Writing

Collegian stories

Stories I wrote, published in The Collegian in 2017. These are no longer accessible online due to a new website. In 2017 I was a News Editor and the Managing Editor.

Kool Beans: home business to downtown destination

Published in The Collegian on Sept. 20, 2017. Twelve years ago, Kool Beans Coffee and Roasterie owner Kurt Osborne started roasting his own coffee on his stove top, and later his garage. Today, he’s serving Brookings from a coffee shop in the heart of downtown. “I read a story about how you can roast your … Read more Kool Beans: home business to downtown destination

High cost estimates stall student union renovations

Published in The Collegian on Oct. 2, 2017. The results are in from the Student Union space study but they don’t promise a full renovation — yet. In fall 2016, Students’ Association presented a proposal to the South Dakota Board of Regents for an expansion of The Union. SDBOR declined the proposal, citing stagnant enrollment … Read more High cost estimates stall student union renovations

Committee remembers traditions of Hobo Week

Published in The Collegian on Oct. 11, 2017. Thirty-five years ago on Hobo eve, the Hobo Day Committee united hands and ascended the 180 steps to the top of Campanile at midnight — a Hobo Day tradition. They prayed for a safe, fun and successful Hobo Day. Recalling the event, Doug Wermedal, a member of … Read more Committee remembers traditions of Hobo Week

Master’s in human biology paves different path to medical school

Published in The Collegian on Nov. 15, 2017 Students interested in the daunting task of attending medical school now have another path to help them get there. The Department of Biology and Microbiology offers a one-year, 32-credit master’s program in human biology. The program emphasizes professional development, preparation for medical school and allows students to … Read more Master’s in human biology paves different path to medical school

Youth apprenticeships coming to city

An article I wrote on behalf of Daktronics, published in the Brookings, South Dakota, local newspaper.

Exercise cultural and social awareness in selecting a Halloween costume

An editorial I wrote on behalf of The Collegian’s Editorial Board, published in The Collegian on Oct. 25, 2017. We’ve all seen it. A girl in a faux leather dress and a Native American headdress. A guy in blackface. Someone else dressed like Jesus or a Muslim person. Halloween is a time for creativity and … Read more Exercise cultural and social awareness in selecting a Halloween costume

ROTC’s space is being infringed upon

An editorial I wrote on behalf of The Collegian’s Editorial Board. Published in The Collegian on Nov. 15, 2017. In 1965, South Dakota State and the Army forged a contract stating that the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program requires offices, storage rooms, a gym floor and classrooms used exclusively by the program. Since then, … Read more ROTC’s space is being infringed upon

The Humane Society needs our support year-round to avoid financial crisis

An editorial I wrote on behalf of The Collegian’s Editorial Board. Published in The Collegian on Nov. 29, 2017. In November, the Brookings Humane Society made their financial struggles known to the public. If they couldn’t raise enough funds, the Humane Society feared their doors would close by the end of the month. After a … Read more The Humane Society needs our support year-round to avoid financial crisis

New Year’s Eve flood in Student Union causes thousands in damage, displaces staff

Published in The Collegian on Jan. 13, 2018. The Student Union sustained thousands in damages after a frozen pipe burst and flooded the administration offices in the 150 suite behind Information Exchange over Winter Break. The cost of damage is still being assessed. Ballpark figures have suggested between $35,000 and $50,000, but could be more, … Read more New Year’s Eve flood in Student Union causes thousands in damage, displaces staff

Lucky Eagle Tattoo lands in Brookings

Published in The Collegian on April 4, 2018. This story was written by myself with media coverage led by then Managing Editor, Brianna Schreurs. Nestled right between Party Depot and Main Street Pub is Brookings’ newest hidden gem: Lucky Eagle Tattoo Company. Lucky Eagle moved to Brookings a few months ago from Watertown, setting up … Read more Lucky Eagle Tattoo lands in Brookings

New SDSU housing to break ground this summer

Published in The Collegian on Feb. 7, 2018. South Dakota State is set to break ground this summer on a new housing complex. The $20 million southeast housing project is set to open Fall 2019. Bonds for $18 million are already issued, and the rest will come from residential life, dining services, The Union and … Read more New SDSU housing to break ground this summer

Sustainability at State: Recycling, bikes prioritized on campus

Published in The Collegian on April, 18, 2018. SDSU’s campus is becoming more sustainable all the time and several strides have been made in this academic year alone to focus on sustainability. Campus Sustainability Specialist Jennifer McLaughlin has set many goals to improve SDSU’s sustainability and has seen marked improvement across several of her focus … Read more Sustainability at State: Recycling, bikes prioritized on campus

Partnership 4 Kids Student Success Report

The first of quarterly donor reports I designed and wrote for Partnership 4 Kids.Read more Partnership 4 Kids Student Success Report

P4K Support Helps Empower College Student

by: Emily DeWaard Despite a “whirlwind” first two years in college, Jenny, a P4K student since 5th grade, is on the path to graduate in 2020, feeling excited and passionate about her future. By her sophomore year, Jenny’s grades were starting to falter. Her classes were challenging, but most of all life at home was stressful. … Read more P4K Support Helps Empower College Student

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