Volume XXIX, No. 6 • Feb. 11, 2005

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Meyers novel wins 2005 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award - top


The Work of Wolves, a novel by Black Hills State University associate professor Kent Meyers, recently won the 2005 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award for adult fiction.

The award will be presented to Meyers at a banquet in Denver, Colo., in April. Previous winners of this award include such writers as Rick Bass, Cormac McCarthy, Joy Harjo, Wallace Stegner, Barbara Kingsolver and Kent Haruf.

The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association is a regional association of independent booksellers encompassing 11 states including Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Montana, Kansas, Arizona, and Nebraska.

The Work of Wolves was used throughout the fall 2004 semester as a textbook in most English 101 and English 201 courses at BHSU. It was listed on The Christian Science Monitor’s list of the best novels of 2004 and was selected for the 2005 One Book South Dakota program by the South Dakota Center for the Book.

Most recently, the novel was selected as a finalist in the novel category for the Minnesota Book Awards, which are open to writers who were born in or are current residents of Minnesota, or who have published a book with a Minnesota press. Winners will be announced this spring.

Meyers received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota-Morris and a master’s degree in English from Washington State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1986.

BHSU makes plans for annual Summer Jobs and Internships Fair - top

The Black Hills State University Career Center will hold its annual Summer Jobs and Internships Fair Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Held annually each spring, the Summer Jobs and Internships Fair offers students the chance to test out potential career areas and develop important skills. Positions at camps, national parks, resorts and similar organizations are available to help students develop their supervisory, leadership, counseling and communication skills while still allowing them to have fun on the job. Many jobs are available in excellent summer locations.

This year, the Career Center is combining the Human Services/Non-Profit Organizations Fair and the Summer Fun Job Fair to offer participants a greater selection of employers. Currently, there are over 30 employers registered for the fair. See www.bhsu.edu/careers/careerfairs/SF.asp for a list of registered employers.

Participants should come dressed for job interviews with copies of their resumes. Members of the general public are welcome to attend. For more information contact Eileen Thomas, senior secretary in the BHSU Career Center, at 642-6277 or EileenThomas@bhsu.edu.

Reading Council will host puppet performance - top

The Black Hills State University Reading Council will host a puppet performance entitled “A Dragon Mystery” Thursday, Feb. 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.

The performance, presented by Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions, is a puppet show for the whole family. It takes place in Dragonwood, the home of all dragons – a perfect place until something goes horribly wrong. Zed the Dragon and his new best friend, Estelle the Mouse, must find Zed’s parents and figure out what is happening to the dragons while taking care of Zed’s brothers and sisters.

Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions with master puppeteer, Markie Scholz, who received her master’s in curriculum and instruction from BHSU in 1993, has been touring the United States performing for over 30 years. Scholz’s fast-paced shows are full of fun and excitement. She and her puppets travel between 30,000 and 70,000 miles a year, performing for schools, libraries, festivals, and many other special events.

For more information contact Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant professor in the College of Education at BHSU, at 642-6405 or JoannaJones@bhsu.edu.

Nationally recognized educator and author will speak at BHSU - top


Jeffrey E. Mirel, a nationally recognized educator who has written several books on the decline of the public education system, will speak at Black Hills State University Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Mirel will present “Civic Education and National Crises: A History of the Ongoing Debate About What Young People Should Know” suggesting specific answers to what ails America's public schools and how public education can be improved. Mirel is a professor of education and history at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Mirel’s first book, The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System: Detroit, 1907-81, won outstanding book awards from the American Educational Research Association and from the History of Education Society. He also coauthored, with David Angus, The Failed Promise of the American High School, 1890-1995. His current research focuses on educating for democratic citizenship.

Other publications by Mirel include Politics, Money and the Decline of Urban Public Schools, 1925-1975; “Don’t Know Much About History, Don’t Know Much about Biology…”: How High Schools Became Warehouses for American Teenagers; and Negotiating a New Nation: How Immigrants Responded to Americanization and Changed America in the Process.

Mirel’s presentation is sponsored by the Black Hills State University Chiesman Foundation. The presentation is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact George Earley at 642-6270.

