Honors Program

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The University Honors Program provides especially motivated, creative, and thoughtful students an enriched academic experience, grounded in the liberal arts, which promotes lifelong learning, responsible citizenship, vocational effectiveness, and cultural appreciation, and enhances the University's intellectual environment and sense of community.

Scott Breuninger Dr. Scott Breuninger
Director, University Honors Program
Old Main 120 | Scott.Breuninger@usd.edu

M.A. & Ph.D. European History, University of Wisconsin – Madison; B.A. History & Psychology (Honors), Bucknell University

When not researching Irish Intellectual History, Scott is responsible for the Honors Program curriculum, general administrative oversight, and advising students.
Susan Hackemer Susan Hackemer
Associate Director, University Honors Program
Old Main 104A | Susan.Hackemer@usd.edu

B.A. & M.A. History, Texas A&M University

Susan coordinates academic advising, manages recruiting and marketing, and assists in the overall administration of the Honors Program.  On behalf of entire campus, she serves as Coordinator of Competitive Scholarship competitions for currently enrolled students.
 PuseyLeslie Leslie Pusey
Program Coordinator, University Honors Program
Old Main 104B | Leslie.Pusey@usd.edu

B.A. Political Science & M. Ed. Higher Education, Salisbury University

Leslie academically advises Honors students, assists with student recruitment, coordinates alumni outreach efforts, plans programming for Honors students and advises the Honors Association student organization.

Sarah Wittmuss Sarah Hirsch Wittmuss
Director, Center for Academic Engagement and Honors advisor
Academic Commons 103 | Sarah.Wittmuss@usd.edu

B.A. English & Political Science, JD, University of South Dakota; Sarah is also a graduate of USD's Honors Program

Sarah advises and teaches in the Honors Program. She also directs the Center for Academic Engagement, home to service-learning, AWOL (Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning), nationally competitive scholarships, study abroad, National Student Exchange, and undergraduate research and creative scholarship.

Glenda Ofstehage Glenda Ofstehage
Program Assistant, University Honors Program
Old Main 120 | honors@usd.edu

B.F.A Music Education, University of South Dakota; Glenda was a member of the first class of Honors students at USD 

Glenda manages record keeping systems for all students and courses in the Honors Program, handles the program's financial accounts, and assists the Director, Associate Director and Program Coordinator with recruiting, admissions, and course scheduling.