Both SDSU and USD open their football seasons in Kansas on Saturday. The Jackrabbits travel to Lawrence for a late morning game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The Coyotes are in Manhattan for an evening game against the Kansas State Wildcats.

Matt Zimmer is the Sioux Falls Argus Leader beat writer for South Dakota State University athletics. Mick Garry covers University of South Dakota sports for the newspaper. They joined Dakota Midday for a preview of the Jackrabbits' and Coyotes' 2015 seasons.

University of South Dakota

75 years ago this summer, the Baltic States became a part of the Soviet Union following an invasion and rigged elections. In 1990 and 91, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regained their independence and subsequently became the only ex-Soviet states to join NATO and the European Union.

In 1960 Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey was the new medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration when she was assigned the review of a new drug application for thalidomide. The drug was already being sold to pregnant women in Europe and other countries as an anti-nausea drug to treat morning sickness. But Dr. Kelsey refused to approve the application without adequate evidence that the drug was safe. By late 1961 scientists had discovered that thalidomide was causing crippling birth defects in thousands of babies.

Laura Vidler

After staging comedies for its first two productions, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is bringing one of the Bard’s darkest tragedies to Prentis Park in Vermillion June 11 through June 14.

Macbeth is a story of political ambition and quest for power for its own sake. After receiving a prophecy from a trio of witches and being spurred to action by his wife, Scottish general Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne. But he’s racked with guilt and paranoia as he and Lady Macbeth descend into madness.

Sanford Harmony Program

The Sanford Harmony Program is a research-based project designed to help improve how boys and girls think about and treat each other. The idea is that by facilitating harmonious relationships between boys and girls at a young age, the learning environment will improve and set the stage for positive relationships throughout a lifetime.

SDSU defeated USD in last night’s Summit League men’s basketball semi-final. The Jackrabbits take on the NDSU Bison in tonight’s championship game. This is the third time in four years that SDSU has made the tournament finals. This afternoon the top-seeded USD women face second seed SDSU in their championship game. The winners move on to the NCAA tournament.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer is covering the Summit League tournament. He joined Dakota Midday from the Denny Sanford Premier Center for a preview of the championship games.

USD College of Fine Arts

Musicians, actors and artists from the University of South Dakota are being showcased  in Sioux Falls on Saturday. The talents of both students and faculty are featured on stage and in the lobby for “USD Night at the Washington Pavilion.”

The event begins with a 5 pm reception hosted by the USD admissions office with work by art students and faculty in the lobby. Performances begin at 7:30.

Sanford USD Medical Center Designated As Ebola Hospital

Nov 24, 2014

In the unlikely event a case of Ebola pops up in South Dakota there is now a plan of action and a designated health care facility to diagnose and treat any sick patients.

The plan may also help the state deal with any future outbreaks of infectious disease.

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Michael Lawler, Ph.D., Dean of the USD School of Health Sciences discusses the role of interprofessional education in Health Sciences.  The concept called "interprofessionalism" simulates and teach activities that mimic reality.  It helps students understand the role of other healthcare professionals as it relates to their own field.  

Exploring South Dakota's Political Tradition

Nov 13, 2014

The University of South Dakota is taking a trip through South Dakota's political history Thursday during "Exploring South Dakota's Political Tradition," a conference sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of History and University Libraries at USD.  The day-long program includes the launch of the book "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (Vol.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has millions of documents. For students researching Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, it’s easy to get lost.

USD Hosts Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

Jun 17, 2014

In the 1960's, esteemed local artist Oscar Howe established a summer art institute particularly for Native American high school students to provide them with free art supplies and a chance to learn about Native culture, history and traditions. Though this only lasted a few years, the institute inspired the current form of the Oscar Howe Summer Arts Institute being hosted at the University of South Dakota from June 8-20. Keith Braveheart was a student of the OHSAI more than ten years ago, and he's now returned to the institute as an instructor.

USD Professor Weighs In On Iraq's Unrest

Jun 16, 2014
The University of South Dakota

The fall of Tal Afar to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) raised again the specter of deepening sectarian violence in Iraq this weekend. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is considering the use of drones or even working with Iran as options in halting the rebel attacks. Professor Tim Schorn teaches Political Science at the University of South Dakota, where he specializes in Middle Eastern politics and international human rights. He joined the program to clarify the events of the last week in Iraq and shed light on the possible future.

Author Frances Moore Lappe Speaks At USD

Apr 22, 2014

Author Frances Moore Lappe says that Living Democracy is an enlivening culture in which the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability show up in a wide range of human relationships.  She's speaking at 7:00 p.m.

USD Women Face Stanford

Mar 18, 2014

After winning the Summit League Tournament Championship last week, the University of South Dakota women's basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Women's Tournament.  USD faces Stanford in Ames, Iowa this Saturday afternoon.  Second-year head coach Amy Williams talked about the team's season and trip to the national tournament.

"Rivers, Wings and Sky"

Jan 23, 2014
University of South Dakota

"Rivers, Wings and Sky," an exhibition by poet Norma Wilson and artist Nancy Losacker, is on display through the spring semester at the I.D.

