The South Dakotan
Dear Alumni and Friends,
As I sit in my office writing to you, I am enjoying fresh spring air coming through my
window and the sounds of large equipment, clanging metal and the assorted beeps
and banging associated with construction—or as I like to think of it, the sounds of
progress. Just across the street from my office in the Wagner Center, the new Sports
Performance Enhancement Complex is being constructed. It is exciting to see the
progress being made each week and I can hardly wait for the opportunity to hear the
cheers of faithful Coyote fans in the new surroundings. Similar progress is happening
on the outdoor track and soccer complex along the Highway 50 bypass as you enter
Vermillion. We are so fortunate to have loyal alumni who give generously to support
projects like these. Whether your passion is athletics, arts or academics, there is a way
for you to be involved and I hope you will find a way to be engaged.
In this issue of the magazine, we introduce you to alumni who are leveraging their
USD educations to make a difference around the world. Whether it is addressing
challenges in remote villages in Kosovo, Mongolia and Tanzania, or playing a role
in addressing the ever evolving relations with the Soviets, you can be proud of your
fellow alumni. We are also very pleased to recognize the gift of Tom and Nancy
Gallagher in the establishment of the International Opportunity Fund, which will
open opportunities to students who would not otherwise be able to travel abroad to
further personal and educational experiences. Coincidentally, three USD students
have been named recipients of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships. There have
been 36 USD students who have received Fulbrights since 1951, but it hasn’t been
since 1957 that there have been three recipients within a single year. We are very
proud of their accomplishments and very excited for the opportunities they have as a
result. It is a testament to their hard work and to the USD faculty who have prepared
them to compete on a national level.
To provide alumni and friends the opportunity to pursue life-long learning
and cultural experiences abroad, we have launched an international travel program.
We have filled our tour to England, Scotland and Ireland this summer, but there is
still room available to travel with the USD Alumni Association to Australia in
April 2016. Learn more and reserve your seat today atwww.usdalumni.com/events.
Dakota Days 2015 is scheduled for October 2–3; please make plans to join us for this
homecoming to reconnect with your peers, to meet the fantastic students of today
and to share in the excitement of USD’s future!
With warm Coyote regards,
Kersten Johnson, ’87 B.A.
USD Alumni Association