Welcome to Black Hills State
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BHSU one of several partners
in a $7.4 million grant - top
Black Hills State University is a partner in a $7.4
million grant that will benefit American Indians in South Dakota,
Montana, and Wyoming.
The University of South Dakota will serve as the lead
institution for the five-year grant that will create the Center for
Health Research with tribes in South Dakota-Montana-Wyoming. The grant
was awarded by the Department of Health & Human Services National Center
of Minority Health and Health Disparities Office at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH).
BHSU, the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health
Board, the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council (www.mtwytlc.com),
and Sinte Gleska University will partner with USD on this grant. Other
project affiliates include: the University of North Dakota, Columbia
University in New York, Oglala Lakota College and the South Dakota
Health Research Foundation.
“Black Hills State University is enthusiastic about
working with USDSM and with our tribal organization partners to continue
to develop the tribal participatory research model that has been an
integral aspect of our past and current health disparities research
program,” said Kathy Langwell, BHSU community outreach and education
core director for the new grant.
“This is an exciting new opportunity to use
partnerships between South Dakota universities, regional and national
universities, tribal colleges, and tribal health agencies to address
health care issues that are important to the tribes of this region,”
said Dr. Ben Perryman, principal investigator for the grant.
Through this unique relationship, the partners will
advance the science directed towards impacting health disparities for
American Indians, increase the number of researchers and professionals
from minority populations trained in biomedical and behavioral research
through the creation of a mentoring program with Sinte Gleska University
and increase the dissemination and utilization of scientific and health
information relevant to health diversity populations.
“This consortium of health professionals and dedicated
researchers will establish a new model of collaboration and partnerships
based on mutual respect and support between the professional and
grassroots organizations dedicated to providing a better health future
and outcomes for tribes of Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota through a
research model in which the tribes are acknowledged as equal
stakeholders in scientific research,” said Gordon Belcourt, executive
director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council.
The effort to increase the number of researchers and
professionals in biomedical and behavioral research will allow for the
creation of health disparities research projects based on tribal needs
and will result in the development of associated resource materials
specifically tailored for American Indians.
“As important as it is to bridge the communication gap
between Indians and non-Indians, it is even more crucial to bridge the
communication gap amongst our own tribal people,” said Carole Anne
Heart, executive director of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health
“Strengthening the capacity to communicate effectively
about health and related issues is the key to organizational success.”
Specifically, the grant will help fund a significant
study on Cultural Resilience and Adolescent Risk Behaviors by young
Indian people, fund an investigation into the role of prenatal alcohol
exposure in the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), stillbirth
and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) by tracking American Indian children
through age four, and create the opportunity for a different pilot
project to be conducted each year of the grant.
Additionally, this new grant will help provide
technical assistance, training and support to tribal health and physical
activities programs to conduct Community Child Health Needs Assessments
and to develop tribally-tailored programs to prevent and reduce
childhood obesity. Health information dissemination to tribal leaders,
tribal health and diabetes program staff, researchers, and others will
also be an on-going aspect of the grant.
Faculty members and recent
graduates write research article for national journal
A manuscript written by Black Hills State University
faculty members and recent BHSU graduates was recently accepted for
publication in a national journal.
The article, “Simultaneous evolution of
competitiveness and defense: induced switching in Arabis drummondii,”
will be published in the Journal of Plant Ecology.
The lead authors on this paper were Dr. David Siemens,
assistant biology professor; and recent BHSU graduates, Tessa Jones and
Shannon Kulseth. Jones is now a graduate student in geology at State
University of New York at Buffalo. Kulseth is now working as an
agricultural inspector for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture in
Co-authors include Dr. Mike Zehfus, BHSU associate
professor of chemistry; and Dr. Paul Brown, a biochemist at Trinity
University in Canada.
According to Siemens, the paper shows that some plant
species may have the ability to switch their defensive strategies
depending on their circumstances.
“We found that this particular plant species lowered
defensive toxins and increased compensatory growth when fed upon by
insect herbivores in competitive environments,” Siemens said. He noted
that the plant species occurs locally in the Black Hills, and the study
was conducted at BHSU.
Siemens, who received both a master’s degree in
biology from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in zoology from
Northern Arizona University, joined the BHSU faculty in 2002. Zehfus
joined the BHSU science faculty in 1998. He earned a master’s degree in
biochemistry at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in
biochemistry-biophysics at Oregon State University.
