University of South Dakota

University of South Dakota

name = The University of South Dakota

| motto = "Veritas"
established = 1862
type = Public
president= James W. Abbott
city = Vermillion
state = SD
country = USA
undergrad = 9,243
postgrad = 2,339
staff= 400+
endowment = $134,291,804 [ [] , "USD Value of Endowment".]
campus = convert|216|acre|km2
free_label = Mascot
free = Coyotes
colors = Red and White
website= [ The University of South Dakota]
The University of South Dakota, the state’s oldest university, was founded in 1862 and classes began in 1882. Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, USD is home to South Dakota's only medical school and law school. USD is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, and its current president is Jim Abbott. The university has been accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools since 1913.


*The acronym "USD" is one of the most widely used titles of the school. (The University of San Diego also employs this acronym.)
*USD is often referred to as "the U" by students and locals alike.


The University of South Dakota was founded in 1862 by the Dakota Territorial Legislature. It is the state's oldest university. It is one of six universities governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. USD has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913 and is an active member of the Land Grant Colleges. The school houses the state's only law and medical schools and the lone College of Fine Arts.

USD is also home to the state's oldest, largest, and nationally prominent political science department. Within the program is the Farber Fund, named for storied university professor Dr. William O. Farber, which provides subsidy to political science and criminal justice majors to attend conferences, participate in study tours, complete internships, and study abroad.

The University of South Dakota has an extensive Greek life as well. The college is home to the fraternity chapters of Phi Delta Theta, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Nu, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha and Pi Kappa Alpha. Sororities include, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Phi and Alpha Xi Delta.

The Sanford School of Medicine, a community-based program, emphasizes family medicine and primary care with the support and participation by practicing physicians and community hospitals throughout the state. Community hospitals and clinics provide teaching sites and the practicing physicians are teachers. The Lee Medical Sciences building houses the basic science education.


The second largest university in the state, the University of South Dakota boasts the state's only schools of medicine, law, and college of fine arts, as well as the states only accredited business, law, and medical schools. As of 2007, the university offers has seven colleges and universities, offering 60 graduate programs among them:
* [ College of Arts and Sciences]
* [ Beacom School of Business]
* [ School of Education]
* [ College of Fine Arts]
* [ School of Health Sciences]
*School of Law
* [ Sanford School of Medicine]


"U.Radio (formerly 'The Core')"

In 2007 KAOR FM was renamed as U. Radio, following the University of South Dakota's U. theme. The central on-campus headquarters for KAOR Radio is the Al Neuharth Media Center while the transmitter lies atop Slagle Hall on USD's campus.

"The Volante"

"The Volante" has served as the campus newspaper since 1887. It is published every Wednesday morning during the school year. Managed entirely by students, "The Volante" prides itself as being editorially independent.

The paper has won numerous awards including a number of Best of Show and Pacemakers. In October 2006 it was awarded its 6th Pacemaker Award, sometimes referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism, by the Associated Collegiate Press.

The paper includes news, sports, opinion and verve (arts and entertainment) sections. The paper also has a frequently updated website, which includes campus news, staff blogs and podcasts. "The Volante" generally maintains a staff of 50 students.


The school's mascot is the South Dakota Coyotes, and the school colors are vermillion red and white. USD competes at the NCAA Division I level, and is a member of the Great West Conference for all sports. A majority of the sporting events at the University are held at the DakotaDome. The school's homecoming, typically held in early October, is known as Dakota Days.

The Coyotes had long shared a spirited intrastate rivalry with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, until 2004 when SDSU made the transition to Division I athletics. There has been widespread anticipation among fans of both schools of a potential revival of the rivalry now that the Coyote athletics have joined the D-1 ranks. While both schools indicated a desire to resume the rivalry, it may not be feasible until their respective athletic programs have finalized a partnership with a conference. On August 2, 2007, the school announced that it would be joining the Great West Conference along with North Dakota for the GWC's inaugural all-sports season in 2008. [,5143,700241969,00.html New Great West Conference]


The University of South Dakota is based on a convert|216|acre|km2|sing=on campus situated along the bluffs near the Missouri River in the southeast corner of the state. The most prominent academic facility on campus, while simultaneously serving as one the school's symbols, is Old Main. Old Main was built in 1883, burned down in 1889, and ultimately restored in 1997. Along with several classrooms, it houses the Student Action Office, Honors Program, and Center for Academic Engagement. Farber Hall, a 190 seat theatre utilized mainly for speaking engagements, is also located within Old Main.

One of the newest additions to the campus is the Al Neuharth Media Center, named for the founder of "USA Today". Dedicated in September 2003, the Neuharth Center houses all of the news and media organizations on campus, including the Freedom Forum’s South Dakota operations, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, the U’s Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism, the national headquarters of the Native American Journalists Association, campus newspaper "The Volante", campus radio station KAOR, and television station KYOT. Formerly the athletic armory, the building was converted into a media center through donations made by Al Neuharth, a 1950 USD graduate.

The DakotaDome serves not only as the home venue for the school's football, basketball, volleyball, and track and field teams, but also a recreational center for the student body. It is South Dakota's only domed football stadium, hosting the state's high school football championships in November. Currently, USD is in the process of constructing a new student union and business school.


For the 2006-07 academic year, the Beacom School of Business boasted graduating seniors who collectively scored in the top five percent in a national exit exam. USD's Department of Political Science routinely attracts well-known speakers and produces students who garner top national awards such as the Truman Scholarship. [cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title =America's Best Colleges 2008 | work = | publisher =US News and World Report | date = | url = | format = | doi = | accessdate =2007-11-20 ]

Notable alumni

* Ernest Bormann, prominent rhetorical theorist
*Kevin Brady, U.S. Representative from Texas
*Tom Brokaw, longtime NBC News anchorman and retired NBC Nightly News anchor
*Matt Chatham, linebacker for New York Jets
*Dan Crippen, former director of the Congressional Budget Office
*George E. "Bud" Day, retired Air Force colonel, ex-POW, and most highly decorated military officer since Douglas MacArthur.
*Joe Foss, fighter ace, Governor of South Dakota, television personality, commissioner of the American Football League, and President of the National Rifle Association
*Bill Janklow, former governor and Representative of South Dakota
*Tim Johnson, U.S. senator from South Dakota
*Ernest Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron and winner of 1939 Nobel Prize for Physics, the chemical element 103 lawrencium is named for him, participated in the Manhattan Project
*John H. Lawrence, father of nuclear medicine and brother of Ernest O. Lawrence.
*Derek Miles, American pole vaulter for USA Track and Field and Olympian
*Greg Mortenson, humanitarian and founder of the Central Asia Institute
*Mark McLoughlin, former Calgary Stampeders kicker
*Al Neuharth, founder of "USA Today" and the Freedom Forum, former CEO of Gannett.
*Pat O'Brien, television presenter
*Josh Stamer, linebacker for Tennessee Titans
*John Thune, U.S. senator from South Dakota
*Abby Whiteside, piano teacher and theorist

Notable faculty

*Oscar Howe, Native American painter
*Arne B. Larson, founder and curator of the National Music Museum or "Shrine to Music"
*John Thomson, notable violin professor
*William O. Farber, notable political science professor


External links

* [ The University of South Dakota]
* [ About the University]
* [ South Dakota Athletics]
* [ USD dedicates Al Neuharth Media Center]
* [ The Volante - The award-winning student newspaper of The University of South Dakota]
* [ U.Radio, KAOR-FM]
* [ I.D. Weeks Library]
* [ Lommen Health Sciences Library]
* [ Mckusick Law Library]

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