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2013-14 Special supplement to the Black Hills Pioneer •

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Welcome to ...

Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp

Greetings, It’s an exciting time at Black Hills State University, and I’m looking forward to the 20132014 school year. We have a number of new academic programs, including a master’s degree in sustainability that was developed to meet a growing need for professionals in this emerging field. Our Yellow Jacket athletes are embarking on their first active year in NCAA Division II athletic competition and are excited for the challenge of competing at that level. On campus, you’ll see signs of growth with

the construction of the Alumni Welcome Center and Crow Peak Hall, a new residence hall that will connect Heidi Hall and Thomas Hall with a central living area to create a new residence hall complex known as The Peaks. Our vision is to be recognized as an innovative, high-quality university. We know the best way to earn that recognition is through the accomplishments of our students, alumni and employees. That is the true measure of our success. With that in mind, I’d like to highlight some of the recent student and alumni achievements. • Tourism major Joshua Thurmes has been

awarded one of 55 academic scholarships presented to students nationwide by Tourism Cares, the travel and tourism industry’s leading non-profit organization. • Graduate student Riston Haugen’s research on a rust fungus’s ability to manipulate the genes of a wild mustard plant caught the attention of National Geographic. Haugen has also worked with Dr. Liliana Cano and Dr. Sophien Kamoun at the Sainsbury Laboratory, a plant science research center in Norwich, England, on a parallel See WELCOME — Page 16

Class of 2017 Class of 2017, on behalf of Black Hills encompassing such a broad range of State University activities, the needs of any I warmly welcome you to individual are able to be met. Spearfish and BHSU. By Whether it be exploring the becoming part of the Yellow wonder of the Black Hill’s Jacket legacy, I can assure 5,000 square miles — home you that your experience over to trails, streams and lakes — the next four years is going that excites you, or de-stressto be one of value and joy ing in the comfort of more — something significant as than 10 coffee shops around these will be some of the best town, finding your niche will years of your life. I am proud be a simple feat. More imyou chose BHSU to continue portantly, I invite you to take Chase J. your education, but it is up to ownership in a few of the 75 Vogel you to make the most of your plus student organizations on experience. That is not to say campus. Try a few out, and you won’t have plenty of opportunity. really immerse yourself. It is a fantastic With BHSU and the Northern Hills area way to meet like-minded individuals,

cultivate friendships and make the most of your time here. Returning students and faculty, welcome back. I hope this summer was productive, yet resting. As is tradition, take time to meet the newest Yellow Jackets. Each of you can speak to the opportunities the university offers, so it is up to you to take a leadership role for our newest members. BHSU is continually growing and expanding, so I urge you, too, to continue your involvements on campus, and seek new opportunities. This year is bound to be dynamic with all the work that has been put in from various organizations and committees on campus, so be ready. From Swarm and Green and Gold Days, to athletics and performing arts —

there is always something to do. Education and studies are the reason we all come together, so being successful is of high importance. Don’t forget to get involved, however. The experiential learning opportunities at BHSU are one of the many components that set the school apart from others. Be sure to reach out to myself or any student life staff member—and really anybody on campus—if you have a question or concern. The answer can easily be found. Everybody is here and willing to make the 2013-2014 year one that is memorable and fulfilling. Again, welcome to a great year. — Chase J. Vogel Student Senate President

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Enabling students to sustain BHSU offers new masters program in sustainability By Jennessa Scholl Black Hills Pioneer

Black Hills State University is offering a new master’s degree program this fall. The master’s of science in sustainability program will be the first of its kind degree in the multi-state region, not to mention one of the few degrees offered in the U.S. “Sustainability is kind of a emerging area right now,” said Dr. Shane Sarver, director of research at BHSU. “Turns out there aren’t a lot of programs across the nation. It’s different than a kind of environmentalism. Environmentalism is more of a social movement. Sustainability, although it has some of the elements of environmentalism its really more about economic development and things like that.” BHSU was the first university in the South Dakota to join the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. It also in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS program) to help assess progress in meeting sustainability goals. Two buildings on BHSU’s campus have earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The program is being added to keep up with the demanding need for sustainability professionals across the country. “Its economically necessary” said Sarver. The degree requires students to obtain 33 total credits and includes a capstone six-credit-course that gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to reason the complexity of sustainability through problem solving real world sce-

narios. Students will be required to take capstone classes that will vary semester to semester ranging in hot topics/student interests having to do with anything from architecture to public service. “We’re committed to the fundamental philosophy of sustainability at Black Hills State,” said Sarver. “We want to model that behavior for our stake-holders, our students and for South Dakota.” BHSU is a front-runner with programs of sustainable interest in South Dakota. Students while at BHSU started programs such as Cans 2 Can Recycling LLC which is an aluminum can recycling program aimed at convenience, and the Lisa Bike Program, providing a “clean” way for students to commute around campus. The sustainability degree on campus will promote these programs that are already in place as well as one day creating more. Dr. Sarver said the program will open lots of doors for jobs in different professional atmospheres such as: climate preparation analysts, energy efficiency analysts, sustainability directors, operations managers, development specialists, resource managers, sustainable design professionals, environmental science/sustainability specialists, just to name a few. “Virtually sustainability can be in any area. Sustainable tourism, sustainable economic development, there are very serious needs for knowledge of sustainability in higher education.” Sarver added. BHSU professors have developed a native plant ethnobotanical garden on campus. BHSU’s Outdoor Education program teaches technical skills that reduce

the impact of outdoor activities on the environment, where as the art program on campus uses recycled materials to create works of art. BHSU has received lots of support from other schools, prospective students, and current students and faculty about introducing this new program.

BHSU students launched Cans 2 Can Recycling last year. The university will now be home to a master’s degree program focusing on sustainability. Courtesy photo

KBHU 89.1 begins 40th year of programming

KBHU celebrated its 40th year of programing in August. The Buzz, is an alternative station. Courtesy photo

KBHU-FM 89.1, Black Hills State University radio, began its 40th year of broadcasting on Aug. 22. This fall, KBHU will feature new radio personalities, bringing unique programming to Spearfish and the surrounding communities. What began as a 10-watt station until 1980, KBHU is a 100 watt licensed noncommercial educational radio station designed to be student run, training mass communication majors and interested students in the operations of a radio station, including on-air broadcasting. “KBHU radio serves our community 24 hours a day with noncommercial programming. This year, we plan to air several new shows, including sports and news,” said Dr. Scott Clarke, the faculty advisor. In addition to tuning to the station 89.1 FM, listeners have the option of streaming the station via “This semester represents a new step for the station, with more live events and alternative format shows than we have ever featured before,” said Sam Goldberg, the radio station manager.

