Volume XXIII No. 22 • June 4, 1999

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Position open - Top

The following career service position is open:

administrative assistant I, University Support Service

For additional information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Business office announces deadlines for fiscal year - Top

The last day to pay general funds invoices is Monday, June 14, 1999. Invoices, requests for payment, and travel expenses for general funds must be received in the business office by noon Monday, June 14, to be processed for fiscal year '99.

The last opportunity to submit a voucher payment (invoices, requests for payment, and travel expenses) for other funds will be noon on Friday, June 25, to be processed for fiscal year '99.

All changes for payroll must be submitted to Anita Haeder by noon June 15 to be included in fiscal year 99.

Contact Diane Watson, business office accountant, if you have questions concerning these deadlines.

BHSU Festival of the Arts - Top

The 1999 Festival of the Arts at Black Hills State University June 13-27 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.

In addition to classroom instruction, the public is invited to many special performances including 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. jalan2.jpg (44284 bytes)

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 http://www.bhsu.edu/foa/foa.html

Other performances include:

  • Sunday, June 13 - Gala Opening Concert and Reception, Woodburn Hall, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 20 - All Chopin Recital, Matthews Opera House, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 26 - Classic Opera, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 27 - Vocal Recital, Woodburn Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Getting Acquainted with the Arts Lecture Series
June 14-18 at 3 p.m. at Hudson Hall

  • Monday, June 14 - Dance, Celeste Parker
  • Tuesday, June 15 - Music, Janeen Larsen
  • Wednesday, June 16 - Writing, Paul Higbee
  • Thursday, June 17 - Visual Arts, Jim Knutson
  • Friday, June 18 - Theatre, Charles Haas

Folk Festival performances
Open Mic - Wednesday, June 16, Common Grounds & Knight's Cellar, 7-10 p.m

  • Hot Guitar Night - Friday, June 18, Belle Fourche Community Center, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Big Performance - Saturday, June 19, High Plains Theatre, 6-11 p.m.

Pilot project at BH brings electronics instruction to high school classroom

Students at Spearfish High School are participating in a pilot project initiated by Black Hills State University in collaboration with Western Dakota Technical Institute to bring course work in electronics to the classroom via the internet.

The pilot project is designed to provide high schools in rural locations with an opportunity to have a basic electronics curriculum. A grant proposal has been submitted to the National Science Foundation to ultimately fund the project.

Students at Spearfish High School are working with Dr. Jerry Miller, chairman of the BHSU technology department, and Tom Termes, assistant professor of technology. They and the students are working through the internet to develop the course work in basic electronics and eliminate as many technical glitches and curriculum problems as possible before the program is fully implemented.

The grant proposal call for BHSU and WDTI, seven corporations, and five western South Dakota school districts to establish a Consortium for Advanced Technological Education (CATE). Key elements of the project include teacher training in course content and delivery, the implementation of distance education at participating high schools, professional and technical support for participants, technical experiences for students and evaluation of the program.

Miller said they are working with the Spearfish High School students now to smooth out the process. When it's ready to go it will be expanded to Belle Fourche, Lead-Deadwood, Sturgis and Douglas.

“We're finding more and more need for a literate electronics work force,” said Miller. “We ultimately plan to expand beyond the five schools to almost anywhere.”

The BH chairman says the grant proposal has support from the industrial community including Pope and Talbot, OEM, RAMVAC, Black Hills Fibercom, Homestake, and Gateway. They have all agreed to put money in or provide technical experiences for the project as part of the grant.

It is expected to take about three years to fully implement the program, by then the number of work spaces for students will be increased and the curriculum will be expanded to include three more electronics courses.

As envisioned in the grant proposal, students will work at five remote sites using computer-based instruction. Each student workstation will consist of a networked computer and electronics laboratory platform (known as a breadboard). The remote student computers are to be connected to a central hub computer at BHSU and at WDTI. These hubs will operate cooperatively but independently under the direction of Miller at BHSU and Dr. Ken Gifford at WDTI. Each hub will be managed by a project coordinator.

Students at the remote sites will be able to direct their questions to an instructor in real time. This chatroom concept is being proposed with the option of real-time video and audio.

With the pilot class completed, Termes said, “It was a learning process; but there were some glitches. The students really liked it. They liked what they were learning, and they liked the idea of trying something new.”

The BH instructor says their biggest problems centered around equipment (hardware and software compatibility) and scheduling conflicts between the hub site and the high school. These inconsistencies have been worked out, and next fall Termes is looking forward to implementing what they've learned.

“We need to really try to be a part of these students' educational experience,” said Termes. “They are good students who like to be left alone to study; but they need someone available to help them succeed.”

Tim Binder, a junior who took the electronics class, said, “It was something I hoped for as it's cutting edge. ... It prepares us for careers such as electrical engineering.”

