The Institute of American Indian Studies at the University of South Dakota was the first of its kind in the nation, but decades of funding cuts left it largely  inactive.

On Native American Day, the university announced plans to revitalize the institute—including a new director, tribal liaison, and post-doctorate research fellow.

In 1955, state lawmakers founded the institute to support Native students and promote research in tribal histories and cultures. A decade later, the Doris Duke Foundation selected USD to launch an oral history center.

USD Child Abuse Conference

Sep 28, 2020

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

Jackie Hendry

The abrupt end of the spring semester has effected how many college students come back to school—but not in the way many might expect. The University of South Dakota is seeing unusually high numbers of freshman returning as sophomores this year.

USD President Sheila Gestring says that freshman retention rate was 6% lower than the previous year in May. But that was before the university announced plans to bring students back to campus.

The state Department of Health reports 71 COVID-19 cases are currently tied to college campuses. The state’s public universities are not expected to report individual campus numbers to the public.

With colleges around the country already closing after outbreaks, local university leaders say it’s up to students how long their campus stays open.

University of South Dakota President Sheila Gestring says there’s no clear number of COVID-19 cases that would close campus again.

The Final Push For The 19th Amendment

Aug 11, 2020

In The Moment … August 11, 2020 Show 878 Hour 1

South Dakota's male voters rejected woman suffrage proposals in five elections between 1889 and 1918. But local and national suffrage activists kept the issue alive and managed to get another measure on the 1918 ballot. This time was different. Molly Rozum, Ph.D. is an associate professor of history at the University of South Dakota and joins us today.

USD Media Relations

The state’s only law school has a new name.

A 12.5 million dollar gift from T. Denny Sanford will fund up to ten full-ride scholarships at the newly-dubbed USD Knudson School of Law.

David Knudson served as chief of staff for former-governor Bill Janklow and as majority leader in the South Dakota state senate. He’s also overseen more than two-billion dollars in other gifts as T. Denny Sanford’s lawyer.

But this latest gift came as a surprise to Knudson—a difficult feat, according to Law School Dean Neil Fulton

As BOR Prepares for Fall, Faculty Express Concern

Jul 22, 2020

Faculty and students from five of the state’s six public universities have signed a letter urging the Board of Regents to reconsider its commitment to face-to-face teaching this fall. The BOR is meeting this afternoon to discuss the fall semester.

The letter asks that no one be required to attend class in person or be required to disclose medical information in order to teach or attend class online.  

SDPB News: July 21

Jul 21, 2020

Will South Dakota universities and colleges require masks this coming semester? This and more in today's SDPB News Podcast.

Can China Outlaw Global Activism?

Jul 9, 2020

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In The Moment … July 2, 2020 Show 851 Hour 2

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to block the federal government from taking over its law enforcement and forcing the removal of public health checkpoints. This is the latest volley in a back-and-forth legal and political battle between the tribe and state/federal authorities.    To discuss the issues further, we welcome Frank Pommersheim, professor emeritus, University of South Dakota School of Law. 


Masks Do Work & Other Lessons Learned

Jun 22, 2020

When a family member is diagnosed with COVID-19, what do you do? SDPBs Lura Roti finds out by visiting with a Sioux Falls mother who recently cared for her college-age daughter.

What do you do when your 20-year-old daughter calls crying to let you know she tested positive for COVID-19? If you’re Pam Cole, you pack up your home office and drive to Vermillion.

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.

Prof Pommersheim Talks Checkpoints

Jun 3, 2020

In The Moment … June 3, 2020 Show 830 Hour 1

Police Accountability & Perception

Jun 2, 2020

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Lifelong Learning During The Pandemic

May 6, 2020

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Older adults are at high risk of serious complications from COVID-19, so many are staying at home during the pandemic. But staying at home doesn't need to mean stagnating.  Thea Miller Ryan, director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USD, joins us for a look at lifelong learning during complicated times. 

Dakota Political Junkies

May 6, 2020

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Governor Noem bristles at some of the reporting on her. Is the reporting fair? Does the Governor have political aspirations on the national scale? And how does the state deal with an expected budget shortfall? The Dakota Political Junkies have their work cut out for them! We're joined by Michael Card, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and by Sioux Falls Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis.

