Welcome to Black Hills State
University - top
- Lorraine Talks, purchasing assistant, University Support
CSA position open to
status Career Service employees - top
The following Career Service position is open but limited to status
Career Service employees of Black Hills State University:
- Office supervisor, Student Support Services
For more information, view the information on the Human Resource
web page or contact
the Human Resource Office.
CSA positions open -
The following Career Service positions are open:
- Custodial worker, Facilities Services
- Custodial crew leader (two positions), Facilities Services
For more information, review the employment opportunities on the
Human Resource web page
or contact the Human Resource Office.
representatives appointed for presidential search
Eleven people have been appointed by the South Dakota
Board of Regents to serve as campus community representatives on the
Black Hills State University Presidential Search and Screen Committee.
“We will look to these people to play a significant
role in the search process for Black Hills State’s new president,” said
Regent James Hansen of Pierre, who chairs the search. Other regents
serving on the search committee are Kathryn Johnson of Hill City; Randy
Morris of Spearfish; and Harvey Jewett of Aberdeen, ex officio member.
Named as campus community representatives and the
constituencies they represent are:
- Community – Robert Knapp, president of
Great Western Bank
- BHSU Foundations – Beth Benning, Spearfish
city finance officer
- Alumni – Larry Vavruska, president of the
BHSU Foundation and retired Spearfish School District business
- Executive Team – Dean Myers, vice
president for academic affairs
- Career Service Employees – Myron Sullivan,
campus security supervisor
- Administration – Ben Sayler, director of
the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education
- Faculty – Betsy Silva, associate professor
of physical education; Mary Rogers, assistant professor of human
- Students – Megan Wyett, special
education/elementary education senior; Kelly Kirk, history/political
- Institutional Collaboration – Charles Ruch,
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology president
Working with the search committee will be Robert T.
Tad Perry, executive director of the Board of Regents, and Mary Turman,
the board’s executive assistant. James B. Appleberry of Academic Search
Consultation Service will be a consultant to the committee and regents
during the search process.
BHSU President Thomas Flickema recently announced his
plans to retire July 1, 2006, after more than 11 years as president at
the Spearfish campus.
Siemens to have paper
published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Dr. David Siemens, assistant biology professor at
Black Hills State University, will publish a paper this fall in an
international peer-reviewed biology journal. Siemens also presented
research, which was conducted with several BHSU students, at a national
and an international conference this summer.
The paper, “Tests of parasite-mediated
frequency-dependent selection in natural plant populations of a clonal
plant species,” which was co-authored by Bitty Roy, from the University
of Oregon, will be published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
In the paper, Siemens and Roy present results from several tests
conducted to determine whether parasitism was a function of the
frequency of occurrence of organisms.
According to Siemens, because rare genotypes may be
resistant to parasites, and because a result of sexual reproduction is
rare genotypes, the question asked was fundamental to understanding the
evolution of sexual reproduction. The professors found that advantage of
rarity depended on the type of parasite, and that in the system studies
there was no advantage of being rare because the most prevalent
parasites found, and were more successful on, rare genotypes.
Siemens also presented two papers this summer. He
presented the first paper, “Simultaneous evolution of drought tolerance
and defense against herbivores in Boechera strica, a close wild
relative of Arabidopsis,” at the annual meeting of the Society
for the Study of Evolution in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The paper, which was co-authored by BHSU students
Riston Haugen and Lexi Steffes, assesses the simultaneous evolution of
drought tolerance and defense against herbivores in plants by studying
genetic and environmental variation and co-variation of tolerance and
defense. According to Siemens, this is an important study because
defense is not usually studied in the context of other environmental
factors and usually not with an evolutionary perspective.
The authors found that plants may be able to switch
between alternative defense strategies depending on drought conditions,
and that drought conditions also influenced genetic co-variation and the
simultaneous evolution of tolerance and defense.
