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USD Dakota Days 2011 theme announced as 'Raise the Dust'

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota wants students, alumni and the university community to join together, celebrate and “Raise the Dust” for Dakota Days 2011.

“Raise the Dust,” this year’s theme for South Dakota’s annual homecoming event, is pulled straight from USD’s “Get Along Coyotes” fight song. The Dakota Days Committee invites students, faculty, staff and the community to be a part of the movement to “Raise the Dust” and get involved in several activities and competitions throughout the week of Dakota Days 2011, which is Oct. 3-8.

More information, including a parade schedule and list of events, will be released on the Dakota Days 2011 web site or on the Dakota Days Facebook page.

Lyrics and playable mp3 files of all three of USD’s fight songs, including “Get Along Coyotes,” can be found at

For more information about Dakota Days 2011, please contact the committee 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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 nearly 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News