Volume XXIX, No. 22 • June 10, 2005


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CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Sales clerk, University Bookstore

For more information, view the announcement at www.bhsu.edu/resources/jobs/.


Chrysler co-authors paper concerning the return on investment of MBA programs - top

Earl Chrysler
Chrysler

Earl Chrysler, professor in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, recently co-authored a paper with Stuart Van Auken and Ludmilla Wells, from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Auken and Wells presented the paper, “The Relative Value of Skills, Knowledge and Teaching Methods in Explaining MBA Program Return On Investment,” at the recent National Conference of the Marketing Educators Association. A research abstract of the paper will appear in the refereed proceedings of the conference.

The paper was based on a survey of graduates from a master of business administration (MBA) program. The graduates’ responses, gathered over a 10-year period, were analyzed to determine the relative value of the skills and knowledge components of coursework and teaching methods used by program professors regarding the perceived return on investment (ROI) of the entire MBA program.

The paper proposed that developing insights as to the drivers of ROI, the utility of the components of the MBA program could be used to position the program for marketing purposes.

Chrysler has a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California.


BHSU to implement new finance system - top

Black Hills State University is working with the Board of Regents universities to implement a new finance system which will include additional features. After much research and presentations by one of the vendors, the Regents decided to purchase SCT Banner and several supplemental software packages.

According to Donna Kloppel, comptroller, this is a good system and she notes that the business office is very excited about all the improvements SCT Banner will offer.

“Our current accounting system is ten years old. In the technical world being that old is close to the dinosaur stage,” Kloppel said.

System module groups have been formed to conduct business practice analyses on various campuses throughout the state. BHSU members include: Roxy Schmit and Rod Bartholomew, technical; Diane Watson, research accounting; Susan Hemmingson and Donna Kloppel, finance; Anita Haeder, human resources/payroll; Kloppel, budget; and Jerry Swarts, procurement. The Campus Project Management Team consists of the same people.

The system module groups were asked to do a business practice analysis on their campuses. The module groups then combined each university’s information into one comprehensive document. This document was analyzed and each module produced or will soon produce a document of the group’s “opportunity state” business practices. This enables the system to design and develop the new software to meet the needs of the SDBOR system.

Each module is at a different stage in the process. Recently, several members traveled to Sioux Falls for meetings and exposure to the new system. Many decisions still need to be made. The new system should be to the testing stage some time this summer. The core groups will then be working on “breaking” the design in order to find the flaws and correct them. After that, functional training will start for the module members.

The new finance system will be in place by July 1, 2006, and the new human resources/payroll system is expected to be in place Jan. 1, 2007. The trainers are in the process of developing and learning the system in order to train the “campus users” during the spring of 2006. Kloppel noted that this is an all-encompassing change, especially in the human resources area and said that every employee of BHSU will be affected.

In the mean time, the module group members from various offices will advise employees of current processes that will change. According to Kloppel, adjustments made to our processes now will help make the move to the new “environment” smoother. Campus Currents will periodically post updates on the new systems.


Belle Fourche teachers working with BHSU to implement new math curriculum - top

Pat Deering, elementary principal at Belle Fourche; Cynthia Chandler, education professor at BHSU; and Brenda Huffman, Belle Fourche elementary teacher, discuss a new math curriculum that will be implemented in Belle Fourche.

Belle Fourche elementary teachers work with BHSU education professor

The Belle Fourche elementary school will usher in a new mathematics program this fall. The teachers are working with staff from the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University and the state Department of Education throughout the summer and next school year to implement the new curriculum. Belle Fourche teachers met with CAMSE representatives recently to discuss student thinking, questioning and problem-solving techniques associated with the new math.

The new materials, called “Investigations in Number, Data, and Space,” were developed with funding from the National Science Foundation and are designed to meet the expectations and vision of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as outlined in Principles and Standards for School Mathematics according to Danielle Goodwin, math education specialist at CAMSE. Goodwin says that “Investigations” helps students explore the processes of mathematics such as problem-solving, reasoning, representing, communicating and making connections while they build their foundational math skills.

