Volume XXVII  No. 39 • Oct. 3, 2003

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Resignation - top

  • Linda Allbee, librarian, E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center.

Retirement - top

  • Ron Franke, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Thailand officials visit Black Hills State University - top

His Excellency Sakthip Krairiksh, Thailand ambassador to the U.S., addresses a group of students, faculty and business leaders at Black Hills State University. Also shown are, left to right, Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, Vasana Mututanont, director of the Thailand Board of Investment in New York, and Setapon Chindanon, director of theTourism Authority of Thailand in Los Angeles.

The ambassador of Thailand to the U.S., His Excellency Sakthip Krairiksh, and a group of high-ranking officials, including business and tourism leaders, visited Black Hills State University last week.

Krairiksh and his Team Thailand, which includes several Thailand business and tourism leaders, made a two-day stop in the Black Hills as part of an eight-day visit in the Midwest. They chose to visit this area to learn more about the region and discuss opportunities for increased economic and 
tourism ties.

The Thailand ambassador gave a brief overview of Thai-U.S. relations including the general situation in Thailand. He also expressed an interest in developing future ties including opportunities for increased economic and tourism ties between Thailand and the state of South Dakota.

The members of Team Thailand, which is a trade delegation, gave briefings and then visited with students, faculty and Black Hills area business leaders at the luncheon. The speakers included Kanthong Unakul, Chicago deputy consul-general of Thailand; Vasana Mututanont, director of the Thailand Board of Investment in New York; and Setapon Chindanon, director of the tourism authority of Thailand in Los Angeles.

“BHSU is deeply honored to have His Excellency, Ambassador Krairiksh, on campus,” said Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president. “His visit represents an important initiative of our Center for Tourism Research to find new markets for tourism.”

The BHSU Center for Tourism Research, under the direction of Thomas Dunn, made arrangements for the Thailand delegation’s visit. Dunn pointed out that the center, which is already engaged in several significant marketing research projects in cooperation with segments of the tourism industry, is very interested in looking for ways to expand the number of international tourists coming to South Dakota.

Grant will establish ecological genomics lab at Black Hills State - top

BHSU students, Brandon Jiriden, a biology major from Ashland, Ky.; Jennifer Jensen, a biology major from Belle Fourche; Dr. Cynthia Anderson, who is a BHSU research assistant; and Bob McIntosh, a biology major from Moorcroft, Wyo.; check out some of the new equipment purchased with a $118,000 National Science Foundation grant. The funds are being used to equip an ecological genomics laboratory at BHSU to support research and training in this emerging field of biology.

Black Hills State University has received a grant for $118,594 from the National Science Foundation to equip an ecological genomics laboratory to support research and training in this emerging field of biology.

The main ecological genomics laboratory equipment purchased with the grant includes an applied biosystems 7000 real-time PCR apparatus and a GenePix 400 B microarray scanner. The new ecological genomics laboratory will greatly expand the research and teaching capabilities at BHSU.

BHSU recently established a Center for Conservation Biology and was designated as the core facility for DNA sequencing and
DNA fingerprinting for the state of South Dakota. The Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources was established as the result of a $640,000 Congressional earmark received with the assistance of Sen. Tim Johnson’s office.

According to Dr. Dan Farrington, vice president for academic affairs, the ecological genomics laboratory will provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and collaboration and provide students with unique access to equipment and training. This project is under the direction of BHSU faculty members Shane Sarver, associate professor; Cynthia Anderson, research assistant; David Siemens, assistant professor; and David Bergmann, assistant professor.

Over the past four years the department of science at BHSU has equipped a molecular genetics laboratory that supports research in conservation genetics, molecular systematics, molecular ecology and basic genetic research using DNA sequencing and DNA fingerprinting technology. The new ecological genomics laboratory is an important addition to the existing molecular genetics laboratory and the Center for Center for Conservation Biology.

In addition to serving university research needs, BHSU now serves other public and private organizations, such as South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and regional private ranchers. The center also serves as a training center for undergraduate students in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and for students conducting independent research projects in molecular genetics.

According to Farrington, technological advances in molecular biology are evolving at such an unprecedented rate that the traditional boundaries in biology are breaking down and forcing an integrated approach in biological research. Two of the most recent technological advances are real-time PCR and DNA microarray techniques.

