Volume XXV No. 13 March 30, 2001
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BHSU science director named to governor’s
education task force - Top
Ben Sayler, director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and
Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University, was one
of 31 people appointed by Gov. Bill Janklow to a special task force
on K-12 education.
education task force will be co-chaired by Mary McClure Bibby of
Brookings and Harvey Jewett of Aberdeen. The task force will be
investigating ways to improve education in the state. They are to
consider new ways of educating the state’s youth without regard to
funding issues. Defining educational quality is a key component.
task force will be allowed to choose its topics and schedule as long
as it completes its
work before the governor’s term expires in 2002.
came to BHSU as director of CAMSE in the fall of 1999. He had just
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington
in Seattle. He was involved in research in elementary school science
and support of science education reform in the Seattle schools.
The BHSU CAMSE director earned his Ph.D. in
atmospheric science at the University of Washington. His
bachelor’s and master’s degrees were earned at Yale University
in geology and geophysics.
job fair scheduled at Black Hills State - Top
majors graduating this spring and working teachers will have an
opportunity to check out the job market Thursday, April 19 at the
Black Hills State University Teacher Fair in the Jacket Legacy room
of the Student Union.
Stanelle, student development and career center director, said, “I
am really very pleased to have 40 school districts from ten states
in our first year of this event. It’s pretty exciting from our
teacher fair will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. The
event is open to all teaching candidates, new or experienced, from
any school and any location. There is no fee to any candidates, so
all are welcome to attend.
three weeks to go, Stanelle, said, “We have schools coming to date
representing over 300 teaching openings at all levels. Although a
good number are from western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming, they
represent 10 states including Arizona and California.”
sign ups will begin at 7 a.m. when the doors open and continue
through out the day.
sending employment representatives by state include: Arizona—Bull
Head City; California—Palm Springs and Perris; Colorado—Calhan,
Fort Morgan, Walden and Yuma; Kansas—Goddard; Minnesota—Medford;
Montana—Browning; North Dakota—Fort Yates; Nebraska—Alliance,
Bartley, Dalton and Lexington; South Dakota—Buffalo, Chamberlain,
Gregory, Kadoka, Lake Andes, McLaughlin, Pine Ridge, Rapid City, St.
Francis, Sturgis, Wanblee, and White River, Wyoming—Casper,
Cheyenne, Cody, Diamondville, Evanston, Fort Washakie, Green River,
Pine Bluffs, Sheridan, and Torrington.
an updated list of schools or for more information about the teacher
fair check the university web site at http://www.bhsu.edu/careers
or phone the career center at (605) 642-6277.
to volunteer at Mexican orphanage - Top
members of the Black Hills State University student group La Masa
will be going to Mexico to volunteer at a Christian
members of La Masa will be making the four-day working trip to
Mexico in May. The students are volunteering their time to help out
at the orphanage in Baja California, Mexico.
Peggy Buckwalter, club advisor and assistant professor of Spanish at
BHSU, says the students met at the beginning of the year to set
goals for the club, and helping the orphanage was one of the goals
they wanted to accomplish. They’ve been working hard to plan for
Hogar Bienvenidos (Welcome Home Orphanage) orphanage was founded in
1983 and now serves 40 children from babies to teenagers. Two boards
of directors, a local Mexican board and a U.S. board run the
“We are going to be volunteering for the orphanage by fixing
things, building things
just spending time with the children--whatever they need,”
according to Jana Kuchenbecker, La Masa club president.
club members have been doing various fundraising activities
throughout the year in preparation for this activity.
of the club who are making the trip to Mexico include: Kuchenbecker,
Rapid City; Ryan Ryyth, Rapid City, treasurer; Kellie Gavle, Belle
Fourche, secretary; Erica Kinshella, Casper, Wyo., vice president;
Katie Babb, Sioux Falls; Sara Wasmoen, Spearfish; and Kristen
Wieczorek, Baltic. Other
members in the student group are Kevin White, Spearfish; Brent Dill,
Estes Park, Colo.; Leah Voigt, Rapid City, and Mike Gavle, Belle
Masa is a multi-cultural association for students that encourages
the study of Spanish as a second language and fosters international
BHSU journalism students win awards - Top
Black Hills State University journalism students received 14 awards
in this year’s Wyoming Press Association Collegiate Contest.
