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Monday Message, Sept. 5

SDSU Community –

I hope all of you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and were able to spend time with family and friends.

While we may have a short week on campus, it will certainly be a very exciting and busy one between classes and all the fun activities as clubs and organizations kick off the new year.

Thursday, the SDSU Foundation will host its annual One Day for STATE, a 24-hour campaign inviting Jackrabbits everywhere to join together to celebrate SDSU and the incredible impact of philanthropic giving.

Last year, thousands of donors raised more than $2.4 million from 6,825 gifts. This year, the foundation’s goal is to surpass 5,000 donors to help unlock more than $700,000 in numerous challenges made possible by various donors.

Participants in One Day for STATE may choose which area of campus their gift can impact, ranging from scholarships, student travel, faculty support, colleges of choice, and a variety of academic and co-curricular programs.

The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band

I hope everyone takes the opportunity to explore and learn more about One Day for STATE and considers contributing to this wonderful event that has a positive impact on our campus and particularly our students. Remember, it's about more than the dollars.

Please join us throughout the day as there will be several special events taking place including the Yellow & Blue Block Party on Medary Ave. Thursday evening. There is more information about One Day for STATE below.

Also Thursday evening the women's soccer team will compete against Grand Canyon 6 p.m. at the Fishback Soccer Park. Thursday will definitely be busy for our university.

Saturday, our Jackrabbits football team returns to action, hosting No. 3-ranked Montana State in the annual Beef Bowl. The game is already sold out and is certainly a premier game in all of college football this weekend. It will also be Senior Day on campus as we host hundreds of high school seniors from South Dakota and the region.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last Thursday’s win over Western Oregon, especially our students who more than filled the student section for the game. We will need them this Saturday against the Montana State team.

It was also wonderful to see The Pride of the Dakotas on the field again with more than 320 members this year, wearing their beautiful new uniforms for the first time. Thank you to the work of many to provide the time necessary to get the uniforms to campus before the start of the season.

Next week the South Dakota Board of Regents will share enrollment numbers with each of the campuses. We are anticipating a positive report for our campus and a good portion of the regental system.

I want to thank everyone for their efforts in making SDSU a destination school for so many students in our state and region. We are certainly looking to have a strong class for first-time students, and our retention number for students returning for their second year on campus is very encouraging. I sincerely appreciate the effort of many to support and be engaged with the enrollment and retention of our students. I've asked many times for your support towards these efforts, and your work has certainly paid off.

Thank you for being a part of the SDSU family. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Go Jacks!


Barry H. Dunn, President

Thursday is the perfect opportunity to celebrate SDSU, make a bold impact and transform student lives. When we work together, there’s nothing the Jackrabbits family can’t do.

We are bold. We are blue. We are one.

The SDSU Foundation will host the seventh annual One Day for STATE, Thursday. One Day for STATE is a 24-hour challenge for Jackrabbits to celebrate SDSU and the impact made through philanthropy.

This year’s goal is 5,000 donors in 24 hours.Gifts of all sizes made during One Day for STATE help unlock the more than $700,000 in additional funds, thanks to generous challenge donors.

Cut out Flat Jack, and share your photo or video with him on social media using #OneDayForSTATE—the more creative, the better chance of winning prizes.

Jack’s Journey will take place the night before on Wednesday. Jack will depart from the SDSU Foundation at 6 p.m. and start his trip around Brookings.

A patio party will be hosted during One Day for STATE outside of the University Student Union from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, including giveaways, yard games and music.

The Yellow and Blue Block Party will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday on the Alumni Green. The event will include performances from The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band and the SDSU dance and cheer teams, along with food trucks, free SDSU ice cream, the Bummobile and kids’ activities.

To keep our guests safe during the celebration, parking lot 139 will close at 4 p.m. and Medary Avenue (from Eighth Street to 11th Street) will be closed from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Detour signs will direct traffic around the road closure.

Learn more at

The Campus and Community Common Read's 2023 signature event schedule is available on

Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend each event. This year’s Common Read is “An Immense World” by Ed Yong. The events are designed to provoke dialogue and conversation, generate questions, fuel curiosity and further apply what we learn to ourselves and the broader world we share with others, animal and human.

The SDSU Cricket Club is hosting Asia Cup 2023, providing a unique opportunity for students from various backgrounds to come together to celebrate the sport and support their favorite cricket teams. It is also an opportunity to introduce cricket to the SDSU campus.

Matches will be played on the Historic Green between the Avera Health and Science Center and the Campanile from 6-8 p.m. The remaining matches include:

  • Thursday – India vs. Bangladesh
  • Friday – India vs. Pakistan

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host China Night 2023, Sunday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Volstorff Ballroom at the University Student Union. This year will mark the first time the event has been held in three years following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will coincide with the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional holiday celebrated by Chinese worldwide. Performances will include a lion dance, a fashion show, instrumental music, vocal selections and much more. Tickets are available online.

The SDSU Student Health and Counseling Center will host the John Enke Memorial 5K, Sept. 16 at 8 a.m. The event will take place at McCrory Gardens and include guest speaker Angela Drake from the Fight Like a Ninja Foundation.

Volunteers are needed for the race and can sign up online.

Registration to run in the race can also be done online.

During the fall 2023 semester, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility is hosting four “CommUNITY Meetings,” which are provided to enhance knowledge and understanding of the unique lifestyles and perspectives in and around the SDSU and Brookings communities. Attendance at these meetings is completely voluntary. OMAA strives to build unity by learning together.

Information about each of the meetings, including dates and times, can be found on

The Brookings Public Library, along with co-sponsors from the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative, Brookings Human Rights Commission, SDSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility and the Brookings Interfaith Council, is hosting a series of community intergroup dialogues. The dialogues are small groups led by trained facilitators who will meet over five weeks throughout September and October to communicate across differences and explore challenging topics affecting them and their community.

There will be a kickoff event on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Brookings Public Library. Individuals who are interested in participating can learn what to expect from the program at the kickoff, hear from keynote speaker Taneeza Islam and register to be in a dialogue group.

Groups will meet once a week during their scheduled time, ending with a wrap-up session on Oct. 24. The program is an important tool that allows participants to get to know one another both on a personal and a group basis so that they can work toward grasping the complexities of issues that affect communities.

Interested participants in the kickoff event are asked to RSVP online.

The South Dakota Art Museum will host a free concert with ISANTI on the Anderson Plaza behind the museum. The concert will be Sept. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. Information about parking and what to bring can be found on

The Division of Research and Economic Development hosts a series of six training events starting in September and concluding in November. The sessions will cover funding, communications strategies, writing grant proposals and team building.

Dates, times and locations can be found on

The Miller Wellness Center will host adult and pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid courses throughout the fall semester.

Courses will be held:

  • Wednesday 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.

Free Access Day at the Miller Wellness Center will take place Sept. 16. In-person memberships purchased between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. will receive 10% off. Enjoy the kids’ zone, indoor pool, climbing wall and group fitness classes.

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.

Parking Services is requesting your attention regarding current processes of contact for any parking needs. If you have previously reached out to specific individuals for questions, concerns, purchases, etc., we ask that you update your procedures to contact the Parking Office at 605-688-7275 or use the main office email. Using these contact points help us to more efficiently serve our customers.

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