Volume XXIV No. 29 • July 21, 2000

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Ron Franke Facilities Services

  • Joe Tillman Facilities Services

Career Service position open - Top

The following Career Service position is open
  • Custodial Worker Facilities Services

  • Mail Processor

For additional information, please check the announcement bulletin or contact the Personnel Office

Spearfish Chamber of Commerce luncheon- Top 

Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their quarterly luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, Noon to 1 p.m. at the Cedar House Restaurant. The featured topic will be Spearfish Community Enhancement Downtown Survey. Myles Kennedy and French Bryan will present an update of the progress and activity in this area. "This is an excellent opportunity to network with others while enjoying a comfortable lunch," said Chamber Director, Lisa Langer. Spearfish Chamber member cost is $8.50 and Non-members $10.00. Please RSVP to the Spearfish Chamber office as soon as possible and no later than Monday, July 24, 605-642-2626.

Star Quilt Mural in Student Union game room - Top

BHSU Upward Bound students painted a Star Quilt mural on the south wall of the game room in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union this summer. Tessa Clairmont, Kira Kirkie, Terra Thompson, and Lillian McBride worked three to four hours a day for a week painting the design. They are all high school students from Crow Creek.

 The Star Quilt represents the mythology as well as the traditions of the Native American Indian Tribes. The design shows a religious observance of the stars and a reverence for all the heavenly bodies. The Milky Way is called the pathway of the departed souls. After death it is believed, by many Native Americans that the spirit of the descendent passes on the pathway to the Southern Star, the abiding place of the dead. It is thought that to the stars, the Great Spirit gave the power to watch over mortals on Earth and impart to them spiritual blessings. The Star Quilt is given as a token of this belief. Indians call it God’s eye.

NIDA Corporation hosts Electronics Workshop -Top

Tom Termes, assistant professor of technology, and Julie Mathiesen, a Sturgis teacher, were among nine participants in a two-day workshop sponsored by NIDA Corporation to acquaint teachers with electronic equipment they donate to help deliver an electronics curriculum to six participating school districts. NIDA Corp. donated more than $100,000 in equipment and curriculum materials to help support Computer Aided Instruction (CAI) for the Consortium of Advance Technological Education (CATE). The pilot project is sponsored by BHSU and Western Dakota Technical Institute and designed to bring electronics instruction to rural South Dakota schools using the World Wide Web.

Electronics pilot project receives corporate help - Top

A pilot project sponsored by Black Hills State and Western Dakota Technical Institute designed to bring electronics classes to six rural South Dakota school districts is benefiting from more than $100,000 in equipment and training from NIDA Corporation of Melbourne, Fla.

For the past three years BHSU and WDTI have been developing a model for bringing Computer Aided Instruction (CAI) to Spearfish, Sturgis, Belle Fourche, Douglas, Lead/Deadwood and Eagle Butte. Known as the Consortium for Advanced Technological Education (CATE), schools with support from a number of industrial partners including Pope and Talbot, OEM, RAMVAC, Black Hills FiberCom, Homestake, SCI, and Gateway have been working on a program that will deliver a basic electronics curriculum to the six participating school districts.

After attempting to bring the curriculum via a hub school, and later through the World Wide Web using a traditional textbook approach, the model has now developed into the CAI approach that embeds instructions in the computer. In this format all student learning is done on the computer and not dependent upon an instructor being immediately available or having to work around a school system’s computer firewall.

The NIDA Corporation provided the equipment and curriculum to meet the needs of the CAI approach. Starting this fall the pilot project will be configured with the student computers connected to the NIDA server in Melbourne.

Students will interact with instructors and other students using MSN software (a free download) on student and hub computers. Students will also be able to establish a multiple user chat room. Another software package that has potential is Microsoft’s Net Meeting which will let users chat, provide a white board, audio and video. When instructors want to examine student progress they simply log on to the NIDA server to access student assignments.

One of the things the pilot project pointed out is the need for a well-trained facilitator. This month a NIDA representative will be in Spearfish to present a two-day seminar to site facilitators. This seminar will provide an introduction to distance learning, an overview of the equipment and curriculum, instruction in the use of MSN and Net Meeting, and on site equipment set up.

Tom Termes, associate professor of technology at BHSU, said the NIDA Corporation’s gift of equipment and training has significantly helped the program evolve to the point that success is just around the corner. He noted that they recently presented the pilot model in Bowling Green, Ky., to share the consortium’s experience with the Kentucky Advanced Technology Institute. The BH technology instructor currently spends half his time overseeing the project. He will be presenting to the American Technology Education Association at the North Dakota School for Science in Wahpeton, N.D., this October.

