VERMILLION, S.D. -- Royalty for Dakota Days 2010 at The University of South Dakota has been announced. Fourteen students are vying for the title of Mr. and Miss Dakota as homecoming activities celebrate the “REDVOLUTION” this year.
2010 Coronation candidates
King: Alex Neukirch of Yankton, S.D., a psychology major, is sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Alex is involved in Student Ambassadors, Strollers and the Honors Program at USD; Kevin Cwach from Yankton, S.D., a biology major, is sponsored by Order of Omega and he’s involved in several additional campus activities, including Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning (AWOL), Dance Marathon, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa; Tim Carr of Lamoni, Iowa, is majoring in economics and political science, and is sponsored by Beta Theta Pi. Tim is Student Government Association President, Beta Theta Pi President, a member of College Republicans, a former op-ed writer with The Volante, a faculty senate member, a member of the University Parking and Traffic Committee and part of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). He was also a member of the USD men’s golf program from 2007-2009; Patrick Davis of Yankton, S.D., is a physics major and is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. Patrick’s additional campus activities at USD include Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Newman Center, Student Ambassadors and Dance Marathon; Dzenan Berberovic of Sioux Falls, S.D., is majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Dzenan’s sponsoring organization is Dance Marathon. He is involved in Pi Kappa Alpha, Student Ambassadors and Dakotans at USD; Matthew Blake of Pierre, S.D., is a history and political science major involved in Student Government Association, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, College Democrats and the Honors Program at USD. His sponsor is Student Government Association; and Kyle Schoenfelder of Iroquois, S.D., is majoring in business marketing at USD. His Dakota Days sponsor is Student Ambassadors. Kyle is active in Sigma Alpha Epsilon, TechFellows, Dance Marathon and intramurals at USD.
Queen: Elizabeth Falk of Aberdeen, S.D., is a communication sciences and disorders major, sponsored by Mortar Board. Her additional activities include Kappa Alpha Theta, National Students in Speech Language Hearing Association, Order of Omega, College Republicans and Dance Marathon; Molly Mack of Redfield, S.D., is a business management major sponsored by Newman Center. Her activities are Kappa Alpha Theta, Pre-dental Club, Symphonic Band, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, SDSHAA Cheer Judge, Honors Program and pharmacy technician at Sanford Vermillion; Alexis Konstant of Spearfish, S.D., is majoring in marketing at USD. Her sponsor is National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and she is involved with Kappa Alpha Theta, Coyoteopoly, SIFE, Student Ambassadors, Enterprise Wide Learning, and she is a volunteer for several local organizations such as Dance Marathon and Relay for Life; Chelsi Gunderson of Sioux Falls, S.D., is a political science and health services administration major whose activities include President of Kappa Alpha Theta, Honors Program, Coyoteopoly, Strollers, Political Science League, Student Government Association, USD Entertainment Committee, and she is a volunteer for the Dennis Daugaard for Governor campaign. She is sponsored by Kappa Alpha Theta; Sarah Olson of Brandon, S.D., is majoring in health services administration, and her sponsoring organization is Colleges Against Cancer. Sarah’s additional campus activities are Pi Beta Phi, AWOL, HEAL and Delta Sigma Pi; Megan Peitzmeier of Omaha, Neb., is an elementary education major sponsored by Student Ambassadors. Her campus activities include Pi Beta Phi, Dance Marathon, Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life and Strollers; and Aleisia Gomez of Spearfish, S.D., is a psychology major active with Panhellenic Council, Pi Beta Phi, President of Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Co-chair of Serve Heroes and Big Pal/Little Pal. Her sponsoring organization is Panhellenic Council.
Coronation of the Dakota Days King and Queen is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the ballroom of the Muenster University Center. Following coronation, there will be a pep rally on the East Lawn featuring Insphyre.
Additional activities scheduled for the week include Prairiefest at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30; women’s volleyball vs. Utah Valley at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30; the All Alumni Dinner and Award Presentations at 5 p.m., and the D-Days Downtown Bash at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 with a live performance by Avian Sunrise; and the 96th annual Dakota Days parade and the homecoming football game at 2 p.m. against the University of North Dakota on Saturday, Oct. 2.
A complete list of Dakota Days events can be found online at www.usd.edu/dakotadays.