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SDState Student Organizations Earn Recognition

The South Dakota Board of Regents honored three SDState student groups during its meetings on campus.

The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from South Dakota State University for excellence in academic, community and organizational work.

SDSU student groups receiving the special regents’ awards were:

2019 SDBOR student organizations - plant science
The SDState Plant Science Graduate Student Association was honored. From left, SDSU President Barry Dunn, Dwarika Bhattari, Prakriti Sharma, Sen Subramanian, BOR Executive Director Paul Beran and BOR President Kevin Schieffer.

Award for Academic Excellence

The Plant Science Graduate Student Association organizes scientific events and department communications. All graduate students in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Sciences are members. Sponsored events include the “We Talk Science” seminar series, a fall departmental picnic, research and thesis competitions, and special recognition events for faculty and students. Receiving the award were: Sen Subramanian, associate professor in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Sciences and graduate coordinator for the plant science graduate program, and graduate research assistants Dwarika Bhattari and Prakriti Sharma.

SDBOR honors Phi Upsilon Omicron
Phi Upsilon Omicron received the SDBOR's Community Service Award. From left, SDSU President Barry Dunn, BOR President Kevin Schieffer, Mary Gengler, Destiny Jorenby, Brianna Renaas, BOR Executive Director Paul Beran.

Community Service Award

Phi Upsilon Omicron recognizes and promotes academic excellence, develops leadership qualities through service, and encourages lifelong learning to advance the field of family and consumer sciences. Members of the Phi Chapter must carry a 3.2 GPA at initiation and earn participation points for fundraising, community service, and meetings each semester to maintain their membership. The chapter sponsors special activities to support students at the nearby Flandreau Indian School. Receiving the award were Mary Gengler, an instructor in the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences, and 2019 graduates Destiny Jorenby and Brianna Renaas.

2019 SDBOR Organizational Leadership
SDState's Armed Forces Association received the SDBOR's award for organizational leadership. From left, SDSU President Barry Dunn, Connie Johnson, Russ Chavez, BOR President Kevin Schieffer and BOR Executive Director Paul Beran.

Award for Organizational Leadership

The Armed Forces Association brings together military-affiliated students, family and community members to promote meaningful experiences and comradery for veterans and military service members. Some of the events organized by the Armed Forces Association include an annual golf tournament, veterans’ retreat, Warriors Week, a veterans’ book club, resume writing workshop and community service events. Receiving the award were Russ Chavez, director for Veterans Affairs, and Connie Johnson, coordinator for Veterans Affairs.