Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Christine Coolidge, secretary, Center for Tourism Research
Alaska's Fiddling Poet will
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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
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.
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
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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
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.
plans Interviewing Skills Workshop -
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.
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
- 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.
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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
information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near
the information desk.
William T. Grant Scholars Program Announces
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
Faculty research funds
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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.