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BHSU enrollment increases; highest
enrollment in six years
Enrollment at Black Hills State University increased this fall to a
total of 3,896 students which is the highest enrollment for the last six
Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU, says the increase is
significant especially in light of declining population and high school
enrollments in the state and region.
“The increase in enrollment at Black Hills State University reflects
the quality academic programs available at Black Hills State and the
dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff members,”
Schallenkamp said. “I’m extremely proud of BHSU’s ability to respond to
higher education needs of the state and the greater Black Hills region.
Of the 3,896 students, there are 3,733 undergraduate students, which
is the highest number of undergraduates enrolled at BHSU in the last 12
years. The increase in enrollment at BHSU is attributed to several
factors including increased scholarships offerings and dynamic programs
that prepare students for careers in the information age as well as the
successful placement of BHSU students in medical schools and other
In the last decade, BHSU has increased academic scholarships by more
than 500 percent. “We’re working hard to augment the number and total
amount of academic scholarships to our students through aggressive
fundraising efforts,” Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional
advancement said. “Thanks to the to the generous donations of alumni,
community members and others, we’re now proud to offer just under $1
million in total scholarships for BHSU students.”
BHSU, which has the largest percentage of undergraduate adult
learners, meets the needs of place-bound students by offering a variety
of courses in Rapid City. The number of Rapid City courses as well as
the number of students continues to grow and increased again this year.
In addition to offering classes in Rapid City, BHSU provides options for
course delivery including internet and correspondence courses.
The enrollment at BHSU this fall also reflects a growth in graduate
students with 163 students enrolled in master’s degree programs. The
university offers master’s degrees in education and business and was
recently approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents to institute a
master’s degree in integrative genomics. More than 100 students are
currently enrolled in the education master’s degree which is offered in
cohorts and online. Many teachers are choosing these methods to earn
their reading specialist or math specialist as a part of their master’s
Schallenkamp noted that the number of new students from Wyoming
decreased slightly which she believes is due to the financial incentives
of the new Hathaway scholarship that encourages Wyoming students to
attend Wyoming colleges and universities. The Hathaway Scholarship
provides up to $3,200 in scholarship funds for the first year of college
in Wyoming. In comparison the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship
provides a maximum of $1,000 for the first year of attendance.
Enrollment at BHSU this fall also reflects an increase in the number
of number of minority students as a result of the emphasis that
BHSU administrators have placed on recruiting minority students. The
BHSU Center of American Indian Studies provides support for Native
American students and forms a critical connection to the Native American
population in region. BHSU currently enrolls the highest percentage of
Native American students of the six state universities.
Business professor publishes paper in
national business journal
Sheng Yang, assistant professor of economics and finance at Black Hills
State University, recently co-authored a paper that was accepted for
publication in the Journal of Applied Business Research.
In the paper, co-authored with David I.
Rosenbaum, professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln is titled “The
Effects of the Business Cycle on Oligopoly Coordination: Evidence from
the U.S. Aluminum Industry.” Yang and Rosenbaum empirically examine the
hypothesis that current prices and margins vary directly with expected
future demand. Applied to the U.S. aluminum industry, they explore
the time series properties of demand shocks with various lag structures
incorporated into the estimation. Results support the predictions of the
According to Yang, the journal was
ranked as the 48th best research outlet of all business journals in a
study by Rita P. Hull, Virginia Commonwealth University and Gail B.
Wright, University of Richmond published in Accounting Horizons,
March 1990. The overall acceptance rate for the journal is between
five and ten percent.
Yang received his doctorate in economics
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998. He joined the BHSU
faculty in 2004.
BHSU alumni honored during Swarm Week
Several Black Hills State University alumni were honored during the
annual Swarm Week activities. The 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award was
presented to Tim Penton, Class of ’80. The 2006 Special Achievement
Award was awarded to Craig Katt, Class of ‘75, Atlanta, Ga. The 2006
Excellence in Education Award was presented to Ron (McNeil) His Horse is
Thunder, Class of ‘85, from Fort Yates, N.D. The 2006 Special Service
Award was presented to Mary and Ed Furois.
