“Paula” was four years old when she was trafficked for the first time. Her mother invited men into the house and sometimes rewarded her with ice cream or toys after they left. She was in her late 30’s when she was able to consider herself a survivor. She will never get her childhood back.
Human Trafficking is alive and active throughout many towns in South Dakota. It is a reality today and often times happening right in front of us. Bringing awareness to our communities can be a key aspect to deterrence.
Since 2009, there have been more than 50 federal sex trafficking cases in the state of South Dakota and we have the 2nd highest trafficking related calls in the United States. Children make up 50% of the victims.
Being committed to recognizing oppression and alleviating inequality whenever possible is part of our Presentation Mission. Every Monday, a dedicated group of women and men come together at the Call to Freedom Office to pray for the elimination of sex trafficking and for all persons who are caught in this dehumanizing web.
There are many aspects to that prayer:
- Those being trafficked
- Those trafficking
- Those requesting men, women & children for sex
- Those who tirelessly work to restore dignity to the survivors
- Law enforcement and the court system
- SAFETY FOR ALL!
As a community, we need to increase our awareness as we work together to safeguard those we love. Ways to get involved may include:
- Attending the monthly Call to Freedom Luncheon to stay updated
- Requesting an information session for awareness at your church or business
- Adopting a survivor, individually or as a business
- Praying for all those involved in the dark web of trafficking
Thank you to Call to Freedom for providing statistics and stories to be used in this article.
Interstates 90 and 29, and other highways, which run through South Dakota, are part of the “Midwest Pipeline”, the superhighways used to deliver trafficking victims in and out of South Dakota.
Silence won’t end Human Trafficking. Ignorance and unawareness is part of the problem. Learn how to be part of the solution and view details about the monthly luncheon by visiting: www.calltofreedom.org/events
Challenge Questions: For whom can you be a voice today?
Author notes: Sister JoAnn Sturzl and Mary Ihli pray faithfully at Call to Freedom each week. Sister JoAnn is also a member of the Avera Health Board and a PRH educator. Mary is a Cojourner with the Presentation Sisters and volunteers her time to many organizations in the community.
Corporate executives and leaders need to invest in professional development now. Regardless of the size or stage of a business, leaders are challenged to grow revenue and decrease expenses to deliver value to shareholders. They need to make sure that they and their employees have the skills to make a positive impact this quarter and every quarter.
Meeting revenue and profit goals becomes more crucial and more challenging every year. As top leaders engage others to impact these goals, they can be met with resistance. Employees might not understand the business impact of decisions or lack of experience working with the critical information. They may need help with encouraging their staff to be more successful or they may have other skill gaps. Knowledge is power: training and education can beat resistance and help businesses accomplish their goals.
“Executive education departments of business schools fill those gaps by offering short, targeted learning that requires no application or acceptance by most institutions of higher learning,” says Linda Beck Halliburton, Director of Graduate Business & Executive Education Programs at the Beacom School of Business, University of South Dakota.
“It might be a one-day class, evenings spread out over a couple of weeks, webinars, or a variety of other formats that are designed with the busy professional in mind. Executive education departments can also customize training for a specific company or industry, bringing razor-sharp focus to helping solve your business needs,” she says.
Busy entrepreneurs and professionals can continue their education and professional development in a variety of ways. Those who want a generalist advanced degree, such as a master of business administration, have a number of delivery formats from which to choose. Some people prefer an on-campus program with a traditional schedule; others prefer a hybrid format with less face-to-face time supplemented by online work. Still others prefer a completely online schedule that lets them control when and where they learn.
Higher education has responded to the demand for customization by offering specializations and stand-alone graduate certificates in areas such as business analytics, health service administration, marketing, finance, operations, and a number of other areas.
With fewer people to draw from at all job levels and in all industries, investing in developing yourself or your employees is often the wisest choice. A participant at a recent focus group commented that everyone has a different idea of how to keep learning and growing. Another noted that the concept of college has really changed. Fortunately, options for learning and staying up to speed have also changed.
