Volume XXVII  No. 47 • Dec. 5, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Joan Reitz, Retention Office
  • Blair Thomson, custodial worker, Facilities Services
  • Susan Sears, food service supervisor, Dining Services
  • Jacque Williams, food service supervisor, Dining Services

Resignation - top

  • Danna Lynn, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Lamb continues neurobiology research in Japan - top

Dr. Charles Lamb, associate professor in the science department at Black Hills State University, is spending this semester in Japan where he is conducting on-going research concerning how fish detect chemicals in the water.

Lamb is working with Professor Sadao Kiyohara at Kagoshima University on the research to study brain pathways in several species of Japanese fish that are specialized for tasting chemicals. Lamb said he chose this location for his study because Kiyohara has a lab dedicated to this type of research. Lamb has been working with Kiyohara since September.

“We are studying brain pathways in fish that are specialized for tasting and smelling chemicals in the water, to understand how they process that information,” Lamb said. “I have been working in the lab using facilities that are not otherwise available. One of our intentions is to collect enough data to start projects that we can continue collaborating on for the next several years.”

He indicated his sabbatical has allowed him to devote all of his time to research and has been very productive. He is already planning ways to get BHSU students involved in the international research project.

“We have submitted a grant proposal to support additional trips to Japan to continue our work in the future. I have also been invited to return to Japan in July to present some of our results at an international conference on chemical senses that is held every four years in different countries around the world,” Lamb said. “I am looking forward to getting BHSU students in my lab involved in some of the research that I have started in Kagoshima.”

Lamb has given two seminars on his research and has lectured in Kiyohara's neurobiology course. He has also worked to keep in contact with his students and colleagues at BHSU.

“I have also been active back at BHSU through email correspondence with faculty and students, so I have been able to carry on some administrative duties and to continue advising my students even from 5,000 miles away,” Lamb said.

Lamb has also taken this opportunity to expand his experience in another of his interests – haiku.

“I’ve been working on my haiku while I am here in its ‘mother country,’” Lamb said. “We have had friends translate some of my poems into Japanese to see how they read.”

He entered one poem in an international contest in Fukuoka, Japan, and received an honorable mention award out of 350 entries.

While his research focus remains the same, Lamb and his family have had the opportunity to experience a completely different culture in Kagoshima, which is in the southern-most part of Japan. One of the largest Japanese cities, Kagashima, has a population of 600,000.

Lamb, who first studied in Japan 17 years ago, noted that the internet has reduced the feeling of isolation that was so profound then.

“We can talk to our friends and family, even share photos and videos, and we are keeping up on local events back in Spearfish through newspaper websites and the school websites. It is so nice to ‘read the paper’ every day and feel a part of our community that is so far away!”

Lamb and his wife, Judy, who is a certified elementary school teacher on leave from her job with the Parents as Teachers program in Spearfish, have three children, Nicole and Kelsey, who are ten years old and in the fourth grade, and C.J., who is eight years old and in the third grade. The children are attending a Japanese elementary school and, according to Lamb, have been enjoying themselves beyond their expectations.

Judy has been working with the school - getting involved in the PTA, giving presentations on American schools and holidays. She has also been studying origami and Japanese calligraphy, and has been working with our children on those arts.

“The Japanese children, their parents and their teachers have all been excited to have the opportunity to interact so directly with American kids. Even though the language barrier is daunting, it is amazing how easily kids adapt and learn how to communicate with each other. The Japanese are eager to practice their English and our kids have been picking up Japanese little by little. They are even learning how to write Japanese characters, which is intimidating since their alphabet contains thousands of characters.

As the children experiencing a very different education system, they have been sharing that experience with classmates and teachers in Spearfish through the internet. The family sends weekly updates and photos back to friends in Spearfish and several teachers have been using these as part of their curriculum.

Lamb noted that several Spearfish School District teachers including Kathy Christensen and Sandy Nichols at East Elementary, and Connie Sheehan, teacher at West Elementary, and Hank Fridell, who is principal at West Elementary, have been to Japan as part of the Fulbright Program and use Japanese material in their classrooms.

“My kids' Japanese classmates and their Spearfish counterparts have been corresponding to share their own insights on the differences between our two cultures. I think it will be tough for our children to say good-bye to their Japanese friends and to our Japanese lifestyle,” Lamb said.

