The South Dakotan
Dear Alumni and Friends,
As we begin 2013, we do so knowing the first 150 years of the University
of South Dakota’s story are complete, and we are inheriting a legacy of vision,
persistence, leadership, pride and commitment from the faculty, administrators,
community members, alumni and students who have come before us.
In this issue, we share with you the stories of our newest campus landmark,
the coyote statue “Legacy,” by sculptor Cameron Stalheim ’10, and of one of the
oldest campus hallmarks,
The Volante,
celebrating its 125th year of continuous
publication. We also celebrate USD’s rich heritage of fostering the art and science
of leadership in our graduates who go on to make impacts across the spectrum
of society. Among those, our own President James W. Abbott ’70, ’74, shares his
perspective on the future challenges and opportunities facing USD.
If you weren’t able to join us for Dakota Days this year, you’ll enjoy seeing the
photo spread that will give you a sense of that beautiful October homecoming
weekend. We encourage you to make plans now to join us for next Dakota Days
on Oct. 4–5, 2013. If you have suggestions for future stories, we welcome
your feedback.
We’re excited to see alumni face-to-face during 2013 as we continue hosting
a wide range of events from athletics to fine arts. Through Facebook, emails and
postcards, we are sending invitations far and wide, and we encourage you to join
the fun. We also encourage you to visit our website,
, to
see a variety of new merchandise designed specifically for USD enthusiasts. Of
particular interest is our bronze replica of the new coyote statue and our 200-page
Pride, Persistence & Progress
by Ann Grauvogl, which reflects the university’s
first 150 years in photos, stories and historical accounts. We’ve already received
great feedback and we’re sure these keepsakes will become treasured items in the
years ahead.
As we turn our attention onward to the future, the pride and involvement
of alumni and friends remains vital. Each of us, in our own way, can make a
difference in USD’s future: We can encourage college-bound students to attend
USD, we can engage in alumni activities, offer internships and jobs to USD
graduates, serve as mentors or give support for student scholarships and other
university endeavors. What will your legacy be?
With warm regards,
Kersten Johnson, ’87 B.A.
Executive Director, the USD Alumni Association
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