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Spring concert is tonight - Top
The Black Hills State University Spring Jazz Concert '99 will be Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.
The concert will feature the BHSU Jazz Ensemble, Black Hills Singers and Black Hills Gold. There is no charge for this concert. The public is invited to attend.
Black Hills State receives $360,000 Bush grant - Top
Black Hills State University officials learned this spring that the university will receive a $360,000 Bush Foundation grant to help faculty learn to use instructional technology and research as teaching tools.
Beginning April 1 the university will receive $120,000 each year for three years to implement the grant program titled Collaboratory for Life-Long Learning.
Dr. Kristi Pearce, assistant professor of education who wrote the planning grant proposal said, It is about superior teaching for students and what they learn. Teachers across the curriculum can work together whether they be English or history teachers.
Pearce and 17 faculty members spent the past year discussing options regarding a new focus for learning with technology. Their discussion led to the creation of the Collaboratory for Life-Long Learning. The concept merges the Faculty Development Program with Instructional Technology to advance college teaching and learning.
It is an outgrowth of the original Bush grant but with some differences. According to Pearce, the first Bush grant was received by BHSU in the early 90s and focused on individual teachers and changing teaching rather than changing learning. The new collaborative merges teaching and learning with technology, supports teaching teams, and focuses on the entire learning community.
I especially support the goal of the collaboratory to encourage faculty to work with each other, students, and the northern hills community to enhance learning, said BHSU President Thomas Flickema. To show my support ..., I have committed classroom space to the collaboratory. This location will invite discussion, debate, and dialog at Black Hills State to foster collaboration and life-long learning.
Dan Farrington, interim director of the BHSU Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMSE), says the collaboration for life- long learning can be incorporated within the whole faculty development concept.
The center of excellence will benefit by working with the Bush Collaborative, he said.
Faculty teams will be able to apply for $6,400 stipends, nine of which will be available this year and twelve the next year and twelve the third. The funds can be used for collaborative projects, research, travel and presentations at conferences on local, regional and national levels. Faculty will also have $300 stipends available to them to participate in summer institutes for integrating technology across the curriculum. Other funding sources include small grants from the university's instructional improvement and faculty research committees.
To assist faculty with their technology needs, Dr. Dorothy Fuller, instructional designer at BHSU, has been assigned half-time to the collaboratory center. She will have her office in the collaboratory and work with faculty integrating technology into their projects and ultimately the curriculum.
Fuller says since she worked with faculty on integrating technology into the classroom and Pearce worked with faculty on teaching and learning approaches, it was only natural that the two of them should combine their efforts and work together. That's what collaboration is all about and now they have the necessary funding to back up their efforts.
Faculty participating in the planning grant include Dr. Kristi Pearce, Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, Dr. Cheryl Anagnopolous, Dr. David Calhoon, Stephanie Charging Eagle, Dr. Dorothy Fuller, Dr. Carol Hess, Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst, Dr. Larry Landis, Dr. Janeen Larsen, Dr. Tim Molseed, Dr. Rena Faye Norby, Dr. Roger Ochse, Dr. Aden Rehms, Dr. Sandee Schamber, Dr. Carol Smith, Dr. Sharon Strand, and Dr. Darlene Swartz.
Gabel publishes two articles - Top
Dr. Audrey Gabel, a professor of biology at Black Hills State University, recently had two research articles published describing the results of her current work on fungal diseases of grasses.
Her paper, describing 15 species of the "tar spot" fungus Phyllachora from Argentina, was published in the journal Mycotaxon. In her research paper, Gabel describes seven species new to Argentina and 21 new host species for the fungus. This was the first collection of the Phyllachora fungus on grasses from Patagonia. Co-authors on the article were Dr. Mark Gabel of BHSU and Dr. Daniel Cabral of the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina.
The second article, appearing in the Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science, described the results of over 240 collections made from 35 counties throughout the state of Iowa. Seven species of Phyllachora were collected on 25 species of grasses, including new records for the state. Co-authoring the article with Gabel was Dr. Lois Tiffany of Iowa State University.
The fungus, a disease of grasses, severely inhibits photosynthesis, and therefore production in grasslands.
Gabel is currently working on a survey of the mushrooms and fleshy fungi of the Black Hills. Last year she and a BHSU undergraduate student identified 135 species of the fleshi fungi over the summer for the South Dakota Natural Heritage Database.
