Volume XXX, No. 9 • March 3, 2006

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CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Senior programmer analyst (systems librarian), Library Learning Center

The announcement is available on the Human Resource web page.

Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Paul Iverson, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Hickenbotham chosen to serve as president of state science teachers' association - top

Micheline Hickenbotham, who was recently selected to serve as president of the state science teacher’s association, works with Amanda Caster, Megan Rapp, Jennifer McBurnett, and Jeri Smith, who are all students in her science methods class at Black Hills State University.

Micheline Hickenbotham works with students in her science methods class at BHSU

Micheline Hickenbotham, assistant professor of education at Black Hills State University, was recently selected to serve as president of the South Dakota Science Teachers’ Association.

Hickenbotham took over as president at the joint South Dakota Math & Science Professional Development Conference in Huron recently.

Hickenbotham’s love for science started early in her career. She has taught science at the elementary and middle-school levels and now prepares future teachers for elementary/middle school math and science through their classes at BHSU. Hickenbotham focuses on creating a science environment in which students work together as active learners. She asks students to be active members of the science-learning community and models her ideal by being an active member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the advisor of the BHSU-NSTA Student Chapter, and an officer of the South Dakota Science Teachers’ Association.

Hickenbotham served two years as the president-elect (2004-2006) of the state science teacher’s association and will serve two years as president (2006-2008); and two years as past president (2008-2010). Hickenbotham believes that the association provides opportunities for prospective and practicing teachers to grow and support the growth of others.

Hickenbotham says that the new mandates in 2007 from the No Child Left Behind legislation will create a renewed interest in the field of science. She hopes to bring scientific literacy to the forefront as it increasingly becomes more important in the workplace.

“More jobs require advanced skills in math and science to keep pace in the global market. Teachers can meet the challenge as they empower the students to be scientifically literate by committing to new ways of teaching and learning science,” Hickenbotham says.

Hickenbotham, who earned an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in language arts in Brussels, Belgium, joined the BHSU faculty in 1999.

Lauren Pelon to hold unique concert at BHSU - top

Lauren Pelon
Lauren Pelon

Lauren Pelon will trace the story of music and instruments throughout history as she performs on a variety of instruments during a unique concert Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the Black Hills State University campus.

Under the title The Living Roots of Music, Pelon will perform music from the first to the 21st centuries on lute, guitar, lute-guitar, lyre, recorders, gemshorns, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, shawm, rackett, pennywhistles, concertina, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, doucaine, Kiowa courting flute, synthesizes, electric wind instrument, and MIDI-pedalboard. Throughout the concert, she will tell stories about the history of music and the development of various instruments.

Pelon, a vocalist as well as an instrumentalist, studied the history of music and instrumentation both in America and overseas. She has performed throughout the United States and in Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada, Europe, china, New Zealand, and Australia. She has also performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras, on television specials and with Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

A Michigan reviewer wrote, “Lauren Pelon is a showpiece by virtue of her beautiful, fervent voice and her extraordinary talents on an assortment of unusual, but authentic instruments.”

Pelon’s program melds her own original compositions with her arrangements of music from ancient Greece, medieval Europe, and contemporary Africa and the Middle East.

“I am fascinated by the interesting ways people of other cultures and different times have found to make music,” Pelon said. “I especially enjoy doing these programs because they differ from ordinary concert performances. They offer not only an opportunity to listen to music, but also a way to think about how music has affected the lives of people all over the world - from ancient times to our own modern day.”

The concert is sponsored by the BHSU Programming Team Fine Arts Committee. It is open to the public at no cost. For more information contact Kaley at 642-6241.

Pelon will also host special morning performances for Spearfish elementary students. These performances are sponsored by the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts.

BHSU will host research symposium - top

Kirk Kirkpatrick

Black Hills State University will host its eighth annual research symposium Thursday, March 30 in the Ruddell Gallery and the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

The Black Hills Research Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference to showcase undergraduate research activity at BHSU. Posters will be available for review beginning at 1 p.m.

The keynote speaker, Kirk Kirkpatrick, an advertising executive and author, will present “A behind the scenes look at Wal-Mart advertising from the man who creates the commercials,” beginning at 2:30 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Kirkpatrick is the executive creative director for one of the most prestigious advertising/marketing firms in America. He oversees the creative development of advertising campaigns for the world’s largest company – Wal-Mart stores. Over the past ten years he has been responsible for much of the national television coming from the retail superstar. Last fall, he and his creative team worked with Destiny’s Child, Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, Jesse McCartney and Martina McBride to create the holiday campaign and a bold new image for Wal-Mart.

