Volume XXIX, No. 46 • Dec. 2, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Cathleen Bauer, purchasing assistant, University Support Services

CSA position open - top

The following Career Service Act (CSA) position is open and limited to status CSA employees of BHSU Enrollment Services:

  • Senior programmer analyst, Enrollment Services

For more information, contact the Human Resources Office or view the announcement on the BHSU Human Resources website.

Johnson returns to India to teach monks - top

Dr. Andy Johnson, assistant professor and associate director for the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU, is returning to India during Christmas break to once again teach science to monks as a part of a science program instituted by the Dalai Lama.

Dr. Andy Johnson teaching physics to monks in India during last year's Science for Monks program

Dr. Andy Johnson, associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education at Black Hills State University, will return to India this Christmas break to teach physics to Tibetan Buddhist monks.

Johnson taught for the Science for Monks program last year and is returning this year to teach additional topics in physics and the nature of science. According to Johnson, the Dalai Lama initiated this science education program seven years ago. The month-long workshops are designed to build a framework for the exchange of ideas between two great intellectual traditions - Western science and Buddhist philosophy. Areas of particular interest to the monks include physics, mathematics and neuroscience.

Johnson, who teaches physics and science education courses at BHSU, is eager to return to India.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with some of the most highly respected members of a very different culture. The Western teachers have the responsibility to introduce the monks to scientific ways of thinking. Although science tends to be more innocent about the role of mind, it still has surprising parallels with Buddhist philosophy," Johnson says.

Johnson, along with the other teachers and translators in the program, and about 50 monks will convene near the base of the Himalayas at the Tibetan-run Selaquy School, which is a new science and math magnet school for Tibetan middle school children. Johnson admits that, by Western standards, the accommodations are rather spartan (tap water is cold only, buildings have no heat, and electric power is sporadic), but says that the warm hospitality of the Tibetans and the time spent with top Buddhist scholars more than make up for physical inconveniences.

Johnson notes additionally that, although the monks come from a substantially different background than American college students, there are many similarities in the learning process.

"Last year we found that, when developing ideas, the monks tended to follow similar paths to U.S. students. This implies that the new, effective methods for physics teaching that are being developed here can also be applied in other parts of the world with good results," Johnson said.

More information about the Science for Monks project can be found at www.scienceformonks.org.

Johnson, assistant professor, joined the BHSU faculty in the fall of 1999 after earning a doctorate degree in science education from San Diego State University in 1999. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in physics and has worked extensively in the field of physics education.

Chrysler presents paper at Academy of Business Disciplines annual conference - top

Dr. Earl Chrysler

Dr. Earl Chrysler, professor in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, recently presented a paper at a business education conference in Ft. Myers, Fla.

An abstract of the paper, “Evaluating Program Relevancy Using Factor Analysis and Multiple Regression: An Undergraduate MIS Degree Example,” which was co-authored with Stuart Van Auken of Florida Gulf Coast University, will also be published in the refereed proceedings of the Academy of Business Disciplines annual conference.

During the presentation, Chrysler and Van Auken discussed their study, which examined data they collected to show how student course value opinions can be conceptualized and developed through factor analysis and demonstrated the value of multiple regression analysis in developing program insights.

In the study, Chrysler and Van Auken created course content value factors within a time-dependent framework and related those factors to overall Management Information Systems (MIS) program satisfaction measures via multiple regression. Using the MIS program as an example, their study further highlighted the “curriculum relevancy” dilemma within programs and developed an analytical approach that added to the inventory of program relevancy assessment techniques available.

Chrysler received his master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and his doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.

Photography students exhibit work at two sites on campus - top

Among the student photography artwork currently on display at Black Hills State University is this photograph by Sara Pischke.

Photo by Sara Pischke

Photography by Black Hills State University mass communications students will be exhibited at two locations on campus for public viewing.

The work of 22 students will be on display in the Photographers Gallery, located in the lower level of Jonas Hall, through January 27. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artists on Friday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the gallery. The Photographers Gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

According to Steve Babbitt, mass communications professor, each of 22 students from the “Contemporary Issues in Photography” course chose a specific personal theme or project to work on this semester. The images included in this exhibition represent the culmination and presentation of these projects.

“This exhibition is the culmination of a semester's work from some of our most advanced and talented photography students. The subject matter is wide-ranging and diverse, and there are a variety of photographic mediums presented,” Babbitt said.

Students participating in the exhibition are: Greg Bischoff, Janeen Canfield, David Conway, Chad Dahlke, Heather DeHaan, Devin Eppler, Shari Furchner, Kayla Gotfredson, Janette Hettick, Nicole Hollerman, Holly Howard, Elizabeth Miller, Heidi Newland, Shawna Norman, Sara Pischke, Wendy Pitlick, Jerry Rawlings, Victoria Spaid, Nichole Von Eye and Loni Williams.

A gallery in the student lounge on the second floor of Clare and Josef Meier Hall will display the photographs of Sara Pischke from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. There will be a reception for the artist Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m.

