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BHSU enrollment increases; highest enrollment in six years

Enrollment at Black Hills State University increased this fall to a total of 3,896 students which is the highest enrollment for the last six years.

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU, says the increase is significant especially in light of declining population and high school enrollments in the state and region.

“The increase in enrollment at Black Hills State University reflects the quality academic programs available at Black Hills State and the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff members,” Schallenkamp said. “I’m extremely proud of BHSU’s ability to respond to higher education needs of the state and the greater Black Hills region.

Of the 3,896 students, there are 3,733 undergraduate students, which is the highest number of undergraduates enrolled at BHSU in the last 12 years. The increase in enrollment at BHSU is attributed to several factors including increased scholarships offerings and dynamic programs that prepare students for careers in the information age as well as the successful placement of BHSU students in medical schools and other professional programs.

In the last decade, BHSU has increased academic scholarships by more than 500 percent. “We’re working hard to augment the number and total amount of academic scholarships to our students through aggressive fundraising efforts,” Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement said. “Thanks to the to the generous donations of alumni, community members and others, we’re now proud to offer just under $1 million in total scholarships for BHSU students.”

BHSU, which has the largest percentage of undergraduate adult learners, meets the needs of place-bound students by offering a variety of courses in Rapid City. The number of Rapid City courses as well as the number of students continues to grow and increased again this year. In addition to offering classes in Rapid City, BHSU provides options for course delivery including internet and correspondence courses.

The enrollment at BHSU this fall also reflects a growth in graduate students with 163 students enrolled in master’s degree programs. The university offers master’s degrees in education and business and was recently approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents to institute a master’s degree in integrative genomics. More than 100 students are currently enrolled in the education master’s degree which is offered in cohorts and online. Many teachers are choosing these methods to earn their reading specialist or math specialist  as a part of their master’s degree.

Schallenkamp noted that the number of new students from Wyoming decreased slightly which she believes is due to the financial incentives of the new Hathaway scholarship that encourages Wyoming students to attend Wyoming colleges and universities. The Hathaway Scholarship provides up to $3,200 in scholarship funds for the first year of college in Wyoming. In comparison the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship provides a maximum of $1,000 for the first year of attendance. 

Enrollment at BHSU this fall also reflects an increase in the number of number of minority students as a result of the emphasis that BHSU administrators have placed on recruiting minority students. The BHSU Center of American Indian Studies provides support for Native American students and forms a critical connection to the Native American population in region. BHSU currently enrolls the highest percentage of Native American students of the six state universities.

Business professor publishes paper in national business journal

Dr. Sheng Yang, assistant professor of economics and finance at Black Hills State University, recently co-authored a paper that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Business Research.

In the paper, co-authored with David I. Rosenbaum, professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln is titled “The Effects of the Business Cycle on Oligopoly Coordination: Evidence from the U.S. Aluminum Industry.” Yang and Rosenbaum empirically examine the hypothesis that current prices and margins vary directly with expected future demand.  Applied to the U.S. aluminum industry, they explore the time series properties of demand shocks with various lag structures incorporated into the estimation. Results support the predictions of the theoretical models.

According to Yang, the journal was ranked as the 48th best research outlet of all business journals in a study by Rita P. Hull, Virginia Commonwealth University and Gail B. Wright, University of Richmond published in Accounting Horizons, March 1990.  The overall acceptance rate for the journal is between five and ten percent.

Yang received his doctorate in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998. He joined the BHSU faculty in 2004. 

BHSU alumni honored during Swarm Week

Several Black Hills State University alumni were honored during the annual Swarm Week activities. The 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Tim Penton, Class of ’80. The 2006 Special Achievement Award was awarded to Craig Katt, Class of ‘75, Atlanta, Ga. The 2006 Excellence in Education Award was presented to Ron (McNeil) His Horse is Thunder, Class of ‘85, from Fort Yates, N.D. The 2006 Special Service Award was presented to Mary and Ed Furois.

