USD Honors Program Receives Grant to Fund Reading Project

Old Main on the University of South Dakota campus The USD Honors Program received a grant to fund their First-Year Reading Project.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Honors Program received a $1,000 grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council to help fund their First-Year Reading Project.

The First-Year Reading Project, active now for 11 years, gives first-year Honors students the opportunity to read a book collectively and discuss it with other students and faculty members.

“We gather all of our first-year students or incoming students and pair them at a table with a faculty member and a peer mentor,” said Dallas Doane, Honors Program coordinator. “It’s a great chance for first-year students to make connections at the beginning of their college career.”

This year, the students will read “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” by South Dakota Festival of Books author and Minnesota native Kent Nerburn. The book, set in South Dakota, is also the South Dakota Humanities Council’s 2019 One Book South Dakota selection. The One Book program encourages people from across South Dakota to read and discuss the same book throughout the year. The Honors Program plans to utilize the conversations and events happening in honor of the book across the state.

The Honors Program will host their own event for those involved, featuring Nerburn as keynote speaker Sunday, August 25 in the Muenster University Center Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation and tells the stories that define the state. Its mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.

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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 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 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.


Hailie Warren
USD News