Volume XXV No. 12 March 23, 2001
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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top
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position open - Top
following career service position is open
additional information, please review the announcement bulletin or
contact the personnel office.
awards more than $1 million to university faculty to enhance courses
faculty members at South Dakota's six public universities will spend
the summer enhancing their courses with technology after receiving
the Governor's Faculty Awards for Teaching with Technology. Nine of
the grant award winners are faculty at Black Hills State University.
is providing $1,136,925 to the 51 faculty members for computer-based
curriculum projects. The
winners of the competitive grants will receive compensation and
funds for equipment, software, and training.
best way for students to learn the technology skills they need to
compete in the world is to have them use it at all levels of their
education," Janklow said.
"The university faculty really put these awards to use
in very creative ways to teach better using technology, which helps
the students learn both the subject matter and technology
Governor's program, now in its fourth year, encourages state
university faculty to develop skills and methods to integrate
computer technology into their daily courses.
Since Janklow started the program in 1998, more than 220
faculty members have been awarded more $4 million dollars to enhance
their courses with technology.
T. Tad Perry, Executive Director for the Board of Regents, calls
this program, “The best investment that can be made in technology.
Investing in faculty who can master and apply technology will give
South Dakota higher education students the opportunities to learn
about technology applications. The Governor’s leadership and
investment will pay dividends for many years.”
51 award winners for 2001 include:
from Black Hills State University at Spearfish;
from Dakota State University at Madison;
from Northern State University at Aberdeen;
from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at Rapid City;
from South Dakota State University at Brookings; and
from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion.
grant pays a faculty member’s salary for three months during the
summer, so that the faculty member can work on a project to adapt a
current course to delivery using technology.
The grant also provides up to $5,000 for project expenses,
such as computer software and hardware or travel for instruction or
from Black Hills State University, along with their project titles,
Heidrich, Business Policy and Strategy;
Peterson, Social Psychology, Gender Roles, and Social
Pollard, Methods of Teaching Individuals with Learning
Schurrer, Wellness for Life;
Shearer-Cremean, Basic English, Written Communications I,
Grammar and Composition for the English Teacher;
Wessel, Abnormal Psychology;
Wessel, Business Law;
Altmyer, Survey of Business;
Austin, Child Growth and Development.
honored by Northern Hills Training Center
Patricia Fallbeck, College of Education professor, was honored for
her work for people with disabilities at an education conference
sponsored by the Northern Hills Training Center and BHSU.
was honored for her commitment and contribution. Fred Romkema,
executive director of the Northern Hills Training Center, cited
Fallbeck’s dedication and professional leadership in
others to be competent, confident and compassionate in providing
services to people with disabilities.
than 50 regional experts provided concurrent workshops at the
conference. The keynote address came from national motivational
speaker Mike Patrick, who has been paralyzed since a high school
football injury. Other speakers were Elaine Roberts, president
of SDEA and Michelle Powers, state office of special education.
Norby presents at two science teacher
Faye Norby, College of Education assistant professor, will be
presenting at two conventions this month.
the annual meeting of the national science teachers association in St.
Louis, Mo., she will give a presentation on: “Integrating Technology into Teaching
Science - Does it Help?”
will also present at the annual meeting of the National Association
for Research in Science Teaching, also in St. Louis. At this meeting
she will report on a faculty research funded topic: “Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota
- the Investigation of Role Modeling for Science Careers in Native
presents plenary paper at national conference online - Top
Roger Ochse, associate professor of humanities and English at Black
Hills State University, will co-present the Plenary Paper
“Critical Thinking and the Internet” at the conference “Home
on the Web: Challenges and Opportunities of Online Learning
Communities.” The conference will be presented online March
26-April 6 via listserv and the World Wide Web.
virtual conference is sponsored by the Collaboration for the
Advancement of College Teaching and Learning based in St. Paul,
Minn., serving over 160 private and public universities throughout
the United States.
