Dean of Arts & Sciences resigns, interim dean named

After serving as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since 2017, Michael Kruger has stepped down from his position. Kruger is departing USD to become dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. USD Provost and Vice President for Academic affairs Kurt Hackemer said John […]

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New Freedom Scholarship is state’s first need-based scholarship

During South Dakota’s 2021 legislative session, the South Dakota legislature passed and Gov. Noem signed Senate Bill 171, which appropriated $50 million to contribute to the Freedom Scholarship fund. With the state’s funds in addition to other donors, the Freedom Scholarship endowment currently has $175 million of its $200 million goal. The Freedom Scholarship is […]

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Remote learning poses challenges for USD nursing students

COVID-19 brought many challenges to USD’s nursing program. USD students found difficulties in the switch to remote learning brought on by the pandemic, including the need to quarantine for two weeks when exposed to COVID-19, leading students to fall behind, a lack of opportunities for clinical practice and a reduction in activities. Anne Pithan, the […]

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Lecture teaches about the history of voting rights for Black women

USD’s History Department and the Knudson School of Law hosted the Vanguard Voting Rights Lecture March 18. The lecture was a joint Shell Lecture, which the History Department usually hosts in the fall, and School of Law’s Gunderson Lecture, in honor of Women’s History Month. The lecturer, Martha Jones, a professor of history and the […]

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56th Student History Conference moves online this year

The University of South Dakota’s Department of History and USD’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, hosted the 56th Annual Student History Conference Feb. 25. The conference was held over Zoom this year. The Student History Conference is an opportunity for students to present their papers written about the history […]

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Three Minute Thesis Competition moves forward in person

USD’s graduate school is sponsoring the fourth annual Three Minute Thesis competition this month. The preliminary rounds were held Thursday, Feb. 11 and the final rounds will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The winner of the competition will be awarded $350 and will go on to the Midwestern Association […]

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Writing Center spring hours include expanded Zoom sessions

Over the past year, USD’s Writing Center has adapted to the COVID-19 by increasing opportunities for students to receive assistance virtually while maintaining in-person meetings. Emily Kluin, a writing consultant at the Writing Center, said the center helps students with all stages of writing, from citation styles to formulating a rough draft to offering guidance […]

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Clarinet masterclass: Learning how to enjoy the music

The Music Department has been hosting Clarinet Day since 2016 where students are able to learn new things from teachers from across the country. However, due to COVID-19, the event has changed and will now be entirely online, spanning the course of a couple months.  Dr. Luis Viquez, the director of orchestras and assistant professor of clarinets at USD, is […]

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Belbas Larson Award process is underway

Each year, students and faculty can nominate an educator for the University of South Dakota’s Belbas Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching. One tenured professor and one tenure-track faculty member receive the award and $5,000. The winners receive the award during the Spring commencement. Gregory Huckabee is a professor in the Beacom School of Business […]

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Charlie’s bookstore: now just a pickup window?

Charlie’s Bookstore has been a staple in the Coyote community for textbook purchases and USD merchandise, but is undergoing changes as USD students adjust to online textbook purchases. Charlie’s replaced Barnes & Noble in April of 2019 with Akademos to create an online platform for students to purchase textbooks. The online bookstore, which goes by […]

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