Volume XXX, No. 12 • April 7, 2006

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Reznikov presents at national conference for the interdisciplinary study of social imagery - top

Dr. Andrey Reznikov

Dr. Andrey Reznikov, assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at Black Hills State University, recently presented “The Power of Words: Wartime Political Language from Washington and from Moscow,” at a professional conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The conference, the sixteenth annual meeting of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery (SISSI), explored the topic “The Image of Power in Literature, Media and Society.” All aspects of the imagery of power were analyzed.

During his presentation, Reznikov discussed wartime political language, the features it exhibits, and examples of “warspeak” from both the U.S. and Russia. He claimed that all “warspeak” follows the model given and is not dependent on the country, political regime, or language. He also moderated the session “Visions” at the conference.

The SISSI is an annual conference on imagery in society with a different thematic focus each year. Previous topics have included: violence, class, the city, and the hero. For more information, see www.chass.colostate-pueblo.edu/sissi.

Reznikov received his master’s degree in English language and literature and his Ph.D. in foreign languages and literatures from St. Petersburg University in Russia. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2004.

More “Hot Spots” added on BHSU campus - top

Anne Koenig, a senior technology major from Chadron, Neb., and Levi Lee, a freshman business administration major from Rapid City, utilize the new wireless capability in the Market Place of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. This is one of eight new “hot spots” recently added on the Black Hills State University campus to make it easy and convenient for students, faculty, staff and guests to connect to the Internet.

BHSU students Anne Koenig and Levi Lee use the new wireless capability in the Student Union Market Place

Black Hills State University now has eight additional wireless “hot spots” on campus.

The new hot spots, which make it convenient for anyone with a wireless equipped computer to connect to the Internet, are available at several locations across campus for students, faculty, staff and guests to use according to Mike Sparker, computer support analyst at Technical Support Services (TSS).

The eight new wireless hot spots were added as part of a goal to have wireless capability in all campus buildings. The E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center at BHSU has had wireless capability for several years. Wireless capability was recently added in the following buildings:

  • David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union – in the Market Place as well as the Jacket Legacy Room and lobby area on the top floor;
  • Clare and Josef Meier Hall - in the lobby and recital hall on the first floor and the lobby area on the second floor;
  • Jonas Hall - most of the second floor;
  • Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center - in the lobby area on the first floor and the Hall of Fame Room and hallway on the second floor.

“This is an added service for our students. Many students are using their own laptops, and students are relying on their PDAs (personal digital assistants) more often as well,” according to Sparker. “This is similar to the type of wireless capability you’ll find at Starbucks and airports when you are traveling.”

Sparker notes that wireless laptops and PDAs must be compatible with WiFi 802.11b/g devices; Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) must be used; and encryption and authentication should be left to default settings.

Last summer, TSS staff members began to expand the wireless availability areas. These new campus locations were chosen after reviewing suggestions from the Academic Computing Council, observing students’ study patterns and receiving suggestions from students about potential locations. He noted the service will be expanded in the future and encourages students as well as faculty and staff, to submit their suggestions for future hot spots on campus.

“We’ve had a positive response on campus. The students like that it’s easy to use. It’s also handy for faculty and staff members who want to use their laptops out of the office,” says Fred Nelson, director of Technical Support Services. He reminds all computer users to make sure their anti-virus software is up-to-date and to use a personal firewall.

The TSS website (http://iis.bhsu.edu/tss/Wireless/Campus_Map.cfm) includes a detailed map of wireless areas on campus.

The system is intended for web-based services and does not offer printing or copying services from personal wireless devices. Guests at BHSU can use the campus wireless system to access the Internet. Guests have limited access and are subject to rules and regulations of the state and university.

For additional information about the hot spots contact TSS at 642-6580 or visit http://iis.bhsu.edu/tss.

Student organizes youth service project in anticipation of Jane Goodall visit - top

Jennifer Ryan, (center) a BHSU student, and her son Noah, along with Kathy Quinn, materials coordinator at CAMSE, display a fleece blanket like the ones they are encouraging youth groups to make as a part of Project Cuddle Bugs. Ryan is coordinator of this project as a part of the Root & Shoots program which was recently instituted at BHSU. Roots & Shoots is a program initiated by Dr. Jane Goodall to inspire youth through service-learning projects. Goodall will make a free presentation at BHSU Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. while she is in the area promoting her Roots & Shoots program.

