Resignation - top
- Michele Mitchell, custodial worker, Facilities Services
Anderson authors and
presents research at national conferences - top
Steve Anderson, geology professor at Black Hills State University,
recently authored two papers that were presented at national
Anderson presented a paper "Spatial
Distribution of Lava Flow Surface Features on Earth and Mars" at
the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas. The paper
is the outgrowth of some NASA-funded field work he has conducted in
Hawaii, and shows that original, uneroded surfaces exist on the Martian
also co-authored a paper presented at the National Association for
Research in Science Teaching Conference entitled "Exploring Earth
Science Misconceptions of Introductory and Non-Science Majors through
the development of the GCT (Geoscience Concept Test)".
This paper was presented by Dr. William Boone of Indiana
University. This work is the result of research funded by a $500,000
National Science Foundation grant awarded to BHSU and the
Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The BHSU geologist completed a one-year
teaching sabbatical at the University of Arizona during the 1998-99
academic year and served as chairman of the BHSU science department last
year. Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology at Arizona State University
in 1990. He has published many articles and papers on his research
related to volcanoes and lava flows. He has been a member of the science
faculty at BHSU since 1991.
Hills State University will hold 145th Commencement May 10
The 145th Black
Hills State University commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at
10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness
Degrees will be
awarded to 330 students including eight master’s degrees, 12 bachelor
of arts degrees, 216 bachelor of science degrees, 75 bachelor of science
in education degrees, and 19 associate degrees. List
commencement address will be given by Mr. Randall Morris, South Dakota
Board of Regents member. Dr. Patrica Fallbeck, 2002 Distinguished
Faculty member, will give the faculty charge to the graduates. Diplomas
will be presented by Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and April
Meeker, BHSU records director.
retiring faculty members will be formally recognized during the
ceremony. The 2003 Distinguished Faculty Award will be presented to Dr.
Tom Hills, political science professor.
the first time in nearly 20 years, two honorary degrees will be awarded.
An honorary doctorate of humane letters will be presented to both Guido
S. Della-Vecchia and Johanna T. Meier.
“Mr. Guido Della-Vecchia and Ms. Johanna Meier were chosen for this
honor in recognition of the achieved distinction within their profession
and the outstanding contributions to the people of South Dakota. The
couple’s distinguished operatic career, their contributions to the
community of Spearfish, and dedication to the advancement of the arts
make them important and outstanding role models for the people of South
Dakota,” Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, said. “The two have had an
important positive influence on the arts in this community as well as
the entire state of South Dakota. These honorary doctorates will bestow
upon Mr. Della-Vecchia and Ms. Johanna Meier the recognition they so
BHSU has awarded only 11 honorary degrees in its history and this is
the first time in nearly 20 years that an honorary doctorate has been
awarded. Josef Meier, Johanna’s father, received an honorary doctorate
of humane letters from BHSU in 1972.
will be provided by the BHSU Brass Ensemble, under the direction of
Christopher Hahn, and Kristine Schaffer, Adam Lawson, Andrea Farr and
Thomas Flickema will host a reception for the graduates and their
families and friends, and BHSU faculty and staff members immediately
following the commencement ceremony. The reception will be held in the
Young Center Field House.
breakfast will be held prior to graduation at 7:45 a.m. in the David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The cum laude,
magna cum laude, and summa cum laude graduates will be honored. Also,
the highest-ranking female and male graduates will be recognized.
Jennifer Thurm, human services and sociology major from Rapid City, will be
honored as the highest-ranking female graduate and Desmon Mitchell, a
psychology major from Spearfish, will be honored as the highest-ranking
Hills State honors faculty and staff for service - top
Black Hills State University employees
were recently recognized for their service to the students, the
university, and the community.
Jace DeCory, instructor of American
Indian studies, received the
special committee award for her exemplary work in advising students. DeCory
serves not only as an advisor to her students; she is also considered a
confidant, friend and mentor especially for Native American students.