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BHSU physics program growing steadily By Wendy Pitlick Black Hills Pioneer

In a small, ultra-clean room tucked into a corner of Jonas Science, BHSU students and graduates are busy cleaning the next shipment of lead bricks, for one of the world’s leading physics experiments — the Majorana Demonstrator. So far, these students are approaching 5,500 bricks that they have meticulously sent through a series of acid baths, in order to ensure the highest level of cleanliness. The process is necessary, as the bricks will be used to shield the sensitive double beta decay experiment from cosmic rays and other impurities from the earth’s atmosphere. The process is also necessary to give students an opportunity to assist with world leading physics research. It is just one of many such opportunities students can take advantage of at the Black Hills State University. Dr. Kara Keeter, assistant professor with the BHSU physics program, said the university is actively involved with the DarkSide

dark matter experiment in Italy, the Majorana Demonstrator at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, and the Center for Ultralow Background Experiments in the Dakotas (CUBED), and the Acquisition and Assay of Research Materials (AARM), both at the Sanford Lab. “I’m starting up a research program in physics which was not here before,” Keeter said. However, she acknowledged that BHSU associate professor Dr. Dan Durben was involved in Dr. Ray Davis’ original neutrino research at the Sanford Lab. But more research typically means more funding in the science world. Since Keeter has come to BHSU research dollars have increased from almost nothing, to more than $1 million last year. Most of those, she said, have been federal grants. In fact, Keeter said for every $1 of state funding the BHSU physics program receives, there is $10 of federal grants for the same program. But the research is just one part of the university’s threepronged physics program. Recently, the univer-

Black Hills State University students Kelcy Brunner and Josh Harris participate in research in the optics lab that is part of the BHSU physics program. Photo courtesy of BHSU Marketing and Communications

sity approved a physical science composite major, which allows students to take their physics interests into a variety of different areas. The major is research intensive, and allows students much more flexibility than a traditional physics degree, as it contains options to prepare for grad school, to take a multidisciplinary approach to physical science, or to get on a fast track into commercial industry. “If you want to do something with geophysics, then you could take some geo classes and physics classes,” Keeter said. “But if your goal was not to go

to grad school, but you wanted to go into industry straight away with a bachelors, this gives you a whole lot more hands-on experience with the programs you are doing with (Sanford Lab.)” Durben said the degree program also allows students to set up opportunities with other employers, such as with the oil industry in North Dakota. “Part of the requirement is a research internship,” Durben said. “So some of that can be tailored to if a student knows who their employer is go-

ing to be they can actually tailor their degree to fit better what the employer is looking for.” Brianna Mount, from the physics program, said the bottom line is that students who take the physical science composite major will have the same preparation and opportunities as someone with a physics degree. Facilities to support the physics program include faculty office space, a clean room, and a laser lab with a suite for office space See PHYSICS — Page 7

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PHYSICS Continued from Page 5 and student preparation, and more. In addition to the opportunities for BHSU students and graduates, Keeter is also in charge of QuarkNet, a program that involves high school teachers in physics research. QuarkNet is a nationwide program that is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department

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QuarkNet center has been established for five years, funding agencies allow administrators to include students for research internships. “One of the main things QuarkNet does is it gives kits to high school teachers to build these cosmic ray detectors,” Keeter said. “Then they take the detectors to their high school. The high school students in their classroom can take the detector

David Coleman, a hired lab technician with Black Hills State University, works in the clean room that is part of the BHSU physics department. Students and BHSU staff are working to use a specialized process to ultra-clean lead bricks that will be used as a shield for the Majorana experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Photo courtesy of BHSU marketing and communications

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of the flow meters, so they can be remotely accessed. Another opportunity for QuarkNet teachers is in master classes, which are offered every year. The master classes allow QuarkNet teachers to bring their students to Black Hills State University or the Sanford Underground Research Facility for a day of learning about particle physics and participating in research. “The students interact with CERN scientists and with other (QuarkNet) centers,” Keeter said. “Two years ago we connected with Japan and it was the week after the tsunami, so that was really interesting. This last year we had data right after the discovery of the Higgs Boson. So the data we analyzed had the Higgs Boson in it.” Overall, Keeter said the Black Hills State University physics program has benefited, and will continue to benefit, from its close proximity to the Sanford Lab. “I think, being here, so close to the underground lab is just about the best place in the world for me to be for what I want to do,” Keeter, who has been instrumental in the physics program growth, said. “BHSU is a great environment and they’re very supportive. They have allowed me the space to grow and do what I want to do.”

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Shown is an artist renditions of what the new Peaks Complex would look like. Courtesy illustrations

BHSU proposes new residence hall By Jennessa Scholl Black Hills Pioneer

Black Hills State University students may soon have a new residence hall on campus to call home. BHSU is tentatively working toward having the new residence hall completed in time for students to occupy come fall of 2015. The state Board of Regents is expected to make a final decision in October. The estimated $11 million residence hall will connect two existing dorms, Heidepriem Hall and Thomas Hall. Funding for the hall will come from the students who will live in the dorm through room rentals.