Tim Penton, Class of '80, country manager for Williams International, began working in the oil fields near his hometown of Casper, Wyo. That was the beginning of what would become a long and successful energy career that has included assignments in the western part of the U.S. as well as in several international locations. Tim and his wife, Lisa, have two grown children.

Accepting the award, Tim expressed his gratitude for his alma mater.

“Black Hills State University made me what I am today. The teachers expected a lot. I learned later that out in the business world it’s the same way. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on things they raise the bar for expectations. My education at Black Hills State University prepared me to meet those demands,” Penton said. He noted that as an employee of Fortune 200 companies he has competed favorably with graduates from prestigious universities from across the country.

Craig Katt, Class of ‘75, owner and partner as well as president of Solare Solutions, a visual communications company with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., and a manufacturing site in Wiggins, Miss., was honored to receive the special achievement award. Solare, a multi-layered company is comprised of a multi-million dollar signage manufacturing facility; an award-winning creative design team; an animation/content creation media group; and a video systems integration division for hi-tech indoor and outdoor display systems. Katt is recognized as one of the industry experts in LED (light emitting diode) technology and is a frequent contributor of technical articles dealing with the technology. Katt and his wife, Beth, have four daughters.

Katt said he was humbled by the award and expressed his gratitude for BHSU. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Black Hills State University. I came to BHSU as a freshman thinking I’d ski and have some fun. I thought I new everything then. My professors got me thinking; they challenged me,” Katt said.

Katt noted that as his career and life have progressed he’s learned that what he does for others has greater importance. He told a touching story about developing a plan in the Mississippi area that was devastated by hurricanes and how that was so significant to the people who lived there.

Ed and Mary Furois, longtime supporters of BHSU and the entire community, are both BHSU alums. Ed graduated from BHSU in 1959 with a degree in business and economics. Mary earned an elementary education degree in 1960. The couple entered the local retail business world in 1962 with the purchase of the Spearfish Bootery which they operated together until it was sold in 1999. The Furois couple was honored as South Dakota Retail Couple of the Year in 1997 and received the Spirit of Spearfish Award in 1999. They raised four children. Mary Furois praised the university for its positive influence on her and the entire community.

“When we graduated from BHSU, we saw our diplomas as our tickets to go on. It didn’t happen that way. As we started our business, we found out how much we loved this area and made it our home. Having Black Hills State a part of this community is such a benefit. We have the opportunity to attend wonderful athletic events, concerts, plays and other activities,” Mary said.

Ronald (McNeil) His Horse is Thunder, Class of ’85, a member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota Oyate, is currently serving as tribal chairman for the Standing Rock Reservation and recently served as president of Sitting Bull College. After graduating from BHSU, Ron went on to receive his juris doctorate.

Ron, who attended the ceremony along with his wife Debra, said he was honored to receive the Excellence in Education Award because even though he didn’t pursue an educational career he has dedicated his life to serving as a positive mentor to other Native Americans.

“I never considered myself to be an educator. I was a political science major. Then I went to law school. I learned later in life that you can be an educator by being a role model. Hopefully my life and the way I live my life will serve as an inspiration to other young Native Americans,” Ron said.

 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame inducts new members

Black Hills State University inducted five individuals and two teams into the 2006 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during Swarm Week recently. Inductees as athletes were: Jeff Englund and Leslie Deutscher-Merrill. Inducted as coaches were: Ernie Mecca and Terry Burgess. Inducted for his outstanding contributions and service was Jim Alcorn. The 1970 football team and the 1928 men’s basketball team were also inducted.

Leslie Deutscher-Merrill, a women’s basketball standout for the Yellow Jackets in the early 90s, still holds many records at the university. Accepting the award, Deutscher-Merrill expressed her thanks to the university and noted that the award honor not just her but the entire team. She also expressed her gratitude to her family for the support through the years


Jeff Englund ran his way into the record books as he competed for theYellow Jackets football team from 1988-1991. Three times Jeff scored 30 points in a single game. Englund thanked the university for the recognition and the opportunity to compete in collegiate football.