will present his paper with Dr. Michael Day of Northern Illinois
University. “Critical Thinking and the Internet” evolved through
their mutual teaching and research interests, evolving into a
popular traveling workshop for college faculty sponsored by
Minnesota-based collaboration. “Critical thinking,” according to
Ochse, “can provide a powerful tool for making sense of the
Internet. It can be used to transform Internet information into
logical systems, which in turn serve as an impetus for creative and
said, “Much has been made of technology, but little has been done
to help users interpret and assess the volumes of information
streaming on the web.”
about the conference and Ochse’s plenary paper may be found at the
collaboration’s web site: http://www.collab.org
BHSU English professor joined the College of Arts and Sciences
faculty in 1993. He earned his doctorate in educational
administration from the University of South Dakota in 1993. He has a
master’s degree in English from the University of Rochester and a
bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College.
Faculty present at technology
grants at mall - Top
Faculty members John Alsup, David Calhoon, Riley
Christman, Amy Fuqua, Carol Hess, Roger Miller, Kristi Pearce, David
Salomon, Shane Sarver, Scott Simpson, Sharon Strand, Darlene Swartz,
& Abdollah Farrokhi all demonstrated their governor's grant
projects in person at the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City Saturday, March
17. Also, Jim Knutson,
Roger Ochse, Sandee Shamber, Betsy Silva, & Ronnie Theisz sent
displays to be shown because they were out of town or (in Betsy's
case) otherwise occupied. Displays
were set up in the mall all day.
Tentinger, assistant professor in the division of physical education
and health, presented information about his governor’s technology
grant in the Sioux Falls Empire Mall.
presentations were a part of the Governor’s Faculty Grant
Presentations in the Mall, intended to highlight the technology
grant programs to South Dakotans.
Faculty from other state institutions were presenting at the
Sioux Falls mall and the Aberdeen mall.
faculty awards program was the inspiration of Governor Janklow. He
first announced the program in 1998. The awards are grants used to
support university teaching with computer technology. Faculty
members of the South Dakota’s public universities compete for the
grants provide summer compensation and funds for equipment, software
and training. More than 180 grants have been awarded in the past
three years and 51 more are to be funded this summer.
and Lillehaug attend national science education meeting - Top
Andy Johnson and Janet Lillehaug of the Center for the Advancement
of Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University will be
traveling to St. Louis, Mo., later this month to attend a national
meeting of science educators
annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
brings together top science educators from around the United States.
who manages the Black Hills Science Teaching Project (BLAHST), will
be seeking the latest in classroom science materials and teacher
professional development ideas to augment the university’s BLAHST
a great opportunity to pick up new and useful ideas and to develop
relationships at a national level," said Lillehaug.
will be attending conferences with leaders of Education
Center's (EDC's) K-12 Science Materials Dissemination Center. BHSU
hosts the Northern Plains hub for this national project.
looking forward to meeting the other hub leaders from around the
country and sharing information on ways to promote effective science
education," said Johnson.
can find out what the other hubs are doing that works well in their
areas. Also, the work
we are doing here with school districts from Wyoming to North Dakota
will be of interest to the other hub leaders."
who has extensive experience as an elementary teacher, reading
specialist and Peace Corps educator, earned a master’s degree in
educational administration for South Dakota State University, and
master’s and bachelor’s degrees from BHSU in elementary
Johnson serves as associate director of CAMSE and
earned his Ph.D. in math and science education from San Diego State
University and a master’s degree in physics from Arizona State
University. His bachelor’s degree in physics was earned at
Colorado School of Mines.
South Dakota Board of Regent's executive
director to visit BHSU - Top
Robert Tad Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of
Regents, will visit Black Hills State University on Tuesday, March
The purposes of executive director’s visit
are to meet with faculty, staff and students to listen to concerns
regarding the state’s higher-education system and explain policy
issues. It is basically
an information gathering and information disseminating session
designed to bring higher-education officials, faculty and students
up-to-date on current issues.
