Volume XXIX, No. 44 • Nov. 10, 2005

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Meyers named Writer-in-Residence at Black Hills State University - top

Kent Meyers, BHSU English professor and accomplished author, was recently named a Writer-in-Residence at the university by BHSU President Dr. Thomas Flickema. A devoted writer for 25 years, Meyers has published many articles and short stories, as well as four books that have earned him national recognition.

Kent Meyers sitting at his computer

Kent Meyers, Black Hills State University English professor and accomplished author, has been named a Writer-in-Residence at the university, Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU, recently announced.

“This appointment recognizes the widespread acclaim bestowed upon Professor Meyers for his extraordinary achievements in the field of literature,” Flickema said. “The Black Hills State University community takes pride in Kent Meyers’ achievements.”

Meyers, who has been a faculty member at BHSU since 1980, has published many articles and short stories, as well as four books that have earned him well-deserved national recognition. (See below for a list of books as well as honors and awards.)

Humble about his achievements, Meyers is honored by the Writer-In-Residence designation. The designation will reduce Meyers’ teaching load and provide him with additional writing opportunities as well as more time to do research and present at writing conferences and workshops in the state and nation.

Meyers, a dedicated writer who is working on several new writing projects including another novel, says he is uncertain what the future holds but is confident that this designation will create positive opportunities in the future.

“This will open all sorts of doors for me. What are the possibilities? I’m not sure. It’s unknown, highly significant and kind of frightening. It’s a remarkable thing; and I know it will lead to things I haven’t even imagined yet. It will make a big difference in how much I can write and what I can write. It will give me the opportunity to explore possibilities,” Meyers says.

He notes that once the position takes shape, it will offer increased opportunities to write and be available to assist aspiring student writers in their projects. He says that it may also offer an opportunity to extend the writing program on campus as well as opportunities for writing workshops in the region, state and nation.

On a practical level, the designation means a different day-to-day schedule which will allow the research and writing time necessary to complete additional projects. Meyers has mixed feelings about the fact that the designation will decrease the amount of time he spends in the classroom but is looking forward to committing more time to writing projects. He is an excellent teacher as evidenced by the fact that he has been chosen as distinguished faculty member by both the faculty senate and the student senate.

“I like to teach. It’s always been my career. But once you start to write and do it well, you find your energy from writing,” Meyers says. Meyers will continue to teach several writing courses including an advanced creative writing course, a literature of the American West course, an environment and literature course and a composition course, on a rotating schedule.

A devoted writer for the past 25 years, Meyers writes daily for three hours before coming to campus. He disciplines himself to write at least two pages every day whether he feels like writing or not. However, finding time for research has been difficult and Meyers is looking forward to a reduced class load that will allow him time to conduct research needed for future writing projects. He noted that a recent sabbatical leave allowed him time to conduct research, including reading 40-50 books and traveling to Germany, needed to write his latest novel, The Work of Wolves.

Although writer-in-residence programs are fairly common at other universities in the nation, Meyers’ designation as Writer-in-Residence at BHSU is the first of its kind at the university and unique in many ways. According to Dr. Dean Myers, vice president of academic affairs at BHSU, it’s quite unusual for an author who has been teaching at a university for many years to receive such a designation. Usually the position is reserved for well-known writers who have achieved great writing status in the literary field.

“That Kent Meyers was chosen as our Writer-in-Residence while teaching is a testament to his great literary achievements. Kent is an excellent author and educator. I know that Kent will make the most of this position by representing Black Hills State University wherever he goes and dedicating his time and energy to writing and encouraging other writers,” the vice president for academic affairs says.

Meyers, who presents at many writing workshops and meetings throughout the year, sees this change as an opportunity to increase the time spent at these types of events. Just recently he was asked to make a class presentation at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota – Morris, and was also a keynote reader and presenter at the University of South Dakota. He also has plans to attend and present at numerous writing conferences throughout the country. In the last year he has made many presentations throughout South Dakota because his latest novel was chosen to receive the state’s One-Book designation. He was also a featured speaker at the Bookfest in Deadwood this fall. Meyers was also recently chosen as one of very few authors to serve as a faculty working with master of fine arts students for Pacific Lutheran University.

