Welcome to Black Hills
State University - Top
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Ward, senior secretary, Field Experience
Dowswell, grounds keeper, Facilities Services
Powell, press operator, University Printing Services
positions open - Top
The following Career Service positions are open:
secretary with keyboarding, Institutional Advancement
secretary with keyboarding, Enrollment Center
child-care workers, Child Care Center
For additional information, please review the
announcement bulletin, contact the personnel office, or view the BHSU
employment opportunities on-line.
Transfer - Top
Resignation - Top
- Maia Surdez, senior
secretary, Enrollment Center
of Regents will host an open forum - Top
of Regents invites members of the Black Hills State University
community to an open forum between 4 - 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. The Regents
have set aside an hour during their August meeting that is being
held on campus to give interested persons an opportunity to
interact with and ask questions of the Regents. The forum will be held in room 214 at the Donald E. Young
receives Congressional earmark for a potential tourism research center - Top
Black Hills State University has received a 1.4
million Congressional earmark for a Center for Tourism Research that
would study and promote rural tourism opportunities in the state.
The proposal, which passed the Senate committee,
still faces some obstacles but could be on President George Bush’s
desk within 90 days. If passed, the proposal for funding a tourism
research center at BHSU, which has the support of both Senator Tom
Daschle and Senator Tim Johnson, has the potential to greatly impact
rural tourism throughout the state and region.
“Their strong support has provided BHSU with an
outstanding opportunity to provide very dramatic assistance to South
Dakota tourism,” said BHSU President Thomas Flickema. “We share the
senators’ vision of looking for new opportunities for tourism and are
deeply appreciative of all the support he has rallied on behalf of the
Black Hills State University, which offers masters,
bachelors and associate degrees in tourism and hospitality, sees this as
an opportunity to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of current
faculty members as well as a future center staff members. BHSU will work
with all segments of the state tourism industry including those in rural
areas and reservation locations to provide tourism research and make
recommendations that will ultimately have a major impact on economic
development in the state and region. BHSU recognizes that tourism is the
state’s second largest industry and sees great potential to connect
rural tourism products to interested tourists both internationally and
nationally using direct marketing techniques made available by the
“The development of the web has provided a golden
opportunity that few tourism businesses in South Dakota are currently
able to explore effectively on an individual basis,” said Dr. Gary
Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology. “Therefore the
primary goal of the center will be to conduct research on the
international use of the Internet as a marketing tool in the tourism
Using this web approach, the center will provide
assistance to various constituencies in the state tourism industry by
identifying current and future tourism products such as Native American
cultural experiences, historical and archeological site visits, ranch
vacations, and hunting expeditions for both camera and gun. The center
will then conduct research to determine which products are marketable in
specific countries and what cultural amenities, such as interpreters,
dietary considerations, service expectations, etc., are needed to
maximize customer satisfaction and foster return visitors. The center
will then assist state tourism in building an Internet network for
The grant proposal cites examples of golf and
gaming packages that may be especially attractive to Japanese visitors,
hunting packages that may have strong appeal in Thailand and other Asian
countries, and Native American and ranch vacations that should appeal to
West European and Japanese travelers.
The Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates members,
which include the state’s Indian reservations, expressed interest in
the program according to Lisa Bryan, acting director for the Center of
Indian Studies at BHSU. Bryan will become a new board member for the
Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates and she discussed this proposal at
their last meeting.
reservations want to be a part of this and have pledged support for the
tourism research center at Black Hills State University,” Bryan said.
“The center will research what is available,
identify the neat, little, out-of the-way places in rural areas that
have appeal to international tourists,” Bryan said. These tourists
tend to prefer a complete travel package and the center will help
develop and market travel packages for the entire state.
