Volume XXIX, No. 24 • June 24, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Garrett Stevens, senior computer support specialist, Technical Support Services

CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Custodial worker, Facilities Services

For additional information, check the announcement bulletin or see www.sdbor.edu/jobopps/get_job_location.cfm.

New BOR finance system will change payroll procedures - top

The South Dakota public institutions of higher education will adopt a new finance system over the next several years. As was previously mentioned in the June 10 issue of Campus Currents, the new system will change several campus procedures. Below are the upcoming changes that will begin the process:

  • All South Dakota public higher education institutions have been directed to discontinue the mid-May payment to faculty. The one-half month pay that was paid mid-May each year will now be paid at the end of May. This change will become effective with the May 2006 payroll.
  • The HRIS/Payroll module group has been informed that when the new payroll system is implemented, only one payroll will be written each month. To ease into that process, faculty and staff will no longer receive pay in the middle of the month. Beginning July 1, all pay, including correspondence and extension courses, will be paid at the end of each month.
  • BHSU has, in the past, paid a large number of student employees by flat-rate pay. Because of this method of payment, the university has not reported the FTE usage appropriately and has been directed to begin appropriate reporting. Effective July 1, student employees will be paid by the hour and each student will use a time sheet or time card. The exception to this will be students who are paid commissions and payment for photography used in the student newspaper. Students should use the electronic time sheets to track time worked and update them daily. Electronic time sheets can be found at www.bhsu.edu/studentlife/enrollment/financialaid/student_employment.html and may be saved in Excel.

First cohort of Project SELECT students graduate from BHSU - top

The first cohort of Black Hills State University Project SELECT students recently earned their teaching degrees and are looking forward to beginning their teaching careers after participating in a year-long “theory into practice” program during their final year of college. Project SELECT graduates are: front, Dawna Christopher; middle row, left to right, Jessica Henrichsen, Kay Baker, Jill Unnasch, Jenny Tollefsrud, Annie Lukkes, and Tony Mraz. Back row, left to right, Shawn Dupris, Heather Linde, Roxann, Meyer, JoEllen Thompson, Joy Ho, Bob Holm, and Geoff Sheehy.

Project SELECT graduates

School’s out for the summer, and a group of Black Hills State University students, who spent the final year of their college career in the classroom learning as they taught, feel that their classroom time will be beneficial as they return to school this fall at the head of the classroom.

The first cohort of students in BHSU’s Project SELECT program graduated this spring with teaching degrees, and thanks to the new program, which is heavily immersed in classroom experience, these first-year teachers already have experience leading a classroom and are looking forward to beginning their teaching careers. Project SELECT is a new program at BHSU which allows people who already have a content major degree the option of earning a teaching certificate in a “fast-track” program that is heavily immersed in practical experience.

According to Karen Mortimer, director of the Project SELECT program, the theory into practice program was very successful.

“We learned that this is an incredible way to provide training for teachers,” Mortimer says. “This program, which relies on theory into practice, was very successful. There is really reason to celebrate.”

According to Mortimer, BHSU developed the program to strengthen and expand teacher preparation training, as well as respond to and support educational reform in the K-16 environment. She stresses that this is a very different approach with a strong “theory into practice” component.

Because the Project SELECT students, known as student interns, spend an entire semester in the classroom with their consulting teacher, they have the opportunity to connect with students on a much greater level than traditional student teachers do. Consulting teachers were carefully chosen for their expertise and ability to mentor.

She noted that the Project SELECT students scored exceedingly well on exit exams and commented that they completed the program with the confidence to begin their teaching careers.

The first-year of teaching is often very stressful for beginning teachers, but several of the Project SELECT graduates mentioned that they are looking forward to being at the head of the classroom.

“I am ready to move on with my life. I am so grateful that I am going to be a teacher that was trained well. I feel confident in my teaching abilities; something I didn’t have at the beginning of the year, says Jill Unnasch, who recently graduated from the Project SELECT program at BHSU.

Mortimer also says that the program, which pairs student interns with consulting teachers, forged a wonderful partnership between BHSU and the Rapid City schools.

“Many of the consulting teachers, who worked with the student interns, want to continue the practice. These teachers expect to see an increase in test scores for their students as well,” Mortimer says. “These consulting teachers will be a lifelong support for the beginning teachers. By using cognitive coaching we were able to provide more support for the beginning teachers.”

Connie Krueger, a consulting teacher who teaches English at Rapid City Central High School, praised the program and feels the student intern who participated in her classroom is ready to lead a classroom of his own.

