Volume XXX, No. 15 • April 28, 2006

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CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

Senior programmer analyst, Library Learning Center

For more information, view the announcement at https://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.

CSA position open to Facilities Services - top

The following Career Service position is open and limited to Career Service employees of the Facilities Services Department:

  • Custodial worker, Facilities Services

For more information, view the announcement at https://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.

Resignation - top

  • Amanda Finn, program assistant II, University Support Services

BHSU will enhance Herbarium with grant funding - top

Curtis Card (left) and Mark Gabel (right) discuss future enhancements of the Black Hills State University Herbarium made possible by a recent $462,000 grant. The improvements at the Herbarium will make knowledge of the flora of the area more accessible to researchers, land managers and the general public. It will increase the research use of the Herbarium and provide resources for future generations.

Curtis Card and Mark Gabel

Black Hills State University recently received a $462,000 grant to enhance the Herbarium located on campus.

Funds from the grant will be used to double herbarium storage capacity and construct a web-searchable database of nearly all vascular plant specimens from western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming, according to Dr. Mark Gabel, emeritus biology professor, and Dr. Curtis Card, associate mathematics professor, who are the principal investigators for the grant.

Approximately 30 additional herbarium cabinets and a compactor system to maximize the use of space in the BHSU Herbarium will be acquired. Currently the Herbarium has more than 30,000 vascular plants specimens, 10,000 fossil plant specimens, and over 2,600 fungal specimens. During the three-year project, construction of the database will be done with assistance from undergraduate students from Black Hills State University and the University of Kansas and graduate students from South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, and the University of Wyoming.

The project will compile and disseminate information on one of the botanically least known areas of the continental United States. The study area, especially the Black Hills and Bear Lodge Mountains, have a high biological diversity according to Gabel. The study area includes two national forests, three national grasslands, two national parks, two national monuments, one national memorial and five American Indian reservations.

Gabel noted that it is very gratifying for a national panel of one’s colleagues to acknowledge that the work you are doing is valuable to one’s peers, to the discipline, to conservation professionals and to land managers. Card indicated that it is important to note that mathematics, computer technology and biology are uniting to provide a very valuable product for several disciplines.

“This project will make knowledge of the flora of the area more accessible to researchers, land managers and the general public. It will increase the research use of the herbarium and allow for the preservation of the BHSU Herbarium resources for future generations,” Card says.

The project will increase research use of the collections in the area and allow for availability of data for governmental, non-governmental and educational uses. The information will help ascertain the status of sensitive plant species and allow the use of database information to produce maps of species distributions. He added that the information will allow improved hypotheses about historical distributions and current plant distribution, provide baseline data for future studies, and increase collaboration and research productivity in related disciplines. Invasive species, such as weeds, will also be cataloged in the database to allow precise future monitoring.

“The broader impacts of this activity will include a multitude of uses which will be readily available to the public. The web access will provide a database for classes and for undergraduate research at Black Hills State University and other institutions,” Gabel says. In addition, a workshop for secondary education teachers will facilitate development of web-based research for high school students. The database and a workshop for land managers will allow more informed management of public and private lands.

The BHSU Herbarium was established shortly after the establishment of Dakota Territorial Normal School (which is now BHSU) in 1883. The earliest specimens in the collection date to the 1880s. The general collection includes a large number of specimens from the Black Hills and the surrounding region, as well as specimens from many countries throughout the world. Almost all of the 1,500 species of plants from the region are represented in the collections, with grasses especially well represented.

Card received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 1970, a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1993. He joined the faculty at BHSU in 1991.

Gabel received a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in 1972, a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1979 and 1982. He joined the BHSU faculty in 1982 and received professor emeritus status in 2003.

Annual Senior Art Exhibit held this week - top

The annual Black Hills State University Senior Art Exhibit will be held Friday, April 28, Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30 at the Matthews Opera House located on Main Street in Spearfish.

There will be an opening reception Friday, April 28 from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served along with a cash bar. Saturday, April 29 the show will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 30 the show will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Fourteen BHSU senior art major artists will be involved in the exhibit, including: Megan Burke, from Rapid City, Amber Renese Butler, from Black Hawk, Julie A. Dendy, from Spearfish, June Engler, from Spearfish, Tricia Fillingim, from Spearfish, Shari Lynn Furchner, from Rapid City, Mae Gill, from Spearfish, Anthony Kitchens, from Pourde, Colo., Liz Locke, from Rapid City, Joseph Paul Lowe, from Rapid City, Elizabeth Miller, from Bowdle, Dustin M. Price, from Rapid City, Anna Tescher, from Spearfish, and Casey VanSickle, from Spearfish.

