Volume XXV No. 23 • June 8, 2001

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Salomon speaks at Shakespeare Club - Top

David A. Salomon, College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor, was invited to speak to the Aberdeen Shakespeare Club on the occasion of its 100th anniversary recently.

His talk, "From Macbeth to Macs: Shakespeare Past, Present and Future," 

was an overview of Shakespeare scholarship during the past 100 years. Beginning with A.C. Bradley's Shakespearean Tragedy and concluding with Stephen Greenblatt's Hamlet in Purgatory, Salomon explained how study of Shakespeare has changed with the introduction of technology, particularly CD-ROMs and the internet.

TTL session begins at Black Hills State - Top

Nearly 1,600 K-12 teachers from across South Dakota will converge on university campuses and, for the first time, in local school district classrooms to learn how to incorporate technology into their teaching.

A TTL session began Monday and runs through June 29 at Black Hills State University. Sessions will be held during that same time at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT), and Southeast Technical Institute, and from July 8 through August 3 at Northern State University.

This year’s participants in Gov. Bill Janklow’s Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL) academies join a growing network of South Dakota educators who have been trained to use technology more effectively to improve educational experience for their students.

"We started in 1997 training 135 teachers at Dakota State, and we've now reached more 

than 30 percent of the teaching force in South Dakota," Janklow said. " This year, for the first time, the sessions will expand to 32 local school district sites as well."

So far, nearly 2,500 teachers have taken part in the TTL experience, which represents more than 30 percent of the teaching force in South Dakota. The TTL academies are staffed by K-12 teachers who serve as instructors, with leadership provided by the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, the Governor’s Office, and Technology and Innovations in Education (TIE). Teachers are paid a $1,000 stipend to participate in the 20-day intensive training; in addition, their school district receives $1,000 per participant to support the implementation of technology in the local school.

For more information, visit the South Dakota TTL web site at http://www.sdttl.com.

BHSU alumna completes doctorate in exercise physiology - Top  

Like father like daughter, Sharon Perry, a Spearfish native and 1995 graduate of Black Hills State University, has a new prefix before her name since graduating from the University of Nebraska this spring with a doctorate in exercise physiology.

Perry, 29, will be spending the summer with her parents, Howard and Elaine, before heading to Athens, Ohio, where she will be an assistant professor at Ohio University. She will be teaching classes in exercise prescription and statistics as well as doing research.

After going through six job interviews, most of them on the east coast, she decided the Athens campus was right for her.

“They are doing a lot of muscle research and there are a lot of people to collaborate with on research,” said Perry, “I liked the look and size of the community. I felt safe there and they have hills.”

Perry recently had an article published in the May issue of the Journal of Strength, Conditioning and Research. The four-page article was titled “Heart Rate and Perceived Exertion at the Physical Working Capacity at the Heart Rate Threshold.”

She said her article featured research, “from a test to determine the rate or level of work where you are not fatigued over an eight-hour period of time.”

Dr. Sharon Perry was an All-American Scholar Athlete when she attended BHSU. 

The Spearfish native says she has three more articles that are to be published in the near future. She has also presented at American College of Sports Medicine convention on several occasions.

Initially, her goal was to complete a master’s degree in exercise physiology, which she did at UN, but it was the lure of more and better job opportunities that drove her to complete her doctorate.

At BHSU she was an outstanding distance runner and was an NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete in both track and cross-country. She completed her degree in wellness management.

For family, friends and BH students who happen to meet father and daughter and seek their attention, it’s best not to say “Dr. Perry,” as both will likely turn around; just say Sharon or Howard to avoid confusion, at least that should be okay for home-town protocol.

Grant will bring artist in residence during arts institute at BHSU - Top

Laura Hovey Neubert, director of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts, has received a $400 grant from the South Dakota Arts Council.

The grant will be used for the artist residency of Melanie Lein Palm during the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts this month. Palm will offer instruction and demonstration on the importance of body movement, alignment, and control to students of the vocal arts-opera theatre. According to Neubert, this is an important but sometimes overlooked facet of instruction for vocalists. The idea of a vocalist as an athlete is relevant in this instructional workshop. Students will be given the opportunity to learn important information on the care of their bodies and performance.

The Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts began with a lecture series on June 6 and 

continues through June 30 at BHSU.  Programs include an art education institute June 11-15, a vocal arts and opera theatre school June 16-30, a dance workshop June 24-29, and a lecture series every Wednesday in June at noon at the Matthews Opera House.

Public performances during the summer arts institute include a Young Performer Competition June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House, a Gala for the Arts June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House, a vocal recital June 27 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium, and an evening of Opera Theatre June 29 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

For more information on any of these events call 642-6420 or see the web site at www.bhsu.edu/arts/.

Thanks for the memories - Top

In the words of an old song, “THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.”

Thanks for years of friendship, for caring and sharing.  Thanks for the smiles and encouragement which I encountered daily at BHSU.  Together we helped a lot of students carve out a future for themselves.

As you know, and not all appreciated, I avoided a retirement party.  Saying goodbye to all of you was simply too great a task for me.  Besides, I don’t believe in “goodbyes”.

You have all become a part of me and have a special place in my heart.  Thank you for your wonderful gifts, but thank you even more for the memories.

Always remember that the measure and strength of any institution is its people. 

Pat Chastain

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received May 31-June 6 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 Science Foundation.  Announcing the advance program to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.  Optional letters of intent were due May 16; applications are due by directorate, Aug. 21-24.