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

 Scott Ahola
 Nancy Grassel
 Dr. Wei Song
 Dr. Katrina Jensen
 Dr. David Scarborough
Scott Ahola, associate director for the E.Y. Berry Library, will be representing the South Dakota Library Association at the National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. May 7-8.

Nancy Grassel, director of human resources, had her presentation titled “Title IX –It’s Not Just Athletics – HR Has a Stake Too” selected as a concurrent session for the 2013 Midwest Region College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Conference in Columbus, Ohio, in May. Grassel will be presenting with James Gallaher, chief human resources officer at Eastern Michigan University.  During the same conference, she will be a co-presenter for a preconference workshop titled “HR Transformation – What Can It Mean for Your Campus” with Brian Dickens, executive director for human resources and payroll services at Texas Southern University, and Barbara Butterfield, a nationally renowned consulted at Sibson Consulting.

Dr. Wei Song, associate professor of marketing, had several journal articles and a book chapter published including:   “Possible causes inhibiting the purchase of Chinese grocery own brands: a preliminary study,” accepted for the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Business Economics of Management (JBEM); “The Development of Supermarket Enterprise Own Brands: the Case of Shanghai,published in the International Journal of Management & Enterprise Development; “An exploratory study of Chinese own brand strategy in grocery sector,” first author, with D. Schein in the International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management (IJCCM); and her chapter “Achieving Competitive Advantage through Innovation: The Case of the Shanghai Supermarket Enterprise,” in  the book “Knowledge Management and Drivers of Innovation in Services Industries.”

Dr. Katrina Jensen, assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected to represent South Dakota as a Young Investigator for the 2013 Coalition of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)/Institutional Development Award (IDeA) States Annual meeting held this month in Washington, D.C.  Jensen will also meet with our congressional delegation while in D.C.  

Dr. David Scarborough, professor of human resource management, recently receive two more U.S. patents in the area of electronic employee selection decision support systems.   Scarborough now has seven patents in that area.