2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Aug 17, 2022  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Services & Campus Facilities

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Agricultural Experiment Station

The Agricultural Experiment Station is one of three activities at SDSU that define the Land-Grant University. The mission of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (SDAES) is to conduct research to enhance the quality of life in South Dakota through the beneficial use and development of human, economic, and natural resources.

Serving as South Dakota’s Land-Grant Institution, SDSU is home to the premier research programs in the state. Research programs in SDAES directly support the teaching programs offered in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and the educational programs delivered by the SD Cooperative Extension Service (SDCES). The SDAES extends the reach of the University through multi-state programs shared with other Land-Grant institutions that bring objective answers home to all South Dakotans. With an enduring mission of practical research, SDAES serves agriculture, enhances the quality of life, and brings economic development to South Dakota.

Research priorities are based in several theme areas relevant to South Dakota agriculture, including: biostress, agricultural production, natural resources and conservation, biotechnology, and biobased energy and industries.

SDAES provides a base of new knowledge and service to South Dakotans. This new knowledge is effectively used by farmers, ranchers, homemakers, industry, classroom instructors, and Extension educators throughout the state. Courses in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and in the College of Education and Human Sciences are especially strengthened by this new knowledge.

Much of the SDAES research is done at Brookings; however, a considerable amount is conducted at several field stations and at the West River Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Rapid City. The field stations are maintained to conduct research designed to solve local or special problems. Beyond this, research on farms and ranches, in wildlife areas, in watersheds and with cooperating businesses and institutions results in scientific investigation being conducted in nearly every county of the state.

Research may be grouped in the following subject matter areas: livestock, crops and soils, community and public affairs, animal health, fertilizers, garden and orchard, home and consumer, water resources and irrigation, forestry, insects, farm machinery, marketing, business management, farm buildings, pollution, range and forages, fisheries, plant diseases, wildlife, sociology, and stress in plants, animals, and humans. Much of the research is integrated through the Biostress Mission.

Research is financed by State and Federal appropriations, industry grants, and Federal and State grants. Research results are published in Agricultural Experiment Station or Extension bulletins, scientific journals, and a quarterly publication, Farm and Home Research. Many of these publications are available from Extension Offices or the Experiment Station Bulletin Room on campus.

For information contact the Director, Daniel Scholl, Agricultural Experiment Station, SDSU, Box 2207, Brookings, SD 57007-0291, phone 605-688-4149 or e-mail: sdsu.agexperimentstation@sdstate.edu.

Alumni Association

The SDSU Alumni Association is an independent, not-for-profit corporation. This non dues association welcomes all graduates, former students, faculty, staff, friends of South Dakota State, as well as students, as members. The Alumni Association strives to direct and/or participate in an organized cooperative effort for the advancement, development, achievement, and honor of both South Dakota State University and its more than 75,000 alumni.Each year the Alumni Association directs and/or participates in more than 125 events both on and off campus and publishes STATE Magazine which is distributed to their members at no cost. The Alumni Association can be reached at 605-697-5198, alumni@statealum.com or Box 515, Brookings, SD 57007. Or visit the web site at www.statealum.com 

Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory

The South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) is a public service laboratory that is totally integrated with the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department. Career service personnel, professional diagnosticians and faculty operate the lab. The faculty is actively involved with the traditional roles of service (professional outreach), research and teaching/advising. State general funds and user fees pay for the Laboratory’s operation. The Laboratory is a reference lab and only receives cases by referral from veterinarians or state officials. The ADRDL mission is to provide high quality veterinary diagnostic services and research as a means to promptly and accurately establish causes of animal health problems. Such diagnoses will aid attending veterinarians and health officials in the treatment, control, prevention, and surveillance of animal diseases to the benefit of the SD livestock industry, other animal owners, and society at large. The ADRDL is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and is a member of the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), as well as the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN). It is a select agent registered facility. The Director, David H. Zeman, can be contacted at 605-688-5172 or by e-mail: david.zeman@sdstate.edu

Cooperative Extension Service

The SD Cooperative Extension Service (CES) provides an off campus informal educational function of SDSU and encompasses the following broad areas of programming: Agriculture, Family, Youth, and Communities. The mission of the CES is to disseminate and encourage the application of research-generated knowledge and leadership techniques to individuals, families, and communities in order to improve agriculture and strengthen the South Dakota family and community.

The Cooperative Extension Service brings the SDSU campus to every community across the State. Through the Extension educators and specialists, CES disseminates the findings of research and encourages the application of knowledge for solutions of problems and for opportunities encountered in everyday living. Much of the economic progress of families and communities can be traced to this unique type of non-formal, out-of-classroom learning opportunity provided to them for more than 90 years by SDSU in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments.

Approximately 50% of the funds supporting Cooperative Extension educational programs is appropriated to SDSU by the SD Legislature with 41% from Federal appropriations. Additionally, approximately $3 million is provided by SD counties in the form of in-kind support. Extension program emphasis is constantly changing to meet the needs and opportunities (circumstances) of people who help determine instructional needs.

Cooperative Extension Service staff and South Dakota stakeholders have identified the following core values:

Responsive - Extension will exceed client expectations in the timeliness and quality of programs and information presented.
Excellence - The motivating factor for Extension’s continued growth and improvement will be continued commitment to excellence.
Accountable - Relevant and useful data will be gathered and applied to decision-making about organizational changes, allocation of resources, program priorities, staffing patterns, and professional development for Extension personnel.
Credibility - Extension will address problems and issues with unbiased analysis and research-based answers.
Respectful - Rather than make decisions for the citizens of South Dakota, Extension will present alternatives and provide assistance in the decision-making process.
Catalytic - Through cooperative and collaborative partnerships, Extension will help cause changes across South Dakota.

The CES staff is dedicated to assisting individuals and groups meet the challenges of change in farming, ranching, marketing, the home, community, state, and nation. The press, radio, TV, satellite, interactive audio-visual, the Internet, educational publications, group methods and individual contacts are used to inform and teach. Students are encouraged to become acquainted with the CES staff on campus and take advantage of the information available in Extension publications to enrich their course of study. Extension also offers rewarding career opportunities for graduates in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, and other social sciences.

For information contact the Director of SD Cooperative Extension Service, SDSU, Box 2207D, Brookings, SD 57007, or visit the web site at http://www.sdstate.edu/sdces/index.cfm.

Crime Reports

South Dakota State University publishes an annual report each fall in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act. The report which describes policies, enforcement, statistics, and prevention information programs is distributed to all staff and students by accessing the web at www.sdstate.edu/campus/services/safety/crime/index.cfm; click on “Student Life” and then “Safety and Security.” The crime report is also available upon request from the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Diversity Enhancement Office

The purpose of the Office of Diversity Enhancement is to promote diversity in all its aspects by advising the university community, developing and implementing diversity enhancement programming, facilitating minority student recruiting and minority faculty and staff recruiting, and working to eliminate discrimination at SDSU. Diversity is defined as a stimulating environment generated by a variety of perspectives, opinions, values, knowledge, ideas, and personal histories represented on campus by people and programs. This variety is expressed through, but is not limited to, differences in ethnicity, race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ability, class, and age.

South Dakota State University is committed to maintaining an environment which respects dignity and encourages members of the campus community to achieve their maximum potential, free from discrimination and harassment. Students and staff are encouraged to contact the Director of Diversity Enhancement with suggestions and recommendations for diversity programming and questions or concerns relating to diversity issues on campus. For more information contact the Office of Diversity Enhancement at 605-688-6361 or go online to http://www.sdstate.edu/ode/.

The American Indian Education and Cultural Center

The American Indian Education and Cultural Center is a welcoming home for American Indian students and visitors; a hub of innovative cultural, academic, student support and outreach programming; and a repository for American Indian cultural resources. The center, its people and programs, honor the heritage of the region’s tribal people, serve as a catalyst for institutional change, and help fulfill the university’s land grant mission. Additionally, the center includes a student lounge, computer laboratory and meeting/conference room.

Endowed Chairs

An endowed chair is a prestigious faculty position supported entirely by private contributions. Individuals appointed to serve in such positions will be renowned in their fields of expertise and will add a special dimension of quality to the academic environment at South Dakota State University.

An endowment fund established by the late Dr. Ethel Austin Martin, a 1916 SDSU graduate, has, for two decades, maintained an ongoing program of visiting professorships in human nutrition and now supports in perpetuity an endowed chair entitled the Ethel Austin Martin-Edward Moss Martin Chair of Human Nutrition.

