Volume XXVI  No. 34 • Sept. 13, 2002

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More than 1500 people gather at BHSU for memorial event - Top

More than 1,500 people including students from Black Hills State University, area schools and community members gathered at Lyle Hare Stadium to commemorate the events of Sept. 11 one year ago and also honor those who protect our community and nation.

Following a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, BHSU President Thomas Flickema addressed the audience.

“On the first anniversary of the September 11, I encourage you to consider that this terrible tragedy was also a triumph - a triumph of character shown by myriad acts of courage and compassion. The best in human nature emerged again and again, from everywhere in the nation. We should remember September 11th not only for the lives lost and damaged, but for the deeds of honor and fortune we possess in the character of our people,” Flickema said.

A three-volley salute was presented by the American Legion 164 and VFW Post 5860. Music was provided by Christopher Hahn, BHSU music instructor who played the national anthem and Taps on the trumpet, and Sara Goeden, a sophomore from Pierre who sang God Bless America.

Other speakers were Megan Wyett, president of the BHSU Student Ambassadors, Jerry Krambeck, mayor of Spearfish, and Dr. Charles Linander, who encouraged everyone to also take part in the “Back to America” parade Saturday in Spearfish. 

Special recognition was given to all Ellsworth Air Force Base military personnel, all veterans, the local police department, the local fire department, the American Red Cross, the South Dakota Army National Guard and all military personnel. Student ambassador members displayed a large American flag on the football field throughout the ceremony. The color guard was presented by the BHSU ROTC.

This event was sponsored by the BHSU Student Ambassadors, a student group that works with the alumni and faculty to assist with special events and recruit new students. 


Austin presents at U.S. Department of Education meeting - Top

Dr. Len Austin, assistant professor in the College of Education, recently discussed his findings on “Learning Action Research At A Distance,” during a U.S. Department of Education meeting in Washington, D. C.

In July 2002, Austin attended a U.S. Department of Education sponsored conference for universities that had received federal grants for integrating technology into their education programs.

Austin’s presentation discussed how the BHSU College of Education partnered with another South Dakota firm, Technology and Innovation in Education, to create two new courses that were delivered to teachers at several sites simultaneously over the Digital Dakota Network (DDN).

The DDN is an interactive video conferencing system that every school district in South Dakota possesses. Austin discussed the successes and failures of using this medium to deliver courses to teachers. In particular, the course centered around having in-service teachers learn to use the DDN system, and use an action research process to study their own classroom practices.

“The courses were successful. Participants not only became familiar with operating the DDN system, but they also were able to share the results of their own individualized research projects with peers who offered them feedback from other remote locations,” Austin said.

“BHSU faculty are not only doing an exceptional job of training its students, but they are also sharing information with full-time teachers and school administrators in the region who are anxious to learn the latest technology to improve classroom learning. We are especially excited to see the many teachers in the field, especially those who supervise our BHSU student teachers, improve their skills by exploring new technology like the DDN system,” Austin added.

Austin received his doctorate in counselor education from the University of Wyoming in 1992 and has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1997. He currently teaches educational psychology courses and supervises student teachers in their final semester of student teaching.


Salomon to speak about religion and the Middle East - Top

David Salomon, assistant professor of English at BHSU, will present a speech on "Religion and the Middle East" Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Sturgis Community Center on Lazelle Street. 

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The talk is sponsored by the Sturgis Area Arts Council and the SD Humanities Council.

For more information, contact David A. Salomon at davidsalomon@bhsu.edu or visit www.bhsu.edu/artssciences/asfaculty/dsalomon.


Worldwide explorer will speak at BHSU - Top

Dr. Wade Davis, a worldwide traveler, anthropologist, botanical explorer and best-selling author, will speak at Black Hills State University Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Davis is the current speaker in the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series at BHSU. His presentation is open to the public at no charge.

