Don Altmyer, professor of accounting and business at Black Hills State University, recently served on a panel discussion at the national symposium of the Stock Market Game (SMG) in Florida. 

The title of the session was “Using your Data to Grow Your SMG Program” and profiles successful growth strategies from other state programs. Altmyer was one of four state stock market game coordinators on the panel along with representatives from California, Texas, and Maryland.

The California and Texas programs have the largest number of schools, teachers and students participating nationwide while the Maryland and South Dakota programs have the highest percentage growth rates in the nation.  Altmyer has been the South Dakota SMG coordinator since 1997.

The theme of the symposium was “Connecting with Teachers, Impacting Students” and focused on reaching more teachers who will educate students about the importance of long-term saving and investing. The program included presentations from securities industry and education experts as well as state economic education council presidents and practiced SMG state coordinators.

The national Stock Market Game program is the flagship education program of the Foundation for Investor Education, a charitable, educational non-profit organization advocating investor education in the United States. Since 1977, over 10 million students across all socio-economic backgrounds have participated. Last fall, over 58,000 teams from all 50 states participated nationwide, a 28 percent increase from the prior year.

The South Dakota SMG program is sponsored by the Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University, the Central States Securities Industry Association and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.

Altmyer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University and a master’s degree from California State University-Fullerton. He joined the BHSU faculty in 1995. For more information on the program, visit www.smgww.org or call Altmyer at 642-6266.