Jun 20, 2013
 

USD student groups earn recognition

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Student organizations from the University of South Dakota were recognized this week for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
 

Student organizations honored with special recognition were:

Award for Academic Excellence – The PanHellenic Council serves as the governing body for four sororities at USD. With their focus on academic success, sorority members have an average GPA that is three-tenths of a grade point higher than other female peers at USD. The council has stressed use of a card-swipe system for logging study hours, scheduling presentations from campus academic resource centers, and maintaining a competitive drive to achieve at the highest academic levels.

A photo of Kassie Hoiland of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Amber Groh, director of Sorority/Fraternity Life & Leadership receiving the award with Dr. Jack Warner, BOR executive director, Dean Krogman, BOR president, and James Abbott, USD president, is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/PanH_Council2013.jpg.

Community Service Award – This award goes to two groups: AWOL (Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning) and the Mortar Board Honor Society.

Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning immerses students in educational, service-learning experiences through exposure to diverse social issues. Some of the activities include book drives, volunteer events, a hunger banquet, spring and winter break trips, and alternative weekend trips. These learning experiences are organized, budgeted, and facilitated by students in the AWOL organization.

Mortar Board Honor Society recognizes college seniors for exemplary scholarship, leadership, and service. The local group held a 5K run where they gathered donated books for the Vermillion community library, collected funds for an elementary school book fair, held a Valentine’s Day fundraiser to sponsor a dance marathon participant, and partnered with a local elementary school to raise literacy awareness.

A photo of Jessica Sundleaf of Sioux Falls and Karl Reasoner, assistant director for Academic Engagment, receiving the award from Dr. Jack Warner, BOR executive director and CEO, Dean Krogman, BOR president, and James Abbott, USD President, is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/CSA_AWOL2013.jpg. Representatives of the Mortar Board Honor Society, which shared the Community Service Award, were not available for the presentation.

Award for Organizational Leadership – The Union of African American Students educates the campus community to the cultural traditions, experiences, and values of the African American community. The group co-hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and presented at the We Stand Together Diversity Symposium and the Thurgood Marshall Law Day. The union also organized activities in honor of Black History Month, including a keynote speaker and Celebration of Soul Food event.

A photo of the award presentation to the Union of African American Students on June 19 is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/OrganizationalLeadership_2013.jpg. The photo includes Alafia Wright (back, left) advisor, Dean Krogman, BOR president, Brian Griffin of Jacksonville, Fla., James Abbott, USD president,  Dr. Jack Warner (front, left), BOR executive director and CEO, Monique Robinson of Burtonsville, Md., and Marije Wright of Madison, Wis.

 
About The University of South Dakota
 
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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