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South Dakota State University is the largest university in the U.S. state of South Dakotamarker, located in Brookingsmarker. A public land-grant university and sun grant college, founded under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act, SDSU offers programs of study required by, or harmonious to, this Act. In step with this land-grant heritage and mission, SDSU has a special focus on academic programs in agriculture, engineering, nursing, and pharmacy, as well as the liberal arts. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies SDSU as a Research University with high research activity. The graduate program is classified as Doctoral/Science, Technology, Engineering, Math dominant SDSU is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, which governs the state's six public universities and two special schools.

History

The university was founded on February 21, 1881 as Dakota Agriculture College. The first building, with funding from the territorial legislature, was built in 1883, six years before the State of South Dakota was incorporated. Numerous expansions were funded in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The name was changed in 1904 to South Dakota State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts. In 1964, the name was changed to South Dakota State University, reflecting the more comprehensive education offered at the university.

In 1923, SDSU's instructional program was organized under five divisions: Agriculture, Engineering, General Science, Home Economics, and Pharmacy. In 1956, a Nursing program was established, and in 1957 a formal graduate school was formed. When the University changed its name in 1964, the colleges were renamed Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Home Economics, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Graduate School. In 1974, the College of General Registration (now the College of General Studies) was formed. In 1975, the Division of Education was created. An Honors College was formed in 1999. Two colleges and seven departments combined in 2009 to create the College of Education and Human Sciences. The current names of these colleges are; Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, General Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Honors Colleges and the Graduate School.

Sylvan Theater on the South Dakota State University campus.
Among the inventions and discoveries originating at SDSU are the Briggs & Stratton engine, invented by alumnus Stephen Foster Briggs, and cookies and cream ice cream, which was created at the university's dairy plant. Also, Daktronics, one of the world's leading manufacturers of electronic signage, was founded by two SDSU professors, and is still headquartered in Brookings.

Academics

SDSU awards associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees. Enrollment as of fall 2009 was 12,376. The total enrollment of SDSU has increased each year for the past seven years.

The following accreditations have been awarded to SDSU:

-College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences: AAVLD, ASAE, CSREES

-College of Education and Counseling: NCATE, CACREP, SD Department of Education

-College of Engineering: EAC/ABET (every year since they began accrediting colleges in 1936), ACCE

-College of Family and Consumer Sciences: CADE, AAFCS, NAEYC, NCATE

-College of Nursing: SD Board of Nursing, CCNE

-College of Pharmacy: ACPE

Athletics and activities

Athletics logo
SDSU's athletic mascot is the Jackrabbit. The homecoming celebration, Hobo Day, is billed as "The Biggest One-Day Event in the Dakotas."[11617] The 375+ member SDSU Marching Band, "The Pride of the Dakotas", given the special name the Millennium Band in 2000 by the South Dakota State Legislature, has marched in the 1981 and 1997 Presidential Inaugural Parades in Washington, D.C.marker; A Capital Fourth in 2000 in Washington DC which was broadcast on PBS; the 2003 and 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Californiamarker making them the second collegiate band in the history of the Rose Bowl to be invited to march twice when their team was not competing; and the Korean War Monument Dedication at the state's capital Pierremarker in 2004, in the company of two other college bands and 60-some high school bands from across the state.In 2004, SDSU began a transition to NCAA Division I, ending its long association with the NCAA Division II North Central Conference. SDSU is now a member of the The Summit League Division I, the Missouri Valley Football Conference Division I FCS, the Western Wrestling Conference and Varsity Equestrian. The Jackrabbits have 19 varsity sports and numerous intramural and club teams.

The women's basketball team won the 2003 Division II Championship. In the spring of 2007 and 2008, the Jacks were invited to compete in post-season action in the WNIT. This made them the only transition team (a team that is in the process of being certified for a new division) in WNIT history to do so. In 2007, they received a bye in the first round and continued on to victories over Illinois State and Indiana, but were beaten by the eventual tournament champions, Wyomingmarker, in the 4th round of the tournament.[11618] This was an exciting time at SDSU, as their home stadium, Frost Arenamarker, was filled to capacity for both games with the game versus Indiana selling out in a matter of hours.

On March 10, 2009 the Lady Jackrabbits won the Summit League Championship for the first time and played in their first ever NCAA Tournament. They eventually lost to Baylor in the second round 60-58. The lady jacks basketball team is led by head coach Aaron Johnston.

The Dakota Marker is the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual college football game played between the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Jackrabbits and the North Dakota State Universitymarker (NDSU) Bison. The trophy is a replica of one of many stone boundary markers that can be found along the border between the states of South Dakotamarker and North Dakotamarker. SDSU won the first Dakota Marker game in Brookings, SD, in 2004. NDSU won the Dakota Marker games held in Fargo, ND in 2005 and 2006. SDSU won the Dakota Marker in Brookings in 2007 and in 2008 in Fargo as well as at home in Brookings in 2009.

