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Beacom School of Business Students Meet with South Dakota Legislators

USD Day at the Capitol photo Students from the Beacom School of Business visited with legislators during USD Day in Pierre.

VERMILLION, SD – Thirty-five Beacom School of Business students attended USD Day in Pierre on Thursday, Feb. 2. The undergraduate and graduate students met with Governor Dennis Daugaard, Lt. Governor Matt Michels and Speaker of the House, Mark Mickelson. The students also had the opportunity to attend the House legislative session and were specially recognized by the speaker during the session.

"Students participated in this event to increase awareness of the significant positive impact our students, faculty and staff have on South Dakota's economy, as well as reaffirm our flagship business school status in the state," said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business.

The students attending this trip to Pierre represented eight different undergraduate business majors and the Master of Business Administration program.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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 84 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.