Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Kenneth Kirk, custodial worker, Facilities Services
- Leone Geppert, from the Business Office to senior accountant in
- J David Maki, food service worker, Dining Services
Senate hosts open house for President Schallenkamp
Schallenkamp, left, meets with Black Hills State University students
Katie Sue Braun, an freshman accounting major from Spearfish; and Brandy
Sickler, a senior pre-law major from Buffalo, Wyo., during an open house
this week in honor of the upcoming presidential inauguration.
ceremony for Schallenkamp, where she will be officially installed as the
ninth president of BHSU, will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the
Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
Speakers at the
inauguration include Gov. Michael Rounds, Dr. Robert T. Tad Perry,
executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents; Dr. Richard
Lee, vice provost for educational outreach at University of Nevada, Las
Vegas; Jerry Krambeck, mayor of Spearfish, as well as representatives of
the faculty, students and alumni of BHSU.
Wessel appointed to state
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Dr. Doug Wessel,
psychology professor at Black Hills State University, was recently
appointed to the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists by Gov.
Wessel, who has
taught and served as an administrator at BH for 21 years, will serve a
three-year term on the board. He is one of five licensed psychologists
on the board.
According to Wessel
the primary role of the board is to license only those individuals who
meet the statutory requirements of qualification based on education,
experience, and character. In addition, the board provides ethical
oversight for the professional activities of all licensed psychologists
in the state through annual license renewal and the investigation of any
complaints received in order to insure high quality and professionally
appropriate services for consumers.
“I am honored to have
been appointed by Governor Rounds to the Board of Examiners of
Psychologists,” Wessel says. “My 32 years of experience as a practicing
psychologist and professor in South Dakota will provide a comprehensive
foundation for this crucial and challenging responsibility.”
Wessel received his
master’s degree and his doctoral degree from the University of North
Dakota after earning his undergraduate degree from Northwest College in
Kirkland, Wash. He began teaching at Black Hills State University in
1985. His experience also includes serving as a psychologist and an
administrator at a community mental health center.
Regents honor Ochse for
excellence in online instruction -
Dr. Roger Ochse, Black Hills
State University professor of humanities and director of the BHSU Honors
Program, accepts the South Dakota Board of Regents Faculty Recognition
Award for Excellence in E-Learning presented by Dr. Harvey Jewett,
president of the Board of Regents.
Dr. Roger Ochse,
Black Hills State University professor of humanities and director of the
BHSU Honors Program, was awarded the 2005-2006 South Dakota Board of
Regents Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in E-Learning.
Ochse was presented
the award by Dr. Harvey Jewett, president of the Board of Regents, for
his online teaching of Introduction to Literature (ENGL 210) to over 150
students across South Dakota and worldwide. This is the second time he
has won a Board of Regents Recognition Award for Excellence in
Criteria for the
award followed the new Quality Matters (QM) guidelines adopted by the
Board of Regents for all distance learning courses in the system. QM
stresses collaborative, interactive learning combined with rigorous
outcome-based instruction. Applicants for the award were required to
have their courses reviewed by a panel of experts who also visited
online with students for their comments.
makes courses available to working students who cannot travel to campus
and interrupt their careers. They can work at their own pace and
schedule, through a series of assignments, until they learn and apply
the course ideas to a higher level of thinking, reading, and writing.
When they are well designed and taught, online courses can be even
better than many regular classrooms—especially for the motivated adult
who likes individual attention and the give and take of online
discussion,” Ochse says.
Ochse has an
extensive background in Internet instruction. His publications include a
book on poet Walt Whitman and a chapter “Digital Shakespeare,” in a
major Australian textbook. Ochse, who was honored with the Governor’s
Award for Teaching and Technology in 1999, is a Certified Online
Ochse earned his
doctorate in educational administration from the University of South
Dakota in 1993. He has a master’s degree in English from the University
of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College.
Dakota Chamber Orchestra
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The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in
residence at Black Hills State University, will present their fall
concert Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and
Josef Meier Hall.
