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

Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, associate professor of mathematics at BHSU, recently spoke at a Lunchtime Lecture for the Math Club at Spearfish High School. Invited by past president Dani Bergey, Nag spoke to 20 students about applying mathematics to useful items in the real world. In particular, he covered the relationship between imaginary numbers and the encryption of World War I messages to preclude successful translation. Nag not only provided a motivational lesson on how upper level math can be used in practical applications, he also gave valuable insight on the pace and complexity of college level instruction.

Kent Meyers, award winning author who is a writer-in-residence and associate professor of humanities at BHSU, recently conducted a book discussion of Twisted Tree at the Westhills Village Retirement Center in Rapid City sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau. He discussed the origins of the novel along with general writing issues, and had a question/answer session. Meyers also met with a class at the University of North Carolina, Ashville, through the Dakota Digital Network (DDN), to discuss his novel The Work Of Wolves. Professor, Dr. Sam Schuman, had the class read the novel as part of their coursework, and requested that Meyers discuss the book with them.

Dr. John Glover, professor of history and social science at BHSU, was recently elected to the TREC – Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five board of directors. TREC offers Early Head Start and Head Start systemic services to children from Corson, Perkins, Harding, Butte, Shannon and Bennett counties through approximately $2 million in grants from the United States Administration for Children and Families. Dr. David Calhoon, associate professor of education, is a past president of the board.