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Chrysler manuscript accepted
for publication in the Journal of Education for
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
Glover awarded land tenure
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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
Glover has previously received two small grants from
the ILTF to assist in the creation of an Indian land course and to fund
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
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
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
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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
“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, 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
“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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
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
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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
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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
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
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
“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
For more information about BHSU see
www.bhsu.edu or contact the BHSU
enrollment center at 605-642-6343.
Grant opportunities announced
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
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
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2005. For more information see
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
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