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

Dr. Rajeev Bukralia, dean of Educational Outreach & Libraries at Black Hills State University, recently presented two sessions at the 2010 Annual Conference of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) in San Francisco, Calif. Bukralia co-presented a session titled, “Getting Personal: The Evolution of Learning Management Systems,” which discussed the need for a personalized learning environment for students that is uniquely tailored for their learning style, pace, and academic performance. His second presentation focused on using predictive analytics to identify students who are more likely to drop out from online courses. The session presented a framework and algorithms for implementing such a system. At the conference Bukralia was also recognized for his role as program planning chair for the distance learning community of practice. UCEA is a national organization dedicated to the causes of continuing education and distance learning.

Kent Meyers, assistant professor of humanities and writer-in-residence, has been chosen as the winner of the Adult Fiction Committee of the Society of Midland Authors 2009-2010 Awards Competition for his book Twisted Tree. Meyers will be presented with a plaque and awarded a $350 honorarium at an awards banquet on May 11 in Chicago, Ill. Founded in 1915 by a group of authors that included Hamlin Garland, Harriet Monroe and Vachel Lindsay, the Society of Midland Authors provides publicity and public relations for authors who reside in, were born in, or have strong ties to the twelve-state Midwestern Heartland.