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 Klarenbeek elected president of national group

Sandy Klarenbeek, health instructor at Black Hills State University, was recently elected president-elect for the Coordinated School Health Section of the American School Health Association at the national conference.

“This is quite an honor for BHSU and the College of Education,” Dr. Nancy Hall, dean of the College of Education, said. “Sandy represents us so well in so many ways.”

The American School Health Association unites the many professionals working in schools who are committed to safeguarding the health of school-aged children. The association is a multidisciplinary organization of administrators, counselors, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers. Its mission is to protect and promote the health and well-being of children and youth through coordinated school health programs as a foundation for school success.

ASHA has more than 2,000 members in 56 countries. The American School Health Association was founded as the American Association of School Physicians in 1927 by 325 physicians at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Cincinnati. Interest in the association grew so rapidly that in 1936 the American Association of School Physicians opened its membership to all professionals interested in promoting school health. The organization officially became known as the American School Health Association.

Klarenbeek is the lead trainer for the South Dakota Department of Education sponsored Coordinated School Health Leadership Institute. This Institute is modeled after the Coordinated School Health Leadership Institute which began in 1999. Research has shown this model to be a best practices program for local school districts to implement policy changes which address children’s’ health issues. It is a model of collaboration and cooperation in which school health professionals work smarter to achieve health goals according to Klarenbeek.

Klarenbeek joined the BHSU faculty in 2001. She is a certified health education specialist and holds a master’s degree from South Dakota State University. She has worked as a consultant with the South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Coordinated School Health for over 15 years. She is a trainer for many of the programs and workshops offered by the state. Klarenbeek previously taught in the Spearfish School District and was the school safe and drug free coordinator.

BHSU professor's work published in new book

Dr. Steve Anderson, professor of geology and planetary science at Black Hills State University recently had a chapter accepted for publication in a new book called "Applications of Rasch Measurement in Science Education." The book chapter is entitled "The Geoscience Concept Inventory: Application of Rasch Analysis to Concept Inventory Development in Higher Education." The chapter was co-authored by Anderson and Dr. Julie Libarkin, Michigan State University.

Over the past five years, Anderson and Libarkin  have developed a standardized test for the geosciences called the "Geoscience Concept Inventory." This exam is now used at over 100 universities in the United States, dozens of high schools, and has been adapted for use in Puerto Rico and Taiwan. The Geoscience Concept Inventory (GCI), which was developed with support of a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, consists of a "bank" of 79 questions from which 20 are selected by individual instructors or departments for each subtest. The GCI has been used in geology courses and to assess entire geology programs, and is the only standardized test available for the earth sciences, according to Anderson.

The book chapter focuses on statistical methods that Libarkin and Anderson used to demonstrate the validity and reliability of GCI test as a whole, and for each individual question in the test bank. The GCI underwent a pilot study in 2002 to gather enough data to perform validity and reliability tests, and over 2,200 students from 41 classes at 32 colleges and universities nationwide participated. The data from these tests were used to determine if the GCI provided valid and reliable information on student learning. The results of the statistical analyses show that the test is indeed valid and reliable. Only one question was removed from the GCI after the pilot study because the statistical analyses suggested that their may have been some gender bias in the way students answered that particular question.

The GCI has become so popular that the authors have developed a website at BHSU that allows educators from around the world to create their own GCI subtests for use in class or program assessment. See for more information.

Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology at Arizona State University in 1990 and has published multiple articles and papers.  He has been a member of the science faculty at BHSU since 1991.

Black Hills State University receives donation for art department

An anonymous donor recently made plans for a significant donation to the art department at Black Hills State University.

An anonymous donor recently made plans for a significant donation to the art department at Black Hills State University. BHSU, which has a strong art and art education program, will use the funds to support visual art scholarships and to provide visual art supplies and equipment.

The donor is leaving the BHSU Foundation $250,000 or 10 percent of the entire estate, whichever is greater, to benefit the university art department. According to Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement, the donor wants the money to be used to support visual art scholarships and to provide visual art supplies and equipment. In addition, if the donor outlives the other beneficiaries named in the estate planning, the entire estate will go to the BHSU Foundation.

Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says the university is incredibly grateful for this gift to the art department.

“The funds will help to build the art program through scholarships to recruit gifted students, through much needed equipment purchases, and through enhancing student opportunities for showcasing student work,” Downing said. “Gifts such as these are essential to creating a strong university learning community, which in turn benefits the entire region.”

Jim Knutson, art professor, says the donation is vital for the art department. BHSU offers a variety of art courses including drawing, several design courses, crafts, computer illustration, art methods for future teachers, art appreciation, history of world art, American Indian art history, art and technology, water color, printmaking, stained glass, sculpture and others. Art students have the option graduating with a K-12 art teaching degree. A minor is art is also available.

According to Knutson, the BHSU art department is dedicated to an educational atmosphere that gives all students the opportunity and freedom to grow artistically and personally with a strong commitment to the development of the whole individual. The BHSU art curricula is designed to meet the needs of those who are preparing to be teachers as well as provide opportunities for students who wish to pursue a professional visual arts career. The art department, which currently has more than 70 art students, provides cultural experiences for students. All graduating senior art majors are required to organize and present an exhibit of their artwork. In addition, BHSU art students regularly exhibit their artwork on campus and in the community. In recent years, many BHSU students have chosen to extend their art education by attending graduate school. Recently artwork by three BHSU art students was selected for publication in a national juried art magazine. Knutson notes that art education majors have a very high placement rate and are in great demand.

Meeker also expressed his thanks to the donor and encourages other people to consider gifts to the BHSU Foundation from their estates.

"We're extremely grateful of this gift to the visual arts program,” Meeker says. “This is a wonderful gesture that underscores the importance of education, and it's my hope that this gift will be the model for other people to support BHSU's programs.” For additional details contact Meeker at 642-6385 or via email at

BHSU enters recruiting season with a full range of admissions materials including a promotional CD

As the recruiting season reaches its peak with college fairs and school visits, Black Hills State University is reaching out to potential students with a broad spectrum of admissions publications which include a promotional CD, redesigned printed publications, and unique display boards.

The BHSU promotional materials underwent a major transformation this year with the establishment of a “family” of publications that highlight the people who make BHSU unique and the living and learning experiences of students who have chosen to attend BHSU. A CD was added to the mix as a part of the overall communications plan. In addition, the admissions office has stepped up its electronic communication as a part of the “high-tech, high-touch” approach. The admissions staff members offer instant messaging for prospective students and their parents as well as send e-newsletters on a regular basis.

Dr. Kristi Pearce, dean of the enrollment services at BHSU, (right) presents staff member Leone Geppert with a promotional CD. Geppert is enthusiastic about doing her part to promote the university and challenges all faculty and staff to take an active role in recruiting new students. Faculty and staff members will receive a copy of the CD through campus mail this week and are encouraged to pass it along to prospective students after viewing it.

BHSU faculty and staff will receive a copy of the promotional CD this week and are being asked to forward the CD to potential students after viewing it.  The CD distribution is an effort to get the entire campus involved in attracting and retaining students.

Dr. Kristi Pearce, dean of the enrollment services, says the CD is a gift from admissions to show their appreciation to faculty and staff for helping with recruitment efforts.  

“We’re hoping that BHSU faculty and staff will send this CD on to someone who may be interested in Black Hills State University,” Pearce said.

Leone Geppert, assistant controller in the business office, is excited about taking part and challenges all faculty and staff to be active in promoting the university to potential students.

A BHSU graduate herself, Geppert knows firsthand the benefits of earning a university degree and she encourages others to graduate.  Pearce is grateful for Geppert’s idea that all BHSU employees use the CD to recruit a student from their hometown, or perhaps a relative, or a daughter or son of a friend or associate.

 “We should all be ambassadors for the university,” Geppert said. “This CD is an excellent opportunity for us to share information about the university and showcase what BHSU has to offer. We can use this CD to encourage others to consider BHSU as their higher education choice.”

