Volume XXIX, No. 18 • May 13, 2005

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CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Cashier
  • Senior computer support specialist

For further information, review the announcement bulletins or view the ads on the BHSU Human Resource Web site.

Meyers receives Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association - top

Kent Meyers

Kent Meyers, associate humanities professor at Black Hills State University, was recently selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to receive a 2005 Alex Award for his most recent novel, The Work of Wolves.

Meyers will receive the award at the ALA annual convention in Chicago in June.

The Work of Wolves was one of 10 adult books to receive a 2005 Alex Award, stating that the novel will appeal to teen readers in addition to adults.

“The list created by the 2005 Alex Awards Committee is a diverse group of both fiction and non-fiction titles that will entertain, captivate and challenge many teens,” said Kimberley Hrivnak, chair of the 2005 Alex Awards committee. “These titles speak to realities that affect all of us: unconditional friendship and love, pushing or being pushed beyond one’s limits, learning about society’s norms and mores, dealing with adversity, and exploring the world that surrounds us.”

For a complete list of award winners see the YALSA website, www.ala.org/yalsa.

Meyers received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota-Morris and his master’s degree in English from Washington State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1986.

Chrysler authors chapter in recently published book - top

Dr. Earl Chrysler

Dr. Earl Chrysler, professor in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, authored a chapter in the recently published book Technology Literacy Applications in Learning Environments.

The book, edited by Dr. David Carbonara, Duquesne University, and published by Idea Group Publishing, discusses topics such as: the defining aspects of instructional technology skills, the use of technology literacy in higher education and the growing digital divide.

Chrysler’s chapter, “Developing Technology Applications: Effective Project Management,” discusses the difficulties organizations have experienced when attempting to develop a new information technology application. Chrysler also examines the reasons for these difficulties and provides a detailed method for teaching a software project management course.

Chrysler holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. He received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California. Chrysler has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.

KBHU celebrates 30 years - top

KBHU, Black Hills State University’s student-run radio station, hosted a reunion for current and former disc jockeys and staff members recently. The two-day event included tours of the radio station, a banquet and an all-day music festival at the city park.

Cody Oliver, a current BHSU student and general manager of the radio station, organized the events. Oliver said he was pleased with the turnout. He indicated more than 50 people attended the banquet and many more attended the music festival, known as BuzzFest.

KBHU 89.1 FM first aired in 1974 and today is the only station in the area that plays solely alternative rock. For additional information about the radio station visit www.bhsu.edu/studentlife/organizations/kbhu.

Former students and instructors gather at the KBHU reunion Former students and instructors returned to BHSU recently for the 30th anniversary celebration of the campus radio station. Among those at the reunion were: front row, left to right, Art Prosper, retired professor, Spearfish; Andre Wald, Class of ’01, Rapid City; Dave Diamond, BHSU mass communications faculty member; and Jerome Wickersham, Class of ‘98, Rapid City. Second row: Kim Schubert, Class of ’02, Rapid City; Gordon Coates, Class of ’88, Webster City, Iowa; Jennifer Walker, Class of ‘03, Belle Fourche; Jimmy Cypher , Class of ’04, Wolsey; and Nate Brown, Class of ‘04, Spearfish; Back row, Justin Wickhersham, Class of ’98, Rapid City; Tom Wheaton, Class of ‘87, Spearfish; and Dave Thum, Class of ’86, Vermillion; and Steve Meeker, Class of ’84, Spearfish.

Sorority plans to help make a wish come true - top

BHSU students Amy Harter, left, and Kristina Grause, right, who are both members of the Chi Theta Xi sorority, react to the pie-in-the-face of Dr. Tom Cox, psychology professor. Cox received the most “votes” to win the dubious honor of taking the pie in the face as part of a fundraising effort by the sorority. The sorority plans to donate money to Make-A-Wish, a non-profit agency that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. This event raised nearly $250.

Dr. Tom Cox receives a pie in the face

Chi Theta Xi, a sorority at Black Hills State University, has currently raised more than $1,800 in their quest to become wish scholars for Make-A-Wish.

To be wish scholars the group must raise $2,500. Following a two-week fundraising spree, which included a rummage sale, bake sale, home-made card sale and a pie-in-the-face contest, the group brought their total amount to just over $1,800.

Megan Wyett, president of Chi Theta Xi, said the pie-in-the-face contest was a huge success and added $250 to the total. Dr. Tom Cox, psychology professor, won the dubious honor of having a pie thrown in his face for the charity.

The group is hoping to raise $700 more through a letter campaign and by selling “stars” at a local grocery store.

“Once we raise the $2,500, Make-A-Wish will match the amount to grant a wish,” Wyett said. “We hope to be able to grant a wish to a child in the Northern Hills area.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a national non-profit agency that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Black Hills State announces winners of annual jazz festival - top

Singers from Alliance High School, Alliance, Neb., perform during the annual jazz festival at Black Hills State University. Middle, junior high and high school students from a five-state region came to the campus to compete in the festival. Teams from Alliance placed first and second in the Class AA high school swing choir division.

Alliance High School singers perform at BHSU jazz festival

Black Hills State University recently announced the winners of the annual jazz festival, a competition for middle school, junior high, and high school music groups held on campus each spring.

Music groups from middle, junior high, and high schools in a five-state region attended this year’s festival.

Winners in the high school jazz band competition were: Class A - first, Winner; Class AA – first, Sioux City West I, Iowa; and second, Sioux City West II, Iowa; and Class B – first, Miller I; second, Sundance, Wyo.; and third, Miller II.

Winners in the middle school/junior high school jazz band competition were: first, Twin Spruce Junior High School, Gillette, Wyo.; second, Sundance Junior High School, Sundance, Wyo.; and third, Sturgis Seventh and Eighth Grade Jazz Band.

Outstanding instrumental soloists were:

  • Sundance High School Jazz Band, Sundance, Wyo. – Jim Follum, flugel horn; Darcy Lenz, tenor sax; Mary McNally, trombone; Russell Hadden, guitar; and Tony Cooley, bass;
  • Sundance High School Jazz Combo, Sundance, Wyo. – Jim Follum, flugel horn and trumpet; Darcy Lenz, soprano sax, tenor sax, and flute; Mary McNally, trombone and piano; Laura Lundy, guitar; and Amber Clark, piano;
  • Sundance Junior High Jazz Band, Sundance, Wyo. – Katie Whalen, bari sax; Sam Gates, trombone; Michael Cundy, trumpet; and Kelly O’Connor, tenor sax;
  • St. Thomas More, Rapid City – Aaron Heidgerken, trombone;
  • Sioux City West Jazz Band II, Sioux City, Iowa – Jeff Robertson, trombone; Tom Hinders, bari sax; and Aaron Rice, bass trombone;
  • Sioux City West Jazz Band I, Sioux City, Iowa – Tom Hinders, tenor sax; and Terra Hodges, alto sax;
  • Stanley County High School Jazz Band, Ft. Pierre – Daniel Ostarello, bari sax;
  • Stanley County Middle School Jazz Band, Ft. Pierre – Samantha Ostarello, tenor sax; Stetson Ducheneaux, trumpet; and Travis Ruby, trumpet;
  • Niobrara County High School Jazz Band, Lusk, Wyo. – Erin Frye, trombone; Erin Nelson, trombone; Jeff Lang, trombone; and Jennifer Reida, alto sax;
  • Winner High School Jazz Band, Winner – Kevin Swedlund, bari sax;
  • Carter County High School Jazz Band, Ekalaka, Mont. – Thomas McInerney, trumpet; Reed Lambert, trumpet; Orin Hansen, bass; and Allyson Carroll, piano;
  • Twin Spruce Junior High Jazz Band, Gillette, Wyo. - Tyler Lesley, alto sax; Jon Urman, alto sax; and Ryan Bell, drums;
  • Sage Valley Junior High Jazz Band, Gillette, Wyo. - Kelly McMahill, piano; Rion Scherr, trombone; and Evan Bradley, drums; and
  • Sturgis Seventh and Eighth Grade Jazz Band, Sturgis – Emily Lisko, piano.

Winners in the middle school/junior high swing choir competition were: first, Twin Spruce Junior High, Gillette, Wyo.; second, Sage Valley Junior High, Gillette, Wyo.; and Sundance Junior High, Sundance, Wyo.

High school swing choir winners were: Class B – first, Bayard High School, Bayard, Neb.; second, tie between Sundance High School, Sundance, Wyo., and Niobrara County High School, Lusk, Wyo.; and third, Carter County High School, Ekalaka, Mont.; and Class AA – first, Alliance Harmonics, Alliance, Neb.; and second, Alliance Velocity, Alliance, Neb.

High school vocal jazz winners were: Class B – first, Sundance, Wyo.; second, Miller; and third, Niobrara County High School, Lusk, Wyo.; and Class A – first, Worland, Wyo.

Outstanding vocal solo awards went to:

  • Sage Valley Junior High, Gillette, Wyo., - Britney Shackelford and Jessica Reid;
  • Carter County High School, Ekalaka, Mont. – Whitney Hamblin and Eric Lovec;
  • Alliance High School, Alliance, Neb. – Ashley Panwitz and Jon Olson;
  • Sundance High School, Sundance, Wyo. – Ty Taylor; and
  • Worland High School, Worland, Wyo. – Jerrod Craft.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Friday, May 13. 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.

Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program

The Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency, Office of the Administrator announces a Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program. This program will support a wide range of innovative outreach and assistance activities in farm management, financial management, marketing contracts, crop insurance and other existing and emerging risk management tools. In conducting activities to achieve the purpose and goal of this program, award recipients will be responsible for the activities listed under Part ID paragraph 1 of the Request for Applications. FCIC, working through RMA, will be substantially involved in the activities listed under Part ID paragraph 2. In addition to the specific, required activities listed below, the applicant may suggest other activities that would contribute directly to the purpose of this program. For any additional activity suggested, the applicant should identify the objective of the activity, the specific tasks required to meet the objective, specific time lines for performing the tasks, and specific responsibilities of the partners. The applicant must also identify specific ways in which RMA could have substantial involvement in the proposed educational activity.

Deadline: June 20. See www.rma.usda.gov/news/2005/05/05rfa-outreach.html for details.

National Geographic Society Offers Grants for Scientific Field Research

The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.

Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).

While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from $15,000 to $20,000. There is no set quantity of grants awarded, but budget constraints keep the number to approximately 250 per year. As National Geographic Society funds are intended to function as complementary support, the committee strongly encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other funding agencies. Committee grants tend to act as seed money and are given for one year's research.

See the National Geographic Society Web site for complete application procedures.

Teacher Quality Research

The director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) of the Department of Education announces twenty FY 2006 competitions for grants to support education research. The director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Title I of Public Law 107-279. The intent of these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.

A central purpose of the Institute is to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. In carrying out its mission, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. Discretionary and mandatory grant competitions for Teacher Quality Research are available in the areas of: Reading and Writing, Mathematics and Science Education, Research on High School Reform, National Research and Development Centers, Mathematics and Science Education Research, Reading and Writing Education Research, Research on Education Finance, Leadership, and Management Foundations for Learning Cognition and Student Learning Research.

Deadline information and complete proposal requirements for each category are available at www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/postdate_1.html.

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