Volume XXVII  No. 43 • Oct. 31, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Catherine Bergey, senior secretary, Center of Excellence
  • Christina Oden, secretary, EAFB Branch Campus

Resignations - top

  • Charles Jorgenson, custodial worker, Facilities Services
  • John Rockey, custodial worker, Facilities Services

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Librarian, Library Learning Center
  • Secretary with keyboarding, Retention Center

For additional information, review the announcement bulletin or view the ad online at www.sdbor.edu/jobopps/get_job_location.cfm.

Dorothy Keller retires after nearly 22 years at BHSU - top

Dorothy Keller points out some of the resources that CAMSE has for outreach programs. Keller is retiring this week after 22 years at Black Hills State University.

For nearly 22 years, Dorothy Keller, who is currently senior secretary with the Center for Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE), has worked for Black Hills State University. Keller will retire this week.

Looking back, Keller says that she has enjoyed her work because of the variety and the autonomy that her supervisors encouraged.

“I’ve been lucky. My bosses’ were all very receptive to letting me do things the way I thought they should be done,” Keller said. “I’ve always just tried to figure out what needs to be 
done and do it,” Keller said. 
A task she has accomplished competently in a number of different office situations at BHSU earning a reputation of being a hard worker and dependable employee.

Keller has shown exceptional dedication to the university, its students, and our center,” said Ben Sayler, director of CAMSE. “She's played a major role in helping to guide CAMSE over the past four years drawing on her extensive experience and connections across the BHSU campus. Her sense of humor, exemplary work ethic, and wealth of knowledge will be greatly missed.”

Keller began her career working in the president’s office and later transferred to the housing office. After more than ten years there, she transferred to a secretarial position with the College of Applied Science and Technology. When the university re-organized from four colleges to three, Keller worked for the College of Arts and Sciences and then transferred to CAMSE where she has worked for just over four years.

Since she began working at BHSU in February 1982, Keller has seen many positive changes at the university. She notes that the CAMSE office is involved in many outreach programs and she thinks this will continue to increase.

Dorothy and her husband, Kim, who have enjoyed “RVing for many years,” are making plans for their first extended trip to the Southwest and the West Coast. She noted that the weather conditions and the wildfires may affect their timing and route, but they plan to leave the day after she finishes working.

The couple has tentative plans to work at campgrounds in the south to “stay out of the snow” and will maintain a home in Spearfish so they can return often to see family members. Keller’s two daughters and their families live in the Black Hills area and her son is currently moving back to this area.

After 22 years on the job at BHSU, Keller has some advice for college students. She notes that attending school is much easier when the students are unencumbered and she urges students to get as much education as they can.

“Whatever (type of degree) you think we need, it’s probably not enough,” she said. She sees a need for today’s students to be “more diversified so they can be more employable.”

Keller also notes that students should realize they will probably not be doing just one thing all their life and be ready and willing to adapt to changes.

Co-workers will host a reception for Keller on her last day before retirement, Friday, Oct. 31, from 2-4 p.m. at the CAMSE Office in the former Central Elementary building. 

Meek co-authors paper to be featured in innovative education journal - top

Dr. Gary Meek, Black Hills State University professor and dean of the College of Business and Technology, recently co-authored a paper that will be featured in Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education in spring 2004.

The paper, “Unequal Division of Type I Risk in Statistical Inferences,” proposes that statistics textbooks should cover the possibility of splitting the Type I risk unequally in two-sided statistical inferences. According to Meek, in statistics a Type I Error is said to occur whenever a true null hypothesis, the hypothesis assumed to be true, is rejected due to sampling variation.

"The Type I risk is the chance that one is willing to take of committing a Type I Error; that is, it is the maximum probability of doing so and is stated prior to data collection," Meek explained.

Meek and his co-author, Dr. Ceyhun Ozgur of Valparaiso University, suggest that the decision on how to divide the risk between the tails be determined so the expected costs incurred when a Type I error is made in the respective tails are equal. While the recommendation corresponds to the classic “newsboy problem” in management science, other divisions may also be logical. The rationale for proposing coverage of splitting the risk unequally is that students gain a better understanding of Type I errors and of how to select significance levels.

