Today marks two weeks until Hobo Day Week activities begin on the SDSU campus. The Jackrabbits will face Southern Illinois for Hobo Day, Oct. 5. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
The Hobo Day Committee will be going around campus this week to sell 2019 Hobo Day buttons for $2 (cash only) Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. and Thursday from 9-11 a.m.
The buttons and other Hobo Day merchandise is available in the University Bookstore or online at Jackrabbit Central.
Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond recognizes individuals and groups of SDSU employees, faculty and students for individual and team efforts that go Above and Beyond to make the campus community a better place. This week’s Above and Beyond recognizes the Facilities and Services grounds crew for their efforts this year in keeping our campus a beautiful and safe place.
Following a difficult and long winter season, the grounds crew spent the summer months dealing with a high volume of rainfall. Overall, the group is responsible for mowing 210 acres of turf weekly and maintaining 6.5 miles of streets and 80 acres of parking lots.
This year, the crew planted more than 70 new trees on campus and was responsible for planting, watering and maintaining hundreds of flower beds and more than 2,000 individual annuals that grow on campus each year.
The crew also worked over the summer to inject a dozen elm trees to prevent Dutch Elm disease, protecting just over 3% of the campus trees for another three years.
Thank you to everyone on the Facilities and Services grounds crew for your efforts to make SDSU a beautiful campus and for going Above and Beyond.
Enrollment Trends White Paper – Pursuant to President’s Dunn State of the University remarks last week concerning enrollment at SDSU, the white paper referenced during the speech—“Forecasted Demographic and Demand Trends through 2032: Preparing South Dakota State University for a Strong Future,” is available online.
University leadership has continued to address the challenges of declining enrollment at our university and what the demographics for students will be five, 10 and even 12 years from now. The paper outlines the research and the projections for fewer high school graduates in the region over a 13-year period and how SDSU is prepared to aggressively respond.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the paper and actively engage in our enrollment strategies in order to create a vibrant and sustainable SDSU with a bold impact into the future. Continued implementation of a strong, data-informed enrollment plan with innovative initiatives is essential. Maximizing our efforts on a strong SDSU brand focused on value and bold impact will help to solidify the university’s vision of being a premier land-grant university.
All Things International Series – The All Things International Series continues this week. All events will be held Thursdays in the Hobo Day Gallery beginning at 4 p.m.
This week’s event will focus on the IRC, the official student organization that represents the international student voice at SDSU. The group will discuss how these student leaders help fellow international students adjust to life at SDSU and connect with the Brookings community.
One Day for State –Last week’s 24-hour fundraiser included nearly 3,500 donors and more than $1.3 million raised. All challenge funds were unlocked with the first 2,400 donors reached by 6:15 p.m. More than 460 students and 470 faculty and staff donated during the day, unlocking $50,000 for scholarships.
Final numbers for One Day for STATE will be released soon. Faculty and staff who took video and photos during the day’s events can share them by emailing the SDSU Foundation.
Indigenizing Spaces Symposium - The annual Indigenizing Spaces Symposium will be held Thursday in the Volstorff Ballroom at the University Student Union. This year's theme is Rematriating Leadership and Land. Four sessions will be held and are free and open to the public:
- Session One, 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Panel discussion on representations of female leadership in the media, including speakers Karrin Vasby Anderson, Colorado State University; Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Nation; and SDSU’s Lisa Hager and Evren Celik Wiltse. Panelists will discuss how those representations both hide indigenous women's leadership and explain the erasure, especially discussing the case of #noDAPL.
- Session Two, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Panel discussion about rematriation at SDSU, including how indigenous students are rematriating and what questions they may have for indigenous elders.
- Session Three, 2-3:15 p.m.: Louise McDonald Herne (Wakerakatste) and Janet Flores will speak about rematriating leadership and land. They will discuss how land and water are relatives and those relatives are female. As such, indigenous women hold a deep connection to protecting land and water and have since time immemorial.
- Session Four, 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Panel discussion to summarize the day, including a discussion of murdered and missing indigenous women.
Touchdown Tuesday – Touchdown Tuesday returns to the University Bookstore in the University Student Union, Jackrabbit Central downtown and online tomorrow. Jackrabbits apparel and other bookstore merchandise will be sold at a 25% discount.
Poverty Simulation –The Brookings Area United Way and the SDSU Department of Counseling and Human Development will host a poverty simulation event Friday from 12:30-4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Community Life Center.
Participants will be assigned to life situations individuals living in poverty face every day. Faculty and staff can still participate by registering online. Additional information about the simulation is available on sdstate.edu.
Title IX/EO Training – The Office of Title IX/EO is offering monthly training with different topics. The training sessions will be held in Morrill Hall 104 from noon-1:30 p.m. The sessions and topics include:
Thursday – Harassment and Discrimination
Oct. 8 – Harassment and Discrimination
Oct. 24 – ADA
Off-campus employees are welcome to attend these sessions via DDN. To register for this training series or to connect via DDN, please contact Craig McCuin at 688-4128 or via email . Employees who attend will receive a certificate of participation.
IDS 14th Annual Technology and Innovation Expo – IDS will host its annual expo Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 in Pugsley 105 and online in 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:
- Life after death by PowerPoint: recording, quizzing and stream
- Real time student response strategies using Microsoft forms
- Day one access e-textbook mythbusters: SDSU first day access
- Globus and cloud storage technologies
- Academic integrity with Respondus Monitor and other strategies
- Hidden gems in D2L
- Virtual reality and mixed reality in 2019: more, better and cheaper
- Exploring multifactor authentication duo benefits and technology
- Don’t believe the Skype hype: the Zoom alternative
- TurningPoint web response: dull presentations are still evil
- Universal learning experience with Microsoft Live translation and captioning
Bum-A-Meal Hosts Needed – The 2019 Hobo Day Committee is searching for faculty, staff, alumni and community members to feed hungry hobos Sept. 30 as part of the Bum-A-Meal tradition. Interested participants may register online or contact Rochelle Patterson, the 2019 Bum-A-Meal coordinator.
Individuals and families who participate can win Hy-Vee gift cards. Two $25 gift cards will be awarded by a drawing from participants who register by Friday and are willing to host a minimum of 10 hobos. Five $10 cards will be awarded for those who register by Friday and will host a minimum of eight hobos.
The Monday Morning Message appears weekly during the academic year and less frequently during holiday and summer breaks. Information and nominations for the Above and Beyond to be considered for the Monday Morning Message can be submitted online through the Above and Beyond nomination form.