The Chair of Human Nutrition was established at SDSU to ensure scholarly instruction in the broad aspects of the science of nutrition. This is a continuing campus position with faculty rank filled by a nutrition scientist selected for qualifications in the science of nutrition, and for understanding, skill and experience in advancing the multidisciplinary approach to nutrition education. This position is funded solely by the endowment.

The Visiting Professorships will continue to be conducted periodically as a major multidisciplinary function of the Chair Program. Typically, visiting professorships are for a period of days or weeks. Programs supported by the Ethel Austin Martin endowment have no administrative affiliation with any one college or department of SDSU.

The program is interdisciplinary and, therefore, is administered directly under the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dairy Science
The Alfred Chair in Cheese Chemistry and Technology in Dairy Science has been established in recognition and in memory of the late Alfred Gonzenbach and Alfred Nef for their contributions to the cheese industry and economic development through establishment of Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc., in Milbank.

The Alfred Chair was created on July 1, 1991, and is funded by the SA Education Foundation in Watertown.

The Alfred Chair will be a continuing campus position with faculty rank filled by a dairy/food scientist with experience in cheese chemistry and technology. The addition of the Alfred Chair, a prestigious faculty appointment, is expected to maintain national prominence of the SDSU Dairy Science Department in the dairy processing profession.

Electrical Engineering
The Hohbach Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering was established through funds provided by Harold C. Hohbach, a Plankinton, SD, native and 1943 graduate of Electrical Engineering from SDSU. Mr. Hohbach is currently a patent attorney with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California.

The purpose of the Hohbach Endowed Chair is to improve quality of education, research, and entrepreneurship. The primary focus is to develop applied research that will spur economic growth in the region, while supporting undergraduate and graduate teaching and promoting entrepreneurship among students.

The Hohbach Chair is a faculty rank position on campus within the Department of Electrical Engineering and is occupied by an individual with an established reputation in electrical engineering or a closely related field.

The Milton Nies Chair in Enterprise Economics was established by the late Milton Nies, who spent most of his professional life as a businessman in Bismarck, North Dakota. Mr. Nies was a native of Eureka, South Dakota and graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Economics in 1950. He had a strong interest in business planning and in assisting new business startups. He initially worked for United Accounts, a business he later owned. He was collaborating with the SDSU Foundation on the particulars of the Nies Chair prior to his death in 2003.

The purpose of the Nies Chair is to provide leadership in market research and analysis, business assistance, new enterprise development, and entrepreneurship. Regionally based products and industries will be emphasized through teaching, research, and outreach activities. This person will establish a close working relationship with the South Dakota Enterprise Institute at SDSU.

The Nies Chair is a faculty position that will be held by a nationally recognized leader in enterprise economics education and research who possesses skills in economics, business management and development, and entrepreneurship.

Environmental Health and Safety Office

The primary function of the Environmental Health and Safety office is to assist campus personnel in making SDSU a safe learning and working environment for faculty, staff, and students. The EHS office is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local safety and environmental rules and regulations, including radiation, chemical, and biological safety; management of hazardous materials and conditions; management of indoor air quality in cooperation with Facilities and Services; recycling of electronics, batteries, and heavy metal containing light bulbs; disposal of hazardous wastes and other functions relating to research, teaching and administrative duties. EHS provides training in the various areas listed above, not only to be in compliance with regulations, but to be sure that all SDSU students, staff and visitors, have an enjoyable and safe experience at SDSU. For staff and students with questions concerning any of these functions contact EHS at: Environmental Health & Safety Avera Science Center 143; Box 2202, Brookings, SD 57007 Phone: 605-688-4264 E-mail: EHS@sdstate.edu

Facilities and Services

The Facilities and Services Department is a service department established for the purpose of providing the necessary support to the teaching, research, and service missions of South Dakota State University. Facilities and Services works to ensure that the buildings and grounds are operated and maintained in an appropriate and safe manner. Facilities and Services must approve modifications in facilities and grounds, facilitating code interpretation.

Facilities and Services perform most building maintenance functions with in-house talents. South Dakota State University Electricians, Painters, Welders, Carpenters, Plumbers, and HVAC Technicians provide service every day to the campus. The Engineering Section provides project management, master planning support, and maintenance support. The Customer Service Center processes all incoming and outgoing mail for SDSU departments.

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to note problems or deficiencies of areas of campus they use at 605-688-4136, SDSU.FacilitiesAndServices@sdstate.edu. To find on-line service guides, customer forms, facilities information, maps, contact information for Facilities and Services personnel, please contact Facilities and Services at: http://www.sdstate.edu/facserv/.  For additional questions, comments or concerns please contact the office at 605-688-4136.


Tuition and Fees listed below are approved for the 2012-2013 academic year – 2012 Summer, 2012 Fall and 2013 Spring terms. Minnesota Reciprocity tuition rates are effective for 2012 Fall, 2013 Spring & 2013 Summer terms. Rate schedules are subject to change without notice. For current information see the Web site: www.sdstate.edu/admissions/financing/undergrad/cost/index.cfm

Application Fee
Nonrefundable charge assessed to all degree seeking applicants for initial admission unless you have previously attended South Dakota State University or another South Dakota public university. Students re-admitted after a lapse of three consecutive terms are assessed the non-refundable charge.

Activity Fee
A fee of $26.60 per credit is charged to support student health, student union and student activity programs such as: admission to plays, athletic events, athletic facilities, and partially funded judging, music and forensic programs.

University Support Fee day after Payment Due Date
A fee of $90.30 per credit is charged to replace expendable supplies; defray cost of maintenance, repair, and replacement of equipment; provide testing and other instruction-related costs while providing additional services that benefit students, which are not funded from other sources. Fee is mandatory and is assessed on courses taught on-campus.

Late Charges Assessed beginning Fourth Day of Classes
If you do not pay tuition and fees at the regular established due dates, you will be assessed a late charge. A late charge may be assessed each time you fail to satisfy your financial obligations within established due dates. Failure to pay in a timely manner could result in you being administratively withdrawn from the University.

Field Trip Charge
Students enrolled in selected courses that involve field trips may be assessed for transportation, group admission, and entry fees. The amount charged will vary per course.

Liability Insurance Charge
Students enrolled in selected courses that involve internship, cooperative education, practicum, field and other experiences where students have contact with third parties are assessed a charge for liability insurance.

Animal Science Fees
A fee of $42.95 per credit is charged for courses in animal, range and veterinary sciences.

Architecture Fees
A fee of $283.65 per credit is charged for architecture courses. A fee of $2,060.00 is charged per semester for students enrolled in the studio experience portion of the undergraduate and graduate Architecture programs.

Aviation Flight Training Fees
Aviation students are assessed fees for flight training. This per hour fee is used to defray the costs of aircraft operations, maintenance, simulators, and individual instruction. Fee costs vary depending on type of aircraft and hourly operating costs.

Chemistry Fees
A fee of $21.20 per credit is charged for courses in chemistry.

Dairy Science Fees
A fee of $77.45 per credit is charged for courses in dairy science.

Economics Fees
A fee of $27.65 per credit is charged for undergraduate courses and a $49.65 per credit is charged for graduate courses related to Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship.

Education Fees
Education students enrolled in selected Education courses are assessed a fee of $159.65 per semester for Sophomore/Junior Field Experience, $319.50 per semester for Senior Student Teaching, and $159.65 for Master’s Level Internships.

Engineering Fees
A fee of $64.50 per credit hour is charged for courses in the College of Engineering and designated courses in mathematics, statistics, computer science, and physics. A fee of $21.20 per credit hour is charged for remaining courses in mathematics, statistics, physics, and computer science.

Equine Fees
$177.50 per designated course is charge to all equine experience classes. These funds are used for the care and maintenance of equine animals and equestrian equipment.

Health and Nutrition Fees
A fee of $17.85 per credit hour is charged for courses in Athletic Training; Dietetics; Health Education; Hospitality Management; Nutrition and Food Science; Physical Education Teacher Education, and Sport, Recreation and Park Management.

Engineering, Natural Sciences and Laboratory Fees
$54.80 per designated course is charged to all lab classes in engineering, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and selected laboratory experience courses. These funds are used for supplies and materials and to purchase equipment.

Medical Laboratory Science Fees
A fee of $1,469.65 is charged per semester for students enrolled in the campus delivery of the professional portion of the Medical Laboratory Science program. Students enrolled in the MLS Upward Mobility program are assessed a fee of $882.30 per semester.