The authors reviewed a large number of introductory and intermediate level business statistics textbooks, including the top ten selling textbooks of 2002, and found that, while all covered standard two-sided tests and confidence intervals and one-sided tests, only a few provided any detailed coverage of one-sided confidence intervals. Two of the books reviewed, but none in the top ten, mentioned the possibility, without providing details, of splitting alpha unequally in two-sided confidence intervals. None of the books reviewed even mentioned the possibility of dividing alpha unequally in two-sided hypothesis tests.

Meek and Ozgur’s paper develops and presents examples for the unequal division of the Type I risk in both two-sided hypothesis tests and two-sided confidence intervals for population means under the guideline of balancing the expected costs of a Type I error between the two tails.

Meek received his Ph.D. in statistics from Case Western Reserve University. He has been dean of the College of Business and Technology at BHSU since 1999.

Clare and Josef Meier Hall dedication becomes a part of history at BHSU - top

Clare Meier, seated, Johanna Meier and Guido Della-Vecchia were honored at the dedication of the newest building on the BHSU campus recently. The building was named in honor of Clare and Josef Meier, founders of the Black Hills Passion Play, whose family has provided decades of arts leadership for the entire Black Hills region.

The newest building on the BHSU campus, Clare and 
Josef Meier Hall, was formally dedicated recently during a ceremony in the recital hall.

The building was named in 
honor of Clare and Josef Meier, founders of the Black Hills Passion Play, whose family 
has provided decades of arts leadership for the entire Black Hills region. Thomas Flickema, Black Hills State University president, noted, that the university has had the privilege 
of a long association with the Meier family.

By bringing the Passion Play 
to Spearfish, the Meier family 
made the arts a major force in the development of tourism and the economic development of the Black Hills. The Passion Play, in addition to bringing in visitors, gave Spearfish a compelling argument for locating I-90 where it is today.

Through the years, the Meier family has displayed a deep concern for the larger community and has made many contributions to conservation, including a crucial contribution to the effort to preserve as much as possible of the front of Lookout Mountain in its natural state.

Flickema noted that the couple’s daughter, Johanna Meier, and her husband, Guido Della-Vecchia, have continued the tradition of strong support of the arts and have sustained a close relationship with BHSU. Returning to Spearfish after highly successful national and international opera careers, the couple assumed direction of the Passion Play. Guido co-founded the Black Hills Chamber Music Festival and both Guido and Johanna have been ardent supporters of the Black Hills State University Summer Institute of the Arts.

The dedication ceremony included comments by Ms. Johanna Meier, daughter of Clare and Josef Meier; Ms. Pat Lebrun, member of the South Dakota Board of Regents; Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU; and Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement at BHSU.

Johanna Meier reminded the audience that art, especially music, is meant to be shared and is best when shared. She said that the new facility at BHSU will provide a place for students to continue sharing music as they learn and perform.

Lebrun, representing the South Dakota Board of Regents, congratulated the Meier family for their arts leadership, which has had a positive long-lasting effect on the campus, the community and the state.

Flickema noted that the dedication of Meier Hall marks the beginning of a dramatic step forward in the development of the music program at Black Hills State University and in the enhancement of the arts in the Black Hills region.

“Meier Hall will provide our music faculty and our students, now and for generations to come, with superb state-of-the-art facilities. This new building allows us to preserve and expand the rich legacy of the Meier family in the arts as the site of musical performances far into the future,” Flickema said.

Following the remarks, BHSU music faculty and students presented a musical program highlighting music through the years, which has been an integral part of the BHSU campus since the early days. The musical program featured music depicting the 1903 Normal Band, the 1916 Faculty Quartet, the Melodairs, and the Black Hills Gold Singers.

The building was then dedicated as the students and faculty formed an 80-voice choir around the perimeter of the hall and sang “Consecrate this Place and Day.” At the conclusion, the audience joined singing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.”

Former music faculty members Merlyn Aman and Ben Henry were recognized as well as individuals representing companies that were involved in designing and building the facility. Prior to the dedication program, tours of the new building were given by music students.

Meier Hall, an $8.25 million building, which is nearly 45,000 square-feet, includes a 280-seat music recital hall, band and choir rooms, practice rooms, classrooms, faculty offices and studios. The classrooms include video projection computers and Internet access. There is also an outdoor stage for special campus performances.

