Volume XXV No. 4 • Jan. 26, 2001
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NSF grant funds chemistry technology
$58,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with supplemental
university funding will support more than $116,000 in new science
equipment and instruction for the Black Hills State chemistry
Two pieces of equipment will be purchased with the grant
money, according to Dr. Mike Zehfus, assistant professor of
chemistry. The money will be used to upgrade existing equipment to a
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR) using an Anasazi
EFT-NMR conversion package. They will also purchase a new Fourier
Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR).
“These two machines are key instruments for the chemistry
department that we didn’t have,” said Zehfus. “They complete
our suite of instruments and now we’re competitive with any
up-to-date chemistry department.”
BH chemistry professor plans to utilize the equipment in his survey
and general chemistry classes as well as in his upper-level
biochemistry course. His objective is to introduce cutting-edge
technology where it will touch as many students as possible.
are several reasons for doing this,” said Zehfus, “first, using
instruments in an introductory lab gives students a better
appreciation for the way modern chemical analysis is performed in
the real world. Second, using instruments emphasizes to students
that chemistry can also be a ‘high tech’ discipline. Finally,
using instruments allows the students to do powerful, modern
experiments with relative ease. …”
What excites the chemistry professor about chemistry
technology is that it will be available to the general non-chemistry
major as well as to the advanced chemistry student. He is currently
developing a series of experiments for his classes that will utilize
the new technology.
for prospective student teachers
planning to student teach during the summer/fall of 2001 must attend
one of the following registration/orientation meetings:
Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 102
Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 107
student teachers should check their BHSU catalog to make sure they
meet all requirements.
services non-profit job fair a success
Stanelle, student development director, felt the university’s
first non-profit job fair held last Thursday was a success.
25 organizations were represented at the fair with 48 organizational
representatives. Attendance including BH students and staff totaled
had an opportunity to visit numerous displays such as those pictured
talking to representatives from the Children’s Home Society and
St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.
student development director believes this type of fair is unique in
that it focuses on people who essentially work in the social science
from this genre are looking for people interested in full-time work,
part-time work, internships and volunteering.
This represents a wide
variety of opportunities for job seekers and at the same time lets
employers gage interest in their particular organization.
Information about future job fairs or about
career services at BHSU is available by phone at (605) 642-6277 or
visit their web site at: < www.bhsu.edu/careers>.
Improvement Committee funds - Top
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
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.
for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis.
The deadline for submission will be the third Tuesday of each month;
a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal.
The original plus 10 copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants
and special projects office, W218, 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
with technology showcased in Pierre - Top
Black Hills State teaching with technology award winners were in
Pierre this week to present their tech programs to the governor and
William Janklow visited with Ronnie Theisz, right, Riley Chrisman
and Cheryl Anagnopolous last Tuesday regarding their teaching with
technology programs at a presentation at the state Capitol
BH contingency joined with others from the state’s six regental
universities to set up displays in the Capitol hallways and around
the rotunda for preview by state government officials during a
legislative session. Governor Janklow took time from his schedule to
visit with faculty about their presentations.
The governor announced the teaching with
technology program in 1998. The program was designed to support
faculty members with grants that provide summer compensation and
funds for equipment, software, and training. The recipients were to
redesign course work and teach students to use the new technology.
from BHSU and their award winning programs were Dr. Cheryl
Anagnopolous, Psychology of Adolescence; Dr. Steve Anderson,
Hydrologoy/Enviromental Geology; Dr. Peggy Buckwalter, Intermediate
Spanish 1 and 2; Dr. Riley Chrisman, Historiography; Dr. Abdollah
Farrokhi, Public Relations; Dr. Richard Gayle, Introduction to
Probability and Statistics; Dr. Vincent King, Survey of American
Literature; Colleen Kirby, Library and Society; Dr. Lidan Lin,
Teaching English as a Second Language; Dr. David Salomon, Seminar:
Writing and Technology/Hamlet in Hyperspace; and Dr. Ronnie Theisz,
World Literature 1 and 2.Since
the teaching with technology program was initiated more than 120
faculty have received awards.
