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Pipestone National Monument and SDSU Renew Partnership Agreement

PIPESTONE, Minnesota - The National Park Service is pleased to announce a renewed agreement between Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, Minnesota, and South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, is in place for five more years. The Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions was signed March 30, 2020.

Von Eschen selected director of Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

Lynn Sargeant, dean of South Dakota State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, has announced the hiring of Lynn Von Eschen as director of the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center following a national search.

APLU Releases Reports Identifying 11 Critical Employability Skills Gaps for Graduates

Pat Crawford, director of South Dakota State University’s School of Design, was the co-principal investigator and author of two reports on employability skills, released today by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Crawford worked with Wendy Fink, APLU’s executive director for its academic programs section, on the latest reports and one in 2011.

Doner Auditorium project progresses with SDHC grant

The Doner Auditorium digital preservation project is moving forward, thanks to a South Dakota Humanities Council grant. The Archives & Special Collections launched this project in the summer of 2019 in an effort to preserve and promote unique SDSU theater history.

Graduate uses 3D printer to make facemask strips

A social media post by Mitchell Olson ’99 about what he was doing to help others in the COVID-19 pandemic went viral. Olson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance, made a post April 5 on Facebook that he was 3D printing five strips for a neighbor who works at a Sioux Falls hospital.

SDSU community helping sew masks for Brookings Health System

Instead of sewing costumes for South Dakota State University theatrical productions or making quilts or other projects, more than 20 individuals are making masks for Brookings Health System and Avera Medical Group Brookings. Billy Wilburn, an associate professor at SDSU, has helped coordinate community members, SDSU faculty, staff and students who have made more than 400 masks.

Perry advances to national singing competition

Micah Perry, a junior music education major at South Dakota State University, has qualified to compete in the national preliminary round of the National Student Auditions organized by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Perry, of Brookings, is one of 14 regional winners.

Pauli and Reynolds receive International Trumpet Guild scholarships

South Dakota State University students Liz Pauli and William Reynolds received scholarships to attend the International Trumpet Guild Conference. They are among 18 undergraduate recipients who will attend the 2021 annual event in Anaheim, California, since the 2020 event in Columbus, Ohio, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woodbine Productions Working on Future Date for New Shanghai Circus

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Shanghai Circus has suspended its 2020 tour that includes a May 4 date at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on the South Dakota State University campus. The performance, under the management with Columbia Theatricals, is part of the Woodbine Productions series.

Theater alumni, students make Zoom connections

Silver linings can be found among the upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them is the connections made during prescribed social distancing. The world of in-person arts and entertainment dried like a flower petal in a scorching wind. Suddenly those making their incomes onstage, behind the stage or promoting the stage were at home without a job.