USD Assistant Vice President of Student Services Terisa Remelius presented the organizations to the board.
"In a time of exceptional growth at The University of South Dakota, the student organizations�honored today still stand head and shoulders�above others in their contributions�to�our community," she said. "These young people have an�amazing commitment to serve others and an extraordinary dedication to their own personal and academic development, and it is a pleasure to work with them each day."
The USD campus groups receiving regents' recognition are:
? Award for Academic Excellence � USD's National Association for Music Education, MENC, has made considerable contributions to the academic environment of USD.�A Collegiate MENC Day was created with education sessions that included musical adaptations for special needs children, vocal health for teachers, and leadership mentoring.�The group also instituted a new music theory tutoring program to tutor underclassmen in music theory.�MENC improves the academic environment at USD and reaches beyond the university by hosting the Collegiate MENC Day and an instrumental reading session during the High School Honor Band Festival.�MENC's commitment to academic excellence makes it a model to follow for other student organizations.
? Community Service Award � Amnesty International launched a campaign to increase human rights awareness on the USD campus.�The organization declared this academic year to be the "Year of the Woman" and partnered with the Vermillion Coalition against Domestic Violence.�Rape whistles were distributed to the USD and SDSU campuses and to several high schools around the state.�The group also sponsored two self-defense classes and co-sponsored a Day of Silence with The 10% Society to draw attention to the silencing of victims of discrimination throughout the world.�
? Award for Organizational Leadership � The Political Science League has successfully organized and marketed numerous campus and community activities this year. The organization promoted a sense of cooperation and collaboration through co-sponsorships with other organizations to host events such as a Town Hall Forum on U.S. Islamic Relations, a debate between the College Republicans and the College Democrats, a forum on gay rights, and founded a subsidiary organization called Voices of Today ? Engaged (VOTE) to explain the importance of voting. A successful campaign called Orange was also created by the group to promote dialogue on current issues.��