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 -
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
Jones and Klarenbeek present at
Governor's Teacher Leadership Conference
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
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
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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
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
For more information, contact Chris McCart, BHSU
Outdoor Education coordinator, at (605) 642-6027 or
Forensics team has
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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
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
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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
- 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
- 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 -
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
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
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
Grant opportunities announced
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
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
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
Left Behind Act of 2001.
Deadline: The deadline is Feb. 2, 2007. For more information