The "Divide That Looms Over The 38th Parallel"

Aug 3, 2020

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South Dakota Board of Regents

None of South Dakota’s public universities are planning to require masks in the fall semester. Instead, they’re strongly encouraging masks by setting an example through social media and other platforms. 

Dakota State University in Madison will offer students an expanded move-in window to limit the number of people in residence halls. That’s just once of the adjustments to prevent coronavirus transmission when students return to campus. 

Classes at Dakota State University and all other public universities will begin a little earlier than usual with the first day on Wednesday, August 19th.

BOR Condenses Fall Semester in Response to COVID-19

Jun 4, 2020
South Dakota Board of Regents

The Board of Regents has new information about the fall semester for the state’s six public universities. Students will start classes a few days earlier and finish in-person classes by Thanksgiving. 

Janelle Toman  is the communications director for the Regents. She says students will take their final exams remotely after the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s up to individual universities and programs to determine any other adjustments to their fall calendar.

Online Learning Hurdles

Mar 25, 2020

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The Board of Regents has directed all public universities in the state to transfer to online learning in an effort to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic in South Dakota.  Jim Moran is Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dakota State University. He joins us for a look at how that transition is being handled at Dakota State. 

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City


DSU Earns Military Friendly School Designation

Feb 19, 2020

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Dakota State has earned a 2020-2021 military friendy school designation. Joining us to discuss DSU earning the designation are Austin Slaughter, veterans coordinator at Dakota State University, and William Bulfer,  a junior at DSU and member of the SD Army National Guard.

Nick Nelson

The second annual Rocket Girls camp kicked off Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 15 young women from the area interested in cyber science are attending.

The girls boarded a plane Tuesday afternoon at the Sioux Falls Airport bound for the Kennedy Space Center.

Many of them are hoping to attend Dakota State University for cyber science, and they already have captivating backgrounds in the field.

18-year-old Hailee Crawford discovered her love for technology at a very early age.

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New ways to identify and investigate cybercrime that are being created in the DigForCE lab at DSU are very important to protect government agencies, businesses and citizens says the president of Dakota State University, Jose-Marie Griffiths.

Trevor Jones and Dr. Ashley Podhradsky will direct Digital Forensic Services with DigForCE.

Kevin Woster: Careful With That Wi-Fi!

Oct 11, 2018

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Do you enjoy a little free wi-fi while enjoying that cup of coffee at your favorite local fast food, donut shop or breakfast nook?  Do you think about the risks? 

One person discussing those risks is Senator Mike Rounds. 

Kevin Woster, who writes the On the Other Hand blog addresses cyber security on his latest post.

DSU Media Relations

The Kennedy Space Center in Florida is hosting the first Rocket Girls Cyber Space camp later this summer for high school junior and senior girls. Of the camp’s 16 initial participants, 14 are from South Dakota. That’s largely thanks to a partnership between the new camp and the CybHER program at Dakota State University. 

DSU Media Relations

Computer science has tended to be a male-dominated field, but Dakota State University is seeing a shift in the numbers. The school has seen a nearly 300% increase in female computer and cyber science majors over the last five years. 

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at DSU includes majors like cyber operations and network security and administration. Five years ago, 26 undergraduate students in the Beacom College were women. By 2017 there were just over a hundred.

DSU Media Relations

A partnerships between four state organizations is working to provide continuing educational opportunities in computer sciences for a broader range of students. The South Dakota Partnership for Student Success--or SDPaSS--blends workforce training with classroom learning.

In The Moment ... New America Cyber Security Fellow

Nov 6, 2017
Dakota State University

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As one of 30 cyber security professionals chosen to serve as a New America Cyber Security Fellow, Ashley Podhradsky is poised to influence the nation's cyber security policy for years to come.  Podhradsky is Associate Professor of Digital Forensics and Information Assurance at Dakota State University in Madison.


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Attorney General Marty Jackley announced last week that his office is joining several other attorneys general in asking the U-S Supreme Court to hear a case on the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion. The case, which has made it all the way to the country's highest court, originated in Bloomfield, New Mexico, where a monument of the Ten Commandments is placed on city property. SDPB's Lee Strubinger talked with Attorney General Jackley.

Lori Walsh

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Ben Jones is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University. He's Associate Professor of History and the author of "Eisenhower's Guerillas: The Jedburghs, the Maqui, and the Liberation of France." He's taught at the Air Force Academy and has served as an advisor to the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. He has a book signing coming up at the Siouxland Libraries in Sioux Falls. That's Tuesday, June 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ben Jones joins us to discuss the legacy of irregular warfare in WWII.

Dakota State University professors Michael Gaylor and Patrick Videau talk about the chemistry and biology research that comes from a jar of preserves - a jar of pumpkin preserves that was sealed in 1920! Students Hope Juntunen and Vaille Swenson also join Innovation as they share what they hope to find - and what NOT to find.