Kirkpatrick has won many of the industry awards associated with a long and successful career as an ad agency writer. He has worked with such companies as Clorox, Hidden Valley Ranch, Golden Grain, Sun Sweet, Novell (network software), Hyundai Computer, Federal Savings and Loan, Russell Stover, Pine-Sol, Miller High Life, Bacardi, and Sun-Maid Raisins.

Kirkpatrick has written two books. His most recent book is titled “Yankee Flyers,” which chronicles his and BHSU professor Len Austin’s championship season playing “Aussie Rules” football down under in Melbourne, Australia.

For additional information about the research symposium contact Holly Downing at 642-6420.

Career Center holds job fair - top

A BHSU student talks to a representative from the state of South Dakota during the Spring Career Fair at Black Hills State University. Over 208 students and 38 employers attended the fair.

A BHSU student talks to a State of South Dakota representative at the Spring Career Fair

Over 208 students and 38 employers attended the recent Spring Career Fair sponsored by the Black Hills State University Career Center.

“Employers were very pleased with the quantity and the quality of the students with whom they visited,” Arlene Holmes, a career counselor at the Career Center said.

The employers were looking to fill a variety of positions including internships, part-time, seasonal, and full-time permanent positions. Some of the positions available included manager trainees, marketing assistants, recreational and customer service staff for summer tourist locations, camp counselors, insurance and financial sales representatives, and environmental technicians. Responses from the employers included: “Extraordinarily successful!” and “Many qualified applicants!”

For more information on future events at the Career Center contact Shawnda Carmichael at 642-6278 or ShawndaCarmichael@bhsu.edu.

Rodeo Club raises over $9,000 with first-ever Cowboys & Candlelight Dinner and Auction - top

In its first-ever Cowboys & Candlelight Dinner and Auction, the Black Hills State University Rodeo Club raised $9,473 to offset the cost to revive its annual rodeo, the Yellow Jacket Stampede, after a nine-year hiatus.

The Yellow Jacket Stampede will be held April 27-28 at the Seven Down Arena in Spearfish. College teams from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Great Plains Region, which includes Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, will compete in the rodeo.

The Cowboys & Candlelight evening began with live entertainment by local musician Brock Finn, followed by a catered steak dinner, the auction fundraiser, and a dance.

Nearly 180 community members attended the dinner, including many BHSU alumni. Participants bid on over 40 items donated to the BHSU Rodeo Club by local businesses. Showcase items included a Tony Chytka bronze sculpture and an eight-person Deadwood getaway package to the Mineral Palace.

Jim Thompson, nationally-recognized rodeo announcer and host of the Live with Jim Thompson radio show, served as host of the event. BHSU alum John Geigle served as auctioneer.

“The dinner was an overwhelming success. We sincerely thank all who attended the dinner and the businesses that donated auction items. The event was pivotal in bringing the sport of rodeo back to the BHSU community,” BHSU Rodeo Club advisors Robin Temple and Nancy Shuck stated.

After several years of declining membership, the BHSU Rodeo Club was revitalized in fall 2005 with an influx of freshman who had competed with each other in high school rodeo competitions. The Rodeo Club now has 17 members and is sitting in fifth place in the men’s division of the Great Plains Region. One member, P.J. Painter, is currently third in the men’s all-around, second in steer wrestling, and second in team roping in his position as a heeler. Individuals in first or second place in each event at the end of the regular season, as well as the top two teams from each region, will qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

BHSU Rodeo Club members include: Painter, Joe Waln, Kellie Kulseth, Marvin Heesacker, Forrest Sainsbury, Dustin Johnson, Joel Johnson, Wes Hesby, Brad Lemmel, Kyle Hall, Wyatt Hatter, Jaima Slaney, Abby Monnens, Tara Parvin, Alison Wilts, Rose Maher, and Lisa Vroman.

For more information, contact Temple at 642-6336 or RobinTemple@bhsu.edu or Shuck at 642-6082 or NancyShuck@bhsu.edu.

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, Feb. 27 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were: Siewert, Earley, D. Wessel, Alsup, Sarkar, Romkema, Hagerty, S. Hupp, and C. Cremean. Sickler was absent.

NSSE-FSSE participation

Chair reported that BHSU was participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE). Chair encouraged faculty and students to log into the website and fill out and submit the survey so BHSU could use the results to review trends and concerns at the institution.