“No state dollars go toward this building,” said Dr. Mike Isaacson, dean of students at BHSU. The new dorm will be called Crow Peak Hall, and the three halls combined will be affectionately called The Peaks Complex. “Eleven million dollars for one building initially may sound expensive, but the beauty of this design is that we are connecting to two existing buildings, we are incorporating a great room or lodge concept. That services all students in all buildings, so the new building is truly an upgrade for 600 students,” Isaacson said. The associate director of residence life at BHSU, John Geske, spoke on the upgrades

being made to some of the dorms on campus. “We’ve invested a lot of upgrades to these two buildings. All of the rooms are brand new. Both Heide and Thomas have new carpeting, new flooring, new paint jobs; they almost look brand new,” he said. “Despite being the same outward structure most of the interior of the residence halls on campus are being modernized.” With recent upgrades being made to many older buildings on campus, there was a consideration of just renovating the dorms. But after extensive research and a spike enrollment the decision to go ahead with the new

building was set. Crow Peak Hall and the Peaks Complex may replace Humburt Hall and Pangburn Hall, both of which were built in the 1950s, depending on enrollment. “This is something the residents of Black Hills State University deserve,” said Isaacson. “It will definitely be a pride factor for the campus.” While the designs aren’t final, the residence hall will likely include three stories with 12 four-person suites on each floor. The suites will include two rooms with a shared bathroom. In addition to the central living area, there will be two small commons areas on each of the four floors.

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BHSU hosts public speakers Each year, Black Hills State University invites national speakers and guest lecturers to campus to inspire community members to make a change, understand the world around them and think differently about issues affecting them locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. This year’s speakers include:

Immaculee Ilibagiza A survivor of the Rwandan Genocide 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Immaculee Ilibagiza is sponsored by the Newman Club and a variety of businesses and organizations throughout the Northern Hills. Ilibagiza, along with seven other women, managed to escape the brutal murders in her country by hiding in a small bathroom for the duration of the conflict. While a Christian, Ilibagiza’s message is explicitly non-sectarian. Her story touches upon the history of that terrible time, tolerance, respect, forgiveness, and hope. For more detailed information regarding her remarkable story, visit

David Hume Kennerly Canon Explorer of Light 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 Clare and Josef Meier Hall

A recognized Canon Explorer of Light, David Hume Kennerly won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for a portfolio of photos of the Vietnam, India-Pakistan, Cambodia wars, and the Ali-Frazier fight. Two years later he was appointed President Gerald Ford’s personal photographer. He has won the World Press Photo award, and the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for “Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad.” Kennerly was named, “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by the American Photo Magazine.

Todd Pickering Photographer Wednesday, Sept. 25

Todd Pickering received his bachelor of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute where he concentrated on landscape photography and sculpture. Travels have taken him above the Arctic Circle in Norway to the rainforests of Hawaii and to the jungles of Sri Lanka.

Jeffrey Viken Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 Clare and Josef Meier Hall

Vinny Guadagnino Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series Thursday, Nov. 7.

The former Jersey Shore star will speak on protecting the emotional health of teenagers and college students. He’s a staunch advocate for promoting mental and emotional health and advises young adults on how to put their well-being first. The university also annually hosts speakers associated with the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). Stay tuned for more information on the SURF lectures as well as other BHSU community speakers at Lectures.

Jeffrey Viken, chief judge of the United State District Court of the District of South Dakota, will speak on prejudice and how we need to learn to get along and co-exist. Viken’s presentation is titled “Why are there so many Indians around here? A middle schooler’s question evokes reflection on racial prejudice.”

Bill Fortney Photographer 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 Clare and Josef Meier Hall

Bill Fortney is a Nikon Professional Services Tech Rep covering the southern United States and serving as a liaison person for the nature market. He’s worked at Shuttle launches, Air races and shows, the Masters, PGA championships, NASCAR races, the Kentucky Derby and the Breeder’s Cup.

Canon Explorer of Light and Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist David Hume Kennerly will be in Spearfish to share his experiences and rich history in photography in a presentation to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall at Black Hills State University. Courtesy photo

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor addressed a beyond capacity crowd at Black Hills State University’s Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall Thursday afternoon as part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series. Kor shared memories of her time at Auschwitz, her will to survive, her eventual liberation and the lessons she learned since. Pioneer photo by Adam Hurlburt

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BHSU athletics ready for NCAA Division II Pioneer sports staff

The Black Hills State University football team gets ready to prepare for it’s first season as part of NCAA Division II, in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, as a full fledged member. John Reiners begins his second season as the Yellow Jackets head coach. Last season Black Hills State finished 3-6 in the RMAC and 4-7 overall. Reiners said the Yellow Jackets will miss several players who graduated in the spring. “Those seniors meant a lot. We moved into Division II, we moved in to a tough conference, and we had a lot of challenges in front of us. There were so many times this year that we could have packed it up and said ‘we’re not good enough’ or ‘we can’t win these games,’” said Reiners. “Those seniors kept everyone going. We went through the tough times, and now we’re into the good times. What a great tribute to them and how they led this team all year long.” The Yellow Jackets have some familiar faces returning on offense, including junior quarterback Ward Anderson and senior running back Bryar DeSanti. The Jackets need to fill holes at wide receiver, on defense and special teams, this season and Reiners knows his team will have their work cut out for them. “I feel good, but I also feel like there are a lot of things that we have to do to be successful next year. As coaches, we’re never satisfied. We finished with four wins at the end of the year, but that doesn’t guarantee us anything next year,” Reiners said. “Last year we stuck together, we worked hard, and we battled and battled. That’s how we’re going to get wins this year. If we work hard in the off-season, keep building, go out and recruit our tails off, the future is bright here.” Black Hills State opens its 2013 season on the road Sept. 5 at Angelo State, in San Angelo, Texas. The Black Hills State women’s volleyball team finished 4-15 in the RMAC and 11-19 overall, last season. Third year coach Sally Nichols said the Lady Jackets will

be hard pressed to replace the three seniors, Kylee Lamb of Onida; Kyla Johnson, Glendive, Mont., and Darbi Yost, Wheatland, Wyo. “We will sorely miss these three ladies as they are the epitome of what we want our student athletes to strive to be. They are genuine, kind, and outstanding role models, and have truly helped us to create a program known for being a class act,” Nichols said. The Lady Jackets still have a great group of players returning, including senior middle hitter Caitlin Templeton, senior outside hitter Amy O’Neill, junior libero Kelsey Olson and junior outside hitter Meghan Sipe. Black Hills State opens its 2013 volleyball season Sept. 6 at the University of Nebraska Kearney Tournament. The BHSU women’s softball team finished 5-31 last season, including a 4-24 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Black Hills State University will look to replace seniors Allie Alverson, Nikki Chacon and Alex Huntington during the upcoming season. Yellow Jackets’ softball manager Amy Gurney said the season outlook is hopeful, as a number of solid pitchers are entering the program. They include Stefanie Whitman Mount Vernon, Wash., and Savanah Eckhardt, of Cedar City, Utah. Sophomore Kaitlin Farrar is the most experienced BHSU pitcher this season. She finished 3-7 last season with 46 walks and 38 strikeouts. Gurney said team chemistry would be a Yellow Jackets’ strength this season. She added BHSU endured a tough 2013 season but grew from it. See BHSU ATHLETICS — Page 13

