Volume XXVII  No. 15 • April 11, 2003

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Jones named director of facilities services at BHSU - top


Art Jones, who previously served as director of facilities services at BHSU, has been appointed to that position and will begin his duties Monday, April 14.

“Art knows the Black Hills State University campus and community and will be instrumental in addressing the facility management needs of the university as we move into the future,” said Kathy Johnson, vice president for finance and administration. “We are fortunate to have someone with his experience, knowledge and commitment to BHSU.”

Robert Duffie, who had previously been named director following a national search, recently declined the appointment due to a family medical situation. Randy Culver, associate director, has been serving as interim director of facilities services.

Jones, who served as director of facilities services for 26 years at BHSU, was recognized with the university outstanding service award in 1997 and honored by the Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Colleges and Universities (CAPPA) as the organization’s distinguished member in 1994. Jones earned a master’s degree in industrial arts from Northern State University and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota at Springfield.

Ochse and Bryan recognized by the Regents for excellence in teaching a joint Internet class - top


Black Hills State University professors, Roger Ochse and Lisa Bryan, were among twelve faculty members from South Dakota’s public university system who were presented awards for their work in delivering high-quality instruction via technology. The Board of Regents’ Faculty Recognition Awards for Excellence in E-Learning were presented at the South Dakota Distance Education Conference in Aberdeen this week.

“These awards honor faculty for creative accomplishments on behalf of students, as well as acknowledging the universities’ support for faculty development and technology innovation,” said Lesta Turchen, the Regents’ chief academic officer. “The high quality of the courses submitted for this year’s competition attests to the talent and expertise in our public universities.”

Ocshe and Bryan were honored for their course, Joint Venture Creation/Technical Communication (BADM 316/ENGL 379). Reviewers singled out this course for utilizing various delivery methods, collaborating across disciplines, and using an interactive syllabus.

“This course was more complete than courses I’d seen being offered via the Internet alone,” one judge said. “If I’d been a student, I would have been thrilled because these instructors have it together.”

The instructors say they worked together to prepare a course that made the best possible use of technology. They developed a website that is easy to navigate and efficient. They also placed priority on making contact between class members an essential part of the process.

To take this course, students can sign up for either class, BADM 316 or ENGL 379. The instructors respective areas of expertise, English and writing for Ochse and business for Bryan, are combined in the coursework.

“Conceptually, it was a great idea to teach the class this way,” Ochse said. “There is a natural connection between communication and business. One enhances the other. I think this class was so successful because it involved two teachers who believed in what they were doing and worked together for student success.”

Bryan agreed that the cooperation between the instructors was imperative to the success of the class. “Students could see the strength of cooperation between the instructors and it worked well. The writing and English sections of the class blended well with the technology and business aspects.”

The class was presented to students both in an actual classroom at BHSU and at several remote locations, including a class at Northern State University. The students created virtual start-up companies which included assignments in creating websites and technical communication as a part of their coursework. “Students commented that the course was similar to a real-life experience in business,” Bryan said, “The students had the opportunity to actually apply their knowledge.”

Although this was the first time the class was offered in this way, the professors plan to team-teach the class each fall. The two used a Bush mini-grant to plan for the class and create the needed applications. The course was recognized for the ease of navigation, for being user-friendly and because the technology was seamless.

They say that teaching the course taught both the students and the instructors to be open-minded when problems arise and be willing to adapt to changing conditions. “These are skills the students will need to succeed in the business world as well,” Bryan said.

Other winners of the Regents’ E-learning Excellence Awards were:

  • Best Overall award in the e-learning competition – Michelle Rogge Gannon, who teaches English 101 for the University of South Dakota. Rogge Gannon’s course also took top honors in the Internet-only category.
  • Digital Dakota Network – Judy Vondruska, South Dakota State University, for introduction to astronomy (PHYS 185). Reviewers said course activities met the different learning styles of students, while encouraging students at different sites to interact with each other.
  • Support of Large Section – Dan Tallman, Northern State University, for the biology survey course and lab (BIOL 101/101L). Tallman was recognized for utilizing various technologies, including the Internet, to support a large-section course.

