Black Hills State University

Presidential Debates: Nixon vs Kennedy

Sep 29, 2020

In The Moment … September 29, 2020 Show 912 Hour 2

What can the candidates learn from past debates in order to gain the upper hand - or to avoid a major mistake? Dr. Pamela Carriveau, Assistant Provost of Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University in Spearfish has done extensive research on the first televised Presidential Debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960. Carriveau is a political scientist and she joins us to take a look back with tonight's debate in mind.



In The Moment ... July 7, 2020 Show 853 Hour 2

Gina Gibson took her first trip underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility one year ago. We check in with Gibson, the SURF Artist in Residence, to see what she has created.

Gibson is a professor of graphic design at Black Hills State University.

Suffrage In South Dakota: Mabel Rewman

Jun 23, 2020

In The Moment … June 23, 2020 Show 844 Hour 2

During this centennial year of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which assured that women the United States have a right to vote, SDPB has embarked on a project to tell the history of suffrage in South Dakota.  Today we continue our look at that history with a profile of Mabel Rewman of the Black Hills.  Here to tell us more about the story is Kelly Kirk, Instructor of History and the Director of the University Honors Program at Black Hills State University.  

What It Means To Be Actively Anti-Racist?

Jun 22, 2020

In The Moment … June 22, 2020 Show 843 Hour 1

Types of remarks, questions, or even actions that are painful towards others are known as microaggressions. Most in South Dakota may feel as if they are not racist. Erica Whitiker is an associate director of the student union and campus activities at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. She's with us today to help us better understand what it's like to be actively anti-racist.

Keeping Up With Your Mental Health

Apr 15, 2020

In The Moment ... April 13, 2020 Show 794 Hour 1

Anxiety levels are high due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-care is extremely important as coping with new ways of doing things isn't always easy. Dr. Emilia Flint, associate professor of psychology at Black Hills State University is with us today with tips on how to go about this "new" way of living.  

When Ryan Maher looks at the administration of the two state universities in the Black Hills, he sees costly duplication. 


Shooting for Success

Jan 6, 2020
Laurel Simpson

In The Moment ... January 6, 2020 Show 727 Hour 1 Becky Hammons was a standout basketball player for Stevens High School but was considered too small to be a major college player. Becky spent 16 years in the WNBA and then became the first female assistant coach in the NBA. Gloria Riherd wrote a book on Beck called, "Becky Hammon: Shooting for Success." Riherd is part of an Acts of Excellence celebration today at Black Hills State University where she will be discussing her book.

BHSU And Environmental Awareness

Jan 6, 2020
Laurel Simpson

In The Moment ... January 6, 2020 Show 727 Hour 2 The South Dakota Hall of Fame will be recognizing individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence with an Acts of Excellence celebration. The event is today from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. inside the Joy Center at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. This year, Black Hills State University is itself one of the honorees for having made environmental awareness a priority.


In The Moment ... January 2, 2020 Show 725 Hour 1

People all over South Dakota do amazing things. The Acts of Excellence program recognizes these individuals and organizations. This is part of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, and CEO Greta Chapman joins us to talk about a celebration taking place on Monday, January 6th at Black Hills State University.

Geek Speak: Black Holes

Nov 14, 2019

In The Moment ... November 14, 2019 Show 700 Hour 2

Most of us have more questions than answers when it comes to black holes. One would think that in the 18th century, scientists discovered black holes but several mathematicians were involved. This afternoon at 4 Dr. Nag, mathematics professor at Black Hills State University, will lecture on the existence of black holes as part of the Geek Speak series. This is held in Jonas 110 at BHSU.

Kimberly Talcott

In The Moment ... November 7, 2019 Show 696 Hour 2

Code-switching is the practice of alternating between two or more languages or varieties of language in conversation.

Erica Whitiker will speak about code-switching on a personal level Thursday afternoon in a Black Hills State University Geek Speak lecture at 4:00 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 110. Whitiker joins In The Moment from the Sue W. White Studio on the campus of BHSU.


In The Moment ... September 25, 2019 Show 666 Hour 2

Each month, Chuck Parkinson hosts Where Do We Go From Here from the South Dakota Community Foundation Gallery in Rapid City. Today's episode explores how Black Hills colleges are partnering to enhance opportunities.

Ann Bolman, President of Western Dakota Tech, joins Parkinson on In The Moment for a preview. 


In The Moment ... August 15, 2019 Show 638 Hour 2

The relationships we cultivate in our lives are essential to happiness. But what about our health?

In The Moment producer Josh Haiar and Dr. Nathan Deichert, Associate Professor of Psychology at Black Hills State University, discuss Deichert's research which examines how a person's gratitude, environment and mood relate to physical health.

Kimberly Talcott

In The Moment ... April 25, 2019 Show 562 Hour 1

Alex Lang, assistant professor of history at Black Hills State University, will discuss "Noise-Makers, Fascists and Music," during a Geek Speak Lecture Series event Friday at 4:00 p.m. in Jonas Hall. He'll discuss how fascist themes are conveyed in modern and historic music.

Kimberly Talcott

In The Moment ... April 18, 2019 Show 559 Hour 2

The Explorers of Light program began in 1995 to celebrate and highlight the work of people like Joel Grimes. He says that attending his first official art class was in middle school and was, in his words, nothing short of heaven.

The internationally known photographer gives a free lecture Thursday night at 7:00 in the Meier Recital Hall at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

Kimberly Talcott

In The Moment ... April 3, 2019 Show 548 Hour 2

Petrika Peters is an adjunct professor at Black Hills State University. She joins us today from the Sue W. White studio on the campus of Black Hills State University to talk about her lecture tomorrow at 4 p.m. The lecture is going to be held in Jonas 110 and is open to the public.

