Volume XXVI  No. 42 • Nov. 8, 2002

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Angela Case, library associate, Library
  • Fawn Homestead, child care worker, Child Care Center
  • Lee Ann Skeie, child care worker, Child Care Center
  • Brian Ullrich, program assistant II, University Support Services

Wallerstein will present paper at Western Michigan University this spring - Top

Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of English at Black Hills State University, has been invited to present a paper this coming May at the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, sponsored by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University.

Wallerstein’s paper titled “The Ubi Sunt Problem in Beowulf’s Lament of the Last Survivor” has also been accepted for publication in the journal In Geardagum: Essays on Old and Middle English Language and Literature.

Wallerstein received his doctorate in English at the University of Oregon in 1989 and later received his master’s in theology at Harvard Divinity School. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1997.

Hesson publishes sixth edition of Weight Training for Life - Top

Dr. James Hesson, professor of physical education at Black Hills State University, has recently published the sixth edition of Weight Training for Life. Margie Hesson, instructor in South Dakota State University’s nursing program in Rapid City, and Dr. Larry Tentinger, former assistant professor of physical education at BHSU and current assistant professor at the University of South Dakota, served as contributing authors.

Weight Training for Life is designed to help beginners build a foundation of knowledge and practice in weight training. Full-color photos demonstrate exercises while the text guides students in designing and continuing a safe, personalized, effective and enjoyable weight training program. Forms are included to help the reader write goals, plan a personal weight training program, and record strength and muscle endurance measurements.

Although five previous editions of the book have been published, the new edition includes a revised structure, updated information, and more than 45 new full-color photographs. Nutrition topics have been updated to reflect the latest dietary guidelines. Weight training information related to women has been updated to reflect the increase in women actively participating in training programs. Additional exercise guidelines, consistent with the recommendations of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine standards, have been included.

To ensure the book presented the most up-to-date and accurate information available, Hesson reviewed new research published and presented at national meetings, new textbooks related to health and fitness, competing textbooks in the field of weight training, popular weight training publications, and popular trends in weight training and physical fitness. He attended three national meetings, the National American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance meeting in San Diego, Calif., the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in St. Louis, Mo., and the National Wellness Conference in Stevens Point, Wis.

Hesson earned his doctor of education degree at Brigham Young University in 1980. He has been a professor of biokinetics in the division of physical education and health at BHSU since 1990. Hesson’s other projects include working with athletes and coaches each summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and frequently serving as an author and textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill and other educational publishers.

BHSU substance use education class conducts open forum - Top

The BHSU substance use education class will conduct an open forum to discuss tobacco issues Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The forum will be held in room 214 of the Young Center and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. For more information contact Sandy Klarenbeek at 642-6042.

BHSU faculty to perform at Journey Museum - Top

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Rodgers, Black Hills State University music faculty members and friends will present a concert of Rodgers’ best known songs Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.

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.

Rodgers' extraordinary contributions, in a career that spanned six decades, influenced the future of musical theatre. His hits ranged from Hollywood to Broadway and beyond. In his lifetime Rodgers wrote more than 900 songs and 40 musicals for Broadway and was honored with many awards including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.

Donations will be used for BHSU music scholarships. For more information call 

BHSU Career Center to hold job search workshop for teachers - Top

The Career Center at Black Hills State University will sponsor “The Complete Job Search for Teachers” workshop Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 
Jonas 107.

The workshop, designed especially for teachers, includes the following sessions: “Writing the Winning Resume” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., “Credential Files: What Are They and How Do I Get One?” from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., “Interviewing Tips for Teachers” from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and “A+ Job Search Strategies” from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All workshops and career fairs are open to the public at no charge. 

For more information contact the Career Center at 642-6277 or email wildbill@bhsu.edu.

Campus calendar events - Top

In the mood for a concert, a play, a game, or maybe a movie? When is that lecture again? The searchable BHSU On Campus Calendar can be found on the BHSU home page under "quick links." To get your calendar items listed email the event information to the University Communications office.

Fourth week standings in South Dakota Stock Market Simulation announced - Top

The stock markets finished the month of October with the best one-month performance in nine years as all three market indices showed double-digit percentage gains. Better than expected third quarter company earnings fueled the bullish sentiment. Further, Gross Domestic Production (GDP), the broadest measure of economic activity, increased 3.1% in the third quarter after rising only 1.3% in the second quarter of this year.


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 four of trading, as of Friday, Nov. 1.

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.


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.

CSA Council agenda for Nov. 14 meeting - Top

The CSA Council will meet Nov. 14 and 9:30 a.m. in the first floor conference room in Woodburn Hall. The meeting will be called to order by the president followed by discussion of the following items:

  • Agenda - additions, changes, approval

  • Minutes of Oct. 10 meeting - changes or corrections

  • Treasurer's report - local account balance, scholarship fund balance

  • Committee reports - Linda Allbee will present the Strategic Planning report. Cheryl Leahy will present the Safety & Facilities report. Krista Schroeder will present the Welcome Bags report.

  • Old business - bylaws motion vote, HLC accreditation visit, RCSAC report from Jeanne Hanson (deferred from Oct. 10)

  • New business - Anita Haeder will talk about new employee orientation and mentoring.

  • Continuing discussion - CSAC 2002 agenda questionnaire, CSA fall 2002 & spring 2003 activities

Grant opportunities announced - Top

The following grant opportunity was received Sept. 26 through Nov. 6 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Gender Diversity in Math (NSF). The National Science Foundation is inviting applications to broaden the participation of girls and young women in all fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through research, demonstration and dissemination projects to change education policy and practice. Letters of intent are due Dec. 20 for elementary and middle school informal education and Jan. 23 for high school, undergraduate, teacher and faculty development. Full proposals, requested on the basis of pre-proposal review, are due Jan. 31 for elementary-middle school and April 11 for high school-plus.

Faculty research funds available - Top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the Grants Office, Woodburn 218, or can be printed from their website

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites or research support for the production of creative work. Preference is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities. The next application deadline is Friday, Nov. 22 at 12 p.m.

The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup, Steve Anderson, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 

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