Volume XXIX, No. 9 • March 4, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Christine Coolidge, secretary, Center for Tourism Research

Alaska's Fiddling Poet will perform at BHSU - top

Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, will perform at Black Hills State University Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place. He will also speak at several BHSU humanities classes throughout the day.

A former college professor, Waldman has had more than 400 poems and stories published in national journals, and, since 1994, has worked full-time performing at some of the nation’s leading clubs, bookstores, universities and art festivals.

Waldman’s books include Nome Poems and To Live on this Earth. His CDs, which feature poems read over old-time fiddle music, a mix of traditional Appalachian tunes, and original compositions, include A Week in Eek, Burnt Down House, and Music Party.

Waldman is also a popular visiting artist in classrooms. Employing both his fiddle and a repertoire of proven writing exercises, he has led workshops in over 100 schools in 18 states nationwide, and has been a guest writer at over 50 colleges and universities, including SUNY Brockport, the University of Tennessee, Albion College, University of Nebraska Omaha, Idaho State University, and San Diego State University.

The performance, which is sponsored by the University Programming (UP) Team Fine Arts Committee, is open to the public at no charge. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Joshua Stanton at 642-6418 at least 48 hours prior to the performance.

Music entrepreneurship seminar will be held March 15 - top

The Black Hills State University music department, together with the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, will present a seminar to help musicians expand their talents into a business.

The seminar, entitled “Starting your Own Music Business,” will be held Tuesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall, room 202. Alan Curtis, from the Cavalcade of Music Foundation in Kenilworth, Ill., will be the key speaker.

According to the organizers, this is an engaging, real-world workshop that will help musicians expand their talents into business applications. For additional information, call 642-6091 or 642-6255. Individuals with disabilities who need special accommodations, should call at least 24 hours prior to the event.

BHSU joins global effort to stop violence against women and girls - top

For the second year in a row, the Black Hills State University National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) will host a series of events in honor of Women’s History Month and V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

An open mic/women’s history night, entitled “Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives: Making Sense of Experience,” will be held Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305. The event will give participants the opportunity to learn about women’s lives by examining the stories they tell about themselves and others. Panels, readings, workshops and performances that focus on women’s stories and lives will be presented. An open mic will be available for anyone who wishes to express their thoughts. The public is welcome to attend at no charge.

N.O.W. will also present two performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” staged by a cast of BHSU students, staff and faculty members. Performances will be held Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” “The Vagina Monologues,” which was first performed off-Broadway by Eve Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls through benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” unique documentary film projects and innovative gatherings designed to change social attitudes. In its first seven years, the V-Day movement has raised over $25 million. For more information, visit www.vday.org.

The events are sponsored by BHSU N.O.W. and the University Programming (UP) Team. Admission for “The Vagina Monologues” is $2.50 for advanced tickets, $5 for tickets at the door, and free with a BHSU ID. Donations of clothing and toiletries will also be accepted. Advanced tickets may be purchased March 14-18 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby. All proceeds will benefit Cangleska Safehouse on the Pine Ridge Reservation. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities contact AlecSandra Bihlmaier at 722-1288 or Mary Foster at 641-6185 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Career Center plans Interviewing Skills Workshop - top

The Black Hills State University Career Center is making plans for its annual Interviewing Skills Workshop, which will be held Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 301.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with distinguished community professionals in addition to learning and practicing valuable interviewing skills with Career Center personnel.

The workshop is free and open to the public. A pizza lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. Call the BHSU Career Center at 642-6277 to register.

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

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

Annual reports reviewed:

  • Math - A motion was made and seconded to accept the report. The motion passed.
  • Education - A motion was made and seconded to accept the report. The motion passed.
  • Composite social science and science - A motion was made and seconded to accept the report. The motion passed.
  • Sociology - A motion was made and seconded to accept the report. The motion passed.
  • Art - A motion was made and seconded to accept the report. The motion passed with the requirement that next year the learning outcomes need to be rewritten so they are measurable, and the committee needs more detail on the Praxis II test.
  • Biology - A motion was made and seconded to accept the report. The motion passed with the requirement that next year the learning outcomes need to be rewritten so they are measurable. The committee recommended that the section on research grants be more strongly tied to student learning or left out of the report.

The next University Assessment Committee meeting will be Monday, March 14 at 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room. The committee will consider all College of Business and Technology reports, the chemistry report, and the outdoor education report.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through March 3. 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.

William T. Grant Scholars Program Announces Research Funding

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early career researchers from diverse disciplines. The award is intended to facilitate the professional development of early career scholars who have some demonstrated success in conducting high quality research and are seeking to further develop their skills and research program. Studies from these scholars deepen and broaden the knowledge base on how to make a difference in the lives of young people. The program, now in its 25th year, has funded 114 scholars since its inception.

