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Beacom Hosts Second Annual HSAD TECH Days

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Heath Services Administration program at Beacom School of Business hosted its second annual Technology and Engagement for Collaboration in Healthcare (TECH) event March 28-29.

The annual workshop series, hosted by HSAD faculty member Jewel Goodman Shepherd, Ph.D., is aimed at increasing student knowledge of the impact of technology innovation on healthcare management. Students and presenters alike were able to log in virtually to participate in the workshop in real-time. Speakers ranged from graduate students currently working in healthcare to representatives from the leading healthcare organizations in the region.

“As a HSAD faculty member, I am responsible for ensuring students are well prepared for careers in the healthcare industry,” said Shepherd. “Students need engagement and interaction beyond the classroom where they can network with current professionals, propose questions related to the what-if scenarios and become comfortable with the role and responsibility of a healthcare manager.”

This year’s presenters included Mary DeVany, director of telehealth with Nebraska Medicine; Becka DeSmidt, open school community manager with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Renae Spohn, director of health information management at Dakota State University; and Angela Jackson, online program manager for the Center for Teaching and Learning at USD.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News