Office of the President

Welcome to South Dakota State University

Chicoine laughing with studentsToday’s South Dakota State University campus looks far different than it did when I was an undergraduate student. Yet, the promise of a high-quality education remains as strong as it has been for generations.

Teaching, research, and outreach are the three basic foundations of land-grant universities, as defined in the Morrill Act of 1862. Our students expect an excellent education, and they continue to enroll at State in record numbers, now approaching 13,000 students.

Several recent projects have redefined an environment conducive to innovative teaching, engaged learning, creative research, and relevant outreach. Most recently, the four Jackrabbit Grove residence halls opening in fall 2013 allow expansion of the living-learning communities, including a building dedicated entirely for students in the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College. The Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering building will enable accreditation of the new Architecture program and completes a facilities upgrade for academic areas within the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. Construction and renovation in earlier years have produced new space for teaching, learning and research—the Avera Health and Science Center, Alfred Dairy Science Hall, the Davis Dairy Plant, Daktronics Engineering Hall, and Berg Agricultural Hall, as examples. The Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center supports Jackrabbits who represent the university in 21 sports.

Innovation and Economic Prosperity University designation from APLU Many constituents expect groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture, engineering, and the health sciences, and they are being served well. Faculty have competed successfully for nearly $70 million in grants and contracts for research projects in recent years.

South Dakotans also expect a connection to the state's largest university through SDSU Extension, through academic programs available via distance delivery methods, through Jackrabbit athletic events, and through established performing arts groups. More than 172,000 patrons attended events last year alone.

Success at South Dakota State comes only through the support of alumni, friends, and families. The SDSU Foundation in spring 2013 concluded "It Starts with STATE," a six-year fund-raising campaign that secured $255.7 million, the largest effort of its type for higher education in South Dakota.

People connected to SDSU frequently tell others that it's a great day to be a Jackrabbit. I couldn't agree more. Again, welcome, we're glad you're here.

David L. Chicoine, Ph.D.
Class of 1969