Art exhibit topic of Rotary

The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Neuharth Center at USD.  Dave Lorenz, president, opened the meeting and led us in the invocation. Joe Edelen and Jack Noble led the group with two Rotary songs.  There were three Vermillion High School students in attendance:  Megan Chickering, Megan Bottolfson and Jennifer Bye.  All three students mentioned that they enjoyed math. 

Mark Froke brought as his guest, Mark Bottolfson, president of the Vermillion School Board and the father of Megan.  Roger Kozak, district governor, a member of the Vermillion Club was also in attendance.  Dave reminded members that next week we will pass around an envelope for the Food Pantry and there will be a board meeting beginning at 11 a.m. All members are welcome to attend.

Pat Pravacek passed out Rotary cards that the members can give to potential members and those who have an interest in Rotary.

Sergeant at Arms Al Pravacek noted that Roger Kozak and BJ Nesselhuf were enjoying birthdays in October.

Dave Lorenz introduced Corey Knedler, chair of the USD Department of Art, who told the members about the department and showed slides of the Alumni Exhibition that is currently on display in the Lee Center for the Fine Arts. It is one of the most popular shows in the history of fine arts at USD and showcases the works of more than 80 artists who have graduated from the program. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. 

Artists whose work will be shown include Julie Day, Mary Ann Strandell, Beverly Behrens, Jonathan Pizutto, Michael Krueger, the current printmaker at USD and many others.

He also announced that on Friday evening John Day will be honored with the naming of the art gallery the "John A. Day Gallery." Day, the founder of the University Art Galleries as well as former curator of the University's distingished Oscar Howe Collection, became chair of the Department of Art in 1976.  He then served as dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1980-2004.

The meeting closed with the singing of "My Country Tis of Thee."

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