Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Julianna Tenold, purchasing assistant, University Support
- Nancy Lewis, secretary, Educational Media
CSA positions open -
The following Career Service positions are open:
- Teacher aide, Child Care Center
- Building maintenance specialist (electrician/HVAC), Facilities
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tenure as BHSU president - top
Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, who was named the ninth
president of Black Hills State University earlier this year, is looking
forward to leading the university.
Schallenkamp says she is honored to take the
leadership post at a time of great opportunities and challenges for the
“Higher education must be poised to respond to the
dynamic needs of the information age and the global economy,”
Schallenkamp said. “It is clear that Black Hills State University is
uniquely positioned to make special contributions to the region and the
state of South Dakota.”
BHSU was just recently approved to offer a master’s
degree in science in integrative genomics, a new area of biological
research. Integrative genomics seeks to place the functional
significance of an organism’s many genes into an ecological and
evolutionary context and allows scientists to understand the success
story that each species represents.
The university already offers graduate degrees in the
areas of education and business.
BHSU is heavily involved in plans for a national
science lab at Homestake and is poised to take a lead role in the
development of educational and outreach opportunities at the lab.
Before coming to BHSU, Schallenkamp served as
president at Emporia State University. Prior to that, she was provost
and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of
Wisconsin-Whitewater and provost at Chadron (Neb.) State College.
Schallenkamp, who is originally from Salem, began her
higher education experience in South Dakota as an undergraduate student
at Northern State University. She later returned to Northern to begin
her academic career, starting as an instructor of communication
disorders in 1973 and ending her tenure there as dean of graduate
studies and research in 1988.
As she begins her tenure at BHSU, Schallenkamp notes
the many similarities of the higher education landscape here as compared
“Like Kansas, South Dakota’s aging workforce, coupled
with flat high school graduation rates, present challenges to higher
education, as well as to the state’s economic growth,” Schallenkamp
said. “Through effective enrollment management strategies, recruitment
and retention of students can be integrated into the very fabric of the
campus.” When she served as president at Emporia State, Schallenkamp
guided the campus to enrollment stability with modest but manageable
increases resulting in a 19 percent overall growth.
“Black Hills State University and Emporia State
University share many similarities relative to role and mission,
history, and academic programs,” she said. “The focus of the entire
campus on student success is a special characteristic that both campuses
Throughout her career, Schallenkamp has been
professionally active at the state and national levels. She currently
serves on the board of directors for the American Association of State
Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Colleges of
Teacher Education. She is a member of the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board and has served as chair
of the Presidents Council of the NCAA Division II. Additionally, she has
been active in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the
North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission.
Schallenkamp holds three degrees in communication
disorders: a B.S. from Northern State University, a master’s from The
University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.
She and her husband, Ken, have two daughters. Heather
(Shad) Newbury is a high school English teacher in Kansas and Jenni
(Danny) Simon is a doctoral student at the University of Denver. Heather
and Shad have two children, Alyssa and Tyler.
||Dr. Kay Schallenkamp (center) visits
with Black Hills State University students Rachel Braaten, an elementary
education major from Thermopolis, Wyo.; Kristal Running Wolf, a pre-med
student from Spearfish; and Josh Gilkerson, a business major from
Pierre; during her first week as BHSU president. Schallenkamp says she
is honored to take the leadership post at a time of such great
opportunities for the university and its students.
Diamond wins coveted Mark
Twain Award - top
David Diamond, professor at Black Hills State
University, recently received the Mark Twain Award for his distinguished
contributions to Midwestern literature.
Dr. David Anderson, chairman of the Society for the
Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML) at Michigan State University, made
the announcement at this year’s annual meeting of the society. According
to Anderson, the Mark Twain Award is the highest and most respected
literature prize given by the society. Previous winners of this
distinguished award include: Tony Morrison, Ray Bradbury, Andrew Greely,
Jim Harrison, Sara Paretsky, Frederick Manfred, and Gwendalyn Brooks.
