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- Brenda DeCook, custodial worker, Facilities Services
Wessel retirement reception
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Ardean Wessel, assistant to the president, will be honored at a
retirement reception Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the
Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. All are welcome to attend.
Honors students present at
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Four Black Hills State University students, who are
all members of the BHSU Honors Program, recently presented at a national
Black Hills State University President
Kay Schallenkamp (center) poses with BHSU Honors Program students (from
left to right) Amanda Scott, Clint Augustson, Kelly Kirk, and Jim
Holmes. The four Honors students were recently invited to present at the
National Honors Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.
The students, Kelly Kirk, Clint Augustson, Amanda
Scott, and Jim Holmes, presented “Creating a Culture of Service” at
the National Honors Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. The BHSU students
were invited to present at the conference following the submission of
Independently, these four students researched the four
presidents depicted on Mt. Rushmore National Monument. Their
presentation discussed the similarities between presidential service and
Honors service on the BHSU campus. Each student researched one president
and compared their accomplishments and skills as a leader with what the
Honors Program does on the BHSU campus.
Kirk, a junior from Beulah, N.D., is majoring in
history with a minor in political science. She greatly enjoyed the
chance to go to Philadelphia and explore the city where the Constitution
of the United States was written. Kirk says the conference was a
positive educational experience which allowed her to enjoy the history
and culture of the city while discovering ways to improve the BHSU
Honors Program. Besides being an Honors student, Kirk is actively
involved in student senate, residence life and was a member of the
presidential search committee.
Augustson, a junior speech communications and English
major, was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and later moved to Hermosa. His
portion of the presentation involved George Washington, one of his
heroes, and how his qualities are vital.
Amanda Scott, a senior music major who also has plans
to pursue a master’s degree in music therapy, is from Custer. Her
section of the presentation “Creating a Culture of Service” pertained to
the leadership skills of Abraham Lincoln. She is currently the president
of the BHSU Honors Program and was thrilled to represent BHSU on the
Holmes enrolled at BHSU after retiring from military
service which gave him the somewhat unique opportunity of attending
college with two of his children. Holmes reviewed Thomas Jefferson’s
contributions to society for the presentation. Holmes is a history major
and writing minor with future plans to study maritime law.
Dr. Roger Ochse, advisor for the Honors Program,
accompanied the students to the conference. He was impressed with the
exceptional professionalism of the students. The students began working
on their presentation in August to prepare for this prestigious event.
Only 25 percent of the submissions were chosen for presentation at the
Honors programs from every state in America attended
the gathering, and the BHSU ambassadors took this opportunity to learn
and compare BHSU with other colleges.
Presenting at the national conference was a learning
experience for the students which gave them an opportunity examine the
value of their Honors experience.
“Developing this presentation about service projects
made us step back and look at the big picture of service and why we do
it. Participating in Honors is not simply about getting high grades,”
Scott said. “It has the potential to help students become well-rounded
The BHSU Honors Program was founded in 2003, and a
service emphasis was added in 2004. The Honors Program is designed to
provide highly motivated students challenging and enriching course study
as they pursue a degree in any major and maximize the BHSU commitment to
personalized student-centered academic excellence. There are currently
105 Honors scholars and 22 participating faculty members.
“As a relatively young program, the BHSU Honors has
truly achieved a great deal,” Ochse said. “Many of the honors programs
that presented at the conference had similar presentations, but far more
discussed were matters of function.”
PREMIER Bankcard announces
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Black Hills State University President
Kay Schallenkamp displays the first check from PREMIER Bankcard for
their recently announced BHSU PREMIER Student Scholarship program as
PREMIER representatives Amy Lee, human resources officer; and Dana
Dykhouse, president and CEO; applaud. The major scholarship program for
BHSU students who work at PREMIER Bankcard, which was announced during
the BHSU vs. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology basketball game
this week, will provide $1,000 yearly scholarships for qualified BHSU
students who work at PREMIER. The scholarships are renewable up to
$5,000 per student.
