BHSU is a top college for Native Americans
of Winds of Change magazine. According to the article, the listing
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lack Hills State University has been named one of the “Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans” by the editors
“reflects where American Indians are going to school in significant numbers and where the community, Native programs, and support are strong enough that students stay to enjoy college and graduate.” Winds of Change is the official publication of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). With 5.4 percent of the total student
body, BHSU has the highest percentage of American Indian students of all of the South Dakota Board of Regents institutions. The number of American Indian students has grown significantly in recent years. In the fall 2010 semester, 255 American Indian students were enrolled at BHSU, which was a 75 percent increase over 2009 and more than double the 2005 enrollment of this population. A primary resource for students at BHSU is the Center for American Indian Studies, which was established by an act of the South Dakota Legislature in 1974. The Center provides academic, cultural, and social support for Native students at BHSU and also administers the academic major and minor in American Indian Studies.
American Indian wareness Week
American Indian Awareness Week
BHSU partners in $3 million science grant
lack Hills State University is a partner in a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will put BHSU at the forefront of innovation in science education on a national level. Dr. Rodney Custer, provost and vice president for academic affairs at BHSU, is the principal investigator and leader of the five-year project that will address some of the challenges the nation faces in science education.
Custer notes that the timing for this project is impeccable since the National Research Council just released a major report entitled “Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards,” which includes elements of engineering and design. This framework will guide the development of science education standards for the schools. This is one of the first projects of this type to be funded by the NSF. “The grant will give us the chance to influence science education on a national level, and will help us better understand how design and engineering activities can help students better learn science,” Custer says. “This grant will put the national spotlight on us and will help position BHSU in an important visible leadership role in
science education.” BHSU will be a
partner with Purdue and several other universities from across the nation on this grant-funded project. Custer says the grant will create unique opportunities for BHSU science education faculty as well as for the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU. The five-year grant project will address the challenges of science education by examining the viability of an engineering concept based approach to teacher professional development within life science and physical science.
Groups of teachers from the life and physical science areas will participate in summer institutes and school-year experiences with students. This will include exploring new ways of teaching science using engineering concepts, and curriculum revision, and new ways of engaging students with science through the use of authentic, real-world activities.
BHSU is recognized as patriotic employer April 10-15 | BHSU Campus
American Indian Awareness Week Mending the Sacred Hoop: A Circle of Unity
April 13 Wacipi | Young Center, 7 p.m. 14 Wacipi | Young Center, 12 p.m. & 7 p.m. 15 Wacipi | Young Center, 12 p.m.
Join us...everyone is welcome!
for more information and a detailed list of events. American Indian Awareness Week is sponsored by the SD Humanities Council.
Black Hills State University earned two awards recognizing the University as a patriotic employer. The University received recognition for the ongoing support of the men and women in the National Guard and Reserve. In addition, this fall BHSU was named to the
2012 list of Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs. Accepting the awards are (l to r): Nancy Grassel, director of Human Resources; BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp; Kim Nida, assistant director of Student Financial Services; and Mike McNeil, disability services liaison for the Student Success Center.
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