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Dean Venky Venkatachalam of the Beacom School of BusinessWe are enjoying a bout of beautiful spring weather across campus as our students head off for a well-deserved spring break. As we approach the middle of the semester, we have a lot of great news to reflect on and several exciting events to look forward to.

Our student recruitment efforts continue to be a top priority for the school. We have had an uptick in deposits for next academic year and have welcomed many students to campus for USD’s Top Scholars and Admitted Students days. The excitement and energy of having future Coyotes on campus to showcase the high-quality educational experience that awaits them is always invigorating.

Our current students continue to achieve top accolades in and out of the classroom. Two accounting students, Joshua DeGroot and Ethan Walker, recently were accepted into the prestigious Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics program through KPMG and will be receiving full-ride scholarships to master’s programs at University of Southern California (DeGroot) and Villanova University (Walker).

We also have celebrated top achievements of students on-campus with the Excellence in Academics & Leadership Dinner. Alumnus Steven Payne ‘15 gave the keynote address to the students who achieved 4.0s, Dean’s Ambassadors, Peer Advisors and Student Tutors for this academic year. In addition, our student organizations continue to put USD on the map with impressive performances at regional and national conferences.

The Beacom Executive Education program continues to grow with successful partnerships with top businesses throughout our region. We recently began a new year long leadership development program with the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. In addition, we launched the second session of the City of Sioux Falls Onward Leadership Development program last month.

Last week we welcomed two excellent speakers to Beacom. Dr. Uma Kelekar, associate professor of health care management at Marymount University, spoke to a packed auditorium on preparing students for a diverse workforce. Through a number of group exercises, students and faculty learned more about diversity and inclusive excellence. Erica Beck, city of Sioux falls chief of staff to the mayor, spoke to our freshman and sophomore students as part of the 101 Impact Series. She shared what the vision for Sioux Falls looks like over the next 20 years and shared a personal story and message about the importance of mentorship in building a successful career and life.

This spring we look forward to many exciting events including the Arthur A. Volk Symposium featuring author and speaker Torin Perez. The sixth annual Invent to Innovate competition will bring entrepreneurial high school and college students from across the state to compete on campus in April. We also are welcoming several alumni and top business leaders to campus to connect with our students in the classroom.

I hope that you can join us for some of our exciting events and celebrations around campus this spring!

Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D.
Dean, Beacom School of Business