- Carol Pavel, cook, Market Place
Chrysler publishes paper in
Information Systems Educators Journal
A paper by Dr. Earl Chrysler, retiring professor in the College of
Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, was recently
accepted for publication in the refereed 2006 Information Systems
In the paper, entitled “Using Decision Tree Analysis To Develop An
Expert System,” Chrysler describes the process of developing an expert
system, saying a “knowledge engineer” interviews an “expert” to build a
knowledge base that is then used with a set of logical rules to develop
the expert system.
According to Chrysler, he found there were several articles that
demonstrated the use and effectiveness of expert systems, but those
articles did not discuss the methodology used to develop an expert
system. After reviewing various methods of determining an approach to
logically analyze the results of sequential decision-making, he noted
that a popular and efficient method frequently used was the
decision-tree method. He then demonstrated how this method can be used
to develop an expert system that can be used by a researcher to
determine the statistical technique that should be used based upon one’s
research questions and characteristics of the data available. He also
suggested that knowledge engineers could use the decision-tree analysis
approach to improve their efficiency.
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. A professor emeritus from California
State University-Chico, Chrysler joined the BHSU faculty in 2002.
Black Hills State
University honors faculty and staff for service -
Retirees, from left to
right, Dr. Sharon Strand, Valerie Hawkins, Dr. Thomas Flickema, and Dr.
Earl Chrysler were recently honored for the service to Black Hills State
University at the annual employee recognition reception. Also honored,
but not pictured were: Jim Bechtold, Deatta Chapel, Arlene Denker,
Barbara Hale, and Gary Hunt.
Black Hills State University employees were recently recognized for
their service to the students, the university, and the community.
Honored at the reception were this year’s retirees: Jim Bechtold,
facilities services; Deatta Chapel, student support services; Dr. Earl
Chrysler, business professor; Arlene Denker, facilities services; Dr.
Thomas Flickema, professor BHSU president; Barbara Hale, assistant
business professor; Valerie Hawkins, assistant library professor; Gary
Hunt, facilities services; and Dr. Sharon Strand, associate English
The Special Committee Award was presented to the Finance/Human
Resources/Finance Information Systems (HRIS) Implementation Team for
their work implementing the new HRIS program adopted by the South Dakota
Board of Regents. Team members include: Rod Bartholomew, Anita Haeder,
Susan Hemmingson, Donna Kloppel, Roxy Schmit, Tracey Steinbach, Jerry
Swarts and Diane Watson.
“This group of individuals has continued to provide service to the
university even in the middle of this massive implementation,” according
to the nominator for this award. “They are excited about the service
that they will be able to provide under the new system once it is fully
implemented and operational.”
Randy Culver, associate director of facilities services, received the
Community Service Award for his service to the Spearfish community, the
Black Hills region, and the state of South Dakota. According to the
nominator for this award, Culver has been instrumental in making the
Optimists Home Show a success since its inception. He not only prepares
the Young Center for the booths, but he also makes sure it is ready for
activities following the show. Culver has also worked with numerous
special events, such as soccer tournaments and swim meets, to
accommodate their special needs.
Director of instructional technology Terry Hupp received the
Outstanding University Service Award for his dedication and commitment
to his position through public service and support of fellow employees.
Hupp provides the faculty with support and technical assistance,
making it possible for BHSU to integrate technology into the teaching of
students. His responsibilities include assisting faulty and students
with WebCT, maintaining technology equipment in the classrooms, and
helping faculty, staff and students use this equipment. According to the
nomination form, he is “always pleasant, responsive, and fixes whatever
needs to be fixed.”
The Student Service Award was presented to Dawn Kennedy, registration
officer, for her work mentoring and advising students. According to the
nomination form, Kennedy goes beyond her job duties to offer exceptional
assistance to BHSU students.
“Dawn doesn’t just do her job,” the nominator said. “She does it with
the highest level of quality, and she does it with a happy disposition.”
