Campus E-Update - Faculty Staff Announcements


20th BHRS: Call for Abstracts
Kindly submit your abstracts for the 20th Black Hills Research Symposium 2018 using the following URL:
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 23, 2018 by 5:00 pm
Abstract submission guidelines:
  1. Name of presenter​
  2. Name of Faculty Research Mentor
  3. 200-450 word max. abstract that includes:
    1. Title
    2. Complete list of presenters and authors
    3. Email address of presenters and authors(s)
    4. Discipline
    5. For empirical data-driven or theoretical research: A brief description of the research to be presented including:
      1. Background
      2. Methods
      3. Results
      4. ConclusionFor research in an area of creative activity: A brief description of the body of work including:
      5. Media
      6. Technique and process
      7. Purpose of the work: narrative, influence, and/or design qualities
      8. All creative works must be presented through oral presentation. Fine art must provide visual representations.
    6. Indication of preference for poster or oral presentation
    7. Indication of IRB approval and IRB approval number where appropriate. Please refer to BHSU research policies and/or contact for details or clarifications
    8. Indication of undergraduate or graduate status
    9. Acceptance or Applied to NCUR (Yes or No)Participants will be notified of acceptance by email by March 2nd, 2018.
--Submitted by Parthasarathi Nag on 2018-02-20

SDRS Individual Appointments Still Available

Greetings! South Dakota Retirement System representatives will be on campus and available for individual appointments from 9 am – 3 pm during the Financial Planning Fair on Thursday, March 1st on top floor of the Student Union. If you are considering retiring within the next 5 years or just have questions regarding your retirement benefits we recommend scheduling a time to meet with SDRS. The individual appointments are being scheduled through the Human Resources Office. Please call ext. 6497 to schedule an appointment today!

Hope to hear from you soon.

--Submitted by Kasey on 2018-02-20

Timesheets Due Tomorrow!

Please note, missed timesheet submissions or approvals will cause a delay in pay so be mindful of the deadline!
Hourly employees and student workers should always record all actual hours worked. There are 184 hours in this current pay period, including 8 hours of HOL pay for February 19th
CURRENT PAY PERIOD: 1/22/2018 THROUGH 2/21/2018
Supervisors – all timesheets must be approved BY 2 PM Wednesday as processes start that afternoon. Prior to approving any timesheets please check the leave request systems for outstanding leave requests. Once the leave is approved the timesheet should be updated with the appropriate leave and approved for processing. Please note, if the timesheet approval deadline is missed, your employee(s) will experience a delay in receiving a paycheck.
EMPLOYEES, please make sure your timesheet has been submitted and approved by your supervisor prior to 2:00 PM on Wednesday.
If you are not an employee who is required to submit a timesheet or exception time on SNAP, please disregard this message.

--Submitted by Kasey on 2018-02-20

Outdoor Gear Rentals Open Mondays & Fridays
You can rent snowshoes, cross country skis, and other outdoor equipment from the Outdoor Education Program. Hours are Mondays and Fridays from 2:00 - 5:30. We are located on the second floor of the Young Center, in the academic offices (located across the gym balcony). 
For more information on prices, go to
--Submitted by Chris McCart on 2018-02-19

Calling All Geeks
Dear colleagues,

It's time for the annual call for Geek Speakers for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Geek Speaks are hosted every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. on campus and can take the form of a traditional talk w/discussion, a panel discussion, or a workshop.  What do YOU geek out about?  Please come share it with us!

To submit a proposal, please send me a brief summary and tentative title (all can be revised in the coming months), along with any preference for presentation month(s).  For example Geek Speaks, visit
--Submitted by Courtney Huse Wika on 2018-02-17

Welcome New Employees to BHSU!
Please help me welcome the following new employees to BHSU:

Alex Kline - Head Women's Golf Coach
Marissa McFarland - Admissions Assistant
Jeffrey Slowick - Program Assistant I
--Submitted by Kasey on 2018-02-16

Volunteers Needed March 5th BHSU Women in Science Conference
We are expectiving over 300 middle school participants at the Women in Science Conference at BHSU Monday March 5th. For any students, staff, faculty or community members interested in volunteering at this event, we need people to help setup/take down the plantarium, give directions and/or help speakers with PCs & projectors. All volunteers get a free lunch on campus!  Please spread the word and contact if interested.
--Submitted by Raeann Mettler on 2018-02-15

Upcoming Legislative Cracker Barrels
Legislative cracker barrels offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of Legislative topics. 

