CSA position open -
The following position is open:
- Senior secretary, Institutional Advancement
For additional information, please view the announcement bulletin or
check on line on the BHSU Human Resource web site.
Durben named faculty athletic
representative - top
Dr. Dan Durben, associate professor of science, has
been named to the faculty athletic representative position at Black
Hills State University.
Durben will begin the position July 1, 2006. Doug
Wessel, psychology professor, has served in that capacity for BHSU for
the last six years.
According to Jhett Albers, athletic director, the
faculty athletics representative is appointed by Dr. Thomas Flickema,
BHSU president, to safeguard the institution’s educational mission and
ensure that all participants are eligible according to institutional,
conference and NAIA rules. The representatives serve on a governing
council dedicated to academic issues and are represented throughout the
NAIA governance structure.
"The athletic department is appreciative of the job
Dr. Wessel has done for us over the past few years. We are also pleased
with the appointment of Dr. Durben as our new faculty athletic
representative. I am confident that he will continue to ensure the
academic integrity of the athletic department at BHSU," Albers said.
Durben joined the BHSU science faculty in 1993. He
received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Arizona State University that same
year. Durben was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic rifle team and later
served as head coach of the 2000 U.S. Olympic rifle team. He coached the
U.S. Paralympics shooting team in 2004 in Athens, Greece.
Kopco discusses podcast with
Argus Leader and South Dakota Public Radio -
Paul Kopco, Black Hills State University instructor
and webmaster, recently discussed his original podcast, The Real
Deadwood Podcast (realdeadwoodpodcast.com),
with reporters from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and South Dakota
Kopco’s podcast was mentioned in the Monday, Jan. 9
article “Technology tweaks the face of radio” in the Argus Leader. That
article is available online at
He was also one of several guests on the Tuesday, Jan.
10 South Dakota Forum radio segment discussing “The Future of Radio”
with Chuck Beck of South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The broadcast can
be accessed at
Kopco received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics
from the University of Florida and his master’s degree in curriculum and
instruction from BHSU. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since
BHSU receives national media
attention for online classes - top
Black Hills State University received national media
attention this week for its online courses in an Associated Press (AP)
article that was included in many national media outlets including CNN,
BusinessWeek, USA Today, ABC News, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal and
The article, written by AP reporter Justin Pope,
included an introduction featuring Andy Steele, a BHSU senior business
major from Lake Andes, as one of a growing number of students who choose
to take online classes in addition to their on-campus schedule. The
story idea originated from a South Dakota Board of Regents report sent
to the media which highlighted the growth in distance learning courses
across the state.
Steele is one of more than 800 students who are
currently enrolled in a distance learning course through BHSU. Since the
establishment of online courses in 1996, many BHSU students have chosen
to complement their campus class schedule with distance learning
courses. In addition, many people who do not live close enough to campus
to attend face-to-face classes enroll in the distance learning option
offered at BHSU.
According to Sheila Aaker, coordinator of extended
services, BHSU has seen a steady growth in distance learning over recent
years. BHSU offers more than 50 internet and correspondence courses
including many general education courses as well as business, education
and a variety of other courses. She noted that most of the internet
courses are nearly at full capacity each semester. Enrollment in
distance education courses at BHSU has seen a 37 percent increase in the
last four years.
A recent South Dakota Board of Regents report showed
that 55 percent of students enrolled in distance-delivered courses were
off campus, 42 percent were located on campus at the same university
that was hosting the distance course, and 3 percent were enrolled at a
state university other than the one hosting the distance delivered
The AP article which can be found on the
USA Today online was included in hundreds of international,
national and regional media outlets including the following:
- USA Today
- Globetechnology.com, Canada
- Houston Chronicle, United States
- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, AR
- The Olympian, WA
- ABC News
- CBS News
- Canada.com, Canada
- San Jose Mercury News, USA
- Boston Globe, United States
- WRAL.com, NC
- CNN International
- San Diego Union Tribune
- Newsday, NY
- MSN Money
- Seattle Post Intelligencer
- Chicago Tribune, United States
- Los Angeles Times, CA
- TheNewsTribune.com, WA
- Lakeland Ledger, FL
- Grand Forks Herald, ND
- Sacramento Bee, USA
- Aberdeen American News, SD
- Baltimore Sun, United States
- Sun-Sentinel.com, FL
- Wyoming News, WY
- Duluth News Tribune, MN
- Kansas City Star, MO
- MIT Technology Review, MA
- Houston Chronicle
- Boston Herald, United States
- Reformatorisch Dagblad, Netherlands
Recreation Center to host
expo - top
The BHSU Recreation Center will host an expo in the
Student Union lobby next week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day Monday,
Jan. 23 through Friday, Jan. 27.
The expo will focus on recent new additions to the
Recreation Center, including a ping pong table, unlimited ping pong and
pool cards, ping pong and pool leagues, and Campus Balloon discount
Upcoming Recreation Center events include: Duck Races,
Dodge Ball/Whiffle Ball Tournament, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s
Day promos, Bunko-Mania Night, and Bunny Bingo.
The Recreation Center is open to all students, faculty
and staff. For more information contact Ellen at 642-6378.
Local photographer Paul
Horsted displays Black Hills photos at Ruddell Gallery
Photographs by Black Hills photographer and author
Paul Horsted are currently on display in the Ruddell Gallery, located in
the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the Black Hills State
University campus. Horsted will be at the gallery Friday, Jan. 27 from 1
to 2:30 p.m. for a closing reception.
