Alumni honored during D-Days Several alumni were honored during ceremonies on campus during USD's homecoming week Oct. 9-14.
Joan Perason Kelly and George Shanard were named as Dakota Days parade marshals. Kelly was the 1950 Miss Dakota. She is originally of Webster and is now living in Belle Fontaine, OH. Shanard, an agribusinessman and state senator, is from Mitchell. He was the 1950 Dakota Days chairman.
Five honored with Alumni Achievement
USD honored five individuals with Alumni Achievement Awards during the All-Alumni banquet held Friday, Oct. 13 in the North Commons. The alumni included Sandra Ott Fisk of Galesburg, IL, Cathleen (Catie) Tobin Naas of Minnetonka, MN, Phil Mirecki of Los Angeles, CA, Torchy Ries of Watertown, and Robert Matousek of Tiburon, CA.
Fisk, originally from Spencer IA, earned an associate of arts degree in nursing in 1969. She was a Chi Omega and is now the executive director of leadership of the Greater Galesburg Association in Galesburg, IL ,where she lives with her husband, Dr. Donald Fisk and their two children.
Nass came to USD from Sioux Falls Washington High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in mass communications in 1981. She was an athletic letter winner as a member of the women's track team and served as president of her Alpha Phi sorority. She now lives in Minnetonka, MN with her husband and two children.
Mirecki, originally from Brooklyn, NY, was encouraged by one of his World War II Army buddies from South Dakota to attend USD. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1949. He was also a member of the SAE fraternity. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Ries, from Watertown, received his law degree at USD in 1951 and was an SAE. He has served South Dakota as a legislator, a judge and an assistant attorney general during the administration of Gov. Sigurd Anderson.
Matousek grew up on a ranch near Carter, and graduated from Winner High School. He was president of the student body and he was also a member of the SAE fraternity. He is best known for his humanitarian work in Vietnam, and now lives in Tiburon, CA.
Five inducted into Coyote Hall of Fame
Five former Coyote greats were inducted into the Coyote Hall of Fame during the alumni banquet. They included Spencer Brende of South Sioux City, NE; Cilla Rew Fitzsimmons of Yankton; Barry Glanzer of Louisville, NE; Mitzie Frericks Schamel of Los Angeles, CA, and Allen Neuharth of Cocoa Beach, FL.
Brende, from Sioux Falls Washington High School, weighed in at just 150 pounds and was 5'10", but went on to win three letters in football at USD and four letters in track. He led the North Central Conference in total offense with 959 yard in 1951. He also earned a bachelor of science degree in education.
Fitzsimmons, one of USD's great all-time track and field performers, won four individual NCC outdoor and one indoor title in the long jump. She was a member of the 1986 championship 400-meter relay team. She now lives in Yankton where she teaches elementary school.
Glanzer, an all-state performer from Armour High School, was titled "Mr. Basketball" at USD. As a Coyote in his junior year, he scored 42 points for USD in a home game against Nebraska-Omaha. Glanzer now teachs and coaches in Louisville, NE.
Schamel is originally from Remsen, IA, where she was named a Converse Prep All-American. At USD she played on the Coyote basketball team that won 37 out of 50 conference games and participated in three post-season playoffs from 1982-1986. She was co-captain in her senior year. She now lives in Los Angeles and is married to former Coyote basketball player Duke Schamel.
Neuharth, a former editor of the Volante, had his first newspaper job at age 11 as a newspaper carrier. While at USD, Neuharth was a play-by-play man for Coyotes games on KUSD. A 1950 graduate, he launched his first newspaper, a statewide weekly sports publication called SoDak Sports. He joined the Gannett Co. and from there founded the USA Today in 1982.
Neuharth, 76, lives in Cocoa Beach, FL, with his wife, Dr. Rachel Fornes, a chiropractor, and their six young adopted children. He also has two grown children by a previous marriage. Neuharth continues to write a weekly column, "Plain Talk," for the USA Today.