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

Dr. Faye LaDuke-Pelster, assistant professor of reading education, was selected as one of two 2012 University of Wyoming College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.  LaDuke-Pelster has been an educator at BHSU since 2006.


Dr. James Hesson, professor of exercise science, recently received recertification with distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Hesson is the only person in the state of South Dakota with dual certification from NSCA for Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with distinction.  The NSCA has the only Strength and Conditioning certification to be nationally accredited by the national Commission for Certifying Agencies. This is a three year process of continuous education and contribution to the field of Strength and Conditioning. 

 Dr. Bill Joyce, assistant professor of accounting, had his paper entitled "The U.S. Energy Crisis, Utility, and Energy Preferences" accepted for publication in the The Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly.  This journal is a blind, peer-reviewed academic journal listed in Cabell's.  


Dr. Rajeev Bukralia, dean of Educational Outreach and Libraries, recently published a chapter in a book titled, Cases on Institutional Research Systems published by IGI Global. Bukralia is the lead author of the chapter, “Using Machine Learning Techniques in Student Dropout Prediction, which discusses the process and challenges for building a predictive model to identify academically at-risk students in online courses. The chapter provides a framework for institutional researchers interested in using machine learning techniques, a branch of artificial intelligence, to improve accuracy of their predictive models.

 Jerry Rawling, adjunct instructor of photography currently has an exhibit titled The Streets of Deadwood, on display at the Adams Museum in Deadwood.  The exhibition serves as a collection of Rawlings’ street photography he has created over the past several years. The exhibit is located on the mezzanine level and in the Pioneer Room.  Rawlings has been photographing every major event in Deadwood for many years.  He feels the exhibit is made up of small intimate moments offering a glimpse into the true appeal and character of Deadwood, and of small town America in general.