Volume XXIV No. 49 Dec. 15, 2000
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- Kerry Ruth, teacher aide, child care center
following career service position is open:
- senior building maintenance worker, facilities
additional information, review the announcement bulletin or contact
the personnel office.
ceremony is Dec. 16 - Top
140th Commencement will be held at Black Hills State
University Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young
Sports and Fitness Center.
will be awarded to 191 students. Degrees awarded include 21
associate degrees, four master’s degrees, and 166 bachelor’s
from the South Dakota Board of Regents will be given by Jack
Rentschler, board of regents vice president. Dr. Thomas Flickema,
BHSU president, will present diplomas, assisted by April Meeker,
marshals for the ceremony are Dr. Dan Peterson, professor of arts
and sciences, and Dr. Darlene Swartz, professor of education.
the commencement ceremony a reception hosted by the president will
be held in the Young Center field house.
honors breakfast will be held prior to commencement at 8 a.m. in the
Yellow Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union. The summa, magna and cum laude graduates will be
receives grant from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to study endangered
of the endangered Caribbean snake known as the Antiguan Racer (Alsophis
antiguae) continues with grant support and the dedication of
Black Hills State University biology professor Brian Smith and
continue their research work, Smith and his student researchers
are dependent upon grants from various sources including prominent
zoos. Earlier this fall Smith was awarded $1,000 from the John
Ball Zoo Society and just recently he received notice of a $2,700
grant from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
BH herpetologist will use the grant money to support expenses for
himself and a BHSU student to continue research on the Antiguan
Racer by monitoring the snake’s primary food source that just
happens to be lizards—Ameiva griswoldi (the Antiguan
ground lizard) and Anolis wattsi (Watts’ anole).
Smith’s research team this summer was Oniika Davis, a Caribbean
student completing research for a master’s degree from the
University of Derbyshire, in Derby, England. Smith hopes to be
able find another indigenous researcher to help complete their
fieldwork. It is his goal to have the majority of the research
work done by local researchers within five to 10 years.
four-person team including Smith will be busy this next summer
monitoring lizards on four islands and taking over some of the
snake survey work. In addition a fifth island, five times the size
of any island previously investigated, will be studied.
date, researchers have identified two islands that will serve as
reintroduction sites; one has had snakes reintroduced.
have calculated that this island may support only about 20
snakes,” said Smith. “Including the 80 to 100 snakes left alive
on Great Bird Island, this will leave the entire population at
something less than 150 snakes, assuming successful reproduction at
reintroduction sites. We
are still looking for more reintroduction sites.”
is anticipated that at least 500 snakes must survive in the
wild for a stable population to exist. Some studies suggest more is
the Antiguan Racer, we are continuing to identify more islands or
larger islands suitable for reintroductions, both to increase
population size and to increase the number of populations in the
wild,” said the BH herpetologist.
and BH’s involvement in the project began in 1999 when the
university joined the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project (ARCP), a
consortium that includes organizations from Britain, Antigua, and
Washington, D.C. The conservation project began in 1995.
of the ARCP have received individual grants for various research
project including funds for educational efforts, snake census,
lizard surveys and for eradication of rats, which prey on the
has also received funding for the Antiguan Racer research project
from the BHSU faculty research fund, the dean’s council, and the
Nelson Scholarship fund.
BHSU herpetologist has been a member of the university science
faculty since 1997. He earned his Ph.D. in quantitative biology from
the University of Texas.
BH strength coach Paul Young featured in training magazine
Young, strength coach and fitness director at Black Hills State
University, was the focus of a six-page interview in the
November/December 2000 issue of “Hardgainer,” an international
The magazine is full of information and
advice for drug-free bodybuilders and strength trainees. Dave
Maurice interviewed Young.
article focused on Young’s work environment at the university
sports center, how he got interested in training, what sports he
participates in, strength coaches who influenced him, training
regimens in season and out, injury prevention training,
specialized training, training intensity, and diet modification.
told the interviewer, “Strength training is an art based upon
basic principles: overload, adaptation, progression and
For the athletes in day-to-day training
the BH strength coach said, “The goal of a strength program is
to make you stronger. What allows you to transfer the strength
gained in the weight room to your sport is practicing the skills
of your sport. As far as I’m concerned, there are only two
reasons to strength train: to
prevent injuries, and to improve performance.”
avoid over training he advocates a limited number of exercises per
workout. He believes over training is a deterrent to high-level
is best to purposely under train your athletes in the weight
room—again I’m referring to training volume, not workout
intensity,” he told the interviewer.
