Salscheider delivers Oct. 3 Honors Council Lecture

Dr. Karl Salscheider, professor of human performance, sport and health at Bemidji State University, will deliver an Honors Council Lecture on students’ decision-making processes and a series of models he developed to help students make difficult life decisions.

The lecture, “Navigating Through the Yellow Lights of Life: Utilizing Numeric Continuum Models for Optimal Decision-Making,” will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in Hagg-Sauer 112 on the Bemidji State campus.

Honors Council Lectures are open to the public free of charge.

Salscheider developed three numeric continuum models in an attempt to not only aid students in making difficult decisions in life, but also help them better understand these situations based on perceived levels of freedom, levels of support for a decision and levels of satisfaction within a relationship.

This presentation will be interactive, and audience members will be provided with handouts that include the models. Electronic versions will be available upon request.

Salscheider received his doctorate in health education from the University of Utah in 1988. He is in the final semester of a 32-and-a-half-year career at Bemidji State University, having been originally hired as the men’s head basketball coach and assistant professor of human performance, exercise and recreation. In 1985, he led the Beavers to their first post-season playoff victory in the program’s 64-year history. He also guided the Beavers to their first-ever NCAA Division II regional ranking in 1994, climbing as high as sixth in the Great Lakes Region. He remains BSU’s winningest all-time basketball coach with 142 career victories.

As a charter member of the Beltrami Tobacco Education Movement, Salscheider instituted an anti-tobacco poster contest for fifth-grade students in Beltrami County. BSU health students gained invaluable experiences engaging with over 900 fifth graders annually, resulting in a sustained 50 percent reduction of smoking rates among Bemidji Middle School students.

This past summer, Karl was one of six collegiate health educators nationally selected by Pearson Publishing and the Stanford University Research Center to be a scorer trainee in health education for edTPA, a national teacher performance assessment project.

Salscheider will retire from BSU on Dec. 19 and plans to establish an international health education consortium and complete his collegiate textbook on Christian health.

The Honors Council Lecture Series is hosted by the Bemidji State University Honors Council. The council is the advisory group to the honors program comprised of 12 faculty members from each of the University’s colleges. Student representatives are also elected to the council by their cohorts for one-year terms.

For more information about the Honors Council Lecture Series, please contact the honors program at (218) 755-3984.