Romkema honored by Chamber of
Commerce - top
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
Oxford Round Table - top
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
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
national merit award for environmental education -
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
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
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.
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
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
“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 -
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,
- 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
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
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
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
Jane Goodall to speak at
Black Hills State University - top
© Michael Neugebauer
Dr. Jane Goodall with chimpanzee Galahad at Gombe National Park,
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
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
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
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
Theatre Department will
present last production of the season -
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
“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
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
“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
“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
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.
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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.
www.sdbor.edu/administration/research/index.htm for more
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
Faculty Research Committee funds
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
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
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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