Volume XXVI  No. 39 • Oct. 18, 2002

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Thomas Myers, custodial worker, Facilities Services


Hesson collaborates to publish test bank - Top

James Hesson, professor of physical education at BHSU, recently published the Test Bank to accompany Walking for Fitness (4th edition) in collaboration with Margie Hesson, Larry Tentinger, and Lon Seiger.

This effective collaboration of scholarship resulted in the publication of this first edition of the Test Bank as part of the highly successful McGraw-Hill Winning Edge Series. Margie Hesson is employed by South Dakota State University, Larry Tentinger by University of South Dakota, and Lon Seiger by Texas A&M University.

Published earlier this year by McGraw-Hill, Walking for Fitness focuses on cardiovascular fitness and body composition. It was designed to educate and motivate readers to adopt fitness walking and other positive behaviors as part of an active, healthy lifestyle.

To offer the greatest usefulness to the purchasers and users of the Test Bank, the authors used Bloom’s Taxonomy for testing the cognitive domain.  Questions were written to test different levels of learning to include: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

This comprehensive Test Bank includes questions for every chapter in the textbook Walking for Fitness (4th edition).  The questions are designed to be used for quizzes, midterm exams, final exams, or self-testing.

The Test Bank was designed and written to provide an excellent assessment tool to evaluate learners’ acquisition of the knowledge taught in the textbook.  It was originally designed for ease of use by fitness instructors to provide tests for their students directly from the Test Bank. The writers devoted considerable time and effort to developing and writing questions to elicit a true and honest evaluation of the learners’ progress in acquiring the knowledge taught in the textbook.

Dr. Hesson earned his doctor of education degree from Brigham Young University in 1980.  He has been a professor of biokinetics in the division of physical education and health at Black Hills State University since 1990.  Since 1993 he has worked each summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches.  He frequently serves as an author and textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill and other educational publishers.


More than 40 attend the first South Dakota CPA showcase at BHSU - Top

Over 40 students attended the first South Dakota CPA showcase held Oct. 3 in the Jacket Legacy Room at the Black Hills State University Student Union.

The showcase, sponsored by the South Dakota Society of CPAs, presented an opportunity for college students to explore the companies and business careers available in western South Dakota. After viewing a video produced by the American Institute of CPAs showcasing exciting careers available to CPAs, the students visited with local businesses and discussed potential career paths.

Representatives of ten local businesses participated in the event including:

  • McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
  • Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
  • Casey Peterson & Associates, Ltd.
  • James Postma, CPA
  • DeSmet & Biggs, LLP
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • Rushmore Bank
  • Sodak Gaming, Inc.
  • Moyle Petroleum
  • South Dakota Board of Regents 

Two BHSU alumni; James Postma, Class of 1996, and Amanda Bechem, Class of 1998; represented their respective companies at the showcase.

Sheri Wiechmann, a BHSU junior accounting major from Ft. Pierre, commented, "The opportunity to informally visit with these local companies was a real eye-opener. I found the whole event to be very informative about the private and public aspect of accounting careers."

This event was organized by Don Altmyer, associate professor in the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, with assistance from Dr. Priscilla Romkema, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology and director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at BHSU. 


Skarsten scholarship established at Black Hills State - Top

The Dr. Malvin Skarsten Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established with the Black Hills State University Foundation to honor a former BH faculty member and lifelong supporter of education.

Skarsten, a man who recognized the value of higher education, dedicated his life to working with teachers and was intrigued by the history of our country especially the Lewis and Clark exploration, will be honored with a memorial scholarship for students interested in those same areas. The first Dr. Malvin Skarsten Memorial Scholarship will be awarded next year to a student majoring in elementary education, school administration or American history.

Skarsten recognized and valued the benefits of education throughout his 100-year life span. The son of immigrant Norwegian parents, Skarsten spoke no English when he began school, however, he went on to become a teacher at age 14 and eventually earned his doctorate degree in education.

