Volume XXIX, No. 42 • Oct. 28, 2005

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Marcus named projects coordinator for Indian Land Tenure grant - top

Urla Marcus

Urla Marcus, a 1999 graduate of Black Hills State University, has been named projects coordinator for grants recently received by Dr. John Glover, associate professor of American Indian Studies at BHSU, from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF).

The ILTF grants, along with contributions from the South Dakota Humanities Council and the University of Arizona, total in excess of $200,000.

Initial grants will fund six Indian Land Tenure college course offerings at five South Dakota institutions of higher education and a graduate course at the University of Arizona. In addition, next summer BHSU will hold two K-12 teacher institutes focusing on tribal governments, Indian lands and historically significant native sites. The institutes are co-sponsored by funding from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities.

“No single issue is of greater importance to Indian peoples than land,” stated Marcus. “I am eager to work with projects which have such direct potential to empower Indian peoples.”

Marcus has served as the academic coordinator for BHSU’s Upward Bound Program the last four years. She is presently enrolled in the master of science program in curriculum and instruction at BHSU.

“We are thrilled to have Urla as a full-time staff member on these projects,” Glover said. “Her educational background in American Indian Studies, her knowledge as a BHSU staff member, and her personal experience as an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne from Montana made her the perfect choice for projects coordinator.”

Marcus has lived in Spearfish for 10 years. She and her husband, who owns Little Bear Construction, have a 16-month-old daughter, Stella.

The ILTF is a private, non-profit entity with headquarters in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Its mission, which strongly emphasizes education, is to ensure that “land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management.” For more information on the ILTF, visit www.indianlandtenure.org.

Wheaton presents at high school parent night academy - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black Hills State University, was one of several presenters at a recent high school parent’s night academy in Rapid City.

The event, organized by Stevens and Central High School counselors for parents of high school students, offered a variety of presentations concerning financial aid, planning for college, scholarships, study skills as well as vocational opportunities and teen social influences.

Wheaton presented “Early College Planning,” which included topics for parents and students to consider before making future vocational plans. Wheaton encouraged students to visit their local guidance office, check out job search engines, research scholarship opportunities, and register for the ACT test. He also stressed the importance of joining extracurricular activities and clubs, studying and taking advanced classes. He told attendees that students should take the ACT by the end of their junior year. Wheaton also discussed financial aid and suggested guidelines for contacting prospective schools.

Wheaton said the presentation offered him a unique opportunity to meet with parents of high school students who are making important decisions about their future plans.

Wheaton, who graduated from BHSU in 1987, joined the university staff in 1993. In his current position as assistant director of admissions he works to inform prospective students of the options available for them at BHSU.

Hickenbotham presents at statewide bicultural education conference - top

Micheline Hickenbotham

Micheline Hickenbotham, assistant education professor at Black Hills State University, recently gave a presentation at a regional education conference in Rapid City.

Hickenbotham presented “Making Sense of Multiplication” at the South Dakota Association of Bilingual Bicultural Education Conference in Rapid City recently. The conference was attended by teachers from several reservations in South Dakota.

In her presentation, Hickenbotham presented a hands-on/minds-on approach to developing conceptual understanding of multiplication; starting with the basic facts.

“The focus was to help teachers understand the systemic change from memorization to developing number and thinking strategies and number relationships to retrieve the facts when stuck,” Hickenbotham says.

The session also provided opportunities to model multiplication problems in context and to discuss the influence of language in creating misconceptions. She noted that the product of multiplication is not always bigger even though popular idioms lead to that mindset.

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.

Larsen will speak at South Dakota Music Teachers Association conference - top

Janeen Larsen

Dr. Janeen Larsen, music professor and chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Black Hills State University, will present “Making Connections between Theory and Performance” at the South Dakota Music Teachers Association (SDMTA) annual conference Friday, Nov. 4 in Aberdeen.

Larsen, who is nationally certified in piano pedagogy, was also asked to judge the SDMTA collegiate piano competition, which will be held in conjunction with the conference.

The SDMTA, an organization that is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, was founded in 1955 by a group of music educators from across the state of South Dakota who joined forces to improve the standards of teaching music. The organization provides professional education and networking opportunities, student events and teacher services.

A former SDMTA president, Larsen remains active in the local chapter, Black Hills Area MTA. She has also served as state convention chair and high school competition chair.