“Thanks for allowing me to live my football dream,” Englund said. He noted that looking back to his childhood, he was always dreaming about playing football and is glad he had that opportunity at BHSU.

Inducted in to the hall of fame as a coach, Terry Burgess, Class of ’72, established himself as one of the most highly respected coaches in the state of Wyoming. At BHSU, Burgess was a multi-sport athlete, playing football, baseball and wrestling for the Yellow Jackets.

Burgess said he’s loves coaching and is glad he made it his career. He is now serving as a school administrator but noted that “coaching is in his blood” and that he continues to find ways to be involved in coaching. Burgess thanked BHSU for the recognition and expressed his gratitude for coaches everywhere who care enough to make a profound difference in the lives of their students.

Burgess, and his father, Glenn, are one of only three father-son Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame inductees.


Ernie Mecca, Class ’78, was also inducted as a coach.  Mecca built his coaching career in Dubois, Wyo.  In 1995, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association awarded him as Region 7 Coach of the Year for his work with girls’ track.  The girls’ track team won two state championships and four regional championships while the boys’ track team won three state championships and five regional titles under his direction.  He was awarded the Class 1A Coach of the Year in 1990 for boys’ basketball.

Mecca remarked at how humbled he was to join the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame.  He thanked one of his coaches at BHSU, Dave Little, for helping shape him into the coach he became.

Jim Alcorn was inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame for his contributions to the BHSU athletic program. In the past he served as a president for the Yellow Jacket Foundation and is currently a member of the Yellow Jacket Foundation Board of Directors. Alcorn’s loyalty to the Yellow Jackets runs deep. He served as an assistant football coach at Black Hills State in the 80s and was president of the Yellow Jacket Foundation from 1991-1999.

.The 1970 football team which is remembered for ending their season as SDIC Tri-Champions with a 5-1 conference record and an 8-2 overall record was inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame as a team. Coach Gene Schlekeway spoke about his experiences with the team and noted that it referred to by many to be the best football team ever to compete for BHSU. Team members who attended the banquet included:            Mike Murphy, Lanny Swisher, Kent Waugh, Terry Burgess, Keith Schultz, Keith Catron, Randy Langdon, Bill Fleak, Harvey Krautschun, Norb Weisbeck, Rob Templeton, Ron Young, Mike McMahon, Kirk Stratinger, Paul Georgas, Bob Lantgen, Mark Kookmich, Keith Glanzer, Kent Mauck, Doug Roseth, Roger Risty, Graig Leckner, Jerome Lee and George Kuhler.

Also recognized during the banquet was the 1928 Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team. This team of Yellow Jacket men provided enthusiasm and excitement during the incredible 1928 season. Then known as the Black Hills Teachers College, the team played in 22 games, winning 17 and dropping only five contests. They lost only three games to collegiate opponents. Bruce Sell, grandson of Art Sullivan, accepted a plaque on behalf of the team members.

BHSU making changes to ensure graduates have information literacy skills

Black Hills State University is taking steps to ensure that all graduates will have exemplary information literacy skills.

The technology information age has greatly impacted the way students access information according to Dr. George Early, assistant vice president for academic affairs.  In response, the curriculum at BHSU is being modified to make certain that all students will learn vital information literacy skills that will allow them to conduct research, evaluate sources, and effectively as well as ethically use information.

Dr. R. D. Theisz, chair of the department of humanities, is taking the lead in developing campus-wide initiatives to be sure graduates achieve an adequate level of information literacy. Theisz and other faculty members met recently to discuss how to best prepare students for a world of constantly changing technology and how to assess student information literacy competence. Theisz noted that the challenge is magnified in this age of information explosion. Theisz piloted an information literacy training module developed by Scott Ahola, reference librarian.

