State Update

April 2016 Edition


Barry Dunn, the endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, director of SDSU Extension, and professor of animal science at South Dakota State University, will become SDSU's 20th president, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Monday.

Strain named Pharmacist of the Year by SD group
Joe Strain, professor of pharmacy practice and Rapid City Regional pharmacist, was selected as Pharmacist of the Year by the South Dakota Society of Health-Systems Pharmacist at its 40th annual meeting April 9 in Rapid City.

  Sioux Empire Staters May Luncheon
MAY 17, 2016 - Come join the Sioux Empire Staters for their May Luncheon. Guest speaker will be SDSU Athletic Director, Justin Sell.

Somsen called up by Reds
Former South Dakota State University baseball player Layne Somsen became the third former Jackrabbit to reach the Major Leagues.

  Rediscover Cuba Webinar
MAY 3, 2016 - It is time to go beyond the brochure. Join us for an entertaining online travel presentation. Discover the people and places that make our tours special and do it from the comfort of your own computer. Ask real-time questions, learn from travel experts and lose yourself in incredible images of Cuba. This is the first step on what will be an amazing adventure.

State announces Ness Division of Management and Economics
The division is the result of a gift from Larry '69 and Diane '71 Ness.


Class of 1966, 50 Year Club Reunion
MAY 12-13, 2016 - Class of 1966 pull out your yearbooks and reminisce! It’s time for your South Dakota State University 50 Year Club Reunion! Deadline for registration is May 5th!




Hedge appointed interim provost
Regents approve undergraduate resident tuition for new Iowa students at four universities
Beck awarded national engineering scholarship
SDBOR approves new major at State

College of Nursing inducts 69 to honor society
State faculty wins award for top paper from Central States Communication Association Basic Course Division
Otzelberger named Jackrabbit head coach
Jacobson named Summit Player of the Week

A record number of donors with cumulative giving to SDSU ranging from $50,000 to $10 million were honored Thursday night at the Foundation’s Donor Celebration.

The 113 donors – comprised of individuals, companies and organizations – have given a combined $48 million to SDSU. The City of Brookings became the seventh member of the Charles L. Coughlin Society, which recognizes commitments of $10 million or more. The City of Brookings was a lead investor in the Performing Arts Center and has committed $6 million to the expansion of that facility.

The crowd of 940 people was treated to two performances that featured 80 student singers, dancers and musicians, including the Pride of the Dakotas marching band drum line and 60 members of the SDSU Concert Choir. The evening included a video tribute to President David L. Chicoine and Provost Laurie Stenberg Nichols, who will leave their leadership roles at the university next month.

It was announced that, since 2007, private donors have committed $420 million to the university through the SDSU Foundation. That equates to an average of $124,000 a day between January 1, 2007 and April 24, 2016.

The Gene and JoAnn Goodale family was named the 2016 Philanthropic Family of the Year. It was also announced that gifts are being accepted to name two signatures spaces within the new Alumni Center that will be named in honor of longtime supporters of the Alumni Association and Foundation.

Lead gifts have already been made to honor former Executive Directors Keith Jensen and V.J. Smith by naming the board room after them.

The entertainment space in the new Alumni Center will be named Woster Celebration Hall in honor of Jim and Penny Woster. Gifts that people make to honor Jensen, Smith and the Wosters will be used for construction of the Alumni Green. The project is a two-block development across from the Campanile that consists of a new Alumni Center attached to the Lohr Building, that serves as home to the SDSU Foundation, and a University House.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June.


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