Volume XXIII No.21• May 28, 1999

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

John Wilkinson, grounds keeper, facilities services

David Jenner, computer support specialist, computer center

Three more BHSU faculty receive teaching with technology awards - Top

Three additional Black Hills State University professors were named as Teaching with Technology award winners. They now join the original eight who were named earlier this spring by Gov. Bill Janklow.

The governor provided more than $1,200,000 to 73 faculty members at South Dakota's six state universities for computer-based projects this summer as part of this program.

Cox Hess R. Miller

The three Black Hills State University professors who received the recent awards and their project areas are listed below:

  • Dr. Thomas Cox, general psychology
  • Dr. Jim Hess, general psychology
  • Dr. Roger Miller, world regional geography

The program's purpose is to encourage state university faculty to develop skills and methods to better use computer technology in their daily courses.

The ultimate goal of the governor's program, now in its second year, is producing university students who are trained in modern technology, especially students in the education field who plan to become K-12 teachers.

The award pays for three months of salary for a faculty member to work on a project during the summer, plus up to $5,000 for project expenses. Because most faculty members are paid on nine-month contracts, the three additional months of salary provide a one-year pay increase of 33 percent.

BH science faculty and students publish results - Top

Black Hills State University chemistry professor Dr. Peter deLannoy and three undergraduate students have recently published a paper in The Chemical Educator.

The published article is titled "Nucleoside Chemistry and Flash Chromatography: An Integrated Approach to Teaching an Organic Chemistry Laboratory." Participating in the research and writing were students Dennie Mann, Rapid City, Joseph Maycock, Gillette, Wyo., and Christopher Davidson, currently of Sioux Falls,

The article details synthesis of two nucleosides, and used the synthesis to teach students how science is done in the "real world." Nucleosides are a type of nucleic acid. Nucleic acids include DNA and RNA. Nucleosides are rapidly becoming important because they are used to design gene inhibitors called antisense compounds, used to treat AIDS, and in the synthesis of DNA.

Students are encouraged to handle science in a manner similar to an industrial or academic research setting by forming three-person teams to solve problems. Synthesis of nucleosides requires the students to become familiar with numerous lab techniques.

The students in the lab become familiar with primary reference sources, plan their project, use cutting edge chemical procedures to synthesize the intermediate and final compounds, and purify the product using flash chromatography. The teams then presented their results in a written paper and via an oral presentation.

Publication of the procedures used in the BHSU lab will allow faculty at other universities to use this innovative technique with their students. The development of these procedures was funded by the BHSU Faculty Research and Instructional Improvement Committees as well as the Center for Innovation and Economic Development.

Professor deLannoy, who directed the research with the students, has been a member of the BHSU science faculty since 1991. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado.

Ahmad attends summer Islamic institute - Top

Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, assistant professor of political science at Black Hills State, will be attending a summer institute regarding the modern and contemporary Islamic experience.

The one-month institute is sponsored by the Center of Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. The institute is titled “Islam and the 21st Century: Heritage and Prospects.” The institute will be held June 7 through July 2.

As a selected participant Ahmad will receive a $2,800 stipend, as set by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to cover basic tuition costs. Personal, travel and lodging expenses are to paid by the participant.

The center, which began in 1993, brings together four full-time tenured scholars and hosts a number of visiting scholars. The center's director John Esposito is well known for his work on the Islam and modern politics and Islamic law, and his introduction to Islam, Islam, The Straight Path, is a widely-used textbook.

The institute's program covers issues of law, social change, popular culture, and religion, as well as ideology and politics.

Ahmad has been a member of the social science faculty at BHSU since 1992. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Southern Illinois University in 1989.

South Dakota Arts Council provides funds for BHSU Festival of the Arts - Top

The South Dakota Arts Council recently approved $2,500 for Black Hills State's Festival of the Arts program June 14 through June 27.

Funding will be used for this year's festival as well as for the following year.

The 1999 festival will focus on learning and appreciation of the arts through classroom instruction and participation. Participants can involve themselves in classroom instruction or enjoy the many fine performances as a spectator. Five different workshops will be available to the art connoisseur. Workshops include: Vocal Arts Workshop, June 14 – 27; Chamber Music Workshop, June 14 – 17; the third annual Black Hills Folk Festival, June 14 – 25; Visual Arts Workshops, June 21 – 25; and Dance Workshop, June 13 – 18.

In addition to classroom instruction, the public is invited to witness

a classic opera performance Saturday, June 26 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. There is an admission fee of $5 for the opera performance. On June 27 a vocal recital will be held at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. The recital admission fee is $3.50.

