Over 24 hours, the University of South Dakota aims to unite the entire Coyote community – alumni, friends, faculty and staff, students, and community leaders – to make a lasting impact and give back to the university’s best and brightest initiatives.
During the 2024 legislative session, an impressive cohort of 15 University of South Dakota students is actively engaging in South Dakota’s legislative process, gaining insight into the state’s government and benefiting from mentorship provided by prominent state leaders and USD alumni.
The organizations will focus on continuing education for South Dakotans, the Coyote Business Consulting program and international partnerships.
The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is celebrating a monumental occasion this year: its 50th anniversary of becoming an institution granting four-year medical degrees.
Expanding upon its existing student support initiatives, the University of South Dakota’s Opportunity Center introduced a Peer Success Coaching program to meet students where they are and provide ongoing academic and personal coaching.
Zena Aragon, Taylor Byerley, Tori DePerry, Melaya Dominguez, Jade Ecoffey, Morgan Sullivan, Caelyn Valandra-Prue and Matayah Yellowmule – these are the names of the University of South Dakota’s eight Native female student-athletes who are upholding a narrative of excellence, resilience and accomplishment that extends far beyond athletics and paving the way for future generations of Native student-athletes.
Family matriarch Dr. Sophie Two Hawk ’87 was always certain her life’s path would lead her to be a healer, coming from several generations of holistic healers with a firm footing in whole-person health care.
As head band director at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, University of South Dakota alumna Nicole Decker ’14 shapes the lives of young musicians and inspires a new generation of leaders in music.
Sioux Falls is the 27th fastest-growing community in the country, and a key player in supporting the growth of the city and the greater Sioux Falls metro region is Tyler Tordsen ’15, president and CEO of the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance (SMGA) and proud alumnus of the University of South Dakota.
USD In The News
Summary: In mid-February, members of the University of South Dakota’s marching band, The SOUND of USD, will bring the Coyote spirit down to Louisiana and march in two high-profile Mardi Gras parades for the first time in the band’s history.
Summary: As an intern for the South Dakota Legislature, University of South Dakota student Elisabeth Hart has had the opportunity to forge meaningful relationships and learn about different facets of South Dakota’s state government. These invaluable experiences are putting her on the path toward her dream of pursuing a legal career.
Summary: Lillian McNaughton, a sophomore at the University of South Dakota and volunteer for Vermillion’s Fire EMS Department, was recognized as the department's EMT of the Year for her commitment to giving back to her community.
Summary: Over 320 students have taken advantage of the Coyote Assistance program, a new service introduced by the University of South Dakota to offer students without vehicles transportation to the grocery store.
USD has done a great job of recognizing that higher education is changing, and they provide internship programs and job training opportunities that help students adapt to a changing workplace. The faculty at USD are top notch, and they put focus on providing students with the qualities they will need when they graduate.
USD alumnus Scott Lawrence has had a rather unique journey from high school band director to president and CEO of one of the region’s most successful advertising agencies.