- Deb Schelske, from cashier to accounting assistant in Student
- Hasina Ahmad, from accounting assistant in Student Financial
Services to graduate assistant with the College of Business and
- Michael Sparker, Computer Support Analyst, Technical Support
Schallenkamp inaugurated as
ninth president of BHSU - top
Dr. Kay Schallenkamp was officially inaugurated as the ninth president
of Black Hills State University last week. Presenters at the event
included Gov. Michael Rounds and Regent Harvey Jewett. As a part of her presentation, Schallenkamp reminded faculty and staff of the significant
impact they have on students.
“We must never forget the reason for our existence—to provide a high
quality educational experience for our students. Whether our students
are first time college students who just completed high school or adults
who are returning to complete a degree, the experience they have will
transform their lives. Students prepare for their careers in the
classroom, they prepare for their lives through extracurricular
activities. Their interaction with staff in our offices teaches them
customer service. Their experience in student organizations teaches them
teamwork. Their service activities teach them citizenship. The
appearance of the campus teaches them pride of ownership. Each member
of the Black Hills State University learning community plays an integral
role in the transformational process,” Schallenkamp said.
Black Hills State
University granted membership in prestigious Renaissance Group
Black Hills State University was recently granted
membership in the prestigious Renaissance Group, a national consortium
of universities committed to effective leadership in the preparation of
educators. BHSU is one of only 34 institutions across the nation to gain
membership in the Renaissance Group and the only one in a five-state
region including South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and
“Membership in the Renaissance Group will bring
national recognition to BHSU,” Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU,
says. “The guiding principles of the group reinforce the concept that
preparation of teachers is an all-campus responsibility. This concept is
deeply embedded at BHSU.”
Dr. Nancy Hall, dean of the College of Education at
BHSU, says that the Renaissance Group represents institutions of higher
education that produce one of every 10 educators in the United States.
The group espouses a set of operating principles to guide best practices
in teacher education. The group also is also a proactive force for the
improvement and reform of education, locally, regionally, and
Hall says participation in this group will bring
unprecedented opportunities to collaborate on research to inform
national policy and address critical issues, such as the shortage of
math and science teachers, in higher education.
“Research shows that the best teachers are those who
are strong in their content area are best prepared to impact student
achievement at the K-12 level, so it’s essential that we collaborate
with the College of Arts and Sciences in the preparation of teachers,”
Hall says. She and Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences at BHSU, are working together in the assessment of teacher
candidate knowledge and skills and in the development of the teacher
At a recent Renaissance Group national conference,
Schallenkamp was honored for her longtime service to the group and as a
member of its board of directors. A plaque presented to BHSU as a new
member will be displayed in the hallway outside the College of Education
For more information about the BHSU’s involvement in
the Renaissance Group, contact Hall at 642-6550.
Business dean will resign
Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the College of Business and
Technology at Black Hills State University, has announced that he will
resign as dean at the end of this academic year.
Sarkar, who came to BHSU in the summer of 2004, saw
BHSU through several major accomplishments.
Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for Academic Affairs at
BHSU, praised Sarkar for his accomplishments while serving as dean.
“Dr. Sarkar is responsible for several major improvements
within the College of Business and Technology,” Myers said. “We
appreciate his efforts. Whenever you can leave a department in a better
place, it’s an accomplishment.”
Sarkar will return to the classroom as a business
Before coming to BHSU, Sarkar was chairman of the
Department of Economics and Finance at the J. Whitney Bunting School of
Business at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga.
Sarkar’s previous administrative experience includes positions as
chairman of the Department of Economics at State University of New York
(SUNY); deputy chief of the planning commission at the ministry of
finance and planning of the government of Bangladesh; FAO Fellow for
Policy and Planning service for the Food and Agricultural organization
of the United Nations in Rome; and deputy director of East Pakistan
Forest Industries Corporation.
The BHSU College of Business and Technology, one of
the largest business programs in the region, recently received
accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business
Education (IACBE). BHSU offers six different business majors and seven
minors as well as a master’s degree in business services management. Six
associate degrees are also offered through the College of Business and
Johnson will return to India
to teach monks - top
Dr. Andy Johnson, Black Hills State University
assistant professor and associate director of the Center for the
Advancement of Math and Science Education, will once again spend winter
break teaching physics to Tibetan Buddhist monks. This will be his third
teaching stint in the Science for Monks program in India.
After Christmas Johnson will travel to the Sera
Monastery, located in the southern Kerala state of India. According to
Johnson, a great number of Tibetan monks live and work at the Sera
Monastery, which was named after an ancient and highly respected
monastery in Tibet.
