Volume XXIV No. 34 Aug.
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Faculty in-service begins Monday -
It’s that time of year again. A new semester is upon us at
BHSU and faculty in-service activities are scheduled for Aug.
28-Sept. 1. Following is an overview of the schedule.
Monday, Aug. 28
New faculty members will meet in the Student Union
multipurpose room beginning at 8 a.m. Speakers include Dr. Lyle
Cook, vice president for academic affairs; Anita Haeder, human
resource officer; Dr. Ben Sayler, director for the Center for
the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education; Kristi
Pearce, faculty development coordinator, and April Meeker,
director of records.
Tuesday, Aug. 29
All faculty and staff are invited to the Student Union
Multipurpose Room for the President Thomas Flickema’s
"State of the University" address. This will be
followed by a presentation by Dr. Robert Barr titled
"Making the Shift from Teaching to Learning in Higher
Education." The annual university picnic will be that
evening beginning at 5 p.m. at the city park.
Wednesday, Aug. 30
Dr. Lyle Cook will introduce new faculty and staff and present a
general education update. The afternoon will feature four
breakout sessions. Participants may choose from the following
topics – retirement, promotion and tenure, computer
information for faculty and instructional technology update.
Thursday, Aug. 24
College and departmental meetings are set for Thursday from 9
a.m.–noon. A grants workshop will be presented by Sheela M.
Schermetzler beginning at 1 p.m. in Jonas 110.
Faculty photographs will be taken from 1:30-3 p.m. in Jonas
Friday, Sept. 1
The Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science
Education will host an open house from 8:30 –9:30 a.m.
followed by an open house at the E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center
from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The President’s Cup Golf Classic will be held at the
Spearfish Canyon Country Club at noon. All faculty and staff are
invited to participate.
Barr will present during in-service -
Historically, faculty development plays an important part
in-service week. This year's presenter
is Dr. Robert Barr who will present "Making the Shift from
Teaching to Learning in Undergraduate Education" Aug. 29
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barr co-authored From Teaching to Learning - A New
Paradigm for Undergraduate Education which was published in
the November/December 1995 edition of AAHE's Change
magazine. His perspective has revolutionized the work we do in
higher education. It was this very article which supported the
Bush Planning Grant proposal in 1997 to continue the faculty
development program for BHSU.
Barr invites dialog with his presentation style. He will
outline his rationale for focusing on learning rather than
teaching in higher education:
- Effective undergraduate education needs to produce
learning rather than provide instruction.
- Successful undergraduate education elicits student
discovery and construction of knowledge rather than transfer
of knowledge from teacher to student.
- Meaningful undergraduate education creates
learner-empowered environments rather than
- And then, he will discuss how this change is grounded in
current learning theory. With his facilitation, BHSU will
- Knowledge exists in each person's mind and is shaped by
- Learning is a nesting and interaction of frameworks; it is
cooperative, collaborative, and supportive.
Finally, he will talk about when faculty are learners …
- Faculty need to become designers of learning methods and
- Faculty and students need to work together.
- Technology offers one of the most useful ways to make the
shift from teaching to learning.
For more information about this presentation contact Kristi
Grants specialist to speak at BHSU -
Faculty and staff are invited to a great opportunity to attend a
grant writing workshop conducted by Sheela M. Schermetzler
Thursday, Aug. 31, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Jonas 110.
Schermetzler has been the administrative grants specialist
for Campbell County, Wyo., for the past six years. Previously,
as director of continuing education for the Gillette Campus, she
administered the statewide Mine Safety Health Administration
grant, and the Job Training Partnership Act grant. During her
tenure at the county, she has assisted county departments in
receiving grant funds totaling over $16 million dollars.
Her efforts have been described in the Denver Post and
Gillette News-Record. She was named one of the
"Ten Who Make A Difference" by the Gillette
1999. She holds an education specialist (Ed. S.) degree from the
University of Wyoming. To complete this degree, she surveyed the
community and reported her findings in a report, "Practical
Methods and Techniques for Recruiting Senior Adult
Volunteers." She also holds a master of arts degree in education
and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and biology. Schermetzler
has been gaining knowledge and skills in fund raising and
attends the National Society of Fundraising Executives Annual
Conferences. She has offered workshops in the states of Wyoming
and New Mexico.
