Volume XXX, No. 13 • April 14, 2006

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Romkema honored by Chamber of Commerce - top

Fred and Priscilla RomkemaDr. Priscilla Romkema, chair of the management and marketing department in the College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University, shown with her husband, Fred, received the 2006 "Spirit of Spearfish" award at the 87th annual Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. She has served as president for both the Spearfish Chamber Board and Spearfish Economic Development Committee.

Romkema joined the BHSU faculty in 1997. She has a Ph.D. in education and a master’s degree in business education, both from the University of Wyoming. She earned her undergraduate degree from BHSU in instrumental music. Romkema also directs the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at BHSU.

Colmenero-Chilberg attends Oxford Round Table - top

Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg

Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, assistant sociology professor at Black Hills State University, recently attended the Oxford Round Table on Diversity that was held in Oxford, England.

Colmenero-Chilberg was one of 35 participants from around the world to be invited to attend the one-week conference held at St. Anne’s, Lady Margaret Hall, and New College of Oxford University. The purpose of the conference was to investigate diversity in its many forms. Participants also had the opportunity to study the educational system of Oxford University, a tutorial system that focuses on one-on-one learning opportunities, developing depth of knowledge and understanding in a single subject area.

Colmenero-Chilberg’s presentation, “Gender in Pop Culture: “Reading” the Power in Popular Fiction,” explored the under-investigated area of mass market paperback fiction. During the presentation, she contended that the socially powerful and lucrative field of publishing continues to be predominantly male dominated and male focused. Funding for this presentation was provided by the Instructional Improvement Committee at BHSU.

The Oxford Round Table was created to provide a forum for “the study and consideration of current issues facing state and national systems of education.” Attendees, individuals who have been invited to attend because of work they have done in the conference topic, come from both public and private sectors of various countries.

Colmenero-Chilberg received bachelor’s degrees in English and history from South Dakota State University. She also earned a master’s degree in English from Pittsburg State University and a Ph.D. in sociology from South Dakota State University. She has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2005.

Hickenbotham receives national merit award for environmental education - top

Micheline Hickenbotham

Micheline Hickenbotham, assistant education professor at Black Hills State University, recently was presented with the South Dakota Outstanding Environmental Educator Award and the national merit award in Environmental Education for her work with Project Learning Tree.

Hickenbotham will travel to the National Project Learning Tree Convention at Virginia Beach this spring to receive her award. Each state submits a nomination and Hickenbotham, as a finalist, was in the top eight to receive this award.

Since 1999, Hickenbotham has been teaching pre-service teachers at the senior level. She teaches kindergarten through eighth grade science methods classes and math methods classes. Her accomplishments include supervising interns who are conducting their student teaching in up to 10 districts within a 100-mile radius of Spearfish. She serves as a math elementary and middle school specialist for the Rapid City and Belle Fourche school districts. She also serves as a math consultant for K-8 schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Crazy Horse School, and Wounded Knee School. Hickenbotham previously taught 16 years in Belgium, Europe, and nine years on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Throughout her teaching career, Hickenbotham has incorporated the importance of environmental education and good stewardship of the land.

“Hickenbotham sets the award-winning example of an environmental educator through her outstanding history in the regular classroom along with her tenure at BHSU. She takes full advantage of our location as she influences approximately 80 aspiring teachers each year in her work as the K-8 Science Methods teacher,” according to Dr. Nancy Hall, dean of the College of Education at BHSU. She added that Hickenbotham has incorporated training for students in air quality, water quality, field-based study of plants, wildlife environmental programs, and a wilderness and land ethics curriculum.

“Micheline’s skills are in modeling critical thinking in her courses and teaching future teachers the techniques which stimulate critical and creative thought. She exemplifies dedication to teaching through a balanced environmental education program as she supports Project Learning Tree’s mission to teach how to think, not what to think,” Hall said.

Hall also praised Hickenbotham for leading by example and being passionate about environmental issues.

“She inspires in her students a desire to take action and then provides opportunities for them to learn how to make a difference,” said Hall. Her students have recently participated in National Youth Service Day, Walk for the Wild, the Outdoor Education Journey, the Wildlife Sanctuary Service Learning Project, and the Step Outside Program.

