Volume XXIV No. 11 • March 17, 2000

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Professors and students from various disciplines will display research at the Black Hills Research Symposium - Top

Scholars, students and teachers from various disciplines will be displaying their research at the Black Hills Research Symposium Wednesday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State University.

The symposium will feature research that builds on the past by integrating new technology and theories that move across the curriculum from the natural and social sciences to the arts and humanities to business and education.


Sarver to research fish on endangered species list - Top

Shane Sarver, assistant professor of biology at BHSU, recently received a $6,600 grant to fund a research project to study a fish on the endangered species list.

The grant, from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks, will fund a research project titled "Conservation of Genetic Resources and Biodiversity in Remnant Populations of the

Topeka Shiner." Findings from this project will be used to design management practices to preserve the species in South Dakota.

The Topeka shiner is a small fish with remaining populations in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota.

Sarver has been a member of the BHSU science faculty since 1996. He teaches biology, genetics and evolution. He earned his Ph.D. in zoology from Louisiana State University.

Coach Russ Martin takes offensive coordinator's job at Southeast Missouri State University - Top

After guiding the Black Hills State University football team through four gridiron seasons in the SDIC, head coach Russ Martin is moving on to Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau as the Indian's offensive coordinator.


Kopco and Ochse present digital Shakespeare workshop at international conference - Top

Kopco Ochse
Paul Kopco, instructor in mass communications, and Dr. Roger Ochse, associate professor of English, presented their digital Shakespeare workshop at the Third International Conference on Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance held March 2-4 in Washington, D.C.


Japanese biology professor observes BHSU classrooms

Visiting biology professor Sadao Kiyohara, Kagoshima University, Japan, looks at some slide specimens with Nathan Steinle, a Black Hills State junior biology major from Sturgis. Kiyohara is studying higher education in the United States as part of an international exchange program. Steinle has been doing undergraduate research on a baseline study focusing on taste reception in suckerfish. The BH junior's work focuses on the internal pathway structure of the fish brain and how, over time, habitat affects these taste pathways.

BHSU students present at retardation conference - Top

Five Black Hills State University students and their advisor recently presented information on establishing and organizing a local chapter to the membership at the Region VIII American Association on Mental Retardation Leadership Conference in Sioux Falls.


Upward Bound students from BHSU take part in presidential classroom scholars program - Top

Tiffany Chasing Hawk, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School, and Elva Stricker, Lower Brule High School, traveled to Washington, D.C., for a behind-the-scenes look at the federal government as participants in the Presidential Classroom Scholars Program. Both students are participating in the Upward Bound Program at Black Hills State University.


Williams and Ree will return to BHSU - Top

Williams and Ree, the comedy team that met while attending Black Hills State, will return to their alma mater for a show Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi-purpose room.


Job fair offers an opportunity to meet with nearly 90 potential employers - Top

Plans are underway for the second annual Black Hills Regional Job Fair to be held Thursday, March 23 in Rapid City from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ramkota Inn.

Employers and job seekers from the entire region are encouraged to participate and discuss opportunities for full-time, part-time and summer positions. The Black Hills Society for Human Resource Management will staff a job search assistance booth to help job seekers. Nearly 90 employers have made plans to be present at the job fair.


Nash Finch will interview for management trainee positions - Top

Nash Finch Company will be on the Black Hills State University campus March 22 to interview for retail grocery management trainee positions. Interested students or graduates should contact the BHSU career service office in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union room 124 or call career services at 642-6277 to schedule an interview.

Minutes of the university assessment committee - Top

The university assessment committee met Wednesday, March 1, 2000.


Instructional improvement committee taking applications for course releases - Top

The instructional improvement committee is ready to receive applications for course releases for the 2000-2001 school year.

Course releases are available to any full-time faculty member with the approval of his/her dean and department chair. Course releases will be for one semester during the regular academic year. Consideration will be given for summer stipends for faculty unable to apply for a course release for the regular academic year because of documented departmental staffing problems.

Course releases may be granted to:

  • design a new course which will be infused with technology or offered through the internet;
  • redesign an existing course so that it is infused with technology or offered for internet delivery;
  • design a new course or redesign an existing course to be presented collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
  • significantly redesign an existing course; or
  • design a new course.

Proposals for course releases will be reviewed by the instructional improvement committee in March so that the recommendations may be made and approved by April. Proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in March, and will consist of a proposal following the specified format. A copy of the guidelines and proposal format are available from the grants office web page or by contacting your dean or department chair for a hard copy. Ten copies of the proposal are needed so that each member of the IIC can review it. Proposal writers may be requested to make an oral presentation to the committee in support of a proposal.

Funds available through instructional improvement committee - Top

The instructional improvement committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.

Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty or other full time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting

lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU. Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three years.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, W220, or to the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available at the grants and special projects web page.

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. Deadline is March 27.

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. Preference is given to new applicants particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities.Two three-hour release times are available for spring of 2001. You can apply now.

The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup, Steve Anderson, Lyle Cook, Tom Cox, Daniel Farrington, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver and Rob Schurrer.

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.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received March 9-15 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. 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.

  • Eisenhower Regional Mathematics and Science Education (ED). The Education Department is inviting applications to establish regional consortia projects to provide technical assistance to classroom teachers and other educators to advance science and mathematics education. Deadline: April 17.
  • Regional Technology in Education Consortia (ED). The Education Department is inviting applications for regional education technology consortia to provide professional leadership development, technical assistance, information and resources to states, districts, schools and other education institutions to promote technology in K-12 teaching and learning and in adult literacy programs. Deadline: April 14.

Campus Calendar

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Friday, March17

Preview day - High school students will visit campus

Saturday, March18

Sunday, March19
Monday, March20
Women's history month presentation, Dr. Kristi Pearce, noon.

Spring Science Seminar Series, Dr. Audrey Gabel, 4 p.m., Jonas 101

Rising junior exam, 8 a.m. to noon

VALIC rep will meet with COHE members, Jonas 101, 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March21
Rising junior exam,
noon to 4 p.m
Wednesday, March22
Black Hills Research Symposium,
Student Union multipurpose room, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Career services hosts Martin and Assoc., Student Union Conference room 221, 4:30 p.m.,

Green and Gold Luncheon, Cedar House, noon

Women's history month presentation, Dr. Holly Downing and Dr. Rena Faye Norby, 3 p.m.

Spring Film Festival - "Grand Illusion," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March25
Track and field BHSU Frostbite Invitational
Sunday, March26
Monday, March27
Manic Monday re-treat for faculty, Woodburn 3rd floor conference room, 11:30 a.m.

Spring Science Seminar Series, Dr. Richard Gayle, 4 p.m., Jonas 101

Tuesday, March28
Career services hosts Waddell and Reed, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union lobby

Student recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.

Jazz Band/Black Hills Gold Concert, Student Union, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March29
Spring Film Festival, "Buena Vista Social Club," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.