Siemens presented “Gene expression in biologically
meaningful contexts: Functional genomics in close wild relatives of the
model organism Arabidopsis thaliana” at a Gordon Conference on
Evolutionary and Ecological Functional Genomics (EEFG) in Oxford,
England. This paper was co-authored by BHSU students Haugen and Tyler
The paper presented a work in progress that is
investigating whether genes for defense are expressed under competitive
environments and to check to see if evolutionary tradeoffs between
defense and competition might be detected in patterns of gene
expression. The work was conducted on a close wild relative of a model
organism for which the entire genome has been sequenced so the molecular
tools to address these questions were available.
Siemens received his master’s degree in biology and
his Ph.D. in zoology from Northern Arizona University. He has been a
member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.
BHSU receives grant to
assist with education mandate - top
Black Hills State University, along with Montana State
University-Billings and Casper College, recently received a three-year
$1.5 million grant for a joint effort to address a requirement under the
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act that all instructional staff meet
"highly qualified" criteria by the end of the 2005-06 school year.
School districts in South Dakota and neighboring
states are facing a looming deadline to address this requirement. Most
rural school districts in western South Dakota, as well as in
neighboring states, have severe budget constraints and do not have
resources to support the required education and training for
paraprofessional staff, according to Dr. David Calhoon, chair of the
department of education.
Paraeducators, commonly known as teacher’s aids and
teacher’s assistants, are in great demand. However, they are not well
paid and generally cannot afford to further their formal education.
Calhoon notes that paraeducators are the lowest paid individuals charged
with helping to educate children. He adds that the number of
paraeducators has grown at a significant rate in the last decade.
Data from the January 2005 South Dakota Department of
Education Consolidated Performance Report indicates that during the
2003-04 school year, only 59 percent of paraprofessionals met the
“highly qualified” requirement. By June 2006, 100 percent must meet this
requirement according to the NCLB act.
This tri-state grant, from the U.S. Department of
Education, is collaborative and each state will have a unique approach
to provide training opportunities for paraeducators. The overall goal of
this grant is to guarantee that participating paraeducators in these
rural western states achieve the status of highly qualified through a
number of activities.
Calhoon and Dr. Pat Simpson at BHSU are coordinating
the efforts in South Dakota through a Rural Site-Bound Paraeducator
Program recently established through the College of Education at Black
Hills State University.
Through this grant, BHSU is working with school
districts statewide to offer several options to help current
paraeducators complete requirements to become “highly qualified” by the
end of the 2005-06 school year. The grant money is being used for
tuition support for paraeducators to enroll in classes that will put
them on the path to reaching the “highly qualified” criteria.
Paraeducators can meet the legislative criteria by earning 48 hours
toward a degree in education.
Paraeducators, in South Dakota and surrounding states,
are generally site-bound and the distance from their home and workplace
to a university makes it difficult to take traditional on-campus
classes. BHSU currently collaborates with Northern State University to
offer a paraprofessional program through distance learning options.
Courses are offered on campus and through distance learning options.
BHSU is also organizing workshops to help the
paraprofessionals prepare to take and pass the national Praxis exam by
the 2006 deadline which is another way to reach the “highly qualified”
status set by the national legislation. BHSU will contract with DIAL, an
educational service organization that has already developed and provided
this training, to provide these sessions.
The paraeducator program staff members will also work
to establish academic credit for paraeducator experience through the
development of modules to demonstrate content knowledge.
Simpson has already begun to recruit paraeducators in
school districts throughout the state who wish to become highly
qualified through the two-year degree option. She will also work with
school districts to develop ongoing plans for training, recruitment and
retention of paraeducators.
For more information about the Rural Site-Bound
Paraeducator Program at BHSU, please contact Simpson by email at
or call 642-6132 during the day or 722-7850 evenings and weekends. Her
office is located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union
Skywalk, room 203.
