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USD to honor legacy of Martin Luther King Jr with Day of Service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20 and a keynote address by humorist, storyteller and national speaker Dawn Fraser at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Students, faculty and staff from USD will join the Vermillion community on Jan. 20 for the Day of Service. All volunteers will meet at noon at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center for orientation (register online at to volunteer) followed by an afternoon of community service projects. The Day of Service concludes with a re-orientation for volunteers at 4 p.m. at the MUC ballroom.

On Jan. 21, Fraser will present the program “The Art of Storytelling in Leadership” at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center. Fraser has traveled throughout the United States as a humorist and storyteller, including the National Center for Student Leadership, and she is the host and producer of “Barbershop Stories” out of New York City. Fraser is from San Jose, Calif. and has worked on performance and cultural advocacy programs in countries including Brazil, Jamaica and Ghana. She also blogs about everyday musings on the site “Reality La La Land: Where What’s Real…Isn’t” and she is a writer and performer with the Brooklyn, N.Y. sketch comedy troupe American Candy. For more information about Fraser, please visit

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by the USD Office of Diversity, Center for Academic Engagement, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wisconsin Campus Compact, Corporation for National and Community Service and the Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning. For more information, please go to or contact the Center for Academic Engagement at (605) 677-6338 or email


Housed in the Center for Academic Engagement and Global Engagement, AWOL (Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning) offers students the opportunity to combine community service with education during academic breaks. Prior to departure, students participate in six weeks of educational training. By utilizing experiences and education, AWOL enables students to become active citizens whose community becomes a priority in their everyday life and provides them with avenues for continued community involvement and learning.


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, 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