Volume XXVII  No. 12 • March 21, 2003

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CSA Council at BHSU doubles daffodil sales to support the American Cancer Society - top

Bright yellow daffodils are a common sight on the Black Hills State University campus this week as an employee group, the Career Service Advisory Council (CSA), delivered daffodils sold for an American Cancer Society fundraiser.

The CSA Council doubled the number of daffodils sold on campus this year with total sales of $1,651. Last year the group’s efforts added

$834 to the fundraiser, up from the $500 in 2001. Cheri Leahy, CSA Council member, said the group sold 137 bunches of daffodils and 46 gift of hope bouquets.

“This CSA community service  

CSA council member Cheri Leahy (right) delivers a gift of hope bouquet to coworker Ramona Collins (left) during Daffodil Days. The employee group sold and delivered a record number of daffodils this year for the American Cancer Society fundraiser.
project is a fun project because everyone enjoys getting the daffodils and watching them bloom in the offices,” Leahy said. She thanks faculty, staff and everyone on campus for their generosity and praised the dedication of the CSA Council members for the success of the fundraiser.

“The BHSU community is a major contributor to the success of this fundraiser,” Mary Bonrud, Daffodil Days chairperson, said. “The enthusiasm of Cheri and the entire group at BHSU was wonderful. We delivered a ‘jeepful’ of daffodils to the campus as our first delivery Monday morning and their enthusiasm was contagious and inspired us for the other deliveries.” She expressed her thanks to the CSA Council and the entire campus for their participation.

Funds raised make it possible for the American Cancer Society to support research to find a cure for cancer, educate people to prevent cancer and detect it early, advocate to affect cancer-related issues and serve those touched by cancer. The daffodil has been selected because it is the first flower of spring, and to many, represents the hope of a new season…hope for a world free of cancer.

For more information contact Leahy at 642-6145, Bonrud at 644-1260 or Michelle Kruger at 722-5246.


BHSU psychology students present at national conference - top

Two Black Hills State University psychology students recently presented their research at a national research conference for undergraduate students. Ben Blake, a junior from Spearfish who worked with Dr. Patrick Stark, assistant professor of psychology at BHSU, presented research on the trailing ability of rattlesnakes by chemical cues. Tracy Grong, a senior from Brookings who worked with Cheryl Anagnopoulos, associate professor of psychology at BHSU, presented research on the connotations of sexist language.

The students and Anagnopoulos attended the 17th National Conference on Undergraduate Research held in Salt Lake City, Utah, recently. Both students presented their research at the interdisciplinary conference.

Blake’s presentation was titled “Rattlesnake Trailing Ability as a Function of Availability of Chemical Cues.” Under the direction of Stark, Blake is studying the ability of rattlesnakes to follow the trail of potential prey. Rattlesnakes often release prey after delivering an envenomating strike and envenomed rodents can travel some distance before succumbing to the effects of the venom. The snake’s ability to follow a trail made by an envenomated rodent is dependent upon chemical cues deposited by prey on the substrate. It was found that latency to locate envenomated prey and percentage time spent on trail were unaffected by small gaps between chemical cue deposits, but that increases in distance between successive deposits resulted in increased latencies and a reduction in time spent on trail.

Grong’s presentation was titled “Sexist Language and its Connotations.” Grong used a variety of male and female descriptors (e.g., girl, boy, chick) to determine what connotations participants had for the those words. Her research revealed that many words describing females carry with them childlike and immature connotations.

“The students did an excellent job presenting their research,” Anagnopoulos said. “This conference is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research at a national level.”

There were more than 300 universities represented at this conference with approximately 2,500 students presenting.


Student writer awards announced at BHSU - top

Recipients of the fourth Annual Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing awards will be honored at a ceremony Monday, March 31 
at 7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace.

Rick Robbins, guest speaker, will read from his work and present the award winners. Robbins, author of Famous Persons We Have Known and director of creative writing at the University of Minnesota-Mankato, will sign copies of his book after the ceremony. A reception and signing will follow. The pubic is encouraged to attend.

Winners of the writing awards are:

  • Composition category – first place, Amanda Blake, a freshman English major from Spearfish, for "Testing the Limits of Imagination," written for Dr. Vincent King, English 201; first runner-up, Karl Lehman, a junior English major from Lead, for "Zen and the Fate of a Toaster: September 11 Revisited," written for Kent Meyers, English 201; second runner-up: Mandi Mutchler, a junior art major from Spearfish, for "Imagination: The Perfect Tool for the Self-Reliant Man," written for Dr. Vincent King, English 201.

