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Termes attends national
conference for Advanced Technology Education -
Tom Termes, technology professor at Black Hills State
University, recently attended a conference in Washington, D.C., for
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) programs.
Termes and his colleagues who attended the conference
were representing the Consortium for Advance Technological Education (CATE)
project, which has been operating in western South Dakota for the last
six years. In this educational project Western Dakota Technical
Institute (WDTI) and BHSU work together to provide electronics
instruction to high school students in 12 school districts in western
Termes was accompanied by three South Dakotans at the
conference: Robert Olson, from WDTI; Chris Paustian, president of
Mitchell Technical Institute, and Julie Gregg, the West River
representative for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).
The conference, hosted by the National Science
Foundation (NSF), was open by invitation only. According to Termes, the
purpose of this conference was to allow representatives from NSF ATE
projects from all over the United States to interact and share ideas.
“These projects, funded by the NSF, are designed to
create a high tech workforce. ATE projects are quite unusual in that
two-year technical schools and four-year universities work together in a
unique cooperative effort. This is a fairly new idea for the NSF, and it
is has proven to be a very powerful idea,” Termes said.
Termes noted that western South Dakota has some unique
features; most notably the fact that there are lots of wide-open spaces
which create logistical challenges for education.
“This characteristic is an integral part of the
pristine beauty of our area, but it creates some special challenges for
high schools with smaller enrollments. Every student deserves access to
a high quality high school education, and with the help of CATE, which
is a cutting-edge advancement in Internet technology, the needed
instruction is being provided,” Termes said.
BHSU and WDTI have partnered to provide high school
students in western South Dakota with high-tech education. Working
together the two schools created four new electronics courses that are
taught over the Internet.
Termes notes that what is most interesting about these
courses is that they are “laboratory based,” that is, the student
actually works with electronic components, builds and tests circuits,
and troubleshoots bad components. All of this is accomplished via the
“The approach is unique, and the plan is to get more
rural high school students interested in technical careers. In the past
five years, over 500 local students have participated in courses in
basic electronics,” Termes said.
This innovative approach to high-tech education is
being recognized on a national level. The project has been featured at
conferences in several states, and just recently, representatives of
CATE were invited to present at the National Tech Prep Network
Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Termes notes that the CATE project at BHSU and WDTI is
an attempt to get more students interested in technical occupations,
something he feels is critical for our nation’s economy.
“The new century has brought about several disturbing
trends. One of these is the growing strength of foreign manufacturers
and service providers. More and more, consumer products are produced
abroad,” Termes said. “Another disturbing trend is the decline in
enrollments, nationwide, in technology-related programs and majors.”
He indicated that most U.S. engineering schools report
declining enrollments across the board, but particularly in computer
science. He notes that the declines come at a time when technology is
advancing at a breath-taking pace.
“Our nation is at a critical juncture, and it is
essential that projects like CATE be recognized as we guide our young
people towards these high tech careers,” Termes said. “Not only is it
important for the success of our local students, but it is also a
critical goal for our society.”
Cremean presents at Cormac
McCarthy Society conference - top
Dr. David Cremean, assistant humanities professor and director of the
Bush Grant at Black Hills State University, read his essay, “For Whom
Bell Tolls: The Changing Voice and Views of the Sheriff in No Country
for Old Men,” at the recent Cormac McCarthy Society conference in
In the essay, Cremean stressed that as the main protagonist in
McCarthy’s most recent novel, Bell must not be taken as a static
character or McCarthy’s voice, as many reviewers have claimed. He
argued, rather, that Bell is in a state of flux, with his long-held
views failing him during the novel as he moves toward a deeper
recognition of evil and its functions in the world.
Cremean received his master’s degree in English from the University
of Dayton and his Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University.
He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.
Sujithamrak will present
at international conference - top
Dr. Siriporn Sujithamrak, assistant professor of
management and marketing at Black Hills State University, will give a
presentation at the upcoming 17th International Conference for the
Association for Global Business in Miami, Fla.