The center staff will work with state tourism
business people to research and promote other tourism possibilities
including the potential national underground science laboratory in Lead,
the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, wine tasting clubs, cycling clubs for
bicycle tours and consider the possibilities of building and expanding
on the Lewis and Clark experiences that are currently being promoted in
the state. The center will provide input to make existing strategies
more effective and work directly with organizations to develop new
The center director will provide training programs
to assist members of the state tourism industry in gaining and
maintaining a competitive advantage. The center will also conduct
research on a contract basis for tourism organizations in South Dakota
and throughout the country.
Eventually the center is expected to become
self-supporting and will develop research relationships and collaborate
with tribal colleges and tourism businesses. The center will be expected
to obtain and sustain funds through grants from the tourism industry,
grants from state and federal agencies, contracted research and paid
training programs. Over the long run the center has the potential to
become a major contributor to the South Dakota tourism industry, and as
such, have a major impact on economic development in the state.
plans biology center to do research and provide high-tech DNA testing
for the region - Top
Black Hills State
University has plans for a Center for the Conservation of Biological
Resources to do DNA-based testing and research. The proposed center has
the potential to offer exceptional economic, educational and community
outreach opportunities for the entire region.
Funding for the
$750,000 proposal was recently announced by Senator Tim Johnson’s
office and is expected to be approved by the president of the United
Dr. Dan Farrington,
director of grants and special projects at BHSU, foresees this center
providing much-needed research and testing services for the region and
cites the opportunity to provide training and employment opportunities
in molecular biology and analytical chemistry.
“This is a
tremendous opportunity. In addition to the testing services and
high-value undergraduate research opportunities, the center will create
jobs for graduates and also has the potential to create future
businesses,” Farrington said.
The key elements of
the planned center are DNA testing and research, fish and wildlife
disease testing and research, education and community outreach, genetic
analysis and science and math education, according to Farrington. The
center will also increase the likelihood of gaining future federal and
private research funding.
DNA testing is an
emerging technology and a vital component of modern fisheries and
wildlife management. Modern disease testing has shifted to newer DNA
techniques which are much more sensitive and reliable. DNA-based
technology is used in testing for whirling disease in trout, brucellosis
disease in cattle and bison, and other diseases in wildlife and
short-term goals of the center include developing DNA markers for
species of economic importance or those species that have management
needs, and developing DNA markers to support bison research and
management. Other goals include developing and implementing DNA-based
assay for whirling disease,
brucellosis, and the heritable form of chronic wasting disease. The
center also plans to develop DNA-based educational activities that could
then be used in teacher training workshops on campus and in area
A need for this type
of center is indicated by a number of factors. This region, the northern
plains, has diverse and rich biological, cultural and historical
resources. These resources have provided the basis for the state’s
major industries - agriculture, tourism, forestry and mining. Currently
the state needs to increase the scientific infrastructure to use,
protect and explore the opportunities to build on these resources.
The center is an
opportunity for BHSU to call upon the knowledge and expertise of science
faculty members while conducting tests for individuals and businesses as
well as other university, state and federal agencies. This proposal is
an extension of the work that BHSU has been involved in the last few
years as faculty have been recognized and rewarded with research grants
for their high-tech innovative ideas. One example is the genetic study
of fish by Dr. Shane Sarver, BHSU associate professor, with the South
Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks. Research and study of this type was the catalyst for the
development of a biology center on campus.
BHSU's graduate business degree gives
students flexibility - Top
Black Hills State University is expanding its
horizons by offering a new graduate degree in business that was
developed to provide flexibility for students in a number of ways. This
program offers variety in how courses are taken (offering classes
on-line, on campus and through cooperation with other Regental
universities) and by providing students a choice of five areas of
BHSU, which has long offered a master’s degree in
tourism and hospitality, recently revised that graduate degree program
and strengthened the business aspect to now offer a master’s degree in
business services management. Students majoring in this degree choose an
emphasis in one of five elective areas: tourism and hospitality
management, marketing services, human resource management, information
services, and financial services.
The new BHSU graduate degree gives students an opportunity to build from
a general base of business information and tailor their program to
specific areas of interest that will expand their job opportunities.