Langwell joins Black Hills State as a visiting professor - top


Kathy Langwell, a health economist who has over 25 years of experience in designing and conducting health policy and health services research, has joined Black Hills State University as a visiting assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology.

Langwell will participate in research on American Indian health disparities issues in association with three major grants that have been awarded to BHSU. As co-principal investigator for Project EXPORT: Health Disparities Research with American Indian Tribes in Montana and Wyoming (OMHHD/NIH/DHHS), Langwell is conducting research on American Indian health disparities and on the organization and financing of Indian health care systems.

Langwell is serving as evaluation task leader for “Building Community Supports for Diabetes Management for Montana-Wyoming Indian Tribes” which is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant under subcontract to the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council.

Langwell will also serve as co-principal investigator for a new grant to develop research infrastructure and conduct research to reduce health disparities of American Indians for which BHSU is a subgrantee to the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Kathy’s extensive background in health services administration working with us,” said Dan Farrington, BHSU vice president for academic affairs. “Her knowledge and experience will greatly benefit the university.”

Langwell’s prior experience encompasses federal government, foundation, and both non-profit and corporate research organizations. She served as deputy assistant director for health for the U.S. Congressional Budget Office from 1989 to 1993. She was responsible for directing a staff of 10 economists and statisticians who conducted research on health policy alternatives, including health reform proposals and Medicare and Medicaid payment levels. She also served as a resource to members of Congress and their staff on a wide variety of health care financing and delivery issues.

As managing director of the Health Economics Practice at KPMG Peat Marwick, from 1993 to 2001, Langwell directed a staff of more than 40 health researchers who received funding from federal, foundation, World Bank, and corporate clients to conduct health policy research and analysis of major legislative proposals. For the World Bank, Langwell traveled to Croatia, Uzbekistan, and Mexico to work with local health agencies to conduct assessments of the organization and financing of those countries’ health care systems.

Langwell also maintains a current affiliation with Westat, a Rockville, Md. survey and statistical research organization, for which she is currently principal investigator for the Tribal Self-Governance Evaluation Feasibility Study. She is also project director of the American Indian/Alaska Native Eligibility and Enrollment in Medicaid, SCHIP, and Medicare study.

Langwell has published numerous professional papers on quality measurement, Medicare managed care, financing alternatives for covering the uninsured, the effects of competition in the health care sector, and racial/ethnic health disparities in access to and use of health services and has testified before Congress and state legislatures on many of these issues. Langwell earned a master’s degree in economics and her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.

BHSU receives grant for tobacco prevention - top


Black Hills State University will receive $12,700 in grant funds from the State Department of Health tobacco control program to serve as a Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

Sandy Klarenbeek, College of Education instructor at Black Hills State University, is overseeing the grant project, which includes community and school activities as well as counter-marketing activities to educate the community about the dangers of tobacco use.

The grant will seek to involve college, high school and elementary students in activities that will prevent tobacco use among young people and educate students, local businesses and the general public about the dangers of second-hand smoke. All of the grant activities will be aimed at reducing public exposure to tobacco smoke, preventing youth from beginning to use tobacco, encouraging programs to help smokers quit, and encouraging and increasing youth empowerment, positive development, civic involvement as well as leadership and decision-making responsibilities.

According to Klarenbeek, this grant will be used for a variety of on-going activities that involve students and the public at several different levels.

Some of the grant funds will be used to implement a recent tobacco policy change at BHSU. The new campus tobacco use policy, which is a significant change in that it allows smoking only in designated areas, recently went into effect. Although the policy has met with resistance from some students, university officials anticipate the change will be successful in the long run.

“The majority of our students are nonsmokers,” Klarenbeek said. “However, when smokers congregate before the entrances and exits of campus classroom buildings, nonsmokers have little choice as to how to avoid this smoke in order to enter or leave buildings.” She explained that grant funds will be used for signage designating smoking areas.

The grant funds will also be used to conduct two community public forums regarding the effects of environmental tobacco smoke which will keep in the public’s attention the reasons for having smoking bans and to encourage reducing nonsmokers exposure. The forums will also address tobacco use by pregnant women, youth and young adults.

“Statistics show an increase of college age people beginning to smoke even though they didn’t smoke in high school,” Klarenbeek said. This grant will address these students and seek to prevent tobacco use. 

