Julieanne Morse, a Black Hills State University photography student from Spearfish, recently returned from a nine-month deployment with South Dakota’s National Guard 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment where she teamed up with a broadcast journalist and documented the daily lives of the troops.
Her photos were either sent to the public affairs officers of each of the units she was embedded with and then passed on to the soldiers who shared it with their families, or added to the Department of Army wire service. Two of her photos from one of her foot patrols were picked up by Time.com. Read Article
Orlando Munoz and Makena Peet
The creativity of Black Hills State University graphic design and photography students was recognized during the annual Black Hills American Advertising Awards with students taking home 15 ADDYs including Best in Show. Orlando Munoz, graphic design communication major from Rapid City, received the Student Best in Show for his design Presidential Stamps. Makena Peet, art major from Rapid City, was the runner-up Student Best in Show for Illuminated Letter. See the list of winners. Read Article
Black Hills State University student Aleesa Fedt spent a month in Ghana volunteering at a medical clinic.
A certified EMT with two years of experience with the Spearfish Ambulance and the biology major from Pierre, had enough knowledge to participate. The Volta Aid Foundation placed her at the Miracle Life Clinic in Ho, Ghana.
Her time in Ghana gave her a whole new perspective on the world especially the medical profession. Fedt spent a month at the clinic working in a different area each week. She worked the first week in triage where she took vital signs and assessed patients giving the critical ones priority. The second week she worked in the lab mainly taking blood samples and testing for malaria, and her third week was dedicated to treating malaria. Read Article
Black Hills State University graduate students Jacob Alsdurf and Riston Haugen recently had their individual work published in two research journals. Alsdurf, a graduate student in the Integrative Genomics program, had his article titled “Drought-induced trans-generational tradeoff between stress tolerance and defense: consequences for range limits?” published in the journal AoB Plant. He was also honored with the Editor’s Choice designation which awards articles that the editor finds especially impressive and of a broad interest to the scientific community, according to Dr. David Siemens, associate professor of biology and Alsdurf’s advisor. The editor noted Alsdurf’s research had been elegantly conducted and dealt with an important issue, Siemens said. Co-authors on the study were BHSU student Tayler Ripley, biology major from Pierre, and Dr. Steven Matzer, biology professor from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Read Article
Kathryn McHenry and Ashley Wingert
Students Kathryn McHenry, chemistry and chemistry education major from Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ashley Wingert, chemistry major from Custer, were among the 13 college and university students exhibiting their research during the Legislative Poster Session at the State Capitol. Read Article
BHSU student-run newspaper earns first place in national competition
The Jacket Journal, the Black Hills State University’s student newspaper, is continuing its tradition of excellence with another first place award in the 2014 American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) annual newspaper competition. Each year, the ASPA awards the top college and high school literary magazines, newspapers and yearbooks in the country for the work produced by student staffs. Read Article
Greg Wilson always knew he wanted to work in renewable energy but through his courses as a graduate student in the Black Hills State University Master of Sustainability program he was inspired to do much more. Wilson is in the process of starting Luminating, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality for the 1.1 billion people who lack access to clean drinking water. Through his nonprofit, Wilson will design, build, install and educate people about water purification systems. His first project is near Arusha, Tanzania where nearly half of the population lacks clean drinking water. Read Article
Composers can find inspiration in nearly anything, a world event, book, past composers or a unique sound. Black Hills State University student Jesse Dunaway and music professor Dr. Symeon Waseen are digging a little deeper for their inspiration – nearly a mile underground.
Dunaway, music major from Rapid City, and Waseen, assistant professor of music, are creating compositions focusing on different facets of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead and its former life as a gold mine. The music program is just the latest in collaborations between BHSU and the Sanford Lab that includes a variety of disciplines. Read Article
Alternative Spring Break
For more than a decade, Black Hills State University students have been using their spring breaks as an opportunity to engage in volunteer experiences that address social and environmental issues around the world.