The exhibit, entitled “The Black Hills Yesterday &
Today: Re-photographing Historic Photo Sites,” includes historic and
matching modern photographs of Spearfish, Deadwood, Lead, Custer, Sylvan
Lake, Spearfish Canyon, the Needles Highway, Mt. Rushmore, Bear Butte,
Ft. Meade, and many other locations, including images from the Custer
Horsted has worked for more than three years searching
out locations of historic Black Hills photos taken from 1875-1935. He
then “re-photographed” the locations precisely to show changes and
similarities between the past and present. The photos were then combined
on a computer and presented as large-format prints, allowing the viewer
to easily study details while comparing “then and now.”
During the closing reception, Horsted will talk about
the project and be available to answer questions. He will also sign
copies of his book “Exploring With Custer: The 1874 Black Hills
Expedition.” His newest book, “The Black Hills Yesterday & Today:
Re-photographing Historic Photo Sites,” is scheduled for publication
At the closing reception Horsted will also discuss the
recently published book “A New South Dakota History,” for which he
provided some of the photos. David Wolff, BHSU history professor,
contributed a chapter, “Black Hills in Transition,” to the book, which
covers the span of South Dakota history. Wolff will be available at the
reception to discuss the book and sign copies.
The Ruddell Gallery is open Monday through Thursday
from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 12
noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The public is welcome
to view the photographs during gallery hours or during the closing
reception. There is no cost for admission.
For more information contact Horsted at
Music Department will host
two senior recitals next week - top
The Black Hills State University Music Department will
host two senior recitals next week.
Amy Switzer, a senior instrumental music major from Gillette, Wyo., and
Janeen Larsen, BHSU music professor and chair of the Department of Fine
and Applied Arts, will present a flute and piano recital Sunday, Jan. 22
at 2:30 p.m. The recital will include the Claude Bolling suite for flute
and jazz piano as well as a variety of classical works.
Joshua Stanton, a senior music major from Miles City, Mont.,
will perform a variety of solo vocal music Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30
p.m. He will be accompanied by Priscilla Romkema, BHSU business
professor and director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship,
on piano and Dawn Kennedy, BHSU registration officer, on violin.
Both performances will be held in the recital hall in Clare and Josef
Meier Hall. There is no admission charge,
and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact
Larsen at 642-6241.
Regents discuss Sioux Falls
course offerings at a meeting at BHSU -
At a meeting this week at BHSU, Harvey
Jewett, president of the South Dakota Board of Regents, discussed how a
higher education facility in Sioux Falls would have a positive impact on
all state universities.
Members of the South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR)
were on the BHSU campus this week to discuss a proposed higher education
center in Sioux Falls.
Harvey Jewett, BOR president, said the establishment
of a facility in Sioux Falls would increase the higher education
opportunities for each of the six state universities. Currently the
University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Dakota
State University offer courses in Sioux Falls. With the new proposed
facility, there would be space for Black Hills State University,
Northern State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology to also offer courses in the state’s fastest growing area.
“BHSU has nothing to lose and everything to gain from
this proposal,” Jewett said. “Black Hills State and the other two
universities not currently offering classes in Sioux Falls will have a
great entry into the Sioux Falls market.”
Jewett noted that BHSU along with SD Tech and NSU
receive a low number of students from the Sioux Falls area and suggested
that a presence at the center could increase the visibility of and
interest in these universities.
He added that each university will be invited to offer
a specific program in Sioux Falls.
“Every institution has a niche to bring to Sioux Falls
and all will have space to do that,” Jewett said.
The Regents stressed that the center will not become a
seventh campus; rather, it will be a central location for the state
universities to offer courses in the largest metropolis of the state. He
added that the center itself will not offer degrees; however, the
existing state universities, will have the option of delivering classes
at that site.
BHSU football players named
All-Americans - top
Several Black Hills State University football players received
recognition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
as the 2005 Football All-America Teams were announced.
Zach Alcorn, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end from Chadron, Neb., was
one of three Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) players named to the NAIA
All-American first team. Earlier this season, Alcorn was named to the
NAIA Football.Net All-American Team.
Alcorn scored seven touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets this season as
the team earned the DAC's top-scoring offense. He ended the season tied
for fourth in receptions.
Alcorn is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a professional
football player. He ended his college football career in the first
Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic game which gives NFL scouts a chance
to watch and evaluate prospects from NCAA Division I-A programs as they
participate in a contest against players from NCAA Division I-AA, NCAA
Division II and now NAIA schools.
John Scott, BHSU head football coach, praised Alcorn for his
consistent performances this season.
"Zach was a complete player for us. He was consistent all year long.
He made the big plays when we needed them, and most importantly, he was
the ultimate team player,” Scott said.
Teammate Rocky Stevens, a junior kicker from Jonestown, Colo., was
named to the NAIA All-American honorable mention list.
"Rocky gave us a special team’s boost like we haven't had before,”
Scott added. “His consistency and the variety of kicks he was able to
perform made a difference in a number of games."
Two BHSU Yellow Jacket team members, Nathan Batteen, a sophomore
linebacker from Rapid City, and William Gray, a sophomore quarterback
from Glenrock, Wyo., were named academic All-Americans for their
accomplishments as scholar-athletes. To be honored as an NAIA
Scholar-Athlete, a player must maintain a cumulative grade point average
of 3.50 or above on a 4.0 scale.
"William and Nathan are great examples of what you look for in
student-athletes,” Scott said. “They get it done on both the gridiron
and in the classroom.”
The Yellow Jackets ended the 2005 season with a 7-3 record, one of
the best seasons in 30 years.