Theatre Department presents annual musical - top

The Black Hills State University Theatre Department will stage “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?,” Thursday, Feb. 24; Friday Feb. 25; and Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. as well as a special matinee performance Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

“Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?,” by John Powers, James Quinn, and Alaric Jans, focuses on the lives of eight children during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s. It captures the funniest aspects of youthful growing pains and trying moments of adolescence. The play has been described as “very funny” and “crisp and snappy.”

For tickets call the BHSU box office at 641-6171.

Cast members include Kimm Lischefska, a BHSU graduate student from Sturgis who is majoring in business services management, as the secretary; Dennis Kennedy, a freshman from Lander, Wyo., majoring in music, as Felix; Katie Severns, a sophomore from Rapid City majoring in music, as Nancy; Melita Roberts, a senior from Spearfish majoring in theatre, as Mary; Jessica Juhrend, a Spearfish community member, as Virginia; Erin Hirning, a sophomore from Eureka majoring in music, as Becky; Jared McDaris, a senior from Spearfish majoring in theatre, as Father O’Reilly; Amanda Kampman, a sophomore from Spearfish majoring in pre-nursing, as Sister Helen; Tammie Foley, a sophomore from Rapid City majoring in English, as Sister Lee; Josh Stanton, a senior from Miles City, Mont., majoring in music, as Eddie; Nic Hanson, a graduate from Blythe, Calif., with a major in theatre, as Mike; Jon Harms, a junior from Aberdeen majoring in biology, as Louie; and Maria Jeron Bartlett, a freshman from Fruitdale, as Sister Monica Marie.

Tim Bishop wins 13th annual Alumni Mile - top

Tim Bishop won the 13th annual Black Hills State University Alumni Mile, which was held during the recent Dave Little Invitational at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. Bishop, a 2003 graduate who currently serves as an assistant coach for the BHSU cross country and track and field teams, finished the race with an impressive time of 4:28.51.

Approximately 30 runners from across the United States participated in the race. After the meet, participants received brats, chips and beverages from the Stadium Sports Grill. Prizes were raffled off and a small auction was held to raise dollars for the Alumni Mile Endowment.

Zachary Kintzley, a junior biology major from LaPorte, Colo., and Cassie Knutson, a senior art major from Ft. Collins, Colo., were awarded the annual Alumni Mile scholarships.

The Alumni Mile scholarship endowment was started in 1998 in support of both men’s and women’s track and cross country teams. Each year participants of the Alumni Mile race and reunion contribute to the fund. It is designed to bring former BHSU athletes and present BHSU athletes together.

Kennedy honored as Booster of the Year at Black Hills State University - top

Myles and Jeanette Kennedy (center) were honored as Green and Gold Club Boosters of the Year for their generous and ongoing support of Black Hills State University. The award was presented by Steve Meeker (left), athletic director and vice president for institutional advancement, and Dr. Thomas Flickema (right), president of BHSU, during a basketball game recently. The couple was recognized for their ongoing financial support and volunteerism for Yellow Jacket athletics. Myles currently serves as president of the Yellow Jacket Foundation and the couple is active in many fundraising activities at the university.

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were S. Hupp, Sarkar, D. Wessel, Siewert, Ellis, Alsup, Strand, and Earley. Myers and Hagerty were absent.

The committee discussed what data it wanted to review and decided to ask the Office of Information for the number of students for each major and minor. Chair said he would forward the request to that office and get it back as soon as possible.

The committee considered the following annual assessment reports:

  • Mass communications/communication arts - The committee approved the report but requested that for next year the data include specifics on how the portfolios were rated and a breakdown on those ratings. The committee said that report should focus on assessment of student learning, not program review.
  • Music - The report was approved.
  • American Indian studies - The report was approved. The committee was concerned about the low number of majors, but also recognized the ongoing dialogue with USD about offerings and students.
  • Political science - The report was approved. The committee felt the statement at the end about No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and outside requirements was unnecessary.
  • Human services - The committee approved the report, but would like an explanation of the chart on test results over time. Has the test remained the same and the instructors changed or is there some reason for the drop in mean scores?
  • History - The committee approved the report and commended the department for scores on mfat that are above the national means and are indicative of student learning.

The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.

Faculty Senate minutes - top

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 3:15 p.m.