Gabel has been a faculty member in the College of Applied Science and Technology at BHSU since in 1985. She has a Ph.D. in botany/mycology from Iowa State University.
Black Hills Research Symposium set for April 21 at BHSU - Top
The Black Hills Research Symposium featuring keynote speaker Dr. Gil Dyrli, an expert in educational telecommunications, will be held Wednesday, April 21 beginning at 8 a.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Student Union at Black Hills State University.
A series of half-hour presentations by faculty, students and others will be made throughout the day in two sessions running concurrently from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a noon lunch break.
The symposium will begin with opening remarks from BHSU President Thomas Flickema at 8:45 a.m., followed at 9 a.m. by Dyrli's address titled Telecommunications and Education: Looking Toward a New Future.
The keynote speaker is a professor emeritus of education at the University of Connecticut where he served as news and technology editor for Curriculum Administrator magazine. He also coordinated a university-sponsored teacher professional development center that was cited in Newsweek magazine. He recently collaborated on three network children's programs including the Emmy-award winning Schoolhouse Rock on ABC.
Dyrli says, Emerging developments in telecommunications and the World Wide Web will transform education, and are changing teaching and learning profoundly.
Session presenters and topics during the symposium are:
Poster sessions featuring numerous student presentations will be held from 2 p.m. to closing.
The sessions are open to the public at no charge. Information on the symposium is available by phoning (605) 642-6421
Career service sponsors job fair - Top
There is an upcoming employment fairs for education majors next month in Sioux Falls..
The statewide South Dakota Teacher Job Fair will be held Tuesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (extended interviewing will continue April 7 as needed), at the Ramkota Inn, Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls. In state and out-of-state school districts from Alaska, Arizona, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas, and Wyoming have registered for to interview. In total more than 70 school districts are expected. More information is available from BHSU Career Services at 642-6277 or on the internet at www.usd.edu/edplace.
BH Students For Free Enterprise donate trees - Top
Members of the Black Hills State University chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) donated and planted two trees at the Hill Street Apartments in Spearfish.
The SIFE organization is involved in a number of community outreach activities. SIFE's mission is to provide college students the best opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning practicing and teaching principles of free enterprise.
The trees planted were donated by Beck's Nursery. The Hill Street Apartments are part of the Northern Hills Training Center, a non-profit organization serving adults who are developmentally disabled.
SIFE leaders participating in the project were Ryan Maher, president; Chris Brown, member; and Michelle Engelhaupt, secretary.
Wellness Fair scheduled - Top
The BHSU Wellness Fair will be Wednesday, April 14 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the BHSU Young Center.
The fair will feature free health screenings, massage, demonstrations, merchandise and more. The fair is open to the public at no charge.
For additional information contact BHSU Health Services at 642-6520.
Students should check immunizations before registering - Top
Students should check to see if immunizations are up-to-date before registering. Holds have been put on and this could delay your registration attempts, if you are not up to date. Call Student Health Services at 642-6520 or stop in room 222 of the Donald E. Young Center to check immunization status.
Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run set for April 17 - Top
The 15th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run will be Saturday, April 17 on the campus of Black Hills State University. The run is held in conjunction with the Lakota Omniciye Powwow.
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The races begin at 10:30 a.m. starting with quarter-mile and half-mile runs. The one-mile, 5-K and 10-K runs will follow.
For the non runner a one-mile walk representing all age groups will be held. The quarter-mile run is for ages 8 and under. The half-mile run is for ages 9-12. The 5-K and 10-K races will be run in age groups: under 13, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over.
The annual run is a scholarship fund-raiser in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a BHSU student who was killed in an automobile accident. The Whirlwind Horse family established the scholarship in 1984, and the proceeds from each year's event help support the scholarship fund.
There is a $5 registration fee for all participants. Participants wanting to receive a T-shirt should add another $5 with their entry fee and send a $10 check to John Mills or Deatta Chapel, BHSU-SSS, 1200 University, USB 9510, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9510.
All proceeds go the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be awarded following the race.
Stella Broome and Sara Comeau, BHSU juniors, were the recipients of last year's scholarship awards.
For entry forms or more information contact: Deatta Chapel, Black Hills State University, Student Support Services, 1200 University, USB 9510, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9510 or call 642-6294/6622.
Grants opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received March 20-26 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at <email@example.com >. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
This week at Black Hills State - Top
Friday, March 26
Saturday, March 27
Monday and Tuesday, March 29 & 30
Tuesday, March 30
Friday, April 2