On March 6, a team of eight students and two advisors will travel to Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala to volunteer with Sharing the Dream, a non-profit organization that promotes fair trade and community sustainability. During their trip, the students will immerse themselves in the community helping artisans with beadwork/jewelry and pottery making, working with children and visiting with the elders. Read Article
Accounting students assist with tax preparation
For more than a decade, Black Hills State University accounting students have been putting their classroom learning to practice by assisting area residents prepare their taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Read Article
Recent Black Hills State University psychology graduate Kori Hague never thought she wanted to focus her career on research; her mind changed after working with Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis, BHSU assistant professor of psychology. Hague is now in the process of getting her undergraduate work published and recently returned from a trip to Cambodia where she studied marine conservation. Read Article
BHSU student veterans transition into academic life
Thousands of veterans return home each month with a goal of going back to college. As veterans transition back into civilian and academic life, higher education institutions such as BHSU and the University Center are increasing support, developing programs and providing resources to help make the transition from military service into academia smoother. Read Article
Student business organization recognized
The Enactus team of business students showcased its multigenerational and international projects to national leaders in the world of business during the Enactus United States National Exposition April 1-3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team, competing with more than 200 colleges and universities, advanced to the second round of competition during the national expo. Read Article
Students participate in national research conference
Twelve Black Hills State University students recently traveled to the University of Kentucky in Lexington to present their research at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Students presented research on the subjects of Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. Read Article
Tayler Ripley - Pierre, and Jillian Draine - Spearfish
Black Hills State University students Tayler Ripley, from Pierre, and Jillian Draine, from Spearfish, were recently selected to receive NASA Space Grant stipends for research. Both are pursuing double majors in chemistry and biology in the School of Natural Sciences.
Ripley received a stipend of $3,000 and Draine received $1,000. The research stipends can be used during the upcoming fall, spring or summer semesters. Ripley is working with Dr. Dan Asunskis, BHSU assistant professor of chemistry, to investigate cellular responses to nanomaterials. Draine is working with Dr. John Dixson, associate professor of chemistry, to extract natural products from sages native to western South Dakota and test their antimalarial activity. Read Article
Nick Gale is not German nor is he originally from South Dakota; however, the Black Hills State University student’s interest in history prompted him to research and write an essay on both of those topics. Nick, history education major from Belle Fourche, won the Black Hills Chapter of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society’s 2013 Essay Contest for his essay titled “Russia’s gift to the Dakotas.”
Kjersten Tofte - Casper, WY
Kjersten Tofte’s summer internship took her over the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Scandinavia. Kjersten, corporate communication major from Casper, Wyo., worked for Norwegian Outlet in Vestby, Norway, learning the intricate and unique details of international marketing. She conducted marketing surveys, designed flyers, and worked to organize a day for all Embassies in Oslo to visit Norwegian Outlet, the only outlet village in Norway.
BHSU graduate student Riston Haugen spent several days with National Geographic photographer Anand Varma who found interest in the research Riston had been conducting with Dr. David Siemens, BHSU associate professor of biology. Riston, a student in the BHSU Integrative Genomics master’s degree program, has been researching a rust fungus’ ability to manipulate the genes of a wild mustard plant and create a fake flower. Riston has also worked with Dr. Liliana Cano and Dr. Sophien Kamoun at the Sainsbury Laboratory, a plant science research center in Norwich, England, on a parallel study involving pseudoflowers.
Joshua Thurmes - Deadwood
Joshua Thurmes, BHSU business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Deadwood, was awarded one of 55 academic scholarships presented to students nationwide by Tourism Cares, the travel and tourism industry’s leading non-profit organization. Joshua was awarded $1,000 and invited to attend the Tourism Cares Mentoring Program at the annual National Tour Association/United Motorcoach Association Travel Exchange in Los Angeles.
Joe Geyer - Rapid City
Fourteen Black Hills State University photography students were chosen as finalists in the 33rd Annual College Photographers Competition by Photographer’s Forum Magazine. Joe Geyer, mass communication major from Rapid City, was recognized in the top 100 out of nearly 17,000 submissions for his image “Windswept.”
Gina Jespersen - Hemmingford, NE
Gina Jespersen was crowned Miss Rodeo in her home state of Nebraska, a title she has coveted since she was a young girl. Gina was crowned the 2014 Miss Rodeo Nebraska during the Nebraskaland Days Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb. This is the second rodeo honor for the BHSU elementary education major in the past year. In January 2013, Gina was crowned Miss Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo Queen.
Joey Painter - Buffalo
Joey Painter’s leadership during her four years at BHSU earned her the 2013 Spirit of BH award, an honor which recognizes a student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the University as well as the community as a whole. Joey, who graduated in May, was heavily involved in a variety of BHSU organizations and activities including the BHSU Rodeo Team, the Presidential Student Ambassadors, and the Student Technology Fellows.
