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For Immediate Release 29 June 2001

Regents Present Awards to DSU Student Organizations

SIOUX FALLS- The South Dakota Board of Regents, meeting today at the South Dakota School for the Deaf, gave awards to two student organizations from Dakota State University. President Harvey C. Jewett presented the awards on the Board's behalf. "The regents honor these student organizations because they make learning interesting and they develop pride and leadership in their members," said Jewett.

The award for academic excellence was presented to the DSU Math and Science Club. Using tools from the natural sciences, the Math and Science Club attempts to provide services that promote education and learning to the students at DSU and the surrounding community of Madison. The club provides a means for those interested in these areas collectively to exchange information regarding the subjects and to enjoy themselves. Membership is open to any student or faculty who has an interest in math or science. The club encourages students to get involved not only in a social atmosphere, but one that also stimulates knowledge exploration. The club participates in or hosts campus events, including an annual Math and Science Contest and an annual Chemistry "Magic" Show. Off-campus activities include an annual club trip, this year to St. Louis, MO, attendance demonstrations at the South Dakota Science Teachers Association and the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, attendance at the South Dakota Academy of Sciences conference, and a mathematics conference at the University of Nebraska.

The award for organizational leadership was given to the DSU Phi Beta Lambda Business Club. Phi Beta Lambda is a national collegiate organization committed to bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship through leadership development programs. The organization brings the campus together with members of the community to continue its strong custom of leadership. The membership recently participated in campus activities, including the Annual Spring Leadership Conference in Pierre, the March of Dimes to host WalkAmerica and Jail & Bail, and the Future Business Leaders of America fall conference. They also continued the annual Newspaper Recycling Drive and a letter campaign to collect money, order food, and prepare and distribute care packages during finals week.

Accepting the award for the Math and Science Club was Ann Vietz, President-Elect. Kerry Terwilliger, Outgoing President, accepted the award for the Business Club.

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