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Farber statue is backdrop for unique USD Mock Trial Team fundraiser

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For $15, students, faculty, alumni and friends of the University of South Dakota can enjoy a fun way to keep track of 2013 through the eyes of a unique campus landmark.

The University of South Dakota Mock Trial Team’s William O. “Doc” Farber 2013 Statue Calendar shows photos of the Farber statue in unique situations and clothing, including Valentine’s Day flair or highlighting USD’s rivalry with South Dakota State University. The calendar was created by USD Creative Services and student members of the mock trial team, who spent time last fall preparing the props and taking photos of the decorated statue. All proceeds from calendar sales will be used to support a scholarship for a USD Mock Trial student. An image of the calendar is available for download at

Farber, who died March 24, 2007 at the age of 96, served as chairman of the USD Department of Political Science for 38 years. He retired from teaching at USD full-time in 1976 but devoted most of his life to public service. In 1951, Farber established the state’s Legislative Research Council to provide state legislators access to unbiased research and information on important topics. The council continues today as the legislature’s non-partisan research staff. The life-sized statue of Farber, located on the terrace of Dakota Hall, was dedicated on campus in 2002 in recognition of his lifelong leadership and accomplishments for both USD and the state.

To order a calendar, please contact Cheryl Hovorka at or call (605) 677-5702. Checks should be made payable to Farber Fund #2 and mailed to Hovorka at the Department of Political Science, University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.


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.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News