USD to celebrate ‘Earth Day’ with several fundraising activities

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will celebrate the environment and raise money for it during 2009 Earth Day activities.

With support from the Center for Academic Engagement, Students Enhancing Resources for Vermillion Enrichment (SERVE) and the Communication Studies Department, USD's Earth Day celebration features several on campus activities on Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

All day activities at the old ice rink at the corner of Pine Street and Cherry Street (across from Burger King), is also a fundraiser for the South Dakota Wildlife Federation and includes everything from live music to games for people of all ages.

"This is a great event for our students as well as people in the community. Getting involved to protect the environment is one of the most important actions that we can take," said Terry Robertson, Ph.D., director of the IdEA program, and associate professor and chairperson of the department of communication studies. "The South Dakota Wildlife Federation has been a wonderful partner for us and we are grateful to them. I hope people take time on Earth Day to remember how each of us can make an environmental difference."

In addition to four bands providing live music, USD's Earth Day schedule includes a 10K bike race and a 5K fun run ($15 registration fees) sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance. The run starts at 5 p.m. with a variety of activities and games for the whole family, including face painting, a baseball throw and chipping contest. Food items for sale include locally grown fare such as buffalo burgers, pork loin roast, potatoes, vegetables and more. There will also be a bake sale with all proceeds benefitting the South Dakota Wildlife Federation.

For more information about USD's Earth Day celebration and fundraiser or to register for the bike race and fun run, please visit www.usd.edu/spcm/earthday or send an e-mail to: earthdayusd@gmail.com.