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- April Steckel, custodial worker, Facilities Services
Theisz publishes chapter in
the book Powwow - top
A chapter by Dr. R.D. Theisz, professor of English and
American Indian Studies and chair of the Department of Humanities at
Black Hills State University, was recently included in the book
Powwow, published by the University of Nebraska press.
In the chapter, “Putting Things in Order. The
Discourse of Tradition,” Theisz uses recent postmodern theory such as
Lyotard’s and Said’s notions of metanarratives and micronarratives to
argue for the voice of tradition “not so much as epigonic nostalgia but
rather as providing a significant strain of the Lakota metanarrative
celebrating the centripetal connective affirmation of tradition,
particularly as expressed in the powwow.”
Theisz received his doctorate in literature from New
York University in 1972. He has been teaching at BHSU since 1977.
host annual Fall Career and Graduate School Festival
Black Hills State University will host a Fall Career
and Graduate School Festival Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.
Around 30 potential employers and graduate school
representatives, the largest number to ever attend the festival
according to organizers, will be available to talk with attendees. Local
and regional, as well as national, companies and universities will be
Attendees will network with potential employers and
learn about different career fields. They will also have the opportunity
to apply for both full and part-time positions, in addition to valuable
internships, in business, broadcasting, human services, finance, and
The festival is open to all BHSU students, faculty and
staff. Community members are also welcome to attend.
For more information or a list of registered employers
and graduate schools, visit
www.bhsu.edu/careers or call the BHSU Career Center at 642-6219.
BHSU student and faculty conduct research on
flying squirrels and fungi
A Black Hills State
University faculty member and student, in collaboration with the staff
members of the U.S. Forest Service, are conducting groundbreaking
research on the diets of flying squirrels in the Black Hills.
Ackerman, a senior biology/environmental science major from Hulett,
Wyo., spent a major part of the summer working on the research. Dr.
Audrey Gabel, emeritus professor of biology at BHSU, and Elizabeth
Krueger, U.S. Forest Service, Spearfish ranger district, are
co-principal investigators for the project. Dr. Mark Gabel, emeritus
professor of biology at BHSU, and Scott Weins, from the U.S. Forest
Service are also participating in the research.
The research is being
funded by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and the U.S. Fish and
According to A. Gabel, it
has been reported from research in the Pacific Northwest that flying
squirrels include hypogeous (underground) fungi in their diet. These
fungi, which are sometimes called truffles and false truffles, are much
smaller than the species which are highly valued for eating.
The BHSU research is the
first documentation of the presence of hypogeous fungi in scat
(excrement) from flying squirrels captured in the Black Hills. The
research also documents the presence of hypogeous fungi in the Black
Hills of South Dakota.
Gabel, a fungi expert in
the region, knew that the flying squirrels were attracted to fungi that
live underground and wanted to find out if the squirrels included the
underground fungi in their diet. Scat from squirrels which were trapped
in the northern Black Hills was collected and evaluated by light and
scanning electron microscopy to determine diet.
According to the
researchers, more than 90 percent of the scat was comprised of hypogeous
fungi, and the intact spores of these fungi permitted identification of
the fungi eaten by the squirrels. Seven different genera were identified
from 25 collections of scat.
The study also included
digging and recovering fruiting bodies (sporocarps) of the fungi. Five
different genera were identified from 17 collections. Physical
characteristics of the sites and inventoried vegetation were mapped
using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.
Ackerman, who is also
active on the track team at BHSU, says the research opportunity taught
her many things. She says one of the most important things she learned
while working on this project is how the research process really works.
Ackerman, who has always
enjoyed being outdoors and is planning a career in science that will
allow her to do outdoor science research, says she liked going in the
Hills to dig for fungi, using the GIS to map locations and working with
the Forest Service personnel to trap the squirrels.
“I’ve always been
interested in working in the outdoors and like to work with mammals so
this research project was perfect for me,” Ackerman said.
Now that the data
gathering part of the research is finished, Ackerman is working with
Gabel to write a paper and create a presentation about their research.
At the encouragement of
her professors, Ackerman is making plans to attend graduate school after
she graduates from BHSU in May.
“I’m from a ranch, and I
always liked learning about plants and animals. I’ve just kept building
on that interest while in college,” Ackerman says. She’s considering a
career in research.
Ackerman, a senior biology/environmental science major, demonstrates the
use of the scanning
electron microscope which was one of several tasks she
completed this summer as she conducted research on the diets of flying
squirrels in the Black Hills. The student, along with Dr. Audrey Gabel,
professor emeritus and regional fungi expert, worked in collaboration
with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Game, Fish
and Parks to conduct the research.
