Volume XXIII No. 8 • Feb. 26, 1999

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Carl Bunnell, building manager, facilities services
  • Richard Rochelle, senior building maintenance worker - carpenter, facilities services
  • Myron Sullivan II, senior security officer facilities services

Retirement - Top

Lola Kletzmayer, custodial worker, facilities services

BHSU volleyball coach Naomi Hatfield resigns - Top

Five seasons of directing the Black Hills State University volleyball program is enough for head coach Naomi Hatfield as she submitted her resignation to Athletic Director Dave Little this week.

“It's time for a change for me,” said Hatfield. She and her husband, Rick, plan to explore their options. “We are open to new things.”

Hatfield took over as Black Hills State's head volleyball coach in 1994. She guided the Lady Jackets to a 1997 conference championship (8-0). Her overall South Dakota-Iowa Conference record for five seasons was 27-13.

The lady jackets finished the current season at 5-2 in the conference and were 15-21 overall. The team will return 10 players next season. Five seniors graduated.

Little said, “I received her resignation letter with much regret. We will miss her as a part of our staff as she brought some very positive things to the program. Not only was she the head volleyball coach but she was a very integral part of our track and field program.”

The BH volleyball coach said she spoke to the women in the program and let them know her decision. She also indicated she has four women signed or near signing for next season.

“I think the player personnel here and the scholarship offerings are getting much better,” she said. “I think they (players and coaches) will do well next season.”

Hatfield said her coaching experience at Black Hills State made her life enjoyable and in the process made her a better person.

“I've had great support from the other coaches, faculty and staff,” she said. “ It's been a good experience.”

Prior to the BHSU job, Hatfield coached at Chadron State College from 1990 to 1994. During the mid 80s, she taught physical education and was varsity volleyball coach and cross-country coach at Douglas High School. They won conference volleyball championships in 1987, 1988 and 1990.

The BH coach earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota at Morris, and her master's degree at Chadron State College. She has been pursuing a doctorate in sports administration at the University of New Mexico.

A search for her replacement will be started right away according Little.

BHSU geology professor publishes paper on Martian lava flows - Top

The contemporary idea that flood basalt (lava) flows of the Pacific northwest may have formed slowly is challenged in the “Earth and Planetary Science Letters,” journal by BHSU professor Steven Anderson, and undergraduate Brandi Wood, a former Gillette, Wyo., high school graduate, working in collaboration with other scientists.

The paper written by Anderson and Wood was titled "Pulsed inflation of pahoehoe lava flows: Implications for flood basalt emplacement." Collaborating with the BHSU researchers were Drs. Ellen Stofan and John Guest of the University of London, and Dr. Susan Smrekar of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Anderson said, the research focused on the formation flood basalt lava flows in the Columbia River plateau and on Mars. As part of their research, he and Woods spent two weeks on the active and older lava flows at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. They worked 8 to 12 hour days in August on jet black lava flows where surface temperatures often exceeded 120 degrees.

The BHSU geology professor said, “Flood basalts are incredibly expansive lava flows that may be more than 300 miles in length and have thickness of greater than 50 meters. Anyone who has driven in eastern Washington and in the Columbia River Gorge has seen dozens of these flood basalt flows. As the name implies, geologists have suggested that these flows were extruded as great floods that quickly inundated large tracts of land with lava. Obviously, if similar eruptions occurred today, they would cause massive damage. However, the notion that these flows formed quickly has been challenged recently by a group of volcanologists who suggest that they may have been slowly formed over hundreds of years, similar to the way that thick Hawaiian lava flows form.

According to Anderson, his research paper is highly controversial because it essentially dumps cold water on an extremely popular new idea

regarding the “slow growth” of the flood basalt formation processes.

He said, “The manuscript weathered a grueling review process because of its controversial nature, but should shed new light on one of the most popular topics in volcanology.”

The authors researched the “slow-growth” idea by making detailed measurements of fractures on the Hawaiian lava flow surface. They believe that the lava flows on Mars were formed over hundreds of years, similar to the thick Hawaiian lava flows. Martian volcanoes are extremely tall (60,000 feet) and lava flows could produce enough pressure to flow great distances of three hundred miles or more, even though Mars has only a third of the Earth's gravity.

“We used these measurements to show that Hawaiian flows require a network of lava pathways, or tubes, beneath a cooled surface to enable these flows to slowly thicken with time,” said Anderson.

“We then used simple fluid dynamic equations to estimate the pressure needed to drive lava via a network of tubes through a 300-mile lava flow, and found that it was impossible to create enough pressure within a lava flow to slowly deliver lava great distances. Thus, we showed it was impossible for flows in the Columbia River area to form in a manner analogous to Hawaiian lava flows. We did, however, find that long lava flows on many large Martian volcanoes could create sufficient pressure to drive this slow-growth mechanism.”

Anderson says he is continuing his research and just recently spent a week of field work at Mount Etna in Sicily, where he climbed inside a series of lava tubes to measure the size and shape of lave distribution networks.

