Volume XXVI  No. 43 • Nov. 15, 2002

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BHSU will use grant to prevent tobacco use among young people - Top

Nov. 21, designated as “The Great American Smokeout” by the American Cancer Society, is a day set aside to encourage Americans to quit smoking. A grant at Black Hills State University will seek to expand on that message throughout the year with activities on many levels to prevent tobacco use.

Sandy Klarenbeek, instructor in the College of Education at BHSU, plans to use a $14,250 grant from Black Hills Special Services Cooperative to involve college students, high school students and elementary students in activities that will prevent tobacco use among young people and educate students, local businesses and the general public about the dangers of second-hand smoke.  All of the grant activities will be aimed at reducing exposure to tobacco smoke, preventing youth from beginning to use tobacco, encouraging program to help smokers quit, and to encourage and increase youth empowerment, positive development, civic involvement as well as leadership and decision making responsibilities.

According to Klarenbeek, this grant will be used for a variety of on-going activities that involve students and the public at several different levels.

“We know that healthy students learn better. Healthy teachers will teach better too,” Klarenbeek said.

One of the first activities was a forum at the university last night as a means to get a conversation started on campus concerning tobacco use especially among young people.  BHSU students who participated in the forum are Christa Authier, Lyman; Teresa Daiss, Hill City; Kim Eberhart, Sheridan, Wyo.; J.D. Harris, Spearfish; Brenna Johnson, Kemmerer, Wyo.; Chase Kistler, Sheridan, Wyo.; Michelle Meyer, Spearfish; Amber Phillips, Spearfish; Darcy Schmidt, Spearfish; Alysha Schwarting, Gordon, Neb.; Janelle Skaggs, Powell, Wyo.; Laura Thomas, Rapid City; and Becca Wharton, Byron, Minn.

As a part of the grant, Spearfish fourth grade students will receive tobacco education at East Elementary. Tara Neisent, a BHSU student majoring in elementary education, received a scholarship a part of this grant to work with Spearfish teacher Jill Tiffany. The two will use activities and materials from the American Lung Association, the Cancer Association and the Tobacco Free Kids to teach students about the dangers of secondhand smoke and encourage the students to participate in a letter-writing campaign.

High school students will create counter marketing messages in an attempt to raise awareness and discredit the tobacco use messages that young people are exposed to daily in the media. A local high school graphic arts class, working with a department of health media specialist, will create ads as slides that will be shown as public service announcements in area theaters.

University students will be an integral part of these grant projects as good role models will be recruited to speak to campus news sources and health classes and serve on the health awareness committee. University students will also train others in the use of tobacco curriculums and work through coalition meetings throughout the year to organize and promote tobacco education opportunities.

Another goal of the grant is to promote the use of the department of health quit line, a toll-free telephone line that offers counseling support for tobacco users as they try to quit. This toll free number will be posted in key locations both on- and off-campus and will be included in live radio advertising sports announcements and in local sports programs in an effort to make quitting easier for current tobacco users. 

Klarenbeek encourages BHSU students to be involved with this project. She noted that the grant includes funding opportunities for students. Contact Klarenbeek at 642-6042 for more information.

BHSU faculty members use grant to create a system for high school internet electronics classes - Top

An innovative idea, probably considered implausible by some, to offer electronics classes to rural high school students over the internet became a reality as a result of a grant that technology faculty members at Black Hills State University received to implement the concept.

For nearly five years, Tom Termes, project coordinator and assistant professor at BHSU, has been working to develop, test and perfect a system that has proven to be an effective alternative way to offer these classes. Now at the halfway point of this $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Jerry Miller, principal investigator for the grant, and Termes report that the project has exceeded expectations and that the potential future uses is vast.

Faculty from BHSU have been working with Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City on this project to allow high school students in South Dakota to take electronics without leaving their classrooms.

“The idea of teaching a laboratory-based technical course at a remote site was impossible just a few years ago, but the World Wide Web and some pretty sophisticated equipment makes it possible today,” said Termes.

The internet electronics courses are currently offered at six high schools in western South Dakota: Belle Fourche, Douglas, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, Lead, Spearfish, and Sturgis.  Electronics courses have been taught in high schools in South Dakota in the past, but small student enrollments make it difficult for most high schools to support a full-time electronics instructor according to Termes.

“This new system allows for the sharing of our limited resources and the improvement of course offerings at the high school level,” Termes said. “This project is yet another example of how South Dakota schools are using the wired classrooms.”

As the first to use this technology, Termes says that from the beginning this has been a learning process for everyone involved. After a disappointing first attempt with a poorly developed system, Termes began to work with NIDA, a corporation in Florida that has developed learning software applications for the military, to create a system that would incorporate all the components needed and be available over the internet.

“NIDA didn’t have the system we wanted when we started, so together we developed it. We are actually testing it for them and they continue to support our project,” Termes said.

Termes gives this brief overview of how the system works. Computer workstations, connected to an electronics trainer and to the World Wide Web, are available at each of the high schools. The student uses the computer to access the instruction and works through the electronics curriculum while a computer program records everything the student does in the curriculum. Then the student uses the electronics trainer to perform the laboratory portions of the instruction which are based on problem solving. The computer, in a fascinating way, injects “faults” into the student’s electronics circuitry, forcing the student to figure out what is wrong. This method of using the computer to enhance the laboratory exercises creates a great experience for the student, an experience that cannot be duplicated outside of computer-based instruction.

Termes sees great potential for this type of internet course. Enrollment at the high schools continues to grow and plans are underway to add a seventh school.