“With a stronger business component, students will have more and
better employment opportunities,” said Dr. Gary Meek, dean for the
College of Business and Technology and chair for the Department of
Business. He explains that the extra emphasis on the elective areas
actually provides the students with more specialization in a specific
interest area than a traditional MBA program. “With this program, 15
of the 36 credit hours of coursework is focused directly on the elective
area. That gives the student the opportunity to examine it in great
An added attraction of this program is that it is available in
traditional classroom settings as well as over the Internet. Currently
more than half of the courses are available on-line. This option is
relevant and convenient for students who travel or may have begun
graduate work somewhere else. Meek cited the example of one student from
Texas who was living at Ellsworth Air Force Base with her family and is
being transferred back to Texas. She did several courses here and will
now have the opportunity to finish the degree online.
Some of the elective area courses are offered
cooperatively from other state institutions including Dakota State
University and Northern State University. The option to transfer in
credits is especially advantageous for students at other Regental
institutions in South Dakota. Students at these institutions could
potentially take the core classes online, complete electives on location
at their home campus and transfer these courses to complete a graduate
degree from BHSU.
Meek is optimistic about the future of this program and hopes to
eventually have 40-50 students going through the program at one time.
When Meek first came to BH in the fall of 1999, there were only four
students majoring in tourism and hospitality management. With class
enrollment and admission to the program declining, Meek was instrumental
in the decision to re-design the program, make it more marketable for
students and improve job opportunities for graduates.
Since the change, student interest has been positive and enrollment has
increased from three students in the spring of 2001 to 18 students
currently. Several students recently graduated with the new master’s
degree in business services management this year.
Paul Thares, one of the first graduates, has since moved to Meeker,
Colo., to take a position as executive director of the Eastern Rio
Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District. Thares, 43, believes
the change in the degree worked to his advantage because “the new
focus areas don’t pigeonhole students like the tourism degree did.”
A graduate student at BH, Ryan Remington, Groton,
completely changed his career direction upon the addition of the new
degree. He began as an elementary education major,
but decided to pursue a master’s in business after examining the
revised business degree.
“I have already had my eyes opened to many areas of business that I
would have otherwise overlooked,” Remington said.
With the changes, it is possible for students to complete both a
bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less than six years at BHSU.
“Students can finish in five years and one
summer,” Meek said, “but they need to think ahead and plan
accordingly.” The dean said this will require dedication and heavier
course loads throughout the undergraduate years, but the reward is quick
completion of a master’s degree in business that will provide advanced
Meek sees increased interest in this program while
visiting with incoming students and their parents during PREP days (an
early registration program). The new approach the degree takes has
successfully attracted a broader range of students.
“Students are interested in going for a
master’s degree in five years and they now have that option at Black
Hills State,” Meek said.
Katrin Kania did just that and also balanced her outstanding academic
career with multiple extra curricular activities and community
involvement. Kania, 22, will graduate with a master of business services
management with an emphasis in marketing this summer. She is currently
doing an internship to conclude her coursework and is a candidate for a
Web marketing specialist position.
While attending BHSU,
who is originally from Germany, wrote for the student newspaper, was
general manager of the campus radio station, served as a residence hall
assistant and often spoke to community organizations about her diverse
background in Germany.
An honors graduate with a 4.0 GPA, Kania previously
served as public relations and marketing intern for the Army ROTC, Mt.
Rushmore Battalion. During her graduate studies, Kania worked on
community research projects including a major labor study of the region
and research work for a potential underground science laboratory.
“This degree has broadened my horizons,” Kania said. “The courses
involved theory and the hands-on projects made me confident that I am
qualified for a great variety of business jobs.”
Kania praises the dedication of her professors as well as the guidance
of Dr. Meek during her academic career.
“[Meek] was always glad to help throughout my studies and was always
available when I needed expertise,” she said.
Future students of BHSU’s flexible new business program can look
forward to the same dedication and opportunity.