In addition to the senior exhibit, there will be a reception for the annual juried student art competition, entitled Hazardous Materials. The reception will be Friday, April 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ruddell Gallery at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The exhibition will be on display until Saturday, May 13.

The exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information on either exhibit, contact James Knutson, BHSU art professor, at 642-6104.

Concert Band and Chamber Players to perform spring concert - top

The Black Hills State University Concert Band and Chamber Players will perform their Spring Concert Monday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier recital hall on the BHSU campus.

The concert will feature music from Broadway (Cole Porter, West Side Story) and Hollywood (Braveheart, and The Incredibiles). Light classics by Mozart and Grofe are also on the program. Chamber groups participating include the percussion ensemble, a clarinet quintet, and a trombone quartet.

For more information on the concert, contact Janeen Larsen, music professor and Chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at BHSU, at 642-6241.

BHSU student premieres original one-act play - top

Black Hills State University senior Jared McDaris will present the debut performance of his original one-act play, On Either Side of Him, Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

On the Either Side of Him, written and directed by McDaris, an English major from Spearfish, is an existentialist play based loosely on the parable of the two thieves that were crucified with Jesus. It will star BHSU students Ian Vytlacil, a junior mass communication major from Box Elder; Andrew Rexroad, a freshman speech major from Black Hawk; Casey Hibbert, a sophomore speech major from Spearfish; Sean Pence, a sophomore mass communications major from Hot Springs; Kristin DiSanto, a freshman from Rapid City and Jared Hall, a senior speech major from Gettysburg. Jessica Juhrend, a Spearfish community member, will also appear in the production.

In the play, Ari (Vytlacil) and Zed (Rexroad) find themselves waking up on either side of a mysterious vagabond (Hibbert), whose cryptic words “life is a desert” inadvertently lead them on a disjointed journey through their past, present and future. Along the way, they meet a host of figures that the audience may recognize from the Bible, as well as several that seem nothing more than the result of the thieves’ fractured imaginations. Mixing irreverent comedy with dark introspection, the show ends on a note either dismal or hopeful, depending on how you look at it.

The play is open to the public at no cost. It is approximately 90 minutes long, and there will be no intermission. For more information, contact Bert Juhrend, assistant theatre professor at BHSU, at 642-6268.

Results announced for the 2006 Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run - top

Overall winners at the annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run at Black Hills State University were Lisa Howard and Wally Little Moon for the 5K run. David Siemens and Marcie Holben (not pictured) were the overall winners the in the 10K run.

Overall 5K winners at the annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run

The overall winners at the annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run were David Siemens and Marcie Holben in the 10K run and Wally Little Moon and Lisa Howard in the 5K run.

The Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run is sponsored each year on the Saturday of the Lakota Omniciye spring powwow 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 Lakota Omniciye, organized the first memorial run in the spring of 1985, and it has been held every year since.

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

Complete race results: (runners are from Spearfish unless otherwise noted):

Girls 8 & Under -mile run: 1st, Danielle Whirlwind Horse, Manderson; 2nd, Isabelle Silva; 3rd, Stella Marcus
Boys 8 & Under -mile run
: 1st, Sterling McMichael; 2nd, Colin Haines, EAFB; 3rd, Stran Holben; 4th, Dylan Howard; 5th, Chandler McMichael
Girls 9-12 -mile run: 1st, Lareese Blue Legs (Pine Ridge); 2nd, Kira Meek (Rosebud)

5K Run results:

Womens 13-19 5K: 1st, Meghan Pedersen
Mens 13-19 5K: 1st, Kael Whirlwind Horse, Eagle Butte; 2nd, Matt Pedersen
Womens 20-29 5K: 1st, Michelle Leonard, Rapid City
Mens 20-29 5K: 1st, Joshua Lund; 2nd, Alex Baldwin, Rapid City; 3rd, Adam Roosa, Rapid City
Womens 30-39 5K: 1st, Lisa Howard; 2nd, Urla Marcus; 3rd, Becky Pedersen
Mens 30-39 5K: 1st, Jason Schlichtemeier, Sturgis; 2nd, Chad Konstant
Womens 40-49 5K: 1st, Cherrie Palmer, Sundance, Wyo.
Mens 40-49 5K: 1st, Mike Friedel, Sturgis; 2nd, Wade Pehl, Belle Fourche; 3rd, Mike Clinchers
Womens 50 & Over 5K: 1st, Yvonne Adrion, Belle Fourche
Mens 50 & Over 5K: 1st, Wally Little Moon, Howes; 2nd, George Watts, Valentine, Neb.; 3rd, Mike Besso, Lead

10K Run results:

