Volume XXX, No. 1 • Jan. 6, 2006

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Kietzmann named director of development - top

John Kietzmann

John Kietzmann, former multi-media coordinator at Colorado State University, has been named director of development at Black Hills State University.

Kietzmann, who joined the staff in the BHSU institutional advancement office at BHSU, will work under the direction of Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement. He will be working primarily with athletic development and the Yellow Jacket Foundation Board of Directors. According to Meeker, Kietzmann’s duties will be approximately 80 percent athletic fundraising and 20 percent other fundraising duties as needed. Meeker will focus the majority of his time working on the academic scholarship program.

“John brings significant athletic experience to the position. He's got a lot of energy, which will be required to fulfill our needs,” Meeker says.

Kietzmann has a bachelor’s degree in business and is currently pursuing an MBA from Colorado State University. As multi-media coordinator at CSU, Kietzmann was active in fundraising and friend-raising activities for the university. He also maintained the athletic website and served as a primary contact for the CSU former athletes association. He was also responsible for coordinating all printed materials for the athletics department and handling all aspects of media relations for women’s basketball. His previous experience includes stints as a sports information intern, sports broadcast producer and assistant athletics coordinator.

“I am very excited about joining the BHSU staff,” Kietzmann says. “I am looking forward to making new connections in the community and getting to know the people here.”

Center for Tourism Research gathers information for Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Council - top

Tom Dunn
Dan Spencer
Chris Coolidge

The Black Hills State University Center for Tourism Research (CTR) recently contracted with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe to conduct a workshop to obtain tribal members’ views about tourism development on three lakefront properties owned by the tribe.

The CTR used the Nominal Group Technique (NGT) to evaluate tourism options for the land. According to Tom Dunn, CTR director, the technique is a time-tested method designed to systematically generate ideas about a given subject from a group of participants, rank order alternative courses of action, and reach consensus.

Twenty-five tribal members participated in the session on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation. Dunn, along with Dr. Dan Spencer, CTR associate director, and Chris Coolidge, CTR office manager, served as moderators for the session.

“The ideas generated by this process were both wide and varied,” Dunn said. “Some participants suggested leaving one property alone and not developing it. Others suggested some very intriguing possibilities for all three parcels.”

Ideas discussed included: cultural tourism/prairie plant restoration, including the production of herbal medicine; an equestrian center/trail rides; a recreation center with year-around activities; a horse ranch/corporate retreat; bird watching or other ecotourism, and a summer native cultural camp.

According to Dunn, participants were enthusiastic about how the NGT process worked, the broad range of ideas it generated and the consensus that was achieved. They seemed very interested in applying the NGT to other situations and would like to invite the CTR back to help evaluate other tourism and economic development issues.

Dunn and Spencer believe the NGT has tremendous potential anywhere there is difficulty in identifying and prioritizing options for tribal lands.

“As far as I know, this is the first time the NGT has been used to generate tourism development alternatives on a reservation,” Spencer said. “Its application has tremendous potential in successfully evaluating and prioritizing options on sensitive issues in what can often be a highly political and/or emotionally charged atmosphere.”

Chrysler to give presentation at national marketing conference - top

Earl Chrysler

Dr. Earl Chrysler, professor in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, will give a presentation at the National Marketing Educators Association Conference in San Francisco April 27-29.

Chrysler, along with co-authors Stuart Van Auken and Ludmilla Wells, both of Florida Gulf Coast University, will present their paper “MBA Program Attitudinal Orientations: A Student Population Segmentation.” The paper will also appear in the refereed proceedings of the conference.

In the paper, Chrysler, Van Auken and Wells explored the differences in students’ attitudes toward their MBA education among full- and part-time MBA students in the same program. They used multiple discriminant analysis to reveal a discrimination function comprised of four semantic differential attitudinal pairs that could successfully discriminate between the two student groups.

Results indicated that part-time MBA students have more positive attitudes regarding the value of their MBA education than do full-time students. According to Chrysler, one apparent reason for this is that, being employed, the part-time MBA students can perceive the workplace value of the knowledge they are acquiring from their courses. Chrysler also stated that most employers enjoy a more immediate return on their investment if they are subsidizing their employee’s MBA course work since the students can identify areas in their firms for the application of the knowledge they are acquiring in their courses.

Chrysler has a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. He received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California.

