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South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Photo Contest!

South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) Photo Contest

For seven days, October 1st-7th, SDPB invites you to submit photographs of where you work, live, and play in South Dakota.

What does being a South Dakotan mean to YOU? Share your images with SDPB!

A panel of distinguished judges will choose winners from the following categories:

Home: It’s a place. It’s a feeling. It’s where and how you live. It’s what you value, no matter where you are.


Work: A third of our life is spent earning a living. Show us how, where and why you work.

Connections: Family, neighborhoods, and geography – many things connect us. Show us how you build community through culture, lifestyle, faith, and technology.

South Dakota: What makes South Dakota unique? Take a picture of a person, place or thing that says South Dakota to you.

Everyone will have a chance to vote for a People’s Choice winner, a chance at cash prizes, and the opportunity to have your photo appear in the 2016 Friends of SDPB Calendar!

The photo contest is open to anyone aged 18 years and older. Photos must have been taken in South Dakota between October 1 and October 7, 2015, and must be submitted online before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Judging will take place and winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

NEW THIS YEAR – an opportunity for young South Dakota photographers to enter. Any photographer in grade 12 or under may enter up to 5 photos in the youth photo contest. First, second and third place winners will be chosen from all eligible photos submitted. Click here for Youth Photo Contest Rules.

The Greatest Fans In College Football Are Also Among The Most Well Connected

For all of you college football fans out there, let’s see how well you know your teams:

Which college football fans have the highest Wi-Fi usages rates?

The Nebraska Huskers.

According to Chad Chisea, I/T operations manager for the Huskers and Dan Floyd, Nebraska’s director of I/T for Athletics, fans at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska used 4.2 terabytes of Wi-Fi data during the Huskers’ September 12th victory over South Alabama.

The Huskers tweeted this stat by saying:

According to mobilesportsreport.com “the numbers that really jump out at us are the 34,439 unique connected devices and the 28,290 peak connections at a single time — those are numbers that rival anything we’ve seen in NFL stadiums, and are dwarfed only by Super Bowl or college playoff championship game numbers.”

http://www.mobilesportsreport.com/2015/09/husker-wi-fi-nebraska-fans-use-4-2-tb-of-wi-fi-data-during-sept-12-home-game/

Two BIT Employees Now Have Royalty In Their Bloodlines

Typically the focus of our blog consists of relevant I/T news, tips-and-tricks, and our BIT employees. On this special occasion, we are going to take it one step further. As of recently, two BIT employees, Mary Word and Brent Dowling, now have royalty in their families… Or something of the sort!

Congratulations Murdoch Word and Cortney Dowling on being selected as the 2015 Pierre Homecoming Governor and Lady Governor!

Photo Cred: Grandpre Photography & KCCR Radio Station 

What do these parents think of their royal heirs?

Mary Word: “Murdoch is a genuinely kind person that smiles and talks to the other kids, regardless of who they are, what grade they are in, or what social group they come from. I believe it’s these qualities that have led him to be elected as Homecoming King and it’s these qualities that make me very proud of him!”

Brent Dowling: “Cortney is a very humble young lady grounded by her faith in Christ. She treats others with respect and encouragement. I feel that her humble persona is the quality that her peers were able to appreciate the most. Her mother and I are very proud of her accomplishments, but more importantly is the manner in which she accomplished them.”

Congratulations to the Word & Dowling families! 

 

Two BIT Employees Now Have Royalty In Their Bloodlines

Typically the focus of our blog consists of relevant I/T news, tips-and-tricks, and our BIT employees. On this special occasion, we are going to take it one step further. As of recently, two BIT employees, Mary Word and Brent Dowling, now have royalty in their families… Or something of the sort!

Congratulations Murdoch Word and Cortney Dowling on being selected as the 2015 Pierre Homecoming Governor and Lady Governor!

Photo Cred: Grandpre Photography & KCCR Radio Station 

What do these parents think of their royal heirs?

Mary Word: “Murdoch is a genuinely kind person that smiles and talks to the other kids, regardless of who they are, what grade they are in, or what social group they come from. I believe it’s these qualities that have led him to be elected as Homecoming King and it’s these qualities that make me very proud of him!”

Brent Dowling: “Cortney is a very humble young lady grounded by her faith in Christ. She treats others with respect and encouragement. I feel that her humble persona is the quality that her peers were able to appreciate the most. Her mother and I are very proud of her accomplishments, but more importantly is the manner in which she accomplished them.”

Congratulations to the Word & Dowling families! 

