Volume XXV No. 28 • July 20, 2001

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Resignations - Top

  • Kevin White, custodial service, facilities services

  • Kerry Ruth, teacher aide, child care center

Japanese municipal workers visit BHSU campus - Top

Thirteen Japanese municipal workers toured the Black Hills recently and spent an afternoon on the Black Hills State University campus learning about educational opportunities for American students.

The Japanese group was sponsored by the Dacotah Territory International Visitors program in Rapid City where they met with city and school officials before touring the hills.

During their visit to Spearfish and BHSU, the group was welcomed by President Flickema and toured campus facilities including the governor’s electronic classroom and the career services center. They were particularly interested in learning about the latest teaching technologies and about educational opportunities for nontraditional students.

Vice president Lyle Cook explained the general course offerings available at the university. Ben Dar, associate vice president of technology, covered the latest course delivery options using the Internet and the Dakota Digital Network and Bob Stanelle, director of student development, brought them up to speed on career exploration using the Internet.

BHSU President Thomas Flickema welcomes a group of Japanese municipal workers who were on campus recently to learn more the university and academic programs available to American students.  The 13 municipal works spent three days in the Black Hills touring and meeting with municipal and school officials in Rapid City and Spearfish before heading home via Chicago and New York.

The tour group came to the Black Hills directly from a week’s visit to Washington, D.C. where they toured the nation’s capital. After leaving the Black Hills they headed to Chicago and New York before returning home.

Area high school students enriched by science workshop - Top

Fifteen South Dakota high school students are taking a break from the their summer jobs to participate in a three-day science and math scholars program hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University.

The Rising Scholars in Math and Science program is an enrichment program for students between their junior and senior year and who demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and have a strong interest in math and science. High school guidance counselors submitted student names. A committee of CAMSE staff members selected the final participants based on academic records and review of two student written  essays. The selected students received a small stipend to attend the workshop.

The eight girls and seven boys are working closely with BHSU faculty, exceptional high school teachers and a select cohort of fellow participants. During the first two days students visited the Neutrino lab site at the Homestake mine, hiked in the hills, did math related projects, studied magnets and motors, and reviewed geometric relationships to art with local artist Dick Termes.

“The goal is to enrich the academic preparation of the most promising high school mathematicians and scientists,” said Ben Sayler, CAMSE director. “Students will expand their minds and make new friends with peers who have similar motivation, talents, and interests.

Dr. Ben Sayler, director of Center for the Advancement of Mathematics  and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State, explains some of the intricacies of magnetism and motors to high schools students Mark Rossing, Sioux Falls, left, Larissa Johnson, Mobridge, and Valissa Kraft, Mobridge. The students are participating in a three-day workshop at BHSU designed to enrich academic preparation for promising young scientists and mathematicians.

Students participating in the program are Mary Barnaud, Nisland; Kristen Berg, Groton; Jake DeGroot, Springfield; Jennifer Dunn, Vale; Brian Giedd, Colome; Larissa Johnson, Mobridge; Valissa Kraft, Mobridge; Shay Larson, Custer; Erin Lundberg, Gregory; Kevin Mellem, Volin; Janson Neuharth, Wolsey; Melanie Ottenbacher, Selby; Mark Rossing, Sioux Falls; Adam Steffes, Bristol; and Peng Zhou, Brookings.

Reminder of mail services - Top

BHSU mail service window hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is open over the noon hours.

All mail that is picked up at the United States Postal Service (USPS) is delivered to your mailboxes by the end of the morning delivery schedule.

Mail placed in the outgoing mailboxes will be delivered to the USPS that afternoon.  If you miss the afternoon pick-up hour and certain pieces need to be mailed that day, bring 

them to the BHSU mail service in the Student Union by 3:30 p.m.

Mail services sells postage for the following services…First Class Rate, Priority Rate, Express Rate, Parcel Rate, Media Rate and International Rate.

We also sell stamps individually or in books of 10 or 20. For more information contact Hanna Swarts at 6396.