Volume XXIII No. 43 • Nov. 5, 1999

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Friday after Thanksgiving is a holiday for employees

The day after Thanksgiving - Friday, Nov. 26 - has been designated as administrative leave for employees of Black Hills State University.

Governor's Technology award winners will present their projects - Top

The 1999 recipients of the Governor's Technology Awards will present their projects to BHSU faculty, students and staff today, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the multipurpose room of the Student Union.

This year there are 11 recipients:

  • Thomas Cox, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Pat Fallbeck, College of Education
  • Amy Fuqua, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Carol Hess, College of Education
  • James Hess, College of Arts & Sciences
  • James Knutson, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Roger Miller, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Roger Ochse, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sandee Schamber, College of Education
  • Betsy Silva, College of Education
  • Larry Tentinger, College of Education

BH professor receives regional award - Top

Dr. Patricia Fallbeck, Black Hills State University College of Education professor, recently received an American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) Region VIII award for her contributions to the lives of individuals with mental retardation.

Fallbeck was presented with the Mildred C. Thompson Memorial Award during the fall AAMR conference in Spearfish. The region chose Fallbeck as this year's recipient by recognizing her efforts in advising the BHSU student chapter of AAMR and serving in an advisory capacity to other student chapters in the six state/province region. The award was presented to her by Dr. Dann Laramore, Waterloo, Iowa.


BHSU professor publishes chapter in volcano encyclopedia - Top

A chapter titled “Lava Domes and Coulees” co-authored by Dr. Steve Anderson, associate professor of geology at Black Hills State, will appear in the latest edition of the 1,400-page Encyclopedia of Volcanoes.

Written in collaboration with Dr. John Fink, Arizona State University, the chapter focuses on recent and historic eruptions that have formed a variety of thick, viscous lava flows that typically accompanied large-scale explosive eruptions, including flows at Mount St. Helens, Soufriere Hills (Monserrat), Mount Unzen (Japan) and Mount Merapi (Indonesia).


Hesson presents at physical education conference - Top

Dr. James Hesson, division of physical education and health, gave a presentation Oct. 20 at the 44th Annual Conference of the Western College Physical Education Society (WCPES) in Reno, Nevada.

The title of the presentation was "Personality and Career Choices."

The presentation started with each person in attendance completing a very brief personality inventory to help them identify consistent character traits.


College graduates earn $700,000 more in a lifetime than nongrads - Top

The $700,000 decision: learn more to earn more.

That's the simple message Black Hills State University President Thomas Flickema will be spreading across the state in a new information campaign funded by BHSU alumni and scheduled to begin Nov. 15 in statewide television broadcasts.

Armed with data from the South Dakota Department of Labor, Flickema said a college degree means $700,000 to $1,000,000 more in career earnings versus a high school diploma and $200,000 to nearly $700,000 versus a two-year vocational-technical applied science degree.


Students of Higbee Scholarship presented to BHSU president - Top

A scholarship fund created by special-education majors in 1991 was fully funded this fall and presented to Black Hills State University president Thomas Flickema.

At the fall conference of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR), Dr. Patricia Fallbeck and Walter Higbee (the scholarship's namesake) presented the "Students of Higbee Scholarship Fund" monies to the university president.


NSF grant funds aquisition of electron microscope at BHSU - Top

Area scientists and university students are the benefactors of a recent National Science Foundation grant that helped fund a $164,000 scanning electron microscope at Black Hills State University.

“It's the only one of its kind in the state,” says Dr. Mark Gabel, professor of biology at BHSU, who authored the grant for the JEOL 5600 LV. The NSF grant provided two-thirds of the cost for the microscope with the university picking up the remainder.


Military vets at BHSU will present POW/MIA flag to university - Top

Military veterans at Black Hills State University will present a POW/MIA flag to the university Nov. 6 during halftime of the men's basketball season opener against Carroll College at the Young Center.

Dr. Larry Tentinger, assistant professor of physical education, and several other veterans will be making the presentation to President Tom Flickema and athletic director Dave Little.

The 5- by 8-foot flag is given in recognition of Veteran's Day. The flag was purchased by John Hazucha, a Vietnam veteran, and donated to BHSU.

Participating in the ceremony will be representatives from the university's ROTC program, Sturgis high school ROTC program, members of the 842nd Engineering Company of the South Dakota National Guard, representatives from Ellsworth Air Force Base, and members of the local American Legion and VFW organizations.

Tentinger said, “The presentation is best summed up as someone else explained the other day; `It represents all colors, all wars and Black Hills State veterans.'”