Davis will present “Light at the Edge of the World,” highlighting his travels and experiences around the world. Davis has earned a reputation as an adventurer and has been described as a living Indiana Jones. He has lived among indigenous groups in Latin America, conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Canada, and published scientific and popular articles ranging from Haitian voodoo and Amazonian myth and religion to the global biodiversity crisis. He has also written about the traditional use of psychotropic drugs and the ethnobotany of the South American Indians.

According to Davis, one of the most intense pleasures of his traveling is the opportunity to live among peoples who have not forgotten the old ways, who still feel the past in the wind, touch it in stones polished by rain, and recognize its taste in the bitter leaves of the plants. Davis says that encourages people “to remember that our world does not exist in some absolute sense but rather is just one model of reality. The Penan in the forest of Borneo, the Vodoun acolytes in Haiti, the wandering holy men of the Sahara teach us that there are other options, other possibilities, other ways of thinking and interacting with the Earth.”

His presentation moves throughout the world as he shares his experiences. For three years he traveled in the Andes and Amazon, living among a dozen or more tribes as he searched for new sources of medicines and studied cocoa, the most sacred plant of the Inca and the source of cocaine. He collected some 6,000 botanical specimens while working with traditional healers and shamans.

In 1982, his research took him to Haiti to study zombies, the living dead of Vodoun, folklore, and investigate the first medically documented case. Working among the secret societies, he identified a folk preparation that contained a powerful nerve poison capable of inducing a state of apparent death so profound that victims could actually be misdiagnosed as dead. This study, the basis of his dissertation research at Harvard, led to two books Passage of Darkness and The Serpent and the Rainbow, an international bestseller that appeared in 12 languages and was later made into a feature film by Universal Studios.

Davis then moved to Borneo where he lived among the Penan, a nomadic people of the rainforest whose way of life has, within the last 20 years, been compromised by the high rate of deforestation. Most recently, his research has taken him to East Africa, the high Arctic, Tibet and the Orinoco delta in Venezuela. His other books include One River, Shadows in the Sun, The Clouded Leopard, Rainforest and Light at the End of the World, which showcases some of his nature photography.

Davis is an explorer in residence for the National Geographic Society and a Harvard-trained anthropologist and plant explorer. The man who considers himself “an independent scholar,” received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany from Harvard University.  Davis has dedicated his life to conservation based development and protection of cultural and biological diversity and is an active member of several organization committed to this cause.

He is known as a fascinating speaker who is able to convey both the wonder and science of a disappearing world. Davis brings a world of experience with him to add to BHSU’s list of renowned Madeline Young Speakers.

The Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series was established in 1986 by a $150,000 gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna. In the past, the series has hosted free presentations by such illustrious speakers as former president of Poland Lech Walesa, 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, co-anchor of "Prime Time Live" and 27-year veteran of ABC News Sam Donaldson, and actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice in conjunction with Black History Month.

For more information, contact the BHSU institutional advancement office at 642-6446.


South Dakota Stock Market Simulation begins Oct. 7 - Top

Black Hills State University will once again conduct the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation for elementary, high school and university students this fall.

The South Dakota Stock Market Simulation is an on-line educational tool designed to increase student motivation and learning. The simulation allows hundreds of student teams to compete each semester in a statewide competition in which they research companies and invest $100,000 in a stock portfolio. Student divisions include elementary/junior high school (grades 4-8), high school, and college. All trading and research is performed on-line. The registration fee is $15 per team, which includes all teaching materials and a bi-weekly coordinator newsletter with information on the stock market and a variety of business and economic events to stimulate student discussion in the classroom.

The fall 2002 session begins Monday, Oct. 7. To register on-line, click on the registration button at www.sdakotasms.com. Team identification numbers and passwords will be issued. Supporting materials will be mailed to the teachers shortly after registration.

The South Dakota Stock Market Simulation is sponsored by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the Centers for Economic Education at the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State University.

Information requests can be directed to Don Altmyer, associate professor in the College of Business and Technology, by email at donaltmyer@bhsu.edu  or by phone at 642-6266.


