The Jackrabbit Advocates is a grassroots coalition of
alumni, students, and friends of South Dakota State University who share
a dedication to public higher education in South Dakota and to SDSU.
Members are called upon to build relationships with their legislators
and interact with them about specific issues as they relate to public
higher education and SDSU.
The Jackrabbit Advocates will be a self-governing body,
under the SDSU Alumni Association, representing the independent voice of
the Alumni Association. It will be a strong and collaborative partner
with South Dakota State University. The Jackrabbit Advocates will
demonstrate professionalism and build lasting relationships with its
SDSU serves a unique role as South Dakota’s largest public
research, and land-grant University. Reinvesting in the powerful
economic engine represented by SDSU will be critical to the future of
our state and the well being of our 75,000 plus alumni, as well as, our
fellow citizens of South Dakota. We believe the stage is set to ensure
quality public higher education for today’s students, improve
accessibility and affordability for tomorrow’s students, and provide the
support that will attract further outside investment in research to
improve the lives of all South Dakotans and fuel our state’s economy in
the changing times ahead.
Jackrabbit Advocates communicate the needs of public higher
education and SDSU to the South Dakota Legislature. Informed advocates
help strengthen SDSU.
Jackrabbit Advocates agree to do the following:
- Stay informed
- Cultivate relationships
- Make contact with legislators
- Provide the Jackrabbit Advocates, Alumni Association, and South Dakota State University feedback
If you are interested in becoming a Jackrabbit Advocate in
your area, please fill out our "Be an Advocate" form using the button
provided below. Also, if you would like more detailed information on
our "Operating Guidelines" a button is provided for that as well.
Chair - District 7
Vice Chair - District 7
Denielle Jo Meyerink
Past Chair - District 22