Volume XXX, No. 17 • May 12, 2006


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CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Senior secretary, College of Business and Technology

For additional information or to file an application, visit http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.


Royer honored as Distinguished Faculty Member - top

Dr. Randall Royer, associate music professor at Black Hills State University, was recently presented with the Distinguished Faculty Award by Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU. Royer was selected by his peers to receive the prestigious award for this service to his students, the university, the community and the state and region.

Dr. Randall Royer receives the Distinguished Faculty Award from Dr. Thomas Flickema

Dr. Randall Royer, Black Hills State University music professor, was recently chosen by his peers to receive the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award for his achievements. Royer received the award at a reception last week and will also be recognized during Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

Royer teaches music courses and presently directs the BHSU Jazz Ensemble and the Dakota Chamber Orchestra in residence at BHSU.

“I’m uncharacteristically speechless,” Royer says. “I feel unworthy considering all the faculty at BHSU who do so much. I am very honored to receive this award.”

Since joining the BHSU faculty in 1997, Royer has taught nine different classes ranging from freshman-level music classes; to non-music major general education courses, to upper division, almost graduate, seminar-type classes. Royer’s teaching and service also includes leading music ensembles; doing one-on-one lessons for students on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, guitar, string bass, bass guitar and percussion; and supervising student teachers.

Royer is described by his peers as an outstanding teacher who shows excellence in teaching, active research, scholarship and other creative endeavors.

In a letter nominating Royer for this award, the nominator wrote that Royer has contributed extensive service to his department, his college, the university, the community, the state an the region and that he consistently provides exceptional service to students.

“As a teacher, Dr. Royer has the respect and affection of his students. It is obvious that he is an outstanding educator as well as musician,” the nominator wrote. “How fortunate BHSU is to have such an intelligent, talented, dedicated, honorable, distinguished professor.”

Royer says the award is a great honor but knows the real reward for him and other teachers is the difference they make in the lives of their students.

“The real reward is seeing students succeed either in the classroom or out of the classroom. Then you can say I had a little part in that. That’s the reward,” Royer says.

Royer is involved in many professional activities including serving as a guest conductor for local and regional groups. Royer was the woodwind director for the Wyoming High School All-State Marching Band. He marched with this group in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, as well as the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Presidential Inaugural Parade. Royer is also active as a band clinician and adjudicator throughout the western region and northern plains. He has judged music contests and/or guest conducted music clinics in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. He was guest conductor for the International Music Camp in the summer of 2002.

“That’s one of the perks in this position,” Royer says. “I get to work with groups of high school students. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s an honor to be selected to do those events.” In addition, Royer’s contact with high school students provides an opportunity for the students to learn more about BHSU.

Royer is actively involved in the community in numerous ways. He is currently serving as president of the Spearfish School Board and previously served on the Belle Fourche School Board. He is also a member of the spearfish American Legion Baseball Board, the S.D. Music Educators Association and many other groups.

“I think it’s important to be involved. You can either be a spectator or a participant in life. I’d rather be a quiet participant than a noisy spectator,” Royer says.

On campus, Royer has served as a member and officer of the Faculty Senate and has also served on the University Curriculum Committee and several search and screen committees. He also hosts the BHSU Jazz Festival and the Northern Hills Honors Band.

Royer has received several grants to enhance teaching and learning in the BHSU music department, including a grant to establish a keyboard lab and several instructional improvement grants for technology and professional development. Royer has had research published in the Journal of Band Research and is asked to present at national and regional meetings. Last year he presented to 170 of the top music teachers in the nation.

Royer remains an active performer. His major instruments are oboe and English horn, but he also performs frequently on guitar, bass, saxophone and flute. He has given or conducted many concert and jazz performances for the university and community.

Royer received his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, his master of arts degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., and a Ph.D. in music education with a minor in educational administration from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also has a degree in audio engineering from the Institute of Audio Research in New York City. Before joining the BHSU faculty as a woodwind specialist and band director, Royer taught and directed public school instrumental music in Wyoming, including elementary, middle and high school concert and jazz bands, for over 17 years.


Commencement scheduled for this weekend - top

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 degrees.

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 Student.


Chrysler presents paper at national conference for marketing educators - top

Dr. Earl Chrysler
Chrysler

Dr. Earl Chrysler, retiring professor in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University and professor emeritus from California State University, recently presented a paper at the Marketing Educators Association National Conference in San Francisco.

The paper, “MBA Program Attitudinal Orientations: A Student Population Segmentation,” was presented by Chrysler and his co-authors, Florida Gulf Coast University professors Dr. Stuart Van Auken and Dr. Ludmilla Wells. It was also published in full in the refereed proceedings of the conference.

The paper explored attitudes toward one’s education among full- and part-time master of business administration (MBA) students in the same program. According to Chrysler, the results, revealed using a discriminant function comprised of four semantic differential attitudinal pairs that could successfully discriminate between the two student groupings, indicated that part-time MBA students perceive their MBA program as having been more valuable than do the full-time students. Chrysler and his co-authors suggested that this may be due to the fact that part-time students are able to see how the concepts being presented can be applied in their organizations while full-time students have no reference environment.