Grand opening concert at Meier Hall will feature BHSU alumni and friends - top

A grand opening concert, the first public performance in the new Clare and Josef Meier Hall, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. will feature alumni and supporters of BHSU. The concert is an opportunity to celebrate the opening of the new facility while raising funds for music scholarships.

A variety of music, ranging from opera arias to jazz to rock and roll, will fill the new recital hall in its opening event.

According to Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst, BHSU music faculty member, variety and quality are the two key descriptors for the program. She said early performances will be more in the arts music genre with later performances offering jazz, folk, and rock performances.

“This is a true musical variety show,” Hove-Pabst said, “with everything from ‘long-haired’ music to ‘toe-tapping’ music.”

The tentative line-up includes Andrea Fischer Elwess, Dean Peterson, Dewalea Alsup, Carol Reausaw, Bob and Ardis Golay, Angie and Dan O’Shea, Priscilla Romkema, Royer and Rausis, Karen Blunk, Dick Dittman, Lori Miller, Leslie Speirs, Lyle, Doug and Paul, and Scott Bellew. Other performers will be added to the list.

The concert is open to the public with a recommended donation of $10. Advance tickets are available by calling 605-642-6133. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Public tours of Meier Hall, which opened this fall on campus, will be given throughout the weekend. A silent auction, featuring artwork, a quilt and numerous other items, will also be held to raise funds. 

Submit names of volunteers to President's Office - top

Please submit to the President's Office the names and addresses of any volunteers who will be working in your area.

The names will then be forwarded to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

In case a volunteer is injured in the performance of volunteer work, he or she will be covered by workmen's compensation, similar to an employee of the university. In addition, the university can justify expenditures which are made in connection with the volunteers' contributions if they are identified with volunteer status.

Indian Awareness Week at BHSU begins Oct. 6 - top

Black Hills State University is hosting a variety of events in honor of Indian Awareness Week, which begins Monday, Oct. 6. This year's theme is “Recognizing American Indian Leaders.”

Events will include lectures by several Lakota speakers who will discuss issues concerning sovereignty, education, economic development and wellness. The week will conclude Saturday, Oct. 11 with a concert by the award winning musical group Brule. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Young Center. 

Along with the Indian Awareness Week events, the Lakota Omniciye and AISES student organizations will sponsor an Indian Taco sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while supplies last, Monday, Oct. 6, Wednesday, Oct. 8, and Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Student Union lobby.

The Center for Indian Studies and the BHSU Grants Office are sponsoring the week's activities. For more information contact the Center for Indian Studies at 642-6578.

A full schedule of events is given below:

Monday, Oct. 6

  • Jesse Taken Alive will speak about sovereignty issues at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. He will also speak to the Siouan Tribal Culture class at 1 p.m. in Jonas 107 and to the South Dakota Indian Studies class at 2 p.m. in Jonas 301.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

  • Quincy Afraid Of Lightning will do a Lakota song and dance presentation in the Student Union Market Place at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

  • Geraldine Goes In Center will present on the topic of wellness and traditional food in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room at 11:30 a.m. Goes In Center will also speak in the Siouan Tribal Culture class at 1 p.m. in Jonas 107. 

Thursday, Oct. 9

  • Clint Waara will do a presentation about economic development in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room at 11:30 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

  • Paul LaRoche, of the music group Brule, will speak to the American Indian Art History class in Jonas 107 at 9 a.m. He will also do a presentation at 11 a.m. in the Young Center Hall of Fame Room.

  • Lionel Bordeaux will present at 12 p.m. in the Young Center Hall of Fame Room and will speak to the South Dakota Indian Studies classes at 1 p.m. in Jonas 307 and at 2 p.m. in Jonas 301.

Saturday, Oct. 11

  • The award-winning musical group Brule will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Young Center gymnasium.

Relay for Life raises $91,000 for the American Cancer Society - top

College of Arts and Sciences Relay for Life team members, Pam Wegner, Sharon Strand, Kathleen Parrow and Dan Peterson, were among the walkers at the annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. 

Volunteers from Black Hills 
State University joined regional community members at the annual Relay for Life fundraising event which raised $91,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The annual Relay for Life was held at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center last weekend. More than 34 teams, including three BHSU teams, worked for months to raise funds for the annual event. Broadcaster Jim Thompson served as the master of ceremonies, and local cancer survivor Mike Furois 
was the featured speaker. 
BHSU President Thomas Flickema and Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck welcomed
participants to the annual event.

