CSA positions open -
The following Career Service positions are open:
- 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
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
For a complete list of award winners see the 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, 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
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.
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
||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.
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
Black Hills State announces
winners of annual jazz festival -
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
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,
- Sioux City West Jazz Band II, Sioux City, Iowa –
Jeff Robertson, trombone; Tom Hinders, bari sax; and Aaron Rice,
- 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,
- 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,
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;
- Worland High School, Worland, Wyo. – Jerrod
Grant opportunities announced
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
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
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
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.
National Geographic Society Web site for complete application
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