Volume XXVII  No. 35 • Sept. 5, 2003

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Resignation - top

  • Chris Welch, AV equipment coordinator, EAFB Branch Campus

Gordon has article published in Home and Away - top

Black Hills State University adjunct faculty member Kindra Gordon has had a travel article titled "A Journey to Autumn" published in the September/October 2003 issue of the South Dakota edition of Triple A's Home and Away magazine.

The article highlights the variety of events that take place in the Black Hills during the annual Autumn Expedition Aug. 30 through Oct. 13. Gordon will have two additional travel features about the Black Hills published in later issues of Home and Away.

Gordon teaches the newspaper practicum course at BHSU each semester and advises the students who produce BHSU's Today newspaper. She is a frequent freelance contributor to several national cattle publications and earned the 2003 Diamond Writing Award from her peers in the Livestock Publications Council.

Johanna Meier donates grand piano to BHSU - top

Internationally acclaimed opera star Johanna Meier has donated a grand piano that she received for her 15th birthday to BHSU. The piano, made by the legendary Steinway music company, will be located in the recital hall of the new building, Clare and Josef Meier Hall, which is named for Johanna’s parents.

Johanna, who received the

Steinway grand piano as a gift from her parents for her 15th birthday, has now gifted the piano to the university so it
may be enjoyed by audiences and music students.
Janeen Larsen, BHSU music chairperson, and Matt Batchelder, from Plummer Piano and Organ, try out the Steinway grand piano that Johanna Meier recently gifted to BHSU.  The piano will grace the stage of the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Known for her professional musical career, Johanna, a Spearfish resident, began her musical career at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera in 1976 and went on to sing in the greatest opera houses of the world. She has sung the roles of Wagner: Isolde (Tristan and Isolde), Eva (Meistersinger von Nurnberg), Gutrune (Gotterdammerung); roles of Mozart:  Countess Almaviva (Marriage of Figaro); roles of Richard Strauss: Madeleine (Capriccio), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Marshchallin (Rosenkavalier); and Puccini's Floria Tosca (Toaca), to name a few.

“We are extremely pleased to have this beautiful piano at Black Hills State,” said Janeen Larsen, BHSU music professor and chair of fine and applied arts department. “It’s a beautiful addition to our facility.”

Larsen indicated that the piano will be used by BHSU music students as well as for concerts and special performances held in the recital hall of Meier Hall.

“We are looking forward to using the piano for the gala dedication opening in October,” Larsen said.

Clare and Josef Meier Hall, located in the center of the campus, is an $8.25 million 44,919 square-foot building which includes a 280-seat recital hall, choir and band rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, soundproof practice rooms, conference rooms, instrument storage areas, keyboard, listening and piano labs and faculty offices. 

Batchelder’s Plummer Piano and Organ from 
Rapid City moved a grand piano donated by 
Johanna Meier to the recently opened Meier 
Hall on the campus of Black Hills State University this week. The piano will be located in the recital 
hall of the new building. 


Dakota Chamber Orchestra begins rehearsing - top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence on the campus of Black Hills State University, will start rehearsals for the 2003-2004 season Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.  Rehearsals will be held in the band room of the new Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish.

This marks the fifth season for the Dakota Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Randall Royer. The orchestra provides an outlet for area string players to come together, play music and improve their skills. The orchestra also entertains the northern Black Hills with string orchestra music from many different musical style periods.

Two concerts scheduled for this season. The first concert, Nov. 2, will be one of the first productions in the new recital hall.

All string players in the Spearfish area are encouraged to attend the first rehearsal. For additional information, call Royer at 642-6255.

Alumni will be honored during Swarm Week - top

The Black Hills State University Alumni Association will recognize four individuals 
for their service and achievements during an awards breakfast Saturday, Oct. 4, at 
8:30 a.m., in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Individuals being recognized are Beth (Gallup) Benning, Spearfish, Distinguished Alumni Award; John Fidler, Palmdale, Calif., Special Achievement Award; Linda (Morris) McKay, Belle Fourche, Excellence in Education Award; and Jim Benning, Spearfish, Special Service Award. 

Read about alumni honorees.

