Volume XXVI No. 6 Feb.
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receives grant from South Dakota Game Fish and Parks - Top
Shane Sarver, associate professor of biology,
recently received a grant from the South Dakota Department of Game
Fish and Parks for $16,400.
The grant provides funding for continued
research on the endangered Topeka shiner. Currently, DNA
fingerprinting markers are being developed that will be used to
investigate genetic variation in natural populations of Topeka
Listed as an endangered species in 1999 by the
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Topeka shiners are found in
several river systems in
eastern South Dakota as well as several other
mid-western states. The current distribution of the small fish is
considerably reduced from its historical numbers.
Sarver has been working with the South Dakota
Department of Game Fish and Parks to genetically characterize the
South Dakota populations of the Topeka shiner in order to develop
effective management plans.
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.
presents at annual meeting - Top
Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business
and Technology at Black Hills State University, presented a paper
recently at a national institute annual meeting in San Francisco,
Meek’s paper “Does Scale of Measurement
Really Make a Difference in Test Selection: The One-Sample Test for
Location – t vs. Wilcoxon Signed Rank” was presented at the
Decision Sciences Institute’s 32nd annual meeting. An
abstract of the paper was published in the conference proceedings.
Meek reported preliminary results of a
simulation study comparing the performance of the one sample t-test
for location to the Wilcoxon signed rank procedure using data
generated for various Likert scales.
The procedures were compared on their type I and type II
error rates under varying sample sizes and different scales. The
findings were based on a total of 10,725
simulated data sets. Contrary to theoretical
comparisons based on asymptotic relative efficiency (ARE), which is
meaningless for small and medium sample sizes, the t-test gave
better results overall. It
provided better protection against type II errors even with skewed
distributions and small sample sizes.
These results are consistent with Meek’s findings in a
previous paper with respect to the two independent samples t-test
for location differences and the Mann-Whitney-Wilcoxon rank sum
The paper was co-authored with Ceyhun Ozgur of
Valparaiso University and Kenneth Dunning of the University of
Meek joined the faculty at BHSU in 1999 as dean of the
College of Business and Technology. He has a Ph.D. in statistics
from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in
mathematics from Cleveland State University.
Director Dave Little to retire - Top
Dave Little will complete his final lap as a
teacher, coach, and administrator at Black Hills State University
this summer. He will cross the finish line June 28, 2002, retiring
as the most successful track and cross-country coach in the
Little, a 1965 graduate of Northern State
University, began his collegiate coaching and teaching career at
BHSU in 1968 and soon established himself as one of the state’s
most successful collegiate track and field and cross-country
coaches. His name became synonymous with winning South Dakota-Iowa
Conference (SDIC) cross-country and track titles—17 cross-country
titles and 30 track and field titles in men’s and women’s
competition during his tenure as a Yellow Jacket head coach.
His success was not just limited to the field
of competition as his enthusiasm and knowledge of subject matter won
over classroom students, too. He was twice selected as teacher of
the year by the BHSU student senate.
Since success breeds success, he became the
logical choice to tackle the tough administrative challenges
associated with directing the school’s sports center and
overseeing the varsity athletic program. There were times when he
had to balance coaching and administrative assignments at the same
time. He served twice as the university’s athletic director, first
from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1996 to 2002.
“There were parts of teaching I really
enjoyed and there were parts of coaching that were that were equally
as enjoyable,” said Little. “Being involved in building the
Young Center and the outdoor track facility were also satisfying. I
enjoyed each one of them at their moment in time.”
Though he was successful as a teacher and
administrator, it is coaching where his legacy will probably rest.
During the 70s and early 80s his men’s teams dominated the league
by winning 12 consecutive titles in both cross country and track and
Little attributes his many coaching successes
to having the right student athletes, “athletes who were really
talented and were giving individuals,” he said.
was very satisfying when an individual or team did well when they
weren’t expected to win or place at a certain level. When you are
expected to win and you do, it’s nice, but it’s much more
satisfying to exceed expectations.”