The CD was produced this summer under the direction of Corinne Hansen, director of university communications, and Robin Temple, director of internet and marketing strategies, in collaboration with the admissions office members including Beth Azevedo, Lisa Jenner and Michelle Hoffman. The CD highlights five BHSU students: Marvin Heesaker, a business major from Buffalo; Rachel Braaten, an elementary education major from Thermopolis, Wyo.; Amanda Scott, a music major from Custer; Jeannie Stockland, a psychology major from Volin; and Josh Gilkerson, a business major from Pierre.

“The CD is a fast-paced introduction to BHSU and highlights the experiences of several current BHSU students,” said Corinne Hansen, director of university communications. “A multimedia approach is simply the most effective way to capture the interest and attention of a generation that has grown up with technology.”

The CD holds several advantages over printed publications according to Hansen including the ability to create interest in the university and advance key messages in a multimedia format. Key messages include the unique quality of life offered by BHSU’s location, the availability and benefits of student research at BHSU, and the high quality of educational experience at BHSU. The CD, designed to appeal to a high school age audience, utilizes imagery and video that represent the true student experience at BHSU.  

Erin Richards is one of several BHSU recruiters utilizing the photographic bulletin board displays at college fairs and school visits this fall. The unique photographic display boards were designed and created by Robin Temple, director of internet and marketing strategies at BHSU.


BHSU Ruddell Gallery hosts exhibition of 20th century military art

Black Hills State University will host an exhibition of 20th century military art entitled, Rendering Democracy, Oct. 24 through Nov. 15 at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Ruddell Gallery. In addition to the exhibit, a reception will be held Nov. 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the gallery. A gallery lecture is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This piece of military art, ‘Marines Call it That 2000 Yard Stare’ by Tom Lea, is one of many currently on exhibit at the Ruddell Gallery on the campus of Black Hills State University.  The military art show will continue through Veterans Day with a reception scheduled for Nov. 9.

The exhibit displays artwork selected by James L. Knutson, BHSU professor of art, and Dave Wilson, BHSU assistant professor of art, that represents military art in a chronological order from World War I to the present.

Throughout history, military conflicts have been an important subject matter for the visual artist. By World War I, the U.S. military saw the importance of the visual arts for historical interpretation and acceptance on the home front, according to Wilson and Knutson.

Besides military artists, private organizations such as Life Magazine and Libby, a medical supply company, had their own artists recording the war and its effort to further democracy by exposing the reality of war to the people at home.

According to Wilson and Knutson, the importance of their project became clear during their initial research and was further validated when lecturing about this subject in an art history course. The professors were surprised by the level of interest in the subject shown by their students. The show and program exposes and educates students to one of the most powerful promotional examples of democracy through the creative endeavors of the visual artist.

Opposite extremes are demonstrated in the art such as Hubert Lanzinger’s commissioned painting ‘Flag Bearer-Hitler in Armor’, with a soldier’s bayonet stab through the plywood panel that displays a disapproval of a dictatorship and its threat to democracy as compared to Gene Klebe’s ‘Visiting U.S. Navy Paints Church-Karachi, Pakistan’ that depicts U.S. sailors as foreign diplomats during peacetime. Wilson and Knutson say the art represents actions motivated by democracy other than through acts of combat.

The art exhibit is sponsored by BHSU and the Cheesman Center for Democracy. For more information on the exhibit, contact Knutson at 642-6104 or the Student Union Information Center at 642-6052.

Ruddell Gallery, located on the second floor of the student union is open seven days a week and is handicap accessible. Gallery hours are, Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 12 noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. There is no admission fee. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations are to call 642-6104 at least 24 hours prior to the event. 

Visiting artist will host lecture and slide presentation

Tracy Templeton, associate professor of printmaking at Southern Oregon University, will host a lecture and slide presentation Friday, Oct. 27 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Woodburn 306. 

According to David Wilson, BHSU assistant professor of art, Tracy’s artwork has been displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions on the national and international level. She recently received a purchase award from the 14th Seoul Print Biennial in Korea and has been featured in publications such as Art Business News, Canadian Art Magazine and After the Grain Elevator: Re-imaging the Prairie Icon.  For more information, contact Wilson at 642-6706.

