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The Department of Justice recently awarded the University of South Dakota a $300,000 grant to further its sexual assault prevention and awareness programs.

Officials say CARE, which stands for Coyotes Advocate, Respond and Educate to Stop Violence works to reduce sexual assault crimes and increase victim support through community efforts.

Late Artist’s Work On Display At USD

Sep 28, 2016
Melinda Camber Porter Website

A world travelled artist’s collection is now on display at the University of South Dakota. The work includes art, film and literature.

Melinda Camber Porter was a correspondent for The Times out of London. She travelled everywhere from Paris to New York . . . and eventually South Dakota. Porter published one novel entitled Badlands . . . set on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Porter met John Flicek in New York and they eventually married. Flicek is a Sioux Falls native and earned his master’s degree in chemistry and business.

Nearly 30 USD Students Involved In A Bus Crash

Aug 30, 2016
Gary Ellenbolt / SD Public Broadcasting

About 30 University of South Dakota students were involved in a bus crash Tuesday morning, August 30th.  U-S-D Vice-President and Dean of Students, Kim Grieve, says the investigation into what happened is just beginning.

”What we know is, the students were out on a tour of Vermillion with one of their classes, and a car hit the bus that they were in.  They’ve checked out all the students—I don’t have a report, but it seems like all the students are doing well, and they’re all being loaded on another bus to be taken back to the university,” Grieve said.

Programming Competition Comes To South Dakota

Aug 2, 2016
International Collegiate Programming Contest

This year two South Dakota college teams travelled halfway around the world for an international computer programming competition. However next year’s competition is a little closer to home.

Morocco . . . Japan . . . China . . . Sweden . . . Thailand . . . and South Dakota?

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Dr. Ranjit Koodali is a monthly contributor to SDPB Radio's Innovation. Koodali is a chemistry professor at the University of South Dakota and Dean of the USD Graduate School. "Dr. K" is also the public relations chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He joins today's program to talk about efficient and selective degradation of polyethylenes into liquid fuels and waxes under mild conditions - or, in simple terms, turning plastic bottles into fuel.

Lori Walsh speaks with Grace Day. Grace Day was the only woman In her class of aspiring lawyers at the University of South Dakota in the late 1940s. She endured taunts, tantrums, and the expectation that she would flunk out. She went on to become a sought-after attorney and an inspiration for women in law. She joins Dakota Midday to discuss the surprises of turning 90 as well as the joys of a life lived without hesitation. The documentary “Amazing Grace” airs on SDPB-TV tonight at 8:30 Central, 7:30 Mountain, and Sunday afternoon at 1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain.

The University of South Dakota School of Education is hosting a professional development workshop this week on the topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching. Renowned scholar Dr. Geneva Gay will begin with a keynote speech this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Vermillion. Today, Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks, Dean of the School of Education, joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about what culturally responsive teaching looks like in the classroom. From notions of privilege, to eliminating micro-aggressions, Brooks explores overcoming cultural bias to embrace success for all students.

The life of University of South Dakota First Lady Colette Abbott was celebrated today/Monday on the USD campus. 

Aalfs Auditorium at U-S-D’s Slagle Hall was filled nearly to capacity to honor Colette Abbott.  Visitors saw hundreds of photographs of her life—from early photos with her twin sister, to waving in Dakota Days’ parades, to posing with leaders like George McGovern and Tom Daschle.   The Abbott’s eldest daughter, Sarah, represented the family, and discussed her mother’s influence on nearly everyone around her.

USD Mourns The Death of First Lady Colette Abbott

May 5, 2016

Those involved with the University of South Dakota are still coming to terms with the loss of Colette Abbott.  The wife of U-S-D President Jim Abbott died suddenly Wednesday, at age 59.  One of many people close to the university’s First Lady is Jack Marsh, former executive director of the Freedom Forum at U-S-D. 

Education Students Weigh In On Teacher Pay

Apr 25, 2016

This year state lawmakers gave South Dakota teachers a pay raise. Part of the goal is to attract and retain top young teachers. Many of those aspiring teachers gathered for an SDEA conference in Vermillion recently.

What does the increase in teacher pay mean for South Dakota college students who are studying education? Here are answers from three of them.

“I think it’s good, teachers deserve to get paid more," says Callie Jarmen.

Former Coyote Coach Williams Welcomed In Lincoln

Apr 12, 2016
Eric Gregory / Lincoln Journal-Star

Former University of South Dakota Women’s Basketball Coach Amy Williams is going through formal introductions at her new job this week.  Williams is the new head coach at the University of Nebraska. 

Williams wore the University of Nebraska’s red and white to her introductory press conference in Lincoln.  She thanked university administrations at both Nebraska and U-S-D.  Williams also introduced her parents, who drove to Lincoln from their home in Spearfish for the event.

USD Coach Amy Williams Leaving for Nebraska

Apr 11, 2016
Sioux Falls Argus-Leader

The coach who led the University of South Dakota Women’s Basketball Team to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship is leaving Vermillion.   

Amy Williams is returning to coach at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska.

One week ago, Amy Williams was celebrating the W-N-I-T championship at U-S-D’s Muenster University Center.

USD Women Win WNIT Title

Apr 4, 2016
Gary Ellenbolt

The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team won the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship over the weekend.  The Coyotes were 71-to-65 winners over Florida Gulf Coast University Saturday, in front of more than seven thousand people at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion.  Senior Nicole Seekamp was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and was one of two Coyotes on the All-Tournament Team.  Seekamp was granted another year of eligibility by the N-C-Double-A just before the season started.