“All of these types of activities are good for Black Hills State University,” said the vice president of academic affairs. “There is a real value in having Kent Meyers represent the university. He’s well known in state, regional and national writing circles and will bring high recognition for the university as well.”

Although Meyers is still wrestling with what the Writer-in-Residence designation will ultimately mean, he is confident the position will evolve in a positive way for the university, the students he works with, and his writing career.

Meyers is currently working on a project that brings back one character, the sheriff, from his most recent novel, The Work of Wolves. The new novel is actually a series of short stories told from the perspective of many different people in the community which tells the life story of a young girl who is murdered. The setting of the story remains in the fictional small rural community that was used in his most recent novel.

“By the end of the story, I hope I’ve told her whole story from birth to age 20,” Meyers says. “Artistically this project is a risk because I’m trying to see how few words I can use and still have a novel.”

Meyers is currently on the second draft of this novel and expects to be through a third draft by this fall.

“After that you just never know. It’s a real crap shoot. Even though the publishers have been very supportive, before the book is published it goes on to editors, marketing committees and others. There’s a chance it won’t be accepted at all. It’s a different kind of book and won’t have the narrative appeal of The Work of Wolves,” Meyers says. “I’ve been writing for 25 years, and still you never really know what will happen with the manuscript. That’s how fiction writing should be. I don’t think I could ever write for hire under a contract. The unknown aspect leaves me free to write what I want.”

It’s a safe assumption that what Meyers wants to write is what the editors will want to continue to publish and what readers are eagerly awaiting to read.

Kent Meyers' honors:

  • Meyers has taught English composition, creative writing and literature at BHSU for the last 25 years. He was named Distinguished Faculty Member by the BHSU Faculty Senate in 2001. He was selected by the BHSU Student Senate to be honored as Outstanding Faculty Member in 1992.
  • Meyers has served as an Artist-in-the-Schools for the South Dakota Arts Council, was awarded the distinction of South Dakota Writer of the Year by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, served on the South Dakota Arts Council’s Arts in Education Committee, and has made numerous presentations and readings to local, state, and regional groups.
  • Meyers grew up on a small farm in southwest Minnesota, the third of nine children, and attended the University of Minnesota, Morris, and Washington State University. In addition to teaching and writing, Meyers has worked as a farmer, school bus driver, carpenter, canning factory worker and writing center director.
  • Meyers’ latest novel, The Work of Wolves, published by Harcourt, Inc., in 2004, received national and regional awards including The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, an American Library Association Alex Award, a New York Times Library Association Award, the Christian Science Monitor’s “25 Best Novels of 2004” list, a Minnesota Book Award in adult fiction, and the “One Book South Dakota” designation from the South Dakota Center For the Book.
  • Meyers’ book of short stories, Light In the Crossing, was published in 1999 by St. Martin’s Press. The New York Times named it as a Notable Book of the Year.
  • Also in 1999, Harcourt-Brace published a paperback edition of The River Warren, which had been published originally in hardcover by the Hungry Mind/Ruminator Press in 1998. The River Warren was named a “Notable Paperback” by the New York Times in 1999, and was a finalist in both the Barnes and Noble “Discover Series” Awards and the Society of Midland Authors Literary Awards.
  • In 1998, the University of Minnesota Press published Meyers’ The Witness of Combines, a collection of essays about community and family life that earned The Friends of American Writers designation as the Best Book of the Year, a finalist position in the PEN-West Literary Awards, and a Minnesota Book Award for Best Book in the memoir category.
  • In addition to his book publications, Meyers has published dozens of short stories and essays in prestigious literary journals, including The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The South Dakota Review, and others. He has been awarded prizes for his writing from The Southern Humanities Review, The Minnesota Monthly, The Black Warrior Review, and the National Association of University Magazines. He has had stories nominated for O’Henry Awards, has been listed in the “100 Best Stories Of the Year” Section of Best American Short Stories, and has had stories anthologized in The Best Of the West series.

Cremean named to executive council for the Western Literature Association - top

Dr. David Cremean

Dr. David Cremean, assistant humanities professor at Black Hills State University, was elected to a three-year term on the executive council for the Western Literature Association (WLA) at the association’s 40th annual meeting recently held in Los Angeles.