Goodwin noted that large-scale studies have shown that the use of “Investigations” has increased student achievement scores. In addition, the Rapid City School District recently began implementing “Investigations” and reported marked improvement in performance and attitude about math, as well as a decrease in the minority achievement gap.



Black Hills Area Music Teachers Association to sponsor day camp for piano students - top

Students at the 2004 piano campThe Black Hills Area Music Teachers Association is sponsoring a special day camp for piano students Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The piano camp, for students in grades kindergarten through high school, will be held in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. According to Janeen Larsen, music professor at BHSU, students will participate in a variety of fun age-appropriate activities to refresh their theory, sight reading and musicianship skills. Students will have the option of participating in a piano recital. The camp will be led by several experienced teachers, including Jenny Braig, Rita Hicks, Nola Culver and Larsen.

The cost for the camp is $20 with an optional $5 fee for lunch. The deadline for applications is July 1. Students must have at least one year of previous piano study and the application requires the signature of a parent. Contact Larsen at 642-6241 or janeenlarsen@bhsu.edu for an application form.



Gimpel and Thomas win Phi Delta Kappa scholarships - top

The Black Hills State University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an organization that promotes high-quality education, recently announced its 2004-05 scholarship winners.

Lindsey Gimpel, a recent graduate of New Underwood High School, received a scholarship in recognition of her essay and her outstanding volunteer work in the field of education. Gimpel will pursue a major in secondary math education.

Keenan J. Thomas, a recent graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School, received a scholarship in recognition of his essay. This fall, Thomas will pursue a major in secondary English education.

The mission of PDK is to promote high-quality education, in particular publicly supported education, as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life. This mission is accomplished through leadership, research and service in education.


Rotary members from India visit Black Hills State University - top

Dr. Thomas Flickema and Matt Dahl with Rotary members from IndiaA group of Rotary members from India recently visited the BHSU campus to learn more about educational opportunities in the western South Dakota region. Dr. Thomas Flickema, (front left) president of BHSU, met with the Rotarians to give them an overview of BHSU and a tour of the campus. Flickema also answered questions about the university. Members of the group included: Vinay Pai, (front) standing, left to right), Deepa Krishnan, Hema Nagarat, Devandda Nijagal, Kotapati Prasad, and Matt Dahl, who organized the group’s visit. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary Clubs located in 167 countries.



BHSU hosts basketball day clinic for first through fifth grade girls - top

Mark Nore, head women’s basketball coach at Black Hills State University, works with a group of basketball hopefuls during the annual girl’s basketball day clinic held earlier this week for grades one through five.

Next week, Nore and his coaching team will work with sixth through twelfth graders during the girl’s overnight camp. The girl’s team camp will then be held June 17-19.

For more information contact Nore at 642-6886 or MarkNore@bhsu.edu.



Young Center offers swimming lessons - top

Jessica Henry works with Noah Ryan during swimming lessons at the Young Center

Jessica Henry, water safety instructor, works with students during swimming lessons at Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. This group of students, (left to right, beginning next the instructor) are Bryson Hartl (hardly seen), Jayden Albrecht, Ezra Dendy, Noah Ryan, Paxton Klug and Paul Carriveau (with his back to camera), all attend the child care center at Black Hills State University.

According to Teri Royer, director of the Young Center, swimming lessons are a popular activity at the center. Additional two-week sessions are scheduled to begin June 20, July 11 and July 25. Classes are limited to six swimmers in a group and available to those six months of age and older. Register for parent child, Pre-Level and American Red Cross Levels 1-6 at the Young Center information desk during hours of operation, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Instructors include Henry, Abbey Goetz, Rachel Eddy, Alicia Petz and Robbie Claussen. Lifeguards are Jessica Cahoy, Catherine Johnston and Justin Hicks. For more information call Royer at 642-6630.



