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Monday Message, Sept. 20

SDSU Community:

Last week I was privileged to receive a copy of a letter addressed to the Student Affairs team from a father whose daughter is a freshman from Iowa. He was very complimentary of everyone he met at SDSU during move-in day and how the entire weekend really helped his daughter, and the family, adjust to life on campus.

It reminds me of how important all of our interactions are with prospective students, their families and anyone else who is influenced by a positive interaction from our faculty, staff and even other students. A simple hello during a campus visit, a brief conversation while they may be waiting for someone, a point in the right direction if they are looking for the Enrollment Services Center and even a simple thank you for visiting are little things that can mean the difference in a young person’s decision to attend our university. We will see thousands of students visiting our campus these next few months as they consider their post-high school opportunities.

Later this week the Board of Regents will issue its enrollment release. The overall numbers for SDSU are being finalized this week, and we will share that information on Friday. Enrollment will continue to be an important challenge for all of us, but I do want to thank everyone who worked hard this past year to help deliver what we anticipate being another solid retention rate, while continuing to recruit and enroll students in many key areas that include dual credit, transfer students, international students, graduate students and first-time students.

Just a reminder that the Senate Bill 55 Task Force and the Board of Regents will hold an outreach session Thursday in Woster Celebration Hall at the SDSU Alumni Center. The event will be held at 7 p.m., and all faculty and students are welcome to attend.

The outreach session is in advance of a final report, which will be made available on or before the deadline of Nov. 15. The Senate Bill 55 Task Force takes its name from legislation passed by the 2020 South Dakota Legislature, which directed the Board of Regents to create a task force to study the operations and functions of higher education institutions under the regents’ control. We hope to see you there.

As the calendar begins to look toward October, several athletic teams will begin conference play. Volleyball and football will be on the road to begin the conference season this week. Volleyball, after posting an 8-3 nonconference record, will travel to Vermillion to face USD Friday and our nationally ranked football team begins Missouri Valley Football Conference action Saturday at Indiana State. Kickoff is at noon. The women’s soccer team posted an 8-1 record to date in the nonconference season and plays at Air Force today before beginning Summit League action on Oct. 1 when they host Western Illinois.

Thank you for everything you do to make SDSU a special place. Please have a great week and we will see you on campus.

Go Jacks!


Barry H. Dunn, President


State of the University

Join President Barry H. Dunn Sept. 29 from 3:30-5 p.m. for the State of the University speech in the SDSU Alumni Center’s Woster Celebration Hall. President Dunn will update the campus community on the accomplishments, challenges and key initiatives facing SDSU.

Woodbine Production Series

Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell will perform at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow as part of the Woodbine Production Series. The performance will be in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online or by phone at (605-688-5188.

SDSU Recycling Guidelines

SDSU provides single-stream recycling to all campus students, faculty, staff and visitors. Recycling bins are placed around campus in residence hall rooms, hallways and classrooms. The blue recycling bins can easily identified on campus.

To learn what can be recycled on campus, please refer to the SDSU recycling guidelines. Per regional recycling industry standards, please do not bag recycling in a plastic bag. Keep all material loose when emptying contents into the recycling dumpster. Other items may be able to be recycled but must be handled separately.

Questions regarding recycling on campus can be directed to Facilities & Services – Sustainability @ 688-4136 or by email to Jennifer McLaughlin

Sustainability Ambassador Program

Join faculty, staff and students in the Sustainability Ambassador Program. The five-week program will look into sustainability concepts to enrich participants' understanding and empowering them to share and practice what they learn.

Each hourlong session will consist of a presentation with time for engaging activities and dialogue. Program topics include definitions of sustainability, social equity, climate change, energy and waste.

Sessions will be held the weeks of Oct. 11 through Nov. 8. Program dates and times will be scheduled around participants’ availability.

Registration closes Sept. 30. Please email Jennifer McLaughlin if you are interested

Talent Draft Day

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation will host the 2021 Talent Draft Day Thursday in Sioux Falls. The event showcases the latest technology and skills learned by college students, offer organizations an opportunity to network with students and engage people about employment topics and trends.

Interested students can sign up online.

IDS 16th Annual Teaching Technology and Innovation Expo

IDS will host its annual expo Oct. 6 and Oct. 8, online via Zoom. The expo will showcase new technologies and innovations for enhancing teaching, learning and research.

The sessions will be presented by SDSU faculty, industrial professionals and IDS staff. You’re cordially invited to join these sessions on either day. Please reserve your seat online.

Topics include:
• D2L Ally: Tips and Tricks to a Higher Score.
• Flexibility for Online Proctoring with Respondus Applications.
• Reinventing Science Education: Labster Simulations.
• Virtual Collaboration with MS Teams.
• Digital Media in a Digital World.
• Using Turning for Inside or Outside Classroom Use. 
• Taking Attendance in a Zoom Meeting.
• Engage Your Students with These Polling Options.

Questions go to IDS.

Students’ Association Adviser Search

The South Dakota State University Students’ Association is in search of an additional adviser for a two-year appointment. Under SA bylaws, “The senate shall select from the faculty or administration of the university two (2) nonvoting advisers to the senate.”

SA advisers serve as a resource to senators and SA leadership throughout the senate term. Individuals must be a full-time faculty or staff member of the university to be eligible. The selected individual will serve as a co-adviser with Christopher Schmit, faculty adviser, and Michaela Willis, presidential appointed adviser. 

Time commitments include:

Attendance at weekly SA meetings, which take place Mondays at 7 p.m. during the academic year. Monthly meetings with SA leadership. Availability to meet with senators throughout the year.



Information about the Students’ Association can be found on Interested faculty or staff who want to serve as an adviser should send a statement of interest to the Students’ Association president.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Coalition

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Coalition is seeking students, faculty and staff to join. The program’s mission is to educate our university and the public on issues related to gender and sexuality, through innovative curricula, research and outreach. IT is a university program that leads outreach and research on gender equity both on and off campus. 

Interested individuals may email Becky Kuehl

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