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SDSU Extension to expand opioid education program

Strengthening the Heartland, an SDSU Extension program that provides free seminars to increase awareness and knowledge about opioids among youth and adults in rural South Dakota, will be expanding its programming. Strengthening the Heartland has delivered opioid-related programming to nearly 35 South Dakota communities in the last two years, according to SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Spe

Happy Fourth of July, Mr. President

By the tender age of 26, Lake City native Katie (Wegleitner) Cramer has twice performed for the president of the United States. The first occurred in 2013, when as a sophomore at Northern State University, she marched with the school band in Barack Obama’s inauguration parade.

Accelerated nursing grad leads charge to provide aid to the homeless

Katie (Wegleitner) Cramer already was serving in the South Dakota National Guard’s 147th Army Band and going to school full time at Northern State University when she picked up a side job. That job at Bethesda Nursing Home in Aberdeen did more than give her some spending money, it pointed her to her career. The Lake City native spent almost four years as a nursing assistant.

Miller Wellness Center wins NIHCA 2020 December Spotlight  

This month the Miller Wellness Center participated in the National Independent Health Club Association’s December Spotlight Contest highlighting virtual workout programs. The MWC staff submitted a video clip demonstrating how virtual workouts should be facilitated with some added holiday spirit!

Traveling COVID-19 nurse may have found a home back home

Tyler Christensen is proof you can go home again. The staff at Sanford Health is thankful he did. Christensen, an ’07 graduate, had been working as a traveling nurse in Reno, Nevada, before the Beresford native decided to return to his home state to serve COVID-19 patients at Sanford in Sioux Falls. He continues to work as a traveling nurse but hopes to become a permanent employee.

SDSU’s College of Nursing ranked among nation’s best


South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing has been named to Nursing Schools Almanac’s list of top 100 nursing schools.

State grad Braun named Sanford Clinical Employee of Year

Natalie Braun, a family nurse practitioner and two-time SDSU graduate, has been named Sanford Health Clinical Employee of the Year. Braun, who earned her bachelor’s in nursing through the accelerated program in 2004 and her master’s in nursing in 2010, was honored in September. Among the 50,000 employees, there are more than 9,000 nurses.

Modeling the Way: COVID-19 Research

In recent months, air flow has been a topic of interest in COVID-19 research. Using graphs and models, many researchers are hopeful in investigating role of air flow in particle transmission. At SDSU, the School of Design has been using 3D modeling for various parts of study in their curriculum.

Improving Intercultural Competence: Collaboration in Brookings

As the world becomes more connected, the need for understanding various cultures and embracing diversity is becoming even more important. To address that importance in the workplace, Rebecca Kuehl, associate professor in SDSU’s School of Communication and Journalism and the program coordinator of women, gender and sexuality studies, is leading a community-based research project in Brookings.

Population Health Evaluation Center honored as partner of year

The South Dakota State University Population Health Evaluation Center received the South Dakota Chronic Disease Partner of the Year Award from the South Dakota Department of Health’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The Population Health Evaluation Center is in the SDSU College of Nursing. “We are all truly honored to be recognized through this award.