Coach Little said he enjoyed the administrative
challenges as building director and athletic director, but paid a
price for that commitment. The price was ultimately giving up
“I had to pay a real price for that
(full-administrative responsibilities),” he said. “It was giving
up coaching; two times I particularly missed coaching—3 p.m.
practice each day and Saturdays.”
It’s understandable that his love of coaching
is undiminished, as he has spent a considerable amount of time doing
just that. He once calculated that he had driven more than 600,000
miles recruiting and attending competitions as a BH coach and spent
more than 2 ½ years attending track and cross-country competitions
if they were added up day by day.
For his coaching accomplishments, Little was
Named NAIA District 12 coach of the year 14 times, was named South
Dakota Sports Writer’s coach of the year once (1978), women’s
of the year (1998), and he was recently recognized as an honorary
referee at the 2001 Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls. He also
served a two-year term (1984-86) as president of NAIA executive
committee on cross country.
For the fans and athletes who follow BHSU track
and cross country, a new season will begin and the sound of the
starter’s pistol will be the same, but a familiar face will be
gone from the runners’ landscape. Oh, he will be there on occasion
as a visitor or helper, but most of his time will be devoted to
other pursuits—family, boating, hunting and excursions that he
wasn’t able to do when his Saturdays and weekends were filled with
athletes, competitions, road trips, and meets.
A national search for a new athletic director
will begin immediately according to university officials.
Applications will be accepted until a suitable replacement is found.
Awards and championships during Coach
Little’s tenure at BHSU
Track and Field
Men’s track and field SDIC titles: 1972,
1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982,
1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Men’s track and field NAIA District 12
titles: 1979 and 1980
Women’s track and field SDIC titles:
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998
Track and field awards: S.D. Sports
Writers’ Coach of the Year 1978
Men’s NAIA District 12 coach of the year
award: 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980
Women’s SDIC coach of the year award:
Men’s cross country SDIC titles: 1973,
1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983,
1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992
Men’s cross country NAIA District 12
titles: 1977, 1978,
1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989
Women’s cross country SDIC titles: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
Men’s NAIA District 12 cross country
coach of the year award: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983,
1984, 1987, 1988, 1989
Outstanding Coach of the Year, Northern
State University, 1980
- Honorary referee, Howard Wood Relays 2001
Gallery readies for art exhibit as part of a
five-week program - Top
James Knutson, art professor, and his
assistant, hang artwork for the latest exhibit at the Ruddell
Gallery in the Black Hills State University Student Union which
features more than 70 reproductions of mixed media art images
created during the Vietnam War by combat artists. Knutson authored
the five-week program “Rights & Riots—Wars and
Watergate—American Democracy in the 1960s and 1970s.” The art
display is on loan from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
Two of the artists, James Pollock, Pierre, and Stephen Randall,
Sioux Falls, will present a panel discussion “the Vietnam War as
seen by U.S. Combat Artists” at Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Student
Union Jacket Legacy Room. Several other speakers, films and
discussions are planned for the five-week program. The show and
events continue through March 8.
The intent of this program is to show
multi-sided, multi-media, multi-person collage of the events of that
time in U.S. history. Events planned during the program include,
informal discussions, visiting lectures, panel discussions, films
pertinent to the 60s and 70s, photo reproductions of work by Vietnam
combat artists, and two computers with links to historical events
during this period.