Skarsten then devoted his life to the field of education, first as an elementary and secondary teacher, and later as a superintendent of schools in Minnesota. His association with Black Hills State began in 1925 when be became head of the training school. He also taught classes at BH. During his tenure at BHSU he was instrumental in helping secure accreditation for the university as a four-year degree granting institution. Skarsten served as the faculty athletic representative at BHSU and was inducted into the 1984 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame as a contributor.

“This scholarship fund is a very fitting tribute to Dr. Skarsten, who made education such an important part of his life,” said Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement at BHSU. “This scholarship designation seems appropriate for a man who dedicated his life to education. He is very important to the history of Black Hills State.”

In a letter to BHSU in 1992 Skarsten said, “I treasure my years at BHSU very much. When I look back at some of the things that were done while I was there such as getting BHSU accredited as a four-year degree-granting institution, building up the “training school’, teaching remedial math to World War II enlistees and being in charge of student teaching experiences … It is nice to think that maybe I made a difference for education in South Dakota.”

The scholarship in his name will now make a difference in the education of future students. To be eligible for the scholarship students must be a resident of South Dakota and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

This scholarship fund was established through memorial gifts following Skarsten’s death in 1993. Recently, family members contributed over $4,000 to fully fund this endowment.


BHSU faculty concert this weekend - Top

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Rodgers, BHSU music faculty members and friends will present a concert of Rodgers’ best known songs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

Singers Stephen Parker, Dean Peterson, Dewalea Alsup, and Susan Hove-Pabst will be joined by pianist Janeen Larsen, bassist Randall Royer, and trumpeter Christopher Hahn for an afternoon of musical delight. Selections from musicals by Rodgers and Hart as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein will be presented, along with informative commentary about Rodgers’ life and work.

Donations will be accepted for music scholarships. For more information call 642-6241.


BHSU sponsors career workshops - Top

During the fall 2002 semester Black Hills State University is sponsoring three workshops to assist students and community members with the job search process.

The BHSU Career Center and the College of Business and Technology is sponsoring a Fall Career Festival and Graduate School Fair Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. A list of employers and graduate schools that have registered for the fair can be found at www.bhsu.edu/careers.

Career Education Day will be held Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Career Center in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. As a part of the job search workshop series, professional career counselors from the BHSU Career Center will present two seminars to educate students and community members on job search techniques. The first seminar, The Complete Job Search, will begin at 10 a.m. The Writing Your Winning Resume workshop will begin 11:15 a.m.

A job search workshop dedicated to teachers will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 in Jonas 107. Workshops will include Writing the Winning Resume, Credential Files: What Are They and How Do I Get One?, Interviewing Tips for Teachers, and A+ Job Search Strategies.

All career fairs and workshops are open to the general public and are free of charge. Contact the BHSU Career Center staff at 642-6277 or email wildbill@bhsu.edu with questions.


BHSU student receives prestigious scholarship to help complete his degree - Top

BHSU senior Michael Nerland knows little coincidences can make big changes. A series of simultaneous suggestions led to a scholarship that encouraged Nerland to complete his college degree.  He will graduate from BHSU with honors this spring and then return to the army to serve as an officer.

All of this occurred after coincidental suggestions from others that he consider applying for a Green to Gold Army scholarship. Nerland, an enlisted member of the Army, was selected to receive the scholarship and is now a BHSU honor student who will graduate this spring with a business degree. He is also involved in leadership positions with several campus organizations and volunteers at a boys’ home.

Two and a half years ago Nerland was a specialist of the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Lewis near Seattle, Wash., without a specific plan for his future.  A random phone call, which was actually a wrong number, put Nerland in touch with First Sgt. Cres Tumangday of the ROTC (Reserve Officer 

Mike Nerland, a senior at Black Hills State University, is looking forward to his future as an officer in the Army after graduating with honors this spring.

Training Corp) unit in Spearfish. This first connection would later define his future. The two discussed the severe Midwest winter weather and other small talk. Nerland, raised in Alliance, Neb., knew firsthand the weather extremes of the area.  After visiting with Nerland and finding out more about his achievements, Tumangday suggested Nerland apply for a college scholarship called the Green to Gold that the Army sponsors for enlisted personnel.

