Volume XXIV No. 45 Nov. 10, 2000
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Welcome to Black Hills State
Dawn Robins, secretary, College of Business and Technology
- Ellen Melaragno from the business office to the student
union as of Dec. 1, 2000.
Positions open -
The following career service positions are open:
- teacher aide, child care center
- secretary with keyboarding, Upward Bound
For additional information, check the announcement bulletin
or contact the personnel office.
Hesson facilitates session at
physical education conference -
Dr. James Hesson, department of physical education and health,
recently attended the 45th Annual Conference of the Western
College Physical Education Society in Reno, Nevada.
Hesson served as the facilitator for the discussion session
titled "Who's Neighborhood Should We Live In?" The
focus of this discussion was on "Where Do We Belong?"
The discussion centered on where health promotion and wellness
best fits in the university organizational structure.
"Certainly we are trying to educate people about the
benefits of living a healthy lifestyle but we are trying to
educate people not only within, but also beyond, K-12 education
which is often the focus of the College of Education. Most of
the people working in the health promotion and wellness area
have a strong scientific foundation and identify and communicate
most easily with people in the science
departments which are often in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Providing education to adults in the area of health promotion
and wellness generally requires some business skills and is
primarily a business venture in the United States so there could
be a good case for inclusion in the College of Business. The
answer of course is Health Promotion and Wellness belongs in a
college where the administrators sincerely believe in our
mission and our message. A college that enthusiastically
supports our efforts to help all Americans, regardless of age,
gender, race, or religion, to become the healthiest people in
the world," Hesson said.
This society meets every October in Reno, Nevada, to discuss
problems and issues facing physical education in the Western
United States and Canada.
Altmyer presents stock market
game at social science conference -
Don Altmyer, BHSU assistant professor of accounting and
business, presented recently at the Social Science Consortium
Conference at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls.
Altmyer's presentation was titled "What is the South
Dakota Stock Market Simulation?" The on-line presentation
introduced the simulation method of learning to the 48 teachers
The South Dakota Stock Market Simulation, coordinated by
Altmyer, involves groups of students from elementary, junior
high, high school and post-secondary schools investing $100,000
in "play money" into a portfolio of stocks selected by
the students at their discretion. All research, tracking and
buying/selling of stock is performed on line. The top teams in
each division receive cash prizes. Teachers sponsoring the teams
receive a free
15-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal and a weekly
newsletter prepared by the coordinator. These newsletters
provide classroom activities and lesson plans to assist the
teachers in the implementation of the simulation into their
The conference was sponsored by the South Dakota Social
Studies Council, the South Dakota Geographic Alliance, the South
Dakota Council for Economic Education and the South Dakota
Law-Related Education Council.
Altmyer has been a member of the College of Business &
Technology since 1995. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
and has a master’s degree in taxation from California State
BHSU collaborates with Sisseton
Wahpeton Community College to implement math and science
standards through professional development programs -
Improving K-12 science and math education is the ultimate goal
of a $625,000 National Science Foundation grant that provides
collaboration opportunities between Sisseton Wahpeton Community
College (SWCC) and Black Hills State University.
With high drop-out rates amongst Native American students in
and around reservation communities, school officials believed it
was imperative that measures be taken to encourage retention and
at the same time provide for basic mathematics and science
literacy. This premise resulted in an initiative and
collaboration agreement using the latest teaching methods. The
goal is to help students get better paying jobs by helping them
prepare for a technological world.
BHSU through its Center for the Advancement of Mathematics
and Science Education (CAMSE) and a $27,000 agreement from SWCC
will assist the northeastern South Dakota college with its Rural
Systemic Initiative (RSI) to improve math and science education
on or near Indian reservations. The Spearfish-based CAMSE will
focus primarily on professional development and assessment
within the Connected Math Program (CMP) at the middle school
Support for implementation of the Connected Math component
includes site visits by Larry Hines, BHSU math instructor, use
of the Picture-Tel computer system, and other distance learning
strategies. BHSU will also be providing resources from CAMSE
including instructional materials from its repository developed
with NSF support and materials from the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA). The BHSU center is a regional
distribution site for educational materials from NASA.
Dr. Ben Saylor, CAMSE director at BHSU, said, "Our
center is very interested in providing guidance in the selection
and or development, implementation, and evaluation of assessment
tools to determine the effectiveness of the Rural
Systemic Initiative (RSI) project. Our staff are well-versed
in the evaluation of NSF-funded systemic initiatives and are
certified to conduct classroom and professional development
observations according to Horizon Research Protocols."
The current initiative is an outgrowth of an earlier NSF
funded project known as the High Plains Rural Systemic
Initiative, a five-year program involving six states broken into
three regions to improve math
and science education on or near Indian reservations. Phase I of the project
consisted of implementation of standard based curricula, standard based
assessments, professional development, and integration of culture into the
Initiated three years ago, the systemic initiative at schools such as SWCC
involved trying to raise the level of awareness amongst teachers and
administrators about implementing standards. Next their objective was to
implement standards using inquiry-based learning models in the classroom. Their
next target was mathematics and implementing the NSF supported Connected
Mathematics Program (CMP) at the middle school level.
The Systemic Initiative I also included collaborations with the University
of South Dakota and the Full Options Science System (FOSS) and South Dakota
State University providing web-based education and technical support.
Phase II of the systemic initiative builds on foundations established during
phase I. In the second phase participating schools will concentrate on
completing implementation of standards-based curricula and assessment, both of
student achievement and curricula effectiveness. Black Hills State will provide
support to evaluate curricula using the Horizon Classroom Observation Protocol.
The Spearfish-based school will also offer courses over the Internet, which
support SWCC training efforts.
The principal investigator (PI) for the systemic initiative at SWCC is Dr.
Elden Lawrence, president of the SWCC. Project director is Scott Morgan and
curriculum support specialist is Linda Flanery.
Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College plans an extensive evaluation of its
Rural Systemic Initiative. An outside evaluator will conduct the evaluation and
the focus will be on progress made in meeting established goals and the
evaluation of standard data collection procedures.
BHSU and the center of math and science education have been working with
SWCC through both phases of the initiative. Several initiatives involving other
schools in the region are in the planning stages for CAMSE.
United Ministries and Global
Awareness Committee sponsors Oxfam Hunger Banquet -
An Oxfam Hunger Banquet will be held Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the
Hall of Fame Room in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness
Donations will be accepted for Oxfam hunger relief and a free
meal will be provided.
To attend the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, please sign up Nov. 13, 14,
or 15 in the Market Place or in the Pangburn Dining Hall lobby
from noon-1 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the Global Awareness Committee and
AAUW presents Pangburn/Meldahl Award
to BHSU senior -
Dawn Taggart, a Black Hills State University senior, is
recipient of the Pangburn/Meldahl Award sponsored by the local
chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Presenting the award to Taggart, second from the left, are AAUW
representatives, left, and Barb Chrisman, Dora Jones and Judy
Larson. The award is named in honor of Dr. Jesse Pangburn,
former head of the university’s department of education, and
Dr. Leila Meldahl, former dean of women. These women were highly
respected and served as role models for other women. The $1,000
award is presented to a non-traditional student who has returned
to school on a full-time basis to complete an educational
program that has been interrupted due to personal or family
situations and is meant to be a pat on the back. Taggart began
her college career at Northwest Community College in Powell,
Wyo., in 1988. Family and financial obligations forced her to
interrupt her educational plans. She renewed her goal of
obtaining a college degree by enrolling at BHSU in 1997. In
addition to her studies, she has worked at the university’s
records office and is now working in the media relations office.
Taggart is majoring in English with a minor in political science
and will graduate a year from this December. She is the mother
of two young boys, ages 6 and 8.
Adams Museum to observe "Thank
Goodness for our Neighbors Day" -
To thank the community for their support, the Adams Museum
and House’s Board of Directors and staff will celebrate
"Thank Goodness for Our Neighbors Day" Nov. 18. For a
can of food, that the Adams Museum and House will donate to the
Lord’s Cupboard in Lead, guests can tour the Adams House
Museum for free. Tours will be on a first come, first serve
Visitors to the Adams Museum, can enjoy a leisurely,
self-guided tour anytime for no charge, and on Nov. 18 will
receive a 10 percent discount on all
books, other than those on consignment.
