Volume XXVII  No. 49 • Dec. 19, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Carol Katz, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Resignation - top

  • Deb Pickett, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Anderson serves as chair for national geophysical conference - top


Dr. Steve Anderson, professor of geology and planetary science at Black Hills State University, recently made a presentation and served as the chair of two special sessions at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting.

Anderson presented the results of his research on student misconceptions in the geosciences with his coauthor, Julie Libarkin, Ohio University. The paper, “The Retention of Geologic Misconceptions: Alternative Ideas that Persist after Instruction,” was also supported by the National Science Foundation.

Anderson coauthored another paper, which was presented by Libarkin, on the development of a learning assessment tool in the Earth sciences, entitled “The Geoscience Concept Test: Linking Grounded Theory, Scale Development, and Item Response Theory.”

The American Geophysical Union meeting is one of the largest gatherings of geophysicists in the world and is attended by nearly 10,000 professional scientists yearly.

Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology at Arizona State University in 1990 and has published multiple articles and papers on his research related to volcanoes and lava flows. He has been a member of the science faculty at BHSU since 1991.

Cremean publishes essay in Southwestern American Literature - top


An essay by David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities, was recently published in the fall 2003 edition of Southwestern American Literature.

The essay, "Desert Fathers, Desert Sons," a personal narrative that explores numerous issues vital to the American West, details elements of Cremean's childhood years in the Arizona Navajo Reservation town of Tuba City and a recent visit there with his family. At the same time it links Southwestern Arizona and Western South Dakota in numerous ways. It suggests that contemporary issues plaguing the American West--those of water, other environmental issues, and alcoholism--are too complex for any single systematic approach to solve them adequately. The essay grew out of an earlier version Cremean presented at the 2002 Western Literature Association Conference in Tucson, Ariz.

In the past year, Cremean has written six book reviews that have been accepted for publication, including four in scholarly journals, on books by authors ranging from Dan O'Brien and David James Duncan to Charles Bowden and Jon Krakauer.

Cremean received his master’s degree in English from the University of Dayton and his doctorate in English from Bowling Green State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002. 

BHSU educator presents research results at geophysical conference - top

Julie Dahl, a science educator for the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University, recently presented the results of her research at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

Her paper, entitled “Digging into Earth Science: Teachers’ Alternative Conceptions in the Geosciences,” is the outgrowth of her master’s thesis at BHSU, and was supported by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to her coauthors, Steve Anderson, professor of geology and planetary science at BHSU and Julie Libarkin, professor at Ohio University.

The American Geophysical Union meeting is one of the largest gatherings of geophysicists in the world and is attended by nearly 10,000 professional scientists yearly.

Dahl earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from BHSU. She joined the Center for Advancement of Math and Science (CAMSE) two years ago and currently does research concerning the center’s professional development work with area students and schools. 

Black Hills State University announces December graduates - top

The following is a list of candidates for graduation at Black Hills State University. The 146th commencement ceremony, consisting of fall 2003 graduates, will be Saturday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Degrees will be awarded to 188 students. Graduates are listed by hometown or current residence. Degrees are indicated by the following – MS, master of science; BA, bachelor of arts; BATS, bachelor of applied technical science; BS, bachelor of science; BSED, bachelor of science in education; AA, associate of arts; AS, associate of science.

Students who will graduate with honors are noted by the honor designations: cum laude, grade-point average of 3.5 or higher; magna cum laude, gpa of 3.7 or higher; and summa cum laude, gpa of 3.9 or higher.

See list of graduates.

BHSU student finishes first in South Dakota Stock Market Game - top

Black Hills State University freshman Chad Farley from Witten finished first in the state with a return on investment of 11.88 percent in the fall 2003 South Dakota Stock Market Game. Farley also received first place honors in the college division.

A total of 371 students in 136 teams competed in the middle school, high school and college divisions. These teams started the trading period Oct. 6 with $100,000 in “play” funds. The students researched companies on the Internet and collectively decided in which stocks to invest. All trading was done on-line and team portfolios and divisional rankings were updated daily.

For comparison purposes, $100,000 invested in the major stock market indices at the start of the game would have yielded the following portfolio values Dec. 12:

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average, up 4.91 percent or $104,910
  • Standard & Poors 500 Index, up 4.27 percent or $104,270
  • NASDAQ Composite Index, up 3.62 percent or $103,620

Nineteen teams competed in the middle school division. The final prize winning teams, the students or teachers involved, and the teams’ ending portfolio values were: first place, Beresford, Jonda Jensen, $105,141; and second place Patrick Henry, Shirley Mauss, $101,497.