Winners of the merit awards were:

  • Judy Sneller of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for the technical communications I (ENGL 279) course. Reviewers said the course offers students opportunities to expand their interaction and explore content, both in and out of class.
  • A team of University of South Dakota instructors who teach Nursing 281, caring for persons across the lifespan. Judges praised the course for an instructionally sound interface and content. Members of the team are Connie Evenson, Jennifer Leonard, Kathy Manning, Kathy Jorgensen, Gary Larson, and Bob Corio.

“These awards demonstrate the Board of Regents’ commitment to integrating technology to enhance quality of education, as well using technology to better deliver distance education across this state and region,” said Regents’ President Harvey C. Jewett.

Miller presents at Association of American Geographers annual meeting - top


Roger Miller, associate professor of geography at Black Hills State University, recently presented “Geographical Education: A ‘Site’ to Behold” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

While at the meeting, Miller had the opportunity to meet with other professional colleagues, attend various sessions in geography, and see numerous poster sessions and many associated booths.

Miller also participated in field trips to the Chalmette Battlefield from the War of 1812 and the Jean Lafitte National Park.

Miller received his master’s in geography and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1991.

University students and lecturer from England visit BHSU campus - top

Three health studies university students and their professor from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in Manchester, England, visited Black Hills State University recently to learn more about the wellness management program and discuss possibilities for future exchange programs.

The students, Karen Noble, Maxine Allen and Shona Greenhill, are all enrolled in the health and social care program at MMU. They are using 

this experience to compare health care between U.S. and British systems, study health care issues 
for minority groups, and learn more about wellness and health
promotion programs in the United States.

Florenda Quilty, a faculty member
at MMU, indicated that the group was hoping to establish some personal contacts and forge
stronger links with educational institutions in the area for a possible 

A lecturer and students from Manchester, England, visited the BHSU campus recently to learn more about the wellness management program. Visitors were, front, left to right, Florenda Quilty, lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University; Maxine Allen, second-year student at MMU; Karen Noble, second-year student at MMU; back row, Margie Hesson, faculty member at South Dakota State University Rapid City campus; Rob Schurrer, BHSU wellness management professor; Jim Hesson, BHSU biokinetics professor; and Maxine Shona Greenhill, first-year student at MMU.
student-exchange program.

“What knowledge we’ve gained in the last few days,” Quilty said. “It’s been great for us to see what you have and what students are doing in their classes. An exchange program would be good for both sides. I’m sure your students could learn a lot from us and have the opportunity to experience our culture as well.”

At BHSU students met with professors Dr. Rob Schurrer and Dr. Jim Hesson to discuss the wellness management program. The wellness management degree at BHSU has been in existence since the mid 80s and currently has approximately 65 students enrolled. According to Schurrer, the majority of the wellness management graduates find employment with health clubs, fitness centers or recreational centers. Other students choose to major in wellness management and then go on to professional school, especially those interested in occupational therapy or physical therapy.

Schurrer also explained details about the beginning stages of a National Institute of Health grant that will study health care issues for Native Americans and health promotion.

While at BHSU the group attended an Indian Awareness week presentation and had plans to attend several other Indian Awareness Week activities including the powwow.

Quilty said the group chose to visit this area because they are interested in anthropology, American Indian culture and health care systems in a small western cities. Margie Hesson, who teaches South Dakota State University nursing classes in Rapid City, is traveling with the group. The group planned to tour several health care facilities including the Sioux Sans Health Care Center and Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, the Artemis House in Spearfish, and the VA Hospital in Fort Meade. They also had plans to do sightseeing in the area.

Art exhibits showcase works of BHSU seniors - top

During the month of April senior art students at Black Hills State University will display their works at the Historic Deadwood-Lead Arts Council Gallery, 309 West Main Street, Lead, and the Matthews Opera House, 614 Main Street, Spearfish.

