Staters for State is the student chapter of the SDSU Alumni Association. We work to promote SDSU, encourage student leadership, and establish a connection between SDSU alumni and current students. We are comprised of students from all majors, class years, and backgrounds.

Our slogan is, "Once a Student, Forever an Alum" and we require all students to go through an extensive fingerprint test and interview with the rabbit - not really but we do appreciate your commitment!

Now comes the fun part! Staters for State plans and hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the academic year designed to foster a relationship between SDSU students and to introduce alumni to current student leaders on campus.

We all know how busy college life is. We've been there! That's why Staters for State makes the most of your commitment by providing you with awesome opportunities that maximize your time and efforts. Your output outweighs your input, making Staters worth the time!


Here at the Alumni Association, we are not only focused on connecting with today's Alumni of South Dakota State University, but also supporting and enhancing the college experience of tomorrow's alumni, the students.  Through our student driven chapter, Staters for State,  we are able to promote 
SDSU, encourage student leadership, and establish a connection between SDSU alumni and current students. This group is comprised of students from all majors, class years, and backgrounds.

Through out the school year Staters for State make a number of events available to students through hosting and collaborative efforts with other groups on campus.

What we do

Who knew playing in the mud could be so much fun? Oozeball, a mud volleyball tournament, has become a tradition on campus for over twenty years and is hosted by Staters. We are responsible for many of SDSU's premier and traditional events including:


The South Dakota State University Family of the Year is a very special honor given to one family each year.  This has been a tradition of the SDSU campus since 1979.  The Family of the Year is chosen by the Staters for State.  Several criteria are considered when choosing the Family of the Year.
Alumni Tailgating has become a tradition connected to SDSU Football.  Students involved with Staters for State, our student chapter, help to organize and serve at every home tailgate giving these students an opportunity to join in on the fun and network with SDSU Alumni.

OOZEBALL is the official SDSU Mud Volleyball Tournament and is a tradition that stems back to 1986.  Every Spring SDSU students are invited to compete in what promises to be a muddy, good time!

The Jackrabbit Bash is an event created to give "Jack", our school mascot, an official birthday party.  The bash is held in the Student Union with all students welcome to attend.  Students can enjoy some free cake, hangout and listen to music and get a photo op with with the birthday boy.

Fall Convocation occurs the weekend before the start of Fall classes and is directed towards incoming Freshman. During this time they are introduced to different university officials, university traditions and what being a Jackrabbit is all about!

Benefits to you


Every line needs a leader, even if it's the lunch line! With Staters, you get the opportunity to lead by taking part in the developmental stages of the various events we host.


It's not only what you know, but who you know! Members work closely with the Alumni Association and key University members to gain valuable experience and advice. you'll meet and interact with alumni from around the country with various backgrounds and degrees, as well as, the Brookings community and beyond as coordination of events requires many outside elements.


That's right F-R-E-E! The most important four letter word you'll hear in college! Staters are eligible to receive free apparel, food , prizes and more!


Believe it or not, after graduation, you are expected to get a job! Being an active member of Staters for State is a great student organization to list on your resume and show your involvement as SDSU outside of academics.

Don't we sound important!?

Besides hosting all kinds of events, we have monthly meetings to take care of business including the formations of committees to plan our events. All work and no play makes the jackrabbit a dull bunny; therefore, we like to have fun every now and then. So we make sure to have fun along the way.

Becoming a Stater...

We are used to mobs of students rushing to join Staters for State so we understand your excitement. We congratulate you on it! Give us a call at 605-697-5198 or stop in at the Tompkins Alumni Center (across from the Campanile) and talk to Kayla Bessler, Staters for State Advisor. If you prefer email, you can email Kayla at


Robert Baune
Betsy Nelson
Molly Gray
Kayla Bessler