Campus notes for May 8

Welu part of DSU’s successful Cyber Defense Team

This year’s Dakota State University Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition team came home with second place from the eighth annual National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC –, April 19-21 at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

The Dakota State University team received first place in the North Central Region Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in Madison, S.D., at the end of March, which qualified the team for the NCCDC event which is organized by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at The University of Texas at San Antonio. There the team competed in the three-day event against other top network security students from institutions around the nation, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Millersville University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Washington, US Air Force Academy, University of Central Florida, Oklahoma State University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Cody Welu, a junior majoring in computer and network security from Tracy, was part of the DSU team.

Vandendriessche new member of NSCS

Kayla Vandendriessche, the daughter of Steve and Lisa Vandendriessche of Marshall, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is attending St. Cloud State University.

NSCS is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first-year and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing.