Volume XXIII No. 36 • Sept. 17, 1999

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CSA positions open - Top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • child-care worker, child-care center
  • secretary with keyboarding, College of Education

The following Career Service position is open and limited to status Career Service employees of Black Hills State University

  • senior secretary with keyboarding, enrollment services

For more information check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Math consultant will speak - Top

Dr. Jodean Grunow, a math consultant from Wisconsin will be presenting a talk on the latest trends in K-12 mathematics education Friday, Sept 17 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Student Union multipurpose room.

Grunow has a considerable amount of experience with the connected mathematics project from Michigan State University. This program is currently being piloted in the Spearfish sixth and seventh grade. Rapid City is also in the process of looking at using the materials.

This program is sponsored by the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education. For additional information contact Dr. John Alsup and Larry Hines.

Schedule announced for Relay for Life - Top

LaVerne Cook and her husband Dr. Lyle Cook invite the Black Hills State University community to attend any of the many events scheduled during Relay for Life, Sept. 17 and 18 at Lyle Hare Stadium.

Relay for Life is a celebration of hope in a team effort to fight cancer. Events begin Friday at 6 p.m. and conclude Saturday, Sept. 18 at noon. Many Black Hills State University faculty members, staff and students are donating their time for this worthwhile event.

The schedule is:

Friday, Sept. 17

6 p.m .- Opening ceremony

  • Welcome by BHSU President Thomas Flickema.
  • The Star-Spangled Banner peformed by Nicole Casavan.
  • Opening speaker - Helene Duhamel, KOTA-TV.
  • Survivors Lap - introduction by Judith Neighbours, chairperson

6:30 p.m. - Cloggers on stage

7:15 p.m.- Illusionist Kirk Kokinos performs trunk escape

7:30-9 p.m. - Spaghetti dinner served in Pangburn Hall cafeteria.
(Free for team participants. Others welcome at $4 for adults and $2 for children)

8 p.m. - Music by Lyle, Doug and Paul (throughout the evening)

9 p.m. - Mrs. South Dakota, Elaine Doll-Dunn will speak

9:15 p.m. - Luminary Ceremony
Puff the Magic Dragon Hot Air Balloon

Saturday, Sept. 18

7-8 a.m. - Breakfast served in Pangburn Hall cafeteria.

8-8:30 a.m. - Wake up exercises

8:30 a.m. - Dewalea Alsup and Friends performance

9:30 a.m. - Tai Chi Chih demonstration by Jan Marshall-Thoreen

10 a.m. - Straight No Chaser performance

11 a.m. - Northern Hills Blue Grass Band

11:30 a.m. - Recognition Awards presented by Mayor W.D. (Bill) Sparrow

11:45 a.m. - Closing ceremony.

Two events—a silent auction and a cancer smart shop—will be on-going throughout the two days. A silent auction will be held for the following items: Dick Dubois print, Jon Crane print, Lettie Lister print, hand-carved wooden train on rail by Walter Niles, hand-crocheted bedspread by Rose Blade, and wooden sleigh by D Fine Interiors. The cancer smart shop includes students of wellness for life, health concepts, substance use education, Lookout Memorial Hospital, B.H. State Health Service, American Cancer Society, a rejuvenation tent with massages and fun and fitness activities such as parachute play, flashlight lasers, volleyball, touch football and more.

Swarm Week events and new parade route in place for homecoming - Top

Events for Swarm Week and Swarm Day at Black Hills State are in place for an exciting homecoming culminating Saturday, Sept. 25 with the Yellow Jacket football team hosting Mayville State University at 2 p.m. at Lyle Hare Stadium.

New to the homecoming scheme this year will be a change in the Swarm Day parade route with the starting point set for the Young Center parking lot and proceeding south along St. Joe Street to Jackson Boulevard following the traditional route east to downtown Spearfish.

This year's Swarm Day theme is “Born to Bee Wild.” Activities begin Monday, Sept. 20 with a campus picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Monday night flag football game starting at 5 p.m. at Lyle Hare Field.

Tuesday's events include a disc-golf tournament at 4 p.m. on the campus course and a concert performance by “The Coats” at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

The Swarm Week coronation is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Miller Student Union multi-purpose room. A dance will follow the coronation.

A family carnival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. highlights Thursday's activities and features Phil Baker, a children's performer, and Clown Lindy-Loo. Float preparations will get underway at the Young Center from 7 p.m. until midnight.

A bungee run will take place on the campus from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday. The Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame Banquet will begin with a social hour at 6:15 p.m. and followed by a 7 p.m. dinner and recognition at the Northern Hills Holiday Inn and Convention Center.

Swarm Day will kick off with an alumni awards breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Union multi-purpose room. The alumni band will rehearse in the Cook Hall band room beginning at 9 a.m. The parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Young Center parking lot with the parade starting at 10:30 a.m. on the new route heading south on St. Joe.

A Yellow Jacket alumni tailgate social will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Salem Park. Burger King will sponsor a tailgate social from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the north end of Lyle Hare Field.

Game time is set for 2 p.m. with the Yellow Jackets hosting Mayville State University at Lyle Hare Stadium.

