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USD student wins top award at Lambda Chi Alpha annual conference

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Tyler Tordsen, an undergraduate brother from the Alpha-Gamma chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at the University of South Dakota, received the 2013 Cyril F. “Duke” Flad Outstanding Undergraduate Award at the Fraternity’s annual Stead Leadership Seminar held in Memphis, Tenn. last month.

The award was created in 1970 to honor Flad and was presented to Tordsen by Jim Schrader, a member of the board of Lambda Chi Alpha. One outstanding undergraduate from among all student members is selected annually to receive this award named for “Duke” Flad, who served as the Fraternity’s second chief executive from 1942-68.

Tordsen, of Rapid City, S.D., is a political science and business double major and president of USD’s Lambda Chi Alpha chapter. He is also former president of Tiospaye at USD, and currently serves as a Senator At-Large for the USD Student Government Association. A photo of Tordsen is available for download 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