While attending the conference, Cremean also chaired a panel on film and presented his essay “White Russians versus Sarsparillas: The Big Lebowski as Drunken and Sober (New?) Western.”

In the essay, Cremean argued that one way to view the film The Big Lebowski is as an end-of-the Western, a particular parodic type in which its structure, character types, and plot elements emphasize its link to traditional Western movies.

The international WLA, made up of academics, writers, environmentalists, teachers, humorists and activists, is the preeminent scholarly organization focusing on Western American literature. The 19 members of the association’s executive council develop and revise organizational policy and select sites for the annual conferences. The 2006 conference is scheduled to be held in Boise, Idaho.

Cremean received his master’s degree in English from the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.

Klarenbeek presents at two national health education meetings - top

Sandy Klarenbeek

Sandy Klarenbeek, health instructor at Black Hills State, recently presented at two national health education gatherings in Burbank, Calif.

Klarenbeek teamed up with Nancy Hudson to present a training session entitled “Dissecting the Prompt” at the Chief Council of State School Officers/State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards/Health Education Assessment Project meeting. Klarenbeek serves as a steering committee member for the group.

“This is an activity I do in my methods class to develop the skills to identify what will be assessed in student work,” Klarenbeek said. “Students practice scoring actual student work with rubrics and skill cue cards. It is a valuable learning experience for pre-service teachers and practicing teachers.”

The four-day professional development meeting also included a demonstration of the final version of a searchable assessment item database which has been in the development process for the past six years. According to Klarenbeek, the searchable database is aligned to health education standards and will be a very valuable tool for practicing health teachers. She said the next step is to make the database available through the web and help teachers with on-line assessment.

Another professional development component was the distance learning initiative which will help deliver health education standards and assessment in-service training. Klarenbeek noted that this has vast potential for states like South Dakota, which have great distances for people to travel for face-to-face training.

Klarenbeek also attended the American School Health Association (ASHA) annual meeting in Burbank. The theme for this conference was “Supersize Prevention: Obesity, Diabetes and Other Critical Issues.”

Klarenbeek conducted a breakout session titled “Diabetes Self-Management, Motivational Training,” which was an interactive session with the participants directly involved in hands-on activities that can be used in training and working with diverse populations.

The closing activity Klarenbeek modeled was “making rain.” Through this activity, the participants were encouraged to associate the “power” of a rainstorm to the “power” individuals have in making healthy decisions and working together.

Klarenbeek, who has a bachelor’s degree from Westmar College and a master’s degree from South Dakota State University, has worked as a consultant with the state school health offices for the past 15 years. She is a trainer for many of the programs and workshops offered by the state. Klarenbeek previously taught in the Spearfish School District and was the school safe and drug free coordinator. She joined the BHSU faculty in 2001.

Ochse will sign copies of his book The Civic Literature of Walt Whitman - top

Dr. Roger Ochse

A book signing by Dr. Roger Ochse, Black Hills State University humanities professor, will be held Monday, Nov. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. He will be signing copies of his book The Civic Literature of Walt Whitman.

Ochse’s book is seen as a breakthrough study updating the often stereotyped views of America’s poet, Walt Whitman. Through a discussion of Whitman's poetry and prose, Ochse identifies the poet as a center of our American ideals and a primal source for civic action. Examined works include: Song of Myself, a poem that explores the relationship between the individual and society; the preface to Leaves of Grass, Whitman’s civic manifesto; and Wound-Dresser, a poem of national healing. Also included are A Guide for Teachers of Middle and High School Students and A Whitman Anthology.

Ochse has written a variety of articles concerning Shakespeare, writing instruction and critical thinking. His writings have been featured in For All Time: Critical Issues Teaching Shakespeare, The Journal of Teaching Writing, and California English. He is also the author of Walt Whitman: A Study in Democratic Thought.

Ochse received his bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College, his master’s degree in English and American literature from the University of Rochester, and his Ph.D. in adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1993.

The book signing, sponsored by the BHSU Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy, is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact George Earley at 642-6270 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

“Mix It Up” event will be held to promote global awareness - top

The Global Awareness Committee at Black Hills State University will be sponsoring a “Mix It Up” event for the university Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union foyer from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Food and culture from several different countries will be shared. "Mix It Up" is a national event to celebrate human differences. It is described as a proactive way to eliminate racism and was founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

According to Micheline Hickenbotham, co-chair of the Global Awareness Committee, the event is designed to promote knowledge of international cultures and intercultural communication.

