There will be an SGU All Campus Year-end Assessment Roundup session on Friday, May 24th, 9 am at the SGU Wanbli Wakinyan Building.
Key agenda topics will include:
1. Accreditation Self-study Update
2. Committee Reports
3. SGU Strategic Plan Update
4. Master Facilities Plan Update
May 28 thru May 31, 2019, we will distributing books for the summer session. We will be open from 9:00 to 5:30 all week.
MISSION, S.D. – Three award-winning students from Sinte Gleska University might contribute to a 590- acre business and residential development on the Rosebud Reservation in south-central South Dakota.
The students’ plan for a youth center recently earned the top award in a national competition forstudents active in the American Indigenous Business Leaders’ group.
Team leader Samantha Plank and fellow students Kristen Thin Elk and Elton Menard submitted the winning plan. It was a proposal for the Keya Wakpala Youth Center, a recreational facility that would feature an indoor waterpark.
Maureece Heinert, department chair for the business management program at Sinte Gleska, was thestudents’ advisor. Marcella Hurley, regional director at the Small Business Development Center in Pierre, also played a key role in shaping the proposal as a coach. Her job duties include teaching a class in business management at Sinte Gleska, a four-year tribal college.
The students’ plan was well researched, and they blended it well into a real-life development plan, Hurley said. “It was not a typical business plan, and the judges recognized that,” she said.
The youth center is designed to be part of a larger residential and business development in Mission that is being planned by the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, or REDCO. In addition to a swimming pool that would be open year-round, the youth center would include features such as a game room and snack bar. The center would be financed by users and donors, and governed by a nonprofit organization.
The indoor waterpark that would be open to the general public and offer programs such as swim lessons, competitive swim programs, and water aerobics for people of all ages, according to thestudents’ proposal. “The Center will work hand in hand with the Keya Wakpala Project, a 590-acre development site which will be a safe place for all Lakota people and their neighbors who seek a unique community encouraging resilience, health, education, and helpfulness while renewing a culturally meaningful way of life.”
Contact: Marcella Hurley (605) 773-2783 or Marcella.Hurley@usd.edu
The name Keya Wakpala is a reference to the project site near Turtle Creek. The students hope that REDCO will incorporate their suggestions for the youth center into the organization’s overall development plan.
The students worked on the plan for more than a year. It began as a class project and evolved into an entry in the AIBL Business Plan Competition, which was held March 30 at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Sinte Gleska’s proposal won first place in the university category. Students won $1,000 for their business club, and the school will get a trophy.
Heinert said the students asked a few questions while preparing their proposal but were highly self- motivated. “They just wowed the judges there with their presentation,” she said. “I’m pretty proud ofthis group of students.”
Hurley also contributed significantly to shaping the winning project, said Plank, who works full time and will graduate from college in August.
The South Dakota SBDC network provides business-assistance services around the state. Theorganization’s mission is to help entrepreneurs and existing businesses succeed. Staff members offerconsulting in areas that include business plans and financial projections. The network also provides specialized advice in government contracting, manufacturing and international trade.
Most of the consulting and referral services provided by the network are free, but there is a charge for some specialized programs.
For more information about offices and programs in South Dakota, see www.sdbusinesshelp.com.
Photograph: The picture that accompanies this news release was provided by Sinte Gleska University. Pictured from left to right are advisor Maureece Heinert and students Kristen Thin Elk, Samantha Plank and Elton Menard.
Summer Registration will be extended through this Friday, May 17 at Student Services Building on Antelope Lake Campus.
Hours will be from 9-6 on Thursday and from 9-5:30 on Friday.
From MIS Director Tom Cox:
AIHEC, in partnership with Navajo Technical University, has been funded by the National Science Foundation to work with all accredited TCUs to conduct a thorough review of the current status of the technology infrastructure at SGU. Their project team, which includes nationally-recognized experts in information technology systems, will work with us to identify the human and physical resources necessary to take full advantage of current technologies to support (and strengthen) our education and research programs. This project will provide SGU information essential for developing and implementing a sustainable technology plan. This plan is required to apply to the NSF for IT infrastructure funding.
The project team will be here next Tuesday, May 14 from 8:00-5:00PM. Please review the agenda and be prepared in case one of the team members would like to speak with you. During the afternoon, they will like to meet students, faculty and staff. Those meetings will be held at the Student Services building. I will send out an updated agenda at the end of the week.
Summer Registration is going on this week at SGU! Be sure to stop by the Student Services Building on the Lake Campus and get signed up.
Times as follows: