Reznikov presents at
national conference for the interdisciplinary study of social imagery
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
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.
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
- 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
“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
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
Student organizes youth service
project in anticipation of Jane Goodall visit -
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.
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
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,
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 -
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.
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
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 –
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,
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
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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
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 -
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
The forum is sponsored by the College of Arts and
Sciences. For more information contact Renn Reed, Alantis Productions,
Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk will be April 22 -
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
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
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
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 -
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
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
Physical education - Discussion was tabled until the next
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
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
Human Services - The committee voted to ask for
rewrite and resubmission of both the writing intensive and undergraduate
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
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
Grant opportunities announced
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
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
Computational Science Training for Undergraduates in the Mathematical
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
Deadline: June 17, 2006. More information and a link to the
full announcement are available at
Faculty research funds available
The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the fiscal
year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office
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.