Volume XXIX, No. 20 • May 27, 2005

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Business students excel on national exams - top

Dr. Amin Sarkar

Black Hills State University business students who recently participated in a national Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) scored above the overall national average for the test.

According to Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, business students at BHSU demonstrated that they excel in all core areas of business. He noted that BHSU’s mean score for the eight disciplines included in the test was 152.9, which is more than a full point above the national mean of 151.6.

The MFAT is a national exit exam that is administered to graduating students of many business schools throughout the United States. MFAT tests are designed to measure the level of knowledge and understanding achieved by students in various fields of study. Business students are tested in such diverse areas as: accounting, economics, quantitative business analysis, management, finance, marketing, legal environment of business, and international business issues.

Results of the exam allow students to compare their level of business knowledge to other students in the BHSU business program and to national averages. Students’ overall scores allow the College of Business and Technology at BHSU to evaluate curriculum and teaching effectiveness.

“With test scores exceeding the national average, we know that the curriculum and teaching in the College of Business and Technology has helped students be competitive in the business arena,” said Sarkar. “Our faculty do an excellent job in preparing business students for the real world. High scores on a standardized test like the MFAT bear testimony of a higher level of teaching effectiveness at BHSU.”

Sarkar noted that recent modifications in the business bachelor’s degree, including curriculum changes and degree modifications, have enhanced the business administration program at BHSU.

“The bachelor’s degree in business administration at BHSU, after its recent modification, is one of the best programs in South Dakota,” Sarkar said.

Flickema featured on South Dakota Public Radio talk show - top

Dr. Thomas Flickema answers a question from Gary Ellenbolt, from South Dakota Public Broadcasting, during a live radio broadcast of the statewide news show “Forum” which was produced in front of the Spearfish Chamber office this week. Flickema and Ellenbolt discussed enrollment at BHSU, concerns with the possibility of Ellsworth closing, recent construction on the campus and other issues during the radio broadcast. Ellenbolt also visited with Jerry Krambeck, Spearfish mayor; Dave Peters, superintendent of the Spearfish school district; Lisa Langer, executive director of the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce; Brian Walker, executive director of Spearfish Economic Development Corp.; and Georgi Streetman, from Creative Productions in Spearfish. Ellenbolt later met with several other BHSU faculty and staff members as well as several students and will produce a feature story concerning the progress and success at BHSU. Internet access to the hour-long “Forum” show is available at www.sdpb.org/Archives/ProgramDetail.asp?ProgID=3638.

Black Hills State announces May graduates - top

Nearly 350 candidates for spring and summer 2005 graduation participated in the 149th commencement ceremony at Black Hills State University earlier this month.

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.

Bachelor’s degree candidates who graduated with honors are noted by the following designations: cum laude (cum), grade-point average of 3.5 to 3.699; magna cum laude (magna), gpa of 3.7 to 3.899; and summa cum laude (summa), gpa of 3.9 or higher. Associate’s degree candidates who graduated with honors are noted by: with honor (honor), gpa of 3.5 to 3.699; with high honor (high), gpa of 3.7 to 3.899; and with highest honor (highest), gpa of 3.9 or higher.

See graduate list.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Thursday, May 26. 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.

National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Summer Stipends (NEH)

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Applicants may be faculty or staff members of colleges, universities, or primary or secondary schools, or they may be independent scholars or writers. Summer Stipends may not be used for: research for doctoral dissertations or theses by students enrolled in a degree program; specific policy studies or educational or technical impact assessments; the preparation or publication of textbooks; studies of teaching methods or theories, surveys of courses and programs, or curriculum development; inventories of collections; works in the creative or performing arts (e.g., painting, writing fiction or poetry, dance performance, etc.); projects that seek to promote a particular political, philosophical, religious, or ideological point of view; or projects that advocate a particular program of social action.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted through Oct. 1, 2005. Additional requirements and full details can be accessed through the announcement, which is available at www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html#program.

We the People Grant Initiative (NEH)

To help Americans make sense of their history and of the world around them, NEH has launched an initiative: We the People. NEH encourages applications that provide a basis for the exploration of significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America. Proposals will be evaluated through NEH's established review process and will not receive special consideration. Summer Stipends provide $5,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months, and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. Individuals may apply for both a Summer Stipend and a Fellowship, but they may not hold both in any given fiscal or calendar year.

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2005. Applications will be accepted at http://grants.neh.gov beginning Aug. 1, 2005. For more information or to access the complete announcement go to www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html#program.

FY-06 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2006 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), a part of the University Research Initiative (URI). 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. 25, 2005. See www.afosr.af.mil/docs/DURIP06BAA19May05.doc for complete information and requirements.

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