Volume XXV No. 39 Oct.
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the future: how should we respond to the attack on our nation?”
will be the topic of a free, public forum Oct. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in
the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of Black
Hills State University.
The public will examine the pros and cons of
the following four options: acting now to secure our nation,
building a U.S.-led coalition, joining with the international
community in seeking justice and addressing the underlying causes of
The option framework is provided by the Study
Circles Resource Center. The
sponsors are the South Dakota Issues Forum; The Chiesman Foundation,
a neutral, nonprofit organization that encourages participation in
the democratic process; and Black Hills State University.
For more information contact Angelia Johnston
at 642-6281 or 642-6996 or the South Dakota Issues Forum at
Black Hills State and the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center awarded a $498,000 grant from National
Hills State University in collaboration with the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics was awarded a $498,000 grant from the
National Science Foundation to study misconceptions and teaching
strategies in the classroom.
The grant proposal, written by Dr. Steve
Anderson, professor of geology and planetary science at BHSU, and
Drs. Julie Libarkin and Philip Sadler of Harvard University, is
titled “Conceptual Understanding of Three Dimensions of Earth
Processes in General Education and Introductory Courses:
Test Development and Validation.”
Anderson said, the concept for the project
developed in 1998, when he was on sabbatical at the University of
Arizona. He was working for the Hydrology Department and teaching an
introductory-level lecture course in global change. Libarkin was his
teaching assistant in charge of the laboratory. They often talked
about teaching strategies and conceptual understanding.
“We also had a number of discussions about
student misconceptions in geology and how they affect learning,”
Anderson said. “All too often, science professors mistakenly
believe that college students are ‘clean slates,’ and that if we
explain a science concept clearly then the students will magically
understand it. Unfortunately, this is not the case. …”
It was the misconceptions in geology that
seemed to have a negative affect on learning, the two professors
deduced. Only by replacing these distracters to learning and
replacing them with a better understanding of the topic, would
proper learning take place.
“After thinking about this for some time,
Julie and I thought that if we can identify some of the most
common misconceptions in geology, then one way
to assess the effectiveness of various teaching methods on
conceptual understanding would be to test for these misconceptions
at the beginning of the semester, and test at the end of the
semester to see how these misconceptions have or haven’t
changed,” said the BH professor.
This preliminary work became the basis for the
grant proposal and a paper that will be presented at the American
Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco this December.
Since their preliminary work began in 1998,
Libarkin landed a position at Harvard and has enlisted the help of
Sadler, who specializes in the statistical analysis for the type of
research they are doing. Anderson and the two Harvard professors
will serve as principle investigators for the research project.
Anderson says their ongoing research will
involve a more thorough treatment of identify student misconceptions
in geology and further development of the assessment tools. He plans
to hire a full-time graduate student in science education at BHSU to
work on some of the research aspects. He will also be hiring an
undergraduate student to help with data collection. They will both
have opportunities to get involved in research and attend
professional meetings. Interested students should contact him at
(605) 642-6506 or by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The BHSU geologist completed a one-year
teaching sabbatical at the University of Arizona during the 1998-99
academic year and served as chairman of the BHSU science department
last year. Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology at Arizona State
University in 1990. He has published many articles and papers on his
research related to volcanoes and lava flows. He has been a member
of the science faculty at BHSU since 1991.
BHSU science center promotes K-12 inquiry
science curriculum workshop in Sioux Falls Oct. 10 & 11 - Top
Science educators, curriculum specialists and
school administrators will have an opportunity to view the latest
trends in science teaching at “A Showcase of K-12 Inquiry Science
Curricula” Oct. 10 & 11 beginning with registration at 8 a.m.
at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the
showcase is designed for districts wishing to re-examine and improve
their science-education programs. Curriculum workshops begin at 9
a.m. Participants will see exemplary K-12 science instructional
materials, offer criteria for selecting materials appropriate to
districts’ needs, and introduce the resources available through
area hub sites.
The Center for the Advancement of Math and
Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University is one of
nine hubs around the country collaborating with Education
Development Center (EDC), a national nonprofit research and
development organization, working on the K-12 Science Curriculum
School districts participating in the project
with a team of teachers will be eligible to attend seminars and
summer institutes and have access to valuable science recourses.