“In view of the tremendous interest in World
War II and the recent events of Sept. 11, 2001, a number of faculty
at Black Hills State became interested in looking at another period
of time when America also experienced an era of instability, the 60s
and 70s,” said the BH art professor. “These events included
racial relations, … race riots, … occupation of Wounded Knee,
… the Nixon presidency and Watergate, … the revolt of
generations, … role of the Vietnam War, …
and the free world against Communism. … These splits
continue to resurface at times in the present and provide a point of
reference when looking at what stabilizes or destabilizes American
The schedule of events:
Friday, Feb. 8— A panel discussion featuring
Drs. Vincent King and David Salomon on “Apocalypse Now Redux”
and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness will be presented in Jonas
101 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12—Professor Sheryl Grana will
present “From There to Here: Understanding the People, Conditions,
Ideas of Women’s Lives” in the Student Union Jacket Legacy room
at 7 p.m. Grana is nationally known writer on issues about women and
justice. Her most
recent book is “Women and (In)Justice: The Criminal and Civil
Effects of the Common Law on Women’s Lives.”
She has recently been published in the Journal of Family
Violence. On the
faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth for ten years, she is
currently the head of department of sociology-anthropology, and
acting head of the department of women’s studies.
|Thursday, Feb. 14—Combat artists, Jim
Pollock, Pierre, and Steve Randall, Sioux Falls, will participate in
a panel discussion “the Vietnam War as seen by U.S. Combat
Artists” at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.
Creators of these pieces of art - Jim Pollock, "Machine
Gunner" (above) and Stephen Randall, "Sitting on the
Dock of the Bay" (right) will speak at BHSU Feb.
Tuesday, Feb. 19—The movie “Breathless”
will be shown in Jonas 305 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21—Professor John Farley’s
presentation “The Impact of the Social Movements of the 1960s and
70s on Race Relations in America Today” will began at 7 p.m. in
the Student Union Jacket Legacy room.
Wednesday, Feb. 27—Professor Tom Hills will
present the “Watergate” scandal at 7 p.m. in the Student Union
Jacket Legacy room.
Thursday, Feb. 28—The movie “All the
President’s Men” will be shown in Jonas 305 at 6 p.m.
Monday, March 4—The BHSU Global Awareness
Committee will present a program (time and date to be announced)
Wednesday, March 6—The movie “Regret to
Inform” will be shown in Jonas 305 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 7—A panel discussion on the
pros and cons of Native American issues in the 70s will be presented
in the Student Union Jacket Legacy room at 7 p.m.
The five-week program is sponsored by the Chiesman
Foundation for Democracy, the U.S. Army Center of Military History,
BHSU College of Arts and Sciences and the BHSU Student Union.
Information on the program or the Ruddell Gallery display is
available by contacting James Knutson at (605) 642-6104 or by email
receives grant funding to promote high-tech business
at Black Hills State University received a $16,500 sub-grant from
the University of South Dakota to participate in the National
Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation project.
Romkema, associate professor of business, and Lisa Bryan, adjunct
business instructor, will direct the Black Hills State business
development team involved in the project. The BH team will partner
with a technical team of faculty and students from South Dakota
School of Mines and Technology. Both teams will work with Duff Kruse
of Pacer Corporation in Custer.
seeks to stimulate the expansion of the high-tech business sector in
South Dakota and make the universities a driving force behind this
growth,” said Romkema. “This partnership enables private sector
individuals and businesses to team with university faculty and
students to create and implement development plans for selected
innovations or technologies.”
The project also
seeks to integrate innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship
activities into business, science, math and other graduate and
undergraduate classes. The idea is to develop the next generation of
entrepreneurs and prepare students to work for high-tech businesses
in South Dakota. It is a public and private sector collaborative
effort to foster the development of research development-based
businesses in the state.
for Innovation award to USD was funded by a three-year $598,000
grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a statewide
BHSU business students participating in the project are
Jeff Matthews, Huron, Aaron Knudson, Rapid City, and Tracy
grant supports discussion series at Balloch Library - Top
A $2,100 grant
from the Chiesman Foundation will support a lecture and discussion
series on “the American Democratic Experience,” Thursdays, at
6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning this month and continuing through May at
the Spearfish Grace Balloch Memorial Public Library.
Black Hills State
University in cooperation with the Balloch Library will present the
series. Dr. Roger Ochse, associate professor of humanities, will
serve as discussion moderator.
