Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Janet Ladson, secretary, College of Arts and Sciences
Bookstore manager earns
national recognition - top
Michael Jastorff, manager of the University Bookstore at Black Hills
State University, recently earned the designation of Certified
Collegiate Retailer (CCR) by the National Association of College Stores
“This credential is a mark of distinction earned only by those who
have demonstrated the representative knowledge essential to success in
college store management, expertise on collegiate retailing issues, and
commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional
conduct,” according to Brian E. Cartier, chief executive officer of NACS.
He noted that fewer than 10 percent of all eligible candidates earn this
To achieve the CCR credential, candidates must have a high level of
relevant experience and must pass a comprehensive four-hour examination
on the core knowledge and management functions of collegiate retailing
including store operations and financial management, course materials,
intellectual property, general retailing concepts and practices,
marketing and campus relations, leadership and business stewardship.
Jastorff has been director of the University Bookstore since 1988. He
has a bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University and a master’s
in business administration from the University of South Dakota. Jastorff
has been honored with several awards at BHSU including the outstanding
university service award in 2003 and outstanding university area award
Dahl and Anderson paper to be
published in the Journal of Science Education
Julie Dahl, research assistant at
CAMSE, recently submitted a paper to the Journal of Science Education
which was accepted with no revisions. Dahl conducted research with Dr.
Steve Anderson with a National Science Foundation grant.
A paper, coauthored by Julie Dahl, research assistant with the Center
for Advancement of Math and Science Education at Black Hills State
University, and Dr. Steve Anderson, professor of geology, was recently
accepted for publication in the Journal of Science Education.
Julie Libarkin, from Ohio University, also collaborated on the paper
which describes research on the misconceptions that teachers have about
Earth science. The paper, titled "Digging into Earth science:
Alternative conceptions held by K-12 teachers," was funded by a $500,000
grant from the National Science Foundation to Anderson and Libarkin. The
research was the focus of Dahl’s master’s degree thesis. The paper will
be published in the July issue.
Dahl says that her interest in this subject emerged from a prior
grant that Anderson and Libarkin received to research the science
misconceptions of students.
“As we talked to students, we wondered where students were coming up
with these ideas (misconceptions about Earth science), and that question
branched off into this research,” Dahl said.
Dahl says the research shows that most science teachers do have
misconceptions about Earth science and that some teachers are not well
prepared to teach Earth science. She noted that other studies show that
if teachers are not comfortable with, or don’t understand, a subject,
they create lesson plans differently often omitting information and
asking only fact-based questions rather than encouraging discussions.
“The misconceptions really limit what students are able to
experience,” Dahl said.
While conducting research, Dahl found that many teachers were not
comfortable discussing their level of knowledge and, in fact, many
declined a face-to-face interview for the research. Dahl noted that many
teachers mentioned the pressures of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and
Dahl says that research shows that misconceptions in science cannot
be changed by simply presenting new information.
“Conceptual change, allowing learners to examine their own
experiences and confront inconsistencies in their theories, helps people
change their conceptions,” Dahl said. “The teachers need to see where
they are now with what they believe. They need proof to be able to
change their beliefs and carry knowledge to the students.”
Dahl added that Earth science, as a specific field, is perhaps
overlooked in schools. She said that in this region particularly, with
our closeness to natural resources, perhaps Earth science should become
more of a priority.
“Mining, coal and other natural resources in this area are so closely
ingrained in our community. Earth science should be an area of specific
study but often is not,” Dahl said.
Anderson praised Dahl for her work and noted that the paper was
accepted by the editor without any revisions to the original manuscript,
which is very unusual.
“I've personally published more than 20 professional papers, and have
never had this happen before,” Anderson said. “It speaks very highly of
the quality of work that Julie does, and I can confidently say that she
is the best student writer I have ever worked with.”
Dahl is currently working on the Black Hills Science Teaching (BLAHST)
Project with CAMSE at BHSU. She joined the staff at CAMSE in 2001.
BHSU begins website redesign
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The BHSU website will undergo a major transformation
this spring as the site is converted to a content management system
which will allow many additional features to accommodate the increased
“Web usage and both the technology and the volume of information on the
website has vastly increased. Managing the information and providing
faculty and staff with efficient ways to update their web pages has
become a priority,” Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student
affairs, said. “These needs have brought us to the next tier of
The website has emerged as a primary venue of communication since it was
launched seven years ago, according to Corinne Hansen, director of
“The website is a vital tool for communicating with both internal and
external audiences so it’s important that we plan for increased use,
optimal design and enhanced content,” Hansen said.
Paul Kopco, BHSU webmaster, Hansen, and Robin Temple, senior marketing
and web strategist at the Center for Tourism Research, along with
several other BHSU staff members, are in the process of redeveloping the
website. When complete, the site will feature a new comprehensive web
strategy, a new site navigation plan and a new site design. The new
website will use a content management system built on .Net (dot net)
technology, which allows for dynamic content, intranet development,
portals and other features.
