Having a Heart for Sioux Falls College
Having never stepped onto campus until he enrolled at Sioux Falls College (SFC, former name of the University of Sioux Falls) in 1983, David Daugherty '87 would soon discover a "home away from home," complete with lifelong friends, supportive faculty and staff, and a media studies department that fed his passion for radio broadcasting through its on-campus KCSD radio station.
Dave's SFC journey began when his sister Deb toured the campus and shared with him all it had to offer the future disk jockey. Impressed with KCSD and the ability to take classes in his major all four years of college, Dave's parents accompanied him to SFC, like so many other freshman parents, that fall day in 1983.
When asked by his admissions counselor if he had declared a major, Dave said "mass communications." Dave's assurance in his future gave his parents confidence and pride. Dave was a KCSD disk jockey all four years of college, and he served as the station's manager. He also worked at a community radio station and a pizza restaurant to help finance his education.
Radio, however, wasn't his only SFC interest. He, like so many University of Sioux Falls students, was a well-rounded individual who participated in athletics, drama, music, mission trips, and more. According to Marge, "Life at SFC for Dave was a blast!"
Armed with his mass communications diploma in May 1987, Dave's radio broadcasting dream was coming true.
"Sioux Falls College provided Dave with what it took to mature as a Christian young man and with the tools he needed to fulfill his childhood dream of being behind a microphone," Marge explains. Dave enjoyed 20 years in his profession before his death on July 13, 2006.
"He lived a full life for his Lord and was equipped with what he needed to live that lifemuch of what was made possible for him at Sioux Falls College," Marge says. "At his burial, our hearts were made lighter when we saw his core group of college friends sitting together as their theme song, Friends,' by Michael W. Smith, was sung."
Although Marge does not return to Sioux Falls often, she says the University remains in her heart, and she looks forward to seeing Jeff Veltkamp, Executive Director of the USF Foundation, at the annual American Baptist Churches of Nebraska regional meeting.
"I am always anxious to hear about what is happening on campus, and this year, Jeff provided a short video of mission projects both locally and around the world in which USF students participated," Marge says. "What a witness these students are making as they share their faith, love, and care for their Lord!"
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