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Faye Norby, College of Education assistant professor, recently
presented a paper at the summer meeting of the American Association
of Physics Teachers.
Her paper titled, "Integrating Technology into Physics Teaching,”
describes how physics teachers can deal with requirements to use
more technology in their classroom teaching.
Sixteen students from Gifu, a Japanese city
famous for cormorant fishing will spend three weeks in Spearfish - a
city which derives its name from the practice of spearing fish.
Cormorant fishing, also known as Ukai, is an
ancient traditional technique of fishing which uses trained birds
(cormorant) to help fishermen. These days, the activity is a major
tourist attraction and visitors to Gifu are enchanted by watching
and listening to the cormorant fishermen making distinctive calls to
more than ten birds at once to dive, swim and catch sweetfish in the
light of flaming torches.
Organizers of this educational exchange are
hoping that the Japanese students and instructor will find that they
have more in common with their American counterparts than fishing as
they participate in a three-week educational and cultural learning
“This is a wonderful opportunity to present
our way of life to our Japanese partners, while also having an
excellent chance to learn about the centuries old Japanese way of
life,” said BHSU President Thomas Flickema. Earlier this year,
Flickema signed an agreement with Michio Sugiyama, president of Gifu
City Women’s College in Gifu, Japan, for a mutual exchange of
faculty and students.
The Japanese students arrive Aug. 1 at Rapid
City regional airport. For the next 23 days
they will study ‘English as a Second
Language’ and area geology. The students will also participate in
a variety of courses taught by Black Hills State University
professors. These students who are familiar with the traditional
cormorant fishing on the Nagara River which flows through Gifu City
will have the opportunity to learn trout fishing through a course
taught by Dr. Charlie Lamb. Other
courses will be mining history with Dr. David Wolff, women
homesteaders and quilting with Dr. Sharon Strand, and Native
American culture with Dr. R.D. Theisz and Jace DeCory.
The educational instruction will be enhanced
with cultural experiences as the group tours a variety of sites in
the area from Devil’s Tower to the Badlands.
The exchange group will also have the opportunity to
experience first-hand the way of life as they spend some time in
homes of local families increasing their cultural understanding.
The agreement between the two presidents
consists of BHSU sending faculty members to GCWC to teach English
conversation and American culture, and GCWC will send faculty to
BHSU to teach Japanese. There will also be an exchange of students
whereas BHSU will offer a summer English program for about three
weeks each summer. The Japanese will receive one credit for English
and one credit for humanities for the summer session. This is the
first exchange of students through this program.