Volume XXX, No. 38 • Nov. 22, 2006

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Cremean elected vice president of national Western Literature Association - top

Dr. David Cremean

Dr. David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities and English at Black Hills State University, was recently elected vice president of the Western Literature Association (WLA) and has scheduled the 2009 conference to be held in the Spearfish area.

BHSU will host the 2009 conference according to Cremean who was elected vice president of the group during the 40th annual WLA conference in Boise, Idaho, last month.

As current vice president, Cremean will become president and conference host for the organization in 2009 after continuing on the group’s executive council as vice president then president-elect for the next two years.

The WLA consists of approximately 400 members internationally and is the foremost organization in the world centered on the literature of the Western Americas, particularly the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The annual four-day conference features a wide array of sessions, activities, speakers, and writers. Conference attendance generally runs between 300-350 people.

At the Boise conference, Cremean chaired a panel, reading a hybrid scholarly/mock-scholarly/creative nonfiction essay entitled "Mind-ing Waste as We W(a/o)nder, or, Excreta in the West(ern)." The essay combines interesting Western facts, personal experiences in the West, and literary and film Westerns involving waste of various types, making both humorous and serious points along the way. In addition, Cremean gave a multimedia presentation, "Mary Hallock Foote, Pioneer Illustrator, Writer, and . . . Snob!" for conference attendee Christie Hill Smith of Longmont, Colo., who had to leave early.

Cremean earned his Ph.D. in English at Bowling Green State University and has been a tenure-track faculty member at BHSU since 2002. He has taught at BHSU since 2000.

Colmenero-Chilberg chosen to serve as state director of sociology society - top

Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg

Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg was recently elected the South Dakota director for the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS).

Colmenero-Chilberg will take office at the national conference in Chicago this April.

“Being elected director for South Dakota is an honor since the MSS is probably the largest and most prestigious of the regional organizations,” Colmenero-Chilberg says.

She ran for the office with the intent "to seek to increase total participation by sociologists (both formal and informal) and students of sociology in South Dakota, including to the furthest edges of our state by creating a more visible presence for the organization in all parts of the state."

MSS, founded in 1936, is a professional organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline. Nearly 1,200 scholars, students and practicing sociologists in universities, government and business belong to the organization. Known for its accessible but rigorous meetings, the MSS encompasses nine states - Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota; however, nearly one-third of its members are from other parts of the nation and the world.

Colmenero-Chilberg joined the BHSU faculty in 2005. She has over 20 years experience as an educator in public schools and as a corporate trainer and was formerly department chair and assistant professor of sociology at Marygrove College in Detroit. Her research activities are varied finding her investigating gender role imagery in popular fiction, the work/home imbalance found in American families, and the changing images of American teens in the cinema. She teaches courses on the family, collective behavior, gender roles, and urban sociology.

Colmenero-Chilberg has a Ph.D. in sociology from South Dakota State University (SDSU), and a master’s degree in English from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. She earned her undergraduate degrees in English and history from SDSU.

Klarenbeek receives Lynn Smith Award - top

Sandy Klarenbeek

Black Hills State University professor Sandy Klarenbeek was recently awarded the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout Lynn Smith Award for Excellence in Tobacco Control for her efforts to reduce tobacco use in South Dakota.

The Lynn Smith Award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have been influential in the effort to denormalize tobacco use in the state. This year’s honorees for the award bring the total number of recipients to 30, one for each year the event has been celebrated.

From 1989-2000 Klarenbeek was the Safe and Drug-Free Prevention coordinator for the Spearfish School System during which time she synchronized awareness curriculum and worked with the community and school to promote tobacco prevention. Since 2000, Klarenbeek has included tobacco prevention, effects of use, and cessation as key components in her health education courses in the College of Education at BHSU. She was co-chair of the Northern Black Hills campaign for the recent tobacco tax increase initiative and currently serves on the state Tobacco Control Advisory Board.

Through her leadership and support of community events to educate and inform the public about tobacco use, Klarenbeek strives to instill in her students that the impact of their own behavior and their positive role modeling is key in being successful teachers. Klarenbeek is now serving as project director on a tobacco grant initiative on campus, working through individual students, student groups, and the student senate, to progress towards a healthier campus and tobacco cessation.