BHSU student Jennifer Ryan, her son Noah, and CAMSE materials coordinator Kathy Quinn display a fleece blanket

Jennifer Ryan, a Black Hills State University student who is close to earning her teaching degree, feels she is getting an opportunity of a lifetime as she makes plans to hear from one of her mentors. Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE an internationally-renowned primatologist who has a special interest in empowering young people to make a difference, will speak at BHSU Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Center Sports and Fitness Center.

The presentation is open at no charge to the public. Ryan, who works part-time at the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE), is excited to attend the presentation and cherishes the chance to hear from the legendary primatologist. The Goodall presentation offers the public a chance to hear firsthand about her work with chimpanzees, her reasons for hope and her belief in the power of the individual to bring about changes.

Goodall will be in the region promoting the Jane Goodall Institute’s “Roots & Shoots” program, which fosters global connectedness among youth and schools. Goodall travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

It was Goodall’s belief in the power of individuals to affect change that led her to create the Roots & Shoots program. Ryan is coordinating the Roots & Shoots program at BHSU. Roots & Shoots is designed to engage and inspire youth of all ages through service-learning projects.

The international program began when 16 students gathered with Goodall on her front porch in Tanzania in 1991. The students returned to their schools determined to find other interested young people and take action with a variety of service-learning projects. That was the beginning of the Roots & Shoots program; since then it has grown rapidly and now has more than 8,000 groups – ranging in size from two to 2,000 people – registered in more than 95 countries.

“We are looking at ways to get youth involved to make a difference in the world,” Ryan says. “I think getting students active in Dr. Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program is a great opportunity to make a difference in the future.”

Ryan says she is inspired by Goodall’s work and wants to bring that inspiration to her future classrooms so more students will appreciate and learn from Goodall’s groundbreaking work and dedication to service-learning projects.

“I remember learning about Dr. Goodall in my psychology class during my first semester at Black Hills State,” Ryan says. “Since then I’ve learned a lot more about her and I’ve enjoyed watching several documentaries about her work. She’s an awesome person with a lot of passion and drive for what she is doing. She really inspires me and now I’m excited about finding ways to give back to the community. This is an opportunity for me to bring service work into my classrooms so elementary students can be involved.”

Ryan, who is originally from Pierre and will graduate later this year with an elementary education and special education teaching degree, says the Roots & Shoots program is excellent for special education settings as well.

“It’s a perfect way to make my students more aware of the environment and their community. I’ve found that if students can give back to the community, it makes them feel good about themselves as well,” Ryan says. She plans to incorporate some of the Roots & Shoots projects when she does her student teaching in a special education setting this summer.

At BHSU, the Roots & Shoots program is taking a unique approach with their first project, which is known as Project Cuddle Bugs. Ryan and Kathy Quinn, materials coordinator at CAMSE, have decided to engage youth in the community in a service-learning project to make fleece tie blankets which will be given to foster children.

“Often foster children are taken suddenly from their homes and have nothing with them,” Quinn explains. “They are in need of many things, but blankets are the number one need. We are encouraging student groups to create fleece blankets that will be given to foster children. The blanket provides a little security and will make a big difference to the children.”

© Michael Neugebauer
Dr. Jane Goodall with chimpanzee Galahad at Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

Dr. Jane Goodall with chimpanzee Galahad at Gombe National Park, Tanzania

Ryan and Quinn have a goal of donating at least 100 fleece blankets and have enlisted the help of several groups on campus and are making plans to involve elementary and high school students in the region. A local preschool has also expressed an interest in taking part. Ryan is considering scheduling a family make-a-blanket day to encourage families to work together to make blankets.

The blankets will be distributed among three social service offices in the region. All interested people are encouraged to participate. Specific instructions to create the blankets are included on the CAMSE website at www.camse.org/rootsandshoots. Quinn noted that leftover fleece material can be donated to Roots & Shoots and used to make scarves, hats and other items. According to Quinn, the first 50 blankets donations will each receive a plant seedling which will in turn improve the environment. New fleece blanket donations will also be accepted at the Goodall presentation.