Diamond, when asked to comment on the award, said: “I
was totally stunned. You work in solitude when you write and have no
idea if there’s anyone out there reading or admiring your work. This is
confirmation that all the lonely hours and hard work have paid off. This
is perhaps the pinnacle of my writing career.”
The SSML has published Diamond’s short stories,
novellas, and poetry in its yearly publication “Midwestern.”
Diamond’s latest novel, “Cool Hand in a Hot Fire,”
was cited in the award. He is also the author of the “Slade Western
Series,” written under the name Link Pennington. His book of short
stories, “Street Scenes,” was adapted into a successful play in
Los Angeles that received excellent reviews. He is also, as Claudia
Davison, the author of the “Unholy Ghost” series, a
suspense-thriller series published by Lynx Books in New York City.
Diamond’s short stories and essays have been published
in various literary reviews and quarterlies in the United States, France
and Canada. His journalism has been published by The Los Angeles
Times, The Los Angeles Examiner, The Los Angeles Weekly,
and The Des Moines Register. He is currently working on a
collection of short stories titled “The Elvis Jesus.”
Diamond is a South Dakota native who teaches classes
in writing, broadcast journalism, and radio and television production at
BHSU. He has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history from the
University of Southern Mississippi. His graduate degrees are from
Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Southern
California. Diamond, who joined the BHSU staff in 1995, is planning to
retire after the 2006 - 2007 school year.
BHSU approved for graduate degree in science - top
Dr. Cynthia Anderson
(left), associate director of the Center for the Conservation of
Biological Resources at BHSU, reviews procedures with Laurelin
Cottingham, a senior from Rapid City. Science students now have the
option of pursuing a master's degree in integrative genomics.
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a
master of science degree in integrative genomics at Black Hills State
University, signaling a new direction for master’s degrees offered by
the Spearfish university.
“This is Black Hills State’s first master’s degree in
the sciences,” Regents President Harvey C. Jewett said. “The deep
underground lab project at Homestake is right down the road, and there
will be excellent opportunities there for genomics research. At a time
when there is substantial state interest in expanding research and
graduate education at South Dakota public universities, this degree is
an excellent fit for our system and for BHSU in particular,” he said.
Black Hills State already offers master’s degree
programs in education and business. The genomics degree will help
recruit students for graduate-level study in a technology-rich area of
emerging science, Jewett said. “This program is likely to have
significant benefits for BHSU, with minimal risk to existing system
programs,” Jewett said.
Integrative genomics is a new area of biological
research that seeks to place the functional significance of an
organism’s many genes into an ecological and evolutionary context. In a
practical sense, integrative genomics allows scientists to understand
the success story that each species represents.
University officials plan to offer the new degree
starting this fall. Five students are expected to enroll in the first
year, with an average of four students graduating each year once the
program is fully operational. No new state resources were requested to
develop or implement the degree, Jewett noted. The university also will
not seek any new or increased student fees to implement the program.
Black Hills State University
hosts new teacher academy - top
Black Hills State University is once again hosting the
Governor’s New Teacher Academy.
The academy is being held on the BHSU campus July
12-14. A June session was held on the Dakota State University campus in
Governor Michael Rounds and Rick Melmer, the state
secretary of education, plan to attend the academy at BHSU and will
speak to the group Wednesday, July 12 at 4 p.m. in Jonas 305.
Building on the success of the Governor’s New Teacher
Academy last year, the workshop is again being offered to all first-year
teachers. This year, additional sessions are scheduled for second-year
During the Governor’s New Teacher Academy, teachers
will have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of their
initial years of teaching and reflect on their progress as teachers and
the resulting influence on student achievement. Teachers will also
examine the core propositions of the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards. During the session, teachers will develop
professional relationships to achieve common educational goals and
participate in activities that demonstrate their commitment to the
Aspiring opera singers perform
during annual Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute
Baker and Felicity Graham portray Don Alfonso and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s
Cosi Fan Tutte during the recent Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute,
held as a part of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts at Black
Hills State University.