In just over a year, the construction of Meier Hall, located in the center of campus, has dramatically changed the layout and appearance of the entire campus. The new open campus green area is enhanced by special lighting and landscaping. 

Chris Hahn directs a group of students donning uniforms and playing music from the 1903 era during the dedication of Meier Hall. The music faculty and students presented a music program depicting music through the years at BHSU. 



Opening concert plays to a nearly full audience at Meier Hall - top

Andrea Fischer Elwess, BHSU alumnus, accompanied by Karen Blunk, adjunct faculty member, performed the opening song during the grand opening concert in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.  

Black Hills State University alumni and friends recently performed to “a nearly full house” during the grand opening concert at Clare and Josef Meier Hall. The event, which also featured a silent auction of more than 20 items donated by area supporters, raised approximately $5,000 for music scholarships.

This was the first public concert held in the recently completed recital hall.

“The concert really inspired us 
to do more performances and hopefully it also inspired folks 
to attend more events,” Susan
Hove-Pabst, BHSU music professor, said.

Performers included: Andrea Fischer Elwess, Karen Blunk, Dean Peterson, Janeen Larsen, Priscilla Romkema, Angie O’Shea, Dan O’Shea, Lori Miller, Dick Dittman, Carol Reausaw, Bob Golay, Dewalea Alsup, Leslie Spears, Randall Royer, Dick Rausis, Lyle Berry, Doug Ruhnow, Paul Young, Lorrie Redfield, Patti Crofutt Schladweiler, Nikki Miller, Tom Loff and Scott Bellew.

There are several performances planned during November in the recital hall including the Dakota Chamber Orchestra fall concert Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m.; a student recital Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m.; a faculty trumpet recital by Christopher Hahn Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.; and a BHSU Jazz Ensembles concert Thursday, Nov. 20 at 
7:30 p.m. All of these performances are open to the public at no charge. 

Black Hills State hosts Western Research Alliance colloquium - top

Dave Litzen, from KL Process Design, was among the presenters at the Western Research Alliance Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering Colloquium held recently at Black Hills State University. Litzen presented Advancing Wood-to-Ethanol Technology - Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pretreatment of Black Hills Ponderosa Pine Residue.

A Western Research Alliance Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering Colloquium was recently held on the Black Hills State University campus.

This colloquium was designed to provide a forum for researchers and others to learn about research activity in the Black Hills area and to stimulate collaborative biotechnology efforts. The program provided valuable information on local research related to current and future biotechnology and biomedical activities.

The Western Research Alliance was formed in an effort to bring together those individuals engaged in basic and applied
research in both the public and private sectors. The Rapid City Area Economic Development Partnership, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University, as well as a number of private companies engaged in research, comprise the core of the organization. The Western Research Alliance has held meetings covering materials science, medical science, Business of Education Technology, geospatial information, life science, electronics/communications, value added projects, and new research opportunities in western South Dakota. Dr. Paul Gnirk, senior science advisor for the Western Research Alliance, facilitated the workshops.

Following a welcome by Bob DeMersseman, president of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, and Dr. Dan Farrington, interim vice president of academic affairs at BHSU, the technical program was presented, which provided information on research and development projects and concepts with inherent potential for regional commercialization and economic impact.

Presenters included Kathleen Eyster, University of South Dakota School of Medicine, with Partnership Technologies through BRIN at The University of South Dakota; D.H. Zeman, D.V.M., Ph.D., veterinary science department, and director of the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab at South Dakota State University, with Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab; Dr. Shane Sarver, BHSU College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor with Molecular Genetics Research and Training at BHSU; Dr. Penny Dye, D.V.M., Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic, Research Related to Assisted Reproductive Technology of the Bear; Dr. Patrick C. Gilcrease, assistant professor of chemical engineering at SDSM&T, with BioChemical Engineering at SDSM&T; Dave Litzen, KL Process Design, with Advancing Wood-to-Ethanol Technology - Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pretreatment of Black Hills Ponderosa Pine Residue; Dr. Sookie S. Bang, professor of biology in the department of chemistry and chemical engineering at SDSM&T, with Use of Biosealant in Crack Remediation; Dr. Chris Jenkins and Dr. Umesh Korde, department of mechanical engineering at SDSM&T, with Development of Advanced Hip Fracture Protection for the Elderly in a Fall; David Siemens, department of biology at BHSU, with Ecology and Evolution of Plant Defense Mechanisms against Insect Herbivores; and Dave Bergmann, department of biology at BHSU, with Bacteria Associated with the Gills of Rainbow Trout at McNenny State Fish Hatchery.

