Volume XXV No. 16 April 20, 2001
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reception planned - Top
and staff will be honored at a reception Thursday, May 3 from 2-4
p.m. A program will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Retirees, special awards and
longevity awards will be presented.
Farrington called to
United Kingdom to assist in control of foot-and-mouth disease - Top
Dan Farrington, who currently serves as Black Hills State’s
director of grants and special projects, returned to his former
profession as a veterinary microbiologist this week and headed to
the United Kingdom as a consultant in the campaign to eradicate
an emergency veterinary medical officer for the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA), was asked to assist the United
Kingdom in their efforts to control and eradicate the current
foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. He is one of a number of U.S.
veterinarians who have been asked to provide assistance.
an outbreak occur in the United States, the USDA’s Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) would have federal
government responsibility for control and eradication.
disease (FMD) is a severe, highly communicable viral disease of
cattle and swine. It also affects sheep, goats, deer, and other
cloven-hooved ruminants. FMD is generally not recognized as
transmissible to humans, but recent reports in medical journals
document some cases. However, there are no reports of human deaths
from the virus.
U.S. has been free of FMD since 1929, when the last of nine U.S. out
The disease is characterized by fever and blister-like lesions
followed by erosions on the tongue and lips, in the mouth, on the
teats, and between the hooves. Many affected animals recover, but
the disease leaves them debilitated.
is one of the most difficult animal infections to control. The fact
that the disease occurs in many parts of the world, there is always
a chance of its accidental introduction into the United States.
Because it spreads widely and rapidly and because it has grave
economic as well as clinical consequences, FMD is one of the animal
diseases that livestock owners dread most.
joined the BHSU administration after serving as senior director of
animal science research with Merck Research Laboratories where he
was responsible for animal science research manpower and facilities
in North and South America.
earned his baccalaureate degree in zoology from the University of
Nebraska in 1960, his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Colorado
in 1968 and his Ph.D. in veterinary microbiology and preventive
medicine from Iowa State University in 1974.
1998 he was named the inaugural recipient of the William P. Switzer
awarded at Iowa State University for his research resulting in
patented vaccines to control both kennel cough in dogs and atrophic
rhinitis in swine.
and school administrators gather at BHSU for a science curriculum
seminar - Top
and teachers of school districts in Wyoming, South Dakota and North
Dakota recently attended a two-day seminar hosted by the Center
for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black
Hills State University.
seminar, “Getting Started with Curriculum Implementation,” was
jointly conducted with the Education Development Center (EDC) of
Massachusetts to provide an opportunity for the teachers
to learn more about issues of implementing modern, more effective
science materials in grades K-12. Approximately 35 teachers and
administrators from the following seven school districts attended:
Crook County, Douglas, Harding County, Newell, Shannon County, Rapid
City area schools, and the Spearfish school district.
Andy Johnson, associate director
CAMSE, said "School districts encounter significant challenges
to putting research-based science materials into place in their
classrooms. This seminar was designed to help school-district teams
think carefully about dealing with issues of resources, planning,
and teacher training. We
are optimistic that some of the districts that attended will be
switching to state of the art science materials, and we will be
working with them to help them make that transition."
seminar was a follow-up to the seminar held on campus in October
2000, dealing with science curriculum implementation. Three staff
members from EDC, in Newton, Mass., along with CAMSE staff members
conducted the seminar.
Children at BHSU child-care center
learn Native American customs - Top
recognition of Native American Week Black Hills State University
students Ezra Black Bird and Tiffany Phelps donned traditional costumes
and danced for the children at the university’s child care center.
Black Bird, a freshman from Eagle Butte, wore a complete traditional
powwow costume, demonstrated dancing technique and shared
information about the costume to the curious youngsters. The children
were intrigued with the drum, that featured a Tweety bird cartoon
figure, the feathers and the eagle claw staff. He also showed them
how he got the bundle of eagle feathers on his back.
freshman from Kyle, demonstrated the fancy show dance. She explained
that she is supposed to look like a butterfly while dong the fancy
Both students are
members of the Lakota Omniciye club, a campus organization that
seeks to bridge the cultural gaps between non-Indian and Indian
students and provide educational assistance to its members.
Organization members speak and present at various schools and
community events throughout the year.
Awareness Week concludes at BHSU this weekend with several events
including the Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Friday through Sunday, April
20-22, at the Young Center and the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial
Saturday, April 21 beginning with registration at 10 a.m.
Chamber Orchestra to perform at BHSU - Top
Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence at Black Hills State
University, will present a concert in the Student Union Jacket
Legacy room Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
concert will be conducted by Dr. Randall Royer, music professor at
Black Hills State University. The orchestra, which is a
university/community string ensemble with string players from the
northern Black Hills, will play works by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and
to the concert is free.
