Volume XXIX, No. 1 • Jan. 7, 2005

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Altmyer presents at regional economic education conference - top

Don Altmyer, associate professor in the College of Business and Technology and director for the Center for Economic Education at BHSU, presents a financial responsibility session to teachers and administrators from the Standing Rock Reservation and Cheyenne River Reservation school districts. The session was a part of the "Economics, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Regional Teacher Education Conference" held recently at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, N.D.

Don Altmyer, associate professor in the College of Business and Technology and director for the Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University, recently presented a financial responsibility session at the “Economics, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Regional Teacher Education Conference” at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, N.D.

Over 30 teachers and administrators from the Standing Rock Reservation and Cheyenne River Reservation school districts attended the conference to learn how to integrate basic economic, entrepreneurship and economic development material into a variety of grade levels and subjects.

Altmyer’s workshop, “Learning, Earning and Investing,” emphasized investing and accumulating wealth over the long term. The presentation included investment terminology, risk, investment alternatives, liquidity, return on investment and diversification. Altmyer also demonstrated several online interactive classroom activities and lesson plans for grades four through twelve. The lesson plans conform to national standards in economics, mathematics and personal finance.

Keynote speaker Ron His Horse is Thunder, a direct descendant of Sitting Bull and a 1985 graduate of BHSU who is now president of Sitting Bull College, highlighted the need for creating new businesses on the reservations. “The reservations need more businesses started by the residents to keep sales dollars on the reservations and use the dollar multiplier to lift quality of life of the community members. The best way to accomplish this goal is to educate our elementary, middle school and high school reservation students in the areas of entrepreneurship, economics and personal finance.”

The workshop program also included “Economic Reasoning and Entrepreneurship,” presented by economics professor Dr. Robert Reinke and entrepreneurship professor Dr. Robert Tosterud, both from the University of South Dakota, and “Economic Development,” presented by Clinton Jumping Eagle Waara, vice president of Wells Fargo Bank in Sioux Falls.

The conference was co-sponsored by the Centers for Economic Education at Black Hills State University and the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and Wells Fargo Bank.

The Center for Economic Education (CEE) at BHSU, affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education, provides economic education programs and training workshops for South Dakota’s K-12 teachers. The center’s main program is the South Dakota Stock Market Game, an online stock market simulation held during the fall and spring school terms. The 10-week spring 2005 stock market game will begin Feb. 14. For more information, visit the CEE web page at www.bhsu.edu/businesstechnology/cee.

The CEE will host a free “Learning, Earning and Investing” workshop for middle school and high school teachers Saturday, March 19 on the campus of BHSU. For more information, contact Don Altmyer at 642-6266 or DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu.

BHSU celebrates 50 years with national accreditation agency - top

As one of the founding members of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the College of Education at Black Hills State University takes pride in celebrating NCATE’s 50th anniversary.

BHSU is one of three universities in South Dakota that have had continuous accreditation since NCATE’s inception. BHSU was among 283 institutions nationwide that joined NCATE when it was founded in 1954 by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the National Education Association, and three other organizations.

The College of Education at BHSU was most recently reviewed in March 2003, at which time the College of Education met all of NCATE’s standards and was fully approved for national accreditation for the next seven years.

NCATE is a national accrediting agency that holds institutions with teacher education preparation programs to a high level of accountability. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century.

NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters the development of competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all preschool through 12th grade students. According to Dr. David Calhoon, dean of the College of Education at BHSU, NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.

Today, NCATE is sustained by 35 member organizations representing the entire education profession and millions of Americans who have come together to strengthen quality in teacher preparation. For more information about BHSU visit www.bhsu.edu.

Spring semester begins Jan. 11 - top

The spring semester at Black Hills State University will begin Tuesday, Jan. 11. New students may register for classes Monday, Jan. 10 from 8 a.m. until noon in the Market Place of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

Students may make changes to their class schedule through WebAdvisor, located on the BHSU website www.bhsu.edu. Changes may also be made at the Student Union Market Place where assistance will be available Jan. 10-11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After Jan. 11 students may drop or add courses in the Registrar’s Office in Woodburn Hall Room 202 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day to drop a non-block course with a refund is Jan. 20.

