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Distinguished Service Citations

Each year Beacom School of Business awards distinguished service citations honoring business leaders and students. This year's recipients were honored at a luncheon on September 29, 2012. Read More>

Beacom School of Business Awards

Pictured:  front row, left to right: Doyle Knudson, Corey Backer, Sara Boyum, Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, Scott Jones and Michael Keller.

Sara Boyum - Outstanding Senior Award
  • Boyum is a native of West Point, Neb., and graduated in May 2012 with a B.B.A. in accounting.
Corey Backer - Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • Backer, Sioux Falls, S.D., received his M.P.A. from USD in May 2012. 
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels - Distinguished Service Award: Alumnus - Service to South Dakota Businesses
  • Michels received his B.S. in health services administration and is also a graduate of the USD School of Law.
Scott O. Jones - Distinguished Service Award: Alumnus - South Dakota Business Person of the Year
  • Jones, of Pierre, S.D., is president and CEO of Delta Dental of South Dakota.. 
Doyle Knudson - Distinguished Service Award: Alumnus - Service to USD
  • Knudson, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., is chair of the USD Foundation,. 

Award Descriptions:
  • Distinguished Service Citations – Alumnus.  The Distinguished Service Award – Alumnus is given to individuals who have graduated from Beacom School of Business, the University of South Dakota and distinguished themselves in their business careers. Recipients of this award demonstrate the highest level of business knowledge, commitment to business ethics and strong leadership.
  • Distinguished Service Citations – South Dakotan.  The Distinguished Service Award – South Dakotan is given to individuals who have committed themselves and their businesses to making South Dakota an even better place to live and do business. Recipients of this award demonstrate exemplary character, business and community leadership and serve as role models for those who wish to make a positive difference in South Dakota.
  • Distinguished Service Citations – Outstanding Member of Senior Class. The Outstanding Senior Award is given yearly to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in his/her studies and activities at the University, gives promise of a successful career in business or industry and makes an outstanding contribution to the community.
  • Distinguished Service Citations – Outstanding Graduate Student.  The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is given yearly to a graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary talent in academics, service and character. A faculty-generated award, faculty cast their votes for the graduate students they think best fit the Outstanding Profile.
  • Distinguished Service Citations – Special Merit. The Distinguished Service Award – Special Merit is given to individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to community and The University of South Dakota. Recipients of this award have given unselfishly of their time and talents to increase the quality of life for South Dakotans.
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