This exhibition deals with a woman’s emotional release through self-portraiture. Meier Hall is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Andrea and Doug Peacock return to BHSU to speak about asbestos, grizzly bears and Edward Abbey - top

Andrea and Doug Peacock, authors who spoke at Black Hills State University last year, are scheduled to make a return appearance Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305.

Andrea, author of the book Libby, Montana, will discuss the health risks posed by asbestos found in vermiculite in Libby, Mont. Doug, who is well known for his work with grizzly bears, will talk about his most recent book.

After the couple’s appearance last year, several requests were made for a return engagement featuring Andrea’s research concerning local, national and worldwide problems with asbestos. After Andrea’s presentation and a question-and-answer session, Doug will discuss his book, Walking It Off, which focuses on his friendship with Edward Abbey. Doug will also host a question-and-answer session.

Following their joint presentation, Doug and Andrea will sign copies of their books. Books by both authors will be available for sale at the BHSU Bookstore.

The couple’s presentation, co-sponsored by a Bush Grant and the BHSU English Club, will conclude the fall semester of the “Writing the West” series at BHSU. It is open to the public at no cost. For more information contact David Cremean, assistant humanities professor and director of the Bush Grant at BHSU, at 642-6713 or DavidCremean@bhsu.edu.

Concert band and concert choir will hold three performances of their annual Christmas concert - top

Members of the Black Hills State University concert choir rehearse for their upcoming Christmas concert performance of Handel’s Messiah. The choir and the BHSU concert band will perform in Belle Fourche Saturday, Dec. 3 and on the BHSU campus Sunday, Dec. 4 and Monday, Dec. 5.

BHSU concert choir practicing for Christmas performance

This year the Black Hills State University concert band and concert choir will hold three community performances of their annual Christmas concert. They will be performing Handel’s Messiah.

The first performance will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Belle Fourche Community Center. Repeat performances will be held on the BHSU campus Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Audience members are asked to arrive early as space is limited.

College Democrats will screen WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price - top

The Black Hills State University College Democrats will host a special screening of WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 305.

The film, directed by Robert Greenwald for Brave New Films, takes viewers behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in a journey that will challenge the way you think, feel, and shop.

The film is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Foster at 641-6185.

Nationally recognized speaker will encourage Spearfish students to “Check Into a Winning Life” - top

Bob Anastas, nationally recognized speaker and founder and former executive director of Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD), will speak to Black Hills State University students and members of the Spearfish community Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305 on the BHSU campus.

Anastas’ presentation, “Check Into a Winning Life,” will focus on how young people can develop responsible attitudes and make good decisions when faced with challenges. He will also encourage young people from a wide range of interests to band together and establish a single, focused group that draws on their various talents and helps them deal effectively with the issues facing their school.

A former college All-American football and hockey player, Massachusetts “Teacher of the Year,” and coach, Anastas, along with his students, developed the SADD program to engage students and parents in a joint commitment to help each other fight underage drinking and drunk driving. Anastas recognizes that today’s students face many other challenges in addition to those about underage drinking and drunk driving and now addresses the broader subject of responsible decision making.

“Underage drinking and drunk driving are problems the students have made incredible progress against since 1982,” Anastas says. “Today, while continuing to fight those problems, they must also confront other, equally daunting challenges. The Check In concept helps them do that through positive peer pressure, networking, and conflict-resolution skills. These students are powerful, and when they work together, I sincerely believe there is no problem they can’t beat.”

Anastas’ presentation is open to the public at no cost. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Larry Vrooman at 642-6099 or LarryVrooman@bhsu.edu at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Anastas will be available for interviews before and after the presentation. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Jim Franz, director of Consumer Awareness and Education for Eagle Sales of the Black Hills, Inc., at 1-605-343-2490.

Black Hills State University announces naming opportunities - top

The recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall, which is recognized as the finest facility of its kind in the region, is one of several rooms available for naming at Black Hills State University. Following a nationwide fundraising trend of naming buildings in honor of donors, BHSU is offering friends of the university the opportunity to name a room in Meier Hall and leave a lasting legacy at the university.

Recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall

Black Hills State University recently announced that several naming opportunities are available in Clare and Josef Meier Hall for donors who wish to make a lasting impact on the university.

Following a nationwide fundraising trend of naming buildings in honor of donors, BHSU is offering donors the opportunity to name a room Meier Hall, including the recital hall which is recognized as the finest facility of its kind in the region, in recognition of their financial support of the university. Money raised through this naming effort will be dedicated to creating scholarships for music students.

Meier Hall, a state-of-the-art music and classroom building, was added to the BHSU campus two years ago. The building, which includes a magnificent recital hall, offers music students some of the best practice and performance halls in the region. The building includes rehearsal rooms, soundproof practice room facilities, a piano lab, sound studio, classrooms as well as audio recording and electronic keyboarding labs.

