Volume XXV No. 31 Aug.
items to Campus Currents - Top
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Friday. If you would like to include an item in
the newsletter send it to Campus Currents, Unit
9512 or by e-mail to Campus
Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.
teaches a junior statesmen course at Princeton - Top
Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, associate
professor of political science, taught a course in the Junior
Statesmen of America Program at Princeton University, N.J., this
Ahmad joined 11 other scholars
from different universities (Oklahoma State, New York, Ferris,
George Mason, Purdue, Princeton, Avila College, etc.) to teach
courses on government as well as speech and communication. About 200
high school students from across the nation, selected through a
highly competitive process,
participated in this intense four-week
program which ended on July 20. JSA summer programs have been
held since 1938 and are currently organized at four additional
campuses - Stanford,
Yale, Georgetown and Northwestern.
Ahmad extended his stay at the
university to use the resources of the Firestone Library at
Princeton to work on his own research project.
Ahmad has been a member of the
social science faculty at BHSU since 1992. He earned his Ph.D. in
political science from Southern Illinois University in 1989.
presents at MERLOT conference - Top
Kristi L. Pearce, education associate professor and faculty
development coordinator, will present "Creating E-Communities
for Learning" at the International MERLOT Conference Aug. 12
-15 in Tampa, Fla.
was appointed to the Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning
and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Teacher Education Discipline Team by
the South Dakota Board of Regents and has served as a reviewer of
learning objects submitted to MERLOT for the past
The MERLOT project hosts quality teaching and learning
resources for biology, business,
information technology, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, and
encourages BHSU faculty to visit the site at www.merlot.org to find
worthwhile learning objects to integrate technology into on-campus
and off-campus courses.
joined the BHSU College of Education faculty in 1991. She has an
Ed.D., from the University of South Dakota in educational psychology
for Advancement of Math and Science Education receives $50,000 NSF
grant to measure student learning - Top
The Center for the Advancement of
Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State
University received a $50,110 grant from the National Science
Foundation (NSF) to assess the Black Hills Science Teaching
Project’s (BLAHST) effect on student learning.
The BLAHST project, funded in 1999
by a NSF grant, involves eight school districts in western South
Dakota and approximately 370 K-8 teachers. As a part of their
involvement in the project, teachers participate in workshops
throughout the academic year and summer. Workshops are offered in
science content and pedagogy that are linked to South Dakota science
standards and to inquiry-based modules used by teachers in their
BLAHST intends to participate in
the Horizon Student Outcomes study by administering the newly
developed Horizon Student Assessment as a pre- and post-test to all
6th graders within the eight districts over the next
three years. The study will examine the relationship between
teachers’ involvement, instructional materials, and growth in
student achievement. Results from the Horizon tests will also be
compared to standard-based, criterion-referenced tests administered
by the state.
Dr. Ben Sayler, director of CAMSE,
will administer the NSF grant. The study is expected to measure the
impact of the BLAHST program on students and their needs as well as
serving as a guide for program refinements.
Spirit of Excellence at
Work Award - Top
The Spirit of
Excellence at Work Award is presented to Nancy Lewis
for professionalism in her work, willingness to serve others, and
perseverance in life.
Students from Gifu College in Japan learn
about Black Hills history - Top
students visiting BHSU this summer had a chance to learn the
fine art of fly-fishing for rainbow trout from biology
professor Charles Lamb. Much to one student’s surprise, the
first thing she caught was a catfish or so it seemed until the
prize catch turned out to be a small kitten. A field full of
wiggly fly lines (without hooks) being cast about for practice
was just too much temptation and soon the kitten found itself
literally caught up in the excitement.
Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876 came to life for 14 young Japanese
women and two interpreters attending a class taught by Dr. David
Wolff, associate professor of history at Black Hills State
University. The women are from Gifu City Women’s College (GCWC) in
Gifu, Japan. The Japanese students arrived Aug. 1 and for the next
23 days they will study English, local history, area geology and
tour local sites. Their visit is part of an educational exchange
agreement between GCWC and BHSU.
|Gifu Women's College students listen attentively as Dr. Ron
speaks about Native American cultures and issues.
||In addition to classroom work, the Japanese
students are taking part in a variety of recreational and
cultural learning experiences. Dr. Charlie Lamb instructed the
students on fly fishing for trout.
of the CSA meeting - Top
Council met at Pangburn Hall, July 10, 2001.