Tim Penton, Class of '80, country manager for Williams International,
began working in the oil fields near his hometown of Casper, Wyo. That
was the beginning of what would become a long and successful energy
career that has included assignments in the western part of the U.S. as
well as in several international locations. Tim and his wife, Lisa, have
two grown children.
Accepting the award, Tim expressed his gratitude for his alma mater.
“Black Hills State University made me what I am today. The teachers
expected a lot. I learned later that out in the business world it’s the
same way. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on things they raise
the bar for expectations. My education at Black Hills State University
prepared me to meet those demands,” Penton said. He noted that as an
employee of Fortune 200 companies he has competed favorably with
graduates from prestigious universities from across the country.
Craig Katt, Class of ‘75, owner and partner as well as president of
Solare Solutions, a visual communications company with headquarters in
Atlanta, Ga., and a manufacturing site in Wiggins, Miss., was honored to
receive the special achievement award. Solare, a multi-layered company
is comprised of a multi-million dollar signage manufacturing facility;
an award-winning creative design team; an animation/content creation
media group; and a video systems integration division for hi-tech indoor
and outdoor display systems. Katt is recognized as one of the industry
experts in LED (light emitting diode) technology and is a frequent
contributor of technical articles dealing with the technology. Katt and
his wife, Beth, have four daughters.
Katt said he was humbled by the award and expressed his gratitude for
BHSU. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Black Hills
State University. I came to BHSU as a freshman thinking I’d ski and have
some fun. I thought I new everything then. My professors got me
thinking; they challenged me,” Katt said.
Katt noted that as his career and life have progressed he’s learned
that what he does for others has greater importance. He told a touching
story about developing a plan in the Mississippi area that was
devastated by hurricanes and how that was so significant to the people
who lived there.
Ed and Mary Furois, longtime supporters of BHSU and the entire
community, are both BHSU alums. Ed graduated from BHSU in 1959 with a
degree in business and economics. Mary earned an elementary education
degree in 1960. The couple entered the local retail business world in
1962 with the purchase of the Spearfish Bootery which they operated
together until it was sold in 1999. The Furois couple was honored as
South Dakota Retail Couple of the Year in 1997 and received the Spirit
of Spearfish Award in 1999. They raised four children. Mary Furois
praised the university for its positive influence on her and the entire
“When we graduated from BHSU, we saw our diplomas as our tickets to
go on. It didn’t happen that way. As we started our business, we found
out how much we loved this area and made it our home. Having Black Hills
State a part of this community is such a benefit. We have the
opportunity to attend wonderful athletic events, concerts, plays and
other activities,” Mary said.
Ronald (McNeil) His Horse is Thunder, Class of ’85, a member of the
Hunkpapa-Lakota Oyate, is currently serving as tribal chairman for the
Standing Rock Reservation and recently served as president of Sitting
Bull College. After graduating from BHSU, Ron went on to receive his
Ron, who attended the ceremony along with his wife Debra, said he was
honored to receive the Excellence in Education Award because even though
he didn’t pursue an educational career he has dedicated his life to
serving as a positive mentor to other Native Americans.
“I never considered myself to be an educator. I was a political
science major. Then I went to law school. I learned later in life that
you can be an educator by being a role model. Hopefully my life and the
way I live my life will serve as an inspiration to other young Native
Americans,” Ron said.