The Lamb family has been trying to experience as much culture as they can during their stay in Japan. They have been visiting museums and other points of interest throughout the city, and in neighboring areas including visiting Sakurajima, an active volcano located a mile across the bay from Kagoshima; snorkeling in the tropical waters of the China Sea (30 miles away); seeing Chiran, a samurai village that is similar to the way it was 400 years ago; and traveling by train up to Nagasaki to visit the atomic bomb museum.

“Since everything about our everyday lives is so different from what we were used to in Spearfish, it is very difficult to list all of the things that we have enjoyed about our trip,” Lamb said. “Our children already are talking about coming back to Japan to visit their friends and to relive their Japanese experiences. It has been fun for Judy and I to return to Japan and see the country again through our children's eyes. This has been four months that we will never forget.”

Lamb joined the BHSU faculty in 1995. He has published a number of papers in internationally recognized journals and has a published book chapter on the neural control of feeding behavior in fishes. He has also conducted collaborative research projects in Salt Lake City; Denver; and Seward, Alaska.

At BHSU, Lamb teaches biology, anatomy and neurology courses. He also supervises the campus health sciences student organization and serves as the pre-medical advisor.

Lamb received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and a master’s degree as well as a doctorate degree in physiology from Louisiana State University.

Manual created by BHSU faculty will be used as training publication - top


A video conference resource manual created by Laura Turner, instructor with the College of Education at Black Hills State University, will be used as a training manual by the VTEL Corporation.

VTEL recently contacted Turner to request permission to use the video conference resource manual as a marketing tool. The 200-page manual was created as a part of the Star grant which was co-directed by Turner and Dr. Dorothy Fuller, assistant professor in the College of Education.

The manual includes various resources for teachers using video conferencing. VTEL will use the manual as part of its marketing presentations to various school systems throughout the United States.

Funds from the Star grant were used to purchase VTEL video conferencing equipment for a classroom in Jonas Hall which is now used for distance education courses. The Star grant was a one-year grant given by the South Dakota Alliance for Distance Education to assist state universities with teaching in a DDN classroom.

Turner created the manual because, as the faculty began to use video conferencing, they could not find these types of resources available and they wanted a student resource that could be used with the video conferencing classroom.

A copy of the manual is available to BHSU faculty in Jonas Hall room 222.

Turner is currently writing a children’s book as well as several journal articles. She also maintains an extensive Education Web Portal through the BHSU website http://www.bhsu.edu/education/edfaculty/lturner/edportal.htm.

Turner joined the BHSU faculty in 1997. She holds a bachelor’s degree in information management and a master’s degree in business education from the University of North Dakota.

Professors present program about Albert Schweitzer - top

Two Black Hills State University professors, 
Dr. Ahrar Ahmad (above), political science, and Dr. Janeen Larsen (left), music, collaborated to present an inspirational musical program highlighting the life of Albert Schweitzer. Students and community members attended the unique presentations in Meier Hall where Ahmad presented highlights of Schweitzer’s life and noted the significance of his contributions interspersed with readings from Schweitzer’s books and Bach musical selections performed by Larsen. Schweitzer, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952, was a renowned Bach scholar, performer, author, theologian, philosopher and doctor.

Town meeting with the Regents rescheduled for Dec. 17 - top

The Board of Regents' town meeting on South Dakota public higher education, postponed earlier this fall due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in Meier Hall room 128.

Representatives of the South Dakota Board of Regents, its staff, and public university presidents will be available to visit with area residents.

Local legislators, from District 31, who are hosting the meeting, said the ideas exchanged will help South Dakota's public higher education system plan for the future. 

Ruddell Gallery showcases artwork from older artists - top

This drawing by Clarence Mutschler from Watertown is one the award-winning art pieces in the Dakota MasterWorks art show currently on exhibit in the Ruddell Gallery on the BHSU campus.

The seventh annual Dakota MasterWorks Art Show, which showcases the art talents of South Dakotans over the age of 60, is currently on exhibit at the Ruddell Gallery on the campus of Black Hills State University.

Winning works of art from the Dakota MasterWorks Art Show and Creative Contest will remain on exhibit at the Ruddell Gallery through Dec. 19.

Dakota MasterWorks was created to demonstrate what older adults already know - the second half of life can be full of
creative growth and fulfillment. The annual art show celebrating the art talents of South Dakotans over age 60 are now being displayed at the Ruddell Gallery.