Laura Vostad: Dealing With Conflict In Business

May 4, 2020

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These days there seems to be an outpouring of conflict. What is conflict and how do we navigate our way through it? Conflict could be from business to personal relationships and can even be good. Laura Vostad is a learning and development manager at Raven Industries, she designs and facilitates learning solutions for all levels of the organization and joins us now.

Thinking Critically

Apr 6, 2020

In The Moment ... April 6, 2020 Show 789 Hour 2

Critical Thinking by definition is the ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment. Critical Thinking and problem solving go together. Breaking that down is complex but joining us to assist with that is Jill Tyler, she is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of South Dakota.


Students Keep School Paper Going

Mar 31, 2020

In The Moment ... March 31, 2020 Show 785 Hour 1

What is it like to be a student today? Are extracurriculars still going on? One of SDPB's reporters noticed that The Volante, USD's student paper, was still being worked on. So, we decided to bring them on to discuss how their team is adapting to the times and what it's like to be a student doing classes online - while still trying to produce an extracurricular product. Lexi Kerzman is the editor-in-chief of The Volante.

Legal Services During A Pandemic

Mar 30, 2020

In The Moment ... March 30, 2020 Show 784 Hour 1

COVID-19 has us rethinking how we work, learn, and access medical services. We're also hearing questions from listeners about a variety of legal services. Neil Fulton is Dean of the School of Law at the University of South Dakota. 

How To Optimize Your Productivity

Mar 3, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... March 3, 2020 Show 765 Hour 1

If you are a professional looking to navigate the business world with optimum productivity the University of South Dakota Center for Professional Development is offering Extreme Productivity:  Create an Extraordinary Quality of Life on Tuesday, May 5th. Executive coach Lisa Te Slaa and Linda Halliburton, associate dean, join us.  You can watch the full interview by clicking here.  

Mark Brown has been appointed as the new president of the USD Discovery District. He began his job this week.  Brown holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Texas and has built his career in research and leadership at Colorado State University. He has over 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is certified in Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and he has many published works. He says he's excited to come to Sioux Falls and moving the Discovery District forward.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 10, 2020 Show 731 Hour 1

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 7, 2020 Show 728 Hour 2

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 7, 2020 Show 728 Hour 1

It's a new year, and with that comes New Year's resolutions. New Year's resolutions are a great way to try something new in life, to take better care of yourself - OR - to take care of the environment. With ideas on how we can do a better job of taking care of our planet, Mark Sweeney joins us. He's a professor of Sustainability and Environment at the University of South Dakota.  

News: Oct 26 - Nov 1

Nov 1, 2019

An update on the Keystone XL pipeline.

A warrant of execution of Charles Rhines has been issued for the first week of November.

The CEO of R-CALF USA tells us why America is losing its ranches.

Dan Ahlers has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. 

USD's Tim Schorn tells us what al-Baghdadi's death means.

State Senator Cammack talks the upcoming SD legislative session.

All this & more on your weekly ITM news podcast.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... October 16, 2019 Show 680 Hour 1

The University of South Dakota and the University Art Galleries have been home to Henry Payer as the 2019 Northern Plains Indian Artist in Residence. The work produced during his residency is on exhibit in the John A. Day Gallery at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts through November 17. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Payer's residency project focuses on the removal and relocation route of the Ho-Chunk people from Wisconsin during the Dakota Uprising of 1862.

John Nguyen

In The Moment ... October 11, 2019 Show 678 Hour 1

While the architectural expansion and renovation continues at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, NMM Live! welcomes award-winning cello virtuoso Cameron Crozman to Farber Hall in Old Main on the campus of the University of South Dakota.

The Canadian artist has been named "Canada's next big cello star" by CBC Music and the 2019-20 Classical Revelation artist of Radio-Canada.

Finding Your Place in College

Sep 10, 2019
University of South Dakota

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Do you remember your first year of college? Were you nervous? Did you get homesick? Did you struggle to make friends - or maybe hang out in your dorm room too much? And what about your classes? Were you able to keep up your studies and your grades?

USD Website

The University of South Dakota is offering a new bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience in the fall.

The Board of Regents approved the degree last week along with specializations in cognitive neuroscience and molecular and cellular neuroscience.

Doug Peterson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at USD. He says this new degree provides students the opportunity to study how the nervous system applies to daily life.