Volume XXVII  No. 36 • Sept. 12, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Terry Johnson, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Resignation - top

  • Roseanna Walters, custodial worker, Facilities Services

CSA position open - top

  • Secretary, EAFB Branch Campus

For more information check the announcement bulletin or www.sdbor.edu/jobopps/get_job_location.cfm.

Meek named to board of directors for business education accrediting group - top

Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, has been named to the board of directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

IACBE is a premier specialized accrediting body for business degree programs in higher education. The business program at BHSU is a member of IACBE and was reviewed last March.

Meek will serve the remainder of the term for the north central director from who resigned during the summer. The north central region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Meek plans to attend his first meeting Sept. 19 in Chicago. He will also attend the directors’ meeting at the 2004 annual conference in Seattle, Wash.

IACBE accredits undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business and business-related fields. This includes institutions with U.S.-based regional accreditation and international institutions without U.S.-based regional accreditation.

IACBE's mission embraces business education worldwide. It services the accreditation needs of baccalaureate and graduate degree-granting institutions worldwide through its headquarters in Lenexa, Kan. and through seven U.S.A. regional centers and an international center.

Meek joined the BHSU faculty in 1999. He has a Ph.D. in statistics from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cleveland State University. Meek is the co-author of the texts Business Statistics and Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions and more than 45 publications in journals, books and refereed proceedings. He also has co-authored 16 case studies and given numerous presentations and seminars, both domestically and internationally.

Stillson to present at integrating technology conference - top

Holly Stillson, algebra instructor at Black Hills State University, will present at an annual integrating technology conference at the University of North Dakota.  She has also had a related article accepted for publication in a math and computer education journal.

Stillson will present, “Smart ALEKS…or Not? Teaching Basic Algebra Using an Online Interactive Learning System.” Stillson will give an overview of an online learning system known as ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) and how students learn as their progress is monitored.

Her presentation discusses how to give students the opportunity to work online and learn math concepts at their own pace.

The conference “Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning” highlights regional faculty and administrators’ experiences and successes with technology in various learning environments. The conference will be Oct. 23-24 in the Memorial Union at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

Stillson submitted an article concerning the online learning system that has been accepted for publication in the The Mathematics and Computer Education Journal (MACE).

Stillson, who joined the BHSU faculty in the fall of 1998, earned a math/education degree from North Dakota State University and a master of science in curriculum and instruction from BHSU in 2002.

Black Hills State to host Thailand ambassador and Team Thailand - top

A delegation of Thailand business people and high-ranking officials, including the Thailand ambassador to the U.S., will visit Black Hills State University this month to learn more about the region and discuss opportunities for increased economic and tourism ties.

The BHSU Center for Tourism Research is making arrangements for the Thailand delegation’s visit which will include a meeting at BHSU with state and regional business and tourism leaders.

Sakthip Krairiksh, the Thailand ambassador to the United States, and his Team Thailand will visit BHSU and the Black Hills community Sept. 26 through 28. Team Thailand is a trade delegation comprised of the consul-general of Thailand in Chicago, the economic counselor from the Thailand Board of Investment, the director of the Thailand Trade Center in Chicago and the director of the tourism authority of Thailand in Los Angeles and their associates.

Krairiksh will lead a presentation to give a brief overview of Thai-U.S. relations, the general situation in Thailand, as well as opportunities for increased economic and tourism ties between Thailand and the state of South Dakota. The members of Team Thailand will also provide a short briefing about their respective spheres of responsibilities followed by a question and answer session.

Siriporn Sujithamrak, assistant tourism professor at BHSU who is originally from Thailand, said, “Thailand is one of the top 15 earners for tourism. This will be an excellent opportunity to explore the possibility of joint ventures and learn from the Thailand visitors. We will have the opportunity to learn why they are doing so well with marketing.”

She said the ambassador chose to visit Spearfish and the South Dakota region because he has heard many wonderful things about the area and they are interested in expanding their market to the less populated regions of the United States.

