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October 2012 SDARL Newsletter

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Box 2170 SDSU

1029 N. Campus Drive

Brookings, SD 57007


Tel: 605-688-5440


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Class VII Kickoff November 17 in Chamberlain


We invite you and your significant other to attend the evening banquet and dinner for SDARL Class VII on Saturday, November 17 at Cedar Shore in Chamberlain.


Banquet: A Pre-Dinner Social with Alumni and guests will start at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Class VII opening banquet at 7:00 p.m.. The banquet program will highlight the release of the new SDARL Legacy Video, and meeting the new Class VII members. Please contact Olga before October 23 to register by email: or telephone: 605-695-4446.


Lodging: Rooms are being held at the Cedar Shore Resort for Saturday night at a rate of $79.95 if you mention the SDARL block. That rate is guaranteed only through October 17. After that all unused rooms are released and the rate will be the full rate. Call 605-734-6376 to make your reservation today.




Olga Reuvekamp New Program Assistant


Starting August 1st, Olga Reuvekamp has been hired as a part-time

Program Assistant at the Brookings office located on the SDSU campus.

Olga is a Class VI graduate. She and her husband Wilfried own and operate

Hilltop Dairy in Elkton and have three children.




Roxanne Knock New SDARL Board Member


Roxanne Knock is our newest SDARL Board Member. She and her family live in Huron, where she is active as a Staff Nutritionist at Dakota Land Feeds.




From the Desk of Dan Gee, Alumni Director


Would you like to celebrate New Year's Eve 2013 and New Year's Day 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina?


International Travel Seminar in 2013

The Alumni Relations/Activities Committee chaired by Terry Jaspers has chosen Argentina for the next SDARL alumni travel seminar. Find more info about this and other alumni news, by clicking here.


Washington State Travel Seminar September 5-13, 2012

We enjoyed a great trip to Washington State. Alumni of Washington State Ag and Forestry Program were very helpful in planning the trip and were excellent hosts. More...


SDSU Tailgating on Saturday October 13 SDSU vs. Western Illinois Football Game


Two Successful Golf Tournaments


John Green Painting from Class VI Auction

Reproductions of the John Green Class VI painting

(at right) are now available. Funds generated from the

sale of these prints will be deposited into the SDARL

Foundation account.


December SDARL Alumni Continuing Education

Steve Pohl, Chairman of Alumni Continuing Education committee, is working with his committee to put together an agenda for December 12-13 seminar in Brookings. The Wednesday, December 12th dinner will be in conjunction with SDARL Class VII's seminar.




Member News


Kopriva's win Leopold Conservation Award

South  Dakota

Jim Kopriva, Class VI, and family are the winners of the

2012 Leopold Conservation Award. The Kopriva Family

Ranch is located near Raymond, SD. A short video

explains the impressive efforts taken by the Kopriva's as

true conservationists. Watch here...


Adams New Director of Communications for National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Chase Adams, Class VI, has accepted a position as Director of Communications for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Washington D.C., per October 1, 2012.


Iverson appointed to National Soybean Board

David Iverson from Astoria, Class III, has been named to the National Soybean Board by USDA Secretary Vilsack. Read more...




Other News


Stay in the Know

Facebook has an active SDARL member group, created by members, with many current updates on various topics. LinkedIn also has a SDARL group created by members.


FFA Undertakes New Campaign "I believe in the Future of Agriculture"

It is being launched in your area by the SD & ND FFA Foundations in conjunction with North Central Farmers Elevator and Northern Plains Service Center. Go to the FFA website at: to learn how you can contribute to the future of FFA in South Dakota.

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