Volume XXIV No. 44 Nov.
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Anagnopoulos receives $120,000
grant to study intergenerational communication -
A $120,000 grant from the National Institute of Health will be
used by Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos, associate professor of
psychology at Black Hills State University, to research
intergenerational communications in the Lakota culture.
The purpose of the three-year study initiated by
Anagnopoulos is to investigate whether the Lakota cultural
tradition of respect for elders (filial piety) insulates the
older generation from negative age-related stereotypes and
their detrimental effects on intergenerational communications.
The BHSU psychologist believes that a conversation between
a young adult and older adult will result in an age-related
stereotype. If the age-related stereotypes are positive, a
normal conversation follows. However, if the age related
stereotypes are negative, the younger adult will alter speech
style by being overly accommodative or patronizing. Older
adults often react with annoyance or perceive it as an insult.
For some the negative age-related stereotype results in loss
of self-esteem, self-confidence, and social withdrawal. The
consequence is a cycle of deterioration based upon the
negative stereotypes and lowered expectations of others.
During the first year Anagnopoulos plans to collect
measures of filial piety and acculturation as independent
variables and assess these as trait-generation tasks. During
the second year she will trait-sort stereotypes from year one.
The third year the BHSU psychologist will examine the
moderating effects of filial piety on speech patterns using a
hypothetical intergeneration conversation.
Anagnopoulos has been a member of the arts and science
faculty for the past seven years. She earned her Ph.D. from
the University of Kansas in cognitive psychology in 1993.
Strand and Norby present
Dr. Sharon Strand, assistant College of Arts and Science
professor, and Rena Faye Norby, assistant College of
Education professor, have been accepted to present a paper at
the Asynchronous Learning Network Conference (ALN) in College
Park, Md., this week. The topic of their presentation is
"Teaching by Style: Profiling Online Instructors Using
the MBTI Myers-Briggs Type Indicator."
They are presenting research on attitudes of on-line K-12
instructors towards the 1999 governor's Technology for
Teaching and Learning (TTL).
According to their study, "These on-line instructors
found the work challenging yet rewarding, and the majority who
responded to the survey said that they would like to teach
technology courses on-line again."
This research was an enhancement and follow up to the
research published earlier this year by Drs. Fuller, Norby,
Pearce and Strand entitled: "Internet Teaching By Style:
Profiling the On-line Professor." Fuller et. al.
researched higher education and K-12 instructors using the
MBTI and Gregorc personality inventories to assess attitudes
towards on-line teaching of 1998 governor's TTL courses. This
article can be viewed on-line at this website.
Smith awarded grant
from John Ball Zoo Society for ongoing endangered Antiguan
snake project -
Dr. Brian Smith, Black Hills State University assistant
professor of biology, recently received a $1,000 grant from the
John Ball Zoo Society’s Wildlife Conservation Fund.
Smith has done extensive research on the endangered Antiguan
Racer (Alsophis antiguae) by monitoring the snake’s primary
food source—lizards. This grant will pay a stipend to an
Antiguan student in an ongoing project to reintroduce the snake
to suitable islands in the Caribbean. It is estimated that fewer
than 100 snakes remain.
This snake, found only in Antigua, is probably the rarest
snake in the world," said Smith.
"The BHSU herpetologist said, "Antiguan
cannot join the project without a paid stipend, since economic
conditions within Antigua and the necessity of raising money for
education prohibit volunteer work by these students on this or
other similar projects."
Smith and two BHSU students conducted prey-based studies in
1999. The Antiguan Racer Conservation Project (ARCP),
established in the summer of 1995 to conserve the snake, plans
to train and employ local (Antiguan) students to continue the
research. The study on prey is necessary for determining which
islands will provide enough lizards to ensure the snakes’
Smith has been a member of the BHSU science faculty since
1997. He holds a Ph.D. in quantitative biology from the
University of Texas.
BHSU senior presents winning paper
at sociology conference -
Research shows that children can be negatively influenced by
violence on television, according to a paper presented at the
Great Plains Sociological Association Conference by Corey Aker,
a Black Hills State University senior from Rapid City.
Aker’s paper, "A Review of Selected Research on the
Effects of Television Viewing," won first place in the
undergraduate division at the Great Plains conference held in
Mandan, N.D., this fall.
