The Dakota State University Foundation invites the Madison community to RISE UP and help DSU reach the goal of raising $250,000 for Day of Giving on Thursday, Sept. 14. Day of Giving coincides with Dakota State’s homecoming celebration, Trojan Days.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., a livestream will be available to follow along on the progress, hear from DSU students, faculty, and staff, and catch live interviews from campus throughout the day.

Last year, The DSU Foundation raised $288,438 for scholarships on Day of Giving. Over 1,300 donors from 50 states and four countries supported 28 areas of need at Dakota State.

In addition to Day of Giving, Thursday is Day of Service, an afternoon dedicated to giving back to the Madison community. DSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni assist local businesses, organizations, and more with projects like cleaning up, crafting cards for care facilities, organizing, and collecting supplies for good causes. There are projects available for those who work or study remotely so that they may give back in their home communities.

Friday evening, the annual Trojans Together Homecoming Social will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Beacom Collaboration Center for faculty, staff, and community members.

Saturday, DSU will hold the annual Trojan Days Parade on Egan Avenue at 10 a.m. Tailgate begins at noon west of the Dan Beacom Track Complex, with the kickoff for the game against Valley City State at 4 p.m. The Trojan Zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and at the field from 2 p.m. until halftime of the football game.