The concert, “Scenes of the Country
and Around the World,” will feature songs by W.A. Mozart, Gioacchino
Rossini, Georges Bizet, Gian Carlo Menotti, J.S. Bach, L. van Beethoven,
and J.J. Mouret.
The concert is open to the public.
There is no charge for admission, but donations for BHSU music
scholarships will be accepted at the door.
For more information, contact Dr.
Randall Royer, conductor of the Dakota Chamber Orchestra and associate
professor of music at BHSU, at 642-6255 or
BHSU community invited to
Honors Program dress rehearsal -
Faculty and staff members are invited to attend the dress rehearsal
for the upcoming BHSU Honors Program presentation that
will be featured at the National Honors Conference in Philadelphia. The
rehearsal will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Jonas Hall
According to Amanda Scott, Honors Program president, the
dress rehearsal for “Creating a Culture of Service,” is
intended to be a critique session so members of the Honors Program can
represent BHSU to the best of their ability. Evaluation forms will be
"Your professional opinion is valuable and very much appreciated,"
For more information contact Scott at 641-2270.
BHSU to sponsor REACH, a
musical outreach by James Hersch - top
James Hersch, a musician dedicated to
community outreach, will present a REACH residency and community
outreach program at Black Hills State University and various Spearfish
locations Monday, Nov. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 7. A community and campus
outreach lecture and performance will be held Monday evening at 6 p.m.
in Jonas Hall room 305 on the BHSU campus.
Black Hills State University will host a community outreach residency
at BHSU and various locations throughout Spearfish Monday, Nov. 6 and
Tuesday, Nov. 7. These events will feature James Hersch and the
award-winning REACH program he founded.
REACH is a unique model for outreach programming. According to Ellen
Melaragno, BHSU student programs coordinator, Hersch creates
opportunities for students, staff and community members to give back to
their local communities by giving of themselves. Designed as a medium to
create connections between people and the communities they live in,
REACH teaches participants a new way to think about their role as
citizens of the world. This program offers many tangible benefits such
as partnering with community entities, creating a legacy of service,
setting examples for student leaders and employees to assume a moral and
civic voice, and providing cross-cultural and inter-generational
Hersch will conduct REACH sessions in various BHSU classes and
meetings throughout the day Monday, Nov. 6. A community and campus
outreach lecture and performance will then be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in
Jonas Hall room 305. Hersch will also speak at various community
locations the following day, Tuesday, Nov. 7. Community members, as well
as BHSU students, staff and faculty, are invited to attend the program
Monday evening in addition to one or more sessions Tuesday.
“The music and artistry of Hersch provide the structure for the
project. The direction is determined by the sponsor to reflect a shared
vision for various community issues. REACH does not assume any political
or religious posture but simply provides an opportunity for groups and
institutions to positively impact those most immediately surrounding
them,” says Melaragno.
Hersch has received recognition from across the nation for his
innovative REACH concept and caring approach toward community service
learning. Among his awards, Hersch was selected to receive the Harry
Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity by the National Association
for Campus Activities.
Hersch received his bachelor’s degree in classical guitar from
Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He has established himself at the
forefront of acoustic music in North America, with nine album credits to
his name, as well as a recording and songbook of children’s music. Over
the past 25 years, Hersch has developed a broadly appealing songwriting
and performing style, crossing many musical genres.