The library has
received a hundred books from the Library of America from various
grant-funding sources. The community is encouraged to create
opportunities for discussion of the themes and ideas contained in
presenters and topics are as follows:
Feb. 21—Ahrar Ahmad, Ph.D., associate professor of
political science, “American Democracy:
How the Founding Fathers Viewed It, and How the Rest of the
World Now Perceives It.”
March 7—Roger Ochse, Ed.D., associate professor of
humanities, “Walt Whitman and the American Civic Spirit.”
March 21—Debra Roy, M.A., adjunct lecturer in
English, “Landscape and Democracy:
Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs.
April 4—Amy Fuqua, Ph.D., assistant professor of
English, “Willa Cather and Immigrants’ Experience.”
April 18—Vincent King, Ph.D., assistant professor of
English, “The Wages of Pulp:
The Use and Abuse of Fiction in William Faulkner’s The Wild
May 2—Margaret Lewis, M.A., professor of sociology,
“John Steinbeck’s Vision of Poverty: Then and Now.”
the discussion series is available by contacting Ochse at 642-6386
or by email.
A record number of runners compete in
annual Alumni Mile
A record number
of former BHSU distance runners - 32- gathered at the Young
Center last weekend to take part in the 10th annual
Alumni Mile. (Left) Scott Bohall, Glendale,
Ariz., and Randy Mink, Gettysburg, were among the runners.
This run is
designed to be a fun, low-key event according to Jim Glazer, Class
of '96, Burnsville, Minn. He and Frank Davis, Class of '96, Casper,
Wyo., were instrumental in beginning this annual event. The Alumni Mile
raises money each year for scholarships.
runners, who represented five decades of alumni, met this year in
conjunction with BHSU college indoor meet.
|Jim Glazer, Class of '96, Burnsville, Minn.,
left, and Scott Walkinshaw, track coach, right, present
the alumni mile scholarships to Jesse Palczewski, Scranton,
N.D., center left,
and Mike McDaniel, Faith, center right, prior to the alumni run.
|Rob Welo, Class
of ‘92, Aurora, Colo., won
the race followed by Burke Binning, Spearfish.
resident assistants recognized
assistants at Black Hills State were recently treated to a
home-cooked meal and recognized for academic excellence and for a
job well done.
This is the
second year that the department of residence life has recognized
student resident assistants. Each spring, hall directors recognize
seven resident assistants that excel academically. They are known as
“The Academic Seven.” This year, all seven are within a
grade-point average of 3.2 to 3.7.
residence life director, said, “We do this to showcase the fact
that students can lead a busy and responsible life and maintain good
grades, too. The RAs have very responsible campus jobs and are role
models to our residential students. The residence life department
realizes that we are an extension of the academic community and
constantly reinforce this concept through various programs such as
‘The Academic Seven’ recognition.”
assistants treated to a home-cooked meal by the hall directors were,
seated left to right: Lindsay
Whitley, a senior biology major from University Place, Wash.;
Carrie Albright, a sophomore elementary education major from Rapid
City; and Traci Vaplon, a sophomore art education major from
Buffalo, Wyo. Back row: Dr.
Judith Haislett, vice president for student life; Aaron Livingston,
a sophomore pre-med. major from Cheyenne, Wyo.; Coy Sasse, a
sophomore human services major from Batesland; and Brandon Lowery, a
middle-school education major from Pierre. Not pictured is Isaac
Olson, a junior history-education major from Brookings.
place at recreational tournament
Three BHSU students recently placed in the regional
intercollegiate student union recreational tournament.
Dusty Evenson, a senior physical-education major
from Gillette, Wyo., took first place in the men's recreational bowling
division and placed fourth overall. Charity Fernandez, a senior
physical-education major from Worland, Wyo., placed first in the women's
recreational bowling division. Kate McKillop, a senior special-education
major from Gillette, Wyo., placed second in the women's recreational
bowling division. Chris Swiden, student
supervisor of the campus adventure center,
assisted the group through the tournament and also competed in the
men's billiards recreational division. Swiden is a junior biology
major from Wentworth.