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Sanford Lab, BHSU announce $4.2M partnership Officials to renovate Jonas Science building into the Sanford Center for Science Education By Wendy Pitlick Black Hills Pioneer

Officials with the Sanford Lab and Black Hills State University have announced plans to combine resources to create a $4.2 million Sanford Science Education Center on the BHSU campus. On Wednesday, the Sanford Underground Research Facility, which is owned and operated by the S.D. Science and Technology Authority, announced that it would donate $2.5 million to help renovate the Jonas Science building at Black Hills State University into the Sanford Science Education Center. Black Hills State University will add another $1.7 million to that. The Sanford Lab’s donation comes from T. Denny Sanford’s $20 million gift for education and outreach related to the lab. In 2006, Sanford donated a total of $70 million to the S.D. Science and Technology Authority, divided into increments that were earmarked for specific project components, including education and outreach. The majority of Black Hills State University’s $1.7 million gift will come from the Higher Education Facility fund, which is derived from 20 percent of tuition dollars for state institutions. Some of it will also come from the University Fund. Construction is expected to begin next summer. “With multiple facilities that have complementary strengths, both in Lead and at Black Hills State, the Sanford Science

Education Center will work with colleagues throughout the region, across the state, and beyond to advance the teaching and learning of science,” Sayler said. The Sanford Center for Science Education at BHSU is still in its early planning stages. However Sayler said the facility would include a reception area where visitors to Black Hills State University can view displays about the science at the lab. Additionally, BHSU President Dr. Kay Schallenkamp said the facility would include a strong teacher preparation focus for engineering, math and science. “Special emphasis will be on the preparation of teachers who in turn will inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and science educators,” Schallenkamp said. “This remodeled facility will showcase the best practices of teaching and learning of science. When T. Denny Sanford made his remarks in 2006 he said his vision was to transform the way science is taught. This gift will help us to bring all of the entities together from teacher preparation for sciences, to the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE), and the Sanford Science Education Center, all in one facility to build cooperative relationships and synergies so that we can focus on how we can transform the way science is taught. We believe that Black Hills State University can impact not only the way science is taught and learned on campus and in the state, but in the nation, and we can make a difference. That is

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Casey Peterson, president of the S.D. Science and Technology Authority, said the education component of the Sanford Underground Research Facility is the reason he got involved in the project. As the son of an educator, he has seen first hand how education can impact lives. Already, Peterson reported that S.D. Science and Technology Authority Education and Outreach staff have designed and operated pilot programs that have touched more than 2,000 teachers, 6,000 students, and 12,000 residents in the state.

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BHSU ATHLETICS Continued from Page 11 The Jackets begin preparation for the upcoming cross country season in early September. Scott Walkinshaw will be in charge of the BHSU cross country program for a 17th season. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to coach all the tremendous athletes to go through our programs,” said Walkinshaw. “As well as get to know them outside of the sport, and watch them grow in their professional world.” The Yellow Jacket cross country teams finished their seasons in style at the CSB/SJU Fall Finale, in Collegeville, Minn. Senior Erin Curran set a new course record in her final cross country race. Teammate Courtney Dickson wasn’t far behind, finishing in third place. The women finished in third-place, behind Division I South Dakota State and the home team College of St. Benedict. On the men’s side, Mitch Kraft led the Yellow Jacket men’s team to a second-place finish as he was the third runner to cross the finish line. Teammate Mark Wilcox (seniorto-be) ran a solid race and finished seventh, followed closely by Seth Ulvestad (junior) in ninth. Rounding out the Yellow Jacket top-5 was Scott Erdahl and Gage McSpadden who finished in 14th and 15th, respectively. “It was a great, season-ending meet,” said Walkinshaw. “We couldn’t have asked for better conditions; the temperature was just right, we had a great crowd of family and friends that followed the team, the athletes competed well — it was a great experience for all.”

The Yellow Jacket cross country teams can look forward to strong seasons next year as they return many of these athletes, losing only Laine Parish, Brock Mickelsen. Curran to graduation. The cross country team’s first meet will be Sept. 6 at the SD School of Mines and Technology, in Rapid City. The Yellow Jackets track and field team brought home sixth place from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s indoor track meet last season. Jacob Johnson, from Lemmon earned fourth place in the men’s weight throw. Jonathon Grace, a senior from Casper, Wyo., placed fifth in men’s long jump. Other returning athletes for the Yellow Jackets include Jacob Wilson,Sydney, Neb., Riley Meissner. Rapid City, Mitch Kraft, of Wessington Springs, and Mark Wilcox, Yankton. Last season the Black Hills State women’s golf team finished seventh at its first RMAC Championship, in Goodyear, Ariz.. The Yellow Jackets finished seventh-overall by the tournament’s end with a final score of 704 (363, 341), while two BHSU golfers finished in the top-20. BHSU’s second round score of 341 was by far a tournament best improvement of 22 strokes from their day one score of 363. Their 341 second-round team score was actually the ninth best round of the weekend, out of 16 total team scores and was just four shots behind third-place finishers’, Regis University, second-round score of 337. Colorado State-Pueblo finished in second (638), while Western New Mexico was


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Upgrades move forward By Jason Gross Black Hills Pioneer

