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USD celebrates the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr with Day of Service activities

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students, faculty and staff members from the University of South Dakota will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making a difference in their neighborhoods and community during a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21.

All volunteers for a Day of Service are scheduled to meet at noon at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center for orientation (registration information is available online at followed by an afternoon of community service projects. The Day of Service concludes with reorientation events and a reflection at 4 p.m. at the ballroom.

In addition to community service, Day of Service activities include a keynote address, “Innovation in Higher Education: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” by Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Ph.D. at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Muenster University Center ballroom. Clayton-Pedersen served as vice president for Education and Institutional Renewal for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She currently serves as an AAC&U Senior Scholar, and CEO of Emeritus Consulting Group.

The fifth annual Vermillion Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by the USD Office of Diversity, USD Center for Academic Engagement, the USD Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Fine Arts, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Law, Office of Student Services, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, Campus Activities Board, Michigan and Wisconsin Campus Compacts, and the Federal Corporation for National & Community Service. The event is also co-sponsored by the Union of African American Students, Latino Student Association, Asian American Student Association, Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning (AWOL), Tiospaye Student Council, We Stand Together Symposium Planning Committee and 10% Society.

For more information, please go to or contact the Center for Academic Engagement at (605) 677-6338 or email

A photo of Clayton-Pedersen is available at


USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.


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