Volume XXVI  No. 40 • Oct. 25, 2002

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Wallerstein named MAWA Review's Preferred Scholar - Top

Dr. 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

Dr. 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 environment.”

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 planets.

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 reporting.

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 two years.

“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.


Jungclaus 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 

any 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 all.

“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 year.

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 in.”

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.

Kari Jungclaus 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 Milken Family Foundation)


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.


BHSU 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 piece.’”

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 Jonas 305.

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 Murdoch.

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 davidsalomon@bhsu.edu or 605-642-6240 for more information.


BHSU hosts first of three career assistance programs Oct. 29 - Top

The 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 wildbill@bhsu.edu with questions.


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.

This year’s 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.

The challenge 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.

In addition 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 Wyoming, 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.

The 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.


South 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 Education.

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, Oct. 18.

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 at donaltmyer@bhsu.edu. Information may also be found on the SDSMS website at www.sdakotasms.com.


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