CSA position open -
The following Career Service position is open and limited to status
Career Service employees of Black Hills State University:
- Program assistant II, University Support Services
For additional information or to file an application, view the
Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Anne Koenig, senior computer support specialist,
- Jeannie Salazar, senior secretary, College of Business and
- Sandra Nauman, teacher aide, Child Care Center
Klarenbeek presents at
Health Education Assessment Project meeting at Yale
Sandy Klarenbeek, health instructor at Black Hills
State University, recently presented at the Health Education Assessment
Project (HEAP) project meeting held at Yale University.
The spring meeting and training workshops focused on
health education standards and assessment item development, web-based
assessment systems, advancing state trainings and improving professional
Klarenbeek is a member of the HEAP steering committee
and a representative for South Dakota. She is also a trainer for health
education standards and assessment training, which is held four or five
times a year around the state. Her presentation, “Building the State’s
Capacity to Provide Teacher Training,” shared the design that South
Dakota uses for the professional development training. The training
manual and corresponding participant’s manual was shared with those
attending. Klarenbeek’s presentation demonstrated how the pre-service
instruction, that she uses in the K-8 Methods of Teaching Health, which
all elementary education majors take, and Methods of Health Instruction,
which incorporates HEAP teaching and learning materials and correlate
with the professional training delivered to practicing teachers.
According to Klarenbeek, the mission of the assessment
project is to develop effective health education assessment resources
through a collaborative process, and to increase members’ capacity to
align curriculum, instruction and assessment to improve student health
literacy through improved health education instruction. The state of
South Dakota is one of 23 member states that belong to the HEAP
collaborative, part of the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO)
State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS).
Klarenbeek serves on the HEAP Assessment Development
Committee, which is developing protocols for new item development,
reviewing the assessment framework, and expanding the assessment
database and web-based assessment system (WBAS). The system uses new
technology which significantly changes the way teachers teach and
students learn by measuring the knowledge and skills of students through
pretests, delivering instruction and learning experiences based on the
pretest assessment scores, and allowing the teachers and the students to
measure the growth of knowledge and skills through comparison of the
pre- and post-test assessment results.
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 and Dr. Betsy Silva, chair of the
department of physical education and health at BHSU, are currently
helping to develop the state health and physical education course
BHSU professor and student
present at international convention -
Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant education professor at
Black Hills State University, was recently invited to present at the
International Reading Association annual convention in Chicago. She was
assisted by Samantha Burr, 2005-06 BHSU Reading Council president.
Jones presented insights and successes that relate to
membership development for student reading councils. Her session,
entitled “All for One and One for All: Membership Development,” featured
examples from the BHSU Reading Council, which has grown over 500 percent
over the last four years according to Jones. Burr, a senior elementary
education major from Gillette, Wyo., provided student perspective on
The BHSU Reading Council has received the
International Reading Association’s Honor Council recognition. For the
last two years, the BHSU organization has been the only South Dakota
Reading Council to receive the award. To receive Honor Council
recognition, a council must maintain membership growth, hold regular
meetings and participate in community activities, and participate in
international literacy projects.
Jones has served as advisor for the BHSU Reading
Council and student membership director for the South Dakota Reading
Council for four years. She joined the BHSU faculty in 2002 after
receiving her master’s degree in elementary education from the
University of New Mexico and her doctorate in elementary education from
Arizona State University.
Theisz poem accepted for
publication - top
Dr. R.D. Theisz, Black Hills State University
professor and chair of the Department of Humanities, was recently
notified that his poem “Salt Flat Good Old Boys” was one of only 140
submissions accepted for publication by the anthology In Other Words.
The anthology narrowed its selections to 140 from over
4,000 works submitted for publication. It will be published this fall by
Western Reading Services in Denver, Colo.
According to Theisz, “Salt Flat Good Old Boys” is a
result of a visit to Cherokee, Okla., two years ago. It features local
ranchers who transcend stereotypes.
Theisz received his master’s degree in German from
Middlebury College and his Ph.D. in literature from New York University.
He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1977.
