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Beacom School of Business honors students, distinguished alumni

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business honored students and distinguished alumni for their outstanding service and support at the annual Beacom School of Business Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Sara Boyum of West Point, Neb., who graduated in May 2012 with a B.B.A. in accounting, received the Outstanding Senior Award while Corey Backer of Sioux Falls, S.D., who received an M.P.A. in May 2012, was honored with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Additional awards honoring alumni include the Distinguished Service Award: Alumnus – Service to South Dakota Businesses presented to Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, a Vermillion native who received his B.S. in health services administration from USD and is also a graduate of the USD School of Law. Scott O. Jones of Pierre, S.D. was honored with a Distinguished Service Award: Alumnus – South Dakota Business Person of the Year. Jones is president and CEO of Delta Dental of South Dakota and Doyle Knudson of Paradise Valley, Ariz., chair of the USD Foundation, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award: Alumnus - Service to USD honor.

For more information about the annual Beacom School of Business Awards Luncheon, please visit or contact the dean’s office at (605) 677-5455.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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, Knudson 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