“Business schools play a vital role in helping businesses recruit and retain high-quality professionals. Executive education initiatives provide training opportunities to working professionals and senior executives to help businesses achieve higher productivity and enhance their competitiveness,” says Halliburton.
AUTHOR BIO: Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., is the dean of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota. His academic career has spanned two decades and he has received numerous awards for his teaching, research, and service accomplishments. He was a mechanical engineer prior to his academic career.
From sun up to sun down, coffee in tow, we find opportunities to connect with others, to inspire through collaboration and compassion no matter our industry. In the non-profit world, leading with care takes a bigger role but the importance for business acumen remains.
“The combination of business sense and heart is an important balance,” said Paul Krueger, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota. “Being a good steward of financial gifts and operating efficiently and effectively are vital to fulfilling our mission and the success of the organization.”
[ ] Am I exercising patience? Pace yourself. Remember, things don’t happen overnight.
[ ] Am I building a sound team? Surround yourself with motivated people who believe in your mission. Goal planning should be part of regularly scheduled meetings to maintain motivation.
[ ] Am I being flexible? Non-profit work isn’t predictable. In smaller non-profits your focus will be pulled in many different directions. You must be able to adapt yet maintain focus in order to accomplish your goals.
[ ] Am I learning something new? New ideas or processes are always on the horizon. Be ready to change and adapt so you aren’t left in the dust.
[ ] Do I have someone to consult? Find a good support system or mentor(s) – other non-profit leaders or colleagues you can learn from and bounce ideas off of.
Paul Krueger’s days are packed with fundraising, public relations, and outreach but his highlights center around connections with the community and, of course, wish kids and their families.
Kenley’s Wish Story:
When a child faces a life-threatening medical condition, a village faces it with them. For Kenley, 7, of Sioux Falls her village was her parents, brother, and friends. Kenley was diagnosed with Leukemia in September 2016 and was referred to Make-A-Wish South Dakota for a special Wish of her own. Kenley designed her own special bedroom complete with loft bed, desk, chair, and favorite colors. On a special day in March, she came home to a surprise wish party and a newly designed room made from her imagination.
Make-A-Wish South Dakota has granted more than 1,200 wishes since 1984.
“Our vision is to make every eligible child’s wish to come true,” said Krueger. “We grant 50+ wishes across South Dakota each year. We can grant more than that.”
The organization considers children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who are facing life-threatening illness eligible – not only children whom are terminally ill. “We hope to serve even more children by spreading the word about how inclusive our program is,” shared Krueger.
By Rachel Woodman
About Rachel Woodman
Rachel Woodman is public relations and marketing strategist working as a Marketing Manager with CenturyLink. She is an active volunteer in the community with a focus on youth and female empowerment. She relocated to Sioux Falls from Minneapolis-Saint Paul in August of 2014.
Have you ever wondered if it’s better to be lucky than good? I have always believed that luck comes into play when you have been educated, prepared, and place yourself in the right situation at the right time more times than not.
During a walleye tournament on Lake Oahe out of Mobridge, South Dakota, the first two days of the tournament were cancelled due to 60 mph raging winds. On the third day, the wind subsided to 30 mph and the tournament winner was to be determined in one day.
I had spent several days in preparation and had found fish prior to this storm, so I still felt confident in going to a key spot 25 miles down the reservoir.
Since I had been sitting on shore for two days, my task now was to brave the remnants of Mother Nature’s fury and motor down the lake while pounding my boat into the still, choppy waters. I trudged on as wind-swept water spray splashed into my eyes, making navigation incredibly difficult. Every minute was consumed with doubt as to the conclusion of my mission.
Would my fish still be there or was I taking a beating with no hope of reward? The spoils of victory seemed incredibly remote as my spine was being crushed by the pounding of every wave.
I finally arrived at my Shangri-La of spots. This is THE spot of all spots and the answer to my dreams of glory and riches. But, I knew I had to catch the fish first.
Once there, even getting the rods out of storage and putting bait on my hooks proved to be tough. The wind was still strong and the waves rocked me ever so violently.
