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Morris and Palmieri attended as RSA Conference (RSAC) Security Scholars

May 22, 2023

A Seat at the Table

DSU students take seat at cybersecurity table

Screenshot of Agent 54, the film, from the LCA Club. It features a figure in the distance running toward the camera in snowy terrain.

May 19, 2023

DSU students earn accolades at film festival

Dakota State’s Lights Camera Action Club (LCA) earned multiple awards from the 54 Film Festival this spring, for their film Agent 54.

List of honor students with DSU Seal

May 17, 2023

2023 Spring Honors List Released

A total of 595 full-time and 205 part-time students qualified for the President’s Academic Honors list for the 2023 spring semester at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, S.D.

Stock image of hands holding a tablet with graphs and symbols over it surrounding the word teaching in a box.

May 16, 2023

Virtual Teach Camp returns May 30

Dakota State University’s virtual Teach Camp returns on Tuesday, May 30.

Image of Dakota State University campus looking at the Kennedy Center which houses the DSU College of Education

May 15, 2023

Teacher Apprenticeship Pathway accepting applications

Today, the South Dakota Department of Education distributed applications to its new Teacher Apprenticeship Pathway program to thousands of para-educators (paras) in all accredited school districts across the state.


May 9, 2023

Awards announced at 2023 Honors Reception

Four Dakota State University faculty members received awards at the annual Honors Reception on April 18.

Kevin Smith

May 9, 2023

Gamification in Education

As enrollment declines and online options proliferate, colleges and universities are hoping gamification will help boost student participation and engagement in classroom and campus activities.

Campus Student Leaders 22-23

May 8, 2023

Student Honors Awards 2022-2023

Student Honors Awards 2022-2023

Conner Tordsen prepares to throw at an outdoor track meet.

May 8, 2023

Tordsen’s final year of accomplishments

Extended eligibility due to COVID allowed Conner Tordsen (B.S. ’22) to return to DSU for the 2023 spring semester as a student-athlete in track & field and earn a third minor in business.

Image of East Hall on DSU's campus in spring

May 5, 2023

FBLA students to compete at nationals

Six DSU students will represent Dakota State University and the state of South Dakota at the national DSU FBLA-Collegiate competition.

Dr. David Kenley

May 4, 2023

DSU diploma is a Ticket to Ride

Dakota State University’s spring graduates will learn how their DSU diploma is a “ticket to ride,” in the commencement address from Dr. David Kenley.

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky Of Dakota State University

May 3, 2023

Women Reshaping The Cybersecurity Industry

Women Reshaping The Cybersecurity Industry: Dr. Ashley Podhradsky Of Dakota State University On The Five Things You Need To Create A Highly Successful Career In The Cybersecurity Industry

Jazlynn Pederson

May 3, 2023

The Power of ‘Yet’

Jazlynn Pederson has had an interesting journey in higher education.

Jonathan Lancelot is developing a graduate research project with his Tesla into a new company for object detection.

May 2, 2023

A business idea is born from a research project

Jonathan Lancelot is developing a graduate research project with his Tesla into a new company for object detection.

President Griffiths

May 2, 2023

The PLEXUSS Presidential Podcast

President Griffiths was a guest on The PLEXUSS Presidential Podcast


Justice Forster headshot

April 28, 2023

Forster to intern with FDIC

Justice Forster will spend 10 weeks of summer 2023 as an intern for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as part of the Financial Management Scholars Program.

President Griffiths

April 25, 2023

President Griffiths to be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame

President Griffiths to be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame

Photo of a sign reading Welcome to DSUnite presented by First PPREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard with an out of focus woman in the background.

April 24, 2023

DSUnite Shatters Fundraising Record

DSUnite raises over $500,000 for student scholarships at Dakota State University

A grey background with fresh groceries placed in a line down the center featuring nuts, tomatoes, a lemon, kiwi, green pepper, avocado, jar, broccoli, garlic, onions, mushrooms, and a carrot.

April 17, 2023

DAD students fundraise for Feeding South Dakota

Dakota State Digital Arts & Design (DAD) students and faculty are fundraising for Feeding South Dakota this Thursday, April 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Sundog Coffee.

Dakota State University and MarketBeat Partner to Reimagine  the Kirby Science Discovery Center’s Space and Technology Floor

April 14, 2023

DSU and MarketBeat Reimagine the Kirby Science Discovery Center

Dakota State University and MarketBeat Partner to Reimagine the Kirby Science Discovery Center’s Space and Technology Floor

Kelo AM Podcasts

April 14, 2023

DSU leaders busy telling DSU's story on KELO-AM podcasts

DSU leaders busy telling DSU's story on KELO-AM podcasts

NSA Codebreaker Challenge

April 13, 2023

‘Fun’ Codebreaker Challenge

The NSA’s annual Codebreaker Challenge is fun, but also a great way to put students’ skills to the test in a real-world simulation. About 100 DSU students took part in the 2022 event, placing DSU 7th in the national event. Four completed all the challenges.

