Volume XXIV No. 48 Dec. 8, 2000
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BHSU arts and science dean attend national
Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Black
Hills State University, recently attended the annual meeting of
the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Montreal, Canada.
annual meeting of entomologists was held jointly with the
Entomological Society of Canada. Thousands of researchers from
both the basic and applied areas of entomology attended the
served as a co-moderator during an informal conference titled the
“Art of Nest Architecture.” She presented an overview of
various areas of research included under the
heading of insect construction. Her talk is titled “Insect
from an architectural menagerie.”
BHSU dean also judged student papers for the ESA’s president’s
was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU in
July of 1998. She
holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Wisconsin at
Madison. She served as chairperson of the department of biology at
the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater from 1993 to 1998.
Tentinger and Hesson present
Silva, Dr. Larry Tentinger, and Dr. James Hesson recently gave a
presentation at the Annual Conference of the South Dakota
Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The title of
the presentation was "The Ab Solution." They presented a comprehensive plan to reduce waist
people recognize and focus on only one part of the solution and
therefore become discouraged when they don't get the results they
representative will visit
Van Patton, Field Representative with the South Dakota Retirement
System, will be on campus Dec. 13 at the Student Union
multipurpose room in meeting room 1.
will be available to meet with individuals who may have questions
or concerns about the retirement system or have specific questions
regarding their individual retirement accounts.
If you have questions about your
account, please bring your latest retirement summary that was sent
to in July or August of this year.
you wish to visit with Mr. Van Patton, contact Becky Bruce
642-6549 or Anita Haeder 642-6545 to schedule a time to visit with
him. Meeting times
are limited so please schedule your time early.
concert is Sunday
The BHSU Choirs
and Community/Concert band will perform a Christmas Concert
at the Belle Fourche Area Community
Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Please come and listen
to our students perform beautiful music.
Dakota MasterWorks art show on display at BHSU
works of art from the Dakota MasterWork Art Show and Creative
Contest are on display at the Black Hills State University Ruddell
Gallery through Dec. 19.
MasterWorks was created to demonstrate what older adults already
know—the second half of life can be full of creative growth and
fulfillment. The fourth annual art show celebrating the art
talents of South Dakotans over age 60 were featured this fall at a
show at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Professional artists
juried the artwork and winning entries are being displayed at the
Dakotans competed in the age categories:
experienced—age 60 to 79, and masters—age 80 and above.
included painting (oil), painting (watercolor),
drawing/illustration, photography (black and white or color),
sculpture, and woodcarving.
South Dakota Health Care Foundation, Home Federal Savings Bank,
and KELO-Land Television sponsored the art show.
the showing at BHSU, the art show will be exhibited at the state
capitol during the legislative session this January.
Ruddell Gallery is located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union and is open to the public at no charge weekdays form
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m.
contributes to BHSU endowment
Black Hills State University Foundation recently received $100,000
from John T. Vucurevich to support his scholarship fund at the
latest gift brings the Vucurevich scholarship endowment to more
than $553,000 since its inception in 1993.
scholarships are awarded each year to Black Hills area residents
who are juniors or seniors at the university. The students must be
in good academic standing and have financial need. No preference
is given to the students’ program of study for the scholarships
to be awarded.
The university’s scholarship committee
scholarship award winners each year.
Meeker, institutional advancement director at BHSU, said, “John
Vucurevich has been very generous in his contributions to Black
Hills State University over the years and for that we are
scholarship endowment is a testimony to his resolve to help others
by giving back to the community. He has been a significant
contributor to many worthwhile charitable organizations in the
Black Hills region and across the state.”
noted that Vucurevich’s gift brings the BHSU Foundation’s
assets total to over $7.5 million.
BH students selected as technology fellows
Black Hills State University students are paying their way through
college utilizing their computer technology skills by assisting
faculty in the ever-changing technological world.
South Dakota Board of Regents initiated the technology fellows
program this fall with an award from the 2000 Legislature.
Students selected as technology fellows receive the cost of all
tuition and fees during participation in the program. They are
responsible for providing 10 hours a week of support time to
faculty and instructional support staff. In addition, they spend
one hour a week in training to improve their skills.
a press release following the regents’ June meeting, board
president Harvey Jewett said, “It’s about learning and
earning. …This technology fellowship funding will allow the
campuses to provide additional support and training to faculty in
an area that is constantly changing. Additionally, this will
provide student fellows with real life experiences in utilizing
the technology and assisting others to make the technology work
for us. The ultimate beneficiaries will be the students who are
taking courses from these faculty.”
