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November 13, 1992


The first formal exchange of faculty members between Kansas University and Haskell Indian Junior College will begin next spring.

Raymond John Pierotti, assistant professor of systematics and ecology at KU, will teach Native and Western Views of Nature on the Haskell campus.

In the fall 1993 term, Don Bread, who teaches tribal management courses at Haskell, will teach Tribal-Federal Government Relations on the KU campus.

Students from both schools will be eligible to enroll in the classes, which are cross-listed in the course catalogs of both institutions.

The faculty exchange is part of a memorandum of understanding drawn up earlier this year by a task force from the two schools. The memorandum provides for faculty exchanges, joint research, steps to improve student transfers and an increase in joint activities.

"THIS FACULTY exchange is important to the students at both schools," said David E. Shulenburger, KU associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and task force co-chairman. "Haskell students will benefit from interacting with a professor outside their school. In addition, if they continue their education at KU, they will have a professor and a friend when they arrive here.

"KU students will benefit from the contact with the Haskell students in both courses. Don Bread's course is an exceptional opportunity for KU students to learn from a specialist about a field not usually covered at KU."

Angeletta Felix, dean of instruction at Haskell, said: "I agree that this exchange will provide a unique opportunity for KU and Haskell students. I believe the potential for a greater learning experience on the part of the faculty at both institutions will be enhanced. Each institution is rich with diversity and knowledge it is time we started sharing.''

PIEROTTI SAID he planned to include in the nature course the philosophies and attitudes of various cultures toward the natural environment.

"It will be offered to KU upperclassmen and graduate students," Pierotti said. "The Haskell students are classified academically as freshmen and sophomores, but they have a better knowledge than the KU students of nature and Native American attitudes.

"I intend to make the course a study in how the Native American view of nature differs from those of other cultures and the importance of studying different philosophies regarding nature as we prepare to enter the 21st century. It will be interesting for the students from both schools to interact and exchange ideas in class."

Bread, a Kiowa-Cherokee, has an extensive background in tribal management and tribal-federal government relations. He has a master's degree in business education from the University of Oklahoma and directed the master's degree program in tribal management at Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah. In 1985, he joined the faculty at Haskell, where he teaches courses in tribal management and federal government relations. He also teaches extension seminar courses on the subject at the Kickapoo Indian Reservation near Horton.

Pierotti taught at the universities of Arkansas, New Mexico, Alaska and California-Santa Barbara before joining the KU faculty this fall. He has a doctorate in evolutionary population biology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has been a fellow in mammalogy at the Harvard University museum of comparative zoology.

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