“As the call came in to invite schools around the nation to ‘bring down the wall of racism,’ our committee discussed the opportunity to merge the International Food Tasting Day and the ‘Mix It Up Lunch Day’ into one event,” Hickenbotham explains. She said booths will represent several different countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Ghana, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and Russia. Each country will be featured on a poster created by students in the Secondary Social Studies class instructed by Lennis Larson. Faculty and students will bring ethnic food samples, artifacts, music and videos.

Hickenbothom noted that, according to the research conducted by Southern Poverty Law School, a majority of students nationwide are quick to put people in categories. Approximately 40 percent said that they had rejected someone from another group, and one-third said it’s hard to become friends with people in different groups. Organizers hope this event will help students take a fresh look at their school environment and make the campus a welcoming and safe place where students succeed socially and academically.

For more information contact Micheline Hickenbotham at 642-6073.

BHSU will host annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet - top

Black Hills State University will host the annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is a unique event in which participants are served meals based on world income percentages – 15 percent high income, 25 percent middle income, and 60 percent low income. Each participant is assigned a role in a high-, middle- or low-income class. The upper 15 percent of the participants will enjoy a gourmet meal; 25 percent will receive a simple meal of rice and beans, and 60 percent will share rice and water.

Laura Campbell, lay minister from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, will serve as master of ceremonies (M.C.) for the evening.

The banquet’s mission is to help people become more aware of the existence of hunger and poverty in the world. It also serves as a fundraiser, accepting “admission gifts” of food and money to help in the fight against world hunger.

Oxfam America is an international development and relief agency committed to finding lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice. Oxfam collaborates with local organizations to help people identify and address the root causes of poverty, and challenges the national and international laws that reinforce them. Currently Oxfam and its affiliates work in more than 120 countries worldwide.

The Oxfam Banquet at BHSU is sponsored by United Ministries, the BHSU Global Awareness committee, the University Programming (UP) Team and OASIS. Admission is three food items for the United Ministries food pantry or a monetary donation to Oxfam to help fight world hunger.

Reservations are requested but not required. Those wishing to attend the banquet may sign up in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus Monday, Nov. 14 through Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information call the United Ministries Office at 642-6556 or email JeanneHiggins@bhsu.edu.

Superintendent of Custer State Park will lecture in tourism management class - top

Richard Miller, superintendent of Custer State Park, will present a guest lecture in Dr. Dan Spencer’s Tourism Management (THM 410) class Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 301. He will speak about management and policy issues facing Custer State Park. All interested members of the BHSU community are invited to attend.

Linda Kay Williams Scholarship will support non-traditional female college students - top

Nancy Hendricks (center), a senior Black Hills State University education major from Wilmot, is the first recipient of the Linda Kay Williams Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Linda’s family members including her sons, Tristen (left) and Trevor (right); her husband, Gene. Linda was pursuing a business degree from BHSU prior to being diagnosed with cancer. She passed away in 2004; however, the scholarship established in her name will provide financial assistance for other women pursuing a dream of a college degree.

Nancy Hendricks with Tristen and Trevor Williams

The recently established Linda Kay Williams Scholarship will support non-traditional female students pursuing a college degree at Black Hills State University.

The scholarship, established by the family of Linda Kay (Hibbert) Williams, from Interior, will be awarded annually. An endowment has also been established so this scholarship will continue in perpetuity.

Linda was working toward a degree in business through the Rapid City campus of Black Hills State University prior to being diagnosed with cancer in July of 2003. She passed away from complications related to lymphoma in August of 2004. Her wish was that memorial money given in her name be used to help other women attain their goal of earning a college degree.

Family members who helped make this wish a reality include her two sons, Tristen and Trevor; her husband, Gene; her mother, Kathryn Hibbert; her brother, Dewayne Hibbert; and her sisters, Janet Ryan and Nancy Hibbert.

Earlier this year, Linda's grandmother, Marie Stoneall, passed away, and a portion of her memorial was also contributed to the Linda Kay Williams fund.

