Volume XXIX, No. 32 • Aug. 19, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

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Chrysler manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Education for Business - top

Earl Chrysler

A manuscript co-authored by Black Hills State University professor Earl Chrysler and Florida Gulf Coast University professors Stuart Van Auken and Ludmilla Gricenko Wells was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Education for Business.

In the manuscript, entitled “The Relative Value of Skills, Knowledge, and Teaching Methods In Explaining MBA Program Return On Investment,” Chrysler, Van Auken and Wells analyzed a survey of MBA graduates to determine the relative contribution of the skills and knowledge gained and the teaching methods employed by the MBA faculty to a student’s perceived return on his/her investment. The professors suggested that the perceived value of one’s return on investment could be used as an assessment tool for evaluating the quality of an MBA program of a school of business.

Chrysler, who joined the BHSU faculty in 2002, holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. He received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California.

Glover awarded land tenure grant - top

John Glover

Dr. John Glover, associate professor of American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University, has just been awarded a $138,400 grant from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF). This grant, along with anticipated contributions from the South Dakota Humanities Council and the University of Arizona, total in excess of $200,000 and will fund three separate projects in the upcoming year.

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation is a private, non-profit entity with a main office located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The ILTF’s mission, which strongly emphasizes education, is to ensure that “land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management.” For more information about the ILTF visit www.indianlandtenure.org.

Glover has previously received two small grants from the ILTF to assist in the creation of an Indian land course and to fund an internship.

According to Glover, the ILTF grant will largely fund offering a course he developed and taught at BHSU last May. The course will be offered at Oglala Lakota College, Sinte Gleska University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Dakota Wesleyan University in the next academic year.

In addition, BHSU will host two separate K-12 teacher institutes next summer designed to provide teachers with curriculum and training to teach about tribal governments, Indian lands and significant native sites. Additionally, Glover will assist in offering a graduate course in Natural Resources and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson this spring.

Glover anticipates that this is the beginning of many projects with the ILTF and other grantors impacting not only South Dakota higher education, but also education across the northern plains and beyond.

Glover has been with BHSU since 1992 having previously practiced civil litigation in Minnesota and North Dakota. Glover was the 1996 Indian Law Fellow at USD Law School and developed BHSU’s American Indian Studies major in 1997. His first book, Tribal Sovereigns of South Dakota, can be ordered online at www.bhsubookstore.com.

Glover and his wife, Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos, professor of psychology at BHSU, are on sabbatical leave this year. Glover will use his sabbatical leave to manage the ILTF grant, prepare for the teacher institutes, and serve as a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona in Tucson during the spring semester. Anagnopoulos is completing work on a National Health Institute grant and working with the Chiesman Foundation during her sabbatical leave.

Golliher named outstanding environmental educator for South Dakota - top

Jan Golliher

Jan Golliher, who recently retired as assistant professor and outdoor education coordinator at Black Hills State University, was named the South Dakota Outstanding Environmental Educator for 2004 by the Environmental Education Council of South Dakota. She was also presented with an honorable mention award for National Outstanding Education at the Project Learning Tree (PLT) national convention in June.

Through her BHSU courses, PLT and WILD programs, and several volunteer organizations, Golliher has taught environmental education; habitat conservation; wildlife, land, and hunting ethics; and outdoor safety to a variety of age groups.

Golliher has been a facilitator for the South Dakota PLT and South Dakota WILD programs for approximately 15 years. During this time, she has been instrumental in hosting over 10 advanced fire and forestry workshops discussing topics such as invasive species, forest ecology and fire ecology. Many of these workshops offer educators the opportunity to earn graduate or undergraduate credit.

At BHSU Golliher started teaching outdoor skills such as orienteering, canoeing, swimming and camping. She later added classes in outdoor skills and safety, biology and geology. During Golliher’s 28-year tenure, the outdoor education program at BHSU grew from four enrolled students to 30 enrolled students each semester.

According to the nomination letter, Golliher always encouraged her students to get involved in PLT activities to help them gain confidence and expertise. She encouraged students to assist with Arbor Day and Earth Day events at local schools and oversee a booth at the annual Kids’ Fair in Rapid City.

Golliher also volunteers for PLT events and dedicates her time to several local organizations. She serves on the Lawrence County Conservation District Board of Supervisors and is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Pheasants Forever. She has served on the Outdoor Women of S.D. board and is currently serving as vice chairman on the state PLT board of directors. As a member of the Environment Education Connections of S.D. (EECSD) board, Golliher has been working to reestablish this program in South Dakota. For her efforts with EECSD, she was awarded the S.D. Environmental Educator of 2003.