Members include Renee Carrier of
Crook County, Wyo.; Eric Davies, Michael Fellner, Nathan Roth, and
Diana Roth of Sturgis: Anna
Blunk, Mike Hermanson and Sara Lukkason
of Lead; Joseph Hallenbeck, Kim Hepper, Mike Hermanson, Kelsey
Higbee, Karena Huckins,
Janeen Larsen, Jessica Pascarelli, Mary Pochop, Lin Scheetz, Sheryl
Simpson, Deb Ventrella, and Melody Waring of Spearfish; Sonny Isaak
of Whitewood; Katie Sowers, Abby Trimble, and Daryl Umenthum of
Belle Fourche; and Megan Christopher of Rapid City.
The BHSU Spring Concert will be held Sunday, April 29, 2:30 p.m.
in the Student Union Jacket Legacy room. The concert band, directed
by Chris Hahn, and the concert choir, directed by Ron Wiley, will
senior presents paper on mushroom research - Top
avocation in botany, that brought her back to school after many
years in the working world, Elaine Ebbert, 50, presented research
results of a three-year study of mushrooms at the annual meeting of
the South Dakota Academy of Science this spring.
Ebbert, who will
graduate this May with a major in biology and a minor in earth
science, worked under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Gabel, professor
of biology at Black Hills State University, surveying mushrooms and
other fleshy fungi of the Black Hills.
her dream of becoming a botanist, Ebbert earned a degree as a
medical assistant and worked in the cancer field for the research
department data management cancer registry at Rapid City Regional
Hospital for 15 years. She also served as a consultant for the
Commission on Cancer out of Chicago.
Leaving the world
of work and returning to college, Ebbert found herself not only in
the classroom lab but out in the field collecting mushroom specimens
at five permanent sites in the Black Hills, each representing a
different vegetation community.
A total of 1,170
specimens representing 244 different species were collected. The
majority of fungi collected were mushrooms (Order: Agaricales). Less
commonly collected were bracket fungi (Aphyllophorales),
gastromycetes, and cup fungi (Ascomycetes).
collected included several mycorrhizal species, which have
mutualistic relationships with conifers. Collections also included
saprophytic mushrooms that utilize organic debris in the forest, and
plant parasites that obtain nutrients from living plants.
The most common
mushroom collected was the oak collybia (Gymnopus dryophilus) which
in this study appeared most frequently under conifers. Other
interesting species included Amanita ocreata, an elegant, but
poisonous mushroom: Rhodotus palmatus, a pink mushroom with
reticulate cap and is considered uncommon in the west, and species Lactarius
(milk mushrooms) collected from a Sphagnum bog and reported
form bogs in the northeastern part of the United States.
|Elaine Ebbert spends much of her time in the
science lab at Black Hills State analyzing and studying
mushroom specimens. The fun part of her work is being out in
the Black Hills collecting mushrooms and other fleshy fungi.
The senior biology major has spent the past three years
working with Dr. Audrey Gabel on a five-year study surveying
and identifying the mushroom population of the Black Hills.
Their research was funded by the South Dakota Department of
Game, Fish and Parks non-game grant program and by BHSU.
finding unusual and or infrequent mushrooms was a particularly
exciting aspect of her research work. Another aspect she enjoyed was
having the opportunity to work outdoors.
permanent sites for three summers showed that only 4 to 9 percent of
the species collected from each site occurred all three years of the
study. Sites with the greatest diversity of species were Botany Bay
off Spearfish Canyon were 88 different species were collected and
Eleventh Hour Spring, west of Spearfish, from which 84 different
species were collected.
specimens dried, photographed and included in the BHSU fungal
collection, the results will be sent to the South Dakota Natural
Heritage Program. She and Dr. Gabel will use the information they
have gathered to write a field guide to common mushrooms of the
Ebbert plans to
work with the Gabel one day a week this summer collecting and
analyzing mushroom specimens. She will also be working for the
Nature Conservancy doing botanical and ecological assessments.
What started as a
hobby for Ebbert will now become part of a job she thoroughly
team earns honors at regional exposition - Top
of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at Black Hills State
University returned from the Regional SIFE Exposition in Denver
recently where they earned honors as "Rookie of the Year"
and second-runner up in its league.
leagues were formed out of the 24 teams from colleges and
universities in Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska,
Arizona, South Dakota, and New Mexico. Each team delivered a presentation using technology in which
the accomplishments and activities of the respective chapter were
highlighted before a panel of judges. SIFE addresses issues of free
enterprise in the school system, community outreach, and leadership.
Aker, president of SIFE at BHSU, said, traveling to the exposition
was a great experience and indicates that the group has plans to
return to the contest in future years.
had a chance to do a lot of networking. We were really proud of the
awards. The group plans to make this a yearly event,” Aker said.
Priscilla Romkema, business professor and director of the Center for
Business and Entrepreneurship at BHSU, is advisor for this
organization. Members of the university SIFE chapter are Amber Aker,
junior entrepreneurial studies major from Lead; Merti Whirlwind
Horse, a senior business administration major from Interior; Beau
Peterson, a junior business administration major from Spearfish;
Dale Coonrod, a senior entrepreneurial studies major from Pierre;
Jeff Christenson, a sophomore accounting major from Watertown; Penny
Assman, a senior business administration major from Pierre; and
Janet Smith, a senior communication art major from Rapid City.
contest winners were, from left to right, Courtney Klein, Jeff
Christenson, Penny Assman, Amber Aker, Merti Whirlwind Horse, Beau
Peterson, Dale Coonrod, and Janet Smith.
As federation director, Godsell does
what he is asked - Top
Kucera, media relations student intern
One of Black
Hills State University's most ambitious students has taken a new
step in his career. Senior Allen Godsell has been elected South
Dakota's next Federation Executive Director and will take on the
responsibility of leading thousands of students from several
non-traditional student, Godsell took the long road to reach his
current success. A native of Sturgis, he served in the military for
four years before partnering in an upholstery business in his
hometown. As times change, however, so did his interests, and he
turned his attention toward getting an education.
"I felt the
responsibility to go to college," Godsell said. "I had the
opportunity, so it would have been wrong not to go. BH was the
logical choice because it was a liberal arts school and that was
what I wanted."
to major in social sciences because the degree offered a broad
scope. "I didn't want a technical degree; I wanted a learning
degree,” Godsell said. “I just wanted to learn."
His interest in
the political aspect of his degree came from influence by BH student
senate members who urged him to sit in on the senate and eventually
run for president.
“If you have
the ability and time to do [something] and someone asks you to do
it, then you should do it,” Godsell explains, which is a
philosophy he applies to life in general.
Godsell was not
just fulfilling his duty; he also enjoyed his work.
“I really enjoy
working with the senate. It’s the highest of highs and the lowest
of lows,” he said. “[Senate] is a raging machine with a life of
its own. It’s one issue after another. People keep changing. It
builds on itself and creates its own energy.”
experience Godsell had with the student senate combined with
encouragement from his peers led him to run for federation director.
He won the vote cast in executive
session by the presidents and vice presidents of Northern State
University, South Dakota State University, University of South
Dakota, Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology, and BHSU.
“It felt good
that I won, then I wanted to get to work immediately,” he said.
duties as the federation director are sure to keep him busy. Some of
his general activities will involve planning SHED Days, setting the
agenda for federation meetings, relaying information from the
meetings to the South Dakota Board of Regents, and setting the
legislative agenda for student’s lobbying efforts during the state
plans to take action for “organizing the public universities
students’ support for the proposed regent scholarship through the
state legislative session in a fully funded form without private
supports the child of alumni scholarship program and the idea that
out-of-state students who join the guard should gain reciprocity and
become citizens of the state.
going to serve the state, they should be treated as citizens of the
state,” he said.
duties, Godsell also plans to “voice the ever-present concerns
about the rising junior and exit exams…[and] keep the students
better informed about what the board of regents is doing for all the
So does Godsell
plan to continue his climb to the top of his career path?
“If asked,” he replied, holding firm to his outlook on
life: “If you have the ability to do something to make things
better and you don’t, then you’ve failed society.”
Spirit of Work Award for Excellence - Top
The Spirit of Work Award for Excellence is given to Dr. Dean
Myers for his perseverance toward excellence in leadership in
health check scheduled - Top
state employee health
check is scheduled at Black Hills State University April 24
at the Young Center Hall of Fame room from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Screening will include:
health screening is available at no
charge to benefited state employees and their spouses who are
on the state’s health plan.
Next week is also the week for Governor Janklow's state wide
Diabetes Screening Project. If an employee goes through the
screening we offer, their blood sugar information can also be
recorded as a part of the governor's project. They will not have to
attend an additional screening.
of the April 17 Graduate Council meeting - Top
of Graduate Council Meeting Tuesday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas
Earley, Austin, Alsup, Molseed, Steckline. Absent:
Cook, B. Silva, Thares, Sujithamrack, R. Chrisman.
reported on changes which are underway with the MSCI. The degree is
being reorganized with a culminating event and four options 1)
portfolio using NPBTS standards, 2) thesis, 3) collaborative
research project, 4) presentation option. When the College of
Education has finalized them he will bring them to the council.