Yellow Jacket Hall
of Fame inducts new members
Black Hills State University inducted five
individuals and two teams into the 2006 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame
during Swarm Week recently. Inductees as athletes were: Jeff Englund and
Leslie Deutscher-Merrill. Inducted as coaches were: Ernie Mecca and
Terry Burgess. Inducted for his outstanding contributions and service
was Jim Alcorn. The 1970 football team and the 1928 men’s basketball
team were also inducted.
||Leslie Deutscher-Merrill, a women’s basketball
standout for the Yellow Jackets in the early 90s, still holds many
records at the university. Accepting the award, Deutscher-Merrill
expressed her thanks to the university and noted that the
award honor not just her but the entire team. She also
expressed her gratitude to her family for the support
through the years
Jeff Englund ran his way into the record books as
he competed for theYellow Jackets football team from 1988-1991. Three
times Jeff scored 30 points in a single game. Englund thanked the
university for the recognition and the opportunity to compete in
“Thanks for allowing me to live my football dream,”
Englund said. He noted that looking back to his childhood, he was always
dreaming about playing football and is glad he had that opportunity at
Inducted in to the hall of fame as a coach, Terry
Burgess, Class of ’72, established himself as one of the most highly
respected coaches in the state of Wyoming. At BHSU, Burgess was a
multi-sport athlete, playing football, baseball and wrestling for the
Burgess said he’s loves coaching and is glad he
made it his career. He is now serving as a school administrator but
noted that “coaching is in his blood” and that he continues to find ways
to be involved in coaching. Burgess thanked BHSU for the recognition and
expressed his gratitude for coaches everywhere who care enough to make a
profound difference in the lives of their students.
Burgess, and his father, Glenn, are one of only
three father-son Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame inductees.
Ernie Mecca, Class ’78, was also inducted as a coach. Mecca built
his coaching career in Dubois, Wyo. In 1995, the National High
School Athletic Coaches Association awarded him as Region 7 Coach of the
Year for his work with girls’ track. The girls’ track team won two
state championships and four regional championships while the boys’
track team won three state championships and five regional titles under
his direction. He was awarded the Class 1A Coach of the Year in
1990 for boys’ basketball.
Mecca remarked at how humbled he was to join the
Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame. He thanked one of his coaches at BHSU,
Dave Little, for helping shape him into the coach he became.
||Jim Alcorn was inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall
of Fame for his contributions to the BHSU athletic program. In the past
he served as a president for the Yellow Jacket Foundation and is
currently a member of the Yellow Jacket Foundation Board of Directors.
Alcorn’s loyalty to the Yellow Jackets runs deep. He served as an
assistant football coach at Black Hills State in the 80s and was
president of the Yellow Jacket Foundation from 1991-1999.
.The 1970 football team which is remembered for
ending their season as SDIC Tri-Champions with a 5-1 conference record
and an 8-2 overall record was inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of
Fame as a team. Coach Gene Schlekeway spoke about his experiences with
the team and noted that it referred to by many to be the best football
team ever to compete for BHSU. Team members who attended the banquet
included: Mike Murphy, Lanny Swisher, Kent Waugh, Terry
Burgess, Keith Schultz, Keith Catron, Randy Langdon, Bill Fleak, Harvey
Krautschun, Norb Weisbeck, Rob Templeton, Ron Young, Mike McMahon, Kirk
Stratinger, Paul Georgas, Bob Lantgen, Mark Kookmich, Keith Glanzer,
Kent Mauck, Doug Roseth, Roger Risty, Graig Leckner, Jerome Lee and
Also recognized during the banquet was the 1928
Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team. This team of Yellow Jacket men
provided enthusiasm and excitement during the incredible 1928 season.
Then known as the Black Hills Teachers College, the team played in 22
games, winning 17 and dropping only five contests. They lost only three
games to collegiate opponents. Bruce Sell, grandson of Art Sullivan,
accepted a plaque on behalf of the team members.
changes to ensure graduates have information literacy skills
Hills State University is taking steps to ensure that all graduates will
have exemplary information literacy skills.
The technology information age has greatly
impacted the way students access information according to Dr. George
Early, assistant vice president for academic affairs. In response, the
curriculum at BHSU is being modified to make certain that all students
will learn vital information literacy skills that will allow them to
conduct research, evaluate sources, and effectively as well as ethically
Dr. R. D. Theisz, chair of the department
of humanities, is taking the lead in developing campus-wide initiatives
to be sure graduates achieve an adequate level of information
literacy. Theisz and other faculty members met recently to discuss how
to best prepare students for a world of constantly changing technology
and how to assess student information literacy competence. Theisz noted
that the challenge is magnified in this age of information
explosion. Theisz piloted an information literacy training module
developed by Scott Ahola, reference librarian.