Hickenbotham is also involved in several other organizations and committees including serving as president (2006-2008) of the South Dakota Science Teachers Association; acting as an advisor of the BHSU National Science Teacher Association Student Chapter; and serving as co-chair of the BHSU Global Awareness Committee, a member of the state and national Science Teacher Associations and the South Dakota and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; and member of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

Hickenbotham, who earned an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in language arts in Brussels, Belgium, joined the BHSU faculty in 1999.

Paul Young offers exercise help and training programs - top

Paul Young, fitness center director and certified strength and conditioning specialist, helps community member Ray Spellmann with his workout program and training. Young offers programs like exercise prescription, exercise technique, and metabolic training to students, faculty members, and community members.

BHSU staff member Paul Young helps community member Ray Spellman with his exercise training program

Paul Young, fitness center director and certified strength and conditioning specialist, at Black Hills State University, is available to help students, faculty, and community members with exercise prescription (setting up a fitness program), exercise technique (from machines to Olympic style weightlifting), strength training programs (from general fitness to athletic performance), metabolic training (general cardiovascular to athletic performance), and other fitness/training questions.

The programs Young offers have been available for the last 15 years and he wants to remind people that the programs and training that they need is available. Young gives structure and help to anyone who wants it.

“My door is always open to anyone for questions, information on exercise and training, and help. I have worked with everything from dance training to injuries,” Young said.

To help people who can’t get into the Young Center during the day, Young recently gave a workout session in the Business and Technology Department at Black Hills State University, titled “Exercises to do in the Office.” The session taught business people and students how to work out during the day while sitting at their desks.

By the summer of 2006, the Young Center will have $20,000 worth of brand new cardiovascular machines and weight equipment. Young hopes that with the new equipment more students, faculty, and community members with take advantage of the first-class facilities. Students and faculty members have access to Young’s programs at no charge. Community members can also access the programs by purchasing a community membership.

“Many students don’t realize that their general activity fee covers the charges for the Young Center, and they should really take advantage of not only my services, but the Young Center too,” Young said.

The Young Center is open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Young at 642-6314 or stop by his office located in the fitness room in the Young Center.

Reception will be held to honor retirees and employee awardees - top

Black Hills State University will host a reception Tuesday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room to honor retiring faculty and staff members as well as to recognize employees who are receiving special awards and longevity awards. The program will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Retiring faculty and staff members who will be recognized include: Jim Bechtold, facilities services; Deatta Chapel, student support services; Dr. Earl Chrysler, business professor; Arlene Denker, facilities services; Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU; Barbara Hale, assistant business professor; Valerie Hawkins, assistant library professor; Gary Hunt, facilities services; and Dr. Sharon Strand, associate English professor.

BHSU will present the following awards:

  • Committee Award to the Finance/HRIS Implementation Team which includes Rod Bartholomew, Anita Haeder, Susan Hemmingson, Donna Kloppel, Roxy Schmit, Tracey Steinbach, Jerry Swarts and Diane Watson;
  • Community Service Award to Randy Culver, associate director of facilities services;
  • Distinguished Faculty Member Award to Dr. Randall Royer, professor of music;
  • Outstanding University Service Award to Terry Hupp, director of instructional technology;
  • Student Service Award to Dawn Kennedy, registration officer;
  • University Area Award to library staff members Scott Ahola, Rajeev Bukralia, Alicia Caldanaro, Rebecca Cooper, Valerie Hawkins, Roberta Sago, Karen Stacy and Melora Tripp.

Twenty-three BHSU employees will be recognized with longevity awards commemorating their years of service.

BHSU will host 24th annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi in conjunction with American Indian Awareness Week - top

American Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University will include the annual powwow, presentations by two Tribal presidents, a community powwow dance performance as well as many other speakers and events. Events will be held Tuesday, April 18 through Sunday, April 23.

American Indian Awareness Week, an annual week of events put together by BHSU student organizations Lakota Omniciye and the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) to promote cultural understanding in the region, will conclude with the 24th annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (powwow) Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. This year’s theme is “Sovereignty Warriors.”

In response to the theme, two Tribal presidents will give presentations during the week. Cecelia Fire Thunder, Oglala Sioux Tribal President, will speak Tuesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Standing Rock Tribal President, will speak Friday, April 21 at 1 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 307.