According to Gene, Linda’s life was dedicated to helping others in a variety of ways.

"The main thing Linda tried to do throughout her life was to help others. Whether it was by working with pre-schoolers in a story-hour class to promote interest in reading; working with elected officials through Women Involved in Farm Economics to help them understand the needs of people in agriculture; or helping adults learn how to use their computers so they could e-mail their grandchildren and keep up on the world around them, Linda tried to help however she could,” says Gene. “Her family and friends all recognized this as a very special gift that Linda shared with all of us. This scholarship is intended to help other women who have that same interest in making the world a better place. The scholarship award is a financial recognition for their efforts."

The $500 scholarship will be awarded annually. Recipients must be a female student age 25 or older. Preference is given to students coming from farm or ranch families. No specific area of study is required nor does a minimum grade point average need to be met; however, the recipient must provide one letter of recommendation from an employer, member of the clergy, or professional reference indicating that the student is serious about obtaining a college degree.

BHSU students earn top recognition at conference - top

A presentation by two Black Hills State University students was recently chosen as one of the top 10 presentations at a regional residence life conference.

Theresa Mutter, a senior political science and mass communications major from Oehningen, Germany, who is the BHSU residence hall association vice president, and Brandon Schumacher, a sophomore mass communications major from Edgemont, who is serving as the BHSU residence hall association president, gave a leadership presentation called “Flaunting Your Feathers.” The presentation outlined how classifying participants’ leadership styles into one of four categories named for birds (dove, owl, peacock or eagle) can be useful to make the most of leadership strengths in different people.

Based upon participants' evaluations, the BHSU students’ presentation earned "Top-10" program honors from among the 82 presentations. With this honor, the BHSU students were asked to present their program a second time at the conference, allowing more than 100 participants to experience their presentation.

The students, along with Jennifer Butler, program assistant for residence life at BHSU, attended the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) meeting in Lincoln, Neb. Other BHSU students who attended the conference included: Amber Faiman, a junior psychology major from Rapid City; Bethany Peter, a freshman education major from Elk Point; Danielle Birdsall, a sophomore business major from Sully Buttes; Hilary Satrang, a junior mass communications major from Rapid City; Diana Sletten, a junior wellness major from Sturgis; Tiffanie Gebhart, a sophomore business major from Lemmon; Joe Herzog, a sophomore mass communications major from Ismay, Mont.; Josh Peters, as sophomore outdoor education major from Craig, Colo.; Ben Cerwinske, a sophomore education major from Sioux Falls; Benjamin Farber, a freshman business major from Glendive, Mont.; and Blake Schumacher, a sophomore education major from Hot Springs. Butler serves as the advisor to the Residence Hall Association on the BHSU campus.

“We are very proud of Theresa and Brandon. It is an honor to be named Top 10 and for them to accomplish that task at their first MACURH conference is amazing,” Butler said.

MACURH is comprised of residence hall associations from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is one of eight regions of national college and university residence hall associations. According to Butler, the BHSU residence life program has just begun participating in the regional and national events.

Black Hills State junior wins tuition in the Taco Bell Kick for Cash - top

Matt Oliver (center), a junior physical education major at Black Hills State University, accepts a check for next semester’s tuition from Shelly Thompson Fremo, general manager of the Spearfish Taco Bell, and Steve Meeker, BHSU athletic director and vice president of institutional advancement. Oliver received the tuition check for successfully kicking a 35-yard field goal during the Taco Bell Kick for Cash at a recent BHSU football game.

Matt Oliver receives his Taco Bell Kick for Cash tuition check from Shelly Thompson Fremo and Steve Meeker

Matt Oliver, a junior physical education major at Black Hills State University, has next semester’s tuition covered thanks to the Taco Bell Kick for Cash promotion held during Yellow Jacket football games.

During halftime of the recent BHSU football game against the University of Mary, Oliver, a Rapid City native, was selected to attempt a 35-yard field goal for free tuition courtesy of Taco Bell. Oliver’s successful field goal attempt marks the first win since the contest was started in 2002.

The Taco Bell Kick for Cash is held during halftime of all BHSU home football games. Contestants are randomly selected from BHSU students at the game. Each contestant receives one chance to make a 35-yard field goal to win a check for one semester’s tuition, up to 12 credit hours.