Concert Band presents fall concert

The Black Hills State University Concert Band will present a fall concert Monday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall. In addition to the concert band, the clarinet trio and percussion ensemble will perform.

The concert band will be performing a wide range of music from American and European composers. The featured work is Huckleberry Finn Suite, Four scenes from Mark Twain by Swiss composer Franco Cesarini. This work is a symphony for band and each movement evokes a different American sound from Gershwin to Joplin.

Other pieces include a Spanish paso doble, a traditional Welsh folk song, and a tone poem about a five story tall statue of an angel that resides in Northeast England.

Make a Difference Day events to be held Oct. 28

Black Hills State University in cooperation with Spearfish community churches, will host Make a Difference Day Saturday, Oct. 28. 

Service projects will begin at 9 a.m.  Participants will meet at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.  

Last year more than 650 BHSU students and community members volunteered in the local celebration of Make a Difference Day. BHSU students and community members participated in a variety of ways. Projects included food drives, various area clean up activities, book donations, a hurricane relief fund raiser and other assorted acts of kindness benefiting organizations and individuals.

The Market Place will serve lunch at 11 a.m.  Lunch for the participants is free; non-participants are requested to donate one non-perishable food item for the Spearfish Food Pantry or one new, unwrapped toy for the kickoff of the Red Shirt Table toy drive.

This event is open to the public and is sponsored jointly by The AmeriCorps*VISTA Community-University-Resource-Exchange program (C-U-R-E), the BHSU Programming Team, and Spearfish community churches.

For more information, please call the BHSU C-U-R-E office at 642-6471 or email or

Volunteers wanted for Disc Golf Course Make a Difference Day project

A disc golf course cleanup is planned at Black Hills State University during Make a Difference Day, a national day of service Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Organizers are seeking volunteers to donate one or two hours of time during the cleanup.  Volunteers are asked to meet at hole #1 by the welcome board behind the Thomas Hall parking lot and reminded to bring rakes, trash bags, weed whackers and gloves.

There will be a free barbecue lunch for all volunteers immediately following the disc golf course cleanup.  

To volunteer email Don Altmyer, associate professor of accounting, at by Friday, Oct. 27.  Indicate one or two hour shift when registering. 

Water exercise classes held at Donald E. Young Center

Water exercise classes are being offered at the Donald E. Young Center pool, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 7p.m. as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.

The classes are included in Donald E. Young Center memberships, or a $3 day pass may be purchased to attend class on a drop in basis.

For more information call John Vance, pool supervisor at 642-6083. 

Adult water exercise class at Donald E. Young Center pool is offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Early voting is available on campus

Registered voters in Lawrence County District 31 can vote early on campus, in a special voting event. Voting will take place in the David B. Miller Student Union conference room 124, Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A student ID or state driver’s license is required in order to vote.

BHSU students living in Spearfish originally from other states or who have never registered can register to vote at the student union prior to Oct. 25. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 23. Requests for absentee ballots will be available.

Voting is open to faculty, staff, students and the community and is handicap accessible. For questions contact Mary Foster, BHSU NOW at 641-6185.

Halloween Costume Bash to be held at Donald E. Young Center

Black Hills State University GS 100 University Experience and Residence Hall Association are co-sponsoring a Halloween Costume Bash for BHSU students at the Donald E. Young Center on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. The night includes carnival games, a haunted house and costume contest. 

Admission is $5 or $3 with a nonperishable food item.   Proceeds will go to benefit Oxfam World Hunger and BHSU food pantry. 


Minutes of the University Graduate Council, Oct. 17


The University Graduate Council Met Tuesday, October 17, 2006, Jonas room 104. 


Present:  Earley, H. Ahmad, Fuller, Looney, Mackin, Austin, Bukralia, B. Smith, A. Ahmad, Molseed, Mettler, Siemens 


Graduate Council Election: Austin reported that Ahmad was elected to the graduate council for another 3 year term as representative at large. Council thanked Parrow and Stoltenberg for running for the position. 


