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Beacom School of Business Recognizes Exemplary Students

Beacom Excellence in Academic and Leadership and Luncheon The USD Beacom School of Business recognized exceptional students at the Excellence in Academics and Leadership luncheon Oct. 29.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business recognized its exceptional students at the Excellence in Academics and Leadership luncheon held on October 29.

The top 100 Beacom School of Business students from the spring 2018 semester were honored for their superior academic achievements. These top performers, which was made up of 18 seniors, 35 juniors, 32 sophomores and 15 freshmen, achieved an average GPA of 3.979. Other students recognized at the luncheon included 66 scholarship recipients, 15 peer advisors and 36 Beacom Direct students. The Beacom Direct students are high achieving first-time freshman who scored a 26 or higher on the ACT and maintained a minimum GPA of 3.6 in high school.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our students for all of their academic achievements,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “I am very impressed by these students’ dedication and commend them for their accomplishments.”

Beacom School of Business graduate Ben Cahoy gave a keynote address, recollecting how his involvement and dedication at USD has led to many successes in his career. Cahoy is currently a Sourcing Operations Manager at Sanford Health. Ben was named a 2017 Future Famer by the Bellwether League, the hall of fame for healthcare supply chain leadership.


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
USD News