BHSU professor receives grant for Mars
Dr. Steve Anderson, professor of
geology/planetary science at Black Hills State University is a
co-investigator on a grant that was recently awarded by the Mars
Fundamental Research Program.
The project “Characterization of
Terrestrial Primary, Eroded, and Mantled Volcanic Surfaces for a More
Complete Understanding of Martian Volcanic Deposit Modification”, is a
three-year grant in the amount of $257,526.
According to Anderson, he will be
studying rock deposits from volcanoes on Earth that have experienced
different degrees of erosion and burial by sediment.
“Several ongoing NASA missions have
shown that large areas of Mars are covered by similar features, and this
research is designed to help geologists better understand how Mars has
evolved as a planet,” Anderson says.
The grant will allow for travel to field
sites in the western United States, use images and topography data from
satellites orbiting Earth and Mars, and perform lab experiments.
Other investigators on the project include the project director Dr. Jeff
Byrnes from the United States Geologic Survey, and co-investigator Dr.
Mike Ramsey from the University of Pittsburgh.
Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology at
Arizona State University in 1990 and has published multiple articles and
papers on his research related to volcanoes and lava flows. He has
been a member of the science faculty at BHSU since 1991.
BHSU faculty and staff make a great
impression with moving in assistance
student senate president, was one of 100 students, faculty, staff
and community members, who volunteered their time to assist new
students as they moved into the residence halls this fall.
Several students and their parents expressed gratitude to the
Several students as well as their parents have expressed their great
appreciation for the efforts of faculty and staff during New Student
President Kay Schallenkamp says she was impressed by the well
coordinated program to assist new students move into the residence halls
“Clearly, BHSU made a great first impression! It was a Sunday
morning. It was cold and rainy, yet, we had students, community members,
faculty, and staff literally swarming the campus to welcome students and
their families, direct them to their residence halls, and carry in their
belongings. It was a heartwarming experience,” Schallenkamp said.
In a letter from parents from Riverton, Wyo., the parents said they
were impressed with the extra help moving their child into the residence
halls at BHSU.
“We would like to commend you and your staff for the most welcome
greeting our son received when he registered the first day of school. We
were greeted and directed at every corner by your friendly staff.
Despite the rain, all involved were very helpful and made the first day
much more enjoyable,” Bill and Dawn Reiter wrote. “We appreciate your
efforts and the work of your staff. Their personal enthusiasm was a
blessed assurance that Black Hills State University was indeed a
friendly college community.”
Parents from Huntley, Mont., also wrote to express their gratitude
and noted that the assistance moving in was outstanding and quite
unusual and that they have been pleasantly surprised each time they have
visited the campus.
“Each time we visited your campus and spoke to administration,
faculty and students we left feeling very good about Black Hills State
University. Move-in day was no exception. My son has been on your
campus for a week now and he seems very happy. He likes his advisor and
this is a big plus. The scholarships that he received from Black Hills
State were a great help. Thank you to the university for these
scholarships,” wrote Mike and Tracey Kragt. “We have already recommended
Black Hills State University to many people. We are confident our son
will leave Black Hills State University with a great education and many
good memories. Thank you BHSU for your interest in my son and for all
you do to help students.”
Flickemas will serve as parade marshals
for Swarm Day
Dr. Thomas Flickema, former president of Black Hills State
University, and his wife Judy, will serve as parade marshals for the
annual Swarm Day parade Saturday, Sept. 23.
Tom and Judy Flickema are being recognized as parade marshals in
honor of their dedication and commitment to the university through the
years. Tom Flickema, who retired from his position as president of BHSU
this summer, had a distinguished 45-year career in higher education
which included 12 years as president at BHSU. Flickema served as the
eighth president at BHSU. Flickema is remembered for his far-reaching
vision for the university and many accomplishments as he led the
university through a number of changes and enhancements.
