Wallerstein named MAWA Review's
Preferred Scholar - Top
Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of English at Black Hills
State University, has been named the 2003 Preferred Scholar of the MAWA
Review, a major African-American literary journal sponsored by the
Middle Atlantic Writers Association, for his contributions to the
journal. His contribution discussing Audre Lorde’s poetry was recently
published in the journal.
Wallerstein’s article, “Audre Lorde and the Poetics of African
Spirituality in The Black Unicorn” traces the influence of
African religious symbolism in the poetry of Audre Lorde. In particular,
the article argues that Lorde’s book of poems, The Black Unicorn, finds
a source of strength and resistance in sisterhood and motherhood—both
important feminine principles in Lorde’s poetry.
The article examines Lorde’s use of her own mother and metaphorical
sisters—those various women whom Lorde views as being a part of the
struggle for liberation—to represent a response to racial and gender
oppression in America. Wallerstein reveals the symbolic significance of
Lorde’s poetry, which recaptures the power that exists in the
spiritual heritage of African Americans by morally, intellectually, and
spiritually expanding the idea of the motherhood and sisterhood. Images
of Africa as a motherland teeming with the goddesses that inhabit the
religions of the Dahomey and Yoruba people are portrayed.
Wallerstein received his doctorate in English at the University of
Oregon in 1989. He later received his master’s in theology at Harvard
Divinity School and began teaching at BHSU in 1997.
Anderson receives grant to study lava flows
on Mars - Top
Steven Anderson, professor of geology and planetary science at Black
Hills State University, recently received a research grant from NASA’s
Mars Fundamental Research program to study the formation of transverse
ridges on large Martian mass flows.
The three-year $150,000 grant is a joint project with Dr. Stephen
Baloga at Proxemy Research in Bowie, Md. The funds will be used for a
theoretical study of wave forms that develop on lava flows and
landslides under Martian surface conditions.
Anderson and Baloga have worked together the last five years
doing research projects on lava flows in Hawaii.
Anderson will conduct research on images transferred from the Mars
Orbiter Camera, one of many instruments on the Mars Global Surveyor
spacecraft now in orbit. He will examine the undulations on the surface
that look much like ocean waves. These “waves” though are actually
rock surfaces and landslides that are preserved when they stop. Anderson
said there is a possibility of BHSU students being involved in this
research project, especially if he finds an interested scholar with a
very good math background.
“This is a highly mathematical study,” Anderson said. “I’ll
be looking at the details on the rock surfaces to see if they can give
us more information on how they are formed in a different
Anderson is also currently involved in several other major research
projects. He is funded through 2005 by a $250,000 NASA Planetary Geology
and Geophysics program for a project titled “Studies of Coronae and
Large Volcanoes on Venus: Constraining the Diverse Outcomes of
Small-Scale Mantle Upwellings on Venus” with principle investigators
from Proxemy Research. Anderson is a principle investigator on an award
of nearly $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study
geology students’ misconceptions with researchers from the University
of Indiana and Harvard University. Anderson along with investigators
from the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz., and the
University of Pittsburgh, is also in the final year of a $145,000 grant
from NASA to study the formation of lava flows on Earth and other
Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology at Arizona State University in
1990 and has published multiple articles and papers on his research
related to volcanoes and lava flows. He has been a member of the science
faculty at BHSU since 1991.
BHSU alumna passes entire CPA exam in one
sitting - Top
Accounting students preparing for the stringent Certified Public
Accountant (CPA) exam can find solace in the achievement of recent BHSU
graduate Traci Cockrell who successfully passed all four parts of the
exam in one sitting recently.
Cockrell, who is now an auditor with Ketel Thorstenson, LLP,
graduated with honors from BHSU in May 2001 with a bachelor’s degree
in professional accountancy. Her overall grade point average of 3.96
indicates that she was a hardworking, dedicated student. That work ethic
carried over to her professional career and played a major role in her
success with the CPA exam.
“Study, study, study,” is the advice that Cockrell has for
current students or graduates facing the comprehensive and difficult CPA
exam. Cockrell said she was intimidated going into the exam since she
had heard that the pass rate for those taking the exam for the first
time was around ten percent.
“I was confident enough to realize that if I studied hard enough I
knew I could pass,” she said. “I studied really hard for the May
2002 exam during tax season. I took the exam in May and waited for the
results. I received the results in August and found out I had passed all
four sections. What a relief.”