Miller chairs session at
geographic education meeting - top
Dr. Roger Miller, associate professor of geography at
Black Hills State University, recently participated in a national
meeting for geography educators.
Miller chaired a session called “From Australia to
Japan.” He also gave a presentation titled “The Spread of Australian
Rules Football,” which compared and contrasted the Australian sport with
the National Football League in the United States.
“This spatial analysis was able to find many
commonalities as both sports are virtually confined to one country
apiece, but still dominate their respective winter sports scenes,” said
The National Council for Geographic Education was
celebrating its 90th anniversary during the annual meeting in
Birmingham, Ala., which is about 300 miles northeast of New Orleans.
According to Miller, the theme of the meeting was Southern
Traditions--Continuity and Change.
Miller received his master’s degree in geography and
his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young
University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1991.
BHSU presents FASD conference -
Several dignitaries, including Senator Tim Johnson,
are expected to take part in a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
workshop sponsored by Black Hills State University and the Aberdeen Area
Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.
The one-day workshop, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 at
the Quality Inn, 1902 N. LaCrosse in Rapid City, is an effort to provide
the necessary knowledge and specific tools for effective and productive
outcomes at all levels of judicial contact with persons with FASD.
David Boulding, a Canadian attorney who is an advocate
for change in the legal system’s approach to persons dealing with FASD
issues, will present at the workshop. Boulding has spoken and conducted
training sessions regarding FASD legal issues at conferences in the U.S.
and a number of foreign countries. He has also written numerous articles
on this subject and is recognized as an expert on the legal implications
Senator Tim Johnson is tentatively planning to be at
the conference between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. Johnson recognizes the
importance of addressing the issues associated with FASD and recently
introduced legislation to advance research, prevention measures and
services for persons with FASD. (Johnson’s appearance is subject to
change depending on last minute changes in his schedule.)
For details contact Mary Rogers, BHSU director of the
FASD project, at 642-6615 or Peggy Gubbrud at 642-6204.
Home-Based Business Conference
will be held next week - top
A Home-Based Business Conference will be held on the
Black Hills State University campus Thursday, Nov.10 from 3-6 p.m. in
Meier Hall Room 205.
The conference is designed for people who are
searching for an extra income or a career where they determine their own
salary, hours and other details. Information technology is opening doors
for all kinds of new businesses by allowing for greater freedom of
choice. Individuals are taking advantage of these choices and are
creating home-based businesses to better fit their lifestyle needs.
This event is sponsored by the BHSU Center For
Business And Entrepreneurship, the University of Sioux Falls Center for
Women Business Institute, and the BHSU chapter of Students In Free
The conference will include sessions on writing a
business plan, marketing strategies, the basics of starting a home-based
business and tips on home-based business tax issues. In addition,
participants will have the opportunity to interact with existing
home-based business owners. This conference is a starting point for
individuals interested in a home-based business. The Home-Based Business
Conference will be a stepping stone for people to begin with and build
on in the future.
Participants can register and pay at the conference
Nov. 10. Checks for $30/person can be made out to BHSU SIFE. For more
information, call 605-642-6091 or email
Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations
for this event should call 642-6091 at least 48 hours prior to the start
of the conference.
“Mix It Up” event will be
held to promote global awareness -
The Global Awareness Committee at Black Hills State University will
be sponsoring a “Mix It Up” event for the university Tuesday, Nov. 15 in
the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union foyer from 11:30 a.m.
until 1 p.m.
Food and culture from several different countries will be shared.
"Mix It Up" is a national event to celebrate human differences. It is
described as a proactive way to eliminate racism and was founded by the
Southern Poverty Law Center.
According to Micheline Hickenbotham, co-chair of the Global Awareness
Committee, the event is designed to promote knowledge of international
cultures and intercultural communication.
“As the call came in to invite schools around the nation to ‘bring
down the wall of racism,’ our committee discussed the opportunity to
merge the International Food Tasting Day and the ‘Mix It Up Lunch Day’
into one event,” Hickenbotham explains. She said booths will represent
several different countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium,
China, Ghana, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and Russia. Each country will be
featured on a poster created by students in the Secondary Social Studies
class instructed by Lennis Larson. Faculty and students will bring
ethnic food samples, artifacts, music and videos.
Hickenbothom noted that, according to the research conducted by
Southern Poverty Law School, a majority of students nationwide are quick
to put people in categories. Approximately 40 percent said that they had
rejected someone from another group, and one-third said it’s hard to
become friends with people in different groups. Organizers hope this
event will help students take a fresh look at their school environment
and make the campus a welcoming and safe place where students succeed
socially and academically.
