Volume XXV No. 14 April 6, 2001
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history professor named to historical society
David Wolff, assistant professor of history at Black Hills State
University, was recently elected to the board of trustees of the
South Dakota State Historical Society.
was one of five candidates vying for the position and the only
candidate from the western side of the state.
trustee, he and the other members will review and approve all
nominations for the
Register of Historic Places. The board also reviews all preservation
projects concerning Deadwood.
BH history professor joined the history and social science faculty
in College of Arts and Sciences in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in
history from Arizona State University in 2000. He earned a
bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history from the University
of Wyoming. Wolff also has an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from
and DeJong participate in marketing and management conference - Top
Bellamy, assistant professor of marketing, and Penny De Jong,
assistant professor of business, recently attended the Spring 2001
Conference of the Marketing and Management Association in Chicago.
acted as a track chair, a discussant, and participated in a poster
presentation. De Jong
presented a paper on ethics. Her paper was chosen as the best
consumer behavior paper of the conference.
joined the BHSU faculty in 1999. She earned her MBA from the
University of Montana.
became a BHSU faculty member in 1999. She has an MBA as well as a BS
and BS Ed. from Northwest Missouri State University.
Tentinger and Shimon attend national convention - Top
James Hesson, Dr. Larry Tentinger, and Dr. Jane Shimon attended the
national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation, and Dance in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 27-April
5,500 participants attended to learn the latest innovative teaching
strategies and information available, network with other leading
professionals, and be actively involved in professional development
through active participation in the organization.
has attended every national conference for the last 22 years.
He has given numerous presentations and held a variety of
leadership positions at the state, district, and national level. His
focus this year concentrated on gaining the latest information in
the field of exercise science to support his teaching at BHSU, his
work at the United States Olympic Training Center, and his
Tentinger gave a
presentation highlighting the innovative strategies used in
creating, "Digital Diversity," by connecting students from
BHSU with students at Hampton University, an historically black
college in Virginia, through the use of a Bush Mini-Grant directed
by Dr. Kristi Pierce.
He served as chairman of the advocacy
committee for the American Association of Health Education. Tentinger also served as a delegate for the State of South
Dakota in the general assembly.
enhanced her professional development and duty to the profession by
serving as chair of the National Council of Athletic Training
through the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
She is now responsible for the program for next year's
science professor attends amphibian/reptile conservation conference
BHSU biology professor, Dr. Brian Smith,
recently attended a workshop titled “Habitat Management Guidelines
for Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles” held in Chicago.
According to Smith, “The main point of the
conference was to divide into five regions and to come up with
several different types of habitats in which reptiles and amphibians
(or ‘herps’) live.”
The groups then wrote specific recommendations
by which land managers, be they private landowners or public
agencies, can conserve or enhance habitat for herps.
The biology professor said, “Since the Black
Hills are more similar to the Rocky Mountain west and Pacific
Northwest and also have land ownership patterns more similar to
these areas, I will continue working with the north western region
in finalizing a document that can be used throughout Wyoming,
Idaho, Montana, and the portion of South Dakota
that includes the Black Hills and surrounding plains.”
added, “I recommended to the Midwestern region folks that they
contact Doug Backlund of the state Game, Fish, and Parks Department
to help them finish the document.”
The title of the document will likely be
“Guidelines to Manage Habitat for Reptiles and Amphibians in the
Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountains,” according to the BH
Approximately 75 people attended the conference
sponsored by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC),
formed just two years ago. The group’s mission statement is “To
conserve amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats as integral parts
of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated
Smith joined the BH
faculty in 1997. He earned a Ph.D. in quantitative biology from the
University of Texas in 1996.
BHSU to host geography workshop April 6
Black Hills State
University and the South Dakota Geographic Alliance will sponsor a
one-day geography workshop for social studies teachers, geographers
and anyone interested in geography Saturday, April 6 from 8:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m. in Jonas Hall, rooms 107 and 109 on the BHSU campus.
