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USD Hosts Event to Connect and Celebrate USD and Vermillion Communities

GatheRED - Red Connects Us All event logo

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota, in partnership with the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company (VCDC) and Vermillion NEXT, the young professionals network, is set to host this season’s final Thursdays on the Platz in an event titled “GatheRED” in downtown Vermillion at the City Hall parking lot Aug. 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

GatheRED seeks to connect the USD and Vermillion communities in an evening of family-friendly fun and where red – the predominant color of USD, the Vermillion School District and the VCDC’s identity – is a uniting factor.

The evening will feature live music from USD’s pep band, the SOUND of USD, and a local favorite band, Blue Rune. There will be giveaways, face painting, games, Charlie Coyote, the USD Spirit Teams and more. Food provided by Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ, R Pizza, and Cow & Spoon will be available to purchase.

Fernson Brewing Company, out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will sell a variety of draft beer, including the newly released red ale, Yipeeo! This new beer, with a familiar name and color, is a tribute to USD, created for Coyote fans.

“Every year, USD is honored to host a Thursdays on the Platz event during the summer,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. “This year, we felt it was important to show that the communities are united in many ways, but especially in our love for the color red.”

“Through GatheRED, we are celebrating the connection between USD and the Vermillion community, and we celebrate welcoming new community members,” said Nate Welch, president & CEO of the VCDC. “GatheRED is the perfect opportunity to show that in Vermillion we love to celebrate with red.”


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