Volume XXVII  No. 40 • Oct. 10, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Eric Hunt, building maintenance specialist, Facilities Services

Enrollment increases at BHSU - top

The number of students enrolled at Black Hills State University has increased by 
4.8 percent to 3,873 this fall. This is an increase of 179 students compared to the fall semester last year.

“The enrollment increase at Black Hills State is remarkable, considering the ongoing decline in the number of students graduating from area high schools,” according to Steve Ochsner, BHSU dean enrollment center. Last fall 3,694 students were enrolled at BHSU.

The increase is evident in several different categories of students. First, the number of new freshmen attending BHSU has increased from 601 last fall to 697 students this fall. Additionally, there was an 82-student increase in the number of new transfer students. The new transfer students are primarily from South Dakota.

Bolstering the fall 2003 enrollment increase is the enhanced retention of first-year students. This fall, the BHSU retention rate, for the first-time full-time students who began in September 2002, increased by seven percentage points.

“We have made retention a priority at BHSU and we believe this increase is a good start in improving the overall retention rate,” said Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU.

The final component to the overall increase in enrollment at BHSU is the growth in the number of students who are enrolled in off-campus and distance delivery courses. Currently more than 1,000 students are taking BHSU classes at one of three sites in Rapid City, including Ellsworth Air Force Base. BHSU also had an increase in the number of student enrolled through alternate delivery options such as the internet. This fall 759 students are enrolled through distance delivery methods. Many BHSU students enroll in both on-site and distance delivery classes.

“To thrive in today’s environment, universities must be competitive in the delivery of course work via a multitude of delivery methods,” Ben Dar, associate vice president of academic affairs, said. “No longer do all our students attend class in person. This fall we have a 24 percent increase in the number of off-campus credit hours, indicating that our efforts to deliver courses and degrees to students who cannot travel to campus, especially South Dakotans who live in the west river region, is being met with success.”

BHSU, the state’s third largest university and the only multipurpose university west of the river, offers an increasing number and variety of courses in Rapid City as well as the entire western region of the state. BHSU offers courses and complete degrees at three on-site locations in Rapid City, via the internet, and other off-campus locations. Students in the Rapid City area are responding by taking advantage of these convenient locations and by choosing distance delivery options.

“In an environment of declining high school graduates, Black Hills State University has increased the number of new freshmen and also shown that our responses to the needs of today’s residents for new course delivery methods are relevant and effective with the increase in off-campus courses as well,” Flickema said. 

Upgrade will temporarily shut down computer services - top

Computer system upgrades that will allow all six of the state universities, including Black Hills State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, to better serve students will require a temporary shutdown of some services.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, live computer-based student services, including WebAdvisor, will be unavailable for approximately three weeks. When the systems return to service, students will see many enhanced features to make doing business with universities easier. The redesign, known as the STUDENT project on the campuses, will combine the six separate institutional student databases into one integrated student database.

The benefits include coordinated student services statewide. This coordinated effort will allow students to have a single transcript and eliminate the need to request transfer of courses from one South Dakota public university to another. Students also will be able to register for any course offered at any South Dakota public university, receive a single bill and be able to make a single payment. Students will also be able to receive needed student services at any of the six South Dakota public universities.

Dr. Charles Ruch, president of South Dakota Tech, and Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of Black Hills State University, apologized for any inconveniences caused by the approximate three-week shutdown of the services but noted that the upgrades will be worth the short shutdown time. 

For more information reference the BHSU web site.

Pulitzer Prize winning author speaks at Black Hills State - top

Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1994, speaks to approximately 300 students, faculty, and staff. Proulx, whose novels and
short stories include Postcards and That Old Ace in the Hole, read from her recent work, answered questions, and then signed copies of her books.
The Shipping News is being read for classes this semester by approximately 600 BHSU students. Proulx appeared at the first South Dakota Festival of Books the following evening in Deadwood. Her visit to BHSU was made possible with monies from the Bush Grant.

