Volume XXIX, No. 37 • Sept. 23, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Lorraine Talks, purchasing assistant, University Support Services

CSA position open to status Career Service employees - top

The following Career Service position is open but limited to status Career Service employees of Black Hills State University:

  • Office supervisor, Student Support Services

For more information, view the information on the Human Resource web page or contact the Human Resource Office.

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Custodial worker, Facilities Services
  • Custodial crew leader (two positions), Facilities Services

For more information, review the employment opportunities on the Human Resource web page or contact the Human Resource Office.

Campus community representatives appointed for presidential search - top

Eleven people have been appointed by the South Dakota Board of Regents to serve as campus community representatives on the Black Hills State University Presidential Search and Screen Committee.

“We will look to these people to play a significant role in the search process for Black Hills State’s new president,” said Regent James Hansen of Pierre, who chairs the search. Other regents serving on the search committee are Kathryn Johnson of Hill City; Randy Morris of Spearfish; and Harvey Jewett of Aberdeen, ex officio member.

Named as campus community representatives and the constituencies they represent are:

  • Community – Robert Knapp, president of Great Western Bank
  • BHSU Foundations – Beth Benning, Spearfish city finance officer
  • Alumni – Larry Vavruska, president of the BHSU Foundation and retired Spearfish School District business manager
  • Executive Team – Dean Myers, vice president for academic affairs
  • Career Service Employees – Myron Sullivan, campus security supervisor
  • Administration – Ben Sayler, director of the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education
  • Faculty – Betsy Silva, associate professor of physical education; Mary Rogers, assistant professor of human services
  • Students – Megan Wyett, special education/elementary education senior; Kelly Kirk, history/political science sophomore
  • Institutional Collaboration – Charles Ruch, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology president

Working with the search committee will be Robert T. Tad Perry, executive director of the Board of Regents, and Mary Turman, the board’s executive assistant. James B. Appleberry of Academic Search Consultation Service will be a consultant to the committee and regents during the search process.

BHSU President Thomas Flickema recently announced his plans to retire July 1, 2006, after more than 11 years as president at the Spearfish campus.

Siemens to have paper published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology - top

David Siemens

Dr. David Siemens, assistant biology professor at Black Hills State University, will publish a paper this fall in an international peer-reviewed biology journal. Siemens also presented research, which was conducted with several BHSU students, at a national and an international conference this summer.

The paper, “Tests of parasite-mediated frequency-dependent selection in natural plant populations of a clonal plant species,” which was co-authored by Bitty Roy, from the University of Oregon, will be published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. In the paper, Siemens and Roy present results from several tests conducted to determine whether parasitism was a function of the frequency of occurrence of organisms.

According to Siemens, because rare genotypes may be resistant to parasites, and because a result of sexual reproduction is rare genotypes, the question asked was fundamental to understanding the evolution of sexual reproduction. The professors found that advantage of rarity depended on the type of parasite, and that in the system studies there was no advantage of being rare because the most prevalent parasites found, and were more successful on, rare genotypes.

Siemens also presented two papers this summer. He presented the first paper, “Simultaneous evolution of drought tolerance and defense against herbivores in Boechera strica, a close wild relative of Arabidopsis,” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The paper, which was co-authored by BHSU students Riston Haugen and Lexi Steffes, assesses the simultaneous evolution of drought tolerance and defense against herbivores in plants by studying genetic and environmental variation and co-variation of tolerance and defense. According to Siemens, this is an important study because defense is not usually studied in the context of other environmental factors and usually not with an evolutionary perspective.

The authors found that plants may be able to switch between alternative defense strategies depending on drought conditions, and that drought conditions also influenced genetic co-variation and the simultaneous evolution of tolerance and defense.

Siemens presented “Gene expression in biologically meaningful contexts: Functional genomics in close wild relatives of the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana” at a Gordon Conference on Evolutionary and Ecological Functional Genomics (EEFG) in Oxford, England. This paper was co-authored by BHSU students Haugen and Tyler Voorhees.

The paper presented a work in progress that is investigating whether genes for defense are expressed under competitive environments and to check to see if evolutionary tradeoffs between defense and competition might be detected in patterns of gene expression. The work was conducted on a close wild relative of a model organism for which the entire genome has been sequenced so the molecular tools to address these questions were available.

Siemens received his master’s degree in biology and his Ph.D. in zoology from Northern Arizona University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.