The South Dakota Board of Regents recently
instituted an information literacy requirement that requires students be
able to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to
locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”
Beginning in the spring of 2007, all students will be required to pass
an Information Literacy exam.
BHSU faculty are reviewing the Regents
information literacy requirement and discussing ways to integrate it
into the BHSU curriculum. They are also considering how to include
preparation for the literacy requirement assessment in classes. English
faculty members, including full-time and part-time faculty from the
Ellsworth Air Force Base extension campus as well as those who teach
course at Western Dakota Technical Institute, participated in the
retreat to ensure compatible program delivery in Rapid City Extension
Earley noted that the information literacy
exam, which will be given as part of the overall assessment exams, has
already been given on an introductory trial basis. The exam, in “open
book” format with online access, assesses the student’s ability to
access and properly utilize information on the Internet.
Scott Ahola, reference librarian at the
E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center, notes that technology advances have
changed how research is conducted and he encourages students to keep
abreast of the changes.
“Information is available from many
sources and in many formats, such as printed text, television, videos,
library databases, web sites, and more. To be information literate we
need to know why, when, and how to use all of these tools and think
critically about the information they provide,” Ahola emphasizes.
He defines information literacy as the
ability to define research needs, develop a research strategy, conduct
searches for information, evaluate the resources found, and incorporate
and cite the information used.
“Choosing resources can be tricky. Some
resources are better for researching current events. Others are better
for researching historical topics,” according to Ahola.
He notes that websites provide up-to-the
minute news and information about current events, trends, and
controversial topics, however, since anyone can publish anything on the
web, website information is frequently inaccurate or biased, and
“Finding web sites is generally not a
problem. Finding web sites that are relevant and reputable is,” says
Ahola. “The web changes constantly. Evaluating information can be a
complicated process. Since there is plenty of information available that
is inaccurate, fraudulent or biased, it is important to determine if the
sources we find are factual and verifiable.
Ahola reminds students that to it takes
time to locate good information and encourages students to contact staff
at the reference or information desk at the library for assistance in
selecting and evaluating reliable resources.
recognized for statewide scholarships
Several Black Hills State University students were
recently recognized for receiving state scholarships during a
scholarship presentation hosted by Governor Michael Rounds.
Four BHSU students received the Dakota Corps
Scholarships and five BHSU students received the Richard Hagen-Minerva
Harvey Memorial Scholarships
Twenty incoming college freshmen from across the
state will be awarded the Dakota Corps Scholarship for the 2006-2007
school year. These students have committed to attend an in-state
university and to join critical need occupations in South Dakota. Dakota
Corps Scholarship recipients from BHSU are: Alex Hanson, an elementary
education major from Aberdeen; Autumn Stocking, a math education major
from Box Elder; Kimberly Ulmen, an education and instrumental music
major from Kadoka; and Britney Anderson, a music major from Rapid City.
Rounds congratulated the students on their accomplishments and praised
their commitment to earning a degree.
"This is our way to congratulate and honor these
outstanding recipients of the Dakota Corps Scholarships," said
Rounds. "We are pleased that these students have chosen to remain
in South Dakota and to fill a need in a critical field of study."
and Hagen-Harvey scholarship recipients from BHSU were
honored at a reception hosted by the governor. Betsy
Silva, associate professor of education, (left) congratulates
first row, Kimberly Ulman, Angela Drown, Christina Cordier and
Jordan Mendoza. Back row, Alex Hanson.
The current critical need occupations include:
teaching K-12 music, special education, or foreign language; teaching
high school math or science; and working as a licensed practical nurse,
registered nurse or in other allied health care fields, including
Dr. Betsy Silva, BHSU associate professor of
education, who attended the scholarship reception, said she was very
impressed with the BHSU recipients and with Gov. Rounds for his support
for these important scholarships.
Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarships recipients were also
honored at the reception. A group 19 students will receive a total of
$23,000 this year through the scholarship.
“The 2010 Education Initiative includes a focus on
improving the graduation rate of our Native American students,” said
Rounds. “This scholarship provides a powerful incentive for students to
finish their high school experience and to pursue higher education.
These students should be extremely proud.”
BHSU students who received the Richard Hagen
Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarship were: Christina Cordier, a freshman
from Pine Ridge; Angela Drown, a freshman business administration major
from New Underwood; Andrea Hicks, a sophomore pre-nursing major from
Batesland; Jordan Mendoza a junior biology major from Eagle Butte; and
Laura Ducheneaux, a sophomore psychology major from Eagle Butte
Hagen-Harvey scholarships are awarded to recent
high school graduates who are enrolled members of one of South Dakota’s
nine tribes. Recipients must attend an institute of higher education
located in South Dakota. Recipients are chosen based on qualities such
as leadership potential, demonstration of exceptional talent, ACT test
score, high school grade point average, and other indicators of
persistence and drive for success. Students can apply to receive a total
of $6,000 over four years.
The scholarship program was established in 2003,
after Minerva Harvey left the proceeds of her estate to the South Dakota
Department of Education to develop a scholarship program for American
Indian students. Richard Hagen was a legislator from Pine Ridge who
served in the State House and Senate.
Two BHSU employees honored for fire prevention actions
Sullivan, security supervisor, (center) recognizes Joe
Stephens, (left) and Ray Ginsbach (right), for their actions which
saved the university from possible extensive fire damage.
and Ginsbach reacted quickly to a fire in the campus apartment
building by notifying the fire department and then extinguishing
As a part of Fire Safety Week at Black Hills State University, two
employees Ray Ginsbach and Joe Stephens, were recognized recently
at a luncheon for their actions which saved the university from possible
Ginsbach and Stephens were leaving the campus apartments this summer when
they smelled smoke and responded quickly by locating the fire,
contacting the fire department, and extinguishing the fire before it
caused much damage. The cause of the fire was a paper box left on a
stove that was accidentally left on.
”We don’t say thank you enough when someone steps up. I happy to
present these plaques for being good Samaritans to the university,”
Myron Sullivan, security supervisor, said. “You two went above and
beyond the call of duty in your quick actions.”
Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student affairs, and Michael
Issaacson, director of residence life, also expressed their appreciation
for their actions.
Several other fire safety events were held during the week. The
Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department was on campus showcasing their new
fire truck and answering students’ questions. Throughout the week,
residence life staff conducted fire drills and fire extinguisher
hands-on training demonstrations.
The Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department was on
campus last week as part of Fire Safety week.
Gubernatorial candidate to hold discussion at BHSU
Gubernatorial candidate, Jack Billion, will discuss
his education policy at the Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket
Student Union Marketplace Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All faculty, staff, students and the public are
invited to attend. Billion will hold a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. followed by the discussion from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Northern Hills Democracy
in Action (DIA NH) in association with the BHSU College Democrats.
Questions may be directed to BHSU College Democrats 641-6185 or DIA NH
Harlem Ambassadors vs 842nd
Dueces Wild at Donald E. Young Center
The Harlem Ambassadors will play against
the world renowned 842nd Dueces Wild at the Donald E. Young Center on
Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. This one of a kind basketball game is
sponsored by the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets are available at the Spearfish Chamber
office, at the door, or by calling 642-2626.
Candidate forum scheduled
A candidate forum will be held at the Matthews
Opera House in Spearfish Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 12
p.m. featuring all six of the candidates for the SD state legislature
from Lawrence County as well as two candidates for Lawrence Country
According to Dr. Pamela Carriveau, assistant
professor of political science and sociology at Black Hills State
University who will be serving as moderator for the event, there will be
an opportunity for the audience to ask questions directly of the
candidates verbally or in writing for the moderator to address. In
addition there will be an opportunity to mingle and hold informal
discussions with the candidates. Refreshments will be served.
