Volume XXVIII  No. 32 • Aug. 27, 2004

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Scott Hardesty, program assistant II, University Support Services
  • Kay Jones, secretary, EAFB Branch Campus

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Custodial worker, Facilities Service
  • Senior secretary, Enrollment Center

For additional information, review the announcement bulletin or view the announcement at www.bhsu.edu/resources/jobs/.

New faculty welcomed to Black Hills State - top

Black Hills State University welcomed several new faculty members in preparation for the fall 2004 semester which begins Aug. 31. New faculty members include: front, left to right, Lowell Amiotte, director of the Center for Indian Studies; Dr. Gerald Nestel, technology; Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the College of Business and Technology; second row, Dr. Sheng Yang, business; Mary Goebel, education; Parthasarathi Nag, math; Rhonda Mehrer, English; third row, Dr. Sasha Pursley, history; Michele Hovland, education; Dr.  Cynthia Chandler, education: Marcie Pratt, humanities; and Dr. Pamela Carriveau, humanities; back row, Audrei Reznikov, humanities; Chris McCart, outdoor education; David Wilson, art; Albert Juhrend, theatre; Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, psychology; and Richard Carriveau, education. Not pictured are Peter Moberg, mass communications and Raju Ramaswamy, business.

Faculty in-service signals the beginning of another academic year

Faculty and staff at Black Hills State University participated in a variety of in-service activities this week. Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU, delivered his annual state of the campus address from the stage of the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall, the newest addition to the campus. Throughout the week faculty members participated in instructional technology training, department and college meetings, as well as a ROPES course located on campus. Classes at BHSU begin Tuesday, Aug. 31. 

President Flickema welcomed new and returning faculty and outlined opportunities and challenges facing BHSU this year. He noted that residence halls are at full capacity, a strong sign that enrollment is up.

Flickema said that BHSU continues to strive to provide students with the best possible educational experience by improving the efficiency of the administrative structure while responding to a new funding framework from the Board of Regents.

He noted that the on-going collaboration plans with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology have provided additional opportunities for BHSU and predicted that the establishment of the West River Center for Higher Education in Rapid City will further enhance educational opportunities for all students seeking classes in western South Dakota. Flickema noted that retention rate, which is one of the funding incentives, have improved greatly on the BHSU campus in recent years. 

Flickema said that national and state leaders continue to push for accountability on all levels of education, including higher education, and the academic proficiency test results show that BHSU students continue to rank high as compared to other South Dakota Regental institutions.

He noted several positive accomplishments including the beginning of Project SELECT, which offers a fast-track to teacher certification for people who have a college degree; impending improvements at the library; formulation of a plan to comply with Title IX and ongoing increases in grants.

“We have a vibrant and forward looking campus,” Flickema said. “We remain focused on teaching students and we do it well. We do an excellent job of preparing students for the world, and our faculty are highly prepared and dedicated with a strong record in research, publications, and performances.”

He also praised several outreach programs, including the Summer Institute of the Arts, the Center for Advancement of Math and Science Education and the College of Education, which provide workshops and work with local and regional schools. Flickema said that BHSU provides economic development through the Center for Tourism Research, the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and the establishment of the Center of the Conservation of Biological Resources.

Flickema noted that the return of the 842nd National Guard unit this summer signified that this was going to be a great year, and he is looking forward to future positive developments this academic year.

Faculty members took part in the ROPES course during faculty in-service. Michelle Hovland, a new faculty member, works her way across a human ladder created by colleagues including Betsy Silva, David Calhoon, Cindi Chandler, Tim Hightower and Susan Hove-Pabst. The ROPES course is a specially designed course that includes several stations with elements to present physical and mental challenges to encourage people to collaborate better as a team, encourage effective communication skills and utilize leadership skills.


More than 150 faculty and staff members gathered for the annual picnic at Ranch A near Beulah, Wyo., Thursday evening. Activities included a disc golf competition, entertainment by Brock Finn and a meal. Door prizes were also awarded.

Neiffer joins alumni staff at BHSU - top


Jodi L. Neiffer was recently named director of alumni at Black Hills State University. Neiffer, who earned a business administration degree from BHSU, was most recently employed with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Foundation in Rapid City.

Neiffer is looking forward to working with alumni at her alma mater and as she begins in the position has several goals.

"I was already working at a university and doing the similar duties. I only feel so lucky to have this opportunity to work for Black Hills State" Neiffer said. "I hope to build on the relationships already in place with the alums and also make new ones." She said she will also work to make the students aware of the Alumni Association and Foundation before they graduate and leave campus.

As alumni director, Neiffer be responsible for working with alumni leaders; assisting with alumni-based fund-raising; developing an alumni communications plan; gathering and editing class notes; maintaining the alumni website and organizing annual reunions, alumni events, and regional alumni gatherings. She will also offer guidance and direction to the Alumni Board of Directors and work with students on homecoming activities.

“Jodi comes back home to BHSU after gaining valuable experience working for the South Dakota Tech Foundation,” Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement said. “We are very excited to have her as a member of our team and I’m convinced alumni will feel the same when they meet her.”

Neiffer is originally from Chamberlain. Her husband, Weston is in the National Guard and recently served in Iraq and will now be attending BHSU in pursuit of an elementary education degree. The couple has a one-year-old daughter, Elle.

