Volume XXIII No. 25 • June 25, 1999

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Positions open - Top

The following career service positions are open:

  • purchasing assistant, University Support Service
  • secretary with keyboarding, College of Business and Technology

For additional information, review the position announcement or contact the personnel office.

Grant funds wilderness experience for science teachers - Top

For twenty-one days this summer, Wyoming's Wind River Mountains will be the classroom for 10 teachers and five staff members participating in the Environmental Educators Experience (EEE) hosted by Black Hills State University.

Funded by a $25,000 Eisenhower grant, the summer project is designed to create a research experience utilizing science-teaching standards while integrating leadership training and women's studies as part of its curriculum.

Dr. Pete deLannoy and science teacher Rebecca Studt check out a Global Positioning System (GPS) device that they will be using this summer in the Bridger Teton Wilderness. The two are part of a five-member staff who will be directing a 21-day Environmental Educators Experience (EEE) for ten teachers in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains. They will be developing teaching modules, utilizing research technology and leadership training as part of their experience. An Eisenhower grant written by deLannoy will fund the alpine adventure.

Leading the science project are Dr. Peter deLannoy, associate professor of chemistry at BHSU; Larry Hines, education instructor at BHSU; and Rebecca Studt, a biology teacher at Spearfish High School.

The teachers will utilize the high altitude environmental landscape featuring four alpine lakes as a laboratory for their hands-on research. It is a collaborative effort among college science faculty, college education faculty, high school science teachers, and pre-service teachers.

The BH chemistry professor brings 30 years of mountaineering and wilderness skills to the project. Professor deLannoy's love for the mountain wilderness began as a 10 year-old attending his first wilderness camp and has continued since.

“I taught mountaineering and wilderness skills for 13 summers in the Wind River Mountains, a range that extends 120 miles,” he said. “I was an instructor and later the assistant director of the Wind River Wilderness Camp based in Farson, Wyo.”

As the public school teacher in collaboration with deLannoy, Studt says there is a big push in the schools for teachers to have real authentic technological-based research experiences in their background.

The high school biology teacher is looking forward to the outdoor adventure and views it as an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of a practical nature that she can take back to the classroom.

She said, “The kinds of authentic experiences teachers have are important to students. It gives them a different view of the teacher.”

One of the goals is to bring back six teaching modules that are applicable to the classroom. This is an opportunity for science teachers to re-evaluate their classroom experience and add a new dimension.

Studt said, “I'm going to focus on plants. I hope to be able to give more time to the study of plants. I'm looking to make plants more exciting.”

Her field experience as a botanist is limited to a summer studying rare and endangered plant species of the Black Hills. This new opportunity will help bring her up to date and allow her to increase her knowledge base utilizing authentic research in the process.

The people selected to participate in the EEE project represent a diverse background, says deLannoy. Some of them have science and psychology backgrounds, others have science and outdoor skills, and some have science and art talents. The group is evenly divided between men and women.

“All of the group participants are leaders,” he said. “It should make for some pretty good discussions.”

The researchers will be emphasizing the importance of science, technology and society (STS) in this unique learning and teaching environment. They will be stressing teaching the process and using goal-oriented instruction that brings meaning to day-to-day problems. Technology, hands-on experimental activities, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills are all part of the process.

In addition to lap-top computers, the participants will utilize calculator-based laboratory devices (CBL) for data collection, analysis, and display. They will also have access to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Hach water quality laboratories. Data collection in a research environment is a fundamental component of the students' fact-finding experience.

Another unique feature of the EEE project is the incorporation of women's studies in relation to science teaching. This is important since women make up the highest percentage of pre-service teachers in the South Dakota higher education system. Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos, associate professor of psychology at BHSU, will serve as women's study consultant.

“As an under-served group of students in science education, women are at the top of the list in South Dakota,” said deLannoy. “BH has more women students than men; it was important to include them.”

With the phase one planning stage complete, a web page for the project on line and the ten participants selected, the project will move to phase two and the 21-day wilderness study.

The BHSU group will leave for Big Sandy Openings, Wyo., on July 16. From that point they will hike 12 miles to the research site in the Bridger Teton Wilderness carrying their personal items. They will stay at the camp site at the 10,000 foot elevation until Aug. 6 when they return to Big Sandy Openings and from there are transported back to the university.

Their research activities will involve studying aspects of chemistry, biology, geology, and meteorology in relation to the environment. The participants will also share cooking, cleanup and other camp management responsibilities.

As a group they will be looking at the water quality of the four alpine lakes in the area and studying the impact of grazing by cattle and sheep as well as the human impact from recreational hikers and campers over the last 20 years. There is no baseline study on these lakes, says deLannoy, so they have to start somewhere. The forest service suggested we start in this area. It could be the beginning of a long-term study.

Participants will be formed into three to five person groups to generate six Science-Teaching-Society (STS) modules. They will choose STS themes related to the project incorporating new technologies and women's studies. Each module will have its own web page. The participants will keep daily logs, project logs, and weather logs and keep a digital photo record of events.

The leadership training involves developing a personal mission statement in relation to mission statements from their respective school districts. Feedback models will be developed to evaluate and access the STS activities. They will further develop their teamwork and leadership skills with exercises such as designing a litter from available materials and transporting a person over a two-mile route.

They will also be required to move the group from one side of the river to the other side with only one person being able to enter the water and without tossing stones or logs to bridge the stream. The third activity will require the participants to use a GPS device and develop their orienteering skills to cover rugged terrain while ascending Pyramid Peak.

“Wilderness skills are being upgraded,” said deLannoy. “A lot of the training will be about having a minimal effect on the environment and leaving the environment as we found it. We will also be learning about the flora and fauna of the area.”

