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Monday Message, August 21

SDSU Community –

It’s an exciting week on campus as we begin the first day of classes for the 2023-24 academic year. It is wonderful to have faculty back in the classrooms and thousands of students on campus learning and preparing themselves for a bright future.

2023 Class Photo

I am very thankful for everyone who volunteered for move-in day and the weekend activities on campus as we worked to make our students feel ready for the fall semester.

I included the class picture of our first-time students that was taken Saturday morning at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in my message. I realize how much time and effort it took from many of you, not only this past weekend, but the past several months to make these students feel welcomed at SDSU. You all had a role in bringing these students to campus. Thank you for your efforts!

Also, a reminder that the Wintrode Student Success and Opportunity Center has relocated to Wagner Hall on the first and second floors. The center is a critical part of our campus and provides students many valuable resources to ensure their success in the classroom and on campus. The Academic Success and Recovery Program is located on the second floor of Wagner Hall while the First Year Advising Center and tutoring services are on the first floor.

Please encourage students to utilize the center’s services. The next couple of weeks are crucial for all our students to begin the year strong and use that momentum throughout the academic year as they continue to pursue their professional dreams.

I also want to remind everyone that we will host the State of the University, Sept. 20 in the Woster Celebration Hall located in the SDSU Alumni Center beginning at 1 p.m. I encourage everyone to attend as we will celebrate the successes of the past five years from Imagine 2023, while launching our next strategic plan, Pathway to Premier 2030.

It will be an opportunity to celebrate the great work of many around campus and learn about the key initiatives of the next several years. SDSU will continue to lead higher education in the state and be a premier land-grant university in our region, nation and even the world. I look forward to what Pathway to Premier offers and the collective strategic direction our great university will take in the coming years.

Finally, remember we will experience some very warm temperatures and heat indexes the next couple of days. An email from our Office of Emergency Management was sent to campus yesterday reminding all of us to take any necessary precautions. I encourage everyone to read the information.

Thank you again for all that you do to make our university premier. I am proud to be a Jackrabbit and certainly enjoyed that feeling this weekend while helping our students and families get settled on campus.

Please have a wonderful week and a tremendous semester!

Go Jacks!


Barry H. Dunn, President

The SDSU Foundation will host the seventh annual One Day for STATE, Sept. 7. One Day for STATE is a 24-hour challenge for Jackrabbits, celebrating SDSU and the impact of philanthropy.

This year’s goals include reaching 5,000 donors in 24 hours to unlock $700,000 from challenge donors. There are chances to support more than 110 different opportunities, including scholarships, academic programming, athletics and more.

Last year, One Date for STATE raised more than $2.4 million from 6,825 gifts.

The Miller Wellness Center will be hosting Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Courses throughout the fall semester.

Courses will be held:

  • Sept. 6 at 3 p.m.,
  • Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.,
  • Oct. 2 at 3 p.m.,
  • Nov. 2 at 3 p.m.,
  • Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., and
  • Nov. 29 at 3 p.m.

Participants can register through the Wellness Center Portal or by calling 605-688-5521. Registration closes one week prior to class.

Faculty and staff who have gently used professional dress clothing are encouraged to donate and help our students. Donations can be made to the Office of Career Development and will be available to students for free following the Sept. 5 career fashion show in the University Student Union Market.

Donations, including suits, shirts, ties, dress pants, dresses, pant suits and dress shoes, can be brought to room 136 of the University Student Union during normal business hours or by calling Becky Pistulka at 605-688-5242 to schedule pickup. Deadline to submit clothing is Sept. 1.

Free Access Day at the Miller Wellness Center will take place Sept. 16. Faculty and staff will receive 10% off a new membership from 8 a.m.-5p.m. Employees and guests can use the center all day and enjoy the kids zone, indoor pool, climbing wall and more. Employees must show their SDSU identification card to gain access.

The IDS fall training schedule is available on InsideState. The eLearning applications refresher workshops and weekly webinars prepare faculty for a successful semester. Classroom tours can be requested individually to IDS. All SDSU faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to attend these trainings.

Please direct your individual questions or any requests to IDS.

The Miller Wellness Center is holding a food drive for Jack's Cupboard during the month of August.

For each donation, participants receive 1% off the total price of a membership, personal training, group swim lessons or outdoor gear rentals. Each person may donate up to 15 items, and donations needed include rice, noodles, canned meats, gluten-free items, canned fruits, cereal and Hamburger Helper meals.

Items can be brought directly to the Miller Wellness Center.

The Monday Message appears weekly during the academic year and less frequently during the summer months and holiday breaks.

Information for the Monday Message, including nominations for Above and Beyond, can be submitted online through the submission form.