Jeanne Hanson called the meeting to order. Those present were
Deatta Chapel, Krista L. Schroeder, Linda Allbee, Cheri Leahy,
Jeanne Hanson, Ginny Sunding, Myron Sullivan, Lynette Long, Carolyn
Skallerud and Becky Haak.
Haak read the minutes from the June meeting. Ginny Sunding moved to
accept and Deatta Chapel seconded, motion carried.
Long gave the treasurer’s report:
Leahy moved to accept and Carolyn Skallerud seconded, motion
Sunding reported all Welcome Bags had been delivered and she had
several ready to go out.
Planning and Safety and Facilities groups are not meeting during the
Hanson presented the CSA logo designed by Lisa Glover. It can be
added to our publications but stationary is not required. If you
need “a copy” contact Jeanne Hanson or Sheryl Styles in the
printing center. Lisa Glover will attend Black Hills State
University this fall.
Leahy is searching for a name for the CSA Council Relay for Life
team. Relay for Life to be held Sept. 14 and 15, 2001. Possible
fundraisers were discussed.
CSA picnic committee met and Carolyn reported the picnic will be
held in front of the library, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. We have
decided to invite all faculty and staff. Dr. Flickema will supply
barbecued beef sandwiches and the CSA members are urged to bring a
dish to pass. We will have an auction of “handmade” items as
well as “white elephant” items.
Myron Sullivan reported that Facilities Services will donate
two parking permits for door prizes. We will have a donation basket
for a free-will offering. We will also have a raffle for a
semester “reserved parking space “ (there will be two
winners-one for the fall semester 2001 and another for the spring
semester 2002). Tickets will
be available from CSA council members, three for a $1 or an arm length
for $5. The drawing will be at noon and you must be present to win.
services will donate iced tea and lemon aide. Student support will
furnish the awnings and facilities services will set them up.
Carolyn Skallerud will be checking with Mike Jastorff, Steve Meeker
and David Little for door prizes. Cheri Leahy will ask enrollment
service center for t-shirts. Becky Haak will ask Jerry Swarts about
“mugs” for door prizes. Paper invitations will be sent to the
president, vice-president, deans and to faculty/staff without email.
Most faculty and staff will be notified by email and posters. CSA
council will have to report to set up at 11 a.m. All proceeds will
go to the CSA Scholarship Fund.
Sunding made a motion to adjourn and Lynnette Long seconded. Motion
carried. The next
meeting will be held Aug. 7, 2001, at 9 a.m. at the Market Place.
opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received Aug.
2-8 in the Grants Office, 218 Woodburn. For copies of the
information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
Department of State. Open
grants competition to develop projects that link international
exchange interests with counterpart institutions/groups in ways
supportive of the aims of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Oct. 5, 2001.
Science Foundation. Science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics teacher preparation.
Letters of intent due Aug. 31; applications due Oct. 25.
Endowment for the Humanities.
National Education Projects, often of multiyear
duration, enable educators to engage in more extensive
consideration of humanities subjects and their teaching.
It funds the development of humanities materials, and
ways to disseminate humanities scholarship and teaching
practices. Deadline Oct. 15, 2001.
Association of University Women Educational Foundation.
Various fellowships, grants, and awards advancing
educational and career opportunities for all women.
Science Foundation. FY
2002/2003 Combined Research-Curriculum Development.
Optional letters of intent due Aug. 31; applications due
Oct. 31, 2001.
Science Foundation. Gender
Equity in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology.
The National Science Foundation is inviting proposals
designed to broaden the participation of girls and young women
in all fields of science, mathematics, engineering and
technology education through research, demonstration and
dissemination projects that will lead to change in education and
practice. Deadline: Dec. 19 for optional letters of intent and Jan. 29
for full proposals for elementary and middle school, K-12
informal education projects; and Feb. 19 for optional letters of
intent and March 29 for full proposals for high school,
undergraduate, teacher/faculty development and education