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Celebrating '150 Years of Legacy' during Dakota Days 2012

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will celebrate “150 Years of Legacy” for Dakota Days, Oct. 1-6.

Homecoming activities at USD will recognize the university’s 150th anniversary and celebrate USD’s Pride, Service, Community, Innovation, Inspiration and Tradition each day of the week. The schedule of events includes the Royalty Reveal at Aalfs Auditorium and a pep rally on the courtyard outside Slagle Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2; the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media presentation to Marilyn Hagerty (’48) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Aalfs Auditorium; and the dedication of “Legacy,” the USD coyote statue, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 on the campus mall east of the Muenster University Center.

Dakota Days events on Saturday, Oct. 6 begin with the 98th annual Dakota Days Parade ( at 10 a.m. on Main Street with USD alums Tom (’64) and Meredith (’62) Brokaw serving as parade marshals. Following the parade, USD will host Western Illinois at 2 p.m. at the DakotaDome in a Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup.

Additional activities include comedian Anthony Jeselnik at 8 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Aalfs Auditorium; the book launch of “Pride, Persistence and Progress,” a 150-year pictorial history of USD, at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Muenster University Center; an Alumni Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom followed by the D-Days Downtown Bash at 8:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club; class reunions for 1952, 1962 and 1972 graduates at noon on Oct. 6 at the Al Neuharth Media Center and at Beacom Hall; and fraternity and sorority open houses (Oct. 6), campus tours (Oct. 5) and the annual meeting of the Alumni Association (Oct. 5) at the Muenster University Center.

For more information and a complete schedule of activities, including daily entertainment and additional sporting events during the week, please visit or go to the Alumni Association’s website


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News