Devin Lynn - Powell, WY
Devin is one of those students who is involved in nearly every activity on campus including editor-in-chief of the Jacket Journal, coordinator of civic engagement, tutor for Student Support Services, and Vice President of Phi Kappa Phi. He presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Devin was selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in Washington, DC this past year. This is a highly competitive process which involves students submitting proposals that will make a difference. Devin’s project for the initiative is to develop a web based platform for entrepreneurs in Uganda. He was recently featured in BIZ Now for his work. However, rather than focus on himself in the article, he recognized the number of students at BHSU who assisted him in the project. Read the latest on Devin and his entrepreneurial project in Uganda.
Lauren Lund - Hot Springs
Lauren Lund along with 9 psychology students and their advisor, Dr. Boeschen, will conduct research at the Special Olympics World Games in South Korea. While in South Korea, they will attend the first Global Development Summit on Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Lauren stated, “I believe this research shows that great things can come out of small places and out of those small places are individuals who can be shaped into strong, confident men and women who will soon be put into the world and be able to apply their broadened perspectives to every aspect of their lives.” The University is providing limited funding for the students since it would take nearly our entire travel budget to send them to South Korea. The students have raised funds throughout the year to cover their costs. Check out these links: "BHSU Psychology Research Team Travels to South Korea" and their Special Olympics World Games Blog.
Daniel Fairchild - Armour
Anyone who has met Daniel will agree his enthusiasm for BHSU is unparalled. Daniel was determined that we would have a skydiver for homecoming. Undeterred by red tape and funding issues, he found the sponsors, cleared liability concerns, and made it happen. Watch the video from the skydiver delivering the game ball.
Mallory Ageton – Brandon
Mallory Ageton, biology major, is conducting research on rattlesnakes. She was one of a dozen undergraduate students who recently presented their research work to state lawmakers in Pierre. Mallory joined BHSU biology professor Dr. Brian Smith’s research team as a Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) Fellow in the summer of 2011 and has been a fellow since. Her research involves studying variation in venom components associated with habitat, prey and geography among populations of prairie rattlesnakes in the Black Hills. Learn more about Mallory and her research.
Rianna Hotz – Hot Springs
Rianna Hotz, a photography and environmental science major, recently had her print “Domiciliary Stairwell,” exhibited at China’s Pingyao International Photography Festival. The juried exhibition held in the ancient city of Pingyao attracts 100,000 international visitors to view contributions from more than 2,000 photographs. Rianna’s print depicted a quite area in her hometown Veterans Affairs hospital which is threatened to be shut down. Read more about Rianna.
Amy Varland - Lead
Amy Varland, a mass communications major, has been interning as a reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting for nearly a year. Since beginning with SDPB last summer, Amy has reported on some of the region’s top news stories including a fire in Pringle, the drowning of a boy in Deerfield Lake, and several others. She has also conducted several interviews with BHSU faculty and staff. Amy will be on a SDPB panel of journalists this month. Read more about Amy.
Elise Foltz – Spearfish
Elise Foltz recently received a $6,800 scholarship from the South Dakota Certified Public Accountant Society (SD CPA). The Accounting Program Completion Scholarship paid for all of Foltz’s fall semester and half of the spring semester. The scholarship is targeted for students who are nearing completion of the 150 hours required to be a qualified CPA exam candidate and pursing a major in accountancy. Read more about Elise.
Tayler Ripley and Jake Alsdurf
Tayler Ripley, biology major from Pierre, and Jake Alsdurf, a graduate student, presented their research at the 10th annual Ecological Genomics symposium in Kansas City, Mo. The students presented two studies. The first study, a collaboration between Jake and Tayler, showed that plants whose parents experienced drought were more drought tolerant but produced lower levels of defensive compounds. The second study, presented by Jake, showed that transgenerational effects of drought probably involved differential methylation of DNA. Read more about Tayler & Jake.
Sarah Zimmerman- Spearfish
Sarah Zimmerman, biology major, conducted salmon research at a remote Alaskan fish hatchery last summer. Sarah researched sockeye salmon at the Main Bay Hatcher near Cordova, Alaska, as part of the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC), a private nonprofit aquaculture association. PWSAC produces hatchery-born, ocean-raised wild salmon for the commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries in the Prince William Sound and Copper River Regions. During her free time, Zimmerman had the opportunity for recreational activities including hiking, fishing, and playing cards and other games with other summer workers. Read more about Sarah.
