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Graduate School Newsletter - January 2022

                                                                                              The Graduate School Office will be closed January 1 and 17.

Student Spotlight

Morgyn Felty

Morgyn Felty is a second-year graduate student here at South Dakota State University in the Sport and Recreation Administration program. Originally from Farmington, Minnesota, Morgyn attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, obtaining her bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management and Leadership Studies. Combining her passion for fitness and student development, Morgyn was drawn to South Dakota State University because of the opportunities it provided to gain experience in her desired field. Upon her graduation, Morgyn accepted a Graduate Assistantship at South Dakota State University where she is currently the Fitness and Aquatics Graduate Assistant at the Miller Wellness Center. There, she oversees both aquatic and group fitness program areas' where she leads all lifeguards, swim instructors, group fitness instructors, and interns within the programs. You can also find her on the group fitness schedule, teaching classes weekly! 

South Dakota State University has provided Morgyn with several learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. Currently, she is working on her thesis with her advisor, Dr. Stella Liu, that focuses on student development within student group fitness instructors in a campus recreation setting. As the research piece gets completed, her and Dr. Liu hope to publish their findings in a related journal. 

Outside of the classroom, Morgyn is NIRSA's Region V Student Leader. NIRSA (The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) is the governing body for campus recreation departments across the United States and Canada, supporting leaders within collegiate recreation departments. Fostering lifelong habits of wellbeing, leadership, and teamwork, NIRSA works with professionals to develop students through campus recreation experiences. As a regional student leader, Morgyn represents South Dakota State University, and all other universities located in Region V, focusing on student growth, and connecting student members to help them build a foundation to succeed. 

In her spare time, you can find Morgyn enjoying coffee at the local coffee shops, going on walks around campus, and attending group fitness classes at the Miller Wellness Center. 

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) has been officially recognized as a student organization in SDSU.

The Graduate Student Council aims to:

  • Serve as the official representative body of graduate students at SDSU.
  • Represent graduate student interests in academic and non-academic matters before the SDSU faculty and administration.
  • Provide a unifying forum for discussion of issues (internal and external) of concern to all on-campus and online/remote graduate students.
  • Organize, promote, and conduct activities (educational & recreational) beneficial to graduate student life.
  • Disseminate information of interest to graduate students.
  • Provide a common association and networking opportunities for graduate students.
  • Foster SDSU Alumni Relationships

Our Vision: To enhance learning, foster long-lasting relationships, and leave a memorable graduate education experience for every graduate student at SDSU.

A date for the first official meeting of the GSC will be announced in due time.

Graduate Student Awards

Three Minute Thesis Competition

     Interested students must register no later than Friday, February 4, 2022.

For more specific details about the competition, view the 3MT PowerPoint.


SDSU Distinguished Dissertation Award

     Deadline: April 15, 2022

To submit a nomination, please use this link:

Important Upcoming Dates:

February 11, 2022 - Graduation Application Deadline

Students not meeting graduation requirements in the semester they apply will be assessed a $50 charge and a registration hold will be placed on their account by the Graduate School until the charge is paid. If the degree is not granted, a new graduation application is required for the subsequent semester. Students who apply and successfully graduate will not be charged. Graduation applications will be available on MyState.

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