Volume XXX, No. 3 • Jan. 20, 2006

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CSA position open - top

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

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 - top

Paul Kopco

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 Public Radio.

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 www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060109/NEWS/60109009/1001.

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 www.sdpb.org/Archives/ProgramDetail.asp?ProgID=4572.

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 1996.

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 others.

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 course.

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
  • CNN
  • 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
  • Forbes
  • Seattle Post Intelligencer
  • BusinessWeek
  • 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 cards.

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 - top

Photographs by Paul HorstedPhotographs 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 Expedition.

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 this fall.

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 horsted@dakotaphoto.com or 605-673-3685.

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 - top

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.

Harvey Jewett discusses the proposed higher education facility in Sioux Falls

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

Zach Alcorn
Rocky Stevens
Nathan Batteen
William Gray

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.

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