Terri Wells, who joined the alumni staff in 1999, was recently named director of development for BHSU. Steve Meeker, who recently took on the additional duty of athletic director, remains vice president of institutional advancement and will continue to oversee the alumni and development offices.

Center for Economic Education earns workshop grant - top


The Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University has been awarded a grant by the National Council on Economic Education and the Moody’s Foundation to implement a teacher training workshop for elementary, middle school and high school teachers in the West River area of South Dakota.

The workshop, “Learning, Earning and Investing,” will be held on the BHSU campus in the spring of 2005. Specific curriculum materials for elementary, middle school and high school teachers will be provided to integrate financial literacy materials into a variety of subjects, according to Don Altmyer, associate professor in the College of Business and Technology and director of the Center for Economic Education.

The workshop will provide teachers with four lesson plans for fourth and fifth grade,
16 middle school lesson plans and 23 high school lesson plans. These lessons cover all aspects of saving, investing and managing money and can be used to supplement a variety of subjects such as math, social science, business, gifted studies, economics or computer classes. Altmyer said the curriculum can be used in conjunction with the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program or as a stand-alone curriculum.

Teachers will also be provided with interactive lessons, visual aids, current investment materials and sample lesson plans as well as lunch and a travel stipend. There is no cost to the teachers attending the workshop.

The Center for Economic Education at BHSU provides economic education resources and workshops for K-12 teachers. The center also coordinates and delivers the fall and spring South Dakota Stock Market Game Program, a ten-week on-line stock trading simulation for middle school, high school and college students across South Dakota.

For information on the workshops or the stock market game, contact Altmyer at
605-642-6266 or DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu.

Gifu students attend exchange program at BHSU - top


A group of 27 Japanese students from Gifu City recently completed a three-week exchange program on the campus of Black Hills State University. According to Dr. Roger Miller, coordinator for the program, this is the largest group that has ever taken part in the cultural exchange program which is in its fourth year at BHSU.

During the month of August, the students, who attend Gifu Women’s College, took part in a variety of activities and learning opportunities. While in Spearfish, the Japanese students stay on campus and spend their time involved in a mixture of academic and tourist activities meant to share our culture and improve their English speaking ability. The group studied the basic geology of this area, local history, Native American history and culture, and English as a second language. Upon completion of the program, students earn college credits toward their degree in Japan.

Afternoons and weekends were filled with a variety of activities meant to introduce them to the many facets of American life and reveal some of the attractions of the Black Hills which included trips to the Sturgis Rally and Races, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore Monument, the Wild Horse Sanctuary and other attractions. According to Miller, a visit to Tatanka-Story of the Bison, near Deadwood, was a highlight for many of the students because it also allowed them to meet actor Kevin Costner, who owns the local attraction.

Their itinerary also included a pow wow on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which provided a cultural experience to complement their studies. The students stayed on campus for most of the time but also participated in a three-day homestay with community members to learn more about American family life.

Miller is making plans for next year’s program and is also interested in increasing exchange possibilities for people from this area who would like to travel to Japan.

A highlight for the Gifu exchange group from Japan was a visit to Tatanka where they met actor Kevin Costner, who owns the attraction. The students recently ended a three-week exchange program at Black Hills State University.

Green and Gold Club announces luncheon dates - top

The Green and Gold Booster Club at Black Hills State University is once again planning to meet on scheduled Tuesdays at noon throughout the year.

The first luncheon meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 31 at Perkins in Spearfish. The public is welcome to attend. University coaches will be available to discuss the upcoming season.

The BHSU football team kicks off their season at Lyle Hare Stadium Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. with a non-conference game against archrival South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The first home volleyball game will be Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center against the University of Mary. The cross-country season begins Saturday, Sept. 11 at the South Dakota Tech Invitational in Rapid City.

This year’s Green and Gold luncheon schedule is shown below. All luncheons begin at noon. All interested people are invited to attend. For more information call 642-6385.

Aug. 31 Perkins Dec. 28 Holiday Inn
Sept. 7 Perkins Jan. 4 Holiday Inn
Sept. 14 Perkins Jan. 11 Holiday Inn
Sept. 21 Perkins Jan. 18 Holiday Inn
Sept. 28 Perkins Jan. 25 Holiday Inn
Oct. 5 Cedar House Feb. 1 Seven Grill
Oct. 12 Cedar House Feb. 8 Seven Grill
Oct. 19 Cedar House Feb. 15 Seven Grill
Oct. 26 Cedar House Feb. 22 Seven Grill
Nov. 2 Cedar House March 1 Millstone
Nov. 9 Shoot the Bull March 15 Millstone
Nov. 16 Shoot the Bull March 22 Millstone
Nov. 23 Shoot the Bull March 29 Millstone
Nov. 30 Shoot the Bull May 3 Millstone
Dec. 7 Shoot the Bull    

Golden age activity tickets are available - top

Golden age activity tickets for senior citizens who wish to attend Black Hills State University activities are once again available for $10.

The golden age activity pass admits senior citizens to all regular athletic, theatre, and music events at the university. Special athletic events such as tournaments or playoff games are not included.

Tickets are available to anyone 65 years of age or older through the president’s office in Woodburn Hall room 201.

South Dakota State Employees Organization will meet - top

The South Dakota State Employees Organization (SDSEO), Chapter 18, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pangburn Hall little dining room.

Anyone interested in learning more about the SDSEO is encouraged to attend.

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