Nursing Fees
Uniforms must be purchased by second year nursing students. Transportation must be provided by the student in Community Health Nursing and selected independent experiences. Students enrolled in undergraduate NURS and HSC courses are assessed a fee of $92.20 per credit and graduate NURS and HSC courses are assessed a fee of $202.95 per credit.

Pharmacy Fees
A fee of $183.50 per credit is charged for courses in Pharmacy. Students in the PharmD program are assessed a $55.00 annual charge for an electronic reference and a $16.00 annual charge for malpractice insurance.

If you are indebted to the University and do not satisfy financial obligations when due, you may be denied admission to the University. You may be administratively withdrawn from the University after notice from the University and you will not be permitted to register or receive a transcript of grades until the indebtedness is paid. This applies to your indebtedness to the University for tuition, fees, required deposits, room and board, financial aid, but not obligations due to student organizations. All accounts that the University is unable to collect will be submitted for collection and forwarded to a credit reporting bureau.  The University will recover from the debtor all collection fees and attorney’s fees that result from collection of an account.    

Tuition, Living, and Other Expenses

Using Academic Year September 2012-May 2013
For current information see the web site: http://www.sdstate.edu/admissions/financing/undergrad/cost/index.cfm

All charges and procedures listed are subject to change pending Board of Regents action.

Tuition and Fees






          Undergraduate on-campus per semester credit $129.90 $194.75
          Graduate on-campus per semester credit $196.80 $416.55
University Support Fee - per credit



Activity Fee - per credit



See accompanying text for the descriptions of fees for Architecture, Business/Economics, Chemistry, Animal & Diary Sciences, Engineering, Health & Nutrition, Nursing, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science, Veterinary Science and other courses; Education students; and lab and equine experience courses.

Campus Room and Board Costs

Meal Plan
Students have a choice of 6 Meal Plans ranging from $1,204.20 to $1,713.30 per semester. For more detailed information, contact the Food Service Office or Card Services Office.

Residence Halls - per semester Double Single
Wecota Annex $1,837.50
Brown, Hansen, Waneta $1,419.60 $2,042.10
Binnewies, Pierson, Young $1,563.45 $2,086.10
Matthews $1,671.60 $2,230.50
Jackrabbit Village (Designed Single) $2,373.70
Caldwell/Jackrabbit Villi age $2,205.00 $2,756.15
Meadows North/South   $2,205.00

 Typical Education Expenses for Fulltime Undergraduate for One Semester




Tuition - 16 credits



University Support & Activity Fees



Books and supplies (estimate)



Meal Plan (midpoint of range)



Residence hall cost



 ** Expenses will be higher if a student takes coursework requiring course, program or lab fees. See accompanying text on FEES.



Online Billing and Payment of Tuition and Fees
All tuition, fees, housing, food service and miscellaneous charges to student accounts will be on an electronic billing (eBilling) system and can be viewed on SDePay, a secured website via the Internet. Payment of the student account can also be made electronically (ePayment) through SDePay. Students can authorize parents, spouse and other individuals to view the eBill and make ePayment on their student account.

Email Policy
E-mail messages sent by SDSU to students through University-assigned, jacks e-mail addresses will constitute an official means of communication. It is the student’s responsibility and obligation to access official university email messages in a timely manner. As other e-mail accounts may be blocked by the SDSU firewall, SDSU is only able to monitor student e-mails coming from University-assigned e-mail accounts.

Payment Process
By the day after census date, each student makes a full payment of charges based on the number of registered credits, residency status, and campus housing. Late fees will be assessed starting on the day after the established payment due date. SDSU encourages students to mail payments before the registration day. Payment of tuition and fees can be made by cash, check or electronic bank transfer directly to the University Cashier’s Office SAD 136 PO Box 2201, Brookings, SD 57007-2098.

Payment of tuition & fees using a debit or credit card can only be made through SDePay, electronic billing & payment system. American Express, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted by SDePay. Visa Card is not accepted. A 2.75 percent service fee is assessed by and payable to NelNet, host provider of SDePay. Authorized payers may view and pay the students’ account by going to the South Dakota Public Universities Authorized Payer login at SDePay.  Students may link to SDePay through their secure account on WebAdvisor.

Campus Card Debit System-Hobo Dough
The student identification card is used as a debit card to access prepaid accounts. In addition to its extensive use in the food service system, the ID card accesses prepaid accounts, called Hobo Dough, for bookstore, campus vending, laundry, photo copying and printing, and selected off campus businesses. Upon graduation or leaving the University, these funds will be returned in full upon request. No service charges are assessed for active accounts. However, accounts inactive for six months or more are assessed a monthly service charge. If the service charge exceeds the account balance, the account is automatically closed.


SDSU processes student withdrawals in compliance with federal and Board of Regents policies. A petition process does exist for students or parents who feel that individual circumstances warrant exception from the published refund policy. Contact the Registrar, SAD 100, for information.

Food Service and Room Rent Refunds. Students with a room contract or food service contract will receive a refund based on the unused portion of the fee at the time of withdrawal up to the 60 percent point of the period.

Federal Financial Aid Recipients. The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to use the Return of Title IV Funds policy for students withdrawing from school and who are receiving Federal Title IV student financial aid. Title IV funds refers to the federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and includes the following programs: Federal Stafford Direct Loan, Unsubsidized Stafford Direct Loans, Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Pell Grants, and Federal Supplemental Grants. Also, the Federal Nursing Loans and Federal Health Professions Loans use the Return to Title IV Funds calculation.

A student’s withdrawal date is 1) When the student began the withdrawal process or officially notified SDSU of intent to withdraw by contacting the SDSU Registrar’s Office; or 2) The midpoint of the period for a student who leaves without notifying SDSU; or at SDSU’s option, the student’s last documented date of academically-related activity.

Return of Title IV Funds When a student receiving federal financial Title IV financial aid withdraws from SDSU during the enrollment period, the amount of the Title IV funds (not including Federal Work Study) that the student earned during the enrollment period is calculated as of the student’s withdrawal date. Title IV funds are earned at a fixed rate on a per day basis up to the 60 percent point in the enrollment period. Title IV funds are 100 percent earned if the withdrawal date is after the 60 percent point in that period.

If the date a student withdraws from SDSU is prior to or on the 60% point of the semester, SDSU is required to determine the portion of the aid disbursed that was “earned” by the student before the withdrawal date. The “unearned” Title IV funds must be returned to the respective federal aid programs. Unearned aid is the amount of disbursed Title IV aid that exceeds the amount of Title IV aid earned based on attendance in the enrollment period.

For students who fail to officially withdraw when they stop attending classes and are assigned an “F” grade for all courses for the semester, the Return to Title IV Funds policy requires SDSU to calculate the “earned” amount based on the 50 percent point of the semester. Unearned federal aid must be returned as described above. If a student was disbursed aid after the 50 percent point of the semester, the student is assumed ineligible for those funds and will be required to return those funds.

Responsibilities of SDSU include providing information on the Return of Title IV Funds policy and procedure to students. This information is available at www.sdstate.edu and from the SDSU Financial Aid Office. SDSU is also responsible to complete calculations of the Return of Title IV Funds for federal financial aid recipients who are withdrawing from SDSU and to return any Title IV funds to the respective Title IV funds account. The student is responsible to repay any Title IV funds that the student was determined to be ineligible for via the Return to Title IV funds calculation.

Financial Assistance

General Information
Approximately 89% of the SDSU students attending full-time receive some type of financial assistance to help pay their educational costs. Financial assistance includes both need-based financial aid (grants, loans, work) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and other financial aid (scholarship, agency assistance, etc.) not based on need. Financial need is defined as the portion of educational costs not covered by family contributions. Average educational costs are determined by the Financial Aid Office and family contribution is a federal calculation from the FAFSA.

The SDSU award policy gives priority for Federal Supplemental Grant, and Work Study to students completing the FAFSA before March 10. However, the largest financial aid programs, the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Stafford (Direct) Loan, do not have priority processing dates. Students must reapply for federal financial aid every academic year. Please refer to the SDSU web page for eligibility, aid programs, consumer information, policies, and other financial aid related information: www.sdstate.edu (Keyword: financial aid).