  • Non-Composition Category - first place, Greg Bischoff, a junior composite English major from Belle Fourche, for "Language as Social Hope: The Poetry of Carolyn Forche," written for Dr. Amy Fuqua, English 492; first runner-up: Robyn Rohde-Finnicum, a junior English major from Spearfish, for "Emerson and Whitman: Can Souls Touch?" written for Dr. Vincent King, English 241; second runner-up: Damien Kortum, a senior English major from Spearfish, for "Memory and Music: An Analysis of Carolyn Forche's The Angel of History," written for Dr. Amy Fuqua, English 492.

The awards were renamed to honor former professor Dr. Stewart Bellman after his death this year. Bellman taught English and writing skills during a teaching career that spanned 30 years. The giving of his talents to his students, his colleagues, the community, and the state marked his career.  Bellman was a great supporter of these awards in their early years.

Dr. David A. Salomon, chair of the 2003 Stewart Bellman Writing Awards Committee and assistant professor of English, congratulates all the entrants. “This year's entries were competitive, and the committee was impressed with the quality of the work,” Salomon said.

Committee members include Dr. David Cremean, assistant professor of English; 
Dr. Vincent King, assistant professor of English; Dr. Sharon Strand, English composition director; and Dr. Ronnie Theisz, professor of English and chair for the department of humanities.  For more information about the awards or the ceremony contact Salomon at 642-6249.


BHSU Career Center will hold an interviewing skills workshop - top

The Black Hills State University Career Center will sponsor an intensive all-day interviewing skills workshop, “Ace the Interview,” Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. 
to 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.

An experienced recruiter who has interviewed over 16,000 students will conduct the workshop. The session will discuss why recruiters ask the things they ask and what they are looking for in responses. Those in attendance will experience six critiqued practice interviews to improve self-confidence and personal interviewing skills.

A free pizza lunch will be served. All career fairs and workshops are free of charge and open to the general public. Contact the BHSU Career Center at 642-6277 or wildbill@bhsu.edu for more information or to register for the workshop.


Black Hills State to sponsor entrepreneurship conference - top

An entrepreneurship conference featuring presentations and a panel discussion by local and regional business people will be held Tuesday, March 25 at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the Black Hills State University campus.

The conference, Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks by Dr. Priscilla Romkema, director for the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and BHSU assistant professor, and Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU. Morning sessions include: Evolution of an Entrepreneur by Dr. Jim Hess, BHSU professor of psychology; Giving Entrepreneurship a Voice by Jim Thompson, Creative Broadcast Services, Inc.; and Entrepreneurship Marketing Exercise: Trash to Treasures by Lisa Bryan, BHSU instructor of business and director for the Center of Indian Studies.

The afternoon session will include a welcome by Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, and Beau Peterson, president of the BHSU Chapter of Students in Free Enterprise and a panel discussion. Members of the panel discussion include Lisa Bryan, BHSU instructor and owner of Lisa Little Chief, Inc.; Doug Mastel, president of Mastel Precision; Bob Meyer, president of RAMVAC Corporation; Dr. Duane Sander, co-founder of Daktronics; Perry Titze, owner of Quality Shuttle and Tours and a recent BHSU entrepreneurial studies graduate; and Sian Young, marketing consultant. The panel discussion will be moderated by Tom Wheaton, assistant director of the BHSU enrollment center.

The conference, sponsored by the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is open to the public at no charge. For more information call 642-6091 or 642-6273.


Candlelight vigil and panel discussion rescheduled - top

Due to weather conditions the Voices Against Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil and the “Giving Voice” panel discussion scheduled for Tuesday, March 18 at Black Hills State University have been postponed until Tuesday, March 25.

The candlelight vigil will begin at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday in Ida Henton Park. Those attending are asked to donate food, clothing, or volunteer time to the Artemis House. The panel discussion will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Hall of Fame Room. The event will feature discussion lead by BHSU professors on different topics and issues associated with women, including stereotypes, American Indian women, psychology, the effects of men and masculinity on women, and the ages of women in higher education.

