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USD FMA chapter honored as Superior Chapter for 12th straight year

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Financial Management Association International (FMA) chapter at the University of South Dakota has earned FMA International’s highly coveted FMA Superior Chapter Award for the 12th consecutive year. Presented to fewer than 5 percent of FMA chapters across the United States, USD’s FMA chapter was recognized for its overall excellence during the 2011-12 academic year.

To achieve Superior Chapter Award status from FMA International, USD’s FMA chapter met or exceeded several specific criteria, including the ability to demonstrate exemplary chapter management and providing members with many program activities. In the past year, USD FMA hosted several campus events, including seminars on the FDIC, real estate investment and the Education Services Industry.

“I’m very proud of our students as they dedicate their time and talent outside the classroom to make sure that their experience in FMA at USD is meaningful,” noted Angeline Lavin, Ph.D., professor of finance at USD and FMA adviser. “Because of their commitment, our students have built a strong FMA chapter here at USD. We also appreciate the alumni and supporters of USD and the finance program who take the time to visit campus and share their knowledge with our current students.”

USD’s FMA chapter hosted several speakers during the year, and the academic year culminated with a luncheon on the same day as the inaugural USD-Wells Fargo Equity Research Competition last month. Logan Holter, a current FMA member from Platte, S.D., was inducted into the FMA National Honor Society at the luncheon. USD’s FMA chapter also publishes a yearly newsletter for business faculty, students and alumni, and maintains its own Web site ( where information on upcoming events as well as information on becoming a member of the organization is available. For more about FMA at USD, please call (605) 677-5566 or e-mail Lavin 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, 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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News