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For Immediate Release: May 10, 2002


Regents Recognize Outstanding USD Student Organizations

VERMILLION – The South Dakota Board of Regents, meeting Friday at The University of South Dakota, singled out two student organizations on campus for special recognition. Students in Free Enterprise received an organizational leadership award, while the academic excellence award went to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

“Part of the college experience is the opportunity to learn to become contributing members and leaders within the community,” said Board President Harvey C. Jewett, who presented the awards on the Board’s behalf. “We are pleased to honor these groups’ efforts to complement classroom learning.”

Members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) focus on business concepts and teaching others about the business world. One of the group’s major efforts is an Education Week initiative in which SIFE members help local 8th graders learn about business operations, responsible consumerism, and professional opportunities through an ice cream sales project in school. Another SIFE project, Credit Awareness Week, teaches important consumer credit concepts to students at USD and local schools.

USD’s student chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children had its most successful recruiting year in the group’s history. The organization stresses the importance of developmentally appropriate and meaningful hands-on activities for children. It sponsors workshops and focuses on information sharing during the Week of the Young Child. For the first time ever, the USD chapter presented at a state conference this year attended by nearly 500 members.

Accepting the award for Students in Free Enterprise were Daniel Baker, Justin Smorawski, and adviser Susan Kruml.  Cara Ott accepted the award for the USD chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


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