Federal Financial Aid Programs

  1. General eligibility requirements
    1. Enrolled as a regular student in a SDSU degree program.
    2. Enrolled as a full-time student to receive full award. Eligible students not enrolled full-time may be eligible for some aid programs based on a completed FAFSA.
    3. United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
    4. Cannot be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund to a federal student grant program.
    5. Selective Service laws require male students born after December 31, 1959, to be registered with Selective Service.
    6. Maintain Satisfactory Progress as described in detail in the SDSU Satisfactory Progress Standards (on SDSU financial aid web page). Satisfactory Progress is the measurement of a student’s academic performance (credits completed, cumulative grade point average, and maximum credits attempted) toward the completion of the student’s degree program. Students not meeting Satisfactory Progress Standards will have their federal financial aid eligibility suspended and can appeal, as applicable.
  2. SDSU participates in all of the federal financial aid programs. Specific information, including other aid programs not listed below, is available at www.sdstate.edu. A SDSU Financial Aid award letter identifies the specific awards and other information is enclosed for the financial aid recipient.
    1. Grants are gift aid based on financial need.
      1. Federal Pell Grant awards are determined by a federal formula for the student’s first bachelor degree.
      2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant awards are based on Pell Grant eligibility and available funds.
      3. TEACH Grant for teacher education in “high need” fields and who agree to teach at a Title I school as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
    2. Loans provide an opportunity to borrow money for educational expenses. Loans must be repaid. First time loan recipients are required to complete Entrance Loan Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
      1. The Federal Direct Loan Program is the largest financial need-based loan program for eligible students. The Direct Loan requires a completed Master Promissory Note. The federal government pays the interest while the student is in school and during deferment periods. Interest and repayment begin six months after half-time enrollment ends. The Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan can be used by students who are not eligible for need-based loans as determined by the FAFSA. The interest is paid by the student or capitalized if not paid.
      2. The Federal PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students): The SDSU PLUS Request Form is completed by a parent to start the process. A monthly payment may start beginning 60 days after the PLUS is disbursed. Interest rate is 7.9% and has loan fees (see MPN).
      3. The Federal Perkins Loan is an SDSU award based on financial need and SDSU award policy. Interest (5%) and repayment begin nine months after half-time enrollment ends.
      4. The Nursing Student Loan is for nursing majors based on financial need and SDSU award policy. Interest (5%) and repayment begin nine months after half-time enrollment ends or ending the nursing degree program.
      5. The Health Professions Student Loan is for pharmacy majors based on financial need and SDSU award policy. Interest (5%) and repayment begin 12 months after full-time enrollment ends or ending the pharmacy degree program.
    3. Work opportunities may provide part-time employment for students.
      1. The Federal Work Study financial aid awards are based on financial need, available funds, and SDSU award policy. Most jobs are on campus. There are some community service job opportunities.
      2. Other employment opportunities may be available through the Career and Academic Planning Services and South Dakota Job Service.
    4. State of South Dakota no-need aid program information available at www.sdstate.edu (Keyword: Scholarships).
      1. South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship is for students who are South Dakota residents at the time of high school graduation who have a minimum ACT composite of 24 and met the Regents Scholar requirements.
      2. Dakota Corps Scholarship for new high school graduates from South Dakota who will major in a degree that will prepare the student to work in a critical need occupation.
  3. Scholarships The SDSU scholarship programs have increased yearly with additional scholarships for new, continuing, and transfer students. SDSU awards over 4,700 scholarships to undergraduate students. There are approximately 1,400 new-freshman student scholarships. A single scholarship application available from SDSU or from your high school needs to be completed and returned to the SDSU Scholarship Office before January 25 for priority consideration for the new student academic scholarships.
    1. Selected new freshman scholarships.
      1. Renewable scholarships, upon meeting academic standards, include: Briggs; Lohr; May; Nichols; and many named Foundation scholarships.
      2. Jackrabbit Guarantee (JG) eligibility for new, first-time freshman students who score a 24 or higher ACT composite score. Scholarship is renewable when academic requirements as defined by the JG program are attained. The $1,000 minimum in scholarship assistance can be met by any academic SDSU scholarship award.
      3. Many general, departmental, and talent awards are also available.
    2. Upper class student scholarships are awarded by the college/ department based on a student’s academic record through an annual competitive scholarship application process.
    3. Talent and participation scholarship awards are available by contacting the specific areas: 4-H: County Agents or Program Leader, SDSU Air Force ROTC: Professor of Aerospace Studies, SDSU Army ROTC: Professor of Military Science, SDSU Music: Music Department, SDSU Theatre: Theatre Department, SDSU
    4. Local and national scholarship information and applications may be available through your high school, various organizations and groups.
  4. Financial assistance may also be available through various agencies including Vocational Rehabilitation and other special services agencies.
  5. SDSU is fully accredited for Veterans Assistance benefits for qualified students.
  6. Please contact the SDSU Financial Aid Office, Box 2201, SAD 100, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone 605-688-4695, or e-mail: sdsu.finaid@sdstate.edu for specific applications, forms, and information. Additional information can be accessed on the SDSU Home Page: www.sdstate.edu

Foundation, SDSU

The SDSU Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation which seeks, accepts, and administers private gifts for the support of programs at South Dakota State University. The SDSU Foundation manages total assets valued at more than $144 million, including an endowment of more than $70 million. The work of the SDSU Foundation provides support that translates to nearly $500,000 each week to assist the University in its missions of education, research and outreach.

Donations to the SDSU Foundation come in many forms including cash, marketable securities, real estate, equipment, personal property, and estate gifts. A volunteer board governs the activities of the SDSU Foundation. Steve Erpenbach is the Foundation’s president and CEO. For information on making a gift to SDSU, contact the SDSU Foundation at 1-888-747-SDSU (7378), steve.erpenbach@sdsufoundation.org, or  www.sdsufoundation.org  

Geographic Information Sciences Center of Excellence

The study of the land surface and its modification over time is a major component of global change research. Land cover change impacts climate, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem function, and the state of human welfare. To study large area land cover dynamics, satellite-based earth observations are required. The Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE) is a unique collaboration between SDSU and the US Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) with a focus on the science of earth observation and monitoring. EROS is the world’s largest repository of remotely sensed data sets and a renowned center of applied earth science studies. The GIScCE is a research partnership of SDSU faculty and EROS scientists that employs the capabilities of geographic information science (GISc), namely remote sensing, geographic information systems, digital mapping, and geostatistics, to document and understand the changing earth. To achieve this goal, an interdisciplinary center of study is required, one which utilizes engineering principles to efficiently and accurately process earth observation data, geographic principles to create meaningful thematic depictions of land cover and land use change, and applications that focus on the resultant effects the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere. Through the combined resources of many disciplines, the GIScCE seeks to investigate important questions regarding the dynamic earth system.

Students play an integral role in the research performed by the center. Undergraduates can earn recognition as a Center Scholar by completing a combination of courses, programs, and professional experiences. Center Scholars must have completed all Regental and University core classes with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in major and GISc coursework at time of graduation. Undergraduates must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework at time of graduation. All Center Scholars will participate in a Center Internship, which will include the development of a scholarly study. Results from this study must then be presented to an appropriate professional meeting or accepted by a peer-reviewed science journal. The Center also coordinates the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Science and Engineering. For more information call 605-688-6591 or e-mail geoffrey.henebry@sdstate.edu.

Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology provides the technology, skills, and services that contribute to and support the land-grant mission of South Dakota State University and is committed to creating an environment in which faculty and students develop opportunities which will make them successful in their scholarship, research, and creative activities. In addition, OIT actively promotes the incorporation of technology as a means of effectively and efficiently conducting University business.

Under the direction of Dr. Mike Adelaine, the Vice President for Information Technology, programs, services, and support are provided to the university community.

Classroom Technology Services (CTS) - This unit is responsible for all technology-enhanced and DDN classrooms located on the University campus. This includes the initial installation of equipment, its maintenance, and upgrades. For more information, call 605-688-6312.

Information Security - This unit ensures University data security and establishes procedures to protect information, users, and the University. Questions or concerns should be reported to the Support Desk (688.6776) immediately. For more information, call 605-688-4988.

IT Support Desk - ITS serves as contact for students, faculty, and staff needing tech support through its operation of the Support Desk. Equipment loan, repair, and the maintenance of general use computer labs are also the responsibility of ITS. For more information, call 6059-688-6776.

Instructional Design Services (IDS) - This unit offers faculty services in instructional design, distributed learning, and the use of integrated media in the classrooms. They also provide faculty with training in a wide variety of software programs and applications, as well as instruction in the use of equipment. For more information, call 605-688-6312.

Office of Web Development & Management - This division fosters excellence throughout the university’s web communication systems by ensuring their continual development, as well as providing leadership and direction for its web-related activities. The Office promotes, supports, and sustains the online distribution of the institution’s academic, research, and Extension information and the conveyance of its messages to their respective audiences. For more information, call 688.6134.

