The Alumni Office is located in the Alumni and Foundation Building on the corner of Washington and 2nd Street. The Alumni Office takes an active role in maintaining communication with alums in various ways including the University Magazine, various online services and an active alumni social network. It also promotes reunions, and designs and implements recognition programs. One of the most important responsibilities of the alumni office is to maintain an accurate, up to date database of the alumni and friends of the University. This database contains vital information that is used by the university community in maintaining communication links with former students and friends of DSU.
Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems
The Dakota State University Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems includes faculty, staff, and students who have a very high level of information systems skills together with knowledge in a traditional discipline. This combination of expertise allows them to not only utilize information systems technology in their discipline but also to develop a systems approach to applications of information technology. The primary goal of the center is to provide graduates who can take the lead both in development and application of information technology tools for a wide variety of uses in business, industry, government, and education. Students from any degree program can be admitted into the Center of Excellence if they meet the center’s admissions standards. Admitted students then complete an 18 credit hour minor coursework, which includes an internship experience, a thesis, and other mandatory professional activities. Students who satisfactorily complete all of the requirements will be designated as graduates of the Center of Excellence. Applications for membership will be accepted from all undergraduate students who have completed less than 60 hours of total coursework. A secondary purpose of the center is to provide expert delivery programs related to computer and information management technology. The center carries out research and development activities in information management and hosts an annual conference to assist in the dissemination of results of the latest research results in the discipline. The full program can be found in the Interdisciplinary Studies section of this catalog.
National Center for Protection of the Financial Infrastructure
The National Center for Protection of the Financial Infrastructure a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary organization intended to facilitate leading-edge education and research in areas related to information assurance, including information security, privacy, intellectual property protection, identity theft, computer crime and forensics, and fraud prevention and detection. The Center seeks to advance the awareness and practice of information assurance and to facilitate best practices in information assurance planning, policy, ethics, law, and technology, particularly as those issues relate to banking and finance. Securing both business and personal data is one of the emerging challenges of the electronic age. The business community and world at large are becoming increasingly dependent upon digital communications with sophisticated networks, resulting in heightened vulnerabilities. The Center for Protection of the Financial Infrastructure is expected to be a collaborative initiative between business, government, and academic researchers. It is intended to address the major security, privacy, and fraud issues within the technical, business, legal and policy contexts of banking and finance through both education and research. The Center embodies the University’s fundamental mission to advance human knowledge through research and education and to apply that knowledge in matters of crucial importance in banking and finance. For more information on the Center contact Dr. Kevin Streff at 605-256-5077.
Dakota State University English Language Institute
The Dakota State University English Language Institute was founded in 1991 to provide an intensive program of English language study for international students who need to improve their language skills before entering the university. The institute’s mission is to provide reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with computer skills so students can successfully complete a bachelor’s degree. The program runs year-round 12 weeks in the fall and spring and an intensive 8-week session in the summer. The institute provides full-time and part-time English instruction on a self-support basis. Students from all over the world are welcome. Enrollment often includes students from China, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Japan. Classes are small to allow for individual attention. Advisors assist with many aspects of American life in hopes of a smooth transition to Dakota State University.
Extended Programs is responsible for program planning, marketing, program implementation and overall management of courses and programs offered by alternative delivery (i.e., Internet, DDN) or at off-campus locations by Dakota State University. Working in partnership with the colleges and the institution’s academic support areas. Extended Programs works to design and develop active and collaborative degree programs at a distance or at off-campus sites such as the University Center in Sioux Falls.
