Volume XXX, No. 42 • Dec. 22, 2006

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Paul Young to transfer to American Indian Health Research Program - top

Paul Young, fitness director at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of Black Hills State University, has accepted a position as a research analyst with the American Indian Health Research Program (AIHRP) at the university.

As the program's research analyst, Young will provide research and data collection support and logistical assistance to faculty researchers who are conducting projects under several American Indian health disparities grants. He will also develop and implement educational/training strategies and materials in support of ongoing research activities.

The BHSU American Indian Health Research Program has established successful partnerships with the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council (TLC) and its 10 member tribes in Montana and Wyoming, the Billings Area Office of the Indian Health Service (IHS) and IHS health facilities, the Aberdeen Area Tribal Health Chairmen’s Board (serving 18 tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa), the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, the South Dakota Health Research Foundation, and others to develop and conduct research and programs to address significant health disparities of American Indians in the Northern Plains.

Young joined the BHSU staff in 1991 as the fitness director and strength coach. He has a bachelor’s degree from BHSU and a master's degree from South Dakota State University. He has taught at the elementary, middle school and university levels and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Regents recognize three student groups - top

BHSU student Peter Schwiesow (center), who is a member of the Health Services student organization, accepts the Award for Academic Excellence from Dr. Harvey Jewett, president of the S.D. Board of Regents. Schwiesow is a pre-dentistry student from Rapid City. Dr. Charles Lamb, BHSU biology faculty member who advises the student group, is pictured on the left.

Dr. Charles Lamb and Peter Schwiesow accept the Award for Academic Excellence from Board of Regents president Dr. Harvey Jewett

Three Black Hills State University student groups were recently honored by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

The Award for Academic Excellence was presented to the Health Sciences Student Organization at BHSU. This organization, which has 64 members, encourages students to balance academic, social, and professional involvement while on campus. Incoming freshmen are paired with upperclassmen in the same professional field to assist those new students through their early years at BHSU. This gives upper level students an opportunity to mentor their younger peers in academic and extracurricular activities within the health care profession. Because this group interacts directly with outside experts, BHSU has become very successful in placing their health care students in graduate school programs. The group sponsors guest speakers and hosts the annual middle school science fair. They also volunteer and participate in other campus programs.

The Community Service Award was presented to the BHSU Honors Program student organization for their extensive campus and community involvement. Honors students commit to volunteer and service activities when they are admitted to the program. Students this year were involved in such activities as Adopt-A-Highway, a campus blood drive, the Junior Jackets Spelling Bee, and a stress management seminar.

The Award for Organizational Leadership was presented to the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP) focuses on group team building by sponsoring leadership development opportunities for members, the campus community, and outdoor enthusiasts. Members of this organization have served as guides for outdoor trips, hikes and rock climbing classes. They have volunteer at the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery and have worked with the Youth Outdoors Day and the U.S. Forest Service to clean and maintain trails in the Northern Hills.

Nationally recognized teacher will offer night course in American Indian history and culture - top

Robert Cook, a nationally recognized teacher and Black Hills State University alumnus, will teach a night course in American Indian history and culture at BHSU this spring.

The course, Early American Indian History and Culture, will be held Monday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. during the spring 2007 semester. In the course, Cook will explore the social, cultural, political, and economic history of the Indian peoples of North America.

Cook was recently named the National Indian Education Association’s Teacher of the Year for his exceptional achievement in teaching Indian students and his efforts to improve the quality of life for his students and the people in his community through education. He also received the 2006 Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Educator of the Year and a 2005 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

An enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Cook has taught for 17 years. Prior to his current position as a teacher at Central High School in Rapid City, Cook taught at Red Cloud, Crow Creek and Little Wound.

For more information on Cook’s course or other courses offered at BHSU this spring, contact the Admissions Office at 642-6343 or visit www.BHSU.edu/ClassSchedules.

Nearly 300 attend President's Pancake Breakfast - top

BHSU students eat breakfast during the annual President's Pancake BreakfastNearly 300 Black Hills State University students were served during the annual finals week late night breakfast in the Marketplace according to Julianna Larson, coordinator of the President’s Pancake Breakfast event. The popular event, which is held every semester during finals week, is a way to show support for BHSU students who have been putting in late hours studying for final exams.

Larsen expressed her thanks to Tim Johnston, dining services director, for all of his help. Other volunteers included: Scott Ahola, Danielle Brady, Amanda Caster, DeeAnn Dorfschmidt, Gary Hagerty, Judith Haislett, Janette Hettick, Michelle Hoffman, Arlene Holmes, Susan Hupp, Margee Huseman, Mike Isaacson, Ian Laber, Juli Larson, Peggy Madrid, Katie McDonald, Ellen Melaragno, Dallas Olson, Kristi Pearce, Erin Power, President Kay Schallenkamp, Ken Schallenkamp, Eileen Thomas, Jen Tifone, Deaver Traywick, Larry Vrooman and Pam Wegner. In addition to serving food to the students, Retention Center representatives Joe Valades and Bonnie Alberts were available for last minute advising for students who weren’t yet registered for the spring semester.

More than 150 presents collected during annual toy drive - top

BHSU volunteers prepare gifts for the annual Red Shirt Table toy and gift driveDonna Trainum, VISTA director (left) along with Black Hills State University volunteers, prepare donated gifts for the annual Red Shirt Table toy and gift drive sponsored by Black Hills State University.

According to Trainum the event was a great success with more than 150 presents delivered to children at the Red Shirt Table school. In addition, presents were given to elders and pre-school students in the community.

“Thank you everyone for your generosity in making this sixth annual event a huge success,” Trainum said. “We appreciate all the individuals who donated and assisted in this effort.”

The event was a campus and community collaborative effort. The BHSU Bookstore staff donated 26 pencil boxes as well as origami sets and pads of paper. Tranium noted that individual donors purchased supplies with needed and useful school supplies. The gifts were wrapped with the assistance of volunteers at the Canyon Hills Center. Approximately $400 in cash was donated to cover the cost of refreshments and additional gifts. The Spearfish Ambulance Service donated first aid supplies for individual students as well as supplies for the school nurse.

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