Wacipi is a Lakota term meaning a gathering where people come to dance. Dancers from the region will compete in several categories and age groups. They will perform to traditional American Indian powwow music sung by drum groups from throughout the region. Weekend events will also feature a free buffalo feed and the annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk.

This year, seven dancers representing the different dance categories will also perform Thursday, April 20 during a Community American Indian Awareness Night. The dancers will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tretheway Park Pavilion in the Spearfish City Park.

Powwow admission for the general public is $4 per session or $8 for all sessions. Admission is free for BHSU students, faculty, and staff with an ACE card, elders 60 and over and children six and under. All other events during American Indian Awareness Week are free and open to all. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact the BHSU Center for Indian Studies at 642-6578 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

American Indian Awareness Week sponsors include the BHSU Center for Indian Studies, the South Dakota Humanities Council, the Bush Grant, United Campus Ministries, Wal-Mart, the City of Spearfish, Roma’s Ristorante, and the BHSU Student Senate.

The week’s events will include:

Tuesday, April 18

  • Cecelia Fire Thunder, Oglala Sioux Tribal President
    2 p.m. - David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room

Wednesday, April 19

  • “Rock Art” by Bill O’Donnell
    9 a.m. - Jonas Hall Room 107
  • “Lakota Nutrition” by Gerri Goes In Center
    12 noon – Jonas Hall Room 107

Thursday, April 20

  • “Rock Art” by Bill O’Donnell
    9:30 a.m. – Jonas Hall Room 107
  • “Lakota Thought” by Albert White Hat
    12:30 p.m. – Jonas Hall Room 107
  • “Dakota Beliefs” by Belinda Joe
    4 p.m. – Meier Hall Room 128
  • Spearfish Community American Indian Awareness Night
    6 to 9 p.m. – Tretheway Park Pavilion in the Spearfish City Park

Friday, April 21

  • “Lakota Oral Tradition” by Albert White Hat
    9 a.m. - Jonas Hall Room 107
  • “Dakota Women” by Belinda Joe
    12 noon – Jonas Hall Room 107
  • Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Standing Rock Tribal President
    1 to 1:50 p.m. – Jonas Hall Room 307
  • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi Grand Entry
    7 p.m. – Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

Saturday, April 22

  • Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk
    10 a.m. - Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
  • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    1 and 7 p.m. – Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
  • Free Buffalo Feed
    5 p.m. – David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place

Sunday, April 23

  • Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
    1 p.m. – Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

Reading council will hold last meeting of year - top

The BHSU Reading council will hold their final meeting for the 2005-06 school year Tuesday, April 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 204.

At the meeting, Kari Massie McLaughlin will present the book series she is creating for publication, entitled My Adventure with Dinosaurs. McLaughlin teaches gifted and talented students in Gillette, Wyo.

For more information, contact Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant education professor and advisor of the BHSU Reading Council, at JoannaJones@bhsu.edu or 642-6405.

Jane Goodall to speak at Black Hills State University - top

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

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

Dr. Jane Goodall, internationally renowned primate expert, will speak at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of Black Hills State University Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. There is no admission charge for the event. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for general seating. Goodall will do a booksigning following her lecture. Books and other materials will be available for purchase.

Goodall’s 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 change. Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in June 1960, under the mentorship of anthropologist and paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. Her work would become the foundation of future primatological research and would redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

According to Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, Goodall’s presentation is an opportunity for students, faculty and community people to hear firsthand from one of the most influential people in the field of animal behavior who has inspired many scientists throughout her career. Goodall will discuss the threats facing chimpanzees and other environmental crises.

“Dr. Goodall has a long history of excellent research and really significant work toward conservation worldwide. To have a person like Jane Goodall speaking on our campus is a real opportunity for faculty, students and people in the community. It’s a real honor to have Jane Goodall on our campus,” Downing said. Goodall is recognized nationally as an outstanding speaker.

Goodall will be in the region promoting her “Roots and Shoots” program, which fosters global connectedness among youth and schools. BHSU recently established a local “Roots and Shoots” program and is taking a unique approach with their first project, which is known as Project Cuddle Bugs. Jennifer Ryan, a senior BHSU student majoring in education from Pierre, 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.

The BHSU “Roots and Shoots” program has a goal of donating at least 100 fleece blankets to three regional social services offices. They have enlisted the help of several groups on campus and are making plans to involve elementary and high school students 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. 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 is considering other community service projects as well. They may also expand on the Cuddle Bugs project.

Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior transformed scientific perceptions concerning the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and the “Roots and Shoots” education program, which has groups in more than 90 countries.

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.

Goodall's scores of honors include the Medal of Tanzania, the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal, Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research 2003, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, and the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence. In April 2002 Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Goodall a United Nations “Messenger of Peace.” In 2004, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles invested Goodall as a Dame of the British Empire, the female equivalent of knighthood.

Goodall’s list of publications includes her latest book Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, two overviews of her work at Gombe — In the Shadow of Man and Through a Window as well as two autobiographies in letters, the best-selling autobiography Reason for Hope and many children's books. The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior is the definitive scientific work on chimpanzees and is the culmination of Goodall's scientific career. She has been the subject of numerous television documentaries and is featured in the large-screen format film, Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees (2002). In 2004 she was featured in two Discovery Channel Animal Planet specials—Jane Goodall’s Return to Gombe and Jane Goodall’s State of the Great Ape.

For more information about Goodall’s presentation contact the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU at HollyDowning@bhsu.edu or 642-6420.

Career Center to host teacher job fair - top

The Black Hills State University Career Center is sponsoring the sixth annual Black Hills Teacher Fair Thursday, April 20. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

The BHSU Career Center will provide students with the opportunity to meet and interview with potential employers, including representatives from over 60 school districts from across the United States as well as international recruiters. Districts are seeking teachers for all grade levels and all areas this year. Community members are welcome to attend the fair at no cost. Applicants are encouraged to come early, bring a resume and references, and be prepared to interview.

For more information or to view a current list of registered school districts, see www.bhsu.edu/careers. Call the Career Center at 642-6277 with questions.

Theatre Department will present last production of the season - top

The Black Hills State University Theatre Department will stage their production of “Lysistrata” Thursday, April 20; Friday, April 21; and Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

“Lysistrata” is a play about the women of Athens, led by one woman, Lysistrata, and supported by female delegates from the other states of Hellas who are determined to take matters into their own hands and force the men to stop the war. Every wife and mistress is to refuse all sexual favors until the men have reached a peace. Before long the device of the bold Lysistrata proves entirely effective. Peace is concluded, and the play ends with the hilarious festivities of the Athenian and Spartan plenipotentiaries in celebration of the event.

Cast members include: Mariah Bartlett, a sophomore from Fruitdale, as Lysistrata; Vanessa Kitzler, a BHSU alumna, as Kalonike; Kristin DiSanto, a freshman from Rapid City, as Myrrhina; Lydia Graslie, a sophomore English major from Rapid City, as Lampito; Rebecca Steffen, a senior English major from Ft. Pierre, as Corinthian; Jared McDaris, a senior English major from Ashland, Neb., as Magistrate; Ian Vytlacil, a junior mass communications major from Box Elder, as Kinesias; Jared Hall, a senior speech communications major from Gettysburg, as Herald; Darin Pederson, a senior biology major from Spearfish, as Spartan Ambassador; Michael Boring, a sophomore history major from Pierre, as a Spartan; Sarah Trapp, a sophomore mass communications major from Rawlins, Wyo., as Harmony; Andrew Rexroad, a freshman speech communications major from Black Hawk, as Tramp 1; and Ben Baughman, a freshman biology major from Box Elder, as Tramp 2.

The women’s chorus will include: Trapp; Graslie; Anna Coyle, a junior English major from Gillette, Wyo.; Danielle Scherer, a junior pre-med major from Custer; Christina Coon, a freshman speech communications major from Sturgis; and community member Jessica Juhrend.

The men’s chorus will include: Rexroad; Baughman; Hall; Pederson; Cassidy Keyser, a freshman mass communications major from Rapid City; Michael Hollinger, a sophomore speech communications major from Hill City; Chris Weiss, a sophomore business administration major from Rapid City; and Sean Pence, a sophomore mass communications major from Hot Springs.

This production is recommended for mature audiences as it contains sexual situations and profanity. For more information or to reserve tickets call the BHSU box office at 642-6171. The cost to attend for community members is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children and seniors age 65 and older.

UP Team makes plans for annual Festival on the Green - top

Piebald, an Indie and pop rock band from Andover, Mass., will headline the annual Festival on the Green at Black Hills State University Friday, April 28 on the campus green outside Clare and Josef Meier Hall.


