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U.S. House Rep. Kristi Noem Visits BHSU Income Tax Class

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Business students at Black Hills State University met with U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem on campus in Spearfish recently to discuss tax policy and Noem's role on the House Ways and Means Committee. All students are professional accountancy majors unless otherwise noted, left to right front row: Karen Robinson from Sundance, Wyo. Dylan Hanson from Grenville. Back row: Sam Smith from Keystone Debbie Borden from Moorcroft, Wyo. Tammi Martin from Spearfish Robin Meyerink, accounting instructor Rep. Kristi Noem Raven Jorgensen from Keystone Ashley McFarland from Hettinger, N.D. Kendra Finnell from Wright, Wyo. Melinda Sneeden, business administration-accounting major from Spearfish Paul Mitchell from Spearfish and Yoko Nishida, business administration-accounting major from Japan.

Rep. Kristi Noem shared her experiences with the Income Tax Accounting class at Black Hills State University in Spearfish recently.

Noem is the first South Dakotan to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee. The BHSU tax class includes a study of the foundations of the Internal Revenue Code so the students were eager to discuss the House Ways and Means Committee with Noem.

Robin Meyerink, accounting instructor at BHSU and VITA site coordinator, says the School of Business was honored to have Rep. Kristi Noem on campus and that the visit helps students to better understand the process of writing tax laws. Meyerink also said that Noem's comments about tax reform have spurred many interesting and analytical discussions.

These same tax students will be volunteers in BHSU's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. VITA offers free income tax preparation for low to mid-income taxpayers. Tentatively, VITA is scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 27. For more information, contact Robin Meyerink, accounting instructor and VITA site coordinator at robin.meyerink@BHSU.edu or call (605) 642-6002.

Upcoming BHSU Geek Speak to discuss the Haitian Revolution

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Dr. Jason Daniels, assistant professor of history, will examine how the Haitian Revolution transformed one of the most productive European colonies of its day into an independent state run by formerly enslaved peoples and their descendants in the next Geek Speak lecture at Black Hills State University.

Dr. Jason Daniels, assistant professor of history, will examine how the Haitian Revolution transformed one of the most productive European colonies of its day into an independent state run by formerly enslaved peoples and their descendants in the next Geek Speak lecture at Black Hills State University.

Daniels will present "Truly Revolution? The Haitian Revolution and its Legacy" Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 110 on the BHSU campus. Daniels says that among all the American struggles for colonial independence, the Haitian Revolution involved the greatest degree of mass mobilization, and brought the greatest degree of social and economic change.

"My talk aims to explain the events of the Haitian Revolution, to illustrate how those events deeply impacted the institution of African slavery and notions about race across the Atlantic world, and to evaluate the relationship between the first two independent nations in Western Hemisphere, Haiti and the U.S.," says Daniels.

In the end, Daniels says the rebellion produced the world's first examples of emancipation, colonial representation in a metropolitan assembly, and full racial equality in a European colony.

"I hope students and the community will come to a greater appreciation of the Age of Revolution. Both the French Revolution and the socio-economic and political evolution of the U.S. during its infancy were deeply impacted by the events in Saint Domingue," says Daniels.  

The following on-campus Geek Speak presentations, which are held Thursdays at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 110, are scheduled for this semester:
  • March 16, "Do-si-dos and dihedrals: mathematics and, wait, what...dance?!? " by Dr. Dan May, assistant professor of mathematics
  • March 23, "Advocating for the Protection of Native Women Through Theatrical, Spoken Word and Slam Poetry Performances" by Dr. Nikki Dragone, assistant professor of English
  • March 30, "Bad Bureaucrats? The Future of Whistleblowing in a Post-Snowden World" by BHSU alum and Ph.D. student Cody Drolc
  • April 6, "From Blake to the Beatles and Beyond: The Legacy of Romanticism" by Dr. Martin Fashbaugh, assistant professor of English
  • April 20, "Metapatterns" by Dr. Liz Fayer, instructor/coordinator Project SECOND, and Dr. Joanna Jones, former BHSU professor
  • April 27, "Madness in Popular Culture: The 'Insanity' of Women, by Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, professor of sociology
For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, director of the University Honors Program and assistant professor of English, at 605-642-6918 or email Courtney.HuseWika@BHSU.edu.

ADOBE InDesign Workshop to be held at BHSU Rapid City

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The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) will be offering "InDesign Basics", a hands on workshop Thursday, Jan. 5 at Black Hills State University-Rapid City. Participants will learn the basics of Adobe InDesign workspace and learn how to make professional designs for personal and commercial use.

The day-long workshop will be instructed by Dustin Hinson, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at BHSU. "Adobe InDesign is a great way for you to create engaging and professional page layouts for print and digital media with its built-in creative tools and precise control over typography," says Hinson.

During this workshop, participants will get a hands on experience creating and saving documents, using the type tool, importing graphics, using frames, formatting and selecting objects, exporting designs to a PDF and working with color swatches.

The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m.  in Room 103 at BHSU-Rapid City, cost per participant is $199. To register or learn more, visit www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO or call Andrea Bakeberg, SD CEO Assistant Director at 605.642.6435.