The next morning Nerland’s platoon sgt., without any knowledge of the previous day’s call, also recommended that Nerland apply for the same scholarship. Less than an hour later Nerland’s captain was in his office and told Nerland to think about going for the scholarship. Nerland thought about it and decided three suggestions in one day should not be ignored.

“In less than 24 hours three people had said the same thing to me. It seemed like maybe God was trying to tell me something,” said Nerland.

While in the army, Nerland had taken a couple of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests (College Level Examination Program), but hadn’t really decided what his future plans were. “It seemed like I had just quit thinking about my future, then this opportunity came up.”

After going through the application process and being awarded the scholarship, Nerland was discharged from active duty on the condition that upon completion of his degree he will serve four years as an officer on active duty.

The Green to Gold scholarship is awarded to candidates for the final two years of higher education to complete a bachelor’s degree. Only six scholarships are given for each post area. Nerland was a perfect candidate as he had two years of college and was successful in his work with the Army. He had been described by his supervisors as “dangerously efficient and … seeking more assignments.” His captain wrote that Nerland ”possessed enormous but untapped faculty and leadership potential.”

The scholarship offered Nerland a chance to tap into that leadership ability and an opportunity to further his education.

After talking to 35 to 40 schools, Nerland narrowed his choices down to the University of Nebraska, the University of Wyoming and BHSU. According to Nerland the deciding factor to attend BHSU was his contact with Tumangday. He had started the ball rolling from Spearfish and been a big help throughout the whole process.

“Every time I had a problem with the application I would call him and he would get me what I needed,” said Nerland. Nerland also looked forward to the atmosphere of a smaller school and community after living in a metropolitan area in the state of Washington.

“I don’t have any regrets (about choosing BHSU). The campus here is so beautiful and I really enjoy Spearfish. I’ve been really impressed with the caliber of the business professors here,” said Nerland. “The small size of the ROTC program allows for a lot of one-on-one time, and it’s a great opportunity to learn some leadership skills you can’t get anywhere else.”

Nerland is on course to graduate with cum laude honors from BH and be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army this spring. His major is business administration and he hopes to someday pursue an MBA.

Nerland’s time at BH hasn’t been limited to academic achievements and ROTC. He is currently the secretary for the BHSU student senate and is a member of the Mountain Rangers and the Hockey Club.

Tumangday expects Nerland to succeed as an officer in the military and praised his performance on campus.

“He will be a good officer. He is smart, down to earth, and very understanding,” Tumangday said.  “He may also be a good recruiter bringing more ROTC students to BH due to his good experience here.”

”I feel like I’m prepared for the next step,” Nerland said. “I know it’s going to be a big learning process and I’ve still got a lot of growing to do, but I’m ready to step up to the next level.”

The next level for Nerland will be that of second lieutenant in the Army after he graduates from BHSU.  


Maid service drawing held - Top

Deatta Chapel won the maid service prize raffled by the BHSU Student Lifers Relay for Life team. This team, which consisted of BHSU student life employees, raised more than $1,300 for the cancer fundraiser.

Anyone interested in volunteering at this event or forming a team for the next Relay for Life should contact Cheryl Leahy at 642-6145.


Minutes of the BHSU Chiesman Committee - Top

The BHSU Chiesman Committee met Sept. 30 at 1:05 p.m. in the Young Center's Hall of Fame Room. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Earley. Present were: Tim Molseed, John Schreiber, Carol Hess, Ahrar Ahmad, Riley Chrisman, and George Earley. Those absent were: Lennis Larson and ex-officio members John Usera and Dan Farrington.

The revised minutes for the Aug. 29 meeting were approved as corrected.

The first item of business was the request to cover the $700 over expenditure in the budget for the August workshop on democracy and terrorism. The original budget was for $5,000. However, a teaching contract for an additional $700 had been extended through the university. This was done so that those participants wanting to do so could get credit for the workshop. The College of Education and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs state that neither has funds to cover the contract. Hess moved the Chiesman Committee cover the $700 shortfall with the stipulation that this would be the first, last, and only time the committee would cover a teaching contract that is not a part of the original project budget. Schreiber second. All expressed great concern about how this happened, about how those involved should be sure it never happens again, and about how covering it this time was not to be considered as establishing a precedent. The motion passed on a 3-2 vote.

