The Collegian

‘Kind of scared, but still excited’: The journey of first generation college students

‘Kind of scared, but still excited’: The journey of first generation college students

Ian Lack

April 25, 2018


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Brooke DeReu is an ordinary high school student in many respects — she giggles with friends between classes, prepares for upcoming ACT tests and aspires to be a firefighter or a nurse. However, the Washington High School junior stands apart from many of her peers as she will be the first member...

Honoring Bonnie Leucke, ‘heart and soul’ of SDSU Air Force ROTC

Honoring Bonnie Leucke, ‘heart and soul’ of SDSU Air Force ROTC

Brianna Schreurs

April 25, 2018


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About 200 ROTC and community members gathered under one roof to celebrate the retirement of the “heart and soul” of the South Dakota State Air Force ROTC detachment. AFROTC secretary Bonnie Leucke is retiring after 31 years of what cadet Cole Jorgensen describes as “selfless service.” “Ove...

Patel named State’s first AFA NIET All-American

Patel named State’s first AFA NIET All-American

April 20, 2018


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UNIVERSITY MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS BROOKINGS, S.D. - April 20, 2018 - Viraj Patel has come a long way from his first forensics tournament as a timid college freshman. However, some of those same emotions came to the surface after his most recent honor, being named an American Forensic Assoc...

‘Demise of the monarch’ amidst plummeting pheasant populations

‘Demise of the monarch’ amidst plummeting pheasant populations

Garrett Ammesmaki

April 18, 2018


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Be it ice storms in May or clear and sunny skies in December, South Dakota residents aren’t strangers to extreme weather; neither is South Dakota wildlife. “Looking at the weather right now, we’re off to a record cold April,” said Travis Runia, senior upland game biologist for Game Fish and Par...

State A Thon raises over $165K for Children’s Miracle Network

State A Thon raises over $165K for Children’s Miracle Network

Brianna Schreurs

April 11, 2018


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At 10 p.m. Saturday, a colorful, glittery crowd of 600 students filled the Volstorff Ballroom anxiously awaiting State A Thon's big reveal of its 2018 fundraising. The 12-hour dance marathon went over its $165,000 goal, raising $165,829.49 for the Sanford Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in S...

Creative coding: potential found in untapped market

Creative coding: potential  found in untapped market

Garrett Ammesmaki

April 11, 2018


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If the 20th century was defined by mathematics, the 21st century will be defined by computer code. In 2015, seven million job openings across the country were in occupations that value computer coding, according to the job market analytics firm Burning Glass. In fact, programming jobs are growing 50 percent faster than the job market overall. In South Dakota, ...

Long-time CFO Tschetter retires

Long-time CFO Tschetter retires

Garrett Ammesmaki

April 4, 2018


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After 36 years as chief financial officer and holding various other titles, Wesley Tschetter is retiring from his position as vice president of finance and business at South Dakota State. He has worked under six different presidents during his tenure and oversaw roughly $175 million worth of investments...

Alumna to deliver keynote at Women’s Leadership Summit

Alumna to deliver keynote at Women’s Leadership Summit

March 29, 2018


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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS NEWS RELEASE BROOKINGS, S.D. — March 29, 2018 - Josie (Hutchinson) Ahlquist ’03 is excited to make a return visit to South Dakota State University. Her first visit to campus in 1999 sold her on attending State and mad...

Bono heads to Wisconsin, reflects on time at SDSU

Bono heads to Wisconsin, reflects on time at SDSU

Trenton Abrego

March 26, 2018


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It’s official. Chris Bono will not be the head coach for the South Dakota State wrestling team next season and will instead head to Madison, Wisconsin to coach the Wisconsin Badgers. Bono will fill the void left by the resignation of the former Badger legend, Barry Davis, who was the head coach at Wi...

SDSU judo champ grapples with prolonged hiatus

SDSU judo champ grapples with prolonged hiatus

Landon Dierks

March 14, 2018


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South Dakota State student Ahmed Abouelhassan won two medals at his first judo competition since a series of injuries forced him away from competition seven years ago. The junior civil engineering major from Cairo, Egypt, won a gold and bronze medal in competition at the Midwest Collegiate Judo Championships...

Students create unique cheese flavors

Students create unique cheese flavors

Sharon Tritz

March 14, 2018


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Becki Cochran was looking to be different when she developed her idea for a new cheese flavor at the South Dakota State University Davis Dairy Plant. Mission accomplished. Cochran, a senior dairy manufacturing student and dairy plant employee, mixed Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey with mild cheddar...

Do pets actually help students reduce stress?

Do pets actually help students reduce stress?

Emma Anderson

February 28, 2018


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Most of us have probably seen students around campus walking their dogs or have heard the neighbor’s cat meowing in the middle of the night. In fact, some of you might be considering getting a pet of your own while living on campus. There are many benefits of having pets on campus, but if the decision...