USD will dedicate Foundation Center Oct. 12 with ribbon cutting ceremony

USD will dedicate Foundation Center Oct. 12 with ribbon cutting ceremony The University of South Dakota's newly expanded and renovated Alumni and Foundation Center will be dedicated during grand opening ceremonies on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 1110 N. Dakota Street on the USD campus in Vermillion.

An open house will begin at 2 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and remarks at 3 p.m. The grand opening is being held in conjunction with the University's annual Dakota Days homecoming festivities.

The new facility will be named the Lyle and June Woodward Wagner Center in honor of the couple's ongoing support as USD alumni, according to Ted Muenster, president of the USD Foundation.

"The Wagners have been extraordinarily loyal and generous alumni of the university," he said. "It is fitting that the Wagner name be associated with the alumni and foundation because they have such close ties with both entities."

USD Alumni Association Director Nancy McCahren also felt the naming of the building was appropriate.

"The Wagners have been very supportive of the university since their student days," she said. "Their generosity has provided academic and athletic scholarships, leadership in the Greek community, and now, this gift to all the alumni and friends of this great university."

Lyle Wagner, a Vermillion native, served as the 1984-86 president of the USD Foundation. He was recently honored by the national Phi Delta Theta fraternity as one of its most distinguished alumni. June Woodward Wagner, a native of Brentford, has also been active in a variety of USD causes, including the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

The Wagners are honored by the distinction. "We are happy to help create this new home for the alumni association and foundation and hope that this will motivate others to give," said Lyle. "It is so important to help the university meet its responsibilities to its students and achieve its potential in the 21st century."

Located west of the DakotaDome, the newly refurbished center was completed at the cost of $750,000 and includes approximately 8,000 square feet of meeting and office space housing the USD Alumni Association and the USD Foundation.

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