said he had always been interested in sports and came from a family
of teachers. He has a teaching degree as well, and has taught at the
elementary, middle school and university level.
his current job as fitness director he oversees the basic operations
of the fitness room that is available to the university students as
well as to the general public, and as strength coach he designs and
implements the strength training program for university athletes.
joined the university staff in 1991. He earned his bachelor’s
degree at BHSU in 1978 and earned his master’s degree from South
Dakota State University in 1983. He is a certified strength and
conditioning specialist and has reviewed and authored many textbooks
and articles on strength training.
professor establishes psychology scholarship
his grandmother, Dr. James Hess, professor of psychology at Black
Hills State University, established the Lois Watts Memorial
Psychology Scholarship Fund.
Watts scholarship is for junior or senior students pursuing a
psychology degree at BHSU. Applicants must have completed 45
credit hours with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. Recipients
will have all their in-state tuition and fees paid for all
semester hours of psychology courses enrolled in during their
junior and senior years. Students applying for the scholarship
must submit three letters of recommendation: one letter should be
from a college faculty member, another letter from an
organizational representative of a volunteer service to which the
applicant contributed, and finally, a letter from a peer attesting
to the applicant’s character and ambition.
faculty of the psychology department along with the president of
the psychology club will select scholarship recipients. Half of
the scholarship will be awarded the first semester and the other
half the second semester.
scholarship honors Lois Watts, a longtime western South Dakota
resident who was born in Arkansas in 1903. She married at age 15 and
immediately went to work at the Hudson Car Factory in Detroit, Mich.
In 1925 she moved and homesteaded near Ekalaka, Mont. She eventually
became a very successful Belle Fourche businesswoman owning and
operating several restaurants, most notable Watts Fine Foods. She
strongly believed in the value of education as exemplified by her
taking a Carnegie public-speaking course when she was in her 70s.
She was instrumental in encouraging people to pursue an education
and her oldest grandson, Dr. James Hess, became professor of
psychology at BHSU in 1983.
Watts memorial scholarship is sponsored in part by Minitman Inc., a
company established by Hess utilizing many of the customer service
values Watts so strongly believed in. After working well into her
80s, Watts died in 1997 at the age of 93.
Persons interested in contributing to the Watts
scholarship fund should contact Steve Meeker, BHSU institutional
advancement director, 1200 University Street, Unit 9506, Spearfish,
S.D. 57799 or phone (605) 642-6228.
grant recipients will be honored
Bush Grant is hosting a day for faculty to reflect on and share
their experiences with learning and teaching on Jan. 9 in the Donald
E. Young Center Hall of Fame room. Recipients of minigrants and
travel awards during the past year will be highlighted.
collaborative minigrant projects include:
in American Economic History designed
by Dr. Ron DeBeaumont from Economics and Dr. David Wolff
Collaboration of Advertising Strategy with Advertising Graphics developed by Patty Jo Bellamy from the
College of Business and Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi from the
College of Arts and Sciences;
Culture, and Technology - Digital Diversity for Educators was
developed by Dr. Larry Tentinger from the health and
physical education department at BHSU and Dr. Marilyn Wells from
Hampton University's Health Education Department; and,
Course Development in Ethnobotany designed
by Dr. Mark Gabel and Dr. Charles Lamb from
the science department, together with Jace DeCory from
American Indian Studies and Nora Danforth, an undergraduate
American Indian Studies major.
grants awarded in 2000 included:
Jane Shimon to attend the World Congress and
Exposition on Disabilities in Atlanta, Ga.;
Hickenbotham and four elementary education students, Leslie
Schweitzer, Alan Demaret, Amber Volner, and Lori Peterson to
present at the South Dakota Reading Annual Spring Conference in
Priscilla Romkema to present at the International
Society for Business Education in Helsinki, Finland;
Pamela Wegner to attend Creating Partnerships,
Creating Scholarships: Strengthening Research, Teaching, and
Learning with Effective Use of Electronic Resources in
Minneapolis, Minn.; and
Kristi Pearce to attend The Collaboration Conference
for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning in
How to start a business workshop will be offered at BH
your boss? Do you find your job unfulfilling? Now is your chance to
strike out on your own and be in business for yourself. The Center
for Business and Entrepreneurship at Black Hills State will sponsor
a course beginning Jan. 16 titled “NxLeveL for Business
ten-session course is designed for individuals who want to start a
business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their
business concept. The course will help validate the concept—the
entrepreneur who plans is the entrepreneur who succeeds. Therefore,
participants will develop a start-up business plan during the course
to test the feasibility of their business idea. It will become the
blue print for a new start up venture, where you are in charge.
