Volume XXVI No. 8 Feb.
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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
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.
will present faculty recital “WomanSong: Torch Singers”
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
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.
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
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.
students present poster displays in state Capitol
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
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
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
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.
read the minutes from the Jan. 17, 2001, meeting. Linda Allbee moved
to accept them as read and Lynette Long seconded, motion carried.
Long gave the treasurer’s report: Cheri Leahy moved to accept the
treasurer’s report as read and Becky Haak seconded, motion
Allbee gave an abbreviated report on the Strategic Planning meeting
(hard copy available).
Facilities: no report
Bags: no report
Winter Social was held Feb. 8 in the Hall of Fame room in the Young
Center with approximately 25 in attendance. We assume
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.
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.
discussion was held on the balloon fundraiser discussed in January
but it was tabled due to Krista’s absence.
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.
made a motion to adjourn and Joanne Wilkening
seconded, motion carried.
meeting will be held at Pangburn Hall, small dining room, March 14,
Minutes of the University Assessment
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:
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
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
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
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
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 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
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
This week at Black Hills State
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This calendar is also available on the BHSU homepage quick links.