The content management system will allow staff members to create, edit
and maintain pages without having specialized training in web
development. The added responsibility of learning web applications and
the time needed to design and publish departmental web pages will be
reduced as staff members are given the option of using the content
management system with pre-designed templates. Plans are being made to
incorporate more interactive tools such as forums, discussion groups,
news feeds and surveys.
Temple is looking forward to the challenge of redeveloping the BHSU web
“I am very excited to bring the vision of a new BHSU website to life.
The new website will be based on a content management system, which will
make it much easier for people on campus to create, edit and publish
content on the web pages. With the new technology comes a host of added
functionality, which you will see in the site roll-out this spring,”
Hansen noted that the web pages create an impression about BHSU—who we
are, what we do, and the impact we have in the state and region through
teaching, research and outreach. She added that an increasing number of
prospective students as well as current students, employees, and alumni
are now turning to the web site as the primary source of information
about the university. In addition to the increase in off-campus
visitors, the internet presence is also an important part of the way the
university conducts business.
The redesign will include the development of intranets which will direct
regular website visitors (such as current students, faculty and staff)
to a specific site, available by log-in. Individuals will be able to
create a personalized portal that is designed for their usage and
provides access to specific information most important to them. Many of
the forms and information used to conduct university business will be
located on the intranet.
“By removing much of this internal information from the general access
website, the external site, accessed by off-campus visitors, will be
easier to navigate and we can concentrate on enhancing our site,” Hansen
“This is a large project, but it should take our website to the next
level of development,” Haislett said. “The linchpin in the process will
be feedback and input into the content, the design, and all aspects of
this undertaking. Be assured that our current site will continue to
operate in full while the project is underway.”
To make suggestions or comments about the website redevelopment contact
Hansen at 6215, Kopco at 6503, or Temple at 6336.
Alumni concert and silent
auction will raise funds for music scholarships -
The musical group, Lyle, Doug, Rick
and Paul, will present a fundraising concert at Black Hills State
University Jan. 22. The event will also include a silent auction to
raise money for music scholarships. The quartet, which is known for it’s
vocal harmonies, consists of BHSU alumni Doug Ruhnow, Paul Young, Lyle
Berry and Rick Tetreault.
An alumni concert featuring the musical group, Lyle, Doug, Rick and
Paul, as well as a silent auction will raise funds for music
scholarships at Black Hills State University. The event is scheduled for
Saturday, Jan. 22 in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus.
According to Dr. Janeen Larsen, chair of the department of music at
BHSU, the event will begin at 6:45 p.m. when bidding begins for silent
auction items begins. Lyle, Doug, Rick, and Paul will begin performing
at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall.
Silent auction items include art prints by Jim Knutson and Dick
Dubois; a photography print by Steve Babbitt; original pottery by
Jeannie French; a lawn ornament from Beck’s nursery; dog obedience
training by Billabong Border Collies; two tickets to a Matthew's Opera
House musical performance; a sweatshirt and jacket from the University
Bookstore; a basket with wine, cheese and a cookbook from Prairie Berry
Winery; ski rental for two from Ski Cross Country; table lamp, pillow &
lace table runner from the Wild Rose; a desk clock from Two Pines Lodge
& Espresso; two tickets to Black Hills Symphony Orchestra's production,
The BEATLES; a check-up and bag of doggie treats from Spearfish
Animal Hospital; and a CD, "Travels of the Corps -- 1804" from Michael
F. McDonald. Gift certificates from Spearfish Animal Staples,
Applebee’s, the Bay Leaf Café, High Plains Gallery, Jake’s, Wal-Mart,
Roma’s, High Plains Gallery, Dairy Queen, Perkins, Common Grounds and
Terry Peak will also be auctioned.
Former students, friends of BHSU and all community members are
invited to attend the concert to support music scholarships for future
students. There is a $10 recommended donation. For more information on
the concert or auction contact Larsen at 642-6241.
The musical group consists of Spearfish residents Lyle Berry, Doug
Ruhnow, Rick Tetreault and Paul Young. The group plays a variety of
music: oldies, soft rock, folk as well as some original material. They
are known locally for their great vocal harmonies.
The group began performing together as a band in 1974 and became
known as Lyle, Rick and Paul. When Rick left the area, Doug agreed to
join the trio to finish some scheduled appearances. Now, nearly two
decades later the group continues to perform. Just over a year ago, Rick
returned to the area and rejoined the band, making the well-known trio a
Although these musicians chose diverse paths as they left BHSU, they
recognize the importance and significance of their time learning and
performing while attending college. They are now returning to BHSU to
give a concert to raise scholarship funds so future music students will
also have these opportunities.
RSVP hosts soup supper in
observation of Martin Luther King Day -
record amount, more than $500 as well as 435 food items for the
Spearfish Food Pantry, was raised at the Martin Luther King Day soup
supper which was hosted by the Northern Hills Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP) in conjunction with the Spearfish Ministerial
Association and the Spearfish Senior Center.
