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Beacom Graduate Awarded Pi Sigma Epsilon Award

VERMILLION, S.D, –Beacom School of Business student John Oynes was recently awarded the 2018 Pi Sigma Epsilon President’s Award of Special Merit. Oynes graduated in May with a major in health services administration.

The President's Award for Special Merit recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) organization. This award is presented to the individual who stands out from their peers and has made significant strides in PSE. Judging for this award was conducted by the PSE national headquarters and the PSE national council.

John Oynes“Receiving the PSE Special Merit award is a great honor,” said Rand Wergin, associate professor of marketing and PSE faculty advisor. “Recipients of this award exhibit leadership and management qualities that make for outstanding future professionals, and Oynes is a stand-out example of someone who is deserving of this award.“

Pi Sigma Epsilon is a co-ed professional marketing fraternity in the fields of sales, marketing and management. Through PSE, students can gain real world experience while networking with other students and companies from around the country. Pi Sigma Epsilon is one of 10 active organizations in the business school that allows students opportunities to perform community services, network with employers and alumni and compete in regional and national competitions.


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.


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