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently instituted an information literacy requirement that requires students be able to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”  Beginning in the spring of 2007, all students will be required to pass an Information Literacy exam.

BHSU faculty are reviewing the Regents information literacy requirement and discussing ways to integrate it into the BHSU curriculum. They are also considering how to include preparation for the literacy requirement assessment in classes. English faculty members, including full-time and part-time faculty from the Ellsworth Air Force Base extension campus as well as those who teach course at Western Dakota Technical Institute, participated in the retreat to ensure compatible program delivery in Rapid City Extension classes.

Earley noted that the information literacy exam, which will be given as part of the overall assessment exams, has already been given on an introductory trial basis. The exam, in “open book” format with online access, assesses the student’s ability to access and properly utilize information on the Internet.

Scott Ahola, reference librarian at the E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center, notes that technology advances have changed how research is conducted and he encourages students to keep abreast of the changes.

“Information is available from many sources and in many formats, such as printed text, television, videos, library databases, web sites, and more. To be information literate we need to know why, when, and how to use all of these tools and think critically about the information they provide,” Ahola emphasizes.

He defines information literacy as the ability to define research needs, develop a research strategy, conduct searches for information, evaluate the resources found, and incorporate and cite the information used.

“Choosing resources can be tricky. Some resources are better for researching current events. Others are better for researching historical topics,” according to Ahola.

He notes that websites provide up-to-the minute news and information about current events, trends, and controversial topics, however, since anyone can publish anything on the web, website information is frequently inaccurate or biased, and sometimes outdated.

“Finding web sites is generally not a problem. Finding web sites that are relevant and reputable is,” says Ahola. “The web changes constantly. Evaluating information can be a complicated process. Since there is plenty of information available that is inaccurate, fraudulent or biased, it is important to determine if the sources we find are factual and verifiable.

Ahola reminds students that to it takes time to locate good information and encourages students to contact staff at the reference or information desk at the library for assistance in selecting and evaluating reliable resources.

  Students recognized for statewide scholarships

Several Black Hills State University students were recently recognized for receiving state scholarships during a scholarship presentation hosted by Governor Michael Rounds.

Four BHSU students received the Dakota Corps Scholarships and five BHSU students received the Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarships

Twenty incoming college freshmen from across the state will be awarded the Dakota Corps Scholarship for the 2006-2007 school year.  These students have committed to attend an in-state university and to join critical need occupations in South Dakota. Dakota Corps Scholarship recipients from BHSU are: Alex Hanson, an elementary education major from Aberdeen; Autumn Stocking, a math education major from Box Elder; Kimberly Ulmen, an education and instrumental music major from Kadoka; and Britney Anderson, a music major from Rapid City.  Rounds congratulated the students on their accomplishments and praised their commitment to earning a degree.

"This is our way to congratulate and honor these outstanding recipients of the Dakota Corps Scholarships," said Rounds.  "We are pleased that these students have chosen to remain in South Dakota and to fill a need in a critical field of study."

Dakota Corps and Hagen-Harvey scholarship recipients from BHSU were honored at a reception hosted by the governor.  Betsy Silva, associate professor of education, (left) congratulates the recipients: first row, Kimberly Ulman, Angela Drown, Christina Cordier and Jordan Mendoza. Back row, Alex Hanson.

The current critical need occupations include: teaching K-12 music, special education, or foreign language; teaching high school math or science; and working as a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse or in other allied health care fields, including pharmacy.

Dr. Betsy Silva, BHSU associate professor of education, who attended the scholarship reception, said she was very impressed with the BHSU recipients and with Gov. Rounds for his support for these important scholarships.

The Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarships recipients were also honored at the reception. A group 19 students will receive a total of $23,000 this year through the scholarship.