“Education shouldn’t limit you; it should expand your
opportunities,” said Penny DeJong, assistant professor in the College
of Business and Technology and one of the professors involved in the
program. “I think this
degree does just that.”
Remington, Groton, a BHSU graduate student pursuing the revised graduate
business degree, prepares a slide show which requires groups of students to research an invention and
analyze its practicality in the real world. Remington and the three other
members in his group studied the Electric Dolphin by Tippmann
needed for move-in day - Top
are needed to help with residence hall move-in during New Student Days,
Monday, Sept 2.
activity has made such an impact on our new students moving into the
dorms that we want to continue this service to them.
It also makes a lasting impression on the parents especially for
those who may be moving their first child out of the nest. Move-in will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greeters are needed to
help organize traffic so vehicles get up to the sidewalk, unloaded, and
moved out of the way. Volunteers should
indicate which time-slot they will be available to work – 10-11:30
a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
a thank you all volunteers will be given a t-shirt to wear that day. To
schedule a time contact Eileen in the Student Development Office at
Larscheid scholarship at BHSU
grows after memorial golf tournament - Top
The family and friends of Mark Larscheid donated an
additional $2,742 to a scholarship through the Black Hills State
University Yellow Jacket Foundation following a golf tournament held in
his memory. The fund total is now $8,330.
To celebrate Mark Larscheid’s life and preserve
his memory, the family has an annual memorial golf tournament which
includes a silent auction, dinner and dance. The proceeds are
contributed to a track athlete scholarship fund at BHSU in his name.
Larscheid, a former teacher and coach at Williams
Middle School in Sturgis for 27 years, died in an automobile accident
two years ago. He also taught and coached in Spearfish and Wall.
He was an outgoing, caring, and kind person who
loved his family and athletics. He was an outstanding high school and
collegiate athlete who still holds the South Dakota State High School
record for the 110-yard high hurdles at 14.1, a record he set in 1969.
Larscheid graduated from BHSU with a degree in physical education in
1973. He competed in football and track for the Yellow Jackets.
The third annual Mark Larscheid golf tournament is
scheduled for July 5 next year at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club.
The gifted endowment scholarship is presented to a
South Dakota male or female track athlete who maintains a 2.0
Contributions to the Larscheid scholarship fund may
be sent to Bud Synhorst, Athletic Director, Black Hills State
University, Unit 9506, 1200 University, Spearfish, S.D. 57799.
Mary Larscheid (center) and her son Slade (left) present Bud
Synhorst (right), BHSU athletic director, with a
$2,742 check for the Mark Larscheid Memorial Scholarship. The money was
raised the at the annual Mark
Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament. This donation will increase the
amount of the scholarship fund to a total of $8,330.
hosts institute on effective professional development at BHSU - Top
Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University hosted a four-day seminar recently
titled “Institute on Effective Professional Development: Building
Leadership and Expanding the Infrastructure for Science and Math
institute focused on the design, implementation, and refinement of
professional development related to math and science education. The
ultimate goal of the program was for participants to emerge better
prepared for leadership roles in math and science education reform and
be available to districts throughout the region in need of support. With
limited staff to satisfy this demand and in an attempt to broaden their
reach and improve service, CAMSE developed a core group of expert
teachers to attend the seminar and provide professional and experienced
strength of the institute emanated from the expertise of the
participants themselves. Topics addressed included how to make the case
for inquiry-based teaching, what to look for in classroom instruction,
how to match professional development strategies to district needs, and
the nuts and bolts of leading effective workshops. Participants
observed, discussed, and critiqued sample workshop segments and took the
opportunity to practice and refine their own workshop facilitation
institute was in the interest of school districts throughout South
Dakota and the surrounding region that recognized the need for intensive
professional development as they move towards more inquiry-oriented
science and math instruction. Attendees included classroom teachers as
well as college faculty who have an interest in K-12 education.
