Volume XXVI  No. 29 • Aug. 9, 2002

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Brian Ewald, senior computer support specialist, Computing Services

  • Terri Ward, senior secretary, Field Experience

  • Jan Dowswell, grounds keeper, Facilities Services

  • Deb Powell, press operator, University Printing Services

CSA positions open - Top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • senior secretary with keyboarding, Institutional Advancement

  • senior secretary with keyboarding, Enrollment Center

  • two child-care workers, Child Care Center  

For additional information, please review the announcement bulletin, contact the personnel office, or view the BHSU employment opportunities on-line.

Transfer - Top

  • Christi Couch, secretary, Institutional Advancement

Resignation - Top

  • Maia Surdez, senior secretary, Enrollment Center

Board of Regents will host an open forum - Top  

The Board of Regents invites members of the Black Hills State University community to an open forum between 4 - 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. The Regents have set aside an hour during their August meeting that is being held on campus to give interested persons an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the Regents. The forum will be held in room 214 at the Donald E. Young Center.

BHSU receives Congressional earmark for a potential tourism research center - Top

Black Hills State University has received a 1.4 million Congressional earmark for a Center for Tourism Research that would study and promote rural tourism opportunities in the state.

The proposal, which passed the Senate committee, still faces some obstacles but could be on President George Bush’s desk within 90 days. If passed, the proposal for funding a tourism research center at BHSU, which has the support of both Senator Tom Daschle and Senator Tim Johnson, has the potential to greatly impact rural tourism throughout the state and region.

“Their strong support has provided BHSU with an outstanding opportunity to provide very dramatic assistance to South Dakota tourism,” said BHSU President Thomas Flickema. “We share the senators’ vision of looking for new opportunities for tourism and are deeply appreciative of all the support he has rallied on behalf of the measure.”

Black Hills State University, which offers masters, bachelors and associate degrees in tourism and hospitality, sees this as an opportunity to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of current faculty members as well as a future center staff members. BHSU will work with all segments of the state tourism industry including those in rural areas and reservation locations to provide tourism research and make recommendations that will ultimately have a major impact on economic development in the state and region. BHSU recognizes that tourism is the state’s second largest industry and sees great potential to connect rural tourism products to interested tourists both internationally and nationally using direct marketing techniques made available by the Internet.

“The development of the web has provided a golden opportunity that few tourism businesses in South Dakota are currently able to explore effectively on an individual basis,” said Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology. “Therefore the primary goal of the center will be to conduct research on the international use of the Internet as a marketing tool in the tourism industry.”

Using this web approach, the center will provide assistance to various constituencies in the state tourism industry by identifying current and future tourism products such as Native American cultural experiences, historical and archeological site visits, ranch vacations, and hunting expeditions for both camera and gun. The center will then conduct research to determine which products are marketable in specific countries and what cultural amenities, such as interpreters, dietary considerations, service expectations, etc., are needed to maximize customer satisfaction and foster return visitors. The center will then assist state tourism in building an Internet network for worldwide marketing.

The grant proposal cites examples of golf and gaming packages that may be especially attractive to Japanese visitors, hunting packages that may have strong appeal in Thailand and other Asian countries, and Native American and ranch vacations that should appeal to West European and Japanese travelers.

The Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates members, which include the state’s Indian reservations, expressed interest in the program according to Lisa Bryan, acting director for the Center of Indian Studies at BHSU. Bryan will become a new board member for the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates and she discussed this proposal at their last meeting.

 “The reservations want to be a part of this and have pledged support for the tourism research center at Black Hills State University,” Bryan said.

“The center will research what is available, identify the neat, little, out-of the-way places in rural areas that have appeal to international tourists,” Bryan said. These tourists tend to prefer a complete travel package and the center will help develop and market travel packages for the entire state.

The center staff will work with state tourism business people to research and promote other tourism possibilities including the potential national underground science laboratory in Lead, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, wine tasting clubs, cycling clubs for bicycle tours and consider the possibilities of building and expanding on the Lewis and Clark experiences that are currently being promoted in the state. The center will provide input to make existing strategies more effective and work directly with organizations to develop new strategies.

The center director will provide training programs to assist members of the state tourism industry in gaining and maintaining a competitive advantage. The center will also conduct research on a contract basis for tourism organizations in South Dakota and throughout the country.

Eventually the center is expected to become self-supporting and will develop research relationships and collaborate with tribal colleges and tourism businesses. The center will be expected to obtain and sustain funds through grants from the tourism industry, grants from state and federal agencies, contracted research and paid training programs. Over the long run the center has the potential to become a major contributor to the South Dakota tourism industry, and as such, have a major impact on economic development in the state.