BHSU students were competing against other journalism students at
the college and university level in a five-state region including
Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Varland, editor of BHSU Today, and members of newspaper’s
senior staff selected student entries for the competition.
Babbitt, associate professor of photojournalism and newspaper
advisor, said, “I thought they did great. Every year we’ve been
in it we’ve done better. This is our best showing thus far. I’m
impressed with the level of work and showing.”
says the student journalists next competition will be the
American Scholastic Press Association competition. Last year BHSU
students placed 7th nationally in competition with
schools of similar size.
year’s winners in the Wyoming contest are listed by name,
hometown, category, and placing:
Antonia Kucera, Rapid City, scenic photo, “Dude, check me
out!,” first place; Jeremiah LeBeau, Lander, Wyo., portrait or
personality photo, “Mikel Kronin,” third place; Antonia Kucera,
Rapid City, photo story, “Homecoming 2000,” and “Festival on
the green,” honorable mentions; Justin Varland, Gregory, house ad,
third place; Lisa Strom, Miles City, Mont., best designed ad, first
place; Charles Lehmann, Black Hawk, use of art work, honorable
mention; Justin Varland, Gregory, special section, summer issue,
honorable mention; Justin Varland, Gregory, informational graphics,
first place; Mark Norby, Sturgis, news photo, honorable mention;
Alan Carroll, Spearfish, “Baseball,” second place; Antonia
Kucera, Rapid City, feature photo, “Cross Country,” honorable
mention; Justin Varland, Gregory, news story, “Senate provides
funding to campus organizations,” honorable mention; and Natasha
Bordeaux, Spearfish, investigative reporting, honorable mention.
Hospitality associates interview at
BHSU career center April 5 - Top
representative from Hospitality Associates Inc. of Minneapolis,
Minn., will be interviewing Black Hills State University graduates
Thursday, April 5 for potential managers for their hotel and motel
locations throughout the Midwest.
will be conducted for new graduates with majors in tourism and
hospitality management or other business majors with hospitality
experience. The company is also looking to fill full-time
in hotel and motel property management. Demonstrated management and
customer service and communications skills are desired.
interviews will be held at the BHSU Career Center located on the
lower level of 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.
hosts state geographic bee April 6 - Top
geography whizzes from across South Dakota will be on the Black
Hills State campus April 6 competing for recognition and prizes in
the 13th annual South Dakota Geographic Bee sponsored by
the National Geographic Society.
preliminary rounds 20 students, grades 4 to 8, participate in each
of five sections. Each
participant is asked eight questions. The 10 students with the
highest scores (regardless of the preliminary rounds in which they
competed) advance to the state finals. Last year a number of
students had to compete in a playoff round to qualify for the
In the state finals competition when a student misses two questions, he
or she is eliminated. When only two competitors remain, they become
finalists for the state championship round.
Both competitors are asked the same questions.
The winner and his or her teacher are eligible to attend the national
finals in Washington, D.C., at National Geographic Society expense.
Nearly six million students begin the competition at the local
level. Fifty state winners plus winners from U. S. commonwealths,
territories and the
District of Columbia are selected to compete at the national finals.
Alex Trebek, television host of Jeopardy, will moderate the national
The state finals competition will be held in the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union in the Jacket Legacy room beginning at 4 p.m.
The finals are open to the public.
about the S.D. Geographic Bee is available by contacting Dr. Roger
Miller, chairman of the history and social science department at
BHSU, during office hours at (605) 642-6510.
