Saturday, May 26, 2012

DSU Runners Shine at Nationals

Nick Huntimer, DSU sports information guru, sends an update on the successes of DSU runners at the NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championship.  He notes the success of Nic Penning, Matt Fideler, and Andy Coy, all distance specialists:
MARION, Ind. – Three Dakota State University men's distance runners were in action Saturday at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship at IWU Outdoor Track Complex. The national meet was hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. Two Trojan runners earned their name on the list in the DSU record book.

The Trojans began the day Saturday morning with the men's marathon. In the 54-runner field, Nic Penning (junior – Hulett, Wyo.) recorded a 13th-place finish with a time of two hours, 39 minutes and 22.60 seconds. His time is the fourth fastest time in the DSU record book, only behind former NAIA All-American Chris Heezen in three different occasions. During the race, Penning came from behind, catching 23 runners over the last 15 miles.

Matt Fideler (senior – Volga, S.D.) finished 14th in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase final. He clocked a time of 9:49.45. Fideler concluded his stellar collegiate career as he earned NAIA All-American honors in four different events from indoor and outdoor track. In addition, he was a two-time outdoor track All-Conference runner and had been listed in numerous records in DSU school record book.

In the men's 1500-meter finals, Andy Coy (junior - Hill City, S.D. broke a new DSU school record time of 3:47.66 for a fourth-place finish (previous old mark was set by Tyler Van Peursem in 2009 with a time of 3:50.70). His time was the second fastest 1500-meter run by an athlete at any South Dakotacollege, second only to Jake Schneller from South Dakota State who ran 3:47.33 this year. Coy's time was also less than five seconds off the 2012 Olympic Trails 'B' Standard of 3:43.00 As a result, Coy earned NAIA Outdoor Track & Field All-American honor (his fifth overall NAIA All-American honor in his career at DSU).

The NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship concludes Trojan outdoor track and field season.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Spoorts Information Director
Congratulations Nic, Matt, and Andy on your great seasons and a great finish!

Friday, May 25, 2012

DSU Runners in National Finals

As a runner, I always love to hear about the successes of others, and we've got some young people running like the wind here at DSU.  Here's an update from our sports information guy, Nick Huntimer:
Here's an update with three DSU men's distance runners competing at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field national meet in Marion, Ind.  Congratulations to Andy Coy and Matt Fideler as they ran in the prelims on the first day of the national meet Thursday and advanced to the finals on Saturday.

Coy (junior - Hill City, S.D.) advanced to the men's 1500-meter run finals with a time of 3:59.52.  He placed sixth overall out of 32 runners.  The 1500-meter run finals take place on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)/2:10 p.m. (Central Standard Time).

Fideler (senior - Volga, S.D.) earned a spot in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase finals by recording a fourth-place finish overall in the 23-runner field.  He ran a time of 9:32.10.  The steeplechase finals is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. (EST)/1:20 p.m. (CST).

Nic Penning (junior - Hulett, Wyo.) will be running in the men's marathon on Saturday morning at 6 a.m. (EST)/5 a.m. (CST).

An individual that placed in the finals' top eight will receive NAIA All-American honor.

Fans can follow the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on live scoring on

In addition, Indiana Wesleyan had set up a headquarter website for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on

Good luck to those three DSU runners on Saturday as they prepare for national meet's finals.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Critiquing Work With a Multimedia Tool

I'm intrigued by the possibilities evident in a tool that I just discovered called CritiqueIt.  It seems to be a useful and intuitive tool for collaborative work, allowing for providing input on documents like word documents or images, maybe even videos, without leaving your browser.  I'm embedding the introductory video here, but if you're interested, you'll have to let me know how it goes.  I may have to try this with my students in the fall.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Man Lost in Madison Creek

Keloland News tells about the young man who was lost in the flooding in Madison over the weekend, the brother of a DSU student visiting family.  The young man, PJ Bean, from Alabama, was an experienced firefighter and trained to save others.  He got swept away on early Sunday morning as he tried to wade across the swollen creek.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Enough Water to Shake a Stick At

