Volume XXVII  No. 38 • Sept. 26, 2003

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Wolff has article published in South Dakota History - top

Wolff

Dr. David A. Wolff, assistant professor of history at Black Hills State University, has the lead article in the recently released summer 2003 issue of South Dakota History.

Entitled “No Matter How You Do It, Fraud is Fraud: Another look at Black Hills Mining Scandals,” Wolff’s article looks at four mining operations and exposes different unscrupulous mining methods entrepreneurs used to dupe people out of their money.

The article focuses on the Greenwood Mine near Nemo, the Harney Peak Tin ventures around Keystone, the Deadwood Reduction Works in Deadwood, and the Horseshoe Mining Company just below Terry Peak. According to Wolff, each of these companies involved fraud in various forms. The Greenwood tried the traditional method of salting gold ore; Harney Peak Tin sold tin mines that contained no tin; the Deadwood Reduction Works was based on a fraudulent gold recovery process; and the Horseshoe Company sold stock on false promises.

Wolff also explores a couple of other ideas. The first consideration is why Black Hills’ historians remember some of these scandals and not others, and the second is if any good came from these activities. Wolff concludes that historians have selective memories, depending on the circumstances, and that some long lasting positive results came from all four undertakings.

The South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre publishes South Dakota History. This quarterly publication is recognized throughout the Great Plains and the West as one of the leading history journals of the region. Its board of editors includes, among others, Howard R. Lamar of Yale University and Paula Nelson of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Since its inception in 1970, South Dakota History has won a number of national awards, including three Ray Allen Billington Awards from the Western History Association for excellence in historical publication. Copies of South Dakota History are available from the South Dakota State Historical Society, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501. The cost is $10 each, plus $1.50 postage.

Wolff received his master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming and his doctorate in history from Arizona State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1998. 


Romkema presents at Sweden business conference - top

Romkema

Dr. Priscilla Romkema, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology and director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Black Hills State University, delivered a presentation at an international business conference in Stockholm, Sweden, this summer and recently published an article in a national business education magazine.

The SIEC (Societe Internationale pour L'Enseignement Commercial)/ISBE (International Society for Business Education) was founded in Switzerland in 1901 to foster business education in countries around the world.

In her presentation, "Enhancing Your Business Classes Through Case Studies," Romkema provided an overview of the case-study method and discussed the following topics: points to consider in selecting cases for business courses, skills necessary for educators to possess in order to effectively integrate case studies in their business courses, and activities that enable students to effectively present case studies in business courses.

Romkema also recently had an article, "The Case for Creating a Hybrid International Business Course," published in the April issue of the Business Education Forum. This is the official publication of the National Business Education Association (NBEA).

The article addressed ways in which the development of a hybrid course enables educators to infuse online learning into existing or newly created courses which enables educators to take elements of both worlds--traditional and online--to deliver information in interesting and innovative ways according to Romkema.

Romkema joined the BHSU faculty in 1997. She has a Ph.D. in education and a master’s degree in business education, both from the University of Wyoming. She earned her undergraduate degree from BHSU in instrumental music. 


Silva named state athletic trainer of the year - top

BHSU athletic trainer, Tony Silva, who was recently named athletic trainer of the year, assists a football player during a game recently.

Tony Silva, athletic trainer and assistant professor in the College of Education at Black Hills State University, was recently honored as athletic trainer of the year by the statewide athletic trainer association.

Silva, who has served as athletic trainer at BHSU for 12 years, was recognized at the South Dakota Athletic Trainer Association (SDATA) state meeting this summer.

SDATA is a professional organization of certified athletic trainers in the state of South
Dakota working to enhance the quality of health care for physically active people through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. The athletic trainer of the year award is presented each year to recognize athletic trainers for their hard work and commitment.

“The organization attempts to help people understand what athletic trainers do,” Silva said. “Trainers are not as recognizable as the coaches so this organization seeks to recognize trainers.” He noted that athletic trainers must have specialized education and complete a national certification exam.

Silva says he got interested in becoming a professional athletic trainer because he was “always too short or too slow to be a great athlete.” When he was in the eighth grade, one of his coaches asked him to serve as student manager and that was the beginning of what would become his career. From that time on, Silva has been involved with sports teams, at a variety of levels, as the athletic trainer, a position he came to enjoy.

“I still got to be a part of the team and I liked that,” Silva said. Years later, Silva still continues to enjoy this unique association with athletic teams.