Library receives film donations from South Dakota Festival of Books - top

David Salomon (right), assistant professor of humanities at Black Hills State University, presents a group of films, which were shown at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood, to Linda Allbee, librarian at the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at BHSU. The films will be available for student, faculty, staff and community use.

A dozen films that were shown during the first South Dakota Festival of Books have been donated to the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at Black Hills State University.

The films were shown in a film series, organized by Dr. David A. Salomon, assistant professor of humanities at BHSU, Oct. 3-5 during the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood. The Adams Museum and House and the South Dakota Center for the Book sponsored the series.

All films will be available to students, faculty, staff and community members.

The films are:

  • Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider, a 1993 documentary about writer Paul Bowles, on VHS
  • The Sheltering Sky, the 1990 
    film of Bowles’ novel, starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich, on DVD
  • The Origins of Film, a three DVD set from the Library of Congress covering early African American Cinema, America’s First Women Filmmakers, the Origins of the Gangster Film, the Origins of American Animation, and the Origins of the Fantasy Feature
  • Voices and Visions: T.S. Eliot, the 1988 documentary about Eliot, on VHS
  • Tom & Viv, the 1994 film about Eliot and his wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood, starring Willem Dafoe, on DVD
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, the 1990 film of Margaret Atwood’s novel, starring Natasha Richardson, on DVD
  • The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 classic, on DVD
  • The Princess Bride, the 1987 film of William Goldman’s novel, on DVD
  • The Shipping News, the 1998 film of Annie Proulx’s novel, starring Kevin Spacey, on DVD
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company, the hilarious Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), on DVD
  • Wuthering Heights, the 1939 classic film of Emily Bronte’s novel, starring Laurence Olivier, on VHS
  • Powwow Highway, the 1989 film of David Seals’ novel, starring A. Martinez, on VHS

Lakota singer and dancer performs as part of Indian Awareness Week - top

Quincy Afraid Of Lightning, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who was raised in the Rapid City area, gave a presentation of Lakota song and dance at Black Hills State University this week. This is one of several activities scheduled in honor of Indian Awareness Week, which began Monday, Oct. 6.

This year's theme is “Recognizing American Indian Leaders.” Events include lectures by several Lakota speakers who will discuss issues concerning sovereignty, education, economic development, and wellness. The week concludes tomorrow 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 Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium.

The Center of Indian Studies and the BHSU Grants Office are sponsoring the week's activities. For more call 642-6578.

The following events are scheduled:

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

Saturday, Oct. 11

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

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

Black Hills State University is planning to celebrate the opening of the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall with a grand opening concert Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

This event, which will feature performances by BHSU alumni and friends, is a fundraiser 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 for the concert includes the following performers:

  • Andrea Fischer Elwess, alumnus, soprano, with Karen Blunk, adjunct faculty member, piano;
  • Dean Peterson, adjunct faculty member, tenor, with Janeen Larsen, music faculty member, piano;
  • Priscilla Romkema, alumnus and faculty member and Blunk, adjunct faculty, piano duet;
  • Angie O’Shea, alumnus, soprano, and Dan O’Shea, tenor, with Lori Miller, adjunct faculty member, piano;
  • Dick Dittman, alumnus, cornet, with Larsen, piano;
  • Carol Reausaw, alumnus, soprano, and Bob Golay, tenor, with Ardis Golay, piano;

Following an intermission, which will include time for a reception and silent auction, the music will continue with the following performers:

  • Dewalea Alsup, adjunct faculty member, mezzo soprano, with Larsen, piano;
  • Alsup, mezzo soprano, and Leslie Speirs, alumnus, soprano;
  • Hove-Pabst, music faculty member, soprano, with Miller, piano;
  • Randall Royer, music faculty member, guitar and Dick Rausis, guitar;
  • Lyle Berry and Doug Ruhnow, alumnus, and Paul Young, faculty member;
  • and Scott Bellew, alumnus.

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.

