Volume XXVII  No. 20 • May 16, 2003

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Resignations - top

  • Ryan Ogan, computer support analyst, Computer Center
  • Robin Roberts, food service worker, Food Service

 

Faculty receive Governor's Awards for course redesigns - top

 

Mackin
Johnson
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Three Black Hills State University faculty members, Pat Mackin, Jean Johnson and Dan Peterson, received grant awards for two course redesign projects.

 

The BHSU projects are among nine faculty-led projects at the state’s six public universities. Gov. Mike Rounds is awarding nearly $550,000 to redesign courses for improved student learning. The projects, all of which involve two or more universities working collaboratively, aim to reduce costs of course delivery.

 

Mackin and Johnson, along with Sharon Paranto from Northern State University, will use the grant award to redesign an introduction to computers course (MIS 105). The three faculty members plan to convert the course into a self-paced laboratory format.

 

Peterson will be working with Sid Goss, a South Dakota School of Mines and Technology professor, to use multi-media software in a redesigned introduction to sociology course.

 

The grant awards are going to 22 higher education faculty members. Using externally-developed course materials, faculty teams-each representing two, three, or four public universities-will redesign specific courses to improve students' learning of course content and to reduce the costs of offering the course.

 

"These grants will encourage further efficiencies and collaboration within the public university system," said Gov. Rounds. "At the same time, the program also supports the continuing integration of technology within the higher education curriculum."

 

University faculty members typically work on a nine-month contract. Under the Governor's program, faculty submitted proposals to spend the summer months redesigning courses. The faculty members whose projects were chosen will receive a grant that provides support for two to three months' work and release time from teaching in the fall.

 

Robert T. Tad Perry, executive director for the South Dakota Board of Regents, says the Governor's awards will encourage collaboration and innovation. "The courses being funded for redesign all involve two or more universities who teach similar courses," he said. "It makes a lot of sense to take advantage of the course materials already developed by other universities across this country to further our institutional collaboration in South Dakota."

 

The other grant awards are as follows:

 

  • John Peterson, Northern State University; Jason Zimmerman, Bill Adamson, and Joseph Santos, South Dakota State University; and Ralph Brown, University of South Dakota; to use interactive problem sets, tutorials, and experiments developed by Stanford University. All faculty listed will work on course redesign for both economics courses.

  • Brian Himmelman, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; and Madeleine Andrawis, South Dakota State University; to use Web materials, Java applets, and online tutorials in the redesigned course.

  • Wayne Krause, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Alex Moutsoglou, South Dakota State University; to utilize problem-solving software that better prepares students for further coursework and engineering work.

  • Fathi Halaweish, South Dakota State University, and Grigoriy Sereda, University of South Dakota; to use molecular modeling software that represents appearance and behavior of molecules.

  • Michael Schuldes, Dakota State University, Manuel L. Penaloza, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Sung Y. Shin, South Dakota State University; and Carol Lushbough, University of South Dakota; to convert course from lectures to case studies and student projects.

  • Raj Markanda, Northern State University, and Jose D. Flores, University of South Dakota, to redesign a course to introduce lab sessions using computational software and Java programs. 

 


Wallerstein presents at international conference - top

Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, an associate professor of English at Black Hills State University, recently presented a paper at the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies at the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University.

His paper, “The Ubi Sunt Problem in Beowulf’s Lay of the Last Survivor,” argues that, in missing 1) the Aristotelian erotesis of traditional medieval elegies, and 2) the accompanying Christian consolation of the afterlife, the Lay has been mischaracterized by scholars as an Ubi Sunt piece. These two missing elements are representative of the Last Survivor's irredeemable paganism--unlike many of the other characters in the poem, who exhibit proto-Christian qualities.

Wallerstein joined the BHSU faculty in 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in theology from Harvard.


Tracton will participate in National Science Foundation Chautauqua short course - top

Beth Tracton, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Black Hills State University, was recently accepted to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) Chautauqua short course June 5-7 in Austin, Texas.

Tracton will attend the course, “Life History and Documentary Approaches to Inquiries about Race and Community,” which will explore multiple research methodologies as they relate to race relations. Ricardo C. Ainslie of the University of Texas at Austin will lead the course.

The NSF Chautauqua short courses are designed for college faculty development. These courses are offered annually by the NSF to promote scientific endeavors and education.

