Volume XXV No. 27 July
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NSF grant supports electronics curriculum delivery to rural high schools
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What started as a pilot
project in 1999 at Black Hills State University to bring electronics
instruction to students in Spearfish High School via the Internet got a
boost this spring with a $750,000 grant from the National Science
The original pilot project
was designed to provide high schools in rural locations with an
opportunity to have a basic electronics curriculum. BHSU and Western
Dakota Technical Institute (WDTI) teamed up with seven corporations and
five western South Dakota school districts to establish a Consortium for
Advanced Technological Education (CATE). With the early online
communications problems ironed out, the project is now ready to be
implemented with the addition of NSF funding.
Starting this fall CATE
will deliver courses in AC and DC circuits to six school districts
including Spearfish, Sturgis, Lead/Deadwood, Belle Fourche, Douglas, and
Dr. Jerry Miller, chairman
of the technology department at BHSU and principal investigator for NSF,
said, “It’s been 2 1/2 years in the planning stage and one of the
first of its kind to deliver electronics to high schools via the
According to Miller, early
software and hardware problems were successfully solved when NIDA
Corporation of Melbourne, Fla., donated more than $100,000 in equipment
and curriculum software to the project.
Faculty facilitators from participating school districts
attended a three-week training session this summer taught by Tom Termes,
technology instructor at BHSU and project coordinator. He will be
available to assist the on-site facilitators with program
implementation. Robert Olson from Western Dakota Tech will also
serve as hub manager working with site facilitators and students.
As project coordinator, Termes said, “I will be working full
time with site facilitators enhancing instruction, promoting the
project, answering questions, solving problems and identifying
Termes says he will focus
his efforts on overcoming glitches in the program as they arise and
promote the program by helping to gain public awareness regarding
distance education electronics courses.
The program is designed
around two hub sites (BHSU and WDTI) and six remote high school sites.
Instructional methods will involve a distance learning system in which
Computer Aided Instruction (CAI) will be used jointly with Computer Managed Instruction
(CMI). CAI will be used to provide instruction and CMI will be used to
monitor student progress. The NIDA Corporation developed a new software
product known as DEPro that is essentially a CAI/CMI bundle that
operates over the Internet.
What is unusual about this
project, as compared to others projects NIDA has supported, is that the training
is conducted over the Internet rather than training on a local area
network (LAN) within a company or training unit. This concept greatly
expands the reach of an educational training option.
|Area teachers attended a three-week distance
education electronics workshop for site facilitators at Black
Hills State this summer. The program
is being delivered to six western South Dakota school districts.
Teachers receiving training as site facilitators are left, seated,
Tom Termes, BHSU technology instructor, Kristi McCoy, Spearfish,
Cathy Auriemma, Douglas, Steve Hewitt (standing), Lead/Deadwood.
Back row left, Duane Cunningham, Sturgis, Don Ericson, Sturgis,
Nick Heinen, Lead/Deadwood, and Dale McCrea, Eagle Butte.
The goal of the project is
to enroll at least five students per school per semester for dual credit
at BHSU or WDTI. This exposure is intended to stimulate student interest
to pursue additional technical education or to research technical career
The distance educational
plan calls for two electronics workstations at each of six high schools.
Each school district will be supplied with an electronic laboratory
platform, an Internet connected computer with all associated
instructional software installed, an oscilloscope, a function generator,
and digital multimeter.
The student’s laboratory
circuitry will be connected to the Internet. In this mode, the CIA
software allows the student to be guided through theoretical
instruction, led through laboratory exercises, and creates faults in the
student’s circuitry for trouble shooting experiences. The NIDA
software allows student work to be monitored and recorded at hub sites
at BHSU and WDTI. On-site facilitators will be available to assist
students individually. Students will also have contact with hub
Industrial partners in the
project will provide students with as many real life experiences as
possible. Students will have opportunities through workshops on computer
systems and architecture (Gateway Computers), programmable logic
controllers (RAMVAC), technical support and workshops (OEM Worldwide),
and an orientation to telecommunications and fiber optic technology
(Black Hills Fibercom). Other companies such as Pope and Talbot and SCI
Systems will offer summer internships.
Miller says the success of
this kind of program delivery has implications for additional offerings
to more schools in South Dakota. A NIDA spokesman told him that
interested companies in Australia and the Dominican Republic were
watching its development for the delivery of electronics courses to
rural or remote areas in their respective areas.
At the conclusion of
the three-year NSF grant, plans call for the consortium to be directed
by the CATE office at BHSU. Costs will be billed to participating school
Golf classic and sports auction raises $16,700 in scholarship
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The Yellow Jacket Foundation at Black Hills
State will have an additional $16,700 in its scholarship coffers
thanks to the eleventh annual Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Golf Classic
and Sports and Leisure Auction.
