Campus E-Update - Faculty Staff Announcements

Suggestions from State of the University activity
Thanks to all faculty and staff who offered suggestions and noted positive advances during the State of the University address this fall. The items gathered in the small groups have been compiled and a summary is available here. Let’s keep the momentum going for 2018!
--Submitted by Corinne Hansen on 2018-01-16

International Service Learning trip to the Philippines!

Learn about the International Service Learning trip to the Philippines! BHSU Students traveled to Sudlon National High School in the Philippines in November and had a cultural exchange with the students there. Come hear about their experience and learn how you can participate in future International Service Learning trips.  Monday, January 22 at 4:00 pm in the Student Union Club Buzz.

--Submitted by Jane Klug on 2018-01-16

Bob H. Miller Exhibition Reception

The Fine Art Department at Black Hills State University is please to announce the opening of artist Bob H. Miller’s work. The exhibition entitled, ‘Sum of All Color’ features the two-dimensional “reflecto collage” work of the Rapid City based artist. These are collages tediously made of hand-cut pieces of "Scotchlite" reflective sheeting applied to panels. Scotchlite was designed to reflect light from automobile headlights and is commercially used for street signs and on emergency vehicles for night visibility and safety. Miller has repurposed this industrial product to create a unique visual and aesthetic viewing experience. Please join us in celebration of Miller's work for a reception on Thursday, January 18th, from 5-7PM at the Ruddell Gallery, with an informal artist talk held in the gallery at 6PM. The exhibition will be on display at the Ruddell Gallery until Friday, February 9.

--Submitted by Michael Baum on 2018-01-16

Be a part of TEDxRapidCity
TEDxRapidCity is now accepting applications for speaker an event scheduled this summer. The TEDxRapidCity will select speakers that provide a wide variety of insights, opinions and thought provoking ideas. Applications are due Feb. 16. See details.

--Submitted by Corinne Hansen on 2018-01-16

Nominate Your Amazing Co-Worker for an Employee Recognition Award!
Do you know a BHSU employee or group who stands out in their service to students, the University, or the community?  If you have been admiring from afar, now is the time to take action and show your fellow coworkers that their work is noticed and appreciated!  Nominate our stellar employees for an award to be given out at the employee recognition event in March.  Visit for nomination forms and descriptions of the awards.  Deadline for nominations is Thursday, January 25th.  Call Cassie Maser at 605.642.6545 or email with any questions or for more information. 

--Submitted by Cassie Maser on 2018-01-16

Call for submission of Abstracts for 20th Black Hills Research Symposium 2018 [BHRS 2018]
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 2018-01-14

Nerd Night
The Health Sciences Student Organization is excited to announce that the first Nerd Night of 2018 will be on Monday, Janurary 22nd at Crow Peak Brewery! Drinks and snacks start at 6:45 and trivia starts at 7pm! Free to play, teams of up to four people, snacks will be provided, and bring money for drinks. Prizes awarded for round and overall winners! All ages welcome!
--Submitted by Joseph Rath on 2018-01-16

Geek Speak: Religious Diversity in the West (Part II)

Please join us on Thursday, January 18th and 25th at 4:00 p.m. in Jonas 110 as we continue our three-part discussion on Religious Diversity in the West.  Moderated by Carrie Gray-Wood, this panel features Professor Jace DeCory, Dr. Tim Steckline, Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, and Ms. Naveen Malik.

This panel will be a series on local faculty/staff/student perspectives about their own religious paths. The panel will be designed to showcase the religious diversity found on the BHSU campus, emphasizing non-Christian minority beliefs and the personal variations in each presenter’s perspectives. The overall goals are to allow the audience to become familiar with some of the more common tenets of each organized religion presented, and common linkages between the ethics and belief systems of each, while still emphasizing the idea that each presenter brings their own personal interpretation of their religion. Current possible religions to showcase include Hinduism, Lakota Spirituality, Islam, Buddhism, and/or possibly Judaism, Sikhism, and various Pagan perspectives. Possible speakers have been sounded out, but no definitive speakers have yet been selected. In light of the recent anti-Semite/nationalist fliers found on campus, it is important to promote and celebrate the diversity found in our area.

--Submitted by Courtney Huse Wika on 2018-01-11

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp
Join us for a day long, hands-on learning experience specifically designed for current and aspiring entrepreneurs interested in starting a business or nonprofit. SD CEO, The OWN, and Aspiring Business Consulting are excited to announce our second annual Entrepreneurial Boot Camp on January 19th from 8:30am - 4:00pm at the Rapid City Campus in Room 106.
Gain Knowledge about: preparing a business plan, funding your new business, establishing a For-Profit or Non-Profit Entity, Marketing Your Business, and Successful Networking for Entrepreneurs.

Register at
--Submitted by Mela Cosme on 2018-01-11