- South Dakota State University
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Since November 14, 1897, the Young Men's Christian Association had an active organization on the campus of South Dakota State College. It was always active and influential in student activities. The aim was to develop the individual in mind, body and spirit. It promoted the growth of Christian faith together with the furtherance of good character, citizenship and leadership. The group held weekly fellowship meeting, promoted deputation work, maintained an employment bureau, and furnished reading rooms, rest rooms and recreational facilities. The group was governed by a cabinet and its members held office for one year. / The Young Women's Christian Association was open to all young women. The aim of this group was to develop a full and creative life, spiritually and socially. It also gave an opportunity for the wholesome expression of Christian activities. This group was also governed by a cabinet and held joint meetings with the YMCA.
The purpose of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor was to promote an earnest Christian life among its members, to increase their mutual acquaintance, and to make them more useful in the service of God (taken from the constitution of the society). Members consisted of active and associate members. Active members consisted of all young persons who believed themselves to be Christian and had a desire to accomplish the purpose of the society. Associate members consisted of young persons of worthy character but were not at present willing to be considered decided Christians. Associate members had the special prayers and sympathy of active members but were excused from taking part in the prayer meeting. The goal of the associate members was to become active members, according to the society's constitution.
Gertrude Stickney Young was born in Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory, September 14, 1883 to Emma and Sutton Young. Sutton Young was the first speaker of the house in South Dakota legislature. After attending numerous schools, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1960. She later attended Cornell University, University of Chicago, and the University of California. Young was on the faculty of South Dakota State University from 1907-1942, where she was reportedly a very popular instructor. Following her promotion to Professor Emeritus in 1942, she spent much of her time writing historical sketches of South Dakota, some titles including: South Dakota; An appreciation, and Dakota Again. Many of these were published privately and are now available in many libraries across South Dakota. / Among her civic contributions, Gertrude was the first president of the Brookings Branch of the American Association of University Women, a leader in the Faculty Women's Club, the Woman's Club of Brookings and various other organizations in the Brookings area and in South Dakota. / Gertrude Stickney Young died in January, 1965.
The exchange relationship between South Dakota State University and Yunnan Normal University was conceived by Dr. David Hilderbrand when he toured China with a group of chemistry professors in 1985. Dr. Hilderbrand met Professor Xie (pronounced Hsieh) from Yunnan Normal University. From this acquaintance, the idea evolved for collaboration to benefit faculty members and students. Consequently, an agreement to exchange professors for one term was developed and signed by university officials in 1986. / Yunnan Normal University President Wu Jicai and Yu Yanjin, head of the Foreign Affairs office, visited SDSU in 1987. (A schedule of events for their visit with a photograph of the visitors is included in this file.) / Fall term of that year, a professor from each university was on site as an exchange teacher at the partner institution. Other visitors and exchange professors followed. A list of the individuals who were exchange professors and family members who accompanied them is attached. / Following their teaching assignments in China, SDSU faculty members wrote reflections that were compiled into documents by the Office of Academic Affairs. The documents, which were updated and reissued in total, are as follows: / Visiting China, March 1989; Visiting China, October 1988, October 1990; China Exchange Program, October 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992; China Exchange Program, October 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992; July 1996 / The original submittals along with correspondence and other examples of the experiences are found in a separate folder entitled "Reflections." / The reports written by exchange professors Dr. Diane Rickerl (REFLECTIONS by DR. DIANE RICKERL at Yunnan Normal University Fall 1996) and Dr. Howard Woodard (Report on China Visit) following their exchange experiences in 1996 and 1997 were not published but are included with this collection. / Dr. Lyle Olson, exchange professor in 2001 published newspaper articles written during the exchange experience in a book "Cross-Cultural Adventure: A South Dakota Family in China" which accompanies these archival materials. / Dr. Robert Wagner, President of South Dakota State University, visited Yunnan Normal University in the summer of 1988. Other SDSU visitors at CNU, in addition to exchange professors, included Ms. MaryJo Lee who, accompanied by her husband Dr. Richard Lee, and their son, Douglas Lee, conducted research at YNU in the summer of 1997 (see separate RESEARCH REPORT). Ms. Harriet Swedlund, Director of International Programs, also visited briefly in June 1997. / A delegation from Yunnan Normal University came to South Dakota in September 1999. While on campus, signatures were placed on a revised agreement extending the relationship. See YUNNAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL VISIT, a separate report of events of this visit. / The SDSU Office of International Programs, collaborating with the Foreign Affairs office at YNU, twice conducted Seminar Abroad in China. A group of 17 from SDSU led by President Peggy Gordon Miller, Provost and Vice President Carol J. Peterson and Dr. David Hilderbrand traveled to Kunming in 2000. A group of 7 faculty members led by David and Jan Evans with one student traveled in 2002. Reports of their activities are included with the collection of China material.
Dr. Marcus Stanley Zuber was born January 10, 1912 in Gettysburg, South Dakota to John and Mary Maas Zuber. He received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from South Dakota State University in Brookings and a master's degree and doctorate, both in agronomy, both from Iowa State University in Ames. He was professor emeritus of agronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was employed as a research agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture form 1946-1970 and was stationed at MU. / Dr. Zuber was well known for his contributions to corn breeding. His development of tools and techniques and genetically improved populations or inbreds resulting from his research was released to hybrid corn breeders for utilization and improvement of hybrids grown by farmers. Corn inbred lines released from his USDA-ARS project at the University of Missouri, especially Mo17, contributed to the rapid adoption of single-cross corn hybrids having wide adaptability. His development of techniques for measurement or root and stalk strength provide more effective selection tools for hybrid and population improvement, and are now applied in public and private breeding programs. / Marcus S. Zuber was Beta Sigma Psi, Iota Chapter's first faculty advisor at the University of Missouri and served as advisor from 1963-1979. In addition to Beta Sigma Psi, Dr. Zuber was a member of the University of Missouri's Campus Lutheran Church, Golden K Kiwanis Club, the Association of Retired Agricultural Professors and many professional organizations. He received many honors including the MU Faculty Alumni Award in 1972 and Outstanding Educator of America in 1973. In 1983, South Dakota State University conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree upon Dr. Zuber.