The activities are open to the public. Contact Leona White Hat, assistant director of the Center for Indian Studies, at 642-6578 or Jean Helmer, director of United Ministries, at 642-6556 for more information.


Career Center will conduct job fairs - top

The Black Hills State University Career Center will sponsor two job fairs, the Summer Fun Job/Internship Fair and the Black Hills Teacher Job Fair, this spring.

The Summer Fun Job/Internship Fair will be Thursday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 
3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Over 20 employers who are looking to hire summer employees, interns and full-time employees are planning to attend. The list of employers who have registered for the fair can be found at www.bhsu.edu/careers by clicking on the Career Fairs link. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

The Black Hills Teacher Job Fair will be Friday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Fieldhouse. Representatives from over 11 states will attend. For a current list of schools that have registered for the fair visit www.bhsu.edu/careers. The list changes frequently as schools are registering daily.

Both fairs are free and open to the public. For more information contact Eileen Thomas in the Career Center at 642-6277 or stop by the Career Center in the lower level of the Student Union.


BHSU Rodeo Club will host Yellow Jackpot - top

The Black Hills State University Rodeo Club and Team is sponsoring “The Yellow Jackpot,” a rough stock jackpot rodeo. The rodeo will be March 28 at 7 p.m. at Seven Downs Arena in Spearfish and will be followed by a dance with music provided by Brock Finn, a junior history major from Spearfish.

Rodeo events include saddle bronc, bareback riding, bull riding, and barrel racing. The rodeo is open to anyone wishing to enter. Jim Schmidt will donate the stock for the rough stock events and Seven Downs Arena will provide the facilities.

All entries must be submitted by March 24. The entry fee to participate in the rodeo is $45; admission to the rodeo and dance is $7 per person. Those wishing to enter should contact Seven Downs Arena at 605/578-3518 or Nichole Wiechmann, BHSU Rodeo Team member, at 605/491-0141.

The BHSU Rodeo Team competes in the Great Plains region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Currently four team members are competing for Black Hills State, Wiechmann, a senior elementary education major from Armour; Abby Monnens, a freshman business administration/accounting major from Hazel; Jaima Slaney, a freshman mass communication major from Toronto; and Shannon Kulseth, a sophomore biology major from Spearfish. Lacey DeKnikker, a freshman mass communication major from Howes, is president of the Rodeo Club, Nancy Shuck serves as advisor, and Jason Grubb of Seven Downs Arena serves as team coach.

Money raised from the jackpot rodeo and dance will support the BHSU Rodeo Club. Additionally, the club hopes to raise enough money to host the Yellow Jacket Stampede in the future. Anyone wishing to support the Rodeo Club can contact Shuck at 605/642-6082.


All’s Well That Ends Well to premiere at BHSU April 1 - top

The Digital Shakespeare Society at Black Hills State University will present a feature length production of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well Tuesday, April 1, at 
7 p.m. in Jonas 305.

The production, based on a screenplay adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare, will star Isaac Waring, a sophomore music major from Spearfish; Sarah Cozort, a freshman from Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Mike Munro, a junior English major from Spearfish; Matt Sowden, a business administration major from Spearfish; Teresa Addington, a senior speech communication major from Lead; Jonas Lynch, a junior drafting major from Lily; Elizabeth Verhey, a sophomore English major from Rapid City; James Vinton, a junior environmental physical science major from Spearfish; Lindsey Koppinger, a junior mass communication major from Spearfish; Derek Stodden, a freshman English major from Spearfish; Alesha Culver, a freshman human services major from Spearfish; Isaac Olson, a junior history major from Brookings; and Jacob (Moses) Feeley, a senior art major from Spearfish, as Wendell Featherfifth IV. Derrick Buchholz, Tim Bissette, Joe Francis, and Carrissa Wolf, all former BHSU students, will also be featured in the production. William Stodden, a senior history major from Spearfish, served as director and Roger Ochse, associate professor of English at BHSU, acted as producer.

The public is welcome to attend. There is no charge to attend the premiere. Contact Ochse at 642-6386 or rogerochse@bhsu.edu for more information.


Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run will be April 12 - top

Black Hills State University will host the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run Saturday, April 12. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

The Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run is held each year on the Saturday coinciding with the annual Lakota Omniciye Powwow. The run is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former BHSU student who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Marla Herman, a fellow student and member of the Lakota Omniciye at the time, organized the race in his memory the following spring and it has been held every year since then.