Black Hills State University will induct five into Hall of Fame - top

Three athletes, a coach and a contributor will be inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during Swarm Day ceremonies Friday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Athletes to be inducted are Kevin Nowotny, Class of ‘80, Adrian, Minn.; Jylann (Soulek-Barham) Ewer, Class of ‘92, Olivet; and Tom Olson, Class of ‘81, Norfolk, Neb. Dave Little, Spearfish, will be inducted as a coach and Myles Kennedy, Spearfish, will be inducted as a contributor.

Read about Hall of Fame inductees.

President’s Cup results announced - top

Black Hills State faculty and staff took a break from university in-service schedules Friday afternoon to head for the links to join community members in the BH President’s Cup Golf Tournament.

The men’s championship went to a fivesome of Cliff Papik, Howard Owens, Scott Graslie, Roger Miller and Bill Bogard. The group shot a 66 which is five under par.

The winning women’s group was Jane Dunbar, Peggy Junek, Vicky Coyle, Jeanne Papik. This team shot an 87,  which is 17 over par.

Individual hole prize winners were:

Hole 1 – tee shot closest to pin in third shot, $25 gift certificate to Pro Shop from Pioneer Bank and Trust, Scott Graslie; hole 2 – tee shot closest to pin, BHSU sweatshirt, Cliff Papik; hole 3 - longest putt, $25 gift certificate to Pro Shop, John Alsup; hole 4 - closest to the pin on tee shot, BHSU t-shirt, Rawling Rosedahl; hole 5 - closest to the pin on second shot, $25 gift certificate to pro shop courtesy of Pioneer Bank and Trust, Don Altmyer; hole 6 - longest putt, BHSU jacket, Bill Jordan; hole 7 - closest to pin on second shot, $25 gift certificate to Pro Shop, Jim Rarick; hole 8 – tee shot closest to pin , BHSU cap, Vickie Coyle; hole 9 – longest drive in fairway (men only), BHSU t-shirt, Don Altmyer; hole 10- closest to pin on second shot, $25 gift certificate to Pro Shop courtesy of Pioneer Bank and Trust, Bill Jordan; hole 11 – closest to pin on tee shot, BHSU sweatshirt, Howard Owens; hole 12 – longest putt, $25 gift certificate to Pro Shop, Ben Dar; hole 13 – longest putt, BHSU cap, John Alsup; hole 14 – closest to pin on second shot, $25 gift certificate to Pro Shop courtesy of Pioneer Bank and Trust, Bob Kemp; hole 15 – closest to pin on third shot, $25 gift certificate to Pro Shop; two winners – Don Altmyer and Francis Madden; hole 16 – closest to pin on tee shot, BHSU t-shirt, Wyatt Meek; hole 17 – longest putt, BHSU sweatshirt, Tom Flickema; hole 18 – longest drive in fairway (women only), BHSU t-shirt, Jane Dunbar.

Green and Gold Club announces luncheon dates - top

The Green and Gold Booster Club at Black Hills State University is planning to meet on scheduled Tuesdays at noon throughout the year.

The first luncheon will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Shoot The Bull in Spearfish. The public is welcome to attend. University coaches will be available to discuss the upcoming season.

The BHSU football team kicks off their season Sept. 13 at Minot State University. 
The Yellow Jackets can also be seen at Lyle Hare Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. as they prepare for the 2003 season with an intra-squad scrimmage. The first home volleyball game will be Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center against the University of Minnesota-Morris. The cross-country season begins Sept. 13 at the South Dakota Tech Invitational in Rapid City.

This year’s Green and Gold luncheon schedule is shown below. For more information call 642-6385. 

Sept. 9 Shoot The Bull Dec. 30 Holiday Inn
Sept. 16 Millstone Restaurant Jan. 6 Holiday Inn
Sept. 23 Shoot The Bull Jan. 13 Holiday Inn
Sept. 30 Millstone Restaurant Jan. 20 Holiday Inn
Oct. 7 Shoot The Bull Jan. 27 Holiday Inn
Oct. 14 Millstone Restaurant Feb. 3 Holiday Inn
Oct. 21 Shoot The Bull Feb. 10 Holiday Inn
Oct. 28 Cedar House Restaurant Feb. 17 Perkin’s Family Restaurant
Nov. 4 Cedar House Restaurant Feb. 24 Perkin’s Family Restaurant
Nov. 18 Cedar House Restaurant March 2 Perkin’s Family Restaurant
Nov. 25 Cedar House Restaurant March 16 Perkin’s Family Restaurant
Dec. 2 Cedar House Restaurant March 23 Perkin’s Family Restaurant
Dec. 9 Cedar House Restaurant March 30 Perkin’s Family Restaurant
Dec. 16 Cedar House Restaurant May 3 Perkin’s Family Restaurant

BHSU golden age activity tickets available - top

Golden age activity tickets for Black Hills State University activities are once again available at a cost of $10 per ticket.

