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USD School of Law welcomes South Dakota Supreme Court for March 2014 Term of Court The South Dakota Supreme Court will be in session for three days at the University of South Dakota School of Law, March 24-26. The justices – all graduates of the USD School of Law – will hear nine oral arguments during the threeday March Term of Court at the law school courtroom. Oral arguments on Monday, March 24 include: State of South Dakota vs. Sean Whistler, 9 a.m., Deborah Isack, individually, and as Guardian and Conservator for Terry D. Isack vs. Acuity, 10 a.m., and Roger Hamilton vs. Richard A. Sommers, Melissa E. Neville and Bantz, Gosch & Cremer, Prof, LLC, 11 a.m. Oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday, March 25 are Megan Ruschenberg, Jessica Cornelius and Heather Rensch vs. David Eliason and Annabelle’s Adult Super Center of South Dakota, LLC and Olivia’s of South Dakota, LLC d/b/a Olivia’s Adult Super Store, 9 a.m.; Donovan Craig Siers vs. Douglas Weber, Warden of the South Dakota State Penitentiary, 10 a.m.; and Paul Nelson Farm vs. South Dakota Department of Revenue, 11 a.m. Oral arguments for Wednesday, March 20 include: State of South Dakota vs. Derek Boe, at 9 a.m.; Stern Oil Company and State of South Dakota Ex rel Stern Oil Company vs. Border States Paving, Inc., and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, as its surety at 10 a.m.; State of South Dakota vs. Donald Leon Nekolite,11 a.m. Chief Justice David Gilbertson (USD School of Law, ’75) and Justices John Konenkamp (’74), Steven Zinter (’75), Glen Severson (’75) and Lori Wilbur (’77) will hear oral arguments each morning with afternoon sessions reserved for written appellate briefs. Case synopses will also be available each morning for the public. The Supreme Court will also review four non-oral arguments during the March session. A complete schedule and summaries of the cases are available at http://ujs. The South Dakota Supreme Court employs security methods to insure the well-being of all who attend its proceedings. All people attending the morning arguments will need to enter through the Law School building’s southeast door. Book bags, backpacks, and other packages are subject to search and people are encouraged not to bring them to keep the entrance process smooth and without delays. Individuals requiring assistance should contact the State Court Administrator’s Office at (605) 773-3474 at least 48 hours before the session to make any arrangements.

Beacom School of Business ranked ‘Best for Vets’ by Military Times When it comes to Veterans seeking a business degree, the University of South is a perfect fit, according to Military Times, which named USD’s Beacom School of Business a “Best for Vets: Business Schools” in its 2014 rankings. Military Times, an organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, named USD’s Beacom School of Business as one of the top 30 schools in the nation to attend. Many services USD provides for military and veteran students were considered in the ranking, including services provided through the Student Veteran Resource Center (SVRC). The center provides resources to military and Veteran students such as: free printing, counseling, tutoring, and library resources, just to name a few. For a full list of resources please visit Military Times says about 140 colleges and universities participated in the detailed, nearly 80-question survey, which delved into school culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, and cost and financial aid. School prestige, military-related culture, size, location, and Veteran services are just a few of the criteria looked at by Military Times in addition to the surveyed questions. For more information about Best for Vets: Business Schools as well as links to the methodology and rankings, please visit www. The rankings are published in full in the March issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, the premier publication for military transition, and online at, as well as,, and Military Times’ series of Best for Vets survey-based rankings include: Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers and Law Enforcement.

A Special Day to Honor Military Children and Their Families Join in the celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library on Church Street in Vermillion, SD to honor military children, their family and friends. Special activities planned during the two hour event include a flag ceremony, arts and craft activity, a sing-a-long, and book readings. Refreshments will be provided by members of the American Legion Auxiliary Wallace Unit #1 of Vermillion. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to join the celebration and activities to honor active military, reservists and veterans of various military services. Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is an ongoing, dynamic program to support and promote the children of deployed military service professionals. OMK is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Army, South Dakota 4-H, American Legion, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Its purpose is to provide local community support for the children of service women and men from South Dakota. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service administers the program and its offices are located at South Dakota State University’s West River