In what is being described as “another unexpected
premier moment,” PREMIER Bankcard announced a new scholarship program
for Black Hills State University students at the BHSU versus South
Dakota School of Mines and Technology basketball game last night.
PREMIER Bankcard presented a check for $50,000 for the
spring 2007 semester. The company estimates that 100 BHSU students who
are also working at PREMIER Bankcard will qualify for the scholarship
next semester. If the number of eligible students increases, the
donation amount will also increase.
PREMIER Bankcard is sponsoring the PREMIER BHSU
Student Scholarship Program that offers $1,000 per year, up to $5,000
per student, for full-time BHSU students who also work at PREMIER
Bankcard. The scholarship is available for BHSU students who are
enrolled as full-time students (taking 12 credit hours or more) and are
maintaining a work schedule of at least 20 hours per week.
“At PREMIER Bankcard, we understand the challenges of
balancing school and work schedules,” Dana Dykhouse says. “We value the
education of today’s students and recognize the important role BHSU
students play in our company’s growth. In an effort to encourage higher
education and attract and retain some of the area’s most talented
individuals, we are pleased to offer the BHSU Student Scholarship
Dykhouse added that PREMIER Bankcard strives to be
flexible with students schedules and noted students will have the
opportunity to earn a $5,000 scholarship that will be combined with real
work experience with a leading financial services company.
“This scholarship program offers students an
opportunity to build relationships that can last a lifetime and a
paycheck to help with extra college expenses,” Dykhouse says.
Steve Meeker, vice president of Institutional
Advancement at BHSU, praised PREMIER Bankcard for their outstanding
support of BHSU students.
“This unexpected premier moment will create
opportunities for many BHSU students to receive scholarship funds while
earning their BHSU degree and working for an exceptional financial
services company,” Meeker said. “It’s a great opportunity for our
students, and we express our sincere thanks to PREMIER Bankcard for
their continued support of our students.”
Meeker noted that this scholarship program combined
with a previous agreement by PREMIER Bankcard for student scholarships
amounts to more than $600,000 in scholarship over five years.
The PREMIER BHSU Scholarship Program will begin Jan.
1, 2007. Students must be employed within 30 days of the start of the
semester. Students must complete the scholarship application form, which
is available from PREMIER Bankcard human resources representatives, at
the beginning of the semester. Students may reapply for the scholarship
each semester, up to a maximum of five years.
PREMIER Bankcard, one of the nation's leading credit
card providers, is currently among the top 14 VISAŽ and MasterCardŽ
credit providers. The company serves over 3.1 million customers
nationwide and has achieved some of the highest service levels in the
industry. PREMIER Bankcard has four locations in that state including
the one in Spearfish. First PREMIER Bank, the sister organization of
PREMIER Bankcard, is headquartered in Sioux Falls and has many
locations. The company has been recognized as the top-performing
financial institution of its asset size in the country.
Sociology honor society inducts twelve BHSU
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Twelve Black Hills State University students were
recently inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), an international
sociology honor society.
According to Anastacia Schulhoff, president of the
BHSU Gamma Chapter, AKD membership is important in the academic,
professional and social lives of students and faculty members. Members
receive several sociology-related publications and access to other
services. The AKD society also sponsors student paper contests, provides
funds for student travel to regional sociological meetings, and funds
research symposia. Local chapters provide opportunities for initiating
and sharing activities for social causes, such as volunteering and
community service projects.
BHSU initiates included: Schulhoff; sophomore
sociology major from Caputa; Lindsay Bruckner, senior sociology major
from Spearfish; Crystal Statler, local chapter member, junior sociology
major from St. Onge; Brandy Sickler, senior human services major from
Buffalo, Wyo.; Mandy Foster, senior sociology major from Spearfish;
Layne Ness, senior sociology major from Kennebec; Kelly Nance, junior
human services major from Sheridan, Wyo.; Rebecca Ellingson, senior
psychology major from Prairie City; Beshka Ringstad, junior sociology
major from Spearfish; Manuela Dietrich, senior sociology major from
Spearfish; Kristen Klundt, senior human services major from Dallas; and
Sandra Carter-Kisely, senior psychology major from Rapid City.
