USD alumni to be honored during Dakota Days celebration Dakota Days '99, with a theme "Remembering the Past … Lighting the Future," will be a special homecoming celebration Oct. 4-9 at The University of South Dakota.
During the final homecoming celebration of the century, USD officials and a 15-member student committee have organized a series of events that includes honoring several alumni, honoring a nationally prominent media individual, hosting an Alumni Leadership Week, concert and pep rally and much more. The Dakota Days student committee is led by co-chairs April Ross of Vermillion and Jacqueline Dice of Mitchell.
Several alumni will be honored during ceremonies on campus. Helen Jones Ryan of Porter, IN, the Miss Dakota of 1939, will serve as honorary parade marshal at the 85th annual Dakota Days. Ryan is a 1939 USD graduate and member of the Alpha Phi sorority.
USD will honor three individuals with Alumni Achievement Awards during the All-Alumni banquet at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 in the North Commons (Olson-Richardson-Beede-Mickelson Residence Hall Complex). The alumni will include Charles Trimble of Omaha, NE, and Robert and Lorie Michaels of Minneapolis. Trimble, originally of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, attended elementary and high school at Red Cloud Indian School before receiving a B.F.A. degree in 1957 from USD. He is founder and president of Charles Trimble Company, a national consulting firm specializing in economic development on Indian Reservations. Roberts Michaels, president and C.O.O. of General Growth Properties, Inc. grew up in Watertown where he was a member of the 1959 Class A basketball championship team and he was twice named to the All-State first team. Michaels also played basketball at USD from 1961-64 before receiving his B.S. degree in business administration in 1965. President of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at USD, Michaels also earned a J.D. from the School of Law in 1968. General Growth Properties is one of the most experienced shopping center owners, developers and managers in the U.S. with 125 malls in 39 states. Lorie Michaels, originally of Aberdeen, is involved in International Studies at the University of Minnesota. At USD, she was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Beta Kappa scholastic societies, member of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity before graduating with a B.A. in foreign language and political science in May, 1968. She earned an M.A. in French in August, 1968. She taught at Northern State College (University) for three years before moving to Des Moines, IA with her husband Robert Michaels. She graduated with honors from the Drake University School of Law in 1976 and continues as a member of the Iowa bar. She is the founder of Winchester Enterprises, which currently has a series of educational children's books under development. Both Lorie and Bob Michaels are USD Foundation Trustees (1998).
Four former Coyote greats will be inducted into the Coyote Hall of Fame during the alumni banquet. They include Katie Dailey of Sioux Falls; Ann Pancoast of Baldwin, MO; Dave Garner of Kansas City, MO; and Greg Willey of Onawa, IA.
Dailey, originally of Jefferson, who starred for the Coyotes from 1981-85, was a three-time all-North Central Conference selection. She finished her career as USD's all-time leader in assists (665) and steals (304).
Pancoast, originally of Sioux Falls, played for the Coyotes from 1981-85 and was a three-time all-North central Conference performer in basketball. Named the NCC's most valuable player as a senior, Pancoast finished her career as USD's second all-time leading scorer with 1,591 points.
Garner, originally of Sioux Falls, played middle guard for the Coyote football team and he was voted the most valuable defensive lineman in the North Central Conference as a senior in 1973. A member of two NCC championship teams in 1972 and 1973, Garner established a school record for fumble recoveries (six) during his junior year.
Willey, a native of Onawa, IA, was a two-time All-American for the USD track and field team. Willey was the head women's track and field coach at South Dakota for 10 years and directed the Coyotes to three North Central Conference championships.
For the first time, USD will hold an Alumni Leadership Week in which the campus will honor alumni Robert T. Torkelson of Excelsior, MN, Carleton Holt of Fayetteville, AR, Truman Schwartz of St. Paul, MN, Carla Connors of Tallahassee, FL, Loren Amundson of Sioux Falls and the Honorable Lawrence Piersol of Sioux Falls. These alumni will be honored for outstanding leadership in their profession and contributions to higher education. A reception for the alumni leaders will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the Shrine to Music Museum. A primary purpose of the Alumni Leadership Week is for interaction between these distinguished alumni with students.
An Alumni Leadership Week forum will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Farber Hall of Old Main. Carla Connors will then perform a concert at 8 p.m. in Theatre I of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
The Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism will highlight Thursday, Oct. 7 activities which will also include a concert by Ivory Star at 8:30 p.m. in the Coyote Student Center parking lot followed by a pep rally at 9:45 p.m. at that location. The pep rally will include an appearance by USD football coach John Austin and members of the team, as well as the USD cheerleaders, the U-Dance Team and the USD Pep Band.
John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and an accomplished journalist, will receive the Neuharth Award from USA Today and Freedom Forum Founder Allen H. Neuharth at 7:30 p.m. in Theatre I of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. During this evening event, a very special interview will take place with Seigenthaler. His son, John Michael Seigenthaler, anchor for weekend editions of NBC Nightly News and a contributing anchor for MSNBC, will interview the elder Seigenthaler at the award presentation Thursday evening. During the program, Seigenthaler will receive a sculpture and a $10,000 honorarium.
During Dakota Days week, the Newseum's NewsCapade, the traveling interactive museum of news, will be located in the mall area of the School of Law on campus. The NewsCapade, which is taking some of the most popular exhibits of the Arlington, VA, based Newseum to all 50 states, will be located on the USD campus between Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. The exhibit will be free and open to students and the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
On Friday, Oct. 8, the USD Alumni Association will host its annual All-Alumni dinner, honoring reunion years of 1929, 1939, 1949, 1959, 1969, 1974, 1979, and 1989. The dinner will include a 5 p.m. social hour and 6 p.m. dinner in the North Commons (Richardson-Olson-Beede-Mickelson Residence Hall). USD homecoming royalty will be announced during the Coyote Capers variety show in Slagle Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday evening.
The Dakota Day parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Vermillion Saturday and a nonalcoholic tailgate party will be held at noon at University Park (just south of the W.H. Over State Museum), followed by the Dakota Day football game against St. Cloud State University in the DakotaDome.