“They are doing very well in big cities, so this is an opportunity for them to visit a new region and explore tourism and business opportunities here,” Sujithamrak said.

For details contact the BHSU Center for Tourism Research at 642-6435.

BHSU Community Band rehearsals begin - top

Rehearsals for the Black Hills State University Community Band begin Monday, 
Sept. 15 and are scheduled for every Monday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the band room in Meier Hall.

All interested musicians are invited to join the community band. There is no audition or age limit and the group is open to anyone who plays a wind or percussion instrument.

There will be two concerts this fall, including the BHSU Christmas Concert. Participants should be prepared to play at the first rehearsal. For further information call Christopher Hahn, BHSU band director, at 642-6888 (days) or 642-0327(evenings).

Fall 2003 Film Series begins Sept. 18 at Black Hills State - top

Black Hills State University will once again host a series of films throughout the fall semester. This fall the BHSU Honors Program is sponsoring a series of four films, which will be featured on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Jonas 305.

The film series will begin Sept. 18 with “The Pianist,” the winner of five Oscars that was directed by Roman Polanski in 2002. In this film Wladyslaw Szpilman, a brilliant pianist and a Polish Jew, witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital. As his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps, he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.

The next film in the series, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” directed by George Clooney in 2002, will be shown Oct. 16. This movie is the story of a legendary showman’s double life – television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.

“Skins,” the third film in the series, will be shown Nov. 13. This film is an inspirational tale, based on Adrian C. Louis’ 1995 novel, about the relationship between two Lakota Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. Filmed on and around Pine Ridge and the Black Hills by Chris Eyre, director of “Smoke Signals.”

The final film of the Fall 2003 Film Series, “Real Women Have Curves,” will be Dec. 4. Directed in 2002 by Patricia Cardoso, the movie depicts the life of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. Just graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University, but her traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not the time for college. Torn between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage, she works to find her place in the world as an American and a Chicana.

All films are open to the public at no charge. Details are available at www.bhsu.edu/artssciences/asfaculty/dsalomon/fall03films.htm. For more information contact David A. Salomon, BHSU assistant professor, at davidsalomon@bhsu.edu or 642-6240.

BHSU will host state disc golf tournament - top

The South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Championship Tournament will be held at the Black Hills State University campus disc golf course Saturday, Sept. 20. Five-year champion, Don Altmyer of Spearfish, will defend his title against Rapid City’s Scott Caesar, runner-up for the past five years.

Walk up registration will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. At 10 a.m. the tournament will begin at hole 1, located on the northwest side of campus behind Thomas Hall dormitory. The $20 entry fee entitles each participant to a “player package” including a custom glow mini disc, disc golf sticker, disc golf booklet and a continental breakfast. Net proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Spearfish Relay for Life.

The format for the tournament will be two 18-hole rounds. The first round will be played to the short position disc golf baskets. After round 1, the disc golf baskets will be moved to their longest positions making the second round more challenging. Prizes will be awarded in the novice, intermediate and advanced divisions. Prize sponsors for the tournament are the BHSU Bookstore, Discraft Golfing Discs and Spearfish Relay for Life.

Sept. 21 marks the six-year anniversary of the BHSU campus course, the first official 18-hole disc golf course in South Dakota. Currently, there are 1,213 disc golf courses in the United States and another 243 courses worldwide. South Dakota has nine disc golf courses, located in Spearfish, Rapid City (2), Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Watertown, Pierre, Vermillion and Yankton.

Disc golf is like traditional ball golf in that each player attempts to complete each hole in the lowest number of throws. To complete each hole, the disc is thrown into a metal basket with a hanging array of metal chains that serve to catch the disc and drop it into the bottom of the basket. It is popular for players of all ages and skill level due to its low cost of equipment, no green fees and one-hour playing time for an 18-hole round.

For further information call Altmyer, tournament director, at 642-6266 or email donaltmyer@bhsu.edu.

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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