USD Symphony Orchestra in concert

USD Symphony Orchestra will be performing their concert in Aalfs Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The orchestra will feature guest cello soloist Sonja Kraus, a USD faculty member who will be performing “Variations Symphoniques” by French composer Leon Boellman. Luis Viquez, director of orchestras and music director of the USD Symphony Orchestra, said the […]

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International Night Gala embraces culture on campus

The USD International Club will be hosting their International Night Gala Nov. 21 in the Muenster University Center Ballroom from 5-8 p.m. Senior media and journalism major Danielle Konechne is the secretary of the International Club. Konechne said this will be the second time the International Club has hosted the International Gala. “We start off […]

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Percussion Ensemble Christens Colton Recital Hall

The USD Percussion Ensemble performed their fall concert Nov. 7, christening the newly renovated Colton Recital Hall with the sound of their instruments. The percussion ensemble also featured performances by the community high school percussion ensemble and the Caribbean Coyotes Steel Band. Darin Wadley, director of percussion studies at USD, said the Percussion Ensemble is […]

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USD Jazz Ensembles bring out the array of sound in jazz

USD Jazz Ensembles I and II will be performing their fall concert Wednesday Nov. 3 in Aalfs Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The students involved in Jazz Ensemble play a variety of instruments including baritone, trombone, trumpet, piano, bass and drum set. USD professor of saxophone and jazz studies C.J. Kocher is the director of Jazz […]

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South Dakota New Music presents music written for the world

South Dakota New Music will be performing music written by composers both local and from around the world for the first time since before the pandemic began. Paul Lombardi, USD associate professor of music theory and composition, started South Dakota New Music 10 years ago with Darin Wadley to perform recent works. Lombardi is also […]

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Two USD students find joy in building collections

Gavin Paller, sophomore innovation and entrepreneurship major, and Cheyenne Nikolaus, junior music education major, are both students at USD who collect random things for their personal enjoyment. Paller said he has been collecting Hot Wheels practically since birth. “I never got bored of it, and then a few times growing up my mom was like […]

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LaHSO celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

In July, the Latino and Hispanic Student Organization (LaHSO) executive board got together to plan events for Hispanic Heritage month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Rob Turner, USD chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, is the department chair of LaSHO. Turner said LaSHO celebrates Hispanic Heritage month at USD because it […]

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“BLOOM” into your best self with Miss South Dakota

Miss South Dakota 2021 winner Kaitlin O’Neal shared her Social Impact Initiative (SII) “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy You” with USD students and faculty Sept. 27. O’Neal’s SII is called “BLOOM” and is an acronym tool she created to assist in balancing her mental, physical and emotional health. “I developed it based on personal experience. […]

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Indigo Spa celebrates grand opening in downtown Vermillion

The Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) officially welcomed Indigo Spa into the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept 14. Indigo Spa opened downtown at 119 E. Main St. Monica Miller, owner and operator of Indigo Spa, began her spa services at the end of 2018. Due to COVID-19 and a change in […]

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