South Dakota State University is the largest university in the U.S. state of South Dakota, located in Brookings. 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.
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 19th century and early 20th century. 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.
Wenona Hall and Wecota Hall are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
SDSU awards associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees. Enrollment as of fall 2010 was 12,816. The total enrollment of SDSU has increased each year for the past seven years. The University provides the broadest and most competitive academic programs in the State, with 175 fields of study. The University's colleges and schools include the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Education and Human Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Nursing; College of Pharmacy; the Graduate School; and the Honors College.
The following accreditations have been awarded to SDSU:
- College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences: AAVLD, ASAE, CSREES
- College of Education and Human Sciences: NCATE, CACREP, SD Department of Education, CADE, AAFCS, NAEYC, NCATE
- College of Engineering: EAC/ABET (every year since they began accrediting colleges in 1936), ACCE
- College of Nursing: SD Board of Nursing, CCNE
- College of Pharmacy: ACPE
The nation's first on-campus ethanol production facility, established at SDSU in 1979. SDSU currently ranks amongst the Midwest's top research universities, notably in the fields of agricultural science, biological science, and engineering. It recently made U.S. News and World Reports "Top 200 National Universities" in its college and university rankings. Alumni from the university's research community have been noted for several scientific achievements, including:
- The establishment of the nation's first on-campus research facility for ethanol fuel production by Paul Middaugh.
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Athletics and activities
Athletics logo SDSU's athletic mascot for both the men's and women's teams is the Jackrabbit, Both the men's and women's sports teams are officially referred to as the Jackrabbits although some fans and media writers (incorrectly) call the women's teams "Lady" Jackrabbits or "Lady" Jacks. The homecoming celebration, Hobo Day, is "The Biggest One-Day Event in the Dakotas." 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.; A Capital Fourth in 2000 in Washington DC which was broadcast on PBS; the 2003 and 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California 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 Pierre 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 Summit League Division I, the Missouri Valley Football Conference Division I FCS, the Western Wrestling Conference and Varsity Equestrian. The Jackrabbits have 21 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 postseason 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, Wyoming, in the 4th round of the tournament. This was an exciting time at SDSU, as their home stadium, Frost Arena, was filled to capacity for both games with the game versus Indiana selling out in a matter of hours.
On March 10, 2009 the Jackrabbit women's basketball team won the Summit League Championship for the first time and played in their first NCAA Division I Tournament. They beat Texas Christian University in the first round 90-55 but lost to Baylor in the second round 60-58. That season they finished with a overall record of 32-3 and 17-1 in the Summit League. The Jacks women's basketball team is led by head coach Aaron Johnston. In 2010 the SDSU women again qualified for the NCAA tournament as a 14 seed, but lost in the first round to Oklahoma, eventual final four participant. SDSU finished with a 22-11 (14-4) record. On March 8, 2011, the Jackrabbit women won their third consecutive Summit League Championship, advancing the NCAA tourney for a third straight year. In 2012, the Jackrabbits men's and women's basketball teams both won Summit League titles, both gaining a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
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 University (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 Dakota and North Dakota. 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. In 2009 SDSU made their first ever Division 1 FCS playoff appearance, but lost to eventual Runner-up Montana 61-48 in the first round, SDSU finished with a record of 8-4 and 7-1 in the MVFC. South Dakota State football owns one Great West Conference championship in 2007.
South Dakota State recently has released a master plan for renovations in its athletic department. The Dykhouse Student Athlete Center was a starting point for renovations. The Dykhouse is located in the north endzone of Coughlin Alumni Stadium and was opened in the spring 2010 following the spring football game. Also in the master timeline is expansion of Frost Arena (Basketball), a brand new 22,500 seat horseshoe football stadium and an indoor athletics practice facility which will include an indoor track and football/multi-sport practice facility.
Students at SDSU have a wide variety of residential hall and apartment living choices. Student housing is located in three areas: the Medary complex located in the northwest corner of campus, consisting of traditional residence halls, Hansen, Waneta and Wecota Annex, and apartment-style living at Meadows North and Meadows South; the Grove complex near the Student Union, consisting of traditional residence halls, Brown, Mathews and Pierson, as well as a newer (2010) variation on the theme of traditional residence halls in Spencer, Thorne and Abbott (also called the Jackrabbit Village); and the Larson complex on the east side of campus, consisting of traditional halls Binnewies and Young and suite living at Caldwell Hall.
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 and each floor on Caldwell is co-ed. The Meadows North and Meadows South apartment complexes feature four-bedroom apartments.
In addition to the Medary, Grove and Larson complexes for single students, SDSU has 80 one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments available for rent for married students in State Court and State Village. State Court and State Village are located on the southeast side of campus.
Some residence halls have a Living/Learning Community, where an entire floor is composed of a certain group of students. Examples include Agriculture and Biology Majors, Honors College, Engineering House, Health Professionals House and Substance-Free.
Furniture in the halls except Annex to Waneta Hall, is moveable and the provided beds may be lofted 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.
Ground-breaking for three residence halls similar to the Jackrabbit Village halls (Spencer, Thorne and Abbott) is expected for Spring, 2012, will provide additional housing for 800 students starting in the Fall of 2013.
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 Illinois.
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-
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.
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, formerly used as the campus bell tower, 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 Arboretum. These gardens include a public display and a 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, KSDJ 90.7 FM, Dining Services, four eating facilities, the University Bookstore, Card Services, International Student Affairs, and Outback Jacks.
The new 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, a competition size swimming pool, and numerous weights and cardiovascular equipment. It is also the home of Student Health, which includes a full pharmacy for students.
The campus newspaper is The Collegian which features a News section, a Sports section and The Juice which covers random activities on campus.
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