The Sport and Recreation Administration program at South Dakota State University prepares students to become dynamic leaders in intercollegiate athletics as well as campus and community recreation. The curriculum and internship experiences will educate students in management, marketing, communications, facilities, finance, ethics and legal issues, research, and much more. In addition to their experiential learning opportunities in their coursework, students will gain valuable real world experiences with our industry partners both on and off campus. Students graduating from the program will be equipped with a skill set that can be directly applied to a wide range of exciting career possibilities.
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Graduate Student Spotlight
Meet Kyle Fluker, Graduate Assistant for Marketing & Promotions from Flint, Michigan.
Fluker said he chose SDSU because it was hands-down the best opportunity to improve his sports marketing skills while getting a top-notch education at the same time.
Fluker’s most memorable experience at SDSU so far has been working the SDSU Arizona State Wrestling Dual at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. “Seeing nearly 2,000 Jackrabbit faithful on their feet being so passionate in their support for their team was something I've never seen before. There might not be a more passionate fanbase in America than these folks here in South Dakota, and I'm proud to say that Im a part of making their game day experience that much better.”
Fluker says that his professor Dr. Romsa inspires him the most here at SDSU. “I think he tries harder than anyone else here to get the best out of me and that effort is rewarded with my admiration.”
Fun fact: Kyle hasn’t paid full price at Burger King all of 2018 because he always takes the survey on the back of his receipts!
Joshua Kunzman - NSU Facility Operations GA
The culture that SDSU provides is unparalleled to any other institution in the state. Everyone in the community shares a bond that bleeds the blue and yellow. With so much tradition and excellence that surrounds the university it makes it one special place to be. South Dakota State prepared me for the future in so many different ways. I will first credit our professors because they do an amazing job. Each of them bring a certain passion and fire that is just infectious to us as students. Bryan Romsa and Stella Liu were always willing to go the extra mile to help students in and outside of the classroom. The volume of opportunities they were able give us provided the necessary work experience that is required to apply for future jobs. Being able to gain work experience while being in school sets you apart from so many other job candidates. You can have a full resume of working experience if you take advantage of all of the opportunities they provide for you. Another helpful aspect they provided was the guest speakers. These professionals were able to give us great insight to what kind of possibilities are out there for the future. Also, having immaculate athletic facilities that we were able to tour showed me a different side of athletics. When we toured the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium it really peaked my interest and lead me to pursue the role I have now. Last, I would say being a student-athlete really made me want to continue being in athletics. Seeing how athletics can really galvanize a community made me want to continue being part of that.
Dalton Williams - SDSU Assistant Director of Athletic Ticket Sales & Operations
South Dakota State University was an unbelievable place to further my education and obtain my master's degree through the Sport and Recreation Administration program. SDSU has been growing in many ways for years and being able to be a part of the academic and athletic success was very special and allowed so many opportunities that would not have occurred elsewhere. I think one of the advantages of SDSU is the success that the university and athletics have had at a higher level and competing with other large universities at the highest level, but also have a smaller school feel and aspect to it. Being a smaller school and community offers a very special culture and feel throughout the campus, classes, and extra-curricular activities, as well as provides stronger relationships among students, faculty, fans, businesses and community supporters of South Dakota State University. Personally, I think that this aspect about SDSU and Brookings alone has allowed me many different opportunities and experiences to be involved in, where at a larger school I would not have gotten because there are so many other people involved and more specialized responsibilities, where at SDSU people are involved in many areas of athletics, academics and so on.
I think that the Sport and Recreation Administration Program has a great balance of career knowledge for those interested in athletics or recreation, which allowed myself to learn more about both areas and translate different concepts and perceptions from both fields and apply it to my career goals and interest. I think that the professors have excellent personal experience and perspective on what they are teaching and are willing to help students in any way possible to be challenged and really go after their goals and interests. I like the idea that as a student in the program I was able to learn all aspects of athletics and recreation, not just what I have interest in or goals of achieving. The more I was able to learn about all areas regarding athletics, professionally and collegiate, as well as recreation only broadened my knowledge and vision of what takes place, what could be done, and further possibilities throughout my career. I think that this program can really open the eyes of many students who aspire to work in athletics, recreation, or really any industry, because you are learning about so many different and important aspects about professional administration type roles that it will allow yourself to grow and obtain the knowledge and experience needed for a successful career.