Record number of master's
degrees awarded at Black Hills State University winter commencement
ceremony - top
than 200 Black Hills State University students were candidates
for graduation at the 144th Black Hills State
University commencement ceremony Saturday in the Young Center.
Sixty master’s degree candidates took part in the
hooding ceremony during commencement which shows a significant
increase from the number of graduate degrees awarded in recent
years. Other graduates included three bachelor
|of arts degrees, 90 bachelor of
science degrees, 43 bachelor of science in education degrees,
and 17 associate degrees.
The increase in the number of graduate degrees, which were
all education curriculum and instruction majors, is due in part
|BHSU master's degree
graduate Samantha Weaver takes part in a hooding ceremony by
professors Tim Molseed (left) and George Earley (center) as BHSU
president Thomas Flickema (right) looks on during the recent
commencement ceremony. Weaver was one of 60 candidates for
master's degree. More than 200 students received their diplomas
at the ceremony.
|the establishment of
cohort groups. According to Tim Molseed, education professor and
coordinator of graduate studies, three cohort groups, which
consist primarily of practicing teachers, completed requirements
for their degrees and are graduating this semester. These cohort
groups first began meeting in the fall of 2000 in the
communities of Spearfish, Rapid City and Hot Springs. Currently
there are two additional cohort groups in Rapid City as well as
two cohorts with students completing their degree entirely
online. Molseed said that a third online cohort is scheduled to
begin next semester.
The cohorts and online courses are examples of convenient
class options now offered by BHSU. The majority of the
university courses are presented on campus in Spearfish;
however, courses are also available at three locations in Rapid
City including the branch campus at Ellsworth Air Force Base,
the Rushmore Building near Western Dakota Technical Institute
and on the campus of the School of Mines and Technology.
Additional courses are available through distance learning
options including online, videoconference, and correspondence
Klarenbeek passes exam to
become a certified health education specialist - top
Klarenbeek, health educator at Black Hills State University, was
recently notified by the National Commission for Health Education
Credentialing, Inc. that she has passed the national examination to be a
certified health education specialist (CHES).
The benefit of
national certification is that it establishes a national standard for
the health education practice different from state and local
certifications and registries. The exam attests to the knowledge and
skills deemed necessary to the field of practice as delineated by the
profession, assists employers in identifying a qualified health
education specialist and assures the employer that services are provided
by professionals who have met national standards.
The CHES exam
includes the seven areas of responsibility and the 27 related
competencies as delineated in A Competency-Based Framework for
Professional Development of Certified Health Education Specialists.
The areas of responsibility are: 1) assessing individual and community
needs for health education; 2) planning effective health education
programs; 3) implementing health education programs; 4) evaluating
effectiveness of health education programs; 5) coordinating provisions
of health education services; 6) acting as a resource person in health
education; 7) communicating health and health education needs, concerns
The CHES exam
is a criterion-reference test. The criteria are a set score for passing
the test as determined by the National Commission for Health Education
Credentialing that represents a fixed standard of knowledge and is
independent of candidate performance on the test.
in her second year as an instructor at BHSU. She has a bachelor’s
degree from Westmar College and a master’s degree from South Dakota
State University. She previously taught in the Spearfish school district
and was the school
safe and drug free coordinator. Klarenbeek has also
done consulting work for the past 12 years for the Department of
Education and Cultural Affairs.
present awards to Black Hills State University student organizations
student organizations at Black Hills State University, the Black
Hills Association for the Education of Young People and Sigma
Tau Gamma, were recently honored by the South Dakota Board of
The award for
academic excellence was presented to the Black Hills Association
for the Education of Young People at Black Hills State
University. The goal of this organization is to be an advocate
for young people in the community. Educational events and
activities are held by the group in order to highlight the
importance of child development. Darlene Swartz, retired BHSU
professor and former advisor for the group, accepted the award.
Activities sponsored by this group include
Week of the
Young Child, the Pumpkin Patch Youth Fair, a Swarm Day carnival
and decorating Christmas trees for a benefit auction.
Sigma Tau Gamma
received an award for organizational leadership at BHSU. Sigma
Tau Gamma provides the entire student body with alternative
events to build a better community on campus while
Swartz, retired BHSU professor and former advisor for the Black
Hills Association for the Education of Young People accepts an
award for academic excellence for the BHSU student group from
South Dakota Board of Regents president Harvey C. Jewett.
to serve as every
member's family away from home.
Sig Tau members
Shawn Travis, a sophomore mass communication major from Platte;
Todd Nelson, a senior business administration major from
Newcastle, Wyo.; Geno Pesicka, a junior marketing major from
Rapid City; and Patrick Fink, a sophomore mass communication
major from Sturgis; attended the Board of Regents meeting to
accept the award.
Harvey C. Jewett presented the awards on the board's behalf.
"The Board is always proud to acknowledge the hard
work and commitment of our students.
Participation in student organizations is a great way to
build character," said Jewett.
Travis (left) and Todd Nelson (center) accepted the Regents
award for organizational leadership for Sig Tau Gamma. Regent
president Harvey C. Jewett (left) praised the group for their
South Dakota Stock Market Simulation results announced
The fall 2002 South Dakota Stock Market
Simulation (SDSMS) ended Friday,
Dec. 13. The traditional day of
"bad luck" held true for the stock market as all three major
market indices were down for the week.
total of 101 teams participated in the fall simulation. Below is a list
of the divisions. The top teams, who received prizes ranging from $30 to
$60 per team based on final rank and number of teams in each division,
are given for each of the three divisions.
The SDSMS is an educational program based
on a real-life simulation of the stock market. This 10-week simulation
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.
The Spring 2003 SDSMS will begin on
Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, and will run for
10 weeks ending Friday, April
25, 2003. Online registrations will be accepted at www.sdakotasms.com
beginning Jan. 2, 2003.
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 email@example.com.
Souper Study Session provides
gallons of soup while students study - top
A group of students at the Souper Study Session Tuesday, Dec. 17
take a break from studying for finals to enjoy bowls of soup provided by
United Ministries and Student Support Services in conjunction with the
United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, All Angel's Episcopal
Church, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Approximately 225 people
consumed 19 gallons of soup according to Jean Helmer, United Ministries
BHSU Women donate to Child
Care Center - top
Ardean Wessel and Micheline Hickenbotham, representatives from
the BHSU Women, present a check for $110 to Diane Mabey, Child Care
Center coordinator. Children at the Child Care Center are shown
holding toys also donated by the BHSU Women.
Committee minutes - top
The University Assessment Committee met Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
in Jonas 103.
Present were Earley, H. Johnson, Pearce, Norby, Calhoon, Siewert,
Schamber, J. Miller, and Lembcke. Cook, Haislett, Myers, Altmyer, and
Gallagher were absent.
The committee reviewed the following reports and made
- American Indian studies was accepted as is.
- Political science was accepted, pending modifications.
- Spanish was accepted as is.
- Math was accepted as is.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.
At the meeting the committee will consider the theatre, music,
psychology, English, and speech reports.