Volume XXIV No. 17
April 28, 2000
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positions open - Top
|The following career service
positions are open:
- senior building
maintenance worker, facilities services
- senior cook, food
- custodial worker, facilities services
information, please check the announcement
bulletin or contact the personnel office.
BHSU faculty receive Teaching
with Technology Awards - Top
|Eleven Black Hills State
University faculty members were named Teaching
with Technology award winners this year. Faculty
members will use these award to develop skills
and methods to better use computer technology in
their daily courses.
BHSU faculty receiving the awards
for summer 2000 are
- Steve Anderson,
hydrology and environmental geology
Anagnopolous, psychology of adolescence
- Peggy Buckwalter,
- Riley Chrisman,
- Abdollah Farrokhi,
- Richard Gayle,
probability and statistics
- Vincent King,
- Colleen Kirby,
library and society
- Lidan Lin, teaching
English as a second language
- David Salomon,
Hamlet In Hyperspace
- and Ronnie Theisz,
Meyers' story to be published -
Georgia Review has accepted Kent Meyers' story
"The Checker" for publication in the
summer 2000 issue. Meyers has also been notified
that his most recent book, Light In the
Crossing, won honorable mention in the
category of adult fiction in the Society of
Midland Authors' annual awards competition for
works published in the greater Midwest region.
The Society of Midland Authors is based in
Johnson presents at national educational research
association - Top
|Andy Johnson, associate director
of Center for Excellence for Math and Science,
presented at the annual meeting of the American
Educational Research Association (AERA) this
presented a poster in a session called "The
Impact of Instructional Reform Strategies on
Future Scientists and Teachers." The title
of his poster is: Sociophysics Norms in an
Innovative Physics Learning Environment .
will hold 139th commencement May 13 - Top
|The 139th Black
Hills State University commencement is scheduled
for Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium
of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
A total of 330 students are candidates for
degree confirmation. Among the graduates are 25
master's of science, one bachelor's of arts, 209
bachelor's of science, 89 bachelor's of science
in education and six associate-degree candidates.
Dr. Howard Perry, College of Business
professor, will be honored as the 2000 recipient
of the distinguished faculty award, and will also
retire this year. Last year's recipient, Jan
Golliher, assistant professor of physical
education, will speak to the graduates and
BHSU President Thomas Flickema will host a
reception for the graduates and their families
and friends, and BHSU faculty and staff members
immediately following the commencement ceremony.
The reception will be held in the Young Center
convocation breakfast will be held prior to
graduation at 7:45 a.m. in the Student Union
multi-purpose room. The cum laude, magna cum
laude, and summa cum laude graduates will be
honored. Also, the highest ranking male and
female graduates, John Broome, England, and Lisa
Van Landuyt, Spearfish, will be recognized.
BHSU student senate has selected the following
award recipients who will also be honored at the
breakfast: outstanding female student, Christina
Schultes, Spearfish; outstanding male student,
Ryan Maher, Spearfish; outstanding staff member,
Rusty Leubchow, Spearfish, and outstanding
faculty member, Al Sandau, Spearfish.
The Fayette L. Cook Scholarship will be
awarded to Ellery Grey, Spearfish, and the Wenona
Cook Scholarship will be presented to Karie
Price, Rapid City.
will meet May - Top
A CSA council meeting is scheduled for May 9
at 9 a.m. at the Pangburn small dining room. All
CSA employees are welcome to attend.
BHSU students and faculty
will perform at Journey Museum - Top
|BHSU students and
faculty will present a concert titled "A
Historical Presentation of Piano Music" at
the Journey Museum in Rapid City Sunday, May 7,at
Music students and faculty will perform
piano music from J.S. Bach to George Crumb on a
variety of historic pianos. Works will include
music by Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, and
others. The performers will be
|Adam Lawson, Stacey
Smith, and David Sejvar of Rapid City; Jamie
Sowers from Belle Fourche; Tony Speiser from
Watertown; Lynette Daum from Newcastle, Wyo.;
Ginger Irwin from Green River, Wyo.; and Dr.
Janeen Larsen from Spearfish.