“Jan shows her love of the environment through the many organizations she continues to belong to and her commitment to environmental education in her everyday life,” the PLT nomination letter stated. “Retirement from BHSU will not stop Jan from educating others about PLT and environmental education. She is an avid outdoors woman and enjoys the opportunity to share her lifestyle with others.”

Golliher received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northern Illinois University and her master’s degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She served as a member of the BHSU faculty from 1976 to 2004.

Altmyer wins World Amateur Disc Golf Championship - top

Don Altmyer drives hole #10 at the Oak Grove disc golf courseDon Altmyer, Spearfish, won the Advanced Grandmaster Division at the 2005 Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Amateur World Disc Golf Championship at a tournament held in Flagstaff, Ariz., recently. Altmyer won the world title in the second sudden-death playoff hole with a 21-foot birdie.

A total of 382 amateur disc golfers from eight countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Sweden, competed for the title of World Disc Golf Champion.

The tournament was conducted on three disc golf courses in the 7,000-foot elevation of the Flagstaff area and one course at the Snow Bowl ski resort at over 11,000-foot elevation. According to Altmyer, play was complicated by the fact that the area was experiencing a rare “monsoon” weather conditions during the week with lightning, fog, daily rain and cool temperatures. During several rounds, play was halted due to nearby lightning strikes.

Altmyer, the South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Champion from 1998-2002 competed among 41 other competitors in the Advanced Grandmaster Division for players 50-60 years old. Altmyer was tied with Mark Hauser, Santa Barbara, Calif., at the end of 10 rounds with a score of four over par. Altmyer won the competition with a 21-foot birdie putt on the second sudden-death playoff hole. For complete scoring details and a list of participants, visit the PDGA website at www.pdga.com/index.php.

“The courses were very wooded with many elevation changes and required accuracy more than pure power distance,” Altmyer noted. “The putting was tricky because at that altitude, the disc drops quickly, requiring you to aim a bit higher on the basket.”

At the awards banquet, Brian Hoeniger, executive director of the PDGA, noted that Altmyer is the first world champion from the state of South Dakota. Altmyer, an associate professor of accounting at BHSU, was instrumental in designing and creating a disc golf course on the BHSU campus.

There are over 1,500 disc golf courses in the United States. In 1995, there were only two disc golf courses in South Dakota. The BHSU disc golf course, designed in September 1995, is South Dakota’s first official disc golf course and the fifth oldest on-campus disc golf course in the nation. In 1997, BHSU was the first recipient of the PDGA’s 1997 college matching basket grant which provided the resources to install South Dakota’s first official 18-hole course.

The 124-acre BHSU campus topography is perfect for disc golf according to Altmyer.

“The mix of old and new buildings compliments the diverse landscape consisting of Black Hills pines, a meandering seasonal creek and several elevation changes. A prevailing wind factors into play as the altitude is at 3,700 feet above sea level,” Altmyer says.

The BHSU Bookstore sells golfing discs and has a display featuring an aerial map of the course and a mini-basket as well as a custom display rack featuring 100 discs with custom-stamped college logos. To date, the bookstore has sold over 2,000 discs and has supported campus tournaments by sponsoring prizes. The course begins on the northwest side of the campus behind Thomas Hall, with maps and scorecards located on the wooden bench next to Hole 1.

Several disc golf tournaments are now held on campus including the Spring Fling held in late April, the Swarm Days Tournament usually held in late September, and the New Student Days Disc Golf Tournament held in early September.

Today there are 28 disc golf courses in South Dakota, including: Aberdeen (2), Brandon (2), Bruce, Corona, Hot Springs, Huron, Lake City, Madison (3), Mitchell (2), Mobridge, Pierre (3), Rapid City (2), Sioux Falls (2), Spearfish, Vermillion, Watertown (2) and Yankton (2).

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying golfing disc, smaller and heavier than a regular picnic FrisbeeŽ The sport, which was formalized in the 1970s, shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is called a Pole HoleŽ, an elevated metal basket with a hanging array of chains to catch the disc and drop it into the bottom of the basket.

As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed.

“Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are a few differences, though,” Altmyer says. “Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won't need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad "tee time." It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.”