Larsen received her master of music in both piano performance and musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Florida. Her former teachers include Gunnar Johansen, Jack Radunsky, Howard Karp and Jacques Abram. In addition to teaching courses in piano, piano pedagogy, music history and advanced theory at BHSU, Larsen performs frequently throughout the region as a classical and jazz pianist and conducts a variety of workshops for piano teachers.

BHSU students and faculty member present at middle school conference - top

Sandy Klarenbeek

Two Black Hills State University students and their instructor recently presented at a regional middle school educational conference.

Stephanie Daly, a physical education/health major from Leola, and Ken Christianson, a physical education/health major from Spearfish, and their instructor Sandy Klarenbeek recently presented at the Regional Middle School Educational Conference in Sioux Falls. Middle school educators, counselors and administrators from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota attended this conference.

The students’ presentation was “How Future Health Teachers Connect Health Education and Student Achievement.” According to Klarenbeek, the students’ focus was on how they will implement what they have learned about teaching health in their college course work and field experiences to their future classrooms to promote healthy lifestyles and improve student achievement.

The two students shared their knowledge and skills in the areas of health education standards and assessment, teaching strategies, best practices curriculums and role modeling. Daly and Christianson illustrated their ideas of teaching health and the importance of a healthy school environment and the coordinated school health model to reach the goal of healthier students. They emphasized the research, which shows that healthier students learn better than unhealthy students.

Daly and Christianson also focused on the importance of teachers as good role models. The students noted that teachers have a responsibility and an opportunity to positively teach healthy choices in the foods they eat and the beverages they consume and by working out to stay physically fit.

“Presenting at this conference was a great experience,” Daly said. “It provided a great networking opportunity to meet people in the educational field. I would recommend anyone going into the field of education to experience an opportunity such as this.”

Christianson agreed that presenting was an excellent learning opportunity and also liked the fact that he got to meet Dr. Rick Melmer, state secretary of education.

“This was a great experience and opportunity to work on professional development and to see things from the practicing teacher’s perspective as well as from a college student’s perspective,” Christianson said. “It was also exciting to personally meet and visit with Secretary of Education Melmer and hear his comments on the high quality of the teacher preparation program at Black Hills State University.

Klarenbeek also made a presentation, titled “Coordinated School Health Programs in South Dakota,” at the conference. The focus of her presentation was to share the eight-component model of coordinated school health and illustrate how this is a better way.

According to Klarenbeek, the coordinated school health model is research-based, adopted and promoted nationwide. Klarenbeek shared how by using the strategies of the model, healthier students who learn and score well on tests can be achieved.

Klarenbeek noted that the state of South Dakota has been successful in securing federal infrastructure funding which supports the Office of Coordinated School Health, the Office of Comprehensive School Health and the Office of HIV/AIDS Prevention Education. Through these state offices, pre-service and in-service teacher trainings are available, including: Health Education Standards and Assessment, HIV/AIDS prevention, Life Skills, Human Sexuality and HIV/AIDS for Special Education Populations, and the annual School Health Institute.

Klarenbeek, who has a bachelor’s degree from Westmar College and a master’s degree from South Dakota State University, has worked as a consultant with the state school health offices for the past 15 years. She is a trainer for many of the programs and workshops offered by the state. Klarenbeek previously taught in the Spearfish school district and was the school safe and drug free coordinator. She joined the BHSU faculty in 2001.

Young Center faculty and staff take the Governor's Step Challenge - top

Black Hills State University faculty and coaches are taking the Governor’s Step Challenge to increase the number of steps they take every day in an effort to promote healthy living. Staff members participating in the statewide program include: front row, left to right, Teri Royer; Betsy Silva, Chris McCart; Sandy Klarenbeek; back row, John Scott, Paul Sather, Jim Hesson and Mark Nore.

BHSU Youngsters PE and Health Team

Faculty and coaches at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the Black Hills State University campus are taking the Governor’s Step Challenge to increase the number of steps they take every day in an effort to promote healthy living.

The statewide competition, known as the Governor’s Step Challenge, is a concerted effort to promote health and wellness in the state presented by Governor Mike Rounds and Secretary of Education Dr. Rick Melmer. The challenge was issued for state workplaces and schools.

According to Sandy Klarenbeek, health educator at BHSU, a health summit that she attended this spring was the kickoff for the program which is designed to help South Dakotans practice healthy life skills. The step challenge, sponsored by the Department of Health, began Oct. 16 and ends Nov. 14. Participants received pedometers to keep track of their number of steps.