In the future, the BHSU Roots & Shoots program is considering taking part in the International Peace Day. Goodall, a United Nation’s Messenger of Peace, encourages projects to promote International Peace Day, which is held in the fall. The group is also considering a regional penny campaign to raise money and other community service projects. They may also expand on the Cuddle Bugs project.

For more information about the Roots & Shoots program contact KathyQuinn@bhsu.edu or call 642-6872. For details about Goodall’s presentation contact the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU at HollyDowning@bhsu.edu or call 642-6420.

Research symposium honors students for their projects - top

One of the winning research projects at the eighth annual Black Hills Research Symposium at BHSU was this project by Laurelin Cottingham, a senior biology major from Rapid City.

BHSU student Laurelin Cottingham displays her winning research project

Several Black Hills State University students were honored for their research projects during the eighth annual Black Hills Research Symposium, “A Celebration of Student Research” last week at BHSU.

The Black Hills Research Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference to showcase undergraduate research activity at BHSU. More than 20 posters highlighting student research projects were on display. Students were also available to discuss their projects. Research topics varied greatly with projects featuring a variety of plant and animal studies, the Middle East Democratic process, comprehension strategies, impulsivity, gambling beliefs, art experimentation in landscape and distance, and game theoretic analysis of a simple business plan.

Four projects were honored at the conclusion of the program. Students with winning projects were: Nicole Brink, a senior biology major from Rapid City, for “Bacterial Succession on Slides in Spearfish Creek, sponsored by David Bergmann, a assistant biology professor; Forrest Cain, a senior biology major from Deadwood, for “A Study of the Prion Protein (PRP) Gene: The Evolutionary History and Serial Transmission to Unrelated Specie,” sponsored by Dr. Cynthia Anderson and Dr. Shane Sarver; Laurelin Cottingham, a senior biology major from Rapid City for “Genetic Variance in the Smooth Green Snake, Orpheodrys vernalis, in South Dakota,” sponsored by biology faculty members Dr. Brian Smith, Dr. Cynthia Anderson, and Dr. Shane Sarver.; and Elissa Nesheim, a senior art major from Rapid City, for “Experimentation: Landscape and Distance,” sponsored by David Wilson, art faculty member.

Other students who presented their research projects were: Callie Ackerman, a senior biology major from Hulett, Wyo.; Bryan Batien, a senior psychology major from Wolsey; Denis Birgenheir, a senior psychology major from Rapid City; Carrie Bond, a senior political science major from Rapid City; Lauren Foster, a senior elementary education major from Torrington, Wyo.; Jennifer Toms, a senior elementary education major from Rapid City; Riston Haugen, a junior biology major from Baltic; Jay Heeren, a sophomore chemistry major from Belle Fourche; Anna Hermanson, a senior chemistry major from Hot Springs; Peter Lemke, a freshman business administration major from Sturgis; Jacob Miller, a sophomore biology major from Pierre; Theresa Mutter, a senior mass communications major from Oehningen, Germany; Dustin Price, a senior art major from Rapid City; Tyler Voorhees, a junior biology major from Hitchcock; Lexi Steffes, a recent graduate; Shane Ziegenbein, a senior biology major from Sturgis; and Linda Zierer, a junior biology major from Sturgis.

The research symposium keynote speaker, Kirk Kirkpatrick, an advertising executive and author, presented an entertaining and informative look at national retail advertising campaigns. Kirkpatrick is the executive creative director for Bernstein-Rein, one of the most prestigious advertising/marketing firms in America. He oversees the creative development of advertising campaigns for the world’s largest company – Wal-Mart stores.

Black Hills Research Symposium Committee members served as judges for the research projects. Committee members include: Len Austin, education; Cynthia Chandler, education; Holly Downing, biology; Pam Carriveau, political science; Ann Porter, art; Priscilla Romkema, business; Scott Stoltenberg, psychology; Sheng Yang, business; and Mike Zehfus, chemistry.

For additional information about the research symposium contact Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, at 642-6420.

