Volume XXX, No. 10 • March 17, 2006

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CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Food service worker, Jacket Java/Dining Services

For additional information, view the announcement on the Human Resource web site.

Resignation - top

  • Paul Iverson, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Termes receives award and grant for technology - top

Tom Termes, an assistant professor at Black Hills State University, was recently honored with an award for the Outstanding Technology Education Program. The award was given to the distance-learning electronics program referred to officially as the Consortium for Advanced Technological Education (CATE), which is operated jointly by BHSU and by Western Dakota Tech (WDT).

Tom Termes with his award for Outstanding Technology Education Program

Tom Termes, assistant technology professor at Black Hills State University, was recently recognized with the award for Outstanding Technology Education Program from the South Dakota Technology Education Association (SDTEA).

The award was given to the distance-learning electronics program referred to officially as the Consortium for Advanced Technological Education (CATE), which is operated jointly by BHSU and Western Dakota Tech (WDT). This program is made possible through a $751,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), specifically through the NSF's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. This is the second time the CATE program has been recognized by the SDTEA; the association previously recognized Termes with the Friend of Technology Award in 2003.

Termes started his quest for the grant in 1998 because he felt that high school students were not getting the technology education they need or want.

“This gives students the opportunity to use technology,” Termes said.

When Termes began the CATE program in September 2002, he started with one high school. Now 12 high schools and over 210 students in western South Dakota are now being taught electronics online. Termes said he is overwhelmed with the success of the program. Three years from now he hopes to have every town in South Dakota that wants the program to have access to it.

Along with the award and the grant, Termes was invited to attend the National Tech Preparation Network in Orlando, Fla. For more information, contact Termes at 642-6498.

Cremean is part of ETS national committee reviewing and revising the English Praxis Exam - top

David Cremean

David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities and English at Black Hills State University, recently attended an Educational Testing Service (ETS) English Language and Literature National Advising Committee meeting to review the English Praxis Exam.

Cremean was one of 16 English professionals selected nationwide to review and revise both the standards and the content of the English Praxis Exam, which measures the content knowledge competency of beginning middle school and high school teachers. The exam is also a component of teacher certification.

The national advising committee will likely reconvene this June for more work on the Praxis at their headquarters in Princeton, N.J.

For the past five years, Cremean has worked with the national ETS regarding its English College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. He has also read and evaluated essays for ETS Advanced Placement (AP) examinations for four years.

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.

Humanities Department to present play based on the life of Golda Meir - top

Sonya Pagel Roger Ochse
Pagel Ochse
Pam Wegner Albin Sandau
Wegner Sandau

The Black Hills State University Humanities Department will present “A Land of Our Own,” a play about Israel’s first and only female prime minister, Golda Meir, Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House on Main Street in Spearfish.

The play, developed and directed by Sonya Pagel, assistant speech professor, is based upon Meir’s bestselling memoir “My Life.” It consists of narrative episodes and dramatic scenes describing Meir’s work in establishing the state of Israel and her role as prime minister during the Yom Kippur War.

Meir will be played by Pam Wegner, theatre professor. Also starring in the production will be Roger Ochse, English professor, and Albin Sandau, retired director of the department of theatre at BHSU.

Following the play, a panel discussion examining Meir’s interpretation of Jewish history and her contribution to it will be held. Special emphasis will be given to the establishment of the state of Israel, Israel’s relationship with its neighbors, and Meir’s role in national and world politics. Panelists will include: Ahrar Ahmad, political science professor; Bill Bogard, English professor; Tim Steckline, associate speech professor; and Nicholas Wallerstein, associate English professor.

The play and panel discussion are open to the public at no cost. Donations will be accepted for the building of a performing arts center at BHSU. For more information, contact Pagel at 642-6711 or SonyaPagel@bhsu.edu.

BHSU to host District Six National History Day Competition next week - top

Approximately 135 students from 10 area high schools will participate in the 2006 District Six National History Day Competition next Wednesday, March 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Black Hills State University campus.

Student exhibits will be on display in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room; performances will be given in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall; and documentaries will be shown in Young Center Room 214. The theme for 2006 is "Taking a Stand in History: People, Ideas, Events."

Participating high schools include: Newell, St. Thomas More, Spearfish, Rapid City Stevens, and Lead/Deadwood. Participating middle schools include: Harding County, St. Elizabeth Seaton, Rapid City Southwest, New Underwood, and Hot Springs.

