Volume XXIX, No. 40 • Oct. 14, 2005


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Royer to serve as guest conductor during several events this fall - top

Randall Royer
Royer

This fall Dr. Randall Royer, associate professor of music at Black Hills State University, will serve as the guest conductor for a South Dakota high school honors band, the Powder River Symphony, and a Wyoming high school music clinic.

Royer will be the guest conductor for the Region VII high school honors band concert Monday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kadoka High School in Kadoka. The honors band, consisting of select musicians from Kadoka, Philip, Wall, Bennett County, White River, Stanley County, and Lyman County, will play music by Swearingen, Strommen, Glover, and Custer.

Royer will then serve as the first of four guest conductors for the Powder River Symphony Orchestra of Gillette, Wyo., as the symphony searches for a new permanent conductor. Royer will serve as the symphony’s guest conductor during the first concert of their new season Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the CAM-PLEX Heritage Center in Gillette. The concert will feature the music of Holst, Moussorgsky, Sibelius, Berlioz, and Gershwin in a night of “Celestial Offerings.” For more information contact the Powder River Symphony at 307-660-0919 or visit their website at www.prs.vcn.com.

For the third time in eight years Royer will be the guest conductor for the Wyoming Northeast District high school music clinic in Douglas, Wyo. The two-day event begins Friday, Nov. 18 and culminates with a concert Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Douglas High School gymnasium. Royer will be conducting the symphonic band, consisting of over 150 select high school musicians from the northeast corner of Wyoming. High schools from Buffalo, Casper, Douglas, Gillette, Moorcroft, Newcastle, Sheridan, and Sundance will be represented. The performance will include music by Huckeby, Barnes, Houseknecht, and Hanssen.

Royer, who has been a member of the BHSU music department faculty since 1997, originally came to the university as a woodwind specialist and band director. He now teaches various music courses and directs the BHSU Jazz Ensemble and the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence at BHSU.


Chrysler presents at Information Systems Education national conference - top

Earl Chrysler
Chrysler

Dr. Earl Chrysler, professor in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, recently presented his paper “Using Decision Tree Analysis to Develop an Expert System” at the Information Systems Education national conference in Columbus, Ohio.

The paper, which will appear in the refereed proceedings of the conference, demonstrates a methodology to develop an expert system, an interactive computer system that helps a user solve a problem or provides a recommended course of action for the user.

According to Chrysler, the development of an expert system typically requires a two-member team: the knowledge engineer and the expert. An expert is a person with specialized knowledge in an area that would be helpful to others. A knowledge engineer is a person who is knowledgeable in a software package known as an expert system “shell.” The knowledge engineer interviews the expert and analyzes how the expert goes about making decisions in a specific area. The engineer then develops the rules followed by the expert in reaching a decision and incorporates them into a knowledge base.

While reviewing the available literature in the area of expert systems, Chrysler noted that while several articles could be found that demonstrated the use and effectiveness of expert systems, there was no discussion as to a methodology that could or should be used to develop an expert system.

During his review of the various methods used to determine an approach to logically analyze the results of sequential decision-making, Chrysler noted that a popular and efficient method frequently used in this type of situation was the decision tree method. His paper demonstrates the use of this method to develop an expert system and suggests that this method should be considered by knowledge engineers.

Chrysler received his master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and his doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.


Co-owner of Rapid City advertising agency to speak to BHSU students - top

Bill Fleming, co-owner of Hot Pink Ink, an advertising agency located in Rapid City, will speak to Black Hills State University students Thursday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Fleming’s presentation will focus on how to develop a successful marketing campaign. While the presentation will be geared toward those in the areas of business, art and mass communications, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Fleming has more than 33 years of experience in the advertising industry. He has worked for advertising agencies in Maryland and was communications director for the United Farm Workers Union under Caesar Chavez. He and his wife, Susan Turnbull, currently own and operate Hot Pink Ink.

