May 09, 2020
CRAZY HORSE, SD (May 8, 2020) — Crazy Horse Memorial’s Indian University of North America is preparing to welcome students to its summer program once again, with a variety of modifications in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Firstyear students will participate via remote learning, while upper-level students returning to campus will live, work, and learn under new public-health guidelines. The program begins June 8. According to Dr. John Little, director of The Indian University of North America, courses for the first-year program will include the mandatory A&S 100 “College Success Strategies,” taught by Megan Red Shirt Shaw; Psychology 101 “General Psychology,” taught by Will Cockrell; and English 101 “Composition 1” and English 191 “Independent Study,” taught by Joshua Rudnik. “We have 22 students confirmed,” Little said. “It’s been enjoyable to talk with them, and we’re grateful and honored to have their engagement. The pandemic has been so hard on these young people, and while they tell us they’re sad about losing the internships and in-person class experience, they also say they recognize the value of taking these classes and earning college credits during the summer months.” He also noted that the Covid-19 crisis has had an unexpected silver lining for his team as they help prepare these recent highschool graduates for their post-secondary education. Without prom season and spring sports, accepted students are available, they’re more responsive, andThe Indian University of North America’s experienced staff has found new opportunities to encourage and support them. “We’ve been working hard on our success coaching," Little said. “We had a large number of students participate in our April webinar with the Cobell Scholarship team regarding best practices for scholarship applications, and we’ve had more time to help them, because many organizations extended their deadlines. It’s possible that these kids will be the best prepared group we’ve ever had!” “Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation will fund 100 percent of tuition, books, faculty salaries, and general operating expenses for the program, which is offered in partnership with the University of South Dakota,” added Dr. Laurie Becvar, Crazy Horse Memorial’s president and chief operating officer. Also preparing for a return to summer learning are The Indian University of North America’s upper-level students — the young people who completed the first-year program in 2019 and are ready for the next step. Little said six students will be returning to campus, where they will earn three college credits in the classroom and also complete a paid internship.