For Release 19 March

Board of Regents Honors DSU Student Groups

MADISON-The South Dakota Board of Regents, meeting today on the campus of Dakota State University, presented awards to two student organizations from Dakota State University. President James O. Hansen presented the awards on the Board’s behalf. "It is always a pleasure to recognize student organizations whose works contribute so much to their campus and community," said Hansen.

Introduced by Dakota State University President Jerald Tunheim, Steve Bartel, the Director of Student Activities at DSU, presented the clubs to the Regents. "The two student organizations honored today improve their campus and community through volunteerism, leadership and commitment," said Bartel.

The award for academic excellence was given to the Math and Science Club for its works to promote the education and awareness of mathematics and sciences within the surrounding community and the campus of Dakota State. Club activities included: the presentation of its annual magic show to area third graders, assisting fourth graders with a water testing program, writing and proctoring tests at the annual Math and Science contest and judging a science fair in Salem. Members of the Math and Science Club also expanded their education base and networked with others in their field during the their attendance of the Academy of Science Convention, the Math Conference and Nobel Conference.

The award for organizational leadership was given to the Phi Beta Lambda-Business Club. Placing a strong value on student and community leadership the club displayed consistent volunteerism and teamwork. Club members exhibited community leadership through their participation in the March of Dimes Walk America and Jail and Bail programs for which the Business Club raised over $9,000. On campus the club sponsored a Real World Expectations workshop that gave students the opportunity to benefit from information on actual work environments, job searches and job benefits.

Accepting the award for the Math and Science Club were club Vice President Julie Fods and Secretary Stephanie Wicks. The award presented to the Phi Beta Lambda-Business Club was accepted by club President Rachel Denny, Vice President Susan Dunn, and Historian Shannon Proehl. Also present was the Business Club’s co-advisor Dr. Orinda Christoph.

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