Originally from the Black Hills area, Silva, attended South Dakota State University where he served as a student trainer. After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in health and physical education Silva accepted a position in Georgia. Anxious to return to the region, Silva was immediately interested when he became aware of an opening at BHSU after Walt Cook resigned. He applied, was selected for the job and for more than a decade, Silva has provided care for athletes at BHSU and continues to work to advance the profession. His six-year term as president for the state athletic trainer association recently ended, and he is now considering being involved in a leadership position at the district level which includes a seven-state region. He previously held other state officer positions and served on the state licensure committee.

“Athletic trainers are health care professionals who go through at least two years of major coursework before they take the rigorous national certification exam,” Silva said. He noted that less than half of the trainers pass the exam on their first attempt. Just this spring, Silva had the satisfaction of seeing one of his students, Matt Larson, a wellness management major, pass two portions of the certification exam on his first try and the third section on his second attempt.

Silva said he continues to enjoy working with young athletes who, because they are always changing, never age. He also enjoys hearing from former athletes who often keep in touch after they leave BHSU. He has made some long lasting friendships through his work.

Although he enjoys many of the aspects of the job, Silva notes that one of the highlights for him is seeing an injured athlete come back and compete at the same or even higher level. He also still enjoys being a part of the team and likes to see the athletes win. 
“As an athletic trainer, we always go 500. I don’t remember any sport in my life that has had a season without an injury.” Silva said. “My job doesn’t change whether we win or lose, but it’s always nice to see them win.”

“Not only is Tony Silva an excellent athletic trainer, he is trained to watch the game for potential injuries,” noted interim athletic director Steve Meeker as Silva responded immediately to a potential injury at a recent BHSU football game.

“We are fortunate to have an athletic trainer that athletes and coaches can count on,” Meeker said. He congratulated Silva for the award and added that, considering quality of work that Silva does for the university, the award is long overdue.


Hupp named director of Student Support Services - top

Hupp

Susan Hupp was recently named director of Student Support Services (SSS) at Black Hills State University.

Hupp will rely on her experience establishing a similar program at Dickinson State University as she guides the longstanding and successful SSS program at BHSU. SSS is a federally funded program to provide intensive service to first generation students, students with disabilities, and students from low-income households.

Hupp, who last year served as director of the Student Assistance Center at BHSU, is looking forward to her new position and is pleased to once again be working with TRIO. She will administer the TRIO grant at BHSU for SSS which is currently in year two of a five-year grant.

Hupp and her staff provide career, academic, financial aid and personal counseling to approximately 160 disadvantaged students each year. She supervises three full-time staff members and several part-time staff members in addition to workstudy students.

One of Hupp’s goals is to find a way to provide professional tutoring services for students in the SSS program.

One of the challenges Hupp faces is letting students know about the program, so she appreciates referrals from across campus. SSS meets new students during PREP days; while other students are referred by faculty and staff members.

Hupp, who was instrumental in establishing a SSS program at Dickinson State University, has a thorough understanding of the TRIO program that will be helpful as she begins working with students at BHSU. At BHSU the program is fully integrated into the campus and has earned a positive reputation with faculty, staff and students since it was established in 1971. However, Hupp has found that although the SSS program is known and appreciated, it is sometimes misunderstood. She and her staff will work to be sure faculty, staff, and students understand the role and mission of SSS. She is planning several ways to increase direct interaction with faculty and committees to clarify the SSS role on campus.

Through the years Hupp, who has an extensive background in human services including many years assisting students with financial aid and a position with a state health and human services office, has found that a person’s level of motivation is the most significant factor in determining success.

“If they (the students) are seeking out the services, we know they are motivated and this is the best place for them,” Hupp said.

Hupp earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State College and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling with an emphasis in college student personnel services from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hupp, and her husband Terry, who is an instructional designer at BHSU, have three daughters.


BHSU receives grant to assist tribes' tourism opportunities in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial - top

BHSU graduate student Nora Danworth, right, under the direction of BHSU faculty members, Lisa Bryan, left, and Siriporn Sujithamrak, center, is working with two South Dakota Indian tribes to maximize tourism opportunities in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

Black Hills State University has received a $25,000 grant to assist two Indian tribes in prioritizing tourism-related options to maximize opportunities in conjunction 
with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial commemoration.

