Volume XXX, No. 36 • Nov. 10, 2006

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Transfers - top

  • Deb Schelske, from cashier to accounting assistant in Student Financial Services
  • Hasina Ahmad, from accounting assistant in Student Financial Services to graduate assistant with the College of Business and Technology

Resignation - top

  • Michael Sparker, Computer Support Analyst, Technical Support Services

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, Governor Michael Rounds, and Regent Harvey Jewett

Schallenkamp inaugurated as ninth president of BHSU - top

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp was officially inaugurated as the ninth president of Black Hills State University last week. Presenters at the event included Gov. Michael Rounds and Regent Harvey Jewett. As a part of her presentation, Schallenkamp reminded faculty and staff of the significant impact they have on students.

“We must never forget the reason for our existence—to provide a high quality educational experience for our students. Whether our students are first time college students who just completed high school or adults who are returning to complete a degree, the experience they have will transform their lives. Students prepare for their careers in the classroom, they prepare for their lives through extracurricular activities. Their interaction with staff in our offices teaches them customer service. Their experience in student organizations teaches them teamwork.  Their service activities teach them citizenship. The appearance of the campus teaches them pride of ownership.  Each member of the Black Hills State University learning community plays an integral role in the transformational process,” Schallenkamp said.

Black Hills State University granted membership in prestigious Renaissance Group - top

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp
Dr. Nancy Hall
Dr. Holly Downing

Black Hills State University was recently granted membership in the prestigious Renaissance Group, a national consortium of universities committed to effective leadership in the preparation of educators. BHSU is one of only 34 institutions across the nation to gain membership in the Renaissance Group and the only one in a five-state region including South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana.

“Membership in the Renaissance Group will bring national recognition to BHSU,” Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of BHSU, says. “The guiding principles of the group reinforce the concept that preparation of teachers is an all-campus responsibility. This concept is deeply embedded at BHSU.”

Dr. Nancy Hall, dean of the College of Education at BHSU, says that the Renaissance Group represents institutions of higher education that produce one of every 10 educators in the United States. The group espouses a set of operating principles to guide best practices in teacher education. The group also is also a proactive force for the improvement and reform of education, locally, regionally, and nationally.

Hall says participation in this group will bring unprecedented opportunities to collaborate on research to inform national policy and address critical issues, such as the shortage of math and science teachers, in higher education.

“Research shows that the best teachers are those who are strong in their content area are best prepared to impact student achievement at the K-12 level, so it’s essential that we collaborate with the College of Arts and Sciences in the preparation of teachers,” Hall says. She and Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, are working together in the assessment of teacher candidate knowledge and skills and in the development of the teacher education program.

At a recent Renaissance Group national conference, Schallenkamp was honored for her longtime service to the group and as a member of its board of directors. A plaque presented to BHSU as a new member will be displayed in the hallway outside the College of Education office.

For more information about the BHSU’s involvement in the Renaissance Group, contact Hall at 642-6550.

Business dean will resign - top

Dr. Amin Sarkar

Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, has announced that he will resign as dean at the end of this academic year.

Sarkar, who came to BHSU in the summer of 2004, saw BHSU through several major accomplishments.

Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for Academic Affairs at BHSU, praised Sarkar for his accomplishments while serving as dean.

“Dr. Sarkar is responsible for several major improvements within the College of Business and Technology,” Myers said. “We appreciate his efforts. Whenever you can leave a department in a better place, it’s an accomplishment.”

Sarkar will return to the classroom as a business professor.

Before coming to BHSU, Sarkar was chairman of the Department of Economics and Finance at the J. Whitney Bunting School of Business at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga. Sarkar’s previous administrative experience includes positions as chairman of the Department of Economics at State University of New York (SUNY); deputy chief of the planning commission at the ministry of finance and planning of the government of Bangladesh; FAO Fellow for Policy and Planning service for the Food and Agricultural organization of the United Nations in Rome; and deputy director of East Pakistan Forest Industries Corporation.

The BHSU College of Business and Technology, one of the largest business programs in the region, recently received accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). BHSU offers six different business majors and seven minors as well as a master’s degree in business services management. Six associate degrees are also offered through the College of Business and Technology.

Johnson will return to India to teach monks - top

Dr. Andy Johnson

Dr. Andy Johnson, Black Hills State University assistant professor and associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education, will once again spend winter break teaching physics to Tibetan Buddhist monks. This will be his third teaching stint in the Science for Monks program in India.