Tracton holds a Ph.D. in sociology from South Dakota State University. She has been teaching at BHSU since 1999.


Students and staff recognized at honors breakfast - top

Black Hills State University students and staff members were recognized recently at the annual commencement day honors breakfast in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude honor graduates were recognized and presented with honors cords to wear at the commencement ceremony.

Jennifer Thurm, a human services and sociology major from Rapid City, was recognized as the female graduate with the highest grade point average and Desmon Mitchell, a psychology major from Spearfish, was honored as the highest-ranking male graduate. Michael Houdyshell, a social science major Rapid City, was recognized for having the highest grade point average among Ellsworth Air Force Base students.

John Fitzgerald, Student Senate president, presented awards on behalf of the senate. Antonia Kucera, a mass communication major from Rapid City, and Samuel Bobby, a speech communication major from Bowdle, were honored as the outstanding 2003 graduates.

The Student Senate also recognized Al Sandau, associate professor of theatre, as the outstanding BHSU faculty member and Ellen Melaragno, senior secretary in the Student Union, as the outstanding BHSU staff member. 

Jennifer Thurm (left) and Desmon Mitchell were recognized at the annual commencement day honors breakfast as the female and male graduates with the highest grade point average.
Antonia Kucera (left) and Samuel Bobby were honored by the Student Senate as the Outstanding 2003 graduates at the annual commencement day honors breakfast.



Meier and Della-Vecchia receive honorary degrees at BHSU commencement - top

Johanna T. Meier and Guido S. Della-Vecchia became the 12th and 13th recipients in the history of Black Hills State University to receive honorary doctorate degrees at the May commencement ceremony.

Della-Vecchia and Meier received the special recognition on the recommendation of the BHSU music faculty, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the university commencement/awards

committee, the faculty senate, and the vice president for academic affairs. The South Dakota Board 
of Regents of Education conferred granting the honorary doctorate degrees.

“Mr. Guido Della-Vecchia and Ms. Johanna Meier were chosen for 

Johanna Meier (center) and Guido Della-Vecchia (right) receive a certificate noting their honorary doctorate of humane letters degrees. Dr. Thomas Flickema (left), president of BHSU, presented the honorary degrees during the 145th commencement ceremony last week. This is the first time in nearly 20 years that BHSU has awarded an honorary degree.
this honor in recognition of the achieved distinction within their profession and the outstanding contributions to the people of South Dakota. The couple’s distinguished operatic careers, their contributions to the community of Spearfish, and their dedication to the advancement of the arts make them important and outstanding role models for the people of South Dakota,” Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, said. “The two have had an important positive influence on the arts in this community as well as the entire state of South Dakota. These honorary doctorates bestow upon Mr. Della-Vecchia and Ms. Meier the recognition they so richly deserve.”

BHSU has awarded only 11 honorary degrees in its history, and this is the first time in nearly 20 years that an honorary doctorate has been awarded. Josef Meier, Johanna’s father, received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from BHSU in 1972.

After Della-Vecchia retired from his career as a classical singer in 1980, he and Meier made Spearfish their permanent home in 1984. In 1991, the couple assumed ownership of the Passion Play, where Della-Vecchia continues to sing as the official Passion Play soloist. Della-Vecchia also performs frequently in the community and region.

Meier assumed the role of CEO and director of the Black Hills Passion Play in 1991. The play was brought to America from Germany by her father, Josef in 1932 and has been in continuous production ever since, giving performances all over the United States and Canada. The first local performance of the Passion Play was held in Woodburn Auditorium on the BHSU campus during the summer of 1938. The production played for five weeks that first summer. Working with Black Hills area businessmen, an outdoor amphitheater was constructed and the Passion Play found a permanent home in Spearfish in 1939. For years the Passion Play had two permanent amphitheaters, one in Spearfish and the other in Lake Wales, Fla. At present, the Passion Play retains a permanent amphitheater in Spearfish, where it serves as a powerful cultural experience as well as a major tourist destination.

Meier continues to contribute to cultural education in South Dakota and the Spearfish community through the School of Opera and Vocal Arts, which she started in 1997. Through her dedication and professionalism, this endeavor has become a successful part of the Black Hills State University Summer Institute of the Arts. As the artistic director of the Summer Institute of the Arts, Meier brings in accomplished performing artists from across the United States to further the musical education of aspiring opera singers. The performance of these students attracts growing audiences and represents a substantial step in the realization of her dream of making Spearfish a cultural center.