The annual fundraiser, which is open to the
public, featured an 18-hole Texas best-shot golf tournament and a
sports and leisure auction. Both events are designed to raise money
to support Yellow Jacket athletics.
Steve Meeker, institutional advancement
director at BHSU and coordinator of the fundraiser, said,
"Overall this year’s event was a big success compared to
previous years. We had 35 more golfers in the tournament and were
able to raise $2,500 more for the foundation. We also owe a big
thanks to the Gold Dust; without them it would be difficult to raise
the kind of money we do. ”
|The winning men’s foursome in this year’s Gold Dust Yellow
Jacket Golf Classic with a score of 62 were, left, Neil
Grandbouche, Tim Penton, Floyd Rummel, and Dick Fisher.
Members of the tournament's winning foursome
with a score of 62 in the men's division were Neil Grandbouche, Tim
Penton, Floyd Rummel, and Dick Fisher. Each received $50 in auction
money, a BHSU t-shirt and a $25 gift certificate at the Spearfish
Canyon Pro Shop. Financial Benefits/Harvey Krautschun, the Yellow
Jacket Foundation and the BH Alumni Association donated prizes.
|The team of Dave
Schempf, Scott Graslie, Mary Cooper and Ken Engelhardt shot an
identical 62 to match the men’s team winners.
The mixed gender team of Dave Schempf, Mary
Cooper, Scott Graslie and Ken Engelhardt also shot a 62 but were not
in a competition category for prize selection. Also, there were no
teams entered in the women’s team competition this year.
The first-place couple’s team consisted of
members Bill and Connie Jones and Randy and Judy Shaw. Each received
$50 in auction money, a BHSU t-shirt and a $25 gift certificate at
the Spearfish Canyon Pro Shop. Gift sponsors were Wolff's Plumbing
and Heating in Spearfish, the Yellow Jacket Foundation and the BH
There was a tie for the winning seniors' team.
The foursome of Gene Diedtrich, Gene Egge, Jack Stephenson and Terry
Egge shot a 66 to match the foursome of Ernie Davis, Walt Saubers,
Robert Singer and Clifton Feist. Each team member received $50 in
auction money, BHSU t-shirt and a $25 gift certificate at the
Spearfish Canyon Pro Shop. Gift sponsors were Holiday Inn and
Convention Center, the Yellow Jacket Foundation and the BH Alumni
Last but not least were the golfers at the
other end of the winner's column. This year’s tournament ended in
a tie for team members Kurt Yeaman, Tom Tolo, Bill Schuttler and
Stewart Huntington, with the foursome of Roger Bell, Keith Campbell,
Doug Erickson, and Bob Kemp. One team received caps from Wrangler
and Mercedes Championship golf towels, the other team received
Championship Mercedes caps andgolf towels. The prizes were given by
Wrangler and Vern Eide Mercedes.
Women’s putting champion was Connie Zempel.
She received $50 in auction money and a putter. The runner-up was
Lisa Berry. She received $25 in auction money and an Oral B electric
toothbrush. Dr. Scott Graslie, Wells Fargo Bank and the Yellow
Jacket Foundation donated the prizes.
Men’s putting champion was David Jerde. He
received $50 in auction money and a putter. The runner-up was Gene
Diedtrich. He received $25 in auction money and an Oral B electric
toothbrush. Dr. Scott Graslie, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Yellow
Jacket Foundation donated the prizes.
The prize for the longest distance traveled to
attend the golf tournament and auction was given to Tim Penton who
lives in Venezuela. He received a BHSU jacket from Perkin’s Family
Restaurant in Spearfish.
Individual hole prizes
were awarded in 18 categories. See results.
BHSU grad creates a better way of life for
Gregg Bourland, a successful
entrepreneur, who also happens to be tribal chairman of the Cheyenne
River Sioux, has set his sights on improving the quality of life for
“Anyone can create a business,
but it’s creating a better way of life that is most important,”
said Bourland, a 1979 BHSU graduate with a two-year degree.
Concerned with alcoholism on the
reservation and rampant unemployment, he set out to do something to
improve the situation by running for political office as tribal
chairman. Believing he had little chance of success in the 1990
election he was surprised to find himself the winner. Now 11 years
later and in his third four-year term, his vision for his people has
made a dramatic impact on their lives.
Relying on his ability to make his
own life successful by working his way through college, working in a
group home, serving as a BIA accountant, and as the owner of a video
store, he applied that work ethic and vision for a better life by
making the tribal government serve the people.
Under his direction, reservation
unemployment dropped from about 78 percent to 32 percent resulting
in lower welfare roles. He has worked to provide free phone service
for the elders, phones for the poor and needy, and a stipend for the
elders to improve their quality of life. He also encourages programs
for the youth.
