Welcome to Black Hills State
University - Top
Hesson collaborates to publish test bank - Top
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:
& Pullen, LLP
Peterson & Associates, Ltd.
& Biggs, LLP
Dakota Board of Regents
Two BHSU alumni; James Postma, Class of 1996, and
Amanda Bechem, Class of 1998; represented their respective companies at
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
receives prestigious scholarship to help complete his degree - Top
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
about my future, then this opportunity came up.”
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
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.”
scholarship offered Nerland a chance to tap into that leadership ability
and an opportunity to further his education.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
expects Nerland to succeed as an officer in the military and praised his
performance on campus.
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.”
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
treasurer's report was read. Cheri moved to accept the treasurer's
report as read and Joanne seconded, motion carried.
Planning: Meeting will begin the week of Sept. 16.
Safety and Facilities: Meeting set for
Welcome Bags: Krista has six to
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).
items on the agenda will be tabled until the October meeting.
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.
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.
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.
moved to adjourn and Krista seconded, motion carried.
next meeting will be held at a to be determined location, Oct. 10 at