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In The Moment ... August 28, 2017 Show 165 Hour 1

Students at Harrisburg High School are soon going to be able to participate in an early college program which would allow them to earn college credit at no cost to them while still in high school. Joining us today to expand on this program is Superintendent of the Harrisburg school District Jim Holbeck. Welcome to In The Moment.

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One hundred seventy-nine teachers survived their first school year with extra support. That’s thanks to a new South Dakota program that connects first-time educators with veteran teachers. They pair up for two years to increase support and professional development. Meet educators who can now look back on their first year in the classroom and plan ahead for a second year of mentoring.

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In The Moment ... May 25, 2017 Show 101 Hour 2

What do you want to do with the rest of your life? It's the question college grads are asking this month, It's the question many adults are still asking,  long after the cap and gown are folded into the archival box. Dave Evans is on a mission to help others find theirs. He's written a book with Bill Burnett that . It's called "Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life."

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The International Coding Competition in Rapid City and recent international hacking events have prompt people to consider coding. It provides the scaffold for computers and smartphones and apps. Educators must decide how kids can learn code, what they should understand, and when they should start.

Take a peek inside this coding classroom. The room is warm. It’s afternoon. The school year draws to a close, and sixth-grader Adysen Moet plays a video game.

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Aspiring nurses are researching vulnerable populations and brainstorming strategies to improve lives. University of Sioux Falls students examine vulnerable populations. Some teams consider solutions for children who are hearing impaired. Others develop a plan to deter college students from abusing alcohol. Hear from a nursing instructor about comprehensive patient care and learn about the vision these 20-somethings have for making the world a better place.

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In The Moment ... April 17, 2017 Show 073 Hour 2

Larry Zimmerman is Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. He joins us to talk about benefits for those who served, including free undergraduate college tuition at state institutions.

Ethan Bortnick returns to South Dakota for "Generations of Music." It's a live concert experience and filming of a national PBS special. Bortnick tells us about his affection for the state, his non-musical family, and about his passion for serving others with music.

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In The Moment ... April 17, 2017 Show 073 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a conversation with Superintendent Brian Maher of the Sioux Falls School District. We'll talk about efforts the district is making to increase diversity in teaching staff district wide.

Erika Oppenheimer is a college test prep coach and author of "Acing It! A Mindful Guide to Maximum Results on Your College Admissions Test." We talk with her about the second edition of her book and her Test Prep for the Whole Person methodology. 

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The Aspen Institute names Lake Area Technical Institute the top community college in the nation. The award includes a $600,000 prize.

“And the winner is . . . La La Land. I’m sorry. The winner is Lake Area Technical Institute of Watertown South Dakota,” says Miller.

That was former US Representative George Miller, awarding Lake Area Tech with the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Aspen searches for solutions to educational problems across the country.

Brett Bradfield Named USF President

Jan 31, 2017
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After a seven month search the University of Sioux Falls announced Brett Bradfield as its 23rd president.

 

Bradfield has worked at the university for 16 years and in 2007 became the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Bradfield says he recognizes the challenges higher education institutes face but is hopeful the University of Sioux falls will stay strong into the future.

The scene was festive in the student commons. Students, faculty, staff and trustees mingled in anticipation of the announcement.

In The Moment ... January 31 2017 Show 020 Hour 1

Guests: Mark Sternhagen, author of a book about his life with polio, Normal For Me; SDPB's Lee Strubinger, Spearfish Canyon; Hugh Weber, The Potluck Society blog; SDPB's Kealey Bultena, college choice

In The Moment...January 9 2017 Show 006 Hour 2

Guests: Dr. Matt Moen, author & Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Dakota; Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst at gasbuddy.com; SDPB's Kent Osborne, director of digital; Gary Enright, director of 1881 Custer County Courthouse Museum

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University Sioux Falls officials say their school can fill a void left when a community college closed. USF is preparing to launch a program aimed at helping people learn English so they can go to college or become skilled workers. A program that used to help those students ended earlier this year. Now USF leaders say they’re resurrecting the opportunity.

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Political parties court different demographics, and one crucial group of voters includes young people. Many have the chance to vote in their first presidential election this year. College students studying media at the University of Sioux Falls are watching the presidential race, and they’re learning to balance their journalism training with their Constitutional rights. 

Black Hills State University

School has started for most universities across the state. The beginning of a new year is usually a time for fun but for some students, returning to campus means facing a staggering statistic.

Officials say that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.

For years institutions across the nation have worked to stop sexual assault by raising awareness and promoting prevention.

The GEAR UP program in South Dakota is now operating from Black Hills State University. The education effort aims to prepare Native American students for college. Most recently GEAR UP is tied to accusations of wrongdoing as former leaders face criminal charges. Despite the challenges, the program is under new leadership and moving forward.

