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  • Kurt Hackemer: Provost, Professor, Performer

    Summary: In addition to serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota, Kurt Hackemer, Ph.D., contributes his musical talents to The SOUND of USD pep band. Hackemer, a trombonist, stands out as the only non-student member of the spirited ensemble, but they all have one thing in common – a passion for performing in support of the university community.
    Kurt Hackemer and The SOUND of USD play their instruments at a USD basketball game.
  • Sculpture Student Receives Award for Innovative Solid Waste Management Efforts

    Summary: David Lammers, a graduate sculpture student in the College of Fine Arts, received the Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Advancement Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America.
    Sculpture student David Lammers' sculpture that incorporates shoe repair forms and old flywheel forms cast in iron
  • College of Fine Arts Students Win Top Awards at South Dakota District, Regional NATS Auditions

    Summary: University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts voice students won several top awards at the South Dakota District National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Auditions held in Sioux Falls on April 6.
    USD Fine Arts building
  • USD Student Combines Math and Music in Award-Winning Research

    Summary: When University of South Dakota senior mathematical sciences major Olivia Roberts presented her research on musical systems this January at the 2024 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Francisco – one of the largest gatherings of mathematicians in the world – she was surprised at her paper’s reception.
    USD student Olivia Roberts leans on a grand piano. She stands in front of a chalkboard with mathematical equations and music notes.

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