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S.D. Nelson and Gregory Bryan to speak at South Dakota Art Museum

S.D. Nelson and Gregory Bryan, the men behind two South Dakota Art Museum exhibits of American Indian story illustrations, will speak on Sept. 12 at 5:45 p.m. during the 5-7 p.m. closing reception for S.D. Nelson: Sharing My Vision and A Life’s Work: Paul Goble Illustrations of American Indian Stories. The public is invited to a book signing from 4-5 p.m.

Standish named August’s Civil Service Employee of the Month

Micayla Standish has been named South Dakota State University’s Civil Service Employee of the Month for August. Standish, who serves as a graphic designer at University Marketing and Communications, will be honored at 3:30 p.m. Aug.

Brookings Economic Development Corporation awarded $35,000 grant for Business Innovation Summit

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) has received a USDA Rural Business Development Grant to hold a day-long event that will help existing businesses and entrepreneurs remain competitive in the next generation economy.  The Business Innovation Summit will feature keynote speaker Mitch Ditkoff.

SDSU ranked No. 10 in best colleges for education majors has ranked South Dakota State University No. 10 in its 50 Best Colleges for Education Majors. According to, “South Dakota State offers 16 degrees in education, including a B.S. in early childhood education, a B.S. in physical education teacher education and a B.S. in early education and care.

Moore named American Indian Student Center director

Erica Moore will start as South Dakota State University’s American Indian Student Center director July 8. Moore comes to SDSU after spending the past four years as the chief academic officer at the Lower Brule Community College. “Dr. Moore brings a strong background in supporting American Indian students in higher education, most recently through her work at Lower Brule Community College.

SDSU No. 2 in Forbes’ Best-in-State Employers for 2019

South Dakota State University has been named to the inaugural Forbes list of America’s Best-in-State Employers. South Dakota State University was ranked No. 2 in the state. The ranking included companies that employ at least 500 people in their U.S.

Analysis shows SDSU ranked among nation's best for exceeding graduation rates

South Dakota State University was listed as one of the top-performing institutions in terms of exceeding expected six-year graduation rates, according to analysis of 368 colleges and universities done by The New York Times and the Urban Institute’s Center on Education Data and Policy.

Programs benefit student learning through Assessment Academy

The primary goals for the South Dakota State University Assessment Academy are to assess academic programs and make changes to benefit student learning.  Having a high-quality assessment helps contribute to SDState’s continuing accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center provides ultimate theater experience

Theater students can put on a first-class/world-class production thanks to the recent addition to the Performing Arts Center. After the addition was completed, it was renamed to the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Students now perform in the new, state-of-the-art proscenium theater, which seats about 850 people.

Williams named Chief Diversity Officer

Kas Williams, current interim director for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access, has been named the chief diversity officer at South Dakota State University. Williams’ announcement comes following a national search.