Chrysler received his bachelor’s degree in management and his master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. He also has a doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.


Technology students build three-dimensional models - top

Bobby Sundby, local real estate broker, points out one of the many features of three-dimensional model created by Black Hills State University students. This model was chosen as the best in the class. Students who collaborated on the project included, left to right, Brooks Walker (seated), Kes Schnabel (standing) and Tyler Foster and Nic Massine (not pictured). Gabe McMurchy, seated on the right, was a member of a different student group. All students in the class were challenged to design and construct a scale model as part of a semester-long project.

BHSU students show Bobby Sundby their three-dimensional model for a new condominium complex in Rapid City

Three-dimensional models designed and constructed by Black Hills State University students in an upper-level blueprint reading course are now being used at a local real estate company and on-site at the construction project for customers and contractors to view.

As a part of their coursework, the BHSU students were challenged to create models for a condominium complex being built in Rapid City. The resulting models exceed what most brokers have access to for their projects, according to Bobby Sundby, a real estate broker in Rapid City. Sundby indicated that it’s uncommon to have this type of modeling available for contractors and customers. He praised the students for their creativity and accuracy in creating the model prototypes.

Monty Robinson, instructor for the course, said that he tries to arrange for a model building project with a local business each time he teaches the course because he knows the experience is valuable to his students and that the businesspeople benefit as well. Robinson said that Sundby’s initial viewing of the models provided insight to solve an ongoing problem with the project.

“That’s why we need to have three-dimensional models,” Robinson said. “After seeing the model, a solution to one of their problems was suddenly apparent. When you look at a model, it’s much more apparent than looking at blueprints. They were struggling to resolve on on-going the problem but when he saw the three-d model, he saw a solution to the problem.”

During previous semesters, Robinson’s students have created models for Bear Butte Visitor Center, Devils Tower, Terry Peak, Falcon Homes, Ainsworth Benning and other companies. Most of the students in the upper-level blueprint reading class are majoring in technology; however, some students pursuing a two-year degree in drafting were enrolled in this class as well.

The students were given a set of blueprints of the condominium construction project. Then, as a group, they were instructed to determine a working scale for the model, find materials that realistically represented the actual materials being used, and construct the models to scale. Students used CAD (computer assisted drafting) to reproduce the drawing to scale and develop walls, stairwells, parking lots, and other features.

According to the students, the most challenging aspect of creating the models was finding a reproducible scale that was feasible to work with and constructing the model with the amount of detail required. The models included landscaping, driveways, sidewalks as well as the interior and exterior of building.

Robinson praised the students for their successful collaboration on this project.

“It’s a challenge for the group of students to work together successfully to complete their project,” Robinson said. “That’s one of the reasons I assign group projects, so students will learn to work together. These students did very well. They supported each other, worked together, researched and collaborated with this class project.”

The models chosen by Sundby as first-place and second-place prototypes are now being used by the real estate company to promote the complex on the west side of Rapid City. The first-place designation went to the model created by Kes Schnabel, a junior technology major from Parkston; Nic Massine, a junior technology major from Alliance, Neb.; Brooks Walker, a junior technology major from Alliance, Neb.; and Tyler Foster, a junior technology major from Winner. The second-place model was created by David Walker, a senior technology major from Whitewood; Nic Shoemaker, a junior pre-wildlife management major from Yankton; Jon Valentine, a junior technology major from Spearfish; and Alex Fiest, a junior technology major from Pierre. The third place award went to the following students: Bart Slaney, a senior applied technical science major from Spearfish; Lonney Galloway, a sophomore technology major from Sundance, Wyo.; Lucas Teigen, a senior technology major from Buffalo; and Yuriy Zeleny, a senior technology major from Spearfish.

BHSU offers three technology majors: industrial technology, technology education and applied technical science. In addition two minors are available: drafting with a CAD emphasis and electronics. Associate of science degrees are available in application programming, in conjunction with Dakota State University, and drafting technology. For more information on these programs email MontyRobinson@bhsu.edu.


Community invited to participate in Spearfish Capital for a Day events - top

Black Hills State University faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in Spearfish’s Capital for a Day events Wednesday, May 17.

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.


Grand opening will be held for remodeled Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame Room - top

Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame RoomBlack Hills State University will hold a reception to mark the grand opening of the newly remodeled Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame Room in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The reception will be Friday, May 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room. A brief program will begin at 4 p.m.

Plaques commemorating all inductees as well as a mural depicting legendary past coaches at BHSU are now on display in the Hall of Fame Room. The mural contains photos of Lyle Hare, Don Young, Bill Hughes, Gene Schlekeway, Robin Schamber, Mike Olson, Lea Totten, Paul Rose, Tony Schavone, Cliff Papik, Bill Jordan and Dave Little.