A Michigan native, Flickema received a Ph.D. from Wayne State
University in Detroit, Mich., in history with a political science minor.
He earned a master's degree in history at WSU in 1962. His undergraduate
degree in history and education was acquired at Hope College, Holland,
Mich., in 1960.
After completing a teaching assistantship and his master's degree in
history, Flickema began his professional career in 1962 as a history
instructor at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich. He
later taught at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., and California State
University-Fullerton where he also served in several administration
positions. He served in administrative roles at the University of
Nebraska at Kearney, and Northern State University in Aberdeen.
Flickema came to BHSU in August 1994 when he was appointed to serve
as interim president. He was named to the post permanently in February
1995 following a nationwide search.
Swarm Day royalty chosen
Swarm day events at BHSU including the parade and
football game, will go on as planned despite the rainy weather.
Two psychology professors, Dr. Judith Neighbours
and Dr. Tom Cox, were chosen by the students as Swarm Day mom and dad.
John Williams, a senior entrepreneurial studies and
management major from Spearfish; and Amber Riggins, a senior business
management and human resources major from Wanblee, were named Swarm Day
king and queen during a coronation ceremony this week.
The homecoming festivities continue through the
week with many events concluding with the parade and football game
Saturday, Sept. 23. Events include a free carnival for preschool and
elementary age children Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 4-7 p.m. on the campus
green. The BHSU Homecoming theme this year is “Livin’ It Up in the Wild
For Swarm Week details see the schedule listed
below. For more information regarding Swarm Week, call 642-6418.
Friday, Sept. 22
- Float preparation, throughout day, Student
- 10th Annual Swarm Days Disk Golf
Tournament scheduled for today have been moved to Monday, Sept. 25; 3 p.m. for students, 5 p.m. for alumni and community
members, BHSU disk golf course
- Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame Banquet, 6 p.m.,
Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
- Volleyball game (Spirit Night) 7 p.m. Donald
E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
- Float preparation, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Donald E.
Young Sports and Fitness Center
Saturday, Sept. 23
- Alumni Awards Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Student
Union Jacket Legacy Room
- Parade, 10:30 a.m., Young Center
- Alumni tailgate social, 11:30 a.m., Salem Park
- Burger King community tailgate party, 12
p.m.-1 p.m., north end of BHSU football field
- Football game, BHSU vs. Dickinson State, 1:30
p.m., Lyle Hare Stadium
- Volleyball game, 7 p.m., Donald E. Young
Sports and Fitness Center
BHSU will host Fire Safety Day
Black Hills State University will observe Fire Safety Day,
Wednesday, Sept. 27 with a variety of event including hands-on fire
extinguisher training and fire safety education.
Fire extinguisher hands-on training/demonstrations will be held with
CAMSE and Residence Life staff members. Other people interested in
training should contact Myron at 642-6297. The Spearfish Volunteer Fire
Department will be on campus showcasing their new fire truck and
answering questions. Throughout the day there will be a safety promotion
table at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Residence life
staff will also have fire drills and fire safety programs.
Library presents Devils Tower Exhibit
The Black Hills State University Case Library presents an
exhibit of books and historic photographs in honor of the Devils Towers
The Case Library exhibit is on the main floor of the E.Y. Berry
Library, in the current periodicals reading area between the coffee shop
and the writing center. The exhibit will be available through the end
of the semester in December. A bibliography for this exhibit is
available at the library Information Desk.
Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first National Monument
on Sept. 24, 1906. The monument will be hosting various events from
Sept. 22 through Sept. 24. Visit their website at
http://devilstowercentennial.com/ann.html for celebration details.
Other exhibits on main floor of the E.Y. Berry Library include:
Native American items and photographs from the Sanders Collection; a
hand-carved Lakota flute, Sumerian cuneiform clay tablets dating to
around 2500 B.C., from the A.D. Humbert Collection; selected photographs
and documents from the E.Y. Berry Papers; and the United States
Presidents’ First Ladies Doll Collection by Rowena Rachetts.