For more information on the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout, or the Lynn Smith Award, visit www.cancer.org.

BHSU professors rely on Olympic experiences to enhance classroom teaching - top

BHSU faculty members Christian Nsiah (left) and Dan Durben are both former Olympians. Nsiah competed in Olympic relays and dashes. He now helps coach the sprinters on the track team and contributes his experiences to his economics students. Durben is currently the Paralympic rifle shooting head coach. He has competed in Olympic rifle shooting events and now concentrates on teaching physics to BHSU students.

Dr. Christian Nsiah and Dr. Daniel Durben

Black Hills State University boasts two Olympic athletes among its faculty ranks. Dr. Christian Nsiah, an economics professor, has competed in Olympic relays and dashes, and Dr. Daniel Durben, a physics professor, has competed in Olympic rifle shooting and is now the head coach for the Paralympics rifle shooting team.

In addition to these two faculty Olympians, Dr. James Hesson, exercise science professor, spent nearly a decade teaching and coaching during his summer break at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hesson worked with leaders in the in sport physiology and sport biomechanics during his time at the Olympic Training Center.

Nsiah who was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on the west coast of Africa on Christmas Day in 1975 says becoming an Olympian was a life-long dream. He began training when he was 16 years old to become qualified for the 1992 Olympic games.

“It was always my dream to compete in the Olympics since I was a child,” says Nsiah. “It’s just the emotions that you see and the pride. You can see people tear a muscle and they’ll still walk to the finish line.”

Although he didn’t compete in the 1992 games, he did compete in the next three consecutive Olympic games. In the 1996 games in Atlanta, Nsiah was a finalist in the 4x100-meter relay. In 2000 he competed in the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay, and in 2004 he ran in the 4x100-meter relay. He has extended his Olympic expertise to BHSU as a volunteer track coach to the sprinters.

The experience has certainly shaped how he teaches in the classroom as well. “You go to the [Olympic] Games and you see all the people in the stands and media watching you and it instantly builds your self esteem. It made it easier to be in front of large groups of people, and I’m much more accepting of people with different backgrounds because that’s who’s at the Olympics,” Nsiah says with a smile.

His favorite Olympic memory reflects his outlook on diversity among people. Nsiah beams as he reminisces, “The best memory I have is going back to the Olympic Village every night after the games and seeing everyone get together. Everyone is there to compete and win, but after it all, we’re having a good time together. Everyone is there from different parts of the world and we all coexist.”

BHSU’s other Olympic athlete and coach, Dan Durben, has a different story about his path to the Olympics. He didn’t think too much about the Olympics when he went shooting with the clubs he was in during high school in Minnesota. In fact, he didn’t realize shooting was an NCAA sport until his first semester at the University of Minnesota.

“I realized that college was expensive!” says Durben with a chuckle. “I discovered that I could get scholarships at other colleges out of necessity because I didn’t have a thick enough wallet.”

He accepted a three-and-a-half-year full ride scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University. As a junior in college, he made the U.S. National Team and went to Rio de Janeiro to compete in shooting, something Durben says was “kind of a surprise.”

“After all that, I wanted to see how good I could really get,” says Durben.

After graduating, he moved to West Virginia to coach the West Virginia University’s shooting team and then moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., to attend the Olympic Training Center and was able to compete in the 1988 Olympics.

He stopped competing when he entered graduate school because of conflicting priorities but still found the time to coach the team and remain assistant coach for the Olympic team.

Durben was drawn to the BHSU campus by the students and its strong science department. Soon after his arrival, the head coach of the Olympic shooting team was promoted, which left a vacant position.

“They were actually calling me asking me if I wanted to take it, and I couldn’t give them an answer until I talked to the people here,” Durben states. “So I called BHSU and they gave me a leave of absence to go coach.”

Durben coached through the 2000 Sydney Olympics and returned to BHSU the moment it was finished.

“In fact, I flew in right from Sydney and taught the next day. Actually I had to leave early and miss the closing ceremony,” Durben says.