“This room is a tribute to all of the individuals inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame,” said Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement. “Now there is one location where we can honor the great players, coaches and contributors for Black Hills State athletics throughout the years.”

Future plans for the Hall of Fame Room include the addition of display cases that will house memorabilia from past athletes and sport programs. The display cases will also hold many of the trophies earned by Yellow Jacket teams.

The grand opening reception is open to the public at no cost. For more information or to make a donation, contact the Yellow Jacket Foundation at 642-6385 or JohnKietzmann@bhsu.edu.



BHSU makes plans for summer opera program - top

Opera performers rehearse in the Woodburn Auditorium at BHSUThe annual summer opera program at Black Hills State University will feature a performance of major opera scenes “under the stars” at the Passion Play Amphitheater Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the culminating experience of this year’s Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute.

The performance at the amphitheater will include excerpts from Bizet’s “Carmen”, Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutti,” Rossini’s “Cinderella,” and other favorites. The performance will be enhanced by the Opera Chamber Orchestra, comprised of Black Hills Symphony performers. A pre-opera dinner in the Passion Play Visitors Center will be held the night of the opera.

In addition to the opera performance, many other unique events are scheduled as part of the institute according to Dr. Janeen Larsen, music faculty member and chair of the department of fine and applied arts at BHSU. The opera season begins with a Young Performers Competition Friday, June 9 and a Gala Opening Performance Saturday, June 10, both in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall. There will be noon lectures Wednesdays June 14 and 21 at Matthews Opera House. Singers from the institute will perform a special evening of solo songs and arias Saturday, June 17 in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Aspiring pre-professional opera singers from all over the United States are selected for this unique two-week institute. World-famous operatic soprano Johanna Meier is the artistic director. She will be joined by experienced faculty members from New York City, Santa Fe, and St. Louis to provide exceptional musical training and coaching for the singers. Dance artist Robyn Starks Holcomb will provide instruction in stage movement.

The Johanna Meier Opera Theater, which resides in the new Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus, is supported by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation and the South Dakota Arts Council as well as a variety of individual donors.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call calling 642-6056 or 642-6241.



Stockland receives Clarkson Scholarship - top

Jeb Clarkson, senior vice president of Pioneer Bank and Trust, presents Jeanie Stockland, a Black Hills State University freshman from Wakonda, with the Clarkson Scholarship.

Jeb Clarkson presents the Clarkson Scholarship to BHSU freshman Jeanie Stockland

Jeanie Stockland, a freshman psychology major from Wakonda, is this year’s recipient of the $2,500 Clarkson Scholarship at Black Hills State University.

Stockland is planning to go on to graduate school or medical school after completing her undergraduate degree at BHSU.

The Clarkson family began helping students nearly 60 years ago, when Harding and Butte County bankers and ranchers W.E. and H.W. Clarkson created a loan fund to provide short-term loans for needy college students at BHSU.

The university administered these loan funds for several years with excellent results. As government sponsored student-loan programs proliferated, descendants of the Clarkson family and university officials decided it might be more beneficial to use the funds to award annual scholarships rather than direct loans. Since then the fund has grown and are presented on an ongoing basis.

The scholarships are currently awarded for three years at $2,500 annually as long as the students maintain full-time status and meet grade-point average requirements. Each year, another student is added, so there are usually three students being assisted with Clarkson scholarships. The Clarkson family also awards Clarkson Achievement Scholarships yearly.

“We’re glad to be able to provide this benefit to deserving students in the hopes of keeping them in western South Dakota for their careers,” Jeb Clarkson, senior vice president of Pioneer Bank and Trust, said. “It is our goal that the scholarships be continued and expanded for many years to come.”

BHSU students Lea Willard, a senior from Belle Fourche, and Bethany Bland, a sophomore from Custer, are recent Clarkson Scholarship recipients who continue to use the renewable scholarship.



Mutter receives Spirit of BH Award at 14th annual Student Volunteer Awards celebration - top

Larry Vavruska (left), president of the BHSU Alumni Association, and Dr. Thomas Flickema (right), BHSU president, present the Spirit of BH Award to Theresa Mutter at the fourteenth annual Student Volunteer Awards celebration at Black Hills State University.

Larry Vavruska and Dr. Thomas Flickema present the Spirit of BH Award to Theresa Mutter

The Black Hills State University Alumni Association honored Theresa Mutter, a senior political science and mass communications major from Oehningen, Germany, with the Spirit of BH Award at the 14th annual Student Volunteer Awards celebration.

The Spirit of BH Award recognizes a student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the university and the local community.

While completing all of her course work in three years, Mutter maintained a grade point average (gpa) of 3.9. In addition to being an excellent student, she has been involved in numerous campus organizations and has served as a resident assistant for the past two years.

Mutter’s leadership roles on campus have included serving as the public relations officer and president of the University Programming (UP) Team; entertainment chair and co-chair of the Swarm Days Committee; president of the Honors Program; president and hall representative for the Residence Hall Association; vice president for the Honors Advisory Committee for Academic Affairs; vice president of the Student Ambassadors; and assistant editor and staff writer for the Today Newspaper.

