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USD Community has Record Participation in 2021 United Way Campaign

USD Knudson School of Law faculty and staff members sitting socially distanced in a room together while  they received their heart-shaped cookies. The USD Knudson School of Law generated the most individual pledges during the 2021 United Way campaign and were awarded heart-shaped cookies.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota faculty and staff gave a record number of donations to the United Way of Vermillion during the organization’s annual campaign this year.

USD reached its goal of becoming the highest contributing employer in Vermillion with 157 donors giving over $37,600. Faculty and staff also had the option to volunteer or pledge their commitment to the betterment of the community.

“In a year that has been so challenging for citizens in need and non-profits, the amazing response from the USD community is especially gratifying,” said Kelsey Collier-Wise, mayor of Vermillion and United Way of Vermillion executive director. “Even though we couldn't talk about the campaign in person, USD stepped up to make sure that programs providing some of the most important services in our area would continue to be supported.”

To encourage support, USD United Way campaign committee members created a friendly competition between departments. The USD Knudson School of Law won the competition, generating the most individual pledges, and were awarded heart-shaped cookies.

“Congratulations to the Knudson School of Law for winning the cookies and having the largest number of donors, volunteers and supporters,” said Scott Pohlson, USD vice president of enrollment, marketing and university relations and United Way of Vermillion board of directors member. “All of these funds stay right here in Vermillion to support our community which includes many of us at USD. Thank you once again to our USD supporters who stepped up in remarkable numbers, continuing our pride in Coyote Nation!”

Funds raised during the campaign will provide vital resources through local programs such as the USD Vucurevich Children’s Center, Imagination Library, Vermillion Food Pantry, Domestic Violence Safe Options Services, Salvation Army and Red Cross Swim Lessons.

Founded in 1956 by local citizens who wanted to work together to build a better community, the United Way of Vermillion supports 28 local organizations that support residents at every age and stage of life, from early childhood education through our seniors.


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