Volume XXX, No. 39 • Dec. 1, 2006

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Correction - top

In the Nov. 17 issue of Campus Currents Gloria Spitler, custodial worker for Facilities Services, was listed under the resignation section. She should have been listed under the retirement section.

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Food service worker, Dining Services
  • Accountant, Finance and Administration
  • Grounds keeper, Facilities Services
  • Computer Support Analyst, Technical Support Services

For additional information, review the announcement at http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.

Jones and Klarenbeek present at Governor's Teacher Leadership Conference - top

Dr. Joanna Jones
Sandy Klarenbeek

Black Hills State University education faculty Dr. Joanna Jones, reading specialist, and Sandy Klarenbeek, health educator, were invited to present at the recent Governor’s Teacher Leadership Conference in Pierre.

At the conference Jones and Klarenbeek discussed the importance of health education standards in reading and literacy curricula. They also shared with practicing teachers BHSU student research regarding books that align with health standards.

During the fall 2006 semester, Jones and Klarenbeek established a partnership to enhance the value and understanding of health education standards in reading and literacy curriculum. They used the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) document “Aligning Health and Reading with a HEAP of Books” as the framework for their instruction.

According to Klarenbeek, as of the fall 2006 semester, incoming freshmen in public schools must now have one semester of either physical education or health to meet state graduation requirements. However, at the elementary and middle school levels, it is a local school district’s decision as to how health education will be delivered, if at all. As the No Child Left Behind Act does require reading, Jones and Klarenbeek believe that one effective strategy to teach health is to do it through reading books and cross-curricular activities. Though somewhat unusual, they say this cross-curricular teamwork achieves effective results.

BHSU students enrolled in the Children’s Literature and K-8 Reading Methods courses applied themes found in both health education standards and children’s and young adult literature to specific assignments. As part of the assignments, students were to find nine books that align with health standards. These titles, summaries and learning activity extensions will be shared with the HEAP national database.

Jones received her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico and her doctorate in elementary education from Arizona State University. She has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.

Klarenbeek received her master’s degree in home economics from South Dakota State University. She joined the BHSU faculty in 2001.

BHSU to sponsor Three Voices performance - top

Black Hills State University will host a performance of “Three Voices…Speaking from the Past,” in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

The play begins depicting the time period before the battle at the Little Big Horn and ends at the massacre at Wounded Knee. Attired in period costumes and through story and song, three women portray the hopes, fears, beliefs, and values of their Lakota, Euro-American and Afro-American foremothers through stories and song. This historical interpretation of events helps audience members respect differences and recognize similarities according to Chris McCart, BHSU outdoor education coordinator.

There is no cost for the presentation; however donations will be accepted at the door. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be contributed to the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program. The remainder of the proceeds will be used to defray the cost of travel for the Three Voices’ presentation at a national conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

After the play, the actors, Jerry Goes In Center, Joyce Jefferson and Lilah Pengra, will be signing and selling their books. The trio recently performed as a featured keynote at the National Interpreter’s Workshop. Jefferson, is a BHSU graduate with a degree in English. She operates "Joyce Jefferson Creates," giving performances that weave narration, poetry and song to entertain and educate the audience about African Americans in Black Hills history and her personal experiences. Goes in Center, Oglala Lakota, served in the U.S. Army from 1974-1982 and has a degree in counseling. Pengra earned a doctorate in anthropology and operates Multicultural Counseling Services, giving workshops in Australia, Canada, and the United States to teach human service providers how to provide culturally appropriate, value-based services.

For more information, contact Chris McCart, BHSU Outdoor Education coordinator, at (605) 642-6027 or ChristineMcCart@bhsu.edu.

Forensics team has impressive finish to fall semester - top

The Black Hills State University forensics team concluded their fall semester competition with an impressive performance at The Trapper Rendezvous Invitational sponsored by Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.

In the junior division, the teams of Cara Bandalos, sophomore English major from Guernsey, Wyo., and Karen Morehouse, sophomore English major from Ft. Meade; and Jim Stith, sophomore history major from Newcastle, Wyo., and Clayton Greub, sophomore pre-law major from Spearfish, qualified for elimination rounds. Stith and Greub (in his first outing) lost in the quarterfinal round to place sixth overall. Bandalos and Morehouse won both quarter-and semi-finals to take second place in their division.