Through the tribal government he
has helped create a grocery -marketing corporation, a Super 8
franchise, a buffalo ranch, a college, a hospital and a computer and
a telecommunications business. He himself owns a ranch and a
computer consulting business.
One of the biggest accomplishments
for Bourland was seeking compensation for tribal land that was taken
with the creation of Lake Oahe in 1954. He took on the task of
seeking compensation from the federal government for lost land. It
was shortly after starting his first term as tribal chairman that a
Advisory Commission (JTAC) was
created to pursue reimbursement. Perseverance paid off in 1998 when
Sen. Tom Daschle introduced a bill that ultimately passed and was
signed by President Clinton establishing a $290 million perpetual
trust for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
“The $291 million perpetual trust
fund gives us a lot of opportunities to plan and make preparations
for the future,” said Bourland.
The tribal chairman would like to
establish an elderly village, a nursing facility, an acute-care
facility, a house-manufacturing facility and expand the tribe’s
bison processing business to include a meat-production facility.
Many of his visions for the future
may come to pass given his record of perseverance and hard work.
Passage by Congress of the Mitigation bill that returns land to the
tribe and establishes a $43 million perpetual trust would also go a
long way toward fulfilling his dream for improved quality of life
for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
If success breeds success, then
Bourland need only persevere. He once said the following in
reference to the JTAC, but it is applicable to most of his goals:
“It is just the beginning of the
dream,” he said. “Just as in the days of old when a warrior went
on a buffalo hunt and was successful, he brought the meat home and
the people would decide how it was to be distributed.”
A born-again Christian, Bourland
gives credit to God for his successes, but takes responsibility for
his own failures. He also found his experience at BHSU instrumental
in preparing him to succeed. He hasn’t given up on completing a
four-year degree and has pursued course work toward that goal, too.
As much in life for Bourland has been successful, he will
undoubtedly earn a baccalaureate degree in the near future to add to
his list of accomplishments, similar to a warrior counting coup.
High school juniors get a preview of
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Black Hills State University will
host a “sneak preview day” for area high school juniors and
their parents, Thursday, Aug. 2 beginning at 10 a.m. in multipurpose
room of the Student Union.
The preview day is designed as a
general introduction to BHSU and the programs available. The
program will help students make a smooth transition to college life.
The sneak preview includes information about course requirements,
understanding the catalog, visiting with
faculty, financial aid information, learning
about campus resources,
and a campus tour. Lunch will be provided.
Families visiting the Black Hills on vacation or local residents are
invited to take this opportunity to visit Black Hills State
To reserve a spot for the sneak preview day or for general information
call 1-800-ALL-BHSU or check out the university web site at www.bhsu.edu.
Distance running camp will be held at
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Black Hills State University will
be the site of a distance running camp directed by Coach Scott
Walkinshaw July 22-26.
The running camp is open to high
school boys and girls, of all abilities, from beginning eighth
graders to those entering their senior year in high school. The camp
offers runners the opportunity to get a fast start on the upcoming
cross-country season with training at altitude. The camp features
technical analysis of running form, strength training, proper
nutrition, goal setting, review of current training theories,
fitness assessment, practice and training guidelines and hydro
Camp staff members include current
and former members of the BHSU cross-country teams as well as
coaches and guest speakers from the university and Black Hills area.
Camp costs are $185 for day
campers, $245 for full-time campers, and $160 for coaches. There is
a discount of $25 per camper for five
or more athletes from the same
school. Meals will be provided at the university dining hall. A
nonrefundable deposit of $50 must accompany the registration form.
Full payment is due Monday, July 16. Check-in is Sunday, July 22
from 3 to 5 p.m. at the university residence halls. Checkout is
Thursday, July 26.
In his three years at BHSU, Coach
Walkinshaw has earned recognition as 2000 NAIA Men’s National
coach of the year and South Dakota Cross Country Track Coaches
Association Cross Country Coach of the Year for 1999 and 2000.
He has also been named SDIC Women’s Cross Country and
DAC-10 Men’s Cross Country Coach of the year.
Distance running camp information
is available by contacting Coach Scott Walkinshaw at (605) 642-6486
or by visiting the university website at http://www.bhsu.edu/athletics/ccountry/.
Grant opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received June
28-July 11 in the grants office, Woodburn
218. For copies of the information, contact our office at
642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at email@example.com.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program for
full-time tenure-track faculty focused on chemical sciences.
Deadline Nov. 15, 2001.
American Scandinavian Foundation.
Inviting U.S. colleges and universities to apply
for funding to host a visiting lecturer from Norway or Sweden.
The awards are for appointments of one semester within
the 2002-2003 academic year. Preproposals due Oct. 15, 2001; proposals due Jan. 25,