“The 2010 Education Initiative includes a focus on improving the graduation rate of our Native American students,” said Rounds. “This scholarship provides a powerful incentive for students to finish their high school experience and to pursue higher education. These students should be extremely proud.” 

BHSU students who received the Richard Hagen Minerva Harvey Memorial Scholarship were: Christina Cordier, a freshman from Pine Ridge; Angela Drown, a freshman business administration major from New Underwood; Andrea Hicks, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Batesland; Jordan Mendoza a junior biology major from Eagle Butte; and Laura Ducheneaux, a sophomore psychology major from Eagle Butte

Hagen-Harvey scholarships are awarded to recent high school graduates who are enrolled members of one of South Dakota’s nine tribes. Recipients must attend an institute of higher education located in South Dakota. Recipients are chosen based on qualities such as leadership potential, demonstration of exceptional talent, ACT test score, high school grade point average, and other indicators of persistence and drive for success. Students can apply to receive a total of $6,000 over four years.

The scholarship program was established in 2003, after Minerva Harvey left the proceeds of her estate to the South Dakota Department of Education to develop a scholarship program for American Indian students. Richard Hagen was a legislator from Pine Ridge who served in the State House and Senate.  

Two BHSU employees honored for fire prevention actions 

Myron Sullivan, security supervisor, (center) recognizes Joe Stephens, (left) and Ray Ginsbach (right), for their actions which saved the university from possible extensive fire damage. Stephens and Ginsbach reacted quickly to a fire in the campus apartment building by notifying the fire department and then extinguishing the fire

As a part of Fire Safety Week at Black Hills State University, two employees Ray Ginsbach and Joe Stephens, were recognized recently at a luncheon for their actions which saved the university from possible fire damage.

Ginsbach and Stephens were leaving the campus apartments this summer when they smelled smoke and responded quickly by locating the fire, contacting the fire department, and extinguishing the fire before it caused much damage. The cause of the fire was a paper box left on a stove that was accidentally left on.

”We don’t say thank you enough when someone steps up. I happy to present these plaques for being good Samaritans to the university,” Myron Sullivan, security supervisor, said. “You two went above and beyond the call of duty in your quick actions.”

Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student affairs, and Michael Issaacson, director of residence life, also expressed their appreciation for their actions.

Several other fire safety events were held during the week. The Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department was on campus showcasing their new fire truck and answering students’ questions. Throughout the week, residence life staff conducted fire drills and fire extinguisher hands-on training demonstrations.

The Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department was on campus last week as part of Fire Safety week.

Gubernatorial candidate to hold discussion at BHSU

Gubernatorial candidate, Jack Billion, will discuss his education policy at the Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

All faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend.  Billion will hold a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by the discussion from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

 The event is sponsored by Northern Hills Democracy in Action (DIA NH) in association with the BHSU College Democrats. Questions may be directed to BHSU College Democrats 641-6185 or DIA NH 644-9062.

Harlem Ambassadors vs 842nd Dueces Wild at Donald E. Young Center

The Harlem Ambassadors will play against the world renowned 842nd Dueces Wild at the Donald E. Young Center on Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m.  This one of a kind basketball game is sponsored by the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are available at the Spearfish Chamber office, at the door, or by calling 642-2626.   

Candidate forum scheduled

A candidate forum will be held at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. featuring all six of the candidates for the SD state legislature from Lawrence County as well as two candidates for Lawrence Country Commissioner.

According to Dr. Pamela Carriveau, assistant professor of political science and sociology at Black Hills State University who will be serving as moderator for the event, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions directly of the candidates verbally or in writing for the moderator to address.  In addition there will be an opportunity to mingle and hold informal discussions with the candidates. Refreshments will be served. 

The forum is hosted by Democracy in Action.  Questions may be directed to Carriveau at 642-6006. 