Working at her own pace and not having a teacher standing by, appealed to Anna Snyder, a Spearfish High School junior.

“I like working with small groups,” she said. “It was difficult but fun.”

Miller says the course work is designed to meet a diversity of students' needs from males to females, to minority students as well as to meet the needs of students who are physically challenged. Courses will be offered to high schools that currently do not have an electronics curriculum.

When the program is fully implemented, students will have the option of dual credit—high school credit and university credit. It is hoped that students will seek higher education and career opportunities in technological fields.

Three courses will initially be offered: introduction to electronic components and circuits, DC circuits, and AC circuits.

After the duration of the project, CATE will be a self-supporting program. It will be administered through a distance learning office located on the BHSU campus and mutually supported by WDTI and the participating school districts.

Spearfish High School juniors Anna Snyder and Tim Binder work on a project related to a class in electronics they took this past semester as part of a pilot project. The course in electronics was offered via the internet from a hub site at Black Hills State University. When fully operational the course work will be offered from a hub site at BHSU and at Western Dakota Technical Institute to high schools across the state. A proposal for funding the Northern Plains Consortium for Advanced Technological Education (CATE) has been submitted to the National Science Foundation. Five area high schools will be online for the electronics curriculum when the pilot project is complete and funding has been secured.

Stephanie Charging Eagle will take part in the Crazy Horse summer speaker series announced

The summer performance and speaker series at Crazy Horse Memorial will be again held each week on Thursday evening beginning June 3 at 7 p.m.

The series is free and includes a great mix of entertainment and educational offerings.

In addition to observing the new focus of the work on the mountain, visitors will also find many changes at the visitor complex including new displays and an audio/visual program about the current work on the mountain, exhibits of art and artifacts newly donated to the Indian Museum of North America, architectural sketches of the new orientation center, and the permanent exhibit of more than 100 photographs of Native Americans by famed photographer Edward S. Curtis. The annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch is this June 5-6.

The mountain is lighted for one hour nightly from one-half hour after dusk.

Summer speaker and performance schedule:

  • June 3 - American Indian Dance, Black Hills Soaring Eagles Youth Dance Club
  • June 10 - "Legend and Myth in the Life of Crazy Horse" by Donovin Sprague
  • June 17 - "Impact of the Traditional Role of the Lakota Woman in a Bi-Cultural World" by Stephanie Charging Eagle, director of Indian Studies at BHSU
  • June 24 - Traditional and Contemporary Native American Music and Drum Making by Yolanda Martinez
  • July 1 - American Indian Contemporary Music (guitar and vocal) by Jim Young
  • July 8 "History of Young Man Afraid of His Horses" by Ed Young Man Afraid of His Horses
  • July 15 - "History of Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation Since 1868"
  • July 19 - "Star Quilts and Their Meaning to the Sioux" by Lula Red Cloud
  • Aug. 5 - Contemporary Blues Music (guitars and vocals) by Blue Sky
  • Aug. 12 - Traditional and Contemporary American Indian Flute Music by Andrew Vasquez
  • Aug. 19 - Metamorphosis of the Pow Wow by Harry Burk
  • Aug. 26 - "Views of a Lakota Author" by Dr. Chuck Ross

Earley will present lecture at Adams House Museum

The Adams Museum in Deadwood will host a lecture "An American Couple in Stalin's Russia" by Black Hills State University professor Dr. George Earley at Deadwood City Hall, June 10 at 7 p.m. The lecture is open to the public at no charge.

Earley will discuss life in the Soviet Union during the 1930s when Black Hills' residents Maurice and Opal Haas worked and lived there. The Haas' acquired the Russian Collection now displayed on the mezzanine level at the museum.

Earley, a professor of European history with a focus on Russian/Soviet history, received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1970 and has taught at Black Hills State University since then.

The Adams Museum Art Gallery in conjunction with the Wet Edge Gallery in Lead will also be opening a new show on June 10 from 5- 7 p.m. on the mezzanine level of the museum. Julie Moore, a basket weaver from Sturgis and Ray Tysdal, a wildlife photographer from Vale, will display their artwork. Moore and Tysdal share a fascination for their natural surroundings and an ability to interpret their visions clearly and precisely through their mastery of technique. Both regard their subject matter with patience, wit and great respect. Their artwork clearly demonstrates those ideals.

For more information contact the Adams Museum at 54 Sherman Street, Deadwood.

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received May 27 - June 2 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@mystic.bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • NSF. Computer science, engineering and mathematics scholarship programs. Due Aug. 30.LOI due July 16. Limit of one proposal per institution.
  • AID Women-in-Development Fellows Program. Due June 21.
  • AT&T Foundation. Granting areas are education, civic and community service and arts and culture.

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program. Program is restricted to number of nominations.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

June 7-July 2
Second summer session

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