BHSU receives grant to assist with education mandate - top

David Calhoon
Pat Simpson

Black Hills State University, along with Montana State University-Billings and Casper College, recently received a three-year $1.5 million grant for a joint effort to address a requirement under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act that all instructional staff meet "highly qualified" criteria by the end of the 2005-06 school year.

School districts in South Dakota and neighboring states are facing a looming deadline to address this requirement. Most rural school districts in western South Dakota, as well as in neighboring states, have severe budget constraints and do not have resources to support the required education and training for paraprofessional staff, according to Dr. David Calhoon, chair of the department of education.

Paraeducators, commonly known as teacher’s aids and teacher’s assistants, are in great demand. However, they are not well paid and generally cannot afford to further their formal education. Calhoon notes that paraeducators are the lowest paid individuals charged with helping to educate children. He adds that the number of paraeducators has grown at a significant rate in the last decade.

Data from the January 2005 South Dakota Department of Education Consolidated Performance Report indicates that during the 2003-04 school year, only 59 percent of paraprofessionals met the “highly qualified” requirement. By June 2006, 100 percent must meet this requirement according to the NCLB act.

This tri-state grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, is collaborative and each state will have a unique approach to provide training opportunities for paraeducators. The overall goal of this grant is to guarantee that participating paraeducators in these rural western states achieve the status of highly qualified through a number of activities.

Calhoon and Dr. Pat Simpson at BHSU are coordinating the efforts in South Dakota through a Rural Site-Bound Paraeducator Program recently established through the College of Education at Black Hills State University.

Through this grant, BHSU is working with school districts statewide to offer several options to help current paraeducators complete requirements to become “highly qualified” by the end of the 2005-06 school year. The grant money is being used for tuition support for paraeducators to enroll in classes that will put them on the path to reaching the “highly qualified” criteria. Paraeducators can meet the legislative criteria by earning 48 hours toward a degree in education.

Paraeducators, in South Dakota and surrounding states, are generally site-bound and the distance from their home and workplace to a university makes it difficult to take traditional on-campus classes. BHSU currently collaborates with Northern State University to offer a paraprofessional program through distance learning options. Courses are offered on campus and through distance learning options.

BHSU is also organizing workshops to help the paraprofessionals prepare to take and pass the national Praxis exam by the 2006 deadline which is another way to reach the “highly qualified” status set by the national legislation. BHSU will contract with DIAL, an educational service organization that has already developed and provided this training, to provide these sessions.

The paraeducator program staff members will also work to establish academic credit for paraeducator experience through the development of modules to demonstrate content knowledge.

Simpson has already begun to recruit paraeducators in school districts throughout the state who wish to become highly qualified through the two-year degree option. She will also work with school districts to develop ongoing plans for training, recruitment and retention of paraeducators.

For more information about the Rural Site-Bound Paraeducator Program at BHSU, please contact Simpson by email at PatriciaSimpson@bhsu.edu or call 642-6132 during the day or 722-7850 evenings and weekends. Her office is located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Skywalk, room 203.

Major railroad collection donated to library - top

Bobbi Sago, special collections librarian, mends pages of the "Register of Enginemen at Deadwood,” one piece of a collection of Black Hills Railroad materials recently received by the Case Library at BHSU. The collection was donated by Joseph R. Douda of Westmont, Ill., and includes more than 35 large format drawings and maps and other written documents relating to area railroads. The registers will be microfilmed so the information can be used without further damage to the fragile documents.

Bobbi Sago mends pages of the "Register of Enginemen at Deadwood"

The first installment of what promises to be a very significant collection of Black Hills railroad materials arrived at the Black Hills State University Case Library for Western Historical Studies this summer. The donation comes from Joseph R. Douda of Westmont, Ill., and includes more than 35 large format drawings and maps and other written documents relating to area railroads.

According to David Wolff, associate history professor at BHSU, one of the more interesting maps details the Chicago and Northwestern (C&NW) narrow gauge lines through the Bald Mountain and Ruby Basin mining districts. Drawn by the railroad company in 1914, the map not only highlights the C&NW rail lines, but also the Burlington’s and the area mines.

“This is an invaluable piece for anyone interested in these historic mining regions,” Wolff says.

Another fascinating map details the C&NW rail lines in Rapid City. Stretching for 12 feet, this map shows the main line, sidings and businesses served by the railroad.

