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Rabbit Report by SDSU Students' Association


It’s a short week, so let’s hop right to it… The Students’ Association senate will not meet this week due to the observation of President’s Day, but we are always available in our office next to Extreme Pita!


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This jam-packed edition of the RR includes:

  • Join SA Senate!
  • Students’ Association and Athletics Agreement Survey
  • UPC Upcoming Events
  • Hobo Day Policy Change Forums
  • AISA Indian Taco Sale
  • Join Barnyard Cadets
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Conspiracy Theory Club Meeting
  • College Republicans: Q&A with Senator John Thune 
  • Gentlemen, Join Us For "Greeks With Games"
  • Cherry Berry Tip Night
  • Join the Social Circle
  • Food Science Club
  • HPV Documentary, presented by Colleges Against Cancer
  • VITA Program
  • Hospitality Management Career Fair
  • RecycleMania!
  • Student Organization Awards
  • Jack’s Cupboard
  • Financial Aid Launches Student Self Service Portal
  • 2019 Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards


Join SA Senate

Applications & Petitions Available until February 26 (due at 5 p.m.)

All SDSU Students are a part of the Students’ Association. SA is often known as a student government organization which advocates for students and aims to positively impact the SDSU community. Our SA Senate is just one part of the bigger picture, composed of student representatives based on the college in which their major falls. Senator duties include speaking with constituents, composing legislation, serving on university committees, and representing the voices of all SDSU Students. We are looking for motivated students to join us around the table! Be a voice, be the change, be an SA senator. Elections will be held March 19th & 20th. More information can be found at or contact • Go Jacks!

Students’ Association and Athletics Agreement Survey

The SDSU Students’ Association is collaborating with SDSU Athletics to create an agreement about benefits that will enhance the student experience relative to Athletics. There is potential for a wide variety of programs and services across campus that could be included in this agreement to benefit students, including both athletic facilities and services as well as other non-athletic campus programming.  Your input will be extremely valuable in helping determine students’ priorities and gather ideas. Please fill out the form below and encourage other SDSU students to do the same. Your ideas will help benefit students!    Responses close Thursday (2/21) at noon.

University Program Council Upcoming Events:

Fight the Freshman 15: Wednesday, February 20th. If you want to indulge on all your favorite snacks without having to bear the extra weight of college life, join us in the VBR at 7pm! At this lecture Tom Ryan, you will learn different tips and tricks on how to kick butt nutritionally and stay fit while eating your fave foods. Questions? Contact Taylor Deplazes at

 Roommate Feud: Thursday, February 21st. Think you know your roommate well? Put it to the test at Roommate Feud on the Market Stage from 3-5pm! Similar to the Newlywed game, you and your partner will have the answer questions about each other and compete for different dorm/home items! Some prizes included are Sign up at Info Exchange. Questions? Contact Megan Bolton at 

Hobo Day Policy Change Forums

The Hobo Day Committee has recently reviewed the Hobo Day parade policies and are seeking input on the proposed policy changes. If you are a representative of a student organization and are interested in learning more about the proposed parade policy changes, please attend one of their student forums. The student forums will be two question and answer sessions for groups to ask any questions about the policies or share concerns. The policy changes can be found on the Hobo Day Committee’s Jacks Club Hub page. Information on the forums are also listed on their Jacks Club Hub page.

AISA Indian Taco Sale!

The American Indian Student Association is having an Indian Taco Sale February 28th @ 11am until sold out. We will be set up in the American Indian Student Center (lower level of Enrollment Services). Indian Tacos: $7, Frybread: $3. We accept cash and hobo dough!

Join Barnyard Cadets!

Are you overflowing with pride for SDSU and don’t know what to do with it!? Come join the Barnyard Cadets! The Barnyard Cadets are a group on campus that is dedicated to keeping the traditions of SDSU alive. Some of the major things we do are the Game Day Walk, State Shout, the Campanile Climb, and the Charter Day Banquet. We also give new students cowbells each year and own a live mascot named Coughlin the Rabbit. 

If you are interested in joining, please email president Peyton DeJong at You can also visit our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter at @SDSU_BYC.

Coughlin the Rabbit also has a Twitter and Instagram @CoughlinRabbit. 

 Down the Rabbit Hole: Conspiracy Theory Club

Our next meeting will be held on February 24th at 7pm in Wagner 131. All majors and students welcome! The next conspiracy theory topic is the Zodiac Killer. 

Email or for any questions!

College Republicans: Q&A with Senator John Thune 

SDSU College Republicans will be hosting U.S. Senator John Thune here on campus Thursday, February 21st at 3:00 PM in Herold Crest (253). John Thune is serving as the Majority Whip in the US Senate and we are very lucky to have him on campus. Please bring some questions!

Gentlemen, Join Us For "Greeks With Games"

Video games, board games, yard games, card games – you name it! If you have another game you’d like to bring: BRING IT! This event is happening this Friday, Feb. 22nd at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in the union. All men are welcome! Also, Weekend Stuff is showing a MOVIE: Creed II, which goes until 10:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Cherry Berry Tip Night

Join Chi Omega in supporting Make-A-Wish South Dakota by going to Cherry Berry on Wednesday, February 20th from 4pm to 8pm. 10% of proceeds will go to benefit Make-A-Wish, at no additional cost to you. Any questions, email

Join the Social Circle

The Social Circle is a club with a mission of encouraging those with social apprehension or who are anxious or nervous when meeting new people to join a safe and comfortable environment that welcomes all students. We hope that within our club, students can establish connections and friendships to enhance the college experience by encouraging involvement in activities on and around campus. The Social Circle is welcome to all students, regardless of major or interests, and has no department affiliation.