Dr. Mel Sabella, Chicago State University, will
accompany Johnson to India. The two physics professors will teach a unit
The monks will build and test a scientific model with
an inquiry approach like BHSU students do in Johnson’s classes. Johnson
believes this form of learning through experience helps students
understand ideas better than they would if they only listened to a
lecture or read a textbook.
“My BHSU students develop explanations for magnetism
that are very similar to what you find in textbooks,” says Johnson. “The
difference is that the students themselves produce their explanations
through making predictions, doing experiments, and thinking carefully
about the results.”
Johnson adds that the inquiry approach itself provides
another good reason to teach magnetism to Buddhist monks because the
monks want to learn how Western science makes claims about aspects of
the world that cannot be observed.
“Studying Buddhism involves investigations that are
similar to science, but which focus on the inner spiritual world rather
than on the external material world,” says Johnson.
In addition to teaching Western science to the monks,
Johnson says he hopes to learn more about Buddhist philosophy.
“The Dalai Lama began the science workshops based on
the twin ideas that Tibetan Buddhism can learn much of value from
Western science and that
the Western world can gain much from Tibetan Buddhism,” says Johnson.
For more information on the Science for Monks program,
Johnson has been a member of the BHSU faculty since
1999. He received a Ph.D. in math and science education from San Diego
State University and has degrees in physics from Arizona State
University and the Colorado School of Mines.
Sago receives award for paper
Roberta (Bobbi) Sago, BHSU special collections
librarian and assistant professor, earned third place for “BHSU and
WWII: The Civilian Pilot Training Program,” the paper she presented at
the 13th annual West River History Conference.
The West River History Conference is an annual forum
for papers on any aspect of American history and the history of the
upper Great Plains. Papers dealing with the history of the Dakotas,
Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana are of particular interest.
According to Sago, the paper examined aviation in
Spearfish, specifically a New Deal program called the Civilian Pilot
Training Program. This national program was designed to train pilots for
the fledgling aviation industry. The Civil Aeronautics Authority
approved the Civilian Pilot Training Program at BH in 1939 and classes
began that September. Through the 1940s and World War II the program
evolved into the War Training Service and focused on training military
Sago received her master’s degree in library and
information science, specializing in archives and library preservation,
from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of
the BHSU staff since April 2003.
paper at RMMLA conference - top
Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of
English in the Department of Humanities at Black Hills State University,
recently delivered a paper at the annual convention of the Rocky
Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) in Tucson.
The paper, titled “Argument from Analogy in Martin
Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail,” used the rhetorical
theories of B.L. Ware and Will Linkugel to address the effectiveness of
analogy in King’s famous letter.
Wallerstein also served as alternate chair of the
convention’s Romanticism session.
Wallerstein has been a professor at BHSU since 1997.
He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon and his
master’s degree in theology from Harvard.
Kirkpatrick returns to
BHSU to discuss Wal-Mart's latest marketing efforts
Kirk Kirkpatrick will present
“Wal-Mart: The Times They Are A Changin’: An inside look at the massive
and dramatic changes to Wal-Mart’s recent marketing efforts” Monday,
Nov. 13 from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305 on the Black Hills
State University campus.
Kirkpatrick, who spoke at BHSU last
spring, is the executive creative director for Bernstein-Rein, the
advertising/marketing firm that currently handles the Wal-Mart account.
He has also worked with Clorox, Hidden Valley Ranch, Golden Grain, Sun
Sweet, Novell, Hyundai Computer, Russell Stover, Pine-Sol, Miller High
Life, Bacardi, and Sun Maid Raisins.
Kirkpatrick’s most recent book, “Yankee
Flyers,” chronicles his championship season playing “Aussie Rules”
football with BHSU education professor Len Austin in Melbourne,
The presentation, which is sponsored by
the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, is open to the public
at no charge. Refreshments will be provided. For more information,
contact Annette Ryerson at 642-6867 or
Food tasting will raise funds
for hunger relief - top
Black Hills State University Global Awareness
Committee will sponsor its second annual MIXITUP International Food
Tasting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby.
Established by the Southern Poverty Law Center,
MIXITUP at Lunch Day is a nationwide event promoting awareness of
cultural diversity. Volunteers at BHSU’s festival will serve samples of
food from countries and regions around the world including: Ghana,
Colombia, Germany, Belgium, Russia, and Native America. Booths will
display information about each country represented, and visitors can
collect recipes for the dishes for a minimum donation to OXFAM Hunger
Students, faculty, staff, and community members are
invited to participate; those who would like to prepare a dish should
contact Arlene Holmes at 642-6219.
Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations
for this event should contact Micheline Hickenbotham at 642-6443 at
least 48 hours prior to the start of the event.