The forum is hosted by Democracy in Action.
Questions may be directed to Carriveau at 642-6006.
Comedian Buzz Sutherland to appear at BHSU
The Black Hills State University Programming Team’s
Kaleidoscope Committee presents award winning comedian Buzz Sutherland
Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Buzz, who has been at the top of the college comedy
world for the last seven years and has been named Comedian of the Year
16 times, will be appearing in the BHSU Yellow Jacket Student Union
Legacy Room entertaining the audience with humor that his publicist
describes as 100 percent clean and 200 percent funny.
For information, call the UP Team at 642-6418.
BHSU to host
accounting careers showcase
South Dakota CPA Society and the Black Hills State University Center for
Economic Education will host a South Dakota Showcase Thursday, Oct. 12
from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.
showcase is an opportunity for BHSU students to network with local
business professions to discuss business careers and job opportunities
according to Don Altmyer, associate professor accounting and economics.
The showcase includes a video produced by the AICPA showcasing exciting
careers available to CPAs and an open question and answer forum with
local business representatives.
beverages will be served. Door prizes will be awarded at close of the
event. For more information contact Altmyer at 642-6266 or
Rush Dance Company hosts Little Jacket Dancers workshop
The Black Hills State University Gold Rush Dance
Company is hosting a Little Jacket Dancers workshop Saturday, Oct. 14.
This day of fun and learning will conclude with a
half time performance at the BHSU vs. Jamestown football game.
Registration is required by Oct. 7. The fee for the workshop is $35.
The workshop will be held in the upper level of the BHSU Donald E. Young
Center beginning with check in at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
Game time is 1 p.m.
To obtain registration forms and workshop
information contact Shauna Junek at 645-3269.
Council hosts a book fair
The Black Hills State University Reading Council will host a book
fair Tuesday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 5. The books will be
displayed in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
According to Dr. Joanna R. Jones,
assistant professor of education, funds raised from the book fair sales
will support the Reading Council’s Reading Is Fundamental project to
provide early elementary school children with three free books per
The Reading Council will distribute
books to children at West Elementary School in Spearfish Friday, Oct. 27
in conjunction with Make a Difference Day. Questions
regarding the book fair can be directed to (605) 642-6405 .
BHSU receives $12,000 IRA donation from Jim Mortensen
Jim Mortensen from
Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., recently contributed $12,000 to the Black
Hills State University Foundation from his IRA and avoided paying tax on
his withdrawal. Mortensen’s gift is being added to the Genevieve Edsal
Mortensen Fund for Handicapped Students.
According to Steve
Meeker, the purpose of the fund is to annually provide financial
assistance to purchase equipment deemed necessary to further the
educational opportunities of handicapped students at BHSU.
“If you're at the point
where you must make withdrawals from your Individual Retirement Account,
and you're charitably inclined like Mr. Mortensen, here's an important
point to keep in mind: You can now ship money directly from your IRA to
a charity without paying tax on the withdrawal,” Meeker said. “It's the
result of legislation approved by Congress and signed into law by
President Bush last month.”
He added that there are
some restrictions: You're only eligible if you're 70 1/2 or older. The
provision is in effect only for this year (2006) and next. Also,
there's a limit on how much you may contribute to the charity under the
terms of this provision: $100,000 per person per year.
At about the time you
turn 70 1/2, you are required to begin making withdrawals from your
traditional IRA. You generally must withdraw at least a minimum amount
annually (thus taxable income). You must make the withdrawals even if
you don't want to, even if you don't need the money. However, your
mandatory withdrawal won't be taxed — this year or next — if you have it
shipped directly to the charity (subject to that $100,000 limit
To learn more about the
new IRA provision by reading a document published last month by
Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation visit:
www.house.gov/jct or contact Meeker
or John Kietzmann at BHSU 605-642-6385.