The University Programming (UP) Team at Black Hills State University will hold its annual Festival on the Green (FOG) Friday, April 28 from 3 p.m. until dusk on the campus green outside Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Four bands will be performing throughout the afternoon. Headliners Piebald, from Andover, Mass., will play a combination of Indie and pop rock. McKinsey, from Gillette, Wyo., will perform Indie rock. Local bands Sweatband, whose members live in Rapid City and Spearfish, will play a combination of funk, rock and reggae; and Reddmen, from Rapid City, will play pop and rock music.

The festival will also offer a variety of goods and services provided by student organizations and community businesses and organizations. Booth space is $8 per table, collected the day of the event. Proceeds from the booth rentals will be donated to the Western Hills Humane Society. Anyone wishing to have a booth at the festival should contact Katie at 642-6418 or stop by the UP Team office in room 123 of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

In case of inclement weather, the bands will perform in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium and all vendor booths will be canceled due to space restrictions.

FOG is sponsored by the BHSU UP Team Concert and Variety Entertainment Committee. There is no charge for admission, and the public is welcome to attend. For more information call the UP Team office at 642-6418.

BHSU community invited to participate in Spearfish Capital for a Day events - top

Black Hills State University faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in Spearfish’s Capital for a Day events Wednesday, May 17.

Plans are now being made for a variety of Capital for a Day activities. BHSU community members who would like to be involved should contact Corinne Hansen, director of university communications, at 642-6215.

“Capital for a Day brings government to the people,” said Gov. Mike Rounds. “Those who are unable to travel to Pierre on a regular basis have an opportunity to discuss their issues with the different agencies. It also gives state employees a chance to learn more about activities in the regions. I’m looking forward to visiting the Spearfish community and learning about topics important to the people living there.”

“Capital for a Day is a fantastic opportunity to personally interact with our elected officials and government,” said Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck. “All Spearfish citizens should mark May 17 on their calendars. Adults, children and students should plan to participate in the activities as the business of state government is conducted in our community.”

A complete agenda will be released later. There will be an executive branch expo when officials from state cabinet offices are available to meet with members of the public from 3:30-5:30 p.m., followed by a community dinner with the governor from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets for the community dinner will be available at the city office and at the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce office.

In the last two years, Rounds and his team have visited 17 communities in South Dakota. For more information on this event contact Jodi Friedel, city of Spearfish human resources coordinator, at 642-1354.

Reading Council members participate in book distribution and annual convention - top

Black Hills State University Reading Council member Nicole Krcil leads Whitewood Elementary School students in the Reader’s Oath during the council’s third and final Reading is Fundamental book distribution for the 2005-06 school year. The students were then able to choose a book to add to their home library.

BHSU student Nicole Krcil leads Whitewood Elementary School students in the Reader's Oath

Black Hills State University Reading Council members recently showed their support of independent reading time for students through their participation in a Reading is Fundamental book distribution and the 35th annual South Dakota Reading Council Convention.

The BHSU Reading Council celebrated Read Across America Day with their third and final Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) book distribution for the 2005-06 school year. Books were given to Whitewood Elementary School students.

RIF is a book distribution program that increases student reading opportunities by increasing the number of books in the students’ personal libraries. According to Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant education professor at BHSU and advisor for the BHSU Reading Council, increasing free, independent reading time for students improves their reading scores.

Council members also showed their support of reading at the 35th annual South Dakota Reading Council Convention in Pierre. Three members gave presentations at the convention and other members prepared student-made books that were shared during the final two sessions of the convention.

BHSU Reading Council president Samantha Burr, a senior elementary education major from Gillette, Wyo., presented “Book Packets;” secretary Barb Schuler, a senior elementary education major from Eagle Butte, presented “Read, Write, and Fold-a-Book;” and past-president Stephanie Hobbs, a senior elementary education major from Spearfish, presented “Powerful Predictable Books.”

