Apr 21, 2019  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Centers, Institutes and Museums

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Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE)


Sarah Wittmuss
Academic Commons 103
(605) 677-6338

The Center for Academic Engagement is where ambition meets opportunity. Support a community agency, study in a developing nation or participate with a research team. Learning outside the classroom means gaining real-world experience, knowledge and skills from hands-on experiences. We’ll help you develop the kind of real-world understanding that sets you apart and adds value to your education.

We offer an array of learning experiences:

  • Service-LearningService-learning allows you to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real world problems and community projects.
  • Global Learning (Study Abroad)Global Learning broadens your world perspective and distinguishes you from other students.
  • Undergraduate Research & Creative ScholarshipEven in your first or second year you can join research teams, earn mini-grants, present at national conferences or conduct your research at sites around the world.
  • National Student ExchangeNational Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students to exchange to another college or university in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Nationally Competitive ScholarshipsNationally competitive scholarships are prestigious and highly competitive. USD students have collected over 60 of these scholarships and awards over the last several years. 


Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI)


Gerard A. Jacobs, Director
South Dakota Union 114

The Disaster Mental Health Institute’s mission is the promotion, development, and application of both practice and research in disaster psychology. Through the USD Department of Psychology the DMHI offers an undergraduate Minor in Disaster Response and for psychology majors a Specialization in Disaster Response (see the psychology department’s section of this catalog for details). These programs help students learn how to serve their communities in times of disaster, and include real-world practicum experiences in preparing for or responding to disasters with American Red Cross Disaster Services. DMHI faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research and disaster preparedness and response, both in the United States and around the world, and they bring that knowledge and experience into the classroom. Students learn directly from faculty who are shaping the future of the field world-wide.

Freedom Forum’s Al Neuharth Media Center


Jack Marsh, President and Chief Operating Officer, Al Neuharth Media Center
555 Dakota Street - Inman Quad
Vermillion, SD  57069


The Al Neuharth Media Center is named for the late Al Neuharth, founder of Freedom Forum and USA TODAY, a 1950 USD journalism graduate. Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. It also operates the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The Al Neuharth Media Center is home to Freedom Forum’s South Dakota offices and programs, to South Dakota Public Broadcasting, the USD Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism, and all USD student media, including The Volante, which Neuharth edited as a student in 1949.

At USD, Freedom Forum focuses on journalism education, the First Amendment and diversity in newsroom staffing, with an emphasis on American Indians. Freedom Forum and USD co-sponsor the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media, presented annually since 1989. Freedom Forum supports free-press rights for students by providing The Volante staff with its modern facilities, a professional adviser, training opportunities and the Al Neuharth Scholarships for Excellence in Journalism. Freedom Forum also promotes excellence in journalism through teaching, conferences, internships and other scholarships.

The building is operated jointly by the Freedom Forum and the University. Conference and meeting facilities at the Al Neuharth Media Center are available for booking by university departments, organizations and programs. The refurbished building, completed in 2003 with major funding from Freedom Forum and the University of South Dakota Foundation, is a popular venue for workshops, training classes, lectures, luncheon meetings and dinner programs. The state-of-the-art Freedom Forum Conference Room accommodates up to 120 for a sit-down meal and about 200 people for auditorium-style seating. The Freedom Forum Board Room is designed for smaller gatherings of about a dozen people. The center’s spectacular two-story Freedom Forum Concourse is ideal for receptions and social gatherings. For reservations and inquiries, contact Kimberley Andres at the Al Neuharth Media Center, 605-677-3114, Kimberley.Andres@usd.edu.

Government Research Bureau (GRB)


Rod Hair, Director
Farber House 101


USD’s Government Research Bureau provides expert research design and analysis services to stakeholders at every stage of the public policy and administration process. The GRB has a long history of providing services to support South Dakota’s governments, nonprofits, and businesses. It leverages the research talent at the University of South Dakota to provide its clients with customized research design and analysis solutions. The GRB is committed to creating an environment that is conducive to producing the highest quality work for the GRB’s clients while also building a place where USD’s students and faculty can contribute to the well-being of the state and region.

Institute of American Indian Studies


Slagle Hall, Room 102

Established in 1955 by the South Dakota State Legislature [SDCL 13-57-3.2], the Institute of American Indian Studies develops and promotes American Indian-related projects, activities, and programs at the University of South Dakota. These projects include on- and off-campus programs to promote education and awareness of American Indian culture and issues and strengthening relations with tribes, tribal colleges, and other appropriate American Indian organizations in the state, region, and beyond.

The Dr. Joseph H. Cash Memorial Library contains books, photographs, films, and videos on North American frontier history with special emphases on American Indians, the mining industry, and western literature. The collection is a gift of Dr. Cash’s family to honor his service to the University as Professor of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Institute of American Indian Studies. Located in the Oral History Center, Dakota Hall, Room 12, the library is available for in-house use by students, faculty members, and researchers.

Missouri River Institute (MRI)


Tim Cowman, Director
Missouri River Institute

The University of South Dakota established the Missouri River Institute to develop and promote research, education, and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River Basin. The MRI promotes interdisciplinary research on the Missouri River by contributing faculty, students, equipment, and funding resources toward research projects that address issues related to the Missouri River system. The MRI is developing new curricula and academic programs for introductory and advanced river studies at USD. This includes undergraduate courses and graduate programs centered on riverine and environmental studies. The MRI is also active in outreach projects to promote understanding of and interaction with the river.