DakotaCon 2023 Conquest Laptop

April 6, 2023

Students drive return of DakotaCon

DakotaCon was a wildly popular security conference hosted for many years at Dakota State.

Image of a hand holding a marker with drawings of brain, thought bubble, lightbulb, three people shapes in circles and a bullseye on top with a rocket, money bag, pie chart, and bar graph on the bottom

April 6, 2023

Business Pitch Competition winners

Several finalists competed virtually in the DSU Business Pitch Competition on Friday, March 31.

artificial intelligence

April 5, 2023

Can AI Tools Like ChatGPT Replace Computer Programmers?

Despite the fast-evolving capabilities of AI chatbots to write code as well as human language, many computer science educators see significant limits for these tools in accuracy, security and copyright infringement.

Dr. Vicki Sterling has been named to the Dakota State University Hall of Fame

April 5, 2023

Sterling named to DSU Academic Hall of Fame

Dr. Vicki Sterling has been named to the Dakota State University Hall of Fame for her innovation, research, and creativity in teaching literacy at DSU.


lit lightbulb held in a hand atop a desk.

March 27, 2023

Public invited to DSU’s annual Entrepreneurs Day

The public is invited to attend the third annual Dakota State University Entrepreneurs Day on Friday, March 31. The event will take place at Dakota Prairie Playhouse at 11:30 a.m.

Women's History Month Luncheon

March 22, 2023

DSU to host Women's History luncheon

DSU to host Women’s History luncheon. March 30 panel to discuss Domestic Violence.

Image of a right hand holding a pen touching the keyboard of a laptop and a left hand holding a phone with an overlay of graphs and numbers on the photo.

March 21, 2023

National data analytics competition at DSU

Five teams are competing in the final round of a data analytics competition at Dakota State. Sponsored by Capital Services, the event takes place on Wednesday, March 22.

Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP)

March 21, 2023

SCSP to lead NatSecTech event at Dakota State

DSU to host workshop on techno-economic competition. SCSP to lead NatSecTech event at Dakota State.

Research Week 2023

March 17, 2023

Research events planned at Dakota State

Research Week 2023 brings DSU research to the world, and the world to DSU with our keynote speaker.

headshot photo of Alison Logue.

March 14, 2023

Researching differentiated instruction in math

Differentiated instruction is Alison Logue’s research topic for the Student Research Initiative (SRI) grant she received for the 2022-23 school year.


March 13, 2023

Will AI Chatbots Raise Digital Equity Concerns for Students?

Some ed-tech experts say the need to close the digital divide will only grow more urgent as Internet-based artificial intelligence tools become commonplace in schools and universities.


March 13, 2023

Family Ties to Service

DSU student Connor Starrett was one of three area Air Force cadets chosen to attend an Air Force symposium. He is following in his family’s footsteps with a military career, and wants to do all he can to help other people through his service.


March 9, 2023

DSU recognizes 62 long-time employees

Dakota State University has recognized 62 employees for their dedication and commitment to the university at the annual Longevity Reception on March 1.

A black phone with blue pegs of varying heights that spell Ai on top of the phone in a 3D way.

March 8, 2023

Faculty presented workshop on technology competition with China

Two DSU faculty members presented a workshop titled “Huawei, 5G, and the China-US Technology Race: A NCTA Workshop for K-12 Educators” via Zoom on Tuesday evening, March 7.


March 3, 2023

Competition Skills

The DSU CCDC team is headed to the national competition in April after winning the At Large region. This experience gives students a variety of skills that are very applicable to the real world.


March 3, 2023

Podhradsky contributes to ERVA engineering report

The Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA), a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded initiative, released a report in February outlining engineering research priorities to create R&D and technology solutions to make infrastructure “unhackable.”



February 28, 2023

Certified Tutors love their job

Gage Schacher and Jess Tarr, tutors with the DSU Trojan Tutoring Center are now CRLA certified. Both love the job, and enjoy helping student learners and seeing them progress.

A group photo of the CybHER summer camp attendees from the summer of 2022 sitting on the stairs of The Beacom Institute of Technology.

February 28, 2023

Skyforce to host CybHER fundraiser night

Sioux Falls Skyforce, the area’s G-League basketball team, is hosting a CybHER fundraiser night on Friday, March 3.


February 27, 2023

This South Dakota university is cybersecurity’s next powerhouse

With partnerships at the federal, state, and local levels, Dakota State University provides students and faculty "breadth and depth" in research opportunities and potential career paths.


February 27, 2023

Dakota State Partners With NSA, Puts $90M into Cyber Research

Dakota State University is partnering with the National Security Agency and investing heavily in recruiting, research and facilities in order to build a regional hub for cybersecurity studies and workforce development.


February 24, 2023

Practical research leads to professional internship

Joseph Boyd’s research project has led to a summer internship opportunity, and could possibly lead to a career as well. Robert Richardson is Boyd’s faculty mentor for the research.

