named assistant director of grants at BHSU - top
Hemmingson has been named assistant director of the grants and special
projects office at Black Hills State University.
experience in working with faculty and students and her success in
writing and administering a series of federal TRIO grants will bring
important new capabilities to the grants office and help ensure its
continued success,” Dr. Dan Farrington, director of grants and special
projects, said. He also noted that her experience with student success
programs would strengthen the external funding efforts in that area.
is looking forward to her new assignment with the grants office. "The success of the faculty and staff in securing grant and
contract funding in the past five years has been phenomenal,”
Hemmingson said. “One of my major roles will be to further expand the
capacity of the grants office to provide ongoing technical assistance
and support for faculty and staff efforts. I also hope to encourage and
generate new proposals related to student persistence and
previously director of student support services at BHSU. She has a
bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in curriculum
and instruction from BHSU. Hemmingson joined the BHSU staff in 1986.
will remain director of grants and special projects in addition to
taking on additional duties as the project director for a major
National Institutes of Health grant working on health disparity issues
with Indian tribes in Montana and Wyoming. The grants and special
projects office is being relocated to Woodburn 309.
addition of Sharon to the staff of the grants office is a demonstration
of the university’s commitment to continuing to develop external
funding options,” Farrington said.
photographs are part of a juried show at the Dahl Arts Center - top
by Steve Babbitt, associate professor of photography at Black
Hills State University, are part of a new juried exhibit at the Dahl
Arts Center in Rapid City.
The exhibit “Art of the New West” will
be featured in the Ruth Brennan and Central Galleries of the Dahl Jan.
17 through March 24. An opening reception will be held Jan. 17 from 7-9
Two of Babbitt’s gelatin silver prints
were selected to be a part of this exhibit that includes work by 34
artists. For this exhibit the Dahl Arts Center asked artists living and
working in the United States west of the Mississippi River to submit
contemporary work that contributes to a dialogue about the state of the
western ranch in the 21st century.
“The land, its people, and activities
feed directly into the work that is being done. This is a strong,
diverse investigation of the West,” said Theodore Waddell, juror.
Babbitt has been teaching classes in
journalism and photography at BHSU since 1994. He holds a master’s of
fine arts degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.
BHSU and Montana-Wyoming
Tribal Leaders Council awarded NIH health disparities grant - top
Black Hills State University is participating in a new program funded
by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities,
National Institutes of Health, to address significant health disparities
of American Indians in this region. The $1,050,000 three-year grant was
awarded to a consortium led by Black Hills State University (BHSU) in
partnership with the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council (MT-WY TLC),
Billings, Mont., Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs in Lead and the
Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, Rapid City.
Over the grant period, BHSU, the MT-WY TLC, and consortium members
will develop and strengthen a partnership between BHSU, tribes in
Montana and Wyoming, and tribal colleges that will provide a foundation
for ongoing efforts to reduce specific health disparities and build a
collaborative research infrastructure that will form the foundation for
a sustainable long-term research program. Faculty from BHSU and other
research partners will work closely with tribal health directors and
with faculty from tribal colleges.
Gordon Belcourt, M.P.H., executive director of the MT-WY TLC, will
serve as co-project director of the grant, working with Daniel
Farrington, D.V.M., Ph.D., the project director at BHSU.
“The Montana-Wyoming American Indian population has poorer health
status than most other American Indian groups and has much higher rates
of death from cancer, heart disease, injuries, and pneumonia and
influenza than the rest of the U.S. population,” Belcourt said.
“This grant and the partnership it establishes with BHSU and the
research consortium will lay the groundwork for developing the resources
and funding that will help us to begin to understand and improve health
for Indian people in this region.”
The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities,
National Institutes of Health (NCMHD/NIH) initiated the Centers of
Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health
Disparities, and Training (Project EXPORT) grant program in 2002. Twenty
academic institutions, including BHSU, received awards in the first
round of Project EXPORT grants in September 2002.
The project, “Building Healthy Indian Tribes in Montana and Wyoming
through Collaborative Research and Development,” began January 2003.
The initial year of the project will focus on three pilot studies that
will develop methodologies, data collection strategies, and research
findings on diabetic retinopathy prevention, motor vehicle accident
injury reduction, and accessibility and experiences with health care
systems. In addition, a community outreach and education project focused
on increased physical activity and nutrition will be developed and
implemented. Individual tribes in Montana and Wyoming will choose
whether to participate in specific pilot studies and community outreach
and education projects. In addition, all of the studies and outreach
projects will be designed and implemented with the input and
collaboration of tribal health directors and involvement of tribal
A purpose of the research grant is to augment and strengthen BHSU’s
infrastructure and capacity to conduct basic, clinical, behavioral, and
social sciences research aimed at addressing and ultimately eliminating
MT-WY Indian tribe health disparities as well as to develop
collaborative research arrangements with other research institutions.
The long-range objectives of the grant are to 1) build research capacity
for health disparities research in tribal colleges; 2) promote the
participation of health disparity groups in biomedical and behavioral
research and prevention and intervention activities; and 3) promote the
conduct of tribal health and/or other health disparities research.
