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USD to Host Special Announcement with LifeScape March 26

USD and LifeScape Filling Gaps in Health Care Announcement March 26 1 p.m. USD and LifeScape will host a press conference to announce a new program and partnership March 26 at 2 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of South Dakota, in collaboration with LifeScape, will host a press conference to announce a new program and partnership Friday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

The press conference will be held in the Mary D. Nettleman room in the Wegner Health Sciences Library in the Health Science Building in Sioux Falls.

The event will be livestreamed on the USD Facebook page.

Speakers include USD President Sheila K. Gestring, School of Health Science Dean Haifa Abou Samra, Ph.D., Center for Disabilities Executive Director Eric Kurtz, Ph.D., LifeScape CEO Steve Watkins, and South Dakota Department of Social Services Sec. Laurie R. Gill.

“We are excited to announce this new program that is focused on helping children and families in South Dakota,” said Samra. “It is the result of much collaboration and cooperation with our partners in the state.”

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LifeScape is an independent, non-profit organization, serving adults and children in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Sioux City. The organization supports more than 5,500 children and adults annually and employs more than 1,100 staff members. It is the only private intermediate care facility in South Dakota and the only agency of its kind in the state serving children and adults across their lifespan.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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.


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