BHSU hosts a presentation about
Black Hills Vision
More than 60 university
and community members attended a presentation about Black Hills Vision
which was hosted by Black Hills State University this week.
The mission of the Black
Hills Vision is to invest in the development of new job creation and an
opportunity environment to expand economic development to the Black
Hills region. The Black Hills Vision board consists of 114 investors
including several Black Hills communities, the governor and area
Dr. Priscilla Romkema,
associate professor and chair of the department of management and
marketing at BHSU, welcomed the attendees. Speakers included, Bryan
Walker, director of Spearfish Economic Development; Mike Derby, Black
Hills Vision president; Mark Merchen, Black Hills Vision, executive
director; Jerry Krambeck,
Spearfish mayor; and Dave Snyder, Science and Technology Authority
executive director. The speakers summarized the history of the Black
Hills Vision group and highlighted its goals which include long-term
ventures to improve the economic development of the entire Black Hills
region. Currently the main projects undertaken by the group include
business incubation on the School of Mines and Technology campus,
development of the Air Service Task Force, supporting Ellsworth Air
Force Base, housing development and finding ways to maximize
opportunities with the development of a science lab at Homestake.
“What’s good for one will
be good for all,” Mark Merchant stressed, “We are working together to
create opportunities for the entire region. The bottom line is that is
to create careers for those with Dakota roots who want to stay or would
like to come back this area.”
Snyder presented an update
concerning recent developments for the science lab at Homestake. He
called the opportunities unlimited.
“I don’t think any of us
can fully anticipate the benefit of this lab. The energy surrounding it
and what it will achieve for the state is phenomenal,” Snyder said.
In addition to the
possibility of massive multi-disciplinary experiments, Snyder noted that
BHSU is making plans to maximize educational venues including
classrooms, labs, science camps and educational workshops at the lab.
Ben Sayler, director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and
Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU, is directly involved in developing
“The opportunities are
endless,” Snyder said.
Dr. Priscilla Romkema, associate professor and chair of the
department of management and marketing at BHSU, welcomed more
than 60 people to the presentation about a local group, Black
Hills Vision. Speakers include, (seated, left to right) Bryan
Walker, director of Spearfish Economic Development;
Derby, Black Hills Vision president; Mark Merchen, Black Hills Vision,
and Jerry Krambeck, Spearfish mayor. Dave Snyder, Science and
Technology Authority executive director, also spoke at the meeting.
Former basketball players
invited to the fourth annual Roundball Reunion -
Former Black Hills State University basketball players
are invited to return to their alma mater Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday,
Nov. 5 for the fourth annual Alumni Roundball Reunion.
The Roundball Reunion will be held at the Donald E.
Young Sports and Fitness Center in conjunction with two home basketball
games. The women’s alumni basketball game will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7
p.m. The men’s alumni game is scheduled for 8 p.m. A social will follow
from 9-11 p.m. at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. The alumni games
will follow the men’s collegiate games against Dakota Wesleyan. The
Yellow Jacket women’s game starts at 3 p.m. and the men’s games is set
for 5 p.m. During half time of the men's and women's games Saturday,
Nov. 5, BHSU will honor the 1995-96 teams.
On Friday evening, Nov. 4, the Yellow Jackets take on
Mt. Marty. The women’s games begins at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s
game. Participants and fans are also encouraged to attend this home
According to Jodi Neiffer, alumni director at BHSU,
participation in the alumni basketball game is not necessary to join in
the fun. Alumni who do not wish to play are invited to participate in
the social gathering and as a spectator at the game. For additional
details or to register for the reunion, contact Neiffer at 642-6446.
and Chamber Players will present fall concert -
Black Hills State University concert band and chamber players will
present their fall concert Monday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital
hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
percussion ensemble, trumpet quartet and clarinet quartet will start the
concert followed by the band performance.
will be playing music from Europe and the U.S., including the premiere
performance of Brahms Soup, written by Christopher Hahn, the
group’s director. Hahn wrote the piece with the assistance of a BHSU
Faculty Research Grant.
According to Hahn, “Brahms Soup is a chaconne: a set of
variations on a harmonic progression. This progression was written by
Brahms for a chaconne in his Fourth Symphony. I use rhythmic and melodic
characteristics of Brahms’ music as well as older and newer ideas. It is
also like a quodlibet in that I use a few other melodies for humorous
concert will also include music inspired by the Chinese immigrants that
helped Union Pacific build the transcontinental railroad through the
Sierra Nevada mountains, a lighthearted look at Oktoberfest, and music
that deals with the transformation and rebirth in our life cycle.
concert is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact
Hahn at 642-6888.