The presentation is sponsored by Bullseye Advertising Agency, a BHSU student organization. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Lyle Hare Stadium will open during specified hours - top

Beginning Monday, Oct. 17, Lyle Hare Stadium at Black Hills State University will open during specified hours to accommodate walkers. Weather permitting, the new hours for the stadium will be Monday through Friday 6 to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to dusk as well as Saturday and Sunday 8 to 10 a.m.

Lyle Hare Stadium was closed last week to protect the newly resurfaced football field. The condition of the field and the new policy will be reviewed again next spring.

“Last week’s closure was not intended to keep our walking community away,” Steve Meeker, athletic director and vice president of institutional advancement said. “The stadium was closed to reduce traffic on the playing field.”

Over the summer the football field was removed, recrowned and replaced with a new sod surface. The track, which was originally laid down in late 1975, was replaced with a new eight-lane Recotan track surface.

To protect the new surface, only junior varsity and varsity high school football games and college football games will be allowed on the field for competition this fall. No other games or activities, including public school activities and Sunday pick-up games will be allowed on the field.

For more information on the new Lyle Hare Stadium policy, contact Meeker at 642-6228 or Teri Royer, director of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, at 642-6630.


New process announced by Faculty Research Committee - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office website.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for research equipment, travel to research sites, support for the production of creative work, or release time for research or creative work. Preference is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities.

The committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Applicants are encouraged to review submission requirements, and to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. Committee members are Steve Andersen, Dan Bergey, Dorothy Fuller, Vincent King, Tim Molseed, Rob Schurrer, David Siemens, Sheng Yang, and Kathleen Parrow, chair.

Applications to be considered at the next meeting need to be submitted to the Grants Office by Wednesday, Oct. 26. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis with additional deadlines of Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005, and Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006.

Proposals are now being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email and send it to PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu; however, a signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall 309.


Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Thursday, Oct. 13. 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.

Computer Systems Research (NSF)

Computer systems are ubiquitous, and society is increasingly dependent on them. They range from microprocessors embedded in automobiles and appliances to worldwide grids of advanced processors, storage, graphics devices, and instruments interconnected by high-speed networks. They are controlled by systems software, which has two main roles: manage the underlying hardware resources, and provide abstractions and services that facilitate the implementation and execution of application programs. However, too often, computer systems fail, become compromised, or perform poorly. Moreover, they have become increasingly large and complex, thereby compounding problems.

Addressing these challenges requires major advances in systems software. The Computer Systems Research (CSR) program supports innovative research and education projects that have the potential to: lead to significant improvements in existing computer systems by increasing our fundamental understanding of such systems; produce systems software that is qualitatively and quantitatively more reliable and more efficient; and/or produce innovative curricula or educational materials that better prepare the next generation of computing professionals. The CSR program is also interested in projects that expand the capabilities of existing systems by exploiting the potential of new technologies or by developing innovative new ways to use existing technologies. Projects supported will strive to make significant progress on challenging, high-impact problems--as opposed to incremental progress on familiar problems--and will have a credible plan for demonstrating the utility and potential impact of the proposed work.

Deadline: Nov. 11, 2005. The link to the full announcement can be found at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-629/Grant.html.


Healthy Behaviors in Women (DHH)

The goal of this program is to develop and demonstrate creative and innovative approaches that are effective in reducing the prevalence of overweight/obesity in women by increasing the number of women who adopt positive, healthy, lifestyles. The interventions implemented must be substantive in nature, incorporate nutrition, physical activity and health/wellness components, while also positively impacting knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. These approaches should target women in communities who have limited access to preventive health services, and when appropriate linked to other relevant services to comprehensively address their health needs. Proposals must include women who are members of racial ethnic minority populations who are disproportionately affected by overweight/obesity.

Deadline: Dec. 2, 2005. For more information and application instructions see https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/SFO.asp?ID=5B56A976-9C6E-4DF6-A697-8E03453090B3.


NEA Literature Fellowships/Translation Projects (NEA)

National Endowment for the Arts announces fellowships to exceptionally talented, published translators. Projects for the specific translation of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English will be supported. NEA encourages translations of writers and of work which are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of published literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not yet been translated into English.
Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.

