The South Dakotan
Dear Alumni and Friends,
It was wonderful to see so many of you during Dakota Days 2013, which had
the theme of “Pride on the Prowl.” If you were not able to join us this year, live
vicariously through the photo spread and make plans now to join us for the
100th annual Dakota Days on Oct. 10–11, 2014.
In this issue of
The South Dakotan,
we bring you stories of how our alumni across
the country are successfully delighting the senses. From pursuing the latest foodie
trend to gaining notoriety with heirloom recipes, from crafting sound out of raw
materials to bringing a blank canvas to life, to nurturing an inner passion for
harvesting goodness from the soil, Melissa Elsen ’06, Mi Young Lee ’85,
Bob Matousek ’60, Josh Rieck ’09 and Erica Strait ’02 share with us how their
USD experiences and South Dakota ingenuity are playing into their success.
There is much to be proud of at USD, and I urge you to remember, pride isn’t
just for Dakota Days. Every day of the year, countless USD alumni around the
globe are leaders across the spectrums of business, health care, science, education,
art and public service. No matter your age, means or geography, there are ways
for all alumni to be a part of USD’s success. Be on the prowl throughout the year
and transform your Coyote pride into action—encourage college-bound students
across the country to consider USD, hire students and graduates for internships
and jobs, rally your friends and support whatever is your passion at USD. There’s
never been a better time to be proud of this institution, of our students and of the
impact USD alumni make in the world. Onward!
With warm regards,
Kersten Johnson, ’87 B.A.
The USD Alumni Association