University Networking Systems and Services and Research (UNSS) - UNSS provides the infrastructure upon which technology systems are built and assures Internet access to the campus community. In addition, they maintain the server farm, on which the majority of institutional software and applications are run. For more information, call 605-688-4988.

Intercollegiate Athletics

South Dakota State University is a Division I, National Collegiate Athletic Association member and offers competition in eleven sports for women and ten sports for men. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) governs competition for both women and men. Women compete in cross country, equestrian, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, softball and soccer. Men compete in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, football, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, wrestling and baseball.  South Dakota State athletic teams have experienced broad based success. They are recognized regionally and nationally each year for the athletic accomplishments and academic achievements for their student-athletes and coaches.

Every undertaking within South Dakota State University’s Athletic Department is driven by a relentless commitment to excellence. We are committed to providing each and every student-athlete with a comprehensive collegiate experience. Academic achievement is important because it is the fundamental purpose of the student-athlete experience. Social responsibility is also a vital component. We expect to contribute to the well-being of our campus, community and state. Positive student-athlete experiences and competitive success also define our program because they are integral to the student-athlete’s growth. Our vision is to be a premier student-centered collegiate athletic program. We are working tirelessly to create a special place where student-athletes can develop life skills that lead not only to athletic success, but pave the way for victories long into their lives. The important work of creating that setting is the heart of our mission: to passionately and relentlessly create an environment, rooted in sportsmanship and ethical conduct, where motivated student-athletes can develop into lifelong champions. We are guided by a stringent set of values that will not be compromised: honesty, equity, academic integrity, fiscal integrity and social responsibility with the expectation of competing at the highest level.

For general athletic department information call 605-688-5625, for athletic ticket information call 605-688-5422, 1-866-GoJacks (465-2257), or e-mail sdsu.tickets@sdstate.edu 

International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is the comprehensive home for international student and scholar services, international undergraduate admission, study abroad planning, and community connections programs. All services and activities are intended to help enrich the experience of international students here at SDSU and to help expand global engagement for all students, faculty and staff.

Formerly the Office of International Programs, the department was initially established in 1988 and was focused on creating a number of international education and research exchange partnerships. Today, OIA has educational partners on six continents and has expanded its focus to include international student services.

  • Study abroad staff advise faculty in planning SDSU-based global educational options and advise students of their study abroad options.
  • International student and scholars staff provide guidance and administrative support to hundreds of international students from over 60 countries.
  • Staff members also support the International Relations Council and its events and outreach, as well as help connect the campus community with International students and global issues through its Connections programs.

OIA has a variety of partners and affiliates. For more information, refer to www.sdstate.edu/international-affairs.

Library, H. M. Briggs

Library services and collections are housed in the Briggs Library, which is named for President Hilton M. Briggs, who served the University from 1958 to 1975. Library collections consist of more than 668,000 bound volumes, 573,000 government documents, 18,000 e-Books, 31,000 online journals and other electronic resources.

A wide variety of other resources and equipment is available in the library including wireless networking, laptop loans and more than 50 public computer workstations providing access to the Internet, to library databases, and to software such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and statistical packages. In addition, Briggs Library contains group study/conference rooms for student use, individual study rooms for faculty and graduate students, two computer labs, several informal lounge areas, and photocopiers on each floor. Special collections of congressional papers, archival, state and local history, and curriculum materials are available for students, faculty, and researchers. Briggs Library is also the home of the Honors College and the Teaching Learning Center.

The faculty and staff of Briggs Library are proud of the services they offer to the SDSU community, as well as to distance students and faculty at Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and other locations throughout South Dakota and the U.S. They respond to more than ten thousand information requests annually through personal contacts and via telephone, e-mail, and instant messaging. Each year they teach approximately 250 classes on information literacy and use of library resources.

In addition, the interlibrary loan staff annually acquires over 4,000 copies (mostly electronic) of journal articles and approximately 1,000 books from other libraries worldwide to supplement the resources held locally for SDSU students and faculty.

Logos, Seals, Caricatures, Wordmarks (Official Symbols)

University Relations approves the use of the name or logo of South Dakota State University (in any form) for printed publication or for any type of merchandise, i.e., hats, t-shirts, mugs, etc., to be distributed. The merchandise items must also carry a corresponding club or event name. All SDSU logos, seals, caricatures, or wordmarks are licensed and cannot be used without permission.

Official Name: South Dakota State University or SDSU (no periods)
Official School Colors: Blue (PMS 287) and Yellow (PMS 109)
Athletic Teams Nickname: Jackrabbits or Jacks
These names (or wordmarks) are registered:

South Dakota State University ®
SDSU Jackrabbits®
South Dakota State TM
Hobo Day ®
SDSU Jacks®
Go Big. Go Blue. Go Jacks®
SD State®
Dirty Lil TM
Weary Willie TM

Jackrabbits ®
Jacks ®
Cereal Bowl ®
Oak Lake Field Station TM
Midwest Market Analysis TM
Garden Line TM
Go Jacks®
On Call®
Today’s Ag®
Beef Bowl®

You can go anywhere from here!®
Jackrabbit Guarantee®
Pride of the Dakotas®
Be Great. Start Here. TM
The Campanile Line ®
Campanile Records ®
McCrory Gardens ®
iGrow TM
Passionate. Relentless. Champions. ®

For information on usage, please contact the Office of University Relations at sdsu.ur@sdstate.edu or 605-688-6161,

McCrory Gardens

McCrory Gardens is recognized as one of the top small ornamental display and botanical gardens in the United States. It is operated by the Department of Plant Science, with operations primarily supported through private gifts of visitors, Friends of McCrory Gardens, professional associations, and corporate donations. The gardens are used extensively for teaching, public education, and ornamental plant research. A new Education and Visitor’s Center is a focal point for the gardens, offering information to visitors and a venue for educational programming and other functions. Each year student gardeners are hired to help plant and maintain the gardens. It is composed of approximately 25-acres of public display area and a 45-acre arboretum.

The Gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk; no entry fee is charged but donations from visitors are encouraged. Trees, shrubs, ground covers, annuals, and perennials are featured throughout the gardens. The straw bale house is another popular attraction, which features a living roof. For more information, call 605-688-6253 or e-mail: david.graper@sdstate.edu


The South Dakota Art Museum’s collection of over 6,000 objects consists of paintings, photographs, textiles, sculptures and Native American art and artifacts. The Museum has a dynamic exhibition schedule featuring our permanent collection of paintings by Harvey Dunn, children’s book author/illustrator Paul Goble, the Marghab Linen Collection, Native American art, in addition to rotating exhibits from outside sources. The museum is located on the Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street. The museum is open Free to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday’s from noon to 4 pm. The museum is closed on Sunday’s January – March and on all state holidays. Visit the museum store to find unique handmade gifts, books and music by regional artists, and an outstanding collection of books on Native American history and culture. For more information or to schedule a group tour, call 866-805-7590 or 605-688-5423, email sdsu.sdam@sdstate.edu or visit www.southdakotaartmuseum.com.

The Agricultural Heritage Museum’s collection of 100,000 objects interprets South Dakota agricultural history and rural heritage. The museum is concerned with human experiences that were shaped by the state’s diverse environment. The museum is located on the northwest corner of Medary Avenue and 11th Street in the old Stock Judging Pavilion. The museum is open free to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. The museum is closed on Sundays January - March and on all state holidays. The museum gift shop is an excellent source of South Dakota history books, unique gifts, and the official SDSU Christmas ornaments. For further information or to schedule a group tour, call 605-688-6226, e-mail SDSU.agmuseum@sdstate.edu or visit http://www.agmuseum.com.

Print Lab

The Print Lab is an on-campus-printing department located in Yeager Hall, SYE 102. There is a charge for all Print Lab work, and the Print Lab only prints university-related materials.

With the advent of desktop publishing programs, writing and designing publications such as newsletters, brochures, posters, fliers, etc., has become much easier. Although nearly every office on campus has this capability, generally a publication designed “in house” does not necessarily mean it is “print ready.”

To ensure projects are ready for printing, electronic pre-press procedures require University Relations or Ag Communications to prepare the computer files for the Print Lab. These procedures apply to the simplest business form or letterhead to the most complicated full color brochure. Additionally, the offices of University Relations and Ag Communications are charged with the responsibility of overseeing the consistent quality of publications, for both internal and external audiences.

Other than reprint orders and business cards, work done at the Print Lab must first be routed through University Relations (605-688-6161) or Ag Communications (605-688-4650).