Becca Gage- Sisseton, and Daniel Merchen- Spearfish
Becca Gage, mass communication major, and Daniel Merchen, corporate communication major, who both work in the marketing office at BHSU, took photographs that are featured on billboards and displays promoting the University. Becca, will graduate this spring, had a photography show in downtown Spearfish last year and is currently working on another exhibit for her Contemporary Photography class. She has been selected for a highly competitive internship position with Dave Stoecklein, one of the accomplished master photographers in Canon’s “Explorers of Light, which she will begin as soon as she graduates. Daniel will graduate this spring as well. Last summer, he completed an internship for Countryside Church in which he was responsible for setting up their HD video system and overseeing their web presence. He says the internship and his time as a student worker have given him experience that provides direction for his career goals. Read more about Becca & Daniel.
Ann Anderson and Erin Marsh
Two Black Hills State University graduates of the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction program were among more than 100 educators nationwide to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Ann Anderson, Belle Fourche fifth-grade science teacher, and Erin Marsh, math teacher at the Pierre Indian Learning Center, were the only two South Dakota educators honored with the award, the nation’s highest honor for K-12 teaching in these fields. Read more..
Michael Shann, a 1970 Black Hills State University graduate, produced the finale to the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Russia. The Sochi Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, one of the largest single shows ever produced, put a spotlight on Russian culture and heritage. It featured dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky Ballet Companies, music by Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, and Vladimir Horowitz, and references to some of the country’s greatest authors, Tolstoy, Gogol, and Dostoyevsky. Read more..
Brian Shaw, former Yellow Jacket basketball player, 2004 graduate and 2011 and 2013 World’s Strongest Man, returned to the court he once played on last fall to accept the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award. He was presented the award during halftime of the men’s basketball home opener. Read more..
Brendyn Medina and Tessa Thomas
Black Hills State University graduates Brendyn Medina and Tessa Thomas are co-anchoring the KEVN Black Hills Fox expanded weekend newscast. Both Medina, Class of ’10, and Thomas, Class of ’11, have been with the Fox News Team since 2011.
Kjaersti Roberts - Klamath Falls, OR
For Kjaersti (Bushilla) Roberts, teaching is not simply helping students succeed in class, it is providing them the tools to be successful throughout their lives. Kjaersti, who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BHSU, was honored with a Crystal Apple Award for her work as a junior high language arts teacher in the Klamath County School District in Klamath Falls, Ore.
BHSU Alums Excel as Teachers
Five local teachers and BHSU alums were recognized as outstanding educators in their respective schools or districts. Those honored include:
Susan Ricci - Rapid City, SD
Susan Ricci is a Black Hills State University alumnus whose passion for the American bison led her to found the Museum of the American Bison in Rapid City – a place dedicated to educating the public about the animal’s historical significance and ability to survive. Susan rented the building in the heart of historic downtown Rapid City that is now the Museum of the American Bison.
Judy Dittman - Rapid City, SD
Black Hills State University alumna Dr. Judy Dittman was named interim vice president for Academic Affairs at Dakota State University. Judy, Class of ’73, has been with DSU since 1978 and has held a number of faculty and administrative leadership positions. She has been the dean of the College of Education since 2007. She served as secondary education coordinator and chair of the Academic Assessment Committee and was a leader in advising initiatives supported by Title III.
Kelly Meeker, former Yellow Jacket football player, has turned his hobby of coaching quarterbacks into a traveling business. The Air Attack Academy is a football skill development camp that Kelly started to coach young quarterbacks throughout eastern South Dakota. His idea has now evolved into a mobile camp with coaches that specialize in all positions.
Jessica Juhrend - Spearfish
Jess is in her second year at one of the most prestigious theatre programs in the nation, Adelphi. Jess won awards while a student at BHSU for playwriting with one of her plays produced in Los Angeles casting professional actors. Since enrolling in her graduate program, Jess continues to succeed receiving the Dramatic Writing Award during her first year of graduate school. Jessica is making her mark in New York City. Read more about Jessica accomplishments.
Ben Reiter - Riverton, WY
Ben completed his degree in Political Science, went to the University of Chicago to complete his masters in humanities and is now pursuing his law degree at UCLA. Read more about Ben..
Jennifer Johnson - Hettinger, ND
The math faculty often noted that Jennifer was one of their top students ever. She is enrolled in the MA/PHD program at Kansas State. This fall, BHSU was notified that Jennifer is considered the top student in their program. Read more about Jennifer..
Jake Miller - Pierre
Jake is a 2009 alum who was admitted to the first class of the MD/PHD program at USD. Jake is considered among the top students in the program. Jake’s research focus on identifying treatment for a rare, fatal pediatric neurodegenerative disease was highlighted in an article in the Pioneer last month. Jake was quoted in the article saying, “My research as an undergraduate as well as with the Honors Program at BHSU gave me an edge in my medical school classes and PhD research. I was extremely well prepared with my ability as far as doing things in the lab, as well as writing and reading papers”. Check out this article: "BHSU graduate researching treatment options for fatal pediatric neurodegenerative disease."