Winners named for Swarm Day parade
Members of Black Hills State University and the
Spearfish community rounded up for the ‘Livin it Up in the Wild West’
2006 Swarm Day parade.
The winning parade entries are as follows: Heidi
Hall for best overall; Humbert Hall for best residence hall; BHSU
volleyball team and Jacket Investment Club tied for best student
organization; Black Hills Winery for best community business and
Nazarene Church for best community organization.
The winners of the campus decorating contest were
CAMSE for best office and Humbert Hall for best residence hall.
BHSU went on to defeat the Dickinson State Blue
Hawks at the annual homecoming football game following the parade.
Heidi Hall’s float in the Swarm Day parade was judged
as the best overall entry.
Humbert Hall’s float in the Swarm Day parade was
judged as best residence all entry.
The BHSU volleyball team’s float tied with the Jacket
Investment Club for best student organization entry.
The Jacket Investment Club’s float tied with the BHSU
volleyball team for best student organization entry.
The float representing Black Hills Winery was
judged as best community business entry.
The Nazarene Church’s float was judged as best
community organization entry.
Results of 11th annual BHSU Swarm Days
disc golf tournament
Kevin Schwan and Scott Caeser were the overall winners in the 11th
Annual Black Hills State University Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament
recently held on the campus disc golf course. A total of 23 disc
golfers competed in the tournament. Par for the 18 hole course is a
total score of 54. Prizes were sponsored by the Swarm Days
Committee. The next disc golf tournament is scheduled for the last
week of April during Big 100 week and Festival on the Green.
BHSU Student Division placements showing hometown, grade level and
final score are as follows: Kevin Schwan, Aberdeen, So., 47; Charles
Lehmann, Spearfish, Sr., 50;Charles Lehmann , Spearfish, Sr., 50; Josh Jangula, Aberdeen,
So., 52; Marc Macy, Belle Fourche, Jr., 53; Kyle Grauman, Rapid City, So.,54; Aaron Nelson,
Harrisburg, Sr., 54; Michael Roberts, Pierre, So., 55; Dillon Julius,
Watertown, Fr.,59; Josh Delahoyde,
Zach Maxwell, Watertown,
Jr.,62; Zac Bell, Hanna, Wyo., Jr.,
66; Lindsey Skaare, Hitchcock, Fr., 68; Casey Hibbert, Spearfish,
The Community Division
placements showing name, hometown and score are as follows: Scott Caesar,
43; Kevin Schwan,
44; Don Altmyer,
47; Lane Prang,
47; Aaron Nelson,
50; Mark Klewicki,
52; Michael Roberts, Pierre,
52; Josh Jangula,
53; Walter Switzer,
55; Quentin Piekola,
Spearfish, 58; Russ Price, Rapid City,
57; Robert Meddings, Lead,
Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes of University Assessment Committee
meeting September 27th from noon to 1p.m. in Meier Hall Conference Room
Present: G. Earley, Sarkar, Calhoon, P. Carriveau,
Alsup, Comenero-Chilberg- Duggan, Simpson
Absent: Haislett, Hagerty, Romkema
Membership- Chair welcomed Drs. Simpson and
Carriveau as new members of the committee.
Meeting time- Committee discussed and agreed
that Wednesday at noon would remain the time for meetings.
Report writers for this year- Chair distributed
list with some corrections and will send it to committee members
once the list is corrected.
How to assess reports work paper- the committee
agreed to use this document for reports this year.
Framework for reports- committee discussed the
fact that many of the writers were also writing NCATE reports for
their major/department. The assessment committee agreed that the
writers will end up preparing two reports: one for NCATE and one for
the university assessment committee- this is necessitated by the
fact that NCATE does not specifically deal with issues like the
undergraduate research requirement, global issues requirement, and
intensive writing requirement. The chair will work with the deans
to set framework of the reports and also the data required.