The REACH residency with Hersch is sponsored by the BHSU University
Programming (UP) Team. For more information, contact Melaragno at
EllenMelaragno@bhsu.edu. Persons with disabilities requesting
accommodations are to call 642-6104 at least 24 hours prior to the
A schedule of REACH community outreach sessions follows:
Monday, Nov. 6
- 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., Edgewood Vista assisted living facility
- 11 to 11:50 a.m., Jonas Hall room 106
- 12 noon to 12:45 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student
- 1 to 1:50 p.m., Jonas Hall room 303
- 2 to 2:45 p.m., high school/middle school presentation
- 3 to 3:45 p.m., faculty and staff presentation "Teaching
Students the Importance of Service," David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union Marketplace
- 4 to 4:45 p.m., Music Educators National Conference Club
workshop "How to Engage Children in Spontaneous Music-making," Meier
Hall room 127
- 6 to 7 p.m., campus and community outreach program, Jonas Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 7
- 8 to 9:45 a.m., Common Grounds coffee and tea shop
- 10 to 10:30 a.m., Little Jackets Learning Center
- 11 to 11:50 a.m., Jonas Hall room 202 or 305
- 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Northern Hills Training Center
- 3 to 3:45 p.m., David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility
- 7 to 8 p.m., grand finale performance and video, Jonas Hall room
Artwork by three BHSU students
published in national magazine -
(Left to right) Michael Knutson, BHSU
art student; Dave Wilson, BHSU assistant art professor; Michael Baum,
BHSU art student; and Janci Jo Wenner, BHSU art student, display the
Fall 2006 issue of Creative Quarterly which includes artwork by
Several pieces of artwork created by three Black Hills
State University students was recently selected for publication in the
national art magazine Creative Quarterly.
The students, Michael Baum, Janci Jo Wenner, and
Michael Knutson, were among several BHSU students who submitted artwork
to the magazine at the encouragement of BHSU assistant professor Dave
Wilson. Their artwork was selected for publication in the Fall 2006
issue of the national art magazine.
According to Wilson, students from art institutes and
universities from across the nation submitted artwork for possible
inclusion. The magazine, formerly known as Creative Convocation,
is published in New York and is juried by regional and national artists.
“The fact that artwork from three Black Hills State
University students was selected for publication in this magazine is
quite an honor considering the jury selection process and high level of
competition for publication,” Wilson says.
The students’ artwork is featured in a section titled
“New Talent Gallery.”
Baum is a non-traditional art student who returned to
college after a nine-year break. He enrolled at BHSU in 2004 and now, in
his senior year, says he has realized that art is one of his primary
motivations in life. Baum, who has been an avid climber since he moved
to the Black Hills 10 years ago, spent last summer working for the
National Park Service at Devils Tower as a seasonal climbing ranger.
“My artwork has been an experimentation of materials
and techniques. I feel that environment and experience plays a key role
in my work, as I continue to explore with new media,” Baum says.
Baum is looking forward to graduating and then plans
to continue his education in a master of fine arts program. Baum’s
current artwork focus is a project that utilizes mixed media and collage
to create a family historiograph.
Wenner’s artwork chosen for magazine publication is a
piece she made during her freshman year at BHSU. Wenner, a sophomore
from Lemmon, says the piece symbolizes the pain of loneliness.
“The red pieces of torn paper represent a heart that
has kicked the rocks when reaching the ultimate low of depression
referred to as rock bottom. The various shades of red and deep purples
play as the emotions of both the warmth of love and the icy chill of
emptiness. The knots of string tinted in gray are signifying life and
its obstacles—somewhat fixable but always scars of the remembered past.
As a whole I hope this offers comfort to those who wear the mask but
still feel the pain…you are not alone,” Wenner says.
Knutson, who is from Spearfish, is a sophomore at BHSU
pursuing an art degree and also is interested in pursuing graduate
“I love to create wonderful things. Out of the two
works that I had published, the first was a study of the colors surgeons
wear, therefore the name of the piece is Surgeons Corduroy,” Knutson
says. “The second of the two works, which is one of my personal
favorites, was a mixed media piece where I was trying to show texture
with more of how did he make the art.”
University Assessment Committee
minutes - top
The University Assessment Committee met Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 12
noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.
Present were: Luikart, Hagerty, Calhoon, Alsup,
Haislett, Earley, Carriveau, Chandler, and Simpson.
Absent were: Romkema, Sarkar, and Colmenero-Chilberg.
