Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Cathleen Bauer, purchasing assistant, University Support
CSA position open -
The following Career Service Act (CSA) position is open and limited
to status CSA employees of BHSU Enrollment Services:
- Senior programmer analyst, Enrollment Services
For more information, contact the Human Resources Office or view the
announcement on the BHSU Human Resources
Johnson returns to India to
teach monks - top
Dr. Andy Johnson, assistant professor
and associate director for the Center for the Advancement of Math and
Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU, is returning to India during
Christmas break to once again teach science to monks as a part of a
science program instituted by the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Andy Johnson, associate director of the Center for
the Advancement of Math and Science Education at Black Hills State
University, will return to India this Christmas break to teach physics
to Tibetan Buddhist monks.
Johnson taught for the Science for Monks program last
year and is returning this year to teach additional topics in physics
and the nature of science. According to Johnson, the Dalai Lama
initiated this science education program seven years ago. The month-long
workshops are designed to build a framework for the exchange of ideas
between two great intellectual traditions - Western science and Buddhist
philosophy. Areas of particular interest to the monks include physics,
mathematics and neuroscience.
Johnson, who teaches physics and science education
courses at BHSU, is eager to return to India.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with some
of the most highly respected members of a very different culture. The
Western teachers have the responsibility to introduce the monks to
scientific ways of thinking. Although science tends to be more innocent
about the role of mind, it still has surprising parallels with Buddhist
philosophy," Johnson says.
Johnson, along with the other teachers and translators
in the program, and about 50 monks will convene near the base of the
Himalayas at the Tibetan-run Selaquy School, which is a new science and
math magnet school for Tibetan middle school children. Johnson admits
that, by Western standards, the accommodations are rather spartan (tap
water is cold only, buildings have no heat, and electric power is
sporadic), but says that the warm hospitality of the Tibetans and the
time spent with top Buddhist scholars more than make up for physical
Johnson notes additionally that, although the monks
come from a substantially different background than American college
students, there are many similarities in the learning process.
"Last year we found that, when developing ideas, the
monks tended to follow similar paths to U.S. students. This implies that
the new, effective methods for physics teaching that are being developed
here can also be applied in other parts of the world with good results,"
More information about the Science for Monks project
can be found at
Johnson, assistant professor, joined the BHSU faculty
in the fall of 1999 after earning a doctorate degree in science
education from San Diego State University in 1999. He has a bachelor’s
degree and a master’s degree in physics and has worked extensively in
the field of physics education.
Chrysler presents paper at
Academy of Business Disciplines annual conference
Dr. Earl Chrysler, professor in the College of
Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, recently
presented a paper at a business education conference in Ft. Myers, Fla.
An abstract of the paper, “Evaluating Program
Relevancy Using Factor Analysis and Multiple Regression: An
Undergraduate MIS Degree Example,” which was co-authored with Stuart Van
Auken of Florida Gulf Coast University, will also be published in the
refereed proceedings of the Academy of Business Disciplines annual
During the presentation, Chrysler and Van Auken
discussed their study, which examined data they collected to show how
student course value opinions can be conceptualized and developed
through factor analysis and demonstrated the value of multiple
regression analysis in developing program insights.
In the study, Chrysler and Van Auken created course
content value factors within a time-dependent framework and related
those factors to overall Management Information Systems (MIS) program
satisfaction measures via multiple regression. Using the MIS program as
an example, their study further highlighted the “curriculum relevancy”
dilemma within programs and developed an analytical approach that added
to the inventory of program relevancy assessment techniques available.
Chrysler received his master’s degree in business
administration from San Diego State University and his doctorate in
business administration from the University of Southern California. He
has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.
Photography students exhibit
work at two sites on campus - top
Among the student photography artwork
currently on display at Black Hills State University is this photograph by Sara Pischke.
Photography by Black Hills State University mass
communications students will be exhibited at two locations on campus for
The work of 22 students will be on display in the
Photographers Gallery, located in the lower level of Jonas Hall, through
January 27. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the
artists on Friday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the gallery. The
Photographers Gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
According to Steve Babbitt, mass communications
professor, each of 22 students from the “Contemporary Issues in
Photography” course chose a specific personal theme or project to work
on this semester. The images included in this exhibition represent the
culmination and presentation of these projects.
“This exhibition is the culmination of a semester's
work from some of our most advanced and talented photography students.
The subject matter is wide-ranging and diverse, and there are a variety
of photographic mediums presented,” Babbitt said.
Students participating in the exhibition are: Greg
Bischoff, Janeen Canfield, David Conway, Chad Dahlke, Heather DeHaan,
Devin Eppler, Shari Furchner, Kayla Gotfredson, Janette Hettick, Nicole
Hollerman, Holly Howard, Elizabeth Miller, Heidi Newland, Shawna Norman,
Sara Pischke, Wendy Pitlick, Jerry Rawlings, Victoria Spaid, Nichole Von
Eye and Loni Williams.
A gallery in the student lounge on the second floor of
Clare and Josef Meier Hall will display the photographs of Sara Pischke
from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. There will be a
reception for the artist Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m.