Jody Dirks, a history major from Spearfish; Lisa Glover, an art major from Lead; Melody Gossard, an art major from New Underwood; and Lori Jones, a physical science education major from Philip will have their artwork displayed at 309 West Main Street, Lead, from April 10-30. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 10 from 5-7 p.m.

Jesse Palczewski, an art major from Reeder, N.D., and Sharon Grey, an art major from Waco, Texas, will present their works at the Matthews Opera House Friday, April 11 and Sunday, April 13. The opening reception will be April 11 from 5-7 p.m. with additional viewing Sunday, April 13 from 1-4 p.m.

The exhibits are open to the public at no charge. For more information contact Jim Knutson, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department at BHSU, at

BHSU and Tech choirs will perform together - top

The concert choirs at Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will combine for joint spring concert performances in anticipation of their joint European tour this summer. The first concert is April 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus.


The groups are performing together in preparation for their joint tour to Europe this spring (May 21-June 4). This is the first time the two university choirs have presented a joint concert according to BHSU choir director Steve Parker.  The groups have been practicing separately with the same material and have met for some group rehearsals.

“It’s been a fun experience for me as well as the students,” said Parker.  “And it makes for a nice big choir.”

These concerts will feature the music – all American music (spiritual, folk songs and more) – that the choirs will perform on their European trip. The choir at BHSU generally tours and performs in Europe every four years. This year 59 BHSU students and 
45 Tech students are traveling to Europe together to perform and sightsee. The combined choir will also perform at the Rapid City Civic Center April 26.

For more information contact Parker at 642-6628 or Dr. James D. Feiszli, director of music at SDSM&T, at 605-394-5101.

Research scientist receives BHSU Young Alumni award - top

Jennifer Mercer, research scientist, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the Black Hills State University Alumni Association at the student volunteer awards banquet recently.

Jennifer Mercer, a 1997 BHSU graduate, recently earned a Ph.D. 
in earth sciences with a focus in organic geochemistry from Dartmouth and spent six weeks conducting post-doctorate research

in Antarctica. This was the latest 
of several traveling research assignments that began when Mercer was a student at BHSU.

Mercer, who is originally from 

Scott Amundson (left), president of the BHSU Alumni Association presents the Young Alumni Achievement Award to Jennifer Mercer. Also pictured is Steve Meeker, vice president of Institutional Advancement at BHSU. 
Spearfish, returned to her alma mater last week to accept the award. She feels that her education at BHSU has been an integral part of her success and encourages students to explore their options and make the most of their experiences while in college.

“Seven years ago I attended this banquet as a student,” she said. “At that time I didn’t think I would ever be back here getting an award but my experiences have made that possible.”

The Young Alumni Achievement Award is an annual award that honors alumni who have attended BHSU in the past ten years, and who have distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements, contributions and service to society, the community and Black Hills State University.

Previous winners include Christopher C. Houlette, a 1992 magna cum laude graduate, who is a staff attorney at South Dakota Advocacy; Mike Friedel, a 1992 BHSU alumnus and head basketball coach of the Sturgis girls’ basketball team; Shawn Rost, a 1990 BHSU graduate with a degree in business administration, who is vice president and manager of First Western Bank in Deadwood and is active in community affairs; and Jacob Haffner, 1989 cum laude graduate who went on to Iowa State University Veterinary School and is now a veterinarian.

Littlewolf honored with Spirit of BH award - top

Erica Littlewolf, a BHSU student, was honored with the Black Hills State University Alumni Association Spirit of BH award at the student volunteer awards banquet recently.

Littlewolf, a senior from Busby, Mont., was chosen to receive the esteemed Spirit of BH award for her activities both on and off campus. Littlewolf, who was chosen by her peers as homecoming queen this fall, was 

cited for her ability to successfully manage academics, volunteerism, extra-curricular activities and work. The BHSU senior with a double major in psychology and American Indian Studies maintains a 3.1 grade  Scott Amundson (left), president of the BHSU Alumni Association presents the Spirit of BH award to Erica Littlewolf. Also pictured is Steve Meeker (right), vice president of Institutional Advancement at BHSU. 
point average.

