Volume XXX, No. 25 • Aug. 18, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Lynette Thum, secretary, Grants Accounting
  • Melisa Waterman, purchasing assistant, University Support Services
  • Ann Evridge, Child Care Center
  • Kelly Krueger, building maintenance specialist, Facilities Services

Resignation - top

  • Kirsten Bierema, University Bookstore

Faculty welcomed back to campus - top

Faculty Welcome Week begins Monday, Aug. 21 with sessions for new faculty members.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to have their photographs taken by the University Communications staff Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m. in Meier Room 127. All faculty and staff are then invited to the "State of the University address presented by BHSU President Dr. Kay Schallenkamp in the recital hall in Meier Hall from 9 to 10 a.m. The annual faculty/staff picnic will be held that evening in the Spearfish City Park.

College meetings for all faculty members will be held Wednesday afternoon. Faculty breakout sessions will be held Thursday, Aug. 24.

The week will conclude Friday, Aug. 25 with the annual President's Cup Golf Classic at 12 noon at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. All faculty and staff are invited to participate.

Wheaton is now alumni director at BHSU - top

Tom Wheaton

Tom Wheaton was recently named director of alumni at Black Hills State University. Wheaton, who is both an alumnus and longtime employee of the university, is looking forward to the opportunity to extend the BHSU alumni family.

“I came to BHSU as a student from Florida, so I was without a family. The people of BHSU were so wonderful to me that they became my family. Now it seems fitting that I take on the responsibility of maintaining and preserving the BHSU alumni family,” Wheaton says.

Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement, says he’s fortunate to have an alumni director with Tom’s experience and background.

“Tom is a perfect fit for this job. As a BHSU alumnus who has also worked at the university, he comes to this job with significant knowledge about the university and is already making plans for future alumni gatherings,” Meeker says.

Tom previously served as assistant director of enrollment at BHSU. He has also held several other positions at BHSU including time as a hall director and apartment director and sports information director. Tom has a strong communications background including past employment as a radio personality and information specialist.

Tom earned a speech degree with minor in music 1987 and has also taken graduate level courses. In his spare time, Tom serves as an official for high school football games in South Dakota. Tom and his wife, Kristin (Schamber), Class of ‘99, and their daughter, Kylie, live in Spearfish.

Schamber and Thomas assist BHSU students in Rapid City - top

Dr. Sandee Schamber

Dr. Sandee Schamber and Carol Thomas were recently assigned new positions with Black Hills State University.

Schamber is now serving as director for the Ellsworth branch campus and Rapid City operations. Schamber, who previously taught at BHSU, just finished her time as a South Dakota Board of Regents Fellow. Schamber also previously served as director of field experiences at BHSU.

Schamber is active in professional activities at the university, state and national level. Schamber joined the BHSU faculty in 1996 after teaching for many years at the elementary and middle school levels. She has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Dakota as well as a master’s degree in science education from BHSU. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree from Concordia Teachers College in Milwaukee, Wis.

Thomas, who has worked for BHSU at the Ellsworth location since 1974, is now serving as coordinator for academic student assistance in Rapid City. Thomas is has been helping BHSU students in the Rapid City area for more than 30 years through her work on the EAFB branch campus. She will now be assisting BHSU students at the Higher Education Center – West River, located at 515 W. Boulevard in Rapid City.

Thomas continues to work closely with Spearfish campus staff as she assists Rapid City students. Thomas now supervises and coordinates student services as well as internal and external testing programs in the Rapid City area. She also serves as a liaison with university counselors and organizes and participates in the academic appeal process for Rapid City students. She is instrumental in the growth of the self-help library and self-help programming on the Spearfish campus and in Rapid City.

Young Center swimming pools to reopen Friday, Sept. 1 - top

The swimming pools at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the Black Hills State University campus will re-open Friday, Sept. 1. The pools were closed in May for necessary repairs to the mechanical and filtering systems.

According to Art Jones, director of facilities services at BHSU, problems with the filtering system caused unscheduled closures of the pools throughout the last year. The new filters will reduce the number of closures due to mechanical problems and will provide for the optimum safety of pool users. The state-of-the-art equipment also includes an enhanced monitoring system.