Our first meeting will be Thursday, March 14th at 5:30 p.m. in Rotunda C.

South Dakota State University Food Science Club

Our next meeting will be held on February 21st at 5pm in Dairy Science 122. All students and majors welcome! Bring a potluck dish to share and hear about the activities and events that the food science club participates in. Email with any questions.

HPV Documentary by Colleges Against Cancer

On February 24th @ 6 p.m., Colleges Against Cancer will be sponsoring an event in Rotunda G. This event is to spread awareness and educate the public on HPV. There will be a "Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic" documentary shown, with expert panelists to follow.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Need help with your taxes? Certified volunteers can help you prepare and file your tax return for FREE! You qualify for this service if your income does not exceed $55,0000, and it will be available until February 28.

When: Every Tuesday, 9 AM - 12 PM

            Every Thursday, 12 PM - 3 PM

            Saturday: February 23 from 9 AM - 12 PM 

Where: Harding Hall #206

Hospitality Management Career Fair:

Looking for a way to network with industry professionals and potentially find a job or internship? We've got you covered. Several employers in the hospitality industry will showcase the best that their organization has to offer in the Hospitality Management Career Fair on Wednesday, February 27th in the Volstorff Ballroom. No advance registration is required for students. Dress business casual and come prepared with printed resumes. Here is the schedule:

9:00am-11:30am     Student Registration

 9:00am-12:00pm     Career Fair
 12:00pm-1:00pm      Lunch Break
 1:00pm-5:00pm        Scheduled Interviews


Let the competition begin! For the 9th year in a row, SDSU is participating in RecycleMania, a nationwide recycling competition that works to reduce campus waste and increase recycling. The competition runs from Feb. 3 – March 30. Everyone is encouraged to participate by recycling as much as they can! A few important items to note about recycling on campus:

  • Follow the SDSU Recycling Guide to learn what can and cannot be recycled on campus. Please note that glass is no longer recyclable on campus.
  • In general, all recycling bins and dumpsters are colored blue. Trash bins are colored yellow. For students living in the dorms, check out the new recycling dumpster (see attached). Only recyclables should go in the recycling bin.
  • If collecting recycling in your room, use a clear plastic bag.

As we progress through RecycleMania 2019, let’s see how much we can increase our recycling! While the competition ends on March 30th, everyone should continue to recycle all the time!

Click to view the new recycling dumpster at the res. halls!

Student Organization Awards

The South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR) is seeking award nominations for student organizations – and we want you to apply! Please consider sharing the story of your organization with us and with the South Dakota Board of Regents.

To request an application packet, contact the Office of Student Activities at, 605-688-4425 or in the Center for Student Engagement of the Union.

Award categories include academic excellence, community service and organizational leadership.

Jack’s Cupboard

Jack's Cupboard will be open from 3:30-6:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays this semester! SDSU students can present their student ID on the southeast side of Ben Reifel Hall to access the food pantry. This is a free service open to all students, no application required.

If you're interested in donating to the pantry, flex dollars or block meals can be donated to help others receive a warm meal. Monetary donations are also accepted at Card Services in the Union. Donations of non-perishable food items are accepted at Jack’s Cupboard during hours of operation or can be dropped of at the University Police Department. Contact for more information.

*This effort is sponsored by faculty, staff, and students from the Office of DIEA, Facilities & Services, SDSU Sustainability, Housing & Res. Life, SDSU Extension, Health & Nutritional Sciences, Jack’s Dining, and Interdisciplinary Studies & Experiential Learning.

Financial Aid Launches Student Self Service Portal

SDSU students can access 2019-2020 financial aid information in the new Student Self Service Portal . Students can log into the portal to verify that their FAFSAs have been received and to view outstanding financial aid requirements.  Students who have outstanding requirements for the upcoming year recently received an email from Enrollment Services Center directing them to the portal.  Please continue to use WebAdvisor to access 2018-2019 financial aid information.

2019 Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards

 In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, SDSU’s Women’s and Gender Studies program announces the annual Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction Awards. These awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women and those who promote opportunities for historically marginalized groups at South Dakota State University, including through community activism and service. Five women and one ally will be honored.

 Nominations are open to women in the following roles:

·        Administration

·        Professional Staff/NFE

·        Faculty

·        Civil Service Staff

·        Student

Nomination Requirements: 

1) Nomination or self-nomination letter (300-600 words)

2) One letter of support (300-600 words)

3) Resume or brief CV (no more than three pages) outlining the nominee’s qualifications for this award

The nomination and support letters should:

·        Name the category for which the nominee is being nominated (administration, professional staff/NFE, faculty, civil service staff, student, or ally).

·       Explain why the candidate merits consideration for this award.Please discuss specific examples of the nominee’s accomplishments and their impact on the campus and/or community.

Submit nominating materials electronically as a single attachment by Friday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours from submission, please resubmit via email.


Alexandra Farber

Students’ Association Communications Chair