schedule is as follows:
Visit the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics &
Science Education (CAMSE)
Perry’s schedule is as follows:
8-8:30 a.m. - Visit the Center for
the Advancement of Mathematics & Science Education (CAMSE)
9-10 a.m. - Meet with the academic deans and directors
10-10:30 a.m. -Visit the university Career Center
noon - Meet with the
administrative council in the president’s office
12 noon - Lunch
2-3 p.m. -Meet with the faculty and staff in the Young Center Hall of
3-4 p.m. - Meet with the students in the Young Center Hall of Fame Room
Perry was named
executive director of the South Dakota higher-education system in
1994. He previously served as the chief operating officer of
Indiana’s Partnership for Statewide Education. In his twenty-three
year career at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., he served in
several positions, most recently as associate vice president form
1987 to 1994. Perry graduated from Central Methodist College. He
received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of
he is vice-chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher
to speak at BHSU - Top
R. Dean Wright will be on the BHSU and EAFB campuses March 26 and 27
under the sponsorship of the Sociology and Human Services Club, the
Department of History and Social Science, The College of Arts and
Sciences and the College of Education.
Wright is an internationally known scholar known for his study
marginality and homelessness. He
began his study of marginality in India and subsequently, in terms
of the U.S. national scene, he has been working for a number of
years in the area of homelessness.
is coming to our campus to speak to a number of classes. He will be at EAFB on
Monday evening March 26th at 7 p.m. He will give a public lecture
Tuesday evening, March 27th at 7 p.m. at the Young Center Hall of Fame
of the university community are cordially invited to attend this
lecture and the general public is welcome.
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.
Faculty and students present
at research symposium - Top
Faculty and students had an opportunity to show the
results of their labors at the annual Black Hills Research Symposium
this week in the Student Union’s Jacket Legacy room. Jodi Massie, a
sophomore biology major from Belle Fourche, spoke to a group regarding
research involving the conservation of the Antiguan Racer, an endangered
snake found in the Caribbean Islands. Students and faculty presented
their research projects to interested spectators. Ten presentation
sessions and a poster-display session were open to the public.
Students works work with
local businesses to identify possible improvements - Top
Dawn Taggart, media relations intern
Beguin, assistant professor of business education at Black Hills
State University, initiated a program at BHSU that has potential to
help improve selected businesses of the northern Black Hills, as
well as the senior-level students participating in her
the Entrepreneurial Experience (EEE), is a cooperative program
between the university and small-business owners in which owners
share their experiences with the students and the students use their
growing ‘expertise’ to help owners improve their skills and
learn new approaches to running their business.
originally developed the program in Pendleton, Ore., for a
small-business -management program. It was so successful that when
she had the opportunity to apply her knowledge at the Spearfish
campus, she wrote a winning grant to get the program going.
said, “The program in Oregon was really exciting, but it’s a lot
of stress. It could have a positive economic impact [for Spearfish]
if the participants get at least one benefit from it.”
BH business instructor said she spends quite a bit of time visiting
each of the participating businesses to make sure that her students
are doing their jobs.
Kellogg, owner of Custom Woodworks, said, “Verona’s been very
straight-forward and helpful. I learned something new in the first
20 minutes of the first class.”
group has to make at least one improvement in the business they are
assigned to, and “there has to be concrete evidence that they have
done something,” said Beguin. “The owner can’t just say that
the group has helped; there has to be proof.”
Quilt Company owner Polly Young believes the students are
said, “I’ve just been thrilled with the enlightenment that the
students have brought to me. They’ve been terrifically helpful in
analyze numbers [for her financial records].”
to Beguin, “The students work in groups of five or six. If one of
the members of the group is not doing his fair share of the job, the
rest of the group can ‘fire’ him. When a member is fired, he has
to do all the work using a make-believe business on his own. Also,
students are required to sign a confidentiality agreement with the
business owner. If this confidentiality is breached in any way, that
student will flunk the course.”
and books for the participating businesses are paid through a grant
from the Coleman Foundation. The grant, written by Beguin, was
awarded to BHSU for the purpose of funding this cooperative program.
to Beguin, “the success of the program depends on the demonstrated
impact that the program will have on first-year participants. We
need success stories to link the college and the community; if we
can marry the two, we have a win-win situation here.”
