CSA position open -
The following Career Service position is open:
- Food service worker, Jacket Java/Dining Services
For additional information, view the announcement on the Human
- Paul Iverson, custodial worker, Facilities
Termes receives award and
grant for technology - top
Tom Termes, an assistant professor at
Black Hills State University, was recently honored with an award for the
Outstanding Technology Education Program. The award was given to the
distance-learning electronics program referred to officially as the
Consortium for Advanced Technological Education (CATE), which is
operated jointly by BHSU and by Western Dakota Tech (WDT).
Tom Termes, assistant technology professor at Black
Hills State University, was recently recognized with the award for
Outstanding Technology Education Program from the South Dakota
Technology Education Association (SDTEA).
The award was given to the distance-learning
electronics program referred to officially as the Consortium for
Advanced Technological Education (CATE), which is operated jointly by
BHSU and Western Dakota Tech (WDT). This program is made possible
through a $751,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF),
specifically through the NSF's Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
program. This is the second time the CATE program has been recognized by
the SDTEA; the association previously recognized Termes with the Friend
of Technology Award in 2003.
Termes started his quest for the grant in 1998 because
he felt that high school students were not getting the technology
education they need or want.
“This gives students the opportunity to use
technology,” Termes said.
When Termes began the CATE program in September 2002,
he started with one high school. Now 12 high schools and over 210
students in western South Dakota are now being taught electronics
online. Termes said he is overwhelmed with the success of the program.
Three years from now he hopes to have every town in South Dakota that
wants the program to have access to it.
Along with the award and the grant, Termes was invited
to attend the National Tech Preparation Network in Orlando, Fla. For
more information, contact Termes at 642-6498.
Cremean is part of ETS
national committee reviewing and revising the English Praxis Exam
David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities and
English at Black Hills State University, recently attended an
Educational Testing Service (ETS) English Language and Literature
National Advising Committee meeting to review the English Praxis Exam.
Cremean was one of 16 English professionals selected
nationwide to review and revise both the standards and the content of
the English Praxis Exam, which measures the content knowledge competency
of beginning middle school and high school teachers. The exam is also a
component of teacher certification.
The national advising committee will likely reconvene
this June for more work on the Praxis at their headquarters in
For the past five years, Cremean has worked with the
national ETS regarding its English College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
tests. He has also read and evaluated essays for ETS Advanced Placement
(AP) examinations for four years.
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.
Humanities Department to present
play based on the life of Golda Meir -
The Black Hills State University Humanities Department
will present “A Land of Our Own,” a play about Israel’s first and only
female prime minister, Golda Meir, Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Matthews Opera House on Main Street in Spearfish.
The play, developed and directed by Sonya Pagel,
assistant speech professor, is based upon Meir’s bestselling memoir “My
Life.” It consists of narrative episodes and dramatic scenes describing
Meir’s work in establishing the state of Israel and her role as prime
minister during the Yom Kippur War.
Meir will be played by Pam Wegner, theatre professor.
Also starring in the production will be Roger Ochse, English professor,
and Albin Sandau, retired director of the department of theatre at BHSU.
Following the play, a panel discussion examining
Meir’s interpretation of Jewish history and her contribution to it will
be held. Special emphasis will be given to the establishment of the
state of Israel, Israel’s relationship with its neighbors, and Meir’s
role in national and world politics. Panelists will include: Ahrar
Ahmad, political science professor; Bill Bogard, English professor; Tim
Steckline, associate speech professor; and Nicholas Wallerstein,
associate English professor.
The play and panel discussion are open to the public
at no cost. Donations will be accepted for the building of a performing
arts center at BHSU. For more information, contact Pagel at 642-6711 or
BHSU to host District Six
National History Day Competition next week -
Approximately 135 students from 10 area high schools
will participate in the 2006 District Six National History Day
Competition next Wednesday, March 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Black Hills
State University campus.
Student exhibits will be on display in the David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room; performances will
be given in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall; and
documentaries will be shown in Young Center Room 214. The theme for 2006
is "Taking a Stand in History: People, Ideas, Events."
Participating high schools include: Newell, St. Thomas
More, Spearfish, Rapid City Stevens, and Lead/Deadwood. Participating
middle schools include: Harding County, St. Elizabeth Seaton, Rapid City
Southwest, New Underwood, and Hot Springs.
A first or second place award in the District Six
competition allows students to advance to the state competition
scheduled for Saturday, April 22. Winners from the state competition
then go on to Washington, D.C., for the national competition June 11-15.