The admission to candidacy had also been changed. One committee now
considered the student's reflective writing sample and the students
other data and made a
as to admit to candidacy or to not admit.
This change also appeared to be working well. He also
reported that the five cohorts (Spearfish, Spearfish teachers, Rapid
City, Hot Springs, and online) were doing well.
He hopes that there will be enough enrollment to justify a
new cohort in the fall.
reported that Dr. Cook wants the council to consider new rules for
graduate faculty next year. The
council agreed that in the fall Cook should come visit with the
council and present his vision of how faculty should be admitted
into the graduate faculty.
is the last meeting for this academic year.
of the April CSA Council meeting - Top
CSA Council met at Pangburn Hall, April 10, 2001. Jeanne Hanson,
president, called the meeting to order.
Those present were Deatta Chapel, Krista L. Schroeder, Sherry
Albert, Linda Allbee, Cheri Leahy, Nancy J. Shuck, Jeanne Hansen,
Ginny Sunding and Becky Haak.
minutes from the March meeting were read by Becky Haak.
Nancy Shuck moved to accept and Cheri Leahy seconded.
Long gave the treasurer’s report. Cheri Leahy moved to accept and
Deatta Chapel seconded.
Sunding gave an abbreviated report on two strategic planning
meetings (hard copies are available).
Sunding reported she had one welcome bag to deliver and she needed
Leahy had no report for the Safety & Facilities Committee.
$400 scholarship has been awarded to Ellen Lefler. Congratulations
Ellen! We have a wonderful thank-you card on file.
Hanson showed the council a rough draft of the CSA logo created by
CSA luncheon is April 11, 2001. The CSA Council is going to set up
at 11 a.m. We are expecting 45 guests. Brock Finn will provide the
Hanson will be the emcee.
Hanson gave an abbreviated report on the Regents
Career Service Advisory Council
meeting in Pierre. Discussion
was held on the following topics:
summer there will be a study of the state payroll system.
BHSU salaries across the board are not in-line with the salaries
at the other five state universities.
is being taught to all secondary teachers at NSU.
CSA logo was presented as a statewide CSA logo (with each school
having the option of using their own colors)
of regents goal to be paperless
did submit a resolution for a salary increase for pay grade N6,
which will be presented to the BOR by Dave Hanson.
(hard copies of
these minutes are available)
Hanson reminded us that in January her two-year term with RCSAC is
up and we will need to elect a new representative.
Hanson will be responsible for web-site updates.
Hanson reminded us to attend the enrollment benefit meetings.
There are some major changes.
Chapel moved the meeting be adjourned and Becky Haak seconded.
of University Assessment Committee meeting - Top
of University Assessment Committee meeting Wednesday, April 18 at 3
p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room one.
Earley, Schamber, Calhoon, and Termes. Absent:
Myers, K. Meyers, Altmyer, Cook, Haislett, and Sharon
Hemmingson. Visitors: Dar and Fuller.
presented information on assessment of Information Technology
Literacy. He reported
the he had visited with SDSU and they were giving a test at the same
time as the rising junior exam and using the former as the basis for
assessment of Information Technology Literacy.
He also discussed meeting with the general committee to
receive faculty input.
presented the Wellness Management
Report was discussed and approved.
presented the statement on how to assess values in writing the
annual report. Calhoon
agreed to do a rewrite and send it around.
presented a proposal for changing the membership of the committee.
Committee agreed it should be discussed in the fall-
committee liked the idea of Bush grants coordinator being on the
committee but pointed out that faculty senate, not deans, had picked
the faculty in the past.
will meet next week - April 25th at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Conference
Room one to hear Dr. Haislett's presentation.
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
This week at BHSU
Submit items to Media
Relations or send to Unit 9512, BHSU.
“Isn’t It Romantic” by Wendy Wasserstein, Woodburn
Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Annual Lakota Omniciye
Kevin Whirlwind Horse
Run/Walk, Young Center, registration 10 a.m.
Theatre, “Isn’t It
Romantic” by Wendy Wasserstein, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Young Center
, 1 p.m., Buffalo feed at 5 p.m.
Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Young Center
, 1-5 p.m.
2nd Annual Awards for Excellence on
Undergraduate; Guest speaker novelist Tim Sandlin, Student
Union Multi-purpose room, 7 p.m.
Dakota Chamber Orchestra, Student Union, 7:30 p.m.
- film series, Jonas 101, 6 p.m.
Alumni Board of Directors meeting, 7 p.m.
GRE Subject Test, call Student Assistance Center for