The item from the last meeting concerning the America: History and Life data base was discussed. Chrisman reported the cost of the electronic data base--- which covers hundreds of journals in history, political science, economics, and other social sciences--- would be $3,600 per year. Chrisman moved to fund the data base. Molseed seconded. In discussion, the motion was amended to fund the data base for two years and by the third year additional funding sources should be found to cover half or all of the costs. The amended motion was unanimously approved.

The lecture by George McGovern on hunger and democracy was discussed. The committee had approved by an e-mail vote funding the $2,500 speakers fee and assisting (with the Global Awareness Committee) on the cost of a limited number of lunches.

The OAH speakers bureau and other academic speakers bureaus was discussed. The committee referred the matter back to the sub-committee for additional study and information.

The proposal from Robert Stanelle for funding of a speaker during a Human Services/Non-Profit Opportunities Fair was examined. Hess moved the proposal not be funded because it did not fall within the mission of the committee. Schreiber second. Motion not to fund was unanimously approved.

Chrisman reported on his conversations with Ed Erickson, Arnie Hemmingson, and Rajeev Bukralia concerning credit on the library page for funding the America: History and Life and a connection to a local committee home page. The committee members are to develop ideas about what information should be on the page. Chrisman is to continue the talks with Hemmingson, Erickson, and Bukralia.

The mini-grant issue was discussed. It was the consensus of the committee that the program should be continued. Earley reported that apparently for various reasons a mailing list was not available from the state Chiesman office. Schreiber moved a mailing list be prepared from DECA of west river South Dakota K-12 principals and curriculum directors by Hess. Also, that up to $200 be allocated for list preparation, letter preparation, and mailing. Chrisman second. Motion was approved. Earley will see that the letter is sent out.

The meeting adjourned at 1:46 p.m.


CSA Council minutes - Top

The CSA Council met in the Hall of Fame Room at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Sept. 12. President Nancy Shuck called the meeting to order. Members present were Linda Allbee, Cheri Leahy, Lynette Long, Krista Schroeder, Nancy Shuck, Joanne Wilkening and Jeanne Hanson.

Cheri read the minutes from the June 13, 2002 meeting. Krista moved to accept and Lynette seconded, motion carried. Minutes were also read from the July 25, 2002, meeting. Joanne moved to accept and Linda seconded, motion carried.

The treasurer's report was read. Cheri moved to accept the treasurer's report as read and Joanne seconded, motion carried.

Committee Reports:

  • Strategic Planning: Meeting will begin the week of Sept. 16.
  • Safety and Facilities: Meeting set for Oct. 8.
  • Welcome Bags: Krista has six to deliver.
Old Business:
  • Nancy reviewed the CSA picnic which was a success with about 100 in attendance. Nancy will send thank yous to all appropriate people. It was brought up that next year when selling raffle tickets we need to use two-part tickets (ones with a stub).
New Business:
  • Because of demolition of Cook Hall staff have moved to other buildings. It was decided to ask Janice Huffman from Wenona Cook and Terri Ward from Jonas - Cook and Central to fill vacant spots on the CSA Council. Becky will contact the two.
  • Nancy discussed terms of the CSA Council. She suggested changing the terms from yearly to academic year. Jeanne moved to amend by-laws to change council terms from January through December to May through April requiring current members serve through April with nominations being held in March and elections in April and officer elections in May. Lynette seconded, motion carried. Linda moved to amend Jeanne's motion to extend all terms by four months to make the transitional move. First reading will take place at the October meeting. Voting will be held at the November meeting. Krista seconded. Nancy would rewrite the by-law changes.
  • Jeanne informed the group she was elected chairperson of the state CSAC. She questioned the representative term of the CSAC if we change our local terms. It was determined to leave it alone.
Other items on the agenda will be tabled until the October meeting.

Jeanne moved to adjourn and Krista seconded, motion carried.  

The next meeting will be held at a to be determined location, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

Cheri Leahy, Secretary


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