Mary Jo May - Kyle
Mary Jo was a Gates Scholar and a social science education major. Mary Jo took an internship at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington during her senior year. As part of her research, she developed an exhibit featuring the contributions of Native Americans in the military. She was the only student intern to have her exhibit chosen to be on display at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian. Read more about this Gates Millennium scholar..
Katrina Salitros - Vermillion
Katrina interned at the Home Shopping Network while a student at BHSU. She loved her experience and has returned to HSN in St. Petersburg, FL following her graduation. Read more about Katrina..
Theresa Mutter - Germany
Theresa completed her degree in Communications and is the Fundraising Executive for Europe at Hilton in the Community Foundation in London. Read more about Theresa..
Travis Langer - Spearfish
Travis is an intern with the Minnesota Vikings as part of his graduate program at the University of Minnesota Mankato. Travis credits BHSU in preparing him and setting him up for success in graduate school and in his opportunity with the Vikings. He encourages BHSU to enhance their sports information program and he loves BHSU and sees the advantage of a strong Sports Information position.
David Henry recently completed his degree in finance and economics and currently works as a utilities analyst at South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in Pierre. While at BHSU, David published several articles on the national business blog the Motley Fool, a site that offers news and analysis and commentary for investors of all kinds. David was also part of a research team studying the benefits of integrating social media into classroom instruction to enhance learning. Read more about David..
Katie Anderson, a 2010 graduate with a master’s in curriculum and instruction, was selected as South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Anderson will now represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award which will be announced in April in Washington, D.C. Katie is a middle school science teacher at Rapid City’s East Middle School. Read more about Katie..
Chase Adams, a 2005 graduate in political science, is serving as the director of communication for the National Cattlemen’s Association where he advocates for the agriculture industry on a national level. Chase spent several years working at KBHB radio in Sturgis where he reported on the state’s agriculture industry. Read more about Chase..
David Velte worked behind the scenes as a sound engineer during the most recent Academy Awards. Velte has been providing sound for the Oscars and other large special events for the past decade. He has also worked on a variety of television shows, talk shows and documentaries. Read more about David..
Mike Bean has been helping to keep the Fighting Irish healthy for more than 20 years. While at BHSU he worked with the football, wrestling and basketball teams as an athletic trainer. When he got an internship in Notre Dame’s sports medicine department, he was fulfilling a dream. That was in 1990. Today, Mike is still at Notre Dame and is now an assistant athletic trainer for the Fighting Irish football team which just finished one of its most successful seasons in decades with a 12-0 record. Aside from being an assistant athletic trainer for Notre Dame Football, Mike also supervises the student-athletic trainer program and serves on the Big East Conference Sports Medicine Committee. Read more about Mike..
John Johnson, a 1970 graduate, was recently honored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization whose mission is to bring understanding among people through hearing care. John joins a long list of celebrity honorees that include President Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John, Willie Mays and Billie Jean King. John recently retired as president and chief executive officer of CHS Inc., one of the nation’s leading energy, grains and foods companies. The Starkey foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually to underprivileged people throughout the world. John has been retired from Minnesota-based CHS for two years now; however, he left the Fortune 100 Company and the countries in which it does business with the infrastructure in place to better distribute food around the globe. John was honored at the “So the World May Hear” awards gala last year. Read more about John..
Bryan Brewer and Dave Archambault
Bryan Brewer and Dave Archambault, both teachers and coaches, started the Lakota National Invitational, first named the All Indian Tournament, in 1977 as a way to provide play time for their basketball players. Today, the LNI annually attracts several thousand visitors and is much more than a basketball tournament. It is an event celebrating the Lakota culture through art, athletics, sportsmanship, history and education. The 36th annual LNI tournament took place last December. Check out their story..
Leigh Kamstra, a business administration major, spent 10 years in the banking world before setting her sights on a different path and pursued her entrepreneurial dreams. Leigh just celebrated 13 years as chef/owner of Spearfish’s Roma’s Ristorante - an Italian restaurant which draws patrons from all over. She was named South Dakota’s Small Business Person of the Year in 2011.