Klarenbeek says she strongly believes in modeling the behaviors she teaches, and since who work at the Young Center are involved in health, wellness and physical education, it was a natural fit to form a team.

“There is also a healthy competitive spirit here in the Young Center. Besides, I thought it would be fun,” Klarenbeek says. “And we are having fun, working out and checking our scores against the other 50 plus teams in the state. It is a nice bonding experience. We plan to win!”

She said team members check their number of steps periodically throughout the day and if necessary add some activity, such as a quick walk around the indoor track to reach their goal of 10,000 steps per day.

Klarenbeek encourages all state employees to visit the website at www.healthysd.gov for additional information. She noted that it is easy to log on to the website which includes excellent resources.

Klarenbeek organized the group at the Young Center, known as the BHSU Youngsters PE and Health Team. The team includes Klarenbeek; John Scott, head football coach; Paul Sather, men’s basketball coach; Scott Walkinshaw, head cross country and track coach; Dr. Jim Hesson, health professor; Dr. Natalie Doering, physical education professor; Chris McCart, outdoor education coordinator; Dr. Rob Schurrer, exercise and physical activity director; Jhett Albers, head volleyball coach; Mark Nore, head women's basketball coach; Teri Royer, director of the Young Center; Dr. Betsy Silva, physical education/health department chairwoman; Trent Mack, assistant cross country and track coach; Joe Stephens, assistant cross country and track coach; Jon Vance, assistant football coach and pool supervisor; and Margaret Kleinsasser, athletic department secretary.

At least one other BHSU employee, Verona Beguin, assistant professor of business, is taking part in the step challenge on an individual basis.

BHSU to host Halloween events for area children - top

Students at Black Hills State University are hosting two separate Halloween events for local children.

The annual Halloween Safehouse, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, will be held at East Elementary Monday, Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. This event, which includes a variety of games, is popular with area school children as a safe indoor Halloween activity. For additional information contact Jennifer Butler at 642-6464.

The BHSU Theatre Society is hosting “The Woodburn House of Horrors” Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Oct. 31 in Woodburn Hall Auditorium. From 5-7 p.m. BHSU students will offer face painting and a tour of the “haunted” Woodburn theatre for children under the age of 12. From 7-9 p.m., older children (ages 12 and up) are invited to take part in a more frightening experience in the “haunted” theatre.

Cost of admission is $2 or $1 with a can of food. Proceeds will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

Grasslands author will speak at BHSU - top

Richard Manning, well-known author of the classic book Grasslands, will lecture on the Black Hills State University campus Friday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305.

An author who is unafraid to take controversial stands, Manning has written about the timber industry, agriculture and numerous other similar topics. His books include Against the Grain, Last Stand, and Inside Passage, among others. A former journalist for the Missoulian, he has also published essays in numerous national magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly.

Manning’s presentation, sponsored by a Bush Grant and the BHSU English Club, is a part of the “Writing the West” series at BHSU. The series brings Western writers, particularly those who write primarily about interdisciplinary subjects, to the BHSU campus.

The presentation is open to the public at no charge. After the presentation, Manning will be available to sign copies of his books, some of which will be available for purchase courtesy of the BHSU Bookstore.

For more information, contact David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities and director of the Bush Grant at BHSU, at 642-6713 or DavidCremean@bhsu.edu.

Dakota Chamber Orchestra will present fall concert - top

Dakota Chamber Orchestra members Krystal Brunner, (left) a pre-law student from Nisland, and her sister, Kelcy Brunner, (right) a high school student, prepare for an upcoming orchestra performance Sunday, Nov. 6 in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the Black Hills State University campus. The sisters are among nearly 25 students and community members who comprise the Dakota Chamber Orchestra.

Krystal and Kelcy Brunner prepare for the upcoming Dakota Chamber Orchestra concert

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence at Black Hills State University, will present their fall concert Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall at Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

The program will feature folk music from around the world including American and Russian folk music classics. Music by Percy Grainger, Edvard Greig, Bela Bartok, Gabriel Faure and Alexander Borodin will also be performed. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Randall Royer, associate professor of music at BHSU.

This marks the sixth full season for the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, which was started in the spring of 2000 and gave its first concert that April. The orchestra provides an outlet for area string players to come together, play music and improve their skills. The group also provides entertainment for the northern Black Hills with string orchestra music from many different musical style periods.