The golden age activity pass admits senior citizens to all regular athletic, theatre, music and other events at the university. Special athletic events such as tournaments or playoff games are not included.

Tickets are available to anyone 65 years of age or older through the president's office in Woodburn Hall room 201.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received Aug. 29 through Sept. 3 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6371 or email requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Stanford Humanities Center Fellowships
    The Stanford Humanities Center will award six to eight external faculty fellowships for the academic year 2004-2005. External fellowships fall into two categories: (a) senior fellowships for well-established scholars at least ten years beyond receipt of the Ph.D.; (b) junior fellowships for scholars at least three years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. and normally no more than ten. External fellowships are intended primarily for individuals currently teaching or affiliated with an academic institution, but independent scholars may apply. One goal of the fellowship selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars in residence across the spectrum of academic fields and academic ranks. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Awards are made from an applicant pool of approximately 200. 
    Deadline: Oct. 15. Application forms and further information are available from the Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4015 or from the center's website at http://shc.stanford.edu

  • NSF Course, Curriculum, Laboratory Improvement
    The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals for research on assessment and for the development and dissemination of tools to measure achievement and guide improvement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The previously separate assessment activity, which was recently incorporated into the Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement initiative (CCLI), supports projects in three or multiple undergraduate disciplines; adaptation of effective assessment materials and practices for use in a new setting or with a different audience; and dissemination activities, such as workshops, to promote the use of effective assessment practices that have been validated.
    Deadline: Oct. 29. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03584/nsf03584.htm

  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (ED)
    The Education Department is soliciting applications for overseas projects in training, research and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students and faculty engaged in a group study project. ED will fund projects that focus on: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico and Caribbean); East Central Europe and Eurasia or the Near East. ED encourages projects that provide opportunities for nationally recruited undergraduate students to study in a foreign country for either a semester or a full academic year.
    Deadline: Oct. 14. www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister

  • Teaching and Learning Resources Grants (NEH)
    The National Endowment for the Humanities is inviting applications for projects that improve specific areas of humanities education through the development of new or revised curricula and instructional learning materials. Projects are intended to serve as national models of excellence in humanities education. They must draw upon scholarship in the humanities and use scholars and teachers as advisers. Projects may help schools, colleges and universities develop or revise humanities programs and courses; support development and application of technologies to integrate outstanding humanities scholarship into teaching and learning; and provide materials and tools for teacher training.
    Deadline: Oct. 15. www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/teachinglearning.html

  • Conservation Project Support (IMLS)
    The Institute for Museum and Library Services is inviting applications for matching grants to help museums identify conservation needs and priorities and perform activities to ensure the safety of their collections. Conservation projects support grants to help museums develop a logical institution-wide approach to caring for their living and nonliving collections. Applications must demonstrate that the primary goal of the project is conservation care and not management or maintenance. Collections may be in one of four categories: nonliving; systematics and natural history; living plants; and living animals. Grants are available for five broad types of activities: surveys (general, detailed condition or environmental); training; research; treatment and environmental improvements.
    Deadline: Oct. 15. www.imls.gov/grants/museum/mus_cps.asp

  • Extramural Research Facilities Improvement (NCRR)
    The Center for Research Resources invites applications for matching grants to construct, upgrade, update and expand existing facilities used for basic and clinical biomedical and behavioral research and research training. Eligible activities include construction of new facilities, additions to existing buildings, completion of uninhabitable “shell” space in a new or existing buildings, major alterations, and acquisition and installation of fixed equipment. Applications must request $1 million to $4 million a year each in direct costs. The matching requirement is dollar-for-dollar. The project period is two years but may be longer.
    Deadline: Nov. 13, 2003, and Feb. 18, 2004, for applications. http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/FRA-RR-03-011.html