In the afternoon the participants formed work groups to explore and identify potential opportunities for collaboration and partnerships and to develop specific plans for future action.

BHSU representative to visit area schools - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of the Enrollment Center at Black Hills State University, will visit nine high schools next week to discuss college plans with area students.

Wheaton will be at the following schools Monday, Nov. 3: Hill City High School from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Douglas High School from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.; St. Thomas More from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Sturgis Brown High School from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, Wheaton will visit Rapid City Stevens from 9:30 a.m. to 
10:30 a.m. and Oelrichs High School from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 6, Wheaton will visit Hot Springs High School from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Custer High School from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and Edgemont High School from 
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

High school students needing information about college costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should visit with the BHSU admissions representative. For additional information contact the BHSU Enrollment Center at 1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu

Hahn will present trumpet recital - top

Black Hills State University music instructor Christopher Hahn will perform a trumpet recital Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Dr. Janeen Larsen, music professor and chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at BHSU, will provide piano accompaniment.

The one-hour program will include a variety of interesting works, including a Celtic music-influenced piece, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, by Eric Ewazen. According to Hahn, after a chaotic, exciting beginning, a calm, out on the prairie, section appears and is then caught up into the rhythmic activity of the beginning. The middle movement is lyrical and gentle.

Ewazen is a contemporary composer who lives in New York City and teaches at the Julliard School. He has written many pieces for brass players as well as band, orchestra, and chamber pieces.

Hahn will also perform the energetic Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, a Russian piece written in 1950 by Alexander Arutunian. The concerto is written as three connected movements. Arutunian later arranged it for trumpet and piano.

The public is welcome to attend the recital at no charge. For additional information contact Hahn at 642-6888 or Larsen at 642-6241.

Hahn is currently in his fourth year of teaching music at BHSU. He has degrees in music history and literature from the University of Miami – Coral Gables and the University of Wyoming. His trumpet teachers included Janet Griffith and Gilbert Johnson, former principal trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Hahn performs locally with the Black Hills Symphony as well as area dance bands and jazz groups. 

BHSU senior's artwork will be displayed at The Roadhouse Grill - top

The artwork of Dawna Christopher, BHSU senior art major from Rapid City, is currently on display at The Roadhouse Grill, located across I-90 from the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City.

A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. For more information contact The Roadhouse Grill at

United Ministries paints pumpkins for local assisted living centers - top

United Ministries members at Black Hills State University recently got into the spirit of Halloween by painting pumpkins that will be delivered to assisted living centers in the Black Hills. Participants included front row, left to right, Weston Sarver, Michelle Luken from Watertown; Heather Deirdre Duggan from Rapid City; Laci Schmalz from Williston, N.D.; Becky Meyers, president of United Ministries from Rapid City; back row, Mike Brandt from Fullerton, Calif.; Jean Helmer, director of United Ministries, and Josh Ness from Rapid City. Helmer noted that several former BHSU faculty and staff members are currently living in the assisted-living centers and will be among the residents who receive a painted pumpkin with a note that says “Someone at BHSU cares about you. Happy Autumn.”

RSVP participates in Make a Difference Day - top

The Northern Hills Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), under the sponsorship of Black Hills State University, recently participated in “Make a Difference Day,” a national day devoted to helping others.

RSVP provided supplies to the South Dakota Department of Social Services that will be used to help needy people, especially the frail elderly. The supplies included six vacuum cleaners, 17 touch night lights, 26 medication containers with daily separations and 12 carbon monoxide detectors.

RSVP staff members Kathy Schneider, director of RSVP, Ruth Lettau and Rita Shewmake coordinated the donation and presented the items to the social services representatives from the region including Kathy Talsma, Chelley Clark, Dawn Grey, Sharon Culbertson, and Leota Quam.