Committee agreed that the overall reports should include both MFT
and PRAXIS data in those majors which have both education and
Questions on international studies and
internship. The committee decided that the two questions the chair
asked the committee to review for inclusion in the report were not
appropriate for assessment but should be included in strategic
Timeline- All reports from the three colleges
will be due on January 19th.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 4th
from noon to 1 p.m. in Meier Hall Conference Room. Dr. Schallenkamp
will be present to talk about assessment.
George Earley, Assistant Vice President for
Minutes of the CSA
The CSA council board members convened at 9:30 in
the Residence Life Conference Room with President Schallenkamp as a
guest. The members in attendance were: Debbie Balding,
Eileen Thomas, Rhonda Wolff, Cindy Ostert, Myron Sullivan, and Nancy
Some of the highlights from President Schallenkamp
- Wants BHSU to become an all inclusive
university where all departments are a part pulling together to work
towards what is in the best interest of our students
- Committees will provide input in the decision
making (not govern) and this input is very critical
- Encourages CSA involvement on committees.
Eileen asked her to let us know when we can be of assistance.
Nancy asked about opportunity for professional
development. President Schallenkamp encouraged attendance at the
Address of the University and to use the resources on campus.
Nancy then explained that since we had our scholarship fund to the point
of self-funding that the CSA Council would like to use fundraising
monies for staff professional development. She thought that was a
We discussed the issue of honoring staff longevity
and the awards banquet. We explained about the university awards
reception and the CSA awards luncheon. There was a lot of
discussion as to why there were two separate receptions and the pros and
cons. We also discussed that there were two different cut-off
dates to determine years served. Pres. Schallenkamp wanted to meet
with Anita and get back to us on this.
Debbie brought to President Schallenkamp’s
attention the CSA welcome packets and what was included in each that is
given to new support staff. She was very impressed with this
practice and asked that we continue to do this. There was
discussion on how some of the staff are given a campus tour if they
specifically asked for one. President Schallenkamp would like to
see this become part of the welcome procedure.
The conversation turned to President Schallenkamp’s
desire to have a more friendly and personal atmosphere which includes
doing away with automatic audix messages as much as possible.
There was discussion on bringing in training for this purpose. CSA
council volunteered to put on these workshops. She was receptive
to this and asked that we discuss a date(s) for this at our next meeting
and get back to her.
Eileen presented the minutes. Myron made a motion to
approve the minutes as presented. Cindy seconded it. Motion
Old Business: The CSA picnic was discussed.
There was a discussion to have a little more organization for requesting
dishes by splitting CSA staff using the alphabet by last names for
salads and desserts. Eileen made a motion to put the $78 which is
half of the raffle ticket money in petty cash. Debbie seconded it.
New Business: Nancy brought up the fact that
we should put the CSA minutes on the website and also have the meeting
place and times posted in the Campus Currents because they are open to
all CSA members.
Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 12th, at
9:30 am in the Residence Life Conference Room. Debbie made a
motion to adjourn the meeting. Rhonda seconded it. Motion carried
and meeting was adjourned.
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The purpose of the
NRI Program is to support research, extension, and education grants that
address key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in
sustaining all components of agriculture. In FY 2007, the NRI Program
will accept applications for fundamental research, mission-linked
research, and integrated research, extension, and education projects.
Application due dates vary by program. See the list of due dates at the
end of the FY 2007 NRI Request for Applications (RFA
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Research Education (R25) grant applications from applicant organizations
that propose to create educational opportunities to attract
undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to
careers in areas of biomedical or behavioral research of particular
interest to the NIDDK while fostering the career development of these
students and fellows. The NIDDK is especially interested in attracting
students and postdoctoral fellows from scientific disciplines
underrepresented in disease-oriented biomedical research such as
engineering, informatics, computer science, and computational sciences,
to encourage them to apply their expertise to research relevant to
diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases, digestive and liver
diseases, nutrition, obesity research and prevention, and kidney,
urologic and hematologic diseases. Mechanism of Support: This FOA will
use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism. Awards issued
under this FOA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the
submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.