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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tamara Deutz

February 18, 2021

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Josh Snook a business management and accounting major from Yate, Bristol, England.

December 14, 2020

International student enjoys family feel of DSU

International student Josh Snook enjoys the family feel of DSU. Snook recommends all students get involved in activities, adding that it completes the university experience.

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December 4, 2020

DSU education prepares for life’s challenges

Change is inevitable, and a degree from Dakota State University can help deal with those challenges for a successful career. A perfect example is alumnus Daryl Reinicke, CEO of Westhills Village Living in Rapid City.

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Tavyn Hallan, a senior professional accountancy major, appreciates connections he’s made through his time at DSU.

November 30, 2020

Connecting through DSU

Tavyn Hallan, a senior professional accountancy major, appreciates connections he’s made through his time at DSU.

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Megan Zephier game design major and computer science minor at DSU.

November 20, 2020

Scholarships prove key to designing collegiate success

With a solid grip on the basics, Megan Zephier chose to embark on an education that would lead her towards her career goal. Now, she's a thriving game design major chasing her dreams.

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Lieutenant Colonel Heath Abraham

November 11, 2020

Two degrees. Three deployments. 23 years of service.

With 23 years of service and three deployments, Heath Abraham has a long history of military service. As a police officer for the City of Madison, SD, a Safety Resource officer for Dakota State University, and a soldier in the SD Army National Guard, he’s no stranger to serving his country or community.

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Martinson Ofori came to Dakota State University to make a lasting real-world impact.

November 6, 2020

Ofori finds research success at DSU

Originally from Kumasi, Ghana, Ofori Martinson has taken advantage of research tools and events available to students, including Dakota State’s yearly Research Symposium, where he won first place in 2019.

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October 29, 2020

Driven to Teach

Amanda Hargreaves is driven to teach, inspired by classroom learning and faculty at her alma mater Dakota State. She is the 2021 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

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Kristen Dowling, a marketing major at DSU with her two girls.

October 23, 2020

Dedication and Determination

When Kristen Dowling got married and had two little girls, she knew being a stay-at-home Mom while pursuing her degree part time was the perfect choice for her and her family.

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Tom Jones photography collage

October 15, 2020

The Perfect Shot

A Kodak 110 camera in the hands of 8-year-old Tom Jones inspired a lifelong passion of photography for the Professor of Art.

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Jacia Christiansen

October 15, 2020

Exploring the world through DSU

Jacia Christiansen has always wanted to travel, so she was excited when her participation in track and the PBL Business Club enabled her to visit the Gulf Shores, Baltimore, Vancouver, Wash., and San Antonio.

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DSU Campus in the fall.

October 7, 2020

Athlete. Tutor. Volunteer. Student.

Student-athlete Marcus VandenBosch came to DSU for a football scholarship, and the caring community has made him appreciate Dakota State even more.

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September 29, 2020

Faculty mentor students to succeed

Faculty efforts to mentor students result in professional opportunities to attend and participate at cyber conferences like the 2020 Wild West Hackin’ Fest (WWHF).

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Annabelle Klosterman

September 23, 2020

Cyber Jump Start

Annabelle Klosterman’s early start in cyber has helped her earn significant scholarship recognition.

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International student Christina Mulu thrives in and out of the classroom at Dakota State.

September 18, 2020

DSU Full of Opportunities and Experience

Christina Mulu, an international student from Ethiopia, chose to attend DSU after being inspired by DSU's; emphasis on IT related majors, small size that allows for high engagement on campus, and affordability.

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September 15, 2020

Understanding Messy Data

Large amounts of data – referred to as messy data – can be hard to understand, but they also present opportunities to learn and make decisions. Students in our Master of Science In Analytics program learn to present this information in helpful data visualizations.

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Jonathan Horn DSU technology student

September 4, 2020

Family knows best

Jonathan Horn has always been interested in computers and technology. After his parents and grandma became aware of some of the program offerings at Dakota State they encouraged him to take a look.

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Bridget Thill, Elementary Education (BSE), '22.

August 13, 2020

Learner for Life

Bridget Thill always dreamed of being a teacher. She wants to be a teacher to help kids fall in love with learning and teach them how to be confident in their abilities.

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Arica Kulm ’18 MS Cyber Defense ’20 PhD Cyber Defense

August 4, 2020

Cyber defense is a career, not just a job

Arica Kulm was looking for a career, not just a job. After finishing her master’s degree in Cyber Defense, she decided to continue on as one of the first students in the PhD in Cyber Defense program. This gives her the knowledge base for a meaningful, interesting career in a field that is in great demand worldwide.

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Jeramie Sopko

July 23, 2020

Sopko Thrives with Flexibility of Online Degree

Sopko chose to attend DSU based on the school’s reputation in the technology world. “It’s a small enough school for the personal touch in education, but large enough to leverage the cutting-edge technology towards their students’ education.”