The Adams House is located at 22 Van Buren Street and the
Adams Museum is located at 54 Sherman Street. Both museums are
open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours at
the Adams House run every hour on the hour, with the first tour
at 10 a.m. and the last tour of the day at 3 p.m. For more
information, contact Deborah Gangloff at 578-3751.
Faculty research funds
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 grants office or can be
printed out from their webpage.
It is anticipated that successful applicants will request
support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to
research sites or 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. A three-hour release time is available
for fall 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. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your
proposal to the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s
office in Woodburn 314 by Nov. 10.
Instructional improvement funds
Grants of up to $1000 are available to full-time faculty,
adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff members for projects
which will improve the quality of instruction at BHSU. Grants
are available for bringing in consultants, for training support,
for equipment that will improve instruction, and for travel to
Proposals are reviewed monthly. Ten copies of the grant proposal
should be submitted to the grants and special projects office or
the committee chair, Sharon Strand, by the last Friday of the
month. For more detailed information, go to the grants and
special projects page or contact Sharon Strand.
Grants opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Oct. 26-Nov. 8 in the
grants office, Woodburn 218. 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.
- Selected Professions Fellowships 2001-2002 Academic Year. American
Association of University Women. Selected professions
fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a
full-time course of study at accredited institutions during
the fellowship year in one of the degree programs where women’s
participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be
citizens or permanent residents. Mathematics. Deadline: Jan.
- National Science Foundation. Specific objectives of
the research in undergraduate institutions are to 1) support
high-quality research by faculty members of predominantly
undergraduate institutions, 2) strengthen the research
environment in academic departments that are oriented
primarily toward undergraduate instruction, and 3) promote the
integration of research and education. Awards will be made for
three to four years with an average budget of $200,000 a year.
Due Jan. 16, 2001.
- National Science Foundation (NSF). K-12 teachers of
science and mathematics in research and education projects
funded by the engineering directorate at the NSF. The intent
of this endeavor is to facilitate professional development of
K-12 teachers through strengthened partnerships between
institutions of higher education and local school districts.
- National Science Foundation (NSF). Interdisciplinary
grants in the Mathematical Sciences. The objective of the
interdisciplinary grants in the mathematical sciences (IGMS)
is to enable mathematical scientists to undertake research and
study in another discipline so as to 1) expand their skills
and knowledge in areas other than the mathematical sciences;
2) subsequently apply this knowledge in their research; and 3)
enrich the educational experiences and broaden the career
options of their students. Proposal deadline: Second Friday in
- Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program
(LSAMP). This program is aimed at increasing the quality
and quantity of students successfully completing science,
mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) baccalaureate
degree programs, and increasing the number of students
interested in, academically qualified and matriculated into
programs of graduate study. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2001.
- Program for Gender Equity in Science, Mathematics,
Engineering and Technology (PGE). The program seeks to
broaden the participation of girls and young women in all
fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET)
education by supporting research, demonstration, and
dissemination projects that will lead to change in education
practice. Deadlines: Jan. 30, 2001, 5 p.m. local time.
Elementary and middle school, informal education. March 30,
2001, 5 p.m. Local time. High school, undergraduate, teacher
and faculty development and educational technologies.
- Research Sites of Educators in Chemistry. This
activity is aimed at bringing together faculty at
undergraduate institutions [associate of arts (two-year,
community) colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and masters
universities] with faculty at research universities to enhance
the research and educational opportunities in chemistry at
both the undergraduate institutions and research universities.
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2001.
This week at BHSU
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classes, CSA holiday
Ensemble Concert, Student Union
Jacket Legacy room, 7:30 p.m.
Wrestling tournament, Adventure
"Self-help is a Good Thing,"
student assistance center
Noon forum series "Working,"
Pangburn Little Dining Room, noon
Turkey Bingo, Student Union, 7 p.m.
Banquet, Young Center, Hall of Fame Room, 6
Reading Council meeting, 4-5 p.m.
Green & Gold luncheon, Valley
Day, high school students visit campus