Incoming high school students from schools participating in GEAR UP are eligible to apply for a three-week program promoting college readiness and culture.

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Higher education leaders are working to get students on track for college-level courses without adding to their years in school. Not all students are prepared for college or tech programs after high school. Now educators are offering them opportunities to catch up while taking normal class loads.

Representatives from the Board of Regents and South Dakota’s technical institutes are talking to lawmakers about retaining students – especially when their skills are shy of normal requirements. State colleges and tech schools now have versions of co-remediation.

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Sioux Falls leaders are launching an initiative called Compassionate Sioux Falls. It aims to engage community members and promote inclusion. The effort starts with a document adopted by hundreds of cities around the country, and local advocates are working to encourage people in Sioux Falls to operate on its principles.

Compassionate Sioux Falls organizers are encouraging people to engage with others who may be different. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says relations can become tense.

One South Dakota lawmaker says she’s crafting a resolution about debt-free college. Democratic State Representative Paula Hawks says she wants to start a conversation with fellow lawmakers about the cost of higher education.

The phrase “debt-free college” is appearing in national discussions. State Representative Paula Hawks says she wants to bring the dialogue to South Dakota.

NSU Receives Grant To Fund Student Support Services

Nov 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding nearly one and a half million dollars to a program that assists students at Northern State University. The TRIO Student Support Services Grant funds programs for those who are the first in their family to pursue a four-year degree, meet income qualifications, or have a documented disability.  

 

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Black Hills State University has the largest proportion of Native American students in South Dakota's state universities.  But BHSU President, Dr. Tom Jackson, says efforts to increase the diversity of students in higher education are still needed. 

Jackson discussed the topic with SDPB's Charles Michael Ray. 

Augustana Changes Name To University

Sep 1, 2015
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Augustana College in Sioux Falls is receiving a name change. The private liberal arts institution gathered Tuesday to officially unveil its new name as a university.

Augustana students wait in the Kirkeby-Over Stadium as professors file in and freshman take in their surroundings.

Alumni Carol Oakland says she is exciting her alma mater is expanding programs to become a university.

“I think it’s wonderful. It actually makes our degrees worth more- we are now university graduates,” says Oakland.

Mock Dorm Burns In Minutes

Aug 30, 2015
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September is Campus Fire Safety Month in South Dakota.   The idea is to raise awareness about the potential for fire in college dorms, Greek housing, and off campus apartments.

The Rapid City Fire Department held a demonstration at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to show students the danger of structure fire.

The department set up a steel trailer with side by side rooms.  Both rooms were filled furniture and then set on fire.

Tim Behlings is an Assistant Chief at the Rapid City Fire Department.   

People from South Dakota are gearing up for the National Education Association’s annual meeting and assembly. This week a group of teachers, education supporters, students, and retired teachers travel to Orlando, Florida. They hope to gain insights from fellow educators from all over the country.

Leaders of the South Dakota Education Association say they fight for every single student to have the opportunity for strong, comprehensive education – both at the state level and nationally.

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A federal law now requires colleges to educate students and staff on preventing sexual assault. The guidelines are called the Campus SaVE Act. It’s a response to the growing number of reports that rape and sexual violence are rampant on university campuses across the US.

South Dakota colleges are complying with the Campus SaVE Act to make higher education a safer environment. Some college participants are more vulnerable to encountering sexual assault.

South Dakota college students are hearing a push for 15 to Finish. That’s 15 credit hours per semester, which allows a student to complete an undergraduate degree in four years.

Last year, South Dakota’s Board of Regents lowered the number of credit hours to get a degree. Jack Warner is president of the South Dakota Board of Regents. He says a student used to need 128 credits for an undergraduate degree and 64 for an associate’s degree.

High School Athletes And College Recruiting

Oct 11, 2013

Dann Ericson, Recruiting Specialist at Athletes for College, has started this new business in South Dakota where it focuses on high school athletes and assists in college recruiting by analyzing videos and offers a clearinghouse for coaches. He sat down with Cara Hetland to discuss his new company.

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United States House of Representative Kristi Noem is traveling around South Dakota to gather information regarding online learning at the state’s colleges. Noem was at the University Center in Sioux Falls on Thursday.

Winning Over Freshmen

Dec 18, 2012

A new study shows that South Dakota continues to import more college freshmen than it sends to colleges in other states and is, in fact, gaining ground on this exchange.  "It's all about pursuing strategies to keep South Dakota students here for higher education, retain them through their college careers, and then employ them within the state in highly-skilled positions," said Jack Warner, Executive Director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents.  Warner appeared on Dakota Midday Tuesday.

As part of a national voting movement, South Dakota’s Secretary of State tours some area colleges this week. Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, and Secretary of State Jason Gant has events scheduled at four southeast South Dakota locations.