Volume XXVII  No. 21 • May 23, 2003

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Altmyer 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
testing assessments.
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 technologies.

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 professionals.

Altmyer has been at BHSU since 1995 and has served as the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation coordinator since 1997.


Rolando-Zucco Scholarship 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 2004.

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 Education.

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 commencement.

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 Ingraham.


Grant 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 grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

  • Department 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. www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister CFDA #84.353
  • Department 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 CFDA #84.330C
  • Department 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 CFDA #84.351D


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 Thursday, 
May 29 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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