Cast announced for theatre production
"Isn't it Romantic" - Top
cast has been announced for “Isn’t It Romantic,” a comedy
production by Black Hills State University theater department.
play, by Wendy Wasserstein, will be presented April 19, 20 and 21 at
8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.
play deals with the post-college careers (and dilemmas) of two
former classmates, a short, slightly plump would-be writer named
Janie Blumberg, and her tall, thin, gorgeous WASP friend, Harriet
Cornwall. Both are struggling to escape from a lingering parental
domination and to establish their own lives and identities. In
Janie’s case this leads to an inconclusive involvement with a
young Jewish doctor who calls her “Monkey”; while Harriet
assails the a world of big business and has an affair with her
hard-driving (and married) boss.
of the cast are Janie Blumberg – Jenni Tifft, Union Center;
Harriet Cornwall – Rachel Eggebo, Prairie City; Marty Sterling –
Ryan Heinis, Littleton, Colo.; Tasha Blumberg – Teresa Addington,
Lead; Simon Blumberg – Tim Bessette, Spring Creek, Nev.; Lillian
Cornwall – Andea Fischer, Black Hawk; Paul Stuart – Jacob (Mosas)
Feeley, Diamondville, Wyo.; Vladimir and Uncle Milty – Josh Lund,
Groton; Cynthia Peterson – Julie Schaller, Rapid City; Julie Stern
– Kristine Schaffer, Custer; Hart Farrell and operator – James
Schlomo – Saisha Kuykendall, Redfield; announcer – Nic Hansen,
Spearfish and Tajlei Kaplan Singleberry – Crystal Muglia,
director of the play is Al Sandau, associate professor, the set
design is by Mosas Feeley, and the costume design is by Dr. Pam
Wegner, also an associate theater professor at BHSU.
Hansen is the stage manager, Crystal Muglia is the house manager and
Kristine Schaffer is the vocal coach for this production.
members for scenery are: Mosas Feeley, Steve Blume, Spearfish, Julie
Schaller, Kristine Schaffer, and Teresa Addington.
crew members include: Nic Hansen, Ryan Heinis, Julie Schaller, and
members of the sound crew are Tim Bessette and Josh Lund. Crystal
Muglia and Rachel Eggebo will be in charge of the programs, posters
and tickets, and the costumes will be managed by Saisha Kuykendall,
Andrea Fisher and Jenni Tifft.
ticket information, call 642-6171 beginning Monday the week of the
Assessment committee meeting
March 28 - Top
of University Assessment Committee Tuesday March 28 3PM Woodburn
Conference Room 1
Earley, Sharon Hemmingson, Calhoon, Schamber
Cook, Haislett, Meyers, Myers, Altmyer, Termes, J. Miller
Chair reported that all but one major (wellness management) had turned
in a report this year.
The committee agreed that they would like the following meetings:
April 18th - Dar will report on assessment of technological literacy
April 25th - Haislett will report on the overall environment
Committee agreed to accept the reports on social science and composite
Committee agreed to accept the plan
for the composite Major in human Performance with the stipulation that
chair would meet with B. Silva and discuss the plan with her.
By Antonia Kucera, Media Relations
Dr. Timothy Hightower and his son, Caleb,
a beautiful spring day outside the Student Union.
Money wasn’t the key to
success for Dr. Timothy Hightower, an industrial chemist, who
joined the Black Hills State University faculty last
September. It was creative freedom and a desire to shape
students’ futures that lured him away from a career in
Hightower, 37, is originally
from Sydney, Ark., a town that had a population of 169 people
when he lived there.
“It was like Mayberry, USA,
growing up,” he said.
His interest in science began
as a grade-school student. Despite this early interest,
Hightower nearly did not pursue higher education because he
was making good money working construction in Colorado. His
father, however, convinced him that college was the way to go.
“My dad thought education
was important and asked me to go my first year for him,”
Hightower said. “He had a little bit more foresight at that
time than I did.”
He began college at Arkansas
State University by majoring in math with an endorsement in
coaching basketball. However, his educational interests
changed and he pursued a bachelor’s degree in chemistry,
graduating in 1986.
“I liked the challenges
that the sciences brought. I wanted more intensity and more
opportunities … so I left [ASU] to go to Iowa State for my
Ph.D.,” Hightower said, which he achieved by 1993. “There
were so many more opportunities with a Ph.D than with a
Hightower joined the work
force straight out of college as a research chemist with Milliken Company (known for making carpets, but also has a
chemistry division) in South Carolina. He enjoyed working at
Milliken, but he soon took a job for Eastman Chemical Company
in Batesville, Ark., which was closer to home and allowed him
to run a farm in partnership with his father.