For more information contact Micheline Hickenbotham at 642-6073.
Dick Beardsley will present
"Life's Obstacles: Roadblocks or Stepping Stones?" - top
Marathon champion, motivational speaker, television
personality and expert fishing guide Dick Beardsley will present “Life’s
Obstacles: Roadblocks or Stepping Stones?” Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 2 to
3:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket
Legacy Room on the Black Hills State University campus.
Beardsley was the 1981 London Marathon champion, a
two-time champion of Grandma’s Marathon, and the second-place finisher
in Boston’s 1982 “Duel in the Sun.” He also recorded the fourth-fastest
U.S. men’s marathon time in Boston in 1982.
Beardsley, who has been an experienced fishing guide
for more than 27 years, currently hosts “The Fishing Scene,” a
television and radio show in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
His presentation is sponsored by the BHSU Center for
Business and Entrepreneurship as a part of their seminar series
“Checking the Health of Your Business: Fiscal and Physical Fitness.” It
is open to the general public at no cost. For more information, contact
the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at 642-6091.
Persons with disabilities needing special
accommodations for this event should call 642-6091 at least 24 hours
prior to the presentation.
BHSU to host Fall Business
Breakfast Seminar Series - top
The Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Black
Hills State University is hosting a Fall Business Breakfast Seminar
Series, entitled “Checking the Health of Your Business: Fiscal and
Three different sessions, with guest speakers from
BHSU and the community, are scheduled. All sessions will be held at the
Bay Leaf Café in Spearfish from 7-8:30 a.m. Advanced reservations are
The featured speakers on Tuesday, Nov. 15, will be
Dick Beardsley, marathon champion, motivational speaker, and expert
fishing guide, and Paul Young, certified strength and conditioning
consultant and BHSU fitness director. Beardsley and Young will present
“Checking the Health of Your Business: The Personal and Professional
Impact of Physical Fitness.”
Tuesday, Nov. 29, the topic will be “Checking the
Health of Your Business: Marketing and Wellness Strategies,” and will be
presented by Dr. Annette Ryerson, BHSU marketing professor, and Dr.
Betsy Silva, BHSU physical education and health professor.
“Checking the Health of Your Business: Financial
Statements” will be the topic of the final seminar in the series
Tuesday, Dec. 13. Verona Beguin, M.B.A., BHSU business and
entrepreneurship professor, will be the guest presenter.
The cost is $20/person for one session; $40/person for
two sessions; or $55/person for all three sessions. The cost includes
breakfast, materials and networking opportunities. Checks (made out to
BHSU CBE) may be mailed to: Center for Business and Entrepreneurship,
1200 University, Unit 9006, Spearfish, SD 57799-9006. For additional
information call 642-6091 or email
Jazz Ensemble prepares for
fall concert - top
Members of the Black Hills State University Jazz Ensemble are
preparing for their fall concert “Old Wine, New Bottles,” which will be
held Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and
Josef Meier Hall.
The concert will feature several jazz standards and classics in
updated arrangements. Performances will include Quiet Nights of Quiet
Stars (Corcovado), The Nearness of You, Perdido, and
BHSU Jazz Ensemble members include: Kristin Fenega, Lead; Ashley
Custis, Spearfish; Bethany Steinhauer, Custer; Katie Halter, Rapid City;
Brice Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo.; Jonathan Aberle, Trail City; Amy Burr,
Sheridan, Wyo.; Christopher Braddy, Rapid City; Amanda Scott, Custer;
Jennifer Mahlen, Rapid City; Nathan Taylor, Troutdale, Ore.; Jerry
Pontius, Deadwood; Rodney Fischer, Lead; John Potter, Casper, Wyo.;
Chris Roman, Rapid City; Chris Larson, Rapid City; Drew Lerdal, Rapid
City; and Jen Moken, Sturgis. The group is directed by Dr. Randall
Royer, associate professor of music at BHSU.
The concert is open to the public at no charge. For more information,
contact Royer at 642-6255.
Wheaton will discuss dual
enrollment options with Spearfish High School students -
Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black Hills State
University, will visit Spearfish High School Monday, Nov. 7 at 1:45 p.m.
to discuss dual enrollment options available to high school juniors and
The dual enrollment policy in South Dakota, which was enacted through
a legislative bill passed in 1990, allows high school students to get a
jump start on their college career while fulfilling high school
requirements. Courses can be transferred to any South Dakota Regental
university as well as to out-of-state universities.