Black Hills State launches
advertising campaign - top
Black Hills State University recently launched a new
The campaign includes two radio and television ads and
will also include print ads and other components. The ads were created
by Paulsen Marketing in Sioux Falls under the direction of the
university communications office.
According to Corinne Hansen, director of university
communications, the ads were designed to raise awareness and
appreciation of the university and increase non-traditional enrollment
for the fall semester. One of the ads is specifically designed to remind
people, especially non-traditional students in the Rapid City and
Gillette areas, that it’s not too late to get registered for classes
this fall and that it’s never too late for them to earn their degrees.
BHSU currently has the highest percentage of
non-traditional students of the six state higher educational
institutions and is committed to providing quality courses in the
locations that are convenient for the non-traditional age student. BHSU
offers classes at several locations in Rapid City as well through by
distance learning methods.
“We want people to know that there are many options
available at Black Hills State University that make it convenient to
earn a degree while continuing to work,” Hansen says. “The ad reminds
people to think about what they’ve always wanted to do and begin a
program of study to accomplish that goal.”
The other ad, a general image enhancement ad, is
designed to pique people’s interest in BHSU and let them know there are
a multitude of opportunities for students at BHSU.
“This ad is a brief introduction to Black Hills State
University. There’s more to BHSU than people may know, and we’d like to
build awareness about the amazing things happening every day at Black
Hills State University,” Hansen said.
This advertising campaign is the latest step in an
on-going effort to coordinate communications for BHSU. The overall look
of the ads correspond with the recently redesigned website. Coordinated
admissions publications are also in process of being created.
“We’ve begun to lay the groundwork for a much more
coordinated communications effort for BHSU,” said Robin Temple, director
of internet and marketing strategies. “The interdependence of content,
design, distribution and documentation is critical to this endeavor.
Cooperative efforts among all university departments including
admissions, financial aid, student life, and others is essential.”
To view the ads, visit the links below. The files are
quite large and may take some time to load.
Annual Green and Gold fund drive
begins - top
The 47th annual Black Hills State University athletic
fund drive, sponsored by the Green and Gold Club, began Tuesday, May 2
and will run through Tuesday, May 16.
The Green and Gold Club spring fundraiser is the
driving force for athletic scholarship funds at Black Hills State
University. The club’s goal is to fully fund the maximum number of
scholarships allowed for the 12 intercollegiate sports in which BHSU
participates. A total of $1,023,000 is needed to meet this goal. This
year’s goal is to raise $435,000. Funds from the drive will be awarded
to athletes participating in the 2006-07 athletic season.
“Black Hills State depends on alumni and friends to
provide scholarship aid to our student-athletes,” John Kietzmann,
director of development at BHSU, said. “The Yellow Jackets thrive on
contributions provided by the Green and Gold Club.”
Green and Gold Club members will once again call on
businesses and individuals for scholarship donations. Any contribution,
regardless of the amount, is appreciated. The fund drive has been a
success because of the dedication and hard work of many volunteers and
the generosity of friends of BHSU athletics, according to Kietzmann.
"Black Hills State is on the brink of breaking through
and becoming a dominant force in all areas of the athletic arena,” Jhett
Albers, athletics director at BHSU, said. “A donation to the Green and
Gold Club symbolizes your commitment to continually improving the
athletics program at BHSU.”
Contributions will be categorized by gift amount
received. The gift categories are as follows: Circle of Champions,
$20,000 or more; Hall-of-Fame Club, $10,000-$19,999; All-American Club,
$5,000-$9,999; Yellow Jacket Club, $4,000 to $4,999; President's Club,
$3,000 to $3,999; Executive's Club, $1,000 to $2,999; Captain's Club,
$750 to $999; Green Beret's Club, $500 to $749; Gold Beret's Club $350
to $499; Jacket Backer's Club, $175 to $349; and Stinger's Club, $174 or
Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made by
check, cash or credit card. They can be paid in full or by monthly or
quarterly installments. University faculty and staff may contribute
through the payroll-deduction plan. Many employers will match gifts;
check with your human resources department for more information on
The Green and Gold Club also encourages support
through alternative avenues such as bequests, trusts, life insurance,
personal property, gift annuities, pooled income funds, and charitable
remainder trusts. Individualized giving programs can be created that
will not only support Yellow Jacket athletics, but will also provide
valuable tax advantages and income benefits to donors.