“Thai Dinner Night” is scheduled for next week - top

The Black Hills State University Lodging Management class is planning their second annual “Thai Dinner Night” fundraiser. In celebration of Thailand's New Year, the class and their professor, Dr. Siriporn McDowall, will serve a traditional Thai dinner Tuesday, April 11 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Bay Leaf Cafe, 126 West Hudson Street in Spearfish.

The fundraiser will support the Spearfish Convention and Visitor Bureau's “Tourism Begins at Home” campaign and 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.

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.

BHSU community invited to voice opinions on democracy in America - top

Black Hills State University faculty, staff and students, in addition to community members, are invited to participate in an open forum, “Democracy in America: Restoring the Voice,” Tuesday, April 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Meier Hall Room 127.

Participants in the forum will have the opportunity to share their opinions on what they think about the current state of democracy in America and what they think democracy in America should be. The forum will be filmed by Alantis Productions for a national television network.

The forum is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information contact Renn Reed, Alantis Productions, at 605-456-1500.

Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk will be April 22 - top

Kevin Whirlwind Horse
Whirlwind Horse

The 21st annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk will be held on the Black Hills State University campus Saturday, April 22, in conjunction with the Lakota Omniciye spring powwow. Registration for the run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

The memorial run/walk is held each year in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former BHSU student who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Marla Herman, a fellow student and member of the Lakota Omniciye student organization at the time, organized the race the following spring. It has been held on the BHSU campus every year since then.

This year a new course will be ran using the Spearfish run/walk path that winds through the City Park and out toward Spearfish Canyon. A map of the new route will be posted at the Young Center for viewing prior to the race.

Whirlwind Horse was an active and respected student leader, and the memorial run/walk fundraiser serves to recognize the achievements of students who are working to improve their campus, community, and world through the active pursuit of higher education. Each year, one $500 scholarship is presented to an American Indian sophomore who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and leadership skills.

There are race categories for all ages. All participants will receive a t-shirt. The registration fee is $15. Proceeds will go to the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship fund. For more information call BHSU Student Support Services at 642-6294.

Wheaton will discuss dual enrollment options with Lead High School students - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of enrollment at Black Hills State University, will visit Lead High School Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. to discuss dual enrollment options available to interested high school students.

The dual enrollment policy in South Dakota, which was enacted through a legislative bill passed in 1990, allows high school students to get a jump start on their college career while fulfilling high school requirements. Courses can be transferred to any South Dakota Regental university as well as to out-of-state universities.

BHSU offers classes at its Spearfish campus and in several locations in Rapid City. Some courses are also available through the Internet or by correspondence.

For more information see www.bhsu.edu/Dual+Credit.aspx or visit with a high school counselor.

Deadline nears for Spearfish High School dual enrollment - top

Students from Spearfish High School (SHS) who are interested in taking dual credit courses from Black Hills State University should fill out a dual enrollment application, which is available at the Spearfish High School guidance office. According to Tom Wheaton, assistant director of enrollment services at BHSU, dual enrollment applications from Spearfish High School students are due in the SHS guidance office Wednesday, April 12. For more information students should visit with guidance office staff members.

Dual credit courses give students the opportunity to take a university course while attending high school. Dual enrollment classes can help ease the transition from high school to university courses because they give students the opportunity to experience a university-level classroom and adjust to university-level academic expectations. Students learn to work on their own and set study timelines. It’s an opportunity for ambitious high school students to get a jump start on their college careers according to Wheaton.

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, March 27 and Monday, April 3 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present at the March 27 meeting were: Earley, P. Hall, D. Wessel, S. Hupp, Alsup, Hagerty, Romkema, C. Cremean, and Sarkar. Siewert was absent.

The following items were discussed:

Education - The committee discussed the undergraduate research and writing intensive requirements for education. Alsup reported that there was an ongoing dialogue within the college and would report next week.

Physical education - Discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

NSSE/FSSE - Chair reported that about 23 percent of the students had responded to the National Survey of Student Engagement and about 33 percent of the faculty had responded to the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. After the data is collected and tabulated at the end of the semester, the chair will bring it to the committee in the fall.

