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Monday Message, Sept. 7

SDSU Community:

The Tuesday edition of the Monday Message begins a busy week on campus and also follows a very exciting weekend of successful athletic events for our Jackrabbits.

Congratulations to the Jacks football team for its 42-23 victory over Colorado State Friday in Fort Collins. The volleyball team finished the SDSU Invite with wins over Montana and California Baptist to improve to 4-1 on the year and the soccer team returned from Hawaii with three wins and enters the week with a 5-1 record.

The SDSU Foundation held its One Day for State Thursday. The goal was to have more than 5,000 unique donors during a 24-hour period, raising money for scholarships, facilities and important initiatives of the university. The day finished with more than 5,110 donors and over $1.7 million raised. The generous contributions unlocked $50,000 in challenge funds. Thank you to everyone who participated. The gifts truly make a difference.

This week, we hold Jacks Bash 2 tomorrow night at the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Zac Brown Band will headline the evening with additional acts to include Fall Out Boy and Gabby Barrett. Campus will be buzzing with activity tomorrow afternoon. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to help accommodate for the event with parking and other logistics to ensure we are efficient in bringing people to campus.

Saturday the Jackrabbits football team will be at home against Lindenwood. It will be the Precision Ag Bowl, Dairy Drive and the 2020 Hall of Fame game to recognize those inducted last year but not honored yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

Prior to the game, we will host the grand opening of the Raven Precision Agriculture Center at the new facility on Medary Avenue. The grand opening will begin at 2 p.m. and be a celebration of many years of work and planning. The new facility is a game changer for our university, allowing our students a unique opportunity to learn and train in the field of precision ag, while providing an “innovation ecosystem” for research—a term coined by our own David Wright. It will be a special afternoon on campus, and we hope you can attend.

We continue to monitor and watch how COVID-19 impacts our campus and community. Thursday we will host a vaccine clinic for students to receive either the one-dose Johnson & Johnson or two-dose Moderna vaccine. The second clinic for the Moderna vaccine will be Oct. 7. We are strongly encouraging anyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine. More information about the COVID-19 vaccines is available on the JacksRBack website.

Thank you again for everything you do for SDSU. Please have a wonderful week.

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.

SB 55 Task Force Outreach Session

The Senate Bill 55 Task Force and the South Dakota Board of Regents will hold an outreach session in Brookings, Sept. 23 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.

Please join us Sept. 23.

Temporary COVID-19 Testing Site

The COVID-19 testing site will relocate temporarily to the east side of Frost Arena, today through Friday, to accommodate for Jacks Bash 2. The site will conduct tests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9/11 Campanile Climb

SDSU’s Team Red, White and Blue, along with the Miller Wellness Center and the Veterans Affairs Office, will host a 9/11 tribute, Saturday at the Coughlin Campanile. The tribute will include a Campanile Climb. Event details include:

  • 8:30 a.m. - Registration
  • 8:45 a.m. - Runners Climb
  • 9:45 a.m. - Walkers Climb

The event is free. Contact Connie Johnson at (6050 651-3649 with questions.

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) non-voting 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. We are a university program that leads outreach and research on gender equity both on and off campus. 

Interested individuals may email Becky Kuehl

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