Among the written documents is the “Register of Enginemen at Deadwood” from 1927-1958. This is a full record of daily train activity in Deadwood, listing what trains came to town and left, their point of origin or destination, the engines used, and the engineers and firemen involved, on a daily basis. From the pages of this register come the intimate details of railroading in Deadwood over a 31-year period.

The donor of this collection, Douda, has been studying Black Hills railroading for over 50 years. In the process he has collected a massive amount of primary documents about the area railroads. This donation is just one part of his collection. Douda has written two manuscripts on Black Hills railroads but has decided not to publish them at this time. Instead, he is beginning to make his collection available to others.

Wolff went to Illinois this summer to visit with Douda about his collection and to bring back this initial donation. The Case Library is on the second floor of the E. Y. Berry Library Learning Center on the Black Hills State University campus and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Student senate president will give presentation about recent trip to Israel - top

Megan Wyett

Megan Wyett, the student senate president at Black Hills State University, will give a presentation about her recent trip to Israel Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union market place.

Wyett was one of 14 university student senate presidents from eight Midwestern states to spend a week in Israel this summer. The trip was part of the 12th annual Seminar in Israel for University Student Body Presidents hosted by Project Interchange, a division of the American Jewish Committee. The seminar, travel and housing costs for the group were paid for with donations from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and South Dakota state Sen. Stanford M. Adelstein.

The seminar focused on Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip, peace in the Middle East and the Arab-Jewish coexistence. Students met with Israeli and Palestinian policy makers, academic and government officials, journalists, economists, agriculturists, members of the military, students and other citizens at sessions in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Masada.

Wyett, a senior education major from Casper, Wyo., will discuss several topics including the disengagement from the Gaza strip, the statehood of Israel, religion, culture, and her personal reflections on the trip. Wyett will be serving Humus, pita, Israeli chocolates and other various goodies.

For more information contact 642-6378.

BHSU offers workshop to help teachers prepare for fall 2005 SDSMG - top

Black Hills State University will host a free workshop Thursday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon to help teachers prepare for the fall 2005 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG). The workshop will be held in Clare and Josef Meier Hall room 205.

The SDSMG provides course content materials that conform to national standards in economics, math, business education and personal finance. These resources have inspired teachers to integrate the program into classes from fourth grade to college.

“Teachers who use the Stock Market Game will be well-positioned for the South Dakota Board of Education mandate requiring economics and personal finance to be high school graduation requirements as of fall 2006,” Don Altmyer, SDSMG coordinator at BHSU, said.

The SDSMG, the only stock market simulation program endorsed by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education, is an innovative tool that motivates students to build lifelong learning skills. According to Altmyer, teachers of social science, math, business, computers, accounting, personal finance, language arts and gifted studies have successfully integrated the SDSMG into their classes. Last year, nearly 1,000 South Dakota students from 40 schools across the state participated in the program.

The fall 2005 SDSMG will begin Monday, Oct. 3. Registered teams of three or four students will begin with $100,000 in hypothetical “cyber dollars.” These teams will conduct online research and stock trading over a 10-week period using real-time prices. The teams with the highest valued portfolios by Friday, Dec. 9 will receive cash prizes and awards. Prizes will be awarded in three divisions: middle school (grades 4-8), high school and college.

Registration fees are $10 per team. This fee includes all teacher materials, student team materials and support including newsletters with stock market information and a variety of business and economic topics to stimulate student discussion in the classroom. Teachers sponsoring eight or more teams will receive a free eight-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal delivered to their classroom for students to read current news about particular companies and industries.

The registration deadline for the SDSMG is Sunday, Oct. 2. To register visit www.smgww.org and click on the button marked “Register Now.” Then select USA/South Dakota and follow the prompts to enter your school, subject and number of teams.

Sponsors for the SDSMG are the BHSU Center for Economic Education, the Central States Securities Industries Association and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.

For more information about the SDSMG contact Altmyer at 642-6266 or email DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu. See the BHSU Center for Economic Education website at www.bhsu.edu/businesstechnology/cee for sample newsletters, computer requirements, student tutorials about buying and selling stocks online, and other teacher and student resources to easily integrate the program into a variety of subjects and grade levels.

Music faculty member to present recital - top

Dr. Janeen Larsen, pianist, and Dawn Kennedy on violin, will accompany Christopher Hahn in a faculty recital Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall. The recital will feature Hahn on trumpet in solo, duo, and trio settings.

Janeen Larsen, Dawn Kennedy and Christopher Hahn practice for the recital "One...Two...Three"

Black Hills State University music instructor Christopher Hahn will present a recital Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus.