BHSU theatre begins season Oct. 16 - top

Black Hills State University will begin its 2003-04 theatre season with Picnic, a drama by William Inge. The play will be presented Oct. 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award, Picnic takes place on a Labor Day weekend in the joint backyard of two middle-aged widows. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is an unmarried schoolteacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group.

Hal is a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position perennially behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger’s brief attention. And the teacher is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.

Picnic will be performed by a cast of 11, including Sarah Duex, a senior elementary education major from Spearfish, as Helen Potts; Gene Pesicka, a junior communication arts major from Rapid City, as Hal Carter; Rachel Stocks, a freshman elementary education major from Green River, Wyo., as Millie Owens; John Eisenbraun, a freshman speech communications major from Creighton, as Bomber; Vanessa Kitzler, a sophomore mass communications major from Eureka, as Madge Owens; Sarah Baldwin, a junior English major from Lander, Wyo., as Flo Owens; Sara Olson, a junior health services administration major from Hot Springs, as Rosemary Sydney; Tyler Baumeister, a freshman speech communications major from Piedmont, as Alan Seymour; Melita Roberts, a sophomore English major from Spearfish, as Irma Kronkite; Brandy Sickler, a freshman pre-law major from Buffalo, Wyo., as Christine Schoenwalter; and Zak Radack, a freshman biology major from Viborg, as Howard Bevans.

Pamela Wegner, associate theater professor at BHSU, is directing the play. Theresa Mutter, a freshman mass communications major from Oehningen, Germany, will serve as assistant director and stage manager.

Baumeister, Duex, Eisenbraun, Pesicka, Kelly McGoldrick, a freshman English major from Wickenburg, Ariz., and Emily Varland, a sophomore mass communications major from Gregory, will be in charge of set construction.

Props will be provided by Stocks, Kitzler, and Amanda Hooker, a freshman pre-nursing major from Norris.

Costumes will be provided by Sickler, Baldwin, Jessica Hinker, a sophomore mass communications major from Forestburg, and Miranda Huber, a freshman mass communications major from Piedmont.

Olson and Baumeister will be in charge of sound. Radack, Jared Hall, a sophomore physical education major from Gettysburg, Amber Riggins, a freshman from Wanblee, Anita Trummer, a freshman vocal music major from Rapid City, and Sarah Freeland, a freshman from Box Elder, will be responsible for lighting.

Publicity and tickets will be handled by Roberts and Kendall Shaul, a freshman social science major from Apple Valley, Minn.

The BHSU theatre will stage three additional plays throughout the year. I Hate Hamlet will run Dec. 4-6; Company, the musical production for the season, will be Feb. 19-22; and performances of Another Antigone will be April 22-24.

All plays begin at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium except the Feb. 22 matinee of Company, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

For more information contact Al Sandau at 642-6268 or alsandau@bhsu.edu. Tickets may be reserved the week of the play by contacting the BHSU theatre box office at 642-6171 or emailing theatre@bhsu.edu.

Photographers Gallery will feature photographs by Bob Miller - top

Bob H. Miller will exhibit photographs in the Photographers Gallery on the Black Hills State University campus Oct. 23 through Nov. 24. He will present a lecture Thursday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. followed by an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. 

The Photographers Gallery is located on the lower level of Jonas Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact Steve Babbitt, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, at
642-6769 for more information. 

Alumni art show on display at Ruddell Gallery - top

The annual “Visual Arts Alumni Show” is currently on display at the Ruddell Gallery. The show, which is open to the public, will continue through Oct. 22.

The alumni art show is held every year in conjunction with homecoming activities. The following alumni have artwork in this year’s show: Deborah Brown, Tony Chytka, Madaline Custis, Kim Davis, Melissa DeVries, Dan Dittmer, Bonnie Halsey-Dutton, Sonya Harnish, Carol Hayes, Betty Jo Holwell, Paula Manley, Pat Marton, Sandra Newman, Gary Ollila, Christle Robinson, Kristi Scott, Dorothy Snowden, Todd Stebner, Lynne Steinley, Dick Termes, Jill Tesnow, Ray Tysdal, Laurie Williams, and Mark Norby. Art show also features a tribute to Kay Mateer-Dubois, who was killed in an accident this summer.

