Volume XXV No. 9 March 2, 2001
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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top
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CSA position open - Top
career service position is open
For additional information, please review the
announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.
salad maker, dining services
artwork displayed at Dakota Art Gallery - Top
art work of Jim Knutson, professor of art at Black Hills State
University, and four other regional art professors is currently on
display at the Dakota Art Gallery, Rapid City.
Knutson, Lynn Thorpe, Northwest College, Deb Mitchell, South Dakota
School of Mines and Technology and Richard Bird, Chadron State
College, were chosen for the “Regional Art Professor’s
awareness committee sponsors presentation - Top
Global Awareness Committee at Black Hills State University is
sponsoring a presentation titled “Solutions to Affluenza”
Thursday, March 22, in the Student Union Jacket Legacy room.
from Affluenza” a video about consumerism, will be shown from 1 to
2 to 3 p.m. there will be a panel of Black Hills State University
professors presenting arguments on consumerism. The panel members
are: Patty Jo Bellamy presenting “Business as a Partner in
Solutions for Affluenza;” Dr. Brian Smith presenting “Reduce,
Reuse, Recycle: Global Warming and What You Can Do About It;” Dr.
Ahrar Ahmad presenting
and Global Efforts at Solving the Problem of Affluenza;” and Dr.
Christine Shearer-Cremean, with Dr. David Cremean presenting
“Beyond the Bottom Line: Simplifying as a Lifestyle Change.”
Dan Peterson will serve as the moderator in this panel discussion.
will be an audience-panel interaction between 3 and 3:30 p.m.
presentation is free of charge. For more information regarding this
presentation, contact Legia Spicer at 642-6556. Anyone with
disabilities requesting accommodations for this event should contact
Spicer at least 48 hours prior to the start of the event.
science teaching workshop attracts area teachers - Top
teachers were back in the science classroom this winter taking
advantage of a curriculum designed to improve teaching skills
through high quality standard-based teaching methods.
Black Hills Science Teaching Project (BLAHST), now in its second
year of a $1.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, is
providing over 300 teachers in eight school districts in Western
South Dakota with professional development in science content and
teaching strategies through kit-based instructional materials.
February more a than dozen teachers were huddled around microscopes
in a science lab at Black Hills State taking advantage of a BLAHST
workshop titled “Using Characteristics of Organisms to Understand
Biological Concepts.” Dr. Charles Lamb, associate professor of
biology, and Janet Lillehaug, BLAHST project manager, taught the
addresses the observing and classifying of organisms in the
laboratory and in a field setting,” said the biology professor.
“The various structures of animals and their functions are
discussed, as well as how organisms adapt through evolution.”
students were to have gotten some hands-on fieldwork in Spearfish
Creek with aquatic animals, but the wintry weather caused focused
attention to be directed toward lab work instead.
said twelve workshops were being offered this semester. All are
self-contained and offered in the area schools or on the BHSU and
S.D. Tech campuses. She will be going to area schools this spring to
model science lessons by teaching as many as six lessons a day.
(in the BLAHST service area) are encouraged to take 100 hours of
professional science development,” said Lillehaug. “Twenty
teachers have already taken more than the 100 hours.”
Weir and Amy Vande Velde, Deadwood middle-school teachers, working
collaboratively on their science project believed the workshop
approach was excellent.
nice to have the hands-on approach to take back to the classroom,”
said Vande Velde. “I have signed up for the next workshop on
mixtures and solutions.”
and Lillehaug said they focus on using practical teaching skills and
providing materials that are beneficial in the teachers’
classrooms. They try to identify the teachers’ needs and help them
to be successful.
BLAHST workshops cover topics related to chemistry, geology,
physics, atmospheric science, and biology.
|Kathleen Creech, Spearfish middle-school
teacher, prepares a slide for viewing as Janet Lillehaug,
project coordinator, watches during a BLAHST science workshop
at Black Hills State this winter. Creech was one of several
teachers from the region taking part in the one-day workshop
taught by Dr. Charles Lamb, associate professor of biology,
workshops will be offered to teachers during the summer months. They
will range in length from one to six days. The six-day workshops
will explore dinosaurs in the Badlands and the geology of the Black
Creech, a Spearfish middle-school teacher, has already completed
more than 100 hours of BLAHST science and plans on taking more. She
likes having a source for her teaching other than a textbook and
that’s what the workshops provide.
are the things we need to teach in our curriculum,” Creech said.
“They are all based on state standards (for teaching science).
These classes are challenging and we’re gaining knowledge as an
adult that can be taken back to our students. I’ve used all these
things in my classes.”
said she has taken workshops that are focused on elementary science
as well as those focused on middle-school science. She is hoping her
science preparation and three years teaching experience will help
her find a new job next fall as her current position was eliminated
due to a school-district budget shortfall.