BHSU was unable to field a novice team at the tournament, but novice standout Krystal Brunner, freshman pre-law major from Nisland, teamed with veteran Taylor Hilton, sophomore speech major from Rapid City, and missed qualifying for elimination rounds by one decision. Brunner was consoled by the news that she and her novice partner, Chandra Miller, sophomore biology major from Pierre, had earned second and third place speaker awards at the Pioneer Trails competition in Casper, Wyo., in October.

In spite of their valiant effort, varsity debaters Dallas Olson, senior speech major from Bowdle, and Paul Eisenbraun, senior speech major from Gordon, Neb., failed to qualify for elimination rounds in the open division. Bandalos and Morehouse earned sixth and seventh speaker awards.

The BHSU forensics coach, Dr. Charles Follette, declared himself more than satisfied with his team’s performance, especially since the team has a limited traveling schedule. “We have to rotate in order to allow all the members tournament experience.” Follette said. “Succeeding under these conditions testifies to some tremendous talent and hard work. I’m really proud of these kids.”

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were: Chandler, Alsup, Earley, Duggan, P Carriveau, Hagerty, Sarkar, Colmenero-Chilberg, Calhoon, Simpson, and Ryerson. Haislett was absent.

Programs considered:

  • Composite Major in Science Education and Composite Major in Math and Science Education - Chair said he had sent out the wrong information and hoped it did not overwhelm the committee members. Simpson said she would send the Part 6 - Assessment of the Majors portion when she received it. Chair and Calhoon agreed that the two majors should submit reports on their majors separate from those of the College of Education.
  • Business Education Major - Simpson reported that she and Alsup had reviewed the business education report.
  • Composite Physical Science Major - Chair applauded Durben turning in the report early. The committee was concerned about approving the report before the plans on how to assess intensive writing and undergraduate research in the major were submitted. Based on this concern, the report was tabled until the plans are submitted.
  • Political Science - Moved and seconded to approve the political science plan on how to assess intensive writing and undergraduate research in the major. The motion passed.
  • Physical Education - Since the Chair sent this out late, the committee requested that it be considered at the next meeting.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Minutes submitted by Earley.

Graduate Council minutes - top

The Graduate Council met Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 104.

Present were: Earley, H. Ahmad, Fuller, Austin, B. Smith, A. Ahmad, Mettler, Siemens, and Molseed. Looney, Bukralia, and Mackin were absent.


  • Master of Science in Business Services Management (MSBSM) - No report was given.
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) - Fuller and Molseed reported there were three new cohorts in August, a math cohort in October, and there will be an on-line math cohort next January. Molseed announced that he was stepping down as the graduate coordinator in January and would be replaced by Dr. Pat Simpson. The council thanked him for building the MSCI into an effective and appealing degree.
  • Master of Science in Integrative Genomics (MSIG) - Siemens and Mettler reported that four graduate students, one undergraduate student and Siemens had gone to the National Science Foundation (NSF)-Epscor Conference in Manhattan, Kan., and it was a great experience for all.
  • Library - No report was given.
  • WebCT - Fuller reported that she and Terry Hupp were the BHSU representatives on the system-wide committee to review and find an online program. At this point, the system-wide committee is planning on having WebCT as a transition for one year and looking at open source programs as the replacement. Fuller will keep the council appraised on what is happening.

Minutes submitted by Earley.

Deadline announced for Faculty Research and Instructional Improvement proposals - top

Proposals for funding through the Instructional Improvement Committee are now being accepted. 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 Room 213.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Dec.13. Proposals must consist of the proposal and budget details following the specified format available at www.bhsu.edu/FacultyStaff/Facultypages/GrantsSpecialProjects/InstructionalImprovement/tabid/839/Default.aspx.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 212, through Tuesday, Nov. 21. 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.

Higher Education Challenge Grants

Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a state, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.

Deadline: The deadline is Feb. 1, 2007. For more information visit www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/fundview.cfm?fonum=1082.

Professional Development for Teachers of Mathematics

The State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE) administers a portion of Title II, Part A, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants funds to make competitive grants to eligible partnerships comprised of at least one institution of higher education (IHE) and at least one high need local education agency (LEA). The RFP (including appendices) has been significantly revised to reflect the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Deadline: The deadline is Feb. 2, 2007. For more information visit www.sdbor.edu/grants/nclb.

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