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USD to dedicate ‘Legacy’ statue, host book-signing open house

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will officially introduce its newest addition to campus when the statue “Legacy” is dedicated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 on the campus mall.

“Legacy” is a statue sculpted by Cameron Stalheim, a 2010 graduate of USD that will be a permanent fixture on campus. Located to the east of the Muenster University Center and south of Old Main, the statue is a life-size coyote howling at the sky and mounted on a bronze likeness of a rock.

Weighing close to 300 pounds and standing almost five feet tall, Stalheim’s design was selected from several artists’ submissions and was paid for with donations from USD’s Student Government Association, student donations through the Student Philanthropic Education Project and the USD Foundation.

The “Legacy” dedication ceremony will include remarks from USD President James W. Abbott; an introduction of the artist from Kersten Johnson, executive director of the Alumni Association; special remarks by Stalheim, who is currently attending graduate school at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore; and closing remarks and a kickoff to a new USD tradition involving “Legacy” from SGA President Alissa VanMeeteren. A photo of the statue is available for download at

Following the dedication ceremony, USD will celebrate the launch of the university’s 150-year pictorial history inside the Muenster University Center with an open house at 1:30 p.m. Abbott and former USD Presidents Charles Lein and Richard Bowen will sign copies of “Pride, Persistence and Progress,” a coffee table-style book filled with more than 200 pages of historical facts, fun stories, photos and memories dedicated to the 150-year history of USD. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase.

For more information about these events or to learn more about “Pride, Persistence and Progress,” please visit or contact The USD Alumni Association 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