Shortly after graduating with her master’s in business services management, Kelsie Darling started Spearfish’s Quick Signs. In just a few short years, Kelsie, who also received her bachelor’s in entrepreneurial studies and management from BHSU, surpassed her goals for her business. In 2011, Kelsie was listed in the “20 to watch under 40” by the Black Hills Pioneer , and last spring she was awarded the Enterprising Young Entrepreneur by the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity.
After earning his degree in business education in 1962, William “Bill” Weyer spent 16 years teaching math and science in California. In 1978, he decided to use his business expertise in a different way and purchased his wife Sandra’s parents’ business Hensell Materials, a company that sells building materials to contractors. Over the next two decades, they expanded the business and increased sales. Last year, Bill received the BHSU Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Damian Ederhoff, Class of ’86, joined Denver’s Bauerle and Company the same year he graduated with his accounting degree. He quickly moved up the ranks becoming a partner specializing in financial, tax and consulting.
Raj Bathal, a 1962 BHSU business graduate, is the epitome of success. Only five years after earning his bachelor’s degree, Raj founded Orange County-based RAJ Manufacturing, now one of the largest swimwear companies in America. RAJ designs, manufactures and markets designer and private label swimwear and cover ups under nationally recognized brand names including ATHENA, GUESS Swimwear, Hurley Swimwear, and Luxe by Lisa Vogel. An avid sports fan, Raj also joined a group of investors who recently purchased the NBA team the Sacramento Kings
Curt Skaley has been moving up the ranks of Wells Fargo since graduating with his business administration degree from BHSU in 2009. He was recently promoted a business relationships manager for the Bismarck, N.D. Wells Fargo. In his new role, Curt works with business customers to help meet their commercial deposit, cash management and credit needs.
Shanna Quinn, a 2012 graduate, secured a job before even earning her degree in business administration – economics/finance, accounting and management emphasis. The November prior to her graduation, Shanna was offered a position as a financial analyst with the Colorado Water Resource and Power Development Authority in Denver. She is scheduled to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam in December.
Dr. Andy Johnson
An essay by Black Hills State University assistant professor Dr. Andy Johnson was recently published in Science magazine. Johnson’s essay “Radiation and Atomic Literacy for Nonscientists” was chosen as this month’s Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI). In it he describes his nearly decade-long project. In his essay, Johnson explains, “Students can understand radioactivity without an extensive background in science. In order to make sense of ionizing radiation, students need to know what ionizing radiation is, where it comes from, and how it can do harm. Those three categories have guided the development of Inquiry into Radiation (IiR) materials.” Read more..
Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto
Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, Black Hills State University assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management, along with two student research assistants has spent the last several months conducting a baseline study examining the perceptions of tourism businesses with regard to the pine beetle infestation and their preventative behaviors. Dorothy Collins Aurand, business administration – tourism major from Belle Fourche, and Jonathon Horner, business administration – marketing major from Aberdeen, assisted Cahyanto with the research.
Kent Meyers, professor of English, was recently honored with the South Dakota Humanities Council’s award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities. He was recognized during the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.
Dr. Mary Canton-Rosser
Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, Black Hills State University associate professor of mass communication, and Ruth Wienk, BHSU academic English preparation teacher, discussed the benefits of integrating social media in the classroom, especially in foreign language courses, during the recent South Dakota World Languages Association (SDWLA) conference.
Steve Babbitt, professor of photography, and BHSU graduate Matt Kapust had several of their photographs featured in a recent issue of High Country News. The photographs accompanied an article titled “Cosmic Prospecting: What happens when an old mining town recruits Big Science?” The article is about the transformation of the Homestake Mine into the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Kapust began working at the Sanford Lab while attending BHSU. He is now the lab’s multimedia specialist.
Robert Girtz, assistant professor of economics, had his paper, “The Mediation Effect of Education on Self-esteem and Wages,” accepted for presentation at the 2014 Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting.
Michael Jastorff, director of the University Bookstore at Black Hills State University, recently earned recertification for the designation of Certified Collegiate Retailer by the National Association of College Stores (NACS).
Dr. Urla Marcus
Dr. Urla Marcus, director of the Center for American Indian Studies, was recently elected as the National Chair-Elect for the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community. Marcus begins her year-long term as chair elect later this month and will official take office as National Knowledge Community chair next March.
Dr. Betsy Silva, associate professor of physical education, received the 2013 Sport & Physical Education Division Merit Award from the Central District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The Central District is one of six districts of the AAHPERD and includes Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. BHSU’s physical education program is the only one in South Dakota recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the largest of the five national associations that make up the AAHPERD.