The Ruddell Gallery, located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, is open to the public at no charge.

BHSU Alumni Association honors four people during Swarm Day - top

Individuals honored at the 2003 BHSU alumni awards breakfast were: John Fidler, Palmdale, Calif., Special Achievement Award, Class of ‘60; Beth (Gallup) Benning, Spearfish, Distinguished Alumni Award, Class of ‘73; Linda (Morris) McKay, Belle Fourche, Excellence in Education Award, Class of ‘66; and Jim Benning, Spearfish, Special Service Award.

The Black Hills State University Alumni Association recognized four individuals for their service and achievements during a Swarm Day awards breakfast recently. Individuals honored were 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.

Retired BHSU instructor Darleen Young introduced her former standout student, Beth Benning, whom she also recommended for a job opening with the city many years ago. A 1973 BHSU summa cum laude graduate with a degree in business administration, Beth has since worked for the city of Spearfish and was promoted to municipal finance officer in 1979. She was recently named 2003 South Dakota Finance Officer of the Year. Beth remains involved with her alma mater as a member of the BHSU Foundation Board of Directors and a member and past president of the BHSU Alumni Association.

John Fidler, a former hospital administrator who now serves as a senior consultant for M.L. Schwartz and Associates, was introduced by his wife Peggy. John, a 1960 BHSU graduate, is a healthcare leader with expertise in developing new services, resulting in increased market share, higher profits, improved productivity and quality improvement. Throughout his career, John has served as CEO of several major hospitals in California and Missouri. In his present position he provides operational, financial, and strategic consulting, healthcare facility design, master planning and JCAHO support to hospitals and healthcare systems.

Jean Helmer and Dorothy Kaiser, who both worked with Linda McKay for many years, outlined some of the characteristics that led to her nomination. Linda, a 1966 graduate with a degree in business education, was the 2002 South Dakota Teacher of the Year after winning the Belle Fourche Teacher of the Year title. Linda teaches business and computer technology to high school students. She is also involved in career preparation and the school-to-career program. Linda serves as business department chairperson and computer lab/software mentor for students, staff, and community members; advises new teachers; and supervises student teachers and junior and senior field experience students. She is an innovative curriculum developer and has written several grants for start-up vocational programs, classroom equipment, and instruction.

Jim Benning, who was introduced by Joe Jorgenson, received the special service award. Jim, owner and manager of Ainsworth-Benning in Spearfish, is an active supporter of BHSU. His service to BHSU includes the donation of labor to renovate the Institutional Advancement Office, which is home to the Alumni Association, BHSU Foundation and Yellow Jacket Foundation staff members. He also donated the labor to install the new flagpole at Lyle Hare Stadium. Jim purchased a restored pickup with a flatbed which the Alumni Association for their float in the parade this year. His company also provides employment for 65 to 130 people, many of whom are BHSU students. 

Five inducted into Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame - top

Five people were inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during Swarm Day ceremonies at BHSU. Inductees included Myles Kennedy, Spearfish, who was inducted as a contributor; 
Tom Olson, Class of ‘81, Norfolk, Neb., who was inducted as an athlete; Dave Little, Spearfish, who was inducted as a coach; Kevin Nowotny, Class of ‘80, Adrian, Minn., who was inducted as an athlete; and Jylann (Soulek-Barham) Ewer, Class of ‘92, Olivet, who was inducted as an athlete.

Five people were inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during Swarm Day ceremonies 
at Black Hills State University. Athletes inducted were Kevin Nowotny, Class of ‘80, Adrian, Minn.; Jylann (Soulek-Barham) Ewer, Class of ‘92, Olivet; and Tom Olson, Class of ‘81, Norfolk, Neb. Also inducted were Dave Little, Spearfish, as 
a coach, and Myles Kennedy, Spearfish, as a contributor.