Deadline: Jan. 9, 2006. The link to the full announcement can be found at NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects, FY 2007.


We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions, and Culture (NEH)

As part of its We the People initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities invites proposals for challenge grants designed to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for humanities activities that explore significant themes and events in American history, thereby advancing knowledge of the founding principles of the United States in their full historical and institutional context.

Grants may be used to support long-term costs such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, acquisitions, and conservation of collections. Grants may also be used to establish or enhance endowments that generate expendable earnings for program activities.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2006. The link to the full announcement can be found at We the People Challenge Grants for United States History, Institutions, and Culture.


Scientific Computing Research Environments for the Mathematical Sciences (NSF)

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation plans a limited number of awards for the support of computing environments for research in the mathematical sciences. Scientific Computing Research Environments for the Mathematical Sciences (SCREMS) proposals are for computing environments dedicated to research in the mathematical sciences. Proposals may request support for the purchase of computing equipment and limited support for professional systems administrators or programmer personnel for research computing needs. These grants are intended to support research projects of high quality that require access to advanced computing resources. Requests for routine upgrades of standard desk-environment workstations or laptop computers are not appropriate for this program. Awards are made to provide support for specific research projects rather than to provide general computing capacity. Proposers are encouraged to include projects involving symbolic and algebraic computations, numerical computations and simulations, and graphical representations (visualization) in aid of the research.

Deadline: Jan. 26, 2006. Access to the complete announcement can be found at NSF Publication 05-627.


Emerging Models and Technologies for Computation (NSF)

The EMT program of the National Science Foundation seeks to advance the fundamental capabilities of computer and information sciences and engineering by capitalizing on advances and insights from areas such as biological systems, quantum phenomena, nanoscale science and engineering, and other novel computing concepts. To bring fundamental changes to software, hardware and architectural design aspects of future computing models, collaborations among computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, biologists and other disciplinary scientists are imperative. Research of interest should move beyond evolutionary technological advances to innovations that enable fundamentally different ways of computing. These innovations should promise much higher speeds/chip densities or should solve more complex problems than traditional approaches currently permit. The EMT program supports cross- and inter-disciplinary research and education projects that explore ideas, theory and experiments which go beyond conventional wisdom and venture into a range of uncharted territories in order to advance computing capabilities, and/or that produce innovative curricula or educational materials to help advance the training of new experts in emerging computing models and technologies. Explicit efforts will be made to support untested theories and approaches that provide plausible but high-risk opportunities. Proposals that are not clearly collaborative and/or interdisciplinary in nature are likely to be less competitive.

Deadline: Feb. 7, 2006. See NSF Publication 05-626 for the full announcement.


Environmental Education Grants Program for 2006 (EPA)

This document solicits grant proposals through the Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Education Grant Program, Office of Environmental Education, to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop aware and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. This grant program provides financial support for projects which design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques as described in this notice. This solicitation notice contains all the information and forms necessary to prepare a proposal. If your project is selected as a finalist after the evaluation process is concluded, EPA will provide you with additional federal forms and requests for any other information needed to process your proposal.

Deadline: Nov. 23, 2005. The full announcement is available at Environmental Education Grants Program Solicitation Notice for 2006.


Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (USDA)

The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the Department of Agriculture requests applicatons for the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (HEC) for fiscal year 2006 to stimulate and enable colleges and universities to provide the quality of education necessary to produce baccalaurate or higher degree level graduates capable of strengthening the nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. The purpose of HEC is to strengthen institutional capabilities to improve teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences or in rural economic, community and business development, including curriculum, faculty, scientific instrumentation, instructional delivery systems, and student recruitment and retention, to respond to identified State, regional, national or international educational needs.

Deadline: Feb. 2, 2006. The full announcement is available at www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/USDA/CSREES/OEP/USDA-GRANTS-092605-004/Grant.html.


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