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First-year medical students are tapping into new technologies that support health providers in rural areas. Avera’s eCare facility provides live video access to specialists and emergency physicians to support providers in different circumstances. Some students say it makes them more confident in pursuing work in rural medicine. 

Medical students in short white coats surround a mannequin. Three volunteers in blue paper gowns take direction from a physician on a TV screen who walks them through life-saving techniques.

USD Women Advance to WNIT Championship

Mar 31, 2016
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The University of South Dakota Women’s Basketball team plays in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship game this weekend.  The Coyotes defeated Oregon, 88 to 54, at the Dakota Dome Wednesday night.  U-S-D took an early 9-1 lead, led by 14 points at halftime, and had a 36-point advantage after three quarters.    A big part of the U-S-D win was 71 percent three-point shooting, as the Coyotes hit 15 of 21 long-range shots.  Oregon coach Kelly Graves summed up the Ducks’ performance on his post-game radio show on the Oregon Sports Network.

The Summit League

The 2016 Summit League Basketball Championships will take place in Sioux Falls this weekend at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Both South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota are competing in men’s and women’s hoops for a conference title, and for a spot in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments.

SDPB's Nate Wek had the chance to talk with Tom Douple, the commissioner of the Summit League, about the Summit League Basketball Championships starting in Sioux Falls on Saturday. This will be the eighth year in-a-row for the Summit League Basketball Championships in the city. Both South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota will compete for titles in men's and women's hoops.

The 50th Super Bowl featured more than 60 commercials that showcased celebrities, fast cars, and, of course, beer. Brandon Nutting is an assistant professor in the department of media and journalism at the University of South Dakota. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the best (and worst) ads of the day and what they say about business, society, and a new generation of consumers.

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The University of South Dakota has announced Bob Nielson as its new head football coach. On this week's edition of DakotaCast, we give you Nielson's opening remarks to being in Vermillion and the opportunity ahead with coaching the Coyotes. Gary Ellenbolt of SDPB Radio also joins the program to discuss the recent hiring and to explain what this hire means to USD. 

Mark your calendars, because Western Illinois, Nielson's former team, will visit Vermillion, SD on October 29, 2016 for a conference showdown against the University of South Dakota.

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Jeremy Hoeck of the Press and Dakotan in Yankton, SD was my guest this week on DakotaCast. On this week's episode, Hoeck and I discussed the USD football program - including the 2015 season as a whole, and HC Joe Glenn's retirement. We also talked Coyote basketball (men's and women's), and what the season ahead may hold for them.

Secretary Visits Campus

Oct 24, 2015

The South Dakota Secretary of State likes to know what young people are talking about. This week she visited a South Dakota campus to interact with students and talk about current issues.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs talked with students from USD’s state Government and Politics class. Krebs says she enjoys the questions and also wants to know what concerns the students have.

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Preschool teachers in Sioux Falls are learning about a program that helps students recognize gender differences and build relationships. It’s called the Sanford Harmony Program, and its champion says it started when he read the famous book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Tuesday the project’s namesake talks with teachers in Sioux Falls on their first day of Harmony training.

USD Ranks On Forbes List

Aug 10, 2015

The University of South Dakota has ranked on the Forbes’ 2015 Best Colleges List. The list is made up of 650 colleges in the United States. USD ranked higher than any other school in the Dakotas. The university also ranked the highest in the Missouri Valley Conference and second in the Summit League behind the University of Denver.

USD To Acquire Supercomputer

Aug 10, 2015

The University of South Dakota hopes to bring a new supercomputer to campus. It’s thanks to a major grant from the Board of Regents.

he South Dakota Board of Regents awarded a $200,000 grant to USD. Along with federal funding and institutional aid, the college will acquire a new supercomputer. Officials say super computers lead to scientific research publications and developing new courses.  Research Computing Manager Doug Jennewein says the rapidly changing technology demands upgrading.

Non-Profit Buys Theater

Jul 30, 2015

A non-profit association has purchased two local movie theaters in Vermillion.

The group bought the theaters to keep them from closing.

Experts Don't Find Mold

Jul 29, 2015

A group of experts say a university building on the USD campus is not making people sick.

Three experts with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health were called to the University of South Dakota following complaints in a campus building.

USD officials brought in federal health experts after reports of mold and other poor conditions at Noteboom Hall on campus. 

But, after days of testing and inspecting the building, the experts found no mold or dangerous contamination. They blamed the uncomfortable conditions on lack of air ventilation.

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The University of South Dakota’s School of Education has a new dean. Donald Easton-Brooks has been on the job for a month. He comes to Vermillion from Eastern Oregon University, where he served as professor and dean of the Colleges of Business and Education for two years.

Lives Changed By Cochlear Implants

Jun 26, 2015

Technological advances are helping more and more people with severe hearing loss. SDPB’s Levi Gutz has this story about people whose lives have been changed through the implants.

Sound . . . it’s part of our everyday lives. So much so, that we rarely stop and think about how incredible our hearing process is. We also may not think about what it would be like to lose our hearing.

That was the attitude that Michael O'Conner had.

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Since 1889, 49 South Dakotans have served as justices of the state Supreme Court. But according to current Chief Justice David Gilbertson, most of them left little behind other than legal opinions. Last year, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of statehood and South Dakota’s judicial system, the five Supreme Court justices recorded oral histories for the Judicial Voices Project. Former living justices were also interviewed about their time on the court along with three veteran attorneys who provided some of the court’s history.

A new study by researchers at the University of South Dakota finds both men and women admit to texting while driving, but it’s harder to convince men that the practice is unsafe. The study “Gender differences in psychosocial predictors of texting while driving” was published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.