The recital, titled “One….Two….Three,” will feature Hahn on trumpet in solo, duo, and trio settings. Joining Hahn will be pianist Dr. Janeen Larsen, Dawn Kennedy on violin, and Amanda Scott on trumpet. Admission to the recital is free and donations will be taken at the door to support music scholarships at BHSU.

According to Hahn, the concert will feature a cross section of musical styles from the 20th and 21st centuries.

“Most people think of modern music as full of weird, strange noises,” says Hahn, “but much of what was written is very accessible and enjoyable to everyone.”

The recital will include a 1912 cornet solo by virtuoso Herbert L. Clarke and a fiendishly difficult solo work by Malcolm Arnold, a British trumpeter and film composer (Bridge on the River Kwai). There is also a trumpet duet that pits the players against each other in a show of one-upsmanship, and a beautiful trio for trumpet, violin, and piano by New York composer and Juilliard instructor Eric Ewazen.

Larsen, chair of the division of fine and performing arts at BHSU, is well known throughout the area as a classical and jazz pianist. Kennedy, concertmistress of the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, has an active freelance career in the area. Scott, from Custer, is a junior at BHSU studying music and art.

Hahn is the band director at BHSU. Hahn, a California native, received his bachelor’s degree in music history and literature from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. While there he studied with Gilbert Johnson, former principal trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Hahn earned a master’s degree in music history from the University of Wyoming where his principal teachers included Janet Griffith, William Stacy and Ted Lapina.

For more information contact Hahn at 642-6888.

Juneks will lead Swarm Day parade - top

Jerry and Carol JunekJerry and Carol Junek, longtime supporters of the university, have been chosen as Swarm Day parade marshals this year. The annual Black Hills State University homecoming parade is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Homecoming events are scheduled throughout the week at BHSU. The events culminate with the parade, tailgate socials and football game on Saturday. The parade will follow a route that begins at the Young Center parking lot, travels south on St. Joe, turns left on Jackson Boulevard and then turns right on Main Street and ends at Grant Street. Currently there are more than 40 entries registered for the parade.

The Juneks were chosen to lead the parade to recognize their longstanding support of the university and community. Jerry and Carol have both been active in a number of varied community organizations, according to Steve Meeker, director of institutional advancement.

Jerry has lived in Spearfish since 1931 when he moved here with his family from eastern South Dakota at the age of 11. He attended Black Hills Teachers College from 1938-40. Jerry was active in many student activities, played basketball and participated in chorus while attending BHSU. Jerry took the Civil Pilot Training course while attending BHSU, which was useful when he joined the Army Air Force in 1942. After seeing the first B24s come off the line in a plant owned by Henry Ford in Detroit, Jerry served as a crew chief for the B24s with the 29th Bomb Squadron until World War II ended in 1945.

After the war, Jerry continued in the family auto sales business in Spearfish and became an active community and university supporter. Through the years he has served as chairman of the United Methodist Church Building Committee; Chamber of Commerce president; school board president; president of the Green and Gold Club for Black Hills State University, and continues to promote fund raising for athletic scholarships. Jerry received the BHSU Presidential Award and is an honorary member of the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame. He was recognized as the Green and Gold Booster of the Year in 1991. Jerry and his late wife, Betty, received the Spirit of Spearfish award in 1986. Jerry received for his recognition as a 60-year member of the Chamber of Commerce, for the family business.

Carol graduated as a cadet nurse from the Presentation School of Nursing in 1947. She spent most of her professional life working as a librarian, first at the Sturgis Public Library and later as the reference librarian at the Health Sciences Library at Rapid City Regional Hospital. In 1974, Carol was honored as the Librarian of the Year by the South Dakota Library Association and in 1997, the association presented her with the Distinguished Service Award.

Carol was one of the founders of the Sturgis Area Arts Council; served as State Central Committeewoman of her political party; and was a charter member and president of Zonta in Sturgis. She has also served as the United Church Women president; PEO president; president of the South Dakota Library Association and served on the Advisory Boards for Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the Senior Citizens and the South Dakota State Library.

Jerry and Carol (Davis) were married in December 1997 after both had lost longtime spouses.

Black Hills State names homecoming royalty - top

BHSU crowned its 2005 Swarm Day royalty members during a coronation ceremony Thursday night. Royalty, from left to right, are: King Jesse Julius, Queen Emily Varland, Princess Megan Fitzgerald and Prince Blake Schumacher.

