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professor to present a paper in Norway - Top
Susan Hove-Pabst, associate professor of music at Black Hills State
University, has been invited to present a paper at the International
Society for Music Education (ISME), a world conference on music
education that will be held this summer in Norway.
The theme of the conference is “Samspel,” a
Norwegian word for working together in music and in other human
endeavors. The three-prong focus will be on interacting and working
across borders and musical cultures, across music education and
other disciplines, and across virtualities and realities. The
biennial conference will be held in Bergen, Norway, Aug. 11-16.
Hove-Pabst’s paper, entitled “Children’s original opera in a
rural American schoolhouse:
Integration and relevance in discovery
learning music education,” will be the topic of her
speech as well as part of the published conference proceedings.
Her study on which the paper is based documented the process
that occurred during the creation and production of original student
opera by elementary students in a one-room rural school. The
researcher concluded that original student opera can be used as an
effective tool for learning about self, others, and the world and
subsequently for communicating what one knows through an integrated,
Hove-Pabst joined the BHSU faculty in 1988 and
teaches music education methods classes, sight singing and ear
training, voice, and music appreciation. She earned a bachelor's
degree from the University of Montana and master's degree and
doctorate degrees from Montana State University.
O’Connor-Salomon publishes - Top
A. O'Connor-Salomon, adjunct lecturer in English and circulation
librarian at Black Hills State University, has published a review
article of three recent works and has also had an article accepted
for inclusion in the encyclopedia of fantasy and science fiction
long review article of three recent works on Arthurian literature
and film is published in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
12.2 (2001): 223-29.
O'Connor-Salomon has also had an article on
Katherine Kurtz accepted
for inclusion in the new edition
of Supernatural Fiction Writers, a extensive encyclopedia on
fantasy and science fiction writers to be published by Scribner's.
Kurtz is the author of many volumes of fantasy fiction and is
perhaps one of the most important authors of fantasy literature
currently writing. The inclusion of the article is Kurtz's first
appearance in this important encyclopedia.
holds two master's degrees - one in medieval studies from the
University of Connecticut and one in English from Trinity College.
She began teaching at BHSU in 1999.
Hoffman is new admission counselor - Top
the admissions process at Black Hills State University gave Michelle
Hoffman the opportunity for a promotion as admissions counselor in
the university’s enrollment center.
worked in the enrollment center since 1997 as a senior secretary and
has been actively involved in the student recruitment process for
the past couple of years. She is filling a position vacated by Judy
Berry, assistant director of admissions, who retired last month.
“Just the fact
that I worked with Judy the past several years and my background in
admissions helped me move into this new position,” said Hoffman.
“I like the travel and the experience of working with new
She indicated she
would miss working with the current students and the interaction she
has had with them during their collegiate careers.
The new admission
counselor began her career at BHSU in 1990 as a student and was
employed by the admissions office as a work-study student during her
undergraduate years. She graduated from BHSU in 1994 with a degree
in business administration. She went to work for the university’s
records office in 1994 and remained there for the next three years
before moving to the enrollment center.
During the next
several weeks, Hoffman will be holding down two jobs until a
replacement is found for her senior secretary position. She will
also be planning a travel schedule for follow-up visits to eastern
South Dakota high schools and helping organize fall registration for
currently enrolled students. The next item on her busy schedule is
assisting with summer prep days when new groups of students and
their parents visit the BH campus.
appears to be full but then, it’s basically what she’s be doing
for some time and her familiarity with the process will make the
overall task easier.
Sayler is national evaluator of K-12
math science programs - Top
Dr. Ben Sayler,
director of the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and
Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University, is one of
30 researchers from across the country participating in a national
study of classroom science and math practices.
The National Science Foundation, Horizon Research, Inc., based in Chapel
Hill, N.C, supports the study entitled “Inside the Classroom.”
The study is designed to gather information about classroom
procedures, the physical environment, and the policy environment
within a random sample of mathematics and science classrooms
throughout the United States.
Forty middle schools have been selected at
random from the national survey.
For each of the 40 middle schools, one elementary school and
one high school in the middle school’s feeder pattern have also
been selected, giving a total of three schools per district.
From each school, two science and two mathematics teachers
are chosen randomly for classroom observations and interviews
(elementary teachers are assigned to one subject or the other). When
complete, the study will include 480 observations of science and
mathematics teaching in grades K-12 and 480 interviews.
The BHSU CAMSE
director has completed six observations to date and is scheduled to
complete his second and final site visit this
month. Results from
this important project will be used to inform national policy makers
about the state of K-12 math and science education.