Here's a list of local cracker barrels:

Rapid City:
Saturday, Feb. 24 @ South Dakota School of Mines | 9am - 11am
Saturday, March 3 @ Western Dakota Tech | 9am - 11am
The term cracker barrel refers to the 1800s when rural people would gather around the “cracker barrels” at the country store to informally discuss politics and other news of the day. Today’s cracker barrels offer informative and respectful discussions.
--Submitted by Blake Hartman on 2018-02-20

Learn-to-Swim Better, Stronger, Faster
BHSU Rec Sports Presents...
Meet at the Young Center pool Wednesdays at 5:00pm March 14th - April 4th.. Learn current drills and techniques to make you a stronger swimmer no matter what level you are currently at. All abilities welcome - class will be taught by swimmer with years of experience coaching and training all ages. Improvement & fun in the pool GUARANTEED! :) 
Questions? | Rec Sports GA
--Submitted by Amber Rotramel on 2018-02-20

Ameriprise Financial – Act on Values

Did you know that most decisions made are not logical, rather they are emotional? If you would like to learn more about effective decision making while putting your values first the Act on Values presentation is for you. Please join us on 3/1/18 at 11:30 AM in the Trump Room of the Student Union. Attendees will be entered for our prize drawings!

--Submitted by Kasey on 2018-02-20

SDRS Presentations at the Benefit Expo

Do you contribute to the SDRS? Not sure? Have questions? If you can answer yes to any of these, the 9 am presentation on Thursday March 1st is for you!

Please join SDRS for a general overview of the South Dakota Retirement System. Here you can learn the in's and out's of your current plan. Prize drawings will also be held for attendees!

--Submitted by Kasey on 2018-02-20

SDRS Supplemental Retirement Plan Presentation

Are you wondering what the DEF CMP deduction is on your paystub? Or are you gearing up for retirement and are over the age of 55? If so, you should know about the 457 and Special Pay Plans. SDRS Supplemental will be presenting valuable information on 3/1/18 at 10:15 AM in the Trump Room of the Student Union. Please note prize drawings will be held for attendees!

--Submitted by Kasey on 2018-02-20

11th Annual Benefits Expo Only 2 Weeks Away!

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, a variety of investment/insurance companies will be on campus and available from 9 am – 2 pm in the Student Union’s Jacket Legacy Room to meet with you about investing opportunities and/or your employee benefits.

Also, speakers are scheduled to present as shown below:

9:00—10:00: SDRS - A general overview of the SD Retirement System and what this means for you!

10:15—11:15: SDRS Supplemental - A summary of the 457 and Special Pay Plans.

11:30—12:30: Jon Pochop - Act on Values: How to keep your values at the forefront of decisions!

12:45—2:15: SDRS - Early to Mid- Career Workshop; what you should be doing right now for your future.

Open to all BHSU employees, students and spouses with prize drawings for those who attend! This is a great opportunity to learn about investing as well as ask questions about your employee benefits! (Click here to view flyer)

Please contact Human Resources at 642.6549 with questions.

--Submitted by Kasey on 2018-02-20

Carriveau and Van Benthuysen to participate in SDPB Panel
Political science professors Dr. Pamela Carriveau and Dr. John Van Benthuysen will participate in South Dakota Public Broadcasting's "Where Do We Go From Here?" Panel Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 12 noon in the South Dakota Community Foundation Gallery at the Black Hills Bureau. The topic they will be discussing is "Direct Democracy: Initiative and Referendum in South Dakota." The event is free and open to everyone. If you can’t join in person, watch online at More info:
--Submitted by Kimberly Talcott on 2018-02-20

2018 BHSU Teachers Fair

The Teachers Fair will be held on February 28, 2018 from 9:30 until 12:30 in the Jacket Legacy Room, Student Union. We will have over 45 school districts from around the nation in attendance. There will be a Q&A with school administrators from various school districts before the fair in Club Buzz from 8:30 until 9:30. Please come professionally dressed with vitae in hand. Some districts will do interviews that same day.