Della-Vecchia has also been a fervent supporter of the arts, particularly on a regional basis, and has been the artistic consultant and co-founder of the Black Hills Chamber Music Festival in South Dakota. In addition, he has assisted in the artistic direction of the Summer Institute of the Arts.


Regents recognize student groups - top

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently presented awards to student organizations from Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

"Black Hills State University is proud of the accomplishments of these outstanding student groups," said Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life at BHSU. "Their activities and service enhance the campus and the entire community." Haislett thanked the students for dedicating their time and talents to serve others through volunteerism and student leadership.

The BHSU student groups recognized were Kappa Delta Pi with an award for academic excellence, Sigma Tau Gamma with an award for community service, and Lakota Omniciye with an award for organizational leadership.

Kappa Delta Pi recognizes high academic performance by teacher education candidates in the College of Education. In 2002, the Black Hills State chapter initiated 47 members. Kappa Delta Pi offers members professional development, undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities, and monthly journals promoting effective research and continued learning in the education field.

This organization offers an excellent experience for students pursuing teaching careers to sample what the profession has to offer and the rewards of being a teacher,” said Haislett.

Sigma Tau Gamma is focused on service to the community and those who are less fortunate. The group conducts a two-mile cleanup of the highway along Spearfish Canyon, sponsors the Books for Kids Drive, and sponsors an annual "waterbed sleep-a-thon," with proceeds directed to people who are in need. The group has received national honors for its fundraising efforts; they also implemented a Study Hours program last fall to encourage members to improve their overall grade point average.

Whenever we need help, Sig Tau is one of the best resources we have on campus. The members are a cheerful reliable group who have a true dedication to this community,” said Haislett.

The Lakota Omniciye club focuses on social and cultural activities that contribute to an improved quality of student life on the BHSU campus. The group is multi-cultural, with people of all backgrounds welcomed. Starting the year with few returning members and all new officers, the Lakota Omniciye members focused on leadership and communication skills to solidify the club as a group. Members spent considerable time and effort to raise more than $15,000 for a three-day powwow celebration this spring.

It is an honor to have this group of students on our campus. They have a positive attitude and work hard to make BHSU a welcoming place for students from all cultures,” Haislett said.

The SDSMT groups who received recognition were:

Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, received an academic excellence award. Members are in the top one-eighth of the junior engineering class or the top one-fifth of the senior engineering class. At the society's national convention, the SDSMT chapter received awards for outstanding projects and the Secretary's Commendation Award. Tau Beta Pi sponsors an annual spring career fair and an Order of the Engineer luncheon on campus. Three SDSMT students have received national Tau Beta Pi scholarships, and one graduate student received a national fellowship.

The Circle K club received a community service award for their 500 hours of community service in the past year. Members recently stayed up for 24 continuous hours to conduct a community service marathon project in Rapid City. SDSMT Circle K members have served as governor and lieutenant governor for the Minnesota-Dakotas District of Circle K.

Members of Triangle Fraternity were honored for organizational leadership. The group volunteers their services for many projects, including highway cleanup, blood donor drives, a community haunted house during Halloween, the Hospice Christmas party, and as servers at a local arts festival. Fraternity members also serve as leaders in other campus-based organizations, including Student Association, the school entertainment club, Students Against Drunk Driving, the homecoming committee, Student Ambassadors, Tech Geological Association, and the orientation committee. 

Kappa Delta Pi officers Amanda Heibult (left), from Sturgis, and Julie Kortum (right), from Gillette, Wyo., along with Carol Hess (center), associate education professor and group advisor, display the plaque their organization received from the South Dakota Board of Regents in recognition of academic excellence. The BHSU student group recognizes high academic performance by teacher education candidates and offers members professional development and scholarship opportunities.


College of Business and Technology announces scholarship winners - top

The College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University has announced the scholarship winners for the 2003-04 academic year.

The following students received $1,000 scholarships: Marci Aberg, a freshman business administration major from Sturgis, Evelyn Elliot Scholarship; Melanie Haynes, a freshman business administration/accounting major from Philip, Frank L. Mattern Memorial Scholarship; Rebecca L. Baker, a junior business administration major from Spearfish, Business Department Scholarship; Adree Borho, a sophomore business administration/management major from Dickinson, N.D., Business Department Scholarship; and Nora Danforth, a business services management graduate student from Spearfish, Roland Dolly Loyalty Scholarship.

Anita Simmons, a junior business administration major from Sturgis, received a $1,000 Business Department Scholarship and the $500 First Western Bank Scholarship.

A $1,000 Mary Givogri Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Callie Hennessey, a sophomore tourism and hospitality management major from Belle Fourche. Hennessey also received a $250 South Dakota Innkeepers Scholarship.

Molly Dibble, a junior tourism and hospitality management major from Edgemont, was awarded three scholarships, a $1,000 Mary Givogri Memorial Scholarship, the $500 John A. Riordan Memorial Scholarship, and the $500 Patricia Romkema Memorial Scholarship.

Max Wilen, a senior accounting major from Belle Fourche, received the $700 E.C. Mikkelsen Scholarship and the $500 George Edward Martin Scholarship.

Winners of $625 scholarships were: Scott Hardesty, a freshman network administration major from Belle Fourche, Montana-Dakota Utilities Scholarship; Brittany Rader, an incoming freshman business administration major from Hoven, Montana-Dakota Utilities Scholarship; Samantha Cripps, a freshman business administration/management major from Wright, Wyo., Business Department Scholarship; Penny Thompson, an incoming freshman business administration major from Philip, Business Department Scholarship; and Catrina Schlautman, a junior business administration major from Gillette, Wyo., Business Department Scholarship.

Students who received $500 scholarships were: Eric Ligtenberg, a senior from Canistota, Bohmont/Horn Scholarship; Kyle Schuler, an incoming freshman technology major from Belle Fourche, Leonard Edwards Scholarship; Amanda Tucker, an incoming freshman drafting major from Madison, Gary Moser Memorial Scholarship; Rebecca Baker, a junior drafting major from Rapid City, Walt Sheinost Memorial Scholarship; Chris Hansen, a junior drafting major from Spearfish, Walt Sheinost Memorial Scholarship; Martin Lemke, a freshman technology major from Sturgis, South Dakota Technology Education Association; Steve Tanska, a freshman technology major from Whitefish, Mont., Technology Scholarship; Becky Guptill, a sophomore business administration/accounting major from Interior, A. W. Nelson Memorial Scholarship; Annette Sickler, a sophomore business administration/accounting major from Whitewood, Accounting Faculty Scholarship; Shawn Darling, a freshman business administration/entrepreneurial studies major from Black Hawk, Joy Termes Scholarship; Erin Richards, a junior business administration major from Minot, N.D., Dean’s Scholarship; Kari Kramlich, a freshman business administration/management major from Eureka, Bryce and Clara Christensen Scholarship; Jessica VanLaecken, an incoming freshman political science major from Letcher, Mt. Rushmore Secretaries Scholarship; Morgan Moore, a sophomore business administration/accounting major from Belle Fourche, Spearfish Optimist Club Scholarship; Ryan Fremont, a freshman business administration/management major from Spearfish, Spearfish Optimist Club Scholarship; Cody Byrum, a junior business administration/management major from Spearfish, Michael Schlimgen Memorial Scholarship; and Nicole Riehemann, a sophomore business administration major from Upton, Wyo., Yvonne Weyrich Business Scholarship.

Kylee Schaefer, a freshman business education major from Platte, received the $500 Howard and Elaine Perry Scholarship and the $500 Darleen Young Scholarship.

A $250 South Dakota Innkeepers Scholarship was awarded to Teresa Montgomery, a freshman business administration/tourism major from Hot Springs.

The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award went to Erin Carr, a senior business administration major from Belle Fourche, while Kimberly Hamilton, a senior business education major from Spearfish, received the National Business Education Association Award of Merit.


College of Education at Black Hills State University presents scholarship awards - top

Black Hills State University recently held a reception to honor scholarship recipients. Each year the College of Education at BHSU awards several thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students who are seeking teaching degrees.

Dean Myers, the dean of the College of Education, said, “We are impressed with this year’s award winners. They are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in elementary and secondary education while staying involved in a host of activities that help others. We are confident these future teachers are leaving BHSU ready to meet the diversity of needs they will find in tomorrow’s classrooms. We are very proud of the scholarship winners.”