USD is located near the last remaining unmodified portion of the Missouri River downstream of the dams, a 59-mile section of river from Gavins Point Dam to Ponca State Park, Nebraska. The University’s unique location allows it to integrate river research within campus life on a daily basis. Under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the federal government declared this particular section the Missouri National Recreational River in 1978. It therefore provides a natural field laboratory for research, teaching and outreach activities. The Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center is just 30 miles from campus at Ponca State Park and is available for use by the University community.

The Missouri River Institute gives students a unique opportunity to get involved directly in the Missouri River’s natural and cultural heritage. Direct inquires about research and education opportunities to the Director of the Institute, the Student Engagement Action Coordinator, or to individual faculty mentors.

National Music Museum


Cleveland Johnson, Director


The National Music Museum is one of the great museums of its kind in the world. Housed in a lovingly restored Carnegie library building, the NMM’s ever-growing collections of more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods are the most inclusive in the world. Although music museums are found in many cities, the comprehensive nature of the collections at the NMM makes it the premier institution of its kind. Included are many of the earliest, best preserved, and historically most important musical instruments known to survive, dating back to as early as the 16th century. All reflect the ageless, universal power of human ingenuity and imagination. Concerts are presented amid the intimacy and superb acoustics of the Arne B. Larson Concert Hall, and popular brown bag lunch programs explore other facets of the NMM’s diverse collections. Self-guided multi-media tours allow visitors to hear, as well as see, some 1,100 instruments on exhibit in nine galleries. Group tours must be arranged two weeks in advance.

The NMM is also a leading institution for organological research and hosts national/international conferences that attract scholars from around the world. In addition to musical instruments, the NMM’s resources include a specialized library and extensive archives, with special emphasis on the documentation of the American music industry. NMM faculty and staff are leading scholars in the field, publish widely, and provide international leadership. Graduates of the University’s graduate program, with a concentration in the history of musical instruments, now hold positions with other major musical instrument collections, museums, and libraries, both in the U.S.A. and abroad.

South Dakota Oral History Center


University Libraries
Archives and Special Collections
305 I.D. Weeks

The South Dakota Oral History Center houses collections of audio interviews relating to the experiences of the peoples of the Northern Plains. In all, the Center houses six collections. The John S. Painter Collection, Stanislaus Maudlin Collection, James Emery Collection, and Lindley Collection comprise the smaller of the six and cover a variety of topics from traditional American Indian music to an in-depth oral diary of Stanislaus Maudlin of Blue Cloud Abbey and recordings of important regional speakers. The American Indian Research Project is composed of approximately 2,300 tapes addressing experiences of Dakota/Lakota/Nakota peoples and other tribes of the Northern Plains. Topics range from ancient legends and traditional religious beliefs to recent political and social views reflecting the American Indian way of life. The South Dakota Oral History Project contains almost 3,500 recorded interviews covering myriad aspects in South Dakota history. Interviews were collected beginning in the 1960s, and oral history projects continue today. A valuable resource for students and researchers, the Center, with its 6,000+ interviews, is the largest collection of its kind in the country and is located in Room 12, Dakota Hall. Appointments are appreciated and can be made by calling or emailing the Center.

The Dr. Joseph H. Cash Memorial Library contains books, photographs, films, and videos on North American frontier history with special emphases on American Indians, the mining industry, and western literature. The collection is a gift of Dr. Cash’s family to honor his service to the University as Professor of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Institute of American Indian Studies. The Cash Library is available for use in I.D. Weeks by students, faculty members, and researchers.

W.H. Over Museum


L.E. Bradley, Director
1110 Ratingen St.
Vermillion, SD 57069

The mission of the W. H. Over Museum operated by a privatized non-profit, all volunteer organization, is to collect, preserve, document, exhibit, research, study, and interpret objects relating to natural and cultural history of South Dakota and the region. The museum provides interpretive exhibits, educational programs, publications and other appropriate means of conveying an understanding and appreciation of this region.

W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership


William D. Richardson, Director
Elizabeth T. Smith, Associate Director
Rodney Hair, Director of Government Research Bureau
Cheryl Hovorka, Program Assistant
116 Dakota Hall
(605) 677-5702
William.Richardson@usd.edu, Cheryl.Hovorka@usd.edu 

The South Dakota Board of Regents established the W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership in the fall of 1997 as a Center of Excellence. The Center is housed within the Department of Political Science and offers a minor in Civic Leadership Studies. The term “civic” was chosen to emphasize that the Center’s focus is not narrowly governmental but rather broadly inclusive of all aspects of our lives together as citizens of a community, state, nation, and world. The mission of the Center is to prepare students and help communities to face difficult public problems in a manner consistent with constitutional values. The Center fosters responsible and ethical leadership through education, service, and scholarship in the public interest.

The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership was founded on the belief that there is leadership within every person. Its initiative stresses the importance of principled leadership based on core values and emphasizes leadership as a process, not just a position. Viewed in this way, leadership requires responsible action of individuals in every part of society-not simply those in formal leadership roles.