The Extended Programs staff is located in the Tunheim Classroom Building and consists of the Director of Extended Programs, Manager of Instructional Technology, Instructional Technologist, and distance education specialists. This team serves the needs of students who are enrolled in the online and videoconferencing courses at DSU and in courses at off-campus locations. The office is the mainstay of distance services to students, working with the administrative offices of DSU to provide these services. The office staff assists faculty in the design and implementation of courses delivered by various forms of technology. The office can be reached by calling (605) 256-5049 or toll-free at 800-641-4309, or by email at email@example.com. The Extended Programs web page is www.dsu.edu/disted/
The video conferencing classrooms on campus are located in the Tunheim Classroom Building (TCB). The Dakota Digital Network (DDN) room is located in TCB 103. The Governor’s Electronic Classroom (GEC) is located in TCB 111 and the third room is located in TCB 109. Anyone on campus who would like to schedule time in the video classrooms can contact Extended Programs at 605-256-5049. For technical support of videoconferencing classrooms and the presentation classroom equipment, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (OIEA) provides services to prospective and current students, supports the academic and administrative units in developing and evaluating their institutional effectiveness plan and assists the Assessment Coordinating Committee in evaluating DSU’s Academic Assessment Program. The OIEA supports student success and learning by providing assistance in test preparation and by providing services and information to students in a timely, efficient manner. The staff administers the following standardized exams: ACT Residual, CLEP, Placement (COMPASS), Praxis, Proficiency, and Major-Field. The office supports the university’s accreditation processes. The office also provides assistance to the academic and administrative units in a broad range of activities including support for regional and program accreditation, conducting and analyzing surveys and administering and ensuring compliance with statewide policies.
Please contact the OIEA at 605-256-5101 or by e-mail at email@example.com for additional information. The OIEA website www.dsu.edu/academics/assessment also has information on each of these services.
The Karl E. Mundt Library and Information Commons
The Karl E. Mundt Library & Information Common’s mission is to support the academic programs and to graduate students who are able to find, evaluate, and use information to solve problems and to make decisions effectively. These students should have the knowledge and skills to function successfully as continuous learners in a continuously-changing information world. To successfully meet its mission, the Library provides excellent collections, information systems, services, instruction, and staff. The Library provides a relaxed and inviting setting for individual and group study. Wireless access extends to the Library’s pleasant front patio; a very popular spot on warm sunny days.
The Library provides access to an extensive collection of materials through its online library catalog which includes the over 4.5 million holdings of more than 70 member libraries of the South Dakota Library Network (SDLN). In addition to its print holdings, the Library subscribes to numerous electronic indexes and full text research databases, most notably, EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier, IEEE CS Digital Library, ProQuest Research Library, ABI-Inform, Westlaw, and many, many more. These databases are authoritative scholarly research tools needed to support DSU’s academic programs. The Library’s website provides the on- and off-campus community with direct access to the information resources critical to the various disciplines. Materials held by other libraries are also readily available through the interlibrary loan system so rarely is the Library unable to quickly meet an individual’s information needs. The Library also provides online access to tutorials and other research aids for the independent scholar.
The most important and best resources available are the library staff. These trained professionals are here to help you find and use the resources you need -- in person or online by using the “Ask a Librarian” on the Library’s website. In addition to the collections, systems and services offered, library staff provides assistance and instruction to faculty and students through workshops, classroom and one-to-one instruction.
The Library has a wide array of digital equipment like video cameras and digital audio recorders for use by students as well as standard AV equipment like video players and format converters. Meeting rooms, collaboration spaces, study rooms and viewing rooms equipped with TV/DVD/VCR or video projectors connected to various types of players and a satellite downlink receiver are also available. Many computer peripheral devices like cameras and recording devices are available for check out. Networked computers and scanners are located on the main floor as are many tables equipped with power sources for quick and easy Tablet PC battery recharging between classes.
Peer tutoring services are available in the Tutor Center located on the main floor of the Library as are online tutorial support from Lynda.com, Atomic Learning, Learning Express Library, and SmartThinking; links are available on the Database Quicklinks dropdown box on the Library’s main page. The tutor schedule is available online (http://www.dsu.edu/academics/tutoring/) and posted the Library’s main desk.
The library building is open six days a week during fall and spring semesters, but 24-hour access for most resources and services is available through its website. Building hours expand during the last two weeks of each semester. Visit the Mundt Library’s homepage (http://www.dsu.edu/library) to search for information, request services, and learn more about the Library.
A helpful staff, attractive surroundings, modern facilities, and extensive materials all combine to make the Mundt Library a vital part of the educational program at Dakota State University.