BHSU plans biology center to do research and provide high-tech DNA testing for the region - Top

Black Hills State University has plans for a Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources to do DNA-based testing and research. The proposed center has the potential to offer exceptional economic, educational and community outreach opportunities for the entire region.

Funding for the $750,000 proposal was recently announced by Senator Tim Johnson’s office and is expected to be approved by the president of the United States.

Dr. Dan Farrington, director of grants and special projects at BHSU, foresees this center providing much-needed research and testing services for the region and cites the opportunity to provide training and employment opportunities in molecular biology and analytical chemistry.

“This is a tremendous opportunity. In addition to the testing services and high-value undergraduate research opportunities, the center will create jobs for graduates and also has the potential to create future businesses,” Farrington said.

The key elements of the planned center are DNA testing and research, fish and wildlife disease testing and research, education and community outreach, genetic analysis and science and math education, according to Farrington. The center will also increase the likelihood of gaining future federal and private research funding.

DNA testing is an emerging technology and a vital component of modern fisheries and wildlife management. Modern disease testing has shifted to newer DNA techniques which are much more sensitive and reliable. DNA-based technology is used in testing for whirling disease in trout, brucellosis disease in cattle and bison, and other diseases in wildlife and domesticated mammals.

The short-term goals of the center include developing DNA markers for species of economic importance or those species that have management needs, and developing DNA markers to support bison research and management. Other goals include developing and implementing DNA-based assay for whirling disease, brucellosis, and the heritable form of chronic wasting disease. The center also plans to develop DNA-based educational activities that could then be used in teacher training workshops on campus and in area schools.

A need for this type of center is indicated by a number of factors. This region, the northern plains, has diverse and rich biological, cultural and historical resources. These resources have provided the basis for the state’s major industries - agriculture, tourism, forestry and mining. Currently the state needs to increase the scientific infrastructure to use, protect and explore the opportunities to build on these resources.

The center is an opportunity for BHSU to call upon the knowledge and expertise of science faculty members while conducting tests for individuals and businesses as well as other university, state and federal agencies. This proposal is an extension of the work that BHSU has been involved in the last few years as faculty have been recognized and rewarded with research grants for their high-tech innovative ideas. One example is the genetic study of fish by Dr. Shane Sarver, BHSU associate professor, with the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks.  Research and study of this type was the catalyst for the development of a biology center on campus.

BHSU's graduate business degree gives students flexibility - Top

Black Hills State University is expanding its horizons by offering a new graduate degree in business that was developed to provide flexibility for students in a number of ways. This program offers variety in how courses are taken (offering classes on-line, on campus and through cooperation with other Regental universities) and by providing students a choice of five areas of emphasis.

BHSU, which has long offered a master’s degree in tourism and hospitality, recently revised that graduate degree program and strengthened the business aspect to now offer a master’s degree in business services management. Students majoring in this degree choose an emphasis in one of five elective areas: tourism and hospitality management, marketing services, human resource management, information services, and financial services.

The new BHSU graduate degree gives students an opportunity to build from a general base of business information and tailor their program to specific areas of interest that will expand their job opportunities.

“With a stronger business component, students will have more and better employment opportunities,” said Dr. Gary Meek, dean for the College of Business and Technology and chair for the Department of Business. He explains that the extra emphasis on the elective areas actually provides the students with more specialization in a specific interest area than a traditional MBA program. “With this program, 15 of the 36 credit hours of coursework is focused directly on the elective area. That gives the student the opportunity to examine it in great detail.”

An added attraction of this program is that it is available in traditional classroom settings as well as over the Internet. Currently more than half of the courses are available on-line. This option is relevant and convenient for students who travel or may have begun graduate work somewhere else. Meek cited the example of one student from Texas who was living at Ellsworth Air Force Base with her family and is being transferred back to Texas. She did several courses here and will now have the opportunity to finish the degree online.

Some of the elective area courses are offered cooperatively from other state institutions including Dakota State University and Northern State University. The option to transfer in credits is especially advantageous for students at other Regental institutions in South Dakota. Students at these institutions could potentially take the core classes online, complete electives on location at their home campus and transfer these courses to complete a graduate degree from BHSU.

Meek is optimistic about the future of this program and hopes to eventually have 40-50 students going through the program at one time. When Meek first came to BH in the fall of 1999, there were only four students majoring in tourism and hospitality management. With class enrollment and admission to the program declining, Meek was instrumental in the decision to re-design the program, make it more marketable for students and improve job opportunities for graduates.

Since the change, student interest has been positive and enrollment has increased from three students in the spring of 2001 to 18 students currently. Several students recently graduated with the new master’s degree in business services management this year.

