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USD Alumna and Assistant Director of Admissions Selected to Attend ROTC Leadership Symposium

Connor Peterson smiling at the camera and standing in front of Belbas on USD Connor Peterson, USD alumna and assistant director of admissions, was selected to attend the Army ROTC Cadet Summer Training – Leadership Symposium in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Connor Peterson, ’14 B.A., assistant director of admissions at the University of South Dakota, has been selected to attend the Army ROTC Cadet Summer Training – Leadership Symposium in Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 22-25.

The annual Cadet Summer Training – Leadership Symposium is held to expose community leaders and educators to ROTC’s approach to leadership development through hands-on participation and interaction with cadets and in-depth discussion with Army Officers about their career experience. The goal of the symposium is to promote understanding and appreciation of the world-class leadership development process used to transform Army ROTC cadets into future Army leaders.

“It is an honor to be selected to attend the Army ROTC symposium,” said Peterson. “I am grateful to the USD ROTC program for this nomination and their continued partnership with the Office of Admissions in recruiting talented, driven students to USD. I look forward to participating in the Cadet Summer Training – Leadership Symposium and connecting with others from around the nation.”

Peterson was nominated by the USD ROTC program for her help in promoting Army ROTC during the USD admissions process as well as coordinating with the ROTC cadre and students who have expressed interest in serving in the military.

“We are incredibly proud of Mrs. Peterson for being selected for this opportunity,” Cpt. Douglas A. Wencl, assistant professor of military science, said. “She has been influential in promoting our ROTC program to interested students, directly increasing our enrollment by 25% this year. We hope her experience at the Cadet Summer Training – Leadership Symposium serves as a beneficial tool to expand upon her view and understanding of Army ROTC and our leadership development program.”

In addition to the events offered by the symposium, Peterson was selected to conduct a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.


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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 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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