Sujithamrak will present “South Dakota’s Tourism
Development,” an article based on her experiences working and living in
the state of South Dakota the last five years. She says meeting and
talking with Native American tribal leaders and tourism stakeholders
throughout the state inspired her to conduct much of the research
included in the article.
In her presentation Sujithamrak analyzes South Dakota
history as it relates to tourism and discusses the contributions of
Native Americans in tribal tourism since the Louisiana Purchase in 1803
and the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. She also applies the
concepts of SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)
analysis, marketing budgets and marketing activities to the state’s
“This conference will provide the opportunity to share
some information about our state with faculty from other universities,”
Sujithamrak received her doctorate in foodservice and
hospitality management from Kansas State University in 1999. She has
been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2001.
Library increases ebook access
The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at Black Hills
State University recently added access to 1,500 ebooks to all library
According to Rajeev Bukralia, director of the library,
that now makes nearly 13,000 titles available at BHSU through ebook
access. Bukralia noted that ebook usage offers several advantages
including extensive search capabilities and convenience because the
books can be accessed online from anywhere.
When students access ebooks through the BHSU library
website, they have the option of “checking out” a book for a four-hour
period. During that time the reader can make notes in the book which are
retained if a student checks out the book again. Ebooks that are
“checked-out” have several other features as well. Readers have the
option of creating bookmarks to specific pages, searching the entire
text for specific words or phrases, and using a built-in dictionary.
According to Bukralia, ebooks are especially useful
for specific types of books such as training manuals and reference
“When a student needs a specific answer and needs
access immediately, ebooks are very useful,” Bukralia says. He noted
that most people don’t like to read entire books online so reference
books are most often used.
“Ebooks have their own niche. It doesn’t work well for
everything. There are certain markets. For quick reference it’s
excellent,” Bukralia says.
The use of ebooks is popular among BHSU students and,
in fact, recently surpassed the use of paper books at the library.
Bukralia stressed that the ebooks are not meant to replace traditional
paper books but rather are an additional resource for library patrons.
Tara Arsaga, a sophomore mass communications major
from Ipswich, says she has found the ebook option a convenient and
“When it’s late at night and I need to look up a
source, ebooks are always available. It’s pretty easy to use. I’ve used
ebooks when writing several papers for my classes,” Arsaga said.
Jim Holmes, a non-traditional student from Belle
Fourche, agrees. He uses the ebooks option often. The history major who
plans to go on to law school says ebook access is extremely valuable for
him and the convenience factor is a major reason he utilizes ebooks on a
“When I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to go to the
library to look things up, ebooks make my life easier. I like to quickly
locate items. I save so much time because I don’t have to drive to the
library and go look for a book. For me it really makes a difference in
the amount of time it takes to get information, plus, it expands the
library holdings dramatically,” Holmes said.
Ebook access is available via visiting the library
website from the BHSU website (http://iis.bhsu.edu/lis/index.cfm).
For additional information contact Alicia Caldanaro, reference
librarian, at 642-6358.
BHSU Theatre will present
“Steel Magnolias” - top
The Black Hills State University Theatre will stage
their production of “Steel Magnolias” Thursday, Dec. 1; Friday, Dec. 2;
and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.
“Steel Magnolias,” written by Robert Harling,
primarily takes place in Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, La., where
all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by
her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken Truvy dispenses shampoos
and free advice to the local women. Filled with hilarious repartee and
biting but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward
tragedy when one of the characters, who is diabetic, risks pregnancy and
forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the
others, but they draw on an underlying strength and love which makes the
play and its characters truly touching.
Cast members include Makaela Heeb, a sophomore
psychology major from Philip, in the role of Annelle Dupuy-Desoto; Molly
Hutchinson, a freshman speech communications major from Ogallala, Neb.,
in the role of Clairee Belcher; Crystal Dvorak, a senior elementary
education major from Spearfish, in the role of M’lynn Eatenton; Tammie
Foley, a sophomore elementary education major from Sturgis, in the role
of Truvy Jones; Kristin DiSanto, a freshman from Rapid City, in the role
of Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie; and Katie Severns, a junior vocal music
major from Rapid City, in the role of Ouiser Boudreaux.