And what an accomplishment for Cockrell. According to Don Altmyer,
associate business professor at BHSU, 80 people took the spring exam
that was held in two South Dakota locations. Only two passed all four
parts of the exam at that time. The two-day exam is only given twice a
year, in May and in November, and includes four parts: auditing,
business law, accounting and reporting and financial accounting and
Cockrell said she enjoyed her accounting classes at BHSU and noted
that the business administration classes were a good change of pace and
quite interesting for her. She also credits her work experience as being
instrumental in passing the exam. As Cockrell began to apply the
concepts she learned in class in her day-to-day functions at work, she
found success. Her degree
and her work experience combined with a tremendous amount of studying
proved to be a successful combination for Cockrell.
“Accounting classes build on each other, so I don’t think there
is one class that helped me more than any other for my career,” she
said. “My work experience helped tremendously.”
Cockrell, who is originally from Sturgis, began her college career
with plans to graduate with a bachelor of science in business
administration with a specialization in accounting but eventually
decided to pursue the professional accountancy degree.
While attending BHSU, Cockrell was part of a developing honors
council group and tutored students at the Student Assistance Center for
“Traci was a very good, hardworking accounting student,”
according to Altmyer, one of her former professors. “I’m very happy
to see her doing well in her career and wish her continued success.”
Altmyer lauded the
achievement of Cockrell as well as other recent BHSU graduates who have
successfully passed the CPA exam. He recalls two students, Dylan Wilde,
Class of 2001, and April Trancynger, Class of 2000, who a year ago
passed all four parts of the exam in one sitting.
Cockrell plans to continue her work at KTLLP where she works on
audits for various commercial, nonprofits and governmental agencies. She
recently met the one-year experience requirement and now only has to
pass the ethics exam to receive her license.
The next CPA examination is scheduled for the first week in November.
Students facing this daunting undertaking can look to the success of
Cockrell for inspiration and encouragement as they prepare for the
examination and aspire for a similar outcome.
named Milken Family Foundation award winner - Top
|Kari Jungclaus, a Rapid City
teacher who earned her master’s degree from Black Hills State
University in 2000, was honored with the Milken Family Foundation
National Educator Award recently. Jungclaus was South Dakota's first
recipient of the award and one of three in the state this year.
Foundation chairman Lowell Milken compared the award to winning an
Olympic medal or an Oscar. The Milken awards were created in 1985 to
reward, retain and attract the highest caliber professionals to schools.
The honor comes with a $25,000 award to be used by the teacher in
way they choose.
“Research shows that there
is no greater factor in successful student learning than the quality of
teachers in our schools, the work of highly regarded educators is rarely
recognized,” Milken said. "What's
said is, we don't do enough to reward our teachers. Greatness in
education should be recognized, too."
Jungclaus was shocked when
the Milken Family Foundation and several state education dignitaries
showed up at her school for the surprise announcement of the award.
However Dr. Tim Molseed, one of her former
|Kari Jungclaus reacts
with surprise at being honored with the prestigious Milken
Award. Jungclaus was shocked with the announcement but one of
her former professors at BHSU says he’s not at all surprised
after seeing the quality of her graduate work.
|professors at BHSU who was
impressed with the extraordinary quality of Jungclaus’ work as a
graduate student, said the award designation didn’t surprise him at
“Kari was an exceptional
graduate student. She was very studious, very engaging, a hard worker,
not to mention very intelligent,” Molseed said.
Jungclaus uses the
combination of these qualities along with her exceptional creativity and
her compassion for students to be an excellent teacher.
The daughter of an educator,
Jungclaus said she feels she was destined to be a teacher. As a young
girl she enjoyed going to her mother’s classroom. Later she spent
years “teaching” her younger siblings as they played school complete
with activities and even a grade book.
Jungclaus now provides
students with individualized, child-centered instruction, using
technology and hands-on materials to convey curricular concepts.
She also uses creative methods of teaching, playing the piano and
singing songs, rewriting lyrics and reciting poems. One example of her
creativity is a program called the “Crayon Factory,” in which her
students collect old crayons, melt them and remold them into candy
molds, which they then package and distribute to other classrooms and
daycare centers. Jungclaus said she feels that the most important aspect
of being a teacher is building a rapport with students so they feel
valued and are inspired to learn.
Jungclaus, who has taught
for nine years, was also named the 2001 Golden Apple Recipient among
elementary teachers in the Rapid City School District. Her fellow Rapid
Valley teachers nominated her for her creativity in teaching and her
work to establish and build the school's multi-age classrooms.