A $1.1 million upgrade to Black Hills State University’s Lyle Hare Stadium continues to progress on schedule. This upgrade includes the recent installation of an artificial turf football field. “Construction on the scoreboard-video board part of the project will start Aug. 26,” Black Hills State University Athletic Director Jhett Albers said. The goal posts were erected on Aug. 1. Black Hills State University is undertaking this upgrade so Lyle Hare Stadium can bring in more sporting events. The Yellow Jackets and Spearfish Spartans play their home football games there, and the artificial turf field could also host events like soccer and ultimate Frisbee contests without the worry of excessive wear on the field. Albers said the new turf would provide a lot more flexibility because the former grass field could only take so much play. He added the

turf would be considerably safer for the players during games. The savings regarding consistent maintenance would also be greatly reduced, Albers said. The turf has an approximate area of 70,000 square feet. “The field will be able to handle more events through the year,” Albers said. Estimates call for the turf to have a lifespan of up to 12 years as long as the surface is maintained. This is the first phase of a $2.9 million renovation project. A second phase centers on a $1.9 million upgrade to the Lyle Hare Stadium press box. Albers outlined other projects that are in the works. The softball field where the Yellow Jackets play their home games will receive a new infield. Construction on dugouts, a bullpen area, and batting cages is set to begin in mid-September. “We have a small summer window for projects like this,” Albers said. “I’m pleased with how things have gone.”

Black Hills State University’s Lyle Hare Stadium received an artificial turf field this summer. The field is part of a $1.1 million upgrade. Black Hills State’s first game on this field will be Sept. 21 when the Yellow Jackets host Colorado School of Mines. Pioneer photo by Jason Gross

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BHSU ATHLETICS Continued from Page 13 crowned RMAC Champions with a score of 614. BHSU head coach, Jamie Bentley, was adamantly proud of her team’s improvement in their first ever RMAC Championship. “Day two went much better. It was great to see the improvement and to see them play to the level we have been playing at all year,” Bentley said. “It was nice to be able to improve that much and end our season on a positive note as we prepare to build on this for next year.” Brandi Holmes, used a final round 79 (+7) to jump into the top-15 as she finished 14th-overall out of 40 total RMAC golfers and finished with a final score of with a final score of 166. Amanda Johnson’s consistency allowed her to earn a 16th-place finish after shooting 169 (+25) over the two rounds (83, 86). “Amanda Johnson continued her consistent play and landed in the top 20, which should really help her gain confidence and momentum heading into next season,” Bentley said. “Overall, every one of our girls improved on day two and we did not have to take any scores in the 90’s so that is always our goal. We learned a lot being at our first RMAC Championship and look to take that experience and improve on it for next season. The Lady Jackets fall portion of the golf season begins in mid-September. The Black Hills State University women’s indoor track team finished sixth at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meet last season.

BLACK HILLS PIONEER/BACK TO BHSU Madison McLaughlin (junior from Wall) snared top honors in the women’s weight throw and third in the women’s shot put at the conference meet. Senior Paige Follet from Parker, Colo. (third in women’s long jump) and junior Trisha Koch from New Underwood (fourth in women’s long jump) are among other returning athletes for BHSU this season. Other key returnees are ChyAnna Esau (sophomore from Casper, Wyo.) and Kelli Anderson (junior from Sioux Falls). Black Hills State head coach Seth Mischke said his teams have a bright future. “A lot of our returning athletes did well last year, and many of our newcomers will be competitive early,” he said. Recruiting efforts have resulted in rthe addition of some sprinters and distance runners entering the program and that should keep us well-rounded. BHSU’s men track and field indoor team finished sixth overall at the RMAC Championships. Junior Jacob Wilson earned the first RMAC title for the Yellow Jackets in the high jump after clearing 6-feet, 10¼-inches on his second attempt and beating out the indoor high jump champion who cleared the same height, but on his third attempt. Wilson’s personal best jump also broke Brad Schardin’s 31-year-old school record of 6-feet, 10-inches back in 1982. Brady Clark threw the discus 162-feet and 11-inches, earning him a first-place finish and title of RMAC Champion. Clark’s throw was a NCAA provisional mark and broke the school’s 39-year-old record of 162-feet, which was set by Tim Treick during the 1974 season. He also placed

eighth in the shot put with a toss of 47-feet, 7¾ inches. Mitch Kraft turned in the two other NCAA provisional times after finishing third in the 3000-meter Steeplechase (9:32.30) and ninth out of 25 runners in the 1500-meter run (3:57.70). The Jackets first indoor meet will be in early December. Despite numerous injuries, the Black Hills State women’s basketball team enjoyed a successful season. They finished 11-11 in the conference and 12-14 overall. The Lady Jackets finished the season on a good note, winning five of their last six games. “You love to have your team playing good basketball at the end of the year and we were doing that,” said Lady Jackets head coach Mark Nore. “I know these kids believe (in themselves) and ultimately that’s what it comes down to, believing and having the confidence. It was just awesome to see them end like this.” The Jackets offense will be led by junior guard Chelsey Biegler, of Rapid City. Last season Biegler earned All-RMAC First team honors, finishing second in the RMAC averaging (17.3 points per game), second in the conference scoring (451 total points) and third in points per 40 minutes played (22.4). The Lady Jackets open their 2013-14 on Nov. 2 in an exhibition game at Colorado State, in Fort Collins, Colo. Nore enters his 12th season as the Lady Jackets head coach and has compiled an overall record of 207-121, which makes him the

Page 15 all-time winningest coach in the history of Black Hills State University women’s basketball. Bradd Schafer begins his fourth season as the head coach of the Black Hills State men’s basketball team. Last season the Jackets finished 6-16 in the conference and 7-19 overall. They defeated Chadron State 57-51 in their home finale and Schafer said that is something they can use to build on for the upcoming season. “It’s a great way to finish our year,” said Schafer. “I know it wasn’t the kind of season we wanted to have, but it’s a great way to finish. “You know with all the adversity we went through with tight games and things not going our way it was just nice to get this one to go our way to end it.” Black Hills State begins preparations for the upcoming season in early September. The Yellow Jackets will return a veteran team in junior guards Joey Mitchell, Brody Brisk and Brady Bisgaard and senior frontline players Cameron Anderson and Tommy Earl. Incoming freshmen Wyatt Krogman (White River), James Thomas (Highland Ranch, Colo.) and junior college transfer Yoshio Allen are also expected to make big contributions to the team. The Jackets open its 2013-14 season at home in an exhibition game against Sheridan College.