Members present were Kristi Pearce, Randall Royer, Barbara Chrisman, Steve Andersen, Curtis Card, Jim Hesson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Roger Miller, Christine Shearer-Cremean, Tom Termes, and Ian Laber (Student Senate representative).

Pearce called the meeting to order. A motion to approve the agenda was made by Hesson and seconded by Card. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Hickenbotham and seconded by Termes.

Old Issues:

  • Discussion was held related to the Faculty/Student Forum that was scheduled for Jan. 26. After the discussion it was decided that the preference would be to hold the forum after Dr. Flickema has visited the Senate. This should take place at one of the February meetings. The forum will now be held Wednesday, Feb. 23. The topic of the forum will remain how to improve campus communication. It is proposed that a panel be seated to discuss the issues. Administration, faculty, staff and students will all be asked to participate in the panel discussion. Issues of concern include: reorganization or realignment of offices upon recommendation of outside consultants (current structure of who reports to whom); missed communication of timelines relative to curriculum matters; place of Faculty Senate and Student Senate in the organizational structure, plus others.
  • Shearer-Cremean will report back about the issue of evaluation of administrators. Earl Chrysler has forwarded one possible evaluation example for this purpose.
  • The Faculty Handbook was completed by Dr. David Wolff last summer as was approved by the 2003-2004 Faculty Senate. The handbook was distributed to new faculty during orientation week as was expected. Dr. George Earley was to gather comments from the new faculty regarding the content. The Senate approved the work of Wolff.
  • Shearer-Cremean, as chair of the Curriculum Committee, attended the Council of Deans meeting for guidance related to curriculum changes. Pearce reported that a Bridge Program to help students prepare for entering college was under consideration to include using the time to offer remediation courses for mathematics and English.
  • Art Jones has asked if the Senate is involved in the issue related to the placement of bulletin boards in Jonas. No one on the Senate had knowledge of this.
  • Campus web pages are being updated. They will be separated into an intranet and an internet to provide a more user-friendly operation.


  • Pearce discussed her meeting with the Faculty Senate presidents from other South Dakota campuses. She reported that other Faculty Senates were not facing similar challenges regarding the Board of Regents (BOR) mandated general education requirements and institutional curriculum changes. She learned of the SDSU Standards for Excellence document related to Appendix G. Specific evaluation criteria for faculty must be in place by May. A committee will be appointed by Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for Academic Affairs, to consider the issue.
  • Pearce and Royer will attend a roundtable discussion in Pierre on Jan. 24. Faculty Senate representatives will meet with BOR staff, university presidents and members of the BOR. Laber reported that four Student Senate representatives will attend a similar meeting that same day.
  • The Student Senate will meet at 7 p.m. Monday during this semester since this is the only time all members are available. Students will attend Students for Higher Education Days (SHED) Feb. 6-8. The Student Senate has rewritten their constitution.
  • Hesson reported that the Strategic Planning Committee will have budget hearings for the rest of the semester.
  • Chrisman reported that the Library Committee is in the process of setting up a meeting with Myers.
  • It was reported that the most recent CAAP scores are at or above average. Discussion is currently in process related to how to keep them that way.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Barbara Chrisman, secretary.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Feb. 10. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (ED)

The U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) is designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into scientific and technological careers. The program funds are generally used to implement design projects, institutional projects, and cooperative projects. The program also supports special projects designed to provide or improve support to accredited nonprofit colleges, universities, and professional scientific organizations for a broad range of activities that address specific barriers that eliminate or reduce the entry of minorities into science and technology fields.

Deadline: March 21. See http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-020305-002/Grant.html for the full announcement.

Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior Among College Students (ED)

The U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities - National Programs announces a grant competition to prevent high-risk drinking or violent behavior among college students. The program provides awards to develop or enhance, implement, and evaluate campus and/or community-based strategies to prevent high-risk drinking or violent behavior among college students.

Deadline: March 25. A link to the full announcement is available at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/E5-513.pdf.

Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program (ED)

The purpose of the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development (ECEPD) program is to enhance the school readiness of young children, particularly disadvantaged young children, and to prevent them from encountering difficulties once they enter school, by improving the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators who work in communities that have high concentrations of children living in poverty. A partnership consisting of at least one entity from each of the following categories, as indicated below:

  • One or more institutions of higher education, or other public or private entities (including faith-based organizations), that provide professional development for early childhood educators who work with children from low-income families in high-need communities.
  • One or more public agencies (including local educational agencies, State educational agencies, State human services agencies, and State and local agencies administering programs under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990), Head Start agencies, or private organizations (including faith-based organizations).
  • If feasible, an entity with demonstrated experience in providing training to educators in early childhood education programs concerning identifying and preventing behavior problems or working with children identified as or suspected to be victims of abuse. A partnership may apply for these funds only if one of the partners currently provides professional development for early childhood educators working in programs located in high-need communities with children from low-income families.

Deadline: April 22. More information is available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-020705-001/Grant.html.

Research Experience for Teachers (NSF)

This National Science Foundation announcement is to call your attention to an activity that will enable K-12 science educators to participate in projects funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) activity is to enhance the professional development of K-12 science educators through research experience at the emerging frontiers of science in order to bring new knowledge into the classroom. BIO strongly encourages all its grantees to make special efforts to identify talented teachers who can participate in this RET supplement activity to integrate research and education. NSF believes that encouraging active participation of teachers in on-going NSF projects is an excellent way to strengthen the science expertise of our nation’s teachers. Another goal of the RET supplement activity is to build collaborative relationships between K-12 science educators and the NSF research community. BIO is particularly interested in encouraging its researchers to build mutually rewarding partnerships with teachers at urban or rural schools and those at less well-endowed school districts. A RET can be requested as a supplement to an existing NSF award or as part of a new or renewal NSF proposal.

Deadline: Ongoing. Details are available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-524/Modification1.html.

Research Opportunity Award (NSF)

Research Opportunity Award (ROA) activity is part of the National Science Foundation Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program. ROAs enable faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions, including community colleges, to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. The goal of this activity is to enhance the research productivity and professional development of science faculty at undergraduate institutions through research activities that enable them to explore the emerging frontiers of science. Such research not only contributes to basic knowledge in science but also provides an opportunity to integrate research and undergraduate education. The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) strongly encourages all of its awardees to make special efforts to invite community college faculty, as well as faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions, to participate in research through ROAs and thus broaden the national research base. Participation of members of underrepresented groups (underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities) is particularly encouraged. An ROA supplement can be requested on a current award or when submitting a new or renewal proposal. Most frequently, ROA activities are summer experiences, but partial support of sabbaticals may also be provided.

Deadline: Ongoing. A link to the complete announcement is available at www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05548.

Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (NSF)

Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education. To fulfill these roles, FSMLs must offer modern laboratories and educational spaces, up-to-date equipment, appropriate personal accommodations for visiting scientists and students, and modern communications and data management systems for a broad array of users. In recognition of the importance of FSMLs in modern biology, NSF invites proposals that address these general goals of FSML improvement.

Deadline: April 26. See http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-550/Grant.html for more information.

Applications sought for trainer-of-trainers conference fellowships - top

Fellowships are available to support the attendance of individuals at the 11th Annual Conference on Teaching Survival Skills and Ethics to be held June 12-17 in Snowmass, Colo. This five-day trainer-of-trainers conference, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, is designed to prepare faculty and administrators to establish or improve instruction in the responsible conduct of research and in professional development (e.g., writing research articles and grant applications; making oral presentations and teaching; funding employment; hiring, supervising, and mentoring).

Members of the conference faculty include Gary Comstock (professor and director of the Research Ethics Program at North Carolina State University), Debra Parrish (partner at Parrish Law Offices, specializing in research integrity and intellectual property law), David Jensen (professional career counselor and contributor to Science Next Wave), Jeffrey Kahn (professor and director at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics), Julio Ramirez (professor at Davidson College), and Craig Wilcox (professor of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh).

Individuals attending the conference will receive an extensive set of lecture outlines, ethics cases, student handouts, readings, slides, and a comprehensive bibliography. Attendance is limited to 50 persons and applications are considered on a rolling basis. More information on the conference, including the application form, is available at www.survival.pitt.edu/events/trainer.asp.

Conference fellowships cover travel, lodging, food, and all but $325 of the registration fee. Moreover, participants from U.S. institutions will have the opportunity to apply for start-up grants of up to $2,000 toward their efforts to implement instruction in professional development and ethics.

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