BHSU to host History Day
Black Hills State University will host the 2007 District 6 History
Day competition Thursday, March 22. History Day is a
nationwide enrichment program designed to promote the study of history
and the development of research, writing, and critical analytical
Participation enables students to learn more about a
topic in history, to advance to state and national competitions, to win
awards and to develop important skills, such as writing and research.
All schools are invited to attend this event and provide their students
with an opportunity to get excited about history, according to Dr. David
Wolff, BHSU associate history professor and District 6 coordinator.
The theme for 2007 is "Triumph & Tragedy in History." Those who place
in the district contest will be eligible to compete at the state content
April 14. Approximately 50 students from the state contest will advance
to the national contest at the University of Maryland, near Washington,
D.C., in June.
In both the junior division and the senior division
there are seven categories in which a student can enter: paper,
individual exhibit, group exhibit, individual performance, group
performance, individual documentary and group documentary. These
categories then allow students to do about anything they would like,
from designing a display board to developing a documentary.
For more information contact Wolff at
642-6221. Information is also available on the National History Day
www.nationalhistoryday.org, or the state office website,
Center for American Indian
Studies hosts meeting with sister program from USD
Black Hills State University Center
for American Indian Studies hosted a meeting with their sister program
from the University of South Dakota recently. Back row, left to right:
BHSU graduate and USD graduate assistant Chuck Grignon, M.S.S.
instructor Jerome Kills Small, USD Institute for AIS faculty Dr. Mark
Daniels and BHSU CAIS director Dr. John Glover. Front row, left to
right: USD fine arts director John Day, USD Institute for AIS staff Meg
Quintal, CAIS assistant director Urla Marcus and BHSU instructor Jace
The Black Hills State University Center for American
Indian Studies hosted a meeting with their sister program from the
University of South Dakota (USD) recently. The meeting focused on
improving the cooperative major in American Indian Studies, greater
sharing of resources and expertise, along with the potential for
expanded programming in the future. Representatives from the USD
Institute for American Indian Studies and other USD personnel were in
BHSU and USD are the only programs in the state system
with a major in American Indian Studies, offered collaboratively since
“Today, roughly half of all Indians attending the six
state universities are found in these two schools,” said associate
professor and director for BHSU’s Center for American Indian Studies
BHSU added to President's
Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll -
Black Hills State University was recently added to the
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its
students’ efforts in community service programs during the 2005-2006
The President’s Higher Education Community Service
Honor Roll builds on and supports the civic engagement mission of the
nation’s colleges and universities. According to LearnAndServe.gov,
this new recognition program is designed to increase public awareness of
the contributions that college students are making within their local
communities and across the country through volunteer service.
During the 2005-06 academic year nearly 300
BHSU students participated in community service projects, 260 of which
were supported or stimulated by one or more Corporation for National and
Community Service programs. Organizations involved included: Heidepriem
Hall residents, the Community-University-Resource-Exchange (C-U-R-E)/AmeriCorps*VISTA
office, and numerous students, faculty and staff members.
Among the service projects were: over 20 service
projects during the 2005 National Make a Difference Day volunteer
celebration, a toy drive and dinner for Red Shirt Table Elementary
School children and teachers, three different Hurricane Katrina relief
projects which reached a value of over $1,700, and an alternative spring
break in which five students and two AmeriCorps*VISTA leaders went to
Colorado and helped with Habitat for Humanity and Camp Shady Brook in
Donna Trainum, BHSU AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer and
applicant for the Honor Roll, said, “The volunteers worked for 20 hours
during the Spring Break trip and the survey results indicate that the
volunteers have a better understanding of how serving can affect a
community and that they would be likely to do it again.”
David Eisner, chief executive officer of the
Corporation for National and Community Service said, “Institutions of
higher education have a long tradition of service to their communities.
When colleges organize effective community service programs, they do so
not only to meet the needs of the communities that surround them, but to
improve the academic and civic lives of their students, faculty, and
More information about the President’s Higher
Education Community Service Honor Roll and a complete copy of the Honor
Roll can be found at
Students volunteer to
'Make a Difference' in the community -
Community members, the Chi Theta Xi
Sorority and BHSU Wildlife Club participants worked at the Spirit of the
Hills Wildlife Sanctuary last week as part of “Make a Difference Day.”
More than 350 students and community members were part of over 20
volunteer activities that day.
More than 350 volunteers, including Black Hills State
University students and community members, worked together in over 20
service projects during the local “Make a Difference Day” celebration
AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer at BHSU, Donna Trainum,
said their efforts directly affected more than 1,200 people. She also
noted that this number did not include those who benefit from cleaner
lakes, streams and disc golf courses.
