Volume XXV No. 15 April 13, 2001
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article published - Top
Nicholas Wallerstein, assistant professor of English, has just
published an article titled "Feminist/Womanist Liberation
Hermeneutics and the Kyriologic of Zora Neale Hurston."
the theories of major feminist theologians such as Elisabeth
Schussler Fiorenza, Katie G. Cannon, and Kwok Pui-Lan, the article
argues that Hurston--as an African American woman writing in the
1930s--was forced, in her novel Moses, Man of the Mountain,
to reinscribe patriarchy in order to reveal the oppressed
marginalized social location of Black women in American history. The
article further argues the "kyriologic" of the text is
most dramatically disclosed by Miriam's full subordination to, and
exploitation by, the central "master" figure of Moses.
article is published in The Literary Griot: International Journal
of Black Expressive Culture Studies Vol. 11, No. 2, (97-115).
joined the BH faculty in 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the
University of Oregon and a master of theological studies degree from
presidency of South Dakota Academy of Science - Top
Charles Lamb, associate professor of biology at Black Hills State
University, assumed the office of president of the South Dakota
Academy of Science at the academy’s annual spring meeting at the
University of South Dakota.
will serve as the academy’s 86th president for the
upcoming academic year 2001-2002. He was nominated and elected
academy vice president in 1998 and served as president elect this
science academy includes scientists from South Dakota’s
universities, high schools, state and federal agencies, and
science-related organizations. It is an interdisciplinary
organization designed to promote scientific research and science
understanding and competency in the state.
the annual conference Lamb gave his presidential address titled
“The Scientific Landscape of South Dakota in the 21st
and science are becoming increasingly intertwined as our lives
more technological,” said Lamb to the academy.
“For South Dakota to be successful in the future, it is
imperative that the citizens of our state become scientifically
literate and that they understand the science behind such issues as
genetic cloning, viral diseases, biodiversity, environmental impacts
and land use, space research, neutrinos, climatic changes, and the
increasing value of basic and practical scientific research.”
He believes the academy of science will play an
important role in promoting the research that is important to South
Dakota, and an important role in communicating the relevance of
science to the citizens of the state.
The BH biology professor also participated in a
session titled “Special Conference on Science, Math, and
Engineering Education via Distance: Opportunities and Challenges.”
He participated with Dr. Richard Gayle, assistant professor
of math at BHSU. Gayle presented “Potential Promise and Problems
of Web-Distributed Statistics Courses.”
joined the BHSU science faculty in 1995. He earned a Ph.D. in
physiology from Louisiana State University in 1991.
Anderson presents at lunar and
planetary science conference - Top
formation of large lava flows was the topic of Dr. Steve
Anderson’s presentation recently at the Lunar and Planetary
Science Conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
associate professor of geology and chairman of the science
department at Black Hills State University, coauthored a paper
titled “Pressure distribution in inflated lava flows,” with
Shawn McColley, a junior physical-science major from Custer; Ellen
Stofan with Proxemy Research; and Suzanne Smrekar, with the Jet
research focuses on the formation of large lava-flow fields on the
Earth, Mars, Venus, and Io (satellite of Jupiter). The four
researchers traveled to Hawaii last October to measure the shapes
and sizes of small, localized areas of uplifts called tumuli, which
dot the surfaces of lava flows and thicken slowly over time.
measurements provide the constraints for a model that allows the
estimation of pressure accumulation within an inflating lava
flow,” said Anderson. “Inflation
suggested as a mechanism for producing large lava-flow fields on the
Earth and other planetary bodies, but an uneven pressure
distribution within an inflating lava flow suggests that these flows
have highly developed internal pathways that are not able to
transport lava great distances.
We therefore suggest that inflation is not a plausible
mechanism for creating large planetary lava-flow fields.”
the conference, Anderson was one of 10 judges for the Stephen
Dwornik Best Student Paper Award. More than 40 student posters and
oral presentations were made and awards were given to the top
student in each category.
and the faculty research committee at BHSU funded Anderson’s
research. The Nelson Scholarship Endowment at BHSU provided student
research funds for McColley.
has been a member of the science faculty at BHSU since 1991. He
completed a one-year teaching sabbatical at the University of
Arizona during the 1998-99 academic year and is currently teaching
and serving as chairman of the BHSU science department.
Sarver receives grant to study
endangered fish - Top
Shane Sarver, associate professor of biology at Black Hills State
University, recently received an $18,500 grant from the South Dakota
Department of Game Fish and Parks to develop DNA fingerprinting
markers for the endangered fish known as the Topeka shiner.
Listed as an
endangered species in 1999 by the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service, Topeka shiners are found in several river systems in
eastern South Dakota as well as several other mid-western states.
The current distribution of the small fish is considerably reduced
from its historical numbers.
Sarver has been
working with the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks to
genetically characterize the South Dakota populations of the Topeka
shiner, in order to develop effective management plans.
fingerprinting markers will be used to determine the levels of
genetic variation in the existing populations and to compare
populations for genetic differences,” said Sarver. “DNA
fingerprinting markers can be used to determine kinship, which can
be especially useful if Topeka shiner are propagated in a hatchery
and stocked into natural populations.”
This project is
one of several collaborations between BHSU and the South Dakota
Department of Game Fish and Parks. Sarver is also doing research for
the Department of GF & P related to a genetic study of walleye
fish in Park’s Pond in eastern South Dakota.
Sarver joined the
BHSU science faculty in 1996. He earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the
Louisiana State University in 1993 and a master’s degree in
fisheries from Humboldt State University in 1989.
Johnson will lead summer electricity
workshop for elementary teachers - Top
Andy Johnson, associate director of Center
for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black
Hills State University will lead a summer workshop on electricity in
June. The workshop is the result of an Eisenhower Professional
workshop, Electricity for Elementary Teachers, will feature
interactive, inquiry activities to expand elementary teachers'
understandings of physical science in the context of electricity.
Johnson plans to have two high school teachers help with the
teaching. The high school teachers will learn modern guided-inquiry
methods of teaching through being helpers and seeing it happen. This
workshop will help teachers develop interesting, useful, and lasting
ideas about electricity. Participants will also work with the FOSS
electricity and magnetism classroom kit.
The federal Eisenhower Professional
Development Program, Title II, Improving America’s Schools Act of
1994, provides resources to improve teaching and learning. The
purpose of the Eisenhower Professional Development Program is to
improve the teaching and learning of all students by providing
teachers, administrators, and other staff with high quality,
sustained and intensive professional development opportunities.
Grants are awarded to eligible South Dakota colleges, universities,
and non-profit organizations for projects to improve the knowledge
and skills of teachers, students in teacher-education programs, and
administrators. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
Johnson was named
associate director of CAMSE in the fall of 1999. Johnson earned a
doctorate degree in science education from San Diego State in 1999.
He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in physics and
has worked extensively in this field.
Employees honored at the annual CSA luncheon were, front to
left, Fred Nelson, Bev Evenson, Vera Litchewski, Susan Hemmingson,
Pam Thomas, Shawn Haug, back row, Sandra Dickinson, Richard Walker,
Sandra Nauman, Robin Roberts, Corinne Hansen, Christy Couch, and
CSA employees honored for years of service - Top
Service employees were honored at a luncheon this week in
recognition of their years of service to Black Hills State
Litchewski, senior secretary in the enrollment center, was presented
a watch in commemoration of her 20 years of service to the
employees, Beverly Evenson, custodial worker in facilities services
and Susan Hemmingson, senior accountant in the business office, were
presented BHSU jackets to commemorate their 15 years of employment.
recognized for ten years of service were presented with a pin. Those
honored were: Sherry Albert, child-care worker; Sandra Nauman,
child-care worker; Christina Couch, senior secretary, institutional
advancement; Sandra Dickinson, cook, dining service; Robin Roberts,
food service worker, dining service; Dale Hanna, senior building
maintenance worker-electrician, facilities services; Corinne
Hansen, information specialist,
media relations ; Shawn Haug, inventory clerk,
university bookstore; Kim Kerwin, cook, Market Place and Richard
Walker, storekeeper, dining service.
for five years of service were Fred Nelson, computer center; and Pam
Thomas, accountant, business office. They were presented with a coffee
Excellence in Writing winners
announced - Top
Six Black Hills
State University students were recently recognized in the second
annual Excellence in Undergraduate Writing competition at the
northern hills campus.
judged in two categories: essays written in English composition
courses, and essays written in non-composition humanities courses.
English composition courses are Paige Miller, a sophomore sociology
major from Sioux Falls, “Transcending
into the Imagination,” first place; Prairey Walkling, a sophomore
English major from Crookston, Neb., “The Aftershock of
Cinderella;” first runner-up; and Dana Studt, a sophomore art
major from Spearfish, “The Power of Nature,” second runner-up.
in the non-composition humanities category are Nathan Steinle, a
senior biology major from Sturgis, “Aristotle and Warfare:
Achieving the Golden Mean in Perilous Times,” first place;
Mary Kron, a senior English major from Rapid City, “Of Guts and
Glory: The Dueling Pens
of Poe and
Emerson,” first runner-up; and Heather
Hansen, a senior
English major from Rapid City, “The New Republic:
Puritans, and the
Progression of Capitalistic Values in Early America,” second
Students will be
recognized and awards presented at a ceremony Monday, April 23 at 7
p.m. in the BHSU Student Union Jacket Legacy room.
for the awards ceremony is Tim Sandlin, a Jackson, Wyo., author of
six novels including Skipped Parts for which he has also
written a screenplay. The film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and
directed by Tamra Davis, is opening in the near future. A reception
will follow the ceremony and Sandlin will be available to sign his
Funding for this
year’s awards was made available by emeritus professors Stewart
and Wanda Bellman, and First Gold Hotel and Casino.
regarding the awards and the ceremony is available by contacting
professor David Salomon at (605) 642-6241 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
CAMSE provides consultant support to Dull Knife Memorial
College - Top
Hills State University entered into an agreement recently with Dull
Knife Memorial College (DKMC), Lame Deer, Mont., to support K-12
mathematics, science and technology education.
Dr. Ben Sayler,
director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science
Education (CAMSE) and Larry Hines, education instructor at BHSU,
were hired as consultants by DKMC in support of the National Science
Foundation (NSF) grant in the areas of science, mathematics and
technology education. The Montana college received the NSF grant
known as the Dull Knife-Northern Cheyenne Rural Systemic Initiative
that funds the initiatives and provides for consulting support.
Hines will be
providing math workshops and support for K-12 teachers
Connected Math programs
and Everyday Math programs. He will also assist in the development
of assessment tools to document student achievement.
provide consultation and access to CAMSE resources including
materials, telecommunications and technology support and the
university’s credit and curricula support. He will also help
formulate assessment plans, attend committee meetings and assist
Spirit of Work Award for Excellence - Top
Larry Landis was chosen to receive the Spirit of Work Award for
Excellence for his work with the sociology/human services club on
the very successful homeless awareness work project.
recognized as student employee of the year - Top
Mott, a senior education major from Sundance, Wyo., was selected as
this year’s State of South Dakota Student Employee of the Year as
well as Black Hills State’s Student Employee of the Year. Mott
works in the BHSU residence life office as a student assistant, a
position she’s held for nearly two years.
recognized for her dedication and awarded a plaque during a surprise
party when she arrived at work last week. For her superb attention
to detail, office personnel, in fun, recognized her as “Rally
Queen” for her work with the Rally database that includes more
than 750 guests who stay on campus during the Sturgis Rally each
She was cited for
her attention to detail, reliability, professional demeanor
and her willingness to volunteer for extra projects. She has
a great sense of humor and is fun to work with according to office
and presenting her plaque and checks totaling $275 were, left,
Jennifer Butler, residence life secretary; Dr Judith Haislett, vice
president for student life, and Cody McMichael, assistant director
of financial aid.
School Jazz Festival hosted by music department - Top
Regional high school swing choirs and jazz
bands spent a day on the campus of Black Hills State University
displaying their musical talents and learning from music clinicians
as part of the 20th annual High School Jazz Festival
hosted by the BHSU music department.
Winners were named in four music classifications. The top Class A jazz
bands are Torrington, Wyo., High School first place; Sidney, Mont.,
freshman band second and Worland, Wyo., High School third. Class AA
jazz band winners are Sioux City, Iowa, West High School (No. 1
band) first place; Sioux City, Iowa, West High School (No. II band)
second and Sturgis High School third place. Class B jazz band
winners are Miller jazz band (No. I) first place; Sundance, Wyo.,
jazz combo second and Sundance, Wyo., jazz band third place. The
junior high/middle school class winners are, Sheridan, Wyo., Junior
High first place and Miller Junior High second.
In the swing choir competition first- and second-place winners in each
class are: Class A, Worland, Wyo., High School first place and Hot
Springs second; Class AA, first-place winner Spearfish High School
(no second place); Class B, Sundance, Wyo., High School first place
and Bayard, Neb., High School second; junior high/middle school
class, Sundance, Wyo., Junior High first place and Twin Spruce
Junior High, Gillette, Wyo., second.
Vocal Jazz winners were Class B, Miller High School first place and
Sundance Wyo. High School second place.
The list of outstanding instrumental soloists include: Class A/AA—Eliza
Barnet, flute, Sioux City, Iowa; Jesse Nesper, trombone, Sidney,
Mont., and Eric Davies, trumpet, Sturgis; Class B, Robby Fullum,
trombone, Sundance, Wyo., Adrienne Gill, flute, Sundance, Wyo., Matt
Warnake, drum set, Miller; junior high/middle school class, Zach
Soukup, Sheridan, Wyo.
Outstanding vocal soloists are: Class B, Adrienne Gill, Sundance, Wyo.;
Stephanie Fauth, Miller, and Summer Audenberg, Miller; junior
high/middle school class, Tyrell Gill and Jess Moeller, both of
There were many talented music clinicians assisting the various groups
attending the festival. Dr. Randall Royer, BHSU’s own, joined the
university’s faculty in 1997. His major instruments are oboe and
English horn, but he also performs frequently on guitar, bass, sax
and flute. Royer is also active as a band clinician and adjudicator
throughout the west and northern plains.
Bruce Bishop, University of Wyoming, is the director of Centennial
Singers. Under his direction, Centennial Singers has become one of
the top five collegiate show groups in America. Bishop’s job
includes show design, arrangements, orchestration, production, stage
direction, booking, layout, graphics, as well as vocal/dramatic
coaching, and staging.
Frederick Ellwein, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, has
performed with, and arranged for, such artists as: Connie Haynes,
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra vocalist; Steve Wiest; Denis DeBlasio; Tom
Garling; and Willie Thomas. Ellwein is a regular, low brass soloist
and jazz/marching clinician in the region and regularly runs clinics
for Willie Thomas, author of the “Jazz Anyone?” text published
by CPP Belwin. He also teaches at Rapid City South Middle School,
Robbinsdale Elementary and Grandview Elementary Schools.
The fourth, and final, clinician participating in this years’ festival
is Terrance Rathbun, who started playing the drums and cymbals at 10
years of age. He studied with Bill Ireland for six years and
acquired his first set of Gretsch drums and Zildjian cymbals in
1964. Terry is self-taught from the experience accumulated through
continuous, countless ‘gigs’ and an appetite for the study of
the masters of jazz drumming.
alumna finds success in photographing NFL games - Top
Dee (Denise) Welsch, 1982 communications-journalism
graduate of Black Hills State University, has found her niche
photographing National Football League (NFL) games.
Welsch was recently selected by nfl.com, the
official web site for the NFL, to be included in an article about
female photographers who photograph NFL games.
Apparently, the players aren’t the only ones
who have to be in good physical condition and know the rules of the
In an article by Lisa Zimmerman in NFL
Interactive, the female photographer was quoted as saying, “You
need to be agile, have the strength to get up and move very quickly,
and understand what’s going on in the game.”
She recently joined the team at Pentax
Corporation in Englewood, Colo., in the marketing communications
department. She coordinates all photo shoots, literature creation,
and equipment loans to magazines and professional photographers who
promote and use Pentax’s photographic and Sport Optic products.