Jungclaus is a mentor to new
teachers and area teachers often visit her classroom to observe and
teach with her. Parental involvement is important to Jungclaus, who
coordinates an end-of-year Parent Appreciation Night and celebration of
learning. Students share portfolios of their work, read from journals
and writing folders and show videos of special events held during the
Dignitaries on hand for the
award presentation at the Rapid Valley school were South Dakota's first
lady Mary Dean Janklow, state education secretary Ray Christensen, Rapid
City mayor Jerry Munson, Rapid City School superintendent Pete Wharton
and representatives of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce and PTA.
Other BHSU alumni who have
been honored with this prominent award include Kathleen Engle, Class of
’80, who received the award in 1997; David Buus, Class of ‘74, who
was honored in 1994; and Thomas Williams, Class of ‘75, who was named
a Milken award winner in 1991.
As Jungclaus looks to the
future, she knows she will continue to be involved in education and
hopes to expand her leadership role as a change agent for her school and
by keeping current on education issues. Jungclaus advises future
teachers and all college students to follow their hearts as they choose
their career paths.
“Do what you believe in.
If you try to do something just because you think that’s what people
want you to do, it won’t work. To be successful do what you believe
Jungclaus followed her heart
from her mother’s classroom in a small North Dakota town through
college as she first earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Minot
State and then went on to earn master’s of science degree in
curriculum and instruction from Black Hills State University. Jungclaus’
dedication and success is now apparent in the hearts of the students she
teaches and by the respect of her colleagues as evidenced by the awards
she has earned.
followed her heart from her mother’s classroom in a small North Dakota
town through a college education career and right into the hearts of the
students she now teaches. Jungclaus was honored recently as South
Dakota’s first-ever Milken Award Foundation National Educator Award.
(Photos courtesy of the
Former basketball players return to BHSU for
the Round Ball Reunion - Top
Black Hills State University will host former basketball players at a
Round Ball Reunion Oct. 25 and 26 in Spearfish.
Thirty-seven former BHSU basketball players plan to return to their
alma mater for the reunion that includes a scrimmage with the current
Yellow Jacket teams. This event will give Yellow Jacket fans a chance to
see former players in action including two Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame
inductees and former basketball star players, as well as the opportunity
to get a preview of the 2002-03 teams.
Anyone who played basketball at BHSU is invited to register for the
event by contacting Terri Wells at the alumni office at 642-6446. The
registration form is available on the BHSU alumni website at www.bhsu.edu/alumni. Registration forms can be faxed to 605-642-6845.
The basketball scrimmages, which are open to the public, begin
Saturday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. for the women and at 7 p.m. for the men.
Alumni basketball players who choose not to play will be recognized
during a special program at the games.
Former men’s basketball players who will take to the hardcourt in a
scrimmage against current players include Matt Burgess, Jeremy Carter,
Mark Gould, Forest Horton, John Karinen, Kris LeDuc, Aaron Manning,
Eldon Marshal, Brant Miller, Tory Schwartz, Jeff Stevens, Brian Sudrala,
Nate Vogel, and Wade Wilkinson. Women basketball players returning are
Diede (Rossow) Baldwin, Melissa Braegger, Dawn (Batterman)
Curl, Sara (Wells) Klein, Coleen (Herber) Letellier, Tracy (Winjum)
Meyers, Kim (Rochlitz) Niemann, Phyllis Parkhurst, Cindy (Winjum) Riss, Annie Rossow,
and Jody (Wherley) VerHey.
Alumni who have registered to attend but chose not to play include
Lee Albert, Roger Bell, Otis Eastman, Scott Graslie, Jerry Junek, Gene
Wagner, John Wilkinson, Morris Zempel, Steph Anderson, Kerry Bell, Beth Bentley,
and Kathleen (Packard) Engle.
In addition to the exciting basketball action, fans will have the
opportunity to become part of the action in a shootout contest with a
$10,000 prize. The Round Ball Reunion is part of a full weekend of
Yellow Jacket sports events which also includes two intercollegiate
volleyball games and the final home football game of the year.
virtual tour featured on national website - Top
A virtual tour of the Black
Hills State University campus, created to give potential students a
preview of the campus, is currently featured on the national website CampusTours.com.