Students who confirmed enrollment (with the express check-in card) and paid their bill before Dec. 28, 2004, will not need to check in. All other students should go through the payment and financial aid disbursement process. To keep payment lines as short as possible students are advised to follow the schedule, which is divided by last name. If the schedule conflicts with a class, students should go through fee payment during an open time slot. All payments or financial arrangements must be made before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. Classes will be released for students who have not checked in or returned the express check-in card by Jan. 11 at 4 p.m.

Residence halls will open Monday, Jan. 10 at 8 a.m. for student move-in. Residential Internet connections for dorm rooms may be purchased Jan. 10-11 in the Student Union Market Place. After Jan. 11 connections may be purchased at the Residence Life Office in Woodburn Hall Room 101.

All students who have pre-registered for classes are assigned an email/Internet account on the university system. To activate this account, new students must complete the authorization process at https://iis.bhsu.edu/studentlogin/. Returning student accounts will automatically be activated at the beginning of the semester.

Meal plans and parking permits may be purchased in the Student Union Market Place Jan. 10-11. Beginning Jan. 12, parking permits may be obtained at the Traffic Control Office in the Facilities Services Building and meal plans can be purchased at Dining Services in Pangburn Hall. No meal plan changes will be allowed after Jan. 21.

Student IDs from last semester will be activated when students enroll. Replacement IDs are available in Woodburn Hall room 214 for a $10 charge.

For more information about registration contact the Registrar’s Office at 642-6044.

Payment and Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule
(according to last name)

  Monday, Jan. 10 Tuesday, Jan. 11
8 a.m. Student teachers, F Open
9 a.m. Q, R E, O
10 a.m. Open D, J
11 a.m. C, T U, V, X, Y, Z
Noon K, P A, W
1 p.m. G, S H, N
2 p.m. Open L, B
3 p.m. I, M Open
4 p.m. Closed Closed

BHSU students featured in South Dakota Magazine - top

Several Black Hills State University students are profiled in the most recent issue of South Dakota Magazine.

BHSU students Tricia Beringer, a junior biology major from Spearfish, and Gus Karinen, a senior mass communications major from Spearfish, as well as Justin Koehler, a recent mass communications graduate from Midland, are included in a special higher education section of the January/February 2005 issue of the magazine.

Beringer, who plans to go on to medical school when she graduates from BHSU, recently interrupted her university plans to serve with the 842nd National Guard Unit in Iraq. She says the military interruption actually increased her academic focus, her dedication to her class work and her goal of helping people as a medical doctor or physician’s assistant.

Karinen and Koehler are in the final stages of producing a full-length feature film that emerged from a short story written for an English class when the two were undergraduates living in a BHSU residence hall. The duo are co-directors for the original independent film “10:15 Salem Park” which was filmed primarily in Spearfish and includes several scenes on the BHSU campus.

The student profiles were among several submitted by the University Communications office at BHSU. South Dakota Magazine, which has been published for 20 years, has approximately 35,000 paid subscribers and an estimated 150,000 readers. According to the publisher, the magazine features the towns, people, stories and images that define South Dakota.

See the student profiles of Tricia Beringer and Gus Karinen and Justin Koehler.

Black Hills State to host Alumni Mile - top

The Black Hills State University Alumni Association will host the 13th annual Alumni Mile Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

The Alumni Mile will be held in conjunction with the Dave Little Invitational track and field meet and the Gillette High School Camel indoor invitational.

The Alumni Mile will begin at 11 a.m. in the field house of the Young Center. Other events for alumni attendees include a social hour Friday evening and also on Saturday after the meet at the Stadium Sports Grill in Spearfish.

According to Jodi Neiffer, director of alumni at BHSU, last year approximately 30 runners completed the annual Alumni Mile. She encourages all former BHSU runners to consider participating or attending the annual gathering.

The Alumni Mile is a fundraising event for the Alumni Mile scholarship endowment which was started in 1998 to support the men's and women's track and cross country teams at BHSU. Each year participants of the Alumni Mile race and reunion contribute to the fund.

For more information, contact Jim Glazer at 651-702-3242.

Yellow Jacket athletic calendars are available - top

Yellow Jacket athletic calendars are now available. The calendars, which are offered as one overall athletic calendar or by specific sport, feature action and team photographs of Yellow Jacket athletes and include notations for athletic competition dates in 2005. For more information or to purchase a calendar email SteveMeeker@bhsu.edu.