Print Lab also has three manned copy centers on campus:

Ag Hall Copy Center (SAG 125), 605-688-4921
Biostress Copy Center (SNP 105), 605-688-4417
Print Lab Copy Center (SYE 102), 605-688-5111

For more information about the Print Lab’s services, call 605-688- 5111, or e-mail brenda.quam@sdstate.edu

Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs provides services and activities that are designed to help students gain the greatest benefit from their University education. The following departments are included in Student Affairs: Admissions, New Student Orientation, Office of Enrollment Services (Financial Aid, Records and Registration, and Scholarships) Office of Student Conflict Prevention, Management, and Conduct Services, Residential Life, The Union, Office of Student Engagement (Student Organizations, Greek Life, Program Bound, Career Center), Multicultural Center/Student Support Services (Disability Services, Upward Bound, TRiO Student Support Services, Veterans Resource Center, African American, Latino, and GLBT student support), University Dining Services, and Wellness (Intramurals and Club Sports, Recreation, and Student Health & Counseling). If you have questions or need information about any of these areas, contact the Vice President for Student Affairs office in SAD 312, phone 605-688-4493. The specific programs and services offered by the departments are listed in this section and elsewhere in this catalog.


The Admissions Office assists students in attaining their educational goals by providing quality services and accurate information that will enable them to make an informed and appropriate college choice. In addition, the Admissions Office processes all applications for admission and determines residency status for entering students. Questions concerning enrollment information, admission and transfer evaluation should be directed to Admissions Office, SAD 200, South Dakota State University, Box 2201, Brookings, SD 57007-0649, phone 605-688-4121. 

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students serves as the student Ombudsperson for the university, supervises the Student Conduct System, chairs the Clery Report Review Committee, and represents the division of Student Affairs on other university committees and special projects. In the role of the “Ombuds,” the Dean of Students acts as a mentor or arbitrator rather than a conduct hearing officer. The goal is to help a student resolve an issue before it becomes a problem. For students in need of assistance or guidance, the Dean of Students office is an important resource. The office is located in AD 312, phone 605-688-4493.

Office of Student Conflict Prevention, Management, and Conduct Service, formerly Judicial Affairs, has developed into a point of contact for both faculty and staff on a variety of Student Affairs matters.  The functions of this office are of service to all students. Serving as ombuds, mediators, and hearing officers, this office helps students in all stages of adjustment and adaptation.  Upon request, the office assists faculty and staff to more comfortably and effectively address minor student concerns.  The office also provides “train the trainer” information for individuals and organizations on matters of conflict prevention and mediation to more broadly serve students.

Dining Services

Campus Dining is committed to providing a dining service program at SDSU that is of the highest quality at a reasonable cost. Students can choose from a variety of offerings including “all-you-care-to-eat” buffet meals, food courts, convenience stores, ice cream shops, delis, specialty coffee, salad and soup bars, grab and go areas, and much more. All SDSU students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Weary Wil’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels offer students special late night dining options.

Enrollment Services

The Office of Enrollment Services is comprised of the Scholarship Office, Registrar’s Office, and Financial Aid. The mission of the Office of Enrollment Services is grounded in excellent customer service. These units provide the resources to assist students in achieving a successful college experience and also provide high quality services to current students, alumni, staff, faculty, and the general public. The Enrollment Services office strives to make all services available to students where, when and how they need them. These offices work closely with other university offices to ensure that current information is provided to students. Staff members are committed to providing exceptional service while exhibiting accuracy and efficiency in our work, and maintaining integrity, professionalism and respect. For further information contact the Registrar’s Office at 605-688-6195.

Financial Aid - The Financial Aid Office administers student financial assistance programs, including federal and state financial aid, and governmental agency awards. The phone number for Financial Aid is 605-688-4695.

Records and Registration - The Registrar’s Office assists students in meeting their academic goals through a variety of services that include on-line registration, adding and dropping classes, accessing final grades, academic transcripts, and coordinating the semester course schedule. Records and Registration staff are available to help students to understand the variety of policies, procedures, and deadlines that are in place. The phone number for Records and Registration is 605-688-6195.

Scholarships - Students receiving the Jackrabbit Guarantee or the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship may find information and advising on continuing scholarship eligibility, renewal, and retention. The phone number for Scholarships is 605-688-5201.

Multicultural Center and Student Support Services

Multicultural Center - The Multicultural Center develops campus initiatives that demonstrate the valued practice and philosophy of multiculturalism within the University community. The office provides support to students of color by providing tutorial services, multicultural and diversity programming, advising cultural organizations, and coordinating the Minority Peer Mentor Program. The Multicultural Center compliments the Division of Student Affairs’ mission by broadening the social, cultural, educational, and recreational experience of students. Phone: 605-688-5585.

Disability Services - Disability Services coordinates services for students with a wide range of disabilities. Services include coordinating testing accommodations, the acquisition of alternative format texts, classroom accommodations, referral to other service agencies, and coordinating additional services based on the individual needs of the student. Direct Line: 605-688-4504 or Main Office: 605-688-5585.

Veterans Resource Center - The office is responsible for providing services and coordinating programs for veterans which includes coordinating orientation program for veterans, house the Federal Certifying Official to assist students with their financial aid, assisting veterans who are deployed while still enrolled at SDSU, provide additional support to the SDSU Veterans Club, collaborating with the city and county agencies that assist veterans, working with returning National Guard units and other active duty personnel to assist with their admission/ re-admission to SDSU. The office also works collaboratively with Financial Aid, Counseling Center, and Disability Services to provide services and support to SDSU Veterans. For more information please visit SSU 105 or Phone: 605-688-4986.

TRiO Student Support Services - TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded TRiO grant program designed to support students in achieving academic success. To assist students’ success at SDSU the following support services are available through the SSS Program: 1) individualized support in managing academic pursuits; 3) personalized financial, career, and social support services to ease transitions through college; 2) tutorial services in a variety of course areas (including math, English, and basic sciences); 3) referral assistance to other campus support services; and 4) priority registration at the beginning of each academic semester. Since services to students are individualized, participation in the program may substantially increase participants’ chances for success at SDSU.

The ultimate goal of SSS is to increase the number of students who are retained and graduated from SDSU. To be eligible for services, a participant must fit one of the following criteria: 1) a first generation student - neither parents finished a 4-year college degree, 2) an individual with a documented disability that impacts ability to be successful in an academic program, and/or 3) an individual from an economically disadvantaged family who needs financial assistance to attend and be successful in college. For more information on Student Support Services, visit the office in SSU 065. Phone: 605-688-6653.

TRiO Upward Bound - Upward Bound is a Federally Funded program designed to support high school students in their preparation for successful college graduation. Upward Bound provides support in areas of tutoring, mentoring, cultural enrichment, college tours, personal development, and academic preparation. To participate, students must be either first-generation college-bound or parents meet the federal income guidelines; and be enrolled in one of the five participating high schools located in Sioux Falls and Flandreau, SD. Phone: 605-688-6653.

Residential Life

The Department of Residential Life administers programs and facilities for all on-campus housing. Complete information and policies are printed in the Department of Residential Life Handbook and Planner and Family Student Housing Information booklet. The Residential Life Office is located on the first floor of Caldwell Hall. The phone number is 605-688-5148.

Residence Halls - Residence Halls at SDSU are living units where students study, meet other students and are challenged to develop as individuals. Generally students who are not two or more years beyond graduation from high school are required by the Board of Regents to enter into residence hall and food service contracts with the University. Details on the Board of Regents’ requirements can be reviewed by contacting the Department of Residential Life and/or are listed on the department’s web pages. Currently, residence hall double rooms rent is from $1,420 to $2,205 depending on the assigned hall per semester. Students not required to live in on-campus facilities but wish to, should contact the office for availability or may contact the Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office; the phone number is 605-688-5148

Residence Hall Confirmation Fee - The Residence Hall Application Information is available to students after they are admitted to the University. The housing application is on-line available at www.sdstate.edu/reslife/application-form.cfm and click on the housing application link. If individuals do not have access to a computer they may contact the housing office to have hard copy materials sent to them. A $75 confirmation fee must accompany all applications for residence hall space. The sixty-five dollars will be credited toward the student’s Hobo Dough account. Any person whose written request is granted for release from the residency requirement that is postmarked on or before June 30 for fall semester or November 30 for new spring semester will have the $75 dollars refunded. Any person who cancels at their request after these dates will forfeit the Confirmation Fee.