  • Inclusion in Science (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is inviting proposals for activities to increase the participation and achievement of persons with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. DEI projects focus on institutionalizing products, materials and disseminating information about model programs and proven practices to enhance participation of students with disabilities in STEM education. Focused initiatives encourage research and development of specific utilitarian assistive technologies and other tools to help persons with disabilities pursue STEM careers. Alliances provide comprehensive educational and research experiences, quality support services and career development. Alliance applicants are strongly encouraged to address critical issues that hinder inclusion of persons with disabilities in STEM education and careers.
    Deadline: March 1, 2004, for letters of intent and April 16, 2004, for full proposals. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03587/nsf03587.htm

  • Research to Prevent Suicidality (NIMH/NIDA/NIAAA/NIA/NCI)
    The National Institute of Mental Health and partner institutes are seeking investigator-initiated applications to intensify research on prevention of suicide, promote interdisciplinary approaches and attract new investigators to the field. Research interests include: risk and protective factors, to school-based programs; services research; public health, education and media campaigns; and ethical and safety services.
    Deadline: Oct. 1, 2003, Feb. 1, 2004, and June 1, 2004. http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-161.html

  • Singing for Change Charitable Foundation
    The Singing for Change (SFC) Charitable Foundation awards grants to progressive nonprofits that are working to address the root causes of social or environmental problems. The foundation was created by singer Jimmy Buffet and initially funded by contributions from his 1995 Summer Tour. Grants support a variety of areas, including: Children and families - programs focused on the health, education and protection of children and their families, including projects promoting self-esteem and self-sufficiency; the environment – programs that encourage environmental awareness and teach people conservation, protection and the responsible use of natural resources; and disenfranchised groups – projects to help people overcome social and economic barriers to education or employment, lead individuals toward self-sufficiency, demonstrate human equality and encourage people to cross boundary lines to help others.
    Deadline: None. Initial contact should be made by submitting a one-page letter of interest describing your organization and the project. If interested, the foundation will solicit a full proposal. www.margaritaville.com/sfcfoundation

  • Biocomplexity (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is seeking applications for integrated investigations of environmental systems. $36 million will be awarded for up to 50 grants on the following topics:
    • Complex Interactions of Humans and Systems – Deadline: Nov. 19.
    • Instrument and Software Development – Deadline: Nov. 19.
    • Genome-enabled Environmental Sciences and Engineering – Deadline: Dec. 17.
    • Biogeochemical Cycles – Deadline: Jan. 28, 2004.
    • Studies in Materials Use: Science, Engineering and Society – Deadline: March 4, 2004.
    • Consult the announcement at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02167/nsf02167.htm for more information.

  • Information Technology (IT) Research (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is seeking applications under an agency-wide initiative to advance research in information technology. There are no explicit categories, but NSF is especially interested in multidisciplinary approaches; innovative use of IT as a tool in science and engineering research and education; visionary work that could lead to major advances, new unanticipated technologies and revolutionary applications; and areas such as the use of IT to enhance security and reduce society’s vulnerability to natural or man-made catastrophes. All IT topics may be addressed in any of the three competitions.
    Deadline: Deadlines vary by type of project. They are: Dec. 12 for small projects; Feb. 12, 2004, for medium projects; Nov. 18 for pre-proposals for large projects; and March 24, 2004, for invited full proposals for large projects. Program contacts are listed at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02168/nsf02168.htm.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Informatics (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation’s biological sciences directorate and the mathematical and physical sciences directorate have joined forces to transform the existing postdoctoral fellowships program in biological informatics to a renamed and refocused postdoctoral research fellowships in interdisciplinary informatics program. Applicants must propose leading-edge research in biology, include a strong link between information/computational science and biology; and develop or apply advanced informatics/computational tools or approaches to the problem.
    Deadline: Nov. 4. Send an email to ckimsey@nsf.gov or dcaldwel@nsf.gov for more information.

  • Astrobiology (NASA)
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has issued a draft solicitation for lead teams to comprise the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which provides collaborative framework for research on the origins and evolution of the universe and the principles that will shape life on Earth and other planets. Awardees will conduct collaborative interdisciplinary research to train future astrobiology investigators, provide technical leadership for space missions and support education and public outreach by providing K-14 education programs, teaching undergraduate classes and communicating directly with the public.
    Deadline: NASA anticipates issuing a final solicitation in October with a December proposal deadline. The draft notice appears at http://research.hq.nasa.gov/code_s/open.cfm (click on NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle-3).

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 at the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, or can be printed from the committee 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.

The next application deadline is Sept. 19 at noon. Applicants are encouraged to contact 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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