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SDSU’s American Indian Student Center awarded prestigious LEED building certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded South Dakota State University’s American Indian Student Center with a LEED V4 Gold certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence.

SDSU Foundation Elects New Council of Trustees’ Chair

Rita Edwards of Madison was elected chair of the SDSU Foundation’s Council of Trustees. She began a two-year term Jan. 1. A Belle Fourche native, the 1981 speech graduate has served as a trustee since 2014. She has been on the board of governors since 2016. The 100-member council is comprised of some of the university’s most ardent financial supporters and advocates.

Graduate receives Pickering Fellowship

Kendra Alvizures ’19 has been selected as a participant in the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program for 2021. The fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She plans to start in Washington, D.C., in fall 2021.

SDSU Distinguished Engineer / Adolph Fejfar to be honored for work in ground, aviation systems

Tabor native Adolph Fejfar (Faye-far) credits legendary South Dakota State University football coach Ralph Ginn and an extended streak of good luck for the prominence he gained in a half-century career in ground and aviation electronics with MITRE Corp. In April he will become the 143rd person to be honored as an SDSU Distinguished Engineer since then-Dean Junis O.

Christmas in Djibouti / SDSU pharmacy prof stationed with Guard in Africa

Sun. Sand. A view of the gulf. Sounds like a great spot to spend Christmas. Emily Van Klompenburg isn’t complaining, but it wouldn’t be her first choice to spend Christmas.

Happy Fourth of July, Mr. President

By the tender age of 26, Lake City native Katie (Wegleitner) Cramer has twice performed for the president of the United States. The first occurred in 2013, when as a sophomore at Northern State University, she marched with the school band in Barack Obama’s inauguration parade.

Accelerated nursing grad leads charge to provide aid to the homeless

Katie (Wegleitner) Cramer already was serving in the South Dakota National Guard’s 147th Army Band and going to school full time at Northern State University when she picked up a side job. That job at Bethesda Nursing Home in Aberdeen did more than give her some spending money, it pointed her to her career. The Lake City native spent almost four years as a nursing assistant.

First class of students complete Wizipan Leadership and Sustainability Program based at Crazy Horse Memorial

The first class of students to enroll in the new Wizipan Leadership and Sustainability Program recently completed the semester-long experience offered through a unique partnership between South Dakota State University and The Indian University of North America of Crazy Horse Memorial.

Team 1 of 12 chosen by NASA / SDSU students plot plan to melt ice on Mars

NASA has selected a team from South Dakota State University among its 12 national finalists for its fifth-annual Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. Senior mechanical engineering students Matt Dentlinger, Arcadia, Iowa; Sajan Karki, Nepal; Dylan McMahon, Watertown; Gabe Peters, Worthing; and their adviser, Todd Letcher, an associate professor in mechanical engineering, have developed a

Traveling COVID-19 nurse may have found a home back home

Tyler Christensen is proof you can go home again. The staff at Sanford Health is thankful he did. Christensen, an ’07 graduate, had been working as a traveling nurse in Reno, Nevada, before the Beresford native decided to return to his home state to serve COVID-19 patients at Sanford in Sioux Falls. He continues to work as a traveling nurse but hopes to become a permanent employee.