After a change in the Paralympic Game standards by the United States Olympic Committee, a need was created for experienced coaches like Durben. The Paralympics is an international competition for disabled athletes. Durben became the Paralympic head coach for the top disabled athletes in rifle shooting after coming back to BHSU and stepping down from his Olympic head coaching position. This was an ideal arrangement for Durben because he could coach the top athletes in the U.S. on weekends and summers and still devote the remainder of his time to the science program at BHSU.

When it comes to teaching physics and coaching athletes, Durben finds little difference. “In both cases, you’re dealing with people who are learning, trying to excel and going through successes and failures. Being a coach showed me how to guide people effectively and not tell people how to do it but how to coax them into a better technique,” says Durben.

Guthmiller presents research about the BHSU living-learning community at a national conference - top

At a recent national conference, Kanda Guthmiller, scholarship coordinator at Black Hills State University, presented research that was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a BHSU living-learning community.

The poster presentation was shown at the 13th National Conference on Students in Transition, that is sponsored by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition through the University of South Carolina. The study examined whether involvement in the living-learning community improves both the social interactions and study habits of its participants.

Guthmiller’s research, conducted with BHSU students Kasie Hartl and Trent Mack, found that the living-learning community at BHSU was extremely successful and concluded that participation in the community had a positive impact on students’ success.

In the fall of 2005, BHSU established a living-learning community in Heidipriem Hall. Incoming freshman students who had received the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship or the Academic Achievement Scholarship were invited to participate in the community.

As part of the requirements for a graduate course taught by Patty Bellamy, assistant professor of marketing at BHSU, Guthmiller researched living-learning communities, retention issues and first-year experience programs. Guthmiller teamed up with two other graduate students, evaluated the BHSU living-learning community and submitted a research paper on the findings.

Scholarship students who participated in the living-learning community were compared to students who had received the same scholarship but did not live in the community. Descriptive research was conducted through the use of surveys distributed to scholarship students.

“The environment created was academically and socially stimulating for the students, and the retention rate of the participants from fall 2005 to fall 2006 was increased to 83 percent,” Bellamy said.

Research also showed that 100 percent of the students involved in the living-learning community were involved in school sanctioned activities, compared to only 64 percent of those not in the living-learning community. The living-learning community students missed fewer class periods and also reported a much higher amount of time spent studying daily.

Guthmiller joined the staff of BHSU in 1992. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in business services management from BHSU.

Reward offered for return of stolen banners - top

BHSU campus bannersOfficials at Black Hills State University are offering a monetary award for information leading to the return of three banners which were stolen on campus recently.

The banners, which were purchased by the university to display during special events, were displayed recently in conjunction with the inauguration ceremony of President Kay Schallenkamp.

According to Myron Sullivan, director of safety and security at BHSU, the BHSU Foundation is offering a monetary award for information that leads to the return of any of the three stolen banners. Anyone with information about the missing banners should contact Sullivan at 642-6297 or 641-6988, or stop by his office in facilities services, room 204. Sullivan noted that the banners have been listed as stolen BHSU property with the Spearfish police department.

BHSU hosts Christmas toy drive - top

Black Hills State University is accepting toys, first aid kits, school supplies, and monetary donations to be delivered to kindergarten through eighth grade students at the Red Shirt Table Elementary School.

Black Hills State University is once again hosting a holiday toy drive for the Red Shirt Table Elementary School. Toys, first aid kits, school supplies and monetary donations will be accepted for children in kindergarten through eighth grades.

Red Shirt Table, a small village about 20 miles east of Hermosa, is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Shannon County, the second poorest county economically in the United States.

New toys, school supplies and first aid kits can be dropped off in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall lobby, the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby, the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center information desk, the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center information desk, or the Center for American Indian Studies in Jonas Hall room 103. The BHSU Bookstore will also have pencil boxes available for individuals to fill with school supplies and items for Red Shirt Table students.

Monetary donations will be accepted at the AmeriCorps*VISTA office in Student Union room 223 or Jace DeCory’s office in Jonas Hall room 126.

Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 1. After the donations have been collected, members of the Canyon Hills Center will wrap the collected items and volunteers will deliver the packages to approximately 50 children in the Red Shirt Table area.

