Volume XXV No. 42 Oct. 26, 2001
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Norby will present monograph at conference - Top
Dr. Rena Faye Norby, assistant education
professor, was accepted to present her monograph,
"Socialization, Career Choices, and Women in Science" at
the annual meeting of the International Society for the History and
Philosophy of Science Education in Denver, Colo., Nov. 7.
International HPST (IHPST.org) promotes the improvement of school
and university science teaching by application and consideration of
the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and of education.
as pedagogical matters, the group examines theoretical issues that
surround the teaching of science -- for example, multiculturalism,
religion, constructivism, feminism, modernism and its critics, and curriculum theory. It considers the role of these topics in teacher
joined the education faculty at Black Hills State in the fall of
1987. She has a Ph.D. in science education as well as master’s
degrees in physics and secondary education from Georgia State
University. She earned her undergraduate degree in physics from
Emory University, Ga.
Hesson attends memory improvement
seminar - Top
Dr. James Hesson, professor of physical
education at Black Hills State University, recently attended the
seminar, “Memory: Improving Brain Fitness and Functions,” in
Rapid City. The seminar provided information about the anatomy,
physiology, and biochemistry of memory.
Hesson notes, “The material presented in the
seminar had implications and practical applications for education,
and particularly for teachers as we aid students in learning the
material we present. After
all, all learning is basically memorization as our primary focus for
our students is retention and utilization of the material.”
Hesson will use the material in classes that he
teachers at BHSU including human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology,
movement analysis, exercise leadership, and theory of strength training
and conditioning classes. Hesson
also focused on the practical applications of the scientific findings to
strengthen his own memory and to help his students enhance their
learning and retention.
Hesson earned his Doctor of Education degree at Brigham
Young University in 1980. He
has been a professor of biokinetics in the Division of Physical
Education and Health at BHSU since 1990.
Since 1993 he has worked each summer at the U.S. Olympic Training
Center with athletes and coaches. He
frequently serves as an author and textbook reviewer for several
of Excellence at Work award - Top
Ron Ehly is
being recognized with the Spirit of Excellence at Word Award for
doing his work well and cheerfully.
He always has time for a friendly word or two and still does
his work well.
recipient is chosen by a group which meets regularly to discuss ways
to improve the campus working environment. This group feels that
when they “catch” someone doing their job well, that performance
should be recognized and encourages everyone to keep up the good
work so they can “catch” you at it.
Council’s annual book quilt activity incorporates diversity and
tolerance - Top
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the Black Hills
State University Reading Council’s annual book quilt project on
Oct. 15 incorporated themes of diversity and tolerance.
event normally focuses on promoting multicultural awareness on
campus, but the main goal this year was unity. The Reading Council
opened this year’s event to the College of Education and members
of La Masa, a multicultural organization at BHSU.
Hickenbotham, Reading Council advisor, said, “The BHSU Reading
Council sees literature as an open window to new cultures or ways of
living. Promoting diversity on campus is a literate mission since
only one percent of the college population is part of a minority
group.” She added, “The College of Education at Black Hills
State University believes in the value of reading and learning to
strengthen and empower America’s children.”
using this event to educate parents, teachers, and future teachers
about diversity and tolerance, the Reading Council hopes to
influence children’s understanding and ability to cope with hate
|The Jankord family participated in the BHSU
Reading Council’s annual book quilt project. Focusing on
unity this year, parents and children read books together and
the children drew pictures of their favorite part of the
story. Garrett Jankord, center, finishes his drawing as
parents Erin and Jaret review his work. They read the book “OOOPS!”
by Suzy Kline.
The book quilt was
displayed at the 28th Plains Regional International
Reading Association (IRA) conference in Sioux Falls. It was then
given to the E.Y. Berry Library at BHSU. The list of titles selected
for the book quilt will be posted on the BHSU Reading Council web
page at www.bhsu.edu/education
by the end of November.
authors will present slideshows - Top
nationally-known environmental speakers will make slide-show
presentations at Black Hills State University Nov. 1 and 2.
Vileisis will present “Discovering the Unknown Landscape,” Nov.
1. Tim Palmer will present “The Heart of America: our landscape,
our future,” Nov. 2. Both presentations are at 7 p.m. at the
Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center room 214.
The husband and wife team is being sponsored by the Center
for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at
Black Hills State University.