BHSU graduate hired to recruit
students in eastern South Dakota -
Meeker, a 2004 graduate of Black Hills State University, who is
originally from the Sioux Falls area and attended O’Gorman High School,
has been hired by BHSU to recruit students in the eastern region of the
who earned a human resources degree and now works as a marketing
representative for Dakota Beverage in Sioux Falls will be contacting
prospective students via phone, emails and mail. In addition, he will be
available to meet with students to answer their questions regarding
Hills State University has a lot to offer students. I know from my
experience that BHSU students receive individual one-on-one attention
from instructors. I never felt like just a number at BHSU. I know that
each professor cared about my education and encouraged me to succeed,”
that BHSU is a natural choice due to the scenic area, friendly
atmosphere and recreational opportunities.
believe BHSU’s location in the Northern Black Hills gives the university
a huge advantage. I enjoyed my surroundings at BHSU, and that, combined
with the fact that I knew a majority of the students and felt
comfortable visiting teachers and asking for their assistance, created
an excellent educational experience for me,” Meeker says.
also believes his education prepared him for the job market.
field today it is very important to have good communication skills, and
I feel my classes at BHSU provided exceptional preparation because the
small class sizes encouraged many class presentations and group
projects,” Meeker says.
BHSU honors alumni during
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|Four Black Hills State
University outstanding alumni were honored for their
achievements during Swarm Day activities this fall. Alumni
honored at the awards breakfast and parade were, left to right,
dee (Denise) Welsch, Denver, Colo., who was honored with the
Special Achievement Award; Dick DuBois, Rapid City, who received
the Excellence in Education Award; Walter Higbee, Spearfish, who
was presented with the Special Service Award; and Roger Risty,
Sioux Falls, who was honored with the Distinguished Alumni
Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame
inductees announced - top
|Seven individuals were
inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during a Swarm Week
banquet at Black Hills State University this fall. Those honored
include, left to right, Greg DeVille, Class of '77, Foothills
Ranch, Calif.; Ron Erion, Class of ’75, Pierre; Joe Divis, Class
of '95, Rapid City, who were inducted as athletes; Bob and Linda
Albert, Class of '76 and '82, Mead, Colo., who were inducted as
contributors; Michele (Cliff) Batz, Class of '81, Winthrop
Harbor, Ill., who was inducted as an athlete; and John Nicholas,
Class of ‘62, Eau Claire, Wisc., who was inducted as a coach.
The Hall of Fame inductees also participated in the Swarm Day
parade and were recognized during half-time of the Swarm Day
Graduate Council minutes
The Graduate Council met Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m.
in Jonas 104.
Present were: Earley, MacKaben, Dana, Ryerson, Fuller,
Molseed, Austin, Siemens, Ahmad, and Bukralia.
McGrath and B. Smith were absent.
Chair submitted application for graduate faculty
status for Ryerson. A motion was made and seconded to approve her. The
Chair welcomed Ryerson to the Graduate Council for
- Molseed reported that the Master of Science in
Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) was still adding cohorts.
- Dana reported that the College of Business was
reviewing the exit exam and considering using the Major Field Test
(MFT) business graduate exam as the exit exam. At this point, there
are too few students taking the exit exam for MFT to do a question
analysis of the results. The college was also reviewing ways to
advertise the degree.
- Siemens reported that he and Downing were working
with the Board of Regents office on the Master of Science in
Integrative Genomics. The hope was to have it in place for the fall
Chair handed out the pages of his annual report
dealing with graduate education. There was discussion of non-degree
graduate studies and degree-seeking students. Chair agreed to send out
data on number of master's degrees granted by BHSU in the last five
Chair reported that he, Dana, and Molseed would be
participating in the Fall Career Festival and Graduate School Fair on
Wednesday, Oct. 26 at BHSU. Chair asked members to inform faculty and
students about this event.
Chair shared report for the BOR which indicated the
new PhDs being requested. Discussion followed about whether BHSU could
have a role in the growth of graduate education.
The meeting adjourned.
Senate minutes - top
The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:30
Members present were President Roger Miller, Steve
Andersen, Sharon Strand, Dan Bergey, Curtis Card, Tim Martinez,
Christine Shearer-Cremean, Verona Beguin, Jim Hesson, Micheline
Hickenbotham, Roberta Sago, and Peter Lemke (Student Senate
representative). Also present were guests George Earley, Dean Myers,
Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, and Kathleen Parrow.
