Volume XXX, No. 34 • Oct. 27, 2006


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Welcome to BHSU - top

  • Rodger Albrant, custodial worker, Facilities Services

  • Corin Humbracht, University Bookstore
     


Transfers - top

  • Christina Couch, secretary, from Institutional Advancement to Graphics and Media
     


Center for Academic Success to host grand opening - top

The Center for Academic Success will host a grand opening event Thursday, Nov. 2 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the lower level of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. A formal ribbon cutting by President Schallenkamp will take place at 2 p.m.

The Center for Academic Success, formerly the Retention and Student Assistance Centers, is a student-centered office dedicated to BHSU student success.

For information about the center’s services or the grand opening, contact Barbara Ridgeway, office supervisor, at 642-6106.


Woodburn Hall hosts House of Horrors - top

For a frightening adventure take a journey though the haunted Woodburn Theatre's House of Horrors at Black Hills State University.

The theatre department’s Props and Liners, and Theatre Society present the second annual House of Horrors Oct. 30 and 31 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. in the Woodburn Theatre.

Admission is $3 or $2 with a can of food for the Spearfish Area Food Pantry. The haunted house is open to the public and is not recommended for queasy people and children under the age of 13.


Center for American Indian Studies will host open house - top

The Center for American Indian Studies will host an open house Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in their new location, Jonas 103.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to visit the center and to register for door prizes.

For more information contact Urla Marcus, assistant director of the Center for American Indian Studies, at 642-6578.


Ghost hunter to appear at BHSU - top

Peter Jordan, a parapsychologist and ghost hunter will be coming to Black Hills State University, Jonas Hall room 305, on Halloween, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.  Jordan will talk about his 30 years of experience as a parapsychologist and his chilling real-life encounters.

According to Lindsay Bruckner, chair of the University Programming (UP) Team Hot Topics Committee and a sociology/human services major, Jordan pierces the veil of ghostly encounters in a shocking multimedia presentation incorporating some of the rarest and most amazing photos and videos of the paranormal ever witnessed.

Jordan is a former field investigator for the prestigious Psychical Research Foundation at Duke University, and currently is research director of Vestigia, a New Jersey based paranormal research organization. Jordan holds a master's degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he teaches parapsychology.

Jordan’s visit to BHSU is sponsored by the UP Team Hot Topics Committee and the BHSU Psychology Club.

Admission is free to all BHSU students, faculty and staff with an ACE card and $2 for the public. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations are to call Lindsay at 642-6418 at least 48 hours prior to the event.


Spring 2007 pre-registration begins this week - top

Pre-registration for the 2007 spring term will take place Monday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 17.

Students should check the ‘Registration Time Inquiry’ in Web Advisor for their assigned registration date and time. Students should register as early as possible, scheduling an appointment with their advisor, resolving all holds and printing their class schedule upon completion. For assistance visit the registrar’s office in Woodburn Hall room 104.

Lost or forgotten passwords can be retrieved by clicking on:

  1. 'Web Advisor' on the BHSU homepage

  2. 'Web Advisor for Students'

  3. 'What's My Password?'

  4. 'Set-Up Password'
     


Middle school students learn the ropes at BHSU - top

Bo Red Bow (second from right), a senior from Rapid City, explains the Ropes Course Spider Web element while Spearfish Middle School students prepare to participate.  The Ropes Course was planned and taught by BHSU physical education students.

Physical education majors at Black Hills State University recently instructed Spearfish Middle School students on the Ropes Course.

The course was presented to eighth graders by BHSU students as part of the skills unit within PE 263, Physical Education Outdoors, taught by outdoor education instructor Chris McCart. According to Dr. Betsy Silva, associate physical education professor, BHSU students apply the pedagogy and planning behind the teaching with the middle school students as part of the PE 363/L, Skills Concepts and Lab.

The event was created by the students and facilitated by Silva, incorporating progression, safety, and motivation with the purpose of developing teamwork, leadership, and self confidence among the middle school students.

“Of course, it's also great fun for all involved,” says Silva.


Black Hills State University Library enhances electronic resources in science - top

Students and faculty will benefit from the addition of two new electronic databases to the collection at Black Hills State University E. Y. Berry Library-Learning Center. With the help from the BOR Library Initiative, the library is improving its offerings in science and mathematics beginning with the reputable CAS SciFinder Scholar and the JSTOR Biological Collection.

SciFinder Scholar offers references from over 9,500 currently published journals in addition to continuously updated information on patents and scientific breakthroughs. The JSTOR Biological Collection enhances the library’s subscription to JSTOR with over 60 full-text journal titles in the biological sciences.

According to Rajeev Bukralia, library director, SciFinder Scholar and JSTOR Biological Collection will greatly enhance online library resources in science. Both databases were considered as a part of the BOR Library Initiative and were highly recommended by science faculty. “JSTOR Biological Collection provides access to full-text articles and is considered especially strong in conservation biology, ecology, and genomics areas. The addition of JSTOR Biological Collection will support the new graduate genomics program at BHSU, while SciFinder Scholar will be beneficial to chemists and biochemists,” Bukralia said.

CAS SciFinder Scholar is a software based program that requires installation on individual computers. For more information on installation, please contact Rich Loose, senior programmer analyst at RichLoose@bhsu.edu or 642-6355.  For reference questions regarding either database, contact Scott Ahola, reference librarian at ScottAhola@bhsu.edu or 642-6359.


Grants Office information - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, 213 Woodburn, through October 24, 2006.  For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

Research to develop, adapt or compare technologies to detect live viruses and other enteric pathogens in large volumes of water.  The purpose of the RFA is to stimulate the development of a new or improved method for detecting viruses (or other enteric pathogens) by genus from source and drinking water that is less expensive than the current methods used by health officials.

Complete information including eligibility, pre-application requirements, submission information, etc. is available through http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11227&mode=VIEW

Development of Immunotherapeutic Products for the Treatment of Methamphetamine Addiction (U01). The objective of this solicitation is to support research in the design, synthesis, and pre-clinical evaluation of vaccines developed from methamphetamine-protein conjugates (heretofore referred to as methamphetamine conjugate vaccines or MCVs) for the active immunotherapeutic treatment of methamphetamine addiction. Deadline: January 12, 2007. For additional information go to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-07-004.html  

Design, Synthesis, and Preclinical Testing of Potential Treatment Agents for Drug Addiction (R01). This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, solicits research applications from institutions/organizations that propose design, synthesis, and preclinical testing of potential treatment agents for drug addiction and/or relapse prevention. Deadline: January 27, 2007. For additional information go to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-07-006.html  

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Food Safety Initiative.  The National Integrated Food Safety Initiative requests integrated research, education, and extension applications that address a broad spectrum of food safety concerns from on-farm production, post-harvest processing and distribution to food selection, preparation and consumption. Complete information including eligibility, pre-application requirements, submission information, etc. is available through http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11217&mode=VIEW 

Healthy Indoor Environments (2006). EPA Region 6 is soliciting applications from eligible entities to conduct projects in the following areas: 1) Education of asthmatics and their parents and/or primary care givers concerning environmental triggers through home, daycare, community, and school interventions; 2) Training of healthcare professionals, community workers, and other trained individuals on environmental management of asthma so they can counsel people with asthma; 3) Educating parents and care givers on children=s exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke through home, daycare, and community interventions 4) Outreach and training projects that result in effective Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) management practices in schools. Deadline: November 27, 2006. For additional information and a link to the site go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11220&mode=VIEW


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