Volume XXV No. 45 Nov. 16, 2001
items to Campus Currents - Top
The Campus Currents is distributed every Friday.
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e-mail to Campus
Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.
There will be no Campus Currents next week due
to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Pearce will present for online conference - Top
Kristi L. Pearce, associate professor of education and faculty
development coordinator for BHSU, will present a concurrent session
"Using Classroom Assessment Techniques to Improve Online
Teaching and Learning" at the
Collaboration Conference for the Advancement of College
Teaching and Learning, Nov. 16 - 17. The theme of this fall's conference is "Making
Assessment Meaningful: Practical
Approaches to Documenting and Using Evidence for Student Learning."
Pearce will present the
underlying assumptions in using classroom assessment techniques and
show how to apply specific examples to the cyberclassroom. Her presentation is based on her work with the MERLOT
(Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching)
project and how she has integrated appropriate learning objects into
the online courses that she teaches for BHSU.
In addition, Dr. Pearce will showcase the MERLOT project as a
Poster Presentation during the conference reception.
Nicholas to present at educator’s
national meeting - Top
Nicholas, associate director of math education at the BHSU Center
for the Advancement for Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE),
will present his research at a teacher educators national meeting
Nicholas, who joined the CAMSE staff this fall
will present, ”Preparing Future Teachers for Accountability
Through Realistic Professional Situations Utilizing Authentic
Standards-Based Assessment Data” at the Association of Teacher
Educators 82nd national annual meeting in Denver, Colo., next
His presentation deals with his work with
pre-service teachers (education majors) and the use of data. The
current movement in education is extremely focused on achievement
data and standardized test results.
“What makes my work unique is that I provide
the students with real assessment information from real students and
schools,” said Nichols. “I work with the school districts who
provide me with data and then I have my students analyze, interpret
and present their findings.”
As a result of his work, Nicholas has found
pre-service teachers have a better assessment knowledge base in
comparison to teachers in the field.
This past summer, he presented his research at
the American Association of Higher Education 2001 National
Assessment Conference in Denver, Colo. The title of that
presentation was “Students as Researchers: Creating Realistic
Professional Situations in Collaboration with School Districts and
Enhancing Assessment of Quantitative Reasoning for Undergraduate
Education Majors by Using State Standardized Test Data.”
Nicholas, a Spearfish native, earned his bachelor’s
degree in mathematics education at the University of New Mexico in
1992, a master’s degree in statistics from the University of
Wyoming in 1997 and is currently a doctoral candidate in curriculum
and instruction at UW.
Hesson publishes testing book - Top
James Hesson, professor of physical education, recently published
the first edition of the Winning Edge Series, Test Bank to
Accompany Walking for Fitness, fourth edition.
Published earlier this year by McGraw-Hill, Walking
for Fitness focuses on cardiovascular fitness and body
composition. It was
designed to educate and motivate its readers to adopt fitness
walking and other positive behaviors as part of an active, healthy
The Test Bank was designed and written
to provide an excellent assessment tool to evaluate learners’
acquisition of the knowledge and skills taught in the textbook.
It was originally designed for ease of use
by fitness instructors to provide tests for
their students directly from the Test Bank.
The writers devoted considerable time and effort to
developing and writing questions to elicit a true and honest
evaluation of the learners’ progress in acquiring the skills
taught in the textbook.
Hesson earned his doctor of education degree at
Brigham Young University in 1980.
He has been a professor of biokinetics in the Division of
Physical Education and Health at Black Hills State University since
1990. Since 1993 he has
worked each summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with U.S.
Olympic athletes and coaches. He
frequently serves as an author and textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill
and other educational publishers.
Royer to serve as guest conductor - Top
Randall Royer, assistant professor of music at Black Hills State
University, will be a guest conductor and clinician for the
International Music Camp at the Peace Gardens on the border between
North Dakota and Manitoba next summer.
Joeseph T. Alme, camp director for the
International Music Camp, recently announced the appointment to the
staff of the camp. Royer’s appointment will be for the third week
of the camp, June 23-29, 2002.
The BHSU music professor will direct two junior high school
bands during that week and he will also teach conducting workshops
for area middle school and high school band directors.