Two BHSU faculty members, Lisa Bryan, who is also director for the Center of Indian Studies, and Siriporn Sujithamrak, who teaches tourism courses, will oversee the grant project. The faculty members will work with graduate student Nora Danforth to develop, conduct and implement surveys to find out what will attract visitors to the reservations and what services visitors will need and want as they travel along the Lewis and Clark Trail. The campaign will mainly use the internet and e-commerce technology.

Danforth, who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies and is seeking a master’s degree in tourism, will work with tribal tourism officials on the Cheyenne River and Lower Brule Lakota Sioux Indian Reservations. She will first identify tourism-related businesses, and then, research options to develop tourism opportunities. She also plans to compile a check-list of services available on or near the reservations which will be made available to the communities and to interested tourists.

The grant is an opportunity for BHSU to serve as a center to maximize the dynamic exchange of research, information, ideas and technology related to the tourism industry. By bringing practicing professionals together with academics, BHSU aims to take the lead in training students and provide an opportunity for local professionals to act as mentors for students in the master’s degree in business services management program.

The Cheyenne River and Lower Brule Lakota Sioux Indian Reservations will become international models of how a diverse, isolated region can market itself by collaborating with a research university and using the internet and e-commerce technology to overcome its remote location and greatly expand its marketing scope.

In announcing the grant U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson said, “This program will allow us to see what types of tourist based businesses are currently on the reservations, and what will be needed to support the heavy based flow of tourists in the future. One of the best things that can happen to all of South Dakota is for independent businesses and tourism to grow on the reservations. This Lewis and Clark tourism venture will bring tourism and business to both our reservations and state.”


BHSU to host state CPA showcase - top

Black Hills State University will host the second annual South Dakota Showcase, sponsored by the South Dakota Society of CPAs, Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

The South Dakota Showcase is an opportunity for students to explore the amazing companies and business careers available in western South Dakota according to Don Altmyer, associate professor in the College of Business and Technology at BHSU. The evening will include a video produced by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants showcasing careers available to CPAs followed by employer introductions and career paths. An open question/answer forum is also scheduled.

Students will meet local business owners and have the opportunity to explore employment opportunities and internships. Food and beverages will be served and door prizes will be awarded at the close of the evening.

Last year more than 40 students and nine businesses participated in the event including: McGladrey and Pullen, CPAs; Ketel Thorstenson, CPAs; Casey Peterson, CPAs; James Postma, CPA; DeSmet & Briggs, CPAs; Black Hills Corporation; Rushmore Bank; Sodak Gaming; and the South Dakota Board of Regents.

For further information, contact Altmyer at 642-6266.


Fall 2003 South Dakota Stock Market Game begins Oct. 6 - top

Black Hills State University will once again sponsor the Fall 2003 South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG), which will begin Monday, Oct. 6 and end Friday, Dec. 12.

The SDSMG is a real-life simulation of the stock market that conveys basic concepts in mathematics, business, accounting, economics, computers, language arts and social science to a variety of grade levels. In South Dakota hundreds of student teams compete each semester to achieve the highest performing stock portfolio over a 10-week time frame.

Each team begins with $100,000 in hypothetical “cyber dollars” and performs on-line research and stock trading. The teams with the highest valued portfolios at the end of the 10-week trading period receive prizes and awards. Student team divisions include elementary/junior high school, high school and college.

This fall, a registration fee of five dollars per team is being charged, which includes all teacher materials and support and a bi-weekly coordinator newsletter with information on the stock market and a variety of business and economic topics to stimulate student discussion in the classroom. Teachers sponsoring five or more teams will receive a free eight-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal delivered to the classroom for students to check stock prices and read current news stories about particular companies and industries.

To register, go to www.smgww.org, click on the “Register Now” button, follow the prompts to the South Dakota Stock Market Game information page and click on “Pre-register Now!” Team identification numbers and passwords will then be issued and supporting materials will be mailed to the teachers. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 3.

For further information contact BHSU professor Don Altmyer, SDSMG coordinator and director for the Center for Economic Education at Black Hills State University, at donaltmyer@bhsu.edu or 605-642-6266.

Sponsors for the SDSMG are BHSU, the Center for Economic Education at the University of South Dakota, the Securities Industry Foundation on Economic Education (SIFEE), and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.


Linanders will serve as Swarm Day parade marshals - top

Marjorie and Charles 
Linander

Dr. Charles and Marjorie Linander will lead the Swarm Day parade this year, which is fitting considering they have been instrumental in leading so many university and community activities through the years.

