Volume XXX, No. 20 • June 2, 2006

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CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Purchasing assistant, University Support Services
  • Senior secretary, Institutional Advancement
  • Cook, Market Place
  • Secretary, Grants Accounting

For additional information or an employment application, view the announcement at http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.

Altmyer presents at national Stock Market Game Symposium - top

Don Altmyer

Don Altmyer, associate professor in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, has been invited to present at a session of the annual Stock Market Game (SMG) Symposium in Memphis, Tenn., in June.

The topic of his presentation “Strategies for teacher training workshops in a geographically-large/population-small rural state,” profiles the workshops delivered by Altmyer at four high schools throughout South Dakota this past January. A total of 31 teachers from 29 high schools received training in economics and personal finance at Watertown High School, Brandon Valley High School, Douglas High School and Custer High School during the workshops. Teachers received curriculum materials by subject and grade level with content conforming to national standards in economics and personal finance.

Effective this fall, the South Dakota Board of Education is requiring an economics/personal finance course for all high school graduates. The fall 2006 South Dakota Stock Market Game begins Oct. 2 and concludes its 10-week session Dec 8.

Altmyer has been the coordinator for the South Dakota Stock Market Game since 1997 and the director for the BHSU Center for Economic Education since 2003. The SMG Symposium brings state coordinators and teachers together to receive training in curriculum materials and technologies and to share successful ideas in delivering the program. This year’s theme, “Expanding Educational Excellence,” profiles a new teaching curriculum to deliver the program in a variety of subjects and grade levels.

The SMG is a national educational program based on the U.S. equity market system for students in grades 4 through 12. The SMG takes place in the classroom under the supervision of a program-trained teacher. Approximately 500,000 students and 12,000 teachers across the nation participate each year.

Many students, whose background circumstances would not otherwise easily intersect with the world of investing, awaken to a sense of personal opportunity and real world hands-on learning according to Altmyer. The SMG program is administered by the Foundation for Investor Education, a non-profit organization advocating investor education in the United States.

Altmyer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Duquesne University and a master’s degree from California State University-Fullerton. He joined the BHSU faculty in 1995. For more information on the program, visit www.smgww.org or visit www.bhsu.edu/stock+market+game.aspx or call Altmyer at 642-6266.

Black Hills State University will host teachers' institutes - top

BHSU faculty member Jace DeCory will be among the speakers at the Tribal Governments and Indian Land Teachers’ Institutes for K-12 teachers this summer at Black Hills State University.

Jace DeCory

The Office of Native Educational Endeavors (NEE) at Black Hills State University will host two Tribal Governments and Indian Lands Teachers’ Institutes for K-12 teachers this summer. The first institute will be June 19-23, and the second institute is scheduled for July 17-21.

According to John Glover, NEE director, teachers from the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Montana will be in attendance. The three main areas of focus for the institutes are tribal government, Indian land, and sacred Indian sites. Participants will be shown methods and materials useful in conveying this complicated material to their students. A distinguished list of guest lecturers including college faculty, tribal judges, and attorneys, are scheduled to share their expertise.

The NEE office, a cooperative venture between the University of South Dakota Law School Foundation and BHSU, is providing the institutes. Major funding comes from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, a private non-profit entity with main offices in Minnesota whose mission is to ensure that: "land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management." The South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is co-sponsoring the institutes.

Participants receive free tuition as well as $550 to be used for curriculum and expenses. The participants will earn three renewal credit hours, approved by the South Dakota Department of Education.

According to Glover, there are a few spots available in both sessions. For details, contact institute director, Urla Marcus, at 642-6048, or email UrlaMarcus@bhsu.edu. A printable informational brochure and application can be found on the NEE webpage www.bhsu.edu/artssciences/indianstudies/nee/.

University students attend N2TEC 2006 Summer Institute - top

Ed Sobey (right), Launch Invention Workshop presenter, looks on as Ryan Gillen prepares to launch a rocket his team created during the N2TEC Seminar at Black Hills State University. Gillen is one of 20 students from BHSU, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln attending the 10-week institute designed to engage students in the entrepreneurial process.

Ryan Gillen launching the rocket his team created at the N2TEC Seminar at BHSU

Twenty students from universities across South Dakota are currently participating in the 10-week National Network for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (N2TEC) Summer Institute on the campus of Black Hills State University. Several institute workshops are open to the general public as well.