Districts will be able to learn about:
Exemplary, standards-based K-12 science
Critical assessments of these materials:
First steps toward piloting, adopting, and
implementing quality materials
Addressing the long-term challenges
associated with changing science programs
Next spring an “In-Depth Seminar on
Implementation Issues” will take place March 6 & 7 in
Chamberlain. This seminar will help teams consider issues and steps
necessary for the selection, adoption, and implementation of
For more information about the EDC K-12 Science
Curriculum Dissemination Project, check out the website.
To register, call (605) 642-6873, or email Dr. Andy Johnson at email@example.com.
center staff hosts Bill and Jane's Annual Buffalo Round Up and Fall
Career Festival - Top
The career center hosted the annual Bill and Jane's Buffalo Round Up and
Fall Career Festival Tuesday at BHSU.
Bob Stanelle, student development
director, reports that 21organizations were represented at the
fair. He also noted that the number of students attending, 103, was
disappointing. Stanelle urges students at every level, freshman to grad
students, to see the career center.
"All indications are that
hiring of new college grads will be way down this year due to the
current economy and world situation. Companies that used to hire 20 new
grads per year will now hire only 10, or five, or, as one employer told
us yesterday, only two new hires this year, down from 20 two years ago.
In this kind of economy, the jobs, be they full-time or summer
internships, will go to those who get started early and get to these
employers first. This is happening nationwide but particularly keep in
mind, with travel and tourism down, there will be a deep effect on the
economy of the Black Hills."
|Career center staff dress for the part as they
hosted Bill and Jane's Annual Buffalo Round Up and Fall Career
Festival this week. Left to right are Sarah
Chase, new-student counselor; Heather Finley, workstudy
student; Bob Stanelle, director; Heather Johnson, career
counselor and Eileen Thomas, secretary.
announced for BHSU theatre opener - Top
cast has been announced or "The Last Night of Ballyhoo,"
the first production of the season for the theatre department at
Black Hills State University. The play will be presented Oct. 25, 26
and 27 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Auditorium.
“The Last Night of
Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Uhry takes place in Atlanta, Ga., in December
of 1939. Gone with
the Wind is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading
Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned
with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season.
In this play, the Freitag family gets pulled apart and then
mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations to go
along to way. Events
take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come
from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
Members of the cast are: Adolph Freitag – Jacob (Mosas)
Feeley, Diamondville, Wyo.; Boo
Martie Ziska, Spearfish; Reba Freitag – Teresa Addington,
Lead; Lala Levy – Joi Petrik, Rapid City; Sunny Freitag –
Crystal Bleu Muglia, Belle Fourche; Joe Farkas – Gene Pesicka,
Spearfish; and Peachy Weil – Joshua Stanton, Jodan, Mont.
The assistant director is Nic Hansen, Spearfish.
Members of the crew are:
scenery - Jacob (Mosas) Feeley; Casey McCoy, Rapid
City; Jamie Vickers, Newcastle, Wyo.; Jeremy Donlon, Batesland; Gene
Pesicka; Sara Olson, Sturgis; and Nic Hansen; lights/sound – Tim
Bessette, Spring Creek, Nev.; Elysia Pederson, Spearfish; Joshua
Stanton; Aaron Ausderan, Muncie, Ind.; and Nic Hansen;
make-up/costumes – Martie Ziska; Saisha Kuykendall, Redfield;
Vanessa Kitzler, Eureka; Alesha Culver, Spearfish; and Shaya Eyre,
Bailey, Colo.; props - Teresa Addington, Lead; Sarah Cozort,
Spearfish; Josie Harrell, Dubois, Wyo.; and Joi Petrik;
- Crystal Bleu Muglia, and Sarah Baldwin, Sturgis.
Faculty research funds available
The 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
It is 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
fall 2002. Apply now. The next deadline for proposals is Oct.
The 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.
This week at Black Hills State
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vs. Mayville State, Young Center, 7 p.m.
School Admissions Testing, Jonas, 3rd
floor, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Valley City State, Young Center, 11
socials at Lyle Hare Stadium and Salem Park, noon
Football vs. Dickinson State, Lyle Hare Stadium,
Native American Day - no classes, offices closed
the future: how should we respond to the attack on our nation?”
forum, Young Center, 7 p.m.
Personality & relationships session, Student
Union, 12-1:30 p.m.
and Gold luncheon, Millstone Family Restaurant,
Series, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” Jonas
Hall room 305, 6 p.m.
vs. Jamestown College, Young Center, 7 p.m.
Business Legal Issues," Spearfish Area
Chamber Office, 8-9:45 a.m.
Record Examination, Jonas, 3rd floor, 8
a.m.- 1 p.m.