A first or second place award in the District Six competition allows students to advance to the state competition scheduled for Saturday, April 22. Winners from the state competition then go on to Washington, D.C., for the national competition June 11-15.

The public is welcome to attend the competition at no cost. For more information, contact David Wolff, BHSU associate history professor and District Six coordinator, at 642-6221 or DavidWolff@bhsu.edu.

Lambert next to speak in “Writing the West Series” - top

Author Page Lambert will speak Thursday, March 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305 during the next-to-last installment of the Black Hills State University “Writing the West Series.”

A long-time Sundance, Wyo., resident, Lambert now lives in the mountains above Golden, Colo. In addition to writing, she conducts River Writing Journeys for Women, trips that combine river rafting and creative writing, with Sheri Griffith Expeditions. Lambert’s journeys with Sheri Griffith Expeditions were recently featured as one of the year’s “Top Six Great All-Girl Getaways!” in Oprah’s O Magazine.

Lambert’s non-fiction book In Search of Kinship and novel Shifting Stars have earned her strong recognition in the reading and writing communities of the West in particular. Her work has been included in more than a dozen anthologies, including the collection Writing Down the River: Into the Heart of the Grand Canyon.

Lambert will be available after the presentation to sign copies of her work. The BHSU Bookstore will provide copies of In Search of Kinship for sale.

The event is co-sponsored by a Bush Grant and the BHSU English Club. It is open to the community at no cost. For more information, contact David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities and director of the Bush Grant at BHSU, at 645-8478 or DavidCremean@bhsu.edu.

Tourism class to host “Thai Dinner Night” fundraiser - top

The Black Hills State University Lodging Management class recently met with French Bryan, the owner of the Bay Leaf Café, to discuss plans for their upcoming “Thai Dinner Night” Fundraiser. Seated, from left to right, are: Natasha Urinko, Stephanie Brengle, Heidi Swartz, Diana Graham, Dr. Siriporn McDowall, Wendy Regynski, Jennifer Moeller, and Craig Tschetter. Standing, from left to right, are: Marshall Wells, Bryan, Chris Weiss, Deann Neuberger, Sam Sandmeier, and Kecia Rembold. Not pictured are: Zak AbuGhazaleh, Amber Johansen, and Cory Johnson.

BHSU Lodging Management class with French Bryan, the owner of the Bay Leaf Cafe

Dr. Siriporn McDowall and Black Hills State University students in her Lodging Management class will celebrate Thailand’s New Year with a traditional Thai dinner Tuesday, April 11 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Bay Leaf Café, 126 West Hudson Street in Spearfish.

The second annual “Thai Dinner Night” is a fundraiser to support the Spearfish Convention and Visitor Bureau's “Tourism Begins at Home” campaign and to support activities for students majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management. According to McDowall, who is originally from Thailand, classic Thai dishes will be served. BHSU students will greet customers, take orders, clean tables, and serve customers.

Last year $400 of the proceeds from the dinner were donated to the American Red Cross and $420 was used to offset the cost for tourism students to attend the Governor’s Tourism Conference in Pierre. According to McDowall, over 100 people attended last year’s dinner and more are expected this year.

“We didn't have much difficulty selling the tickets last year, and we hope to sell more this year,” French Bryan, owner of the Bay Leaf Café, said.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased in advance at the Bay Leaf Café. For more information contact McDowall at 642-6702 or the Bay Leaf Café at 642-5462.

Premier Bank pledges $120,000 for scholarships at BHSU - top

Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of Black Hills State University, and Myles Kennedy, president of the Yellow Jacket Foundation, accept a $100,000 donation from Premier Bankcard. Representatives from Premier Bankcard include Miles Beacom, president and CEO of Premier Bankcard; Monte Bertsch, directing officer, customer service; Amy Lee, human resources officer; Darcy Emme, directing officer, collections; Jerry Krambeck, facilities manager at Premier Bankcard and mayor of Spearfish; and Dana Dykhouse, president and CEO of First Premier Bank, were also on hand for the presentation. This donation, along with a previous pledge, amounts to $120,000 over the next five years for BHSU.

Premier Bankcard representatives present a $100,000 donation to BHSU president Thomas Flickema and Yellow Jacket Foundation president Myles Kennedy

Premier Bankcard and First Premier Bank recently pledged an additional $100,000 donation for scholarships at Black Hills State University. With this pledge, the company’s total donation amounts to $120,000.