BLAHST project will be providing science-teaching workshops to
elementary and middle-school teachers until June 2004. The project
is supported through the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics
and Science Education (CAMSE) on the BHSU campus. School districts
participating in the project are Kadoka, Wall, New Underwood,
Douglas, Meade, Lead-Deadwood, Belle Fourche and Spearfish.
for Math and Science can help teachers and school districts select
up-to-date science textbooks - Top
selecting a science textbook or developing a science curriculum,
area teachers and administrators should consider checking with the
Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at
Black Hills State University for up-to-date materials.
news sources have recently published stories about poorly developed
science textbooks in the nation’s classrooms that are strewn with
errors and inaccuracies.
L. Hubisz, a North Carolina State University physicist, brought
these textbook errors to light in a two and a half year study.
Errors ranged from misplaced photos to nonfunctional scientific
recognizes that different classroom resources can significantly
influence the quality of teaching and learning. The BHSU center
supports school districts in helping them choose and use the best
possible educational materials for science and mathematics by
offering a variety of services.
science and math center maintains a materials center with current
supplies for teaching science and math. These resources are
available for review by teachers and administrators. CAMSE staff
members are prepared to advise school districts choosing new K-12
districts not seeking new materials can seek advice on ways to
mitigate problems with their current science texts. CAMSE staff can
provide contacts to national evaluations of textbooks or identify
BHSU science and math experts who can help identify and correct
is available at the BHSU math and science center by phoning (605)
642-6873 or by checking out the helpful CAMSE website at www.bhsu.edu/camse/materials.htm
clubs support CASA benefit concert - Top
time to tap your toes and snap your fingers as a hard-driving blue
grass group known as Six Mile Road will be performing at a CASA
(Court Appointed Special Advocate) benefit concert, March 16 at 7
p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium on the Black Hills State University
university’s Human Services and Sociology Clubs are sponsoring the
benefit concert. Admission is $5 at the door. The concert is open to
Northern Hills Area CASA program is a community-based agency
committed to ending child abuse by serving the needs of children.
The advocacy group seeks to promote and protect the best interests
neglected children involved in
court proceedings through the
advocacy efforts of trained volunteers.
volunteers spend about 10 to 15 hours a month with the children,
foster parents, and social workers. Volunteers submit reports, based
on observation, research, and the child’s wishes, to the court as
to what course of action would be best for the child. There are
currently 35 active volunteers serving approximately 90 children in
the Northern Hills area.
Information on the CASA program or the benefit
concert is available by contacting the CASA office at (605) 578-1161.
Minutes of the university assessment
committee - Top
of University Assessment committee -Wednesday Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in
Woodburn conference room 1
Earley, Termes, Schamber, J. Miller.
Cook , Haislett, Altmyer, Calhoon, Buchholz, Myers, Meyers,
committee considered the following annual reports:
tourism - The committee
voted to have a rewrite and resubmission of the report.
MSTHM - The committee
voted to accept with comments.
physical education - The committee voted to have a rewrite and resubmission of the report.
outdoor education - The committee voted to have a rewrite and
resubmission of the report.
MSCI - The committee
voted to accept with comments.
committee discussed what was desired in the annual reports.
The committee suggested and the chair agreed to write a
document to give to the deans and faculty outlining what is expected
in the annual report. The
committee believed that such a document would make the reporting
easier for everyone.
Improvement Committee funds available - Top
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.
Any 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
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.
for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis.
The deadline for submission will be the third Thursday of each month;
a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal.
The original plus 10 copies of the proposals should be
submitted to the grants and special projects office, 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
research funds available
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
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 spring of 2002. Apply now. The next deadline for
proposals is March 2, 2001.
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.
The research committee will not provide salary.
The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research
assistants. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your proposal to
the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s office in
Grants opportunities announced - Top
are the program materials received Feb. 15-21 in the grants office in
Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact our office at
642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
Telecommunications and Information Administration (TOP Program).
supports projects that improve the quality of – and the public
access to – education, health care, government services, and
economic development, especially in underserved areas. Applications are due by March 22, 2001. http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/top/
Science Foundation. Informal science-education programs supports
projects designed to increase public understanding of science,
mathematics, and technology. Maximum
grant is $50,000. Preliminary
proposals due March 5 and August 2; full proposals due May 31 and
Nov. 15. ASCEND
Projects preliminary proposals due Aug.14; full proposals due Nov.
Science Foundation. The course, curriculum, and laboratory
improvement program seeks to improve the quality of science,
mathematics, engineering, and technological education for all
students and targets activities affecting learning environments,
course content, curricula, and educational practices.
The program has three tracks:
1) educational materials development (EMD); 2) adaptation and
implementation (A&I); 3) national dissemination (ND).
Awards vary. Letters
of intent due April 23; proposals due June 5 for A&I track and
June 6 for EMD and ND tracks.
Science Foundation. Instructional materials development projects
create comprehensive curricula and supplemental instruction
materials, as well as student assessments that enhance classroom
instruction preK-12. Maximum
award is $6 million for up to five years.
Preliminary proposals due May 9; full proposals due Aug. 23.
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