Spring semester begins Jan. 18 - top

The spring semester at Black Hills State University will begin Wednesday, Jan. 18. New students may register for classes Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon in the Market Place of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

Students may make changes to their class schedule through WebAdvisor, which is accessible on the BHSU website www.bhsu.edu. Changes may also be made at the Student Union Market Place where assistance will be available Jan. 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After Jan. 18 students may drop or add courses in the Registrar’s Office in Woodburn Hall room 202 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students who have confirmed enrollment (with the express check-in card) and have paid their bill before Jan. 7, 2006, will not need to check in. All other students should go through the payment and financial aid disbursement process. To keep payment lines as short as possible students are advised to follow the schedule, which is divided by last name. If the schedule conflicts with a class, students should go through fee payment during an open time slot. All payments or financial arrangements must be made before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Classes will be released for students who have not checked in or returned the express check-in card by Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.

The Board of Regents recently instated a new eCommerce process, called SDePay, so students can review their statement and pay tuition and fees online via eCheck or credit card. Accepted credit cards are MasterCard, Discover and American Express. SDePay may be accessed through WebAdvisor. For more information see www.bhsu.edu/businessoffice/ecommerce.

Residence halls will open Sunday, Jan. 15 at 12 noon for student move-in. Meal plans and parking permits may be purchased in the Student Union Market Place Jan. 17-18. Beginning Jan. 19, parking permits may be obtained at the Traffic Control Office in the Facilities Services Building and meal plans can be purchased at Dining Services in Pangburn Hall. No meal plan changes will be allowed after Friday, Jan. 27.

All students who have pre-registered for classes are assigned an email/ Internet account on the university system. Students are required to check this account twice a week. To activate this account, new students must complete the authorization process at https://iis.bhsu.edu/studentlogin/. Accounts for returning students will automatically be activated at the beginning of the semester.

Student IDs from last semester will be activated when students enroll. Replacement IDs are available in Woodburn Hall room 214 for a $10 charge.

For more information about registration contact the Registrar’s Office at 642-6044.

Payment and Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule
(according to last name)
  Tuesday, Jan. 17 Wednesday, Jan. 18
8 a.m. F, R Open
9 a.m. Open E, J
10 a.m. Q, T D, W
11 a.m. C, P U, V, X, Y, Z
Noon K, S A, N
1 p.m. G, M L, H
2 p.m. Open B
3 p.m. I, O Open


Center for Economic Education invites K-12 teachers to free training workshops - top

Don Altmyer

The Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University will conduct K-12 teacher training workshops at four South Dakota high schools during January. The free workshops will train teachers to use the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG) in their classes to satisfy a recent South Dakota Board of Education mandate that an economics or personal finance course be completed by all high school graduates beginning in the fall of 2006.

Workshops will be held Friday, Jan. 20 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Douglas High School in Rapid City; Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Watertown High School; Thursday, Jan. 26 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Brandon Valley High School in Sioux Falls; and Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Custer High School.

The workshops will be conducted by Don Altmyer, associate accounting and business professor and director of the Center for Economic Education at BHSU. Altmyer, a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for over 28 years, has served as the SDSMG coordinator since 1997.

The SDSMG, the only stock market simulation program endorsed by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the National Council on Economic Education, provides teachers with lesson plans by subject and grade level that correlate to national content standards in economics and personal finance. At the workshops teachers will receive all training materials and lesson plans and will perform actual online research and stock trading.

The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation in which teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks over a 10-week trading period every fall and spring semester. According to Altmyer, students learn about the American free enterprise system and how economic events affect businesses and consumers. Cash prizes are awarded to the teams with the highest-valued portfolios in three divisions: middle school, high school and college. Last spring over 500 students from 40 South Dakota middle and high schools participated in the program. The spring 2006 SDSMG begins Monday, Feb. 13.

Workshop seating is limited to the first 10 teachers to reserve a spot at each location. Contact Altmyer at 642-6266 or DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu to register. The registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 19. For more information about the SDSMG see www.smgww.org.

BHSU invites alumni and community members to attend the 14th annual Alumni Mile - top

The Black Hills State University Alumni Association will hold its 14th annual Alumni Mile Reunion Jan. 27-28 in Spearfish.