On display on the second floor are several items given to previous
university presidents including a Buddha statue, a gift from the
Ambassador of Thailand when he visited the BHSU Center for Tourism
Research in 2003.
The Leland D. Case Library, sponsor of the Devils Tower exhibit is
located on the second floor of the E.Y. Berry Library in the south west
corner of the building. Information about the holdings of the Case
Library can be found through the library web pages or by calling (605)
BHSU music faculty presents
fall recital, September, 28
Black Hills State University music department
faculty Christopher Hahn, instructor, and Dr. Janeen Larsen, professor,
will be presenting a recital in the Clare & Josef Meier Recital Hall
Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
The recital is a cross-section of 20th
century music showcasing the many different tonal colors of the trumpet.
Hahn and Larsen will also perform in the Sturgis Community Center
Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.
The hour-long recital covers a wide range of styles
from the late romantic, through the avant garde of the 50s, to the
colorful sounds of the present.
The composers include Jules Levy, George
Antheil, Toru Takemitsu, Libby Larsen, and Joseph Turrin.
“There are many facets to trumpet playing, from
full bodied and bold, to soft and lyrical. This recital will showcase
those different timbres in solo performances and with piano
accompaniment”, according to Hahn. He will be performing on two
different types of trumpet and on flugelhorn.
Admission is free and donations for music
scholarships will be taken at the door. For more information
contact Hahn at (605) 642-6888.
Persistence of Vision’ photography exhibit in
Clare & Josef Meier Hall closes September 29
A photography exhibit by John Burnap, a mass
communications senior from Deadwood, entitled ‘Persistence of Vision’ is
on display on the second floor of Meier hall. His exhibit has been on
display August 31. A closing presentation is scheduled on Sept. 29 at
noon. Student exhibits at Meier Hall will be presented monthly
throughout the semester.
American Indian Consortium at BHSU to hold first
The American Indian Consortium will hold its first bi-annual meeting
at Black Hills State University Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 12 p.m. to 1:30
p.m. in the small dining room of Pangburn cafeteria. This meeting
is for people on campus involved with Indian projects in Indian country
that wish to share their experiences with other interested BHSU
administration, staff and faculty at BHSU.
To schedule a brief presentation and to add your name to the list for
the complementary lunch, contact Urla Marcus, assistant director with
the Center for Indian Studies at 642-6578.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations to attend this
event should contact Marcus at least 48 hours prior to the event.
Fall session of BHSU Stock
Market Game program begins next month
The fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market
Game offered by Black Hills State University will begin Monday, Oct. 2
and will conclude the 10-week trading period on Friday, Dec. 8.
The SDSMG is an innovative online learning tool
that motivates students in building lifelong economic skills. The South
Dakota Board of Education has mandated that state high school students
must complete an economics/personal finance course. The SDSMG program is
an excellent way to deliver this content in a meaningful and motivating
way, according to Donald Altmyer, associate professor for the Accounting
and Economics Department of BHSU.
The program starts with teams of students
investing $100,000 in hypothetical “cyber dollars” in a portfolio of
stocks by performing on-line research and stock trading using real time
prices. The teams with the highest valued portfolios at the end of the
10-week trading period receive cash prizes and awards. Student teams
compete in three prize divisions: middle school (grades 4-8), high
school and college. Teachers receive online support including grade
level specific and course specific curriculum materials, lesson plans
and classroom activities conforming to national content standards in
math, economics, social studies and general business.
Teachers have successfully used the SDSMG to
enliven core academic subjects including math, social studies,
economics, personal finance, accounting and general business, according
He added that teachers have discovered that using
the program boosts attendance and reduces dropout rates. Students who
participate gain confidence and build self-esteem while having fun
learning as they see how their classroom lessons apply to the real world
according to Altmyer.
