The South Dakotan
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Since 1889 the USD Alumni Association has served to create lifetime connections among
Coyotes and to inspire their service, leadership and loyalty to the University of South Dakota.
We are grateful to all the alums who proudly wear the red and white and who serve the
university in so many ways.
The power of those relationships begins on campus as young men and women arrive to
explore their talents and test their minds and bodies in academics, athletics, creativity and
service. They leave as Coyotes forever, and the Alumni Association exists to help them tap
that reservoir of joy and success throughout their lives.
The University of South Dakota Foundation exists to support the university. And big
things are happening at USD. The Foundation is engaged in the largest higher education
fund-raising campaign in state history, Onward: the Campaign for South Dakota. We’ve built
exciting new facilities to support Division 1 athletics, we’ve added new student buildings with
modern amenities, and we are increasing support for scholarships and outstanding faculty.
Now more than ever, it is vitally important that the Alumni Association and the USD
Foundation work together to build even more robust connections with our alums, donors and
friends. In the next few months, the Alumni Association and the USD Foundation will seek
your input on expanding outreach to alumni, providing new avenues for participation and
involvement with your university and offering additional services and benefits.
We invite all of our alums to join this effort to strengthen our Alumni Association and
make it more meaningful in our lives, on our campus and in our world.
James W. Abbott, President
It has been my honor to serve as your Alumni Association director
for the past seven and half years. It is the association’s goal to ensure
all alumni have the opportunity to be engaged in meaningful ways.
The USD Foundation will extend its resources to provide the
operational leadership for donor relations and alumni engagement.
Though we arrive on campus in different eras, with varying
backgrounds, diverse dreams and aspirations, we leave with a common
bond built in Vermillion and I have enjoyed tremendously hearing your memories, sharing
your stories and keeping you connected to your alma mater.
The pride and appreciation I felt for USD on graduation day is only a fraction of what I
feel today and I hope it is a sentiment you share. I encourage you to continue to find ways to
be involved and invested in the future.
With warm Coyote regards,
Kersten Johnson ’87 B.A.