Tech News – November 2001
American Indian Forum Today
Patricia Catches, programming specialist for the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Runaway and Homeless Youth Program in Pine Ridge, will speak about the program and its implications for American Indian Youth in the Rapid City and Black Hills area at 11: 30 a. m. today, Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Surbeck Center Bump Lounge on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the American Indian Student Association, Lutheran Campus Ministries and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and SKILL are sponsoring the event.
College Republicans Begin Weekly Patriotic Gathering
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s College Republicans will begin a weekly gathering at 8: 55 a. m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the American flag on Tech’s campus.
The organization invites students, staff, faculty and community members to attend and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to honor the country.
“ The strength of the United States of America has always been, and will always be, in the individual citizens,” John Myers, College Republicans secretary, said. “ As long as we stand united and determined, there is not a force on this planet that can destroy us as a nation.”
The event will be repeated at 8: 55 a. m. each Friday. Tech’s American flag is located in front the O’Harra Building on Technology Court.
It’s your morning stimulant at its most basic.
The South Dakota Tech chapter of the American Chemical Society will celebrate chemistry Friday, Nov. 9, by displaying a molecule of caffeine made out of cookies.
Tech students will display the cookie from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. in the Surbeck Student Center AB Room. There also will be hundreds of extra cookies for visitors to eat. The chapter will accept donations for the campus food pantry.
Friday’s event is Tech’s contribution to National Chemistry Week. The American Chemical Society’s 189 chapters nationwide are paying tribute to chemistry and its contributions to the advancement of the arts and its significance to improving our everyday lives.
Events across the country will be held at art museums and at chemical companies that specialize in products necessary to produce works of art. There also will be displays in local libraries that illustrate the paper making process, and presentations by speakers on art restoration and preservation. Other events using the theme, “ Celebrating Chemistry and Art,” will include chemical demonstrations, hands- on activities, contests, exhibits, and workshops.
The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society with a membership of more than 163,000 chemists and chemical engineers. The Society publishes scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences, and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D. C., and Columbus, Ohio.
George Washington Slept Here
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Drama Club will present “ George Washington Slept Here” at 7 p. m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are free with a Tech ID and for everyone younger than 12, and $ 5 for those older than 12.
Tech students will perform, produce and direct the production.
The story chronicles the trials and tribulations of Newton Fuller who craves - and gets - " a little place in the country to call his own." Newton and his wife, Annabell, and their daughter, Madge, are convinced into taking over one of those windowless, waterless, almost roofless houses that dot the countryside. The ensuing troubles include a search for water, a quarrel with a neighbor who owns not only the brook, but the road that leads to the house, the attempted elopement of the daughter with the summer- theatre actor and the invasion of weekend guests.
Heading Off The Dilbert Effect
In the cartoon “ Dilbert,” management and workers constantly disagree and consider each other a bunch of dolts. A project between the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Western Dakota Technical Institute aims to stop those misunderstandings before they start. Students from the two schools are cooperating on a design and manufacturing project that links designers from South Dakota Tech with manufacturers from WDTI.
“ In industry, engineers are often regarded as ignorant and without common sense or arrogant by the people on the manufacturing side, and engineers often believe that manufacturers don’t have good ideas and knowledge,” Chenoa Jensen, a Tech mechanical engineering instructor, said. “ Communication doesn’t always happen.”
“ I think the real world scenario of technical people working with engineers in designing parts is a realistic way of designing,” Jerry Gossard, a WDTI instructor, said. “ The technicians know what the equipment is capable of designing and the engineers then become aware of the capabilities. If a design is not manufactureable, then the design defeated the purpose. It helps engineers make functional and useable designs.”
Tech students are leading the design of the product – a key chain – and WDTI students are leading the manufacturing. Students will inscribe “ Tech” on one side of each key chain, and they will personalize the other side. All 120 students involved in the project will receive a key chain.
The students will work together at the following times in WDTI’s Mickelson Building.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 10 a. m. to 3 p. m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 10 a. m. to 3 p. m.
Host An International Student For Thanksgiving
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is seeking families who would like to invite an international student to Thanksgiving dinner.
“ This is such a traditional American holiday, it’s good for these students to experience it,” Suzi Aadland, director of Tech’s Ivanhoe International Center, said.
Tech faculty and staff have invited international students to Thanksgiving for years. This is the second time the university is inviting the public to take part.
Tech hosts 200 international students from 25 countries.
Call Aadland at 394- 6884 before Nov. 20 to invite a student to your home.
United Campus Ministry To Host Hunger Banquet
The United Campus Ministry at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will host a Hunger Banquet at 6 p. m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom. Tech invites you to come and eat the way the world eats and learn more about world hunger and local hunger issues.
“ What we hope to accomplish is to make citizens more aware of the hungry in our midst and then to do something about it,” the Rev. Donna Hughes- Hargraves, United Campus Ministry director, said.
A small percentage of those attending will dine on a feast. Another, much larger percentage, will eat rice and beans. The largest percentage will eat handfuls of rice.