For more information on the Kick for Cash program, contact Steve Meeker, BHSU athletic director and vice president for institutional advancement, at 642-6385.

District 31 lawmakers will host Board of Regents in Spearfish - top

Representatives from the South Dakota Board of Regents, its staff, and public university presidents will speak at a town meeting on public higher education, hosted by District 31 legislators in Spearfish, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Area residents, in addition to members of the BHSU community, are invited to attend the meeting and visit with panel members.

Across South Dakota, demographic shifts are occurring which mean fewer traditional college-age students in the future, along with more non-traditional students and a significant increase in South Dakota’s older populations. How the state’s public university system responds to these changes, as well as the demands of a global economy, will be critical.

Sen. Jerry Apa, Rep. Tom Hills, and Rep. Charles Turbiville, who jointly extended the invitation to the regents to meet with District 31 constituents in Spearfish, said the ideas exchanged at this type of public forum meeting will help South Dakota’s public higher education system better plan for the future.

Wheaton to visit area schools - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black Hills State University, will discuss college plans with students at 14 area high schools next week.

Wheaton will visit the following schools Monday, Nov. 14: Bowman High School, Bowman, N.D., from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST); Scranton High School, Scranton, N.D., from 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. MST; Hettinger High School, Hettinger, N.D., from 12:35 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. MST; and Lemmon High School from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. MST.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, Wheaton will visit Mobridge High School from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST); Ipswich High School from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. CST; and Selby High School from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, Wheaton will visit McLaughlin High School from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. MST; McIntosh High School from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. MST; and Faith High School from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MST.

Wheaton will conclude his week Thursday, Nov. 17 at Dupree High School from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. MST; Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. MST; Timber Lake High School from 11:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. MST; and Isabel High School from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. MST.

High school students needing information about college costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should plan to visit with Wheaton. For more information contact the BHSU Enrollment Center at 1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Wednesday, Nov. 9. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or email requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

Scholarship for Service Program (NSF)

The Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program seeks to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance and computer security and to increase the capacity of the United States higher education enterprise to continue to produce professionals in these fields to meet the needs of our increasingly technological society. The SFS program is composed of two tracks: The Scholarship Track provides funding to colleges and universities to award scholarships to students in the information assurance and computer security fields. Scholarship recipients shall pursue academic programs in information assurance for the final two years of undergraduate study, or for two years of master's-level study, or for the final two years of Ph.D.-level study. These students will participate as a cohort during their two years of study and activities, including a summer internship at a Federal Agency, Independent Agency, Government Corporation, Commission, or Quasi-Official Agency, or at a National Laboratory that signs a memorandum of understanding setting forth the parameters for participation. The recipients of the scholarships will become part of the Federal Cyber Service of Information Technology Specialists whose responsibility is to ensure the protection of the United States Government's information infrastructure. Upon graduation, after their two-year scholarships, recipients will be required to work for two years at a Federal Agency, Independent Agency, Government Corporation, Commission, or Quasi-Official Agency, or at a National Laboratory that signs a memorandum of understanding setting forth the parameters for participation.

The Capacity Building Track provides funds to colleges and universities to improve the quality and increase the production of information assurance and computer security professionals. Professional development of information assurance faculty and development of academic programs can be funded under this track.

Deadline: Feb. 6, 2006. A link to the full announcement is available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/06-507/Grant.html.

Computer Science Study Panel Members Sought (DOD)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in conjunction with the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), is soliciting applications from U.S. institutions of higher learning nominating junior university faculty to participate in the “Computer Science Study Panel.” The study panel will focus on computer science technology and its application to information analysis problems of interest to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Program objectives/description: The “Computer Science Study Panel” will meet at least four times throughout 2006, totaling approximately twenty days. Two of the meetings will occur during the academic year, and will take place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Two extended meetings, lasting approximately a week each, will take place during the summer, and will involve travel throughout the United States. For successful applicants, host universities will receive grants for up to $100,000 to support the applicant’s participation in the Computer Science Study Panel. As a condition of the award, the participant must become an unpaid consultant to the Institute for Defense Analysis, which will have management responsibility for the panel. All participants in the panel must apply for and receive U.S. Department of Defense Secret security clearances through IDA. Funding to the host institution will support participant salary, to include time spent while on the panel as well as some additional time (e.g., summer research support) while at the host institution, and travel expenses for participation on the panel.

