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University of South Dakota to Celebrate the 2nd Annual Unite for USD Giving Day on Feb. 12 & 13

Unite for USD logo with the Legacy statue The University of South Dakota celebrates Unite for USD, a giving day intended to bring all members of the Coyote community together to support high-impact programs on campus.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will kick off its second annual Unite for USD giving day on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 10:57 a.m.  

Unite for USD is an online and on-campus event designed to unite all members of the Coyote community in support of high-impact programs on campus. In recognition of 1862, the year USD was founded, the giving day will span for 1,862 minutes from Feb. 12 at 10:57 a.m. to Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. 

Last year, 853 gifts were received during Unite for USD totaling $238,730.  

“Unite for USD is a celebration that allows us to connect with the entire Coyote community locally and across the globe and provides opportunities to make an impact here on campus, said President Sheila K. Gestring. “With a variety of initiatives across the university, every contributor can give to the area that is most important to them. Every gift makes an impact, no matter the size, and is what continues to propel our university forward.”  

The kick-off event takes place Wednesday morning at 10:57 a.m. in the Muenster University Center Pit Lounge. It is open to the public. Charlie Coyote and USD Cheer will perform, guest speakers will discuss the purpose of Unite for USD and students will be given the opportunity to participate in a “Price is Right” activity for a chance to raise money for Charlie’s Cupboard, one of the priority initiatives of this year’s giving day.  

During halftime of the USD Men’s Basketball against Western Illinois on Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Coyote community is invited to join USD’s Head Football Coach Bob Nielson as he leads the crowd in a collective coyote howl. Hoping for a large crowd, USD will attempt to break a world record for most people to howl at once. 

“The celebration and howl at halftime are both great representations of what Unite for USD is all about,” said Hailie Warren, USD’s public relations officer. “Getting the Coyote community together to celebrate all that USD has to offer and combining our efforts to continue moving forward is how we continue to succeed in all areas across campus.”  

Those who would like to support USD during Unite for USD can make a gift by visiting 


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