Volume XXV No. 11 March 16, 2001
items to Campus Currents - Top
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CSA positions open - Top
Career Service positions are open
building maintenance worker (painter), Facilities Services
building maintenance worker (carpenter), Facilities Services
For additional information, please review the announcement bulletin
or contact the personnel office.
BHSU biologist receives grant
for fish genetics study - Top
Shane Sarver, associate professor of biology at Black Hills State
University, received a $6,000 grant from the South Dakota Department
of Game, Fish and Parks to conduct a genetic study of walleye fish.
BHSU biologist will be doing a preliminary genetics study of a
population of walleye in Park’s Pond in eastern South Dakota. It
seems the walleye population that originally was composed of male
and female fish now consists almost exclusively of females.
unlikely finding probably resulted from feminization of the
(genetically) male fish,” said Sarver. “I will try and develop
sex-specific genetic markers to discriminate between genetic males
addition, the BH professor will genetically compare the Park’s
Pond population with the source population of walleye in Lake Oahe.
joined the BHSU science faculty in 1996. He earned a Ph.D. in
zoology from the Louisiana State University in 1993 and a master’s
degree in fisheries from Humboldt State University in 1989.
is guest clinician/conductor for area music festivals - Top
Randall Royer, assistant professor of music at Black Hills State
University, was guest clinician and conductor for several area music
was the guest conductor for the ninth grade honors band for the
Rapid City area high schools music festival.
Ninth graders from Rapid City Central and Rapid City Stevens
high schools were auditioned and selected for the honors band. The
evening concert featured the ninth grade band from Central High
School, the cadet band from Stevens High School and the ninth grade
honors band. The honors band performed “Third Suite” by Robert
E. Jager, “Dona Nobis Pacem” arranged by James Sudduth, and
“Manhattan Beach March” by John Philip Sousa.
was the guest conductor and clinician for the Rapid City All City
eighth grade honors and festival bands. The bands included musicians
from South Middle School, Southwest Middle School, Dakota Middle
School, North Middle School, and West Middle School. Their
respective directors selected the honors band musicians by audition.
The festival band played “Annabel Lee” by Douglas Wagner,
“Battle Hymns” by John Higgins, “Commemoration “ by Robert
W. Smith, and “Aerostar March” by Eric Osterling. The honors
band performed “Chanteys” by
Robert Sheldon, “To Challenge the
Heavens Above” by Robert W. Smith, “Of Still Meadows and
Mountains Bold” by Gary Fagan, and “Royal Crescent March” by
BHSU music professor was also the guest conductor at the Montana
“AA” band festival held recently in Billings, Mont. The “AA”
festival featured the top bands from Missoula Sentinel, Billings
Skyview, Billings West, and Billings Senior High Schools.
Sentinel and Skyview were combined for one festival band,
while West and Senior bands were combined for another. The first day
of activities included clinic sessions with the guest conductors and
the combined bands, and then an evening concert by each of the
individual bands. The second day included more clinic and rehearsal
sessions and was capped by a concluding concert. Other guest
conductors participating in the festival were Dennis Gowen from
University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., and Ronnie Bedford from
Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo.
earned his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Utah in
1996 and has been a member of the music department faculty at Black
Hills State University since 1997. He joined the BHSU faculty as a
woodwind specialist and band director. He now teaches various music
courses and directs the university’s jazz ensemble and the Dakota
creates educational web portal - Top
Dawn Taggart, BHSU media relations student intern
Turner, instructor in the College of Education at Black Hills State
University, has created a web
portal in which a series of educational links has been organized
alphabetically by the site’s name and contains brief summaries of
said she created the portal because, “I kept finding so many good
sources for my students. I wanted to put it in one place so it would
be easy to access and the web is a place students have access to.”