The Association of College Unions International
(ACUI) regional recreational tournament was held in Fargo, N.D.,
over the weekend.
Evenson and Fernanadez were repeat competitors both in
their third year of competing at the ACUI regional tournaments.
McKillop and Swiden competed for the first time.
council is selling daffodils for cancer
society - Top
The BHSU Career Service Act Advisory Council is now selling flowers
as a community service project for the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days.
Daffodils can be purchased from any CSA council representative
for $6 for 10 daffodils, or $1/each individually or in bunches of
less than 10. Council
members will also be taking orders for Gift of Hope bouquets for
$15. Payment is
requested in the form of cash or checks made payable to BHSU CSA
Council. All monies collected from the sale of daffodils will be
donated to the American Cancer Society.
Orders and payment are due by Feb. 14. The daffodils placed in
water will open for a beautiful
display of spring color. Customers
are requested to have their own vases ready to receive the daffodils
on March 11.
A list of CSAC representatives is available on the web.
Questions can also be directed to any CSA representative, to CSA
President Nancy Shuck, or to Cheryl Leahy as CSA’s liaison with
the American Cancer Society.
The CSA Council thanks you for your support on behalf
of the American Cancer Society.
The CSA Council also thanks representative Cheryl Leahy for
her hard work in coordinating this community service project.
Johanna Meier to perform at
fundraiser for summer institute of the arts - Top
Famed soprana Johanna Meier will perform for a
Valentine scholarship fundraiser for the Black Hills Summer
Institute of the Arts Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews
Opera House in Spearfish.
“From the Heart of Spain” will feature
Meier singing Spanish folk songs about dance, love and lullaby by
Manuel de Falla (canciones populares espanolas). This concert is
Meier’s only public performance this year.
International star of the opera and concert
stage, Meier has been a leading soprano with the Metropolitan Opera
and countless major opera houses and orchestras throughout the
world. She is well-known as the first American to sing the role of
Isolde in the Bayreuth Festival, which was filmed for Unitel/Philips
and has appeared twice on PBS Great Performances. She is a graduate
of the Manhattan School of Music and made her sensational debut with
the New York City Opera in 1965.
“From the Heart of Spain” will also feature
performances by guitarists Christopher Robin Johnson, the Rushmore
Orchestra, Spanish dancers and special mystery guests. Tapas (hors
d’oeuvres) and dessert bar will be served. Reservations are
required and can be made by calling 642-6420. Cost is $25 per person
donation. Gala dress is recommended.
Proceeds of this fundraising event underwrite
the student scholarship program of the Black Hills Summer Institute
of the Arts-Vocal Arts/Opera Theater workshop which will be held
June 17-30. Now in its fifth year, this program, under the artistic
direction of Johanna Meier, offers students exposure to the highest
level of voice training and performance experience in workshop
format. Hosted by Black Hills State University, this vocal arts
program encourages students to stretch their creative potential with
emphasis on individual expression.
For more information contact Laura Hovey Neubert at 341-5714 or
of the University Assessment Committee - Top
of the University Assessment Committee Meeting which met Feb. 5 at
3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.
Earley, Siewert, Altmyer, J. Miller, I. Olson, Pearce, L.
Turner. Absent: Cook, Haislett, Valades, Schamber, Calhoon, D. Myers
the new checklist, the committee reviewed and decided on the
following final reports
- Accepted with modifications for next year
Science- Accepted with modifications for next year
committee will review biology, English, environmental physical
science, human services, and composite physical science at the next
meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference room 1.
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
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
business, social sciences and humanities. The next
application deadline is Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Applications are to be submitted to
the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218 or to Dr. Farrokhi in
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
University - Top
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