Comedian Buzz Sutherland to appear at BHSU

 Buzz Sutherland

The Black Hills State University Programming Team’s Kaleidoscope Committee presents award winning comedian Buzz Sutherland Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Buzz, who has been at the top of the college comedy world for the last seven years and has been named Comedian of the Year 16 times, will be appearing in the BHSU Yellow Jacket Student Union Legacy Room entertaining the audience with humor that his publicist describes as 100 percent clean and 200 percent funny. 

For information, call the UP Team at 642-6418. 


BHSU to host accounting careers showcase

The South Dakota CPA Society and the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education will host a South Dakota Showcase Thursday, Oct. 12 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The showcase is an opportunity for BHSU students to network with local business professions to discuss business careers and job opportunities according to Don Altmyer, associate professor accounting and economics.  The showcase includes a video produced by the AICPA showcasing exciting careers available to CPAs and an open question and answer forum with local business representatives. 

Pizza and beverages will be served.  Door prizes will be awarded at close of the event.  For more information contact Altmyer at 642-6266 or

Gold Rush Dance Company hosts Little Jacket Dancers workshop

The Black Hills State University Gold Rush Dance Company is hosting a Little Jacket Dancers workshop Saturday, Oct. 14. 

This day of fun and learning will conclude with a half time performance at the BHSU vs. Jamestown football game.   Registration is required by Oct. 7.  The fee for the workshop is $35.  The workshop will be held in the upper level of the BHSU Donald E. Young Center beginning with check in at 8:30 a.m.  Lunch will be provided. Game time is 1 p.m. 

To obtain registration forms and workshop information contact Shauna Junek at 645-3269.

Reading Council hosts a book fair

The Black Hills State University Reading Council will host a book fair Tuesday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 5. The books will be displayed in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

According to Dr. Joanna R. Jones, assistant professor of education, funds raised from the book fair sales will support the Reading Council’s Reading Is Fundamental project to provide early elementary school children with three free books per school year.

The Reading Council will distribute books to children at West Elementary School in Spearfish Friday, Oct. 27 in conjunction with Make a Difference Day.   Questions regarding the book fair can be directed to (605) 642-6405 .

BHSU receives $12,000 IRA donation from Jim Mortensen

Jim Mortensen from Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., recently contributed $12,000 to the Black Hills State University Foundation from his IRA and avoided paying tax on his withdrawal.  Mortensen’s gift is being added to the Genevieve Edsal Mortensen Fund for Handicapped Students.

According to Steve Meeker, the purpose of the fund is to annually provide financial assistance to purchase equipment deemed necessary to further the educational opportunities of handicapped students at BHSU.

“If you're at the point where you must make withdrawals from your Individual Retirement Account, and you're charitably inclined like Mr. Mortensen, here's an important point to keep in mind: You can now ship money directly from your IRA to a charity without paying tax on the withdrawal,” Meeker said. “It's the result of legislation approved by Congress and signed into law by President Bush last month.”

He added that there are some restrictions: You're only eligible if you're 70 1/2 or older. The provision is in effect only for this year (2006) and next.  Also, there's a limit on how much you may contribute to the charity under the terms of this provision: $100,000 per person per year.

At about the time you turn 70 1/2, you are required to begin making withdrawals from your traditional IRA. You generally must withdraw at least a minimum amount annually (thus taxable income).   You must make the withdrawals even if you don't want to, even if you don't need the money.  However, your mandatory withdrawal won't be taxed — this year or next — if you have it shipped directly to the charity (subject to that $100,000 limit mentioned above).

To learn more about the new IRA provision by reading a document published last month by Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation visit: or contact Meeker or John Kietzmann at BHSU 605-642-6385.

Winners named for Swarm Day parade

Members of Black Hills State University and the Spearfish community rounded up for the ‘Livin it Up in the Wild West’ 2006 Swarm Day parade.

The winning parade entries are as follows: Heidi Hall for best overall; Humbert Hall for best residence hall; BHSU volleyball team and Jacket Investment Club tied for best student organization; Black Hills Winery for best community business and Nazarene Church for best community organization.