The reunion kicks off Friday, Jan. 27 with a social gathering at the Stadium Sports Grill immediately following the Yellow Jacket basketball games against the University of Mary. The women’s basketball game begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium. The men’s game will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The Alumni Mile will be held the next day, Saturday, Jan. 28, in conjunction with the Dave Little Invitational. The indoor meet will begin at 11 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House.

Last year over 30 runners from across the United States participated in the alumni run. All are welcome to attend the reunion activities, even if they do not wish to run in the Alumni Mile. For more information, contact Jim Glazer at 651-702-3242 or Jodi Neiffer at 605-642-6446.

RSVP will sponsor chili and soup supper - top

The seventh annual Martin Luther King Day chili and soup supper, sponsored in part by the RSVP office at BHSU, will be held Monday, Jan. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spearfish.

The cost of the meal is a non-perishable food or cash donation for the Spearfish Food Pantry. Max Meyer will provide the entertainment for the event.

Sponsors of the event include RSVP, the Spearfish Ministerial Association, the Spearfish Senior Center and Ameri*Corps VISTA.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is located at 1020 State Street in Spearfish. For additional information contact Nancy Wietgrefe, RSVP coordinator, at 642-6540.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Wednesday, Dec. 28. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

Informal Science Education (ISE)

The National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources - Division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education, announces the request for ISE proposals. The ISE program invests in projects that develop and implement informal learning experiences designed to increase interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as projects that advance knowledge and practice of informal science education. Projects may target either public audiences or professionals whose work directly affects informal STEM learning. ISE projects are expected to demonstrate strategic impact, innovation, and collaboration.

Deadline: Required preliminary proposals for Project Grants are due March 21, 2006. The full proposal deadline is June 22, 2006. Detailed instructions are available at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06520/nsf06520.txt.

Wellmark Foundation Announces Grant Priorities for 2006

The Wellmark Foundation has narrowed its focus of giving for 2006 to the following: diabetes, depression, end-of-life care with an emphasis on pain control, and health literacy.

  • Diabetes - Because self management is a critical element in all chronic care, The Wellmark Foundation’s focus in this area seeks to support diabetes patient-centered educational programs. Likewise, community-based programs and links to effective community resources are recognized as important components of diabetes self-management. Our grant funding can assist innovative community approaches to reaching high-risk populations. While therapeutic measures can assist in controlling diabetes, the burden of diabetic care increasingly lies with patients and their families.
  • Depression - Improving how depression is diagnosed and treated is the focus of this priority area. Collaborative models designed to improve coordination and follow-up by a multidisciplinary team can be used to improve the community-based disease management of this common condition. Depression is a serious and prevalent chronic disease that should be conceptualized in a way that is parallel to other chronic conditions (asthma, diabetes, etc.). Longitudinal chronic-illness care approaches to depression treatment are effective, but not currently implemented as often as could be possible. Putting these approaches into place requires a combination of clinical and economic systems strategies at multiple levels, engaging patients/consumers, providers, practices, and community partners.
  • End-of-Life Care with an Emphasis on Pain Control - The Foundation’s grant program seeks to advance comfort, choice, and control in care at the end of life. We want to encourage and empower individuals, communities, and health care providers to take active steps in improving the quality of care that individuals (and families/caregivers) near the end of their lives receive. This approach also encourages individuals to think about their preferences for end-of-life care and make clear decisions about end-of-life care as part of an intentional planning process. Our grant funding is a starting point for initiatives that will potentially contribute substantively to the improvement of end-of-life care in Iowa and South Dakota.
  • Health Literacy - Health literacy is the degree in which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions (Healthy People 2010). The American Medical Association’s Council of Scientific America more specifically defines functional health literacy as “the ability to read and comprehend prescription bottles, appointment slips, and the other essential health-related materials required to successfully function as a patient.”

Similar to a traditional understanding of literacy, health literacy incorporates a range of abilities to: read, comprehend, and analyze information; decode instructions, symbols, charts, and diagrams; weigh risks and benefits; and, ultimately, make decisions and take action.

However, the concept of health literacy extends to the materials, environments, and challenges specifically associated with disease prevention and health promotion. Health literacy is “cross-cutting” because it affects patients suffering from all types of medical conditions — further displaying how the issue goes beyond simply reading and writing. There is much that can be done at a community level to assist Iowa and South Dakota populations of all kinds in addressing and improving health literacy.

Deadline information and other requirements can be found at www.wellmark.com/community/wellmark_foundation/wellmark_foundation_funding.htm.

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