Judy Neighbours, committee member and cancer survivor, read the names of fellow cancer survivors attending the event who then joined her in the traditional survivors' lap.

The BHSU FACES (Finding a Cure Everyday Successfully) team was fifth in overall fundraising. Members of the FACES team were Shawnda Carmichael, Ramona Collins, Judith Haislett, Deb Henriksen, Michelle Hoffman, Julie Larson, Cheri Leahy, Cody McMichael, Rita Shewmake, Bob Stanelle, Mia Surdez, Todd Surdez, Eileen Thomas and Joe Valadez.

The BHSU TROUT (Treatment, Research, Outreach for Unexpected Trauma) team included Nancy Shuck, team captain, Bill Baker, Ann Chastain, Jeanne Hanson, Susan Hemmingson, Margaret Kleinsasser, Roxie McLaughlin, Lynette Long, Elva Newman, Debra Powell, Gloria Spitler, and Emily Tibbitts.

The College of Arts and Sciences team included Ahrar Ahmad, Peggy Buckwalter, Tim Martinez, Sonya Pagel, Kathleen Parrow, Dan Peterson, Sharon Strand and Pam Wegner.

BHSU crowns Swarm Day royalty in Monday night coronation - top

Queen Andrea Farr and King Jonas Lynch
Swarm Day Mom and Dad Cheryl Anagnopoulos and Ahrar Ahmad

Black Hills State University crowned its Swarm Day king and queen in a coronation ceremony last night in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Jonas Lynch, a senior industrial technology major from Lily, was chosen from a group of four nominees as Swarm Day king. Other nominees were 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.

Andrea Farr, a senior music major from Colstrip, Mont., 
was selected from a group of five candidates for Swarm Day queen. Other candidates were Lauren Beyersdorf, a senior mass communications major from Gillette, Wyo.; 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.

Faculty members Cheryl Anagnopoulos, associate psychology professor, and Ahrar Ahmad, political science professor, were honored as the Swarm Day Mom and Dad. 

Homecoming events continue throughout the week concluding tomorrow with the Swarm Day parade and football game against Dickinson State University. This year’s homecoming theme at BHSU is “Swarmin’ in the Jungle.”

Resident assistants receive national certification - top

As a part of this fall’s intensive weeklong resident assistant training, BHSU resident assistants (RAs) and hall directors received national Certified Peer Educator (CPE) certification. 

The CPE program is a comprehensive training program designed to empower students with core instruction in educating, confronting, listening and helping peers make healthy lifestyle choices. Every member of the Residence Life staff has shown their willingness to take on the identity of being a caring helper; more specifically, they will be open and approachable, listen objectively, give options, take risks, not be afraid of confrontation, and touch the lives of their peers, according to Mike Isaacson, director of Residence Life.

The CPE program is affiliated with the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network. This network is made up of nearly 800 peer education groups on college campuses nationwide. 

Congratulations to the following BHSU students who earned their CPE certification:

Trent Mack, Sarah Veskrna, Jennifer Boese, Jennifer Schnabel, Brett Rauterkus, Stephanie Zepeda, Andrea Norris, Julianna Tenold, Kristi Parquet, Carrie Johnson, Jesse Julius, Rachel Braaten, Michael Brandt, Stephanie Hobbs, Shawn Darling, Venessa Adcock, Tara Parvin, Carrie Albright, Holly Slade, Charles Lehmann, Sean Seamands, Dennis Newell, Denis Birgenheir, Chris Curry, Eric Honeyman, Nate Cina, Casey McCoy, Erin Overcast, and Lauren Coil. 

Staff members Teresa Addington, Rachel Uttecht, Duster Butler, Jeannine Gibson, and Isaacson also completed the certification.

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 Oct. 11 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.

Notes from the Grants Office - top

The Chiesman Foundation will hold their next meeting Friday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Proposals should be submitted to the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, by Wednesday, Oct. 22 to be considered at the October meeting.

The Instructional Improvement Committee's deadline for 2003-04 is noon on the third Wednesday of every month. The committee will meet the fourth Monday of each month.

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