Volume XXIII No.13 • April 2, 1999

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Faculty development collaboratory open house planned - Top

Faculty and staff are invited to an open house of the BHSU Faculty Development Collaboratory for Life-Long Learning Thursday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Woodburn, room 316.

Hesson presents at college sports medicine conference - Top

Dr. James Hesson (Division of Physical Education and Health, College of Education, Black Hills State University) was one of the primary presenters at the annual conference of the Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in St. Cloud, Minn., recently.

Hesson's presentation was "Testing Olympic Athletes." The presentation focused on combining the knowledge of exercise physiology with the knowledge of sport performance to create sport specific tests that focus on critical performance factors. This is a large and complex issue since the United States Olympic Committee works with at least 73 individual sport organizations such as USA Track and Field. Within a sport like track and field there are many events and the critical physiological performance factors are different for each event.

During the last two summers, Hesson has written and revised a 312-page manual describing the exact testing protocols for various tests used for a variety of sports and events for the Sport Science and Technology Division of the USOC.

Hesson earned the Health Fitness Instructor certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-HFI) and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS).

Support staff conference offered - Top

In recognition of Professional Secretaries Day, the South Dakota Bureau of Personnel presents the 1999 support staff conferences. Sessions are being held in Rapid City, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alex Johnson Hotel.

Ellen Killey will be the presenter for "Passion for Excellence: Delivering Exceptional Customer Service." Topics include motivational skills and goal setting, internal and external customers, team building, communication skills—listening, establishing rapport, telephone professionalism and how to handle angry customers and deal with conflict.

The registration fee is $60 per person. If special accommodations are necessary, contact the training office at 773-3461 at least two weeks in advance of the training.

If anyone at BHSU is interested in attending, contact Becky Bruce at 6549 or Anita Haeder at 6545 to register. Conference costs and travel will be billed to the requesting department.

SDSEO representatives will take concerns to state meeting - Top

The South Dakota State Employee Organization Chapter 18 met at the Black Hills State University Student Union March 29, 1999. Ken Melius, executive director, presented the highlights of the 1999 state legislation that affects South Dakota state employees. These include:

  1. an increase in retirement benefits for the surviving spouse upon the death of a retiree from fifty percent (50%) to sixty percent (60%)
  2. allowing state employees to donate annual leave to another state employee who must care for a terminally ill spouse, child, or parent
  3. allowing jailers who work for counties and municipalities to become Class B public safety members of SDRS
  4. provision for mental health illnesses to be covered by insurance plans the same as physical illnesses

A resolution was passed asking the Board of Trustees of the SD State Retirement System to study the possibility of increasing the rates of contribution for employees and the employers, focusing on the pros and cons to the system and to the members, recommendations for implementation, possible benefit changes, and whether such an increase should be mandatory or voluntary.

Fred Nelson and Mary Maltaverne will be attending the House of Delegates at the Ramkota Inn in Pierre on May 14-16. If any state employee has concerns or changes that they would like to see, they need to contact either Fred or Mary before April 15.

Several BH professors to take part in Matthews Brown Bag Lecture Series - Top

In April the Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities will begin the new Matthews Brown Bag Lecture series. The lectures, sponsored by the Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities will be held at the Matthews Opera House at 614 Main Street in Spearfish.

The monthly luncheon series is free to the public. Each month an area resident or guest will give a 30-40 minute talk about a topic which the speaker has special knowledge or skills. Audience members are invited to bring their lunch and to munch their sandwiches or eat their soup and salad during the talk. After the lecture part of the program, the speaker will interact with the audience.

The first presentation in the series is April 8 at noon. Jim Knutson, professor of art at BHSU, will present a slide show and lecture about the New Realism, from 1900, which included Robert Henri and the Eight, also known as the "Ash Can School," and how they, with the help of the early moderns, brought the visual arts to the United State from the European tradition. The talk will include some of America's better known regionalist painters, such as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. Knutson says that American painters from 1900 and before have and will influence us for the new millennium.

Jim Bowers will speak at noon Thursday, May 13. Jim and his wife, Jytte, taught in China for three years followed by teaching assignment in Czechoslovakia and Lithuania. Bowers will discuss power, personal connections and betrayal as keys to understanding the Chinese.

Thursday, June 10 the speakers will be Gaydell Collier and Nancy Curtis, co-editors with Linda Hasselstrom of "Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West." This book was chosen as one of 39 notable books of 1998 by the Christian Science Monitor.

Kent Meyers, BH English professor, will offer a reading and discussion of this novel "The River Warren" and his essay collection "The Witness of the Combines," July 8.

Jytte Bowers will speak Aug. 12 about teaching students under the cloud of Russian occupation and lighting their freedom candles.

The Matthews Brown Bag Lecture series is a fresh opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and to engage in stimulating conversation. Coffee and lemonade will be available. Bag lunches can be ordered in advance from the Bay Leaf Café by calling 642-5462.

For additional information call David Whitlock at the Matthews Opera House at (605) 642-7973.

Fifty-three students named to Who's Who at BHSU - Top

Fifty-three Black Hills State University students were named to the 1999 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Students were selected by campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory. They were chosen based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

The BHSU students join an elite group of students selected from more than 1,900 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations.