Priority research areas focus on the effects of contexts on youth development; improving the systems, organizations, and programs affecting young people; and adults' use of scientific evidence and their views of youth. The foundation focuses on young people ages 8-25. The foundation is interested particularly in research that is interdisciplinary, examines young people in social, institutional, community, and cultural contexts, and addresses questions that advance both theory and practice.

Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity and intellectual rigor, are grounded in theory and sound scientific methods, and provide evidence for appropriate mentoring from senior investigators. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $300,000 distributed over a five-year period. Note that applicants no longer need to be in a tenure track position or affiliated with a university to apply for the program. Researchers at all tax-exempt organizations are now eligible.

Deadline: July 1. See www.wtgrantfoundation.org/info-url_nocat3042/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=76878&attrib_id=4398 for more information.

Women's Educational Equity Act Program (WEEA)

The purpose of the WEEA program is: (a) to promote gender equity in education in the United States; (b) to provide financial assistance to enable educational agencies and institutions to meet the requirements of title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and (c) to promote equity in education for women and girls who suffer from multiple forms of discrimination based on sex, race, ethnic origin, limited English proficiency, disability, or age.

Deadline: April 1 for notice of intent to apply; April 18 for transmittal of applications. Review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. The complete announcement is available through the Women's Educational Equity Act Program (WEEA) Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005.

Broadening Participation in Computing (NSF)

The Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program (through the National Science Foundation) aims to significantly increase the number of students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents receiving post secondary degrees in the computing disciplines. Initially, its emphasis will be on students from communities with longstanding underrepresentation in computing: women, persons with disabilities, and minorities. Included minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The BPC program seeks to engage the computing community in developing and implementing innovative methods to improve recruitment and retention of these students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Because the lack of role models in the professoriate can be a barrier to participation, the BPC program also aims to develop effective strategies for identifying and supporting members of the targeted groups who want to pursue academic careers in computing. While these efforts focus on underrepresented groups, it is expected that the resulting types of interventions will improve research and education opportunities for all students in computing.

There are three components to the BPC program:

  • Alliances - Broad alliances of institutions and organizations will design and carry out comprehensive programs that address underrepresentation in the computing disciplines. Alliances will join academic institutions of higher learning with secondary schools, government, industry, professional societies, and other not-for-profit organizations. Together, the participants will (1) develop and implement interventions that support students, (2) create sustainable changes in culture and practices at the institutional, departmental, and organizational levels, and (3) serve as models and repositories for effective practices to broaden participation. The emphasis will be on activities that have significant impact both in the quality of opportunities afforded to students and in the number of students potentially served. While the focus is on implementations, alliances may include complementary research that informs the design of those implementations by increasing our understanding of longstanding under-representation. The leveraging of existing efforts both across and within the targeted communities is strongly encouraged.
  • Demonstration Projects - Demonstration projects (DPs) are smaller in scope and narrower in focus than alliance projects. Typically DPs will be pilots of programs that, once fully developed, could be incorporated into the activities of an alliance. Projects might, for example, focus on a specific underrepresented community, a specific point in the academic pipeline, or on a specific impediment to full participation in computing. As in the case of alliances, complementary, well-defined research aimed at informing the development of the project can be included.
  • Supplements - Supplements to existing CISE grants will be made in order to engage more members of the computing research community in significant BPC efforts. These supplements will increase target community participation in specific research areas.

Deadline: June 14. Recurring dates for full proposal submissions will be the first Wednesday in April 2006 and 2007. Letters of intent are required for BPC supplement requests only. For details see the full announcement at www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05562.

Advanced Learning Technologies (NSF)

Through the Advanced Learning Technologies (ALT) program, the CISE and EHR Directorates of the National Science Foundation support research that (1) enables radical improvements in learning through innovative computer and information technologies, and (2) advances research in computer science, information technology, learning, and cognitive science through the unique challenges posed by learning environments and learning technology platforms. Integrative research approaches that build across disciplines and establish tight linkages among theory, experiment, and design are strongly encouraged. Technology goals may include systems for tutoring or assessment, modeling and sensing of cognitive or emotional states, context awareness, natural language interfaces, collaboration, knowledge management, and non-traditional goals that redefine the roles of technology in learning. Educational foci for ALT projects must include an area of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), or general cross-cutting skills directly relevant to STEM.

Deadline: May 26. The full announcement is available at www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05561.

Faculty research funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the Grants & Special Projects Office or can be printed from their website.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites or research support for the production of 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. Applications to be considered at the next meeting of the Faculty Research Committee need to be submitted to the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, by Wednesday, March 30. Twelve copies of the proposal must be submitted for consideration. Applicants are encouraged to review submission requirements, and to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. Committee members are John Alsup, Dan Bergey, Earl Chrysler, Dorothy Fuller, Vincent King, Raju Ramaswamy, Shane Sarver, Rob Schurrer, and Kathleen Parrow, committee chair.

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