Volume XXIV No. 13 • March 31, 2000


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Welcome to Black Hills State University

Angela Rommereim, secretary, College of Education

CSA position open

The following career service position is open:
  • custodial worker, facilities services

For further details, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Regents executive director to meet with BHSU personnel - Top

Robert T. `Tad' Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents, will visit Black Hills State University April 5.

The purpose of executive director's visit is to meet with faculty, staff and students to listen to concerns regarding the state's higher education system and explain policy issues. It is basically an information gathering and

information disseminating session designed to bring higher education officials, faculty and students up-to-date on current issues.

Perry will hold meetings in the David B. Miller Student Union multipurpose room. He will meet with university students from 1 to 2 p.m.; faculty and staff from 2 to 3 p.m. and student teachers from 3 to 4 p.m.

Indonesian trade union activist speaks to BHSU class - Top

Darlina Lumbantoruan, an Indonesian trade union activist spoke to Dr. Ahrar Ahmad's international political economy class at Black Hills State recently.

Lumbantoruan's visit was sponsored by the Dacotah Territory International Visitors Program. She addressed historical as well as current issues facing Indonesian families and workers.

Her talk to the students focused on issues relating to worker rights, the country's compensation structure, the role of American multinational corporations in Indonesia, gender discrimination, corruption, and the exploitation of children. She also talked about what America can do to help human rights as it relates to the struggle of workers throughout the world.

Austin and student present information about shyness - Top

Shy people may feel like they are alone, but they are part of a growing group of Americans who may be too timid to even go out to eat.

Presenting his findings at the 2nd Annual Black Hills Research Symposium at Black Hills State University, Austin drew on his own research and that of recent Canadian studies to reveal that eight percent of the population is shy, while previous studies only found about one or two percent to be painfully shy. “That is a significant increase," said Austin. The work of famous researcher Philip Zimbardo agrees with Austin. Zimbardo, the creator of the Shyness Clinic in California said, "shyness is an insidious personal problem that is reaching epidemic proportions."


Farrokhi presents at New York national convention - Top

Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, professor of mass communication at Black Hills State University, presented a research session titled “Conducting Questionnaire Research in a Statistically Valid Way” at the recent National Collegiate Convention in New York City.


State reading council and teachers of English will meet - Top

The South Dakota Reading Council (SDRC) and the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English (SDCTE) will hold a joint convention in Spearfish this weekend, March 30 through April 1 at the Holiday Inn of the Northern Black Hills.


South Dakota political science and public affairs conference to be held at BHSU - Top

The third annual conference of the South Dakota Political Science and Public Affairs Association will be held at the multipurpose room in the Student Union Building at Black Hills State University on Saturday, April 8, 2000.


Today newspaper staff finishes strong in Wyoming journalism competition - Top

Black Hills State University Today newspaper staff members earned 13 awards at a recent collegiate newspaper competition sponsored by the University of Wyoming Student Publications, the Wyoming Society of Professional Journalists and the Wyoming Press Association.


BHSU to host high school music competition - Top

Black Hills State University will host a jazz festival and competition for high school jazz bands and jazz choirs next week.

Thirty musical groups from South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming and Montana high schools will take part in the two days of competition.

Monday, April 3 the class A/AA jazz bands will perform in Cook Gym from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The jazz choir competition will be in Woodburn Auditorium from 1 to 5 p.m. The BHSU jazz ensemble and jazz choir will perform as a part of the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 4 the B jazz bands will be competing in the David B. Miller Student Union Multipurpose Room from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The jazz choir competition will be in Woodburn Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day of competition will once again be followed by a performance of the BHSU jazz ensemble and jazz choir and awards ceremony at 4 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

All of the performances are open to the public at no cost.

Students to perform “Come Blow Your Horn” - Top

The Black Hills State University theater department will present “Come Blow Your Horn” by Neil Simon in Woodburn Auditorium April 13-15 at 8 p.m.


Northern Hills Wellness Fair will be April 5 at Young Center - Top

The second annual Northern Hills Wellness Fair will be Wednesday, April 5 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the Black Hills State University campus.

The fair, will bring together a variety of health-care providers, many of whom will provide free or at-cost wellness screenings. Screenings include, but are not limited to: glucose, blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, flexibility and balance, vision, and hematocrit tests. It's important to know the numbers from these kinds of tests for good health and wellness.

Local health-care providers will be available to discuss and answer questions, discuss job opportunities in health care, and answer question on a variety of health-related topics.

Other booths will offer educational information and demonstrations. Many will offer freebies and door prizes. Entertainment will also be provided.

The wellness fair is open to the public. For health-fair information contact BHSU Student Health Services at (605) 642-6520.

BHSU career services schedules employer visits - Top

Eric Bittner, a BHSU alumnus, who is a representative of the Denver branch of the National Archives and Record Service, will be on the Black Hills State University campus Friday, April 7 from 10-11 a.m. in the career services office.

He will explain agency internship opportunities and career possibilities with the archives. Bittner interned with the archives and then accepted employment there. No appointment is necessary to meet with Bittner.

Career services also announced that a U.S. Air Force recruiting service representative will be at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union room 221 April 5 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information on either of these visits contact career services at 642-6277 or stop by the office in the Student Union, room 124.