Kim Kerwin, cook in the Student Union Market Place, and Mike Jastorff, director of
the University Bookstore, were awarded the outstanding university
service award. Kerwin was selected for her commitment
to her customers, her staff, and the students of BHSU. She not only is
responsible for the Market Place in the Student Union but also has been
in charge of BHSU concessions for more than seven years. Kim’s
employees indicate that she maintains an open-door policy and is a
supervisor who is easy to talk to and helps resolve their problems. Jastorff received the award for being
instrumental in acquiring and operating the BHSU blimp at home
basketball games, setting up and selling books to accommodate
students’ needs; presenting information at Prep Days to provide an
understanding of the numerous services that are available at the
bookstore, and making deliveries all over campus. In addition, he
teaches a business class each semester at the Ellsworth Branch Campus.
Disability services advisor Joan
Wermers earned the student service award because she consistently seeks
new and better ways to serve the students of BHSU. Wermers’ motto is
“students come first.” She wrote a mini-grant to establish an
assitive technology lab, coordinated with the Student Assistance Center
for space and rounded up the necessary computers. She was also able to
purchase some new software with grant funds. She is always there to
listen and help students and they often look to her for stability.
|The University Communications office,
Kristen Kilmer, information specialist; Corinne Hansen, director of University Communications; Ven
Thompson, director of Institutional Research; and Paul Kopco, webmaster;
received the university
area award. This award was given for the remarkable job University
Communications has done with the BHSU website, their ability to produce
news stories, their effort in getting people to sign up on the web for
New Student Days and PREP, the virtual tour, their work with Campus
Currents, and the media coverage of all different types of campus
| David Wolff, assistant professor of history,
and Cheryl Leahy, senior secretary in the
Enrollment Center, were
honored for their community service.
Leahy was presented the community
service award for her long-term investment as a volunteer in many
activities both on- and off-campus. A few of her volunteer activities
are: CASA Annual Walk/Run for 1999, 2000, 2001, Special Olympics state
meet for two years, State High School Track Meet, Spearfish
Baseball/Softball Board, Spearfish Junior Basketball Board, Spearfish
Soccer Board, Spearfish Recreation Board, BHSU Kevin Whirlwind Horse
Memorial Run, BHSU Creek Cleanup, BHSU CSA Council, Relay for Life, and
American Cancer Society Daffodil Days. She has also been a blood donor
for at least 15 years.
Wolff has provided leadership for the
Lawrence County Historical Society and the South Dakota Historical
Society and is currently offering direction on a proposed oral history
project concerning the Homestake Mine. David also serves as a member of
or advisor to community groups such as the Spearfish Historical Society,
the Lawrence County Historical Society, the South Dakota State
Historical Society, and is a member of the planning group concerning the
future of Homestake Mine. He is also involved with the annual Island in
the Plains meetings of the U.S. Forest Service, the Deadwood Historical
Preservation Commission, the Adams Museum and Homestake Mine group and
is assisting in the organization of a symposium concerning the Chinese
librarian and assistant professor of education and Anita Haeder, human resource officer; and were honored for 35
years of state service. Also honored was Cal Crooks, Graphics and Media
coordinator, who is currently serving on active duty with the National
Recognized for 25 years of service were Ardean
Wessel, assistant to the president; and Janeen Larsen, professor of music and chair of
the Fine and Applied Arts Department. Also honored but not pictured are Junior
Bettelyoun, assistant professor of education; Gary Hunt, building
maintenance specialist; and Lil Odell, reproduction services
Twenty-year pins were awarded to Patty
Clarkson, senior secretary for the College of Education; and Kent Meyers, assistant professor of
English. Jim Hess,
professor of psychology, who is not pictured was also recognized for 20
years of service.
|Ten-year employees Kim Schmitz, program
assistant I in the Enrollment Center; Cheryl Anagnopoulos,
associate professor of psychology; Kathy Johnson, vice president for Finance and Administration; Ron
Ehly, storekeeper; and Dan Durben, associate professor of science.