Dorothy Fuller, instructional designer who directs the BHSU
fellowship program, says faculty and students are benefiting from
the exchange of ideas. The program is working very well and she
expects it to continue well into the future.
selecting student fellows, “we tried to achieve a balance of
technology skills and people skills,” she said. “All of our
fellows have good people skills and the ability to show and teach
entered the fellowship program with varying technology
backgrounds. Some were quite advanced and others were at a more
basic level. All of them were required to set up a learning
contract with Fuller defining their expectations and what they
wanted to accomplish.
the first semester of operation three fellows were assigned to the
College of Education, three to the College of Business and
Technology, and five to specific faculty members who were working
on particular projects. The other six fellows are assigned as
needed to various short-term projects.
are converting music to digitalized formats, developing video
clips to menu driven CDs, designing web pages, and giving
technology demonstrations. Some are working on long-term research
projects with faculty in specialized fields. As more faculty
members are becoming aware of the fellows program, more of them
are seeking help.
Bach, a junior from Rapid City, is working with Dr. Curtis Card,
associate professor of math. They are currently working together
using Unix and Linux (PC version) program languages to configure
an Apache server so they can use Front Page 2000 for web design.
Bach, a Black Hills State senior from Rapid City, and math
professor Curtis Card, are working together programming an Apache
web server to more fully utilize Front Page 2000 web-design
capabilities. Bach is one of 17 student technology fellows at BHSU
earning his tuition by working with and assisting faculty and
instructional staff with technology projects.
expanding my knowledge and also learning programs (Unix and Linux)
that aren’t available in the classroom,” said Bach.
said the programming process is very time consuming. “We are in
the training phase now and Aaron will soon be able to take over
and do the maintenance on the server.” According to the BH
professor, “most students wouldn’t have the opportunity to be
involved with server administration” without a technology
says she will be using student fellow expertise to create on-line
workshops for faculty development. It is a way to provide training
in a more expeditious manner and less demanding on her time and
equipment. She expects to get that project underway next semester.
fellows program director says she sees significant applications
that relate directly to the workforce. Students will need these
skills when they enter the job market.
develop good team-building skills, communications skills, problem
solving skills, self-management skills; they define learning
needs, and gain experience consulting,” said Fuller.“ They are
learning instructional design techniques, web design principals,
and computer application skills.”
fellows are paid the cost of tuition and fees for 32 semester
hours of instruction and for 11 working hours a week, which
equates to approximately $11 an hour. The learning and earning
concept is proving to be a good match at BHSU.
technology fellows at BHSU this fall are Aaron Bach, Rapid City;
Daniel Clements, Miller; Sean Crooks, Spearfish; Andrew Erickson,
Beresford; Michael Hanson, Rapid City; Brandon Harms, Rapid City;
Jody Jarding, Spearfish; Crystal Muglia, Belle Fourche; Heather
Murschel, Sioux Falls; Lonny Palmlund, DeSmet; Kim Reierson,
Williston, N.D.; Alicia Ripley, Pierre; Michael Shannon, Lead;
Anthony Speiser, Watertown; Eric Strawn, Hot Springs; Sarah
Templeton, Ree Heights; and Patrick Weber, Renner.
A $6,000 anonymous gift starts science speakers program at BH
Black Hills State University Foundation recently received a $6,000
anonymous gift to start a science speakers program at the
thousand dollars can be used for speakers during the 2001-2002
academic year. The remaining $5,000 will be permanently preserved
with interest earnings used for the management and distribution of
the fund. The fund shall be used to support an annual science
speaker of national or international reputation.
will be chosen and approved by vote of faculty in the natural
science department at BHSU. According to the agreement, interest
from the fund could be used to supplement the cost of a national or
international speaker in a science-related field.
interested in contributing to the science speaker fund should
contact Steve Meeker, BHSU institutional advancement director, 1200
University Street, Unit 9506, Spearfish, S.D. 57799 or phone (605)
BHSU receives anonymous gift for art department
anonymous gift of 100 shares of General Electric stock was recently
given to the Black Hills State University Foundation.
gift is worth approximately $5,000 and is to be used to for art
supplies and art scholarships at the discretion of the art
Persons interested in contributing to an art
scholarship fund at BHSU should contact Steve Meeker, BHSU
institutional advancement director, 1200 University Street, Unit
9506, Spearfish, S.D. 57799 or phone (605) 642-6228.
of the university assessment committee
university assessment committee met Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in
Woodburn conference room one. Present: Earley, Termes, J. Miller,
Altmeyer, K. Meyers, Calhoon
Cook, Haislett, Hemmingson, Myers, Schamber, Johnston.
committee met and reviewed the annual reports which had been
committee decided to evaluate each plan and use one of four ratings:
accepted as submitted; accepted contingent upon revisions
specified; returned for revisions, no rating.
committee decided to add comments when necessary to explain the
rating given. The
rating and comments will be sent to the dean, chair, and faculty
involved when they are completed.