Proposals reviewed

  • Bachelor of Applied Technology
    • Writing Intensive Requirement - The committee voted to accept the proposal.
    • Undergraduate Research Requirement - The committee voted to accept the proposal.
  • Technology
    • The committee voted to send back the proposal for revision and resubmission. The revision of both requirements should include the outcomes and goals as stated in the catalog. The revision should also include more details on how the outcomes will be documented.
  • Theatre
    • The committee voted to send back the proposal for revision and resubmission. The revision of both requirements should include the outcomes and goals as stated in the catalog. The revision should also include more details on how the outcomes will be documented.
  • Outdoor Education
    • The committee voted to send back the proposal for revision and resubmission. The revision of both requirements should include the outcomes and goals as stated in the catalog. The revision should also include more details on how the outcomes will be documented.
  • Physical Education
    • The committee voted to table the proposal for further discussion. The specific questions where how the items indicated as activities fulfilled the requirements for fulfilling the Writing Intensive and Undergraduate Research Requirements.
  • Education
    • The committee voted to table the proposal for further discussion. The specific questions where how the items indicated as activities fulfilled the requirements for fulfilling the Writing Intensive and Undergraduate Research Requirements.

The next meeting will be Monday, March 13 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Faculty Senate minutes - top

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Present were: Steve Anderson, Verona Beguin, Dan Bergey, Jim Hesson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Tim Martinez, Roger Miller, Bobbi Sago, and Christine Shearer-Cremean.

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m.

The agenda was approved, and the minutes from the previous two meetings were approved with minor amendments.

Security issues were revisited. It was stated that after the incident the previous week, university officials were making plans to hire an additional security person. The incident referred to was a stand-off between local police and a student residing adjacent to campus who discharged a weapon while having a dispute with his neighbors. The senate is pleased that additional security personnel will be hired; it was our recommendation in a letter sent to the president several months earlier.

There was discussion on the changes that the Board of Regents (BOR) is instituting in the payroll procedures. Human Resources had held meetings for the various classifications of faculty and staff the previous two days. Members expressed concern that the changes seemed to happen so swiftly and without opportunity for input by BOR employees.

The selection of Dr. Kay Schallenkamp as the next BHSU president was discussed. Those who had attended the interviews and the meeting with the Faculty Senate and department chairs on the previous Thursday morning put forth their impressions. Consternation was expressed over the haphazard way the Thursday meeting was handled. It was noted that her husband will be appointed as faculty in the College of Business.

Senate president Miller reminded the senate that the university awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 2. The senate needs to consider the selection of the Distinguished Faculty Member Award. Senate vice president Anderson will investigate the senate responsibilities by contacting Randall Royer and Ardean Wessel. He will report back at the next meeting.

Revision of the Faculty Handbook was the next topic of discussion. Revisions should be made for Fall 2006. It is understood that the handbook was a creation of the Faculty Senate. David Wolff took the lead in the creation of this document. Shearer-Cremean will ask him for an electronic copy of the handbook if one is available. Senate review of the handbook will begin at the next meeting. The plan is to review one section at a time during the meetings. Shearer-Cremean plans to bring her laptop computer to facilitate the process. Anderson suggested that we ask new faculty for input about what helpful information should be covered in the handbook. Miller said that he would put an email out to all faculty to ask for suggestions for additions and changes. They should refer to the web version of the handbook if they don’t have a hard copy.

The course modifications submitted from the University Curriculum Committee were reviewed and approved.

The first item of old business discussed was evaluation of administrators. Several of the university administrators will be invited to the Feb. 15 meeting to discuss faculty evaluation of them.

Next the Vtel taping issue was revisited. Martinez reported that he had spoken with the COHE attorney and taping Vtel classes is legal. The question was posed as to if the individual faculty member can refuse to be taped or at least file a letter of protest. The issue of guest speakers was discussed; this is a very different issue than taping faculty. There is still concern over guest speakers rights in regard to Vtel taping. It was suggested that faculty may need to have the speakers sign a release to tape them. During a previous discussion Strand had offered to discuss the Vtel taping issue with Judith Haislett; it is unknown as to if this conversation took place and what Haislett’s input was. It was reported that the Technology Committee is aware of this issue and is also concerned. It was concluded that creating awareness of the potential problems of systematically taping Vtel class was the goal of the discussion and though no changes are put forth at this time the goal was reached.

