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2022

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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.

Jaacks-Family

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.

USCyberTeam3rdPlace

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.

May

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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.

Randy-FalconPlastics

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.

CybHER-Action

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.

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

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.

April

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David De Jong named new Education Dean at Dakota State

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.

March

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.

February

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.

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.

January

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.

AshleyPodhradsky-MissionUnstoppable

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.

Torsden-Research

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.