For more information or to make a donation, contact
the Yellow Jacket Foundation at 642-6385 or
One hundred fifty-first
commencement will be held May 13 -
The 151st Black Hills State University commencement is
scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Donald
E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
Degrees will be awarded to approximately 370 students
including 39 master’s degrees, one bachelor of arts degrees, four
bachelor of applied technical science degrees, 237 bachelor of science
degrees, 73 bachelor of science in education degrees, and 16 associate
Dr. James Hesson, 2005 Distinguished Faculty member,
will speak to the graduates. Diplomas will be presented by Dr. Thomas
Flickema, BHSU president, and April Meeker, BHSU registrar.
Two retiring faculty members will be formally
recognized during the ceremony. The 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award
will be presented to Dr. Randall Royer, associate professor in the
College of Arts and Sciences.
Music will be provided by the BHSU Band, under the
direction of Christopher Hahn, instructor of music; and the Black Hills
Singers. Accompanying the Black Hills Singers during their performance
of “Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah” will be BHSU sophomore music majors Kelsey Babb
and Chris Roman.
Flickema will host a reception for the graduates and
their families and friends, and BHSU faculty and staff members
immediately following the ceremony. The reception will be held in the
Young Center Field House.
An honors breakfast will be held prior to graduation
at 8 a.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket
Legacy Room. For the first time in BHSU history, the university will
recognize two University Honors Scholar graduates. They are Theresa
Mutter, a political science major from Oehningen, Germany, and Bryan
Batien, a psychology major from Spearfish. Also recognized will be the
cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude graduates and the
highest-ranking female and male graduates. Amy Switzer, an instrumental
music major from Gillette, Wyo., will be honored as the highest-ranking
female graduate. Michael Hobert, a social science major from Harrold,
will be honored as the highest-ranking male graduate.
Also honored at the breakfast will be the BHSU Student
Senate 2005-06 outstanding faculty, staff, and students. David Diamond,
assistant professor of media writing and radio broadcasting, will be
honored as the Outstanding Faculty Member. Jane Klug, director of
student services, will be honored as the Outstanding Staff Member.
Patrick Fink, a mass communications major from Sturgis, will be honored
as the Outstanding Male Student; and Megan Wyett, a special education
major from Casper, Wyo., will be honored as the Outstanding Female
BHSU community invited to
participate in Spearfish Capital for a Day events -
Black Hills State University faculty, staff and students are invited
to participate in Spearfish’s Capital for a Day events Wednesday, May
Plans are now being made for a variety of Capital for a Day
activities. BHSU community members who would like to be involved should
contact Corinne Hansen, director of university communications, at
“Capital for a Day brings government to the people,” said Gov. Mike
Rounds. “Those who are unable to travel to Pierre on a regular basis
have an opportunity to discuss their issues with the different agencies.
It also gives state employees a chance to learn more about activities in
the regions. I’m looking forward to visiting the Spearfish community and
learning about topics important to the people living there.”
The day-long schedule includes community tours and presentations by
state officials. There will be an executive branch expo when officials
from state cabinet offices are available to meet with members of the
public from 3:30-5:30 p.m., followed by a community dinner with the
governor from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.
Tickets for the community dinner are available for $15. Call the city
office at 642-1325 or 642-1333 or the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce
at 642-2626 to reserve tickets.
Representatives from the Department of Labor will do a presentation
in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall at 2:15 p.m. They will
present an overview of the demand for certain occupations over the next
5 to 10 years. Members of the BHSU Reading Council will be assisting
with the First Lady’s Reach Out and Read program at 4 p.m. at the
Holiday Inn Convention Center.
Wheaton will discuss dual
enrollment options with Sturgis High School students
Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black
Hills State University, will visit Sturgis High School Wednesday, May 10
at 11:30 a.m. to discuss dual enrollment options available to interested
high school students.
