, where President Griffiths is speaking on a panel discussion about the European Union’s artificial intelligence act. Ashley Podhradsky and Brent Van Aartsen are also attending the summit.

Deb Roach has been named the Vice President for Human Resources .

May 3, 2022

Roach named VP for Human Resources

Deb Roach has been named the Vice President for Human Resources at Dakota State University, effective immediately.

Dr. Richard Hanson

May 3, 2022

Hanson to talk about change at Spring Commencement

Dr. Richard Hanson has always been confident about the benefits of change through higher education.

Group of DSU staff and faculty gather to plant a tree on campus.

May 2, 2022

DSU celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting

DSU celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting. This is the seventh year the university was recognized as a Tree Campus USA.

Dr. David De Jong and family

May 2, 2022

David De Jong named new Education Dean at Dakota State

Dr. David De Jong has been named the new Dean of the College of Education at Dakota State University.


Film students touring the KELOLAND studio

April 29, 2022

Film students find experiences outside the classroom

This semester, juniors and seniors in the Dakota State film program have gained experience outside the classroom, touring news stations, assisting with the production of a late-night television show, and participating in film competitions.

DSU Madison Cyber Labs building

April 27, 2022

Dakota State joins international cyber consortium

Dakota State is going global with our efforts. We are now part of an international artificial intelligence cyber consortium, The Edge Learning Lab, with AI Sweden.

DSU team members include Annabelle Klosterman (left), Gaelin Shupe, Tyler Thomas, Jackson Heiberger, Shane Donahue, Cody Mayer, Austen King, and Jacob Hince.

April 27, 2022

DSU team places second at National CCDC

The Dakota State University team placed second in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) in San Antonio, Texas on April 21-22.

Four Dakota State University faculty members received awards at the annual Honors Reception on April 21.

April 26, 2022

Faculty awards announced at 2022 Honors Reception

Four Dakota State University faculty members received awards at the annual Honors Reception on April 21.

Three of the many students honored for their accomplishments at the Spring Honors Reception.

April 26, 2022

Honored Students

Dakota State students were honored with a number of awards at the 2022 spring Honors Reception, held April 21, 2022.

Kory Van Sickle, a social entrepreneur talked with attendees about entrepreneurship

April 26, 2022

2022 business plan competition winners

During Entrepreneurs Day in March, students in the high school and college divisions of the business plan competition were awarded places.

Rendering of the new DSU Athletics Events Center

April 26, 2022

DSU Athletics Events Center groundbreaking May 2

The public is invited to Dakota State University Foundation’s groundbreaking for the new Athletics Events Center on Monday, May 2 at 3 p.m. at Trojan Field.

Patti Beck, Coordinator of Academic Support Services

April 22, 2022

Here to Help

Patti Beck is here to help students succeed and is driven to find innovative ways to do this. As Coordinator of Academic Support Services, she has instituted new programs and pathways to help students move from thinking “I can’t do it” to “I can’t do it yet.”

image of DSU Science Center

April 21, 2022

TriBeta to host Careers in Science Speaker Series

Dakota State’s TriBeta Biology Honor Society is hosting a DSU Careers in Science Speaker Series on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Science Center Auditorium.

Image of the Kennedy Center at DSU

April 20, 2022

DSU Alumna Camrin Vaux wins Milken Award

Dakota State University 2006 alumna Camrin Vaux has won one of the highest honors in education, a Milken Educator Award.

DSU Campus landscape photo

April 19, 2022

Kim Wermers elected to the NACCU Board of Directors

Kim Wermers has been elected to the National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Team members for the national CCDC include: Jacob Hince (back left), Austen King, Shane Donahue, Jackson Heiberger; Gaelin Shupe (front left), Cody Mayer, Tyler Thomas, Annabelle Klosterman.

April 19, 2022

CCDC team heads to national competition

Eight Dakota State students are headed to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), taking place April 21-23 in San Antonio, TX, Throughout the 18 years the competition has taken place, a DSU team has been a finalist six times, including a second-place finish in 2013, and a third-place finish in 2018.

Girl Scouts from the Madison community working on a STEM project.

April 14, 2022

CybHER donates to Dakota Horizons STEM Mobile

CybHER, announced that CybHER would be donating five Wonder Workshop Dash robots for the Girl Scout's new STEM Mobile. This is a new traveling resource that can provide Girl Scouts with hands-on STEM activities, to introduce girls to STEM areas such as robotics, engineering, or cybersecurity.

Kati Larsen profile image

April 13, 2022

Larsen takes on leadership role in online advising group

Kati Larsen, an academic advisor with The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, has been named to a leadership position in Distance Advising for Online Education with the professional organization NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

Attendees of the annual scholarship fundraising event DSUnite

April 13, 2022

DSUnite raises over $329,000 for scholarships

The DSU Foundation raised a record-breaking $329,423 at DSUnite, Dakota State’s annual fundraising event.