In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Mutter has also been a member of the Chi Theta Xi sorority, KBHU-FM staff, Emerging Leaders Program, Student Senate and BHSU Theatre. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the OXFAM Hunger Banquet, Make a Difference Day, Relay for Life Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, Make a Wish, and the Salvation Army.

Mutter was the first student to win the prestigious Chiesman Foundation Award for her research on American foreign policy. She was also honored as the BHSU Outstanding Freshman two years ago, received the Outstanding Residence Life Involvement Award last year, and was named the Honors Program Outstanding Member last year.


Dr. Jesse Dana awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award - top

Dr. Jesse Dana (center), a 1996 graduate of Black Hills State University, was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award at the fourteenth annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet at BHSU. Presenting the award are Larry Vavruska (left), president of the BHSU Alumni Association, and Dr. Thomas Flickema (right), president of BHSU.

Dr. Jesse Dana receives the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Larry Vavruska and Dr. Thomas Flickema

Dr. Jesse Dana, a 1996 graduate of Black Hills State University, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the BHSU Alumni Association at the recent Student Volunteer Awards Banquet.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award is given to honor those alumni who have attended BHSU within the past 10 years and have distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements, contributions and service to society, the community and BHSU.

After graduating summa cum laude from Black Hills State University in the spring of 1996, Dana went on to complete his dental degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., and his orthodontic residency at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. He was selected to the dean’s list in both undergraduate and dental school.

At BHSU, he was named the Academic Top Male Freshman and was a member of the Pre-Professional Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Dana played four years on the BHSU men’s varsity basketball team. During that time, he was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the Perkins Classic basketball tournament, an academic all-American, a first-team all-conference selection, and Rapid City male college athlete of the year. He also received honorable mention all-American honors and was a state basketball/FCA guest speaker.

Currently in the private practice of orthodontics in Spearfish and Rapid City, Dana is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Black Hills District Dental Society and Midwestern Society of Orthodontists. He also guest lectures in the Nova Southeastern University Orthodontic Department, is co-author of an article featured in the cutting edge section of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, and is author of a paper that was published on the Orthodontic CYBER Journal.

Dana and his wife Traci (Schenk), who also graduated from BHSU in 1996, reside in Spearfish with their son and are well known for their loyalty to the Spearfish community and the surrounding area.


Fourteenth annual banquet honors outstanding student volunteers - top

Donald Wolkenhauer, a junior business administration major from Sturgis, receives the award for 2006 Outstanding Student Leader from outgoing Black Hills State University Student Senate president Megan Wyett.

Donald Wolkenhauer receives the 2006 Outstanding Student Leader Award from Megan Wyett

Outstanding student volunteers at Black Hills State University were recently recognized at the 14th annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet.

Staff, faculty members, organization advisors and student leaders nominated students who have made significant contributions to BHSU and the community. The nominees then completed an application detailing what they had accomplished and been involved in throughout the past year. A committee of eight judges reviewed the award applications and chose the recipients.

The 2006 Outstanding Student Leader Award was presented to Donald Wolkenhauer, a junior business administration major from Sturgis. Jessi Moeller, a senior elementary education major from Hartford, received honorable mention for her outstanding leadership.

Wolkenhauer has concentrated his leadership efforts in two campus organizations, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the Student Senate. As president of SIFE, he has led the organization in its focus to provide educational programs for the campus and community, such as the Home-Based Business Seminar, Focus on Financial Health Seminar, and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Conference. Through his leadership, the organization has evolved into a consulting group for start-up businesses. In the Student Senate, Wolkenhauer serves as chair of the Technology Committee, a representative for the College of Business and Technology, and a member on both the Budget and Election Committees.

Other nominees for the Outstanding Student Leader Award included: Chelsey Anderson, a senior wellness management major from Spearfish; Daniel Birdsall, a sophomore general studies from Onida; Ben Cerwinkske, a junior elementary education major from Sioux Falls; Kameron Erickson, a senior technology major from Spearfish; Amber Faiman, a junior psychology major from Rapid City; Tiffanie Gebhart, a sophomore business administration major from Lemmon; Robin Haislett, a junior mass communications major from Spearfish; Joe Herzog, a sophomore mass communications major from Ismay, Mont.; Brittany Iler, a freshman English major from Cody, Wyo.; Jesse Julius, a senior business administration major from Watertown; Kelly Kirk, a sophomore history major from Beulah, N.D.; Nicole Krcil, a senior elementary education major from Wagner; Jacqueline Kriebel, a junior music major from Rapid City; Adam Lo Presti, a junior Spanish major from Red Lodge, Mont.; Theresa Mutter, a senior political science and mass communications major from Oehningen, Germany; Josh Peters, a sophomore outdoor education major from Craig, Colo.; Alicia Rath, a junior elementary education major from Spearfish; Ryan Richey, a junior business administration major from Springview, Neb.; Sara Schafer, a junior speech and mass communications major from Rapid City; Barbara Schuler, a senior elementary education major from Sturgis; Blake Schumacher, a sophomore human services major from Hot Springs; Beth Shaw, a senior mass communications major from Sioux City, Iowa; Diana Sletten, a junior wellness management major from Sturgis; Heather Smith, a sophomore mass communications major from Belle Fourche; Joshua Stanton, a senior music major from Miles City, Mont.; Crystal Statler, a sophomore sociology major from St. Onge; and Lily Van Vlack, a junior elementary education major from Rapid City.