Sarah Bonnichsen, Spearfish; and Raegan Sugden, Rapid City, received the Marie Giese Loveland Memorial Scholarships. These two fully-funded scholarships are awarded to one junior and one senior, who have been fully admitted into the teacher education program and are enrolled as fulltime students. The recipients must achieve and maintain a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) and submit two letters of recommendation, one from a field experience cooperating teacher and one from a university/college faculty member. The award covers the South Dakota resident rate cost of tuition and fees for 32 credit hours per academic year, plus a $2,500 stipend for room and board. The junior award is renewable without reapplying, provided the student maintains a minimum 3.5 GPA and makes satisfactory academic progress.

Mark Braun, Gregory; Amanda DeVries, Rapid City; Sara Schafer, Rapid City; Alicia Rath, Spearfish; and Nathan Schaunaman, Barnard, received the Walter Higbee and Dorcile Fowler Memorial Scholarships of $1,000, which are awarded to new freshmen majoring in elementary or special education who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, a minimum ACT score of 22, are enrolled fulltime, and are South Dakota residents. Special consideration is given for handicaps and/or financial need.

Danielle Mahlen, Spearfish; and Michelle Mahlen, Spearfish, received the Betty Richey Scholarships of $1,000, which are awarded to third or fourth year undergraduates who are majoring in elementary education. Students must be West River/South Dakota residents.

LaNaya Durland, Rapid City, received the Dorothy Beck Memorial Scholarship of $1000, which is awarded to a fulltime student majoring in elementary education with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Jodi Albano, Rapid City; Nancy Hendricks, Wilmot; and Danette Serr, Faith, received the Myriam Ackley Scholarships of $750, which are awarded to secondary teaching majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Timothy Bishop, Spearfish; and Janelle Skaggs, Powell, received the Physical Education Major Scholarships of $750, which are awarded to second, third, or fourth year students majoring in physical education who have a minimum 2.6 GPA and who are involved in school, community, or professional activities.

Skaggs also received the Louise Smock Scholarship, which is awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in physical education.

Gretchen Brimm, Spearfish, received the E.C. Mikkelsen Scholarship of $700, which is awarded to a student from western South Dakota who is majoring in math, business, education, or computers and has a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Surrena Davidson, Sheridan, Wyo., received the Wellness Management Scholarship of $700, which is awarded to a second, third, or fourth year student majoring in wellness management who has a minimum 2.6 GPA and is involved in school, community, or professional activities. Davidson also received the Mary Stewart Memorial Scholarship of $500, which is awarded to a senior female student active in sports, dance or recreation.

Emily Baenen, Huron; April Beffert, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Rachel Braaten, Thermopolis, Wyo.; Jennifer Dieltz, Sioux Falls; Resa Fincher, Parker; Katrina Jensen, Whitewood; Michael Jones, Spearfish; and Pamela Koller, Edgemont, received the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics & Science Education Scholarships. One $550 award and seven $350 awards were awarded to students who participated in the university’s Distinguished Scholars Program in Mathematics and Science Education.

Valerie Culver, Newell; Teri Dibble, Edgemont; Dieltz; and Kristi Tveit, Pierre, received the College of Education Alumni Scholarships of $500, which are awarded to students who are majoring in elementary education, middle school education, special education, or library media and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Fincher, and Casey McCoy, Sisseton, received the Richard L., Bernice & Gail E. Cundy/Lavon M. Colwell/Cundy Bar TL Ranches Scholarships of $500, which are awarded to students of junior or senior status. The recipients must be fulltime elementary education majors, be South Dakota residents, and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Koller received the Marguerite Vigna Memorial Scholarship of $500, which is awarded to a junior or senior elementary education major with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Abby Helling, Aberdeen; Scott Pies, Vale; Elizabeth Reindl, Cherry Creek; and Sandra L. Reindl, Cherry Creek, received the College of Education Department/Native American Scholarships of $500. Recipients must be majoring in elementary education, middle school education, special education, or library media, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Rebecca Baker, Rapid City; and Nancy Hurtig, Rapid City, received the Arthur J. Herder, Jr. Memorial Scholarships of $500, which are awarded to fulltime upperclassmen education majors who graduated from Rapid City Central High School. The recipients are required to write a two-page essay about why they want to be teachers.

Sarah Larson, Hill City; and Brandy Miller, Spearfish, received the Spearfish Lions Scholarships of $500, which are awarded to third or fourth year undergraduates who are majoring in special education and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic excellence, the need, and the potential for contributing to special education. The scholarships are presented in memory of past Lions.