"The size of support and the gift from NIDA will help us secure a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to support the project," said Termes. "To have a pilot project with six sites is really something."

In September the CATE pilot will include three high school sites, one industrial site and a high school with a substantial Native American student population. Each of the sites will have all the equipment and curriculum necessary for instruction in DC circuits, AC circuits, analog circuits, and digital circuits.

When the program is fully implemented, students will have the option of dual credit—high school and university credit. With grant funding it is anticipated that CATE will ultimately become a self-supporting program giving rural students a better opportunity to pursue higher education careers in various technology fields.

 

Grant funds repairs at childcare center - Top

The childcare center at BHSU was recently granted nearly $3,000 in state health and safety monies for ceiling repairs and baby changing equipment.

The center applied for the grant to replace ceiling tiles that are old and dry, and create dust in the air when rattled by activities in the upper floors of the building. Some of the tiles must be replaced.

 An inspection report submitted by Cindy Koopman, Dept. of Commerce and Regulation, said that in addition to ceiling tile replacement "it is highly recommended that appropriate changing tables be available so the table can be easily sanitized between uses."

The total cost of the project is expected to be $5,165.

Smith receives grant for Caribbean snake research - Top

Dr. Brian Smith, assistant professor of biology at BHSU, was recently awarded a grant from the Cleveland Zoo to continue his research of the endangered Antiguan Racer snake.

Smith became involved in the study in 1999 after learning that Antiguan and British nationals were looking for more researchers to join the project. He and a BH undergraduate student spent nearly two months last summer surveying the lizard population of several of the islands. Lizards are the Antiguan Racer’s primary food source.

According to a report by Smith, "a stable population of animals is considered to consist of at least 500 individuals."

 There are currently only about 80 snakes in existence. A plan has been developed to re-introduce snakes to a variety of small islands off the shore of Antigua.

Smith has returned to the island this summer with a BHSU student to continue his research. The grant from the zoo was in the amount of $2,625.

BHSU is a partner in a six-member international consortium working to save the Antiguan Racer.

 

Aaron Nida named Jackets defensive coordinator - Top

A familiar face will be on the sidelines at Lyle Hare Stadium this fall as Aaron Nida returns to Black Hills State University as defensive coordinator for the Yellow Jacket football team.

Nida, a 1992 honorable mention All-American defensive back at BHSU, served as an assistant coach under BHSU head coaches Ed Neibauer and Russ Martin. This past year, he was defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Sturgis Brown High School. He also coached ninth grade volleyball and was an assistant varsity track coach for the Scoopers. This spring, he was coach for the Dakota Bowl 2000 all-star game.

Athletic Director Dave Little said, "We’re excited to have Aaron back with us as a coach and instructor. He knows our system as a former player, assistant coach and Young Center building operations and equipment manager. With his background and experience, he’ll be a valuable asset to the athletic and instructional program at the university."

Nida finished his collegiate football career at BHSU in 1992 as a standout defensive back, earning all-conference, all-district, and honorable mention All-American honors. He also was a three-time SDIC championship pole-vaulter for the Jacket track team.

The Glenrock, Wyoming, native served as president of the Student Ambassador’s organization, was secretary of the Athletics Club, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was voted Outstanding Male Student at BHSU in 1993.

Nida will be working under head coach Bob Majeski. Majeski was appointed head coach after Russ Martin resigned last March to accept a coaching position at Southeast Missouri State at Cape Girardeau. Nida fills the defensive position vacated by Majeski.

Coach Majeski said, " We’re pleased to have Aaron back on campus in the football program. It’s great to get an alumnus back who knows the structure of things and understands the way we want things done. He’s very loyal to the program and that’s huge."

The Yellow Jackets begin practice Aug. 15 and open the season Sept. 2 at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.

 

Teaching with Technology wraps-up second session - Top

TTL photo.jpg (117717 bytes) Members of the second TTL summer session took a break from the labors to pose for a photo to send to Gov. Janklow  in appreciation for his support of computer education in the schools. Nearly 400 teachers took part in the two sessions at Black Hills State this summer.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

These are the program materials received July 13-July 19, 2000 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. Conferences, International Travel, Workshops and Special Years in the Mathematical Sciences. NSF 00-109.
  •  Literacy. Grants Program. Due September 8.