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Angela Loftesness

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Title Assistant to the Dean
Office Building Berg Agricultural Hall
Room Number 127
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
SAG 127, Box 2207
Brookings, SD 57007

Angela Loftesness is a professional staff member serving as Assistant to the Dean in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. A native of Alexandria, Minnesota and beneficiary of land-grant university outreach, she earned both her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Animal Science and her Master of Science in Animal Breeding and Genetics from South Dakota State University. She spent four and a half years conducting molecular genetics, epigenetics, and immunology research for a biotech company developing a platform for human pharmaceutical production from genetically designed cattle in Sioux Falls. She then returned to SDSU to begin work in her current role, where she is involved in several aspects of the administration of the college covering the three mission areas of education, research, and outreach. She also represents the college as member of the SDSU HR Group and is Chair of the SDSU Eminent Farmer/Rancher and Homemaker Program. In addition, Angela serves as an advisor to Ceres Women’s Fraternity at SDSU, giving her opportunities to work with and on behalf of students.

Professional Memberships

American Society of Animal Science
Gamma Sigma Delta
Graduate Women in Science

Creative Activities

South Dakota Symphony Chorus

Work Experience

South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Brookings, SD
Assistant to the Dean, December 2011-present

Hematech, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD
Sr. Research Associate in Vaccinology and Antibody Characterization, January 2011-October 2011
Sr. Research Associate in Molecular Genetics, October 2007-December 2010
Research Associate in Epigenetics and Embryo Development, March 2007-September 2007

Tupperware, Sioux Falls, SD
Consultant, October 2009-September 2011

Pork Storks II Midwest Semen Center, Inc., Rushmore, MN
Team Member, February-March 2007

Dakota Valley School District, North Sioux City, SD
Substitute Teacher, December 2006-February 2007

Independent Food Safety Consultant
Product Sampler, September-November 2006

South Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department, Brookings, SD
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, August 2004-August 2006
Undergraduate Researcher, May 2003-February 2004

South Dakota State University Student Computing Services, Brookings, SD
Lab Monitor/Senior Lab Monitor, October 1999-January 2004

University of Minnesota Extension Service, Douglas County, Alexandria, MN
4-H Intern, June-August 2001


National Endowment for the Humanities Federal Pass Through South Dakota Humanities Council Grant: South Dakota National History Day. PI: A M Loftesness; 11-12-13 to 10-30-14; $6,000; 100% spending authority.

Larson Family Foundation: South Dakota National History Day. PI: A M Loftesness; 5-15-13 to 4-30-14; $3,000; 100% spending authority.

Northwestern Energy: South Dakota National History Day. PI: A M Loftesness; 5-15-13 to 5-31-14; $500; 100% spending authority.

Awards & Honors

2015 Ceres Fraternity Outstanding Advisor
2013 Ceres Fraternity Outstanding Advisor


M.S. South Dakota State University 2006, Animal Science - Animal Breeding and Genetics
Thesis Title: Association of Molecular Markers with Carcass Traits in Beef Cattle

B.S. South Dakota State University 2004, Animal Science and Agricultural Education, minor in Biology