Grant opportunities announced - top

Below you will find grant information announced through Wednesday, June 8. For additional information search the link indicated in the announcement, contact the Grants Office at 642-6204, or email requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Announced

The Board of Governors of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Trustees of the Alice and Leslie E. Lancy Foundation issue a call for proposals for the 2006 NCUR/Lancy Initiative. The initiative is designed to provide exceptional undergraduates with the opportunity to do original work in close collaboration with faculty mentors. The program will make grants to institutions only. The initial award will be $40,000 for the summer of 2006, to be used primarily for the support of student creative and scholarly work. Awardee institutions may apply for an additional $22,500 for the summer of 2007, providing they have made acceptable progress during the first year of the award.

Deadlines: Notice of Intent must be submitted no later than Aug. 1, 2005, and must include the title of the project and the name, address, and email of the project director. Full proposals are due by Aug. 15, 2005. Information concerning the application process may be found at www.ncur.org. Questions may be directed to Mike Nelson at nelson.mich@uwlax.edu.


Cultural Anthropology Program (NSF)

The Cultural Anthropology Program promotes basic scientific research on the causes and consequences of human social and cultural variation. The program solicits research proposals of theoretical importance in all substantive and theoretical subfields within the discipline of cultural anthropology in two areas: crosscutting research, and training and doctoral dissertation improvement grants. For more information about the crosscutting research and training opportunities, visit the cross-directorate activities webpage. There you will find a brief synopsis about each program, as well as links guiding you to the appropriate program solicitations. For more information on the doctoral dissertation improvement grants visit the cultural anthropology specific page. Program information for both projects is accessible through www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/PD-98-1390/Grant.html.


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35) to eligible institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals interested in careers in biomedical and behavioral research. Many of the NIH institutes and centers use this grant mechanism exclusively to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools during the summer. In addition, the Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant may be used to support other types of predoctoral and postdoctoral training in focused, often emerging, scientific areas relevant to the mission of the funding NIH institute or center. The proposed training must be in either basic, behavioral, or clinical research aspects of the health-related sciences. This program is intended to encourage students to pursue research careers by exposure to and short-term involvement in the health-related sciences. The training should be of sufficient depth to enable the trainees, upon completion of the program, to have a thorough exposure to the principles underlying the conduct of research.

Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. The link to the full announcement, which contains deadline information, is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-117.html.


Polymers (NSF)

The National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research announces Polymers, which supports basic research and education on the materials aspects of polymer science that are largely experimental and multidisciplinary, with strong components of chemistry, physics, and materials science. The program addresses synthesis, structure, morphology, processing, characterization, and structure-property relationships of polymers at the molecular level, with particular focus on new materials or materials with superior properties. The polymers studied are principally synthetic, but there is also an interest in biopolymers.

Deadline: The full proposal window for submission is Oct. 3, 2005, through Nov. 4, 2005. See www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/PD-03-1773/Grant.html for more information.


High Temperature, Low Relative Humidity Polymer-Type Membranes (NSF)

The Department of Energy's Golden Field Office invites applicants to develop high temperature, low relative humidity polymer electrolyte-type membrane materials suitable for use in a polymer electrolyte-type membrane fuel cell. Development of alternative materials with performance at 120 degrees C and 25-50 percent relative humidity exceeding that of Nafion(R) (at 80 degrees C and 100 percent relative humidity) is desired.

