University of South Dakota
The University of South Dakota is a public coeducational research university located in the small town community of Vermillion, South Dakota.
The University of South Dakota was founded in 1862 by the Dakota Territorial Legislature. It authorized the establishment of the University at Vermillion, making it the oldest postsecondary institution in the Dakotas. The authorization was unfunded, however, and classes did not begin until 20 years later under the auspices of the privately incorporated university of Dakota, created with support from the citizens of Clay County. Ephraim Epstein served as the first president and primary faculty member in the institution that opened in loaned space in downtown Vermillion. Before 1883 ended, the university had moved into Old main, and the first public board was appointed to govern the institution. Enrollment increased to 69 students by the end of 1883, and, by the time South Dakota became the 40th state in 1889, USD boasted an enrollment of 500 students. USD's first academic unit, the College of Arts and Sciences, was established in 1883. The School of Law began offering classes in 1901; the School of Medicine in 1907; Continuing Education in 1916; the Graduate School in 1927; and the College of Fine Arts in 1931. It is the state's oldest public university, and is one of six universities governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. USD has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913 and is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The school houses the state's only law and medical schools and the lone College of Fine Arts. USD is also home to the state's oldest and largest political science department. Within the program is the Farber Fund, named for storied university professor emeritus Dr. William O. Farber, which provides subsidy to political science and criminal justice majors to attend conferences, participate in study tours, complete internships, and study abroad. The Sanford School of Medicine, a community-based program, emphasizes family medicine and primary care with the support and participation by practicing physicians and community hospitals throughout the state. Community hospitals and clinics provide teaching sites and the practicing physicians are teachers. The Lee Medical Sciences building houses the basic science education.
To fulfill its primary mission of serving the people of South Dakota and the region, the College of Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of academic disciplines, provides an intellectual foundation for the entire University, delivers high-quality instruction through traditional and innovative means, advances knowledge through original research and scholarship, disseminates that knowledge through publication and classroom instruction, and serves the academic disciplines.
Tyler Starr, linebacker, drafted 255th overall in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons Dwight Anderson, cornerback and 2010 CFL All-Star Ordell Braase, 1957ï¿½68, drafted in 14th round by the Baltimore Colts, two-time All-Pro, NFL Players Association President George Burnside, former Racine Legion blocking back Matt Chatham, former NFL linebacker, (2000ï¿½05, New England Patriots, 2006ï¿½07, New York Jets) Tom Compton offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins Jack Doyle, former athletic director, former men's basketball coach, former assistant men's basketball coach, inducted into the USD Athletic Hall of Fame 2002, member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame Filip Filipovi?, former NFL punter. (2002-2003 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-2004 San Francisco 49ers, 2004 Minnesota Vikings, 2006 Houston Texans, 2007 Chicago Bears) John Kohler, former offensive lineman, drafted in the 3rd Round, 1969, Denver Broncos Stefan Logan, Return Specialist for Detroit Lions Mark McLoughlin, former Calgary Stampeders kicker Derek Miles, American pole vaulter for USA Track and Field and Olympian Ko Quaye, defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns Joe Robbie, former and original owner of the Miami Dolphins franchise A.J. Schable, defensive end for NFL Seattle Seahawks; 2006, Arizona Cardinals Josh Stamer, former NFL linebacker. (2003ï¿½07, Buffalo Bills; 2008, Tennessee Titans; 2009, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills) Johnny Vann, former defensive back, drafted in the 10th round, Washington Redskins, 1973ï¿½74 Jamel White, former running back for (1999, Indianapolis Colts; 1999, Cleveland Browns; 2004, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2005 Detroit Lions)
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