Catching fish quickly became an issue as I had not caught a single one in several hours. The thought crossed my mind to change spots, but to move would require time and the deadline to get back to weigh-in was coming up soon.
Not only was time slipping away, but so was my trolling motor battery. I was slowly losing ground to the wind on this incredible spot that was so good during practice. With less than an hour left, I had to do something.
Time to throw the anchor… but it wouldn’t hold. It was losing its grip on the slippery rocks below. Tossed the anchor again. No luck. One more toss or I’d have to find some place closer to the weigh-in to fish. Finally, the anchor held. I had 45 minutes left to fish, and then it would still be a race to get back.
Now that I was anchored, I wondered what to do? The spot hadn’t given up a fish in over 5 hours! I was already “all in”, so it was time to just sit back and fish. Incredibly, Lady Luck arrived …and I started catching fish after fish!
There was just enough time left to race back, weigh the big limit, and then reap the riches of fame and fortune. Was someone looking out for me that day or would you call it just blind luck? I would argue that it was being prepared and in the right place at the right time. Luck happened to be in the right spot as well!
By Ted Takasaki
Ted Takasaki is a motivational speaker. He enjoys both business and fishing, and has over 10 years’ experience as president of a major tackle company, is a professional fisherman and is in the Legendary Angler Fishing Hall of Fame.
To Become and Entrepreneur?
The answer may surprise you.
According to the Kaufman Foundation, 3/4ths of new entrepreneurs are not in their 20s, but between age 35 and 64, with the majority being 45 or older. So if you are older and thinking of starting a business, take heart, you’re in good company! Here are a few entrepreneurs that started business later in life.
KFC’s Harland David Sanders. Col. Sanders had a lot of false starts. He was fired from several jobs. But he never gave up, and that trait led to his eventual success. Sanders became recognized for his delicious chicken recipe while working at a service station in Kentucky. At age 62, Sanders franchised his “Kentucky Fried Chicken.” Today KFC has 18,800 outlets in over 100 countries/territories.
IBM’s Charles Ranlett Flint. This guy was no spring chicken when he became an entrepreneur. He was 61 when he consolidated three companies, and 11 years later the company became IBM, when he was 74. His strategy was to offer diverse products and revenue streams so if one area of the business were to have a bad year, the others would cover it – a strategy that still works today.
Home Depot’s Bernie Marcus. When Marcus was fired as an executive with a home improvement company, he decided to turn lemons to lemonade and start his own store with a friend. The first two stores opened in 1970 in Atlanta, today there are 2,300 locations and Home Depot brings in sales of more than $80 billion a year!
GoDaddy’s Bob Parsons. A former marine, Bob Parsons started not just one company, but two! He sold Parsons Technology to Intuit for $64 million in 1994, before he launched GoDaddy, the $4 billion web domain registrar. He started GoDaddy in 1997 to have “something to do.” His philosophy: make a little money from a lot of people.
LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman. You’d think a social network like LinkedIn was started by a millennial, right? Not so. But Hoffman was 35 when he founded the company and 43 when it went public.
Gap’s Donald Fisher. At the age of 41, he and his wife opened their first Gap store in San Francisco. While the store has gone through ups and downs, the $9 billion company continues to endure today.
Geico’s Leo Goodwin. It’s an auto insurance company and most of us are familiar with the green gecko, it’s advertising symbol. But before there was a gecko, there was Leo Goodwin, an accountant who wanted to give the insurance industry an overhaul, and deal with clients directly, saving a lot of the money that went to the brokers. At the age of 50, Leo started Geico, running the company with his wife. Today, the company has a staff of 27,000 and 14 million policyholders.
Zelda Wisdom’s Carol Gardner. Ms. Gardner was 52, newly divorced and broke when she won a local Christmas card contest. That inspired her to start her own greeting card company, which she named after her dog Zelda. In 2010, Zelda Wisdom was valued at $50 million.
The lesson? Never say never, success can come to anyone, in any industry, and at any age.