Dr. Pat Simpson, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, was honored by her alma mater during the Pennsylvania university’s recent homecoming celebration. Pat, a 1972 graduate of York College, received the Alumna of the Year award which recognizes achievements in her career, service to the community, and service to the college since graduating.
Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at Black Hills State University, was awarded the National Business Education Association (NBEA) Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to business education by an administrator or supervisor of business education.
Art instructor Erica Merchant was one of 15 artists statewide chosen to display their artwork during the South Dakota Governor’s Awards in the Arts event held in February. This is the second time Merchant has had her artwork on exhibit during the biennial art gala. Read more about Erica's accomplishments.
Erica Merchant also spent several months helping in the restoration of the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead. The Opera House was constructed in 1914, and in 1984 a fire destroyed a lot of the theatre and the roof of the building. During the summer, Erica worked with Dean Kalamos, a master painter from Washington, D.C., who works as a lead decorated painter at the Library of Congress. The two restored the intricate details of the wall panels surrounding the medallions in the opera house’s foyer. Erica also recreated two paintings from the 1946 medallion themes, including a lion and a ram. These medallions were part of the original 1914 theme and remained prominent fixtures until the fire.
Dr. Ben VanEe and Dr. Dan Asunskis
Dr. Ben VanEe, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Dan Asunskis, assistant professor of chemistry, have spent considerable time developing a native plant ethnobotanical garden on campus. The native plant garden is part of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for the BHSU Life Sciences Laboratory. Their hope is to have 100 species of native plants that have past and present uses such as medicinal, ceremonial or for consumption. Read more about their upcoming plans.
Sandy Klarenbeek, assistant health professor, was named the 2012 South Dakota Association Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) College Teacher of the Year. Sandy is a nationally certified health education specialist and was selected as a fellow of the American School Health Association. Read more about Sandy..
Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, Dr. Barbara Looney and Gina Gibson
Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, assistant professor of mass communications, Gina Gibson, assistant professor of digital media, and Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management, presented their research on the benefits of integrating social media into classroom instruction to enhance learning at the fifth annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. The conference is an international forum to present and share experiences in the field of education, research and innovation. Their virtual paper was available online for all attendees. Read more about their research.
Dr. Katrina Jensen
Dr. Katrina Jensen, assistant professor of chemistry, and two undergraduate chemistry students Samantha Petit, chemistry and environmental physical science major from Belle Fourche, and Dylan Dobbs, chemistry major from Hot Springs, are working on a research project that looking at options on the molecular level that might increase efficiency of solar cells. Katrina has also been selected to represent South Dakota as a Young Investigator for the 2013 Coalition of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)/Institutional Development Award (IDeA) States Annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. Read more about her work.
Dr. Lee Pearce, Dr. Kristi Pearce, Dr. Curtis Card, Dr. Daluss Siewert
Dr. Lee Pearce, associate professor, Dr. Kristi Pearce, professor emeritus, Dr. Curtis Card, associate professor of mathematics and associate vice president of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Daluss Siewert, professor of mathematics and chair of the School of Mathematics and Social Sciences, have developed a new multi-tiered model for math instruction that identifies struggling students earlier with an ultimate goal of getting them a college diploma. Lee and Kristi recently presented the research team’s year one results in San Diego at the annual joint Mathematical Association of America/American Mathematical Society conference. Read more about their research.
Tracey Steinbach, senior computer support specialist, her husband Brent, and Spearfish resident Kyle Huffman were named the TLS Find Your Fit 2013 Spring Challenge team champions winning $50,000.
Tracey also completed her first half marathon, her motivation for the 12-week challenge, crossing the finish line with her four daughters.
Jane Klug, BHSU director of student services, returned to her alma mater St. Cloud State University to give the keynote address for the 25th Annual Excellence in Leadership banquet. Jane, who graduated from St. Cloud in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and recreation, received the Excellence in Leadership award for students that year.
Kristen Kilmer and Chad Lundberg
Kristen Kilmer, assistant director of Marketing and Communications, and Chad Lundberg, information specialist, recently won awards during the Black Hills ADDY Award. Kristen received a Silver ADDY in the Direct Marketing category for a collaborative effort to create student recruitment publications giving prospective students a glimpse of life on the BHSU campus.
Chad received a Silver ADDY in the digital advertising category for his video “How will you define sustainability?” The video was created to promote the University’s annual Sustainability Day by highlighting several of the environmentally friendly initiatives on campus while also showcasing the University's beautiful surroundings. Read more about their accomplishments.
