Volume XXVII  No. 27 • July 11, 2003

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Resignation - top

  • Lee Ann Skeie, child care worker, Child Care Center

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • two child care workers, Child Care Center
  • secretary with keyboarding, Upward Bound

For additional information, please view the job opportunities on the Human Resource webpage or contact the Human Resource Office.

Math and science scholars expand their minds at BHSU - top

Black Hills State University hosted a group of 16 high
school seniors this summer 
for the South Dakota Rising Scholars in Math and Science program.

Coordinated by the Center 
for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE), this event brings together mathematicians, 

scientists, educators and 
local artists for an enriching experience. Ben Sayler, 
director of CAMSE, said the students “faced fun intellectual challenges” and gained “an opportunity to build friendships with similarly motivated,
talented and curious high
schools students from across
the state.”
Students from the South Dakota Rising Scholars in Math and Science program at BHSU enjoyed a trip into Spearfish Canyon during their stay on campus. Shown from left to right are Andrew Kraft, Jenny Grimsrud, Caitlyn McKay, Rhea Ehresmann, Jacob Swanson, Eric Musil, Aaron Boomsma, Brandon Frock, Kyle Heer, Will Allsup, John Bergen, Joe Allsup, Rob Lynde, Tara Arsaga, Justin Gaspar, Vanessa Cheesbrough, Colin Patterson, and Ben Sayler.
The students arrived on campus Sunday, June 22 and stayed through Thursday, June 26. Participants during this year’s conference were Joseph Allsup, Lead; William Allsup, Lead; Tara Arsaga, Ipswich; John Bergen, Madison; Aaron Boomsma, Wolsey; Vanessa Cheesebrough, Volga; Rhea Ehresmann, Yankton; Brandon Frock, Hurley; Justin Gaspar, Sioux Falls; Jennifer Grimsrud, Sisseton; Kyle Heer, Doland; Andrew Kraft, Mobridge; Rob Lynde, Canton; Caitlyn McKay, Pierre; Eric Musil, Huron; and Jacob Swanson, Lake Norden.

While at BHSU, the students immersed themselves in mind-expanding and fun math and science challenges. They started the week exploring Spearfish Canyon with the help of a geologist, a hydrologist, and a high school teacher from Custer. Later they investigated the ins and outs of robots, floating and sinking, codes and ciphers, and polyhedra. Local artist Dick Termes also shared his geometric view of the world through the creation of his “Termespheres.”

“Our center is afforded the opportunity to implement and field test a variety of innovative educational activities and strategies,” said Sayler.

A full agenda of social and educational activities kept these students busy, but also fulfilled the program's goal of enriching the academic preparation of promising high school mathematicians and scientists across the state.

BHSU receives grant for Summer Institute of the Arts - top

Black Hills State University recently received a $1,000 grant from Stanford Adelstein Foundation through the Allied Arts Fund Drive to help fund performances during the annual Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts.

BHSU is the sponsoring organization behind the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts. The grants were used to fund two different artistic projects: the Young Performer’s Competition and an Evening at the Opera.

The Young Performer’s Competition, in its fourth year, is the only classical competition of its type in the northern Black Hills Region. Young people from all over the country, ages nine to 20, perform and compete. The funds were used to pay a portion of the costs for this program which introduces young people to fellow musicians, encourages appreciation for classical music and promotes the idea that musicians can aspire to a performance career that is both fun and rewarding.

The final evening performance of the institute features a performance of vocal arts and opera theater students known as An Evening at the Opera. The grant funds were requested to enhance the theatrical aspects for the opera production to make it more exciting for the audience and broaden the appeal of the opera production within the community.

Former student and professor publish research study conducted at BHSU - top


A former Black Hills State University student, Micheal L. Shannon, and former BHSU professor, Dr. C. Patrick Stark, were recently notified that their manuscript entitled “The Influence of Physical Appearance on Personnel Selection” has been accepted for publication at Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal to be included in Volume 31, No.6.

Funded by the BHSU Faculty Research Committee, the study investigated the effects of two appearance variables, attractiveness and level of facial hair, on male job applicant’s chances of effectively competing for a position against other equally qualified male applicants.  Participants were asked to evaluate and select between nine candidates, who varied only by level of attractiveness and facial hair, for a management trainee position.