Co-project directors at BHSU are Dr. Steven Andersen, department of
business and health care administration, Dr. Robert Schurrer, department
of wellness, and Lisa Bryan, M.S., director of the Center for Indian
Studies. Other co-project directors include Kathryn Langwell, M.A.,
senior fellow, Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs, and Dr. Jeffrey
Henderson, president and CEO, Black Hills Center for American Indian
The MT-WY TLC, comprised of Tribal leaders from the nine federally
recognized and one non-federally recognized tribe in Montana and
Wyoming, has a mission to promote the welfare of all the Indian peoples
of Montana and Wyoming reservations. The MT-WY TLC also includes the
MT-WY Indian Health Board, with representation on the Board of Directors
of the National Indian Health Board. The MT-WY TLC provides coordination
and direction to tribal health directors and to joint health projects
affecting all American Indians in Montana and Wyoming. The TLC also has
coordination and oversight responsibilities for tribal colleges on
reservation lands in Montana and Wyoming.
The Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs, founded in 1981, is a
nonprofit health policy research organization and provides objective
research and policy analysis on both United States and foreign health
systems. The organization has offices in Bethesda, Md., and Lead. The
center’s senior staff includes economists, health policy researchers,
statisticians, and sociologists. Of primary interest to center staff are
projects related to health care access and insurance coverage for
vulnerable populations, long-term care services for the elderly and for
persons with disabilities and quality health care financing and
organization. Project HOPE staff have also conducted extensive research
on issues affecting health care in rural America. The Project HOPE Walsh
Center for Rural Health Analysis, funded by the federal Office of Rural
Health Policy, is one of six national Rural Health Research Centers.
Henderson, a Lakota Sioux physician and board-certified internist and
epidemiologist, is also the principal investigator for an ocular health
pilot research study. Henderson has significant experience in planning
and conducting longitudinal cohort studies among American Indians. In
addition, efforts will be made to recruit a co-investigator for the
Ocular Health Pilot Study from among the faculty of participating tribal
colleges. Information about the study will be provided to all
participating tribal colleges. A goal of the BHSU Project EXPORT grant
is to involve faculty from BHSU and Tribal colleges in opportunities to
design and conduct health disparities research on an ongoing basis. The
intent is to recruit and involve junior faculty in all of the pilot
According to Belcourt, the ultimate success of Project Export will be
based upon several factors. “First, success will be determined by the
development of effective outreach and educational materials and programs
that address tribally-identified health priorities in Montana and
Wyoming and that can be used by tribes on an ongoing basis. Secondly,
Project Export will seek to obtain additional grant funds from
foundations and government agencies to support a wide range of new
health initiatives that result in improved health status of Indian
people in Montana and Wyoming. The project will also foster a spirit of
collaboration among the partner organizations and the Montana and
Wyoming tribes and tribal colleges to provide a foundation for ongoing
research and program development beyond the end of the project.”
BHSU, the only comprehensive liberal arts institution in western
South Dakota, has a service area that includes nine reservations. The
university will rely on the strengths of three diverse areas, the Center
for Indian Studies, the business and health care administration
department, and the wellness management department to conduct this
research. BHSU offers the only Indian Studies major in South Dakota. The
university also offers a health administration major and a wellness
management degree, which will be integral components of this research
“Our health care administration and wellness management departments
are strongly positioned to provide support for cutting edge research on
health disparities,” BHSU President Thomas Flickema said. He noted
that the project is compatible with the university’s strategic goals
and that this research will greatly strengthen research capabilities.
list announced at Black Hills State University - top
The academic affairs office
at Black Hills State University has released the dean’s list for the
fall 2002 semester. A total of 495 students were named to the dean’s
list. Students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or above while
taking at least 12 credit hours to be named to the dean’s list.
Students are listed by hometown or current place of residence.
Students collect more than
two tons of clothes for Argentina orphanages - top
Black Hills State University and Spearfish elementary schools worked
together in a clothing drive that was “overwhelmingly successful” as
they collected more than two tons of clothes that will be donated to
orphanages in South America.
Members of the
Human Services Club at BHSU organized the clothing drive and encouraged
spirited participation at the elementary schools by making
collection a contest among classes. Elementary students brought bags of
donated clothing to their classrooms for a period
of two and one-half
which accumulated to more
than two tons of clothes overall.
|Members of the Human
Services Club (left to right) Jeremy Taper, Jennifer Thurm and
Becca Wharton and Bob Stanelle (front), director of student
development, are surrounded by some of the clothes that were
collected during a clothing drive at the Spearfish elementary
schools. The BHSU Human Services Club will donate the clothes to
orphanages in South America.
students became interested in assisting in some way after a group of
BHSU students traveled to South America last spring during the BHSU
Career Center Global Opportunities tour. The clothes will be distributed
among several orphanages in Parana, Argentina, an area that currently
suffers an unemployment rate of more than 25 percent and has an
increasing rate of abandoned children with limited adoptions due to the
overall economic situation of the country.
a human services major from Curtis, Neb., and Jennifer Thurm, a pre-law
student from Rapid City, said they were amazed and surprised at the
generosity and responsiveness of the elementary students and their
students just kept bringing bags of clothes. It was completely
overwhelming. I just couldn’t believe it,” Thurm said.
is a giving community. These students were anxious to donate to help
others,” said Taper.
students received some extra motivation to donate as they competed
amongst their school for a pizza party. The students in Mrs. Wishard and
Mrs. Wendt’s classroom at East Elementary collected 382 pounds of
clothing to earn first place. At West Elementary the winning classroom
was Mrs. Hrinda’s classroom which donated 250 pounds of clothing. Many
classrooms donated more than 200 pounds of clothing.
