Top 11 news stories for 2011

This year brought many new and exciting events to Dakota State University, here are the top eleven stories for 2011. You can find all of the stories from the past year at ranks DSU in top 10
According to,, an online education consumer research group that publishes online school rankings, Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota, ranks #7 as offering the most affordable online bachelor's degrees in the healthcare majors area.

DSU receives $1.3 Million scholarship commitment from NSF
Dakota State University has received a $1.3 million scholarship commitment from the National Science Foundation. The commitment is in the form of a grant, with the first $600,000 awarded to DSU in 2011. The remainder of the $1.3 million will be awarded through 2014. Dr. Josh Pauli submitted the grant to the NSF under their Federal Cyber Service 'Scholarship for Service' Program.

DSU Faculty present security work at DEFCON
Dr. Patrick Engebretson and Dr. Josh Pauli, faculty members in the Computer & Network Security program at Dakota State University, have been invited to present their work in penetration testing and ethical hacking at the annual DEF CON security conference in Las Vegas. The conference runs August 4-7, 2011.

DSU professor to testify before Congress
Kevin Streff, Ph.D., associate professor at Dakota State University and Director of the National Center for the Protection of the Financial Infrastructure, will testify before congress Tuesday, June 21 in a hearing entitled "Cybersecurity and Data Governance in the Financial Services Sector."

DSU awarded Military Friendly School Title
DSU has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.

DSU Helps Launch vSURF Site
Dakota State faculty and students, with partial funding from the South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) and others, has launched a new website allowing visitors to explore the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) at the Homestake Mine in Lead, SD.

DSU Tops SD Schools in Champions of Character
Dakota State University has claimed one of the top spots in the NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star awards along with being the highest ranked school in South Dakota. DSU is also the highest ranked of 29 institutions in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.).

Puetz President-Elect for ACBSP Region 5
Dakota State professor Rick Puetz has been elected to serve as the president-elect for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for Region 5. He will officially take office on July 1, 2012.

DSU alum named SD Teacher of the Year
Mitchell middle-school teacher, Patrick Moller, has been selected as the 2012 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during the Systems Change Conference banquet on Oct. 22 in Spearfish. Moller is a 2003 math education graduate from Dakota State.

Garner's 400 career win featured on local media
A win over Grace College locked in DSU men's basketball coach Gary Garner's 400th career win.

Knowlton leaves DSU for position in Minnesota
After eight years as the president of Dakota State University, Dr. Douglas Knowlton will assume the position of Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU). 

Tell us which story you thought was the top story of 2011 and send us story ideas for 2012 by emailing or calling 1-605-256-5712. Happy 2012!

Last Updated: 1/10/12