Faculty advisors Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, Dr.
Sandra Marker, and Dr. Pamela Carriveau presided over the ceremony.
Contact Schulhoff at
AnastaciaMSchulhoff@st.bhsu.edu or Colmenero-Chilberg at
LauraColmenero-Chilberg@bhsu.edu for more information or for an
application for membership.
Members must meet the following requirements: (1) be a
sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology, (2) be
at least a junior, (3) have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, (4)
maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better in all sociology courses,
and (5) complete at least four sociology courses prior to initiation.
Alums combine Earth Science
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Douglas Middle School eighth graders Kendra Brooks,
John Brethauer, and Ronald Dornin collect soil samples on the disc golf
course as a part of their research in an Earth Science class. The students
are taking part in a $10,000 grant project to design and install a
combination arboretum and disc golf course.
Two Douglas Middle School teachers have combined their
passion for teaching earth science and their enthusiasm for disc golf to
create a unique arboretum and disc golf course for middle school
The teachers Brant Miller and Tony Burns, who are both
BHSU alumni, received national recognition for their project titled,
“Discovering Native South Dakota Flora and Formations through Flight.”
The project was awarded a $10,000 Toyota Tapestry Grant for Science
Teachers, which is being used to design and install the combination
arboretum and disc golf course.
According to Miller, the unique combination gives
students a hands-on approach in learning about South Dakota ecoregions,
flora and geology while discovering the benefits of physical fitness and
outdoor exercise through the sport of disc golf. Four classes of eighth
grade Earth Science students are actively researching the eight
ecoregions of South Dakota and collaborating to make decisions about
what trees, shrubs, grasses and rocks to install to depict the ecoregion
profiled on each hole of the disc golf course.
Miller, an avid cyclist and former BHSU basketball
player, was inspired to try the sport of disc golf while attending BHSU.
He had the opportunity to learn disc golf from one of the best, Don
Altmyer, BHSU accounting professor and 2005 World Amateur Disc Golf
Grandmaster Champion. Altmyer was the driving force in creating and
developing an 18-hole disc golf course on the BHSU campus. He’s also
been vital to the continued growth of and interest in disc golf in the
region. Miller turned to Altmyer to design the Douglas school disc golf
The Douglas Middle School course, which is scheduled
to open to the public in May 2007, is set up so that each hole will have
a tee sign describing the various trees, plants and rock formations
selected by the students. The students will use Global Positioning
System units and Geographic Information System software for the spatial
planning of the tee pads, signs, baskets and the various landscaping
formations on each hole. The students have taken soil samples at various
points to test the soil and understand the chemical composition in order
to choose proper vegetation that will survive the harsh climate and
winds. After the mapping and soil testing, each class will receive funds
to purchase the best trees, shrubs, rocks or grasses indigent to the
ecosystem being replicated.
Miller noted that “this student-led project gives the
students an opportunity to use relevant technology in learning
scientific principles and demonstrates how science can be applied in a
real world context.”
Disc golf is a relatively new sport providing low
impact cardiovascular exercise at a low cost. Instead of expensive golf
clubs and balls, players throw a custom golfing disc into a five-foot
pole supporting a hanging array of chains that catch the disc and drop
it into the basket. There are no green fees and a complete round can be
finished in about an hour. There are over 2,200 disc golf courses
nationwide with 31 courses in South Dakota.
The Douglas course will be the state’s 32nd course and
Rapid City’s third course, joining the courses at Jackson Park and Omaha
Park. Other west river courses include the BHSU course and a course near
Angostura Lake course near Hot Springs.
