Volume XXX, No. 23 • July 7, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Julianna Tenold, purchasing assistant, University Support Services

Resignation - top

  • Nancy Lewis, secretary, Educational Media

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Teacher aide, Child Care Center
  • Building maintenance specialist (electrician/HVAC), Facilities Services

View the announcement at http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.

Schallenkamp begins tenure as BHSU president - top

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp standing in front of the Black Hills State University signDr. Kay Schallenkamp, who was named the ninth president of Black Hills State University earlier this year, is looking forward to leading the university.

Schallenkamp says she is honored to take the leadership post at a time of great opportunities and challenges for the university.

“Higher education must be poised to respond to the dynamic needs of the information age and the global economy,” Schallenkamp said. “It is clear that Black Hills State University is uniquely positioned to make special contributions to the region and the state of South Dakota.”

BHSU was just recently approved to offer a master’s degree in science in integrative genomics, a new area of biological research. Integrative genomics seeks to place the functional significance of an organism’s many genes into an ecological and evolutionary context and allows scientists to understand the success story that each species represents.

The university already offers graduate degrees in the areas of education and business.

BHSU is heavily involved in plans for a national science lab at Homestake and is poised to take a lead role in the development of educational and outreach opportunities at the lab.

Before coming to BHSU, Schallenkamp served as president at Emporia State University. Prior to that, she was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and provost at Chadron (Neb.) State College.

Schallenkamp, who is originally from Salem, began her higher education experience in South Dakota as an undergraduate student at Northern State University. She later returned to Northern to begin her academic career, starting as an instructor of communication disorders in 1973 and ending her tenure there as dean of graduate studies and research in 1988.

As she begins her tenure at BHSU, Schallenkamp notes the many similarities of the higher education landscape here as compared to Kansas.

“Like Kansas, South Dakota’s aging workforce, coupled with flat high school graduation rates, present challenges to higher education, as well as to the state’s economic growth,” Schallenkamp said. “Through effective enrollment management strategies, recruitment and retention of students can be integrated into the very fabric of the campus.” When she served as president at Emporia State, Schallenkamp guided the campus to enrollment stability with modest but manageable increases resulting in a 19 percent overall growth.

“Black Hills State University and Emporia State University share many similarities relative to role and mission, history, and academic programs,” she said. “The focus of the entire campus on student success is a special characteristic that both campuses demonstrate.”

Throughout her career, Schallenkamp has been professionally active at the state and national levels. She currently serves on the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. She is a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board and has served as chair of the Presidents Council of the NCAA Division II. Additionally, she has been active in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission.

Schallenkamp holds three degrees in communication disorders: a B.S. from Northern State University, a master’s from The University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

She and her husband, Ken, have two daughters. Heather (Shad) Newbury is a high school English teacher in Kansas and Jenni (Danny) Simon is a doctoral student at the University of Denver. Heather and Shad have two children, Alyssa and Tyler.

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp visits with students during her first week as BHSU president Dr. Kay Schallenkamp (center) visits with Black Hills State University students Rachel Braaten, an elementary education major from Thermopolis, Wyo.; Kristal Running Wolf, a pre-med student from Spearfish; and Josh Gilkerson, a business major from Pierre; during her first week as BHSU president. Schallenkamp says she is honored to take the leadership post at a time of such great opportunities for the university and its students.

Diamond wins coveted Mark Twain Award - top

David Diamond

David Diamond, professor at Black Hills State University, recently received the Mark Twain Award for his distinguished contributions to Midwestern literature.

Dr. David Anderson, chairman of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML) at Michigan State University, made the announcement at this year’s annual meeting of the society. According to Anderson, the Mark Twain Award is the highest and most respected literature prize given by the society. Previous winners of this distinguished award include: Tony Morrison, Ray Bradbury, Andrew Greely, Jim Harrison, Sara Paretsky, Frederick Manfred, and Gwendalyn Brooks.

Diamond, when asked to comment on the award, said: “I was totally stunned. You work in solitude when you write and have no idea if there’s anyone out there reading or admiring your work. This is confirmation that all the lonely hours and hard work have paid off. This is perhaps the pinnacle of my writing career.”

The SSML has published Diamond’s short stories, novellas, and poetry in its yearly publication “Midwestern.”

Diamond’s latest novel, “Cool Hand in a Hot Fire,” was cited in the award. He is also the author of the “Slade Western Series,” written under the name Link Pennington. His book of short stories, “Street Scenes,” was adapted into a successful play in Los Angeles that received excellent reviews. He is also, as Claudia Davison, the author of the “Unholy Ghost” series, a suspense-thriller series published by Lynx Books in New York City.

Diamond’s short stories and essays have been published in various literary reviews and quarterlies in the United States, France and Canada. His journalism has been published by The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Examiner, The Los Angeles Weekly, and The Des Moines Register. He is currently working on a collection of short stories titled “The Elvis Jesus.”

Diamond is a South Dakota native who teaches classes in writing, broadcast journalism, and radio and television production at BHSU. He has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history from the University of Southern Mississippi. His graduate degrees are from Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Southern California. Diamond, who joined the BHSU staff in 1995, is planning to retire after the 2006 - 2007 school year.

BHSU approved for graduate degree in science - top

Dr. Cynthia Anderson (left), associate director of the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources at BHSU, reviews procedures with Laurelin Cottingham, a senior from Rapid City. Science students now have the option of pursuing a master's degree in integrative genomics.

Dr. Cynthia Anderson with BHSU student Laurelin Cottingham

The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a master of science degree in integrative genomics at Black Hills State University, signaling a new direction for master’s degrees offered by the Spearfish university.