For more information or to reserve tickets call the
BHSU box office at 642-6171 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost to attend is $5 per adult and $2.50 for
children and seniors age 65 and older.
Board of Regents hold town
meeting - top
South Dakota Board of Regents members (BOR), left to right, Randy
Morris, Jim Hansen, and Harvey Jewett, along with Dr. Tad Perry,
executive director of the BOR, gave a presentation and answered
questions at a town meeting held on the Black Hills State University
campus this week. The meeting was hosted by local state representatives:
Jerry Apa, Tom Hills and Charles Turbiville.
Nearly 50 community people attended the meeting and
asked questions on a variety of topics including the enhancement of
offerings for non-traditional students, the future of doctoral programs
in the state, the opportunities for increased collaboration between
higher education and K-12 education, possibilities for the higher
education center to be involved with the lab at Homestake and other
Perry reminded the audience that the state higher
education system reached a record number of students this fall during a
time of declining population in the state.
Marathon runner speaks to
over 100 people at BHSU - top
Beardsley, marathon champion, motivational speaker, television
personality and expert fishing guide, discusses his life experiences and
the lessons he has learned from them during a presentation at Black
Hills State University earlier this week. Over 100 people were in
During the week, Beardsley also took some time to talk
with the BHSU track and field team and accompany the long distance
runners in their nightly practices.
Alumni return to BHSU for
annual Roundball Reunion - top
Former Black Hills State University basketball players
recently returned to their alma mater for the annual Roundball Reunion,
held in conjunction with the beginning of the 2005-06 Yellow Jacket
||Members of the BHSU women’s alumni team were, front
row, left to right, Courtney Berry, Coleen (Herber) Letellier, Traci
(Schenk) Dana, Amanda Schelle, and Sarah Heibult; and back row, left to
right, Christa Authier, Jodi (Wherley) VerHey, Annie (Rossow) Heltzel,
Kim (Rochlitz) Niemann, Kayla Bolke-Hemmer, Amanda Mortenson, Marla
Gustufsen, and Melissa Braegger.
||Members of the BHSU men’s alumni team were, front row,
left to right, Mark Gould, Mark Nore, Chris Rozell, James Mortenson, and
Eldon Marshall; and back row, left to right, Aaron Valentine, Eric
Thomson, Tory Schwartz, Brad Massman, Devin Gonzalez, and Bryan Heck.
Graduate Council minutes -
The Graduate Council met Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 104.
Present were: Dana, G. Earley, Fuller, McGrath, Ryerson, A. Ahmad,
and Molseed. B. Smith, L. Austin, Siemens, Bukralia, and McKaben were
- A motion was made and seconded to approve David Cremean as a
graduate faculty member. The motion passed.
- Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI):
- Chair reported that the proposal of three areas of
specialization - reading, technology, curriculum instructor -
had been approved by the system VPAAs and would now move forward
to the Council of Presidents and then the Board by December.
Once this was approved, the specialization could be printed on
- Molseed reported that the college of education was working
on offering the reading specialization totally on-line.
- Master of Science in Business Services Management (MSBSM):
- Dana reported that the College of Business was working on
ways to improve the MSBSM, including considering offering
weekend graduate business courses. Questions were raised about
USD’s aggressive marketing of its MBA in this area of the state.
- Dana stated that the current student graduate assistant was
leaving at the end of the semester so the College of Business
was looking for one for next semester.
- Master of Science in Integrative Studies (MSIG):
- Chair reported that this proposal had been approved by the
VPAAs and was now moving forward. Dean Downing did an excellent
job of explaining the proposal.
- USD, SDSU and DSU are talking about offering a master's
degree in bioinformatics. Since Siemens was absent, chair tried
to explain the difference. Ahmad assured chair that he had
totally screwed up the explanation.
- As Bukralia was absent, there was no library report.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m.
Submitted by George Earley, assistant vice president for academic
affairs and chair of the Graduate Council.
Faculty Senate minutes -
The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Oct.19 at 3:30 p.m.