The Vice President for Student Affairs Rising Star Award was presented to Kelly Kirk. Kirk, a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, served as a student mentor this past year. She also served as a resident assistant in Pangburn Hall, president of the Honors Program, co-chair for Swarm Days, and one of two student representatives on the Board of Regents Presidential Search Committee. Other nominees included: Jordan Bauer, a junior history major from Spearfish; Ben Cerwinkske; David Czerny, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from Sturgis; Amy Fulton, a sophomore elementary education major from Gillette, Wyo.; Blake Schumacher; Seth Voorhees, a freshman mass communications major from Spearfish; Joe Herzog; and Chandra Lesmeister, a sophomore biology major from Spearfish.

The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award was presented to Dr. Sheng Yang, assistant business professor at BHSU, for his work with the Jacket Investment Club. On the nomination form, Yang was praised for his dedication and support of the Jacket Investment Club and for providing insight, direction and encouragement to club members. Other nominees included: Jennifer Butler, Residence Hall Association; Dr. Tom Cox, Psychology Club; Dr. Joanna Jones, BHSU Reading Council; Ian Laber, Wenona Cook Hall Government; Dr. Charles Lamb, Health Sciences Student Organization; Julianna Larson, Student Support Services Organization; Kathryn McDonald, Heidiepriem Hall Government; Dr. Priscilla Romkema, Students in Free Enterprise; and Tom Wheaton, Student Ambassadors.

The Outstanding Student Organization Award was presented to the Student Ambassadors. Other nominees included: Campus Ventures, Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program, Fantastic Phalanges, Health Sciences Student Organization, Heidepriem Hall Government, Honors Program, Humbert Hall Government, Pangburn Hall Government, BHSU Reading Council, Residence Hall Association, University Programming (UP) Team, and Wenona Cook Hall Government.

The recipient of the Student Leadership Scholarship, who was chosen by current BHSU students, was Kelly Kirk. Kirk will receive a $250 scholarship for tuition and fees next year.

Excellence in Leadership Awards were presented to Erin Power, a senior outdoor education major from Bismarck N.D.; Jessi Moeller; Nicole Krcil; Megan Wyett, a senior special education major from Casper, Wyo.; and Theresa Mutter. Other nominees included: Samantha Burr, a senior elementary education major from Gillette, Wyo.; Megan Fitzgerald, a senior social science major from Belle Fourche; and Joshua Stanton.

The Outstanding Program Award was presented to KBHU-FM for sponsoring Buzzfest 2005 and to the Honors Program for the Junior Jackets Spelling Bee. Other nominees included: Campus Ventures for their Fall BBQ, Fantastic Phalanges for the Silent Dinner, Heidepriem Hall Government for two of their programs: Around the World in 80 Bites and What a Relief, Pangburn Hall Government for Rake-N-Run, Residence Hall Association for the Third Annual Semi-Formal Dinner Dance, Student Ambassadors for two of their programs: the Etiquette Dinner and the Senior Send-Off, United Ministries for the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, and Wenona Cook Hall Government for the original quiz show “Triple Play.”

The Most Improved Student Organization was awarded to the men in Wenona Cook Hall Government. Other nominees included: Heidepriem Hall Government, Honors Program, KBHU-FM, Residence Hall Association, and Student Ambassadors.

The Outstanding Community Service Project Award was presented to Campus Ventures for their “Vision Trip” and to Heidipriem Hall Government for the “What a Relief” project. Other nominees included the Honors Program for their blood drive, Humbert Hall Government for “Operation Turkey,” and Pangburn Hall Government for “Rake and Run.”

The Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Amy Fulton. Other nominees included Damen Anderson, a freshman business administration major from Pillager, Minn.; Tara Buehner, a senior communication arts major from Spearfish; Ben Cerwinkse; Heather Duggan, a senior math major from Belle Fourche; Ben Farber, a freshman business administration major from Glendive, Mont.; Lewis Hettinga, a senior business administration major from Sioux Valley; David Hoffman, a freshman business administration major from Mitchell; James Holmes, a junior history major from Belle Fourche; Brittany Iler; Kara Jenniges, a junior elementary education major from Custer; Jill Kary, a business administration major from Powell, Wyo.; Kelly Kirk; Kelly McGoldrick, a senior English major from Spearfish; Erin Myers, a junior wellness management major from Casper, Wyo.; Wolf Parsons, a freshman math major from Box Elder; Luke Peterson, a senior business administration major from Black Hawk; Sara Schafer; Amanda Scott, a junior instrumental music major from Custer; Jacqueline Scott, a senior art major from North Park, Colo.; Heather Smith; Joshua Stanton; Crystal Statler; James Stith, a history major from Newcastle, Wyo.; Diana Sullivan, a senior biology major from Spearfish; Laura Tenold, a sophomore psychology major from Reva; Lily Van Vlack; and Josh Wolff, a junior mass communications major from Watertown.