Turner started the project two years ago she had her students in
mind. However, she decided, “Why not create it for teachers also;
it started out for student teachers and evolved. It started off with
main areas like science – all the main areas teachers would be
was very quick to point out that “the portal is not just for
teachers; there are some sites that anyone will enjoy, such as
art/music/theatre, Internet filtering software, libraries on the web
and museums on the
web.” There is also a site called Just for
Kids, with interesting things for kids such as kid rodeo, pages from
cartoons on SD Public Broadcasting, and others.
BH instructor continued, “If you don’t find what you need in my
portal, there is a list of other portals in Education Web
will be two new sites added to the portal soon, one called live web
cameras and the other called virtual tours. The instructor said,
“The live web cameras are like slow motion video.” She added,
“As I find more and more information, it just evolves into another
has found more information over the last six months and updated the
portal while the students were away on spring break. The portal is
updated three to four times per year Turner explained; “it’s a
constant work in progress.”
to Turner, her web portal can also now be found in the deep web,
which is actually databases that are not index-able or query-able by
today’s search engines, so they appear invisible to the average
Turner has been a member of the BHSU faculty
president signs agreement with Japanese women’s college for
student exchange program - Top
Dawn Taggart, media relations student intern
Flickema, president of Black Hills State University, recently signed
an agreement with Michio Sugiyama, president of Gifu City Women’s
College for a mutual exchange of faculty and students.
is a wonderful opportunity to present our way of life to our
Japanese partners, while also having an excellent chance to learn
about the centuries-old Japanese way of life,” said the BH
agreement consists of BHSU sending faculty members to GCWC to teach
English conversation and American culture, and GCWC will send
faculty to BHSU to teach Japanese. There will also be an exchange of
students whereas BHSU will offer a summer English language program
for about three weeks each summer. The Japanese will receive one
credit for English and one credit for humanities for the summer
Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU,
said, “We’re still in the planning stages,” as to what BH
students will be offered through the Japanese college. Mainly,
Downing believes that the exchange is “an effort to
internationalize our campus a little more.”
dean feels that with BHSU now offering four languages, it’s a
“sign we’re becoming more global in perspective.” BH faculty
will be able to go to Japan and engage in research that could
benefit students at Black Hills State.
institutions both hope to develop the possibility of joint research
between their faculty members through this agreement, as well as to
exchange materials, publications, and information, including an
annual exchange of college research bulletins and journals.
the agreement, both parties say they “seek to cooperate in
academic interchange and research and to foster friendship and
interests in post secondary academic pursuits. Based upon the
principles of mutual respect and understanding, both parties shall
attempt to engage [in the exchange].”
Japan, is famous for its Nagara River cormorant fishing. A bird, the
cormorant, is trained to help the fishermen in obtaining fish. The
fishing is described in ancient Japanese stories and ancient
chronicles of Japan. This tradition is over 1,200 years old.
BHSU Jazz Ensemble and BH Gold Jazz
singers will perform - Top
The Black Hills State University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr.
Randall Royer, and Black Hills Gold Jazz Singers, directed by Dr.
Janeen Larsen, will present a
concert in the Student Union Multipurpose Room March 27 at 7:30 pm. The
concert is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
students organized for disability awareness present program - Top
students promoting disabilities awareness are presenting a series of
activities for students and the public during “Life’s Challenges
Week,” March 19-23.
will be held every noon for five days in Miller Student Union room
220. Planned events include:
19 – A video titled “Growing Up With Dyslexia” will be
shown. An adult shares his life story, which entails struggles
with dyslexia without a diagnosis.
20 – A video titled “If I Can’t Do It” will be shown.
Arthur Campbell tells of his struggle to independence while
growing up with Cerebral Palsy. He wanted to live an independent
life away from his family.
21 – A video titled “King Gimp” will be shown. The 1999-2000
Academy Award winning film shares in the life of Dan Keplinger who
was born with Cerebral Palsy.
22 – Speaker Deb Brauneller will share information on disability
rights and responsibilities.