Ellis, associate professor of accounting at BHSU, will teach the
course. She is a certified coordinator for NxLeveL
and NxLeveL Business Start-up programs. Her areas of expertise are
business start-ups, business development, business-plan writing,
accounting and accounting systems.
13-week course will be held on Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. in Jonas
Hall, room 301. The extra three weeks in the ten-session course are
set aside for research time.
register for the course, please mail a check for $300 made out to
“BHSU” by Jan. 29, 2001, to Center for Business and
Entrepreneurship, BHSU, 1200 University St., Unit 9006, Spearfish,
Information regarding the NxLeveL for Business
Start-ups is available by contacting Ellis during daytime business
hours at (605) 642-6734.
of the November CSA meeting
CSA council met Nov. 14, 2000, at the Pangburn Dining Room.
were Ginny Sunding, Corinne Hansen, Jeanne Hanson, Ellen Melaragno,
Deatta Chapel, Gloria Spitler, Marilyn Luscombe, Myron Sullivan,
Gerry Pabst and Rebecca Dovre.
present were Eileen Thomas and Margaret Kleinsasser.
Corinne Hansen called the meeting to order.
Minutes of the October meeting were read and approved, motion
by Ellen Melaragno, second by Marilyn Luscombe.
Minutes of the Regents CSAC were presented at this time.
report was presented by Marilyn Luscombe. Treasurer’s report
approved, motion by Ginny Sunding, second by Gloria Spitler.
Safety and Facilities
Sullivan reported on two issues addressed.
Community and BHSU faculty tennis enthusiasts requested
university assistance to build a new tennis court.
No action was taken, the matter will be further studied.
There was a report of unsafe equipment being used.
It will be determined what action will be necessary to
correct the problem. It
is necessary to notify the chairman of the safety and facilities
committee that Rebecca Dovre is the CSA representative to that
issue of icy steps being a safety hazard at the south end of
Woodburn was raised. Jeanne
Hanson will notify facilities services to install safety tape on the
Sunding reported that no major issues were raised.
ballots were mailed Nov. 13. Ginny
Sunding will have results by Friday.
New council members will be invited to the December CSA
was held on how CSA can be more actively involved in campus and the
Hanson made a motion, second by Rebecca Dovre to implement a service
project to support United Ministries on campus.
Rebecca Dovre will contact Legia Spicer, Director of United
Ministries to determine what needs are most urgent.
Corinne Hansen will prepare an announcement for the event.
baskets have been updated.
was held regarding the date of the fall/winter social. The event will be held in January, possibly a
pre-basketball meal. Final
plans will be made at the December meeting.
meeting is Dec. 12, 2000, 9 a.m.
by Jeanne Hanson, CSA secretary
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, 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 Dec. 7- 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.
Undergraduate Scholarships. American
Meteorological Society. The
scholarships are available to students who will be juniors in the
fall of 2001. Prospective
candidates from the fields of atmospheric sciences, oceanography,
hydrology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics, engineering,
and physics who intend to pursue a career in the atmospheric,
oceanic, and hydrologic sciences are encouraged to apply.
Deadline Feb. 23, 2001.
Information Service. The Bicentennial Swedish-American Exchange
Fund will provide an opportunity for those in a position to
influence public opinion and contribute to the development of their
society to make a two-to-four week intensive research trip to
Sweden. Fields of
priority include: politics, public administration, working life,
human environment, mass media, business and industry, education, and
culture. Award of
25,000 Swedish crowns (or equivalent in U.S. dollars).
Deadline Feb. 2, 2001.
in Ecology. Earthwatch Institute.
Earthwatch volunteers have productively assisted ecologists
with collecting and preparing plant specimens.
This week at BHSU
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Relations or send to Unit 9512, BHSU.
registration for new students
employee fund raising campaign deadline
Sense Seminar: “Wellness in the Workplace,” 8-9:45 a.m.
Young Center, 10 a.m.
registration for new students
teacher exit seminar, multi-purpose room, noon-4 p.m.
Dining services open house
for all faculty and staff, Pangburn, 2-3:30 p.m.
Green and Gold luncheon, Perkins, noon