Littlewolf is involved in several campus organizations, serves as a member of the retention task force, serves as a university peer educator, and has volunteered through Habitat for Humanity the last two years to help rebuild houses during spring break. Her community involvements include volunteering with the Artemis House, the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, and as a vacation Bible school teacher.

“I have developed a deep sense of respect and admiration for her achievements, her campus involvement, and above all, her leadership. I cannot think of another student who represents the spirit of Black Hills State University better than Erica Littlewolf,” said one of the nominators for the award. The Spirit of BH award honors a student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the university and larger community. Nominees for the Spirit of BH award included Josh Griffeth, Joey Lore, Jessica Hinker, Morgan Miles, John Rounds and Crystal Muglia.

Scott Amundson, president of the BHSU Alumni Association, who presented the Spirit of BH award, praised all of the nominees. “As always, the decision is very difficult; there are so many outstanding students who continually go beyond the ‘required’ and find time in their busy work and school schedules to give unselfishly of their talents,” Amundson said.

Rachel Mueller named student employee of the year - top

Rachel Mueller, a senior human resource management major at Black Hills State University, was recently named student employee of the year. Mueller began working in the records office as a freshman and continues to work there as she prepares to graduate this spring.

Originally from Platte, Mueller says she loves her campus job and thinks the skills and knowledge she gained 

in the part-time position will be helpful in her job search.

April Meeker, director of records, praised Rachel’s work, her dedication, and her contributions toward improving office 

Rachel Mueller (center) was recognized for being named the BHSU student employee of the year award for her work in the records office. Records office employees include April Meeker, director, Karen Sorensen, Mueller, Nicole Ogan, and Jane Dunbar.
procedures. “Rachel is very reliable and professional. Her attention to accuracy and willingness to take on new challenges have made her a real asset to this office,” Meeker said.  

Research symposium to be held at BHSU April 16 - top

Faculty and students will showcase research projects at a research symposium Wednesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jonas 305. Posters will be available for viewing throughout the day.                                                           

  • 10 a.m., Kathleen Lockhart - Misleading Ideas in Geology Among Second and Sixth Grade Students                                                        
  • 10:25 a.m., Rachel Jordan - The Integration of GPS/GIS in Saving the Antiguan Racer
  • 11 a.m., John Peterson - Conservation Genetics of the Black Hills Lake Chub  
  • 11:25 a.m., Elke Kuegle - A Comparative Study of Seed Characteristics from Selected Species of  Amaranthaceae and Chenopodiaceae                            
  • Noon, Hans Stephenson - Microbial Inhibition in Response to Treatments of Hydrogen Peroxide and Formalin on Landlocked Fall Chinook Salmon Eyed Eggs as Determined by Electron Microscopy                                                   
  • 12:25  p.m. - Audrey Gabel, Survey of Macrofungi in the Black Hills and Bear Lodge, 1998-2002                                                    
  • 1 p.m., Tessa Jones - Simultaneous Evolution of Plant Defense Mechanisms and Competition                                                  
  • 1:25 p.m., Karl Mechtenberg - Dynamics of Defenses and Competitiveness Across Resource Gradients                                                      
  • 2 p.m., Dave Bergmann - Insights into the Evolution of P460 Cytochromes
  • 2:25 p.m., Ben Blake -A Study of Trailing Behavior in the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake                                                   
  • 3 p.m., Brian Smith - A Comparative Study of the Ecology of Three Lizards in Antigua, Lesser Antilles                                                           
  • 3:25 p.m., Mark Gabel - An Environmental Gradient Determined by Celtis (Ulmaceae) from the Miocene of the Great Plains of North America                          

James Loewen will lecture at BHSU April 22 - top

James Loewen, sociology professor, consultant for the United States Department of Justice, and author of several books discussing history education in America, will speak at Black Hills State University Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. in Jonas 305.

