DSU Timeline: 2001-2010

2001

  • USDSU Sioux Falls, an off-campus center for three SD public universities, DSU, USD & SDSU provides complete college degree programs and classes in Sioux Falls, moved to its new building in January 2001. The location is on the Southeast Technical Institute campus in north Sioux Falls. This has allowed the universities to enroll more students and to increase course offerings.
  • Elevator was installed in Trojan Center. Remodeled lower level of that area.
  • 97 Courses offered in Distant Education, with 1263 Students.
  • Computing Services moved in Lowry Hall in the Summer.

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Above : Delta Mu Delta | Below : International Club

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Above : Student Senate | Below : Gateway Cyber Cafe

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Above : Cross Country Team | Below : Football Team

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Above : Men's Basketball Team | Below : Women's Basketball Team

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Above : Volleyball Team | Below : Softball Team

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Above : Soccer Team | Below : Baseball Team

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Above : Track Team


2002

  • Trojan Center Open House. The area houses the Student Success Center, and Center for Multi-Cultural Affairs. Also a program facility with a multi-purpose area for students called The Underground. This center is for students activities, such as dances and ‘Open Mic Night’.
  • The DSU campus is the first state university in SD to have multiple building wireless technology. A wireless lab was created in East Hall.

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Above : Homecoming King and Queen | Below : Cross Country Team

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Above : Football Team | Below : Baseball Team

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Above : Men's Basketball Team | Below : Student Senate

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Above : Track and Field | Below : Women's Basketball Team

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Above : Volleyball Team | Below : Travel Club

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Above : InterVarsity Christian Fellowship


2003

  • Fall Enrollment was 2263.
  • U.S. News & World Report released America’s Best Colleges 2003 in September, naming DSU as the fourth Top Midwestern Public Comprehensive College. Also, highlighted DSU in it’s list of Best Online Graduate Degree Programs.
  • Minors in Computer Science, Computer Networking, and Computer Security at DSU & at USDSU were added.
  • A.S. Degree in Respiratory Care approved for delivery at USDSU.
  • A.S. Degree in Health Information Technology approved for distance delivery & for delivery at USDSU.
  • PAC renovation done and the building is now named TCB – Technology Classroom Building.

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  • The middle lawn of DSU's campus was renovated (pictured below).

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Above : Homecoming King and Queen | Below : Student Senate

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Above : Band | Below : Kappa Sigma Iota

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Above : "Fiddler on the Roof" | Below : Computer Club

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Above : Cheerleaders | Below : Football Team

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Above : Men's Basketball Team | Below : Volleyball Team

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Above : Baseball Team | Below : Softball Team

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Above : Cross Country Team


2004

  • Fall Enrollment 2295.
  • The U.S. News & World Report released the annual America's Best Colleges in 2004, naming DSU as the Fourth Top Midwestern Public Comprehensive College.
  • U.S. National Security Agency & Department of Homeland Security selected DSU as A National Center for Excellence in Computer Security.
  • Approval obtained for the Wireless Mobile Computing Initiative for Fall 2004.
  • A new call center was developed in the old lobby area of Lowry Hall that focused on calls to alumni and friends as well as the organized calling of potential new students.
  • New campus improvements including: banners on Egan and Washington Ave and around the athletic complex; lighting, landscaping and banners in the mall area of the campus; completion of new entryways to the campus on both the east and west entries; painting and signage in the Dakota Prairie Playhouse, the development of an Information Commons approach in the library with the technology help desk centered in this IC; new sculpture at the entrance to the TCB; landscaping and other improvements to the Girton House; classroom improvements in Beadle Hall; new sound system at the Field House.

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Left : Archway at East Entrance to Campus | Right : Banners on lightposts

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Above : Sculptures near TCB | Below : Aerial View of Campus

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Above : Beadle Lawn | Below : Banners on Egan Avenue

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  • In the fall 2004, all full-time students that held freshman or sophomore status were issued the tablet/notebook wireless computer device to use during the year. DSU was the only campus in the state of SD to have such an initiative and one of the first in the United States to utilize the tablet computing system.