The registration deadline is December 29. Seating is limited.

For more information on this workshop, please contact Mela Cosme at Mela.Cosme@BHSU.edu

About SD CEO:
The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants' opinions, products or services. SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-14-W-0018. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance

South Dakota Stock Market Game announces top teams for the fall trading session

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The fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG) concluded its 10-week trading session on December 9. The SDSMG is operated by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education.

For the fall trading session, 494 students from 19 South Dakota schools formed 237 teams of stock market investors and received a hypothetical $100,000 to perform online investing in real-time stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The program&rsquos carefully integrated curriculum lets students experience the financial markets in the classroom as they learn about business, math, economics, personal finance and the importance of saving and investing for the long term.  Student teams compete for prizes in the High School, Middle School and College divisions.  Teachers receive free online training via a series of webinars conducted in the weeks prior to the start of the each trading session.

The largest division was the High School division with 186 teams. The winner of the High School Division was Rapid City High School with a final portfolio value of $119,979. Teacher Darren Paulsen used the program in his Economics class.

The winner of the Middle School division was Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls with a final portfolio of $112,757. Teacher Todd Stever used the program in his 6-8th grade Gifted class.

The winner of the College division was BHSU student Brittany McGrady, business administration-accounting major from Rapid City. Her final portfolio value was $138,923, the highest portfolio in the state with a 38.9 percent return on investment for the 10 week trading period. For comparison purposes, the Standard &amp Poor&rsquos 500 Index rose 4.4 percent over this same time period. Brittany participated in the program as part of her Advanced Accounting course requirement where students must select an Industry to invest in, then select stocks in that industry after performing fundamental financial analysis on the companies. Her big winners were in the Airlines Industry with American Airlines (AAL) and Alaska Airlines (ALK) up over 34 percent.

The Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education has an exclusive license to operate the SMG program in South Dakota with the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). The SMG program is widely identified as the leader in youth financial education and the only program proven in rigorous, independent studies year-after-year to raise math and financial literacy test scores and to change financial behavior for the better for students and teachers. Over 600,000 students from all 50 states participate each year. The SMG program includes InvestWrite, a national essay competition that is the culminating SMG activity. Students are challenged to think critically about real-world financial issues by preparing   essays about long-term saving and investing. Winners receive a paid trip to New York City and a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.

The South Dakota Stock Market Game is sponsored by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education, the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education. The South Dakota Council on Economic Education oversees two Centers for Economic Education in the state: Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.

The Spring 2017 SDSMG session starts on Monday, February 13.  Registration begins on January 2.  To register, go to http://www.stockmarketgame.org.

For more information, contact Professor Don Altmyer, BHSU Center for Economic Education Director and South Dakota Stock Market Game Coordinator at donaltmyer@BHSU.edu

BHSU students meet with local donor supporting their scholarships

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Black Hills State University math and science students meet with the donor of their scholarships, Carol Lundberg, recently to thank her for her support and to discuss their college and career plans. Left to right: Michael Hurst, biology major from Spearfish Kaitlin Spargur, biology education major from Spearfish Madison Jilek, physics major from Spearfish and donor Carol Lundberg, Spearfish.

Three Black Hills State University scholarship recipients, Michael Hurst, biology major from Spearfish Madison Jilek, physics major from Spearfish and Kaitlin Spargur, biology education major from Spearfish, who have earned significant scholarship awards through an endowment established by Carol Lundberg, met with the local philanthropist recently to discuss their college and career plans.

Spargur said she will graduate from BHSU next year debt free, thanks to the financial support of BHSU scholarships, including Lundberg's.

"I want to express my sincerest gratitude to Carol for her generous contribution to my college education. I am honored to be among the many students she supports and I will be forever grateful," said Spargur.

During their recent meeting, Lundberg asked the students about their classes and their campus involvements, sharing advice with the students as they work to achieve their goals. Spargur said Lundberg is proud of her scholarship recipients and wants to help them take full advantage of the opportunities at BHSU.

Lundberg shared advice with the group that Spargur says will help her as she pursues a career in teaching.

"Carol said you absolutely have to find something you are passionate about. That if you do, you are able to open any door you would like," said Spargur. "There is always more to learn and understand, but Carol told us to never stop doing what we enjoy and reaching for what we want."

Lundberg has been a strong supporter of BHSU scholarships. She has been especially dedicated to providing scholarships in math and science to students from the state of South Dakota. Since 2011, nearly $30,000 in scholarship funds have been distributed to BHSU students from the Carol Lundberg Endowment.

Lundberg is an active member of the Spearfish community and served as the BHSU Swarm Days Parade Marshall in 2015.
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Descendants of Maude (Campbell) Dana named 2019 BHSU Legacy Family

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Fourteen descendants of Maude (Campbell) Dana, Class of 1917, were honored this spring as the 2019 Black Hills State University Legacy Family. Grandma Dana, as Maude is fondly remembered by her loved ones, was known for inspiring and encouraging her family’s education. The Dana family is known for their strong support and care of the community through their success in the fields of dentistry, orthodontia, and financial management.

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