Dan Farrington, grants director said, "We will all benefit from Sheela’s experience and
perspective, and this will be a fine opportunity for us to gain
new skills in grant writing."
A workbook developed specifically
for BHSU will be provided.
Faculty and staff picnic set -
The annual Black Hills State University faculty and staff picnic
will be Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Spearfish City
The menu this year includes boned rainbow trout, new
corn on the cob, pasta salad, dinner rolls, dessert,
coffee and lemonade.
Please purchase tickets at $7 per person at the business office cashier's
window by Friday, Aug. 25.
Contact the institutional advancement office at 6385 for special menu
Gifford named special projects
Ken Gifford, former head of Western Dakota Vocational Technical
Institute, brings a wealth of experience to his new job as
special projects coordinator at Black Hills State University.
Taking an early retirement option after 18 years at the Rapid
City technology school, Gifford is now working part-time at BHSU
to help implement an articulation agreement between the board of
regents and the state board of education regarding the bachelor
of applied technical science (BATS) degree at BHSU. At its March
meeting the board of regents approved a new degree that permits
graduates of technical institutes to transfer a total of 64
credit hours toward the completion of a baccalaureate degree at
BHSU or South Dakota State University.
"I want to see success in the bachelor’s of applied
technology program," said Gifford. "I’ll provide
assistance by bringing visibility and credibility to the
technology department and BATS program."
He will be working on marketing and building the image of the
new degree program.
"I hope to develop collaboration between the two
schools, utilizing the faculty and facilities of both to assist
students in the industrial technology area. That’s a big
challenge," he said.
Gifford says he will be working on collaboration between the two schools
involving some grant writing related to the Computer Aided Instruction (CAI)
program with six West River school districts. He will be working with BHSU
officials attempting to secure a National Science Foundation grant to help fund
the delivery of an electronics curriculum to area rural schools through the
This collaboration is important, says Gifford, as the university and
technical school both serve students and are part of the higher education
"I’m glad I’m part of a good team effort," he said.
Before becoming director at WDTI in the late 80s, Gifford was director of
vocational education in the Rapid City School system from 1982 to 1987. From
1959 to 1982 he held various positions in Sioux Falls as a teacher, supervisor,
director of the secondary vocational education (1972-1977) and ultimately,
executive director of the South Dakota Advisory Council on Vocational Education
Gifford earned a bachelor’s degree at SDSU, a master’s degree from
Colorado State College, and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Northern
O’Connor-Salomon writes book review
A. O'Connor-Salomon, College of Arts and Sciences instructor, is
now writing a bi-monthly book review column for the Black
Hills Pioneer newspaper.
Her column, "Turning Pages," grew from the book group
she organized last year. More information about the group, which
meets about once a month, is available at http://www.bhsu.edu/koconnorsalomon/book.html.
BHSU receives $81,000 grant to study
walleye and salmon reproduction in Lake Oahe -
For Kelly Stock, a senior biology and chemistry major at Black
Hills State University, research problem solving is an exciting
challenge especially when anticipated outcomes don’t turn out
Such was the case when she began working with Dr. Mike
Zehfus, BHSU chemistry professor, who wrote an $81,000 research
grant from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks investigating the
thiamine influences on reproduction and survival of Lake Oahe
walleye and salmon.
It had been suggested that walleye and chinook salmon were
deficient in thiamine levels because of a diet of rainbow smelt
which contains thiaminase, an enzyme that breaks down thiamine.
The result was poor survival rates during natural reproduction
and hatchery incubation. The nonnative smelt have become the
primary prey of walleye and salmon, thus the concern with
Thiamine deficiency in fish is typically characterized by
poor appetite, muscle atrophy, convulsion, instability, loss of
equilibrium, hyperexcitability, and death. Also, the embryo
mortality rate of salmon and walleye appears to increase with a
deficiency of thiamine.