The Outstanding Freshman Award was received by Polly Hall, a business administration major from Sheridan, Wyo. Other nominees included: Damen Anderson; Hollianna Barber, a mass communications major from Chester; Samantha Bell, a psychology major from Deadwood; Benjamin Farber, a business administration major from Glendive, Mont.; Lydia Golden, an elementary education major from Bismarck, N.D.; David Hoffman; Jennifer Hoscheid, an elementary education major from Pierre; Brittany Iler; Jill Kary; Kristen Kuhns, a pre-occupational therapy major from Huron; Kellie Kulseth, a pre-veterinary medicine major from Spearfish; Christopher Liffengren, from Murdo; Mathew Meiners, an elementary education major from Lead; Morgan Merwin-Picard, from Rapid City; Brianna Mustard, a math major from Laramie, Wyo.; Wolf Parsons; Bethany Peter, an elementary education major from Elk Point; John Potter, a history major from Casper, Wyo.; Jamie Richey, a business administration major from Colome; Melanie Rudolph, a pre-nursing major from Box Elder; Cooper Stanforth, a business administration major from Platte; James Stith; and Jennifer Wozney, a human services major from Rapid City.

The Outstanding New Student Organization Award was presented to the Jacket Investment Club. The Jacket Investment Club has 15 active members who set up an online account through Scottrade. Their account has reached $3,000. Other nominees included the Circle K student organization.

The Student Organization Achievement Awards were presented to Campus Ventures, Fantastic Phalanges, Heidepriem Hall Government, Jacket Investment Club, KBHU-FM, Pangburn Hall Government, Reading Council, Residence Hall Association, Student Ambassadors, Student Support Services Organization, University Programming (UP) Team, and Wenona Cook Hall Government.

The Board of Regents Student Organization Award for Academic Excellence was presented to the Health Sciences Student Organization. The Board of Regents Community Service Award was presented to the Honors Program, and the Board of Regents Organizational Leadership Award was presented to the members of the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program.

The Outstanding Residence Life Involvement Award was presented to Tiffanie Gebhart. Amber Faiman received honorable mention for her work in the residence halls. Other nominees included: Stacy Anderson, a sophomore art major from Douglas, Wyo.; Ryan Blasczyk, a junior English major from Reva; Ben Cerwinske; Jacob Deines, a junior sociology major from Ravenna, Neb.; Benjamin Farber; Amy Fulton; Joe Herzog; Brittany Iler; Kelly Kirk; Theresa Mutter; Erin Myers; Dallas Olson, a senior speech communications major from Bowdle; Bethany Peter; Josh Peters; Sara Schafer; Blake Schumacher; Diana Sletten; and Joshua Stanton.

Outstanding Student Organization Members were: BHSU Pre-Law Association, Megan Fitzgerald; BHSU Reading Council, Barbara Schuler; United Ministries, Jamie Lambert; Students in Free Enterprise, John Williams; Fantastic Phalanges, Amber Faiman; the Jacket Investment Club, Sara Blakeman; Phi Phi Sigma, Andy Steele; Student Support Services Organization, Rachelle Copas; University Programming (UP) Team, Chelsey Anderson; Residence Hall Association, Brandon Schumacher; Health Sciences Student Organization, Tricia Beringer; Heidepriem Hall Government, Amber Faiman; Student Ambassadors, Erin Power; BHAEYC, Jessi Moeller; National Organization for Women, Anne Coyle; English Club, Janeen Canfield; Campus Ventures, Kameron Erickson; Humbert Hall Government, Cara Bandalos; Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program, Andy Christy; Honors Program, Wolf Parsons; Chi Theta Xi, Debra Kampman; Student Senate, Lily Van Vlack; Pangburn Hall Government, Scott Luikart; Lakota Omniciye, DeVina Red Horse; History Association, Rachel Nelson; Theatre Society, Andrew Rexroad; and Props & Liners, Jared Hall.


Nearly 40 percent of spring 2006 SDSMG teams out-perform market indices - top

Nearly 40 percent of all registered teams, a total of 92 student teams, out-performed all three of the major market indices - the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poors 500 Index, and NASDAQ Composite -during the spring 2006 South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG), sponsored in part by Black Hills State University.

A record number of 655 students from 34 South Dakota schools formed 241 teams for the spring 2006 SDSMG. Each team began the 10-week competition with $100,000 in hypothetical “cyber dollars” to build a stock portfolio using on-line research and stock trading. The teams with the highest-valued portfolios in each division, college, high school, and middle school, at the end of the competition received prizes.