Royer joins a staff of 150 artist-teachers, conductors, and
clinicians from the United States, Canada, and Europe. This is the
season for the music camp and features six
different concert band sessions and a total of 31 other programs.
Royer has been on the faculty of Black Hills
State University since 1997 and presently directs the BHSU Jazz
Ensemble and the Dakota Chamber Orchestra.
He is also active as a band clinician and adjudicator
throughout the west and northern plains. The BHSU music professor
has judged music contests and/or guest conducted music clinics in
Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North
Dakota. Royer is an alumnus of the International Music Camp and has
degrees from South Dakota State University, the University of
Wyoming and the University of Utah.
provides consultant support to Fremont County school district - Top
Black Hills State University entered into an
agreement recently with Wyoming’s Fremont County School District
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 the
Fremont County School District in support of a National Science
Foundation (NSF) grant in the areas of science, mathematics and
technology education. The Wyoming school district received the NSF
grant known as the Fort Washakie School Rural Systemic Initiative
that funds the initiatives and provides for consulting support.
Hines will be providing math workshops and
support for K-12 teachers implementing Connected Math programs and
Everyday Math programs. He will also assist in the development of
assessment tools to document student achievement.
Sayler will provide consultation and access to
CAMSE resources including materials, telecommunications and
technology support as well as the university’s credit and
curricula support. He will also help formulate assessment plans,
attend committee meetings and assist with training.
Black Hills State through CAMSE has assisted
several school districts in South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming with
rural systemic initiatives that provide teachers and students with
new approaches to teaching and learning.
BHSU alum publishes book - Top
Aaron Buche, a South Dakota native and a
graduate of Black Hills State University, has published his first
book. The book, titled “73 Things That Make Me Say Bad Words,”
is a comical look at life’s little quirks. Subjects include a
pointed look at reality television, escalator dismounts and loch
ness monster theories.
“The idea for this book comes from a couple
of sources, but primarily from a book I saw at my work.
This book was titled “14,001 Things To Be Happy About.”
I liked the book, but it wasn’t something that I could
really laugh about and get attached to. I figured there needs to be a funnier, more realistic book
that tells the truth about the everyday realities that kind of leave
you mumbling under your breath or even out-right cursing. I wanted
to laugh about those things. That’s
when the ideas started flying,” said Buche.
Buche says there are more to follow, “It’s
more of an overall concept than merely a book, kind of like the ‘Chicken
Soup’ books that are out there.
I’ve set up a website at www.73things.com
so that everyone can participate
and ‘sound off’ with what makes
them say bad
words. If you go
to the website you can see what makes other people ‘ say bad
words.’ Then join in yourself.
So far there have been some hilarious things that people from
all over the country have submitted. With the submissions I get at the website, I have plans for
writing more. Right now
I definitely want to get, ‘73 More Things That Make Me Say Bad
Words,’ and, ‘73 Things About Showing Up For Work That
Makes Me Say Bad Words,’ published.
I think it could go anywhere from there.”
His book can be purchased at www.73things.com
Buche will be in the Black Hills area for book signings over
the Thanksgiving holiday.
Buche graduated BHSU in ’94 with a degree in
sociology. He and
his wife, Leslie, currently live in Colorado Springs, Colo. Where he
works for a software firm and continues his writing.
quiz bowl held at BHSU
from four area schools competed in a chemistry quiz bowl at Black
Hills State University as a part of National Chemistry Week.
Belle Fourche, St. Thomas More, Custer and Newcastle, Wyo.,
schools participated in the event. Each school had two teams
competing. This was the
first year for the event. The winning team at the quiz bowl
competition was St. Thomas More from Rapid City.
They were presented with a plaque, BHSU t-shirts and key
chains. Members of the
team include: front row (kneeling left to right), Lindsey Roskos,
senior; Christopher Baker, junior; Monique Vidal, senior; back row
(standing left to right), G.B. Fischback, junior; Dr. Timothy
Hightower, BHSU mediator of the event; Stephanie Braun, quiz bowl
coach; Bill Young, quiz bowl coach; and Michael O’Meara, senior.