BHSU Who's Who list

Black Hills Research Symposium set for April 21 at BHSU - Top

The Black Hills Research Symposium featuring keynote speaker Dr. Gil Dyrli, an expert in educational telecommunications, will be held Wednesday, April 21 beginning at 8 a.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Student Union at Black Hills State University.

A series of half-hour presentations by faculty, students and others will be made throughout the day in two sessions running concurrently from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a noon lunch break.

The symposium will begin with opening remarks from BHSU President Thomas Flickema at 8:45 a.m., followed at 9 a.m. by Dyrli's address titled “Telecommunications and Education: Looking Toward a New Future.”

The keynote speaker is a professor emeritus of education at the University of Connecticut where he served as news and technology editor for Curriculum Administrator magazine. He also coordinated a university-sponsored teacher professional development center that was cited in Newsweek magazine. He recently collaborated on three network children's programs including the Emmy-award winning Schoolhouse Rock on ABC.

Dyrli says, “Emerging developments in telecommunications and the World Wide Web will transform education, and are changing teaching and learning profoundly.”

Session presenters and topics during the symposium

The sessions are open to the public at no charge. Information on the symposium is available by phoning (605) 642-6421

Wellness Fair scheduled - Top

The BHSU Wellness Fair will be Wednesday, April 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the BHSU Young Center.

The fair will feature free health screenings, massage, demonstrations, merchandise and more. The fair is open to the public at no charge.

For additional information contact BHSU Health Services at 642-6520.

Students should check immunizations before registering - Top

Students should check to see if immunizations are up-to-date before registering. Holds have been put on and this could delay your registration attempts, if you are not up to date. Call Student Health Services at 642-6520 or stop in room 222 of the Donald E. Young Center to check immunization status.

Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run set for April 17 - Top

The 15th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run will be Saturday, April 17 on the campus of Black Hills State University. The run is held in conjunction with the Lakota Omniciye Powwow.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The races begin at 10:30 a.m. starting with quarter-mile and half-mile runs. The one-mile, 5-K and 10-K runs will follow.

For the non runner a one-mile walk representing all age groups will be held. The quarter-mile run is for ages 8 and under. The half-mile run is for ages 9-12. The 5-K and 10-K races will be run in age groups: under 13, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over.

The annual run is a scholarship fund-raiser in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a BHSU student who was killed in an automobile accident. The Whirlwind Horse family established the scholarship in 1984, and the proceeds from each year's event help support the scholarship fund.

There is a $5 registration fee for all participants. Participants wanting to receive a T-shirt should add another $5 with their entry fee and send a $10 check to John Mills or Deatta Chapel, BHSU-SSS, 1200 University, USB 9510, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9510.

All proceeds go the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be awarded following the race.

Stella Broome and Sara Comeau, BHSU juniors, were the recipients of last year's scholarship awards.

For entry forms or more information contact: Deatta Chapel, Black Hills State University, Student Support Services, 1200 University, USB 9510, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9510 or call 642-6294/6622.

Cast list announced for "A Doll's House" - Top

The cast list has been announced for the Black Hills State University production of "A Doll's House" which will be performed April 22, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Hall.

Henrik Ibsen's 19th century drama is considered to be a watershed, one of the foundation stones of modern, realistic drama. Remarkable for its frank and honest depiction of an apparently ideal marriage, this play explores the relationship between Nora and Torvald Helmer, a charming and seemingly well-matched upper middle class couple. But beneath the well-polished surface lie secrets and assumptions that, as they become apparent, cause each of them to re-evaluate their relationship to one another and their responsibilities to themselves.

Chosen as cast members for this production are: Ellery Grey, Pierre as Torvald Helmer; Kristin Kurtz, Rapid City as Nora; Geno Pesicka, Rapid City as Dr. Rank; Jeremy Christensen, Rapid City as Nils Krogstad; Teresa Addington, Lead as Mrs. Linde; Crystal Bleu Mugulia, Belle Fourche as Anna-Maria; Saisha Kuykendall, Redfield as a housemaid; Daniel Patterson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a porter; Stephanie Wilder, as Ivan; Milton Buchholz as Bobby and Saxon Buchholz as Emily.

Barbara Russell is the director for this production. Daniel Patterson is assistant director.

Faculty-research committee has funds available - Top

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the academic affairs office. The faculty research committee will review applications April 23.

Proposals are due April 16. It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites, research support for the production of creative work. Education, social science and humanities proposals are encouraged. Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 1999 semesters. You can apply now. The research committee will not provide salary. The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to USB 9550.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received March 20-26 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at <grants@mystic.bhsu.edu>. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

Friday, April 2

  • Easter holiday, no classes
    CSA holiday in the afternoon

Monday, April 5

  • Easter holiday, no classes
  • Ruddell Gallery - Photo/Graphics competition (runs through April 16)

Tuesday, April 6

  • Open forum with Tad Perry, executive secretary of the board of regents, Student Union multipurpose room, 3:20 p.m.

Wednesday, April 7

  • Indian Taco Sale, Student Union Lobby, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m .
  • Faculty senate meeting, Jonas 103, 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 8

  • Faculty Development Collaboratory for Life-Long Learning open house, Woodburn room 316, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 10

  • Student awards banquet, Student Union, 6 p.m.