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Left : Homecoming King and Queen | Right : "Taming of the Shrew

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Above : Delta Mu Delta | Below : "Meet me in St. Louis" Cast

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Above : Cheerleaders | Below : Cross Country Team

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Above : Football Team | Below : Men's Basketball

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Above : Volleyball Team | Below : Physical Plant and Smith-Zimmermann Museum

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2005

  • Fall Enrollment was 2329.
  • In August, U.S. News & World Report released America’s Best Colleges in 2005, naming DSU as the Second Top Midwestern Public Comprehensive College.
  • DSU Received accreditation of the new Masters in Information Assurance and approval of a new degree in Scientific Forensic Technology.
  • A 125th celebration was held at the Trojan Center with a DSU decorated cake kicking off the upcoming anniversary of the university.
  • DSU was named to the top 20 Ranked Best Buys Online Computer Science Degrees by Get Educated.com.
  • April 7, construction started on the Madison Technology Center. This unique 1.4 million dollar, 10,000 square foot project will house the data center which will provide space for new & existing companies in the information technology industry. It is located adjacent to the DSU Campus.
  • The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) announced that Dakota State University was awarded initial accreditation of their business school at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Beginning in mid July, DSU implemented a series of training programs for faculty and staff in Advanced Connections.
  • Richardson Hall and the Fieldhouse both received new roofs. New parking space additions were added to the north lot (North of the Hospital).
  • The dorms were equipped with wireless access points, so tablets could be used in the dorms. The campus is 100% wireless.
  • New Building signage was installed.

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Above : Football Team


2006

  • Fall Enrollment was 2439.
  • In August, DSU and Daktronics, Inc. announced a project that would place electronic scoreboards and graphic displays at the University's sporting venues, the student center and one of Madison's main intersections, to be finished in the fall.
  • In August, the U.S. News & World Report released the annual America's Best Colleges in 2006, naming DSU as the Second Top Midwestern Public Comprehensive College.
  • A Doctor of Science in Information Systems was approved for DSU. The doctorate, the first offered at DSU, is designed to prepare individuals for high-level careers in research, teaching, and corporate or government agency employment.
  • DSU was named to the Top 25 Ranked Best Buys Online Education Degrees by GetEducated.com.
  • DSU unveiled a commemorated Coke can (pictured below) at a special ceremony.

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  • March 5, DSU marks the 125th Anniversary of its founding.

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  • In March, the DSU Timeline wall display was opened to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This display is housed on the second floor of the Karl Mundt Library.

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Above : Timeline Year | Below : Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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  • A 255 paqe book commemorating the 125 years of history of the college was published, featuring the mission change in the 1980's and the DSU Timeline.

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Above : Book Cover

  • In July 2006, the Chautauqua featured workshops for adults and youth presented by historical scholars. These scholars also interpreted historical characters in the evenings under the big tent on the DSU campus.

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Above : Chautauqua Workshop

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Above : Homecoming Football Game | Below : Homecoming Football Crowd

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Above : Homecoming King and Queen

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Above : Phi Beta Lambda | Below : Women's Basketball Team

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2007

  • DSU was awarded the Great Service STAR award for 2006-2007.
  • Fall enrollment 2570.
  • In August, a news release stated that Dakota State University was the best public comprehensive college in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual analysis of "America's Best College 2007".

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  • DSU chartered a new honor society, Phi Eta Sigma (PES). PES is the largest honor society for first-year college and university students. DSU has inducted 35 members into the new society.

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Above : Phi Eta Sigma Ceremony

  • Dakota State University held Spring Commencement May 12 at the DSU Fieldhouse. DSU had 194 graduates, including 12 masters, 149 baccalaureate, and 32 associates.

Below : Softball Team

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Above : Volleyball Team

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Above : Homecoming Royalty | Below : Homecoming King and Queen

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Above : Homecoming Parade | Below : Women's Track Team

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Above : Cross Country Team | Below : Women's Basketball Team

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Above : Men's Basketball Team


2008

  • Fall enrollment 2780.
  • In August, for the second consecutive year, Dakota State University in Madison was the best comprehensive public college in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual analysis of "America's Best Colleges 2008".
  • September 7, Dakota State University signed a new transportation agreement which will be available to DSU student athletes as they travel through the Midwest. This will allow DSU student athletes and coaches to remain connected to campus while they are on the road.
  • On May 10th, 2008 Commencement exercises were held with 216 graduates, of which 22 Masters, 154 Bachelors and 40 Associate Degrees were awarded. Governor Michael Rounds was the speaker.
  • During the summer of 2008 Higbie and Richardson Halls were renovated. A window project took place in Beadle Hall. A new centralized mailbox room in the Trojan Center was added. There was a major renovation of the Regents conference room in the TC. The admissions office was updated in Heston Hall.

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Above : Homecoming Royalty | Below : Homecoming King and Queen

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2009

  • In August, for the third consecutive year, Dakota State University in Madison was the best comprehensive public college in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual analysis of "America's Best Colleges 2009".
  • Fall enrollment 2861.

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Above : Homecoming King and Queen


2010

  • Fall enrollment 3101.
  • The fourth consecutive year, Dakota State University in Madison was the best comprehensive public college in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual analysis of "America's Best Colleges 2010".

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Above : Homecoming King and Queen