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elected president of national group
Klarenbeek, health instructor at Black Hills State University, was
recently elected president-elect for the Coordinated School Health
Section of the American School Health Association at the national
quite an honor for BHSU and the College of Education,” Dr. Nancy Hall,
dean of the College of Education, said. “Sandy represents us so well in
so many ways.”
School Health Association unites the many professionals working in
schools who are committed to safeguarding the health of school-aged
children. The association is a multidisciplinary organization of
administrators, counselors, health educators, physical educators,
psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school
physicians, and social workers. Its mission is to protect and promote
the health and well-being of children and youth through coordinated
school health programs as a foundation for school success.
ASHA has more
than 2,000 members in 56 countries. The American School Health
Association was founded as the American Association of School Physicians
in 1927 by 325 physicians at the annual meeting of the American Public
Health Association in Cincinnati. Interest in the association grew so
rapidly that in 1936 the American Association of School Physicians
opened its membership to all professionals interested in promoting
school health. The organization officially became known as the American
School Health Association.
the lead trainer for the South Dakota Department of Education sponsored
Coordinated School Health Leadership Institute. This Institute is
modeled after the Coordinated School Health Leadership Institute which
began in 1999. Research has shown this model to be a best practices
program for local school districts to implement policy changes which
address children’s’ health issues. It is a model of collaboration and
cooperation in which school health professionals work smarter to achieve
health goals according to Klarenbeek.
joined the BHSU faculty in 2001. She is a certified health education
specialist and holds a master’s degree from South Dakota State
University. She has worked as a consultant with the South Dakota
Department of Education, Office of Coordinated School Health for over 15
years. She is a trainer for many of the programs and workshops offered
by the state. Klarenbeek previously taught in the Spearfish School
District and was the school safe and drug free coordinator.
BHSU professor's work published in new book
Anderson, professor of geology and planetary science at Black Hills
State University recently had a chapter accepted for publication in a
new book called "Applications of Rasch Measurement in Science
Education." The book chapter is entitled "The Geoscience Concept
Inventory: Application of Rasch Analysis to Concept Inventory
Development in Higher Education." The chapter was co-authored by
Anderson and Dr. Julie Libarkin, Michigan State University.
Over the past five years, Anderson and Libarkin have developed a standardized test for the geosciences called
the "Geoscience Concept Inventory." This exam is now used at over 100
universities in the United States, dozens of high schools, and has been
adapted for use in Puerto Rico and Taiwan. The Geoscience Concept
Inventory (GCI), which was developed with support of a $500,000 grant
from the National Science Foundation, consists of a "bank" of 79
questions from which 20 are selected by individual instructors or
departments for each subtest. The GCI has been used in geology courses
and to assess entire geology programs, and is the only standardized test
available for the earth sciences, according to Anderson.
The book chapter focuses on statistical
methods that Libarkin and Anderson used to demonstrate the validity and
reliability of GCI test as a whole, and for each individual question in
the test bank. The GCI underwent a pilot study in 2002 to gather enough
data to perform validity and reliability tests, and over 2,200 students
from 41 classes at 32 colleges and universities nationwide participated.
The data from these tests were used to determine if the GCI provided
valid and reliable information on student learning. The results of the
statistical analyses show that the test is indeed valid and reliable.
Only one question was removed from the GCI after the pilot study because
the statistical analyses suggested that their may have been some gender
bias in the way students answered that particular question.
The GCI has become so popular that the
authors have developed a website at BHSU that
allows educators from around the world to create their own GCI subtests
for use in class or program assessment. See
http://newton.bhsu.edu/eps/gci.html for more information.
Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology at
Arizona State University in 1990 and has published multiple articles and
papers. He has been a member of the science faculty at BHSU since
State University receives donation for art department
An anonymous donor recently made plans for
a significant donation to the art department at Black Hills State
anonymous donor recently made plans for a significant donation
to the art department at Black Hills State University. BHSU,
which has a strong art and art education program, will use the
funds to support visual art scholarships and to provide visual
art supplies and equipment.