PEARL club sponsoring a mini-march on Lookout Mountain - Top

The PEARL (Physical Education And Recreation Leadership) Club is sponsoring a mini-march on Lookout Mountain Saturday, April 8.


Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run and Walk is April 15 - Top

The 16th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run & Walk will be held at Black Hills State University on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. Categories include kids' races (eight and under - 1/4 mile and 9-12 - 1/2 mile), a one-mile walk, a 5K run, and a 10K run. A $10 entry fee includes a t-shirt. Proceeds support the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information or to obtain registration forms call Deatta Chapel at 642-6259 or e-mail to deattachapel@bhsu.edu . Registration forms will also be available at a booth at the Northern Hills Wellness Fair April 5 from noon to 7 p.m. in the Young Center Field House.

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.


Faculty and staff invited to join in disc golf tournament - Top

Recreation sports is hosting a disc golf tournament on Saturday, April 29 on the campus disc golf course.

BHSU faculty, staff and student get a great deal. If

you sign up at the recreation sports desk by April 7, your entry fee is only $5. This fee includes an official golfing disc (a $10 value) and a post tournament barbeque.

Minutes of the faculty senate meeting - Top

Minutes of the March 1, 2000, faculty senate meeting at 3:15 p.m. in Jonas 110.


Minutes of the graduate council meeting - Top

Minutes of the university graduate council meeting Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 306.


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 April 14.

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 23-29 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.

  • NSF. Enhancing Infrastructure for the social and behavioral sciences. Due Aug. 4. NSF 00-79.
  • Indian Professional Development (Priorities) (ED). The Education Department plans to invite applications to support training to increase the number of American Indian teachers and education administrators. Deadline: April 6 for comments on proposed plans. ED will issue a solicitation after reviewing comments. Grants would support preservice and inservice training for teachers; preservice and inservice administrator training; and training in fields other than education.

New Faculty Profile

Dr. Andy Johnson

By Dawn Taggaort, media relations student intern

Students developing deep understandings of math and science, and powerful ways of thinking about the world are goals Dr. Andrew Johnson has in mind when talking about the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University.

“I believe you have to provide the right kind of social, physical, and logistic structure so that people find it possible to get deeply engaged in what they are studying,” said Johnson. “People who study education are still groping to figure out what is the most helpful structure for learners. You can say that hands-on will be part of that structure, and so will minds-on, but you have to havesupporting infrastructure of questions, topics, ideas, classroom roles, and who knows what other things.”

Johnson joined Dr. Bentley Sayler last fall as associate director of BHSU Center for Advancement, located at Central Elementary in Spearfish. Before moving to Spearfish he worked as a research assistant for San Diego State University. Much of his professional career includes positions in the field of physics, in which he earned his bachelor's degree (1984) from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. He earned a master's degree (1987) in physics from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and a doctorate in science education from San Diego State (1999).

The Center of Excellence is currently involved in at least 30 projects in the community and at the university. According to Johnson, the center has four main pillars of activity: providing high quality professional development for teachers, serving as a repository for exemplary math and science materials (including NSF materials, science curriculum kits, and others), helping the university do an even better job of preparing teachers to teach science and mathematics, and doing research on the teaching and learning of math and science.

Describing his view on teaching Johnson said, “Like a lot of other people, I used to think that if I could just do a good enough job telling students things -- maybe with fancy techniques or good text books, with good multi-media presentations, great examples, or great lab activities -- that they would learn it, and the problem was just that we weren't doing a good enough job of telling them.

“I eventually learned from reading a lot of research and talking to students that telling science ideas to students doesn't seem to work very well, no matter how you do it. What really has to happen for people to learn is [those] people have to take a personal stake in what they're learning, and they have to have opportunities to develop skills, and more importantly, understandings -- systems of understandings about whatever topic they're learning. Sometimes, in fact, telling will get in the way of that because they'll hear some words and they'll feel complacent about the topic that they're learning but they may not be facing it really deeply and developing a deep understanding of it.”

Computers are one educational tool that Johnson feels could either help or hinder in the learning process, depending on how they're used. He continued, “Computers can provide a kind of structure that has never existed before. They are very flexible so they can provide all kinds of structure. People are looking at all kinds of ways to use computers. I think that it really helps make a connection [in learning].” Conversely Johnson says of his vision for the CAMSE, “I want the Center to be a locus of expertise, a hub of activity, and a source of good ideas.”

He was attracted to the Black Hills area because of the center, but also because of all of the public land available for his favorite leisure activities of hiking and biking.


This week at BHSU

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April Calendar

Friday, March


Saturday, April1

Sunday, April2

April 3

High School jazz festival, Woodburn Auditorium and Student Union

Spring Science Seminar Series, Cynthia Anderson, BHSU research associate, Jonas 101, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4

Preview day: high school students on campus

High School jazz festival, Woodburn Auditorium and Student Union

Wednesday, April 5

Student employee of the year reception, Student Union, 3 p.m.

Northern Hills Wellness Fair 2000, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, noon - 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 6

Friday, April7

April 8

Conference of South Dakota Political Science Association, Student Union multipurpose room, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Lookout Mt. Mini-March sponsored by PEARL Club at BHSU