Volume XXVI  No. 8 • Feb. 22, 2002

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Patricia Bisgaard, senior secretary, extended services

Meek paper accepted for publication - Top

Dr. Gary E. Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology, recently had a paper accepted for publication in the Quality Management Journal.

The paper, “The Impact of ISO Certification on the Levels of Awareness and Usage of Quality Tools/Concepts: A Survey of Turkish Manufacturing Companies,” was co-authored with Drs. Ceyhun Ozgur of Valparaiso University and Aysegul Toker of Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey. The publication is scheduled for Vol. 9, Issue 2 in April.

Total quality management (TQM) and the implementation of quality systems have become major initiatives of companies throughout the world over the last 20 years.  This is especially true for companies that are doing or wish to do business in the European Union.  For many of these companies ISO certification has become a prerequisite when exporting their products.  This paper presents results of a survey of 140 large Turkish manufacturing companies and investigates important relationships dealing with quality and the implementation of quality tools in these companies.  The results lead to a greater

understanding of the implementation of statistical tools and the relationship between their application and ISO certification in Turkey.  

Meek said, “The results were somewhat surprising in certain areas. There appeared to be significant differences in usage between ISO certified companies and non-certified companies on almost all of the basic quality tools but significant differences between them on only four of the advanced tools.”

Overall, the ISO certified companies used more of the basic tools than non-certified companies. However, with respect to the 13 advanced tools included in the survey instrument the ISO certified companies used only four of them significantly more frequently. One would anticipate ISO certified companies to be much more likely to utilize the advanced tools as part of their process to become certified.  There were indications in the responses that some of the certified companies may be utilizing certain tools incorrectly and that ISO auditors may be concentrating on a company’s stated procedures rather than its actual practices.

Similar anomalies were found by Meek in an earlier study of Malaysian companies.

Hove-Pabst will present faculty recital “WomanSong: Torch Singers”  - Top

Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst will present a faculty recital entitled “WomanSong: Torch Singers” Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. at Jake’s Restaurant in Deadwood.

Hove-Pabst will be assisted by Dr. Janeen Larsen on piano, Dr. Randall Royer on guitar and bass, and Christopher Hahn on trumpet and flugelhorn. Professors Hove-Pabst, Larsen, Royer, and Hahn are faculty members in the music department at Black Hills State University.

In keeping with Women’s History Month (March) the recital will celebrate women singers known as torch singers, chanteuses, canaries, songbirds, or crushes. They sang in piano bars, in cabarets, in dives, in speakeasies, and in nightclubs. Their songs were typically slow, tender, and melancholy, often reflecting hurtful or lost love. Popular in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s with such stars as Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting, and Billie Holiday, the repertoire has 

continued to be popular and the songs are considered standards. 

Hove-Pabst grew up singing and hearing this repertoire.  Her first “career” was earning money performing her renditions of songs such as “Sugar Blues” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” beginning at age three.  The lives of the women singers have been of interest to her for years and during the last four years she has organized her study of the women, the culture of which they were a part, and their music.

An elegant “nightclub” setting for the recital has been arranged with the cooperation of Jake’s at the Midnight Star in Deadwood.  The recital will consist of a “set and a half” of listening music, including tunes such as “God Bless The Child,” “Stormy Weather,” “Man I Love,” and “All of Me.”  Beverages will be available for purchase.  The recital is open to the public with no admission charge.

Star school grant promotes BHSU distance education - Top

Students as well as professional teachers will benefit from a $77,500 Star School Program grant recently awarded to the College of Education at Black Hills State to develop skills related to utilizing the Dakota Digital Network (DDN) in the classroom.

The grant proposal written by Dr. Dean Meyers, dean of the College of Education at BHSU, proposes to develop DDN classrooms in the College of Education to prepare teachers and faculty to be distance learners. The grant also seeks to develop exemplary curriculum materials and applications of distance learning in the education program and provide for pre-service and in-service education training for K-12 teachers.

Laura Turner, BHSU instructor and grant coordinator, said, “This grant will allow the College of Education to receive a VTEL (Videoconferencing Technology) system that will be used in two classrooms on campus. This system will allow faculty to teach at a distance as well as supplementing their face-to-face

 classes with VTEL supported conferences, resources and sessions.”  

According to Turner, the university will offer a one-credit course titled “Teaching Using Video Conferencing “ to support the new system. She plans to develop a video conferencing resource manual using up-to-date video conferencing resources.

Intended outcomes from the grant proposal include: 1) students will explore learning theory as it relates to DDN technology, 2) students will acquire technical expertise related to DDN technology through the Dakota Connecting Schools Initiative, 3) students will create a telecollaborative learning environment through DDN, and 4) students will assess the impact of DDN technology on teaching and learning.

The grant was awarded to BHSU through the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. Congress initiated the Stars Schools Program in 1988 and recently under Title III. The program services more than 6,000 schools in all states. It is described as a national study of the change process, documenting the role of technology and telecommunications in school reform at the local and state level.