“This is Black Hills State’s first master’s degree in the sciences,” Regents President Harvey C. Jewett said. “The deep underground lab project at Homestake is right down the road, and there will be excellent opportunities there for genomics research. At a time when there is substantial state interest in expanding research and graduate education at South Dakota public universities, this degree is an excellent fit for our system and for BHSU in particular,” he said.

Black Hills State already offers master’s degree programs in education and business. The genomics degree will help recruit students for graduate-level study in a technology-rich area of emerging science, Jewett said. “This program is likely to have significant benefits for BHSU, with minimal risk to existing system programs,” Jewett said.

Integrative genomics is a new area of biological research that seeks to place the functional significance of an organism’s many genes into an ecological and evolutionary context. In a practical sense, integrative genomics allows scientists to understand the success story that each species represents.

University officials plan to offer the new degree starting this fall. Five students are expected to enroll in the first year, with an average of four students graduating each year once the program is fully operational. No new state resources were requested to develop or implement the degree, Jewett noted. The university also will not seek any new or increased student fees to implement the program.

Black Hills State University hosts new teacher academy - top

Black Hills State University is once again hosting the Governor’s New Teacher Academy.

The academy is being held on the BHSU campus July 12-14. A June session was held on the Dakota State University campus in Madison.

Governor Michael Rounds and Rick Melmer, the state secretary of education, plan to attend the academy at BHSU and will speak to the group Wednesday, July 12 at 4 p.m. in Jonas 305.

Building on the success of the Governor’s New Teacher Academy last year, the workshop is again being offered to all first-year teachers. This year, additional sessions are scheduled for second-year teachers.

During the Governor’s New Teacher Academy, teachers will have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of their initial years of teaching and reflect on their progress as teachers and the resulting influence on student achievement. Teachers will also examine the core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. During the session, teachers will develop professional relationships to achieve common educational goals and participate in activities that demonstrate their commitment to the teaching profession.

Aspiring opera singers perform during annual Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute - top

Matthew Baker and Felicity Graham in Mozart's Cosi Fan TutteMatthew Baker and Felicity Graham portray Don Alfonso and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte during the recent Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute, held as a part of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts at Black Hills State University.

Additional performances included Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s Cinderella among other opera favorites.

The opera performance capped off the month-long institute which also included a Young Performer’s Competition, Gala Opening Performance, and An Evening of Songs and Dance.

Aspiring pre-professional opera singers from all over the United States were selected to participate in this unique institute. World-famous operatic soprano Johanna Meier, artistic director for the institute, and experienced faculty members from New York City, Santa Fe, and St. Louis provided exceptional musical training and coaching for the singers. Dance artist Robyn Starks Holcomb provided instruction in stage movement.

The Johanna Meier Opera Theater, which resides in the new Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus, is supported by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation and the South Dakota Arts Council as well as a variety of individual donors.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Thursday, June 22. 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.

Fiscal Year 2007 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2007 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), a part of the University Research Initiative (URI). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as “universities”) to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment. Areas of funding will be Science and Technology and other Research and Development. This competition is open only to accredited U.S. institutions of higher education with degree granting programs in science, mathematics and/or engineering.

Deadline: Sept. 12, 2006. A link to the full announcement is available at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?revNum=0&mode=VIEWREVISIONS.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) to eligible institutions as the primary means of supporting graduate and postdoctoral research training to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research agenda. The primary objective is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation. This program supports predoctoral, postdoctoral and short term research training programs at domestic institutions of higher education with the T32 funding mechanism. Note that programs solely for short-term research training should not apply to this announcement, but rather the separate (T35) NRSA Short-Term Institutional Program exclusively reserved for short-term programs. The following areas of research will be considered for funding:

  • 93.172 -- Human Genome Research
  • 93.173 -- Research Related to Deafness and Communication Disorders
  • 93.213 -- Research and Training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • 93.233 -- National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
  • 93.272 -- Alcohol National Research Service Awards for Research Training
  • 93.279 -- Drug Abuse Research Programs
  • 93.282 -- Mental Health National Research Service Awards for Research Training
  • 93.286 -- Discovery and Applied Research
  • 93.361 -- Nursing Research
  • 93.389 -- National Center for Research Resources
  • 93.398 -- Cancer Research Manpower
  • 93.846 -- Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Research
  • 93.847 -- Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research
  • 93.848 -- Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Research
  • 93.849 -- Kidney Diseases, Urology and Hematology Research
  • 93.853 -- Extramural Research Programs in the Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders
  • 93.859 -- Biomedical Research and Research Training
  • 93.865 -- Child Health and Human Development Extramural Research
  • 93.866 -- Aging Research
  • 93.867 -- Vision Research
  • 93.894 -- Resource and Manpower Development in the Environmental Health Sciences

Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. See full announcement for deadlines and details at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=10037&mode=VIEW.

Childhood Agricultural Safety and Health Research Grants (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is accepting applications for the Childhood Agricultural Safety and Health Research grants program. The goal of the initiative is to reduce health and safety impacts that affect children in agriculture. It aims to create technologies that will reduce injury to children who are exposed to farm hazards. Projects are sought which will conduct research to: (1) develop and evaluate new or existing enhanced control technologies to reduce injury to youth exposed to farm hazards, (2) identify and implement strategies which encourage adults to adopt injury control methods to protect youth, (3) identify the economic and social consequences of youth working on farms. Findings from these projects are intended to advance the scientific base of knowledge needed to maximize the safety and health of children exposed to agricultural production hazards. Important outcomes will include full evaluations of the effectiveness of interventions and of the likelihood that interventions can be translated into a variety of agricultural workplace settings.

Deadline: Aug. 16, 2006. The complete announcement can be accessed at http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OH-07-002.HTML.

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