The dual enrollment policy in South Dakota, which was
enacted through a legislative bill passed in 1990, allows high school
students to get a jump start on their college career while fulfilling
high school requirements. Courses can be transferred to any South Dakota
Regental university as well as to out-of-state universities.
BHSU offers classes at its Spearfish campus and in
several locations in Rapid City. Some courses are also available through
the Internet or by correspondence.
For more information see
or visit with a high school counselor.
Kevin Whirlwind Horse Scholarship
winner announced - top
Hand Fischer, a sophomore at Black Hills State University, was recently
presented the 2006 Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship. The award
was presented by Kevin Whirlwind Horse’s son, Kevin King (right), and
mother, Mae Whirlwind Horse, to Fischer during the 21st annual.Kevin
Whirlwind Horse Run.
Fischer is an active participant in the Student
Support Services program at BHSU and also takes part in Lakota Omniciye,
a student organization at BHSU. He was very involved with the
organization of the annual wacipi (powwow) held at BHSU this spring.
Fischer was recognized for being on the dean's list in 2005-06.
Each year, an outstanding Native American sophomore is
selected to receive this scholarship based upon grade point average,
leadership qualities and involvement. The award is given in memory of
Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former Black Hills State University student who
was killed in an automobile accident in 1984. In the spring of 1985,
friends, family and the BHSU community gathered to honor his memory by
running together. Every year since then, people have gathered on the
Saturday morning of the Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (PowWow) to participate
in the memorial run. Registration fees from the run help support a
memorial scholarship, which was initially established by the Whirlwind
Teacher Job Fair a success
despite spring snowstorm - top
The annual teacher job fair at Black Hills State
University was a resounding success despite complications from a major
Shawnda Carmichael, director of the Career Center at
BHSU, said that of the 60 schools and organization registered to attend,
nearly 40 made it to the fair despite the snowstorm and were pleased
with the outcome. Nearly 100 candidates attended the job fair.
One school representative from Dalton, Neb., said she
was quite impressed with the high quality of candidates with whom she
According to Arlene Holmes, career counselor, word
about the quality of BHSU teachers will be spreading around the world
because there were recruiters from all over, including the Universal
Education School in Kuwait , whose representatives stated were very
“Specifically the representatives said our students
were well prepared, presented themselves well, and conducted themselves
with a high degree of professionalism,” Holmes said. She added that BHSU
faculty members should be recognized for maintaining high standards in
According to Dr. Nancy Hall, dean of the College of
Education at BHSU, the university has an excellent record of placing
graduates in their field, with an estimated 90 percent placement rate
for education graduates and a 100 percent placement rate for students
with special education majors.
Career counselors at the Career Center are available
to assist all BHSU students as they prepare for their careers. For more
information contact the center at 642-6277 or email
Faculty Senate minutes -
The BHSU Faculty Senate met Wednesday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Members present were: Roger Miller, Sharon Strand, Dan Bergey, Curtis
Card, Tim Martinez, Christine Shearer-Cremean, Verona Beguin, Jim
Hesson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Roberta Sago, Polly Hall (Student Senate
representative), and guests April Meeker, Dawn Kennedy, and Patricia
The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. Hesson moved and Card
seconded that the agenda be approved as presented. The motion passed.
Beguin moved and Sago seconded that the minutes be approved as amended.
The motion passed.
Miller asked for volunteers to be marshals at the May graduation.
Beguin and Hickenbotham agreed to be marshals. Miller will ask Earl
Chrysler and another faculty member to be marshals as four are needed.
Hall reported for the Student Senate. The Student Union expansion
project passed. The submission now goes to the Board of Regents.
Election petitions for officers are due before spring break with
campaigning beginning after the break.
Strand motioned and Martinez seconded to approve the nomination of
the Distinguished Faculty Committee. The motion passed and will be sent
to President Flickema.
Miller reported that Earley would like the criteria used for
recommending sabbaticals. Miller will refer him to the Board of Regents
(BOR) contract which outlines them. The Faculty Senate will discuss
further the need to establish procedures for making recommendations for
sabbaticals at the next meeting.