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WELCOME Continued from Page 2 study involving pseudoflowers. • Student Gina Jespersen was recently crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska in her home state, a title she has coveted since she was a young girl. • Several BHSU students performed chorus for a special production of “Carmen” during the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute. BHSU students who took part include: Joel Williams, senior music education major from Riverton, Wyo.; Kirk Hauck, sophomore psychology major from Belle Fourche; Cody Pepitone, sophomore music major from Ellsworth; Karlee Gusso, junior music major from Belle Fourche, and Erik Belsaas, senior chemistry major from Rapid City. The chorus is directed by Dr. Jonathan Nero. • Fourteen photography students were chosen as finalists in the 33rd Annual College Photographers Competition by Photographer’s Forum Magazine with one student’s photo making the top 100 of more than 16,700 photographs submitted. Joe

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August 2013 Professor Technology Conference in Atlanta this fall. • Dr. Byron Hollowell, assistant professor of finance, was informed that his research article titled “Meta-Analysis of Acquisition Trends in the Banking Sector” was accepted for publication in the Review of Business Research (RBR) which will be published this fall. RBR is a peer reviewed and publically available journal listed in the Cabell’s Directory of Refereed Publications. • Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences, was awarded the National Business Education Association (NBEA) Distinguished Service Award. • BHSU alumna Kjaersti (Bushilla) Roberts was honored with a Crystal Apple Award for her work as a junior high language arts teacher in the Klamath County School District in Klamath Falls, Ore. • Recent graduate Jenna (Nagel) Klopfenstein had one of her rodeo photos featured on the side of a bus the South Dakota Department of Tourism took on a tour around the central United States as a way to promote more visits to the state. • BHSU alumnus Chad Coppess was presented with the 2013 A.H. Pankow Award by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The award recognizes a member of the broadcast or print media or public relations industry who has shown superior interest in and coverage of the South Dakota visitor industry. • BHSU alumnus John Fitzgerald was named the 2012 State of South Dakota Prosecutor of the Year by the South Dakota Attorney’s Association.



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BHSU’s ‘One Stop Shop’

By Jennessa Scholl Black Hills Pioneer

In order to provide students with individual guidance, Black Hills State University has made their Student Success Center even more accessible and relevant to students needs. The overall goal to become a “One-Stop Shop” was a vision of BHSU’s President Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, and this plan has been two years in the making. Centrally located on BHSU’s campus in the basement of Woodburn Hall, the Student Success Center offers a variety of services in areas dealing with career development, academic advising, disability services, international studies, testing services, student support services, and veteran services. The Student Success Center also provides placement testing, proctoring, and accommodations for make-up exams. Susan Hupp, director of Student Support Services commented that it’s a priority that the first semester fits the specific needs of students. “We’re moving to more of an individual model,” Hupp said. This will allow students one-on-one attention from an advisor. “All students are not the same, every student has different, individual needs,” she added. Additionally, the Student Success Center is instituting a coaching program for full-time freshman. Dr. Mike Isaacson, dean of students at BHSU, said the coaches will be there to “ease anxiety” and help students transition to college. They will also serve as an “open door” to different aspects of life at BHSU. The Student Success Center also houses Transfer Student Services and the Residence Life Offices, as well as Veteran Affairs. “These special services allow students to be able to succeed in whatever path they choose,” said Isaacson. The Student Success Center will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 11 a.m to 3 p.m on Saturdays and Sundays in Woodburn Hall, Room 107.

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Student Organizations Academic

American Indian Science and Engineering Society AISES at BHSU is a collegiate chapter of the national AISES organization. AISES is a national nonprofit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values. The ultimate goal of AISES is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant members of society. This program also provides many students with valuable scholarships for college. Art Club The Art Club is a community of artists and people who are interested in art at BHSU. From collaborative and individual art activities or service projects for the community and for scholarship, we are here to have fun while promoting the visual arts at BHSU. BHSU Buzz Marketing To increase the awareness of marketing on campus by providing students with correct ways to network, complete a resume, and use marketing tactics to in turn receive the experience of being involved in a nationally recognized organization. COLP Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program Educates individuals about outdoor programming and other leadership opportunities within the community.

ENACTUS Teaches the free enterprise system to others on campus and throughout the Black Hills. They create opportunities to learn how to use the free enterprise system. English Club An educational and social organization, which promotes the study of literature, writing of prose and poetry, the Film Series, the Annual Short Story Writing Contest and publication of the Green Bowl Review. History Association Promotes interest in history as a field of study, as well as provides an arena for social interaction for people interested in history. Honors Program Student Organization Enhances the image of the Black Hills State University Honors Program, provides a basis for social activities, and represents the university and its honors program positively to prospective students, their families and the general public. Jacket Journal Published seven times each semester by BHSU student staff from all majors on campus. The newspaper is the university’s official publication and serves to inform, educate and entertain BHSU students, faculty and staff. KBHU-FM 89.1 and 90.7 The Buzz Black Hills State University’s student run organization, 89.1 & 90.7 FM The Buzz. Bringing the best and only alternative to Spearfish and the surrounding

areas. Students from any background or major are welcome to be part of the fast growing and popular culture of radio broadcasting. KBHU-TV Provides opportunities for students to experience television broadcasting by servicing the campus with informational and entertaining programs. The BHTV studio is located on the lower level of the E.Y. Berry Library. Math Club Develops competent, aggressive mathematical leaders. The members strive to create more interest and understanding in the intelligent choice of mathematical occupations and to strengthen the confidence of young men and women in themselves and their work. Political Science Association The Political Science Association is a student organization that promotes student involvement in the political application of current political ideologies and events. The club will participate in and advocate for political discussion and debate as well as the development of individual student philosophical and political theories. Props and Liners An advanced theatre group that promotes further understanding of the theatre through trips and other activities. Must be a sophomore to be a member. Psychology Club and Psi Chi Promotes interest and education in the field of psychology. The psychology club is open to anyone with an interest in psychology.

