Volume XXIX, No. 3 • Jan. 21, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • 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 (NACS).

“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 distinction.

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 in 1999.

Dahl and Anderson paper to be published in the Journal of Science Education - top

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 state testing.

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 process - top

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 internet usage.

“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 operation.”

The website has emerged as a primary venue of communication since it was launched seven years ago, according to Corinne Hansen, director of university communications.

“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 presence.

“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,” Temple said.

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 said.

“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 - top

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 quartet.

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 - top

A 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 entertainment.

“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 visit area schools - top

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 www.bhsu.edu.

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 educational scholarships.

For more information contact Coreen Lerwick, ABWA Education Committee member, at 722-3496 or 642-8141.

Grant opportunities announced - top

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 grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship 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 www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NARA/HQ/NHPRC/NHPRC-RecordsElectronic-2005/listing.html.

Implementation Grants for Humanities Projects in Libraries and Archives

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 www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/implement-libraries.html.

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 visit www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/seminars.html.

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 www.kazanjian.org.

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