The BH senior said his original research on effects of
television viewing was done for a paper in a psychology class
the year before. During the summer he did additional research
doubling the paper’s size. He then presented it to Dr. Larry
Landis, professor of sociology, for final editing and review
before submitting it at the conference.
He found that children are able to learn from
television and it’s
not always quality educational material. Children as young as 14
months can imitate what they see on television.
"Violence can be manifested now or 20 years down the
road," he said. "Public television is alright but
children learn from everything else they watch."
At the conference his presentation was made using a power
point display and a question and answer session for further
He plans to do more research and revision and submit the
paper at the Midwest Sociological Society meeting in St. Louis,
Mo. He would like to add more theory to his paper and work it
into a Federal Trade Commission Report.
Aker will graduate from BHSU this May with a double major in
psychology and sociology. He would like to attend graduate
school but has not made specific plans at this time.
Dakota Chamber Orchestra to perform
at Matthews Opera House -
The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, comprised of Black Hills State
University students, Spearfish community students, and community
adults, will perform at the Matthews Opera House Thursday, Nov.
9 at 7:30 p.m. The group is conducted by Dr. Randall Royer,
assistant professor of music.
The group was organized last spring by Donald Miller, who was a music teacher
at Black Hills State during that time.
There is no admission fee, and everyone is welcome to attend the concert.
Global awareness committee sponsors
The Global Awareness Committee at Black Hills State University
is sponsoring a presentation titled "Consumerism and
Culture" Monday, Nov. 6, in the Student Union Jacket Legacy
"Affluenza," a video about the ethics of
consumerism and it’s consequences on the planet, will be shown
from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and also from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
A panel of committee members will present arguments on
consumerism after the videos from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The panel
members are: Patty Jo Bellamy, presenting "Consumerism: A
Long-Range Perspective;" Dr. Brian Smith presenting
"Lifestyle and the Environment;" Dr. Ahrar Ahmad
presenting "The Culture of Gobalism and the Globalization
of Culture;" and Legia Spicer will present "Human
Needs: A Spiritual Perspective." Dr. Dan Peterson will
serve as the moderator for this panel.
There will be an audience-panel interaction from 3 p.m. to
For more information, contact Legia Spicer at 642-6556.
Interview times changed -
The Air Force audit agency interviews scheduled for Nov. 1 were
postponed due to the weather. The interviews will be held
Wednesday, Nov. 8. To scheduled an interview contact the BHSU
Career Center at 6238.
Cast announced for "The Diary of
Anne Frank" -
The cast has been announced for "The Diary of Anne
Frank" a production by students of Black Hills State
University’s theatre department.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" by Frances Goodrich and
Albert Hackett, in a new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, will be
presented Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.
The play is set in World War II and Amsterdam has fallen to
the Nazi regime. Seeking refuge in a long forgotten storage
attic, Otto and Edith Frank try to maintain a sense of security
and hope for their daughters, Margot and Anne. With limited
supplies, they agree to hide another family, the van Daans and a
dentist, Mr. Dussel. Days become months as tensions mount and
news reports worsen. Anne, a gifted young girl of 14, records
the daily events in her diary. Her accounts are filled with the
humor, pain and passion of a young girl becoming a woman. She
tries to maintain her belief in the general goodness of
humanity, but as her
world and traditions are destroyed, her
Members of the cast are Anne Frank – Sarah Cozort,
Spearfish; Otto Frank – Steve Blume, Spearfish; Edith Frank
– Crystal Bleu Muglia, Spearfish; Margot Frank – Saisha
Kuykendall, Redfield; Miep Gies – Leann Olsen, Spearfish;
Peter Van Daan – Jason Robb, Belle Fourche; Mr. Kraler – Tim
Bessette, Elko, Nev.; Mrs. Van Daan – Teresa Addington, Lead;
Mr. Van Daan – Jacob (Mosas) Feeley, Diamondville, Wyo.; First
Man – Troy Russell, Rapid City; Second Man – Nic Hansen, Spearfish;
and Third Man – Ryan Heinis, Littleton, Colo. The stage
manager is Dan Patterson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Assistant
directors are Geno Pesicka, Rapid City and Dan Patterson.
Anyone wishing to purchase tickets may do so by calling
642-6171 the week of the play.
