receives grants for economic education and the stock market game
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
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
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
Altmyer earned a bachelors degree in business administration from
Duquesne University and a master’s degree from California State
1992. He joined the BHSU faculty in 1995. For information on the SDSMS
or the workshop contact Altmyer at 642-6266.
named to national science education committee and state advisory board
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.
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
CAMSE hosts leadership
institute for teachers
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
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."
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
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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.
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
to assist frail elderly people and assist at non-profit agencies such as
nursing homes and clinics.
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.
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
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.
family contributes to scholarship fund following annual golf tournament
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
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
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
set in 1969. Larscheid graduated from BHSU with a degree in physical
in 1973. He competed in football and track for the Yellow
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
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
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
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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
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