The swimming pools will be open weekdays from 6 to 8 a.m. for lap swimming, daily from 12 to 1 p.m. for lap swimming, weekdays from 6 to 8 p.m. for recreational swimming, and weekends from 1 to 4:45 p.m. for recreational swimming.

Two five-week sections of American Red Cross swimming lessons will be held at the Young Center this fall. The first section will be held every Tuesday and Thursday between Sept. 12 and Oct. 12. The second section will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from Oct. 17 through Nov. 16. For more information, contact pool supervisor Jon Vance at 642-6083.

The Young Center will also offer water exercise classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 a.m.

Registrations for the swimming lessons and the water exercise classes will be accepted after Friday, Sept. 1 at the Young Center information desk. For more information, contact Teri Royer at 642-6630.

Dakota Chamber Orchestra to begin rehearsals - top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence on the Black Hills State University campus, will begin rehearsals for the 2006-07 season Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the band room of Clare and Josef Meier Hall. All string players in the Spearfish area are encouraged to attend.

The orchestra provides an outlet for area string players to come together, play music and improve their skills. The group also provides entertainment in the northern Black Hills through the performance of string orchestra music from many different musical style periods. Two concerts are scheduled for the upcoming season; the first will be Sunday, Nov. 5.

This marks the eighth season for the Dakota Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Randall Royer, associate music professor at BHSU. For more information, contact Royer at 642-6255 or email RandallRoyer@bhsu.edu.

South Dakota high school students expand their minds at Black Hills State University - top

Daniel Balisco, a Douglas High School student from Rapid City, prepares to race his Lego robot during the Rising Scholars in Math and Science program held recently at BHSU. Daniel was one of 12 high school students from across South Dakota who attended the summer program, which included mind-expanding and entertaining math and science challenges.

Daniel Balisco prepares to race his Lego robot

A group of 12 high school students from across South Dakota recently immersed themselves in mind-expanding and entertaining math and science challenges during the annual Rising Scholars in Math and Science program at Black Hills State University.

Coordinated by the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE), in residence on the BHSU campus, the week-long Rising Scholars program brings together mathematicians, scientists, educators and local artists to enrich the minds of the most promising high school mathematicians and scientists in the state.

The students started the week learning about robots. They then explored the connection between geometry and art with local artist Dick Termes. Other topics included three-dimensional (3D) cubes, light and color, and geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. Students also had the opportunity to hike Spearfish Canyon and view the stars at the Badlands Observatory.

Participants in this summer’s Rising Scholars program were: Carisa Anderson, Rapid City; Daniel Balisco, Rapid City; Aaron Burns, Lead; Abby Logan, Madison; Logan Smidt, Menno; Diana Cai, Sioux Falls; Megan Mallett, Watertown; Karin Kroon, Hartford; Kyle Buckmiller, Hartford; Jessica Ludvik, White River; Sierra Drey, Winner; and Katy Adam, Yankton.

For more information on the Rising Scholars program, contact Ben Sayler, program director, at 642-6873 or Julie Dahl, program coordinator, at 642-6878.

BHSU collaborates with SDSM&T to offer field experiences to area science teachers - top

Black Hills area teachers study aspects of Cascade Creek on the Whitney Preserve south of Hot Springs during the recent Biology and Earth Science for Teachers (BEST) workshop coordinated by Black Hills State University, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and The Nature Conservancy in Rapid City.

Black Hills area teachers study Cascade Creek on the Whitney Preserve south of Hot Springs, S.D.

Area middle and high school teachers recently attended the two-week Biology and Earth Science for Teachers (BEST) workshop, funded through a No Child Left Behind Title II grant awarded to Black Hills State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

The workshop emphasized field-based experiences in geology and biology, supplemented by laboratory extensions in the classroom, discussions of inquiry-based materials appropriate for classroom use, and vertical coordination of science content. Content was based on the South Dakota Science Content Standards for grades 6-12.

Janet Briggs, principal investigator of the BEST grant and science education specialist at the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU, said, “One of our goals was to provide inquiry-based experiences for teachers that they could easily adapt for use with their middle and high school students. We also wanted to show them an array of local resources available to them and provide time for them to compare the workshop experiences with the science standards and discuss the alignment of grade level science concepts.”

The first week of the workshop provided the teachers with geology field experiences, including trips to various sites in the central Black Hills. While in the Keystone area, participants were able to view numerous geologic features and examples of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.