Chair reminded committee members that this year
faculty would write two assessment reports - 1) the Teach Preparation
Assessment Report and 2) the Annual Assessment Report. The teacher
preparation assessment reports were discussed at this meeting since the
first set would come into Dean Downing on Thursday.
Item One: Teacher Preparation Assessment Reports:
Simpson and Alsup gave an explanation of these
reports. Three sheets were handed out by Simpson and Alsup regarding the
NCATE preparations and other issues. There titles were: “Systematic
Assessment Plans for Teacher Preparation Programs,” “Suggested Outline
for the ‘Assessment of Content’ Piece of Teacher Preparation Program
Assessment Reports,” and an email from Pat Simpson regarding CAS and
College of Business program assessment coordinators. These documents
were discussed and are to serve as resources for those preparing and
submitting assessments of their teacher preparation programs.
Item Two: Suggested Outline for the 'Assessment of
Content' piece of Teacher Preparation Program Assessment Reports:
A detailed discussion was held concerning the
"Suggested Outline for the 'Assessment of Content' piece of Teacher
Preparation Program Assessment Reports." Discussed were the Praxis and
the range of scores adopted by the State Department of Education.
Faculty can use this range to indicate how well their students are doing
in comparison to those scores.
Item Three: Emphasis Placed on Item V, Use of
More emphasis was placed on item V, Use of Results in
the Suggested Outline for the 'Assessment of Content' piece of Teacher
Preparation Program Assessment Reports handout. Pat Simpson underscored
the importance of this section and urged departments to fully elaborate
on this area.
Item Four: How Diversity Will Be Addressed
The chair asked how diversity at BHSU will be
addressed in these reports. The issue will be addressed at several
levels and be a key part of the preparation for the NCATE review in
Item Five: Submission of Teacher Preparation
The Teacher Preparation Assessment Reports should
follow this process of submission:
- Report is submitted to the deans by email then to
- Earley will ship the reports via email to the
- The role of the committee is to analyze and
comment, but not approve or reject.
Item Six: Upcoming Meetings
The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 15. The
committee will then review old non-approved reports Wednesday, Nov. 22 .
The Nov. 22 meeting will be the last University Assessment Committee
meeting for the Fall 2006 semester.
Minutes submitted by Earley, chair.
Black Hills Research Symposium
Committee minutes - top
The Black Hills Research Symposium Committee met Monday,
All members present: Priscilla Romkema (co-chair), Len
Austin (co-chair), Pam Carriveau, Cynthia Chandler, Holly Downing,
Parthasarathi Nag, Ann Porter, Scott Stoltenberg, Sheng Yang, and Mike
- The minutes of Monday, Sept. 18 were approved.
- The annual Black Hills Research Symposium (for
undergraduate student research) will be held Thursday, Match 15,
2007, at BHSU. It will consist mostly of posters, with a few oral
- Sub-committees were organized (see below) and
discussion was held as to their various duties:
- Judging Criteria and Awards - Stoltenberg,
A five-point judging scale was presented by Yang for
discussion. Zehfus reported that funds from Sigma Xi will not be
known until Spring 2007. The committee will decide distribution
of awards and ways to evaluate the student posters.
- Call for Proposals and Review - Downing,
Proposal forms are to be developed and will be aligned with
the judging criteria. Completed student submissions be e-mailed
to Carriveau, who will act as initial “abstract reviewer.”
- Webpage Design - Stoltenberg
A demonstration was given to the committee showing the new
BHRS webpage on the main BHSU webpage (go to Research, then BH
Research Symposium). The site will include information about the
symposium, the judging criteria, the abstract submission process
with a sample submission, the national conference (NCUR meeting)
in California, the committee members' names, the committee
minutes, and more.
- Day-Of-Event Timetable: Austin, Romkema
Awards will be given prior to the introduction of the
keynote speaker, so as to have more people attend this year.
Specific times are not yet set for the keynote address, judging,
or the times the posters (and students) are to be in place.