23 – An open forum/discussion will be held.
information about Life’s Challenges Week contact Deb Brauneller at
hosts summer math and science program for outstanding high school
juniors - Top
Hills State’s Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and
Science Education (CAMSE) is sponsoring a three-day summer
enrichment program for high school juniors July 17–20.
all-expense paid enrichment program titled “Rising Scholars in
Math and Science” is designed for South Dakota and Wyoming
students between their junior and senior year in high school.
who “are intellectually curious, and have a strong interest in
math and science are encouraged to apply,” said Dr. Ben Sayler,
CAMSE director. “Public, private, and home-schooled students are
all welcome to apply. Approximately 20 exceptional students will be
will interact closely with BHSU faculty, exceptional high school
teachers and a select cohort of fellow participants.
goal is to enrich the academic
preparation of the most promising
high school mathematicians and scientists,” said Sayler.
“Students will expand their minds and make new friends with peers
who have similar motivation, talents, and interests.”
participants will spend three days together on the BHSU campus, dine
with program faculty and staff, and immerse themselves in fun
mind-expanding math and science challenges.
Applications for the enrichment program are due
April 1. Students are required to submit an essay, a list of
extra-curricular activities, a transcript and a recommendation. For
complete application information contact Dorothy Keller at <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
or phone (605) 642-6873 or check the web site at
<http://camse.spearfish.k12.sd.us/sdrs>. Applications and
information should also be available by contacting area high-school
alumna achieves national board certification - Top
K. Pzinski, a teacher at Newcastle Middle School, Newcastle, Wyo.,
is one of only 4,700 teachers nationwide to receive national board
board certification, a voluntary process established by the National
Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is achieved
through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes almost a
year to complete. Through the assessment process, teachers document
their subject matter knowledge; provide evidence that they know how
to teach their subjects to students most effectively; and
demonstrate their ability to manage and measure student learning.
a ten-year veteran with Newcastle Middle School commented, “as a
special needs educator, I am proud to represent Newcastle Middle
School, and the state of Wyoming. I believe that the standards set
forth by the NBPTS are standards of excellence for which all
educators should strive. This process was challenging, exciting and
wonderfully affirming. I believe that this process serves to make
one a better teacher.”
a graduate of Rapid City High School, is a member of the BHSU Class
of 1990. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary and
special education and completed a master’s degree in curriculum
and instruction from BHSU in 1994.
YBA will hold
annual conference for
high school students, teachers and business professionals
Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Black Hills State
University will host a one-week conference for 125 high school
seniors and 10 teachers and counselors from across the state June
program, sponsored and designed by the South Dakota Chamber of
Commerce & Industry, exposes students to the state’s business
is structured to help students learn through a variety of speakers
and interactive activities. The purpose of the program is to
stimulate curiosity and provide answers to questions about how the
free enterprise system works in our country. Students also have the
option of earning two undergraduate credits for participating in the
Students are assigned to groups to form competitive companies. Each
company has a business executive who acts as a mentor
sounding board for the students. The main focus of each company is
to make management decisions through a competitive management
simulation activity. The program also includes panel discussions,
assembly speakers and tours of area businesses to keep the students
interested while absorbing the message about business in South
the conference YBA students also have an opportunity to compete for
one of the five $500 matching scholarships offered through the YBA
vocational and technical schools, and universities in the state
match the scholarships.
second week-long program will be held at the University of South
Dakota in Vermillion during the week of June 24-29. Students and
teachers interested in participating in either program should
contact Sylvia Moison at 1-800-742-8112 or by e-mail: <email@example.com>
of North Central Self-Study Committee - Top
of North Central Self-Study Committee for Tuesday, March 13 at 3:30
p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room one.
Earley, Cook, Schamber, Keller, B. Silva, D. Wessel, J.
Haislett, Lin, Downing
J. Johnson, A. Hemmingson, Card, Heidrich, Lefler, Godsell,
announced that North Central had recommended Oct 21-23, 2002, as the
date for the on-site evaluation.
Chair also reported that the vitae and syllabi files were
almost complete for the fall of 2000 and that with the help of
Schamber that the documents were being collected and archived.