Nowotny, who was nominated and introduced by longtime baseball coach Cliff Papik, played four years of baseball 
for BHSU from 1977 to 1980.
He was a member of four consecutive conference
championship teams, two District 12 championship teams in 1979 and 1980, and two NAIA area tournament appearances in 1979 and 1980. He was selected South Dakota Iowa-Conference (SDIC) all-conference four years, all-District 12 his sophomore, junior and senior years, and earned honorable mention all-American in 1979. His career batting average at BHSU was .408, which equals 215 hits in 526 at bats. Career highs for Kevin were 61 hits and 58 RBI’s in one season, and he held for a while the career home run record at BHSU with 19. In 1980 he became the first winner of the Cliff Papik Scholarship.

Former track coach Dave Little, who was also honored at the banquet, introduced Ewer and highlighted some of her athletic accomplishments. During Ewer’s career at BHSU, she lettered one year in basketball and claimed the “Hustler” award, but she excelled in track and field. Ewer competed in indoor track for two years in which she was the District 12 champion in the long and triple jumps and holds the BHSU indoor long jump record with an 18’3” jump. She also ranks in the all-time BHSU top 10 performances in the 55-meter hurdles, high jump and triple jump.

Ewer’s outdoor track and field career consisted of being a member of the four-time champion SDIC team and being a three-time SDIC Outstanding Female Athlete. She won individual SDIC championships in the long jump four years, triple jump four years, 100-meter hurdles, and high jump. She was also a member of the winning 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. She holds top 10 performances in school history in the 100-meter dash (12.84), javelin and 400-meter relay (50.64). Ewer was a four-time all-American with her best performance at the national track meet placing sixth in the long jump. She also holds the longest women’s collegiate jump in the state in the long jump.

Introduced by Dave Little, his former coach track coach, Olson was a successful three-sport athlete at BHSU. He competed in football, basketball, and track and field during his 1976-80 college career at BHSU. An almost unheard of achievement, Olson earned 11 letters in three different sports. In football, he played defensive end, tight end and offensive tackle during his four years on the gridiron. He was honorable mention all-SDIC his senior year at offensive tackle.

In basketball Olson scored a career high 29 points his junior year in a victory over archrival South Dakota Tech. As a junior, he ranked 14th in scoring, averaging 12.3 points and seven rebounds per game. As a senior he was named first team all-SDIC, averaging 9.2 rebounds and 12 points per game.

In track and field, Olson jumped a personal best 6’8” in the high jump, winning the District XII NAIA high jump competition and helping the Jackets win the District XII meet. He also qualified for the national meet in 1980.

Former BHSU professor and administrator William Jordan introduced Dave Little who began his collegiate coaching and teaching career at BHSU in 1968. Little soon established himself as one of the state’s most successful collegiate track and field and cross country coaches. His name became synonymous with winning SDIC cross country and track titles - 17 cross country titles and 30 track and field titles in men’s and women’s competition during his tenure as a Yellow Jacket head coach.

Little’s success was not just limited to the field of competition as he was twice selected as teacher of the year by the BHSU student senate. He also served as the university’s athletic director from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1996 to 2002.

Although he was successful as a teacher and administrator, it is coaching where his legacy will probably rest. During the 70s and early 80s his men’s teams dominated the league winning 12 consecutive titles in both cross country and track and field. For his coaching accomplishments, Little was named NAIA District 12 coach of the year 14 times, South Dakota Sports Writer’s coach of the year once, and women’s SDIC coach of the year. He also served a two-year term (1984-86) as president of the NAIA executive committee on cross country.