Much of Anderson's work was funded by NASA research funds and money from the BHSU Faculty Research committee. Wood's undergraduate research was funded by the BHSU Nelson Scholarship committee.

“This is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to participate in pioneering research,” he said

Wood completed her degree in biology in 1997 and now resides in Rapid City.

Anderson is currently on a one-year teaching sabbatical at the University of Arizona and will return to BHSU in August.

Termes serves as NSF grant reviewer - Top

“It was very intense,” said Tom Termes, describing his four-day experience on a National Science Foundation review panel.

Termes, assistant professor of technology at Black Hills State University, recently returned from the Washington, D.C., area where he and 260 other reviewers spent long hours reading and discussing National Science Foundation grant proposals. His six-member team was reviewing proposals for course curriculum and laboratory improvement (CCLI) in the field of engineering education.

The team was very diversified according to Termes. His group included male and female professionals representing various ethnic groups and from countries as far away as Russia and Hungary.

“Scientists from all disciplines were there,” he said. “They were all very bright articulate people.”

He said the teams were made up of six to seven members. His group read 14 proposals and graded them. Then they discussed each proposal weighing its strengths and weaknesses.

“You were not allowed to know what the other groups were doing,” he said. “It was like being on a jury. You weren't allowed to talk about reviews outside of the meetings or with other groups.”

The BH technology professor said most proposals were about 50 pages in length including introductions, proposal descriptions, letters of support, resumes, and budgets.

“I learned a lot about writing grant proposals,” said Termes. “I learned what makes a good proposal.”

He said the entire NSF staff was there to offer assistance. Proposals came from universities across the United States.

Termes said being chosen to the review panel was an honor and he would like to be selected again.

Royer to march in Tournament of Roses parade - Top

Dr. Randall Royer, assistant professor of music at Black Hills State University, will march with the Wyoming High School All-State Marching Band in the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade 2000.

Royer is the head woodwind director for the band and worked with the group the last time it was formed when they marched in the 1998 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Royer is one of six head directors. The band staff for the Roses Parade will double with the addition of assistant directors.

Dave Bellis from Worland High School is the executive director of the band. The WHSASMB was formed only three other times. The band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1991, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 1994, and St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The WHSASMB is comprised of students from high schools from all over the state of Wyoming, and will be the largest marching band the state has ever seen, and maybe the largest ever in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The band will number 535 members.

Students are selected by their own band director's recommendation. One of the band's goals is to have students from every high school in the state represented. The band will begin with a short training camp in late June on the campus of Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. The band will perform on weekends around the state of Wyoming during the month of July.

Royer joined the BHSU music faculty in 1997. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Utah in 1996. He was director of instrumental music in Evanston, Wyo., from 1980 to 1997.


Smith publishes article in education research journal

Moral reasoning of students was the subject of an article written by Dr. Carol Smith of Black Hills State that was accepted for publication in the journal “Research in Education” published by the Manchester University Press.

The two-page article reports the results of a comparison of different student groups' moral reasoning after a semester in an outdoor experiential program. Students completing the one-semester course had a significantly higher score resulting in a higher level of moral reasoning as compared to students in the control group. The difference in moral reasoning was determined through the Defining Issues Test.

Smith joined the BHSU division of physical education and health in 1997. She earned her Ph.D. in kinesiology at Texas A&M University.


Auditor will interview candidates on campus - Top

Maurice Christiansen, South Dakota auditor general, has rescheduled his campus visit to March 4.

He will interview accouting major graduates for an auditor I position with the Department of Legislative Audit. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 642-6277 or at the career services office in the Student Union room 124.

Obtain approval before beginning research projects with humans or animals - Top

Any faculty member or student utilizing human subjects in research projects or animals in research or teaching activities must obtain approval from the animal care and human subjects committee before beginning the project or activity.

For information and application forms, contact the committee chair, Doug Wessel, at USB 9032, phone 6514, or in SW210.

BOP offers driving and first-aid courses - Top

The South Dakota department of transportation through the bureau of personnel is offering the following courses at the Rapid City Howard Johnson.

Contact Becky Bruce at 6549 or Anita Haeder at 6545 to register. These courses are free. However, travel costs will be charged to the requesting department.

  • March 16, 1999 - Defensive Driving - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 17, 1999 - First Aid with CPR - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 18, 1999 - Back Injury Prevention - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 20, 1999 - CPR - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Minutes of the Feb. 3 faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, in Jonas 103 at 3:15 p.m.

Senators who attended the meeting included: Tim Steckline, Rob Schurrer, Kristi Pearce, Barb Chrisman, Don Chastain, Dan Peterson, Nicholas Wallerstein, Steve Babbitt, and Tim Martinez.

Agenda approval: Barb Chrisman moved to approve the proposed agenda with the following additions to new issues: Title 3 grant, drop/add for spring semester, and library news. Dan Peterson seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Minutes approval: Rob Schurrer moved to approve the minutes from the Jan. 20 meeting and Barb Chrisman seconded. Motion passed.