Zamarripa, a political science student at a university in Parana who
also served as a tour guide and interpreter when the BHSU group visited,
is coordinating the distribution of clothing in Argentina. Several BHSU
students became friends with Zamarripa when she worked with their tour
group and remain in contact with her. With an active interest in helping
others, Zamarripa is eager to assist with this much-needed clothing
Due to the
overwhelming response and the volume of clothing collected, BHSU is
seeking financial assistance or direct donations from a transportation
firm to deliver these clothes to Argentina.
about three times as many clothes as we expected,” said Bob Stanelle,
director of student development. “We are now sorting and preparing the
clothes that will be sent. We are seeking volunteers to help prepare and
also to help fund the cost of shipping.”
attributes the success of the clothes drive to the hard work of the BHSU
students as well as the timing and the generosity of the community.
“Right before Christmas people were evidently in a giving mood,”
Stanelle said. “This is an example of what can be accomplished when
people work together.”
Every year the
BHSU Human Services Club coordinates a community service project.
Previously the club has donated Christmas presents to the Artemis
House and served as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.
Photography Gallery at
Black Hills State features design exhibition - top
Annual Design Exhibition is currently being held at the Black Hills
State University Photography Gallery in the basement of Jonas Hall.
illustrations and designs from the fall 2002 Advanced Computer
Publishing course are on display until Feb. 14. Works include magazine
covers, self-portraits, illustrated poems, and a variety of other design
Nelson, assistant professor of mass communications at BHSU, at
642-6422 or email@example.com.
BHSU Career Center hosts
career fair and interviewing skills workshop - top
During the month of
January the Career Center at Black Hills State University will host a
human services/non-profit organization job fair and an interviewing
skills workshop to help prepare students for future employment
The Third Annual Human Services/Non-Profit Organization Job Fair will
be held Thursday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller
Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. At the job fair students
can learn about various employment, volunteer, and internship
opportunities by talking to representatives of local and national human
service organizations. Sixteen employers are currently registered for
the fair. The list of employers can be found at www.bhsu.edu/careers
by clicking on the Career Fairs link.
An experienced recruiter who has interviewed over 16,000 students
will conduct an intensive all-day interviewing skills workshop Saturday,
Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The session will discuss why
recruiters ask the things they ask and what they are looking for in
responses. Those in attendance will experience six critiqued practice
interviews to improve confidence and personal interviewing skills.
All career fairs and workshops are free of charge and open to the
general public. Contact the BHSU Career Center at 642-6277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Prejudice Awareness Month
events continue - top
Activities that various groups at BHSU have organized to open
discussion about prejudice and raise awareness about the impact of
prejudice and raise awareness about the impact of prejudice on
everyone's lives continue throughout January, Prejudice Awareness Month.
A former Skinhead will speak at a lecture about hate groups
Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. He will relate his journey from hatred
to compassion and share first-hand knowledge of what motivates various
hate groups. He has been featured on the Today Show, Frontline, CNN,
MTV, and the Discovery Channel. The lecture is sponsored by the
University Programming Team at BHSU. Contact Megan Wyett at 642-6418 for
An interactive cultural awareness activity titled “Survivor: Exile
Island” will conclude the series Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the
David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place. Participants
will become members of one of two island societies. After members learn
the rules of their society, they will send delegates to the other island
to interact with that culture. The challenge of the cross-cultural
simulation is to survive in that culture without being exiled from the
island. Discussion will be held over free pizza after the simulation.
United Ministries and the Center for Indian Studies are co-sponsoring
this event. Contact student chair Becky Meyers at 717-5722 for more
There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome to attend.
Black Hills State will
host middle school science fair - top
The annual Spearfish Middle School science fair will be Friday, Jan.
24 at the
Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center field house. Typically 250-300
sixth, seventh and eighth grade students bring their science projects to
the Young Center for the fair, according to Charles Lamb. The displays
will be open for public viewing from 12-2 p.m. following the morning
Committee minutes - top
The University Assessment Committee met Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m.
in Jonas 103.
Earley, J. Miller, H. Johnson, DeJong, Siewert, Lembcke, and Schamber
were present. Absent were Calhoon, Pearce, Norby, L. Cook, Haislett,
Myers, and Gallagher.
The committee reviewed the following annual reports and made the
- Psychology was accepted as is with notes for changes next fall.
- Music was accepted as is.
- English was accepted pending modifications.
- Speech communication was rejected and returned for resubmission.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.
Reports to be reviewed are theatre, chemistry, and technology.
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 the 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, Jan. 31 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