Additional performances included Bizet’s Carmen
Rossini’s Cinderella among other opera favorites.
The opera performance capped off the month-long
institute which also included a Young Performer’s Competition, Gala
Opening Performance, and An Evening of Songs and Dance.
Aspiring pre-professional opera singers from all over
the United States were selected to participate in this unique institute.
World-famous operatic soprano Johanna Meier, artistic director for the
institute, and experienced faculty members from New York City, Santa Fe,
and St. Louis provided exceptional musical training and coaching for the
singers. Dance artist Robyn Starks Holcomb provided instruction in stage
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.
Grant opportunities announced
Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn
309, through Thursday, June 22. For copies of the information, contact
the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near
the information desk.
Fiscal Year 2007 Defense University Research Instrumentation
The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2007
Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), a part of
the University Research Initiative (URI). DURIP is designed to improve
the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter
referred to as “universities”) to conduct research and to educate
scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by
providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment. Areas of
funding will be Science and Technology and other Research and
Development. This competition is open only to accredited U.S.
institutions of higher education with degree granting programs in
science, mathematics and/or engineering.
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2006. A link to the full announcement is
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L.
Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional
Research Training Grants (T32) to eligible institutions as the primary
means of supporting graduate and postdoctoral research training to help
ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to
assume leadership roles related to the nation's biomedical, behavioral
and clinical research agenda. The primary objective is to prepare
qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the
health-related research needs of the nation. This program supports
predoctoral, postdoctoral and short term research training programs at
domestic institutions of higher education with the T32 funding
mechanism. Note that programs solely for short-term research training
should not apply to this announcement, but rather the separate (T35)
NRSA Short-Term Institutional Program exclusively reserved for
short-term programs. The following areas of research will be considered
- 93.172 -- Human Genome Research
- 93.173 -- Research Related to Deafness and Communication
- 93.213 -- Research and Training in Complementary and Alternative
- 93.233 -- National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
- 93.272 -- Alcohol National Research Service Awards for Research
- 93.279 -- Drug Abuse Research Programs
- 93.282 -- Mental Health National Research Service Awards for
- 93.286 -- Discovery and Applied Research
- 93.361 -- Nursing Research
- 93.389 -- National Center for Research Resources
- 93.398 -- Cancer Research Manpower
- 93.846 -- Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Research
- 93.847 -- Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research
- 93.848 -- Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Research
- 93.849 -- Kidney Diseases, Urology and Hematology Research
- 93.853 -- Extramural Research Programs in the Neurosciences and
- 93.859 -- Biomedical Research and Research Training
- 93.865 -- Child Health and Human Development Extramural Research
- 93.866 -- Aging Research
- 93.867 -- Vision Research
- 93.894 -- Resource and Manpower Development in the Environmental
Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. See full announcement for
deadlines and details at
Childhood Agricultural Safety and Health Research Grants (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is accepting applications
for the Childhood Agricultural Safety and Health Research grants
program. The goal of the initiative is to reduce health and safety
impacts that affect children in agriculture. It aims to create
technologies that will reduce injury to children who are exposed to farm
hazards. Projects are sought which will conduct research to: (1) develop
and evaluate new or existing enhanced control technologies to reduce
injury to youth exposed to farm hazards, (2) identify and implement
strategies which encourage adults to adopt injury control methods to
protect youth, (3) identify the economic and social consequences of
youth working on farms. Findings from these projects are intended to
advance the scientific base of knowledge needed to maximize the safety
and health of children exposed to agricultural production hazards.
Important outcomes will include full evaluations of the effectiveness of
interventions and of the likelihood that interventions can be translated
into a variety of agricultural workplace settings.
Deadline: Aug. 16, 2006. The complete announcement can be