Photographer Shares Experiences At BHSU

Mar 26, 2019

  Many arts professors spend their time out of the classroom on creative projects. But along the way, education and mentoring are never far from mind. Some creative arts educators even take their portfolios on the road, speaking to the next generation of students at colleges and universities around the country. A photography professor with decades of experience recently spoke to students at Black Hills State University.

Nearly 60 students and faculty sit  in front of a large projector screen as professor Steve Babbitt introduces the guest, Linda Connor.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... March 25, 2019 Show 542 Hour 1

Lesleigh  Oweh, Ph.D., is lecturer of sociology at Black Hills State University Rapid City. She joins us to talk about food insecurity on college campuses.

Kimberly Talcott

In The Moment ... March 11, 2019 Show 532 Hour 2

Tomorrow at noon, the Spearfish Holiday Inn hosts Women in Networking. Kelly Kirk is a professor of history at Black Hills State University. She joins us today to talk about a few legendary women in the Black Hills.

Pi And Poetry

Mar 8, 2019

Thursday March 14th is Pi Day. Dan May, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of mathematics at Black Hills State University. That evening at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center beginning at 5 Dan will give you a chance to learn a little Pi history and hear some poetry. He is with us today to tell us more.

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In The Moment ... November 29, 2018 Show 469 Hour 1

When you hear Dick Beardsley's story, you might suspect he isn't quite mortal. That is, until you realize he is as painfully human as the rest of us. His is a story of hardship, hope, survival and redemption.

A Minnesota native, Beardsley is one of the top American distance runners of all time. 

The best-selling author and motivational speaker gives talks on Monday at Black Hills State University (10:00 a.m.) and Tuesday at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Kimberly Talcott

In The Moment ... November 20, 2018 Show 464 Hour 1

Eryn Schlotte has known for awhile that she wanted to serve in the Army. After a training day visit invite by her cousin, she was determined to be a combat engineer. She's now South Dakota's first female combat engineer.

Eryn is joined today by Greg Krajewski, he's the Veteran’s Resource Coordinator at Black Hills State University.

Victoria Wicks

In 2020, after a new census is complete, states will see changes in population and draw new lines for voting districts.

A Black Hills State political science professor says there are many considerations, including race and political parties, when drawing fair lines. She's hoping her students might be able to help with that next time around.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Victoria Wicks

In two years, after the 2020 census, current voting districts can be redrawn. A panel of Black Hills State professors say there are various means of drawing those lines, and all of them have their flaws. But they say any of them would be better than South Dakota's.

The professors presented the history and science of districting in Rapid City on Thursday, Oct. 25. The presentation was the last on an eight-city tour sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Cardinal Newman Lecture Series Debut Tomorrow

Oct 24, 2018
Hamline Mitchell School of Law

In The Moment ... October 24. 2018 Show 447 Hour 1

Black Hills State University debuts the Cardinal Newman Lecture Series tomorrow evening at 6:30 in the Newman Center.

Roger Haydock is a professor of law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in the Twin Cities.  He's a judicial master and mediator, trial lawyer, and director of the Arbitration FORUM.

His Cardinal Newman Lecture Series presentation is called "Resolving Conflicts Peacefully and Successfully...or Else!" 

What Would Life Be Like If Art Was Taken Away

Oct 11, 2018

In The Moment ... October 11. 2018 Show 440 Hour 2

Burt Juhrend is a theater professor at Black Hills State University. He has selected a cast of 4-6 BHSU students to perform in an original theatrical production "Art Of My Life, A Multimedia Celebration Of Our Creative Souls."

He joined In The Moment today from the Sue W. White Studio at Black Hills State University.

In The Moment ... September 13, 2018 Show 421 Hour 2

Creative writing is a gift but it can also be taken as a class.

Dr. Courtney Huse-Wika is associate professor of English at Black Hills State Universtity and Duncan Barlow is a lecturer of English at the Univeristy of South Dakota. 

They deliver creative readings today as part of Black Hills State University's Geek Speak Series.

In The Moment ... September 5, 2018 Show 415 Hour 2

The next STEM career professionals might be the kids who some people think don't have a chance.

Dr. Dan May is an assistant professor at Black Hills State University. He works to teach math skills to under-served kids. His Geek Speak Lecture at Black Hills State is Thursday, September 6 at 4 p.m. MDT in Jonas Hall room 110. The talk is called "Bridging the Gap: Diversity in the STEM Pipeline."

Dr. Dan May joined In The Moment with a preview of the upcoming event.

In The Moment ... September 5, 2018 Show 415 Hour 1

Can an artist find inspiration along a stretch of South Dakota highway?

Altman Studeny spent five days living on the median at Exit 107, west of Wall. His latest exhibition in collaboration with Skott Chandler is now showing at the Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University. It's called "Road Work."

Altman Studeny joined In The Moment from the Sue W. White studio at Black Hills State University.

In The Moment ... July 17, 2018 Show 380 Hour 1

Americans create monuments to commemorate, to mourn, and sometimes, simply to draw a crowd.

Watch 10 MONUMENTS THAT CHANGED AMERICA tonight at 7 p.m. CDT / 6 p.m. MDT on SDPB-TV. It is part of 10 THAT CHANGED AMERICA, a series that explores the nation's built environment.

Geoffre Baer, host of Monuments That Changed America and David Wolff, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Black Hills State Univeristy, joined In The Moment with a preview on tonight's show.