Paul Thares, one of the first graduates, has since moved to Meeker, Colo., to take a position as executive director of the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District. Thares, 43, believes the change in the degree worked to his advantage because “the new focus areas don’t pigeonhole students like the tourism degree did.”

A graduate student at BH, Ryan Remington, Groton, completely changed his career direction upon the addition of the new degree. He began as an elementary education major, but decided to pursue a master’s in business after examining the revised business degree.

“I have already had my eyes opened to many areas of business that I would have otherwise overlooked,” Remington said.

With the changes, it is possible for students to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less than six years at BHSU.

“Students can finish in five years and one summer,” Meek said, “but they need to think ahead and plan accordingly.” The dean said this will require dedication and heavier course loads throughout the undergraduate years, but the reward is quick completion of a master’s degree in business that will provide advanced career options.

Meek sees increased interest in this program while visiting with incoming students and their parents during PREP days (an early registration program). The new approach the degree takes has successfully attracted a broader range of students.

“Students are interested in going for a master’s degree in five years and they now have that option at Black Hills State,” Meek said.

Katrin Kania did just that and also balanced her outstanding academic career with multiple extra curricular activities and community involvement. Kania, 22, will graduate with a master of business services management with an emphasis in marketing this summer. She is currently doing an internship to conclude her coursework and is a candidate for a Web marketing specialist position.

While attending BHSU, Kania, who is originally from Germany, wrote for the student newspaper, was general manager of the campus radio station, served as a residence hall assistant and often spoke to community organizations about her diverse background in Germany.

An honors graduate with a 4.0 GPA, Kania previously served as public relations and marketing intern for the Army ROTC, Mt. Rushmore Battalion. During her graduate studies, Kania worked on community research projects including a major labor study of the region and research work for a potential underground science laboratory.

“This degree has broadened my horizons,” Kania said. “The courses involved theory and the hands-on projects made me confident that I am qualified for a great variety of business jobs.”

Kania praises the dedication of her professors as well as the guidance of Dr. Meek during her academic career.

“[Meek] was always glad to help throughout my studies and was always available when I needed expertise,” she said.

Future students of BHSU’s flexible new business program can look forward to the same dedication and opportunity.

“Education shouldn’t limit you; it should expand your opportunities,” said Penny DeJong, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology and one of the professors involved in the program.  “I think this degree does just that.”

Ryan Remington, Groton, a BHSU graduate student pursuing the revised graduate business degree, prepares a slide show which requires groups of students to research an invention and analyze its practicality in the real world. Remington and the three other members in his group studied the Electric Dolphin by Tippmann Aquatics.

Volunteers needed for move-in day - Top

Volunteers are needed to help with residence hall move-in during New Student Days, Monday, Sept 2.  

This activity has made such an impact on our new students moving into the dorms that we want to continue this service to them.  It also makes a lasting impression on the parents especially for those who may be moving their first child out of the nest.  Move-in will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greeters are needed to help organize traffic so vehicles get up to the sidewalk, unloaded, and moved out of the way. Volunteers should indicate which time-slot they will be available to work – 10-11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

As a thank you all volunteers will be given a t-shirt to wear that day. To schedule a time contact Eileen in the Student Development Office at 642-6277.

Larscheid scholarship at BHSU grows after memorial golf tournament - Top

The family and friends of Mark Larscheid donated an additional $2,742 to a scholarship through the Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Foundation following a golf tournament held in his memory. The fund total is now $8,330.

To celebrate Mark Larscheid’s life and preserve his memory, the family has an annual memorial golf tournament which includes a silent auction, dinner and dance. The proceeds are contributed to a track athlete scholarship fund at BHSU in his name.

Larscheid, a former teacher and coach at Williams Middle School in Sturgis for 27 years, died in an automobile accident two years ago. He also taught and coached in Spearfish and Wall.

He was an outgoing, caring, and kind person who loved his family and athletics. He was an outstanding high school and collegiate athlete who still holds the South Dakota State High School record for the 110-yard high hurdles at 14.1, a record he set in 1969. Larscheid graduated from BHSU with a degree in physical education in 1973. He competed in football and track for the Yellow Jackets.

The third annual Mark Larscheid golf tournament is scheduled for July 5 next year at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club.

The gifted endowment scholarship is presented to a South Dakota male or female track athlete who maintains a 2.0 grade-point average.

Contributions to the Larscheid scholarship fund may be sent to Bud Synhorst, Athletic Director, Black Hills State University, Unit 9506, 1200 University, Spearfish, S.D. 57799.