seems to be the general opinion of all involved so far. Young said
of the course, “It’s a crash course in how we should be running
our businesses. The class shows you the right way to be doing
also feels the class is beneficial. He said, “I’m better able to
analyze my own business and compare it to others [and] to look at it
[the business] from a banker’s or an investor’s perspective. The
class has been a great help. I’ve grown a lot just by being a part
joined the College of Business and Technology faculty at BHSU in
1995. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business education, a
master of science degree in secondary supervision and a master of
business administration, all from Chadron State College, Chadron,
and new ideas are brought together as six local business
owners participate in a class with aspiring BHSU student
entrepreneurs. The class Enhancing the Entrepreneurial
Experience, taught by Verona Beguin, encourages veteran
business owners to share their experiences with the students
and the students use their growing ‘expertise’ to help the
business owners. Owners and their business are, front left,
Dennis Richardson, Help-U-Sell; Laurie Smith, Spearfish
Billiards; and Polly Young, Dakota Quilt Company. Back row,
left, are Lenny Gomez, Captain Clean; Mike Kellogg, Custom
Woodworks; and Mike Richardson, Help-U-Sell.
BHSU grad receives law school
Steele, a December 2000 graduate of Black Hills State University,
was recently awarded a John Marshall Law School Scholarship at
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash.
award is given to students who demonstrate promising futures in the
field of law and who have achieved high academic success while
completing their undergraduate programs. The scholarship
award is given to students planning to
a 1996 graduate of Tongue River High School in Ranchester, Wyo.,
graduated from BHSU with a degree in history. He was president of
the student senate at BHSU and was a magna cum laude graduate with a
3.65 grade-point average.
will begin his law studies at Gonzaga University in August.
Mutual interviews at Career Center April 5
representative from Northwest Mutual Financial of Rapid City will be
interviewing Black Hills State University graduates and
undergraduates Thursday, April 5 for both full-time and summer
internships as financial services representatives.
will be conducted for all degree areas; however, sales, marketing,
and communication skills are key requirements for service
representative positions. Preferred individuals will have some
business, entrepreneurial interests and skills.
interviews will be held in the university’s Career Center in the
David B. Miller Student Union. Times are available on a first come
basis. To sign up, clients should bring a resume to the center and
select a time. Help is available to complete and update resumes.
information contact the Career Center at (605) 642-6277 or visit the
center’s web page at www.bhsu.edu/careers
$10,000 gift establishes
communications/music scholarship at BHSU
Wheaton of Lake City, Fla., recently established a $10,000
scholarship endowment at Black Hills State University in memory of
her late husband, Thomas F. Wheaton.
Thomas F. Wheaton Memorial Scholarship fund will support a
scholarship for a BHSU student majoring in either mass
communications or music. The scholarship recipient must be enrolled
as a full-time student and will receive half of the award in the
fall semester and half in the spring semester. The recipient must
maintain a 2.5 grade-point average.
principal of the scholarship fund will be permanently preserved with
interest earnings from the principal used for the management and
distribution of the scholarship(s).
Wheaton’s son, Tom, is a 1987 BHSU graduate and assistant director
of admissions at the university.
recipients will be selected by the BHSU College of Arts and
BHSU residence hall association
recognizes residence hall, students and staff for the month of
residence hall association at Black Hills State University
recognized a residence hall, students and staff for the month of
Cook Hall, a male residence hall, was recognized as the hall of the
month and cited for projects within their hall government such as
creating hall t-shirts, a trip to Canada, making the dorm more
handicap accessible, and starting a library.
Hall, a coed residence hall, was recognized for its “Valentine”
program. The program involved all the campus residence halls.
Flowers and candy were sold to raise funds for residence hall use.
third floor south wing of Heidepriem Hall was recognized for its
efforts of including all residents in a variety of activities
including a ping-pong tournament, watching movies, and various game
recognitions are part of the university’s attempt to award
individuals and residence halls for building a supportive as well as
a community atmosphere.
