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Students to diagnose health sciences career opportunities at USD Health Happenings

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

The event-filled day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Muenster University Center and features a keynote address from Cassity Gutierrez, Ph.D., assistant professor of health sciences at USD, as well as breakout sessions to be supervised by practicing professionals in specific health science interests, including addiction studies, bio-medical research, clinical psychology, dentistry, nursing, kinesiology and sports science, and radiology and medical imaging. Also scheduled are a Health Sciences Fair and a luncheon with members of the USD faculty and health care professionals.

High school students participating at Health Happenings will be able to meet directly with faculty and health care specialists to learn more about preparing for a career in health sciences; and discuss educational and career information with counselors from the USD Office of Admissions to address questions regarding the USD application process and scholarship opportunities. Tours of campus will also be provided.

For more information about Health Happenings or to register, visit

A photo of Gutierrez is available for download 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