The Linanders will be honored at the annual university homecoming parade which begins at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4. The Linanders, who are both BHSU alums--Charles graduated in 1940 and Majorie in 1942--support the university in many ways. Charles, a retired dentist who practiced in Spearfish for many years, earned a bachelor degree from BHSU and went on to earn a doctor of dental surgery from Creighton University.

Charles and Marjorie have been involved in decades of Swarm Day celebrations, beginning when they were both students in the 40s through their years as active volunteers with the Alumni Association, the Green and Gold Club as well as the Shriners. Charles was inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame in 1986.

Charles was the co-founder of the BHSU athletic booster club, the Green and Gold Club, which was then known as the Purple and Gold Athletic Support Group. He has since been named the Green and Gold Club Man of the Year twice for his contributions and leadership.

Charles led the BHSU Alumni Association as president for three separate terms. He was named Outstanding Alumnus in 1973. Charles organized a Rose Era Reunion at BHSU honoring former BHSU Coach Paul Rose.

As an active member of the Naja Shrine Temple, he and served as chairman of founded the BHSU annual Shrine football game. During that time, Charles nominated BHSU football standout Mike Savoy to participate in the North-South All Star Shrine Game. When Savoy played in the nationally televised Shrine game, Charles led a fund raising effort to send Savoy’s mother to watch him compete in Miami.

Charles also led the efforts to obtain and display art collections, including Lyndle Dunn’s artwork and the Rachett’s President’s Wives Doll Collection, at BHSU.

Charles has also been active in community events. A local Shrine member, Charles was named Outstanding Shriner in 1998. He was co-founder and commander of the Flying Aces, a Shrine unit that has four small planes, which are driven in parades throughout the region.

He is also a former Spearfish School Board member and Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department member. Charles recently led a successful effort to raise $10,000 to purchase new flags and replace worn ones on the streets of Spearfish.

Looking back at homecoming activities in the 40s, the Linanders remember a different type of celebration that was much more like royalty.

Charles, like most other students of that time, worked his way through college. He remembers working for the student assistance center for 25 cents an hour. Marjorie worked at the library, and Charles remembers sneaking into the library whenever possible to see her.

They both participated in choral groups while attending BHSU. Marjorie was also a member of a sorority group on campus and WYCA. Charles lettered in tennis and played in a dance band with a group of friends. He was also a member of the science fraternity.

For several years, Charles taught early morning classes in physiology and anatomy at BHSU and was subsequently selected as “Outstanding Instructor,” which is an honor that is seldom bestowed to part-time faculty members.

The Linanders are no strangers to parades. In fact three years ago, the Linanders organized and led a “Back to America Parade” in Spearfish. Charles, a Marine Corp veteran who served in World War II, said he was compelled to organize the patriotic parade because he saw that the level of patriotism in the area was low.

“Patriotism goes up and down, and I noticed it was down so I decided to have a ‘Back to America’ parade,” Charles said. The first “Back to America Parade” was held three days before the Sept. 11 attacks in New York. Since that time, the Linanders have witnessed the return of patriotism in this area and have supported the military send-offs.

At the Swarm Day parade this year, the Linanders will be in the honored as they are recognized for all their contributions to BHSU and the community. 


Black Hills State University names Swarm Day candidates - top

Lynch Nelson Schmaltz
Travis Beyersdorf Farr
Larson Muglia Schaller

Black Hills State University recently named the 2003 Swarm Day king and queen candidates. The Swarm Day royalty will be crowned during a coronation ceremony Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.

King candidates are Jonas Lynch, a senior industrial technology major from Lily; Todd Nelson, a senior business administration and marketing major from Newcastle, Wyo.; Vincent Schmaltz, a senior math education major from Custer; and Shawn “Butter” Travis, a senior mass communications major from Platte.

Queen candidates are Lauren Beyersdorf, a senior mass communications major from Gillette, Wyo.; Andrea Farr, a senior music major from Colstrip, Mont.; Sarah Larson, a senior elementary and special education major from Hill City; Crystal Bleu Muglia, a senior elementary education and theatre major from Belle Fourche, and Julie Schaller, a senior theatre and speech education major from Rapid City.

Homecoming week at BHSU is Sept. 29 through Oct. 4. This year’s theme is “Swarmin’ in the Jungle." A schedule of events for the week is given below. For additional information contact the Swarm Day office at 642-6418.


