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Supreme Court Report with Mike Thompson

Dec 17, 2020

In The Moment … December 17, 2020 Show 963 Hour 2 The Supreme Court of the United States is in session and hears various cases each week. Today we discuss a second try effort by the Trump Administration that would regulate census numbers based on citizenship. We also talk about a case that's a vehicle for discussing the separation-of-powers doctrine.  Guest: Mike Thomson, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Sioux Falls. 


Rev. Dennis Thum: College Expectations

Sep 28, 2020

In The Moment … September 28, 2020 Show 911 Hour 1

College Admissions During COVID-19

May 19, 2020
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In The Moment … May 19, 2020 Show 820 Hour 1

Going back to school is all part of getting back to normal. How are South Dakota colleges preparing for the return of students? How have they uniquely maintained contact with students, especially incoming freshmen during the pandemic? And how much different will the on-campus experience be this fall? Justin Fraase is the director of enrollment, communications and marketing at Northern State University in Aberdeen, and Aimee VanderFeen is the vice president for enrollment at the University of Sioux Falls.

USF's "Loving Arms"

Feb 19, 2020
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In The Moment ... February 19, 2020 Show 756  Hour 2

"Loving Arms" is a new play written by Kevin Cole, professor of english at the University of Sioux Falls. It's a look at art and culture, violence and identity, and the value of both human life and human expression.  You can see the world premiere of "Loving Arms" this week at the University of Sioux Falls. Feb 19 through February 22. 

The Argus Leader

Multiple players with South Dakota ties heard their names called this weekend during the 2019 National Football League draft. Trey Pipkins of the University of Sioux Falls was selected at No. 91 overall to the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday night.

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said Pipkins is a gifted athlete, and that selecting him in the third round was an easy decision.

In The Moment ... April 8, 2019 Show 551 Hour 1

When studying abroad, what aspects of language do people tend to learn best? How do they do it and why do they do it?

Joshua Page, a Hispanics linguistics professor at Doane University, is the keynote speaker at the 11th annual USF Research Symposium in Sioux Falls. Its an even that showcases the academic excellence of undergraduate students.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... October 1. 2018 Show 433 Hour 2

The South Dakota Supreme Court is holding its October session on the campus of the University of Sioux Falls through Wednesday.  The Court will hear three oral arguments at the Meredith Auditorium in the Jeschke Fine Arts Center.

Mike Thompson, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Sioux Falls, joined the program with details on the proceedings.

In The Moment ... April 17, 2018 Show 317 Hour 1

Students present their work at the University of Sioux Falls Research Symposium this week. As college grads prepare to enter their chosen careers, often it's hard to imagine what exactly that career might be like.

Theresa Brown's books take readers inside the indispensable profession of nursing. Her book The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patient's Lives invites readers to live through one intense, joyful, and frustrating day at work in the heart and soul of a hospital.

Sanford Donates $30 Million to Scholarship Endowment

Jan 29, 2018
Horatio Alger Association

Denny Sanford is establishing a 30 million dollar scholarship endowment with the Horatio Alger Association. Seven universities in South Dakota are among twelve in the nation receiving an allotment from the new scholarship program. 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... November 16, 2017 Show 222 Hour 2

University of Sioux Falls student McKenzie Erickson joins the program to talk about Love Your Melon – an organization founded and run by college students on the mission of improving the lives of children battling cancer. We also discuss how social media is changing the lives of American teenagers.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 17,2017 Show 158 Hour 2

What’s the impact of war on higher education? Today we welcome University of Sioux Falls professor Stephen Jackson. He’s been at work exploring the impact of World War II on the University of Sioux Falls. Dr. Jackson’s research will appear alongside other scholars’ work in the book “Denominational Higher Education During World War II.” The book focuses on the framing of faith and war, service to the nation, and the dynamics of the denominational campus during the war years.

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."

In The Moment ... May 11, 2017 Show 091 Hour 2

"Deadwood Pioneer: A Face From the Past" premiers on SDPB-TV on May 22nd at 9 p.m. Central, 8 Mountain. It’s the story of human remains discovered during a construction project in Deadwood and the five year investigation into the origins of the Deadwood Pioneer. Our guests are SDPB television producer Chad Anderson and Deadwood City Archivist Mike Runge.

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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.

Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... March 31, 2017 Show 062 Hour 1

In a recent report, UFO sightings are at an all-time high ( with the USA in the lead, by far.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment... February 27, 2017 Show 038 Hour 1

We begin the hour with an update on the Paul Dean Jensen case. Jensen spent 20 years in prison, serving life without parole for a murder he committed in 1996 at the age of 14. In June, a judge reconsidered that penalty and imposed a 200 year sentence. Now Jensen is appealing the second sentence. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks has the update.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... February 13, 2017 Show 029 Hour 1

Alan Greene, Founder/CEO of LifeLight Communications, Inc. joins the show.  Last week it was announced that the LifeLight Festival, one of the world’s largest Christian music festivals, will no longer be held annually on a farm near Worthing, just south of Sioux Falls.

Brett Bradfield Named USF President

Jan 31, 2017

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 30 2017 Show 019 Hour 1

Guests: Tony Venhuizen, author of The Governor's of South Dakota; SDPB's Victoria Wicks, national seed swap day; Tong Wang, South Dakota State University extension specialist; Mike Thompson, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Sioux Falls

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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. 

Erin Mairose

1,500 homes in Sioux Falls are a little safer after a weekend visit from the American Red Cross, the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue team, and college students. As part of the Growing Resilient Campaign, the teams went door to door to check smoke alarms and to help residents plan a fire escape route.

 A fire engine pulls up alongside a curb in a Sioux Falls neighborhood. Four men get out carrying a duffle bag of equipment and a map.  

Capital One

Hundreds of people are losing their jobs as a Sioux Falls financial call center closes. A spokesperson for Capital One says the company is shifting strategies and moving work from Sioux Falls to other places. It’s supposed to happen by the end of the year. A layoff of 750 workers is significant, but the situation offers those employees some opportunities.

Thursday Capital One leaders alerted workers that their business in Sioux Falls is shutting down. Employees are not out of a job right away. They can work for a few months before Capital One’s operations end.

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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.

A man found guilty of aggravated assault against law enforcement wants the state’s highest court to throw out his conviction. This week the South Dakota Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments at the University of Sioux Falls. Attorneys in one of Monday’s cases disagree about the state’s definition of "serious bodily injury."

Last December a Lincoln County judge found Samuel Miland guilty of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault against law enforcement. For that last conviction, Miland received 40 years in the state penitentiary.