Loewen will discuss the shortcomings of history education in America and provide a look towards the future. He argues that, “Americans show great interest in history outside the classroom due to the freedom from collections of bland optimism, blind patriotism, and blatant misinformation commonly encountered in the American history textbook.”

Lies Across America, Loewen’s most recent book, uses monuments, outdoor museums, and other public versions of history to identify historical misinterpretations, to tell neglected but important stories about the American past, and to raise questions about what our nation chooses to commemorate and how.

Loewen is also author of the book Lies My Teacher Told Me, which received the first annual Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship in 1996.

The Chiesman Foundation for Democracy, University Programming (UP) Team, History Association, Sociology and Human Services Club, and Lakota Omniciye are sponsoring the lecture. There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome to attend. Contact the UP Team at 642-6418 for more information.

Area author will hold book signing in BHSU Marketplace - top

Area author Dan O’Brien will appear at the Black Hills State University Marketplace Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. for a lecture, question and answer session, and book signing appearance.

O’Brien, who also operates a bison ranch near Whitewood and is co-owner of Wild Idea Buffalo, has several published works including In the Center of the Nation, Rites of Autumn, The Contract Surgeon, and Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch. He will speak about his conception of truth in writing, focusing on life in South Dakota and natural aspects of the area.

The Imaginative Writing Club and Lorax Society at BHSU are sponsoring this event. Contact David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities and advisor for the two clubs, at 642-6713 for more information.

BHSU photography student exhibit is on display at the Ruddell Gallery - top 

Black Hills State University photography students are currently exhibiting their work at the Ruddell Gallery on the Black Hills State campus. The show continues through 
April 23.

There will be a closing reception to recognize the students will be held April 22 from 
2-4 p.m. The Ruddell Gallery is located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information contact Steve Babbitt, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, at 642-6769.

Spearfish will host Chautauqua this summer - top

Spearfish has been chosen as the South Dakota site for the Great Plains Chautauqua this summer. The Chautauqua tent that will be erected at the Spearfish City Park will be the site for evening programs July 4, 5, 6, and 7. Several other workshops, discussions and presentations are also being planned.

This event, which has been held in different forms for more than two decades, offers the audience the opportunity to experience the time period of 1790-1850 when our culture changed dramatically as America expanded from “sea to shining sea.” This year the program titled “From Sea to Shining Sea: Cultural Changes and American Expansion, 1700-1850” will highlight the lives and views of historical figures with presentations by different historical re-enactors each evening.

The lives and views of William Clark, York, and Sacagawea of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as Tecumseh and John Jacob Astor will be presented on separate nights by historical re-enactors. The character of Dolley Madison will introduce and offer her perspective on the featured speaker each evening.  After each performance the audience will be involved in a discussion of these historical figures and how they may have responded to present-day life.

The performances are open to the public at no charge. In addition, the Chautauquans will give lectures on a variety of topics during the days they are in Spearfish and these are also open and free to the public. The speakers are also available to make special presentations to interested local organizations. A planning committee has been formed to organize the event, contact local organizations and raise local funds. If you are interested in helping raise or take down the tent (50 volunteers are needed) or in donating money to help support this unique event, call 642-6056 or email hollydowning@bhsu.edu.

See schedule of events.

BHSU student wins Haines Scholarship - top

Black Hills State University student Stacey Yost has been awarded a $2,150 Haines Scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Yost is currently a junior with a double majoring in early childhood special education and elementary education.

Administered by the Board of Regents, the Haines Scholarship is awarded each year to a Regental university sophomore, junior, or senior who is pursuing studies leading to a teaching certificate. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their GPA, high school and college memberships, services and activities, and statements of personal and educational philosophy.

The Haines Scholarship was established by Douglas Fugitt in memory of his wife, Dora Lee Haines, and her three sisters. The four Haines sisters were all teachers in one-room rural schools in Perkins and Corson counties of South Dakota. The fund is an open endowment to which additional gifts may be made at any time through the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Winners announced for jazz festival at Black Hills State - top

The winners have been announced for the annual high school jazz festival hosted by Black Hills State University recently. A total of 36 musical groups from 19 communities in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, and Montana attended this year’s festival.