Cross country teams raise $700 for Humane Society - top

The BHSU cross country teams hosted the inaugural “Run for the Dogs” which raised $700 for the Western Hills Humane Society. 

The Yellow Jacket cross country teams raised $700 
at the inaugural "Run for the Dogs" walk/run recently. The money will benefit the Western Hills Humane Society.

The cross country teams, under the direction of head coach Scott Walkinshaw, hosted the 5K walk/run on 
the Spearfish bike path with the start and finish on the university's track. There were 46 participants in addition to the cross country teams.

The team would like to thank the Spearfish Recreation Department for their help and Spearfish Wal-Mart for their sponsorship.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are ranked nationally. The women's cross country team is ranked fourth and the men’s team is ranked third in the latest NAIA national poll, which was released Sept. 19. The teams travel to St. Paul, Minn., for the Roy Griak Invitational meet this weekend.

Sam, Scott Walkinshaw’s dog, which was a humane society rescue animal, poses at the inaugural “Run for the Dogs” walk/run hosted by the Black Hills State University cross country teams. The event raised $700 for the Western Hills Humane Society. 

 

 

 


All Hail Caesar as the 2003 South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Champion - top

Rapid City’s Scott Caesar, the 1997 South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Champion, regained his crown Saturday at the state championship at Black Hills State University.

Caesar defeated Ryan Stern, Aberdeen, in a sudden-death playoff hole to win the advanced division in the 2003 South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Championship. Under sunny but windy conditions, Caesar and Stern both shot 12 under par for the 36-hole event. Five-time champion Don Altmyer, Spearfish, finished one stroke back at 11 under par.

In the intermediate division, Spearfish’s Andy Altmyer ran away with the championship, shooting the lowest second round of all 30 disc golfers, a four under par, in the windy second round. Andy finished with a two-round score of seven under par. Bob Maples, Rapid City, finished second with a score of two under par and Steve Frederickson, Rapid City, finished third with one under par. In the novice division, John Morgan, Spearfish, shot a three over par to win, and Royce Rentz, Spearfish, claimed second with an 18 over par. Enoch Caesar, Rapid City, came in third with a 44 over par.

Proceeds from the tournament were donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Prize sponsors were the BHSU Bookstore and Discraft Golfing Discs.

The Black Hills disc golf season will conclude with the BHSU Swarm Day Tournament Oct. 3 in Spearfish and Octoberfling Oct. 4 in Rapid City.

See results from the 2003 South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Championship. 


Volunteers needed at Cornerstone Rescue Mission - top

The Cornerstone Rescue Mission is seeking volunteers for various human service positions. This is a great opportunity for students to receive some practical experience.

Interested persons should call 605-341-2741.


University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 308.

Present were D. Wessel, Siewert, Schamber, Pearce, Myers, and Farrington. H. Johnson, Calhoon, and Altmyer were absent. Visiting was Lynda Oldenkamp of Project Step/TQE.

Oldenkamp reported on Project Step/TQE that she is working with the College of Education to complete the step alignment. They are still in the formative stage and the exact impact or interaction with assessment is still to be revealed.

Operational guidelines: Moved and seconded to approve operational guidelines for this year. Discussion and motion passed.

Committee membership: The following positions still need to be appointed or clarified - representative from the University Curriculum Committee, two student senators, Academic Technology Committee. As soon as they are appointed, chair will notify the other committee members.

Annual reports: The committee agreed to move forward on requiring each major to do an annual report. This year the committee will use a new reporting form that will be forwarded to the deans to give to the chairs, etc. The committee suggested a workshop or person-to-person meetings to explain the new form. Chair agreed to follow up on this.

Chair said the next meeting will be Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 308. Haislett will report on the assessment of the overall academic environment.


Grant opportunities available - top

Below are the program materials received through Sept. 24 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.

