MLK Day of Service volunteers spread Valentine spirit with Sesdac

Community service doesn’t always take the form of shoveling snow, picking up trash or other manual labor.  USD students used the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service as an opportunity to interact with Vermillion community members. The students spent the afternoon at Sesdac, a support center for people with disabilities.  The volunteers made Valentine’s […]

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Cristobal Francisquez: Latte Extraordinaire

Coffee artist and Bean barista Cristobal Francisquez pours his heart into latte art at competitions from Sioux Falls to New York City. Francisquez began his coffee journey in Sioux City while working for a call center. Looking for a creative outlet, he stumbled upon Pierce Street Coffee Works and soon joined the staff. Once hired, […]

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Staying curious: One professor’s story of science, grief and pigeons

There are over 400 species of pigeons in the world, and each species has its own curious trait. For homing pigeons, it’s always knowing the way back from which they came. For a USD professor who raises them, it’s figuring out which way to go. Kandy Noles Stevens is an adjunct professor and STEM Specialist […]

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Notes from President Gestring’s State of the University Address

USD President Sheila Gestring delivered her second State of the University address in Aalfs Auditorium Thursday afternoon. Gestring discussed topics ranging from the university’s 2025 strategic plan to renovation projects to campus buildings. Here’s a rundown from her address. USD’s 2025 strategic plan The first developmental stages, listening and data gathering of the university’s 2025 […]

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Downtown during Dakota Days: Restaurants​ gear up to tackle Dakota Days homecoming weekend

This is a two-part story examining how Vermillion’s downtown businesses prep for the madness of Dakota Days. To read how Carey’s, Main Street Pub, Old Lumber Company and Charcoal Lounge handle “a 72-hour party,” click HERE. R-Pizza’s freezer/kitchen/storage room is stocked with 400 pounds of cheese balls, 400 pounds of pizza cheese and 30 gallons […]

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