Dakota State University offers a variety of campus-related activities and organizations. Each provides opportunities for personal, spiritual, physical, and intellectual growth. All students are encouraged to participate in campus organizations. The skill building which results from meaningful involvement combines with formal academic work to produce a competent and confident person. Information on the student activities sponsored or promoted by the institution is available in the Student Services Center in the Trojan Center.
Student government is vested in the DSU Student Association Senate, which exists to help promote the general welfare of the University and to serve as an organized medium for expression of student opinion. The twenty-member Student Senate is a member of the South Dakota Federation of Student Governing Bodies, which provides an avenue for student communication with the Board of Regents and the public. Students also serve on the majority of the committees involved in institutional governance.
The Student Activities Board plans and conducts social, educational and recreational events for the University community. This group provides the foundation for activities programming on the campus and offers a variety of opportunities for student involvement.
Dakota State University students publish the campus newspaper, the Trojan Times, and students work at the student campus radio station, KDSU, which broadcasts campus, local and national events and music via the internet and public address system in the student union. This publication operates under the guidelines set forth by the Student Media Board, which is composed of administration, faculty, and student representatives and is designed to provide guidance and support to this publication.
Each of the academic disciplines has a student organization associated with it. Examples include the: Phi Beta Lambda Business Club, Computer Club, Health Information Management Club, Math and Science Club, South Dakota Education Association, and Students in Free Enterprise. In addition to providing opportunity for students in a given major to get better acquainted and enjoy working together, these organizations enable their members to supplement their in-class learning by inviting speakers to campus, sponsoring competitive events (both for the campus and for high school students), taking group trips, etc. These organizations also take pride in conducting service projects for the campus and the community.
A number of student organizations exist because their members share a common interest or goal in areas that is other than academic. Examples include the: Gaming Club, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and the DSU Trojan Rhythm. As in the case of the academically related clubs, each of these organizations contributes to the growth of its participants and to the overall learning environment of the campus.
A major responsibility of the Director of Student Activities is to work closely with officers and advisors of student organizations to identify the particular needs of their groups and to design ways and means of meeting these needs. Assistance can take the form of individual meetings between the director and organizational officers, workshops for either officers from all interested organizations or the entire membership of a particular organization, or trips to another institution to visit with counterparts.
Theatre, Art and Music
Students are encouraged to participate in theatre productions. These activities are available for the student interested in performing or working with the technical aspects of theatre productions. Productions are staged in the Dakota Prairie Playhouse and range from a principle production each semester to student-directed, one-act plays.
Music and Art
Vocal and instrumental activities are also available on campus. The DSU Pep Band, Choir and Singers are open to all students wishing to participate and are available either for academic credit or on a non-credit basis. These groups perform at various occasions during the academic year.
Students are also provided opportunities for greater understanding, appreciation, and self-expression in the area of visual arts. Exhibits of faculty and student work appear on several occasions during the academic year in the Mundt Library Gallery. The DSU collection, consisting of art purchased with General Activity Fee funds, is located in offices and display areas across the campus.
The Dakota State University Intramural Sports Department welcomes you to another exciting and enjoyable year. The Intramural Sports Department includes a wide variety of activities designed to encourage participation from every student on campus. Your participation in the Intramural Sports Program will prove beneficial to you personally, physically, physiologically, and socially. It affords the opportunity to develop the essential qualities of leadership, cooperation, self-reliance, and a sense of fair play as well as forming warm friendships that will endure throughout the years. Each and every student is invited to participate in as many activities as he or she deems advisable. The Intramural Sports Department offers men, women & co-ed leagues in flag football, volleyball, basketball, and softball. The Department also sponsors special events and tournaments through out the school year. Intramural sports activities are listed on the web at www.dsu.edu/student-life/intramurals/index.aspx.
Career Services-Student Employment, Internships & Placement
The Career Services Office, located in 206 Heston Hall, assists students in seeking and securing part-time positions, internships, or full-time employment. Students are informed of existing vacancies, assisted with application procedures, and guided toward additional opportunities for student employment. Part-time positions are available during regular semesters and full-time employment is available during the summer. Internships are available to qualifying students.
