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USD aims to 'Sustain the Rivalry' while promoting new major

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is asking students to “sustain the rivalry” while supporting sustainability on campus.

For the first time in nine years, the Coyotes and SDSU’s Jackrabbits will clash on the football field in Brookings on Saturday, Nov. 17 and in recognition of the renewed rivalry as well as USD’s new sustainability major, the College of Arts & Sciences at USD is sponsoring a T-shirt swap. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the Muenster University Center, donate any item of SDSU apparel – in any condition – and in exchange, the College of Arts & Sciences will provide a brand new, bright red USD T-shirt.

“This is a fun way of saying that ‘we believe in sustainability,’” said Assistant Professor Meghann Jarchow, Sustainability Program Coordinator at USD. “It’s also a practical way of getting our students involved. Whether it’s energy, industry or even clothing, sustainability encompasses so many topics and endeavors. It’s all about spreading the message and getting people involved.”

All old SDSU clothing donated at the Muenster University Center will be recycled and returned to the SDSU campus before the game by the Department of Military Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, which will take the clothing along with them when they run a football to Brookings with their SDSU counterparts. According to Matthew C. Moen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the T-shirt exchange helps promote a new academic major in a light-hearted way, while “finding a good home” for SDSU apparel.

USD’s sustainability major, offered for the first time this fall, consists of a core of major courses required for all students, along with two specializations. Thirty-six credit hours are required, with 18 common core and 18 electives from courses available in the selected specialization. Students choose either a Natural Sciences Specialization or a Social Sciences Specialization. For more information, please visit


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