Volume XXIV No. 45 • Nov. 10, 2000

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

The Campus Currents is distributed every Friday. If you would like to include an item in the newsletter send it to Campus Currents, Unit 9512 or by e-mail to Campus Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.

Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Dawn Robins, secretary, College of Business and Technology 

Transfer - Top

  • Ellen Melaragno from the business office to the student union as of Dec. 1, 2000.

Positions open - Top

The following career service positions are open:
  • teacher aide, child care center
  • secretary with keyboarding, Upward Bound

For additional information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Hesson facilitates session at physical education conference - Top

Dr. James Hesson, department of physical education and health, recently attended the 45th Annual Conference of the Western College Physical Education Society in Reno, Nevada.

Hesson served as the facilitator for the discussion session titled "Who's Neighborhood Should We Live In?" The focus of this discussion was on "Where Do We Belong?" The discussion centered on where health promotion and wellness best fits in the university organizational structure.

"Certainly we are trying to educate people about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle but we are trying to educate people not only within, but also beyond, K-12 education which is often the focus of the College of Education. Most of the people working in the health promotion and wellness area have a strong scientific foundation and identify and communicate most easily with people in the science 

departments which are often in the College of Arts and Sciences. Providing education to adults in the area of health promotion and wellness generally requires some business skills and is primarily a business venture in the United States so there could be a good case for inclusion in the College of Business. The answer of course is Health Promotion and Wellness belongs in a college where the administrators sincerely believe in our mission and our message. A college that enthusiastically supports our efforts to help all Americans, regardless of age, gender, race, or religion, to become the healthiest people in the world," Hesson said.

This society meets every October in Reno, Nevada, to discuss problems and issues facing physical education in the Western United States and Canada.

Altmyer presents stock market game at social science conference - Top

Don Altmyer, BHSU assistant professor of accounting and business, presented recently at the Social Science Consortium Conference at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls.

Altmyer's presentation was titled "What is the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation?" The on-line presentation introduced the simulation method of learning to the 48 teachers in attendance.

The South Dakota Stock Market Simulation, coordinated by Altmyer, involves groups of students from elementary, junior high, high school and post-secondary schools investing $100,000 in "play money" into a portfolio of stocks selected by the students at their discretion. All research, tracking and buying/selling of stock is performed on line. The top teams in each division receive cash prizes. Teachers sponsoring the teams receive a free 

15-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal and a weekly newsletter prepared by the coordinator. These newsletters provide classroom activities and lesson plans to assist the teachers in the implementation of the simulation into their classroom curriculum.

The conference was sponsored by the South Dakota Social Studies Council, the South Dakota Geographic Alliance, the South Dakota Council for Economic Education and the South Dakota Law-Related Education Council.

Altmyer has been a member of the College of Business & Technology since 1995. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a master’s degree in taxation from California State University.

BHSU collaborates with Sisseton Wahpeton Community College to implement math and science standards through professional development programs - Top

Improving K-12 science and math education is the ultimate goal of a $625,000 National Science Foundation grant that provides collaboration opportunities between Sisseton Wahpeton Community College (SWCC) and Black Hills State University.

With high drop-out rates amongst Native American students in and around reservation communities, school officials believed it was imperative that measures be taken to encourage retention and at the same time provide for basic mathematics and science literacy. This premise resulted in an initiative and collaboration agreement using the latest teaching methods. The goal is to help students get better paying jobs by helping them prepare for a technological world.

BHSU through its Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) and a $27,000 agreement from SWCC will assist the northeastern South Dakota college with its Rural Systemic Initiative (RSI) to improve math and science education on or near Indian reservations. The Spearfish-based CAMSE will focus primarily on professional development and assessment within the Connected Math Program (CMP) at the middle school level.

Support for implementation of the Connected Math component includes site visits by Larry Hines, BHSU math instructor, use of the Picture-Tel computer system, and other distance learning strategies. BHSU will also be providing resources from CAMSE including instructional materials from its repository developed with NSF support and materials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The BHSU center is a regional distribution site for educational materials from NASA.

Dr. Ben Saylor, CAMSE director at BHSU, said, "Our center is very interested in providing guidance in the selection and or development, implementation, and evaluation of assessment tools to determine the effectiveness of the Rural

Systemic Initiative (RSI) project. Our staff are well-versed in the evaluation of NSF-funded systemic initiatives and are certified to conduct classroom and professional development observations according to Horizon Research Protocols."

The current initiative is an outgrowth of an earlier NSF funded project known as the High Plains Rural Systemic Initiative, a five-year program involving six states broken into three regions to improve math 

and science education on or near Indian reservations. Phase I of the project consisted of implementation of standard based curricula, standard based assessments, professional development, and integration of culture into the system.

Initiated three years ago, the systemic initiative at schools such as SWCC involved trying to raise the level of awareness amongst teachers and administrators about implementing standards. Next their objective was to implement standards using inquiry-based learning models in the classroom. Their next target was mathematics and implementing the NSF supported Connected Mathematics Program (CMP) at the middle school level.

The Systemic Initiative I also included collaborations with the University of South Dakota and the Full Options Science System (FOSS) and South Dakota State University providing web-based education and technical support.

Phase II of the systemic initiative builds on foundations established during phase I. In the second phase participating schools will concentrate on completing implementation of standards-based curricula and assessment, both of student achievement and curricula effectiveness. Black Hills State will provide support to evaluate curricula using the Horizon Classroom Observation Protocol. The Spearfish-based school will also offer courses over the Internet, which support SWCC training efforts.