This exhibition deals with a woman’s emotional release
through self-portraiture. Meier Hall is open to the public Monday
through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Andrea and Doug Peacock
return to BHSU to speak about asbestos, grizzly bears and Edward Abbey
Andrea and Doug Peacock, authors who spoke at Black Hills State
University last year, are scheduled to make a return appearance Friday,
Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305.
Andrea, author of the book Libby, Montana, will discuss the health
risks posed by asbestos found in vermiculite in Libby, Mont. Doug, who
is well known for his work with grizzly bears, will talk about his most
After the couple’s appearance last year, several requests were made
for a return engagement featuring Andrea’s research concerning local,
national and worldwide problems with asbestos. After Andrea’s
presentation and a question-and-answer session, Doug will discuss his
book, Walking It Off, which focuses on his friendship with Edward Abbey.
Doug will also host a question-and-answer session.
Following their joint presentation, Doug and Andrea will sign copies
of their books. Books by both authors will be available for sale at the
The couple’s presentation, co-sponsored by a Bush Grant and the BHSU
English Club, will conclude the fall semester of the “Writing the West”
series at BHSU. It is open to the public at no cost. For more
information contact David Cremean, assistant humanities professor and
director of the Bush Grant at BHSU, at 642-6713 or
Concert band and concert
choir will hold three performances of their annual Christmas concert
Members of the Black Hills State
University concert choir rehearse for their upcoming Christmas concert
performance of Handel’s Messiah. The choir and the BHSU concert band
will perform in Belle Fourche Saturday, Dec. 3 and on the BHSU campus
Sunday, Dec. 4 and Monday, Dec. 5.
This year the Black Hills State University concert
band and concert choir will hold three community performances of their
annual Christmas concert. They will be performing Handel’s Messiah.
The first performance will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at
2:30 p.m. in the Belle Fourche Community Center. Repeat performances
will be held on the BHSU campus Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday,
Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
Admission is free, and the public is welcome to
attend. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Audience
members are asked to arrive early as space is limited.
College Democrats will screen
WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price -
The Black Hills State University College Democrats
will host a special screening of WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price
Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 305.
The film, directed by Robert Greenwald for Brave New
Films, takes viewers behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and
their families, business owners and their communities, in a journey that will challenge the way you think, feel, and
The film is free and open to the public. For more
information, contact Mary Foster at 641-6185.
Nationally recognized speaker
will encourage Spearfish students to “Check Into a Winning Life”
Bob Anastas, nationally recognized speaker and founder
and former executive director of Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD),
will speak to Black Hills State University students and members of the Spearfish
community Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305
on the BHSU campus.
Anastas’ presentation, “Check Into a Winning Life,”
will focus on how young people can develop responsible attitudes and
make good decisions when faced with challenges. He will also encourage
young people from a wide range of interests to band together and
establish a single, focused group that draws on their various talents
and helps them deal effectively with the issues facing their school.
A former college All-American football and hockey
player, Massachusetts “Teacher of the Year,” and coach, Anastas, along
with his students, developed the SADD program to engage students and
parents in a joint commitment to help each other fight underage drinking
and drunk driving. Anastas recognizes that today’s students face many
other challenges in addition to those about underage drinking and drunk
driving and now addresses the broader subject of responsible decision
“Underage drinking and drunk driving are problems the
students have made incredible progress against since 1982,” Anastas
says. “Today, while continuing to fight those problems, they must also
confront other, equally daunting challenges. The Check In concept helps
them do that through positive peer pressure, networking, and
conflict-resolution skills. These students are powerful, and when they
work together, I sincerely believe there is no problem they can’t beat.”
Anastas’ presentation is open to the public at no
cost. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with
disabilities, contact Larry Vrooman at 642-6099 or
least 48 hours prior to the event.
Anastas will be available for interviews before and
after the presentation. For more information or to schedule an
interview, contact Jim Franz, director of Consumer Awareness and
Education for Eagle Sales of the Black Hills, Inc., at 1-605-343-2490.
Black Hills State University
announces naming opportunities -
The recital hall in Clare
and Josef Meier Hall, which is recognized as the finest facility of its
kind in the region, is one of several rooms available for naming at
Black Hills State University. Following a nationwide fundraising trend
of naming buildings in honor of donors, BHSU is offering friends of the
university the opportunity to name a room in Meier Hall and leave a
lasting legacy at the university.
Black Hills State University recently announced that
several naming opportunities are available in Clare and Josef Meier Hall
for donors who wish to make a lasting impact on the university.
Following a nationwide fundraising trend of naming
buildings in honor of donors, BHSU is offering donors the opportunity to
name a room Meier Hall, including the recital hall which is recognized
as the finest facility of its kind in the region, in recognition of
their financial support of the university. Money raised through this
naming effort will be dedicated to creating scholarships for music
Meier Hall, a state-of-the-art music and classroom
building, was added to the BHSU campus two years ago. The building,
which includes a magnificent recital hall, offers music students some of
the best practice and performance halls in the region. The building
includes rehearsal rooms, soundproof practice room facilities, a piano
lab, sound studio, classrooms as well as audio recording and electronic
According to Dr. Janeen Larsen, music professor and
chair of the department of fine and applied arts, there are many reasons
that students interested in music should consider attending BHSU, the
primary reason being that university offers an exceptional music program
which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of
“BHSU music students have the opportunity to
participate in classes with low numbers of students and have access to
individual mentoring by experienced, highly educated faculty members.
