Volume XXIV No. 11
March 17, 2000
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and students from various disciplines will
display research at the Black Hills Research
Symposium - Top
and teachers from various disciplines will be
displaying their research at the Black Hills
Research Symposium Wednesday, March 22 from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State
The symposium will feature
research that builds on the past by integrating
new technology and theories that move across the
curriculum from the natural and social sciences
to the arts and humanities to business and
to research fish on endangered species list -
Sarver, assistant professor of biology at BHSU,
recently received a $6,600 grant to fund a
research project to study a fish on the
endangered species list.
The grant, from the
United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the
South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks,
will fund a research project titled
"Conservation of Genetic Resources and
Biodiversity in Remnant Populations of the
Findings from this project will be used to design
management practices to preserve the species in
The Topeka shiner is a small
fish with remaining populations in Minnesota,
Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota.
Sarver has been a member of the BHSU science
faculty since 1996. He teaches biology, genetics
and evolution. He earned his Ph.D. in zoology
from Louisiana State University.
Russ Martin takes offensive coordinator's job at
Southeast Missouri State University - Top
After guiding the Black Hills State University
football team through four gridiron seasons in
the SDIC, head coach Russ Martin is moving on to
Southeast Missouri State University at Cape
Girardeau as the Indian's offensive coordinator.
and Ochse present digital Shakespeare workshop at
international conference - Top
||Paul Kopco, instructor in mass
communications, and Dr. Roger Ochse, associate
professor of English, presented their digital
Shakespeare workshop at the Third International
Conference on Teaching Shakespeare Through
Performance held March 2-4 in Washington, D.C.
Japanese biology professor
observes BHSU classrooms
Visiting biology professor Sadao
Kiyohara, Kagoshima University, Japan, looks at
some slide specimens with Nathan Steinle, a Black
Hills State junior biology major from Sturgis.
Kiyohara is studying higher education in the
United States as part of an international
exchange program. Steinle has been doing
undergraduate research on a baseline study
focusing on taste reception in suckerfish. The BH
junior's work focuses on the internal pathway
structure of the fish brain and how, over time,
habitat affects these taste pathways.
students present at retardation conference -
Five Black Hills State University students and
their advisor recently presented information on
establishing and organizing a local chapter to
the membership at the Region VIII American
Association on Mental Retardation Leadership
Conference in Sioux Falls.
Bound students from BHSU take part in
presidential classroom scholars program - Top
Chasing Hawk, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School,
and Elva Stricker, Lower Brule High School,
traveled to Washington, D.C., for a
behind-the-scenes look at the federal government
as participants in the Presidential Classroom
Scholars Program. Both students are participating
in the Upward Bound Program at Black Hills State
and Ree will return to BHSU - Top
Williams and Ree, the comedy team that met
while attending Black Hills State, will return to
their alma mater for a show Thursday, April 27 at
7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union multi-purpose room.
Job fair offers an
opportunity to meet with nearly 90 potential
employers - Top
are underway for the second annual Black Hills
Regional Job Fair to be held Thursday, March 23
in Rapid City from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ramkota
Employers and job seekers from the entire
region are encouraged to participate and discuss
opportunities for full-time, part-time and summer
positions. The Black Hills Society for Human
Resource Management will staff a job search
assistance booth to help job seekers. Nearly 90
employers have made plans to be present at the
Nash Finch will interview
for management trainee positions - Top
|Nash Finch Company
will be on the Black Hills State University
campus March 22 to interview for retail grocery
management trainee positions.
or graduates should contact the BHSU career
service office in the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union room 124 or call career
services at 642-6277 to schedule an interview.
of the university assessment committee - Top
|The university assessment
committee met Wednesday, March 1, 2000.
improvement committee taking applications for
course releases - Top
improvement committee is ready to receive
applications for course releases for the
2000-2001 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
- redesign an existing course so that it is
infused with technology or offered for
- design a new course or redesign an
existing course to be presented
collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
- significantly redesign an existing
- design a new course.
Proposals for course releases will be reviewed
by the instructional improvement committee in
March so that the recommendations may be made and
approved by April. Proposals should be submitted
to the grants and special projects office,
Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in March, 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.
available through instructional improvement
committee - Top
improvement committee (IIC) encourages, through
monetary grants, the application of existing
knowledge to specific teaching situations to
improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.
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
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.
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 practicable 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.
committee has funds available - Top
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. Deadline is March 27.
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 spring of 2001.
You can apply now.
|The applicants are
encouraged to contact the committee members for
advice prior to completing their proposals. The
members are John Alsup, Steve Anderson, Lyle
Cook, Tom Cox, Daniel Farrington, Abdollah
Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane
Sarver and Rob Schurrer.
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.
announced - Top
Below are the program materials received March
9-15 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. For
copies of the information, contact our office at
642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the
Student Union bulletin board near the information
- Eisenhower Regional Mathematics and
Science Education (ED). The Education
Department is inviting applications to
establish regional consortia projects to
provide technical assistance to classroom
teachers and other educators to advance
science and mathematics education.
Deadline: April 17.
- Regional Technology in Education
Consortia (ED). The Education
Department is inviting applications for
regional education technology consortia
to provide professional leadership
development, technical assistance,
information and resources to states,
districts, schools and other education
institutions to promote technology in
K-12 teaching and learning and in adult
literacy programs. Deadline: April 14.
BHSU events are shown in gold, Spearfish
Chamber events are in gray.
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|Preview day -
High school students will visit campus
month presentation, Dr. Kristi Pearce,
Spring Science Seminar Series, Dr.
Audrey Gabel, 4 p.m., Jonas 101
Rising junior exam, 8 a.m. to
VALIC rep will meet with COHE members,
Jonas 101, 3:15 p.m.
|Rising junior exam,
noon to 4 p.m
Student Union multipurpose room, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.
services hosts Martin and Assoc.,
Student Union Conference room 221, 4:30 p.m.,
|Green and Gold
Luncheon, Cedar House, noon
history month presentation, Dr. Holly
Downing and Dr. Rena Faye Norby, 3 p.m.
Spring Film Festival -
"Grand Illusion," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.
|Track and field
BHSU Frostbite Invitational
re-treat for faculty, Woodburn 3rd floor
conference room, 11:30 a.m.
Science Seminar Series, Dr. Richard
Gayle, 4 p.m., Jonas 101
hosts Waddell and Reed, 10 a.m. to 1
p.m., Student Union lobby
recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.
Jazz Band/Black Hills Gold Concert, Student
Union, 7:30 p.m.
Festival, "Buena Vista Social
Club," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.