Vincent Schmaltz, Custer, received the Gladys Holst McFarland Memorial Scholarship of $500, which is awarded to a second, third, or fourth year undergraduate who is majoring in elementary, secondary, or special education; enrolled as a fulltime student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and shows outstanding leadership ability.

Loree Crawford, Rapid City, received the Shirley Leone Martin Scholarship of $500, which is awarded to a senior student enrolled fulltime who is married, majoring in elementary education, and has a 2.0 GPA.  The recipient must also be a U.S. citizen and a Christian.

Loretta Herman, Timber Lake, received the Olga Meyers Memorial Scholarship of $500, which is awarded to a third or fourth year undergraduate majoring in education who is enrolled fulltime with a minimum 2.75 GPA.  Preference is given to a South Dakota resident from Midland and/or Stanley, Jones, Jackson or Haakon Counties.

Jessica Nedved, Wagner, received the Wes and Gladys Storm Scholarship of $500, which is awarded to a freshman majoring in education who has a minimum 2.0 GPA and who scored 18 or better on the ACT test.  Preference is given to a Rapid City or western South Dakota student.

Patricia Gesinger, Spearfish, received the Freeda Summers Schroeder Scholarship of $500, which is awarded to a junior traditional female student with financial need who is majoring in elementary education, is a resident of South Dakota, and has a 3.0 GPA.

Jennifer Linn, Sturgis; and D’Anne Thompson, Marcus, received the Martha V. Johnson Memorial Book Scholarships of $350, which are awarded to fulltime juniors or seniors who have been admitted into the College of Education with a cumulative 3.0 GPA and are South Dakota residents.

Whitney Rencountre II, Spearfish, received the Bonnie Jewitt Memorial Scholarship of $350, which is awarded to a fulltime elementary education major of sophomore, junior or senior status with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Jill Avery, Rapid City, received the Fallbeck Technology Scholarship of $300, which is awarded to a special education major of sophomore, junior, or senior status. The recipient must write an original composition titled “Assistive Technology Applications for Pupils with Special Needs.”

Ashley Lamphere, Sturgis, received the Bud and Josephine Jones Memorial Scholarship of $300, which is awarded to a fulltime junior or senior who has been admitted into the College of Education with a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Lisa Woodworth, Rapid City, received the Charlotte Mayree Roebuck O’Neil Memorial Scholarship of $300, which is awarded to a fulltime female junior or senior student who is majoring in elementary or secondary education with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Terri Vandersnick, Spearfish, received the Mabel M. Spencer Memorial Scholarship of $300, which is awarded to a fulltime student majoring in education with a 3.0 GPA.

Shelley Dukat, Bison, received the Mary Sanders Scholarship of $250, which is awarded to an elementary education major with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

April Kleinschmidt, Harrold, received the Dr. Malvin Skarsten Memorial Scholarship of $250, which is awarded to a South Dakota resident pursuing a career as an elementary education teacher, administrator, or American History teacher at the junior or senior level.

Shannon Wood, Faith, received the Ruby Breck and Irene Rickard Book Scholarship of $200, which is awarded to a female elementary education major of junior or senior status.

Stacey Yost, Ree Heights, received the Students of Higbee Scholarship award, funded by former students of Walter Higbee. This is an annual award for an outstanding special education major that has demonstrated consistent commitment in class.

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Grant opportunities - top

Below are the program materials received May 8-14 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

  • Department of Education. American History Grants (ED). The Education Department seeks applications for partnership projects to improve K-12 teachers’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of American history.  Deadline is June 6 for requested letters of intent and July 7 for applications.  www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister
  • National Science Foundation. Learning Science Centers (NSF). The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals that establish large-scale long-term centers to create the intellectual and organizational foundation to advance learning research. Deadline is Aug. 5 for letters of intent required for centers, Aug. 5 for catalyst awards for partnership building, and Sept. 17 for center full proposals.  www.nsf.gov (select “Funding,” “What’s New,” “NSF 03-573”)
  • Sun Microsystems Academic Equipment Grant Program. The Sun Microsystems Academic Equipment Grant Program donates equipment to educational organizations that have developed creative projects that address the company’s investment priorities and create partnerships for success. Remaining 2003 deadlines are June 30 and Sept. 30. Application form is available online.  www.sun.com/edu/grants/

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, 
May 16 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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