“Make a Difference Day,” a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors, is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October. Any low-income frail elderly in Butte, Lawrence, or Meade County interested in these items should contact the South Dakota Department of Social Services at 347-2588, 578-2402, or 892-2731.

RSVP volunteers provide service to non-profit organizations. Anyone who is 55 years old or older who wishes to volunteer in any non-profit activity or non-profit organizations that need assistance should contact RSVP at 642-5198. 

Black Hills State alums return for annual Roundball Reunion - top

Former men’s and women’s basketball players recently returned to Black Hills State University to take part in the second annual Stadium Sports Grill Roundball Reunion.

More than 20 BHSU alumni players competed against the varsity men’s and women’s basketball teams in the games at the Young Center. Brian Sudrala received the award for most valuable player for the men’s and Cori Engelhardt was named most valuable player for the women.

Bob Dermer, from Mesa, Ariz., and Janel VanDyke, from Logan, Utah, received plaques for traveling the farthest to attend the gathering.

According to Steve Meeker, interim athletic director and vice president for institutional advancement, the purpose of the alumni basketball games is to promote a gathering of basketball athletes and ensure the growth and tradition of winning basketball teams at BHSU. This is accomplished, in part, by raising scholarships for deserving student athletes. A portion of this year's registration fee went towards scholarship endowments for future basketball scholarships.

Members of the 2003 men’s alumni basketball team were, front row, left to right, John Heck, Bob Dermer, Matt Burgess, Mike McCarty, Lonnie Gines, Mark Gould. Second row, Josh Griffith, Aaron Valentine, Moe Terry, Derrick Yarber. Third row, Tory Schwartz, Jesse Dana, Brant Miller, Brian Sudrala. Back row, Barry Van Dyke. Not pictured, honorary coaches, Curt Johnson and Clay Dunlap. 

Members of the 2003 women’s alumni basketball team included, front row, left to right, Coleen (Herber) Letellier, Darcy Reinicke, Becky Schultz, Melissa Braegger, Janel Van Dyke, Cori (Ringwood) Engelhardt. Middle row, Tobiann (Vanderpol) Andrews, Dawn (Batterman) Curl, Linn Jansson, Christa Authier, Katie McLaughlin. Back row, Beth Bentley, Amanda Schelle, Phyllis Parkhurst. 

Instructional improvement grants available - top

The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.

Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU. 

Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three years. In the other categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year. 

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The next meeting of the committee will be held Monday, December 1, 2003. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 24, 2003. Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 309. Proposals will consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available on the grants and special projects web page

Faculty Research Grants available from the Chiesman Endowment - top

The Black Hills State University Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy is seeking applications from BHSU faculty members interested in pursuing research in the areas of democracy, civic education, law-related education, or the promotion of democratic principles and ideals. The endowment will award two (2) stipends of up to $6,000 each to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • The research or scholarly activity focuses on the intent of the Chiesman Endowment. The Chiesman Endowment is seeking research and publication on topics related to the promotion, study, and preservation of democracy and democratic ideals.
  • The findings will be submitted for publication in a national journal or magazine within one year of the award of the stipend unless other arrangements are made.
  • A proposal, which will serve as an application, must be submitted to the BHSU Office of Grants and Special Projects by Jan. 15, 2004. The Office of Grants and Special Projects will forward the proposal to the Chair of the Chiesman Endowment Committee for review and approval for funding. The announcement of awards will be made on March 14, 2004.
  • The proposal must contain the name or names (if it is a joint project) of the investigators, the research question or problem, a proposed methodology, a statement of relevancy to how the project will promote or preserve democratic ideals and principles, a proposed budget, and finally, a statement on where the results will be published or presented. The proposal should not exceed three pages (double spaced).

Proposals should be submitted to Sharon Hemmingson, interim director of the Grants and Special Projects Office, by mail at Black Hills State University, 1200 University Unit 9504, Spearfish, SD 57799-9504; email at sharonhemmingson@bhsu.edu; or fax at 642-6193. Proposals may also be submitted online.

Contact George Earley, chair of the BHSU Chiesman Endowment Committee, at georgeearley@bhsu.edu or 642-6270 with questions. 

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