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Health care careers focus of 2011 Health Happenings at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Hundreds of high school students from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska will discover a world of career opportunities in health sciences during Health Happenings at the University of South Dakota on Friday, Nov. 11.

Health Happenings, which begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Muenster University Center, is an event-filled day that includes a keynote address by Pat Bortnem, M. Ed., R.N., director of Health and Human Services at Southeast Technical Institute, and breakout sessions at Beacom Hall and the Lee Medical and Science Building on the University of South Dakota campus. The breakout sessions will be supervised by practicing professionals in specific health science interests, including Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Bio-medical Research, Clinical Psychology, Dentistry, Nursing, Kinesiology and Sports Science, and Radiology and Medical Imaging.

Throughout the day, participants will be able to meet with faculty and health care professionals to learn more about preparing for a rewarding career in health sciences. Additionally, students attending Health Happenings can discuss educational and career information with counselors from the USD Office of Admissions on the first floor of the Muenster University Center, including questions regarding the USD application process and scholarship opportunities. Tours of the USD campus will also be provided.

For more information about Health Happenings, please visit the USD Web site at


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 78 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.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News