USD Dakota Days royalty candidates chosen Seven female and seven male students have been selected as candidates for Ms. and Mr. Dakota in Dakota Days homecoming activities this week at The University of South Dakota.
Student voting for Dakota Days royalty was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 6-7. Ms. and Mr. Dakota will be announced during the Coyote Capers and Coronation in Slagle Hall on Friday at 8 p.m.
The candidates for Ms. Dakota include: Chantel Baloun, the daughter of Richard and Carol Baloun of Highmore; Deirdre Buck, the daughter of Rudolph and Patricia Buck of Byron, MN; Jacquelyn Dice, the daughter of Tom and Charlys Dice of Mitchell; Jami Huber, daughter of Loren Huber and Amy Nolan-Huber of Emery; Erin Kent, the daughter of Jim and Mary Kent of Rapid City; Jaime Kuper, daughter of Dianne Kuper of Sioux Falls, and Erica Schipper, the daughter of Lloyd and Jeannette Schipper of Pierre.
Candidates for Mr. Dakota include: Gary DeVries, the son of Lowell and Elaine DeVries of Corsica; Matthew Mayer the son of Richard Mayer of Canistota and Jayne Mayer of Vermillion; Mike "Vic" Milbrath, the son of Marless and Gary Milbrath of Worthington, MN; Trent Menning the son of Larry Menning and Linda Denbeste of Chamberlain; Kyle Neuberger, son of Val and Kathy Neuberger of Watertown; Chris Rasmussen, the son of Ken and Marilyn Rasmussen of Pierre; and Justin Thurman, the son of Michael and Bonnie Thurman of Sioux Falls.
Candidate biographical information includes:
Baloun: Chantel, chairperson of USD's SERVE organization, is a psychology/pre-occupational therapy major. She is also a member of Mortar Board, Psi Chi Honor Society, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Golden Key National Honor Society and the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club.
Buck: Deirdre, a member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business fraternity, is an accounting major. She is also a member of USD's Student Ambassadors and Pi Beta Phi sorority. She has been active in the USD Marching Band, USD U-Dance team and USD Cheerleading Squad.
Dice: An English major, Jacquelyn is president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is a member of USD Student Ambassadors and the Newman Center. She served as a Freshman Orientation team member, Presidential Tack Force on Student Success-student representative and Panhellenic Council vice president of Judicial Affairs.
Huber: Jami, a chairperson for CMN Dance Marathon and member of the USD Honors Program, serves as a Student Association senator. A National Merit Scholar, she is also the member of Golden Key Honor Society, Mortar Board, Guidon Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. Jami, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, is a business major.
Kent: Erin, an elementary education major, serves as the Panhellenic recruitment chair. She is also active in Strollers, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, the Newman Center, Reading Council and intramural sports.
Kuper: Jaime, the president of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, is a communications disorders and psychology major. She serves as Safety Task Force co-chairperson, and National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association member. Jaime is also the member of Guidon, Golden Key, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.
Schipper: Erica, Student Association president, is a member of USD's honor program. She is also a member of Student Ambassadors, the Biology Club, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, and Mortar Board. Erica served as Golden Key Honor Society president, Alpha Gamma Delta president, and Phi Eta Sigma vice president. A member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, she is a biology major.
DeVries: Gary, an accounting major, is a member of Mortar Board Honor Society. He is also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, Adopt-a-highway, and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Gary is active as a tutor, a member of Dakotans, and in USD Intramural athletics.
Mayer: Matthew, a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity founding father, is a business management major. He serves as a Dakotan member, Thursday Night Live scholarship program assistant, public/sorority relations chair, and a USD choir member. Matthew is also a member of the Guidon, Mortar Board, Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, and Habitat for Humanity.
Menning: Trent, a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, is a mass communication major. He is also a member of USD Student Ambassadors, Dakotans, Mortar Board, and American Advertising Federation. He has served as Omicron Delta Kappa vice president, USD Book and Supply board of directors, and Swingout director.
Milbrath: Mike "Vic", a mass communication major, is a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He has also served as an American Advertising Federation member, a USD radio disk jockey, and an emcee for the Greek God and Goddess show as well as the Mass Communication Department banquet.
Neuberger: Kyle, a business management and mass communication major, is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He also serves as a member of USD Student Association, Intrafraternity Council, Volonte newspaper, Phi Eta Sigma, and the Delta Sgma Pi business fraternity. Kyle, a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, has also been active in Dance Marathon, Adopt-a-Highway, and College Republicans.
Rasmussen: Chris, a psychology and criminal justice major, is a member of Psi Chi. He is also a member of Strollers, Psi Chi National Honor Society, Psychology Club, Criminal Justice Club, Big Pal Little Pal, and the Sigma Nu fraternity.
Thurman: Justin, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, is a biology major. He is also a member of the Campus Safety/Women's Safety Task Force, Golden Key Honor Society, Dakotans, Coyote Pride and a Student Association senator. Justin has served as Dakota Days co-chair, Student Association campaign manager, Mortar Board Honor Society vice president and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon president.
For more information contact: Dakota Days Committee, Student Activities Center, (605) 677-5334.