Anderson competes in ironman competition - Top
Anderson, professor of geology, recently competed in the Janus Florida Ironman triathlon
and finished in the top 20-25 percent.
triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. The Janus Florida
Ironman Triathlon was held in Panama City Beach, Fla., with roughly
2,000 entrants. All
participants must finish within 17 hours. This was Anderson’s
second triathlon, and his first at the Ironman distance. The event
is scheduled to air on ESPN in April of 2002.
finished the swim in 1 hour and 15 minutes, which he describes as
very average for most swimmers, but a great result for him since
it's his weakest event.
did manage to get a bit motion sick on some of the ocean swells
during the swim, which didn't affect my cycling but did catch up
with me during the run.,” Anderson said.
bike leg went extremely well for Anderson as he finished 10-15
minutes faster than he thought he would. The biking portion of the
race took 5 hours 19 minutes which is an average of 21 mph.
Anderson said the marathon was brutal.
ran under eight minutes a mile for the first five miles, which is my
goal pace, but the nausea I experienced on the swim never improved
during the bike leg, and got much worse after 5 miles of the run.
I wasn't able to drink enough, and eventually my pace slowed
and cramps started to take their toll.
I ran the entire marathon (26.2 miles), but very slowly for
me (averaged over 9 minutes per mile, a little over 4 hours for the
marathon),” Anderson said.
five minutes of transition between each event and his final time for
the entire race was 10 hours 55 minutes 54 seconds which was a
little over 4 minutes faster than he was hoping for and placed him
in the top 20-25 percent of all competitors.
has plans to compete in the Boston Marathon in April 2002, but is
not sure about future ironman competitions.
told my wife when I crossed the finish line at Ironman Florida that
I would never do another Ironman, but now I'm thinking that I'll
probably do another in 2003,” Anderson said.
service workshop held at BHSU - Top
Chapman, founder of The Chapman Group, uses the book Sneetches
by Dr. Seuss to assist in his presentation, “Off the Hook Customer
Service,” at Black Hills State University. Chapman used the
book’s story to emphasize that leaders should value all workers as
part of a team. The seminar was sponsored by BHSU’s Center for
Business and Entrepreneurship and the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).
Minutes of the CSA council meeting - Top
Council met at Pangburn Hall little dining room, Oct. 9, 2001. Vice
Pres. Carolyn Skallerud called the meeting to order.
Those present were Deatta Chapel, Krista L. Schroeder, Linda
Allbee, Carolyn Skallerud, Cheryl Leahy,
Nancy Shuck and Becky Haak.
no September meeting, Becky Haak read the minutes from the August meeting. Krista
Schroeder moved to accept and Deatta Chapel seconded, motion
treasurer’s report was not available
Bags: no report
Planning and Safety & Facilities: no report
Leahy reported that our Relay for Life Team raised $1,200 for Cancer
for 2002 was discussed. Carolyn Skallerud suggested that we 1)
prepare for at least 100 guests up by 20,
that the reserved parking space is not a free space, and 3) have set
times for specific drawings so guests can come and go to the meeting.
note from Lisa Glover was read.
was available from the Board of Regents CSA meeting in Pierre.
was available regarding the CSA representative from Wenona Cook
Chapel has the CSA election ballots and preliminary paper work under
Skallerud and Becky Haak will help count the votes.
made a motion to adjourn and Cheryl Leahy seconded, motion carried.
meeting will be held at Pangburn Hall, Little dining room, Nov. 13,
at 9 a.m.
grants available - Top
The 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.
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.
members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or
workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three
years. In the other
categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an
IIC grant in the last academic year.
Proposals for grant funding
will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for
submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be
made as soon as practicable on each proposal.
Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the
grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218, 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
Faculty research funds available -
The 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
It is 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 2002. Apply now. The next application deadline is Nov.
The 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.
This week at Black Hills State
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flu shots for students, Young Center, 222, 8 a.m.
to 12 p.m.
Meet, Young Center
Skills Testing, Jonas 3rd floor, 7:30 a.m. to 5
Day for prospective students, David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hills Honor Band, Young Center, 6:30 p.m.
basketball vs. Concordia College, Young Center, 8
Thanksgiving break, no classes
Kelly Inn Classic, Young Center
Kelly Inn Classic, Young Center