The findings indicated a significant advantage in terms of evaluation and selection for attractive applicants and a distinct trend towards selecting applicants who are clean-shaven, even though the bearded ones were equally qualified for the position.

The study was conducted on campus in November 2002 and utilized a sample of BHSU students as participants.

Shannon graduated summa cum laude from BHSU in December 2002 with a degree in psychology and was the highest-ranking male graduate in his class. Stark is now a member of the psychology department at Western State University in Gunnison, Colo.

Black Hills State will hold golf and auction fundraiser - top

The 13th annual Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Golf Classic will be July 12 at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club followed by a dinner and auction that evening at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

All money raised will be used for student-athlete scholarships at Black Hills State University.

The golf tournament check-in and putting contest will be from 10 a.m. until noon. The tournament, an 18-hole Texas best-shot tournament with a shotgun start, begins at noon. The tournament features individual mulligans and many prizes from Black Hills area merchants. A special $100,000 shoot-out will be held at 5 p.m.

The auction and dinner, “A Night with the Yellow Jackets,” will feature appearances by BHSU head coaches and student-athletes, a silent auction and a live auction.

The live auction begins at 7:15 p.m. 
at the Young Center on the BHSU campus. Silent auctions will be ongoing throughout the evening. Auction items include a guitar autographed by Shania Twain, Steve Warner, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw; a framed autographed Joe Montana jersey; autographed jerseys from Minnesota Vikings players Randy Moss and Dante Culpepper; autographed baseballs from Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Rapid City native Mark Ellis; a Titleist golf bag; and many more sports items. Art items to be auctioned include a framed Jon Crane print. Many leisure items will also be available at the auction.

For information on this event call 642-6385.

Chautauqua is a success in Spearfish - top

Volunteers from Black Hills State University and the Spearfish community were instrumental in the success of Chautauqua last week.

The five days of performances gave audiences the opportunity to “time-travel” to hear “first-hand accounts” from those who lived during the time of great change around the turn of the 19th century. The evening programs were hosted by Kris Runberg Smith portraying America’s First Lady, Dolley Madison. Characters portrayed included William Clark, John Jacob Astor, Sacagawea, York, and Tecumseh. Local performers provided opening entertainment.

Volunteers helped put up the tent and set up chairs Thursday and then helped take down the tent and repack the traveling van after the five days of historical presentations.

Members of the Chautauqua committee were Dr. Lyle Cook, chairperson; Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. George Earley, BHSU professor; Dr. Priscilla Romkema, BHSU professor; Dr. David Wolff, BHSU professor; Peggy Ables, director of the High Plains Heritage Center; Glen Hufnagel and Jo Lutnes from the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce. 

John Jacob Astor, known at one time as America’s richest man, was one of several characters portrayed under the big blue and white tent during the Chautauqua presentations last week in Spearfish. The Chautauqua scholars also participated in the 4th of July parade in Spearfish and made presentations throughout the community.   

Young Center hosts summertime activities - top

The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center is open for students and community members this summer. The Young Center also hosts a number of university and community events throughout the year. For more information on specific hours and events see www.bhsu.edu/athletics/dyc/hours.html. 

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received July 10-16, 2003 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Active Living Policy and Environmental Studies Program. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living Policy and Environmental Studies (ALPES) program is intended to encourage and support high-quality, scientifically sound research that will identify environmental factors and policies that could influence and increase physical activity levels in the United States. The deadline is Sept. 2. Interested applicants should submit an initial brief proposal through the foundation's Grantmaking Online system. Full proposals will be invited. www.alpes.ws
  • Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has refocused grantmaking to emphasize: scholarships for trades education; community improvement initiatives, such as park improvement, playground renovation or creation of housing for the underprivileged; and environmental initiatives that support the enhancement of the natural landscape. The deadline is ongoing. The foundation recommends that local store managers be the first point of inquiry. www.lowes.com/lkn?action=pg&p=AboutLowes/Community
  • Allen Foundation. The Allen Foundation makes grants to improve human nutrition through education, training and research. The foundation has a particular interest in: training of children and youth to improve their health and development through nutrition; educating mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children, so that good nutritional habits can be formed at an early age; and training of educators and demonstrators in good nutritional practices. The deadline is Dec. 31. Proposals received after that date will be considered in the following year. www.allenfoundation.org

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 Monday, 
Aug. 18 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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