participants in this year’s institute were: Elizabeth Horsch, Casper,
Wyo.; Tony Burns, Douglas, Wyo.; Dale Hertel, Fargo, N.D.; Bill Lipp,
Fargo, N.D.; Judy Basset, Ft. Pierre; Burt Kaline, Lame Deer, Mont.;
Becky Binder, Lead-Deadwood; Merle Brave, Martin; Curt Voight, Rapid
City; Nancy Ward, Rapid City; Linda Flanery, Sisseton; Jan Goodrich,
Spearfish; Holly Stillson, Spearfish; and Robin Strain, Sturgis.
more information on this or other CAMSE activities, contact Ben Sayler
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (605) 642-6874.
donation to the Case Library Collection at BHSU includes items with
local and presidential connections - Top
Hoy Peterson’s connection to Black Hills State University began in the
early 1900s when she was a student at Spearfish Normal School.
Since then, four of her ten grandchildren have earned degrees
from BHSU strengthening her family’s connection to the university.
This week Edith’s
granddaughter Susan Talley-Johnson donated many items of historical
value to the Case Library special collections at the E.Y. Berry Library
Learning Center at BHSU, guaranteeing that the family’s connection
will continue into the future.
went to BH. I went to BH. My cousins went to BH. She had ties to the
school all of her life," Susan said. It is fitting then that
historical items collected over her lifetime will be preserved and
displayed with the special collections at Black Hills State.
grandchildren who graduated from BHSU are: Susan Talley-Johnson; Linda
Meyers, who now teaches in Rapid City; and siblings Janette Peterson and
John Peterson, both from Sturgis.
The Edith Hoy
Peterson Collection, as the donation will be known, includes old
postcards from the region, antique equipment from the family’s
pharmacy business, numerous original newspapers dating back to the 1800s
and many other items. Some of the items in the collection even have
One of those
presidential items is a small writing table that was used during the
dedication of Mt. Rushmore 75 years ago. Mt. Rushmore will commemorate
the anniversary of the monument’s opening next week with a
presidential portrayal of Calvin Coolidge. It was during the opening
dedication that Coolidge’s hat and water glass were placed on this
table. Included in the donated items is a Mt. Rushmore dedication
booklet that clearly shows the table next to Coolidge during the
Talley-Johnson said that her grandmother, whom she describes as “a
real character--a hippie born years too early” wasn’t especially
impressed with the special designation of the table, since she was a
staunch Democrat who marched with the suffrages in support of women’s
rights. Susan first discovered that
the table had presidential connections while helping her grandmother
water plants in her home and heard Edith refer to the table as “Old
Cal.” Edith then explained the table’s history.
“It’s no big
deal. He (Coolidge) is nothing but a damn Republican,” Susan remembers
her grandmother saying in reference to the table being used by a
president of the United States.
Edith, who was born
in Keystone in 1901 and lived there until her death in 1997, didn’t
stay in college for very long. She was called home to take care of her
ailing mother and never returned to Spearfish Normal. Her granddaughter
suggests that Edith was probably not a great student because
she was known to be very sociable.
Following her mother’s death, Edith was preparing to go to World War I
when the war ended. Disappointed that she didn’t get to serve, Edith
stayed in Keystone, married and raised five children. Throughout her
life, Edith was noted for her spirited lifestyle, including going on a
motorcycle ride during Rally week when she was in her 90s. Looking back
Susan points to this adventure as indicative of the “kind of person
sibling, John Hoy, who also attended Spearfish Normal, died of
diphtheria during his college years.
“There’s a lot
of history here,” Susan says as she looks over the numerous items.
”I wanted to keep her collection together some place where it would be
safe. I don’t know what she (Edith) would think of this donation. To
her it was just stuff.” Susan
recognizes the historical value of her grandmother’s “stuff” and
has decided that BHSU is the best place to preserve and display these
special collections librarian at BHSU, said the collection will be an
excellent addition to the historical materials available at the library.
Library is very pleased to have received such a wonderful collection.
