Student leaders attend conference in Spearfish

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, March 9, 2016/Categories: 2016

Presenters and participants gather at the Student Leadership Conference February 20, 2016. Front row, left to right, Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the School of Business and Natural Sciences at BHSU, students Kellie Raby, Shandell Cluter, Katelyn Meisner, Ida Clarke, Sumire Matsumoto, and Kirstie Bakke of Coeur Wharf. Back row, left to right, Helen Merriman, director of SD CEO, students Victoria Geary, Taylor Stone, and Katelynn Meisner, Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communicaiton at BHSU, students Cadence Owen and Bailey Sadowsky, and Meg Manke of Coeur Wharf. Not pictured: Christina Owen.

Junior and Senior women from BHSU had the chance to strengthen and develop their leadership skills on Saturday, Feb. 20 at an all-day Student Leadership Conference at the Spearfish Holiday Inn.

This event was sponsored by Coeur Wharf Mine and presented by the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity, SD CEO Women's Business Center. SD CEO is the only Women's Business Center in the state of South Dakota and is part of a network of more than 110 business centers nationwide.

Speakers for the day included Dr. Mary Caton Rosser, associate professor of Mass Communication at BHSU. Caton Rosser encouraged the group to "know thyself", to find a mentor, and get comfortable with networking.

Dr. Priscilla Romkema, Dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at BHSU, identified and discussed tips on developing Emotional Intelligence, which is widely considered the "new yardstick of intelligence, equally as important as IQ." She also discussed how to apply the foundation of Emotional Intelligence to professional lives.

Meg Manke and Kirstie Bakke, both of Coeur Wharf Mine, gave attendees insight into giving and receiving professional feedback and performance reviews.  Manke also encouraged the group to think seriously about their professional goals going forward, after graduation.

Dr. Wei Song, associate professor for the School of Business at BHSU, spoke on international business ethics, providing a unique perspective to the. Song discussed global ethical perspectives, ethical theories and how to apply them to real-world situations, and how cultural factors influence ethical decisions.

The day wrapped up with Dr. Rachel Headley, Cobblestone Science, with tips for the participants on style, dress, and how to present themselves in a business environment.

Students left the conference with a better understanding of the topics at hand, enthusiastic about the opportunity for personal and professional development. As one participant commented, "this event allowed me to compare good leadership with my leadership experiences and how I could make those experiences better."

BHSU students who attended the conference included:
  • Kellie Raby, sophomore business administration/management major from Custer
  • Victoria Geary, sophomore mass communication major from Spearfish
  • Shandell Clutter, junior graphic design and communication and art major from Sturgis
  • Taylor Stone, senior mass communication and journalism major from Maywood, Neb.
  • Katelynn Meisner, junior professional accountancy major from Black Hawk
  • Becky Kindvall, junior mass communication major from Rapid City
  • Ida Clarke, senior environmental physical science major from Oglala
  • Cadence Owen, senior graphic design communication and mass communication major from Sturgis
  • Sumire Matsumoto, junior corporate communication and mass communication major from Shizuoka, Japan
  • Bailey Sadowsky, junior corporate communication and graphic design communication major from Hettinger, N.D.
  • Christina Owen, junior corporate communication major from Rapid City
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