What are managed services and how are they different?
Managed solutions and services are products that provide technology to a business while placing the burden of upkeep and repair on the service provider. Sometimes this might be equipment installed at your location, but managed by the provider. Other times it may be software or hardware located in the provider’s data centers (i.e. “the cloud”). Many technologies, including security, communications, and network, are commonly provided through hosted or managed services.
Can they save my business time?
While the benefits can vary depending on the technology and the product, the most common benefit is they lessen time spent on technology maintenance and troubleshooting. When something breaks – such as a piece of networking hardware or a server running an important application – productivity can be brought to a halt. If it is something you own or maintain yourself, it is up to you, or your IT team, to drop everything and find a way to get things working again. Also, if you own the technology outright and have to buy a replacement, you won’t have time to shop for the best solution costing you money.
Can they keep my business more secure?
Most technology relies on software that is continually developed and updated. Over the product lifecycle, software bugs or dangerous security vulnerabilities are discovered and require software updates or “patches” in order to remain secure. Other times, new versions are released and updating might be required to maintain compatibility with other systems. Many managed services will proactively handle the patches and updates as part of the service, or at least provide them at a reduced cost.
This means that you can keep products up to date and secure without having to spend time researching and updating your technology. Offloading these tasks can free up valuable time to let you focus on what is really important: providing the best possible experiences for your customers.
What about my IT staff?
If your business employs IT staff or a trusted 3rd party IT services provider, utilizing managed solutions does not mean you should part with them. Removing the day-to-day burdens of maintaining technology allows your IT staff to be a more proactive part of your business and much more responsive to the ever changing needs of your organization.
By including your technology experts in planning and decision making processes, they can help your organization gain efficiency, improve the customer experience and stay competitive.
In today’s digital world, your IT staff or IT consultants are more than just a necessity; they are a beneficial tool to improve your organization.
This sounds like change, and change is scary!
You probably already outsource many necessary areas of your business, such as legal services or tax preparation. Managed technology service are just one more way to keep you and your employees focused on your business and allow someone else to take care of time consuming, but important, maintenance and upkeep. This can free up time and save you money along the way.
By Justyn Hauck:
Justyn Hauck is a sales engineer with CenturyLink Business. He has been working in business technology since 1998 and lives in Sioux Falls with his wife Stacey and children Caleb and Ava.
They are smaller than molecules, atoms, and quarks. Created through nuclear fusion in stars, nuclear reactions and in highenergy particle collisions, neutrinos are nearly massless particles of energy that travel at almost the speed of light. They pass completely through all matter, rarely interacting with any other particle. Just like a ghost!
They are very unpredictable particles that change, or oscillate, from one form to another (muon to tau to electron), in no particular order. Yet they are powerful. “Despite being so small, neutrinos are numerous enough to affect the motions of stars and galaxies through their gravitational pull,” says Gregory Dooley, Ph.D, physics from MIT, who has studied galaxies and neutrinos. “In particular, neutrinos affected the distribution of matter in the early universe, which ultimately affects the motions, size, and number of galaxies today.”
Scientists are chasing these elusive particles in an effort to understand them, and by understanding them, hoping that we can better understand ourselves. Why we, as humans and even the universe itself, exist.
Sanford goes sub-Atomic
What is the origin of matter? What is dark matter and how do we know it’s really there? What are the properties of neutrinos? These are questions that the scientists at Sanford Lab are pondering. The Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) takes us into deep science and the exciting projects happening right here in South Dakota, projects at the very frontier of physics.
The Sanford Lab is located in the former Homestake mine in Lead, SD. Ironically, in order to study neutrinos, some of the smallest particles generated by the cosmos, we need to go deep underground. “Neutrinos are about 20 orders of magnitude smaller than an atom,” says Dr. Jaret Heise, director of science at the Sanford Lab. “That would translate to about 500,000 times lighter than the next lightest particle, the electron. And we still don’t know the mass, so it could be much lower still.”
