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Black Hills State University faculty and staff are transforming lives and making headlines with their achievements.

Dr. Christian Nsiah, associate professor of economics, had a journal article entitled "The Academic Cost of Being Overweight:  Rural vs. Urban Area Differences - A Quantile Regression Approach" accepted for publication by the Research In Higher Education Journal. Nsiah, along with two co-authors, also had their article published entitled, “Impact of tourism on economic growth and development in Africa,” in the December issue of Tourism Economics

Dr. David Wolff, associate professor history and social science, was recently elected vice-president/president-elect of the Mining History Association, an international organization that explores all aspects of mining and metallurgical history.  The organization has several hundred members from the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, England and other countries. Wolff is also serving as president of the board of directors for the Adams Museum and House in Deadwood, the area's leader in preserving, interpreting and displaying Black Hills history.

Myron Sullivan, director of public safety & parking, was re-elected as the president of the South Dakota State Employees Organization. The South Dakota State Employee Organization is made up of members from all departments of state government and the Board of Regents Systems.

Garrett Stevens, technology integration specialist, was recently re-elected to serve on the South Dakota State Employees Organization’s Executive Board for a three-year term.  Stevens, who just completed his first term, was also awarded the “Outstanding Executive Board Member” of the year award, for his creative and innovative efforts to technologically advance the organization.

Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, assistant professor of mass communication, recently had her paper entitled “Blogging for politics:  A cacophony of voices during the 2008 presidential election” published in The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. Caton-Rosser was assisted with her research by Dee Sleep, graduate student research assistant; Caylen Groen-Jones, Rapid City, and Heather Smith, Belle Fourche, who both recently graduated from BHSU, and LiTing Sun, a sophomore mass communication student from Rapid; Odessa Backen, a sophomore art major from Spearfish; and Alicia McNeary, a freshman English major from Spearfish.