The five-year pledge of $20,000 per year will provide valuable academic and athletic scholarships for BHSU students. Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement at BHSU, praised the company for their generous support.

“This major five-year pledge will make a huge difference in the lives of our students,” Meeker said. “This will add an additional $20,000 each year in the amount that is being allocated in scholarships to BHSU students. The university sincerely appreciates the support that Premier Bankcard and First Premier Bank continue to give us.”

The company had already committed to donating $4,000 a year for the next five years.

Premier Bankcard, one of the nation's leading credit card providers, is currently among the top 14 VISA® and MasterCard® credit providers. The company serves over 3.1 million customers nationwide and has achieved some of the highest service levels in the industry. Premier Bankcard has four locations in that state including the one in Spearfish. First Premier Bank, the sister organization of Premier Bankcard, is headquartered in Sioux Falls and has many locations. The company has been recognized as the top-performing financial institution of its asset size in the country.

TRiO blood drive raises $500 for four-year-old leukemia patient - top

Jacob Galbraith (center), his mother Heather (left) and grandmother Christina Nash, a current BHSU student, visit a blood drive held recently at Black Hills State University to raise money to help Galbraith with medical expenses for the treatment of his acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Jacob Galbraith, his mother Heather, and grandmother Christina Nash

A recent blood drive sponsored by the Black Hills State University TRiO staff raised $500 for Jacob Galbraith, a four-year-old from Lead who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Galbraith is the grandson of Christina Nash, a BHSU student who participates in the Student Support Services program at BHSU.

According to Susan Hupp, director of Student Support Services, the goal of the blood drive was to collect 34 units of blood. The drive exceeded expectations, collecting a total of 48 units of blood, 30 units of which were O positive or O negative blood. United Blood Services donated $10 to Galbraith for each unit of O positive and O negative blood collected for a total of $300. An additional $200 was raised through donation buckets placed in different locations around the BHSU campus.

“The blood drive was a huge success,” Hupp said. “The BHSU TRiO staff would like to say thanks so much to all the students, staff, faculty and community members who donated blood during our benefit blood drive for Jacob Galbraith. We would also like to thank all who contributed at the blood drive, assisted with refreshments or gave a cash donation.”

The blood drive, which was held as a community service project in recognition of National TRiO Day, was staffed by United Blood Services workers and members of the TRiO offices, Student Support Services and Upward Bound, at BHSU. TRiO staff members include: Dawn Danko, Carol Gritts, Peggy Madrid, Linda Wilson, Juli Larson, Cody McMichael and Hupp.

Galbraith briefly visited the blood drive and was presented with a gift basket, compliments of the Spearfish McDonald’s, the YMCA in Lead and TRiO staff members. For more information, contact Hupp at 642-6824 or SusanHupp@bhsu.edu.

Bunko Babes will hold cribbage tournament to benefit American Cancer Society - top

The Bunko Babes Team will hold a cribbage tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Sunday, March 26 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1020 State Street in Spearfish.

Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. Cribbage games will run from 2 to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, and snacks will be provided.

For more information, contact Cheryl Leahy at 642-6145 or CherylLeahy@bhsu.edu.

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, March 13 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were: Earley, Hagerty, C. Cremean, Siewert, Polly A. Hall, D. Wessel, Alsup, S. Hupp, and Romkema. Sarkar was absent.


  • English - Undergraduate research approved with request that the committee receive a copy of the rubric for assessment. Writing intensive approved. Global approved.
  • Spanish - Delayed until next meeting with a request that the rubric be supplied to the committee.
  • Speech - Committee asked for further explanation of the pre- and post-measures in the undergraduate research and writing intensive requirements.
  • Education - Discussion was held about the report. The committee requested that Alsup talk to the College of Education about the inclusion or exclusion of the secondary education majors in the report.
  • Chemistry - Undergraduate research approved as a model for others. Writing intensive approved as a model.
  • Composite major in math and science education - Discussion was held about the proposal. The committee requested rubric on how to assess the writing intensive requirement.

The next meeting will be Monday, March 20 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 212, through Wednesday, March 15. 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.