The students work together practicing
leadership, organization, negotiation and cooperation skills. In
building their portfolio of stocks, students make decisions based upon
what they have learned. To determine why certain stocks or the broader
market performs, they need to understand how the economy works. To
calculate the return on investment in their portfolio, they must apply
conceptual math skills. At the end of game, each team writes a
culminating portfolio report and presents the paper before the class
building effective public speaking and writing skills.
To register, go to www.smgww.org and click
on “Register Now” and select “USA/South Dakota” then follow the prompts
to enter your school, subject and number of teams. Select the Oct. 2 to
Dec. 8 session. The team registration fee has been reduced to $5 per
team and includes all materials, including weekly newsletters profiling
current economic and business events. Teachers may also register for the
free teacher demo session that begins on Sept. 5 and runs for three
weeks ending on Sept. 22.
A free teacher-training workshop will be conducted
at BHSU Meier Hall 3rd floor conference room on Friday,
September 29 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited at the workshop to
the first 10 teachers that register.
To register, contact Altmyer at 605-642-6266 or
Additional information on the SDSMG program can be
found at: www.bhsu.edu/businesstechnology/cee/stockmarketsimulation.html
Sponsors for the South Dakota Stock Market Game are
the Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University, the
Central States Securities Industries Association, the South Dakota
Council on Economic Education and the Foundation for Investor Education.
BHSU offers a way to
put Yellow Jackets on license plates
Yellow Jacket presents the new university organizational license
plate stickers that are available through the Institutional Advancement Office in Woodburn Hall, room 114
Black Hills State University supporters can now
show their university connection on their vehicle license plates.
"These stickers are a great way to show your
support of Black Hills State University," said Tom Wheaton, Black Hills
State director of alumni relations. "Whether you are an alum, an
enthusiastic fan, or even a current student, this is one of the most
visible and inexpensive ways to show school spirit."
BHSU is offering Yellow Jacket license plate
stickers for organizational license plates. The license plate stickers,
featuring a close-up depiction of the Yellow Jacket, are available from
the BHSU Alumni Association for $25. Proceeds from the sale of the
Yellow Jacket stickers go to the BHSU Alumni Association.
The license plate stickers are only available for
organizational license plates. The organizational license plates
cost $10 an can be purchased at any South Dakota county treasurer's
Stickers are available in the Institutional
Advancement Office in Woodburn Hall, room 114. For more information on
the Yellow Jacket license plate stickers, call (605) 642-6385.
Jacket Investment Club hosts first
The Jacket Investment Club, which was formed last
year and actually invests money on the market, recently held its first
meeting of the semester to welcome new students.
first meeting, which was a picnic at the Spearfish City Park, drew 30
members and potential members.
The club was formed last year as a legal
partnership entity to give students a vehicle to invest their own money
and learn how to analyze securities. The club has accumulated more than
$5,000 in capital since it began investing in November.
Jacket Investment Club 2005-2006 officers are
president, John Williams a business administration senior from
Spearfish; vice president, Nicholas Koontz, a psychology senior from
Sturgis; chief managing partner, Ammon Bemis from Canby, a business
administration senior from Spearfish ; chief financial officer, Rachel
Eddy, a business administration senior from Spearfish; chief trading
officer, Ryan Richey, a business administration senior from Spring View
Neb., chief information officer, Amber Riggins, a business
administration senior from Wanblee; and secretary, Melanie Jobgen a
professional accountancy senior from Philip.
The club advisor is Dr. Sheng Yang, assistant
professor of business administration. For information about the Jacket
Investment Club call 642-6429
Minutes of the Assessment Committee
Minutes of Assessment Committee meeting Sept. 18, 2006, at Meier
Hall Conference Room from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Attendance: Erin Dugan, Student Senate; Amin Sarkar, Deans’ Council;
Gary Haggarty, General Education Committee; David Calhoun, College of
Education Chairs; John Alsup, College of Education; Laura
Colmenera-Chilberg, Faculty Senate; Judith Haislett, Student Affairs;
George Earley, Chair; Priscilla Romkema, College of Business, excused.