The winners of the campus decorating contest were CAMSE for best office and Humbert Hall for best residence hall.

BHSU went on to defeat the Dickinson State Blue Hawks at the annual homecoming football game following the parade.   


Heidi Hall’s float in the Swarm Day parade was judged as the best overall entry.


Humbert Hall’s float in the Swarm Day parade was judged as best residence all entry.


The BHSU volleyball team’s float tied with the Jacket Investment Club for best student organization entry.


The Jacket Investment Club’s float tied with the BHSU volleyball team for best student organization entry.

The float representing Black Hills Winery was judged as best community business entry.

The Nazarene Church’s float was judged as best community organization entry.

Results of 11th annual BHSU Swarm Days disc golf tournament

Kevin Schwan and Scott Caeser were the overall winners in the 11th Annual Black Hills State University Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament recently held on the campus disc golf course.  A total of 23 disc golfers competed in the tournament. Par for the 18 hole course is a total score of 54.  Prizes were sponsored by the Swarm Days Committee.  The next disc golf tournament is scheduled for the last week of April during Big 100 week and Festival on the Green.

BHSU Student Division placements showing hometown, grade level and final score are as follows: Kevin Schwan, Aberdeen, So., 47; Charles Lehmann, Spearfish, Sr., 50;Charles Lehmann , Spearfish, Sr., 50; Josh Jangula, Aberdeen, So., 52; Marc Macy, Belle Fourche, Jr., 53; Kyle Grauman, Rapid City, So.,54; Aaron Nelson, Harrisburg, Sr., 54; Michael Roberts, Pierre, So., 55; Dillon Julius, Watertown, Fr.,59; Josh Delahoyde, Spearfish, Jr., 60; Zach Maxwell, Watertown, Jr.,62; Zac Bell, Hanna, Wyo., Jr., 66; Lindsey Skaare, Hitchcock, Fr., 68; Casey Hibbert, Spearfish, So.,70.

The Community Division placements showing name, hometown and score are as follows: Scott Caesar, Rapid City, 43; Kevin Schwan, Aberdeen, 44; Don Altmyer, Spearfish, 47; Lane Prang, Rapid City, 47; Aaron Nelson, Harrisburg, 50; Mark Klewicki, Rapid City, 52; Michael Roberts, Pierre, 52; Josh Jangula, Aberdeen, 53; Walter Switzer, Spearfish, 55; Quentin Piekola, Spearfish, 58; Russ Price, Rapid City, 57; Robert Meddings, Lead, 58

University Assessment Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of University Assessment Committee meeting September 27th from noon to 1p.m. in Meier Hall Conference Room

Present:  G. Earley, Sarkar, Calhoon, P. Carriveau, Alsup, Comenero-Chilberg- Duggan, Simpson

Absent:   Haislett, Hagerty, Romkema

  1. Membership-  Chair welcomed Drs. Simpson and Carriveau as new members of the committee.

  2. Meeting time- Committee discussed and agreed that Wednesday at noon would remain the time for meetings.

  3. Report writers for this year- Chair distributed list with some corrections and will send it to committee members once the list is corrected.

  4. How to assess reports work paper- the committee agreed to use this document for reports this year.

  5. Framework for reports- committee discussed the fact that many of the writers were also writing NCATE reports for their major/department.  The assessment committee agreed that the writers will end up preparing two reports: one for NCATE and one for the university assessment committee- this is necessitated by the fact that NCATE does not specifically deal with issues like the undergraduate research requirement, global issues requirement, and intensive writing requirement.  The chair will work with the deans to set framework of the reports and also the data required.  Committee agreed that the overall reports should include both MFT and PRAXIS data in those majors which have both education and non-education students.

  6. Questions on international studies and internship.  The committee decided that the two questions the chair asked the committee to review for inclusion in the report were not appropriate for assessment but should be included in strategic planning.