“I was amazed at how much this area has to offer; that there were so many rock formations that were easy to access,” Dave Ireland, BEST participant and South Middle School science teacher from Rapid City, said.

Another topic examined during the workshop was the hydrologic cycle and the role of surface and ground water. Dr. Perry Rahn, professor emeritus from SDSM&T, shared the results of his research on aquifers in the Black Hills. The teachers then visited several area sites that demonstrated the hydrologic cycle, including an area west of Rapid City along Nemo Road. The sites were selected by Dr. Colin Paterson, geology professor at SDSM&T and co-writer of the BEST grant.

“The most surprising part was to actually see the water disappear into the ground in Box Elder Creek near Custer Gap and then reappear at Doty Spring downstream,” Anita Miller, BEST participant and eighth-grade science teacher at Southwest Middle School in Rapid City, said.

During the biology portion of the workshop, the teachers visited several locations to study factors that affect the populations of various species in the Black Hills. They studied the positive and negative human impacts visible at Mary Hall Park and observed a warm water riparian system and the rare plants associated with it at Cascade Springs on the Whitney Preserve south of Hot Springs. Facilitating the biology portion of the workshop were BHSU alumnus Elaine Ebbert, a botanist with The Nature Conservancy in Rapid City, and BHSU biology student Elke Kuegle.

“This was a great collaboration between the two west river universities and The Nature Conservancy. Both Colin and Elaine are experts in their fields, and the teachers enjoyed their enthusiasm and expertise,” Briggs said.

For more information, contact Briggs at 642-3556 or JanetBriggs@bhsu.edu.

Women's Equality Day will be celebrated at Matthews Opera House - top

The public is invited to an early celebration of Women's Equality Day hosted by Democracy in Action-Northern Hills at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.

The event marks the anniversary of American women achieving the right to vote by passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. Two short films will be shown, and Rita Mayer, a long-time feminist and university teacher, will present a brief history of Women's Equality Day. Guests are encouraged to bring posters, artifacts and souvenirs relating to women's history for display and discussion. Refreshments will be served.

A Joint Resolution of Congress instituted Women's Equality Day in 1971 to commemorate women's suffrage and to recognize continuing efforts by women to achieve full equality in all aspects of society. Democracy In Action is a non-partisan organization for women to promote civil public policy dialogue and to bring about progressive change in South Dakota.

The celebration is open to both men and women free of charge. For more information contact Mary Foster at 641-6185.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 213, through July 10, 2006. 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.

Grants for Teaching and Learning Resources (NEH)

The National Endowment for the Humanities is sponsoring Grants for Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development to support projects that improve specific areas of humanities education and serve as national models of excellence. Projects must draw upon scholarship in the humanities and use scholars and teachers as advisers. NEH is especially interested in projects that offer solutions to problems frequently encountered by teachers.

Deadline: Oct. 2, 2006. A link to the full announcement is available at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=10506&mode=VIEW.

2007 Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program RFP (USDA)

This announcement examines federal financial assistance grants by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program.

