Volume XXVIII  No. 28 • July 30, 2004

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Sujithamrak will present at international conference - top

Dr. Siriporn Sujithamrak, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, will present an article at the international Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) conference in Philadelphia.

Her presentation, “Native American’s Attitudes toward Tourism,” is based on research funded by the USA’s Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This study is made possible with the assistance from Denelle High Elk, Lewis & Clark Coordinator, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who is also an author in the study. The grant will cover expanded topics including services and amenities available from the tribe, websites, economic impacts, and marketing activities used to attract international tourists to visit the tribe and will include another tribe, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.  

High Elk distributed questionnaires to high school students to evaluate their attitudes toward tourism. The second step is to ask tribe members about their attitudes toward tourism and compare and contrast the findings between these two groups. The researchers plan to conduct a similar study with the Lower Brule Sioux.

 “This is a unique opportunity. There is a variety of research conducted about resident’s attitudes toward tourism, but none has been done with Native Americans,” Sujithamrak said. “This study can serve as a benchmark for other tribes.”

I-CHRIE is the global advocate of hospitality and tourism education for schools, colleges and universities offering programs in hotel and restaurant management, foodservice management and culinary arts. The international CHRIE conference annually attracts more than 500 leaders and educators in the hospitality education field from all over the world. Sujithamrak has been a member of I-CHRIE since she was a graduate student and relies on her memebership to access current information and research.

Sujithamrak received her doctorate in foodservice and hospitality management from Kansas State University in 1999. She has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2001.

842nd welcomed home - top

Members of the 842nd National Guard Unit, who have been on active duty for 16 months, were welcomed home yesterday with parades in Spearfish, Sturgis and Belle Fourche, a picnic at Lyle Hare Field on the BHSU campus and the deactivation ceremony in the Young Center. Michael Tiffany (below) and his family were among the National Guard members in the parade yesterday in celebration of their homecoming. Tiffany and two other BHSU employees, Tim Johnston and Jade Harney, as well as several BHSU students are members of the 842nd National Guard Unit.

BHSU hosts piano camp - top

Dani Bergey (left) studies her sheet music and Ben Shreeves (right) concentrates on the correct tones during a piano camp workshop at Black Hills State University.  Sponsored by the area Music Teacher’s Association, the camp included a variety of activities to help students refresh their theory, sight-reading and musicianship skills. Area piano teachers, Jenny Braig, Kelly Batchelder, Rita Hicks, and Janeen Larsen, led activities at the camp. Students learned about Beethoven, played music games and made art works based on listening, wrote compositions, and performed a recital. The camp will be repeated next year.

Grants opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, 309 Woodburn, through July 28.  For copies of the information, contact our 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.

CNCS to Support Professional Corps Programs (Corrected web address)

The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced the availability of $2.9 million in funding to support AmeriCorps Professional Corps programs that engage professionals to provide health, public safety, homeland security, education, and other human services in needy communities. AmeriCorps Professional Corps programs operate where insufficient numbers of qualified professionals exist to serve a critical need, and engage AmeriCorps members in service to address that need. Grants will support programs addressing critical community needs through the service of professionals, such as nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians, teachers, social workers, early childhood development staff, engineers, lawyers, paralegals, police officers, and firefighters in communities with inadequate numbers of such professionals.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, Indian tribes, and subdivisions of states, including city and local government entities. Programs must operate in two or more states.

Deadline: Aug. 17, 2004. Complete funding guidelines and application procedures are available at http://www.cns.gov/whatshot/PDFs/ProfessionalCorpsNOFA.pdf

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2005 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), a part of the University Research Initiative (URI). This funding is available through Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The  DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment.

Deadline: Aug. 26, 2004. To review the full announcement go to http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/USAF/AFMC/AFOSR/AFOSR-BAA-2004-3/Grant.html

Math Science Workforce (NSF)

The National Science Foundation solicits proposals to increase the number of U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents equipped to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences. Grants support three distinct categories:

Modification of the existing VIGRE program (vertical integration of research and education), to integrate research and education for graduate students and postdoctoral associates, involving undergraduates in learning by discovery, including international activities;

Mentoring students at transitional points in a mathematical sciences career path that are critical for success from undergraduate studies to the early years in a tenure-track position, for example, the transition from talented high school student to the study of advanced mathematics at university; and

Use of research training groups in the mathematical sciences that focus on a major research theme as a way of providing enhanced research-based training and education experiences and collective mentoring.

Deadline: Oct. 12. Go to www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04600/nsf04600.htm for more information.

Transitional Rehabilitation Services (ED)

The Education Department invites applications to support model demonstration projects to promote community integration, successful post-secondary education outcomes and employment for transition-age youths and young adults. Projects must focus on research-based mentoring methods that provide appropriate supports for transition-age youths and young adults and aim at increasing meaningful community, education and job integration. Among other things, applicants must describe how mentors will help consumers develop and improve self-confidence, community integration skills, work skills, self-determination, skills, advocacy and decision-making.

Deadline: Aug. 19. Additional information is available at the ED website at www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html

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