  7. Timeline- All reports from the three colleges will be due on January 19th.

 The next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 4th from noon to 1 p.m. in Meier Hall Conference Room.  Dr. Schallenkamp will be present to talk about assessment.

 George Earley, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Minutes of the CSA Meeting

Approved 8/15/06

The CSA council board members convened at 9:30 in the Residence Life Conference Room with President Schallenkamp as a guest.  The members in attendance were:  Debbie Balding, Eileen Thomas, Rhonda Wolff, Cindy Ostert, Myron Sullivan, and Nancy Shuck.

Some of the highlights from President Schallenkamp were:

  • Wants BHSU to become an all inclusive university where all departments are a part pulling together to work towards what is in the best interest of our students
  • Committees will provide input in the decision making (not govern) and this input is very critical
  • Encourages CSA involvement on committees.  Eileen asked her to let us know when we can be of assistance.

Nancy asked about opportunity for professional development.  President Schallenkamp encouraged attendance at the Address of the University and to use the resources on campus.  Nancy then explained that since we had our scholarship fund to the point of self-funding that the CSA Council would like to use fundraising monies for staff professional development.  She thought that was a great idea.

We discussed the issue of honoring staff longevity and the awards banquet.  We explained about the university awards reception and the CSA awards luncheon.  There was a lot of discussion as to why there were two separate receptions and the pros and cons.  We also discussed that there were two different cut-off dates to determine years served.  Pres. Schallenkamp wanted to meet with Anita and get back to us on this.

Debbie brought to President Schallenkamp’s attention the CSA welcome packets and what was included in each that is given to new support staff.  She was very impressed with this practice and asked that we continue to do this.  There was discussion on how some of the staff are given a campus tour if they specifically asked for one.  President Schallenkamp would like to see this become part of the welcome procedure.

The conversation turned to President Schallenkamp’s desire to have a more friendly and personal atmosphere which includes doing away with automatic audix messages as much as possible.  There was discussion on bringing in training for this purpose.  CSA council volunteered to put on these workshops.  She was receptive to this and asked that we discuss a date(s) for this at our next meeting and get back to her.

Eileen presented the minutes.  Myron made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Cindy seconded it.  Motion carried.

Old Business:  The CSA picnic was discussed.  There was a discussion to have a little more organization for requesting dishes by splitting CSA staff using the alphabet by last names for salads and desserts.  Eileen made a motion to put the $78 which is half of the raffle ticket money in petty cash.  Debbie seconded it.  Motion carried.

New Business:  Nancy brought up the fact that we should put the CSA minutes on the website and also have the meeting place and times posted in the Campus Currents because they are open to all CSA members.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 12th, at 9:30 am in the Residence Life Conference Room.  Debbie made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rhonda seconded it.  Motion carried and meeting was adjourned.

CSA Secretary,

Eileen Thomas 

Grants information

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, 309 Woodburn, through September 21, 2006.  For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to us at  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

The purpose of the NRI Program is to support research, extension, and education grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of agriculture. In FY 2007, the NRI Program will accept applications for fundamental research, mission-linked research, and integrated research, extension, and education projects. Application due dates vary by program. See the list of due dates at the end of the FY 2007 NRI Request for Applications (RFA
For more information and a link to the web site go to:

NIDDK Education Program Grants (R25)
Purpose: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits Research Education (R25) grant applications from applicant organizations that propose to create educational opportunities to attract undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to careers in areas of biomedical or behavioral research of particular interest to the NIDDK while fostering the career development of these students and fellows. The NIDDK is especially interested in attracting students and postdoctoral fellows from scientific disciplines underrepresented in disease-oriented biomedical research such as engineering, informatics, computer science, and computational sciences, to encourage them to apply their expertise to research relevant to diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases, digestive and liver diseases, nutrition, obesity research and prevention, and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. Mechanism of Support: This FOA will use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism. Awards issued under this FOA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

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