The Red Shirt Table Toy Drive was initiated in 2000 by two BHSU alumni. This year, the event is sponsored by the BHSU Bookstore, the Center for Indian Studies, AmeriCorps*VISTA Community-University-Resource-Exchange (C-U-R-E), Lakota Omniciye, Tiospaye, Inc., and concerned individuals.

For more information, contact Donna Trainum, AmeriCorps*VISTA member, at DonnaTrainum@bhsu.edu or 642-6471.

Students to perform "A Piece of My Heart" - top

Black Hills State University students will be performing the drama “A Piece of My Heart,” a play written by Shirley Lauro and directed at BHSU by speech and theatre professor Pamela Wegner. The play will be held in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium Dec. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.

This is a performance about six women, five nurses and a country-western singer booked by a dishonest agent to entertain the troops in Viet Nam. The play shows each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at The Wall in Washington. The Louisville Courier Journal called the play “a riveting, rending dramatic experience.”

The cast members are: Mariah Je’Ron Bartlett, playing Mary Jo; Jessica Juhrend, playing Martha; Debra Iverson, playing Leeann; Tara Chaney, playing Whitney; Tamara Johnson, playing Steele; Sammie Kephart, playing Sissy; and Darin Pederson, playing the American men.

Bartlett is a junior threatre major from Fruitdale. Juhrend is an AP high school-part time student from Spearfish. Iverson, from Bowman, N. D., is a sophomore theatre major. Chaney is a sophomore from Lemore, and Johnson is a senior psychology major from Spearfish. Kephart is a junior psychology major from Mitchell, N.D. Pederson is a senior biology and theatre major from Spearfish.

Admission is free to all BHSU students, $5.00 for general admission, and $2.50 for elementary and high school students and seniors. For more information contact Wegner at PamelaWegner@bhsu.edu or 642-6696.

Record number of teams participate in the South Dakota Stock Market Game - top

Black Hills State University students are leading the standings of the statewide Stock Market Game. There are a record number of teams, 228 with a total of 616 students, participating in the Stock Market Game throughout the state. At the midway point of the 10-week trading session, Kelly Nelson, right, a sophomore from Spearfish, is in first place. Lacey Johnson, center, a senior technology major from Wessington, is in fourth place, while Andy Altmyer, Spearfish High School student who is taking a BHSU business course through dual enrollment, is in third place. Carrie Hlavka, (not pictured) a BHSU junior pre-physical therapy major from Rapid City, is in second place.

BHSU students review notes on the South Dakota Stock Market Game

A record number, 228 teams made up of 616 students, are participating in the fall 2006 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG), sponsored in part by Black Hills State University. Since fall 2005, the SDSMG has grown 196 percent, from 77 teams in fall 2005 to 228 teams in fall 2006, placing South Dakota third in the nation for growth of the Stock Market Game program.

The SDSMG is a real-life simulation of the stock market in which each team begins with $100,000 in hypothetical “cyber dollars” and performs on-line research and stock trading. The teams with the highest valued portfolios at the end of the trading period receive prizes.

At the midway point of the 10-week trading period, the teams, from 25 area middle schools, high schools, and colleges, are showing impressive returns on investment according to Don Altmyer, BHSU associate professor, director of the Center for Economic Education, and coordinator of the SDSMG.

“After five weeks of trading, the major stock market indices are up about three percent due to a drop in oil prices, good third quarter earnings reports and positive economic reports,” Altmyer said. “South Dakota students have proven to be excellent stock pickers in producing returns that beat the stock market indices. This is even more impressive when you take into consideration that the teams must pay a two percent commission when buying or selling stocks.”

Leading the state is BHSU junior Kelly Nelson, Spearfish, whose return on investment (ROI) was 11.16 percent after five weeks. Carrie Hlavka, a BHSU junior pre-physical therapy major from Rapid City, is a close second with an 11.13 percent ROI. Nelson and Hlavka also lead the 23 students in the college division. They are followed by Spearfish High School students Kyle Moe and Andy Altmyer, third and fourth place respectively, who are taking the Survey of Business course as a part of the dual enrollment program offered by BHSU. According to the students, participating in the Stock Market Game has been an incredible learning opportunity that has greatly enhanced their interest in finance and trading.