Myles Kennedy, who has served as president of the Yellow Jacket Foundation and the Green and Gold Booster Club since 1999, was introduced by Steve Meeker, BHSU vice president for institutional advancement and interim athletic director. Kennedy was inducted for his contributions to the university. Under Kennedy’s leadership, the Green and Gold Booster Club has raised more than three quarters of a million dollars for athletic scholarships at BHSU. Scholarships to student athletes have nearly doubled in this short period of time.

Kennedy has also purchased shirts for the cross country and volleyball teams, travel bags for the basketball teams and has been know to provide watermelon to the football team and spaghetti and lasagna feeds to the volleyball and cross country teams. He is known as the “brat man” as he often cooks the bratwurst at the pre-game tailgate parties for home football games. He also donates money to benefit student athlete scholarships.

Black Hills State University announces Swarm Day parade winners - top

Members of Black Hills State University and the Spearfish community showed their support for the Yellow Jackets during the 2003 Swarm Day parade. This year’s theme was “Swarmin’ in the Jungle.”

Winners were the Girl Scouts, best community organization; Black Hills Pure Water, best community business float; Jody Sleep, best western era entry; Thomas Hall, best residence hall float; Chi Theta Xi, best student organization float; Pangburn Hall, best overall campus float; and Sigma Tau Gamma, best use of theme.

Winners of the band divisions were Kadoka, Division B; Sundance, Division A and best band overall; Spearfish High School, Division AA, and Spearfish Middle School, middle school division.

Next year’s Swarm Day is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2004.

See pictures of the winning floats.

Swiden wins Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament in sudden death playoff - top

Chris Swiden broke a three-way tie during a sudden death playoff to win the student division in the seventh annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament at Black Hills State University. A total of 21 golfers competed in two divisions on the par 54 course.

Swiden, a senior from Sioux Falls, took first place in the student division with a score of 52. He was followed by Neil Mier, a senior from Spearfish, with a score of 52; Will Kern, a senior from Green River, Wyo., with a score of 52; Dan Miller, a senior from Parker, with a score of 54; Jason Lambert, a senior from Gillette, Wyo., with a score of 55; Roy Seim, a senior from Spearfish, with a score of 56; Charles Lehmann, a senior from Rapid City, with a score of 58; Forrest Webb, a junior from Spearfish, with a score of 59; Eric Ligtenberg, a senior from Spearfish, with a score of 67; Jeremy Kreon, a senior from Sioux Falls, with a score of 67; Martin Lemke, a junior from Sturgis, with a score of 71; Samuel Sorcic, a senior from Spearfish, with a score of 75; and Kyle Schuler, a freshman from Belle Fourche, with a score of 87.

Don Altmyer, Spearfish, won the community division with a score of 44; Dave Suzuki, Rapid City, finished second with a score of 48; Brad Domas, Rapid City, finished third with a score of 50; and Dave Meddings, Lead, placed fourth with a score of 50. Other finishers were Andy Altmyer, Spearfish, 52; Evan Hays, Spearfish, 52; Andrew Martin, Rapid City, 56; and Bob Meddings, Lead, 60.

Proceeds from the community division were donated to the Spearfish Relay for Life on behalf of the Swarm Day Committee. For more information contact Don Altmyer at 642-6266 or donaltmyer@bhsu.edu.

Distinguished biochemist to lecture at SDSU - top

South Dakota State University has announced that a distinguished biochemist will give two lectures this month. Dr. Henry Lardy, who founded the Lardy Distinguished Lecture Series in chemistry at SDSU 16 years ago, will speak Oct. 20 and 21. 

Lardy will present his lecture, “Stress Causes What?,” at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the South Dakota Art Museum auditorium. This lecture will discuss animal and human evidence that stress during pregnancy is an important factor in determination of sexual orientation of male offspring. 

At noon Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Campanile Room (169) in the University Student Union, Lardy will deliver the lecture, “New Hormones from Old Steroids.” This lecture will deal with dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is produced in the adrenal glands beginning at seven years of age and reaches peak concentration in the blood at 20 to 30 years of age. It declines with age, to as little as five to 10 percent of peak levels, in the blood of people 70 years of age and older. 

