Volume XXVI  No. 28 • July 12, 2002

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CSA position open - Top

The following Career Service position is open

  • press operator, University Printing Service

For additional information, please review the announcement bulletin, view the ad on-line or contact the personnel office.

Resignations - Top

  • Miles Gifford, grounds keeper, facilities services
  • Nicole Mass Child Care Worker Child Care Center

Zehfus and Sarver receive grants to conduct walleye research - Top  


Dr. Micheal Zehfus, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Shane Sarver, associate professor of biology, received a total of $40,300 in grants from the South Dakota department of Game, Fish and Parks to conduct research on walleye.

Zehfus and Sarver will conduct thiamine influences on Lake Oahe walleye reproduction and the hatchery survival of walleye and Chinook salmon embryos obtained as eggs from Lake Oahe broodstock. The professors will also conduct a genetic analysis of the park’s pond population of walleye over the next year.  

Both BHSU professors have worked with state department in conducting research in the past and often involve undergraduate students in their research projects.  

“We really appreciate all the involvement with the cooperative projects we (BHSU and McNenny State Fish Hatchery) develop,” Mike Barnes, hatchery biologist, said. “It is a really good partnership between the hatchery and the university.”  


 Zehfus joined the BHSU science faculty in 1998. He is a graduate of Ripon College, Ripon, Wisc., and earned a master’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry-biophysics at Oregon State University.

Sarver joined the BHSU science faculty in 1996. He earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the Louisiana State University in 1993 and a master’s degree in fisheries from Humboldt State University in 1989.

State high school students attend math and science program - Top

Black Hills State University is home to 19 bright young minds this week for the South Dakota Rising Scholars in Math and Science program. Hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE), the event pulls together BHSU faculty and staff and local artists and educators for an enriching experience.

The Rising Scholars in Math and Science program is an enrichment course for South Dakota students between their junior and senior years who demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and have a strong interest in math and science according to Dr. Ben Sayler, director for CAMSE and associate professor in physical science.  Interested students applied for the program by writing two essays and submitting a transcript and at least one letter of recommendation. A committee of CAMSE staff members selected the final participants based on academic records and review of the essays. The selected students were then invited to participate in the all-expenses-paid, four-day summer session.

The students arrived under the watch of Pangburn Hall Director Duster Butler on Sunday, July 7, where they will stay through July 11. Participants for this year’s conference are Nathan Bishop, Pierre; Christopher Bolin, Canton; Kathryn Bremmon, Britton; Sara Campos, Wessington Springs; Adam Grajkowske, Parkston; Sarah Hanna, Spearfish; Rebecca Jepsen, Gayville; Kristen Klinkner, Artesian; Chris Kulesa, Webster; Adam Roark, Rosholt; Ashley Smith, Sioux Falls; Nicole Smith, Warner; Nathan Sparks, Rapid City; Jenna Tolton, Midland; Jessica VanderMay, Norris; Abrea Varney, Parkston; Callie Wallenberg, Sioux Falls; Kevin Waller, Lemmon; and Allison Wegleitner, Claremont.

The scholars will have plenty to do during their stay at BH. They will dine with faculty and staff and immerse themselves in mind-expanding and fun math and science challenges. They started the week analyzing the properties of light with the help of Andy Johnson, associate director for CAMSE and assistant professor in physics, and then saw how to utilize this information when Steve Babbitt, associate professor in photography, showed them how to build a pinhole camera; later they investigated the ins and outs of magnets and motors with Sayler before constructing their own electric motors from simple materials like drinking straws and plastic cups.

Later in the week they will discuss fractals, polyhedra and the geology of the Black Hills. Students will also investigate the chemistry and biology of Spearfish Creek and commune with nature on an evening hike in Spearfish Canyon. Local artist Dick Termes will share his geometric view of the world through the creation of his “Termespheres”, and John Knight, a local geologist and graduate student, will show a different view by traversing the night sky with telescopes.

“Our center is afforded the opportunity to implement and field test a variety of innovative educational activities and strategies,” said Sayler of the benefits to the university. He said the students would also face “fun intellectual challenges” and gain “an opportunity to build friendships with similarly motivated and curious high school students from across the state.”

A full agenda of social and educational activities will keep these students busy, but will also fulfill the programs goal of enriching the academic preparation of promising high school mathematicians and scientists across the state. This week at BH, students will expand their minds.

Rising scholar participants Kathryn Bremmon, Britton, Kristen Klinker, Artesian, and Chris Kulesa, Webster, consult with Dr. Andy Johnson (center) while conducting experiments with light during a four-day math and science program at BHSU.




Grizzly Gulch fire to be discussed at the Adams Museum - Top

What part did you play in the latest chapter of the Black Hills’ colorful history?  Maybe you fought the fire, maybe you fed firefighters, maybe you sprayed embers with a garden hose, maybe you helped a neighbor evacuate. You are part of the history. The Adams Museum asks you to share your experience in, Deadwood, The Phoenix Rises Again: The Grizzly Gulch Fire. Bring pictures, stories and other objects to an open forum at the Adams Museum Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

The Adams Museum invites adults and children alike to share their experiences of the Grizzly Gulch fire by recounting stories, or writing them down, if they prefer, in notebooks that will be distributed throughout the museum. Children will also be able to relate their experiences, by drawing the event in pastels under the supervision of the Adams Museum & House education department.  

The Grizzly Gulch Fire, and the impact it had, and will have, on the residents of the northern Hills communities along with 900+ fire fighters, has the staff of the 72 year-old Adams Museum anxious to get to work and begin collecting artifacts and documenting the fire for the historical record. The museum is interested in photographs, personal accounts, film-footage, and any other item, or documents, related to the Grizzly Gulch fire. Depending upon support from the community in collecting artifacts and archival material, an exhibit is slated to open on the mezzanine level of the museum in January 2002. For more information call 605-578-1928.