  • Matching requirements: All grant funds must be matched at least equally (dollar for dollar) with non-federal source funds. This match may include in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and private and public (non-federal) monetary contributions. All matching funds must be specifically related to the proposed project. The source of matching funds must be identified and grantees must comply with all applicable federal regulations.
  • Administration: Upon Forest Service review of the council’s recommendations for funding, the selected projects will be awarded as federal financial assistance grants by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program and as such will be subject to the appropriate federal rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  • Grant period: Grantees will be given up to three years to complete their projects. The grant period begins when grant award letters are issued by the USDA Forest Service.
  • Grant category: A project may only be submitted in one category and will only be considered in the category indicated by the applicant.
    • CATEGORY 1: Innovative Urban and Community Forestry for Minority and Underserved Populations Priority: To develop creative and innovative partnerships that include minority organizations in a more inclusive role while partnering in urban and community forestry at the local, state, and national level.
      • Goal: To increase participation, through partnership by, and equitable service delivered to, people of color, people with physical or mental challenges, and others as defined in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Examples include but are not limited to: Projects that are co-sponsored between an arboriculture or urban forestry related organization and an organization with a focus on minority and underserved populations; projects that partner with organizations that focus on at-risk youth with urban and community forestry with a goal to increase the job training and career preparation of the youth involved; projects that focus on cultural relationships that highlight the value of urban forestry and may share historic traditions; projects that focus on developing environmental education programs that can be offered and administered by minority and underserved organizations to minority and underserved audiences.
      • Note: Category 1: Innovative Urban and Community Forestry for Minority and Underserved Populations is for proposals that will produce projects/materials focused on, and targeted to, minority and underserved populations and the urban and community forestry issues that specifically relate to these populations. The applicant can be either minority or non-minority. However, if you are a minority organization or institution (e.g. a historically black or Native American college or university) that seeks to do urban and community forestry work unrelated to minority populations or issues, then submit your proposal in Category 2, 3, 4, or 5 as appropriate.
    • CATEGORY 2: Advancing Emerging Issues: Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems Priority: Urban forests and green infrastructure provide measurable ecosystem services to communities. These ecosystem services include clean air and water, energy conservation, recreation resources, healthier environments for children and adults, and other valuable services. New monitoring, design, evaluation, and management tools are needed to build, support, and optimize natural systems in the developed landscape. This category will support demonstration and education projects that promote green infrastructure solutions.
      • Goal: To advance the emerging field of green infrastructure, with an emphasis on tree canopy and restoring ecological function in urban settings. To expand the body of knowledge, demonstrate design approaches, and transfer best practices about tree canopy as a green infrastructure component to decision makers, practitioners, and the public. To further design standards and public policies that capitalize on the benefits that urban forests provide in developed landscapes. Examples include but are not limited to: Creating user-friendly methodologies or tools for estimating the value of environmental services within a project site or across a landscape; writing books and manuals about park design, urban planning, environmental design, urban forest management, or other technical resources; creating educator resources for retrofitting schoolyards to maximize physical and mental health benefits provided by green infrastructure; developing materials that influence national standards, policies or practices promulgated by associations, federal agencies and state agencies; or engaging the public in activities and education that builds grassroots awareness and support for green infrastructure solutions.
    • CATEGORY 3: Innovative Urban and Community Forestry Research and/or Technology Development Priority: Develop new knowledge about, and transfer understanding of, urban and community forest ecosystems (their components, structure and function), and their relationship with social, public health, and environmental needs. There are many gaps in the applications of research findings, thus a high priority is placed on research that has a well-defined plan for communicating the findings to the practitioners and that emphasizes partnerships/collaborations between researchers and industry professionals. Projects of an applied nature are preferred. A priority source for fundable research projects is “A Revised National Research and Technology Transfer Agenda for Urban and Community Forestry” (June 2003), located at http://treelink.org/nucfac/summit.pdf.
      • Goal: To improve our knowledge about the many components of and interactions within the urban and community forest ecosystem. Examples include but are not limited to: Documenting use of urban trees as a tool in helping communities combat chronic diseases such as obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and skin cancer. Collaborative research is envisioned for the above research area. Valuation of urban forest ecosystem goods and services is acutely needed to quantifying benefits. Forest fragmentation, carbon sequestration and trading, and urban forest health restoration, remain hot issues. Urban forest relations with water and air quality, urban development, energy conservation, social benefits of trees and forests, improving tree adaptation and longevity in urban plantings, urban soil properties, tree biomechanics (e.g. defects, structural failures, mitigation), tree maintenance (e.g. pruning, fertilizing, etc.), tree/pest interactions including control measures (e.g. influence of cultural practices on tree defenses) are important contemporary issues. Invasive species (e.g. Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long Horned Beetle, Phytophthora ramorum), dendroremediation, rain garden, urban tree phenology and geospatial analysis of urban forests are at the cutting edge of research.
    • CATEGORY 4: Special Emphasis Areas Priority: The address specific themes or needs recently identified by urban forestry community constituents.
      • Goal: Each year NUCFAC requests stakeholder input on the CCS grant program. The goal of this category is to respond to recent items of importance shared by stakeholders. Descriptions:
        1. Inventive Problem Solving. Innovate, as well as a practical examination of projects and activities that affect the management, investment, and public's perception of the urban forest. Projects that explore how activities that are ordinarily seen as outside of the urban forest and/or urban forestry actually have direct nexus to urban forest goals. Examples include but are not limited to: projects regarding the influence of urban forests on air quality, invasive species rapid response strategies, influence of climate change on urban tree phenology, genetic engineering of trees for urban environment, development of expert systems for urban tree health, dashboards for urban forest management, etc.
        2. National and Regional Collaboration. Coalitions, multi-party collaboratives, and partnership projects that advance common objectives in support of urban forestry. Projects should be clear in focus, take place at a national or regional scale, and produce defined deliverables. Partners should have clear roles, make substantive and roughly equal contributions to the delivery of the project/program, and capitalize on each partner’s strengths. Examples include but are not limited to: Regional collaboration between state conservation organizations to address common public policy or educational goals; Regional mayor or county executive leadership forums focused on advancing urban forest policy; National coalitions to advance public policy and education about urban forests; and Regional or National networks to develop grassroots capacity.
        3. Replication and Transfer of Model Urban Forestry Programs. Across the country, there are many models of success at the local, regional, and national level. NUCFAC recognizes that the promotion, transfer and replication of these successful models have been greatly limited. In some cases, models, tools or resources were developed, but the transfer of these tools was inadequately funded. We invite applicants to present the "super star" programs and projects that you think deserve wider replication or dissemination. Successful applicants will demonstrate the need for the proposed replication project and provide some history about the model or project that will be replicated or disseminated. Examples include but are not limited to: Revising, publishing, or distributing a film or book that continues to be in-demand; reproducing an educational poster or PSA that is successful in another state or region; disseminating an existing set of resources through a new marketing partner, such as a state extension service, professional association, retailer, or other entity. Duplicating a program model, training program, or event that has worked well in another region or city.
    • CATEGORY 5: Capacity Building Priority: To strengthen formal and informal educational training opportunities for professionals and paraprofessionals in urban forestry and related disciplines to meet the growing demand for urban tree care professionals and workers.
      • Goal: To encourage and enhance workforce development in urban and community forestry and related disciplines. Examples include but are not limited to: Projects that focus on development and implementation of continuing education and retraining opportunities for the current workforce in urban forestry through workshops, seminars, conferences, apprenticeships, on-line or distance education, guidebooks/ training manuals, teaching materials and Extension or other outreach publications; career fairs, camps, field days, service learning, internship programs and mentoring opportunities for targeted youth, college bound and currently enrolled students; curriculum development for undergraduate degrees in urban forestry as well as scholarships and assistantships in support of graduate education.