Family Student Housing - 78 unfurnished one-bedroom apartments and 6 unfurnished two-bedroom apartments are available for rent on campus. Currently, rent for the one-bedroom apartments ranges from $296.80-$393.15 per month. Rent for the two bedroom apartments is $446.10 per month. Each apartment includes a refrigerator, stove, and all utilities. To be eligible to apply for Family Student Housing you must have been accepted to SDSU, a spouse and/or at least one dependent will reside in the apartment with you and enrollment in a set number of credit hours are required. Contact Residential Life Office personnel for more information.

University Apartments - Four-bedroom apartments for single upper-class students are available in the Meadows North apartment complex. The rent is added to the student’s University account and it includes utilities, Internet, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, and air conditioning. Academic school year contracts are available and a $75 confirmation fee is required with all applications for an apartment space. The housing application is on-line available at www.sdstate.edu/reslife/application-form.cfm and click on the housing application link.

The Union

The Union provides an opportunity for student involvement with the campus community and a connection to the University. The department manages and operates the University Student Union, which includes services such as the Information Exchange, Outback Jacks, Blue Print Design Center, Central Reservations and State Technical Services. Students can cash checks, send faxes, play billiards, rent outdoor recreational equipment, reserve sound and lighting services for programs, and dine at the Market, Jacks’ Place, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Weary Wil’s Sports Grill. A full-service coffee, espresso and smoothie bar are also available at Java City. The department also facilitates the advising and support for student organizations. The Office of Student Engagement works closely with the University Program Council (UPC), Greek Life, the recognition of student organizations, and career development/internships. The department also coordinates the New Student Orientation program for the summer, fall, and spring and is engaged in the Lead State and Meet State programs.

This Union is home to The Collegian student newspaper, Students’ Association, Student Legal Services, KSDJ 90.7 campus radio station, Greek Life, Multicultural Student Organizations, University Program Council, Dining Services: the Market and Jacks’, the Bookstore, Card Services/Hobo Dough, and fifteen meeting rooms including the Volstorff Ballroom which add to the already extensive list of student programs and services that work to build a great student experience at State. For more information regarding the Union call 605-688-4960.

Center for Student Engagement

The Center for Student Engagement is located in the Union and links students to a variety of programs and initiatives designed to promote their success at South Dakota State University. The center is home to career development and internship staff, as well as staff focused on serving student organizations, leadership development programs and campus wide engagement initiatives. The University Program Council, Greek Life, the Students’ Association and the New Student Orientation program also call the center home.

Career Development and Internship Services - Career Development staff promote student growth and development through variety of programming and services that facilitate the transition from student to professional and help students and employers connect. Students from all colleges and majors are welcome to take advantage of the support offered by the Career Center. Uncovering the best career opportunities takes time and the effort begins with the foundation of experience developed as early as the freshman year. Career inventories are available to help students assess their interests and abilities and connect them to careers. Whether searching for part-time or summer jobs, internships, or full-time employment, the Career Development staff offer assistance in learning effective job searching techniques. Services include individual coaching on resume writing, developing job search strategies, and improving interviewing skills, as well as special events such as practice interviews with area employers. In addition, the Career Center works with SDSU colleges to facilitate job fairs and on-campus interviews for the numerous employers that recruit SDSU students.

Students may register with Campanile Connections, www.myinterfase.com/capcenter/student/ the free online career management system to search job listings, post resumes, sign up for on-campus interviews, research employers, and receive email notices regarding job listings. SDSU hosts an on-campus branch of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulations for the convenience of students searching for part-time and summer jobs in Brookings and the around the state. The Career Center can be contacted at 605-688-4425, sdsu.careercenter@sdbor.edu, or for more information visit http://www.sdstate.edu/careercenter/.

New Student Orientation - NSO assists the transition process for students new to SDSU.  NSO implements Orientation sessions for new, transfer, and readmit students throughout the year.  At Orientation, students register for classes, attend informational sessions, and receive other important information about being a student at SDSU.  After attending Orientation, students often feel much better prepared for life at SDSU.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is dedicated to supporting academic success and personal development by promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyle for the members of the SDSU community. The Wellness Center houses state of the art fitness equipment, a variety of recreational and intramural programs, effective wellness education, and a student health clinic and counseling center. Services and programs provided are detailed below. For further information about the Wellness Center is available at 605-688-6415, sdsu.wellnesscenter@sdstate.edu, or go online to http://www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center/.

Community Fitness and Recreation

Community Fitness strives to provide current and diverse programming to enhance life-long health and well-being. Knowledgeable professionals serve the students, faculty and community to make appropriate decision about their fitness and nutritional desires. A varied menu of activities and programs are offered including: cardio and weight equipment; aerobic, martial arts, and spinning classes; walking/running track; pool; three gyms; a climbing pinnacle and bouldering wall. Staff provides personal orientation, personal fitness evaluations, and design a personal program to meet fitness goals.

Fitness and Recreation facilities are open Monday through Thursday 5:00 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 5:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Summer hours begin May 5 and end August 24 - Monday through Thursday 5:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. For further information regarding the Wellness Center and its services, call 605-688-6415.

Intramural and Recreational Sports and Sport Clubs

Intramural Sports - The Intramural Program provides the opportunity for all activity-fee-paying students, both undergraduate and graduate, to participate in organized and informal sports as regularly as their time and interests permit. Over 3,100 individual students participate each year with many in more than one intramural sport, with total participation numbers over 6,500 students annually. The program seeks to foster a life-long positive attitude toward physical activity in informal settings such as open swim and gyms and through league play. Activities are organized on an individual, team, and club basis. Leagues are established for women, men, and mixed (co-rec) competition activities. Students may manage, participate, and/or seek employment opportunities supervising and officiating. Residence hall, independent, and organizational groups may form teams. There are 30 recreational sports including flag football, 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball, basketball, softball and many more. Intramural registration is online at www.imleagures.com.

Sport Clubs - Sport clubs offer specialized participation ranging from a social setting on campus, to instructional programming, to competition with clubs from other universities within the region. Eight club sports such as hockey, rugby, men’s soccer, and ultimate Frisbee compete regionally giving SDSU students additional recreation opportunities.

All program offerings are governed by an elected intramural and sport club councils, and activities are scheduled and supervised by the intramural staff. Since there is inherent risk of injury involved with all physical activities, it is recommended that participants have their own medical insurance.  For further information, contact the Intramural Office at 605-688-4724 or http://www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center.

Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services

The mission of Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services is to promote the health and wellness of the University Community, to enhance student retention, and to support academic and personal success. All SDSU students are eligible for services. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. when classes are in session. During summer and academic breaks, appointments are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. (No appointments on Wednesdays.) Call 605-688-6146 or visit http://www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center/counseling/index.cfm for more information.

Student Health Clinic  - The Health Clinic includes primary care for illnesses and injuries, laboratory diagnostics, reproductive health, immunizations, and pharmacy. Spouses and dependents of students, and SDSU employees are eligible for services. For further information, a medical appointment, or medical record assistance, call 605-688-4157.

Counseling Center - Counseling Services provide individual and group counseling to students and SDSU employees with emotional, behavioral, and/or academic concerns to promote retention and success at SDSU. Common issues include mood disorders, substance use/abuse, relationship concerns, and personal and professional growth. For further information, call 605-688-6146.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs - SDSU, through the Department of Student Health and Counseling Services, provides alcohol and drug abuse information and prevention programs to the campus community. Alcohol and drug abuse assessment is available on an individual basis. Counseling and medical services are available to students and referrals to other agencies are available to everyone on campus. For further information, call 605-688-6146 or 605-688-4157.

Health Education and Prevention Services - The Health Education and Prevention Services are sponsored by the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Center. The program emphasizes awareness, prevention, and response to sexual assault and date rape. Closely related issues of alcohol/drug abuse, STIs (including HIV/AIDS), and unplanned pregnancies are addressed. The Counseling Center supports student peer educators who are available to present awareness and prevention programs on the above topics for student organizations, classes when requested by the instructor and residence hall student staff training. The counseling staff is available for victim assistance and response in case of sexual assault or violence. A close working relationship is maintained with other community agencies involved in prevention and response to violence and sexual assault. Confidentiality is assured at all times for the student/victim. Individuals with questions or personal concerns are asked to call the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Center at 605-688-6146 for assistance or information.

Additional services include nutrition education and health promotion with a student-run organization advocating for healthy lifestyles – Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health (HEROH).