Whirlwind Horse was an active and respected student leader. The memorial fundraiser serves to recognize the achievements of students, like Whirlwind Horse, who are working to improve their campus, community and world through the active pursuit of higher education. Each year one $500 scholarship is presented to an American Indian sophomore who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and leadership skills.

The memorial run will feature race categories for all ages. The registration fee is $10 and all participants will receive a t-shirt. Proceeds will go to the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship fund. For more information contact the Student Support Services office at 642-6294 or visit the website.


Black Hills State to host Festival On the Green - top

Black Hills State University will host the annual Festival On the Green (FOG) April 25 beginning at noon and ending at dusk with seven hours of live music combined with an exhibition of local artists, craftspeople and businesses.  

The live music, from 2-9 p.m., will be provided by three professional local rock and alternative acts, two out-of-state rock bands, and the local Battle of the Bands contest winner. FOG will be held at Ida Henton Park, a grassy field in front of Woodburn Hall.  

The University Programming team at BHSU  is seeking both amateur and professional artists and craftspeople to set up booths at the festival. Businesses are also encouraged to set up booths. Tables can be provided.  

“The audience will probably be young, so keep that in mind,” said Trevor New, student coordinator of FOG. “Even if you are not interested in selling anything, this is a great way to expose people to your art and to express yourself.” He encourages all interested people to fill out and return a registration form.  

“The FOG event will be a lot of fun and a good opportunity to enjoy great local art and music. It will also offer a chance for members of the community to enjoy a beautiful spring day together,” New said.  

The event is sponsored by the students of BHSU and is free to the public. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. Food and beverages will be available. In case of inclement weather the event will be held in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, which contains adequate space for the event. For more information call
642-6418.


Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received March 13-19 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or email requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

  • Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP). Radio and Nonbroadcast Applications. PTFP is now accepting applications for radio and nonbroadcast projects. Applications for all FY2003 Radio and Nonbroadcast Projects must be received by 6 p.m. Friday, April 4. www.ntia.doc.gov/ptfp
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Humanities Focus Grants.  Funds of $10,000 to $25,000 per grant will support schools, colleges, universities, libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions in improving formal humanities education for students at all learning levels. The deadline is April 15. Contact NEH Division of Education Programs at (202) 606-8380 or education@neh.gov. http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/hfg.html
  • National Science Foundation. Science Talent Expansion. The National Science Foundation is inviting proposals aimed at preparing citizens and workers for an increasingly complex technological society by directly expanding the number of undergraduates seeking science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degrees and conducting research on degree attainment in those fields. The deadline is April 10 for letters of intent and May 22 for applications. Contact Susan Hixson by phone at (703) 292-4623, fax at (703) 292-9015, or email at shixson@nsf.gov. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03548/nsf03548.htm
  • National Institute on Aging. Exceptional survival in Families (NIA). The National Institute on Aging is inviting applications for cooperative agreements to participate in the design and implementation of a multi-center study on exceptional survival in families. The initiative will support research to determine the degree and patterns of family transmission and aggregation of exceptional longevity and healthy survival to an advanced age as characterized by a variety of phenotypic measures. The deadline is May 19 for letters of intent and June 24 for applications. Contact Winifred Rossi at (301) 496-3836 or rossiw@nia.nih.gov. http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-03-004.html
  • National Science Foundation. STC Partnerships. The National Science Foundation seeks proposals under a newly revised fiscal 2003 science and technology centers (STC) integrative partnerships program, which supports centers that bring together universities, industry, public and other private organizations to undertake important long-term research. The deadline is June 3 for required preliminary proposals and Feb. 10, 2004, for invited full proposals.  www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03550/nsf03550.htm
  • U.S. Department of Education. Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ED). The Education Department of inviting applications for projects to improve student literacy skills and academic achievement by providing increased access to up-to-date school library resources. The deadline is March 28 for recommended letters of intent and April 28 for applications. www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs/html Refer to CFDA #84.364A.

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 in the Grants and Special Projects Office, Woodburn 309, or can be printed from the 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. Applications are now being accepted for faculty release time for Fall 2003. Release time is awarded to full-time faculty who teach on the BHSU campus. The next application deadline is Monday, March 24 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, Earl Chrysler, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 


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