Brookings and SDSU announce campus/community Zoom forums to provide planning updates for fall

Brookings city officials and leadership from South Dakota State University announced today a series of campus/community Zoom forums. The forums are designed to update community members, students, families and key stakeholders about plans and processes being implemented as they pertain to operations at SDSU and throughout the city this summer and into the fall.

The forums will be hosted by the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce.

The first forum will be June 10 and includes SDSU President Barry Dunn and Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett. Topics include updates on the planning process and timeline for a fall return of students to the SDSU campus, SDSU’s phased plan for employees returning to campus, a community business update and the opening of other university and community services.

The second forum will be June 24 with SDSU Vice President for Student Affairs Michaela Willis and Brookings Assistant City Manager Jacob Meshke. The forum will include updates on campus residential life planning for the fall, an update on New Student Orientation and preliminary discussions about move-in weekend planning.

On July 15, SDSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Hedge and Brookings School District Superintendent Klint Willert will update participants on academic structure and planning for the fall semester at SDSU and within the Brookings School District.

SDSU Vice President for Student Affairs Michaela Willis and Brookings City Manager Paul Briseno will provides updates Aug. 5 on student move-in day on campus activities prior to the start of the fall semester.

The last forum will be held Aug. 19 with SDSU Athletic Director Justin Sell and Brookings High School Activities Director Randy Soma. The session will provide information and updates on the status of Jackrabbits and Bobcats Athletics.

Each forum will be held from 5-6 p.m. on the respective date and hosted by Andi Fouberg, president and CEO of the SDSU Alumni Association and chair of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce. Events will be created for each forum on the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and the SDSU Facebook page and will include the link to join the Zoom forum. Links will also be made available on the Chamber’s website and the JacksRBack website, and emailed to Chamber membership and others.

For more information or questions about the forums, contact the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-692-6125.