Renovated auditorium celebrated with concert naming ceremony

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is celebrating the grand reopening of Slagle Auditorium with two very special events on Friday, Oct. 7.

At 3:30 p.m., outside on the Slagle Hall and Old Main plaza, USD will host a ribbon cutting and donor recognition ceremony with a special announcement by President James W. Abbott that will include the unveiling of the new name of the auditorium. The auditorium will be named in honor and appreciation of a major contributor to the project. At 8 p.m., the renovated auditorium will be on full display with a concert featuring the South Dakota Symphony along with the university's Rawlins Piano Trio and USD voice faculty. The concert is free and open to the public.

The $8.2 million renovation of Slagle Hall Auditorium began in the fall of 2008 transforming the 38,000 square foot auditorium into a performance venue. Renovations to the facility include upgrades to acoustics and seating, state-of-the-art technology as well as updated aesthetics to preserve the auditorium’s historical elements. Constructed in 1925, the auditorium provides the university community with an elegant and exciting stage for large events, including musical theatre, orchestras and musical ensembles, soloists, dance companies and lectures.

Closed since the renovations began in 2008, Slagle Auditorium re-opened March 16, 2011 and celebrated with 1,200 fans two days later at its inaugural concert featuring the rock band OneRepublic. For more information about the grand reopening ceremony or the free evening concert featuring the South Dakota Symphony, please contact the USD Alumni Association at (605) 677-6734 or email You can also visit the Alumni Association website at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hailie Warren
USD News