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

Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, assistant professor of mass communications, authored a chapter in The Geopolitics of Representation in Foreign New: Explaining Darfur published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. The book was a five year cooperative effort with Caton-Rosser’s colleague Dr. Bella Mody from the University of Colorado-Boulder and others. Caton-Rosser’s chapter is an analysis of the coverage on Darfur’s uprising published in the New York Times and Washington Post.

Sara Elias, career counselor and internship coordinator, was recently awarded the Keith A. Thomson Professional Development Grant from the South Dakota Association of College Career Centers (SDACCC). Elias serves on the Public Relations Committee for SDACCC, and represents the association and BHSU on the Black Hills Regional Job Fair Finance Committee. The Thomson Grant was established to provide financial support to current members of SDACCC as they pursue professional development activities. In October, Elias will be attending the National Society for Experiential Education’s (NSEE) annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. This $500 grant will be used to pay for pre-conference workshops facilitated by NSEE’s Experiential Education Academy (EEA). Elias has completed 50 percent of the curriculum towards earning the EEA Certificate of Completion, documenting work in theory, best practice and special topics related to experiential education.