Curriculum change: Minor Course change ED 699- Tech in Today’s Libraries to ED 685- Tech in Today’s Libraries- Motion and Second to approve- motion passed. 


New graduate faculty: Motion and second to approve the following as graduate faculty;

Pradosh Simlai

Ken Schallenkamp

Patty-Jo Bellamy

Pamela Carriveau

David Scarborough

Andrey Reznikov

Lee Pearce

Christian Nsiah

Motion passed


Temporary Graduate Faculty: Moved by Smith and seconded to approve Garth Spellman as temporary graduate faculty.

Motion passed.




MSBSM- Looney reported that the graduate business faculty had developed a 2 year schedule of classes for graduate students in the MSBSM.


MS in Organizational Leadership-  Looney reported that BHSU was working on a new

Degree which would be designed for military personnel. The intent to plan is being written to be submitted if the President approves.


MSCI- Molseed reported there were currently 7 cohorts with 118 active students.

The faculty were moving more courses online and hoped in the spring to have 2 new cohorts online- one with the math specialization and one with the ed tech.


MSIG- Siemens reported that he and 4 graduate students were going to an NSF/Epscor ecological symposium in Kansas in November. Mettler indicated she would be one of the BHSU graduate students at that symposium.



Bukralia reported that additional resources in science had been added to the library collection.



Fuller reported that the webct contract would end in July 2007 and so far the system wide committee she was on was still looking at a replacement that was acceptable to the Board.


BHSU Career and Graduate School Fair

Chair reminded the council that A BHSU Career and Graduate School Fair is being held on November 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Earley, Siemens, Molseed, and Looney would man the BHSU grad degrees booth. Chair asked faculty to be sure to remind students of this opportunity.


The next graduate council meeting will be on November 21 at 3:30 in Jonas 104.


George Earley,

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Minutes of University Assessment Committee Meeting, Oct. 18

The University Assessment Committee met October.18, 2006, at 12 noon in Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present: Earley, Calhoon, P. Carriveau, Romkema, Alsup, Colmenero-Chilberg, Chandler, Hagerty, Duggan, Simpson 

Absent:  Haislett, Sarkar 


1.                  General Education:  Chair stated he was meeting with the general education committee next Monday to talk about assessment of general education.

2.                  Annual reports on the major:  Chair indicated that the report writers would write two reports this year; 1) the Teacher preparation Program Assessment Reports and 2) the Annual Assessment Report.

a)      Teacher Preparation Program Assessment Reports;

Simpson and Alsup had charge of these reports.  The timelines and format has been established. Reports from the College of Arts and Sciences are due to Dean Downing October 26th.  The reports would be in an electronic version and be forwarded to the Chair to distribute to the committee at the University Assessment Committee meeting. On October 25th, Alsup and Simpson will present an overview of the reports to the committee in preparing for reviewing them.

b)      Annual Assessment Reports;

These reports are due to the dean on January 19th.  The reports will consist of two documents- the annual report and the report on how the major is assessing undergraduate research and intensive writing.  Those majors who did not have their proposal for assessing undergraduate research and intensive writing must submit an electronic copy of the proposal to their dean by November 16th.  Those whose proposal was approved will submit it with their annual report in January. 

3.                  How to write and annual assessment report and checklist;

The committee edited the document how to write an annual assessment report and also the checklist.  The chair will put together the final edit and give it to the deans with the deadline

The next university assessment committee meeting is on Wednesday, Oct.25 at noon in Meier Hall Conference Room.


George Earley

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Deadline announced for the Faculty Research Committee and Instructional Improvement Committee proposals

 Proposals for funding through the Instructional Improvement Committee are now being accepted. Proposals are being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email and send it to A signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall Room 213. The deadline for submission is Nov. 22. Proposals must consist of the proposal and budget details following the specified format available on the

 The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Proposals are now being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email and send it to A signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall 213. The deadline for submission is Nov. 22. Complete proposal guidelines are available at

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