Business students excel on
national exams - top
Black Hills State University business students who recently
participated in a national Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) scored
above the overall national average for the test.
According to Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the College of Business and
Technology at BHSU, business students at BHSU demonstrated that they
excel in all core areas of business. He noted that BHSU’s mean score for
the eight disciplines included in the test was 152.9, which is more than a
full point above the national mean of 151.6.
The MFAT is a national exit exam that is administered to graduating
students of many business schools throughout the United States. MFAT
tests are designed to measure the level of knowledge and understanding
achieved by students in various fields of study. Business students are
tested in such diverse areas as: accounting, economics, quantitative
business analysis, management, finance, marketing, legal environment of
business, and international business issues.
Results of the exam allow students to compare their level of business
knowledge to other students in the BHSU business program and to national
averages. Students’ overall scores allow the College of Business and
Technology at BHSU to evaluate curriculum and teaching effectiveness.
“With test scores exceeding the national average, we know that the
curriculum and teaching in the College of Business and Technology has
helped students be competitive in the business arena,” said Sarkar. “Our
faculty do an excellent job in preparing business students for the real
world. High scores on a standardized test like the MFAT bear testimony
of a higher level of teaching effectiveness at BHSU.”
Sarkar noted that recent modifications in the business bachelor’s
degree, including curriculum changes and degree modifications, have
enhanced the business administration program at BHSU.
“The bachelor’s degree in business administration at BHSU, after its
recent modification, is one of the best programs in South Dakota,”
Flickema featured on South
Dakota Public Radio talk show - top
Dr. Thomas Flickema answers a
question from Gary Ellenbolt, from South Dakota Public Broadcasting,
during a live radio broadcast of the statewide news show “Forum” which
was produced in front of the Spearfish Chamber office this week.
Flickema and Ellenbolt discussed enrollment at BHSU, concerns with the
possibility of Ellsworth closing, recent construction on the campus and
other issues during the radio broadcast. Ellenbolt also visited with
Jerry Krambeck, Spearfish mayor; Dave Peters, superintendent of the
Spearfish school district; Lisa Langer, executive director of the
Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce; Brian Walker, executive director of
Spearfish Economic Development Corp.; and Georgi Streetman, from
Creative Productions in Spearfish. Ellenbolt later met with several
other BHSU faculty and staff members as well as several students and
will produce a feature story concerning the progress and success at
BHSU. Internet access to the hour-long “Forum” show is available at
Black Hills State announces
May graduates - top
Nearly 350 candidates for spring and summer 2005
graduation participated in the 149th commencement ceremony at Black
Hills State University earlier this month.
Graduates are listed by hometown or current residence.
Degrees are indicated by the following – MS, master of science; BA,
bachelor of arts; BATS, bachelor of applied technical science; BS,
bachelor of science; BSED, bachelor of science in education; AA,
associate of arts; AS, associate of science.
Bachelor’s degree candidates who graduated with honors
are noted by the following designations: cum laude (cum), grade-point
average of 3.5 to 3.699; magna cum laude (magna), gpa of 3.7 to 3.899;
and summa cum laude (summa), gpa of 3.9 or higher. Associate’s degree
candidates who graduated with honors are noted by: with honor (honor),
gpa of 3.5 to 3.699; with high honor (high), gpa of 3.7 to 3.899; and
with highest honor (highest), gpa of 3.9 or higher.
See graduate list.
Grant opportunities announced
Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn
309, through Thursday, May 26. For copies of the information, contact
the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near
the information desk.
National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Summer Stipends
NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research
that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding
of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles,
monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics,
archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly
Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a
period of two months. Applicants may be faculty or staff members of
colleges, universities, or primary or secondary schools, or they may be
independent scholars or writers. Summer Stipends may not be used for:
research for doctoral dissertations or theses by students enrolled in a
degree program; specific policy studies or educational or technical
impact assessments; the preparation or publication of textbooks; studies
of teaching methods or theories, surveys of courses and programs, or
curriculum development; inventories of collections; works in the
creative or performing arts (e.g., painting, writing fiction or poetry,
dance performance, etc.); projects that seek to promote a particular
political, philosophical, religious, or ideological point of view; or
projects that advocate a particular program of social action.
Deadline: Applications will be accepted through Oct. 1, 2005.
Additional requirements and full details can be accessed through the
announcement, which is available at
We the People Grant Initiative (NEH)
To help Americans make sense of their history and of the world around
them, NEH has launched an initiative: We the People. NEH
encourages applications that provide a basis for the exploration of
significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and
that advance knowledge of the principles that define America. Proposals
will be evaluated through NEH's established review process and will not
receive special consideration. Summer Stipends provide $5,000 for two
consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must
work full-time on their projects for these two months, and may hold
other research grants supporting the same project during this time.
Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer
months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.
Individuals may apply for both a Summer Stipend and a Fellowship, but
they may not hold both in any given fiscal or calendar year.
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2005. Applications will be accepted at
http://grants.neh.gov beginning Aug.
1, 2005. For more information or to access the complete announcement go
FY-06 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2006
Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), a part of
the University Research Initiative (URI). DURIP is designed to improve
the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter
referred to as “universities”) to conduct research and to educate
scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by
providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment.
Deadline: Aug. 25, 2005. See
www.afosr.af.mil/docs/DURIP06BAA19May05.doc for complete information