Volume XXIV No. 35 Sept.
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Welcome to Black Hills State University -
- Gene Robertson, custodial worker, facilities services
- Sandra Tarrant, child-care worker, child-care center
- Elva Newman, mail processor, university mail service
- Deborah Turner, secretary, career services
New faculty join Black Hills State University -
New faculty members at Black Hills State University
this fall are, left to right, Dr. Daluss Siewert,
mathematics; Chantana Taweesup, technology; Dr.
Christopher Hahn, music; Dr. Christine Shearer-Cremean,
English; Dr. Timothy Hightower, chemistry; Audrey Wiley,
adjunct music. Not pictured are Sworn Chae, visiting
professorship – hospitality tourism management; and Dr.
Siriporn Sujithamrak, tourism.
Hesson returns from eighth summer working at the Olympic
Training Center -
Dr. James Hesson, College of Education professor, has recently
returned from his eighth consecutive summer working at the
United States Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado
Hesson works for the sport science and technology division
(SST) to provide applied sport science and technology to Olympic
caliber athletes and coaches for the purpose of achieving
sustained competitive excellence. This is accomplished through
- consultation with coaches and National Governing Body (NGB)
leadership in each sport to build programmatic success
- delivery of services specifically targeting determinants
- dissemination of the latest science and technology
information to coaches and athletes
In most sports in the Olympic Games medals are won or lost by a margin of about
1/10th of one percent. The challenge, especially in an Olympic year, is to
improve the performance of athletes who have been training hard for their
entire life, without allowing them to go into a physiological overtraining
- development of new technologies
- leadership of applied resources across the country
"There is a very, very thin line between peak condition and
overtraining, with peak condition resulting in peak performance and
overtraining resulting in poor performance," Hesson said. "It is very
challenging to take the best of the best and make them better."
Strand reviews advanced placement exams -
Sharon Strand, College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor,
was selected to participate this June in the annual reading and
scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examinations
in English Literature.
Each year the AP program, sponsored by the College Board,
gives hundreds of thousands of capable high-school students an
opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and
examinations and based on their exam performance, to receive
credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.
More than 1.1 million examinations in 18 disciplines were evaluated by over
4,800 faculty consultants from high schools and universities across North
America. Drawn from various ethnic groups and from every state, these men
women are some of the best high school and college educators in the United
States and Canada. They represent some of the finest academic institutions in
North America. In addition, we have faculty consultants from Argentina,
Belgium, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany,
Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Micronesia,
South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
"The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and
professors that America has to offer," said Dr. Lee Jones, AP executive
director at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for the
exchange of ideas and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching.
We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Sharon
Regents recognize BHSU student groups -
The South Dakota Board of Regents recently
presented awards to two student organizations at Black Hills
State University. Board President Harvey C. Jewett IV, presented
the awards during their meeting on the Spearfish campus.
"These organizations provide valued
services to the campus and community. Participation in these
organizations not only gives students experience, it shows the
importance of serving your community," said Jewett.
The award for academic excellence was
presented to KBHU-FM. KBHU, BHSU's radio station, operates like
a commercial station. Staffed by students, the organization of
the radio station includes a general manager, station manager,
and a full staff of trained students. David Diamond serves as the faculty advisor for the
station. The purpose of KBHU is learning. KBHU welcomes all BHSU
students to join and offers a mentorship program for high school
students who want to learn about the station.
The award for organizational leadership was
presented to the United Ministries at BHSU for
and participation in service and fellowship projects on campus
and in the community throughout the year. The organization
emphasizes the development of both Christian leadership and an
interior spiritual life. United Ministries' activities include
an annual New Student Day Ice Cream Social, assistance with
Relay for Life, collection of donations for senior citizens who
are residents of Belle Fourche Long-Term Care Center, assistance
during the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Citizen
Center, and providing mentorship under a Global Awareness Grant
from the United Methodist Church. They also have organized and
maintained a food and clothing pantry on campus to assist
students/staff members and their families in times of need.
Members of the United Ministries include BHSU students, staff,
and faculty and director Legia Spicer.
Accepting the award on behalf of KBHU-FM was Dr. Holly
Downing, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Black Hills State
University. Beata Ferris accepted the award for the United
BHSU community band rehearsals begin -
All interested musicians are invited to join the Black Hills
State University community band.
There is no audition or age limit and the group is open
to anyone who plays a wind or percussion instrument. Rehearsals
will be Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the BHSU band room
(Cook 204) beginning Sept. 11.
There will be two concerts in the fall, including the BHSU
Be prepared to play at the first rehearsal. For further
information contact Christopher Hahn, BHSU band director at
642-6888 (days) or 642-0327 (evenings).
Green and Gold Booster Club
announces schedule -
In anticipation of the 2000-2001 season the Green and Gold Booster
Club at Black Hills State University has announced their
The first luncheon is Aug. 31 at
the Pizza Ranch. Luncheons are held Thursdays at noon. University coaches will be available to discuss the upcoming
season. The BHSU football team kicks off its season Sept. 2 at
Dakota Wesleyan in
Mitchell. The volleyball team opened Aug. 29
at National American University. The cross-country season begins
Sept. 9 at the South Dakota Tech Invitational.
The public is welcome to attend
the luncheons. For more information call 642-6385.
Schedule of Green and Gold luncheons for the year.
opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Aug. 24-30 in the
grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information,
contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
- MCI WorldCom Foundation. The University Education
Grants Program provides one-time grants ranging from $10,000
to $15,000 to U.S. colleges and departments of education to
promote the professional development of pre-service and
in-service K-12 teachers in the use of Internet Content for
the Classroom based on materials developed by the MarcoPolo
partnership. The deadline for this request for proposals is
open. Through this grant program, colleges and departments of
education are encouraged to submit original proposals to the
MCI WorldCom Foundation to receive funding for accredited
courses and programs dedicated to providing teachers with the
knowledge and skills necessary to effectively integrate the
Internet into classroom learning. http://www.wcom.com/
The Institute of
Museum and Library Services is inviting applications for
matching grants to help museums identify critical conservation
needs and priorities and perform activities to safeguard
collections, including non-living collections, natural
history, and living plants and animals. Deadline: Oct. 15. http://www.imls.gov/grants/museum/mus_cps.asp
- Conservation Project Support (IMLS).
NFIE awards grants of
$1,000 for individuals to engage in professional development
activities that address the needs of the students they serve.
Applicants who submit proposals postmarked by Oct. 15 will be
notified by Feb. 28, 2001. NFIE urges applicants who wish to
use a leadership grant to participate in a summer professional
development activity to submit an application by the October
Various programs in the U.S. to
promote international cultural exchange and mutual
understanding between Japan and other countries.
- Leadership Grants. The National Foundation for the
Improvement of Education (NFIE).
faculty fellowships. Due Nov. 15.
Fellowship Program in
Germany for outstanding young American professionals to
acquire a high-level, in-depth understanding of the
political, economic, and cultural environment of Germany and
the European Union. Due Oct. 15.
- Stanford University. Stanford Humanities Center.