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Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Aug 24, 2016
City of Sioux Falls

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter discussed the issues that have Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether at odds with others as he pursues a $25 million city administration building.  Hunter also visited about school attendance in the state as the new "Keeping Kids in School" campaign has been introduced.  Governor Dennis Daugaard has asked families to get behind South Dakota's observation of national Attendance Awareness Month in September. 

Dakota Midday: Terrorists Using Gaming Consoles

Nov 24, 2015

Terrorists are using gaming consoles for some of their communication.  In a 2012 paper, Dakota State University Professor Ashley Podhradsky explained how the communication capabilities of these devices have been exploited by people who plan to commit a variety of criminal activities.  The paper, "The Xbox 360 and Steganography: How Criminals and Terrorists Could be 'Going Dark,'" is pertinent in light of recent terror attacks in Paris and Mali.  Podhradsky joined guest host Lori Walsh to discuss her research.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 9, 2015

Hilger's Gulch, located just north of the South Dakota state capitol building, has become a contentious issue among Pierre residents.  Governor Daugaard would like to see a change in the park's vegetation that would require less maintenance and a reduced use of chemicals.  Hundreds of Pierre residents have spoken out against his plan.  Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader and Roger Whittle of the Watertown Public Opinion discussed the Hilger's Gulch battle along with suffering air service in Watertown, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender's wish to extend the terms of


Jun 26, 2015

Sioux Falls string band Condor has grown by one since they released their first CD, "Deep Into the Pool," in the fall of 2013.  Founders Connor Pederson and Andy Shaw were joined by Mateo Bartlett, a friend of Shaw's, about the same time "Deep Into the Pool" was made public.  Bartlett adds banjo and vocals to Pederson's cello and vocals and Shaw's guitar and vocals to one-up the band's unique harmonies and instrumentation.  As a three-piece, Condor released "Poega" in March, 2015.  Every pluck, every strum of Condor's approach to swing, bluegrass, Americana and indie sets them apart.  Condo

Dakota Midday: New DSU President

May 21, 2015
Dakota State University

Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths becomes the 23rd president of Dakota State University when she takes office later this summer.  She leaves her post as the vice president of academic affairs at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.  Griffiths has worked for more than 30 years in higher education and has focused her academic research on the use of information technology in higher education, the contribution of technology and informatics, and health informatics.  Griffiths visited with guest host Cara Hetland on Thursday.

Lynn, Coffey & Reinartz / Chris Champion

Mar 27, 2015

Singer/songwriter Jami Lynn (guitar and banj0) began a collaboration with Dalton Coffey (dobro) and Andrew Reinartz (bass) last fall.  The fruits of their labor is a ten track CD of original music called "Fall Is a Good Time to Die."  The CD is set for release at a pair of concerts: April 10 at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish and April 11 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  "Fall Is a Good Time to Die" was recorded at Dalton Coffey's Sioux Falls studio.  It was mixed in Nashville by Ed Faris, an artist who is know for his work with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.  The trio of L

Zachary Lucky & John Statz

Aug 15, 2014

Zachary Lucky is known for simple, delicate country/folk arrangements that conjure up love and the prairie with a lyrical emphasis on storytelling.  Of the Saskatchewan native, No Depression said, "Lucky's songs have lived lifetimes.  They sit you down, tell you their stories and heighten your senses to the wonders of nature, love and self."  "The Ballad of Losing You" is the sixth release by Lucky, the grandson of Canadian country music legend Smilin' Johnnie Lucky.  It hit shelves last September.

Baby Mountain

Aug 1, 2014
Dakota State University

Chicago-based artist, musician and teacher Tim Lowly and Tucson-based musician and teacher Karima Walker perform under the moniker "Baby Mountain."  Lowly's art exhibitions have been viewed from coast-to-coast, including the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  He creates realistic paintings of people - sometimes questioning priorities of power and prestige.  His art inspires his music while his music inspires his art.  Lowly created a portrait of Walker while she was attending North Park University in Chicago w

DakotaCon 2014

Mar 6, 2014

DakotaCon returns to the Dakota State University campus Friday through Sunday in Madison.  DSU is bringing cyber security individuals together for three full days of talks, competitions and training.  In conjunction with the DakotaCon presentations, the North Central Region Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) is being held Friday and Saturday on the DSU campus.  The nationally recognized competition focuses on the operational aspect of managing, securing and defending a "commercial" network infrastructure.  DSU network security instructor Kyle Cronin is the project leader for the si

Game Narrative Review Competition

Feb 27, 2014

Five Dakota State University students were awarded top honors in a Game Narrative Review Competition for the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) held in San Francisco in March.  They are students of Jeff Howard, assistant professor of Game Development and Design at DSU.  Sophomore Mostafa Haque won one of the three top Platinum level awards, for which he'll receive a free, all-access pass to the GDC.  This year, Howard assigned his fall 2013 class, Game 360: Narrative Design, to submit an analysis of a game narrative to the competition.  Howard helps students and other designers dig into the