Also honored but not pictured were Sam Berney, assistant professor of
mathematics; Becky Cooper, librarian; Carol Hess, associate professor of
Roger Ochse, associate professor of English; and received pins for their years of
|Employees who received 15-year pins
were Curtis Card, associate professor of mathematics; Mike Jastorff, director of
the University Bookstore; April Meeker, director of Records; LeAnn
Vandine, secretary for Facilities Services; Cheryl Leahy, senior secretary in the
Enrollment Center; and
Nancy Lewis, secretary for Graphics and Media. Not pictured are Tom Cox, professor
of psychology; David Maki, food service
worker; Monty Robinson, assistant
professor of business.
BHSU student wins
regional geoscientist award and Nelson Research Fellowship - top
Judy Andrews, a senior at Black Hills State University, was recently
presented with a regional Outstanding Woman Geoscience Student Award and
has also been selected to receive a $2,500 Nelson Fellowship to conduct
research this summer.
After being nominated by BHSU professor Steve Anderson, Andrews was
selected by the Association of Women Geoscientists in Denver for the
geoscience award in recognition of her achievements at BHSU. Originally
from Sioux Falls, Andrews carries a 3.97 grade point average.
“From an academic
perspective, Judy is truly a role model for other students,” said
Anderson. “In addition to her impressive GPA, she is an incredibly
well-rounded student with majors in environmental physical science and
minors in math and philosophy,” said Anderson.
The Nelson Fellowship will give Andrews the opportunity to
work with the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in
Hanover, N.H., where she will be studying the movement of ground water
in complex glacial aquifers in Alaska. Andrews will be working with
David Finnegan, a 1997 BHSU environmental physical science graduate, who
recently received his master’s degree from Indiana State University.
This is the second year that
Finnegan has provided research opportunities for BHSU geology students.
Last year, BHSU student Nate Weinand worked at CRREL. Weinand is now
working as an assistant hydrographer commissioner for the Wyoming State
Andrews, whose previous research experience includes numerous class
assignments, is excited about the prospect of working with the lab and
perhaps even doing some field work in Alaska.
Looking back, Andrews said she has always been interested in science
and recalls an ever-evolving list of childhood ambitions that were all
science-related including her ambitions to be an archeologist and
paleontologist. As she matured and considered her college academic path,
Andrews remained dedicated to science and registered as a college
freshman with plans to go on to medical school. A physical geology class
at BHSU her first semester changed those plans.
“In that first class I just thought, ‘Wow, I love this stuff.’
That was it. I was hooked. Learning that the geology of the area a
person lives can affect his or her health intrigued me, and I knew I
wanted to learn more,” Andrews said. “Geological science is all
encompassing. Studying it exposes you to so much of what affects our
As she progressed through her courses at BHSU, Andrews further
defined her future to working to prevent water contamination and seeking
good water sources. She foresees an occupation either working with a
company hired by a community or perhaps working directly with a
municipality to improve water sources.
The BHSU student said receiving the award and attending the
conference was an excellent experience that furthered her interest in
becoming a geoscientist. No
matter what Andrews ultimately decides to do, she knows that her study
of geology and her research experience will be beneficial in the future.
“The keynote speaker [at the conference] discussed how the study of
geology can prepare you to do any kind of work,” Andrews said. “The skills you learn can be applied to anything.”
BHSU biology graduate is
recognized for research - top
love of the outdoors created and nurtured an interest in science for
Hans Stephenson that eventually led to a successful academic career
including research work that has already been published in a national
journal. Stephenson, who will graduate with a biology degree from BHSU
this week, is hoping that will turn into a career opportunity that
allows him to continue spending time outside.
Stephenson said his outdoor hobbies, especially fly-fishing,
backpacking and camping, have increased his scientific interests and
desire to learn.
