Jan 10, 2014

USD to honor legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with Day of Service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20 and a keynote address by humorist, storyteller and national speaker Dawn Fraser at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Students, faculty and staff from USD will join the Vermillion community on Jan. 20 for the Day of Service. All volunteers will meet at noon at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center for orientation (register online at https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=147660 to volunteer) followed by an afternoon of community service projects. The Day of Service concludes with a re-orientation for volunteers at 4 p.m. at the MUC ballroom. 

On Jan. 21, Fraser will present the program “The Art of Storytelling in Leadership” at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center. Fraser has traveled throughout the United States as a humorist and storyteller, including the National Center for Student Leadership, and she is the host and producer of “Barbershop Stories” out of New York City. Fraser is from San Jose, Calif. and has worked on performance and cultural advocacy programs in countries including Brazil, Jamaica and Ghana. She also blogs about everyday musings on the site “Reality La La Land: Where What’s Real…Isn’t” and she is a writer and performer with the Brooklyn, N.Y. sketch comedy troupe American Candy. For more information about Fraser, please visit http://dawnjfraser.com.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by the USD Office of Diversity, Center for Academic Engagement, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wisconsin Campus Compact, Corporation for National and Community Service and the Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning. For more information, please go to www.usd.edu/academics/center-for-academic-engagement/service-learning/keeping-the-dream-alive.cfm or contact the Center for Academic Engagement at (605) 677-6338 or email engage@usd.edu.

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. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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Peter Carrels
The University of South Dakota
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