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 fall of 2001. You can apply now
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
Alumni Mile Scholarship given to Rob Marney
Marney, an All-American cross-country runner at Black Hills State, was
selected as the first recipient of the Alumni Mile Scholarship. The
scholarship award was presented at the BHSU winter invitational indoor
track meet by Myles Kennedy, left, president of the Yellow Jacket
Foundation and the Green and Gold Club, Jim Glazer, president of the
Alumni Mile organization and member of the Class of ’82, and Dave
Little, BHSU athletic director.
Marney led the BH cross-country team to
a second-place finish at the national meet in Kenosha, Wisc., this fall
by finishing ninth to lead the Yellow Jacket runners. This was the
highest finish ever for a Jacket cross- country team.
alumni mile scholarship endowment was started in 1998 in support of both
the men’s and women’s teams. Each year participants of the alumni
mile race contribute to the fund. The scholarship endowment totaled
$8,275 following this year’s race. Stadium Sports Grill also
contributes to the fund and hosts a social gathering for the athletes
following the race.
NAIA banners presented to
team - Top
Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s cross country teams were recognized
and honored last weekend during half-time ceremonies at Saturday’s
men’s basketball game and presented two large NAIA wall banners. The
banners display the men’s runners-up award and both teams’ combined point national title at the 2000 NAIA
National Cross Country Championships in Kenosha, Wisc., last November.
Three Yellow Jacket runners earned All-American
honors: Rob Marney, a
junior from Torrington, Wyo., finished ninth and sophomore
Mike McDaniel, Faith, placed 13th in the men’s race.
Senior Monica Headlee, a native of Kadoka, crossed in 30th place in the
The men’s team
finished second to Life University of Georgia and the BH women finished
16th, the highest finish ever at a national meet for both
Coach Scott Walkinshaw was the write-in
winner as Men’s National Coach of the Year following the meet.
abroad options open to BH students
Hills State University now offers a program of study in which students
travel to Granada, Spain, where they will take a proficiency exam and
then be placed into a six-week Spanish language course at Centro Granadi’
are ten courses in which students may be placed after taking the
proficiency test, ranging from beginning Spanish language courses to the
more advanced classes such as ‘Spanish for Business and Industry’.
For additional cost, students may take dance (Salsa, Flamenco) and
classical Spanish guitar.
Peggy Buckwalter, Spanish assistant professor at BHSU, established the
program, after she received grant money from the BHSU Instructional
Improvement Committee last summer to observe classes and visit with the
instructor at the institute in Granada. Buckwalter said, “we discussed
and agreed upon the components of the program and the costs, and upon
return an agreement was drafted.”
institute had been recommended to her by the director of study abroad at
the University of Illinois, students of which will also be attending the
same courses with Black Hills State and European students.
this point,” said Buckwalter, “approximately five students have
expressed serious interest in attending. They will attend intensive
language classes for six weeks and will also have available courses on
the culture of Islam, culture of Spain, and art history. They will live
either with Spanish families or in apartments with Spanish-speaking
cost of the course is $1,500 if the student chooses to stay with a host
family, which includes two meals per day, or $1,300 if the student
chooses the apartment share option with five or six other students
(student does not choose his/her own roommates).
in the cost for the course are two excursions. One is a guided tour of
the Alhambra and the other is a weekend trip to the Alpujarra region and
Sierra Nevada Mountains. The price also includes six BHSU credits,
course fees, books, and living accommodations. It does not include
travel from South Dakota to Granada, Spain. The non-refundable
application fee of $50, and the application, are due at the BHSU
Business Office no later than March 15, 2001.