--Submitted by Melissa Woodall on 2018-02-16

Annual Photo Exhibition | The Philippines, Through the Lens of Service Learning

Reception Thursday, February 22

The Fine Arts Department invites you to join us in celebrating the Annual Photo Exhibition, The Philippines, Through the Lens of Service Learning on display at the Ruddell Gallery. This exhibition features some of the stunning photographs of BHSU students and Photo Professor Jerry Rawlings documenting the recent service trip to the Philippines. The International Service Learning Program provides experiential education opportunities for students to address human and community needs. This innovative BHSU program presents a unique opportunity for students to experience structured international opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. The exhibition will run from February 14 - March 16, 2018. There will be a reception from 5-7pm on Thursday, Feb 22.

--Submitted by Michael Baum on 2018-02-19

Hunting 101 Program with SD GFP
The Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP) and SD Game, Fish, and Parks are partnering on a 4 session "Hunting 101" class to be held Wednesday nights Feb. 21, 28 & March 7 & 14 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm in Young Center 206. Lots of hands-on!

Many folks are realizing the ethic of hunting your own protein from your local area. Gain skills, make contacts with SD GFP, and have fun too. Taught by Keith Wintersteen, program specialist with SD Game, Fish, and Parks.

For more information, contact Rachel Dather, COLP host, at or 402-640-5196.
--Submitted by Rachel Dather on 2018-02-19

Ice Fishing at Deerfield Lake: The 4 C's (Catch, Clean, Cook, Consume)
The Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP) and SD Game, Fish, and Parks are partnering on an ice fishing program on Sunday, February 25th. Two vans have been reserved. Meet at the Young Center cul-de-sac at 8:00 am. One van will return by 2:00; the other by 5:30.

WHAT TO BRING: Each participant needs to purchase a fishing license ahead of time to participate (either a day pass or yearly). Those can be purchased online at If you are not a SD resident, you can get in-state rates if you go to Walmart and show your BHSU ID. You also need to bring warm clothes, at least 1 liter of water, and a sack lunch (hopefully, we will eat fish, but you never know). 

All gear will be provided. At the program, Keith Wintersteen, program specialist with SD Game, Fish, and Parks, will give tips on Catching, Cleaning, Cooking, & Consuming, and participants will get to do all four things (that is, if the fish cooperate!). 

For more information, contact Rachel Dather, COLP host, at or 402-640-5196.
--Submitted by Chris McCart on 2018-02-19

Remember the "Chris Elliot Tostitos Tax Office" commercial? Check it out on YouTube!

IRS-Certified Tax Team will prepare your tax return for FREE.
Every Tuesday from now until Feb 27 @ 2 PM - 7:30 PM
BHSU Jonas Computer Room 205
Basic returns, income < $54,000
Questions: call Robin @ 605-642-6002
--Submitted by Robin Meyerink on 2018-02-15

Take Ten Meditation
Meet us every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm for 10 peaceful minutes of guided meditation. Happening now through March 29th. Sponsored by the Counseling Center, located at the far end of Club Buzz.
--Submitted by Tracy Hunt on 2018-02-16

Geek Speak: “A little more than kin and less than kind.”
Please join us on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in Jonas 305 for this week's Geek Speak, featuring Dr. Amy Fuqua:  

“A little more than kin and less than kind.”

The Bantu people of Nigeria say, “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu,” a human being is human because of other human beings. The Lakota people of High Plains of North American say, “Mitakuye Oyasin,” we are all related. This project will examine the idea of relation across religious and cultural traditions. 

(BONUS!  Dr. Fuqua will host an encore Geek Speak at the Jacket Zone at 617 Main St. on Friday, February 23, at 4:00 p.m.  Join us at either location on either day.)

--Submitted by Courtney Huse Wika on 2018-02-17

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