Major railroad collection
donated to library - top
Bobbi Sago, special collections
librarian, mends pages of the "Register of Enginemen at Deadwood,” one
piece of a collection of Black Hills Railroad materials recently
received by the Case Library at BHSU. The collection was donated by
Joseph R. Douda of Westmont, Ill., and includes more than 35 large
format drawings and maps and other written documents relating to area
railroads. The registers will be microfilmed so the information can be
used without further damage to the fragile documents.
The first installment of what promises to be a very
significant collection of Black Hills railroad materials arrived at the
Black Hills State University Case Library for Western Historical Studies
this summer. The donation comes from Joseph R. Douda of Westmont, Ill.,
and includes more than 35 large format drawings and maps and other
written documents relating to area railroads.
According to David Wolff, associate history professor
at BHSU, one of the more interesting maps details the Chicago and
Northwestern (C&NW) narrow gauge lines through the Bald Mountain and
Ruby Basin mining districts. Drawn by the railroad company in 1914, the
map not only highlights the C&NW rail lines, but also the Burlington’s
and the area mines.
“This is an invaluable piece for anyone interested in
these historic mining regions,” Wolff says.
Another fascinating map details the C&NW rail lines in
Rapid City. Stretching for 12 feet, this map shows the main line,
sidings and businesses served by the railroad.
Among the written documents is the “Register of
Enginemen at Deadwood” from 1927-1958. This is a full record of daily
train activity in Deadwood, listing what trains came to town and left,
their point of origin or destination, the engines used, and the
engineers and firemen involved, on a daily basis. From the pages of this
register come the intimate details of railroading in Deadwood over a
The donor of this collection, Douda, has been studying
Black Hills railroading for over 50 years. In the process he has
collected a massive amount of primary documents about the area
railroads. This donation is just one part of his collection. Douda has
written two manuscripts on Black Hills railroads but has decided not to
publish them at this time. Instead, he is beginning to make his
collection available to others.
Wolff went to Illinois this summer to visit with Douda
about his collection and to bring back this initial donation. The Case
Library is on the second floor of the E. Y. Berry Library Learning
Center on the Black Hills State University campus and is open to the
public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Student senate president will
give presentation about recent trip to Israel -
Megan Wyett, the student senate president at Black
Hills State University, will give a presentation about her recent trip
to Israel Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union market place.
Wyett was one of 14 university student senate
presidents from eight Midwestern states to spend a week in Israel this
summer. The trip was part of the 12th annual Seminar in Israel for
University Student Body Presidents hosted by Project Interchange, a
division of the American Jewish Committee. The seminar, travel and
housing costs for the group were paid for with donations from the
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and South Dakota state
Sen. Stanford M. Adelstein.
The seminar focused on Israel's disengagement from the
Gaza Strip, peace in the Middle East and the Arab-Jewish coexistence.
Students met with Israeli and Palestinian policy makers, academic and
government officials, journalists, economists, agriculturists, members
of the military, students and other citizens at sessions in Jerusalem,
Tel Aviv and Masada.
Wyett, a senior education major from Casper, Wyo.,
will discuss several topics including the disengagement from the Gaza
strip, the statehood of Israel, religion, culture, and her personal
reflections on the trip. Wyett will be serving Humus, pita, Israeli
chocolates and other various goodies.
For more information contact 642-6378.
BHSU offers workshop to help
teachers prepare for fall 2005 SDSMG -
Black Hills State University will host a free workshop
Thursday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon to help teachers prepare for the
fall 2005 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG). The
workshop will be held in Clare and Josef Meier Hall room 205.
The SDSMG provides course content materials that
conform to national standards in economics, math, business education and
personal finance. These resources have inspired teachers to integrate
the program into classes from fourth grade to college.
“Teachers who use the Stock Market Game will be
well-positioned for the South Dakota Board of Education mandate
requiring economics and personal finance to be high school graduation
requirements as of fall 2006,” Don Altmyer, SDSMG coordinator at BHSU,
The SDSMG, the only stock market simulation program
endorsed by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education, is an
innovative tool that motivates students to build lifelong learning
skills. According to Altmyer, teachers of social science, math,
business, computers, accounting, personal finance, language arts and
gifted studies have successfully integrated the SDSMG into their
classes. Last year, nearly 1,000 South Dakota students from 40 schools
across the state participated in the program.