Hopefully the posters can go up as early as Monday in the Jacket
Legacy Room foyer. The number of oral submissions will determine
- Keynote Speaker - Austin
Austin is still working on getting a speaker to submit for
committee approval. Discussion was held on the amount of money
that could be paid to a keynote speaker and in what form it
should be distributed (travel vs. lodging vs. honorarium, etc).
- Program Brochure - Chandler, Austin
The same format as previous years will be used.
- Publicity - Porter, Romkema
Discussion was held as to the ways to best inform faculty,
staff, students, the student paper, Campus Currents, and
various external media. E-mail can be used as well as placement
in faculty college mail boxes. Zehfus will inform Sigma Xi.
- Student Poster Set-Up - Porter, Nag, Yang
There is a need to ascertain the availability/scheduling
times for the Jacket Legacy Room and the availability of the
area outside the Jacket Legacy Room (foyer) on that Thursday.
Porter or Downing will attend to this and obtain the moving
gallery walls. The hope is that posters can be displayed
somewhere in the area all week for maximum exposure of student
- The National Conference on Undergraduate Research
(NCUR) was discussed. The 2007 dates are April 12-14. BHSU students
have until Friday, Dec. 1 to apply. Conference registration ends Feb
16, 2007. Publicity posters that call for submissions to NCUR are at
the printer, and Downing said they will be printed on 11x17 paper
for greater visibility. Dr. Dean Myers has agreed to fund student
and faculty travel to NCUR, and BRIN will cover part of the cost if
BRIN students are selected to go.
- Austin raised the idea, and discussion ensued,
concerning an undergraduate student representative(s) on the BHRS
committee. It was decided that one non-voting student should attend.
The student for this year will be a student who participated in the
BHRS. Austin will contact this biology major.
- It was decided that these minutes should be sent
to Myers and Campus Currents and be posted on the BHRS
- The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 20 at 12
Minutes submitted by Austin.
Faculty Senate minutes -
The Black Hills State University Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Oct. 4
at 3:30 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.
Members present were: Jim Hesson, Dan Bergey, Laura
Colmenero-Chilberg, Daluss Siewert, Bobbi Sago, Verona Beguin, Annette
Ryerson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Cindi Chandler, and Tim Martinez.
Chandler was welcomed as the newest Faculty Senate member filling a
position left vacant from the College of Education when Hesson became
Faculty Senate president.
The agenda and minutes from the Sept. 20 meeting were corrected and
approved. The minutes will be sent to all faculty and submitted for
publication in Campus Currents.
Hesson thanked Beguin for her work finding and distributing the
official version of the Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws. She will
see that the current constitution is loaded onto the web site.
Hickenbotham was thanked for her work completing the list of
committees and their members and making sure they were all fully staffed
with identified committee chairs. She will email all chairs to forward
their meeting minutes to the vice president of the Faculty Senate. The
vice president of the Faculty Senate will forward these meeting minutes
to all faculty senators for review. The Faculty Senate will invite
committee chairs to a regular meeting if additional information is
The present BHSU sabbatical policy and procedures needed
clarification. Members of both faculty and administration brought this
to the attention of the senate. Senators discussed the items of
difference, and Hesson will do the first rewrite. The process for making
the changes will be the following: submit the new document
electronically to the senators for review, discuss it with Dr. Myers,
seek input from all BHSU faculty, complete and publish the changes. The
revised policy will be effective Fall 2007.
Senators were encouraged to actively seek nominations from their
departments and colleges for the Distinguished Faculty Award this year.
Bergey discussed the challenges faced with the new web site
including such problems as disappearing web pages and difficulty in
finding information. He asked the senate to discuss the issue with
Corinne Hansen focusing not on the deficiencies themselves but instead
on whether or not she feels it would be beneficial to have the Faculty
Senate act in an advocacy role. Jim Hesson will visit with her about
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Colmenero-Chilberg, Faculty Senate
Grant opportunities available
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213, through Friday, Oct. 27. 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.
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