“Ninety percent of good teaching is good thinking,” Krueger says. “If a teacher can visualize the lesson, pull the appropriate resources, anticipate possible misunderstandings and plan for diverse learning styles, he or she can set the stage for the magic of learning. Here’s where the rigor of Mr. Sheehy’s (student intern with Project SELECT) background pays off. I was pleasantly surprised by his level of understanding. Most teachers look back on their early days of teaching and shake their heads. We knew so little, made so many mistakes. I have been observing Geoff Sheehy for almost four months now and I can resolutely say that he should not look back on this phase of his teaching career with any dismay. He is a natural teacher. Knowing him, he will not be satisfied with the status quo. I can only dimly imagine how brightly his star will shine in the years to come.”

Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for academic affairs at BHSU, says the Project SELECT program, proved to be even more successful than they imagined.

“We had a tremendous cohort of students in this first year of the program who worked very hard and were dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. In addition, this project received tremendous support from the administration and teachers in the Rapid City Area School District. The consulting teachers were always supportive and willing to provide the extra time needed to ensure that the Project SELECT students were taught how to be effective in the classroom,” Myers said.

Myers praised the work of Mortimer and Mary Goebel, coordinators of Project SELECT, and noted that their dedication and vision for this project ensured its success and has built the stage for future cohorts.

According to Mortimer, the fall 2005 cohort for Project SELECT is full and currently has a waiting list. She said the cohort includes people from other graduate programs, business people and retired military people who are interested in teaching.

Mortimer and Goebel are making plans for next year of the Project SELECT program which will include additional exchange collaborations.

BHSU hosts Advanced Placement summer institutes for high school teachers - top

Dr. Micheal Zehfus and Robin Strain, co-instructors of the advanced placement chemistry workshop for high school teachers that was held at BHSU last week, prepare for a lab session. High school teachers from across the state attended the week-long AP institute.

Zehfus and Strain prepare for a lab session during an advanced placement chemistry workshop

High school teachers who are responsible for teaching Advanced Placement (AP) courses were at Black Hills State University recently to expand their knowledge and develop curriculum for their classes. BHSU hosted AP workshops for chemistry and music teachers.

The AP program is a collaborative effort between motivated students, dedicated teachers, and committed high schools, colleges and universities that has allowed millions of students to take college-level courses and exams, and earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

The purpose of the AP music theory workshop was to enable the participants, generally high school music teachers, to develop a curriculum that will prepare high school students for the AP music examination, according to Randall Royer, BHSU music professor.

Participants in the music theory workshop included: Mary Collins, Hot Springs; Lynette Daum, Lead; Kari Tucker, Custer; Gary Nelson, Sturgis; Amy Woodward, Hill City; and Colby Shuck, Kadoka. Instructors were Royer and Sandy Steele, from Laramie High School.

The AP chemistry course was designed to cover material which would be included in a freshmen general chemistry course. Instructors Dr. Micheal Zehfus, associate professor at BHSU, and Robin Strain, Sturgis, taught the chemistry workshop.

Participants in the AP chemistry workshop were: Jessica Zwaschka, Spearfish; Bernard Kastein, Bon Homme; Jennifer Jordan, Rapid City; Bobbie Traxinger, Douglas High School; Molly TenBroek, McIntosh; Judi Tiller, Rapid City; Kris Hollenbeck, Estelline; LuAnn Lindskov, Timber Lake; Angela King, Faith; John McEnelly, Wolsey-Wessington; Stephanie Musilek, Belle Fourche; Jeremy Haugen, Flandreau; Gene Erickson, Sioux Falls; Jim Jarorski, Sioux Falls; Brandy Fenenga, Watertown; Dick Banks, Rapid City; Penny Hanna, Custer; Carolyn Burns, Watertown; Erin Alfson, Winner; Judy Galvin, Redfield; and Julie Huber, Sioux Falls.

As a result of teaching this workshop, Zehfus was invited by the College Board to attend a national consultant training program in New Orleans later this summer. Every year the College Board hosts a number of workshops and conferences that provide professional development for teachers, counselors and administrators. In order to meet the need for consultants to deliver AP workshops, the College Board sponsors training events for new consultants. In addition to learning more about College Board program, shifts in the direction of professional development, and equity and access initiatives, participants at the national training seminar will model a variety of presentation strategies and have the opportunity to observe each other and provide feedback.

A group of music teachers discuss advanced curriculum plans during an AP music theory workshopMusic teachers from across the state discuss advanced curriculum plans during the AP music theory workshop held at Black Hills State University recently. Dr. Randall Royer (far right) and Sondra Steele (far left) served as instructors of the workshop.

CAMSE directs inquiry based institute for regional teachers - top

Sheri Ross and Annie Heltzel from the Spearfish School District conduct a science investigation during a BLAHST workshop that introduced methods for teaching science by inquiry in the classroom. The four-day workshop was hosted by the Center for Advancement of Math and Science Education at Black Hills State University.

