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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, 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
“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
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
“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
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
for this weekend -
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
Chrysler presents paper at
national conference for marketing educators -
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
opening will be held for remodeled Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame Room
Black 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
BHSU makes plans for summer
opera program - top
The 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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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, 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 -
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
Faculty Senate minutes -
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.
- 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
- “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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Minutes submitted by
Bobbi Sago for Sharon Strand.