Out of 83 teams in the high school division, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Angie Soukup, took first place with a final portfolio value of $106,893. Other winners were: second place, White Lake, Marcia Schuldt, $106,376; third place, Watertown, Kathleen Johnson, $104,783; and fourth place, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, Angie Soukup, $104,765.

In the college division, Farley finished first out of 34 teams with a portfolio value of $111,883. Jobeth Stenerson, a BHSU freshman from Hardin, Mont., finished second with $107,551, and Damon Punt, a BHSU sophomore from Mitchell, finished third with $106,874.

The spring 2004 SDSMG trading period will begin Monday, Feb. 13 and conclude Friday, April 23. An introductory registration fee of $5 per team includes all teacher materials, student team folders and tutorials, a weekly newsletter and an opportunity to compete for cash and prizes with other South Dakota schools.

The SDSMG is an educational program that motivates students to learn in a variety of subjects and grade levels including social studies, math, business, computers, economics personal finance and accounting.

The SDSMG is sponsored by the Foundation for Investor Education, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the Center of Economic Education at BHSU.

To register, visit www.smgww.org, click on the “Register Now” button and follow the prompts to the South Dakota Stock Market Information Page. Then click on “Preregister Now!”

For more information contact BHSU associate professor Don Altmyer, director of the Center for Economic Education, at 605-642-6266 or donaltmyer@bhsu.edu.

More than four hundred students attend pancake breakfast - top 

This year's Student Affairs Midnight Pancake Breakfast was probably the most successful yet, with an estimated 450 students stopping in for free pancakes, according to Ellen Melaragno, senior secretary at the Student Union.

Student Affairs staff volunteers, faculty, security, and food service personnel flipped pancakes, served juice, wiped down tables, and visited with the students.

A few new features were added this year. The new sign language organization on campus, the Fantastic Phalanges, performed Christmas carols in sign language. In addition, Joe Valades, director of the Retention Center, awarded door prizes and other prizes to students who visited with their advisors the most during the semester.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Dec. 17. 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.

  • Biocomplexity Small Grants for Exploratory Research
    The South Dakota Center for Biocomplexity Studies (SDCBS) announces the availability of up to three grants of at least $100,000 each that would support teams of investigators doing research in biocomplexity. The grants would be to support exploratory research and preliminary data collection, with the goal of obtaining federal funding to sustain the research in the future. Proposals are required to be: multiple investigator, multi-institution, inter-disciplinary, including a biological component.

    Additional criteria that will be considered in evaluating proposals are listed in the “Proposal Review.” Eligibility is limited to South Dakota institutions of higher education. Out-of-state or federal institutions may be collaborators, but may not receive funding under this solicitation. This solicitation uses the concept of biocomplexity applied by the following NSF Biocomplexity in the Environment programs: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH), Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles (CBC), and Genome-Enabled Environmental Science and Engineering (GEN-EN). These programs are described in NSF 03-597, which is available at www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf03597.

    : Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. proposer's local time on Friday Jan. 30. Funds for awarded proposals are expected to be available April 1. 

    Submit applications to: Barbara Johnson, Program Assistant, Center for Biocomplexity Studies, Box 2202, 153A Shephard Hall, South Dakota State University, Brookings SD 57007. For details call 605-688-6231 or e-mail Barbara_Johnson@sdstate.edu.

    Questions about scientific content can be directed to: Carol Johnston, Director, Center for Biocomplexity Studies, Box 2202, 153A Shephard Hall, South Dakota State University, Brookings SD 57007. E-mail questions to
    Carol_Johnston@sdstate.edu or call 605-688-6464. 

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Grants for “A Just, Equitable, and Sustainable Society”
    The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation makes grants in four program areas with the goal of promoting “a just, equitable, and sustainable society,” with the hope that its work will lead to far-reaching improvements. The median grant is $100,000, and the majority of grants fall between $15,000 ad $250,000, and cover the following four areas: Civil Society, Environment, Pathways Out of Poverty, and the Flint Area Program. Along with the four major program areas, the foundation also funds Exploratory and Special Projects (ESP), which are grants made to support exceptional opportunities to tackle important national and international problems. 

    : There is no deadline for applications, but organizations seeking funding should review all program information and application guidelines prior to applying, should be sure to apply at least four months prior to the start of the project to be funded. Information is available at www.mott.org/programs/programs.asp.

  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant Information
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation distributes grants in five areas: Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. To apply, submit a proposal either online via the foundation website or hard copy via mail. Include the organizations complete contact information; grant purpose statement; total amount requested; project activities, objectives, targeted audience, operational procedures, and timeline; anticipated results; and current personnel and financial resources available and needed. For more information visit the foundation website at www.wkkf.org.

