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The South Dakotan

Dear Alumni and Friends,

As a liberal arts institution, the university’s mission is to prepare citizens to

be critical thinkers able to adapt to ever-evolving challenges and to persevere

amidst ambiguity. In this issue of

The South Dakotan,

we will introduce you

to individuals who are utilizing their USD educations to do just that—Brian

Gramm ’96, an entrepreneur whose invention is changing lives in developing

nations through his operations based in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Hannah Prentice

and Kelsey Webb, both 2010 political science graduates, give insight to their

adeptness of taking classroom theory to real-world campaigns; and students

Tiffany Noteboom and Terrance Terry, along with Hee-sook Choi, current

interim dean of the School of Education, are part of a revolution in the

preparation of future teachers.

Keeping alumni connected to one another and to USD is serious—seriously

fun! Don’t miss out. Make your way back for Dakota Days Oct. 2–3, 2015,

attend events sponsored in your area or let us know and we’ll help you promote

one of your own. If you enjoy travel, join us on the trip to Great Britain in

June 2015 or Australia in 2016 (see details at


If that favorite USD sweatshirt from the 1980s is getting just a little too ratty

(or mysteriously shrunk), find a new favorite piece of USD apparel at our

Wagner Center office or online at


We extend our thanks to those of you who have supported the Alumni

Association by becoming a member, attending events or purchasing

merchandise from our USD Coyote Store. Your involvement is critical to

maintaining a robust alumni program. To join or give a tax-deductible gift

to the USD Alumni Association endowment, call us at 800-655-2586 or visit


We are your link to the past and to the future. Remember, wherever you go,

the university goes with you—carry her banner with pride!

Kersten Johnson, ’87 B.A.

Executive Director

The USD Alumni Association