Even though a good starting
salary in industry ensured Hightower’s financial security,
he found himself longing for the college atmosphere. Industry
and academics are similar in the fact that they both have
monetary constraints and both are time demanding, but only
academics offered Hightower the creative freedom he wanted,
plus the opportunity to help shape people’s futures.
“It didn’t take me long
after working in industry to turn to teaching,” he said.
“Industry is more concerned with money, so the end result
needs to be profitable. Academics is more involved with
enhancing knowledge, so you have the ability to pursue
knowledge without having to worry about the bottom line.”
Hightower’s teaching career
began at Arkansas Community College as a chemistry professor,
but he later chose to come to BH over offers from several
“The people [at BH] are so
nice … real supportive,” Hightower said. “The [science]
faculty is relatively young and always active in research
programs. Our group can establish the future of the science
Hightower liked the idea that
he could contribute to the growing strength of BH’s science
“I can bring a new
perspective [to BH] to help let students know what industry
expects,” he said. “There is a structure [in industry]
that some people have a hard time adapting to. You’re your
own boss out of college, but you have to work for someone
else’s interests. Your goals are dictated more by the
company than yourself.”
Hightower was also attracted
to BHSU because of its size and location.
“Spearfish is a great
town,” he said. “The school, because of its size, gives me
an opportunity to interact individually with each of my
students on a personal level. Every student who passes my way,
I know their name.”
The Black Hills area lends
itself to his hobbies, which mostly involve outdoor activities
such as hunting, fishing, basketball, golf, and church camp.
His most important hobby, however, is spending time with his
wife, Suzanne, and their three children, Caleb, Samantha, and
Hightower contributes his
free time to both the BH and Spearfish communities. He is
currently mentoring several students through research projects
on campus and hopes to coach Little League Baseball in the
“[The projects] give an
opportunity to develop problem solving skills in students and
bring about creative thinking,” Hightower said. “My goal
is to find something a student is interested in and build a
project around that, so the student is the driver.”
Hightower plans to run a
program next spring called Kids in Chemistry. BH students will
have the opportunity to volunteer at local elementary schools
and provide interactive hands-on education with chemistry.
“I really enjoy the college
atmosphere and helping people,” he said. “I enjoy the
community, the students … this is a good school.”
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
are the program materials received March 15-28 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.
Achievement in Undergraduate Education (NSF).
The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals to
develop and disseminate assessment practices, materials 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.
Deadline: April 30 for requested letters of intent; June
7 for proposals.
Lambda Theta Research Grants.
Pi Lambda Theta research grants are awarded for direct
expenses of research in education.
A grant proposal can be for an independent project or a
part of a larger project, such as a dissertation.
Grants are awarded in amounts up to $2,500 and are
disbursed directly to the recipient.
An applicant must have been a member of Pi Lambda Theta
for at least one year before applying for a grant.
Deadline: June 1, 2001.
& Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Special grant programs in the chemical sciences.
Preliminary proposals due June 15, proposals due Sept. 1.
Endowment for the Humanities.
Humanities Focus grants to enable educators to consider
together significant humanities topics or to map institutional
directions for teaching the humanities. Deadline: April 15.
Science Foundation. International
opportunities for scientists and engineers.
Please note the following changes in Appendix V:
proposals for cooperative research with Japan may now be
submitted to NSF at any time; seminars and workshops with Japan
have a proposal deadline of Aug. 1; proposals for cooperative
research and joint seminars and workshops with Korea may now be
submitted at any time.
This week at BHSU
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day to drop a class with an automatic “W”
Day: high school students on campus
School Jazz Festival, Student Union & Woodburn
Employee week begins
photo show begins, Ruddell Gallery
School Jazz Festival, Student Union & Woodburn
Employee of the Year Recognition, Student Union
Preparation, Student Assistance Center
from Hospitality Associates interviews, Career Center
of Dreams” – film series, Jonas 101, 6 p.m.
Kevin Whirlwind Horse Scholarship application
PPST Preparation, Student Assistance
“Have You Considered Grad
RC First Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m.