The early 20th century postcards of the Black Hills are a real
said a display of postcards is planned, and a suitable display area will
be found for the writing table. She indicated that the material in the
collection will be processed and made available for researchers.
years, Susan remembers visiting with her grandmother about many of the
items and was drawn to their historical significance. All of the items were handed down through the family. Some
have a historical connection that extend back to the early 1880s when
her Irish ancestors lived in east and later moved to the midwest then
finally settled in the Black Hills.
is an impressive collection of newspapers including a somewhat tattered
New York newspaper that was printed on Jan. 4, 1800, announcing the
death and burial of George Washington. Another of the old newspapers, a
1905 edition of the San Francisco Star, contains an article
written by Edith’s uncle concerning the Bill of Rights. Along with
early editions of newspapers from across the country there are many
older copies of the Rapid City
The collection includes several schoolbooks from
the late 1880s. Susan, who is a now a teacher in Oregon and had taught
for many years in Rapid City, noted that the old textbooks are
“wonderful” and likes the idea that an institution of higher
education will keep them.
“This is a
teaching institution. It’s where I got my degree, and I think this
school of education should have these books,” Susan said.
The collection also
includes many original postcards and photographs from the Black Hills
region as well as postcards sent to the family from all around the
world. The postcards show the Black Hills in the early years, including
cards of the Holy Terror Mine near Keystone, the Sylvan Lake and Needles
area, the mountain at Mt. Rushmore before the faces were carved, and the
top of Harney Peak before the Lookout Tower was built. There is also a
photograph of Edith and her family on top of Woodchut, a high peak on
the east edge of old town Keystone, where the family gathered to watch
the passing of Halley’s Comet in 1910. Susan remembers taking her
grandmother to see the comet when it passed by again in 1986.
Another item with a
presidential connection is a miniature wooden cup along with a letter
indicating that the cup was carved from a tree near a church where
George Washington sometimes attended.
There are two
receipts made out to Alice Brush Hoy from the Eastern Star Society. The
cards are signed by Carrie I. Swanzey, then secretary of the group.
Susan notes that most people would be unaware that the middle
initial I. stands for Ingalls. Swanzey was the younger sister of Laura
Ingalls Wilder who authored the Little House on the Prairie
Other items in the
collection were used in the Hoy family pharmacy including a glass flask;
a medicine bottle with T.G. Hoy and & Co., Props, Keystone, South
Dakota, printed in the glass; hairpin glasses in their original cases
and a rubber stamp from the pharmacy.
The Edith Hoy
Peterson collection, a treasure of memorabilia, connects the past to the
future and the donation to BHSU ensures it will be protected and
available for others to view in the years to come.
Kirby, Special Collections Director at BHSU, and Susan Talley-Johnson,
granddaughter of Edith Hoy Peterson (right)
discuss the historical significance of the many items recently donated
to the Case Library at BHSU. The
writing table was used during the presidential dedication of Mt.
CSA summer picnic to be held Aug. 14 - Top
The annual CSA summer picnic will be Aug. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on
the deck of Pangburn Hall. Sloppy joes, buns, potato salad, paper
products, lemonade, and iced tea will be supplied; each person attending
is asked to bring a 13x9 pan of dessert or a salad to share.
There will be live entertainment by Paul Kopco, good food, lots of prizes and
raffles, and a white elephant auction. All attendees are asked to bring a white elephant item to be
auctioned to raise money for the CSA Scholarship. A raffle will be held
for two reserved parking spaces (one for fall and one for spring). The
recipient will pay the regular parking fee, but a space near the
recipient's office will be reserved for his/her use. Door prizes will
also be given away, including one free parking permit.
For more information, please contact Nancy Shuck at 642-6082.
opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received June
27-July 24, in the Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the
information, contact 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
Science Foundation. IT
for Students, Teachers. The
National Science Foundation is inviting applications for projects to
give middle- and high-school students and teachers information
technology (IT) skills and knowledge.
Deadline Oct. 17 for preliminary proposals; January 31 for