Courtesy photos The club is a social and academic organization involved in fundraisers, volunteer work and social activities on campus and in the community. Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship in psychology and to advance the science of psychology. Public Relations Club A professional development group focused on career enhancement in the fields of public relations. Reading Council Works with education majors to promote reading comprehension strategies as well as integrating reading in to other content areas. The council hosts the Kiddie Carnival during Swarm Week and helps future teachers increase their classroom libraries. They hold two book fairs each year to promote literacy on campus and throughout the community. Scientia A student-run organization dedicated to all areas of science. Acting as a support network for students and faculty alike, Scientia holds regularly scheduled meetings to plan future events that help inform the public about opportunities in science related fields. Society for Human Resources Management — BHSU Student Chapter — SHRM is a professional student organization consisting of students majoring in human resources and other fields who are interested in exploring human resources as a profession after graduation. Networking opportunities with local professionals, certi-

fication study groups, field trips to local employers and other activities are planned to provide student members with an orientation to career opportunities in HR. Sociology/Human Services Club Provides students a place to discuss, volunteer, and change social problems that he world faces today. We work at impacting the BHSU campus, Spearfish, the United States and the world by providing service, research, and discussions in order to make a more compassionate, just and functional society. Swarm Advertising Solutions Provides and promotes a better understanding of the functions of advertising and its values. Theater Society Encourages participation in the theatrical activities on campus and provides for the social and educational benefits of the members. Travel and Tourism Club The mission of the Travel and Tourism Club is to focus on exploring the tourism industry through trips around the Black Hills region and beyond. Other opportunities include job shadowing, guest speakers, and networking with professionals in tourism fields.


Chamber Singers The university’s select singing group. Membership is by audition. Chamber Orchestra A small group for string instruments. See ORGANIZATIONS — Page 20

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ORGANIZATIONS Continued from Page 19 Concert Band Presents on-campus concerts during the academic year and tours high schools in the area. Concert Choir Open to all Black Hills State University students and faculty. The choir performs a concert each semester. Jazz Ensemble A highly select group of musicians that performs in varying jazz styles. Membership is by audition. Pep Band Performs at athletic events, and other university and community functions, as the official pep band of the university.


College Democrats A club which discusses political issues with a democratic view. College Republicans Membership is involved with political issues at the local, state, and national levels. Student Senate The student governing body which develops leadership skills through representation of the students on a state, local and university level by addressing important issues.


BHSU Archery Club This is an organization formed in hopes of helping students develop skills in archery and an outlet for those wishing to compete at various levels, including national competitions. BHSU Cheerleaders To support and motivate Black Hills State University athletics, to obtain and share leadership qualities, and to support and challenge each other individually as well as the squad as a whole. Black Hills CRUX Support and promote the sport of rock climbing, ice climbing, and bouldering.

Educate people who may be interested in getting involved with these activities. BHSUltimate A group the plays Ultimate Frisebee. All skill levels and fitness levels are accepted and all are welcome. Buzz Arcade The organization focuses on the world of video gaming and developing high end video game tournaments. Lisa Bike This is a bike rental service to the students of BHSU. Our organization will also educate students about bike upkeep and repair. We will aslo show students that biking is a viable and alternative mode of transportation. Intramural Rec Sports Organizes various athletic competitions. For event schedules, visit the Rec. Sports Office in the Student Union Recreation Center. Jackettes Dance Team Provide entertainment at events such as football and basketball games and enhance the crowd’s morale. Jacket Tennis Club Promote the sport of tennis in the community to enhance students to a more healthy and active lifestyle. Yellow Jacket Rodeo Team The purpose of the BHSU Rodeo team are to be successful in competition while improving the community and helping people in need.


Campus Ventures Offers opportunities to help students know and love God, and be equipped to disciple others so as to impact future generations for Jesus Christ. Fellowship of Christian Athletes Students involved in athletic sports who are of Christian faith gather to support each other in their beliefs and life goals. Lutheran Campus Ministries LCM is locate in The Living Room, See ORGANIZATIONS — Page 21

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ORGANIZATIONS Continued from Page 20 approximately four blocks from campus. Expanding minds, deepening faith and inspiring service is our mission as an organization to and for students, open to all, not just Lutherans. Reach To engage all students in acts of love and service to the campus and surrounding community. To inspire students to be givers rather than takers. The Newman Club St. Joesph’s Catholic Newman Center provides a touch of home with a free home cooked meal every Sunday night. Come join us to share faith and fellowship with other Black Hills State University students. The River Provide a safe and intimate community for college students and young adults to build relationships and develop leadership skills. Yellow Jackets for Christ Provides a positive environment for students to share and grow in their spiritual faith, present a solid foundation for morality, and to pass on counsel for life’s challenges from scripture.

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Anime Collective The Anime Collective is a recreational outlet to view and research animation, primarily Japanese animation, as well as various facets of Japanese culture. BHSU Dance Marathon “Sting-A-Thon” Provide opportunities for students to get involved in making a difference in the region while also providing numerous leadership enhancement opportunities while raising funds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. BHSU Habitat for Humanity Acting as an on-campus chapter for the Black Hills Habitat for Humanity, we will work to organize students and community members to help build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter in the Black Hills area. Campus Pride Campus Pride Society Gay Straight Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness about the LGBT community at BHSU and the Black Hills area. In order to do so, this organization will address stereotyping that is harmful to society and decrease bigotry and misunderstanding. Campus Pride will provide a safe haven for LGBT individuals, their family, and friends by providing resources, a caring environment that allows for open discussion and support, and a place for like-minded individuals to meet. This organization will promote education on LGBT issues as well as informing and advocating for LGBT civil rights and equality. Caving Club Provide students with the opportunity to learn how to explore caves safely and with minimal impact to the environments contained within them. International Japan Union This organization will teach you all about Japan, including the Japanese language, culture, religion, food, customs, etc. We welcome everyone to be a part of the club. International Student Organization The International Students Organization

(ISO) of Black Hills State University has been formed out of the need for more interaction among international students, domestic students and the Spearfish Community. Jacket Volunteers To provide Black Hills State University students additional community service and service-learning opportunities while working to strengthen the relationship between BHSU and the Northern Hills Communities. Lakota Omniciye Seeks to bridge the cultural gaps between non-Indian and Indian students and to provide educational assistance to its members where applicable. Limitless Health and Fitness Open to all BHSU students and community, the purpose of this organization is to spread broader and more fundamental knowledge of health and fitness. Encourage members to rip away fears of failure and making sure there are no limits to achieving success. Secular Student Alliance Provides a venue for atheists, agnostics, humanists and other non-religious individuals to discuss ideas, thoughts, and concerns about a wide variety of topics. These topics include religion, politics, philosophy, morality, and ontology. Skydiving Club If you’re an adrenaline junkie, if skydiving is on your bucket list, if you want an incredible hobby or career then the BHSU Skydiving Club is the place for you. This club will train, teach, certify and license your knowledge of the art and science of Skydiving. Shutterbuzz BHSU’s photography club which encourages fun and creativity in all aspects of photography. Student Ambassadors Black Hills State University Ambassadors Association was founded under the direction of the BHSU Alumni Association and Advancement office for the purpose of representing the president’s office and BHSU while serving as a link between current students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and friends.