The donor is leaving the BHSU Foundation
$250,000 or 10 percent of the entire estate, whichever is greater, to
benefit the university art department. According to Steve Meeker, vice
president of institutional advancement, the donor wants the money to be
used to support visual art scholarships and to provide visual art
supplies and equipment. In addition, if the donor outlives the
other beneficiaries named in the estate planning, the entire estate will
go to the BHSU Foundation.
Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, says the university is incredibly grateful for this
gift to the art department.
“The funds will help to build the art
program through scholarships to recruit gifted students, through much
needed equipment purchases, and through enhancing student opportunities
for showcasing student work,” Downing said. “Gifts such as these are
essential to creating a strong university learning community, which in
turn benefits the entire region.”
Jim Knutson, art professor, says the
donation is vital for the art department. BHSU offers a variety of art
courses including drawing, several design courses, crafts, computer
illustration, art methods for future teachers, art appreciation, history
of world art, American Indian art history, art and technology, water
color, printmaking, stained glass, sculpture and others. Art students
have the option graduating with a K-12 art teaching degree. A minor is
art is also available.
According to Knutson, the BHSU art
department is dedicated to an educational atmosphere that gives all
students the opportunity and freedom to grow artistically and personally
with a strong commitment to the development of the whole individual. The
BHSU art curricula is designed to meet the needs of those who are
preparing to be teachers as well as provide opportunities for students
who wish to pursue a professional visual arts career. The art
department, which currently has more than 70 art students, provides
cultural experiences for students. All graduating senior art majors are
required to organize and present an exhibit of their artwork. In
addition, BHSU art students regularly exhibit their artwork on campus
and in the community. In recent years, many BHSU students have chosen to
extend their art education by attending graduate school. Recently
artwork by three BHSU art students was selected for publication in a
national juried art magazine. Knutson notes that art education majors
have a very high placement rate and are in great demand.
Meeker also expressed his thanks to the
donor and encourages other people to consider gifts to the BHSU
Foundation from their estates.
"We're extremely grateful of this gift to
the visual arts program,” Meeker says. “This is a wonderful gesture that
underscores the importance of education, and it's my hope that this gift
will be the model for other people to support BHSU's programs.” For
additional details contact Meeker at 642-6385 or via email at
recruiting season with a full range of admissions materials including a
recruiting season reaches its peak with college fairs and school visits,
Black Hills State University is reaching out to potential students with
a broad spectrum of admissions publications which include a promotional
CD, redesigned printed publications, and unique display boards.
promotional materials underwent a major transformation this year with
the establishment of a “family” of publications that highlight the
people who make BHSU unique and the living and learning experiences of
students who have chosen to attend BHSU. A CD was added to the mix as a
part of the overall communications plan. In addition, the admissions
office has stepped up its electronic communication as a part of the
“high-tech, high-touch” approach. The admissions staff members offer
instant messaging for prospective students and their parents as well as
send e-newsletters on a regular basis.
Pearce, dean of the enrollment services at BHSU, (right)
presents staff member Leone Geppert with a promotional CD.
Geppert is enthusiastic about doing her part to promote the
university and challenges all faculty and staff to take an
active role in recruiting new students. Faculty and staff
members will receive a copy of the CD through campus mail this
week and are encouraged to pass it along to prospective students
after viewing it.
and staff will receive a copy of the promotional CD this week and are
being asked to forward the CD to potential students after viewing it.
The CD distribution is an effort to get the entire campus involved in
attracting and retaining students.
Pearce, dean of the enrollment services, says the CD is a gift from
admissions to show their appreciation to faculty and staff for helping
with recruitment efforts.
that BHSU faculty and staff will send this CD on to someone who may be
interested in Black Hills State University,” Pearce said.
assistant controller in the business office, is excited about taking
part and challenges all faculty and staff to be active in promoting the
university to potential students.
A BHSU graduate
herself, Geppert knows firsthand the benefits of earning a university
degree and she encourages others to graduate. Pearce is grateful for
Geppert’s idea that all BHSU employees use the CD to recruit a student
from their hometown, or perhaps a relative, or a daughter or son of a
friend or associate.