Item One: Standards of Operation were amended to include a
representative from the College of Education who is working on the NCATE
report. Pat Simpson will join the Assessment Committee for an
unspecified period of time and help the committee integrate our work
with that of the NCATE team. Standards of Operation were also amended to
include a majority vote change from 6 of 10 to 6 of 11. Dr. Earley will
make the changes in our document.
Item Two: The Assessment Committee will meet weekly on Wednesdays at
noon until 1 p.m. Dr. Sarkar will reserve the conference room in Meier
Hall, floor three. Unless otherwise notified, we will meet at this time
Item Three: The charge to the Assessment Committee is to continue to
address the assessment standards put forward by the Higher Learning
Commissions (HLC), NCATE, and the initiatives for the campus. Higher
learning commission focuses on general education, the majors, and the
university environment. The focus on global issues, undergraduate
research, and intensive writing experiences for students will persist
and should be reflected in the reports. Due to the NCATE Team arrival,
some of our schedule has already been met. We know that the college of
Arts and Sciences will discuss the education component of its program
with NCATE on 10/26/6 and with the Assessment Committee on 10/30/6. The
College of Business and Technology will discuss its education component
with NCATE on 10/30/06 and with the Assessment Committee on 11/27/6.
The College of Education will discuss its assessment with NCATE on
1/24/7 and with the Assessment Committee on 1/29/7. These dates will be
included in a spreadsheet of dates and presentations that will be
developed within the next few meetings.
Item Four: Those programs submitting assessment plans that were not
approved will continue into the current academic year cycle. They will
present both their plan and results simultaneously, which is not
Item Five: The next meeting of the committee will be September 27th.
October 4th will be the third meeting. Judith Haislett will present the
seven-year trend report on the Student Satisfaction Inventory and inform
the committee members of the upcoming plan to assess students using this
Minutes of the University Graduate Council
for Tuesday September 19th at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 104
Present: Mackin, H. Ahmad, A. Ahmad, G.
Earley, D. Looney, Mettler, B. Smith, D. Siemens
Absent: Austin, Fuller, Molseed
Chair had members introduce themselves and welcomed
the new members
Meeting times and dates- The graduate council will
meet on the following dates at 3:30 Pm in Jonas 104 - October 17,
November 21, January 30, February 20, March 20, and April 17. All
meetings are open to the faculty and students.
The operational guidelines were discussed- Chair
pointed out that the guidelines had been changed to incorporate the new
graduate degree- master of science in integrative genomics. Chair agreed
to send them out again so people could look at them and vote to accept
Chair pointed out that A. Ahmad’s term of office
ends in October so there will have to be an election.
MSBSM- Looney reported that he had done a survey
of graduate students in the MSBSM program. The data indicated students
were usually local, part-time, female students. The students were
divided over whether they preferred face to face or online classes.
He also indicated that he was working on a two year
rotation of courses to insure that the enrollments met the Board of
MSCI- no report
MSIG- Siemens reported that the new degree was
approved this summer and is up and in place. We have four students in
the program. He believes that there is greater cooperation between
institutions for graduate offerings than four years ago.
Library- Bukralia reported that the BOR imitative
on libraries was creating more resources for faculty and students. The
resources had to be online and also accessible to the other regental
institutions. These included among others
Databases for all
2) SciFinder Scholar
3) ISI Web of Science OR
Databases for only
1) JSTOR Biological Collection
2) ScienceDirect College Edition - Health & Life
3) ScienceDirect College Edition - Health & Life
Bukralia also reported that BHSU had proposed an
undergraduate library media minor online which included dual numbered
courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Once these are
approved by the Board of Regents we will begin to offer the courses.
Meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM.
George Earley, Assistant Vice President for