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Meek named to board of directors
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Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills
State University, has been named to the board of directors of the
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
IACBE is a premier
specialized accrediting body for business degree programs in higher
education. The business program at BHSU is a member of IACBE and was
reviewed last March.
Meek will serve the
remainder of the term for the north central director from who resigned
during the summer. The north
central region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota,
North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Meek
plans to attend his first meeting Sept. 19 in Chicago. He will also
attend the directors’ meeting at the 2004 annual conference in
IACBE accredits undergraduate and graduate degree programs in
business and business-related fields. This includes institutions with
U.S.-based regional accreditation and international institutions without
U.S.-based regional accreditation.
IACBE's mission embraces business education worldwide. It services
the accreditation needs of baccalaureate and graduate degree-granting
institutions worldwide through its headquarters in Lenexa, Kan. and
through seven U.S.A. regional centers and an international center.
Meek joined the BHSU faculty in 1999. He
has a Ph.D. in statistics from Case Western Reserve University and a
bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cleveland State University. Meek
is the co-author of the texts Business Statistics and Statistical
Analysis for Business Decisions and more than 45 publications in
journals, books and refereed proceedings. He also has co-authored 16
case studies and given numerous presentations and seminars, both
domestically and internationally.
Stillson to present at
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Stillson, algebra instructor at Black Hills State University, will
present at an annual integrating technology conference at the University
of North Dakota. She has
also had a related article accepted for publication in a math and
computer education journal.
Stillson will present, “Smart ALEKS…or Not? Teaching Basic
Algebra Using an Online Interactive Learning System.” Stillson will
give an overview of an online learning system known as ALEKS (Assessment
and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) and how students learn as their
progress is monitored.
Her presentation discusses how to give students the opportunity to
work online and learn math concepts at their own pace.
The conference “Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into
Teaching and Learning” highlights regional faculty and
administrators’ experiences and successes with technology in various
learning environments. The conference will be Oct. 23-24 in the Memorial
Union at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
Stillson submitted an article concerning the online learning system
that has been accepted for publication in the The Mathematics and
Computer Education Journal (MACE).
Stillson, who joined the BHSU faculty in the fall of 1998, earned a
math/education degree from North Dakota State University and a master of
science in curriculum and instruction from BHSU in 2002.
Black Hills State to host
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A delegation of Thailand business people and high-ranking officials,
including the Thailand ambassador to the U.S., will visit Black
Hills State University this month to learn more about the region and
discuss opportunities for increased economic and tourism ties.
The BHSU Center for Tourism Research is making arrangements for the
Thailand delegation’s visit which will include a meeting at BHSU with
state and regional business and tourism leaders.
Sakthip Krairiksh, the Thailand ambassador to the United States, and
his Team Thailand will visit BHSU and the Black Hills community Sept. 26
through 28. Team Thailand is a trade delegation comprised of the
consul-general of Thailand in Chicago, the economic counselor from the
Thailand Board of Investment, the director of the Thailand Trade Center
in Chicago and the director of the tourism authority of Thailand in Los
Angeles and their associates.
Krairiksh will lead a presentation to give a brief overview of Thai-U.S.
relations, the general situation in Thailand, as well as opportunities
for increased economic and tourism ties between Thailand and the state
of South Dakota. The members of Team Thailand will also provide a short
briefing about their respective spheres of responsibilities followed by
a question and answer session.
Siriporn Sujithamrak, assistant tourism professor at BHSU who is
originally from Thailand, said, “Thailand is one of the top 15 earners
for tourism. This will be an excellent opportunity to explore the
possibility of joint ventures and learn from the Thailand visitors. We
will have the opportunity to learn why they are doing so well with
She said the ambassador chose to visit Spearfish and the South Dakota
region because he has heard many wonderful things about the area and
they are interested in expanding their market to the less populated
regions of the United States.
“They are doing very well in big cities, so this is an opportunity
for them to visit a new region and explore tourism and business
opportunities here,” Sujithamrak said.
For details contact the BHSU Center for Tourism Research at 642-6435.
