USD students return from tour of Germany Eighteen students have recently returned from a three-week tour of Germany and the surrounding countries as part of an annual tour from The University of South Dakota School of Business. The group was led by retiring Professor Benno Wymar and Professor Tom Buttars.
The tour included visits to a Mercedes-Benz automobile plant in Dusseldorf, the American Soybean Association office in Brussels and a tourism briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. This is the 30th year Wymar has led USD students to see his native country of Germany.
"I enjoyed experiencing Europe through the eyes of the students, most of whom had never been abroad," Wymar said.
The students also stayed with families in Vermillion's German sister city, Ratingen. "We learned a lot from them. We learned the culture from them, not the tourists," said Deb Nies, an accounting graduate student.
The students on the trip included Megan Mueller of Chamberlain; Heather Herman of Conde; Micah Carlson of Crooks; Suzanne Nemec of Holabird; Kyle Hinseth of Irene; Deb Nies of Kimball; Carrie Weischedel and Gwendolyn Allen of Pierre; Josh Johnson, Mike Putzke, Barry Putzke and Ross Eggers of Sioux Falls; Lisa Livingston, Katie Larsen and Tricia Auch of Yankton; Jeffrey Ketelhut of Vermillion; Carly McCuen of Volga; and Todd Clark of Sioux City, IA.