The students, who are in the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP), were organized into teams, each including a science or engineering major, a business or management major, and an education or other major. Each STEP team was then partnered with a community entrepreneur mentor team and faculty researchers.

According to information from the N2TEC program, the institute, which is led by a team of technology entrepreneurship faculty, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the United States, attempts to engage attendees in “the art, mindset, and process of entrepreneurship from opportunity identification and vetting to building an growing a new venture.”

Several of the N2TEC Summer Institute workshops are open to the public at a cost of $39 per session. All workshops, with the exception of the Monday, June 12 session, will be held on the BHSU campus. The June 12 session will be held at Hudson Hall in downtown Spearfish. A workshop schedule follows:

  • Monday, June 5 – Entrepreneurship and Economic Development with Ashley Swearingen
  • Wednesday, June 7 – Integrating Entrepreneurship into the Curriculum
  • Monday, June 12 – Feasibility Analysis: How Do I Know This Business Concept Can Fly?
  • Wednesday, June 14 – Investing in New Ventures: Analyzing a Potential Business Opportunity
  • Monday, June 19 – The Business Plan: What It Takes to Build a Successful New Company
  • Tuesday, June 27 – Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance: Bootstrapping
  • Thursday, June 29 – Early-Stage Funding: Creative Ways to Fund a Start-up Venture
  • Monday, July 10 – Growth Funding: Tapping into a Wealth of Funding Sources for Second-stage Companies
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Bringing New Technology to Market
  • Monday, July 17 – Growing and Managing the Business
  • Monday, July 24 – The Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • Tuesday, July 25 – How to Give an Effective Pitch for Your Business

For more information or to register for an N2TEC workshop, see www.n2tec.org or www.n2tec.org/hpc/SummerInstitute.asp#purpose. General information about the N2TEC Summer Institute may also be obtained by calling the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at 642-6091.

BHSU hosts business plan competition - top

Winners in the first annual business plan competition at Black Hills State University included: front row, left to right, Jobeth Stenerson, Anita Sandretto, Elise Foltz, Lindsay Holum; back row, Lewis Hettinga, Scott Lindeman, Dustin Jensen, Rory Maynard, Tyler Goodrich and Harley Lux. Not pictured are: Clayton Bryan, Dustin Jensen, Damon Punt, Seth Artz, Scott Lindeman, Rocky Ruzicka, and Anna Hermanson.

Winners in the first annual BHSU business plan competition

Business students at Black Hills State University recently participated in a business plan competition hosted by the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.

Students earning first place in the five separate divisions for the business plan competition were as follows: Clayton Bryan, Spearfish; Dustin Jensen, Rapid City; Cassie Kimball, Spearfish; Harley Lux, Lead; and Damon Punt, Mitchell. Earning second- and third-place honors were the following students: Seth Artz, Spearfish; Lewis Hettinga, Spearfish; Lindsay Holum, Gillette, Wyo.; Scott Lindeman, Glenham; Rory Maynard, Spearfish; Rocky Ruzicka, Belle Fourche; Anita Sandretto, Red Lodge, Mont.; and Jobeth Stenerson, Hardin, Mont.

In addition to preparing a complete business plan that was evaluated by a team of judges, each student or team delivered a formal 17-19 minute presentation about their plan and then answered questions. Students were evaluated on factors that included creativity, presentation skills, realism and quality of the business plan. Judges for the business plan competition were area businesspeople Bob Burnett, Bruce Byrum, Terry Caudill, Jodie Henry, Jeremy Hoven, Joe Jorgenson, Bob Knapp, Greg Kruskamp, Amy Lee, Bob Meyer, Mitch Moe, Eric Neis, Terry Sheehan, Bryan Walker, and Jayna Watson.

Another feature in this two-day event was the elevator pitch competition in which each student prepared a two-page overview of a business idea or concept, delivered a 7-9 minute presentation and answered questions posed by the judges on the business concept. Tyler Goodrich, Spearfish, earned first-place honors and Elise Foltz, Spearfish, and Anna Hermanson, Hot Springs, tied for second place.

Judges for this event were area business people Scott Gannaway, Lisa Langer, Jo Lutness, and Mark Papousek.

For more information on the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, the business plan competition, and/or the entrepreneurial studies specialization at BHSU, contact Dr. Priscilla Romkema by email at PriscillaRomkema@bhsu.edu or call 642-6091 or Professor Verona Beguin by email at VeronaBeguin@bhsu.edu or call 642-6398.

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