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Volume XXIII No. 4 - Jan. 29, 1999
Faculty News

BHSU Update





Hesson article published

Dr. James Hesson had an article published in The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (Jan. 1999).

The journal is published by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. The article appeared in the issues section of the journal under the title "Should physical education classes return to teaching males and females separately?"

Meyers will be featured in state magazine

Scott Howard, an adjunct faculty in the English department, conducted an interview with Kent Meyers which will be published in the spring issue of The South Dakota Review.

In the interview, Meyers discusses his novel, essays, and short stories, and their bases in the land and culture of the Midwest. The South Dakota Review has also accepted one of Meyers' short stories, "Gate G-16," to be published in the same issue in which the interview appears.


Regents approve general-education requirements

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved recommendations for the system general-education requirements at its regular business meeting last week on the campus of the University of South Dakota.

The recommendations came from the System Leadership Team that was formed in June consisting of two members from each university, two student representatives, and a representative from the Board of Regents staff. Executive Director Dr. Robert T. Tad Perry said, "The members of this team should be commended for the time and commitment they put forth in order to ensure graduates of South Dakota public universities are well prepared for the workplace which is to greet them."

The System General Education requirements include seven goals and a total of 30 hours. Board of Regents Senior Administrator Dr. Lesta Turchen explains, "The approach taken in developing the requirements was to define the goals of the requirements, then build the curriculum to support each goal."

The seven goals and credit requirements are:

  1. Students will write effectively and responsibly and understand and interpret the written expression of others. (six credit hours English)
  2. Students will communicate effectively and responsibly through speaking and listening (three credit hours speech)
  3. Students will understand the structures and possibilities of the human community through study of the social sciences (six credit hours social sciences in two disciplines)
  4. Students will understand and appreciate the human experience through arts and humanities. (six credit hours arts and humanities in two disciplines or in a sequence of foreign language courses.)
  5. Students will understand and apply fundamental mathematical processes and reasoning. (three credit hours mathematics)
  6. Students will understand the fundamental principles of the natural sciences and apply scientific methods of inquiry to investigate the natural world. (six credit hours natural sciences)
  7. Students will understand and be sensitive to cultural diversity so that they are prepared to live and work in an international and multicultural environment. (six credit hours that provide a global and/or cultural diversity perspective.)

The system requirements will be effective for entering students in fall 1999.

"The regents felt that it was time for a review of the general education core. Part of the decision came from the belief that the core was becoming too broad. Another factor that contributed to the core review was a focus group of South Dakota employers initiated by the regents to identify areas where graduates needed further preparation. In this ever-changing economy we must keep abreast of employer needs and keep our curriculum current in order to meet those needs," said Regent President James O. Hansen.

The adoption of the recommendations made for the system requirements completes phase one of the general-education review. Phase two, the institutional requirements, is projected to be addressed in university recommendations to the regents by January 2000.

Eating crow

Most of us have to `eat crow' on occasion, but Dr. Lyle Cook took it one step (or mouthful) further by `eating cardinal,' as his team the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the NFL playoffs. As sweet as it was, victory took flight as the Vikings lost their next playoff game to the Atlanta Falcons. We are now waiting to see Steve Meeker `eat Falcon,' an idea he claims is for the birds. Meanwhile, the rest of us plan to corral our friends for a good time of horsing around and watch the Broncos gallop off with the prize. In case those Dirty Birds upend the Broncos, it doesn't mean we have to `eat horse whatever.'

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