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USD grad student recipient of PKP Love of Learning Award

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota student Jason T. Simmons is the recipient of 2012 Love of Learning Award from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Simmons, who received a B.S. in pre-professional health sciences from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in 2011, is a graduate student in the M.B.A. Health Services Administration program at the Beacom School of Business. Simmons, of New Underwood, S.D., is one of 140 recipients of the Love of Learning Awards that provide students with $500 to cover the costs of post-baccalaureate education or professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members. The son of Tom and Marsha Simmons of New Underwood, Simmons is presently doing his practicum in health services administration at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Love of Learning Awards Selection Committee notified Simmons on Sept. 21 that he was one of more than 1,000 applicants to receive a 2012 Love of Learning Fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.


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