Mary Larscheid (center) and her son Slade (left) present Bud Synhorst (right), BHSU athletic director, with a $2,742 check for the Mark Larscheid Memorial Scholarship. The money was raised the at the annual  Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament. This donation will increase the amount of the scholarship fund to a total of $8,330.  

CAMSE hosts institute on effective professional development at BHSU - Top

The Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University hosted a four-day seminar recently titled “Institute on Effective Professional Development: Building Leadership and Expanding the Infrastructure for Science and Math Education Reform.”

The institute focused on the design, implementation, and refinement of professional development related to math and science education. The ultimate goal of the program was for participants to emerge better prepared for leadership roles in math and science education reform and be available to districts throughout the region in need of support. With limited staff to satisfy this demand and in an attempt to broaden their reach and improve service, CAMSE developed a core group of expert teachers to attend the seminar and provide professional and experienced support.

The strength of the institute emanated from the expertise of the participants themselves. Topics addressed included how to make the case for inquiry-based teaching, what to look for in classroom instruction, how to match professional development strategies to district needs, and the nuts and bolts of leading effective workshops. Participants observed, discussed, and critiqued sample workshop segments and took the opportunity to practice and refine their own workshop facilitation skills.

The institute was in the interest of school districts throughout South Dakota and the surrounding region that recognized the need for intensive professional development as they move towards more inquiry-oriented science and math instruction. Attendees included classroom teachers as well as college faculty who have an interest in K-12 education.

The participants in this year’s institute were: Elizabeth Horsch, Casper, Wyo.; Tony Burns, Douglas, Wyo.; Dale Hertel, Fargo, N.D.; Bill Lipp, Fargo, N.D.; Judy Basset, Ft. Pierre; Burt Kaline, Lame Deer, Mont.; Becky Binder, Lead-Deadwood; Merle Brave, Martin; Curt Voight, Rapid City; Nancy Ward, Rapid City; Linda Flanery, Sisseton; Jan Goodrich, Spearfish; Holly Stillson, Spearfish; and Robin Strain, Sturgis.

For more information on this or other CAMSE activities, contact Ben Sayler at bensayler@bhsu.edu or (605) 642-6874.

Recent donation to the Case Library Collection at BHSU includes items with local and presidential connections - Top

Edith Hoy Peterson’s connection to Black Hills State University began in the early 1900s when she was a student at Spearfish Normal School.  Since then, four of her ten grandchildren have earned degrees from BHSU strengthening her family’s connection to the university.

This week Edith’s granddaughter Susan Talley-Johnson donated many items of historical value to the Case Library special collections at the E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center at BHSU, guaranteeing that the family’s connection will continue into the future.

"She (Edith) went to BH. I went to BH. My cousins went to BH. She had ties to the school all of her life," Susan said. It is fitting then that historical items collected over her lifetime will be preserved and displayed with the special collections at Black Hills State.

Edith’s grandchildren who graduated from BHSU are: Susan Talley-Johnson; Linda Meyers, who now teaches in Rapid City; and siblings Janette Peterson and John Peterson, both from Sturgis.

The Edith Hoy Peterson Collection, as the donation will be known, includes old postcards from the region, antique equipment from the family’s pharmacy business, numerous original newspapers dating back to the 1800s and many other items. Some of the items in the collection even have presidential connections.

One of those presidential items is a small writing table that was used during the dedication of Mt. Rushmore 75 years ago. Mt. Rushmore will commemorate the anniversary of the monument’s opening next week with a presidential portrayal of Calvin Coolidge. It was during the opening dedication that Coolidge’s hat and water glass were placed on this table. Included in the donated items is a Mt. Rushmore dedication booklet that clearly shows the table next to Coolidge during the dedication.

Susan Talley-Johnson said that her grandmother, whom she describes as “a real character--a hippie born years too early” wasn’t especially impressed with the special designation of the table, since she was a staunch Democrat who marched with the suffrages in support of women’s rights. Susan first discovered that the table had presidential connections while helping her grandmother water plants in her home and heard Edith refer to the table as “Old Cal.” Edith then explained the table’s history.

“It’s no big deal. He (Coolidge) is nothing but a damn Republican,” Susan remembers her grandmother saying in reference to the table being used by a president of the United States.

Edith, who was born in Keystone in 1901 and lived there until her death in 1997, didn’t stay in college for very long. She was called home to take care of her ailing mother and never returned to Spearfish Normal. Her granddaughter suggests that Edith was probably not a great student because she was known to be very sociable. Following her mother’s death, Edith was preparing to go to World War I when the war ended. Disappointed that she didn’t get to serve, Edith stayed in Keystone, married and raised five children. Throughout her life, Edith was noted for her spirited lifestyle, including going on a motorcycle ride during Rally week when she was in her 90s. Looking back Susan points to this adventure as indicative of the “kind of person Edith was.”