The Black Hills Disc Golf Confederacy will host a disc golf tournament on the BHSU campus this weekend. According to the directors, players of all levels are invited to compete. The second annual “Quad K” beings Saturday, Aug. 20 in Jackson Park and continues Sunday, Aug. 21 on the BHSU campus. For more information contact Kayne Larimer at 718-6672 or larimer5@rushmore.com or visit www.rcdiscgolf.com.

Several disc golf tournaments are scheduled on the BHSU campus this fall. The Ninth Annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22. The student tournament begins at 3:30 p.m. and the community tournament begins at 5 p.m. The 10th Anniversary Tournament of the BHSU Disc Golf Course is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. For more information contact Altmyer at 642-6266.

Dakota Chamber Orchestra will begin rehearsals Aug. 30 - top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence on the campus of Black Hills State University, will begin rehearsals for its 2005-06 season Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall band room.

This marks the seventh season for the Dakota Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Randall Royer, associate professor of music at BHSU. The orchestra provides an outlet for area string players to come together, play music and improve their skills. The group also entertains the northern Black Hills area with string orchestra music from many different musical style periods. Two concerts are scheduled for the 2005-06 season; the first will be Sunday, Nov. 6.

All area string players are encouraged to attend the first rehearsal. Starting Sept. 8, rehearsals will be held every Thursday in Meier Hall. For additional information, contact Royer at 642-6255 or RandallRoyer@bhsu.edu.

Tyler Johnson named Nelson scholar - top

Tyler Johnson, who graduated first in his class at Yankton High School this spring, has joined the elite ranks of Nelson scholars at Black Hills State University as this year’s recipient of the Joseph F. and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship.

Johnson was selected based on his outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements in high school and because of his leadership abilities, integrity and responsibility. With a grade point average of 4.0, and the highest academic ranking of the 235 students in his graduating class, Johnson enters BHSU with an ACT score of 29, which is in the 95th percentile in the nation. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has represented Yankton High School at the state math contest every year since eighth grade.

The high-achieving student was recommended for the scholarship by several of his high school teachers who praised Johnson for his academic and athletic abilities.

“Tyler continues to excel in academics even though he is very active in his community as well as his school work,” according to a nomination letter from his science instructor.

In high school, Johnson was active in athletics, music and drama while pursuing a rigorous high school curriculum taking advanced placement courses in calculus, chemistry and literature as well as honors government. He was a letter winner in football and wrestling as well as a member of the “Y” Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Johnson is described as a leader and a goal-oriented person who uses his abilities to succeed. Teachers and coaches noted that Johnson is an effective leader and role model for other students.

“Tyler is an intelligent, diligent and highly motivated learner who will benefit greatly from the rigorous undergraduate academic program that your university offers,” wrote one of the high school nominators.

Johnson plans to pursue a degree in science and go on to become a medical doctor and perhaps specialize in orthopedic surgery. He says his ultimate goal is to become a surgeon and treat people with athletic injuries.

Johnson said he chose to attend BHSU because he believes he will receive the highest level of education here and will have the opportunity to go into medical school with a greater chance for success.

“I know that Black Hills State University is a very prestigious school in the sciences,” Johnson says. “I believe that I will be able to contribute to the Black Hills State community. I see my presence at Black Hills State to be a partnership in education and learning and an asset for others in the community.”

Johnson indicated that he’s interested in being involved as an athletic trainer at the university to gain familiarity with his future occupation.

Dr. Charles Lamb, biology professor and chair of the department of science, says he’s excited to have Johnson enroll at BHSU.

“Like previous Nelson scholars, Tyler shows a lot of promise and we look forward to working with him,” Lamb said.

The Nelson Scholarship is the largest endowment ever received by BHSU. It was established when Joseph and Martha Nelson bequeathed nearly one million dollars to the university. The award is a four-year scholarship, given to an incoming freshman, which provides full tuition and fees for 16 credit hours per semester and provides room and board for outstanding students in biology, chemistry, physical science, environmental physical science or mathematics. It is renewable without reapplying, provided the student maintains required academic performance.

For more information about BHSU see www.bhsu.edu or contact the BHSU enrollment center at 605-642-6343.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Wednesday, Aug. 10. 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.

NEH Challenge Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces challenge grants that help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Awards are made to museums, public libraries, colleges, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, public television and radio stations, universities, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities. Because of the matching requirements, these NEH awards also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support. Challenge grants are offered only when NEH funds will help institutions carry out long-term plans and enhance their financial stability. Both federal and nonfederal funds must provide long-term benefits to the humanities. Challenge grant funds should not merely replace funds already being expended on the humanities, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to improve and strengthen the institution's activities in and commitment to the humanities.