Residential life

SDSU has seven traditional residence halls and one suite style building on campus. Hansen Hall and Waneta Complex are located on the west side of campus in what is called the Medary Area. Brown, Mathews, and Pierson Halls are located centrally in the Grove Area near the Student Union. Binnewies, Young and Caldwell Halls are located on the east side of campus. Binnewies and Young Hall make up the Larson Complex.

All of the residence halls with the exception of Caldwell are co-ed by wing, with each wing having its own bathroom. Caldwell Hall is suite style, meaning two rooms share a common bathroom for the four occupants. A new, ninth residence hall is slated to open for Fall 2010.

Certain halls have a Living/Learning Community, where an entire floor is composed of a certain group of students. Some examples on campus include Substance Free, Agriculture and Biology Majors, Honors College, Engineering House, and Health Professionals House.

Furniture in the halls except the Annex is fully moveable, and capable of being lofted on its own, so students do not need to purchase or bring their own loft. Residents may also contract phone and cable services with the appropriate companies. Washers and dryers are available in all the halls and operate with either cash or by using campus Hobo Dough.

80 one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments are also available for rent for married students in State Court and State Village. Four-bedroom apartments for single students are available in Berg and Bailey Halls on the Medary side of campus.

Presidents

On January 1, 2007, David Chicoine became the 19th President of South Dakota State University. Chicoine and his wife are alumni of SDSU, and prior to becoming president he was Vice President for Economic Development and Technology at the University of Illinoismarker.

Past presidents of SDSU

  • George Lilley 1884-1886
  • Lewis McLouth 1886-1896
  • John Heston 1896-1903
  • James Chalmers 1903-1906
  • Robert Slagle 1906-1914
  • Ellwood Perisho 1914-1918
  • Willis Johnson 1919-1923
  • Charles Pugsley 1923-1940
  • George Brown 1940-1940
  • Lyman Jackson 1941-1946
  • Fred Leinbach 1947-1951
  • John Headley 1952-1957
  • H. M. Crothers 1957-1958
  • Hilton Briggs 1958-1975
  • Sherwood Berg 1975-1984
  • Ray Hoops 1984-1985
  • Robert Wagner 1985-1997
  • Peggy Gordon Miller 1998-2006
  • David Chicoine 2007-


Notable alumni



Greek life

This list contains only fraternities that are a part of the Greek Council. Other fraternities and sororities exist, but are not officially recognized by the University.

Campus

The Agricultural Heritage Museum at SDSU.


The Hilton M. Briggs Library consists of more than 635,000 bound volumes, 315,000 government documents, 79,000 maps, and 1,800 journal titles (with 28,000 additional titles available online). The Coughlin Campanile is a familiar sight around campus. The campus also has two museums, the South Dakota State Art Museum (featuring works by Harvey Dunn and Oscar Howe, among others), and the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum. The art museum is home to over 6,000 works of art, while the agricultural museum is home to over 100,000 objects. Both museums are open free to the public. The university operates its own dairy plant, processing 10,000 lb (4.5 t) of milk weekly into cheese and ice cream, operates a cattle and sheep breeding operation, has an on-campus meat processing facility, and has a student-operated pharmacy. Also close to campus are the McCrory Gardens and South Dakota Arboretummarker. These gardens include a 20-acre public display and a 45-acre arboretum. The gardens are open daily and are free to the public. SDSU is also home to State University Theatre and Prairie Repertory Theatre, which produce numerous plays and musicals during the school year and summer breaks.

The University Student Union is at the center of campus and houses many amenities for both students and the public. The Union is the home to numerous meeting rooms, a ballroom, the University Program Council, Greek Life, the Students Association, The Collegian student newspaper, Student Legal Services, KSDJmarker 90.7 FM, Dining Services, two eating facilities, the University Bookstore, Card Services, International Student Affairs, and Outback Jacks. Beginning in spring 2009, the Union will be expanded to offer more eating establishments and more retail space.

The new 73,000 square foot SDSU Wellness Center opened in Fall of 2008. The new building lightens up space in the HPER Center, allowing that to be used exclusively for athletes, while the Wellness Center is used only for students and the public. Students gain membership free, although memberships are available for purchase for community members. There are numerous group exercise programs and classes offered along with personal training. The building houses a rock climbing wall, a track, three basketball courts, numerous weights and cardiovascular equipment. It is also the home of Student Health, which includes a full pharmacy for students.

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