The fall 2005 SDSMG will begin Monday, Oct. 3.
Registered teams of three or four students will begin with $100,000 in
hypothetical “cyber dollars.” These teams will conduct online research
and stock trading over a 10-week period using real-time prices. The
teams with the highest valued portfolios by Friday, Dec. 9 will receive
cash prizes and awards. Prizes will be awarded in three divisions:
middle school (grades 4-8), high school and college.
Registration fees are $10 per team. This fee includes
all teacher materials, student team materials and support including
newsletters with stock market information and a variety of business and
economic topics to stimulate student discussion in the classroom.
Teachers sponsoring eight or more teams will receive a free eight-week
subscription to the Wall Street Journal delivered to their
classroom for students to read current news about particular companies
The registration deadline for the SDSMG is Sunday,
Oct. 2. To register visit www.smgww.org
and click on the button marked “Register Now.” Then select USA/South
Dakota and follow the prompts to enter your school, subject and number
Sponsors for the SDSMG are the BHSU Center for
Economic Education, the Central States Securities Industries Association
and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.
For more information about the SDSMG contact Altmyer
at 642-6266 or email
DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu. See the BHSU Center for Economic Education
www.bhsu.edu/businesstechnology/cee for sample newsletters, computer
requirements, student tutorials about buying and selling stocks online,
and other teacher and student resources to easily integrate the program
into a variety of subjects and grade levels.
Music faculty member to
present recital - top
Dr. Janeen Larsen, pianist, and Dawn
Kennedy on violin, will accompany Christopher Hahn in a faculty recital
Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Clare and Josef
Meier Hall. The recital will feature Hahn on trumpet in solo, duo, and
Black Hills State University music instructor
Christopher Hahn will present a recital Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in
recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus.
The recital, titled “One….Two….Three,” will feature
Hahn on trumpet in solo, duo, and trio settings. Joining Hahn will be
pianist Dr. Janeen Larsen, Dawn Kennedy on violin, and Amanda Scott on
trumpet. Admission to the recital is free and donations will be taken at
the door to support music scholarships at BHSU.
According to Hahn, the concert will feature a cross
section of musical styles from the 20th and 21st centuries.
“Most people think of modern music as full of weird,
strange noises,” says Hahn, “but much of what was written is very
accessible and enjoyable to everyone.”
The recital will include a 1912 cornet solo by
virtuoso Herbert L. Clarke and a fiendishly difficult solo work by
Malcolm Arnold, a British trumpeter and film composer (Bridge on the
River Kwai). There is also a trumpet duet that pits the players against
each other in a show of one-upsmanship, and a beautiful trio for
trumpet, violin, and piano by New York composer and Juilliard instructor
Larsen, chair of the division of fine and performing
arts at BHSU, is well known throughout the area as a classical and jazz
pianist. Kennedy, concertmistress of the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, has
an active freelance career in the area. Scott, from Custer, is a junior
at BHSU studying music and art.
Hahn is the band director at BHSU. Hahn, a California
native, received his bachelor’s degree in music history and literature
from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. While there he
studied with Gilbert Johnson, former principal trumpet with the
Philadelphia Orchestra. Hahn earned a master’s degree in music history
from the University of Wyoming where his principal teachers included
Janet Griffith, William Stacy and Ted Lapina.
For more information contact Hahn at 642-6888.
