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

Dr. Christian Nsiah, associate professor of business, will have a manuscript he co-authored entitled "Remittances and Economic Growth in Africa, Asia, and Latin American-Caribbean Countries: A Panel Unit Root and Panel Cointegration Analysis", published in Journal of Economics and Finance.

Sara Elias, career counselor/internship coordinator, was elected to the South Dakota Association of College Career Centers (SDACCC) Board of Directors recently. Arlene Holmes, director of the Career Center, was selected to be the Black Hills Regional Job Fair Chair for the coming year.

Dr. Dave Siemens, associate professor of biology, was informed that his article entitled "Water deficiency induces stress tolerance-chemical defense evolutionary tradeoff that may help explain restricted range in plants" was accepted for publication in Oikos-- a reputable international journal of ecology and evolution. The article is part of an ongoing study on the determinants of range limits in plants that was started and is mainly continued by graduate students in the ecological genomics course. Students from the course including, John Duvall Jisha, Jay Jacobs, Joseph Manthey, and Risten Haugen, as well as, Steve Matzner, a physiological ecologist from Augustana College, are co-authors.

Steve Babbitt, professor of photography, and Lynn Thorpe, adjunct art instructor, members of the professional group, Artists of the Black Hills, were recently honored by the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC). Babbitt and Thorpe each received a $5,000 Fellowship Award from SDAC. These prestigious awards are given to recognize excellence in past artistic achievement and to encourage future artistic growth.