A Custer High School team, advised by business teacher Nancy Gausman, was the top team in the state in addition to the top team in the high school division. The team finished the 10-week trading period with an ending portfolio valued at $162,077, a 62.08 percent return on investment. The team’s top stock pick was Western Silver Corporation (WTZ), up 93 percent.

A total of 207 teams competed in the high school division. Other top finishers were: second place, Great Plains Lutheran, advisor Bert Falak, $133,494; third place, Lead/Deadwood, advisor Patrick Moriarity, $131,872; fourth place, Custer, advisor Nancy Gausman, $129,111; fifth place, Brown, advisor JoAnn Jackley, $122,514; sixth place, Douglas, advisor Dale Pepper, $120,807; and seventh place, Custer, advisor Nancy Gausman, $118,661.

Twenty-four teams competed in the college division. BHSU freshman Scott Olson, a technology major from Belle Fourche, finished in first place with a final portfolio value of $113,785. His top stock pick was Empire Resources (ERS), up 136 percent. Mike McMeekin, a sophomore business administration major from Rapid City, finished second with a portfolio of $108,554. Jennifer Schlim, a sophomore general studies major from Rapid City, finished third with a portfolio of $105,696.

Ten teams competed in the middle school division. First place was awarded to King Elementary, advisor Carmen One Skunk, with a final portfolio valued at $116,164. The team’s top stock pick was Google (GOOG), up 24 percent. Second place went to Wessington Springs, advisor Charlotte Mohling, $105,202.

The SDSMG is an innovative education tool that motivates students and supports teachers in building lifelong learning skills. It is the only stock market simulation endorsed by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education. Each year about 120,000 teams in all 50 states participate in the nationwide program.

Effective in fall 2006, the South Dakota Board of Education is requiring an economics or personal finance course as a high school graduation requirement. According to Don Altmyer, associate professor in the BHSU College of Business and Technology, SDSMG coordinator, and director for the Center for Economic Education at BHSU, the SDSMG program is an excellent way to integrate this mandate into high school economics or personal finance courses.

The $5 per team registration fee includes all teacher materials, student team materials and supporting materials, including newsletters with information on the stock market and a variety of business and economic topics to stimulate student discussion in the classroom. Free teacher training is also available to assist teachers in integrating the SDSMG into their curricula.

Upcoming sessions include: a free two-week demo of the fall 2006 session Sept. 5-22; the fall 2006 SDSMG Oct. 2 through Dec. 8; a free two-week demo of the spring 2007 session Jan. 16 through Feb. 2; and the spring 2007 SDSMG Feb. 12 through April 20. To register for any of these sessions, see www.smgww.org.

For more information, contact Altmyer at DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu or 642-6266 or visit www.bhsu.edu/businesstechnology/cee/stockmarketsimulation.html.

Sponsors for the SDSMG include the BHSU Center for Economic Education, the Central States Securities Industries Association, and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.


CSA Council sponsors spring clean-up on campus - top

Participants in the campus-wide clean-up sponsored by the CSA Council at Black Hills State University included, (left to right) Eileen Thomas, Peggy Madrid, Nancy Shuck, Susan Hupp and Andrey Reznikov.

CSA campus clean-up participants

A campus wide clean-up sponsored by the Career Services Act (CSA) council at Black Hills State University was deemed a success and may become an annual event.

According to Nancy Shuck, CSA president who organized the clean-up, several staff members and one faculty member enjoyed the beautiful spring weather last Friday afternoon while they volunteered to clean up the campus. Two-hour shifts began at noon when volunteers were assigned to pick up trash in specified “zones” of the campus. Each person received trash bags, gloves, and a litter pickup stick to facilitate the process. Refreshments were provided by BHSU Dining Services.

John Rombough, grounds services manager, says the clean-up was a success and thanks the CSA employees for their hard work.

“I want to thank all of those who participated in the campus-wide cleanup because this was a wonderful project and because this has allowed me additional time to focus on high priority areas for the upcoming graduation ceremony,” Rombough said.

Rombough noted that a special thanks goes to Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, for providing additional litter pickup sticks and for allowing staff to participate. Facilities services now has the capability of supporting up to 55 volunteers at one time for similar events in the future. Rombough challenges other organizations on campus to use this as an example of positive campus development.

Shuck agreed that the clean-up was a successful and indicated that it may become an annual spring event.

“With Dr. Flickema’s support and encouragement, we had a great clean-up event. While we had a smaller crew than we had hoped for, we had fun and I think we accomplished cleaning a good portion of campus,” Shuck said. “We appreciate everyone who volunteered to help, including staff members, faculty and students. We will schedule another clean-up next year for facilities services. Hopefully, next year, we won't have to contend with spring blizzards to clean up campus!”