Fraser Speaks At USD

Jan 21, 2014

Dawn J. Fraser presents "The Art of Storytelling in Leadership" at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center at the University of South Dakota Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.  Fraser is the host and producer of "Barbershop Stories" out of New York City.  She is also an instructor for The Moth, which can be heard Sunday nights at 11:00 p.m.

Strings Of Disasters Cumulate Stress

May 21, 2013

If you’re tired dealing with disasters–-you may not be alone.  

The Oklahoma tornadoes come on top of a string of major tragedies including national and local disasters.

South Dakota saw an ice storm and blizzard in 2013, a severe drought and wildfires in 2012, the 2011 floods, and seven federally recognized major disasters in 2010.

Weather related disasters are on an increasing trend, and they can take a toll on the mental health of those affected and those who respond.

Biomaterials Day

May 3, 2013

University of South Dakota student AnneMarie Gallo discussed Biomaterials Day (May 8).  The USD Chapter of the Society for Biomaterials was awarded a $5,000 grant from the national Society for Biomaterials to host the event.  The day-long conference includes speakers from academia, research and industry.

USD Farber Series Speaker

Apr 24, 2013

Thomas E. Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies and Programs, the Senior Officer for Global Engagement, and Director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is this year's Farber Speaker Series at the University of South Dakota Wednesday.  Gouttierre has extensive knowledge of Afghanistan and Pakistan and has worked for the U.N. Special Mission to Afghanistan in 1996-97 among other notable accomplishments.

Remembering Al Neuharth

Apr 22, 2013

Newspaper executive and South Dakotan Al Neuharth is being remembered as a great media innovator.  Neuharth died Friday at his home in Florida at the age of 89.  Jack Marsh, president of the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota and former executive editor at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader talked about his friend on Monday's Dakota Midday.

Herbster Named USD Athletic Director

Apr 19, 2013

David Herbster says he always knew he’d be an athletic director again after holding the position at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, but he never thought he’d hold it at USD. Herbster is USD’s official athletic director after holding the interim position since December. He joined USD as an associate athletic director in 2007 and his goal then was to get the university through its transition to Division I. Now, Herbster has new goals as he takes over the athletic director position.

National Poetry Month

Apr 19, 2013

April is National Poetry Month.  Lee Ann Roripaugh, professor of English at the University of South Dakota, joined Dakota Midday to share a few of her poems.  She is the author of "Beyond Heart Mountain," "Year of the Snake," and "On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year."

Fulbright Award Winner To Teach In Botswana

Apr 16, 2013

Mejai Bola Mike Avoseh, Ph.D., associate professor of education at the University of South Dakota, has won a Fulbright Award to conduct research and lecture in Botswana.  Avoseh will begin his journey to Botswana, in southern Africa, in July.

Syria Behind The Lines

Apr 10, 2013

In the rural heartland of Syria's countryside, the bloody uprising against President Bashar Al Assad has taken a turn.  In the FRONTLINE documentary "Syria Behind the Lines," which aired Tuesday night on SDPB-TV, award-winning filmmaker Olly Lambert lives on both sides of Syria's sectarian frontline, witnessing the devastating effects of a religious feud that is shaping Syria's future.

March Madness

Mar 21, 2013

SDPB Radio news intern Nate Wek joined Dakota Midday from Auburn Hills, Michigan, where the South Dakota State University men's basketball team will face the University of Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Tournament.  Tonight's game begins at 6:15 p.m. Central.

Summit League Championship Games

Mar 12, 2013

Sioux Falls hosts the Summit League Basketball championship games Tuesday.  The women's game has the University of South Dakota facing South Dakota State University at 2:30 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m., the SDSU men play North Dakota State University.  Winners advance to the NCAA National Tournaments.  Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Terry Vandrovec provided a summary of the tournament and a preview of Tuesday's games.

Janklow Exhibit At The University Of South Dakota

Mar 1, 2013
Chris Laughery

It’s pretty unusual for a University to display artifacts and papers of a student who had to talk his way into staying enrolled, once officials found out he was a high school dropout.  But, it’s not so unusual when you find out that student was Bill Janklow.  He remained at the University of South Dakota to receive undergraduate and law degrees—and spent his life as one of the most colorful figures in state history.  Now, the school that tried to expel him is displaying some of his artifacts on campus.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Gary Ellenbolt tells us more on today’s Dakota Digest

USD Night At Washington Pavilion

Jan 31, 2013

The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts is celebrating the creative talent of its students and faculty at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.  College of Fine Arts Dean Larry Schou talked about the program that will showcase USD students in 10 musicals and theatrical ensembles at the Washington Pavilion's Husby Performing Arts Center.  The event also features USD Department of Art student art and graphic design work along with printmaking and ceramic demonstrations.

USD MLK Speaker

Jan 22, 2013
Association of American Colleges & Universities

Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer of Emeritus Consulting Group in Chicago, is the guest of the Center for Academic Engagement at the University of South Dakota Tuesday night.  She'll deliver the keynote address, "Innovation in Higher Education: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," in the MUC Ballroom at 7 p.m.  Clayton-Pederson is also an Association of American Colleges & Universities Senior Scholar directing the work of a three-year project, "Preparing Critical Faculty For the Future."