The performances will include many of the teachers conducting the classroom seminars. They represent the best of opera, dance, chamber music and accompanist for renowned choirs. Performers include Johanna Meier and John Stewart, Metropolitan Opera; Jolly Stewart, director of Washington University opera department; vocal artists Lorine Buffington and Marijo Newman, and Robert DeCeunynck, assistant conductor of New York City and Metropolitan Opera; Charis Dimaris, graduate pianist of the Royal College of Music, London; and violist Rasma Lielmane, graduate of the Tchaikovsky conservatory in Moscow.

The third annual Black Hills Folk Festival will offer classroom instruction and feature live performances. Hot Guitar Night is scheduled for Friday, June 18 at the Belle Fourche Community Center from 7:30 to 10 p.m. featuring Don Conoscenti, Jalan Crossland, James Van Nuys, and Randall Royer. Cost is $8. for admission. The Big Performance Concert is set for Saturday, June 19 at the High Plains Museum Theater from 6 to 11 p.m. Performers include Anne Hills, Don Conoscenti, Fast Larry and the Whiners, and Lyle, Doug and Paul. Cost for admission is $10.

To register or to obtain additional information about some of the other workshops such as visual arts and dance or for information about dates, location, special performances, housing, credit and costs, contact the office of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, (605) 642-6420 or check out the BHSU web page at www.bhsu.edu.

Disc golfers compete at BH - Top

Disc golfers from as far away as Aberdeen and Gillette, Wyo., braved winds and rain on Saturday, May 22 for the 1999 South Dakota Amateur Disc golf championships.

Two divisions of disc golfers competed on the Black Hills State campus course. The format for the novice division consisted of 38 holes from the cement tee pads or two 19-hole rounds of disc golf.

The top novice results were as follows: (par=114) 1. Jason Boke, Spearfish, 108; 2. Brant Miller, Spearfish,111; 3. Jade Harney, Spearfish, 113; 4. Shawn Raivo, Spearfish, 115* (*won playoff on 7th extra hole); 5. Chad Thorman, Spearfish, 115; and 6. Eric Thorston, Rapid City, 115.

The advanced division consisted of 47 holes of disc golf. The advanced players used the back tee-off pads to make the course more challenging. Included in this layout is hole eight which has never been parred! The hole measures 758 feet, making it one of the longest disc golf holes in the nation. The top four players participated in a nine-hole playoff to determine the champion. Advanced results were as follows: (par=141) 1. Don Altmyer, Spearfish, 127; 2. Scott Caesar, Rapid City, 139; 3. Steve Hinze, Aberdeen, 140; and 4. Tim Gnojek, Rapid City, 142.

The tournament director would like to thank the BHSU Bookstore and the Spearfish Disc Golf Club for the donated prizes.

Upcoming disc golf events at BH are: Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament Sept. 21 and the 4th Annual Octoberfling Disc Golf Tournament Oct. 2. Golfing discs are for sale at the BHSU bookstore in the Student Union. Scorecards and course maps are available at the wooden bench near Hole 1 on the west side of Jonas Science Building.

Secretaries chapter creates scholarship at BHSU - Top

The Mt. Rushmore Chapter of Professional Secretaries International of Rapid City donated $6,000 to establish a scholarship endowment at Black Hills State University.

The secretaries organization met recently with Steve Meeker, institutional advancement director at BHSU, to set up guidelines for administering and awarding a scholarship at the university. Plans call for awarding a scholarship in the fall of 2000.

The scholarship will be awarded to a female student majoring in office administration (first choice) or business administration (second choice). She must be a full-time student and if a freshman she must have an ACT of 18 or higher to be eligible.

Scholarship information is available by contacting the BHSU Enrollment Center, 1200 University St., Unit 9502, Spearfish, SD 57799-9502 or phone (605)-642-6343 or contact Steve Meeker, BHSU institutional advancement director, 1200 University St., Unit 9506, Spearfish, SD 57799-9506 or phone (605) 642-6385.

The Mt. Rushmore Chapter of Professional Secretaries in Rapid City presented BHSU advancement director Steve Meeker, with a $6,000 check to establish as scholarship endowment at the university. Presenting to check are left, Jona Hagen, Mary Loucks, Sue Kingsbury, Helen Van Nice, Karla Lipp and Patty Neumiller.

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received May 19 - May 26, 1999 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • The William H. Donner Foundation, Inc. The foundation's purpose is to preserve and strengthen the foundations of a free society by enhancing political and economic liberty and encouraging civic and individual virtue. The main focus of the trustees' interest is on three wide-ranging program areas: US-Canadian Relations, Education, and Human Capital Development. In education, the Foundation's interest is largely concentrated on two areas: projects to improve what is taught in formal educational settings, and activities that bring to the general public informed and balanced perspectives on important foreign and domestic issues. Deadline: July 1, Oct. 15, March 1.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

Wednesday, June 3
PREP (Pre Register Early Program) test 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 4
PREP (Pre Register Early Program) day for first year students

June 7-July 2
Second summer session

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