Clubs Chavez talks of journalism education

Professor Ramon Chavez, chairman, Department of Contemporary Media & Journalism, addressed the USD Emeritus Club on "The future of journalism education; A look at the value of journalism education in today's world." He recounted his own development in use of accurate observation and reporting from early childhood (recounting the days events for his blind grandmother, to a varied career in teaching, newspaper reporting, radio and television) to his current challenge, making the USD program the most outstanding in South Dakota and the surrounding area.

He stressed the advantages of being housed in the newly dedicated Neuharth Media Center, which allows easy interaction of radio, T.V. and print journalism.

Professor Chavez, chair of the program since August 2001, is also curriculum coordinator for the American Indian Journalism Institute, was development director for the Five Points Media Center in Denver, CO, a private non-profit project offering training in journalism for disadvantaged persons. He was a two-time winner of a national teaching award from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, headquartered in Florida.

Professor Chavez' presentation, well received, was followed by a lively discussion.

Dennis Johnson gave a brief update and review of the University Village project.

Volunteers for the newly created program committee were applauded. They include: Dennis Johnson, Business School; Jeff and Virginia Johnson, Medical School; Walt Reed, Law School; Gil French, A&S College; Wayne Knutson, College of Fine Arts; and Robert Wood, School of Education. Two of these "volunteers," Walt Reed and Gil French, had not been notified of their volunteerism until they read this column.

Dr. Gerald Jacobs of the Disaster Mental Health Institute will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 5 meeting.

Seniors enjoy cards, dominoes

On Monday, Sept. 29, 11 pitch and eight bridge players came to the Senior Center for an afternoon of cards. Bridge winners were Leona Kryger, first, Luceal Liffengren, blind bogie, and Shirley Riehle, low.

Door prize drawing went to Adeline Isaacson. Other names drawn were Lola Christensen, Lois Chartier and Margaret Melby. The Senior Center furnished refreshments.

On Sept. 30, the Tuesday dominoes players had two tables � at the table of six, Marlene Amundson was the winner with 274 and Jane Munkvold had 344. At the table of five players, Maxine Millette was the winner with 220 and Veronica Heimes was low with 365.

On Oct. 1, the Wednesday card players had 24 pitch and 15 bridge. Bridge prizes went to Luceal Liffengren, first; Lois Erickson, second; Marilyn Siecke, third; Lola Christensen, blind bogey and Monica Ballard, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Marilyn Siecke and Sig Nissen.

Come join us Tuesday or Wednesday every week at 1 p.m.; no reservations needed.

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