Old issues:

The faculty senate discussed the class attendance policy. Senators asked: Is the goal of the current policy as stated in the catalog to give faculty discretion? If so, then delete the policy altogether. If not, change the wording to state an institutional policy to drop those students who fail to attend for x number of times. In addition, several faculty have submitted revisions of the written statement for inclusion in the new catalog to clarify the class attendance policy. Barb Chrisman moved to table the discussion until the next meeting to ask for further faculty input and check into the federal aid guidelines that requires class attendance. Dan Peterson seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Tim Steckline reported that the constitution amendment was approved by the faculty.

The invitation to Ben Dar to attend a faculty senate meeting remains open. The senate wishes to talk with Dar about technology, extended services pay, and distance education.

New issues:

Kristi Pearce provided an update regarding the proposed Title 3 grant potential for the university. She expressed the need for faculty involvement to help identify academic needs and possible solutions.

Dan Peterson expressed faculty concerns about students who can add a course up to three weeks after the semester began if there is room in the class without the faculty signature of approval. There is a question regarding why students needed faculty approval during the first week; yet, now the enrollment center seems to assign students to classes that have seats still available. Tim Steckline will check with the enrollment center for the answer .

Barb Chrisman reported that the library added First Search on a trial basis to access electronic abstract indexing services which faculty have requested. This service is now available from the BHSU homepage. Some full text articles are available. She encourages faculty and student use during the Feb. 1 through April 1 trial period. She also mentioned a letter from Tad Perry to the student senates across the state which identifies that student fees are to be used for the library.

Meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Instructional improvement committee is receiving applications - Top

The instructional improvement committee is ready to receive applications for course releases for the 1999-2000 school year.

Course releases are available to any full-time faculty member with the approval of his/her dean and department chair. Course releases will be for one semester during the regular academic year. Consideration will be given for summer stipends for faculty unable to apply for a course release for the regular academic year because of documented departmental staffing problems.

Course releases may be granted to:

  • design a new course which will be infused with technology or offered through the internet;
  • redesign an existing course so that it is infused with technology or offered for internet delivery;
  • design a new course or redesign an existing course to be presented collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
  • significantly redesign an existing course; or design a new course.

Proposals for course releases will be reviewed by the instructional improvement committee in February so that the recommendations may be made and approved by April. Proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in January, and will consist of a proposal following the specified format. A copy of the guidelines and proposal format are available from the grants office web page or by contacting your dean or department chair for a hard copy. Ten copies of the proposal are needed so that each member of the IIC can review it. Proposal writers may be requested to make an oral presentation to the committee in support of a proposal.

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. The faculty research committee will review applications March 11.

Proposals are due March 4. 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. Education, social science and humanities proposals are encouraged. 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 USB 9550.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Feb. 19-26 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • George Gund Foundation. Grants in the areas of education, economic development and community revitalization, human services, arts, environment and civic affairs. Deadline: March 30, June 30, Sept. 30 and Dec. 30. Program areas: education, arts, economic development and community revitalization, human services, civic affairs, and environment.
  • Distance Education. The U.S. Department of Education is inviting institutions of higher education and consortia of such institutions to apply to participate in the distance education demonstration program. This program seeks to: (1) support demonstration programs that test the quality and viability of expanded distance education programs: (2) provide for increased student access to higher education through distance education programs; and (3) help determine the most effective means of delivering quality education via distance education course offerings. Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically by April 1.
  • Education Research (NSF/ED). The National Science Foundation and Education Department are inviting applications for multidisciplinary research on reading, math and science learning that eventually will lead to implementation and evaluation of large-scale education interventions. Deadline: April 1 for brief letters of intent; May 14 for proposals. Funds: $30 million in fiscal 1999.
  • U.S. - Mexico Fund for Culture. Supports cultural exchange and collaboration between Mexico and the U.S.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

Friday, Feb. 26

  • Travelogue - Mark Gabel will speak about the Galapagos Islands, Jonas 305 at noon
  • National TRIO day, open house at Student Support Services/Upward Bound, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wenona Cook
  • BHSU musical theatre production "Gypsy," Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 27

  • BHSU musical theatre production "Gypsy," 8 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium
  • Men's basketball playoff game vs. Mt. Marty, 7 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
    Women's basketball playoff game will be at Mt. Marty

Sunday, Feb. 28

  • BHSU musical theatre production "Gypsy," 2:30 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium

March 1-7 - Midterm week

Monday, March 1

  • Ruddell Gallery - Student Bad Taste Awards (runs through March 5)
  • Spring Science Series: "Herpetology of the Black Hills, Badlands and Surrounding Areas," by Brian Smith, Jonas 164, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 2

  • Possible men's basketball playoff game, 7 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

Thursday, March 4

  • Green and Gold meeting, Perkins, noon

Friday, March 5

  • Transfer day - transfer student visitation day