The public is welcome to attend the competition at no
cost. For more information, contact David Wolff, BHSU associate history
professor and District Six coordinator, at 642-6221 or
Lambert next to speak in
“Writing the West Series” - top
Author Page Lambert will speak Thursday, March 23 from
7 to 9 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305 during the next-to-last installment
of the Black Hills State University “Writing the West Series.”
A long-time Sundance, Wyo., resident, Lambert now
lives in the mountains above Golden, Colo. In addition to writing, she
conducts River Writing Journeys for Women, trips that combine river
rafting and creative writing, with Sheri Griffith Expeditions. Lambert’s
journeys with Sheri Griffith Expeditions were recently featured as one
of the year’s “Top Six Great All-Girl Getaways!” in Oprah’s O
Lambert’s non-fiction book In Search of Kinship
and novel Shifting Stars have earned her strong recognition in
the reading and writing communities of the West in particular. Her work
has been included in more than a dozen anthologies, including the
collection Writing Down the River: Into the Heart of the Grand Canyon.
Lambert will be available after the presentation to
sign copies of her work. The BHSU Bookstore will provide copies of In
Search of Kinship for sale.
The event is co-sponsored by a Bush Grant and the BHSU
English Club. It is open to the community at no cost. For more
information, contact David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities
and director of the Bush Grant at BHSU, at 645-8478 or
Tourism class to host “Thai
Dinner Night” fundraiser - top
The Black Hills State University
Lodging Management class recently met with French Bryan, the owner of
the Bay Leaf Café, to discuss plans for their upcoming “Thai Dinner
Night” Fundraiser. Seated, from left to right, are: Natasha Urinko,
Stephanie Brengle, Heidi Swartz, Diana Graham, Dr. Siriporn McDowall,
Wendy Regynski, Jennifer Moeller, and Craig Tschetter. Standing, from
left to right, are: Marshall Wells, Bryan, Chris Weiss, Deann Neuberger,
Sam Sandmeier, and Kecia Rembold. Not pictured are: Zak AbuGhazaleh,
Amber Johansen, and Cory Johnson.
Dr. Siriporn McDowall and Black Hills State University
students in her Lodging Management class will celebrate Thailand’s New
Year with a traditional Thai dinner Tuesday, April 11 from 4 to 10 p.m.
at the Bay Leaf Café, 126 West Hudson Street in Spearfish.
The second annual “Thai Dinner Night” is a fundraiser
to support the Spearfish Convention and Visitor Bureau's “Tourism Begins
at Home” campaign and to support activities for students majoring in
Tourism and Hospitality Management. According to McDowall, who is
originally from Thailand, classic Thai dishes will be served. BHSU
students will greet customers, take orders, clean tables, and serve
Last year $400 of the proceeds from the dinner were
donated to the American Red Cross and $420 was used to offset the cost
for tourism students to attend the Governor’s Tourism Conference in
Pierre. According to McDowall, over 100 people attended last year’s
dinner and more are expected this year.
“We didn't have much difficulty selling the tickets
last year, and we hope to sell more this year,” French Bryan, owner of
the Bay Leaf Café, said.
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased in advance
at the Bay Leaf Café. For more information contact McDowall at 642-6702
or the Bay Leaf Café at 642-5462.
Premier Bank pledges $120,000
for scholarships at BHSU - top
Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of
Black Hills State University, and Myles Kennedy, president of the Yellow
Jacket Foundation, accept a $100,000 donation from Premier Bankcard.
Representatives from Premier Bankcard include Miles Beacom, president
and CEO of Premier Bankcard; Monte Bertsch, directing officer, customer
service; Amy Lee, human resources officer; Darcy Emme, directing
officer, collections; Jerry Krambeck, facilities manager at Premier
Bankcard and mayor of Spearfish; and Dana Dykhouse, president and CEO of
First Premier Bank, were also on hand for the presentation. This
donation, along with a previous pledge, amounts to $120,000 over the
next five years for BHSU.
Premier Bankcard and First Premier Bank recently
pledged an additional $100,000 donation for scholarships at Black Hills
State University. With this pledge, the company’s total donation amounts
The five-year pledge of $20,000 per year will provide
valuable academic and athletic scholarships for BHSU students. Steve
Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement at BHSU, praised
the company for their generous support.
“This major five-year pledge will make a huge
difference in the lives of our students,” Meeker said. “This will add an
additional $20,000 each year in the amount that is being allocated in
scholarships to BHSU students. The university sincerely appreciates the
support that Premier Bankcard and First Premier Bank continue to give
The company had already committed to donating $4,000 a
year for the next five years.
