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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

Dear Alumni,

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.