Agricultural Center in Rapid. According to Sheila Troxel Snyder, OMK State Coordinator, “Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. OMK hopes everyone will take this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate these young heroes and make it possible for military kids to visually witness the support of their community members!” April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” a time to honor military youth in our communities who have been impacted by deployments, and the challenges military families face before, during and after deployments. Established by Casper Weinberger in 1986, the Month of the Military Child recognizes the important role military children play in our communities. We pause each year to honor the millions of military children for their contributions to their families. In tribute to the 7500 military children in the state, South Dakota’s Operation: Military Kids (OMK) Program, part of the 4‐H Youth Development program of SDSU Cooperative Extension, is inviting everyone to join in and be part of the

“Purple Up! For Military Kids” Day, being held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Everyone is encouraged to wear something purple on this special date, as a tangible way to show support and thanks to all military children for their strength and sacrifices. The goal is for military youth to witness a sea of “purple” on that day in order to visually witness the support of their community. For more information about Purple Up! For Military Kids Day, please contact Ms. Snyder at the SDSU West River Ag Center at 605-394-2236, or at Sheila.

Lifto Amundson Lecture, Doyle Humanities Teaching Award highlight Alpha Chapter initiation at USD Alpha Chapter of South Dakota, Phi Beta Kappa, at the University of South Dakota will initiate new members and host a celebratory banquet on Monday, March 31. The annual Lifto Amundson Lecture, which is open to the public, will conclude the evening’s events at 7:30 p.m. at the USD School of Law Court Room. The public is also invited to a reception at 7:15 p.m. in the Law School Commons. The initiation ceremony is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in the Law School Court Room followed by a banquet honoring all new members of Phi Beta Kappa at 6:30 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Room of the Al Neuharth Media Center. The celebration of “25 years of Lifto

Amundson Lectures” will begin with the presentation of the James M. Doyle Humanities Teaching Award by Matthew C. Moen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and includes highlights of past lectures. The 26th Lifto Amundson speaker, Kory Floyd, Ph.D., professor of health and family communication at Arizona State University, will deliver the lecture, “The Importance of Being Prosocial: Communication, Health and Well-Being.” Floyd, whose work has been featured on NBC’s Today show, on National Public Radio, and in dozens of magazines and newspapers, is also a research associate with the Arizona Cancer Center. His research focuses on the communication

of affection in close relationships and on its connections to wellness and health, exploring physiological responses to interpersonal communication. His theory, Affection Exchange Theory, assumes that affectionate behavior evolved within the human species due to its contributions to viability and fertility, and specifies some of the situations under which affection communication will have positive health benefits, and the situations under which it will induce a stress response. His recent work has built on the experience of alexithymia, the inability to recognize or describe emotions, and the impact of alexithymia on interpersonal communication and relationships.

Sydney Kronaizl and Ethan James Named First Bank & Trust January Students of the Month First Bank & Trust would like to congratulate Sydney Kronaizl and Ethan James on being selected as January Student of the Month! They will each receive a $100 scholarship to the school of their choice. They have received this reward in recognition for their leadership at Vermillion High School. Sydney was nominated because she is willing to step up and be a leader not only for the group she is with but for all those involved in whatever project is at hand. After VHS she plans to attend a 4 year college and will study either Psychology or Biology. Her parents are Sharon Gray and Denis Kronaizl. Sydney has been involved at VHS in show choir, SD All State Chorus Sydney Kronaizl and was an Ambassador of Excellence at the SD Governor’s Camp. She is a member of National Honor Society, was a Girls State Delegate, and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions. She has participated in the Vermillion Community with

projects such as Tanager Volunteer Day, City Wide Clean Up Day, church youth groups and time with nursing home residents. Congratulations Sydney! Ethan was nominated for his positive attitude and great work ethic. Ethan plans to attend SDSU after graduation and will study athletic training and then get his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He also plans to play football for State. His parents are Brad and Kari Jo James. Ethan has been busy at VHS participating in activities such as 4 years of soccer, football, basketball, baseball, a member of National Honor Society, Students Against DeEthan James structive Decisions, and Quiz Bowl. He has received honors such as Homecoming King, Soccer Captain, Outstanding Leadership Award in soccer, and Boys State Delegate. Ethan has given back to the Vermillion Community in projects such as City Wide Clean Up Day, caretaker in church nursery, and to the soccer youth clubs. Way to go Ethan!




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