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Beacom Professor Awarded VCDC Young Professional of the Year

Photo of Travis Letellier Beacom professor Travis Letellier was named the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company “Young Professional of the Year."

VERMILLION, S.D. – Travis Letellier, visiting instructor of economics in the Beacom School of Business was presented the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company “Young Professional of the Year” award on April 5.

The Young Professional of the Year award, created four years ago, recognizes outstanding young professionals in the Vermillion community who commit themselves to excellence in the area of community engagement, as well as in their professional lives. The award was given to a record-breaking crowd at the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company’s Annual Banquet

Letellier joined the Beacom Business School faculty in fall 2015 and teaches courses in economics. Letellier is a South Dakota native and attended Northern State University and Florida International University. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Letellier serves as an active leader in Vermillion NEXT, promotes the community’s Art of Communication, as well as volunteers on the VCDC’s Governmental Affairs committee. He is committed to providing practical strategies for improving the livability of Vermillion’s LGBTQIA citizens.


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.


Hanna DeLange
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