There is no
out? Attend a stress management seminar - Top
seminar presented by Black Hills State University
students will offer techniques to deal with
stress just as students are heading into their
fast-paced end of semester finals week.
seminar will be presented by BHSU students in
Larry Tentinger's stress-management class on May
1, 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. All students
are welcome to attend and reduce their anxiety
level before finals week begins.
|A variety of
techniques to relieve stress will be featured
including art therapy, music therapy, time
management, and progressive relaxation
It would be in the best
interest for mind, body and soul to participate
in these activities, according to the
For more information on this seminar contact
Tentinger at 642-6042.
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.
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 May 5.
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.
opportunities announced - Top
|Below are the
program materials received April 20-26 in the
grants office in 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
- Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Foundation. The Charles A. and Anne
Morrow Lindbergh Foundation provides
grants of up to $10,580 (a symbolic
amount representing the cost of the
Spirit of St. Louis) to men
and women whose individual initiative and
work in a wide spectrum of disciplines
furthers the Lindberghs' vision of a
balance between the advance of technology
and the preservation of the natural/human
environment. Deadline: June 13, 2000.
- NSF. FY 2000 Guide to Programs. Listing
of all their programs divided by
directorates. NSF 00-65.
By Dawn Taggart,
Media Relations student intern
education takes a back seat, said
Dr. Jane M. Shimon of the department of
physical education, Black Hills State
University. The desire to learn is
still there; but there's a lot of other
things that get in the way. Some
[students] have jobs, children
they're getting married. It's a different
group of kids from what I can remember
teaching years ago. I don't know if it's
a region thing or if it's an overall
trend, she said.
Shimon has always loved the west.
I've always wanted to try and find
a job out west, but they're just hard to
find; not many people leave, and there
aren't as many schools out here,
Shimon said she was familiar with the
Black Hills from childhood camping trips
with her family, even though she was born
and raised in St. Cloud, Minn.
Her interest in teaching began early,
having decided in kindergarten that she
wanted to be a teacher. However, her
emphasis in physical education didn't
occur to her until she was exposed to it
in middle school.
The teacher decidedly chose her
elementary methods course as her most
rewarding class. She said, working
with non-majors and to see them grow and
work with students as teachers, [and
also] to see their attitudes change a
little bit about physical education
it's more than just play, we're
actually teaching it's rewarding
to watch their confidence grow.
Shimon's method of teaching is
constructivist. She described the method
as, I like to have active learning.
I think students learn more when they're
active, doing hands-on things and trying
to apply it. Teaching all new
classes this year, she feels she hasn't
been able to use this approach very
often, but says she's just getting
the feel for how they should go.
The department, Shimon said, is always
on the verge of being cut. It's
been that way for 15-20 years it's
not seen as an important content
area, she said. But with the fear
of cuts aside she added, this
department is great; they're fun; they're
hard-workingthey're here all the
time. I think that shows they care about
Technology has been a big plus to the
department. Shimon said, There's so
much more out there that you can do,
especially in movement analysis, athletic
treatment and training, and injury
prevention. The physical education
teacher said that with the use of a video
camera and electronics, you can input
data into a computer program and analyze
movement, as well as enjoy the use of
other teacher feedback tools.
Teachers often don't see the rewards
of their hard work until years after, but
Shimon said that it's nice to receive
letters from those students who
look up to you as a model and were
motivated by you to do their best.
In her leisure time, she enjoys doing
crafts and refinishing antique furniture.
I love to hike, camp, and cycle;
there's no trouble finding stuff to do
with my leisure, she said. The
teacher mentioned that she would like to
find more time for writing and publishing
other things she would enjoy.
Shimon earned her bachelor's degree
from St. Cloud State University, St.
Cloud, Minn., in 1984. In 1985 she earned
her master's from New Mexico Highlands
University in Las Vegas, N.M., and in
1996 she earned her doctorate from the
University of Northern Colorado in
Greeley, Colo. All of her degrees are in
Before joining the faculty at Black
Hills State, she was an assistant
professor at Radford University in
Radford, Virg., since 1996.
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