Minutes of the NCA self-study
The university NCA self- study committee met Tuesday Oct 31,
2000, at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room one. Present were
Downing, Silva, Heidrich, Lin, Schamber, Cook, A. Hemmingson,
Kloppel, J. Johnson, Card, Godsell, Haislett, Johnston and
Earley. Absent: Wessel, Keller.
The chair announced that BH had received the letter from
North Central notifying us that we were scheduled for an
accreditation visit in the fall of 2002 or spring 2003. He also
said that Dr. Flickema and he were filling out the form and
returning it to North Central.
The chair passed out information on the timeline-suggesting
tasks and deadlines for the taskforces as the self-study
progressed. A discussion of timelines was held. The chair
indicated that as the reports are written Ellsworth should be
included as a part of the report, that the taskforces should pay
attention to the general institutional requirements, that the
taskforces should collect the evidence to support their
conclusions, that the taskforce report should include any data
bearing on the current situation at BH and its future, and that
the conclusion of the taskforce report should list strengths of
BH, concerns of BH, and recommendations. When it came time for
the accrediting team visit, there would be the snapshot or
self-study of BH in fall 2000 and possible updates on changes
since that time.
The chair reported that he and Schamber were collecting vita
and assembling them into a file. There was a request that Lefler
from Ellsworth be on the committee and the chair said he would
discuss this with the president.
The taskforces then reported.
Taskforce 1 - Downing reported that the taskforce had met and
was working on two surveys on mission statements - one was for
faculty and staff, the other for students. Both would be about
300 in number. The questionnaires were distributed and
discussed. The chair was asked to prepare a generic letter to
the faculty, staff, and students since there will be other
Taskforce 2 - Schamber reported that this taskforce had met
and was collecting information and data.
Taskforce 3 - Cook reported that the committee had met and
was also collecting information and data.
Taskforce 4 - Heidrich said that his committee would meet
after some of the initial reports had come in from the other
Taskforce 5 - Haislett reported that her committee had met
and was also collecting data.
There were questions about putting the NCA report on the web
and the chair indicated that he was working on that. Hemmingson
suggested that he and the chair meet and discuss the concept of
an electronic document room.
The chair reported that North Central required that we send
them a plan for our self-study and he hoped to have that ready
for the committee by the next meeting.
The next meeting will be on Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn
Health screening postponed due to
The bureau of personnel's state employee health
check that was scheduled this week was
postponed due to weather conditions. The check will be
rescheduled in the spring.
Faculty research funds
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 grants office or can be
printed out from their webpage.
It is anticipated that successful applicants will request
support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to
research sites or 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. A three-hour release time is available
for fall 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.
The research committee will not provide salary. The committee
may approve payment to student or non-student research
assistants. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your
proposal to the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s
office in Woodburn 314 by Nov. 10.
Instructional improvement funds
Grants of up to $1000 are available to full-time faculty,
adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff members for projects
which will improve the quality of instruction at BHSU. Grants
are available for bringing in consultants, for training support,
for equipment that will improve instruction, and for travel to
Proposals are reviewed monthly. Ten copies of the grant proposal
should be submitted to the grants and special projects office or
the committee chair, Sharon Strand, by the last Friday of the
month. For more detailed information, go to the grants and
special projects page or contact Sharon Strand.
This week at BHSU
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Chamber Orchestra, Matthews Opera House, 7:30 p.m.
|Sunday, Nov. 5
basketball vs. Great Falls University,, 3 p.m.
Volleyball, first round
|Monday, Nov. 6
Junior (CAAP) Exams, noon to 4 p.m.
Comsummerism and Culture
presentation, video at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. , panel
discussion at 2 p.m. followed by audience interaction
Rising Junior (CAAP) Exams, 8 a.m. to
Women’s basketball vs. Rocky Mt.
College, 6 p.m.
Men’s basketball vs. Rocky Mt.
College, 8 p.m.
Volleyball, second round conference
AmeriCorps, VISTA, National Civilian
Community Corps informational session, 6-7 p.m Career
Center, Student Union, Lower Level
BHSU Chamber Orchestra, Matthews
Opera House, 7:30 p.m.
Green & Gold luncheon, Valley
Wells Fargo financial interviews,
contact the Career Center
Veteran’s Day, no
classes, CSA holiday