South Dakotans competed in the age categories: experienced—age 60 to 79, and masters—age 80 and above. The creative categories included painting (oil), painting (watercolor), drawing/illustration, photography (black and white or color), sculpture, and woodcarving.

The South Dakota Health Care Foundation, Home Federal Savings Bank, and KELO-Land Television are sponsors of the art show.

Following the showing at BHSU, the art show will be exhibited at the state Capitol during the legislative session this January.

The Ruddell Gallery is located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union and is open to the public at no charge weekdays form 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

Christmas concert will be performed in new Meier Hall - top

The Black Hills State University Concert Choir and Concert Band will hold two performances of their annual Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

The concert is free to the public and all are invited to attend. The Sunday afternoon concert is full, but Monday night reservations are still available and can be made by calling 642-6133. 

BHSU announces special halftime entertainment for basketball season - top

High Impact Squad
Midland Tumblers
Champions Forever 'Spin'-tacular
Colorado Disc Dogs

Special half-time entertainment will be provided by a variety of performers at the Black Hills State University home basketball games.

According to Steve Meeker, interim athletic director, half-time entertainment, which was a part of the BHSU athletic program several years ago, is once again being offered to provide another level of excitement for the fans at the collegiate athletic events.

“We felt the time was right to bring in this type of entertainment,” Meeker said. “We have quality basketball programs and see this as an opportunity to provide a variety of entertainment for fans and the program.”

Scheduled entertainers include an acrobatic slam dunk squad from Houston, Texas, a group of high school tumblers, area dance teams, the high-flying Colorado Disc Dogs with their unique Frisbee-catching abilities, and a variety of mascots from area businesses and organizations.

The entertainment begins Friday, Dec. 12 when the High Impact Squad, a dynamic team of athletes who tour the nation entertaining with their acrobatic slam dunk show, performs at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. Prior to the game, the High Impact Squad will perform students in the Spearfish School District. Students will be given free tickets to attend the game.

In addition to entertaining for the Spearfish schools, the High Impact Squad will also motivate by combining their "acrodunk" show with a series of motivational messages to excite, inform and inspire the audience. As one of the most sought after motivational groups in the nation, the squad has performed at NBA, CBA and WNBA games throughout the nation.

The schedule of entertainment is listed below. All games will be held in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Friday, Dec. 12

Halftime entertainment provided by the High Impact Squad. Sponsored by Queen City Motors.

Basketball action vs. Valley City State University, women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13

Halftime entertainment provided by the Midland Tumblers.

Basketball action vs. Mayville State University, women’s game begins at 3 p.m., men’s game begins at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Halftime entertainment provided by the college dance team. Sponsored by Perkin’s Family Restaurant.

Perkins Classic, men’s basketball tournament featuring South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) vs. Newman-Kansas at 6 p.m. and BHSU vs. Concordia-Nebraska at 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Halftime entertainment by Champions Forever 'Spin'-tacular featuring Bruce Crevier, his wife Diane, and their eight children. Crevier is a "four time Guinness world record holder for basketball spinning, and has spun as many as 21 basketballs at one time. Bruce uses his basketball skill, humor and fun, as a platform to entertain, inspire and challenge his listeners. Sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Basketball action vs. University of Mary, women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Halftime entertainment provided by the college dance team and the Colorado Disc Dogs.

Basketball action vs. Jamestown College, women’s game begins at 3 p.m., men’s game begins at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Halftime entertainment provided by the Northern Hills Dance Studio.

Basketball action vs. SDSMT, women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Halftime entertainment featuring mascots from a variety of businesses and the community. Led by the BHSU Yellow Jacket, mascots from a number of area businesses, including the Rapid City Journal, Great Western Bank, and Wells Fargo, as well as the Spearfish Spartan and Smokey the Bear will entertain the crowd. Additional mascots including the Sturgis Scooper and the Bearly Used bear may also join the fun. If your business or organization is interested in participating, contact Meeker at 642-6228.

Basketball action vs. Si Tanka-Huron University, women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 7

Halftime entertainment provided by the college dance team.

Basketball action vs. Dakota State University, women’s game begins at 3 p.m., men’s game begins at 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20

Halftime entertainment provided by the college dance team.

