Volume XXV No. 14 • April 6, 2001

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 Resignation - Top

  •   Deb Hopkins, library associate, Library

BHSU history professor named to historical society - Top

Dr. 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.

Wolff was one of five candidates vying for the position and the only candidate from the western side of the state.

As a trustee, he and the other members will review and approve all nominations for the

National Register of Historic Places. The board also reviews all preservation projects concerning Deadwood.

The 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 U.W.

Bellamy and DeJong participate in marketing and management conference - Top

Patty 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.

Bellamy 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.

Bellamy joined the BHSU faculty in 1999. She earned her MBA from the University of Montana.

DeJong Bellamy

DeJong became a BHSU faculty member in 1999. She has an MBA as well as a BS and BS Ed. from Northwest Missouri State University.

Hesson, Tentinger and Shimon attend national convention - Top

Dr. 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 1, 2000. 

Approximately 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.

Hesson 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 publications.   

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.

Hesson Tentinger

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.  

Shimon 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 national convention.

BH science professor attends amphibian/reptile conservation conference - Top

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, Oregon, Washington,

Idaho, Montana, and the portion of South Dakota that includes the Black Hills and surrounding plains.”  

He 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 biologist.

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 public/private partnerships.”

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 - Top

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.

The keynote speaker for the workshop is Robert W. Wood, University of South Dakota School of Education, presenting “ Geography:  Always Interesting and Fun.”

Other presenters 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 

BHSU. 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 Sports.”

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.

Instructional Improvement Committee will meet for the last time this academic year

The 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.

The 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

Thomas Ricks   

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 change.

“The 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.”

Ricks, 42, 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. 

“Our users need to have increased access to web-based information resources that are available regardless of location or time of day,” he said.

One of 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.

Having 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. 

Ricks 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 1987.

Faculty research funds available - Top  

The 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 their webpage.

It is 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.

The 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.


Grants opportunities announced - Top  

Below 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 grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • National 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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April 6

Freshman pre-registration

Kevin Whirlwind Horse Scholarship application is due

PPST Preparation, Student Assistance Center

April 7


April 8

April  9

April 10

Food Service banquet, Pangburn Cafeteria, 4:30-7 p.m .

Presentation “Behind the School House Door: Eight Skills Every Teacher Should Have,” Student Union Jacket Legacy Room, 4 p.m.

Workshop “Have You Considered Grad School?” watch for details

Intercollegiate Choir, RC First Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m.

April 11

CSA recognition luncheon, Student Union multipurpose room, 11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.


April 13

Good Friday, No Classes

April 14