Volume XXV No. 29 • July 27, 2001

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Diane Bishop, secretary, College of Arts & Sciences

CSA positions open - Top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • teacher aide, child care center

  • child care worker, child care center

For additional information, review the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Norby presents at physics teachers’ summer meeting - Top

Rena Faye Norby, College of Education assistant professor, recently presented a paper at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Her paper titled,  "Integrating Technology into Physics Teaching,” describes how physics teachers can deal with requirements to use more technology in their classroom teaching.

Klug recognized - Top

The Spirit of Excellence at Work Award is presented to Jane Klug for her skill in bringing out the best in students and faculty. Klug, director of student services, joined the BHSU student life staff in 1992. She has a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree from Central Missouri State University in student personnel administration.

Students from Japanese women’s college visit BHSU - Top

Sixteen students from Gifu, a Japanese city famous for cormorant fishing will spend three weeks in Spearfish - a city which derives its name from the practice of spearing fish.

Cormorant fishing, also known as Ukai, is an ancient traditional technique of fishing which uses trained birds (cormorant) to help fishermen. These days, the activity is a major tourist attraction and visitors to Gifu are enchanted by watching and listening to the cormorant fishermen making distinctive calls to more than ten birds at once to dive, swim and catch sweetfish in the light of flaming torches.

Organizers of this educational exchange are hoping that the Japanese students and instructor will find that they have more in common with their American counterparts than fishing as they participate in a three-week educational and cultural learning experience.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to present our way of life to our Japanese partners, while also having an excellent chance to learn about the centuries old Japanese way of life,” said BHSU President Thomas Flickema. Earlier this year, Flickema signed an agreement with Michio Sugiyama, president of Gifu City Women’s College in Gifu, Japan, for a mutual exchange of faculty and students.

The Japanese students arrive Aug. 1 at Rapid City regional airport. For the next 23 days

they will study ‘English as a Second Language’ and area geology. The students will also participate in a variety of courses taught by Black Hills State University professors. These students who are familiar with the traditional cormorant fishing on the Nagara River which flows through Gifu City will have the opportunity to learn trout fishing through a course taught by Dr. Charlie Lamb.  Other courses will be mining history with Dr. David Wolff, women homesteaders and quilting with Dr. Sharon Strand, and Native American culture with Dr. R.D. Theisz and Jace DeCory.

The educational instruction will be enhanced with cultural experiences as the group tours a variety of sites in the area from Devil’s Tower to the Badlands.  The exchange group will also have the opportunity to experience first-hand the way of life as they spend some time in homes of local families increasing their cultural understanding.

The agreement between the two presidents consists of BHSU sending faculty members to GCWC to teach English conversation and American culture, and GCWC will send faculty to BHSU to teach Japanese. There will also be an exchange of students whereas BHSU will offer a summer English program for about three weeks each summer. The Japanese will receive one credit for English and one credit for humanities for the summer session. This is the first exchange of students through this program.

Volunteers honored - Top

Faculty, staff, alumni and community members who volunteered during the BHSU all-school reunion were treated to a picnic this week. The volunteers were commended for their assistance in making the reunion a memorable experience for all who attended.