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- Rita Shewmake, secretary, Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Robert Duffie named director
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Robert Duffie, former physical plant director at South Dakota State
University, has been named director of facilities services at Black
Hills State University. Duffie, who is a senior physical plant
administrator with extensive experience in the higher education
facilities service environment, will begin his duties at the Spearfish
campus in May.
“I’m thrilled to accept the position of director of facilities
services,” Duffie said. “I’m looking forward to building a long
term relationship with Black Hills State University.” Duffie cites his
ability and experience in establishing a positive work environment
through proactive management with an emphasis on maintaining good
employee morale and improving customer service and communication as his
strengths for this position.
“Robert brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Black Hills
State,” said Kathy Johnson, vice president for finance and
administration at BHSU. “We are looking forward to his leadership and
experience to direct the facilities services department here.” His
experience with major construction projects, knowledge of building
codes, preventative maintenance and fire safety programs, as well as his
experience managing physical plant operations make him an excellent
selection for this position according to Johnson.
Duffie is currently physical plant director at Lee College in
Baytown, Texas. Besides his experience at SDSU, Duffie served as
physical plant director at Texas A&M University in Galveston, Texas,
and construction and planning manager at Prairie View A&M in Prairie
View, Texas. He has a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in physics
and applied mathematics specializing in science and engineering from
Prairie View A&M University and an associate degree in electronics
technology from Pearl River Junior College in Poplarville, Mo. Duffie
also has more than a decade of military experience serving in the U.S.
Coast Guard and the Texas Army National Guard.
Duffie was selected following a national search after Art Jones
retired last year. Randy Culver, associate director, has been serving as
interim director of facilities services.
Diamond receives Paul Somers
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David Diamond, assistant professor
in the College of Arts and Sciences at Black Hills State University,
recently received the Paul Somers Award for his short story “The Elvis
Jesus.” This is the third time in 10 years Diamond has received this
The Paul Somers Award is given to the first place winner of the
fiction and creative non-fiction contest at the annual conference of the
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature at Michigan State
Diamond’s winning short story will be published in the 2002 issue
of Mid-America. He has also been invited to be a guest at the
next conference banquet when his award will be acknowledged.
Diamond received his masters in writing from the University of
Southern California in 1982 and has been teaching at BHSU since 1995.
students present at state Capitol - top
Black Hills State University students were among the record
number of 122 South Dakota college students who presented their
research projects at the state Capitol in Pierre Feb. 19. The
students presented independent research conducted under the
supervision of faculty members during the sixth annual Student
Research Poster Session in the Capitol Rotunda.
event represents an important step in linking research and
higher education,” Robert T. “Tad” Perry, executive
of the South Dakota Board of Regents, said. “This work
speaks to the creativity and industriousness of our
|Spencer Richards, a
junior pre-med major from Newcastle, Wyo., presented research he
conducted under the guidance of David Bergmann, BHSU College of
Arts and Sciences assistant professor, at the annual
Student Research Poster Session at the state Capitol
their desire to pursue a challenging education. I am convinced
that students who have been involved in research make more
effective professionals and more active citizens regardless of
their career choice.”
Kuegle, a junior biology major from Lead, under the faculty
direction of Mark Gabel, BHSU College of Arts and Sciences
professor, presented a research project titled, “A Comparative
Study of Seed Characteristics from Selected Species of the
Amaranthaceae and Chenopodiaceae.” This work focused on the
morphology of the amaranthaceae and chenopodiaceae herbs and
shrubs which show a close systemic botany relationship. The
purpose is to analyze seeds from each family and to determine if
the two groups should be combined or remain as separate
of biology majors, Karl Mechtenberg, a junior from Yankton,
Tessa Jones, a sophomore from Spearfish, and Katie Valkenburg, a
junior from Rapid City, worked on a project under the direction
of David Siemens, BHSU College of Arts and Sciences assistant
professor. Their project was titled “Simultaneous Evolution of
Plant Competitiveness and Defense: Switching from Toxin to
Growth-based Strategies.” This project considered the
optimality theory for plant defense against herbivores predicts
an evolutionary tradeoff between competitiveness and defense.
The students tested this hypothesis by studying the effects of
genetic variation in competitiveness on defense expression.
Spencer Richards, a junior pre-med major from Newcastle,
Wyo., presented research he conducted under the guidance of
David Bergmann, BHSU College of Arts and Sciences assistant
professor, on the “Expression of the Gene for the
Methylococcus capsulatus Bath Cytochrome c’ gene in
Escherichia coli.” Cytochromes
c’ and P460 are involved in the oxidation of hydroxylamine in
the methane-oxidizing bacterium Methylococcus capsulatus.
Richards attempted to express the cytochrome c’ of M.
capsulatus in another species of bacterium.
Stephenson, a senior biology major from Rapid City, completed a
biology project under the direction of Mark Gabel.
Stephenson’s project was titled “Microbial Inhibition in
Response to Treatments of Hydrogen Peroxide and Formalin on
Landlocked Fall Chinook Salmon Eyed Eggs as Determined by
Scanning Electron Microscopy.” His project involved the use of
scanning electron mircroscopy (SEM) to compare microbial growth
in Chinook salmon eggs receiving daily treatments of formalin,
hydrogen peroxide, or no chemical treatments during incubation
from egg eye up to hatch. Stephenson investigated the use of low
vacuum SEM for faster microbial estimates to be used in
determining chemical treatment regimes.
This event is sponsored by South Dakota’s Experimental
Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the South
Dakota Academy of Science and the South Dakota Board of Regents.
event will raise funds for summer institute scholarships -
The Black Hills Summer Institute of
the Arts (BHSIA) will hold its annual scholarship fundraiser March 22 at
the Matthews Opera House. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
The evening will include dinner,
dancing and entertainment, all with a Mardi Gras theme. Masks, which are
required, will be provided at the door. Prizes will be given for the
most unusual men's masks and the most attractive women's masks.
The ticket price of $35 per person
includes food and beverages. All proceeds will go toward scholarships
for students in the Institute's Vocal Arts and Opera Theater program
held this year from June 15-29. Individual tickets or tables for groups
of four or ten people,
may be reserved by contacting Kay Kerney at 642-6420 or Holly Downing at
Tickets will also be sold at the door depending on availability.
BHSIA is a three-week celebration of
the arts sponsored by Black Hills State University. The institute
includes an opening Gala concert June 14, a Young Performers Competition
June 13, a summer art camp for high school students June 16-20, the Art
Education Institute for teachers June 23-27, an evening of performances
by vocal arts students June 27, and a Night at the Opera June 28.
Legislative Crackerbarrel set for Saturday - top
The Spearfish Chamber of Commerce's
Government Affairs Committee will host its third and final Legislative
Cracker-barrel Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. in the Spearfish Chamber
office, 106 W. Kansas.
Senator Jerry Apa, Representative John
Teupel and Representative Chris Madsen will be available to visit with
the public about political issues facing the state. The public will have
the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on legislative issues
after each legislator presents his opening remarks.
The cracker-barrel is open to the
public at no cost. Contact the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce at 642-2626
for more information.
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
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