An exhibition featuring work by Russ Nordman and Jody Boyer

April 11, 2022

New exhibition in First Bank & Trust Gallery

An exhibition featuring work by Russ Nordman and Jody Boyer will be on display in the First Bank & Trust Gallery on the Dakota State University campus through Thursday, May 14.

DSU students in the Beacom building on campus

April 6, 2022

Teams Capture the Flag at conference competitions

Diversity and experience bring success to DSU teams in the WiCyS Capture the Flag competitions. Congratulations to our students on their first and second-place finishes at WiCyS!

DSU announces Trojans Unite Comprehensive Campaign

April 1, 2022

DSU announces Trojans Unite Comprehensive Campaign

Dakota State is launching the Trojans Unite Comprehensive Campaign (TUCC) with a fundraising goal of $250 million. Miles and Lisa Beacom, longtime Dakota State University supporters, will chair the campaign.


Dr. Arica Kulm, Director of Digital Forensics Services at Dakota State University.

March 28, 2022

State extends Project Boundary Fence funding

State extends Project Boundary Fence funding. Dr. Arica Kulm spearheads the project that provides preventative assessments for municipalities.

Rendering of the applied research lab in Sioux Falls, which is an expansion of such a facility in Madison.

March 24, 2022

DSU moves forward with cyber research initiative

Governor Kristi Noem signed SB 54 and SB 130 into law on March 24 at a bill signing ceremony in Sioux Falls.

Image from the 2021 DSU Gala

March 24, 2022

DSUnite scholarship fundraising event April 1

Dakota State University Foundation is hosting DSUnite, formerly known as The DSU Gala, its annual scholarship fundraising event.

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences building on campus

March 23, 2022

Making Remote Research Work

Six graduate students – all in different physical locations ¬– are gaining essential research experience through a remote research project. Their work could lead to an improvement in the security of IOT devices.

A winner from 2021 Entrepreneurs Day

March 22, 2022

Public invited to Entrepreneurs Day

The public is invited to the second annual Dakota State University Entrepreneurs Day on Friday, March 25. The event includes the annual business plan competition.

Image of East Hall at Dakota State University during winter

March 11, 2022

Researching CEO communication styles on social media

Through a Graduate Research Initiative (GRI) grant Giridhar Bojja is researching CEO communication styles on social media and how those styles may impact their businesses.

DSU student, part of the U.S. Cyber Command's Academic Engagement Network.

March 8, 2022

DSU becomes Academic Engagement Network Partner

Dakota State has a new distinction to report – we are now a partner with the U.S. Cyber Command’s Academic Engagement Network! This represents an investment in creating a robust pool of qualified cyber professionals.

Austen King and Nathan Ord are learning about the research process, with help from faculty mentor Dr. Tyler Flaagan.

March 8, 2022

Research experience provides versatile skills

Two Cyber Operations majors, Austen King and Nathan Ord are discovering that research is quite a learning process, but it provides versatile skills college students – and industry professionals – need.

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences building on campus

March 7, 2022

Fulfilling Research

Tanner Lange has received a Student Research Initiative grant to investigate ways to help law enforcement use OSINT in online child exploitation investigations. This research can help law enforcement, and lead to a fulfilling career.

Winter on campus, snow laden evergreen tree

March 7, 2022

The Deposit of Faith

‘The Deposit of Faith: Why 2,000 years of art, architecture and thought matter’ and will feature Dr. Joseph Bottum, Director of the Classics Institute at Dakota State University.

Campus sunrise

March 4, 2022

DSU recognizes 51 long-time employees

Perseverance. Commitment. Performance. These are the qualities exhibited by 51 Dakota State employees who were honored at the annual Longevity Reception. Together, they represent 535 years of service!

Image of Dakota State University campus

March 3, 2022

DSU faculty and grad students present at DSS Conference

College of BIS faculty and graduate students attended SDSU's Data Science Symposium. They networked, learned from their peers in the industry, and presented their own research.


The Athletics Events Center is phase 1 of a three-phase athletics complex plan. It includes an upgraded football stadium, relocated track and new soccer stadium, office space, and shared meeting space, as well as classrooms

February 28, 2022

$45 million raised for DSU Athletics facilities

Dakota State is building champions with $45 million raised for the new athletics facilities. This will be transformative for DSU and the Madison community.

Image of Karl Mundt Library

February 23, 2022

Mental health collection added to Mundt Library

The DSU Counseling Center and Karl Mundt Library have partnered to provide a mental health library for students and staff. They utilized COVID funds to create the mental health library.