Leading the 196 teams in the high school division is a team from Upton led by BHSU alumnus Karla Ludemann. Other division leaders are: Sioux Falls Lincoln, led by Joseph Johnson; Upton, led by Ludemann; Lead-Deadwood, led by Patrick Moriarty; and Britton-Hecla, led by Jeanette Remily. Moriarty is also a former BHSU student.

The top three teams in the middle school division are: Beresford, led by Jonda Jensen; Patrick Henry, led by Shirley Mauss; and King Elementary, led by Carmen One Skunk. A total of 15 teams are competing in the middle school division.

The SDSMG conveys basic concepts in mathematics, business, accounting, economics, computers, language arts and the social sciences to a variety of grade levels. Teachers receive classroom materials and lesson plans that conform to national content standards in economics, personal finance, math and business.

The spring 2007 session of the SDSMG will begin Monday, Feb. 12. Statewide workshops are planned for mid-January. For more information, visit www.smgww.org or www.bhsu.edu/businesstechnology/cee or contact Altmyer at DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu or 642-6266.

Sponsors for the SDSMG are the Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University, the Central States Securities Industry Association, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the Foundation for Investor Education.

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were: Liukart, Earley, P. Carriveau, Hagerty, Chandler, Calhoon, Simpson, Alsup, Haislett, and Colmenero-Chilberg. Sarkar and Romkema were absent.

Item One: Nov. 16 is the deadline for submission of proposals on how the majors would assess undergraduate research and writing if those reports were not already approved. Chair said he sent a list of the reports that needed revision to the parties involved.

Item Two: A list of the reports that were submitted to Simpson and Alsup for teaching content areas was distributed. The reports were noted as acceptable with some being asked to incorporate specific comments and clarifications. Those reports will become part of the NCATE review. Criteria for evaluation was user-friendliness and whether all information noted in the sample outline was addressed in the report.

Item Three: Carriveau shared some helpful PRAXIS summary information that allowed comparison of BHSU performance to national norm groups.

Item Four: Chair asked if the low number of completers per content area was indicative of lack of need for the programs in middle school. Calhoon assured the committee of the need for middle school teachers, especially in math and the sciences, and that all open positions could immediately be filled. The program is meeting needs and the low completion numbers are not an indication of lack of need.

Item Five: Next steps for the reports were considered on Nov. 15 were to revise them, filling in areas that need to be explained. The rewrites will go through the deans to the president, not to the University Assessment Committee.

Item Six: The work of the Strategic Planning Committee continues. Monthly extended meetings are being used to complete the work. Right now, the Strategic Planning Committee is writing core values and basic goals. Their goal is to tie strategic planning to budget priorities. The report will be made public in March in draft form. Input will be invited and final revisions made after that process is complete.

Item Seven: The next meeting will be either Wednesday, Nov. 22 or Wednesday, Nov. 29. Chair will let committee members know by email.

Minutes submitted by Judith Haislett, secretary, and Earley, chair.

Faculty Senate minutes - top

The BHSU Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Members present were: Jim Hesson, Dan Bergey, Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, Daluss Siewert, Bobbi Sago, Verona Beguin, Annette Ryerson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Cindi Chandler, Tim Martinez, and Jill Kary.

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Corinne Hansen presented information on the strategies being used to address some of the challenges with the new website. As our face to the world, faculty senators expressed support for the idea that the website is of critical importance and should be championed as an integral component in BHSU’s ongoing strategic plan. Bergey will work on a letter voicing the Faculty Senate’s encouragement for hiring a webmaster to be in charge of this vital tool.

Curriculum change proposals for political science, English and education were reviewed and acted upon. Senators emphasized the need for every curriculum change proposal to first be presented to the appropriate department where it should receive an official vote of approval before moving onto the next step.

Clarifications on the BHSU sabbatical policy after input from faculty and Dr. Myers were discussed. The revised policy will be effective Fall 2007.

Sago discussed the pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators on campus sponsored by student organizations commenting on how their interchange represented a positive example of free speech and debate. She also shared how successful on-campus voting had been with 302 voters participating. After the meeting she did have one complaint from a couple who were unable to participate because of the long lines with the high turnout.

Hesson will take part in the inauguration ceremony for Dr. Schallenkamp on behalf of the faculty.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Colmenero-Chilberg, Faculty Senate secretary.

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