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information call 605-688-6367.

Information is available for Rounds Grants - top 

Information on the 2004 Rounds Grants is now available on the Grants Office website.

This year, universities are required to submit “intent to submit a proposal” forms by 
Oct. 21. Selected faculty will later be invited to submit full proposals. Priority will be given to proposals addressing high-impact courses (based upon enrollments and potential cost savings) at each university, although strong proposals for other courses may be considered. The Board of Regents has identified BHSU's priority courses as ENGL 101, SPCM 101, PSYC 101, and MATH 102.

If you are interested in collaborating with colleagues at other institutions to redesign a course, or if you wish to adopt a redesign from one of last year's recipients, please notify the Grants Office at 642-6371 as soon as possible.

Grant opportunities available - top

Below are the program materials received through Oct. 9 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6371 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
    The Camille Dryfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program will boost the teaching and research careers of talented young faculty in chemical science departments of universities nationwide. Up to 15 grants of $60,000 will be awarded to honor “individual attainment and promise,” nominees are also expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching. In addition, applicants are required to hold a full-time tenure-track appointment in a chemical sciences department and be within the first five years of their independent academic careers. Nominations must be submitted online; only one nomination per institution per year is accepted. 
    Deadline: Nov. 14. See www.dreyfus.org/tc.shtml for more information.

  • SIRSI Offers $10,000 to Fund Library Technology Use
    The Leader in Library Technology Grant, with funds donated by the SIRSI Corporation, is an annual award aimed at encouraging continued advancements in technology by libraries. Funds will go toward a program that makes creative or groundbreaking use of technology to give community members access to exceptional technology resources. 
    Deadline: Dec. 1. For more information see SIRSI's Leader in Library Technology Grant page

  • FIPSE Special Focus (ED) 
    The Education Department’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education is inviting applications to focus on problem areas or approaches to improving aspects of postsecondary education. ED is particularly interested in supporting consortia of American, Canadian and Mexican higher education institutions to promote institutional cooperation and student mobility through projects that coordinate curricula and foster student exchanges.
    Deadline: April 16, 2004. Go to www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs/html for more information. To contact FIPSE see www.ed.gov/FIPSE (CFDA #84.116N).

  • Human Language and Communication (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals for research and related education activities fundamental to the development of computer systems capable of analyzing, understanding and generating language, speech and other forms of human communication. Topics include: emotive, affective and pragmatic communication; cognitively and neuro-linguistically informed approaches to language and communication processing; and human communication principles derived from bio-immuno-genetic or animal communication. 
    Deadline: Jan. 8, 2004, and Dec. 6, 2004. Dec. 6 yearly thereafter. Go to www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03613/nsf03613.htm.

  • Human-Computer Interaction (NSF) 
    The National Science Foundation seeks research related to the design and evaluation of systems that mediate between computers and humans. Topics include: augmented cognition and novel uses of computer technologies in education; wearable, mobile and ubiquitous computing; and multi-media/ multi-modal interfaces in which combinations of text, graphics, gesture, movement, touch and sound are used by people and machines to communicate.
    Deadline: Jan. 8, 2004, and Dec. 6, 2004. Dec. 6 yearly thereafter. For more information go to www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03610/nsf03610.htm.

  • Digital Society and Technology (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation invites proposals for research examining the scope and trajectory of the ways technology transforms society. NSF encourages scientists and scholars to work across disciplinary boundaries to develop new knowledge at the intersections of computer and social, behavioral and economic sciences. Program objectives include: advancing knowledge related to living, working, learning and being healthy in a digital society; integrating technical and social theories, concepts, methods, mechanisms and design principles to build research areas; and creating a coherent interdisciplinary community to conduct research on the digital society.
    Deadline: Jan. 8, 2004, and Dec. 6, 2004. Dec. 6 yearly thereafter. More information is available at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03611/nsf03611.htm.

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.

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