Members of the Dakota Chamber Orchestra include: Dawn Kennedy, Spearfish; Mary Pochop, Spearfish; Krystal Brunner, Nisland; Polly Hall, Sheridan, Wyo.; Brock Burris, Gillette, Wyo.; Katie Umenthum, Belle Fourche; Katie Sowers, Belle Fourche; Ryan Lawler, Rapid City; Deb Ventrella, Spearfish; Liz Scheetz, Spearfish; Jody Sowers, Belle Fourche; Kelcy Brunner, Nisland; Chris Roman, Rapid City; Brenda Cupp, Sheridan, Wyo.; Kaycee Bloodgood, Huron; Erin Talsma, Spearfish; Kiah Irion, Spearfish; P.J. Scheetz, Spearfish; Kate Williams, Spearfish; Tracy Hall, Rapid City; Mike Hermanson, Lead; and Kelsey Hermanson, Lead.

The concert is open to the public at no charge. For additional information contact Royer at 642-6255.

Black Hills Gold Singers plan "A Medieval Evening" - top

Black Hills Gold Singers Amber Faiman, Joshua Stanton, Bryan Kaufmann, and Megan Moore prepare for their performance in the upcoming “A Medieval Evening,” which will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish. The evening, sponsored by the Black Hills State University music and theatre departments, will feature dinner, theatre and choral singing.

Members of the Black Hills Gold Singers practice for the upcoming "A Medieval Evening"

The music and theatre departments at Black Hills State University are making plans for “A Medieval Evening” Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish. The cash bar will open at 5 p.m., and festivities will begin at 6 p.m.

The evening will begin with the Black Hills Gold Singers inviting the public into their “castle” for an evening of dinner, theatre and choral singing. Before dinner the costumed singers will lead the audience through several Medieval customs, including the legend of the mistletoe, the boar’s head, wassail, and lighting of the Christmas candle. During dinner the singers and other performers will entertain guests with madrigals and familiar carols. After dinner the Black Hills Gold Singers will present a concert of songs for the Christmas season.

The 2005-06 Black Hills Gold Singers include: sopranos, Jodi Boese, a senior mass communications major from Geddes; Amber Faiman, a junior psychology major from Rapid City; Megan Moore, a junior music major from Belle Fourche; and Katie Severns, a junior music/theatre major from Rapid City; altos, Amy Daiss, a junior music major from Hill City; Lydia Golden, a freshman music/elementary education major from Sturgis; Jackie Kriebel, a junior music major from Rapid City; and Ashton Vanden Hoek, a freshman music major from Hudsonville, Mich.; tenors Matt Dewey, a junior music education major from Rapid City; Adam Lipp, a freshman business major from Rapid City; and Joshua Stanton, a senior music major from Miles City, Mont.; and basses, Christopher Braddy, a freshman music education major from Rapid City; Bryan Kaufmann, a freshman music education major from Gillette, Wyo.; and Danny Parks, a junior human services/psychology major from Miles City, Mont.

Tickets are $25 per person for general admission and $30 per person for balcony seating. For more information or to make a reservation, call 642-6652 or 642-6133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proceeds will benefit BHSU music scholarships.

Art student featured in national fine arts magazine - top

Elissa Nesheim with one of her paintingsElissa Nesheim, a Black Hills State University senior art major from Rapid City, is featured in the current issue of the national fine arts magazine “Creative Convocation.”

Five of Nesheim’s paintings are featured in the magazine, which promotes up and coming university student artists on a national level. Nesheim’s paintings combine the traditional techniques of watercolor with collaged paper to create landscapes of areas in and around the Black Hills. Her investigation into her current work began as a summer independent study taught by Dave Wilson, BHSU assistant art professor.

“Primarily we worked with her formal interests concerning the landscape, such as the vastness, weather conditions and specific colors pertaining to the time of day, to develop her personal viewpoint,” Wilson says.

He says the result was a series of landscape paintings devoid of houses or human figures which allow viewers to experience the space as if they discovered it for the first time. Additionally, each collage layer represents a visual step back into the landscape.

Ann Porter, BHSU assistant art professor, says it has been exciting to watch Nesheim’s work emerge.

“It’s truly exciting to watch Elissa’s work develop because she pushes her work beyond traditional watercolor techniques to create an immediately appealing visual language that is all her own,” Porter says.

Nesheim, who will graduate this spring, is considering attending graduate school for painting. She would like to someday teach art at the college level or possibly earn an elementary education degree so she could teach art to young students.

