Volume XXVI  No. 47 • Dec. 20, 2002

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Record number of master's degrees awarded at Black Hills State University winter commencement ceremony - top 

More 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 to 

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 courses.

Klarenbeek passes exam to become a certified health education specialist - top

Sandy 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 and resources.

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.

Klarenbeek is 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.

Regents present awards to Black Hills State University student organizations - top

Two 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 Regents.

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 

Kids Night Out, 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 

Darlene 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.
promoting brotherhood 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.

Regents president 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. 

Shawn 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 hard work.

Final South Dakota Stock Market Simulation results announced - top

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.


A 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 donaltmyer@bhsu.edu

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 director. 

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.

University Assessment 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 recommendations:

  • 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.

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