  • NSF CISE Combined Research and Curriculum Development and Educational Innovation Program (CRCD/EI) Supports IT Math and Science Education Grants
    CRCD/EI grants will serve as catalysts for implementing groundbreaking activities in computer and information science and engineering disciplines by “encouraging the transfer of state-of-the-art research results” into curricula serving undergraduate and introductory graduate students, sharing best practices in information technology (IT), exploring new topic areas, and establishing new IT programs. Funds will underwrite the design, development testing, and dissemination of unique approaches that will increase the effectiveness of IT education. 

    : All applications must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system by Jan. 13. For more information (and for the full RFP) visit The National Science Foundation’s website at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04001/nsf04001.htm.

  • HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative
    HP Technology for Teaching supports math, science, computer science, and engineering programs, particularly those using mobile technology “in ways that positively impact student achievement.” Administrators of such programs are invited to apply; projects should “effectively apply pervasive computing paradigms to the academic environment. Up to 40 universities will be selected to receive one of three HP equipment packages (valued at $50,000), $7,500 cash stipend, and one year of access to HP Higher Education Helpdesk support.

    : Proposals will be accepted from Jan. 15 through March 1. Visit http://grants.hp.com/us/programs/tech_teaching/register.html to register your intent to apply. For more information visit http://grants.hp.com/us/programs/tech_teaching/index.html.

  • FIPSE US-Brazil Consortia (ED)
    The Education Department is seeking applications to support education consortia of American and Brazilian institutions to encourage cooperation and coordination related to curricula, student exchange and expanded education opportunities involving the two countries. The program aims to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing on problem areas. 

    : April 16. For additional information see theCFDA #84.116M at www.ed.gov/news/fedregister/index.html.

  • Science/Engineering Information Integration and Informatics (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is inviting applications to advance the state of the art in applying information technology (IT) to science and engineering problems in specific domains such as astronomy, biology, the geosciences, public health and health care delivery. The goal of the program is to focus IT research on problems that will enable scientific discovery via analysis of large data sets or information resources. The program seeks projects that reflect significant challenges and computer science problems that are barriers to overcoming those challenges. Interests fall under two broad areas: science and engineering informatics, and information integration.

    : March 4 and Dec. 15. Dec. 15 annually thereafter. See www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04528/nsf04528.htm.

  • Information Technology Research for National Priorities (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is soliciting research proposals under an agency-wide initiative to stimulate research on national priorities in information technology. Three priority areas are: advances in science and engineering (including projects that develop or exploit algorithms, software, data resources or other IT tools to enhance design or use of widely distributed information systems to advance science and engineering research and education), economic prosperity and vibrant civil society (which highlights projects that investigate the human and socio-technical aspects of current and future distributed information systems), and national and homeland security (which emphasizes critical infrastructure projects that will result in more coherent, integrated and reliable systems. 

    : Jan. 14 for letters of intent; and Feb. 14 for proposals. Contacts vary by program office and are listed in the solicitation, which is available at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04012/nsf04012.htm.

  • General Mills Champions Grants
    The General Mills Champions program, developed last year by the General Mills Foundation in cooperation with the American Dietetic Association Foundation and the President’s (Physical Fitness) Challenge, aims to improve youth nutrition and fitness in the U.S. through grants to community based groups. Grants are intended to encourage communities to improve the eating and physical activity patterns of young people, ages 2 to 20. Proposed projects should reflect the practices and concepts recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000 and the American Dietetic Association, have specific behavioral objectives and target audiences, and address factors that influence health choices.

    : Feb. 2. For more information visit  www.generalmills.com/corporate/commitment/community.

  • Creative Capital - 2004/2005 Grants
    Creative Capital supports artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and emerging fields.

    For the 2004 grant round, Creative Capital will be awarding grants to individual artists in the fields of visual arts and film/video. Visual arts may include painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photo-based work, contemporary crafts, and interdisciplinary projects. Film/video arts are all forms of film and video, including experimental documentary, animation, experimental media, non-traditional narrative in all formats and interdisciplinary projects.

    For the 2005 grant round, Creative Capital will be awarding grants to artists in the fields of performing arts and emerging fields. Performing arts may include dance, music theater, experimental music performance, experimental opera, spoken word, theater/performance art, and interdisciplinary projects. Emerging fields may include computer-based artwork, new media, audio work, interactive installations, experimental literature and interdisciplinary projects.

    : For the 2004 grant round: March 15 for inquiry form, which will be available online at www.creative-capital.org Feb. 16. If interested, Creative Capital will invite a full application.

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 Tuesday, Jan. 20 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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