BHSU offers classes at its Spearfish campus and in several locations
in Rapid City. Some courses are also available through the Internet or
For more information see
www.bhsu.edu/dualcredit or visit with a high school counselor.
Questions may also be directed to Wheaton at 642-6227 or
Hoffman will visit area
schools - top
Michelle Hoffman, admissions representative at Black
Hills State University, will discuss college plans with students at 14
area high schools next week.
Hoffman will visit the following schools Monday, Nov.
7: Jones County High School, Murdo, at 8:20 a.m. Central Standard Time
(CST); Todd County High School, Mission, at 10 a.m. CST; Colome High
School at 11:45 a.m. CST; Gregory High School at 12:45 p.m. CST; and
Burke High School at 1:45 p.m. CST.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, Hoffman will visit Winner High School
at 9 a.m. CST; White River High School at 12 noon CST; Lyman High
School, Presho, at 1:30 p.m. CST; and Stanley County High School, Ft.
Pierre, at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, Hoffman will visit T.F. Riggs High
School, Pierre, at 8:30 a.m. CST; Midland High School at 9:30 a.m.
Mountain Standard Time (MST); Philip High School at 10:45 a.m. MST;
Kadoka High School at 12 noon MST; and Wall High School at 1:45 p.m.
High school students needing information about college
costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should plan to
visit with Hoffman. For more information call 1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the
BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu.
Basketball season begins this
weekend - top
This weekend will feature home basketball games for the Black Hills
State University Yellow Jackets as well as a match-up with former BHSU
players during the annual Roundball Reunion.
On Friday evening, Nov. 4, the Yellow Jackets take on Mt. Marty
College. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s
game at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Yellow Jackets will compete against Dakota
Wesleyan University. The women’s game starts at 3 p.m.; and the men’s
game is set for 5 p.m. During half time of the men's and women's games,
BHSU will honor the 1995-96 basketball teams.
The alumni games will follow the men’s collegiate game against Dakota
Wesleyan. The alumni basketball games will begin at 7 p.m. A social will
follow at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club.
According to Jodi Neiffer, alumni director at BHSU, participation in
the alumni basketball game is not necessary to join in the fun. Alumni
who do not wish to play are invited to participate in the social
gathering and as a spectator at the games. For additional information or
to register for the reunion, contact Neiffer at 642-6446.
Area teachers attend physical
education conference at BHSU - top
Attendees of the South Dakota and Wyoming Associations
for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance conference at
Black Hills State University this week participated in a variety of
learning activities. More than 250 teachers, students and recreation
professionals took part in the conference. According to Betsy Silva,
chair of the physical education and health department at BHSU, this was
the first year that a joint Wyoming and South Dakota conference was
held. She also said more college students attended this year than ever
before. The conference included sessions about health-related topics,
including relaxation techniques, injury prevention, and teaching yoga,
dance, fly fishing, weight training and jump roping. The conference also
included key-note presentations by Dr. Rick Melmer, S.D. Secretary of
Education and Susan Kundrat, Gatorade motivational speaker.
Class of ‘70 gathers for
football reunion - top
A group of former Black Hills State University football players that
were part of the 1970 Yellow Jacket team which holds the record as the
most successful football team for 35 years, gathered at BHSU recently.
The 1970 Yellow Jacket team had an 8-2 record that captivated the
school and community. Star players from the team, including Mike Savoy,
went on to receive NAIA honors.
Those attending the reunion were: front row, left to right, Bob
Templeton, Class of ’73, Ree Heights; Bill Fleak, Class of ’74,
Riverton, Wyo.; Kent Waugh; Lanny Swisher, Class of ’73, Spearfish; back
row, left to right, Bill Hughes, former coach, Spearfish: Mike Murphy,
Class of ’78, Watertown; Doug Roseth; Jim Holwegner, Ft. Collins, Colo.;
Ron Young, Class of ’72, Pierre; Paul Georgas, Class of ’72, Rapid City;
Kent Mauck, Mobridge; Ken Richardt, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; and Gene
Schlekeway, former coach, Spearfish.
The group met at the BHSU vs. S.D. Tech football game in Spearfish to
watch the Yellow Jackets defeat the Hardrockers 34-17. The Yellow
Jackets are having a tremendous season this year. Last week they
defeated the University of Mary for the first time in 14 years and
currently have a 6-3 record. The football team will travel to Minot,
N.D., on Saturday for the last game of the regular season.