Edith’s only sibling, John Hoy, who also attended Spearfish Normal, died of diphtheria during his college years.

“There’s a lot of history here,” Susan says as she looks over the numerous items. ”I wanted to keep her collection together some place where it would be safe. I don’t know what she (Edith) would think of this donation. To her it was just stuff.”  Susan recognizes the historical value of her grandmother’s “stuff” and has decided that BHSU is the best place to preserve and display these items.

Colleen Kirby, special collections librarian at BHSU, said the collection will be an excellent addition to the historical materials available at the library. “The Case Library is very pleased to have received such a wonderful collection. The early 20th century postcards of the Black Hills are a real treasure.”

Kirby said a display of postcards is planned, and a suitable display area will be found for the writing table. She indicated that the material in the collection will be processed and made available for researchers.

Throughout the years, Susan remembers visiting with her grandmother about many of the items and was drawn to their historical significance.  All of the items were handed down through the family. Some have a historical connection that extend back to the early 1880s when her Irish ancestors lived in east and later moved to the midwest then finally settled in the Black Hills.

There is an impressive collection of newspapers including a somewhat tattered New York newspaper that was printed on Jan. 4, 1800, announcing the death and burial of George Washington. Another of the old newspapers, a 1905 edition of the San Francisco Star, contains an article written by Edith’s uncle concerning the Bill of Rights. Along with early editions of newspapers from across the country there are many older copies of the Rapid City Journal.

The collection includes several schoolbooks from the late 1880s. Susan, who is a now a teacher in Oregon and had taught for many years in Rapid City, noted that the old textbooks are “wonderful” and likes the idea that an institution of higher education will keep them.

“This is a teaching institution. It’s where I got my degree, and I think this school of education should have these books,” Susan said.

The collection also includes many original postcards and photographs from the Black Hills region as well as postcards sent to the family from all around the world. The postcards show the Black Hills in the early years, including cards of the Holy Terror Mine near Keystone, the Sylvan Lake and Needles area, the mountain at Mt. Rushmore before the faces were carved, and the top of Harney Peak before the Lookout Tower was built. There is also a photograph of Edith and her family on top of Woodchut, a high peak on the east edge of old town Keystone, where the family gathered to watch the passing of Halley’s Comet in 1910. Susan remembers taking her grandmother to see the comet when it passed by again in 1986.

Another item with a presidential connection is a miniature wooden cup along with a letter indicating that the cup was carved from a tree near a church where George Washington sometimes attended.

There are two receipts made out to Alice Brush Hoy from the Eastern Star Society. The cards are signed by Carrie I. Swanzey, then secretary of the group.  Susan notes that most people would be unaware that the middle initial I. stands for Ingalls. Swanzey was the younger sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder who authored the Little House on the Prairie books.

Other items in the collection were used in the Hoy family pharmacy including a glass flask; a medicine bottle with T.G. Hoy and & Co., Props, Keystone, South Dakota, printed in the glass; hairpin glasses in their original cases and a rubber stamp from the pharmacy.

The Edith Hoy Peterson collection, a treasure of memorabilia, connects the past to the future and the donation to BHSU ensures it will be protected and  available for others to view in the years to come.

Colleen Kirby, Special Collections Director at BHSU, and Susan Talley-Johnson, granddaughter of Edith Hoy Peterson (right) discuss the historical significance of the many items recently donated to the Case Library at BHSU. The writing table was used during the presidential dedication of Mt. Rushmore.


Annual CSA summer picnic to be held Aug. 14 - Top

The annual CSA summer picnic will be Aug. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the deck of Pangburn Hall. Sloppy joes, buns, potato salad, paper products, lemonade, and iced tea will be supplied; each person attending is asked to bring a 13x9 pan of dessert or a salad to share.

There will be live entertainment by Paul Kopco, good food, lots of prizes and raffles, and a white elephant auction. All attendees are asked to bring a white elephant item to be auctioned to raise money for the CSA Scholarship. A raffle will be held for two reserved parking spaces (one for fall and one for spring). The recipient will pay the regular parking fee, but a space near the recipient's office will be reserved for his/her use. Door prizes will also be given away, including one free parking permit.

For more information, please contact Nancy Shuck at 642-6082.

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received June 27-July 24, in the Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • National Science Foundation.   IT for Students, Teachers.  The National Science Foundation is inviting applications for projects to give middle- and high-school students and teachers information technology (IT) skills and knowledge.  Deadline Oct. 17 for preliminary proposals; January 31 for full proposals.