Community Band rehearsals begin - top
Rehearsals for the Black Hills
State University Community Band begin Monday,
Sept. 15 and are scheduled for every Monday evening from 7 p.m. to 9
p.m. in the band room in Meier Hall.
All interested musicians are
invited to join the community band. There is no audition or age limit
and the group is open to anyone who plays a wind or percussion
There will be two concerts this
fall, including the BHSU Christmas Concert. Participants should be
prepared to play at the first rehearsal. For further information call
Christopher Hahn, BHSU band director, at 642-6888 (days) or
Fall 2003 Film Series
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Black Hills State University will once again host a series of films
throughout the fall semester. This fall the BHSU Honors Program is
sponsoring a series of four films, which will be featured on Thursdays
at 6 p.m. in Jonas 305.
The film series will begin Sept. 18 with “The Pianist,” the
winner of five Oscars that was directed by Roman Polanski in 2002. In
this film Wladyslaw Szpilman, a brilliant pianist and a Polish Jew,
witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital. As
his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps, he
escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.
The next film in the series, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,”
directed by George Clooney in 2002, will be shown Oct. 16. This movie is
the story of a legendary showman’s double life – television producer
by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck
Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert
operative. Or so Barris said.
“Skins,” the third film in the series, will be shown Nov. 13.
This film is an inspirational tale, based on Adrian C. Louis’ 1995
novel, about the relationship between two Lakota Sioux Indian brothers
living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. Filmed on and around Pine
Ridge and the Black Hills by Chris Eyre, director of “Smoke
The final film of the Fall 2003 Film Series, “Real Women Have
Curves,” will be Dec. 4. Directed in 2002 by Patricia Cardoso, the
movie depicts the life of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American
teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. Just graduated from high
school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University, but her
traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help
provide for the family, not the time for college. Torn between her
mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage, she works to find her
place in the world as an American and a Chicana.
All films are open to the public at no charge. Details are available
For more information contact David A. Salomon, BHSU assistant professor,
at email@example.com or
BHSU will host state disc
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The South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Championship Tournament will be
held at the Black Hills State University campus disc golf course
Saturday, Sept. 20. Five-year champion, Don Altmyer of Spearfish, will
defend his title against Rapid City’s Scott Caesar, runner-up for the
past five years.
Walk up registration will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. At 10 a.m. the
tournament will begin at hole 1, located on the northwest side of campus
behind Thomas Hall dormitory. The $20 entry fee entitles each
participant to a “player package” including a custom glow mini disc,
disc golf sticker, disc golf booklet and a continental breakfast. Net
proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Spearfish Relay for
The format for the tournament will be two 18-hole rounds. The first
round will be played to the short position disc golf baskets. After
round 1, the disc golf baskets will be moved to their longest positions
making the second round more challenging. Prizes will be awarded in the
novice, intermediate and advanced divisions. Prize sponsors for the
tournament are the BHSU Bookstore, Discraft Golfing Discs and Spearfish
Relay for Life.
Sept. 21 marks the six-year anniversary of the BHSU campus course,
the first official 18-hole disc golf course in South Dakota. Currently,
there are 1,213 disc golf courses in the United States and another 243
courses worldwide. South Dakota has nine disc golf courses, located in
Spearfish, Rapid City (2), Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Watertown, Pierre,
Vermillion and Yankton.
Disc golf is like traditional ball golf in that each player attempts
to complete each hole in the lowest number of throws. To complete each
hole, the disc is thrown into a metal basket with a hanging array of
metal chains that serve to catch the disc and drop it into the bottom of
the basket. It is popular for players of all ages and skill level due to
its low cost of equipment, no green fees and one-hour playing time for
an 18-hole round.
For further information call Altmyer, tournament director, at
642-6266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty research funds
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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 309, or can be
printed from the committee 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 Sept. 19 at noon.
Applicants are encouraged to contact committee members for advice
prior to completing their proposals. The
members are John Alsup, Earl Chrysler, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi
(chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer.