Volume XXV No. 26 June
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2001 kicks off
The BHSU all-school alumni reunion kicked off yesterday with a
reception for all attendees. Many more events are planned including
area tours, a disc-golf tournament, a golf tournament and sports and
leisure auction, campus picnic, and a jam in the park. The weekend
of activities will conclude Saturday evening with a improv comedy
show by Wayne Brady and friends of the hit TV show “Who’s Line
is is Anyway.”
Today Friday, June 29 a special 25-year breakfast will be held
for the Class of ’76 members. That afternoon the 11th Annual Gold Dust/Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Sports
& Leisure Auction will be held in conjunction with the reunion.
The golf tournament begins at 1 p.m. Golfers and non-golfers
alike are invited to take part in the sports and leisure auction
which begins at 7:45 p.m. at the Northern Hills Holiday Inn. Nearly
300 items ranging from autographed sports memorabilia to airline
trips to art will be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction benefit
student athletic scholarship programs. Other activities on Friday
include a disc-golf tournament on campus, and a Spearfish
Canyon/Deadwood bus tour.
A campus picnic and open mic are scheduled for Friday beginning
at 5 p.m. This event will be fun for the entire family with a
festive atmosphere on the campus green with food, entertainment,
socializing, games and activities for all ages.
Saturday’s events begin
with a reunion run at 7:30 a.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and
Fitness Center. Registration and sign in begins at 6:45 a.m.
Participants are encouraged to enjoy an early one-mile run/walk
Following a continental
breakfast, Spearfish city tours will be given. The Class of ’50
will meet for a special 50-year breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the
Student Union multi-purpose room.
There will also a guided hike up Lookout Mountain that morning. Two
seminars are planned for Saturday morning. Harvey Krautschun, Class
will team up with
|The 2001 Reunion weekend kicked off at a
reception in the Student Union multipurpose room attended by
200 Black Hills State alumni and former faculty. More events
are planned throughout the weekend.
attorney, Jim Hood, Class of ’69, to provide
information through a seminar titled
“Leave a Legacy – Estate Planning” at 10 a.m. in the
Student Union room 221.
A “Continue the Legacy” seminar will be held at the same time
for children of alumni to learn what BHSU offers students today.
This session will provide information on scholarships and financial
The BHSU Jam in the Spearfish City Park will begin Saturday, June
30 at 11 a.m. This event is free to the public. Food booths will be
available. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and
enjoy the entertainment of BHSU alumni entertainers. Performing (in
this order) will be Frederick Whiteface and the Swing Fantabulous
Band, Gary Mule Deer, Abby SomeOne, Williams and Ree, and Kory and
Fireflies. Brock Finn will appear between acts.
The final event of the reunion is the comedy
improv show by Wayne Brady and Friends. Brady stars in the ABC
comedy “Who’s Line Is it Anyway.” The show begins at 9 p.m. at
the Northern Hills Holiday Inn. Tickets are available by calling
For more alumni
reunion information see the web page www.bhsu.edu/alumni
or call 642-6446.
TTL session wraps up at BHSU
Governor’s Academy on Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL)
participants wrapped up their session this week by forming the
letters UOP (unit of practice) in recognition of the work they did
throughout the four-week session.
TTL Academies formed an alliance with the Apple Learning Interchange
where teachers will showcase the units they have designed during TTL.
Apple has collaborated with the National Science Foundation
and the New American Schools Development Corporation to create a
structured curriculum framework for sharing lessons, and named it
Units of Practice (UOP). These
units exemplify an approach to integrating technology into the
teaching and learning process. If teachers wish to do so, the units
can then be submitted on the Apple Learning Interchange site where
they are searchable according to subject, level, keywords,
contributing organization, and state standards.
hosts NASA workshop for teachers
Laurie Barnaud, materials coordinator for CAMSE
Hills State University's Center for the Advancement of Mathematics
and Science Education (CAMSE) hosted a
NASA educators' workshop recently at Central Elementary School
in Spearfish. Pam Christol, aerospace education specialist, from
Houston's Johnson Space Center presented the NASA workshop.
led workshop participants through hands-on activities relating to
microgravity, earth science, rocketry, the planets, living and
working in space, and aeronautics. Participants explored various
concepts including properties of water, surface tension, and density
through activities that the educators will be able to use with
students of all ages in their classrooms.
participants donned a space suit brought from the Johnson Space
Center. Christol explained how the pressurized space suit is
actually a balloon in the shape of a person with fourteen layers
around it. She showed the educators a simple activity to use with
students to help them understand how the space suit is made
flexible. Christol blew into a 20" oblong balloon until the
balloon was full. She then let out the air, slipped the balloon into
a slinky, and again filled the balloon with air. With the slinky in
place, the balloon could bend and flex, just as the space suit
flexes for the space walker. The space suit used by astronauts in
space actually weighs 300 pounds although the model used at the
workshop weighed far less.
activities culminated in launching of the rockets built by
participants. Only two rockets were lost to trees and rooftops.
Rockets were built from common household and classroom materials
including paper, tape, pennies, and plastic two-liter pop bottles.
The highest altitude reached by any of the rockets launched with 60
pounds of air pressure was 120 feet.
spent time at the university's computer lab exploring NASA websites
that are available to educators. Christol encouraged teachers to
apply to participate in one of the two-week NASA Educator Workshops
that are held at NASA's Space Centers. Educators will participate in
hands-on workshops and tour the mock-up shuttle and space stations
where astronauts train. One of the activities they will enjoy at
Johnson Space Center is to watch the Apollo 13 movie in the old
mission control center where the original drama was actually played
out. The old mission control center has been preserved as a museum
since the building of the JSC's new mission control center.
teachers Margaret Koch, from Vandenburg Elementary, Douglas and
Carlene Schlup, from East Elementary in Spearfish described the
workshop as "awesome."
said, "All the activities and materials work with the
curriculum, and I learned a lot too, about gravity, microgravity,
force and motion."
Stofferahn, fourth-grade teacher from the Meade School District
said," I really enjoyed the workshop. I didn't know that all
these resources were available from NASA."
|Pam Christol, NASA aerospace education
specialist from Johnson Space Center, launches a pressurized
water rocket made from a two-liter bottle during a recent
workshop hosted by BHSU’s Center for the Advancement of
Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE). The launch took
place in the parking lot of the CAMSE offices and workshop
space at Central Elementary School.
grade Douglas Middle School teacher, Tony Burns, commented,
"Very good workshop. I can definitely use the activities,
content, and materials in the classroom."
addition to classroom teachers other participants attended the
conference. Connie Herman, from Lemmon, assistant manager for the
Expanding Your Horizons Project which is funded by the U. S.
Department of Education under the Women's Educational Equity Act,
also attended the workshop.
said, "I'm looking forward to taking these materials and
information back to the classrooms and to encouraging girls to
pursue careers in science and technology."
could attend two days or the full four days of the workshop and had
the opportunity to earn college credit for their efforts. Lisa
Mattson, former kindergarten and now fifth grade teacher at
Lead-Deadwood, attended the final two days of the session. She said,
"I loved this workshop. I wish I would've gone the other
The NASA workshop is
one of several workshops being offered to area educators this summer
at BHSU's Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science
Education. The center is located on the second floor of Central
Elementary on Jackson Boulevard. Workshops are held in the basement
of Central Elementary, on BHSU's campus, and at the School of Mines
in Rapid City. CAMSE (becoming familiarly known to area educators as
"kam-z") houses the area's NASA Educator Resource Center
which provides information and materials, including CD-ROMs, videos,
slides, and printed materials to area educators. More information is
available by calling 642-6873 or visit the CAMSE website at http://camse.spearfish.k12.sd.us/.
Aerospace education specialist visits
BHSU for science workshop
By Laurie Barnaud, CAMSE
Aerospace Education Specialist Pam
Christol drives thousands of miles each year in a 12-foot van filled
with items as mundane as pieces of PVC pipe and balloons to a space
suit and a multi-thousand dollar model of the international space
Christol brings her one-person NASA
workshop to teachers throughout North and South Dakota, Nebraska,
Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. She also presents
at educator meetings. This past year she presented at the
International Technology Education Association conference in
Atlanta, Ga., the National Science Teachers' Association conference
in Orlando, Calif., and the South Dakota Math and Science Teachers'
She called Sioux Falls her home for two
years before moving to Houston, Texas, where she lives with her
husband, a public relations specialist for NASA at Johnson Space
Her latest tour has kept her on the road
five weeks, but after the workshop at Black Hills State University,
she'll be heading home. It's a long drive to Houston, but the road
doesn’t seem so long when she is going home.
"I was born in Alabama, but grew up
in Oklahoma,” said Christol. “My father was in the Air Force, so
we traveled a lot when I was young.
I love to travel, but right now I'm really looking forward to
Her favorite part of the job is working
with pre-service and in-service teachers in hands-on workshops. She
presents NASA educator workshops on-site at Johnson Space Center as
well as at schools throughout her eight-state region. Having spent
six years teaching fourth grade in Oklahoma's public schools, and
three years teaching science methods classes to undergraduate
teachers at Oklahoma State University, she brings a practical
approach to the teaching of science and technology.
When asked about her future plans, she
said she would eventually like to teach outdoor education and
recreation in the leisure science area at the university level. She
would also like to teach children about minimum impact camping,
outdoor skills and respect for nature.
Christol said, "I have a passion for
the outdoors and working with animals. I'd like to pursue those
interests in time."
For now, she is an aerospace education
specialist who brings enthusiasm and shares her expertise with
educators at NASA workshops.
graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in elementary education and a Master of Science degree in
curriculum and instruction. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in
environmental science. She is employed by the Aerospace Education
Services Program at Oklahoma State University and operates out of
Johnson Space Center in Houston.
BHSU Career Center coordinates
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The Black Hills State University Career Center recently
received the new listings for the South Dakota executive internships
for the fall 2001 semester.
These internships provide an excellent opportunity for
college students to earn academic credit and money while gaining
practical work experience in their major field of study. Internships
are being offered in the following state departments:
Agriculture, Game Fish & Parks, Social Services,
Education & Cultural Affairs, Military & Veterans Affairs,
Corrections, Human Services, and Environment & Natural
Most of these
internships pay a minimum of $8.40 per hour (40 hours per week),
depending upon qualifications. The application deadline for fall
semester internships is July 23.
A complete list of internships offered is available in
the BHSU Career Center, located in the lower level of the Student
Union. An updated
online list will also be available soon at www.bhsu.edu/careers.
Contact Sarah Chase, career counselor, for information at
(605) 642-6219 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Grant opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received
June 21-27 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.
of Education. The
Professional Development for Music Educators Program.
Professional development model programs based upon
innovative methodologies or best practices will be funded
under this program. Deadline: Aug. 6.
of Education. Talent
Search and Educational Opportunity Centers Program. Educational Opportunity Centers Program applications due
Sept. 28; Talent Search applications due Oct. 19.