Premier Bankcard, one of the nation's leading credit
card providers, is currently among the top 14 VISA® and MasterCard®
credit providers. The company serves over 3.1 million customers
nationwide and has achieved some of the highest service levels in the
industry. Premier Bankcard has four locations in that state including
the one in Spearfish. First Premier Bank, the sister organization of
Premier Bankcard, is headquartered in Sioux Falls and has many
locations. The company has been recognized as the top-performing
financial institution of its asset size in the country.
TRiO blood drive raises $500 for
four-year-old leukemia patient -
Jacob Galbraith (center), his mother
Heather (left) and grandmother Christina Nash, a current BHSU student,
visit a blood drive held recently at Black Hills State University to
raise money to help Galbraith with medical expenses for the treatment of
his acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
A recent blood drive sponsored by the Black Hills
State University TRiO staff raised $500 for Jacob Galbraith, a
four-year-old from Lead who is undergoing treatment for acute
Galbraith is the grandson of Christina Nash, a BHSU
student who participates in the Student Support Services program at
According to Susan Hupp, director of Student Support
Services, the goal of the blood drive was to collect 34 units of blood.
The drive exceeded expectations, collecting a total of 48 units of
blood, 30 units of which were O positive or O negative blood. United
Blood Services donated $10 to Galbraith for each unit of O positive and
O negative blood collected for a total of $300. An additional $200 was
raised through donation buckets placed in different locations around the
“The blood drive was a huge success,” Hupp said. “The
BHSU TRiO staff would like to say thanks so much to all the students,
staff, faculty and community members who donated blood during our
benefit blood drive for Jacob Galbraith. We would also like to thank all
who contributed at the blood drive, assisted with refreshments or gave a
The blood drive, which was held as a community service
project in recognition of National TRiO Day, was staffed by United Blood
Services workers and members of the TRiO offices, Student Support
Services and Upward Bound, at BHSU. TRiO staff members include: Dawn
Danko, Carol Gritts, Peggy Madrid, Linda Wilson, Juli Larson, Cody
McMichael and Hupp.
Galbraith briefly visited the blood drive and was
presented with a gift basket, compliments of the Spearfish McDonald’s,
the YMCA in Lead and TRiO staff members. For more information, contact
Hupp at 642-6824 or
Bunko Babes will hold
cribbage tournament to benefit American Cancer Society
The Bunko Babes Team will hold a cribbage tournament to benefit the
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Sunday, March 26
at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1020 State Street in Spearfish.
Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. Cribbage games will
run from 2 to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Prizes will be awarded
to the winners, and snacks will be provided.
For more information, contact Cheryl Leahy at 642-6145 or
University Assessment Committee
minutes - top
The University Assessment Committee met Monday, March 13 from
12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.
Present were: Earley, Hagerty, C. Cremean, Siewert,
Polly A. Hall, D. Wessel, Alsup, S. Hupp, and Romkema. Sarkar was absent.
- English - Undergraduate research approved with
request that the committee receive a copy of the rubric for
assessment. Writing intensive approved. Global approved.
- Spanish - Delayed until next meeting with a
request that the rubric be supplied to the committee.
- Speech - Committee asked for further explanation
of the pre- and post-measures in the undergraduate research and
writing intensive requirements.
- Education - Discussion was held about the report.
The committee requested that Alsup talk to the College of Education
about the inclusion or exclusion of the secondary education majors
in the report.
- Chemistry - Undergraduate research approved as a
model for others. Writing intensive approved as a model.
- Composite major in math and science education -
Discussion was held about the proposal. The committee requested
rubric on how to assess the writing intensive requirement.
The next meeting will be Monday, March 20 at 12 noon
in the Meier Hall Conference Room.
Grant opportunities announced
Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn
212, through Wednesday, March 15. For copies of the information, contact
the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near
the information desk.
Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) (NSF)
The goals of the Partnerships for Innovation Program are to: 1)
stimulate the transformation of knowledge created by the research and
education enterprise into innovations that create new wealth, build
strong local, regional and national economies and improve the national
well-being; 2) broaden the participation of all types of academic
institutions and all citizens in National Science Foundation (NSF)
activities to meet the broad workforce needs of the national innovation
enterprise; and 3) catalyze or enhance enabling infrastructure necessary
to foster and sustain innovation in the long-term. To develop a set of
ideas for pursuing these goals, this competition will support 10-15
promising partnerships among academe, the private sector, and
state/local/ federal government that will explore new approaches to
support and sustain innovation.
Deadline: June 28, 2006. For more information including
eligibility guidelines, see
Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for
Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) (NSF)
The National Science Foundation announces grants in the following
areas: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Geosciences, Computer and
Information Science and Engineering, Biological Sciences, Social,
Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Education and Human Resources, Polar
Programs, and International Science and Engineering. The categories of
proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) are eligible to
submit Demonstration Project proposals under this program solicitation.