Student-made books exhibited at the convention were prepared by: Schuler; Rachel Braaten, a senior elementary education major from Thermopolis, Wyo.; Jackie Czywczynski, a senior elementary education major from Rapid City; Billie Dillman, a senior early childhood/special education major from Spearfish; Nicole Krcil, a senior elementary education major from Wagner; Jannette Kruse, a senior elementary education major from Rapid City; Brittany Leach, a senior elementary education major from Rapid City; Andrea Mravlja, a senior elementary education major from Gillette, Wyo.; Jennifer Ryan, a senior elementary education major from Pierre; and Jennifer Yotter, a senior elementary education major from Rapid City. Jones accompanied the three presenters to the conference and assisted with the presentations.

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

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

Present were: Earley, P. Hall, Sarkar, Alsup, Siewert, D. Wessel, and visitor C. Hess. S. Hupp, Romkema, and C. Cremean were absent.

NSSE/FSSE - Chair reported that 52 percent of the faculty and 22 percent of the students have responded to these surveys.

Wellness Management - The committee voted to ask for a rewrite of the proposal on the following points:

  • Undergraduate research requirement - Point 2 on outcomes should be exactly as written in the catalog. In addition, the course should have an element which does a literature review and also a design of a research project.
  • Writing intensive requirement - The proposal needs a greater explanation. It is not clear whether points 1 and 2 are the same or not. How are they to be used to assess the major?

Education - The committee voted to ask the College of Education to submit two reports next year:

  • One for ELED, ECE, EC/SE majors using ELED 315 as the writing requirement
  • One for the remaining major - K-12 special education

The understanding was that SEED 450 would not be used as the writing intensive requirement. ELED 315 was discussed as to whether or not it should be the undergraduate research requirement. The committee understands that the content majors would be assessed in their major area.

Physical Education - The writing intensive requirement must be revised and must use something other than SEED 450. The undergraduate research requirement was accepted.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Wednesday, April 12. 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.

Individual Research Seed Grant Program (SD BOR)

The South Dakota Board of Regents is again sponsoring an individual research seed grant program as one of the several initiatives designed to strengthen South Dakota’s research competitiveness and to generate commercial activity derived from research. The program has been established in response to Governor Rounds’ 2010 Initiative, specifically Goal Three, which challenges the state to “become a recognized leader in research and technology development by 2010.” Recruiting researchers to staff the new 2010 Research Centers and to work in new Ph.D. programs will be a tremendous boost to the Governor’s effort, but increasing research expectations and opportunities for existing faculty is also very important. Through this FY2007 request for proposals (RFP), the South Dakota Board of Regents solicits applications for funds to provide individual research seed grants. The amount of funds available for this program is approximately $450,000. This should allow approximately 20 awards to be made based upon the quality of the grant submissions. Faculty who have not previously participated in a research project but who have a research area that they would like to pursue are particularly encouraged to make application.

Deadline: May 5, 2006. Anticipated announcement of awards is June 2006, and the grant period will be Aug. 15, 2006, to Aug. 14, 2007. See www.sdbor.edu/administration/research/index.htm for more information.

Innovation Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants (NEA)

The National Education Association Foundation announces their Innovation Grants and Learning and Leadership Grants. These grants provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth. The grants also fund project-based learning and break-the-mold innovations that significantly improve achievement for underserved students. The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Break-the-mold ideas that focus on closing the achievement gap for underserved students are particularly encouraged. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. Preference will be given to applicants who serve economically disadvantaged students. The grant amount is $5,000. Grant funds may not be used to pursue degrees, pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, or salaries; or support travel costs or conference fees for more than one person. With the exception of study groups, applicants may not use grant funds to pay themselves stipends. Grant funds may not be used to serve K–12 students in after-school or weekend settings. Funds may not be used for lobbying or religious purposes. Identical applications will not be considered.

Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time. Applications received by June 1, 2006, will receive notification by Nov. 15, 2006. The full announcement is available at www.neafoundation.org/programs/grantguides.htm.

Faculty Research Committee funds deadline approaches - top

The Faculty Research Committee will consider proposals for $2,500 summer research stipends at their next meeting. All proposals must be received by the Wednesday, April 26 deadline. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office web page.

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.

Contact committee members Steve Andersen, Dan Bergey, Dorothy Fuller, Vincent King, Tim Molseed, Rob Schurrer, David Siemens, Sheng Yang, and Kathleen Parrow, chair, if you need assistance or further instruction.

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, April 28 for consideration at the final meeting of this funding period.

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 213. Proposals must consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the format specified on the IIC web page.

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