USD students and faculty make masks for those in need

Students and faculty members at USD are breaking out the sewing machines to supply masks for the Vermillion community and surrounding areas. The USD Mask Task Force has made hundreds of masks for on-campus students and essential employees — as well as distributing fabric masks to Vermillion residents during the coronavirus pandemic.  The task force […]

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Physical therapy students on schedule to graduate after COVID-19

USD’s physical therapy program is making sure students learn the necessary skills while staying on track to graduate despite transitioning to online learning. USD’s physical therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The commission establishes the minimum standards and elements of knowledge PT students need to graduate. Patti […]

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Summer camps, conferences canceled in response to COVID-19

USD announced on Friday all summer camps are canceled— including American Legion Auxiliary South Dakota Girls State, originally scheduled for June 1 through 6, Despite the cancellation, all participants will receive a certificate of achievement and according to the press release, will be invited to the banquet scheduled for the fall. ALA South Dakota Girl […]

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Local churches navigate obstacles to deliver Easter sermons

Easter is normally a time for religious celebration among families who celebrate the April holiday, but this year was different. Some of the Vermillion churches used a live stream to deliver messages to the local community over Easter. The Saint Thomas More Newman Center delivered a mass on Easter Sunday, as well as masses prior […]

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USD Beacom School of Business offers webinar series to support local businesses during pandemic

Beginning on Thursday, the Beacom School of Business is offering a webinar series led by faculty to show support to small businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. As the leading business school in South Dakota, Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the USD Beacom School of Businesses said it’s important the Beacom School shows their support to economic […]

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Internship programs put on hold

With working from home or not working at all becoming the new normal, people of all ages are experiencing changes in their schedules and routines. For some students, this can mean finishing an internship early, or having an internship canceled entirely. Cory Myers, news director of the Argus Leader, said they’ve had internships every summer for […]

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Coronavirus victims in Clay County start to recover

The status of the coronavirus in South Dakota took a turn on Sunday when Smithfield Foods, one of the largest pork-processing plants in the state, saw 438 workers fall ill to COVID-19, as stated in the Washington Post.  The plant, located in Sioux Falls, is closed indefinitely according to the company’s website. With these new […]

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University Center ceases staffing students

The Muenster University Center (MUC) is the central hub of USD’s campus, providing not only a gathering place for students but opportunities to work as well. Since the closure of buildings on campus, however, the MUC is no longer staffing any positions with undergraduate students. On March 27, 25 student workers were told the MUC […]

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Letter from the Editor: A small staff with extra drive

The Volante is already a small staff — with only 13 executive staff members and five more reporters. This year, we have focused on being a team and working together. I’m so grateful we made teamwork a priority early.  This is not how I or any Editor-in-Chief wanted this semester to conclude, but we have […]

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The real heroes: healthcare workers

There is a group of people consistently at the front lines of this pandemic, day and night, risking their lives to help those afflicted with COVID-19. Those people are healthcare workers — people in hospitals and clinics working hard to care for COVID-19 patients. The past couple of weeks multiple videos have circulated social media, […]

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