The Career Services Office is the primary office for assisting students with the transition from college to career. Job lists are prepared from various resources including employer, as well as exchange listings from outside sources.
Additionally, on-going seminars are provided to assist students with the job search, job application, and interviewing process. To add to students’ placement success, employers come to campus to specifically interview students at DSU for internships and full-time employment.
The University Bookstore is operated as a service to students, faculty, and staff. The store is conveniently located in the Trojan Center. It is a recognized source for textbooks, art and office supplies, full-version academically priced software, university clothing, and memorabilia. The Bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during the summer months.
The Bookstore’s major function is to provide the textbooks required to support the academic programs of the university. Used books are available for many courses at a substantial savings over new book prices. The general reading section includes a reference area, study aids, regional authors, etc. The Bookstore will special-order books, not in stock.
The Bookstore also stocks gift items, university t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, backpacks, decals, school memorabilia, binders, folders, pens, pencils, notebooks, electronic items, and computer supplies. Other services include postage stamps for purchase, along with a mail drop; personal check cashing (up to $10.00). All sales are cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Trojan Gold. Students, parents and alumni are able to shop online via www.dsubookstore.com.
Full refunds will only be given on returns accompanied by the sales receipt. Do not write in books until you are certain that you intend to keep them. Full refunds are given on books that are returned in new condition within five days of the semester opening, two days for summer terms. Returns accompanied by a completed drop/add slip will be given a full refund for ten days after the start of the semester. Returns after that time will receive wholesale value. At the end of the semester, a book buy-back is held during finals week. Books that are being used again the next semester (based on written orders from instructors) will be purchased at 1/2 the new book retail price. If the Bookstore is unable to buy the textbook, the Nebraska Book Company may purchase the book at wholesale prices.
The principle responsibility of Diversity Services is to educate and enhance the understanding, commitment, awareness, and dedication of the university to pluralism, social justice education, and preparedness to be successful in the evolving “global village”.
Our commitment to diversity and academic excellence is reflected in the following goals for the university.
GOAL 1: To create a university that encourages and models respect for all individuals and provides equitable opportunity for the attainment of professional goals and personal fulﬁllment.
GOAL 2: To create a diverse community of students that reﬂects both societal and individual differences.
GOAL 3: To create a diverse community of faculty, staff and administration that reﬂects both societal and individual differences.
The University Food Service is operated by ARAMARK for the beneﬁt of the students and staff of Dakota State University. The Marketplace, located in the Trojan Center, is the dining room of the campus. The a-la-carte pricing of all items allows the customer to select from a wide variety of food choices. A computerized cash register deducts the value of the food selected from the individual’s meal plan balance.
The Marketplace is a short walk from the surrounding residence halls. It’s hours have been designed to ﬁt student needs - 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 7:00 pm on Friday, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. In order to meet the diverse interests of its’ customers, the Marketplace offers extended style of service, including snack items, full meals, salads, pizza, fresh baked desserts, and deli and grill items six days a week.
Myxers Coffee Shop offers a selection of hot or iced espresso beverages, non-coffee based specialty drinks and nutritious smoothies along with a classic pastry on your way to classes or work. While you are there, pick up some convenience items from Bits ‘n Bytes which offers its customers food and room necessities. Java City/Bit ‘n Bytes hours of service are: Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am-1:30 pm & 5:00 pm-6:30 pm, Saturday closed, Sunday 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The Big Dakota meal plan has $1,232.50 in declining balance dollars per semester and is designed with maximum ﬂexibility in mind for the student with a large appetite.
The Blue and Gold meal plan has $1,192.90 in declining balance dollars per semester and is designed for the student with a moderate appetite.
The Trojan Basic meal plan has $1,081.45 in declining balance dollars per semester and is designed for the student with a lighter appetite.
The Trojan Advanced meal plan has $353.70 in declining balance dollars per semester and is designed for students in their third year or subsequent year who live on campus.
First semester students living on campus are able to choose from the Blue & Gold or Big Dakota meal plans. All meal plans include a 7% tax and are designed for the average student who dines on campus one to two meals a day, ﬁve days a week. All meal plan dollars are accepted in the Marketplace, Myxers Coffee Shop, Bit ‘n Bytes, Concessions and at select vending machines on campus. Cash, Check, credit card and Trojan Gold are accepted.
