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Conference Schedule
*Currently Tentative, formal schedule to come!

*All conference time references are in the Mountain time zone

Monday November 15 - Evening

Optional arrival/check in, dinner/socializing at local restaurant

Tuesday November 16

9:00am - Self care

(Guided Yoga and on your own options to explore Spearfish and care for your mind and body)

11:00pm - Registration

1:00pm - Welcome and Keynote

Keynote - Dr. Thom Flamboe grew up in Detroit, Michigan and found his way to South Dakota through Wyoming. He has worked with athletes for the last 15 years assisting with improving both their athletic and mental performance and has been a Certified Sports Counselor.  He has assisted in the training of DARE officers for 20 years and is a trained Hostage/Crisis Negotiator. He has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  He has been a Senior Olympian and multiple gold medalist in Cycling.

2:30pm - Breakout Sessions

3:15pm - Break

3:45pm - Breakout Sessions

4:45pm - Breakout Sessions

5:30pm - Evening Social with Catered Supper


Wednesday November 17


7:30am - Hot breakfast buffet

8:00am - SDHEA Business Meeting

9:00am - Breakout Sessions

10:00am - Breakout Sessions

11:00am - Nathan Lukkes, J.D.

Keynote - Nathan Lukkes, J.D. currently serves as the General Counsel for the

South Dakota Board of Regents. Nathan will be updating us on what to be on the

lookout for in the upcoming legislative session, what bills we might see, what

issues we might run into, and what is the BOR push this upcoming session.

11:45am - Closing (snacks to go)


The first conference was held in 1976 in Sioux Falls. The theme was “Bicentennial Student”. The next twelve annual conferences were held in Sioux Falls. In 1989, the conference began a rotating host schedule with the first West River conference held in Spearfish. Since then, the conference has been hosted in the cities of: Brookings, Rapid City, Watertown, Sioux Falls, Huron, Yankton, Mitchell, and Aberdeen. The 1996 conference was held in Huron, but during a blizzard! Attendance was somewhat low and sporadic. Aberdeen didn’t officially host the conference as it was cancelled due to a snow storm in 1997. Another conference highlight is that in 1991, Senator Tom Daschle was the keynote speaker.


2021 - "202One Navigating the Present", Virtual 2020 - ''Envision the Future in Higher Education’', Sioux Falls 2019 - "Adaptability: Strategies for Change in Higher Education", Sioux Falls
2018 - "Access SD HEA 2018", Deadwood
2017 - "Balance: The Key to Holistic Success", Sioux Falls
2016 – "Persist: Retaining knowledge, students, and talent in South Dakota", Spearfish
2015 – "Together Toward Tomorrow", Mitchell
2014 – "Higher Education: Be in the Business of Being Awesome", Chamberlain
2013 – "Forging a path for tomorrow's students today", Lead
2012 – "Operation Graduation", Sioux Falls
2011 – "All Aboard: The Hub of Collaboration", Aberdeen
2010 – "The Power of Knowledge: Developing a Legacy of Learning", Rapid City
2009 – "Bridges to Understanding", Cedar Shore Resort, Chamberlain 2008 – “Building Student Success”, Days Inn, Brookings
2007 – “Relax, Refocus, Rejuvenate”, Holiday Inn, Spearfish
2006 – “Celebrate Leadership”, Holiday Inn, Mitchell
2005 – “Voyage to Discovery”, Kelly Inn, Yankton
2004 – “Come Aboard”, Quality Inn, Rapid City
2003 – “Reaching for the Stars”, Encore Inn, Sioux Falls
2002 – “Pearls of Wisdom”, Holiday Inn, Mitchell
2001 – “Climbing to New Heights”, Holiday Inn, Spearfish
2000 – “The Transition to the Next Century”, Oaks Hotel, Sioux Falls
1999 – “Winning Students…The Challenge”, Holiday Inn, Sioux Falls
1998 – “Building a Common Vision”, Radisson Hotel, Rapid City 1997 – “Live It, Learn It, Love It”, Ramkota Inn, Aberdeen(Cancelled due to weather)
1996 – “SD HEA…at the Crossroads of Higher Education”, Crossroads, Huron
1995 – “Education, A Trail Ride to the Future”, Holiday Inn, Spearfish
1994 – “It’s a Jungle Out There”, Yankton Inn, Yankton
1993 – “Dealing with People”, Ramkota Inn, Watertown
1992 – (Theme Unknown), Holiday Inn, Rapid City
1991 – “Challenge…Plan…Action”, Howard Johnson, Sioux Falls
1990 – “New Decade…New Challenges”, Holiday Inn, Brookings
1989 – “Student Success”, Holiday Inn, Spearfish
1988 – “Personal & Professional Excellence”, Ramkota Inn, Sioux Falls
1987 – “Current & Future Concerns of Education in SD”, Howard Johnson, Sioux Falls 1986 – “Future in Higher Education”, Howard Johnson, Sioux Falls
1985 – “ACT Workshop”, Holiday Inn, Sioux Falls
1984 – “Building Academic Achievement”, Holiday Inn, Sioux Falls
1983 – “Assessing the Higher Education Environment”, Holiday Inn, Sioux Falls
1982 – “Career Planning & Related Issues”, Holiday Inn, Sioux Falls
1981 – “Being a Professional in South Dakota”, Ramada Inn, Sioux Falls
1980 – “What’s Ahead in the 1980’s in Higher Education, Ramada Inn, Sioux Falls
1979 – “Student Development: Meaning & Application”, Ramada Inn, Sioux Falls
1978 – “The 4 R’s of Retention: Review, Research, Retune, Respond”, Ramada Inn, Sioux Falls
1977 – “Meeting the Needs of the Future Students”, Holiday Inn, Sioux Falls
1976 – “Bicentennial Student”, Holiday Inn, Sioux Fall

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"Seasons of Change"

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