Volume XXVII  No. 29 • July 25, 2003

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Altmyer receives grants for economic education and the stock market game

Donald Altmyer, BHSU assistant professor and coordinator for the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation (SDSMS) game, recently received two grants to support an online learning competition and fund an economic education center.           

A $3,000 grant from the Securities Industries Foundation for Economic Education (SIFEE) in New York City will fund the SDSMS for the upcoming fall and spring sessions. For the past seven years, Altmyer has directed the SDSMS which draws participants from grade schools, middle schools, high schools and universities in the state.

Earlier this year, Altmyer was asked to present research at a teacher workshop at the New York Stock Exchange. The national director for the stock market game attended Altmyer’s presentation and later encouraged him to apply for this grant.

The SDSMS is an educational product of the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State University. The simulation is a motivating approach to learning about economics and business. In South Dakota, hundreds of student teams compete each semester in a statewide competition in which they research companies to invest in a $100,000 stock and mutual fund portfolio.  Student divisions include elementary/junior high school, high school and college.  All trading and research are performed online. The top teams in each division receive cash awards and prizes.

A $1,500 grant from the National Council on Economic Education will fund an economic education workshop this spring at BHSU for west river K-12 teachers.  Altmyer, who has also been named director for the BHSU Center for Economic Education, will lead the workshop. Participants of the “Economics for All Teachers” will also receive a “virtual economics” CD-ROM.

Altmyer earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Duquesne University and a master’s degree from California State University-Fullerton  in 1992. He joined the BHSU faculty in 1995. For information on the SDSMS or the workshop contact Altmyer at 642-6266.

Hickenbotham named to national science education committee and state advisory board - top

Michelene Hickenbotham, education instructor at Black Hills State University, was recently named to a national science education committee as well as a state science education board. Hickenbotham is also conducting several professional development workshops this summer.

Hickenbotham, in her fourth year at BHSU, has expanded her teaching to other venues this summer. She was recently named to the National Teacher Preparation for Science Education committee. As a part of the appointment, she will travel to regional and national conferences to meet with committee members and revise the mission statement in alignment with the No Child Left Behind Act.

In addition, the South Dakota Department of Education recently requested that Hickenbotham serve on the South Dakota Advisory Board for Scientific-Based Research in Mathematics.

Hickenbotham is also conducting several professional development workshops this summer. As a part of the National Science Foundation grant Project PRIME (Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education) Hickenbotham and Nancy Ward, elementary math coordinator for the Rapid City school district, will train 60 kindergarten, first- and second-grade teachers and 75 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers from the Rapid City district in an on-going effort to provide professional development to 375 elementary teachers.

Hickenbotham also has two full-day workshops scheduled in Eagle Butte as a consultant for a cultural grant. Participants will design integrated math, science, and technology units of instruction with an emphasis on the Lakota culture.

Hickenbotham, who earned an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in language arts in Brussels, Belgium, joined the BHSU faculty in 1999. In her spare time, Hickenbotham enjoys traveling throughout the region to trapshoot.

CAMSE hosts leadership institute for teachers - top


The Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University recently hosted its second annual four-day leadership institute for regional math and science teachers.

Sixteen leading K-12 educators from across the state as well as three teachers from North Dakota participated.

The first day was spent examining the typical characteristics and quality of math and science instruction and reflecting on possible professional development strategies to improve it. Day two focused on the importance of learning through an inquiry process. The third day participants highlighted the value of research-based instructional materials. Presentations during day four emphasized classroom coaching as a way to help teachers become more reflective and intentional about their practice.

Dr. Ben Sayler, director of CAMSE, said he was "delighted by the caliber and enthusiasm of the participating teachers and the quality of conversations about teaching and learning. We view this institute as an outstanding opportunity to lend support to existing leaders, to identify and cultivate new ones, and more generally, to strengthen the state's overall infrastructure for improving education. In addition, our center receives important guidance from the field about how to maximize our contributions throughout the K-12 arena."

Feedback from participants and facilitators alike indicated that they found great value in the week. The institute was facilitated by CAMSE's two associate directors, Dr. Andy Johnson and Vicki Kapust; the manager of the Black Hills Science Teaching Project, Janet Briggs; and Sayler. Participants included educators from Spearfish, Lead-Deadwood, Meade County, Rapid City, Douglas, Kadoka, Aberdeen, Watertown, and the Turtle Mountain area of North Dakota. Expenses for the institute were shared among three independent grants from the National Science Foundation.