  • International Research (ED)
    The Education Department (ED) seeks proposals to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies and other international fields. ED is particularly interested in: research, surveys, studies or instructional materials that are unbiased, factually accurate and solicitous of diverse views; serve to enhance international understanding; and are designed for use at elementary and secondary education levels or in teacher education programs. ED also seeks instructional materials that are unbiased, factually accurate and solicitous of diverse views on the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia, or the languages spoken in these regions; and studies assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of higher education international programs. 
    Deadline: Nov. 3 for electronic applications. For more information go to www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html (scroll to browse the table of contents from back issues, select 2003, then August 26)
  • Business and International Education (ED)
    The Education Department (ED) is inviting applications to enhance international business education programs and expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities. ED is particularly interested in the following priorities: applications for higher education institutions that include activities that promote an understanding of economic education for K-12 educators; and applications that propose education projects that include activities focused on Central and South Asia, the Middle East, Russia, the Independent States of the former Soviet Union and Africa.
    Deadline: Nov. 7. Applications must be submitted electronically. Go to www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html (scroll to browse the table of contents from back issues, select 2003, then August 27)
  • Distance Education Financial Assistance Demonstration Program (ED)
    The Education Department (ED) is accepting requests to participate in a demonstration program giving waivers from certain student air regulations to institutions offering distance education programs to consider how the law and regulations for federal student assistance programs might be altered to allow for expansion of aid to distance education students while ensuring program integrity. ED particularly seeks to increase the diversity of demonstration participants and increase the number of institutions that exclusively provide instruction online. 
    Deadline: Oct. 6. www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html (scroll to browse the table of contents from back issues, select 2003, then August 26)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day Initiative (CNS)
    The Corporation for National Service (CNS) is inviting applications to support community volunteer service projects in conjunction with the Jan. 19, 2004, Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday. 
    Deadline: Oct. 2. Contact the CNS State Office listed in the announcement, which is available at www.cns.gov/whatshot/notices.html.
  • Undergraduate Research Centers (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking proposals under a pilot program aimed at supporting new models and partnerships with potential to expand the reach of undergraduate research to include first and second-year college students and enhance the research capacity and infrastructure of participating institutions. For the pilot program, research should be in the chemical sciences or in interdisciplinary areas supported by the chemical sciences. Projects should expose students to research of contemporary scientific interest and modern research tools and methods.
    Deadline: Dec. 1 for required letters of intent; Jan. 16, 2004 for applications. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03595/nsf03595.htm
  • Discovery Corps Fellowships (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is inviting applications under a new pilot program that seeks new postdoctoral and professional development models that combine research expertise with professional service in areas of national need. Applications must describe plans to leverage fellows’ expertise through projects that will enhance research capacity and infrastructure and contribute to workforce development and job creation. Applicants will have research expertise in the chemical sciences or interdisciplinary areas supported by the chemical sciences. 
    Deadline: Dec. 15. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03596/nsf03596.htm
  • Earth Sciences Research (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks proposals in various areas under an omnibus earth sciences program solicitation.
    Deadline: Jan. 16 and July 16 for geology and paleontology; June 1 and 
    Dec. 1 for geophysics, hydrologic science, petrology, geochemistry and tectonics; April 1 for pre-proposals and Dec. 1 for full proposals for continental dynamics; July 15 for EarthScope projects; any time for general proposals for education and human resources; Sept. 15 for research experiences for undergraduates (REU) site projects; and Jan. 16 and July 16 for instrumentation and facilities projects. For individual program contacts, consult the solicitation at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03590/nsf03590.htm.
  • National Humanities Center Fellowships 2004-2005
    Forty residential fellowships for advanced study will go to outstanding scholars seeking to conduct research in a humanities field. Fellowships of up to $50,000 each are available for the academic year (September through May) and will take place in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina (travel expenses to the center will be provided to each winner). Several special interest fellowships have been designated this year: three awards for scholars in any humanistic field whose research concerns religion or theology, three fellowships for young scholars (less than 10 years past receiving the doctorate degree) in literary studies, one fellowship in art history or visual culture, one for French history or culture, and one fellowship in Asian studies. 
    Visit www.nhc.rtp.nc.us/fellowships/appltoc.htm for more information.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program 
    This two-year fellowship program will enable up to 18 winners to engage in an intensive program designed to build the nation's capacity for research, leadership, and action to address the broad range of factors affecting health. Fellows will be placed at one of six institutions: Columbia University; Harvard University; University of California, Berkeley or San Francisco; University of Michigan; University of Pennsylvania; or the University of Wisconsin. Each scholar will receive $71,000 for the first year of the program and $74,000 for the second year. They will also receive financial support for research-related expenses, training workshops, and travel to fellowship-related meetings. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org/programs/hss/healthSocietyScholars.html


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.

Applications are currently being accepted in the Grants Office for submission to the Faculty Research Committee during their October meeting. 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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