The South Dakotan
Dear Alumni and Friends,
While autumn is often characterized as time of dormancy, for a university campus
it is a time of rebirth. As we close out one calendar year and begin anew, it is also a
time to reflect with gratitude for the experiences and the people who have enriched
In August we welcomed more than 6,000 undergraduate students to campus for
the new school year. It is awesome to witness the transformation of eager, anxious
incoming freshmen into enthusiastic, confident returning upper classmen. I am
grateful for the opportunity to work with the many dynamic and gifted individuals
enrolled at USD. In this issue you’ll have the opportunity to learn about one of
them, now graduated, Wyatt Pickner ’14 who is making an impact improving
health care for Native Americans.
We said farewell to beloved members of the USD family, welcomed new ones
aboard and celebrated the success of alumni around the world. After a season
of defeating four-time national champs NDSU and achieving his 200th career
victory, Head Football Coach Joe Glenn ’71, ’75 announced his retirement and
we welcomed Coach Bob Nielson as his successor. We mourn the passing of
former Dean of Fine Arts Dr. Wayne Knutson ’51, but are grateful to have had his
friendship and support. In this issue we also introduce you to two other alumni
who are charting unique, successful paths near and far.
We also remember the many occasions we shared together with alumni from
around the country. Seeing Coyotes of all ages coming together to share their
memories, show their pride and to maintain a lifetime bond to USD has been
gratifying—not to mention a whole lot of fun!
We look forward to seeing you in the new year, to sharing your successes and
hearing of your gratitude for what USD has meant to you.
campaign for South Dakota continues. If you have not made a
commitment, I encourage you to thoughtfully consider your support. Together
With warm Coyote regards,
Kersten Johnson, ’87 B.A.
USD Alumni Association
About the USD Alumni Association
Established in 1889, the mission of the USD Alumni Association is to maintain
a lifelong connection among alumni and friends, to inspire service, leadership,
tradition and expressions of loyalty and support of the University of South Dakota.