BUSINESS CONNECTIONS
Fall 2012
EDITORIAL STAFF
Kim Lee—Feature Writer, Editor
Phil Carter—Contributing Writer
Sharla Krell—Contributing Writer
Jeremy Swanston—Graphic Design
Eric Dalseide—Photography
Ryan Huber—Photography
ADMINISTRATION
James W. Abbott—University President
Chuck Staben—University Provost
Jeff Baylor—University Vice President
Michael Keller—Dean, Beacom School of Business
Tena Haraldson—Director of Marketing
Communications and University Relations
Business Connections
is published yearly by
the University of South Dakota Beacom School
of Business. This volume and all articles, images and
photographs within may not be reproduced
in any form without permission.
MISSION STATEMENT
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
BEACOM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
We are a community of scholars and 
practitioners committed to superior 
undergraduate and graduate business programs 
accredited by AACSB International. 
We emphasize excellence in teaching, 
promote intellectual exchange and development,
and advocate continuous learning reflecting
a dynamic global environment. Our services
deliver value to our students, the university,
business disciplines, and society.”
For more information, contact:
The University of South Dakota
Beacom School of Business
414
East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
phone: 605-677-5455
fax: 605-677-5058
email:
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FEATURES
COVER STORY
Delivering Leaders
Unique Health Services
Administration programs give
graduates a boost
Faculty Research
Recent faculty hires pursue
research passions
A Helping Hand
Private gifts provide a
competitive edge
DEPARTMENTS
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Campus News
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Beacom Business
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th Annual Awards
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