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) (NSF)

The goals of the Partnerships for Innovation Program are to: 1) stimulate the transformation of knowledge created by the research and education enterprise into innovations that create new wealth, build strong local, regional and national economies and improve the national well-being; 2) broaden the participation of all types of academic institutions and all citizens in National Science Foundation (NSF) activities to meet the broad workforce needs of the national innovation enterprise; and 3) catalyze or enhance enabling infrastructure necessary to foster and sustain innovation in the long-term. To develop a set of ideas for pursuing these goals, this competition will support 10-15 promising partnerships among academe, the private sector, and state/local/ federal government that will explore new approaches to support and sustain innovation.

Deadline: June 28, 2006. For more information including eligibility guidelines, see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8389.

Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) (NSF)

The National Science Foundation announces grants in the following areas: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Geosciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Biological Sciences, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Education and Human Resources, Polar Programs, and International Science and Engineering. The categories of proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) are eligible to submit Demonstration Project proposals under this program solicitation. However, for Implementation Projects, the proposing organization of a non-collaborative project or the lead partner in a collaborative project must be a degree-granting, academic institution of higher learning located in the U.S., its territories or possessions. Eligible non-lead partners in collaborative Implementation Project proposals are those identified in the GPG. Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, other senior personnel or investigators involved in FY05 CI-TEAM Demonstration Projects funded by NSF are eligible to submit Demonstration or Implementation Projects to the FY06 CI-TEAM competition, but will be expected to comply with NSF’s requirement to report results from prior funding. FY05 CI-TEAM grants are not a prerequisite for submission to the FY06 CI-TEAM competition in either category. An organization may submit only one proposal (either a CI-TEAM Implementation or Demonstration Project) as the lead organization in response to this solicitation. There is no limit to the number of proposals on which an organization may appear as a subawardee or as a non-lead organization.

Deadline: June 5, 2006. Detailed instructions and additional information can be found at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8385.

Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21) (NIH)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award (CEBRA) is designed to foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them, and to support research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio.

Deadline: Multiple receipt dates are detailed, along with other particulars, at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8379.

Small Research Grant Program (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Investigator-Initiated Small Grant (R03) funding opportunity supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. Investigator-initiated research, also known as unsolicited research, is research funded as a result of an investigator submitting a research grant application to NIH in an investigator's area of interest and competency. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.

Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. For details visit www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8239 and click the link to the full announcement.

Retirement Economics (NIH)

The National Institute of Health through the National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications for research on retirement economics. The research objectives of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) include, but are not limited to: (1) the determinants of retirement behavior, (2) the variation in work patterns in later life, (3) the evolution of health and economic circumstances of individuals through retirement and into later life, (4) time use and life satisfaction before and during retirement, (5) the implications of retirement trends, (6) retirement expectations, (7) international comparisons of retirement and (8) the development of innovative retirement modeling techniques.

Deadline: There are multiple receipt dates. For more information, see the link to the full announcement at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8459.

Alliances for Broadening Participation in STEM (NSF)

The National Science Foundation announces two programs and one supplemental activity to be included under the Alliances for Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering (ABP). This solicitation seeks to increase the number of students successfully completing quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Particular emphasis is placed on supporting groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans and Native Pacific Islanders. ABP support begins at the baccalaureate level with the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. For eligible students, significant financial support is continued for two years of graduate study via the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) activity. Rounding out the ABP cluster are Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), which further the graduate education of minority students through the doctorate level, preparing them for fulfilling opportunities and productive careers as STEM faculty and research professionals.

Deadline: The letter of intent (required) is due June 15, 2006 (AGEP only), and the full proposal is due May 5, 2006. Details are available at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8490.

Reopening the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program (ED)

In order to afford as many eligible applicants as possible an opportunity to receive funding under this US Department of Education program, the Department is reopening the AP Test Fee FY 2006 competition. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.

Deadline: The new application deadline for the competition is April 12, 2006. See www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8472 for a link to the full announcement.

Faculty research funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the fiscal year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office web page.

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.

The committee will also consider proposals for Summer Research Stipends of $2500 each (which require a regular proposal application, but not a budget). Preference for all funding is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, fine arts, social sciences and humanities.

The committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Upcoming deadlines are: March 29 and April 26. 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.

Proposals are now being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document and send it to PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. A single copy with the appropriate signatures should also be mailed or delivered to the Grants Office, Woodburn 213, before the deadline.

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.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. Proposals are being accepted through Friday, March 31 for consideration at the next meeting.

Proposals are now being accepted electronically. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email and send it to PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. A signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall 212. Proposals must consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available on the Grants and Special Projects web page.

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