The University Area Award was presented to the staff members of the
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center for their outstanding dedication and
commitment to the university. Staff members include: Scott Ahola, Rajeev
Bukralia, Alicia Caldanaro, Rebecca Cooper, Valerie Hawkins, Roberta
Sago, Karen Stacy and Melora Tripp.
The library staff re-negotiated the ProQuest contract for ABI/Inform
Global and the Wall Street Journal databases. According to the
nominators, this re-negotiation saved the university $13,100 this year
and will continue to provide savings in the years to come. Also, as a
result of the re-negotiation, the library now receives a free
subscription to Hoovers Industry Reviews.
Twenty-three BHSU employees were also recognized at the ceremony for
their years of service to the state of South Dakota.
George Earley, assistant vice president for academic affairs and
assessment and director for graduate studies, was honored for 35 years
Thirty-year pins were awarded to: Art Jones, facilities services; Kay
Kerney, College of Arts and Sciences; and Donna Kloppel, business
Twenty-five year pins were awarded to: Dennis Carlson, facilities
services; Jim Hess, psychology professor; Tim Johnston, dining services;
Robert Nuttbrock, facilities services; and Norma Perry, dining services.
Employees who received 15-year pins were: Randy Culver, facilities
services; Shawn Haug, BHSU bookstore; Sandra Nauman, Little Jacket
Learning Center; Roger Ochse, humanities professor and director of the
honors program; Diane Watson, grants accounting; and Penney Williams,
Ten-year employees included: David Diamond, assistant mass
communications professor; Peggy Gubbrud, grants and special projects;
Paul Kopco, mass communications instructor and BHSU webmaster; Janet
Ladson, College of Arts and Sciences; Tim Molseed, associate education
professor and MSCI coordinator; Fred Nelson, technical support services;
Sandee Schamber, South Dakota Board of Regents fellow and associate
education professor; and Dennis Walkins, BHSU bookstore.
Library acquires new
databases - top
The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at Black Hills
State University has acquired three new databases: Britannica Online
2006, Annals of American History Online, and Webster's
Third New International Dictionary Unabridged Online, which are now
available for use on-campus and off-campus.
Library patrons can access the new databases through
the library database page:
http://iis.bhsu.edu/lis/reference/databases.cfm. According to Rajeev
Bukralia, director of the library, these databases were chosen after
receiving very positive recommendations from faculty following a trail
The Britannica Online 2006 is the text of the
32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica plus thousands of additional
articles updated to provide the most current information possible. It
includes the World Data Analyst, which offers detailed statistical
comparisons of countries across the world, using both the most recent
statistics and historical figures and allows subscribers to create
tables and charts and even export the information to a spreadsheet for
printing and data analysis.
The Annals of American History Online is a
chronicle of the nation’s history, providing a year-by-year documentary
of American thought and action from 1493 through today, including
illustrations, photographs, speeches, writings and interviews from more
than 1,500 authors.
The Webster's Third New International Dictionary
Unabridged Online offers all 472,000 entries from the print version,
13 search options and more than 1,000 color illustrations.
For more information contact the library information
desk at 642-6250.
Sigma Beta Delta honors students
and business community member - top
Fourteen Black Hills State University
students were recently inducted into the BHSU chapter of Sigma Beta
Delta. Honorees were, front row, left to right: Wendy Regynski, Lindsay
Holum, Tami Maher, Stacy Vogt, and Rachel Eddy; and back row, left to
right, Donald Wolkenhauer, Amanda Phillips, Shauna Olson, and Brandy
Engel. Not pictured are: Marsha Hengen, Britney Clark, Shannon Quinn,
Marshal Tinant, and Kelly O’Brien.
The Black Hills State University chapter of Sigma Beta
Delta recently inducted 14 business students and one honorary business
Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society in
business, management, and administration, was established to honor
students who have attained superior records in business programs in
schools and colleges with regional accreditation.
Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the College of Business and
Technology at BHSU, and Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, awarded
certificates and keys to seven juniors, six seniors and one graduate
student. Monte Bertsch, directing officer for customer service at
Premier BankCard, was inducted as an honorary business member.
