Volume XXIX, No. 45 • Nov. 18, 2005

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CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Senior programmer analyst, Library

For more information, contact the Human Resources office or view the ad on the BHSU Human Resources website.

Termes attends national conference for Advanced Technology Education - top

Tom Termes

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 South Dakota.

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 Internet.

“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

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 Houston, Texas.

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

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 tourism program.

“This conference will provide the opportunity to share some information about our state with faculty from other universities,” Sujithamrak said.

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 - top

The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at Black Hills State University recently added access to 1,500 ebooks to all library patrons.

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 books.

“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 useful resource.

“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 regular basis.

“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 theatre@bhsu.edu. 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

Board of Regents members at town meetingSeveral 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 issues.

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

Dick Beardsley speaking in the BHSU Student UnionDick 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 attendance.

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 basketball season.

BHSU women's alumni basketball team 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.
BHSU men's alumni basketball team 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 - top

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 absent.

New members

  • 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 transcripts.
    • 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.
  • Library
    • 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 - top

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 Senate representative).

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 graduation.

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 meeting.

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 evaluation.

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 so quickly.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Strand.

Grant opportunities announced - top

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 grants@bhsu.edu. 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:

  • Engineering
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Geosciences
  • 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 http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/06-509/Grant.html 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 information.

Deadline: Jan. 6, 2006. See http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-110805-001/Grant.html for details.

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 $1,200 stipend.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2006. See details at http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=120900008.

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 http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=96800006.

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 year.

Deadline information, complete guidelines, and application information are available at http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=66000011.

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