Volume XXX, No. 40 • Dec. 8, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Brenda DeCook, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Wessel retirement reception will be Dec. 12 - top

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 national conference - top

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.

BHSU Honors Program students Amanda Scott, Clint Augustson, Kely Kirk, and Jim Holmes with BHSU President Dr. Kay Schallenkamp
Four Black Hills State University students, who are all members of the BHSU Honors Program, recently presented at a national honors conference.

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 their presentation.

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 national level.

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 conference.

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 individuals.”

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 major BHSU scholarship program - top

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.

BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp displays the first check from PREMIER Bankcard for the BHSU PREMIER Student Scholarship Program

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 Program.”

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 students - top

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 and disc golf to create unique arboretum course - top

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.

Three Douglas Middle School eighth graders collect soil samples

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 students.

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 course.

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 - top

Paul Horsted signs a copy of "The Black Hills: Yesterday and Today"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 Association.

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 history scholarships.

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.

Tobacco Control Program representative speaks at BHSU - top

Media specialist Derrick Haskins, South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program, speaks to BHSU studentsDerrick Haskins, 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 minutes - top

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 contact Silva.
  • 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 Conference Room.

Minutes submitted by Earley.

Faculty Senate minutes - top

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 fitting applicants.

The health minor curriculum proposal was discussed and approved.

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 this.

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.

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