Teaching and Learning Center

The SDSU Teaching Learning Center assists students and faculty in arranging service-learning courses utilizing any of a variety of service sites and varying lengths of service. Supplemental service-learning course credits can be provided in accordance with the amount of study/service, and grades are based on the learning that takes place. Special costs are involved. Study may focus on a particular culture, social system, agency, skill set, or other chosen topic.

Service Learning - South Dakota State University provides service-learning opportunities for students through the SDSU Teaching Learning Center. Service-learning combines meaningful service in the community with a formal educational curriculum and structured time for participants to reflect on their service and educational experience. A variety of SDSU departments have established service-learning courses and students are encouraged to contact specific departments for information. Assistance with this can be obtained from the Teaching Learning Center  by calling 605-688-6413.

University Relations Office

The role of the Office of University Relations is to serve as a reliable communications and marketing link between the general public and the state’s largest higher education institution: South Dakota State University. The numerous services and activities performed by UR are designed to inform key stakeholders and promote the areas of excellence at SDSU, ranging from faculty and student achievements, research-based initiatives, and alumni accomplishments. UR assists and works with the University’s administration, colleges and departments and numerous student organizations in providing strategic marketing and communications functions to showcase the University’s commitment as a land-grant institution to teaching, research, and outreach. University Relations maintains five primary areas of operations: news service, creative services, marketing & brand management, photography and licensing & merchandise.

News Service - 
The News Service division is the official source for South Dakota State University news, information and expert sources and university-wide events. The division is committed to providing information to the public and university community about the quality and diversity of the learning environment at SDSU, the level of scholarship and research and the university’s dedication to finding solutions to the challenges of today. University Relations responds to all media requests concerning issues, events and research happening at SDSU. Incoming reporter queries help determine experts who can most appropriately respond. The office works closely with all branches of the news media to provide interview and information requests, University event publicity, news tips and advisories, distribution of University research information, and a wide variety of student-related announcements.
 South Dakota State University welcomes the media to campus and request they contact University Relations to schedule interviews and visits to campus. News Service representatives can be reached at 605-688-6161.

Creative Services - The creative services division of University Relations serves a vital communications role at SDSU. Creative services manages eight magazines and newsletters, which showcase students, faculty, and alumni as they carry State’s message of opportunity to various audiences, both on and off campus. UR produces the following magazines for the following colleges and organizations on campus:
• State Magazine (SDSU Alumni Association)
• Calling Home (magazine for parents)
• Impulse Magazine (College of Engineering)
• College of Nursing
• College of Pharmacy
• Rabbit Tracks (SDSU Athletics)
• College of Arts and Sciences
• College of Education and Human Sciences

UR staffers regularly collaborate and consult with various campus departments and colleges about their communication needs. Professional and experienced staff make the various publications shine through the creative work of several graphic designers and writers. In addition to magazines and newsletters, the creative services unit designs brochures, display banners, posters, programs, invitations and just about anything else that clients request. A key goal is to ensure that SDSU’s name and logo is properly used in printing projects. UR maintains the University’s Graphic Identity Manual and monitor University logo usage.

Marketing & Brand Management
The South Dakota State University marketing division provides strategic and tactical marketing services, including brand management, positioning and messaging and advertising. The division is also responsible for the development and implementation of the University’s strategic marketing plan. The department aids the University in reaching its strategic and operational goals by building awareness, preference and loyalty among its current and prospective stakeholders.

Brand Management - University Relations also carries the responsibility of ensuring that SDSU’s name and logos are properly used in printing projects. The University currently has three main marks: The Campanile with SDSU underneath serves as the institutional logo and is to be used for most publications; the Jackrabbit is the mascot of the University and is used by Athletics, the SDSU Alumni Association and student organizations; and the stretch SD is used by Athletics and for external marketing purposes.

There are a few basic rules that apply to each mark:
• All marks must be used in its entirety. Using only a portion of the mark is not allowed.
• All marks must be used in the proper colors, with no color substitutions or embellishments.
• Marks cannot be altered in any way, for example, the jackrabbit cannot wear a cowboy hat or be dressed in scrubs.
• Marks cannot be overprinted, and a ring of 3/16 inch clear space must surround them at all times.

In order to use any of the marks on printed publications, prior approval must be obtained from University Relations. Call 605-688-4537 for logo usage approval.

Licensing - The purpose of the South Dakota State University Trademark Licensing Program is to protect and promote the name, symbols, and other trademarks that are associated with the University on apparel and other merchandise for internal and external consumption.

The SDSU Trademark Licensing Program is charged with:
• Protecting and controlling use of the University name and marks;
• Developing cooperative relationships with licensees;
• Distribution and approval of artwork;
• Promotion of products and designs that are consistent with the University’s image, reputation, and goals;
• Supporting the University’s strategic brand development

Any product bearing the logos, trademarks, word marks, or having an implied association with South Dakota State University must be licensed with the South Dakota State University Trademark Licensing Program, which approves all products and designs and ensures proper labeling as appropriate. In additional, the South Dakota State University Trademark and Licensing Program seeks to insure that all products and designs submitted for licensing are safe for consumers and project the proper image of the University. Contact the South Dakota State Trademark Licensing Office at 605-688-6161 with questions at sdsu.ur@sdstate.edu or 605-688-6161.

Photographic Services - University Relations is home to SDSU’s photography services and is responsible for meeting photo requests across campus. Requests are varied ranging from the presidents office, campus events, conferences, SDSU’s web pages, college publications, promotional and marketing items to intercollegiate athletic competition. SDSU photography services provides the university with high-quality images at reasonable rate. To schedule photography services please call 605-688-5913.

Water and Environmental Engineering Research Center

The Water and Environmental Engineering Research Center (WEERC) is located in the College of Engineering at SDSU. Formerly named the Northern Great Plains Water Resources Research Center (NGPWRRC), WEERC conducts research, education and outreach activities through principal investigators who are faculty members in the Engineering College. WEERC projects are funded by governmental agencies, cities, and industry, and are focused on engineering solutions to water resources and environmental problems. Recent project topics include municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment, water supply and wastewater disposal systems, environmental remediation, hydrological phenomena, and hydraulics of natural and engineered systems. These projects often involve collaboration with other SDSU departments or off-campus units. WEERC also maintains an environmental chemistry laboratory in Crothers Engineering Hall in conjunction with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. The laboratory supports research projects, environmental engineering courses, and outreach/service activities. For information, contact Director Delvin DeBoer, delvin.deboer@sdstate.edu, 605-688-5210, or WEERC, SDSU, Box 2219, Brookings, SD 57007-0096.

Water Resources Institute

The Water Resources Institute (WRI) supports and conducts research and training in agricultural and environmental water management of significance to South Dakota and the North Central Region at South Dakota State University and other affiliated educational institutions and agencies across the state. Examples of activities include agricultural water management such as irrigation and drainage, the role of agricultural nutrient management on water quality, phosphorous loss from agricultural fields and analysis interpretations of water suitability for domestic, livestock and irrigation use. WRI programs typically funds studies of local and regional concerns in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including agricultural producers, commodity groups, policy makers, water management agencies and organizations and the public.

The WRI is committed to educating and training the water management decision-makers of tomorrow by involving students and stakeholders in research projects, teaching, outreach activities, conferences and meetings. Through these activities the students are exposed to current and future water-related issues and trained to formulate science-based solutions to water-based problems. A laboratory, open to students and researchers for use of lab equipment in conjunction with water research projects, is maintained by the Institute.

The Institute administers a grant program funded under the U.S. Department of the Interior, as made available through the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. The funds are targeted for research, including research by students, directed toward solving state, regional, and national water problems.

The Water Resources Institute co-sponsors the annual Eastern South Dakota Water Conference held in Brookings. Water is an important part of the economic future of South Dakota, and this conference serves as an important avenue to exchange experiences and ideas, explore the latest research and share knowledge with other participants on this Resource. The WRI also co-sponsors the Big Sioux Water Festival in Brookings, SD, which has hosted more than 20,000 4th grade students since its beginning in 1993.

WRI provides a unique service to the public by identifying and provide solutions for water quality problems. This includes assistance with interpretation of the results from water analyzed by a laboratory, and providing informational materials related to the potential solution to those water quality problems. The Institute also provides a specific service to irrigators by providing recommendations on soil and water compatibility. These services are available to all South Dakotans at no cost.

WRI is located in the Agricultural Engineering building and is associated with the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. For more information, please contact the Water Resources Institute by phone at 605-688-4910, by e-mail: sdsu.wri@sdstate.edu or on the Web at http://www.sdstate.edu/abe/wri.