“I will have
conducted very few observations compared to the total 480 being
collected through this study,” said Sayler. “What I find so
exciting is the in-depth analysis of instruction and policy by 30
independent researchers visiting 40 randomly selected districts. It
will be fascinating to see what trends emerge from the complete set
During his early
observations, Sayler notes “students are well-behaved, though not
particularly excited about what they are learning. Teachers appear
conscientious, but burdened with large teaching loads and
extracurricular responsibilities. Instruction tends to follow a
textbook quite closely with a few hands-on activities as
supplements. Teachers report that the hands-on activities increase
student interest and understanding. Unfortunately, the level of
intellectual engagement and rigor associated with the hands-on
activities has tended to be low.”
Sayler came to
BHSU as director of CAMSE in the fall of 1999 after completing a
postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.
He was involved with research in elementary school science and
science education reform. The BHSU CAMSE director earned his Ph.D.
in atmospheric science at the University of Washington. His
bachelor’s and master’s degrees were earned at Yale University
in geology and geophysics.
performs at fundraiser
Johanna Meier, vocal arts and opera theatre artistic director
for the BHSU Summer Institute of the Arts, sang folk and love songs
last weekend at a special fundraising event "From the
Heart of Spain." Meier was accompanied by Janeen
Health recognized as Green
and Gold Club Booster of the Year - Top
Health System of Spearfish was recognized recently as the Green and Gold
Club booster of the year for 2001 at half time during last Friday’s
men’s basketball game at BHSU. Presenting the
award to Bryan Lessly, Lookout Memorial Hospital media relations
director and Angie Leonard, director of the Family Medical Center
Clinic, were Myles Kennedy, right, Green and Gold Club president and Dr.
Thomas Flickema, left, university president. Banner Health donated
$7,000 in scholarship support to the university.
BHSU to host information
night - Top
Black Hills State
University will host an information session Sunday, March 3 from 2-4
p.m. at the Rapid City Civic Center room 102.
High students and their parents as well as
other workers seeking additional training or desiring a career
change are encouraged to meet with representatives from the
enrollment center, extended services and the Ellsworth base campus.
Information about admissions procedures, financial aid, academic
programs and distance learning will be available.
Black Hills State University, the third largest
state university offers several new courses of study with a total of
more than 90 majors and minors.
Classes are offered at the main campus in Spearfish and
at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City. Select classes are also
available over the Internet or by correspondence which allows
students an opportunity to continue working while earning a degree.
The education master’s degree in curriculum and instruction is now
available entirely online. Many graduate and undergraduate business
classes are also offered online.
For general enrollment center information call
1-800-255-BHSU or see the university website at <www.bhsu.edu>.
For information about internet and correspondence classes call
Minutes of the University Assessment
Committee meeting - Top
of University Assessment Committee Meeting Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in
Woodburn Conference Room 1. Present: Earley, Siewert, L. Turner, J.
Miller, Pearce. Absent: Altmyer,
Cook, Haislett, Valades, Calhoon, Schamber, Olson.
committee considered and acted on the following reports:
- Accepted as is.
- Rejected. Sent back for rewrite.
- Accepted as is.
Services - Accepted as is.
Physical Science - Accepted as is.
committee decided that to not review the composite physical-science
report since the faculty in science had recommended elimination of
next meeting of the committee will be on Feb. 19th at 3:30 p.m. in
Woodburn Conference Room 1. The following reports will be considered: technology,
theatre, business administration, business education.
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
business, social sciences
and humanities. The next
application deadline is Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Applications are to be submitted to
the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218 or to Dr. Farrokhi in
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.
opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Jan.
31-Feb. 13 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. 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.
National Science Foundation. Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB).
This program is designed to enable academic institutions
and their partners, as well as professional societies, to
enhance access to careers in environmental biology (broadly
defined) for undergraduate students.
Three types of projects may be supported:
(1) research-mentoring grants; (2) planning activities
for research-mentoring projects; and (3) travel to meetings of
professional societies by undergraduate students.
Deadline June 15, 2002.
Department of Education.
FIPSE Comprehensive Grant (ED).
The Education Department’s Fund for the Improvement of
Postsecondary Education is inviting applications to ensure
access to and reform of higher education, including via
school-college partnerships aimed at improving K-12 teaching.
13 for preapplications; May 24 for final applications.
This week at Black Hills State
University - Top
This calendar is also available on the BHSU homepage quick links.