Harney, residence life area coordinator, said, “The individuals
awarded are nominated by the residents of each residence hall. After
all the ballots are collected, the hall government for each hall
meets and chooses the best nomination. … The residence hall
association also votes on the overall hall of the month, floor-wing
community of the
and program of the month.”
students of the month are as follows:
Wenona Cook Hall—Tony Demaro, a freshman from Rapid City;
Thomas Hall—Destinee Swanson, a freshman from Clearfield;
Heidepriem Hall—Billi Jo DeRudder, a freshman from Roberts,
Mont.; Pangburn Hall—Jessica Hayen, a freshman from Cogswell,
N.D.; and Humbert Hall—Becky Byer, a sophomore from Casper, Wyo.
government members of the month are as follows: Wenona Cook Hall—William Stodden, a sophomore from
Spearfish; Thomas Hall—Jennifer Butler, residence life secretary;
Heidepriem Hall—Andre Wald, a senior from Rapid City; Pangburn
Hall—Amanda Caster, a freshman from Custer; and Humbert
Hall—Marie Schmeling, a freshman from Beach, N. D.
members of the month are as follows:
Wenona Cook Hall—Jeff Kipley, a junior from Aberdeen;
Thomas Hall—Rachel Thompson, a freshman from Volga; Heidepriem
Hall—Elizabeth Mergenthal, a freshman from Elk River, Minn.;
Pangburn Hall—Melanie Shurtz, a sophomore from Gillette, Wyo.; and
Humbert Hall—Melissa Anderson, a senior from Hermosa.
Minutes of the March CSA meeting
CSA council met at Pangburn Hall, March 13, 2001. Jeanne Hanson
called the meeting to order. Those present were Nancy Shuck, Jeanne
Hanson, Carolyn Skallerud, Lynette Long, Cheri Leahy, Deatta Chapel,
Krista Schroeder, Myron Sullivan, Linda Allbee, Ginny Sunding,
Sherry Albert and Becky Haak.
minutes from the February meeting were read and accepted as read.
Long gave the treasurer’s report:
Sunding gave an abbreviated report on three strategic planning
meetings (hard copies are available).
Sunding reported she had one welcome bag to deliver and she needed
to buy supplies.
Leahy reported we sold 50 bundles of daffodils for the American
Cancer Society (second to Banner Health Services).
Myron Sullivan made a motion we send a check for the full
amount to American Cancer Society and Nancy Shuck/Deatta Chapel
Ginny Sunding reported the CSA Recognition Luncheon will be held
April 11, 2001, in the Multi Purpose Room.
committee, Ginny Sunding, Deatta Chapel, Cheri Leahy and Krista
Schroeder will meet soon and call on the rest of the council if they
need help. The council
members are expected to be available by 11 a.m. April 11 to help
with last minute details for the luncheon.
Leahy reported the college scholarship committees have until April 9th
to make recommendations and we will need to make our choice fast to
make our announcement at the CSA luncheon.
Haak suggested we ask Lisa Glover, an art student, to design a logo
for CSA. Myron Sullivan
made a motion we offer Lisa Glover a $100 scholarship to the Art
Institute in Chicago and Carolyn Skallerud seconded the motion.
Leahy reported our web site needed to be updated.
Jeanne Hanson asked Becky Haak to look into the situation and
to send the minutes each month to Kopco/Taweesup.
Shuck made a motion to adjourn and Cheri Leahy seconded the motion.
Our next meeting is April 10, 2001, at 9 a.m., at Pangburn
Hall (small dinning room).
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 2 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
This week at BHSU
Submit items to Media
Relations or send to Unit 9512, BHSU.
“The Ins and Outs of Anger,” Student Union Yellow Jacket
Legacy room 4, noon-2 p.m.
Robert Tad Perry will visit, meet
with faculty and staff at 2 p.m. and meet with students at 3
p.m., Young Center Hall of Fame Room
R. Dean Wright (speaker on homelessness), Donald E. Young
Sports and Fitness Center Hall of Fame room, 7 p.m.
Junior Exam (Make-Up), Jonas 305, 6-10 p.m.
Band/Gold Concert, Student Union, 7:30 p.m.
Fun Job Fair, inquire at Career Center
2001 film series "Fitzcarroldo", Jonas 101, 6 p.m.
day to drop a class with an automatic “W”
Day: high school students on campus