The virtual tour includes student audio narratives, integrated flash
animation and navigation and user-controllable panoramic images of the
campus. The BHSU virtual tour is presented in a 'guided' version in
which the tour runs continuously like a movie, and in an 'unguided'
version that permits the visitor to navigate the tour at their own pace.
The BHSU Web site also includes an interactive campus map, a video
library as well as a live campus Webcam which currently shows the
progress of construction of a new music/academic building on campus.
The BHSU virtual tour was developed by Paul Kopco, Webmaster and
instructor at the university. According to Kopco, users of the tour
“may have to wait a few moments for some components of the tour to
download and appear, especially if they don't have a high-speed internet
connection, but their patience will be rewarded.”
The BHSU virtual tour requires the most recent versions of the
Macromedia Flash and Apple QuickTime plugins. Links for these downloads
are included on the virtual tour page.
As technology savvy students
increasingly turn to the Internet for college admissions information,
virtual tours are rapidly becoming an important part of the college
selection process. In recent years virtual tours have become an
essential component of college Web sites, providing many prospective
students with their first glimpses of a college. CampusTours, a national
Web service to help students
with their college choice, has been at the forefront of this
emerging trend since 1996, working with over eight hundred colleges and
universities throughout the United States to promote, enhance and build
virtual college tours.
Steve Ochsner, dean of enrollment services at BHSU, said, “We feel
this virtual tour does a great job showcasing BHSU. Compared to other
schools our size, our tour stacks up very well.”
To view the virtual tour of the BHSU campus visit www.bhsu.edu
chose quick links, and then virtual tour.
BHSU fall band concert will feature the
effects of war and peace on music - Top
The BHSU concert band and chamber winds will present a concert
Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 pm in the Jacket Legacy Room in the David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BH campus. Much of this
concert focuses on the effects that war and peace have had on music.
In addition to marches and the Star Spangled Banner, the band
will perform music of Aaron Copland, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Les
Brown. The featured selection of the evening will be a new piece by New
York-based composer Eric Ewazen. A Hymn for the Lost and the Living
is a tribute to the World Trade Center disaster.
“This piece is new and we are probably the first South Dakota band
to perform it,” said director Christopher Hahn. “It is a very
powerful piece of music and the band is doing an outstanding job. Every
time we finish the piece, the band is silent for a moment as the impact
of 9/11, as told through the music, sinks in. As one band member said
‘You can hear the dust of the towers settling at the end of the
Admission is free. Donations will be
accepted to benefit BHSU music scholarships. Wind and percussion
players are invited to join the community band. For more information
contact director Hahn at 642-6888.
BHSU presents third film in series - Top
The third film of the 2002 Fall Film Series at Black Hills State
University, Iris, will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in
Iris depicts the life of the English writer Iris Murdoch and
her descent into Alzheimer’s disease. The film chronicles the love
story between Murdoch and her husband, John Bayley, covering the time
just before their marriage to Murdoch’s death in 1999. The cast of
this 2002 Academy Award winning movie includes Kate Winslet as the young
The final film of the series, Monster’s Ball, will be shown
Wednesday, Dec. 4.
All films are shown on DVD. Popcorn is provided courtesy of the BHSU
Residence Hall Association. Contact David Salomon at email@example.com
or 605-642-6240 for more information.
BHSU hosts first of three career
assistance programs Oct. 29 - Top
Black Hills State University Career Center and the College of Business
and Technology will host 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.
Approximately 18 companies
are registered for the career festival with part-time, full-time, and
internship positions available.
For those students
interested in continuing their education, six different universities
with graduate programs have registered. Some of the programs represented
are the law, medical, and chiropractic fields.
A list of registered
employers and graduate schools is available at www.bhsu.edu/careers by
clicking on ‘Career Job Fairs.’
As a part of “Stay on
Campus Weekend,” the BHSU Career Center will sponsor Career Education
Day, Saturday, 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 will present two
seminars, The Complete Job Search at 10 a.m. and Writing Your
Winning Resume at 11:15 a.m.