Tee off box for hole 6 at the Howard Golf Course.
The creek through Madison
 Water, water, water.  Imagine dumping six inches of rain on a town and on the land that drains into it.  Then imagine all that water gushing through a little creek bed that usually trickles with a slow drizzle.  What happens, as you can see here without the need for imagination, is a mess, a tragic event for those in the path of the water.  Some residents clearly had a basement entirely full of water, with huge pumps discharging water from two or three inch hoses.  They've got my sympathy.
Highway 34 going west from Madison

Madison golf course

Our Rain Gauge Runneth Over

Cherry-sized hail

 Waves of rain-clouds traveling above Madison yesterday dropped a whopping FIVE inches of rain, with some hail mixed in.  Thunder, lightning, wind, rain, hail, darkness.  Reports indicate that the little docile creek that runs through town overflowed its banks and caused trouble for residents nearby.  Collapsed or flooded basements? We're going to cruise through town to see what we can see.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Busy Saturday

2012 DSU Trojan Baseball Team
Today's schedule was packed with activities--from DSU's graduation ceremonies to niece Megan B's graduation reception in Brookings, to friend Lynn R's annual Kentucky Derby party back here on Lake Madison.  To top that off, many of us DSU fans had our baseball team at the back of our minds, even as the horses came around the final turn and headed for the home stretch with I'll Have Another hot after the finish line.  Our boys were in San Marcos, California, where they had fought their way to the championship game, only to fall today to Arizona Christian 9-2.  Both teams did, however, qualify for the NAIA National Baseball Championship, so they've got more life left in the season yet.  Congratulations and good luck to the Trojan Baseball team!

Friday, May 04, 2012

May 4, 1970

Neil Young did his tribute to the fallen in his great protest song "Ohio," and much has been written and said about the events on May 4, 1970, in Kent, Ohio.  But some of the surviving wounded from the shootings at Kent State University in 1970 are seeking a new investigation into the actions of the National Guardsmen who opened fire on students, killing four and wounding nine others.  The event remains a stark example of the distance between the young people who stood against the Vietnam war and those who saw the protester's stand as a threat to safety. 

Meanwhile, KSU again hosts a commemorative event today to remember the events.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Julie Gross--New LAIC Director

News from the Chamber of Commerce in Madison, and the Lake Area Improvement Corporation.   We've got one of our own now in the group, and I hope this means things will be getting better.  
The Lake Area Improvement Corporation is excited to announce they have hired Julie Gross to serve as their new Executive Director.
Gross currently serves as the Executive Director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce and will transition into her new role over the next few weeks.
"We are very excited about Julie accepting this important role within the Madison community,” said LAIC President Mark Stoller.  "The LAIC board, along with community members, interviewed several candidates and put a great deal of time and energy into the interview process.  We feel we have chosen the right person to promote our community and continue the efforts of the LAIC.”
“Julie is a lifelong Lake County native and has deep ties to the community.  She has successfully led the Chamber where she developed new programs, enhanced existing programs and made a positive impact on the community.  We are excited to have her on board."
I do hope this means better things for Madison.  Our man at the Madville Times has been calling for a replacement in this role for some time. Go Julie!  

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Student Work in Composition

My students have made videos on items of interest to them, including one on used computer games, one on animation and science, and another on CPR, among others.  You can also look at videos from years past. It's on Composition at DSU, a blog we use for sharing videos.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Considering April and Olive

Wolfram Alpha tells me that little Olive, the new granddaughter, is one of 10,544 people alive today who share that name (1792nd most popular name), much more rare and precious than her grandfather (26th most common) or her mother April, one of 225,152 people with that name, but not quite as exclusive as her dad, whose name only appears on 458 people per year.  However, a rash of Chads in the 80's put that name higher on the common list of names among 39-year-olds, making it the 235th most popular names.  April is slightly less popular at 237th, with Olive among those most rare and strange, unless you're in your 90's, where the bulk of Olives appear to be.  I'm among the 3.7 million Johns in the country while the wife shares hers with only 19,515.