Swarm Week information is available by contacting the Swarm Day office at (605) 642-6101 or the office of institutional advancement at (605) 642-6385.

Fall 1999 South Dakota stock market game begins next month - Top

The South Dakota Stock Market Simulation Game will begin Oct. 4 and run through Dec. 10.

A free two-hour workshop about the stock market game will be held in the Black Hills State University Student Union Friday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration deadline for the fall game is Sept. 24.

Teams invest a hypothetical $100,000 in a portfolio of stocks and then follow their portfolio daily to buy and sell trades at their discretion. The teams compete for cash and prizes in the following divisions: elementary school, middle school, junior high, high school, college and an adult division. Each week the teams can see their weekly divisional ranking.

Participants develop skills in math, language arts, computers, research and critical thinking as they build and maintain a portfolio of stock investments.

The cost to participate in the game is $12 for grades 4-12, $16 for college teams and $30 for adult teams. Teams must have at least two members and no more than five members. The game will be played on the internet, therefore all teams must have internet access and an e-mail address. Each team will receive a weekly newsletter which will teach the players about stock markets, the American economic system and the global economy.

Since 1977 over 8 million students have participated in this national program. Last spring over 800 students participated in teams from across the state.

To register for the game, call the Center for Business and Entrepreneurialship at 605-642-6091.

College of Education scholarships awarded - Top

Thirty-six Black Hills State University students were recognized as scholarship winners at a recent awards reception hosted by the College of Education.

Dr. Sandee Schamber, assistant professor of education, served as master of ceremonies. She was assisted by members of the BHSU faculty in awarding scholarship certificates to the honorees.

The nine-member scholarship and awards committee is chaired by Valerie Hawkins, librarian and assistant professor.

BHSU College of Education scholarship winners attending a reception hosted by the College of Education are (front l to r) Missy Fallon, Matthew Larson, Jay Beyer, Crystal Muglia, Robyn Weaver, and John Broome. Second row seated are Rachel Eggebo, Joy Patton, Penny Roberts, Haylee Pearson, and Brandi Hansen. Third row standing are Lisa (Reynolds) Bomengen, Jamie Erskin, Sara Sproul, Kristy Roemmich, Jennifer Goff, Chad Goff, Shelby Comer, Mariah Martin, Jennifer Schaefer, Michelle Peterson, and Jeanna Kohn.


Student internships available at BHSU for Legislative session - Top

Legislative internship positions with the South Dakota Legislature are available to Black Hills State students who apply before Oct. 8, 1999.

Dr. Tom Hills, professor of political science, said “Twenty-two students from South Dakota colleges and universities will be selected for the intern program. All students, regardless of major, are welcome to apply. This internship runs the length of the Legislative session, Jan. 10 through early March, a total of seven weeks.”

Interns will receive $60 per day or a total of $2,100 for the session. This is not taxable income, since it is considered living expense, not salary. Students may earn seven semester hours of credit in social science for their internship. Credit is also available in other areas such as business or mass communications with approval from the appropriate college dean.

Hills said, “Black Hills State has done very well in having students selected for this program. Last year five of our students were selected. In 1998 seven were selected and in 1997 we had eight. In fact, over the past five years, we have had more students selected than any other South Dakota college or university, public or private.”

He also said that participation in the program provides students with an opportunity to learn about government, politics, and lawmaking as well as making contacts for future employment possibilities.

For further information and application form, contact Hills in Jonas Hall room 131 or phone 605 642-6336.

Disc-golf tournament scheduled at BHSU during Swarm Day - Top

The third annual Swarm Days disc-golf tournament will be held on the Black Hills State University disc-golf course Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Two separate Swarm Day tournaments will be held. At 4 p.m. a students only event will be played. This tournament is free to all BHSU students and will be a 19-hole event with a shot-gun start. Prizes will be awarded to the top players.

At 6 p.m, a community only event will be played. This tournament will cost $5 per player and will be a 19-hole event with a shot-gun start. The $5 fee covers the cost of the prizes to the top players.

Register for this event by contacting the Student Union or show up 30 minutes before the start.

The fourth annual Octoberfling will be held on the college disc-golf course Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. The tournament will consist of 38 holes of disc golf. The player cost is $15 for the novice division and $20 for the advanced division. This fee includes an official golfing disc from the BHSU bookstore and a meal between the first and second rounds. To register contact Don Altmyer at 642-6266 or 642-9796. Walk-in registrations will be accepted from 8-9 a.m. The net proceeds from this event will be used to acquire several trash cans and picnic benches on the course.

Disc golf is like traditional ball golf in that each player attempts to complete each hole or "basket" in the fewest number of strokes or "throws." Each player throws a "drive" from a concrete tee pad, and an up shot and putt into the basket. The basket is a five-foot metal pole with a hanging array of chain which serve to catch the disc and drop it into a circular bottom basket. Completing the course takes about an hour and covers about one mile through the nooks and crannies of the campus. A meandering creek and tall pine trees make the course challenging. The sport is low impact cardiovascular exercise and is fun for people of all ages and skill levels. The BHSU campus course is the first official course in the state of South Dakota. Nationwide, there are over 550 courses.