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2005. For more information see http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NEH/OPUB/OPO/NEH-GRANTS-111504-001/Modification1.html.

Microsoft RFPs for Academic Research Funding

As part of its mission to cultivate talent, encourage new ideas, and foster continuous innovation in computer science, Microsoft Corporation's External Research and Programs group has launched the latest round of request for proposals (RFPs) for academic research funding. Microsoft Research will award grants later this year to support projects in three key research domains:

  1. Digital Memories: The Digital Memories (Memex) RFP solicits proposals for research that builds on Vannevar Bush's vision of a "memex," a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it can be consulted quickly and flexibly. Each award will include the Digital Memories (Memex) software and two SenseCams. Microsoft Research anticipates making approximately six to nine awards, with a maximum of $50,000 for any single award.
  2. Smart Clients for eScience: This RFP focuses on the development of smart clients for scientific research. Smart clients are a collection of tools for data gathering, mining, and visualization that free scientists to focus on their research rather than infrastructure. Microsoft Research anticipates making approximately eight to twelve awards, with a maximum of $50,000 for any single award.
  3. Trustworthy Computing Curriculum: This RFP solicits proposals to create, test, and disseminate a new curriculum that introduces advanced topics of Trustworthy Computing into technical, business, and legal curricula. Microsoft Research anticipates making approximately fifteen awards, with a maximum of $50,000 for any single award.

For all RFPs, the proposing institution must be an accredited four-year college or university with nonprofit status.

Details on funding objectives, eligibility, application requirements, and deadlines for all programs can be found in the published RFPs on the Microsoft Research website at http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/3675/microsoft. For additional RFPs in science/technology, see http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_science.jhtml.

Special Education -Technical Assistance on State Data Collection - IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant

The Secretary of the Department of Education is inviting applications under two separate funding priorities addressing data collected under Part B and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended (IDEA). Applicants who are eligible for and wish to apply under both priorities must submit separate applications for each priority.

  • Priority A: Outcome Measures
    • Focus Area One--Part B Outcome Indicators
    • Focus Area Two--Part C Outcome Indicators
  • Priority B: Assessment Data: Planning grants for the Development, Enhancement, or Redesign of a Comprehensive System of State Assessments (Including State Alternate Assessments), Standards, and Instructional Supports.

Eligible applicants for Priority A: Outcome Measures include: state educational agencies (SEAs), Part C lead agencies (LAs), freely associated states (FAS), and, if endorsed by the SEA, LA, or FAS to apply and carry out the project on behalf of the SEA, LA, or FAS, local educational agencies (LEAs), public charter schools that are LEAs under state law, institutions of higher education (IHEs), tribes or tribal organizations, other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations. Note: Applicants who received a grant under the General Supervision Enhancement Grant competition in FY 2004 (84.326X) are not eligible for funding under Priority A if they are proposing a project in the same focus area (Part B or Part C) as their 2004 grant.

Eligible applicants for Priority B: Assessment Data include: State educational agencies (SEAs), freely associated states (FAS), and, if endorsed by the SEA or FAS to apply and carry out the project on behalf of the SEA or FAS, local educational agencies (LEAs), public charter schools that are LEAs under state law, institutions of higher education (IHEs), tribes or tribal organizations, other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations. Note: Applicants who received a grant under the General Supervision Enhancement Grant Focus 1 competition in FY 2004 (84.326X) are also eligible for funding under Priority B in this competition. States and FAS are encouraged to form consortia or any other group of eligible parties that meet the requirements in 34 CFR 75.127 to 75.129 to apply under Priority B. A consortium is comprised of more than one state or FAS and could include states or FAS from the same geographic region, states or FAS with similar demographic characteristics, states or FAS with similar populations, states or FAS with similar geographic characteristics or other characteristics as determined by the states or FAS. The secretary views the formation of consortia as an effective and efficient strategy to addressing the requirements of this priority.

Agency Name: Larry Wexler, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4019, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7571.

Description: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.

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

Purpose of Program: Under section 616(i)(2) of IDEA, awards may be made to provide technical assistance to improve the capacity of States to meet data collection requirements.

Deadline: Oct. 3, 2005. If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must use the www.grants.gov apply site. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. You may access the electronic grant application for IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant at www.grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number, 84.373X. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search. Details can be found at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-080205-001/Grant.html.

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