BHSU earns prestigious AACSB accreditation
Black Hills State University has earned international accreditation of its business administration, professional accountancy and MBA programs by recent action of the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
BHSU joins an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from AACSB International. Only 694 schools of business, or less than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence. Read Article
BHSU partnership receives 2013 Bush Prize for Community Innovation
Project PRIME (Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education), the decade-long effort of BHSU, the Rapid City School District and the regional nonprofit Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) to improve K-12 mathematics instruction was awarded an inaugural Bush Prize for Community Innovation. Along with the recognition, Project PRIME received more than $310,000 to sustain and expand their work. Project PRIME is a true collaboration to become more effective together to achieve breakthroughs in mathematics teaching and learning.
BHSU will have Underground Campus at Sanford Lab
A site has been designated for a Black Hills State University Underground Campus at the 4,850-level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. The Underground Campus will give BHSU faculty and staff even more opportunities to collaborate with scientists from all over the world and participate in groundbreaking research according to Schallenkamp. When completed the underground space will be the site for research by BHSU undergraduate and graduate students. Read Article
BHSU achieves sustainability recognitions
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has awarded Black Hills State University a STARS Silver Rating for its continued commitment to sustainability making it the first university in South Dakota to be recognized with the international distinction. Read Article
Black Hills State University’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and become a “green” campus is being recognized nationally. The University’s dining services was recently notified that The Hive, the campus dining facility, and The Buzz Shack, a coffee and snack shop, have both been designated as 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA.) Read Article
Black Hills State University is continuing to make progress on its sustainability practices achieving a ten percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per square foot of campus and increasing recycling to 35 tons. The University has a goal of meeting the carbon neutrality by 2050.
Last fall, the University implemented a Master of Science in Sustainability degree which has been in demand and is resulting in worldwide impact. In 2007, BHSU was the first South Dakota university to sign ACUPCC.
BHSU has completed several sustainable initiatives since joining the ACUPCC including having two LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings. The David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union is gold certified and was the first state building to earn a LEED certification. BHSU has also recently enrolled in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, known as STARS to help assess progress in meeting sustainability goals. Read Article
BHSU named a Military Friendly School for fourth consecutive year
Black Hills State University has been named to the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools. This is the fourth consecutive year the University has been on the list which recognizes the top 15 percent of higher educational institutions nationwide that are most dedicated to supporting America’s service members and veterans as students. BHSU, which has the highest percentage of veteran students among South Dakota schools, has a long history of working with the military to provide educational options for veterans and active duty military people.
BHSU ranked among the Best for Vets: Colleges 2014
Black Hills State University has once again been ranked as one of the nation’s top institutions when it comes to services and programs for America’s student veterans. Military Times announced its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings last fall with BHSU making the list for the second year in a row.
State's stock market program recognized nationally
The South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG), a program where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks, received national recognition during the Stock Market Game Symposium in New York City earlier this summer.
The state won the InvestWrite Essay Network Challenge by having a nearly 200 percent increase in the the number of essays submitted by South Dakota students after the stock market trading period. That was the highest growth rate across the nation, according to Don Altmyer, Black Hills State University professor of business and coordinator of the SDSMG program.
Black Hills State University and Sanford Underground Research Facility partner in science education center
As a result of a $2.5 M gift from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D, and The Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., will partner in a $4.5 million project to convert an existing science building on the BHSU campus into a facility to focus on best practices in the teaching and learning of science. The new BHSU facility will be a branch of the Sanford Science Education Center where faculty will conduct research on teaching and learning, support the preparation of current and future science teachers, develop and test educational materials and develop courses featuring underground research at the Sanford Lab. Read Article
Groundbreaking ceremony starts production of new BHSU residence hall
Black Hills State University officially broke ground today on its new 50,000-square-foot Crow Peak Hall launching the construction process of the University’s first residence hall in 50 years. Students are looking forward to living in the new residence hall. The new hall will include three stories with 12, four-person suites on each floor. The suites include two rooms with a shared bathroom. In addition to the central living area, there will be two small commons areas on each of the four floors. Read Article
BHSU helps Spearfish celebrate 125 years
Black Hills State University faculty, staff and students were taken back in time to the University’s beginning years during a recent luncheon featuring talks by Dr. David Wolff, BHSU dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Black Hills historian, and Bobbi Sago, BHSU Special Collections librarian and University archivist. The event was part of the City of Spearfish’s 125th birthday festivities. BHSU, which just celebrated its 130th anniversary, partnered with Spearfish to provide a variety of family-oriented activities throughout the weekend celebration. Read Article
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