Miller called the meeting to order.
Myers and Earley answered questions the senate had on
various campus concerns. Miller asked if the Faculty Senate would have a
role in the process of developing and approving the new Standards
Document. Myers answered that the deans and department chairs are
responding now to the draft document. It will be disseminated to all
faculty, along with the documents developed at SDSU. The SDSU documents
are to be used as a model and to be sure our document meets the depth,
breadth and rigor we want in our document. Shearer-Cremean asked if
given the inequities in pay and duties in the state system, should we
try to use the same standards as SDSU in an effort to raise the status
and salaries or will that have any effect. Myers did not think that that
would be likely to happen but did suggest that our document should
reflect our local situation. Strand asked if part of the role of the
senate will be to review the final document. Myers said that that
decision has not been made yet but he will discuss this with the other
academic vice presidents to see how this was handled at the other state
schools. Martinez asked what role the faculty should be playing in this
process. Myers said that he thought the chairs were working with the
faculty to develop their responses to the draft document. He was
surprised to hear that there has been no input from the business faculty
or most departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of
Education has had several meetings to discuss the document. He indicated
that this would be a topic of discussion at the next Council of Deans
meeting. The document should be ready by early October and will be sent
then to all faculty for comment. Martinez asked who has been working on
the draft document. Myers reported that the original work had been done
by himself and Kristi Pearce. Hesson noted that this will be a living
document, with ample chance to make changes as needed in the future.
Myers said that the final document will not be forwarded to the Board of
Regents (BOR) until all faculty have had a chance to see it and provide
input. The plan is for it to be implemented by fall 2006. Once it is
finished, it will go into effect immediately and may not be radically
different from what we have been using. We will not be held accountable
for two different forms of the document for our evaluations.
Myers asked for senate input on the new Student
Opinion Survey (SOS). He stated that Perry has charged the AEC committee
to find another standardized document to use statewide so we may not be
using our old SOS document for any long period of time. He reported that
some of the other schools are still using the SIRS II document. There
are only two other companies who have a comparable instrument available.
The group discussed the issue, both staying with the SIRS II and using
the old SOS have comparable costs. Andersen noted that if we want to use
this document to know where to improve, we should be compared to the
national benchmarks and norms that SIRS allows. Bergey asked if it makes
sense to change if the students are used to one form. Lemke stated that
the students just fill out the form and are not concerned about what the
document looks like. Andersen mentioned that he got more student
comments with the old SOS that he found very helpful. Martinez asked why
we are dropping the SIRS. Earley said that once the pilot study was done
which the BOR paid for, they found that we couldn’t get the correct data
they wanted with the electronic version of SIRS and that the cost for
the survey instrument has been sent back to the various institutions.
Senators were asked to poll their colleagues and send their responses to
Miller who will take the information to the Council of Deans meeting
Hesson moved and Beguin seconded that the agenda be
approved. The motion passed.
Card moved and Hickenbotham seconded that the minutes
be approved as amended. The motion passed.
Andersen reported that the Appointments Committee has
been convened, and people are now volunteering for positions on the
Documents found on the web from four universities
which are used to evaluate administrators were handed out. The
universities are Texas Tech, Georgia College, the University of North
Texas, and the University of Minnesota. Senators are to read through the
documents to get a general impression of what kinds of characteristics
are measured in each so that they can be more fully discussed at the
next meeting. Hickenbotham asked if Myers is in favor of evaluating
administrators. Shearer-Cremean said that he seems to be in favor but
the problems have come from the BOR. Martinez commented that it was his
impression that the BOR thought it was their job and not a faculty job
to do this, even though they have never seen these documents. Hesson
suggested that it could be called a Faculty Opinion Survey and that it
could go only to the administrator being evaluated to be used to improve
their job but that it could in no way be used against them or impact
Bergey reported on the bookstore pricing and buy back
policy. He is concerned that the bookstore is suffering because students
are buying books online rather than paying the cost of the book plus 25
percent. He reported that the bookstore profits go to support the
Student Union, to provide assistance to activities, and to support
departmental discounts. All money spent in the bookstore stays at BHSU.
He has been unable to find out who sets the mark up policy, whether it
is a local policy or a statewide policy. Bergey will investigate this
further. Strand noted that this is part of a larger national concern
about the high cost of college books. Andersen and Beguin will check to
see what the industry norms are for pricing textbooks.