Spearfish teachers conduct a science investigation during a recent BLAHST workshop

Teachers from across western South Dakota recently participated in a four-day workshop, titled “Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) Institute for Inquiry,” which introduced methods for teaching science by inquiry in the classroom.

Janet Briggs, Black Hills Science Teaching Project (BLAHST) manager at Black Hills State University, explains that inquiry is a scientific process applicable to all science disciplines, as well as other subject areas such as math and language arts. Participants examined inquiry at length through science investigations and discussed how it can be applied in the classroom. The workshop included exploration of basic principles, such as questioning techniques that both teachers and students can use to deepen understanding. It also explored the kinds of scientific skills learners need to make sense of the world around them.

The workshop was held on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus. Four local teachers facilitated the workshop under the guidance of Briggs. The facilitators included Lola Kleinschmit from the Wall School District, Sandy Nichols from the Spearfish School District, Della Mader from the New Underwood School District and Theresa O’Connell from the Douglas School District. These teachers attended a six-day institute in February at the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Institute for Inquiry and received the training to provide this workshop. The workshop was based on a model developed through 15 years of work at the Exploratorium.

The workshop was sponsored by CAMSE at BHSU through a National Science Foundation grant entitled the Black Hills Science Teaching Project (BLAHST) with additional support from BHSU, S.D. Tech and the participating school districts. Participating districts include Belle Fourche, Custer, Douglas, Kadoka, Lead-Deadwood, Meade, New Underwood, Rapid City Middle Schools, Spearfish and Wall. These 10 districts span an area that exceeds 10,000 square miles and serve nearly 10,000 students at the targeted grades.

According to Briggs, BLAHST has been providing professional development opportunities for teachers in these districts for the past six years. Participants have attended sessions focusing on life, earth and physical science, as well as classes designed to enhance science teaching. More than 400 teachers are eligible to participate in the project's coursework, which is offered for graduate credit through BHSU. BLAHST is administered through CAMSE, which was established in 1997 by the South Dakota Board of Regents to serve the state as a Center of Excellence. CAMSE’s mission is to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science at all levels.

Other workshops this summer include Physics for Elementary Teachers, Geology of the Black Hills and Badlands, and several weeks of workshops on the new science standards. Faculty from BHSU and S.D. Tech, as well as other qualified scientists and veteran teachers from participating districts, will serve as instructors. Briggs indicated that additional staff development opportunities would be offered this fall to help teachers continue to refine their teaching practice. Information about the BLAHST project is available by calling (605) 642-6875, or by visiting the website at www.camse.org.

High school students participate in art camp - top

Dale Lamphere, Sturgis, gives recommendations to Anne Ellingson, Bison, during an art camp held at Black Hills State University recently. Local artists Lamphere and Dick Termes worked with 16 high school students during the week-long art camp.

Sculptor Dale Lamphere gives recommendations to art camp student Anne Ellingson

High school students from across the state recently participated in the fourth annual art camp at Black Hills State University.

According to Jim Knutson, art professor and coordinator of the camp, high school students were nominated by their high school art teachers. This talented group of high school students worked with well-known local artists Dick Termes and Dale Lamphere.

Termes, internationally recognized six-point perspective artist, worked with the students in the morning sessions. Termes, unlike any other painter, paints on spheres which, when completed, are known as Termespheres. According to Termes, each sphere is a revolving three-dimensional space/time exploration of an entirely closed universe.

Lamphere, a sculptor, worked with the students in the afternoon sessions. Lamphere, who bases his work out of his home in Sturgis, is nationally recognized for his work with architecture, sculpture and design across the United States. His interpretations of the environment, including the human form, landscape and abstract, are molded in stone, cast bronze, stainless steel and other materials.

At the conclusion of the camp, the high school artists displayed their artwork for parents and friends. At the closing reception, Lamphere and Termes praised the students for their level of talent and dedication and reminded the students that creating art is important.

“Art defines a society. Going into art is an important thing,” Lamphere said. He encouraged the students to continue to develop their interest and skills in art.

Termes also commented on the “high caliber” of art students selected for the camp and encouraged the students to keep in touch with each other as they progress in their art professions.

“Networking is an important part of being an artist. I think many of you will be professional artists,” Termes said. “Sometimes artists are considered oddballs but that keeps a fresh perspective in society, and hopefully, by being an oddball we can change society for the better. I’m very excited about the future of this group.”

Participants in this year’s art camp included: Autumn Trescott, Sturgis; Jason Schoeppner, Chamberlain; Karla Jager, Clear Lake; Megan DuVal, Marion; Destry Ford, Rapid City; Cody Wheelock, DeWitt, Neb.; Jedadiah Cracco, Lead/Deadwood; Will Reid, Belle Fourche; Maggie Pawlowski, Sturgis; Sean Binder, Spearfish; Levi Ortiz, Denver, Colo.; Kyle RedWater, Eagle Butte; Samantha Engebretson, Sioux Falls; Anne Ellingson, Bison; Tim Elkjer, Sioux Falls; and Amy Colgan, Rapid City.