Deadline: Sept. 6, 2006. For a link to the full announcement see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=10475&mode=VIEW.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (NIH)

The primary objective of this funding opportunity, announced by the National Institute of Health, is to help ensure that diverse pools of highly trained scientists will be available in appropriate research areas to carry out the Nation s biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical research agenda. This initiative seeks to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented. Such candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Detailed eligibility criteria are described in the full announcement. Individuals may receive up to five years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants (T32) and an individual fellowship award. However, it is not possible to have concurrent NRSA support (e.g., F31 and T32). Applicants must consider any prior NRSA predoctoral research training in determining the duration of support requested. Accurate information regarding previous Kirschstein-NRSA support must be included in the application and will be considered at the time of award. Funding will be awarded in the following activity areas:

  • Food and nutrition
  • Income security and social services
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Health

Deadline: The final deadline is Nov. 16, 2009. The full announcement with detailed information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-481.html.

Faculty Humanities Workshops (NEH)

Grants for Faculty Humanities Workshops, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities support local and regional professional development programs for K-12 teachers and faculty at post-secondary institutions by providing such faculty with the opportunity to engage in vigorous intellectual inquiry with visiting scholars on significant topics in the humanities.

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2006. A link to the full announcement is available at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=10341&mode=VIEW.

Faculty research funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the fiscal year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office web page.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for research equipment, travel to research sites, support for the production of creative work, or release time for research or creative work. Preference for all funding is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, fine arts, social sciences and humanities.

The committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Applicants are encouraged to review submission requirements and to contact committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. Committee members are Steve Andersen, Dan Bergey, Michelle Hoveland, Vincent King, Tim Molseed, Kathleen Parrow, David Siemens, Sheng Yang, and Dorothy Fuller, chair.

To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachment and send it to PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. A single hard copy with the appropriate signatures should also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn 213.

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 $1,500 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 four 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 and are now being accepted for consideration at the first meeting of this funding period. Proposals must consist of the proposal and budget outlines as specified on the IIC web page.

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.

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