“I enjoy being outdoors and I’ve noticed that being outdoors
makes me think a little more scientifically about what is going on
around me which has created a number of other interests,” Stephenson
These interests are reflected in his academic study, plans to attend
graduate school and ultimate goal to work as a biologist. As Stephenson
prepares for commencement, he already has had opportunities that few
undergraduates experience. For the better part of two years, Stephenson
has conducted fisheries research with the McNenny Fish Hatchery.
work is noted by both BHSU professor Mark Gabel and hatchery biologist
“Hans has been through
the entire process and I have seen him really evolve with his writing as
well as the understanding of the whole scientific process,” Barnes
Stephenson has already been published twice and a third article has
been accepted for publication in a national peer-reviewed journal, the
North American Journal of Aquaculture. He has also presented
research at fisheries conferences.
Stephenson explains that the research looked at bacteria present in
fish hatcheries that cause negative affects. The study also evaluated
chemical treatments used to control the bacteria. A subsequent study
considered the use of low vacuum electron
microscopy to estimate bacterial populations on salmon eggs.
Stephenson is certain that the research aspect enhanced his education
and is pleased that he was given the opportunity to do actual research
in the field. He also realizes that the recognition of being published
will be helpful as he goes on to graduate school and his career.
“Doing research has helped me a lot. I’ve learned to think more
independently and use what we’ve learned in class,” Stephenson said.
“It [research] has probably been the most beneficial thing I’ve done
in terms of my education.”
Stephenson, who was born in Italy and moved frequently while growing
up in a military family, graduated from high school in Rapid City. His
long-term goal is to work as a fisheries biologist in the Black Hills or
somewhere in the west. Stephenson advises students to consider research
opportunities while attending undergraduate school.
“If you get the chance, do some sort of research,” Stephenson
said. “It is a really vital experience.”
In recent years, BHSU has increased
research opportunities for undergraduate students. Stephenson,
who is currently one of approximately 50 BHSU students involved in
research, notes that research opportunities are available in a variety
of subjects including many which are not science related. Currently BHSU
student Kerry Burns is working with Amy Fuqua, assistant professor of
Arts and Sciences, on a project about Kate Chopin’s “The
Awakening.” A number of students also continue to work with Roger
Ochse, associate professor of Arts and Sciences, on his Digital
Understanding that research is essential
to the integrity of undergraduate education, BHSU is working on a
program to expand undergraduate research opportunities.
work conducted is not a substitute for available course work and is
significantly different from the types of work conducted in an
independent study,” said Lyle Cook, vice president of academic
affairs. “This program is instead aimed at select students who have
proven excellence through previous course work and have shown interest
in pursuing a specific research project in their chosen discipline.”
|Student affairs staff serve
midnight breakfast - top
Bob Stanelle, Sarah
Chase, Susan Hupp and Steve Ochsner were among 19 student affairs
staff people who prepared and served a midnight breakfast for
students during finals week.
Nearly 275 students took a break from late night study
sessions to enjoy the late-night breakfast.
Committee formed for Chautauqua
A committee has been selected to
organize and carry out the Chautauqua events scheduled for July 3-8 in
Spearfish with many of the events under the big tent at the Spearfish
City Park. Many other workshops, discussions
and presentations are also being planned. The committee is
seeking additional volunteers and contributions for the
Great Plains Chautauqua.
Lyle Cook, chair of the
Spearfish Chautauqua Committee, announced the following committee
members: Holly Downing, Peggy Ables, George Earley, Myles Kennedy, Jo
Lutnes, Priscilla Romkema, and David Wolff.
Many institutions are helping with volunteers and funding
including Ainsworth-Benning Construction, Black Hills Summer Institute
of the Arts, Black Hills State University, Chiesman Foundation, East
Elementary School, Friends of the Case Library, Grace Balloch Memorial
Library, High Plains Heritage Center Museum, Millstone Family
Restaurant, Passion Play, Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities,
Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, Spearfish City Council, Spearfish
Historical Society, Spearfish Lions Club, and the Spearfish Rotary Club.