Courtesy photos Student Support Services Organization (SSSO) The purpose of this organization is to support and promote the Student Support Services program and to support our fellow students, peers, campus and when appropriate, the Northern Hills community. The organization will help to provide its members with global opportunities to improve their cultural, social, organizational, and leadership skills. Swarm Days Homecoming Committee Plans and implements all of the homecoming programs and activities. BHSU homecoming is held every fall semester in late September or early October. UP Team University Programming Team This organization plans large events for the entire campus and the surrounding community. The student run organization plans and hosts a variety of entertainment including, lectures, musical events, cultural events, dances, and large scale themed activities. Consider joining the UP Team if you want to impact campus entertainment. Yellow Jacket Delegates Promote the University in a positive manner, identify prospective students, connect with prospective and new students on a personal level, and maintain contact with new students to ensure their years at Black Hills State University are a wonderful experience. Yellow Jackets Vets Club The purpose of the Yellow Jackets Vets

Club is to provide guidance, support, and camaraderie for veterans coming off active duty and those currently serving in the military.


Theta Nu The purpose of Theta Nu is: pursue knowledge and scholastic achievement, unite members in bonds of sincere friendship and sisterhood, and enhance the quality of life within the community.

Residence Life

Residence Hall Association The purpose of the organization is to represent the student residents of BHSU, to be involved both socially and educationally around campus, to serve as a promotion for the residence hall experience and to provide a source of recognition to individualistic achievement in the residence halls. Residence Hall Organizations The purpose of the residence hall organizations shall be to provide the residence with a living environment that is conducive to academic and social growth of the individual and to sponsor activities to involve the residents of the hall. Campus Apartment Council Heidepriem Hall Council Humbert Hall Government Pangburn Hall Government Thomas Hall Government Wenona Cook Hall Council

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SD Supreme Court to hear cases at BHSU For four days this fall, Black Hills State University’s Jacket Legacy Room will be transformed into a courtroom as the university hosts the South Dakota Supreme Court Monday, Sept. 30 through Thursday, Oct. 3. The state supreme court rotates its fall term among the state’s university campuses. The high court’s visit will give students and community members a firsthand opportunity to see the

The SD Supreme Court will visit Black Hills State University on Monday, Sept. 30 through Thursday, Oct. 3 to give students and community members an opportunity to see the state judicial system in action. Pictured above, from left: Justice Glen A. Severson, Justice John K. Konenkamp, Chief Justice David E. Gilbertson, Justice Steven L. Zinter and Justice Lori S. Wilbur. Courtesy photos

state judicial system in action. BHSU’s Swarm Days homecoming will also take place during the same week. In conjunction with both Swarm Week and the Supreme Court visit, BHSU will hold a gathering for all University alumni who are or have been in the law profession. Find additional information and a schedule at SupremeCourt.

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August 2013


Psychology dept. improves with age By Jennessa Scholl Black Hills Pioneer

When Dr. James Hess, chairman of the School of Behavioral Science, started at Black Hills State University 30 years ago not only did BHSU not offer a major in psychology, but there was only one person running the entire department. Now it has grown to the School of Behavioral Sciences, which consists of five majors: human services, sociology, outdoor education, exercise science/ wellness/heath and finally psychology, with six full-time faculty members, several adjunct professors and 275 students. “It’s grown tremendously,” Hess said. “Two years ago, at the request of a lot of people, we actually put the full major in Rapid City. So now it is possible for a student to start and finish the major requirements in Rapid City.” The psychology program at BHSU is the only one of its kind on this side of the state. Many of the professors in the psychology department are involved with psychological research, this allows students to present their research on a grand scale. Students at BHSU have been some of the biggest contributors at un-

dergraduate research programs in places such as Ithaca, N.Y., and Salt Lake City, Utah. “Students come back realizing that the degree they get from Black Hills State puts them in the same caliber as students from universities like Stanford, the University of Michigan. Our students can compete against them,” Hess said. On a national average 25 percent of students graduating with psychology undergraduate degrees go on to a graduate program or some sort of higher education. BHSU’s percentage of students graduating with undergraduate psychology degrees and moving on to a graduate program is closer to 38 percent. “We want to prepare our students for a bachelor’s degree job.” Hess said. “Lots of fields benefit from a background in psychology.” Staff and students in the psychology department are also doing their best to make a difference with their research. Dr. Emilia Boeschen led a group of undergraduate students to Seoul, South Korea for the Special Olympics World Winter Games, to conduct research on how special needs Olympians have the same anxiety that athletes without speSee PSYCHOLOGY — Page 24

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PSYCHOLOGY Continued from Page 23 cial needs have. The team raised all of the money to go, conducted research, collected data, as well as gained valuable field experience, Hess said. Several faculty in the

psychology department are also working on their research in the field, four of the six faculty members have active research teams. The biggest difficulty facing the department right now is for the university to keep up the staff in accordance with the growing

number of students in the major in a timely manner. Regardless Hess is proud of the growth of the department and of his team at BHSU. “We’re pretty proud of the fact that our students can go off to other universities for graduate school, like this student I received a letter from, and say things like she

never realized how much she had learned at BHSU until she started tutoring other students at her school, who had received bachelors in psychology as well.” Hess said. “Its helpful when students realize how good of an education they earned. It’s pretty remarkable.”

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