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Angela Helmer Presented Doyle Humanities Teaching Award

Doyle Humanities Teaching Award presented to Angela Helmer

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Angela Helmer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of South Dakota, is the 2014 recipient of the Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, presented by the College of Arts & Sciences at USD. Helmer was honored with the award at the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa initiation/Lifto Amundson Lecture on March 31.

Helmer, who was born and raised in Peru, earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic languages from UCLA. She joined the USD Department of Languages, Linguistics and Philosophy in 2008. Her teaching interests include advanced Spanish language classes, Spanish Linguistics, Civilization, Culture and Literature of the Americas, Spanish for Business and the Medical Field, and Latin American Film. Helmer’s research interests are co-existence of Latin and Spanish in Colonial Peru, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and phonetics. She received a M.A. in Archeology from UCLA and a B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Studies from Occidental College. A photo of Helmer is available for download at

Made possible thanks to a gift from Monsignor James Michael Doyle, former chair of religious studies at USD and a prominent theologian inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame, the Doyle Award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher in the Humanities Division of the College of Arts & Sciences.

In addition to the presentation of the award, the Alpha Chapter of South Dakota, Phi Beta Kappa, at the University of South Dakota initiated new members and hosted a celebratory banquet. The chapter, the only one in South Dakota, initiated 31 new members into the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society: Hillary Rosie Ahmed of Vermillion, S.D.; Cassie Bartlett, Rebecca Jarding, Andrea Petersen, Jessica Sundleaf and Ian Williams of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Janice Baumberger of Indianapolis, Ind.; Ryan Blake and Josh Svendsen of Pierre, S.D.; Katie Bojan of Papillion, Neb.; Megan Card of Pella, Iowa; Amber Ewers of Columbus, Neb.; Brandi Hansman of Garretson, S.D.; Andrew Hanson of Box Elder, S.D.; Breanna Helland of Frederick, S.D.; Chandler Hunt of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Anna Hyronimus of Valley Springs, S.D.; Amanda Janssen of Crofton, Neb.; Andrea Kelly of Le Mars, Iowa; Zachary Koenig of Chamberlain, S.D.; Ashley Lynch of Frankfort, S.D.; Mackenzie Mears of Milbank, S.D.; Paige Moser of Rapid City, S.D.; Erik Muckey of Corsica, S.D.; Riley Paulsen of Yankton, S.D.; Samson Ptacek of Piedmont, S.D.; Nolan Schmidt of Avoca, Iowa; Lexy Schuman of Mitchell, S.D.; Rebeka Tobias of Pilger, Neb.; and TiAnna Vogt of Bonesteel, S.D.


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