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dean, chair, and faculty must implement and evaluate student
committee is waiting for the rest of the reports from Arts and
reports from the College of Business and Technology should be coming
in now. The committee
will meet in December or January to discuss them.
by Dawn Taggert, media relations student intern
"Teaching is a learning process, said Chantana
Taweesup, Black Hills State University, college of business.
"You can learn something from the student also. It's like
two-way communication." As a teacher, Taweesup said,
"We have to know everything. Technology has changed a
lot, so teachers have to keep up."
earned her bachelor's degree in finance from Thammasat
University in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1991. In 1999 she earned
an MBA in finance from the University of Akron, and in the
summer of 2000 she earned another master's degree in
information system management, also from the University of
Akron in Ohio.
who just turned 30 last month, teaches three sections of a
course titled "Introduction to Computers" this
semester, and next semester will teach "Web
Authoring" and "Management of Information
said that kids know a lot, and that is why it is important for
the teacher to know the programs. Students need to know the
basic parts of the program, then they can use help menus.
“You have to teach them to deal with the situation,"
she said. “[Students] can’t know everything.”
said that there is a difference in the student/teacher
relationship in Thailand. There is more respect given to
teachers in classrooms. She said there is more of an
"exchange of ideas" in the U.S., but finds that
sometimes the students can be noisy and talkative while other
students are working quietly.
future plans, Taweesup hopes to continue teaching at Black
Hills State for another year, and then plans to go back to
Thailand and teach part time and work in a business. She said
"If I don't like that, I may come back [to the U.S.] for
a Ph.D in information systems."
young teacher finds that, in keeping up with
teaching/technology changes, she doesn't have a lot of time
for leisure activities, but when she does she enjoys driving
through the national forests and seeing the sights.
research funds available
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
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
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 Dec. 8.
Grants opportunities announced - Top
are the program materials received Nov. 30-Dec. 6 in the grants office
in Woodburn 218. 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 desk.
Science Foundation, Collaborative Research in Chemistry (CRC). The
purpose of the CRC program is to enable groups of researchers to
respond to recognized scientific needs, to take advantage of current
scientific opportunities, or to prepare the groundwork for
anticipated significant scientific developments in chemistry,
broadly defined. The
scientific personnel involved should consist of at least three
investigators and proposals and must explain how collaborative
interaction is critical to the success of the project.
Letters of intent due Jan. 16, 2001; applications due Feb.
Action Grants. American Association of University Women.
Deadline Feb. 12, 2001.
Community Action Grants provide seed money to individual
women and AAUW organizations, as well as local community-based
nonprofit organizations, for innovative programs or nondegree
research projects that promote education and equity for women and
girls. Applicants must
be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Two types of grants are available:
one-year grants for start-up projects-topic areas are
unrestricted but should promote education and equity for women and
girls; two-year grants are restricted to projects focused on K-12
girls’ achievement in math, science and/or technology.
Projects must involve community/school collaboration.
Funds support and coalition-building activities during the
first year, and implementation and evaluation the second year.
This week at BHSU
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basketball vs. Minot State University, 6 p.m.
basketball vs. Minot State University, 8 p.m.
- “The Diary of Anne Frank” Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.
social, The Scoreboard Lounge, 4-5:30 p.m.
basketball vs. Dickinson State University, 6 p.m.
basketball vs. Dickinson State University, 8 p.m.
- “The Diary of Anne Frank” Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.
BHSU’s Choir & Community Concert
Band Christmas Concert, Belle Fourche Community Center, 2:30
Cope with Stress workshops,
multi-purpose room, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stress workshops, multi-purpose room, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
with Stress Workshops, multi-purpose room, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
service winter banquet, Pangburn dining room, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cross-Country Skiing Trip, Adventure Center, departure at 6
& Gold luncheon, Valley Café, noon
registration for new students
employee fund raising campaign deadline
Sense Seminar: “Wellness in the Workplace,” 8-9:45 a.m.
Graduation, Young Center, 10 a.m.