He plans to stress safety and preparedness. That was one of the reasons he completed his certification as a Wilderness First Responder and the reason two of his staff members have EMT training and another has Wilderness First Responder certification.

Professor deLannoy has been meeting weekly for the past three months with his staff in preparation for the trip. He said every possible detail has to be worked out. It's important to be organized when you guide people into a wilderness setting. Things like food and kitchen items and medical supplies have to be planned in detail.

“It will take eight horses carrying 800 pounds of food and kitchen supplies or about 150 pounds per horse to support the camp for 21 days. Everything has to be calculated out,” he said.

Studt says she is somewhat apprehensive about the wilderness isolation and the physical stamina required of the 21-day experience. Also, the thought of not having access to a daily hot shower has her wondering about this trip. In preparation she is making copious lists of items she wants to take and then realizing she must cut them down to what is most essential.

“I'm a day hiker or walker,” she said. “It will be physically challenging. I'll just have to get as ready as I can. I guess if the participants don't have wilderness skills when they go in, they'll have good wilderness expertise when they get out.”

Additional staff members participating with the phase two aspect of the research project include Mikel Cronin, camp manager and EMT; Heather Heynen, women's studies coordinator and Wilderness First Responder; Dawn Glanc, outdoor education and EMT; and Dr. Derrick Lavoie, evaluator.

The final phase of the project deals with evaluation, modification, and completion of STS modules in teacher participants' classrooms between September 1999 and February 2000. They will also introduce their STS models to 30 new teachers effectively impacting more than 2,700 students. The information will be available on the EEE homepage along with other electronic opportunities available at the Center of Excellence in Math and Science Education at BHSU.

For deLannoy the EEE project is an opportunity to bring together his classroom science teaching expertise and mountaineering and wilderness skills. He has always wanted to be able to do both.

“I want to do a top-notch job,” he said regarding the 21-day adventure. “I want the participants to have a top-notch experience. I want this to be a once in a life-time experience for them.”

Business office deadlines - Top

The last opportunity to submit a voucher payment (invoices, requests for payment, & travel expenses) for other funds will be noon on Friday, June 25, 1999, in order to be processed for fiscal year 99.

Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst, Folk Festival coordinator, leads a guitar class as student Jon Koehler follows along to sharpen his skills. Students and instructors have been busy with classroom work and performances during the third annual BH Folk Festival which concludes this week.

 

Summer music students at Black Hills State were intent upon improving their song-writing skills under the direction of Anne Hills. Hills was the recipient of the Kerrville music foundation's outstanding female vocalist award for 1997. She is teaching and performing as part of the third annual BH Folk Festival hosted by the university.

Plans set for the Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and sports and leisure auction - Top

The 1999 Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and sports and leisure auction will be held Saturday, June 26.

The ninth annual golf tournament gets underway at the Spearfish Canyon Golf Course at 10 a.m. with a putting contest. The 18-hole Texas best-shot tournament begins at noon with a shot-gun start. A social hour and dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn of the Northern Black Hills following the tournament. Golf awards will be presented at 7 p.m.

The sports and leisure auction will also be held at the Holiday Inn of the Northern Black Hills beginning at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge.

To register for the golf tournament call the BHSU institutional advancement office at (605) 642-6385. The entry fee is $90 and includes golf cart, two dinner tickets and a classic souvenir.

The sports and leisure scholarship auction includes a variety of items. More than 250 items will be available during the live and silent auctions.

Some of the items available at the auction include:

  • autographed baseballs from Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa
  • autographed Joe Montana Kansas City Chiefs football helmet
  • autographed boxing gloves from Muhammad Ali
  • 13-inch color television from Karl's TV
  • autographed Terrell Davis Denver Bronco helmet
  • autographed baseball bats from Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa
  • round-trip airfare for two from Black Hills Travel
  • underground tour of Homestake mine
  • one night stay, one snowmobile rental and dinner for two at the Spearfish Canyon Resort
  • autographed Larry Walker jersey and more

For information regarding the golf tournament or the sports and leisure auction contact Steve Meeker, BHSU institutional advancement director, Unit 9506, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9506 or phone (605) 642-6385.

When is the millennium? - Top

The third millennium officially begins Jan. 1, 2001. But that doesn't mean we won't party the night away precisely one year earlier, when every numeral in 1999 rolls over and the year 2000 comes in. But 2000 is simply the final year of the second 1,000-year period in the dating system established by sixth-century monk Dionysius Exiguus. Dionysius was working before the invention of the zero, and therefore started his system with the year 1 A.D., his calculation of the year of the birth of Jesus. Thus, the first hundred-year period (century) A.D. and every complete century thereafter ended on the last day of the 100th year.

Still, the third millennium may have begun already. Although Dionysius pegged his calendar to the birth of Christ, modern scholars now agree he had to be born at least four years - and perhaps as many as 20 years - earlier. So when we flip our calendars to the year 2000, it will actually be 2004 or later, and the real year A.D. (Anno Domini, or in the year of the Lord) 2000 may have already passed.

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received June 17-23 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.

  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Program areas are education, performing arts, population, environment, conflict resolution, family & community development, and US-Latin American relations.
  • Social Science Research Council. Fellowships and grants for training and research. There are several international programs and other for various levels.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

Friday, June 25

  • Freshmen PREP Day

Saturday, June 26

  • Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Golf Classic, Spearfish Canyon Country Club
  • Opera scenes will be performed by the vocal arts workshop participants, Woodburn Hall, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

  • Vocal recital by the vocal arts workshop participants, Woodburn Hall, 3 p.m.

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