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‘When am I Ever Going to Use This?’

Gavin Doering’s graduation speech topic is “When am I Ever Going to Use This?” It’s a question every student has asked and Doering admits he has even asked that question a few times while pursuing a minor in aerospace studies. But overall, the Alcester native said the objectives were clear in his four years in the U.S.

2021 Common Read selection unveiled

Called “Stirring . . . [a] blueprint for all those who believe . . . that ‘the world . . .

3-year graduate makes connections with Foundation

Caitlin Thilges, of Algona, Iowa, is graduating in only three years with a degree in leadership and management of nonprofit organizations with a minor in management. As a student at Bishop Garrigan High School, Thilges loaded up online college courses and dual credit courses. So she entered SDSU with 33 credits, more than a year’s worth. Not surprisingly, she is a member of the Van D.

South Dakota State University Students Selected to Represent the South Dakota Dairy Industry as Midwest Dairy Ambassadors

Five South Dakota State University students have been selected to represent South Dakota’s dairy industry as part of the 2021 Midwest Dairy Ambassador Program.

Bring the Blue had Vig bursting with excitement

Brianna Vig of Brookings spent her four undergraduate years at State as a cheerleader. For arguably the biggest football game in the school’s history, she was on the sidelines again, but not as a cheerleader. When SDSU hosted rival North Dakota State Oct.

Grandma influenced plans to enter rural family medicine

Since she was a 2-year-old, Keri Pappas wanted to be a medical doctor. Eleven years ago, when her grandmother was forced to move from her hometown of Lemmon because of inadequate medical care, Pappas made the commitment to go into rural family medicine. At age 68, Carolyn Geist moved across the state and into the Pappas home in Groton.

Grad speaker on campus for first time

May 8 is graduation day for Thalissa Grant-McClure, the culmination of a two-year adventure to gain a master’s degree in mass communication. It also will be her second day on campus. The first will be May 7. Grant-McClure, who completed her studies in fall 2020, is a resident of Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America. All of her graduate work was online.

Making an impact through relationships

Graduation speaker Madison “Maddie” Dulas said it wasn’t unusual for her to be up until 2 a.m. with friends in her residence hall. Nothing headline-worthy there. That’s modus operandi for many collegians. What sets apart Dulas, a sociology major from Waseca, Minnesota, is the reason for her late-night chats.

S.D. DOT project evaluates integrity of highway base layer

The secret to a durable highway lies beneath the driving surface. “The base layer just beneath the pavement largely contributes to the structural integrity of the highways and makes them strong enough to withstand the traffic loads to which they will be subjected,” explained South Dakota State University assistant professor Rouzbeh Ghabchi of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

SDSU recognizes student works at URSCAD

South Dakota State University held its annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Day virtually April 12-14. In addition to selecting top student performances, the university announced the recipients of the Schultz-Werth Awards and the Joseph F. Nelson Undergraduate Research Mentorships. URSCAD is organized by SDSU’s Van D. and Barbara B.