Thank you - Top

A big thank you to all who attended the retirement coffee and/or dinner for me. Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me. A special thank you to facilities services and food services. You are great.

Ellen Koan

BHSU student receives AAMR award - Top

Andrea Ellwanger, a Black Hills State University senior from Rapid City, received the Irene Dunn Student Award this fall during the regional American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) conference in Spearfish.


Green and Gold Club social planned - Top

The Green and Gold Club will sponsor a pre-game tip-off social Saturday, Nov. 6 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Stadium Sports Grill. Burgers, bratwurst, and beverages will be served for $3.

The Yellow Jackets season opener against Carroll College begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Funds available through instructional improvement committee - 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 on 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.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practical on each proposal. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the Grants and Special Projects Office, W220, or to the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available at the grants and special projects web page.

Faculty-research committee has funds available - Top

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the academic affairs office. Proposals are due Nov. 12.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites, research support for the production of creative work. Preference is given to new applicants particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities.Two three-hour release times are available for fall 2000 and spring of 2001.

Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 1999 semesters. You can apply now. The research committee will not provide salary. The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to unit 9550.

New Faculty Profile
by Dawn Taggart, media relations student intern

Dr. James F. Buell

“I've always been interested in science, ever since I was about seven years old. I've had a few flirtations with other careers, but I've always come back to science.”

Dr. James F. Buell teaches physics and introductory astronomy classes at Black Hills State. He said, “I find physics to be the most rewarding (course to teach) in a sense, it seems to be much more challenging, at this level anyway.” Buell said astronomy can be challenging too, and remarked, “I enjoy astronomy; every time I teach it I get new ideas in terms of research. It is a fast changing field.”

Buell said his overall view on teaching, since he became a teacher, has not changed. But, he said, “My techniques have changed. I've become a lot more savvy, my experience has really wizened me as a teacher. When I first started as a graduate student, I was pretty much a fish out of water; I had no idea of how to run a classroom. I've gained experience over the years – very significant experience.”

In terms of teaching style, Buell said, “I'm very interactive. I try to get them to actively participate in the learning process and actively participate in their own education. I try to do that by asking them challenging questions in class.”

Buell thinks interaction is a more practical approach at smaller colleges. “I hardly ever interacted with my teachers, other than office hours; I learned a lot more at office hours than at class, sometimes.” He commented that there's a slow movement toward active learning at smaller colleges. However, in the large schools it's not possible.

Technology has also been a useful tool for Buell. He said, “It allows us to do a lot more in the laboratory to demonstrate things that were really not practical before. Simulations in physics, I think, help students out. This can be done on the computer where the students can actually control the simulations.”

“In astronomy you can get access to all this knowledge now. It's no longer dependent on going to the bookstore and finding books, you can go to a NASA (web) site.”

Buell started his career at Black Hills State in mid-August of this year. Prior to this new position, he was an interim professor at A & M University in Commerce, Texas, in 1998. In 1997-98, he was visiting assistant professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and also a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Oklahoma from 1988 to 1992, and from 1993 to 1997.

He has been a member of both the American Physical Society and the American Astronomical Society since 1991.

Buell earned his bachelor of science in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn. in 1987; his master of science in physics from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., in 1992; and his doctorate in physics, also at the University of Oklahoma in 1997.

Buell said that his future plans are to continue teaching. “I've found I really enjoy teaching; it seems like I can make somewhat of a difference.” He added that he would like to make a difference in the physics department at Black Hills State in terms of expanding and improving the physics program.

His leisure activities include caring for, and training, two cats and a dog, stargazing, hiking, biking, and sightseeing. Books are also important – he said, “I love reading. I'm a bibliophile; I just devour books.” Buell said one of the best things he's done this fall was to watch the foliage change in Spearfish Canyon.

This week at BHSU - Top

Friday, Nov. 5

  • Governor's Technology Awards presentations , 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., multipurpose room of the Student Union.
  • Preregistration for juniors

Saturday, Nov. 6

  • Men's Basketball vs. Carroll College,7:30 p.m.
    Special Veteran's Day observance and presentation of POW/MIA flag during halftime

Monday, Nov. 8

  • Pre-registration for sophomores begins

Wednesday, Nov. 10

  • Pre-registration for freshmen begins

Thursday, Nov. 11

  • Veterans Day – No classes, CSA holiday

Friday, Nov. 12

  • Travelogue, Steve Anderson, “Hot Lava in Cool Places”, noon

Saturday, Nov. 13

  • Men's Basketball vs. Rocky Mountain College, 7:30 p.m.

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