Miller reported that the faculty chosen for the
Presidential Search and Screen Committee were Betsy Silva and Mary
Rogers. The committee will start meeting this Friday.
Miller handed out copies of the constitution and
bylaws which are to possibly be revised. Card will send an electronic
copy to the university webmaster to be posted to the website so all
faculty can read it.
Miller had found that the yearly allotment for the
Faculty Senate is $300 to be added to the $705 left in the account to be
used this year.
Lemke reported that the Student Senate has finished
the budget for the next two semesters. Most organizations are happy.
Many new clubs received money. The Lakota Ominicye members and their
advisors appealed the amount allotted. The Budget Committee will review
their appeal and give their answer next week.
A course modification from the College of Education
was reviewed and accepted.
Shearer-Cremean announced that Susie Dana is the new
chair of the University Curriculum Committee.
Myron Sullivan has been asked to attend a meeting to
discuss the need for another security person on campus. Sago will try to
find a copy of the letter sent last year by the senate expressing our
The question of having a senate meeting on Wednesday,
Nov. 23, just before Thanksgiving, was discussed. It was decided that
the senate will not meet then, but any major issues can be done through
email or an emergency meeting.
Beguin guidelines and permission for taping a class
that is being delivered through Vtel class. We will discuss this further
at the next meeting.
Beguin reported that in the College of Business and
Technology (CBT) workstudy students cannot help with any materials that
have to do with grades, tests, etc., which has increased the faculty
workload. She asked if other departments are also affected in this way.
The issue was referred back to the CBT since it seems to be an issue
only for them.
Andersen moved and Beguin seconded that the meeting be
adjourned. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 5 p.m.
The next Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday,
These minutes were respectfully submitted by Sharon E.
Instructional improvement grants
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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.
Any 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 and/or with faculty and
teaching-support staff at BHSU.
Faculty 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. Proposals are being accepted through Wednesday,
Nov. 2 for review at the November meeting. Eleven copies of your
proposal should be submitted to the Grants and Special Projects office
in Woodburn 309 – Unit 9504. Proposals must consist of the proposal and
budget outlines following the specified format available on the grants
and special projects
announced - top
Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn
309, through Wednesday, Oct. 19. For copies of the information, contact
the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near
the information desk.
Fiscal Year 2006 Young Investigator Program (ONR)
The United States Navy, Office of Naval Research, announces the
following request for proposals. Awards under this BAA will be made only
to U.S. institutions of higher education, which award degrees in
science, engineering, and/or mathematics. Further, the principal
investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or
permanent resident (on the date proposals are due), holding a
tenure-track or permanent faculty position at that university, who
received her/his graduate degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) on or after Nov.
1, 2000 (based on the date printed on the diploma). ONR's Young
Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic
scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees
within the last five years (on or after Nov. 1, 2000 for this FY06
competition) and who show exceptional promise for doing creative
research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding
faculty members of institutions of higher education (hereafter also
called "universities") to the Department of the Navy's research program,
to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research
careers. Proposals addressing the priority research areas in the
solicitation, sorted by cognizant Science and Technology (S&T) Division,
will be considered.
Deadline: Full proposals are due Jan. 12, 2006 by 4 p.m.,
Eastern Standard Time (EST). For details go to the link at
National Resource Centers (NRC) Program for Foreign Language and Area
Studies or Foreign Language and International Studies Program and
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program (ED)
Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in
the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about
eligibility, see the official application notice. The official version
of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free
Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the
Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at
Review the official application notice for pre-application and
application requirements, application submission information,
performance measures, priorities and program contact information.
The NRC program makes awards to institutions of higher education or
consortia of these institutions for establishing or strengthening
nationally-recognized foreign language and area or international studies
centers or programs. NRC awards are used to support undergraduate
centers or comprehensive centers, which include undergraduate, graduate
and professional school components.
The FLAS program provides allocations of fellowships to institutions
of higher education or consortia of these institutions to assist
meritorious students undergoing graduate training in modern foreign
languages and related area or international studies.
Deadline: Nov. 14, 2005. More information, including
eligibility, pre-application requirements, and submission information,
is available through
Office of Science Financial Assistance Program (DOE)
The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces
its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of
work in the following program areas: Basic Energy Sciences, High Energy
Physics, Nuclear Physics, Advanced Scientific Computing, Fusion Energy
Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, and Energy Research
Sept. 3, 1992, the DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of
Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of
Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR Part 605, Final Rule,
which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about
submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and
selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in
10 CFR Part 605.
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2006. Program descriptions and more
information on scientific and technical areas of interest to the Office
of Science can be found at