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USD Graduate Earns National Pi Beta Phi Leadership Award

Image Katey Ulrich Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd (left) presents Katey Ulrich with the chapter service award.

A recent University of South Dakota graduate from Watertown has earned a national award for outstanding service leadership from the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.

Katey Ulrich, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, was honored for exhibiting service to her chapter through leadership, responsibility, dependability, initiative and contribution to chapter spirit and unity. The award is given annually to one collegiate member of Pi Beta Phi. Ulrich served as both vice president of event planning and chapter president as well as on committees. She'll serve as a Pi Beta Phi Leadership Development Consultant for the 2015–2016 school year.

“This award means that servant leadership can truly make a difference,” Ulrich said.


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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Hanna DeLange
USD News