Swarm Day king, queen, princess and prince

Jesse Julius, a senior business administration-travel and tourism major from Watertown, and Emily Varland, a senior mass communications major from Gregory, were crowned Swarm Day king and queen during Thursday night’s coronation ceremony at Black Hills State University.

Also honored were Swarm Day prince Blake Schumacher, a sophomore elementary education major from Hot Springs; Swarm Day princess Megan Fitzgerald, a junior social science major from Belle Fourche; Swarm Day mom Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos, BHSU psychology professor, and Swarm Day dad Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, BHSU political science professor.

Other members of the royal court included king candidates Patrick Fink, a senior mass communications major from Sturgis; Seth Gudmunson, a senior communication arts and mass communications-photography major from Watertown; Nicholas Koontz, a senior psychology major from Sturgis; and Joshua Stanton, a senior vocal music major from Miles City, Mont.

Queen candidates were Rachel Braaten, a senior elementary education major from Thermopolis, Wyo.; Nicole Krcil, a senior elementary education major from Wagner; Jessi Moeller, a senior elementary education major from Hartford; and Erin Power, a senior outdoor education major from Bismarck, N.D.

Prince candidates were Joseph Herzog, a sophomore mass communications major from Miles City, Mont.; Joel Sletten, a junior business management major from Irene; and Ian Vytlacil, a sophomore speech/theatre and mass communications major from Box Elder.

Princess candidates were Kelly Kirk, a sophomore history and political science major from Beulah, N.D.; Sara Schafer, a junior speech communication major from Rapid City; and Lily Van Vlack, a junior elementary education major from Rapid City.

Homecoming week activities will conclude Saturday, Sept. 24 with the annual Swarm Day parade at 10:30 a.m. and football game at 1:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Hollywood Homecoming." For more information contact the Swarm Day office at 642-6418.

Winners announced for Swarm Week disc golf tournament - top

Andrew Kliewer watches as Robin Johnson putts during the Swarm Week disc golf tournament this week. Kliewer placed second in the student division. A tournament in honor of the 10th anniversary of the BHSU disc golf course is set for Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 a.m.

Robin Johnson putts one in at the Swarm Week disc golf tournament

Twenty community members and students competed in the annual Swarm Week disc golf tournament at Black Hills State University Thursday.

Winners in the student tournament were: Riley Brenner, a freshman from Sioux Falls, first, with a score of 46; Andrew Kliewer, a sophomore from Rapid City, second, with a score of 47; and Kelly Uttecht, a junior from Huron, third with a score of 47.

The top three placers in the community members tournament were: John Anderson, Rapid City, and Don Altmyer, Spearfish, who tied for first place; Quinton Piekkola from Spearfish placed second with a score of 46; and Riley Brenner from Sioux Falls finished third with a score of 47. The top players in each division received prizes from the BHSU Bookstore funded by the Swarm Days Committee.

A tournament in honor of the 10th anniversary of the BHSU disc golf course is set for Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. For more information contact Altymer at 642-6266.

Other students who took part in the tournament included: Christopher Braddy, a freshman from Rapid City with a score of 49; Robin "Brice" Johnson, a senior from Sheridan, Wyo., with a score of 49; Jason Scott, a senior from Redfield, with a score of 51; Tyler Voorhees, a junior from Tulare with a score of 55; Cody Stoner, a junior from Tulare with a score of 56; Nick Harford, a junior from Redfield with a score of 56; Dan Maher, a junior from Rapid City with a score of 57; Will Prentice, a sophomore from Spearfish with a score of 58; and Andrew Hatlestad, a junior from Baltic with a score of 59.

Others competing in the community disc golf tournament were: Dave Meddings from Lead with a score of 52; Tony Spelsen from Spearfish with a score of 52; Will Prentice from Spearfish with a score of 55; and Adam Rydavist from Spearfish with a score of 57.

Japanese students complete exchange program at BHSU - top

Gifu City Women's College students, who spent 16 days at Black Hills State University this summer, visit the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery during one of many field trips. The students completed course work in English as a second language and Black Hills history.

Gifu City Women's College students visit the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery

A group of 23 Japanese students from Gifu City Women’s College recently completed a 16-day exchange program on the campus of Black Hills State University.

According to Dr. Roger Miller, coordinator for the program and geography professor at BHSU, plans are being made for BHSU students to travel to Japan next summer. He noted that the students will have the opportunity to sample the hospitality supplied by hosts in Japan because they will stay in private homes.