EAFB plans flyover before football game in honor of military appreciation day - Top

The first home football game of the season for BHSU will begin with a roar as the United States Air Force and Ellsworth Air Force Base plan a B1 bomber flyover prior to the game Saturday, Sept. 14 at Lyle Hare Stadium.

BHSU is hosting military appreciation day to honor veterans and active military personnel. All active military personnel and veterans will be admitted to the game free by showing their military identification.

Bud Synhorst, athletic director, said BHSU chose to honor all military personnel in recognition of all that they do for our community and nation.

“I believe that over the past year, America has truly learned the meaning of heroes. We are honored to have those who have defended our freedoms in the past, as well as those who defend the United States every day, join us as we thank them for defending our freedom on a daily basis,” Synhorst said.

The community of Spearfish is hosting a “Back to America” parade which begins at 10 a.m. that same day. Following this patriotic parade, participants, spectators and military personnel are encouraged to attend the BHSU vs. Minot State football game at 1:30 p.m. after a pre-game tailgate social beginning at noon at the football stadium.

The BHSU Yellow Jackets, known for the colors green and gold, will show their true colors, red, white and blue, during the military appreciation day. Fans are encouraged to wear patriotic clothing as the university recognizes and honors all military personnel.

The coaches, staff and student-athletes at BHSU are excited about starting the new season at home with a flyover according to Synhorst. The Jackets opened their season on the road with a disappointing one-point loss to Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell last week and are hoping to improve their record with a win at home. 


Tailgate socials to be held prior to Sept. 14 football game - Top

Two tailgate socials will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. prior to the BHSU football game against Minot State University.

The Green and Gold Tailgate Social will be held at Salem Park. Burgers, brats, and beverages will be available at a cost of $4 per person. 

At the north end of Lyle Hare Stadium, Burger King will be providing whoppers, chips, and soda free of charge.


BHSU UP Team presents Julie Stoffer Sept. 16 - Top

The University Programming (UP) Team at Black Hills State University will be presenting Julie Stoffer, MTV’s Real World New Orleans, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Stoffer will be speaking in the Woodburn Auditorium, courtesy of the UP Team Lecture and Concert and Variety Entertainment committees. She will talk about her experience on the Real World and several other topics, including “The Truth Campaign,” an anti-tobacco group for which she is spokesperson.

The public is welcome to attend. Tickets cost $3 for the general public and admission is free to all students with a BHSU I.D. For additional information, contact Megan at 642-6418.


Black Hills State University offers community classes - Top

Black Hills State University will offer several non-credit community classes beginning Sept. 21 and continuing throughout the fall semester.

The first course, Buying a Personal Computer, will help non-computer experts understand just what all those numbers mean when buying a personal computer. All information will be presented in plain language. This class will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at a cost of $19.

Basic Personal Computer will look at the basics of the Windows operating system. This course will also cover hardware and software, saving and copying files, and introductions to CD burning and using DVD-ROM. Basic troubleshooting will be discussed. This course begins Saturday, Sept. 28, and continues Saturday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 12. It is provided at a cost of $67 which includes a QuickStudy BarChart and a floppy disk.

Advanced Personal Computer is a course for advanced users or those who have completed the Basic Personal Computer course. The majority of the topics discussed will be decided by the students in the class. The class costs $19, including one floppy disk. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 19.

The fourth course, Basic Internet, will go over the basics of the Internet, talk about where the Internet originated, and go through techniques for using the search engines. Programs covered include Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Microsoft Outlook. This course meets Oct. 26, Nov. 2, and Nov. 9. Tuition is $67, including a QuickStudy BarChart and a floppy disk.

The final class for the fall semester, Advanced Internet, will mainly review topics chosen by the students. Internet experience and/or completion of the Basic Internet course are recommended. This class meets Nov. 16. Tuition is $19 which includes a floppy disk.

All classes will be conducted by Dr. David Salomon from 9 to 11 a.m. in Jonas 101 on the BHSU campus.