Meeker and Kennedy presented information about possible changes at
PREP. Students will do the registration in the computer labs to
streamline the process and get them familiar with using Web Advisor.
They will be given a specially prepared suggested list of first semester
classes with both the required courses and options listed for them to
build a schedule of 12-18 hours. The students will be divided into
groups by majors. Hall remarked that this new way would be much easier
than what she experienced as an incoming first year student. It will
also let departments do a better job of anticipating what courses need
to be added ahead of the registration time so students get the courses
they need. Hickenbotham suggested that this new plan be shared at
college meetings. Meeker said they are meeting with the chairs, but the
more Faculty Senate members share this with colleagues the better it
will be. There will be sessions for advisors before PREP to go over the
basics of the new plan.
Hickenbotham reported the COE Curriculum Committee is meeting to
develop an advising template for the education programs.
Simpson and John Alsup are coordinating a TQE project to write
assessment plans this school year for all the teacher certification
programs at BHSU. Simpson explained the background of the project. From now
on, NCATE will evaluate both the COE unit and all content area programs.
This change is requiring all our programs to align with national
standards for the first time, and the South Dakota Department of
Education “rules” are deferring to those national standards. Simpson and
Alsup realize how frustrating this has been for program coordinators.
They thank people for their kindness and ask for continued patience as
the project is concluded. What the S.D. DOE wants is a systematic report
including a program description, faculty qualifications in detail, an
alignment of program objectives to the national standards, a description
of assessments, and rubrics for assessments. When NCATE comes to
evaluate BHSU in 2010, all the content areas that have teacher
certification programs will have been using these assessment plans to
collect data for about three years.
The new program is different than the STEP program. It looked at
courses to be sure that our students are ready to take the Praxis test.
This alignment is programmatic. It will eventually align with University
Assessment when they return to the regular method of reporting
assessment of programs. The changes will also require better
communication between the Curriculum Committee and the college deans
when changes are proposed.
Strand reported that only 38 faculty had voted on the proposed
constitutional changes, all to approve. A non-vote is considered a no
vote. She will send out another notice for faculty to vote as a 2/3
majority is needed for this to pass.
Miller is collecting suggestions for changes to the Faculty Handbook.
It was suggested that the new department standards document be included
as well as Appendix F materials.
Miller reported that he had received the following faculty concerns
to go to the new president:
- There is unequal distribution of monies in the supposedly
unified BOR system, especially in salaries and operating expenses.
- Senate discussed that faculty is evaluated by how "scholarly
active" the person is, i.e., how many journal articles are accepted
by refereed journals, conference presentations are made and papers
accepted for publication in conference proceedings, but we are not
- There needs to be an investigation into the requirement for
permission forms of the Human Subjects Committee.
- There should be an office and infrastructure for international
endeavors on campus.
- Some concerns were expressed about the requirement for all
surveys having to go through the Human Subjects Committee.
- All colleges should be represented on the University Promotion
and Tenure Committee.
- The on-going problem of co-curricular programs being funded
through the GAF monies needs to be reviewed.
- The articulation agreement of the Higher Education Center - West
River with Western Dakota Tech needs to be reviewed as it will
impact hiring, curriculum, the quality of classes, etc.
- The Library Committee will forward suggestions to Miller after
their next meeting.
A Student Senate representative who can stay for the entire meeting
is needed. Hickenbotham will approach Megan Wyett about this.
Hemmingson and T. Hupp will attempt to come up with sheets that will
make the use of the AV equipment easier.
Miller reported on the 2/28 Council of Deans meeting. Preview Days
will be cut to three a semester. The bookstore does have commercial help
sheets for some of our AV equipment. We are the only Regental school
that still requires a minor. We require 45 upper division hours to get a
degree, but that varies from 20-42 at other schools. This may present a
problem for some. The council will suggest that majors require 36 hours.
The standards documents are being reviewed by the deans.
Martinez moved and Hesson seconded that the course modifications
reviewed be accepted when the dates for institution on several were
The meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Strand.