USD student groups receiving awards were:

Award for Academic Excellence – The USD Speech and Debate Team uses competitive public speaking as a platform to form lasting friendships, while practicing the foundational habits of empathy, wisdom, moderation, and courage. Students on the team gain factual knowledge, learn multiple modes of persuasion, and practice communication skills daily, inside and outside of the classroom.

Community Service Award – Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity seeks to develop integrity, intellect, and high moral character among its members. In 2016, the fraternity dedicated more than $25,000 to various charities and committed more than 8,000 hours to community service.

Award for Organizational Leadership – Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) provides resources, networking, support, and encouragement to women in STEM fields. Efforts to dispel negative stereotypes and discrimination are also emphasized. The group seeks to advance gender equity while helping its members to emerge as the next generation of leaders in a variety of STEM fields.

The groups were acknowledged at the BOR meeting this December.

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