South Dakota is at the epicenter of international research with scientists from 160 institutions around the world, collaborating on dozens of experiments, all with the goal of expanding our knowledge of how the universe works. But it isn’t just science that’s benefiting from the research, it’s also the economy.
“The Sanford Lab has had a tremendous impact on the economy of South Dakota, investing over $171 million in the state,” says Mike Headley, the executive director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) which operates the SURF facility. “and 163 jobs have been created because the Sanford Lab is here.”
Q & A with scientist Jaret Heise
- What is a neutrino?
The neutrino is the most abundant matter particle in the Universe, first theorized by Wolfgang Pauli in the 1930s, and later detected in the 1950’s to explain observations of nuclear decays that appeared to violate the laws of physics. They are produced by nuclear fusion, the process that powers the sun (*see photo insert) and by the decay of radioactive elements. They can also be created at accelerator laboratories such as Fermilab located near Batavia, Illinois.
- What makes a neutrino unique?
These particles have no electric charge (unlike the electron or proton) and interact via a weak nuclear force. As far as we know, they are similar to electrons and quarks, meaning the neutrino cannot be broken up into smaller particles (in contrast to say neutrons and protons that are made of quarks).
Originally, the neutrino was assumed to have no mass, but knowing the neutrino oscillates from one type to another, it must also have at least some mass.
- Why are neutrinos called “ghost particles”?
Despite being surrounded by trillions and trillions of neutrinos, they interact so rarely that we hardly even know they exist (in the same way that people think of ghosts). These subatomic particles can travel vast distances without interacting with normal matter. In fact, trillions of neutrinos are passing right through you each second!
- What are some of the research projects going on at the Sanford lab?
Large Underground Xenon (LUX):
Recognized as the most sensitive dark matter experiment in the world, LUX published its findings in a January 2017 paper advancing the science of the types of possible Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) masses. The successor LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) project will be the world’s most sensitive dark matter direct detection experiment for WIMPs over a large range of masses.
Majorana Demonstrator (MJD):
This experiment is investigating neutrinoless double beta decay. As part of their experiment, MJD produces the world’s purest copper at the Electroforming Lab, located 4,850 feet underground at the Ross Campus. The copper grows at 30 microns and takes 14 months to reach the desired thickness of about 0.5 inches. About 5500 lbs of electroformed copper was produced over a period of 4 years. Impurity levels are measured in parts per quadrillion, which means that for a 1-kg sample of the MJD copper expect to wait almost 4 months for one decay! Sending the copper to a machine shop on the surface would ruin it because cosmic rays will transform a small number of the copper atoms into radioactive Cobalt-60, so MJD Cu produced at Electroforming Lab is transported underground across the site to machine shop set up underground at the Davis Campus. MJD is currently completing the commissioning of their detector systems and moving to operations that are expected to continue through 2020.
- Why do scientists need to go deep underground to study particles that come from the universe?
Cosmic ray muons are energetic particles that rain down on Earth from outside our solar system. These muons create a background of noise that’s too loud for scientists to be able to hear the faint signals of rare processes they are studying. A muon is a type of particle similar to an electron, except heavier. On Earth’s surface, the flux of cosmic ray muons is roughly 2 or 3 passing through your hand every second. But by going deep underground, scientists can reduce the “noise” or number of muons passing through your hand to only about 1 every month. That creates a better environment for researching elusive particles like the neutrino.
- What do you hope to discover?
Generally, scientists at the facility hope to increase humanity’s knowledge of how the Universe works.
Studies of the neutrino will inform and test theories that help explain the extremely low mass and guide us to determine which of the three known types of neutrinos is heaviest and which is lightest (mass hierarchy).
The neutrino is the strangest particle we have ever seen. We also think that the solution to some of the most perplexing questions in physics today may be concealed in properties of the neutrino, such as an explanation of the matter-antimatter asymmetry that ultimately explains why we exist.