For more information contact Peggy Buckwalter at
642-6195, or check the Black Hills State University web site at studyabroad.htm
University NCA Self Study Committee
minutes - Top
of University NCA Self Study Committee Tuesday January 23 at 3PM in
Woodburn Conference Room 1
Present: Earley, Downing, Wessel,
Haislett, Silva, Card, J. Johnson
Cook, Heidrich, Godsell, Keller, K. Johnson, Lin, Schamber,
chair reported that the Basic Institutional Data Forms were done except
for athletics. There was
some discussion and all agreed that the chair should make a copy for
each member ASAP.
committee discussed the Criterion I report.
Changes were made and there was a discussion of various parts of
the chapter. Committee
agreed that further editorial changes may be needed as the additional
chapters are added.
Wessel reported that his taskforce was working on Criterion 2.
While there was difficulty in finding a meeting time, the
taskforce should have its report ready in February.
and Card reported that each member of the Criterion 3 taskforce was
working on his/her section and they would meet to put the report
report on Criterion 4 would come after the Strategic Planning Committee
had finished its budget presentation and also the first criteria
taskforces were done.
reported the report on Criterion 5 was being written.
reported that he was writing the response to the concerns of the 1992
visit and hoped to have the report ready for the next meeting.
next meeting will be on Tuesday Jan. 30th at 3 p.m. in Woodburn
Conference Room 1.
Assessment Committee minutes - Top
of University Assessment Committee- Wednesday Jan. 24 at 3 p.m.
in Woodburn Conference Room 1
Earley, Termes, Altmyer, Sharon Hemmingson, Calhoon
Cook, J. Miler, K. Meyers, D. Myer, Angelia Johnston
chair reported that he had received 18 reports and about six were
being completed. Since
this is a total of 24, the committee agreed to review eight at a
time and cover the totality in three meetings.
person was then assigned to read the reports and make comments to
committee agreed to hear a report from Mr. Dar on technological
literacy during the semester, a report from VP Haislett on the
overall environment, and the annual overall assessment report.
The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 31 at 3
p.m. in Woodburn conference Room 1.
Grants opportunities announced - Top
are the program materials received January 18-January 24, 2001 in the
Grants Office, 218 Woodburn. 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.
S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and
Information Administration. Technology Opportunities Program (TOP).
Each TOP project should yield new insights into how best to
use network technology and offer opportunities to learn what works
well and what doesn’t. Awards range from $200,000-$900,000.
Deadline March 22.
Science Foundation. Developmental and Learning Sciences: A
Multidisciplinary Competition will support studies that increase our
understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and
biological processes related to children’s and adolescents’
learning in formal and informal settings.
Approximately $5 million in funding is available.
Deadline July 15.
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
the availability of a guidebook that describes the policies and
procedures of the Broad Agency Announcement used by NASA known
as the NASA Research Announcement.
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for
Undergraduate Programs purpose is to increase the number of
low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in
$35,000,000 for Partnership grants and $23,000,000 for state
S. Department of Education.
Improvement of Postsecondary Education:
Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships Program will provide
grants or enter into cooperative agreements to enhance the
delivery, quality, and accountability of postsecondary education
and career-oriented lifelong learning through asynchronous
distance education. Award
range is $100,000-$500,000.
Preapplications due March 15; invited applications due
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Day: high school students visit campus today
CSA Winter Social, Young Center Hall of Fame room, 4:30 p.m.
Women’s basketball vs. Mayville State University, 6 p.m.
basketball vs. Mayville State University, 8 p.m.
Day: high school students on campus today
Enhancement, Cook 119
& Gold pre-game tip-off, Stadium Sports Grill, 4-5:15 p.m.
basketball vs. Valley City State University, 6 p.m.
Men’s basketball vs. Valley City State
University, 8 p.m.
the “Systematic” Job Search, Career Center, 3-4 p.m.
Scholarship Essay Contest Deadline
Your Winning Resume
& Gold Luncheon, Millstone, noon
Tech, 8 p.m.
Tech, 8 p.m.