RSVP receives $21,000 grant to extend service area  - top

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Black Hills State University was recently awarded the Program of National Significance Award which includes a $21,000 grant to extend their service area to include Harding and Perkins counties.

Kathy Schneider, director of RSVP, is currently making plans to add stations and volunteers in Buffalo and Lemmon. The group is also considering extending service to the Faith area.

Schneider expects to add approximately 35 new volunteers as a result of the expansion. First, RSVP will conduct a survey to pinpoint community needs and make plans accordingly. She believes volunteers will be available to assist frail elderly people and assist at non-profit agencies such as museums, nursing homes and clinics.

In addition to extending service into two additional counties, the new funds will also allow RSVP to address critical community needs for Homeland Security, including disaster preparedness and relief and support to families of service men and women deployed by National Guard troops in the five-county area.

RSVP works to make volunteers are available for service to non-profit agencies. One of RSVP’s priorities is to assist frail elderly – doing special things for them – volunteering to help them with special needs, telephone reassurance, and other services.

BHSU became a sponsor of the RSVP program a year ago. The offices are located at the former Central Elementary School, 236 W. Jackson Blvd., in Spearfish. The RSVP program under the direction of Schneider has been in place since 1973 and was formerly sponsored by various health organizations. 

RSVP provides senior (over 55 years old) volunteers to local organizations. Volunteerism has been the foundation of RSVP since its inception. Currently there are more than 450 enrolled volunteers assisting nearly 74 non-profit groups.

The volunteers in the Spearfish, Belle Fourche and Sturgis area provide services to a variety of non-profit organizations. Volunteers have assisted at museums, the DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery, nursing homes in several communities, hospitals, chambers of commerce, the Salvation Army, the humane society, the Matthews Opera House, libraries, a toy lending library, the police department, and several community organizations including AARP and the Red Cross and a local GED program.

For more information or to volunteer contact 642-5198.  

Larscheid family contributes to scholarship fund following annual golf tournament - top

Mary Larscheid-Christensen presents Bud Synhorst, Black Hills State University athletic director, with a $1,437 check for the Mark Larscheid Memorial Scholarship. The money, which was raised at the annual golf tournament, increases the amount of the scholarship fund to a total of $9,867.

The family and friends of Mark Larscheid donated an additional $1,437 to a scholarship through the Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Foundation following a golf tournament held in his memory. The fund total is now $9,867.

To celebrate Larscheid’s life and preserve his memory, his family has an annual memorial golf tournament which includes 
a silent auction, dinner and dance. The proceeds are contributed to a track athlete scholarship fund at BHSU in his name.

Larscheid, a former teacher and coach 
at Williams Middle School in Sturgis for 27 years, died in an automobile accident 
in 2000. He also taught and coached in Spearfish and Wall.

He was an outgoing, caring, and kind person who loved his family and athletics. He was an outstanding high school and collegiate athlete who still holds the South Dakota State High School record for the 110-yard high hurdles at 14.1, a record 
he set in 1969. Larscheid graduated from BHSU with a degree in physical education
in 1973. He competed in football and track for the Yellow Jackets.

The fourth annual Mark Larscheid golf tournament is being planned in late June 2004.

The gifted endowment scholarship is presented to a South Dakota male or female track athlete who maintains a 2.0 grade-point average.

Contributions to the Larscheid scholarship fund may be sent to Bud Synhorst, Athletic Director, Black Hills State University, Unit 9673, 1200 University, Spearfish, S.D. 57799.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received July 10-16 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

  • Mind-Body Interactions and Health (OBSSR/NCI/NCCAM). The National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research and a dozen other NIH components, including the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, are inviting applications for research on the connections among cognition, emotion, personality, social relationships and health. The deadline is Nov. 17 for letters of intent and Dec. 17 for applications. http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-03-008.html
  • Perception and Cognition (NSF). The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences issued a reminder of its target dates for research applications on perception, action and cognition, including the development of these capacities. The deadline is Jan. 15 and July 15 yearly. www.nsf.gov (click on “Funding,” “Funding Opportunities,” and “What’s New”).

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 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 Monday, 
Aug. 18 at 12 p.m.

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 Schurrer. 

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