Current polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) used in fuel cells depend on the presence of water to obtain high proton conductivity. Therefore, fuel cells based on these membranes are limited to operating temperatures of 60-80 degrees C and require external humidification to maintain optimum performance. Maintaining these temperatures under automotive conditions,
especially at peak power, requires over-sized cooling equipment. In addition, the humidification requirements add increased volume, weight, and complexity to the system. These issues would be reduced or eliminated if the fuel cell could be operated at higher temperatures (approximately 120 degrees C) and at lower humidity. Additional benefits of operation at elevated temperatures and reduced humidity are a reduction in the occurrence of cathode flooding at peak power, and a possible improvement in cell performance due to increased rate of the oxygen reduction reaction. If the pressure of the system is increased, adequate humidification can be achieved during high temperature operation, however, this leads to
significantly reduced lifetimes and system efficiencies. High temperature, low humidity membranes are expected to improve thermal management and ease or eliminate the need for membrane water management in automotive systems. Higher temperature operation will also aid in achieving success in combined heat and power applications for stationary
fuel cells. Membranes that conduct protons at low relative humidity (RH) (i.e., 25-50 percent RH) and temperatures ranging from room temperature to 120 degrees C have been identified as critical components in achieving system targets for automotive fuel cell applications. Based on the early stage of development of such membranes, this announcement seeks innovative research leading to new candidate materials.

Deadline: Aug. 4, 2005. Details are available at https://e-center.doe.gov/iips/faopor.nsf/UNID/A1B4738B38518CAD852570140071FD3E?OpenDocument.


Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers (ED)

The Department of Education (ED) is inviting applications for new awards for the establishment of not fewer than 20 comprehensive technical assistance centers that provide technical assistance to states as states work to help districts and schools to close achievement gaps in core content areas and raise student achievement in schools, especially those in need of improvement (as defined by Section 1116(b), of the Elementary and Secondary Act, as amended (ESEA) in implementing the school improvement provisions under section 1116 of ESEA. This grant competition is intended to focus the work of U.S. Department of Education technical assistance providers on: assisting states in implementing the programs and goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB); identifying and implementing scientifically-based education practices; using high leverage technical assistance strategies; ensuring strong education content expertise and specialization among technical assistance providers; and improving how the department measures and monitors the performance of its technical assistance providers.

The secretary of the Department of Education intends to support 21 awards under the Comprehensive Center Program competition. Sixteen awards will support regional comprehensive centers to serve states within defined geographic boundaries. Five awards will support comprehensive centers with specific topical expertise and focus: the Center on Assessment and Accountability; the Center on Instruction; the Center on Teacher Quality; the Center on Innovation and Improvement; and the Center on High Schools.

Deadlines: The deadline for the Notice of Intent to Apply is June 23, 2005. The department will conduct pre-application briefings on this competition via conference call to clarify the purposes of the program and the selection criteria and process at 11 a.m. on each of the following dates: applicants for regional centers - June 13 and 17; applicants for content centers - June 22 and 23. Email Enid Simmons at enid.simmons@ed.gov to register for a call date and time and to obtain the conference call number and code. The deadline for Transmittal of Applications is July 18, 2005. Details are available at www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-060305-001/listing.html.


Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers Consortium (NIH)

This Request for Applications (RFA) announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) solicits new and competing continuation applications for national Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers (MMPC) for the purpose of detailed metabolic phenotyping of genetically altered mice and other mouse models potentially useful for understanding diabetes and its complications, obesity, and related metabolic diseases or conditions. Mice can be shipped to these facilities to undergo on a fee-for-service basis a range of standardized procedures to characterize metabolism, body composition, feeding behavior, activity, tissue pathology, organ function, and other physiologic, anatomic or pathological alterations. The MMPC program was established in 2001 with four centers. Users are academic and non-academic diabetes and obesity researchers, from within and outside the U.S., both NIH and non-NIH funded. Information about the current MMPCs, including a catalog of services, guidelines and policies, can be found at www.mmpc.org/.

Deadline: Nov. 16, 2005. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-05-008.html for more information and application requirements.


Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program (ED)

The CCAMPIS Program of the Department of Education supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. The official version of this document is published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available at www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.

Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.

Deadline: July 22, 2005. More information is available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-060805-001/Grant.html.


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