RSVP and Americorps*VISTA sponsor chili and soup supper - top

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Americorps*Volunteers in Service to America, in conjunction with the Spearfish Senior Center and the Spearfish Ministerial Association, are hosting the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day chili and soup supper Monday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 920 Main Street in Spearfish.

Entertainment will be provided The Lounge Lizards, a band which specializes in music from the 50s and 60s.

The cost to attend is a cash donation or a donation of a non-perishable food item. All proceeds from the supper will be donated to the Spearfish Food Pantry.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Dec. 30, 2004. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

FY 2005 General FFO Notice for the Economic Development Administration

The Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration’s mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA fulfills its mission by investing in the following: public works infrastructure and development facilities; the crafting and implementation of comprehensive economic development strategies; local, national and University Center-based technical assistance and research projects; and revolving loan funds. Under separate statutory authority, EDA also provides technical assistance to firms adversely affected by directly competitive imported products.

EDA encourages only those investment proposals that will significantly benefit areas experiencing or threatened with substantial economic distress. Distress may exist in a variety of forms, including, but not limited to the following: high levels of unemployment, low income levels, large concentrations of low-income families, significant declines in per capita income, substantial loss of population because of the lack of employment opportunities, large numbers (or high rates) of business failures, sudden major layoffs or plant closures, trade impacts, military base closures, natural or other major disasters, depletion of natural resources, or reduced tax bases. EDA evaluates and funds investment proposals according to the Investment Policy Guidelines and Funding Priorities (see Section V of the Full FFO).

Deadline: Unless otherwise stated in the notice, proposals are accepted on an on-going basis. To view the complete announcement go to www.eda.gov/ImageCache/EDAPublic/documents/pdfdocs/ffo_5fgeneral051210_2epdf/v1/ffo_5fgeneral051210.pdf.

FY 2005 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - GAITHERSBURG

The Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Grants and Agreements Management Division announces the summer undergraduate research Fellowship (SURF) Gaithersburg Program. The SURF program will provide an opportunity for the NIST laboratories and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to join in a partnership to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in science and engineering. The program will provide research opportunities for students to work with internationally known NIST scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research and promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering. The SURF program is seeking applications in the areas of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Science and Technology, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Building and Fire Research, and Information Technology. SURF Gaithersburg programs are anticipated to run from May 23, 2005, through Aug. 12, 2005; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of nine-week cooperative agreements).

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2005. Details are available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/DOC/NIST/GAMD/2005-SURF-G-01/listing.html.

Early Reading First Program (ED)

The U.S. Department of Education announces the Early Reading First Program. This program supports local efforts to enhance the oral language, cognitive, and early reading skills of preschool-age children especially those from low-income families, through strategies, materials, and professional development that are grounded in scientifically based reading research.

Deadlines: The deadline for Transmittal of Pre-Applications is Feb. 7, 2005. The deadline for Transmittal of Full Applications is May 2, 2005 (for applicants invited to submit full applications only). The full listing is available at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/E4-3780.pdf.

Deadlines approach for instructional improvement and faculty research grants - top

Proposals for funding are being accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 19 for review at the February Instructional Improvement Committee meeting. Twelve copies of the proposal should be submitted to the Grants and Special Projects Office in Woodburn 309 – Unit 9504. For more information contact committee members Curtis Card, Carol Hess, Priscilla Romkema, Ann Porter, David Cremean, Ron DeBeaumont, Joanna Jones, David Wolff, Sheng Yang, or Rob Schurrer, chair.

Applications to be considered at the next meeting of the Faculty Research Committee need to be submitted to the Grants Office by Friday, Jan. 21. The committee will also accept proposals for release time for fall 2005. Applicants are encouraged to review submission requirements, and to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. Submit 12 copies of the proposal for consideration. Committee members are John Alsup, Dan Bergey, Earl Chrysler, Dorothy Fuller, Vincent King, Raju Ramaswamy, Shane Sarver, Schurrer, and Kathleen Parrow, chair.

Complete guidelines are available on the BHSU Grants & Special Projects web page at www.bhsu.edu/academics/grants/.

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