However, for Implementation Projects, the proposing organization of a
non-collaborative project or the lead partner in a collaborative project
must be a degree-granting, academic institution of higher learning
located in the U.S., its territories or possessions. Eligible non-lead
partners in collaborative Implementation Project proposals are those
identified in the GPG. Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, other
senior personnel or investigators involved in FY05 CI-TEAM Demonstration
Projects funded by NSF are eligible to submit Demonstration or
Implementation Projects to the FY06 CI-TEAM competition, but will be
expected to comply with NSF’s requirement to report results from prior
funding. FY05 CI-TEAM grants are not a prerequisite for submission to
the FY06 CI-TEAM competition in either category. An organization may
submit only one proposal (either a CI-TEAM Implementation or
Demonstration Project) as the lead organization in response to this
solicitation. There is no limit to the number of proposals on which an
organization may appear as a subawardee or as a non-lead organization.
Deadline: June 5, 2006. Detailed instructions and additional
information can be found at
Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21) (NIH)
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institute
of Health (NIH) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award (CEBRA) is designed to
foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to
drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them, and to
support research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact that is
underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio.
Deadline: Multiple receipt dates are detailed, along with
other particulars, at
Small Research Grant Program (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Investigator-Initiated Small
Grant (R03) funding opportunity supports small research projects that
can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources.
Investigator-initiated research, also known as unsolicited research, is
research funded as a result of an investigator submitting a research
grant application to NIH in an investigator's area of interest and
competency. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects
including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing
data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research
methodology; and development of new research technology.
Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. For details visit
www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8239 and click the
link to the full announcement.
Retirement Economics (NIH)
The National Institute of Health through the National Institute on
Aging (NIA) invites applications for research on retirement economics.
The research objectives of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA)
include, but are not limited to: (1) the determinants of retirement
behavior, (2) the variation in work patterns in later life, (3) the
evolution of health and economic circumstances of individuals through
retirement and into later life, (4) time use and life satisfaction
before and during retirement, (5) the implications of retirement trends,
(6) retirement expectations, (7) international comparisons of retirement
and (8) the development of innovative retirement modeling techniques.
Deadline: There are multiple receipt dates. For more
information, see the link to the full announcement at
Alliances for Broadening Participation in STEM (NSF)
The National Science Foundation announces two programs and one
supplemental activity to be included under the Alliances for Broadening
Participation in Science and Engineering (ABP). This solicitation seeks
to increase the number of students successfully completing quality
degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM). Particular emphasis is placed on supporting groups that
historically have been underrepresented in STEM: African Americans,
Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans and Native Pacific
Islanders. ABP support begins at the baccalaureate level with the Louis
Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. For
eligible students, significant financial support is continued for two
years of graduate study via the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) activity.
Rounding out the ABP cluster are Alliances for Graduate Education and
the Professoriate (AGEP), which further the graduate education of
minority students through the doctorate level, preparing them for
fulfilling opportunities and productive careers as STEM faculty and
Deadline: The letter of intent (required) is due June 15, 2006
(AGEP only), and the full proposal is due May 5, 2006. Details are
Reopening the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program (ED)
In order to afford as many eligible applicants as possible an
opportunity to receive funding under this US Department of Education
program, the Department is reopening the AP Test Fee FY 2006
competition. Please review the official application notice for
pre-application and application requirements, application submission
information, performance measures, priorities and program contact
Deadline: The new application deadline for the competition is
April 12, 2006. See
www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8472 for a link to
the full announcement.
Faculty research funds available
The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the fiscal
year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office
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.
The committee will also consider proposals for Summer Research
Stipends of $2500 each (which require a regular proposal application,
but not a budget). Preference for all funding is given to new
applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, fine arts,
social sciences and humanities.
The committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Upcoming
deadlines are: March 29 and April 26. 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.
Proposals are now being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal
electronically, attach it to an email as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF
document and send it to
PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. A single copy with the appropriate signatures
should also be mailed or delivered to the Grants Office, Woodburn 213,
before the deadline.
Instructional improvement grants
available - top
The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through
monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific
teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.
Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty, or other
full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for
grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally
be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be
given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing
impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds
are available for development of materials and methods to improve
teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning,
travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning,
and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to
offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at
BHSU. Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a
conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant
every three years. In the other categories, priority will be given to
those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year.
Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly
basis. Proposals are being accepted through Friday, March 31 for
consideration at the next meeting.
Proposals are now being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal
electronically, attach it to an email and send it to
signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504,
or delivered to Woodburn Hall 212. Proposals must consist of the
proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available on
the Grants and Special Projects