BHSU students, faculty learn innovative business trends during Germany visit

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, July 7, 2015/Categories: 2015









           Black Hills State University students, faculty and alums returned from Germany, recently, where they spent time with BHSU partner school Aalen University and visited international companies, including BMW. The partnership between BHSU and Aalen University is one of several partnerships. BHSU has a strong international presence with students enrolled from 29 international countries and Memorandums of Understanding with universities in Africa, Asia and Europe.




Black Hills State University alum Rachel Weaver recently returned from a trip to Germany where she was able to gain invaluable business experience from top world manufacturers and faculty at BHSU partner school, Aalen University.

Weaver was part of a group of BHSU faculty, students and alums that traveled to Germany, where they met with colleagues from Aalen University and embarked on cultural and educational experiences.

Weaver, a 2014 graduate, is the project coordinator at Ainsworth Benning Construction in Spearfish. She earned her degree in business administration-human resource management at BHSU. She enjoyed seeing German engineering at work through the international company and campus tours. Weaver said the tour of Aalen University&rsquos Innovation Center, a facility that works with young entrepreneurs on developing their ideas, left her eager to learn more about the German university&rsquos business program.

"These partnerships, along with the international program at BHSU, has a huge impact in the region," Weaver said. "These partnerships connect us globally. It makes a statement about who we are at BHSU and that we think globally."

The group visited companies including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Triumph International and Carl Zeiss Vision Production. In addition to company tours, faculty and administrators from Aalen University spoke on a variety of topics including economic history and human resources management in Germany and other business-related topics.

Just last year, BHSU forged a partnership with Aalen University, which is located in the German state of Baden-W&uumlrttemberg, and has a similar enrollment as BHSU along with strong business and science programs.

"It is our hope that this is the beginning of a strong partnership with Aalen University that will include opportunities for BHSU students to participate in the Aalen University summer program, internships, or graduate school for BHSU faculty to provide lectures at Aalen University and for students and faculty from Aalen University to travel to South Dakota to participate in an educational and cultural program at Black Hills State University," said Dr. Priscilla Romkema, Dean of the College of Business &amp Natural Sciences at BHSU.

BHSU has a strong international presence, with students from 29 international countries and Memorandums of Understanding with universities in Africa, Europe and Asia. In 2014, two representatives from the BHSU Student Senate completed an ambassador program at the school.

"Partnering with Aalen University we were able to tour production facilities, interacting with German university faculty and students and experiencing the German culture first-hand," said Liz Diers, assistant professor of accounting at BHSU. "It was globalization at its finest."  

BHSU alum James Lindquist added these opportunities translate into network economics and being connected globally creates opportunities that help students excel academically.

BHSU students, faculty and alums that traveled to Aalen University included:

&middot Elizabeth Fickbohm, exercise science major from Pierre

&middot Annette Loveday, business administration-tourism and hospitality management and mass communication major

&middot Logan Miller, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Chester

&middot Maria Mraz, business administration-management major from Dupree

&middot Calla Nelson, business administration-tourism major from Lead

&middot Kristin Rath, physical science and science education major from Canton

&middot Dr. Jeff Wehrung, assistant professor of management

&middot Dr. Liz Diers, assistant professor of accounting

&middot Dr. Priscilla Romkema, Dean, College of Business &amp Natural Sciences

&middot James Lindquist, BHSU alum

&middot Rachel Weaver, BHSU alum

&middot Fred Romkema, South Dakota state representative

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