The principal investigator (PI) for the systemic initiative at SWCC is Dr. Elden Lawrence, president of the SWCC. Project director is Scott Morgan and curriculum support specialist is Linda Flanery.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College plans an extensive evaluation of its Rural Systemic Initiative. An outside evaluator will conduct the evaluation and the focus will be on progress made in meeting established goals and the evaluation of standard data collection procedures.

BHSU and the center of math and science education have been working with SWCC through both phases of the initiative. Several initiatives involving other schools in the region are in the planning stages for CAMSE.

United Ministries and Global Awareness Committee sponsors Oxfam Hunger Banquet - Top

An Oxfam Hunger Banquet will be held Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Room in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Donations will be accepted for Oxfam hunger relief and a free meal will be provided.

To attend the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, please sign up Nov. 13, 14, or 15 in the Market Place or in the Pangburn Dining Hall lobby from noon-1 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Global Awareness Committee and United Ministries.

AAUW presents Pangburn/Meldahl Award to BHSU senior - Top

Dawn Taggart, a Black Hills State University senior, is recipient of the Pangburn/Meldahl Award sponsored by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Presenting the award to Taggart, second from the left, are AAUW representatives, left, and Barb Chrisman, Dora Jones and Judy Larson. The award is named in honor of Dr. Jesse Pangburn, former head of the university’s department of education, and Dr. Leila Meldahl, former dean of women. These women were highly respected and served as role models for other women. The $1,000 award is presented to a non-traditional student who has returned to school on a full-time basis to complete an educational program that has been interrupted due to personal or family situations and is meant to be a pat on the back. Taggart began her college career at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., in 1988. Family and financial obligations forced her to interrupt her educational plans. She renewed her goal of obtaining a college degree by enrolling at BHSU in 1997. In addition to her studies, she has worked at the university’s records office and is now working in the media relations office. Taggart is majoring in English with a minor in political science and will graduate a year from this December. She is the mother of two young boys, ages 6 and 8.

Adams Museum to observe "Thank Goodness for our Neighbors Day" - Top

 To thank the community for their support, the Adams Museum and House’s Board of Directors and staff will celebrate "Thank Goodness for Our Neighbors Day" Nov. 18. For a can of food, that the Adams Museum and House will donate to the Lord’s Cupboard in Lead, guests can tour the Adams House Museum for free. Tours will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Visitors to the Adams Museum, can enjoy a leisurely, self-guided tour anytime for no charge, and on Nov. 18 will receive a 10 percent discount on all 

books, other than those on consignment.

The Adams House is located at 22 Van Buren Street and the Adams Museum is located at 54 Sherman Street. Both museums are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours at the Adams House run every hour on the hour, with the first tour at 10 a.m. and the last tour of the day at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Deborah Gangloff at 578-3751.

Faculty research 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 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 available - Top

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 conferences. 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.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Oct. 26-Nov. 8 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
  • Selected Professions Fellowships 2001-2002 Academic Year. American Association of University Women. Selected professions fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year in one of the degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents. Mathematics. Deadline: Jan. 10, 2001.
  • National Science Foundation. Specific objectives of the research in undergraduate institutions are to 1) support high-quality research by faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions, 2) strengthen the research environment in academic departments that are oriented primarily toward undergraduate instruction, and 3) promote the integration of research and education. Awards will be made for three to four years with an average budget of $200,000 a year. Due Jan. 16, 2001.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF). K-12 teachers of science and mathematics in research and education projects funded by the engineering directorate at the NSF. The intent of this endeavor is to facilitate professional development of K-12 teachers through strengthened partnerships between institutions of higher education and local school districts.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF). Interdisciplinary grants in the Mathematical Sciences. The objective of the interdisciplinary grants in the mathematical sciences (IGMS) is to enable mathematical scientists to undertake research and study in another discipline so as to 1) expand their skills and knowledge in areas other than the mathematical sciences; 2) subsequently apply this knowledge in their research; and 3) enrich the educational experiences and broaden the career options of their students. Proposal deadline: Second Friday in December.
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP). This program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified and matriculated into programs of graduate study. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2001.
  • Program for Gender Equity in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (PGE). The program seeks to broaden the participation of girls and young women in all fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) education by supporting research, demonstration, and dissemination projects that will lead to change in education practice. Deadlines: Jan. 30, 2001, 5 p.m. local time. Elementary and middle school, informal education. March 30, 2001, 5 p.m. Local time. High school, undergraduate, teacher and faculty development and educational technologies.
  • Research Sites of Educators in Chemistry. This activity is aimed at bringing together faculty at undergraduate institutions [associate of arts (two-year, community) colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and masters universities] with faculty at research universities to enhance the research and educational opportunities in chemistry at both the undergraduate institutions and research universities. Deadline: Jan. 24, 2001.

This week at BHSU

Submit items to Media Relations or send to Unit 9512, BHSU.

November calendar


Veteran’s Day, no classes, CSA holiday


Sunday, Nov.12 Monday, Nov.13
Freshman registration
Tuesday, Nov.14
Jazz Ensemble Concert, Student Union Jacket Legacy room, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov.15
Mock interviews, Career Connections

Wrestling tournament, Adventure Center

"Self-help is a Good Thing," student assistance center

Noon forum series "Working," Pangburn Little Dining Room, noon

Turkey Bingo, Student Union, 7 p.m.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet,  Young Center,  Hall of Fame Room, 6 p.m. 

Mock interviews, Career Connections

Reading Council meeting, 4-5 p.m.

Green & Gold luncheon, Valley Café, noon



Saturday, Nov.18
Preview Day,  high school students visit campus