 

Around The World with Kaitlyn Martinez: Part 2!

Since we last checked up on Kaitlyn, she has been settled into her new home for the next 9 months in Magdeburg, Germany.

What have she and her husband, Ozzy, been up to in the meantime? Making some new friends, cooking pizza on a stove, and going to a few local attractions!

Kaitlyn and Ozzy have been attending what is known as an “English Table” every week. Essentially, an English Table is a group of people who live in Germany that are able to come together and speak English with each other. Kaitlyn has met people from all over the world, including a lady from Brazil who is going for her PhD in Computer Science

Have they encountered any difficulties since being in Germany? Well… sort of. In the average household, a person would typically use an oven or maybe even a microwave to make a pizza…Kaitlyn had to be creative and use her stove! She explained, “I’m used to stoves[and]ovens coming together in one unit. Not until I went to cook the pizza, did I realize that we didn’t have an oven… just a stove. So I did a little google search and found out that you can put pizza in a pan with a cover on top and it will cook!”

For all of you doubters…

It can be done!

Other than that, the pair has visited the Dachau Concentration camp, one of the first Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany.

In addition they have also visited the English Garden in Munich and Wolfsburg, home of the biggest water show in the world! As Kaitlyn explained, “It was really impressive. There was music with videos behind the water, with all sorts of different colors and they even incorporated fire!”

Stay tuned, there will be more stories on Kaitlyn’s exciting adventures to come!

New Employee Jordan Block

Jordan Block has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer.  

Jordan grew up in Sioux Falls, SD before leaving to serve in the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) in the United States Army at Fort Bragg, NC. After  four years at Fort Bragg he spent another year in Balad, Iraq as a defense contractor for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force for the Arabian Peninsula.  

Upon completing his tour, Jordan returned to South Dakota to complete his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Dakota State University.  Jordan has a range of hobbies including fishing, shooting, and video games. 

Welcome to the team Jordan, BIT is lucky to have you!

New Employee Danielle Guthrie

Danielle Guthrie has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer in the Development division 

She moved to Pierre with her husband and two children from Brookings, SD. She attended South Dakota State University where she majored in political science and minored in geography. Danielle went on to obtain her masters in geography with a minor in GIS.  

While completing her master’s degree, Danielle was able to partake in various activities.  Some of the unique activities included the following: 
  • Studied abroad in Senegal. 

  • Conducted research in Romania on the effects of EU membership in Romania and its geopolitical importance. 

  • Taught and planned a physical geography lab.  

  • Presented at several national and regional conferences.  

  • 2013 International Seminar in Romania 

  • 2014 Association of American Geographers Conference  

  • 2015 SDSU Geography Convention  

In addition, Danielle enjoys a range of hobbies such as needle crafts, video games, cooking/baking, and being a lifelong learner. 

Welcome to BIT Danielle, we are excited to have you!

Revenge in the Moonlight, by Roger Reed

“Do you ever yearn for a particular kind of story and simply cant come by it? Perchance you read one once, and keep looking for another like it, but it just isn’t to be found. And so, every now and again, it may be that you reread the only one you have and keep wishing for… more.” 
Dennis L. McKiernan 
  
This, in combination with Roger’s wife getting annoyed with him pestering her and suggesting, “go write a story or something,” were the beginning motivators for Roger Reed to write his first book.  Thus, Superheroes of Granite City, Roger’s first book, was born! As it turns out, he enjoyed writing the first book so much that he decided to write another! 

Roger has recently published his second book, available on Amazon.com, Revenge in the MoonlightRevenge in the Moonlight is another compilation of short stories about superheroes- but don’t let that fool you.  Although there are a few of the same characters, the majority of them are vastly different from the first book!  

Where does Roger get ideas for all of his different characters? Characters he grew up reading about and people he knows. Roger explained that he started reading comic books at the age of 6, so he has years of inspiration to draw upon. When asked if any BIT employees were incorporated into some of his characters he replied, “Actually, there are a few references to people in BIT.” 

To someone considering buying this novel, what makes it different? Well for starters, there are not a ton of comics in novel form. Typically, you have to follow the series over a span of months to arrive at the conclusion; whereas with Revenge in the Moonlight, all the information is right there. In addition, contrary to many superhero stories today that involve gritty, morose undertones- Roger paints his heroes as the wholesome victors- the ones we can’t help but root for. 

Curious to learn a little more about Roger’s book? Check out the Facebook page with excerpts from Revenge in the Moonlight!