The event is free and open to the public. United Campus Ministry asks you to pre- register, but that isn’t required. Call 394- 2811 or email ucm@ silver. sdsmt. edu to register. Donations will be accepted for local hunger agencies.
Landscape and Abstraction
An exhibition at the Apex Gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology combines landscape and abstracts to create a truly original collection of art.
“ Landscape and Abstraction” highlights artists who are inspired by landscape as they explore abstraction, whose abstractions can be viewed as landscapes, or who use abstract elements in conjunction with landscape and natural elements.
From the Renaissance forward, the subject of landscape has inspired artists in diverse ways. In this exhibition, the artists use landscape and imbue it with their personal expression without trying to recreate a photographic interpretation of the land.
The artists include Glenn Bodish, Denise Dubroy, RaVae Luckhart, Sara Mast, Vicky Perry and Tom Sheilds.
The exhibition opens Friday, Nov. 30, and closes Jan. 8. An opening reception and gallery talk will be held from 4 p. m. to 7 p. m. Friday, Nov. 30. The public is invited to attend.
The gallery is open from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p. m. to 5 p. m. Sunday. The gallery is closed school holidays.
# 30# Ride Inside A Thunderstorm
Ride inside a thunderstorm aboard South Dakota’s T- 28 armored aircraft during The Weather Channel show “ Atmospheres” this weekend. The show is scheduled to air at 6 p. m. ( MST) Sunday, Nov. 18.
A crew from “ Atmospheres” visited South Dakota in August. The crew placed two cameras inside the T- 28 plane before it flew into a thunderstorm over the Black Hills. The crew also interviewed several members of the T- 28 team, all of whom work for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
“ This is the only plane in the country that can fly into a thunderstorm and withstand three- inch hail,�� T- 28 pilot Tom Warner said. “ The flights give us valuable data about thunderstorms, and South Dakotans should be proud we have that ability here.”
Scientists use data from the airplane to better understand how thunderstorms are formed, to learn what storms will produce hail, and to learn other facts that can help forecasters predict how severe storms will become.
“ There’s a lot we don’t know about tornado genesis, lightning and thunderstorm formation, and the T- 28 is helping us figure those things out,” Warner said.
The T- 28 team also uses the plane to help develop better weather radar.
The Buffalo War Comes To The Children’s Science Center
The Buffalo War, a film about the battle between American Indians, ranchers, government officials and environmental activists over the killing of Yellowstone buffalo, will premiere at The Children’s Science Center Friday, Nov. 30. The premiere is scheduled for 7 p. m. to 9 p. m., and will include a discussion of the film. The event is free and open to the public.
The film follows a group of American Indians who began a 500- mile spiritual march in Rapid City and ended at Yellowstone’s north entrance. Led by Lakota Sioux elder Rosalie Little Thunder, the march was designed to show opposition to the killing of buffalo that migrate out of the park and onto land in Montana. The buffalo are killed because some carry brucellosis, a disease that can be transferred to cattle. Rosalie Little Thunder and others who participated in the march are expected to attend the premiere.
Contrasting the pacifism of the Lakota Sioux are the brash civil disobedience techniques of the Buffalo Field Campaign, a band of environmental activists who use video cameras and elaborate road blockades to try and save migrating bison from being captured and killed by government officials.
The film also gives a voice to the concerns of rancher Keith Munns and his family. Caught in the crossfire of the bison dispute, the Munns family must find a way to coexist with the buffalo as well as with a changing West characterized by rampant development and higher taxes.
The film will air on PBS in the near future.
Filmmaker Matthew Testa hopes the film sparks discussion. “ This is a film about activism and espression, meant to inspire reactions and dialogue,” he said. “ My hope is that this documentary will move audiences to voice their opinions on this perplexing conflict.
“ With more discussion, awareness and thought, maybe the buffalo war can be settled.”
The premiere is sponsored by the Children’s Science Center, Border’s, the Indigenous Issues Forums, the Independent Television Service Community Connections Project, South Dakota Public Broadcasting and the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center.
The Children’s Science Center is located at 515 West Blvd. in Rapid City.
U. S.- China Relations Forum Topic
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will host a public forum, “ U. S. – China Relations: How Should We Approach Human Rights?” at 7 p. m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the Surbeck Student Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The forum is part of a national series of similar events. Organizers will share the results with public policy officials in the United States and China. Francine Campone and Cheryl Lemley will moderate and record the event.
The forum is sponsored by Tech’s Ivanhoe International Center, Tech’s United Campus Ministry, the Rapid City Chapter of the American Association of University Women, Rural Alliance Incorporated, the National Issues Forums and the Kettering Foundation.
For information, call 394- 6884.
# 30# What Freedom Means To Me
Qusi Al- Haj, owner of Micro Solutions in Rapid City, will speak about freedom and its importance at 7: 30 p. m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The event will be held in room 252 of the Electrical Engineering/ Physics Building. The talk is free and open to the public.
Al- Haj is from Jordan. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from the South Dakota Tech in 1991. He lives in Rapid City.
The South Dakota Tech College Republicans are sponsoring the event.
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