Reports for next fall - Chair agreed to send out the form used previously for reports in hopes that the committee would revise and include the writing intensive, undergraduate research and global requirements. The committee agreed to review the document at the next meeting.

Missing reports - Chair reported that the committee still needed the original report from environmental physical science, and the rewrites from biology undergraduate research, history, composite social science and social science, American Indian studies, and technology education. He had contacted Deans Downing and Sarkar and requested that they be submitted ASAP.

Present at the April 3 meeting were: D. Wessel, P. Hall, Alsup, Hagerty, Siewert, S. Hupp, C. Cremean, Sarkar, and G. Earley. Romkema was absent.

The following assessment proposals were discussed:

Education - The College of Education recommended that the K-12 and 7-12 education majors that are also being evaluated in their content discipline for the intensive writing and the undergraduate research requirements should only be required to submit one report which would be in their content discipline. A motion was made and passed. It is still in dialogue about whether or not the seed course meets the undergraduate research requirement.

History - The committee voted to ask for rewrite and resubmission of both the writing intensive and undergraduate research proposals.

Human Services - The committee voted to ask for rewrite and resubmission of both the writing intensive and undergraduate research proposals.

Reports still missing - Environmental physical science and rewrites of biology for undergraduate research, American Indian studies, composite social science and social science, technology education, technology, and wellness management still need to be submitted.

The committee discussed the format for assessment reports for next year and decided to wait for guidance from the new president in the fall.

The next University Assessment Committee meeting will be Monday, April 10 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Thursday, April 6. 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.

Academies for Young Scientists (NSFAYS)

The National Science Foundation seeks to support NSFAYS Projects that will create, implement, evaluate, and disseminate effective models to attract K-8 students to, prepare them for, and retain them in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, leading to an increase in the pool of students continuing in STEM coursework in high school and considering careers in STEM fields. Models must be built on sustainable partnerships of formal and informal education providers, business/industry, and colleges of education. The foundation solicits highly innovative projects that expose students to innovative out-of-school time (OST) learning experiences that demonstrate effective synergies with in-school curricula, and take full advantage of the special attributes of each educational setting in synergistic ways. Projects should structure highly motivational experiences for students while providing essential STEM preparation. Professional development for classroom teachers and OST education providers will be critical to the success of NSFAYS Projects. The portfolio of NSFAYS Projects is intended to explore a variety of implementation models in urban, rural and suburban settings representing diverse student populations. This portfolio of projects, taken as a whole, should inform NSF and the broader educational community of what works and what does not, for whom, in what settings. One NSFAYS Research and Evaluation Center will be funded to provide research and evaluation support for the NSFAYS program. It is anticipated that the center will synthesize research emerging from the funded NSFAYS Projects and have responsibility for national dissemination of program models, findings, and best practices.

Deadline: June 30, 2006. Letters of intent (required) are due May 31, 2006. For more information go to www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8853.

Computational Science Training for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences

The goal of The National Science Foundation’s Computational Science Training for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences (CSUMS) is to enhance computational aspects of the education and training of undergraduate students in the mathematical sciences -- mathematics and statistics -- and to better prepare these students to pursue careers and graduate study in fields that require integrated strengths in computation and the mathematical sciences. The core of the activity is long-term research experiences for cohorts of at least six undergraduates. Projects must focus on research topics that require interplay between computation and mathematics or statistics. They should expose students to contemporary mathematics, statistics, and computation, addressed with modern research tools and methods. That is, projects must be genuine research experiences rather than rehearsals of research methods. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged, and appropriate mentorship from the disciplines involved is welcomed. In addition, we expect that projects will strengthen the research and education capacity, infrastructure, and culture of the participating institutions. To this end, we welcome projects that create models for education in the mathematical sciences and influence the direction of academic programs for a broad range of students. CSUMS is a joint effort of the Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) directorates at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Deadline: June 17, 2006. More information and a link to the full announcement are available at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8746.

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 $2,500 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. The next deadline is Wednesday, April 26. This may be the last opportunity to apply this academic year. 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 hard copy with the appropriate signatures should also be mailed or delivered to the Grants Office, Woodburn 213, before the deadline.

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