More than 300 people attended the collaborative
community event. AmeriCorps*Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA
helped host this event and also helped with clean up and set up and
provided two volunteers to help throughout the evening. The Spearfish
Ministerial Association donated the chili and soup. The Spearfish Senior
Center also provided soup. A local band, the Lounge Lizards, provided
“The supper was a great success and we thank everyone
who helped us with this event,” said Nancy Wietgrefe, coordinator of
RSVP. She indicated they are planning to host the event again next year.
BHSU representative to
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Tom Wheaton, assistant director of the Enrollment Center at Black
Hills State University, will discuss college plans with students at 17
area high schools next week.
Wheaton will visit Hanson High School, Alexandria, Monday, Jan. 24
from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.; Mitchell High School from 10:30 to 11 a.m.;
Ethan High School from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Canistota High School
from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and Emery High School from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 25, Wheaton will visit Canton High School from 9 to
9:45 a.m.; Lennox High School from 10:15 to 11 a.m.; Sioux Falls
Roosevelt High School from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sioux Falls
O’Gorman High School from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 26, Wheaton will visit Bon Homme High School,
Tyndall, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Yankton High School from 2:30
to 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27, Wheaton will visit Elk Point-Jefferson High School
from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Dakota Valley High School, North Sioux City,
from 11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and Tripp-Delmont High School from 2:30
to 3 p.m.
Wheaton will conclude the week Friday, Jan. 28 at Andes Central High
School, Lake Andes, from 9 to 9:45 a.m.; Platte High School from 10:30
to 11:15 a.m.; and Chamberlain High School from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
All times are given in Central Standard Time.
High school students needing information about college costs,
financial aid, housing, and academic information should plan to visit
with Wheaton. For more information contact the BHSU Enrollment Center at
1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at
Northern Hills ABWA seeks
scholarship applicants - top
The Northern Hills chapter of the American Business Women's
Association (ABWA) is accepting scholarship applications from students
who are currently attending Black Hills State University and Spearfish
High School seniors who plan to attend BHSU during the 2005-2006 school
year. A total of four $600 scholarships are available; recipients will
receive $300 each semester.
Scholarship applications may be picked up at the BHSU Enrollment
Center and the Spearfish High School guidance office. The application
deadline is Monday, Feb. 28.
Funds for the ABWA scholarships are generated each year through the
annual ABWA Strut. This relay race is sponsored each fall by area
businesses that contribute money, teams and prizes to raise dollars for
For more information contact Coreen Lerwick, ABWA Education Committee
member, at 722-3496 or 642-8141.
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Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office,
Woodburn 309, through Jan. 20. 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.
Electronic Records Challenges and Opportunities Grant Program
The National Archives and Records Administration’s National
Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is accepting
applications for the Electronic Records Challenges and Opportunities
grant program, which has a deadline of June 1, 2005. The goal of NHPRC
is to ensure records kept today will be serviceable with tomorrow’s
technology. The commission will accept proposals that look at how
software-dependent data can be retained for future use, as well as the
obstacles that have prevented archivists from creating and implementing
archival electronic records programs. Other projects can focus on what
archivists need to know about electronic records, as well as other
pertinent issues regarding electronic records research.
Deadline: June 1. For detailed information see
Implementation Grants for Humanities Projects in Libraries and
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports humanities
projects that make use of the collections of libraries and archives. The
topics of these projects should have a wide appeal or target a specific
audience. Support is available for a variety of activities, including:
book and film discussion; exhibitions; public conferences, forums and
symposia; or websites. Projects should address a wide variety of
humanities themes and should study these topics analytically.
Implementation grants can be used to support: staff training for
implementation of the project; final design and presentation of the
programs; development of the companion website; publication costs;
publicity and promotion expenses; presentation and distribution of
materials; and development of curriculum materials.
Deadline: Feb. 3. Details are available at
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes Grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is offering its
Summer Seminars and Institutes grant programs for 2005. NEH funding
supports seminars, for approximately 15 people, or institutes, for 25 to
30 people, to be hosted in the summer of 2005 by colleges, universities,
school systems, libraries, or other organizations. The purpose of these
seminars and institutes is to: deepen the understanding of the
humanities by focusing on important topics, texts and issues; further
professional development of the participants; build a community of
inquiry with examples of superior scholarship and teaching; and support
connections between teaching and research in the humanities. Programs
can be designed for school teachers or college and university teachers.
Deadline: March 1. For more information on summer seminars
Economics Foundation Banks on Building Economic Literacy
The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation wants to improve and
advance economic literacy and will do that by: supporting programs that
increase participation in economic education or create a demand for
greater economic literacy, favoring unique projects that present
economics effectively and clearly, supporting projects, policy studies,
or programs that urge measuring economic understanding more frequently,
and/or more effectively; and recognizing programs that address
underserved youth and adults by engaging them in the economic system.
Deadline: Feb. 15 and Sept. 15. For more information on
applying for a grant, visit