Juneks will lead Swarm Day
parade - top
Jerry and Carol Junek, longtime supporters of the
university, have been chosen as Swarm Day parade marshals this year. The
annual Black Hills State University homecoming parade is scheduled for
Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Homecoming events are scheduled throughout the week at
BHSU. The events culminate with the parade, tailgate socials and
football game on Saturday. The parade will follow a route that begins at
the Young Center parking lot, travels south on St. Joe, turns left on
Jackson Boulevard and then turns right on Main Street and ends at Grant
Street. Currently there are more than 40 entries registered for the
The Juneks were chosen to lead the parade to recognize
their longstanding support of the university and community. Jerry and
Carol have both been active in a number of varied community
organizations, according to Steve Meeker, director of institutional
Jerry has lived in Spearfish since 1931 when he moved
here with his family from eastern South Dakota at the age of 11. He
attended Black Hills Teachers College from 1938-40. Jerry was active in
many student activities, played basketball and participated in chorus
while attending BHSU. Jerry took the Civil Pilot Training course while
attending BHSU, which was useful when he joined the Army Air Force in
1942. After seeing the first B24s come off the line in a plant owned by
Henry Ford in Detroit, Jerry served as a crew chief for the B24s with
the 29th Bomb Squadron until World War II ended in 1945.
After the war, Jerry continued in the family auto
sales business in Spearfish and became an active community and
university supporter. Through the years he has served as chairman of the
United Methodist Church Building Committee; Chamber of Commerce
president; school board president; president of the Green and Gold Club
for Black Hills State University, and continues to promote fund raising
for athletic scholarships. Jerry received the BHSU Presidential Award
and is an honorary member of the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame. He was
recognized as the Green and Gold Booster of the Year in 1991. Jerry and
his late wife, Betty, received the Spirit of Spearfish award in 1986.
Jerry received for his recognition as a 60-year member of the Chamber of
Commerce, for the family business.
Carol graduated as a cadet nurse from the Presentation
School of Nursing in 1947. She spent most of her professional life
working as a librarian, first at the Sturgis Public Library and later as
the reference librarian at the Health Sciences Library at Rapid City
Regional Hospital. In 1974, Carol was honored as the Librarian of the
Year by the South Dakota Library Association and in 1997, the
association presented her with the Distinguished Service Award.
Carol was one of the founders of the Sturgis Area Arts
Council; served as State Central Committeewoman of her political party;
and was a charter member and president of Zonta in Sturgis. She has also
served as the United Church Women president; PEO president; president of
the South Dakota Library Association and served on the Advisory Boards
for Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the Senior Citizens and the South
Dakota State Library.
Jerry and Carol (Davis) were married in December 1997
after both had lost longtime spouses.
Black Hills State names
homecoming royalty - top
BHSU crowned its 2005 Swarm Day
royalty members during a coronation ceremony Thursday night. Royalty,
from left to right, are: King Jesse Julius, Queen Emily Varland,
Princess Megan Fitzgerald and Prince Blake Schumacher.
Jesse Julius, a senior business administration-travel
and tourism major from Watertown, and Emily Varland, a senior mass
communications major from Gregory, were crowned Swarm Day king and queen
during Thursday night’s coronation ceremony at Black Hills State
Also honored were Swarm Day prince Blake Schumacher, a
sophomore elementary education major from Hot Springs; Swarm Day
princess Megan Fitzgerald, a junior social science major from Belle
Fourche; Swarm Day mom Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos, BHSU psychology
professor, and Swarm Day dad Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, BHSU political science
Other members of the royal court included king
candidates Patrick Fink, a senior mass communications major from
Sturgis; Seth Gudmunson, a senior communication arts and mass
communications-photography major from Watertown; Nicholas Koontz, a
senior psychology major from Sturgis; and Joshua Stanton, a senior vocal
music major from Miles City, Mont.
Queen candidates were Rachel Braaten, a senior
elementary education major from Thermopolis, Wyo.; Nicole Krcil, a
senior elementary education major from Wagner; Jessi Moeller, a senior
elementary education major from Hartford; and Erin Power, a senior
outdoor education major from Bismarck, N.D.