Katelyn Hoppe and Grant Svikulis love each other, sports, and DSU. Together they transferred to Dakota State and are majoring in exercise science.

February 14, 2022

Better together at DSU

When Katelyn Hoppe and Grant Svikulis first met at Williston State College in North Dakota, it was their love of sports that brought them together.

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky (right) poses with her family with her life-size statue,  which will be featured at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. for Women’s Futures Month.

February 14, 2022

Podhradsky statue featured at Smithsonian

A life-size statue of Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is one of 120 featured at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., for Women’s History Month in March. Podhradsky is the Vice President for Research & Economic Development at Dakota State, and an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador.

Sascha Walker is learning marketable skills from his research project on fileless malware.

February 11, 2022

Developing New Skills

Sascha Walker is learning marketable skills from his research project on fileless malware. By learning about cyber offense, he can know about cyber defense, a bonus with potential employers.

East Hall

February 10, 2022

Griffiths named as advisor for national SCSP group

Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths has been named an expert advisor for the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP).

Set of three photos by Tom Jones

February 10, 2022

Photography by Jones featured in exhibition

Art Professor Tom Jones earned second place in the Brookings Arts Council’s annual photography exhibition in the black and white category.

Curtis Bentley (left) and Beth Heidemann are co-founders of Go2Science. They will speak about their entrepreneurial experience through a virtual presentation at DSU on Feb. 16.

February 8, 2022

Science entrepreneurs on ‘A Great Adventure’

For National Entrepreneur Week February 12-19, Dakota State is hosting a virtual presentation to highlight two of these individuals, Beth Heidemann and Curtis Bentley, who left successful teaching and scientific careers in 2017 to create a business called Go2Science.

Dr. Yenling Chang, Associate Professor of Finance

February 7, 2022

College of Business runs investment game for area high schools

The College of Business and Information Systems (BIS) hosted a South Dakota High School Investment Challenge for the fall 2021 semester.


Job Fair at Dakota State. DSU student getting information from employers at their booth.

January 27, 2022

DSU HR hosts job fair for campus openings

Dakota State University Human Resources department is hosting a job fair for available positions at DSU on Tuesday, February 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Karl Mundt Library.

DSU’s Applied Research Lab (ARL)

January 26, 2022

Dakota State announces $90M initiative

On Jan. 26, Dakota State University announced a $90 million initiative to grow the cyber-research industry in South Dakota. Dakota State is known for its nationally recognized programs in cybersecurity.

Lisa Leuning DSU Alumna 2002

January 24, 2022

Broad education has benefited alumna Lisa Leuning

Lisa Leuning learned about computer programming, design, marketing, and a lot more when she attended DSU.

DSU Campus winter scene

January 20, 2022

Incredible Impact

DSU doctoral student Lisa McKee is fearless, working to create new cyber defense industry standards that could have a global impact.

This most recent donation from Kern will help fund the multi-phase athletics complex for Dakota State. DSU is currently seeking legislative approval to build Phase I, a new athletics events center.

January 18, 2022

Kern’s $5 million legacy to keep DSU Rising

Local Madison businessman and longtime Trojan Athletics supporter Brian Kern has donated $5 million for the development and completion of a new athletics facility.

DSU student Tony Rizi demonstrates satellite contact during an outreach event at a school in Georgia.

January 17, 2022

Inspiring students through volunteer work

A DSU doctoral student’s volunteer work has inspired elementary students to learn about communications technology and resulted in an opportunity to speak with an astronaut on the International Space Station.


January 14, 2022

DSU featured on Jan. 15 CBS Dream Team show

Dakota State digital forensics expert Dr. Ashley Podhradsky will help unravel cell phones mysteries on the January 15 CBS Dream Team show “Mission Unstoppable” episode. 

Dr. Peter Hoesing

January 10, 2022

Hoesing publishes “Kusamira Music in Uganda” book

Research that began over 15 years ago has culminated in the publication of “Kusamira Music in Uganda: Spirit Mediumship and Ritual Healing,” by Dr. Peter Hoesing.


January 6, 2022

Tordsen evaluating biological control agents for SRI

Conner Tordsen continues his alfalfa research with a second SRI grant.

List of honor students with a background of DSU campus

January 6, 2022

2021 Fall Honors List Released

A total of 591 full-time and 188 part-time students qualified for the President’s Academic Honors list for the 2021 fall semester at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D.

Tarek Abdelmotaleb Ahmed is making the most of his DSU experience, from classes to research projects.

January 4, 2022

DSU education leads to research opportunities

Dakota State was an exact fit for Tarek Abdelmotaleb Ahmed, and he’s making the most of his education, taking classes in computer security, and participating in research opportunities to find ways to improve security.