BHSU students volunteer to "Make a Difference" in the community - top

Members of Chi Theta Xi delivered bags of treats as random acts of kindness as a part of “Make a Difference Day” last week. More than 650 BHSU students and community members participated in the volunteer day.

Chi Theta Xi members prepare bags of treats for "Make a Difference Day"

More than 650 volunteers, including Black Hills State University students and community members, took part in the local celebration of “Make a Difference Day” last week.

According to Donna Trainum, AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer at BHSU, the volunteer’s support directly affected more than 1,400 people. She noted that that number does not include entire children's hospitals that will benefit from funds raised, the number of women and children who will benefit from home improvements at the Artemis House, people who will receive food from the Spearfish Food Pantry and all those who will enjoy cleaner streams and trails.

“Make a Difference Day was a huge success. I would like to thank all those who participated as well as all the sponsors who made this day go so smoothly,” Trainum said.

Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president of student life at BHSU, praised the students for their service.

“This is only one day, but it’s a chance to represent how students are out there making a difference throughout the year. This day, designated as a specific volunteer day, is an opportunity to recognize and thank the students who participate in community service activities,” Haislett said. “We’re hoping it will encourage other students to volunteer as well.”

BHSU students and community members participated in a variety of ways. RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) conducted a food drive, The Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program organized a clean-up of the Old Baldy Trail. Student Support Services staff donated pumpkins in the Whitewood area. Members of the Honors Society participated in an Adopt-a-Highway project. The Health Science student organization made cards that were distributed to people in nursing homes. Residents of Heidipriem Hall created joke o'grams for the Children's Hospital. Phi Phi Sigma members participated in a Spearfish Canyon Cleanup. The Reading Council donated books to elementary school students. The Campus Democrats held voter registration.

The National Organziation for Women (NOW) volunteers helped out at the Artemis House. Members of Chi Theta Xi delivered bags of treats as random acts of kindness. The Fantastic Phalanges returned grocery carts to stores and greeted shoppers. The Lorax Society took part in a creek cleanup. The Campus Ventures group held a trick-or-treat food collection. Black Hills National Science Teacher Chapter raised funds for hurricane relief. Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE) gave out cider and cookies. Pangburn Hall residents held a rake and run event.

“Make a Difference Day” at BHSU is part of a national effort sponsored by USA Weekend and the Points of Light Foundation. “Make a Difference Day,” in its 14th year, is the nation’s largest single day of volunteering.

To find out more about “Make A Difference Day” or to volunteer for future events, call 642-6471.

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, Oct. 17 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were Earley, Sickler, C. Cremean, Romkema, Hagerty, Alsup, D. Wessel, S. Hupp, and Siewert. Sarkar was absent.

  1. The committee discussed a plan for assessing majors and student achievement in global issues, writing intensive, and undergraduate research/creative activity.
    • There was considerable discussion. The committee agreed that this year they will focus on having the faculty in the major develop a plan for assessing student learning in the areas of global issues, writing intensive, and undergraduate research. Each major will be asked to develop a plan for assessing these areas and submit a draft to their chair and dean by Dec. 1. The committee will review and then approve or send back the plan to be incorporated in the report next year. Cremean agreed to help any major who needs assistance with the writing intensive requirement. Hagerty agreed to ask the general education committee to look at how to assess learning of global issues. Chair agreed to send out document and explanation this week.
  2. Teacher quality enhancement was discussed.
    • Alsup reported that the Board of Regents (BOR) had received a large grant for the six universities to work on teacher quality enhancement (tqe). He and Dr. Pat Simpson are the co-chairs. They will work with all majors having a BSED program to make sure that the majors are assessed and meet the NCATE and state standards. They have identified a list of 22 majors, and in those majors, they have also asked faculty to help with this grant. The first meeting is Nov. 1 at BHSU with the BOR office staff and those involved. The ultimate goal is to assess and then improve teacher quality in the K-12 arena through improving teacher education. This is a part of the NCLB and NCATE goals and must be successfully completed by BHSU.
  3. Praxis 2 results were discussed.
    • Chair handed out the results of the Praxis 2 content area tests for 2004-05. Chair indicated that the data was combined to meet privacy standards but also to provide data for the majors. Committee agreed that this should be sent to the majors for incorporation into the report next year.

The next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 12 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall Conference Room. The meeting is open to any interested faculty and students.

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