After Christmas Johnson will travel to the Sera Monastery, located in the southern Kerala state of India. According to Johnson, a great number of Tibetan monks live and work at the Sera Monastery, which was named after an ancient and highly respected monastery in Tibet.

Dr. Mel Sabella, Chicago State University, will accompany Johnson to India. The two physics professors will teach a unit on magnetism.

The monks will build and test a scientific model with an inquiry approach like BHSU students do in Johnson’s classes. Johnson believes this form of learning through experience helps students understand ideas better than they would if they only listened to a lecture or read a textbook.

“My BHSU students develop explanations for magnetism that are very similar to what you find in textbooks,” says Johnson. “The difference is that the students themselves produce their explanations through making predictions, doing experiments, and thinking carefully about the results.”

Johnson adds that the inquiry approach itself provides another good reason to teach magnetism to Buddhist monks because the monks want to learn how Western science makes claims about aspects of the world that cannot be observed.

“Studying Buddhism involves investigations that are similar to science, but which focus on the inner spiritual world rather than on the external material world,” says Johnson.

In addition to teaching Western science to the monks, Johnson says he hopes to learn more about Buddhist philosophy.

“The Dalai Lama began the science workshops based on the twin ideas that Tibetan Buddhism can learn much of value from Western science and that
the Western world can gain much from Tibetan Buddhism,” says Johnson.

For more information on the Science for Monks program, see www.scienceformonks.org.

Johnson has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1999. He received a Ph.D. in math and science education from San Diego State University and has degrees in physics from Arizona State University and the Colorado School of Mines.

Sago receives award for paper - top

Roberta (Bobbi) Sago

Roberta (Bobbi) Sago, BHSU special collections librarian and assistant professor, earned third place for “BHSU and WWII: The Civilian Pilot Training Program,” the paper she presented at the 13th annual West River History Conference.

The West River History Conference is an annual forum for papers on any aspect of American history and the history of the upper Great Plains. Papers dealing with the history of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana are of particular interest.

According to Sago, the paper examined aviation in Spearfish, specifically a New Deal program called the Civilian Pilot Training Program. This national program was designed to train pilots for the fledgling aviation industry. The Civil Aeronautics Authority approved the Civilian Pilot Training Program at BH in 1939 and classes began that September. Through the 1940s and World War II the program evolved into the War Training Service and focused on training military pilots.

Sago received her master’s degree in library and information science, specializing in archives and library preservation, from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of the BHSU staff since April 2003.

Wallerstein delivers paper at RMMLA conference - top


Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of English in the Department of Humanities at Black Hills State University, recently delivered a paper at the annual convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) in Tucson.

The paper, titled “Argument from Analogy in Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail,” used the rhetorical theories of B.L. Ware and Will Linkugel to address the effectiveness of analogy in King’s famous letter.

Wallerstein also served as alternate chair of the convention’s Romanticism session.

Wallerstein has been a professor at BHSU since 1997. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon and his master’s degree in theology from Harvard.

Kirkpatrick returns to BHSU to discuss Wal-Mart's latest marketing efforts - top

Kirk Kirkpatrick

Kirk Kirkpatrick will present “Wal-Mart: The Times They Are A Changin’: An inside look at the massive and dramatic changes to Wal-Mart’s recent marketing efforts” Monday, Nov. 13 from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305 on the Black Hills State University campus.

Kirkpatrick, who spoke at BHSU last spring, is the executive creative director for Bernstein-Rein, the advertising/marketing firm that currently handles the Wal-Mart account. He has also worked with Clorox, Hidden Valley Ranch, Golden Grain, Sun Sweet, Novell, Hyundai Computer, Russell Stover, Pine-Sol, Miller High Life, Bacardi, and Sun Maid Raisins.

Kirkpatrick’s most recent book, “Yankee Flyers,” chronicles his championship season playing “Aussie Rules” football with BHSU education professor Len Austin in Melbourne, Australia.

The presentation, which is sponsored by the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Annette Ryerson at 642-6867 or AnnetteRyerson@bhsu.edu.

Food tasting will raise funds for hunger relief - top

Black Hills State University Global Awareness Committee will sponsor its second annual MIXITUP International Food Tasting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby.

Established by the Southern Poverty Law Center, MIXITUP at Lunch Day is a nationwide event promoting awareness of cultural diversity. Volunteers at BHSU’s festival will serve samples of food from countries and regions around the world including: Ghana, Colombia, Germany, Belgium, Russia, and Native America. Booths will display information about each country represented, and visitors can collect recipes for the dishes for a minimum donation to OXFAM Hunger Relief.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to participate; those who would like to prepare a dish should contact Arlene Holmes at 642-6219.

Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations for this event should contact Micheline Hickenbotham at 642-6443 at least 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

BHSU to host History Day - top

Black Hills State University will host the 2007 District 6 History Day competition Thursday, March 22. History Day is a nationwide enrichment program designed to promote the study of history and the development of research, writing, and critical analytical skills.

Participation enables students to learn more about a topic in history, to advance to state and national competitions, to win awards and to develop important skills, such as writing and research. All schools are invited to attend this event and provide their students with an opportunity to get excited about history, according to Dr. David Wolff, BHSU associate history professor and District 6 coordinator.

The theme for 2007 is "Triumph & Tragedy in History." Those who place in the district contest will be eligible to compete at the state content April 14. Approximately 50 students from the state contest will advance to the national contest at the University of Maryland, near Washington, D.C., in June.

In both the junior division and the senior division there are seven categories in which a student can enter: paper, individual exhibit, group exhibit, individual performance, group performance, individual documentary and group documentary. These categories then allow students to do about anything they would like, from designing a display board to developing a documentary.

For more information contact Wolff at DavidWolff@bhsu.edu or 642-6221. Information is also available on the National History Day website, www.nationalhistoryday.org, or the state office website, www.usd.edu/history/southdakotahistoryday/sdhd.cfm.

Center for American Indian Studies hosts meeting with sister program from USD - top

Black Hills State University Center for American Indian Studies hosted a meeting with their sister program from the University of South Dakota recently. Back row, left to right: BHSU graduate and USD graduate assistant Chuck Grignon, M.S.S. instructor Jerome Kills Small, USD Institute for AIS faculty Dr. Mark Daniels and BHSU CAIS director Dr. John Glover. Front row, left to right: USD fine arts director John Day, USD Institute for AIS staff Meg Quintal, CAIS assistant director Urla Marcus and BHSU instructor Jace DeCory.

BHSU Center for American Indian Studies staff with members of their sister program at USD

The Black Hills State University Center for American Indian Studies hosted a meeting with their sister program from the University of South Dakota (USD) recently. The meeting focused on improving the cooperative major in American Indian Studies, greater sharing of resources and expertise, along with the potential for expanded programming in the future. Representatives from the USD Institute for American Indian Studies and other USD personnel were in attendance.

BHSU and USD are the only programs in the state system with a major in American Indian Studies, offered collaboratively since 1998.

“Today, roughly half of all Indians attending the six state universities are found in these two schools,” said associate professor and director for BHSU’s Center for American Indian Studies John Glover.


BHSU added to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll - top

Black Hills State University was recently added to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its students’ efforts in community service programs during the 2005-2006 academic year.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll builds on and supports the civic engagement mission of the nation’s colleges and universities. According to LearnAndServe.gov, this new recognition program is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that college students are making within their local communities and across the country through volunteer service.

During the 2005-06 academic year nearly 300 BHSU students participated in community service projects, 260 of which were supported or stimulated by one or more Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Organizations involved included: Heidepriem Hall residents, the Community-University-Resource-Exchange (C-U-R-E)/AmeriCorps*VISTA office, and numerous students, faculty and staff members.

Among the service projects were: over 20 service projects during the 2005 National Make a Difference Day volunteer celebration, a toy drive and dinner for Red Shirt Table Elementary School children and teachers, three different Hurricane Katrina relief projects which reached a value of over $1,700, and an alternative spring break in which five students and two AmeriCorps*VISTA leaders went to Colorado and helped with Habitat for Humanity and Camp Shady Brook in Deckers, Colo.

Donna Trainum, BHSU AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer and applicant for the Honor Roll, said, “The volunteers worked for 20 hours during the Spring Break trip and the survey results indicate that the volunteers have a better understanding of how serving can affect a community and that they would be likely to do it again.”

David Eisner, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service said, “Institutions of higher education have a long tradition of service to their communities. When colleges organize effective community service programs, they do so not only to meet the needs of the communities that surround them, but to improve the academic and civic lives of their students, faculty, and staff."

More information about the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and a complete copy of the Honor Roll can be found at www.learnandserve.gov.

Students volunteer to 'Make a Difference' in the community - top

Community members, the Chi Theta Xi Sorority and BHSU Wildlife Club participants worked at the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary last week as part of “Make a Difference Day.” More than 350 students and community members were part of over 20 volunteer activities that day.

"Make a Difference Day" participants work at the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

More than 350 volunteers, including Black Hills State University students and community members, worked together in over 20 service projects during the local “Make a Difference Day” celebration last weekend.

AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer at BHSU, Donna Trainum, said their efforts directly affected more than 1,200 people. She also noted that this number did not include those who benefit from cleaner lakes, streams and disc golf courses.

BHSU students and community members participated in a variety of ways. Residents of Thomas Hall spent an entire week collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items for the food drive on Saturday. At the end of “Make a Difference Day”, over 1,800 pounds of food and $30 in cash were delivered to the Spearfish food pantry in conjunction with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and AmeriCorps*VISTA. Sorority Chi Theta Xi and the newly founded Wildlife Club scrubbed out animal transport vans and cleaned animal pens at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Physical education students and faculty held a teamwork-building activities course for area middle school students. The Psychology Club hosted a drive for the Artemis House/CASA, and the BHSU Reading Council distributed books in the community.

United Ministries hand-delivered painted Halloween pumpkins to area hospices. Campus Ventures members offered their services at the Crisis Pregnancy Center. Humbert Hall residents raked leaves at several area homes during a Rake-N-Run event. The Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program members cleaned up Mirror Lakes, and Don Altmyer headed up a disc golf course clean up. Heidepreim Hall Government spent time playing games with residents at Edgewood Vista. KBHU Radio staff delivered goodies to area businesses, and the Lakota Omniciye worked to raise Native American cultural awareness.

Members of the Northern Hills Training Center and the American Association on Mental Retardation/Student Council for Exceptional Children collected pet food for Western Hills Humane Society, where the Our Savior’s High School Youth Group cleaned cages and walked dogs. The Northern Hills Chamber of Commerce participated in a campus and creek clean-up, and Students in Free Enterprise members provided cookies and cider to BHSU staff. Even more volunteers picked up trash around the city, the BHSU campus and Lookout Mountain Park.

“[Make a Difference Day] was a great success and we look forward to the project again for next year,” said Trainum.

At 11 a.m., volunteers met at the BHSU Student Union Marketplace for a lunch, door prizes and guest speakers. The lunch was sponsored by the UP Team, Millstone, KFC, McDonald’s, Safeway, Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department, Perkins and several Spearfish churches. Door prizes were sponsored by the BHSU Bookstore.

“Make a Difference Day” at BHSU is part of a national effort sponsored by USA Weekend and the Points of Light Foundation. “Make a Difference Day,” in its 15th year, is the nation’s largest single day of volunteering.

To find out more about “Make a Difference Day” or to volunteer for future events, call 642-6471.

Hersch presents REACH Residency at BHSU - top

James Hersch plays guitar with the assistance of a member of the Little Jackets Learning CenterJames Hersch, a musician dedicated to community outreach, is assisted by Rachel Hellet, a three-year-old member of the Little Jackets Learning Center, as a part of Hersch's two-day program at Black Hills State University.  Hersch presented his REACH Residency on campus and throughout the Spearfish community earlier this week.

Early voting was successful on BHSU campus - top

Over 300 people participated in early voting on the Black Hills State University campus in October. According to Roberta (Bobbi) Sago, special collections librarian and assistant professor, the County Auditor’s Office was so impressed with the dramatic increase from five participants 15 years ago that they are strongly considering coming back to the BHSU campus for the 2008 election.

Sago thanks everyone who was able to participate and make the event such a great success.

United Ministries and Global Awareness Committee thank Homeless Awareness Program participants - top

United Ministries and the Global Awareness Committee at Black Hills State University wish to thank all those who helped make the recent Homeless Awareness Program a success.

Bert Juhrend, Ian Vytlacil, Jared McDaris, Jared Hall, and Michael Boring built the "walk through" set.

Roger Ochse and Sandy Marker helped find students to act as homeless people living on the streets.

Amanda Scott, Michael Hollinger, and Clint Augustson "told their stories" as people walked through their "homes." Scott also helped organize the event and prepare the PowerPoint presentation.

Amber Bestgen and KBHU-TV filmed the program.

Donna Trainum and Scott Ahola greeted people in attendance.

Jim Castleberry and Roger Steele, from the Cornerstone Mission in Rapid City, told of experiences of homelessness.

Sheryl Styles made the posters.

DeeAnn Dorfschmidt and her student workers in the Student Union set up for the program in the the Jacket Legacy Room.

Linda Purdy and the Seventh Day Adventist Community Services Thrift Store provided clothing and props for the set.

KEVN-TV and the Lawrence County Journal covered the event.

Thanks also goes to all who attended and shared money or food for those in need. Dollars donated went to Oxfam for world hunger relief and food donated went to the BHSU Food Pantry in the United Ministries office.

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