Chautauqua, which has been held in different
forms for more than two decades, offers the audience the opportunity to
experience the time period of 1790-1850 when our culture changed
dramatically as America expanded from “sea to shining sea.” This
year the program titled “From Sea to Shining Sea: Cultural Changes and
American Expansion, 1700-1850” will highlight the lives and views of
historical figures with presentations by different historical
re-enactors each evening.
The lives and views of William Clark, York, and Sacagawea of
the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as Tecumseh and John Jacob Astor
will be presented on separate nights by historical re-enactors. The
character of Dolley Madison will introduce and offer her perspective on
the featured speaker
each evening. After each
performance the audience will be involved in a discussion of these
historical figures and how they may have responded to present-day life.
The performances are open to the public at
no charge. In
give lectures on a variety of topics. The
speakers are also available to make special presentations to interested
If you are interested in
contributing your time, energy, or money, contact Cook at 642-6262,
Romkema at 642-6091 or Kennedy at 642-4584.
|United Ministries sponsors souper
study session - top
Jean Helmer, director of United Ministries, visits with
Kamisha Hare, a freshman elementary education major, during the
souper study session Tuesday. United Ministries sponsors this
event during finals week each semester as a form of support for
the students, faculty and staff. According to Helmer nearly 100
people enjoyed the food and company.
opportunities announced - top
Below are the program materials received May 1-7 in the Grants
Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office
at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin
board near the information desk.
of Education. Early
Childhood Educator Professional Development (ED).
The Education Department is inviting applications to provide
high quality, sustained and intensive professional development for
early childhood educators in developmentally appropriate
school-readiness services for preschoolers based on the best
available research. Deadline
is May 16. www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister
Security Administration. The
Social Security Administration is seeking cooperative agreement
applications from U.S. academic and other organizations to create a
retirement consortium to study the Social Security program.
Deadline is July 15. www.ssa.gov/oag
(“Grants” and “Current Announcements”)
Professional, Education, Cultural Exchange (State).
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs is soliciting applications for development, professional,
education and cultural exchange projects to promote understanding
between the U.S. and people of the Tibetan ethnic group living in
China. Deadline is May 30. http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps
(Refer to ECA/PE/C/WHAEAP-03-48)
of Education. Teacher
Quality Enhancement Grants (ED). The
Education Department is inviting applications for partnership
projects to promote improvements in the quality of new teachers and
ultimately increase achievement of K-12 students.
Deadline is June 2 for preapplications and Aug. 8 for full
Science Foundation. Research
Experiences for Teachers (RET). The
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), sponsored by the National
Science Foundation, supports “the active involvement of K-12
teachers and community college faculty in engineering research in
order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation
into their classrooms.” Deadline
is June 10 (FastLane submission). http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03554/nsf03554.htm
Kids Foundation. The
SMARTer Kids research program was created to help educators research
the effects of technology on teaching and learning, as well as
publish the results of their findings.
Each selected educator will conduct a six- to eight-month
study of a learning environment using a SMART Board interactive
whiteboard, writing a final research paper at the end of the project
period analyzing the study’s outcomes.
Deadline is May 31. http://www.smarterkids.org/research/details.asp
- Robert H. Michel
Civic Education Grants. The
Dirksen Congressional Center has reauthorized the Robert H. Michel
Civic Education Grant program for its sixth year.
Teachers of grades 4-12, in addition to university, college,
and community college faculty, may apply for grants to assist in
designing lesson plans, creating student activities, and applying
instructional technology in the classroom.
The deadline is open
(letters of inquiry). Grants
are distributed in May and October. http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantmichelciviced.htm
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 in the Grants and
Special Projects Office, Woodburn 309, or can be printed from the website.
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. Applications are now being accepted for faculty release time
for spring 2004. Release time is awarded to full-time faculty who teach
on the BHSU campus. The next application deadline is Friday,
May 16 at
The applicants are encouraged to
contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their
proposals. The members are John Alsup, Earl Chrysler, Tom Cox, Abdollah
Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob