Student Featured in National Veterans Magazine

Image Autumn Simunek USD student and Miss South Dakota 2015 Autumn Simunek is featured in the August issue of American Legion Auxiliary magazine.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Autumn Simunek, a University of South Dakota music education student and Miss South Dakota 2015, is featured in the August edition of the American Legion Auxiliary magazine.

She and Jessica Beal-Bahmuller, 2016 Mrs. South Dakota International, both auxiliary members, were profiled for using their platforms as a way to tell people about the ALA and how it helps military veterans.

Simunek, from Hot Springs, South Dakota, started the Veterans Holiday Relief Drive, which raised $45,000 in donations in less than a year.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and kinesiology and sport management.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News