Early registration helps avoid disappointment since classes fill quickly. Registration is now until one week before the class is scheduled to start. Four methods for registration are provided: phone at 642-6771; fax at 642-6031; mail at Black Hills State University, Extended Services, 1200 University Street Unit 9508, Spearfish, SD 57799-9508; or walk-in from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Woodburn 219 on the BHSU campus. Tuition fees must be paid in full when registering.

For more information on any of these classes contact the office of Extended Services at 642-6771.


Swarm Day activities begin Sept. 23 - Top

Black Hills State University’s annual homecoming week is Sept. 23-28. This year’s Swarm Days theme is “Rock Around the Clock.”

The festivities begin Sept. 23 as the BHSU royalty are crowned during the coronation ceremony. Other community events include a kids carnival with entertainer Phil Baker Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4-7 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center; an alumni art show all week at the Ruddell Gallery; the annual parade Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m.; and pre-game tailgates at 11:30 a.m. Entries for the parade are still being taken. To register for the parade stop by the information desk at the BHSU Student Union or call 642-6062.

Athletic competitions include a Lady Jackets volleyball game vs. Tech, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, and a showdown between the BHSU and Dakota State University football teams at 1:30 p.m. in Lyle Hare Stadium Saturday, Sept. 28, which concludes the Swarm Week activities.

See the schedule for all Swarm Week events.

For additional information on any of these events, call the Swarm Day office at 642-6418.

Members of the 2002 Swarm Day Committee, who have been making plans for the annual event, are, left to right, front row, Terri Vandersnick, Garretson; Amy Rosacker, Rawlins, Wyo.; Morgan Miles, Rapid City. Middle row, Jessi Stroppel, Kadoka; Leah Peterson, Kadoka; Jill Wince, Dupree; Amy Haiter, Sturgis. back row, advisors, Ellen Melarango, Steve Meeker and Jane Klug. Not pictured are committee members Becky Meyers, Rapid City; Patrick Fink, Sturgis; Geno Pesicka, Spearfish; Shawn Travis, Platte; Bridget Deuter, Ree Heights; Megan Wyett, Casper, Wyo., and advisor Terri Wells.


BHSU to host the South Dakota amateur disc golf championship tournament - Top

BHSU will host the South Dakota amateur disc golf championship tournament Sept. 21 on the fifth anniversary of campus disc golf course. This tournament will also be a fundraiser for the Spearfish Relay for Life.

The tournament will consist of two rounds of disc golf. The first round will be played to the shortest position of the disc golf baskets. After round 1, the baskets will be moved to their longest positions, making the second 18-hole round more challenging.

Walk-up registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament will begin at hole one on the northwest side of campus behind Thomas Hall. The entry fee is $20, which entitles each participant to a “player package” including a new golfing disc, mini disc, disc golf sticker, disc golf magazine and continental breakfast. The Spearfish Optimist Club will match up to $500 in entry fees. These fees will be donated to the Spearfish Relay for Life.

Prizes will be awarded in the junior, novice, and advanced divisions. The prizes for the tournament will be donated by the BHSU Bookstore, Discraft Golfing Discs, Spearfish Relay for Life and Disc Golf World News.

Disc golf is like traditional golf in that each player attempts to complete the holes in the least amount of shots. To complete each hole, the disc is thrown into a metal basket with a hanging array of metal chains that serve to catch the disc and drop it into the bottom of the basket. Disc golf is popular for players of all ages due to the low cost of equipment and the approximate one-hour playing time to complete an 18-hole course.

For further information, call Don Altmyer, tournament director, at 642-6266 or email donaltmyer@bhsu.edu.


Faculty research funds available - Top

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, Woodburn 218, or can be printed from their website.  

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. The next application deadline is Oct. 11 at 12:00 p.m.  

The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup, Steve Anderson, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer.


Grant opportunity announced - Top

The following grant opportunity was received Sept. 5-11 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

  • Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy. The Black Hills State University Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy is seeking applications from BHSU faculty members interested in pursuing research in the areas of democracy, civic education, law-related education, or the promotion of democratic principles and ideals. The endowment will award up to two (2) stipends of $6,000 each. Deadline Jan. 13, 2003.