“We should all
be ambassadors for the university,” Geppert said. “This CD is an
excellent opportunity for us to share information about the university
and showcase what BHSU has to offer. We can use this CD to encourage
others to consider BHSU as their higher education choice.”
The CD was
produced this summer under the direction of Corinne Hansen, director of
university communications, and Robin Temple, director of internet and
marketing strategies, in collaboration with the admissions office
members including Beth Azevedo, Lisa Jenner and Michelle Hoffman. The CD
highlights five BHSU students: Marvin Heesaker, a business major from
Buffalo; Rachel Braaten, an elementary education major from Thermopolis,
Wyo.; Amanda Scott, a music major from Custer; Jeannie Stockland, a
psychology major from Volin; and Josh Gilkerson, a business major from
“The CD is a
fast-paced introduction to BHSU and highlights the experiences of
several current BHSU students,” said Corinne Hansen, director of
university communications. “A multimedia approach is
simply the most effective way to capture the interest and attention of a
generation that has grown up with technology.”
The CD holds
several advantages over printed publications according to Hansen
including the ability to create interest in the university and advance
key messages in a multimedia format. Key messages include the unique
quality of life offered by BHSU’s location, the availability and
benefits of student research at BHSU, and the high quality of
educational experience at BHSU. The CD, designed to appeal to a high
school age audience, utilizes imagery and video that represent the
true student experience at BHSU.
Erin Richards is one of several BHSU recruiters utilizing the
photographic bulletin board displays at college fairs and school visits
this fall. The unique photographic display boards were designed and
created by Robin Temple, director of internet and marketing strategies
BHSU Ruddell Gallery hosts exhibition of
20th century military art
Black Hills State University will host an exhibition of 20th century
military art entitled, Rendering Democracy, Oct. 24 through Nov. 15 at
the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Ruddell Gallery. In
addition to the exhibit, a reception will be held Nov. 9 from 4 p.m. to
6 p.m. at the gallery. A gallery lecture is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to
piece of military art, ‘Marines Call it That 2000 Yard Stare’ by
Tom Lea, is one of many currently on exhibit at the Ruddell
Gallery on the campus of Black Hills State University. The
military art show will continue through Veterans Day with a
reception scheduled for Nov. 9.
The exhibit displays artwork selected by James L. Knutson, BHSU
professor of art, and Dave Wilson, BHSU assistant professor of art, that
represents military art in a chronological order from World War I to the
Throughout history, military conflicts have been an important subject
matter for the visual artist. By World War I, the U.S. military saw the
importance of the visual arts for historical interpretation and
acceptance on the home front, according to Wilson and Knutson.
Besides military artists, private organizations such as Life Magazine
and Libby, a medical supply company, had their own artists recording the
war and its effort to further democracy by exposing the reality of war
to the people at home.
According to Wilson and Knutson, the importance of their project
became clear during their initial research and was further validated
when lecturing about this subject in an art history course. The
professors were surprised by the level of interest in the subject shown
by their students. The show and program exposes and educates students to
one of the most powerful promotional examples of democracy through the
creative endeavors of the visual artist.
Opposite extremes are demonstrated in the art such as Hubert
Lanzinger’s commissioned painting ‘Flag Bearer-Hitler in Armor’, with a
soldier’s bayonet stab through the plywood panel that displays a
disapproval of a dictatorship and its threat to democracy as compared to
Gene Klebe’s ‘Visiting U.S. Navy Paints Church-Karachi, Pakistan’ that
depicts U.S. sailors as foreign diplomats during peacetime. Wilson and
Knutson say the art represents actions motivated by democracy other than
through acts of combat.
The art exhibit is sponsored by BHSU and the Cheesman Center for
Democracy. For more information on the exhibit, contact Knutson at
642-6104 or the Student Union Information Center at 642-6052.
Ruddell Gallery, located on the second floor of the student union is
open seven days a week and is handicap accessible. Gallery hours are,
Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Saturday 12 noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. There is no
admission fee. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations are
to call 642-6104 at least 24 hours prior to the event.
Visiting artist will host lecture
and slide presentation
Tracy Templeton, associate professor of printmaking
at Southern Oregon University, will host a lecture and slide
presentation Friday, Oct. 27 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Woodburn 306.