Fish health concerns in Lake Oahe are important because of
the economic impact resulting from approximately 300,000 angler
trips a year to catch walleye and salmon. Since salmon don’t
reproduce there naturally, salmon eggs come from broodfish in
the lake. Walleye reproduce naturally in the lake but numbers
vary from year to year and from one location to another. Both
fish appear to be negatively affected by low thiamine levels.
Improving rearing success could dramatically decrease spawning
time and costs.
This year, the first year of a five-year study, Stock said
they found egg mortality for salmon was where it should be. In
past years the mortality rate was higher, but since this is the
first year of the study it may change again before the study is
complete and they have yet to begin analysis of walleye
reproduction. Also, embryo survival fluctuates from year-to-year
and varies from one location in the lake to another.
That’s the kind of result that sparked Stock’s interest
in research, because it doesn’t always turn out the way it
appears to be headed.
"I like problem solving," she said, "It’s
rewarding and exciting, particularly when something has gone
wrong and I learn to fix it."
She believes ecosystems run in cycles and this year was an
anomaly. The salmon appeared to be eating mayfly larvae and not
smelt so there wasn’t the anticipated survival problems
associated with embryos that were deficient in thiamine. The
fact that the smelt population is down considerably this year
may have affected the outcome.
Up to this point their research has involved thiamine levels
in trout and salmon to help develop their analysis, but their
attention will now turn to walleye and smelt.
Analysis and instrumentation are sometimes
monotonous, but trouble-shooting and problem solving are
rewarding and challenging says Kelly Stock, a senior
biology and chemistry major at Black Hills State
University. The hands-on excitement of research and
seeking solutions to problems that arise find the Rapid
City Stevens graduate spending her summer working full
time at BHSU doing chemical analysis of thiamine levels in
fish. She is one of several students who will be assisting
Dr. Mike Zehfus in the research funded by a grant from the
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks department.
Zehfus said, "This is the first year of research
with walleye; it’s totally new. We will also be doing an
analysis of smelt, checking for thiaminase and then begin
putting the pieces together."
The study was initiated when Mike Barnes of GF&P
asked Zehfus if the university would be interested in
analyzing thiamine levels in salmon. The department had
noted that as smelt numbers increased thiamine levels in
salmon went down as did reproduction rates. The result was
a study to determine the influence of
thiaminase-containing smelt diets on the reproductive
success of Lake Oahe walleye and chinook salmon during
hatchery rearing. They would also evaluate possible
therapeutic thiamine treatments during the study period.
Stock says she is really enjoying the research and
finds it has given her second thoughts about pursuing a
medical degree when she graduates. Right now, however, the
Rapid City Stevens graduate is having fun getting directly
involved in science research working with a fluorescence
detector and a High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
"It (undergraduate research) will give me a
competitive edge when I go to graduate school," said
Stock. "I’ll be more productive because I’ve been
through the small obstacles."
Zehfus agrees saying, "this is a great opportunity
for hands-on research and a source of employment for
students. It’s a very applied research, a clear
The BH chemistry professor noted that as a result of
this kind of experience and the contacts made through
attending meetings such as those held by the American
Fisheries Society this spring in Spearfish, students have
a good chance for employment at fish hatcheries.
For fifth-year senior Stock, her plans are to complete
a double major in chemistry and biology and graduate next
May. Medical school is still her top choice but pure
research has opened up a new window of opportunity for her
should she have a change of heart.
opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Aug. 17-23 in the
grants office Woodburn 220. For copies of the information,
contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at email@example.com.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art. Various fellowships and
- NSF. Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in
Taxonomy (PEET). NSF seeks to enhance taxonomic research and
help prepare future generations of experts. Through its
special competition in systematic biology, NSF will
support competitively reviewed projects that target groups
of poorly known organisms for modern monographic research.
Due March 1, 2001. NSF 00-140.
- Grants-in-aid of Research – Sigma Xi. Deadline
Oct. 15, 2000. Research awards are made to support
scientific investigation in any field. Awards are made
payable to the individual recipients. Awards are made in
amounts up to a maximum of $1,000 (with an average award of
$600) except as noted below in the case of special funds. In
the fields of astronomy and eye or vision research, special
NAS funds allow for awards up to a maximum of $2,500.