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USD Foundation to recognize three

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Foundation will honor three USD faculty members at a 5-6 p.m. reception Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Neuharth Media Center concourse in Vermillion.

Chris Hutton, JD, is the inaugural recipient of the Cutler & Donahoe Award for Excellence in Legal Education. Jacob Kerby, Ph.D., and David Holdhusen, Ph.D., have been awarded the 2014 Belbas-Larson for Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Hutton has more than 30 years of service to the USD Law School, teaching primarily in the areas of criminal law, procedure and evidence. She most recently co-authored with John Larson, the second edition of South Dakota Evidence. She chairs the State Bar Evidence Committee and was appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the Criminal Justice Advisory Council. A primary focus of her work has been teaching and mentoring generations of law students with emphasis on supporting and expanding the role of women in the law.

The Cutler & Donahoe Award was made possible through an endowed gift from the Sioux Falls law firm of Cutler & Donahoe, LLP. Download a photo of Hutton.

Kerby, who is assistant professor of biology in the USD College of Arts & Sciences, teaches biology, disease ecology and environmental toxicology and contaminants. His research focuses on aquatic communities’ stressors. He also serves as director of research for the Missouri River Institute. Download a photo of Kerby.

Holdhusen is director of choral activities and associate professor of music in the USD College of Fine Arts. He teaches courses in conducting, choral literature and techniques and applied voice. In addition, he directs USD’s annual Choral Directors Institute and the USD Summer Music Camp. Download a photo of Holdhusen.

The Belbas-Larson Awards were established by 1956 USD graduate Dean Belbas, Edina, Minn., and Harold W. and Kathryn Larson, Bemidji, Minn., and Scottsdale, Ariz.

The event is open to the public.

For additional information, contact Betsy Rice, senior marketing and communications director, at 274-7868.


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