According to David Wilson, BHSU assistant professor
of art, Tracy’s artwork has been displayed in numerous solo and group
exhibitions on the national and international level. She recently
received a purchase award from the 14th Seoul Print Biennial in Korea
and has been featured in publications such as Art Business News,
Canadian Art Magazine and After the Grain Elevator: Re-imaging the
Prairie Icon. For more information, contact Wilson at 642-6706.
Concert Band presents fall concert
The Black Hills State University Concert Band will
present a fall concert Monday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier
Hall. In addition to the concert band, the clarinet trio and
percussion ensemble will perform.
The concert band will be performing a wide range of
music from American and European composers. The featured work is
Huckleberry Finn Suite, Four scenes from Mark Twain by Swiss composer
Franco Cesarini. This work is a symphony for band and each movement
evokes a different American sound from Gershwin to Joplin.
Other pieces include a Spanish paso doble, a
traditional Welsh folk song, and a tone poem about a five story tall
statue of an angel that resides in Northeast England.
Make a Difference Day events to be
held Oct. 28
Black Hills State University in cooperation with Spearfish community
churches, will host Make a Difference Day Saturday, Oct. 28.
Service projects will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at the
David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.
Last year more than 650 BHSU students and community members
volunteered in the local celebration of Make a Difference Day. BHSU
students and community members participated in a variety of ways.
Projects included food drives, various area clean up activities, book
donations, a hurricane relief fund raiser and other assorted acts of
kindness benefiting organizations and individuals.
The Market Place will serve lunch at 11 a.m. Lunch for the
participants is free; non-participants are requested to donate one
non-perishable food item for the Spearfish Food Pantry or one new,
unwrapped toy for the kickoff of the Red Shirt Table toy drive.
This event is open to the public and is sponsored jointly by The
AmeriCorps*VISTA Community-University-Resource-Exchange program
(C-U-R-E), the BHSU Programming Team, and Spearfish community churches.
For more information, please call the BHSU C-U-R-E office at 642-6471
Volunteers wanted for
Disc Golf Course Make a Difference Day project
A disc golf course cleanup is planned at Black
Hills State University during Make a Difference Day, a national day of
service Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Organizers are seeking
volunteers to donate one or two hours of time during the cleanup.
Volunteers are asked to meet at hole #1 by the welcome board behind the
Thomas Hall parking lot and reminded to bring rakes, trash bags, weed
whackers and gloves.
There will be a free barbecue lunch for all
volunteers immediately following the disc golf course cleanup.
To volunteer email Don Altmyer, associate professor
of accounting, at
firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Oct. 27. Indicate one or two hour
shift when registering.
Water exercise classes held at Donald E.
Water exercise classes are being
offered at the Donald E. Young Center pool, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6
p.m. to 7p.m. as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
The classes are included in
Donald E. Young Center memberships, or a $3 day pass may be purchased to
attend class on a drop in basis.
For more information call John
Vance, pool supervisor at 642-6083.
water exercise class at Donald E. Young Center pool is offered
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as Tuesdays and
Thursdays 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Early voting is available on
Registered voters in Lawrence County District 31
can vote early on campus, in a special voting event. Voting will take
place in the David B. Miller Student Union conference room 124,
Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A student ID or state driver’s
license is required in order to vote.
BHSU students living in Spearfish originally from
other states or who have never registered can register to vote at the
student union prior to Oct. 25. The registration deadline is Monday,
Oct. 23. Requests for absentee ballots will be available.
Voting is open to faculty, staff, students and the
community and is handicap accessible. For questions contact Mary Foster,
BHSU NOW at 641-6185.
Halloween Costume Bash
to be held at Donald E. Young Center
Black Hills State University GS 100 University Experience and Residence
Hall Association are co-sponsoring a Halloween Costume Bash for BHSU
students at the Donald E. Young Center on Thursday, Oct. 26
from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight. The night includes carnival games, a haunted
house and costume contest.
Admission is $5 or $3 with a nonperishable food
item. Proceeds will go to benefit Oxfam World Hunger and
BHSU food pantry.