Miller reminded the senate that training on the new evaluation system (IDEA) was held on that day and would be held the next day in the library DDN room 001.

Getting faculty approval for proposed changes to the Faculty Senate constitution and bylaws was discussed next. It was decided that an email will go out to the faculty with the proposed changes and the faculty will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to the changes as a package. Strand has the electronic file with the modified constitution and bylaws that will be attached to the message. The senate plans to give faculty a two-week time period to review the documents and hopes to have the faculty vote by the Wednesday, March 1 meeting.

The first item of new business discussed was Student Senate representation on the Faculty Senate. It is rumored that the current representative Peter Lemke has a conflict this semester and won’t be able to attend Faculty Senate meetings. Bergey offered to check with Lemke, and if this is true, the Student Senate will need to elect another representative.

Miller and Shearer-Cremean reported on the last three Council of Deans (COD) meetings. The COD discussed a desire for each college to give awards each year to faculty in the following areas: teaching, scholarship, and service.

The next issue brought from the COD meeting was the desire of one the COD members that the Faculty Senate collect information and prepare a document for Schallenkamp to introduce her to issues of concern to the faculty. This document would be informative and constructive in nature. The senate reception of this idea was positive, but in reviewing COD minutes, it was determined that this discussion may have been informal in nature. The motion to accept responsibility for this task was tabled until Miller can bring this up to the COD and determine that they are indeed interested in the senate pursuing this. Discussion on how the senate would proceed occurred. The senate would create a questionnaire form to distribute to faculty to collect their input. A big concern was about the logistics of tracking those who responded while providing anonymity for those who desired it. No conclusion was reached on this.

Salaries for regular and adjunct faculty teaching at Ellsworth will be going up.

A new version of WebCT (6.0) will be available on the 24th. The need for Instructional Technology to provide a manual for faculty using WebCT arose. Miller offered to bring this up at the next COE meeting.

TQE assessment was discussed. There is frustration over the lack of guidelines.

The meeting adjourned at 5 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Bobbi Sago for Sharon Strand.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 213, through Wednesday, March 2. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or email requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

Professional Development Program (ED)

The U.S. Department of Education announces the Professional Development Program. The purpose of the Professional Development program is to (1) increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indians; (2) provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers, administrators, teacher aides, social workers, and ancillary educational personnel; and (3) improve the skills of qualified Indian individuals who serve in the education field. Activities may include, but are not limited to, continuing programs, symposia, workshops, conferences, and direct financial support.

Deadline: March 30, 2006. Review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. It is available at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8199.

NSF Geophysics Program

The National Science Foundation’s Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of earthquakes; the earth's magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the earth's thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and studies of the properties and behavior of earth materials in support of geophysical observation and theory.

Deadline: June 1, 2006. See www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8223 for details and application requirements.

Hydrologic Sciences (NSF)

Hydrologic Sciences, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, focuses on the flow of water and transport processes within streams, soils, and aquifers. Particular attention is given to spatial and temporal heterogeneity of fluxes and storages of water and chemicals over a wide range of scales, to geolimnology and to interfaces with the landscape, microbial communities, and coastal areas. Studies may also deal with processes in aqueous geochemistry and with the physical, chemical, and biological processes within water bodies. Study of these processes requires expertise from many basic sciences and mathematics, and proposals often require joint review with related programs.

Deadline: June 1, 2006. See www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8174 for a link to the full announcement.

Tectonics Program (NSF)

The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the evolution and deformation of continental lithosphere through time. The National Science Foundation requests proposals to elucidate the processes that act on the lithosphere at various time-scales and length-scales, either at depth or the surface, are encouraged. Because understanding such large-scale phenomena commonly requires a variety of expertise and methods, the Tectonics Program supports integrated research involving the disciplines of structural geology, petrology, geochronology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, rock mechanics, paleomagnetics, geodesy, and other geophysical techniques.

Deadline: June 1, 2006. Details and a link to the full announcement can be found at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8173.

Petrology and Geochemistry Program (NSF)

The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research on the formation and chemical composition of Earth materials in the crust, mantle, and core. Proposals in this program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, and volcanology. Proposals that bridge disciplinary boundaries or that include development of analytical tools for potential use by the broad community are also encouraged.

Deadline: June 1, 2006. Details are available at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8172.