Students enjoy finals week pancake feed - top

Robin Haislett serves breakfast to two BHSU students at a late-night pancake feed during finals weekRobin Haislett serves breakfast to two of the estimated 200 Black Hills State University students who enjoyed a late-night pancake feed Monday night at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student affairs, said the popular event, which is held during finals week each semester, is a way to show support for the students who have been putting in late hours studying for final exams. She noted that special thanks goes to Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and Tim Johnston, director of dining services, for making this event possible. BHSU faculty and staff members who volunteered to serve at the midnight pancake feed included: Danielle Brady, DeeAnn Dorfschmidt, Judith Haislett, Robin Haislett, Arlene Holmes, Susan Hupp, Terry Hupp, Jane Klug, Ellen Melaragno, Roger Miller, Eileen Thomas, Venessa Adcock, Janet Briggs, Shawnda Carmichael, Gary Hagerty, Corinne Hansen and Ian Laber.



Faculty Senate minutes - top

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, March 15.

Present were: Steve Anderson, Verona Beguin, Dan Bergey, Polly Hall, Jim Hesson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Tim Martinez, Roger Miller, Bobbi Sago, and Christine Shearer-Cremean.

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m.

The agenda was approved, but approval of the Wednesday, March 1 meeting minutes was tabled pending revisions to be made.

The Student Senate representative reported that candidate petitions for Student Senate offices are due Thursday, March 16. Campaigns start the following Monday, March 20. The election will be held Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12.

Guest speaker Joe Valades, director of the retention office, gave a presentation on retention rates and the PASS Early Alert System. His objectives were to provide more consistent reporting of annual retention rates by class and college and to promote faculty use of the PASS automated referral system for at-risk students. Valades noted that fall '04 to fall '05 retention rates had improved in all class levels, but fall '05 to spring '06 rates were slightly down, except among sophomores. This was a key time, with registration approaching, for the overall university to attempt recovery for fall '06. Valades also highlighted features of the PASS System. Faculty members were encouraged to give feedback for potential improvements to the system. One proposal for increasing student retention that was discussed is building a system of “positive strokes” into the PASS system to acknowledge students whose performance improves. The importance of the relationship between the student and their faculty advisor was also discussed. It was stated that, “a strong relationship between the student and their advisors is one of the most important factors in student success.”

There was discussion on the process for nomination of the candidates for the Distinguished Faculty Award. A motion was made that during the fall semester the Faculty Senate vice president appoint an ad hoc committee to inform faculty about the award and to promote the award, thus encouraging nominations. This motion was accepted.

A question about the criteria that the Faculty Senate used to make our recommendations on sabbatical requests was posed to the Senate. It was clarified that senate recommendations were made based on the criteria listed in section 21.6 of the higher education contract.

Old Business:

  • Senate could not report on the COD Administrative Evaluation discussion since they have yet to address this issue.
  • Senate secretary was not present, so the report on the proposed constitutional changes was postponed until next meeting.
  • Additional issues that the faculty has suggested that the senate address with Dr. Schallenkamp were discussed. Issues include:
    • Salary equity with other Regental institutions
    • Internationalization
    • “Perceived lack of transparency in funding”/disclosure of what is in budgets – frequently faculty members receive no communication about what financial resources are available; this can make it difficult to propose and plan projects.
    • Library-related issues including:
      • For any academic institution the library is a lynchpin for the academic success of students and faculty alike. Library quality also affects student and faculty recruitment and retention. A close working relationship between the president and the library director/staff is therefore essential. We encourage Dr. Schallenkamp to meet with the library director and his staff to get a first-hand account of library budget limitations, critical needs, and the director’s overall philosophy and efforts to contribute to academic excellence at BHSU.
      • An overall permanent increase in the yearly budget for library resources, and increased space is needed. This is especially important if the recent administrative strategy to emphasize undergraduate research as a unique strength at BHSU is going to succeed in the long term.
      • Resolution of library staffing that currently has the director performing the duties of his previous position as systems librarian as well as library director. The director is currently performing two jobs and getting paid for one.
      • Resolution for the staffing issue of inter library loan workload. ILL use has increased dramatically over the past several years and the library committee endorses hiring at least a part-time assistant.
      • Funding to support the overall “ambience” inside the library. It is vital to get students and other patrons into the library in the first place, but it is also important that people feel comfortable once they are there so they are able to concentrate on work at hand in an inspiring, mentally stimulating environment. Improving the internal environment of the library can significantly impact the overall productivity of its users.

New Business:

  • The question was posed as to what has happened to the Madeline Young Speaker Series, which is to bring in well-known speakers of interest to the Spearfish community as well as to the BHSU academic community. Recollections are that there has not been a speaker in approximately four years. Senate president has offered to pose the question to Dean Myers.
  • A subcommittee was formed to work on the updates to the faculty handbook. Members of this committee are: Christine Shearer-Cremean, Dan Bergey, and Bobbi Sago. Project needs to be completed by the Wednesday, May 3 meeting so that the handbook is ready for distribution during faculty welcome week in the fall.
  • It was announced that there are three more meetings remaining before the end of the academic year. Elections will be held during the Wednesday, May 3 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Bobbi Sago for Sharon Strand.


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