Winter 2012/13
The university seeks to provide
scholarship support to students based
upon financial need, academic talent
and merit. South Dakota remains the
only state in the country that does not
provide a need-based scholarship.
Onward South Dakota will provide
need-based scholarships to deserving
scholars, help increase enrollment and
attract outstanding students.
USD must compete with the best
colleges and universities in the region
for outstanding faculty. Endowed faculty
positions reflect academic excellence and
provide tangible resources to enable the
university to attract and retain talented
faculty and researchers. Although the
university strives to remain competitive
with faculty compensation, state funding
has been static in recent years. These
endowments will provide enhanced salary
support, research activity and academic
program support to attract and retain
high-quality educators.
In order to maintain the momentum
of a prestigious learning environment,
USD must continue to enhance
student life and academic experiences
by supporting programs that often lie
outside the classroom. Programs such
as an endowed lecture series, visiting
artist programs, honors scholar-in-
residence programs, travel abroad
opportunities and other academic and
cultural initiatives would all benefit.
The category that often receives the most attention during a
campaign focuses on building, and there are a number of new
construction and renovation projects planned during Onward
South Dakota. USD Athletics is constructing a sports complex
which adds an arena for basketball and volleyball, a track and
soccer stadium and a science and research lab, which will connect
the DakotaDome to these new facilities. The connection also will
house the university’s kinesiology department, coaches’ offices and
a new Coyote Sports Hall of Fame.
A new Health Sciences Center will serve the needs of clinical
programs such as nursing—one of USD’s largest majors—social
work, communication disorders and dental hygiene. Currently,
these programs are located in buildings spread across campus. A
new building will offer cohesiveness as well as state-of-the-art lab
and classroom space.
Renovations are planned for the School of Law to update
technology in conference rooms, classrooms, the library and
courtroom. Classroom remodeling and expansion of courtroom
and study areas also are planned.
The Warren M. Lee Fine Arts building also is slated for
renovation to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards
and to technologically enhance classrooms, labs, practice facilities
and performance areas.
The Continuing and Distance Education building is targeted
for extensive renovation to turn it into a fully functioning Native
American Academic Center that would house the Department
of Native Studies, the Institute for American Indian Studies and
the Oral History Center. This renovation also will provide archive
and gallery space for the university’s extensive collection of
Oscar Howe artwork.
Another extensive renovation will expand the National Music
Museum in order to display and store its vast collection of more
than 15,000 instruments. The addition of a connecting building
and renovation of the original South Dakota Union will add
much-needed gallery and education-focused space.
With the support of alumni and friends, the university
can complete these projects and continue to educate and inspire
tomorrow’s heroes and innovators. The commitment of friends
and alumni will help create opportunities for countless students
and propel the University of South Dakota into the next
150 years.
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