According to Dr. Janeen Larsen, music professor and chair of the department of fine and applied arts, there are many reasons that students interested in music should consider attending BHSU, the primary reason being that university offers an exceptional music program which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

“BHSU music students have the opportunity to participate in classes with low numbers of students and have access to individual mentoring by experienced, highly educated faculty members. The music building is brand new, with a beautiful and elegant recital hall; spacious ensemble rehearsal rooms; and sound proof, attractive practice room facilities,” Larsen says. “The atmosphere among faculty and students is friendly and supportive.”

Larsen notes that students have a wide variety of performance opportunities, including music theater productions, small wind ensembles, a concert band, a pep band, a large chorus, a jazz band, a jazz choir and a chamber orchestra. BHSU hosts a regular series of student recitals and faculty concerts, and each year performers from outside the university are invited to campus to provide concerts and master classes. During the summer, an the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Workshop brings in faculty from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City and other well known opera centers to provide students unique learning and performance opportunities.

Larsen says the university has a goal of increasing the number of music majors by 65 percent. She notes they are particularly interested in attracting music education majors because there is a serious shortage of music teachers in the United States.

“Many of our music graduates are teaching music in public schools in South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, California, and elsewhere,” Larsen says. She adds that others have chosen careers as private piano or voice teachers while other graduates have joined military bands or are involved in music-related businesses. Some students have used their music degree as a springboard to other fields such as law or computer science. Many students combine a music minor with another major, such as English, math, business, or elementary education.

According to Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement at BHSU, naming opportunities have gained in popularity in recent years.

“Black Hills State University must do all we can to raise scholarship funds for future students. One approach that is being used successfully by our peers is to offer naming opportunities for new facilities,” Meeker said. “An investment in Black Hills State University is truly an investment in the future that will produce significant benefits for students for many years to come.”

Meeker noted that donors can use this opportunity to memorialize, honor or remember a friend, colleague, mentor, family member or themselves.

“It’s an opportunity to fulfill a dream, to remember a loved one or simply to leave a personal legacy at the university. These gifts are an investment in the future of Black Hills State,” Meeker said.

Naming opportunities at Meier Hall include the following: the recital hall for $250,000; the band room or choir room for $100,000; classrooms for $50,000 each; audio recording lab or electronic recording lab for $40,000 each; ensemble practice room for $35,000 each; practice rooms for $25,000 each; sound studios for $25,000 each; piano labs for $20,000 each; and recital hall chairs for $300 each.

For more information contact Meeker at 642-6832.

Area students invited to join the Junior Jackets program - top

Four members of the Junior Jackets program pose with the BHSU Yellow JacketArea boys and girls in grades kindergarten through sixth are invited to join the Junior Jackets program at Black Hills State University.

Junior Jackets receive free admission to all BHSU home basketball games; a free Yellow Jacket basketball; a free t-shirt; and, for the first 100 kids to sign up for the program, a one-day basketball clinic with the BHSU men’s and women’s basketball teams. The clinic will be held Saturday, Jan. 7. Those attending the clinic will then perform during halftime of the BHSU men’s basketball game that night.

Members will also receive a 99-cent Kid’s Meal and a free ice cream novelty (with purchase of a Kid’s Meal) at Dairy Queen when they wear their Junior Jacket t-shirt any day BHSU hosts a home basketball game.

The cost to join the Junior Jackets is $25 per child. For more information or to register for the program, contact Margaret at the BHSU Athletics Office at 642-6882.

BHSU admissions representative to visit area schools - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black Hills State University, will discuss college plans with students at Harding County High School and Bison High School next week.

Wheaton will visit Harding County High School Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. He will then visit Bison High School from 12:35 to 1:30 p.m.

High school students needing information about college costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should plan to visit with Wheaton. For more information contact the BHSU Enrollment Center at 1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu.

Wheaton will discuss dual enrollment options with Belle Fourche High School students - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black Hills State University, will visit Belle Fourche High School Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m. to discuss dual enrollment options available to high school juniors and seniors.

The dual enrollment policy in South Dakota, which was enacted through a legislative bill passed in 1990, allows high school students to get a jump start on their college career while fulfilling high school requirements. Courses can be transferred to any South Dakota Regental university as well as to out-of-state universities.

BHSU offers classes at its Spearfish campus and in several locations in Rapid City. Some courses are also available through the Internet or by correspondence.

For more information see www.bhsu.edu/dualcredit or visit with a high school counselor. Questions may also be directed to Wheaton at 642-6227 or TomWheaton@bhsu.edu.

Faculty Research Committee funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office website.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for research equipment, travel to research sites, support for the production of creative work, or release time for research or creative work. Preference is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities.

The committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Applicants are encouraged to review submission requirements, and to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. Committee members are Steve Andersen, Dan Bergey, Dorothy Fuller, Vincent King, Tim Molseed, Rob Schurrer, David Siemens, Sheng Yang, and Kathleen Parrow, chair.

Applications are now being accepted for the first meeting in the spring semester. To be considered at that meeting, applications need to be submitted to the Grants Office, Woodburn 212, by Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006.

Proposals are now being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email and send it to PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu; however, a signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504 or delivered to Woodburn Hall 212.

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