Universe USD theme of '01 Dakota Days The University of South Dakota will kick off its Dakota Days 2001 homecoming festivities Monday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 13.
The Dakota Days committee, led by co-chairs Meaghan Anderson and Tiffany Larson, has undertaken this year's event with the theme "Universe USD."
The homecoming celebration will begin Monday, Oct. 8 with school spirit chalking around university walkways. Tuesday, Oct. 9 begins with the annual Jell-O wrestling competition at 4 p.m. in the Coyote Student Center (CSC) courtyard and ends with the "Space Race" scavenger hunt at 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m., students may register for free rocket-building kits in the CSC at the Student Activities Office and enjoy the comedy of Michael Dean Ester at 8 p.m. in Charlie's. Students may also vote on-line for Dakota Days King and Queen at the D-Days Web site, www.usd.edu/ddays, beginning Wednesday and ending Thursday.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, a space food ice cream taste test will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSC and a rocket-launching contest in the CSC courtyard at 6 p.m. The day will wrap up with the annual Neuharth Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, followed by a pep rally at 7:30 p.m. in the CSC west parking lot and an outdoor concert featuring Mr. Hand.
Friday, Oct. 12 includes free caricatures in the CSC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Capers Variety Show and coronation in Slagle Auditorium at 8 p.m. with the movie, Spaceballs, at 10 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Dakota Days parade begins in downtown Vermillion at 10 a.m., followed by the USD-Northern Colorado football game at 2 p.m. in the DakotaDome. Hypnotist Steve Meade will perform in the Lacotah room of the CSC at 8 p.m., and a re-showing of the movie, Spaceballs will be held in Charlie's at 10 p.m.
This year's Neuharth Lecture will feature Jim Lehrer, anchorman of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on Public Broadcasting Service. As this year's Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism recipient, Lehrer will deliver a lecture and answer questions live via satellite broadcast to the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre from Washington, DC. Lehrer will be the 14th recipient of the award, following other notable figures such as Tom Brokaw, Larry King, Cokie Roberts, Walter Cronkite and Robert MacNeil.
The Dakota Days 2001 Parade Marshall will be Dr. William O. "Doc" Farber. He came to USD in 1935 after receiving his B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from Wisconsin. He was the chairman of the department of government from 1938 until 1976.
During this time, the department grew from a staff of three to 12 and four Rhodes scholarship winners graduated from the department.
Farber is well known and respected throughout the region. His greatest asset remains his open-door policy to all students for advice and council and he is the only living person to have a room or building on-campus named for him � Farber Hall in Old Main.
Members of the Dakota Days 2001 committee are: Advisors � Margo West, Holly Nikels, Julie Nearman; Chairs � Tiffany Larson, Meaghan Anderson; Capers Dancers � Janelle Kvislen; Capers Production � Erica Nickeson; Capers Variety Acts � Werner Christensen; Coronation � Kristen Olinger; Awards Ceremony � Shannon Barney; Bands � Todd Hyronomis; Campus Entries � Mark Papousek; Community Entries � Monica Ottenbacher; Dignitaries � Anna Kerner; Promotions � Lauri Kruse; Publicity � Julia Middendorf; Special Events � Haley Hubregtse, Jason Veal; and Webmaster � L.J. Ottenbacher.