Members present were: Roger Miller (Faculty Senate president), Sharon
Strand, Dan Bergey, Curtis Card, Verona Beguin, Jim Hesson, Micheline
Hickenbotham, Tim Martinez, Roberta Sago, and Peter Lemke (Student
Miller called the meeting to order.
Hesson motioned and Bergey seconded that the agenda be approved.
Bergey motioned and Hickenbotham seconded that the minutes of the
last meeting be approved as amended.
Strand and Hesson volunteered to be marshals for the December
Miller reported that Myers had said that if the Faculty Senate
members want to ask for the
hiring of another security officer, the senate should send him another letter
stating our desire and reasons for this change. The senate discussed a
draft letter based on the one sent last year. Suggestions for additions
were made. Strand will add the suggestions, send the letter by email to
senators by Thursday for their review and further suggestions, and send
it with any suggested revisions to Lemke by Tuesday for the next meeting of the Student Senate. They may
also sign the letter.
Strand suggested that such letters would have a greater effect on
Faculty Senate letterhead. Strand motioned and Sago seconded that the print shop prepare Faculty Senate letterhead. Miller will take
care of having a letterhead designed and printed.
Beguin reported on what she had found about taping Vtel classes,
including a report from the Technology Committee on this issue. Each
university is responsible for taping the classes so that students who
miss class or want to review materials can have access to the archives.
There is no current policy for guidelines for these tapes, who can be
taped, is permission necessary, etc., but Terry Hupp is to begin to
develop them. Senate members may want to give him faculty input on these guidelines.
The senate needs to consider if students and guest speakers can be taped without
their permission. Martinez said it is his understanding that anything
used in a class becomes the property of the university. Hickenbotham
said that she had heard faculty will have to put all materials online
under the new computer initiatives. Beguin suggested that we invite
Arnie Hemmingson to come to a meeting to explore this issue with the
senate. Senate members concurred that they do want to have input on the new
policies. The senate needs to be sure that the limitations of usage of tapes are
laid out. Bergey noted that it is only common courtesy to ask for
permission to film a class. Martinez stated that the COHE/BOR contract
provides a way that faculty can appeal their assignment if they do not
want to teach online. Strand suggested that members read the material Beguin
brought before the next meeting, invite Hemmingson and Hupp
to come to the Nov.9 meeting to discuss the 2010 initiative, and then
appoint some members to work with Hupp in developing the
guidelines. Beguin said Hupp is willing to work with the senate on this issue.
It is another instance of policy being made at the BOR level without the
input of those affected. Bergey stated the senate must be sure to emphasize that
taping is a privacy issue, especially if it is done without permission.
Members are to bring any suggestions for guidelines to the next
Strand, Martinez, and Card presented the changes to the Faculty Senate
constitution and bylaws that had been suggested by them and others on
the senate. Discussion of each suggested change was held. The
revised constitution will be discussed again at a later meeting.
Lemke reported that the Student Senate is willing to work with the
Faculty Senate on the
request for another security person.
Miller reported on the last COD meeting. The library has requested more
funding. The issue of having a bus between campus and Rapid City will be
looked into. A draft of the standards document has been sent to all
faculty. Comments need to be sent by Oct. 24. Hickenbotham noted that
there is a concern that the size of classes is being factored into
review of teaching, but that is not appropriate because class size is
something the faculty member has no control over. Beguin stated that those
factors faculty have no control over should not be used as factors in
Martinez reported that students have been told that they are required to
access email at least twice a week, and that BHSU faculty and staff are to use only the
university account to contact students. He stated that the notice said
this is a policy of the BOR, but he found that it is not a BOR policy.
He is concerned about where various directives such as this are really
coming from. Beguin noted that one reason students do not use their
campus email accounts is because the storage capacity is not large. She
asked if the senate could at least ask that the storage capacity be increased.
Miller will ask at the next COD meeting. He will also ask Earley for an
explanation of how the new email policy was formed and put into practice
The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Strand.
Grant opportunities announced
Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn
309, through Wednesday, Nov. 16. For copies of the information,
contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin
board near the information desk.
NSF Announces Human and Social Dynamics Competition for FY06
The Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) of the National Science Foundation
priority area fosters breakthroughs in understanding the dynamics of
human action and development, as well as knowledge about organizational,
cultural, and societal adaptation and change in the following areas:
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
- Biological Sciences
- Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
- Education and Human Resources
- Polar Programs
HSD aims to increase our collective ability to (1) anticipate the
complex consequences of change; (2) understand the dynamics of human and
social behavior at all levels, including that of the human mind; (3)
understand the cognitive and social structures that create, define, and
result from change; and (4) manage profound or rapid change, and make
decisions in the face of changing risks and uncertainty. Accomplishing
these goals requires multidisciplinary research teams and comprehensive,
interdisciplinary approaches across the sciences, engineering,
education, and humanities, as appropriate.
The FY 2006 competition will
include three emphasis areas (Agents of Change; Dynamics of Human
Behavior; and Decision Making, Risk and Uncertainty). Support will be
provided for full research projects and for shorter-term exploratory
research and HSD research community development projects.
Deadlines: Exploratory research proposals and HSD research community
development proposals - Feb. 14, 2006; full research
proposals - Feb. 21, 2006. See
for a link to the full announcement.
Talent Search Program (ED)
The United States Department of Education issues this notice inviting
applications for the Talent Search (TS) Program for fiscal year 2006.
The purpose of the TS Program is to identify qualified youths with
potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to
complete secondary school and undertake a program of postsecondary
education. TS projects also publicize the availability of student
financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue postsecondary
education and encourage persons who have not completed programs at the
secondary or postsecondary level to reenter these programs.
Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the
Federal Register application notice. For specific information about
eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official
version of this document is the document published in the Federal
Register. Review the official application notice for
pre-application and application requirements, application submission
information, performance measures, priorities and program contact
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2006. See
Ransom Center Announces Application Process for Research Fellowships
The application process has begun for 2006-2007 research fellowships
sponsored by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the
University of Texas at Austin. About 40 fellowships are awarded annually
by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas
of the humanities. Priority is given to proposals that concentrate on
the center's collections and that require substantial on-site use of
them. Each year the fellowship program has a special topic. This year's
topic is "The Post-War Cultures of 20th-Century America," a theme that
corresponds with the Ransom Center's fall 2006 exhibition on Norman
Mailer and American culture from 1945 to 1980, and its spring 2007
exhibition on America in the 1920s.
The major wars of the 20th century
reshaped American consciousness and left in their wake distinct post-war
cultures. Special consideration will be given to research proposals that
address any of these cultures. The fellowships range from one month to
two to four months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available
are $1,000 to $1,500 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2006. See details at
WebSurveyor Academic Grant Program
WebSurveyor Corporation, a provider of online surveys, has extended its
Academic Grant Program to two years and has made WebSurveyor 5.0, a new
survey tool that helps organizations gather and analyze mission-critical
data, a part of the package. The commercial value of the software
provided is $60,000.
WebSurveyor offers its Academic Grant Program to academic institutions
with a marketing, market research, general business, hotel management,
computer science, or social science curriculum. Grant recipients receive
computer software and support materials applicable for collegiate level
instruction of the practical use of online surveys.
Instructors at universities, colleges, community colleges, and private
educational institutions are eligible to apply. Applicants must teach at
least one course where the use of online surveys can be incorporated
into the curriculum and students can be required to complete hands-on
exercises or team projects. Applicants cannot already be a WebSurveyor
customer. A limited number of schools are accepted into the program each year.
Interested universities should visit the
WebSurveyor website for
complete program information and application instructions.
Deadline: None listed. More information is available at
National Geographic Society Offers Grants for Scientific Field Research
The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field
research and exploration through its Committee for Research and
Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical
dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad
scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following
disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany,
geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition
the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address
environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of
human-population pressures). While grant amounts vary greatly, most
range from $15,000 to $20,000. There is no set quantity of grants
awarded, but budget constraints keep the number to approximately 250 per
Deadline information, complete guidelines, and application information
are available at