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Ackman celebrating final curtain call

J.D. Ackman, coordinator of theatre, will be retiring in August after 32 years of service. Ackman served as the managing and artistic director of Prairie Repertory Theatre from 2007 to 2021 and the director of State University Theatre and Dance from 2010 to 2022.

Master of Mass Communication program opens doors for working professionals

More individuals are seeking to obtain their degree online from the comfort of their home.

Jazz festival brings optimism to SDSU and Brookings community

The past few years have increased the need for unity and optimism. The continued partnership between the Brookings Optimist Club and SDSU brought that optimism at their 17th annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, held on April 7. The festival, hosted at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center, had over 800 middle and high school students and their directors in attendance.

Scott receives Carol Hepper Foundation Award

South Dakota State University junior Matthew Scott has been selected as the second-ever recipient of the Carol Hepper Foundation Award in studio art. A studio art major with a printmaking specialization, Scott receives a $5,000 scholarship for the upcoming academic year.

Prairie Repertory Theatre to open season with three shows in June

Prairie Repertory Theatre will open its season June 8 with “The Play That Goes Wrong” in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center’s Oscar Larson Theatre on the South Dakota State University campus. Tickets for that performance, and all PRT performances, are available at

CAIRNS director speaking at the South Dakota Art Museum

The Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) Director Craig Howe, Ph.D., will speak during two South Dakota Art Museum public events, April 21 and April 22. The first, April 21 from 4:30-7 p.m., is the opening celebration of the newest CAIRNS exhibition, The Gift. The public is invited to a free reception at the museum from 4:30-6 p.m.

2022 Issue of ‘Oakwood’ unveiling to be April 21 at Briggs Library

Founded in 1975, South Dakota State University’s literary magazine “Oakwood” is fast approaching its 50th anniversary. This year’s issue debuts April 21 at the Hilton M.

Students hold exhibit at Washington Pavilion

Fourteen South Dakota State University students will hold an exhibit in the Young Artists Gallery in the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. The exhibit, A Gateway to Place Between, opens April 8 with a 5 p.m. reception. It will be on display until Aug.

Students recognized for excellence in South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing Voice Competition

Four South Dakota State University students won their events at the South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing Voice Competition, held in Aberdeen March 26. The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) consists of over 7,000 members, making it the largest professional association of teachers of singing worldwide.

The art of philanthropy | Dickerson estate funds South Dakota Art Museum

From the South Dakota State University Foundation What started as a deep appreciation of the arts has led to one family’s multigenerational legacy of generosity at South Dakota State University. Following the passing of 1951 alum Barbara Revell Dickerson, the SDSU Foundation learned of an estate gift that would make history for the university.