“We are in the process of making connections with several of the technical institutes in the eastern part of the state, increasing our institution base. Additionally we are attempting to expand the project to institutions in other states,” Termes said. “We believe that our project is truly ‘world class’ and that we have something that can be duplicated all over the United States.”

He notes that the model and experience gained in this first attempt could be applied for other disciplines as well.

As an educator, Termes points out there are drawbacks to the course delivery. He notes that it works best for visual learners and may not be as effective for those more inclined to audio learning. He also cites the low faculty-student interaction and the absence of student-to-student interaction as disadvantages. Termes is working to develop solutions to these problems possibly with chat rooms or other technological communication processes.

This fall, Miller and Termes along with project evaluator Robert Magelky, from the Technology in Education Office in Pierre, attended a three-day conference in Washington, D.C. to meet with other national Advanced Technological Education principal investigators. At the conference/workshop, sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges, they had the opportunity to exchange ideas with educational and industrial leaders from all over the U.S.

Students who have already completed this course have gone on to related fields. Two students are now studying engineering and another student is involved with electronics in the military. This unique method of offering electronics classes via the internet gives students, especially those in rural and small schools, the opportunity to learn electronics while still in high school. Students have the option to take this course as a dual enrollment course to get an early start on their college coursework.

Sturgis high school student Kayla Davison looks on as her instructor Mr. Don Ericson demonstrates a computer application for her internet electronics class. Davison is one of several high school students participating in the course made possible through a grant with BHSU technology faculty members.  


Black Hills State University will present jazz concert Nov. 19 - Top

The Black Hills Gold singers and the Black Hills Jazz Ensemble will provide an entertaining evening of vocal and instrumental jazz arrangements Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the Black Hills State University campus.

Black Hills Gold, under the direction of Steve Parker, will sing such standards as Route 66, How High the Moon, Sweet Georgia Brown, and God Bless the Child. The singers will also present a humorous selection entitled Save the Bones for Henry Jones, cuz Henry Don’t Eat No Meat. Solos will be performed by Isaac Waring, Spearfish; Matt Dewey, Rapid City; Jennifer Bailey, Lead; Greg Glodt, Upton, Wyo.; Kristine Schaffer, Custer; Lynette Daum, Newcastle, Wyo.; and Andrea Farr, Colstrip, Mont. In addition one song features solos by all the Black Hills Gold members.

The Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Randall Royer, will play swing tunes, Latin tunes, a ballad or two, and even a rock-type number. Featured soloists include Ashley Custis, Spearfish; Jeremy Kroon, Virginia Beach, Va.; Michelle Mahlen, Rapid City; Danielle Mahlen, Rapid City; Ginger Irwin, Green River, Wyo.; Lynette Daum, Newcastle, Wyo.; and faculty member Christopher Hahn on trumpet. The entire trombone section is also featured on one tune.

For more information contact Steve Parker at 605-642-6628.

Walt Disney World College Program representative coming to BHSU Nov. 21 - Top

A Walt Disney World College Program representative will be at the Student Union Marketplace Thursday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. to deliver an informational presentation and to conduct interviews with BHSU students.

The Walt Disney World College Program offers paid internship opportunities in a variety of fields. Their internship program is recognized as one of the top internship/training programs in the country. According to Sarah Chase, career counselor and internship coordinator at the Career Center, former BHSU student Tara Brodkorb participated in the program last year. 

Students in all majors and at all grade levels are invited to attend. Interviews take place immediately following the presentation. Students must attend the presentation in order to interview.

More information can be obtained at the BHSU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Union or by contacting Chase at 642-6219 or sarahchase@bhsu.edu.

Memorial for Sara Sanford will be Nov. 25 - Top

A memorial service for BHSU student Sara Sanford will be held Monday, Nov. 25 at 
2 p.m. in the Young Center Hall of Fame Room. 

Sanford died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Spearfish Oct. 12, 2002.

Sanford was a recent transfer student who was majoring in psychology and sociology at BHSU. Her classmates have established a memorial to plant a tree in her memory. Donations may be brought to the service or may be sent to Dr. David Salomon at 1200 University Street Unit 9063, Spearfish, SD 57799-9063.

University Assessment Committee minutes - Top

The University Assessment Committee met Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.

Present were G. Earley, D. Siewert, K. Pearce, D. Calhoon, S. Schamber, D. Altmyer, & H. Johnson. L. Cook and J. Haislett were absent.

The chair reported that the Higher Learning Commission made a preliminary recommendation of accreditation for ten years without any stipulations and that the progress of the University Assessment Committee was acceptable.

Annual assessment reports received this fall include American Indian studies, art, art communication/mass communication, history, human services, political science, social sciences/SS composite, sociology, Spanish, and speech/theatre.

Of the initial three reviewed at today’s meeting, Calhoon moved and Pearce seconded to accept the art report with suggested minor modifications for next year. Motion approved. Pearce moved and Siewert seconded to accept the art communications/mass communications report with suggested minor modifications for next year. Motion approved. The committee recommended to return the human services report for revisions.

Finally, the committee discussed the need for all reports to include the program’s mission statement and professional standards (if available) to guide the assessment report. Then, the identified goals, student outcomes, and measurement tools flow from the program’s purpose so that the data can be used to make informed programmatic decisions (such as, new courses, etc). Likewise, a comprehensive presentation of the collected data provides a clear rationale for drawing conclusions and making these program recommendations. The committee is hopeful that a template could assist in writing the assessment reports and standardize the assessment efforts for the university. The plan is to distribute the template for next year’s reports.

The next meeting dates and reports for review follow:

  • Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103 - history, sociology, social science composite, political science, and Spanish
  • Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103 - American Indian studies, speech/theatre, math
  • Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103

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 Friday, Nov. 22 at 12 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. 

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