Theoretical Foundations 2006 (NSF)

One of the defining features of the new CISE organization is the introduction of clusters; cohesive units formed by combining several (partial) programs that share a common theme and/or have significant overlap. Theoretical Foundations (TF) is a cluster within the Computing and Communications Foundation (CCF) division of CISE of the National Science Foundation. Projects supported in the TF cluster address fundamental issues of information science and technology, both within Computation and Communication, and also at the interface between these, and other disciplines. A new focus this year highlights research efforts for the Internet's next generation, part of the NSF/CISE initiative for the new Internet. The cluster encompasses the research areas covered by the former programs: communications research, numeric symbolic graphic computation, signal processing, and theory of computing. For the foreseeable future, TF will continue to encourage the submission of proposals from the research communities that were served formerly by these programs. The TF cluster is broadly concerned with problems of information processing that fall between the extremes of purely theoretical studies and of applications within a discipline. Projects sponsored by the cluster advance the foundations of computer science, communication theory, signal processing theory, scientific computing, mathematics, and application areas, and some will apply core theory to fundamental problems throughout science and engineering. Investigators are encouraged to formulate high impact proposals that depart from traditional problem definitions. Proposals should address one or more of the areas described in the body of this solicitation: Scientific Foundations of Computing; Scientific Foundations of Communication; a new focus, Scientific Foundations for the Internet's Next Generation (SING). The cluster encourages investigators to include in their proposals innovative curricula or educational materials to help advance the training of new experts in theoretical foundations of computing and communication.

Deadline: May 25, 2006. See www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8171 for complete details.

Partnerships in Character Education (ED)

Under this program the U.S. Department of Education will provide Federal financial assistance to eligible entities to assist them in designing and implementing character education programs that are able to be integrated into classroom instruction and to be consistent with state academic content standards and are able to be carried out in conjunction with other educational reform efforts. These character education programs must take into consideration the view of parents, students, students with disabilities (including those with mental or physical disabilities) and other members of the community, including members of private and nonprofit organizations.

Deadline: April 10, 2006. You may access details and the electronic grant application at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8125.

Fisheries Conservation Management

The U.S. Department of the Interior Fisheries Program and its partners recognize that we share responsibilities for managing and conserving fish and other aquatic resources, and success is contingent on partnerships that cut across jurisdictions. The Fisheries Program embraces a balanced approach toward aquatic resource stewardship that recognizes a need to conserve and manage self--sustaining populations and their habitats while providing quality recreational fishing. Proposals may include but are not limited to: Assessment, Planning and Coordination, Implementing and Evaluating Water Quantity, Water Quality, Fish Passage, Instream and Riparian Habitat, Introduced Species (including Aquatice Nuisance Species), Introgression, and culture aspects of brood stock development, production and re-introduction within the States of Region 6 (CO, UT, KS, NE, MT, SD, ND, WY). Project proposals requested between $1,000.00 and $50,000.00 are most attractive. There is no required match; however 50 percent cost share is highly encouraged. Project ranking criteria include; ecological benefits for Federal trust species, minimum costs to the service for operation and maintenance, current scientific knowledge and proven technology, and addressing objectives outlined in approved management plans. Projects must comply with all applicable Federal, State, Tribal, and Local regulations. Benefits of collaborative interagency efforts and partnerships for aquatic resources will be:

  • Improved status of populations and habitats.
  • Enhanced recreational opportunities.
  • Improved partnerships and decreased duplication of efforts.
  • Activities will be consistent with the Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program Vision.

Deadline: There is no application due date. Project proposals are accepted continuously. Proposals are held in a FWS database until the project is funded or no longer viable. For more information see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8132.

South Dakota NRCS announces funding for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - top

South Dakota’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NCRS) State Conservationist announces the availability of up to $300,000 dollars for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) through a state competition process. The South Dakota CIG competition will offer awards of up to $75,000 dollars. CIG, using Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds, is a voluntary program, which provides farmers and ranchers with the opportunity to address some of South Dakota’s most pressing natural resource conservation needs through innovative approaches and technologies. State, tribal, and local governmental entities, non-governmental organizations, and individuals may also apply.

State CIG grants offer the opportunity to promote partnerships between the public and private sectors by providing funds for smaller innovative projects in environmental enhancement and protection that may not fare well in the national CIG competition. Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resources concern or technology component and to be used in conjunction with agricultural production. These components include water, soil, and atmospheric resources; grazing land and forest health; wildlife habitat; improved on-farm energy efficiency; market-based approaches; development/adoption of on-farm energy audits; and application of improved forage production.

Deadline: May 1, 2006. Visit www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8208 for a link to the complete announcement .

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