There is no cost
for the workshop and teaching materials will be provided. Even the
lunch is free.
speaker for the workshop is Robert W. Wood, University of South
Dakota School of Education, presenting “ Geography:
Always Interesting and Fun.”
at the workshop are Fritz Gritzner, distinguished professor of
geography at South Dakota State University, and Roger Miller,
associate professor of geography and chairman
of the history and social science department at
Gritzner’s address is titled: “Chickens, Worms, and a Little
Bull-Animated Perspectives on New World History.” Miller’s
presentation is titled “G’ Day from Australian Recreation and
Workshop, topics and lessons will include presentations by Kim McCollough,
an SDSU graduate student, speaking about “GIS in the Classroom,”
Ken Graupmann, Kadoka schools, will present “Teaching About
Oceans,” Gary Collins, Rapid City South Middle School, discusses,
“Teaching about the Inuit,” and Ahrar Ahmad, associate professor
of political science at BHSU, will talk about “The Third World.”
Participants should contact Dr. Roger Miller, chairman of the history and
social science department at BHSU, by April 6 at (605) 642-6510, so
plans for lunch can be made.
Improvement Committee will meet for the last time this academic year
Instructional Improvement will meet for the last time this school
year in late April. The
deadline for submission is April 19. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the
grants and special projects office or to the chair of the committee,
Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the proposal and budget
outlines following the specified format available at the grants and
special projects web page.
Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through
monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific
teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.
Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty or
other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may
apply for grant funds administered by the committee.
Grant funding will normally be
available up to a maximum of
$1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will
have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across
faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for
development of materials and methods to improve teaching and
learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to
conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and
bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to
offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support
staff at BHSU. Faculty members who apply for grants to support
travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more
than one grant every third year.
In the other categories, priority will be given to those who
have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year.
New Staff Profile
A wave of
computer technology has swept over society’s landscape
pushing aside and engulfing the older methods of doing
business; traditional book-based libraries, no different than
other traditional service providers, are feeling the surge of
bottom line, customers are demanding it,” says Thomas Ricks,
new digital resources librarian at Black Hills State
University, describing changes taking place in libraries
across the country. “We are looking at how we deliver
information and how we utilize space. We’re moving from a
just-in-case environment (book based) to a just-in-time
environment (electronic based). New models attract more
people. We have to move forward.”
a former research analyst for MCI WorldCom in Colorado
Springs, Colo., believes that the E. Y. Berry Library Learning
Center at Black Hills State University will be moving forward
and will become more digitized.
users need to have increased access to web-based information
resources that are available regardless of location or time of
day,” he said.
Ricks’ responsibilities is to update the library web site. A
big part of it is to provide links to Internet resources.
These links will be organized by topic and will provide users
with a gateway to Internet resources such as electronic
encyclopedias, dictionaries, newspapers, magazines, journals,
etc. He will also be working closely with the South Dakota
Library Network (SDLN), as it serves as the major library
automation resource for BHSU. In the next few years, SDLN will
be moving to a new software and hardware package, which will
enhance users’ access to electronic resources.
spent most of his life in Colorado, the Black Hills had a
special appeal to Ricks and his family. He liked the small
town atmosphere, the hills location and the appearance of a
nice place to raise a family. With seven children, six boys
and a girl, he and his wife, Sherri, believe this is a good
location for them and it is still close to Colorado if they
want to return for a visit.
brings to the BHSU library a background as a science reference
librarian at Texas A&M University and at the University of
Colorado. He was also director of the Health Sciences Library
the Beth-El College of Nursing, and an Internet support
specialist with Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
He earned a
master’s degree in library and information sciences at
Brigham Young University in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree in
general science and education at Idaho State University in
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 30 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.
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, 2001.
This week at BHSU
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Kevin Whirlwind Horse Scholarship application
PPST Preparation, Student Assistance
Service banquet, Pangburn Cafeteria, 4:30-7 p.m .
“Behind the School House Door: Eight Skills Every Teacher
Should Have,” Student Union Jacket Legacy Room, 4 p.m.
“Have You Considered Grad School?” watch for details
Choir, RC First Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m.
CSA recognition luncheon, Student
Union multipurpose room, 11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.