- Dark matter makes up 80% of the universe, but rarely interacts so how do we really know dark matter exists? The measured rotation of our galaxy should fling it apart given the high speed, but of course that’s not the case. Dark matter is holding our galaxy together. As we look out into the cosmos we see effects due to the bending of light due to deformations of space by the presence of matter (a process called gravitational lensing); some of the best evidence is from observations of the Bullet Cluster. The cluster contains a spectacular bullet-shaped cloud of hundred-million-degree gas and provides tantalizing evidence for the existence of dark matter.
- Is it possible to harness the power of neutrinos?
A likely use for the neutrino would be to leverage its ability to easily penetrate all materials and perhaps develop some type of new communications system.
- What’s next?
The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, DUNE, is a proposed international experiment designed to study the mysteries of neutrinos. It would be one of the largest international mega-science projects ever hosted in the U.S. DUNE aims to make definitive determinations of neutrino properties, the dynamics of the supernovae that produced the heavy elements necessary for life and the possibility of proton decay. DUNE research will be conducted using the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, LBNF, which combines capabilities at both Fermilab and the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. All of the experiments done in the lab have the potential to win a Nobel Prize.
Mike Headley on Opportunities for Students at SURF
“These experiments at Sanford Lab enhance STEM education for K-12 schools throughout South Dakota,” says Mike Headley, executive director of the SDSTA. “Since last year, Our Education and Outreach department curriculum modules and assembly programs have reached more than 15,000 K-12 students in South Dakota. They also hold teacher workshops and host dozens of field trips.”
a. Up to six internships every summer are offered and the SDSTA hosts the Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program. Internships: http://www.sanfordlab.org/careers/dave-bozied-and-chris-bauer-internships
b.Davis-Bahcall: For students entering their first or second year of college. Davis-Bahcall Scholars will have the opportunity to spend four to five weeks of their summer exploring the world of modern scientific research at some of the nation’s leading laboratories and universities. They will spend two weeks at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, and travel to research laboratories within the United States and possibly in Italy (funding permitting). For more details and to apply visit: http://doe.sd.gov/secretary/DAVIS-BAHCALL.aspx
By Charlotte Hofer.
I was recently asked a question that made me to go the drawing board for a few days. Business consultant and author Gary Vaynerchuck has inspired me to really hammer down what I am good at, where I belong in the business world and how to remain focused. Too many times we find ourselves doing too much, and at the same time feeling unsatisfied.
How do you define your vision and stay focused?
- Write down your values: What is most important to you? List the top 3 things, develop an action plan on what it means to take care of those things, schedule them into your calendar, and don’t compromise! For me, it starts with family. I go on a “date” with my kids once a month. I call my mom every Saturday. Sundays are family days. These times are set aside in my calendar and they are iron clad. Next on my list is my health. I cannot run a business, pay bills, or take care of family if I am not healthy. My gym time is scheduled in. Once these things are on my calendar, any meeting, phone call, or work commitments are scheduled around them.
- Write down your activities: I realized that there are so many things I want to be a part of and help with, but there are only so many hours in a day. So choose wisely. I found myself saying yes to too many wonderful things like, volunteering on the board of several non-profits, signing up for multiple networking groups, joining different political organizations and meeting with them. It wasn’t long before I was neglecting my work because I made commitments that I couldn’t handle, and then I felt terrible about not following through. Start with your business or full time job and list all the activities you are a part of. Pick the top 3 and focus on those. If you can handle more, good, but remember, every time you say “yes” to something, you are saying “no” to something else.
- Revise your list quarterly: Sometimes priorities change or we may get side tracked. Every 3 months, go back to your list and review what is most important to you. Review your activities, hold yourself accountable, ask your business partner or spouse what they need from you and make a plan for the next quarter. If you write down your priorities, not just verbalize them, you will be less likely to get sidetracked. The important thing is that even if you are only doing 2 or 3 things, that you rock each one like a master sensei.
Determining your priorities and committing to them is the pathway to a happy and fulfilling life.
By Ileana Pérez
Ileana Pérez is a freelance photographer and virtual assistant. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and Spanish is her native language. She lives in Sioux Falls with her two children.