Golfing discs are available for check out at recreational sports and are for sale at the BHSU bookstore.

Lech Walesa will speak at BHSU - Top

Lech Walesa, 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader who helped end Communist rule in Poland, will speak at Black Hills State University Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium.

Walesa burst into the world spotlight in 1980 during the well-known Lenin shipyard strike in Gdansk, Poland. Workers, incensed by an increase in prices set by the Communist government, were demanding the right to organize free and independent trade unions.


About the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series

Faculty-research committee has funds available - Top

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the academic affairs office. The faculty research committee will review applications Oct. 21.

Proposals are due Oct. 15. It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites, research support for the production of creative work. Education, social science and humanities proposals are encouraged.

Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 1999 semesters. You can apply now. The research committee will not provide salary. The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to unit 9550.

Minutes of the July 1999 CSA meeting - Top

The CSA Council met July 13 at the Pangburn dining room. Present were Susan Hemmingson, Colleen Gustafson, Marilyn Luscombe, Corinne Hansen, Becky Dovre, Deatta Chapel, Gloria Spitler, and Fred Nelson. Not present were Ellen Boyd, Candy Huddleston, Paulette Palladino, Margaret Kleinsasser and Jim Holter.

The meeting was called to order. Minutes from June meeting were read and approved. Motioned by Susan Hemmingson and seconded by Deatta Chapel to approve as read. The treasurer's report was read by Marilyn Luscombe.

In old business the council discussed the CSA picnic and scholarship fund raiser. The picnic was set for Aug. 3 from 11:30-1 p.m. at Ida Henton Park. Gustafson will check with Linda Torgerson about using a canopy for shade. The president's office will once again provide the paper products and drinks. All CSA members are asked to bring an item for the potluck picnic and also something for the baked good auction. Spouses are also encouraged to attend the picnic. Carolyn Skallerud will be asked to auctioneer the baked goods. Invitations will be sent the last week in July. Spitler will check on tables and chairs for the picnic. A committee meeting to finalize picnic preparations will be held July 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Gustafson will check with Margaret Kleinsasser concerning the status of welcome baskets. It was noted that payroll deduct cards for the scholarship fund should be included in the welcome baskets.

In new business the council discussed computer access for facilities services employees.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next regular meeting was set for Sept. 14, 1999, in the Pangburn Ltttle Dining Room.

Grants opportunities - Top

Below are the program materials received Sept. 9-15 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.

  • National Research Grants (USDA). The Agriculture Department is inviting applications under the fiscal 2000 national research initiative competitive grants program to support studies in areas from the environment to agricultural products. Deadline: Nov. 15, Dec. 15, Jan. 15 and Feb. 15. Deadlines vary by category. Broad categories include natural resources and the environment; nutrition, food safety and health; animals; biology and management of pests and beneficial organisms; plants; markets, trade and rural development; enhancing value and use of agricultural and forest products; and agricultural systems research.
  • Council on International Educational Exchange. International faculty development seminars 2000. Counties and fees vary.
  • NSF. Interdisciplinary grants in the mathematical sciences.
  • NSF. Focused research groups in the mathematical sciences. LOI due Nov. 1. Proposals due Dec. 1. NSF 99-156.
  • NSF. Scientific computing research environments for the mathematical sciences (SCREMS).
  • International Reading Association. Will provide small grants, up to a maximum of $5,000, for promising research that addresses significant questions for the discipline of reading/literacy research and practice. Deadline: Oct. 15. <http://www.reading.org/>

This week at BHSU - Top

Sept. 17-18

Sunday, Sept. 19

  • Nature identification hike, 1–5 p.m., sign up at the adventure center
  • Rec. Sports Archery Shoot Tournament

Monday, Sept. 20

  • Campus Swarm Week Picnic, Campus Green, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Flag football tournament, Lyle Hare Stadium, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

  • Graduate council meeting, Jonas 306, 3:15 p.m.
  • Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament, 4 p.m. for students only, 6 p.m. for community members
  • The Coats - acappella concert, Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

  • University Assessment Committee Meeting, Jonas 104, 3 p.m.
  • Coronation, Student Union Multi-Purpose Room, 7 p.m.
  • Dance, Multi-Purpose Room, 8 p.m. – midnight

Thursday, Sept. 23

  • Carnival with Phil Baker and Lindy Loo the Clown, Cook Gym, 4–7 p.m.
  • Float building, Young Center Field House, 7 p.m. – midnight
  • Fall Film Festival: “Blue,” Jonas 305, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 24

  • Bungee Run, Campus Green, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Float building, Field House, 4–10 p.m.
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, Northern Hills Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 6 p.m.

Sept. 24-25

  • Yellow Jacket Stampede, Belle Fourche rodeo grounds

Saturday, Sept. 25

  • Alumni Awards Breakfast, Student Union Multipurpose Room, 8:30 a.m.
  • Swarm Day parade, 10:30 a.m.
  • Tailgate party, Salem Park, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. and at Lyle Hare Stadium, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Swarm Day football game, BHSU vs. Mayville State, 2 p.m.

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