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
Combined team of BHSU and SDSM&T
wins Army ROTC Ranger Challenge - Top
For the third
year in a row the Mount Rushmore Battalion Ranger Challenge Team,
consisting of Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of
Mines and Technology students, won the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
team included co-captain Jordan Lanning, SDSM&T; co-captain Bryan
Woods, SDSM&T; Jeff Odell, SDSM&T; Michael McDaniel, BHSU; Greg
Ornelaz, SDSM&T; Wes Mulder, SDSM&T; Tammy Jo Gallagher, BHSU;
Cody Eardley, BHSU; and Ryan Batt, SDSM&T. Coaches were MSG Frank
Hall, SDSM&T, and SFC Cres Tumangday, BHSU.
consisted of six grueling events in an intense day that began at 6 a.m.
and ended around 10 p.m. The last event of the day was a forced 10K ruck
march carrying an additional 35 pounds. The team, which must contain at
least one female member, stays together throughout the march. If even
one member drops out of the march, the whole team is disqualified. As
the last event of a long day, many teams have a hard time completing the
march, let alone completing it with a decent time; however, the Mount
Rushmore Battalion finished the march at least three minutes ahead of
the second place team, Colorado State University.
to the team trophy, the three BHSU students received individual honors.
McDaniel, a senior physical education major from Faith, took first place
in the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) with a score of 387 out of 300,
receiving bonus points for exceeding the maximum standards on all three
sections of the test. Eardley, a freshman biology major from Mountain
View, Wyo., received the highest scores on the written patrolling test
and the hand grenade assault course. Gallagher, a freshman political
science major from Glasgow, Mont., the only female representative on the
team, scored over 300 on the APFT.
Seven other teams competed in the challenge: Colorado University –
Boulder Army, Colorado University – Boulder Navy, University of
University of Colorado Springs – A Team, University of Colorado
Springs – B Team, Colorado State University, and the University of
Northern Colorado. Colorado
State University received second place and third place went to the
University of Colorado – Boulder Navy ROTC.
Mount Rushmore Battalion Ranger Challenge Team, consisting of BHSU and
SDSM&T students, endures the vigorous 10K ruck march in which each
team member must carry 35 pounds. The Mount Rushmore
Battalion finished the ruck march approximately three minutes ahead of the second place
team and won the ROTC Ranger Challenge for the
third year in a row.
Fan bus may provide an opportunity to see BHSU
basketball games on the road - Top
Fans of the Black Hills State University basketball teams are trying
to arrange bus to travel to away basketball games this winter. The group
is interested in hearing from any fans, supporters, students or alumni
who may be interested in bus transportation to away games.
The first possibility for an organized bus trip is to Dakota Wesleyan
and Mt. Marty Nov. 8 and 9. Tentative plans call for the bus to depart
Friday, Nov. 8 in time to arrive in Mitchell for the women’s game.
After an overnight stay in Mitchell, the bus will depart for Yankton for
the games at Mt. Marty and then return to Spearfish.
Contact Ron Schoenthal at 642-8105 by Nov. 1 to make arrangements
for this trip.
The fan bus trips would be planned primarily for away games when both
the men and women play on a Friday and Saturday night.
The estimated cost for the bus transportation and motel
accommodations is $120-$150 per couple based on double occupancy. The
actual cost will be determined by the number of people making the trip.
To further assess interest in the possibility of a BHSU fan bus,
organizers ask all interested people to call Schoenthal and leave their
names and phone numbers. People will then be contacted prior to
basketball games with details about bus trips. Organizers note that this
is an opportunity to leave the driving to someone else and enjoy
exciting Yellow Jacket basketball action.
Dakota Stock Market Simulation standings announced - Top
The current standings for the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation (SDSMS)
have been announced for the fall 2002 stock competition.
The SDSMS is an educational program based on a real-life simulation
of the stock market. This educational tool is offered cooperatively by
the South Dakota Council on Economic Education, the BHSU Center for
Business and Entrepreneurship, and the BHSU Center for Economic
Teams of students from fourth grade through the college level
research and select a portfolio of stocks. Each team is given $100,000
of "play" money to invest. Trading results for each portfolio
are reported daily. A weekly coordinator newsletter, curriculum
materials and lesson plans help teachers assist students in learning
about the United States economic system and basic concepts in business,
math, economics, language arts, social science and computer information
systems. Students also learn about stock market trading; public
ownership of companies; costs, risks, and rewards of financial
decision-making; teamwork and research skills.
A total of 101 teams are
currently participating in the fall simulation. Below is a list of the
divisions. The top teams are given in each of the three divisions
for week two of trading, as of Friday,
For additional information contact Don Altmyer, SDSMS coordinator and
associate professor in the College of Business and Technology, by mail
at USB 9025, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9025; by phone at 642-6273; or by email
Information may also be found on the SDSMS website at www.sdakotasms.com.