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( September 18, 1998)
SDSM& T FRESHMAN CLASS INCLUDES JOKE WRITER FOR JAY LENO, MAGICIANS, MECHANICS, MARTIAL ARTS BLACK BELTS, AND THE YOUNGEST NON- ASIAN PERSON IN WORLD TO OBTAIN A SHIATSU LICENSE
Members of SDSM& T’s freshman class this fall have interesting life experiences and also impressive academic credentials, according to the survey responses from freshman students. Dr. Douglas Lange, SDSM& T Dean of Students, reported that SDSM& T’s incoming freshmen have a diverse range of backgrounds and life experiences. These include:
a joke writer for Jay Leno
black belts in martial arts
ASE certified mechanics
the youngest non- Asian person in the world to obtain a Shiatsu license ( also holds weapons fighting titles in Japan, Alaska, Philippines, and Thailand)
vocal and instrumental musicians
a self- proclaimed high- speed computer junkie
over 100 participants of high school organized sports
The freshman students also continue the SDSM& T tradition of having impressive scholastic records. This year’s class includes valedictorians and salutatorians, Regents Scholars, Eagle Scouts, editors of yearbooks or high school newspapers, National Honor Society members; delegates to Boys State or Girls State; Who’s Who Among High School Students; American Literature winner in the Lakota Nations Knowledge Bowl; recipients of 4- H/ FFA honors; senior class officers; and numerous science and math competition winners.
“ In his book, To Know As We Are Known, Parker Palmer makes the statement that great teaching is not about technique, but about relationships,” says Dr. Douglas Lange. “ I hope that information our incoming students provided about their activities, awards and other important events in their lives can help us all to start building relationships with students that can foster the great teaching we all remain committed to here at this university.”
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