BHSU students and community members participated in a
variety of ways. Residents of Thomas Hall spent an entire week
collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items for the food drive
on Saturday. At the end of “Make a Difference Day”, over 1,800 pounds of
food and $30 in cash were delivered to the Spearfish food pantry in
conjunction with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and AmeriCorps*VISTA.
Sorority Chi Theta Xi and the newly founded Wildlife Club scrubbed out
animal transport vans and cleaned animal pens at Spirit of the Hills
Wildlife Sanctuary. Physical education students and faculty held a
teamwork-building activities course for area middle school students. The
Psychology Club hosted a drive for the Artemis House/CASA, and the BHSU
Reading Council distributed books in the community.
United Ministries hand-delivered painted Halloween
pumpkins to area hospices. Campus Ventures members offered their
services at the Crisis Pregnancy Center. Humbert Hall residents raked
leaves at several area homes during a Rake-N-Run event. The Collegiate
Outdoor Leadership Program members cleaned up Mirror Lakes, and Don
Altmyer headed up a disc golf course clean up. Heidepreim Hall
Government spent time playing games with residents at Edgewood Vista.
KBHU Radio staff delivered goodies to area businesses, and the Lakota
Omniciye worked to raise Native American cultural awareness.
Members of the Northern Hills Training Center and the
American Association on Mental Retardation/Student Council for
Exceptional Children collected pet food for Western Hills Humane
Society, where the Our Savior’s High School Youth Group cleaned cages
and walked dogs. The Northern Hills Chamber of Commerce participated in
a campus and creek clean-up, and Students in Free Enterprise members
provided cookies and cider to BHSU staff. Even more volunteers picked up
trash around the city, the BHSU campus and Lookout Mountain Park.
“[Make a Difference Day] was a great success and we
look forward to the project again for next year,” said Trainum.
At 11 a.m., volunteers met at the BHSU Student Union
Marketplace for a lunch, door prizes and guest speakers. The lunch was
sponsored by the UP Team, Millstone, KFC, McDonald’s, Safeway, Spearfish
Volunteer Fire Department, Perkins and several Spearfish churches. Door
prizes were sponsored by the BHSU Bookstore.
“Make a Difference Day” at BHSU is part of a national
effort sponsored by USA Weekend and the Points of Light Foundation.
“Make a Difference Day,” in its 15th year, is the nation’s largest
single day of volunteering.
To find out more about “Make a Difference Day” or to
volunteer for future events, call 642-6471.
Hersch presents REACH
Residency at BHSU - top
Hersch, a musician dedicated to community outreach, is assisted by
Rachel Hellet, a three-year-old member of the Little Jackets Learning
Center, as a part of Hersch's two-day program at Black Hills State
University. Hersch presented his REACH Residency on campus and throughout the Spearfish
community earlier this week.
Early voting was successful on
BHSU campus - top
Over 300 people participated in early voting on the
Black Hills State University campus in October. According to Roberta
(Bobbi) Sago, special collections librarian and assistant professor, the
County Auditor’s Office was so impressed with the dramatic increase from
five participants 15 years ago that they are strongly considering coming
back to the BHSU campus for the 2008 election.
Sago thanks everyone who was able to participate and
make the event such a great success.
United Ministries and Global
Awareness Committee thank Homeless Awareness Program participants
United Ministries and the Global Awareness Committee at Black Hills
State University wish to thank all those who helped make the recent
Homeless Awareness Program a success.
Bert Juhrend, Ian Vytlacil, Jared McDaris, Jared Hall, and Michael
Boring built the "walk through" set.
Roger Ochse and Sandy Marker helped find students to act as homeless
people living on the streets.
Amanda Scott, Michael Hollinger, and Clint Augustson "told their
stories" as people walked through their "homes." Scott also helped
organize the event and prepare the PowerPoint presentation.
Amber Bestgen and KBHU-TV filmed the program.
Donna Trainum and Scott Ahola greeted people in attendance.
Jim Castleberry and Roger Steele, from the Cornerstone Mission in
Rapid City, told of experiences of homelessness.
Sheryl Styles made the posters.
DeeAnn Dorfschmidt and her student workers in the Student Union set
up for the program in the the Jacket Legacy Room.
Linda Purdy and the Seventh Day Adventist Community Services Thrift
Store provided clothing and props for the set.
KEVN-TV and the Lawrence County Journal covered the event.
Thanks also goes to all who attended and shared money or food for
those in need. Dollars donated went to Oxfam for world hunger relief and
food donated went to the BHSU Food Pantry in the United Ministries