The sessions are open to the public at no charge.
will present an informative slide show based on her award winning
book, “Discovering the Unknown Landscape.” She uses beautiful
and jarring images to bring the story of wetland history alive as
she explains how Americans have used wetlands in the past and sought
to conserve them in recent years. Her slide show reveals the history
of America’s wetlands and reflects on some key lessons the past
can teach us about protecting these important ecosystems today.
author of 12 books and numerous magazine articles about the
environment, will speak the following evening, Nov. 2. Palmer has
been active in river conservation since 1971. He will show photos
and talk about ecosystems in all regions of the country. While
showing vivid photographs of the varied land of our nation, he will
discuss the issues affecting each type of landscape and the
activities of citizens who are engaged in working for better
administers a scholars program in mathematics and science education
that is designed for exceptional students interested in mathematics
and science who want to expand their intellectual horizons and be
recognized for their abilities and efforts. The focus of this
program is to promote excellence in math and science, and
particularly in math and science education. Students selected as
Center Scholars enter into contracts with faculty members to do
additional learning activities such as working in a scientific
laboratory, studying special topics, gaining field experience in a
school classrooms, or studying special problems in teaching and
learning math or science.
interested in the CAMSE scholars program should contact Dr. Andy
Johnson, associate director of CAMSE and assistant professor, at
center to host career day - Top
It is becoming increasingly difficult for
individuals to find jobs due to the recent tragic events in our
country, and their effect on our economy. The staff at the career center at Black
Hills State University is encouraging students to get a head start
on their job search by attending a career education day workshop
Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the BHSU Career Center
on the lower level of the Student Union.
This workshop, which is also open to the
general public, will address job search strategies, resume-writing
techniques, and internet sites and library resources that will aid
in the job search. The
workshop will conclude with a choice of a panel discussion on life
after graduation or internship experiences.
BHSU career counselors advise that new hiring
by employers may be cut even more drastically here than in other
regions of the country. Companies
that typically hire up to 20 new graduates each year stated they
will likely be hiring only two to five this year. This situation
will have a strong negative effect on all BHSU students.
All positions, whether they be full-time, part-time, or
internships, will become fewer.
The remaining positions will go to those who start early and
to the employers first. Now
is the ideal time for students to begin the job search and to start
networking with employers.
For further information on the workshop, contact the
career center at 642-6277 or stop by on the lower level of the
Student Union. They
will also find workshop information on the internet at www.bhsu.edu/careers.
Career Education Day Workshop Schedule
9-9:30 a.m. -
Understanding the Total Job Search Process
9:45-10:30 a.m. - Writing Your Winning Resume
- Using the
Internet and Resource Library in Your Job Search
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Your choice of two panel discussions: “Life
After Graduation: What
I Wish I Would Have Known Before Entering The Working World” or
“The Value and
Joy of Summer Internship Experiences.” These
are panel discussions with current BHSU students or recent
basketball game is Saturday - Top
edition of Yellow Jacket basketball will be featured in the annual
men’s alumni basketball game Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Young Center gymnasium.
Ten former Yellow
Jacket players have indicated they will be back to show the BHSU
men’s varsity team how the game is played. Jacket veterans
returning to the BHSU hard court are Matt Burgess, Mark
Manning, Eldon Marshall, Brant Miller, Travis Traphagen, Trent
Traphagen, Brian Sudrala, Eric Thomson, and Barry Van Dyke.
basketball game is open to the public at no charge.
The regular season opens for the BHSU men Friday, Nov.
2 at the South Dakota Tech Tournament in Rapid City.
Last Night at Ballyhoo” opens this theatre season - Top
Black Hills State University theater department opened their season
last night with “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”
The play will be presented at Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
in Woodburn Hall Auditorium. Tickets
are available by calling the box office at 642-6171.
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
concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed
sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law,
Reba. Boo is determined
to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo
believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially
brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner.
Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern
European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in
Beulah’s opinion. Lala,
however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken
to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down.
This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for
Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for
The 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.
Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest
Jewish families in the South? Will
Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in her
way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo?
grants available - Top
The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC)
encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing
knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of
instruction at BHSU.
full- time faculty member, full- time adjunct faculty, or other full-
time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant
funds administered by the committee.
Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of
$1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will
have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across
faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for
development of materials and methods to improve teaching and
learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to
conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and
bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to
offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support
staff at BHSU.
members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or
workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three
years. In the other
categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an
IIC grant in the last academic year.
Proposals for grant funding
will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for
submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be
made as soon as practicable on each proposal.
Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the
grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218, or to the chair
of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the
proposal and budget outlines following the specified format
available at the grants and special projects web
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 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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Sense Workshop/ seminar series, “Collection
Blues…How to get Paid,” Spearfish Area Chamber
office, 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
– The Last Night at Ballyhoo, Woodburn
Auditorium, 8 p.m.
College Testing, Jonas, 3rd floor, 8
a.m. to 1 p.m.
basketball game, Young Center gymnasium, 7:30 p.m
– The Last Night at Ballyhoo, Woodburn
Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.
and first block grades due in records office,
and Gold luncheon, Cedar House Restaurant, noon
workshop: picking up esteem, Student Union, 2:00
Film Series, “The Truman Show,” Jonas 105, 6
the Unknown Landscape" by Ann Vileisis, Young
Center room 214, 7 p.m.
workshop: picking up esteem, Student Union, noon
to Vermillion, music history and piano students
Heart of America: our landscape, our future,"
Young Center room 214, 7 p.m.
education Day, lower level Student Union, 9 a.m.
vs. Huron University, Lyle Hare Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
to Vermillion, music history and piano students