Science students present poster displays in state Capitol - Top

Students and science faculty at Black Hills State University got to strut their stuff for the state Legislature recently during the annual poster session in the state Capitol rotunda.

University students from across the state gathered in Pierre with faculty mentors to display posters related to their research projects. Some 71 different posters were presented. BH students and faculty offered seven displays.

Participants from BHSU and the title of their poster display were: Sarah Herrin, a junior biology major from Pierre, and Steven Mullen, a junior biology major from Casper, Wyo., with Dr. Audrey Gabel presented “Survey of Macrofungi, Slime Molds and Lichens in the Black Hills”; David McNeal, a senior psychology major from Rapid City, with Dr. Tim Hightower presented “Development of a More Efficient Solvent System for the Recrystallization of Benzoic Acid”; Lennard Hopper, a senior biology from Pierre, with Dr. Tim Hightower and Dr. Mike Zehfus presented “Determination of Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide in Automotive Exhaust via FTIR”; Kelly Stock, a senior biology and chemistry major from Rapid City, with Dr. Zehfus presented “Thiamine Influences on Landlocked Fall Chinook Salmon Reproductive

Dr. Tim Hightower, right, BHSU chemistry assistant professor, and Lennard Hopper, senior biology major from Pierre, were among several BH faculty and students presenting poster displays of their research recently in the state Capitol.

Characteristics”; Nathan Stephens, a junior biology major from Spearfish, with Dr. Brian Smith presented “Sensitive Herpetofauna of the Black Hills National Forest”; Nicole Bartscher, a junior biology major from Belle Fourche, and Paul Colbert, a senior pre-wildlife management major from Sioux Falls, with Dr. Smith presented “Conservation of the Antiguan Racer Snake in Antigua”; and Hans Stephenson, a junior biology major from Rapid City, with Dr. Mark Gabel presented “An Evaluation of the Effects of Formalin and Hydrogen Peroxide on the Exterior Egg Membrane of Chinook Salmon Eggs.”

Minutes of the CSA meeting - Top

The CSA Council met at Pangburn small dinning room Feb. 14, 2001. President Nancy Shuck called the meeting to order. Members present were Sherri Adams, Linda Allbee, Lynn Fox, Colleen Gustafson, Becky Haak, Cheri Leahy, Lynette Long, Nancy Shuck and Joanne Wilkening.

Cheri Leahy read the minutes from the Jan. 17, 2001, meeting. Linda Allbee moved to accept them as read and Lynette Long seconded, motion carried.

Lynette Long gave the treasurer’s report: Cheri Leahy moved to accept the treasurer’s report as read and Becky Haak seconded, motion carried.

Committee Reports:

Linda Allbee gave an abbreviated report on the Strategic Planning meeting (hard copy available).

Safety and Facilities: no report

Welcome Bags: no report

Old Business:

The 2002 Winter Social was held Feb. 8 in the Hall of Fame room in the Young Center with approximately 25 in attendance. We assume 

weather played a role in the low attendance. Next year we feel we should stay with preparing enough for 35-40.  Nancy Shuck will take care of sending thank-you notes to Dr. Flickema, Dining Services, Steve Meeker and Mike Jastorff.

New Business:

Cheri Leahy reported Daffodil Day sales are going great and that they can be delivered either March 11 or 18. It was discovered delivery would be over spring break, so another date has been setup to accommodate those folks who will be gone.  

Some discussion was held on the balloon fundraiser discussed in January but it was tabled due to Krista’s absence.

We will work with the Student Union and Dr. Flickema to setup a date for the annual CSA Luncheon in April.  Discussion was held on what gift should be purchased for employees reaching 30 years of service.  Several things will be checked on.

Becky Haak made a motion to adjourn and Joanne Wilkening seconded, motion carried. 

Our next meeting will be held at Pangburn Hall, small dining room, March 14, 9:30 a.m.

Cheri Leahy, secretary

Minutes of the University Assessment Committee meeting - Top  

Minutes of University Assessment Committee Meeting that was held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.  Present:  Earley, Siewert, J. Miller, Olson, Altmyer, Valades, Schamber, Pearce. Absent: Cook, Haislett, Myers, Calhoon, and Turner.

The committee reviewed, made comments upon, and agreed to accept as is the following reports:

  1. Technology

  2. Speech/Theatre

  3. Business Administration

  4. Business Education

The committee agreed that it wants more statistics and details in next years reports but needs to make faculty aware of this.

The next meeting will be on March 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1 - the reports to be reviewed are professional accountancy, msbsm, early childhood ed, elementary ed, special ed, middle school.


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 older 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 1-877-847-8134

Instructional improvement 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.

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 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. 

Faculty 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 page

Faculty research funds available - Top  

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 their webpage.

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. The next  application deadline is Friday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Applications are to be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218 or to Dr. Farrokhi in Woodburn 314.

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. 

Grant opportunities announced - Top  

Below are the program materials received Feb. 14-20 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

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