The music building is brand new, with a beautiful and elegant recital
hall; spacious ensemble rehearsal rooms; and sound proof, attractive
practice room facilities,” Larsen says. “The atmosphere among faculty
and students is friendly and supportive.”
Larsen notes that students have a wide variety of
performance opportunities, including music theater productions, small
wind ensembles, a concert band, a pep band, a large chorus, a jazz band,
a jazz choir and a chamber orchestra. BHSU hosts a regular series of
student recitals and faculty concerts, and each year performers from
outside the university are invited to campus to provide concerts and
master classes. During the summer, an the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre
Workshop brings in faculty from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York
City and other well known opera centers to provide students unique
learning and performance opportunities.
Larsen says the university has a goal of increasing
the number of music majors by 65 percent. She notes they are
particularly interested in attracting music education majors because
there is a serious shortage of music teachers in the United States.
“Many of our music graduates are teaching music in
public schools in South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona,
California, and elsewhere,” Larsen says. She adds that others have
chosen careers as private piano or voice teachers while other graduates
have joined military bands or are involved in music-related businesses.
Some students have used their music degree as a springboard to other
fields such as law or computer science. Many students combine a music
minor with another major, such as English, math, business, or elementary
According to Steve Meeker, vice president for
institutional advancement at BHSU, naming opportunities have gained in
popularity in recent years.
“Black Hills State University must do all we can to
raise scholarship funds for future students. One approach that is being
used successfully by our peers is to offer naming opportunities for new
facilities,” Meeker said. “An investment in Black Hills State University
is truly an investment in the future that will produce significant
benefits for students for many years to come.”
Meeker noted that donors can use this opportunity to
memorialize, honor or remember a friend, colleague, mentor, family
member or themselves.
“It’s an opportunity to fulfill a dream, to remember a
loved one or simply to leave a personal legacy at the university. These
gifts are an investment in the future of Black Hills State,” Meeker
Naming opportunities at Meier Hall include the
following: the recital hall for $250,000; the band room or choir room
for $100,000; classrooms for $50,000 each; audio recording lab or
electronic recording lab for $40,000 each; ensemble practice room for
$35,000 each; practice rooms for $25,000 each; sound studios for $25,000
each; piano labs for $20,000 each; and recital hall chairs for $300
For more information contact Meeker at 642-6832.
Area students invited to join
the Junior Jackets program - top
Area boys and girls in grades kindergarten through
sixth are invited to join the Junior Jackets program at Black Hills
Junior Jackets receive free admission to all BHSU home
basketball games; a free Yellow Jacket basketball; a free t-shirt; and,
for the first 100 kids to sign up for the program, a one-day basketball
clinic with the BHSU men’s and women’s basketball teams. The clinic will
be held Saturday, Jan. 7. Those attending the clinic will then perform
during halftime of the BHSU men’s basketball game that night.
Members will also receive a 99-cent Kid’s Meal and a
free ice cream novelty (with purchase of a Kid’s Meal) at Dairy Queen
when they wear their Junior Jacket t-shirt any day BHSU hosts a home
The cost to join the Junior Jackets is $25 per child.
For more information or to register for the program, contact Margaret at
the BHSU Athletics Office at 642-6882.
representative to visit area schools
Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black
Hills State University, will discuss college plans with students at
Harding County High School and Bison High School next week.
Wheaton will visit Harding County High School Tuesday,
Dec. 6 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. He will then visit Bison High School from
12:35 to 1:30 p.m.
High school students needing information about college
costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should plan to
visit with Wheaton. For more information contact the BHSU Enrollment
Center at 1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at
Wheaton will discuss dual
enrollment options with Belle Fourche High School students -
Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black Hills State
University, will visit Belle Fourche High School Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8
a.m. to discuss dual enrollment options available to high school juniors
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
Faculty Research Committee funds
available - top
The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current
fiscal year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office
It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for
research equipment, travel to research sites, support for the production
of creative work, or release time for research or creative work.
Preference is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of
education, business, social sciences and humanities.
The committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Applicants are
encouraged to review submission requirements, and to contact the
committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals.
Committee members are Steve Andersen, Dan Bergey, Dorothy Fuller,
Vincent King, Tim Molseed, Rob Schurrer, David Siemens, Sheng Yang, and
Kathleen Parrow, chair.
Applications are now being accepted for the first meeting in the
spring semester. To be considered at that meeting, applications need to
be submitted to the Grants Office, Woodburn 212, by Thursday, Jan. 26,
Proposals are now being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal
electronically, attach it to an email and send it to
however, a signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office,
Unit 9504 or delivered to Woodburn Hall 212.