Before the end of the first year, each participant will be eligible to submit a proposal for a Computer Science Research Project (CSRP) for which they would become the principal investigator. Details of the requirements for the research proposal will be provided as part of the Study Panel. Each selected Computer Science Research Project will be funded in an amount not to exceed $500,000, commencing in the spring of 2007. Research activities will take place at the university, and will generally be confined to unclassified, basic research, that supports the objectives of the program. The principal investigators will continue their participation on the Study Panel for a second year, funded from the research contract or grant.

Starting in late 2007, principal investigators will be eligible to submit proposals for matching funds for the continuation of their university research project, in an amount not to exceed $250,000. The designated funds to be matched (up to an additional $250,000) may come from any government or industrial source, but must support the ongoing research project in a manner consistent with the development and transition of information analysis technology as developed in the research project. Normally, the first phase should be expended, and the continuation should begin, before the end of fiscal year 2008. Even though no classified research will be conducted at the university, each participant on the Computer Science Study Panel will apply for a U.S. DOD Secret security clearance with the Institute for Defense Analysis.

Technologies of interest: The goal of the Computer Science Research Projects will be to identify and develop innovative ideas with high payoff in pattern recognition, computer vision, probabilistic reasoning, biological inspired exploitation, abnormal behavior analysis, cognitive psychology, machine learning, and other advanced disciplines in computer science. Research will focus on ideas that can lead to revolutionary technology to permit significant advances in information analysis capabilities. Technologies should be derived from the broad area of computer science, although respondents do not necessarily need to be members of traditional computer science departments.

Other important information: The government reserves the right to select for award all, some, or none of the applications in response to this announcement. Only U.S. institutions of higher learning are eligible for awards under this RA, and participants must be junior faculty members of those institutions who are able to receive a U.S. DOD SECRET security clearance. All responsible sources may submit a proposal that shall be considered by DARPA.

Deadline: Dec. 7, 2005. See http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/DOD/DARPA/CMO/RA06-05/Grant.html for details and submission requirements.

Regional Priorities Grant Program (EPA)

This is a request for proposals (RFP) for the U.S. EPA Region 8 office’s fiscal year 2006 Regional Priorities Grant Program. The purpose of this RFP is to announce the availability of funding from seven Region 8 grant programs. Region 8 is competitively seeking project proposals that will achieve measurable environmental and public health results within the following priority areas:

  1. Energy
  2. Agriculture
  3. Enhancing Capacity to Provide Public Health and Environmental Protection in Region 8 States and on Tribal Lands

Within these priority areas, funding will be provided as follows:

  • Surveys, Studies, Demonstrations and Special Purpose Section 1442 of the Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Demonstrations and Training Grants and Cooperative Agreements Section 1442 of the Clean Water Act
  • Wetland Program Grants
  • Surveys Studies, Investigations Demonstrations and Special Purpose Activities Relating to the Clean Air Act
  • Source Reduction Assistance
  • Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Training Demonstrations and Educational Outreach

Deadline: Dec. 20, 2005. The link to the full announcement can be found at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/EPA/OGD/GAD/EPA-R8-2006-001/Grant.html.

University contracts must have authorized signature - top

Any contract with Black Hills State University must be signed by a person who is authorized to enter into contracts on behalf of the university. This includes any type of performance contract, consulting contract, service agreement, or facility contract that involves a BHSU account, or is otherwise connected to the university.

Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and Kathy Johnson, vice president of finance and administration, have signature authority for BHSU and may delegate signature authority where appropriate. If you are entering into a contract and are unsure about whether or not it should be routed through the university, contact the Grants Office at 642-6204 and someone will review it with you.

If signatures are not properly secured, the agreements may not be honored and payment to the provider may not be allowable.

Instructional improvement grants available - top

The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.

Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU.

Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three years. In the other categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year.

Requests for grant funding are reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. Proposals will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 30 for review at the December meeting.

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 212. Submissions must consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available on the grants and special projects web page.

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, Nov. 30. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis with an additional deadline of 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 212.

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