The University Food Service professional staff is dedicated to providing each student with as much personalized service as possible. A Food Service committee exists to provide student suggestions and concerns directly to the Food Service Director. Students are encouraged to contact the Committee or the Director with questions and suggestions.
The Student Development Ofﬁce, located in the Student Services Center in the lower level of the Trojan Center, provides a variety of services related to student retention. It functions as a central location for students, faculty and staff to establish relationships that will promote personal and academic excellence for each and every student. The personnel within Student Development support student involvement in, and ownership of, their unique learning process. The mission is to help each student succeed academically, socially, and personally in an interdisciplinary world. Relationship development, personal discovery and developmental counseling are tools Student Development staff employ to help students to achieve academic and personal success.
Student Success Assistants work in the Student Success Center, located in the lower level of the Trojan Center. They assist students in learning basic academic skills. Student Success Assistants are students who have learned good basic academic skills and are working toward achieving personal goals.
The University Card is the ofﬁcial University identiﬁcation card. It provides access to the Community Center, University Food Service, residence halls and Trojan Center, and various activities and athletic events. New students receive their card upon their arrival to campus. Thereafter, the Card is electronically reactivated each semester. The Card, which is not transferable to another person, should be carried by students at all times on campus.
In addition to serving as an access card, the University Card carries the declining balance of one of the four meal plans and also provides a pre-paid, stored-value program called Trojan Gold. Funds stored as Trojan Gold may be used at the Bookstore, the Production Center, vending machines, laundry machines, copiers, Concessions, the Marketplace, Myxers Coffee Shop, and Bits N’ Bytes (the campus convenience store). It can also be used at several merchants off campus, including Scooby’s Convenience Store, Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch, Taco John’s, Classic Corner Convenience, McDonald's, Dairy Queen, and Stadium Sports Grill. A minimum deposit of $25 is required to activate the account. Thereafter, funds may be added at any time by means of cash, check, or debit or credit card.
If a card is lost or stolen, it should be reported immediately to the University Card Ofﬁce (256-5146) in the Student Services Center. Once deactivated, funds are protected. The Trojan Gold account balance, which can be veriﬁed at each point of sale, carries forward from semester to semester. At the close of a person’s term at DSU, the unused balance, if greater than $20, is refunded.
University Center in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center (University Center) provides the greater Sioux Falls community convenient local access to quality public higher education programs from the six system universities.
To accomplish this mission, UC will work with the six universities to:
- Deliver complete university degree programs, courses, and services in Sioux Falls at a level of quality commensurate with on-campus programs and beyond what any one university could provide.
- Develop a learning, course delivery and student service environment to meet the needs of non-traditional students and adult learners.
- Focus academic programs and courses to foster and support the economic development of the Sioux Falls area.
- Develop partnerships with local employers to provide academic programming for their employees.
- Serve as a delivery point and developer of non-credit personal and professional development programs to encourage individual life-long learning.
Dakota State University provides these degree programs in Sioux Falls: B.B.A. Management Information Systems, B.S. in Information Systems, B.S. in Computer Science, B.S. in Computer and Network Security, B.S. in Digital Arts and Design, Web Design & Production Specialization, B.S. in Respiratory Care, General Management, M.B.A. , Information Systems, M.S.I.S. , Information Assurance and Computer Security, M.S.I.A. , Educational Technology, M.S.E.T. , Information Systems, D.Sc. , A.A. in General Studies, A.S. in Applications Programming, A.S. in Business Management, A.S. in Network and System Administration, A.S. in Respiratory Care, A.S. in Health Information Technology, Minors in Electronic Commerce, Multimedia Web Design, Computer Science, Networking, and Computer and Network Security, Certiﬁcates in Health Care Coding, and Programming and Systems Development. DSU also provides general education courses at the center.
For specific program information, contact Enrollment Services in Madison or UC Sioux Falls at (605) 367-5640 or visit the website at www.sduniversitycenter.org/.