Minutes of the University Graduate Council,
University Graduate Council Met Tuesday, October 17, 2006, Jonas room
Earley, H. Ahmad, Fuller, Looney, Mackin, Austin, Bukralia, B. Smith, A.
Ahmad, Molseed, Mettler, Siemens
Council Election: Austin reported that Ahmad was elected to the graduate
council for another 3 year term as representative at large. Council
thanked Parrow and Stoltenberg for running for the position.
change: Minor Course change ED 699- Tech in Today’s Libraries to ED 685-
Tech in Today’s Libraries- Motion and Second to approve- motion passed.
graduate faculty: Motion and second to approve the following as graduate
Graduate Faculty: Moved by Smith and seconded to approve Garth Spellman
as temporary graduate faculty.
Looney reported that the graduate business faculty had developed a 2
year schedule of classes for graduate students in the MSBSM.
Organizational Leadership- Looney reported that BHSU was working on a
which would be designed for military personnel. The intent to plan is
being written to be submitted if the President approves.
Molseed reported there were currently 7 cohorts with 118 active
were moving more courses online and hoped in the spring to have 2 new
cohorts online- one with the math specialization and one with the ed
Siemens reported that he and 4 graduate students were going to an NSF/Epscor
ecological symposium in Kansas in November. Mettler indicated she would
be one of the BHSU graduate students at that symposium.
reported that additional resources in science had been added to the
reported that the webct contract would end in July 2007 and so far the
system wide committee she was on was still looking at a replacement that
was acceptable to the Board.
and Graduate School Fair
reminded the council that A BHSU Career and Graduate School Fair is
being held on November 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Earley, Siemens,
Molseed, and Looney would man the BHSU grad degrees booth. Chair asked
faculty to be sure to remind students of this opportunity.
graduate council meeting will be on November 21 at 3:30 in Jonas 104.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
University Assessment Committee Meeting, Oct. 18
The University Assessment Committee met October.18,
2006, at 12 noon in Meier Hall Conference Room.
Present: Earley, Calhoon, P. Carriveau, Romkema,
Alsup, Colmenero-Chilberg, Chandler, Hagerty, Duggan, Simpson
General Education: Chair stated he was meeting with the general
education committee next Monday to talk about assessment of general
Annual reports on the major: Chair indicated that the report
writers would write two reports this year; 1) the Teacher preparation
Program Assessment Reports and 2) the Annual Assessment Report.
Teacher Preparation Program Assessment Reports;
Simpson and Alsup had charge of these reports. The timelines and format
has been established. Reports from the College of Arts and Sciences are
due to Dean Downing October 26th. The reports would be in an
electronic version and be forwarded to the Chair to distribute to the
committee at the University Assessment Committee meeting. On October 25th,
Alsup and Simpson will present an overview of the reports to the
committee in preparing for reviewing them.
Annual Assessment Reports;
These reports are due to the dean on January 19th. The
reports will consist of two documents- the annual report and the report
on how the major is assessing undergraduate research and intensive
writing. Those majors who did not have their proposal for assessing
undergraduate research and intensive writing must submit an electronic
copy of the proposal to their dean by November 16th. Those
whose proposal was approved will submit it with their annual report in
How to write and annual assessment report and checklist;
The committee edited the document how to write an annual assessment
report and also the checklist. The chair will put together the final
edit and give it to the deans with the deadline
university assessment committee meeting is on Wednesday, Oct.25 at noon
in Meier Hall Conference Room.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Deadline announced for
the Faculty Research Committee and Instructional Improvement Committee
Proposals for funding through the Instructional
Improvement Committee are now being accepted. Proposals are being
accepted electronically. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it
to an email and send it to
PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. A signed original must also be submitted to
the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall Room 213.
The deadline for submission is Nov. 22. Proposals must consist of the
proposal and budget details following the specified format available on
The Faculty Research Committee has funds available
for the current fiscal year. Proposals are now being accepted
electronically. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an
email and send it to
PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. A signed original must also be submitted to
the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall 213. The
deadline for submission is Nov. 22. Complete proposal guidelines are