Volume XXX, No. 19 • May 26, 2006

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Resignation - top

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Chrysler publishes paper in Information Systems Educators Journal - top

Dr. Earl Chrysler

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 Educators Journal.

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 - top

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.

BHSU faculty retirees

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 professor.

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 of service.

Thirty-year pins were awarded to: Art Jones, facilities services; Kay Kerney, College of Arts and Sciences; and Donna Kloppel, business office.

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, health services.

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 offering.

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.

BHSU student inductees for Sigma Beta Delta

The Black Hills State University chapter of Sigma Beta Delta recently inducted 14 business students and one honorary business community member.

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 society.

Winners of annual student photography competition announced - top

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.

Photos by BHSU students Josh Jetson and Courtney Smith

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 watch.

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 camp.

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 www.bhsu.edu/bh/athletics.

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