will present research at New York Stock Exchange Workshop - top
|When Don Altmyer, an associate professor in the
College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State
University, taught the first internet business course at BHSU, he
noticed marked differences in students’ success rates in the
online class. Since then he has conducted research on student
learning preferences and learning styles that he hopes will
improve the way future internet courses are taught.
Altmyer will present his research this summer at a teacher
workshop at the New York Stock Exchanges’ (NYSE) headquarters
on 11 Wall Street,
in the heart of the financial district in New York City.
Altmyer’s presentation is titled “Discovering and Using
Student Learning Preferences in the Classroom.”
|During the presentation, teachers will
take a learning preference survey to discover their dominant
learning preferences that define a particular type of learning
style. The teachers will also be invited to participate
in a research project for their upcoming fall 2003 and spring 2004
classes. The research project involves measuring students’
learning preferences in a variety
of subjects and grade levels. Statistical correlations
will be run on these learning preferences and student academic
achievement as measured by objective
|Don Altmyer, associate business
professor at BHSU, (left) shown on the floor of the New York Stock
Exchange with CNBC Financial News Network anchorwoman Sue Herrera,
will return to the NYSE this summer to present a learning
preferences session to teachers from across the nation.
Altmyer will coordinate the research project which the NYSE
education division has agreed to make a continuing part of the
five teacher workshops this summer. The NYSE has also agreed to
post the research results on the NYSE educational website.
“The research area in student learning
preferences is fertile ground for new studies that address student
learning success in internet classes and those classes using the
simulation method of learning,” Altmyer said. “The objective
of the research project is to address two hypotheses: first, do
students with certain learning preferences learn better (or worse)
from taking an internet course versus a traditional course; and,
second, do students with certain learning preferences learn better
when a stock market simulation is integrated into the course.”
Altmyer said his research interest in
this topic began when he delivered the first internet business
course at BHSU, principles of accounting 1, in the fall of 1997.
Since then, he has delivered three other accounting and business
courses via the internet. He also teaches courses in a typical
classroom setting at BHSU.
“Internet courses provide a multitude
of course delivery methods and are continually improved and
enhanced by new technologies,” Altmyer said. “My hope is that
internet courses in the future could include a student learning
preference survey at the beginning of the course. The teacher
would then recommend specific content delivery methodologies
available in the course that match the individual student’s
learning preferences thereby facilitating student cognition.”
Altmyer previously presented at the 1999
teachers workshop and the 2000 graduate teachers workshop on the
subject of using stock market simulations in the classroom to
enhance student learning in a variety of subjects.
While on sabbatical this spring semester, he worked on a
learning preference research project at the University of
California at Irvine. He visited the NYSE in early April to
present the preliminary results of this research to the education
division of the NYSE and to propose his idea for a component
teacher session at the upcoming 2003 Teacher Workshops.
Altmyer’s idea was accepted and he was asked to present his
research at the first teacher workshop in June. The NYSE director
of education, Murray Teitelbaum, will present the session at the
other four summer workshops.
Since 1986, the NYSE’s education
division has conducted a series of summer workshops for teachers
nationwide that use the stock market in their classes. The first
five-day workshop, June 23-27, is limited to 35 participants and
provides teachers with a thorough understanding of the
capital-raising process, regulation and latest stock market
Teachers receive supporting materials
for classroom use and increase their skills in integrating the
stock market across curriculum disciplines.
Speakers are drawn from the NYSE staff and Wall Street
professionals and include lecture-discussion sessions, hands-on
activities and field trips. Teachers visit the world-famous
trading floor during actual business hours and have many
opportunities to meet and interact with stock market
Altmyer has been at BHSU since 1995 and
has served as the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation coordinator
established at BHSU - top
A living trust established
by a Rapid City couple will provide ongoing financial assistance to
Black Hills State University students through the recently established
Peter and Ruth Rolando-Zucco Scholarship.
The couple bequeathed a
$6,298 gift to the BHSU Foundation in their will. The scholarship will
be awarded to students majoring in education beginning in the fall of
Ruth Rolando-Zucco graduated
from BHSU in 1955 with a degree in elementary education. She later
earned a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming and attended
an NDEA Geography Institute at Fresno State College. The
scholarship is an opportunity for the former teacher, who earned her
degree at Black Hills State University, to have a positive influence on
the educational careers of potential future teachers.
Ruth taught in rural Haakon County schools for 10 years and was
employed by the Lead public school system for 19 years. She was active
in many education and community service organizations including the
American Association of University Women (AAUW), the American
Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and the Lead Chapter of Childhood
Education. She was selected as a leader for American Elementary
Her thesis, “Instructions Materials on Homestake Mine for
Elementary Schools,” was used as a text in the Lead school system for
many years. She also wrote a chapter of the Kern County Atlas.
Ruth Rolando-Zucco died Dec. 16, 2002, in Rapid City. The scholarship
was established through her will designation.
“Ruth’s dedication to education throughout her lifetime will be
extended in perpetuity as students at BHSU continue to receive financial
assistance to fund their education through this scholarship,” said
Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement at BHSU. He
noted that a gift to the BHSU Foundation through a will is a favorable
option for many people, as it does not reduce current income, yet
provides substantial future support for the university.
Class of '53 gathers at
Black Hills State University commencement - top
Ten members of the Class of 1953 returned to Black Hills State
University during commencement to celebrate their 50-year class reunion.
The Class of ‘53 wore caps and gowns and participated in the May
2003 commencement ceremony on campus. The group was also inducted into
the 50-year club, which meets annually in Spearfish during May
Members of the Class of ’53 who participated were Daren Terpening,
Casper, Wyo.; Gene Bauer, Spearfish; Caroline Libby Hatton, Custer;
Myrle Hanson, Spearfish; Gene Cantrell, Dakota City, Neb.; Chuck Emery,
Rapid City; Paul Dingeman, Spearfish; Walt Saubers, Sturgis; Herman
Boner, Casper, Wyo.; and Jack Ingraham, Amity, Ore.
|Members of the Class of 1953 who gathered at the
recent 50-year class reunion were, left to right, Daren Terpening,
Gene Bauer, Caroline Libby Hatton, Myrle Hanson, Gene Cantrell,
Chuck Emery, Paul Dingeman, Walt Saubers, Herman Boner and Jack
opportunities - top
Below are the program materials received May 15-21 in the Grants
Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office
at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
of Education. Tech Prep
(ED). The Education
Department is seeking consortium applications for multi-year support
of Tech Prep projects that combine two years of secondary and at
least two years of postsecondary education on site at a community
college and lead to a degree or certificate. Deadline is June 26.
of Education. Advanced
Placement Incentive Program (ED). The
Education Department seeks applications to increase access to, and
participation in, pre-advanced placement and advanced placement (AP)
courses for low-income and other disadvantaged students so they may
avail themselves of advanced placement exams and ultimately increase
the likelihood that they receive college degrees.
Deadline is June 16 for e-mail letters of intent and July 3
for applications. www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister
of Education. Arts in
Education Model Development and Dissemination (ED).
The Education Department seeks applications to develop,
document, evaluate and disseminate innovative models that integrate
the arts into core elementary and middle school curricula through
partnerships of arts and education specialists.
Deadline is June 16 for e-mail notices of intent and July 10
for applications. www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister
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 Thursday,
May 29 at
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