Volume XXX, No. 24 • July 21, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Rachel Copas, cook, Dining Services

Resignation - top

  • Catherine Bauer, purchasing assistant, University Support Services
  • David Sowell, Facilities Services
  • Melora Torp, library associate, Library Learning Center

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Librarian, Library Learning Center

The following Career Service position is open and is limited to status Career Service employees in the Financial Aid Office:

  • Program assistant I, Financial Aid

The following Career Service position is open and is limited to status Career Service employees in Project EXPORT, American Indian Health, and Grants Office:

  • Program Assistant II

For additional information or to apply, visit http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.

BHSU president Dr. Kay Schallenkamp welcomes Governor Michael Rounds to the BHSU campusGovernor Rounds speaks at New Teacher Academy - top

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp welcomes Gov. Michael Rounds to the Black Hills State University campus during a New Teacher Academy held recently on campus. Rounds was the keynote speaker for the Teacher Academy, a program designed to enhance the retention rate of beginning teachers. Rounds praised the teachers for their dedication to education and noted teachers have a significant positive influence on the future of the state’s youth. The New Teacher Academy gives beginning teachers the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of their initial years of teaching and reflect on their progress and their future as teachers.

N2TEC students prepare for final projects - top

Students enrolled in the N2TEC Summer Institute hosted by Black Hills State University take a break at the Presidents Park, located three miles southwest of Lead. The students were in the area working on a community service project to identify technology industry opportunities for the City of Lead. The students also worked on similar projects in Spearfish and Hot Springs.

N2TEC students at the Presidents Park near Lead

The 20 students enrolled in the National Network for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (N2TEC) Summer Institute hosted by Black Hills State University have been working for the past nine weeks to determine if it is feasible to create their own businesses based on eight newly patented technologies.

These students will present their business ideas Thursday, July 27 at 1 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 305 on the BHSU campus. The general public is welcome to attend.

Targeted technologies included areas such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), hydroelectric farms, light activated materials that kill viruses and bacteria, alternative energies for the Black Hills region, virus detection for hog farmers, and airships.

"South Dakota has made great strides in research development," Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda said. "Starting with students who are just beginning their careers and giving them the tools to become successful entrepreneurs just makes sense. Programs like this utilize the great talent and resources we have in the people of South Dakota."

To determine commercial feasibility for their businesses, students recently completed an industry analysis of the technology they are preparing to commercialize. Items investigated in this analysis included industry growth, opportunities, new technologies, currents research and development, major competitors, and other trends, threats, and patterns of change in the industry.

According to Ed Caner, director of the N2TEC Summer Institute, institute organizers have been extremely pleased with the quality and diversity of the students and their business ideas.

“The Black Hills region can expect two or three businesses to be launched by students by the end of 2006,” Caner said.

N2TEC students will tour several research facilities at private corporations over the next week and are currently completing a community service project in Hot Springs that is designed to address various issues of economic development related to emerging technologies. They also completed community projects in Spearfish and Lead which, according to N2TEC coordinators, were met with great enthusiasm by community leaders.

Other highlights of the summer institute have included Launch Invention Workshop meetings with economic development organizations in Spearfish and Lead; tours of research facilities in the Black Hills, including BHSU, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and private corporations; and classes in technology feasibility analysis, investing in new ventures, entrepreneurial finance, market research, small business innovation research, business planning, economic development, and building entrepreneurship into an academic curriculum.

The purpose of the N2TEC Summer Institute is to engage attendees in the art, mindset and process of entrepreneurship from opportunity identification and vetting to building and growing a new venture. Attendees are taught by both visiting and local experts and entrepreneurs.

Sponsors for the institute include the National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR), S.D. Governor's Office for Economic Development (GOED), BHSU, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Black Hills Vision, and local and regional economic development organizations in the Black Hills and South Dakota.

For more information, see www.n2tec.org or call the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at 642-6091.

Higher Education Center to host information session - top

Black Hills State University will host an information session Thursday, July 27 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Higher Education Center - West River, 515 West Boulevard in Rapid City.

High school students and their parents as well as workers seeking additional training or desiring a career change are encouraged to meet with higher education representatives. Information about admissions procedures, financial aid, academic programs and distance learning options will be available.

Black Hills State University, the third largest university in the state, offers more than 80 majors and minors leading to bachelor’s degrees in addition to paraprofessional programs, associate’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Classes are offered at the main campus in Spearfish, Ellsworth Air Force Base, and several locations throughout Rapid City. Select classes are also available over the Internet or by correspondence.

Reservations are not necessary. For more information, contact Kathy Jones at 605-394-5257 or visit www.bhsu.edu.

BHSU president Dr. Kay Schallenkamp and her husband, Ken, greet Linda Earley during a recent welcome receptionSchallenkamps welcomed to Black Hills State University - top

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp and her husband, Ken, visit with Linda Earley during a welcome reception held on campus recently. Dr. Kay Schallenkamp began serving as president of Black Hills State University in July. Dr. Ken Schallenkamp is a member of the BHSU College of Business and Technology faculty.

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