BHSU junior initiates included: Brandy Engel, a
business administration major from Rapid City; Marsha Hengen, a business
administration major from Rapid City; Lindsay Holum, a business
administration major from Gillette, Wyo.; Shauna Olson, a business
administration major from Rapid City; Amanda Phillips, a business
administration major from Newcastle, Wyo.; Wendy Regynski, a business
administration major from Mitchell; and Donald Wolkenhauer, a business
administration major from Sturgis.
Senior initiates were: Britney Clark, a business
education major from Rapid City; Rachel Eddy, a business administration
major from Spearfish; Tami Maher, a business administration major from
Rapid City; Shannon Quinn, a business administration major from Rapid
City; Marshal Tinant, a professional accountancy major from Crookston,
Neb.; and Stacy Vogt, a business administration major from Armour.
Kelly O’Brien, a business services management master’s
degree student from Rapid City, was also inducted into the honor
Winners of annual student
photography competition announced -
This photo (left) by BHSU junior Josh
Jetson won first prize in the 11th annual Student Photography
Competition at Black Hills State University. The background photo by
BHSU sophomore Courtney Smith received honorable mention.
Black Hills State University recently announced the
winners of the 11th annual Student Photography Competition.
First place was awarded to Josh Jetson, a junior mass
communications major from Rapid City. Other winners included: second
place, Aaron Nelson, a junior mass communications major from Harrisburg;
third place, Summer Venner, a sophomore business administration major
from Pierre; and fourth place, David Conway, a senior mass
communications major from Rapid City.
Honorable mention was given to: Emily Brown, a
sophomore mass communications major from Sioux Falls; Courtney Smith, a
sophomore business administration major from Rapid City; Jessica
O’Brien, a junior communications arts major from Spearfish; Karen Chau,
a sophomore mass communications major from Spearfish; Stacey Meyer, a
senior biology major from Sioux Falls; Amy Rohrbach, a senior mass
communications major from Spearfish; Teri McTighe, a junior art major
from Faith; Janeen Canfield, a senior English major from Spearfish;
Kayla Gotfredson, a senior mass communications major from Spearfish, and
Heather Harvey, a junior art major from Deadwood.
Patricia Felkner, photography professor at Consumnes
River College in Sacramento, Calif., served as judge of the competition.
Prizes were provided by the BHSU Bookstore, Funk Pottery and Sansarc
Clothing, Common Grounds, Piranha Salon, Nic’s Nax, Book Trader, Mr.
Movies, Two Pines Lodge, Pizza Hut, and Shutterbuzz Photography Club.
Black Hills State to host
boy's basketball camps - top
Black Hills State University will host a variety of boy’s basketball
camps in June.
The Skill Development and Competition Day Camp will be Monday, June 5
through Thursday, June 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. The day camp, which is open to
boys grades kindergarten through eighth, will cover the fundamentals.
The last hour is set aside for scrimmages. Families are welcome to
The Skill Development and Competition Overnight Camp will be Sunday,
June 18 through Wednesday, June 21. The overnight camp, which is open to
boys grades three through twelve, incorporates the fundamentals and
skill development with daily competition. Individual and team concepts
will be taught. The coaches will also work with each camper to develop a
plan to help them become a better player through practice. Boarding and
nonboarding options are available for this camp.
The Position Camp, Perimeter and Post Play, Overnight Camp will be
Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 23. Open to boys in grades six
through twelve, this position-specific camp will emphasize the mental
and physical development of individual players. According to head BHSU
men’s basketball coach Paul Sather, the camp is geared toward more
experienced campers as a lot of material will be covered in a short
period of time. Boarding and nonboarding options are available for this
The Black Hills State Team Camp, varsity and junior levels, will be
Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25. According to Sather, each team
will be guaranteed seven games in the pool play schedule.
For more information contact Sather at 642-6607, email
PaulSather@bhsu.edu, or see