Several high school students work under the direction of local sculptor Dale LamphereHigh school students Karla Jager, Clear Lake; Samantha Engebretson, Sioux Falls; Will Reid, Belle Fourche; Tim Elkjer, Sioux Falls; and Jason Schoeppner, Chamberlain, were among 16 students selected to attend a week-long art camp at Black Hills State University recently. The students worked under the direction of well-known local artists Dale Lamphere and Dick Termes.

Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament will be July 2 - top

The fifth annual Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 2 at 1 p.m. at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. A social hour and silent auction will follow the tournament at 7 p.m. Dinner and dancing begins at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Black Hills State University track and field scholarships.

The entry fee of $70 per person includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart rental and dinner. Registrants will also have a chance to win team prizes and pin prizes. Prizes will be awarded in three divisions: men’s, women’s, and mixed.

The BHSU cross country and track and field team will host a putting contest prior to the tournament from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Larscheid, a former teacher and coach who worked at Williams Middle School in Sturgis for 27 years, died in an automobile accident in 2000. He also taught and coached in Spearfish and Wall. To celebrate his life and preserve his memory, the Larscheid family has an annual memorial golf tournament, which includes a silent auction and dinner. The proceeds are contributed to a track scholarship fund at BHSU in his name.

Larscheid was an outgoing, caring and kind person who loved his family and athletics. He was an outstanding high school and collegiate athlete who still holds the South Dakota state high school record for the 110-yard high hurdles at 14.1, a record he set in 1969. Larscheid graduated from BHSU with a degree in physical education in 1973. He competed in football and track for the Yellow Jackets.

For more information or to register call 722-1214 or 641-9899 or email Mary at lizlars@yahoo.com.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Thursday, June 22. 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.

Discretionary Cooperative Agreement to Address Impaired Motorcycle Operation (DOT)

The Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Contracts and Procurement announces the following cooperative agreement program. The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of up to three programs (with a law enforcement component) designed to reduce the incidence of impaired motorcycle riding and injuries and fatalities resulting from alcohol-related motorcycle crashes.
Specific objectives for this cooperative agreement program are as follows:

  1. Identify a community that demonstrates the potential for successful implementation and evaluation of innovative law enforcement-based approaches to reduce impaired motorcycle riding and the resulting injuries and fatalities associated with alcohol-related motorcycle crashes.
  2. Use community data to define the problem, as appropriate. These data are to extend beyond police crash reports to the extent possible.
  3. Actively engage the community to define the problem and potential solutions to the problem. The community may include but not be limited to, motorcyclists, law enforcement officials, traffic safety officials, prosecutors and judges, military personnel, and health care and injury prevention professionals. The grantee shall develop strategies for ensuring community involvement in the process.
  4. Implement a program to reduce the incidence of impaired motorcycle riding and the injuries and fatalities associated with alcohol-related motorcycle crashes. The intervention should be creative, based on data and citizen input and comprehensive in nature. The intervention should be designed to allow for easy implementation and replication.
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. The evaluation should include process and outcome measures. The evaluation may include but not be limited to the following: what works, what does not work, how to engage partners, methods of overcoming barriers or challenges, and ways to turn challenges into opportunities.

There are several approaches recommended in Drinking, Riding, and Prevention: A Focus Group Study and the National Agenda. In addition, many successful approaches used to reduce impaired driving should be considered for application to address the impaired riding problem. Innovative programs that support the recommendations provided by either document or the successful approaches identified (and include a law enforcement component) will be considered. Each cooperative agreement recipient will be expected to implement and evaluate an approach to determine the effectiveness of reducing the incidence of impaired riding. Project length will vary depending on the scope of the proposed effort. However, projects will be considered for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years. Upon completion, the programs may be implemented in other areas for a more thorough evaluation.

Deadline: July 25, 2005. For more information, including the link to the full announcement, see http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/DOT/NHTSA/NPO-220/DTNH22-05-H-05102/Grant.html.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) including: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Engineering Grants, Geosciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Biological Sciences, No Description Available, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Education and Human Resources, and Polar Programs. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for the purpose. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research:

  1. REU sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU sites in DoD-relevant research areas.
  2. REU supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements. Undergraduate student participants in either sites or supplements must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Students may not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities.

Deadline: Sept. 7, 2005. The full announcement is available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-592/Grant.html. Students apply directly to REU sites and should consult the directory of active REU sites on the Web at www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

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