Campus photo in the snow featuring the campus archway, East Hall, and an evergreen tree

February 21, 2023

DSU Fall 2022 graduates

Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. celebrates Fall 2022 graduates. The 171 graduates earned a total of 195 degrees, 13 associate degrees, 104 baccalaureate degrees, 54 master’s degrees and 2 earned doctoral degrees.

stock image of gene and molecular imaging

February 21, 2023

Alexander researching alfalfa genes for SRI grant

Alexander, an Analytical Science major from Aurora, Ill., received a Student Research Initiative (SRI) grant this year to study the Functional Analysis of Differentially Expressed Genes in Alfalfa Inoculated with Aphanomyces.

alfalfa field

February 16, 2023

Midwest Forage Association meeting at DSU

The Midwest Forage Association (MFA) meeting is being held at Dakota State University on Tuesday, Feb. 28.


February 15, 2023

Kooistra named COO & General Counsel of DSU-ARC

Sioux Falls City Attorney Stacy Kooistra has accepted a new position as the Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel for the Dakota State University-Applied Research Corporation (DSU-ARC).

Artist and DSU faculty member Wendy Romero pictured over her artwork

February 15, 2023

Romero art exhibit featured in Marshall

Wendy Romero’s exhibit Experimental Strata is currently featured in Marshall, Minn., at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council.

Pictured Angela Behrends' clay slab with grid dots filled with colors (green and blue) and Tom Jones' gelatin silver photograph  (right) of a rowboat on a geometric shape

February 14, 2023

Two faculty selected for biennial art exhibition

Angela Behrends and Tom Jones have artwork featured in the South Dakota Governor’s 10th Biennial Art Exhibition.


February 10, 2023

Griffiths receives Chief Executive Leadership Award from CASE

Honor recognizes outstanding leadership and service in support of education


February 8, 2023

Bowman refused to be discouraged from cybersecurity field

For those considering a career in cybersecurity, Ben Bowman’s advice is simple: be a little bit stubborn.

Elsie Aslesen poses for a photo with her research poster from last year's research week

February 3, 2023

Neonicotinoid research continues

Elsie Aslesen received her second Student Research Initiative (SRI) grant to continue research after finding neonicotinoid presence in the eggshells of birds last year.

(l-to-r) Dr. Andrew Sathoff and Biology student Travis Rebstock pose for a photo at the World Alfalfa Congress

February 2, 2023

Rebstock continues alfalfa research through SRI grant

For over two years, DSU Biology student Travis Rebstock has been researching alfalfa with Dr. Andrew Sathoff, Assistant Biology Professor.


White board with notes for a game created during the 2019 Global Game Jam

January 31, 2023

Global Game Jam site at DSU

Dakota State University will be hosting a Global Game Jam site from Friday, February 3 at 5 p.m. to Sunday, February 5 at 5 p.m. in The Beacom Institute of Technology.

Christine Vogel sitting at a table

January 31, 2023

Detecting bias in interviews

Christine Vogel is conducting research to detect bias in personal outcome measures interviewers through the organization LifeScape for a Student Research Initiative grant.

Snowy covered tree branch in front of Kennedy Center which houses the College of Education

January 23, 2023

DSU College of Education receives Department of Labor grant

Dakota State University’s College of Education is one of four organizations receiving a grant to develop apprenticeship programs for high school students from the South Dakota Department of Labor.


January 20, 2023

Service Animals

What they do and how to interact with them. A service animal is specifically trained to complete a task or service.

image of a portion of the world's largest puzzle

January 19, 2023

World’s largest puzzle at Karl Mundt Library

Dakota State University’s Karl Mundt Library is currently working to put together the world’s largest puzzle.

Image of Ben Batie

January 18, 2023

Application Development in Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems major with an Application Development specialization teaches students to develop full stack applications.


January 17, 2023

Real-life tweet provides real-life research opportunity

Amir Kemal was inspired by a real-life tweet to do some real-life research on Twitter fake domains.

Image of Lexi Robson

January 17, 2023

DSU alumna finds success in California

Lexi Robson has found career success in California, working at Protiviti as an IT Audit Consultant in San Francisco, Calif.

code design image with streaks of lights and numbers

January 11, 2023

Securing information through cryptography

Cryptography is the effort to try to secure information, explained Spanier, Associate Professor in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

DSU student working in DSU's Madlabs® building

January 10, 2023

DSU and NSA education partnership offers opportunities

Dakota State University is now in partnership with the National Security Agency through an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA). This agreement was approved at the December Board of Regents meeting.

Lizzy Elder CIS Business Analytics major

January 10, 2023

CIS in Business Analytics

Computer Information Systems major has two sides: the computer and the business sides.

Johanna Coffey is a first-generation college student.

January 10, 2023

Ask the questions

Johanna Coffey can ask a family member questions about the college process, but the DSU sophomore said any of the friendly people at the university can help.