Friends of Case Library and
the History Association host program and book signing
Paul Horsted, photographer and author, recently
presented a slide program and book signing sponsored by the Black Hills
State University Friends of Case Library and the student History
The slide program featured photographs from Horsted’s
recent publication The Black Hills: Yesterday and Today. Horsted
collected historical images from around the Black Hills then visited the
locations and re-photographed the images. Horsted will donate a portion
of the proceeds from the book sales to the sponsoring organizations.
The Friends of Case Library consists of community
members who support the mission of the Leland D. Case Library by
collecting materials, sponsoring projects, and supporting the
publication The Black Hills Historian. The group also sponsors two
For more information on the Friends of Case Library,
contact David Wolff at:
DavidWolff@bhsu.edu or (605) 642-6221. For details about the Case
Library, contact Bobbi Sago at:
RobertaSago@bhsu.edu or (605) 642-2810.
Control Program representative speaks at BHSU -
media specialist for the South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco
Control Program, speaks to Sandy Klarenbeek’s health class and Dr.
Annette Ryerson’s marketing class. Haskins discussed issues related to
tobacco use and marketing strategies for prevention with the students.
University Assessment Committee
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The University Assessment Committee met Wednesday,
Dec. 6 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall Conference Room.
Present were: Earley, Luikart, Sarkar,
Colmenero-Chilberg, P. Carriveau, Calhoon, Hagerty, Alsup, and Ryerson.
Haislett, Chandler, Simpson, and Romkema were absent.
- Teacher preparation program assessment report for
the College of Arts and Sciences - Alsup reported that the English
education major had submitted its report.
- Teacher preparation program assessment report for
the College of Business and Technology - Alsup reported that the
Technology education major had submitted its report.
- Human services major plan for assessing the
writing intensive requirement - The committee voted to accept the
plan for assessing the writing intensive requirement.
- Human services major plan for assessing the
undergraduate research requirement - The committee voted to accept
the plan for assessing the undergraduate research requirement.
- Physical education major - The committee voted to
table until they received more information from Silva. Chair will
- Biology - The committee voted to accept plan for
assessing undergraduate research in the biology major but asked that
it be in the format adopted by the University Assessment Committee.
- Technology - The committee voted to accept the
plan for assessing undergraduate research in technology. Chair asked
Alsup to visit with technology about the writing intensive proposal.
Chair thanked the committee for its work and said the
next meeting would be Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall
Minutes submitted by Earley.
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The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Members present were: Jim Hesson, Dan Bergey, Laura
Colmenero-Chilberg, Daluss Siewert, Bobbi Sago, Verona Beguin, Annette
Ryerson, Tim Martinez, and Jill Kary.
The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. in the
Meier Hall Conference Room.
Bergey reported on the still open security officer
position. They are still actively looking for an acceptable candidate.
They have upgraded the pay level for the position and hope to find more
The health minor curriculum proposal was discussed and
Access by students to campus buildings on the weekend
and during vacations was discussed. The issue was determined not to be a
Faculty Senate issue. It was noted that Student Senate has discussed
Bergey presented a draft copy of the letter from
Faculty Senate supporting the allocation of additional resources to work
with the university website.
The fine service the library and librarians provide
faculty and students was noted.
Hesson asked for volunteers to serve as faculty
marshals for December commencement. Micheline Hickenbotham will
represent the College of Education, Beguin and Ryerson will represent
the College of Business and Technology, and Bergey will represent the
College of Arts and Science.
Beguin complimented the inauguration committee for Dr.
Schallenkamp pointing out that it was well supported. She discussed how
important it is for the image of BHSU that these kinds of events
(including commencements) be well attended by faculty.
Advising was discussed. Hesson proposed investigating
the idea of creating a professional academic advising department to
allow faculty to spend their advising time with students on more
substantial issues than registering for classes.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Colmenero-Chilberg,
Faculty Senate secretary.