Winners in the Jazz Band contest


In class A/AA: first place, Sioux City West I; second place, Douglas 

A musical group from Kadoka warms up before performing at the annual jazz festival hosted by Black Hills State University this week.

High School; third place, Sioux City West II. In the class B division winners were: first place, Miller I; second place, Niobrara County High School from Lusk, Wyo.; and third place, Miller II. In the junior high and middle school division first place went to Sheridan, Wyo., second place to Sage Valley Junior High School from Gillette, Wyo., and third place to Sundance Junior High School.

Jazz Choir winners were:

Class A/AA Swing Choirs, first place, Alliance, Neb. In the class A/AA vocal jazz division first place was awarded to Rapid City Central CHS Singers, second lace to Douglas High School, and third place the the Rapid City Central Reflections group.  The junior high and middle school winners were, first place, Sundance, Wyo., and second place, Sage Valley Junior High School from Gillette, Wyo.

Class B swing choir winners were: first place to Sundance, Wyo.; second place to Niobrara County High School from Lusk, Wyo.; and third place to Bayard, Neb.  Class B vocal jazz winners were: first place, Miller; second place, Sundance, Wyo., and third place, Ekalaka, Mont.

BHSU sends off 842nd - top

Black Hills State University employees were among the hundreds of people who lined the streets to “send off” the 842nd National Guard Unit as they left Spearfish this week. The unit is going to Colorado for further training for their part in Operation Iraqi Freedom.



BHSU prepares events to decrease stress in time of war - top

Black Hills State is hosting a series of events known as “Pieces for Success” to promote academic success, ease stress and provide assistance in this time of war. The first event is a session that will provide information for friends of the deployed Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

The informational session follows the activation of over 5,000 South Dakota National Guard members, of which approximately 40 are from the BHSU campus. Members of the National Guard, BHSU faculty and staff and from the Ellsworth Air Force Base Family Support Center will be available to address some key concerns related to preparing for deployment, facing separation, maintaining peace of mind, and obtaining social and community support.

“These soldiers and their families are our friends, neighbors, students and co-workers. As they are being deployed to various parts of the country and globe, we struggle to distinguish facts from rumors, to understand ‘hurry up and wait,’ and to sort out our many thoughts and feelings as events unfold. This series of events aims to discuss these topics,” said Jean Helmer, director of United Ministries at BHSU.

BHSU organizations sponsoring the event include United Ministries, BHSU Bacchus and Gamma Peer Educators, BHSU Alcohol/Drug Prevention Education Committee, BHSU Health Awareness Committee, and the BHSU Student Assistance Center.

Childcare will be provided for the informational session. For more information or to arrange special accommodations for this event, call Helmer at 642-6556 at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received March 27-April 9 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. 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.

  • Health Resources and Services Administration. Rural Health Outreach Grants (HRSA). The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking applications for demonstration grants and network development grants, designed to expand and enhance delivery of health care and related services in rural areas. Deadline is Sept. 12 for demonstration grants and Sept. 19 for network development grants. www.hrsa.gov
  • Commerce Department. Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DoC/NIST). The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology is inviting proposals for projects that provide manufacturing extension services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers. Deadline is May 19. www.mep.nist.gov
  • National Science Foundation. Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (NSF). The National Science Foundation is inviting fiscal 2004 proposals for projects to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for undergraduate students by improving course and curriculum materials development and dissemination. Deadline is June 18. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03558/nsf03558.htm
  • National Science Foundation. Human, Social Dynamics: Special Competition (NSF). The National Science Foundation has established a new priority area for research on the causes and ramifications of change and the dynamics of behavior and the human mind. Deadline is June 11 for proposals related to enhancing human performance, June 12 for proposals related to the empirical implications of theoretical models, and July 15 for center proposals related to decision-making under uncertainty. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03552/nsf03552.htm

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 spring 2004. Release time is awarded to full-time faculty who teach on the BHSU campus. The next application deadline is Friday, April 25 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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