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The second phase of the Yankton College Legacy Campaign begins: to design and furnish YCAEC and preserve our alma mater’s proud heritage—its founding, its accomplishments, and its impact on the lives of so many!  Preliminary estimates for this phase are in the range of $275,000 to $300,000, making the original goal of $750,000 for both phases realistic.

Kicking off Phase 2 are the Joseph Ward descendants who are stepping up and offering alumni and friends of Yankton College a challenge!  Members of the family are offering to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 of donations given from now to the end of December.  The Wards hope 50 people will donate $1,000 each.  Of course, give what you can or want to.  Just remember, the Wards will match every dollar you give, up to the limit. That is $50,000, plus their $50,000, equaling $100,000. 

Take a step with the Ward family!  Many of you have generously contributed to Phase 1 already!  Consider providing additional support in order to make the Yankton College Alumni and Educational Center a completed reality. 

Reflecting upon all that Yankton College has meant to you over the years, won’t you please give some serious thought to making a donation?  Make it today!


For more information, contact the Yankton College business office toll-free (866) 665-3661.

Yankton College to Sponsor Day-Long Orchestra Festival        


Yankton College is proud to sponsor this year’s Orchestra Festival, a day-long music practicum held Tuesday, November 7 at Yankton High School. The annual orchestra workshop is financially supported by Yankton College, a non-profit charitable organization as part of its mission to sponsor educational programming and liberal arts events.

The string instrument event held in Yankton began in 2001 under the leadership of Ms. Kim Evander and Robert Winter, who are both now retired from the Yankton School District and graduates of Yankton College.  Evander taught orchestra many years in Yankton, with her degree in Music Education from Yankton College, graduating magna cum laude and studying violin at the Conservatory of Music under such YC orchestra notables as J.Laiten Weed and Lewis Hamvas, during the mid-seventies.  Winter was the Activities Director and the two collaborated their resources and backgrounds to bring the music workshop to Yankton. 

This year’s guest conductor is Aviva Segall, Omaha’s Principal Conductor for Area Youth Orchestras. Students will participate from regional schools in South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. Organizing the event now is Yankton’s district-wide orchestra director, Emily Antonen with Activities Director, Ryan Mors and Band Director, Todd Carr.  “This is an incredible opportunity for regional string players to come together and create music.  It is a great learning experience for them to blend with the other musicians on a larger scale,” says Antonen. 

Ms. Segall’s conducting and educational qualifications include, guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician for orchestras and bands in Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as working with the Omaha Symphony, Wichita Symphony-Naftzger Competition, J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra in Yankton, and other string orchestra events. Her guest conducting also includes the Cumberland Orchestra in Tennessee and the High Plains Music Camp in Kansas. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Symphony Orchestra League-Youth Orchestra Division and the Nebraska Music Education Association.  

Ms. Segall earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and subsequently attended the University of Southern California School of Music. She received her Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied with Victor Yampolsky, Music Director Emeritus of the Omaha Symphony, and Director of Orchestras at Northwestern University.

The musical compositions that are rehearsed during the day-long practicum will be performed later that evening at 7 p. m. in the main theater at YHS during a free performance that is open to the public.   



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To thee, with loyal hearts
We raise our song;
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To light and truth;
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Through endless days. 

Yankton College re-affirms its proud heritage by looking to the future 
to find new ways to further its support of a liberal arts philosophy; 
to develop moral and ethical character and the whole person; 
to support individuals to be successful in their chosen careers; 
and to instill the attitude that education is a life-long process.