Prince candidates were Joseph Herzog, a sophomore mass
communications major from Miles City, Mont.; Joel Sletten, a junior
business management major from Irene; and Ian Vytlacil, a sophomore
speech/theatre and mass communications major from Box Elder.
Princess candidates were Kelly Kirk, a sophomore
history and political science major from Beulah, N.D.; Sara Schafer, a
junior speech communication major from Rapid City; and Lily Van Vlack, a
junior elementary education major from Rapid City.
Homecoming week activities will conclude Saturday,
Sept. 24 with the annual Swarm Day parade at 10:30 a.m. and football
game at 1:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Hollywood Homecoming." For more
information contact the Swarm Day office at 642-6418.
Winners announced for Swarm
Week disc golf tournament - top
Andrew Kliewer watches as Robin
Johnson putts during the Swarm Week disc golf tournament this week. Kliewer placed second in the student division. A tournament in honor of
the 10th anniversary of the BHSU disc golf course is set for Sunday,
Sept. 25 at 9 a.m.
Twenty community members and students competed in the
annual Swarm Week disc golf tournament at Black Hills State University
Winners in the student tournament were: Riley Brenner,
a freshman from Sioux Falls, first, with a score of 46; Andrew Kliewer,
a sophomore from Rapid City, second, with a score of 47; and Kelly
Uttecht, a junior from Huron, third with a score of 47.
The top three placers in the community members
tournament were: John Anderson, Rapid City, and Don Altmyer, Spearfish,
who tied for first place; Quinton Piekkola from Spearfish placed second
with a score of 46; and Riley Brenner from Sioux Falls finished third
with a score of 47. The top players in each division received prizes
from the BHSU Bookstore funded by the Swarm Days Committee.
A tournament in honor of the 10th anniversary of the
BHSU disc golf course is set for Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. For more
information contact Altymer at 642-6266.
Other students who took part in the tournament
included: Christopher Braddy, a freshman from Rapid City with a score of
49; Robin "Brice" Johnson, a senior from Sheridan, Wyo., with a score of
49; Jason Scott, a senior from Redfield, with a score of 51; Tyler
Voorhees, a junior from Tulare with a score of 55; Cody Stoner, a junior
from Tulare with a score of 56; Nick Harford, a junior from Redfield
with a score of 56; Dan Maher, a junior from Rapid City with a score of
57; Will Prentice, a sophomore from Spearfish with a score of 58; and
Andrew Hatlestad, a junior from Baltic with a score of 59.
Others competing in the community disc golf tournament
were: Dave Meddings from Lead with a score of 52; Tony Spelsen from
Spearfish with a score of 52; Will Prentice from Spearfish with a score
of 55; and Adam Rydavist from Spearfish with a score of 57.
Japanese students complete
exchange program at BHSU - top
Gifu City Women's College
students, who spent 16 days at Black Hills State University this summer,
visit the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery during one of many field trips. The
students completed course work in English as a second language and Black
A group of 23 Japanese students from Gifu City Women’s
College recently completed a 16-day exchange program on the campus of
Black Hills State University.
According to Dr. Roger Miller, coordinator for the
program and geography professor at BHSU, plans are being made for BHSU
students to travel to Japan next summer. He noted that the students will
have the opportunity to sample the hospitality supplied by hosts in
Japan because they will stay in private homes.
Miller traveled to Gifu City early this summer to meet
the 23 girls who later came to BHSU as a part of the Gifu Exchange
Program. The Gifu students arrived on the BHSU campus Aug. 4 and lived
in Pangburn Hall for most of their stay. While at BHSU, the Gifu
students took classes for credit in English as a Second Language and
history of the Black Hills.
The group also participated in two major field trips:
one to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where a powwow and horseback
riding were highlights of the day; and one to the Southern Hills with
visits to Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore National Monument, Crazy Horse
Memorial, and the Wild Horse Sanctuary. The students also participated
in two experiences unique to the Black Hills region: a hike to the top
of Bear Butte and a stop in Sturgis during the annual motorcycle rally.
