BOR Recognizes Three USD Student Groups

VERMILLION, S.D. –  The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized three University of South Dakota student organizations for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

USD student groups receiving awards were:

Award for Academic Excellence – The USD Speech and Debate Team uses competitive public speaking as a platform to form lasting friendships, while practicing the foundational habits of empathy, wisdom, moderation, and courage. Students on the team gain factual knowledge, learn multiple modes of persuasion, and practice communication skills daily, inside and outside of the classroom.

Community Service Award – Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity seeks to develop integrity, intellect, and high moral character among its members. In 2016, the fraternity dedicated more than $25,000 to various charities and committed more than 8,000 hours to community service.

Award for Organizational Leadership – Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) provides resources, networking, support, and encouragement to women in STEM fields. Efforts to dispel negative stereotypes and discrimination are also emphasized. The group seeks to advance gender equity while helping its members to emerge as the next generation of leaders in a variety of STEM fields.

The groups were acknowledged at the BOR meeting this December.


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