Family of Year honored at USD

Family of Year honored at USD
The Dell and Carroll Colwell family of Vermillion is being honored as the 2005 Family of the Year at The University of South Dakota. The Colwell family was selected for opening their home and providing support to international students for many years. The family will be celebrated as part of Family Weekend at USD on Oct. 22.

Dell and the late Carroll Colwell are the proud parents of four children, Catherine, Rebecca, David, and Patricia, and nine grandchildren. Three of those children, Catherine, David, and Patricia, graduated from USD and two of them have followed in the teaching footsteps of their father.

Catherine is currently working at SESDAC in Vermillion and has two children. Rebecca is a teacher and lives with her family in Gettysburg, MD. David lives in St. Paul, MN, with his family and works for an airline. Patricia is a teacher living in the Lake Tahoe, NV, area with her family.

Dell began teaching at the School of Education in 1959 and was the director of the Education Media Center before he retired in 1985. Carroll was a stay-at-home mother who was active in her church, the university and was a vigorous participant in shaping up the beautiful Shakespeare Gardens in the late 1980s.�

Dell and Carroll have been active participants in Branches at the U, an organization set up to help international students get acquainted with their new environments and give the student a sense of family in a new community. Their most recent student, Asangi Kumarapeli, an international student from Sri Lanka, nominated the Colwells for Family of the Year.

"They (the Colwells) created a comfortable environment away from home, a family I could turn to as my own," Kumarapeli said.

A special presentation honoring the Colwell family will be held at halftime of the USD football game on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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