Miller traveled to Gifu City early this summer to meet the 23 girls who later came to BHSU as a part of the Gifu Exchange Program. The Gifu students arrived on the BHSU campus Aug. 4 and lived in Pangburn Hall for most of their stay. While at BHSU, the Gifu students took classes for credit in English as a Second Language and history of the Black Hills.

The group also participated in two major field trips: one to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where a powwow and horseback riding were highlights of the day; and one to the Southern Hills with visits to Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Wild Horse Sanctuary. The students also participated in two experiences unique to the Black Hills region: a hike to the top of Bear Butte and a stop in Sturgis during the annual motorcycle rally. The group visited the Black Hills Mining Museum and had the opportunity to pan for gold. Miller noted that a visit to the Passion Play, where the students participated in the event as extras, was also a popular event. Other activities included a trained dog demonstration and a hike around the base of Devil's Tower in Wyoming.

The exchange program also offered the Gifu students a chance to experience everyday life with several local families during a three-day homestay.

“Staying with local families left permanent positive impressions with the girls as well as the local families,” Miller said. He added that meals provided at local homes provided a look at many American cuisines and gave the students the opportunity to see how South Dakotans live and eat.

BHSU community invited to volunteer for the Mt. Rushmore Marathon and Crazy Horse Half Marathon - top

The 27th running of the Mt. Rushmore Marathon and Crazy Horse Half Marathon is under new management this year with aspirations to make the event one of the premier destination marathons in the country.

The revamped event, scheduled for Oct. 7-9, will provide a festive atmosphere and, with community support, has the potential to include more than 5,000 participants over the next 10 years.

Sponsors, volunteers and participants are needed according to John Rounds, sponsorship coordinator. He noted that 50 percent of all cash sponsorship goes directly to the United Way of the Black Hills. Volunteers are needed to help out at aide stations, packet pickup, setup, teardown, chip collection, traffic control, etc Participation opportunities range from a kids fun run Sunday morning in Hill City, 5K run/walk, half marathon, marathon, and marathon relay.

Additionally, people are encouraged to participate in the “United We Stand” competition. This award will be given to the business, group or organization with the highest number of participants. The winner will receive $500 donated to the United Way of the Black Hills in their name, recognition on the website and at the awards ceremony.

For more information see www.MtRushmoreMarathon.com or call 331-0030.

Graduate Council minutes - top

The BHSU Graduate Council met Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 104.

Present were: Siemens, Dana, Fuller, Austin, Ahmad, Earley, McGrath, Bukralia, Molseed, and Andersen. B. Smith and MacKaben were absent.

Chair welcomed new members Siemens, McGrath, Bukralia, and Andersen.

The council discussed and made changes to the operational guidelines for 2005-06. A motion was made, seconded,
and approved to adopt guidelines as amended.

Approval of new graduate faculty

The council approved the following as new permanent graduate faculty:

  • Nancy Hall
  • Amin Sarkar
  • Parasarathi Nag
  • Patricia Simpson
  • Rajeev Bukralia
  • Michelle Hovland
  • Mary Husemann

Judy Neighbours was approved as temporary graduate faculty.

Reports on the degrees

  • Master of Science in Business Services Management - Dana reported that last year the College of Business reviewed the graduate program and put new goals in place. The number of currently enrolled students is 16 and there are two graduate assistants for this year.
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - Molseed reported that the MSCI program continues to grow. There are six cohorts with two online, two on campus and two off campus. The total number of enrolled students is 80 plus. BHSU is in the preliminary stages of reviewing adding a masters in math/science or adding it to the MSCI. Molseed also thanked the new reference librarian, Alicia Caldanaro, and Rajeev Bukralia for their help with the MSCI students.
  • Master of Science in Integrative Genomics - Siemens reported that he and Dr. Downing had rewritten the
    intent to plan and were working with Dr. Paul Gough from the central office to move the program forward.

Employee tuition reduction

Chair reported that there had been a request that the council recommend to the vice president for academic affairs that the issue of employee tuition reduction for state employees taking internet courses be reviewed and if possible changed to reduce any inequities in rates so state employees could be encouraged to take more graduate courses. A motion was made, seconded, and passed.

Report by new library director Rajeev Bukralia

Bukralia spent about 10 minutes discussing his views on what the state of the library was and his vision of its future. He indicated that he was willing to work with faculty and students to support the mission of the university and also to improve the library. He also indicated he is willing to work with distance learning faculty and students.

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