Dr. Andrey Reznikov
 Garrett Stevens
 Nick Oaks
 Dr. Byron Hollowell
Black Hills State University faculty and staff are transforming lives and making headlines.

Dr. Andrey Reznikov, professor of English, recently presented his paper titled “’Bandar-log, Come Closer to Me’: An Outsider’s Quote in the Russian Presidential Elections 2013” at the annual conference of Society for Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery (SISSI) at Colorado University-Pueblo. In his paper, he analyzes the political language used during the presidential elections in Russia, specifically, the choice of quotations and the meaning associated with that choice. Reznikov also chaired one of the sessions during the three-day conference.

Garrett Stevens, BHSU systems software specialist, was recently certified as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) joining about 20,000 certified professionals worldwide. MCTs are considered the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft products, solutions and technologies.  

Nick Oaks, human resources generalist, has received one of 10 scholarships awarded to attend the 2013 College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Midwest Region Conference in Columbus, Ohio, next month. Oaks was selected based on an essay in which he described the benefits of networking as a “Young Professional.”

Dr. Byron Hollowell, assistant professor of finance, was recently appointed as a national journal reviewer for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  Established in 1987, NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.

Dr. Andy Johnson, assistant professor of physics and associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education, recently presented his research at the International Nuclear Data conference held in New York City. Johnson’s talk was about the issues related to radiation literacy – the difficulties students have in understanding radiation and radioactivity, and techniques for helping students overcome these difficulties. Scientists from around the United States as well as Europe and Asia attended the presentation.

Jerry Rawlings, assistant professor of mass communications, was recently recognized by “The Black and White Worldwide Society” for his black and white photograph in Deadwood’s Saloon #10. Rawlings was also recognized Friday, April 5 for having the best black and white photograph of the day for all of North America on the photo sharing app Instagram. The featured photograph was a candid shot he took prior to a photo shoot in Mendocino, Calif.

 Dr. Andy Johnson
 Jerry Rawlings
 Hyun Jeong Min
Hyun Jeong Min, assistant professor of marketing, was recently informed her paper titled “New Women and Modern Girls: Consuming Foreign Goods in Colonial Seoul” has been accepted forpublication in the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing and will appear later this year.