The committee discussed and agreed on the following schedule for the
rest of this semester:
27th, Criterion 3 - rewrites to Cook for revision and
10th, Criterion 4 - presentation by Heidrich
April 17th, Criterion 4 - rewrites to Heidrich for revision and presentation
April 24th, Criterion 5 - presentation by Haislett
1st, Criterion 5 -
rewrites to Haislett for revision and presentation
mark these dates on your calendar.
Time and room are the same.
3 - Cook presented the draft - discussion followed about contents -
strengths, concerns - discussion also followed about faculty
self-image and opinions.
agreed to send suggestions and rewrites to Cook before the next
of the University Assessment Committee meeting - Top
Minutes of the University Assessment Committee Meeting on Wednesday,
March 14 at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Conference room 1.
Altmyer, Termes, Sharon Hemmingson, Earley, J. Miller,
Schamber, K. Meyers.
Cook, Haislett, Myers, Calhoon, Buchholz.
recommended and committee agreed to the following meetings for the
rest of this semester- time and location would remain
same unless otherwise notified.
28 - wrapup- review of human performance rewrites
11 - Earley and Schamber on general education and assessment
18 - Dar on
assessment of technological literacy
25 - Haislett- academic environment
discussed for sometime the draft of how to write an annual
assessment report. Second
draft was approved.
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 spring of 2002. Apply now. The next deadline for
proposals is April 27 at 3 p.m.
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
are the program materials received March 1-14 in the grants office,
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.
for the Future Research Programs.
Foundation for the Future has developed a research grant program
to provide financial support to scholars undertaking research
that is directly related to a better understanding of the
factors affecting the quality of life for the long-term future
of humanity. The
key subject areas are: biological/genetic futures; natural
resource futures; demographic/social futures; cultural/values
futures; economic futures; governance.
Deadline: April 30, 2001.
Foundation, Inc. Offering research grants to established
scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the
United States. Awards
range from $30,000-$75,000/year for up to two years.
Also offered is a grant-in-aid program for researchers at
the assistant professor or senior scientists levels.
Award is $30,000 for a one-year period.
Letters of intent due April 15; applications due Sept. 1.
Department of State. Language and Cultural Enhancement Program.
Award is $60,000 for organizations with less than four
years of experience and $100,000 for experienced programs.
Deadline March 29, 2001.
Science Foundation. Assessment of Student Achievement in
Undergraduate Education (ASA).
This program supports the development and dissemination
of assessment practices, materials (tools), and measures to
guide efforts that improve the effectiveness of courses,
curricula, programs of study, and academic institutions in
promoting student learning in science, mathematics, engineering,
and technology (SMET). The
program also promotes the full integration of assessment with
these educational efforts.
Letters of intent (optional) due April 30, 2001.
Full proposals due June 7, 2001.
for National and Community Service.
Service Fellowships. The
Corporation for National Service plans to support up to 12
National Service Fellowships beginning in September of 2001 and
ending in June 2002. The fellowships will be in the form of a contract made
directly to individuals. Both
full-time (40 hours or more per week) and part-time (at least 20
hour per week) may be awarded.
Full-time award recipients will receive a total of
$26,500, with payments of $2,650 per month over a nine-month
period and a final completion award of $2,650.
Part-time award recipients may receive an optional final
completion award of $2,650.
The request for proposals (RFP) will be issued on or
around March 23, 2001. http://www.nationalservice.org/
This week at BHSU
Submit items to Media
Relations or send to Unit 9512, BHSU.
Becky Hillier, Jonas 305, 10-11 a.m.
interviews, Career Center
Mile Road performance, Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Day: high school students on campus
Junior (CAAP) Exam, noon-4 p.m.
Junior (CAAP) Exam, 8 a.m. to noon
recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.
Student Union, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cook 119, noon to 1 pm.
Faculty Senate meeting,
Jonas 110, 3:15 p.m.
& Gold luncheon, Millstone, noon