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South Dakota World Affairs Council holds food and water security symposium

The United Nations declared a decade of action in 2005 to raise awareness of international water scarcity. The fast-approaching end of that decade inspired this year’s South Dakota World Affairs Council symposium theme of food and water security. The symposium’s goal is to discuss and address the ways in which the world’s food and water [...]

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New Dunn exhibit focuses on painter’s ‘Women in Red’

Browsing through a Harvey Dunn exhibit at the South Dakota Art Museum a few years ago, a patron noticed Dunn had habit of depicting females in red. The observation was shared with the museum director, and later this month “Women in Red” will be the theme for the Dunn exhibit at the museum, which holds [...]

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SDSU scientists receive NSF grant for wetlands research

Distance matters. When a pond vanishes, the creatures who live there must find new homes. How far frogs, salamanders and ducks must travel to find other wetlands determines their fate. A team of South Dakota State University researchers will evaluate the impact that changes in climate and land use have had on the connectivity of [...]

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Degen named South Dakota State’s director of continuous improvement

Becky Degen, a leader in lean processes at Daktronics, has been named the director of continuous improvement at South Dakota State University. The appointment was made by SDSU President David Chicoine. Degen started the new position Monday. “Lean/continuous improvement encourages everyone to improve our processes to make things better and solve the everyday problems we [...]

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John Rychtarik Former curator holding his own exhibit

John Rychtarik confesses to a weaker moment at his retirement party in June 2013. He was approached by Tim Steele, head of the South Dakota State University Department of Visual Arts, which oversees Ritz Gallery in Grove Hall. “John, would you do an exhibit at the Ritz?” Recalling the conversation, Rychtarik, who had been curator [...]

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SDSU’s Meyers chosen for Department of Defense project

The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers has selected South Dakota State University assistant professor Richard Meyers as the main researcher and writer on a U.S. Department of Defense project intended to begin the important dialogue between the federal government and tribal nations on sacred sites. The intentions are to explore how sacred sites [...]

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Load of power scholarships go to State students

SDSU electrical engineering students continue to outshine virtually every other university in the Midwest when it comes to the Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. For the 2014-15 academic year, four South Dakota State University students were again selected for the coveted honor, which awards $7,000 [...]

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Chicken Linens: Feed, Seed, Flour and Sugar Sacks–history and fun

The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum will be the site for “Chicken Linens,” a fun look at seed, feed, flour and sugar sack designs at 7 p.m. Jan. 30. Collections curator Carrie Van Buren will discuss the sacks as well as provide brief histories of the sack and seed companies presented. The program is open [...]

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Retired Kellogg executive starts as Foundation Chair

A retired Kellogg Company executive began her two-year term as board Chair of the SDSU Foundation on January 1. Kim Tyler will lead the Foundation’s 119-member Council of Trustees, a volunteer group comprised of some of the university’s most generous and influential supporters. Tyler is a Sioux Falls native and a 1982 SDSU graduate who [...]

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80 years later, South Dakota State orphan reveals cherished childhood memories

Lola (Swedlund) Stampe sat on a secret for 82 years. Though she’s not exactly sure why, Lola never told anyone she was an orphan in South Dakota State College’s practice cottage in the 1930s. “I guess I just kind of washed it out of my memory,” said Lola. Not unusual for colleges in the early [...]

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