USD celebrates Dakota Days ’98 with ‘Under the Big Top’ theme

USD celebrates Dakota Days '98 with 'Under the Big Top' theme Dakota Days, with the theme "Big Time Under the Big Top," promises to be a special celebration Sept. 21-27 at The University of South Dakota.

Led by USD students Emily Lease and Justin Thurman of Sioux Falls, the Dakota Days Committee has scheduled a variety of fun-filled events.

Kicking off the week will be a University Convocation for new students to be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 on the lawn between the College of Arts and Sciences and Slagle Hall.

Charlie Coyote and the USD cheerleaders, the USD Marching Band, the Dakota Days Committee and others will be featured at the convocation. The university will present a program to new students about the traditions of USD.

Later on Monday, the HELP Program at USD will sponsor Jell-O Wrestling at 4:30 p.m.

A bungee run begins at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 across from the Beede-Mickelson-Olson-Richardson Hall Complex. Then from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 23, the USD Department of Military Science's Prairie Fire Battalion will lead a campus/community effort to clear the USD letters area on the Vermillion Bluffs. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dakotans will sponsor mud volleyball at the 4-H Grounds.

The Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism Lecture will highlight Thursday activities. Tim Russert of NBC News, and Louis Boccardi of the Associated Press, will receive the Neuharth Award at 7:30 p.m. in Theatre I of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Thursday's activities also

include a pep rally at 6 p.m. in the Coyote Student Center (CSC) Courtyard and an 8:30 p.m. concert by the Glory Holes in the CSC parking lot.

The USD Alumni Association will host its All-Alumni Reunion Dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Commons Dining Room in the Beede-Mickelson-Olson-Richardson Hall Complex, with social hour and registration beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Coyote Capers and Coronation will be at 8 p.m. on Friday in Slagle Hall Auditorium. At 9 p.m. an All-Alumni reception will be held at The Bluffs Clubhouse in Vermillion.

During the dinner, the USD Alumni Association will recognize the 1958 men's basketball team which won USD's first-ever national championship and the first-ever men's basketball championship by a North Central Conference team.

Head coach Dwane Clodfelter, Vermillion, and assistants Dick Hagerty, Yankton, and George Birger, Tucson, AZ, will return along with the team members. They include the starting five: Clayton Kiewel, Tucson, AZ; Jim and Cliff Daniels, Brooklyn, NY; Roger Nelson, Brookings; and Maury Haugland, Rapid City.

"If we were to select a team of the century in Coyote athletics, this team would be the front-runner," said USD Alumni Director Nancy McCahren. "This team had two North Central Conference championship seasons in 1957 and 1958 and the only first-team All-American basketball player in the school's history, Jim Daniels. His brother Cliff received honorable mention recognition."

The honorary parade marshals for Saturday's annual Dakota Days Parade, which begins at 10 a.m., are Donna M. Hodges Williams, Omaha, NE, who was Miss Dakota in 1948, and Barbara Brooks Johnson, a 1969 USD graduate of Alexandria, VA.

USD will also honor four alumni with Alumni Achievement Awards including: John Lillibridge, Burke; Max Gruenwald, Milbank; Steve Myers, Sioux Falls; and Maury Haugland, Rapid City.

Five individuals will be inducted into the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame, including: Jeff Nannen, Omaha, NE; Jerry Pollard, Yankton; John Melhaff, Salt Lake City, UT; Karrie Wallen, Aptis, CA; and Don Maryott, Wayne, NE.

Prior to the Dakota Day football game on Saturday, a barbecue with live music is set for 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Prairie (across from the DakotaDome). The Coyotes take on Nebraska-Omaha in the DakotaDome at 6 p.m.

For alumni event information, contact Tammy Hybertson at 605-677-6734, or fax to 605-677-6717. Football tickets may be ordered by calling 605-677-5958 or 605-677-5959.

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