Basketball action vs. Dickinson State University, women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21

Halftime entertainment provided by the college dance team.

Basketball action vs. Minot State University, women’s game begins at 3 p.m., men’s game begins at 5 p.m.

Art students sell handpainted t-shirts to help feed the animals at the wildlife sanctuary - top

Marcia Goodman and Mae Gill, BHSU art students, show some of the hand-painted t-shirts they are selling as a fundraising project for the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

The students in the art club at Black Hills State University are selling hand-painted shirts featuring portraits of animals at the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary as a fundraiser to help feed the animals.

Mae Gill, BHSU art student, said the group decided to create the personalized shirts as a fundraising project after learning about the number of animals at the sanctuary.

The group bought “Spirit of the Hills” t-shirts and painted portraits of animals at the sanctuary on them. Shirts are available for $20. The students will once again set up a table next semester to sell t-shirts. 

The wildlife sanctuary recently took in 
22 additional exotic cats. Donations are also welcome. For details call Gill at

Human Services and Sociology Club holds food drive - top

Wilika Asimont (left), an American Indian Studies major at BHSU, and Mary Rogers, assistant professor of human services at BHSU, are shown collecting donations at Safeway during the recent Black Hills State University Human Services and Sociology Club food drive. 

The food drive was held at the Safeway and Kmart stores in Spearfish.

The club collected eight grocery carts of food and $60 for the BHSU food pantry and the Salvation Army. 

BHSU representative to visit area schools - top

Michelle Hoffman, admissions representative at Black Hills State University, will visit 
11 high schools the second week of December to discuss college plans with area students.

Hoffman will be at the following schools Monday, Dec. 8: T. F. Riggs High School, Pierre, at 8 a.m.; Stanley County High School, Ft. Pierre, at 9 a.m.; Lyman County High School, Presho, at 12:30 p.m.; and Jones County High School, Murdo, at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, Hoffman will visit Winner High School at 8 a.m.; Bonesteel-Fairfax High School at 11:40 a.m.; Gregory High School at 12:55 p.m.; and Burke High School at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, Hoffman will visit Todd County High School, Mission, at 9 a.m.; St. Francis High School at 10:15 a.m.; and White River High School at 12:30 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

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Dec. 3. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Peace Research (USIP)
    The U.S. Institute of Peace is soliciting applications under two broad program categories – weapons of mass destruction and improving relations with Muslim peoples. Topics related to weapons of mass destruction are: role of WMD in regional crises; tools for preventing their spread, dealing with non-state actors and relevant actors in controlling WMD. Topics related to improving relations with and within the Muslim world are: the roles of education; religious organizations; economic factors and tools; and public diplomacy. USIP is also inviting applications under its “unsolicited” grant program which considers applications across a broad range of topics, such as international conflict; the role of nonviolence and nonviolent sanctions; and moral and ethical thought about conflict and conflict resolution.
    Deadline: March 1, 2004. Go to www.usip.org for more information.
  • Museums for America (IMLS)
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites applications for new museums for America matching grants to help support high priority activities and projects to sustain cultural heritage, support lifelong learning and serve as centers of community engagement. These grants are designed to be flexible. For example, they can fund ongoing museum activities’ improvement of institutional infrastructure; planning; new programs and activities; purchase of equipment and services; research and scholarship; or efforts of museums to upgrade and integrate new technologies into their overall institutional effectiveness.
    Deadline: Jan. 15, 2004. More information is available at www.imls.gov/grants/musuem/pdf/mfa04app.pdf.
  • Transforming Health Quality via Information Technology (AHRQ)
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and quality is inviting applications to plan and implement health information technology in communities and conduct research on its effectiveness in improving patient safety and health care quality. The objective of the agency is to support community-wide planning, implementation and diffusion of health information technology to achieve measurable and lasting improvements in care, safety and cost. Resulting research should inform the public, professionals and policymakers.
    Deadline: March 22, 2004, for letters of intent; April 22, 2004, for applications under three separate announcements for planning grants, implementation grants and research grants. For the solicitations, visit www.nih.gov (click on “Grants and Funding Opportunities,” then “NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts” and the issue date). Refer to RFA-HS-04-011 for implementation, and RFA-HS-04-012 for research.

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 Monday, Dec. 8 at noon. Applicants are encouraged to contact the 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.

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 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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