Womens 20-29 10K: 1st, Tara Brodkorb
Mens 20-29 10K: 1st, Douglas Stevens, Pierre; 2nd, Chris Sargent, Rapid City; 3rd, Colby Anderson, EAFB
Womens 30-39 10K: 1st, Marcie Holben; 2nd, Shannon Burnette, Rapid City; 3rd, Kim Knecht, Pierre
Mens 30-39 10K: 1st, Thomas Yellow Boy, Mission; 2nd, Matthew Rama, Kyle; 3rd, Thomas Haines, Jr., EAFB
Womens 40-49 10K: 1st, Betsy Silva
Mens 40-49 10K: 1st, David Siemens; 2nd, Tim Potts, Sturgis; 3rd, Charlie Wharton, Pierre
Womens 50 & Over 10K: 1st, LeAnn Vette
Mens 50 & Over 10K: 1st, Gary Miller, Rapid City; 2nd, Keith Thompson, Rapid City

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Wednesday, April 26. 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.

Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program (NIH)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications under the National Institute of Health Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program, the purpose of which is to provide support for the development of a Phase III clinical trial. This includes the establishment of the research team, the development of tools for data management and oversight of the research, the definition of recruitment strategies, and the finalization of the protocol and other essential elements of the study included in a manual of operations/procedures. The Clinical Trial Planning Grant is not designed for the collection of preliminary data or the conduct of pilot studies to support the rationale for a clinical trial. All investigator-initiated grant applications described in this FOA will be assigned to NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) according to standard Public Health Service (PHS) referral guidelines and specific program interests. This FOA will use the Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34) mechanism.

  • Special Research Interests: Investigators are strongly encouraged to consult the list of participating ICs and special research interests. See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/pa-06-363_contacts.htm. See also the NIH R34 website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/r34.htm. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the mechanism numbers, quality, duration, and costs of the applications received.
  • Project Period and Award Levels: The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity is one year. Direct costs of up to $100,000 may be requested for the one-year period - Renewal (formerly competing continuation or Type 2 applications are not permitted.).
  • Eligible Organizations: For profit organizations; non-profit organizations; public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals and laboratories; units of state government; units of local government; eligible agencies of the federal government; domestic institutions/organizations; foreign institutions/organizations; faith-based or community-based organizations; Indian/Native American Tribal government (federally recognized); Indian/Native American Tribal government (other than federally recognized); and Indian/Native American Tribally designated organization.
  • Eligible Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs): Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to work with his/her institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Applicants may submit more than one application, provided each application is scientifically distinct.

Areas of consideration include:

  • Alcohol Research Career Development Awards for Scientists and Clinicians
  • Alcohol National Research Service Awards for Research Training
  • Alcohol Research Programs
  • Career Development Awards
  • Drug Abuse National Research Service Awards for Research Training
  • Drug Abuse Research Programs
  • Population Research
  • Aging Research
  • Alcohol Research Center Grants

Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. For details see the link to the full announcement at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=9172&mode=VIEW.

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research/Lancy Foundation CFP

The Board of Governors of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Trustees of the Alice and Leslie E. Lancy Foundation issue a call for proposals for the 2007 NCUR/Lancy Initiative. The initiative is designed to provide exceptional undergraduates with the opportunity to do original work in close collaboration with faculty mentors. The program will make grants to institutions only. The initial award will be $40,000 for the summer of 2007, to be used primarily for the support of student creative and scholarly work. Awardee institutions may apply for an additional $22,500 for the summer of 2008, providing they have made acceptable progress during the first year of the award.

The NCUR/Lancy program encourages colleges and universities to devote additional attention and resources to undergraduates showing promise of exceptional achievement. The program focus is on helping to build communities of student and faculty scholars spanning the academic disciplines but working on a unifying theme. An institution that receives an NCUR/Lancy award will have a cadre of faculty with the time, energy, and interest to supervise six to ten undergraduates for a period of eight to ten weeks during the summer, and an administrative support structure that will nurture this activity. Scholars supported by an NCUR/Lancy award are expected to present their work at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

A recipient institution will have a stated plan to use its award as “seed-money” to build or expand a perennial summer program. In this regard, the program aspires to catalyze efforts of faculty, administrators and development officers to build a sustainable program.
Both NCUR and the Lancy Foundation are committed to the notion that a broad interdisciplinary perspective is vital for an educated member of contemporary society. Thus, NCUR/Lancy summer support is available to students majoring in any discipline, and proposals must stipulate how interdisciplinary representation in the sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences will be achieved. Institutions should propose summer research programs with a cohesive theme, a single project that may be evaluated and researched by students from a variety of disciplines.

Deadline: Aug. 1, 2006, for letters of intent. Full proposals are due Aug. 15, 2006. See www.ncur.org for more information.

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