The group visited the Black Hills Mining Museum and had the opportunity
to pan for gold. Miller noted that a visit to the Passion Play, where
the students participated in the event as extras, was also a popular
event. Other activities included a trained dog demonstration and a hike
around the base of Devil's Tower in Wyoming.
The exchange program also offered the Gifu students a
chance to experience everyday life with several local families during a
“Staying with local families left permanent positive
impressions with the girls as well as the local families,” Miller said.
He added that meals provided at local homes provided a look at many
American cuisines and gave the students the opportunity to see how South
Dakotans live and eat.
BHSU community invited to
volunteer for the Mt. Rushmore Marathon and Crazy Horse Half Marathon
The 27th running of the Mt. Rushmore Marathon and
Crazy Horse Half Marathon is under new management this year with
aspirations to make the event one of the premier destination marathons
in the country.
The revamped event, scheduled for Oct. 7-9, will
provide a festive atmosphere and, with community support, has the
potential to include more than 5,000 participants over the next 10
Sponsors, volunteers and participants are needed
according to John Rounds, sponsorship coordinator. He noted that 50
percent of all cash sponsorship goes directly to the United Way of the
Black Hills. Volunteers are needed to help out at aide stations, packet
pickup, setup, teardown, chip collection, traffic control, etc
Participation opportunities range from a kids fun run Sunday morning in
Hill City, 5K run/walk, half marathon, marathon, and marathon relay.
Additionally, people are encouraged to participate in
the “United We Stand” competition. This award will be given to the
business, group or organization with the highest number of participants.
The winner will receive $500 donated to the United Way of the Black
Hills in their name, recognition on the website and at the awards
For more information see
or call 331-0030.
Graduate Council minutes
The BHSU Graduate Council met Tuesday, Sept. 20 at
3:30 p.m. in Jonas 104.
Present were: Siemens, Dana, Fuller, Austin, Ahmad,
Earley, McGrath, Bukralia, Molseed, and Andersen. B. Smith and MacKaben
Chair welcomed new members Siemens, McGrath, Bukralia,
The council discussed and made changes to the
operational guidelines for 2005-06. A motion was made, seconded,
and approved to adopt guidelines as amended.
Approval of new graduate faculty
The council approved the following as new permanent
- Nancy Hall
- Amin Sarkar
- Parasarathi Nag
- Patricia Simpson
- Rajeev Bukralia
- Michelle Hovland
- Mary Husemann
Judy Neighbours was approved as temporary graduate
Reports on the degrees
- Master of Science in Business Services
Management - Dana reported that last year the College of
Business reviewed the graduate program and put new goals in place.
The number of currently enrolled students is 16 and there are two
graduate assistants for this year.
- Master of Science in Curriculum and
Instruction - Molseed reported that the MSCI program continues
to grow. There are six cohorts with two online, two on campus and
two off campus. The total number of enrolled students is 80 plus.
BHSU is in the preliminary stages of reviewing adding a masters in
math/science or adding it to the MSCI. Molseed also thanked the new
reference librarian, Alicia Caldanaro, and Rajeev Bukralia for their
help with the MSCI students.
- Master of Science in Integrative Genomics
- Siemens reported that he and Dr. Downing had rewritten the
intent to plan and were working with Dr. Paul Gough from the central
office to move the program forward.
Employee tuition reduction
Chair reported that there had been a request that the
council recommend to the vice president for academic affairs that the
issue of employee tuition reduction for state employees taking internet
courses be reviewed and if possible changed to reduce any inequities in
rates so state employees could be encouraged to take more graduate
courses. A motion was made, seconded, and passed.
Report by new library director Rajeev Bukralia
Bukralia spent about 10 minutes discussing his views
on what the state of the library was and his vision of its future. He
indicated that he was willing to work with faculty and students to
support the mission of the university and also to improve the library.
He also indicated he is willing to work with distance learning faculty