Volume XXVII  No. 32 • Aug. 15, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Dianne Hannah, child care worker, Child Care Center
  • Kaylene Van Lingen, child care worker, Child Care Center
  • Michael Sparker, computer support analyst, Computer Center
  • Christopher Welch, AV equipment coordinator, EAFB Branch Campus

Resignation - top

  • Julia Shoun, secretary, EAFB Branch Campus

Turner publishes article in International Society for Technology in Education magazine - top

An article by Black Hills State University instructor Laura Turner was recently published in the International Society for Technology in Education’s Learning and Leading with Technology (L&L).

Turner’s article, “Computer Technology in the Classroom,” is currently featured in the online issue at www.iste.org/LL/30/9/06t/index.cfm.

Turner discusses the skills every teacher needs in order to integrate computer technology in the classroom and provides links, many of them to an extensive educational portal she has developed, to resources for each of the skills.

Articles that appear in L&L are written by educators to emphasize practical ideas about technology and how to use it in K–12 courses.

Turner received her bachelors in information management and her masters in business education from the University of North Dakota. She has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1997. 

Black Hills State University now offers a minor in management information systems - top

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently approved a new minor in management information systems (MIS) at Black Hills State University.

The new MIS minor, which is available beginning this fall, is an option for students pursuing bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degrees in any field.

“This minor gives BHSU students an edge in the computer and information systems field, since the demand for those skills is expanding as technology is further advanced and integrated,” Regents President Harvey C. Jewett said.

The minor is available beginning this fall. According to Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology, the objective of the minor is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and experiences that will not only qualify them for entry-level positions but also for career growth in the field of computer applications in organizations. The minor will emphasize the ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a team.

Through the course requirements of the minor students will learn the concepts, techniques and methodologies of MIS and realize the role that MIS plays in the operation of world-class organizations.

“This minor will provide knowledge of the software tools to successfully implement computer-based information systems and the interpersonal skills required to perform as a leader while also considering the major emerging issues in management information systems,” said Meek.

“This minor definitely leads to the hot jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Regents Executive Director Robert T. “Tad” Perry. “There is currently high demand for employees with the skills and knowledge in the computer and information systems field and that demand is expanding as technology is further advanced and integrated.”

The MIS minor will be beneficial for graduates to find employment as systems administrators, systems analysts and database administrators. Students graduating with a major in education could easily find themselves employed as technology instructors or technology coordinators at elementary and high schools.

Requirements for the minor include introductory courses in the basics of business organizations, communications, management principles and information systems as well as courses in programming languages. In the advanced courses, students will learn techniques, concepts and methodologies that apply to the design of business information systems.

For more information on the MIS minor contact the College of Business and Technology at 642-6212.

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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