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Sammy Drummond

July 23, 2020

Rocketing into research

Sammy Drummond came to the U.S. from Australia so that he could play baseball while continuing his academic studies. This led him to Dakota State University where he is a senior physical science major.

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Two alumni – Brandi and Andrew Fiegen, credit their education and MSET degrees with their success teaching at an international school in Thailand.

July 10, 2020

Alums prepared for changing teaching environments

The Master of Science in Educational Technology (MSET) program prepares students for technology-enriched classrooms anywhere in the world, under any circumstances. Two alumni – Brandi and Andrew Fiegen, credit their education and MSET degrees with their success teaching at an international school in Thailand.

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July 1, 2020

Victoria Sopko joins DSU alumni board

Victoria Sopko, 2017 elementary education DSU graduate, has joined the Alumni Board. Sopko was inspired to join the board through her own experiences attending alumni events.

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June 29, 2020

Protecting personal data

Dustin Steinhagen, PhD student in Cyber Defense, has a passion for defending humans from social engineering. His goal is to fight the societal vulnerability of living in a world where it is so easy to hack a person's mind.

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Mary Francis standing in front of the Karl Mundt Library

June 26, 2020

Reporting on Research

Mary Francis and the staff at the Karl Mundt Library can help you find and evaluate good resources.

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Cody Welu

June 18, 2020

From student to alum to faculty

By the time Cody Welu was in high school, he knew he wanted to do something with computers. An undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. later, and Welu is working as an assistant professor in The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Sciences.

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June 1, 2020

Molly Kuxhaus

Molly Kuxhaus wants to the be the reason children go from hating school to looking forward to it. Through the online education program, Molly Kuxhaus reached her goal of becoming a teacher.

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Hunter Baer

May 20, 2020

DSU freshman to attend West Point

Hunter Baer, a freshman computer science major from Garrison, North Dakota, was recently accepted to West Point United States Military Academy.

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Omar El-Gayor

May 14, 2020

Omar El-Gayar

Dr. Omar El-Gayar, Professor of Computer Information Systems has noted how responsive faculty have been to student needs through innovative curricula, flexible delivery, online courses, and expanded scholarship programs.

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Mary Simmons '23, Cyber Operations (BS)

April 26, 2020

Mary Simmons

When Mary Simmons chose to study cyber, she started researching different cyber schools. Dakota State came up as one of the top in the nation. The programs at DSU are innovative and cutting-edge.

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April 15, 2020

Sheehan selected as student employee of the year for S.D.

Phusuda Sheehan, a digital arts and design major, was named South Dakota student Employee of the Year through the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA).

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April 14, 2020

Shannon Bezonia

Online student Shannon Oyler Bezonia recently graduated in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in management.

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Zach Wilson

April 8, 2020

DSU alum and instructor shares experience

Zach Wilson graduated from Dakota State’s respiratory care program in 2015. Now he’s an instructor for the program, along with working for Sanford Health in their respiratory care department and as a flight team member.

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Jacob Garza

March 26, 2020

Jacob Garza

Jacob Garza set out on his college journey with one thing in mind – find a computer science program that was amongst the top in the nation, to compliment his passion for the rapidly growing field.

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Lindsey Vogl

March 19, 2020

Opportunities Everywhere

Lindsey Vogl chose DSU's professional accounting degree as her major has reinforced the lesson that “you can find opportunities everywhere” and she’s ready to take that lesson out into the world.

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Mason Wieman

March 16, 2020

Mason Wieman

No other campuses have a Digital Arts and Design program like DSU’s. The major offers four specializations, so Mason Wieman choose to study digital sound design, and “I’m loving it so far.”

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Carl Petersen

February 24, 2020

Carl Petersen

Coming home will be the best thing a Dakota State University education can provide for Carl Petersen. The DSU senior intends to develop a game design studio on the South Dakota reservation where he grew up.

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Alexis VanderWilt

February 10, 2020

Alexis VanderWilt

Alexis VanderWilt is a junior at Dakota State, double majoring in computer science and math for information systems, with a minor in Spanish.

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Kayla Mentele

January 1, 2020

Kayla Mentele

Homey environment. Great education. Financial value. These are some of the reasons Kayla Mentele chose to attend Dakota State University, not far from her home in Salem, S.D.

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Andrew Kramer

December 19, 2019

Andrew Kramer

Andrew Kramer says transfer students should “use your time wisely…to be active and make new friends.” The two-time DSU alum has stayed on in Madison to teach in The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

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Tom Farrell

December 3, 2019

Tom Farrell

Tom Farrell has always been willing to try new opportunities, a characteristic which has led him to a 49-year career teaching at Dakota State.

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