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Bianchi, Willibald C.

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Willibald Charles Bianchi was born March 12, 1915 in New Ulm, Minnesota. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army 45th Infantry, Philippine Scouts. He was among the troops captured by the Japanese and was part of the Bataan Death March Bianchi died on January 9, 1945. He was on an unmarked Japanese prison ship with an American plane, unaware the ship carried American prisoners, dropped a bomb in the cargo hold. Bianchi received the Medal of Honor for actions in Bataan, Philippines during that country's capitulation to Japanese forces during World War II.

Briggs, Hilton M. (Hilton Marshall), 1913-2001

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In 1958, Hilton M. Briggs was appointed president at South Dakota State. He served in that capacity for 17 years, the longest tenure in the presidential office. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University, M.S. from North Dakota State University, and Ph. D. from Cornell University. He held positions as professor and associate dean of agriculture at Oklahoma State University and dean of agriculture at the University of Wyoming. During his tenure, the South Dakota State College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts became South Dakota State University, divisions became colleges, and the campus grew to match its increasing status. The number of departments grew, enrollment increased by more than half, and the number of buildings on campus almost doubled. Briggs was also instrumental in beginning the social fraternities and sororities on campus and initiating women's intercollegiate athletics. He also guided the campus through the controversy and activism of the 1960s and 1970s. The Faculty Association became the Academic Senate with decision-making capacity under Briggs’ leadership, and the Student Association also took on more responsibility. Upon his retirement in 1975, he was designated a Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, taught for two years, and was appointed director of International Programs. He was involved in the development of the Botswana Africa Project, a United States Agency for International Development program for teaching, research, and agricultural extension in that country.

Kappa Delta Pi (Honor society). South Dakota State University Chapter

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  • 1955-

Kappa Epsilon Chi Chapter at South Dakota State University began when the Galen Society was organized in February 1955. It became a part of Kappa Epsilon on March 24, 1956 after the girls of the Galen Society met with North Dakota’s Iota Chapter of Kappa Epsilon. Twenty-one members and one advisor, Mrs. G.C. Gross, were initiated into the fraternity. / Over the years, Chi Chapter has been active on campus and within the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Chi Chapter has been supporting Kappa Epsilon’s national project of breast cancer awareness for many years. Traditional events and activities including participating in the SDSU Wellness Fair, collecting Yoplait yogurt lids, and distributing pink ribbons. The newest additions to Chi Chapter’s support of breast cancer awareness are the breast cancer baskets for local chemotherapy patients, the Black and Pink Party, and Relay for Life. / Chi Chapter has received several recognitions from the national fraternity over the years. Chi Chapter was recognized as the Outstanding Collegiate Kappa Epsilon Chapter in 2002-2003. Chi Chapter’s longtime advisor, Dr. Joye Billow, has received numerous recognition's over her time as advisor including the Outstanding Advisor Award, the Unicorn Award, and the Career Achievement Award. Many KE members have been recipients of the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship, and three Chi alums have received the Nellie Wakeman Graduate Fellowship.

Kappa Epsilon (Honor society). South Dakota State University Chapter

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Kappa Epsilon Chi Chapter at South Dakota State University began when the Galen Society was organized in February 1955. It became a part of Kappa Epsilon on March 24, 1956 after the girls of the Galen Society met with North Dakota’s Iota Chapter of Kappa Epsilon. Twenty-one members and one advisor, Mrs. G.C. Gross, were initiated into the fraternity.

Over the years, Chi Chapter has been active on campus and within the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Chi Chapter has been supporting Kappa Epsilon’s national project of breast cancer awareness for many years. Traditional events and activities including participating in the SDSU Wellness Fair, collecting Yoplait yogurt lids, and distributing pink ribbons. The newest additions to Chi Chapter’s support of breast cancer awareness are the breast cancer baskets for local chemotherapy patients, the Black and Pink Party, and Relay for Life.

Chi Chapter has received several recognitions from the national fraternity over the years. Chi Chapter was recognized as the Outstanding Collegiate Kappa Epsilon Chapter in 2002-2003. Chi Chapter’s long time advisor, Dr. Joye Billow, has received numerous recognition's over her time as advisor including the Outstanding Advisor Award, the Unicorn Award, and the Career Achievement Award. Many KE members have been recipients of the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship, and three Chi alums have received the Nellie Wakeman Graduate Fellowship.

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