Welsch, a lifelong football fan, started
shooting games more than ten years ago.
health check scheduled - Top
state employee health
check is scheduled at Black Hills State University April 24
at the Young Center Hall of Fame room from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Screening will include:
health screening is available at no
charge to benefited state employees and their spouses who are
on the state’s health plan.
visit - Top
Jacob Piper with his
mother, Cassie, checks out the Easter bunny at the BHSU Child Care
Center. The Easter bunny (aka Sandra Nauman, child care center
worker) visited at a carnival hosted by the center as part of the
Week of the Young Child festivities on campus.
Watching in the background is Tailor Gavle being held by
Amber Sheperd. Phi Beta Omega also
sponsored an Easter egg hunt for the children.
of BHSU NCA Self-study Committee - Top
BHSU NCA Selft-study Committee met Tuesday, April10 at 3:30 p.m. in
Woodburn Conference Room 1.
Earley, Cook, Kloppel, A. Hemmingson, Keller, Schamber, J.
Johnson, K. Johnson, Heidrich, Haislett, Downing, D. Wessel, Card,
Lefler, Silva, Godsell
3 - Cook reported that he had received several sets of comments
and was working on the revision of that chapter.
It should be ready soon.
4 - Heidrich reported that he, Earley and K. Johnson were in the
process of writing this report but it would not be ready until
5 - Haislett reported that her taskforce would be ready to
report to the group on April 24
and Accomplishments since 1994
discussed adding another chapter or insertion highlighting the
changes since 1994. All
agreed that it should be done.
Committee then discussed changes - chair agreed to put them
down for further discussion.
of enrollment management
remodeling of labs
of student union
of the colleges from four into three
backbone, ace card, wireless
and amount of external grants - research dollars
of general education
and qualifications of faculty
and refurbishing of residence halls
of students with a higher ACT
festival of the arts
exchanges in Japan and Spain
of TV station
subjects and animal-research committee and guidelines
majors and programs
in master's program
online financial system- fis
said he would group these- revise and the committee could send more
next meeting will be on April 24th at 3:30 p.m. in
Woodburn Conference Room 1. Haislett will present Criterion
Improvement Committee will meet for the last time this academic year
Instructional Improvement will meet for the last time this school
year in late April. The
deadline for submission is April 19. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the
grants and special projects office or to the chair of the committee,
Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the proposal and budget
outlines following the specified format available at the grants and
special projects web page.
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 third year.
In the other categories, priority will be given to those who
have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year.
research funds available
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
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 spring of 2002. Apply now. The next deadline for
proposals is April 30 at 3 p.m.
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, 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
are the program materials received April 5-11 in the grants office,
Woodburn 218. 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.
Department of Education. Indian Education Discretionary Grant Programs -
Professional Development. Grants
for training educational personnel may be for preservice or
inservice training. For
individuals who are being trained to enter any field other than
education, the training received must be in a program resulting
in a graduate degree. Deadline
June 1, 2001.
- National Aeronautics
and Space Administration. Undergraduate Student
Research Program (USRP). Soliciting
proposals from organizations for assistance and expertise in the
development of a NASA-wide Undergraduate Student Research
Program (USRP). The
primary purpose of this program is to provide additional
stimulus and support to undergraduate students in their pursuit
of careers in engineering, computer science, mathematics and
life/physical sciences. Deadline
is May 9, 2001.
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recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.
council meeting, Jonas 309, 3:30 p.m.
Building workshop, Student Union 220, 2-3 p.m.
Senate meeting, Jonas 110, 3:30 p.m.
Hills Teacher Job Fair, Career Center
Council’s last meeting and elections
of Health Instruction class forum, Jonas 305, 7 p.m.
“Isn’t It Romantic” by Wendy Wasserstein, Woodburn Auditorium,
“Isn’t It Romantic” by Wendy Wasserstein, Woodburn
Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Annual Lakota Omniciye Pow Wow, Young Center
Kevin Whirlwind Horse
Run/Walk, Young Center, registration 10 a.m.
Theatre, “Isn’t It
Romantic” by Wendy Wasserstein, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Lakota Omniciye Pow Wow, Young Center